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The 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is months away but several countries have either confirmed their participation or released their regulations for national selection processes. 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.

Radio International has built a name for itself throughout the years by bringing about exclusive video and audio interviews with some of the most notable names to have either participated in the Eurovision Song Contest or even in national selections preceding the continental event. As a matter of fact, in this weeks' episode, two winners of the Eurovision Song Contest; Ruslana and Emmelie de Forest will be speaking to the team, and telling them of their current endeavours in the industry. I think one should keep in mind that there was a total of ten years between them. One final interview to air this week is with none other than Andreana DeBattista, the most experienced contestant in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014, whom despite not getting through to the final of the song competition, released a music video accompanying the pop version exclusively on escflashmalta.com a couple of weeks ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEwygYSlGc8

As the dawn of a brand new season approaches, Radio International will be hosting a brand new feature, one entitled Denmark's Eurovision Song Contest History which will be reflecting on the entries that the Scandinavian nation sent to the annual music competition. David Mann will continue to look at cover versions from the event whilst the latest news from escXtra and escflashmalta.com will be read out. In the meantime, former representatives of the Eurovision Song Contest are always looking for ways to please their fans and thus new music is being recorded and published throughout the year. Radio International will be playing the most recent singles as sent in by several record labels. We urge you to tune into Radio International this evening at 20:00 CET in order to request your favourite entry from the Eurovision Song Contest and listen to the special features.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ0Q7TyzyU4

Thursday, 13 March 2014 18:30

Germany: Unser Song für Dänemark - LIVE

Guten Abend! It's the final end of the national selection season, and Germany will be one (1) of the last countries to select their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. Eight (8) acts have internally been selected by ARD / Das Erste in collaboration with major record labels, in what should prove to be a scintillating affair. You may follow all of the proceedings from Unser Song für Dänemark through the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest, set to broadcast the show LIVE.

In recent years, Germany have faced a resurgence in the competition, achieving positive results in the period between 2010 and 2012 with songs such as Satellite, Taken By a Stranger and Standing Still by Lena Meyer-Landrut and Roman Lob respectively. The voting system is set to be a tad complicated, with all of the eight (8) entrants performing their songs for the first time to see four (4) get through to round two. Those who get there will perform their second entry from which only two (2) will get through to the final round.

From here onwards, the public will decide which one deserves the ticket to Copenhagen and with which song. A number of guests will be making their way to the stage in Cologne including none other than last years' Eurovision Song Contest winner; Emmelie de Forest as well as this years' Italian representative; Emma Marrone. Keep refreshing this article throughout the evening as Peter Dunwoody will be reporting on the event LIVE.


Evening all! Peter Dunwoody here reporting live. Not long now before we go live to Cologne for the show, so I hope you've got a suitable German beverage on hand, and I hope you'll stay with us for the duration. As has already been mentioned, the voting process is slightly complex tonight (perhaps unnecessarily so), but all you need to know for now is this: 8 artists, 16 songs, and in a couple of hours, we'll be left with just one. We'll take you through the rest.

So sit back, relax, and we'll be going live very very shortly!

Here are tonight's artists and the first songs you'll be hearing, in the order you'll be hearing them:

1. Das Gezeichnete Ich – Weil Du Da Bist

2. Oceana – Thank You

3. Santiano – The Fiddler On The Deck

4. MarieMarie – Cotton Candy Hurricane

5. The Baseballs – Mo Hotta Mo Betta

6. Elaiza – Is It Right

7. Unheilig – Als Wär’s Das Erste Mal

8. Madeline Juno – Like Lovers Do


Right lads, we're off. Opening the show before we get down to business is something very familiar: Emmelie De Forest with last year's Eurovision winner, 'Only Teardrops.'

Here's our host Barbara, and just like the crowd, she's full of energy and enthusiasm. Let's hope she keeps it up throughout the show.

One thing that is immediately clear about the show is how much warmer the staging and the arena is than last year, with a much more colourful stage.

A quick explanation of the format from Mr. Voiceover, and just like that, we're off! A video introducing our first act, Das Gezeichnete Ich.

1. Das Gezeichnete Ich – Weil Du Da Bist

This is a good opener: powerful stadium orientated synth-pop. It is rather similar to British band Keane and some of their later output. It would be having more of an effect if the singer was on the note...sadly, he's WAY off.

The lighting for this is blue, with the singer starting off at a piano before getting up for the second verse. He is accomanied by a keyboard player and drummer in the background, with three backing singers. Sadly, they don't compensate for his vocals, which are borderline painful throughout. A shame, because it's a strong contemporary song.

2. Oceana - Thank You

Better vocals here from Oceana...it's perhaps the outfit choice that is called into question more here. Thank You is soulful, with slight 60s influences but very bassy and percussive, bringing the sound into the 21st Century (more specifically, 21st Century high street clothes shops).

Oceana is clearly an experienced performer, with plenty of interaction with the crowd and the cameras. Straightforward band setup onstage here. The song is modern, but perhaps not catchy enough on first listen to get enough votes. Still, a confident performance.

3. Santiano – The Fiddler On The Deck

Right this should be interesting...

Oh god they're on a boat. So Santiano are a folk-rock band, of mature years, basically singing a sea shanty. To be fair, they're committing to the theme, doing their best pirate voices, and the song has attitude. It's catchy too...

As easy it is to despair when you're a fan of pop at Eurovision when something like this comes along, it's hard not to appreciate when performers who are clearly pros are doing their thing. It was a very convincing performance. Perhaps dangerously so...

4. MarieMarie – Cotton Candy Hurricane

And now for quite the change of pace after that. MarieMarie sings the intro to the song while playing the harp (Florence and the Machine has a lot to answer for) before a fuller production kicks in in the chorus. It's mid-tempo Europop at the slightly alternative end of the spectrum.

Midway through the song she steps away from the harp (most probably saw that one coming), and whilst her vocals are strong for the most part, she struggles slightly in the last chorus. A very pleasant listen and despite its mellow tone, it is memorable on first listen.

5. The Baseballs – Mo Hotta Mo Betta

Perhaps the most internationally well-known of tonight's acts, the baseballs have a cult following around the world for their rockabilly covers of pop songs. Obviously 'Mo Hotta Mo Betta' is an original. All you need to know is that the group are a 50s rock'n'roll throwback band and you'll instantly know what the song sounds like, probably what their second song will sound like, and indeed their stage appearance. Quiffs and leather jackets all around.

"She can rock me / she can roll me." Yes, of course she can. Sadly the song isn't quite as catchy as it probably should be, and the whole thing is just a little bit cabaret. If Copycat only managed to get 1 point for Belgium in 2009, it's hard to see what this has that would entitle it to more (except perhaps for the fact that the singers are sweating a bit less).

It went down well with the crowd in the arena.

6. Elaiza – Is It Right

Now for the wildcard act; Elaiza consist of Yvonne on the accordian, Natalie on the double bass, and lead vocalist Ela. Just the three of them and a drummer on the purple stage. The song is an quirky mix of accordian-led folk and pop. It's an interesting sound and the group blend them rather seamlessly.

Ela has an appealing tone to her voice, and she's just about holding it together although there are nerves there. It's competant, but the song doesn't really go anywhere in its allotted three minutes. VERY positive response from the crowd though.

7. Unheilig – Als Wär’s Das Erste Mal

Now for the favourites...

Unheilig have been active as a group for 15 years, although nowadays it's pretty much just lead singer Der Graf and session musicians. The stage is set up, once again, in a typical "band" formation, with a lot of smoke and candles. It does give it a bit of gravitas.

The song is more mellow than a lot of the band's earlier material. Whilst there are some rock influences here, it's mainly piano-led, with hints of Coldplay in there, and a melody that fans of schlager will be able to feel very comfortable with. A very assured performance there.

8. Madeline Juno – Like Lovers Do

The last song (for now), and it's 18 year-old Madeline Juno. Madeline is a singer-songwriter who found fame through Youtube. Her debut single 'Echo' was released at the end of 2013, and will actually be her second song tonight.

'Like Lovers Do' is a percussive ballad, with very polished production - and of course as we all know, nothing quite lifts a song like an "oh, oh, oh" chorus. Her voice is ever so slightly cutting live, but she's pretty much in tune, so it shouldn't be much of a problem. The song is definitely more accomplished as a production than it is as a composition. There isn't a huge amount of a melody, but it's easy to see this being popular.


Alright children, listen carefully. The voting will now open for a short period, and the German public will vote for their favourites out of that first eight. The four artists that finish at the top of this vote will then sing their second song of the night (although their first songs will still be in contention).

We're now getting a recap of the songs.

They're certainly getting value for money with Emmelie De Forest tonight; here she is again performing the Eurovision 2014 anthem 'Rainmaker.' Hopefully we won't all be sick of it come May.

No sign of 21st placed Natalie von Cascada tonight incidentally. That was glossed over quickly by everybody wasn't it.

And now, our presenter Barbara makes use of the traditional Eurovision method of filling time, by engaging the crowd in a singalong of Nicole's winning song, 'Ein Bisschen Frieden.' Sadly, there wasn't any time to do 'Let's Get Happy' by Lou, as the lines are now closed. We go to the green room for some interviews. 

And the four finalists are...

SANTIANO

MARIEMARIE

ELAIZA

and

UNHEILIG

Did you guess correctly?

They'll now sing their second songs.


Santiano - Wir Werden Niemals Untergehen

Santiano get the boat prop out again, for a song in German this time. The beginning sounds like something from a Pirates of the Carribean soundtrack; quite epic, big orchestration.

This isn't as catchy or as fun as their first song, 'Fiddler On The Deck' but it's certainly a lot bigger, with a key-change thrown in for good measure.

MarieMarie - Candy Jar

MarieMarie, and her harp, are back. The fact that both her songs mention candy does not go unmissed by the host. She's quicker to step away from the harp this time, which is just as well, since it's inaudible on this one anyway.

Throbbing bassy production here, but like her previous song, it's firmly in midtempo territory. It isn't quite as instant as 'Cotton Candy Hurricane' though. Quick harp interlude in the middle...have we ever had that at Eurovision before? We probably still won't.

Elaiza - Fight Against Myself

So the voters who won Elaiza the wildcard round have clearly stuck with the group to get them into the top four. Can they go all the way? 'Fight Against Myself' has a lot of German traditional influences, even with the presence of a horn this time.

The song is slightly more fun than their first song, but again it's not particularly catchy and not a huge amount happens. The package is all there, but sadly the songs themselves have been less than the sum of their parts for Elaiza. 

Ela, by the way, is much more confident in her performance this time around. Perhaps she has been given a boost by making the top four, or maybe she prefers this song.

Unheilig - Wir Sind Alle Wie Eins

Time for Unheilig's second song, and the final song in the running to represent Germany at Eurovision. The stage setup is exactly the same as their first song, and the tone of the song is very similar too. 

Very mainstream rock, designed for the stadiums. The melody just is not as strong as Unheilig's first song though, which is a characteristic of all four of the second songs, it has to be said.


It's time for more voting! Once again, it's up to the German public to decide on the final two. They can vote for either song from any of the acts (so eight songs in total are in the running here), and we will be left with just two songs after this round of voting.

Nicola Campogrande from RAI, Mr Eurovision Jon Ola Sand and Mr Melodifestivalen Christer Bjorkman are here to give their opinions.

That's it, the lines are closed again! The final two will be announced shortly...

Here we go! The final two songs are...

Elaiza - Is It Right

and

Unheilig - Wir Sind Alle Wie Eins

We're nearly done folks, don't worry. Just ONE more round of voting to go. The televoting lines are open once more for the public to decide between these two, and this time a jury will have a say in the final result too. If it were up to the arena audience however, there would already be a clear winner. Elaiza getting as good a reception as they have all night, with a few boo's for Unheilig this time!

The two finalists perform their songs again. Elaiza very emotional at the reception they are getting...what with the audience response and the streamers, one could be forgiven for thinking they've won already. Is the writing on the wall already?

A bit disheartening to hear all the boos for Unheilig. And slightly frightening...would you want to get on the lead singer's bad side?

Time for a performance from Emma, the Italian representative this year, with her Eurovision entry, 'La Mia Città.'


This is it then...

The winner is...

ELAIZA!!

Elaiza will represent Germany in Eurovision 2014 with 'Is It Right?' 

Congratulations to them.

Denmark, host country of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is somewhat focusing on the major task at hand, but will nevertheless be responsible for an early dress rehearsal tomorrow evening as they host the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, the national selection which will see to the selection of the Scandinavian country. In recent years, the event has proven to be extremely successful, both in terms of quality of production and entries, noting the fame of acts such as A Friend In London and Emmelie de Forest who finished in fifth and first place in 2011 and 2013, respectively.

Earlier this morning, Danmarks Radio (DR) published the full versions of the competing entries in this years' edition of the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, with ten (10) acts vying to represent the host nation in the 2014 edition of the continental competition taking place in the B&W Hallerne, just outside of Copenhagen. Following the performances of all of the acts, the top three (3) entries will be selected by a panel of professional judges comprising of Jørgen de Mylius, Cutfather, Cheif1, Søs Fenger and Camille Jones as well as tele-voting, both having a 50% share. The super-final will also have the same system. You may follow the LIVE report by Emil Calleja Bayliss on escflashmalta.com, where you may also follow all the latest news about the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Danmarks Radio (DR)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLx485Ze-Ss

Saturday, 08 February 2014 18:45

MESC '14: The Grand Final - LIVE

Good Evening! Welcome to the LIVE REPORT of the final of this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest being staged in Ta’ Qali, an artisan town where the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre is found, a couple of miles away from any form of civilization. Our colleagues in Malta have reported that the rehearsals have been going extremely well and that the Public Broadcasting Services is ready to host a show of the highest quality this evening with our three (3) illustrious hosts and a parade of local and foreign guests.

Ira Losco and Gianluca Bezzina; representatives of Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2002 and 2013 respectively along with Moira Delia, spokesperson on behalf of the Mediterranean country in the 2006 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest have been selected to coordinate the show, one which will include fourteen (14) acts as selected by the professional members of the local and foreign jury as well as the public vote during the semi-final yesterday evening. It was a relative shock to see two (2) former representatives; Miriam Christine and Fabrizio Faniello fall at the first hurdle especially following their stunning performances.

We are live now!

How could tonight’s final not start with Maltese latest pride, the great Gaia Gauci who won the recent Junior Eurovision that was held in Kyiv, Ukraine. The little princess is joined by a choir of La Voix Academy and the performance is really amazing! We are definately set for an exciting and great evening! The presenters the great Ira Losco and Gianlucca Bezzina are on stage now and making an introduction and explaning about the show. Moira the third presenter is in the audience and looks also stunning. Moira is congratulating Gaia. The members of the jury are also introduced. They are Reuben Zammitt head of the jury, Olga Salamahka head of delegation for Belarus, Nicola Caligore head of delegation for Italy, Ekaterina Orlova from RTR (Russia) and Peter Cossai, Head of Sport Section of PBS. And now we are off for the show!

Lovetricity - Christabelle (Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)

 Christabelle is opening tonight’s final with this uptemo song from Magnus Kaxe and lyrics from Gerard James Borg. Again Christabelle gives a solid performance so it’s a good opener of tonight’s final. Welldone to Christabelle and the team! If this is a contender for the victory i’m not so sure though but Christabelle did very good!

Some Kind of Wonderful - Wayne William (Wayne Micallef)

Having Wayne on stage is always a certainty of a strong performance. Just like last night Wayne is very confident with his track Some kind of wonderful. A great artist which would surely make Malta proud on Eurovision stage! The question though is this is the track that will lead him to Copenhagen. Could be but that will definately depend on the other performances tonight. And honesty obliges me to say he had better songs in the past. But Prosit Wayne!

Brand New Day - Davinia (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Davinia was to me one of the surprise qualifiers to the finals. The song is obviously still as cheerful as last night and the singer seems to enjoy her time on stage. Unfortunately i cannot change my opinion that the song is not really going anywhere so i wouldnt go for it as the song for Copenhagen, sorry. But welldone overall for the performance!

City Lady - Ryan Paul Abela (Paul Abela / Ryan Paul / Joe Julian Farrugia)

Ryan Paul Abela is next on stage with a very cheerfull song. I like the enthousiasm of this very sympathic artist which gives again a lot of credits and gave him likely also the ticket to the final thanks to the audience watching at home. I don’t see this either in Denmark but my compliments go to the artist and his team.

Love Will Take Me Home - Franklin (Glen / Beatrice Eriksson / M Frenell / Michael J Down)

 It’s time for Franklin Calleja! He touched me a lot with his last nights performance. And again he gives an extremely performance. What a lot of respect i have for this  still  very young singer The stage act is simple but very effective and you see a singer who gives his all! The guy has such a great career ahead and i wouldnt be surprised if he would be winning the ticket to Eurovision tonight. Hear the applause during the performance, the people love this guy! Franklin is definately one of the topfavourites. Prosit Franklin and the team, i would be proud for my maltese friend to see you in Denmark!

One Last Ride - Daniel Testa (Stephen Rudden / Lawrence Peter Bridge)

And we are going to the next favourite. Daniel Testa already represented Malta at Eurovision in the Junior edition with a great placing. His performance is definately stronger then yesterday so i dont rule him out as one of the main contenders for the winning ticket. Will he make? Let’s see later on but the public seem to love this one too!.

Before we go on to the next song Ira and Gianlucca are threating us on a great intermezzo. What a clever and good show of PBS to have those two great artists as presenters!

Let The Sunshine In - Sophie (Sophie DeBattista / Adam Pakard / Alex Dew)

Funny enough the next artist also represented malta at Junior Eurovision. Sophie is giving a solid performance but like i said yesterday i’m not sure if this song would be the best choice for Eurovision. However all credits and congratulations for the performance and how can you not like such a nice and cheerfull girl!

Oblivion - Chris Grech (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Chris is on stage and proving again he’s a very powerfull singer. The guy definately knows how to sing and has a certain charisma that i can imagine women are attracted too. In terms for Eurovision in Denmark i believe the song might just miss that thing to win for the top places later on. But well done Chris!

Until We Meet Again - Deborah C (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Deborah C is back in the finals for the third year in a row and it shows that this singer is developping in a very good way. Hard work and singing is clearly paying off! Deborah looks again great on stage. This very happy feeling song is making me smile with Deborah's enthousiasm! Well done Deborah and crossing fingers for the best possible result!

Hypnotica - Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Another hot favourite, especially amongst the European Eurofans is Jessica The  performance of Hypnotica is again very good with a very interesting choreography. This was surely the work of Gerard James Borg who is always very creative on this, so all my deep compliments on Ger! Should Hypnotica make it to Denmark it will surely be a fan favourite, but we have to think also on the older public and professional juries. Will they taste it as much as the fans? That is to be seen. But well done Jessica!

Take Me - Pamela (Boris Cezek)

And now we go to the angelic voice of Pamela Bezzina! Like yesterday im attached to the screen from the first till last minute and enjoying every second of her performance. What a voice and what great stage appearance, very simply but effective! I can see this just doing copy past to Copenhagen! I am so sure this will fight till the end to get that ticket. Will Pamela finally make it as leadsinger on Eurovision stage? I would be happy for her and Malta would head for a top position in Copenhagen surely! Prosit Pamela!

Coming Home - Firelight (Richard Micallef)

The next act is Firelight with Coming Home. Probably many maltese people will not like me but somehow i didnt expect the song to make it, so prosit on that already. The performance is solid and welldone but still i dont see this as the winning entry that will represent Malta at the Eurovision Songcontest.

Because I Have You - Amber (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

Amber is again joined by composer and 1991 representative Paul Giordimaina who also composed the song and who i respect a lot as one of maltese best composers. Amber seems to be less stressed then last night and i must say she looks great performing this melodic tune. However i fear for Amber that she will  have to wait to win the ticket to Eurovision.

Pin The Middle - De Bee (Peter Paul Galea / Debbie Stivala)

De Bee is one of the much rumoured for the victory. I’m so sorry but i dont get this at all. Don’t misunderstand me the performance is solid and the singer is doing a very good job but i still dont feel any chemistry. It still might win though, let the public and jury decide i would say.

So we had all the songs now! The televoting has been opened and we have a recap of all the songs before we go to a long list of interval acts.

Part 2 of the show

Ira Losco is starting the intervalacts and she proves that she is still an amazing artist and looking fabulous! When are you returning to Eurovision Ira?

And we are off for another recap!

Gianluccas is performing now with a new song along with his family, so it’s like the Bezzina group. Before some images were shown from last years festival. And they are off for more, this is sounding really nice! Of course Gianlucca's winning song from last year cannot be forgotten! The audience is cheering a lot! This is why i love the maltese public so much, they cherish their esc artists so much!

Moira is now in the greenroom with all the finalists! Everyone seem to have a great time but surely nerves are very tensed! And off we go again with another performance of Ira again. She followed by a crazy act from Gorg u Pawlu who got fame with their 'Hot and famous' last year, well at least in malta. It looks very funny, but as this is a great show this is a strange act not really fitting in. But it's funny though!

Next one on stage is one of Maltese most popular bands Wintermoods. Great vocals and strong songs i must say, respect!

After Wintermoods we have the Swiss entry Sebalter on stage presenting their song for Eurovision. After that performance which doesnt give much of attention we are off to the winner of last years Eurovision Emelie de Forest who is presenting her new song Rainmaker, the theme of the 2014 Eurovision! She is joined by all contestants and it really sounds great! this is a new hit for Emelie i'm pretty sure!

And off for another commercial break. Will we know the results soon? Let's cross fingers for it!

We are off to the voting!!

The televoting gives 12 to Jessika and 10 to Daniel Testa

the first judge gives 12 to firelight

the russian judges gives 12 to Deborah C!

the italian head of delegation gives 12 to firelight

very different voting!!

the belarussian judge gives 12 to firelight

the head of jury gives also 12 to firelight

So Firelight is the song for Malta. As i told i admit i was totally wrong here but stand my opinion. All the best of luck to malta though!

Tuesday, 04 February 2014 03:28

MESC ’14: Rehearsals Kick-Off at the MFCC

On the 7th and 8th February 2014, the Public Broadcasting Services will be hosting this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre in Ta' Qali under the gaze of the local and foreign press, hence ready to put up a spectacular show as has been the case in recent years. In the week leading up to the competition, the competing acts along with the guest performers on both Friday and Saturday will take to the stage for a series of rehearsals.

escflashmalta.com plans to assess the outcome of the show by being present in the venue throughout various key points of the week, especially the run-throughs and dress rehearsals, respectively. This year, the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be hosted by Moira Delia, Gianluca Bezzina and Ira Losco and foreign guests are set to include none other than Emmelie de Forest; winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013, Maria Yaremchuk and Sebalter; representatives of Ukraine and Switzerland at this years’ international showcase.

Because I Have You - Amber (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

Oblivion - Chris Grech (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Addictive - Romina Mamo (Ylva / Linda Persson)

Hypnotica - Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Now and Forever - Andreana (Vinny Vella / Karl Spiteri)

One Last Ride - Daniel Testa (Stephen Rudden / Lawrence Peter Bridge)

Invisible - Raquel Galdes (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Just No Place Like Home - Fabrizio Faniello (Johan Bejerholm)

Some Kind of Wonderful - Wayne William (Wayne Micallef)

City Lady - Ryan Paul Abela (Paul Abela / Ryan Paul / Joe Julian Farrugia)

Lovetricity - Christabelle (Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)

Take Me - Pamela (Boris Cezek)

Let The Sunshine In - Sophie (Sophie DeBattista / Adam Pakard / Alex Dew)

Love Will Take Me Home - Franklin (Glen / Beatrice Eriksson / M Frenell / Michael J Down)

Safe - Miriam Christine (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Until We Meet Again - Deborah C (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Coming Home - Firelight (Richard Micallef)

Pin The Middle - De Bee (Peter Paul Galea / Debbie Stivala)

Brand New Day - Davinia (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Ten - Corazon (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

At this point in time, we would like to wish all the very best of luck to all of the twenty (20) acts who are putting their first foot forward in the hope of representing Malta, and achieving another prestigious result, following up on the success of Tomorrow, co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat, with vocals provided by Gianluca. Another round of applause goes to Gordon Bonello, Rodney Gauci, Daniel D’Anastasi and Anton Attard for their hard work on this years’ competition. Stay tuned for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9JMfu7rpB8

On the official website of the Public Broadcasting Services, along with a simulataneous announcement on the hit television programme Xarabank, it was revealed that the star guest for both the semi-final and the final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be none other than Emmelie de Forest. The Dane, winner of the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Only Teardrops co-written by Lise Cabble, Julia Fabrin Jakobsen and Thomas Stengaard is also set to be a guest act at the German national selection later on this year, in what seems to be an extremely busy year for the singer/songwriter.

On the night of the semi-final, it is expected that Emmelie will perform her winning entry of the international showcase, but the Public Broadcasting Services has secured an exclusive performance of a brand new track entitled Rainmaker, which will in turn be used as the theme song for the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Also, the finalists of the national selection in Malta, meaning the fourteen (14) left after the show on Friday will get the opportunity to perform with the renowned vocalist. Emmelie will not be the only guest act during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with Winter Moods, The Crowns, Red Electrick, Gianluca, Ira Losco, Gaia Cauchi, Maria Yaremchuk and the winner of the Swiss national final this evening all taking centre stage. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services

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In music, a year is very much a reflection of historical evidence and when it comes to 2013, Malta will very much remember the remarkable success that it achieved on both a local and an international field. As the public prepares to drink champagne and sing the tune of Auld Lang Syne along with Happy New Year, originally released by Abba, we aim to have a look at the most memorable moments of the year in this editorial. As a matter of fact, we have been through the major news items for both the general Eurovision Song Contest as well as the local music scene and one could easily denote the progress that has been made on both a national and a foreign level of vocal talent and songs in general.

January; a relatively quiet month in the local music scene with the Public Broadcasting Services busy prepping for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which was set to take place during the first weekend of February. Nevertheless, escflashmalta.com for the third year running managed to exclusively reveal the names of the hosts of the selection; Gordon Bonello, Rodney Gauci and Elaine Saliba. In the local music market, Corazon and Lynday both unveiled new singles; Save Your Smile and Daphne but the focus was definitely on the foreign music market with no less than three countries revealing the names of the artists who would represent them at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest including; France (Amandine Bourgeois), Armenia (Gor Suyjan) and Denmark (Emmelie de Forest).

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February; The month of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest was upon us, and following a somewhat technically disappointing semi-final, the Public Broadcasting Services upped the ante for the final night, which saw to the success of Gianluca Bezzina and his entry Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. It managed to beat the favourite, Needing You sung by Kevin Borg and co-written with Danne Attlerud, Michael Clauss, Simon Gribbe and Thomas Thornholm. Following the evening, escflashmalta.com held their annual awards, seeing to the success of Klinsmann, Chris Grech and the aforementioned Kevin Borg, with NET Television being the place where they were given. In the meantime, both Cyprus and Slovenia made use of internal selections in revealing Despina Olympiou and Hannah Mancini as their representatives.

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March; In a relatively surprise announcement, L-Għanja tal-Poplu announced that they had received almost forty (40) submissions for the local competition, amongst them from the likes of Romina Mamo and Rita Pace. Keeping in line with the local music scene, Ira Losco followed up the release of her single What I’d Give with a brand new album entitled The Fire which has been denoted by critics as the most notable release in the local music industry. During the same period, on an internal level, stars Marco Mengoni and Cascada were chosen to represent Italy and Germany respectively, or rather confirmed their entries in entirety at this point. Gianluca’s promotional campaign as he represents Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest had officially commenced with the first ever lyric video.

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April; At this month dawned, most of the country had made their respective selection for the international competition and thus focus quickly turned on on the outlook of the local music scene as Karen DeBattista managed to beat Marie Claire Attard Bason to become the first finalist of the 2013 Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, through the Passport 2 Indifest challenge on Sas-Sitta. It was later on revealed that she would be performing the song Riflessi composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss. In the meantime, L-Għanja tal-Poplu took place with Cherise Attard finishing in first place with the track Hawn Siġġu Nieqes composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Paul Ellul. At this point, Ira Losco continued her radio and digital success, aided by her first concert in quite some time. 

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The month of May, and thus the Eurovision Song Contest had quickly arrived and several readers of escflashmalta.com had their eyes on Gianluca Bezzina whose Tomorrow was a proven hit and indeed succeeded in not only reaching the final, but finishing in eighth place, the nations’ best result in seven (7)  years. The big winner was Emmelie de Forest from Denmark whose song Only Teardrops enchanted both the jury and the public at home. escflashmalta.com kept their annual coverage with guest commentators including Simon Casey, Davinia, Claudia Faniello, Brooke, Lauren White, Magnus Kaxe and Christabelle. Thousands of people viewed the respective reports and with the aid of the team of Radio International and Eurovision Ireland, the competition was analysed and covered in the most profound and detailed way possible. 

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Summer could not kick off on a more positive note with the release of On The Dancefloor by Jan Cortez, setting the tone of the season and earning airplay on 89.7 Bay. As always, the preparations for the Joseph Calleja concert were being held at this point in time, as the line-up was revealed to include Rebecca Ferguson, Zucchero and Gianluca Bezzina, fresh off his success. In the meantime, on a positive note, it was announced by the Culture Department that local artists will get the chance to perform at the Isle of MTV with Kristina Casolani and Gianluca Bezzina both booking their spots at the event. No clarification was given over the choice especially with the top tier of artists; Jon Lukas, Davinia, The Crowns releasing brand new material.

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As the temperatures were getting warmer, NET Television decided to publish the list of the names who had got through the final of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, and also shot music videos, in an attempt to continue the fine tradition, which started with the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Maltese, as a national language had definitely it’s most intriguing month due to the fact that apart from the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, it was revealed that the International Festival of Maltese Song was set for a comeback, and no sooner than in November. Some of the most prominent names in the industry put their first foot forward and the line-up was miles better than that presented at the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the likes of Miriam Christine, Janvil, Fiona Cauchi, Roger Tirazona and Olivia Lewis who was making her comeback as well.

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August, known to be the last official month of summer saw to the release of Fed Up by Maxine Pace, who would later on be given a prominent role in the Maltese delegation during the surprise return of the country at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Joseph Calleja gives his annual concert with only a handful of performances garnering a standing ovation, one of them being of the song Xemx which he performed in a duet with Gianluca Bezzina. Glen Vella, representative of Malta in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest released a statement where he acknowledged that Finally by Richard Edwards should have represented the country, and most likely achieved a much better result. By the end of the month, the International Festival of Maltese Song had a logo and Red Electrick had a brand new single, The Runaway which would top the local music charts for several weeks.

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Double the amount of entries received for L-Għanja tal-Poplu were received by the International Festival of Maltese Song, and whilst this number was encouraging, there was still a sheer amount of disappointment with many sceptic over the quality of the competition. Joseph Calleja was recognised as the world renowned tenor he has become by receiving a nomination at the Class Brit Awards. The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza took place with Fabrizio Faniello sweeping the top prize with the track Aħfirli Jekk Trid composed by Minik to the lyrics of Rita Pace. The surprise of many came when during the evening news bulletin, on the 25th September 2013, Malta had internally selected Gaia Cauchi to do the honours and represent the country at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

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The 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest might be months away, but the preparations from artists, songwriters and producers had commenced and a flurry made use of escflashmalta.com to reveal their intentions including; Tiziana Calleja, Gloriana Arpa Belli, Eleanor Cassar, Richard Edwards, Klinsmann, Melanie Zammit, Kaya, Janvil, Claudia Faniello, Danica Muscat, Fabrizio Faniello, Neville Refalo and Josef Tabone amongst others. Olivia Lewis gave an interview to a Radju Kottoner, stating she was planning to release a debut album in Maltese in the very near future, one which include all her hits along with brand new and original songs. The Public Broadcasting Services accepted entries for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with several submissions, eventually totalling to a record breaking  210, the largest amount since the national broadcaster took over the selection process in totality.

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November, the month in which there were three major events; kicking off with the International Festival of Maltese Song which was not only the return of Olivia Lewis, but also her success with the song Hawn Mill-Ġdid composed by Paul Abela to the lyrics of Joe Julian Farrugia. In second place was Mark Tonna and his track Poeta Bla Kliem composed by Mark Scicluna with lyrics by Emil Calleja Bayliss and in third place, Dario and Grecia Bezzina with the song Solitaire composed by Dario Bezzina to the lyrics of Rita Pace. Malta’s return to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest proved successful, as The Start co-written by Matt Mercieca, Elton Zarb, Gillian Attard and Gaia Cauchi emerged as the clear favourite in the week leading up to the competition, and then finishing as the remarkable winner.

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Just a day before the final though, the public broadcaster revealed the names of the acts through to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014, a list which comprised of several newcomers such as Raquel Galdes, De Bee and Daniel Testa whilst also noting former Eurovision representatives in the form of Fabrizio Faniello and Miriam Christine. It was always going to be a year to remember, but nevertheless, several broadcasters were at this stage revealing their intentions for the upcoming edition of the international competition, seeing to the return of Portugal and Poland, whilst Valentina Monetta, The Common Linnets, Tijana Dapcevic and Conchita Wurst were internally selected to represent San Marino, The Netherlands, FYR Macedonia and Austria respectively. As the year came to an end, Ukraine and Albania made their respective choices and the Public Broadcasting Services unveiled the music videos accompanying the entries in next years’ selection process.

Source: escflashmalta.com

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Wednesday, 18 December 2013 17:56

Netherlands: Emmelie Chats to Radio International

The 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is months away but several countries have either confirmed their participation or released their regulations for national selection processes. 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.

At this years' edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, the European Broadcasting Union made it a point to ask Emmelie de Forest to join the line-up of special guests and indeed made it to Kiev, Ukraine. The team of Radio International had the opportunity for a short chat with the performer, one which will be heard throughout the programme this evening. She will not be the only artist to garner an interview this evening, noting that Michele Perniola, Rafael Bobeica and Barbara Popovic who represented San Marino, Moldova and the FYR Macedonia will all get their fair share of airtime this evening. It is also important to denote that next years' edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Malta, after being confirmed by the European Broadcasting Union.

As the dawn of a brand new season approaches, Radio International will be hosting a brand new feature, one entitled Denmark's Eurovision Song Contest History which will be reflecting on the entries that the Scandinavian nation sent to the annual music competition. David Mann will continue to look at cover versions from the event whilst the latest news from escXtra and escflashmalta.com will be read out. In the meantime, former representatives of the Eurovision Song Contest are always looking for ways to please their fans and thus new music is being recorded and published throughout the year. Radio International will be playing the most recent singles as sent in by several record labels. We urge you to tune into Radio International this evening at 20:00 CET in order to request your favourite entry from the Eurovision Song Contest and listen to the special features.

Source: Press Release

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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

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On the 30th November 2013, the European Broadcasting Union will be hosting the tenth edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, which is being staged in Kiev, Ukraine. As part of the rebranding of the event, a certain co-relation is being created between the senior and the junior events of the Eurovision Song Contest, so much so that two former winners of the senior event; Ruslana and Emmelie de Forest have both been invited to perform as special guests during the course of the evening.

It is also worth noting that the one of the hosts of the evening is Zlata Ognevich, the female artist who represented Ukraine at this years’ edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Gravity, finishing in second place. This is a similar system to the one used by NTU, the national broadcaster of Ukraine when they hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest a couple of years back by getting Ani Lorak to co-host. Malta is returning to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with Gaia Cauchi and her entry The Start which she co-wrote with Elton Zarb, Matt Mercieca and Gillian Attard  of La Voix Academy. It is always important to denote that the Mediterranean Country had been absent from the event for the past two (2) years. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news.

Source: Junior Eurovision (Official Website)

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