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)
After an eventful weekend, we are getting slowly but surely closer to seeing who will be representing the Nordics in Vienna, Austria, during the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. As ever, Melodifestivalen kicked off with a bang. Hosted by 2014 winner Sanna Nielsen whom made a surprisingly decent hostess. Eric Saade qualified for the final as expected and Jessica Andersson also qualified directly to the final whilst the unique Dolly Style and Behrang Miri featuring Victor Crone will participate in the Andra Chansen round in Helsingbrorg on 7th March.
Fredrik Kempe already has one song in the final upholding his seemingly annual tradition. An all-round successful evening but nothing scandalous or controversial. Jessica performed well and Eric, despite the negativity managed to stir the crowd. We now have a pleasant ballad and upbeat, up-tempo song already in contention.
With Eric an early favourite to win we need to see if other big names manager to challenge him for the chance to represent Sweden. Denmark has confirmed it’s participant and the the unexpected winner Anti Social Media and the song “The Way You Are”. After being the clear favourite with the juries Anti Social Media had a clear lead and coming second in the viewer’s votes the win (albeit marginal) secured their place in Vienna.
This meant that they had early favourites such as "Suitcase" and "Mi Amore" into second and seventh respectively. The reaction to the Danish entry has been somewhat negative and the entry has quickly become one of the least favourite contenders in Vienna thus far. Three entries also progressed to the final from the Icelandic making the line-up for next Saturday’s final complete. With all entries in the native Icelandic it could prove to be an interesting finale.
The first step has been taken for the Nordic entries this year I would love to have them all in the final again, I am sceptical given my disappointment with the Danish entry. I am hoping it is a grower but time will tell. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the Eurovision Song Contest 2015.
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.
A Friend in London, a Danish group who finished in fifth place at the 2011 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song A New Tomorrow split up a couple of months ago, giving rise to a brand new solo career, that of lead vocalist, Tim Schou. Prior to the final of this year's edition of the international spectacle, Tim had the opportuntity to present his debut solo single Supernova whilst hosting the festivities at the Euroclub throughout the entire two weeks.
Speaking to Deo Grech, who was reporting on behalf of iNews during the duration of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Tim had tipped Armenia, Norway and Malta as his favourites to triumph in the competition, with the latter having real qualities which not many of the songs had. Since calling it a day, Tim Schou has been busy recording his debut album in Los Angeles and is looking forward to seeing the public reaction. Supernova is currently available on iTunes and could also be heard on Spotify. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.
It is almost 2 o'clock in the morning and the energy levels are slowly dwindling but nevertheless, we had to stay up in order to note down the running order for the final of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, as decided by the European Broadcasting Union. Following each of the semi-finals, a partial draw took place where the respective artist of the qualified country picked out a piece of paper stating whether they would perform in the first or the second half.
Performing first during the second semi-final was actually the right call by the European Broadcasting Union considering that it gave the show a feel good factor, one which definitely got the crowd in the arena and at home going. As the qualifiers were revealed, Malta was the sixth nation to be called out, calming down the bundle of nerves that had built up over the course of the evening. During the press conference, Richard drew the second half of the draw, which creating exciting prospects. We are now pleased to confirm that Malta will perform in slot number #22.
- The Netherlands
- San Marino
- United Kingdom
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Chiara, a three time participant in the Eurovision Song Contest with tracks including; The One That I Love (1998), Angel (2005) and What If We (2009) is ready to reveal her brand new song entitled Mermaid in Love co-written by Örlygur Smári, Pétur Örn and Valgeir Magnússon. The same songwriting team were responsible for Ég á líf, performed by Eyþór Ingi at the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.
The revelation will take place during the Europhoria Party were a set of DJs from New York are set to entertain guest with some of the greatest songs in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest. Chiara will be kicking off a promotional tour during the course of summer alongside DJ Valgeir Magnusson who is also her international manager as part of the team at Hands Up Music. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.
Source: Press Release (Hands Up Music)
Now that the National Final season is over, we can officially say that it’s time for the chosen artists to promote and try their hardest to showcase their entry and make their country proud. During the National Final season many fans had different opinions about the song that should of been chosen. Fan favorites sometimes triumphs the Juries perspective of which entry should be in Copenhagen and vice versa. With this said everyone has their own opinion, likes and dislikes but we are going to review three scandinavian gems which shone during their national finals but ultimately placed as the first runner up of the competition.
Norway: Linnea Dale - High Hopes
The last time norway won the Eurovision was back in 2009. In 2013 they made a huge stamp in the contest by placing in the top 5 but now Norway is buzzing being one of the big contenders to get the contest to Oslo. Silent Storm sung by Carl Espen won the nation’s trust but it was a huge challenge since Linnea Dale was another favourite to win MGP 2014. Carl’s entry is a great one but I prefer if Linnea was chosen. What can we say about her entry …. well! It’s so modern that it would have shone in Copenhagen. One might say High Hopes resembles I feed You My Love because it is considered to be the same genre.
Although she actually does nothing on stage except some hand movements, the song overpowers that fact and captures you in the moment. Dark sounds, vocally near perfect and simple staging …. elements that would do very well with the European audience. I am sure that this will be one of the summer hits over the Scandinavian region. On the night she dressed nothing to flashy. Linnea just showed off her vocal ability and her presence was enough to be one of the four super-finalists of the night. At the end Carl won the golden ticket but it wasn’t a landslide like last year’s winning national song. We still have yet to see Carl’s entry on the big stage and anything could actually happen but I would have predicted a close win or a top 3 with Linnea.
Sweden: Ace Wilder - Busy Doin’ Nothin
Well what can I say about Ace. She stormed into Melodifestivalen like there was no tomorrow and made a huge impact. During the month of November/December, when the names were announced for the 2014 edition of Melodifestivalen, the odds on Ace were pretty much horrible. This was understandable since the entry wasn’t out for the public and nobody exactly knew much about Ace since she is kinda new to the solo music scene. Once the snippets were published, odds were still not favourable, but once she hit that stage everything changed. Calm and relaxed she performed her entry like she didn’t even care if she qualified or not but made the audience warm and crazy for her.
After making it through the final directly, she straight away because a hot favourite to take the crown and fly off to Copenhagen. But she had a very tough opponent, Sanna Nielsen, seven time participant and was another hot favourite to win. During the final Ace won her toughest challenge, getting the juries on her side. Yes, the juries chose a funky and modern song but ultimately Sanna won the nation’s heart and triumphed over Ace with a very close margin of 12 points. Don’t get me wrong, Sanna’s entry is just pure brilliance and in-fact she is one of the big contenders to win in Denmark but I also believe that if Ace was chosen she too will have a top 3 result on her hands.
Denmark: Michael Rune feat. Natascha Bessez - Wanna Be Loved
Denmark is the host city of this year’s edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and obviously expectations are high especially when watching the quality of their National Final this year. Unlike other years, their national final was quite weak and you could have handpicked the entries which would of done great to represent their country on ground soil this year. The Danish have chosen Basim with his entry Cliche Love Song to be their ambassador after fan favorite Wanna Be Loved lost in the final hurdle. The entry from Michael Rune feat. Natascha Bessez was a bit similar to Europe’s smash hit Mr. Saxobeat but their live performance had that Umph that would have done great on the Copenhagen Stage especially in the Euroclub.
True that she dressed a bit similar to Cascada but Natascha oozed brilliance and the segments with the saxaphone were pure genius in this upbeat anthem one might say. Vocally it was strong, their presence was absolutely brilliant and although we still have no idea how this year’s contest will shape and due to the mediocre quality, I would say that this entry would have made it in the top 10 to say the least. At least one can head over to iTunes, purchase this tune and listen to it over and over during the summer months.
Copenhagen, host city of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is currently receiving the Heads of Delegation from all the thirty-seven (37) countries set to compete in the B&W Hallerne. As part of the traditional ritual, all of the entries were handed over to the host broadcaster, Danmarks Radio with the final versions being uploaded to the Official YouTube Channel. Nevertheless, the focus was definitely on the starting position for Denmark who will in turn be represented by Basim and his Cliche Love Song.
As a matter of fact, Denmark has been drawn to perform in position number #23, which many people will recall as to being the starting position back in 2001, when Denmark also got to host the Eurovision Song Contest. On that occasion Rollo & King with the song Never Let You Go finished in second place behind Estonia's Tanel Padar, Dave Benton & 2 XL with the song Everybody. Who knows? Maybe this is a positive omen for Estonia and their entry Amazing performed by Tanja. The rest of the running order will be revealed by producers in the weeks to come, as the genres are analysed to create a flowing show. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.
Basim has emerged as the winner of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2014 and will be singing his entry Cliché Love Song for the home team. The money would have been on Bryan Rice to be representing Denmark this year but I must admit I am impressed with Basim’s song. Basim, a spritely young 21 year old has come a long way since his Danish X Factor days.
Upon hearing that he would be entering the competition, I was underwhelmed and I didn’t really think he would register on the Eurovision radar. I am extremely impressed with this one though and I am pleased to say that I got it wrong with this one. A unique offering, with a few “skiddly-pop” noises, which normally irritate the life out of me. As Basim sang his reprise, I was pleasantly surprised. This is certainly an entry that Denmark can be proud of. I cannot go as far as to say that this is a winner, but I am definitely looking forward to seeing it in Copenhagen. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.
Denmark, host country of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is somewhat focusing on the major task at hand, but will nevertheless be responsible for an early dress rehearsal tomorrow evening as they host the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, the national selection which will see to the selection of the Scandinavian country. In recent years, the event has proven to be extremely successful, both in terms of quality of production and entries, noting the fame of acts such as A Friend In London and Emmelie de Forest who finished in fifth and first place in 2011 and 2013, respectively.
Earlier this morning, Danmarks Radio (DR) published the full versions of the competing entries in this years' edition of the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, with ten (10) acts vying to represent the host nation in the 2014 edition of the continental competition taking place in the B&W Hallerne, just outside of Copenhagen. Following the performances of all of the acts, the top three (3) entries will be selected by a panel of professional judges comprising of Jørgen de Mylius, Cutfather, Cheif1, Søs Fenger and Camille Jones as well as tele-voting, both having a 50% share. The super-final will also have the same system. You may follow the LIVE report by Emil Calleja Bayliss on escflashmalta.com, where you may also follow all the latest news about the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Source: Danmarks Radio (DR)