Romanian singer Mihai Traistariu, who rose to Eurovision stardom in 2006 with “Tornero”, is determined to make good on his promise to return and even win in Stockholm with a new song, “Paradisio”. He made the official announcement on the evening news of Antena 1 television station yesterday.
The artist has restyled his name, simply calling himself Mihai now, and has undergone quite a transformation in order to step into the Eurovision arena again. Long gone are the days when Mihai posed in front of his mirror in underwear, calling himself the Selfie King, or when he offended Christians (and, well, everyone’s eyes) with his Jesus impersonation. The “Tornero” singer seems serious about his new bid for Eurovision, trying to improve his image at the gym and in beauty parlours and reminding everyone that he can belt out a tune — like he did last month in Greece, when he covered Conchita’s “Rise Like a Phoenix” at an OGAE Greece event.
Mihai has already shot the video for “Paradisio”, reportedly paying 15,000 euros for special effects featuring spaceships and aliens, with a release date to be announced soon.
It will be interesting to hear this new song that he keeps raving about, as his latest musical project, the turbofolk song “Maneaua mea”, wasn’t the comeback that everyone had hoped for when he teased the album “Change” — which is yet to materialize.
If “Paradisio” does materialize and is submitted to Selectia Nationala, it would not be the singer’s first attempt to return to the Eurovision stage after “Tornero”. Back in 2014, he announced his bid with the ballad “I’m Sorry”, but withdrew shortly after realizing that he didn’t stand a chance against Paula Seling and Ovi’s “Miracle” in Selectia Nationala. No, Mihai won’t finish second, thank you.
This time, however, Mihai promises that he will participate. He even claims that he is ready to cover TVR’s expenses to promote the song internationally, saying that he would sell his house in order to win Eurovision. But first he needs to win the national selection…
Update 20.01: One of the models in the video has released a short video which includes a snippet of the song. It’s not exactly relevant, but we think it’s safe to say that “Paradisio” aims to be a club stomper.
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Romania’s Selectia Nationala 2016
Speaking of Selectia Nationala 2016, TVR has not announced details concerning Romania’s national selection, but an official announcement is expected in a few days’ time. Stay tuned!
What do you think? Are you excited for Mihai’s return to Eurovision? And do you think he could match the success of the anthem that was “Tornero”?
Photos: Mihai Traistariu