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Monday, 17 March 2014 21:55

Denmark: Basim Drawn Towards the End

Copenhagen, host city of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is currently receiving the Heads of Delegation from all the thirty-seven (37) countries set to compete in the B&W Hallerne. As part of the traditional ritual, all of the entries were handed over to the host broadcaster, Danmarks Radio with the final versions being uploaded to the Official YouTube Channel. Nevertheless, the focus was definitely on the starting position for Denmark who will in turn be represented by Basim and his Cliche Love Song.

As a matter of fact, Denmark has been drawn to perform in position number #23, which many people will recall as to being the starting position back in 2001, when Denmark also got to host the Eurovision Song Contest. On that occasion Rollo & King with the song Never Let You Go finished in second place behind Estonia's Tanel Padar, Dave Benton & 2 XL with the song Everybody. Who knows? Maybe this is a positive omen for Estonia and their entry Amazing performed by Tanja. The rest of the running order will be revealed by producers in the weeks to come, as the genres are analysed to create a flowing show. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: eurovision.tv

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

RTR, one of the two public broadcasters in Russia, responsible for selecting an entry for the Eurovision Song Contest every other year has decided to scrap the national selection process in favour of an internal selection following recent developments in the nation found at the far east of the continent. The Tolmachevy Twins, winners of the 2006 Junior Eurovision Song Contest were chosen to carry the flag, hoping that success will be around the corner once more.

The Tolmachevy Twins will be performing the song Shine composed by Philip Kirkorov and Dimitris Kontopoulous with lyrics by John Ballard, Ralph Charlie and Gerard James Borg. This experienced team has already had ample success at the Eurovision Song Contest, but none have managed to get as far as victory noting that the lyricists have already been former runner-ups at the event with tracks such as Hold Me (Azerbaijan 2013) and 7th Wonder (Malta). Shine is set to be revealed by the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest in the next couple of hours. The editorial team of escflashmalta.com would like to wish the very best of luck to local lyricist Gerard James Borg with chances of Maltese representation in the final on the increase.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QqwP6x7CO8

On Saturday, the final show to come to an end was the Festival Da Canção 2014, with the winner being none other than Suzy and the song Quero Ser Tua (Como A Lua É Do Luar) written by Emmanuel, whom many will remember as to being the individual behind Danca Comigo peformed by Sabrina. He will be hoping for a better result though, considering that the song stalled in eleventh place, missing out on one of the elite places into the final.

In the leadup to the final round of the competition, there were several comments with regards to vote fixing accusations, none of which were looked into but almost prompted the withdrawal of the runner-up artist; Catarina Pereira whose team, comprising of Andrej Babic and Carlos Coelho were furious. It was later revealed that Suzy was at the centre of these accusations and funnily enough, she ended up being the winner. That said though, the song is slightly dated, but still catchy and does stand a chance at qualification with the right staging. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: RTP, Oikotimes, Eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSfRFR7UQX4

NRK, the Norwegian public broadcaster is known to put ona good show and the 2014 edition of the Melodi Grand Prix was no exception. Four finalists qualified for the super final, where they each had the opportunity to perform for a second time. Carl Espen emerged victorious with his song Silent Storm written by his cousin Josefin Winther. The voting was incredibly tense with the public being responsible for the final outcome, and doing their duty, noting that over 100,000 votes were cast.

Carl Espen will be representing Norway in Copenhagen, after getting support from the Western side of the country. Silent Storm is an emotional ballad with an effective piano melody throughout. This is a nice song, less if definitely more and given how thankful Carl appears to have won MGP, I do genuinely wish him well. As the Eurovision 2014 line-up nears completion, Norway has entered another good entry. Let’s see if they can do as well as they did in Malmö. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: NRK, Eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ttWnB-Yprw

RTR, one of the two public broadcaster in Russia, responsible for selecting an entry for the Eurovision Song Contest every other year has decided to scrap the national selection process in favour of an internal selection following recent developments in the nation found at the far east of the continent. The Tolmachevy Twins, winners of the 2006 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be trying their luck in the senior counterpart of the event, one which will prove to be a much more ardous task.

The Twins; Anastasiya and Maria return back to the world of the Eurovision Song Contest a total of eight years after making their debut in the music scene. The song which they will be performing at the event is yet to be revealed although the broadcaster is expected to make the announcement either tomorrow or on Monday noting that the Heads of Delegation meeting is now upon us. The girls had already been part of the senior counterpart of the Eurovision Song Contest having been invited to perform as the opening act in 2009, when the event took place in Moscow, Russia. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: RTR, Eurovision.tv

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

ARMTV, the Armenian public broadcaster, had internally selected Aram Mp3 to represent the nation in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The song, entitled Not Alone is a bit of a slow starter gradually gathering pace. It conveys a powerful message but it is a bit repetitive. His vocals seem top notch in this video and don’t seem to have been edited too heavily. Armenia are normally a fan favourite, having made the final six out of seven attempts since their debut in Athens in 2006.

Aram’s song is noticeably melancholic and the video shows him looking markedly vulnerable. With the correct staging and high quality vocal in Copenhagen this one could leave a lasting impression on the viewers. I wouldn’t say it is an outright winner but it’s an encouraging offering. Armenia is set to compete in the first half of the first semi-final alongside Albania, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Russia and Sweden. They will be hoping to improve on last years' lower end placing with Gor Sugyan and The Dorians whose performance of Lonely Planet fell flat. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: eurovision.tv

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

In a couple of days, all the entries for the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will have been selected, with the official music videos and finalised versions set to be presented during the Heads of Delegation Meeting. Malta, represented by Firelight and the song Coming Home written by Richard Edwards Micallef is going to be promoted throughout the continent with an official preview video, one which commemorates a hundred (100) years since the First World War.

Shot in various locations around Malta including; Dwejra, Ta' Qali, Xgħajra, Delimara, Drydocks, and Dingli, the story line focuses on six (6) different situations experienced by many soldiers during the First World War. It is worth noting that the concept, filming, editing, script and the story line were thought of by none other than power couple Duane & Angie Laus, both responsible for the music video of Tomorrow, co-written by Boris Cezek & Dean Muscat with vocals by Gianluca.

Charles Ahar was responsible for the photography whilst Rodney Gauci was the producer on behalf of the Public Broadcasting Services. At the Eurovision Song Contest, Firelight comprising of Richard Edwards, Michelle Mifsud, Tony Polidano, Leslie DeCesare, Wayne William and Daniel Micallef will participation in the first half of the second semi-final. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news and make sure to purchase Coming Home on iTunes and stream it on Spotify.

Source: PBSTVM, Official Facebook

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZB2OWwFvrY

Ilse DeLange and Waylon, also known as The Common Linnets were announced as the Dutch representatives for the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest a couple of months back, but nevertheless details of the song remained scarce and relatively secret a couple of days ago. On a radio show, where the duo was invited, the duo performed an acoustic version of their entry Calm Before the Storm, before the track being released in it's original version on radio earlier this morning. The music video is expected soon enough.

The Common Linnets will be representing The Netherlands in the first semi-final of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2013, the Netherlands reached ninth (9th) place in the final of the continental competition, the first time that they had reached that stage since 2004, and the first time since 1999 that they managed to garner a top ten (10) result. In recent years, the Netherlands have changed broadcasters by moving from NOS to TROS, but now it seems that the broadcasters previously responsible for the participation of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest; AVRO and the Eurovision Song Contest; TROS have joined forces. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news about the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest as soon as it becomes available.

Source: AVROTROS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwdJ5NkeyYU

Greece, one of the most successful countries to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest, garnered prominence for managing to finish in the top ten (10) on nine (9) consecutive years between 2004 and 2011 respectively, that record being broken by none other than Eleftheria Eleftheriou and her song Aphrodisiac which only managed sixty-four (64) points to finish in seventeenth place, replicating the results achieved by Greece in 2002 and 2003. Nevertheless, just months later, dignity was restored at the hands of Koza Mostra and Agathonas Iakovidis who finished in sixth place with a total of a hundred fifty-two (152) points, making it the best result for the nation since the second runner-up finish in 2008.

Kalispera! It is going to be quite an interesting tussle to see which act will follow suit and replicate or rather better the success achieved in 2013. Greece have faced a turbulent year with the economic crisis and the problems with the broadcaster, so much so, that the selection process is being outsourced to MAD TV, a commercial broadcaster who has significant popularity in the world of music. The four (4) acts will be competing for the affections of both the general public and a professional panel of judges, the latter ultimately comprising of: Dimitris Kontopoulos, Elpida, Themis Georgantas, Areti Kalesaki and Reggina Kouri. You may follow all the proceedings through the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest as well as the escflashmalta.com LIVE report.

The Show (Part 1)

Despina Vandi and Giorgos Kapoutzidis are currently on the main stage, performing a medley of hits from the Eurovision Song Contest, including the fabolous Autostop by Anna Vissi amongst others.  It is worth pointing out that the hosts this evening look absolutely wonderful with our male counterpart in a grey/black suit, and Despina wearing a see through white dress. Greece is celebrating its 40th anniversary since its first participation in 1974 and hence lot of formers participants are there to perform their entries with other singers.

And we start with Kalomira and Vegas with Secret Combination ... Time for a break! We are back in the hall, four (4) songs will battle out to win the golden ticket to Copenhagen. New version of Mathema Solfege from 1977 by Bessy and Melisses! Quick recap of the Greek participations from 1974 to 1995. Now, Anixi (1991) by Diva Sofia Vossou and popular singer Demy in a dance arrangement. This is one of the best greek songs in my opinion. Now review of the Greek songs from 1996 to last year! Keti Garbi and Vegas will now sing 1993 entry Hellada hora to fotos in a very weird slower rap ethnic version.

Keti switched her blue dress to a green one but is still looking gorgeous 21 years after. After a quick look to the famous performers backstage, our hosts now introduce Socrates (1979) sung by Elpida together with georgian rooted singer Tamta! Very powerful voices and stunning arrangements! Time for another advert break and we still have not heard the bidding songs!

Petalouda Stin Athina - Crystallia (Music by Nikos Antypas. Lyrics by Aris Davarakis)

Back in the hall with Despina and Giorgos for the songs. We start with Crystallia and her ethnic ballad Petalouda stin Athina! Four violin players surround Crystallia in a white dress with a cloudy backdrop. Amazing voice, this is much better live than in studio version but it sounds very Greek and might not appeal to European audience.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_akdyJt5Ds

Rise Up - Freaky Fortune featuring Riskykidd (Music & Lyrics: Freaky Fortune and Riskykidd)

Second song is Freaky fortune feat Risky kidd with Rise Up. This is a modern dance song with some rap elements. This song is leading the polls and we can understand why because it is an excellent tune with trompet elements and perfectly performed by this young crew! Though it sounds a bit repetitive at the end, it is defintely the one to watch out. Strong audience reactions.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgxOGTm6Lns

Kanenas De Me Stamata - Kostas Martakis (Music and lyrics: Ilias Kozas)

Next up is Greek Apollo Kostas Martakis for his second attempt in greek selection after 2008. Kanenad den me stameta is a balkan ethno rock song written by last year's entrant Koza and we can hear some similarities with Alcohol is free though Kostas Song is more rockish. This is very competantly performed by Kostas and also delivers much better live than in studio version. Strong reaction also from audience. I guess this might be the winner tonight!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzef2udhgak

Dancing Night - Mark Angelo feat Josephine (Music and lyrics by Angelo, Wendel, Lane, Makris and Karlsson)

Time already for last song. Dancing night performed by Mark Angelo and soloist Josephine. This is a generic dance song that would get unoticed in a Melodifestival semi final and the vocals are far from good. Josephine is out of tune since the beginning of the song and spoil completely the track. This is obviously heading for last spot.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riFGdnvMYh0

The Show (Part 2)

That's it we ve heard the 4 hopeful acts and this could be an open battle between Crystalia, Freaky fortune and Kostas. No clear winner can be spoted after the performances. Previous contestants are now interviewed backstage before we get the first recap. 20 minutes voting window. Winner will be decided by televoting and a professional jury 50/50. Koza Mostra and Agatona are now on stage to perform Alcohol is free their successful entry from 2013. After a recap in reverse order we now see the already selected songs!

After a recap in reverse order we now see the already selected songs. Giorgios is now back on stage with a sexy Tshirt and introduce his fellow hostess Despina Vandi for one of her songs. We are now graced with a eurovision medley by a young duo singing acoustic versions. Televoting lines are closed we will soon know who will get the honor of waving the Greek flag in Denmark and bring another high placing to the country.

Firelight is now greeting Greece and singing Coming Home .... A quick glance backstage where the temperature is rising up awaiting the results! And I think it's time for the results! And I think it's time for the results! Just before Helena Paparizou gives her opinion about previous Greek participation! And here come the previous greek entrants on stage. Everything is on this iPad! Winner is Rise Up. Well Greece opted for the most modern and international choice. Well done Greece!

Result

Rise Up - Freaky Fortune featuring Riskykidd (Music & Lyrics: Freaky Fortune and Riskykidd)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgxOGTm6Lns

On Saturday, the Festival da Cancao will be taking place in Lisbon, Portugal with five (5) acts set to compete for the right to represent the country at this years’ edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which will be staged in Copenhagen, Denmark. The only male act through to the final phase of the competition is no less than Rui Andrade, the second runner-up (2nd) at the national selection in 2011 and 2012 respectively, who hopes to improve on those two top three (3) finishes.

Ao Teu Encontro (Until I Find You) co-written by Rui alongside Belgian songwriter, Marc Paelinck who is known in the circles of the Eurovision Song Contest for Sister, 1 Life, What If We and Solayoh, the entries for Belgium in 2002 and 2004, Malta in 2009 and Belarus in 2013. In the meantime, Rui Andrade is also working with international manager, Olivier Vanhoutte who is also an escflashmalta.com editor who has established a portfolio of artist representations in recent years including; Ani Lorak, Dima Bilan, Hadise, Sakis Rouvas, Ruslana and Alexander Rybak, representing the latter two in benelux countries and Malta at the moment. The official music video for Ao Teu Encontro shot shot most in a music theatre could be seen below. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: Official Facebook Page

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IQ6nlmjmCE