23 January 2018

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 most intriguing nations to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest is surely Denmark noting that they have become quite successful in recent years with top five finishes in a row, something that France did during 2001 and 2002 thanks to Natasha St Pier and Sandrine Francois. This year, their hopes lie on the ever so charming Soluna Samay who is performing the song Should've Known Better written by Chief 1, Remee and Isam B. They are posed to qualify and the betting odds as well as the polls suggest that this could yet be another positive result for the Scandinavian country even though the song is once more very middle of the road and making me lose interest in it every time it is performed. Nevertheless most of the people who hear it in the semi-final would be listening to it for the very first time.

Despite a large amount of positive results during the years, Denmark have only won the competition on two occasions, the last one being in 2000 thanks to the Olsen Brothers and their entry Fly On The Wings of Love which surprised everyone by running to victory. The following year, their entry had been my number one with Never Ever Let You by Rollo & King featuring the typical Scandinavian Pop sound which was very much in vogue at the time. As already mentioned, their success in recent years has prompted the nation for the possibility of another positive result. In this interview with Soluna Samay, Juergen Boernig and Lilian Brunell discuss the fact that she is representing Denmark, see more facts and details about her background and ultimately analyse the name of the singer and where it comes from. Make sure to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more exclusive interviews.

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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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It has been quite an interesting process in recent weeks as a set of individual experts in the music field analyse the tracks competing in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest which is set to take place in Baku, Azerbaijan for the very first time following the victory of Ell & Nikki with the song Running Scared. Many people view the number #13 as a superstitious digit and therefore, some countries might be very disapproving of their running order but nevertheless, the position has been taken up by one of the leading contenders for qualification and that is none other than Soluna Samay who will be representing Denmark with the song 'Should've Known Better' which won the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix earlier this year despite the tough competition that it had to face. The track has been written by Chief 1, Remee & Isam B who already have a host of hits to their name. 

Remée and Chief 1 first discovered Soluna Samay through the social medias when they were looking for a solo singer to perform their wild card entry at the Danish Melodi Grand Prix 2012. On the other hand they could easily have met Soluna on the street, where she often performs as a busker, both in Copenhagen and in other big cities around Europe. The 21-year-old singer/song writer has been doing this throughout her whole life, visiting many of the world’s continents, performing and singing her songs. 

Soluna Samay started singing in the streets at the age of 6, helping her father out, making a living as he performed in streets and alleys all over the world. Her father taught her how to play the drums, the double bass and the guitar, and before the age of 10 Soluna was writing her first songs. Since then she has played, both on her own and together with her father, earning a living every summer. When the Danes first met Soluna, it was on TV for the Danish Melodi Grand Prix, and immediately she stole their hearts. She won the votes of the Danish fans, and thereby also the honour of representing Denmark at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Baku. When she was initially contacted by Chief 1 in December, and heard the song, she had never imagined she would be getting this experience. 

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Soluna Samay was born and raised in Guatemala, by her German father and her Swiss-German mother. At the age of 10 the family moved to Denmark, settling down on the small island of Bornholm. As many others before them, they fell in love with Denmark, and bought a small country house which they renovated. Today Soluna lives in Copenhagen, one of the many places she considers home. When you have lived this many places, travelling and performing all over Europe and the world, you get a special relationship to people, cities and countries. A way of living which has taught Soluna a lot throughout the years and which she values highly in her life. This background is the reason that she masters 5 languages. She feels like a world citizen.

When Soluna sings her own songs you can tell that she has something on her mind. But this is also the case when she sings and interprets songs by other composers. She makes the songs relevant and sings them as if they where her own. When they first met Soluna, Isam B, Chief 1 and Remée were so moved by her voice and her personality, that there was no question that she was the right singer to perform their song in the Danish Melodi Grand Prix. Remée and Chief 1 (creators of the record label REACH) have, as individual artists, producers and songwriters achieved many successes. They are responsible for well over 30 million worldwide record sales. Among other achievements one can mention the prestigious ‘Ivor Novello’ award for one of the most played songs in the United Kingdom in 10 years being Jamelia’s Superstar.

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Moroccan Isam B is the well-known front man in the Danish hip-hop group ‘Outlandish’. They have a huge hit with the song Aicha topping the charts in several countries such as Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden and Norway. Should’ve Known Better could easily have been written about Soluna’s own life and that makes it easy for her to personify the meaning of the song. “The song is very beautiful and it touches people when they hear it” Soluna explains. “I am looking forward to singing the song on the big stage in Baku in May, where my grandparents in Switzerland and Germany will have the opportunity to watch and vote for me”. When Soluna goes on stage in Baku it will be an international performance. Her band consists of musicians of different nationalities, which makes sense as it brings the vibe she feels as a world citizen.

Soluna Samay is a true musician; she is versatile in her music and in her visual expression. It is exactly this diversity that makes her very present and loveable. She understands how to reach out to an audience whether it is on the street or in front of thousands of TV viewers. She has a gift like very few, she makes people stop and listen, allowing themselves to be consumed in her universe. In Spanish sun is “Sol” and moon is “Luna” and in-between is the star, Soluna.

The Critics Voice Their Opinion

Jan Van Dijck 

  • A strong pop song, well performed by Soluna. Although the song’s ambience brings me back to the 2010 Swedish Eurovision entry “This is my life” performed by Anna Bergendahl. This song deserves to be in the Grand Final! and hence I will give it a total of eight (8) points from my side of the scoreline. 

Knut-Oyvind Hagen

  • Denmark’s song and singer this year is as sweet as the country itself. A song of the kind that deserves a life outside Eurovision, as it is pleasant for radio and for all ages. However, for me this isn’t a Eurovision winner, I don’t want it to win the whole competition, and I’m surprised that it is number 3 on the betting charts. But good luck, lovely neighbour!


  • A great song with good lyrics and melody. Soluna Samay is credible as an artist and performs it with such an outstanding expression, communicating the songs true message. You can’t stop listening to this song, it's a given favourite. Nine (9) points is the amount we have decided to award this entry.

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Entry Background

Performer: Soluna Samay

Composers: Chief 1 & Remee

Authors: Chief 1, Remee & Isam B

Song: Should've Known Better

Language: English

Broadcaster: DR

History of the Nation

Denmark first took part in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1957, meaning the year following the creation of the esteemed competition and by virtue of finishing in third place, they seemed to set up a positive set of years ahead of them. Their first victory would ultimately come in 1963 thanks to the duet between Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann with the song Dansevise but would ultimately have to wait until 2000 for another victory which would be achieved by the Olsen Brothers and their track Fly On The Wings of Love. Since the millennium, the nation has been quite successful finishing in the top ten a total of five times including two consecutive top five finishes in 2010 thanks to Chanée and N'evergreen and the song In a Moment Like This as well as in 2011 when A Friend In London performed the track New Tomorrow.

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