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Earlier this month, San Marino confirmed that in next years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, they will be represented by Valentina Monetta for the third consecutive time in hope of the micro-state reaching the final for the very first time considering that they finished in eleventh place with their entry Crisalide (Vola) earlier this year. 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.

The focus of this weeks' programme in an aim to continuously remind you that the Eurovision Song Contest will be re-starting with the national final season in a couple of months will be a series of interviews recorded during the experience endured in Malmo, Sweden. As a matter of fact, kicking off this round will be none other than Belgium whose entry Love Kills co-written by Jukka Immonen and Iain Farquharson finished in twelfth place with seventy-five (75) points. It is worth noting that this was the second best result for the nation since the introduction of the semi-finals. In 2010, Tom Dice and his entry Me and My Guitar won the semi-final porition of the competition before reaching an extremely positive sixth place. Roberto shot down his critics in reaching such a high placing noting that his stature and reputation in Belgium has risen as expected. In this interview he speaks about his experience and what the future holds.


Despina Olympiou, is one of the most beautiful female artists to have graced the stage of this years' Eurovision Song Contest albeit did not garner favour with either the jury or the public during the night of the semi-final finishing in fifteenth place with just eleven (11) points following her stunning rendition of the track An Me Thimase for Cyprus. CyBC, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Cyprus had internally selected Despina in an effort to cut back on the costs that a national selection entails. Sponsorship was key but unfortunately it was not meant to be. Despina took up the opportunity to continue advancing in her career and this was definitely another experience which she will treasure for many years to come. It is yet unknown whether Cyprus will return to the Eurovision Song Contest next year but escflashmalta.com definitely hopes that Malta won't be the only Island in the Mediterranean competing in Denmark.


Since 2004, one of the nations to return to the Eurovision Song Contest on every occasion has been Albania, reaching their best result last year as Rona Nishliu took to the stage to perform the track Suus finishing in a remarkable fifth place. Unfortunately, this years' result could not have been any different with Adrian Lulgjuraj & Bledar Sejko garnering just thirty-one (31) points to finish in fifthteenth place, the second worst result for Albania since they entered the Pan-European competition. The song Identitet which Bledar wrote did not appeal to the masses unfortunately, falling under just one genre, that of rock, hence why it suffered. The old school feel also appealed to voting from the region but nowhere else. Albania are seemingly also returning to the competition next year despite the result achieved this time round. Short interviews recorded on the red carpet with the artists from Iceland and Russia will also be aired during the programme.


There will also be a number of new releases played throughout the three hours, including tracks by Tina Karol, who represented Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006; Fabrizio Faniello, two time representative of Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest (2001 & 2006); Krista Siegfrids, representative of Finland at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest; Jessy Matador, French representative at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest; Maya Sar, the last representative for Bosnia & Herzegovina thus far and last but not least; Kevin Borg who came in second place at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. 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. David Mann will be discussing cover versions from the Eurovision Song Contest. 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: Team of Radio International


Tuesday, 20 November 2012 13:28

France: Fabrice Mauss Heading to Malmö

The city of Malmö in Sweden will be hosting the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in a couple of months and it seems that most countries are very much content about their upcoming participation by virtue of choosing their representatives relatively early especially now that The Netherlands and Belgium have confirmed Anouk and Roberto Bellarosa. A couple of days back, it seemed that the French Head of Delegation; Bruno Berberes was holding closed auditions in order to select acts to compete in what could have been a national selection or even an internal choice but earlier rumours posted on escflashmalta.com have proven to be true because Fabrice Mauss will be heading to the competition on behalf of France.

Fabrice Mauss is a known individual within the music industry by virtue of being the lead performer of the band which bears his surname. Nevertheless, he has been quite busy launching his solo career as of late even signing a record deal with Universal Music France before going independent releasing his third studio album entitled Minuit Passé under the label VF Musiques / Guess What! In an exclusive interview given to the popular radio station NRJ, Fabrice confirmed us participation in the event saying that retails of the track will be revealed in January or February. He is quite happy and honoured to have been chosen for the role but is quite scared of the final result especially after this years' result achieved by Anggun with the song Echo (You and I) which only garnered points from the jury. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available. 

Source: NRJ 


Tuesday, 19 June 2012 07:40

France: Nil Points from Tele-Voting

France decided on selecting the artist internally for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest and went onto selection one of the most popular names in the industry being Anggun but it seems that the plan backfired as soon as the track Echo (You & I) was selected in conjuction with the performer and Warner Music France, who were also the brains behind last years' entry by Amaury Vassili entitled Sognu which despite doing better, failed to drum up the support that many people expected. It has been heavily tipped as a winner before France languished in fifteenth position. This time round, at the announcement of the split jury/tele-voting results, as confirmed by the European Broadcasting Union and Price Waterhouse Cooper, France did not even win any points through tele-voting meaning that should the system of a couple of years ago remained in place, it would have managed the dreaded 'Nil Points'.

Nevertheless, despite the disappointing figures in Tele-Voting, France racked up a respectable thirteenth position with the juries and when the points were divided into 50% shares between the two, it would only managed twenty-first position but this was not the only surprise of the evening noting that within the top ten, Turkey was also the major surprise with Can Bonomo finishing on an impressive fourth place with the tele-voting portion of the competition as opposed to the twenty-second place by the jury. Despite the contradicting results, Turkey returned to the top ten for the first time in two years with Love Me Back. This result was similar to the one achieved by Romania for their track Zaleilah as Mandinga got seventh place in the tele-voting as opposed to a twentieth with the jury finishing twelfth overall.

Other interesting results focus on the big five countries noting that the success of Germany and their entry Standing Still by Roman Lob was extremely merited with the country finishing in sixth place when it comes to tele-voting, as opposed to a tenth place in juries which saw them finish in a respectable eight place. The result in this case was quitew close, something extremely different from both Italy and Spain whom despite ranking in fourth and didth place with the juries with a difference of just three points, they managed only seventeenth and eighteenth with the people at home as their entries L'Amore E Femmina (Out of Love) and Quedatè Conmingo (Stay With Me) performed by Nina Zilli and Pastora Soler ranked ninth and tenth in the final tally.


The United Kingdom as entirely not expected finished higher with the public than with the jury who ranked Engelbert Humperdinck and his Love Will Set You Free in last place with a meager eleven points as opposed to the people at home who put him slightly higher in twenty first place but something was not working for that area of Europe because Ireland's entry in the competition by Jedward bearing the name Waterline finished in tenth place with the people and twenty-fifth, just before the United Kingdom with the juries. The most surprising analysis has to be carried out on Ukraine who for the first time ever failed to drum up the support of the viewers at home with the song Be My Guest performed by Gaitana and had to rely on the jury to qualify and to get a mid-table placing by finishing in seventh place with the jury as opposed to the twentieth position of the public.


One last focal point has to be Malta as Kurt Calleja and his entry This Is The Night managed to perform much better with the judges as expected who ranked it in sixteenth place on the final night as the people at home did not see it as better than twenty-fifth place with just a meager ten points. The same story was acknowledged in the semi-final where we placed eleventh with the public and fifth with the jury votes prompting us to get a result which would see us qualify because of the latter vote. Nevertheless, well done for all of the team for a sublime performance on Thursday which would have definitely seen us get a better result on Saturday if kept somewhat the same. You can view all of the decisive results through the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest, here.

Source: Eurovision.tv


Proud-to-be-Malta’s representative in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, Kurt Calleja, has lately been touring around Europe promoting his song. On the 25th April was infact his very last day of this tour which took him around most part of Eastern Europe. His last stop was Amsterdam, in Netherlands, where he took part in the event called “Eurovision in Concert” last Sunday, 21st April, where not less than 24 countries promoted their entry. Before returning to Malta on the 26th April, Kurt made a stop in Milan where he will be appearing on a show aired on RAI Due.

During his promotional tour, Kurt met with other Eurovision contenders including Sabina Babayeva who will be representing the host country Azerbaijan, Can Bonomo representing Turkey, Sofi Marinova of Bulgaria, Ivi Adamou of Cyprus, Soluna Samay of Denmark, Donny Montell of Lithuania and Anggun who will be representing France. Kurt Calleja made various appearances in TV shows and performances in nightclubs and also in some National Selections, including Lithuania’s National Selection. Kurt described this promotional tour as “a great adventure” and he surely made a good name for our country, thanks also to his bubbly and super out-going character.

Now, the emphasis of Kurt’s work will surely be on those important 3 minutes on the stage on the 24th May, that is, the second semifinal. Maybe odds will treat us bad once again, but everyone is more than sure that Kurt and his team will do not only their very best, but their utmost to assure a great performance on that night … and hopefully ‘that would be the night’. In an interview done by escflashmalta.com, Kurt said that the performance will be as simple as possible, nearing very much the performance which led him to the victory last February.

Source: Facebook, escflashmalta


This year has been one of those years when the runner-up at this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest continued to garner more acclaim than the actual winner despite the high dose of support that Kurt Calleja and his team have been receiving in the past couple of weeks. In second place was none other than Claudia Faniello, an experience artist who first emerged on the scene in the Malta Song for Europe back in 2006 and she has never looked back securing popularity, a debut album and also two runner-up finishes at the esteemed music competition whilst also supporting some of the biggest acts in the industry. In recent days, French superstar Anggun recorded a duet of her entry, Echo (You & I) for the Eurovision Song Contest with Claudia within a bi-lingual concept but they have joined forces once more on another track.

The track that they have worked on together is none other than Pure composed by Philip Vella, penned by Gerard James Borg and produced by Sean Vella. The technique of the vocals is stunning and the way that they intertwine together is just brilliant. Pure was the runner-up entry in this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest and it seems that should she have been chosen, we would have got very high marks from the French Jury noting the fact that even Bruno Berberes, the Head of Delegation awarded her the maximum marks in Malta saying that it is pure beauty in all its entirety. Following the competition, Pure went onto a foray on iTunes, by climbing up to number #1 in just a couple of hours and staying there for a month, something which Kurt Calleja is yet to accomplish as his status at the top did not last that long unfortunately. You can hear the duet below in a Youtube video prepared for the occasion. 

Source: YouTube, escflashmalta


This year’s French representative, Anggun, has just released a new bilingual version of her entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, Echo (You and I). We are in a proud position to reveal that the English part of this particular song is being performed by none other than Claudia Faniello, who placed second in this year’s Malta Eurovision Song Contest, with the simple, yet stunning ballad, Pure, penned and composed by Malta’s most notable team of songwriters being Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg.

Despite the fact that Claudia placed second, her voice was very much noted by the French representative, and thus, they teamed up to produce this great piece of music, which surely sounds ‘good’ to the ears. Their voices sound perfect together and this collaboration may result in further duets together! Anggun will be performing in position number nine (9) in the final night, since France is part of the ‘big five’ alongside the likes of the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain and Italy and thus are given the opportunity to automatically pass to the final night. This regulation was established in the earlier segment of the millennium. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Facebook, Anggun Official Website


Published in Local Music News

French representative Anngun has taken a new approach to market her entry for this year's Eurovision Song Contest, Echo (You and I), releasing several versions of her song, the last of which features Niels Brinck in a duet adaptation.  The different but very complementary voices provide a new dimension to the song, giving it a more harmonious sound. Brinck is not a new name in the history of Eurovision having represented Denmark in 2009 with his song Believe Again which was written by Lars Halvor Jensen, Martin Larsson Moller and Ronan Keating placing at thirteenth place.


Anngun, on the other hand, has already achieved international success in the late 90s appearing on worldwide charts and touring with artists such as The Corrs, Toni Braxton and Sarah McLachlan, releasing 5 albums from 1997 up to 2011. On the 10th of March, Claudia Faniello announced on her personal Facebook profile that she will also be recording a duet with Anngun in the near future.  Anngun will compete directly in the final on May 26th, on the 9th spot of the running order, since France belongs with the “Big Five” and therefore they are automatically exempted from having to compete in the semi-finals.

Source: Official Anggun Website