Dalma in Bucharest, at the Eurovision Song Contest Romania
|Birth name||Dalma Kovács|
|Also known as||Dalma|
May 18, 1985 |
|Years active||2001 - present|
|Associated acts||Marius Moga, Catalin Maruta, Faimoşii, Divertis, Eurovision Song Contest, Ploaia de stele|
Dalma (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈdalːma]) (born Dalma Kovács on 18 May 1985 in Braşov) is a Romanian pop/jazz singer and occasional television actress in the Divertis - Land of Jokes show on PRO TV channel. Dalma became well known in her natal country after she became the winner of TVR 1's show "Faimoşii" in 2007 but mostly after she qualified in the Romanian national final of Eurovision Song Contest 2009 with the song "Love Was Never Her Friend", composed by the famous Romanian composer Marius Moga and ended on the sixth place in the big final. Even if the song did not get the first place, it received considerable airplay in Romania.
1985–2009: Early life and career
Dalma Kovács was born to ethnic Hungarian parents and raised along with her brother, Győző in Braşov, Romania. At an early age Dalma developed an interest in a wide range of musical styles, closely studying many divas' vocal techniques like Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Shania Twain and Ella Fitzgerald.
Her mother, Melania Kovács, wanted Dalma and Gyozo go to a private school and take vocal lessons. She attended Şcoala Populară de Artă in Braşov between 2000-2003. During this time, she was the leading voice in a pop-rock band named Vertigo. They had concerts in several cities in Romania: Braşov, Ploieşti, Constanţa, Mediaş, Medgidia, Târgovişte, Râşnov. As a teenager Dalma participated in several local and international music contests, where she achieved good results. For about two years after graduating in 2003, she sang only jazz, studying many jazz singers and having several concerts with her jazz band in Brasov.
In December 2005, Dalma visited the United States for the first time, spending six weeks in San Francisco. During her stay, she gave a jazz concert in Forest Hill Club where composer Candace Forest was invited. She was so amazed by Dalma's voice that she decided to give her a role in the chamber musical she was about to produce in May 2006, called: Viva Concha! Rose of the Presidio. The musical is about San Francisco's greatest love story of Commandant Arguello’s beautiful daughter Concha and Russian explorer Nikolai Rezanov. The premiere took place in one of the oldest theaters of San Francisco, in the Victoria Theater.
Since the autumn of 2007, she has been a member of the most well-known divertisment group called the Divertis, Antena 1, in the present on Pro TV Channel. She was noticed as a singer but in the show she's also an actress mostly in the role of a Hungarian citizen who lives in Romania.
At the end of the year 2008, she took part of a national tour as a background singer of a band named Simplu, having a solo moment in the show with a funny song composed by Marius Moga especially for that tour.
2009-present: Eurovision participations and debut studio album
Dalma took part in the Romanian final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, with the jazz song "Love Was Never Her Friend", and ended up the 6th in the big final. In the fall of 2009, Dalma participated at the Mamaia festival with the song "Cine-ti Canta?" (en. "Who sings you?"), written by Marius Moga, and ended up as second runner-up. In early 2010 she managed to enter the final of the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010, but lost to "Playing with Fire" by Paula Seling and Ovi. Even though, her song, called "I'm Running" became a viral hit and some fans claimed that the voting was corruped by TVR. In early 2010 she released her first ever radio single, entitled "Lovely Nerd" (or Love Me Sweet) which did not manage to become a hit, not entering the Romanian Top 100, but it was broadcast by a few mainstream radio stations. The music video was shot in late 2009 and it premiered in early 2010. It has been broadcast by MTV Romania and 1 Music Channel, but both of the music stations did not add it to their playlist. Since then, Dalma has appeared in a lot of notorious Romanian TV shows to promote herself and her forthcoming untitled album, which is to be released in 2011.[dated info] In November 2010, Dalma subscribed a song for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 and it passed the pre-selection, entering the Romanian national final. Dalma is supposed to sing her entry on the New Year's Eve, on December 31. The name of the song is "Song for Him" and it has country influences.
Awards and nominations
|2003||Braşov "Gaudeamus" Contest||Record of the contest (as the leading singer of the Vertigo group)||3rd place|
|2004||Best Vocal Performance||2nd place|
|Arad "Pop Star" Contest||Best Vocal Performance||Won|
|2006||Braşov "Joy Art" Festival||Best Vocal Performance||Won|
|Miercurea Ciuc "Médiabefutó" Contest||Public's Favourite Artist||Won|
|2009||Romania National Eurovision Song Contest||Representing Romania at ESC 2009||6th place|
|2010||Romania National Eurovision Song Contest||Representing Romania at ESC 2010||11th place|
|2011||Romania National Eurovision Song Contest||Representing Romania at ESC 2011||11th place|