National selections all over the continent are coming to an end especially when considering that the month of March started just a couple of days ago. This years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will be needing a lot of improvements in order to be elevated in quality but several broadcasters know that in order to do well, their tracks need to be slightly altered and the final versions presented to the European Broadcasting Union will surely denote this element. We would like to invite you to the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. 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 88.1Mhz 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.
Sweden will be hosting this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and during the past weekend, attention turned to the host nation for the simple reason that they were organising the final of Melodifestivalen and the Team of Radio International was on hand so chat with most of the finalists competing. We had the absolute pleasure to speak to the winner, Robin Stjernberg who came from the second chance round with the song You. The performer who was a runner-up on the show Idol a couple of years back is also working with first runner-up of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Kevin Borg on his latest album and is represented by Lionheart Music Group. In the meantime, the runner-up of the competition was Yohio with the track Heartbreak Hotel whom despite being the favourite of the public, had to settle for second place due to the disappointing result given by the international jury. Other interviews were carried out with David Lindgren who performed Skyline, Anton Ewald who sang the song Begging, Sean Banan who choreographed Copacabanana and last but not least Louise Hoffstein, the only female who graced the stage with the song Only The Dead Fish Follow The Stream.
The Melodifestivalen has always been one of the most prestigious events in Europe and therefore, the interval acts and people who give out the scores tend to be somewhat renowned either in the country or in the community of the Eurovision Song Contest. During the course of the evening, the interval was none other than Carola, who represented Sweden in the 1983, 1991 and 2006 edition of the international competition winning in 1991 with her performance of Captured by a Lovestorm. She performed her signature tune and first national hit, the 1983 entry entitled Framling which has been reworked for 2013. On the other hand other interviews will be transmitted, one with the hosts who were Gina Dirawi and Danny Saucedo, the latter being the first runner-up of the Melodifestivalen in 2011 and 2012 and last but not least an interview with Christer Bjorkman, the executive producer of Melodifestivalen and one of the organisers of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. The final interview which will be played this week is from the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2013 as Marilena who performed the track Overrated composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg speaks about her participation.
Radio International is always keen to present songs during the show apart from the weekly features and therefore, collaborating the two ideas together will see the emergence of Eurovision UnverCover whereas tracks performed at the Eurovision Song Contest will be covered by other singers. The actual tracks will be played first followed by the cover and this will make things interesting. Apart from this feature, there will be new material played on the show by a number of former representatives including Patricia Kaas. All of the latest news is also covered during the weekly broadcast noting resources from escflashmalta.com and escXtra where Luke Fisher, the Editor makes a weekly round-up. A round up of the national finals thus far is set to be conducted by Alasdair Rendall. Follow the show through the official website and also send your requests through the contact link which is found on the aforementioned website.
Source: Team of Radio International
Sweden has always been noted to be a country with a strong music industry and their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest has always been almost always been treated with success missing the final only on one occasion, being back in 2010 when Anna Bergendahl and her entry This Is My Life failed by virtue of finishing in eleventh place. In preparation to the actual competition, they call upon leading names in the music and entertainment industry with the aim of listening and commenting on the entries that would have been put forward by all of the countries including their very own. The results of the first semi-final were released last week with Cyprus leading the board and that meant that the second semi-final entries were not far away. In fact, Malta is competing in the very first part of the evening and hence the verdict was passed.
Unfortunately the panel which is led by singers Lena Philipsson and Mans Zelmerow as well as commentators Gina Dirawi, Thomas Lundin and Lisette believe that Malta does not have the right entry to make it to the finals having received just nine (9) points out of a possible total of twenty-five (25) meaning that it did not even garner half of the required points and languished just slightly above the bottom of the board. The Swedish previews have been noted to have quite the impact of the public. The focus of the evening was definitely Sweden and their entry Euphoria who received the maximum amount of points but nevertheless, the songs which were given a second place were Serbia and Ukraine who will be represented by Zeljko Joksimovic and Gaitana with the songs Nije Ljubav Stvar and Be My Guest. Keep a close eye on escflashmalta.com in the coming days for more news about the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.