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escflashmalta.com is proud to enlist six of the most professional people in the music industry to analyse and assess the entries competing in this years' Eurovision Song Contest. For the second semi-final, three of these with experience in several genres have been putting their respective thoughts forward with the sole aim to see what lies behind each track. The first semi-final along with the three finalist countries voting there have long been concluded as we find ourselves within the middle section of the second semi-final. Attention turns to Georgia whose broadcaster, GPB has been drawn in slot number #15 with the producers thinking this position best. The song entitled Waterfall is co-written by Thomas G:son and Erik Bernholmwith vocals provided by Sopho and Nodi.

Sophie Gelovani was born on March 21st, 1984. She studied piano at the Musical School. In 2005, she graduated from the Ilia Chavchavadze State University, Faculty of International Relations, and afterwards she studied at the Musical School named after Zakaria Paliashvili. Today she is a teacher in the Musical School named after Iakob Gogebashvili. Sophie Gelovani's first TV success was her victory in the talent show Morning Star in 1999. She continued to win prizes in several international festivals, including the first place at the international musical contest Do-Re-Mi in Yerevan, Armenia in 2000 and the Grand Prix of the Songs of the World contest, which was held in Chisinau, Moldova in 2006.

In 2007, Sophie won the Grand Prix at the Vesna Romansa festival in Saint Petersburg as well as the first place at the Moscow International Contest. Most recently, she has participated in the TV project 10+10 in 2011/12. Nodi Tatishvili was born on November 5th, 1986. He graduated from Tbilisi Musical School and Georgia’s Technical University, faculty of Public Administration. In 2011, he graduated from the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance at Burlington School in London. Nodi Tatishvili took part in many international musical contests, including the International Music Festival and The Amber Star in Lithuania, Astana 2007 in Kazakhstan, World Star Quest, Slaviansky Bazar in Belarus, and Golden Voices in Moldova. Apart from that, his is the winner of the Geostar talent show in 2009.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLVXC5Fm_nQ

Nodi is a versatile singer, which is proved by the fact that he sang several main roles in musicals, like Aleksandre Basilaia’s Chkhikvta Kortsili as well as Melodies of Vera District by Giorgi Tsabadze and Giorgi Shengelaia. He was the member of the choir at the Sameba (Holy Trinity) Cathedral in 2008/09. In 2011, his debut album was released under the title I Am Georgian. His first solo concert was held at the Tbilisi Philharmonic Hall in 2011. Georgia is one of the countries that has not been competing in the Eurovision Song Contest for an extremely long time but nevertheless have a relatively successful history noting that they have managed to qualify in four (4) of their five (5) appearances thus far. 

The disappointment for Georgia actually came last year when they were represented by a male soloist for the very first time. As a matter of fact, Anri Jokhadze's performance of the song I'm a Joker did not go down well, either in the rehearsals or during the live show. The country could only muster up thirty-six (36) points to finish in fourteenth place. It was surely a far cry from the stunning performance given by Sopho Nizharadze back in 2010 when she performed the song Shine to finish in third place during the semi-final whilst managing a ninth place at the end of the evening. The nation has reached the top ten on two occasions, and finished just outside the top ten on the other two meaning that it is always one of those countries to look out for when it comes to the scoreboard. 

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 73%

Martin Isherwood: Good chorus - although comes slightly out of the blue. Not sure what waterfalls have got to do with it. Lyrics feels a bit smugly, lovely dovey between the 2 of them and leaves one thinking - what about us? Great voices. Wow, what a key change - nicely done with a great break and re-entry then the mix engineer shoves the fader higher than it should really go! Big production. Because you loved me' by Ms Dion spring to mind in the chorus.

Sharon Vaughn: Mixed metaphors all over the place. But powerful vocal performance.

Stano Simor: Georgia sent a "great song" duet, which is very emotional and will work very well for the audience. Both singers' voices blend very well together. The composition is very well built piece because there are dramatic but also happiness parts what is working good for emotion of public. One of my favorites in the semifinal round.

Source: eurovision.tv

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

Published in Editorials

SVT, host broadcaster of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in conjunction with the European Broadcasting Union and the Reference Group have revealed their verdict with regards to the running order as decided by the producers of the showcase. This will be the very first time that the draw has not been done in a random manner but nevertheless, the countries were drawn into their respective semi-finals and also the first and second part of the running order based on the results of the allocation draw which took place earlier this year. The only draw that had to be done in a random order was that for the host country of Sweden so that the producers could not inflict it in any wrongdoing, and as a matter of fact, was drawn in sixteenth (16th) position within the final.

Tomorrow, co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals provided by Gianluca on behalf of Malta was drawn to perform in slot number #6 noting that the country had been drawn in the first half of the second semi-final for the second  consecutive year with This Is The Night performed by Kurt Calleja having to start at slot number #4 last year. Yesterday, in an interview with our colleagues from Eurovision Ireland, it was revealed that Gianluca will be flying to Malmö, Sweden alongside the team that accompanied him on stage in Malta as well as his sister, Dorothy Bezzina who will be accompanying as a vocal coach. Marry Me by Krista Siegfrids will be performing prior to Malta on behalf of Finland whilst following us will be Samo Shampioni performed by Elitsa & Stoyan for Bulgaria. The full running order can also be seen below.

First Semi-Final (14th May)

  1. Austria
  2. Estonia
  3. Slovenia
  4. Croatia
  5. Denmark
  6. Russia
  7. Ukraine
  8. The Netherlands
  9. Montenegro
  10. Lithuania
  11. Belarus
  12. Moldova
  13. Ireland
  14. Cyprus
  15. Belgium
  16. Serbia

Second Semi-Final (16th May)

  1. Latvia
  2. San Marino
  3. F.Y.R. Macedonia
  4. Azerbaijan
  5. Finland
  6. Malta
  7. Bulgaria
  8. Iceland
  9. Greece
  10. Israel
  11. Armenia
  12. Hungary
  13. Norway
  14. Albania
  15. Georgia
  16. Switzerland
  17. Romania
A brief look at the running orders for both the semi-finals, it seems that the European Broadcasting Union has indeed tried to seperate the genres of the competing entries as much as possible but nevertheless, it was quite difficult to do so within the first half of the first semi-final noting that there are several ballads. On the other hand, the second semi-final looks much more balanced. The slot which Kurt Calleja occupied last year in the second semi-final has been allocated to none other than Azerbaijan, hosts of last years' competition. It is also worth pointing out that Austria and Serbia will open and close the first semi-final with Latvia and Romania doing the same within the second semi-final. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available. 
 
Source: Eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAzmvBcUPuc
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 09:03

Georgia: 'Waterfall' Officially Presented

This will be the sixth participation of Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest, a competition which is considered to be highly professional in terms of song and production quality. The Eastern nation has put in a lot of resources towards the showcase in the past couple of years and despite their withdrawal in 2009, due to the fact that the event was moving to Moscow, in Russia. It seems that they have somewhat understood the highs and lows having managed to qualify on four occasions, and missing out just once, that being last year as I'm a Joker by Anri Jokhadze could only muster up 36 points in the semi-final to finish in fourteenth place.

This year, rather than going through the process of a national selection which does not seem to yield any significant results, GPB which is the public broadcaster of Georgia internally selected a duet involving Sopho Gelovani and Nodiko Tatishvili with notable songwriter; Thomas G:Son called onto write the song which they will eventually be performing in latter half of the second semi-final. In the beginning of February, it was revealed that the song is entitled Waterfall and as expected is a romantic duet in the vein of Run by Snow Patrol. As publically presented earlier this morning, the track is a ballad, which will most likely score well although, the performance on the night along with the running order will indeed be extremely important. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: GPB

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

Thursday, 10 January 2013 15:24

Georgia: Thomas G:Son Selected as Songwriter

GPB, the Georgian broadcaster responsible for the nations' participation in the Eurovision Song Contest had a positive record within the showcase heading into the 2012 edition noting that they had managed to qualify on all counts but all that changed when the track I'm a Joker performed by Anri Jokhadze failed to reach the final stage of the continental event thus bringing their perfect record to an end. Following the dismal result which had followed what critics panned to be a disappointing national selection, the broadcaster thought best to invite artists to represent the nation internally and tailor write a song for them and a matter of fact, this is exactly the method they will be using as they head to Malmö, Sweden.

As the year 2012 was coming to an end, the broadcaster made public the news that Nodi Tatishvili and Sophie Gelovani were carefully selected to represent the country in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest but no details of the track they would be performing emerged until today noting that the songwriter will be none other than the renowned Thomas G:Son who is of course coming off a major victory at the esteemed event having co-written the track Euphoria as well as Quedate Conmingo for Sweden and Spain respectively. His results at the competition have been mixed although success has become more viable in recent years it seems. It is also worth pointing out that one of his co-writes entitled Ultraviolet is also competing in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and is set to be performed by Jessika. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news about this developing story.

Source: Eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcnWysA9gxo

GPB, the Georgian broadcaster responsible for the nations' participation in the Eurovision Song Contest has revealed a couple of hours ago that their representatives will be none other than Sopho Gelovani and Nodiko Tatishvili, marking the inaugural occasion of a duet from the nation which has only been around for five editions thus far. The internal selection was something that had been thought for quite some time after the disappointment endured with Anri Jokhadze, the first male entrant for the country whose entry I'm a Joker could only conjure thirty six points in total and thus fourteenth place in the semi-final out of eighteen in total. One of the most interesting tidbits is surely the fact that for the fourth year, the country is sending a female vocalist whose name is Sopho although they are all different people in the music industry.

At this point in time, the best result for Georgia at the Eurovision Song Contest has been a ninth place achieved on two occasions, the first time in 2010 with Sopho Nizharadze and her entry Shine as well as in 2011 with the group Eldrine who performed the track One More Day. GPB, the Georgian broadcaster has not yet made any revelations with regards to the song which they will ultimately be performing in the Eurovision Song Contest set to take place in Malmo, Sweden but it is expected that more news is given to the public in a couple of weeks time. The Eastern country has garnered a respectable amount of votes from non-neighbouring countries and that shows the quality of entries that it has presented in the continental competition. Their track earlier this year was not up to scratch and the result showed at the end. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of the latest news whilst wishing you a very Happy New Year.

Source: GPB

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvlNX0R3bbc

The European Broadcasting Union has been pretty adamant about putting off rumours of a mass withdrawal from the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and therefore succumbed to releasing the list of participating nations quite early due to the international media coverage which might have had a negative impact on the competition especially noting that Malmö is making several adjustments in order to accommodate a different type of show than what many have seen in recent years. The financial situation around the continent has not been a help and three of the four withdrawals; Bosnia & Herzegovina, Portugal and Slovakia have singled out this decision as the factor behind their pulling out with Turkey on the other hand believing that the recent amendments of the regulations at the event have somewhat put them in a disadvantaged position hence their disappointing results.

The Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest at the European Broadcasting Union, Jon Ola Sand is quite upbeat about the number of participating countries believing that despite the economic situation, public broadcasters are very much committed to the traditional element that the contest has created over time. In fact, since the semi-final system was introduced back in 2004, there have always been between 36 and 43 participating nations and the 39 that will take part in 2013 are similar to the amount that took part in 2010 when the competition was also held in a Scandinavian nation with Oslo, the capital city of Norway playing the role of host. Losing three countries to economic reasons was quite disappointing but nevertheless, Sand is quite 'surprised' by the decision of Turkey noting that they 'never formally objected' the rules as regulations which were brought in back in 2009, a year in which Turkey finished in fourth place.

  • Albania (RTSH)
  • Austria (ORF)
  • Armenia (AMPTV)
  • Belarus (Ictimai TV)
  • Belarus (BTRC)
  • Belgium (RTBF)
  • Bulgaria (BNT)
  • Croatia (HRT)
  • Cyprus (CyBC)
  • Denmark (DR)
  • Estonia (ERR)
  • Finland (YLE)
  • France (France 3)
  • Georgia (GPB)
  • Germany (NDR)
  • Greece (ERT)
  • Hungary (MTV)
  • Iceland (RÚV)
  • Ireland (RTÉ)
  • Israel (IBA)
  • Italy (RAI)
  • Latvia (LTV)
  • Lithuania (LRT)
  • FYR Macedonia (MKRTV)
  • Malta (PBS)
  • Moldova (TRM)
  • Montenegro (RTCG)
  • The Netherlands (TROS)
  • Norway (NRK)
  • Romania (TVR)
  • Russia (C1R)
  • San Marino (SMTV)
  • Serbia (RTS)
  • Slovenia (RTV SLO)
  • Spain (TVE)
  • Sweden (SVT)
  • Switzerland (SRG SSR)
  • Ukraine (NTU)
  • United Kingdom (BBC)

As you can see, the leading European broadcasters including the Big Five featuring; the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain and Italy return for yet another competition noting that their results are improving especially with regards to three in particular. Some countries have already revealed their entries noting that national finals have already taken place in Belarus, Switzerland, Belgium and Lithuania whilst artists have been chosen for The Netherlands, Spain and Montenegro. Despite less countries than last year, the song quality thus far looks to be quite intriguing and this could be a strong edition for the Eurovision Song Contest with Sweden surely organising it to the best ability and letting it known that whoever did not want to participate would have missed out on a great opportunity. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pfo-8z86x80

Saturday, 01 December 2012 19:01

JESC 2012: Ukraine Crowned Winners

Good Evening! Welcome to the 2012 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest which is being hosted in Amsterdam, the capital city of The Netherlands. This is actually the second time that the nation is hosting the event having even taken up the responsibility back in 2007 when the group Cute had represented Malta with the track Music. The competition has changed quite a while since then though noting that from seventeen participants, the European Broadcasting Union has managed to lure a total of twelve (12) ultimately keeping the dream for several young artists alive. The quality of the songs is quite good from what the editorial team has heard based on the studio versions but the dynamic will surely change this evening during the live performances of each of the respective nations.

The Public Broadcasting Services, the only member in the European Broadcasting Union had the rights to compete in the event but ultimately withdrew following our participation in 2010 in order to ensure that there was more financial support towards the senior edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Nevertheless, our coverage continues and we have with us this evening, the last individual who flew the flag for Malta, that being Nicole Azzopardi whose song Knock Knock .. Boom Boom! remains a significant part of the local heritage. This evenings' show which you could follow on the official website, is being hosted by Ewout Genemans and Kim-Lian van der Meij within the Heineken Music Hall and it seems that the host broadcaster; AVRO will be putting on a spectacular showcase. 

LIVE

Intriguing opening for this years' Junior Eurovision Song Contest as the European Broadcasting Union is giving the people what it means to prepare for the big day whilst keeping to showing the people in the hall and their enthusiasm. This does indeed seem like the most organised  showcase for young children in recent years. In the meantime, just a couple of minutes left before we actually commence. Compliments to the host broadcaster on astonishing graphics and a brilliant theme song for this years' edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The opening act has just begun and it seems to feature several teenagers playing the drums. Once more, spectacular lighting as the children break out into an electronic dance creating a visual spectacle and well, as expected, the winning entry of the last Eurovision Song Contest, Euphoria is being played.

http://www.junioreurovision.tv/page/videos?id=69863

Each nation is introduced by virtue of a Good Evening in their respective language. Suddenly, someone is performing Euphoria and it seems to be none other than Rachel, last years' runner-up of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Despite the fact that she did not win, The Netherlands ended up winning the bid to host. The hosts come onto the stage from beneath and receive a huge reaction from the present audience in the hall which is ecstatic. Kim-Liam is wearing a sparkling block of ice, or so it seems whilst Ewout is wearing a black shirt and a silver jacket complimenting her perfectly. The tele-voting process is being explained and it is noted that Kids Rights will benefit of each call and therefore, people will support a great cause this evening. We are also going to post the preview videos as received by the European Broadcasting Union earlier this year.

Belarus

Marc: Egor is wearing a white outfit and he is joined on stage by four dancers, a male and three females and it is to be noted that the first note is extremely off key but nevertheless the music is quite interesting featuring elements of pop, dance, and jazz at times. The visuals for this track are featuring water and bubbles but you manage to keep an eye on the staging for the simple reason that the choreography is really catchy. Not a bad start, but definitely not the best entry to come from Belarus!

Nicole: I must say that it was indeed a very spectacular show and i really enjoyed watching and listening to the track even though I believe there were things which needed to be improved.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ec36Hf45Ujk

Sweden

Marc: The first ballad of this evening is on and Lova looks absolutely stunning this evening, seemingly representing what is left of Scandinavia in this competition. She is wearing a pink, silver outfit and is joined on stage by two female backing vocalists. The female performer has a very beautiful vocal and they are managing to capture all the essence of the track through the camera shots. The song unfortunately is slightly boring if I am being honest and does not really go anywhere. It needed that oomph and unfortunately, it just never came about.

Nicole: Lova Sonnebro has a very beautiful voice actually and this is a track with a lovely beginning. The vocals continue in a mellow manner making this somewhat stand out from the first.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4XaRZYRrEs
 
Azerbaijan

Marc: The very first entry from Azerbaijan and everything has somewhat been painted in red and white and very reminiscent of our performance from Junior Swing. The boy and girl that were internally selected are really astonishing together and have great chemistry. I cannot understand most of the lyrics they are performing but nevertheless, I just want to stand up and dance along. The choreography is tight and works well. The vocals are spot on and this is definitely the best track to be presented thus far and I do think that it would be amongst the top three at the end of the evening. 
 
Nicole: original, powerful and up-beat, of course my favourite kind of music! the backing vocals are strong and the choreography is amazing, really suits the song!
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siJVWdPlEiY
 
Belgium
 
Marc: The second western country of the evening and it seems that he has plenty of support in the arena from Belgium's neighbouring country. Fabian is wearing a red outfit, very fashionable actually and its joined on stage by three dancers carrying out magic tricks and a drummer. The vocal performance is good but nothing home to write about. Mid-way through the performance, everyone is seemingly playing an instrument except for Fabian. The shots this year are stunning and they are capturing the essence of each performance, making the outcome intriguing. Following the bridge, Fabian makes use of the short catwalk and the spirit of the Junior Eurovision is alive. A good performance.
 
Nicole: Really enjoyed their appearance the colour red really caught my eye very stylish, and also the entertainment they did, very original! the vocals were not bad I think the key was low for his voice but never mind the show was great !
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnTy6XgZcOA
 
Russia
 
Marc: Lerika has already been to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest having represented Moldova but nevertheless, she is back with a far better song this time round. She starts on the catwalk and presents a stunning effect. She is joined on stage by an all female crew of dancers and the backdrop is depicting a huge speaker. I am seriously impressed with the choreography and the improvement that this song has gone through since the selection. Russia are the favourites this evening and I think that they will be fighting with Azerbaijan for a position within the top three.
 
Nicole: This song is great, she has a really strong voice, very capable of both singing and dancing! She really seems to be enjoying herself up there! for me it was breathtaking!
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUNNZr5omUg
 
Israel
 
Marc: The sixth entry of the evening, and we are already half way through. Israel are debuting this evening and they have chosen the type of song which I absolutely adore. Hebrew is a beautiful language and they feature five female artists along with one male artist. The choreography is just perfect and towards the end, the boy does come forward and they are using re verb to create more of an operatic voice. This does indeed work well and it is coming across extremely well on camera. The audience in the hall is really enjoying this and I believe that despite being a top three contender, they will not win because I think it was slightly stronger in rehearsal.
 
Nicole: Oh my! They are very cute! It was a surprise for me the music changed from ballad to dance. the vocals are good.
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilekzL1eOk8
 
Albania
 
Marc: Well, another country which is appearing at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The female artist is clad in a black ballet sort of dress which is extremely in fashion at the moment. This track begins in a jazz format and does evolve in a dance manner. The vocals are good but they are not spectacular nevertheless, this song has undergone a lot of changes it seems since winning the national selection because it has become very international. The use of the guitar mid-way through is really good and I must say, that I am growing to like it. The performance is kept simple with the singer going round the stage and making full use of it.
 
Nicole: Pretty young lady, she was able to handle everything by herself, although alone on stage, she gave a good show, and her voice was great too !
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALqCQAS6Ri8
 
Armenia
 
Marc: This has to be one of the worst songs to ever grace the stage of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and what seems to be quite weird is that they seem to be a younger version of the Belarussian representatives at this years' Eurovision Song Contest. The way that the language is performed is actually sounding off-key but I cannot be too sure that they are or aren't if I am being honest. The staging is well planned but they are trying to look and sound older than they should be. This is definitely not my cup of tea but what I did like was the guitar solo.
 
Nicole: Very good-looking! love their style of music. I love it, really exquisite and their voices suites the song. I liked it.
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wSeLaXCwWs
 
Ukraine

Marc: Throughout the week, there has been a lot of talk with regards to this little girls' vocals from my friends and colleagues who were covering the event in depth and it seems that they were quite right because at her age, she does indeed reach some inexplainable amount of notes. The staging is impressive with clouds behind her adding to the drama of the chosen outfit. She is alone on stage and leaves me speechless. The camera work, slowing down at key moments in the key chance is stunning. I am impressed, that was amazing! I just could not find anything else to write because this was perfect.
 
Nicole: Although she's young her voice is amazing! she knows the techniques. don't know why but I liked the background animation! she was gorgeous
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLQlk-S-CWo
 
Georgia
 
Marc: Georgia have been relatively successful at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and once more, they have decided to select a silly entry which makes much more sense musically than most of their tracks. The vocal performance is really strong and the boy does add to the performance with that little bit of beat boxing every now and then. Their weird choice of attire comes across as very cool. The addition of English lyrics in this years' entries is sounding very good because one could understand what the song does mean. The performance is really good and this should finish in the higher places tonight and surprise!
 
Nicole: As always they are the best in the originality! Bewitching music, really superb scenery, splendid work with the voices and also with their clothes really trendy!
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dWFV25ANbk
 
Moldova

Marc: Another track which I have really grown to like by virtue of the performances given this week and in fact, Denis is on stage clad in white and is joined by male and female backing dancers. What makes this song stand out amongst the others is that it has a catch chorus which one would easily start humming along instantly. The vocals are strong although, I think the excitement got to him a bit at certain points in the performance. Nevertheless, this was a stunning rendition.

Nicole: Really well organised team, the flags at the end were nice, very neat clothing and good voice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axDL2Q8nk0s

The Netherlands

Marc: It is always difficult to perform in front of your home crowd but nevertheless, it does seem relatively obvious that she is performing on her own soil because the camera work and the staging is just fantastic. Femke is wearing clothes appropriate for her age and is joined by four female dancers. Her vocal needs to be toned down a bit at times and it seems to be that nerves are getting to get at times. The song itself is refreshing and sounds like a true gem in the rough. The Netherlands were close to victory last year and it seems that they could actually be amongst the contenders this evening. She did lose her breathe towards the end and it did become a little bit of a screaming match but I still believe that the song itself deserve merit.

Nicole: Very catchy and inspiring song. the voice is good, i liked the clocks on the floor but if the backing vocals were a bit louder i think it would have sounded stronger

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

The Show (Part 2)
 
The hosts are back on stage and they open the tele-voting portion which will amount to 50% of the final vote this evening with the other 50% being given to the juries whose decision was made during the evening dress rehearsal yesterday. Sietse Bakker, the supervisor for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest says that the result is quite exciting and until we get to the close of the tele-voting, we are getting some interval act performances, the first coming from all of the participants of the evening as they perform the song We Could Be Heroes for Kids Rights, the charity which will benefit this evenings' tele-voting.
 
A second recap of the performances of the evening is being shown as the tele-voting portion of the competition is coming to an end. In celebration of the tenth anniversary, performances from the previous winners are being shown on stage. Former winner; Ralf with the song Click Clack is the second interval act of the evening and it seems that the young performer of three years ago is quickly becoming a teen noticeable growing quite a lot. Following the first result of the International Kids Jury, Kim-Lian is back on stage to perform the theme song of this years' Junior Eurovision Song Contest entitled Break The Ice. Well a feature of all the finalists going round The Netherlands follows.
 
Results
 
International Kids Jury: 12 points go to Georgia
Belarus: 12 points go to Ukraine
Sweden: 12 points go to Ukraine
Azerbaijan: 12 points go to Albania
Belgium: 12 points go to Ukraine
Russia: 12 points go to Ukraine
Israel: 12 points go to Ukraine
Albania: 12 points go to Sweden
Armenia: 12 points go to Ukraine
Ukraine: 12 points go to Armenia
Moldova: 12 points go to Ukraine
The Netherlands: 12 points go to Ukraine
Georgia: 12 points go to Armenia

Winner
 
Ukraine - 123 points
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jvC2F_AjtI
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 16:05

JESC 2012: The Final Night on Saturday

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest was a flagship production of the European Broadcasting Union back in 2003 with the hope of creating a competition similar to the adult showcase produced each year for the younger generation and it seemed like things had succeeded before broadcasters started noting that the costs were slightly too high with the rating going down year on year. The buzz around the junior event was not the same and this is surely noted by the amount of journalists that tend to cover the event. Nevertheless, the team of Radio International based in The Netherlands will be covering this years' event taking place in the Heineken Music Hall within Amsterdam, the capital of the aforementioned nation. In fact, the focus of the programme tomorrow will be the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and the twelve participating nations. Unfortunately for the second year running, Malta has decided not to take part in the event with the funds previous used to compete, being put into the participation within the senior edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

The official website of Radio International will as always be transmitting the show between 20:00 and 23:00 CET tomorrow evening unless you live in The Netherlands where you could listen in on 106.4 FM or Digital Cable 41. The competing nations in this years' edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest which will be staged on Saturday are Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Georgia, Israel, Moldova, The Netherlands, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine respectively. These have been presented in alphabetical order. Members of the Team of Radio International will be present at the event and conduct interviews with the young artists which you can hear during the shows around the day of the competition itself. Listeners during the show could also request their respective favourite entries from the past editions of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest during this weeks' edition of Radio International. Nevertheless, there is going to be a number of features tomorrow evening including the spotlight on Sweden due to the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest and of course, the weekly quiz with the chance to win some fantastic prizes. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news with regards to the Eurovision Song Contest and the local music scene as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Team of Radio International

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBgam0d9A5g

In the past couple of years, there has been a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Junior Eurovision Song Contest due to the fact that several countries were seeing it as a showcase in which expenditure was too demanding for the respective broadcasters hence why the number of participants has been going down year after year but nevertheless, the European Broadcasting Union appointed Sietse Bakker to help helm a supposed overhaul to the event with the possibly of getting some of the previous nations in the fray whilst managing to convince new ones to join the competition and submit interest to the event whose viewing figures have not been astonishing positive but neither have they been terribly negative, lying somewhere in between. This years' competition which is taking place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands features three brand new countries actually meaning that negotiations for the future of the competition are well working.

All of the three countries are also participants in the senior Eurovision Song Contest in fact, these being none other than Albania who just achieved their best result in the continental event, Azerbaijan who has just hosted the competition and three time winner Israel who always have a flair for promoting talent. There has also been a lot of talk with regards to the quality of the entries in the event, many stating that despite the additional resources pulled in to acquire three new countries, the quality has gone down a notch but nevertheless, do not fret because all of you will surely have a favourite in the bunch. During the official Heads of Delegation meeting held this morning were the draw for the running order took place, all of the songs were presented although Azerbaijan will need to be doing some editing to ensure that 75% of the lyrics are actually in Azeri and the rest could remain in English. This is the final running order and clicking on them will open the official preview videos as submitted to the European Broadcasting Union.

01. Belarus

02. Sweden

03. Azerbaijan

04. Belgium

05. Russia

06. Israel

07. Albania

08. Armenia

09. Ukraine

10. Georgia

11. Moldova

12. The Netherlands

Amongst the innovations that have been submitted and accepted it seems that there will be a thirteenth voter during the evening, made up of children, each representing a competing nation meaning that twelve children in total whose votes will be counted together to form a typical vote as submitted by each of the other countries. In the meantime, the split vote featuring 50% Jury and 50% Tele-Voting will also be in play as is the case for the senior Eurovision Song Contest. Last years' edition of the competition was won by Georgia with the track Candy Music which was performed by the group Candy whilst in second place was Rachel for The Netherlands who performed Teenager. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest updates from the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2012 which despite the fact that Malta will not be competing, we will still be covering with the help of two guest commentators which will be revealed in due time on our Facebook Page

Source: Junior Eurovision Official Website

It has definitely not been the easiest possible ride to get this far but nevertheless, the preparations have now been concluded and the staging of the second semi-final is ready to take place this evening with eighteen (18) countries competing against each other for one of the elite ten (10) spots that are being offered in order to complete the final being staged on Saturday evening which will also include the Big Five otherwise known as France, Italy, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom as well as the host country of this years' competition being none other than Azerbaijan. This will be quite the evening with Malta in contention and seemingly looking to be the dark horse according to many including the press who have been ranking our country in sixth position. 

We are definitely vying on making it even more interesting with three individuals signing up to do the live commentary including none other than our very own Elaine Camilleri; who is current Head of Press having been in charge of covering most of the local music related items in the past couple of months, Simon Casey; a well known Irish pop star known for his haunting vocals having once tried to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest with a song that would ultimately climb up to number #1 seeing him catapult to fame and last but not least Raquela; who has taken part in the Malta Eurosong on three occasions thus far with fifth being her best result and who joined us for the commentary of the first semi-final earlier this week.

Good Evening! Welcome to the LIVE report of the second semi-final of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place in Azerbaijan following the victory of Ell & Nikki with their song Running Scared, the ballad which soared and impressed the tele-voters and the juries putting it in first place overall. Tonight, ten (10) countries will continue their journey on hoping to win the competition, some of which for the very first time. The hosts this evening are two extremely beautiful women known as Leyla and Nargiz as well as the charismatic Ell who was one half of the winning team last year. In Malta, we would like to remind you that the commentator for the evening will be none other than Elaine Saliba, a formidable hostess in this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest and last years' Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza as well as her co-host during the national final being none other than Ronald Briffa.

LIVE

01. Serbia

Raquela: Hmm pretty great pop ballad...great start to the show....professional performer and performance... sounds great...loving the orchestral instruments on stage and the build up of song is good but I don't know whether it will be memorable though

Simon Casey: Our second semi-final is under way. Nice ballad to start with undertones of Coldplay's 'Paradise', I hope Chris Martin isn't tuned in! Zeljko is a really good crooner. Think this song should certainly qualify tonight.

Elaine Camilleri: Beautiful, classical ballad with a particular twist in the second part of the song. The male voice is stunning ... one of my favourites, I've got to admit it. The intrsuments make it unique.

02. FYR Macedonia

 

Raquela: Starts off with piano again...hmm seems like i've heard this ballad before...not memorable...overall however, the song is not bad.

Simon Casey:  Was thinking this is just another ballad but good tempo change. Undoubtedly Kaliopi has a good voice but I just didn’t enjoy the song. Reminds me a little of Kate Bush..

Elaine Camilleri: Strong female voice, soft start which twist to a 'slight' rockish style.... I particular like the mixture of the violin with the electric guitar. But i still have doubts about it ...

03. The Netherlands

 

Raquela: Oh my! I'm sure everyone would agree...this is a Cher look-alike!! 70's folk pop.....doesn't sound interesing at all...ok next??

Simon Casey: Very quirky and Hippyish. A little unsure as to where the song was going until it hit the chorus, although I did enjoy the performance and there’s a good vibe to it. Love the Warbonnet.

Elaine Camilleri: Particular song, but it will surely fade in this evening's show. The voice seems a tad shaky ... She does remind me a bit of Kate Middleton;

04. Malta

 

Raquela: Might come off as biased, but loved the performance!! and it sounds refreshing after those forgotten ballads!! go Kurt!!! stage performance impeccable! I'm sure the audience enjoyed this one! It should definitely go through!!!

Simon Casey: I think this is Malta’s best entry in a while and can imagine this song being big on the Clubbing scene. Great performance from Kurt. Loving the fancy footwork!! (You should be proud) Go Malta!!

Elaine Camilleri: A single adjective describes this performance ... AMAZING :) His voice is PERFECT and even Amber's, a good mix! The backdrop really makes a great impression and the camera shots are brilliant. It should make a 'hit' after the Netherlands country song ... we'll see, but Kurt and his team should be proud of this! performance! Maybe this will be OUR NIGHT ...

05. Belarus

 

Raquela: Hmm "We are the winners?"....not too sure about that! Not loving the outfits, but that's my opinion! Commercial sounding song and they sound smooth and professional so that's good...

Simon Casey: Good performance but I just found the song a little repetitive. The stage setting reminding me a little of the Mad Max movies! With odds of ten out of eighteen, they should qualify!!

Elaine Camilleri: Mmm ... those microphines ... those outfits ... quite a catchy refrain ... and they already know that 'they are the winners' ...

06. Portugal

 

Raquela: Very traditional song...singer projects an emotional ballad and vocals are spot on...she looks gorgeous on stage and dress is beautiful, but not a fan of the coreography...great overall performance though.

Simon Casey: Found this song a little intense and for me this performance didn’t go anywhere. I don’t think Filipa will be around for the weekend.

Elaine Camilleri: Back to ballads ... it sounds like Zorro's soundtrack 'I want to spend a Lifetime loving youuu' ... though tecnicaly speaking, the vocals sound great ... I love that tangoish feeling and I love her dress.

07. Ukraine

 

Raquela: Coldplay evovling into David Guetta, stunning lady performing an impeccable song definitely designed to get everyone up, both physically and emotionally....great song!!! She executes a flawless performance...I do hope she gets through as I'd love to watch this number again on Final night!! wow! my favourite so far!

Simon Casey: Good dance track and Gaitana put in a great performance. Really catchy chorus. Certain to qualify tonight but possibly because the voters will associate it with 'When Loves Takes Over' by David Guetta and Kelly Rowland

Elaine Camilleri: A big 'NO NO' to that dress and the dancer's outfits ... seems like Donna Summer returned (RIP Donna Summer). I love the backdrop and the song, is in the 'not bad' section, her voice is amazing and frankly, the refrain is quite catchy. It will pass ...

08. Bulgaria

 

Raquela: This is an unexpectedly enchanting Saxo-beat-like song.  The opening riff makes this track memorable. An enlivening upbeat number...

Simon Casey: Don’t like being too critical but this was another weak song entry. Would have preferred hearing Sofi singing something not so dancy, as she has a very decent voice. A very big stage for a small girl to fill, there should be an act behind her, even someone pretending to be a dj!

Elaine Camilleri: Hello 'Saxobeat' song, nice to meet you in Eurovision again ... and yes, I love this song loads ... great voice, great music ... all the attention is surely on her voice. Pity, I'm not understanding the lyrics heh ... A finalist for sure. Big like. Very modern in her outfit.

09. Slovenia

 

Raquela: It’s a sweet melody and singer . She’s incredibly pretty. Not a bad number and song is expressive and emotional. Song, singer and backing vocals sound pretty professional. Loving the build up of the music towards the end....

Simon Casey: An enjoyable performance from the ladies. Quiet a haunting song and Eva has a very powerful voice. Surely should qualify tonight. Although a few tuning issues between them!

Elaine Camilleri: An intense vocal moment again. Maaaaa I love those outfits ... again, pity we don't understand their language but the voices and the music are great. A good chance to qualify ... really the year of ballads eyyy .

10. Croatia

 

Raquela: After watching a consecutive number of ballads, I'm appalled by their much improved quality...and this is definitely one of them!! Gorgeous! The video of this song complements its style...Highly artistic, musical and expressive....Another professional performance..Can see it making it through..

Simon Casey: A singer songwriter from Croatia, I didn't really like the song, although she has a great voice. Perhaps if she had someone write a song for her things might have been better. A very forgettable performance for me.

Elaine Camilleri: Wonderful backdrop, wonderful outfit and another intense vocal moment. Again ... the language factor! I also like the choreograph and those 'bells' ... a possible qualifier too ... would like to listen to it next Saturday.

11. Sweden

 

Raquela: ah was looking forward to this one!Loreen delivers a good performance. Her moves might come off as somewhat weird but I simply love her and her simplicity, as well as that of the stage! I am most certain that she will make it to finals!! She deserves it!! Great performance and great song!! Loved it!!!

Simon Casey: My favourite performance tonight. Loreen should place very high in the final on Saturday night. Catchy and instant. A song you could see doing well in the single charts in any European Country.

Elaine Camilleri: And here's this year's favourite ... Ehh the audience are really enjoying this number. Great interpretation. Nothing to add more. The choreography always left me impressed ... a Definite qualifier.

12. Georgia

 

Raquela: Love his confidence!!! song doesn't do much for me but I appreciate it for it's difference and unexpectedness! There seems to be too much going on...but overall it was a good performance!

Simon Casey: Anri has a good range but that’s that. This song is going nowhere. Very like a musical number, a bad musical number. Bad costumes, bad choreography, bad song. Certainly not going to follow up on last years result.

Elaine Camilleri: Georgia's Janvil hehe ... different style at last with a misture of styles (not particularly sure about this) ... although this kind of song without the choreography = nothing in my opinion. He's truly a 'womenizer' with those 4/5 cabarret ladies ... may qualify thanks to the neighbour thingy ... stands out after all those ballads.

13. Turkey

Raquela: He bounces around to the beat and the coreography is simple and cute. He has a cute and sometimes cheeky smile. It has a cheeky dark melody... Song is good....emm....ok it's a boat! hehe overall good song...

Simon Casey: One of the better performances tonight. A song with a sample of the Country's traditional music can do well. Very individual, certainly one we will remember in the morning..

Elaine Camilleri: Traditional (seems like a Moldovian style) ... mmm I'm not a particular fan of this song I must admit it ... I'm seeing seagulls or what?

14. Estonia

 

Raquela: A beautiful opening melody! Love the his vocal timbre....and very handsome..Staging is simple.. Loved the modulation ..not sure it's memorable but I think it might make it through...

Simon Casey: A great vocal from Ott, really good singer. I have no idea what he’s singing about but a good ballad is a good ballad. I think he’ll qualify the final.Simple stage production for this song just goes to show the right singer can fill the stage.

Elaine Camilleri: ehhh I adore this male ballad ... he sings his heart out and puts pure emotion in the interpretation. I was definetely 'listening' to you beautiful Estonian hehe ... he gives me goosebumps :) I really do  hope this qualifies ...

15. Slovakia

 

Raquela: Musically, not something I'd listen to. But for it's style, I guess it's a pretty good track, but lead vocal was slightly off at times...well seems to get a good response from audience...ah! there he goes, dad's just lowered the volume!

Simon Casey: Nice to hear something heavy, decent song. A good voice, reminiscent to American Idol runner up Adam Lambert with some bum notes thrown in!!!

Elaine Camilleri:  This song really doesn't 'leave you to close your eyes'! Hard rock hits the stage, I particularly like this song although I'm not a rock fan at all, but I like most the 'refrain' part ... may qualify ...

16. Norway

 

Raquela: Ah Norway and its dazzling male singers....It’s a crowd pleaser and he's a very good dancer!! Overall a very cool performance...but song doesn't 'STAY' in my head...

Simon Casey: Another instant hit. Good song and will easily qualify tonight. Intro straight out of Benni Benassi's 'Touch me' which continues throughout the whole song, shame because the rest of the melody is extremely catchy.

Elaine Camilleri: Norway; I was really looking forward to this number! I definetely like it! Feels like you're in a club ... wowww ... 'start moving to the beat' ... I like the choreography and his voice is ok. A qualifier in my opinion. I want him to 'Stay' in the competition! plus, he's a handsome guy! God Bless Norway! ;)

17. Bosnia & Herzegovina

 

Raquela: a fresh ballad with a sweet opening melody, but doesn't do much for Eurovision in my opinion....she is very expressive..and loving the violins' part in the song...overall a good performance but not memorable!

Simon Casey: Another nice ballad but nothing special from Maya. I think I've heard something like this in a hotel elevator somewhere..

Elaine Camilleri: Another ballad ... another song which lyrics are understandable unfortuantely ... but ... it gives you goosebumps ... I think it was the best female ballad of the evening. Her voice is so pure and clear ... & 'the piano and the singer' theme is perfect ... with a touch of flute ... beautiful. Will qualify.

18. Lithuania

Raquela: the slow ballad is beautiful to listen to but chord progressions have been heard before...i quite like the surprising up-tempo section that swings in action...pleasant to listen to...

Simon Casey: The blindfold!! Normally the interpretation of a song is left up to the listener..This could've found it's way onto a Bros album. Dodgy Michael Jackson dance moves. This years second semi final finishes on a low..

Elaine Camilleri: It's like I've ended up in a musical, wuwww I like it and it feels good! and yes, I would like to listen to this again on Saturday. The last position may be an advantage to him! He seems so young, yet so confident and his number reminded me of an 80's song. A perfect ending.

The Show (Part 2)

We have just had the time to speak with the Maltese Head of Delegation who was very happy with the performance telling us 'A brilliant execution by Kurt and the Band. Nothing Short of Excellent' and with that, we move onto the hosts who introduce the tele-voting. Here comes the recap of this evenings' competition. Make sure to vote for the favourite track of the evening by calling on 522020XX or sending a text on 506157XX. Remember that people from Malta cannot vote for Kurt Calleja but we can definitely wish him the very best of luck! The interval act features all of the last five winners together under one roof.

Guest Commentators' Prediction

Raquela: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine

Simon Casey: Estonia, Malta, Norway, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, Slovenia, The Netherlands, Turkey, Ukraine

Elaine: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Estonia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Serbia, Sweden, Ukraine

Qualifiers

01. Lithuania

02. Bosnia & Herzegovina

03. Serbia

04. Ukraine

05. Sweden

06. FYR Macedonia

07. Norway

08. Estonia

09. Malta

10. Turkey

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