Troubled Eurovision star Mihai Traistariu finds himself under fire after releasing the Turbo-folk song “Maneaua mea”. The music style, which is strongly associated with Serbia and is known to many as urbanized folk music, is frowned upon in Romania. This song in particular is far removed from his Eurovision hit “Tornero” and fans and press have been quick to criticize the singer for his choice.

The singer posted the song on Facebook on Sunday, under the status “Change”, which is known as his next music project and the title of his next album. Nonetheless, this change is not welcomed by his fans, who criticize him for choosing a music style which is not popular among his target audience.

“Maneaua mea”, whose title translates as “My Manea” (from the word “Manele”, the Romanian music genre that is similar to Serbian Turbo-folk), is a typical Turkish-derived song with modern instruments. The genre is usually performed by Roma singers and is quite popular among the lower classes, but is viewed as too simplistic and redundant by music critics. The singer appears to have made use of a vocoder as well, which has attracted even more backlash.

As it stands at the moment, after three days the song has almost 18,000 views on YouTube, which Mihai is quick to specify were not bought. This, however, is mostly due to the fact that the song has been slammed by most media outlets, who put the Eurovision singer under fire for going the Turbofolk route.

Mihai Traistariu is getting used to being the laughing stock of the Romanian press. After being criticized for his excesive use of TMI selfies or for posing as Jesus Christ, “Maneaua mea” is just the latest PR blunder in what is left of his music career. Which is a pity, seeing as “Tornero”, the song that brought him to fourth place in Athens back in 2006, is one of the most recognisable Eurovision hits ever.

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Coboldinho
Coboldinho
5 years ago

This Tornero is the most boring rubbish ever.
Maneaua is a million times better.
I fear that Romanians are desperate to copy cheap western pop music
that is stuck somewhere in the eighties.

Steven
Steven
5 years ago

@Jordie.
But if its a direct response to someones conversation its not any of your business.His comment was to me after I was started brought up the discussion on his attractiveness. Why not contribute something positive to the discussion …or just move on.

Jordie
Jordie
5 years ago

Name should say Jordie and now Steven, sorry for that

Steven
Steven
5 years ago

@Steven
It’s not like he does it once but it is almost on every article involving male artists,artists

Steven
Steven
5 years ago

@Jordie
Mario only mentioned that in a direct response to my own post about Mihai, we were having a conversation and he posted that in his response to me. It was relevant to our conversation. If you don’t wish to read a comment labelled as being to someone else, then don’t. I am also tired of your whining.

Jordie
Jordie
5 years ago

@Mario > Which male artists of Eurovision are not gay/bi in your eyes, everytime I look at the comments you say they are probably gay or bi..

Getting a bit tired of that tho

Adam
Adam
5 years ago

Well…yeah…at least the instrumentals are cool!

I like Tornero way better, I wish he stuck to that genre of mid-00’s sounding eurodance/trance music, i love it so much! Mihai, Akcent, etc and their typical musical styles in Tornero and “Jokero” should make a comeback to eurovision. I’d vote for them so much 🙂

Deban Aderemi
Editor
5 years ago

Bogdan, get me the CD. This is Mihai Traistariu’s finest work yet. I love it!

#MarioVision
#MarioVision
5 years ago

@ Well it just didn’t work 4 him 4 reasons…
It happens all the time with so many hot favorite great songs sadly..
I still find him good looking though…Who knows…Maybe Mihai is gay or bi..

Greece was hyped as one of the hot favorites to win but Anna Vissi finished just 9th although her live performance was great..
Carola had the best performance of the night…But 4 reasons she was ignored…Unbelievable that not even a single one country gave her the 12 douze points!

Steven
Steven
5 years ago

totally agree, Tornero was a great song my #2 of that year but the live performance wasnt very good…he was fine but overall it was very flat in terms if energy and the strange “face off” dancing was hugely distracting.
That was a great year hard to believe its nearly 10 years ago. He looks about 30 years older now tho 🙁

#MarioVision
#MarioVision
5 years ago

Mihai was considered hot favorite to win in the Vision of Athens..
Pity that his live performance was not WOW or that great and it went down..
He was thankful that at least he finished 4th..
Poor Carola…Not only she delivered a superb top performance but her *Invincible* pop masterpiece was truly winning material but she finished just 5th unfortunately..

We had so many songs that were better than the one of the finish monsters but the victory came to them sadly though…That was big bummer..

Mario
Mario
5 years ago

@ Steven
Yeah indeed…I have been subject to abuse/critic because i have consciousness with explaining everything & apologizing so im vulnerable & easy target 4 others telling me off frequently..

But you can’t expect anything better from him..

Steven
Steven
5 years ago

@Mario i know its weird. its funny because his comment has nothing to do with this topic..yet if you had done that or anyone else we would have been subjected to abuse. given what happened in the last thread (never did hear what happened when he called the police lol) it is kinda strange. lol anyway on topic …i loved Tornero and also got his first two albums. its weird tho because he seemed to become obsessed with his appearance..and yet i found him WAY hotter in the photo shoots in 2006 then the constant selfies of the last couple… Read more »

WTF
WTF
5 years ago

Absolute garbage, much like anything that’s part of the “manele” genre… Don’t even think about returning to ESC if you’re gonna enter something like this…

Jericho
Jericho
5 years ago

Mihai is hilarious

#MarioVision
#MarioVision
5 years ago

This [email protected]@rd troll thinks that all gays are pedophiles and he keeps writing his comments here like absolutely nothing happens & all fine..

Whatever my own flaws might are he has just NO right though to criticize me or any others here..
Something must be done to have him blocked from the site here because i really can’t stand him..
He has already caused to me so much mess with his trollish activity against me..

#MarioVision
#MarioVision
5 years ago

@ Oh Steven… 😛
hehehe… 😉

Steven
Steven
5 years ago

@Oh Great.
Maybe they are too busy deleting your comments :-p

OH Great :-)!
OH Great :-)!
5 years ago

Hey Wiwi, remember you had a contest going on, or are you guys too busy making funny faces in front of a green screen.

#MarioVision
#MarioVision
5 years ago

Well his song *Tornero* was GreAtY! <3
One of my most favorites pop songs in the Vision! <3

The Vision of 2006 had so many fantastic songs except the romanian one but unluckily these terrible scary monsters of Finland won instead…That was let down indeed…The winner song *Hard Rock Halleluyah* was nice but i didn't want Finland to win though..

I had GreAtY memories from that summer listening to *Tornero* <3
It was really lovely <3