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The recent news is that Malta could possibly re-enter the Junior Eurovision Song Contest at the European Broadcasting Union works hard to convince a couple of broadcasters to return to the competition. At the moment, there are only eight confirmed countries but many are on the brink of joining so keep an eye out on escflashmalta.com as we follow the latest developments. We would like to invite you to the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. Apart from the means of FM Radio in the Netherlands on FM 106.8 and the audio stream from the studio via www.radiointernational.tv and on Digital Cable 781 & Cable 8.1Mhz in the Netherlands, the show will also be web-televised via the Radio International TV Channel from the studio and linking up the many international Eurovision fans and friends and play your requests and read your messages out on air. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET when fans can join in and chat amongst each other via the Chat Room and request their favourite Eurovision entry.

Ryan Dolan was selected to represent Ireland at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Only Love Survives which he co-wrote alongside Wez Devine. Unfortunately, the track was not appreciated by the juries and the public on the night of the final mustering only five (5) points and finishing in last place, the second time that the nation had to endure such a fate in recent years, noting this also happened in 2007 when Dervish took to the stage with the track They Can't Stop The Spring. Despite the disappointment at the Pan-European competition, Ryan Dolan has released his debut album entitled Frequency through digital media store, iTunes. The male vocalist had a chat with the Radio International team about the whole experience.

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Thomas G:Son, is quickly becoming a veteran of the Eurovision Song Contest noting that he is involved in a number of entries competing in selections all over the continent. He was also one of the co-writers behind the winning entry of the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, that being Euphoria performed by Loreen. GPB, the broadcaster in Georgia commissioned the songwriter to pen an entry and alongside the stylings of Erik Bernholm, he came up with the ballad Waterfall which was typically Eurovision by numbers according to fans. The performance, remiscent of the Ell & Nikki performance did not prove to be as successful as thought of with Sopho and Nodi only managing to qualify in tenth place before reaching a mid-table finish for the country making it the worst result for the nation when competing in the final. Both the songwriter and the performers were interviewed by the team of Radio International.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-n3mwx0vQDE

Elitsa Todorova & Stoyan Yankoulov represented Bulgaria for the very first time back in 2007 achieving fifth place at the Eurovision Song Contest with their entry Voda (Water). BNT, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Bulgaria have been trying to find a solution for the nation to get through to the final of the Pan-European event for the second time noting that they have come extremely close in recent years, finishing eleventh and twelfth in the semi-final round. This year, the renowned duo who had brought them success took to the stage once more with the song Samo Shampioni managing to rack up forty-five points, the same amount of last year but finishing twelfth place failing to get through because of the lack of support from the juries who awarded them last place. The public would have put them through in sixth place. They spoke to the team of Radio International about their previous experience and how they were looking at this years' participation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cb46Mhy_mCI

The final interview of the week is with the lead singer of the group, Koza Mostra. Illias has been noted for his charm and good looks by several fans of the Eurovision Song Contest. As a matter of fact, Greece is currently in turmoil when it comes to their state broadcaster but despite this, expectations for the nation within the competition will always remain high. Koza Mostra won the right to represent the Hellenic nation by virtue of getting through a national selection process organised by ERT and MAD Television. This was the first time that such a collaboration took place making the event a huge success, drawing huge crowds as guests included Helena Paparizou, Dima Bilan, Alexander Rybak and Marija Serifovic amongst others. This interview focuses on the pressure of one representing Greece. The song which represented Greece, and reached a top ten position at the end of the evening bore the name Alcohol Is Free

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There will also be a number of new releases played throughout the three hours, including tracks by Tina Karol, who represented Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006; Didrik Solli-Tangen, representative of Norway at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest; Jessy Matador, French representative at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest; Maya Sar, the last representative for Bosnia & Herzegovina thus far and last but not least; Kevin Borg who came in second place at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. All of the latest news is also covered during the weekly broadcast noting resources from escflashmalta.com and escXtra where Luke Fisher, the Editor makes a weekly round-up. David Mann will be discussing cover versions from the Eurovision Song Contest. Make sure to tune into this evenings episode of Radio International on the links offered above as we help you get through your post Eurovision depression.

Source: Team of Radio International

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Dima Bilan, winner of the 2008 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Believe is one of the most popular names in the Russian music industry garnering acclaim abroad following success attributed to the Music Television Awards and the pan-European competition. Signed to Universal Music, he has just released his eighth studio album entitled Dotyanis which would translate to Reach in English. The brand new collection of tracks reveal an autobiographic element noting that Dima Bilan wanted the people who would purchase and listen to the album without possibly knowing him well.

Apart from winning the Eurovision Song Contest for Russia back in 2008, Dima Bilan had also entered in 2006 with the track Never Let You Go finishing in second place. His aim was to make a hat-trick having participated along Julia Volkova in a duet entitled Back to her Future during the national final of 2012, only to miss out to the track Party for Everybody performed by the Buranovskiye Babushki, which eventually finished in the runner-up position. This brand new album reflects the possible states of happiness and sadness at the very same time and holds within it sincere and cordial relationships with people which Dima has encountered throughout his life. In recent days, Dima Bilan was also awarded the prestigious MuzTV Award for the Best Russian Male Singer which solidisfies his place in the music industry. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: eurovision.tv

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

An exclusive piece of information released by our colleagues at oikotimes.com shows that the Greek national final will be taking place on Monday 18th February and will be including a stunning line-up of international guests with spectacular surprises all throughout the evening. This will be the first time the selection is being organized in collaboration between two broadcasters; ERT and MAD TV who represent two of the most popular channels in the country. It is important to denote that Eleftheria Eleftheriou was the last representative of the nation and was the first not to achieve a top ten result in almost ten years, finishing behind their neighbouring country of Cyprus for the first time in an extremely long time.

The internationally renowned portal has revealed that the selection is set to be a huge event and this is all thanks to the collaboration between the two broadcasters with MAD TV producing the show. There will be a number of international performers who will collaborate with renowned Greek artists and the pairings have been decided in the form of; Helena Paparizou with Melisses, Dima Bilan with Demy, Alexander Rybak with Kostas Martakis, Ruslana with Eleni Foureira and last but not least, Marija Serifovic with the group Vegas. The first representative to make his way to the selection will be the Greek selection will be the Cypriot representative. More guest stars will be revealed shortly. In a press conference set to take place on the 4th February, more details about the show including the hosts and the venue will be revealed. The general artistic director for the show will be Fokas Evaggelinos, who has taken care of several entries for the Eurovision Song Contest in the past. This is sure to be a huge spectacle with a large viewership. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news from Greece.
 
Source: oikotimes

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

This years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is now just a couple of days away and therefore, the final announcements are now being made public by the host broadcaster of the 2012 event being Ictimai Television following the victory of Ell and Nikki with the song Running Scared during their time in Dusseldorf, Germany. There have been a number of rumours going about with regards to the interval act but it seems that it has now been revealed to be none other than the last five winners of the esteemed event. This will be the first time that they will be brought together on stage. It is not yet known what songs they will be performing but they will surely sing the tracks that took the Eurovision Song Contest to their respective nations. 

This years' competition will be taking place in the Baku Crystal Hall to which the constructed was completed just days ago. In fact, the technical team has already been making use of the equipment through a number of rehearsals to make sure that everything is spot on and working perfectly. The very first official rehearsals are set to begin on the 13th May when the first set of participants in the first semi-final will take to the stage. The interval acts are also being put into the schedule now in fact noting that they include Alim Gasimov; Natiq rhythm band; singer/songwriter Emin and last but not least the National Dance Ensemble but then, the European Broadcasting Union made this surprise revelation this morning including performers; Marija Serifovic (2007), Dima Bilan (2008), Alexander Rybak (2009), Lena (2010) and Ell & Nikki (2011). It will surely be an interesting spectacle which will be including in the same semi-final in which Malta and Kurt Calleja along his team will be competing. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: eurovision.tv

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