Chris: Disappointed wouldn’t even be the word for this – I really am not feeling Voltaj after this first rehearsal. If you didn’t know the background of this song, then the suitcases in the staging are a complete mystery. The vocals are great, but after that there’s not much to write home about. Good camera work, yes, but the videos playing on the screens are a bit flat and don’t have the same emotional impact that we got earlier from Boggie. The rest of the band look completely uninterested too, as they weren’t even bothered to mime. Fair enough, at this stage there’s no need to do that…but it doesn’t give a great impression.

Romania’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2015

William: Voltaj has transplanted their staging from Romania’s Selectia Nationala — and it really works. I’m feeling the suitcases, the the lighting, and the vocals — everything! I think the message of migrants leaving their children behind comes through quite clearly with the clever use of the music video in the background. This is touching. I’ll be shocked if Romania don’t make the final.

Padraig: Yawn. I’ve never been a Voltaj fan, and I’m still unmoved. The staging hammers home the message of Romanians emigrating across the world. The stage is littered with suitcases and the music video plays in the background. It’s meant to pull at our heartstrings, but it just looks like they’ve come straight from the airport. The fact that the instrumentalists couldn’t even be bothered to mime says it all. Bored.

Voltaj: Reviews and Reactions

Voltaj need to work on their miming after their first rehearsal at #eurovision 2015

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William Cahill
6 years ago

George, the song is bilingual between Romanian and English I think?

Mar
Mar
6 years ago

Who the hell thought it would be a good idea to use the music video as the background? It looks cheap and like they put zero effort into it.

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
6 years ago

they just put the video on the background
um, no

George
6 years ago

In which language does he sing? Seriously.

Deea
Deea
6 years ago

All those comments about “uncharismatic singer” and “the instrumentalists” that “couldn’t even be bothered to mime” are really puzzling. Are we talking about a popularity contest? Or is it all about the ability of miming?
The way they sang seems to be irrelevant… I understand that this kind of song is not everybody’s cup of tea and negative comments are as welcomed as the positive ones, but they all should be related more to the song.

Amerivision
Amerivision
6 years ago

When was the last time Romania failed to reach the final? Never? Sadly, I have a feeling this might miss out. 🙁

Nitzan
Nitzan
6 years ago

I love the use of real life images in the background and I don’t understand why most countries don’t use it.

I like the Romanian song and if the message comes across, it should be emotional. Cross my fingers for them.

Alison
Alison
6 years ago

Hmm, I’m pretty nonplussed about this. It’s nice. But that’s it.

Deven O'Kearney
Deven O'Kearney
6 years ago

Honestly don’t know what to think. I love the staging and the cause that they are fighting for. But it might come across as meaningless to the first time viewers and listeners who don’t know the message portrayed in the song.

Maltish
Maltish
6 years ago

Really on the fence about this. The staging is simple but it doesn’t with the song.

adriana_gabrielauk
adriana_gabrielauk
6 years ago

The simple the stage is ,the better,that suitcases i dont like,His voice is good but he needs to conect more with the public.

Otna
Otna
6 years ago

I feel the emotion of this song every time I listen to it. Almost makes me shed a tear. <3

They sound FLAWLESS and that's actually the rehearsal that has impressed me most from the short clips we get to see.

ct
ct
6 years ago

Voltaj had this problem from their national final. Really disengaged from the audience and very uncharismatic singer. Dry competence without charm.