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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

The Eurovision In Concert held a couple of weeks back within The Netherlands is known to be the premier dress rehearsal for the competing countires at the Eurovision Song Contest and the team of Radio International had the pleasure of speaking to all of the artists present, amongst them Gianluca who will represent Malta with the song Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek. 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.

Denmark is the outright favourite in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with Emmelie de Forest and her entry Only Teardrops co-written by Lise Cable, Julia Fabrin Jakobsen and Thomas Stengaard. As a matter of fact, there is always a favourite which does well, along with another who will fall flat when it comes to the live performance. This is yet to be seen. In the meantime, Emmelie who is an extremely nice individual speaks to team of Radio International about competing in such a major showcase, her ancestral background and what she makes of the current situation in the polls, bookmakers and fan clubs. Moving onto another entry competing in the first semi-final, there is Zlata Ognevich who will be representing Ukraine with the song Gravity and according to the bookmakers, this currently ranks second behind Denmark. Zlata who has slight difficulty to speak in English is nevertheless a great performer and she speaks to Radio International and escflashmalta.com about her upcoming surprises, without revealing too much.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k59E7T0H-Us

Apart from focusing on the first semi-final, it is always important to note that there is a second show and one which also includes a number of great songs including some fan favourites in the form of Greece whose entry Alcohol is Free performed by Koza Mostra featuring Agathonas has been setting the dancefloors alight. The team who have a great spirit speak about the song, the meaning behind it and what their expectations in Sweden during the Eurovision Song Contest are, especially considering that Greece has a reputation to uphold. One final interview from this semi-final is with PeR from Latvia whose entry bears the name Here We Go. It will be the opening act of the show but has not been receiving a lot of promotion as of late whilst somewhat destined to be another disappointment for the Baltic nation. The duo are great fun though and this adds to the spectacle of the Eurovision Song Contest. 

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

The final nation in the spotlight for this evenings' programme will be Amandine Bourgeois who will be representing France with L'Enfer et Moi. She has received great comments since her performance at the Eurovision in Concert and could surprise. There will also be a number of new releases played throughout the three hours, including Żarbun by Chiara which has already racked up more then 80,000 views in less than a week. In the meantime, there will also be a number of cover versions as recorded throughout the year, a feature which will be returning at the hands of David Mann. 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. A spotlight on the Eurovision Song Contest will be switched on metaphorically of course by Dermot Manning as he chooses a topic for the week. Follow the show through the official website and also send your requests through the contact link which is found on the aforementioned website.

Source: Team of Radio International

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQJaab8j4fU

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
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

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NreIi8ma_PY

In recent days, the media in Greece has been somewhat confined to report a series of rumours with regards to the acts competing in the selection process for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest but a press release published by ERT, and MAD TV confirmed the names of the participants. For the very first time, the two broadcasters will be working together on the showcase and therefore, this will most likely prove to be a successful venture and something that has been done by other countries in the past. Two record labels based in the country have agreed to the terms set forth and thus presented two acts each which will be in the chance of representing Greece at the international showcase taking place in Malmö, Sweden.

The original theory was that there would be four different music genres present in the selection process but the idea seems to have slightly been edited in order to fit into the music that is represented by the record labels. In fact, Panik Records and Platinum Records have offered four acts which they believe should ultimately do the honour and considering the music that they have already released in the Greek music scene, it should be quite intriguing. The date of the national final is yet to be unveiled along with the respective song-titles but more information is expected to be released within the coming days. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news from Greece in this years’ Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: ERT, MAD TV, Oikotimes