EuroVision ’18 Song By Song: “Goodbye” by The Humans, Romania
Over the coming weeks, sometimes more than once a day, we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually in random order, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.
Next up on our Song-By-Song preview is the official entry from Romania, “Goodbye” by The Humans, written by Alexandru Matei, Alin Neagoe, and Cristina Caramarcu . The song is performed in English. The band has been rocking their native country out of Bucharest for the past couple of years. The song will be performed 2nd in the competition order on the second semi-final on May 10.
I have to say up front that I like this song. I’d like it better if I was presently living in the late 1980s or early 1990s. The song, while musically excellent, sounds stuck in a time warp – it’s reminiscent of songs from that era by female led groups like Heart or Vixen, with a slightly more modern vibe that stems from female-fronted bands like Evanescence and Halestorm. Problem is, there isn’t enough of the “now” vibe and too much of the “then’ vibe. Some rock stations go for this kind of sound here in the US, so it has a chance to make the Rock Tracks chart, but I can’t see it doing that well on the general Hot 100; I think too many people would be put off by a slow ballad that suddenly turns into a firestorm, like this song does.
Romania made their debut in EuroVision in 1994, but due to various reasons, they have only participated 18 times. They have not been able to capture a Grand Final win as yet, but have finished as high as third place, which they have managed twice, in 2005 and 2010. Romania has also managed to make every final each year they’ve participated since the semi-final round was introduced in 2004. Many Eurovision fans thought that they might have a winner last year, with the fan favorite “Yodel It!” by Ilinca and Alex Florea, but alas, it wasn’t to be – it finished 7th overall.
Here’s the official music video – check it out…
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We’re featuring THREE songs a day the rest of this week, FOUR songs each day this weekend, and will wrap things up with three final songs next Monday! After we’re finished with the song by song preview, it will be time for yours truly to start unleashing some historical favorites and such…
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