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.
It has become custom for the international fansite oikotimes.com to organise the "Eurostar Award" in recognition for the hard work or special talent of a given individual, in line with events organised by the European Broadcasting Union or any of the member states. Malta is represented by no less than three acts; Federica Falzon (JESC 2014), Ekklesia Sisters (MESC 2015) and Nathalie Bonnici (JESC 2014 Transport Coordinator). Cast your vote by clicking here.
With 10 nominees on the list, one has to denote that it features no less than 3 previous winners of the Eurovision Song Contest; Conchita Wurst (2014), Alexander Rybak (2009), Ruslana Lyzhychko (2004) as well as former participants; Sanna Nielsen (Sweden 2014), Alex Panayi (Cyprus 1995, 2000) and András Kállay-Saunders (Hungary 2014). We urge our readers at escflashmalta.com to support the Maltese nominees, especially with Federica Falzon, Malta's star participant in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014, currently in second place. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.
Freaky Fortune, a duo of gentlemen who represented Greece in this year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Rise Up", eventually finishing in 20th place with 35 points, the worst result for the Hellenic nation since 1998, were recently asked to perform at the Madwalk by Gliss.
The event covered by MAD Television, co-responsible for the Greek National Selection also featured guest star Valando Trifonos. Valando Trifonos, winner of the first edition of Greek Idol tried to represent both Greece and Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest, to no avail with "The Time Is Now" and "After You" not troubling the top two positions. The song they performed together, "In a World Without You" had the feel of a true summer tune. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.
Source: MAD Television
NERIT, the public broadcaster responsible for the participation of Greece at events organised by the European Broadcasting Union was thought to be inches away from confirming participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, but unfortunately, this was not the case as the Hellenic nation will not be returning in 2014.
The confirmation of Cyprus last week should have been the final bargaining point for Greece but as the new broadcaster continues to search for financial support, it was always going to be difficult for a competition return, especially with rumours of support for the senior edition of the Eurovision Song Contest also waning. At this point in time, 9 countries are to take part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014, with a Big Five country, presumably Italy making their debut. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.
Cologne in Germany is currently hosting the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Young Musicians with debut performances from Malta and Moldova. 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.
Radio International has built a name for itself throughout the years by bringing about exclusive video and audio interviews with some of the most notable names to have either participated in the Eurovision Song Contest or even in national selections preceding the continental event. As a matter of fact, in this weeks' episode, a three time representative in the form of Valentina Monetta will be on the show, following her successful entry into the final with the song 'Maybe (Forse)'. Also, Elaiza who represented Germany with 'Is It Right?' and Freaky Fortune & Risky Kidd who took part on behalf of Greece with 'Rise Up'. Three interviews with vocalists won't be the only reason why should listen to the show as the team of Radio International also had the opportunity to speak to veteran songwriter; Ralph Siegel.
As the curtain on the 2014 season of the Eurovision Song Contest is brought down, 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
After an eventful contest on Saturday, we decided to look at the bottom end or right-hand side of the scoreboard. A quick analysis if you like. Firstly, San Marino’s first appearance in a Eurovision final was not a great success but marked a massive achievement for the tiny microstate. Whilst the song was not highly regarded, one cannot detract from the gargantuan efforts the Sammarinese delegating put in to their entry. I would say they should be very proud and although they did not win or come close. For San Marino, it is most definitely the taking part that counts.
Montenegro also had their first appearance in a final and their final position could have been a lot worse. I for one enjoyed the song. Although they have yet to manage a top ten placing, this is most certainly a step in the right direction.
France scored just two points. Twin Twin came across as very genuine and it was evident that they enjoyed their performance. However, I believe this is the first time that France have come last. I have to admit though the tune and the lyrics were stuck in my head for while after watching them. As a part of the big five, France can’t do any worse next year.
Azerbaijan have their lowest placing to date 22nd. Azerbaijan are one of the most successful countries and currently have a 100% qualification rate from the semi-finals. They do send decent songs so no doubt they will be aiming to do a lot better next year.
I also notice that four of the big five are in the lower half of the scoreboard. The UK only managing 17th place. I am not sure what happened there, the same with Italy, but I guess even with all the hype – you win some, you lose some.
The Greek performance was in my opinion a bit messy and all the camera movements were a bit off-putting. I have heard people say that the live performance was a bit week. However, I was too busy trying to focus at the screen properly. Greece is also a very successful country in terms of qualifying from the final and have entered some great songs in the past ten years. So, once again Greece will be aiming to better than 20th in 2015.
Poland and Iceland just missed out on places in the left-hand side of the scoreboard, but it was hard to take heed of what was going on, given all the hype around the top 3.
Slovenia did not fare so well, but this seems to have been a year where there has been a bit of an ex-Yugoslav states void. With Bosnia & Herzegovina withdrawing, Serbia and FYROM not qualifying. The song was pleasant; I actually quite liked it, I am not exactly sure what happened. I guess it was overlooked as it was placed in the bottom five by both the juries and the televote.
As for Malta, after seeing their semi-final performance I was a little worried that they lack a certain “oomph” to the performance. However, I was pleasantly surprise on Saturday and I really enjoyed the song. Admittedly, it was one of my more preferred songs in the competition and I was pleased when it qualified. I was cringing though when Lise Rønne was offering them an English breakfast in the Green Room. When I saw the jury/televote split results, I was gobsmacked!! So, the juries gave Malta a sixth place (119 points) whereas the televote languished them in 24th place (17 points). I cannot seem to be able to recall where the jury and televote result had a discrepancy of more than 100 points. Regardless, Malta seemed to be pleased to be in the final and they sang well. A thoroughly deserved 10 points from the UK.
An eventful competition to say the least. A dramatic top 10 and plenty happening at the bottom end too. We will have to wait until May 2015 for the next round. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook & Twitter.
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
The editorial team of escflashmalta.com would like to thank our esteemed readers for following the comments of Karen DeBattista, Simon Casey and Christabelle throughout the course of the evening. We encourage you to visit our social media pages on Saturday when Daniel Testa, Matt Mercieca and Danica Muscat will be the guest writers. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on 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 second semi-final of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with fifteen 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.
In Malta, the focus will definitely be on the group Firelight whose entry Coming Home written by Richard Edwards Micallef will be first to take to the stage this evening. This will be the first time that the Mediterranean Island, and winner of the 2013 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will open the show. On behalf of the Public Broadcasting Services, Carlo Borg Bonaci will serve as commentator this evening, reprising the role he had during the first semi-final. In the final, Daniel Chircop will be taking over as commentator. 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;
We urge you to tune into escflashmalta.com through Facebook and Twitter this evening with Antoine Farrugia, Christabelle, Simon Casey and Karen DeBattista micro-blogging on the acts competing in the second 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 second semi-final of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest kicks off at 21:00 CET on Television Malta.