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The coverage for the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest on our website is surely going to be one to look out for especially with regards to the live show reports because guest commentators have been called upon for them to join our editorial board to write their comments with regards to the respective entries. Whilst the first two commentators have been noted to be former Chart topping artist Simon Casey as well as Polish singer Michal Wisniewski.

The artist chosen hails from the country which has really been hitting the news recently and of course I am speaking about Iceland. Participating in this years' edition of national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest with the song The One which you can hear below, Iris Holm was one of the leading contenders for the crown with her outstanding ballad dubbed as this years' ballad to look out for. Instead though Iceland picked fan favourite Hera Bjork and her song Je Ne Sais Quoi. The talented singer will be joining the ESCflashmalta.com team for the live review of the final along with another individual who will be announced in due course.

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Wednesday, 12 May 2010 10:58

Ukraine: Preview Video Released

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The Ukrainian entry in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest namely Sweet People has come under a lot of criticism following a change in entry after the government in the nation was replaced with another President taking the main role at the broadcaster NTU. The broadcaster supported the final vote during the second national selection when Alyosha won with the song To Be Free which had to be disqualified following the fact that it had actually been released before hand.

Being one of the most successful nations since it's debut, the broadcaster has still decided to shoot a video which is actually quite interesting as the main site is the city of Chernobyl which saw a nuclear disaster in 1986. The artists' campaign for the event is known as the Ecovision 2010 with the aim to promote global responsibility for the environment. The project supported by Greenpeace will be presented to the fans and journalists during the two week Eurovision Song Contest.

The Ukrainian artist says she went through very personal feeling during the video shoot. "We tend to play down the tragedies that take place far from our homes, she says. The disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is one of the darkest pages in the history of my country, but there are “chernobyls” waiting to happen and calling for urgent action on the global level in many other nations worldwide. We turned to the emotive images of Chernobyl in our video because they are a very powerful reminder of what negligence, irresponsibility and inaction of "sweet people" can lead to, Alyosha added."

In the meantime, the director of the video, Viktor Skuratovsky adds, that they wanted to do justice to Alyosha's honest, sincere and emotional song and visually amplify the emotion of the song. No special effects or artificial sets were used, it was all shot in the heart of the Chernobyl zone in Prypyat.

According to the press release issued by her management, "the video is Alyosha’s plea to the world leaders calling them to solve global environmental problems as well as to all the people who care about our planet. Alyosha hopes that her entry and moving video will reach out to the policy and decision makers worldwide and will prompt them to take action on global environment."

Source: Esctoday.com

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Wednesday, 12 May 2010 01:55

Malta: Compact Disc Now Out

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Thea’s My Dream has been released on CD. The song which Thea will perform during the 55th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is penned by Sunny Aquilina and written by Jason Cassar. The CD consists of five versions: Apart from My Dream the cd includes the dancer version, the karaoke version, the instrumental version and the Maltese version, Holma.


The CD is available from local music shops as well as from the PBS offices in G’Mangia. Thea Garrett leaves for Oslo, Norway next Saturday and will be having a week of rehersals and various promotional interviews during her stay. She will perform on the first semifinal on Tuesday 25 May. Her backing vocalists on the night will be Pamela Bezzina, Nadine Axisa and Jackie Pace Delicata.

Source: Press Release - PBS

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Azerbaijan announced on 11 May 2010 the release of the Balkan version of Eurovision song Drip Drop featuring Zeljko Joksimovic, the Serbian and Balkan Eurovision and pop music legend. “This version of Drip Drop is one of the biggest surprises on my path to Eurovision to date, I was impressed when I heard that Zeljko Joksimovic would create Balkan version of the Drip Drop!” Safura commented.

“I am especially delighted with the song version that has been made because, I would say, I have succeeded to introduce a Balkan covering with the flavor of Orient into a Western-style song that is very beautiful at a first listening while being at the same time hermetical concerning any kind of changes. I am exceptionally contented with Safura’s voice, with the color of her voice and expression that she possesses while singing it, being only at the age of 17,” – said Zeljko.

Just like several other extraordinary events in Safura’s short but skyrocketing Eurovision career, this duet became a complete surprise to everybody. Zeljko Joksimovic is a revered pop star and Eurovision celebrity in his native Serbia and the Balkans, standing in the same line with the world-famous Goran Bregovic. Zeljko finished on the 2nd place in the Eurovision Song Contest 2004 in Turkey, giving in only to Ruslana. In over 5 years, Zeljko has not done any joint musical projects with any other artist in his home country or abroad. Most astonishingly, in his entire musical career he has never recorded a duet for Eurovision.

However, Zeljko was so deeply impressed with Safura’s song Drip Drop and her talent that he decided to go out of the line and record this astounding duet version of the song. His vision was to give Drip Drop a new incarnation by adding the unique unmatched Balkan romantic sound and overtones. The Balkan Drip Drop is a ballad that tells quite a different story than before. Zeljko’s voice in it is a cry of the man that Safura sings and dreams about. Drip Drop is now a lyrical drama of the two loving beings that transcends the lone unanswered sorrow of Safura’s character in the original song.

“This is so completely unique. I am deeply honored and happy to work with him. Zeljko is extremely talented musician! The new Drip Drop is a very different song, it is even deeper and more intimate than before in some meaning,” Safura confessed.

It took Zeljko Joksimovic and his team of five musicians and arrangers 10 days of hard work in his Belgrade studio to re-create Drip Drop into a masterpiece Balkan ballad. By the way, in Zeljko’s version you can hear not only his amazing vocals but his accordion’s playing as well. This unusual cooperation is expected to play out strongly in Safura’s favour during the Contest.You can listen to the Balkan version of Eurovision song Drip Drop here.

Source: Press Release - Euromedia

The annual, interactive, televised music contest, with participants from countries all over Europe known as the EuroVoice is currently being held. The President of EuroVoice is Eric Serra who is one of the worlds' most renowned producers and composers having scored the soundtracks to the films Leon, Nikita, Joan of Arc, and The Fifth Element. Now the Maltese Islands will be represented by none other than Lawrence Gray in this years' edition.

The Popular Maltese singer Lawrence Gray is one of the most noted vocalists on the Maltese Islands with a record to show for it having participated in the Maltese selection for the Eurovision Song Contest in 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2010 managing several top ten positions including two runner-up finishes with the songs The Right Time losing out to the Times Three and their entry Believe In Peace as well as Why Not losing out to Lynn Faure and her entry To Dream Again. In the meantime, his entry in the EuroVoice European Music Contest  is none other than his Eurosong 2010 entry Stories composed by Ray Agius and Godwin Sant who are gaining quite the popularity at the moment. We are going to keep you updated on this matter as soon as more news comes in from our partners at Oikotimes.com

Source: EuroVoice, Oikotimes

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Maltese singer Roger Tirazona (who is also half Filipino) has just returned from representing Malta in the 11th New Asian Singer contest, which this year was held in Beijing, the Capital of the People’s Republic of China.  In a very tough competition of singers coming from virtually every continent, Roger managed to go through 2 elimination phases and classified in 6th Position out of 35 contestants of extremely high level.

He was also awarded the “Most Promising Singer” award.  Roger representing Malta managed to get where countries like Japan and Korea didn’t manage, even though they are the two greatest contributors to the Asian music market.  Contestants came from countries like China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Philippines, Finland, Canada, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Georgia, Romania, Slovenia, Australia and the United States.  The winner of the contest was the singer from Philippines who is sure to be a next Asian Superstar.  The contest was aired on Satellite Channel Yunnan TV (YNTV) which covers the Asian continent and billions of viewers.

In the contest, Roger got to perform the Malta produced song “Silver Rain” (Composed by Paul Abela and Lyrics by Joe Julian Farrugia) which was extremely well received in terms of music, arrangement and lyrics and commented by the jury as “a lovely European style pop ballad with poetic lyrics”.  Other Asian singers and impresarios in the contest have requested to record this song to be released in their own Market.  “Silver Rain” was performed in the first elimination where Roger was chosen in the top 15 singers.  After that he performed his cover versions of the songs “Alla Luce Del Sole”, “You Raise Me Up” and the Filipino song called “Anak” which all enabled him to keep advancing to the next phase till the Super Final.

When asked about his experience in China Roger says: “The 11th New Asian Singer contest was one of the most pinnacle experiences in my life where I can say that I have sung with some of the best voices in the world.  All of the contestants were of world class level and all were remarkable in their own style and musical genre.  To be very honest I did not expect to manage to reach the very end of the contest as all the contestants were of extremely high level.  But I kept believing in myself and giving my best and I am very proud to have taken the Maltese flag to the very final stage of this prestigious, eurovision-level, Asian contest and gotten a very high placing for Malta and myself.  However this just scratches the surface of my experience there.  The meeting of professional producers, making new friends from all over the world and appreciating the wonderful hospitality of the Chinese people and the beauty of their country cannot be compared to any festival result.  While in China we did not just sing.  It was a great pleasure to show my respects to the Chinese people suffering drought in Yunnan Province.  All of us singers from around the world planted trees and used water brought from our countries to water them.  I have first handedly experienced an amazingly produced and organized Festival and one of the best hospitality in the world.  It will be an experience I will never forget.”

Roger is a member of the World Association of Festivals and Artists (WAFA).

Source: Press Release

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Our site has only been open for a few days yet we have managed to garner quite a nice amount of readers thanks to the massive Press Relations work that is being carried with mentions on X Fm, Radio 101, Radju Malta, Favourite Television and more still to come. We are in the process of contacting professional people within the music industry to help us out with Guest commentating during this years' Eurovision Song Contest. At this moment in time, we are in a position to confirm the second person following Simon Casey.

The Guest commentator for the first semi-final on the 25th May 2010 will be featuring a man whose has managed to experience two different Eurovision Song Contests, one in 2003 and one in 2006. The well-known Polish artist has already made an appearance in two movies within his home country whilst he has also been in two reality shows, one for TVN in the form of I Am What I Am as well as on VIVA! Poland in the form of Show Your Face. In December of 2003, he disbanded the band Ich Troje founding another band entitled Red Head in 2005 before deciding to re-unite Ich Troje later on that year. I am of course speaking with the well known and talented performer Michal Wisniewski. The Maltese have a personal significance for Michal and he had showed this in the 2003 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest wearing the 8 pointed cross of the Knights of St.John.

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We were the first website to come up with the details of the number of submissions in this years' Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza which amounted to a total of 125. We are also going to be the first form of media to announce the details of this years' program in relation to the popular festival bearing the name Indifest.

This years' program which will be presented by Christine Haber, Ronald Briffa and Frank Zammit will be seeing a lot of alterations. It is important to note that due to a misunderstanding we would like to clarify that the Jury and Tele-voting awards are still separate in the "Stabbiliti" Category while the "Zaghzagh" category will be 50% Jury and 50% Tele-Voting. The production of the show kicking off on Tuesday 13th July will be within the hands of Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza Committee Chairman Frederick Zammit as well as Anthony Busuttil.

Joining Frederick Zammit on the Committee for 2010 will be none other than former Malta Song For Europe secretary Mildred Micallef, ESCflashmalta Chief Editor Marc Calleja Bayliss, ESCflashmalta International Relations Officer Emil Calleja Bayliss as well as Ray Cassar. They will be working together in order to bring out the best possible festival a year prior to a milestone 20 years since it's inception.

Source: KKI Committee, Frederick Zammit

Sunday, 09 May 2010 20:22

Poland: Remixes Galore

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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.

Source: Oikotimes.com

As part and parcel of our 2010 Eurovision Song Contest coverage, we have contacted all of the former Maltese representatives at this prestigious event and some of them came to us with their greeting for the jolly Thea Garrett who will be performing My Dream penned by Sunny Aquilina and written by Jason Paul Cassar  in the first semi-final of this years' event. Today we will be bringing you the greeting of Chris and Moira.

The dynamic duo first burst onto the scene as a duo in the 1994 Malta Song for Europe when they performed the song their self-penned entry More Than Love which blew away the judges of the national selection toppling people such as Ray Caruana who represented the United Kingdom in the 1989 Eurovision Song Contest finishing in second place. Alas, the duo went to Dublin and finished in 5th place which was another brilliant result for our country with the performance being outstanding. The duo would go on to write the 1999 entry Believe In Peace to which they accompanied as backing vocalists and also an entry within the Malta Eurosong competition in 2008 entitled All Right Now which failed to make it through to the final round of the competition. They are currently working on a new album which will be released in due course.

"All the best for the Contest, we are sure you will do your utmost but whatever the result, you make sure you enjoy every bit of it cos that's what you will carry along with you all your life, the great moments!!

Take care and break a leg, regards
Chris & Moira"

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