One year ago he was ready to “Yodel It!” together with Ilinca Bacila on the Eurovision stage in Kyiv. While his partner moved on up to sit on Romania‘s Selectia Nationala jury, Alex Florea crashed in the semi-finals and is now trying his luck elsewhere. His latest attempt to achieve stardom is the talent show The Four, where Selectia Nationala 2018 finalist and Wiwi Jury favourite Feli is a judge.
Over the weekend, Alex competed in the new talent show Cei 4! – The Four, which mimics the formats of both The Voice and X Factor. For his audition in front of the four judges, he performed a cover of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine”, not before throwing some shade on Romania’s music industry. Being asked why he entered the competition after he already made a name for himself, Alex said that he was not happy with the direction of his career and that he wanted more artistic integrity.
I am disappointed that everyone wants to push whatever sells, to make money now and they don’t care about the artist and what he goes through. And I don’t want to be one of those who disappear. I’ve been pushed aside in favour of big sellers. I usually sing rock music, but I’ve been told that rock doesn’t sell. There were moments when I wanted to give up, because people around me wanted to change who I was.
The jury, which also included pop star Antonia, Moldovan sensation Carla’s Dreams, and hip hop artist Cheloo, praised the rocker’s performance as one of the best of the night. Feli in particular congratulated Alex on overcoming his nerves and the odd off-key note.
Eventually, he advanced to the next stage: a duel with a fellow contestant. This time, Alex took on Deep Purple’s “When A Blind Man Cries”.
This time, the audience in the studio decided the winner, and they went with Alex Florea. After beating his fellow contestant Angelo Simonica and eliminating him from the competition, Alex is now occupying a seat among The Four best contestants — at least, until next week’s challengers take to the stage.
Previously, Alex was a contestant on both Romania’s X Factor (in 2014) and The Voice (in 2015), where he reached the semi-finals. Last year, together with Ilinca he won Selectia Nationala with “Yodel It!” and went on to represent Romania at Eurovision, finishing seventh on the Grand Final scoreboard in Kyiv.
Update: After just one week on the show, Alex Florea was eliminated by rapper Lu-Chan on 7 April.
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