Celebrating successful representatives of the country has become an extremely important role in Malta and this was the cast last night when several individuals from the world of sport were recognised for their talent and success abroad. With the aid of Norman Hamilton, the Malta Olympic Committee organised an event last night in which music and sports were intertwined together for the pleasure of the present audience. In fact, it is worth noting that the star studded line-up included; Claudia Faniello who most notably finished in the runner-up position at this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Kurt Calleja who represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest, Joseph Chetcuti who is part of the group Baklava who have been in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on three occasions, Deborah C who most notably won this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and Janvil who of course was the second runner-up of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest back in 2005. Nevertheless, the final performer of the evening was none other than the Greek/Cypriot Eleftheria Eleftheriou.
Eleftheria Eleftheriou represented Greece in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which took place in Baku, Azerbaijan. She managed to reach the finals with the song Aphrodisiac where she achieved a mid-table placing. At this point in time, the renowned performer has worked her way up in the music industry in Greece, first starting out from her homeland of Cyprus where she also tried to represent the nation at the prestigious European event before then moving to the neighbouring country of Greece where she took part in the X Factor competition eventually signing a record deal with Sony Music Greece. Following some creative agreements, Eleftheria signed a brand new record deal with Universal Music Greece who ultimate proposed her to represented the Hellenic nation in the Eurovision Song Contest and as she states in our exclusive interview just below, she felt that it was the right time for her to do it. escflashmalta.com had the opportunity to chat with Eleftheria Eleftheriou following her performance at the Malta Olympic Committee Sports Awards and would like to thank Norman Hamilton and Olivier Vanhoutte for making this possible.
Greece has become one of the pillars of strength in the Eurovision Song Contest in recent years considering that they have managed to reach successive positions in the top ten for a total of eight years but nevertheless, there has been growing concert with regards to next years' participation because of the economic turmoil that seems to have hit the nation in a manner that several budget cuts have been put in place. One of the most intriguing methods of how things could ultimately be settled is by virtue of sponsorship and according to our colleagues at Oikotimes it seems of that this will be the case especially following comments made by the Minister of Tourism; Olga Kefalogianni. She stated that despite the crisis, this was a positive event which would be beneficial for the tourism sector of the country as it is a way to promote a visual identity through the medium of song as was the case earlier this year with Aphrodisiac performed by Eleftheria Eleftheriou which was well performed in the final round of the competition.
There are a lot of growing rumours with regards to the possible entries that will be presented in the national selection because the sponsor, most likely a Record Label will be looking to either send someone who is ready for a big break or someone who is already well known and could ultimately create a career internationally as has been the case for the Cypriot representative; Ivi Adamou who was well supported by Sony Music Greece and succeeded in achieving fame in Scandinavia. Greece hosted the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2006 and it is to be noted that there was a lot of fanfare because the public absolutely enjoys the showcase. The official broadcaster; ERT and their specially appointed team for the event are all fighting hard in order to ensure that Greece does indeed participate in Malmo. Considering that there is the backing of a cabinet minister though, it seems that the outlook is relatively positive. In the meantime, Eleftheria Eleftheriou will this evening be performed during the Malta Olympic Committee Awards which will be aired on TVM 2 as from seven o'clock this evening. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.
Greece is known to be one of the most successful countries in the Eurovision Song Contest since the introduction of the semi-final system managing eight consecutive finishes in the top ten but the artist to manage to break that commanding record was none other than Eleftheria Eleftheriou who took to the stage with her ethnic dance inspired track entitled Aphrodisiac. The genre has worked wonders for the Hellenic nation in the past but did not manage to do the trick unfortunately despite receiving ample support from the fans of the renowned showcase. Nevertheless, despite the disappointment, Eleftheria is still enjoying a considerable amount of success in both Cyprus and Greece. It has recently been revealed that the performer will be making her way to Malta on a promotional visit where she will be performing during the Maltese Olympic Committee Awards on the 2nd December 2012.
The news is quite intriguing especially due to the fact that foreign guest stars have a tendency to come for a number of other showcases but this event will definitely be a mixture of sport and music considering that they have a star studded list of performers during the evening including the runner-up of the 2008 and the 2012 Malta Eurovision Song Contest; Claudia Faniello, the second runner-up of the 2005 Malta Song for Europe competition; Janvil, the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest representative; Kurt Calleja and Deborah C who has carefully garnered attention since winning the 2012 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. The Awards show will be taking place at the Grand Ballroom of the Excelsior Hotel and will also be aired live on television. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.
Source: Olivier Vanhoutte
One of the most successful nations at the Eurovision Song Contest during the past couple of years has surely been Greece especially following their victory in 2005 with Helena Paparizou and her track My Number One but such a pristine record could not always be held and as a matter of fact, the woman to have ended the consecutive run of top ten results was Eleftheria Eleftheriou who first tried to go to the music event for Cyprus a couple of years back but this years' track Aphrodisiac proved to be the best possible choice for the Hellenic nation. Once more, it seems that their low result has been anointed by the jury vote as expected with the final result being a seventeenth place, just slightly below Cyprus who finished in fifteenth place with La La Love as performed by Ivi Adamou.
Despite the disappointment, the viewing figures for Greece were very high as they have been in recent years and participation is thought to be secure for the years to come especially as the competition moves to Sweden in 2013. Eleftheria Eleftheriou in the meantime is also continuing with her music career debuting her new single this morning on Greek Radio Station; Star FM. The brand new track which bears the name Hearts Collide is clearly a track written for the months of summer noting a Greek rhythm and a beautiful beat that will definitely get everyone dancing. Eleftheria is signed to Universal Music Greece and despite her failure to impress at the Eurovision Song Contest, she is still going to embark on a tour which she has named after her entry at the esteemed music event performing shows all across Greece and also a one off special in Sweden on the 3rd August 2012. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news about artists that have competed in the Eurovision Song Contest in recent years and their upcoming releases.
One of the countries dealing with a struggling economy in Europe is surely Greece whom this year will be represented by none other than Eleftheria Eleftheriou, an artist signed to Universal Music Greece. The fact of the matter remains that the selection and the participation is taking place due to the backing of the recording label as was instructed by ERT, earlier on this year. It seems that the issues are somewhat more deep tied than expected though and despite a short promotional tour of Turkey, The Netherlands and Belgium, it seems that the problems have continued with the lack of representation at the actual competition.
During the weekend, the executive board of the broadcasting company, ERT met up to discuss the plans for Baku, Azerbaijan and it was decided that apart from the performer and her backing act, the only people going forward with her would be the Head of Delegation, a certain Ms Kousoulas and also Mary Cossack who seems to be in charge of the staging. Other personnel in the public relations area will be dealing with issues from Athens where the broadcasters' headquarters are situated. Greece are of course competing in the first semi-final of this years' Eurovision Song Contest and are favourites for qualification and also a possible top ten finish with the song Aphrodisiac. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.
Source: OGAE Romania, ERT
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The Sounds of Azerbaijan: The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) previously known as the London Azerbaijan Society. Its objective is to promote Azerbaijani culture, business and public affairs to international audiences, and create to a sense of community for expatriate Azerbaijanis. TEAS supports Radio International during the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 and with the weekly edition of the show it will bring you the finest artists of Azerbaijan a bit closer.
Live Interview with Eleftheria Eleftheriou (Greece 2012): Eleftheria translated means Freedom and is the name of the Greek representative to the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. She will be performing a powerful pop song with wonderful Greek elements called "Aphrodisiac" which will start at Number 3 in Semi Final 1 on Tuesday, 22 May 2012. Watch our for this live interview coming live from the heart of Athens.
Eurovision Song Contest Spotlight - "Mysterious Eurovision Performers" with Chris Poppe: Great to see Chris returning for the Mysterious Eurovision Winners' Quiz where Chris gives some verbal clues and two musical clues. Audience joining us live this Wednesday have a chance to win something in this when you are the first to let us know who Chris has wrapped up in his clues. Enjoy this thrilling quiz. :)
Live Interview with Tooji (Norway 2012): Norway will be represented by young energetic Tooji who will perform the song "Stay" in Semi Final 2 on the 24 May 2012. Starting position is Number 16. Looking forward to having Tooji on the show this week.
Eurovision Song Contest News with Luke Fisher: Check out the latest developments connected to the Eurovision Song Contest. Whether it is music releases of Eurovision performers, appearances, special concerts, gossip, news, etc Luke will have all the updates for us during the weekly edition of Radio International.
Live Interview with Kurt Calleja (Malta 2012): Just in this afternoon is also that Malta's Ambassador to the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 - Kurt Calleja will be joining us for the Eurovision Interview Marathon during this week's edition of Radio International. "This is the night" was co-produced in Sweden and was selected by the Maltese public together with the international jury at the beginning of February 2012 and will be starting in Semi Final 2 at Number 4 on 24 May 2012.
Eurovision News Website: escXtra.com: Luke Fisher is also the Editor - in - Chief of the Eurovision News website called escXtra.com. Check our more and EXTRA news on the Eurovision Song Contest by visiting the website here.
Live Interview with Izabo (Israel 2012): Also just confirmed to be on on the show this week is Israel's retro-enty performer Izabo who will be performing the song "Time" in Semi Final 1 at Number 10 on Tuesday, 22 May 2012.
Euro Friends Song Contest 2012 with Andy Simon: The next season of the Euro Friends Song Contest is under way in search for the ultimate Eurovision song as voted for by the many fans around the world. Andy Simon joins us every week to reveal the qualifiers for the next round. The website of the Euro Friends Song Contest you will find here where you can easily vote for your favourite Eurovision song per country and also see The Euro-Friends TV Show as hosted by Andy Simon. You can also join the Facebook Group here. This week Andy looks at the next qualifiers from Heats 43 (Spain).
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