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After a two year absence, TVP, the Polish public broadcaster has confirmed their return to the Eurovision Song Contest in May 2014. They have confirmed that a submission to be present in Copenhagen was made and details for a national final shall be announced sometime in January. Poland made their debut in 1994, when Edyta Górniak represented this country with the song To nie ja!. She managed to make Poland's debut a successful one by achieving 2nd place on the final night.

After that year Poland achieved a string of disappointing results except 2003 when Ice Troje feat. Real McCoy achieved 7th place. When the European Broadcasting Union made a number of amendments to the format of the Eurovision Song Contest, adding the semi-final stage to the competition, the results became even more disappointing with qualification assured only once, in 2008, with For Life performed by American/Polish singer Isis Gee. Poland's last entry at the Eurovision Song Contest was Jestem sung by Magdalena Tul back in 2011 but unfortunately, it did not garner a lot of support and finished in last place. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: TVP

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RV995ECcojA

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

The runner up from the 2010 Danish pre-selection, Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, is back with a brand new single. Bryan Rice had placed second after showcasing his brilliant performance of Breathing. Till this day, Bryan has released 3 studio albums titled Confessional (2006), Good News (2007) and Another Piece of Me (2010). Further to those albums he released two non album singled titled For The Love Of The Game (2011), which was the Official UEFA U21 Championship Denmark song and These Arms (2013).

Now he has released a new single in collaboration with the worldly famous DJ Guena LG, who did remixes for Lady GaGa, Mylene Farmer, Britney Spears, Nelly Furtado and has sold over 6 million of remixes. The song is called Stay Awake and is written by Matthew Koma (who has written for Carly Ray Japsen, and ZEDD), DJ Guena LG and Julien Carret. So far Stay Awake is ranked #1 on Greek Radios Greek (Dance category) and #25 in the French clubs. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of the latest news from several artists all across Europe.

Source: Official Website

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVatW7Cn8ZM

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

LTV, the public broadcaster responsible for the participation of Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest has just issued a press releases stating that they will be travelling to Denmark next year in a bid to turn around their negative fortunes. The winning country of the 2002 edition of the international showcase has not managed to reach the final since 2008 when their entry Wolves of the Sea performed by Pirates of the Sea managed to reach the mid-table placing of twelfth (12th) with eighty three (83) points in total.

The selection process in Latvia for the past couple of years, that entitled Dziesma will be returning with a total of two (2) semi-finals and a final being the total format. The semi-finals are currently set for the 18th and 19th January 2014 with the final taking place two weeks later, on the 1st February 2014. It is important to denote that these dates are susceptible to change according to how the broadcaster deems fit in accordance with it's respective programme. The rules and regulations for the selection procedure will be released at the beginning of October as is normal for most countries competing in the Eurovision Song Contest of the following year. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: LTV

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcQeEEz8-VI

Saturday, 21 September 2013 12:12

Eurovision '14: EBU Amend Rules and Regulations

In a bid to increase transparency and reduce speculation over the integrity of the jury results, the European Broadcasting Union has amended the rules and regulations of the Eurovision Song Contest following consultation with broadcasters all over the continent. At the centre of controversy following the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was none other than Azerbaijan whose entry entitled Hold Me performed by Farid Mammadov finished as the first runner-up.

Tabloids in the United Kingdom and Lithuania stated how votes were supposedly bought by the Eastern nation in order to secure a high placing with The Mirror also noting that something was fishy between Malta and Azerbaijan with the former awarding it maximum twelve (12) points in each of the past four (4) years. Anton Attard, the Head of Delegation for Malta rubbished the claims stating that the jury only gave Azerbaijan one set of maximum points in the past four (4) years with the public owing to the final result. It comes as no surprise considering that the Azeri singers have been travelling to Malta consistently prior to their experience at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Each participating country has to appoint five (5) jury members to vote in the semi-final where it is competing or has been appointed to vote in along with the final. As of 2014, the names of the jury members will be made public on the 1st May, five (5) days before the first semi-final. It is imperative that the selected experts did not sit in on the jury in any of the past two editions of the Eurovision Song Contest. Each individual jury will have to rank all the songs in the semi final, and the Final. Right after the Final night, the rankings of each and every jury member will be made public on the official website, thus revealing the split results of juries and televoting for each of the participating countries. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN3d_V7KVLE

Emmelie de Forest, the winner of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Only Teardrops co-written by Lise Cabble, Julia Fabrin Jakobsen and Thomas Stengaard has just unveiled the music video for her follow-up single, Hunter and Prey. The track co-written by Lise Cabble, Jakob Glæsner and Emmelie de Forest was selected from the strong twelve track debut album which bears the sane name of her most successful track yet, the winning entry of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013.

The video is recorded in the nature at Sejerø, a small island outside the west coast of Zealand and was directed by Nicolas Tobias Følsgaard. Included in the video are the two drummers, who backed Emmelie up on stage in the Danish final as well as in Malmö, Jacob Baagøe and Morten Specht from Copenhagen Drummers. Since winning the international competition, Emmelie de Forest released her debut album Only Teardrops through Universal Music Denmark. It has managed to chart in several countries including Denmark (#4), France (#91), Germany (#61) and Sweden (#50) amongst others. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Universal Music Denmark

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRpx06QJ3B4

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 09:51

Austria: Conchita Wurst Chosen to Fly the Flag

ORF, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Austria at the Eurovision Song Contest has just announced to the media that Conchita Wurst will be flying the flag in Copenhagen, Denmark. In the past two years, the country has held a national selection to select both their artist and entry but due to budgetary cuts, this was the best way forward. Conchita has already tried her hand at going to the international event having previously finished as the first runner-up with the track That's What I Am back in 2012.

Therefore, the Eurovision Song Contest will be seeing yet another novelty act following in the footsteps of Guildo Horn who represented Germany in 1998 and Alf Poier who represented Austria in 2003. Conchita is a celebrity in Austria having also finished in second place in the third edition of Starmania. The artist who beat her was none other than Nadine Beiler, the last individual to take the nation through to the final with her song The Secret is Love. This news item was leaked out to the press, most predominantly OTS and Heute.at but then ORF confirmed it to news portal, esctoday.com later on. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Sources: Heute.at, ORF, esctoday.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ni5n097kTs

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

Saturday, 24 August 2013 16:00

Denmark: 'Only Teardrops' - An Album Review

Summer, a season which is somewhat marred by extremely warm humid days and temperatures which soar well above the average mean especially when it comes to the Mediterranean Island of Malta but nevertheless, the music scene flourishes at an exceptional rate. Projects for the winter commence whilst a number of singles are released for the pleasure of many whilst at the beach. Jean Claude Vancell, a singer/songwriter who was a semi-finalist at the Malta Song for Europe back in 2008 is also an escflashmalta.com senior editor and known for his album reviews. It has been quite a while since he took up the role but he is back with the debut album from Emmelie de Forest entitled Only Teardrops, the winning artist of the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. In recent months, he has heard studio albums by Loreen and Celine Dion with a critical eye pouring his thoughts out for the world to denote.

20 year old Emmelie brought victory to Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest after their last victory in 2001. Her song Only Teardrops was favoured by bookies from weeks before in what was considered one of the strongest contests in recent years. Emmelie won the bid to represent her country at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix last January and is now reigning queen of the Eurovision. Her album Only Teardrops was released just a week before her performance at the final in Malmo last May. The first studio album by Emmelie de Forest is released under the imprint, Universal Music Denmark which is the Danish subsidiary of the major record label.

Album Title: Only Teardrops

Released: 6th May (International)

The album opens with an instrumental overture of Only Teardrops which works a treat before introducing the more uptempo Hunter and Prey. The rest of the tracks offer a good mix of Nordic pop, which happens to suit my tastes very well. Some of the weaker offerings do sound like they were rejects from Eurovision participations which never happened. However the overall sound of the album is pleasant and easy going. With Only Teardrops appearing 3 times in this 12 track album, this makes it a little annoying, even though all versions are so beautiful in their own right. The album peaked at number 4 in Denmark, and fared well in other European countries. The song Hunter and Prey was the follow up single to her winning entry in the contest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m__EzjJBv90

Tracks to look out for:

What Are You Waiting For - If Emmelie wants to break through the UK chart with something other than her winning Eurovision song, this has to be track to make it to the top 40. Cleverly written to suit her voice and sung with passion, this song has hit written all over it.

Change - The retro sequencer driving this track is one step away from the 80s euro-pop - but boy does it work. Hints of the Irish tin whistle which made her Eurovision song so popular are introduced in this number too.

Hunter and Prey - Had it been another vocalist, this track wouldn’t have worked so well. De Forest’s airy vocals are a wonder in this high paced number.

Final verdict:

The album shows de Forest’s potential. I wouldn’t expect this to do incredibly well if it were released by someone who hadn’t just won the Eurovision Song Contest. With more thought and time to develop her music, de Forest can take the European market by storm. It doesn’t happen everyday that you discover such a voice.

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

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