Last month, Stig Rästa teased us with a snippet and the mystery of an unnamed singer. Now we know the vocalist is Sergiu Bolota, a 31-year old singer from Transylvania — and he just released “We Were Young”, one of the 84 submissions for Selectia Nationala 2017.
Sleekly produced, “We Were Young” is a surprisingly upbeat track, taking into account the bitter-sweet, nostalgic lyrics. The dynamic rhythm marks a departure from Sergiu’s usual sound, which is more sombre. However, things have been looking up for him lately, and “We Were Young” certainly reflects that. With a pitch-perfect performance at the live auditions, the song should have no problem advancing to the semi-final on 26 February.
Who is Sergiu Bolota?
Sergiu Bolota is a singer-songwriter who was born in the Transylvanian city of Sibiu, Romania. He started singing since he was a little child in various school events but also in churches. Between 2009-2011, he was in a band called Zao Thusia, which released an album in November 2010. In 2013, Sergiu quit his day job in a skate shop in order to focus on his musical career and he started singing in pubs, bars and cafes in various cities, but also at festivals. He also tried his luck at X Factor Romania in 2015.
While Sergiu hasn’t submitted a song to Romania’s Selectia Nationala before, he’s been following Eurovision on television. His favourite songs are Luminita Anghel and Sistem’s “Let Me Try”, Hovi Star’s “Made of Stars” and, of course, Elina and Stig’s “Goodbye To Yesterday”. The Eurovision hit was the one that made him contact the songwriter for a collaboration. Sergiu travelled to Tallinn, where he recorded the song in Stig Rästa’s studios.
The live auditions for Selectia Nationala 2017 will be held between 25-27 January. Until 15 February, we should know the 15 semi-finalists, which will face off at the semi-final on 26 February. Ten songs will advance to the National Final based on 100% jury votes. The winner will be decided based on 100% televote at the National Final on 5 March.
What do you think about “We Were Young”? Does Stig Rästa’s name offer the traction it needs to guarantee success at Selectia Nationala? Let us know in the comment section below!