Following the cancellation of Eurovision last year, the majority of the class of 2020 received the comeback ticket to sing again at Eurovision 2021. A massive 26 artists will return to represent their countries at Eurovision 2021. But as per the standard Eurovision rules, they’ve all got new songs.
Thus, comparisons to their previous entries are inevitable. So, we want to hear from our readers. We’re running a series of polls to ask — do you prefer the returning artists’ 2020 or 2021 songs?
Today, we’re shining a light on Romania. In 2020, Roxen was set to take “Alcohol You” to Rotterdam. This year, she’ll be singing “Amnesia” at Eurovision 2021. But which song is your favourite? Vote in our poll now!
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“Alcohol You” (Romania 2020)
Roxen was originally internally selected to represent Romania at Eurovision 2020. But the choice of which song she would go to the contest with was given to the public. Roxen performed five songs at Selecția Națională 2020, with “Alcohol You” emerging victorious. A subtle yet sophisticated ballad, the song title played on the phrase ‘I will call you’.
The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — awarded “Alcohol You” an average score of 7.35 out of 10. In his review, wiwiblogger Deban wrote:
“Understated in delivery, but yet so sophisticated, “Alcohol You” is the standout ballad in a sea of dirge. The vulnerability here is compelling. Clever puns weave into infectious melodies to create a powerfully charged heady cocktail of emotions. It isn’t easy to write songs like these, and it’s even harder to give them a floaty feeling. Roxen is a rare find and excels in her delivery of this track.”
“Amnesia” (Romania 2021)
Romanian broadcaster TVR eventually confirmed that Roxen would be re-selected to compete at Eurovision 2021. This time, her song was also internally selected.
Her 2021 entry “Amnesia” increases the things slightly to a mid-tempo track, though it tries to capture a similar understated emotional vibe. Roxen sings to those people who might be bringing themselves down and reminds them that they’re not alone.
Poll battle — Romania: Which Roxen Eurovision entry do you prefer?
In this poll, you can only vote for one song — so choose wisely. And as always, you can only vote once. Let the battle commence!
Which of Roxen’s Eurovision songs do you prefer? Are you team “Alcohol You” or team “Amnesia”? Let us know in the comments below!