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In just over 24 hours, the Grand Final of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place with 26 participants; 10 from the 1st semi-final, 10 from the 2nd semi-final, the 'Big 5' and the 'host country' all vying for the trophy, and the chance to host the international spectacle next year.

Following the aftermath of the Thursday show, the production team of the competition led by SVT sat down with the EBU and created a running order based on the halves that they drew at the post show press conference.

As a matter of fact, the proposed draw was unanimously approved by the EBU Executive Supervisor, Jon Ola Sand and the Chairman of the Reference Group, Dr. Frank-Dieter. This year's final will be taking place at the Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden and will be hosted by Mans Zelmerlow and Petra Mede, who have led the two semi-finals successfully.

01. Belgium

02. Czech Republic

03. The Netherlands

04. Azerbaijan

05. Hungary

06. Italy

07. Israel

08. Bulgaria

09. Sweden

10. Germany

11. France

12. Poland

13. Australia

14. Cyprus

15. Serbia

16. Lithuania

17. Croatia

18. Russia

19. Spain

20. Latvia

21. Ukraine

22. Malta

23. Georgia

24. Austria

25. United Kingdom

26. Armenia

On behalf of the escflashmalta.com, we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for following the minute-by-minute commentary on Facebook and Twitter, led by Claudia Faniello and Karen DeBattista during the 1st semi-final, and by Janice Debattista and Brooke Borg during the 2nd semi-final. In the final, it will be conducted by Julie Pomorski and Franklin Calleja.

We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news about Malta's participation in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, led by singer/songwriter Ira Losco who will be performing "Walk on Water", co-written alongside Tim Larsson, Tobias Lundgren, Molly Pettersson Hammar and Lisa Desmond  in slot #22.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlBZvVWSu8U

Malta returns to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest after a 1 year absence with Ira Losco giving a spectacular performance of “Walk on Water”, an original song which she co-wrote alongside Molly Pettersson-Hammar, Tobias Lundgren, Tim Larsson and Lisa Desmond. Revealed as the 10th qualifier with seconds to go before the closing of the show, it was truly a nerve wrecking experience for the Maltese delegation, and the fans at home and in the arena.

In the Press Conference following the 1st semi-final, Ira drew her starting position half, and Malta will once more be singing towards the end of the 26 participant show, with ten of those being qualifiers revealed tonight including: Azerbaijan, Russia, The Netherlands, Hungary, Croatia, Austria, Armenia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, and of course Malta. There were some gasps in the audience when Iceland and Estonia failed to get through to the next phase.

During the course of the evening, escflashmalta.com through Facebook and Twitter ran a minute-by-minute #live commentary featuring Claudia Faniello and Karen DeBattista, whom we would like to publicly thank for their ongoing support. Make sure to join in on Thursday as the baton is handed to Janice DeBattista and Brooke. On behalf of the escflashmalta.com, we would like to congratulate Ira Losco and her behind-the-scenes team for their hard work and dedication. Stay tuned for all the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com, eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZQ5jD4OD3E

In Vienna, the capital city of Austria, dress rehearsals for the final night of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 are currently taking place, as twenty (20) participating countries were selected from the semi-finals through a mixture of public and jury voting in order to join the seven (7) pre-determined finalists, who secured their place as part of the guidelines of the event, as set forth by the European Broadcasting Union.

As participants drew their part of the running order in the post semi-final press conferences, the excitement grew with regards to how the final line-up will look like, and in the wee hours of morning, the European Broadcasting Union made public the running order in which each of the finalists will be presenting their respective entry.

01. Slovenia

02. France

03. Israel

04. Estonia

05. United Kingdom

06. Armenia

07. Lithuania

08. Serbia

09. Norway

10. Sweden

11. Cyprus

12. Australia

13. Belgium

14. Austria

15. Greece

16. Montenegro

17. Germany

18. Poland

19. Latvia

20. Romania

21. Spain

22. Hungary

23. Georgia

24. Azerbaijan

25. Russia

26. Albania

27. Italy

Unfortunately, Malta is not part of this line-up, despite the fact that Amber gave a stunning interpretation of her entry "Warrior", her original entry penned by Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca to the composition of Elton Zarb. Nevertheless, we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter as our LIVE blogging continues, with Antoine Farrugia, Marc Calleja Bayliss, Brooke Borg and Davinia Pace during the final night of the worlds' most prestigious event in Malta.

Source: eurovision.tv

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

It is fair to say that the search has commenced, with the Nordic countries looking for the best possible entries to represent them in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, set to take place in Vienna, capital city of Austria. In a three-part series, escflashmalta.com will be looking at the various selections, kicking off with Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) in Finland, and Melodi Grand Prix (MGP) in Norway.

Finland has had it’s most successful decade since they first entered the contest in 1961. Their win with Lordi in 2006 has certainly marked a positive turning point for the country. This might not equal the success of their Scandinavian neighbours, the combined score of Finland, a total of 544 points in all the finals, and only failing to make it through to that stage on two occasions, is nothing to be sniffed at for the many years when Finland battled Norway at the latter end of the table.

Semi-Final 1 (February 07)

Hans on the bass – "Loveshine"

Vilikasper Kanth – "Äänen kantamattomiin"

Norlan El Misionario – "No voy a llorar por ti"

Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät – "Aina mun pitää"

Pihka Ja Myrsky – "Sydän ei nuku"

Satin Circus – "Crossroads"

 

Semi-Final 2 (February 14)

Jouni Aslak – "Lions and lambs"

Eeverest – "Love it all away"

Otto Ivar – "Truth or dare"

Opera Skaala – "Heart of light"

Shava – "Ostarilla"

Siru – "Mustelmat"

 

Semi-Final 3 (February 21)

Aikuinen – "Kyynelten Iahti"

Ida Bois – "Kumbaya"

Järjestyshäiriö – "Särkyneiden sydänten kulmilla"

Angelo De Nile – "All for victory"

Heidi Pakarinen – "Bon voyage"

Solju – "Hold your colours"

Whilst I might not be in a position to comment on the artists in contention, it is fair to say that the songs in itself represent diversity in terms of genre, and likability, giving Finland a plethora of entries to choose from. On the other hand, the other contender for 'nul points' during the year has definitely been Norway, having achieved the feat in 1963, 1978, 1981, and 1997.

Smashing all previous Eurovision records in 2009 and winning by comfortable margins in both 1985 and 1995 you can safely say that when Norway is on form it certainly wins with style. Therefore, Norway’s combined finals score for the past ten years is 1054 second only to Sweden. Yesterday, in a Press Conference organised by NRK, the 11 finalists were made public, much to public anticipation.

Final (14th March)

Alexandra Joner - "Cinderella"

Contrazt - "Heaven"

Erlend Bratland - "Thunderstruck

Ira Konstantinidis - "We Don't Worry"

Jenny Langlo - "Next to You"

Karin Parik - "Human Beings"

Marie Klåpbakken - "Ta Meg Tilbake"

Mørland & Deborah Scarlett - "A Monster Like Me"

Raylee - "Louder"

Staysman & Lazz - "En Godt Stekt Pizza"

Tor & Bettan - "All Over the World"

In the second part of the Nordic series, escflashmalta.com will be having a look at Iceland and Denmark, as the songs are set to premiere rather earlier than usual in one instance, whilst the list of finalists will be made public in the other quite soon. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: NRK, YLE, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTMli8U17MM

The European Broadcasting Union made an official announcement this morning that 39 countries have submit paperwork to participate in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria. Despite the withdrawal of Ukraine, this is relatively exciting news, as the event will feature two more countries than last year, following the return of Serbia, Cyprus and the Czech Republic. Malta is one of the few countries to have selected both the singer, and the entry, with Amber set to perform "Warrior" written by Elton Zarb and Matthew Mercieca in one of the two semi-finals.

The participating countries are as follow; Albania, Armenia, Austria (Host), Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France (Big 5), FYR Macedonia, Georgia, Germany (Big 5), Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy (Big 5), Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain (Big 5), Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom (Big 5).

The European Broadcasting Union has also divided the semi-finals with respective number of participants, due to the fact that the number of participating countries is odd. As a result, 16 countries will partake in the 1st semi-final on the 19th May, as opposed to 17 countries which will partake in the 2nd semi-final on the 21st May. The allocation draw will take place on the 26th January, and will be streamed live through the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4KEgc5uduM

Internal, or external, it has become somewhat custom to plan well ahead of time, in order to fine tune both the act and the entry that will represent a country at the Eurovision Song Contest. In just a matter of 3 weeks, entries from the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia and Malta will be officially revealed in a mixture of public and jury voting. In the meantime, Montenegro and Belgium have gone ahead selecting their participants, Knez and Loic Notter, with their respective entries set to be revealed at a later date.

Knez, a singer/songwriter who requires no introduction to the balkan region was "not so surprised by the invitation to represent Montenegro at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest" and this is because he cites himself as a true "Eurovision Fan". He will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Sergej Cetkovic whose entry "Moj Svijet" saw the nation move into the final for the first time. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9c7UPBiNa44

Loic Nottet, a relative newcomer to the music scene, having garnered considerable fame following his appearance on The Voice of Belgium, where he finished as the first runner-up. This is not the first time that the broadcaster has made a choice through this talent show, having previously selected Roberto Bellarosa. His entry "Love Kills" had finished in 12th place in the final, a successful result.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QL5CL0ygLc

Whilst it is somewhat unknown how the song choices will be made, it is expected that Knez will write his own song, and present it to the public in a similar fashion that Sergej did earlier this year, whilst Loic will be discussing with his record label and presumably presenting a couple of songs which the public will decide upon. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: eurovision.tv

Earlier this afternoon, the European Broadcasting Union made public their selection for both host city and venue of the 2015 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Conchita Wurst and her entry "Rise Like a Phoenix" written by Mason, Patulka, Zuckowski and Maas gave Austria a second victory at the esteemed international victory, noting that it was eagerly awaited considering that the other one took place almost 50 years ago. Vienna, capital of Austria, has been selected as the host city of the 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, following a bidding process which lasted several months and saw three cities battle it out towards the end.

ORF, the host broadcaster and the EBU, organising committee also confirmed that the venue will be the Wiener Stadhalle with an overall capacity of approximately 16,000 people. Set to take place on the 19th, 21st and 23rd May 2015, the Vienna was seen as the right choice as it is "the city of music and arts in the heart of Europe", according to Alexander Wrabetz, Director General at ORF who went onto add that "together we will do everything to assure a successful 60th Eurovision Song Contest". We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRUIava4WRM

Tori Amos, an eight time Grammy Award nominee from the United States of America, with countless hits to her name including "Cornflake Girl", "Professional Widow" and "Caught a Life Sneeze" took to the stage in Linz, Austria and performed "Rise Like a Phoenix". It was a late addition to the set-list but definitely a welcome one with the audience going mad as soon as the first notes were played.

"Rise Like a Phoenix", the winning entry of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with vocals provided by Conchita Wurst was not the commercial winner of the music competition with first runner-up "Calm After the Storm" by The Common Linnets scoring higher in several charts across the globe, yet with endorsements coming from the likes of Cher and Tori Amos, it is no wonder why this song has re-defined the whole concept of the international music competition. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the world of the Eurovision Song Contest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ffIQur2QjQ

Conchita Wurst, winner of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Austria with the track 'Rise Like a Phoenix' has made the headlines across the world, receiving support from renowned stars such as; Elton John, Cher and Julio Iglesias. The latest support comes from Lady Gaga, a true superstar who has apparently gone one step further to invite the winner of the international singing copetition to be her opening act on a couple of dates during her upcoming tour; artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball.

Lady Gaga, an artist whose reputation precedes her in every sense of the word is already known for hosting an elaborate show, and it seems that Conchita will become part of her attraction for a couple of days across the continent. At this stage, the Austrian performer has apparently been asked to open for the American superstar on the 16th September in Istanbul, Turkey. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Conchita Wurst's post Eurovision success.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRUIava4WRM

Rise Like a Phoenix co-written by Charly Mason, Joey Patulka, Ali Zuckowski and Julian Maas with vocals provided by Conchita Wurst on behalf of Austria was the clear choice of both the professional juries and the public across the whole of Europe. It is also worth noting that first runner-up, Calm After the Storm performed by The Common Linnets was decided through a consensus even though the Maltese Jury made up of Paul Abela, Manolito Galea, Corazon, Elton Zarb and Pamela thought otherwise pushing it down to a bottom three position.

Having thoroughly analysed the results, we have come to the conclusion that Malta's entry Coming Home written by Richard Edwards Micallef and performed by Firelight did not connect with the audience and languished in a dire bottom three position had it been up to the public only, as opposed to the clear and sensible respect of the professional juries who ranked the entry in 5th place by the close of the voting. Nevertheless, the polarised result saw Malta languish in 23rd place with just 31 points. 

It was relatively disappointing considering that Firelight gave a spirited performance of their folk/pop tune Coming Home. At this stage, I would like to thank Patrick Strouk, Emil Calleja Bayliss, Antoine Farrugia, Juergen Boernig and the rest of the team at Radio International for all their editorial work as well as special guests; Christabelle, Brooke, Daniel Testa, Danica Muscat, Karen DeBattista, Rikki Lee, Simon Casey, Davinia, Matt Mercieca and Miriam Christine. Last but not least, THANK YOU for following escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRUIava4WRM

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