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In the past couple of hours, it seems that national broadcasters have been sending the official video clips of their respective entries for the Eurovision Song Contest to the European Broadcasting Union because the official channel on YouTube has been relatively busy in the past couple of hours. Cyprus unveiled their music video for An Me Thimase last night but following suit this morning is none other than their neighbouring country, Greece whose entry Alcohol is Free performed by the group Koza Mosta and Agathonas Iakovidis has been slightly re-worked for the international showcase.

Greece has always been one of the most successful countries within the Eurovision Song Contest having managed to get through to the final on each and every occasion but nevertheless, the result achieved last year was not all too positive with Eleftheria Eleftheriou finishing in a mid-table position with her entry Aphrodisiac. Due to the financial constraints that the nation is facing, ERT is working with MAD Television in order to ensure that the participation goes forward and with the help of private record labels, it should not be an issue either. The song Alcohol is Free will be performing within the second half of the second semi-final alongside Malta. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Eurovision.tv

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

CyBC, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Cyprus within the annual Eurovision Song Contest is known to be extremely cash strapped but nevertheless went about an internal selection with the aid of several private companies. Their representative at the competition is none other than the stunning Despina Olympiou who will be performing the track An Me Thimase during the first semi-final. As has been the case in the past couple of years, brand new versions and official videos are currently being presented and whilst sifting through the tracks on viral website, YouTube, we came across the preview video for the Cypriot entry.

During the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Cyprus managed to perform better than Greece noting that their entry La La Love performed by Ivi Adamou finished in a mid-table position following qualification. This time round, many believe that their participation could very much be an uphill struggle for the simple reason that the song might not actually be everyone's cup of team but in my opinion has a stunning charm around it carried by the grace of an elegant performer whom we should be speaking to in a matter of days. We would like you to view the video clip and stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: CYTA Mobile

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePQG1ntZyTM

Tuesday, 12 March 2013 18:51

Malta: Video for 'Tomorrow' Out on Friday

Tomorrow, co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek with vocals provided by Gianluca seemingly had a music video recorded in preparation to the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and it will be published at some point on Friday, most likely during the evening. In recent years, the music video has been a critical element of promotion and also given accolades at the Malta Music Awards in 2011 for example whilst also being nominated in 2012. The idea of the production team led by Angie and Duane Laus is to tell the story of the song, considering that the lyrics have been written in this manner.

Malta will be competing in the first half of the second semi-final in a position which is yet to be determined by the host broadcaster, SVT in accordance to the several music genres that will be present. On Monday, all of the entries competing in this years' Eurovision Song Contest will be officially presented to the European Broadcasting Union in what has become known as the Heads of Delegation Meeting. The Official YouTube Channel of the competition is already uploading some of the videos which were sent in so that people could start listening to final versions of the songs. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about this years' international showcase.

Source: TV Hemm, Where's Everybody

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vT8O9yNieeY

Alyona Lanskaya will be representing Belarus with the song Solayoh co-written by Marc Paelinck and Martin King within the first semi-final of this years' Eurovision Song Contest. Following a successful first promotional visit in Romania, where she performed at the National Final, Alyona departed to Istanbul to shoot the videoclip during these days. The director of the videoclip is very known Turkish Senol Korkmaz who has been working with many stars like amongst Britney Spears and Hadise, from the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest.

The choreography is directed by Serbian ‘Zile’ Aleksa Rafoivic who is a very known name in Serbia and who has collaborated with many big stars. He was also the choreographer of the FYR Macedonia entry at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest. Alyona will also be joined in the video by Serbian dancers. Today the rehearsals for shooting the video are in full swing while recording will be taking place as from tomorrow. The team is promising a great happily clip and a huge surprise which will be revealed in due course! Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news and enjoy in the meanwhile Solayoh by downloading it legally through legal platforms like iTunes and amazon. After the recording,  Alyona will leave to Moldova where she will a special guest during National Final.

Source: Press Release (Olivier Vanhoutte)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ihe4yKhYa9I

Nearly two months after being chosen by an internal jury to represent France at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest set to take place in Sweden, Amandine Bourgeois will be releasing her entry L'enfer et moi tomorrow much to the delight of fans all across the continent who are anticipating an extremely competent entry. This is not the first internal selection for the Big Five country considering that this has very much been the case since 2009 when Patricia Kaas had been selected to represent the country, ultimately achieving their last top ten result with Et S'il Faillait Le Faire.

In the mid-morning, at around 10:00 CET, the song will be made available through the medium of Spotify. Just before though, she will be the guest star of the radio show Laissez-Vous Tenter which is broadcasted on RTL, the leading radio station in France. Within the show, she is expected to give some information about her participation along with a short preview of the song. The official video clip which will be accompanying the entry will be made available for everyone to view on the official France 3 website, on Thursday. It is also worth mentioning that Warner Music will again this year cooperate with France 3 to promote the French entry as has been the case within the past two years. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Warner Music France

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sjttHafsyE

One of the first entries to be selected fir the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is the one coming from Ukraine. The eastern country is one of the most successful in the competition having always managed to qualify for the final stages but nevertheless, did not do as well as expected last year with their entry Be My Guest performed by Gaitana. This time round, the public and a professional jury have once more selected a female by the name of Zlata Ognevich who does not need a lot of introduction in the surrounding area where she has got strong credentials. She will be performing the song Gravity.

NTU, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of the nation in the Eurovision Song Contest has worked closely with the production team to make sure that the final version of the song is the very best possible and whilst working on that, an official music video to be used by the participating countries in their respective preview shows was also completed. Zlata Ognevich is set to compete within the first semi-final of this years' international competition taking place in Malmo, Sweden and will hope to improve on last years' showing, which was statistically, the second worst result for the country since participation began. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: NTU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBBzyg_m4Qs

Bulgaria is one of the most unsuccessful countries in the Eurovision Song Contest and will be hoping that this years' internal selection in favour of the duo known as Elitsa & Stoyan could change the figure as they compete within the second semi-final with the song Samo Shampioni. Following the results of the national selection, it seemed like the track that they would be performing on stage in the event would be Kismet having managed to take over the public vote, finishing in second place with jury but with copyright issues coming intact, disappointment struck and the broadcaster, BNT had to make a change.

One of the songwriters of the track, Kismet was none other than Jonatan Tesei, a muisician and producer from Argentina. It seems that the individual at hand wanted to make some changes with the track which could not take place in time for the Heads of Delegation meeting next week and thus had no choice but withdraw the song or stick to the current version. The former was the decision taken and therefore, the international community is finally content with the brand new choice considering that many were gobsmacked with the track, Kismet. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: BNT, Eurovision.tv

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

Monday, 11 March 2013 14:06

The Netherlands: Anouk Unveils 'Birds'

The Heads of Delegation meeting will be taking place this time next week and the countries are currently finalising their selections for the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Some nations are somewhat making their revelations late for the simple reason that they wish to present a finished product rather than a demo version which might reason negative criticism as has been the case with several tracks. Anouk will be representing The Netherlands in a couple of weeks time and the song she will be performing is entitled Birds. It was officially presented earlier today.

Following in the footsteps of stars such as Bonnie Tyler and Cascada, the latter of which had to go through a national selection process, Anouk will be representing her home country with the hope of heading into the final of this years' competition noting that The Netherlands have only done so on one occasion, that being in the inaugural year of the semi-final system back in 2004. The act was made up of two men known as Re-Union and their entry was Without You. Since then, whilst there has been a lot of effort made by the broadcaster, the nation has not succeeded. According to the current betting odds, this will change as it climbs to fifth place hoping that Anouk will manage to get out of the first semi-final and achieve a successful result. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: TROS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evv2SXOOWWk

Saturday, 09 March 2013 22:18

Sweden: 'You' to be performed on Home Soil

The Eurovision Song Contest has got another hearthrob: It's 22-year-old singer Robin Stjernberg, a new promise in the Swedish pop scene, whose career kicked off in 2006 when won the Sommarchansen (The Summer Song) in Malmö that year and went to Stockholm to become one of the four singers of the prospective boy band What's Up! One of bandmates was none other than pop sensation, Eric Saade, who rose to fame when in 2010 he competed in Melodifestivalen with Manboy. A year later he did Melodifestivalen with Popular, the actual 2011 Swedish ESC entry.

In 2011 he took part of Swedish Idol and was the runner-up behind Amanda Fondell, who also competed with Robin in this year's Melodifestivalen with Dumb, but voted out of the contest. 2013 is the year for the Scandinavian country to be the host after last year's Loreen's storming Eurovision victory with the powerful eurodance track Euphoria. Malmö, the host city of the Eurovision Song Contest 1992, will be this year's contest home.

You by Robin Stjernberg qualified to the final from Andra Chansen (The Second Chance), together with Anton Ewald's Begging. It is the first time for a song from Andra Chansen to be awarded the wooden bird, which opens a whole new perspective in the song selection. The song, written by Linnea Deb, Joy Deb, Joakim Harestad Haukaas and Robin Stjernberg himself, is a pop track that some might find it similar to Bruno Mars' Marry You in style. It also features Robin's melodic vocals that reach high notes pretty well and naturally. As Sweden is the host country, he will compete directly in the Final on May 18th. 2013.

Source: SVT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sa9C_G_GdY

Saturday, 09 March 2013 18:57

Sweden: Melodifestivalen 2013 - LIVE

Melodifestivalen, Sweden's National Selection show for the Eurovision Song Contest, will come to an end for this year's edition with a total of 32 entries competing in 4 semifinals and a Second-Chance round to win the ticket to Malmö. It's the most popular National Selection show outside the Scandinavian country and even neighbor nations have attempted to reproduce its format. Each year, a handful of these songs become popular, despite their resultls in the competition, hitting the No. 1 spot and staying there for weeks. Sweden's the 3rd. most succesful country in the Englsh-language pop music world, after the United States and England, and in Eurovision terms, it's in the the Top 3 as one of the most succesful countries in the European competition with 4 victories; In 1974 with Waterloo, in 1984 with Diggi Loo Diggi Ley, in 1999 with Take Me To Your Heaven and of course last year with Euphoria.

This evenings' Melodifestivalen selection could be followed through the notably stunning live stream offered by the official website of the Swedish broadcaster, another vote of confidence in their abilities of hosting the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Alongside these 4 entries, there's a long list of pre-Eurovision entries that have even become classic pop songs in Sweden.Last year, Loreen took Europe by storm when she became the winner to collect the largest amount of 12 points given to a single country and her song, "Euphoria" was a radio hit around the continent. Tonight, 10 songs will be performed and be voted by a panel of juries and the public to succeed Loreen's participation.

The Show (Part 1)

A pair of kids are playing the hosts. Now they're singing "Du Ska Till Malmö" ("You Go To Malmö") written by Benny and Björn of ABBA and it's being performed by Swedish ESC hosts of the past and today. The arena is HUGE!! Their vocals are flawless!! The numbers to dial to vote are being announced. The artist will do the catwalk as they did in their semifinals while short videos of them are being aired as they thank everyone for supporting them. And here we are the songs!!

Ulrik Munther - Tell The World I’m Here

This is very uplifting track performed with much passion. Ulrik's voice gives it a nice touch and that giant screen at the background and its images go with the song in a way that makes the whole performance one to remember!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK4Pzpk643g

David Lindgren - Skyline

Very energic!! The light show goes so very well with a so adrenaline-driven entry. The choreography was very well elaborated. However, David seemed a a bit under pressure as his vocals weren't as great as they usually are, but it's the kind of songs Swedish votes will keep in mind and support highly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5krzqCdHOI

State Of Drama - Falling

Both songs and the vocalist's voice makes this number very charming. It wasn't as elaborate as the usual Melodifestivalen staging, but it wasn't that necessary anyways. It's got an American feel and it may become a summer radio hit.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcEBEekq6eA

Anton Ewald - Begging

Another dancey number performed by a young eye candy that delivers a lot of energy that's reflected in his complicated dance moves reminiscent of those of Michael Jackson. Even his wardrobe was very Michael Jackson! His vocals could have been better, but one could think it's the Final effect. However, his stage presence, stamina and very catchy song make it up for it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx0rc-BB1W8

Louise Hoffsten - Only The Dead Fish Follow The Stream

This is the "serious" entry of tonight's show: It's her and her band standing in dark outfits performing this midtempo track that may not be appreciated by the younger audience, but juries might go for it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRkSf2elwGo

Ralf Gyllenhammar – Bed On Fire

Someone call 911 'cause the whole stage is on fire!!! This power ballad à la Freddy Mercury with all this pyroshow will surely remain in people's mind for some time. Ralf sang the whole song playing the piano. He delivered a lot of passion and very good vocals. There might be a surprising outcome... who knows.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74N6b3FijjM

Ravaillacz - En Riktig Jävla Schlager

Here's another charming brought by this 4-piece group comprising old men who are giving out what it takes to make a good schlager. Nevertheless, this is more of a dansband song. The song is one that takes more than one play to like it. The audience seems to be pleased and this number could another surprise tonight.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0b5lQgQJ7g

Sean Banan - Copacabanana

This is not an act Sweden would dare send to Eurovision, but it's certainly one to entertain for a bit. Sean's sense of humor was present in this eurodance song full of rap featuring references of Melodifestivalen and Eurovision itself. One needs to be familiar with both to really get this song. Colorful outfits and lots of energy makes this performance a bit of candy for the eye.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgtcha9yLeA

Robin Sternberg - You 

Tonight's dark horse, but Robin's vocals were simply amazing, not missing a single note while the featuring dance ensemble compliments the song with their not typical contemporary routines. The audience will appreciate how it was camera-oriented.

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

YOHIO - Heartbreak Hotel

This teenage Japanese anime-influenced boy received a lot of ovation when he was announced. The song itself is a power rock/pop track that features a very attractive stage performace. Yohio's vocals were okay and his sort of coldness goes with the lyrics. According to polls, it's the favorite one to make it to Malmö.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y36DqNAaXzc

The Show (Part 2)

Lynda Woodruff made it back to Melodifestivalen! She made an introduction to Malmö in her usual style. As traditionally done, last year's Melodifestivalen entry was presented before the votes are announced: This year "Euphoria" was BEAUTIFULLY performed by an ensemble of child choir who delivered a performance worthy of a Nobel Prize!! They also used sign language that gave it a special touch. They were the stars of the show! Eventually, it was Loreen's turn to join them to close the show and she did a great vocal and sign language job!! Sverige, vi har ett resultat!! Voting results are about to be announced.

According to the international jury, "You" by Robin Stjernberg is the winner and now a recap of all songs is being screened as the televiewers have a last chance to vote. The audience in general didn't seem too thrilled about the results. The loudest cheers were heard when "Begging" by Anton Ewald was awarded, which may indicate it was their favorite, and they can't be blamed: The boy did a great job turning everyone on with their moves and catchy melody. This year marks the 30th. Anniversary of Carola's first appearance in the Melodifestivalen and Eurovision world with her classic hit "Främling"!

A 2013 version of "Främling" took over the stage powerfully as her vocals were just as great! It was a thrilling moment when, at the end, she invited the audience to song along with her a cappela. That was a very magical moment for everyeone witnessing this show with a lot of nostalgia for the good old days of glorious pop music that made Sweden what it is in the Eurovision world.

And the winner is... "You" by Robin Stjernberg!!!!!

Even when Yohio was the highest on the bets, it was dark horse Robin Stjernberg that took the golden bird that was handed to him by last year's winner, Loreen

Like stated before, it was his camera-oriented performance that was inviting to the teleaudience to join him. He's now performing "You" as the Swedish entry to the Eurovision Song Contest, all choked in emotion. Because of it, he's even missed some of the words to the song Robin's voice is very melodic and powerful, being able to hit high notes.

Let me conclude by saying: "Melodifestivalen 2013 has come to an end. Thank you, everyone, for joining us. See you next year!! Tack så mycket och hej då!!"

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