In just over 24 hours, the Grand Final of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place with 26 participants; 10 from the 1st semi-final, 10 from the 2nd semi-final, the 'Big 5' and the 'host country' all vying for the trophy, and the chance to host the international spectacle next year.
Following the aftermath of the Thursday show, the production team of the competition led by SVT sat down with the EBU and created a running order based on the halves that they drew at the post show press conference.
As a matter of fact, the proposed draw was unanimously approved by the EBU Executive Supervisor, Jon Ola Sand and the Chairman of the Reference Group, Dr. Frank-Dieter. This year's final will be taking place at the Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden and will be hosted by Mans Zelmerlow and Petra Mede, who have led the two semi-finals successfully.
02. Czech Republic
03. The Netherlands
25. United Kingdom
On behalf of the escflashmalta.com, we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for following the minute-by-minute commentary on Facebook and Twitter, led by Claudia Faniello and Karen DeBattista during the 1st semi-final, and by Janice Debattista and Brooke Borg during the 2nd semi-final. In the final, it will be conducted by Julie Pomorski and Franklin Calleja.
We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news about Malta's participation in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, led by singer/songwriter Ira Losco who will be performing "Walk on Water", co-written alongside Tim Larsson, Tobias Lundgren, Molly Pettersson Hammar and Lisa Desmond in slot #22.
In Vienna, the capital city of Austria, dress rehearsals for the final night of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 are currently taking place, as twenty (20) participating countries were selected from the semi-finals through a mixture of public and jury voting in order to join the seven (7) pre-determined finalists, who secured their place as part of the guidelines of the event, as set forth by the European Broadcasting Union.
As participants drew their part of the running order in the post semi-final press conferences, the excitement grew with regards to how the final line-up will look like, and in the wee hours of morning, the European Broadcasting Union made public the running order in which each of the finalists will be presenting their respective entry.
05. United Kingdom
Unfortunately, Malta is not part of this line-up, despite the fact that Amber gave a stunning interpretation of her entry "Warrior", her original entry penned by Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca to the composition of Elton Zarb. Nevertheless, we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter as our LIVE blogging continues, with Antoine Farrugia, Marc Calleja Bayliss, Brooke Borg and Davinia Pace during the final night of the worlds' most prestigious event in Malta.
In Malta, excitement was somewhat contained for the latter months of 2014, with both the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, and the Malta Eurovision Song Contest taking place in the space of a fortnight. Nevertheless, as this year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest takes place over three (3) evenings next week, we have called upon Deo Grech to assess the entries which will be presented in this year's competition.
He has not only given his opinion, but also compiled together the points of his panel of guests, some of which have already been to the Eurovision Song Contest in the past. Deo Grech is the host of "The Celebrity Night" on F Living.
Moldova: Eduard Romanyuta - "I Want Your Love"
It’s a pity that the very first song we’re going to listen to at this year’s Eurovision is this track from Moldova. It could have done really well if it participated at the contest ... 15 years ago! This song is reminiscent of the early Britney Spears’ Pop tunes. I am really sorry for Moldova but I can’t see this reaching the finals.
According to the OGAE fans and the Bookmakers, Moldova should not make it to the finals.
The Celebrity Night’s Eurovision Fever panel score: 18pts (15th)
Armenia: Genealogy - "Face The Shadow"
6 countries – 5 continents – 1 song. This is an amazing concept indeed. The music sounds really deep and heavy after the light-pop tune from Moldova. Their voices sound excellent together. The problem I see with this entry is that there is a fine line between Dramatic-Pop-Opera singing and Screaming and Screeching till your ears bleed, especially towards the end of the song. Visually this will look great if they go for a Retro look. However, they must avoid being labelled as Old-Fashioned though! I guess this will make it to the finals.
According to the OGAE fans, Armenia might not make it to the finals. Whilst the bookmakers feel that it might scrape through.
The Celebrity Night’s Eurovision Fever panel score: 33pts (8th)
Belgium: Loic Nottet - "Rhythm Inside"
Okay! This is so 2015, so different from the first two entries and from the ones coming up after it. Talented Loic takes care of all details but will he be able to face the Eurovision pressure? This can do really well but can also crash flat on its back if vocals won’t be spot-on. With some luck Belgium can make it to the finals.
According to the OGAE fans and the Bookmakers, Belgium will make it to the finals.
The Celebrity Night’s Eurovision Fever panel score: 30pts (11th)
The Netherlands: Trijntje Oosterhuis - "Walk Along"
Anouk, Ilse De Lange and now Trijntje. Fantastic trio indeed from the Netherlands. However, I expected more quality from this year’s entry. Somehow the Dutch went for a more popish and ear-friendly entry this year. I am afraid ‘’Walk Along’’ won’t beat last year’s result from the Netherlands. I am afraid that this will sound too repetitive and too safe after the Belgian entry and will stop at the semis round.
According to the OGAE fans and the Bookmakers, the Netherlands might scrape through the finals.
The Celebrity Night’s Eurovision Fever panel score: 27pts (13th)
Finland: PKN – "Aina Mun Pitaa"
I ain’t a fan of this kind of punk-rock music at all. It’s too repetitive, too harsh on my ears. Lyrics are too silly for my tastes as well. They will surely attract the sympathy-televotes but will that be enough to eventually crown them the winners of Eurovision 2015? I don’t want to think about that! Sorry.
According to the OGAE fans, Finland might not make it to the finals. Whilst the bookmakers feel that it might end top-3 in the semi-final.
The Celebrity Night’s Eurovision Fever panel score: 12pts (16th)
Greece: Maria Elena Kyrikaou - "One Last Breath"
Big ballads have a special place in the Eurovision Song Contest. Each year we are entertained with a Celine Dion-ish ballad singer and Greece carries that honour proudly this year. Maria Elena surely knows how to belt those notes out. Passion, charisma, beauty and technique together with a powerful key-change make this a safe qualifier.
According to the OGAE fans, this might make it to the finals. Whilst the bookmakers feel that Greece may not.
The Celebrity Night’s Eurovision Fever panel score: 41pts (2nd)
Estonia: Elina & Stig - "Goodbye to Yesterday"
Country-pop meets Eurovision standards once again. This recipee did wonders for Netherlands last year and I am pretty sure that it will be replicated this year. Circles close to the Estonian team claim that their only issue this year is to calm down Stig’s anxiety. I hope though that his live vocal performance will be as solid as in the studio recording. Sure qualifier and a candidate for a top-5 position in the finals!
According to the OGAE fans and the Bookamers, Estonia will easily make it to the finals and end up as the winner of the first semi.
The Celebrity Night’s Eurovision Fever panel score: 36pts (5th)
FYR Macedonia: Daniel Kajmakoski - "Autumn Leaves"
Awesome entry from Macedonia. I have a very positive feeling about this entry. It builds up nicely with hues of Balkan undertones. I get the impression that Macedonia are heading for one of their best results ever at the Eurovision Song Contest. With a stylish and polished staging this will be a sure qualifier. With a weak staging this will fail to make it through.
According to the OGAE fans and the Bookmakers, Macedonia might make it to the finals.
The Celebrity Night’s Eurovision Fever panel score: 32pts (10th)
Serbia: Bojana Stamenov - "Beauty Never Lies"
She can surely belt out those high notes! My only concern here is that those notes might sound screechy. It reminds me of ‘Je ne sais quoi’ for more than one reason, of course! The song is a typical Eurovision upbeat track. We’ve heard a million versions of this track over the past years which make it quite a tried and tested formula. With some luck it will make it through.
According to the OGAE fans, Serbia might make it to the finals. Whilst the bookmakers feel that it may not.
The Celebrity Night’s Eurovision Fever panel score: 30pts (12th)
Hungary: Boggie - "Wars For Nothing"
A calm tune always goes well after a loud one, however this is too calm for my tastes. Coffee-break anyone? The idea behind the song is very positive but the song conveys a sad feeling. It lacks the oomph and the star-quality which a winning entry requires to stand out from the pack. Sorry Hungary, I can’t see you in the finals, this year.
According to the OGAE fans and the Bookmakers, Hungary will not make it to the finals.
The Celebrity Night’s Eurovision Fever panel score: 20pts (14th)
Belarus: Uzari & Maimuna - "Time"
Some months ago, I discovered the violinist-singer Lyndsay Sterling and her brilliant performances on YouTube. It seems I wasn't the one who did so! This entry will surely go well in the arena. I can already see the flags flying high to the powerful beats of this uptempo tune. Uzari’s diction needs some polishing, especially in the introduction of the song. It’s also a good dance-floor filler and I am pretty sure that this will be one of the hottest tunes played at the Euroclub in Vienna. All in all, it’s a great tune and I hope they will make it to the finals.
According to the OGAE fans, Belarus might not make it to the finals. Whilst the Bookmakers feel that it will eventually be one of the finalists.
The Celebrity Night’s Eurovision Fever panel score: 33pts (7th)
Russia: Polina Gagarina - "A Million Voices"
This entry has ‘Star Quality’ written all over it. Polina ticks all the boxes of a potential international star - she’s got the looks, the voice and the diction. The song builds up strongly in a typical power ballad fashion. The backing choir adds to the anthemic atmosphere. This is a strong contender for the final prize. Polina’s only drawback is that she is representing a country which has antagonized the typical Eurovision fan with various decisions...including political ones. The sense of hostility from the Eurovision fans towards the Russian entry singers was witnessed both at last year’s Eurovision as well as at this year’s 60th Anniversary Show hosted by the BBC. To add insult to injury, fan-favourite-Ukraine opted out of this year’s Eurovision as a result of the political dispute with Russia.
According to the OGAE fans and the Bookmakers, the Russian entry will make it to the finals and end up as the first runner up of this semifinal round.
The Celebrity Night’s Eurovision Fever panel score: 42pts (1st)
Denmark: Anti Social Media - "The Way You Are"
Yeah! We need such a happy tune at the Eurovision Song Contest by a fresh boy-band. Beatles meet A friend in London. This will surely go well at the Eurovision as it reaches out the audience and televiewers alike with its positive energy. With some luck this will also make it to the finals.
According to the OGAE fans and the Bookmakers, Denmark might not make it to the finals.
The Celebrity Night’s Eurovision Fever panel score: 34pts (6th)
Albania: Elhaida Dani - "I’m Alive"
Elhaida has a great command over her vocal abilities. Thankfully, the Albanian delegation gave its consent for the replacement of the original entry by the present one. This song has grown over me over the past weeks and is now standing in my overall top 10. This explains why I am so positive about it. I think that together with Estonia and Russia, Albania will be the one to watch out for from the first semifinal.
According to the OGAE fans andthe Bookmakers, Albania will make it to the finals.
The Celebrity Night’s Eurovision Fever panel score: 38pts (4th)
Romania: Voltaj - "All Over Again"
I am taken in by the #AllOverAgain campaign. It has placed a spotlight on a reality which most of us were unaware of. The message is stronger than the song itself. I am pretty sure that this will gain support from the middle-aged televiewers who will be touched by the campaign that this song represents at this year’s Eurovision. Well done Voltaj. Kudos!
According to the OGAE fans, this might make it to the finals. Whilst the Bookmakers feel that it may not.
The Celebrity Night’s Eurovision Fever panel score: 33pts (9th)
Georgia: Nina Sublatti - "Warrior"
The Georgian warrior sounds stronger than ever before. Nina is powerful indeed and this helps her stand her ground as a warrior! She needs to improve her diction drastically, though. The strong drum beats which accompany the song through the whole 3 minutes bring back memories of Eurovision 2004 when the Ukrainian Ruslana took the stage by storm with her ‘Wild Dances’. I guess Nina Sublatti and her team will do their best to present something as powerful as Ruslana did eleven years ago.
According to the OGAE fans and the Bookmakers, the Georgian Warrior might make it to the finals.
The Celebrity Night’s Eurovision Fever panel score: 40pts (3rd)
The European Broadcasting Union made an official announcement this morning that 39 countries have submit paperwork to participate in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria. Despite the withdrawal of Ukraine, this is relatively exciting news, as the event will feature two more countries than last year, following the return of Serbia, Cyprus and the Czech Republic. Malta is one of the few countries to have selected both the singer, and the entry, with Amber set to perform "Warrior" written by Elton Zarb and Matthew Mercieca in one of the two semi-finals.
The participating countries are as follow; Albania, Armenia, Austria (Host), Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France (Big 5), FYR Macedonia, Georgia, Germany (Big 5), Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy (Big 5), Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain (Big 5), Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom (Big 5).
The European Broadcasting Union has also divided the semi-finals with respective number of participants, due to the fact that the number of participating countries is odd. As a result, 16 countries will partake in the 1st semi-final on the 19th May, as opposed to 17 countries which will partake in the 2nd semi-final on the 21st May. The allocation draw will take place on the 26th January, and will be streamed live through the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.
Internal, or external, it has become somewhat custom to plan well ahead of time, in order to fine tune both the act and the entry that will represent a country at the Eurovision Song Contest. In just a matter of 3 weeks, entries from the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia and Malta will be officially revealed in a mixture of public and jury voting. In the meantime, Montenegro and Belgium have gone ahead selecting their participants, Knez and Loic Notter, with their respective entries set to be revealed at a later date.
Knez, a singer/songwriter who requires no introduction to the balkan region was "not so surprised by the invitation to represent Montenegro at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest" and this is because he cites himself as a true "Eurovision Fan". He will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Sergej Cetkovic whose entry "Moj Svijet" saw the nation move into the final for the first time.
Loic Nottet, a relative newcomer to the music scene, having garnered considerable fame following his appearance on The Voice of Belgium, where he finished as the first runner-up. This is not the first time that the broadcaster has made a choice through this talent show, having previously selected Roberto Bellarosa. His entry "Love Kills" had finished in 12th place in the final, a successful result.
Whilst it is somewhat unknown how the song choices will be made, it is expected that Knez will write his own song, and present it to the public in a similar fashion that Sergej did earlier this year, whilst Loic will be discussing with his record label and presumably presenting a couple of songs which the public will decide upon. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.
It has been an entertaining fortnight with certain entries falling well below expectations with others coming to terms with new found fame following first rehearsals on the stage found at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. Tonight! The beginning of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with sixteen countries set to compete against one another in hope of garnering one of the ten available slots, and in doing so joining the big five; Spain, France, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom as well as host country; Denmark.
Whilst Malta will not be in contention this evening, the Public Broadcasting Services will still be broadcasting the event through Television Malta with commentary set to be provided by Carlo Borg Bonaci, head judge at this year's edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. In the meantime, we have asked our panel of professional reviewers to come up with the names of the countries they believe will get through to the final this evening and this is the cumulative list which they have come up with;
- San Marino
- The Netherlands
We urge you to tune into escflashmalta.com through Facebook and Twitter this evening with Emil Calleja Bayliss, Brooke, Rikki Lee and Davinia micro-blogging on the acts competing in the first semi-final. Once more, we remind you that the comments passed forth by our special guests do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the escflashmalta.com editorial team. Remember, the first semi-final of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest kicks off at 21:00 CET on Television Malta.
Danmarks Radio, host broadcaster of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest has just revealed the running order for the international competition taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark. Represented by Firelight and the song Coming Home, written by Richard Edwards Micallef, Malta will be opening the second semi-final on the 8th May 2014.
Prior to the announcement of the draw for the running order, Malta had never been given the opportunity to open the semi-final of such an illustrious show. At first glance, one might be shocked but personally I had a strong feeling that this could happen given the diversity of the genres that make up the first half of the second semi-final. Seventh in qualification with the bookies, Coming Home is facing a fate bestowed to the likes of Nije Ljubav Stvar, This is My Life, Run Away and Love In Rewind, all of which have successfully qualified to the final of the continental competition.
It is quite interesting to denote that those entries which opened the second semi-final have proven to be much more successful than those opening the first semi-final. In the meantime, the situation in the first semi-final is even moreso intriguing especially with the first half of the show induated with ballads, despite that they try and preserve themselves as individualistic. Favourite to win the Eurovision Song Contest with odds shortening by the second, Armenia is set to open the first semi-final in a bizarre twist.
One has to remember that ten countries per semi-final will get through to the final show set for the 10th May 2014 at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark meaning that nine nations will be left out in the cold having not been selected amongst the best that the continent has to offer. In the final, the qualifiers will join entries from Spain, France, Germany, United Kingdom and host country Denmark who have already been given an extremely late draw following a random draw. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.
The 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is months away but several countries have either confirmed their participation or released their regulations for national selection processes. Apart from the means of FM Radio in the Netherlands on FM 106.8 and the audio stream from the studio via www.radiointernational.tv and on Digital Cable 781 & Cable 8.1Mhz in the Netherlands, the show will also be web-televised via the Radio International TV Channel from the studio and linking up the many international Eurovision fans and friends and play your requests and read your messages out on air. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET when fans can join in and chat amongst each other via the Chat Room and request their favourite Eurovision entry.
In anticipation of the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest set to take place in Denmark, the team of Radio International had the opportunity to visit Germany & Belgium, two countries who held their national selections in the past couple of days. Thus, we are pleased to present interviews with none other than Elaiza and Axel Hirsoux who will be performing Is It Right? and Mother, in the final and the semi-final, respectively. Apart from those though, other interviews with Bandits, Yass and Udo will be aired throughout the programme.
As the dawn of a brand new season approaches, Radio International will be hosting a brand new feature, one entitled Denmark's Eurovision Song Contest History which will be reflecting on the entries that the Scandinavian nation sent to the annual music competition. David Mann will continue to look at cover versions from the event whilst the latest news from escXtra and escflashmalta.com will be read out. In the meantime, former representatives of the Eurovision Song Contest are always looking for ways to please their fans and thus new music is being recorded and published throughout the year. Radio International will be playing the most recent singles as sent in by several record labels. We urge you to tune into Radio International this evening at 20:00 CET in order to request your favourite entry from the Eurovision Song Contest and listen to the special features.
Source: Press Release
Tonight, VRT will continue the search for an oustanding artist, one who will be credible enough to put Belgium on the map and represent the nation in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark. As was the case last week, sixteen (16) candidates will be featured on the show with special interpretations of former entries at the international event. It is important to denote that VRT have gone for a different kind of selection following the disappointment with Iris and her entry Would You? back in 2012, languishing towards the bottom of the scoreboard.
This week, one is going to see several artist who have come from talent shows such as Pop Idol, or The Voice including none other than Maureen, Axeela, Yass and Andrei Lugovski. Aeali on the other hand features no less than Veronica, part of the duo Urban Trad who were near winners of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2003. There, she will be joined by Soetkin who was also part of that group. Day One, is the secret band which Kate Ryan seems to be the lead vocalist. It is important to denote that the female artist represented Belgium back in 2006, with her entry Je T'Adore failing to get through to the final despite having been seen by many as a possible contender for victory.
Soulbrothers - Puppet on a string (Sandie Shaw, 1967)
Mr. Jones - Standing Still (Roman Lob, 2012)
Sil - Where are you (Imaani, 1998)
Aelia - Poupée de cire, poupée de son (France Gall, 1965)
Tisha Cyrus - Dum tek tek (Hadise, 2009)
Petra - All kinds of everything (Dana, 1970
Bandits - Geef het op (Clouseau, 1991)
Axeela - Believe (Dima Bilan, 2008)
Manuel Palomo - Eres tu (Mocedades, 1973)
Yass - L'oiseau et l'enfant (Marie Myriam, 177)
Maureen - Ding-a-dong (Teach-In, 1975)
Bastien - Fly on the wings of love (The Olsen Brothers, 2000)
Andrei Lugovski - In a moment like this (Chanee & N'evergreen, 2010)
Dina Rodrigues - Ne partez pas sans moi (Celine Dion, 1988)
Day One - Satellite (Lena, 2010)
Nevertheless, it seems that the most remarkable audition from this evenings' programme might come from none other than Petra. This vocalist already took part in the national selection on more than one occasion, finishing in second place behind Kate Ryan back in 2006, as La Sakhra. Her audition clip has already been revealed by VRT Radio broadcaster; MNM and thus could be seen below. In the meantime, Eurosong 2014 could be watched on een as from 20:30 CET but no webcast to foreigners is being provided at least, on an official capacity. All the castings will then be made available for all to watch on the official website. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news about the Eurovision Song Contest 2014.