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Good Morning! All of the delegations competing in the semi-finals have arrived at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on the fourth day of rehearsals because the shows' first technical runs will officially come to a close today as the press centre will officially open as from tomorrow. Following a somewhat error free two days, yesterday posed a couple of problems in terms of sound quality where Malta and Bulgaria were involved although all of the issues were fixed as the runs went along. SVT, the host broadcaster is very well organised and thus are keeping their reputation in tact. Some of the camera shots requested by delegations will be executed during the second rehearsal which will be completely open to the scrutiny of the media. escflashmalta.com in collaboration with Eurovision Ireland, escXtra and Radio International are bringing you all of the latest from the rehearsals.

escflashmalta.com thanks to Juergen Boernig, the Head of Press is currently also processing a couple of video interviews with artists who will be representing their country at the Eurovision Song Contest and some of those uploaded include Ryan Dolan from Ireland and Dina Garipova who will be represent Russia. In the meantime, you may also have a look at our photo gallery whilst staying up to date through both our pages on Facebook and Twitter. Today will mark the conclusion of the second semi-final and therefore, we continue see through the competition that Gianluca will be facing during the Thursday showcase. We would like to remind you that the second semi-final on escflashmalta.com will be commented upon by Antoine Farrugia, Senior Editor as well as Davinia, second runner-up at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and four time Solo Bay Music Award winner, Christabelle.

Greece

One of the few uptempo numbers in this years' competition in a genre that is rarely submitted into the Eurovision Song Contest, that being Ska. The backdrop itself is made to look modern during the performance with the colour scheme used being a mixture of dark and light colours, for example black with yellow. Koza Mostra along with Agathon Iakovidis are dressed very casually for the first technical rehearsal so it is rather unknown whether this will be their attire for the night of the semi-final. The group have their instruments with them and this is all still funny and very much enjoyable. It is a rather good start to the day and one definitely cannot lament about the actual vocals, which are solid throughout each run.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jh0Jofe3cPE

Israel

Translating this from the stage of the national final to the Eurovision Song Contest has been rather effortless considering that ballads should benefit from the lighting. Moran, who has been seen as the artist with the least fashion sense on the choice of the attire at Kdam is seemingly set to use the same dress for the international showcase. There is no gimmick in this particular track with Moran standing in the middle of the stage and belting out her beautiful ballad. She is joined on stage with two backing vocalists and this is all sounding extremely well on television. The addition of a pianist suits the songs as well and one cannot fault any decisions taken in the performance because this should qualify with relative ease.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slkxIzLeU88

Armenia

Their return was much more anticipated when people where discussing the possibility of a return from Sirusho but it was then revealed that The Dorians would be honouring the country. The song itself is not bad and is written within a specific genre, that being a rock type of ballad with the emphasis on the former considering that it was indeed written by Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath. The vocals in this one are strong and one would definitely not mind listening to it after the beauty of Israel but nevertheless, it does come across as slightly dull and boring. We know it's relatively early but then again, the energy seems to be missing in every run, hence why this is branded as dull. Nevertheless, this is Armenia competing in a weaker semi-final, so it will qualify!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZRvk3xPlFk

Hungary

A song which I personally like to listen to especially if I would like to relax a bit. ByeAlex will not be alone on stage, as he will be joined by two backing singers, one of which will also be playing the guitar. Following Armenia, this also seems rather dull in terms of performance or maybe it seems that the artists forgot to bring their 'A-Game' to the rehearsals. The idea of just standing there on this stage does not really work especially if you're presenting a mid-tempo kind of track. Some people have choreographies with their ballads, so certain things have be to be thought of well. The backdrop is the music video, the one with the cartoon and that is a nice element to the song. I am not sure on what this will achieve but it might be on the border to qualify.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuBTSGzfO1o

Norway

It just so happens that I have just received the promotional disc accompanying the entry from Norway in this years' Eurovision Song Contest. Our colleagues in Malmo have come forward that after two run throughs, Margaret Berger is having some issues with her in-ear monitor, similar to the problems that Malta faced yesterday. Funnily enough, this always seems to happen following the break. Margaret is clad in the same dress she was wearing at the Melodi Grand Prix, with some minor adjustments but nevertheless, why change a winning package. The vocals are troubling, even in the second run through where the technical issue has been sorted out. The only differences that one could note from the national final is that there are three backing vocals on stage.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9ftmKkSsfs

Albania

Rock! The first word that comes to mind when this entry comes up on my iPod and even though this genre can be melodic, I cannot find anything positive with regards to the track. It was one of the worst entries during the national final in my opinion especially in comparison to around five entries which could have represented them. Nevertheless, this will be picking up the specific vote of people who might not be in tune with the Eurovision Song Contest but love this kind of music. Across the screens, this is a bit messy but nothing that cannot be fixed whilst the vocals fit in accordingly with the music. Coming after a pretty disappointing rehearsal from Norway is helping them out a bit. Still can't see this qualifying!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83-63jzXG2w

Georgia

In this weak semi-final, the average song would definitely sound better and not too many songs can actually sound worse after Albania. The beauty of Georgia lies within the vocals of Sophie & Nodi, noting that the spark between them seems real and very much alive. In each run-through, despite having some fine tuning issues, the vocals have been beyond perfect. The female artist is clad in a long white and light blue dress, along with a couple of sparly bits on the shoulders whilst the male is wearing a typical suit. There are three backing vocalists, all female and one of them having joined Olivia Lewis back in 2007. The backdrop as expected features a waterfall.  This is definitely qualifying and could, with the right draw make an Azerbaijan 2011 impact. 

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

Switzerland

For some bizarre reason, this is currently doing well in terms of polling numbers despite not really setting the betting odds on fire. The staging is pretty much kept the same as it was during the national final but since the loss of the uniforms and their actual name, the whole performance has started to fall flat. One of the most positive elements about this is definitely the vocals but they also seemed to tire out after just a run or two. Switzerland will most likely not be in the final for the second consecutive year and probably hitting the latter part of the table towards the end. Rather disappointing as the chorus of the song is quite catchy yet it is just not coming across, at all!

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

Romania

Cezar seems to have taken the path of the devil in terms of this performance but nevertheless, he is also sporting a cruxifix, so that could be something to consider both as 'art and gutsy' at the same time. He is clad in a black, long coat, slightly metallic-looking and showcasing his phsique after receving various compliments from the fans of the Eurovision Song Contest. Whilst not being lifted in the air throughout the performance, there is something that sees him lift up but it seems that he is indeed just moving forward. The effect on camera is stunning. The vocals are as expected, good but don't know whether Europe will go for this. It seems to be a marginal qualifier, possibly taking a spot from someone who fails. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9Yd_XtPQVg

Sharon Vaughn from the United States, Martin Isherwood from the United Kingdom and Stano Simor from the Czech Republic represent diverse music scenes in their respective nations with their contributions duly noted across the year. Their aim in joining this feature is to see what lies beneath each track of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The first semi-final along with the three finalist countries voting there have long been concluded as we edge towards the mid-way of the second semi-final. Attention turns to Greece whose broadcaster, ERT has been drawn in slot number #9 with the producers thinking this position best. The song entitled Alcohol is Free is co-written by Stathis Pachidis and Ilias Kozas whilst the vocalists will be none other than the group, Koza Mostra featuring. Agathon Iakovidis.

Ilias Kozas, as the lead singer of the band Cabaret Balkan, one of the best Greek Balkan Bands, in their most creative period. Kozas had a restless mind with many significant collaborations, and he sought a more personal way of expressing himself. He realised his goal by forming the band Koza Mostra, which became one of the most famous Balkan, ska bands in Greece. Christos Kalaitzopoulos, Born on February 22nd, in Ptolemaida, Northern Greece. He started studying accordion with Aleksandar Tchuev. He has twice won the first prize in the Greek Accordionists competition and once the second prize at Star Ways, Kragujevac. Co-founder of the group “Los Mujeros” he participated at a very young age in several gigs such as Schoolwave 07, 08, 09.

Vassilis Nalbantis was born in Kozani. He had the opportunity to play and record as a full member or guest artist, with bands and orchestras from almost every music gender: A funk-reggae band called Orchestra Sonora, the Balkan-swing band Melios Balkana Mama, pop-RnB band Elements, surf band Meanwhile in Mexico, reggae band Global Vibe, electronica-dub trip-hop band Auditors Domination, and the Balkan-ska-punk band Koza Mostra. Alex Archontis was born in Thessaloniki, on May 23rd, 1984. In 2005, he joined Cayetano’s live band and performed all over Greece. Succeeding the tour with Cayetano, he joined the band Emigre as a session musician and he participated in the recordings of three albums. Finally, in September 2011 he met with Ilias Kozas and joined the newly formed band Koza Mostra. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3G2nOlydtQ

Stelios Siomos was born in Thessaloniki, on December 16th, 1980. He discovered his passion for music at a very young age and he formed his first band James Down playing soul, funk music and participating in local gigs. Further down the road he joined Koza Mostra where he performs as a musician. Agathon Iakovidis is devoted to rebetiko music, loyally serving it since 1973, refusing to sing any other –even more popular- styles. He is a keen collector of vinyl records of rare rebetiko recordings. In 1977, Iakovidis created the Rebetiko band of Thessaloniki and he released two records. In 1981 he moved to Athens, where he worked with famous musicians such as: Kostas Papadopoulos, George Koros, Vassilis Soukas, Lazaros Koulaxidis, Nikos Filippidis, Nikos Chatzopoulos and many others. He has toured all around Greece, Europe and USA.

Greece organised a national selection in conjuction with MAD Television for this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest due to financial constraints. The idea was to bring about record labels to contribute artists and this was the case in the four entry selection process. In the meantime, the nation is one of the most success in the international competition especially since 2001 when the group Antique took to the stage with the song Die for You finishing in third place. A couple of years later, in 2005, Helena Paparizou who was the lead singer of the aforementioned group took the crown with the song My Number One just ahead of Chiara who is currently making headlines in Malta for her track Żarbun. Following eight consecutive years in the top ten, the country did not sustain such a positive outcome in 2012 with Aphrodisiac by Eleftheria Eleftheriou finishing in seventeenth place with just sixty-four points. 

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 67%

Martin Isherwood: The title will probably go down well! Only managed to get the chorus lyrics - I presume the rest is about booze. Good mix of ideas. Truly 'Madness' Booze, bouzoukis, kilts and ska - great combination.

Sharon Vaughn: Fun and well performed but too frantic for the listener to receive the full impact

Stano Simor: Up-tempo "SKA" song. This type of song normally works because the people act funny. Title of the song is well thought out as well.  Singing melody is more near the Russian songs rather than Greece though. It seems to me that this could very well be the intention of the group and the nation, to try and lure Eastern Europe. Don’ t think it can jump to the top positions.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3k2MOJOkKg

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

Helena Paparizou, winner of the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2005 remains one of the most popular vocalists in Greece and it seems that her brand new record deal with EMI Music could just be what she required to take the next step. In recent weeks, fans of the international showcase had the opportunity to view a duet which featured Helena and Vicky Leandros during the Greek national final in which Apres Toi was performed in both French and Greek. This was a true treat for everyone involved and it was the first time that the two popular icones shared the stage. Many were surprised to learn that Paparizou left Sony Music Greece but nevertheless, this is definitely the beginning of a new era as signalled by a brand new single.

At this point in time, looking at the discography, Helena Paparizou has released a total of five studio albums including a compilation of greatest hits and all except the latter have managed to peak at number #1 in Greece whilst also managed to enter the top #2 in Cyprus. Her latest record which is as yet untitled and to be released through EMI Music Greece is being preceded by the first single entitled Poso M'Aresei which translates into How I Like. This will be the first Greek single since 2010 and having already given it a listen, one has to denote that it sounds fantastic. Helena Paparizou has always remained connected to the Eurovision Song Contest and whilst she has not ruled out a return, it seems unlikely she will send in a contribution as the main performer although co-writing is definitely not out of the question. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: EMI Music Greece

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYxsLbd-1ss

Sunday, 24 March 2013 16:26

Greece: Koza Mostra release Debut Album

Elias Kozas on vocals, Alexis Arhontis on drums, Stelios Siomos on guitar, Dimitris Christonis on bass guitar, Christos Kalaintzopoulos on accordion and Vasilis Nalmpantis on trumpet make up the group known as Koza Mostra and alongside Agathonas Iakovidis, they will representing Greece in the second half of the second semi-final of this years' Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place in the city of Malmo, found in Sweden. Despite officially forming last year, the group has become nationally popular following their several gigs, now totalling to more than a hundred (100). The debut album by Koza Mostra took quite a while to record and produce but it has indeed arrived.

Alcohol Is Free is the name of the song that they will be performing at this years' Eurovision Song Contest and it is one of the tracks on the album which bears the name Keep Up The Rhythm. One of the most intriguing tracks in the album though is surely the six minute version of the entry which they will be performing in May. They had to re-edit the song in order to fit in accordance with the rules as stipulated by the European Broadcasting Union. ERT organised this years' national selection with aid from private broadcaster, MAD and as a matter of fact, it seems that they have been working on the financing of the whole participation. Koza Mostra have been gaining credibility and will look to continue the 100% qualification record of the nation. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news from this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: esctoday.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3k2MOJOkKg

In the past couple of hours, it seems that national broadcasters have been sending the official video clips of their respective entries for the Eurovision Song Contest to the European Broadcasting Union because the official channel on YouTube has been relatively busy in the past couple of hours. Cyprus unveiled their music video for An Me Thimase last night but following suit this morning is none other than their neighbouring country, Greece whose entry Alcohol is Free performed by the group Koza Mosta and Agathonas Iakovidis has been slightly re-worked for the international showcase.

Greece has always been one of the most successful countries within the Eurovision Song Contest having managed to get through to the final on each and every occasion but nevertheless, the result achieved last year was not all too positive with Eleftheria Eleftheriou finishing in a mid-table position with her entry Aphrodisiac. Due to the financial constraints that the nation is facing, ERT is working with MAD Television in order to ensure that the participation goes forward and with the help of private record labels, it should not be an issue either. The song Alcohol is Free will be performing within the second half of the second semi-final alongside Malta. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Eurovision.tv

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

Monday, 18 February 2013 21:24

Greece: 'Alcohol is Free' off to Malmö

Ethnic seems to have become a defining genre in the Greek music industry especially taking into account what type of entries have been sent to the Eurovision Song Contest in recent years, apart from what has given them success. For yet another year, ethnicity is key and the winning entry of Ellinikόs Telikόs Eurosong 2013 is none other than Alcohol is Free performed by the group Koza Mostra ft. Agathonas Iakovides. The unexpected announcement was made at half past ten just after the hosts of the evening had interviewed the two winners who have Greek ethnicity those being, Helena Paparizou and Vicky Leandros.

With the wrong decision this evening, the country might have failed to continue on their perfect one hundred percent qualification record but nevertheless, the right choice was made and thus, they will be sure to head into the final with a track that mixes pop, ethnic and folk in a mere three minutes. The lyrics are silly but the music is catchy. It is worth noting in the end that Platinium Records were victorious over Panik Records with the two record labels presenting two entries each. Greece will be competing in second part of the second semi-final alongside Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek with vocals provided by Gianluca Bezzina which is competing in the first part. This years' Eurovision Song Contest is taking place in Malmö, Sweden. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: ERT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPvX5GXF8z4

In 2004, the European Broadcasting Union introduced the semi-final system within the Eurovision Song Contest and one of the countries to have successful managed to still make the final round on each respective occasion has been Greece. The Hellenic nation has managed to finish in the top ten for eight successive years, before finishing in seventeenth place last year with the track Aphrodisiac performed by Eleftheria Eleftheriou. ERT has been facing serious financial issues in recent months and will be taking part following their successful venture with MAD TV.The selection entitled Eurosong 2013: A MAD Show will be broadcasted online through the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest, the ERT Online Channel as well as the YouTube Channel of MAD TV.

This evenings' national final is set to take place within the Gazi Music Hall in Athens, the capital city of Greece and host of the 2006 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest whilst the collaborative broadcasters have selected Despina Vandi and Giorgos Kapoutzidis as hosts. The artistic direction of the show has been entrusted to Fokas Evangelinos, and he has selected several artists to be present this evening as guest stars including former Eurovision Song Contest winners; Dima Bilan, Ruslana, Alexander Rybak, Marija Serifovic, Vicky Leandros, and Elena Paparizou as well as a number of artists, some of which were national final participants including; Demy, Eleftheria Eleftheriou, Ivi Adamou, Kostak Martakis and Melisses. One of the most anticipated performances of the evening will surely be that of Despina Olympiou who was selected as the Cypriot representative a couple of days back with the track An Me Thimase which she will perform this evening.

The Show (Part 1)

Well, this years' national final is looking to be quite grand considering that MAD TV are currently hosting a red carpet show with the guest artists of the evening, performers who have either already done their country proud in the Eurovision Song Contest or others who have yet to show interest to represent Greece in the renowned competition. Kostas Martakis seems to be all grown up from the 2008 competition whilst other acts such as Eleni Fourreri look all glamourous as they anticipate the evening. The former winners of the Eurovision Song Contest are currently being introduced with the female host for the evening somewhat accompanying them all. Her male counterpart has just joined on and it looks like they are hoping to host the international spectacle with such ensembles. The professional panel of judges is currently being introduced and it includes Vicky Leandros who won the competition on behalf of Luxembourg.

Ruslana is the first former Eurovision Song Contest to take to the stage and as expected, she is performing the track Wild Dances in a duet with a Grreek artist and honestly, it's like watching an escalating fighting. Next up is Marija Serifovic with Molitva and she will be joined on stage by the popular Greek group, Melisses who have tried to represent the country in the Eurovision Song Contest in the past. This should be an intriguing concept and indeed, the lead singer of Melisses is giving this a rock touch. Marija comes on stage wearing black attire matched with her sunglasses. Stunning performance. The trend of former winners for this evening continue as Alexander Rybak's Fairytale is being performed by Kostas Martakis who tried to represent Greece in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest. He comes onto the stage and playing the violin prior to singing. They are enjoying themselves on stage and end up both dancing. 

One of the biggest stars in the Greek music industry takes to the stage for the fourth performance of former Eurovision Song Contest winners because she's joining Dima Bilan and indeed, she is doing a great job of the song Believe and the audience seem to appreciate it. He is wearing a black suit and honestly, he does look better than he did in 2008 but nevertheless, this is a good performance. It has been a predominantly long break followed by a set of green room interviews. Helena Paparizou, the only winner on behalf of Greece is back to the stage and she looks amazing in that dress which has different shades of blue but what is it with her appearance? Weird. Anyways. this was the track that beat Malta into second place and despite the remix, still sounds great. It's time for the actual selection process to begin with Panik and Platinium records presenting two entries each this evening.

Running Order

The One Last Kiss - Thomai Apergi

It seems that Thomai thinks she is a star considering that she has a million of them on her long floorlength black dress. She is joined on stage by a guitarist, a trumpet player, a saxophone player and a cellist but personally I would have opted for a bit of choreography. The vocals are relatively good considering that people have been downplaying her chances. This is my favourite this evening and it seems that she might do better than expected because that performance just came across pretty well. This pop/swing jazz tune would have done really well in Malta noting that both Amber and Davinia would have done the track proud with their sultry vocals.

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

Angel - Alex Leon ft. Giorgina

The second performance of the evening features a Chiara, Hera Bjork look-a-like doing the main vocals for what seems to be an ethnic inspired dance track. The staging is quite impressive with four male dancers. The vocals are just spot on this evening from Giorgina and for the very first time since it was released, I must say that I very much believe she might be able to finish on top this evening. Alex Leon is playing the DJ this evening and his role is somewhat put to the backside of the stage. Towards the end of the performance, Giorgina is really forcing her vocals and she might suffer with the jury for that.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfYHr6qyQSo

Alcohol Is Free - Koza Mostra & Agathonas Iakovidis

Koza Mostra were the precompetition favourites really and one could instantly understand why considering that this is an extremely catchy track. The lyrics might be silly and somewhat stupid but nevertheless, the melody is infectious. Joining their performance is a folk performer and it seems that several people are showing interest. The vocals are in tune and their craziness is definitely being displayed through what seem to be a special type of kilts. This is really coming across well on screen and they could triumph in such a mediocre selection which despite being hyped up lacks in quality. I am not sure but Greece might not do as well as some people expect.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPvX5GXF8z4

Hilies Kai Mia Nychtes - Aggeliki Iliadi

The final performer of the evening is wearing a long white dress with slits literally up to her waist and she is joined on stage by four male dancers who are all clothed this time round. This is the most ethnic track presented and the vocals have to be good for it to be presented in the best possible manner and despite, not understanding a word, it seems that she is conducting herself well. The song in itself is boring and repetitive and I just cannot see it succeeding during the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. I wouldn't know which track to select really but the ones which I somewhat liked were songs one and three.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3X5VpFPv3JM

The Show (Part 2)

Following the four performances, the hosts are back on stage and they open the tele-voting following a recap to remind the public which tracks are competing to represent Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest. It is quite a daunting selection and with the wrong song choice, Greece might really suffer in the second semi-final where it will be competing alongside Malta's Gianluca Bezzina with the track Tomorrow. Next up, the Greek and Cypriot representatives from 2012; Eleftheria Eleftheriou and Ivi Adamou who perform their tracks Aphrodisiac and La La Love. Cyprus are definitely sending quality and have in my opinion, a better track than any of the ones which Greece will send. She looks like Celine Dion and there is a bit of tonality in the vocals which resemble that. This is a beautiful ballad although as many have stated, it might be forgotten during the Eurovision Song Contest.

Interviews with the four competing acts have just been held and another recap is shown. The hosts are back on stage and now, Despina is wearing a beautiful yellow dress whilst her male counterpart is wearing a black and blue suit. Dima Bilan, Ruslana, Alexander Rybak and Marija Serifovic are back on stage and they seem to be speaking to each artist individually. Dima Bilan has learnt Greek and compliments the hostess. It seems that the viewers are being treated to a top ten of favourite performances across the years. Following another round of adverts and chats with the participants backstage, Vicky Leandros takes to the stage and she performs in her native Greek, clearly playback. Helena Paparizou and Vicky Leandros are currently being interviewed live on stage. In an unexpected announcement, Koza Mostra & Agathonas Iakovidis are crowned winners of Eurosong 2013 - A MAD Show.

Wednesday, 06 February 2013 13:42

Greece: Video Clips Premiere Online

ERT, in collaboration with MAD TV will be hosting this years' national selection as they select an entry which will represent Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malmo, Sweden. It has been noted by the media that the production values are through the roof and that the commercial broadcaster is putting a lot of work to make sure that everything is deemed to be a success. In a press conference held earlier today, the four entries that will be competing to represent Greece were officially presented through professionally produced video clips.

As expected, none of the entries are typical of what Greece has sent to the Eurovision Song  Contest in recent years and therefore, one should not be expecting a remake of My Number One by Helena Paparizou or Aphrodisiac by Eleftheria Eleftheriou. Language also seems to be becoming an issue considering that two entries have been presented in English and another two have been presented in Greek but nevertheless, Platinum and Panik Records should be commended for putting their artists forward and creating a selection process which is inspired.

One Last Kiss - Thomai Apergi

Hilies Kai Mia Nichtes - Aggeliki Illiadi

Angel - Alex Leon ft. Giorgina

Alcohol is Free - Koza Mostra ft. Agathonas Iakovides

Eurosong 2013 - A Mad Show will be taking place in the centre of Athens, within the Gazi Music Hall which is known to hold around three thousand people in terms of audience. The show taking place on the 18th February is set to be aired on ET-1, which is the main broadcasting channel of ERT as well as the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest. We would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news from Greece as they try and achieve success in the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: ERT

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

Tuesday, 05 February 2013 17:59

Greece: Song Titles of Entries Revealed

Greece is one of the most successgul countries at the Eurovision Song Contest having managed to put a spell on both the juries and the viewers at home for a number of years but their magic seems be running out especially following their seventeenth place result in 2012 with Aphrodisiac performed by Eleftheria Eleftheriou. They will be taking a different route in 2013 by virtue of the genres that the artists in the selection process are known to perform. In a collaboration between ERT and MAD TV, this years' final will surely be one of the best in Europe in terms of organisation.

The four artists which had been revealed to the public a couple of weeks ago will be officially presented with their respective song titles during a press conference that will be taking place tomorrow at 12:30 CET but nevertheless, no Greek selection would be complete without a leak and the song titles leaked earlier today as could be seen below. The interval acts which had also been announced a couple of weeks ago will surely be a highlight during the show especially when one takes into account that there will be performances by Helena Paparizou, Alexander Rybak, Marija Serifovic, Ruslana and Dima Bilan amongst others.

One Last Kiss - Thomai Apergi

Hilies Kai Mia Nichtes - Aggeliki Illiadi

Angel - Alex Leon ft. Giorgina

Alcohol is Free - Koza Mostra ft. Agathonas Iakovides

This years' selection process has been aptly titled Eurosong 2013 - A Mad Show and will be taking place in the centre of Athens, within the Gazi Music Hall which is known to hold around three thousand people in terms of audience. The show taking place on the 18th February is set to be aired on ET-1, which is the main broadcasting channel of ERT as well as the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest. We would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news from Greece as they try and achieve success in the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place in Sweden.

Source: Oikotimes

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