Luminița Anghel

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Luminița Anghel
Luminița Anghel in 2005.jpg
Anghel in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine
Background information
Birth name Luminița Anghel
Born (1968-10-07) 7 October 1968 (age 47)
Origin Bucharest, Romania
Genres Pop, dance-pop
Occupation(s) Singer, TV personality, politician
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1976-present
Labels BIG MAN, Cat Music, Ovo Music, Roton
Associated acts Sistem, Adrian Piper, Tony Tomas
Website www.luminitaanghel.ro

Luminița Anghel (Romanian pronunciation: [lumiˈnit͡sa ˈaŋɡel] (born 7 October 1968 in Bucharest) is a Romanian dance/pop recording artist, songwriter, TV personality and politician. Anghel is best known worldwide for representing Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, with the song Let Me Try and the percussion band Sistem. They reached the third place in the final. It's the best result Romania ever gained. While Anghel became one of the best known voices from Romania, she received an offer from Walt Disney Pictures, and provides the voice of Mother Gothel in 2010 for the Romanian version of the film, Tangled.[1] She won numerous awards, containing awards from countries like Bulgaria or Malta.

Early life and early career[edit]

Luminița Anghel was born on 7 October 1968, in Bucharest to Romanian parents. She is a graduate of the Popular Art School, where she attended the vocal-light music section and the Faculty of Sociology and Psychology within the university 'Spiru Haret'.[2] She loved performing during childhood, having performed from the age of 8. Since then, her artistic career has gone from strength to strength. These days, Anghel is a very popular and appreciated artist, and has been awarded with numerous prizes, both in domestic and international song contests. As a teenager, she began working with Ensemble "Doina". Along with this assembly she had a series of tournaments in her native country and abroad.

Anghel became known in Romania in 1993, when she won the first prize and the trophy at the Mamaia Music Festival, and 1995 she won the third prize at the same contest. Also in 1995, she starred in the movie Captain Conan, directed by Bertrard Tavernier. In 2001, she won the first prize for the best performance, and the popularity-price at the International Festival The Golden Stag in Romania. One year later she came first at the Maltese Festival Song For Europe. Anghel was there awarded with the first prize and the trophy for the best international voice. Another trophies came for her few months later at the International festival Discovery, in Bulgaria, and the Universetalent. In 2003, she won the first prize for the best international performance at the International Festival Voice of Asia, the second prize at the International Creation Festival in Cairo 2003, with her own and first song I Ask You Why. Luminița is also a well-known and appreciated TV host for different programmes (mostly) on public television. She was a host at the channels TVR1, TVR2, TVRi and Antena 1. From 2002 to 2009, she was a private party planner for events on ENTERTAINMENT INTL S.R.L. In 2008, she was chosen to be the image of Garnier in Romania for skin care.[3][4] The claim was later forbidden by the Romanian CNA. Politicians, who candidate for something, cannot appear on the television.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
1993 Mamaia Music Festival Best Performer Luminița Anghel 1st place
1994 Selecția Națională Final Nu e prea târziu Qualified
Speranţă Qualified
1995 Mamaia Music Festival Best Performer Luminița Anghel 3rd Place
1996 Selecția Națională Final Încotro soartă 6th place
2000 M-ai înșelat 6th place
2001 Golden Stag Festival Best Interpret Luminița Anghel 1st place
Fan's special price Won
2002 The Best Voice in the Universtalent Festival Jury's special price Won
Best Performer 3rd Place
Descovery Best International Voice 1st place
Song For Europe 1st place
2003 Creation Festival Best International Interpret 2nd place
Voice of Asia 1st place
2005 Selecția Națională Final Let Me Try 1st place
Eurovision Song Contest 2005 Semi-Final Qualified
Final 3rd Place
2010 Selecția Națională Final Save Their Lives 2nd place
2013 Unique 3rd Place
2015 A Million Stars 2nd place

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Channel Notes
1998 Music Charts VJ Prima TV
1999–present Care pe Care TV host TVR 1
2002 Pretul succesului (The price of success) TV moderator TVR 2
Ofertă specială (Special offer) TV host TVRi
2003–present Start în viață (Start in life)
2005–present Ești femeia perfecta? (Are you the perfect woman)
2005 Secretul Mariei (Maria's secret)[5] Eli 10 episodes
Piata Divertis (The Divertis-market) Herself TVRi sung Let Me Try, 1 episode
Trasniti in NATO (Crazy people in NATO) 1 episode
2006 Da-i papucii (Leave him) TV host Antena 1
2014 X Factor[6] Herself duet with Mădălina Lefter

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Channel
1996 Capitanul Conan (Captain Conan)[7] cameo TVR
2010 Tangled[8] Mama Gothel (voice) Disney Channel

Private life[edit]

Luminița Anghel got married to her partner, Silviu Dumitriade, in a private civil ceremony, in the Mangalia beach, in Romania, in October 2011. The couple remarried each other, this time in a Christian Orthodox religious ceremony in Spain at 20 March 2012.[9]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Luminița Anghel, along with Tony Tomas and Adrian Piper participated in Selecția Națională 2010 on 6 March 2010. They presented their song "Save Their Lives" in a bid to represent Romania at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest. In 2013, Anghel attempted to represent Romania, entering Selecția Națională with the song "Unique." Her song placed third overall.[10]

Political career[edit]

At the 2008 Romanian legislative election, she was a Social Democratic candidate[11] for a Bucharest seat in the Chamber of Deputies;[12] she lost to Elena Udrea.[13]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Albums details Release date
Șansa e de partea mea[14] 1998
Promisiuni[15][16] March 03, 2001

Singles[edit]

  • "Let Me Try"
  • "Love Will Come"
  • "My Everything"
  • "All I Want"
  • "I Ask You Why"
  • "Save Their Lives"
  • "You Took My Soul"
  • "Betcha she doesn't"
  • "Blow It Away"
  • "Feeling It"
  • "Unique"
  • "A Million Stars"

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Sanda Ladoși
with "I Admit"
Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest
2005
Succeeded by
Mihai Trăistariu
with "Tornerò"