13 December 2017

In just over 24 hours, the Grand Final of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place with 26 participants; 10 from the 1st semi-final, 10 from the 2nd semi-final, the 'Big 5' and the 'host country' all vying for the trophy, and the chance to host the international spectacle next year.

Following the aftermath of the Thursday show, the production team of the competition led by SVT sat down with the EBU and created a running order based on the halves that they drew at the post show press conference.

As a matter of fact, the proposed draw was unanimously approved by the EBU Executive Supervisor, Jon Ola Sand and the Chairman of the Reference Group, Dr. Frank-Dieter. This year's final will be taking place at the Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden and will be hosted by Mans Zelmerlow and Petra Mede, who have led the two semi-finals successfully.

01. Belgium

02. Czech Republic

03. The Netherlands

04. Azerbaijan

05. Hungary

06. Italy

07. Israel

08. Bulgaria

09. Sweden

10. Germany

11. France

12. Poland

13. Australia

14. Cyprus

15. Serbia

16. Lithuania

17. Croatia

18. Russia

19. Spain

20. Latvia

21. Ukraine

22. Malta

23. Georgia

24. Austria

25. United Kingdom

26. Armenia

On behalf of the escflashmalta.com, we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for following the minute-by-minute commentary on Facebook and Twitter, led by Claudia Faniello and Karen DeBattista during the 1st semi-final, and by Janice Debattista and Brooke Borg during the 2nd semi-final. In the final, it will be conducted by Julie Pomorski and Franklin Calleja.

We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news about Malta's participation in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, led by singer/songwriter Ira Losco who will be performing "Walk on Water", co-written alongside Tim Larsson, Tobias Lundgren, Molly Pettersson Hammar and Lisa Desmond  in slot #22.

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Whilst the story of the Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest unraveled at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta, an established local male singer/songwriter, Geordie DeBono was making a name for himself and his country at the Universong Festival in Tenerife. Finishing in 3rd place with the original song "Not Alone", composed by Andrew Zahra to the lyrics of Deo Grech was a positive feat, and continued Malta's success in the international competition with former participants such as; Corazon, Audrey Marie, Morena and Eleanor Cassar all managing to finish in 3rd place or better.

This year, the Universong Festival featured participants from Peru, Latvia, Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Chile, Lithuania, Bulgaria and the United Kingdom. In Malta, Geordie DeBono had last taken part in the International Festival of Maltese Song with "Kuraġġ", an original song written solely by Philip Vella, which finished in 5th place, and had also won the public vote. On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to wish Geordie congratulations for this successful result, whilst also hoping that you, our readers will stay tuned to this portal even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

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In Vienna, the capital city of Austria, dress rehearsals for the final night of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 are currently taking place, as twenty (20) participating countries were selected from the semi-finals through a mixture of public and jury voting in order to join the seven (7) pre-determined finalists, who secured their place as part of the guidelines of the event, as set forth by the European Broadcasting Union.

As participants drew their part of the running order in the post semi-final press conferences, the excitement grew with regards to how the final line-up will look like, and in the wee hours of morning, the European Broadcasting Union made public the running order in which each of the finalists will be presenting their respective entry.

01. Slovenia

02. France

03. Israel

04. Estonia

05. United Kingdom

06. Armenia

07. Lithuania

08. Serbia

09. Norway

10. Sweden

11. Cyprus

12. Australia

13. Belgium

14. Austria

15. Greece

16. Montenegro

17. Germany

18. Poland

19. Latvia

20. Romania

21. Spain

22. Hungary

23. Georgia

24. Azerbaijan

25. Russia

26. Albania

27. Italy

Unfortunately, Malta is not part of this line-up, despite the fact that Amber gave a stunning interpretation of her entry "Warrior", her original entry penned by Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca to the composition of Elton Zarb. Nevertheless, we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter as our LIVE blogging continues, with Antoine Farrugia, Marc Calleja Bayliss, Brooke Borg and Davinia Pace during the final night of the worlds' most prestigious event in Malta.

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The European Broadcasting Union made an official announcement this morning that 39 countries have submit paperwork to participate in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria. Despite the withdrawal of Ukraine, this is relatively exciting news, as the event will feature two more countries than last year, following the return of Serbia, Cyprus and the Czech Republic. Malta is one of the few countries to have selected both the singer, and the entry, with Amber set to perform "Warrior" written by Elton Zarb and Matthew Mercieca in one of the two semi-finals.

The participating countries are as follow; Albania, Armenia, Austria (Host), Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France (Big 5), FYR Macedonia, Georgia, Germany (Big 5), Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy (Big 5), Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain (Big 5), Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom (Big 5).

The European Broadcasting Union has also divided the semi-finals with respective number of participants, due to the fact that the number of participating countries is odd. As a result, 16 countries will partake in the 1st semi-final on the 19th May, as opposed to 17 countries which will partake in the 2nd semi-final on the 21st May. The allocation draw will take place on the 26th January, and will be streamed live through the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

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Emma Marrone, the female singer/songwriter who represented Italy in this year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "La Mia Città", receiving the maximum 12 points from Malta, has just teamed up with Spanish singer/songwriter and superstar David Bisbal on an original song, one entitled "Hombre Te Du Vida".

Despite the disappointing 21st position in Copenhagen, Emma aims to follow in the footsteps of Marco Mengoni, representative of Italy in the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with "L'Essenziale", a song which finished in 7th place, and got rave reviews from all over the continent, by launching a career in Spain. We urge you to listen to the track below and stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

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Brequette, a female singer/songwriter from Spain who tried her luck in representing Spain in this year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, with the song "Mas", eventually missing out by the slimmest of margins and finishing in second place, has just released a brand new single. "Puzzle Together" is very similar to global hit "Love On Top", performed by Beyonce, and features a fusion of pop, soul and that bit of rhythm and blues. The combination of the genres is extremely infectious and signals a positive move by the singer/songwriter.

The brand new single, which is currently available for purchase on both iTunes and Google Play is released by Warner Music Spain, the record label which in the past has provided us with El Sueno de Morfeo and Pastora Soler, the latter finishing in tenth place at the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest held in Baku, Azerbaijan. Brequette is being touted as a possible future representative for Spain, especially after finishing in second place with the public and first place with the panel of professional judges, which we remind you included superstar, Monica Naranjo. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.


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It is almost 2 o'clock in the morning and the energy levels are slowly dwindling but nevertheless, we had to stay up in order to note down the running order for the final of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, as decided by the European Broadcasting Union. Following each of the semi-finals, a partial draw took place where the respective artist of the qualified country picked out a piece of paper stating whether they would perform in the first or the second half.

Performing first during the second semi-final was actually the right call by the European Broadcasting Union considering that it gave the show a feel good factor, one which definitely got the crowd in the arena and at home going. As the qualifiers were revealed, Malta was the sixth nation to be called out, calming down the bundle of nerves that had built up over the course of the evening. During the press conference, Richard drew the second half of the draw, which creating exciting prospects. We are now pleased to confirm that Malta will perform in slot number #22.

  1. Ukraine
  2. Belarus
  3. Azerbaijan
  4. Iceland
  5. Norway
  6. Romania
  7. Armenia
  8. Montenegro
  9. Poland
  10. Greece
  11. Austria
  12. Germany
  13. Sweden
  14. France
  15. Russia
  16. Italy
  17. Slovenia
  18. Finland
  19. Spain
  20. Switzerland
  21. Hungary
  22. Malta
  23. Denmark
  24. The Netherlands
  25. San Marino
  26. United Kingdom

The editorial team of escflashmalta.com would like to thank our esteemed readers for following the comments of Karen DeBattista, Simon Casey and Christabelle throughout the course of the evening. We encourage you to visit our social media pages on Saturday when Daniel Testa, Matt Mercieca and Danica Muscat will be the guest writers. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

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Thursday, 03 April 2014 14:21

Spain: Interview with Ruth Lorenzo (ESC 14)

In recent years, escflashmalta.com has been on the forefront in chatting to artists who would be heading to the Eurovision Song Contest and hopefully representing their country and achieving a positive result. Next up is Ruth Lorenzo who will be representing Spain with the song Dancing in the Rain co-written with Julian Emery and James Lawrence Irvin. She speaks of her time on the British version of the X Factor and her music career since then.

It was once remarked that one could never go wrong by performing a piano led ballad at the Eurovision Song Contest and it seems that Dancing in the Rain, co-written by Julian Emery and James Lawrence Irvin ticks such boxes. Why did you select this song to submit for the preselection and could you talk us through the creative process?

I wrote this song about 3 years ago, and at first many artists asked me if I could give it to them, but I always resisted. I knew it was a special song. When the opportunity of Eurovision came up I knew that ‘Dancing in the Rain’ was the best song. I selected it because it is really special to me and because of it’s message of hope and encouragement.

In the national selection a couple of weeks back, you had to endure an extremely fierce competition for a number of extremely talented artists including fan favourite Brequette who also ended up winning the vote of the professional panel of judges. What did you personally think of her entry Run and were you ever in talks with RTVE to represent Spain as an internally selected artist?

I think that Brequette’s song is amazing. She did such a good job that night. There were initial talks about an internal selection, but RTVE finally decided to let the public decide.

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Despite the process though, you were clearly selected as the representative of the public which in turn gives you a lot of confidence to carry out their will in what is the most followed global event in music. Other artists describe that moment as a mixture of emotions, and thus comes the question, what were you thinking as the votes of the tele-voting were being read out?

I literally cannot remember! I was so nervous... I didn’t think I was going to win. Actually, when the result was said, I still did not know I had won!! The moment I relized I could not believe it so I started shouting!! I felt so much happiness because I have worked so, so much!

An emotional rendition of True Colors, originally by Cyndi Lauper is the song which got you through to the final phase of the X Factor, having been chosen by Danni Minogue and guest judge Emma Bunton to move forward. What were you thinking of whilst performing the song and why did you decide to audition for the British version of the X Factor in front of music mogul Simon Cowell?

It was a last minute decision! I was in my hometown Murcia and I decided to pack a suitcase and travel to London to audition for The X Factor. I thought it would be a great opportunity but obviously never expected to get so far!! It has been one of the best experiences of my whole life and career.

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Away from the X Factor, and back in Spain, you have released at least two successful singles, one in 2011 entitled Burn and of course Dancing in the Rain, both of whic which peaked in the top twenty at number #16 and number #7 respectively. What many do not understand is why you took that much time to release new material following your stint on the reality talent show, care to explain?

After The X Factor I signed to EMI and worked during more than a year on songs for my album. But things did not go well because the record label and I had different visions of my project, so I decided to leave the record deal and start working independantly. That’s why it took so long for me to release material.

The Eurovision Song Contest is a global event watched by music fanatics all over the continent and beyond noting a strong following in Australia and the United States, with the European Broadcasting Union also introducing it to New Zealand this year. What do you plan in terms of performance for the night of the final and who will be joining you on stage?

I cannot wait!! We are still putting the finishing touched to everything. For the moment I can confirm I will be joined by 4 amazing backing singers!!

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Most of the countries will have to get through a semi-final phase of the competition before coming up against you in the final of this prestigious event. Have you had the opportunity to listen to any of the songs taking part this year, and if so, would you be able to tell us your favourites?

I have listened to most of them! I love the entries from UK and Ireland. And of course I love Conchita! The Malta song really surprised me this year! I love it because in some way it reminds me of one of my favourite groups at the moment, Mumford and Sons!

Would you like to say anything to your fans and our readers at escflashmalta.com?

Thanks so much for reading my interview! I hope you enjoy my song ‘Dancing in the Rain’ and see you in Denmark!!!!! xx

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Sunday, 23 February 2014 00:45

Spain: Public Award Victory to Ruth Lorenzo

Ruth Lorenzo, a former finalist in the British version of the X Factor and once hailed by Simon Cowell as the one with the right mixture of talent and looks will be representing Spain in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest following an extremely tight voting session in which the jury and the public did not agree. As a matter of fact, it was Brequette who topped the scored following the votes of Mónica Naranjo, David Bustamante and Merche with Ruth Lorenzo being put in second place. In the Eurovision Song Contest, she will perform Dancing in the Rain co-written with Jim Irvin and Julian Emery.

RTVE hosted a national selection with five (5) artists but prior to the show being aired, it was a two-way race, even as exhibited in the past week on iTunes. Ruth Lorenzo stated in an interview a couple of weeks ago that the British Broadcasting Corporation had already asked her to represent the United Kingdom but she intended to represent her home country, even if it meant going through a tedious selection process which almost saw her finish in second place. In my opinion, Spain went for the better choice and this could see them re-ignite the interest that saw Pastora Soler finish in tenth place. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

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Saturday, 22 February 2014 21:45

Spain: Mira Quién Va a Eurovisión - LIVE

Buenas Noches! Spain have been known to mix-it-up when it comes to selecting their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest and have in turn decided to organise a national selection in 2014. Entitled Mira Quién Va A Eurovisión, five (5) artists will be taking to the RTVE studios to perform their prospective entries LIVE in front of the general public and the professional jury, made up of three top music stars; Mónica Naranjo, David Bustamante and Merche. You may follow all of the action through the direct stream being offered by the Official Website of the Eurovision Song Contest as from 22:00 CET.

Anna Igartiburu, the female hostess of the evening will make sure that everything runs smoothly as the master of ceremonies, hoping that nothing goes wrong, as it has in the past. Quién Va A Eurovisión will be taking place following two (2) internal selections which achieved mixed results for Spain with Pastora Soler reaching tenth (10th) place in 2012 and El Sueno de Morfeo languishing in the penultimate spot with just five (5) points. If this years' crop of entries are performed well enough, it could actually prove to be one of the most successful national finals of the season with all five (5) songs being relatively catchy and radio friendly.

The Show (Part 1)

Anne Igartiburu, our hostess for the evening is joined by five (5) male dancers, and suddently, we have a raging performance of former hits from the Eurovision Song Contest. The audience is really warm and one could understand how much it means to them to succeed in this competition. Anne is now speaking to a mermaid and if you think I am drunk, you are wrong because someone in the form of a mermaid is currently in the studios. Well, each of the competing acts have come forward to perform what is set to be the snippet used for the recap od this evenings' national selection. The jury is also introduced and the public are somewhat startstruck to see the wonderful Monica Naranjo.

Brequette - Más (Run) (Thomas G:son / Tony Sanchez)

... and the first act on stage is Brequette who is clad in a white dress. The staging is kept simplistic with green lasers used in the beginning of the performance before finally switching to a mixture of blue, green and pink. The vocals in the beginning of the song are a little bit strained but nevertheless, she does get the hang of it as the song evolves. The public have gone crazy for the first performance of the evening though and it seems that she is indeed one of the favourites.

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Dama - Estrella Fugaz (Shooting Star) (Melendi)

Dama! I am in love with the stage name! Wearing a beautiful white gown, and making full use of the lighting in the studio, she seems to be enjoying her moment with a full blown wind machine. On stage, she is joined by an unneccessary band. Still, the focus is all on her and her vocals are pristine for most of the three (3) minutes. In the bridge, she comes forward but is making horrid facial expressions. I can see this song being a fan-favourite if chosen but then ranking badly in the actual final.

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Ruth Lorenzo - Dancing In The Rain (Ruth Lorenzo / Jim Irvin / Julian Emery)

... she has been the one to watch out for according to iTunes sales, and considering her past endeavours on the British X Factor, she was always going to be the favourite. Clad in a white/silver fishtail gown, Ruth is enjoying her outing on the National Broadcaster. She has declined the role of British representative, hence she is definitely hoping for victory this evening. Her vocals are very good considering the long high notes she has to present. She is joined on stage by three (3) female backing vocalists and a pianist.

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Jorge González - Aunque Se Acabe El Mundo (Rodríguez / Nicolás / Fuentes / Fernández)

Well, it would be incredibly silly not to see that Jorge has been blessed with latin looks and he makes good use of them through dance moves and a choreography aided by four equally dashing young men who also play the violins (sort of). The vocals are strong, especially when one takes into account the choreography that he is performing. Whilst I expect this one to be a fan favourite should it be victorious, I think it could work in the Eurovision Song Contest but we thought Soraya would do well. This is very well performed and could cause a surprise.

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Raúl - Seguir Sin Ti (Go On Without You) (Duque & Sánchez)

It has been a relatively quick evening in Spain. We are already in our fifth song of the evening with the former first runner-up Raul taking to the stage and performing the most traditional ballad tonight. His vocals are definitely in my top two this evening. He might look a tad too stressed on stage but nevertheless, this has not hampered his performance. Keeping it simple with violinists and a bongo, that was beautiful but I just cannot see it winning or doing well in the Eurovision Song Contest.

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The Show (Part 2)

Anne is currently chatting to the professional members of the jury who are seemingly discussing amongst themselves on who is the best considering that this line-up is just outstanding. David Bustamante is congratulating all of the acts this evening whilst Monica takes a short break. Gisela who represented Andorra in 2008 is now on stage performing a medley of hits from the Eurovision Song Contest. Afterwards, she speaks to Anne about her upcoming musical, an original entitled Gisela and the Magic Book.

Brequette won the Jury vote, but Ruth Lorenzo won the Public Vote, meaning that despite the tie, it will be Ruth Lorenzo who will represent Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest with Dancing In The Rain.

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