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Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:55

Radio International: Interview with Gianluca Tonight

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It has been almost two weeks since Only Teardrops performed by Emmelie de Forest for Denmark won the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 held in Malmo, Sweden. The spectacle which took place over a fortnight of rehearsals, press conferences, parties as well as meet and greet sessions was absolutely stunning and the public in Malta and The Netherlands surely smiled all the way through as both their entries finished in the top ten come Saturday night. 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 and on Digital Cable 781 & Cable 8.1Mhz 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 countries which was seen as a possible outsider for the victory at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was Russia, a nation which has reached the top ten on several occasions and had been coming in on a first runner-up finish last year achieved thanks to the Babushki and their entry Party for Everybody. This time round, the nation did not fair as well though, finishing in a still respectable fifth place with their ballad, What If performed impeccably by Dina Garipova. The tenth place of Russia in the final was due to missing a couple of notes towards the end of the performance but the public definitely noted her vast improvement on Saturday night. The team of Radio International had the opportunity to speak to the performer about her career in Russia as well as the reasoning behind representing her nation in such a prestigious event where the results have been pretty much impressive in recent years.

The second interview during the programme this evening will be with none other than Gianluca, the artist who represented Malta with the entry Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. It is well worth noting that for the very first time ever, Malta managed to scoop a top prize and that was the jury voting during the second semi-final. It is stunning how the island in the Mediterranean managed to beat the likes of Azerbaijan and Norway. Talent is definitely within the genes of the artist, a full time doctor by profession. The lead singer of the band Funk Initiative is definitely heading towards a successful future especially after making the official charts in The Netherlands, Ireland, United Kingdom and Germany. In recent days, the local media has been publishing that Gianluca would love to return and represent Malta once more sometime in the future and we would definitely oblige to his reasoning especially if he manages to create the same smile he did this time round.

The third main interview which will be aired during the programme will be featuring Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson who represented Iceland in this years' edition of the song competition. His entry Eg a Lif was the favourite of Gianluca, something which was made public throughout the entire promotional tour. It was relatively surprising during the revelation of the split voting that this track actually did better with the public rather with the tele-voting with the professional experts opting for other ballads such as the ones of Azerbaijan and Georgia. Since the introduction of the two semi-final system back in 2008, Iceland have managed to qualify to the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest on each respective occasion, managing a first runner-up finish in 2009 with their entry Is It True? performed by Yohanna. Iceland is one of the countries that will surely return to the competition next time round, especially when the viewing figures were beyond the 95% share in terms of audience.

The final nation in the spotlight for this evenings' programme will be on Heidi & Anne who were the female backing vocalists for Denmark, and thus the winner of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. There will also be a number of new releases played throughout the three hours, including tracks by Kati Wolf who represented Hungary two years ago as well as Loreen who was the winner of the esteemed event for Sweden last year and managed to become one of the most successful performers in her native country. Her single Euphoria was a massive success across the world, hitting the charts also in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. In the meantime, there will also be a number of cover versions as recorded throughout the year, a feature which will be returning at the hands of David Mann. All of the latest news is also covered during the weekly broadcast noting resources from and escXtra where Luke Fisher, the Editor makes a weekly round-up.

Source: Press Release, Daniel D'Anastasi (Photo)

Last modified on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 14:25