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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

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

The Team of Radio International is back this week and would like to invite to join the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience to overcome to Post Eurovision Depression. The Show is broadcast on 106.8FM and Digital Cable 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 Song Contest Spotlight - Eurovision 2012 - The Aftershow Party:  

The 57th Eurovision Song Contest was staged on 26 May 2012 in Baku and each of our Eurovision Correspondants will each week be giving us their assessment of how they watched the shows and what they think of it. Of course, it goes without saying, it is spiced with their choice of songs from this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Continuing this new mini-series is Marcus Keppel-Palmer

Interview with Stefan Galea (Malta): 

One of Malta's young music talents is Stefan Galea who is no stranger to the ears of the listeners to Radio International as his music is aired on the show. Still a student Stefan also aims at an international singing career and hoping to be able that one day he will be representing Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest. At the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012 which is the national selection process of Malta to find a suitable song to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest JP met Stefan for an interview which you can hear during this week's edition of the show. Stefan is not only an actor in the Maltese TV series called D.R.E.A.M.S. but also a fine singer and his repertoire is growing as he is producing more and more music. Songs such as "Can't wait for FAF, Fittest Girl in History and Take it or leave it have been aired on Radio International in the past. The website is abailable here. Enjoy the interview on this week's edition of Radio International.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tkRhCsyrYo

 Euro Friends Song Contest 2012 with Andy Simon: 

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 again next week to reveal the qualifiers for the next round.  The website of the Euro Friends Song Contest you will find here (www.euro-friends.com) where you can easily vote for your favourite Eurovision songs per country and also see The Euro-Friends TV Show as hosted by Andy Simon. You can also join the Facebook Group.  Andy is back next week and he reveals the final qualifiers in Heat 50 (Germany).  

Interview with Nina Badric (Croatia 2012):  

After Daria Kinzer representing Croatia at the Eurovision Song Contest in Duesseldorf in 2011 - one of Croatia's biggest artists represented Croatia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan - NINA BADRIC. Unfortunately, she did not manage to qualify Croatia for the Grand Final as with only 42 points in Semi Final 2 she ranked 12th with the song "Nebo". Only the Top Ten of the Semi Finals meet in the Grand Final. However, Lilian, Eric and JP had the big pleasure meeting the singer in the Press Centre in Baku for a very funny interview. A must listen!  Enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzdI4yuqwzY 

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 Ott Lepland (Estonia 2012):  

An amazing success for the entry of Estonia to the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. First Ott Lepland could qualify his country into the Grand Final from Semi Final 2 where he ranked 4th with 100 points and then in the Final - What a performance! - he reached a very remarkable 6th place with a total of 120 points. A very strong power ballade called "Kuula" which means "Listen!". Eric & JP met the singer in the Baku Press Centre for an interview which you can hear during this week's edition of Radio International. Enjoy! :) 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzXKjvpgj2o

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. But also don’t miss out on the weekly Eurovision Quiz where you can win a dip into the freshly filled up Goodies Bag or pick a Eurovision Song Contest from the past on DVD. 

Interview with Kaliopi (FYR Macedonia 2012):  

Kaliopi represented The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYRoM) at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 with the song "Crno E Belo" (Black and White) which reached Number 13 in the Grand Final. Kaliopi was already selected in the national final to represent FYROM at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1996 with the song "Samo Ti" ("Only You"), however, she never made it to the Eurovision stage back in 1996 due to her not having enough average vote to take part at the Eurovision Song Contest that particular year. An amazing lady and an amazing voice - JP had the pleasure to meet her for a few words describing her happiness that she managed to qualify FYROM to the Grand Final which did not happen for quite some years. Listen to this interview during this week's edition of Radio International.   

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

More interviews with the 2012 Eurostars will be on the next editions of Radio International. Watch out for them every Wednesday. Join Radio International on Wednesday, 13 June 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

Nina Badric is one of the most popular artists in the Ex-Yugoslavian regions having amassed a lengthy career from 1995 onwards which have included multiple successes. This is the fourth time that she has put her name forward to represent her country having been the most successful prior to this year back in 2003 with the track Čarobno Jutro by ranking in second place to Claudia Beni and her song Više Nisam Tvoja who went onto achieve the third worst result of the country by finishing in fifteenth place despite having been a favourite. She was internally selected by Croatian Television; HRT to represent the country and save them from two years of unsuccessful results.

Nina Badric feels honoured to have got the chance to represent her country this time round and will be looking forward to addressing the song to her people and the audience at the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest where she is competing alongside Malta and their entry This Is The Night performed by Kurt Calleja and the rest of his band which includes Warren, Chris, Kevin, Rebecca, and Amber. Up till now she has given very good rehearsals but the problem lies with the fact that it is coming opposite Slovenia in the running order with a very similar song and might therefore fall off the map. Our team which now includes Eric Lehmann, the President of OGAE Luxembourg spoke to Nina about her performance, entry and career heading into the competition.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jD3ZaUq-rIU

Published in Interviews
Thursday, 03 May 2012 03:28

Croatia: Reviewing the song 'Nebo'

When the running order was drawn there were gasps for the way that two neighbours have been drawn back to back due to the fact that they have extremely similar genres in the entries that they presenting for this years' Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Baku, Azerbaijan. The country which will be performing in the tenth position in the second semi-final is Croatia, who are bringing about some of their best vocal talent to the competition in the form of Nina Badrić who has decided to perform the song Nebo which she both penned and composed the music to actually making her one of the few singer/songwriters in the competition.

 

Nina Badrić is one of the most successful and most awarded Croatian musicians, whose career has successfully lasted for the past 20 years. Accomplishments, rewards and popularity are following this musician beyond Croatian borders, where she’s been dubbed the best and most favourite pop singer from the former Yugoslavian region year in, year out, by both audiences and music professionals.
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBQ_K_49Cok
 
In the nineties Nina commenced a solo singing career, heading music charts all over Croatia. She is a multiple winner of the Popularity Oscar, awarded by the professionals and audiences in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia. Besides a terrific voice that many compare to those of divas like Angie Stone, Alicia Keys or Mary J. Blige, Nina is characterized by many as one of the most complete musicians today. Her personality, charm, or the so called factor X immediately win people over, and as far as her looks are concerned, many claim that she has been one of the most beautiful Croatian singers for years.
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r77ChPPrWcI
 
Nina Badrić’s face was recognized as the face of the world campaign for Frederique Constant luxury watches. The campaign with Nina’s trademark face graces billboards all over the world and numerous fashion magazines, such as Vogue, In Style or NY Times. She is known as a person that gladly takes part in many humanitarian activities. Nina Badrić is a singer who has tried her hand with every musical genre, from pop to jazz, leaving her specific mark of recognizable and strong interpretation in each of them. She writes most of her songs, and it is with an original composition that she plans to represent Croatia at the upcoming Eurosong competition.
 
The Critics Voice Their Opinion
 
Magnus Kaxe
 
I love the voice of this singer! She has a nice vibe and great sound. Unfortunately I can’t say the same of the song. I hear a uninteresting song without a chorus. But because of her voice I am giving it a good grade which would be five (5) points.
 
Marion Welter
 
I believe that this is a very much similar track to the one before it and I just cannot relate to the song in itself as I do not find anything that entices me but once more the vocals are spot on and the only mark given on this end is also one (1) unfortunately.
 
Tobias Larsson
 
Another well-crafted song, performed by a local star that will deliver on the big night. I would have hoped for a bit more punch and a hookier chorus, now it lands in the "good-but-not-outstanding" category which would be well translated into seven (7) points.
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5_tqyCjFZ8
 
Entry Background

Performer: Nina Badrić

Composer: Nina Badrić

Author: Nina Badrić

Song: Nebo

Language: Croatian

Broadcaster: HRT

History of the Nation 

To this day, Croatia remains one of the most successful countries never to win the Eurovision Song Contest and as they head in for their twentieth participation, they will be hoping to achieve another astonishing result. The nation has not managed to enter the final in the past two years and they will be definitely vying to do so this year when Nina Badric is such a star and brings about so much power to the event even working through a number of commitments whilst in surgery for her voice. Their best result thus far has been a fourth place achieved on two seperate occasions, the first one being in 1996 with Maja Blagdan and Sveta Ljubav and the second one being with Marija Magdalena performed by Doris Dragovic in 1999. It will be quite interesting to see whether it will be Croatia or Slovenia to stand out.

Published in Editorials

The Croatian representative at the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is the experienced Nina Badric but in recent weeks has been forced to stay away from the media speculation that was surrounding her participation and this is due to the fact that she had to have an operation on her vocal chords due to certain complications that had developed over a long period of time. Nevertheless, everything has somewhat resolved itself and the artist is now making a number of appearances promoting her entry and speaking about how the preparations for Baku are going.

Nina Badric has worked her way up to huge success in a career that started with her debut album entitled Godine Nestvarne back in 1995. This would be the first of seven compilation discs for the artists, her most recent entitled Nebo just last year. The track she will be presenting at the Eurovision Song Contest is actually the title track of that same album and she has gone onto announce that on stage, she will be joined by three backing vocalists and also two dancers, going onto specify that the choreography will not be traditional but more artistic as seen within the preview video of the track. Croatia will be competing alongside Malta in the second semi-final of this years' musical competition. Stay tuned to www.escflashmalta.com for more information as soon as it is released.

Source: HRT