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Basim has emerged as the winner of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2014 and will be singing his entry Cliché Love Song for the home team. The money would have been on Bryan Rice to be representing Denmark this year but I must admit I am impressed with Basim’s song. Basim, a spritely young 21 year old has come a long way since his Danish X Factor days.

Upon hearing that he would be entering the competition, I was underwhelmed and I didn’t really think he would register on the Eurovision radar. I am extremely impressed with this one though and I am pleased to say that I got it wrong with this one. A unique offering, with a few “skiddly-pop” noises, which normally irritate the life out of me. As Basim sang his reprise, I was pleasantly surprised. This is certainly an entry that Denmark can be proud of. I cannot go as far as to say that this is a winner, but I am definitely looking forward to seeing it in Copenhagen. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: DR

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

Good Morning! escflashmalta.com is always looking for new opportunities to speak to artists who could potentially represent their country at the Eurovision Song Contest. Therefore, we took up the chance to speak to Bryan Rice who will be returning to the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix for the second time having narrowly missed out on the ticket back in 2010. This time round, his entry entitled I Choose U is pure pop, a genre which has been presented in the continental competition time and time again. In this interview, Bryan chats to us about his career in music, his life away from music and what his aim in the industry is, amongst other things.

Hi Bryan! Thank you for taking some time from your busy schedule to do this interview with us. Can you tell us how did you kick start your music career and who were your inspirations to start this career? 

You’re welcome, it is my pleasure. My mother says that I have always been singing. That kind of kid who has a song for every moment and every state of mind. Singing is my therapy, meditation, way to express my state of mind etc. So singing is something I have always done, and I have always been encouraged to sing, which is very important! My inspiration would have been myself… I believe that you should follow your dreams and keep trying as hard as you can. If you really want something and work hard, you will succeed.

You participated in the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix in 2010 with the song ‘Breathing’ and finished second with a magnificent performance. What encouraged you to try and represent Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest back then? 

The right song, first of all. And then the fact that I would like to take a step ahead and show people that it’s ok to participate even though you already have a career and songs, it’s a competition with pop music, so why shouldn’t I participate?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkjDBLK4Msc

Four years later and you are one of the finalists in the 2014 Danish selection with the entry ‘I Choose U’. What made you come back to this competition? 

Trying to achieve a double victory for Denmark? Yes, again it began with the right song. Then Emmelie got the ESC to Denmark and I started thinking that this might be the year for my second try. I was given a silver medal in 2010 and I have always known that one day I should try to turn it into gold. With all your support I suddenly knew that this is the year! Yes, My goal is to keep ESC in Denmark for one more year, that would be historical!

From the snippet which was released this week, one can notice it is a happy and upbeat song. What can you tell us about this entry? 

It’s a pure pop love song as I love them. A song about being hit by real love with 300 km per hour, about finding the one and only and saying it to that person. I’ve tried it myself and it feels so good that I needed to sing about it! The track is uptempo and with a lot of challenging vocal features that I’m looking forward to sing for you. It’s happy and positive and with my choir on stage I want it to make people smile and feel good.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cHYx2OAP6k

How are you preparing yourself for the final which is due to be held on 8th March? 

I’m focusing very much on my body, voice, sleep, training, eating well, getting massages etc. Just like a sportsman up to an important competition.

What can the fans, who will be watching you in the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, expect from your performance of I Choose U? 

I hope to be able to deliver something safe, good looking and sounding, a happy performance with great vocals and positive attitude. A kind of ‘Friends’ mood on stage… furthermore I have something enormous on stage…and I can walk on it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx9ie-2oOfU

Although this is your comeback year as a singer, last year we saw you part of Albin’s team which his entry ‘Beautiful to Me’. How does the pressure differ from a composer and a singer in a competition big such as Dansk Melodi Grand Prix? 

There’s a big difference. But to be honest I love being on stage myself the most. But writing for others is also great, seeing them blossom and owing the song is awesome. Being the idea man behind the song, show, styling, light etc is awesome!

You were already a popular artist in the music industry. Do you think it was a risky move to take part in such a competition that eventually would have led to the Eurovision Song contest? 

No, not at all. Everyone knows that I do what I want. It’s my career and my choices. To release a new single and play it for 2 mil viewers in one night is a good choice in my eyes. I know that my supporters have my back, so it’s all good :-) I mean, it’s like the EM in pop music, why shouldn’t I be there?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OftyBe5TkE8

You have recorded four albums so far in your music career, ‘Confessional’, ‘Good News’, ‘Another Piece Of Me’ and ‘A Piece of Me Live’. Every single you released from these albums was always a hit. How was your experience recording each album? 

Writing and recording is an extremely funny, creative and lovely process. I have been doing it on and off since Breathing and Another Piece of Me, and my fifth album is almost done now. So now I can’t wait to go out and sing live, ‘cause that is what I love the most. Feeling the audience, seeing the smiles and tears...

We recently saw yourself and Guena LG Beat with a song titled Stay Awake. How did that collaboration come about? 

GG wrote me one sommer 2 years ago if I wanted to start a collaboration, and I love trying new things. My life is all about setting out small ships in the ocean an hoping they will grow into big super tankers. Some of them sink, but some grow, and the Guena LG thing is growing fast and now we’re out in many countries including the US with awesome results! These days we’re hoping for a Billboard chart entry soon...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCB4w5DhZEQ

Any plans for a fifth album? If so can you share some details with us? 

Yes, indeed. I’ll never stop! ‘Hear Me As I Am’ is almost done and will be out later this year.

How do you prepare yourself before performing your songs to a huge audience? 

I focus, smile, breathe slowly and try to take it all in. I love being on stage more than not being on stage, so it’s not difficult for me.

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

Do you have a lucky charm which you take with you on stage?

Not one in particularly. In 2010 my mother gave me a stone, maybe I’ll bring it to Odense as well :-)

If you had to mention one achievement that you are most happy about … which one would it be? 

It must be the fact that I got to live from the one thing that makes me the happiest man on earth, music. I aimed for something and every day I fight to maintain and enlarge my career. Having the fourth most played song in Denmark in a decade (No Promises) is also something that I am proud of.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3vSLtimmP8

People and fans know Bryan Rice mostly from your music but obviously, work is not everything. Who is Bryan when you have some time to spare for yourself? 

I am just a man with a lot of things that I want to share with you. With a mission to touch and make a difference for as many people as possible. But also a man that needs to be with my friends and family and do the things that everyone do.

Finally, what would you like to say to your fans and our readers at escflashmalta.com? 

I’m Super! happy for your support. It’s the gasoline that makes my engine running! You’ve made me what I am and I’ll keep on giving you my music. Please join my Rice army at www.bryanrice.com :-) I need you all, and I would love to sing for you! And if I end up in ESC 14, please vote for me, I’ll do my best to make a difference.

Source: Bryan Rice (Facebook & Twitter), Nalle Vikström & Jim Lyngvild (Photo)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cHYx2OAP6k

Published in Interviews

In 2014, Denmark is set to host the Eurovision Song Contest, following the astonishing victory of Emmelie de Forest and her entry Only Teardrops. Thus, the focus of the public broadcaster; Danmarks Radio seems to be concentrated on that event in particular but nevertheless, the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix has officially garnered speed following a press conference which took place earlier today, where snippets of each of the ten (10) competing entries were presented.

Danmarks Radio, the public broadcaster has already made it clear that despite the fact that they will be hosting the event, they are anticipating success on home turf, something which could be achieved with the level of songs presented. Apart from success for the lead vocalist of the winning track, the songwriters will be awarded a total of €13,400 for their efforts. This will be done during the press conference following the national final, which in turn is set to take place on the 8th March at Arena Fyn in Odense. You may listen to the snippets of the competing entries on the Official YouTube Page of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news.

Source: eurovision.tv / DR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k59E7T0H-Us

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 03:29

Denmark: Ten (10) Lucky Acts Put forward by DR

In 2014, Danmarks Radio, on behalf of Denmark is set to host the Eurovision Song Contest, having achieved a resounding victory with Only Teardrops sung by Emmelie de Forest in 2013. Prior to the international event, the Scandinavian country will undergo a test run and organise a national final known as the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, which is set to feature ten (10) acts, six (6) of which were selected by an internal panel of judges from eight hundred seventy-two (872) submissions and another four (4) which were invited by the broadcaster as wildcards.

Quality over quantity seems to be the approach in Denmark, one that has proven successful in recent years seeing the nation manage top ten (10) results on three of the past four years including in 2010, 2011 and 2013 with In a Moment Like This, New Tomorrow and Only Teardrops, respectively. There are at least two recognisable names in the selection; those including none other than Danni Elmo and Bryan Rice, who have both been part of the showcase before. The latter was a runner-up back in 2010 with the song Breathing, a hit track in Denmark, peaking at number #3 in the charts and part of a studio album entitled Another Piece of Me.

Your Lies – Rebekka Thornbech (Attlerud / Euren / Arn)

It Hurts – Anna David (David / Lindorrf / Nowak-Zorde / Huffleman / Harwood / Keynes)

Right By Your Side – GlamboyP (Kallenberge / Berlin / Andreson)

She’s the One – Danni Elmo (Engelina / Brown / Vestergaard / Linnet)

Wanna be Loved – Michael Rune ft Natasha Bessez (Jensen / Larsson / Madden / Obika)

I Choose U – Bryan Rice (Jensen / Jorgensen / Crooks)

Cliché Love Song – Basim (Lindorff / Nowak-Zorde / Falt / Basim)

Vi Finder Hjem – Emilie Moldov (Engelina / Brodersen / Larsen / Basim)

Before You Forget Me – Nadia Malm (Nadia Malm)

Feeling the You – SONNY (SONNY / Schjoldan / Lumpkins)

The city of Odense will be playing host to this years’ edition of the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix at the Arena Fyn on the 8th March 2014. The choice of date makes Denmark one of the final nations to present or rather select their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 which will take place at the B&W-Hallerne Arena in Copenhagen on the 6th, 8th and 10th May. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest developments with regards to the upcoming edition of the international competition along with news from the participating countries.

Source: DR, eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkjDBLK4Msc

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 20:29

Eurovision '14: Theme Art Officially Presented

#JoinUs, the slogan of next years’ edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark under the hospice of host broadcaster, DR has officially been unveiled in a proper theme ask which will support the competition and give it a proper identity. Executive Producer, Pernille Gaardbo went on record stating ‘the Eurovision diamond symbolises what the competition means to us: A hub that is at once sparkling and strong. Diamond has lots of different sides and shows the diversity and the richness that will be on stage at the Eurovision Song Contest.’

She then went onto add ‘it emphasises visually the approach we have for the contest in 2014: The rawness of the B&W Arena combined with the sparkling show, and in the middle of the stage, the diamond as a unifying force, right where it's all done.’ The general idea is that the graphic selected, supports the concept of the diamond hence why the slogan has been put within the actual diamond. The idea of having a slogan and a theme art is something which was kick-started back in 2008 due to the fact that the heart solo had taken a centre stage and had also become difficult to alter. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApgkBV0hhCY

In 2014, Malta will be represented at the Eurovision Song Contest by two artists, one which will be the winner of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and the other being Gaia Cauchi, winner of this years' edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the track The Start, co-written alongside Elton Zarb, Matt Mercieca and Gillian Attard. In a bid to revamp the competition, the European Broadcasting Union has made a number of alterations with one of them being that the winners of the Senior and Junior editions of the international showcase performing at each others' event. Emmelie de Forest, winner on behalf of Denmark with the song Only Teardrops earlier this year was a special guest last night.

It is somewhat surreal to see a local artist being invited by the European Broadcasting Union and the host broadcaster, DR to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest whilst it is more unbelievable that Malta has succeeded in winning the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. I had personally gone on record stating that we would win the event but the feeling of winning it is sinking in ever so slightly. Once more, as editor-in-chief of escflashmalta.com, I would like to congratulate the Maltese delegation on a well earned victory and also our special team of reviewers, including none other than Trevor Fenech, Daniel Testa and Sophie DeBattista. A notable mention goes out to our Head of Communications, Emil Calleja Bayliss for leading the report. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: DR, Eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thje0DAh_lU

A record number of 872 entries have been submitted for next years' edition of the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, the selection process which will see an act represent Denmark on home soil following the astonishing victory achieved by Emmelie de Forest and her song Only Teardrops. Earlier this year, DR had received 692 submissions, a number which has been considerably dwarfed by around 200 more songs. It continues with the strong tradition of hundreds of submissions in countries within the Scandinavian region as noted by Norway, Finland and Sweden.

In three (3) of the past four (4) years, the nation managed to finish in the top five (5) and gained resounding charting success with their 2011 entry New Tomorrow performed by the group A Friend In London who went onto record with the likes of Carly Rae Jepsen. Rasmus Ladefoged, responsible for the Entertainment Section at DR is excited about the prospect of finding another strong entry to represent the country. 'It is so cool! It’s really amazing! It ‘s a very special year for the Grand Prix this year, because we are going to host the Eurovision Song Contest. I think that has helped create the attention, that has now led to this great contribution'.

Whilst no speculation with regards to songwriters and artists has been noted in any tabloid, Ladefoged stated that there is a good mixture of amateur and professional songs whilst a number of wildcards will also be invited to compete within the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix slated to take place on the 8th March 2014 in Odense. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about both the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix and the Eurovision Song Contest 2014.

Source: DR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlZYtfISqV8

Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark has been chosen as the host city of the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest following a sterling victory achieved by Emmelie de Forest and her entry Only Teardrops. In a press release published by the European Broadcasting Union through their official website, it has been revealed that the venue is none other than the B&W Hallerne within Refshaleøen and that the competition will be running under the slogan, Join Us!

The B&W Hallerne is not a typical venue due to the fact that it used to be a shipyard yet the host broadcaster, DR will be transforming it into a world class venue ready to host two semi-finals and a final in about eight months. Pernille Gaardbo, Executive Producer of the competition stated 'We are looking forward to welcoming Europe in Copenhagen, which is full of cultural diversity, has an excellent infrastructure and a variety of hotels. At the chosen venue we have the opportunity to realise our creative ambitions. The entire area around the B&W Hallerne will be transformed into Eurovision Island, where delegates, press and fans will come together'. DR, the host broadcaster for next years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest spoke about the diversified bids that they received including the ones in Horsens and Herning but nevertheless believe that the choice of Copenhagen will truly benefit all those who will be making the trip.

Hosting such an international event gives a city exposure and despite the millions spent within the organisation, the turn-over is much greater noting the more than a €100 million in advertisements and around €20 million for the local economy. More information about the ticket sales and the hotels will be made available later on this year but do not fret because a large number of hotel rooms have already been blocked for delegates, journalists and fans. The 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is set to take place on the 6th, 8th and 10th May 2014. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news. In the meantime, remember, that all songs published online as from yesterday onwards are eligible to participate in next years' music extravaganza. 

Sources: European Broadcasting Union, Eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3f9v8ebuD4

Mid-way through the rehearsals of the annual Eurovision Song Contest, the European Broadcasting Union prepares three dates in May which would be used as preliminary setup for the competition taking place within the following year. DR, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Denmark and thus for next years' organisation has just made some slight alterations opting for the 6th and 8th as the dates of the semi-finals as opposed to the 10th May 2014 for the date of the final of next years' edition of the Pan-European competition.

Denmark won the right to host the competition next year following the victory of Emmelie de Forest and her entry Only Teardrops co-written by Lise Cabble, Julia Fabrin Jakobsen and Thomas Stengaard. This was the third victory for the Scandinavian country with their most recent prior to this being achieved back in 2000 when the competition also took place in Sweden. On that occasion, it was the Olsen Brothers with the song Fly On The Wings of Love which surprised everyone by walking away with the victory. It is yet unknown where Denmark will be staging the competition although it has to be noted that Herning is in pole position after the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen surprisingly pulled out. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RIhJ9QK740

Malmö, Sweden will be hosting this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest as it had done back in 1992 when Linda Martin romped to victory with her ballad, Why Me? In 2013, escflashmalta.com has engaged a panel of professional individuals to assess the competing entries. The tracks are supported by biographies, other music from the respective performers involved along with a background on the participating country. The formal introduction of each entry continues. All of the information is obtained from the official website of the international spectacle and indeed, pertaining to the running order as decided by the producers, Denmark will be performing in slot number five (5) from the sixteen (16) entries which will be competing during the first semi-final. DR, the broadcaster resposible for the participation of Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest will be represented by the song Only Teardrops co-written by Lise Cabble, Julia Fabrin Jakobsen, Thomas Stengaard with vocals provided by Emmelie de Forest.

Growing up in the town of Mariager in the North Denmark region, Emmelie started singing professionally from an early age. Since she was 14, she has been touring all over Denmark with the Scottish musician Fraser Neill, performing both own songs and folk/blues-versions of hits from e.g. Nirvana and Johnny Cash. An important part of Emmelie's stage performance has always been her footwear - or the lack of it. "I have always preferred singing without wearing high heels or shoes. Being barefoot makes me feel closer to the ground, the earth and makes me feel more relaxed, Emmelie says. Royal roots: Emmelie is very much down to earth, despite her family tree. She is the great-grandchild of none other than Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. "Her son, Edward VII, had many children outside marriage. One of them was my grandfather, whom he had with an Austrian princess of the Habsburg family. 

My grandmother descends from old Swedish nobility, so thanks to that link, I have spent much of my childhood in Stockholm, where my brothers and sisters still live. I see Sweden as my second home", Emmelie explains. Now based in Copenhagen, Emmelie only has to cross Øresund to enter the stage at Eurovision Song Contest with her song Only Teardrops, which won an impressive victory in the Danish national final, gaining 50 percent of the televotes in the finale. "As soon as I heard the song, I fell in love with it. It has a melancholic feeling to it, and it is about war and peace, both in a relationship and in the world as a whole. I believe these are issues that people all over the world can relate to", she says. Lise Cabble is a Danish songwriter and used to be the songwriter and lead singer in the former girl band Miss B. Haven. She has had 12 songs in the national grand prix and has won it 3 times. The latest one was this year with Only Teardrops performed by Emmelie de Forest. First time in 1995 with the popular song Fra Mols til Skagen. Second time in 2011 with the song New Tomorrow. Both songs went Top 5 in the Eurovision.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZxZKf9C32k

The Dansk Melodi Grand Prix has become an annual spectacle for both local and international viewers noting that the competition is organised in extremely high quality ranking amongst some of the best selection procedures in the continent. At the end of the submission deadline, 692 entries were entered for the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, making it one of the highest number of submissions ever dating back to at least, 1988. 15,000 people were in attendance during the final in Herning to watch ten acts competing against each other to represent the Scandinavian country at the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in a town which is practically reachable by bridge. Simone with the song Stay Awake was the second runner-up behind Mohammed Ali and his entry Unbreakable. The latter track for the favourite of the jury but the public overturned the result giving Emmelie the victory with Only Teardrops.

1957 was the first year in which Denmark took to the stage of the international competition and started on a high having managed to finish in third place with the track Skibet skal sejle i nat performed by Birthe Wilke and Gustav Winckler. The first victory would eventually come with the track Dansevise performed by another duet made up of Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann. In 2000, the Olsen Brothers and their stunning track Fly On the Wings of Love surprised pundits and bookmakers when it managed to overcome strong competition to finish on top. Since the introduction of the semi-final system, Denmark has only failed to qualify on two occasions whilst finishing in the top five in two of the past three years. They are the outright favourites to win this years' edition of the international spectacle. 

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 83%

Magnus Kaxe: The favorite this year according to all betting companies. Emmelie sings very well with a Björk-ish vibe. Folk-music intro and swirling verse bursts into a simple and child-song-like chorus - in a great way! This will definitely be a strong candidate for the overall victory this year.

Lina Eriksson: I simply love this song and Emmelies characteristics voice.This kind of hybrid of Irish folklore meets popmusic is close to my heart. Good lyrics, good topline. I like it a lot!

Matt Mercieca (Muxu): I like the folky beginning, I think this is such a good mix of the usual typical eurovison sound, but still has something that is current. The more I hear it, the more I like it. I love the bridge, the way it opens up, this one should do well.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k59E7T0H-Us

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