A CHICHESTER College teacher has spoken of her pride at watching her brother perform at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Monica Stevens flew out to Vienna to watch her brother Calin Goia’s band Voltaj represent Romania on Saturday in the competition, which was watched by millions around the globe.
“It was lovely, a really unique experience,” said Monica, an early year teacher and assessor at Chichester Collage.
“It was very special for me to see him perform, I’m very proud of him.
“I got to meet many of the singers from other countries and there was a real spirit of them coming together and enjoying the diversity of being from different countries.”
Her brother Calin is the lead singer of Voltaj, a hugely popular pop/rock band in their native Romania, with Monica likening their fame to pop star Robbie Williams over here.
Monica wrote the lyrics to the English version of the song the band performed, called De la capat, which translates to All Over Again and contains a strong message.
Monica explained: “It is about all the children who are left in Romania by their parents who go abroad looking for work.
“Over three million Romanians work abroad in countries such as Austria, Germany, the UK, Italy and Spain and leave their children with grandparents, relatives or even neighbours.
“They leave to earn enough money to give their family a better life but it’s really distressing for the children left behind.”
Working with international charities like World Vision, Calin has set up a charity which reunites Romanian parents with their children.
One of the ways it does this is by finding better jobs for people so they can stay in Romania, and the young boy who appears in the music video for De la capat on YouTube is one of those who the charity has helped reunite with his parents.
Romania finished 15th out of 27 entries with 35 points with favourites Sweden taking top spot.
The UK entry came 24th with five points.
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