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The saying goes that time flies and indeed, this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest came and somewhat disappeared without a trace as quickly as possible. A European spectacle which takes place over a fortnight, including rehearsals, press conferences, parties as well as meet and greet sessions came to an end leaving several countries happy with their results especially the likes of Malta, The Netherlands and Hungary who returned to the top ten for the first time in ages. 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.

One of the most popular artists to compete at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was definitely Nathalie Horler of Cascada who represented Germany with the track Glorious as the title of this article implies. Unfortunately, the renowned act did not manage to maintain the recent success of the nation at the prestigious event noting that Germany, winners of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2010 with the song Satellite performed by Lena Meyer-Landrut had managed three consecutive top ten positions. Nevertheless, despite the result, Germany have already confirmed their presence in Denmark. Nathalie of Cascada was glad to be part of the event actually and had only nice words to say seeking to broaden the fanbase of the group. She speaks about the career of the act, the participation and also future plans in music especially with a brand new album having just been released into the market.

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Marc Paelinck is easily becoming a veteran of the Eurovision Song Contest having co-written songs for several countries including Malta, Belarus, and his native Belgium. This year marked his fourth participation in total as he wrote the song Solayoh performed by Alyona Lanskaya on behalf of the eastern country of Belarus. The team of Radio International had the pleasure to speak to them both, starting off with the stunning performer who not only looks like an angel but also has the ability to sing extremely well. Marc on the other hand speaks about the background of the song and whether he would like to return to the Eurovision Song Contest in the future. It is well worth pointing out that this was his best finish yet noting that all of his past endeavours had only managed to reach the lower echelons of the scoreboard as opposed to this mid-table showing. Marc Paelinck was also involved in two other selections; the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with Domenique and the Beosong with Maja Nikolic.

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The final two interviews which will be airing this evening are those featuring Aliona Moon from Moldova who was also a backing vocalist to Pasha Parfeni at last years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest as well as the group The Dorians who took Armenia back into the final on their return to the prestigious event. Aliona Moon could not better the result achieved the year before as Moldova could only manage another eleventh place finish with the song O Mie, largerly thanks to jury support whilst The Dorians obtained the worst result for the country when competing in the final. Nevertheless, they defined the odds in reaching the final with the song Lonely Planet as many people had not tipped them making it through. Both Aliona Moon and The Dorians felt empowered at being at the event and they speak about their respective careers and where this event will take them in the future.

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There will also be a number of new releases played throughout the three hours, including tracks by Dana International, winner of the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest; Anna Rossinelli, the last artist to take Switzerland into the final back in 2011; Krista Siegfrids who caused controversy with her lip-lock action on stage and last but not least Emmelie de Forest, winner of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. In the meantime, there will also be a number of cover versions as recorded throughout the year, a feature which will be returning at the hands of David Mann. 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. Dermot Manning will also be looking at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest from a broader spotlight. 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: Press Release

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Sharon Vaughn from the United States, Martin Isherwood from the United Kingdom and Stano Simor from the Czech Republic represent diverse music scenes in their respective nations with their contributions duly noted across the year. Their aim in joining this feature is to see what lies beneath each track of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The first semi-final along with the three finalist countries voting there have long been concluded as we find ourselves within the middle section of the second semi-final. Attention turns to Armenia whose broadcaster, ARMTV has been drawn in slot number #11 with the producers thinking this position best. The song entitled Lonely Planet is co-written by Vardan Zadoyan and Tony Iommi with vocals attributed to the group, The Dorians.

The most popular Armenian rock band Dorians represents Armenia in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, with the song Lonely Planet, written by Tony Iommi, the guitarist and songwriter of Black Sabbath, and Armenian lyricist Vardan Zadoyan. “Dorians” consists of five musicians: Gor Sujyan (lead vocal), Gagik Khodavirdi (lead guitar), Edgar Sahakyan (bass guitar), Arman Pahlevanyan (keyboards) and Arman Jalalyan (drums). Gor Sujyan, the front man of the rock band, took the decision to become a musician when he first listened to the song Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin, which has been symbolic and, perhaps, fatal. In a very short period of time the young man who never ever took music education has recorded outstanding achievements in the music industry together with his friends Gagik, Arman, Edgar and Arman.

Led Zeppelin had a big influence on the process of formation of Dorians. In 2008 when the boys gathered together they created a band called Gor and Friends and they began to perform the songs of Led Zeppelin. In six months they decided to perform not only cover songs, but also their own songs and decided to rename the band from Gor and Friends to Dorians. At the beginning the band was performing songs only in English, but soon Dorians made a great revolution in their repertoire presenting their fans the song Yes Kulam which means I’m Crying in Armenian. The song became very popular because “it’s about a greater love”, as Gor explains. Dorians first studio album called Fly was released in 2011. In August, 2011, the band performed during the opening ceremony of Serj Tangian’s concert in Yerevan. 

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But the most important concert for the band took place in September 2010, when Glenn Hughes and Derek Sherinian performed on the same stage with Dorians in Yerevan. Upon their return to the Eurovision Song Contest following a one year absence, the nation decided to appoint Gor Suyjan alongside his band known as The Dorians to represent the country. Indeed, they were presented with four entries to perform and despite all being within the 'rock genre', it was quite recognisable that the fight would be between Lonely Planet, the eventual winner and Toy Planet which many stated to be the first runner-up. The national selection was organised on a small scale within a television studio in Armenia and featured guests such as Gianluca from Malta and Sophi & Nodi from Georgia. It was not a long process and the results came to be known relatively early into the evening. 

Without Your Love, performed by André finished in eighth place within the final of the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest held in Athens, Greece and it was the beginning of a successful tenure within the music spectacle. In the years that followed, the country continued to reach top ten results, with their best showing to date coming in 2008 as Sirusho took to the stage in Belgrade for an astonishing performance of the song Qele Qele landing her the third runner-up slot. Unfortunately, it was to be pop princess Emmy to fail to take the country into the final for the very first time back in 2011, and this prompted a lot of criticism, leading to the withdrawal of the nation, the opportune time to take a break although many knew that there were other reasons involved. The song Boom Boom had always been a question mark but given the positive history of the nation, one would have managed to believe otherwise. 

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 57%

Martin Isherwood: Good chorus although the feel change lessens the tension rather than raises it Interesting rhyme - lonely planet / who has done it. Nice sentiment. Great voice. Feels momentarily like 'The circle of life' in the bridge and rhythmically like cars 'drive' in the chorus Good solid pop rock song

Sharon Vaughn: A lot of passion and a great message. Couldn't help but notice the English grammar mistakes. Someone should check the text before they record. It would add to the credibility.

Stano Simor: Armenia sends a nice ballad to the Eurovision Song Contest. The chorus is quickly noticeable and the singers' voice has a really nice tone to it. Overall this type of entry is not typical of the international spectacle but very radio-ish. The stage presentation will most likely be nothing special and therefore keeping things simple. 

Source: eurovision.tv

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