Graham Norton, the outspoken commentator on behalf of the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest invited Bonnie Tyler for his programme on BBC One prior to her departure to Malmö, Sweden where this years' international showcase is set to be held. Along with Bonnie Tyler, there were a number of guests including; Chris Pine (Star Trek), Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and Kim Cattrall (Sex and The City). During the interview with Bonnie Tyler, Graham revealed his favourites to be none other than Malta and Russia with Bonnie noting Denmark and The Netherlands. Believe In Me, co-written by Desmond Child, Lauren Christy and Christopher Braide will be the song representing the United Kingdom in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.
In 2009, Sir Terry Wogan stepped aside as commentator for the United Kingdom following his several years of service with people outside of the country opting to watch the show through the British Broadcasting Corporation. Graham Norton stepped in and has given the country ample promotion through both television and radio shows which he hosts through the same broadcasting network. It is definitely positive to hear that Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals provided by Gianluca is one of his favourite entries and this augurs well should Malta make it through to the final, the show on which he will be commentating. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest with our collaboration with Radio International and escXtra.com kicking off in just a matter of days.
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Sir Terry Wogan is somewhat British Royalty in the world of the Eurovision Song Contest and therefore, it comes as no surprise that Bonnie Tyler was invited to participate in his programme earlier this morning. Joined by four backing vocalists; two male and two female along with a male guitarist, she performed an acoustic version of Believe In Me, the song that she will be performing on behalf of the United Kingdom at the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Since leaving his commentary duties to Graham Norton, Sir Terry Wogan has continued to be a radio broadcaster, hosting the show Weekend Wogan on BBC Radio 2.
Bonnie has been doing a lot of press as of late, especially in the United Kingdom earning positive reviews of the track all over the nation in hope that she could earn more than twelve (12) points as achieved by Engelbert Humperdinck with his song Love Will Set You Free. Whilst the track itself has not really set the digital charts on fire in the United Kingdom, it has maintained it's entry and currently stands at around #387 on iTunes. The album from which it was taken entitled Rocks and Honey has had moderate success in mainland Europe including Germany and Switzerland where it peaked at number #59. We would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about Bonnie Tyler and the United Kingdom in this years' Eurovision Song Contest.
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Tomorrow, co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals provided by Gianluca will be representing Malta at upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Prior to leaving for the Scandinavian country of Sweden which will be hosting the international spectacle, the Public Broadcasting Services has sent the performer on a promotional tour which has already taken him to Armenia, The Netherlands, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary with a final visit to the United Kingdom planned over the course of the weekend. Every place which he has been invited has always led to a positive response thanks to a glowing smile and an always enthusiastic crowd which sings the song along with him.
Rehearsals in the forthnight leading up to the international spectacle are always essential to try and get the mood of the public, the journalists who will be covering the show, including those who will be collaborating with escflashmalta.com to bring you exclusive features, interviews and press conferences. Tomorrow was the first choice of the jury and the second choice of the public and it seems that this was indeed, the best possible choice for success abroad considering that the betting odds are the most favourable they have been in an extremely long time placing Malta in seventeenth (17th) place from a total of thirty-nine (39) countries competing. In the respective semi-final, Malta is touted to finish in an astonishing sixth (6th) place which is resoundingly a strong position. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about Gianluca and his participation on behalf of Malta.
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On a local level, a music market is already extremely difficult to tap into but when moving beyond the borders within other nations, then it truly becomes an adventure with the hope that the right promotion and exposure will be enough. A panel of music professionals have been listening to the entries that will be competing in the first semi-final of this years' Eurovision Song Contest with all of the sixteen (16) rounded up yesterday. It's time to change the perspective and move onto the three nations who will be giving their votes within the first evening and the first of these is none other than the United Kingdom whose entry entitled Believe In Me presented by the BBC is co-written by Desmond Child, Lauren Christy, Christopher Braide will be performed by Bonnie Tyler.
Perhaps best known for the classic Jim Steinman songs Total Eclipse Of The Heart and Holding Out For A Hero, Bonnie Tyler has had number one albums on both sides of the Atlantic, has been nominated for three Grammys, won the Yamaha World Song Festival, and has sold over 20 million records in her career so far. She continues to tour and play live shows constantly, which she loves to do. Tyler now has a brand new album, titled Rocks And Honey, and her Eurovision entry, Believe In Me, comes from that new record. "What makes our entry special is that we have a beautiful song by world class songwriter, Desmond Child, that appeals to a wide variety of people across borders, age groups and other dividing lines. It brings people together and that is an essential part of the purpose of the Eurovision Song Contest.
In Malmö I want to do my very best for my country, and for our wonderful song, but I also want to take a full part in the competition and look forward to working with, and enjoying, the artists from all of the participating nations. I have found inspiration in the work of great singers such as Janis Joplin and Bruce Springsteen, but most of all from my mother who sang opera beautifully. I am inspired every day by my 40 year long marriage to Robert, who was a Team GB competitor at the 1972 Olympic Games. I want to thank my fans for their unwavering support and love and ask them to spread the word about Believe In Me to everyone that they know. An interesting fact about our entry is that Desmond Child partially wrote this song at the dinner table at his house in Nashville whilst we were all eating together.
The Eurovision Song Contest is compulsive watching for me and it has given music some truly great artists, such as the wonderful Abba, and continues to give a truly unique opportunity to songwriters and performers." For nearly four decades, songwriter and producer Desmond Child has reigned as one of music's most successful creative forces. His list of accolades include his induction into The Songwriters Hall Of Fame in 2008, Grammy awards, 70 Top 40 singles, and songs that have sold over 300 million albums worldwide. Child's career has been highlighted by a stunning array of diversity. His collaborations run the gamut... from Bon Jovi and Aerosmith to Ricky Martin,.. from Kiss to Kelly Clarkson...from Mickey Mouse to Kermit The Frog and from Cher to Alice Cooper.
Despite having worked for nearly forty years as a writer, producer, and artist, Child remains energised and enthusiastic... ready to create hits indefinitely. "I was born with a certain drive and sense of destiny that keeps me going," says Child. "Maybe it was because I was born poor; I wanted to win for the family. I still put a lot of energy in what I do. I try to really live life, so I have new experiences that I can write about." The United Kingdom has a remarkable history at the Eurovision Song Contest noting that they have managed to finish in the first runner-up slot for a record fifteen times apart from winning the competition on four occasions, the last time being in 1997 thanks to Katrina & The Waves with the song Love Shine a Light. Rekindling their flame for the Eurovision Song Contest, the BBC have decided to send none other than Bonnie Tyler in 2013.
Professional Critics Voice their Opinion
Magnus Kaxe: One of my 80's favorite artists is back! I have always admired Bonnie Tyler for her great and strong voice. My first impression - it's a lot of autotune on Bonnie's voice. Will she be able to perform live? So what about the song? It's a Westlife-ish ballad song with a lot of emotion, but it's boring. This wouldn't even been an album track by Westlife. I'm disappointed.
Lina Eriksson: It's hard not to love a song when it's sung by Bonnie Tyler. Love, the lyrics, the voice ... the song.
Matt Mercieca (Muxu): The UK seem to be making it a habit of sending a well known artist, It never seems to do the job, and I'm not sure Bonnie has the power to do this with this song, BUT!!!!! I personally really like the song, I love Bonnie's quirky voice, I really like the structure of the song, and it has a really nice vibe, I do think its a good /strong song, but don't think it will make a huge impact on the festival, I love the pre-chorus, the way she sings it, is something I would use in my own song. Overall I really like it, I just don't believe it will do amazingly, its a good song for an album, maybe a third/final single off an album, but not to represent the UK in the Eurovision.
The Cultural Ambassador for Malta, Joseph Calleja is currently one of the most prominent figures in the world of classical music, having the opportunity to give performances across the globe. Decca, the classical subsidiary of Universal Music represents the renowned tenor and has released all of his material thus far including his top three charting albums, The Maltese Tenor in 2011 and Be My Love - A Tribute to Mario Lanza in 2012 respectively. In recent years, the success of his work has led to an extremely popular profile and as a matter of fact leads to the current state of affairs, a nomination in the inaugurual edition of The International Opera Awards.
The Hilton Park Lane in London, United Kingdom will be hosting the ceremony on the 22nd April 2013 and a massive turnout is expected to ensure continuation in the coming years. Joseph Calleja is nominated for the Best Male Singer Award and the public has the opportunity to aid their loyal ambassador with a vote, by clicking on this link here. Patriot is one of the best words used to describe Calleja noting that he has always ensured the promotion of the country abroad. In recent days, a German film crew filmed the most historical sites in the capital city of Valletta and Joseph Calleja acted as the tour guide for the day. In an interview with The Times of Malta, he stated that this is not the first time that he has ensured promotion of the country and the capital whilst stating that the people 'have a duty to be ambassadors'. Earlier this year, Joseph Calleja also pledged his full support towards Gianluca and his Eurovision Song Contest entry Tomorrow. The editorial team of escflashmalta.com would like to wish him the very best of luck with his nomination.
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Bonnie Tyler is a legendary vocalist from the eighties who will be trying to rekindle the flame of success for the United Kingdom during this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malmö, Sweden. The track that she will be performing during the grand final of the esteemed music competition is entitled Believe In Me and it is co-written by Desmond Child, Lauren Christy and Christopher Braide who have individually worked together with artists such as Lana Del Ray, Cher, Christina Aguilera, Jason Mraz, Britney Spears, Ricky Martin and Avril Lavigne amongst others. The song itself has also been included in the latest album by Bonnie entitled Rocks and Honey published through ZYX Music and Warner Music which has peaked at number #59 in both Germany and Switzerland respectively.
In the meantime, the British Broadcasting Corporation are slightly more optimistic than they were last year because Bonnie Tyler is still touring all across the continent with shows in the aforementioned countries along with positive publicity in worldwide media. Currently betting odds pit the United Kingdom in tenth place ahead of recent winners Azerbaijan but behind this years' hosts Sweden. In an effort to continue aiding the promotion, the broadcaster has enlisted Blutonium Boy and Matty Menck to work on a remix of the track Believe In Me and came up with the song which you could hear below. The two individuals have garnered experience through the years in the house and trance business and both hail from Germany which has become a basis for the career of Bonnie Tyler in recent years. She will be Holding Out for a Hero come May as she represents the United Kingdom but until then, stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news updates.
One of the most lucrative markets in the music industry is based in the United Kingdom for the simple reason that homegrown artists have successfully exported music abroad. It is not straightforward to achieve success but one vocalist whose extended play entitled Fools managed to crack the top hundred in the past couple of months was the British/Maltese, Lauren Aquilina. On the 23rd June, she will be turning eighteen and when one puts things into perspective, it is truly an honour to know how far a seventeen year old can get too with pure determination. She has been busy performing across the country recently but nevertheless, she is a proud supporter of charity and is currently doing her bit as well with the release of a special original track entitled Wanderlust.
Lauren Aquilina is a singer/songwriter who resides just outside of London in the United Kingdom but comes to Gozo, Malta's sister island every year to meet up with the rest of her family. As a matter of fact, in a recent diary page posted online she states that Malta 'is a small but beautiful island with lots of hidden caves'. Wanderlust, the brand new track has been specifically written for Comic Relief, a British charity founded in 1985 in response to the famine in Ethiopia. Several renowned personalities have been known to contribute during the day and it is very much the British version of what the Maltese know as L-Istrina. You can visit her official website, where you could listen and also get your free copy of Wanderlust but remember to donate to Comic Relief, a truly admirable cause. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news on Lauren Aquilina.
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The British Broadcasting Corporation is responsible for the participation of the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest but recent years have somewhat been difficult for the simple reason that there is a lack of ambition or rather, a difficult way of understanding the general concept. Following last years' dismal showing with Love Will Set You Free performed by Engelbert Humperdinck which finished in a penultimate position, the broadcaster has selected eighties icon, Bonnie Tyler to take up the honour of representing the nation with the track Believe In Me which is a part of her latest album entitled Rocks and Honey. In recent weeks, she has been busy touring in Germany but she has just returned to the United Kingdom, where she is expected to make several guest television appearances.
Not too long following her return to the United Kingdom, the British Broadcasting Corporation wanted the public to familiarise themselves with the internal selection and Bonnie Tyler made a guest appearance on The One Show broadcast on BBC ONE. During the ten minute long interview, Bonnie spoke about how difficult it was to keep her participation a secret especially having known since around December. This is quite intriguing considering that the broadcaster managed to keep to the scheduled announcement date in the beginning of March. Bonnie who as stated before hand will be performing the track Believe In Me during the final of this years' Eurovision Song Contest also spoke about how positive the reactions towards the song have been since it's release as the representative entry whilst keeping a positive attitude towards the competition and hoping for the best without taking the result too seriously should it be negative. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.
The participation of the United Kingdom within the Eurovision Song Contest has not been deemed successful as of late due to the fact that the British Broadcasting Corporation are said to be out of touch with the way that the event is organised. For the past couple of years, most of the entries that finished within the top five have managed success in their respective regions whilst a number of winners including; Loreen, Lena Meyer-Landrut, and Alexander Rybak have broken through world markets. Following last years' disappointment, it was thought that the British Broadcasting Corporation might have learned but one cannot be too sure as their announcement took place earlier today stating that it is indeed Bonnie Tyler who will fly the flag for the United Kingdom.
In a official post by the British Broadcasting Corporation it has been confirmed that Bonnie Tyler will be performing the track Believe In Me co-written by Lauren Christy, Christopher Braide and Desmond Child. The track was recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, Tenessee with production conducted by David Huff and then mixed at Eargasm Studios in Santa Monica, California by Justin Niebank. Desmond Child has previously worked with the likes of Diana DeGarmo, Cher, Aerosmith, Jon Bon Jovi and Anastacia amongst others. The first official radio play will be given on The Ken Bruce Show on Monday, 18th May which just happens to co-incide with the Heads of Delegation meeting where all entries have to be presented to the European Broadcasting Union.
Katie Taylor, Head of Special Projects for the BBC stated that 'Bonnie is an artist with an international reputation and I am delighted that she has chosen to represent the UK in this year’s contest. It is a great song and a truly wonderful performance that I am sure will do the nation proud'. The United Kingdom will be taking part in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest due to their elite status as a big five member alongside France, Italy, Germany and Spain. The commentary on the night of the semi-finals will be done by Scott Mills, who is a renowned disc jockey with BBC Radio 1 as well as Sciccor Sisters star, Ana Matronic. For the final, Graham Norton will once more be keeping the public entertained. Ken Bruce will take off the radio listeners on BBC Radio 2. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.
Curiousity is one of the elements which does indeed get people talking and the announcement of the next entrant from the United Kingdom is somewhat not only getting fans excited but even the media whose speculations are well and truly all over the place at the moment. In recent years, the British Broadcasting Corporation have undertaken completely internal selections against the opinion of the public with Blue and their entry I Can finishing in eleventh place back in 2011 and Engelbert Humperdinck finishing in twenty-fourth place with his song Love Will Set You Free. This will be the last country to announce it's entry for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.
The first airplay of the track is expected on the 15th March 2013 through BBC Radio 2 and the Ken Bruce Show which airs between 9:30 and 12:00 GMT. Many of the rumours that have come out have somewhat been accentuated but it seems to be confirmed that it will be a solo act per the mention of BBC Commentator; Graham Norton whilst insiders are reporting that it will indeed be a female who will be performing a power ballad, somewhat ruling out Kimberley Walsh. The latest name to garner traction in recent days is the one of Bonnie Tyler whose hits include Holding Out for a Hero and Total Eclipse of the Heart. It is yet unknown what will happen so to speak and we are not saying that Bonnie seems to be the choice but we have a very good feeling it will indeed be a female. Metro have stated that it will be Alesha Dixon whilst the Daily Mail have taken out a limb in favour Bonnie Langford.Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.
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