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Thursday, 14 March 2013 20:19

Spain: Warner Music Unveil Final Version

El Sueño de Morfeo, the representatives of Spain in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest held a national final earlier this year in which both the public and a professional jury which included Italian representative; Marco Mengoni selected Contingo Hasta El Final. The reasoning was simple, it was the best out of the three songs offered but not only, it has a special something in the music, the opening notes and the whole melody. Warner Music Spain, the record label of the group have greatly supported the brand new production as heard within the official music video.

As one of the members of the Big Five, Spain will be competing directly in the final of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest alongside France, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany and Sweden for hosting the event on basis of winning last year. Their return to the top ten thanks to Pastora Soler and Quedate Conmingo meant a great deal to the broadcaster, TVE and whilst not on the same rank, El Sueño de Morfeo are renowned in their country managing three top ten albums and several successful singles apart from being nominated for the Best Spanish Act at the Music Television Awards on two seperate occasions. Listen to the final version below and stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Warner Music Spain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQCvukXs35Y

El Sueño de Morfeo will be representing Spain in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malmö, Sweden with the track Contigo Hasta el Final which won both the public and the jury vote during the selection entitled Destino Eurovision which took place on TVE during the past couple of hours. The evening moved at a relatively quick pace noting that the evenings' guests including; Pastora Soler, Alex Ubago, La Musicalite and Italian artist Nek all performed with this years' representatives. Being part of the elite big five, Spain will be competing directly in the final of the international showcase but will also be voting in the second semi-final where Malta will be competing.

As already mentioned on previous occasions, El Sueño de Morfeo have been around for quite some time noting that they have released five studio albums, three of which managed to rank in the top ten with their recent release managing a top twenty finish. They have been nominated for the Best Spanish Act at the Music Television Awards on two occasions, the first time in 2005 missing out to El Canto del Loco and the second time in 2007 also missing out, this time to Violadores del Verso. Tonight, they performed three entries which they co-wrote together and that is the original element behind the group, one which they will be trying to point out during their experience at the Eurovision Song Contest. Listen to the entry below and let us know your thought through the escflashmalta.com comments section.

Source: TVE, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6DegR00vAA

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 21:06

Spain: Destino Eurovision 2013 - LIVE

TVE, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest is one of the elite big five and therefore commercially support the international showcase but despite having one of the most predominant industries in the world, they have only managed to win the competition on two occasions, those coming back in 1968 with La La La performed by Massiel and in 1969 with Vivo Cantando performed by Salomé. This time round following the success of last years' internal selection of Pastora Soler, the group El Sueño De Morfeo were called to take on the role in Malmö. 

ESDM - El Sueño De Morfeo is made up of Juan Suárez, David Feito and Raquel del Rosario and they bear a lot of significance in the Spanish music scene for the simple reason that their genre of pop/rock infused with ethnic elements has been predominantly successful, earning them two nominations for the Best Spanish Act at the Music Television Awards and even reaching the top ten of the charts with three studio albums. This evening, as from 22:30 CET, the road to their adventure at the Eurovision Song Contest will commence with performances of three songs entitled Dame Tu Voz, Contigo Hasta el Final and Atrévete with the public and a professional jury made up of Rosa Lopez, Jose María Íñigo and Marco Mengoni will be selecting the best possible track. The evening is set to be quite sublime with guest performances by Alex Ubago, Pastora Soler, Musicalité and Nek expected whilst the public are voting. You can watch the show on the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest and the broadcaster.

The Show (Part 1)

Good Evening! The show has just started with the logo of the European Broadcasting Union for events inter-related to sports and music and the Te Deum as background music. Our host for the evening is wearing a red jumpsuit and she immediately introduced the professional jury for the showcase which includes none other than the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest representative; Rosa as well as this years' Italian representative; Marco Mengoni. In the meantime, the group known as ESDM - El Sueño De Morfeo are also invited to the stage with the host conducting a short interview about their upcoming experience.

Dame Tu Voz

The staging is quickly turned dark with green and blue becoming predominant colours. Raquel, the lead vocalist of the group takes to the stage in a short red dress and it seems that for the second year in a row, nerves won't really be an issue because she does indeed interact with the cameras well. The vocals are just stunning in this first track which could easily be described as a folkloristic pop track which sounds extremely contemporary. The band accompany her on both sides whilst one has to denote that there are also two backing vocalists on each side. For some reason though, I cannot help of remembering Dervish and their entry They Can't Stop The Spring for Ireland in 2007 because it does bear some resemblance. Nevertheless, this is a really good start this evening and one would easily see this group do well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlnYUkdBi3c

Atrévete

The second entry of the evening was the internet choice of the public and therefore, this is seen by many as the second favourite this evening. The initial backdrop lighting is quite easy on the night and this is most likely due to the fact that the intro music is quite cheerful. Once more, Raquel needs to bring out the best of her vocals in order to carry this tune because it will definitely not be easy to carry this off. The audience is clearly enjoying the performance considering that they are ecstatically clapping throughout. The use of folk instruments such as bagpipes and harmonicas in the background is quite effective and indeed, Spain might be elevating their position based on the entries that have been selected for the international showcase thus far. Impressive performance once more.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmJOmbX9PfM

Contigo Hasta el Final

ESDM have reportedly announced that this is their favourite entry from the three competing this evening and indeed, the initial camera work is just astonishing, especially when merged with the dark lighting in the studio. It seems that Raquel is slightly emotional in the beginning, most likely because of the meaning behind the song. She starts performing under the light of a spotlight and as soon as the chorus kicks in, the audience are clapping and singing along. The vocals were quite ropey in the beginning but they were reeled in pretty quickly and this is turning out to be another great performance. The shots are good but will definitely be reworked for the Eurovision Song Contest due to the element that Raquel and her band members will most likely need to garner more traction. Nevertheless, this is a strong song and I could see a similar result to the one achieved by Pastora Soler.

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

The Show (Part 2)

The three competing entries have now been performed and the attention has quickly turned to the opinion of the jury who are having a ball passing on their opinion. In the meantime, our female host is also reminding the people to make their choice because their vote will count for 50% of the final result and a quick recap as is custom. Our first special guest of the evening is Pastora Soler who honoured Spain with her participation last year, finishing in tenth place with Quedate Conmingo. Following a short chat, Pastora Soler takes to the stage for a performance with the group, El Sueño De Morfeo. Luca Barbarossa, the Italian artist records a special video message for Raquel, noting that the two performers having performed together during the 2011 Sanremo. 

Nek is the second guest artist to take to the stage with El Sueño De Morfeo. Barcelona footballer, David Villa also sends a message of support towards the representative group. It seems that this evening is mostly aboiut the guest performances and indeed, another group known as La Musicalite take to the stage for a performance and this is quite alternative. This is supposedly the final performance of the evening with regards to guests as Alex Ubago takes to the stage, and with such a huge applause, one denotes his effect in the Spanish music scene. Pastora Soler is back for a performance of last years' entry as the tele-voting is closed.

Results

48 points: Dame Tu Voz

60 points: Atrévete

72 points: Contigo Hasta el Final

 

Thursday, 21 February 2013 03:04

Spain: Marco Mengoni Amongst Jury Members

Tuesday, 26th February will be marking the selection procedure of the Spanish entry for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest with the group El Sueño de Morfeo having been internally selected a couple of months ago. The press coverage has been reasonably high following the success of Pastora Soler at last years' international showcase where she placed tenth with the track Quedatè Conmingo. The Nominees for the Best Spanish Act at the MTV Awards in 2005 and 2007 are presenting three entries during the selection evening; entitled Atrévete, Contigo hasta el final and Dame tu voz. One of the people who will help them select the best song is none other than Italian representative; Marco Mengoni.

In recent days, there has been a lot of hype over the selection of Italy due to the fact that Mengoni, a former winner of the Italian X Factor has an extremely high profile especially following his latest victory during Sanremo with the track L'Essenziale. It is unknown whether he will be performing the winning song or another track present in the album he will be presenting next month but it has been decided that he will be in Spain, most likely perform a couple of hits and also choose the song that he things is best. The weighing of the jury vote lies at 50% whilst the public will decide the other 50%. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news. I will be personally conducting the LIVE Report of the Spanish national final.

Source: Marco Mengoni Official Twitter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unRjK82bDLw

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 11:13

Spain: Line-Up of Songs Complete

TVE, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest has somewhat been the target of criticism for several years due to the fact that despite a budding music industry, the nation has failed to meet realistically positive targets at the international showcase. It seems like the criticism was finally met with an answer because, Pastora Soler, a renowned and Grammy Nominated artist was selected internally with a panel of judges and a public vote determining which track she should perform. Ultimately, Quedate Conmingo finished in tenth place at the Eurovision Song Contest, the first top ten finish since 2004. In 2013, another notable act has been selected, in the form of ESDM - El Sueño de Morfeo.

El Sueño de Morfeo are quite successful in Spain and their dominance was seen throughout the past couple of years noting that their last four albums have all managed to rank in the top twenty in Spain, their last release entitled Buscamos sonrisas being the lowest at just #16. TVE invited the group to submit their own entries into the competition considering that they tend to write their own material and whilst two tracks entitled Dame Tu Voz and Contigo Hasta El Final were directly qualified, the final track for the selection had to be chosen through an online vote between Atrevete and Revolucion. The vote came to an end yesterday and it was revealed that Atrevete won with around 70% of all of the submitted votes. Therefore, the line-up of tracks is complete and the group will be choosing their entry in a public selection taking place on the 26th February 2013 at the Saint Cugat Studios in Barcelona. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about Spain in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Sweden.

Source: TVE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnZbZv8L1WM

TVE, the public broadcaster responsible for the participation of Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest have decided to follow in the footsteps of last years' selection process and thus involves an internal act, selected following consultation with music industry professionals and a public song selection in a live show which would take place during the week. Pastora Soler represented the country in Baku, Azerbaijan achieving the first top ten result for Spain since 2004 with her track Quedatè Conmingo and ESDM, El Sueño De Morfeo will be hoping for more of the same in Malmö, Sweden.

David Feito, Raquel del Rosario and Juan Suárez are the members of the group and they also happen to be the songwriters of the four entries which will be competing to represent Spain in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Two entries entitled; Contingo Hasta El Final (With You All The Way) and Dame Tu Voz (Give Me Your Voice) have already been chosen internally by the group to qualify directly into the final but the public will be selecting the third song that they will be performing in the final. The two tracks competing for the third spot are entitled Revolucion (Revolution) and Atrevete (Dare). The voting which is taking place on the official website of the broadcaster will be closing on the 11th February at Noon with the result being published the following day. This years' Spanish final will be taking place on the 26th February 2013 at the TVE Studios in Barcelona and escflashmalta.com will be covering the show live.

Source: TVE, Eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8J1b62wOao

The European Broadcasting Union has been pretty adamant about putting off rumours of a mass withdrawal from the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and therefore succumbed to releasing the list of participating nations quite early due to the international media coverage which might have had a negative impact on the competition especially noting that Malmö is making several adjustments in order to accommodate a different type of show than what many have seen in recent years. The financial situation around the continent has not been a help and three of the four withdrawals; Bosnia & Herzegovina, Portugal and Slovakia have singled out this decision as the factor behind their pulling out with Turkey on the other hand believing that the recent amendments of the regulations at the event have somewhat put them in a disadvantaged position hence their disappointing results.

The Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest at the European Broadcasting Union, Jon Ola Sand is quite upbeat about the number of participating countries believing that despite the economic situation, public broadcasters are very much committed to the traditional element that the contest has created over time. In fact, since the semi-final system was introduced back in 2004, there have always been between 36 and 43 participating nations and the 39 that will take part in 2013 are similar to the amount that took part in 2010 when the competition was also held in a Scandinavian nation with Oslo, the capital city of Norway playing the role of host. Losing three countries to economic reasons was quite disappointing but nevertheless, Sand is quite 'surprised' by the decision of Turkey noting that they 'never formally objected' the rules as regulations which were brought in back in 2009, a year in which Turkey finished in fourth place.

  • Albania (RTSH)
  • Austria (ORF)
  • Armenia (AMPTV)
  • Belarus (Ictimai TV)
  • Belarus (BTRC)
  • Belgium (RTBF)
  • Bulgaria (BNT)
  • Croatia (HRT)
  • Cyprus (CyBC)
  • Denmark (DR)
  • Estonia (ERR)
  • Finland (YLE)
  • France (France 3)
  • Georgia (GPB)
  • Germany (NDR)
  • Greece (ERT)
  • Hungary (MTV)
  • Iceland (RÚV)
  • Ireland (RTÉ)
  • Israel (IBA)
  • Italy (RAI)
  • Latvia (LTV)
  • Lithuania (LRT)
  • FYR Macedonia (MKRTV)
  • Malta (PBS)
  • Moldova (TRM)
  • Montenegro (RTCG)
  • The Netherlands (TROS)
  • Norway (NRK)
  • Romania (TVR)
  • Russia (C1R)
  • San Marino (SMTV)
  • Serbia (RTS)
  • Slovenia (RTV SLO)
  • Spain (TVE)
  • Sweden (SVT)
  • Switzerland (SRG SSR)
  • Ukraine (NTU)
  • United Kingdom (BBC)

As you can see, the leading European broadcasters including the Big Five featuring; the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain and Italy return for yet another competition noting that their results are improving especially with regards to three in particular. Some countries have already revealed their entries noting that national finals have already taken place in Belarus, Switzerland, Belgium and Lithuania whilst artists have been chosen for The Netherlands, Spain and Montenegro. Despite less countries than last year, the song quality thus far looks to be quite intriguing and this could be a strong edition for the Eurovision Song Contest with Sweden surely organising it to the best ability and letting it known that whoever did not want to participate would have missed out on a great opportunity. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pfo-8z86x80

Belarus, Switzerland and Belgium all revealed their entries for the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in the past couple of days following the earlier announcement that Anouk will represent The Netherlands but this evening, an announcement was planned by TVE, the Spanish broadcaster responsible for the nations' participation confirming the recent rumours of the past week that the group known as El Sueño de Morfeo will do the honours in Sweden on behalf of the country. Following the successful stint of Pastora Soler with the track Quedate Conmingo which finished in tenth place, an internal selection of the same standard was the way to go and this means that this is a continued collaboration between Warner Music Spain and TVE. There were a number of artists who were considered as reported in the Spanish media in the past couple of weeks but this final agreement was set forth in the past couple of days.

El Sueño de Morfeo is made up of Raquel del Rosario, Juan Suarez and David Feito. Their musical genre is actually a mixture of pop, rock and some Celtic sounds due to the fact that they come from Asturias and the Canary Islands thus representing both the north and the south of the country. The power of a live performance is exceptional when it comes to this group and that was a main reason behind their choice having given successful concerts in Spain and Latin America with their studio albums between 2005 and 2012 selling around half a million copies. TVE is already asking the public on the type of song they would like to see Spain perform at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest but a three song national final is currently being prepared in order to represent the several genres and thus hopefully the tastes of the public. The selection process will be similar to that of Pastora Soler earlier this year with a variety of performers acting as guests and wishing the renowned group luck. We would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of the latest news.

Source: TVE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eZWxqcrTws

Monday, 10 December 2012 13:27

Spain: Warner Music Pushing Diana Navarro

Warner Music Spain has been supporting the nations' participation in the Eurovision Song Contest for the past three years and therefore when internal selections are going about it seems that the broadcaster; RTVE is seeking their guidance and their vast selection of artists. Earlier this year, when the competition took place in Azerbaijan, there was an aura of confidence with Pastora Soler noting that with her track Quédate Conmigo, she had to try and achieve, the first top ten result since Ramón and his song Para llenarme de ti managed to do so back in 2004. The estimations were correct and with a mid-table result through tele-voting and a high jury result, Spain returned to tenth place with almost a hundred points, therefore giving RTVE the possibility to take up a second internal selection. It seems that the two companies have been working together once more and the name that they seemingly have agreed upon is of Diana Navarro.

This news come about just hours after Spain officially confirmed their participation in the next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place in Sweden. According to the Spanish media and most notably, Juan M Fdez, a journalist with a private company, Warner Music Spain have confirmed that Diana Navarro is the one that they would like representing Spain in the showcase with RTVE somewhat pointing out that there is a local flavour about her music, which made them select Pastora Soler in the first place. Diana Navarro is not an unknown artist having been recording music since 2005 with all of her studio albums being acknowledged for their diversity in song selection. She has been known to fuse genres like flamenco with classical and oriental touches. It has to be pointed out that her material has gone platinum on several occasions with her first three albums in particular including No Te Olvides De Mi in 2005, 24 Rosas in 2007 and Camino Verde in 2008. Her last two releases have been well focused on covers and thus shows more versatility. RTVE will be making their announcement in due course but this is certainly some fruit for thought. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of the latest news.

Source: Twitter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bC99b8GrTUM

Saturday, 10 November 2012 15:30

Spain: RTVE in talks with Pablo Alborán

Following seven years of disappointment, it seems that Spain have finally smelled the roses and have an aura of confidence about their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest especially after managing to convince Pastora Soler to represent the country. The track that she performed entitled Quedaté Conmingo was a huge success achieving praise from international journalists and fans alike. Juries went crazy over the live performance and it showed because at the end of the evening, Spain finished in tenth place, making it their first top ten placing since 2004 when Ramon had performed his track Para llenarme De Ti. When an artist succeeds, it gives them courage to try out something new and it seems that this has been one of the positive elements why talks with Pablo Alborán even began noting that the EMI Spain star is currently one of the most popular artists in the country.

According to reports, RTVE were keen to get him on board due to his new found success with his debut album entitled Pablo Alborán charting at number #1 in Spain and achieving a 6x Platinum Disc. In the meantime, his label also released a live album entitled En Acústico which also managed to reach the top of the charts, but this time in Spain and Portugal, where it was also certified 6x Platinum and 5x Platinum respectively. Five singles have been released thus far, two of which have peaked at number #1, another two which have reached number #2 and the other one which could only manage number #40 due to a digital release only. RTVE is yet to go on record with this information but then again, the media seems to have gotten a hold of the story is making quite the rounds. The idea of having a successful male performer sing for the nation is truly endearing. One this is for sure that Spain is trying to pump their local traditional music back into the Eurovision Song Contest with the Latin Nominated Performer known for his sultry Spanish ballads. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0rwOsAteXM

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