Romania’s Eurovision 2017 Entry

TVR had better have all its bills squared away with the EBU this time, because we do not want to be deprived of “Yodel It!” at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Yes, the song is called “Yodel It!” and it contains a lot of yodeling. It’s, like, how much more yodeling could this be? And the answer is none. None more yodeling. It achieves yodeling singularity.

Ilinca is an 18 year old Vocea României semifinalist who presents herself as the “prima persoana din Romania care canta in stilul traditional austriac/elvetian: yodeling.” (That means exactly what you think it means.) Also, at the Romanian national final, she presented herself as Santa’s elf. Alex Florea is a 25 year old singer and fellow Vocea României semifinalist.

“Yodel It!” was written by Mihai Alexandru and Alexandra Niculae. Alexandru co-wrote the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest entry “Don’t Break My Heart” with singer Nicola and he previously teamed up with Niculae on Renee Santana and Mike Diamond’s “Letting Go” for the 2014 Romanian national final.

We are not going to pretend that this is profound stuff. It’s a “Scatman” for the 21st century. But Ilinca and Florea sell it with a nod and a wink and a whole lot of energy. “Yodel It!” is irrepressibly fun in its ridiculousness. It is over the top. And it is delightful.