Hotel FM have been designated to represent Romania at the Eurovision song competition taking place on May 10, 12 and 14 2011, in Dusseldorf, Germany. The trio have stated, during a recent press conference, that they wish to obtain at least the same results with their song “Change the World” as Paula Seling and Ovi did last year with “Playing with Fire”, when they reached third place.
Marina Almasan, project coordinator for Eurovision Romania, stated that although Hotel FM do not hold the chance of a yet being a consecrated brand (as Paula Seling, for example, did), they will be helped by a team of professionals (stylists, designers, photographers and a German manager to prepare the band for the show in Dusseldorf) to achieve their targeted result. This year’s competitors on behalf of Romania also have the advantage of more time for preparation since the national selection competition was done earlier than in previous years.
Almasan also added that this year’s Eurovision budget equals last year’s, reaching an estimate EUR 500,000. However, getting on stage alone in Dusseldorf, Almasan added, will cost EUR 100,000.
The band is currently preparing a video and a European tour, with concerts in Chisinau, London, Rome, Budapest, Athens and Sofia. The “Change the World” song has been recently reworked, because the band members were displeased with the original version and they made it more “dynamic”.
Hotel FM is formed of lead singer David Bryan, piano player and Gabriel Baruta (who composed “Change the World with Alexandra Ivan) and drummer Alexandru Susz. David Bryan comes from Great Britain and counts on the support of his home country for the band’s Eurovision participation. He jokingly commented at the press conference, concerning Great Britain’s selection of consecrated band Blue for Eurovision, that Hotel are not afraid of competition and perhaps Blue should have let newcomers have their chance at making a name for themselves at the European competition.
At Eurovision, Romania will enter the second semifinals and will be voted by two of the finalists, Spain and Great Britain.