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