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Cascada fronted by lead vocalist, Natalie Horler got another promotional activity settled as a performance of the song Glorious, the entry for the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Germany took place during this years' edition of the ECHO Awards which took place last night. In recent weeks, there has been a lot of talk over the general commercial disappointment regarding this years' national selection by nevertheless, the winning entry was as high as number #6 and is spending a fourth week in the top #50 which should definitely count as a positive element. That was only one of the several connections with the Eurovision Song Contest that evolved throughout the course of the evening.

Lena Meyer-Landrut, winner of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest with the track Satellite is still going strong in her native Germany with both the album Stardust and the leading single of the same name managing to go up to number #2 in the charts. During the course of the gala, Lena was awarded with the accolade for Best Video whilst she gave a resounding performance of her latest track entitled Neon (Lonely People) which she had also performed during the national final earlier this year. In the meantime, last years' Eurovision Song Contest representative, Roman Lob was also awarded the Best Radio Single by the organising body for his song Standing Still which got Germany to eighth place at the annual event. Cascada will have to keep in mind that in the past three years, the country has managed top ten positions and thus, she might be feeling anxious but if last nights' performance is anything to go by, she seems very much prepared. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: ECHO, Lina Schütze (Image)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9A9Jzg9uUlI

The British Broadcasting Corporation is responsible for the participation of the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest but recent years have somewhat been difficult for the simple reason that there is a lack of ambition or rather, a difficult way of understanding the general concept. Following last years' dismal showing with Love Will Set You Free performed by Engelbert Humperdinck which finished in a penultimate position, the broadcaster has selected eighties icon, Bonnie Tyler to take up the honour of representing the nation with the track Believe In Me which is a part of her latest album entitled Rocks and Honey. In recent weeks, she has been busy touring in Germany but she has just returned to the United Kingdom, where she is expected to make several guest television appearances.

Not too long following her return to the United Kingdom, the British Broadcasting Corporation wanted the public to familiarise themselves with the internal selection and Bonnie Tyler made a guest appearance on The One Show broadcast on BBC ONE. During the ten minute long interview, Bonnie spoke about how difficult it was to keep her participation a secret especially having known since around December. This is quite intriguing considering that the broadcaster managed to keep to the scheduled announcement date in the beginning of March. Bonnie who as stated before hand will be performing the track Believe In Me during the final of this years' Eurovision Song Contest also spoke about how positive the reactions towards the song have been since it's release as the representative entry whilst keeping a positive attitude towards the competition and hoping for the best without taking the result too seriously should it be negative. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: BBC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HALTU11QE6g

In the past two days, the European Broadcasting Union was receiving the songs that will be competing in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malmo, Sweden. The design of the stage was also presented whilst Sweden was drawn in sixteenth (16th) position within the final in order to clarify the idea of the producers' draw and not give the home country an unfair advantage. We would like to invite you to the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. Apart from the means of FM Radio in the Netherlands on FM 106.8 and the audio stream from the studio via www.radiointernational.tv and on Digital Cable 781 & cable 88.1Mhz 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.

One of the most impressive national selections to take place in the lead up to this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was surely the one in Malta which yielded twenty-four (24) semi-finalists brought down to sixteen (16) finalists out of which the eventual winner was the song Tomorrow performed by Gianluca with music and lyrics by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek. The songwriters of the winning entry had the opportunity to qualify with another two songs for this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest, one of them being the beautiful, charming ballad entitled Perfect Day with vocals provided by Janice DeBattista. The female artist has a lot of the resonance that Chiara is known to bring to the stage and considering that this was the first experience for her within the competition, making the final and achieving tenth place was definitely meaningful. We spoke to Janice about her career as a solo artist as well as her involvement within two bands, one being Salt and the other being Scarlet Sally.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9Ja5gOtRVs

This will be the first of three interviews which are airing on this weeks' edition of the programme which is set to commence at 20:00 CET and to run for a total of three hours. As a matter of fact, the second interview is with Christopher, the lead male vocalist of the band Takasa, which was formerly known as Heilsarmee. They will be performing the song You and Me during the second half of the second semi-final alongside Malta. The European Broadcastign Union has a rule against brand names hence why they had to change the name of the group along with their whole image. A brand new music video was shot in order to accomodate the brand new image. The final interview this week will be with Dusan Svilvar who was the first runner-up of the Beosong competition held in Serbia. Despite the second place, he miseed out by around five thousand votes which was the closest possible to Moje 3.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBGpqq2LFSQ

Radio International is always keen to present songs during the show apart from the weekly features and therefore, collaborating the two ideas together will see the emergence of Eurovision UnverCover whereas tracks performed at the Eurovision Song Contest will be covered by other singers. The actual tracks will be played first followed by the cover and this will make things interesting. Apart from this feature, there will be new material played on the show by a number of former representatives including Jedward. All of the latest news is also covered during the weekly broadcast noting resources from escflashmalta.com and escXtra where Luke Fisher, the Editor makes a weekly round-up. A round up of the national finals thus far is set to be conducted by Alasdair Rendall. Follow the show through the official website and also send your requests through the contact link which is found on the aforementioned website.

Source: Team of Radio International

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhKiNf2tA04

SVT, the broadcaster responsible for the organisation of this years' Eurovision Song Contest in conjuction with the European Broadcasting Union was hosting the Heads of Delegation from all of the thirty-nine (39) competing countries. The stage for this years' edition of the international spectacle was officially unveiled this morning, during the second day of the meeting where the specifics involved were carefully explained by Viktor Brattström and Frida Arvidsson who were the brains behind the actual design. The initial elements prove to show a fusion on previous designs, one whcih were received well by the public at large.

Following last years' competition, the Executive Producer of the European Broadcasting Union, Jon Ola Sand went on record stating they they would like to give the Eurovision Song Contest more of an intimate feel as of this year. Hence why the decision of the Malmö Arena was well respected because the audience figures will not be as huge as they have been in recent years when the competition took place in Azerbaijan and Russia and the venue looked too spacious. Oslo is surely being used as the main concept behind this years' spectacle and the designers of the stage stated 'The stage elements have taken the form of everything from the style of butterfly wings and images of moths photographed with a slow shutter speed. We are working with no moving parts, but a solid traditional set design in general is the base of the stage.' Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUogvxyv0Aw

Heads of Delegation from thirty-nine competing nations in this years' Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malmo, Sweden officially presented their entries for the international competition thus bringing the curtain down on yet another season of national selections. The editorial board of escflashmalta.com has been in contact with several professionals from the local and the foreign music industries to help assess the entries in this years' competition. This is one of the features which our portal has coined in the past three years and which has amassed popularity with the readers. Our professional analysts have a look at the videos with a certain detail for the simple reason that they know what it means to create hit songs or nurture talent which has gone onto achieve success in the foreign market. 

They will pass on their comments on each of the respective tracks and give a mark out of ten, but then, the final ranking of qualifiers will be very dependent of their top ten ranking. Each of the direct qualifiers, six in total where given voting rights in each of the respective semi-finals and therefore the professionals as decided by the editorial team to cover which semi-final would listen to the competing entries along with the direct qualifiers who would be voting in that respective semi-final. One of the major revelations of this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest has surely been Matthew Mercieca who is known in the local music industry as Muxu. His talents as a singer/songwriter have never graced the festival scene but surprisingly, people were stunned to listen to the lyrics he penned to the track Betrayed performed by Davinia to the music of Elton Zarb. It has an appealing feature which the jury adored and as a matter of fact, it managed to finish in third place to the surprise of many. The quality is becoming more of an issue in Malta hence why this track was not overlooked. Muxu on the other hand has released two singles in the past couple of months including So Good and Pour Down On Me, earning a couple of nominations at the Bay Music Awards and Malta Music Awards. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DH26TKwtzw

Joining him in analysing the first semi-final will be none other than Lina Eriksson, based in Sweden and signed to EMI Music Publishing in Scandinavia. Her worked during the past couple of years surely speaks for itself noting that she has managed to make the Melodifestivalen competition on six out of the past eight years including with more than one entry in 2010 and 2012 respectively. In the latter year, Baby Doll performed by the group Top Cats made it to the final finishing in a respectacle sixth position. Away from the Melodifestivalen, Lina Eriksson alongside her husband Marten Eriksson, a songwriter and producer himself have worked on a number of renowned tunes including for example This Moment by Marie Picasso and Vill Da Dig Igen by Thomas Di Leva. She was also a co-writer for It's For You performed by Niamh Kavanagh for Ireland in 2010.

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

Czech Republic was a competing country in the Eurovision Song Contest but decided to stop competing altogether following successive disappointing results. One of the prime songwriters and music producers of the country is none other than Stano Simor, having done a lot of work with a variety of artists including Tereza Kerndlová, for whom he had written the song Have Some Fun alongside Gordon Pogoda. Stano Simor comes from an industry which is somewhat accustomed to different tastes to what Malta has become to enjoy over the years, but not in an exclusive manner especially considering that he is currently managing pop/rock artist, Mista who was quite close to being the Slovakian representative back in 2010. He has worked on several studio albums, all of which have gone at least 1x Platinium and that is definitely a statistic which should always be accounted.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzh7f7H5YDY

For the second semi-final, the format is kept the same with a female and two males joining the proceedings and kicking off things is none other than Martin Isherwood whom escflashmalta.com is proud to present as one of the annual partners in this respective feature. Martin Isherwood is a leading figure at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, being the Head of Discipline and bringing to the table more than twenty years of experience within songwriting, producing, sound engineering and managing artists. As a matter of fact, he also won the Song for Europe competition with his song Cry Baby which despite being a pop song written for the times was not performed to the expected standard. Such a figure has been quite successful and currently is a Board Member of the Merseyside Music Development Agency in order to help support aspiring artists in their dream to reach out to the masses and be successful.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAJ62IG3gBo

In the past couple of months, we have closely worked with Sharon Vaughn and indeed, she has become a regular contributor to our projects. Her success within the foreign music industry speaks volumes having targeted several markets, most notably the larger ones in the United States of America as well as Australia and also the United Kingdom. The repertoire of artists that she has worked with is phenomenal and not only that but she had been involved in some of the most intriguing hits throughout the years including Release Me by Agnes, The Guardian by Delta Goodrem and Fahrenheight by Joe McElderry whilst also having tracks included in albums by Malena Ernman, Brian Kennedy, The Wanted, September and Jedward, having written their Eurovision Song Contest entry last year. One note towards local artists is surely the fact that she correctly predicted Gianluca to win this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0G7eDpMGe1k

The final individual which we have included within the analysis of the second semi-final entries is a songwriter, producer, and a sound engineer who has been working with a number of local artists in the past two years of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Magnus Kaxe, born in Sweden but based in Germany has collaborated with various artists all across the world with success achieved in the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Sweden, Norway, and South Africa amongst others. The most notable successes surely are those which he has helped write and indeed, he has written two notable tracks, one entitled Higher Ground performed by Amy Diamond and the other being Falling by Clay Aiken, runner-up of American Idol. Nevertheless, he has met the likes of Britney Spears, Aqua, Celine Dion, Westlife and Will Young whilst working on their respective singles and studio albums. This year, he was competing in the national selection with Klinsmann, Dorothy Bezzina and Richard Edwards and hopes to return next year. The project will be launching in the first week of April, so stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7Oa0uWxAbE

Gianluca, the artist who will represent Malta in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat will be making a television appearance alongside his band this evening. On the programme Close Up hosted by Pierre Portelli on TVM 2, Gianluca will be revealing the deepest and darkest secrets of his life with his collaborators and team doing more of the same to each other in what has been coined as a reflection into the real life of the performer.

According to the host, Pierre Portelli, the 'light hearted programme turned out to reveal a very serious and scary background story'. You can watch the programme on the official website of the Public Broadcasting Services. Malta will be performing in the first half of the second semi-final alongside countries such as Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, FYR Macedonia and San Marino. The draw is yet to be determined but the producers of the competition revealed that they will be able to make revelations by the end of this month, with the European Broadcasting Union stating that they 'want every song to shine' and thus a careful assessment needs to take place which results will be out by the 29th March 2013. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Pierre Portelli Official Facebook, PBS, Kris Micallef (Image)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WmJXIR9xtw

It has been thought by many that Sirusho was set to represent Armenia in this years' Eurovision Song Contest for the simple reason that they failed to qualify in 2011 with their entry Boom Boom performed by Emmy and that they wanted to return following a one year break with a bang. Ultimately, Guy Suyjan was internally selected by the broadcaster before becoming a group effort as his band The Dorians who were brought in as backing are now being listed as the main performers. The track which was chosen for them by the public and the jury during a national selection held earlier this year was Lonely Planet.

The four entries presenting during the national selection was not of the high standard which many had been expecting but it has somewhat become clear at this stage that they were just demos and that the vocal skills of Gor are stunning. As a matter of fact, Lonely Planet penned by Vardan Zadoyan to the music of Tony Iommi has received a lot of media attention since it was chosen. The composer is one of the members of the British band, Black Sabbath who have helped define the rock genre during the years. The brand new remastered version of the track was released earlier this morning through an official video and the work is to be credited to sound engineers, Mike Exeter and Austen Kilburn in London who have turned this into a really good song. 

Armenia will be competing in the second half of the second semi-final alongside Malta whose entry Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek is performed by the young, up and coming Gianluca. As a matter of fact, the Maltese representative was present during the Armenian national selection as part of his promotional tour. Gianluca is also expected to visit The Netherlands within the next couple of weeks for the annual Eurovision In Concert which has become somewhat of a tradition for most participation countries. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: ARMTV

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSs03Sp-4ME
Monday, 18 March 2013 11:25

Italy: 'L'Essenziale' for Marco Mengoni

RAI, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest decided to return to the competition two years ago and has been riding a wave of positive acclaim. In 2011, Raphael Gualazzi managed to finish as the first runner-up with his track Madness of Love (Follia D'Amore) whilst Nina Zilli and her song L'Amore e Femmina (Out of Love) managed ninth  place in 2012. This time round, they selected Marco Mengoni as their representative and following weeks of debacles, it was also decided that the song that he will be performing in the final of this years' international event is L'Essenziale.

The European Broadcasting Union is welcoming the Heads of Delegation from all of the participating countries in Malmo, Sweden this morning and Nicola Caligore was definitely the person whom many were expecting since Italy were the last to submit their song. Whilst many were doubting the choice of L'Essenziale, it was somewhat a foregone conclusion that it would be the song picked considering that the Italians have a habit of loving the winning entries from Sanremo and therefore, picking a renowned singer with a popular song would most likely increase the ratings apart from achieving a good result.

The song will remain in Italian although the three minute edit is surely going to be one of the most intriguing elements of this years' competition. It has an edge due to the language and this means that for the very first time since 1997, Italy will be represented by the Sanremo winner and in Italian rather than a bi-lingual version. The track is co-written by Marco Mengoni, Roberto Casalino and Francesco De Benediittis. The songwriters barely need an introduction in Italy especially considering that they have written for artists such as Nek, Francesca Michielin, Nina Zilli, Gregory Lemarchal, Marco Carta, Francesco Renga and Tina Arena amongst others. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Eurovision.tv, RAI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2C-ePvHfAs

Saturday, 16 March 2013 20:46

Moldova: Aliona Moon Heading to Malmö

Moldova, the final country to select their entry for the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malmö have just made their selection in favour of a female by the name of Aliona Moon whose entry bears the name A Million. The track was poised for success well before the actual live shows had commenced for the simple reason that it is written by Pasha Parfeny who represented Moldova in last years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest achieving eleventh place, the second best result for the nation since their initial participation back in 2005 when they had submitted the song Bunika Bate Toba performed by Zdob şi Zdub.

A Million was one of the songs which the public somewhat seemed to enjoy especially those in the audience who gave it an astonishing applause. It finished in second place with the public vote but nevertheless got the bulk of the jury vote making it the outright winner and beating another favourite in the form of Runaways performed by Boris Covali. Moldova will be competing in the second half of the first semi-final and thus not alongside Tomorrow performed by Gianluca on behalf of Malta. As reported in our live coverage done by Antoine Farrugia, Aliona is wearing a dress which has projections and that will surely be an intriguing element considering that it is becoming popular. The same effect was seen at the Grammy Awards and last years' Eurovision Song Contest. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: TRM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C21esSwmlyU

Almost all of the participating countries in this years' Eurovision Song Contest have made their entries known to the public at large exclusive Italy whose entrant Marco Mengoni is yet to reveal his respective entry and Moldova who are hosting their national final this evening. It has been quite an intriguing season with a number of favourites finishing in a close second or sometimes third place as opposed to outsiders and dark horses which swept the board with victories this time round. Sweden is ready to host the international competition and indeed, thirty-nine (39) countries will be sending in their entries to the European Broadcasting Union on Monday during the Heads of Delegation Meeting.

Moldova is one of the most successful countries in the Eurovision Song Contest having managed to qualify to the final on six occasions whilst being directly qualified on another occasion from a total of eight participants thus far. Last year the country was represented by Pasha Parfeny with the song Lautar, considered to be a dark horse by many and indeed lived up to it's expectations, qualifying in fifth place and ultimately achieving the second best result for the country by virtue of eleventh place. This time round, the national selection entitled O Melodie Pentru Europa 2013 was open to foreign songwriters and indeed, several of the tracks that made it through to the final this evening are very much reflective of this element. The show which is set to commence at 19:00 CET can be watched through the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest

The Show (Part 1)

And the show just started. From the first impression it seems that the performers have a really small stage to perform on though it is a nice stage! The audience looks quite looking forward for this night since they are already screaming and shouting and cheering for the opening act which is a rock song with many dancers on the stage called Jazz Dance! The presenters Cătălin Josan and Evelina Vîrlan are now on stage. The male wore an everyday outfit whereas the female decided to wear a bright yellow summer-ish dress. The arena is very small as we got a shot from behind the audience which is really small also but very entertaining.

Lumian Dumetriscu is now on the screen from back-stage and he's talking about the social feeds they have online including Facebook. Just before the acts sart coming up, both the presenters are talking where the Moldovan people can listen or see the show live and they are giving us all the details to vote, all the numbers we need for tele-voting. The juries are being presented to us including many Moldovan music involved people and communication talking people. Let the show start! Hope we have a great national final, which is the last for this year's final season!

Cristina V & Glam Girls - Celebrate

First act, Christina V & Glam Girls. The girls have a pretty nice background! They are all wearing black, white and blue which makes them united! The song is called Celebrate and they are saying the same word too much in my opinion. The vocals are not always 100% on pitch. The audience seem to like it since they are already screaming and cheering! It is an enjoyable song in the Eurovision, a pop-dance song with the use of good vocals. I personally don't think they'll do good in Malmo though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9AwIX9QBhQ

Boris Covali - Runaways

Next up is Boris Cavoli with Runaways. He is wearing the usual suit for men which actually looks good on him! The background is pretty nice for this one too. His voice is not so impressive up till the first chorus and the song is sounding to me like one of the 90s and won't be liked that much today since this is not a very much entertaining song. His vocals got really better from the bridge onwards and is sounding so good with the song, but still I don't think that overall this could be a winner.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57DftBU2Z0Y

Cristina Croitoru & Karizma - Never Fall Again

The next act is Cristina Croitoru & Karizma singing Never Fall Again. Started out really relaxing and already liked her voice so much. A blonde and a brunette wearing similar dresses just different colour schemes, the brunette on the brown-ish side where the blonde is on the blue-aqua side. The voices blend together so much and are amazing me how good this sound. The background screens are showing a person dancing which is quite distracting from the whole act. The backing vocalists are also doing a great impact on this song. Favourite one so far.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhfBXsGYG0M

Svetlana Bogdanova - Conquer My Heart

Next act is Svetlana Bogdanova singing Conquer My Heart. Finally, a full stage having the singer, musicians and backing vocalists up on stage all together. Svetlana's hair is so nice and the colour is so impressive. The diction is not perfect for sure. She is wearing a blind-fold which reminds me a lot of last year's Lithuanian entry. She is wearing a black plain dress and she is stable in one place, not moving at all. Her voice is really good, not missing any notes. The song is a bit too old for this time and era in music. Thought it would be better.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFZ7GFnG_Bo

Interval

We have a green-room connection again! Lumian is meeting us with the acts, talking with the Glam Girls & Christina V right now. Sadly enough, they are speaking in any language I can understand or talk so I can't understand anyrhing what they are talking about.

Anyways, the green-room is so nice, enery act having their own table and drinks and what they want to do in their area as it seems to me. As I am understansing, every act is saying why people have to vote for them and saying the tele-voting numbers themselves. Whereas all the other contestants who performed, it seems that Svetlana Bogdanova is really serious and not one who jokes around too much. 

That won't do well with the Eurovision spectators as everyone sees the character of the singer(s) also. Back to the main stage and the presenters reminded everyone how to vote. Show is now continuing!

Nicoleta Gavriliţă - Freaky Thong

Nicoleta Gavriliţă is up next singing Freaky Thong. Strong song as from the beginning. The background screens are so colourful, as the song says freaky. The singer is wearing an everyday outfit. and the backing vocalists also. The backing vocalists and the singer are forming a triangle everyway. The singer has a powerful voice also and weirdly enough she's looking like Cher Lloyd. With this song I would like to see a more entertaining performance, it's too toned down for the song. She uses her voice a lot like Christina Aguilera's which is beautiful. An act to look out for.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cmnM4tSsSE

Aurel Chirtoacă - Iartă-Mă

Aurel Chirtoacă singing Iartă-Mă is up next! A male after many many females performing. The stage looks at its best where Aurel is sitting on a small table clad in all black. He sat up as from the first note he sang though. A woman came in walking and went out again, don't know why this is done. Aurel is now sitting at the piano, does that mean the piano was playing on its own before? A different lady came in again. And now as Aurel woke up from the piano the other lady is back in dancing! Aurel has got great vocals, I really do like them! But the song is really really boring so I don't think this will do it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ml7mMEKDyCM

Irina Kitoroagă - L.o.v.e. Love

Irina Kitoroagă with all her L.O.V.E Love on stage! the first notes are not on pitch. She had feedback already. She has dancers with her which in my opinion are not dancing styles whivh contribute the song. She is wearing a white dress, dancers are clad in pink and black and the backing voaclists are all in black. Is it only me or you see too many things going on also? This song is an enjoyable one but her voice is still like a baby's voice. Near the other confirmed acts this won't stand out for sure. Not impressive at all.

Anna Gulko - Somebody Else

omebody Else is the next song sung by Anna Gulko. I love how the stage looks as from the first secong I've seen it. A full band on stage! Anna is shining on the stage being the only one wearing a shining yellow dress. The song is a bit boring from after the chorus onwards. She haven't missed a note. This song just needs a good arrangement and it would turn out a lot better. She has fire on stage, which I don't know why since there isn't much of a climax.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17Jvrq2nNhU

Vitalie Negruţa - You'll Be Mine

Vitalie Negruţa singing You'll Be Mine is the next act for tonight. A great song sounding from the beggining, let's hope this will get this competition better! I would change the dancer's costumes for sure. The song does not have a good arrangement for sure, it's still not full! Although this is a really enjoyable song. His voice is nice but not the best for sure! A solo spanish-guitar part by an old man which is not original from last year's Russian entry. The song is really enjoyable nearing the end! One to look out for.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkwnMpPz8wc

Interval

And we are back in the green-room with Lumian interviewing the acts who just sang after the first interval. Nicoleta and her team seem to be really hyper, they'rea ll cheering and have balloons with number 5 on them. Irina is telling all the viewers to vote number 7, which means her song L.O.V.E Love, which wasn't quite impressive. Lumian just sat down with Anna Gulko and her band. He is interviewing her ending with the only one word I could understand 'Extraordinay!'

As Lumian is talking to Vitalie, I noticed how much his clothes are fancy (Vitalie's). Could have worn better for this extreme occasion. Lumian sits down seeing a Facebook Feed and the comments on the page 'Orange'. We are back to the main presenters in the arena. The presenters are saying that there is not too much time left to choose their song for Malmo! Let us continue!

Cristina Scarlat - I Pray

Cristina Scarlat is up next sinigng I Pray. WOW! Great stage, great outfits and started out really good vocally! She has four dancers with her who are really sharp and really good. She has got a big voice! This is a really good song in this national final, I'm sure this will do well! She didn't miss a note. Cannot stop looking at this performance. Awkward ending though! But really really strong! This will do well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdIKja9hsXk

Doiniţa Gherman - Planeta e un rai

Doiniţa Gherman singing Planeta E Un Rai is up next for this final! Is this carnival? Those were my first three words. I think she might need to call a designer because she is not dressed good and her hair seems like just woke up. The song is enjoyable though and she can sing! I'm not sure if the costumes are representing any heroes by any chance because everyone got a different one. In the final choruses she missed some notes which are really noticeable. The song is one of those which gets you up to dance, but you stay down because she scares you. This is the only one who Thank You right?! Nice song, bad visual.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aj95ntBCVQM

Tatiana Heghea - A Brighter Day

Tatiana Heghea singing A Brighter Day. Tatiana is wearing a beautiful dress and the background screen is making her look like she got wings. The song started out really really nice. And frankly, continued really nice in another way. She can surely arrange her diction. After some time it gets a bit the same and you're kept waiting for that big thing to come. And there it is! Started from a soft ballad and ended to a pop song, what a good combination! Another one to look out for. The competition is getting better.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKGt--8Ar3g

Felicia Dunaf - Codename Felice

Codename Felice sung by Felicia Dunaf is the next in line. The stage seems good, not amazing though. The singer's outfit is really nice! Orange and leather is a mix I do like. This song is a good one and can improve by a better arrangement. The dancers are good too and the backing vocalists are good also, though the outfits of the backing vocalists are not matching with the rest of the performers. The song is nice and she got a pleasant voice but I don't think she can do vocal acrobatics to do it better live. This is a good one also! Competition getting much better.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlVokNcnt9w

Aliona Moon - A Million

Aliona Moon singing A Million is the final act for today! Her dress, I love. The piano, I love. The song, I already do like a lot. She can arrange her diction though. Her dress is made out of lights like Sabina Babayeva's last year (Azerbaijan). The dancers are really good and the stage seems all together. She have a nice voice and a big one too. This is a really good song! With some arrangements, it may do well in Malmo. Final song for the night got the biggest applause. Amazing! Could win this to be honest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9TOg45p2cE

The Show (Part 2)

We finished the contestants for tonight and the presenters are back on our screens reminding us we can vote for our favourites. In the end, it turned out to be a good competition between six songs. We're back in the green-room with Lumian and Christina Scarlat who said this experience was 'Superb!' As I am understanding, Lumian is asking her how this experience was for her and she seems to have liked it a lot. 'VOTE NO. 10!' Lumian said. He is now next to Donitia and are talking about several things which I can't understand.

She talks a lot, she doesn't want to stop talking at all. Lumian is now talking with Tatiana. They are both saying to vote for number 12 which is Tatiana's entry! Lumian is now near Felicia Dunaf and I must say this is something strange to see money in a green-room. Lumian is talking with Felicia's writer, composer and everything for this song! Lumian just sat near Aliona Moon and they saying that her dress is heavy , made of metal as I can get. Everyone who was involved on stage with Aliona is holding a paper saying 14 to vote for them. First votes are in and it seems that Boris Cavoli is first and following him is Aliona Moon.

Back in the green-room with Christina V & Glam Girls and Lumian. He just stayed near them to present Boris right?! Nice way to do things Lumian. Lumian and Boris are dicussing that Boris is already first from the tele-voting and Lumian is congratulating him. An applause from all the green-room ended the shots from green-room for now. Back to the arena! Boris got 36.49% and Aliona got 28.49% from tele-voting! This is an only music song which for me cuts my guts waiting for the results. Can we just skip this and see the results or a song which has lyrics please? This is boring.

Now Cornelia Stefanet is up on stage clad in a nice orange dress. She is singing with the same band, at least with lyrics. This is a really nice and relaxing song though! The song just ended and Cornelia is now singing Sirusho's entry for Armenia back in 2008 Qele Qele with the same band. She has done it perfect! Really good performance and voice. What a pianist that is! WOW, amazing ... Big well done! A male is now singing Nije Ljubav Stvar, the Serbian entry last year which ended third place! Cornelia Stefanet sang the Israeli entry for 1998. Now, another man is singing Fairytale, Norway's winning entry back in 2009.

They sang a duet finally which is Aysel & Arash's 'Always' the Romanian entry which did a lot of success in 2009. After this one we had Dima Bilan's Believe which won for Russia in 2008. And as a cheer up, we heard the most famous Eurovision song 'Waterloo' by Abba which won in 1974 for Sweden. We are back from a small interval! The presenters has just presented Belarus' entry wrong. They said Alyona will be performing The Rhythm of Love while she's performing Solayoh and is now performing it live in this arena. Belarus and Moldova will be competing against each other in the First Semi-Final. Alyona should really go for a hair-cut before the Eurovision.

Noticeably, this is a powerful song and Alyona's voice is really good! And we're back online with Lumian giving the tele-voting points and as expected Boris got the 12 points and Aliona Moon got 10 points. And the jury gave their 12 points to Aliona, and she is crowned the winner of the O melodie pentru Europa 2013. Aliona Moon will be representing Moldova with her song A Million in the First Semi-Final on the 14th May 2013. And now, to end everything Aliona Moon is performing A Million, the representative for Moldova in the first semi-final this year. Congratulations Aliona!