Let Me Try

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Romania "Let Me Try"
Luminiţa Anghel- Let Me Try .jpg
Eurovision Song Contest 2005 entry
Country Romania
Artist(s) Luminiţa Anghel, Toth Zoltan, Mihai Ciprian Rogojan,
Claudiu Purcărin,
Robert Magheti,
Florin Cătălin Romaşcu
As Luminiţa Anghel and Sistem
Language English
Composer(s) Cristian Faur
Lyricist(s) Cristian Faur
Finals performance
Semi-final result 1st
Semi-final points 235
Final result 3rd
Final points 158
Appearance chronology
◄ "I Admit" (2004)   
"Tornerò" (2006) ►

"Let Me Try" was the Romanian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, performed in English by Luminiţa Anghel and Sistem written and arranged by Cristian Faur.[1] The song is an up-tempo number in the eurodance style.[2] Anghel addresses a lover, telling him that "I don't wanna say goodbye", implying throughout the lyric that their relationship is coming to an end. She asks why they "couldn't give it one more try", and tells him that "I will find a way to make you stay". At the Contest, the performance featured Anghel's backing group (Sistem)[3] banging on what were designed to appear as drums of industrial waste and wearing the lids of these drums as shoes. Anghel also took part in these activities during the instrumental sections of the song. BBC commentary on both nights of the Contest likened Anghel to Ruby Wax[4] due to her hairstyle. Due to Romania's failure to place in the top 10 at the previous Contest, the song was performed in the semi-final initially. Here, it was performed fourteenth (following Norway's Wig Wam with In My Dreams and preceding Hungary's NOX with Forogj, világ!). At the close of voting, it had received 235 points, placing 1st in the 25-strong field and qualifying for the final.[5] In the final, it was performed fourth (following Malta's Chiara with Angel and preceding the Norwegian entry).[6] At the close of voting, it had received 158 points, placing 3rd in a field of 24.[7] This was Romania's best Contest result and pre-qualified the country for the final at the next Contest.[8] It was succeeded as Romanian representative at the 2006 Contest by Mihai Trăistariu with Tornerò.[9]


In early 2001, Cristian Faur, the Romanian lyricist, wrote the song for Luminiţa Anghel and Sistem.

"Cristian Faur came with the project. He wrote the song for me, but the idea of the co-op is older, from 2001, where I won the Golden Stag Festival. So, it augur well for, the audience was in love with us and our performance."

—Anghel, about Let me try background and Cristi Faur help[10]

In an interview with the Romanian Eurovision representative in 2005, Luminița Anghel, during her summer visit to Thessaloniki, Greece, hosted at Makedonia Palace and broadcast on Makedonia TV, tell about her and Sistem preparation that was unfortunately, not very assiduous, they were very busy, and booked a lot of concerts before Eurovision National Contest, but they try their best, to arrange to have time to prepare their show on stage, almost two weeks before they enter in the music competition.[11] Before this contest, she has two records already released, and it's working at her third album. Also, after the Eurovision chance, she was receive proposals, from the Netherlands, Hungary, Germany, and England.[11]

In January it was announced that "Let me try" passed the pre-selection and qualified to the National Final. On March 5, 2005 the duo was present to perform their entry, they win the grand national final with 206 points.[12] They were chosen to represent Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 held at the Palace of Sports in Kiev, Ukraine.

Eurovision Song Contest 2005[edit]

The tension was extremely high on 21 May 2005 when 24 countries competed to get the crown of Europe’s biggest musical event which took place in Kiev in its 50th edition. Ukrainian TV had decided that the motto for the 2005 contest would be Awakening, following the country’s political shifts the year before. Just like in 2004, ten countries had a reason for partying as the went on to qualify for the Final of the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest: Romania, Moldova, Denmark, Croatia, Hungary, Norway, Israel, Switzerland, Macedonia and Latvia.[3] Unlike in 2004, there was no clear favorite among the ten qualifiers and the 14 who already pre-qualified to the final. A handful of countries were tipped as the winner. After an exciting start of the voting, it soon became clear that Greece, represented by Helena Paparizou with the song My Number One, and Malta’s Chiara would fight for the crown of European music.[13]

Both had already participated before in the Eurovision Song Contest; Helena as part of the group Antique, which came 3rd in the 2001 contest (which was Greece’s best ever result at that time). Chiara had also come third in a nail-biting finish in Birmingham. in 1998. However, in the last part of the voting, it became clear that Greece would take the trophy home to Athens. The Romanian entry Let Me Try by Luminița Anghel & Sistem came third after winning the Semi-Final. 2005 is the only contest to date where a pre-qualified finalist has won the contest’s Final.[14] The Kiev contest marked the 50th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest, which later in 2005 would see a gala in Copenhagen to celebrate the birthday of this middle-aged but young hearted lady, better known as the Eurovision Song Contest to millions of European television viewers.[15]


The song received mostly favourable reviews. The music critics noticed that "Let me try" was the favourite songs for both the juries and the televoters, saying that it would be the best Romanian entry, the song succeeded by Loredana Groza with "Lele" (music Mihai Ogășanu, lyrics Florin Busuioc,) and Mihai Trăistariu & Nico song "All The Time" (music Andrei Tudor, lyrics Laura de Alvare).[16] After the National Final, in 30 March 2005, Luminița and the band Sistem were been awarded by the Romanian magazine V.I.P, with a special prize handed out by the Romanian singer-songwriter Ovidiu Lipan Țăndărică.[17]

Another honor for the Romanian participants, after visiting Greece and Cyprus, was the moment when Luminița and Zoli, a member from Sistem band, meet Malta prime minister Lawrence Gonzi, the Minister of Education and Culture, Evarist Bartolo, who were very interested in their act, the tour ended with some TV show, were the singers appeared, with Martin Gauci, Malta's delegacy governor, known by Luminița after she win a festival in Malta, in 2002.[18][19] A huge dispute was held in that year, when Loredana Groza, another contestant on the National Final started a campaign against Sistem and Luminița winning, the critics from Hot News, being of opinion that, also "Le Le" has a good rhythm, Loredana song is not good enough to rise up the European attention, like O-zone do with Dragostea din tei.[20] The winner of the contest Helena Paparizou, encourage Luminița after the semifinal where Romania was the big winner : "Let me try is a song for the future, not only for this competition, between us is not a fight (what we want to do? to be like lionesses...), I'm proud cause I have a powerful singer, with a unique charisma! Congratulations Luminița! "[11]

"Let me try" first entered the Romanian Radio Airplay Chart in late November 2005, in the week 7-13, where it managed to enter the Top 100. In the official Romanian Top 100 it debuted at number ninety-four, and in a different Airplay Chart, UK Mix, the song was firstly at 88 place, in the second week moved 32 positions, and in the final week moved 11 positions, higher to its peak at number twenty-one.

Prior to Eurovision, the song entered the German Airplay Chart, peaking at number-fourteen.[21] After the duo's performance at Eurovision the song opened the ARIA Charts where it lasted for five weeks on the top fifty, with an average of 4,31 and a total of 71 reviews.[22] In Russia charts the song was enter at number five moving a position higher to its peak of number four, for two weeks.[23]

Track listing[edit]

  • CD single by L.A. ENTERTAINMENT INTL.[24][25]
  1. Let me try - 3:01
  • Digital download single[26]
  1. Let me try- 3:01


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  21. ^ Steffen Hung. "Luminita Anghel & Sistem - Let Me Try". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2013-09-14. 
  22. ^ ARIA Charts for Let me try, Romanian entry for Eurovision Song Contest 2005
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