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National selections all over the continent are coming to an end especially when considering that the month of March started just a couple of days ago. This years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will be needing a lot of improvements in order to be elevated in quality but several broadcasters know that in order to do well, their tracks need to be slightly altered and the final versions presented to the European Broadcasting Union will surely denote this element. 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 88.1Mhz 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.

Sweden will be hosting this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and during the past weekend, attention turned to the host nation for the simple reason that they were organising the final of Melodifestivalen and the Team of Radio International was on hand so chat with most of the finalists competing. We had the absolute pleasure to speak to the winner, Robin Stjernberg who came from the second chance round with the song You. The performer who was a runner-up on the show Idol a couple of years back is also working with first runner-up of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Kevin Borg on his latest album and is represented by Lionheart Music Group. In the meantime, the runner-up of the competition was Yohio with the track Heartbreak Hotel whom despite being the favourite of the public, had to settle for second place due to the disappointing result given by the international jury. Other interviews were carried out with David Lindgren who performed Skyline, Anton Ewald who sang the song Begging, Sean Banan who choreographed Copacabanana and last but not least Louise Hoffstein, the only female who graced the stage with the song Only The Dead Fish Follow The Stream.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsGDgoMG4Uo

The Melodifestivalen has always been one of the most prestigious events in Europe and therefore, the interval acts and people who give out the scores tend to be somewhat renowned either in the country or in the community of the Eurovision Song Contest. During the course of the evening, the interval was none other than Carola, who represented Sweden in the 1983, 1991 and 2006 edition of the international competition winning in 1991 with her performance of Captured by a Lovestorm. She performed her signature tune and first national hit, the 1983 entry entitled Framling which has been reworked for 2013. On the other hand other interviews will be transmitted, one with the hosts who were Gina Dirawi and Danny Saucedo, the latter being the first runner-up of the Melodifestivalen in 2011 and 2012 and last but not least an interview with Christer Bjorkman, the executive producer of Melodifestivalen and one of the organisers of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. The final interview which will be played this week is from the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2013 as Marilena who performed the track Overrated composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg speaks about her participation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18mi8_JfkoM

Radio International is always keen to present songs during the show apart from the weekly features and therefore, collaborating the two ideas together will see the emergence of Eurovision UnverCover whereas tracks performed at the Eurovision Song Contest will be covered by other singers. The actual tracks will be played first followed by the cover and this will make things interesting. Apart from this feature, there will be new material played on the show by a number of former representatives including Patricia Kaas. 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 round up of the national finals thus far is set to be conducted by Alasdair Rendall. 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=FfLLKaeRwcU

Saturday, 09 March 2013 18:57

Sweden: Melodifestivalen 2013 - LIVE

Melodifestivalen, Sweden's National Selection show for the Eurovision Song Contest, will come to an end for this year's edition with a total of 32 entries competing in 4 semifinals and a Second-Chance round to win the ticket to Malmö. It's the most popular National Selection show outside the Scandinavian country and even neighbor nations have attempted to reproduce its format. Each year, a handful of these songs become popular, despite their resultls in the competition, hitting the No. 1 spot and staying there for weeks. Sweden's the 3rd. most succesful country in the Englsh-language pop music world, after the United States and England, and in Eurovision terms, it's in the the Top 3 as one of the most succesful countries in the European competition with 4 victories; In 1974 with Waterloo, in 1984 with Diggi Loo Diggi Ley, in 1999 with Take Me To Your Heaven and of course last year with Euphoria.

This evenings' Melodifestivalen selection could be followed through the notably stunning live stream offered by the official website of the Swedish broadcaster, another vote of confidence in their abilities of hosting the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Alongside these 4 entries, there's a long list of pre-Eurovision entries that have even become classic pop songs in Sweden.Last year, Loreen took Europe by storm when she became the winner to collect the largest amount of 12 points given to a single country and her song, "Euphoria" was a radio hit around the continent. Tonight, 10 songs will be performed and be voted by a panel of juries and the public to succeed Loreen's participation.

The Show (Part 1)

A pair of kids are playing the hosts. Now they're singing "Du Ska Till Malmö" ("You Go To Malmö") written by Benny and Björn of ABBA and it's being performed by Swedish ESC hosts of the past and today. The arena is HUGE!! Their vocals are flawless!! The numbers to dial to vote are being announced. The artist will do the catwalk as they did in their semifinals while short videos of them are being aired as they thank everyone for supporting them. And here we are the songs!!

Ulrik Munther - Tell The World I’m Here

This is very uplifting track performed with much passion. Ulrik's voice gives it a nice touch and that giant screen at the background and its images go with the song in a way that makes the whole performance one to remember!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK4Pzpk643g

David Lindgren - Skyline

Very energic!! The light show goes so very well with a so adrenaline-driven entry. The choreography was very well elaborated. However, David seemed a a bit under pressure as his vocals weren't as great as they usually are, but it's the kind of songs Swedish votes will keep in mind and support highly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5krzqCdHOI

State Of Drama - Falling

Both songs and the vocalist's voice makes this number very charming. It wasn't as elaborate as the usual Melodifestivalen staging, but it wasn't that necessary anyways. It's got an American feel and it may become a summer radio hit.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcEBEekq6eA

Anton Ewald - Begging

Another dancey number performed by a young eye candy that delivers a lot of energy that's reflected in his complicated dance moves reminiscent of those of Michael Jackson. Even his wardrobe was very Michael Jackson! His vocals could have been better, but one could think it's the Final effect. However, his stage presence, stamina and very catchy song make it up for it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx0rc-BB1W8

Louise Hoffsten - Only The Dead Fish Follow The Stream

This is the "serious" entry of tonight's show: It's her and her band standing in dark outfits performing this midtempo track that may not be appreciated by the younger audience, but juries might go for it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRkSf2elwGo

Ralf Gyllenhammar – Bed On Fire

Someone call 911 'cause the whole stage is on fire!!! This power ballad à la Freddy Mercury with all this pyroshow will surely remain in people's mind for some time. Ralf sang the whole song playing the piano. He delivered a lot of passion and very good vocals. There might be a surprising outcome... who knows.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74N6b3FijjM

Ravaillacz - En Riktig Jävla Schlager

Here's another charming brought by this 4-piece group comprising old men who are giving out what it takes to make a good schlager. Nevertheless, this is more of a dansband song. The song is one that takes more than one play to like it. The audience seems to be pleased and this number could another surprise tonight.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0b5lQgQJ7g

Sean Banan - Copacabanana

This is not an act Sweden would dare send to Eurovision, but it's certainly one to entertain for a bit. Sean's sense of humor was present in this eurodance song full of rap featuring references of Melodifestivalen and Eurovision itself. One needs to be familiar with both to really get this song. Colorful outfits and lots of energy makes this performance a bit of candy for the eye.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgtcha9yLeA

Robin Sternberg - You 

Tonight's dark horse, but Robin's vocals were simply amazing, not missing a single note while the featuring dance ensemble compliments the song with their not typical contemporary routines. The audience will appreciate how it was camera-oriented.

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

YOHIO - Heartbreak Hotel

This teenage Japanese anime-influenced boy received a lot of ovation when he was announced. The song itself is a power rock/pop track that features a very attractive stage performace. Yohio's vocals were okay and his sort of coldness goes with the lyrics. According to polls, it's the favorite one to make it to Malmö.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y36DqNAaXzc

The Show (Part 2)

Lynda Woodruff made it back to Melodifestivalen! She made an introduction to Malmö in her usual style. As traditionally done, last year's Melodifestivalen entry was presented before the votes are announced: This year "Euphoria" was BEAUTIFULLY performed by an ensemble of child choir who delivered a performance worthy of a Nobel Prize!! They also used sign language that gave it a special touch. They were the stars of the show! Eventually, it was Loreen's turn to join them to close the show and she did a great vocal and sign language job!! Sverige, vi har ett resultat!! Voting results are about to be announced.

According to the international jury, "You" by Robin Stjernberg is the winner and now a recap of all songs is being screened as the televiewers have a last chance to vote. The audience in general didn't seem too thrilled about the results. The loudest cheers were heard when "Begging" by Anton Ewald was awarded, which may indicate it was their favorite, and they can't be blamed: The boy did a great job turning everyone on with their moves and catchy melody. This year marks the 30th. Anniversary of Carola's first appearance in the Melodifestivalen and Eurovision world with her classic hit "Främling"!

A 2013 version of "Främling" took over the stage powerfully as her vocals were just as great! It was a thrilling moment when, at the end, she invited the audience to song along with her a cappela. That was a very magical moment for everyeone witnessing this show with a lot of nostalgia for the good old days of glorious pop music that made Sweden what it is in the Eurovision world.

And the winner is... "You" by Robin Stjernberg!!!!!

Even when Yohio was the highest on the bets, it was dark horse Robin Stjernberg that took the golden bird that was handed to him by last year's winner, Loreen

Like stated before, it was his camera-oriented performance that was inviting to the teleaudience to join him. He's now performing "You" as the Swedish entry to the Eurovision Song Contest, all choked in emotion. Because of it, he's even missed some of the words to the song Robin's voice is very melodic and powerful, being able to hit high notes.

Let me conclude by saying: "Melodifestivalen 2013 has come to an end. Thank you, everyone, for joining us. See you next year!! Tack så mycket och hej då!!"

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

Sunday, 03 March 2013 17:30

Sweden: MF 2013 Running Order Unveiled

SVT, host broadcaster of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest has to pick an entry for the upcoming international showcase but many believe that the standard in the 2013 Melodifestivalen did not really live up to the expectations. Ten entries will be vying to represent Sweden at the upcoming edition of the competition having qualified through semi-finals and a second chance stage. It is important to denote that whilst there are a number of expected tracks in the selection process, it seems that variety was the initial idea behind the whole general concept and that is why, people might sceptic about the ones competing this coming Saturday evening.

There seems to have been a general consensus amongst fans that most of the best songs were left either in the second chance or the semi-final stages of the competition and that does not really bode well for a country which will need to show that following a victory, they could achieve another really strong result. Nevertheless, the varied line-up is definitely going to prove difficult to both the public and the international jury who will be casting their vote in a weeks' time. For the past two years, Malta has been a part of the foreign jury although the nations involved this time round have yet to be revealed by SVT, the broadcaster. Below you could see all of the ten finalists within their respective running order.

  1. Tell The World I'm Here - Ulrik Munther (G:Son / Bostrom / Munther)
  2. Skyline - David Lindgren (Fuentes / Nordenback / Fast)
  3. Falling - State of Drama (Werner / Hallifax / Gullhamn / Hallifax)
  4. Begging - Anton Ewald (Kempe / Malmberg Hard af Segerstad)
  5. Only the Dead Fish Follow the Stream - Louise Hoffsten (Hoffsten / Bjurman / Orn)
  6. Bed on Fire - Ralf Gyllenhammar (Gyllenhammar  / Wilhelmsson)
  7. En riktig jävla schlager - Ravaillacz (Jennstig / Goldkuhl / Dorsin)
  8. Copacabanana - Sean Banan (Lindholm / Samadi / Blomberg / Larsson)
  9. You - Robin Stjernberg (Stjernberg / Deb / Deb / Haukaas)
  10. Heartbreak Hotel - Yohio (Fransson / Lundgren / Larsson / Goranson) 
The editorial team had the opportunity thanks to Lionheart Music Group to speak to one of the finalists in this years' edition of the Melodifestivalen, Robin Stjernberg who is currently working on his first original album alongside a number of songwriters, amongst them the Maltese singer/songwriter Kevin Borg, runner-up of the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest. He is currently fifth in the Betting Odds which makes him an outside bet, and a dark horse on Saturday. We would like to wish him the very best of luck amongst the other contestants. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news and tune in next week as we cover the event as it happens through our editorial team member, Javier Leal.
 
Source: SVT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pfo-8z86x80
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 10:55

Exclusive: Army of Lovers speak to escflashmalta

Melodifestivalen is somewhat keeping an intriguingly low profile thus far considering that Sweden is hosting this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest but nevertheless, SVT is making sure that showcase is successful and as a matter of fact, viewing rates have been stunning thus far. The fourth and final semi-final will be taking place this Saturday evening and based on just the names of the artists, it will surely be a firecracker with two potential winners competing. As a matter of fact, the first are a group who barely need any introduction within a European front following their success during the nineties where they defined a distinctively different form of pop. Army of Lovers will take to the stage in Malmö Arena, the venue of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest to perform the song Rockin' The Ride written by Per QX, Andreas Öhrn and Henrik Wikström.

Several individuals were somewhat disappointed when the nineties came to an end because as a decade, they had introduced a brand new genre of music, Eurodance which technically speaking was a merge between pop and dance. The noughties sought to change the meaning and indeed, the electronic sound became more predominant and groups such as Army of Lovers were somewhat coming to an end altogether yet seeing you back to compete in the 2013 edition of Melodifestivalen is stunning. What reignited the comeback and was is the plan that will follow?

We had a great track in the studio - written and produced by Gravitonas -  which suited Army Of Lovers perfectly. Universal Music wanted to release the track as a brand new Army Of Lovers single and then Swedish Television heard about it and the rest is history.

Turning back the years, and going back to 1991, it was the highlight of your careers or rather the first noting that your single Crucified managed to reach the top ten in at least seven countries including Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States leading to more success with the follow-up single entitled Obsession which managed to peak at number #2 in Sweden along with at least four top ten positions in Finland, Germany, The Netherlands and Switzerland. When coming up with the idea of Army of Lovers, did you believe that success in such a manner was possible and how was it to garner credibility and fame?

We never thought about whether we would be successful or not. We just wanted to do our own thing, our way.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdooYar_A6g

In the 2013 edition of the Melodifestivalen, you are set to be competing with the track entitled Rockin’ the Ride has been penned by the male members of the group alongside Per QX, Andreas Öhrn and Henrik Wikström. This is a team which has worked with Alcazar, Carola, Shirley Clamp and Robyn amongst others and thus needs no real is necessary. The focus here is the track and many people are asking what is to be expected from the song and will it has that charm that the group has been known to present over the years, considering the fact that there has been quite a long period of hiatus?

You will find out on February 23. "Rockin' The Ride" has been described as a merger between Gangnam Style and Swedish House Mafia which we guess sums it up pretty well. 

One of the Alexander Bard projects which many people will remember apart from this will surely be the group known as Bodies Without Organs (BWO) which had a lot of exposure at the Melodifestivalen competition having taken part a total of four times, the first time in 2005 with the track Gone, second time round with the song Temple of Love in 2006, then came Lay Your Love on Me in 2008 and last but not least You’re Not Alone in 2009. From non-qualification into the final to runner-up finishes, it was a rollercoaster ride but what did you take from each experience and what do you plan to bring as you compete this time round?

Alexander was a member of BWO but Jean-Pierre and La Camilla are participating in Melodfestivalen for the first time. Not that it makes much of a difference, we all three have lots of TV experience before and different TV shows are actually quite a lot alike. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2Mp0FJsetI

If one does indeed take up the amount of studio albums that you have released into the music market, there would be four along with another one being a different type of release directed for the United States, therefore amounting to five. These were indeed followed by two compilation albums of hits which you released throughout the years and then also a remix album this comeback is seemingly getting your strong fan base excited as Army of Lovers are back with a band and also a brand new album. Would you care to tell us some details about the album and when it should be released to the market?

The album is called "Big Battle Of Egos" and is set for release in March. It will feature four brand new tracks, "Rockin' The Ride" plus three more brand new tracks and potential follow-up singles. The rest of the album is a compilation of Army Of Lovers classic hits, released for a new generation.

This year, the Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place in Sweden and according to the bookmakers, Army of Lovers are one of the acts that is being considered as a strong contender to represent the nation on home soil yet the first task is set forth for the 23rd February in the fourth semi-final which SVT will be hosting in Malmö, the city which will indeed be the host of the international showcase. How do you view such a scenario and do you believe that a victory is possible?

Of course Army Of Lovers would be happy to compete for Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest and Sweden would do well to finally send a proper LGBT act this year, like Dana International from Israel and Verka Serduchka from Ukraine before. But it is up to the Swedish TV audience to decide. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CVrbps2a1o

The Melodifestivalen competition has played a major role in the Swedish charts in the past couple of years considering that it receives major promotion throughout the weeks that it takes place and ultimately ranks as more viewed that the actual Eurovision Song Contest when figures are released at the end of the year. Why do you think that the Swedish competition for the international showcase has gained such prestige and if you had the opportunity to change to suggest something to improve it in future editions, what would it be?

The problem is that the Melodifestivalen has much higher artistic standards than Eurovision. Too many countries send bad entries with crappy and unimaginative songs to Eurovision which always surprised us. Eurovision is after all an amazing opportunity for promotion of new music, so why not send the best a country can offer? 

Would you like to say anything to your fans and our readers at escflashmalta.com?
 
We love our fans, we want to be intimate with each of you, and we will always REPRESENT YOU and nobody else when we perform.
 
Source: Lionheart Music Group 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YI7V63vo_xA
Published in Interviews

The 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest has somewhat passed and is now written in the history books of a competition which is thriving for the second time since the conception of the idea. One of the nations who has always taken the continental event seriously is Sweden and despite having hosting duties in the coming months, it seems that they are hoping to succeed in putting on more than one show as their national selection process known as the Melodifestivalen will also be taking place with a star studded field which many presumed would have been more grand. There was talk of a return from Carola or even a debut by Helena Paparizou, two former winners of the Eurovision Song Contest but this was not the case as the whole list of participants was revealed earlier this morning.

In last weeks' announcement, the published names along with their respective songwriters were those expected with the exception of former Melodi Grand Prix runner-up; Tone Damli who will be competing with one third of the popular group E.M.D in the competition otherwise known by his name as Erik Segerstedt. Other contenders include the schlager trio made up of Pernilla Wahlgren, Hanna Hedlund and Jenny Silver but newcomers such as Felicia Olsson could also be observed. This time round, the list is somewhat more intriguing to be honest and includes some stars whom many will remember from the European charts. It is important to point out that the 2013 edition of the Melodifestivalen will be commencing in February will continue taking place until the beginning of March in a five week showcase extravaganza as has been the case for the past couple of years.

Karlskrona

  • Burning Flags - Cookies 'n' Beans (Fredrik Kempe)
  • Gosa - Marie N'Diaye (Johan Åsgärde, Mattias Frändå & Mary N’Diaye)
  • Heartbreak Hotel - Yohio (Johan Fransson, Tobias Lundgren, Tim Larsson, Henrik Göranson, Yohio)
  • Paris - Jay-Jay Johanson (Jay-Jay Johanson)
  • Porslin - Anna Järvinen (Björn Olsson, Martin Elisson)
  • Skyline - David Lindgren (Fernando Fuentes, Henrik Nordenback, Christian Fast)
  • Vi Kommer Aldrig Att Förlora - Eric Gadd (Eric Gadd, Thomas Stenström, Jacob Olofsson)
  • We’re Still Kids - Michael Feiner & Caisa (Michael Feiner, Caisa Ahlroth)
Gothenburg

Skellefteå 

  • Alibi - Eddie Razaz (Peter Bostrom, Thomas G:son)
  • Dumb - Amanda Fondell (Freja Blomberg, Fredrik Samsson)
  • En riktig jävla schlager - Körberg, Rabaeus, Malmberg & Ronander (Kjell Jennstig, Leif Goldkuhl, Henrik Dorsin)
  • Falling - State of Drama (Göran Werner, Sebastian Hallifax, Emil Gullhamn, James Hallifax)
  • Heartstrings - Janet Leon (Fredrik Kempe, Anton Malmberg Hård af Segerstad)
  • Hon har inte - Caroline af Ugglas (Heinz Liljedahl, Caroline af Ugglas)
  • In and out of love - Martin Rolinski (Thomas G:son, Andreas Rickstrand)
  • Island - Elin Petersson  (Elin Petersson)

Malmö 

  • Bed on fire - Ralf Gyllenhammar (Ralf Gyllenhammar, David Wilhelmsson)
  • Breaking the Silence - Therese Fredenwall (Terese Fredenwall, Simon Petrén)
  • Jalla dansa salwa - Behrang Miri - (Behrang Miri, Anderz Wrethov, Firas Razak Tuma, Tacfarinas Yamoun)
  • Must be love - Lucia Piñera (Peter Kvint, Jonas Myrin)
  • Rockin’ the ride - Army of Lovers (Alexander Bard, Henrik Wikström, Per QX, Andreas Öhrn, Jean-Pierre Barda)
  • Tell the World I’m here - Ulrik Munther (Peter Boström, Thomas G:son, Ulrik Munther)
  • Trivialiter - Sylvia Vrethammar (Thomas G:son, Calle Kindbom, Mats Tärnfors)
  • You - Robin Stjernberg (Robin Stjernberg, Linnea Deb, Joy Deb, Joakim Harestad Haukaas)

Source: SVT

Monday, 19 November 2012 12:55

MF 2013: First Sixteen Acts Revealed

Melodifestivalen has earned quite a positive reputation over the years for providing a number of intriguing moments in music noting that there have been a number of tracks which have earned some of the top accolades during the respective year in which they had been presented within the competition. There is a lot of hype about next years' selection process due to the fact that Sweden will be hosting the Eurovision Song Contest following the victory of Loreen with the track Euphoria. Earlier this morning, SVT which is the broadcaster in charge of the competition in the Scandinavian country revealed the first sixteen acts that will be competing in the 2013 edition of Melodifestivalen, those which make up the first two semi-finals with the last set of contestants set to be revealed today week.

Aftonbladet and Expressen have been pretty much into the selection process for quite some time and this is because the showcase has been dubbed to be the biggest music event that Sweden is known to produce hence forth, it does get the people talking. Amongst the list of names that have been announced today, some have been accurately predicted but others were more of a surprise. In fact, songwriters have become more common so to speak but then again, collaborations this time round are thought to be very different according to a number of sources who are close to the competition. Below we are publishing the first names that have been presented to the public, local and foreign media earlier this morning in a special press conference.

Karlskrona

  • Burning Flags - Cookies 'n' Beans (Fredrik Kempe)
  • Gosa - Marie N'Diaye (Johan Åsgärde, Mattias Frändå & Mary N’Diaye)
  • Heartbreak Hotel - Yohio (Johan Fransson, Tobias Lundgren, Tim Larsson, Henrik Göranson, Yohio)
  • Paris - Jay-Jay Johanson (Jay-Jay Johanson)
  • Porslin - Anna Järvinen (Björn Olsson, Martin Elisson)
  • Skyline - David Lindgren (Fernando Fuentes, Henrik Nordenback, Christian Fast)
  • Vi Kommer Aldrig Att Förlora - Eric Gadd (Eric Gadd, Thomas Stenström, Jacob Olofsson)
  • We’re Still Kids - Michael Feiner & Caisa (Michael Feiner, Caisa Ahlroth)
Gothenburg

Source: SVT

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

The 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is taking place in Malmo, Sweden and the preparations are already well underway to make sure  that everything is up to scratch and to the expectations of the general public. Nevertheless, the broadcaster still has to select an entry to represent the nation and Melodifestivalen is known to be one of the most popular events in Scandinavia with several well known artists seeking participation with the backdrop of charting success awaiting them in the aftermath. Christer Bjorkman is currently compiling the list of names who will be taking part in the selection after heading a selection committee to listen to all of the submissions received earlier this year. According to Swedish tabloids Expressen and Aftonbladet, there will be a number of surprises but one name that will not be on the list is that of Swedish superstar; September.

The genre that best describes September is pop with a flavour of euro dance. The track that made her known in her native country was surely Satellites peaking at number #4 but it has to be noted that this was also her debut European release, one which was well planned by the record label charting at position number #3 in Poland, #5 in Romania, #1 in Spain and #8 in the United States. Nevertheless, her big break was still on the way and in 2006, she released the song Cry For You which would peak at number #1 in the United States, #5 in the United Kingdom, #8 in Ireland, #10 in The Netherlands as well as #5 in Poland. She has kept really busy in recent years with her last two albums both charting at number #1 in Sweden, despite one of them released under her birth name; that of Petra Marklund.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKx7FxMbmXA

Despite the fact that Christer had the perfect dance song lined up for her, it seems that she refused flat out and now even the song seems to be in jeopardy of qualifying because sources close to Bjorkman state that no one could perform it the way that September could. There are several names in the 'confirmed' category according to the tabloids including former entrants; Jessica Andersson, Ulrik Munther, David LindgrenSean Banan, Cookies N Beans and a trio which is composed of Pernilla WahlgrenHanna Hedlund and Jenny Silver but there are also 2011 Idol winner and runner-up; Amanda Fondell and Robin Stjernberg who seem to be on the list. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as we continue to keep you posted with all of the latest from the 2013 Melodifestivalen.

Source: Aftonbladet, Expressen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CUppvIv7Ak

Monday, 22 October 2012 01:27

Sweden: Bjorkman Wants Carola in MF 2013

Terese Fredenwall and Elin Petersson are the first two artists who obtained the ticket to take part in the upcoming edition of the annual Melodifestivalen with the hope of representing their nation during the Eurovision Song Contest which will be staged a couple of miles away in the city of Malmo. Despite the fact that SVT, the Swedish broadcaster is hosting the continental event, it seems that they are putting in a lot of effort into their selection process nevertheless with Christer Bjorkman going on record stating that he would like Carola to return to the Melodifestivalen next year because it would be a triumph for the music industry and a celebration of all sorts for the performer. The decisions will be taken in the next couple of weeks but nevertheless, there are several factors which will surely be considered.

The last time that Carola entered the Melodifestivalen competition was back in 2008 in a duet with Andreas Johnson bearing the name One Love, which they co-wrote together. Several people thought they would ultimately be unstoppable but they could only manage to scrape through to the second chance chance stage where they failed to get through round one. Nevertheless, Carola is a force to be reckoned with in the Swedish music charts with all of her studio album releases making it into the top three and with all of her solo entries in the Melodifestivalen finishing in first place except for one. She represented her country at the Eurovision Song Contest on three occasions, the first time in 1983 with Framling finishing in third place, then winning in 1991 with Fangad Av En Stormvind before returning one final time in 2006 with the track Invincible managing an astonishing fifth place. Once Christer Bjorkman has his hands on the chosen thirty-two (32) entries according to Aftonbladet, he will ask Carola to pick one herself to commemorate her thirty years since winning with Framling and starting her successful career. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Aftonbladet

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Sweden is currently in the process of preparing Europe for a grand spectacle according to various reports in the local media who have acknowledged that the specific team appointed to look after the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest are currently brainstorming and taking up decisions but nevertheless, the preparations for Melodifestivalen are also underway with the songs having been listened to by the respective juries and the names of the semi-finals to be revealed quite soon. In the meantime though, a second entrant by the name of Elin Petersson has been officially confirmed as making it through to the live stages of the competition having won the official online competition with the song Island which she wrote herself, something which Christer Bjorkman is apparently extremely proud of.

The top five results of the jury seemed to be quite unanimous because it seems that they had a strong positive feeling towards the vocals of Elin Petersson. In fact, Christer Bjorkman who is this years' producer of the Eurovision Song Contest knew that she would be the one. The idea behing having a public competition is to ensure that there is someone who is not backed up from a label with the ability to not only garner the exposure but to have a major experience in an event which is watched by thousands of people. The names of the rest of the semi-finals will be announced soon and it seems that there will be quite a couple of big surprises according to most of the Swedish tabloids with the possibility of two former winners of the Eurovision Song Contest fighting it out to represent Sweden on home soil following the Loreen victory with Euphoria. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about Sweden in the coming days and weeks.

Source: SVT

Spectacular does not even begin to describe the hype created with the annual Melodifestivalen noting that in recent years, the profile has risen due to the positive results that the Scandinavian country has enjoyed including a victory earlier this year thanks to Loreen and her entry Euphoria and also a second runner-up in the previous years thanks to Eric Saade and his track Popular. Whilst it seems that the interest has decreased in terms of submissions received, the quality might have reason sharply according to the popular Swedish tabloid; Aftonbladet which has gone on record stating that one of the entries submitted in the competition is co-written by none other than Carly Rae Jepsen who is currently topping charts all over the world with her single Call Me Maybe and also her debut studio album; Kiss

The experience of a songwriter is somewhat different but Carly Rae herself has gone on record stating that she loves to write tracks for herself and others and the fruit of this is surely started to show. The singer in question is Hilda Stenhalm, a young sixteen year old who has just had her big break on television, voicing the female roles for Disney Cartoons whilst also appearing a number of original shows in the vein that Eric Saade had done in the past. Nevertheless, her talent has been noticed by one of the most notable record labels in Sweden; Roxy Recordings which boasts the likes of former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Malena Ernman, Eric Saade and Melodifestivalen finalists; Agnes and Sarah Dawn Finer. It is yet unclear whether the song made it through to the final stages of Melodifestivalen but Christer Bjorkman would not miss such an opportunity to have such a star on one of the tracks in the competition which he has developed over the years. Stay tuned for all the latest news on escflashmalta.com in the coming days and weeks.

Source: Aftonbladet

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