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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.

Radio International has built a name for itself throughout the years by bringing about exclusive video and audio interviews with some of the most notable names to have either participated in the Eurovision Song Contest or even in national selections preceding the continental event. In this week's episode, the team will be chatting to Sebalter who represented Switzerland in the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, obtaining the second best result since the introduction of the semi-final system; Tinkara Kovac who got through to the final after representing Slovenia earlier this year; Mariya Yaremchuk who continued a string of top ten finishes for Ukraine; and last but not least, Ruth Lorenzo whose X Factor fame catapulted her to a tenth place on behalf of Spain.


As the curtain on the 2014 season of the Eurovision Song Contest is brought down, David Mann will continue to look at cover versions from the event whilst the latest news from escXtra and escflashmalta.com will be read out. In the meantime, former representatives of the Eurovision Song Contest are always looking for ways to please their fans and thus new music is being recorded and published throughout the year. Radio International will be playing the most recent singles as sent in by several record labels. We urge you to tune into Radio International this evening at 20:00 CET in order to request your favourite entry from the Eurovision Song Contest and listen to the special features.

Source: Press Release, Eurovision.tv


It has become customary for the escflashmalta.com editorial board to engage professional individuals from the music industry to assess the songs competing in the Eurovision Song Contest as presented to the European Broadcasting Union during the Heads of Delegation Meeting. Greig Watts, Joseph Zammit, Sharon Vaughn and John Scott from the United Kingdom, Malta, Sweden and the United States have been entrusted with the second semi-final, comprising of sixteen songs and set to take place on the 8th May 2014 at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. Making use of the running order and moving onto number #12, we catch up with Switzerland (SSR SRG) who will be represented by Sebalter with the song Hunter of Stars written by Sebastiano Paù-Lessi.

On stage at the Swiss event, Sebalter thanked the audience by raising his fiddle to the sky. This was no coincidence, as the instrument has accompanied him throughout his musical career since its start at the tender age of six. Learning to play the fiddle throughout his boyhood years had opened Sebalter’s eyes to the infinite possibilities that music offers. During his teens, Sebalter felt the need to expand his horizons: he picked up a guitar and tried his hand at writing songs. However, when the then 18-year-old Sebalter had his first career break, it was again thanks to his faithful fiddle. Sebalter's versatile and energetic playing propelled him on a 10-year musical ride as co-frontman of a well-known country-folk band based in Switzerland.

In 2012 - after four albums, more than three hundred live performances, and playing in front of crowds of more than 10,000 people - Sebalter felt his teenage songwriting itch coming back with a vengeance. He decided to close one wonderful career chapter and open a new one as a solo artist. He immediately started writing and recording songs, searching for the perfect sound that would provide a balance between his folk roots, his poetic sensibilities and his live-on-stage energy. After a year of intense work, he knew he had found it - and he decided to put it to the test by entering the Eurovision Song Contest.

It was a gamble, but it has paid off. His song Hunter Of Stars, which is also the lead single off his forthcoming debut album, was selected as the winner and thus Switzerland’s official entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. This achievement could not have come at a better time for Sebalter, who is putting the finishing touches to his new album, and is getting ready for an official tour this summer. "To be on the Eurovision Song Contest Stage is a dream come true", that's what Sebalter stated after his victory in the Swiss national selection. The trademark of the charismatic singer is his fiddle, which has accompanied him throughout his musical career since the tender age of six.


Switzerland, a two-time winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, first in 1956 with Lys Assia and the song Refrain and then in 1988 with Celine Dion and the track Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi. In recent years, Switzerland has not come close to winning the international competition with their last top ten result coming back in 2005 at the hands of Vanilla Ninja and their entry Cool Vibes. It is to be noted that since the semi-final format was introduced, Switzerland has also failed to make a solid impact on the competition failing to get through on several occasions, only managing qualification in 2005 and 2011.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 70%

Greig Watts: Interesting riff and whistle definitely grabbed my attention. Vocal comes in, is it Elvis Costello? Not my personal cup of tea, Chorus ok, but actually love the whistle at the end, that’s a really strong hook, and we’ll all sing that on the night. 2nd chorus, oh its growing on me a lot!! (although not sure I can hear the words properly), ah, and no whistle hook (that’s because of time restrictions Im sure as should be there if it’s a single over 3 mins). Nice breakdown clap section,  Not sure the lyrics make much sense to me that much, but hook’s got me for sure, and yes ending on the whistle!!! Well done!!!

Joseph Zammit: Sometimes intricate and complex musical skills and tricks are not crucial to create a great song. Sometimes all you need is a banjo and a whistle and voila! That is all this song has and yet, here I am finding myself uncontrollably bobbing on my chair as I listen to it. Thanks to a simple banjo line, 1970's style rock organ chords and an unbelievably catchy whistle tune, this piece delivers something which most songs in this competition do not, and that is emotion. 

Add in an awesome violin 'riff' in the bridge and you get yourself a song that will be stuck in your head and will put a smile on your face. There isn't anything bad I can say about this song really, but I'm never one to give away a perfect score so...

Sharon Vaughn: This was a message lost. Just instruments and words strung together.

John Scott: Interesting instrumentation on this one. The whistle is quite effective as a hook.

Source: eurovision.tv


Published in Editorials
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 03:28

MESC ’14: Rehearsals Kick-Off at the MFCC

On the 7th and 8th February 2014, the Public Broadcasting Services will be hosting this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre in Ta' Qali under the gaze of the local and foreign press, hence ready to put up a spectacular show as has been the case in recent years. In the week leading up to the competition, the competing acts along with the guest performers on both Friday and Saturday will take to the stage for a series of rehearsals.

escflashmalta.com plans to assess the outcome of the show by being present in the venue throughout various key points of the week, especially the run-throughs and dress rehearsals, respectively. This year, the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be hosted by Moira Delia, Gianluca Bezzina and Ira Losco and foreign guests are set to include none other than Emmelie de Forest; winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013, Maria Yaremchuk and Sebalter; representatives of Ukraine and Switzerland at this years’ international showcase.

Because I Have You - Amber (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

Oblivion - Chris Grech (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Addictive - Romina Mamo (Ylva / Linda Persson)

Hypnotica - Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Now and Forever - Andreana (Vinny Vella / Karl Spiteri)

One Last Ride - Daniel Testa (Stephen Rudden / Lawrence Peter Bridge)

Invisible - Raquel Galdes (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Just No Place Like Home - Fabrizio Faniello (Johan Bejerholm)

Some Kind of Wonderful - Wayne William (Wayne Micallef)

City Lady - Ryan Paul Abela (Paul Abela / Ryan Paul / Joe Julian Farrugia)

Lovetricity - Christabelle (Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)

Take Me - Pamela (Boris Cezek)

Let The Sunshine In - Sophie (Sophie DeBattista / Adam Pakard / Alex Dew)

Love Will Take Me Home - Franklin (Glen / Beatrice Eriksson / M Frenell / Michael J Down)

Safe - Miriam Christine (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Until We Meet Again - Deborah C (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Coming Home - Firelight (Richard Micallef)

Pin The Middle - De Bee (Peter Paul Galea / Debbie Stivala)

Brand New Day - Davinia (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Ten - Corazon (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

At this point in time, we would like to wish all the very best of luck to all of the twenty (20) acts who are putting their first foot forward in the hope of representing Malta, and achieving another prestigious result, following up on the success of Tomorrow, co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat, with vocals provided by Gianluca. Another round of applause goes to Gordon Bonello, Rodney Gauci, Daniel D’Anastasi and Anton Attard for their hard work on this years’ competition. Stay tuned for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services


After many years of Switzerland's participation, we welcome Sebalter to join the list of participants for Switzerland. After a tough decision and a tight competition we had the final verdict from a joint public and jury decision. The country has not reached the final for the past two (2) years and will be trying their luck with a young singer/songwriter, Sebalter and his entry Hunter of Stars. During the Entscheidungsshow, he had the pleasure of performing two songs, one which he will be performing at the Eurovision Song Contest and Wake Me Up, the hit track from world renowned DJ, Aviici.

Hunter of Stars, most noted for the whistling and the violin, caught people's eye from the very beginning being so different than the others. Reminiscing Alexander Rybak, I think that this young man here has quite good potential for Copenhagen, come next May. The song is totally something new to the Eurovision Song Contest, on which hopefully viewers won't take it as a joke and actually support. Sebalter is a multi-tasking performer, having to sing, whistle, play the violin and at some point even the drums. His rendition of Wake Me Up made me surer that he was the right decision for Switzerland. It was a tough competition having singers from all over the world against him, notably Nico Colonna.

Ending up second was Yasmina Hunzinger with her amazing vocals on I Still Believe. We hope that Switzerland have made the right decision tonight and will hopefully get out of the stuck-in-semifinals period. I hope the best for Sebalter and Switzerland. Stay tuned for further information about Switzerland and every other competing country this year. It is important to denote that Sebalter will be one of the guests during the final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest where he will be meeting up with one of the entries competing against him considering that Malta and Switzerland are both competing in the second semi-final. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: SRF


Saturday, 01 February 2014 19:00

Switzerland: Six Track National Final - LIVE

In recent years, Switzerland was always the first country to select both their artist and entry for the Eurovision Song Contest but nevertheless, they decided to hold off their national selection till the beginning of February in anticipation of better promotion. SRF will be hoping to improve their results in the international competition having failed to reach the final for the past two years as both Sinplus and Takasa both reached mid-table placings in their respective semi-final.

The Bodensee Arena in Kreuzlingen will be hosting this years’ national final as from 20:10 CET and will be featuring a total of six (6) acts, all hoping to get through to the international showcase. The road to this final has not been easy with each respective broadcaster having their own method of selection, ultimately bringing about the best of the best that was offered through public and jury voting. Leading the evening will be Sven Epiney, host of the selection for the past three years, and also commentator at the Eurovision Song Contest. In the end, a 50/50 combination of jury and public voting will decide the winner. You may follow the LIVE webcast of the show on the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest.

The Show (Part 1)

Here we are with the show! Had a problem with the connection link but now, we are online and ready to go! Let the Entschediungsshow Eurovision begin! And the presenter tonight has just started out the show and presented us the jury who makes up 50% of the votes for tonight. Hopefully they will make the right desicion for Switzerland!

Christian Tschanz - Au paradis

Let's kick off with the first competitor of the night. His name is Christian Tschanz with his song 'Au Paradis'. He looks rather middle aged wearing a nice grey and black shirt with a guitar on a strap on him. His voice is really nice, a husky voice that is not so usual in Eurovision. The staging is quite usual to me having piano players, drummer and guitarists and like last year the contrabass player, this time not old like with Takasa, is up with them. The song is rather boring and for me it doesn't go anywhere. The audience seemed to enjoy it.

He seemed rather relaxed and laid back for the night which showed that his preparations weren't for nothing. The presenter is now interviewing Christian. Unluckily, I can't understand much of this conversation since this is not one of my native languages! Good opening, in hopes the next competitors would be better.


3 For All - Together Forever

Next up is 3 For All and their song 'Together Forever'. From the name of the group, I believe that this is made up of a trio who sings for everyone and loves to make others feel happy. They look much younger than Christian and I am somehow waiting for a show now. The music is great, hated how in the beginning they were chanting Switzerland Go and stuff like that. The clothing is quite normal and there's nothing special on stage that gets my attention.

The music however is nice and their voices are good, especially the blonde woman. The harmonies are great. I think there might be something missing still. The audience went crazier than in the first performance. I personally liked it more compared to the first one. Another interview here that I can't understand. Oh hey, they just talked in English and Giselle, the blonde woman singing, presented the backign vocalists and their team. Way better than the first one. Let's see what's more to come!


Nino Colonna - La luce del cuore

Next up, we're already half way through this final, we have Nino Colonna and his song 'La Luce Del Cuore'. Oh that's why there are a lot of hearts in the arena! This song is nice, I like it. He is clad all in black and unfortunately this looks a bit monotonuos compared to the song since even the backing vocalists and the guitarist ar all in black. There's a big heart at the back of the stage. He has amazing camera work regardless his age. Is it only me, or do the Swiss have something for old people in Eurovision?

Oh look he just gave a woman a rose, that's so nice. The audience loved this. I loved it too! I'm on his side up till now. My only critic is that vocally he doesn't do much things. During this interview of his, I just noticed that the male backing vocalist is clad better than the singer himself! Should've paid more attention fashion wise next time! Great performance!


Yasmina Hunzinger - I Still Believe

Next up is the first woman on her own up on stage, Yasmina Hunzinger performing her song in English 'I Still Believe'. Her hair colour is so amazing, she'd be hard to miss in the arena in Denmark. What a beautiful voice she has. Wow, her voice is stunning! Still all in black but this time the roses are on the dress, which unfortunately does not fit her so well in my opinion. The song is beuatiful and her vocal is so so good. The staging is good also I like it! What a great competitor. Loved this entry. She's great! Amazing voice and the crowd loved it also! Another interview, poor thing I can't understand these, they look rather intersting.


Natacha & Stéphanie - Une terre sans vous
Natacha & Stephanie is up next competing in the Swiss Final with their song 'Une Terre Sans Vous'. They look so looking forward for this night as from their opening. First performers wearing not black clothes but white. This is nice. Their voices are so nice and angelic at the same time. The song is a bit boring for me. I find it way more than just simple.
I don't think this will do it, but you'll never know. I don't get these kind of balls on stage. It looks like nearly everyone wanted a band up on stage with them or at least s guitarist. Their voices are so nice and angelic but the song is so so boring. Mostly for a competition like this of such a high level. The audience loved it somehow, they are still cheering during the interview. This isn't normal I think, I didn't like it that much. Maybe, it's the wrong song decision for them. Hope they would come back with a better song.
Sebalter - Hunter of Stars
Last but not least is Sebatler and his song 'Hunter Of Stars'. This is the last entry for tonight and this may be the one which does the others bad. I love how in his opening he is playing 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' on his violin. That's different. On stage there are some kind of Christmas Lights maybe they represent the lights he is hunting for. The whistling in the begininng is so good. This song is far more entertaining than the one before it. 
His voice is good. The song is good. The clothes are not bad, he played it safe. Staging is really good with another full band on stage. There he is playing his violin. There's fire on stage and everyone's clapping while his voice is not strong at all here. Now, he is playing the drums. Whistling, singing, playing the violin, playing the drums, I think it's a but too much for just one guy to do in three minutes. The audience seemed to love it. It wasn't bad at all. I understood something from this interview, he feels relaxed!! This is an entry to look out for in my opinion, it's so in time.
The Stage (Part 2)
And those were tonight's competitors for Switzerland. Like pd half of them and I think that the competition is mainly between Yasmina, Nico and Sebatler. The voting opens here. Funnily enough, who votes can win €10,000. This is the first time I saw this in Eurovision Song Contests. Here we have the first recaps. Back to the arena where we find the presenter talking to the jury.
Back on after having some connection problems again. We find people, from different sectors, talking about the Eurovision Song Contest and about Loreen's success.
Going down the the road of Switzerland Eurovision and others, for example having Aliona Moon on our screens and Krista Siegfrids' intriguing kiss. The clip shows the different sides of Eurovision, how many themes it attacks and how many subjects it touches. From La La La and Na Na Na songs to sexy, up tempo ones. 
Once again, the front man of this show, is interviewing and talking to the jury! One of them is most probably Italian! He told them good luck!
And well have the competitors of the night talking about the past Eurovisions. Having Christian Shantz talking about Pleut De L’Or amongst other songs.
Christian Tschanz is back on stage singing for another time. Once again he's a scarf around his neck but this time he is worn a bit colourful, purple. I personally prefer this song much more than the one he had to perform for the competition. This is entertaining. Still with his guitar on him. He's singing 'All You Need Is Love' now. Was this another lingual version of this famous song? It was nice anyways!
3 For All are back on screen commenting on previous Eurovision songs. Talking about one of Latvia's performances which caught my eye. They are back performing! The staging is brilliant with fire along the edges of the stage. Is it only me or are these performances better than the competition ones? For example, this is amazing!! Pity, they didn't pick a song of this genre to perform for the competition. This blonde one here, Giselle, has a marvellous voice. I love it!
Up on the screen is once again Nico, talking about a previous song in Eurovision from Italy in 1990, 'Insieme', which was a great hit afterwards. Now he is performing 'Lasciare Mi Cantare', still with the same staging as before even clothes, apart from him who's wearing a white shirt, a bowtie and a black plain trousers. With an exception, I prefer his competing song, it suits him more. The audience loves this. It was a great performance.
And now Yasmina Hunzinger is on screen with her dog talking about 'Kisses For Me' and their hand movements like Beyonce's. Now she's talking about our very own Chiara and her song 'What If We'. Pity I can not understand everything but from what I got, she loved the perofmance. Thank you Yasmina, we all appreciate. After missing half the performance because of the connection, Yasmina hit a really high note from a beautiful song. She was still wearing the same dress as before.
Natacha and Stephanie are talking about 'J'Aime La Vie' from Belgium from 1864 and comparing her to Michael Jackson because of the moves and dancing. And back to the stage, we have these girls performing a much better song than before. This genre might have been much better for them. The clothes are so colourful based on orange, white and purple. The band is up with them again. They are barefooted, maybe that's the trick. The chorus is so nice. I liked this, maybe it will make them good at the end.
And now the violinist to sum up this part. Sebalter talking about Lena's 2010 win with 'Satellite' which he seems to like so much. I don't blame him, it was one of those near perfection entries. He is playing Alxenader Rybak's Fairytale on his own violin. Maybe that's a trick!? He seems to be the most up to date singer from them all. He is performing Avicii's hit 'Wake Me Up'. He is wearing a green shirt and a black trousers with what seems to be a blue tie underneath the shirt. This is a great rendition of the well produced song by the amazing DJ. This guy might be the trick for Switzerland this year. He is amazing! This performance is undoubtedely the best from this part. Well done!!
Loving 3 For All, got used to their song also now! They just seem better all of them now! If there was an award for the best voice, it would surely be given to Yasmina, her voice is beyond amazing! Natacha and Stephanie's second peformancenwas great. Sebatler, I love these performances! If they don't win, I am still surely going to follow them on their career. Less than a minute to vote! Hope the Swiss made up their mind by now! And the voting is CLOSED! Now, the deadly part to wait for the rsult beign!!

And a clip showing Eurovision voting throughout the years, from black and white to big stages and arenas. Eurovision has improved so much through the years. Ruslana, wine and mistakes in voting all over the place. Lena's last year vote mistake still shines.

And the six finalists are now all up on stage with their teams. Everyone is cheering but the artists and we are dying waiting to see who is off to Copenhagen next May. My favourite two are on the top of the list, having Yasmina and Sebalter. This is a tough competition!
And the winner is Sebalter! Well done, amazing desicion Switzerland! I loved the performance! Well done! Thanks so much for tuning in to my live report, hope you enjoyed following this! Goodluck Switzerland and Sebalter!