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Romania: The Humans – Goodbye

Romania have completed their Selecția Națională with the victory of The Humans with the song Goodbye. The Humans will perform in the first half of semi-final 2. For fans, The Humans came from nowhere to win the Romanian national final, yet they were given the pimp slot on the night, while fan-favourite, Feli, was buried in the middle of the running order. They also received the joint highest jury score during the semi-finals, so it was clear they were favoured over the more generic entries. It is also fairly clear that people overlooked what a stonking song Goodbye is. It…
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Good Gracious

It may have its roots in 1980s Heart classics, but its feel-good, athemic appeal is timeless.

User Rating: 2.29 ( 35 votes)

Romania have completed their Selecția Națională with the victory of The Humans with the song Goodbye.

The Humans will perform in the first half of semi-final 2.

For fans, The Humans came from nowhere to win the Romanian national final, yet they were given the pimp slot on the night, while fan-favourite, Feli, was buried in the middle of the running order. They also received the joint highest jury score during the semi-finals, so it was clear they were favoured over the more generic entries.

It is also fairly clear that people overlooked what a stonking song Goodbye is. It may have its roots in 1980s Heart classics, but its feel-good, athemic appeal is timeless. Romania could really surprise with this song considering The Humans were virtually unknown, yet their uplifting song toppled much bigger names in a 100% televote contest. That is impressive.

In my opinion, the final was their weakest performance with those ridiculous white masks at the start and the weird costume change for Cristina. Just keep it simple! In fact, just take the semi-final performance to Lisbon where Christina wears a sensible dress and the cellist doesn’t look like some weird, ghostly spectre. I do think Christina needs to look more rocky without appearing too aggressive and unvotable. Maybe that’s nitpicking because she does appear relatable at the moment. Women would vote for her, which is a crucial component for female lead singers.

There have been some premature non-qualification calls floating around too. I would contest that given Romania has such a strong USP with Goodbye. As mentioned above, the song isn’t cutting edge, but is it very well written. From 1:20 onwards, those guitars could easily belong to one of Coldplay’s songs. It’s also worth noting Romania’s voting power, which with this sort of song, should extend into the Germanic nations voting in semi-final 2, as well as Italy where 80s pop-rock still forms the basis for much of their music scene.

Depending what else is selected, Romania should be aiming for 5th-7th in this semi with maybe 12th-16th in reach for the final. Higher might be possible if they really bring their A-game to Lisbon. One to watch.

Is it Hello or Goodbye to the final for Romania this year?

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16 comments

  1. They have qualified with worse but in the 2nd semi final, it will be nip and tuck

  2. In answer your question Gav, its Hello – not only to the final but to the top ten. This song made an immediate impression from the first notes of the first hearing. It’s nice to have an accessible pop/rock song done in English amid all the native language ‘realness’ being served up this year. I can see juries getting behind this and the Romanian diaspora.

    Actually, I liked it so much I’m off to listen to it again!

    • I’ve had it in the car for the last 10-days. Sublime. I’m big on my 80s rock-pop.

    • This is not the kind of song juries get behind regardless of how well its performed. I think this will do very well on televote (not top 3 or anything but similar to last year) and finish somewhere where Romania usually finish, about 12th.

      • Cathal, why do you think juries wouldn’t like it? Too rock?

        • Song’s like these from the 80’s juries are notorious for ranking down, in a 26 song field I cant see much from the song that juries will make an exception for this, it won’t surprise me to see this in the bottom 5 or 6 in the jury but save by the televote.

          • To me it sounds more retro than dated, but then again I would say that because I like it so much!!!

          • I actually really like it aswell, its not that I want this to flop but its my suspicion it will. Unless its a case for a song being timeless (Portugal last year) song’s like these just generally don’t float the boat of jurors, it won’t be absolutely crucified in a semi I still think it could be borderline in the jury but then score very high in the televote and qualify comfortably, in the final in a much bigger field I do feel 12th or so is where it will finish.

          • Judging from the comments on Youtube, this song very much divides opinion – either a timeless, well crafted, uplifting, anthem or a dated slice of ‘grandpa rock’. Better this than everyone saying ‘yeah it’s sort of okay’. There will be people who will be motivated to pick up the phone (or app) and vote for this. Gav’s review makes a persuasive case where the votes are likely to come from.

            You’re right about juries shunning dated songs, so a lot will depend on how Goodbye is perceived. (On first listen I didn’t immediately think ‘this is dated’ as I did with say, Albania.) I also think it will fare well in juries’ assessment compared to similar types of song – Albania, Hungary and (for the anthemic quality) the UK. That said, given the reservations expressed here and on other sites, it may not get the really big jury or televotes needed to get it high up the left hand side of the board.

            So, on sober reflection your and Gav’s assessment of 12th – 16th seems about right for now.

  3. This is quite good. Yes a bit dated maybe but it feels very authentic as a song. They don’t need these silly people in masks and costume changes and angelic cellists. This can do reasonably well standing on its own two feet. They should strip the performance back and just focus on getting the lights and camera angles right with the light and shade in the song, and let the band do the rest.

    • Couldn’t agree with you more, Ben. The masks in particular are silly. They should keep it simple and authentic.

      Right – now that together we’ve sorted Switzerland’s and Romania’s staging I need your help on Latvia. Should Laura go all flashing lights like Aminata or use intimate minimalist staging and a steady cam?

      • Only thing I’d like to see more of in Romania is visual cohesion as a band. At the moment it looks a bit like a solo female artist with a song that doesn’t suit the way she looks. I’d want to see them wear complimenting outfits and interact with one another on stage.

        • I agree Ben 100%.I think thats the key to this.She looks like someone whos husband has a bit of money and has hired her a backing band so she can have a hobby.They need to look more like they have been together for years.Potential here though and as Gav mentioned they put to bed some very popular (and with great connections) acts like Feli and saved Romania from the terrible Alexia and Matei.That alone is a reason to thank them.

  4. It’s alright, doesn’t flow brilliantly to my ears but it’s definitely in the better half of songs out there so far. Considering Romania’s record at qualifying I see no reason why this won’t be in the final and probably ending somewhere in midtable.

  5. oooh, i’m liking that Belinda Carlisle hair tossing bit…

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