Mihai Roxen Romania

He finished fourth for Romania at Eurovision 2006. And in recent years it’s felt like he’s been trying to come back ever since. And 2020 is no different for Mihai Traistariu (also known as M I H A I).

However, despite having a song ready to go, the “Tornero” singer’s plans have been scuppered. Never shy to speak his mind, Mihai has hit out at TVR, Global Records and Roxen.

Mihai Traistariu’s planned Eurovision 2020 entry for Romania

Along with composer Alex Luft, Mihai had prepared “Sorries Are Never Enough” for submission to Selectia Nationala. However, his intentions turned to dust when Romanian broadcaster TVR announced its collaboration with record label Global Records. Regardless, he has gone ahead and published the song on YouTube.

It’s a symphonic ballad with an electronic/dubstep flair and some rather dodgy English lyrics.

Mihai on Roxen

When the news came that Roxen will represent the Carpathian nation, Traistariu immediately lashed out at TVR and, indirectly, Roxen herself. Appearing on the gossip show Antenna Stars he said:

“It is a huge risk to send a child who isn’t ready yet, who’s literally a rookie, who barely has any gigs or experience behind her back. She may have had like three shows and one hit on the radio, but she’s inexperienced. She doesn’t know what’s going on with her”.

He continues

“I’ve been yelling all the time, send experienced acts to Eurovision, not some random kids. The broadcaster is experimenting now. They conduct an experiment on a girl who just has been launched three months ago. She’s been around for three months and has one song released, she has no idea what competition means”.

However, there’s a twist in the story, as MIHAI and Roxen have crossed paths before. Shortly after his chat show appearance, the “Paradisio” hitmaker spoke to Libertateasoftening his stance somewhat.

“I’ve realized that Roxen is actually Larisa Giurgiu from Cluj, whom I’ve given an award to back when she was 14 years old, at a music competition! And guess what, I gave her the Mihai Traistariu Special Award, a trophy that I only give to phenomenal voices. I’ve even promised her that we’ll record a duet together, but we didn’t ever since. And now she won’t want to sing with me, you can tell.

I feel a little bad that I spoke so harshly of her, but I keep my opinion that only experienced voices should go to Eurovision. Romania’s biggest Eurovision successes were achieved by experienced and popular artists, like Paula Seling, Monica Anghel, Luminita Anghel, and myself.”

MIHAI for Azerbaijan or San Marino?

Traistariu has flirted with entering national finals outside his home country, including Moldova and Belarus.

Apparently, he’s giving it another try, as he announced on the same gossip show that he submitted a song to both the Azerbaijani and the Sammarinese broadcasters, plus a third one, which he did not reveal.

Now, it is very unlikely that the Azeris would consider him, but San Marino has engaged foreign artists on multiple occasions, notably with Senhit, Michele Perniola, Serhat, Jimmie Wilson, and the robotic car crash that was Jessika feat. Jenifer Brening.

Do you agree with Mihai Traistariu’s? Or is he just bitter because he wasn’t chosen? Sound off in the comments below!

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He’s always complaining. I think it would be better for him to be professional. It’s not good to target someone individually. Also, I think she will prove him wrong <3

Stfu Mihai
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Stfu Mihai

Says the guy who dropped out of Selectia Nationala last year…

Tajikistan
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Tajikistan

I just looked through his instagram and I’m traumatised for life…

Please please PLEASE never let this man go near Eurovision again

Tomás davitt
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Tomás davitt

That song is a hot mess. He wouldn’t have been top 3, even if there had have been a national final.

JJ Abrahames
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JJ Abrahames

he was inexperienced kid in 2006

Oy oy
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Oy oy

MIHAI: You had your go for Raminain 14 – fourteen – (!!) years ago. And you blew every chance you ever had by revamping “Tornero” back then. Now it?s time to let it go and have another artist having hos or her dream come true.

Jo.
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Jo.

I don’t know why you keep giving attention to this guy every year…

The Roop is On Fire
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The Roop is On Fire

I think what Mihai should do is to offer solutions instead of complaining every year. Doing the latter is not a good look because no one will take him seriously everytime he has the need to question the artists he’s targeting at or how Romania selects.

Kim
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Kim

Eurovision season without Mihai drama is like Christmas without turkey. Although I did chuckle thinking about all his “only fans” that have their very own Mihai award

Amor
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Amor

This may be an unpopular opinion., I see what he’s saying. It’s better to send experienced artists who understand the demands of a hectic contest like Eurovision. They don’t have to be famous just experienced. Its a big gamble sending a rookie. I think he phrased it the wrong way. He should have been more congratulatory to her and wished her the best. I personally would like to see her do well.

Tajikistan
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Tajikistan

He forgets that’s Romania’s most recent top 10 (and only qualification since 2015) was achieved by two “inexperienced kids”

Whisker
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Whisker

LOL, so TRUE, the Yodel it duo.

Esc1234
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Esc1234

He should focus to his onlyfans account and stop being bitter

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Guest

He brings up an interesting debate about what purpose the contest is supposed to serve – a “spring board” for new artists, or a European championship of composition, singing and performance, therefore more suitable for established and experienced professionals. But of course, it’s the way he phrases this that’s understandably earning him a huge backlash from the fans. I do believe that Eurovision should be a “European championship” in terms of musical talent – whether that talent is in composition, dance/performance, and/or singing, ideally all three of them. This means a country cannot afford to send complete amateurs and still… Read more »

Joe
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Joe

Michael Schulte id call a vocal powerhouse, even if he wasn’t show-offy about it. (Sorry, don’t think I’m deliberately missing your point, it’s really good, but I felt that needed to be said.)

Una
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Una

I personally would be afraid to liken Eurovision to a European championship of some sort. There is so much pressure on broadcasters and artists, especially with the wave of non-qualifications of what people used to call powerhouses. And the standards have been higher and higher every year since 2016-2017 or so. It’s crazy sh*t with over the top stagings and super creative directors and super composers and super gaga dancers and friends and so on. I just feel like Eurovision is not the show that it used to be with some Schlagers and typical ballads and some kitch graduating to… Read more »

Elena
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Elena

This man has some serious problems and wants just attention. Romanians haven’t heard a song of his since Tornero but likes to act as if he’s a huge celebrity. He behaves the way he does but then wonders why no one is taking him seriously anymore. His talent has been wasted…
Eurovision season is the only moment when he can still feel relevant by attacking TVR.

La la love
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La la love

Idk yea it was maybe a publicity stunt

OrangeVorty
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OrangeVorty

This is so true. No one in Romania knows this guy nowadays. It would be like sending Engelbert Humperdinck (sort of!) ?

Sverige
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Sverige

Ok boomer… His song is so boring, annoying and all over the place. Please get a grip babe

Aaron
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Aaron

A man that has to reduce himself to having an onlyfans account cannot seriously be complaining about an artist who is actually promising being selected instead of his washed up music.

fan
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fan

What an irritating and affected vocal, terrible english lyrics and grammatically not correct.

Am.casablancas
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Am.casablancas

Who does he think he is, you see he might be a senior at this league but he always comes out bitchy and crazy, he always thinks he should go to ESC when literally he has had only terrible tracks, and now he bashes on a girl just for being an amateur. As if Destiny from Malta wasn’t an example of being young doesn’t mean being flawed (seeing how she holds the 5th spot with the bookies). I’m always happy to see new faces at ESC, and frankly your song is truly horrendous. And please ESC fans, stop feeding his… Read more »

Libero
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Libero

will he ever stop complaining about everything?

Johan
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Johan

haha then he is in very good company with many in here. They do that also all the time. Not you

Kosey
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Kosey

I wonder if he gets the irony in his song choice?

Mia
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Mia

Lol this has-been is actually doing her a favor.

DUMACA
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DUMACA

Guys PLEASE stop reporting on MIHAI. He’s either mentally unstable at the moment, or just begging for attention. It’s really sad to see, and he’ll more than likely regret all the stuff he’s been saying when he’s mentally in a better place!

Ricky Gervais
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Ricky Gervais

And my obsession with songs under 3 minutes, that could potentially do well in ESC, continues:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Md_1f-DQFss

Has anyone got San Marino’s contact number? 😀

Brooklyn
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Brooklyn

apparently he’s selling “nudes”. No wonder no one is wanting him

DUMACA
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DUMACA

There’s nothing wrong with selling nudes – let the man get his coin.

Una
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Una

To be fair, Mihai mentioned a few things that caught my attention. And I think he had some good points that got lost in that sea of facts and contradictions and projections: 1. He was unhappy with the broadcaster for not having announced much earlier how the selection would happen. 2. Composers and artists worked for months and spent a lot of money for songs only to find out there is no selection in the traditional way of doing things. Like, always. 3. Romania’s best results were achieved by big voices such as Luminita, Paula and Ovi and himself. 4.… Read more »

Isa
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Isa

Prior to Eurovision, Duncan Laurence had not released an album, he was on “The Voice”, yet still managed to win Eurovision.

Una
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Una

Agreed and please read my comment about “few artists” that are unknown that manage to do well.

Isa
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Isa

I did read your comment! I was just adding to the idea that Mihai’s thought process is flawed- an artist does not need to be known to do well.

Una
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Una

That’s great. Sorry if I misunderstood your comment.

Jessey
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Jessey

Haha he said she is a child let me tell you something roxen has way more potential to do well in 2020 his music is dated it ain’t going to work

Whisker
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Whisker

LOL, I’ve just realized, that photo of Roxen next to Mihai’s, the.shade. Nice pic(k)!

Una
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Una

Because of her back – like not facing him – and the strict look in her eyes? Good catch, Whisker!

Whisker
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Whisker

Yes indeed thank you

Joe
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Joe

Swiss song is coming out on March 4th, btw

Una
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Una

Great news! Thanks, Joe 🙂 William said something in a recent video that made me excited about the Swiss entry.

Jessey
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Jessey

Thanks

Marcus
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Marcus

Please Mihai, just go away already. Tornero is an overrated mess to begin with, and we don’t need you back in Eurovision.

NickC
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NickC

I am a euro fan, but i just do not understand his obsession with Eurovision.

Joe
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Joe

San Marino isn’t that desperate btw.

Joe
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Joe

If they sent Aly Ryan, there’d at least be the possibility that the song would be good. They send this and they’re back on the bench after last years triumph. (But hey, same semi as Moldova, who knows how they’d score if they sent a Romanian?)

Joe
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Joe

So, instead of a song that reflects what your country actually is listening to these days, you’d rather they send your sorry little number? Tell you what, when her song is chosen, you can listen to them side by side and let us know which one sounds more like something people want to listen to.

Whisker
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Whisker

“It a huge risk to send a child”.
This is INFURIATING. She is 20 years old. Stop infantilizing young women.

Dawid
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Dawid

What her gender has to do with it? Would it be ok if Roxen was guy? He said “a child”, not “a girl”.

Whisker
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Whisker

Using girl instead of child would have been seen as open sexism. Using child is much more demeaning. A reversed gender scenario – speaking in binary terms of course – what the eff. I was referring to the statement about Roxen. Roxen is 20 years old and she is legally an adult. A young woman, yet legally an adult. Calling a woman a child is not ok.

Héctor
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Héctor

A conversation between Aly Ryan and MIHAI should be funny. A battle of egos. Maybe that way they would stop being a bad joke of themselves and stop acting like the superstars they think they are. MIHAI could be the most experienced artist in Romania, something I doubt, but he is just an XL-sized bag of annoying arrogance and his songs are bland, cheesy and uninspired. He got stucked in 2006. Even though he is trying to sound modern it doesn’t feel right, like a grandma who still dress like she is in her 20s. He’s out place and produce… Read more »

Henrikh Mugosa
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Henrikh Mugosa

So true, this comment.

uzhas
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uzhas

San Marino should send a duet of Mihai and Aly Ryan. San Marino 2021

Dawid
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Dawid

San Marino 2021!

Whisker
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Whisker

Fill the glasses to.the.brim! Get the party hats ready! Get the confetti ready! Bottoms up! Line up for the congaaaaaaaa! LOL!

Johan
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Johan

I have nothing against people who compete many times like Aiste, Ruta and Markus Riva etc. But this guy i dont like. Sorry. That song was really bad to

Paul
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Paul

What a bell end

DUMACA
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DUMACA

He’s clearly mentally unstable, or in a bad place at the moment. It’s sad to see…

Stian F
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Stian F

Oh this man has no self-awareness… It is sad…. He obviously shouts before thinking and then expects the Romanian broadcaster to forget about it the following year… Also his songs get worse every year. There is no chance anyone is going to accept his songs nowadays….

Andrei
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Andrei

This Mihai character is bipolar and embarassing….

Una
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Una

I strongly disagree with your armchair assessment of Mihai. You could think he’s embarassing but stating things you don’t know about health issues? That is not right at all.

Monika
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Monika

Shut up!

Una
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Una

Aww, classy 🙂 And constructive 🙂

Jonas
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Jonas

I agree. There’s nothing embarassing about bipolar disorder even if he did have it. Bipolar is not a pejorative.

Una
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Una

I don’t think either person here has made a professional diagnosis of anyone. Using the word “bipolar” to insult someone? That’s disgusting and cruel.

Joe
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Joe

I agree, Una. Criticize his attitude, but don’t use mental illness as some kind of insult.

Una
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Una

Thanks very much Joe. Good to see such a reasonable comment on this particular post.

Jonas
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Jonas

That’s what I said? At least that’s what I meant.

Una
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Una

Yes, that is what you meant. I understood your comment very well. I appreciate a such a reasonable comment considering that others have talked bu** 🙂

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

I feel like he’s the romanian gordon xD, fellow dutchies know what’s up

Robert
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Robert

Here we go again!

KuhKatz
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KuhKatz

The yearly 5 minutes of Mihai, fishing for attention.

He was great in 2006, no doubt, but he shouldn‘t act like he is the answer for Romania every year.

Whisker
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Whisker

I doubt “Sorries are never enough” would have done well in ESC. #sorrynotsorry.

Yasi
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Yasi

Didn’t he finish fifth though? But I’m pretty sure fourth place is wrong.

Yasi
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Yasi

Nevermind, it’s actually right. Weird, I always thought he finished fifth.

Tom
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Tom

He needs a doctor

Whisker
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Whisker

Or a hobby.

Una
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Una

Another one with armchair assessments. You are allowed to not like him but say he needs a doctor? Come on people.

Polegend Godgarina
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he’s a talented vocalist who has managed to turn himself into a complete joke no one takes seriously… feeling sad for him.

Joe
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Joe

The broadcaster is never going to want to work with him again. He’s burned that bridge. The comeback was already unlikely, but stuff like this might as well seal the deal.

Una
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Una

He actually said, among other things, that the broadcaster don’t care about the result. And some other allegations which I will not mention here.

UmBv
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UmBv

He should just focus on his onlyfans…

Pancake
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Pancake

Mihai: “I’ve been yelling all the time, send experienced acts to Eurovision, not some random kids”
Me: *Laughs in Destiny Chukunyere and Zena*

James
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James

Also me: *Laughs in Sandra Kim*

Whisker
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Whisker

LOL, this is #priceless. She was 14, right?

Alex
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Alex

Mihai: OMG who is she? She wont even win because she isn’t famous.

Duncan Lawrence: *Laughs in unknown before ESC*

Whisker
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Whisker

IMO he’s trolling. “Not famous” – *he* said yet she’s the third most played voice on the radio, as per a previous blog post here (or even two). AND he says he’s given her *HIS* award? What the eff. What an disordered attitude. Blame the broadcaster all you want but leave that girl alone.

Alex
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Alex

He also said having radio hits doesn’t matter.

Whisker
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Whisker

He’s ridiculous. And a troll.

Joe
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Joe

I’m pretty sure the only acts in recent years with any significant degree of popularity in their home nation that won were Mans and maybe Jamala.

Coco Jambo
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Coco Jambo

I’m afraid he’s right. The 2 Billie Eilish from Romania and Bulgaria will not bother anybody in semi.

Tom
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Tom

Billie Eilish will come from Lithuania also haha

Tom
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Tom

His song is horible omg,even worst than Montenegro in 2019 ….