Selectia Nationala 2015 , the Romanian national final for the Eurovision Song Contest has just finished. Voltaj with the song De la capat will represent Romania in Vienna.
Voltaj will compete in the second half of the first semi-final on Tuesday May 19th.
The results were determined by a 50/50 vote from televoting and jury. Voltaj won with the maximum of 24 points. 12 points from the jury and 12 points from the public.
Get to know Voltaj
Voltaj (which translates to Voltage in English) are a Romanian Pop Rock band. Although they have been together since 1982, they didn’t release their first album until 1996, which was entitled Pericol de Moarte (Risk of Death). At that point in their career they had a heavy metal/rock sound, but over the years developed into more of an electronic pop/rock sound.
The band have had many line up changes over the years, but the current band consists of Calin Goia (vocals), Gabi “Porcus” Constantin (guitar), Adrian M. Cristescu (keyboards), Valeriu ‘Prunus’ Ionescu (bass) and Oliver Sterian (drums). The last album they released was in 2012 and was called Da vina pe Voltaj (Blame Voltage).
The band are ambassadors for the charity World Vision and support Habitat for Humanity Romania, and are using their song and entry into raise money and awareness of the issues of child poverty in Romania, if they make it to Vienna they are also hoping to bring a positive message from the people of Romania.
Romania: The story so far
Romania made it’s Eurovision debut in 1994 with Dan Bittman singing Dincolo de nori.
To date Romania’s best result is a third place in 2005 and 2010. Along with Greece and Russia, Romania has never missed a final since in the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004.
Last year, Romania was represented by Paula Seling and Ovi with the song Miracle. They finished 12th in the grand final.