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Romania to held its national Final on 10th of March - A possible return to Paula Seling and Mihai Traistariu

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Romania will select its entry for this year's Eurovision Song Contest through a National Final held on March 10th. Coming participants are able to submit their songs starting on February 6th until February 23rd.   

2006 Final

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Basic information
Date: 
20 May 2006
Venue: 
Olympic Indoor Hall, Athens, Greece
Broadcaster: 
ERT
Presenter(s): 
Maria Menounos & Sakis Rouvas
Other shows this year: 
About the contest: 

There had been a joke among followers of the contest that was based on a series of unlikely, if not impossible events which gradually built up the levels of ridiculousness and climaxing with Hell freezing over and Finland winning the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2006, Hell didn’t freeze, but Finland did win the contest. Not only did it win, but the points total was huge and easily the largest number accumulated by any country at that point in the history of the contest. Some say Lordi owe their victory partly to Norwegian rockers, Wig Wam, who proved that rock could do well in the contest when they came 9th in 2005 and in the process, made rock familiar to Eurovision viewers. If this is true, that should not take away Lordi’s achievement. There were still some that believed in the myth that europap ruled the contest and that ‘proper’ music didn’t have a place. While that view was always wrong, Lordi smashed that myth once and for all. Not only that, they also proved that you don’t need your neighbours to vote for you. While they received good scores from their fellow Scandinavians, the Finns would have won even if they had received no points at all from these countries.

As usual, controversy was not far away. First of all, the Slovenian song, Mr. Nobody, was accused of plagiarism. Austrian singer and 1990 Eurovision representative, Simone, had already released a song called Santa Maria, which had more than a passing resemblance to Mr. Nobody. However, no complaint from the writers of Santa Maria was received by the EBU, and an investigation ruled that the similarities were not close enough to warrant disqualification.

If that wasn’t enough, down the coast in Serbia and Montenegro, trouble brewed at the national final. The Serbians and Montenegrins submitted half the songs each to compete in the final. Boy band, No Name, from Montenegro won the right to go to the contest for a second time. However, the Serbs were not happy as the voting revealed that, while the Serbian juries had voted for Montenegrin songs as well as their ‘own’, Montenegrin juries awarded points mostly to their 'own’. After much speculation and discussion between the two broadcasting companies, no compromise could be reached and so Serbia and Montenegro was a late withdrawal from the contest. Soon after, the two nations agreed to go their separate ways and became independent countries, adding to the increasing list of participants, which brought about a change in the format in 2008.

United Kingdom rapper, Daz Sampson, was a bundle of energy as he bounced on to the stage at the start of his song and appeared to be giving his performance a little bit too much zest. The reasons became apparent soon after the contest was over. His father had passed away a couple of weeks before and Daz had kept it to himself so as not to bring extra attention on himself or be accused of trying to win sympathy votes. During his performance, a lot of emotions must have been coming to the surface so his exuberance can be forgiven.

Armenia joined the Eurovision club, while Austria, Serbia and Montenegro and Hungary withdrew. There were plenty of familiar faces on show in 2006. Carola, Fabrizio Faniello, Eddie Butler (as part of Eden in 1999) and Anna Vissi were all old hands. Dima Bilan made the first of two very successful appearances in the contest.

Trivia: 
Finnish rockers, Lordi, wanted pyrotechnics to be part of their stage show. Finnish broadcaster YLE isn’t one of the richest of Europe’s television companies, but Finnish rock festivals raised enough money for the spectacular that was witnessed on stage.
About the songs: 
Six4OneSix4One Switzerland - Six4One - If We All Give A Little (English)

Music/Lyrics: Ralph Siegel/Bernd Meinunger

Pass the sick bag! Siegel and Meinunger stooped to a new low when they formed a multi-national vocal group to sing this three minutes of utter garbage.

 Arsenium & Natalia GordienkoArsenium & Natalia Gordienko Moldova - Arsenium & Natalia Gordienko - Loca (English)

Music/Lyrics: Arsenium/Arsenium

The danger of a song automatically qualifying for the final is that, sometimes, that song clearly has no place there and only brings down the overall quality of the contest. Moldova’s contemporary but annoying r ‘n’ b effort fits neatly into that category. 

 Eddie ButlerEddie Butler Israel - Eddie Butler - Ze Hazman (Hebrew/English)

Music/Lyrics: Orly Burg, Osnat Zvag/Eddie Butler, Orly Burg, Osnat Zvag

Not Israel’s finest musical hour! Far from the usual offering of vibrant or anthemic, this is just drippy and dull.

 CosmosCosmos Latvia - Cosmos - I Hear Your Heart (English)

Music/Lyrics: Rienis Sejans, Andris Sejans/Molly-Ann Leikin, Guntars Racs

We could have managed without the construction of the robot during the performance. It was a distraction from the almost acapella song, which only had a beat as a backing. Maybe it was a deliberate and clever tactic, as there is nothing memorable in the song itself.  

 Christine GuldbrandsenChristine Guldbrandsen Norway - Christine Guldbrandsen - Alvedansen (Norwegian)

Music/Lyrics: Kjetil Fluge, Atle Halstensen/Kjetil Fluge, Atle Halstensen

Fans of strings would have loved this! The sound sweeps across the whole song while Christine’s pure voice creates the fairytale atmosphere requested by the song.

 Las KetchupLas Ketchup Spain - Las Ketchup - Bloody Mary (Spanish)

Music/Lyrics: Manuel Ruiz Gómez/Manuel Ruiz Gómez

Those who were expecting another Ketchup Song (a big international summer hit for them in 2002) were in for something of a surprise. Bloody Mary is cool and sophisticated, but isn’t nearly instant enough to have a chance of winning. The top 10 would not have been an over achievement. 

 Fabrizio Faniello 2006Fabrizio Faniello Malta - Fabrizio Faniello - I Do (English)

Music/Lyrics: Fabrizio Faniello, Aldo Spiteri/Fabrizio Faniello, Aldo Spiteri

Much better was expected of Fabrizio’s up-tempo summer beach party song. However, the 1970’s choreography did him absolutely no favours and would have been a sobering reminder to choreographers of the modern attitudes needed in the contest these days. 

 Texas LightningTexas Lightning Germany - Texas Lightning - No, No, Never (English)

Music/Lyrics: Jane Comerford/Jane Comerford

A very shrewd entry by the Germans! Country music is familiar to everyone, but had not been heard in the contest before in a genuine form, thus making No, No, Never stand out. It could have been a winner.   

 Sidsel Ben SemmaneSidsel Ben Semmane Denmark - Sidsel Ben Semmane - Twist Of Love (English)

Music/Lyrics: Niels Drevshold/Niels Drevshold

A twist in all senses of the word. Using the dance style as its base, the Danish song tells the story of the shy but good guy getting the girl instead of the confident rotter winning her heart.

 Dima BilanDima Bilan Russia - Dima Bilan - Never Let You Go (English)

Music/Lyrics: Alexandr Lunyov/Karen Kavaleryan, Irina Antonyan

A classic case of over-the-top presentation! Dima had a strong and contemporary pop song that would not be out of place in the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, so someone decided to insert a dancer emerging from the piano into the staging. The Russian delegation got into trouble when Dima’s position in the running order was clearly visible on his vest, making it easier for viewers to remember which number to vote for. This was seen as unfair, but it didn’t stop the same thing happening in the final.

Elena RisteskaElena Risteska Macedonia - Elena Risteska - Ninanajna (Macedonia/English)

Music/Lyrics: Darko Dimitrov/Rade Vrčakovski

If Elena’s modern pop song was going to reach the final, it was probably going to be a close call. So it turned out to be, as she accrued just enough points, even though Ninanajna is a bit of the boring side.

 Mihai TraistariuMihai Traistariu Romania - Mihai Traistariu - Tornero (English/Italian)

Music/Lyrics: Eduard Cârcota/Cristian Hriscu, Mihaela Deac

This is considered by many to be one of the best Eurovision songs in recent years. It is near perfect dance/pop music delivered by one of the best singers in the 2006 contest. 

 Hari Mata HariHari Mata Hari Bosnia and Herzegovina - Hari Mata Hari - Lejla (Bosnian)

Music/Lyrics: Zeljko Joksimovic/Fahrudin Pecikoza, Dejan Ivanovic

The beautiful, almost poetic Lejla glides along effortlessly. The use of ethnic Bosnian sounds gives the song a focus, while the whole package provides one of Bosnia’s best entries to date.

 LT UnitedLT United Lithuania - LT United - We Are The Winners (English)

Music/Lyrics: Andrius Mamontovas, Saulius Urbonavicius/Andrius Mamontovas, Saulius Urbonavicius

There is almost a football chant feel to the Lithuanian song. Very much an outsider before the contest, its zany, cocky nature clearly appealed to some. 

 Daz SampsonDaz Sampson United Kingdom - Daz Sampson - Teenage Life (English)

Music/Lyrics: Daz Sampson, John Matthews/Daz Sampson, John Matthews

Rap music had only been entered in the contest a couple of times before without much success. It seemed Europe still wasn’t ready for the genre given Daz’s disappointing placing. His performance was rather over exuberant, which was forgivable considering what he was hiding from the world at that moment.      

 Anna VissiAnna Vissi Greece - Anna Vissi - Everything (English)

Music/Lyrics: Nikos Karvelas/Anna Vissi

The Greek diva commanded the stage without any help. The Greek public choose the song for her to defend the title with. It is very un-Greek and is a slow burner, but rocks into an abundance of anger and emotion. 

 LordiLordi Finland - Lordi - Hard Rock Hallelujah (English)

Music/Lyrics: Lordi/Lordi

Complete with monster costumes (which Lordi were never seen without), the audience witnessed something it hadn’t seen before. It wasn’t hard rock by purists’ standards, but was closer to it than had been seen in the contest before. Pyrotechnics abounded, even spraying from the guitars towards the songs climax. 

 Tina KarolTina Karol Ukraine - Tina Karol - Show Me Your Love (English)

Music/Lyrics: José Manuel Alfonso, Elvis Weiguinha/José Manuel Alfonso, Elvis Weiguinha

Tina looked completely at home on stage. Her relaxed approach and natural talent did a very good job of selling her pop song with a Balkan flavour. 

 Virginie PouchinVirginie Pouchin France - Virginie Pouchin - Il était Temps (French)

Music/Lyrics: Cornielle Nyungura/Cornielle Nyungura

A very nervous looking Virginie had one of her music school buddies accompanying her on the cello. It is pleasant and has a definite charm, but is a little repetitive.  

 SeverinaSeverina Croatia - Severina - Moja Stikla (Croatian)

Music/Lyrics: Boris Novkovic, Franjo Valentic/Severina Vuckovic

Severina has what could be described as a good mouth for a singer. The whole package is a bit mad, unpredictable and fun but irritating at the same time.

 Brian KennedyBrian Kennedy Ireland - Brian Kennedy - Every Song Is A Cry For Love (English)

Music/Lyrics: Brian Kennedy/Brian Kennedy

Determined to reverse declining fortunes, the Irish sent one of their most popular singers with a song he wrote himself. The tactic worked, just, as he finished in the last qualifying place in the semi. It is a ballad in a class above those which had seen Ireland at the wrong end of the scoreboard in recent times. 

 Carola 2006Carola 2006 Sweden - Carola - Invincible (English)

Music/Lyrics: Thomas G:son, Bobby Ljunggren, Henrik Wikström/Thomas G:son, Carola Häggkvist

Old favourite and ex winner Carola came back for a third time with another infectious tune. It’s not the best example of Swedish schlager, but is a credible example of why Sweden is among the favourite Eurovision countries of most fans.  

 Sibel TüzünSibel Tüzün Turkey - Sibel Tüzün - Superstar (Turkish)

Music/Lyrics: Sibel Tüzün/Sibel Tüzün

This song wouldn’t have made Sibel a ‘superstar’. It’s a rather lacklustre Turkish pop song with an over-long instrumental section. In fact, when the vocals start again, it catches the listener by surprise.   

 AndréAndré Armenia - André - Without Your Love (English)

Music/Lyrics: Armen Martirosjan/Catherine Bekian

The contest’s newest recruit goes down the commercial pop route with its first song, but maintains (in parts) an element of the ethnic Armenian sound. Over elaborate staging with some ill designed furniture took away some of the potential the song had for success.  

16 songs for Romanian Selection

Preselectia Eurovision 2010.jpg

On January 25, the Romanian broadcaster TVR held the pre-selection of Selecţia Naţională, the National Selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. The broadcaster received 111 entries for the selection which is being co-produced by the newspaper Adevarul (truth) this year.

Romania is Preparing to Conquer Europe at Eurovision 2010

Romanian Eurovision heart © EBU

In the last few days, we have heard a lot of rumours about the National Selection for Eurovision in Romania. During this time the EuroVisionary team kept in touch with the organizers of this year Selection, who have sent us the latest news.

Mihai Traistariu - 2009 in Review

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If he were to analyse 2009, Mihai Traistariu would find that the past year was a successful and profitable one. In January 2009, he represented Romania and won the 1st place from the European public at one of the most important international competitions of dance music, Eurodance

Mihai Traistariu Has Released the 10th Album of His Career - Love

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After saying "better late than never", here it is, after almost two years since the last album was released, it is time for Mihai Traistariu to finally release the 10th album of his career, Love.

Mihai Trăistariu: The 2009 songs part 3

In the third out of four blogs about the 42 songs competing at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest Mihai Trăistariu, former participant, has been listening to Latvia, Lithuania, FYR Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland and Portugal.   

Mihai Trăistariu: The 2009 songs part 2

Mihai Trăistariu continue sharing his opinion about this year’s 42 participating songs. In part two of four he looks at Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland and Israel.

Mihai Trăistariu guest blogger on EuroVisionary

Mihai Trăistariu

He represented Romania at the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest where he came 4th with the song Tornerò. He would have liked to give it another go in Moscow, but new rules for the national final kept him out. Instead he is now a guest blogger on EuroVisionary giving his opinion about the songs competing to win the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest.

Mihai Trăistariu: The 2009 songs part 1

Mihai Trăistariu, who represented Romania at the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest will, as a guest blogger on EuroVisionary, be sharing his opinion about this year’s 42 participating songs. In part one of four he looks at Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia and Cyprus.

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