The Voice Experience

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Era, cred, o zi de Mai parca. Sau incepuse iunie?  Cert e ca abia ce ma intorsesem din State. Eram inca sub vraja visului American, inca nu aterizasem calumea cu picioarele pe pamant. Si-am deschis televizorul: “Au inceput inscrierile pentru Vocea Romaniei”. A fost tot ce a trebuit sa aud. M-am si inscris online, si timp de o saptamana nu am spus nimanui. Evident, suflet extrovertit ce sunt, n-am putut tine in mine secretul, si intr-un final am spus tuturor si-am vorbit numai despre asta.

Acum e decembrie. Dupa 6 luni de zile, vorbesc tot despre asta. A venit si ziua in care povestesc despre experienta mea la Vocea Romaniei.

A inceput frumos, cu vreme calduroasa, in zile de vara. Am plecat din Viena cu 3 zile inainte de un examen ca sa prind auditiile. “Anu’ asta-i fara regrete!” – asta mi-am tot spus in avion. Si-am trecut si de prima auditie. Si-am trecut si de a doua. Si na, sa vezi dracie, mi-au zis “Ne vedem in blind-uri”. Nu cred ca s-a inventat cuvant pentru imensul extaz pe care il simteam atunci. M-am imbratisat singura. (era singura mea optiune, nu cunosteam pe nimeni pe-acolo)

Ei, si-a venit si ziua blind-urilor, sau cum le place lor sa zica,  ziua “auditiilor pe nevazute”. Deja ma obisnuisem putin cu atmosfera. Cunoscusem si din concurenti, foarte haiosi oamenii. Deja simteam ca-s de-acolo, de-a lor. Am ajuns in culise. A-nceput sa-mi bata inima. Emotii? Emotii. Da’ emotii constructive. Pentru ca am urcat pe scena si-am intors doua scaune! Da’ nu orice fel de scaune! L-am intors pe cel pe-a carui muzica am crescut, si pe al’ mai mare producator al Romaniei (Tudor Chirila si Marius Moga). Cam cat de mandra eram?! Am mers mai departe cu Tudor Chirila, evident, ca vorba aia, pe muzica lui m-am indragostit prima data.

Si-am inceput munca alaturi de echipa Tudor. Si-acu’ surpriza! Piesa pentru duel: I can’t get no satisfaction! Ma bucur in prima faza, ca-mi plac The Rolling Stones, si-mi trec prin cap imagini cu mine si colega zbenguindu-ne pe scena pe un rock nebun. “Versiunea PJ Harvey si Bjork”, zice. Ne-a lovit. Habar n-aveam. Am ascultat si versiunea asta. Deh, piesa criticata si ne-nteleasa de 99% din popor. Nici eu n-am inteles-o pan’ la capat. Dar eu zic c-am simtit-o cum trebuie. O piesa cu mesaj puternic.

A venit si ziua duelurilor. Emotii? Emotii. Si-acum emotii constructive, zic. Am urcat pe scena, si simteam cum imi curge rock-ul prin sange. Trebuia sa cant mai in scarba, si-am zis ca ma descurc. Si-am cantat noi, si-am urlat, si ne-am pus tot sufletul in piesa. Da’ Tudor a ales-echipamogao pe ea. Daca am stiut, undeva in adancul sufletului, ca urma sa o aleaga pe ea? Nu. Dar s-a-ntamplat. Am simtit putin cum mi se umezesc ochii, si-mi spuneam in gand ca drumul meu avea sa se opreasca acolo. Am adresat cateva cuvinte si celorlalti antrenori, dar fara strop de speranta ca m-ar
mai salva vreunul (dupa ce toti comentasera oripilati la adresa “exorcizarii” noastre). Si printre lacrimi si suspine aud deodata “HAI MA CA TE SALVEZ EU”. Pai sa nu plangi? Si sa nu-ti vina sa te-ntinzi pe jos? Si-acum, cand imi aduc aminte, si retraiesc momentul, plang si nu-mi vine sa cred. Chiar nu mi-a venit sa cred. Stiu ca nici telespectatorilor nu le-a venit sa creada. Nimanui. Marius Moga, care s-a intors inca din etapa auditiilor pe nevazute, m-a salvat la duel si m-a pastrat in concurs. Doamne…

Si-asa am ajuns eu in prima editie LIVE de la Vocea Romaniei. Inca nu-mi
vine sa cred. I-am cunoscut si pe astia ai lu’ Moga, colegii de “joaca”. Ce oameni frumosi! Alt cuvant nu s-ar potrivi descrierii.

Si zice..Delia Pitu, pe 27 noiembrie, Live-ul numarul 1. S-a ales si piesa, s-a si schimbat piesa, ba chiar s-a si modificat piesa, si-a iesit o varianta moderna si mișto a unui megahit. Am si dansat. Ba mai mult, live1l-am si pupat pe unul din dansatori (un coregraf super tare, de altfel). Si ma simteam bine, ca-mi placea si cum ma imbracasera, simteam ca-mi expun toata personalitatea. Ceva mai funky, si-o caciulita, si-un pic de miscare pe scena! Si-am cantat si.. am fost si
favorita publicului! Aici socul s-a manifestat altfel. Aici n-am reactionat. Nu pentru ca nu ma bucuram, cred ca m-am bucurat la un moment dat, da’ pentru ca mi-erau (si inca imi sunt) asa dragi tare colegii, ca m-am simtit prost ca nu mergem toti mai departe. Da’ sa va zic de ce mi-erau asa dragi. Saptamana dinaintea primei editii live a fost cea mai tare saptamana la Voce. Si ce daca stateam cu orele in platouri? Si ce daca ne enervam uneori ca nu atingeam o nota? Eram noi patru, ăia de-i vedeau toti ca rad mereu. Si le multumesc si aici. Cu voi n-am simtit emotii, si nici presiunea concursului.

Da…am mers mai departe si-n Live-ul 3. Auzi tu.. in live-ul numarul trei! Ai fi crezut vreodata? ..nici eu! Si cu doar doua zile de pregatire (a fost o perioada aglomerata la Pro), am imbracat o rochie lunga, simpla, neagra, mi-am dat paru’ pe spate si-am urcat pe scena. Emotii? Emotii. De data asta, nu asa constructive, ca n-am mai fost favorita publicului. Si nici a lui Moga. Dar stiti ce am fost? Fericita. Implinita. N-am mers mai departe in semifinale, dar am castigat mult mai mult de-atat.

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Sa va zic acum, dupa 6 luni, ce-am castigat. Am castigat prietenii cu oameni extraordinari, talentati, frumosi, haiosi. Am castigat amintiri pentru care nu gasesc adjectivele potrivite. Simt ca am castigat atatea lucruri incat nu stiu cum sa le enumar, sa le pun negru pe alb. Ma simt atat de bogata sufleteste, cum nu m-am simtit de multa vreme.

Si-am realizat si alte chestii. Am realizat ca am prieteni extraordinari, pe care ii iubesc. (tineam sa mentionez, va simtiti voi). Si-am realizat ca am si-o familie extraordinara, care m-a sustinut neconditionat. Si-am mai realizat ca n-o sa renunt la muzica niciodata. Marius Moga te face sa nu renunti la muzica orice-ar fi – asa om extraordinar e el.(inca un lucru pe care l-am realizat)

Drumul nu se opreste aici. Drumul aici incepe.

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English version for my beloved international friends

I believe it was a May day. Or was it already June? I know for sure I had just come back from the States. I was still under the spell of the American dream, I still hadn’t come back to reality. I turned the TV on: “You can now sign up online for The Voice of Romania”. And that was it, all I needed to hear. I went online and signed up immediately, and didn’t tell anyone for a week. Obviously, because I am such an extrovert, I ended up telling everyone and talking only about this.

Now it’s December. Six months later, I am still talking only about this. The day finally came when I talk about my experience at The Voice.

It all started beautifully, in summer days, with warm weather. I left Vienna for the auditions right before an exam. “This year I regret nothing” I kept telling myself while on the plane. And I passed the first audition. And the second one. And, as luck will have it, I was told “We’ll see you at the blind auditions”. There’s no word for the enormous excitement I felt at that moment. I gave myself a hug. Good job, Delia, good job. (there was no one I knew around, so I had to hug something or someone – that someone was me)

Oh well, the day came when I had to perform at the blind auditions. I was getting used to the vibe. I had already met some of the other contestants, very funny people. My heart started beating. Nervous? Yes, I was nervous, but it was constructive. Because I went on stage and owned it. I turned two chairs! But not any two chairs! It was the artist, whose music I grew up with, and Romania’s greatest producer. Could I have been more proud?! I chose Tudor Chirila (the first one I was talking about) because his music is representative for the first time I fell in love.

I started working with the team. Aaaand ..surprise! Our song for the battle: “I can’t get no satisfaction”. At first I’m happy, because I like the Rolling Stones, and I start imagining how I rock the stage and act like a true rocker. And then it hit us: “Bjork & PJ Harvey version”. Say what now? I felt exactly like Jon Snow. I knew nothing. Then I listened to it. Of course, the song was criticized and misunderstood by 99% of the public. I couldn’t even understand it completely. But I’d say I felt its vibe. A song with a powerful message.

So the battles came. Nervous? Yes, I was nervous, but it was constructive (at least I thought so). I went on stage, felt the rock flowing through my veins. I had to look a bit disgusted while singing, and I said I can handle that. And we sang, and shouted, and went all in. But the coach chose her. The other girl. Did I know, somewhere deep inside, that he was gonna go with her? No. I didn’t. But it happened. I felt my evolution at the contest was going to stop there. I was ready to go home. With tears in my eyes and my throat clenched, I tried saying some words that would “convince” the other coaches I deserve to be stolen. I had absolutely no hope, because I knew no one would give its steal to someone who just sang an “exorcism” (according to them). And with my crying and everything I heard: “Come on, Ill steal you!” How could one not cry? How could one not want to lie on the floor? Every time I remember, I feel like crying and still cannot believe it. No one could believe it. Not even the the public. I think not even Marius Moga could believe it (he’s the one who stole me – also the second coach who turned his chair for me at the blind auditions). He actually stole me. God…

And so I made it to the live shows. I still can’t believe it! I met the other ones from my new team, my “playmates”. Such beautiful people! Can’t find another word that would describe them better!

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– one crazy human, named Elvis, is missing from the picture – 

And the coach says.. Delia Pitu, 27th of November, first live show! So he chose a song, and then he changed the song, and the he even reorchestrated the new song, and I ended up with a cool, modern version of a megahit. I even danced. More than that, I even had to kiss one of the dancers! And guess what, the public chose me! I was chosen to go on to the next live show! I was in shock. I couldn’t react. Deep down I was happy, but I couldn’t show it. I was somehow disappointed and sad for the other teammates. That moment I wished we could have all passed. Love them.

So there I was, preparing for another live show – quarter finals! Never have I thought I’d get here.. And with only two days to rehearse, I put on a long, black dress, did my hair and went on stage. Nervous? Yes, I was nervous, but this time it wasn’t that constructive. I wasn’t chosen by the public. I wasn’t even chosen my coach. But do you know what I was? Happy. Extremely happy. I didn’t made it to the semifinals, but I won so much more than that.

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Let me tell you now, 6 months later, what the win actually was. I won friendships with wonderful, beautiful, funny and talented people. I won memories that I don’t even know how to describe. I feel that I won so many things that it is even harder to write them down. I feel so rich on the inside, like I haven’t felt in a while.

And I realized some things. I realized that I have amazing friends, who I love. (you know who you are). I realized I have an amazing family too, who supported me unconditionally. And I also realized I will never give up on music.

It doesn’t end here. Here is where it all actually begins.

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With all the love in the world,

Delia Anastasia

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