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Eurovision Contestants 2015: Romania

Romania chose none other than its biggest pop-rock band, Voltaj, to represent the country at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The group has been one of the most popular acts in Romania for the past 20 years and their fans all across Europe will undoubtedly vote for them on the big night. Well played, Romania.

But through Eurovision, Voltaj has a much bigger objective than simply winning the contest — and that's probably a good thing. The group has started a campaign to support children whose parents left them behind in Romania to go abroad and earn money.

The video shows a young boy living with his siblings, waiting for their parents’ return, unable to even write them letters as they don't know where they are. Unfortunately, these children also live in a very cold, grey and abandoned region of Romania, where big ships seem to be used as stages for bands. As nobody cares for the little boy, he decides to hop on a boat and find his parents by himself. Uplifting, really.

Our vote:

Does it make you want to visit that country? 5.75/10

Was there enough glitter? 3/10

Ok to quit your day job? 1.5/10

OVERALL AVERAGE: 3.42/10

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