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Thursday, 27 December 2012 16:11

The Netherlands: Anouk Releases New Song

Since the introduction of the semi-final system back in 2004, The Netherlands have not managed to achieve successful results, only managing to qualify for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest on one occasion with the track Without You performed by the duo, Reunion. TROS, the Dutch broadcaster has finally decided to take matters in their own hands and try to achieve success. Formats have come and gone noting that earlier this year, a national selection took place with John De Mol leading the proceedings. Ultimately it was Joan Franka with the track You and Me who went to the competition and despite being a fan favourite and also receiving ample support from the public, it only reached fifteenth place and thus did not manage to qualify. For the upcoming competition, they selected Anouk internally and it seems that she is gearing up considering that she is releasing new music.

It has to be pointed out that her most successful track is surely Nobody's Wife released back in 1997 but her last four albums including Who's Your Momma? (2007), Live at Gelredome (2008), For Bitter or Worse (2009) and To Get Her Together (2011) have all peaked at number 1 in The Netherlands with three of the last studio albums managing to peak in the top five also in Belgium. Anouk has been working with EMI Music for a relatively long period of time but nevertheless, she will be releasing her upcoming studio album on her own record label. The name of the album is set to be Sad Singalong Songs whilst the brand new song which has just been released bears the name Stardust which was also the name of the recently released album by 2010 Eurovision Song Contest winner; Lena Meyer-Landrut. Despite the fact that the track does fit into the regulations of the European broadcasting Union, Anouk confirmed on her Facebook page that this will not be the song for her Dutch participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Anouk (Official Facebook)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-tV2makyJY

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

Tuesday, 18 December 2012 11:30

Radio International: Interview with Heilsarmee

The Team of Radio International is back this week and would like to invite to join the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. The Show is broadcast on 106.4FM and Digital Cable 41 within The Netherlands and also via the internet through the official website, where it will also be web televised for those who would like to get a more interactive feel to the programme. The show which airs on a Wednesday is set to kick off at around 20:00 CET and will finish around three hours later at 23:00 CET. This weeks' broadcast is actually the first following the selection of three entries for the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and therefore will prove quite insightful due to the fact that the Team of Radio International was present for the Swiss final and followed the proceedings as they unfolded.

The main focus of the programme will be surrounding an exclusive interview with Heilsarmee, the Swiss Salvation Army which will be representing the small nation in the middle of the continent. First problems emerged in the past couple of hours due to the branding of the group which is not accepted at the Eurovision Song Contest for several purposes. This was seen last year with regards to San Marino who first made use of a social networking site in their song-title before showing a brand live on stage during rehearsal week. The lead vocalist of Heilsarmee, Christopher speaks to the team of Radio International about their victory and their intentions for the event taking place in Sweden where they will be performing their entry You and Me. The final took place last Saturday night and the winning act manage to garner more than half the votes than those achieved by the first runner-up which was J'Avais Rendez-Vous by a duo known as Carrousel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BAG1K4TEZc

Apart from the interview with the winners of the national final which is somewhat customary, the team of Radio International wanted to mix it up a bit and therefore spoke to the host of the show, Sven Epiney who is to be noted as the commentator for the Swiss broadcaster; SRF at the Eurovision Song Contest, taking up the role in 2010 and becoming what has been coined in Switzerland as Mister Eurovision. It is the perfect opportunity to get to know him better in the ambient of the competition and to note how the show has carefully evolved in the past three years. In the meantime, December is known to be a time for festive celebrations and therefore, with Christmas round the corner, we would like to wish you all the best with a hearty new year as well. We look forward to bringing you more material in the coming weeks especially in the lead up to the Eurovision Song Contest, so make sure to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com and Radio International.

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. The entries which will be analysed are those between 2009 and 2012. 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. 

Source: Team of Radio International

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-04pUETT7oI

Saturday, 01 December 2012 19:01

JESC 2012: Ukraine Crowned Winners

Good Evening! Welcome to the 2012 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest which is being hosted in Amsterdam, the capital city of The Netherlands. This is actually the second time that the nation is hosting the event having even taken up the responsibility back in 2007 when the group Cute had represented Malta with the track Music. The competition has changed quite a while since then though noting that from seventeen participants, the European Broadcasting Union has managed to lure a total of twelve (12) ultimately keeping the dream for several young artists alive. The quality of the songs is quite good from what the editorial team has heard based on the studio versions but the dynamic will surely change this evening during the live performances of each of the respective nations.

The Public Broadcasting Services, the only member in the European Broadcasting Union had the rights to compete in the event but ultimately withdrew following our participation in 2010 in order to ensure that there was more financial support towards the senior edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Nevertheless, our coverage continues and we have with us this evening, the last individual who flew the flag for Malta, that being Nicole Azzopardi whose song Knock Knock .. Boom Boom! remains a significant part of the local heritage. This evenings' show which you could follow on the official website, is being hosted by Ewout Genemans and Kim-Lian van der Meij within the Heineken Music Hall and it seems that the host broadcaster; AVRO will be putting on a spectacular showcase. 

LIVE

Intriguing opening for this years' Junior Eurovision Song Contest as the European Broadcasting Union is giving the people what it means to prepare for the big day whilst keeping to showing the people in the hall and their enthusiasm. This does indeed seem like the most organised  showcase for young children in recent years. In the meantime, just a couple of minutes left before we actually commence. Compliments to the host broadcaster on astonishing graphics and a brilliant theme song for this years' edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The opening act has just begun and it seems to feature several teenagers playing the drums. Once more, spectacular lighting as the children break out into an electronic dance creating a visual spectacle and well, as expected, the winning entry of the last Eurovision Song Contest, Euphoria is being played.

http://www.junioreurovision.tv/page/videos?id=69863

Each nation is introduced by virtue of a Good Evening in their respective language. Suddenly, someone is performing Euphoria and it seems to be none other than Rachel, last years' runner-up of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Despite the fact that she did not win, The Netherlands ended up winning the bid to host. The hosts come onto the stage from beneath and receive a huge reaction from the present audience in the hall which is ecstatic. Kim-Liam is wearing a sparkling block of ice, or so it seems whilst Ewout is wearing a black shirt and a silver jacket complimenting her perfectly. The tele-voting process is being explained and it is noted that Kids Rights will benefit of each call and therefore, people will support a great cause this evening. We are also going to post the preview videos as received by the European Broadcasting Union earlier this year.

Belarus

Marc: Egor is wearing a white outfit and he is joined on stage by four dancers, a male and three females and it is to be noted that the first note is extremely off key but nevertheless the music is quite interesting featuring elements of pop, dance, and jazz at times. The visuals for this track are featuring water and bubbles but you manage to keep an eye on the staging for the simple reason that the choreography is really catchy. Not a bad start, but definitely not the best entry to come from Belarus!

Nicole: I must say that it was indeed a very spectacular show and i really enjoyed watching and listening to the track even though I believe there were things which needed to be improved.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ec36Hf45Ujk

Sweden

Marc: The first ballad of this evening is on and Lova looks absolutely stunning this evening, seemingly representing what is left of Scandinavia in this competition. She is wearing a pink, silver outfit and is joined on stage by two female backing vocalists. The female performer has a very beautiful vocal and they are managing to capture all the essence of the track through the camera shots. The song unfortunately is slightly boring if I am being honest and does not really go anywhere. It needed that oomph and unfortunately, it just never came about.

Nicole: Lova Sonnebro has a very beautiful voice actually and this is a track with a lovely beginning. The vocals continue in a mellow manner making this somewhat stand out from the first.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4XaRZYRrEs
 
Azerbaijan

Marc: The very first entry from Azerbaijan and everything has somewhat been painted in red and white and very reminiscent of our performance from Junior Swing. The boy and girl that were internally selected are really astonishing together and have great chemistry. I cannot understand most of the lyrics they are performing but nevertheless, I just want to stand up and dance along. The choreography is tight and works well. The vocals are spot on and this is definitely the best track to be presented thus far and I do think that it would be amongst the top three at the end of the evening. 
 
Nicole: original, powerful and up-beat, of course my favourite kind of music! the backing vocals are strong and the choreography is amazing, really suits the song!
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siJVWdPlEiY
 
Belgium
 
Marc: The second western country of the evening and it seems that he has plenty of support in the arena from Belgium's neighbouring country. Fabian is wearing a red outfit, very fashionable actually and its joined on stage by three dancers carrying out magic tricks and a drummer. The vocal performance is good but nothing home to write about. Mid-way through the performance, everyone is seemingly playing an instrument except for Fabian. The shots this year are stunning and they are capturing the essence of each performance, making the outcome intriguing. Following the bridge, Fabian makes use of the short catwalk and the spirit of the Junior Eurovision is alive. A good performance.
 
Nicole: Really enjoyed their appearance the colour red really caught my eye very stylish, and also the entertainment they did, very original! the vocals were not bad I think the key was low for his voice but never mind the show was great !
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnTy6XgZcOA
 
Russia
 
Marc: Lerika has already been to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest having represented Moldova but nevertheless, she is back with a far better song this time round. She starts on the catwalk and presents a stunning effect. She is joined on stage by an all female crew of dancers and the backdrop is depicting a huge speaker. I am seriously impressed with the choreography and the improvement that this song has gone through since the selection. Russia are the favourites this evening and I think that they will be fighting with Azerbaijan for a position within the top three.
 
Nicole: This song is great, she has a really strong voice, very capable of both singing and dancing! She really seems to be enjoying herself up there! for me it was breathtaking!
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUNNZr5omUg
 
Israel
 
Marc: The sixth entry of the evening, and we are already half way through. Israel are debuting this evening and they have chosen the type of song which I absolutely adore. Hebrew is a beautiful language and they feature five female artists along with one male artist. The choreography is just perfect and towards the end, the boy does come forward and they are using re verb to create more of an operatic voice. This does indeed work well and it is coming across extremely well on camera. The audience in the hall is really enjoying this and I believe that despite being a top three contender, they will not win because I think it was slightly stronger in rehearsal.
 
Nicole: Oh my! They are very cute! It was a surprise for me the music changed from ballad to dance. the vocals are good.
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilekzL1eOk8
 
Albania
 
Marc: Well, another country which is appearing at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The female artist is clad in a black ballet sort of dress which is extremely in fashion at the moment. This track begins in a jazz format and does evolve in a dance manner. The vocals are good but they are not spectacular nevertheless, this song has undergone a lot of changes it seems since winning the national selection because it has become very international. The use of the guitar mid-way through is really good and I must say, that I am growing to like it. The performance is kept simple with the singer going round the stage and making full use of it.
 
Nicole: Pretty young lady, she was able to handle everything by herself, although alone on stage, she gave a good show, and her voice was great too !
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALqCQAS6Ri8
 
Armenia
 
Marc: This has to be one of the worst songs to ever grace the stage of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and what seems to be quite weird is that they seem to be a younger version of the Belarussian representatives at this years' Eurovision Song Contest. The way that the language is performed is actually sounding off-key but I cannot be too sure that they are or aren't if I am being honest. The staging is well planned but they are trying to look and sound older than they should be. This is definitely not my cup of tea but what I did like was the guitar solo.
 
Nicole: Very good-looking! love their style of music. I love it, really exquisite and their voices suites the song. I liked it.
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wSeLaXCwWs
 
Ukraine

Marc: Throughout the week, there has been a lot of talk with regards to this little girls' vocals from my friends and colleagues who were covering the event in depth and it seems that they were quite right because at her age, she does indeed reach some inexplainable amount of notes. The staging is impressive with clouds behind her adding to the drama of the chosen outfit. She is alone on stage and leaves me speechless. The camera work, slowing down at key moments in the key chance is stunning. I am impressed, that was amazing! I just could not find anything else to write because this was perfect.
 
Nicole: Although she's young her voice is amazing! she knows the techniques. don't know why but I liked the background animation! she was gorgeous
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLQlk-S-CWo
 
Georgia
 
Marc: Georgia have been relatively successful at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and once more, they have decided to select a silly entry which makes much more sense musically than most of their tracks. The vocal performance is really strong and the boy does add to the performance with that little bit of beat boxing every now and then. Their weird choice of attire comes across as very cool. The addition of English lyrics in this years' entries is sounding very good because one could understand what the song does mean. The performance is really good and this should finish in the higher places tonight and surprise!
 
Nicole: As always they are the best in the originality! Bewitching music, really superb scenery, splendid work with the voices and also with their clothes really trendy!
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dWFV25ANbk
 
Moldova

Marc: Another track which I have really grown to like by virtue of the performances given this week and in fact, Denis is on stage clad in white and is joined by male and female backing dancers. What makes this song stand out amongst the others is that it has a catch chorus which one would easily start humming along instantly. The vocals are strong although, I think the excitement got to him a bit at certain points in the performance. Nevertheless, this was a stunning rendition.

Nicole: Really well organised team, the flags at the end were nice, very neat clothing and good voice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axDL2Q8nk0s

The Netherlands

Marc: It is always difficult to perform in front of your home crowd but nevertheless, it does seem relatively obvious that she is performing on her own soil because the camera work and the staging is just fantastic. Femke is wearing clothes appropriate for her age and is joined by four female dancers. Her vocal needs to be toned down a bit at times and it seems to be that nerves are getting to get at times. The song itself is refreshing and sounds like a true gem in the rough. The Netherlands were close to victory last year and it seems that they could actually be amongst the contenders this evening. She did lose her breathe towards the end and it did become a little bit of a screaming match but I still believe that the song itself deserve merit.

Nicole: Very catchy and inspiring song. the voice is good, i liked the clocks on the floor but if the backing vocals were a bit louder i think it would have sounded stronger

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dL-NyuGUwto

The Show (Part 2)
 
The hosts are back on stage and they open the tele-voting portion which will amount to 50% of the final vote this evening with the other 50% being given to the juries whose decision was made during the evening dress rehearsal yesterday. Sietse Bakker, the supervisor for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest says that the result is quite exciting and until we get to the close of the tele-voting, we are getting some interval act performances, the first coming from all of the participants of the evening as they perform the song We Could Be Heroes for Kids Rights, the charity which will benefit this evenings' tele-voting.
 
A second recap of the performances of the evening is being shown as the tele-voting portion of the competition is coming to an end. In celebration of the tenth anniversary, performances from the previous winners are being shown on stage. Former winner; Ralf with the song Click Clack is the second interval act of the evening and it seems that the young performer of three years ago is quickly becoming a teen noticeable growing quite a lot. Following the first result of the International Kids Jury, Kim-Lian is back on stage to perform the theme song of this years' Junior Eurovision Song Contest entitled Break The Ice. Well a feature of all the finalists going round The Netherlands follows.
 
Results
 
International Kids Jury: 12 points go to Georgia
Belarus: 12 points go to Ukraine
Sweden: 12 points go to Ukraine
Azerbaijan: 12 points go to Albania
Belgium: 12 points go to Ukraine
Russia: 12 points go to Ukraine
Israel: 12 points go to Ukraine
Albania: 12 points go to Sweden
Armenia: 12 points go to Ukraine
Ukraine: 12 points go to Armenia
Moldova: 12 points go to Ukraine
The Netherlands: 12 points go to Ukraine
Georgia: 12 points go to Armenia

Winner
 
Ukraine - 123 points
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jvC2F_AjtI
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 16:05

JESC 2012: The Final Night on Saturday

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest was a flagship production of the European Broadcasting Union back in 2003 with the hope of creating a competition similar to the adult showcase produced each year for the younger generation and it seemed like things had succeeded before broadcasters started noting that the costs were slightly too high with the rating going down year on year. The buzz around the junior event was not the same and this is surely noted by the amount of journalists that tend to cover the event. Nevertheless, the team of Radio International based in The Netherlands will be covering this years' event taking place in the Heineken Music Hall within Amsterdam, the capital of the aforementioned nation. In fact, the focus of the programme tomorrow will be the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and the twelve participating nations. Unfortunately for the second year running, Malta has decided not to take part in the event with the funds previous used to compete, being put into the participation within the senior edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

The official website of Radio International will as always be transmitting the show between 20:00 and 23:00 CET tomorrow evening unless you live in The Netherlands where you could listen in on 106.4 FM or Digital Cable 41. The competing nations in this years' edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest which will be staged on Saturday are Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Georgia, Israel, Moldova, The Netherlands, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine respectively. These have been presented in alphabetical order. 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 day of the competition itself. Listeners during the show could also request their respective favourite entries from the past editions of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest during this weeks' edition of Radio International. Nevertheless, there is going to be a number of features tomorrow evening including the spotlight on Sweden due to the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest and of course, the weekly quiz with the chance to win some fantastic prizes. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news with regards to the Eurovision Song Contest and the local music scene as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Team of Radio International

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBgam0d9A5g

In Malta, the weather has been somewhat playing about noting that there has been a sudden rise and drop in temperatures in the same days but nevertheless, fans of the Eurovision Song Contest will be anticipating yet another programme of Radio International tomorrow night with some of the most prominent tracks from the history of the competition alongside with fresh material and exclusive interviews which will shed light on careers, experiences and projects which might be in the pipeline. The Team of Radio International is back this week and would like to invite to join the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. The Show is broadcast on 106.4FM and Digital Cable 41 in The Netherlands and also on the internet through the official website where it will be web-televised as well.  As has been the case for the past couple of years, the programme will be airing from 2000 till 2300 CET tomorrow evening.

On this weeks' edition of Radio International, it seems that the focus is on the exclusive interviews which are being brought to you following specific events which are taking place across the continent and involving several stars of the Eurovision Song Contest. The first is actually with former winners; Bobbysocks whose victory in 1985 with the track La Det Swinge remains to be the first out of three victories for Norway in this showcase. They were present during an event organised by The Toma Fund of Newcastle alongside a number of performers such as  Linda Martin, Johnny Logan, Bobbysocks, Anne-Marie David, Scott Fitzgerald, Scooch, Josh Dubovie  Nicki French and Black Lace amongst others. This particular event was set to raise money for children suffering from cancer. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZ3RsMES6jU

Nevertheless, back to the OGAE party in Sweden, an event which saw the likes of Glen Vella, Sinplus, Joan Franka, Birgitta Haudkal, and Lys Assia perform. Two particular acts who have represented The Netherlands in the past were also present and thus were interviewed. The performers who go by the names of Esther Hart and Joan Franka seemed very content to be present at the showcase. Esther Hart was at the Eurovision Song Contest 2003 with the song One More Night reaching thirteenth place in Riga whilst Joan Franka went earlier this year with the song You and Me in an American Indian outfit. Unfortunately, although a fan favourite - failed to qualify for the Grand Final in Baku. The interviews dealt with a number of issues although their careers came in full focus hence why we would like you to tune in.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojI8Z48w3Ck

In the meantime, another intriguing aspect is surely the upcoming edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest on the 1st December. The event will be staged within the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam and will be featuring twelve countries; Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Georgia, Israel, Moldova, Netherlands, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine. The showcase will be televised in each of the participating nations along with Radio International who will be present during the event conducting interviews with the young performers which you can hear in the shows following the competition. Junior Eurovision Song Contest requests are now being welcomed by listeners and viewers of the show. In fact, all music request are encouraged. The contact link could easily be found on the official website which has already been linked above. Remember, there is also the weekly music quiz, with the chance to win some great prizes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCc0Iiu3DiU

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqYtlpZ-9N4

It is that time of the week once more, noting that Wednesday has come upon us and that would mean that Radio International will be aired in The Netherlands. The weather has been somewhat unclear in the Maltese Islands but that does not mean that the seasons are not changing as in fact, they are noting a slight drop in temperatures already. The team of Radio International have already begun their live weekly programmes in which they are showcasing a number of exclusive interviews with artists who at some point in their career took to the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest or even within a national selection whose winner would get that coveted prize of representing a nation. The Show is broadcast on 106.4 FM and Digital Cable 41 in the Netherlands and also via the internet through the official website but a reminder, that it will also be web-televised via the show's own Live Video Channel on the same aforementioned website. The broadcast airing on Wednesday evening will commence at 20:00 and will come to a finish at 23:00 CET.

For the second week in a row, the team of Radio International will be bringing their audience a total of two interviews with artists who have been to the Eurovision Song Contest in different times and formats noticeably periods in which the competition has been seen to evolve. The first act is a group commonly known to many as Brotherhood of Man, who represented the United Kingdom back in 1976 with the song Save Your Kisses for Me managing to spearhead the board and finish ahead of French entries from Monaco and France respectively. This particular interview took place during a fundraising activity in Gateshead. The second interview in the meantime was with Birgitta Haudkal who represented Iceland back in the 2003 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Open Your Heart. This was an interview which took place in Sweden where an OGAE event took place featuring former entrants such as Glen Vella, Joan Franka, Sinplus, and Lys Assia. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bKAPVpA46o

Brand new tracks from artists who have been at the Eurovision Song Contest are extremely important in the creation of a career in music and it has to be noted that several artists have this sense of continuity showcasing the element that the competition is becoming more and more popular as it was the earlier years. This week, singles are coming forward from none other than Safura who represented Azerbaijan in 2010 with the track Drip Drop as well as the Irish duo; Jedward who went to the Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions, the first time coming in 2011 with the track Lipstick and also in 2012 with the song Waterline. The latter have continued building on their fame achieved on the British version of the X Factor, and wish a huge fan-base  their material continues to sell and chart well within their home nation of Ireland. Nevertheless, the European competition has helped launched the brotherly duo throughout Scandinavia and Baltic states amongst others. Make sure to listen in to their new material.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZI7l5WSJPIA

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

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Well, many people would recall that they had an astonishing past couple of months which most likely included some form of relaxation but the summer season passed quite quickly and thus leading into another period, one which should include cold spells and watery weather. The team of Radio International have already begun their live weekly programmes in which they are showcasing a number of exclusive interviews with artists who at some point in their career took to the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest or even within a national selection whose winner would get that coveted prize of representing a nation. The Show is broadcast on 106.4 FM and Digital Cable 41 in the Netherlands and also via the internet through the official website but a reminder, that it will also be web-televised via the show's own Live Video Channel on the same aforementioned website. The broadcast airing on Wednesday evening will commence at 20:00 and will come to a finish at 23:00 CET.

This week Radio International is proud to present a total of two interviews with artists who have both been to the Eurovision Song Contest and whose official language is both English actually noting that Johnny Logan hails from Ireland as Glen Vella comes from Malta. Moving within the concept of their respective mention, the Irishman has represented his country on three occasions, the first time in 1980 as a performer of the track What's Another Year finishing in the top position, the second time as the singer for the track Hold Me Now in 1987, also managing to reach the top position and his last endeavour came as a songwriter to Why Me? performed by Linda Martin in 1992. This first interview took place during the recent winners' tour in Ireland which features six of the seven winning artists for the nation at the Eurovision Song Contest. The Maltese on the other hand is a completely different bloke, winning his national selection, making it through to the semi-finals with the track One Life in 2011 only to miss out on the final by just one point to Switzerland and Anna Rossinelli with the song In Love for a While. Listen to their exclusive interviews this week and learn what they are both up to in their respective careers.

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New releases have now become a vital part of the weekly showcase and in fact, this is quite the week with the announcement that Chiara has just signed a five year management deal with Valgeir Magnusson who also represents Hera Bjork on behalf of Hands Up Music, which is an independent record label based in Iceland. Her latest single released under this respective label bears the name Forget Forgetting Me with writing credits given to two Icelandic, two Swedes and a Maltese individual respectively. Chiara is well known in the community of the Eurovision Song Contest having taken part a total of three times, first in 1998 finishing in third place, then in 2005 managing a second place and finally in 2009 only reaching twenty-second place. Also on the show this week will be the first time plays of tracks from Juliana Pasha who represented Albania in 2010 as well as Kaliopi who took to the stage to represent the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia earlier this year, achieving their best result. We hope that you enjoy listening to all of the respective tracks.

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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

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Wednesday, 24 October 2012 01:45

Netherlands: Dana speaks to Radio International

Summer came to an end very quickly this year according to many people and that could only mean that everyone was having fun but with the new music season leading up to the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest kick in, it might not be too disappointing for a number of people who enjoy following all of the latest happenings with regards to the music scene. In fact, our team of Radio International has been attending a number of events, meeting up with a number of people and bringing you the latest, exclusive information in the form of weekly interviews. The Team of Radio International is back this week and would like to invite to join the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. The Show is broadcast on 106.4FM and Digital Cable 41 in The Netherlands and also via the internet through the official website and also through the the official webcast which could also be seen through the aforementioned portal. The broadcast of this weeks' edition of Radio International will be taking place between 20:00 and 23:00 CET this evening. 

Radio International has truly returned with a bang with the weekly interviews from artists who have already done their countries proud in the esteemed music event and this week is no different, presenting to the listeners none other than 1970 Eurovision Song Contest winner; Dana who is first Irish winner and is currently touring alongside six of the seven winners from the jewel of the competition. In fact, the Irish Winners' Tour is being organised by Savee Entertainment and features an astonishing set list from the artists involved including Johnny Logan, Linda Martin, Paul Harrington, Charlie McGettigan, Niamh Kavanagh and of course, Dana. All Kinds of Everything is an evergreen hit which is played all around the world on radio stations to this day and therefore will continue to earn more airplay in the years to come. Dana speaks about her music career and also her time in politics having been a Member of the European Parliament and unsuccessfully ran for the Office of President of the Republic of Ireland. Make sure to tune in to listen to this exclusive interview.
 
 
Dana will not be the only artist to be interviewed during the evening actually because Dimitris Kiklis who is currently taking part in the online Swiss Selection process initiated by SF will also be present during the evening. Listeners of the programme are urged to send in their respective questions for the artist who does not need a lot of introduction having been around on a number of other occasions due to the fact that he has entered the Home Composed Song Contest in the past and that event is annually covered through Radio International. Speaking about the Home Composed Song Contest, your votes are needed at this email address. It is to be noted that twenty-two entries have been accepted this time round and the listeners of Radio International are encouraged to take part in voting in this annual contest. All you have to do is to listen to the song and pick your ten favourites and award the points in Eurovision style meaning; 1 (least favourite), 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 12 points (most favourite) and submit your Top Ten ranking to Radio International. You can hear the songs via the website of Radio International and you can send your Top Ten to Radio International by visiting our contact page on our official website.
 
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Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest has always contributed with intriguing tracks, most of which have reached very positive results throughout the years and in fact, they have always but once made it through to the finals of the competition. It is to be noted that the Scandinavian country has come out on top a total of five times, the first time coming in 1974, and the last one coming earlier this year in 2012. In fact, the analysis of the entries which represented Sweden will be put forward by Alasdair Rendall who will be looking at the entries between 1975 and 1980 respectively. All of the latest news will be provided in a particular segment which will be done through a telephone collaboration with Luke Fisher of escXtra. You can send your requests to the showcase through the Official Website of Radio International of the programme which also has the link to contact the show with the possibility of answering the quiz.
 
Source: Team of Radio International
 
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The Netherlands have come through a lot of fiery criticism over their entries in recent years, so much so that they had initiated a collaboration with the renowned John Del Mol earlier this year in order to ensure a significant boost to the profile of the annual Eurovision Song Contest, a competition which they have won a total of four time, the last of which coming way back in 1975 thanks to the group Teach In with the track Ding-A-Dong. Nevertheless, since the introduction of the semi-final system back in 2004, the country has only managed the final once with the closes possible qualification since then coming in 2008 with Hind and her song Your Heart Belongs to Me. There has been a lot of exposure to the country thus far due to the fact that it seems that Anouk put her name forward to end the many years of disappointment but initially, it seemed like the broadcaster where going a different direction before it came out open in the public. Negotiations started and have ended positively because in a surprise announcement through social networking website, Facebook earlier this morning, Anouk announced her official selection at the 2013 representative of The Netherlands.

The 37 year old performer from The Netherlands started her career back in 1996, when she was part of the band known as Shotgun Wedding. She was discovered by a music industry professional who helped her release her debut solo single entitled Mood Indigo and despite the song only being a minor success, sheer talent could easily be noted and hence with a brand new songwriter, in 1997, she released the track Nobody's Wife, which was a major hit not only locally but even across Europe in countries including Belgium, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Germany and Italy. It was followed by an album bearing the name Together Alone being certified in The Netherlands, Italy and Sweden. Since then though, her record label decided to focus on the Dutch and Belgian markets respectively but her fan base is all across the continent and that will surely be an added plus to those following the Eurovision Song Contest.

Her popularity is on the rise and in Norway and Denmark, her high profile has been aided through shows such as the X-Factor due to covers made by the contestants getting the viewers to listen to their rendition and then possibly going to see who the original performer actually is so to speak. Her 2009 album bearing the title Three Days in a Row hit the top of the charts and thus, Anouk knew that she should continue making music whilst also continuously writing for other successful artists in the vein of Trijntje Oosterhuis. In the meantime, Anouk has confirmed that the song will be selected internally and will be presented towards the end of February. We would like to wish Anouk and The Netherlands, the very best of luck in the competition. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news about the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Anouk

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