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
SVT, host broadcaster of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest has to pick an entry for the upcoming international showcase but many believe that the standard in the 2013 Melodifestivalen did not really live up to the expectations. Ten entries will be vying to represent Sweden at the upcoming edition of the competition having qualified through semi-finals and a second chance stage. It is important to denote that whilst there are a number of expected tracks in the selection process, it seems that variety was the initial idea behind the whole general concept and that is why, people might sceptic about the ones competing this coming Saturday evening.
There seems to have been a general consensus amongst fans that most of the best songs were left either in the second chance or the semi-final stages of the competition and that does not really bode well for a country which will need to show that following a victory, they could achieve another really strong result. Nevertheless, the varied line-up is definitely going to prove difficult to both the public and the international jury who will be casting their vote in a weeks' time. For the past two years, Malta has been a part of the foreign jury although the nations involved this time round have yet to be revealed by SVT, the broadcaster. Below you could see all of the ten finalists within their respective running order.
- Tell The World I'm Here - Ulrik Munther (G:Son / Bostrom / Munther)
- Skyline - David Lindgren (Fuentes / Nordenback / Fast)
- Falling - State of Drama (Werner / Hallifax / Gullhamn / Hallifax)
- Begging - Anton Ewald (Kempe / Malmberg Hard af Segerstad)
- Only the Dead Fish Follow the Stream - Louise Hoffsten (Hoffsten / Bjurman / Orn)
- Bed on Fire - Ralf Gyllenhammar (Gyllenhammar / Wilhelmsson)
- En riktig jävla schlager - Ravaillacz (Jennstig / Goldkuhl / Dorsin)
- Copacabanana - Sean Banan (Lindholm / Samadi / Blomberg / Larsson)
- You - Robin Stjernberg (Stjernberg / Deb / Deb / Haukaas)
- Heartbreak Hotel - Yohio (Fransson / Lundgren / Larsson / Goranson)
Melodifestivalen has earned quite a positive reputation over the years for providing a number of intriguing moments in music noting that there have been a number of tracks which have earned some of the top accolades during the respective year in which they had been presented within the competition. There is a lot of hype about next years' selection process due to the fact that Sweden will be hosting the Eurovision Song Contest following the victory of Loreen with the track Euphoria. Earlier this morning, SVT which is the broadcaster in charge of the competition in the Scandinavian country revealed the first sixteen acts that will be competing in the 2013 edition of Melodifestivalen, those which make up the first two semi-finals with the last set of contestants set to be revealed today week.
Aftonbladet and Expressen have been pretty much into the selection process for quite some time and this is because the showcase has been dubbed to be the biggest music event that Sweden is known to produce hence forth, it does get the people talking. Amongst the list of names that have been announced today, some have been accurately predicted but others were more of a surprise. In fact, songwriters have become more common so to speak but then again, collaborations this time round are thought to be very different according to a number of sources who are close to the competition. Below we are publishing the first names that have been presented to the public, local and foreign media earlier this morning in a special press conference.
- Burning Flags - Cookies 'n' Beans (Fredrik Kempe)
- Gosa - Marie N'Diaye (Johan Åsgärde, Mattias Frändå & Mary N’Diaye)
- Heartbreak Hotel - Yohio (Johan Fransson, Tobias Lundgren, Tim Larsson, Henrik Göranson, Yohio)
- Paris - Jay-Jay Johanson (Jay-Jay Johanson)
- Porslin - Anna Järvinen (Björn Olsson, Martin Elisson)
- Skyline - David Lindgren (Fernando Fuentes, Henrik Nordenback, Christian Fast)
- Vi Kommer Aldrig Att Förlora - Eric Gadd (Eric Gadd, Thomas Stenström, Jacob Olofsson)
- We’re Still Kids - Michael Feiner & Caisa (Michael Feiner, Caisa Ahlroth)
- Annelie - Joacim Cans (Joacim Cans)
- Begging - Anton Ewald (Fredrik Kempe, Anton Malmberg Hård af Segerstad)
- Copacabanana - Sean Banan (Sean Banan, Ola Lindholm, Hans Blomberg, Joakim Larsson)
- Hello Goodbye - Erik Segerstedt & Tone Damli (Robin Fredriksson, Mattias Larsson, Måns Zelmerlöw)
- Make Me No.1 - Felicia Olsson (Amir Aly, Henrik Wikström, Ingela Pling Forsman, Maria Haukaas Mittet)
- On Top of the World - Pernilla Wahlgren, Hanna Hedlund & Jenny Silver (Peter Boström, Thomas G:son)
- Only the Dead Fish Follow the Stream - Louise Hoffsten (Louise Hoffsten, Sandra Bjurman, Stefan Örn)
In the past couple of weeks, Radio International has been somewhat extremely busy with preparing interviews with some of the leading individuals who make part of the history of the Eurovision Song Contest and this week, the hard work will bear fruit noting that Juergen Boernig and Eric Lehmann have been to the Antwerp Pride held in Belgium where they have had the chance to speak to none other than former winner of the competition Alexander Rybak as well as runner-up Paula Seling who are making a number of headlines following the release of their duet entitled I'll Show You which one could buy through the medium iTunes having been released under the CAP-Sounds label, one which has been known to support a variety of artists from Malta in the past couple of years including Fabrizio Faniello, Claudia Faniello and Christabelle amongst others.
Apart from those exclusive interviews which were recorded during the weekend and still yet to premiere, there was another interview taken a couple of weeks back in Sweden with none other than sensation Sean Banan whose entry in the Melodifestivalen entitled Sean den förste Banan reached the second chance round of the competition before falling to Thorsten Flinck & Revolutionsorkestern with the track bearing the name Jag reser mig igen. The programme will be supported by a number of interesting features as is always the case so expect a round up of the latest news brought to you by escXtra as well as escflashmalta.com whilst there will also be a host of new singles to be played for the very first time during the show and most likely debuting on radio and these tracks will be of none other than Lisa del Bo, Lovebugs, Paula Seling, Sandra Nurmsalu and Celine Dion. Radio International airs on Wednesday nights and you could listen to the programme live or even on demand through their official website.
Source: Team of Radio International, Eurosong.be