The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — is back to Romania, where it is reviewing the 12 semi-finalists of Selectia Nationala 2016. Now we turn to the competition’s early favourite: M I H A I, with his song “Paradisio”. Will it sound like heaven or hell to our jury members? Let’s find out!
M I H A I – “Paradisio”
M I H A I – “Paradisio” reviews
Antranig: I started watching Eurovision in 2006 and “Tornero” is one of my original favourites. This man can sing and he can perform. Unfortunately “Paradisio” isn’t half as good as “Tornero” but the last minute really picks up and the ending is great. M I H A I is good but unfortunately A N T R A N I G is not as blown away as he was with “Tornero”.
Bogdan: Forget about that video and about “Tornero” for a second. The truth of the matter is that, love it or hate it, “Paradisio” is a mercilessly catchy song that will make even the singer’s harshest detractors begrudgingly hum along. It has undeniable melodic qualities and charm and, with a promised revamp and a flawless vocal and stage performance, could do very well in Stockolm. Can M I H A I be this year’s “Golden Boy”?
Deban: “Paradisio” is magic! Concocted with killer hooks, sexy coos and flawless octaves, this is Selectia Nationala at its finest. Personally, I am not a fan of returnees. However, I’m the first to offer an olive branch when greeted with quality. This time round, I’m sacrificing a tree. Mihai Traistariu is a narcissist. He exhibits a broad range of behaviours that testify to his all-consuming need for attention. With “Paradisio”, one thing is certain: it’s his music doing the talking.
Luis: I could only accept the torture that writing M I H A I supposes under exceptional circumstances — that is, another “Tornerò”. Now seriously, M I H A I is a fantastic singer and his voice is to die for, but I just don’t think “Paradisio” is good enough for such a highly anticipated comeback. Indeed, the song is not bad, but let’s put it this way: “Paradisio” is too purgatory. And I’d need something that took my soul to paradise at the second coming of one of my teenage Eurovision idols.
Robyn: Oh, the paradox of M I H A I! On one hand, he releases a decent dance-pop track. On the other hand, he delivers it via a completely tone-deaf music video, that all but reduces the song to a laughingstock. If he can leave the cheesy sci-fi out of his Selectia Nationala staging, then “Paradisio” will be one of the leading contenders for Romania. It’s not the best song in this year’s national final season, but it could make M I H A I’s dream of an ESC return come true.
William: Easily the most modern track in the selection, “Paradisio” would be a deserving winner — and not just because of the singer’s name. M I H A I takes a simple melody and makes it sensual and contemporary with some slick dance-lounge production. His signature vocal flourishes pepper the straightforward melody, giving it texture and flair. Despite looking internationally, this has an identifiably Romanian flair — he’s thinking globally and acting locally. It may not reach the heights of “Tornero”, but it’s a respectable effort.
In the Romanian Wiwi Jury we have 12 Jurors, but only space for 6 reviews. The remaining scores are below:
The highest and lowest scores are removed before calculating the final score. We have dropped a low of 3.5 and a high of 9.5.
Wiwi Jury Score: 7/10
The sole Semi-final of Selectia Nationala 2016 will take place on 4 March in Baia Mare. An expert jury will select four songs to advance to the final, while televoters will save two more acts. The winner will be chosen by 100% televote on 6 March.
First reactions to Selectia Nationala 2016
Do you agree with Wiwi Jury? What do you think about M I H A I’s song? By the way, don’t forget you can still vote in our Romania 2016 poll!