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Thursday, 06 May 2010 00:32

Sweden: Expert Panel thinks Malta will fly to Final

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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
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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.

Source: SVT

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 first person.

The Guest commentator for the second semi-final on the 27th May 2010 will be featuring a man who started to perform on the Talent Show in Ireland entitled You're A Star which went on to select the entrant and song for that years' Eurovision Song Contest. Following his appearance on the show, we studied speech and drama scoring some charting hits with the song Church Mice. Following this, he signed a contract with Universal Music in Ireland which saw him release two successfully charting singles in the form of A Better Plan (#1) and Come Back to My Heart (#3) released from the album entitled The Heart which was certified Double Platinium and number 3 in the charts. This material was followed by a second album bearing the name Not Like Me which got certified Gold and included hit songs such as Here Comes My Baby, I Still Believe in You and Hope for Me Yet. He is currently working on his own for his third album because he wishes to take up such a challenge. We are proud to have such a star guest commentating with us, Ladies and Gentlemen put your hands together for Simon Casey.

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Wednesday, 05 May 2010 14:37

Lithuania: Inculto to release album

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The Lithuanian representatives in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest are quite busy promoting their entry at the moment and therefore they would like to improve their promotional by releasing an album which is actually an EP Pack consisting of remixes and other songs.

Tracklist:

1. Eastern European Funk
2. Keep on Dancing
3. Sabroso
4. Welcome to Lithuania (Live)
5. Eastern European Funk (Acoustic)
6. Eastern European Funk (2Foxy Rmx)
7. Eastern European Reggaeton (Morlenka Remake)

Video:

Eastern European Funk (Official Video)
Eastern European Funk (Live at ESC National Final)
Keep on Dancing (Live in Studio)

Keep On Dancing and Sabroso are previously unreleased tracks. Welcome To Lithuania almost took InCulto to Eurovision in 2006 (the band came second in the National Selection that time). Morlenka Remake is a remix of the title song produced by InCulto bass player Aurelijus Morlencas and 2Foxy Rmx was made by Lithuania's biggest house music producer Mario Basanov. You can buy the CD at all good music stores in Lithuania - for those of you who live abroad but would still like to buy one, please visit http://www.bearecords.nl

Source: Press Release

Popular web portal www.di-ve.com, has just reported that Dr. Isabelle Gatt has resigned from the Malta Eurosong team with immediate effect. The reason given for this resignation is personal work commitments that Dr. Gatt has. One would like to note that Dr. Gatt has been part of the advisory team since 2008, which coincides with the year PBS took over Malta's participation at the Eurovision Song Contest.

This resignation is rather a surprise bearing in mind that Thea Garrett shall leave our shores around mid-May to represent Malta in this year's Eurovision Song Contest which will be held in Oslo on the 25th, 27th and 29th of May. Escflashmalta.com will try to contact the Head of Delegation Joe Dimech to see whether he would like to pass on a statement on the issue, and see whether Dr. Gatt will be replaced in such a crucial stage of the competition.

Source: Di-Ve

Marc Calleja Bayliss has spoken to the duo who will be representing Romania in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest. This is what they had to tell us whilst wishing everyone a pleasant couple of weeks with regards to what will be coming up soon.

This years' Romanian selection was quite complicated for fans to understand because despite the fact that it was open to everyone, the broadcaster namely TVR heard the submitted entries and also decided which songs were good and had unsuitable singers. Do you think that this kind of system worked in the organization of the selection in your opinions?

I think this is a smart decision for TVR because this makes the whole process more efficient. First of all, the decision is favorable to the young composers who can't afford to have an experimented artist singing their song, because we all know that a good song can be seriously disadvanteged by an unsuitable voice. This is, basically, for the good of the song, for the good of the selection.

As soon as I heard that Ovi was joining forces with Paula, I remarked that this is going to be a fantastic collaboration because I am quite a fan on your work having followed you in your respective national selections in previous years. What was the reason behind the collaboration and is it just for the Eurovision Song Contest or will it continue after the event?

Paula: I  met Ovi on the stage of a very important Romanian Festival in Brasov and it was definitely a compatibility from the first moment we  talked. We are both singers and songwriters, we like almost the same music and artists and we found it interresting to start writing and singing songs together, for our upcoming albums. Few weeks later, Ovi decided to make our first duet for Eurovision, this was a great oportunity to start the collaboration, so we begun to work at the concept.  The ideea came naturally after we begun to talk about our music, and we were happy to see many similarities in musical preferencies.

Despite being a new collaboration, you cannot say that you are new to the music industry and that is because you are already both quite famous within your own countries being the host country of Norway and Romania. This is due to the fact that you have released a number of studio albums onto the scene already. Would you care tell us what you have been up to in the past and do you believe that it has made you the persons that you are today?

Every little step we take is important for the person you are and you are about to become. I have released 13 albums during 14 years of musical career and I can proudly say that after all this work, I have produced my first album that I entirely wrote (music , lyrics and orchestration) . It was released last year and it's called "Believe" , you can listen to  the songs on www.paulaseling.com .  I have opened the concerts of Chick Corea , Joan Baez, Rcky Martin, Michel Bolton, Beyonce, and I had the honor to make a duet with Al Bano and Anita Doth from 2 Unlimited recorded one of my songs in duet with me and sang it on the stage of Callatis, a festival that takes place in a beautiful seaside resort.

The song which you will be presenting in the second semi-final of this years' Eurovision Song Contest is entitled Playing With Fire and it is written by none other than Ovidiu Cernau?eanu. What was the main inspiration behind the song and is it relatively the same to what you had heard when the demo version was first released or has it changed a lot since then?

The song is based on a musical "duel" between two piano players. Ovi and I have both studied classical music in the past so we thought it was an opportunity to apply our piano skills and make a special song based on the concept of a competition both vocally and on the piano. This concept was developed to emphasize the idea of the competitive energy in a relationship and the battle for control envisioned as a "fight for supremacy" between two lovers.

Well, we can't say that it has changed a lot, but it has definitely changed during  the production, there were many ideas that transformed the song into what it is now. Every song needs to be adapted to the type of voices and personalities of the artists that interpret it.

One of the most impressive qualities about your participation this year is surely the music video which incorporates together several modern elements including glass pianos, robots and even clothing. What was the idea behind the promotional clip and what can you tell us about the filming of such an impressive piece of art?

Well, thank you so much for the appreciation!

The song has a futuristic sound that makes you think of a parallel world. As you know tha story and the inspiration of the song, you see why we took its action into the future : Ovi and I, we take our "fight" in the virtual environment , in a computer game where we compete with each other at different levels. Each of us, we choose an avatar as pilots, urban guerilla fighters, dancers and robots. The video uses a  last generation special technology and it is a premere for Romania: "motion capture" . Motion capture uses a special suit with sensors similar with the ones used in the movie "Avatar"  that transposes the movements of a person in a generated character - the robots in the video. The shootings took place  both in Romania and in Austria at Grafenegg Castle. There were over 60 persons involved in the production of the video and the result is so good due to the austrian specialists in motion capture, the team and  the brilliat ideas of the Producer Eduard Schneider and Director Mihnea de Vries

This year it seems that the broadcaster namely TVR has been investing quite a hefty sum of money in order to promote you in the best possible way so that the result achieved in Oslo will be satisfactory and surprisingly high of course. I am of course speaking with regards to the extremely busy promotional tour which you have been doing all around Europe. Where have you gone to thus far and do you believe that such a tour is necessary when one can make good use of the internet?

Nothing compares to meeting people in person. It is true that we can promote the song on internet right now, but I believe in the special chemistry that happens when you meet people face to face, when you talk to them, when you sing them live. This is why we wanted to do this tour and we managed to go to Moldavia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Turkey , we will go also, in UK. I am sorry we haven't managed to get to Malta also, because it is something that we want to do for a long time.

The Eurovision Song Contest has been ongoing for more than 50 years up till now and therefore has had numerous numbers of songs each year. Do you consider yourself a fan of the event and if so which entries would you consider as the best ever submitted, both Romanian and international ones that is? In the meantime, have you heard any of the other songs competing in this years' edition which is set to be staged within the city of Oslo in the confines of the Scandinavian nation of Norway?

I was watching ESC every year with great interrest, together with my family and I consider it the most important music event of Europe that has fans all over the world. I consider myself a fan for many years and it is a great honour for me to be part of it, this year. I  think that ABBA with Waterloo is one of the most important winners of ESC, like Johnny Logan with "Hold me now" , Brotherhood of Man with "Save your kisses for me" ,Celine Dion with "Ne partez pas sans moi" , Toto Cutugno with "Insieme" , "Everyway That I Can" by Sertab Erener, "My Number One" from Helena Paparizou , Alexander Rybak with " Fairytale" and many others.

Would you like to say anything to our readers at www.escflashmalta.com?

Yes: Thank you so much for reading this interview , for being interrested in Ovi and me,  I hope you will enjoy  "Playing with fire". Wish you all the best!

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One of the most anticipated events on the Maltese musical calender surely has to be the Konkors Kazunetta Indipendenza which is an open air event held in the Floriana Granaries during the Independence festivities. Several local stars participate in the event promoting Maltese culture and lyrics. It is truly a spectacle for all. The 2010 edition is in it's preliminary stages actually and the organisers are getting ready to gear up for another year.

We are in a position to reveal that this years' edition of the Konkors Kazunetta Indipendenza received a total of 125 Entries, 32 of which are in the Teen Category whilst a total of 93 entries were submitted in the Established Category. The submission procedure was open from 08:00 CET till 19:00 CET yet was just a tad longer until everyone who had entered till the final minute got his song registered. It is important to note that the next phase of the competition will most probably be taking place in the beginning of June when an appointed panel of judges will be bringing down the 93 entries within the Established Category to 50 whilst the performers chosen for the second phase will perform live in front of a different panel of judges until the final decisions are made known.

When comparing last years' submissions with this years' one could easily note that there was a decrease within the established talent category as from 110 entries they have went down to 93 entries whilst the overall tally is just down by three thanks to the increase within the other category. Technically we are still within the same water as we had last year. We will be bringing you updated with the latest news as soon as it becomes available only here on ESCflashmalta.

One of the most important promotional events of the year took place in Belgium, a nation which is competing within the first semi-final of this years' Eurovision Song Contest. The event brought together the delegations from Armenia, Greece, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Ireland, Belgium as well as Malta. The schedule included performances on the television un the show TVL as well as a live performance during the Pink Nation event.

Our representative for 2010 namely Thea Garrett performed her entry My Dream written by Jason Paul Cassar and Sunny Aquilina looking extremely charismatic during the performance. According to reports, the artist really did well within the country and was received well by both people as well as the media present. In the meantime, you can see the performance from the program through the youtube video below which has just been uploading in an extremely high quality version.

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Monday, 03 May 2010 09:10

Alive 2010: Get Ready to Party

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One of the most attractive events in the club scene calender surely has to be the annual concert running under the name Alive which will be heading up an extremely strong line-up for this years' show which will be taking place on Saturday 15th May 2010 within the Beland Club in the southern city of Zejtun.

The fifth edition of the event will be hosting a Live DJ set by Ira Losco who represented Malta in the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest. The artist will be experimenting with something completely new as she will be using her vocal capabilities along with dance music exclusively at the event. Joining Ira Losco are none other than band Tribali who have just returned from a tour in Australia following their huge success in the local scene just last year dominating the Malta Music Awards. In fact both artists are represented by Howard Keith of Jagged House.

Another sought after artist who will also be present is Kristina Kasolani who has been noted in the Malta Eurosong 2009 competition having been a guest. She will also be joined by one of the upcoming R&B artists namely Christabelle, the recipient of the Malta Best Artist Award. The final name on the billing goes to Tiziana Calleja who just placed third within the Malta Eurosong 2010 apart from being a well known television personality. The show will be hosted by "Evangelisti" actor Carlos Farrugia and Roberta Cutajar.

Tickets for the event are currently selling at €7 and they can be bought from the Beland Club in Zejtun and many other shops or online through the portals which you can find here and here. We are sure that you will enjoy the event so what are you waiting for, book your tickets now !

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Source: Jonathan Bondin (Alive Organiser)

Monday, 03 May 2010 01:39

Croatia: Feminnem dazzle Malta

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In recent years, Malta has become quite an interesting promotional destination for several Eurovision Song Contest participants yet due to the world economic crisis many nations opted on other form of promotion and therefore the tours really dwindled with countries selecting parties with massive media exposure to attend to. The Croatian representatives only visited some neighbouring countries yet decided to come to Malta.

The female beauties performed on several programs throughout their visit to our country but were heavily promoted during the Malta International Hit Song Contest were they performed their Eurovision entry Lako Je Sve along with another track for album. During their stay the audiences really warmed up to them due to their fantastic character and they might be even with a chance of winning the maximum points from our nation due to their visit alone. This can only happen if they reach the final due to the fact that we are in different semi-final stages. In the meantime, you can see part of their interpretation from their Eurovision Song Contest entry below.

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One of the most anticipated events on the Maltese musical calender surely has to be the Konkors Kazunetta Indipendenza which is an open air event held in the Floriana Granaries during the Independence festivities. Several local stars participate in the event promoting Maltese culture and lyrics. It is truly a spectacle for all. The 2010 edition is in it's preliminary stages actually and the organisers are getting ready to gear up for another year.

Tomorrow marks the submissions phase of this years' Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza which are set to be received at Media.Link Communications  which is also the main building of the Nationalist Party found within Herbert Ganado Street in Pieta. Entries will be taken up from as early as 08:00 CET till as late as 19:00 CET. The organising committee led by Frederick Zammit will then proceed to the next phase of the competition. It is expected that the eliminatory phase will be taking place at some point at the end of May. Stay tuned to ESCflashmalta.com as we will be following this festival quite closely.

Source: KKI Chairman (Frederick Zammit)

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