And to wrap up before the fifth Romanian semi-final, let's have a good laugh with the very funny Maria Suciu!
How would you define yourself in one word?
How would you describe your state of mind when you're on stage?
It varies… but it usually is something along the lines of “Please, don’t embarrass yourself, we can do this!”
How would you quickly tell your life story?
I was born, did stupid stuff in the beginning, went to math school where I discovered my passion for music (as one does), and now I am being interviewed for a French Eurovision fan site. I’m sure anyone can connect the dots and also realize how much I love math.
How does one make you angry?
Apart from giving me math exercises? Many ways, including not getting all the attention I obviously deserve.
How does one make you happy?
Apart from not giving me math exercises? Giving me all the attention I deserve, obviously. And showing me love by letting me sleep and bringing me some pasta, because as you know, “eat the spaghetti to forget your regretti”.
How would you define your taste in music?
Eclectic, with a particular interest in jazz and rock styles (despite the genre of the song I perform for this year’s selection).
If there was just 1 artist you could listen to for the rest of your life, who would it be?
How would you describe Sweet nothing, your song for the contest?
It’s a “sweet nothing” in itself, having lyrics that express one’s love for another. The saxophone acts as the “another” in this sense, the whole song being a kind of a duet between me and “him”.
How did you make the decision of entering Selectia Nationala this year?
The composer recruited me from the market. Literally. I was performing as part of the Christmas Market and National Day festivities that take place In my city, Cluj-Napoca, which start at the end of November, he heard me on stage, came over and asked for my Facebook and if I’d be interested in performing his song in Eurovision. And here we are.
How would you make us want to come to Romania?
We have beautiful girls (Exhibit A), great food (sarmale), cheap beer (well… If you come, don’t buy the cheapest…), palinca (a kind of alcohol that you can even sterilize wounds with)…
Already mentioned 2 alcoholic beverages, what does that say about us as a nation? Kidding! We only drink during the night… Because we’re vampires (apparently). Seriously though, we have warm people and beautiful sights.
How do you picture Eurovision in 10 years?
Probably more of a Worldvision. It would be nice for each continent to have their own Eurovision, and the Top 3 or something from each to take part in a World Vision. It would be fascinating to see what each country comes up with.
How are you going to win Eurovision 2018?
… by preparing for Eurovision 2019 (and all subsequent years). In all fairness, we met, worked and recorded the song in less than 2 weeks so we could submit it in time. Now we (I think) improved it a bit and here you can listen to the final version, which I hope you’ll all enjoy. I am happy to have reached even this stage, and met new people and situations, getting me out of my comfort zone… Whatever happens, I already feel like I have gained so much from this opportunity and I will hopefully build on the experience with even better results in the near future.
Maria, thank you very much for this interview! Sweet Nothing will be sung for the first time on stage this Sunday!
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