The programme to select the Romanian entry actually started in 2010 on New Years Eve, with a five hour extravaganza show which combined the nations new year celebrations with the selection of the Romanian entry for Europe's favourite TV-show in 2011.
Thirteen acts competed for the right to represent Romania, and the show was packed with guest artists, including Paula Seling and Ovi, the Romanian entrants in 2010 and from Ireland, former winners Johnny Logan and Niamh Kavanagh, and Chiara from Malta. All of them helped to celebrate the arrival of 2011 in Bucharest, which included a specatacular firework display in the city.
A combination of televoting and jury votes determined the result, and after the televoting had been announced the group Hotel FM were in second place. The jury though placed Hotel FM with the song Change in first place, and that was enough to give them victory, and they could now celebrate the start of 2011 in style.
Check out the Hotel FM song below.
Who are 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.
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Romania has an excellent recent record and have qualified for the Final of the Eurovision Song Contest every year since the Semi-Final system was introduced in 2004. Their best results to date were third place in the Final on two occasions, firstly in 2005 in Kyiv with Luminita Anghel & Sistem and their song Let Me Try, and again in 2010 in Oslo with Paula & Ovi's Playing With Fire. Hotel FM will be hoping to keep the tradition alive of Romania's 100% qualification for the Final of Europe's favourite TV-show
They will perform in 14th position in the second Semi-Final on 12th May in Düsseldorf.