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In just over 24 hours, the Grand Final of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place with 26 participants; 10 from the 1st semi-final, 10 from the 2nd semi-final, the 'Big 5' and the 'host country' all vying for the trophy, and the chance to host the international spectacle next year.

Following the aftermath of the Thursday show, the production team of the competition led by SVT sat down with the EBU and created a running order based on the halves that they drew at the post show press conference.

As a matter of fact, the proposed draw was unanimously approved by the EBU Executive Supervisor, Jon Ola Sand and the Chairman of the Reference Group, Dr. Frank-Dieter. This year's final will be taking place at the Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden and will be hosted by Mans Zelmerlow and Petra Mede, who have led the two semi-finals successfully.

01. Belgium

02. Czech Republic

03. The Netherlands

04. Azerbaijan

05. Hungary

06. Italy

07. Israel

08. Bulgaria

09. Sweden

10. Germany

11. France

12. Poland

13. Australia

14. Cyprus

15. Serbia

16. Lithuania

17. Croatia

18. Russia

19. Spain

20. Latvia

21. Ukraine

22. Malta

23. Georgia

24. Austria

25. United Kingdom

26. Armenia

On behalf of the escflashmalta.com, we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for following the minute-by-minute commentary on Facebook and Twitter, led by Claudia Faniello and Karen DeBattista during the 1st semi-final, and by Janice Debattista and Brooke Borg during the 2nd semi-final. In the final, it will be conducted by Julie Pomorski and Franklin Calleja.

We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news about Malta's participation in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, led by singer/songwriter Ira Losco who will be performing "Walk on Water", co-written alongside Tim Larsson, Tobias Lundgren, Molly Pettersson Hammar and Lisa Desmond  in slot #22.

Source: eurovision.tv


In Vienna, the capital city of Austria, dress rehearsals for the final night of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 are currently taking place, as twenty (20) participating countries were selected from the semi-finals through a mixture of public and jury voting in order to join the seven (7) pre-determined finalists, who secured their place as part of the guidelines of the event, as set forth by the European Broadcasting Union.

As participants drew their part of the running order in the post semi-final press conferences, the excitement grew with regards to how the final line-up will look like, and in the wee hours of morning, the European Broadcasting Union made public the running order in which each of the finalists will be presenting their respective entry.

01. Slovenia

02. France

03. Israel

04. Estonia

05. United Kingdom

06. Armenia

07. Lithuania

08. Serbia

09. Norway

10. Sweden

11. Cyprus

12. Australia

13. Belgium

14. Austria

15. Greece

16. Montenegro

17. Germany

18. Poland

19. Latvia

20. Romania

21. Spain

22. Hungary

23. Georgia

24. Azerbaijan

25. Russia

26. Albania

27. Italy

Unfortunately, Malta is not part of this line-up, despite the fact that Amber gave a stunning interpretation of her entry "Warrior", her original entry penned by Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca to the composition of Elton Zarb. Nevertheless, we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter as our LIVE blogging continues, with Antoine Farrugia, Marc Calleja Bayliss, Brooke Borg and Davinia Pace during the final night of the worlds' most prestigious event in Malta.

Source: eurovision.tv


The European Broadcasting Union made an official announcement this morning that 39 countries have submit paperwork to participate in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria. Despite the withdrawal of Ukraine, this is relatively exciting news, as the event will feature two more countries than last year, following the return of Serbia, Cyprus and the Czech Republic. Malta is one of the few countries to have selected both the singer, and the entry, with Amber set to perform "Warrior" written by Elton Zarb and Matthew Mercieca in one of the two semi-finals.

The participating countries are as follow; Albania, Armenia, Austria (Host), Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France (Big 5), FYR Macedonia, Georgia, Germany (Big 5), Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy (Big 5), Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain (Big 5), Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom (Big 5).

The European Broadcasting Union has also divided the semi-finals with respective number of participants, due to the fact that the number of participating countries is odd. As a result, 16 countries will partake in the 1st semi-final on the 19th May, as opposed to 17 countries which will partake in the 2nd semi-final on the 21st May. The allocation draw will take place on the 26th January, and will be streamed live through the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: eurovision.tv


Apart from the means of FM Radio in the Netherlands on FM 106.8 and the audio stream from the studio via www.radiointernational.tv and on Digital Cable 781 & Cable 8.1Mhz in the Netherlands, the show will also be web-televised via the Radio International TV Channel from the studio and linking up the many international Eurovision fans and friends and play your requests and read your messages out on air. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET when fans can join in and chat amongst each other via the Chat Room and request their favourite Eurovision entry.

Radio International has built a name for itself throughout the years by bringing about exclusive video and audio interviews with some of the most notable names to have either participated in the Eurovision Song Contest or even in national selections preceding the continental event. In this week's episode, listeners will have the opportunity to hear interviews with; Corinna May, favourite to win the 2002 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest; Scott Fitzgerald, first runner-up in the 1988 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, losing against the popular Celine Dion by just one point and last but not least; Suzy who almost took Portugal back into the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 with her entry "Quero Ser Tua". 


As the curtain on the 2014 season of the Eurovision Song Contest is brought down, David Mann will continue to look at cover versions from the event whilst the latest news from escXtra and escflashmalta.com will be read out. In the meantime, former representatives of the Eurovision Song Contest are always looking for ways to please their fans and thus new music is being recorded and published throughout the year. Radio International will be playing the most recent singles as sent in by several record labels. We urge you to tune into Radio International this evening at 20:00 CET in order to request your favourite entry from the Eurovision Song Contest and listen to the special features.

Source: Press Release


It is almost 2 o'clock in the morning and the energy levels are slowly dwindling but nevertheless, we had to stay up in order to note down the running order for the final of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, as decided by the European Broadcasting Union. Following each of the semi-finals, a partial draw took place where the respective artist of the qualified country picked out a piece of paper stating whether they would perform in the first or the second half.

Performing first during the second semi-final was actually the right call by the European Broadcasting Union considering that it gave the show a feel good factor, one which definitely got the crowd in the arena and at home going. As the qualifiers were revealed, Malta was the sixth nation to be called out, calming down the bundle of nerves that had built up over the course of the evening. During the press conference, Richard drew the second half of the draw, which creating exciting prospects. We are now pleased to confirm that Malta will perform in slot number #22.

  1. Ukraine
  2. Belarus
  3. Azerbaijan
  4. Iceland
  5. Norway
  6. Romania
  7. Armenia
  8. Montenegro
  9. Poland
  10. Greece
  11. Austria
  12. Germany
  13. Sweden
  14. France
  15. Russia
  16. Italy
  17. Slovenia
  18. Finland
  19. Spain
  20. Switzerland
  21. Hungary
  22. Malta
  23. Denmark
  24. The Netherlands
  25. San Marino
  26. United Kingdom

The editorial team of escflashmalta.com would like to thank our esteemed readers for following the comments of Karen DeBattista, Simon Casey and Christabelle throughout the course of the evening. We encourage you to visit our social media pages on Saturday when Daniel Testa, Matt Mercieca and Danica Muscat will be the guest writers. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: eurovision.tv


The 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is months away but several countries have either confirmed their participation or released their regulations for national selection processes. Apart from the means of FM Radio in the Netherlands on FM 106.8 and the audio stream from the studio via www.radiointernational.tv and on Digital Cable 781 & Cable 8.1Mhz in the Netherlands, the show will also be web-televised via the Radio International TV Channel from the studio and linking up the many international Eurovision fans and friends and play your requests and read your messages out on air. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET when fans can join in and chat amongst each other via the Chat Room and request their favourite Eurovision entry.

In anticipation of the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest set to take place in Denmark, the team of Radio International had the opportunity to visit Germany & Belgium, two countries who held their national selections in the past couple of days. Thus, we are pleased to present interviews with none other than Elaiza and Axel Hirsoux who will be performing Is It Right? and Mother, in the final and the semi-final, respectively. Apart from those though, other interviews with Bandits, Yass and Udo will be aired throughout the programme.


As the dawn of a brand new season approaches, Radio International will be hosting a brand new feature, one entitled Denmark's Eurovision Song Contest History which will be reflecting on the entries that the Scandinavian nation sent to the annual music competition. David Mann will continue to look at cover versions from the event whilst the latest news from escXtra and escflashmalta.com will be read out. In the meantime, former representatives of the Eurovision Song Contest are always looking for ways to please their fans and thus new music is being recorded and published throughout the year. Radio International will be playing the most recent singles as sent in by several record labels. We urge you to tune into Radio International this evening at 20:00 CET in order to request your favourite entry from the Eurovision Song Contest and listen to the special features.

Source: Press Release


The German national final, Unser Song Für Dänemark, took place tonight, and after a mammoth show, the Germany people’s winners were Elaiza, who will go on to represent the country with the song, Is It Right? Eight artists each brought two songs to the national final, and after a complicated voting process during which the artists were narrowed down, and then the songs, just Elaiza and established rock group Unheilig remained.

Accordian player Yvonne, contrabass player Yvonne and lead singer Ela make up Elaiza. Whilst most of the other artists in the competition were well-known names, Elaiza are relative newcomers who came through the wildcard competition held last month to earn their place. Is It Right? was the song that won them the wildcard contest, and indeed was ultimately the song that won them the competition. Germany are directly qualified to the final as one of the “Big 5” countries, so Elaiza will be competing against Ruth Lorenzo from Spain, Molly from the United Kingdom, Twin Twin from France, Basim from Denmark and Emma from Italy on Saturday 10th May. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: ARD / DAS Ertse, Eurovision.tv


Thursday, 13 March 2014 18:30

Germany: Unser Song für Dänemark - LIVE

Guten Abend! It's the final end of the national selection season, and Germany will be one (1) of the last countries to select their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. Eight (8) acts have internally been selected by ARD / Das Erste in collaboration with major record labels, in what should prove to be a scintillating affair. You may follow all of the proceedings from Unser Song für Dänemark through the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest, set to broadcast the show LIVE.

In recent years, Germany have faced a resurgence in the competition, achieving positive results in the period between 2010 and 2012 with songs such as Satellite, Taken By a Stranger and Standing Still by Lena Meyer-Landrut and Roman Lob respectively. The voting system is set to be a tad complicated, with all of the eight (8) entrants performing their songs for the first time to see four (4) get through to round two. Those who get there will perform their second entry from which only two (2) will get through to the final round.

From here onwards, the public will decide which one deserves the ticket to Copenhagen and with which song. A number of guests will be making their way to the stage in Cologne including none other than last years' Eurovision Song Contest winner; Emmelie de Forest as well as this years' Italian representative; Emma Marrone. Keep refreshing this article throughout the evening as Peter Dunwoody will be reporting on the event LIVE.

Evening all! Peter Dunwoody here reporting live. Not long now before we go live to Cologne for the show, so I hope you've got a suitable German beverage on hand, and I hope you'll stay with us for the duration. As has already been mentioned, the voting process is slightly complex tonight (perhaps unnecessarily so), but all you need to know for now is this: 8 artists, 16 songs, and in a couple of hours, we'll be left with just one. We'll take you through the rest.

So sit back, relax, and we'll be going live very very shortly!

Here are tonight's artists and the first songs you'll be hearing, in the order you'll be hearing them:

1. Das Gezeichnete Ich – Weil Du Da Bist

2. Oceana – Thank You

3. Santiano – The Fiddler On The Deck

4. MarieMarie – Cotton Candy Hurricane

5. The Baseballs – Mo Hotta Mo Betta

6. Elaiza – Is It Right

7. Unheilig – Als Wär’s Das Erste Mal

8. Madeline Juno – Like Lovers Do

Right lads, we're off. Opening the show before we get down to business is something very familiar: Emmelie De Forest with last year's Eurovision winner, 'Only Teardrops.'

Here's our host Barbara, and just like the crowd, she's full of energy and enthusiasm. Let's hope she keeps it up throughout the show.

One thing that is immediately clear about the show is how much warmer the staging and the arena is than last year, with a much more colourful stage.

A quick explanation of the format from Mr. Voiceover, and just like that, we're off! A video introducing our first act, Das Gezeichnete Ich.

1. Das Gezeichnete Ich – Weil Du Da Bist

This is a good opener: powerful stadium orientated synth-pop. It is rather similar to British band Keane and some of their later output. It would be having more of an effect if the singer was on the note...sadly, he's WAY off.

The lighting for this is blue, with the singer starting off at a piano before getting up for the second verse. He is accomanied by a keyboard player and drummer in the background, with three backing singers. Sadly, they don't compensate for his vocals, which are borderline painful throughout. A shame, because it's a strong contemporary song.

2. Oceana - Thank You

Better vocals here from Oceana...it's perhaps the outfit choice that is called into question more here. Thank You is soulful, with slight 60s influences but very bassy and percussive, bringing the sound into the 21st Century (more specifically, 21st Century high street clothes shops).

Oceana is clearly an experienced performer, with plenty of interaction with the crowd and the cameras. Straightforward band setup onstage here. The song is modern, but perhaps not catchy enough on first listen to get enough votes. Still, a confident performance.

3. Santiano – The Fiddler On The Deck

Right this should be interesting...

Oh god they're on a boat. So Santiano are a folk-rock band, of mature years, basically singing a sea shanty. To be fair, they're committing to the theme, doing their best pirate voices, and the song has attitude. It's catchy too...

As easy it is to despair when you're a fan of pop at Eurovision when something like this comes along, it's hard not to appreciate when performers who are clearly pros are doing their thing. It was a very convincing performance. Perhaps dangerously so...

4. MarieMarie – Cotton Candy Hurricane

And now for quite the change of pace after that. MarieMarie sings the intro to the song while playing the harp (Florence and the Machine has a lot to answer for) before a fuller production kicks in in the chorus. It's mid-tempo Europop at the slightly alternative end of the spectrum.

Midway through the song she steps away from the harp (most probably saw that one coming), and whilst her vocals are strong for the most part, she struggles slightly in the last chorus. A very pleasant listen and despite its mellow tone, it is memorable on first listen.

5. The Baseballs – Mo Hotta Mo Betta

Perhaps the most internationally well-known of tonight's acts, the baseballs have a cult following around the world for their rockabilly covers of pop songs. Obviously 'Mo Hotta Mo Betta' is an original. All you need to know is that the group are a 50s rock'n'roll throwback band and you'll instantly know what the song sounds like, probably what their second song will sound like, and indeed their stage appearance. Quiffs and leather jackets all around.

"She can rock me / she can roll me." Yes, of course she can. Sadly the song isn't quite as catchy as it probably should be, and the whole thing is just a little bit cabaret. If Copycat only managed to get 1 point for Belgium in 2009, it's hard to see what this has that would entitle it to more (except perhaps for the fact that the singers are sweating a bit less).

It went down well with the crowd in the arena.

6. Elaiza – Is It Right

Now for the wildcard act; Elaiza consist of Yvonne on the accordian, Natalie on the double bass, and lead vocalist Ela. Just the three of them and a drummer on the purple stage. The song is an quirky mix of accordian-led folk and pop. It's an interesting sound and the group blend them rather seamlessly.

Ela has an appealing tone to her voice, and she's just about holding it together although there are nerves there. It's competant, but the song doesn't really go anywhere in its allotted three minutes. VERY positive response from the crowd though.

7. Unheilig – Als Wär’s Das Erste Mal

Now for the favourites...

Unheilig have been active as a group for 15 years, although nowadays it's pretty much just lead singer Der Graf and session musicians. The stage is set up, once again, in a typical "band" formation, with a lot of smoke and candles. It does give it a bit of gravitas.

The song is more mellow than a lot of the band's earlier material. Whilst there are some rock influences here, it's mainly piano-led, with hints of Coldplay in there, and a melody that fans of schlager will be able to feel very comfortable with. A very assured performance there.

8. Madeline Juno – Like Lovers Do

The last song (for now), and it's 18 year-old Madeline Juno. Madeline is a singer-songwriter who found fame through Youtube. Her debut single 'Echo' was released at the end of 2013, and will actually be her second song tonight.

'Like Lovers Do' is a percussive ballad, with very polished production - and of course as we all know, nothing quite lifts a song like an "oh, oh, oh" chorus. Her voice is ever so slightly cutting live, but she's pretty much in tune, so it shouldn't be much of a problem. The song is definitely more accomplished as a production than it is as a composition. There isn't a huge amount of a melody, but it's easy to see this being popular.

Alright children, listen carefully. The voting will now open for a short period, and the German public will vote for their favourites out of that first eight. The four artists that finish at the top of this vote will then sing their second song of the night (although their first songs will still be in contention).

We're now getting a recap of the songs.

They're certainly getting value for money with Emmelie De Forest tonight; here she is again performing the Eurovision 2014 anthem 'Rainmaker.' Hopefully we won't all be sick of it come May.

No sign of 21st placed Natalie von Cascada tonight incidentally. That was glossed over quickly by everybody wasn't it.

And now, our presenter Barbara makes use of the traditional Eurovision method of filling time, by engaging the crowd in a singalong of Nicole's winning song, 'Ein Bisschen Frieden.' Sadly, there wasn't any time to do 'Let's Get Happy' by Lou, as the lines are now closed. We go to the green room for some interviews. 

And the four finalists are...






Did you guess correctly?

They'll now sing their second songs.

Santiano - Wir Werden Niemals Untergehen

Santiano get the boat prop out again, for a song in German this time. The beginning sounds like something from a Pirates of the Carribean soundtrack; quite epic, big orchestration.

This isn't as catchy or as fun as their first song, 'Fiddler On The Deck' but it's certainly a lot bigger, with a key-change thrown in for good measure.

MarieMarie - Candy Jar

MarieMarie, and her harp, are back. The fact that both her songs mention candy does not go unmissed by the host. She's quicker to step away from the harp this time, which is just as well, since it's inaudible on this one anyway.

Throbbing bassy production here, but like her previous song, it's firmly in midtempo territory. It isn't quite as instant as 'Cotton Candy Hurricane' though. Quick harp interlude in the middle...have we ever had that at Eurovision before? We probably still won't.

Elaiza - Fight Against Myself

So the voters who won Elaiza the wildcard round have clearly stuck with the group to get them into the top four. Can they go all the way? 'Fight Against Myself' has a lot of German traditional influences, even with the presence of a horn this time.

The song is slightly more fun than their first song, but again it's not particularly catchy and not a huge amount happens. The package is all there, but sadly the songs themselves have been less than the sum of their parts for Elaiza. 

Ela, by the way, is much more confident in her performance this time around. Perhaps she has been given a boost by making the top four, or maybe she prefers this song.

Unheilig - Wir Sind Alle Wie Eins

Time for Unheilig's second song, and the final song in the running to represent Germany at Eurovision. The stage setup is exactly the same as their first song, and the tone of the song is very similar too. 

Very mainstream rock, designed for the stadiums. The melody just is not as strong as Unheilig's first song though, which is a characteristic of all four of the second songs, it has to be said.

It's time for more voting! Once again, it's up to the German public to decide on the final two. They can vote for either song from any of the acts (so eight songs in total are in the running here), and we will be left with just two songs after this round of voting.

Nicola Campogrande from RAI, Mr Eurovision Jon Ola Sand and Mr Melodifestivalen Christer Bjorkman are here to give their opinions.

That's it, the lines are closed again! The final two will be announced shortly...

Here we go! The final two songs are...

Elaiza - Is It Right


Unheilig - Wir Sind Alle Wie Eins

We're nearly done folks, don't worry. Just ONE more round of voting to go. The televoting lines are open once more for the public to decide between these two, and this time a jury will have a say in the final result too. If it were up to the arena audience however, there would already be a clear winner. Elaiza getting as good a reception as they have all night, with a few boo's for Unheilig this time!

The two finalists perform their songs again. Elaiza very emotional at the reception they are getting...what with the audience response and the streamers, one could be forgiven for thinking they've won already. Is the writing on the wall already?

A bit disheartening to hear all the boos for Unheilig. And slightly frightening...would you want to get on the lead singer's bad side?

Time for a performance from Emma, the Italian representative this year, with her Eurovision entry, 'La Mia Città.'

This is it then...

The winner is...


Elaiza will represent Germany in Eurovision 2014 with 'Is It Right?' 

Congratulations to them.

Friday, 13 December 2013 11:22

Germany: NDR Surprises with Strong Line-Up

NDR, public broadcaster of Germany in collaboration with production company Brainpool have had several meetings with the biggest record labels in the country to select seven (7) acts that represent positive qualities to take forward to the Eurovision Song Contest, which in 2014 is taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark. An eighth (8th) participant will be selected through a public selection featuring young, upcoming talent and from there onwards, two (2) songs for each artist will be put forward for the national selection, which is set to take place on the 13th March 2014 in Cologne.

In recent weeks, there have been several rumours with regards to the artists that were being considered by both the broadcaster and the production company and the editorial team at escflashmalta.com believes that Germany have gone for a versatile mixture of talent and renowned stardom. Following three (3) years of success, finishing in the top ten with the likes of Lena Meyer-Landrut and Roman Lob, Germany took to the stage earlier this year with the ever so popular Cascada whose song Glorious failed to set the scoreboard alight, managing a lower mid-table position by the end of the evening.

  • Das Gezeichnete Ich
  • Madeline Juno
  • MarieMarie
  • Oceana
  • Santiano
  • The Baseballs
  • Unheilig

Whilst all of the acts have material which has already been officially published, it has to be noted that The Baseballs, Unheilig and Oceana are three stars across the nation with fan-bases even beyond their own country and therefore, kudos to the German public broadcaster for managing such an impressive line-up in hope of improving their results at the Eurovision Song Contest. As one of the Big Five countries, Germany enjoys a free passage to the final round of the Eurovision Song Contest, a privilege it enjoys with the United Kingdom, France, Spain and Italy. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Eurovision.tv, NDR, Brainpool


At the 2013 edition of the International Festival of Maltese Song, the foreign category was won by one of the acts representing Germany, that being the group Bella Vista with the track Fremd Aber Doch Vertraut, originally known as Sal-Aħħar by Fabrizio Faniello. Bella Vista, a German group comprising of Scarlet Breedy, Conny Schoen, Thomas Jünger and Petra Jünger are represented by Manfred Holz, of CAP Sounds. It is worth noting that Manfred, has supported most of the entries that have represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest and also happens to be manager of Fabrizio Faniello.

Bella Vista have a growing reputation in Germany and have selected Fremd Aber Doch Vertraut as their lead single off the studio album Stark. Supporting the release of the single through digital store, iTunes is a music video, one which was shot in Malta. Jose Herrera, Parliamentary Secretary for Culture and the Local Council has already confirmed that the International Festival of Maltese Song will be returning in 2014. The committee led by Josette Grech Hamilton has already confirmed that there will be slight amendments to the format. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Official Facebook Page


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