Singer: Ilinca and Alex Florea
Song: Yodel It!
Performing: Second Semi-Final
Memorable Line: “Sitting alone at my desk on a 9 to 5 program, It just won’t do”
Chances: Will qualify, could even win!
Link: Romania 2017
Rating: 10 cups of coffee (out of 10).
This song is fantastic! It’s original, it’s memorable, it’s fun. In my opinion, this is the strongest entry this year.
Now, lest I be too critical, when I praise this song, I am more a fan of Ilinca than I am of Alex. While he is okay, much of his role in the song feels like he is serving as a foil to Ilinca’s yodels. I could take or leave him, though he at least seems to be having a good time. But Ilinca – I’m pretty much in love! She has a great voice anyway, but when she lets loose and yodels it, I am entirely hers! If you have any doubts about Ilinca’s talent, check out this little number.
Now, is the song a source of deep meaning? Of course not. The words themselves are more or less pointless. But the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and the somewhat mundane chanting Alex seems to be doing is a perfect contrast for Ilinca’s voice.
Romania is back after a year away, and they are back with a vengeance! I know this is one of my personal favorites this year, but I think it is just original enough and quirky enough to make it to the top, certainly a top 3 song, and perhaps even a winner!