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”.
“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 Libertatea, softening 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?
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!