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Slovakia has been announced recently to the 43rd participating country in this year's Eurovision Song Contest taking place within the city of Dusseldorf, Germany. At first, the nation was hesitant about it's participation and wanted to withdraw from the biggest event in Europe with regards to the music scene but in the end the country decided to take part after all as it was made utterly clear that the fine would be almost as high as the participation fee or even worse.



According to the people responsible of the broadcaster, Slovak Television, STV, the announcement of the artist representing the country in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest will be be made quite soon. So it's clear an internal selection will decide on who will be the follow-up of Kristina who failed to make it to the finals of the 2010 Eurovision Song contest. Slovakia will be competing in the second semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest 2011. Several fans are actually hoping that one of the entrants in last years' long selection makes it through especially the runner-up who was a favourite with many fans in Europe.

Source: STV, ESCtoday

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The Icelandic broadcaster RUV has today revealed the songs to be performed in the 3rd semi final of Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins. There is particular Maltese interest in this semi final, as the veteran songwriter Gerard James Borg is the lyricist of the English version of the song performed by Magni Ég trúi á betra líf. Should he win, this has a very good chance to be the version performed in Dusseldorf.



Also the song of Sigurjón Brink has been published. He unfortunately lost his life just a couple of days before the second semi-final. Many singers are said to be quite sad and are in still in mourning. You can see the full list of entries below and follow the link to listen to the full songs.

1. Georg Alexander - Morgunsól (Jóhannes Kára Kristinsson)
2. Magni - Ég trúi á betra líf (Hallgrím Óskarsson)
3. Jógvan - Ég lofa (Vigni Snæ Vigfússon, Jógvan Hansen)
4. Buff - Sáluhjálp (Pétur Örn Guðmundsson)
5. Sigurjón's friends - Aftur heim (the late Sjonni Brink) - (Sigurjón Brink)

You can listen to the Icelandic songs here: http://vefir.ruv.is/songvakeppnin/

Also today, on the other end of the Scandinavian border within the confines of Norway, the national broadcaster NRK has published snippets of the songs competing in the third and final semi final of this years' edition of the Melodi Grand Prix. Yet again you can see the full list of competing entries below whilst following the link to listen to the snippets.

1.    Susperia - Nothing remains
2.    Noora Noor - Gone with the wind
3.    Girl Happy - SOS
4.    Grethe Svensen - Like dreamers do
5.    The BlackSheeps - Dance tonight
6.    Stella Mwangi - Haba haba
7.    The lucky bullets - Fire below

Listen to the snippets here: http://www.nrk.no/programmer/tv/melodi_grand_prix/1.7460529

Source: NRK, RUV

Monday, 24 January 2011 23:01

Estonia: Eesti Laul Line Up Complete

Eesti Laul is now complete! Today all the songs from the Estonian National Final for Eurovision 2011 were put online by ERR, including the song by Ithaka Maria “Hoppa Pa-rei!”. One of these songs will definitely represent Estonia in Dusseldorf, hoping to qualify for the final from Semi-Final 1 where it has been recently allocated during a special draw ceremony which took place behind closed doors in the host nation of Germany.



Rolf Roosalu - All & now (Rolf Roosalu, Liis Lass)
Victoria - Baby had you (Viktoriya Suslova, Stanislav Bulganin)
Noorkuu - Be my Saturday night (Mart Vainu)
Jana Kask - Don't want anything (Jakko Malti, Jana Kask)
Ithaka Maria - Hoppa-pa-rei! (Ithaka Maria Rahula, Peeter Pruuli)
Outloudz - I wanna meet Bob Dylan (Stig Rästa, Fred Krieger)
Meister ja Mari - Unemati (Mari Meentalo)
Uku Suviste - Jagatud öö (Rein Rannap, Indrek Hirv)
Elmayonesa - Kes ei tantsi, on politsei (Nicolas Behler, Nora Reitel, Helen Heinmäe)
Andur - Lapsed ja lennukid (Madis Aesma, Mihkel Kirss, Gert Pajuväli, Madis Kirss)
Kait Tamra - Lubadus (Kait Tamra)
Tiiu Kiik- Second chance (Tiiu Kiik)
Sofia Rubina - My melody (Sofia Rubina, Talis Paide)
Sõpruse Puiestee & Merili Varik - Rahu, ainult rahu (Allan Vainola, Mait Vaik)
Getter Jaani - Rockefeller street (Sven Lõhmus)
Mid - Smile (Markus Robam)
Shirubi Ikazuchi - St. Cabah (Silvi Pilt)
Mimicry - The storm (Paul Lepasson, Timmo Linnas, Kene Vernik, Jaanus Telvar)
Jaan Pehk - Valss (Jaan Pehk)
Marilyn Jurman & Karl Kanter - Veel on aega (Marilyn Jurman, Karl K)

Listen to all of them here on the official Estonian Eurovision website just by clicking through this link here. We would like to know what you think about the songs that Estonia is presenting this year just by leaving us a comment below. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news from this years' Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place in Dusseldorf, Germany following last years' victory by Lena and the song "Satellite".

Source: ERR

The 2011 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place in Dusseldorf, Germany is only a couple of months away and the national selection season is already in full swing but the first nation to choose within 2011 will be none other then The Netherlands. Their annual pre-selection which is known as the Nationaal Songfestival is taking place in just a couple of minutes time but one should note that there have already been a number of nations who have picked and made their respective entries for the event known and this include Switzerland, Albania and Romania.

The Dutch national final is taking place under the hospice of TROS which took over the broadcasting procedures as from last year when former Eurovision Song Contest host broadcaster, NOS, decided that they would not like to continue their role within the biggest musical event in Europe. Playing as a host venue this evening is none other than the Studio 21 within the illustrious city of Hilvesum. The compere for the evening is none other than Yolanthe Sneijder-Cabau whilst the final result will be decided through a 50% Jury Vote and a 50% Televoting procedure. One should note that the jury is made up of former Eurovision Song Contest entrants Hind (2008) as well as René Froger (2009) whilst also other music professionals such as Daniël Dekker and Annemieke Schollaardt.

So we are off for the dutch National Final. There seems to be a very good atmosphere in the studio and the preview clip before the actual show is showing several winners from the past decades. The professional jury is being presented one by one before we are off to hear the songs.

The 3JS are being presented shortly in a nice clip showing them from their childhood till present. And now we are off to hear the 5 songs.

Running Order:

01. Ga dan niet (Don't go then)

This is a nice start of the show and a nice easy listening song, especially for the dutch speaking audience. However there is not really a build-up to a big final, i fear it would be lost with the other competitors. But again for the dutch speaking audience (just like me) it's nice song to listen on the radio, but not more.

02. De stroom (The stream)

Well this is a much better song! Much more up-tempo and gives you the feeling you wanna start moving. The 3JS are definitely very good singers and i have a lot of lot of respect for them. This is not a bad song at all, don't know if this would be the winning song already, but definitely it's going in the good direction!

03. Toen ik jou vergat (When I forgot you)

I just love this song! From the very first hearing i love the intensity of this ballad song! Very emotional song, very good lyrics (if you understand dutch of course), i like it a lot. For me it's definately this song for now! Even that this might not do well, if the dutch audience would chose this song, they should be extremely proud of the 3JS! Well-done for this song!  The jury is very positive too about the song, but not for eurovision. I don't really agree with this, we'll see however.

04. Weelderig waardeloos (Luxuriously worthless)

Another slow song, and this is really intimate again. Not bad again at all, but i miss here the intensity of the previous song. For a relaxing moment with a good glass of wine and listening to nice songs with great lyrics, i would put on this song for sure, but Eurovision? No way. And this time the jury seems to agree completely with me.

05. Nooit alleen (Never alone)

The 3JS are definately very professional singers and composers. The last song starts very slowly but burst open to a kind of mid-tempo song which i like again quiet a lot! But i am just wondering what the European Public would think on this (or any other) song. They write such good lyrics in dutch, let's cross fingers no matter song would win would get a great English version in order to attract more the European public as i fear otherwise it will be very hard for the guys whom i respect even more after tonight's performances!

The jury is going backstage to deliberate. To be honest i don't have clue what song they will chose. I think personally song number 3 is the most beautiful one, but probably too good for Eurovision. The most appropriate might be number 5 or 2 i suppose. We'll know soon. In the meanwhile there is a review of the most remarkable dutch entries in the Eurovision History with images from the actual Eurovision, combined with short performances from the singers on stage of the dutch final.

Final Results:

Jury Vote:

  • Weelderig Waardeloos gets the last place
  • Toen ik jou vergat gets the fourth place
  • Ga dan niet gets the third place
  • Nooit alleen gets second place
  • Je vecht nooit alleen should go to germany according to the jury

Tele-Voting:

  • Ga dan niet gets 0.1% and finishes last.
  • Toen ik jouw vergat gets 3.9% and and ends in fourth place
  • Weelderig Waardeloos gets 5.8% and ends in third place
  • De Stroom gets 25.5% and ends in second place
  • Je vecht nooit alleen is the winner with 63.9%

Source: TROS

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Saturday, 18 December 2010 09:16

PBS: Day One of Second Phase Auditions

The first day of the second phase of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2011 is taking place today within the Public Broadcasting Services' Studios in Gwardamangia. This actually marks the first time in years that the broadcaster is using it's building for such an occasion with a hotel normally used for such an important part of the process. It is quite vital to note that this is the most interesting phase as it will be the one where another shortlist of 23 plus the winner of Sfida will be announced in the first week of January to note to us who might be our upcoming representative.



We will be keeping an eye on proceedings and trying to get you the names that have made it through to this phase and maybe a couple of pictures to prove it all. We will be having a reporter on the site with someone else updating this article therefore make sure to keep refreshing as day goes along. Both days are quite filled up and and although nothing has been confirmed by Public Broadcasting Services Chief Executive Officer, Anton Attard who did not wish to reveal any statistics at this point in time it seems that the number of entries which made through the second phase is more than half of the entries which were submitted, thus exceeding 70 entries.

Since we are not in a position to confirm anything at this point we will be listing some of the artists we see entering PBS, these will of course include singers as well as composers and authors. A number of newcomers seem to have made it to the second phase as well. It seems that the jury is  a mix of locals and foreigners. According to our sources it seems that everything is on schedule thus far with the artists just going in to sing their songs whether they have one or two. Artist who have made it through with more than one song such as those with two sing them right after each other. Some of the artists seen entering PBS this morning include:

  • Ryan Dale
  • Gabriela Ann Xuereb
  • Kylie Coleiro
  • Andrew Zammit
  • Christian Azzopardi
  • Laura Bruno
  • Kurt Calleja
  • Mark Spiteri Lucas
  • Renato Briffa
  • Clinton Paul
  • Romina Mamo
  • Claudia Faniello
  • Evita Magri
  • Anna Azzopardi
  • Elton Zarb
  • Sophie Debattista
  • Danica Muscat
  • Gloriana Arpa Belli
  • Klinsmann & Ben
  • John Bundy
  • Francesca Borg
  • Jamie Tonna
  • Lawrence Gray
  • Josmar
  • Clifford Galea
  • Richard Micallef
  • Wayne Micallef
  • Raquela
  • Alison Ellul
  • Baklava
  • Neville Refalo
  • Priscilla Psaila
  • Glen Vella
  • Fabrizio Faniello
  • Marilena
  • Jessica Muscat
  • Estelle Fenech Imbroll
  • Amber
  • Rebecca Debattista

Some of the names that stand out are those of Claudia Faniello who was thought to have not submitted this year , Glen Vella last year's runner up as well as John Bundy whose comical humour might make it to the festival actually. The former host of the Maltasong For Europe is well known for his Maltese track "Pajjiż tal-Miki Maws" which was quite the hit in the mid-nineties when it was presented in the Għanja tal-Poplu Festival. As Exclusively published by ESCflashmalta in recent days both Danica and Sophie who are extremely well known Junior Eurosong stars will be trying to mark their debut in the event and so is Marilena who was part of the Young Talent Team. According to various artists the sound in the studio where the auditions are being held is exceptional.

The day has drawn to a close and things will commence again tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock, where by the end of the evening PBS would have in their hands the results of the six judges for all the songs. The announcment of the 24 finalists will take place within the beginning of the New Year. So far it seems that things are moving smoothly and the overall reaction of the Public Broadcasting Service is that the quality has improved on previous years. Let's all hope that this will be a shift towards a better result at the Eurovision Song Contest although as everyone knows, Eurovision doesn't depend only on a good song but a number of factors which all play a crucial role.

Source: ESCflashmalta, PBS

Wednesday, 03 November 2010 20:50

Azerbaijan: A Total of 77 Finalists Chosen

One of the most popular nations at the Eurovision Song Contest is surely Azerbaijan having managed to reach the top ten on each of it's three participations up till now. It has just been revealed that a total 77 candidates will be working on winning the final prize, that ticket to Germany and the honour of representing the country in the 2011 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest set to be held in the city of Dusseldorf. The people that made it through to the next phase were invited to ITV in order to be notified by the Eurovision-Azerbaijan steering committee.

They have the option to themselves within seven weeks and show their artistic capacities in the television show will be fighting for the happy ticket for Eurovision 2011 in Germany. Every week a total number of 11 participants will appear every week-by and a total number of 7 singers/groups will be then fighting for the final ticket who will be decide on who will represent the country in the Eurovision Songcontest 2011. The show starts on 15th November, so stay tuned.

Source: ITV

On Thursday 10th November Russia celebrated the National Police Day. On this occasion a big tv-show was organised in the Kremlin Palace, Russia's best concert hall. One of the main singers to perform there was no less than Russian superstar Filip Kirkorov who brought a Russian version of 'Playing with Fire', the Romanian 2010 entry in Eurovision of Paula Seling and Ovi.



It looks like the career of Romanian star Paula Seling is going extremely strong after her splendid third place in the recent Eurovision Song Contest together with Ovi. After it was announced that both singer will host the Romanian National Final on new years evening it became know that Paula is in the running for Eurovision in Switzerland as a composer for the South African singer Nadine and the uptempo song 'Perfect Time'.

Now there is another great news coming from Russia. Superstar Filip Kirkorov decided to make a Russian version of Paula and Ovi's Eurovision entry which got the title "Igra s ogniom". He is singing that song with the prominent Ukrainian singer and actress Kamaliya. They performed the tune for the first last Thursday during the National Police Day in attendance of Russian President Medvedev. The choreography of their version was created by Greek choreographer Fokas Evangelinos, who has worked with 2005 Eurovision winner Helena Paparizou. It is clear that is a real honour for Paula and Ovi that their song still that much appreciation. Filip and Kamaliya's performance can be seen through this link .

Source: Press Release

Following the great result of Chanée and Nevergreen in Oslo, who got a 4th in the final with 'In a moment like this', the Danish National broadcaster, DR received a total of 663 entries for the Danish National final known as the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. This is an increase of no other than 101 songs when compared to the number of submissions that were received last year.

A jury will now select a total of six (6) songs which will be going through the final round. Apart from that the executives in chartge of the selection will invite a total of four (4) well known authors and singers to also submit their respective entries. Therefore, the final stage of the competition taking place in February will be featuring ten (10) songs out of which the next representative is picked. Amongst the submitted songs, there are entries from Christina Schilling ('Someday', the 2009 entry from Hera Björk), Euren Gustav ('Kom', the Melodifestivalen entry from Timoteij) and Claus Christensen, who wrote the Danish 2007 Eurovision Entry.

Keep following ESCflashmalta.com as more details will be revealed in due time.

Source: DR

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Monday, 11 October 2010 23:19

Exclusive: Rosman Pace in Swiss Selection

Maltese singer Rosman Pace has revealed he has entered a song for the Swiss National Selection of the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 which is going to be held in Germany next May. The emotional and intense ballad 'We can change the world' has been composed and written by Rosman and with this song he aims to represent Switzerland in Eurovision.

The Swiss television is most likely the most open television station when it concerns the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. All remember the victory of Canadian singer Celine Dion back in 1988 with 'Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi'. After a period of less successful entries, the National Television is holding again an open selection which is accessible to singers and composers from all over the world. Their aim is to find an international song that could be giving back the great results the country once had. Maltese singer Rosman Pace decided to give it a go and is convinced that 'We can change the world' could do very well at the Eurovision Song Contest.

'I would be honoured to represent Switzerland. It would not only be me representing the country in Germany but I'm sure also the Maltese audience would be feeling I'm giving all my best to make them proud', according to the singer. The song was recorded and mastered in the Silver Studio's in London while the beautiful video-clip was shot in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. So it has truly become an international product.

The first phase will start on 1st November when the internet voting will start until 10th, which will count for 50% of the voting. The other part will come from a professional jury. After that it should be clear if Rosman makes it to the final which will be held on 11th December. ESCflashmalta would like to give Rosman full support on this decision and he hope that you will be voting for him in large numbers so that he makes it to the final stages.

Source: Press Release

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Thursday, 14 October 2010 23:54

JESC 2010: Running Order Finalised [Update]

The annual Junior Eurovision Song Contest which is set to be held in the capital city of Belarus, Minsk will be taking place on the 20th November yet preparations began today with the Heads of Delegation meeting taking place between today and tomorrow. All of participating nations had to submit their material to the European Broadcasting Union for inspection.

Today, the running order for the 2010 Junior Eurovision Song Contest began. Although the actual starting positions are yet to be confirmed the first seven countries to perform are: Lithuania, followed by Moldova, the Netherlands, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine and Sweden. The final positions will be allocated by the show’s producers. The countries that will be taking places 8-13 will be Armenia, Belgium, Georgia, Latvia, Belarus and Malta. FYR Macedonia will be singing in the final 14th slot. The final positions will be revealed tomorrow and as soon as they become available, ESCflashmalta.com will bring them to you within this article. In the meantime, we will also be following closely what will happen with the songs with our special Junior Eurovision Song Contest features kicking off soon.

Final Running Order:

01. Lithuania

02. Moldova

03. The Netherlands

04. Serbia

05. Ukraine

06. Sweden

07. Russia

08. Latvia

09. Belgium

10. Armenia

11. Malta

12. Belarus

13. Georgia

14. FYR Macedonia

The Official Website of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest reported that the Delegation Heads from all over Europe were quite impressed with the building in which all of this will be taking place. The draw which took place within the arena, had a number of interesting surprises for the people present including cakes, young dancers in traditional constumes as well as a traditional windmill. The Junior Eurovision Song Contest will surely be a great spectacle for all those following and we hope that this will not be the last time that this event is actually held.

Source: Junior Eurovision (Official Website)

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