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In 2012, on behalf of Bosnia & Herzegovina, Maya Sar took to the stage with a beautiful ballad entitled Korake Ti Znam co-written alongside Mahir Sarihodžić and Adriano Pennino. To the surprise of many, the national broadcaster responsible for the participation in the Eurovision Song Contest announced their withdrawal from the 2013 edition of the international competition only to see themselves back in 2014 as the showcase moves to Copenhagen, Denmark.

Unfortunately, the song did not have too much of an impact, and despite making it through to the final, it only garnered fifty-five (55) points to finish in a lowly fifteenth (15th) place at the end of the voting. Whilst an official statement is yet to be released by BHRT, one of their representatives, a certain Milan Trivic announced that Bosnia & Herzegovina will be returning to the competition in the hope of regaining a certain level of prestige. The nation achieved it's best result in the competition back in 2006 when Hari Mata Hari finished in third place with the song Lejla co-written by Zeljko Joksimovic. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Milan Trivic

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DG_pU-ASU08

In 2012, Maya Sar took to the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Bosnia and Herzegovina with the song Korake Ti Znam which she co-wrote alongside Mahir Sarihodžić and Adriano Pennino. Despite the fact that the piano ballad did not set the scoreboard on fire, finishing in eighteenth (18th) place with a total of fifty-five (55) points, the female vocalist has maintained a good reputation in the balkan region. Together with her husband, she has been working on her debut studio album and as a matter of fact, a brand new single entitled O Meni Nikom Ne Pričaj featuring guitarist Marijan Brkic Brk has been published with the accompaniment of a music video.

Maya Sar is thus far the last artist to represent Bosnia & Herzegovina noting that they did not participate in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and are yet to cement their place for Copenhagen, Denmark although rumours suggest that their return is imminent. Maya Sar is a Bachelor of Music Graduate from the University of Sarajevo and therefore holds high regard in the industry for understanding the technicality of it all. Prior to taking the lead vocals at the international competition, she had also accompanied Dino Merlin and his entry Love In Rewind as a backing vocalist. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news. 

Source: Official Facebook Page

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZrBI29Dgy4

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

Earlier this month, San Marino confirmed that in next years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, they will be represented by Valentina Monetta for the third consecutive time in hope of the micro-state reaching the final for the very first time considering that they finished in eleventh place with their entry Crisalide (Vola) earlier this year. 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 focus of this weeks' programme in an aim to continuously remind you that the Eurovision Song Contest will be re-starting with the national final season in a couple of months will be a series of interviews recorded during the experience endured in Malmo, Sweden. As a matter of fact, kicking off this round will be none other than Belgium whose entry Love Kills co-written by Jukka Immonen and Iain Farquharson finished in twelfth place with seventy-five (75) points. It is worth noting that this was the second best result for the nation since the introduction of the semi-finals. In 2010, Tom Dice and his entry Me and My Guitar won the semi-final porition of the competition before reaching an extremely positive sixth place. Roberto shot down his critics in reaching such a high placing noting that his stature and reputation in Belgium has risen as expected. In this interview he speaks about his experience and what the future holds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCl7OUFNSCA

Despina Olympiou, is one of the most beautiful female artists to have graced the stage of this years' Eurovision Song Contest albeit did not garner favour with either the jury or the public during the night of the semi-final finishing in fifteenth place with just eleven (11) points following her stunning rendition of the track An Me Thimase for Cyprus. CyBC, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Cyprus had internally selected Despina in an effort to cut back on the costs that a national selection entails. Sponsorship was key but unfortunately it was not meant to be. Despina took up the opportunity to continue advancing in her career and this was definitely another experience which she will treasure for many years to come. It is yet unknown whether Cyprus will return to the Eurovision Song Contest next year but escflashmalta.com definitely hopes that Malta won't be the only Island in the Mediterranean competing in Denmark.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ekx8mT-fR80

Since 2004, one of the nations to return to the Eurovision Song Contest on every occasion has been Albania, reaching their best result last year as Rona Nishliu took to the stage to perform the track Suus finishing in a remarkable fifth place. Unfortunately, this years' result could not have been any different with Adrian Lulgjuraj & Bledar Sejko garnering just thirty-one (31) points to finish in fifthteenth place, the second worst result for Albania since they entered the Pan-European competition. The song Identitet which Bledar wrote did not appeal to the masses unfortunately, falling under just one genre, that of rock, hence why it suffered. The old school feel also appealed to voting from the region but nowhere else. Albania are seemingly also returning to the competition next year despite the result achieved this time round. Short interviews recorded on the red carpet with the artists from Iceland and Russia will also be aired during the programme.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3u5Se-vJ6MA

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; Fabrizio Faniello, two time representative of Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest (2001 & 2006); Krista Siegfrids, representative of Finland at the 2013 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=oLJfpTNWExU

Malta and The Netherlands are two (2) of the sixteen (16) countries which have already confirmed participation in next years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Denmark following a victory led by Emmelie de Forest and her entry Only Teardrops. 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.

One of the most prolific names to compete in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was definitely Bonnie Tyler, three time Grammy Award nominee for hits including Total Eclipse of the Heart and Faster than the Speed of Light. The eighties star made herself available to the media on several occasions and as a matter of fact, there were a couple of light moments in the press conferences which she gave. The team of Radio International had the opportunity to speak to the artist on her participation with the track Believe In Me as well at the chance of representing the United Kingdom at the international competition which they have not taken seriously for an extremely long time. The result was not that which was expected finishing in nineteenth place with just twenty-three points sending the British Broadcasting Corporation back to the drawing board. 

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

The second interview which will aired during the course of the evening is with Robin Stjernberg, the representative from Sweden whose entry You was a massive jury favourite as shown in the split results revealed by the European Broadcasting Union. It could only manage a mid-table finish as it was not well received by the audience around the continent neither at home truthfully, keeping in mind that it had not won the public vote during the Melodifestivalen. Robin Stjernberg who was a runner-up on the Swedish Idol by the thinnest wafer of votes possible took in the experience of performing to the European audience at a home setting and has continued with his music career, releasing a brand new track entitled Crime just a couple of days ago hoping to achieve the same chart success with his new track. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtjdTPnCcu0

In the meantime, there will be another four interviews during this evenings' showcase, albeit short still of extreme relevance. They will be with none other than; Elitsa & Stoyan who represented Bulgaria with the track Samo Shampioni, Lozano & Esma who represented FYR Macedonia with the song Pred Da Se Razdeni, Moran Mazor took to the stage on behalf of Israel with the track Rak Bishvilo and last but not least, PeR from Latvia whose entry Here We Go did not meet the typical standards of the competition. All of the interviews were conducted during the fortnight of the Eurovision Song Contest in which the Team of Radio International was collaborating with several media outlets, including escflashmalta.com amongst others. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjbcD72OaI4

There will also be a number of new releases played throughout the three hours, including tracks by Blue, the successful boyband from the United Kingdom who went to the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest; Cezar, the artist who represented Romania earlier this year; Emmelie de Forest, winner of the 2013 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=nZ2LaogHSmM

Sixteen tracks have come to be reviewed by our esteemed panel of critics who have clearly defined their own personal opinion over a number of notable concerns including technique of the voice, genre of the song and also hit potential amongst other things. The penultimate track in the second semi-final of this years' Eurovision Song Contest is coming from Bosnia & Herzegovina, a successful nation in the music competition whom this year will be represented by the musical stylings of Maya Sar, who just happens to be a very notable name in the music industry of the Balkans. She will be performing the song Korake Ti Znam which has been composed and penned by her husband whose name is Mahir Sarihodžić. Also aiding in the composition is none other than the renowned Adriano Pennino who was the musical director at the Sanremo festival earlier this year.

A supremely talented singer/songwriter, Maya Sar brings passion and depth to her music and performances, including the self-penned song Korake ti znam, which she will perform for Bosnia & Herzegovina in Baku in May. Maya Sar is a songwriter, composer and singer who works with the biggest names from the Balkan region. For many years she has been a member of Dino Merlin's band with whom she performed on stage at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=911VrUmr7wI

She is the founder of a regional humanitarian project, which helps to fight against cervical cancer Moj je život moja pjesma (My Life Is My Song) and the composer and songwriter of the eponymous song. For this she received the Golden Plaque Of The Great Human Heart by the International League of Humanists. With her first self-penned single "Nespretno", Maya Sar achieved remarkable success and gained the respect of the audience. She composes for other artists in the family studio Long Play with her husband and producer Mahir Sarihodžić and is also finishing her first solo album.

The Critics Voice Their Opinion

Magnus Kaxe

  • I love these kinds of songs – the Disney ballads. A beautiful song and an amazing voice. Maybe the chorus is a little bit weak. Hard to say how the Eurovision audience will vote. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it makes it through to the finals and with such an assessment, fully deserving of eight (8) points.

Marion Welter

  • This is a very sensual song and I must say that it is one of the few Balkan entries to have struck a chord with me and apart from that, her vocals are flawless and just beautiful. Like my colleague before me, eight (8) points.

Tobias Larsson

  • I adored MayaSar already last year, when she was part of the Bosnian backing group. This year she offers a quite little ballad that might be too soft and introvert to capture the large masses on a first listening. But the ones who listen carefully will be strongly rewarded for doing so. A pearl. Beautiful indeed, nine (9) points.

Entry Background

Performer: Maya Sar 

Composer: Maja Sarihodžić

Author: Maja Sarihodžić

Song: Korake Ti Znam

Language: Bosnian

Broadcaster: BHRT

History of the Nation

Next year will be a notable year for Bosnia & Herzegovina in the Eurovision Song Contest as they will be hitting their first milestone by virtue of entering into their twentieth participation. Their history has been nothing short of successful especially in recent years noting that since the millennium, they have managed to reach the top ten six times in total, just missing out on another three or four occasions. Their best result thus far remains to be that achieved by Hari Mata Hari and his song Lejla written by Zeljko Joksimovic who will be representing Serbia this year. Their second best result was achieved last year with Dino Merlin and his track Love In Rewind besting his previous best of seventh place in 1999 when with Beatrice he finishing in seventh place with the track Putnici.

Source: Eurovision.tv for the Biographical Information and all respective media

Published in Editorials

In recent years, the popularity of the Eurovision Song Contest has somewhat been rediscovered and this has been quite noticeable amongst the participating broadcasters who are putting in a lot of effort in terms of presentation as a package incorporating together the artist, the song and its respective showing on stage. One of such countries is surely Bosnia & Herzegovina, a nation known for its internal selections over the years and this year, the nod given to Maya Sar seems to have been a positive choice with many people pointing out her track as a dark horse. In the past couple of days and weeks, she has been busy finalizing her performance for Baku, Azerbaijan but is also promoting her entry in a variety of languages releasing the Italian version of the song yesterday.

This comes to no surprise especially with an English version presented late last week. The original version of the song which will be performed in Azerbaijan is entitled Korake Ti Znam but it has now been translated into The Steps I Know and also I Passi Che Fai. What is quite sublime about the three different languages is that the song works in all three although it somewhat brings out a new edge in the Italian version and it makes you wonder how come Italy did not keep their entry in the language as a whole. Maya Sar will be competing in the second semi-final in the penultimate draw alongside Malta represented by Kurt Calleja who will be performing in position number #4 within the running order. Stay tuned to www.escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Maya Sar YouTube, BHRT 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DG_pU-ASU08

Maya Sar who is the representative of Bosnia & Herzegovina for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with her song ‘Korake ti znam’ which is described as a typical Italian ballad, had shared some info regarding her performance on a Bosnian TV show. She claimed; “The song Korake ti znam is full of emotions and I want to stick to it – I will perform alone on stage in Baku, give a performance without any special effects and try to bring all my emotions to viewers. I hope I will make citizens of B&H proud and that they will appreciate my job”.

She also said that her favourite song from all the other 41 competitors is Ott Lepland’s song ‘Kuula’ which is representing Estonia. She also said that she likes the current hot favourite of the contest; Sweden. And as for the Balkans she said that Željko, Nina, Amadeus and Kaliopi are all special in their own way for the simple reason that they present who they actually are. There will also be an an Italian version of ‘Korake ti znam’ which is to be released very soon as the English version can be seen below. We would like to wish Maya Sar and Bosnia & Herzegovina, the best of luck. They will be competing in the second semi-final with Malta on the 24th of May.

Source: BHRT, ESCDaily

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