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Alongside Sweden, Luxembourg is the second most successful country in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest but consecutive disappointing results achieved in 1992 and 1993 respectively saw to their withdrawal. The support between smaller countries has always been evident and in the two aforementioned years, Malta gave the tiny duchy ten points on both occasions. It seems that our long lasting friendship is still appreciated by the rather strong fanbase as the OGAE members have voted Malta's entry Tomorrow performed by Gianluca in second place just behind Denmark whose entry is entitled Only Teardrops and set to be sung by Emmelie de Forest.

Marion Welter, representative at the 1992 Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Luxembourg was also part of the team of reviewers on escflashmalta.com last year seeing to the entries that competed in the second semi-final. As has already been noted by several online blogs and forums alike, Denmark is the outright favourite with the fans whilst San Marino's entry entitled Crisalide (Vola) is currently in second place overall. At this point in time, there are around nine countries who are yet to pick up any points with some having obtained votes from one country, as has been the case with Malta who has never really done well in OGAE voting along the years. 

  • 1 point - Greece
  • 2 points - Hungary
  • 3 points - San Marino
  • 4 points - Moldova
  • 5 points - Norway
  • 6 points - Sweden
  • 7 points - Netherlands
  • 8 points - Germany
  • 10 points - Malta
  • 12 points - Denmark
The last successful entry from Luxembourg was back in 1988 when they had enlisted the aid of Belgian and Italian singer, Lara Fabian whose entry Croire ranked fourth on the night. Lara Fabian became a huge star in mainland Europe in the years to come and she is very much compared to Celine Dion, who represented Switzerland in the same year with the track Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi achieving victory by a mere one (1) point. We sincerenly hope that they will rekindle their flame for the international competition and return in due course.  We would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news in preparation for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest which will be taking place later this month.
 
Source: OGAE Luxembourg
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WmJXIR9xtw

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

Published in Editorials

Only Teardrops, co-written by Lise Cabble, Julia Fabrin Jakobsen and Thomas Stengaard with vocals provided by Emmelie de Forest will represent Denmark in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malmö, Sweden. In a recent interview given to the official website of the international showcase, the young yet extremely talented Emmelie spoke of her excitement to take on the stage in a country which is her second home whilst adding 'we will definitely be top five'. This might be the right attitude in the mind of a performer but definitely not the right one in front of the cameras to be honest. 

One of the most intriguing cases in the Eurovision Song Contest is surely that one track which is said to do quite well ends up performing badly for example, Denmark in last years' competition was definitely one of the favourites but despite qualification the song entitled Should've Known Better performed by Soluna Samay could only muster up twenty-one (21) points to finish in a disappointing twenty-third (23rd) place. Only Teardrops will be performed on behalf of Denmark in the fifth slot of the first semi-final, a slot which has never managed a qualifier in the past. Emmelie de Forest will most likely change their statistic come May. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of the latest news.

Source: Eurovision.tv

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

SVT, host broadcaster of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in conjunction with the European Broadcasting Union and the Reference Group have revealed their verdict with regards to the running order as decided by the producers of the showcase. This will be the very first time that the draw has not been done in a random manner but nevertheless, the countries were drawn into their respective semi-finals and also the first and second part of the running order based on the results of the allocation draw which took place earlier this year. The only draw that had to be done in a random order was that for the host country of Sweden so that the producers could not inflict it in any wrongdoing, and as a matter of fact, was drawn in sixteenth (16th) position within the final.

Tomorrow, co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals provided by Gianluca on behalf of Malta was drawn to perform in slot number #6 noting that the country had been drawn in the first half of the second semi-final for the second  consecutive year with This Is The Night performed by Kurt Calleja having to start at slot number #4 last year. Yesterday, in an interview with our colleagues from Eurovision Ireland, it was revealed that Gianluca will be flying to Malmö, Sweden alongside the team that accompanied him on stage in Malta as well as his sister, Dorothy Bezzina who will be accompanying as a vocal coach. Marry Me by Krista Siegfrids will be performing prior to Malta on behalf of Finland whilst following us will be Samo Shampioni performed by Elitsa & Stoyan for Bulgaria. The full running order can also be seen below.

First Semi-Final (14th May)

  1. Austria
  2. Estonia
  3. Slovenia
  4. Croatia
  5. Denmark
  6. Russia
  7. Ukraine
  8. The Netherlands
  9. Montenegro
  10. Lithuania
  11. Belarus
  12. Moldova
  13. Ireland
  14. Cyprus
  15. Belgium
  16. Serbia

Second Semi-Final (16th May)

  1. Latvia
  2. San Marino
  3. F.Y.R. Macedonia
  4. Azerbaijan
  5. Finland
  6. Malta
  7. Bulgaria
  8. Iceland
  9. Greece
  10. Israel
  11. Armenia
  12. Hungary
  13. Norway
  14. Albania
  15. Georgia
  16. Switzerland
  17. Romania
A brief look at the running orders for both the semi-finals, it seems that the European Broadcasting Union has indeed tried to seperate the genres of the competing entries as much as possible but nevertheless, it was quite difficult to do so within the first half of the first semi-final noting that there are several ballads. On the other hand, the second semi-final looks much more balanced. The slot which Kurt Calleja occupied last year in the second semi-final has been allocated to none other than Azerbaijan, hosts of last years' competition. It is also worth pointing out that Austria and Serbia will open and close the first semi-final with Latvia and Romania doing the same within the second semi-final. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available. 
 
Source: Eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAzmvBcUPuc
Saturday, 26 January 2013 21:45

Denmark: Emmelie De Forest Off to Malmö

DR, the broadcaster responsible for the Danish participation at the Eurovision Song Contest has to be commended for a stunning production which befits the Scandinavian region and following what was somewhat a strong set of entries, the selection was clear by the public who offered the role this time round to none other than Emmelie De Forest with the song Only Teardrops. This means that for the second year in a row, the nation will be sending a female to the international competition and will thus be hoping to make it through to the final for the sixt year in a row which seems very likely through the first semi-final which comprises of sixteen entries in total.

The song quality this evening whilst being well above average was treated to a couple of mediocre performances and one has to be thankful to the Danish public on making the right choice noting that the judges had Emmelie tied in first place with Mohammed whose entry Unbreakable was typically crafted in Sweden and had elements belong to Eric Saade and Danny with the only issue being that the guy could definitely not hold a tune but ultimately, justice prevailed. The second runner-up for the second time was Simone whose entry Stay Awake managed third place from both the jury and the public. The evening including performances from a number of former Eurovision Song Contest participants including Niels Brinck, Soluna Samay, Brotherhood of Man, The Herreys and Johnny Logan. The winning entry as already been said will compete in semi-final one. She will be competing alongside the chosen entries from Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine and Belgium and in my opinion, is the best by far thus far. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news about the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: DR, Eurovision.tv (Image)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VL17Pdghdvo

Tuesday, 22 January 2013 11:41

Denmark: Full Versions Published by DR

A catchy chorus is most noteably very important for success in the Eurovision Song Contest unless the track is generally well written and produced but nevertheless, Denmark is presenting completely fresh sounds, ones which would get anyone dancing and featuring a mixture of newcomers and veterans. The Dansk Melodi Grand Prix has become an annual spectacle with the broadcaster, DR going all out on that one special evening to make sure that the people are entertained. This year will be no different and one could listen to the full songs competing on the official website.

A couple of weeks back, it was revealed that within the evening, there will be special performances given by three former winners of the Eurovision Song Contest including; Johnny Logan (1980, 1987), Brotherhood of Man (1976) and The Herreys (1984) adding to the spectacle. The entries that are being presented for Denmark this year reflect on the result that was achieved by the nation during last years' international showcase as Should've Known Better performed by Soluna Samay finished at the latter end of the scoreboard despite being tipped for a possible victory in the betting odds. It was not the typical song that one would enjoy but it was indeed extremely radio friendly. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the news from Denmark as they select their representative and entry on Saturday evening. 

Source: DR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5X2r_t-KBk

Wednesday, 16 January 2013 16:10

Denmark: DR Announces Ten Finalists

Since the introduction of the semi-final system, Denmark has only failed to qualify on two occasions, those coming in 2004 with Thomas Thordarsson and his track Shame On You finishing in thirteenth place as well as in 2007 with Drama Queen performed by DQ only managing nineteenth place at the end of the evening. From 2008 onwards, their entries which have been dubbed on more than one occasion as a typical middle of the road type of genre have performed moderately well, with their appearances in 2010 and 2011 being the most significant noting fourth and fifth place finishes with the track In a Moment Like This by Chanée and N'evergreen as well as New Tomorrow by A Friend in London. Earlier today, DR announced the ten acts along with the entries that they will be performing as they aim to represent Denmark in the next Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place in the neighbouring country of Sweden.

Expectations have always been relatively high for Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest and despite their list of successes, it has to be noted that they only finished at the very top on two occasions, the first time in 1963 with 'Dansevise' performed by Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann and the second time being in 2000 when the Olsen Brothers sung their beautiful melody 'Fly on the Wings of Love'. The artists that have been selected bring about dance and pop and the main genres whilst English is also seemingly predominant. One will definitely focus on a couple of names in the list especially if history serves right of course with major nineties group known as Daze making a comeback to music alongside former Eurovision Song Contest representative Brinck who in his national final had beaten Simone Egeriis who is also back for another shot and is a favourite to triumph according to a poll conducted by the official website.

  1. Jeg har hele tiden vidst det - Frederikke Vedel (Georgi, Thomas & Jeppe Reil)
  2. Human - Brinck (Niels Brinck)
  3. I'm Not Alone - Kate Hall (Jensen, Larsson, Bell, Holter, Erixson, Hermansen)
  4. Rejs dig op - Louise Dubiel (Lindstad, Braager, Dubiel)
  5. We Own The Universe - Daze (G:Son, Boström)
  6. Stay Awake - Simone Egeriis (Jensen, Lindberg)
  7. Invincible - Jack Rowan ft. Sam Gray (Darwich, Rowan, Gray)
  8. Only Teardrops - Emmerlie de Forest (Cabble, Jakobsen, Stenggard)
  9. Beautiful to Me - Albin (Clausen, Haugaard)
  10. Unbreakable - Mohammed (Friss, Parsberg, Bjørnskov, Dissing)
You could listen to snippets of the ten finalists on the official website. DR had received a total of 692 submissions for this years' edition of the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix which will be taking place in the Boxen Arena in Herning but ultimately selected eight (8) entries from them to compete with another two (2) added later on during the proceedings as wildcards in an effort to make the field as diverse as possible. The voting will be the same as it has been in recent years with a professional jury and tele-voting each having a 50% stake in the choice of the top three finalists before each judge will allocate 1,2 and 3 points to the respective top three (3) choices whilst the tele-voting will have thirty (30) points in total which will be divulged through percentage. At the end of the evening, the winning entry will be performed once more. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.
 
Source: DR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DJy1uC58pQ
Thursday, 03 January 2013 16:50

Denmark: DR Confirms Foreign Guests

The Dansk Melodi Grand Prix has become one of the most pivotal selections in the continent and this has been easily noted through the results achieved by Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest having only failed to qualify on two occasions, the first time in 2004 with Shame On You by Thomas Thordarsson and in 2007 with the song Drama Queen performed by DQ. Up until a couple of years ago, the national selection was somewhat a small and reserved affair but despite keeping in line with their one show competition, the organisation has been improved greatly and interest in the industry is quite high noting that they received almost 700 entries, making it the highest number of submissions since 2009. DR, the broadcaster is pulling out the stops to make sure that the event is extravagant with the song quality set to be improved upon following the disappointing result achieved by Soluna Samay and Should've Known Better.

As a matter of fact, the hosts for the evening revealed just a couple of hours back are well celebrated icons in the world of television and they are three women in the form of; Louise Wolff, Lise Rønne and Sofie Lassen-Kahlke. On the other hand, the broadcaster wants to make sure that whilst the results are being counted and finalised, the right entertainment is provided hence forth why three international guests from the world of the Eurovision Song Contest have been called for a performance or two. The chosen artists are Johnny Logan, Brother Hood of Man and The Herreys, all of which have won the Eurovision Song Contest, in 1980, 1987, 1976 and 1984 respectively. The final is set to take place on the 26th January 2013 in the Jyske Bank Boxen Arena in the city of Herning. Denmark will be hoping to select a strong entry this time round and thus add a third victory to their roster following the success achieved in 1963 and 2000 respectively and they know that they will compete in the first semi-final. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news from Denmark as soon as it becomes available.

Source: DR, Eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSXx7-EceBA

The European Broadcasting Union has been pretty adamant about putting off rumours of a mass withdrawal from the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and therefore succumbed to releasing the list of participating nations quite early due to the international media coverage which might have had a negative impact on the competition especially noting that Malmö is making several adjustments in order to accommodate a different type of show than what many have seen in recent years. The financial situation around the continent has not been a help and three of the four withdrawals; Bosnia & Herzegovina, Portugal and Slovakia have singled out this decision as the factor behind their pulling out with Turkey on the other hand believing that the recent amendments of the regulations at the event have somewhat put them in a disadvantaged position hence their disappointing results.

The Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest at the European Broadcasting Union, Jon Ola Sand is quite upbeat about the number of participating countries believing that despite the economic situation, public broadcasters are very much committed to the traditional element that the contest has created over time. In fact, since the semi-final system was introduced back in 2004, there have always been between 36 and 43 participating nations and the 39 that will take part in 2013 are similar to the amount that took part in 2010 when the competition was also held in a Scandinavian nation with Oslo, the capital city of Norway playing the role of host. Losing three countries to economic reasons was quite disappointing but nevertheless, Sand is quite 'surprised' by the decision of Turkey noting that they 'never formally objected' the rules as regulations which were brought in back in 2009, a year in which Turkey finished in fourth place.

  • Albania (RTSH)
  • Austria (ORF)
  • Armenia (AMPTV)
  • Belarus (Ictimai TV)
  • Belarus (BTRC)
  • Belgium (RTBF)
  • Bulgaria (BNT)
  • Croatia (HRT)
  • Cyprus (CyBC)
  • Denmark (DR)
  • Estonia (ERR)
  • Finland (YLE)
  • France (France 3)
  • Georgia (GPB)
  • Germany (NDR)
  • Greece (ERT)
  • Hungary (MTV)
  • Iceland (RÚV)
  • Ireland (RTÉ)
  • Israel (IBA)
  • Italy (RAI)
  • Latvia (LTV)
  • Lithuania (LRT)
  • FYR Macedonia (MKRTV)
  • Malta (PBS)
  • Moldova (TRM)
  • Montenegro (RTCG)
  • The Netherlands (TROS)
  • Norway (NRK)
  • Romania (TVR)
  • Russia (C1R)
  • San Marino (SMTV)
  • Serbia (RTS)
  • Slovenia (RTV SLO)
  • Spain (TVE)
  • Sweden (SVT)
  • Switzerland (SRG SSR)
  • Ukraine (NTU)
  • United Kingdom (BBC)

As you can see, the leading European broadcasters including the Big Five featuring; the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain and Italy return for yet another competition noting that their results are improving especially with regards to three in particular. Some countries have already revealed their entries noting that national finals have already taken place in Belarus, Switzerland, Belgium and Lithuania whilst artists have been chosen for The Netherlands, Spain and Montenegro. Despite less countries than last year, the song quality thus far looks to be quite intriguing and this could be a strong edition for the Eurovision Song Contest with Sweden surely organising it to the best ability and letting it known that whoever did not want to participate would have missed out on a great opportunity. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pfo-8z86x80

Tuesday, 25 September 2012 08:38

Denmark: A Record 692 Entries Submitted

Victory for Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest has come twice, the last of which coming back in the millennium thanks to the Olsen Brothers with Fly On The Wings of Love but nevertheless, following a stint of somewhat mediocre results, they returned to their absolute best in 2010 and 2011 respectively as Chanee and N'Evergreen finished in fourth place with In a Moment Like This whilst the group a Friend in London managed fifth place with New Tomorrow. Earlier this year, Denmark managed to finish in a disappointingly low position with the track Should've Known Better performed by Soluna Samay despite the expectations and therefore, the Scandinavian country need to re-brand once more as the nation who can found a hit song in terms of a catchy chorus and a flowing verse. It seems that the wishes might be granted as DR revealed that they received a record breaking 692 entries for the upcoming edition of the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix competition.

There is a tendency in Denmark that the songs are submitted by the songwriters themselves and therefore, some interesting revelations for the broadcasting house are attributed quickly. In fact, out of the record number of submissions, DR is quick to point out that singer/songwriter and former Eurovision Song Contest representative Niels Brinck was there to submit a track which is very different to Believe Again which saw him finish in thirteenth place in Moscow. Also present to submit a song were non typical faces of the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix in the form of duo Muri & Mario who are actually huge fans of the nationwide event. It will be quite interesting to see which songs eventually get through knowing that DR have a tendency to pick six acts from the submitted songs and then add another three to four tracks as wildcards to invigorate the selection process a bit more by virtue of adding well known names to the star quality of the show. It is expected that the final of the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix takes place in February. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: DR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDXeK0r3aKs

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