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Valentine’s Day...a day of romance, of love and of passion.  And yet many of us would argue that it is a day filled with heartache and regret.  Whatever Valentine’s Day means to you, this year it will mean much more to the 12 contestants gearing up to out-perform each other in Germany’s national final - Unser Song für Malmö.  There will be passion, there will be joy and, undoubtedly, there will be heartache as 11 finalists end their dream for this year.

With at least one blog citing Germany as an early favourite to go and triumph in Malmo with Cascada’s dance track ‘Glorious’ following a similar theme to last year’s winner, does this add extra pressure to all of the participants?  Or maybe just heighten the expectations of the viewers and, as a result, the anxiety of Cascada herself?  One thing’s for certain, emotions will be rampant prior to the first singer taking the stage. 

This year the voting is divided into 3 – radio-voting, tele-voting, and an expert jury.  For one week prior to the final, 9 radio stations have begun playing each of the participating tracks at a high rotational frequency – allowing the listeners of each of the stations to take their time and choose their favourite.  The radio stations are: 1LIVE (WDR); Bayern 3 (BR); bremen vier (Radio Bremen); Fritz (RBB); hr3 (HR); MDR Jump (MDR); NDR2 (NDR); SR1 Europawelle (SR), and SWR3 (SWR). 

A panel of 5 judges has been selected to provide an expert’s opinion on the performer’s of the Hanover show (Peter Urban, Roman Lob, Mary Roos, Anna Loos, and Tim Bendzko); and with the Jury’s vote being worth one third of the overall score, each artist will be aiming to impress both them and the audience at home as they are responsible for the final third.  

It seems both romantic and yet cruel for the event to be held on Valentine’s Day.  For one act, a dream of triumph in Sweden will come one step closer.  But, as sure as there is a winner, there will always be those who will go home knowing that they gave it their all – but on this night it just wasn’t enough. Marc Calleja Bayliss, the Editor-in-Chief will be doing the live report of this selection process. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: ARD, Eurovision.de

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxA6TWLttZo
Sunday, 06 January 2013 15:14

Germany: Star Waiting to Shine in Malmö

Germany took part in every Eurovision Song Contest since its beginning in 1956. No other country has been represented as often, only the United Kingdom and France come in a close second, missing only two contests each. Germany has won the European contest twice, in 1982 and 2010. Their first win was in 1982 with Nicole singing the Ralph Siegel & Bernd Menuinger composition Ein Bißchen Frieden. Ralph Siegel is considered as one of the most well-known and prolific composers in the history of Eurovision!

Germany won the Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo, Norway in 2010 with the fun pop ballad "Satellite" sung by Lena. The Eurovision Song Contest is still one of the most watched events each year in Germany. This year 12 songs will be in the running to be the German entry in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden. The German final will take place in Hannover on Valentine’s Day! NDR named the 12 acts to take part in this year’s "Unser Star für Malmö" (Our Star for Malmö). The following is the list of participants and songs in alphabetical order:

Some of the songs are available on YouTube and there has been some debate on the eligibility of a number of songs as they were published prior the 1st September 2012. However, NGR recently affirmed that all competing songs are in line with the latest Eurovision rules and therefore can participate normally in the German selection. Last year, Roman Lob represented the Western country with the song ‘Standing Still’ written by one of the most fertile teams in song writing including Jamie Cullum, Steve Robson and Wayne Hector. In last year’s final, Roman sang his song just before our own Kurt Calleja. ‘Standing Still’ managed to grab 110 points in the final, and finished in a respectable 8th place. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of the latest news about Germany in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: NDR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzMye6AV8BQ

In 2011, following another dismal result achieved by the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest, the British Broadcasting Corporation decided to take up some noteworthy advice and send an act which had already garnered fame and when the announcement took place, it was met with shock positive approval because the boy-band known as BLUE had accepted and ultimately presented a track entitled I Can which finished in eleventh place in Dusseldorf, Germany garnering major public support and doing dismally in the juries who slammed their vocal performance in the final dress rehearsal. Nevertheless, the group is still on the comeback trail and their most recent single entitled Hurt Lovers has just been released in Germany, which seems to be the new basis of their music campaign.

In recent months, the return of BLUE has been met with widespread approval and following top ten success in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, it seems that their campaign for success continues following their Eurovision Song Contest appearance. They have signed a record deal with Island Records, a subsidiary of Universal Music and have been recording their upcoming album entitled Roulette with a number of producers including none other than RedOne who has worked with the likes of Lady Gaga, Enrique Iglesias, Backstreet Boys, Akon and Nicole Scherzinger. Their latest single which is already out for release on iTunes has hit the number #1 spot in Germany where their basis is and this bodes well considering the early album release set for the 25th January 2013. It seems that the comeback of BLUE is being perfectly masterminded by their management. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news in the coming weeks.

Source: Official BLUE Twitter, iTunes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_a5LjHUuqPs

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

Five consecutive disappointing results needed to be addressed quickly by ARD, the German broadcaster who is a member of the European Broadcasting Union and a major funding source towards the organisation. In fact, changes were implemented and the chosen act in 2010 was none other than Lena Meyer-Landrut with the song Satellite which would go onto win the Eurovision Song Contest achieving the second victory for the nation. She would return to defend her title and took part in a multi-song selection, then released as an album, eventually winning with Taken by a Stranger achieving tenth place and thus a second top ten position. They kept to the same format used in 2010 and ultimately selected Roman Lob with the track Standing Still which finished in eighth place continuing a run of successful results. ARD have been carefully thinking about their next strategy and they have coordinated with major record labels in Germany and have released eleven names of what will be a twelve act national selection.

The twelfth act will be revealed in the next couple of days noting that negotiations are still currently ongoing and they would like to leave something as a surprise. Nevertheless, the list of acts is quite interesting especially when noting a mixture of well known and unknown artists who will try to represent Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Sweden during the next couple of months. One of the most popular acts in the selection is surely Söhne Mannheims who have released numerous singles and have given sold out concerts in Germany in the past decade. Their most recent release entitled Das Hat die Welt Noch Nicht Gesehen reached the top spot in Germany and one of the performers in the group is none other than Xavier Naidoo who was a jury in the most recent national selection. The other famous act is surely none other than Cascada who are well known all round Europe having released a number of hits such as Everytime We Touch, What Hurts the Most, Evacuate the Dancefloor and most recently The Rhythm of the Night. Their material has charted in Germany, Austria, Ireland, France, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and The Netherlands.

  • Ben Ivory - The Righteous Ones
  • Betty Dittrich - Lalala
  • Blitzkids mvt. - Heart On The Line
  • Cascada - Glorious
  • Finn Martin - Change
  • LaBrassBanda - Nackert
  • Mobilée - Little Sister
  • Nica & Joe - Elevated
  • Die Priester feat. Mojca Erdmann - Ave Maris Stella
  • Saint Lu - Craving
  • Söhne Mannheims - One Love

The national final which is keeping the recent name that it has been branded for the past three years will be taking place on the 14th February 2013 in the city of Hannover within the TUI Arena. Amongst the guest performers there will be Loreen who won the Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year for Sweden with the track Euphoria as well as Lena who won the prestigious competition for Germany with Satellite back in 2010 as already mentioned above. The decision of who wins this selection will be in the hands of the public and the jury therefore, every vote will count. Remember, that we were the only online media to publish the news about Cascada when it was just a rumour and now it has turned out to be quite accurate. We would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: ARD

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cScJPH20P3A

Wednesday, 28 November 2012 13:50

Germany: Major Dance Act in National Selection

There was a prolonged period of time in which Germany could not manage to string together a run of consecutive positive results finishing near the bottom of the board despite the efforts of the host broadcaster, hence forth why they changed their system completely calling on the stardom of Stefan Raab to help spearhead them in the right direction. The former representative who also presents a television programme, is a songwriter and a producer with his own record label has always been influential in the music industry and his help was well appreciated as he sought out a star which came in the form of Lena Meyer-Landrut who went onto win the competition with her song Satellite before managing tenth place the following year with Taken By A Stranger. Earlier this year, Stefan was a judge in the competition and eventually supported the winner Roman Lob whose entry bearing the title Standing Still finished in eight place. ARD are looking to go back to a national final format this time round though and a number of record labels have been invited to submit their proposals. Some intriguing names are being rumoured by credible sources close to the broadcaster.

 

The initial rumours were that the band known as Glasperlenspiel as well as Helene Fischer would be taking part in the national selection have now been shot down completely but nevertheless, credible sources are discussing that the national broadcaster is in talks to have a well known international dance-act, popular around the world to participate within the national final. The only two German groups to fit into that criteria are either Scooter or Cascada, both of which are trying to reinvent their music status and hopefully return to the top of the charts. Scooter have been around in the German music industry since the eighties and have gained considerable success throughout the years with several studio albums making it to the top ten in Germany, Austria, Finland, Hungary, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom whilst Cascada have managed to become well regarded since their debut release back in 2006 with the material succeeding in Germany, Ireland, the United States and the United Kingdom. Their most successful records are surely Everytime We Touch and Evacuate the Dance Floor although the recently released track The Rhythm of the Night is causing quite the storm. All of the details will be released on the 12th December by the German broadcaster so until then, stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more latest news.

Source: Quotenmeter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFF7z3PU_CE

The German broadcaster responsible for this years' selection for the Eurovision Song Contest is ARD and they have decided to take up the full rights on their own despite the success that has been witness in the past three years where there was a collaboration between the broadcasters in the country. In fact, it is worth noting that in 2010, for the first time since 1982, the country finished in the top position thanks to Lena Meyer-Landrut and her entry Satellite and then also returned for a tenth place finish in her title defence with the track Taken by a Stranger. Earlier this year, they were represented with the song Standing Still performed by a male whose name was Roman Lob finishing in a successful eighth position. As previously speculated, there will be a multi-song national selection entitled Unser Song für Malmö featuring between eight and twelve tracks in total.

The 14th February or Valentine's Day has been selected as the date for the national final this year whilst the broadcaster went onto add that the venue will be the TUI Arena found in the city of Hanover which is known for hosting many spectacular entertainment and sports event. One of the most intriguing elements of this national final is surely the voting procedure which has been split up into three sections, the first being a Telephone and SMS voting portion, the second being a five person panel of judges who are well known within the music industry and the last actually also involving people, radio listeners because the week before the selection, all of the songs will be played on nine different radio broadcasters; Bayern 3, Bremen Vier, 1LIVE (WDR), Fritz (RBB), HR 3, MDR Jump, NDR 2, SWR3 and UnserDing (SR) with an online vote taking place. Tickets for the event have now officially gone on sale through the official website. It is rumoured that the artists taking part are mostly already well known as speculated in a list published by escflashmalta.com earlier this month. Stay tuned for all of the latest news.

Source: ARD

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cScJPH20P3A

Sunday, 18 November 2012 13:28

Germany: NDR Planning National Final

Germany is one of the western countries that competes in the Eurovision Song Contest and their record within the event has been pretty successful managing to reach a total of thirty three top ten finishes out of the fifty five appearances to date. It has to be noted that these past three years have proven successful and thus current to what the people might expect but in relative terms, they have been thinking very much out of the box especially when one looks back at the victory achieved in 2010 with Lena and her entry Satellite. Nevertheless, the German broadcaster, NDR is hoping to change the selection procedure and is working completely as an independent station this time round and hosting a multi-artist national final with internally picked acts.

There has been no official announcement from the German broadcaster with regards to the acts that have been picked to lead the national selection but it seems that the choices have been made with official pictures plucked into the database of the server and thus exposed to the public through a couple of odds and ends. We have taken the liberty to look at the list in detail from the pictures published and it seems that Germany are hoping to continue their recent trend by virtue of applying performers who already have a career, most of them not only in the respective nation of selection but even in the surrounding regions of Austria and Switzerland for example. This is a good strategy all round and might succeed in showing Germany as an extremely progressive nation by virtue of promoting their abilities in the music industry.

As you could note, there are a total of twelve acts who will be hoping to represent Germany at the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which is promising to be quite an intriguing competition within the city of Malmo in Sweden especially based on the performers that have already been chosen including Roberto Bellarosa for Belgium and Anouk for The Netherlands. This piece of news is yet to be confirmed by NDR but nevertheless considering that the official pictures have been posted on the server of both ARD and NDR, it seems very much a reliable source. More news is set to be released in the coming days and weeks and therefore, we would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest as soon as it becomes available.
 
Source: NDR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxA6TWLttZo
Thursday, 11 October 2012 00:28

Germany: National Final Set for February

Germany have officially announced their participation in the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place in Malmö, Sweden following the victory of the song Euphoria performed by Loreen. It seems that despite the positive results that have been achieved in the past three years including a victory thanks to Lena Meyer-Landrut and the song Satellite, the collaboration between NDR and ProSieben comes to an end meaning that the selection process will consist of only one show. The talent throws that the collaborative effort organized produced the likes of the aforementioned Lena as well as this years' Roman Lob whose entry Standing Still finished in eight place.

The details about the selection process have been somewhat vague but it is believed that NDR will be either inviting singes and songwriters to submit entries or else literally select the participants of the selection themselves with a public vote being the final method of choice. The announcement of both the date and the venue will be made in due time but then again, it is to be noted that February is the month switch an evening show commencing at around 20:15 CET on Das Erste being tabled in by network executives. The last time that such a show took place was back in 2009 when Germany were represented by Alex Swings Oscar Sings with the song Miss Kiss Kiss Bang which only garnered 35 points languishing twentieth position. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: eurovision.de

http://youtube.com/watch?v=cScJPH20P3A

Thursday, 04 October 2012 03:38

Switzerland: Notable Names Enter the Frame

Switzerland have become renowned for becoming the first nation to choose their respective track and performer for the annual Eurovision Song Contest since developing a national final in December back in 2011 which saw to the qualification of Anna Rossinelli with the song In Love for a While at the expense of Malta in the semi-final as well as a similar placing in 2012 when the group Sinplus performed the track Unbreakable finishing in eleventh place. In the past two years, there has been a lot of interest within the online platform where tracks from all over the world could be uploaded for public viewing ultimately leading to some being selected to make it through to the final stage of the competition held in Kreuzlingen, within the Bodensee Arena. This time round, it seems to be more of a case of quality rather than quantity though with the number picking up ever so slightly following an extension of the deadline. A total of seventy-five tracks are currently online with some more expected by tomorrow.

Last month it was reported that three time Eurovision Song Contest representative Constantinos Christoforou submitted a track in the hope of representing the small nation in the middle of the European continent which has managed to win the event just twice, the last coming at the hands of Celine Dion in 1988 with the track Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi. Nevertheless, there seems to be renowned interest from an upcoming star in the form of Jesse Ritch who despite being based in Germany is actually Swiss. The young performer most recently came to fame following his appearance on the German version of Idol known as Deutschland Sucht Den Superstar where he finished in third place, almost beating out the eventual winner in the semi-final, missing out by less than 1% according to the official figures released following the final. He has decided that the Eurovision Song Contest could be a massive platform for him and thus submitted his debut single Forever & a Day which you can listen to here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwfJXgjtvE4

Despite being a focus in the selection process due to the fact that he is just coming off a hit reality television series with declining viewing figures, it is to be noted that there is another act which deserves importance due to the fact that they have already tried their hand at going to the Eurovision Song Contest to represent another country other than their respective home nation. The group known as Man Meadow hail from Sweden but have entered the Polish selection on two occasions, the first time being in 2008 with the track Viva La Musica finishing in third place and the second time being in 2009 with the song Love is Gonna Get You finishing in sixth place missing out to the big voices brought forward by Isis Gee and Lidia Kopania respectively. They have also entered the online platform with a brand new song by the name How Does It Feel which you can judge for yourselves here. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news from Malta and abroad as the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest proceedings officially kick off.

Source: SF

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIU21uZTWWI

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