It’s Hotel FM for Romania!
After a MARATHON of a preselection, spanning over five hours (and technically, two years!), the Romanians have come up with their representative to Eurovision for 2011. After coming in 4th place during last year’s Selecţia Naţională with their song “Come as One“, Oradea-based band Hotel FM will go to Düsseldorf with their song “Change”.
It’s a light, poppy song that reminds me a bit of Simon Mathew’s “All Night Long” for Denmark from a few years back. It’s got a light, happy message that often fits nicely into Eurovision, and it’s completely inoffensive. (Plus, it seems that the lead singer is British, which would explain why his English is so flawless!) I’m not sure if it’s as much of a standout as Paula and Ovi’s “Playing with Fire” from last year, which took Romania to a 3rd place finish. But this will likely crack into the finals, with 12 points from Moldova, as per usual.
This is likely my last message to you all in 2010 (although it’s already past midnight in Europe!)…I just want to wish all of my readers the happiest, healthiest, and most prosperous year for 2011! I hope to continue bringing you all the best in news, opinions, and predictions…and I hope you’re along for the ride with me!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!