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The recent news is that Malta could possibly re-enter the Junior Eurovision Song Contest at the European Broadcasting Union works hard to convince a couple of broadcasters to return to the competition. At the moment, there are only eight confirmed countries but many are on the brink of joining so keep an eye out on escflashmalta.com as we follow the latest developments. 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.

Ryan Dolan was selected to represent Ireland at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Only Love Survives which he co-wrote alongside Wez Devine. Unfortunately, the track was not appreciated by the juries and the public on the night of the final mustering only five (5) points and finishing in last place, the second time that the nation had to endure such a fate in recent years, noting this also happened in 2007 when Dervish took to the stage with the track They Can't Stop The Spring. Despite the disappointment at the Pan-European competition, Ryan Dolan has released his debut album entitled Frequency through digital media store, iTunes. The male vocalist had a chat with the Radio International team about the whole experience.


Thomas G:Son, is quickly becoming a veteran of the Eurovision Song Contest noting that he is involved in a number of entries competing in selections all over the continent. He was also one of the co-writers behind the winning entry of the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, that being Euphoria performed by Loreen. GPB, the broadcaster in Georgia commissioned the songwriter to pen an entry and alongside the stylings of Erik Bernholm, he came up with the ballad Waterfall which was typically Eurovision by numbers according to fans. The performance, remiscent of the Ell & Nikki performance did not prove to be as successful as thought of with Sopho and Nodi only managing to qualify in tenth place before reaching a mid-table finish for the country making it the worst result for the nation when competing in the final. Both the songwriter and the performers were interviewed by the team of Radio International.


Elitsa Todorova & Stoyan Yankoulov represented Bulgaria for the very first time back in 2007 achieving fifth place at the Eurovision Song Contest with their entry Voda (Water). BNT, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Bulgaria have been trying to find a solution for the nation to get through to the final of the Pan-European event for the second time noting that they have come extremely close in recent years, finishing eleventh and twelfth in the semi-final round. This year, the renowned duo who had brought them success took to the stage once more with the song Samo Shampioni managing to rack up forty-five points, the same amount of last year but finishing twelfth place failing to get through because of the lack of support from the juries who awarded them last place. The public would have put them through in sixth place. They spoke to the team of Radio International about their previous experience and how they were looking at this years' participation.


The final interview of the week is with the lead singer of the group, Koza Mostra. Illias has been noted for his charm and good looks by several fans of the Eurovision Song Contest. As a matter of fact, Greece is currently in turmoil when it comes to their state broadcaster but despite this, expectations for the nation within the competition will always remain high. Koza Mostra won the right to represent the Hellenic nation by virtue of getting through a national selection process organised by ERT and MAD Television. This was the first time that such a collaboration took place making the event a huge success, drawing huge crowds as guests included Helena Paparizou, Dima Bilan, Alexander Rybak and Marija Serifovic amongst others. This interview focuses on the pressure of one representing Greece. The song which represented Greece, and reached a top ten position at the end of the evening bore the name Alcohol Is Free


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; Didrik Solli-Tangen, representative of Norway at the 2010 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


In this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Hungary managed to finish in the top ten for the very first time in six years with their entry Kedvesem performed by ByeAlex. This was the third most successful result for nation having finished in ninth place with Unsubstantial Blues performed by Magi Rúzsa in 2007 as well as in fourth place with the track Kinek mondjam el vétkeimet? sung by Friderika Bayer back in 1994. MTV, the national broadcaster in Hungary received positive ratings for this years' edition noting that both the semi-finals and the final did exceedingly well. A Dal, the selection process has also been met with good criticism and will be returning for a third edition next year. Hungary is one of the countries which has managed to qualify in the last three international competitions. 

ByeAlex has started a blog in which he is commenting about possible choices for next years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with his prime pick somewhat encompassing the first runner-up of this years' national selection. 'If we would like to succeed with a well singing pretty boy, I'd send him', in reference to Kallay Saunders whose singing entry My Baby was very reminiscent of the swinging days of the seventies and the eighties, a genre that is becoming relatively popular once more. Whilst he does point out a number of unrealistic options including Supernem, he also says that Magdi Ruzsa should be persuaded to do it again, 'She's simply unable to sing bad. It's hard for a female singer to get so close to my soul, but her voice, aura and meaning are so great that it's rare on this planet'. Hungary have confirmed participation for next years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest alongside another fifteen countries, including Malta. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: eurovision.tv


escflashmalta.com is proud to enlist six of the most professional people in the music industry to analyse and assess the entries competing in this years' Eurovision Song Contest. For the second semi-final, three of these with experience in several genres have been putting their respective thoughts forward with the sole aim to see what lies behind each track. The first semi-final along with the three finalist countries voting there have long been concluded as we find ourselves within the middle section of the second semi-final. Attention turns to Hungary whose broadcaster, MTV has been drawn in slot number #12 with the producers thinking this position best. The song entitled Kedvesem is co-written by Alex Márta and Zoltán Palásti Kovács with vocals provided by ByeAlex.

Alex made first attempts to write songs when he was a teenager. When he finished high-school, he formed a band called Love Story Bar, which did not get too far though. His first success as musician came after his university graduation: his first single Csókolom! was regularly played by national music channels, followed by his next singles Láttamoztam and Messziről which was a joint composition with radio listeners. The story of ByeAlex becoming the representative of Hungary in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest is quite unusual yet simple: it was a „veni, vidi, vici” phenomenon. ByeAlex never thought that it could happen. He did not even want to enter his song for the contest, his managers did it for him. He thought that he didn't have enough stage experience needed for such a show. 

But it seems like his performance clicked with the audience, their votes got him through from the heats to the semi-finals, to the final and to victory with a persuasive majority of 40%, overtaking well-known talent show stars. ByeAlex says he still can’t fully comprehend what he got himself into. There has never been a Hungarian Eurovision entry which caused such a stir. While some of the Hungarian celebrities made one nasty remark after another publicly, the supporters of Alex celebrated the values he and his song Kedvesem stand for. A pure and honest song about love, sung by a humble, intelligent, sensible man. ByeAlex is determined to perform Kedvesem in Hungarian. He believes that the people who have voted for him throughout the show would take it as an insult if he didn't. 


The version of the song which won the Hungarian national selection show A Dal and which he will sing in Malmö is a remix by the Hungarian producer and DJ Zoohacker. Hungary decided to change the system of their selection process ever so slightly for this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The element of bringing in a total of thirty (30) songs proved to be a bit difficult for both the public and the jury because of the better songs ultimately got lost along the way. During the final, which featured a total of eight (8) songs, six received votes from the jury and these six ultimately became somewhat super-finalists with the public having the final say in the votes. Despite the fact that Kedvesem performed by ByeAlex had managed only fourth place with the professional jury, it was the public chocie and thus won the ticket to Sweden.

This will be Hungary's eleventh participation at the Eurovision Song Contest with recent results being characterised within the lower end table of the scoreboard within the final. Since returning in 2011, the country has always managed to make the final, the first time with What About My Dreams? a fan favourite which completely tanked during the final achieving twenty-second place and last year finishing in an almost last position with the track Sound Of Our Hearts with just nineteen points. The country has managed to reach the top ten on two occasions, the first time coming during the debut appearance back in 1994 with the song Kinek mondjam el vétkeimet? which peaked in fourth place and the second occasion being in 2007 with the beautiful soulful track, Unsubstantial Blues which reached ninth place in Helsinki. 

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 73%

Martin Isherwood: No idea what the lyrics about – Doh! say me. Interesting voice. Not a straight ESC song but a refreshing change for that. Really strong hooks. More like a TV advert for a mobile company rather than an ESC track.

Sharon Vaughn: This is quite mesmerizing. Looking forward to seeing the artist perform it!

Stano Simor: Hungary is one of the central countries to compete within the Eurovision Song Contest and thus has my full support. The composition itself is not amazing and the fact that it is performed in Hungarian is a bit too difficult to deal with. Kedvesem (meaning 'darling') would certainly turn a few heads with the female fans. 

Source: eurovision.tv


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