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The saying goes that time flies and indeed, this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest came and somewhat disappeared without a trace as quickly as possible. A European spectacle which takes place over a fortnight, including rehearsals, press conferences, parties as well as meet and greet sessions came to an end leaving several countries happy with their results especially the likes of Malta, The Netherlands and Hungary who returned to the top ten for the first time in ages. 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 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 most popular artists to compete at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was definitely Nathalie Horler of Cascada who represented Germany with the track Glorious as the title of this article implies. Unfortunately, the renowned act did not manage to maintain the recent success of the nation at the prestigious event noting that Germany, winners of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2010 with the song Satellite performed by Lena Meyer-Landrut had managed three consecutive top ten positions. Nevertheless, despite the result, Germany have already confirmed their presence in Denmark. Nathalie of Cascada was glad to be part of the event actually and had only nice words to say seeking to broaden the fanbase of the group. She speaks about the career of the act, the participation and also future plans in music especially with a brand new album having just been released into the market.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HYTd7WDCPg

Marc Paelinck is easily becoming a veteran of the Eurovision Song Contest having co-written songs for several countries including Malta, Belarus, and his native Belgium. This year marked his fourth participation in total as he wrote the song Solayoh performed by Alyona Lanskaya on behalf of the eastern country of Belarus. The team of Radio International had the pleasure to speak to them both, starting off with the stunning performer who not only looks like an angel but also has the ability to sing extremely well. Marc on the other hand speaks about the background of the song and whether he would like to return to the Eurovision Song Contest in the future. It is well worth pointing out that this was his best finish yet noting that all of his past endeavours had only managed to reach the lower echelons of the scoreboard as opposed to this mid-table showing. Marc Paelinck was also involved in two other selections; the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with Domenique and the Beosong with Maja Nikolic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7wL0JbuK2M

The final two interviews which will be airing this evening are those featuring Aliona Moon from Moldova who was also a backing vocalist to Pasha Parfeni at last years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest as well as the group The Dorians who took Armenia back into the final on their return to the prestigious event. Aliona Moon could not better the result achieved the year before as Moldova could only manage another eleventh place finish with the song O Mie, largerly thanks to jury support whilst The Dorians obtained the worst result for the country when competing in the final. Nevertheless, they defined the odds in reaching the final with the song Lonely Planet as many people had not tipped them making it through. Both Aliona Moon and The Dorians felt empowered at being at the event and they speak about their respective careers and where this event will take them in the future.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xckgLUv73Jc

There will also be a number of new releases played throughout the three hours, including tracks by Dana International, winner of the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest; Anna Rossinelli, the last artist to take Switzerland into the final back in 2011; Krista Siegfrids who caused controversy with her lip-lock action on stage and last but not least Emmelie de Forest, winner of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. 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 escflashmalta.com and escXtra where Luke Fisher, the Editor makes a weekly round-up. Dermot Manning will also be looking at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest from a broader spotlight. Make sure to tune into this evenings episode of Radio International on the links offered above as we help you get through your post Eurovision depression. 

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7l_3p6kF5O8

The team of Radio International had the pleasure of being in attendance at the Eurovision In Concert last week and thus the opportunity to speak to several artists who will be competing in this years' international showcase. Gianluca who himself was present during the festivities has been finalising his promotional tour across Europe heading to countries such as Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and the United Kingdom. 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 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.

Moldova will be represented in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest by Aliona Moon and her entry O Mie, which will be performed entirely in Romanian as opposed to the English language used during the national final. The track is co-written by Pasha Parfeny who took to the stage on behalf of the same nation last year, achieving one of the best results with his entry Lautur. This will be the first of five interviews, with six artists for the simple reason given above. Aliona will discuss the choice of language, apart from the idea of working with Pasha on the song following her accompaniment as a backing vocalist last year. Keeping in line with the current interviews published on escflashmalta.com, where I serve as the Head of Communications, comes an interview with Alyona Lanskaya who will represent Belarus with the track Solayoh composed by Marc Paelinck to the lyrics of Martin King. She discusses last years' participation along with the choice of the track, noting that several songs had been submitted for interest.

Cezar will be representing Romania with his track It's My Life which is somewhat different from all the rest due to the fact that it is within a pop/opera genre which does not really follow a typical form in terms of song. This is the third artist whose interview will be aired this week and he will be followed by another male in the form of Robert Bellarosa whose entry Love Kills is co-written by Iain James and Jukka Immonen. One of the aforementioned writers has worked with Emeli Sande, Little Mix and One Direction, responsible for some of their major hits including Read All About It and Wings. Both gentlemen are ecstatic to get to the international showcase with the hope of doing their nation proud. It is important to spread the message of the country across in the best possible manner. The final interview for the week will be with none other than Krista Siegfrids whose entry Marry Me has been getting a lot of attention as of late due to the unequivocal support towards marriage equality and the rebranding of the campaign towards #Team Ding Dong.

Those are all of the interviews planned for this week but nevertheless, you will be able to catch more in the coming weeks including those recorded during the Eurovision In Concert. There will be a number of new releases, amongst them a track by Jelena Tomasevic who represented Serbia on home soil with Oro back in 2008. 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 escflashmalta.com and escXtra where Luke Fisher, the Editor makes a weekly round-up. A spotlight on the Eurovision Song Contest will be switched on metaphorically of course by Alasdair Rendall as he chooses a topic for the week. Follow the show through the official website and also send your requests through the contact link which is found on the aforementioned website.

Source: Radio International

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9uExokZcIM

Sunday, 14 April 2013 04:20

Moldova: Reviewing the track 'O Mie'

Whilst everyone is entitled to an opinion, escflashmalta.com has called upon six individuals who are professionals in music with several successes within their respective careers. Apart from passing on their comments, they also passed on individual scores for each entry as well as a collective top ten which we counted to come up with ten qualifiers. All of the information is obtained from the official website of the international spectacle and indeed, pertaining to the running order as decided by the producers, Moldova will be performing in slot number twelve (12) from the sixteen (16) entries which will be competing during the first semi-final. TRM, the broadcaster resposible for the participation of Moldova in the Eurovision Song Contest will be represented by the song O Mie composed by Pasha Parfeny to the lyrics of Yuliana Scutaru with vocals set to be taken care of by Aliona Moon.

Aliona Moon is a rising star in the Moldovan music scene. She has already participated in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest as a backing musician of Pasha Parfeny. Now the two artists have changed places, and Aliona will be the lead vocalist of this year's Eurovision entry, the touching ballad O Mie. Aliona Munteanu was born on the 25th of May 1989 in Chisinau. Ethnical Moldavian songs and lullabies sung by her mother cultivated Aliona’s love for music. Since her childhood Aliona was a member of lots of artistic collectives, where she performed both music and dances. As their member, Aliona participated at different contests in Hungary, Belarus, France, Romania, Bulgaria and of course in her motherland Moldova.

Later she was involved in the talent show Fabrica de Staruri 2 (Star Factory) where she gained the third place and the title of the public's favourite. With two of her ex-colleagues from Star Factory Aliona formed the pop band Thumbs Up. The band existed for two years until the break-up in 2011. After that, Aliona took some trophies at international musical festivals as a solo artist, most notably at the “Martisor Dorohoian” and “Dan Spataru” festivals, which were held in Romania. Aliona considered it a great experience to be Pasha Parfeny’s backing vocalist for Lautar in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. It encouraged and determined Aliona to participate in Moldovan national selection for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest as a lead artist. Aliona’s talent and luck earned her the honour and right to represent Moldova in Malmö this year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx2RvJaelgA

Following the successful result achieved by Pasha Parfeny at last years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Lăutar, the broadcaster thought it best to have another national selection and one which would ultimately permit foreign songwriters to compete. The idea was to have a song pool from which qualified artists would have the opportunity to select songs and it seems to have fared quite well noting that the selection process was indeed a success. Some of the artists who performed on the demos of the songs in the actual pool ultimately made it and selected the track once more whilst others passed without their track and had to opt for another. Twenty-Four (24) participants took part in the semi-finals stage from which fourteen (14) made it through, seven (7) from each of the two semi-finals.

In the actual final, it seemed that the competition was tight and following the public vote which put Runaways by Boris Covali in pole position, the jury decided that Aliona was the better choice with O Mie, giving the public favourite third place. The public were still delighted because Aliona was actually their second choice, in a similar faith endured during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Moldova will be taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest for the ninth consecutive time and they have only missed the final on one occasion, that being in 2008 with Century of Love performed by Geta Burlacu finishing in twelfth place. Their best result remains to be their debut entry Bunika Bate Toba performed by Zdob şi Zdub which managed sixth place. Their second best result was a tenth place finish in 2007 with the song Fight by Natalia Barbu. 

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 27%

Magnus Kaxe: A power-ballad with a female artist that has got her hair stuck in a wind machine. Can this be a winning formula? I've heard the verse a million times before. Then the song builds into a random pre-chorus before getting on to the chorus. Or wait? Where is the chorus? Aha...the pre-chorus IS the chorus. No, this won't do. If one wants to compete in the Eurovision, one has to have a song WITH a chorus. Next please.

Lina Eriksson: Even if neither this song nor this singer is my coup of tea it has the drama melodically that often is well embraced by the ESC-fans. It might make it through the semi but it doesn't get my vote.

Matt Mercieca (Muxu): OH WOW, her hair, the dress, what is happening here? ok got distracted, back to the song, nothing special, i'm sorry i can't get over the outfit I MEAN the dress changes colours, WHY? haha. song is average. and then the sudden change just makes it bad.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkbEkuk2TKM

Published in Editorials

Moldova, one of the most successful countries in the Eurovision Song Contest has managed to qualify through to the final on seven attempts out of eight with the odd one out being Geta Burlacu with her entry A Century of Love. Last year, the country represented by Pasha Parfeny and the song Lăutar achieved the third best result and this year, one of his backing vocalists, by the name of Aliona Moon will be taking to the stage of the first semi-final in Malmö with the track O Mie. During the course of the week, the postcard which will introduce her performance was recorded.

It seems that it might actually include parts of the entry which she would be performing moments later according to a video which appeared online. TRM, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Moldova has always selected competent artists with a stunning vocal range and the juries along with the public have awarded the choices well. Aliona Moon seems to be carrying the torch in a positive manner because her performance during the national final was just stunning and despite the large selection of entries, it was truly a stand out entry. O Mie which translates into A Million is also co-written by Pasha Parfeni who as already been noted down was last years' representative. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest as soon as it becomes available.

Source: YouTube, escflashmalta.com, Scutaru

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jg2yROaaLA

Saturday, 16 March 2013 20:46

Moldova: Aliona Moon Heading to Malmö

Moldova, the final country to select their entry for the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malmö have just made their selection in favour of a female by the name of Aliona Moon whose entry bears the name A Million. The track was poised for success well before the actual live shows had commenced for the simple reason that it is written by Pasha Parfeny who represented Moldova in last years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest achieving eleventh place, the second best result for the nation since their initial participation back in 2005 when they had submitted the song Bunika Bate Toba performed by Zdob şi Zdub.

A Million was one of the songs which the public somewhat seemed to enjoy especially those in the audience who gave it an astonishing applause. It finished in second place with the public vote but nevertheless got the bulk of the jury vote making it the outright winner and beating another favourite in the form of Runaways performed by Boris Covali. Moldova will be competing in the second half of the first semi-final and thus not alongside Tomorrow performed by Gianluca on behalf of Malta. As reported in our live coverage done by Antoine Farrugia, Aliona is wearing a dress which has projections and that will surely be an intriguing element considering that it is becoming popular. The same effect was seen at the Grammy Awards and last years' Eurovision Song Contest. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: TRM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C21esSwmlyU

Almost all of the participating countries in this years' Eurovision Song Contest have made their entries known to the public at large exclusive Italy whose entrant Marco Mengoni is yet to reveal his respective entry and Moldova who are hosting their national final this evening. It has been quite an intriguing season with a number of favourites finishing in a close second or sometimes third place as opposed to outsiders and dark horses which swept the board with victories this time round. Sweden is ready to host the international competition and indeed, thirty-nine (39) countries will be sending in their entries to the European Broadcasting Union on Monday during the Heads of Delegation Meeting.

Moldova is one of the most successful countries in the Eurovision Song Contest having managed to qualify to the final on six occasions whilst being directly qualified on another occasion from a total of eight participants thus far. Last year the country was represented by Pasha Parfeny with the song Lautar, considered to be a dark horse by many and indeed lived up to it's expectations, qualifying in fifth place and ultimately achieving the second best result for the country by virtue of eleventh place. This time round, the national selection entitled O Melodie Pentru Europa 2013 was open to foreign songwriters and indeed, several of the tracks that made it through to the final this evening are very much reflective of this element. The show which is set to commence at 19:00 CET can be watched through the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest

The Show (Part 1)

And the show just started. From the first impression it seems that the performers have a really small stage to perform on though it is a nice stage! The audience looks quite looking forward for this night since they are already screaming and shouting and cheering for the opening act which is a rock song with many dancers on the stage called Jazz Dance! The presenters Cătălin Josan and Evelina Vîrlan are now on stage. The male wore an everyday outfit whereas the female decided to wear a bright yellow summer-ish dress. The arena is very small as we got a shot from behind the audience which is really small also but very entertaining.

Lumian Dumetriscu is now on the screen from back-stage and he's talking about the social feeds they have online including Facebook. Just before the acts sart coming up, both the presenters are talking where the Moldovan people can listen or see the show live and they are giving us all the details to vote, all the numbers we need for tele-voting. The juries are being presented to us including many Moldovan music involved people and communication talking people. Let the show start! Hope we have a great national final, which is the last for this year's final season!

Cristina V & Glam Girls - Celebrate

First act, Christina V & Glam Girls. The girls have a pretty nice background! They are all wearing black, white and blue which makes them united! The song is called Celebrate and they are saying the same word too much in my opinion. The vocals are not always 100% on pitch. The audience seem to like it since they are already screaming and cheering! It is an enjoyable song in the Eurovision, a pop-dance song with the use of good vocals. I personally don't think they'll do good in Malmo though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9AwIX9QBhQ

Boris Covali - Runaways

Next up is Boris Cavoli with Runaways. He is wearing the usual suit for men which actually looks good on him! The background is pretty nice for this one too. His voice is not so impressive up till the first chorus and the song is sounding to me like one of the 90s and won't be liked that much today since this is not a very much entertaining song. His vocals got really better from the bridge onwards and is sounding so good with the song, but still I don't think that overall this could be a winner.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57DftBU2Z0Y

Cristina Croitoru & Karizma - Never Fall Again

The next act is Cristina Croitoru & Karizma singing Never Fall Again. Started out really relaxing and already liked her voice so much. A blonde and a brunette wearing similar dresses just different colour schemes, the brunette on the brown-ish side where the blonde is on the blue-aqua side. The voices blend together so much and are amazing me how good this sound. The background screens are showing a person dancing which is quite distracting from the whole act. The backing vocalists are also doing a great impact on this song. Favourite one so far.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhfBXsGYG0M

Svetlana Bogdanova - Conquer My Heart

Next act is Svetlana Bogdanova singing Conquer My Heart. Finally, a full stage having the singer, musicians and backing vocalists up on stage all together. Svetlana's hair is so nice and the colour is so impressive. The diction is not perfect for sure. She is wearing a blind-fold which reminds me a lot of last year's Lithuanian entry. She is wearing a black plain dress and she is stable in one place, not moving at all. Her voice is really good, not missing any notes. The song is a bit too old for this time and era in music. Thought it would be better.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFZ7GFnG_Bo

Interval

We have a green-room connection again! Lumian is meeting us with the acts, talking with the Glam Girls & Christina V right now. Sadly enough, they are speaking in any language I can understand or talk so I can't understand anyrhing what they are talking about.

Anyways, the green-room is so nice, enery act having their own table and drinks and what they want to do in their area as it seems to me. As I am understansing, every act is saying why people have to vote for them and saying the tele-voting numbers themselves. Whereas all the other contestants who performed, it seems that Svetlana Bogdanova is really serious and not one who jokes around too much. 

That won't do well with the Eurovision spectators as everyone sees the character of the singer(s) also. Back to the main stage and the presenters reminded everyone how to vote. Show is now continuing!

Nicoleta Gavriliţă - Freaky Thong

Nicoleta Gavriliţă is up next singing Freaky Thong. Strong song as from the beginning. The background screens are so colourful, as the song says freaky. The singer is wearing an everyday outfit. and the backing vocalists also. The backing vocalists and the singer are forming a triangle everyway. The singer has a powerful voice also and weirdly enough she's looking like Cher Lloyd. With this song I would like to see a more entertaining performance, it's too toned down for the song. She uses her voice a lot like Christina Aguilera's which is beautiful. An act to look out for.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cmnM4tSsSE

Aurel Chirtoacă - Iartă-Mă

Aurel Chirtoacă singing Iartă-Mă is up next! A male after many many females performing. The stage looks at its best where Aurel is sitting on a small table clad in all black. He sat up as from the first note he sang though. A woman came in walking and went out again, don't know why this is done. Aurel is now sitting at the piano, does that mean the piano was playing on its own before? A different lady came in again. And now as Aurel woke up from the piano the other lady is back in dancing! Aurel has got great vocals, I really do like them! But the song is really really boring so I don't think this will do it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ml7mMEKDyCM

Irina Kitoroagă - L.o.v.e. Love

Irina Kitoroagă with all her L.O.V.E Love on stage! the first notes are not on pitch. She had feedback already. She has dancers with her which in my opinion are not dancing styles whivh contribute the song. She is wearing a white dress, dancers are clad in pink and black and the backing voaclists are all in black. Is it only me or you see too many things going on also? This song is an enjoyable one but her voice is still like a baby's voice. Near the other confirmed acts this won't stand out for sure. Not impressive at all.

Anna Gulko - Somebody Else

omebody Else is the next song sung by Anna Gulko. I love how the stage looks as from the first secong I've seen it. A full band on stage! Anna is shining on the stage being the only one wearing a shining yellow dress. The song is a bit boring from after the chorus onwards. She haven't missed a note. This song just needs a good arrangement and it would turn out a lot better. She has fire on stage, which I don't know why since there isn't much of a climax.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17Jvrq2nNhU

Vitalie Negruţa - You'll Be Mine

Vitalie Negruţa singing You'll Be Mine is the next act for tonight. A great song sounding from the beggining, let's hope this will get this competition better! I would change the dancer's costumes for sure. The song does not have a good arrangement for sure, it's still not full! Although this is a really enjoyable song. His voice is nice but not the best for sure! A solo spanish-guitar part by an old man which is not original from last year's Russian entry. The song is really enjoyable nearing the end! One to look out for.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkwnMpPz8wc

Interval

And we are back in the green-room with Lumian interviewing the acts who just sang after the first interval. Nicoleta and her team seem to be really hyper, they'rea ll cheering and have balloons with number 5 on them. Irina is telling all the viewers to vote number 7, which means her song L.O.V.E Love, which wasn't quite impressive. Lumian just sat down with Anna Gulko and her band. He is interviewing her ending with the only one word I could understand 'Extraordinay!'

As Lumian is talking to Vitalie, I noticed how much his clothes are fancy (Vitalie's). Could have worn better for this extreme occasion. Lumian sits down seeing a Facebook Feed and the comments on the page 'Orange'. We are back to the main presenters in the arena. The presenters are saying that there is not too much time left to choose their song for Malmo! Let us continue!

Cristina Scarlat - I Pray

Cristina Scarlat is up next sinigng I Pray. WOW! Great stage, great outfits and started out really good vocally! She has four dancers with her who are really sharp and really good. She has got a big voice! This is a really good song in this national final, I'm sure this will do well! She didn't miss a note. Cannot stop looking at this performance. Awkward ending though! But really really strong! This will do well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdIKja9hsXk

Doiniţa Gherman - Planeta e un rai

Doiniţa Gherman singing Planeta E Un Rai is up next for this final! Is this carnival? Those were my first three words. I think she might need to call a designer because she is not dressed good and her hair seems like just woke up. The song is enjoyable though and she can sing! I'm not sure if the costumes are representing any heroes by any chance because everyone got a different one. In the final choruses she missed some notes which are really noticeable. The song is one of those which gets you up to dance, but you stay down because she scares you. This is the only one who Thank You right?! Nice song, bad visual.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aj95ntBCVQM

Tatiana Heghea - A Brighter Day

Tatiana Heghea singing A Brighter Day. Tatiana is wearing a beautiful dress and the background screen is making her look like she got wings. The song started out really really nice. And frankly, continued really nice in another way. She can surely arrange her diction. After some time it gets a bit the same and you're kept waiting for that big thing to come. And there it is! Started from a soft ballad and ended to a pop song, what a good combination! Another one to look out for. The competition is getting better.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKGt--8Ar3g

Felicia Dunaf - Codename Felice

Codename Felice sung by Felicia Dunaf is the next in line. The stage seems good, not amazing though. The singer's outfit is really nice! Orange and leather is a mix I do like. This song is a good one and can improve by a better arrangement. The dancers are good too and the backing vocalists are good also, though the outfits of the backing vocalists are not matching with the rest of the performers. The song is nice and she got a pleasant voice but I don't think she can do vocal acrobatics to do it better live. This is a good one also! Competition getting much better.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlVokNcnt9w

Aliona Moon - A Million

Aliona Moon singing A Million is the final act for today! Her dress, I love. The piano, I love. The song, I already do like a lot. She can arrange her diction though. Her dress is made out of lights like Sabina Babayeva's last year (Azerbaijan). The dancers are really good and the stage seems all together. She have a nice voice and a big one too. This is a really good song! With some arrangements, it may do well in Malmo. Final song for the night got the biggest applause. Amazing! Could win this to be honest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9TOg45p2cE

The Show (Part 2)

We finished the contestants for tonight and the presenters are back on our screens reminding us we can vote for our favourites. In the end, it turned out to be a good competition between six songs. We're back in the green-room with Lumian and Christina Scarlat who said this experience was 'Superb!' As I am understanding, Lumian is asking her how this experience was for her and she seems to have liked it a lot. 'VOTE NO. 10!' Lumian said. He is now next to Donitia and are talking about several things which I can't understand.

She talks a lot, she doesn't want to stop talking at all. Lumian is now talking with Tatiana. They are both saying to vote for number 12 which is Tatiana's entry! Lumian is now near Felicia Dunaf and I must say this is something strange to see money in a green-room. Lumian is talking with Felicia's writer, composer and everything for this song! Lumian just sat near Aliona Moon and they saying that her dress is heavy , made of metal as I can get. Everyone who was involved on stage with Aliona is holding a paper saying 14 to vote for them. First votes are in and it seems that Boris Cavoli is first and following him is Aliona Moon.

Back in the green-room with Christina V & Glam Girls and Lumian. He just stayed near them to present Boris right?! Nice way to do things Lumian. Lumian and Boris are dicussing that Boris is already first from the tele-voting and Lumian is congratulating him. An applause from all the green-room ended the shots from green-room for now. Back to the arena! Boris got 36.49% and Aliona got 28.49% from tele-voting! This is an only music song which for me cuts my guts waiting for the results. Can we just skip this and see the results or a song which has lyrics please? This is boring.

Now Cornelia Stefanet is up on stage clad in a nice orange dress. She is singing with the same band, at least with lyrics. This is a really nice and relaxing song though! The song just ended and Cornelia is now singing Sirusho's entry for Armenia back in 2008 Qele Qele with the same band. She has done it perfect! Really good performance and voice. What a pianist that is! WOW, amazing ... Big well done! A male is now singing Nije Ljubav Stvar, the Serbian entry last year which ended third place! Cornelia Stefanet sang the Israeli entry for 1998. Now, another man is singing Fairytale, Norway's winning entry back in 2009.

They sang a duet finally which is Aysel & Arash's 'Always' the Romanian entry which did a lot of success in 2009. After this one we had Dima Bilan's Believe which won for Russia in 2008. And as a cheer up, we heard the most famous Eurovision song 'Waterloo' by Abba which won in 1974 for Sweden. We are back from a small interval! The presenters has just presented Belarus' entry wrong. They said Alyona will be performing The Rhythm of Love while she's performing Solayoh and is now performing it live in this arena. Belarus and Moldova will be competing against each other in the First Semi-Final. Alyona should really go for a hair-cut before the Eurovision.

Noticeably, this is a powerful song and Alyona's voice is really good! And we're back online with Lumian giving the tele-voting points and as expected Boris got the 12 points and Aliona Moon got 10 points. And the jury gave their 12 points to Aliona, and she is crowned the winner of the O melodie pentru Europa 2013. Aliona Moon will be representing Moldova with her song A Million in the First Semi-Final on the 14th May 2013. And now, to end everything Aliona Moon is performing A Million, the representative for Moldova in the first semi-final this year. Congratulations Aliona!

Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:25

Moldova: Pasha Parfeny back as Songwriter

TRM, the public broadcaster of Moldova officially became a member of the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2005 and each participation has somewhat been identified in a positive manner except for once where qualification was not assured but nevertheless, a slight dent in their respective proceedings. In 2012, a national final took place which saw to the victory of Pasha Parfeny with the track Lăutar and the choice was sublime noting that it picked up public and jury votes to finish in eleventh place with more than eighty points. This time round, the broadcaster is going about their selection process in a different method and Pasha is still involved in one particular entry.

 

Despite their success, it was well thought of that a change in the selection was needed and the broadcaster would like to ascertain that the best possible package is chosen hence why they are looking for the artist and the song in a separate fashion. Artists could have submitted songs themselves but some issues came up which eventually even led to the withdrawal of former representatives, Natalia Barbu who was slightly worried that despite passing with the song, other performers could make use of her entry, possibly even winning the selection against her. The rules state that once the track makes it into the pool of songs, it could have more than one artist. You could find the list of the sixty tracks chosen through the official website of the broadcaster. In the meantime though, the qualifying artist are as follows;

  • Anna Gulko
  • Inaya
  • Felicia Dunaf
  • Cristina Scarlat
  • Stela Boţan
  • Vitalie Negruţa
  • Doiniţa Gherman
  • Irina Taraşiuc
  • Aliona Moon
  • Fire Love
  • Ruslan Ţaranu
  • Cristina Croitoru & Karizma
  • Aurel Chirtoacă
  • Alexandru Şendrea
  • Svetlana Bogdanova
  • Boris Covali
  • Cristina V.
  • Tatiana Heghea
  • Denis Latîşev
  • NiCo
  • Irina Chitoroagă
  • Vitalie Maciunschi
  • Dara
  • Valeria Paşa

The jury for the first phase of the selection included two former representatives, Geta Burlacu who had failed to reach the final back in 2008 and Nelly Ciobanu whose entry Hora Din Moldova reached fourteenth place in 2009. There are a number of notable performers including none other than Boris Covali, Doiniţa Gherman, Cristina Croitoru & Karizma respectively but the focus is seemingly on an upcoming performer known as Aliona Moon whose entry entitled A Million is written and produced by the 2012 representative, Pasha Parfeny. The artist, who was a backing vocalist during the successful performance of the country at the Eurovision Song Contest is hoping that she could be the one to succeed this time round. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news.

Source: Eurovision.tv, TRM

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