As the famous proverb goes, three things are guaranteed in life — death, taxes and Mihai Traistariu (also known as M I H A I) entering the Romanian national final.
The famed Romanian, who achieved fourth place with “Tornerò” at Eurovision 2006, has since entered Romania’s national selection Selectia Nationala every year since 2016. His most recent entry, “Heaven”, scored a very respectable 7th place in a strong field of competitors.
While a M I H A I revival might be expected for 2019, the singer may be setting his sights abroad.
The Romanian is currently performing and travelling on the beautiful shores of Malta. While there, he’s dropped a potential hint about his plans for 2019 on Facebook — stating that he will meet with the OGAE Malta Fan Club. He’s also silently reposted a news article rumouring a potential participation in the Maltese National Selection.
Azi am concertat in Malta !Maine trag o fuga cu Mihaela Florea pe plaja BLUE LAGOON, de pe insula Comino : Blue Lagoon,…
M I H A I may find himself in some trouble, however, if he wishes to enter MESC as a singer. While Maltese national broadcaster PBS has not clarified submission rules for 2019, their 2018 rules stipulate that each artist must have Maltese citizenship.
C Performances and Artist
8. All artists must be of Maltese nationality or have dual citizenship, one of which is
Maltese. In the case of a group comprising two or more artists, the lead artist must be of
Maltese Nationality or hold dual citizenship one of which is Maltese. All artists
participating in lead role must be of Maltese Nationality or hold dual citizenship, one of
While M I H A I might not be able to enter MESC as a singer, he may be considering entering as a songwriter. 2018 regulations stipulate that songwriters may be of any nationality. Will M I H A I consider working with “Heart of Gold” star Brooke? Sounds like a collaboration made in “Heaven”.
M I H A I may bring some luck to unlucky Malta, who have failed to qualify for two consecutive years. In 2017 Claudia Faniello placed 16th in her semi final with “Breathlessly”, while this year Christabelle scored an unexpected but respectable 13th place in the semi final with “Taboo”. Unfortunately she came last with televoters.
Would you like to see M I H A I jump ship and enter the Maltese national selection? Which Maltese artist would you like to see him collaborate with? Let us know in the comments below!