It’s the seventh week of our latest feature to find out the Top 30 songs released by former Eurovision stars in 2017. Again this week we take you through fourteen of the biggest hits of 2017 and ask you to vote for your three favourites from the bunch!
Over the next nine weeks we will be looking closely at some of the songs released in 2016 by former Eurovision contestants. We will be asking you to vote for your favourite from the lists before compiling a final Top 30 just before the end of the year.
Romania’s rock band Eurovision entry from 2015 are back with an impressive tenth studio album which they have appropriately named ‘X’. The album features ten new tracks and is available to download on all major music sites.
Romania hosted the final of Selecția Națională 2016 earlier this evening and have chosen Ovidiu Anton as their Eurovision participant. He will sing his song ‘Moment of Silence’ accompanied by what look like Game of Thrones extras, complete with sword dancing and overused smoke machines.
Romania has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 17 times, debuting in the 1994 contest. Along with Russia and Greece, Romania has never missed a final since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004. They have placed in the top ten on five occasions, including two third places which they received in 2005 with Luminița Anghel & Sistem and 2010 with Paula Seling & Ovi. Seling and Ovi returned to Eurovision in 2014 with ‘Miracle’ but couldn’t match their previous success, only placing 12th. Most recently band Voltaj came in 15th with ‘All Over Again’ in 2015.
Today the acts from Serbia, Hungary, Belarus, Russia, Denmark, Albania, Romania and Georgia all got the chance to have their first practice run through on the Eurovision stage. Wiener Stadhalle in the Austrian capital has been totally transformed for the Contest and you can get a little sneak preview of some of the acts by reading on.
The Romanian Eurovision pick for 2015 is MTV EMA award winners, Voltaj who formed in 1996 and have had more line up changes than Destiny’s Child and the Sugababes put together. The band are hoping to improve on Romania’s recent attempts and get them back into the top 10 for the first time since 2010 with their song ‘De La Capat’ (or ‘All Over Again’ in English). Read on to find out our verdict on the song.
This week was another action packed week with many of the countries taking part in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest finalising their acts and songs for Vienna in May. Majority of the songs have now been revealed, but let’s take a look back on the things we learned this week.
1. Australia will make their debut at the 60th Eurovision Song Contest, but it was revealed this week that their first ever representative would be former Australian Idol and R n B singer Guy Sebastian. In a press conference this week he stated that the song choice would be revealed in due course, but it could be a song that featured on his latest album, as it was written within the Eurovision deadline.
2. Controversy was rife when the German selection process crowned Andreas Kummert as the winner of the live final this week, only for the singer to turn down the chance to represent his country at Eurovision with song ‘Heart of Stone’
3. Instead it would be runner up
Selecţia Naţională, the Romanian Eurovision selection process saw twelve acts vie to be chosen for Romania for 2015 on Sunday 8th March. The winning act was Voltaj with song ‘De la capăt’ which received the most votes from a 50/50 jury/public vote split.
In second place was Luminiţa Anghel with ‘A Million Stars’ and in third was Ovidiu Anton with ‘Still Alive’. Voltaj will represent Romania in the first of two semi finals to be held in Vienna on the 19th May 2015. You can listen to the winning song below, and as always we want to know what you think.