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One of the main aspects of the fall season is surely the fact that everything starts taking up more of a sequence relatively quicker than expected and the return of the live shows from the Team of Radio International have surely been anticipated for quite some time noting that the material is grand and the news just keeps on becoming even more interesting each week. In fact, Juergen Boernig has just been to Sweden for the annual conversation of the fan organisation known as the OGAE where a number of celebrity performers where invited to sing their entries to the present crowd which was intimate and extremely warm. You can catch this weeks' episode on the Official Website of Radio International as well as 106.4 FM and Digital Cable 41 in The Netherlands respectably between 20:00 and 23:00 CET this evening.

Lys Assia is known to be a grand dame of the Eurovision Song Contest and this is due to the fact that her entry Refrain was the initial winner of the competition held in Lugano, Switzerland way back in 1956. Nevertheless, it is important to note that she did return in the next two years with the hope of making it two victories but only came close in 1958 with the track Giorgio which finished in second place behind France who were representing by Dors, Mon Amour presented to the public by Andre Claveau. The renowned Swiss performer has already tried to return to the Eurovision Song Contest for a fourth participation just last year but did not succeed and therefore is giving it another go this year alongside the group New Jack as she tries to win a spot in the Swiss selection procedure through the German Regional broadcaster, SF. This will be the first in a number of interviews that the team of Radio International conducted during their time in Sweden.


The team of Radio International has always had a very close and personal relationship with Malta noting that they are somewhat always present at the national selection of the country to conduct interviews and also cover it in greater detail and this week, the focus on Malta turned to none other than scriptwriter Frederick Zammit who is also the brand new radio host of a programme in relation to the Eurovision Song Contest airing on Radju Malta. The show entitled EuroMix airs on Friday evenings between 20:30 and 22:00 CET. In the meantime, it is also worth noting that the entries for the Home Composed Song Contest have been accepted and received and this year amount to a total of 22 which will be aired on Radio International respectively. This year, the competition is being looked after by songwriter Samuel Bugia Garrido who composed the track Still Waiting for Anna Azzopardi during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012.


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 1969 and 1974 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

In the past couple of years, there has been a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Junior Eurovision Song Contest due to the fact that several countries were seeing it as a showcase in which expenditure was too demanding for the respective broadcasters hence why the number of participants has been going down year after year but nevertheless, the European Broadcasting Union appointed Sietse Bakker to help helm a supposed overhaul to the event with the possibly of getting some of the previous nations in the fray whilst managing to convince new ones to join the competition and submit interest to the event whose viewing figures have not been astonishing positive but neither have they been terribly negative, lying somewhere in between. This years' competition which is taking place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands features three brand new countries actually meaning that negotiations for the future of the competition are well working.

All of the three countries are also participants in the senior Eurovision Song Contest in fact, these being none other than Albania who just achieved their best result in the continental event, Azerbaijan who has just hosted the competition and three time winner Israel who always have a flair for promoting talent. There has also been a lot of talk with regards to the quality of the entries in the event, many stating that despite the additional resources pulled in to acquire three new countries, the quality has gone down a notch but nevertheless, do not fret because all of you will surely have a favourite in the bunch. During the official Heads of Delegation meeting held this morning were the draw for the running order took place, all of the songs were presented although Azerbaijan will need to be doing some editing to ensure that 75% of the lyrics are actually in Azeri and the rest could remain in English. This is the final running order and clicking on them will open the official preview videos as submitted to the European Broadcasting Union.

01. Belarus

02. Sweden

03. Azerbaijan

04. Belgium

05. Russia

06. Israel

07. Albania

08. Armenia

09. Ukraine

10. Georgia

11. Moldova

12. The Netherlands

Amongst the innovations that have been submitted and accepted it seems that there will be a thirteenth voter during the evening, made up of children, each representing a competing nation meaning that twelve children in total whose votes will be counted together to form a typical vote as submitted by each of the other countries. In the meantime, the split vote featuring 50% Jury and 50% Tele-Voting will also be in play as is the case for the senior Eurovision Song Contest. Last years' edition of the competition was won by Georgia with the track Candy Music which was performed by the group Candy whilst in second place was Rachel for The Netherlands who performed Teenager. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest updates from the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2012 which despite the fact that Malta will not be competing, we will still be covering with the help of two guest commentators which will be revealed in due time on our Facebook Page

Source: Junior Eurovision Official Website

Following a long period of time in which Radio International was broadcast albeit having been pre-recorded, things officially changed their status last week as Juergen Boernig and the rest of his team announced that the live version of the programme is once more in session as Autumn bids hello in terms of seasonal change with summer going away for yet another year. In the first week back, the team was somewhat fully cracking and brimming with news even bringing about an interview with former Eurovision Song Contest winner; Katrina whose entry Love Shine a Light remains one of the most iconic songs to win the competition. This evening, tune on to 106.4FM and Digital Cable 41 in The Netherlands whilst visiting the official website as the show will be broadcast through a video and an audio feed as from 20:00 till around 23:00 CET. It will be quite the programme including yet another former winner of the prestigious European event, this being none other than Niamh Kavanagh.

It has to be noted that Niamh Kavanagh went to the Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions, the first time coming in 1993 with the song In Your Eyes which was very much well appreciated and managed to beat the favourite Sonia and her song The Better the Devil You Know in second place and also in 2010 with the beautiful ballad It's For You which managed to get Ireland out of the semi-final for the very first time since 2006 when Brian Kennedy had done the honours but when there, it seems that the result could not improve and Niamh could only managed a languishing position near the bottom of the board. Of course, the interview is the highlight of the show but definitely not the only thing that will be discussed especially noting the fact that Niamh was only one of the the six winners for Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest with the western nation still holding the most record of wins in the prestigious event.


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.


One final point of note is surely the Home Composed Song Contest whose deadline will be officially coming to a close. Malta has been a past participant in the competition and has also achieved positive results so we are hoping that someone from the land of talented performers sends in their entry to the following This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This years' competition is being run by Samuel Bugia Garrido who is known for writing the music to the song Still Waiting by Anna Azzopardi last year. During the next couple of weeks, competing entries will also be receiving exposure on Radio International so there is definitely nothing to lose with regards to this proposal. In the meantime, do not forget that a roundup of news is brought to you by Luke Fisher from escXtra whilst we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com which also offers insight to all of the latest news from the Eurovision Song Contest and also the Maltese music scene.
Source: Team of Radio International
Sunday, 16 September 2012 18:26

The Netherlands: Anouk Seemingly Chosen

Rumours with regards to the following years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest tend to go viral months before the competition taking place especially when it comes to respective representation of certain countries but then again, one of the names which has never been brought up is the one of Anouk for The Netherlands, noting that her fame in her own country and abroad would definitely serve well in the esteemed music competition. A couple of months back, TROS along with John De Mol almost wasted an opportunity to internally choose the artist which had put her name forward but the tables turned and negotiations started following a rant on social media, Twitter. Ultimately it seems that the discussions are reaching that pivotal stage with a finish line in sight and the light at the end of the tunnel looks positive.

Algemeen Dagblad, a Dutch newspaper have just learnt that the broadcaster have requested to cancel their airtime slots in January, the same period which was set to be used for the Nationaal Songfestival making it more likely that the internal selection will go ahead. Anouk seems to have a 'killer song' ready actually and considering her repertoire of songs which includes hits such as Three Days in a Row, Nobody's Wife, Girl and What Have You Done?, things look extremely well placed for the first Dutch qualification since 2004 when the duo Reunion had managed to make it through with their track Without You languishing in the lower part of the final table at the end of the evening. They have tried a variety of ways to try and send the right package but all has been in vain thus far. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Algemeen Daglad


The Team of Radio International has always been one of the prime links between the audience at home and the artists who have done the honour of representing a country at the annual Eurovision Song Contest but then again, the show is more than just about that bringing everyone all of the respective news from the countries with regards to the upcoming edition as well as interesting gossip which might be going round the leading news websites including those such as escXtra and escflashmalta.com who proudly support the programme. Following a short break last week, the show returns and everyone is invited to hear what lies ahead this evening noting that the broadcast on 106.4FM and Digital Cable 41 in The Netherlands as well as via internet through the official website of Radio International will be focusing on the likes of Ott Lepland, the Estonian representative in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest who is back for yet another interview between 20:00 CET and 23:00 CET.

The interview with Ott Lepland has to be the main highlight of the show but then again Marcus Keppel-Palmer has prepared a host of tracks from the Balkans which have struck a chord in the notable music event both with the general crowd and his personal opinion and this comes following a vacation within the respective area. In the meantime, the Team of Radio International will also continue promoting the Home Composed Song Contest which promotes upcoming singers and songwriters and has seen a large number of entries from Malta through this years. This years' competition is being taken care of by Samuel Bugia Garrido who wrote the song Still Waiting for Anna Azzopardi in this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest. He alongside his team are ready to answer your question which you may have by sending an email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. One other thing which has to be noted is the variety of new tracks which are being released this summer and Radio International is playing new tracks by Eurostars once more, this time in the form of Greta Salome, Sieneke, Jessy Matador, Charlotte Perrelli, Lovebugs, Sandra Nurmsalu and last but not least, even the Maltese Kelly Schembri who has just released a track with Stephen Davids and Honorebel. Make sure to tune in to the programme tonight!

Source: Radio International


In the past couple of weeks, Radio International has been somewhat extremely busy with preparing interviews with some of the leading individuals who make part of the history of the Eurovision Song Contest and this week, the hard work will bear fruit noting that Juergen Boernig and Eric Lehmann have been to the Antwerp Pride held in Belgium where they have had the chance to speak to none other than former winner of the competition Alexander Rybak as well as runner-up Paula Seling who are making a number of headlines following the release of their duet entitled I'll Show You which one could buy through the medium iTunes having been released under the CAP-Sounds label, one which has been known to support a variety of artists from Malta in the past couple of years including Fabrizio Faniello, Claudia Faniello and Christabelle amongst others.

Apart from those exclusive interviews which were recorded during the weekend and still yet to premiere, there was another interview taken a couple of weeks back in Sweden with none other than sensation Sean Banan whose entry in the Melodifestivalen entitled Sean den förste Banan reached the second chance round of the competition before falling to  Thorsten Flinck & Revolutionsorkestern with the track bearing the name Jag reser mig igen. The programme will be supported by a number of interesting features as is always the case so expect a round up of the latest news brought to you by escXtra as well as escflashmalta.com whilst there will also be a host of new singles to be played for the very first time during the show and most likely debuting on radio and these tracks will be of none other than Lisa del Bo, Lovebugs, Paula Seling, Sandra Nurmsalu and Celine Dion. Radio International airs on Wednesday nights and you could listen to the programme live or even on demand through their official website

Source: Team of Radio International, Eurosong.be


The Eurovision Song Contest has been a positive experience for quite a number of countries throughout the years and although things might turn sour for some time, they would turn around eventually. The Netherlands are still hoping that they will shine again once more noting that a change in broadcaster has not helped the ailing nation get out of the negative funk which they have entered since the introduction of the semi-finals noting that they have only managed to get through to the final round of the competiiont just one, that being in 2004 with the song Without You performed by Re-Union. It seems that 2013 is set to be quite an interesting year with the press somewhat covering every possible edge to make sure that success is achieved.

In the past couple of weeks, one of the individuals to put her name forward to represent The Netherlands was none other than Anouk, one of the most popular names in the industry and known all over Europe for her hit song Nobody's Wife released quite a couple of years back. At first, the broadcaster, TROS were not looking at sending the artist internally with a national final thought to be taking place but there seems to have been somewhat of a change of heart according to the Dutch newspaper, Algemeen Dagblad which reported that; the director of the broadcaster; Peter Kuipers is prepared to 'have a conversation with Anouk'. The renowned performer is looking to represent The Netherlands in Malmo, so much so that she already has a 'killer song' lined up to perform at the esteemed event. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.
Source: Algemeen Dagblad


The disappointing results of the Dutch Broadcaster, TROS have been putting a lot of things in perspective so to speak and the fact of the matter remains that they do need to pull something out of the bag to make sure that they do eventually qualify to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. With the help of John Del Mol, known for creating the hit reality television shows, The Voice and Big Brother, they organized a very high profile national final this year which was won by Joan and her track You and Me which despite managing a tenth place with the tele-voting, was brought down to a non-qualifier with the juries, eventually finishing in fifteenth place.

In recent weeks, there seemed to have been talks going round about the possibility that Anouk would represent the ailing country as the contest moves to Malmo in Sweden next year but these plans seem to have been scrapped due to the fact that TROS would like to organized a high profile national final for the second year in a row. Insiders state that Anouk had already been working on a 'killer song' but nevertheless, it seemed that an internal selection was never going to be on the cards with a spokesperson of the Dutch broadcaster telling the media 'We are delighted that Anouk thinks about the contest, but (she) must take part in a national final'.

This decision is very disappointing to local and international fans who seriously believe that Anouk will do well in the Eurovision Song Contest. The last time that an internal selection was organized by The Netherlands was under NOS noting that Edsilia Rombley was picked internally before a song selection was well whilst Hind along with her track Your Heart Belongs to Me was also picked internally. Both entries failed to make it through to the final. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malmo, Sweden next year.

Source: RTL Boulevard


Once upon a time, The Netherlands were a nation to be reckoned with when it comes to the Eurovision Song Contest noting that they had managed to win the competition on four different occasions but the last one came way back in 1975 thanks to Teach-In and their song Ding-A-Dong. Since the introduction of the semi-final system, the country has only made it to the finals once and that was in the first year of the respective system when Without You performed by Re-Union managed to make it through achieving a dismal result in the final unfortunately. They have been putting their best acts forward in recent years noting the internal selection of former representative Edsilia Rombley in 2008, well known local music star Hind in 2009 and even extremely popular Toppers in 2010 but the results have not lived up to expectations. They changed the format earlier this year by getting producer John De Mol on board and despite the positive viewing figures and the impressive national final, the result was still disappointing.

Joan Franka and her country track You and Me was definitely a fan favourite in Baku, Azerbaijan and in fact, had it been based just on televoting, the track would have made it through to the finals by virtue of achieving the tenth spot but the jury did not believe that it should make it through and therefore, it failed to make the cut. Nevertheless, it seems that John De Mol along with TROS have already started their proceedings for the 2013 participation of The Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest and they do have one artist in mind, and surely, if they do have her on board, The Netherlands might have just secured one of their top finishes in years. The singer that has been touted as being the number #1 hit target on their respective list is Anouk who is well known around The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland, France having topped the albums chart in her native country on eight occasions, including one just last year. Her recent album To Get Her Together was a huge hit charting at the top in The Netherlands and also number #4 in Belgium. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as we follow this story even further.

Source: John De Mol, Eurovisionary


The Team of Radio International is back this week and would like to invite to join the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience to overcome to Post Eurovision Depression. The Show is broadcast on 106.8FM and Digital Cabel 41 in the Netherlands and also via the internet via www.radiointernational.tv and will also be web-televised via the show's own Live Video Channel via the website. The simulcast will be from 2000 till 2300 hours CET this Wednesday.

Interview with Soluna Samay (Denmark 2012):  

On 21 January 2012 Denmark had a big National Final in which the Danish Nation selected Soluna Samay to represent Denmark at the 57th Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Should've known better". In Baku the busker (^-^) successfully managed to qualify Denmark to the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 with a total of 21 points ranking at Number 23. Lilian and JP met the singer for an interview after her second Press Conference in the Baku Press Centre and then JP caught up with her again after the Winners' Press Conference when Denmark was one of the lucky ten countries going into the Final.  


Euro Friends Song Contest 2012 with Andy Simon: 

Continuing next week with the Euro Friends Song Contest in search for the ultimate Eurovision song as voted for by the many fans around the world.  Andy  Simon joins us again next week to reveal the qualifiers for the next round.  The website of the Euro Friends Song Contest you will find here where you can easily vote for your favourite Eurovision song per country and also see The Euro-Friends TV Show as hosted by Andy Simon. You can also join the Facebook Group here. Andy is back next week and he reveals the next qualifiers from the final Heat 50 (Germany). Andy will also reveal how the contest continues.  

Interview with Anri Jokhadze (Georgia 2012):  

"I am a Joker" is the entry of Georgia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 by Anri Jokhadze who competed in Semi Final 2 where he received a total of 36 points ranking him at Number 14. Unfortunately, this was not enough as only the Top 10 of the Semi Finals qualify for the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest. Anri joined the buzz and the hype in the Press Centre on the evening of Semi Final 1 where Eric and JP had the pleasure to meet and interview him.


Eurovision Song Contest Spotlight - Eurovision 2012 - The Aftershow Party:  

The 57th Eurovision Song Contest was staged Saturday 26 May 2012 in Baku and each of our Eurovision Correspondants will each week be giving us their assessment of how they watched the shows and what they think of it. Of course, it goes without saying, it is spiced with their choice of songs from this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Continuing this new mini-series is Alasdair Rendall.

Interview with Ivi Adamou (Cyprus 2012):  

Cyprus was represented at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 by Ivi Adamou with the song "La La Love" which reached Number 16 with a total of 65 points after Ivi could successfully qualify Cyprus from Semi Final 1. Like nine other songs the entry from Cyprus has also involvement from Sweden in its production. JP, Lilian and Roger met Ivi after her first Press Conference and interviewed her which you can hear on th show this week.  


Interview with William from wiwibloggs.com:  

You can find many Eurovision News websites on the internet. Lasst week we chatted with Charlotte, editor-in-chief of eurovisionary.com. This week we have the pleasure to chat with William who is the editor-in-chief of one of the newest Eurovision websites called wiwibloggs.com. Different than many of the other Eurovision News Websites find out what you can find on wiwibloggs.com by listening to the interview on the show this week.  

Eurovision Song Contest News with Luke Fisher from escXtra.com:

Check out the latest developments connected to the Eurovision Song Contest. Whether it is music releases of Eurovision performers, appearances, special concerts, gossip, news, etc. Luke will have the latest updates during this week's edition of the show.


Loreen and Alexander Rybak (Eurovision Winners Sweden 2012 & Norway 2009) at the Swedish Embassy Reception:

A tradition is that many countries' Embassies of the host city where the Eurovision Song Contest takes pleace are holding a Reception in honour of their countries participation at the contest. Sweden's Ambassador in Baku welcomed many Swedish and International Media to the Nobel House in Baku. Guest of Honour, of course, Loreen who performed an accoustic version of "Euphoria" live to the audience as well as Special Guest Alexander Rybak gave a reprise of his winning entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 - "Fairytale". Hear these special moments on Radio International this week. 

Eurovision Music Requests/Eurovision Quiz:

A big part of the show is playing listeners' requests. Submit your requests and / or greetings to your Eurovision friends through Radio International via the CONTACT Link on www.radiointernational.tv. But also don’t miss out on the weekly Eurovision Quiz where you can win a dip into the freshly filled up Goodies Bag or pick a Eurovision Song Contest from the past on DVD.


Join Radio International on Wednesday, 20 June 2012 from 2000 - 2300 hours CET, via the website or on FM. Radio International is available live via www.radiointernational.tv and on FM 106.8 and Digital Cabel Channel 41 in parts of the Netherlands. Should you not be able to listen live, the show will appear in the Programme’s Show Archive a few hours after it’s airing on the radio.

Source: Team of Radio International