Elena Gheorghe

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Elena Gheorghe
Elena Gheorghe.jpg
Gheorghe attending a meeting in Moscow after the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 semi-final.
Background information
Birth name Elena Gheorghe
Born (1985-07-30) 30 July 1985 (age 31)
Origin Bucharest, Romania
Genres Pop, dance, house
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Labels Cat Music, Major, Roton
Associated acts Mandinga, Laurentiu Duta, Dony
Website elenagheorghe.ro

Elena Gheorghe (born 30 July 1985; Romanian pronunciation: [eˈle.na ˈɡe̯orɡe]) is a Romanian singer of Aromanian descent. She was born to a priest and his wife in Bucharest. In the first half of the 2000s, she joined the Romanian pop group Mandinga, with whom she released a couple of albums and a few hit singles. In 2006 she separated from the group and pursued her solo career. She released two albums and scored a top ten in the Romanian Top 100 with the debut single "Vocea ta" ("Your Voice"). She has a young son.

Career[edit]

After an internal selection, Gheorghe was elected to represent Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 with the song "The Balkan Girls" written by Laurenţiu Duţă. She came second in the voting result, but as the jury voted for her, she won the National Final. At Eurovision, in Moscow she qualified for the Grand Final where she came the nineteenth after accumulating a total of 40 points (12 points from Moldova). After Eurovision she became more famous Europe-wide and released her signature song "Disco Romancing" which was a smash hit in Romania as well as a top-ten in Hungary and a mild success in Czech Republic, Netherlands, Poland and Slovakia.

The following single "Midnight Sun" was a top-ten success in the Dutch Top 40 and in the Romanian Top 100. In 2011 she collaborated with Dony and released the single "Hot Girls" which once again charted throughout Europe. The same year she had her first European tour, getting to Germany, Spain and Greece.

Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Gheorghe was born in Bucharest to the family of an Aromanian priest, Gheorghe Gheorghe. Many of her ancestors were Orthodox priests. She has a sister, Ana, who is a journalist and a brother, Costin, plays football for Sportul Studenţesc. Her mother, Mărioara Gheorghe is a folk artist. Gheorghe debuted on the folk music scene with her when just three years of age with the song Sus în Deal în Poieniţă. At age 11 she joined the Children's National Palace where she took singing lessons. In 2000 she won the gold trophy Little Bear (in Baia Mare) with One Moment In Time by Whitney Houston. In 2001 she participated in the Mamaia Festival.

Gheorghe is of both Romanian and Macedonian Aromanian background.[1][2]

Career[edit]

2002–05: Career as part of Mandinga[edit]

Gheorghe started singing with Mandinga, a very successful band in the Latino genre in early 2003. In June that year, Mandinga released their first album – ...De Corazón. Mandinga was placed 4th in the Romanian National Eurovision Selection in March 2005 with the song My Sun which was awarded a golden disc one year later. In January 2006, she opened her own dance school called Passitos and a month later ended the collaboration with Mandinga, starting her solo career with the help of musical producer Laurenţiu Duţă.

2006–08: Solo career beginnings[edit]

In June 2006 Gheorghe released her first solo album, entitled Your Voice. In March 2007 Gheorghe won the prize Radio România Actualitaţi for best performing act in 2006 and was nominated for the Best Song of 2006 section with the song Your Voice. In August 2007 at the Romanian Top Hit Music Awards, Gheorghe won the award for Best Song of 2007, with the song Your Brown Eyes. Some of her songs are sung in Aromanian language as Ma ţi s-adar, Lilicea Vreariei, and others.[3]

2009: Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

In late 2008, songwriter Laurenţiu Duţă offered Gheorghe a song to submit in the Romanian pre-selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. Around 31 December 2009 it was announced that Gheorghe was one of 24 semi-finalists. She competed in the semi-final and then passed to the National Final on 31 January 2009. There she came second after televoting but the jury helped her win the selection thus representing Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 with the song "The Balkan Girls". She started a promo tour all over Europe from February to May.

The song was performed in the second half of the first semi-final on 12 May in Moscow, where it came ninth with 67 points. She proceeded to the Grand Final on 16 May. There she performed the 22nd song of the evening and Gheorghe presented a concept show about wooden fairies called Iele in Romania. She came 19th that night gaining 40 points, including 12 points from Moldova, seven from Spain, and five from Turkey and Macedonia, etc.[4]

2010–12: European recognition, Disco Romancing[edit]

After Eurovision she became more famous Europe-wide and released her signature song "Disco Romancing" which was a smash hit in Romania as well as a top-ten in Hungary and a mild success in Czech Republic, Netherlands, Poland or Slovakia. The following single "Midnight Sun" was a top-ten success in the Dutch Top 40 and in the Romanian Top 100. In 2011 she collaborated with Dony and released the single "Hot Girls" which once again charted throughout Europe. The same year she had her first European tour, going to Germany, Spain and Greece.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Compilations[edit]

Singles[edit]

Song Year Peak chart positions Album
AUT
[5]
GER
[6]
HUN
[7]
CZR
[8]
UKR
[9]
ROM
[10]
NLD
UK
[11]
SVK
[12]
SPA
Soarele Meu"
(as part of Mandinga)
2005 1 Soarele Meu
"Vocea Ta" 2006 8 Vocea Ta
"Ochii Tăi Căprui" 2007 21
"Te Ador" 2008 Te Ador
"Până La Stele"
"The Balkan Girls" 2009 38 1 172
"Disco Romancing" 2010 3 12 1 59 199 24 Disco Romancing
"Midnight Sun" 5 21 61
"Hot Girls"
(featuring Dony)
2011 71 91 30 36
"Your Captain Tonight" 94 95
"Amar Tu Vida" 2012 47
"Hypnotic"
"Ecou"
(featuring Glance)
2013 1 TBA
"Mamma Mia (He's Italiano)"
(featuring Glance)
2014
"Senor Loco"
(featuring Danny Mazo)
2015
"Autograf"
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ [2][dead link]
  3. ^ Steffen Hung. "Dutch Charts". Dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2016-09-24. 
  4. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest - Malmö 2013". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Steffen Hung. "Elena & Dony - Hot Girls". Austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2016-09-24. 
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. "germancharts.com - Elena & Dony - Hot Girls". Germancharts.de. Retrieved 2016-09-24. 
  7. ^ "MAHASZ - Magyar Hangfelvétel-kiadók Szövetsége Közös Jogkezelő Egyesület - slágerlisták, hírek, jogok, jodíjak". mahasz.hu. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "IFPI - Národní federace hudebního průmyslu". ifpicr.cz. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "ФДР - FDR.COM.UA". fdr.com.ua. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  10. ^ "Kiss FM Live - Asculti doar HITURI". kissfm.ro. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  11. ^ "Official Charts - Homepage". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  12. ^ "IFPI - Národní federace hudebního průmyslu". ifpi.sk. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Nico & Vlad
with "Pe-o margine de lume"
Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest
2009
Succeeded by
Paula Seling & Ovi
with "Playing with Fire"