El Sueño de Morfeo will be representing Spain in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malmö, Sweden with the track Contigo Hasta el Final which won both the public and the jury vote during the selection entitled Destino Eurovision which took place on TVE during the past couple of hours. The evening moved at a relatively quick pace noting that the evenings' guests including; Pastora Soler, Alex Ubago, La Musicalite and Italian artist Nek all performed with this years' representatives. Being part of the elite big five, Spain will be competing directly in the final of the international showcase but will also be voting in the second semi-final where Malta will be competing.
As already mentioned on previous occasions, El Sueño de Morfeo have been around for quite some time noting that they have released five studio albums, three of which managed to rank in the top ten with their recent release managing a top twenty finish. They have been nominated for the Best Spanish Act at the Music Television Awards on two occasions, the first time in 2005 missing out to El Canto del Loco and the second time in 2007 also missing out, this time to Violadores del Verso. Tonight, they performed three entries which they co-wrote together and that is the original element behind the group, one which they will be trying to point out during their experience at the Eurovision Song Contest. Listen to the entry below and let us know your thought through the escflashmalta.com comments section.
Source: TVE, escflashmalta.com
One of the key elements behind the presentation of every entry at the Eurovision Song Contest is surely the postcard that appears prior to the performance which despite at times being attributed to the broadcaster, seemingly seemed to be a tourist attraction for the host nation. This time round, the host broadcaster being SVT, would like to change the perception and as a matter of fact, a director, photographer and a technical coordinator will visiting each of the participating countries and shooting a video of each artist in a short movie format. The idea has been endorsed by the participating broadcasters for the reason that whilst it promotes all of the thirty-nine (39) acts in their natural environment, it is also innovate and never been done before.
The very first postcard shot was that of Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson who will be representing Iceland in the second semi-final with the track Ég á líf. The team of professionals will be heading to France on Thuesday in order to shoot Amandine Bourgeois and then Italy for the postcard of Marco Mengoni. Sven Stojanovic, the Creative Director and co-producer of the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö would like to see the people connect with each respective artist and get a glimpse into their personal lives. SVT is showing true signs of professionalism working with some of the leading companies in entertainment including Camp David and Broken Doll who will be taking care of the video recordings, and the graphics such as the scoreboards for example. Such renowned companies serve as a backdrop to what should prove to be a successful edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.
Source: SVT, Eurovision.tv
Malta was not the only country selecting the entry for the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest last night noting that Iceland were also making their decision and following a public and jury vote, it was decided that two entries would compete for the role and these were none other than Ég á líf performed by Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson and Ég syng! sung by Unnur Eggertsdóttir, which competed in two different semi-finals, in which they were presumably the winners. The tele-voting had the most pivotal say in the final outcome though especially with Iceland having chosen qualifying entries for the past five years.
When the result was announced, it was decided that the winning song would be Ég á Líf, a beautiful ballad performed by Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson, co-written by Örlygur Smári and Pétur Örn Guðmundsson. This is definitely not a new songwriting team having also worked with Gerard James Borg and Chiara in recent years. Iceland never won the Eurovision Song Contest. Their closest result was a 2nd in 2009 with the song Is It True? performed by Yohanna and in 1999 with All Out of Luck performed in 1999. This year are competing in the first part of the second semi-final alongside Malta. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest results.
Source: RUV, Eurovision.tv
SVT, the broadcaster responsible for the Swedish participation and this years’ edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is looking to downsize on recent editions of the international showcase whilst still keeping the element of innovation and success in tact. For the very first time since 1995, following in the footsteps of Mary Kennedy, there will be only one host and she will be female. There has been a number of rumours going round about who was to be tipped for the role considering that there were a number of possible candidates but ultimately, it was decided that Petra Mede was the one, and following contact between the renowned comedian and the broadcaster, it was unanimously agreed that she takes on the role.
Petra Mede is definitely an intriguing choice, having achieved the limelight thanks to her stand-up comedy, first exhibited during the Bungy Comedy Competition held in March of 2005. Following her initial exposure, she was subsequently invited to appear in a number of television programmes and spearheaded into the limelight when SVT, had asked her to host the 2009 edition of the Melodifestivalen showcase which is the Swedish national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, and which spans on for a total of six weeks, including four semi-finals, a second chance and a final. In recent years, she has hosted her own television programme known as the Petra Mede Show on TV3 and has been invited to host a number of special occasions. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.
Source: SVT, Eurovision.tv
With the dawn of a new year come the preparations of another edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and one of the main events that will be taking place in the lead up to the competition is the allocation draw which will see thirty three (33) countries being drawn up in one of the two semi-finals that will be taking place in Malmö, Sweden. The remaining six countries; Italy, France, Spain Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom will be told in which semi-final they will have voting rights and thus making up the full list of thirty nine (39) countries in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest following the return of Armenia and the withdrawal of Bosnia & Herzegovina, Portugal, Turkey and Slovakia respectively.
The allocation draw is set to take place in the Old City Hall of Malmö at 14:00 CET on the 17th January 2013 and will also see the Mayor of Baku exchanging the symbolic key of the competition to the Mayor of Malmö in what has been coined as the Host City Insignia Ceremony, It is expected that the theme art as well as the branding of the showcase will also be revealed on this special day making it one to be noted. The European Broadcasting Union made it a point to remind fans and broadcasters alike that there will not be a running order of the show done in the traditional manner noting that the producers will ultimately select the slot of performance as per the genre of the track. In 2012, Malta was drawn in semi-final two and qualified with This Is The Night finishing in twenty-second place in the final. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.
Quality has become one of the increasing factors in the Eurovision Song Contest and it has to be noted that those who eventually succeed are being picked up or rather promoted by major recording labels and one of the nations who has been improving is surely Lithuania and during the evening, it was well noted that their song selection was even better than last year with a number of possible representatives. This proves to be an endearing quality as the country would be moving into a positive direction and considering the fact that they qualified for the past two editions of the international showcase, they have high hopes heading to Sweden. At the end of the evening, the eventual winner was none other than Andrius Pojavis with the track Something.
Andrius is not an absolute newcomer to music having been a part of the rock scene a couple of years back fronting a number of local bands but nevertheless, he decided to take up a solo career and one which seems to be getting a lot of positive acclaim especially considering that he has managed to overcome some of the most notable favourites of the evening to emerge as the winner. There are a number of doubts especially in the awkward performance this evening noting that this song either needs to be shown with a band or other alone as he had done within the semi-final stage of the preselection process. On the other hand, there is a lot of resemblance in the chorus to the Swiss entry from 2009 entitled The Highest Heights by Lovebugs which did not manage to make it through to the final. The other acts in the super-final were Girmantė Vaitkutė with Time to Shine and Gerai Gerai & Miss Sheep with War in the Warderobe. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news about the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.
The millennium signified a host of brand new changes in the world of the Eurovision Song Contest noting that Stockholm boasted an incredible showcase of talent with the most imperious form of production available to mankind at that moment in time. During that year, Latvia decided to enter the fray therefore giving way for debut of yet another Baltic country joining the likes of Lithuania and Estonia respectively. Two years into their appearances, they finished as the winners thanks to Marie N and her entry I Wanna which beat 7th Wonder performed by Ira Losco on behalf of Malta into second place. Nevertheless, that would be their pinnacle thus far, only maintaining a top ten result, one other time thanks to Walters and Kazha with the track The War Is Not Over and failing to qualify for the past four years including earlier this year when Anmary performed her Beautiful Song in Baku, Azerbaijan. LTV announced the selection process for 2013, which will be involving a number of changes with the hope of regaining entry into the finals for the first time since 2008.
The producer of the upcoming selection, Zita Kamisnka, has spoken very positively about the Latvian music industry and the record they boast in a number of international competitions 'Latvia has an incredible experience in singing festivals and events, and, to my mind, it is about time to transfer this feeling of togetherness and enthusiasm to popular music events as well. That is the main reason to change the format.' The brand new selection format will incorporate; two semi-final shows, each comprising of twelve songs each in which six songs from each will ultimately qualify to the final. The semi-final dates have been set for the 8th and 9th February whilst the final has been scheduled for the 16th February, always 2013 in the city of Ventspils, which has been a proud sponsor of the Eirodziesma event for quite some time. The changes in the selection format are set to emulate the idea brought forth by the Eesti Laul competition in Estonia and it is important to note that for the first time in quite a long time, foreign songwriters could submit entries as long as they are performed by artists who are either Latvian or reside in the country. The winner will ultimately be chosen through a 50% split in Jury and Tele-Voting. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as we follow the road to who will succeed Anmary in Malmo, Sweden.
Source: LTV, Eurovision.tv
Sweden is currently in the process of preparing Europe for a grand spectacle according to various reports in the local media who have acknowledged that the specific team appointed to look after the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest are currently brainstorming and taking up decisions but nevertheless, the preparations for Melodifestivalen are also underway with the songs having been listened to by the respective juries and the names of the semi-finals to be revealed quite soon. In the meantime though, a second entrant by the name of Elin Petersson has been officially confirmed as making it through to the live stages of the competition having won the official online competition with the song Island which she wrote herself, something which Christer Bjorkman is apparently extremely proud of.
The top five results of the jury seemed to be quite unanimous because it seems that they had a strong positive feeling towards the vocals of Elin Petersson. In fact, Christer Bjorkman who is this years' producer of the Eurovision Song Contest knew that she would be the one. The idea behing having a public competition is to ensure that there is someone who is not backed up from a label with the ability to not only garner the exposure but to have a major experience in an event which is watched by thousands of people. The names of the rest of the semi-finals will be announced soon and it seems that there will be quite a couple of big surprises according to most of the Swedish tabloids with the possibility of two former winners of the Eurovision Song Contest fighting it out to represent Sweden on home soil following the Loreen victory with Euphoria. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about Sweden in the coming days and weeks.
RÚV, the Icelandic broadcaster responsible for the participation of the nation in the Eurovision Song Contest has decided to keep the selection format as it has been in the past couple of years, bearing the title Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins and featuring a total of three semi-finals and then a final stage in which qualifiers from each evening would compete against each other. Since 2004, the year in which the semi-finals where introduced, the country has made it through to the final six out of nine times, and five of them come in a consecutive manner starting with Euroband and their entry This Is My Life in 2008 to this years' Never Forget performed by Greta Salome & Jonsi. It seems that there is renewed interest to go to the annual music event, maybe just for the fact that it will be closer to home than it has been in a very long time with Sweden hosting the event in the city of Malmo, which is very much on the outskirts of Denmark.
The amount of submissions received by the broadcaster is that of 240 in total with the submission deadline being at midnight on the 8th October 2012. There were a number of hopefuls queuing up quite late to make sure that their entries are put into the selection process which will now be analyzed internally by a panel of judges. It seems that the interest in each selection is higher this year noting that that even neighbouring country Denmark had a submission increase with Finland staying within the same numbers as they were last year. Quality is key and that is why, Sweden were not worried when they missed quite a good number from the previous year noting that a total of 2549 entries were submitted. It will be quite intriguing whether former representatives at the Eurovision Song Contest will be participating this year and whether each songwriter would have more than a song in the fold. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com in the coming weeks for more news about the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.
Spectacular does not even begin to describe the hype created with the annual Melodifestivalen noting that in recent years, the profile has risen due to the positive results that the Scandinavian country has enjoyed including a victory earlier this year thanks to Loreen and her entry Euphoria and also a second runner-up in the previous years thanks to Eric Saade and his track Popular. Whilst it seems that the interest has decreased in terms of submissions received, the quality might have reason sharply according to the popular Swedish tabloid; Aftonbladet which has gone on record stating that one of the entries submitted in the competition is co-written by none other than Carly Rae Jepsen who is currently topping charts all over the world with her single Call Me Maybe and also her debut studio album; Kiss.
The experience of a songwriter is somewhat different but Carly Rae herself has gone on record stating that she loves to write tracks for herself and others and the fruit of this is surely started to show. The singer in question is Hilda Stenhalm, a young sixteen year old who has just had her big break on television, voicing the female roles for Disney Cartoons whilst also appearing a number of original shows in the vein that Eric Saade had done in the past. Nevertheless, her talent has been noticed by one of the most notable record labels in Sweden; Roxy Recordings which boasts the likes of former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Malena Ernman, Eric Saade and Melodifestivalen finalists; Agnes and Sarah Dawn Finer. It is yet unclear whether the song made it through to the final stages of Melodifestivalen but Christer Bjorkman would not miss such an opportunity to have such a star on one of the tracks in the competition which he has developed over the years. Stay tuned for all the latest news on escflashmalta.com in the coming days and weeks.