Spotlight on: Romania

May 18, 2021

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Artist Profile

Artist: Larisa Roxana Giurgiu (Roxen)

Date of Birth: 5 January 2000

Hometown: Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Selection Method: Internal Selection

Song: Amnesia

Composer: Adelina Stîngă, Victor Bouroșu

Producer: Victor Bourosu

Eurovision Result: DNQ (12th Semi Final 1)

Roxen is a Romanian singer who rose to prominence upon being featured on Romanian producer Sickotoy’s song “You Don’t Love Me”, which reached number three in Romania and received radio airplay in several other countries. Her following singles, “Ce-ți cântă dragostea” and “Spune-mi”, eventually peaked atop the national chart.

She was scheduled to represent Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 with the song “Alcohol You” before the event’s COVID-19 related cancellation. Roxen was nonetheless internally selected as the country’s representative for the 2021 contest, performing “Amnesia”.

Song Lyrics

Once upon a time I used to know a girl
Ripped jeans, messy hair, shinin’ like a pearl
Like a summer day she could push the night so far away

If you feel what I feel, see what I see
Don’t bring yourself down
You are not alone, not alone now

Oh, I lost myself tryna have it all
This world feels in a rush and they say they know it all
Oh, I lost myself tryna have it all
Self love amnesia, don’t worry if it got you
‘Cause you’re not alone, not alone
I tried to fight it but it’s getting strong, getting strong, getting strong
Oh, I lost myself tryna have it all
Self love amnesia, don’t worry if it got you
‘Cause you’re not alone

Giving all they want might make you lose control
They keep preaching words like I should know
People always say, “Be careful what you wishin’ for”

If you feel what I feel, see what I see
Don’t bring yourself down
You are not alone, not alone now

Oh, I lost myself tryna have it all
This world feels in a rush and they say they know it all
Oh, I lost myself tryna have it all
Self love amnesia, don’t worry if it got you
‘Cause you’re not alone, not alone
I tried to fight it but it’s getting strong, getting strong, getting strong
Oh, I lost myself tryna have it all
Self love amnesia, don’t worry if it got you

Self love (Self love), it’s never gone
Self love (Self love), put it back on
Oh, self love, self love, you’re not alone
Not alone, not alone, self love amnesia

I lost myself tryna have it all
This world feels in a rush and they say they know it all
Oh, I lost myself tryna have it all
Self love amnesia, don’t worry if it got you
‘Cause you’re not alone, not alone
I tried to fight it but it’s getting strong, getting strong, getting strong
Oh, I lost myself tryna have it all
Self love amnesia, don’t worry if it got you
‘Cause you’re not alone

Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest

Debut: 1994

Appearances: 20

Finals: 18

Best Result: 3rd (2005, 2010)

Top 10:

2002 – Monica Anghel and Marcel Pavel – Tell Me Why, 9th Place

2003 – Nicola – Don’t Break My Heart, 10th Place

2005 – Luminița Anghel and Sistem – Let Me Try, 3rd Place

2006 – Mihai Trăistariu – Tornerò, 4th Place

2010 – Paula Seling and Ovi – Playing with Fire, 3rd Place

2017 – Ilinca and Alex Florea – Yodel It!, 7th Place

Is Romania your favourite this year? Which Romanian song is your number one? Let us know in the comments below!

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