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It has become customary for the escflashmalta.com editorial board to engage professional individuals from the music industry to assess the songs competing in the Eurovision Song Contest as presented to the European Broadcasting Union during the Heads of Delegation Meeting. Greig Watts, Joseph Zammit, Sharon Vaughn and John Scott from the United Kingdom, Malta, Sweden and the United States have been entrusted with the second semi-final, comprising of sixteen songs and set to take place on the 8th May 2014 at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. Making use of the running order and moving onto number #13, we catch up with Greece (NERIT) who will be represented by Freaky Fortune featuring RiskyKidd with the song Rise Up written by Freaky Fortune and RiskyKidd.

Freaky Fortune are Nikolas Raptakis and Theofilos Pouzbouris. Both 23 years old, both studied music since their early years. Theofilos plays the guitar and piano and owns a degree on theoretical music studies and music history, while Nikolas still takes vocal coaching lessons in the National Greek School of Music and composes with Theofilos all their songs. Their breakthrough in the global Internet community was a cover on the Perez Hilton's cover competition. Freaky Fortune Part Of Me (Katy Perry cover) was announced as a brilliant work by the Greek duo and the most "deadly" blogger on earth, Perez Hilton launched their fame across the music industry.

After their first success, in 2011, Freaky Fortune released three top-chart singles with top Greek artists. RiskyKidd is a 19 years old rapper, born and raised in London, by his Jamaican mother and German father. His actual name is Shane Schuller. As growing up in a multicultural environment with many and different music influences and experimental beats, RiskyKidd developed, since his high school years, his unique way of expressing in music, lyrics and rap. The past four years he is a Greek resident and his name got well known after his co-operation with Playmen and Helena Paparizou (Greek Eurovision Winner 2005) in the international hit All Time.

Freaky Fortune and RiskyKidd teamed up when Rise Up was still on the composing process. Their creative combination heightened the outcome and Rise Up was born! Freaky Fortune, Theofilos and Nikolas, both composed and wrote the lyrics in Rise Up and RiskyKidd wrote the rap parts. Rise Up is filled up with youth’s energy and the Greek participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 is full of positive energy. The urge to rise up above all difficulties and jump out of what keeps us down, the need to pass all over Europe the Greek spirit of never giving up, is all over this dance song!

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

Greece, one of the most successful countries to partake in the Eurovision Song Contest since the millennium with one victory, coming back in 2005 at the hands of Helena Paparizou and the song My Number One, and a series of top ten results, which was officially ended back in 2012 as Eleftheria Eleftheriou performed the song Aphrodisiac which accumulated sixty-four points to finish in a disappointing seventeenth place. Since then though, Greece have returned to their top ten form, with Koza Mostra managing a sixth place result in Malmo, Sweden.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 64%

Greig Watts: Interesting old feeling start, and boom into a dance record! Builds nicely, so chorus????? Oh it’s a riff, bit disappointed, but its memorable, so lets go with it, actually enjoying its party feel, sure this one will qualify, although has Greek done enough to appeal to its traditional voters. Can definitely hear this song in the charts, and it’s a modernish song full of hooks rather than the verse, bridge, chorus format., I wish it exploded a bit more, but good potential.

Joseph Zammit: And there goes my good mood. If Greece's plan this year was to put up a Summer hit to be constantly played in the clubs throughout the whole season, they certainly achieved their goal with this song, and believe you me, they went all out. This song has all the ingredients to create a long lasting dance song to be played at beach parties as inebriated teenagers dance wildly and throw up all over the place. Its got the upbeat, the baseline, a high pitched whistle and the ever essential repetitive horn tune.

Personally it is not my taste, however, I know that I'll be hearing a lot more of this song, so part of me feels I'd better grow to like it, at least a bit, or otherwise it'll haunt me throughout summer. God knows it's going to take a while for that tune to get out of my head now.

Sharon Vaughn: This must be a big hit in Greek dance clubs already.

John Scott: Very catchy. Not as unique as some entries, but the hook stays in your head. 

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8QIbL9i2MU

Published in Editorials

Danmarks Radio, host broadcaster of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest has just revealed the running order for the international competition taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark. Represented by Firelight and the song Coming Home, written by Richard Edwards Micallef, Malta will be opening the second semi-final on the 8th May 2014.

Prior to the announcement of the draw for the running order, Malta had never been given the opportunity to open the semi-final of such an illustrious show. At first glance, one might be shocked but personally I had a strong feeling that this could happen given the diversity of the genres that make up the first half of the second semi-final. Seventh in qualification with the bookies, Coming Home is facing a fate bestowed to the likes of Nije Ljubav Stvar, This is My Life, Run Away and Love In Rewind, all of which have successfully qualified to the final of the continental competition. 

01) Malta: Coming Home - Firelight

02) Israel: Same Heart - Mei Finegold

03) Norway: Silent Storm - Carl Espen

04) Georgia: Three Minutes to Earth - The Shin & Mariko

05) Poland: My Slowanie - Donatan & Cleo

06) Austria: Rise Like a Phoenix - Conchita Wurst

07) Lithuania: Attention - Vilija Mataciunaite

08) Finland: Something Better - Softengine

09) Ireland: Heartbeat - Can-Linn ft. Kasey Smith

10) Belarus: Cheesecake - Teo

11) FYR Macedonia: To The Sky - Tijana

12) Switzerland: Hunter of Stars - Sebalter

13) Greece: Rise Up - Freaky Fortune ft. RiskyKidd

14) Slovenia: Round and Round - Tinkara Kovac

15) Romania: Miracle - Paula & Ovi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QJFYvoYZ-s

It is quite interesting to denote that those entries which opened the second semi-final have proven to be much more successful than those opening the first semi-final. In the meantime, the situation in the first semi-final is even moreso intriguing especially with the first half of the show induated with ballads, despite that they try and preserve themselves as individualistic. Favourite to win the Eurovision Song Contest with odds shortening by the second, Armenia is set to open the first semi-final in a bizarre twist.

01) Armenia: You're Not Alone - Aram MP3

02) Latvia: Cake to Bake - Aarzemnieki

03) Estonia: Amazing - Tanja

04) Sweden: Undo - Sanna Nielsen

05) Iceland: No Prejudice - Pollaponk

06) Albania: One Night's Anger - Hersi

07) Russia: Shine - Tolmachevy Sisters

08) Azerbaijan: Start a Fire - Dilara Kazimova

09) Ukraine: Tick-Tock - Mariya Yaremchuk

10) Belgium: Mother - Axel Hirsoux

11) Moldova: Wild Soul - Cristina Scarlat

12) San Marino: Maybe (Forse) - Valentina Monetta

13) Portugal: Quero Ser Tua - Suzy

14) The Netherlands: Calm After the Storm - The Common Linnets

15) Montenegro: Moj Svijet - Sergej Cetkovic

16) Hungary: Running - Andras Kallay-Saunders

One has to remember that ten countries per semi-final will get through to the final show set for the 10th May 2014 at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark meaning that nine nations will be left out in the cold having not been selected amongst the best that the continent has to offer. In the final, the qualifiers will join entries from Spain, France, Germany, United Kingdom and host country Denmark who have already been given an extremely late draw following a random draw. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ggv4LApQcY

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

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

The Show (Part 1)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Show (Part 2)

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

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

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

Result

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

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

Friday, 14 February 2014 14:45

Greece: Panik Records Set to Present Acts

Greece, a debt-ridden country with a severity of financial concerns has always shown keen interest in participation at the Eurovision Song Contest, considered to be one of the most awaited events of the year with viewing figures way above the seventy percent (70%) threshold. The results have almost always been positive since the millennium onwards and have also proven to be a springboard for new talent or a promotional outing for established talent. In 2014, NERIT which is acting as the new state broadcaster will be joining forces with MAD TV and Panik Records in order to ascertain participation.

At this point in time, an official announcement with regards to the national selection is yet to be made but with Panik Records taking care of the financial burdens carried by the representative and with MAD TV organising the selection process, it seems that everything is in place for the continued participation of Greece in the continental event. In recent days, several reliable sources have confirmed four (4) acts to be in the running, two (2) being rather well known; Kostas Martakis and Krystalia and the other two (2) being newcomers; Mark Angelo feat. Josephine and Freaky Fortune feat. Riskykidd. As we await a proper announcement, it seems like the presumptive national final date is towards March with MAD TV and NERIT organising what is being coined as Eurosong 2014 – a MAD show. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: Star TV / MAD TV / Oikotimes

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

In 2005, Helena Paparizou won the Eurovision Song Contest with the song My Number One on behalf of Greece, having already represented the nation in 2001 as part of the group Antique with the track Die For You. As another international competition beckons, Helena is hoping to represent Sweden this time round and complete a hat trick of participations. In support of her music career, her fans all over the world have created a forum where they could share their opinions and post comments in relation to the singer/songwriter.

Paparizou Forum can be access through www.paparizouforum.com and features news, discussions and projects in English with dedicated sections in Swedish and Spanish in order to meet the large fan base of Helena Paparizou. The extensive media archive is a great place for any fan or collector. There is also a wide range of other topics of discussion that are non-Helena related on the forum so there truly is something for everyone. Paparizou Forum is a place where you can make great friends from all around the world. The forum, initially created in 2006 has just undergone a massive revamp.

Helena Paparizou is currently busy preparing to make her debut in Melodifestivalen, where she is set to compete with Survivor co-written by Bobby Ljunggren, Henrik Wikstrom, Karl-Ola Jkellholm and Sharon Vaughn on the 1st February 2014. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about this years' selection in Sweden whilst we also urge you to follow the official facebook page of Helena Paparizou for more details about her current career, based in Sweden and managed by the Lionheart Music Group.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnL9ifQkzUs 

The 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is already three months old and the winner, Emmelie de Forest has just unveiled the name of her follow-up single, that being Hunter and Pray whilst Denmark are calling for entries to next years' pre-selection procedure. Time Flies! We would like to invite you to the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. 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.

The focal point of the programme this week is none other than Kurt Calleja, the male vocalist who represented Malta at the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. His entry This is The Night which he co-wrote alongside Johan J'Amtberg and Mikael Gunneras managed to take the nation into the final, from where it failed to make an impact and stumbled in a disappointing twenty-first position. In recent weeks, the entertainer published his debut album entitled Love on Mars in a concert with all proceeds going to charity.Amongst the guests during this concert, there were none other than Amber, who had accompanied Kurt as a backing vocalist and Gianluca who represented Malta at the international showcase earlier this year. Other interviews airing this evening are with Alex Panayi who represented Cyprus at the 1995 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with Sti Fotia and PeR who represented Latvia at this years' international competition with Here We Go.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZ9oCPTWEB8

There will also be a number of new releases played throughout the three hours, including tracks by Alex Sparrow (Russia 2011), Lauris Reiniks (Latvia 2000), Maya Sar (Bosnia & Herzegovina 2012), Agnetha Faltskorg (Sweden 1974), Celine Dion (Switzerland 1988), Kevin Borg (Malta NF 2013) and Pastora Soler (Spain 2012). All of the news is also covered during the weekly broadcast noting resources from escflashmalta.com and escXtra where Luke Fisher, the Editor makes a weekly round-up. David Mann will be discussing songs from the Eurovision Song Contest which have been covered across time. Make sure to tune into this evenings episode of Radio International on the links offered above as we help you get through your post Eurovision depression. escflashmalta.com is always proud to promote the work of Radio International hence the weekly promotion of the leading interviews which is the way that each article will be placed upon within the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned!

Source: Team of Radio International

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fTmeoQbQXA

Denmark, the country which is set to host next years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest following the victory of the song Only Teardrops performed by Emmelie de Forest is seemingly receiving interest for representation by a number of talented vocalists. Shaya, a Greek/Danish artist has recently embarked on a solo career following a successful stint in the beginning of the past decade as part of the girl-band, Hi 5 which was created in Greece through the show Popstars. Shaya wishes to go to the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Denmark and has publicly stated that she submitted a song to the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2013 but it was not selected as part of the final line-up.

Marianna or Shaya, as she is professionally known is somewhat quite reputable in Greece having even participated in Dancing on Ice, where she finished in fifth place. Shaya states that she will be hoping to get her chance at the international competition by virtue of submitting another entry into the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix in 2014. With a considerably high profile in Greece and Cyprus, Shaya could very much offer to represent one of the two  nations and it would not really come as a surprise with the female vocalist stating that she has submitted songs in several countries along recent years. In recent weeks, she performed with Ivi Adamou, Cypriot representative at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest during the MAD VMA. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: oikotimes.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0ZLVV4K00k

The recent news is that Malta could possibly re-enter the Junior Eurovision Song Contest at the European Broadcasting Union works hard to convince a couple of broadcasters to return to the competition. At the moment, there are only eight confirmed countries but many are on the brink of joining so keep an eye out on escflashmalta.com as we follow the latest developments. We would like to invite you to the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. 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.

Ryan Dolan was selected to represent Ireland at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Only Love Survives which he co-wrote alongside Wez Devine. Unfortunately, the track was not appreciated by the juries and the public on the night of the final mustering only five (5) points and finishing in last place, the second time that the nation had to endure such a fate in recent years, noting this also happened in 2007 when Dervish took to the stage with the track They Can't Stop The Spring. Despite the disappointment at the Pan-European competition, Ryan Dolan has released his debut album entitled Frequency through digital media store, iTunes. The male vocalist had a chat with the Radio International team about the whole experience.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tgtyl_5x5Y

Thomas G:Son, is quickly becoming a veteran of the Eurovision Song Contest noting that he is involved in a number of entries competing in selections all over the continent. He was also one of the co-writers behind the winning entry of the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, that being Euphoria performed by Loreen. GPB, the broadcaster in Georgia commissioned the songwriter to pen an entry and alongside the stylings of Erik Bernholm, he came up with the ballad Waterfall which was typically Eurovision by numbers according to fans. The performance, remiscent of the Ell & Nikki performance did not prove to be as successful as thought of with Sopho and Nodi only managing to qualify in tenth place before reaching a mid-table finish for the country making it the worst result for the nation when competing in the final. Both the songwriter and the performers were interviewed by the team of Radio International.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-n3mwx0vQDE

Elitsa Todorova & Stoyan Yankoulov represented Bulgaria for the very first time back in 2007 achieving fifth place at the Eurovision Song Contest with their entry Voda (Water). BNT, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Bulgaria have been trying to find a solution for the nation to get through to the final of the Pan-European event for the second time noting that they have come extremely close in recent years, finishing eleventh and twelfth in the semi-final round. This year, the renowned duo who had brought them success took to the stage once more with the song Samo Shampioni managing to rack up forty-five points, the same amount of last year but finishing twelfth place failing to get through because of the lack of support from the juries who awarded them last place. The public would have put them through in sixth place. They spoke to the team of Radio International about their previous experience and how they were looking at this years' participation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cb46Mhy_mCI

The final interview of the week is with the lead singer of the group, Koza Mostra. Illias has been noted for his charm and good looks by several fans of the Eurovision Song Contest. As a matter of fact, Greece is currently in turmoil when it comes to their state broadcaster but despite this, expectations for the nation within the competition will always remain high. Koza Mostra won the right to represent the Hellenic nation by virtue of getting through a national selection process organised by ERT and MAD Television. This was the first time that such a collaboration took place making the event a huge success, drawing huge crowds as guests included Helena Paparizou, Dima Bilan, Alexander Rybak and Marija Serifovic amongst others. This interview focuses on the pressure of one representing Greece. The song which represented Greece, and reached a top ten position at the end of the evening bore the name Alcohol Is Free

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

There will also be a number of new releases played throughout the three hours, including tracks by Tina Karol, who represented Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006; Didrik Solli-Tangen, representative of Norway at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest; Jessy Matador, French representative at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest; Maya Sar, the last representative for Bosnia & Herzegovina thus far and last but not least; Kevin Borg who came in second place at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. All of the latest news is also covered during the weekly broadcast noting resources from escflashmalta.com and escXtra where Luke Fisher, the Editor makes a weekly round-up. David Mann will be discussing cover versions from the Eurovision Song Contest. Make sure to tune into this evenings episode of Radio International on the links offered above as we help you get through your post Eurovision depression.

Source: Team of Radio International

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzGiJxMd3UI

Greece, one of the most successful countries to compete at the Eurovision Song Contest since their victory almost ten years ago notching a number of consecutive top ten results including earlier this year with their entry Alcohol Is Free performed by Koza Mostra and featuring  Agathonas Iakovidis. ERT, the national broadcaster is reportedly facing closure but with the help of the European Broadcasting Union, it seems that things might be solved in the nick of time to ensure freedom of speech and democracy. The media are currently speculating as to whom could represent the debt stricken nation in next years' Pan-European competition.

The twenty-one year old female artist who goes by the name of Demy was always going to be a rumoured choice considering that her profile in Greece is rising at a considerably fast level. It is important to denote that her record label is Panik Records, who were also responsible for two of the acts in this years' national final which was saw to the beginning of a collaboration between ERT and MAD TV. During the MAD Video Music Awards held a couple of days ago, Demy was the winner of the Best Pop Video of the Year and during her red carpet interview with the media, she was asked whether Eurovision was going to be a future aspiration. The female artist stated that she would like to learn how to become a true artist, saying that when she feels it is right to carry out the deed and represent her nation, she will but it is all about timing. Demy was a special guest at this years' proceedings performing Believe alongside Dima Bilan. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: MAD TV

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEYUfq08UAc

In 2005, Helena Paparizou rose to considerable fame across the continent following her victory at the Eurovision Song Contest with the track My Number One which she released as the lead single off her third studio album, and her first in English bearing the name The Game of Love. The market was ripe for a female pop/dance artist and success was achieved in Scadinavia, predominantly Sweden where Paparizou has lineal heritage. Despite the releases being somewhat seven to eight years old, Helena is still topping the charts in her native Greece and neighbouring Cyprus but she would like to have a go at Sweden once more as seen with her guest performance at last years' Melodifestivalen.

Following her departure from Sony Music Greece earlier this year and signing to EMI Music Greece instead, she has also found a Swedish recording label, Lionheart Records who are willing to release her English material within the market. With parent company Universal Music behind the label, and artists such as Robin Stjernberg and Anna Bergendahl featuring on the roster, Helena is poised to succeed. Her latest release entitled Save Me (This Is An SOS) has caused a storm on the digital chart peaking at number #11 despite her prolonged absence. It is thought that an album in English will be following in the next couple of months. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: iTunes 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRpZMOGAE7E

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