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Wednesday, 03 April 2013 16:15

United Kingdom: 'Believe In Me' gets a Remix

Bonnie Tyler is a legendary vocalist from the eighties who will be trying to rekindle the flame of success for the United Kingdom during this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malmö, Sweden. The track that she will be performing during the grand final of the esteemed music competition is entitled Believe In Me and it is co-written by Desmond Child, Lauren Christy and Christopher Braide who have individually worked together with artists such as Lana Del Ray, Cher, Christina Aguilera, Jason Mraz, Britney Spears, Ricky Martin and Avril Lavigne amongst others. The song itself has also been included in the latest album by Bonnie entitled Rocks and Honey  published through ZYX Music and Warner Music which has peaked at number #59 in both Germany and Switzerland respectively.

In the meantime, the British Broadcasting Corporation are slightly more optimistic than they were last year because Bonnie Tyler is still touring all across the continent with shows in the aforementioned countries along with positive publicity in worldwide media. Currently betting odds pit the United Kingdom in tenth place ahead of recent winners Azerbaijan but behind this years' hosts Sweden. In an effort to continue aiding the promotion, the broadcaster has enlisted Blutonium Boy and Matty Menck to work on a remix of the track Believe In Me and came up with the song which you could hear below. The two individuals have garnered experience through the years in the house and trance business and both hail from Germany which has become a basis for the career of Bonnie Tyler in recent years. She will be Holding Out for a Hero come May as she represents the United Kingdom but until then, stay tuned to for more news updates.

Source: BBC

Tomorrow, co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek with vocals by Gianluca will be representing Malta in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Sweden. As has become customary in recent years, the editorial team of will be collaborating with Juergen Boernig and his team at Radio International to keep you posted on the latest happenings directly from the venue throughout the two weeks. In the meantime, from home base in Malta, we are pleased to announce that for the third year running, a number of guests have been enlisted to aid in covering the semi-finals and the actual final respectively. It is a case of letting the people know what individuals from the music industry think of the international showcase. The line-up this year is quite strong and we are pleased to welcome all of them on board as guest commentators.

This years' Eurovision Song Contest officially kicks off with the first semi-final on the 14th May 2013 and will ultimately feature seventeen (17) entries with another three (3) countries having the right to cast their vote despite already having a place in the final. This is the semi-final in which Malta will not be competing and therefore, we thought it best to have two local stars in the form of Claudia Faniello and Errol Sammut whom as many people know have become a powerhouse couple in recent months and are working together on new material. Claudia Faniello is a two time first runner-up at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and earlier this year competed with the song When It's Time co-written with Errol Sammut. The male singer/songwriter is mostly known as being the lead vocals of the popular band, Airport Impressions who are also working on a brand new album at the moment. Emil Calleja Bayliss, Head of Press for has been enlisted to carry out this report alongside two of the nations' leading vocalists.

Following the first semi-final is the second semi-final taking place on the 16th May 2013 which will feature a total of sixteen (16) entries with once more another three (3) countries having the right to cast their vote despite already having a place in the final. This is actually the semi-final in which Malta will be competing in and with nerves running high on qualification, we thought to mix it up a bit within this evening. From a local front, we are pleased to have with us, Davinia who was the second runner-up at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Betrayed composed by Elton Zarb to the lyrics of Matt (Muxu) Mercieca whilst from a foreign front we will have, Simon Casey who definitely does not need any introduction having amassed Gold and Platinum discs in Ireland for his first two albums apart from an Irish number #1 single entitled A Better Plan which was also runner-up to represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2003. Antoine Farrugia, one of our brightest new talents on the editorial team will be carrying out his duty.

The final of the Eurovision Song Contest is always an interesting spectacle because the qualifiers would have upped their game from the semi-final stage whilst the big five perform along with the previous years' winner which in this case will be Sweden with Robin Stjernberg at the track You. We have decided to go almost completely female for the final noting that all of the three guest commentators, two being Maltese and the other being Irish are female. As a matter of fact, Brooke and Christabelle who are two of the leading artists in the local music scene will be analysing the performances with a critical eye following the success of Fairytale and Say respectively. Joining them is Lauren White, a singer/songwriter who just signed a publishing deal with Universal Music and working on some material material. She was co-writer of the song Fire in this years' Late Late Show Eurosong special alongside Niall Mooney and Willie Weeks. Marc Calleja Bayliss, Editor-In-Chief of will co-ordinate proceedings from the editorial board.


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 A number of interviews with artists competing in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest are currently being set up by the editorial board noting that we already had the pleasure of speaking to Robin Stjernberg courtesy of Lionheart Music Group. He was still competing in the Melodifestivalen at the time but nevertheless, You ended up making it through to the second chance, and then also the final where it topped the international jury vote and came second with the public. In the meantime, our second interview in the build up towards the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden is with Despina Olympiou who will be representing Cyprus with An Me Thimascomposed by Andreas Giorgalli to the lyrics of Zenon Zindillis.

Cyprus will be participating in this years’ Eurovision Song Contest for the thirty-first time and unfortunately, there has not been a victory despite a number of positive showings with the best results being obtained in 1982 with the track Mono I Agapi performed by Anna Vissi, in 1997 when Hara & Andreas Constantinou sand the song Mana Mou and in 2004 with Lisa Andreas who sang her heart out during her rendition of Stronger Every Minute. All of the aforementioned were fifth place finishes. Why hasn’t Cyprus reached the top three or rather won according to your opinion and how will you try to change that?

Many may be the reasons why Cyprus’ has not achieved one of the first three places. The thing I care about most, is singing for you and reaching out to you with the only way I know. My song is the means and my purpose is not to change anything but keep participating in such a beautiful music event as Eurovision is, with honesty and love.

The track that you will be performing at this years’ edition of the international showcase entitled An Me Thimase is an emotional ballad which translates into If You Remember Me and it is composed by Andreas Giogallis and penned by Zenon Zindillis. Both of your songwriters have previous experience at the competition and not only that but they have managed to reach the top ten as well, in 1996 with Mono Yia Mas performed by Constantinos and in 1998 with Genesis sung by the extremely popular Michalis Hatzigiannis. What advice have they passed on and why did you select this particular song?

They both have faith in me and this is something that makes me content as a professional singer but as a person as well. The suggestion for my participation in this contest made earlier this year, came from their own initiative. My decision to represent my country was positive because I believe in the song and everything that it represents. With my experience on stage and their experience off stage, I believe that we make a good team.

You first entered the music scene back in 1992, which just also happens to be the year in which I was born but nevertheless, your solo debut album came out eight years later in 2000 and bore the name Ton Mation sou i Kalimera. The music was well appreciated and as a matter of fact, you moved to Universal Music Greece, which is still your record label to this day. With this company you have recorded five more albums including Vale Mousiki, Exoume Logo, Auto ine Agapi, Pes to Dinata and Mia Stigni. Does each studio album represent you at that particular point in time and what lies ahead in your future as a vocal artist?

I am very pleased with my career so far and each and every album I have released till now, represents a little piece of my soul , my being, and who I am. I feel that I still have a long way to go and a lot to discover. Music helps me look into my self, helps me express my needs, my concerns and share my feelings. Music is my comfort. I feel blessed for having a profession that makes me feel this way. Till now I had a contract with Universal, but from now on I am free to decide how and with whom I want to work with. My song An me thimase will be released by Sony Music. I already have a new album ready to be released and will do so soon.

Malta is competing in the second semi-final as opposed to Cyprus which is competing in the first semi-final yet nevertheless, could potentially faceoff each other within the final stage. Have you heard the song Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals provided by Gianluca and if so, what were your thoughts about it?

I heard all of the songs and I really liked yours! I find it very refreshing in its concept. It’s a smart and fresh music production. I believe in simple things which are made with love and respect.

Last year, Cyprus managed to make it through to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest having earned a lot of exposure in the lead up to the competition because the entry La La Love was being played in clubs all over the continent and ultimately this saw to the success of the track by Ivi Adamou in the Scandinavian charts. An Me Thimase is a considerably different track and therefore the performance has to be appropriately planned before hand. What do you have in store for the public at home when it comes to the live performance on the night of the semi-final?

Surely it’s a totally different song from La La Love. We intent to present it as best possible according to it’s music context. My appearance on stage will match what my song represents, the rest is mr Klitos κlitou job, who is the director of CYBC and have trust in him.

The music video for An Me Thimase was one of the first to be officially presented to the international media and it seems that one could honestly sit back and enjoy the sights. Preview videos have become essential means of promotion over the years but nevertheless, some of the so-called favourites including Denmark and Norway have decided to go for the performance of their national selections rather than recording another clip. What was the aim behind the music video from your end and do you believe that it is important to have such a tool at your disposal?

I am in favour of the live presentation on stage, which is what Denmark and Norway presented in their video clips . My produsers as well as CYBC, desided that is best we proceed in filming a video clip, for a better way to promote the song. You enjoyed the sights as you said and that’s nice to know. We hope you enjoy the song as well when i will be on stage in Malmo, and I hope to take you with me on a trip into the colours of Cyprus for those three minutes.

Greece and Cyprus share a strong bond especially when it comes to ethnicity and as a matter of fact, your entry will be performed in predominant Greek. Last year, Cyprus managed to do better than Greece in the final standings for the first time in years, albeit by a couple of points. This year, Greece are sending a band in the form of Koza Mostra with the addition of Agathon Iakovidis with the song Alcohol Is Free having won a national final which included four entries and which you witnessed having been invited as a special guest. What were your thoughts on the show in general and what is your opinion on the winning track?

Yes, indeed we have a strong bond something that you all realised from the points we give to each other every year. I was invited to the Greeks finals in which I performed as well. It was a very lively show, with many guests and past Eurovision winners. People were there to applaud and support the music. As for the Greek song it appears to be differed from the rest, it combines the old with the new element in Greek music and in lyrics as well as their characteristic presentation.

Would you like to say anything to your fans and our readers at

First of all I would like to thank you for the interview and your support. I wish good luck to all the contestants but most of all I wish for everyone to enjoy the chance of coming together in one place at one time and singing as one. I am glad to see how many people love music, which is the reason we meet and we share our songs. After all memories and strong emotions are all we really possess.

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Monday, 01 April 2013 09:49

Ireland: Ryan Dolan Gives Free Concert

Ryan Dolan, the male artist who was selected to represent Ireland in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Only Love Survives which he co-write with Wez Devine has given a free concert in Strabane celebrating Easter. Since winning the Late Late Show Eurosong special, Ryan Dolan has been pretty much working on perfecting the choreography for the international showcase whilst tweaking the whole performance in general but with thousands of fans in attendance during the concert yesterday, it seems that support for the artist in the nation is relatively high.

It is worth pointing out that the fans of Jedward are clearly pulling for Ryan Dolan, with one of the reasons definitely being due to the mentor, Stuart O'Connor for who the past year has been pretty much taking care of the choreography for all of the duo's sensational performances including that of Waterline during last years' Eurovision Song Contest. Also present during the concert was special guest star, Mickey Joe Hart who represented Ireland in the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest with the track We've Got the World Tonight which finished in eleventh place, the fourth most successful result since the millennium. Ryan Dolan was joined on stage by two backing dancers rather than backing vocals during this particular performance. Ireland will perform in the first semi-final, within slot #13. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news.

Source: Eurovision Ireland

Gianluca is surely busy with the preparations for the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which is now less than two months away. Although things have been quite quiet because of the local elections in Malta, the work was still being done by all the team to ensure that the local entry is promoted appropriately and the song will have the best possible presentation during the second semi-final on the 16th of May where Malta will be sixth in the running order.

The competition seems to be high this year and qualification is a barrier we need to overcome, so in order to boost our chances, the Public Broadcasting Services has decided to have a trick up our sleeves. The Public Broadcasting Services believes that the media is a sucker for a sweet unusual story, so if you manage to sell them this you will stand out. It has been made clear prior and after Gianluca’s win that his family is musically gifted and since this is something rather unusual – the team decided to use this to our advantage.

The film and musical The Sound of Music made a hit because of this and having a real life story would surely go down well with the media in Malmo – maybe this might be the actual trick that the country needs to finally bring the Eurovision Song Contest to Malta. The Bezzina family is quite big, in total they are nine – seven siblings, the mother and the father. The only problem which arose was when the family found out that the Eurovision rules state that each song can have up to six performers on stage as this meant that three members were going to be left out!

Whoever knows the Bezzina family, knows how humble and down to earth they are but with a shot at stardom in sight, it seems that the family has become more competitive than ever, in order to get one of the six slots available to perform in Malmo. Gianluca brings the number of members to be chosen down to five because since he won he has to be the performer on stage, but the other places are up for grabs. Big sister, Dorothy Bezzina has basically assured herself of a place when she was appointed as the vocal coach for the song by the team. 

That means, that in actual fact there are four places left. Close sources to our website told us that the decision is going to be taken by Dorothy and Gianluca since they are the stars of the family. Gianluca is somewhat reluctant on making the choice though but Dorothy decided to grab the bull by its horns and decide who is going to make the cut herself. Distant family members told us that right now, Dorothy is being considered as the queen in the Bezzina household as all the other members are trying their best to impress the oldest sibling in choosing them. 

The idea of the Family Von Trapp from The Sound of Music puts the parents in pole position to grab two of the places in the final six and that would mean that there would only be two places left. Samaria, the sister who accompanied her brother in Malta is in outrage as her place is definitely at risk - a close friend of hers stated that she completely lost it when she found out the news. She cannot compete as much as the others since she is living abroad but she had been going mad on buying flowers to her older sister and sending all kinds of gifts to her.

Close sources to the Public Broadcasting Services state though that she shouldn’t worry much as they plan on keeping her in the song for the sake of some continuity since she was present in the national selection and also in the video. This would leave two brothers and two sisters fighting for the last spot – quite awkward I would say but no one has a clue to which sibling this spot will go to. It seems that Dorothy will be making her decision solemnly based on who manages to serenade her with gifts she likes. The talent is strong and therefore any member would be fit to take a place in Tomorrow.

Gianluca is over the moon that instead of his friends, he is going to have his family on stage with him and he commented that it is unfortunate that the Eurovision Song Contest rules allow only six members on stage as he feels this is discriminating big families and music groups. The original members of the band seemed to be rather tolerable with the idea, although sources stated that Louise Ann threw a huge tantrum when she found out that her second Eurovision experience came to an abrupt end. 

The family version of Tomorrow was well received by critics and thankfully the team decided beforehand to put the family version on the official single. To give the idea of a united family front, the background of the Maltese song will feature ALL the members of the family going round different parts of Malta – similar to the idea of what we see in The Sound of Music in Austria but this time with the blue sea and clear skies of the Mediterranean island. Let us all hope that all this havoc leaves the impression we want and next year we will all be waving the Maltese flag in Malta. Stay tuned to for more updates as they come forth.

UPDATE: Without a shadow of doubt, this was one of the many jokes that have been going round in celebration of April Fools Day. The editorial team of would like to thank the Bezzina Family for being so positive towards the story whilst stating that Gianluca will be joined on stage by Louise Ann Bugeja Tate, Samaria Bezzina, Chris Tate, Kenny D'Ugo and Gabriel Cassar. Also thanks to the Public Broadcasting Services for their support with regards to the story.


Earlier this year, Gianluca was selected to represent Malta in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. Despite being a newcomer to the scene, he managed to finish second in the tele-voting portion with the jury overwhelming giving him their vote of confidence. In recent days, Gianluca has given several interviews to media outlets all over the continent in support of his participation but nevertheless, he had to have a break last week in order to record the postcard which will precede his performance at the Eurovision Song Contest.

This years' edition of the international spectacle is taking place in Sweden and the organising committee thought it best that the postcards feature each artist within their respective daily routine and thus a crew of camera persons followed Gianluca around recording every little detail which they will edit and finally create the introductory postcard. Tomorrow will be performed during the first part of the second semi-final, in position number #6 to be precise. St.Vincent de Paue Hospital and Wied Iż-Żurrieq were two specific locations which the crew shot but nevertheless, the events varied from his profession as a doctor, to rehearsals with his band as well as a family picnic.

The director of photography, who was a part of the crew present spoke very highly of both Malta and Gianluca stating 'It is really interesting to see a singer who is a doctor and follow him in his real everyday life, see his charisma with the patients and also to see him rehearsing with his band and being with his family. Malta is extremely beautiful. We saw the islands from the sky. I am not only jealous of the weather but also because of the country, the people we have met are really nice, the nature is amazing and the architecture is so unique'. The crew then left for Spain in order to shoot the postcard of El Sueño De Morfeo who will be representing their nation in the final of this years' Eurovision Song Contest. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news.

Source: Television Malta

Saturday, 30 March 2013 17:00

Azerbaijan: Extensive Promo Tour for Farid

Farid Mammadov and his entry Hold Me composed by Dimitris Kontopoulos with lyrics by John Ballard and Ralph Charlie has recently embarked on an extensive promotional tour ahead of his appearance at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest set to take place in Malmö, Sweden. Ictimai Television, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of the country within the esteemed international competition held a national final at the beginning of the month which selected both the artist and the entry, something that has not happened in Azerbaijan in quite some time.

Rome, the capital city of Italy was the kick off point of the promotional tour for Farid Mammadov as he performed during a concert held on behalf of Azerbaijani Students and Alumni International Forum. This was his first time in the country and therefore took some time off his schedule to sight see and ultimately ended up taking a lot of photos just like any other tourist would. Next up will be Athens, the capital city of Greece where Farid will be performing at a Eurovision Party held at the Noiz Club on the 7th April. The event is being organised by Eurovision fansite, Oikotimes in light of their twelve year anniversary. Farid will also be giving interviews to several media outlets including; ERT, Oikotimes, Star Channel, Showtime Cyprus and many others. It will be quite interesting to see whether Farid will be coming over to Malta during his promotional tour to ascertain relations between the two countries. Maximum points have been given by Malta to Azerbaijan in the past three years. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news.

Source: Official WebsitePress Release

Moldova, one of the most successful countries in the Eurovision Song Contest has managed to qualify through to the final on seven attempts out of eight with the odd one out being Geta Burlacu with her entry A Century of Love. Last year, the country represented by Pasha Parfeny and the song Lăutar achieved the third best result and this year, one of his backing vocalists, by the name of Aliona Moon will be taking to the stage of the first semi-final in Malmö with the track O Mie. During the course of the week, the postcard which will introduce her performance was recorded.

It seems that it might actually include parts of the entry which she would be performing moments later according to a video which appeared online. TRM, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Moldova has always selected competent artists with a stunning vocal range and the juries along with the public have awarded the choices well. Aliona Moon seems to be carrying the torch in a positive manner because her performance during the national final was just stunning and despite the large selection of entries, it was truly a stand out entry. O Mie which translates into A Million is also co-written by Pasha Parfeni who as already been noted down was last years' representative. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news about this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest as soon as it becomes available.

Source: YouTube,, Scutaru

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 for more of the latest news.


HRT, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Croatia at the Eurovision Song Contest has been rather unsuccessful in recent years with the past three entries, two of which were selected through a public competition failing to get through to the final of the esteemed music event. This year, albeit keeping in line with an internal selection, the song was decided by a professional jury with the request from the broadcaster being a traditional genre, more commonly known in the area as Klapa. Whether this will prove successful is unknown but it is definitely different and representing a heritage which goes back hundreds of years.

Croatia will be competing in slot number #4 within the first semi-final of this years' Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Sweden with the track Mižerja performed by a group of tenors known as Klapa s Mora. The meaning behind the title in itself is quite simple because they are all from cities near the sea and therefore when translated it would read out Klapa from the Sea. Earlier today, the National Croatian Tourism Board unveiled two videos to promote the country with Mižerja but whilst one is in the national language, the other one is in English and bears the name Hard Times rather than Misery as one would have expected. The official preview video will be published on the 11th April. You may also download the ringtones of the track either in English or Croatia through the official website of the broadcaster. Stay tuned to for more news.

Source: HRT