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The seasonal changes that are brought about during the year very much reflect a variety of things including the elements of scheduling with fall somewhat heading into winter and therefore signifying that whatever has been planned will most likely continue to be put into action. Following that break during the summer months in which a prerecorded set of programmes where presented to audiences all around the continent, the Team of Radio International returns for yet another week. They would like all of the readers of escflashmalta.com and beyond to tune in to enjoy an Ultimate Eurovision Experience. The show is broadcast in The Netherlands on 106.4 FM as well as Digital Cable 41 but people can also follow through the internet on the official website where the programme will also be webcast through a video channel. The show will as always be running between 20:00 and 23:00 CET on Wednesday evening. There a number of surprises during this weeks' edition as Juergen Boernig and the rest of his team have made it their task to prove the show special on a weekly business.

Premier focus on this weeks' edition of Radio International is definitely on Sirusho who many will surely remember taking to the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2008 with the track Qele Qele  helping to achieve the best result for Armenia at the continent event thus far, that being a very respectable fourth place finish. The nation which she representative has an impeccable record at the event having reached eighth place in 2006 thanks to Andre, another eighth place in 2007 with Hayko, then fourth position with Sirusho, tenth place for Inga and Anush in 2009 and seventh place for Eva Rivas before Emmy breaking the trend and failing to qualify in 2011. Sirusho is a well known performer in her native country and has released a number of tracks since participating in the Eurovision Song Contest. Many people in Malta will remember her for being a guest during the Malta Eurosong in 2010 and also as the interval act of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2011. It is also worth pointing out that OGAE Portugal invited Sirusho to the Eurovision Live Concert which took place last September in Setubal, as she is quite popular. This is where we had the pleasure to interview the beautiful singer.


The second interview in the show this week is actually with the Vice President of the OGAE Club in Germany where the annual club convention is set to take place on the 24th November, days before the announcement of the semi-finalists of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2013. This is a point to be noted down due to the fact that one of the guests is none other than Fabrizio Faniello who represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest twice but is back with another track entitled An Everlasting Dream. Amongst the others guests woh will be presented are Darja Svajger who represented Slovenia in 1995 and 1999 and Ott Lepland, the Estonian representative earlier this year. In the meantime, Dr. Thomas Schreiber from ARD, will also be present to introduce the Germany National Selection in 2013 which is rumoured to include around twelve finalists in a multi-artist and entry song selection. The Vice President, Anke Jonschker will be in the studio to talk about this years' convention as well as future plans.


Despite the fact that Malta is not competing in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, more coverage of the event is now expected on Radio International and escflashmalta.com due to the fact that the date is growing closer. This year, the event being held in The Netherlands is set to take place on the 1st December and will comprise of twelve countries;  Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Georgia, Israel, Moldova, Netherlands, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine. Three of the aforementioned nations are actually making their debut and therefore, it will be interesting to see how they fare as this could be the element of why they would ultimately return next year. The show will be starting at 20:15 CET and will be televised by all of the participating countries as well as the official website of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest where most information about each of the acts could be found. Members of the Team of Radio International will be present at the event and conduct interviews with the young artists which you can hear during the shows around the 01 December 2012.


Sweden have had quite the history in the Eurovision Song Contest, having only failed to make it through to the final only once, that coming in 2010 when Anna Bergendahl had performed the track This Is My Life finishing in eleventh place. The Scandinavian country won the competition five times kicking off with ABBA's Waterloo in 1974, followed by The Herreys ten years later in 1984 with Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley. Then with Carola in 1991 when she won with Fangad Av En Stormvind before more success continued in 1999 as Charlotte took the honours with Take Me To Your Heaven and of course most recently in 2012 noting the Loreen victory with Euphoria. Apart from these successes, Sweden has managed to finish in the top ten on a large number of occasions becoming one of the most notable nations when it comes to the event. Make sure to tune into the programme tomorrow night to witness all of the happenings live as soon as they are broadcast in The Netherlands. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com who will be bringing you all of the latest news about the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in the coming hours, days, weeks and months. 

Source: Team of Radio International


France, Belgium, Switzerland, Finland, Germany, The Netherlands, New Zeleand and Poland have been touched by the beautiful vocals of Patricia Kaas throughout the years noting that the material released since 1988 has managed to climb into the charts and eventually peak in several top ten positions. Her last effort entitled Kabaret was reissued in 2009 during the time of the Eurovision Song Contest with the inclusion of the track Et S'il Faillat Le Faire and managed to hit the top ten in three respective countries despite being her lowest charting album in France thus far. She is looking to change that though as she begins to give her audience a glimpse of what to expect as she covers the legend that is Edith Piaf in a brand new album of covers recorded with the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Following six consecutive non-top ten results, France was desperate to do well and getting Patricia Kaas to represent her country in Moscow was quite the coup for France 3 and she did it brilliantly, ultimately achieving eight place having done extremely well with the jury and placed within the upper mid-table when it came to tele-voting. Her latest collection entitled Kaas Chante Piaf will be officially released on the 5th November and she is promoting it with a huge world tour which will take her to one hundred and fifty (150) different events. In the meantime though, one of the songs off the album entitled Hymne à l’amour has already been released and will be sent to major radio stations in due time. There is quite a lot riding on this album especially in France who glorify the likes of Edith Piaf but since the last collection from Patricia was not as successful, she will be hoping to hit the top ten once more. Have a listen to the track below and stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news in the coming weeks.

Source: Charts in France


Patricia Kaas, the voice behind the song Et S’il Fallait Le Faire, which represented France at the 2009 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow and finished in the eight (8th) position, is planning on making a comeback next fall.  The new music project is the result of two years of hard work, which will pay tribute to the world renowned French artist Edith Piaf, will develop into a world tour of the symphonic album.

November 2012, the 50th anniversary from Piaf’s death, will mark the official launch of this project, entitled Kaas chante Piaf meaning Kaas Sings Piaf.  Initially, Kaas will release an album consisting of twenty (20) cover versions accompanied by a symphonic orchestra of 80 musicians in London, where Kaas hopes to revive some of the most influential Piaf songs, such as Non, je ne regrette rienLa vie en rose or L’Hymne à l’amour, for instance.  The album is arranged by Abel Korzeniowski. He has emerged quite strongly in the Hollywood music scene, after being nominated for a Golden Globe for his work on Tom Ford’s A Single Man while also having composed the music for Madonna’s second feature-film W.E. The album is slated for release on the 5th November 2012.

Kaas will kick off her world tour of more than 150 concerts in London’s Royal Albert Hall, followed by several of the most prestigious venues in the world, including Berlin’s Admiralspalast, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Moscow’s Opereta and Paris’s Olympia. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news coming from former artists who made it to the Eurovision Song Contest in the coming days, and weeks.

Source: Patricia Kaas Official Website