News reached the OnEurope inbox from TVR about Roxen! – They already told us a while back that Roxen will keep her Eurovision job. Today we got the song (after a bunch of leaks spoiled the big moment).
Here’s the (slightly edited) press release…
Today, during a Romania 9 TV show, Roxen will reveal for the first time the story behind ‘Amnesia’.
Starting from 20.00hrs (CET), you can watch on TVR 1 channel and online via: https://www.tvrplus.ro/
A jury decided Romania’s song for the 65th edition of the contest. ‘Amnesia’ represents the voice of the artist’s latest moods and feelings. It is a very personal one, with an emotional message, that gives her strength and courage to overcome any obstacles or fears. It is a song about people, love, and will, and it points to all of those whose voices haven’t been heard so far. The lyrics are deep and the text that ends the song summarizes its own purpose: to shout out loud ‘for every scream that was not heard’.
Talking about the process to select a song, Roxen said: “The last year was a bit of a roller coaster, filled with really good moments and some low points. In the end, what kept me going the most was that I had some really great projects. ‘Amnesia’ somehow manages to give a voice to all repressed feelings and to the people whose voices haven’t been heard, in a way that for me is incredibly pure. I would like to thank everyone who has been by my side all this time and has offered me all the support that I needed. Roxen is made up of pieces from each and everyone of you.”.
About the video
The video, directed by Bogdan Păun, focuses on Roxen and her feelings, portrayed by contemporary dance artists. The story of the clip is one of a single girl who struggles with her inner self and all of her fears. Although she is constantly surrounded by them and they seem to have control over her, she manages to set herself free, she regains control and becomes increasingly stronger and more confident.
Bogdan Păun notes: “In the clip, we tried to convey the message of the song as good as possible and also think very seriously that it is a personal one for Roxen. I am happy every time we have the chance to work together and especially that we’ve started working for Eurovision again. We really like the result and we hope you do too.”.
Roxen rose to fame in Romania in a little over a year, topping the airplay charts with her first two singles, while also releasing successful collaborations with acts such as Sickotoy & DJ Project.
Her debut track, ‘You Don’t Love Me’, a collaboration with Sickotoy, managed to reach the top 10 in both Romania and Bulgaria, while also receiving significant airplay in countries such as France, Mexico, Spain and Turkey.
Liana Stanciu, the Head of the Romanian delegation reflects on things. “2020 was such a difficult year and we all would like to forget about it, and to keep it locked in a deep corner of our mind. ‘Amnesia’ is a powerful song with a strong message, perfect for Roxen. We are strongly affected by these times, as much as we would like to hide it. I think the song has huge potential and love or hate it, you can’t forget it.
“We have ahead of us a very busy period with shootings for Romania’s postcard and the meeting of the heads of delegations and the preparing of the actual show.”.
Who picked the song?
This year Luminiţa Anghel, Andrei Tudor, Liana Stanciu, Lucian Ștefan, Bogdan Păun, Liviu Elekes, Bogdan Pavlică, Dan Manoliu and Gabriel Scîrlet were the jury members who decided Romania’s song for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.