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In just a couple of days, the European Broadcasting Union will be officially unveiling the running order for this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals in which Malta will be competing for yet another year as they hope to qualify to the final with Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals provided by Gianluca. 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 88.1Mhz 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 professional selections to take place during this years' national selection season is definitely the Malta Eurovision Song Contest noting that the show was produced at an extremely high quality production apart from the fact that most of the songs could have all been worthy representatives hence forth the public and the jury made different selections. One of the artists which we managed to interview during our annual stay is none other than two time finalist; Deborah C whose entry Love-O-Holic was composed by Johan Bejerholm to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg. The public had somewhat realised that this is a track with potential awarding it sixth place within the tele-voting with the jury giving it a slightly lower position nevertheless, enough to finish within the top ten at an extremely respectable ninth place which is definitely better than last years' disappointment. Deborah C was the winner Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza last September and therefore has been riding a wave of momentum.


Belgium are somewhat similar to The Netherlands with regards to their qualification record at the Eurovision Song Contest having only qualified from the semi-final once having been pre-qualified to the final in 2004 based on the result achieved the year before by Urban Trad and their track Sanomi. Nevertheless, the man who managed to take the nation into the final for the very first time since then was none other than Tom Dice who by his standards was still a newcomer in 2010. He presented a beautiful guitar ballad entitled Me and My Guitar which did not sound of place during the competition and lit the venue up in Oslo, Norway. It finished first in the semi-final and ultimately managed to finish in sixth place when the final results where being read out. It was definitely a coup for the nation who are hoping to reach the final once more this time round with the track Love Kills performed by Roberto Bellarosa. Tom speaks to us with regards to his experience within the music scene, his two successful albums and what lies ahead for him in the future.


There will also be an interview with Joel Bennett, host of W12P, a radio show about the Eurovision Song Contest. Radio International is always keen to present songs during the show apart from the weekly features and therefore, collaborating the two ideas together will see the emergence of Eurovision UnverCover whereas tracks performed at the Eurovision Song Contest will be covered by other singers. The actual tracks will be played first followed by the cover and this will make things interesting. Apart from this feature, there will be new material played on the show by a number of former representatives including Sertab Erener. 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 round up of the current betting odds of this years' Eurovision Song Contest will be conducted by Alasdair Rendall. 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

In just a matter of days, all of the entries competing in this years' Eurovision Song Contest would have presented to the public whilst the final arrangements along with the respective preview videos would be submitted to the European Broadcasting Union during the Heads of Delegation Meeting this coming Monday. There has been a lot of talk over the quality of the songs but nevertheless, it has been relatively improving with the broadcasters seeking renowned producers in their nations to work on the songs which they will be competing with. The official website of the Eurovision Song Contest has already been slaving away publishing the official videos as received by the broadcaster so that people could enjoy them as early as possible whilst decreasting their work load for countries who leave till the very end.

Kicking off the proceedings this morning was Roberto Bellarosa with the song Love Kills on behalf of Belgium. The male vocalist gained recognition in his home country following victory within the debut season of The Voice of Belgium which saw him sign a record deal with Sony Music Entertainment. His debut album entitled Ma Voie was a modest success managing to reach number #11 in the charts with the first single Jealous Guy managing to peak at number #4. Love Kills co-written by Jukka Immonen and Ian Farquaharson will be performed in the second half of the first semi-final. It managed to beat another two tracks in the radio selection held in December. The track has been substantially reworked after negative criticism and it seems that the final product is being well appreciated.


Following Belgium this morning was Russia, one of the most successful countries in the Eurovision Song Contest, having managed to qualify on every successive event. This time round, an internal selection of both the artist and the song took place but nevertheless, the broadcaster being Channel 1 stated that this is still the choice of the public considering that she was the winner of The Voice of Russia with almost one million votes. The announcement of the name came as a shock to many who have known that this particular broadcaster has a tendency to go for renowned artists but nevertheless, it has been pretty good thus far with the song What If performed by Dina Garipova officially presented to the public in it's final version earlier this morning. The song is co-written by Fabriel Alares, Joakim Bjornberg and Leonid Gutkin.


The third entry to be presented in these past couple of days has somewhat been done in stages as one of the Big FIve members has decided to play it's cards in the right manner despite going forward with internal selections since 2009. France internally selected Amandine Bourgeois to take on the task of achieving a good result and indeed, the former Star Academy finalist will be hoping for the very best. People within the music industry have likened her to last years' Italian representative; Nina Zilli but the song she will be presenting at the Eurovision Song Contest entitled L'Enfer et Moi is completely different. It is sassy and has a certain again. Co-written by Boris Bergman and David Salkin, it will be performed within the final. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news.

Source: Eurovision.tv


The European Broadcasting Union has been pretty adamant about putting off rumours of a mass withdrawal from the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and therefore succumbed to releasing the list of participating nations quite early due to the international media coverage which might have had a negative impact on the competition especially noting that Malmö is making several adjustments in order to accommodate a different type of show than what many have seen in recent years. The financial situation around the continent has not been a help and three of the four withdrawals; Bosnia & Herzegovina, Portugal and Slovakia have singled out this decision as the factor behind their pulling out with Turkey on the other hand believing that the recent amendments of the regulations at the event have somewhat put them in a disadvantaged position hence their disappointing results.

The Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest at the European Broadcasting Union, Jon Ola Sand is quite upbeat about the number of participating countries believing that despite the economic situation, public broadcasters are very much committed to the traditional element that the contest has created over time. In fact, since the semi-final system was introduced back in 2004, there have always been between 36 and 43 participating nations and the 39 that will take part in 2013 are similar to the amount that took part in 2010 when the competition was also held in a Scandinavian nation with Oslo, the capital city of Norway playing the role of host. Losing three countries to economic reasons was quite disappointing but nevertheless, Sand is quite 'surprised' by the decision of Turkey noting that they 'never formally objected' the rules as regulations which were brought in back in 2009, a year in which Turkey finished in fourth place.

  • Albania (RTSH)
  • Austria (ORF)
  • Armenia (AMPTV)
  • Belarus (Ictimai TV)
  • Belarus (BTRC)
  • Belgium (RTBF)
  • Bulgaria (BNT)
  • Croatia (HRT)
  • Cyprus (CyBC)
  • Denmark (DR)
  • Estonia (ERR)
  • Finland (YLE)
  • France (France 3)
  • Georgia (GPB)
  • Germany (NDR)
  • Greece (ERT)
  • Hungary (MTV)
  • Iceland (RÚV)
  • Ireland (RTÉ)
  • Israel (IBA)
  • Italy (RAI)
  • Latvia (LTV)
  • Lithuania (LRT)
  • FYR Macedonia (MKRTV)
  • Malta (PBS)
  • Moldova (TRM)
  • Montenegro (RTCG)
  • The Netherlands (TROS)
  • Norway (NRK)
  • Romania (TVR)
  • Russia (C1R)
  • San Marino (SMTV)
  • Serbia (RTS)
  • Slovenia (RTV SLO)
  • Spain (TVE)
  • Sweden (SVT)
  • Switzerland (SRG SSR)
  • Ukraine (NTU)
  • United Kingdom (BBC)

As you can see, the leading European broadcasters including the Big Five featuring; the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain and Italy return for yet another competition noting that their results are improving especially with regards to three in particular. Some countries have already revealed their entries noting that national finals have already taken place in Belarus, Switzerland, Belgium and Lithuania whilst artists have been chosen for The Netherlands, Spain and Montenegro. Despite less countries than last year, the song quality thus far looks to be quite intriguing and this could be a strong edition for the Eurovision Song Contest with Sweden surely organising it to the best ability and letting it known that whoever did not want to participate would have missed out on a great opportunity. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Eurovision.tv


Belgium has been participating in the Eurovision Song Contest since the initial edition and have only missed a couple of editions due to the relegation system which was set in place over a specific period of time when negative results were achieved. Nevertheless, since the semi-final format was put in place, the country has not particularly done well only managing to qualify on one occasion, that being in 2010 by virtue of Tom Dice and his track Me and My Guitar which won the semi-final and ultimately finished in sixth place. The following year, their acapella entry With Love, Baby performed by Witloof Bay almost qualified to the final finishing in eleventh place and earlier this year Would You? by Iris just could come close, finishing in a disappointing seventeenth place despite initial high expectations. RTBF, the French speaking broadcaster is in charge of the selection of entry this year and they decided that the performer will be Roberto Bellarosa.

Roberto Bellarosa is not a household name already but he is quite well known after having managed to overcome several weeks on the reality music show known as The Voice Belgique where he finished as the winner and therefore signed a recording contract with Sony Music Belgium who will be supporting his participation in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. This mornings' selection which is taking place at radio station Vivacité will be commencing at 10:30 CET and should finish at around 13:00 CET. Roberto will be performing three songs in total, two in English and one in French. Despite the fact that the show is not taking place on television, there is still a webcast and thus, we'll be covering the proceedings as they unravel. They will be hoping to improve on the results of the past two years and thus achieve qualification.

The Show (Part 1)

.. and we begin! The opening sequence of the European Broadcasting Union is quickly replaced by six singers, with some of the members of Witloof Bay as well as the vocal coach from The Voice Belgique who are performing none other than Waterloo by Abba which is surely one of the tracks that is played heavily in national selections. It has been a pretty long time since I have followed a national selection in French so this could be quite intriguing. This could be a very quick presentation with the first song now up.

01. Love Kills

I haven't heard him perform in English but from the first couple of notes, it seems like he will not have a lot of problems with the language. He takes to the stage to perform a pop track and the vocals are relatively raspy. The idea of having this selection early was definitely not well thought out considering that everyone seems to have fallen out of bed this morning. There are several breathing elements which need to be addressed in my opinion but this is actually a strong song which many would rather enjoy. I have no clue why Roberto is doing the second voice himself but there needs to be better presentation next time round.



The very first break took place and we are back relatively quickly though and it seems that this could move at a relatively fast pace. The general comments are that the first song was a strong radio track but that the vocals need work. I have to point out that he is performing live at an early time during the day and considering his hair, it seems that he did not have enough time to prepare so maybe his vocals are not as warm. RTBF are definitely promoting The Voice Belgique throughout today with one of the finalists from the first edition taking to the stage and performing the 1988 winning entry Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi, originally by Celine Dion. One of the new mentors on the show is none other than the 2001 French representative, Natasha St-Pier. Another performance, this time of Nel Blu, Dipinto Di Blu which represented Italy in the 1958 Eurovision Song Contest. Next up, the news! Followed by the news, a quiz for the present artists. All the four male finalists of The Voice team up to perform Save Your Kisses for Me which represented the United Kingdom in 1976.

02. Reste Toi

Taken from his debut album Ma Voie, this is seemingly the favourite of several Belgian fans and that could be because it is the only song in French. There is a certain aura of confidence this time round and he is enjoying the performance. His vocal chords seemed to have been warmed up nicely because he is managing to put the raspiness to use and that accent is put into its correct form of language. The mid-tempo pop song could definitely be an intriguing choice at the upcoming continental showcase especially because he feels confident in this language. His high notes are accurate this time round and I could definitely see this represent Belgium.



Another commercial and we're back with another performance from one of the finalists in The Voice Belgique, this time of the 1987 winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, Hold Me Now by Johnny Logan. Discussing the former entries at the showcase with the finalists of The Voice and then, we move onto yet another reminder of the tele-voting numbers for the tracks that Roberto Bellarosa might perform in Malmo, Sweden. The female finalists of the popular talent show are currently performing Satellite which won for Germany in the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest, the same year in which Tom Dice represented Belgium with Me and My Guitar achieving, the best result from Belgium in quite a long time. Another commercial break on radio. Well, it seems that The Voice had a really good vocalist as the last entry mentioned is performed live in the studio. A song themed quiz of former entries to have represented Belgium. Here comes the 1986 winning entry J'Aime La Vie. Another commercial break and this national final wins the award from being the most prolonged and non-entertaining one in years.

03. Be Heroes

Without a proper introduction, the third entry comes forth and this seems the one to beat because it is presented in the key that Roberto seems to be pretty comfortable with. The French accent whilst performing in English is definitely a plus because it helps people find him more sultry. This is a typical pop entry which would have not gone amiss in the nineties but am not sure about being the next Belgian representative. The people seem to enjoy it but whatever the winner, the track would need work and apart from that, Roberto needs to make sure that his vocals are up to scratch because something is just not there.



Poupee De Cire, Poupee De Son by France Gall is the next track to be performed by the finalists of the first season of The Voice Belgique. Another performance of White and Black Blues by Joelle Ursul. A message from new mentor Natasha St-Pier for Roberto. Many will remember her performance of fourth place entry in Copenhagen entitled Je N'ai Que Mon Ame. Three male performers join forces to perform Fairytale which represented Norway in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest. One of the most popular songs from Roberto entitled Apprends Moi is now being performed. This would have been the ideal track to represent Belgium at Eurovision Song Contest. The Head of Delegation is currently chatting with the host of the show on the selection of Roberto Bellarosa. The studio versions of the songs sound really strong and they could do well this year. The winning entry is Love Kills!


Thursday, 13 December 2012 15:25

Belgium: RTBF Reveal Entries for Bellarosa

Belgium are known to be quite an intriguing force in the Eurovision Song Contest because of the alternating broadcasters every year and therefore making their participation a platform for particular segments of the nation. In most recent years, the most successful has surely been VRT noting that their selection of Tom Dice with the track Me and My Guitar saw them reach the final for the very first time since 2004 and ultimately finish in an extremely respectable sixth place. Nevertheless, since the millennium, it is important to note that it was RTBF, which represents the French speaking part of the nation which achieved the best result finishing in second place with Sanomi performed by Urban Trad. They have decided to call forth for another internal artist selection and they chosen Roberto Bellarosa who is known to the audience for having won the reality show known as The Voice Belgique.

This Sunday afternoon, the broadcaster in coordination with Sony Music Belgium will be hosting a song selection following an extremely careful attempt at picking out the best possible entries from those submitted. In fact, two of the songs will be in English whilst the other is in French. Many people have somewhat criticized the broadcaster for showcasing the national selection only through radio rather than television but it seems that there is one aim and that is to incorporate a younger audience hence the use of Radio Vivacite. The tracks which were revealed by the broadcaster earlier this week are entitled; Be HeroesReste Toi, and Love Kills

There is already a growing buzz with regards to the last entry mentioned due to the fact that it is co-written by Andreas Anastasiou who wrote the Cypriot entry in 2011, Jukka Immonen who mentored all of the participants in the Finnish final earlier this year and Iain James who co-wrote the winning entry of the 2011 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest; Running Scared. Details about the other entries are yet to be released but Reste Toi is a track on his debut album and you can listen to that just below. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news and follow the Belgian final live report on Sunday at 10:30 CET.

Source: RTBF, Metro Greece


Saturday, 01 December 2012 19:01

JESC 2012: Ukraine Crowned Winners

Good Evening! Welcome to the 2012 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest which is being hosted in Amsterdam, the capital city of The Netherlands. This is actually the second time that the nation is hosting the event having even taken up the responsibility back in 2007 when the group Cute had represented Malta with the track Music. The competition has changed quite a while since then though noting that from seventeen participants, the European Broadcasting Union has managed to lure a total of twelve (12) ultimately keeping the dream for several young artists alive. The quality of the songs is quite good from what the editorial team has heard based on the studio versions but the dynamic will surely change this evening during the live performances of each of the respective nations.

The Public Broadcasting Services, the only member in the European Broadcasting Union had the rights to compete in the event but ultimately withdrew following our participation in 2010 in order to ensure that there was more financial support towards the senior edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Nevertheless, our coverage continues and we have with us this evening, the last individual who flew the flag for Malta, that being Nicole Azzopardi whose song Knock Knock .. Boom Boom! remains a significant part of the local heritage. This evenings' show which you could follow on the official website, is being hosted by Ewout Genemans and Kim-Lian van der Meij within the Heineken Music Hall and it seems that the host broadcaster; AVRO will be putting on a spectacular showcase. 


Intriguing opening for this years' Junior Eurovision Song Contest as the European Broadcasting Union is giving the people what it means to prepare for the big day whilst keeping to showing the people in the hall and their enthusiasm. This does indeed seem like the most organised  showcase for young children in recent years. In the meantime, just a couple of minutes left before we actually commence. Compliments to the host broadcaster on astonishing graphics and a brilliant theme song for this years' edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The opening act has just begun and it seems to feature several teenagers playing the drums. Once more, spectacular lighting as the children break out into an electronic dance creating a visual spectacle and well, as expected, the winning entry of the last Eurovision Song Contest, Euphoria is being played.


Each nation is introduced by virtue of a Good Evening in their respective language. Suddenly, someone is performing Euphoria and it seems to be none other than Rachel, last years' runner-up of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Despite the fact that she did not win, The Netherlands ended up winning the bid to host. The hosts come onto the stage from beneath and receive a huge reaction from the present audience in the hall which is ecstatic. Kim-Liam is wearing a sparkling block of ice, or so it seems whilst Ewout is wearing a black shirt and a silver jacket complimenting her perfectly. The tele-voting process is being explained and it is noted that Kids Rights will benefit of each call and therefore, people will support a great cause this evening. We are also going to post the preview videos as received by the European Broadcasting Union earlier this year.


Marc: Egor is wearing a white outfit and he is joined on stage by four dancers, a male and three females and it is to be noted that the first note is extremely off key but nevertheless the music is quite interesting featuring elements of pop, dance, and jazz at times. The visuals for this track are featuring water and bubbles but you manage to keep an eye on the staging for the simple reason that the choreography is really catchy. Not a bad start, but definitely not the best entry to come from Belarus!

Nicole: I must say that it was indeed a very spectacular show and i really enjoyed watching and listening to the track even though I believe there were things which needed to be improved.



Marc: The first ballad of this evening is on and Lova looks absolutely stunning this evening, seemingly representing what is left of Scandinavia in this competition. She is wearing a pink, silver outfit and is joined on stage by two female backing vocalists. The female performer has a very beautiful vocal and they are managing to capture all the essence of the track through the camera shots. The song unfortunately is slightly boring if I am being honest and does not really go anywhere. It needed that oomph and unfortunately, it just never came about.

Nicole: Lova Sonnebro has a very beautiful voice actually and this is a track with a lovely beginning. The vocals continue in a mellow manner making this somewhat stand out from the first.


Marc: The very first entry from Azerbaijan and everything has somewhat been painted in red and white and very reminiscent of our performance from Junior Swing. The boy and girl that were internally selected are really astonishing together and have great chemistry. I cannot understand most of the lyrics they are performing but nevertheless, I just want to stand up and dance along. The choreography is tight and works well. The vocals are spot on and this is definitely the best track to be presented thus far and I do think that it would be amongst the top three at the end of the evening. 
Nicole: original, powerful and up-beat, of course my favourite kind of music! the backing vocals are strong and the choreography is amazing, really suits the song!
Marc: The second western country of the evening and it seems that he has plenty of support in the arena from Belgium's neighbouring country. Fabian is wearing a red outfit, very fashionable actually and its joined on stage by three dancers carrying out magic tricks and a drummer. The vocal performance is good but nothing home to write about. Mid-way through the performance, everyone is seemingly playing an instrument except for Fabian. The shots this year are stunning and they are capturing the essence of each performance, making the outcome intriguing. Following the bridge, Fabian makes use of the short catwalk and the spirit of the Junior Eurovision is alive. A good performance.
Nicole: Really enjoyed their appearance the colour red really caught my eye very stylish, and also the entertainment they did, very original! the vocals were not bad I think the key was low for his voice but never mind the show was great !
Marc: Lerika has already been to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest having represented Moldova but nevertheless, she is back with a far better song this time round. She starts on the catwalk and presents a stunning effect. She is joined on stage by an all female crew of dancers and the backdrop is depicting a huge speaker. I am seriously impressed with the choreography and the improvement that this song has gone through since the selection. Russia are the favourites this evening and I think that they will be fighting with Azerbaijan for a position within the top three.
Nicole: This song is great, she has a really strong voice, very capable of both singing and dancing! She really seems to be enjoying herself up there! for me it was breathtaking!
Marc: The sixth entry of the evening, and we are already half way through. Israel are debuting this evening and they have chosen the type of song which I absolutely adore. Hebrew is a beautiful language and they feature five female artists along with one male artist. The choreography is just perfect and towards the end, the boy does come forward and they are using re verb to create more of an operatic voice. This does indeed work well and it is coming across extremely well on camera. The audience in the hall is really enjoying this and I believe that despite being a top three contender, they will not win because I think it was slightly stronger in rehearsal.
Nicole: Oh my! They are very cute! It was a surprise for me the music changed from ballad to dance. the vocals are good.
Marc: Well, another country which is appearing at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The female artist is clad in a black ballet sort of dress which is extremely in fashion at the moment. This track begins in a jazz format and does evolve in a dance manner. The vocals are good but they are not spectacular nevertheless, this song has undergone a lot of changes it seems since winning the national selection because it has become very international. The use of the guitar mid-way through is really good and I must say, that I am growing to like it. The performance is kept simple with the singer going round the stage and making full use of it.
Nicole: Pretty young lady, she was able to handle everything by herself, although alone on stage, she gave a good show, and her voice was great too !
Marc: This has to be one of the worst songs to ever grace the stage of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and what seems to be quite weird is that they seem to be a younger version of the Belarussian representatives at this years' Eurovision Song Contest. The way that the language is performed is actually sounding off-key but I cannot be too sure that they are or aren't if I am being honest. The staging is well planned but they are trying to look and sound older than they should be. This is definitely not my cup of tea but what I did like was the guitar solo.
Nicole: Very good-looking! love their style of music. I love it, really exquisite and their voices suites the song. I liked it.

Marc: Throughout the week, there has been a lot of talk with regards to this little girls' vocals from my friends and colleagues who were covering the event in depth and it seems that they were quite right because at her age, she does indeed reach some inexplainable amount of notes. The staging is impressive with clouds behind her adding to the drama of the chosen outfit. She is alone on stage and leaves me speechless. The camera work, slowing down at key moments in the key chance is stunning. I am impressed, that was amazing! I just could not find anything else to write because this was perfect.
Nicole: Although she's young her voice is amazing! she knows the techniques. don't know why but I liked the background animation! she was gorgeous
Marc: Georgia have been relatively successful at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and once more, they have decided to select a silly entry which makes much more sense musically than most of their tracks. The vocal performance is really strong and the boy does add to the performance with that little bit of beat boxing every now and then. Their weird choice of attire comes across as very cool. The addition of English lyrics in this years' entries is sounding very good because one could understand what the song does mean. The performance is really good and this should finish in the higher places tonight and surprise!
Nicole: As always they are the best in the originality! Bewitching music, really superb scenery, splendid work with the voices and also with their clothes really trendy!

Marc: Another track which I have really grown to like by virtue of the performances given this week and in fact, Denis is on stage clad in white and is joined by male and female backing dancers. What makes this song stand out amongst the others is that it has a catch chorus which one would easily start humming along instantly. The vocals are strong although, I think the excitement got to him a bit at certain points in the performance. Nevertheless, this was a stunning rendition.

Nicole: Really well organised team, the flags at the end were nice, very neat clothing and good voice.


The Netherlands

Marc: It is always difficult to perform in front of your home crowd but nevertheless, it does seem relatively obvious that she is performing on her own soil because the camera work and the staging is just fantastic. Femke is wearing clothes appropriate for her age and is joined by four female dancers. Her vocal needs to be toned down a bit at times and it seems to be that nerves are getting to get at times. The song itself is refreshing and sounds like a true gem in the rough. The Netherlands were close to victory last year and it seems that they could actually be amongst the contenders this evening. She did lose her breathe towards the end and it did become a little bit of a screaming match but I still believe that the song itself deserve merit.

Nicole: Very catchy and inspiring song. the voice is good, i liked the clocks on the floor but if the backing vocals were a bit louder i think it would have sounded stronger


The Show (Part 2)
The hosts are back on stage and they open the tele-voting portion which will amount to 50% of the final vote this evening with the other 50% being given to the juries whose decision was made during the evening dress rehearsal yesterday. Sietse Bakker, the supervisor for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest says that the result is quite exciting and until we get to the close of the tele-voting, we are getting some interval act performances, the first coming from all of the participants of the evening as they perform the song We Could Be Heroes for Kids Rights, the charity which will benefit this evenings' tele-voting.
A second recap of the performances of the evening is being shown as the tele-voting portion of the competition is coming to an end. In celebration of the tenth anniversary, performances from the previous winners are being shown on stage. Former winner; Ralf with the song Click Clack is the second interval act of the evening and it seems that the young performer of three years ago is quickly becoming a teen noticeable growing quite a lot. Following the first result of the International Kids Jury, Kim-Lian is back on stage to perform the theme song of this years' Junior Eurovision Song Contest entitled Break The Ice. Well a feature of all the finalists going round The Netherlands follows.
International Kids Jury: 12 points go to Georgia
Belarus: 12 points go to Ukraine
Sweden: 12 points go to Ukraine
Azerbaijan: 12 points go to Albania
Belgium: 12 points go to Ukraine
Russia: 12 points go to Ukraine
Israel: 12 points go to Ukraine
Albania: 12 points go to Sweden
Armenia: 12 points go to Ukraine
Ukraine: 12 points go to Armenia
Moldova: 12 points go to Ukraine
The Netherlands: 12 points go to Ukraine
Georgia: 12 points go to Armenia

Ukraine - 123 points
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 16:05

JESC 2012: The Final Night on Saturday

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest was a flagship production of the European Broadcasting Union back in 2003 with the hope of creating a competition similar to the adult showcase produced each year for the younger generation and it seemed like things had succeeded before broadcasters started noting that the costs were slightly too high with the rating going down year on year. The buzz around the junior event was not the same and this is surely noted by the amount of journalists that tend to cover the event. Nevertheless, the team of Radio International based in The Netherlands will be covering this years' event taking place in the Heineken Music Hall within Amsterdam, the capital of the aforementioned nation. In fact, the focus of the programme tomorrow will be the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and the twelve participating nations. Unfortunately for the second year running, Malta has decided not to take part in the event with the funds previous used to compete, being put into the participation within the senior edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

The official website of Radio International will as always be transmitting the show between 20:00 and 23:00 CET tomorrow evening unless you live in The Netherlands where you could listen in on 106.4 FM or Digital Cable 41. The competing nations in this years' edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest which will be staged on Saturday are Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Georgia, Israel, Moldova, The Netherlands, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine respectively. These have been presented in alphabetical order. Members of the Team of Radio International will be present at the event and conduct interviews with the young artists which you can hear during the shows around the day of the competition itself. Listeners during the show could also request their respective favourite entries from the past editions of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest during this weeks' edition of Radio International. Nevertheless, there is going to be a number of features tomorrow evening including the spotlight on Sweden due to the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest and of course, the weekly quiz with the chance to win some fantastic prizes. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news with regards to the Eurovision Song Contest and the local music scene as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Team of Radio International


Wednesday, 21 November 2012 13:30

Belgium: Three Songs for Roberto Bellarosa

RTBF is the French regional broadcaster in Belgium and they have been given the task to select the representative and entry for the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest due to an agreement signed in the past that the two regional broadcasters would alternate. Last year, VRT decided to send a seventeen year old newcomer to the competition known as Iris but despite being signed to the same company which found Tom Dice, the result was definitely no where close because Would You? failed to get out of the semi-final or really make an impact there. Nevertheless, this time round, RTBF seems to be putting in the effort by getting someone who already is building a solid reputation. Roberto Bellarosa was the winner of the first edition of The Voice Belgique and his national selection will comprise of three songs as revealed in a special press conference held yesterday.

escflashmalta.com was one of the first to report that Roberto had been chosen prior to the official confirmation of the broadcaster and the strong indications did prove positive. In an interesting choice of format, it has been decided that the national selection which will comprise of three songs in total will take place through a popular radio show on the leading network VivaCité. The choice of entry will be made by virtue of both a jury and a public vote in order to best represent the interests of the music industry. Roberto Bellarosa is already signed to Sony Music Belgium and will thus have a solid record label backing his participation. Should the effort prove successful, this could be a format that the nation would keep up in the years to come. The final is set to take place on the 16th December and escflashmalta.com plans to cover all of the proceedings on the day so stay tuned for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: RTBF, Eurosong.be


Wednesday, 14 November 2012 10:45

Belgium: Roberto Bellarosa off to Malmo

Since the millennium, it seems that Belgium have not managed to crack the code on achieving success in the Eurovision Song Contest especially following the fact that they only managed to make the top ten on two occasions, the first time being in 2003 when the French broadcaster; RTBF had selected the entry Sanomi performed by the group Urban Trad which finished in second place and the other being in 2010 when singer/songwriter Tom Dice was internally chosen by Flemish broadcaster; VRT with the track Me and My Guitar ranking in sixth place. Following yet another disappointing performance at this years' edition of the continental competition, the French broadcaster seems to have a plan to success and that plan involved Roberto Bellarosa according to numerous sources in the Belgian and French media. Many people would not really know this performer but he is actually the first winner of the reality talent show The Voice of Belgium.

The fan site eurovision-info.net which is based in France has revealed that national media have received an invitation from RTBF to attend a press conference on the 20th November 2013 at the main headquarters for the revelation of something intriguing and considering that the broadcaster is taking their participation seriously after their last attempt back in 2011 with Witloof Bay just missing out on a spot in the final with their acapella track entitled With Love Baby. Roberto Bellarosa was coached to his victory by the Swiss singer and winner of the seventh season of Star Academy; Quentin Mosimann. He entered the showcase in order to show his true talent and indeed he managed because he ended up on top and signing a record contract with Sony Music Belgium. The idea behind this choice would be to promote these talent shows which have a rather strong following in the country. Melanie Cohl was selected in a similar manner back in 1998 and ultimately finished in sixth place with her song Dis Oui. Roberto already knows how to face a competition straight in the eye and will be hoping to make an impact on the European viewers with a brand new song specifically written for the competition or something off his debut album Ma Voie which is out in stores now. It has now been officially confirmed that the final will take place on the 16th December 2012 with Roberto Bellarosa performing some songs in a public selection. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: eurovision-info.net, RTBF


In the past couple of years, there has been a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Junior Eurovision Song Contest due to the fact that several countries were seeing it as a showcase in which expenditure was too demanding for the respective broadcasters hence why the number of participants has been going down year after year but nevertheless, the European Broadcasting Union appointed Sietse Bakker to help helm a supposed overhaul to the event with the possibly of getting some of the previous nations in the fray whilst managing to convince new ones to join the competition and submit interest to the event whose viewing figures have not been astonishing positive but neither have they been terribly negative, lying somewhere in between. This years' competition which is taking place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands features three brand new countries actually meaning that negotiations for the future of the competition are well working.

All of the three countries are also participants in the senior Eurovision Song Contest in fact, these being none other than Albania who just achieved their best result in the continental event, Azerbaijan who has just hosted the competition and three time winner Israel who always have a flair for promoting talent. There has also been a lot of talk with regards to the quality of the entries in the event, many stating that despite the additional resources pulled in to acquire three new countries, the quality has gone down a notch but nevertheless, do not fret because all of you will surely have a favourite in the bunch. During the official Heads of Delegation meeting held this morning were the draw for the running order took place, all of the songs were presented although Azerbaijan will need to be doing some editing to ensure that 75% of the lyrics are actually in Azeri and the rest could remain in English. This is the final running order and clicking on them will open the official preview videos as submitted to the European Broadcasting Union.

01. Belarus

02. Sweden

03. Azerbaijan

04. Belgium

05. Russia

06. Israel

07. Albania

08. Armenia

09. Ukraine

10. Georgia

11. Moldova

12. The Netherlands

Amongst the innovations that have been submitted and accepted it seems that there will be a thirteenth voter during the evening, made up of children, each representing a competing nation meaning that twelve children in total whose votes will be counted together to form a typical vote as submitted by each of the other countries. In the meantime, the split vote featuring 50% Jury and 50% Tele-Voting will also be in play as is the case for the senior Eurovision Song Contest. Last years' edition of the competition was won by Georgia with the track Candy Music which was performed by the group Candy whilst in second place was Rachel for The Netherlands who performed Teenager. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest updates from the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2012 which despite the fact that Malta will not be competing, we will still be covering with the help of two guest commentators which will be revealed in due time on our Facebook Page

Source: Junior Eurovision Official Website

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