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“Change” – Romania sends Hotel FM to Düsseldorf!

Romania’s national final for Eurovision 2011 was held on 31th December, with 13 acts competing for the ticket to Düsseldorf. The three-piece band Hotel FM who already took part last year (“Come As One”, fourth place), became the lucky winners with the song Change, written by Gabriel Băruţa, with lyrics by Alexandra Ivan and Gabriel Băruţa.

It’s Romania’s 13th entry to the Eurovision Song Contest and it will be performed in the 2nd semi-final on 12th May, at starting position #14.

Read more and check out the video clip…

Romania’s national final for Eurovision 2011 was held on 31th December, with 13 acts competing for the ticket to Düsseldorf. The three-piece band Hotel FM who already took part last year (“Come As One”, fourth place), became the lucky winners with the song Change, written by Gabriel Băruţa, with lyrics by Alexandra Ivan and Gabriel Băruţa.

It’s Romania’s 13th entry to the Eurovision Song Contest and it will be performed in the 2nd semi-final on 12th May, at starting position #14.

Check out the video clip:

About Hotel FM

During the five years of existence, Hotel FM attracted several exquisite young musicians but the actual band is represented by David Bryan (lead singer), Gabriel Băruţa (composer, piano and backing vocals) and Alex Szuz (drums).

The Hotel FM story began in 2005, when the Romanian composer Gabriel Băruţa recruited a few very talented musicians from his hometown Oradea to create a new sound, a modern pop-rock feel based on melody and innovation, specific to the songs he wrote.

The band has played many concerts in cities of Romania and Germany and released a promotional CD in the spring of 2006. In 2010, Hotel FM competed for the first time in the Romanian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Come As One, a ballad with a strong eco message and complex vocal harmonies – and got on the fourth place.

Their second try – in the 2011 national selection – proved to be a success and as in Cinderella story, the three boys from Hotel FM won the honour of representing Romania on the Eurovision Song Contest stage in Düsseldorf, while other huge artists still dream about it …

The secret of Hotel FM success seems to be the boys’ simplicity, honesty and talent. Without having studies or degrees in music, Gabriel, David and Alex managed to win the hearts of both specialists and large public from Romania.

Currently, besides preparing for the Düsseldorf contest, the three members of Hotel FM are continuing their exciting side-projects: David, as a true British guy living in Romania, is recording Shakespeare’s sonnets on the music of Florian Chelu Madeva (Rock Filarmonica Oradea) and plays with the only Pink Floyd tribute band in Romania, Speak Floyd.

Gabriel is writing songs for talented children and has recently opened a brand new studio in Bucharest (beside the one in Oradea), while Alex is preparing for the last year exams in the University of Architecture in Oradea and fights to find some time to join and play drums with his friends from many other bands.

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