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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

Saturday, 01 February 2014 21:08

Finland: Softengine Win UMK and Set for Denmark

YLE, the public broadcaster in Finland has just brought the curtain down on yet another astonishing national selection, one which represents upcoming talent in the Scandinavian country. Following several heats, and a semi-final, the decision has officially been made and Softengine will represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Something Better co-written by Topi Latukka and Henri Oskár. It was definitely not an easy ride for them, but they managed to beat stiff competition from singer/songwriter Mikko Pohjola and group MIAU who finished in second and third place, respectively.

Finland, is one of the countries competing in the second semi-final alongside Malta, who in turn will be selecting their entry on the 8th February 2014 at the Malta Fairs and Convention Centre in a star-studded evening hosted by Moira Delia, Gianluca and Ira Losco. Whilst making it to the final in 2013, Krista did not attract the attention of many when it came to the voting and languished in one of the bottom places. This pop/rock entry with a slight Coldplay-like sound will surely attract the votes though. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news about the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, being staged in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Source: YLE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5c1P0jY4kVE

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

According to reliable sources, Emma Marone born in Florence, Italy in 1984 will represent Italy in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest with the energetic song La mia citta (My Home Town). The track is included in her forth-coming album named Schiena vs Schiena (Back to Back). It seems clear that this year Italian National Broadcaster, RAI is opting for an internal selection which means that popular Italian showcase Sanremo will have nothing to do with the Italian selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. Emma Marone won Amici di Maria de Filippi, an Italian Talent show in 2010 becoming one of the top selling artists in Italy. 

Emma will follow the steps of Marco Mengoni who won X-Factor Italy and represented the lovely Mediterranean country last year. Emma won Sanremo festival in 2012 with her hit song Non e’ l’Inferno (It’s not hell). So far the talented but down to earth singer Emma has published 1 EP, 3 great albums and 15 singles. She has received 2 Multi platinum discs, 14 Platinum discs and 2 Gold discs. Last year, Emma was selected as one of the artistic directors of one of the teams of the show Amici di Maria de Filippi.

Italy will be voting in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest and they will be able to vote for Malta as we will be part of the first part of the second semi-final. Will another product from a popular Italian talent show win Eurovision for Italy? We have to wait and see! In the meantime, we’re still waiting for an official confirmation from Radio Televisione Italiana, RAI! Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: eurofestival

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqPcauy2AMM

Despite the rumours of an internal selection, it seems that the Israeli Broadcasting Authority have amended their selection process ever so slightly with a national final set to take place in March. Three (3) artists will be taking part in the showcase, with two (2) selected by the public broadcaster, and another one chosen through an open call for artists. Several acts have been asked to take part yet rejected the invitation, and these include none other than Ronnie Dloomy, Raz Shmueli and Kathleen Reiter, the latter who was the favourite at the 2013 selection process but withdrew after a series of allegations that the broadcaster had paved the way for her victory.

Nevertheless, other artists have already declared their interest in representing Israel at the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest including Chen Aharoni, a runner-up in the 2011 edition of Kdam, as well as Maya Buskila, a favourite of the general public with whom negotiations have fell on a series of occasions. IBA, the public broadcaster is set to make a formal announcement with regards to the selection participants in due course, but until then, we wait. At last years’ edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Israel failed to make the final with their entry Rak Bishvilo performed by Moran Mazor. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: IBA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjbcD72OaI4

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

Earlier this week, Ovi posted a teaser of a brand new song, entitled Miracle, which also happens to be a duet with renowned female vocalist Paula whom he had already joined forces to represent Romania at the 2010 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, to much success with Playing With Fire finishing in third place. The thirty (30) second teaser makes use of the generic logo of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and the phrase ‘We Are Coming’ signalling that they will either be competing in a national final along with other artists or presumably having already been selected by the broadcaster, TVR to carry the honours in Copenhagen, Denmark.

In recent days, escflashmalta.com has been speaking to a number of individuals concerned with the participation of Romania in the international event and indications are clear that an internal selection is taking place with the final contractual details taking place at the moment. An announcement is imminent in order for Paula and Ovi to kick start their promotional tour as well as spread the word out that they are indeed back for a second time. The renowned duo are held in high regard both at home and abroad, having been given the opportunity to appear as guests and co-host the national selection on more than one occasion since their participation. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfrEkzV0P_4

Friday, 13 December 2013 11:22

Germany: NDR Surprises with Strong Line-Up

NDR, public broadcaster of Germany in collaboration with production company Brainpool have had several meetings with the biggest record labels in the country to select seven (7) acts that represent positive qualities to take forward to the Eurovision Song Contest, which in 2014 is taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark. An eighth (8th) participant will be selected through a public selection featuring young, upcoming talent and from there onwards, two (2) songs for each artist will be put forward for the national selection, which is set to take place on the 13th March 2014 in Cologne.

In recent weeks, there have been several rumours with regards to the artists that were being considered by both the broadcaster and the production company and the editorial team at escflashmalta.com believes that Germany have gone for a versatile mixture of talent and renowned stardom. Following three (3) years of success, finishing in the top ten with the likes of Lena Meyer-Landrut and Roman Lob, Germany took to the stage earlier this year with the ever so popular Cascada whose song Glorious failed to set the scoreboard alight, managing a lower mid-table position by the end of the evening.

  • Das Gezeichnete Ich
  • Madeline Juno
  • MarieMarie
  • Oceana
  • Santiano
  • The Baseballs
  • Unheilig

Whilst all of the acts have material which has already been officially published, it has to be noted that The Baseballs, Unheilig and Oceana are three stars across the nation with fan-bases even beyond their own country and therefore, kudos to the German public broadcaster for managing such an impressive line-up in hope of improving their results at the Eurovision Song Contest. As one of the Big Five countries, Germany enjoys a free passage to the final round of the Eurovision Song Contest, a privilege it enjoys with the United Kingdom, France, Spain and Italy. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Eurovision.tv, NDR, Brainpool

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y77A9-hQAp0

NTU, host broadcaster of this years' edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest took to the media last night in order to present twenty (20) artists who have been shortlisted in a bid to represent the nation at next years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark. Earlier this year, Zlata Ognevich donned the colours of the Ukranian flag with her entry Gravity finishing in the second runner-up slot, only to be beated by eventual winners; Denmark and first runner-up; Azerbaijan.

The list of shortlisted participants does not include the the full list of songs that they will be performing during the national selection but nevertheless, it includes a variety of names, including of artists who have already tried their luck in the past. The most intriguing name is that of Viktoriya Petryk, who just happens to be the sister of Anastasiya Petryk, winner of the 2012 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

  • Viktor Romanchenko
  • Anna Hodorovskaya
  • Anatoly Shparev
  • Neangely – Courageous
  • Stas Shurins – Why
  • Tatyana Shirko – Let Go
  • ILLARIA
  • Lissa Wassabi
  • Vladimir Tkachenko – Byti tam de ti
  • Shanis – Moya Dusha (My soul)
  • Viktoriya Petryk
  • Tatyana Berg
  • Evgeny Litvinkovich
  • Anna Maria – 5 Stars Hotel
  • Marietta – It`s my life
  • Mariya Yaremchuk – Tick Tock
  • ULI RUD – Budapest
  • Denis Lyubimov – Love
  • Roman Polonsky – Wanted Dead Or Alive
  • Natalya Valevskaya

Other notable names in the selection process are those of Tetyana Shyrko and Mariya Yaremchuk who participation in the national selection back in 2013. Marietta had also taken part earlier this year and also last year. Neangely took part back in 2007 whilst Shanis performed back in 2010, making it a very widespread return for most of the artists. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: NTU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMxpv8naRd8

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