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As previously reported, Valentina Monetta has released her new music video and single titled L'Amore Verra but this week has been a pretty much hectic week for new singles and videos from past Eurovision Artists together with other artists who tried to represent their native country in previous years.

Roberto Bellarosa has released a new singled titled Suivre Mon Etoile. He was the 2013 Belgian representative that was chosen internally to be on the Swedish Eurovision Stage in Malmo. He successfully sailed through the semi final and placed 12th on the final night with his entry Love Kills. The 2006 Croatian representative, Severina Vučković has released a new single and video. With Turkish elements to complement the song, the song is titled Hurem. She had graced the Athens stage during the 2006 Contest with her entry Moja Stikla and placed 12th on the final night with 26 points.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lHypet3OHA

From a non Eurovision representative, Carina Dahl has released a new single titled If That's The Only Way. Carina has tried to represent Norway twice. Her first attempt was in 2011 with the song Guns and Boys and in 2013 with Sleepwalking. Both entries unfortunately didn't make it to the final night of the Norwegian pre-selection stages.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkyDA4BitvQ

Another non Eurovision representative and from another Scandinavian country is Ola who has released a brand new video for his single Jackie Kennedy. Ola had tried to represent Sweden twice. His first attempt was in 2008 with the song Love in Stereo but didn't make it to the final. He returned to the Swedish pre-selection heats (Melodifestivalen) in 2010 with the song Unstoppable and managed to be in the final but placed 7th on the night. He is currently hitting the Italian Radio airwaves with huge successes to his brand new singles.

Sources: Official Facebook (Roberto Bellarosa, Carina Dahl, Ola Svensson, Severina Vučković)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zgpb58FLLBI

Thursday, 17 January 2013 17:40

Norway: First Semi-Final Participants Revealed

One of the most anticipated selection procedures in the past couple of years has surely been the Melodi Grand Prix due to the fact that there was extra effort being put in by the broadcaster, NRK following the victory at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Fairytale performed by Alexander Rybak. The results have not been stupendous since then and they even failed to make the final cut in 2011 with Stella Mwangi and Haba Haba whilst only managing a last place finish with Stay performed by Tooji. Following the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, Per Sundnes resigned from his role as supervisor of the showcase with broadcaster, NRK appointing Vivi Stenberg who injects some new blood as per the first couple of performers seem to encompass. 

The first semi-final is set to take place in the town of Steinkjer and in an innovative format, the announcement of the tracks is being made just days prior the actual semi-final takes place in order to get the media involved and more interested whilst everyone does indeed get the same exposure. NRK seemingly organised the programme in the best possible way but unfortunately most of the names were somewhat known before hand and thus did not really play out in the manner that they wanted to. It seems that the artists despite not completely unknown are somewhat quite intriguing to the competition and bring about different genres which many will enjoy. You may listen to the participating entries hereThere is a simple demeanor about them because they have all been released in full through iTunes following the announcement. In the meantime, the entries are as follows;

  1. Vidar Busk - Paid My Way (Tim Scott McConnell & Vidar Busk)
  2. Carina Dahl - Sleepwalking (Carina Dahl & Ben Adams)
  3. Tom Hugo - Det er du (Tom Hugo)
  4. Gromth feat. Emil Solli-Tangen - Alone (Emil Solli-Tangen, Sven Atle Kopperud & Gromth)
  5. Julie Bergan - Give A Little Something Back (Ben Adams, Sara Skjoldnes & Julie Bergan)
  6. Mimi Blix - Catch Me (Mimi Blix, Dr. Shiver, Luca Monticelli & Mauro Cottini)
  7. Datarock - Underground (Fredrik Saroea & Pål Myran-Håland)
Norway is known in the community of the Eurovision Song Contest as being the country which has finished last on most appearances noting that they managed to finish at the bottom last year and back in 2004 with the song High performed by Knut-Anders Sorum. It is intriguing to denote that the songwriters behind Kevin Borg's entry Needing You had written the latter entry which did not manage to garner more than three points unfortunately. Three acts will qualify from the first semi-final whilst the non-qualifiers of all three semi-finals will compete for a wildcard spot. escflashmalta.com will be bringing you all the results of the shows whilst committing to live reports of the final stage of respective selection processes.
 
Source: NRK
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7prpZqI10Ck