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The Netherlands managed to get through to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest for the very first time since 2004 as Anouk took to the stage with her performance of the song Birds. Nevertheless, interest in the western nation has always been high due to Radio International led by Juergen Boernig. 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 focal point of this weeks' episode is definitely an interview with Carola, a Swedish vocalist who has represented the nation on three occasions, always finishing within the top five. Following her victory at the 1991 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Captured by a Lovestorm, her profile rose at an extremely alarming rate and her career in Scandinavia has continued to grow throughout the years. In 2006, she took to the stage once more with the track Invincible gaining one hundred seventy points to finish in fifth place. We had the pleasure to speak to Carola during this years' edition of the international competition where she had a small cameo to play. SVT had already called for the songstress during the Melodifestivalen where she performed a brand new version of her first entry at the Eurovision Song Contest, that being Framling. It is important to note that despite this being the focal interview, other interviews will be conducted with Lou (Germany 2003), Liora (Israel 2005), El Sueno de Morfeo (Spain 2013) and Betty Dittrich (Germany National Final 2013).

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There will also be a number of new releases played throughout the three hours, including tracks by Kate Ryan (Belgium 2006), Glennis Grace (Netherlands 2005), Jessy Matador (France 2010), Agnetha Faltskog (Sweden 1974), Alex Sparrow (Russia 2009), Birgit Oigemeel (Estonia 2013) and Josh James (UK 2010). 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. escflashmalta.com is always proud to promote the work of Radio International hence the weekly promotion of the leading interviews which is the way that each article will be placed upon within the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned!

Source: Press Release

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During the voting of both the semi-final and the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, there is always an entertainment act which takes to the stage and try to ease the tension slightly whilst keeping the public bouyant. Television broadcasters have a tendency to show advertisements during this time unfortunately but nevertheless, the public should enjoy what this years' host broadcaster, SVT has prepared with a multi-tude of performers set to take to the stage for more singing performances. 

During the first semi-final, which will see sixteen (16) countries compete for ten (10) slots being offered in the final, there will be none other than Loreen, winner of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest who will be performing a new version of her winning entry Euphoria co-written by Thomas G:son and Peter Bostrom. This brand new version will involve a childrens' choir who will also be doing sign language. It will be similar to her Melodifestival guest appearance earlier this year but even bigger. Loreen has become one of the most notable winners of the international spectacle with the single achieving platinum status in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.  

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Darin, a former participant in both the Swedish Idol and Melodifestivalen has been enlisted to be a guest performer during the second semi-final in which Malta will be competing. As a matter of fact, Darin has already hit the music market in Europe with two of his albums charting in Finland and Germany whilst managing five number #1 hit albums in Sweden. You're Out of My Life, his Melodifestivalen entry charted at number #3 in 2010. Joining him there will be Agnes whom people will definitely remember through her smash hit, Release Me co-written by escflashmalta.com contributor, Sharon Vaughn. Signed to Universal Music Sweden, her latest collection of original songs entitled Veritas, released in September peaked at number #3. 

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In the final of this years' Eurovision Song Contest, the special guest, somewhat expected really will be none other than Carola, the woman who has represented Sweden on three occasions, the first time in 1983 with Framling, finishing in third place, second time with Fangad av en Stormvind in 1991, finishing in the top position and last but not least with Invincible back in 2006, managing a fifth place finish. Carola is an icon in Sweden and it has been revealed to the media that she had known she would be the interval act during the final when she was the interval act at the Melodifestivalen Final. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: SVT

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National selections all over the continent are coming to an end especially when considering that the month of March started just a couple of days ago. This years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will be needing a lot of improvements in order to be elevated in quality but several broadcasters know that in order to do well, their tracks need to be slightly altered and the final versions presented to the European Broadcasting Union will surely denote this element. 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.

Sweden will be hosting this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and during the past weekend, attention turned to the host nation for the simple reason that they were organising the final of Melodifestivalen and the Team of Radio International was on hand so chat with most of the finalists competing. We had the absolute pleasure to speak to the winner, Robin Stjernberg who came from the second chance round with the song You. The performer who was a runner-up on the show Idol a couple of years back is also working with first runner-up of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Kevin Borg on his latest album and is represented by Lionheart Music Group. In the meantime, the runner-up of the competition was Yohio with the track Heartbreak Hotel whom despite being the favourite of the public, had to settle for second place due to the disappointing result given by the international jury. Other interviews were carried out with David Lindgren who performed Skyline, Anton Ewald who sang the song Begging, Sean Banan who choreographed Copacabanana and last but not least Louise Hoffstein, the only female who graced the stage with the song Only The Dead Fish Follow The Stream.

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The Melodifestivalen has always been one of the most prestigious events in Europe and therefore, the interval acts and people who give out the scores tend to be somewhat renowned either in the country or in the community of the Eurovision Song Contest. During the course of the evening, the interval was none other than Carola, who represented Sweden in the 1983, 1991 and 2006 edition of the international competition winning in 1991 with her performance of Captured by a Lovestorm. She performed her signature tune and first national hit, the 1983 entry entitled Framling which has been reworked for 2013. On the other hand other interviews will be transmitted, one with the hosts who were Gina Dirawi and Danny Saucedo, the latter being the first runner-up of the Melodifestivalen in 2011 and 2012 and last but not least an interview with Christer Bjorkman, the executive producer of Melodifestivalen and one of the organisers of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. The final interview which will be played this week is from the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2013 as Marilena who performed the track Overrated composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg speaks about her participation.

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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 Patricia Kaas. 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 national finals thus far is set to 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: Team of Radio International

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The Team of Radio International is back for the second week of a brand new year and would like to invite you to join the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. The show is broadcast on 106.8 FM and Digital Cable 781 within The Netherlands but is also available through the official website where it will also be web-televised. Wednesdays have always been dedicated to music and from 20:00 till 23:00 CET, another packed episode will be aired. Features have always gone down well with the public and the Team of Radio International is gearing up with quite a couple including some which will officially be launching this week but nevertheless, the focus has always been on a particular individual and in fact, this weeks' interview will be with a two time Eurovision Song Contest representative, coming from a nation which has seemingly withdrawn from the upcoming edition of the continental showcase; this being Portugal.

As a matter of fact, the interview that will be aired this week is with none other than Simone de Oliviera who represented Portugal in 1965 with the track Sol de Inverno as well as in 1965 with her entry Desfolhada reaching lower-table positions in both years. This interview took place during the third edition of the Eurovision Live Concert, which featured a number of performers including Niamk Kavanagh who represented Ireland in 1993 and 2010, and Katrina & The Waves who did the honours for the United Kingdom in 1997. The actual interview took place during a special dinner organised by the OGAE branch of Portugal where the renowned performer sanf some of her most popular Fado tracks. During the interview, she speaks about the experience of representing her country at the event as well as commenting on how the competition has changed throughout the years. 

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In the meantime, now that the year 2013 has come forth, and with the national finals having already started, correspondent Ross Bennett will be commenting on the tracks that are being presented by countries which will be performing at the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Whilst a multi-entry national selection took place in Belarus, seeing to the victory of Alyona Lanskaya with Rhythm of Love, there were a host of possible winners, Belgium had a three song competition for just one performer with the track Love Kills emerging as the choice for Roberto Bellarosa who came to fame in his country following his victory on The Voice Belgique. As a matter of fact, this feature will run with the regular news brought about by both escflashmalta.com and escXtra.com as most of the countries reveal their selection process, possible representatives and also other selective issues.

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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 which will officially commence as of tomorrow, there will be new material played on the show by a number of former representatives including; BLUE (UK 2011), Elena Risteska (FYR Macedonia 2006), Mika Newton (Ukraine 2011), t.A.T.u (Russia 2003), Marija Serifovic (Serbia 2007), Carola (Sweden 1983, 1991, 2006). Follow the show through the official website and also send your requests through the contact link which is found on the aforementioned website. 

Source: Press Release

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Monday, 22 October 2012 01:27

Sweden: Bjorkman Wants Carola in MF 2013

Terese Fredenwall and Elin Petersson are the first two artists who obtained the ticket to take part in the upcoming edition of the annual Melodifestivalen with the hope of representing their nation during the Eurovision Song Contest which will be staged a couple of miles away in the city of Malmo. Despite the fact that SVT, the Swedish broadcaster is hosting the continental event, it seems that they are putting in a lot of effort into their selection process nevertheless with Christer Bjorkman going on record stating that he would like Carola to return to the Melodifestivalen next year because it would be a triumph for the music industry and a celebration of all sorts for the performer. The decisions will be taken in the next couple of weeks but nevertheless, there are several factors which will surely be considered.

The last time that Carola entered the Melodifestivalen competition was back in 2008 in a duet with Andreas Johnson bearing the name One Love, which they co-wrote together. Several people thought they would ultimately be unstoppable but they could only manage to scrape through to the second chance chance stage where they failed to get through round one. Nevertheless, Carola is a force to be reckoned with in the Swedish music charts with all of her studio album releases making it into the top three and with all of her solo entries in the Melodifestivalen finishing in first place except for one. She represented her country at the Eurovision Song Contest on three occasions, the first time in 1983 with Framling finishing in third place, then winning in 1991 with Fangad Av En Stormvind before returning one final time in 2006 with the track Invincible managing an astonishing fifth place. Once Christer Bjorkman has his hands on the chosen thirty-two (32) entries according to Aftonbladet, he will ask Carola to pick one herself to commemorate her thirty years since winning with Framling and starting her successful career. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Aftonbladet

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Melodifestivalen, the Swedish national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest has always been known to be organized on a huge scale due to the fact that the Scandinavian country can boast several resources but nevertheless, the results following a victory have almost always been disappointing with their last ever try going to Roger Pontare and his track Spirits Are Calling My Name which finished in a surprisingly encouraging seventh place in 2000 as opposed to what happened the previous time when Christer Bjorkman had done the honour in 1992 with the ballad entitled I morgon är en annan dag finishing in twenty second place with just nine points. The upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is being staged in Malmö and it seems that the broadcaster, SVT, does not only want to put up an exceptional show but also be represented by a great entry noting that the submissions reflect an increase in the quality of names rather than numbers. The provisional list as posted by Aftonbladet tends to be quite correct.

According to the initial reports, the main names to be included in next years' selection process are actually two former winners of the Eurovision Song Contest, the first being none other than three time representative Carola who last did her nation proud in 2006 with the song Invincible and the second being two time representative Helena Paparizou who last took part in 2005, winning the competition for her native Greece. Her mixture in terms of heritage is quite intriguing and Christer Bjorkman has been hoping to get her on board for quite some time. Amongst the others names who have been mentioned, there are the likes of multiple Melodifestivalen attendees such as Sarah Dawn Finer who played the role of hostess last year alongside Mans Zelmerow who was the host in the previous year and last but not least Linda Bengtzing who is known for performing Schlager uptempo songs in Swedish. There were a couple of other names from the last edition of the competition, those being David Lindgren and Sean Banan but former participants such as Cookies N Beans as well as Jessica Folcker and Jessica Andersson will surely be draw cards. One of the names which was not mentioned on the list by Aftonbladet was that of Tone Damli, but then again, Expressen, another Swedish tabloid did include her in their respective list. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as we follow the proceedings unravel in the days and weeks to come.

Source: Aftonbladet

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