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The Euro Fan Café is the only place in this year's Eurovision Song Contest home-city, Malmö, where it's program is specifically dedicated to Eurovision Fans. After several announcements on what is being held at Moriska Paviljongen (mostly known as Moriskan), here are some fresh new announcements about additions to the packed schedule for this amazing Euro Fan Café that everyone is waiting anxiously for them. escflashmalta.com is proud to support the Euro Fan Café, which is an innovative setup which is seemingly attracting fans already.

The Euro Fan Café Talk Shows

The Euro Fan Café just released the publication of their talk shows. These talk shows are very very interesting to attend. What will happen is that Eurovision fans gets to meet the performers closer and more personal than ever. Rick Jacobs, one if the editors on a companion website of ours www.12points.tv, will be the host of these talk shows. Jacobs was talking about this huge opportunity and great event and he said "As a huge Eurovision fan myself, I am excited to be able to meet with Eurovision contestants past and present. I am going to try to get them reveal their deepest and darkest schlager secrets each nights - who knows what will happen." 

The line up for the Euro Fan Café Talk Shows is as follows:

  • 7th May at 22:00 - Birgit Õigemeel (Estonia) and Roberto Bellarosa (Belgium)
  • 8th May at 22:00 - Despina Olympiou (Cyprus)
  • 10th May at 22:00 - Natália Kelly (Austria) and Elitsa Todorova & Stoyan Yankulov(Bulgaria)
  • 10th May at 23:00 - Hannah (Slovenia) and Klapa S Mora (Croatia)
  • 13th May at 16:00 - Cezar (Romania)
  • 14th May at 16:00 - Dorians (Armenia)

With this list, more countries are expected to be announced soon so keep an eye on this website to know who of the performers will get his/her own Euro Fan Café Talk Show.

The Biggest Eurovision Quiz Ever

Apart from the Euro Fan Café Talk Shows, it has also been released that the biggest event of the Euro Fan Café will be a quiz! OGAE Sweden (Melodifestivklubben) and Moriskan came to an agreement to create this big quiz about the Eurovision! On the 13th May between 00:00 and 02:00, you can test your Eurovision skills! Obviously, the winner of the quiz will win something! That thing to be won is no other than a ticket to the Green Room on the final night, 18th May, where all the final contestants will be waiting for their performance, relaxing after it, waiting for the result and hopefully jumping up and down with the happiness after the results! The commentary of this quiz will be done by Sweden's stand-up queen Lena Frisk, so insane commentary, difficult questions and lots of laughter are three things surely to be waited for. 

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

Also, adding to this quiz, it was revealed that four past Eurovision acts are also invited to take part in this marvelous quiz. These artists don't need any introduction as they are familiar names in music industry and mire familiar with Eurovision fans. First one to be named is Bobbysocks. Bobbysocks is a duet formed by Elisabeth Andreassen and Hanne Krogh. Bobbysocks, Norwegian representatives in 1985, won the contest with their song 'La Det Swinge' which translates to 'Let It Swing'. La Det Swinge is written by no other than the magnificent composer/author Rolf Løvland, who wrote 'Nocturne' which was a winning Eurovision song in 1995 too. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNsBu4l3gts

Also, joining Bobbysocks at the biggest Eurovision quiz is Linda Martin who won the 1992 contest. Martin represented Ireland with the song 'Why Me?' Martin was also in a famous band in 70s and 80s called 'Chips'. 'Why Me?' written and composed by Seán Sherrad was the 4th win of a really successive country in the Eurovision Song Contest. Joining these two acts is no other than Hera Björk who was the Icelandic representative in 2010 with her song 'Je ne sais quoi' translating to 'I don't know what'. Lately, Björk won a competition in the United States of America and now has also released her 12th album named 'Because You Can' which the main single of this album, having the same name, peaked at number 21 on the Icelandic charts. The last and not least past act added in nonetheless, one from our own country. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6dpooV4tlQ

Adding to these three beautiful acts is Glen Vella who represented our country back in 2011 with his song 'One Life'. One Life ended up 11th in the first semi-final, nit making the cut to the final by just one point. Glen Vella is a certified by Victoria Music and Arts College London in voice. He is one of the most well-known artists in Malta and also, one of the most energetic people that lately participated in this contest bringing his own fashion of nerdy glasses to a trend. One Life was written was written by Paul Giordimania and Fleur Balzan, a writing and composing duo that has taken over Malta with their sings lately.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9YRL_pHxvU

A night of Melodifestivalen Stars

As it is quite obvious now that this year's Eurovision Song Contest would be held in Sweden, to be more precised, in Malmö, it is a chance for Melodifestivalen Stars to shine a bit, even though they didn't make it to represent Sweden. On Friday 17th May, a day before the actual Grand Final would be taking place, at 21:00, at the Moriskan, the event called Melodifestivalen Madness would take place. This event is part of the thirteen days packed with over fifty events at Euro Fan Café, where everything related to Eurovision is celebrated. This event is being presented in partnership to scandipop.co.uk. Scandipop is a leading UK website covering pop music from Scandinavia and mostly Eurovision songs. After the live performances, Karl Batterbee, the founder if Scandipop, would play a DJ-Set. He has had residences at G-A-Y London, and Stockholm clubs Torget, Paradise and Summer Nights City. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NV1L0aqX02M

There are going to be three live performances by leading artists from Melodifestivalen which will commence at 21:00 on the 17th May. Appearing at Moriskan are no other than Pay-TV. This group is created by a trio of Claudia Cash, Neena Fatale and Chanelle Ferrari. This lady-trio is going to reunite in Malmö to perform their biggest hits. Including to these hits, one notices that they are performing their 2004 and 2005 songs, 'Trendy Discotheque' and 'Refrain Refrain' respectively. The ladies have turned down an invitation from Pope Francis I to make sure to meet their fans at Moriskan. Adding to this, Eddie Razaz is also appearing at Melodifestivalen Madness. Razaz competed this year with his song 'Alibi'. He is mostly known as a competitor in Sweden's IDOL in 2009 who was eliminated at week 6. 

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

Eddie was also part of the group 'Rebound!' who had several singles such as 'Hurricane' and 'Not Helpless'. The last act to perform at Melodifestivalen Madness is Stockholm Syndrome. Stockholm Syndrome is formerly known as 'Love Generation'. This group is another trio made up of Charly Q, Cornelia Jakobsdotter Samuelsson and Melanie Taylor. These girls participated in the Melodifestivalen in 2011 with their song 'Dance Alone' and in 2012 with 'Just A Little Bit' where that same year, Loreen was picked to represent Sweden and finally got Eurovision to Sweden. Stockholm Syndrome will sing their singles at this event but will also bring new tracks to Malmö so keep an open eye if you like this girl-trio.

Source: Press Release

Croatia will be taking part in the first semi-final of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Mižerja performed by Klapa S Mora. The decision of the track was taken by an internal panel of professional judges following an external call in which the broadcaster, HRT had already decided to go down a traditional route opting to send a klapa to the international spectacle. It is worth noting that the genre is a heritage, also recognised by Unesco, which in turn is a specialised agency of the United Nations. An official video to accompany the entry was officially published last night.

Mižerja, written by Goran Topolovac who hails from Duga Resa is supporting the tourism of Croatia in general with the video somewhat keeping the traditions alive. Marko Škugor, Nikša Antica, Leon Bataljaku, Ivica Vlaić and Bojan Kavedžija are all from different parts of Croatia and therefore makes their coming together even more interesting. They were actually selected by Maestro Mojmir Čačija and re-worked into the group they have become through producers Nikša Bratoš and Dragan Brnas who created the final version of the track. The balkan nation has never won the Eurovision Song Contest with their best result at this point in time still being a fourth place finish in 1996 and 1999 courtesy of Maja Blagdan and Doris Dragovic. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about Croatia in this years' international spectacle.

Source: HRT

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

Sunday, 07 April 2013 03:55

Croatia: Reviewing the track 'Mižerja'

A professional panel of individuals from the music industry have been engaged by the editorial board of escflashmalta.com to listen to all of the competing entries in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malmö, Sweden. The tracks are supported by biographies, other music from the respective performers involved along with a background on the participating country. The formal introduction of each entry continues. All of the information is obtained from the official website of the international spectacle and indeed, pertaining to the running order as decided by the producers, Croatia will be performing in slot number four (4) from the sixteen (16) entries which will be competing during the first semi-final. HRT, the broadcaster resposible for the participation of Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest will be represented by the song Mižerja written by Goran Topolovac and performed by Klapa s Mora, a group made up of Marko Skugor, Ante Galic, Niksa Antica, Leon Bataljaku, Ivica Vlaic and Bojan Kavadizija.

Klapa singing is a traditional Croatian form of vocal music originating from Dalmatia, in southern Croatia. In December 2012, UNESCO inscribed klapa singing on its list of world intangible heritage of Europe. This year Croatia has formed a special klapa for the Eurovision Song Contest made up of singers who are young, but rich in experience. Marko Škugor was born on October 25th, 1989. He had a lovely childhood in Dubrava, near Šibenik where he lived with his parents and two younger sisters. Ante Galić was born on September 3rd, 1987 in Split. He grew up with his mother and spent a lovely childhood filled with the usual mischief, football and basketball. Nikša Antica was born on May 9th, 1976 in Split where he had a happy childhood living with his parents and his younger brother. Nikša completed his entire education in Split, where he also earned a law degree. He came to Karlovac when he married a local girl, and now considers this his home town.

Leon Bataljaku was born in Zadar on June 13th, 1980. He had a happy childhood, which he shared with his younger sister. Ivica Vlaić was born on July 12th, 1979 in Šibenik. He grew up with his parents and a younger brother. He graduated from high school and entered the Faculty of Maritime Studies, but didn't get a degree there because he started working for the Croatian Army. Bojan Kavedžija was born on June 14th, 1973 in Zagreb. He spent a happy childhood with his parents and his sister. He graduated from high school for tourism management, but never worked in his field of expertise. One summer on the Murter island he met five girls who sang and danced in a folklore group. Goran was born on 29th June 1975 in Karlovac. He lives and works in Duga Resa, where he went to school. He graduated from elementary music school in Karlovac, where his instrument was the piano.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B801bIEW9GA

Internal selections have somewhat become extremely common in recent years with the focus of the participation put on promotion rather than the actual selection of the track. Croatia is one of the countries which is seeking to return to the final and in order to carry out this task, they have enlisted a completely different type of entry. As a matter of fact, Mižerja is known to be a Klapa, a traditional form of music which is part of the nations' heritage and recognised even by Unesco. When one does look back at past results, the country has been somewhat unlucky and despite finishing in third place within the semi-final back in 2008 with the song Romanca performed by Kraljevi Ulice & 75 Cents, they could only managed twenty-first position in the final and indeed, Croatia continued their trend of not making the top ten. The last time that they reached that position was in 2001 at the hands of Vanna with the song Strings of My Heart.

Croatia will be the second ex-Yugoslavian country to perform during the first semi-final noting that Slovenia will be performing in the third slot hence why the review was published yesterday. The history of both nations is somewhat similar and as a matter of fact, Croatia has failed to make it through to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest for the past three years, despite having extremely high hopes in 2010 when represented by the group Feminnem and the track Lako Je Sve as well as last year, in 2012 when Nina Badric took to the stage with the beautiful ballad entitled Nebo. The tracks finished in thirteenth and twelfth place respectively. Croatia is one of the nations yet to win the international spectacle despite reaching their best results in the nineties, finish in the top ten on five occasions including top number four finishes coming in 1996 with Maja Blagdan and her song Sveta Ljubav and in 1999 with the track Marija Magdalena performed by Doris Dragovic.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 30%

Magnus Kaxe: Man-band with pop-opera ambitions. Sounds like a Eurovision song from 1987 or a musical song from the same decade. This is not my cup of tea. I rather go to the kitchen and make a cup of tea of my own.

Lina Eriksson: I think these charming gentlemen will have a hard time making it through the semi. Extra credit when singing in native tounge but this charming, oldschool song is a little bit too oldschool.

Matt Mercieca (Muxu): Very ,very good harmonies, but song is super out-dated, and gets a little boring after a while, the instrumental breakdown….. why? che miseria…but love the harmonies

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdESBf3UFQI

Published in Editorials

HRT, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Croatia at the Eurovision Song Contest has been rather unsuccessful in recent years with the past three entries, two of which were selected through a public competition failing to get through to the final of the esteemed music event. This year, albeit keeping in line with an internal selection, the song was decided by a professional jury with the request from the broadcaster being a traditional genre, more commonly known in the area as Klapa. Whether this will prove successful is unknown but it is definitely different and representing a heritage which goes back hundreds of years.

Croatia will be competing in slot number #4 within the first semi-final of this years' Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Sweden with the track Mižerja performed by a group of tenors known as Klapa s Mora. The meaning behind the title in itself is quite simple because they are all from cities near the sea and therefore when translated it would read out Klapa from the Sea. Earlier today, the National Croatian Tourism Board unveiled two videos to promote the country with Mižerja but whilst one is in the national language, the other one is in English and bears the name Hard Times rather than Misery as one would have expected. The official preview video will be published on the 11th April. You may also download the ringtones of the track either in English or Croatia through the official website of the broadcaster. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news.

Source: HRT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B801bIEW9GA

Wednesday, 27 February 2013 12:31

Croatia: Public Debut for 'Mižerja'

Thomas G:Son and Erik Bernholm co-wrote the track Waterfall which is performed by Sopho & Nodi on behalf of Georgia following an internal selection held by GPB, the public broadcaster of the nation and it was the first of three entries which will be revealed today. Following suit just a couple of hours later was Croatia whose representatives will be a group of stunning vocalists known as Klapa s Mora which translates into Klapa from the Sea due to the fact that the nation is surrounded by sea along with most of its' neighbours which include Slovenia and FYR Macedonia, the latter which will host their song presentation tonight!

Klapa s Mora will be singing the track Mižerja in the first semi-final of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest and it seems that going for a folk element might have not really been a bad idea because this does indeed sound really strong despite being slightly dated. Croatia have not managed to qualify to the final of the renowned international showcase for the past three years languishing in between positions 12 and 15, unfortunately. HRT, the broadcaster for the Ex-Yugoslavian nation is somewhat hoping that bringing in a national element will help wtith he competition abroad whilst also promoting a piece of their heritage in the meantime. You could down the track for free on the official website of the broadcaster. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: HRT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouqGFdvoxH8