Let Me Try
|"Let Me Try"|
|Eurovision Song Contest 2005 entry|
Luminiţa Anghel, Toth Zoltan, Mihai Ciprian Rogojan,
Florin Cătălin Romaşcu
Luminiţa Anghel & Sistem
|◄ "I Admit" (2004)|
|"Tornerò" (2006) ►|
"Let Me Try" is a non-album single performed by Romanian recording artist Luminița Anghel and percussion band Sistem. It was the Romanian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, written and arranged by Romanian professional songwriter Cristian Faur. The song is an up-tempo number in the eurodance style. 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) 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 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, reaching the first position in the 25-strong euroscoreboard-field and qualifying for the final. In the final, it was performed fourth (following Malta's Chiara with Angel and preceding the Norwegian entry). It had received finally 158 points, including the 12 points from four countries, placing 3rd in a field of 24. This was Romania's best Contest result ever, along with Playing With Fire, performed by Paula Seling and Ovidiu Cernăuțeanu, from the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. Let M Try pre-qualified the country for the final at the next Contest. It was succeeded as Romanian representative at the 2006 Contest by Mihai Trăistariu with the second-best-result-ever song, Tornerò (4th place).
In an interview with the Romanian Eurovision representative in 2005, Luminița Anghel, during her summer visit to Thessaloniki in 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 the 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. Before this contest, she had 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.
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, and they finally winned the grand national final with 206 points. 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
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. 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.
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. 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.
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). 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.
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. 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 got a good rhythm, Loredana song is not good enough to rise up the European attention, like O-zone do with Dragostea din tei (a Romanian worldwide-toping song at that time). 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! "
"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. After the duo's performance at Eurovision the song opened the ARIA Charts with an average of 4,31 and a total of 71 reviews. In the Russian charts the song entered at number five moving a position higher to its peak of number four, for two weeks.
- CD single
- Let Me Try - 3:01
- Let Me Try (Video) - 3:02
- Digital download single
- Let Me Try- 3:01
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