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Basim has emerged as the winner of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2014 and will be singing his entry Cliché Love Song for the home team. The money would have been on Bryan Rice to be representing Denmark this year but I must admit I am impressed with Basim’s song. Basim, a spritely young 21 year old has come a long way since his Danish X Factor days.

Upon hearing that he would be entering the competition, I was underwhelmed and I didn’t really think he would register on the Eurovision radar. I am extremely impressed with this one though and I am pleased to say that I got it wrong with this one. A unique offering, with a few “skiddly-pop” noises, which normally irritate the life out of me. As Basim sang his reprise, I was pleasantly surprised. This is certainly an entry that Denmark can be proud of. I cannot go as far as to say that this is a winner, but I am definitely looking forward to seeing it in Copenhagen. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: DR

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

Dober Večer! In Slovenia, the selection process is simple noting that seven (7) artists invited by the public broadcaster, RTVSLO will be competing for the right to represent the country in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, being staged in Copenhagen, Denmark. Misa Molk, Darja Svajger and Andrea F were responsible for selecting the artists and now it will be all up to the general public to select their representative and entry with the hope of turning around the recent bout of negative results, including a last place finish in the semi-final a couple of months back, despite being an early fan-favourite.

escflashmalta.com will be following the event LIVE, through the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest where a webcast is being offered. Despite the fact that the public will be choosing, there will still be two (2) rounds of voting, with the top two (2) artists competing against each other in a super-final. Apart from the competing entries, the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest representative Maja Keuc will be performing a brand new single, as she continues to dominate the music scene. The host of the show will be none other than Una Furlan. Tune in and enjoy yet another national selection.

Following the first (1st) round of voting, it was Muff with the song Let Me Be (Myself) and Tinkara Kovac with the song Spet / Round and Round. Nevertheless, the Slovenian public was in full control of the selection and chose the latter with a total of 7932 votes as opposed to 3450, meaning that it was almost a 5000 point different. The song has been co-written by the renowned songwriter Raay and last years' representative Hannah Mancini who had finished last in the semi-final. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: RTVSLO

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

In Portugal, the return of the Festival da Canção has proven somewhat popular amongst the local and the international audience and therefore, it comes as no surprise that everyone is awaiting to see what RTP, the public broadcaster has in store. escflashmalta.com has had the pleasure to speak with Rui Andrade, one of the competing artists, who is hoping to become the first male since Rui Bandeira in 1999 to represent Portugal in the continental competition. The male singer/songwriter is known in Portugal for taking part in a number of reality shows, along with starring in musical theatre shows. He is hoping that following two third place finishes, it is his time to shine and take the spotlight having been close in 2011 and 2012.

Earlier this year, you were selected as one of the ten (10) artists taking part in the Festival da Cancao with a song offered by Marc Paelinck, a well known Belgian songwriter and producer. How did you get in touch and how did this journey commence?

So, I met Marc, through my international manager, Olivier Vanhoutte ... He liked my voice and my attitude on stage ... and offered me this song ... when I heard that song for the first time, I cried for hours… and always believed: “This is the song that will take me to Eurovision”… :)

In the media, you have gone on record stating that the song will be in the genre of a ballad, but different to what has been presented by Portugal over the years. What is different and what can the public expect on the stage during the semi-final and hopefully the final?

The people can expect my voice, my strength, my desire to represent Portugal in the Eurovision, all this combined with a beautiful melody, and lyrics that bring tears to our  eyes or a huge smile ...

In recent months, several eurostars such as Ruslana, Zlata and Anna Vissi have decided to openly endorse your participation to represent Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest. How do you feel about such a matter, does it add any extra pressure?

The support I receive didn’t really add to my tension ... only the will and the   that my work is recognized by people who already lived the dream I want to live ... Some of these videos of support were received by me with  tears in my eyes ... And I leave here a special thanks to all those who support me in this participation in the Portuguese national final ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62N9RD5CjVI

Marc Paelinck is a renowned songwriter who has already been to the Eurovision Song Contest on at least four (4) occasions and has worked with a variety of Maltese artists such as Domenique, Raquela and Chiara, the Queen balladeer. What do you think of the music scene in Malta and have you met any of the stars mentioned above?

I already knew many of the works of Marc before I met him, because I'm a eurofan ... And obviously I got to know even more songs and works after meeting him ... I have to admit that I am completely captivated by Marc’s lyrics and ... I'm so happy I’m going to sing this song written by him, and this is the song that can bring  me, I hope, to Eurovision ...

When did your passion for the Eurovision Song Contest start, and are there any artists in particular to whom you look up to and maybe one day wish to collaborate with?

My dream of representing Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest, began when I was only a child ... but I felt I wanted to achieve this dream, with a specific song, ironically the song that France took to Copenhagen in 2001 in the voice of Natasha St Pier,  "Je n'ai que mon âme" ... 

Since then, there have been various eurovision stars that made me dream about possible collaborations…. I remember the most recent, the fantastic Zlata Ognevich, who charmed me in his interpretation of “Gravity”. I also remember the powerful Ruslana, the fantastic Helena Paparizou, and many others :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8jmsLf4LBc

How could fans from all over the world, including our Mediterranean Island of Malta follow the latest updates about your musical career?

You can follow my work via my facebook page, the videos posted on youtube ... And, I hope, that my work will be followed even more closely, after getting my passport to Copenhagen, and who knows, there is an album for release :) who knows J that’s my dream!

Would you like to say something to our readers and your fans at escflashmalta.com?

I have to thank all of the escflashmalta team for their support and for giving me the opportunity to show my work to the  Maltese people, and  all of Europe in general to get to know me better ... I hope you enjoy my song, and I hope to visit and meet Malta very soon ... Thanks ... a big Kiss ... Rui Andrade :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bR8Lviv8No

Published in Interviews

Denmark, host country of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is somewhat focusing on the major task at hand, but will nevertheless be responsible for an early dress rehearsal tomorrow evening as they host the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, the national selection which will see to the selection of the Scandinavian country. In recent years, the event has proven to be extremely successful, both in terms of quality of production and entries, noting the fame of acts such as A Friend In London and Emmelie de Forest who finished in fifth and first place in 2011 and 2013, respectively.

Earlier this morning, Danmarks Radio (DR) published the full versions of the competing entries in this years' edition of the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, with ten (10) acts vying to represent the host nation in the 2014 edition of the continental competition taking place in the B&W Hallerne, just outside of Copenhagen. Following the performances of all of the acts, the top three (3) entries will be selected by a panel of professional judges comprising of Jørgen de Mylius, Cutfather, Cheif1, Søs Fenger and Camille Jones as well as tele-voting, both having a 50% share. The super-final will also have the same system. You may follow the LIVE report by Emil Calleja Bayliss on escflashmalta.com, where you may also follow all the latest news about the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Danmarks Radio (DR)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLx485Ze-Ss

Wednesday, 05 March 2014 21:15

Israel: Mei Finegold to Perform -Same Heart-

Erev Tov ! Israeli broadcaster IBA just hosted their selection for this year’s edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in a TV studio. Present in the studio with the presenter Mei Finegold who was chosen internally by IBA. The singer participated in Israel's version of Pop Idol and she finished in a respectable 3rd place.

Israel’s selection commenced with 78 songs which were submitted to IBA and which were reduced to 10. A professional jury chose the final 2 to go alongside Mei’s own song. Israel participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden. Moran Mazor represented Israel with the song Rak bishvilo, which failed to qualify from the second semi-final of the competition, placing 14th and scoring 40 points. This year, unlike 2013, only the general public chose the song which will represent Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest. Israeli will participate in the second Semi-Final of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, being held at the B&W-Hallerne on Refshaleøen in Copenhagen on the 8th of May. The 3 songs competing tonight were: 

Nish'eret iti (Staying with me)

Music: Loren de Paz & Chen Metzger Eder 

Lyrics: Loren de Paz


Same Heart

Music & Lyrics: Rami Talmid


Be Proud

Music & Lyrics: Mei Finegold

The winner of the show was Same Heart with 55% of the televote. The song was the hot favourite from the very first start and it is quite good indeed. In the video clip, Mei delivers the song with passion and she transmits anger and a fine rock vibe. Someone has filled Mei’s soul with poison. The video of the song has a Beyonce effect in its choreography and the samurai warrior princess brandishing a sword reminds me of Anna Oxa in Senza Pieta’. The message of the song is clear: Don’t mess with me! The song is bilingual as it has an English part and a Hebrew one. Good luck to Israel. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of the latest news.

Source: IBA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESpRyn-B4bQ

A panel of professional judges, along with the general public selected Firelight and the track Coming Home, written by Richard Edwards Micallef, to represent Malta in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. In anticipation, the Public Broadcasting Services is working closely to the team to ensure that everything is improved upon prior to the big stage, with a dramatic new version, one which has been received well abroad, as well as a brand new line-up made up of; Richard Edwards, Michelle Mifsud, Tony Polidano, Matthew Ellul, Daniel Micallef and Wayne Micallef.

This means, that for the second (2nd) consecutive year, Malta will be making use of the novelty of having family members on stage, although instead of two (2), this time round, it boasts an incredible four (4). Apart from a small promotional tour which will see Firelight travel to preview parties in The Netherlands and the United Kingdom in the coming weeks, the group has been busy recording a music video, one which will be released in a couple of days. Nevertheless, Duane & Angie Laus have prepared a prelude to that by producing a lyric video, something which the Public Broadcasting Services coin as a 'novel way to promote music on the internet'. Watch the lyric video below and stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: PBS (Official Website / Official Facebook Page)

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

In 2014, Slovenia was one of the uncertain countries to partake in the Eurovision Song Contest, having suffered from a bout of limited finances in recent months. Nevertheless it was revealed by the European Broadcasting Union, on the final day of submissions that Slovenia will participate and they announced details of a national selection, one entitled EMA 2014, which comprised of a number of invited artists who had to work on specific songs for the Eurovision Song Contest. In the line-up was none other than 2005 representative Omar Naber whose entry Stop had just failed to get through the semi-final stage of the competition, despite a stunning performance.

RTVSLO, the public broadcaster responsible for the nations' participation in the Eurovision Song Contest took to their radio broadcaster in order to reveal the songs taking part in the national final, set to take place this Saturday and covered also LIVE on escflashmalta.com by Philippa Zammit. You may listen to the songs on the Official YouTube Channel being provided by the broadcaster. During the national final, the best two (2) songs will go onto the super-final where the winner and thus 2014 Slovenian representative will be selected. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: RTVSLO

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2_zGcuEuwU

PBS, responsible for Malta’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest is set to launch the remastered version of Coming Home written by Richard Edwards Micallef and performed by the group Firelight during a promotional event taking place this evening to invited members of the media. Speaking to the official website of the public broadcaster, Anton Attard, Head of Delegation and Chief Executive Officer explained that the changes made to the song were essential and required part of the process, in order to have the best possible song representing Malta in the international showcase.

Apart from launching the new version, the promotional event taking place this evening will also see to the revelation of a lyric video, keeping in line with the format used to accompany and support Malta’s participation in the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. In the meantime, PBS has now also taken to social networking website, Facebook in order to promote the participation of the country in the international event, hoping to attract fans from all over the world. Malta will compete in the second semi-final of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Coming Home by Firelight. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: PBS / TVM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3e2pARjtgrU

After recently posting an editorial in regards to the rumours surrounding the UK entry to the ESC 2014 the BBC have finally made an announcement. Albeit, a very small announcement it did however manage to quash all the rumours that had been flying around. The BBC has somewhat surprisingly decided to find an artist using their BBC Introducing service. BBC Introducing is a branch of the BBC’s extensive music service that allows unknown artists to showcase their talents and abilities. This has allegedly been a stepping-stone for more well-known artists such as Florence and The Machine, Ed Sheeran, Rizzle Kicks and Jake Bugg.

The BBC has made the following comments about the selected act: 'The end result is that we now have a powerful and impressive song that we hope will do us proud in Copenhagen. We’re keen to introduce the song and artist to everyone as soon as possible, so it will be premiered on BBC Red button next Monday (3rd March) evening at 7.30pm'.  Therefore, this ultimately means that there will be no Geri Halliwell, no Jessie J, no Jane McDonald and certainly no Lulu. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as we follow the official revelation amidst the several rumours going on social media this evening.

Source: BBC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eADt1lFpmCA

After five (5) long weeks of expectation in France, the suspense finally came to an end with Twin Twin, consisting of twin brothers Lorent Idir and François Djemel and their friend Patrick Biyk, selected to carry the flag in Copenhagen, Denmark on the 10th May. They will be performing the catchy tune Moustache written by Pierre Beyres, Kim N'Guyen, Lorent Idir and François Ardouvin.

Twin Twin managed to succeed over the other contenders; Destan and Joanna, who were competing with the songs Sans Toi and Ma Liberté, the latter written by Philip Vella, Sean Vella, Gerard James Borg and Yann Guillon. The last French victory was thirty-seven (37) years ago with Marie Myriam and France expects a good result with this very catchy tune based on a true story of a guy who has everything in his life but still expects to have a Moustache. TwinTwin has already let us know that they intend to bring lot of fun on stage in Copenhagen, Denmark. France finished twenty-third (23rd) last year in Malmö and no doubt that TwinTwin will rock the stage and place France much higher on the scoreboard. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: France 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_78Z6xxN9s