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Roxen

© EBU/Thomas Hanses About Quick Facts NameLarisa Roxana Giurgiu Born05 january 2000 Nationality🇷🇴 Romanian National SelectionRomanian national final 2020 In Eurovision2021 Rotterdam2020 Rotterdam (Cancelled) SongAmnesia (2021)Alcohol you (2020) Biography Roxen is a Romanian singer, born in Cluj. Already from the age of seven, she has participated in numerous musical competitions and festivals. She signed her first record contract in 2019. When Romanian producer Sickotoy released his record “You don’t love me”, Roxen was featured in this song. The song was a huge hit in the Romanian charts but also gained a lot of airplay on radio stations in other European countries and in the United States. Roxen’s first solo single “Ce-ți cântă dragostea” also hit the Romanian charts.In 2020, Roxen was supposed to represent Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest. Due to the cancellation of the contest, that didn’t happen.  In June 2020, the singer was hired as the brand ambassador for a Romanian hair color product. Among others, she performed in a commercial which prominently featured the Romanian national final entry “Storm”. In July 2020, she released the single “How to Break a Heart”. In October of the same year, Roxen scored a second number-one single on the Airplay 100 with the song “Spune-mi”. Romanian television selected Roxen to participate in the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest. For this occasion she came up with the song “Amnesia”. The song was released on 4 March. Unfortunately, Roxen did not manage to qualify for the final with the song. Roxen worked together with DMNDS and Strange Fruits Music on the song “Money Money”, wich became a hit in Russia in January 2022. It was followed by “Dincolo de Marte”, a collaboration with Randi, a chart succes in Romania. “UFO”, the song that was placed behind “Amnesia” to represent Romania at Eurovision,  was also a top-ten hit in Poland. Entries Amnesia Country🇷🇴 Romania Year2021 LanguageEnglish LyricsAdelina StringaVictor Bourosu ComposersAdelina StringaVictor Bourosu BackingsVivienne Meda-SzentyobbiAndrei GrozaAndrei Iulian AngelescuAlex SandulescuRuxandra Anamaria Results Semi Points: 85Position: 12Running order: 13 Results Finals Points: –Position: –Running order: – https://youtu.be/5ZWcsj_6Log Alcohol you Country🇷🇴 Romania Year2021 LanguageEnglish LyricsIonuţ ArmaşBreyan Isaac ComposersIonut ArmasViky Red Backings– Results Semi Points: –Position: –Running order: – Results Finals Points: –Position: –Running order: – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmqSU3v_Mtw

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Mandinga

About Quick Facts MembersElena IonescuAlexandru BurceaMarius Cristian CiupituValentin ZacharOmar Secada DihigoAlexander Himely Benavides Not on stageAntonio Segui Rolando Founded2002 Nationality🇷🇴 Romanian🇨🇺 Cuban (Omar, Alexander and Antonio) National SelectionSelecția Națională 2012Selecția Națională 2005 In Eurovision2012 Baku SongZaleilah (2012) Biography Mandinga is a Romanian pop band. They play latin influenced music. Mandinga burst onto the scene in December 2002, captivating audiences throughout Romania and even earning invitations to showcase their talent in countries like Bulgaria, Germany, Serbia, Poland, and Cuba. With songs in Romanian, Spanish, and English, their music is a melting pot of cultures. Their unique sound draws from Latin and Balkan folklore, seamlessly weaving in influences from diverse styles including salsa, La Guajira, hip-hop, Guajira funk, bolero, cha-cha, reggaeton, R&B, Latin house, calypso, Latin hip-hop, and even acid jazz. The original members of Mandinga were Alex (trumpet and vocals), Bazooka (timbales and percussion), Florin (bass and vocals), Chup (drums, percussion, and vocals), Omar Secada (keyboard), Ella (vocals), Zach (saxophone), Tony (trombone), Alejandro (vocals), and El Nino (percussion). Enhancing their performances, Mandinga is accompanied by professional dancers Elena and Simona.  In 2005, Mandinga did their first attempt to reach the Eurovision Song Contest. Their song “Soarele meu” reached a 4th place in the national finals. In 2006, Elena became the lead singer. In 2007, the group achieved an impressive milestone, performing in around 300 concerts. They’ve made a mark on Romanian media, being regular guests on major TV shows, including the highly popular Danutz Ltd. Mandinga’s distinct style has led them to launch Salsa Fest, their own event brand, and Salsaphoria, their signature dance style. The Mandinga brand resonates with the public, symbolizing good vibes, dance, and the Latin spirit. In 2012, Mandinga won the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Zaleilah”. The song thus represented Romania in the contest. Reaching the final, Romania made it to a 12th place in the Grand Final of the contest. “Zaleilah” became an international hit. The follow up song of “Zaleilah” was called “Papichulo”. In 2013 they released “The Mac Mac Song”, “La Vita É Bella” and “Cinéma”. They teamed up with Ahmed Chawki and Pitbull for the single “Habibi I love you”. In March 2014 the band teamed up with Fly Project. Their single was called “Hello”. In the same year, the band took part in the show Te Cunosc De Undeva (Your Face Sounds Familiar). On 11 May 2015, a new single was released: “Adrenalina”. It was in 2016 that Elena left the band. The new lead vocalist of Mandinga was and is Bárbara Isasi. Mandinga gave it’s first concert with the new singer on March 26 of that year. The band teamed up with Erik Ikote to release a single “Aventura” in May 2016. In 2017 the band released a salsa version of the Charlie Puth song “We don’t talk anymore”. In May the song is followed by a brand new single, “Besame”. The group teamed up with Tito Nieves, Jay Lugo and Surbana for the song, “Una noche mas”. In 2018 the band released the singles “Mayores”, “Arquitectura” and “Soy de Cuba”. Barbara took part in Te Cunosc De Undeva, in some shows accompanied by the other members of the band. Barbara won the contest. In 2019 the band released the single “Provocador”. Meanwhile, “Soy de Cuba” had over a million views on YouTube. Both videos were recorded in Cuba. The band went to perform at the Sazon Festival in Switzerland. In September they released the single “Niña Sincera”. The band was awarded European Tropical Act Of The Year at the Lukas Awards in London. The band teamed up with Olivia Addams for the song “B.A.N.D.I.D.A.”. Entries Zaleilah Country🇷🇴 Romania Year2012 LanguageEnglishSpanish LyricsElena IonescuOmar Secada DihigoCosti Ioniţă MusicCosti Ioniţă Backings– Results Semi Points: 120Position: 3Running order: 6 Results Finals Points: 71Position: 12Running order: 14 https://youtu.be/K3ruy639kTQ?si=CVxurzJ5a-ECnXtx

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Hotel FM

About Quick Facts MembersGabriel BăruţaAlex SzűzDavid BryanNewton Aycliff Active2005 – 2011 Nationality🇷🇴 Romanian (Gabriel, Alex)🇬🇧 British (David, Newton) National SelectionSelecţia Naţională 2011Selecţia Naţională 2010 In Eurovision2011 Düsseldorf SongChange (2011) Biography Hotel FM was a Romanian band, established in April 2005 by British expatriate David Bryan, Gabriel Băruţa, and Alex Szűz. Initially, they performed concerts across various cities in Romania and Germany, debuting a promotional CD in the spring of 2006. David Bryan, a founding member and the lead vocalist, hails from Newton Aycliffe in North East England. Before moving to Romania, he worked as a binman in his native town. The inception of Hotel FM dates back to 2005, sparked by Romanian composer Gabriel Băruţa. He gathered several musicians from Oradea, his hometown, to forge a new musical direction, focusing on a modern pop-rock genre that emphasized melody and innovation, hallmarks of Băruţa’s compositions. Over time, the band’s lineup featured Nicolae Vedinaş (vocals, flute), Berek Szilard (vocals), Marius Pop (guitar), Vlady Săteanu (bass), Gabi Drăgan (drums), and Sanyi Zakar (guitar). They continued to perform in Romania and Germany, celebrating the release of their promotional CD in 2006. In the realm of Eurovision, Hotel FM made a significant impact. They achieved 4th place in the Eurovision 2010 national selection final with the song “Come As One”. The lineup for this event included David Bryan (vocals), Gabriel Băruţa (guitar and backing vocals), Vicky Sava (backing vocals), Darius Neagu (drums, backing vocals), and dancers Mihuţ “Levi” Lennon and Diana Mărmăreanu. Their Eurovision journey continued in 2011 with the track “Change” (composed by Gabriel Băruţa, with lyrics by Alexandra Ivan and Băruţa). Winning the national final with 22 points, they earned the privilege to represent Romania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011. They progressed from the second semifinal on May 12th and participated in the final on May 14th, securing the 17th position. Around the Eurovision participation, Hotel FM released several songs, like “The gathering”, “Living it up tonight” and “The letter”, but after that, it remained silent around the band. Gabriel Băruţa wrote and produced several songs for Romanian national selections: “Feel the same” for his band Mosquito in 2013 and “Hearts collide” for Anca Florescu. Băruţa is active as a producer at Mosquito Productions and plays in a band called Mustang. Entries Change Country🇷🇴 Romania Year2011 LanguageEnglish LyricsGabriel BăruţaAlexandra Ivan MusicGabriel Băruţa DancersRoxana UrecheAlexandra Elena Gerache Results Semi Points: 111Position: 4Running order: 14 Results Finals Points: 77Position: 17Running order: 17 https://youtu.be/k2Q-tkBXEzA?si=RBhGHdkgMO9WrVq9

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Ethno-Jazz Band Iriao

© EBU/Thomas Hanses About Quick Facts MembersBidzina MurguliaLevan AbshilavaShalva GelekvaGeorge AbashidzeMikheil Javakhishvili Founded2013 Nationality???????? Georgian National SelectionInternal selection 2018 In Eurovision2018 Lisbon SongFor you (2018) Biography Iriao is a jazz and ethnic folk music group from Georgia. The band is named after the “Maskulinum” (Iriao-uruao), which is used as onomatopoeia for the Krimanchuli, the Georgian yodel. The group of seven (David Malazonia, Nuzgar Kavtaradze and David Japaridze were not on stage in Eurovision) was founded in 2013 by David Malazonia. It is considered the first group to combine jazz with Georgian ethnic folk. Founder David Malazonia lives in Germany, where he writes music for TV, theater and other projects. The band first appeared internationally at the Borneo Jazz Festival in Malaysia in 2014. The group was selected as the representative of Georgia for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon with the song “For you”. In October 2018, they were able to perform in Moscow. A month later, David Malazonia got very seriously indured by an accident in Beijing. Iriao organized a benefit concert in order to collect money for his treatment. In 2019, Iriao performed at the Baku Summer Jazz Days in Azerbaijan and at the Days Of Georgian Culture in Minsk, Belarus. In November of the same year, they performed at the Münsterland Festival in Germany. Entries For You Country???????? Georgia Year2018 LanguageGeorgian LyricsIrina Sanikidze MusicDavid MalazoniaMikheil Mdinaradze Backings– Results Semi Points: 24Position: 18Running order: 10 Results Finals Points: –Position: –Running order: – https://youtu.be/FvVx5-mzmm0

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The Humans

© EBU/Andres Putting About Quick Facts MembersCristina CaramarcuAlexandru CismaruAlexandru MateiAlin NeagoeCorina MateiAdi Tetrade Founded2017 Nationality???????? Romanian National SelectionSelecția Națională 2018 In Eurovision2018 Lisbon SongGoodbye (2018) Biography Alin Neagoe, Alex Matei, Cristina Caramarcu and Adi Tetrade played in a band called Jukebox when they wanted to start a new musical project. Alexandru Cismaru and Adrian Tanase joined them and The Humans were born. Their debut single was released in 2017 and was called “Îndură inima”. The band from Bucharest managed to win Selecția Națională 2018, the national selection for Eurovision 2018, and thus represented Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Goodbye”. However, the group kept on singing in Romanian; the follow up of their Eurovision song was “Binele meu”. They also released a christmas song, “Despre zâmbete”. In 2019 they released a single titled “N-are rost”. After this song, it took a year before the song “Aminitirea” was released. The latest song “Mai stai” was released in 2021. Entries Goodbye Country???????? Romania Year2018 LanguageEnglish LyricsCristina Caramarcu MusicAlexandru MateiAlin Neagoe Backings– Results Semi Points: 107Position: 11Running order: 2 Results Finals Points: –Position: –Running order: – https://youtu.be/DGR4S3y7qcw

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Cezar

© Albin Olsson About Quick Facts NameFlorin Cezar Ouatu Born18 February 1980 Nationality🇷🇴 Romanian National SelectionSelecția Națională 2022Selecția Națională 2013 In Eurovision2013 Malmö SongIt’s My Life (2013) Biography Cezar Florin Ouatu (b. 18 February 1980, Ploiești, Romania), also known as Cezar The Voice or simply Cezar, is a Romanian opera singer (countertenor), pop-opera performer, and pianist.  He was born into a family of musicians. At just 6 years old, he learned to play the piano and pursued an artistic profile. He graduated from the Carmen Sylva Music High School in Ploiești; in 2004, he graduated with the highest grades from the classical singing section of the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan, where he had been admitted in 2001. He also studied baroque music. He made his professional debut on the stage of the “La Fenice” Theatre in Venice, performed on the most important stages worldwide and received numerous awards at singing competitions in cities like Barcelona, Dresden, Milan, and countries such as Monaco and San Marino. He performed at prestigious operas such as those in Lausanne, Barcelona and Potsdam. In December 2012, he approached the pop-opera music style, which combines opera with the pop music genre. As he himself recounted in the online edition of the Prahova Newspaper, Cristian Faur urged him to sing the song “It’s My Life”: “Two weeks ago, I received a message on Facebook from Cristian Faur – the composer and lyricist of the song ‘It’s My Life’ – who told me he chose me to perform his song. I listened to the song, liked it, and said: ‘Why not?’ – because I am very passionate about any kind of music.” He won the national final, becoming Romania’s representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 held in Malmö, Sweden. He managed to achieve the 13th place in the Grand Final. In February 2014 Cezar teamed up with the Bucharest Symphony Orchestra for a concert. On 10 April of that year he released a pop-opera album titled “The Voice of Love”. In May 2015, he became the winner of Te cunosc de undeva! (Your Face Sounds Familiar). In September of that year, he performed in the solo concert One Voice Show. Cezar and Taraful Silvian Voicu teamed up for a musical project called “Gică Petrescu…. reloaded”. They performed songs of the famous Romanian composer Gică Petrescu. In 2017 he started singing in Orff’s Carmina Burana. It became an annual event. In 2017 he took part in Te cunosc de undeva! again. This time he was the runner up. In 2018 Cezar was the host of Selecția Națională, the national final for the Eurovision Song Contest. At the same time he debuted at Mozartissimo, a series of concerts with Mozart’s music. In September of that year, Cezar took part in the X-Factor UK. Cezar started 2019 with Pop Opera concerts teamed up with conductor Andrei Tudor. And he took part in Te cunosc de undeva! for a third time, this time together with Șerban Copoț. Cezar started his own singing festival FICCO (Festival International de Canto Cezar Ouatu). The first edition took place in 2020. In June 2020, during the COVID19 lockdown, Cezar gave an international online concert The Voice Of Hope. In September he participated in the reality show Ferma. In January 2021 Cezar released a new single, “Se amarsi se’”. He teamed up with David Dobrincu for the single “Perfect Symphony”, released on 8 April 2021. He also became a member of the Free Tenors with Marius Denes and Mihnea Niculescu, debuting in October of that year. With the song “For everyone” he reached the semifinal of  Selecția Națională 2022, the national final for the Eurovision Song Contest. In May of the same tear, he and David Dobrincu released a new single, “You raise me up”. Entries It’s My Life Country🇷🇴 Romania Year2013 LanguageEnglish LyricsChristian Faur MusicChristian Faur BackingsAlexandra TomaFlorentin MunteanuSandra MavhimaSimona DeacunescuSivu Mititelu Results Semi Points: 83Position: 5Running order: 17 Results Finals Points: 65Position: 13Running order: 14 https://youtu.be/VgHWFiavqjA

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Voltaj

© EBU/Thomas Hanses About Quick Facts Members Călin GoiaGabriel ConstantinAdrian CristescuValeriu IonescuOliver Sterian Founded1982 Nationality🇷🇴 Romanian National SelectionSelecţia Naţională 2015 In Eurovision2015 Vienna SongDe la capăt (2015) Biography Voltaj was founded in 1982 in Bucharest with Horațiu Rad on bass, Nikki Dinescu on drums, Gabi Nacu on guitar, Cristi Minculescu on vocals, and Adrian Ilie on guitar. Their early sound leaned towards the heavier side of hard rock, making them one of the pioneering acts of traditional heavy metal in the Romanian music scene. During this period, the band went through numerous lineup changes, which eventually led to the formation of a second Voltaj known as Voltaj 88′. This lineup also released several albums in the 1990s. By the time of their debut album in 1996, “Pericol de Moarte,” only drummer Nikki Dinescu remained from the original lineup. The album, which also featured Tavi Colen Talisman on vocals, showcased their heavy metal style and remains their only record in that genre. In 1998, the two remaining members, bass player Vali Ionescu and guitarist Gabi Constantin, recruited a new lineup with Bobby Stoica on keyboards and Călin Goia as the new vocalist. With Goia’s vocals and creative input, the group quickly gained success and popularity. They transitioned to an electronic-influenced pop-rock sound with the release of their album “Risc Maxim 2.” In 2002, Oliver Sterian joined the band as the drummer. Voltaj went on to release numerous hit singles, including “20 ani,” “Albinuța,” “De mâine,” “De la capăt,” and “Doar pentru ea,” establishing themselves as one of the most well-known groups in Romania. They won the Best Romanian Act award at the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2005. After winning Selecția Națională in 2015, they represented Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “De la capăt.” They advanced from the semi-finals and placed 15th in the final with 35 points. In 2016, a new album, “X”, was released. It contained several hits, like “Merci de box” and “De la capăt”. A third song, “Om”, became a hit in 2020. That was even after the release of the 2019 album “Ca La 20 De Ani”.  Between December 3 and 5, 2021, Voltaj performed several concerts, both in Toronto and Montreal. During Christmas, they released “Anotimpuri” (Seasons), a collaboration with Vali Sterian, the late Romanian musician, singer, and composer known for his folk and rock music. The entire concert can be found on Voltaj’ Youtube Channel. On 1 June 2023, a new single was released:  “Copile”. Entries De la Capăt Country🇷🇴 Romania Year2015 LanguageRomanianEnglish LyricsCălin GoiaGabriel ConstantinAdrian CristescuPăduraru Silviu-MarianAlstani Victor-RăzvanMonica-Ana StevensAndrei-Madalin Leonte MusicCălin GoiaGabriel ConstantinAdrian CristescuPăduraru Silviu-MarianAlstani Victor-Răzvan Backings– Results Semi Points: 89Position: 5Running order: 15 Results Finals Points: 35Position: 15Running order: 20 https://youtu.be/BGw0tUKOW7o

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Ester Peony

© EBU/Thomas Hanses About Quick Facts NameEster Alexandra Crețu Born21 July 1993 Nationality???????? Romanian National SelectionSelecţia Naţională 2019 In Eurovision2019 Tel Aviv SongOn A Sunday (2019) Biography Ester Peony is a singer and songwriter. She was born in Câmpulung, Romania, but grew up in Montreal, Canada. At the age of twelve she returned to Romania and went to  the Dinu Lipatti High School of Art in Pitești. At 13 she transferred started studying classical guitar. In 2013 she was accepted to the Faculty of Musical Interpretation at the conservatory in Bucharest, where she studied jazz. A year later, Ester Peony started composing for several Romanian artists. In 2015, she started posting cover versions of songs on Youtube. Later that year, she attained commercial success in Romania with her single “Sub aripa ta”. The song ranked at the top of the Romanian charts for several consecutive weeks. At the same time, Esther began to perform both solo and in a country-wide tour with Puya, Vescan, Doddy and Anastasia. In 2018 they released the first EP, “Dig It”, with songs mainly composed by Ester. In 2019, she won the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest and represented her country with the song “On a Sunday”. In november of the same year, she released the follow up “7 roses”. She also featured at the HIDDN and RudeLies song “Dernière danse”. In 2020 she came up with a new song, “Me pone loca”, and in 2022 she teamed up with Sasha Lopez for the song “Tatoué”. Entries On A Sunday Country???????? Romanian Year2019 LanguageEnglish LyricsIoana Victoria Badea MusicEster Alexandra CrețuAlexandru Șerbu BackingsAntonia Elena LiţăAdela-Daniela BaranciAlexandru ŞerbuVlad MirceaValentin Cristian Chiş Results Semi Points: 71Position: 13Running order: 6 Results Finals Points: –Position: –Running order: – https://youtu.be/cZC9o_Z90yo

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