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Ilinca ft. Alex Florea

Ilinca and Alex Florea are the winners at the 2017 Eurovision Romanian national selection with the song Yodel It!

Ilinca comes from a family of musicians and she has been studying music since she was seven years old. She started with festivals throughout Romania and results gradually started to appear. At 14 she took part in X Factor as a member of a four-piece girl band, reaching the live shows. At 16 she took part in The Voice of Romania, where she reached the semifinals along with Loredana, and she continued to take part with her coach in the national tour and to collaborate with several cultural institutions in the country.

Alex Florea started singing since he was 16, when Mihai Traistariu, who represented Romania in the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest, sent him to a music school and then to festivals. Alex went to the Popular Arts School, under the guidance of Theodor Radulescu. At present, he is studying for a masters degree at the Faculty of Fine Arts, more specifically, in the Theatre Section. In 2014, he participated in The X Factor along with his brother, and he also achieved success in The Voice of Romania in 2015.

Things you should know about Ilinca and Alex

What are the three most interesting aspects about your entry?

We are full of energy, good energy, I might add. We love to sing and bring smiles to people's faces. As we are performing, we are always trying to share the positive vibes and the sheer joy of being on stage with the public. We love the fact that our song is very diverse, we combine rock, rap and yodelling to express ourselves and we believe that shows how much we love music. All music.

What are the three most impressive facts about you?

I (Ilinca) am the only yodelling artist in Romania, doing it since I was very young. Alex is very versatile and I love his voice. I sing opera as well and Alex is also an actor.

Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?

We try to tell jokes and get ourselves in a happy mood, because we generally are happy people. And we use palinka as well! (laughs)

Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?

We are very proud to have been chosen to represent our country in such a prestigious competition.

About the song writer & composer

Mihai Alexandru studied cello at the George Enescu Musical High School and afterwards he went to the Ciprian Porumbescu Conservatory. Member of the Union of Romanian Composers, Mihai won many prizes for the numerous hits that he composed. Mihai is also a member of many important national and international juries. The composer started at the age of 20, as a member of the famous band Iris. After he met the singer Nicola, and launched hit after hit throughout the years. He has participated more than 20 times in national selections for the Eurovision Song Contest in Romania and Switzerland. 

Alexa Niculae is a Romanian singer, songwriter and presenter. Alexa took part in Star Academy in 2005 and Megastar in 2006. In 2009 she performed two songs at the national selection for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest. In 2010, Alexa took part in the national selection again, with the song Baby, composed by Mihai Alexandru. In 2013 and 2014, she continued to collaborate with Mihai Alexandru on the songs What is Love and Letting Go, performed by Renee Santana, the niece of the legendary artist Santana. In 2017 she won the national selection in Romania, this time as a songwriter in collaboration with Mihai Alexandru with the song Yodel It!, performed by Ilinca and Alex Florea.

Lyrics of Yodel It!

You never show the spark that makes you glow
You always run away, you always say no to the right things
Don´t try to hide.. the light.. inside of you
Today might be the day when you will make it baby

So bring it on, bring it on, I'm a dreamer
If you don´t believe it, come and see me I will teach you
If you never try , you'll never be alive
You are gonna miss out on this ride

Yodeleeii
Sing it up, sing it baby
Yodeleio
Gonna act really crazy
Yodeleeii
Sing it so I can hear ya
Yodeleio
Just shout it baby
Yodeleeii
Wanna hear this now
Yodeleio
Gonna act really crazy
Yodeleeii
Shout it out, sing it back yeah
Yodeleio

Now what´s the use of being so confuzed
Of doing all this work you really don´t want to be doing
But you´ll be fine, it´s time to feel alive
Don´t stop from reaching for the stars and keep on moving

Bridge: So bring it on, bring it on, I'm a dreamer
If you don´t believe it, come and see me, I will teach ya
If you never try , you'll never be alive
You are gonna miss out on this ride!

Yodeleeii
Sing it up, sing it baby
Yodeleio
Gonna act really crazy
Yodeleeii
Sing it so I can hear ya
Yodeleio
Just shout it baby
Yodeleeii
Wanna hear this now
Yodeleio
Gonna act really crazy
Yodeleeii
Shout it out, sing it back yeah
Yodeleio

Sitting alone at my desk on a 9 to 5 program, It just won't do
Get another coffee, get another one to make it through
Don't want this anymoooooore

Don´t you hide that light inside of you
Come and show me what you wanna do

If you're stuck in a place
feeling incomplete
If you wanna run
feeling like a misfit
Come on sing along
Come on sing this song
Say 1 , 2 , 3, SAY

Yodeleii
Just shout it baby
Yodeleio
Just shout it baby
Yodeleeii
Wanna hear this now
Yodeleio
Gonna act really crazy
Yodeleeii
Shout it out, sing it back yeah
Just shout it baby
Si tu ne montres jamais l’étincelle qui te fait briller
Tu t’enfuis toujours, tu dis toujours non aux bonnes choses
N’essaye pas cacher..la lumière ……de ton âme
Aujourd'hui pourrait être le jour où tu réussiras

Alors apporte-le, apporte-le, je suis un rêveur
Si tu ne me crois pas, viens voir et je vais t’apprendre
Si tu n’essaies jamais, tu ne tu ne vivras jamais
Tu vas perdre cette chance

Yodeleeii
Chante, chante baby
Yodeleio
On va se comporter comme des fous
Yodeleeii
Chante afin que je puisse t’entendre
Yodeleio
Crie baby
Yodeleeii
Je veux entendre ça maintenant
Yodeleio
On va se comporter comme des fous
Yodeleeii
Crie, chante yeah
Yodeleio

À quoi bon être si confus?
De faire tout ce travail que vous ne voulez vraiment pas faire
Mais tu seras bien, il est temps de se sentir vivant
Ne t'arrête pas d'atteindre les étoiles et continuer ta vie

Alors apporte-le, apporte-le, je suis un rêveur
Si tu ne me crois pas, viens voir et je vais t’apprendre
Si tu n’essaies jamais, tu ne vivras jamais
Tu vas perdre cette chance

Yodeleii...................

Je reste assis tout seul à mon bureau de 9 à 5 heures, Il ne suffit pas
Je prends un autre café, je prends une autre pour y réussir
Je ne veux plus de tout cela

Ne cache pas la lumière de ton âme
Viens me montrer ce que tu veux faire
Si tu es bloquée dans une place
Et ne te sens pas à l’aise
Si tu veux partir
Si tu sens comme inadaptée
Chante
Chante cette chanson
Dis 1 , 2 , 3, DIS

Yodeleii
Crie baby
Yodeleio
Crie baby
Yodeleeii
Je veux entendre ça maintenant
Yodeleio
On va se comporter comme des fous
Yodeleeii
Crie, chante yeah
Crie baby