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Familiar names take part in Romania’s Golden Stag festival

From Eurovision to Braşov

Over the past years, many Eurovision artists have taken part in Romania’s Golden Stag festival either before or after their appearance on the Eurovision stage. This year three former Eurovision stars and couple more familiar names from the national finals take part on the 19th edition of the contest.

Eurovision stars at Golden Stag

Tamara, Ralfs Eilands and Anna Odobescu will all take the stage in Romania. Tamara, who represented Georgia in Eurovision 2017 but failed to qualify to the grand final, has since married Bulgarian composer Borislav Milanov and now only performs under her first name.

Ralfs Eilands represented Latvia in the Eurovision Song Conest 2013 with the group PeR. After opening the second semifinal, they failed to qualiy to the grand final with the song “Here We Go“. The next year he took part in Latvian national selection with the song “Revelation” with Valters Pūce and finished fourth in the final.

Anna Odobescu represented Moldova in Tel Aviv this year. Bringing internationally recognized sand artist Kseniya Simonova to the performance didn’t help Anna to qualify to the final of the contest.

The ones who almost made it

Some more artists, who have taken part in national selections all over the Europe (and Australia), will also appear on the Golden Stag stage.

Alfie Arcuri took part in Australia’s first ever national selection this year with the song “To Myself“. Armenia’s Syuzanna Melqonyan took part in Depi Evratesil in 2017 and eventually made it all the way to the semifinals as part of Inga Arshakyan’s team.

Monika Marija, who took part in Lithuania’s national selection with two songs in 2019 and eventually finished second with “Light On” will represent Lithuania in Golden Stag. Sara De Blue, who was one of the big favourites to win San Marino’s 1in360 in 2018, will also perform in Braşov.

The Golden Stag festival will take place from 22nd to 24th of August. As the first challenge the artists have to perform a Romanian song from the list provided by the organisers. The list includes Romania’s 2015 entry “De la capăt”.

Sami Luukela

I started watching Eurovision back in 2006, when I was only 10 and couldn't stay up to see Lordi winning. I attended my first contest in 2013 in Malmö. I'm studying journalism and I love music — you will probably never see me without my headphones on.

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