• Romanian Eurovision contestants Ilinca featuring Alex Florea. (Photo: Andreea Zamfirescu)Source: Photo: Andreea Zamfirescu
Rap and yodelling? Stranger things have happened at Eurovision.
Chris Zeiher

2 May 2017 - 11:25 AM  UPDATED 14 May 2017 - 12:22 PM

Rodel: a fusion of rap and yodelling. This term won’t be found in any lexicon yet, but it’s the best way to describe the musical styling of “Yodel It!”.

Former contestants on local versions of The X Factor and The Voice, Ilinca and Alex Florea combined to win the Romanian national selection competition, Selecţia Naţională, and secure a ticket to Ukraine to represent their homeland. Ilinca, who channelled leprechaun chic in her dress choice for the national final, is a dead ringer for Sofia Vergara and purports herself to be the only yodeller in Romania, while partner Florea not only raps but also acts.

The two have combined to perform a song that, on paper, should be a mess, but is strangely successful when performed live. Romania boasts an enviable 100 percent qualification rate from the semi-finals into the grand final and, as they continue to send unique entries like "Yodel It!", this doesn't look to be threatened any time soon. 

Semi final 2 performance

Grand final

Music video

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