The Eurovision Song Contest has been quite a daunting challenge for a couple of countries since the introduction of the semi-final system especially when one takes into account that success had been viable beforehand. As a matter of the fact, Poland a debutante in 1994 managed to do well only on their first try with Edyta Górniak obtaining a first runner-up finish with the song To Nie Ja. After that, the broadcaster had to wait quite some time for another top ten result, with Ich Troje managing a seventh place with Keine Grenzen-Żadnych Granic. Since the introduction of this current format, Poland has qualified from the semi-final once, that being in 2008 with Isis Gee and her song For Life but unfortunately have suffered in the three years following that noting that their last representative; Magdalena Tul finished in last place with her song Jestem. TVP have decided to withdraw once more from the Swedish edition taking place next year.
First in 2012, it was due to a number of issues principally the lack of funding due to the Olympics and the Euro competition but they have just made their minds up about non-participation in 2013 as well. The Chief Executive Officer at Polsat Television; Marcin Perzyna states that the Eurovision Song Contest has been focusing more on the show in recent years rather than the music and that there is the 'phenomenon' f voting for your neighbouring countries. Nevertheless, he also added that the competition is the best route in order to promote Polish artists but they haven't had any success in quite some time. Therefore, a withdrawal from Malmö has now also been confirmed with no real reason given to the European Broadcasting Union except that there was a lack of agreement on the issue. This is the second year in a row where they do not intend to compete and considering that they took part for sixteen years in a row, they will most likely return in the near future. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.
Source: Wirtualne Media
Nadine Axisa has recently gone on record stating that the festival scene is not featuring her typical genre of music anymore and that she prefers following her gut instinct by virtue of focusing on what she believes she does best and that is surely Jazz. In fact, the last solo entry from the veteran performer at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest back in 2006 entitled Waves composed by Vinny Vella Junior and penned by Ray Tabone was more inclined towards a jazz and blues kind of genre fitting the sweet vocals that Nadine has come to feature quite perfectly. We have just received word that Nadine Axisa has just been invited to perform in a selected number of venues in the eastern country of Poland making her the second artist in a space of a couple of days to head on a mini promotional tour.
In fact, she will be performing in three cities; Kraków, Kępno and Wrocław next week as from the 3rd to the 6th October. It is quite intriguing that Jazz Music is actually quite popular in Poland and receiving such an invite was surely a huge honour for Nadine. She will not be going alone at this respective venture though because she will be joined by Christian Borg on the keyboards. Apart from being an accomplished soloist, the performer is also part of the popular Gospel Group Animae led by former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Glen Vella as well as multiple time national final participant; Pamela. We would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com in the next couple of days, weeks and months as we continue to feature the ventures of local musicians in the foreign spectrum as well as following all the latest news interrelated to the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Malmo, Sweden.
Source: Press Release
One of the countries that missed out on competing in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is Poland citing a number of financial concerns especially after being co-organizers of this years' European Championship in football. The nation did not believe in putting music above sports due to the fact the results have not really been that positive for them in recent years. Their debut way back in 1994 could not have been any better with To Nie Ja sung by Edyta Gorniak finishing in the runner-up position after impressing the juries on the night. It is yet unknown on whether they will be coming back to the competition but early indications seem to follow such hypothesis and one artist has definitely made himself available for the role of representative should the people want him to return.
Marcin Mroziński created a lot of flair in Malta due to the fact that he and Thea Garrett, our representative at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest became very close indeed and then would ultimately go onto release a single together composed by Jason Cassar and penned by Sunny Aquilina entitled In Our Love. In recent months, the Polish performer has been working on new material, very different than what people are used to and therefore, he would love to share his latest ventures with the European audience. In fact, his exact words are as follows; 'I am ready to do it. My song would be completely different than Legenda. More pop oriented, maybe up-tempo. With a catchy and simple melody. A great, big show with fireworks and good energy.'
Marcin spoke about the way he would see the process in his country developing saying that they should follow the German system used this year and in 2010 which saw to top two ten results actually, one of them being a victory thanks to Lena-Meyer Landrut and her song Satellite. The fact of the matter remains that choosing the artist and then selecting the song for him through a mixture of public and jury vote would definitely work better. The Polish broadcaster, TVP has been very resonante to change and therefore, it might be too late to consider such a system like Unser Star fur Baku but maybe in the future, his ideas might be taken up nevertheless. Honestly, we would definitely not mind seeing Marcin back with a stronger entry this time round. Legenda finished in thirteenth place within the semi-final just one spot below Malta and our track My Dream. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more such news in the coming days.
In the past couple of years, there have been a number of influential individuals who with years of practice have taken up the role of vocal coaches. Experience is surely an important asset and in fact, one of the most popular teachers in the country is none other than Kaya otherwise known as Priscilla Psaila who boasts a strong repertoire of original songs in both Maltese and English. She has been quite successful with her students actually and she has just returned from another showcase in the city of Czestechowa within Poland in a competition called the May Festival. The students who took up the position in the competition were Anhelica Pace of nine years, Rutger Scicluna who is ten years old, Maria Christina Desira who is thirteen and Grezia Urry, the eighteen year old teenager.
The performances abroad were mostly of cover versions as Anhelica for example finishing in third place following her rendition of the song I Surrender having been chosen to represent our country due to the her previous experiences in a number od competitions including Lithuania and Romania. In the meantime, Rutger and Grezia were doing their country proud for the very first time with yet another third place finish with performances of the songs Hero and Con Il Tuo Nome. The last participant being Maria Christina also competed and received the best result of all of the children finishing in first place with the performance of the song Gli Uomini Non Cambiano. All of them are extremely happy with what they have managed to achieve and on behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, I would like to congratulate them on sublime results. Stay tuned for more of such news in the days, weeks and months to come.
Source: Press Release
Like in the previous years, SVT is making four preview shows featuring all the 39 countries participating in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest which will be held on the 25th, 27th and 29th of May respectively.
These shows started on April 27th till May 18th. There are five experts reviewing the songs weekly. The show is hosted by Melodifestivalen producer Christer Björkman. Last April 27th and last night, these five experts voted for all of the 17 songs participating in the first Semi-final.
These are the results:
19 Points to Latvia
18 Points to Portugal
18 Points to Albania
16 Points to Iceland
16 Points to Moldova
16 Points to Malta
13 Points to Greece
13 Points to Slovakia
13 Points to Belgium
13 Points to Belarus
12 Points to Russia
09 Points to Bosnia & Herzegovina
09 Points to Finland
09 Points to Poland
08 Points to Serbia
04 Points to Estonia
03 Points to FYR Macedonia
The five experts are none other than: Lena Philipsson (2004 Swedish Eurovision representative), Kayo Shekoni (singer, former member of Afro-dite, 2002 Swedish representatives), Rennie Mirro (musician), Thomas Lundin (Eurovision expert, TV host ) and Marie Serneholt (singer, former member of A-Teens). You can watch the latest show here.
Note that the reviews for the second semifinal will start as from May 11th and will take up till May 18th.
Marcin Mroziński, who represents Poland in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, has prepared a special surprise for his fans just a week before his departure to Oslo. At the request of many DJs and radio stations in Poland Marcin, with cooperation with Mafia Mike, presents 3 remixes of his entry Legenda. We provide them for free use and hope as Marcin Mroziński does that you will enjoy the music.
Preparation of the Polish team to Eurovision Song Contest is well advanced. In the last episode of Marcin’s show ‘Coffee or Tea’ on Friday morning viewers have known among others Dariusz Lewandowski who is choreographer of the performance and a new hairstyle of Polish singer. The weekend continued on final matching of the stage outfits.
On Sunday morning Marcin said goodbye to listeners of Polish Radio One in music program ‘Lazy Sunday’ as well. The Polish Radio One traditionally supports national artists during the Eurovision in special reports. Being the guest of the radio show, Marcin announced that TVP prepares a special weekend devoted to Eurovision and its representative on May, 22-23. He also presented some of this year’s Eurovision entries underlining among others his friendships with Niamh Kavanagh and introducing her music carrier.
And finally in connection with the participation of Marcin in the contest a special postcard will also be published in Poland with his photo and Legenda’s lyrics. Download the material just by clicking here.