Dieter Bohlen for Romania?

by Richard West-Soley 160 views

The first hints regarding the participants of this year's Romanian selection have started to circulate in the national press. Although unconfirmed until the official list of songs is published by TVR, it seems that two of last year's Romanian hopefuls are returning for another try. Not only that, but German show business mogul Dieter Bohlen has reportedly penned a song for Romanian duo Indiggo.

According to the Jurnalul National online newspaper, Bohlen has prepared a special Eurovision song for the two well-known Romanian twins who perform as Indiggo. They already conquered European pop charts with their 2004 success Hip hop jam.

Dieter himself has enjoyed phenomenal success within Germany and beyond, producing records for international artists such as Bonnie Tyler, and most recently presiding over the casting show Deutschland sucht den Superstar as a judge. As one half of Modern Talking, he sold millions of albums. Being no stranger to the Eurovision Song Contest, he wrote both the Austrian and German entries in 1989.

Mihai Traistariu, who came third in the 2005 Romanian final singing with Nico, has announced that he is also one of the artists in this year's selection. The song, Hey DJ, is said to be something 'very special', which will feature the famous Bulgarian rapper Misho Shamara. It will be performed in both Romanian and Bulgarian.

It was already widely reported that Maria Magdalena Danaila, who achieved an eighth place in the 2005 selection, will also enter a song for this year's contest. The band Provincialii have announced that they have submitted a song to TVR.

Romanian TV broadcaster TVR will hold two semifinals on 24th and 25th February, with the successful candidates proceeding to the final on 26th February. An official list of participants is expecting within the next couple of weeks.

The winner of the Romanian final will proceed directly to the final in Athens after Luminita Anghel and Sistem ahieved third place in Kyiv last year.

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Richard West-Soley

Senior Editor

Richard's ESC history began way back in 1992, when he discovered the contest could fuel his passion for music and languages. Since then, it's been there at every corner for him in some way or another. He joined the team back in 2006, and quickly developed a love for writing about the contest. In his other life, he heads the development team at the learning resources company Linguascope, and writes about all aspects of language learning on the site