As promised, the artist formerly known as Mihai Traistariu has returned with “Paradisio”, his bid for Romania’s Selectia Nationala 2016. After it briefly leaked yesterday, the song was officially launched today together with a “special effects” laden video. While the video may be visually puzzling and underwhelming, it’s the song that counts. Is this Mihai‘s golden ticket to Stockholm and, as he hopes, even Eurovision victory?
Mihai has been boasting about coming up with a killer song to win the whole thing for a couple of weeks now and has invested 15,000 euros in video production. He’s put all his hopes in one basket and he’s even quoted by the Romanian press to have said that he is ready to sell his home in order to win Eurovision. But ultimately it’s the fans, the juries and the voting public who will decide whether the Force is still strong with the “Tornero” singer or if this new song is a star-killer.
It is clear why Mihai is very optimistic — the song is not bad and has a catchy, highly memorable chorus. But in our opinion “Paradisio” is not likely to top the success of “Tornero”, which was an instant classic. Plus, Mihai owes a muffin basket to Norwegian DJ Kygo, whose signature sound he borrowed for the middle eight. Nevertheless, provided that Mihai wins Selectia Nationala in March, we wouldn’t be surprised if, come May, a vast majority of Eurofans will know the lyrics to “Paradisio” by heart. And it’s definitely going to be a hit on the Euroclub dancefloor!
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So what do you think? Has Mihai fulfilled your expectations? Or is his “Paradisio” not enough to secure a successful return to the Eurovision stage? Sound off in the comment section!