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June 25, 2022

Jury selects Romania’s Eurovision entry

The Hotel FM band won, on New Year’s Eve, the finals of the national selection for the Eurovision, with the song “Change”, which is to represent Romania at the Eurovision song contest, scheduled to take place in Dusseldorf, in May. Hotel FM includes Brit David Bryan (vocal), Gabriel Baruta, composer and a Fine Arts graduate (piano & backing vocals) and Alex Szus (drums). David Bryan, the British soloist of Hotel FM, worked, in turn, as a factory welder, a volunteer involved in projects to assist underprivileged children in Romania, a cabaret singer and an actor reciting Shakespearian sonnets. He came to Romania four years ago and the agent Florin Burdeu discovered him by word of mouth, after an acquaintance of his, a Conservatory graduate, mentioned hearing David Bryan singing karaoke in a mall in Oradea.

“He is trained as a welder, he had lost his job, and initially came to Romania for three weeks, sent by the British state to assist in building an orphans’ home. Here he met his girlfriend, a Roma ethnic, who had also been raised in an orphans’ home, and promised her he would come back. He came back for two more years to assist underprivileged children. I discovered him by accident, thanks to a friend of mine, a Conservatory graduate, who heard him singing in a karaoke contest in a mall,” Florin Budeu, David Bryan’s agent, recounts, for ‘Gandul’. The latter realized Bryan had an innate talent and found him a job at a hotel in Oradea, which has a cabaret programme. The song “Change”, which will represent Romania at the Eurovision, was selected based on the points awarded by the specialized jury (50 pc) and the viewers’ vote (50 pc).

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