M I H A I, the Eurovision star formerly known as Mihai Traistariu, has gotten over finishing second at Selectia Nationala 2017 and is gearing up for Selectia Nationala 2018, where he aims for the top spot. He’s already received seven tracks for Lisbon and he is calling for new submissions. Meanwhile, the singer featured on two singles over the last week: “Chop Chop” and “Portobella”, both in collaboration with En3rgy MC.
“I won’t surrender,” M I H A I belted out flawlessly at the National Final of Selectia Nationala 2017, where his song placed second behind Ilinca and Alex Florea’s “Yodel It”. And surrender he won’t, because the singer has not given up on his dream of representing Romania at Eurovision again and bringing the trophy home. Setting his sets firmly on Lisbon 2018, M I H A I announced that he already has received seven tracks for Selectia Nationala 2018 and is open to more song submissions.
At the time he wrote that he would choose the best song by December, but he needs to hurry up, because the preselection will start in November, according to the latest news coming from broadcaster TVR.
But before Selectia Nationala kicks off, M I H A I has uploaded two brand new videos on his YouTube channel, “Chop Chop” and “Portobella”, where he features alongside rapper En3rgy MC.
EN3RGY MC feat. M I H A I – “Chop Chop”
EN3RGY MC feat. M I H A I – “Portobella”
Yes, they’re a far cry from the classy ballad “I Won’t Surrender”, on which M I H A I’s voice is most at home. They sound more like a blast from the past and a tribute to the 90s Romanian music — and they’re definitely not Eurovision material. But it’s worth noting that M I H A I doesn’t shy away from musical collaborations with artists from a wide range of styles. It may be easy to laugh at the video concepts and the overall quality of the songs, but the truth of the matter is that M I H A I is a singer in demand and he keeps working non-stop. The reception to these collabs might be lukewarm (just over 2,000 views for both videos in one week), but the “Tornero” singer will go on, undeterred by criticism and haters. And you gotta respect the utter self-confidence of the self-proclaimed “sexiest guy in town”, not to mention his one-of-a-kind voice.
What do you think about M I H A I’s new videos? And are you ready for him to slay the pack at Selectia Nationala 2018? Let us know in the comments!