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On the 16th August, the RIX FM Festival in Sweden will return for a 14th consecutive year, and as always, the line-up has been carefully thought of, with a mixture of Scandi-Pop royalty, and artists who have had their fair share of target practice with the Eurovision Song Contest in the past.

This year, with the re-emergence of Helena Paparizou, winner of the 2005 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, it comes as no surprise that she has been included in the line-up and there she will be joining none other than Sanna Nielsen, second runner at the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Other notable guests are Robin Stjernberg, representative of Sweden back in 2013, as well as Amanda Fondell, the former Idol winner who competed against Robin both in the talent competition and Melodifestivalen and last but not least Adelen, who was responsible for one of the biggest hits in Norway back in 2013 with Bombo, a song which finished in second place at the Melodi Grand Prix. For more such news, stay tuned to even through Facebook and Twitter.

Source: RIX FM Festival

At the moment, we are gearing up for the upcoming season accompanying the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest but that does not mean our coverage of former entrants stops there. Robin Stjernberg, representative of Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year, has recently revealed his sophomore album, Pieces. The release of the collection along with a single of the same name is being promoted through a promotional video, attached at the bottom of the page.

Robin Stjernberg, signed to Lionheart Music Group, and distributed by Universal Music, also home to artists such as Sonja Alden and Anna Bergendahl is looking to launch his career following his runner-up finish in Idol and his participation within the Eurovision Song Contest. His sophomore release peaked at number 2 in the Swedish charts and has already been certified gold following a surge in sales during the first week of release. Both the single and the album could be purchased through digital store, iTunes. We urge you to stay tuned to for all of the latest news.

Source: Press Release

Melodifestivalen, a national competition which sees to the selection of Sweden's entry at the Eurovision Song Contest has already closed it's submission deadline with songwriters putting forward a total of 2628 entries. The staggering amount of submissions include 561 tracks which have been submitted to a public selection process known as allmänhetens tävling where one (1) entry will get through to the semi-finals and 2067 who will be fighting it out for the fifteen (15) available slots. SVT, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest has just hosted this years' edition of the international event in a successful manner and are now looking forward to continue achieving positive results.

The rest of the field which encompasses round about sixteen (16) entries will be specially invited by SVT in an aim to make the competition more of a spectacle. Nevertheless, they have already given a wildcard to the group Eko who won a regional competition earlier this year. Christer Björkman, producer of Melodifestivalen has gone on record stating that they 'hoped for less songs' but 'at the same time it's nice to see the interest'. The amount which is seemingly huge is 'manageable' and a panel of expert judges will be called upon during the next month in order to sift through the songs. At this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Sweden were represented by Robin Stjernberg and his entry You which did well with the jury but terrible with the tele-voting hence finishing in a mid-table position of fourteenth (14th) with a total of sixty-two (62) points. Stay tuned to for more of the latest news.

Source: SVT

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 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.

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.

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 amongst others.

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 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

Friday, 19 April 2013 22:00

Sweden: Reviewing the track 'You'

Three of the voting countries in the first semi-final of this years' Eurovision Song Contest have already qualified to the final of the esteemed event owing to their reputable status in terms of financial contribution. Sweden will be hosting for the fifth time and our set of music industry professionals are analysing the track that will represent them entitled You co-written by Joy Deb, Linnea Deb, Joakim Harestad Haukaas and Robin Stjernberg, the latter of which will also be providing the vocals. SVT have an intriguing job on their hands in terms of this years' production because they have always stated that their aim is to be different and with a smaller Eurovision Song Contest planned, the challenges they face are endless.

22-year-old Robin Stjernberg has quickly written Swedish television history twice.The first time in 2011 when he came in second in the Idol final with 48% of the votes, the smallest margin in the programme's history. The second time in March 2013 when he was the first artist ever who went through the "Second Chance" to win the Swedish final in Melodifestivalen. Yes, Robin Stjernberg is undoubtedly something extraordinary. Robin Stjernberg took home the historic win in the 2013 Melodifestivalen with You, a song that he himself have been involved in writing. Never before has an artist from the "Second Chance" round taken home the victory in the competition. But Robin managed the impossible on paper and went straight through the screen and into the TV sofas with his charisma, authenticity and ability to move people.

"It's true feelings, I do not go in and just put on a show. The text is about my family and my friends, how it all started, how we rigged a scene in the basement and how my dad and my aunt looked at when I was singing." Robin was a performer already in kindergarten and loved to entertain his friends dressed up in different outfits. While growing up in Hässleholm he listened to music like AC / DC, Stevie Wonder and the Backstreet Boys and participated in countless talent competitions. But despite that it's just music for Robin today, it wasn't always clear that it would be so. As a teenager, he was a promising wrestler but was forced to choose a path. It became music. In ninth grade, he was handpicked to become a member of the boyband What's Up? (which even Eric Saade was in).

He also studied music at Furuboda Folkhögskola, a coveted training with many applicants and few open spots. During his audition for Idol he completely blew the jury away and showed through the programme vocal abilities that stood in a class by itself. "I want to be a performer who affects people. One that is true to Robin, nothing artificial." When his debut album My Version was released in 2012, it went straight into number one on the album charts. Robin Stjernberg exudes something genuine. With his charisma and his voice, that sends shivers down your back, he has taken Sweden by storm. Now it's Europe's turn. One of the most prestigious national selections in Europe is definitely the Melodifestivalen because it tends to offer diversity and professionally produced tracks. Since the current format was introduced in the beginning of the noughties, the public have immersed into the system with millions tuning in to select their representative for the Eurovision Song Contest.

This year, people were somewhat disappointed with the quality and went as far too say that Sweden did not want to win for a second year running. Nevertheless, I believe that the quality of the final was actually quite strong especially compared to other nations. Sweden is surely one of the most successful countries at the Eurovision Song Contest having managed to finish in the top spot on five occasions, the last time prior to last year was back in 1999 with Take Me To Your Heaven by Charlotte Perelli. They have been in the final of the international event on every occasion, except in 2010 when their entry This Is My Life performed by Anna Bergendahl had finished in eleventh place failing to garner approval of the public despite receive support of the jury. With five victories to their name as already mentioned, they are tied in second place with Luxembourg as the most victorious country.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 80%

Magnus Kaxe: Great chorus with an interesting twist in the melody. Robin sings well on the higher notes in the chorus but gets lost on the lower notes in the verses. The verse is too low for Robins vocal range. Despite this "You" will probably do well in the final and reach Top 10. But repeating Sweden's success in ESC from last year - not in a million years.

Lina Eriksson: Amazing song performed by talented Robin. It's modern and sticks in your head like bubblegum after just one listening.

Matt Mercieca (Muxu): He has a good voice, with a really cool tone. it goes a lil weak in his falsetto though. It does not even begin to compare to the incredible song that is Euphoria, but I like it, and the more I hear it the more I like it. another thing i noticed at the beginning of the song I wasn't that impressed but as the song continues it seems to get better and better. This should do well in my opinion.


Published in Editorials
Thursday, 28 March 2013 14:13

Sweden: Acoustic Version of 'You' Released

You, co-written by Linnea Deb, Joy Deb, Joakim Harestad Haukaas and also vocalist Robin Stjernberg is being considered as an outside for victory at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest having already topped the national charts.The winning entry for the 2013 edition of the Melodifestivalen was not the public choice with Yohio and his entry Heartbreak Hotel receiving the maximum number of points but nevertheless, the international jury did not see the potential in that particular track, selecting You by far and large. The former Idol runner-up has just released a brand new version of the song, stipped down and performed acoustically on the piano.

Idol, the same one which Kevin Borg won a couple of years back was somewhat extremely kind to Robin Stjernberg because despite finishing as the first runner-up there, he managed to beat his former contestant in the Melodifestivalen noting that Amanda Fondell with her song Dumb did not even get through her respective semi-final. In an interview published on prior to his semi-final performance at the Melodifestivalen, Robin Stjernberg stated that he is working on his debut album which might also be including some tracks from the aforementioned Kevin Borg, runner-up in this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest. It is important to denote that this will not be the version of You performed in the sixteenth slot in the final of this years' Eurovision Song Contest. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news.

Source: Lionheart Music Group

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 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.

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.

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 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

Saturday, 09 March 2013 22:18

Sweden: 'You' to be performed on Home Soil

The Eurovision Song Contest has got another hearthrob: It's 22-year-old singer Robin Stjernberg, a new promise in the Swedish pop scene, whose career kicked off in 2006 when won the Sommarchansen (The Summer Song) in Malmö that year and went to Stockholm to become one of the four singers of the prospective boy band What's Up! One of bandmates was none other than pop sensation, Eric Saade, who rose to fame when in 2010 he competed in Melodifestivalen with Manboy. A year later he did Melodifestivalen with Popular, the actual 2011 Swedish ESC entry.

In 2011 he took part of Swedish Idol and was the runner-up behind Amanda Fondell, who also competed with Robin in this year's Melodifestivalen with Dumb, but voted out of the contest. 2013 is the year for the Scandinavian country to be the host after last year's Loreen's storming Eurovision victory with the powerful eurodance track Euphoria. Malmö, the host city of the Eurovision Song Contest 1992, will be this year's contest home.

You by Robin Stjernberg qualified to the final from Andra Chansen (The Second Chance), together with Anton Ewald's Begging. It is the first time for a song from Andra Chansen to be awarded the wooden bird, which opens a whole new perspective in the song selection. The song, written by Linnea Deb, Joy Deb, Joakim Harestad Haukaas and Robin Stjernberg himself, is a pop track that some might find it similar to Bruno Mars' Marry You in style. It also features Robin's melodic vocals that reach high notes pretty well and naturally. As Sweden is the host country, he will compete directly in the Final on May 18th. 2013.

Source: SVT

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 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

Tonight! The fourth and final semi-final of the Melodifestivalen will be taking place in the same city which is hosting the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, not only that but also in the same venue, albeit worked to fit the smaller scenario of the Swedish national final which despite lacking slightly in quality this year is still very much strong in terms of production values. Earlier this week, had the opportunity to speak with the group, Army of Lovers who are staging their comeback through the competition and today, we are bringing you a chat with none other than Robin Stjernberg who was the Idol runner-up a couple of years back behind now Melodifestivalen 2013 eliminated participant, Amanda Fondell. Have a look at what he had to tell us just below.

Following your participation of Idol, you were signed to Lionheart Music Group and released your debut album entitled My Versions featuring covers which you performed during the reality television show and which you made your own, including Halo, California King Bed and Breakeven amongst others. What was the main idea behind the compilation and what was your reaction when it managed to peak at number #1 in the official albums chart in Sweden?

The main reason we released the album was to salute and celebrate my journey in the competition, it was a closure album. Like closing a book to read the sequel. I was very happy when it peaked at number 1! I couldn't believe it myself and how much love I got from the fans all over Sweden!

One of the most predominant reality shows in the Scandinavian country of Sweden is surely Idol broadcast on TV4 and considering the kick-start it has given many people, it seems that it might be an extremely positive platform and indeed, you entered the 2011 edition and not only managed to progress to the live stages but was the first runner-up to Amanda Fondell who like you was relatively young and still at the very beginning of the career. What was the idea behind taking up such a platform and would you have done anything differently?

I got a phone call from TV4 when I was studying music. They told me they'd seen my covers on YouTube and wanted me to audition. I don't think I’d do anything differently. I loved being on the show and I loved working with all the good people there.

One of the contestants in this years’ Malta Eurovision Song Contest is none other than former Swedish Idol, Kevin Borg who is also signed to Lionheart Music Group as a songwriter and is apparently working on a couple of tracks for your sophomore album which will be including original tracks as you are launched into the music industry in the best possible way. Have you heard his entry Needing You co-written with Thomas Thörnholm, Simon Gribbe, Michael Clauss and Dan Attlerud and if so what are your thoughts?

I’ve heard the song; I think it’s good but a bit cheesy. Though Kevin sings like a GOD and can really perform well on stage so I think he will do really well in the contest!

The song that you are presenting in the 2013 edition of the Melodifestivalen is entitled You co-written with Linnea Deb, Joy Deb and Joakim Harestand Haukaas which have been in the music industry for quite some time and having worked within the selection process in previous years, two in last years’ edition on the song Soldiers performed by Ulrik Munther. The song-title in itself is not giving anything away so would it be possible to tell us what the lyrics aim to achieve in terms of a storyline and in what genre the song has been written?

The genre of the song is POP with a touch of Coldplay atmosphere and playful sounds. The song is about being thankful to the ones you love, to show your family, friends and in my case fans that you appreciate everything they do for you. I relate to my father who raised me and my younger sister alone and always helped us and supported us to do what we love.

Sweden has always been one of the most successful countries in the Eurovision Song Contest but nevertheless, following a series of mid-table results and even a non-qualification, there has been a second runner-up finish with Popular performed by Eric Saade in 2011 and a victory thanks to Loreen with the song Euphoria.  Many critics have somewhat positively criticized the notoriety of Swedish songwriters with the industry garnering fame internationally. What do you believe has led to this general success and what can others do to follow such a model?

I think it’s because of the broad genres Sweden is starting to launch. A couple of years back Melodifestivalen only had the standard "schlagers" but now all kinds of genres are entering the competition.

In this years’ edition of the Melodifestivalen, you will be seemingly facing a familiar foe due to the fact that the winner of the 2011 Idol competition, Amanda Fondell who managed to beat you in the final will also be competing for the right to represent the country at the next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest but she will be in the third semi-final as opposed to the fourth semi-final where you will be competing. How will you be treating such a fact noting that you could both meet up once more at some stage of the competition?

I’d love to meet her in my semifinal! Hehe, I want my revenge... No but I think it’s fun that she's in the competition. We’re good friends and I'm very excited about seeing her number!!

Several artists have been known to use the Melodifestivalen competition as a platform to launch either a solo career or even more a comeback yet it has to be noted that you already have a strong fan base and thus showing great sportsmanship in competing in such a renowned event. Do you believe that the track you will be presenting has an international quality that can ultimately succeed and will it feature a predominant sound which will be the focus of your sophomore album which should be out in a couple of months?

I really do believe my song has an international quality. It’s original though pretty basic. A hard combination to crack nowadays. Yet it has much love and sensitivity even though it’s a big track. The songs on my album will be kind of similar. Its organic, lots of focus on my voice in a playful way.

Would you like to say anything to your fans and our readers at

Thank you for reading this interview, I hope to see you all in ESC and I hope you'll love my song!

Source: Lionheart Music Group

Published in Interviews