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Tuesday, 26 June 2012 16:43

Cyprus: Participation in Doubt for 2013

One of the nations to have faced financial trouble heading into the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was definitely Cyprus despite the fact that costs had been minimized following the internal selection of the artist; Ivi Adamou and then the low profile national selection to pick the song that she ultimately performed in Baku, Azerbaijan being none other than La La Love. For the second time in three years, the small Mediterranean country found themselves in the final of the prestigious music event and also achieved their best result since Lisa Andreas had done the honour way back in 2004 with the track Stronger Every Minute. It seems though that the government is not impressed with the overall results of the past couple of years and thus might withdraw their backing.

The participation of Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest is generally funded by the state due to the fact that the broadcaster, CyBC is run by the government and thus a budget has to be approved each and every year as noted this year. Sony Music Greece were standing by to support Ivi Adamou and her song this year should have it been needed but the budget was approved and the funds were spent correctly. Nevertheless, it seems that despite the moderate success of making it to the final twice in the past three years, conviction has not been key for the elected members of the people. The viewing figures in the country have always been extremely high as the people enjoy watching the event and graciously support their artist and one has to note that for the first time in a very long time, Cyprus did even better than their neighbours Greece by virtue of finishing in sixteenth place. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as we continue to follow this saga.

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The Team of Radio International is back this week and would like to invite to join the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience to overcome to Post Eurovision Depression. The Show is broadcast on 106.8FM and Digital Cabel 41 in the Netherlands and also via the internet via www.radiointernational.tv and will also be web-televised via the show's own Live Video Channel via the website. The simulcast will be from 2000 till 2300 hours CET this Wednesday.

Interview with Soluna Samay (Denmark 2012):  

On 21 January 2012 Denmark had a big National Final in which the Danish Nation selected Soluna Samay to represent Denmark at the 57th Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Should've known better". In Baku the busker (^-^) successfully managed to qualify Denmark to the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 with a total of 21 points ranking at Number 23. Lilian and JP met the singer for an interview after her second Press Conference in the Baku Press Centre and then JP caught up with her again after the Winners' Press Conference when Denmark was one of the lucky ten countries going into the Final.  

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Euro Friends Song Contest 2012 with Andy Simon: 

Continuing next week with the Euro Friends Song Contest in search for the ultimate Eurovision song as voted for by the many fans around the world.  Andy  Simon joins us again next 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. Andy is back next week and he reveals the next qualifiers from the final Heat 50 (Germany). Andy will also reveal how the contest continues.  

Interview with Anri Jokhadze (Georgia 2012):  

"I am a Joker" is the entry of Georgia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 by Anri Jokhadze who competed in Semi Final 2 where he received a total of 36 points ranking him at Number 14. Unfortunately, this was not enough as only the Top 10 of the Semi Finals qualify for the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest. Anri joined the buzz and the hype in the Press Centre on the evening of Semi Final 1 where Eric and JP had the pleasure to meet and interview him.

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Eurovision Song Contest Spotlight - Eurovision 2012 - The Aftershow Party:  

The 57th Eurovision Song Contest was staged Saturday 26 May 2012 in Baku and each of our Eurovision Correspondants will each week be giving us their assessment of how they watched the shows and what they think of it. Of course, it goes without saying, it is spiced with their choice of songs from this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Continuing this new mini-series is Alasdair Rendall.

Interview with Ivi Adamou (Cyprus 2012):  

Cyprus was represented at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 by Ivi Adamou with the song "La La Love" which reached Number 16 with a total of 65 points after Ivi could successfully qualify Cyprus from Semi Final 1. Like nine other songs the entry from Cyprus has also involvement from Sweden in its production. JP, Lilian and Roger met Ivi after her first Press Conference and interviewed her which you can hear on th show this week.  

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Interview with William from wiwibloggs.com:  

You can find many Eurovision News websites on the internet. Lasst week we chatted with Charlotte, editor-in-chief of eurovisionary.com. This week we have the pleasure to chat with William who is the editor-in-chief of one of the newest Eurovision websites called wiwibloggs.com. Different than many of the other Eurovision News Websites find out what you can find on wiwibloggs.com by listening to the interview on the show this week.  

Eurovision Song Contest News with Luke Fisher from escXtra.com:

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 the latest updates during this week's edition of the show.

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Loreen and Alexander Rybak (Eurovision Winners Sweden 2012 & Norway 2009) at the Swedish Embassy Reception:

A tradition is that many countries' Embassies of the host city where the Eurovision Song Contest takes pleace are holding a Reception in honour of their countries participation at the contest. Sweden's Ambassador in Baku welcomed many Swedish and International Media to the Nobel House in Baku. Guest of Honour, of course, Loreen who performed an accoustic version of "Euphoria" live to the audience as well as Special Guest Alexander Rybak gave a reprise of his winning entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 - "Fairytale". Hear these special moments on Radio International this week. 

Eurovision Music Requests/Eurovision Quiz:

A big part of the show is playing listeners' requests. Submit your requests and / or greetings to your Eurovision friends through Radio International via the CONTACT Link on www.radiointernational.tv. But also don’t miss out on the weekly Eurovision Quiz where you can win a dip into the freshly filled up Goodies Bag or pick a Eurovision Song Contest from the past on DVD.

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Join Radio International on Wednesday, 20 June 2012 from 2000 - 2300 hours CET, via the website or on FM. Radio International is available live via www.radiointernational.tv and on FM 106.8 and Digital Cabel Channel 41 in parts of the Netherlands. Should you not be able to listen live, the show will appear in the Programme’s Show Archive a few hours after it’s airing on the radio.

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One of the countries that has been receiving ample support from the fans and the critics prior to the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which is set to take place in Baku, Azerbaijan is Cyprus who have decided on sending the Greek born Ivi Adamou. The renowned performer is known from her stint on the Greek version of X Factor, before of course being signed by the nations' subsidiary of Sony Music. She will be taking part in the first semi-final performing the song La La Love written by Alex Papaconstantinou, Bjorn Djupstrom, Alexandra Zakka and Viktor Svenssonr who as one could note are all Swedes, somewhat the people dominating the pop music industry at the moment. Nevertheless, the important announcement here is the team that will be backing her up.

In fact, the people involve are none other than vocalist Bjorn Djupstrom, dancers Tatiana Demetriadou and Olga Pilaki and two other individuals who are both dancers and vocalists at the same time and these are Victoria Taylor and Wiveca Hartmann Knudsen. Apart from the people on stage, there are a number of people behind the scenes including the director of the staging; Apollon Papatheocharis, the choreographer; Chali Jennings, the vocal coach and former representative; Elena Patroklou, makeup artist; Grigoris Pirpylis, hairstylist; Stephanos Vasilakis, sylist; Notis Panagiotou and last but not least fashion designer; Fani Xenofontos. In the meantime the delegation will be led by Evi Papamichael and Kleitos Kleitou who are the Head and Assistant Heads of Delegation and also Malvina Markopoulou from Sony Music Greece. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news about the competing countries in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest.

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Proud-to-be-Malta’s representative in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, Kurt Calleja, has lately been touring around Europe promoting his song. On the 25th April was infact his very last day of this tour which took him around most part of Eastern Europe. His last stop was Amsterdam, in Netherlands, where he took part in the event called “Eurovision in Concert” last Sunday, 21st April, where not less than 24 countries promoted their entry. Before returning to Malta on the 26th April, Kurt made a stop in Milan where he will be appearing on a show aired on RAI Due.

During his promotional tour, Kurt met with other Eurovision contenders including Sabina Babayeva who will be representing the host country Azerbaijan, Can Bonomo representing Turkey, Sofi Marinova of Bulgaria, Ivi Adamou of Cyprus, Soluna Samay of Denmark, Donny Montell of Lithuania and Anggun who will be representing France. Kurt Calleja made various appearances in TV shows and performances in nightclubs and also in some National Selections, including Lithuania’s National Selection. Kurt described this promotional tour as “a great adventure” and he surely made a good name for our country, thanks also to his bubbly and super out-going character.

Now, the emphasis of Kurt’s work will surely be on those important 3 minutes on the stage on the 24th May, that is, the second semifinal. Maybe odds will treat us bad once again, but everyone is more than sure that Kurt and his team will do not only their very best, but their utmost to assure a great performance on that night … and hopefully ‘that would be the night’. In an interview done by escflashmalta.com, Kurt said that the performance will be as simple as possible, nearing very much the performance which led him to the victory last February.

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Sunday, 22 April 2012 17:19

Cyprus: Reviewing the song 'La La Love'

The running order of the Eurovision Song Contest tends to be quite ironic at times and it seems that two opposing entries have been put back to back to give the critics and the viewers even more interest. The draw for the running order is conducted without any pretenses of course but nevertheless, it is quite funny how things have panned out. This statement comes to knowledge due to the fact that many believe that San Marino will not qualify to the finals as opposed to Cyprus who are seemingly looking at their best result in years with many people even going onto state that the song is better than the Greek one which was presented earlier on in our reviews. Therefore, track twelve is the one from Cyprus bearing the name La La Love performed by Ivi Adamou and written by Alex Papaconstantinou, Bjorn Djupström, Alexandra Zakka & Viktor Svensson. It is quite an interesting collaboration again and this will be one of the songs to look out for during the evening.

Eighteen year old Ivi Adamou, started her career at 16 emerging from X Factor 2 in Greece, where she got the opportunity to show her vocal potential and her powerful character to a greater extent. She started taking music lessons at a very early age. Music theory, vocal lessons and piano.  Soon after the talent show she signed releasing her debut Gold album Kalokeri Stin Kardia and the first single A*G*A*P*I. Two more hit singles followed from the debut album: Sose Me and To Mistiko Mou Na Vreis.

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She also had the number one summer hit of the year 2010 with her guest performance in the song San Erthi I Mera, by the most popular Greek hip-hop act, Stavento. After her appearance on the Mad Video Music Awards 2010 with the band OtherView the word was out….a new star is born! The EP Christmas with Ivi was released in December of 2010 in Greece and also was certified Gold. In April of 2011, she has a very successful comeback with the band Melisses recording together the single Krata ta matia sou klista and a very big summer tour followed with Ivi and the band. In July 2011, her second solo album ‘San Ena Oniro” was released, which includes the latest single Voltes Sta Asteria.

The Critics Voice Their Opinion

Jan Van Dijck

  • This song is cheap but catchy and could turn out in being a hit in the discotheques in both Cyprus and Greece and who knows in our European countries. It has a melody line and catchy words easy to remember. So what? La La Love! I give this song seven (7) points.

Knut-Oyvind Hagen

  • Finally, Cyprus challenges their big brother Greece this year! This entry hasn’t got as big a hook in the chorus as the Greek song “Aphrodisiac”, but it feels a lot more sophisticated and the production has a more modern and individual sound. It is not a winner, but it is easily listenable, and I would love for Cyprus to at least get to the final with this. Let's give this song six (6) points.

Pitchtunes

  • A modern uptempo club song with potential. Mediocer verses, with a even better bridge. The chorus has a catchy ”lalala” b-part and contains a lot of energy. Vocal performance has some flaws. Seven (7) points are well-deserved in this case though.

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Entry Background

Performer: Ivi Adamou

Composers: Alex Papaconstantinou, Bjorn Djupström, Alexandra Zakka & Viktor Svensson

Authors: Alex Papaconstantinou, Bjorn Djupström, Alexandra Zakka & Viktor Svensson

Song: La La Love

Language: English

Broadcaster: CyBC

History of the Nation

Cyprus have been competing in the Eurovision Song Contest for thirty (30) years and therefore this will surely be a year to remember in their regard. The very first entry which they had presented to the competition was back in 1981 with the group Island performing the song Monika finishing in sixth position but they would ultimately obtain and equal their best result result of fifth on three occasions, the first being in 1982 with Anna Vissi and her track Mono I Agapi, then in 1997 with Hara & Andreas Constantinou and their entry Mana Mou and the last time being in 2004 when the British born Lisa Andreas performed a charming rendition of her song Stronger Every Minute astounding the audience with a crystal clear voice and a lovely slow and simple ballad.

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Published in Opinions

In the past couple of days, there has been a lot of controversy in the Mediterranean nation of Cyprus due to the fact that the Government has not yet approved the budget of the broadcaster leaving their respective participation with Ivi Adamou and her entry La La Love in tatters. Many fans believe that this is the best song that the country has presented in a very long time and could obtain a result that has become characteristic with their neighbouring country of Greece noting that it is fairing better than Eleftheria Eleftheriou in polls and also charts. One has to note that both artists are actually Greek-Cypriot and therefore success on both counts will be celebrated.

Ivi Adamou is a well known name in the industry and is signed to one of the most prestigious music companies at the moment, being of course Sony Music and in this case, the Greek division. Eleftheria had also been signed to the same company when she was set to try her luck to represent the country last year but backed out and signed a new deal with Universal Music Greece instead as both ladies had the same style. The crisis that Cyprus was dealing with seems to have been averted whatever the vote, which is taken this evening decides and this is due to the fact that Sony Music Greece believe that this is the right platform for Ivi at the moment and that they will be covering all of the respective costs. 

This is going to be quite an interesting matter as this can mean that they will now also take up creative control. Nevertheless, CyBC might have just found a solution for years to come with this, as this is the way that Greece does it nowadays by entrusting a record label to cover all of the respective costs. Stay tuned to www.escflashmalta.com as we continue to follow the saga in Cyprus. 

Source: Sony Music

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Tuesday, 03 April 2012 00:08

Cyprus: CyBC Participation in Doubt

The European Broadcasting Union is the main governing body behind the organization of the annual Eurovision Song Contest, a competition which promotes respective member countries within the foray of music. This years' edition has been hounded by many as without a clear leader even though, one country seems to be on lips and minds of most of the fans. Nevertheless, a fan favourite in the form of Cyprus who have internally selected Ivi Adamou to carry the flag in Baku, Azerbaijan with the song La La Love might actually be facing some trouble due to the fact that the parliament is yet to formally announce the budget of the broadcaster and other sectors of the local industry.

It has now been confirmed that Ivi will not be present for the Eurovision In Concert set to take place in The Netherlands and the local media has also reported that the possibility of going to the Eurovision Song Contest is also problematic unless action is taken. The Cypriot Head of Delegation, Papamichael who was in the Jury during the 2012 Malta Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final stage went a step further by making an announcement on Facebook stating that she is afraid that CyBC will cancel our Eurovision entry. This would be quite unfortunate for a nation whose best placing at the Eurovision Song Contest was a fifth place back in 2004 when Lisa Andreas and her song Stronger Every Minute. We will be keeping you posted here on www.escflashmalta.com on all of the latest news.

Source: CyBC

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