Have you had a look at your calendar? It is already February, and that could only mean that the national finals season is well and truly underway, with the choices for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest being made as the weeks go by! This year, 43 participating broadcasters will be fielding entries in what has been coined the biggest entertainment spectacle in the world.
We had the opportunity to speak to some of the acts who are hoping to win their nations' ticket, and the 3rd to grace us with an interview is Bella C, who will be singing the song "Another World", written by Ricardo Sanz, Steven Parry and Borislava Panosetti, during Die Entscheidungsshow, the Swiss National Selection.
How does it feel to be part of the national selection with the song "Another World"?
Aaah, it's just an amazing feeling being part of this ESC family! I am extremely happy to be part of the selection!
Who had the idea that you could participate in the Swiss national selection and who decided "Another World"?
The decision about ESC came absolutely spontaneous. It was just few days before the dead line. All happened very fast, and we ( me and a friend of mine) didn't had time even to think much. For a week we completed the writing of the song, recorded it, made an arrangement in the studio, shoot the video and ... Uploaded it to the platform . 4 - 5 hours before dead line :-) Just like a movie running on a fast lane...but it was worth doing it!!!
What is the message of "Another World"?
Another world" it's a very dramatic,emotional and breath taking ballad. The text of the song came out very fast, it was Just pouring out of my fingers. At that particular moment I felt very much involved in the world's situation. I mean : crises, personal dramas, aggression, anger, hate..etc.. Lots of negative emotions. We are living in a fast world, concentrated on well being and money. Somehow lost in this endless matrix we forget the most important think. The LOVE. And I don't talk only about love between partners and couples. I speak generally about love and respect between people. We just need to be more good with each other and change this world to "Another World" of Love..the lyrics were my message to all of us.. "Let's spread love. We can do it, if we hold together".
You were born in Bulgaria, why have you decided to submit a song for Switzerland and not for Bulgaria?
I left Bulgaria when I was 17. Travelled around the world, exploring life and different countries and mentalities. The will of fortune brought me to Swiss in 1999. The plan was to stay here just one month-than to go back to Cyprus ( at that time I was working there). Here in Swiss I felt like "Alice in wonderland" - good people, beautiful places, wonderful nature, respectful public, Good food.. Hmmm ;-) and amazing friends! It just felt right, and no one let me go back to Cyprus! So glad I stayed. Everything I am now its the result of what I've learned for the last 17 years in this country. Swiss is my second-first home, that's why I decided to sing for Swiss
Can you tell us something about the beginning of your career?
I started my music career 20 years ago. Traveling between Cyprus, Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Turkey, Sweden, Norway , Singapore, China, Japan even Lapland ( on -40'C ) :-) was interesting experience to see and feel all those countries. I was doing cover songs. Than I decided to reduce stage performances and to learn more about music. Went to a studio, and start composing. I did 1-2 albums, I worked with some known Swiss musicians, but basically I wanted to develop myself as a song writer and studio musician.. Some years later I realized I was missing live performances, and than I start parallel with studio work, some small shows.. Than bigger ones, and bigger ones.. I had the honor to share the stage with Nelly Furtado, The Hurts, Loreen , ( ESC 2012) , Tom Odell ... I'm really enjoying my life as a musician. It's exciting, and there is nothing else in the world I wanna do, but singing and playing piano. :-)
What are you expecting in the national selection “Die Entscheidungsshow”, are you excited?
Just few days ago we started the year of fire monkey (by Chinese calendar) the year of surprises and unexpected endings... I really don't know who may win, how the night will be, how the people will vote and what the jury will decide.. The only think I know is that I will sing and perform with 100 % emotions and fire in me.. Counting the days and the hours to 13.02. Very excited about it!!!
How do you prepare yourself for the show?
I am preparing mostly mentally For 13.02. I wanna be calm so I can deliver better results. Also working on my English and my face expressions (in front of camera, less is more)
Are you a Eurovision fan?
I am big fan!! :-) Yes, I have been following ESC since some years. Always keeping eye on who is singing, what kind of songs, I even voted few times. Some how I feel myself part of this Europe music family. :-)
Which are your favorite Eurovision songs and what is your favorite from Swiss entries?
Of course - Celine Dion is my biggest inspiration when I think about Swiss ESC performer. I have only one word for her - amazing"! This power and at the same time easiness of her performance were breathtaking for me! Chapeau!!!
Some of my favorite songs are "Euphoria" (Loreen 2012), "Molitva" (Maria Serifovic 2007) the classic in this format "Waterloo" (ABBA 1974)
What is your first Eurovision memory?
The first one was again Celine Dion. 1988!
What kind of music do you like personally?
I do music since so many years, playing a different styles, from classic to rap and latest music hits. It's really hard to say. I love dancing, so I guess any music, that touches my heart and make me jump and dance, it's my kind of music :-)
Who is Bella C as private person?
Bella C is a home person. I enjoy spending time with friends, laughing and joking and smiling. Really love being home, love sports, don't love cooking ;-) hahaaa.... But I enjoy good food! I am addicted to music. Can't stay long without it. When I go on a holiday, already on the second day I am searching for a bar or restaurant with live music.. I think I am seriously addicted!! :-)
What are your plans for 2016 beside the Swiss national selection, are you working on a album?
My plans? Well .. My plans are always connected with music. It was like this before ESC and it will be that way after ESC. My music agenda it's kind of full for 2016 already. I have in plans to do lot of gigs, parties, studio jobs, recording of songs.. Also idea for an interesting album it's also in vision! Bella C it's a music soldier since 20 years and I guess it will go on like this for the next 20 years! :-)
What was the most excited moment in your life?
The most exciting moment it's about to come on 13.02. :-)
What are your wishes for the future?
Good health, motivation, balance, creativity, love and applause from fans, wonderful moments with friends and family, also quite times and good holidays somewhere surrounded by sand and palms.... Aaaaahh... I would love that! :-)
If people outside Switzerland never heard about you before – what should they know about you?
They should know that I am hard working Bulgarian, who lives for the music
Your song “Another World” is a strong ballad and has everything what a Eurovision ballad needs – what do you think about your changes?
Yes, the " Another World" it's a strong and very emotional ballad.. That kind of ballad suits the taste of Balkan ears. It's timeless, it's like evergreen,it's melodic and dramatic with positive message - to be more good with eachother and share and show more love. I think the package of song, voice, look and nationality can motivate all my Balkan neighbors to vote for me.
Why should the Swiss audience vote for your song to represent Switzerland at Eurovision 2016?
Bucause I am different choice from the candidates till now. I think they never sent a Bulgarian to represent them. :-) I will be honored to do it!!!
Do you have a message for the readers of escflashmalta.com and your fans?
Dear readers and fans, stay healthy and happy! Keep giving, showing and sharing love!
Keep listening to wonderful Eurovision songs and keep fingers cross for me! I promise I will give the best I have to make you proud of me!! Send you all my love and care!!!!! Thank you for taking time and reading my answers!! Thank you so much for answer those questions. Good luck for you and your song in the Swiss national final and maybe we see us in Stockholm! We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.
Source: SRG SSR / Bella C
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.
“Flame”, co-written by Kelly Schembri, Katie Jones and Warren Meyers, with vocals provided by the group Monroe, was a submission in the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, set to take place on the 21st and 22nd November at the Marsa Shipbuilding. Nevertheless, after failing to get through to the final phase of the competition, the songwriters thought it best to release the song, and they have done just that by sending it in as a submission in Switzerland, a competing country in the Eurovision Song Contest which allows foreign singers, and songwriters to put their names forward.
“Flame” which features the vocals of Katie Jones, Kelly Schembri and Nadia Vella is a modern ballad which would definitely not be out of place on a studio album released by The Saturdays or Little Mix. Warren Meyers, one of the songwriters and also the lead producer of the track, comes from a successful family of songwriters, with his father, David Meyers writing “Jack in the Box” for Cloadaugh Rodgers in the 1971 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, finishing in 4th place. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.
“In and Out of Love” written by Gorgi and Erik Rydmark, with vocals provided by Kaya, is currently competing for the right to represent Switzerland in the 2015 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The local singer/songwriter, a three time qualifier to the selection process in Malta, where she found success 14 years ago, finishing in 3rd place with the song “Our Love” composed by Alfred Zammit to the lyrics of Cynthia Sammut, did submit entries for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014-2015, failing to pass the first hurdle.
In recent weeks, Kaya was competing in this year’s edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in a duet with one of her students, Nicole Brincat. Their entry “Ħamsin Sena Nazzjon” composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Paul Ellul, mustered enough points to finish in a respectable 4th place. This was one of the most disappointing results for the veteran performer who had previously been part of the winner’s circle on no less than three occasions.
Switzerland is currently on the look out for potential entries to represent them at the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in Vienna, Austria. Their online portal, organised by SRF will eventually see to the selection of 3 potential entries, who will be competing along with the choices of the French (RTS) and Italian (RSI) broadcasters. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.
It is almost 2 o'clock in the morning and the energy levels are slowly dwindling but nevertheless, we had to stay up in order to note down the running order for the final of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, as decided by the European Broadcasting Union. Following each of the semi-finals, a partial draw took place where the respective artist of the qualified country picked out a piece of paper stating whether they would perform in the first or the second half.
Performing first during the second semi-final was actually the right call by the European Broadcasting Union considering that it gave the show a feel good factor, one which definitely got the crowd in the arena and at home going. As the qualifiers were revealed, Malta was the sixth nation to be called out, calming down the bundle of nerves that had built up over the course of the evening. During the press conference, Richard drew the second half of the draw, which creating exciting prospects. We are now pleased to confirm that Malta will perform in slot number #22.
- The Netherlands
- San Marino
- United Kingdom
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.
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. Greig Watts, Joseph Zammit, Sharon Vaughn and John Scott from the United Kingdom, Malta, Sweden and the United States have been entrusted with the second semi-final, comprising of sixteen songs and set to take place on the 8th May 2014 at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. Making use of the running order and moving onto number #12, we catch up with Switzerland (SSR SRG) who will be represented by Sebalter with the song Hunter of Stars written by Sebastiano Paù-Lessi.
On stage at the Swiss event, Sebalter thanked the audience by raising his fiddle to the sky. This was no coincidence, as the instrument has accompanied him throughout his musical career since its start at the tender age of six. Learning to play the fiddle throughout his boyhood years had opened Sebalter’s eyes to the infinite possibilities that music offers. During his teens, Sebalter felt the need to expand his horizons: he picked up a guitar and tried his hand at writing songs. However, when the then 18-year-old Sebalter had his first career break, it was again thanks to his faithful fiddle. Sebalter's versatile and energetic playing propelled him on a 10-year musical ride as co-frontman of a well-known country-folk band based in Switzerland.
In 2012 - after four albums, more than three hundred live performances, and playing in front of crowds of more than 10,000 people - Sebalter felt his teenage songwriting itch coming back with a vengeance. He decided to close one wonderful career chapter and open a new one as a solo artist. He immediately started writing and recording songs, searching for the perfect sound that would provide a balance between his folk roots, his poetic sensibilities and his live-on-stage energy. After a year of intense work, he knew he had found it - and he decided to put it to the test by entering the Eurovision Song Contest.
It was a gamble, but it has paid off. His song Hunter Of Stars, which is also the lead single off his forthcoming debut album, was selected as the winner and thus Switzerland’s official entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. This achievement could not have come at a better time for Sebalter, who is putting the finishing touches to his new album, and is getting ready for an official tour this summer. "To be on the Eurovision Song Contest Stage is a dream come true", that's what Sebalter stated after his victory in the Swiss national selection. The trademark of the charismatic singer is his fiddle, which has accompanied him throughout his musical career since the tender age of six.
Switzerland, a two-time winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, first in 1956 with Lys Assia and the song Refrain and then in 1988 with Celine Dion and the track Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi. In recent years, Switzerland has not come close to winning the international competition with their last top ten result coming back in 2005 at the hands of Vanilla Ninja and their entry Cool Vibes. It is to be noted that since the semi-final format was introduced, Switzerland has also failed to make a solid impact on the competition failing to get through on several occasions, only managing qualification in 2005 and 2011.
Professional Critics Voice their Opinion
Greig Watts: Interesting riff and whistle definitely grabbed my attention. Vocal comes in, is it Elvis Costello? Not my personal cup of tea, Chorus ok, but actually love the whistle at the end, that’s a really strong hook, and we’ll all sing that on the night. 2nd chorus, oh its growing on me a lot!! (although not sure I can hear the words properly), ah, and no whistle hook (that’s because of time restrictions Im sure as should be there if it’s a single over 3 mins). Nice breakdown clap section, Not sure the lyrics make much sense to me that much, but hook’s got me for sure, and yes ending on the whistle!!! Well done!!!
Joseph Zammit: Sometimes intricate and complex musical skills and tricks are not crucial to create a great song. Sometimes all you need is a banjo and a whistle and voila! That is all this song has and yet, here I am finding myself uncontrollably bobbing on my chair as I listen to it. Thanks to a simple banjo line, 1970's style rock organ chords and an unbelievably catchy whistle tune, this piece delivers something which most songs in this competition do not, and that is emotion.
Add in an awesome violin 'riff' in the bridge and you get yourself a song that will be stuck in your head and will put a smile on your face. There isn't anything bad I can say about this song really, but I'm never one to give away a perfect score so...
Sharon Vaughn: This was a message lost. Just instruments and words strung together.
John Scott: Interesting instrumentation on this one. The whistle is quite effective as a hook.
Danmarks Radio, host broadcaster of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest has just revealed the running order for the international competition taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark. Represented by Firelight and the song Coming Home, written by Richard Edwards Micallef, Malta will be opening the second semi-final on the 8th May 2014.
Prior to the announcement of the draw for the running order, Malta had never been given the opportunity to open the semi-final of such an illustrious show. At first glance, one might be shocked but personally I had a strong feeling that this could happen given the diversity of the genres that make up the first half of the second semi-final. Seventh in qualification with the bookies, Coming Home is facing a fate bestowed to the likes of Nije Ljubav Stvar, This is My Life, Run Away and Love In Rewind, all of which have successfully qualified to the final of the continental competition.
It is quite interesting to denote that those entries which opened the second semi-final have proven to be much more successful than those opening the first semi-final. In the meantime, the situation in the first semi-final is even moreso intriguing especially with the first half of the show induated with ballads, despite that they try and preserve themselves as individualistic. Favourite to win the Eurovision Song Contest with odds shortening by the second, Armenia is set to open the first semi-final in a bizarre twist.
One has to remember that ten countries per semi-final will get through to the final show set for the 10th May 2014 at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark meaning that nine nations will be left out in the cold having not been selected amongst the best that the continent has to offer. In the final, the qualifiers will join entries from Spain, France, Germany, United Kingdom and host country Denmark who have already been given an extremely late draw following a random draw. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.
After many years of Switzerland's participation, we welcome Sebalter to join the list of participants for Switzerland. After a tough decision and a tight competition we had the final verdict from a joint public and jury decision. The country has not reached the final for the past two (2) years and will be trying their luck with a young singer/songwriter, Sebalter and his entry Hunter of Stars. During the Entscheidungsshow, he had the pleasure of performing two songs, one which he will be performing at the Eurovision Song Contest and Wake Me Up, the hit track from world renowned DJ, Aviici.
Hunter of Stars, most noted for the whistling and the violin, caught people's eye from the very beginning being so different than the others. Reminiscing Alexander Rybak, I think that this young man here has quite good potential for Copenhagen, come next May. The song is totally something new to the Eurovision Song Contest, on which hopefully viewers won't take it as a joke and actually support. Sebalter is a multi-tasking performer, having to sing, whistle, play the violin and at some point even the drums. His rendition of Wake Me Up made me surer that he was the right decision for Switzerland. It was a tough competition having singers from all over the world against him, notably Nico Colonna.
Ending up second was Yasmina Hunzinger with her amazing vocals on I Still Believe. We hope that Switzerland have made the right decision tonight and will hopefully get out of the stuck-in-semifinals period. I hope the best for Sebalter and Switzerland. Stay tuned for further information about Switzerland and every other competing country this year. It is important to denote that Sebalter will be one of the guests during the final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest where he will be meeting up with one of the entries competing against him considering that Malta and Switzerland are both competing in the second semi-final. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.
In recent years, Switzerland was always the first country to select both their artist and entry for the Eurovision Song Contest but nevertheless, they decided to hold off their national selection till the beginning of February in anticipation of better promotion. SRF will be hoping to improve their results in the international competition having failed to reach the final for the past two years as both Sinplus and Takasa both reached mid-table placings in their respective semi-final.
The Bodensee Arena in Kreuzlingen will be hosting this years’ national final as from 20:10 CET and will be featuring a total of six (6) acts, all hoping to get through to the international showcase. The road to this final has not been easy with each respective broadcaster having their own method of selection, ultimately bringing about the best of the best that was offered through public and jury voting. Leading the evening will be Sven Epiney, host of the selection for the past three years, and also commentator at the Eurovision Song Contest. In the end, a 50/50 combination of jury and public voting will decide the winner. You may follow the LIVE webcast of the show on the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest.
The Show (Part 1)
Here we are with the show! Had a problem with the connection link but now, we are online and ready to go! Let the Entschediungsshow Eurovision begin! And the presenter tonight has just started out the show and presented us the jury who makes up 50% of the votes for tonight. Hopefully they will make the right desicion for Switzerland!
Christian Tschanz - Au paradis
Let's kick off with the first competitor of the night. His name is Christian Tschanz with his song 'Au Paradis'. He looks rather middle aged wearing a nice grey and black shirt with a guitar on a strap on him. His voice is really nice, a husky voice that is not so usual in Eurovision. The staging is quite usual to me having piano players, drummer and guitarists and like last year the contrabass player, this time not old like with Takasa, is up with them. The song is rather boring and for me it doesn't go anywhere. The audience seemed to enjoy it.
He seemed rather relaxed and laid back for the night which showed that his preparations weren't for nothing. The presenter is now interviewing Christian. Unluckily, I can't understand much of this conversation since this is not one of my native languages! Good opening, in hopes the next competitors would be better.
3 For All - Together Forever
Next up is 3 For All and their song 'Together Forever'. From the name of the group, I believe that this is made up of a trio who sings for everyone and loves to make others feel happy. They look much younger than Christian and I am somehow waiting for a show now. The music is great, hated how in the beginning they were chanting Switzerland Go and stuff like that. The clothing is quite normal and there's nothing special on stage that gets my attention.
The music however is nice and their voices are good, especially the blonde woman. The harmonies are great. I think there might be something missing still. The audience went crazier than in the first performance. I personally liked it more compared to the first one. Another interview here that I can't understand. Oh hey, they just talked in English and Giselle, the blonde woman singing, presented the backign vocalists and their team. Way better than the first one. Let's see what's more to come!
Nino Colonna - La luce del cuore
Next up, we're already half way through this final, we have Nino Colonna and his song 'La Luce Del Cuore'. Oh that's why there are a lot of hearts in the arena! This song is nice, I like it. He is clad all in black and unfortunately this looks a bit monotonuos compared to the song since even the backing vocalists and the guitarist ar all in black. There's a big heart at the back of the stage. He has amazing camera work regardless his age. Is it only me, or do the Swiss have something for old people in Eurovision?
Oh look he just gave a woman a rose, that's so nice. The audience loved this. I loved it too! I'm on his side up till now. My only critic is that vocally he doesn't do much things. During this interview of his, I just noticed that the male backing vocalist is clad better than the singer himself! Should've paid more attention fashion wise next time! Great performance!
Yasmina Hunzinger - I Still Believe
Next up is the first woman on her own up on stage, Yasmina Hunzinger performing her song in English 'I Still Believe'. Her hair colour is so amazing, she'd be hard to miss in the arena in Denmark. What a beautiful voice she has. Wow, her voice is stunning! Still all in black but this time the roses are on the dress, which unfortunately does not fit her so well in my opinion. The song is beuatiful and her vocal is so so good. The staging is good also I like it! What a great competitor. Loved this entry. She's great! Amazing voice and the crowd loved it also! Another interview, poor thing I can't understand these, they look rather intersting.