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Monday, 09 February 2015 17:02

ESC 2015: Denmark First of the Nordics to Select

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After an eventful weekend, we are getting slowly but surely closer to seeing who will be representing the Nordics in Vienna, Austria, during the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. As ever, Melodifestivalen kicked off with a bang. Hosted by 2014 winner Sanna Nielsen whom made a surprisingly decent hostess. Eric Saade qualified for the final as expected and Jessica Andersson also qualified directly to the final whilst the unique Dolly Style and Behrang Miri featuring Victor Crone will participate in the Andra Chansen round in Helsingbrorg on 7th March. Fredrik Kempe already has one song in the final upholding his seemingly annual tradition. An all-round successful evening but nothing scandalous or controversial. Jessica performed well and Eric, despite the negativity managed to stir the crowd. We now have a pleasant ballad and upbeat, up-tempo song already in contention. With Eric an early favourite to win we need to see if other…
Friday, 23 January 2015 15:34

France: Lisa Angell to Perform a Power Ballad

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On an unsuspecting Friday, France Televisions, and most notably, France 2 made public the name of the artist, and the entry that will represent France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna, Austria. The undoubted honour has been given to Lisa Angell, who will be performing the chanson, 'N'Oubliez Pas', a ballad with an uplifting message. Written by Robert Goldman, the man responsible for 'Je n’ai que mon âme', France's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2001, performed to perfection by Natasha St-Pier, the nation hopes to rekindle their former magic. 'N'Oubliez Pas' is a hymn to peace which strongly criticize violence and though it has been recorded in December, it has now a peculiar resonance further to the events which happened recently in France. Lisa Angell, a 46 year old female singer, is experienced in the music industry, having released three solo studio albums with major record label…
Thursday, 22 January 2015 12:00

Eurovision 2015: Nordic Countries Kickoff Campaign

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It is fair to say that the search has commenced, with the Nordic countries looking for the best possible entries to represent them in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, set to take place in Vienna, capital city of Austria. In a three-part series, escflashmalta.com will be looking at the various selections, kicking off with Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) in Finland, and Melodi Grand Prix (MGP) in Norway. Finland has had it’s most successful decade since they first entered the contest in 1961. Their win with Lordi in 2006 has certainly marked a positive turning point for the country. This might not equal the success of their Scandinavian neighbours, the combined score of Finland, a total of 544 points in all the finals, and only failing to make it through to that stage on two occasions, is nothing to be sniffed at for the many years when Finland…
In 2014, "Tu Primo Grande Amore", sung by Vincenzo Cantiello was triumphant during the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, giving rise to speculation that Italy could be taking over from Malta, as hosts of the prestigious event. RAI, the public broadcaster on behalf of Italy has declined the opportunity to take on the event, thus prompting a bidding process, one which includes 'two countries', according to Vladislav Yakovlev, Executive Producer of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Around the internet message boards, it is speculated that two countries, Bulgaria and Malta, have shown interest in hosting the 2015 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The first runner-up, has been gunning for the right to take on such a prestigious event, noting that Krisia, Hasan and Ibrahim were sent to participate in 2014 through a private broadcaster. On the other hand, the Public Broadcasting Services were excellent hosts with many members of the foreign…
Chiara, a female singer/songwriter who has represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest on three occasions; in 1998 with "The One That I Love", in 2005 with "Angel" and in 2009 with "What If We" has recorded several demos for Marc Paelinck over the years, and it is heart-warming knowing that her big belting voice is still pretty much existent. In recent years, the balladeer has taken up a brand new genre, focusing more on dance, and pop rather than stick to what she has always done best. "Until I Find You" was one of the competing entries in the 2014 edition of the Festival Da Cancao, sung by Rui Andrade in Portuguese as "Ao Teu Encontro". It finished in 3rd place, just behind Suzy and Catarina, earning several positive comments from the international fan community. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for…
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,…
In 2013, male singer/songwriter Kevin Borg, made a much anticipated return to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with "Needing You" co-written with Danne Attlerud, Thomas Thornholm, Michael Clauss and Simon Gribbe. In a surprise first runner-up finish, the singer/songwriter stated that while he will not be making a return as a singer, he would dabble into songwriting. He kept to that promise, and submit "Breakaway", a track co-written with Simon Gribbe, for former Eurovision Song Contest representative, Glen Vella. The result was extremely respectable, finishing in third place, behind "Warrior" sung by Amber and "Rush" performed by Christabelle. Spending Christmas in Sweden, Kevin is busy working on new songs with Starlab Publishing, and reaping the rewards of earlier work in the year. You might remember that "Sweat" by Japanese sensations TVXQ/Tohoshinki peaked at number #1, but now their latest studio album has become the best selling studio effort of 2014.…
In 2015, the prestigious Italian Festival, Sanremo wlil take place between the 10th and the 14th February, with the main host being none other than Carlo Conti, one of the most popular television presenters on RAI Uno, mainly known for the quiz show "L'Eredita". Earlier today, during the afternoon, the artists, and the song titles were announced in a television programme, ending the endless speculation all over the internet, and the media in general. One of the most interesting points it that rather than 16 entries, there will be 20, in order to ascertain a good level of talent, in terms of musicianship, and songwriting. Nevertheless, on the final night of the week long competition, only 16 will be in contention with 4 being eliminated during the first 3 nights. The finalists will then be eligible to represent Italy in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria. Annalisa Scarrone…
Since 2011, all songs competing in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, have not been published through a compilation album, as previously done, and therefore a number of record labels such as CAP-Sounds stepped in, releasing a number of songs on digital platforms such as; iTunes, Deezer, Amazon and Spotify for the general public to purchase or stream. "12, Baker Street" written by Jan Van Dijck and Emil Calleja Bayliss, and, "Close Your Eyes" written by Elton Zarb and Emil Calleja Bayliss, performed by Karen DeBattista and Danica Muscat are the latest songs which have been released through the German based company, CAP-Sounds, who have a distribution deal in place with Universal Music Germany. "Still Here" written by Alexander Rybak, "Chasing a Dream" written by Paul Abela and Joe Julian Farrugia as well as "Something in the Way" written by Mans Ek and Charlie Mason, "Rush" written by Elton Zarb and…
Alexander Rybak, a male singer/songwriter whose ascent to fame came as a result of a record breaking triumph at the 2009 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Fairytale" is somewhat targeting a return to the competition, albeit as a songwriter. Recently in the entertainment headlines over the title track of the movie "How to Save Your Dragon 2", the male singer/songwriter is currently enjoying a resurgence in popularity. Back from Malta, where Alexander Rybak's entry "Still Here" performed by Franklin finished in 5th place, totalling 26 points including 8 from the public, now it's time to turn his attention towards his native Belarus, where his submission "Accent" is set to be performed by a manufactured girl group, Milki. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna,…
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