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On the 16th August, the RIX FM Festival in Sweden will return for a 14th consecutive year, and as always, the line-up has been carefully thought of, with a mixture of Scandi-Pop royalty, and artists who have had their fair share of target practice with the Eurovision Song Contest in the past.

This year, with the re-emergence of Helena Paparizou, winner of the 2005 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, it comes as no surprise that she has been included in the line-up and there she will be joining none other than Sanna Nielsen, second runner at the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Other notable guests are Robin Stjernberg, representative of Sweden back in 2013, as well as Amanda Fondell, the former Idol winner who competed against Robin both in the talent competition and Melodifestivalen and last but not least Adelen, who was responsible for one of the biggest hits in Norway back in 2013 with Bombo, a song which finished in second place at the Melodi Grand Prix. For more such news, stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter.

Source: RIX FM Festival


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


Sanna Nielsen, runner-up at Melodifestivalen back in 2008 with the track Empty Room co-written by Bobby Ljunggren and Aleena Gibson, is considered to be the artist to beat at next years’ Swedish extravaganza, according to national bookmakers who are already taking money prior to the presentation of the actual songs. For the very first time ever, Sanna is not working with Bobby Ljunggren and has turned to Fredrik Kempe, Hamed "K-One" Pirouzpanah and David Kreuger. The latter individual was responsible for Westlife’s hit track If I Let You Go.

Whilst bookmakers have a habit of pointing out the obvious, it is important to denote that the next three (3) artists in line to represent Sweden, according to the general public are YOHIO, runner-up at the 2013 edition of the Melodifestivalen; Anton Ewald, another finalist at this years' Melodifestivalen and Helena Paparizou, representative of Greece and winner of the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest. At this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Robin Stjerberg represented Sweden with the song You co-written by Linnea Deb, Joy Deb and Joakim Harestad Haukaas. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Oddschecker


SVT, the national broadcaster in Sweden, and responsible for the nations' participation at the Eurovision Song Contest organised a press conference earlier today in order to announce the names of the entries, songwriters and artists competing in the first two semi-finals of next years' edition of the Melodifestivalen. The format, albeit unchanged, will include four (4) semi-finals, a second chance round and the final, all of which will be spread out over six (6) weeks. At the end of this period, new careers will commence whilst renowned stars will find solace in hit singles. The only other competition to produce similar results is Sanremo, as competing entries are known to make the official singles chart for several weeks after the showcase.

Sweden are organising their national selection following a triumphant organisation of the Eurovision Song Contest and they might have already set their sights on success pertaining to the first list of artists revealed by Christer Bjorkman during a Press Conference. Two former Eurovision Song Contest representatives have been included in the line-up and they are none other than; Helena Paparizou, winner of the event back in 2005 on behalf of Greece and Martin Stenmarck who was responsible for starting the nations' bout of bad results back in 2005. It is also worth pointing out that there are some former participants who have made the cut. Some surprises are also set to be announced on Thursday as the remaining sixteen (16) entries are revealed in another Press Conference.

Semi-Final 1 (Malmo)

Aleo - Mahan Moin (Mahan Moin / Andrez Wrethov)

Bedroom - Alvaro Estrella (Erixson / Bordon / Francis / Östergren)

Bröder - Linus Svennin (Fredrik Kempe)

Bygdens Son - Sylvester Schlegel (Sylvester Schlegel)

Casanova - Elisa Lindström (Forsman / Ljunggren / Jansson)

Songbird - Ellen Benediktson (Vaughn / Fransson / Larsson / Lundgren)

Survivor - Helena Paparizou (Ljunggren / Wikstrom / Kjellholm / Vaughn)

To The End - Yohio (Johnsson / Lyander / Kvint / Yohio)

Semi-Final 2 (Linkoping)

Efter Solsken - Panetoz (Hirvi / Lie Skåre / Baheru / Badjie)

Glow - Manda (Joy Deb / Linnéa Deb / Melanie Wehbe / Charlie Mason)

I Am Somebody - Pink Pistols (Tonqvist / Geli / Hed / Päivärinta / Bäckström)

Love Trigger - JEM (G:Son / Boström / Santos)

När änglarna går hem - Martin Stenmarck (Öhrn / Bard / Stenmarck / Boström)

Hallelujah - The Refreshments (Joakim Arnell)

Undo - Sanna Nielsen (Kempe / Kreuger / Pirouzpanah)

escflashmalta.com has noted that there are several interesting options, based on the reputation of such artists and songwriters who have been given the opportunity to participate in next years' edition of the Melodifestivalen. Also, we would like to congratulate regular escflashmalta.com contributor, Sharon Vaughn who has worked with the likes of Agnes, The Wanted and Delta Goodrem who will be competing with two (2) songs, including with one of the early fan-favourites. Sharon Vaughn will be joining the Critical Eye feature for the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: SVT


My Number One, performed by Helena Paparizou on behalf of Greece at the 2005 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was the outright winner, pushing Angel sung to perfection by Chiara for Malta into second place. The Greek/Swedish vocalist is hoping for a return to the elite competition by virtue of accepting a wildcard to perform at the 2014 edition of the Melodifestivalen with a song written by Bobby Ljunggren, Henrik Wikström and escflashmalta.com contributor Sharon Vaughn. The song, which is described as a catchy pop anthem will also be featuring on Paparizou's upcoming studio album which will be exclusively released from the Scandinavian market.

SVT, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest is currently lining up some astonishing acts for the competition including; Linda Bengtzing, Sanna Nielsen, Dr Alban and Yohio. The news was hinted by the tabloid Aftonbladet but our friends and colleagues from OIKOTIMES were in a position to confirm this news item. Former winners of the Eurovision Song Contest have had mixed fortunes upon their return to the competition as seen with Dana Internation with her entry Ding Dong which failed to reach the final in 2011. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about Sweden's participation in the illustious event.

Source: Aftonbladet, Oikotimes.com


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 


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


An exclusive piece of information released by our colleagues at oikotimes.com shows that the Greek national final will be taking place on Monday 18th February and will be including a stunning line-up of international guests with spectacular surprises all throughout the evening. This will be the first time the selection is being organized in collaboration between two broadcasters; ERT and MAD TV who represent two of the most popular channels in the country. It is important to denote that Eleftheria Eleftheriou was the last representative of the nation and was the first not to achieve a top ten result in almost ten years, finishing behind their neighbouring country of Cyprus for the first time in an extremely long time.

The internationally renowned portal has revealed that the selection is set to be a huge event and this is all thanks to the collaboration between the two broadcasters with MAD TV producing the show. There will be a number of international performers who will collaborate with renowned Greek artists and the pairings have been decided in the form of; Helena Paparizou with Melisses, Dima Bilan with Demy, Alexander Rybak with Kostas Martakis, Ruslana with Eleni Foureira and last but not least, Marija Serifovic with the group Vegas. The first representative to make his way to the selection will be the Greek selection will be the Cypriot representative. More guest stars will be revealed shortly. In a press conference set to take place on the 4th February, more details about the show including the hosts and the venue will be revealed. The general artistic director for the show will be Fokas Evaggelinos, who has taken care of several entries for the Eurovision Song Contest in the past. This is sure to be a huge spectacle with a large viewership. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news from Greece.
Source: oikotimes


Melodifestivalen, the Swedish national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest has always been known to be organized on a huge scale due to the fact that the Scandinavian country can boast several resources but nevertheless, the results following a victory have almost always been disappointing with their last ever try going to Roger Pontare and his track Spirits Are Calling My Name which finished in a surprisingly encouraging seventh place in 2000 as opposed to what happened the previous time when Christer Bjorkman had done the honour in 1992 with the ballad entitled I morgon är en annan dag finishing in twenty second place with just nine points. The upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is being staged in Malmö and it seems that the broadcaster, SVT, does not only want to put up an exceptional show but also be represented by a great entry noting that the submissions reflect an increase in the quality of names rather than numbers. The provisional list as posted by Aftonbladet tends to be quite correct.

According to the initial reports, the main names to be included in next years' selection process are actually two former winners of the Eurovision Song Contest, the first being none other than three time representative Carola who last did her nation proud in 2006 with the song Invincible and the second being two time representative Helena Paparizou who last took part in 2005, winning the competition for her native Greece. Her mixture in terms of heritage is quite intriguing and Christer Bjorkman has been hoping to get her on board for quite some time. Amongst the others names who have been mentioned, there are the likes of multiple Melodifestivalen attendees such as Sarah Dawn Finer who played the role of hostess last year alongside Mans Zelmerow who was the host in the previous year and last but not least Linda Bengtzing who is known for performing Schlager uptempo songs in Swedish. There were a couple of other names from the last edition of the competition, those being David Lindgren and Sean Banan but former participants such as Cookies N Beans as well as Jessica Folcker and Jessica Andersson will surely be draw cards. One of the names which was not mentioned on the list by Aftonbladet was that of Tone Damli, but then again, Expressen, another Swedish tabloid did include her in their respective list. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as we follow the proceedings unravel in the days and weeks to come.

Source: Aftonbladet


One of the main subjects that has been circulating in the past couple of years is surely the possibility of the return of Helena Paparizou to the world of the Eurovision Song Contest noting that the victory achieved in 2005 with the song My Number One was on behalf of half of her heritage, the one being Greek and it seems that Sweden would like her to do the honours this time round. The discussions between Melodifestivalen Coordinator, Christer Bjorkman and the artist have never come to a positive conclusion but it seems that Helena has just changed her management and they are looking at the possibility of her making a comeback in the event as it heads into Sweden in 2013.

Since winning the 2005 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Helena has enjoyed considerable success across the board noting that she has released five studio albums and one greatest hits compilation, all of which have peaked at number #1 or #2 in the Greek or the Cypriot charts. Recent reports have suggested that the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will be one of the biggest yet and therefore, it would be a great opportunity for her to showcase a new sound to the Scandinavian audiences, a market which she can target well due to her half Swedish heritage. In recent months, Helena has been doing a lot of promotion in the country noting that she appeared in the local version of Let's Dance and also made a guest appearance at Melodifestivalen performing her take on the 2011 Swedish Eurovision entry 'Popular' originally performed by Eric Saade. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of such news items.

Source: escflashmalta.com