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Tuesday, 04 February 2014 11:30

Georgia: Act for Copenhagen Internally Chosen

In 2007, Georgia made their debut in the Eurovision Song Contest with Sopho Khalvashi and her entry Visionary Dream as chosen in a four (4) song national selection. Fortunes for the eastern country have been mixed, making the top ten (10) on two (2) occasions whilst also missing the final on another occasion, that being in 2012 with the song I’m a Joker performed by Anri Jokhadze, who in turn also happened to be the first male to represent the nation.

GPB, the public broadcaster decided to make a revelation at noon, and unveiled the name of the act that will be representing Georgia at the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Mariko Ebralidze and The Shin have been internally selected in hope of improving on last years’ result, a fifteenth (15th) place finish in the final, having just managed to get through to that phase, finishing in tenth (10th) place in the semi-final stage. The song written by renowned songwriter, Thomas G:Son bore the name Waterfall and was performed by Sopho & Nodi. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more details as they become available.

Source: GPB

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeiXjVdvA_4

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

The first un-official rehearsal for the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest took place in the past couple of days as artists from all over the continent got together during the annual Eurovision In Concert held in The Netherlands. Final promotional tours are being held now as the date draws closer and as countries compete for what seems to be an extremely open edition of the international spectacle. 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 interviews in relation to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest have all been published and now with the Eurovision In Concert in tow, a series of new interviews with artists who were present will definitely be taking centre stage in the next couple of episodes. The team has planned a total of six for today, kicking things off with Ryan Dolan who will be representing Ireland in the first semi-final with his entry Only Love Survives. We had the opportunity to discuss several issues including his national final victory as well as his upcoming recording of the music video featuring a number of fans. It is quite intriguing that it is the only interview we chose for the first semi-final for this week but nevertheless, the others come from the second semi-final including Sopho & Nodi who will represent Georgia with their song Waterfall co-written by Thomas G:Son.They speak about their internal selection as well as their collaboration with the winning composer of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.

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

Keeping in line with the second semi-final, one of the vocal powerhouses seems to very much belong to Moran Mazor who will be flying the flag for Israel as she performs Rak Bishvilo in Sweden. There has been a lot of media coverage surrounding this artist as of late regarding her choice of attire at the international spectacle with the broadcaster refusing to let renowned designer Galliano work on her dress. Marco Mengoni was one of the drawcards during the Eurovision In Concert and when he was relaxed, he definitely showed wearing tracksuits and baggy pants but nevertheless, always the gentleman, he dresses up for the occasions. We spoke to him about his victory during the Sanremo competition with L'Essenziale as well as his personal expectations of the international spectacle. Italy is one of the favourites in this years' competition and therefore, Marco whose album, #PRONTOACORRERE is currently number #1 in Italy will definitely be one of the artists to look out for during the forthnight.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2C-ePvHfAs

Gerard Joling, who represented The Netherlands back in 1988 Eurovision Song Contest achieving ninth place with his entry Shangri-La was also around during the festivities and the team of Radio International wanted to get his opinion on this years' competition along with his thoughts on the Dutch entry which is being performed by the popular, Anouk. The final interview for this week comes with none other than Gianluca, who will be representing Malta in the second semi-final with the song Tomorrow, co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek. All of the latest news is also covered during the weekly broadcast noting resources from escflashmalta.com and escXtra where Luke Fisher, the Editor makes a weekly round-up. A spotlight on the Eurovision Song Contest will be switched on metaphorically of course by Chris Poppe as he chooses a topic for the week. Follow the show through the official website and also send your requests through the contact link which is found on the aforementioned website.

Source: Radio International

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WmJXIR9xtw

Wednesday, 27 February 2013 09:03

Georgia: 'Waterfall' Officially Presented

This will be the sixth participation of Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest, a competition which is considered to be highly professional in terms of song and production quality. The Eastern nation has put in a lot of resources towards the showcase in the past couple of years and despite their withdrawal in 2009, due to the fact that the event was moving to Moscow, in Russia. It seems that they have somewhat understood the highs and lows having managed to qualify on four occasions, and missing out just once, that being last year as I'm a Joker by Anri Jokhadze could only muster up 36 points in the semi-final to finish in fourteenth place.

This year, rather than going through the process of a national selection which does not seem to yield any significant results, GPB which is the public broadcaster of Georgia internally selected a duet involving Sopho Gelovani and Nodiko Tatishvili with notable songwriter; Thomas G:Son called onto write the song which they will eventually be performing in latter half of the second semi-final. In the beginning of February, it was revealed that the song is entitled Waterfall and as expected is a romantic duet in the vein of Run by Snow Patrol. As publically presented earlier this morning, the track is a ballad, which will most likely score well although, the performance on the night along with the running order will indeed be extremely important. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: GPB

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

GPB, the Georgian broadcaster responsible for the nations' participation in the Eurovision Song Contest has revealed a couple of hours ago that their representatives will be none other than Sopho Gelovani and Nodiko Tatishvili, marking the inaugural occasion of a duet from the nation which has only been around for five editions thus far. The internal selection was something that had been thought for quite some time after the disappointment endured with Anri Jokhadze, the first male entrant for the country whose entry I'm a Joker could only conjure thirty six points in total and thus fourteenth place in the semi-final out of eighteen in total. One of the most interesting tidbits is surely the fact that for the fourth year, the country is sending a female vocalist whose name is Sopho although they are all different people in the music industry.

At this point in time, the best result for Georgia at the Eurovision Song Contest has been a ninth place achieved on two occasions, the first time in 2010 with Sopho Nizharadze and her entry Shine as well as in 2011 with the group Eldrine who performed the track One More Day. GPB, the Georgian broadcaster has not yet made any revelations with regards to the song which they will ultimately be performing in the Eurovision Song Contest set to take place in Malmo, Sweden but it is expected that more news is given to the public in a couple of weeks time. The Eastern country has garnered a respectable amount of votes from non-neighbouring countries and that shows the quality of entries that it has presented in the continental competition. Their track earlier this year was not up to scratch and the result showed at the end. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of the latest news whilst wishing you a very Happy New Year.

Source: GPB

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvlNX0R3bbc