The Tenth Edition of The Golden Stag Festival – 1997

The Golden Stag

The tenth edition of The Golden Stag Festival took place in Brasov between June 24th – June 29th, 1997, in Sfatului Square – in the old city. This edition was dedicated to the honor of one of the first organizers of The Golden Stag Festival, Tudor Vornicu. The Festival’s hosts were Andreea Marin, Tania Budi, and Horia Brenciu, television presenters.

The opening cocktail was offered by the mayor, Ioan Ghise, the prefect, Ioan Opris, and the manager of the festival, Dumitru Morosanu at Cetate Restaurant – a medieval restaurant built inside the city’s old fortress The Italian competitor, Zack Ferguson, knocked at the fortress’s gate and asked permission for his friends to enter. A soldier accompanied by waitresses dressed in medieval costumes opened the gate.

The big attraction of the festival was the Video Contest where INXS (Elegantly Wasted) and U2 (Staring at the Sun) competed for one of the prizes. However neither of them won.

Christina Aguilera, only 16 years old at that time, competed for the first prize in the Singers’ Contest. She did not get the audience or the jury’s attention.
The festival was broadcast by: NHK-Japan, Tele 5 -Spain, Finnish National TV, TVRI Indonesia, Philippine National TV, Lithuanian TV.

300 journalists from Europe and United States got credentials to write about the festival and its stars.

In the hors-concurs shows the audience met Big Mountain, Sheryl Crow, La Bouche, Diana Ross, Romanian artists like Gheorghe Zamfir, and two of the winners of the ’70s edition, Therese Steinmetz and Dan Spataru.

Meiske Shakila Serhalawan from Indonesia was awarded with The Golden Stag Trophy.

The tenth edition of The Golden Stag Festival ended on June 29, at the Aro Palace Restaurant, with a dinner party for the singers, the stars, the jury and the journalists.

1997 Stars

In the hors concours-shows the audience met Waldo, Sheryl Crow, Diana Ross, Gheorghe Zamfir, Big Mountain, Masterboy, Zucchero

Diana Ross

Diana Ross was born in Detroit, on March 26, 1944. She grew up in her hometown aspiring to be a singer. When she was in high-school Diana formed the group the Primetteswith together with her friends Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard and Barbara Martin. After Martin left the group, the Primettes signed to Motown and became the Supremes. The president of Motown, Berry Gordy, thought Diana had the vocal talent and charisma for a successful solo career. Diana’s success was increasingly in the group, culminating in a change of the group’s name into Diana Ross and the Supremes.

In January 1970, Ross left the Supremes for a solo career.

Her success started with the release of Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand) which hit the Top 40. Shortly after, Diana gave an Academy Award-nominated performance in the Billie Holiday biography, Lady Sings the Blues, whose soundtrack reached No. 1.

She kept going with the musical successes Touch Me in the Morning, Do You Know Where You’re Going, Love Hangover.

In 1978, Ross appeared in Mahogany’s film adaptation of The Wiz.
Two year after Diana charted the tops with I’m Coming Out and It’s My Turn. One year later she reached again No. 1 with Endless Love, in duet with Lionel Ritchie.

In 1981, Ross changed Motown for RCA. Her first song Why Do Fools Fall in Love? immediately got the platinum.

In 1989, Diana Ross returned to Motown and to her older pop style.

Big Mountain

The pop-reggae band Big Mountain was formed in San Diego, California, in the late 1980s. First named Rainbow Warriors, the band suffered many changes. Two founding members Quino (vocalist/guitarist) and Lynn Copeland (bassist) left the band, and the remaining members changed the name into Big Mountain and signed to Quality Records.

In 1992 they released the debut album, Wake Up, which scored the charts with the single Touch My Light.

Big Mountain’s 1994 follow-up, Unity, featured the group’s biggest hit, Baby, I Love Your Way. After headlining two reggae festivals in Jamaica and touring the world, Big Mountain returned in 1995 with Resistance.

The next project, Free Up, was released in 1997.

Sheryl Crow

Born in 1962, Sheryl Crow grew up in a rural town not far from Memphis, Tenn. in a musician family. At the age of six she began playing. After graduating high school she moved to St. Louis to sing R&B covers.

In the ’80s she was doing backing vocal for George Harrison, Joe Cocker, Stevie Wonder and Rod Stewart.

Sheryl made her solo debut only in 1993 with her A&M, Tuesday Night Music Club. Thanks to the upbeat radio hit, All I Wanna Do, the album went multi-platinum.

Next best hits: If It Makes You Happy, Everyday is a Winding Road and A Change (Will Do You Good).

In the fall of 1998, Sheryl released her third album, The Globe Sessions, awarded with a Grammy for Best Rock Album. In 1999 the artist released another successful album, Live From Central Park.

An Interview with Christina Aguilera – by Alma Dinca

Ever get tired of hearing the same old stories of excess regarding your favourite musicians and entertainers? Too much drinking, drugging, partying . . . too much money! Yes, these things happen in the world of the musically inclined, along with the rest of us regular types. On the flip side, musicians and entertainers are some of the most generous and sensitive people you will ever meet. And they have fabulous story to tell about themselves. Let’s take the new-comer, Christina Aguilera, for example. Her name is not very popular although she began performing since she was a child.

That was a pretty honest interview! She went into detail on a lot of the questions.

Q. What are you currently up to?
A. Of course, I still have to learn. This is just the beginning for me. When I decided to take this route and get involved in the showbizz, I paid attention to other famous artists and studied their musical techniques. The important thing in music is to create your own style. That’s why I wanted to learn how to be the best. I am a fortune person. Life is fantastic. I always wanted to become a singer and that wish came true. Even if I try to get some publicity, I don´t feel like a superstar. I try to live a normal life as possible.

Q. Singing is difficult or easy for you?
A. I trust my voice. So, it’s not difficult at all.

Q. Since you were a little child you wanted to be a famous artists. Am I wrong or not?
A. No. You are right. I was born in Staten Island, New Jersey and raised in Wexford, Pennsylvania. Being the daughter of a father in the military and a musician mother who toured Europe with the Youth Symphony Orchestra, at the age of 18 I had to travel around the world. I spent some time living in Japan, then I moved to Florida… to Texas… before settling in Wexford, a suburb of Pittsburgh. I wanted to perform as long as I could remember.

Q. Life was easy for you!
A. Not exactly. I did get lucky, but I also faced a lot of difficult times. Many times I felt like an outsider. For becoming a real star I have to work hard and make a name for myself. It’s hard to describe my feelings of sadness and self-pity when I enjoyed the first meal miles away from home.

Q. People say you drive a Spacy motorbike?
A. (She answered this question smiling at me) All artists promote their image in a way or another. Only people close to me know who I am for real.

Q. What about your private life?
A. It will remain private. The persons who bring joy into my life are my parents and my sister.

Q. Should I understand you have big plans for your career?
A. I intend to release my debut album with RCA, but not right away. It will be possible only when I find the best songs for me.

Q. Best songs?
A. I like dramatic songs with climax. If the sound is low it’s not an advantage for my voice.

Q. What will you perform at the Golden Stag Festival?
A. Those who followed my short career know I recently recorded a duet, “All I Wanna Do,” with the Japanese pop star Keizo Nakanishi. So, probably they expect me to sing this tonight. What I really want is to make the crowd crazy while I’ll be performing my two-song set which will include a Sheryl Crow and Diana Ross song.

Christina Aguilera did record her debut album with RCA. The subsequent release of the single Genie in a Bottle caused an explosion of interest in the singer, with the single selling 500,000 copies and hitting No. in the charts.

As far as her dating life, like Britney Spears, little hard evidence is known. She had admitted to having a crush on MTV’s Carson Daly, and New York Post claimed she also had an affair with Enrique Iglesias. The journal wrote ”the two were dancing nasty together late at night in a New York bar”.

The most recent dating fact has been she’s been dating one of her dancers, Jorge Santos, whom she’s also been living with. A close friend said to the press “Jorge is a good, down to earth guy and Christina feels like she can be herself with him instead of trying to live up to something she’s not.”

Christina Aguilera’s success is up to her. I really think it’s all about making wise choices and not being afraid.

Competitors

SINGERS’ CONTEST

ROB BURKE – IRELAND
CHIARA MAGGIO – ITALY
YANIMA BROWN – U.S.A.
MALLOY – GERMANY
IGOR NADJEV – RUSSIA
CHEN CONGLANG – CHINA
NARCISA SUCIU – ROMANIA
SUNAI TCHALAKOV – BULGARIA
CHRISTINA AGUILERA – U.S.A.
DANIEL SHEFFERD – BELGIUM
OLGA HRISTOVSKA – MECEDONIE
SINTONIA DE BUFALO – SPAIN
JULIA NACHALOVA – RUSSIA
MALINA OLINESCU – ROMANIA
SAINT PASCAL – SWITZERLAND
MEISKE SHAKILA SHERHALAWAN – INDONESIA
TANYA – CZECH REPUBLIC
ADRIA SERBAN – ROMANIA
JARI SILANPAA – FINLAND
LESLEY PATON – U.S.A.
EDWIN VAN HOEVALAAK – HOLLAND

DEBUT CONTEST

ZACK FERGUSON – ITALY
DANIEL ROBU – ROMANIA
LISA LINDEBERGH – SWEDEN
SHORT CUT – NORWAY
JAY MAREE SMITH – AUSTRALIA
DADDY RINGS – JAMAICA
LAURA STOICA – ROMANIA
LYSDAL – DENMARK

VIDEOCLIP CONTEST

INXS – U.K.
U2 – U.K.
RITON – BULGARIA
FLIRTMEISTER – GERMANY
TU HONG GONG – CHINA
STELLA – BELGIUM
ISMAD JO – SENEGAL
WALDO – FINLAND
IOAN GYURI PASCU – ROMANIA
SOUND OF R.E.L.S. – FINLAND
JURI SHEVCHUK – RUSSIA
JOVANOTTI – ITALY
YELLO – GERMANY

Winners

The Golden Stag Trophy
MEISKE SHAKILA SHERHALAWAN – INDONESIA

Videoclip Contest
the best director
JURI SHEVCHUCK – RUSSIA ( LOVE )
the best picture
YELLO – GERMANY ( TO THE SEA )
the best editor
STELLA – BELGIUM ( LES TARTINES )

Debut Contest
1st Prize
LYSDAL – DENMARK
2nd Prize
LAURA STOICA – ROMANIA
3rd Prize
JAY MAREE SMITH – AUSTRALIA

Singers’ Contest
1st Prize
MALINA OLINESCU – ROMANIA
2nd Prize
ADRIA SERBAN – ROMANIA
3rd Prize
NARCISA SUCIU – ROMANIA

Special Award for the Best Performance of a Romanian Song
JARI SILANPAA – FINLAND