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In 2012, Litesound represented Belarus at the Eurovision Song Contest with the track ''We Are the Heroes'' failing to quality to the final, finishing in 16th place with a total of 35 points. Still, they have managed to build an extremely respectable fanbase back home, one which has helped support their career. As a matter of fact, their most recent track "Brothers" has been chosen as the official anthem of the World Hockey Championship currently being hosted in Minsk, Belarus.

A catchy chorus, perfect for a packed stadium or arena encourages fans of hockey, fans of Litesound, and everyone else in between to clap their hands, stomp their feet, and sing along. This is the type of emotion that this new anthemic track brings out in people. When Litesound created the track, they wanted to create something symbolic which would exemplify unity and teamwork. Against all odds, from the stage of Eurovision to hockey arenas, they continue to represent a side of Belarus the world rarely sees, and doing so with style and finesse. 

Brothers” will be performed during the World Hockey Championship in May and throughout the month-long games. You can listen to Litesound’s “Brothers” here! The final will take place tomorrow. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cR-S1F6Qaw

Friday, 28 September 2012 14:06

Belarus: National Final Planned for December

Belarus is one of the eastern countries in the Eurovision Song Contest which has not managed to achieve positive consecutive placings, only managing to qualify to the final on two respective occasions, those being in 2007 with Dmitry Koldun and his entry Work Your Magic as well as in 2010 when the song Butterflies was performed impeccably by the group 3+2. The internal selections were seemingly a case of not working rather than doing so and that is why, the Belarussian broadcaster thought it was best to revert to a national final format, known in the nation as Eurofest. It was expected that there would be a couple of changes in the system following the disqualification of the eventual winner last year leading to the group Litesound with the track We Are The Heroes going to the Eurovision Song Contest which took place in Baku, Azerbaijan but it seems that BTRC will not be changing a thing except the month when the final is said to be taking place, December. The rules have been released in Belarussian through the official website.

The national broadcaster will be accepting songs for the 2013 Eurofest until the 22nd October meaning that there is far less than a month to prepare even though most of the artists and producers would have been working on brand new tracks for quite some time. The submissions will be whittled down to a number which can go up to as much as fifteen so that a semi-final will take place sometime in November. It is not yet known whether the public and the jury will be voting in this respective semi-final out of which five acts will be chosen to make it through to the final stage which as already mentioned will be staged in December. The full details of the preselection process with the most likely dates for both rounds will be revealed on Wednesday, 3rd October 2012 within a press conference which is being organized by the committee heading the procedure. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news with regards to Belarus and all of the other competing nations in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place in Malmo, Sweden. 

Source: BTRC

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

The Team of Radio International would like to invite to join the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. The Show is broadcast on 106.8FM and Digital Cabel 41 in the Netherlands and also via the internet via www.radiointernational.tv and will also be web-televised via the show's own Live Video Channel via the website. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET this Wednesday.

Eurovision in Concert 2012: 

Last Saturday, 21 April 2012, the annual Eurovision Music extravaganza took place in Amsterdam for the fourth time where this year is a record of 24 countries' representatives performed their entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 which will come from Baku, Azerbaijan on May 22, 24 and 26. The event was a full success with an early start for the artists and journalists meeting in the delegation hotel in Amsterdam for the first session of interviews. After a Word of Welcome from EBU's Sietse Bakker the artists were taken by boat to the centre of Amsterdam for their soundcheck in the venue for the evening - The Melkweg. That also included the second session of interviews with the many international media that was accredited. The Team of Radio International in combination with Poplight from Sweden were also present to conduct as many interviews as possible with the 2012 Hopefulls. This week on Radio International listen to interviews with the representatives of Austria, Belarus, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, San Marino and Switzerland.

Interview with Litesound (Belarus 2012):

After Anastasia Vinnekova's "I love Belarus" in 2011 which did not qualify Belarus for the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 Belarus tries it this time with a young Rock & Pop Band by the name of Litesound. The band is composed of the two brothers Dmitry and Vladimir Karyakin, and Italian singer Jacopo Massa and will perform "We are the Heroes" which is definitely a grower. Belarus will be in Semi Final 2 on Thursday, 24 May 2012 at Number 5. Eric & JP met the singers at the annual Eurovision Promotion event in Brussels last weekend and had the big pleasure of an extensive interview.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnJZG0eyavs

Interview with Donny Montell (Lithuania 2012):   

Lithuania will be represented by young singer Donny Montell who will perform the song "Love is blind" which will go into the competition in Semi Final 2 at Number 18. Donny was also part of the guest list of Eurovision in Concert 2012 in Amsterdam on 21 April 2012 and the team of Radio International had the pleasure of a short interview with the singer.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28Zel35BCwo

Interview with Mandinga (Romania 2012):  

In 2011 Hotel FM represented Romania at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Change". This year Romania sends in the happy sounds of Romanian Group Mandinga who is a mix of Romanian and Cuban members. The song is called "Zaleilah" and is based in Mandinga's Dance during the peformance. But more details you can hear in the interview on this week's show. Romania will be in Semi Final 1 at Number 6. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VH2t9LpRGQk

Eurovision Song Contest Sportlight - Eurovision 2012 - The Team's Favourites:  

Last week Dermot Manning gave us his lists of the Top 10 what he thinks will be ending up in the Top Ten but also what his favourite Top 10 of the 57th Eurovision Song Contest are. This week is the turn of Alasdair Rendall. 

Interview with Valentina Monetta (San Marino 2012): 

2012 is the third time for San Marino to take part at the Eurovision Song Contest after Mio Dio in 2008 and Senit in 2011. This year San Marino teamed up with German Song Writer Ralph Siegel who delivered the "Social Network Song" which will be performed by Valentina Monetta at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Semi Final 1 at Number 11. Radio International interviewed the young lady during Eurovision in Concert 2012 in Amsterdam on 21 April 2012.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqwBh9hq9PE

Euro Friends Song Contest 2012 with Andy Simon:

Continuing with the Euro Friends Song Contest in search for the ultimate Eurovision song as voted for by the many fans around the world. Andy  Simon joins us every week to reveal the qualifiers for the next round.  The website of the Euro Friends Song Contest www.euro-friends.com where you can easily vote for your favourite Eurovision song per country and also see The Euro-Friends TV Show as hosted by Andy Simon. You can also join the Facebook Group. This week Andy looks at the next qualifiers from Heat 47 (United Kingdom).

Interview with Sinplus (Switzerland 2012):  

Gabriel & Ivan are Sinplus and were also on the guest list of Eurovision in Concert but as well part if the Eurovision Promo Event in Brussels on 29 April 2012. There Radio International's Eric chattet with the boys about the preprations for Baku. "Unbreakable" is the Eurovision entry of Switzerland  in Semi Final 1 at Number 7. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yX1dIK9vuc

Eurovision Song Contest News with Luke Fisher from escXtra.com:

Check out the latest developments connected to the Eurovision Song Contest. Whether it is music releases of Eurovision performers, appearances, special concerts, gossip, news, etc. Luke will have the latest updates during this week's edition of the show.

Interview with the Trackshittaz (Austria 2012):  

Part of the guest line-up at Eurovision in Concert was also the Austrian representatives to the 57th Eurovision Song Contest - the Trackshittaz who will perform "Woki mit deim Popo" in Semi Final 1 at Number 16. This song is in total contrast to what the country sent in 2011 when Nadine Beiler performed "The Secret is Love". You either love or hate "Woki mit deim Popo". Check out the interview the Team of Radio International did at the event with the Rappers from Austria.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKQf8Z5uWQ8

Eurovision Music Requests/Eurovision Quiz:

A big part of the show is playing listeners' requests. Submit your requests and / or greetings to your Eurovision friends through Radio International via the CONTACT Link on www.radiointernational.tv or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. But also don’t miss out on the weekly Eurovision Quiz where you can win something.

Interview with Filipa Sousa (Portugal 2012):  

The winner of the Portuguese national selection to the Eurovision Song Contest called Festival da Canacao this year is Filipa Sousa who is the Portuguese Ambassador at the 57th Eurovision Song Contes. Unlike last year with Homens da Luta, Filipa bring back to Eurovision the traditional "Fado-like" sounds of Portugal to Eurovision in the song "Vida Minha" (My Life) which wil be in Semi Final 2 at Number 6. Listen to a short interview with the singer done at Eurovision in Concert 2012. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPJUJHLGhA8

Join Radio International on Wednesday, 02 May 2012 from 2000 - 2300 hours CET, via the website or on FM. Radio International is available live via www.radiointernational.tv and on FM 106.8 and Digital Cabel Channel 41 in parts of the Netherlands. Should you not be able to listen live, the show will appear in the Programme’s Show Archive a few hours after it’s airing on the radio.

Source: Team of Radio International