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In an interview with Juergen Boernig and David Mann of Radio International and Radio W12P, two (2) of the finalists in the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest  revealed their intentions to submit entries for next years’ national selection; hinting at the possibility of a duet. Amber and Franklin; two vocalists whose public acumen has been on the increase in recent years, were present as spectators of the Malta Music Awards, supporting Firelight and their entry Coming Home, which was one of the guest acts during the evening of the 9th February 2014.

Amber, the female vocalist who has been compared to Amy Winehouse on more than one (1) occasion finished in fourth (4th) place for the second (2nd) successive year, as she belted out her classical piano ballad Because I Have You composed by Paul Giordimaina to the lyrics of Fleur Balzan. The song is the most successful in this years’ competition according to digital sales; having managed to peak at number #1 on iTunes less than twenty-four (24) hours within its release. Whilst visibly excited for what the future holds, she kept the cards close to her chest in stated that she will most likely work on a completely different genre for next year.

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Franklin, a male vocalist with a vocal range which knows no boundaries clearly aims to reach the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest, wanting a duet with Pastora Soler or Zlata Ognevich, who represented Spain and Ukraine in the 2012 and 2013 editions of the continental competition. Coached by a former representative in the form of Glen Vella; Franklin made it through to the final stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest for the very first time in 2014 by virtue of the song Love Will Take Me Home co-written by Glen Vella, Michael James Down, Beatrice Eriksson and Marcus Frenell. When asked about the possibility of working with Amber on a duet, the two kept their options open, stating that their friendship could also bring them together through song.

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The idea of these two (2) vocal powerhouses coming together is definitely a concept which should not be underestimated, considering that the right song would be more of an issue than the actual performance, having proven to the audience and the jury on more than one (1) occasion that they are more than capable of giving an outstanding performance. If you have not purchased Because I Have You on iTunes but wish to do so, please visit the store. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news about the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Radio International

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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.

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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

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Mid-August, and the team of Radio International led by Juergen Boernig continues to help one deal with the absence of new material as summer somewhat brings down the Eurovision Song Contest preperations. 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.

Moje 3, a trio made up of Mirna Radulović, Nevena Božović, and Sara Jovanović were specifically brought together following The Voice of Serbia in an attempt to create the ultimate girlband with the Eurovision Song Contest being their debut. Their entry entitled Ljubav Je Svuda co-written by Saša Milošević Mare and Marina Tucaković failed to get through the first semi-final, finishing in eleventh place with forty-six (46) points, just six points behind Estonia who had come in tenth place. This evening, Radio International will be chatting to the girls for the final time noting that they have officially disbanded and will be pursuing other projects as solo artists. They made it clear that the project was just set for the Eurovision Song Contest and quite frankly, it did not prove successful. Other interviews to be aired during this weeks' episode; Who See (Montenegro 2013), Nodi & Sopho (Georgia 2013), Per (Latvia 2013) and Hannah Mancini (Slovenia 2013).

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There will also be a number of new releases played throughout the three hours, including tracks by Alex Sparrow (Russia 2011), Johnny Logan (Ireland 1980, 1987), Maya Sar (Bosnia & Herzegovina 2012), Agnetha Faltskorg (Sweden 1974), Nina Badric (Croatia 2012), 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: Press Release

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It's August and Radio International hosted by Juergen Boernig has been with you post Eurovision Song Contest with a number of features from the world of the international competition. 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.

Gianluca, the male artist who represented Malta at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat has been extremely busy upon his return from the showcase, having been given the opportunity to release his debut album and also perform alongside world renowned tenor, Joseph Calleja. Apart from that, this evening, he is also sharing the stage with three time Eurovision Song Contest winner, Johnny Logan from Ireland as they perform at the Għaxaq Music Festival. Gianluca is taking time out of his busy schedule for an exclusive live interview with Radio International as he discusses current projects and also his first studio collection entitled Waiting for Tomorrow which is currently on pre-order through digital store, iTunes. Other interviews to be aired during this weeks' episode; Lys Assia (Switzerland 1956-1958), Valentina Monetta (San Marino 2012-2014), Krista Siegfrids (Finland 2013), Roberto Bellarosa (Belgium 2013) and Ryan Dolan (Ireland 2013).

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There will also be a number of new releases played throughout the three hours, including tracks by Alex Sparrow (Russia 2011), Nadine Beiler (Austria 2011), Maya Sar (Bosnia & Herzegovina 2012), Agnetha Faltskorg (Sweden 1974), Nina Badric (Croatia 2012), Birgit Oigemeel (Estonia 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: Press Release

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In recent days, the host broadcaster of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest unveiled the dates in which the competition is set to take place, these being 6th, 8th and 10th May 2014 but nevertheless both the city and the venue are yet to be revealed. Malta is one of the seventeen countries who have already confirmed participation within the event. 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.

Gianluca, with his entry Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat achieved the best result for Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest since Angel performed by Chiara in 2005. The cheery track which has also entered the charts in the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands and Ireland finished in eighth place. As a result of the positive result, the Public Broadcasting Services has also confirmed participation in next years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Denmark. Gianluca speaks about his experiences at the Pan-European event during the course of the evening. In the meantime, another Maltese artist who was interviewed was Glen Vella whose One Life represented the country in 2011, failing to get through by just a meager one point at the expence of Switzerland.

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Another country which is surely basking in hot temperatures, at least on the southern side is surely Spain who were represented by El Sueno de Morfeo (ESDM) at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The track entitled Contigo Hasta El Final was written to go down well with the juries on the night but nevertheless, with an extremely shaky performance by the lead vocalist during the final, it was set for a huge disappointment garnering only a small amount of points to finish in a penultimate position. Two interviews which should have aired in previous episodes but will be played this evening include the one with Ilias from the group Koza Mostra who represented Greece earlier this year as well as Natalia Kelly whose entry Shine fronted the name of Austria at the competition.

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France has not been achieving positive results as of late noting that they have not been troubling the scoreboard on the night of the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. This year, the track L'Enfer et Moi performed by Amandine Bourgeois was selected to represent the nation and despite opening the competition, was seemingly forgotten towards the end. France 3, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of one of the highest financial contributors has been selecting the artists and the songs internally but it might be the time to change such a system. Amandine speaks of her time on Nouvelle Star and what prompted her to represent her nation at the Pan-European competition. Despite the result achieved, France have also confirmed their intentions to participate in next years' event taking place in Denmark, most likely due to the high viewing figures registered.

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There will also be a number of new releases played throughout the three hours, including tracks by Kate Ryan, who represented Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006; Glennis Grace, representative of The Netherlands at the 2005 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; Paolo Meneguzzi who represented Switzerland at the 2008 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: Press Release

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Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan was hosting the Eurovision Song Contest this time last year in a setting which was relatively different as the event was organised on a bigger scale. The idea of giving the international spectacle a more intimate feel commenced as of this year and seems to be working wonders. Nevertheless, Azerbaijan is a nation which has always used the necessary means possible to success and this is definitely seen within the results achieved by the nation across the years. Their worst result thus far is eighth place achieving during their debut with the song Day After Day performed by Elnur & Samir. 

This year, they are being represented by Farid Mammadov and his entry Hold Me which is a co-write between Dimitris Kontopoulos, John Ballard & Ralph Charlie Al Fahel. Farid had the opportunity to visit Malta this year, and as a matter of fact, an appearance on Xarabank aired on Television Malta, the main organ of the Public Broadcasting Services will be shown tomorrow evening. Following his first technical rehearsal, it seems that almost everything is going his way except for the attire but then again, that is just personal opinion. The whole setup looks impressive and the idea to have a dancer in a boxer who mimics his moves is just stunning. Juergen Boernig and his team in Sweden had the opportunity to chat with him following his rehearsal yesterday. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more interviews. 

Source: escflashmalta.com

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The focus of the day for the Maltese fans of the Eurovision Song Contest has surely been Kurt Calleja who will be honouring the small Mediterranean country in the esteemed music event in just a couple of days time as he competes in the second semi-final. The initial response to the rehearsal from foreign waters has been overwhelmingly positive actually which many saying that the song has come alive on a totally different level now that it has made the transition from a small stage to a huge stage. It will also be a sort of track that will feed off the energy of the people in general and therefore, might even be better on the night hoping that all the nerves are kept at bay on the side.

This was the very first time that Amber was part of the performance as well and we believe that she did extraordinarily well having come in as a late replacement. The performance on stage was noted to be good even through bookmakers who have shortened odds ever so slightly prompting us to climb a couple of positions on the possible winners list. Our team in Baku has obviously been making a lot of effort to cover the latest news about Malta and in fact, thanks to our very own Head of Communications, Juergen Boernig who is working alongside the beautiful Lilian Brunell, an exclusive video interview of Kurt Calleja has been shot during the allocated time for interviews. Stay tuned to escflashmalta. com for more news about Kurt Calleja and his endeavours as he competed in the second semi-final with his song This Is The Night.

Source: escflashmalta

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