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Thursday, 28 March 2013 14:58

Slovenia: RTVSLO Presents Preview Video

All of the songs were formally submitted to the European Broadcasting Union a couple of days back and therefore, most of the versions being presented now are the final ones that will be performed during this years' Eurovision Song Contest. Music Videos are a necessary promotional tool in the market and with the right adjustments, a track would reach its full potential. Malta officially released their music video around two weeks ago featuring a vintage outlook of the performing band, Jeremy and his new mysterious love. A story-telling affair, in the true sense of the word. Today, Slovenia have unveiled their final product as well, and frankly, it has really improved.

Straight Into Love, heavily features more electronic bears in this new version surely to encompass the genre and the theme better. The music video in itself features several dark shots, with neon coloured lines. The protagonist is the performer, Hannah who is seen either along or surrounded by male dancers throughout. The man who Hannah has set her sights on has also been exposed and there are quite a number of shots which depict him in the best possible manner. There are some extra lyrics following the first different which despite being extremely minor changes make the track sound more unique. Like many of the others songs selected, the revamp has been substantial. Slovenia will be perform in slot number #3 within the first semi-final. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Eurovision.tv


Thursday, 28 March 2013 14:13

Sweden: Acoustic Version of 'You' Released

You, co-written by Linnea Deb, Joy Deb, Joakim Harestad Haukaas and also vocalist Robin Stjernberg is being considered as an outside for victory at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest having already topped the national charts.The winning entry for the 2013 edition of the Melodifestivalen was not the public choice with Yohio and his entry Heartbreak Hotel receiving the maximum number of points but nevertheless, the international jury did not see the potential in that particular track, selecting You by far and large. The former Idol runner-up has just released a brand new version of the song, stipped down and performed acoustically on the piano.

Idol, the same one which Kevin Borg won a couple of years back was somewhat extremely kind to Robin Stjernberg because despite finishing as the first runner-up there, he managed to beat his former contestant in the Melodifestivalen noting that Amanda Fondell with her song Dumb did not even get through her respective semi-final. In an interview published on escflashmalta.com prior to his semi-final performance at the Melodifestivalen, Robin Stjernberg stated that he is working on his debut album which might also be including some tracks from the aforementioned Kevin Borg, runner-up in this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest. It is important to denote that this will not be the version of You performed in the sixteenth slot in the final of this years' Eurovision Song Contest. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Lionheart Music Group


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


Gianluca, the artist who will be representing Malta in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malmo, Sweden with the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat has been relatively busy in these past couple of days with a number of foreign interviews which the editorial board of escflashmalta.com has been skimming through. One of the most intriguing elements that we have picked up is definitely the fact that the team that accompanied Gianluca on stage will be retained for the performance in May which is a step in the right direction noting that the package itself is what the jury and the public decided upon.

Infact, whilst the main vocalist is Gianluca, he is aided by Kenny D'Ugo on the ukelele, Gabriel Cassar on bass, Chris Tate on drums as well as Louise Ann Bugeja Tate and Samaria Bezzina who are exclusively acting as backing vocals. Gianluca is currently juggling his daily routine of medical work alongside those of being the Maltese representative at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Within the next couple of weeks, he will be flying over to The Netherlands for the EurovisionInConcert as well as the United Kingdom for the annual London Preview Party. During another particular interview, published on EurovisionIreland, it has to be noted that our vocalist is being given vocal lessons by his sister, Dorothy Bezzina who also took part in this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Starting from the End composed by Magnus Kaxe to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available and remember to purchase your copy of Tomorrow on iTunes.

Source: EurovisionIreland, Kris Micallef (Image)


Wednesday, 27 March 2013 16:10

Montenegro: 'Igranka' is a Commercial Hit

Montenegro is one of the most unsuccessful countries to compete at the Eurovision Song Contest with their best result thus far being an eleventh place finish within the semi-final of the 2011 edition having been represented by Andrea Demirovic and her entry Just Get out of My Life. RTCG, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of the nation at the internation spectacle has been looking at several options to change the records and came up with the idea of sending dubstep infused within rap. The group WhoSee have sought the vocals of Nina Žižić, a notable star on the track Igranka and it seems that the whole package might just work.

It has been somewhat important for the countries in the area to select known individuals so that they could rack up the points from their respective fans and this is something which is being utilised by Montenegro this time round considering that WhoSee, winners of the Best Adriatic Act at last years' Music Television Awards, are extremely well known in the Balkans. The same aforementioned station has also playlisted the track and following a public vote, finds itself at the eighteenth slot within the video charts. It is also worth noting that the track has racked up a hefty load of hits on YouTube, the main element behind this is surely the fact that traffic is directed there and thus, no other versions are gaining to same amount of exposure. WhoSee alongside Nina are hoping to take Montenegro into the final for the very first time since the split with Serbia and could do it in such an open year. They will be competing in the second part of the first semi-final, and thus not opening as they have done in almost every occasion. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: MTV, Risto Bozovic (image)


CyBC, the national broadcaster in Cyprus, also responsible for the participation of the Mediterranean country in the Eurovision Song Contest has seemingly been placed in a difficult situation pertaining to the economic state of the nation at this moment according to several critics. Nevertheless, the rumours of a withdrawal from this years' edition taking place in Sweden following the victory of Loreen with the track Euphoria were officially dismissed soon after they emerged. In thirty (30) participations, Cyprus has managed to contest the final on twenty-five (25) occasions, which is definitely a fair statistic.

CyBC announced earlier this year, that for the second consecutive time, their selection would be internal and indeed, it was revealed that Despina Olympiou would be representing her country with the track An Me Thimase composed by Andreas Giorgalli and penned by Zenon Zindillis. It will be be performed in the second half of the first semi-final. The song is a beautifully sounding Greek ballad which has been kept in it's original form for the simple reason that the lyrics are pretty much impossible to translate. Whilst the betting odds are somewhat unfavourable, people are getting the feel that with the correct staging and draw, this could be a dark horse and qualify. This would be the first back to back qualification for the nation who managed to make the final last year with the track La La Love performed by Ivi Adamou, even performing better than Greece for the first time in years. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: CyBC, Showtime


Sunday, 24 March 2013 16:26

Greece: Koza Mostra release Debut Album

Elias Kozas on vocals, Alexis Arhontis on drums, Stelios Siomos on guitar, Dimitris Christonis on bass guitar, Christos Kalaintzopoulos on accordion and Vasilis Nalmpantis on trumpet make up the group known as Koza Mostra and alongside Agathonas Iakovidis, they will representing Greece in the second half of the second semi-final of this years' Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place in the city of Malmo, found in Sweden. Despite officially forming last year, the group has become nationally popular following their several gigs, now totalling to more than a hundred (100). The debut album by Koza Mostra took quite a while to record and produce but it has indeed arrived.

Alcohol Is Free is the name of the song that they will be performing at this years' Eurovision Song Contest and it is one of the tracks on the album which bears the name Keep Up The Rhythm. One of the most intriguing tracks in the album though is surely the six minute version of the entry which they will be performing in May. They had to re-edit the song in order to fit in accordance with the rules as stipulated by the European Broadcasting Union. ERT organised this years' national selection with aid from private broadcaster, MAD and as a matter of fact, it seems that they have been working on the financing of the whole participation. Koza Mostra have been gaining credibility and will look to continue the 100% qualification record of the nation. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news from this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: esctoday.com


Earlier this year, Gianluca stole the hearts of the nation and the professional jury altogether as he won the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. The idea of the promotional tour is to spread the message of the song across, although this is something which is being done extraordinarily well with the preview video of the track which was produced by Duane and Angie Laus, commissioned for the project by the Public Broadcasting Services. The comments have been really positive by the foreign fans of the competition and one will be hoping for the best come this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013.

In the beginning of March, Gianluca was invited to attend the national final in Armenia where Gor Suyjan alongside his band known as The Dorians were given four options for the Eurovision Song Contest with the final choice of both the public and the jury being Lonely Planet co-written by Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath. That was only the beginning of the promotional tour for Gianluca though because on the 13th April, he will be performing during the Eurovision In Concert held within The Netherlands. This is an annual party which is seemingly a rehearsal for the annual international competition due to the involvement of several participating countries.

Earlier today, our friends and colleagues of escXtra exclusively confirmed that the representative for Malta will be one of the artists performing during the London Eurovision Preview Party, joining the likes of Natalia (Austria), Koza Mostra (Greece), Zlata Ognevich (Ukraine), Alyona Lanskaya (Belarus) and Krista Siegfrids (Finland). Gianluca will represent Malta with the song Tomorrow in the first half of the second semi-final during this years' Eurovision Song Contest. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about this years' participation within what has been described as the biggest non-sporting event in Europe.

Source: escXtra, Kris Micallef (Image)


RAI, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest has internally selected Marco Mengoni to do the honours and it seems to have been an extremely wise decision. The song that he will be performing during the final set to take place in Malmo, Sweden is entitled L'Essenziale co-written with Roberto Casalino and Frsncesco De Benedettis. The success of the track within the European Charts has already been noted having managed to peak at number #36 in Switzerland, #35 in Belgium (Wallonia), #88 in Belgium (Flanders) and of course, number #1 in Italy where it has also been certified platinium.

Following the release of his sophomore album #prontoacorrere earlier this week through Sony Music Entertainment, he is setting his sights on his participation within the Eurovision Song Contest where he is considered by many to be a favourite. Marco Mengoni has been receiving a lot of exposure on several media outlets in his native Italy in the past couple of weeks including television appearances on RAI UNO and RAI DUE specifically apart from giving a number of intervals, all in which he mentioned his participation in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Marco has gone on record stating that he has been following the Eurovision Song Contest in the past couple of years and was honoured to see both Raphael Gualazzi and Nina Zilli score within the top ten. He hopes that his participation will open the doors to the music market in Europe. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: RAI


Friday, 22 March 2013 05:25

Sweden: Launching the 'Euro Fan Café'

This years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malmö, Sweden is set to re-ignite the flame of the fans which seemed to have heading into worrysome territory as of late with the European Broadcasting Union supporting a number of brand new projects. As a matter of fact, apart from the Euroclub which will once more be found close to the actual venue, another meeting place running under the concept Euro Fan Café is set to open within the Moriska Paviljongen. Organisers are describing it as a once-in-a-lifetime meeting place and escflashmalta.com is proudly supporting the project.

Music from the Eurovision Song Contest is going to be the main element behind this concept with live performances from artists competing with the event along with quizes, talkshows, films, special appearances and a karaoke night of songs which should have never surfaced within the competition yet are guilty pleasures of many. Christer Björkman, show producer of this years' Eurovision Song Contest has spoken highly of the project saying that 'the fans are a vital and important part and I am really happy about this initiative by the city of Malmö and Moriska Paviljongen, which will be a great meeting place for the fans'. He also went to add that he hopes to have the time to visit the venue.

Moriska Paviljongen has been working closely with OGAE International, Melodifestivalklubben Sweden and prominent English-language fan website 12points.tv in the past couple of months in order to plan this project from the ground out and to keep it light and entertaining for the visiting fans, of which there will also be media personnel. As a matter of fact, the programme was written by Albin Balthasar, a Malmö-based creative producer for the past 13 years, and Rick Jacobs, Malmö resident and one of the editors of Eurovision fan site 12points.tv. More details will be announce in due course, but there will be a number of surprises so stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more updates.

Source: Press Release