In the past two days, the European Broadcasting Union was receiving the songs that will be competing in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malmo, Sweden. The design of the stage was also presented whilst Sweden was drawn in sixteenth (16th) position within the final in order to clarify the idea of the producers' draw and not give the home country an unfair advantage. 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.
One of the most impressive national selections to take place in the lead up to this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was surely the one in Malta which yielded twenty-four (24) semi-finalists brought down to sixteen (16) finalists out of which the eventual winner was the song Tomorrow performed by Gianluca with music and lyrics by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek. The songwriters of the winning entry had the opportunity to qualify with another two songs for this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest, one of them being the beautiful, charming ballad entitled Perfect Day with vocals provided by Janice DeBattista. The female artist has a lot of the resonance that Chiara is known to bring to the stage and considering that this was the first experience for her within the competition, making the final and achieving tenth place was definitely meaningful. We spoke to Janice about her career as a solo artist as well as her involvement within two bands, one being Salt and the other being Scarlet Sally.
This will be the first of three interviews which are airing on this weeks' edition of the programme which is set to commence at 20:00 CET and to run for a total of three hours. As a matter of fact, the second interview is with Christopher, the lead male vocalist of the band Takasa, which was formerly known as Heilsarmee. They will be performing the song You and Me during the second half of the second semi-final alongside Malta. The European Broadcastign Union has a rule against brand names hence why they had to change the name of the group along with their whole image. A brand new music video was shot in order to accomodate the brand new image. The final interview this week will be with Dusan Svilvar who was the first runner-up of the Beosong competition held in Serbia. Despite the second place, he miseed out by around five thousand votes which was the closest possible to Moje 3.
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 Jedward. 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.
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John and Edward, commonly known as Jedward are Irish twins who have risen to success following their stint on the British version of the X Factor which led to a recording deal, first with Sony Music Ireland and then eventually with Universal Music Ireland, seeing them take part in the Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions. The first time with Lipstick in 2011 finishing in eight place and the second time with Waterline managing only nineteenth in 2012. Nevertheless, their profile across Europe has risen considerably especially in Sweden, a nation which gave them 12 points on the first offering and 5 points, the second time round.
They will be the special guests of this weeks' second chance at Melodifestivalen. SVT, the broadcaster in charge for the Swedish preselection is keeping the whole affair relatively a secret but nevertheless, it seems that in true second chance fashion, they will be duelling with the hosts, Gina Dirawi and Danny Saucedo, the latter being a two time first runner-up of the Melodifestivalen competition. Jedward have continuously continued to surprise their main critic Simon Cowell with their success with their latest album Young Love reaching number #1 in Ireland, number #8 in Estonia, #11 in Sweden, #22 in Finland and #50 in Germany amongst others.
- You - Robin Stjernberg
- Vi Kommer Aldrig Att Forlara - Eric Gadd
- Hon Har Inte - Caroline af Ugglas
- Jalla Dansa Sawa - Behrang Miri
- Hello Goodbye - Erik & Tone
- Begging - Anton Ewald
- Burning Flags - Cookies 'N' Beans
- In and Out of Love - Martin Rolinski
One of their backing vocalists, Leanne Moore will once more be representing Ireland in that capacity with Ryan Dolan with the song Only Love Survives. Dolan was selected to take part in the show by Stuart O'Connor who was the choreographer for Jedward in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest that took place in Baku, Azerbaijan. The connections are somewhat quite intriguing and it seems that anything connected with the Irish twins is very much successful and thus, there is a very positive vibe around the aforementioned Ryan Dolan as he represents Ireland in the first semi-final of the upcoming competition. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the 2013 edition of the Melodifestivalen.
RTÉ, the Irish broadcaster responsible for the participation in the Eurovision Song Contest has always seen the competition from a positive point of view and considering that their most recent results have been rather well, renewed interest in the people has also been noted. The brotherly duo known as Jedward were selected through a public and a jury for the past two years, first time round with the track Lipstick which finished in eight place and second time round with the song Waterline which could only manage twentieth place. Nevertheless, qualification from the semi-final has been achieved for the past three years and the selection process featuring five notable mentors will be used in 2013 as they hope that their successful streak does indeed continue.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that the mentors for the 2013 edition of the Late Late Show Eurosong special will be none other than Mairéad Farrell, Shay Healy, Mark McCabe, Niall Mooney and Stuart O’Connor. Each individual brings a vast amount of experience on board whether through radio, production or songwriting. There have been a number of names mentioned thus far although some are pretty unlikely at this point in time due to other commitments in music. Amongst those which are heavily tipped to be joining the list are none other than Leanne Moore and Rebecca Creighton who backed Jedward in the past two years at the Eurovision Song Contest, Sharon Condon, a former member of the girlband known as Wonderland and former runner-up Nikki Kavanagh who seems to be showing interest once more. Outsiders for the showcase are seemingly former Westlife members; Shane Filan and Mark Feehily whilst the strong rumours surrounding Shayne Ward have also died down because of his commitments to Dancing on Ice. The revelation of the artists will be made in the next couple of weeks so make sure to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news from Ireland as they try to conquer the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.
Source: escXtra, Paddy Power
In recent years, Ireland has managed to maintain that reputation as a solid force in the Eurovision Song Contest with RTÉ carefully planning their respective strategy in order to attract high profile acts with a number of potent hit tracks and in fact, the people who did come forward were none other than the duo Jedward who not only represented the country in 2011 with the track Lipstick but ultimately returned in the year 2012 with the song Waterline. There has been a lot of interest in the competition locally due to the fact that the brotherly duo are somewhat well known with the younger audiences and with their reputation still intact, they denied to say whether they would rule out a possible third participation but not for the time being. In the meantime though, RTÉ revealed to our friends at esctoday.com that they will be staying true to the mentor system used in the past two years for 2013 hoping that another brilliant entry come forward.
There are a lot of names which are being touted as potential members within the mentors first and foremost with a former winner also somewhat in the mix according to the latest information. The favourite to take such a position following Linda Martin last year is surely her successor in the vein of Niamh Kavanagh who of course was the first one to take Ireland into the final since Brian Kennedy in 2006 when she represented the nation in 2010 with the song It's For You. A number of other people from the entertainment industry will surely be involved in one way or another but nevertheless, several questions are being asked about who will ultimately be performing in the national selection with the hope of representing Ireland. Amongst the people being mentioned are the backing vocalists for Jedward in the last Eurovision Song Contest, those being Leanne Moore and Melanie McCabe who have taken part in You're A Star and The X Factor respectively. Also being mentioned is none other than former runner-up Nikki Kavanagh. The names will be revealed in due course. The final taking place on The Late Late Show will be aired on the 22nd February 2013. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news soon as it becomes available.
Source: RTÉ, esctoday.com
Despite the fact that they failed to win the X Factor back in 2009, finishing in a respectable fifth place ahead of acts which were thought to be finishing much higher, they have managed to carve out a successful career with Universal Music Ireland who have sought to push them to the limits with their music releases. One of the main key factors of their success in Europe has surely been led through two entries at the Eurovision Song Contest, first in 2011 with the song Lipstick finishing in eight place and then in 2012 with the song Waterline which could only manage nineteenth place. Nevertheless, their success continues with their most recent album Young Love charting at number #1 in Ireland, #8 in Estonia and #11 in Sweden and #22 in Finland amongst others. They have decided to release their third single off the record bearing the name Luminous.
Their most recent track is being officially released online through all digital platforms including iTunes for example as from Tuesday, 16th October 2012 although it did get an official release in Ireland just slightly before, 12th October 2012. The songwriters of this song are all Swedish; Sebastian Lundberg, Fredrik Häggstam, Johan Gustafson and Marlene Strand meaning that the sound is somewhat expected to be very much in their original vein. The music video shows the brothers in extremely different form than what many are used to but we will let you judge their appearance and their song. It is important to point out that whilst Jedward have not ruled out returning to the competition anytime in the next couple of years, they said that they could potentially return in the future. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com in the coming weeks for more news about Eurostars and the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.
Seven victories have seen Ireland keep their record as the most successful country at the Eurovision Song Contest and despite the fact that they have not managed to come anywhere close to the top three in recent years, it seems that their fortunes are improving noting last years' top ten finish and this years' semi-final qualification thanks to the twins, Jedward and their entries Lipstick and Waterline where in the final they finished in eight and nineteenth place respectively. In the months leading up to the Irish Eurosong, there had been a lot of speculation on the track which the duo would ultimately be performed noting the fact that Linda Martin went on record stating that they had been receiving a lot of songs which were being put under consideration. As the date of the selection loomed, the twins went onto their twitter saying that the song would ultimately be called What's Your Number but in a couple of days, people learned the song is actually called Waterline.
The difference of the title could have still referred to the same track in the long run but this would not turn out to be the case eventually, especially due to the fact that when their third album Young Love was released earlier this year, peaking at number #1 in Ireland, number #8 in Estonia and #18 in Sweden amongst other, there was a track with the same name that many had expected to be their bid for the Eurovision Song Contest. As the fact remains, weeks have passed since the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, Azerbaijan came to an end but we seriously believe that the wrong song was picked noting that What's Your Number is fresh, catchy and very much in boys' vocal range. The choreography for it would have been very instant and people would have remembered the song easier without the extra needed gimmick of the fountain that was brought in to help the viewers remember the track. Ireland have managed to make it through to the finals for the past three years and will be hoping to do so in 2013 when the contest moves to Malmo, Sweden. There are a number of names who are being tipped for next year including Imelda May, Leanne Moore, Mikey Graham, Nadine Coyle and even Johnny Logan amongst others. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.
Source: escflashmalta.com , Paddy Power
The participation of Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest has always conjured up a lot of interesting noting that they were the country who everyone would to be like during the nineties due to the fact that they managed to win the competition on four (4) occasions, including three (3) in succession totally their amount of victories to seven (7). In the past two years, the Irish broadcaster responsible for the participation of the nation being RTÉ had a national selection where a set of mentors brought forward act and songs to compete against each other and both times, it was Jedward who were selected noting their major fan-base amongst the teens, a new demographic brought about to the Eurovision Song Contest when it comes to Ireland. On both occasions, the boys were accompanied by a set of backing vocalists, one of them being the lovely Leanne Moore.
The leading lady of the talent show You're A Star just after being dropped as the national selection method has been trying to succeed in the Irish music industry and following the victory, she went onto release her debut single entitled On Wings which debuted at #1 on the charts meaning that she had momentum but nevertheless, other stuff came first for the performer and lost her way at some point. Nevertheless, she has been working hard on her comeback and even tried to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2010 with the track Does Heaven Need Much More? written by Tommy Moran and John Waters. Unfortunately, it did not perform well finishing in fourth place in total but nevertheless, she has been diligently working with Louis Walsh in recent years, noting her choice with Jedward. She is currently the odds on favourite to represent the seven time winning nation according to Paddy Power beating Jedward in second place and then Johnny Logan in third place. Other interesting performers coming in positions four and five are Mikey Graham of Boyzone and Nadine Coyle of Girls Aloud. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Source: Paddy Power
Ireland remains to be the most successful nation at the Eurovision Song Contest having managed to amass a record seven victories over the years surpassing the likes of the United Kingdom whose music industry is definitely stronger in comparison. For the past two years, the Emerald Isle was represented by Jedward, a set of twins who first came to fame by appearing on the British version of the X Factor franchise created by Simon Cowell where they managed to keep going on until finishing in sixth place. Despite the disappointment of not winning, they were signed up to a recording deal with Sony Music before moving onto Universal Music Ireland in just a couple of months as per the suggestion of their manager, Louis Walsh. Their first two offerings to the music industry being Planet Jedward and Victory resulted in number #1 albums in Ireland as well as certification of 2x Platinum, definitely something to keep up with their next material.
They are set to release their third album entitled Young Love later on this month in both the United Kingdom and in Ireland but their fan base in the former is far stronger and therefore, the guys should be just as successful over there. In this years' Eurovision Song Contest, the guys did not get the result that they wanted when they finished in nineteenth place as opposed to their eight place finish in the previous year. Despite their dismay in the competition, Universal Music along with Jedward have been working hard on this set of new material and they are ready to start promoting it with a brand new single which also bears the name of the album. A preview to the track has been made available for all of the fans to listen to and it seems that the quirky pop number is receiving a lot of positive comments up to this point. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.
Source: Digital Spy
RTÉ, the Irish broadcaster, has confirmed its participation in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in Sweden. With Ireland, the full list of confirmed participants has risen to thirteen (13 - Albania, Austria, Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Ireland, Norway, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden (the host country) and Switzerland).
Julian Vignoles, Assistant Commissioning editor for factual programmes at RTÉ, confirmed that there will a ‘potential change of approach’ to the Eurovision Song Contest, and this, shall be discussed in the coming few weeks. Perhaps Ireland will try to comeback with a bang in the coming contest and perhaps, with a more ‘professional’ artist, namely MARY BYRNE. Mary Byrne (born 3 November 1959) is an Irish singer-songwriter from Ballyfermot, Dublin. She rose to fame in 2010 after becoming a finalist on the seventh series of The X Factor in 2010. Following her elimination in the live semi-final, she signed a record deal with Sony Music Ireland. Byrne and her fellow The X Factor finalists gained a number-one single on the UK Singles Chart and the Irish Singles Chart after releasing "Heroes" a cover of David Bowie, in aid for Help for Heroes. Her debut single, "I Just Call You Mine" was released on 4 March 2011. Mine & Yours, Byrne's debut album was released 28 March 2011 in the UK.
The album was produced by hit-maker Nigel Wright. In June 2011, Byrne was asked to perform at a special gala performance in Dublin to mark Queen Elizabeth II's visit to the Republic of Ireland. She was also Neil Diamond's special guest at the Aviva Stadium, where she performed in front of 55,000 people. August 2011 saw Byrne appear in GREASE: The Musical at the Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin. She began work on an autobiography, This Is My Life, and was released on 21 October 2011 in the UK and Ireland. Mary decided to leave Sony Music as she accepted a new record deal offer with Decca Music and Universal Music, who are confident they can 'get her music career up and off the ground'. She has produced her second album, called “...with Love”. After this ‘huge’ success, she may be Ireland’s lucky charm for the next contest, but obviously, competition is big and no one can really predict what will be the eventual outcome result.
Vignoles added that Jedward not winning the contest was a slight relief for RTÉ. If Ireland had won the contest, they would’ve had to host in 2013. Vignoles said that would’ve been a ‘headache’, but also a ‘privilege’. One of the issues with hosting would’ve been finding a venue, as Ireland has a lack of indoor arenas as big as the Baku Crystal Hall or the Düsseldorf Esprit Arena. Jedward finished in a ‘quite disappointing’ 19th position with their song Waterline in Baku. They ‘made a hit’ in Baku and during Eurovision parties and conferences, but that was not enough to at least finish at last year’s 11th position in the final night, after making it through quite an ‘easy’ semifinal. Many infact, insisted that the twins’ song last year, had a better ‘feel’. Nevertheless, Jedward will surely not be given a ‘3rd chance’, since chances are that they will either do worst, or stick once again to this position, and let’s face it, we’ve had enough of the blonde Irish twins! ;)
Source: escXtra, RTÉ
Another day is over in Baku, and today, Israel had the honour of opening the rehearsals for the day being the tenth country in the running order. Seventeen countries (17) countries have now rehearsed for the very first time noting that that they happened to be the ones competing in the premier semi-final to take place on Tuesday, the 22nd May. Tomorrow will mark the first day of rehearsals for the entries in the second semi-final including the Maltese representative, Kurt Calleja and his band with his track This Is The Night. Perhaps today’s most ‘satisfying’ rehearsal was from the Irish twins, Jedward. I am giving importance to the term actually since I did not really hear the vocals at their best, maybe it’s just because it was the very first rehearsal although to give them credit, they still sounded in key and well prepared. For the second year in a row, Jedward are representing Ireland. This year they perform the song Waterline written by Nick Jarl and Sharon Vaughn who have written for the likes of Agnes Carlsson and Westlife.
They are hoping to do as well, if not better, than they did last year with Lipstick. The twins were dressed in bright blue sparkly tailcoats and I think that this will actually be their look on Tuesday. Their choreography had similar elements to their 2011 entry, and they displayed the same energy as they showed a year ago. A particular note in this year’s setup is surely the colour blue and the ‘water’ theme. Infact, the Irish team have opted to insert a small water fountain as part of the choreography. I’m not 100% sure if it really worked as planned, especially during the very first run through. I think that the twins will eventually be encircled by the water in a particular moment of their performance, and it seems that during the final rehearsal, this, in fact, made an impressive effect. made for a very impressive effect, and everyone looked much happier at the result. Pyrotechnic effects are also expected.
It should be a wonderful performance, thanks to all these ‘touches’, but surely, the twins need to improve their voice performance, together with their 4 backing vocals and also, perhaps be a little bit more synchronized in their simple choreography. Ireland is the most successful country in the Eurovision Song Contest. They first took part in the 1965 Contest in Naples, participating in every subsequent Contest but two: the 1983 Contest in Munich and the 2002 Contest in Tallinn. Ireland won the Contest for the first time in 1970 with Dana performing "All Kinds of Everything". In total, Ireland has won the Contest seven times, more than any other country, including an unprecedented three consecutive victories in the 1990s (1992, 1993 and 1994 - the most consecutive wins accumulated by a country to date). The decade also saw yet another victory in 1996 and two second place finishes (in 1990 and 1997), which gives Ireland the best overall performance by any country in the history of the Contest.