29 June 2017

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.

01. Slovenia

02. France

03. Israel

04. Estonia

05. United Kingdom

06. Armenia

07. Lithuania

08. Serbia

09. Norway

10. Sweden

11. Cyprus

12. Australia

13. Belgium

14. Austria

15. Greece

16. Montenegro

17. Germany

18. Poland

19. Latvia

20. Romania

21. Spain

22. Hungary

23. Georgia

24. Azerbaijan

25. Russia

26. Albania

27. Italy

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.

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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Have you had a look at your calendar? It is already May, and that could only mean that the Eurovision Song Contest is just a couple of weeks away. This year, 40 participating broadcasters will be fielding entries in what has been coined the biggest entertainment spectacle in the world. We had the opportunity to record a couple of video messages from some of the competing artists, which we will be publishing in the next couple of weeks, but we also had a chat with Stig Rasta and Elina Born, the duet representing Estonia with the song "Goodbye to Yesterday".

Stig, you are one of the most successful songwriters in Estonia at the moment, and many would jump at the opportunity to work with you, yet finding out such a talented artist must have truly been a gamechanger. Many of our readers are eager to know how this collaboration started and whether there are any plans in the pipeline following the Eurovision Song Contest?

Stig: I actually found Elina on Youtube and decided to give it a try at that point. In a couple of weeks Elina’s debut album will be released.

"Goodbye to Yesterday" is fresh, currently and extremely radio friendly, yet it is no secret that the song was written quite some time ago, hoping that you would be able to find the right artist, with whom to perform it. How long ago was the song written, and how did Elina react when she heard the first demo?

Stig: The song was written a couple of years ago. When I first let Elina listen to the demo she immediately thought that maybe we could sing it together. I wasn’t really sure about it at the first place but as you can see, here we are :)

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In the history of Eesti Laul, no winning entry has ever achieved such an overwhelming victory, noting that "Goodbye to Yesterday" garnered 79% of the public vote. This result must have evoked different emotions, but then again does it put any additional pressure on you to succeed, considering that the public were so supportive?

It is a great honour that people trusted us. Now we have to repay the faith shown in us.

In the nineties, it is fair to say that Estonia was one of the most successful participating countries in the Eurovision Song Contest, finishing in the top ten on no less than 3 occasions with songs such as "Kaelakee Haal", "Keelatud Maa", "Diamond of Night". This form continued into the early naughties leading to the nations' first and only victory at the prestigious event. Do you believe that the negative results that followed, somewhat regularly were because of a lack of identity, or were there other issues?

Actually there have been some great songs competing after the win as well but maybe the contest has been mostly about everything else than music. It’s going back to the roots again now.

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Without a doubt, the song that you are presenting for this year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is considered to be a front-runner, as "Goodbye to Yesterday" is close to the top in most fan polls, and betting odds alike. Does this affect your preparation? and secondly, should the public expect any changes in the performance?

We will take one step at a time and try not to rush. There will some colours this time as well. But for the whole thing you have to see the show on the 19th of May!

Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?

All the best to you and vote for us!

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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.

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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;

  1. Armenia
  2. Estonia
  3. Sweden
  4. Russia
  5. Azerbaijan
  6. Ukraine
  7. San Marino
  8. The Netherlands
  9. Montenegro
  10. Hungary

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.

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Saturday, 29 March 2014 19:36

ESC 2014: An In-Depth Review of Estonia

It has become customary for the escflashmalta.com editorial board to engage professional individuals from the music industry to assess the songs competing in the Eurovision Song Contest as presented to the European Broadcasting Union during the Heads of Delegation Meeting. Martin Isherwood, Deo Grech, Stano Simor and Matt Mercieca from the United Kingdom, Malta and the Czech Republic have been entrusted with the first semi-final, comprising of sixteen songs and set to take place on the 6th May 2014 at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. Making use of the running order and thus moving onto number #3, we catch up with Estonia (ERR) who will be represented by Tanja and the song Amazing co-written with Timo Vendt.

Born in Kaliningrad, Russia, Tanja moved to Estonia with her family at the age of just two months. Today she’s a household name: a much loved entertainer and a role model in her home country – and tomorrow hopefully throughout Europe. This year she won the Estonian national selection, Eesti Laul 2014 and will thus represent Estonia at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen with her song Amazing. Tanja is amazing – a true pearl in a sea of pre-fab pop stars. She was not born with a silver spoon in her mouth, but has achieved her success and popularity through sheer hard work. Today, her CV is about as thick as a telephone directory, featuring dozens of roles in major musicals, wins galore in singing contests and six albums' worth of music.

Thousands of people have seen Tanja on stage in theatre and musical performances, with her boundless energy infusing such productions as Chicago, Fame, The Phantom Of The Opera, Snow White, Hair and Kiss of the Spider Woman. She is currently starring in Cabaret (in which she plays Sally), The Last Cowboy (in which she plays Lucy) and ThrillerTribute to Michael Jackson. Tanja almost made it to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2002, as a member of Nightlight Duo, whose upbeat tune Another Country Song finished second in the national final before going on to become one of the biggest hits of the year in Estonia. Tanja has been a fan of Europe's favourite TV show for as long as she can remember. Amazing was written with the contest in mind, and she knew from the start that the staging would involve contemporary dance, which she has been active in since 2001. She has also taught at a dance school.

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Estonia made their debut in the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1994 but it was surely not an evening to remember with Silvi Vrait and her entry Nagu Merelaine finishing in last place with a mere two points. It was a painful beginning to what would be a positive future, at least for the next couple of years, with Estonia reaching the top ten on six of the next seven participations, including a major victory in 2001 with Everybody performed by Tanel Padar, Dave Benton and 2 XL. Since the introduction of the semi-final system back in 2004, Estonis has found it extremely difficult to get through to the final show, but once more has maintained a positive record in the past three years, even finishing in sixth place in 2002 thanks to Kuula sung by Ott Lepland.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 54%

Martin Isherwood: Very strong chorus. Tanja has a very strong voice, but I'm not sure about the nasal sounding guy that opens the track. Very well done track with a few tricks and turns   Very strong, could stand a good chance.

Deo Grech: There is a strong reference to Loreen's ''Euphoria'' here. And this is even more accentuated by the stage act.   All in all it will be a great dance-floor filler at the Euroclub, however it's far from being ''Amazing'' at the Eurovision. It's only hope is that it will be performed right after Latvia, however it will be quite easily forgotten by Sanna who will be singing next.

Stano Simor: Choreography of the singer is incompatible with the fact that she can sing a song alone. Only if she would have extreme physical preparation. Personally, I think the main vocalist sings vocals for her. The song's atmosphere and style is really good and remains firmly in mind as well.

Matt Mercieca: DICTION!!! I have no idea what she’s saying, but beat is cool, and i like the backing vocals! reminds me of lion king I don’t know why. I must say when I do understand her, I kind of wish I wasn’t understanding her, over all its ok, beats cool, not in love, should do well though.

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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. 

01) Malta: Coming Home - Firelight

02) Israel: Same Heart - Mei Finegold

03) Norway: Silent Storm - Carl Espen

04) Georgia: Three Minutes to Earth - The Shin & Mariko

05) Poland: My Slowanie - Donatan & Cleo

06) Austria: Rise Like a Phoenix - Conchita Wurst

07) Lithuania: Attention - Vilija Mataciunaite

08) Finland: Something Better - Softengine

09) Ireland: Heartbeat - Can-Linn ft. Kasey Smith

10) Belarus: Cheesecake - Teo

11) FYR Macedonia: To The Sky - Tijana

12) Switzerland: Hunter of Stars - Sebalter

13) Greece: Rise Up - Freaky Fortune ft. RiskyKidd

14) Slovenia: Round and Round - Tinkara Kovac

15) Romania: Miracle - Paula & Ovi

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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.

01) Armenia: You're Not Alone - Aram MP3

02) Latvia: Cake to Bake - Aarzemnieki

03) Estonia: Amazing - Tanja

04) Sweden: Undo - Sanna Nielsen

05) Iceland: No Prejudice - Pollaponk

06) Albania: One Night's Anger - Hersi

07) Russia: Shine - Tolmachevy Sisters

08) Azerbaijan: Start a Fire - Dilara Kazimova

09) Ukraine: Tick-Tock - Mariya Yaremchuk

10) Belgium: Mother - Axel Hirsoux

11) Moldova: Wild Soul - Cristina Scarlat

12) San Marino: Maybe (Forse) - Valentina Monetta

13) Portugal: Quero Ser Tua - Suzy

14) The Netherlands: Calm After the Storm - The Common Linnets

15) Montenegro: Moj Svijet - Sergej Cetkovic

16) Hungary: Running - Andras Kallay-Saunders

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.

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After two weeks of semi finals, Eesti Laul has chosen its final ten contestants to compete on the 1st of March so that one of them will win the ticket to Copenhagen for the first semi-final in next May. Amongst these ten finalists, one could find new and upcoming artists and also some familiar names like with Sandra Nurmsalu, who is the front women from the band Urban Symphony who represented Estonia in 2009 with their song Rändajad and ended in the sixth position in the grand final. From this final of Eesti Laul 2014, the representative chosen is no other than Tanja and her song Amazing.

Tanja was the first one to compete in the first semi-final on the 14th February who won a ticket to tonight's final. She performed second to last, being the 9th position. As a normal procedure, the ten competing artists perform their songs to professional jury as a a part of the show where the juries' votes will add up to 50% and the other 50% are from the viewers of the show (tele-voting). This took us to two, from the field of ten, super-finalists. These two were Super Hot Cosmos Blues Band and their song Maybe-Maybe and Tanja with her song Amazing

After these results had been published, we got to another 10 minutes of tele-voting for the competition between the super-finalists. The winner was chosen only from the tele-voting and no professional jury was included in this second part. Tanja in the end triumphed the whole competition with her song Amazing and is now set to perform in the first half of the first semi-final on the 6th of May in the BW Hallerne Hall in Copenhagen. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news about anything related to the Eurovision Song Contest.

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Saturday, 01 March 2014 20:10

Estonia: Eesti Laul 2014 - LIVE

Tere õhtust! Estonia will be making their selection for this years’ edition of the Eurovision Song Contest during the course of the evening with ten (10) acts competing for the right to represent the one (1) time winning nation, who has been on a successful run of results in recent times, making the final for three (3) years in succession including; Et Uus Saaks Alguse (2013), Kuula (2012) and Rockefeller Street (2011).

ERR, the Estonian public broadcaster will be airing the selection process through a webcast being transmitted on the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest. As has been the case in recent years, a mixture of public and jury will voting will be present in order to select the best two (2) entries of the evening, those of which will then enter into a super final from where the public will then select their favourite entry and thus the song that will represent Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest. We urge you to follow our LIVE report, here on escflashmalta for the next couple of hours.

The Show (Part 1)

And here it goes! EESTI LAUL 2014, we've been waiting for you! What a huge arena that is! The crowd starts cheering as Birgit Oigemeel walks onto stage singing Estonia's last year entry 'Et Uus Saaks Alguse' which finished at the 20th position in the final. This time Birgit is not wearing a totally white dress but a white-ish blue dress. Ott Lepland just joined her on stage singing a new song! WOW! Birgit just joined him and they're singing a duet of a beautiful song! This is heaven, two of the best ever Eurovision voices on a duet! This is beautiful! No words can explain, pure music to my ears! Also I love the language! The crowd totally enjoyed this masterpiece.

Presenting on stage we have all the finalists competing tonight for a place in the Eurovision Song Contest as part of the first semi-final in the first half. We can see tonight's hosts up on stage already both wearing a plaid suit. We hear them chatting but obviously since I have never learned this beautiful language, I can not understand much! But the crowd seems to be excited about what they are saying. Most probably, they are introducing us to the procedure of the night where we have ten finalists which will compete to two super-finalists.

Brigita Murutar - Laule täis taevakaar

We are off! Brigita Murutar is on stage. She is a young beautiful woman clad in a light blue dress. The song is not anything special from my end just a soft country song which she doesn't show any special abilities. On stage she has a male band accompanying her. It is a sweet song which unfortunately will be forgotten if this is picked. 

The staging is a but dark. Not a really good competitor from my end but the audience certainly loved it. We have one of the hosts backstage chatting with Brigitta while the crew is most probably preparing for the next entry.

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Traffic - Für Elise

And we're back with 'Traffic' on stage ready to perform Fur Elise for us. The front man has really good vocals and good ukelele abilities while singing. The stage is all darkened up and red light is all over the place. This song reminds me a bit of Something Better (Finland 2014) and Coming Home (Malta 2014).

It resembles them in a way. It is a good entry but is it good enough for Copenhagen? I think it might do well. I prefer this one to Brigita's song. And now, there is Traffic backstage with the host chatting about the performance they just gave.

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Norman Salumäe - Search

Norman Salumae is up next with his song search. He is up on stage clad in a black suit and a blue shirt underneath. Everywhere is darkened and he looks like he's enjoying it and feels the song. Out of the blues came out two ladies as backing vocalists. This is a beautiful song and he is a really good singer. 

Okay, now there are another three men with the ladies! This just transformed into a choir! It got a bit boring after all, everytime the same thing. This won't be a good Eurovision entry from my end. His voice is really good but the song is totally not sung by the right person. Better luck next time Norman!!

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And now some time for green room! The host is passing by all the contestants and talking for just a few seconds. Until he met the relaxed entrant 'Traffic' and takes a bit of his time and chats a bit with him. Then he turns onto Brigita. The connection is not wonderful so I am not able to hear these interviews as much as I would like to.

Wilhelm - Resignal

Next up is Wilhelm with her song Resignal. She is clad in a green dress and joined by what seems to be her band. The song is a slow paced song yet the instruments give it that beat needed. The song just now turned into a kind of pop-rock song and her voice is so so nice. I love the accent she uses to sing.

The female backing vocalist is clad in white and pink and has a huge pink rose on her head which seems as if she feel in a garden or something like this. This was my most preferred entrant up till now, I found it a bit interesting. Also, her personality seems bubbly enough for Eurovision. Still it is not a super good entrant, yet the best one up till now.

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And finally we are presented the professional jury. One of the jury is Getter Jaani, the Estonian representative in 2010 with Rockefeller Street. Also, we find the opening act of the night, Ott Lepland as part of the jury. He was also the Estonian representative back in 2012 with his song Kuula which has finished in the sixth position in the final.

Super Hot Cosmos Blue Band - Maybe Maybe

Up next is Super Hot Cosmos Blue Band with their song 'Maybe-Maybe'. I surely already think that they should change their long stage name. A not depressing song finally! Starts out totally great from my end as we hear this amazing beat coming up. The main singer is wearing sunglasses inside the darkened arena! Is he a vampire or something? 

I don't like this thing, eyes tell you the reality what a singer is feeling! The female backing vocalists are totally out of their place on that stage singing totally different to the genre of the song, going like 'Sha La La' on a country-pop song. The singer resembles Billy Ray Cyrus somehow! The song is nice but very very very repetitive! It might reach the superfinal but it does not have the chance as others do. I found it a bit too repetitive. But, I will be pleased to see this band try again next year!

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Maiken - Siin voi sealpool maad

And up next we have, Maiken with her song 'Siin voi sealpool maad'. This is a totally Estonian name for me! What a beautiful opening. Please saty like this! Don't include anyone with you on stage. She is clad in a purple long dress. What a peaceful song this is! Her voice is so beautiful, I love it! The stage is full of smoke effect, which makes it look like she is were she is supposed to be, in heaven as a singing angel. 

This is a true singer! She has a really nice voice! I'm left speechless as the key change came up! This is marvelous. WOW! Please send this directly to the superfinal! She stands a chance of being in the final of the Eurovision in Copenhagen. The crowd loved it, cheering all the way. This was amazing! Keep it up Maiken! I'm on your side!

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Korsikud - Tule Ja Jaa

Next up is Korsikua and the song 'Tule Ja Jaa'. Could this be real? I think this is the oldest band to compete this year. These fellows looks a bit aged when compared to the other contestants. Yet I think this is one of the good songs. I expected it to be a country song as they are wearing all these waistcoats and stuff which you certainly make the connection.

It is a nice song and for once the stage looks a bit lit up. The backing vocals makes it sound as if it was written and recorded back in the 1990s though. The song isn't so so good, totally not good for Eurovision when compared to the dance tunes and all the genres competing this year. I'm not sure. I hope we won't see this in the superfinal tonight. Sorry but this is one of the worst entries tonight.

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Back into the greenroom where we take a look at a few more relaxed artists like the outstanding backing voalists from Super Hot Cosmos Blue Band. Also, the host is talking the Norman Salumae next! Fair competition, let's talk to everyone!

Tanja - Amazing

Next up is Tanja with her song 'Amazing'. Let's all hope she will give an amazing performance tonight! The first one not holding a microphone. She has an ear microphone. She is clad in an orange and beige short dress. She is the first one to have an actual dancer on stage with her, apart from the three nearly invisble backing vocalists. Finally, here is a dance tune which I think will do good in Eurovision. 

She looks like Helena Papariziou, who has just made the final in Sweden, I hear! The dance is like Loreen's. If this is chose, the staging and performance might need to improve a bit. It is one of the most preferred from the audience in the Nokia Hall in Tallinn receiving the biggest applause from of the night. It was good, really good, yet not amazing! I like it, with a few changes it might do well in Eurovision! A bit not sure if this will go to superfinal! It's difficult to pick just two!

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Sandra Nurmsalu - Kui Tuuled Poorduvad

Next up is the most awaited entry for the night, Sandra Nurmsalu with her song 'Kui Tuuled Poorduvad'. Sandra was the singer from Urban Symphony in 2009 and finished 6th place in the final with their song Randajad, which I still listen to regularly! It was a masterpiece! Let's cross fingers Sandra gives a good performance tonight! Here she is up on stage, clad in a blue dress joined with three backing vocalists in white and a drummer! 

This time she is competing with an up-tempo song. Not a total disaster at all! It's a good song yet a bit late! I think this should have been submitted like 5 years ago. Her voice is undoubtedly amazing. The song gives you a good feeling, mostly if you haven't known she is the singer from Urban Symphony. I pretended it to be much of a slower pace and relaxing! Anyways, it is a good entry and it seems that the Estonians still love Sandra! I like it, I think it will the superfinal and have a huge chance of winning with a good song and a familiar singer!

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The Show (Part 2)

The televoting just opened for 20 minutes while the jury will be adding up their votes to know who is in for the super-final when joined with the televotes and here is the first recap so as to refresh our memory. A message to all Estonians is to choose their preferred and vote! It's an open competition. I've just picked my favourite two and they have to be no other than Maiken with 'Siin Voi Sealpool Maad' and Sandra Nurmsalu with 'Kui Tuuled Poorduvad'.

And the jury started giving their points on the score borad and these are quite shocking! These might have been the most shocking points I have ever experienced in my life. Super Hot Cosmos Blues Band is on top of the table with jury and in second position we have the 'Supernova' sing Lenna. Somehow, we have Maiken and Sandra Nurmsalu falling right back. But this was only 50% of the final voting so the other 50% nay be enough to change the result!

Super-Final

The televoting votes have already been counted and the two superfinalists are no other than Tanja with Amazing and Super Hot Cosmos Blues Band with Maybe-Maybe so it looks like the jury and the audience have agreed! And another recap, if you can call it so with only two songs! My more preferred song has to be Tanja's Amazing! I can't see Super Hot Cosmos Blues Band at Eurovision! Make the right decision please!

And back to the green room! I think we've had more time backstage than actually on stage. Tanja and SHCBB should be tired standing up all the time. A new young band, which seems to be bigger than the other two! Finally, a song I know by heart! 'Hey Brother' by Avicii! He seems to be in every national final this year! Yet this version is more of a classical band one! But I still like it!

Televoting is now closed! And we are waiting for the results to come in! And we finally have a winner! The only up-tempo song of the night triumphs! Tanja and her song 'Amazing' are off to Copenhagen next May as part of the 1st Semi-Final!

In 2013, Birgit Õigemeel and her entry Et Uus Saaks Alguse made sure that Estonia got through to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest on three consecutive occasions for the very first time since 2004, the year in which the semi-final system was introduced to the international event. Whilst her twentieth place might have not been enlightening on a personal level, she had a lot to be thankful for; having had the opportunity to become a mother of a baby boy and also release a brand new studio album entitled Uus Algus.

One of the tracks on the album entitled Pea Meeles Head is a stunning ballad featuring the vocals of Ott Lepland, one of the most successful artists in Estonia,  having achieved sixth place at the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with Kuula, a track which he helped co-write. It is important to note that this is not the first time that the two had collaborated together, having also joined forces on a Christmas Tour back in 2011. The duet emphasises the ability of both performers and would have definitely made a great entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. You may listen to the track through Spotify. In the meantime, stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: eurovision.tv

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