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Monday, 11 November 2013 10:14

Ukraine: Ruslana Takes Up New Role in Music

The winner of the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest, Ruslana has revealed that she will be taking part in the Ukrainian Version of the Clash of the Choirs. Ruslana will be accompanied by Zlata Ognevich, who represented the same country this year in Malmo. This announcement was no surprise to the Ukrainian publicwith her vast experience in conducting. During 1998 Ruslana hand conducted an orchestra for her first tour Tour across the castles of Ukraine. The following year she had conducted the orchestra during the opening ceremony of the Tavria Games.

Ruslana had also conducted children choir within the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 and recorded the song U rytmi sertci (In the Rhythm of the Heart) and in 2006 she conducted another orchestra within the celebration of 750th anniversary of her hometown L’viv. The audience will see Ruslana in a new role of celebrity coach of the choir. She graduated the L’viv Music Academy Mykola Lysenko in 1995 as choral conductor and was the student of a prominent Ukrainian composer and conductor who is also regarded as the father of the Ukrainian Choral Conducting School, Mykola Kolessa.

With this announcement one can note that 2013 is proving to be a great year for Ruslana following the release for her International Album titled My Boo which is the English version of the same album but was released last year in her native language. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about former winners of the Eurovision Song Contest as they embark on diverse projects.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6g5LB-4qrU

Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:15

JESC 2013: Rumours Suggest San Marino Debut

NTU, host broadcaster of this years' edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest is currently finalising details with regards to the staging despite the fact that the final list of participating countries is not yet confirmed. The fact of the matter remains that the European Broadcasting Union is somewhat holding talks with a select number of broadcasters, leading to possible debuts and returns. It is being widely rumoured that San Marino will be making their first appearance at the competition, even though success at the senior event has not been recorded.

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, FYR Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Netherlands, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine are the eleven (11) participating countries which have confirmed their presence for the event taking place in Kiev, Ukraine. Malta will be returning to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest following an absence of two years, with Gaia Cauchi set to perform the song The Start a co-write between Elton Zarb, Matt Mercieca and Gillian Attard. San Marino's debut would see Italian being used at the event for just the second time in history with Switzerland having made use of the language back in 2004 with Demis Mirarchi performing the track Birichiro. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLwy2pTc8NY

In 2013, Malta decided to re-ignite their participation within the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and despite early criticism with respect to the choice of the artist internally, it seems that every word has been retracted as Gaia Cauchi belted out her entry The Start, a co-write between Elton Zarb, Matthew Mercieca and Gillian Attard. Speaking on behalf of the Public Broadcasting Services, Anton Attard had stated that the participation is being covered by a private sponsor who had come forward a tad late to organise a national selection.

There is a strong possibility that Malta will host the 2014 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest should an understand with the European Broadcasting Union be reached in due course. The best result that the country had achieved was back in 2008 when Daniel Testa had managed a fourth place finish with his entry Junior Swing. Gaia Cauchi will be honouring the country in Kiev, Ukraine with a song which would be best described as a soulful, jazz ballad, one which reminds the audience of the likes of the big ballads seen at the senior edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. An exclusive interview with Gaia Cauchi will be published within the next couple of days, so we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: WE Media, PBS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLFomE_yj6w

This morning the official logo for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013 has been presented. NTU, the Ukrainian Broadcaster has revealed that the official logo will complement the slogan for this year's contest which is Be Creative! One might ask why is the logo made from Puzzles. It has been explained that puzzles are means for people to be creative.

Puzzles also represent a mystery and every child uses puzzles. A puzzle also connects one another and Junior Eurovision is one way of uniting and connecting all the children around the world. As stated by the Executive Supervisor Vladislav Yakovlev: He's the perfect symbol of bringing all the elements of the show - the children and their talent - together. The Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Kiev on 30th November 2013 with the return of Malta after an absence of 2 years. Malta will be represented by prodigy Gaia Cauchi of La Voix Academy headed by Gillian Zammit. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Junior Eurovision (Official Website)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMjAuMI4AvU

Gaia Cauchi, Malta's representative at the 2013 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest following an internal selection by the Public Broadcasting Services will be joined by another eleven artists at the event following confirmation that twelve (12) countries will participate within the annual competition. The last time that Malta took part was back in 2010 when Nicole Azzopardi had honoured the nation with her entry Knock Knock!….Boom! Boom! which managed just under forty points to finish in a penultimate position.

Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Netherlands, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine are returning countries from last years' edition of the international spectacle whilst Malta and the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia are returning following an extended break. It is expected that Israel will build on last years' participation as the eleventh country with the possibility of another returning country in the form of Spain or a debut nation such as San Marino putting their hat into the ring. On Monday, the Steering Group of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest met in Kiev, Ukraine in order to discuss the way forward with regards to the event. 

Chairperson Ekaterina Orlova stated that 'their attention to detail is incredible' adding that they 'have managed to combine the element of fun and high-tech wizardry'. A  number of ideas have also been actualised including the stage design, the logo, the fact that the top three will all receive prizes, rehearsal schedules, running order plans as well as the programme which the artists will undertake to tour the country accordingly. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as we follow the Junior Eurovision Song Contest closely following Malta's return to the competition.

Source: Junior Eurovision (Official Website)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxjVY2blP00

escflashmalta.com will continue reporting from the national selections preceding the Junior Eurovision Song Contest as Malta returns to the competition following a two year absence with Gaia Cauchi who was internally chosen by the Public Broadcasting Services. During the course of the evening, it was the Netherlands which selected their entry in what has been annually coined as an oustanding selection process encompassing some of the best talent that the nation can offer. Indeed, the line-up was stunning and any one of the top three entries would have made the country proud at the event organised by the European Broadcasting Union.

Mylène and Rosanne won the ticket to represent the Netherlands with their entry Double Me following a successful vote by the professional jury made up of Brownie Dutch, Katja Schuurman and Tim Douwsma; a kids jury which included last years' representative, Femke and of course, tele-voting. The song is an uptempo number which will surely entertain the crowd in Kiev, Ukraine. It is to be noted that this is the second set of twins to go to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the previous set of twins, known as the Tolmachevy Sisters going onto win the competition with their entry Vesenniy Jazz.

Maltese representative; Gaia Cauchi is yet to reveal her entry but is thought to be working with vocal coach Gillian Attard and songwriters Elton Zarb and Matthew Mercieca, who were also responsible for the song Betrayed, the second runner-up at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2013. More information about her proceedings and so forth will be published in a first exclusive interview on this web portal. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of the latest news about this years' edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place on the 30th November in Kiev, Ukraine.

Source: Avro

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kf_K9KH63qs

Ruslana, winner of the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2004 with the track Wild Dances which she co-wrote alongside Aleksandr Ksenofontov, Jamie Maher, Michael Fayne and Sherena Dugani is currently preparing for the release of her next international album, that entitled My Boo which is being published through EMI Music. Ruslana, a successful singer/songwriter has seen her music top the charts in Ukraine on four occasions, the most recent being in 2012 with the release of the studio album Ey-fory-ya which also contained an anthem used during the EUFA EURO 2012. In the past two days, she graced the stage of the World Outgames and the Antwerp Pride in Belgium where thousands of people were gobsmacked by her astonishing performance.

This is Euphoria, the lead single off her new album is co-written with Stefan Orn, who was also one of the songwriters behinf the track Running Scared, winning entry of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Azerbaijan. It is important to denote that the Ukrainian version of the song was released before Euphoria by Loreen came about and therefore, there is was theft of intellectual property involved. You may purchase the brand new single from the local iTunes store here and you may also watch the official video found on viral website, YouTube through this link. In the meantime, escflashmalta.com collaborator, Olivier Vanhoutte sent us a video message specifically designated towards our audience where Ruslana speaks of her love towards Malta, Chiara, the three time Eurovision Song Contest representative and also a possible visit.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrbJbP0EUAI

Ruslana, one of the most popular female performers in Ukraine recently organised an event which was broadcast on television and the internet. Bearing the name Ogo Show, the vocalist wanted to promote her most recent album entitled My Boo (Together) published and distributed by EMI Music. The show, which encompassed the tour supporting the release included twenty-four (24) concerts in total, all comprising of mass games held in the largest cities in Ukraine. Nevertheless, the actual Ogo Show had already been organised in the United States of America, Turkey and Russia as part of Ruslana's international activities.

Several people were involved with records showing around 130,000 participants and 12,000 volunteers which by any standard is relatively large. Ruslana, winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004 with the track Wild Dances on behalf of Ukraine is currently preparing to visit Antwerp in Belgium for this years' edition of the Worldoutgames and the Antwerp Pride. She will not be the only performer there noting that former Eurovision Song Contest participants; Chiara, Glen Vella and Hera Bjork were also included in the line-up. Wild Dances was a major hit in Belgium amassing number one (1) for ten (10) consecutive weeks back in 2004 whilst staying five (5) months in the official singles chart. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10XR67NQcAc

Since the introduction of the jury and tele-voting system, it seems that the anticipation for the split vote is relatively high by viewers of the Eurovision Song Contest, which this year amassed around one hundred and seventy million according to an earlier press release issued by the official website of the international event. In the past four years, the European Broadcasting Union had released the total points of each entry as given by both the jury and the tele-voting but due to the implementation of a brand new system, they have decided to publish the average placing of each nation through both jury and tele-voting.

The results of the first semi-final were quite predictable to be honest noting that Only Teardrops by Emmelie de Forest for Denmark was the varage with both the juries and public at large with Russia's entry What If finishing second in both as well. The juries and the public agreed on seven of the ten qualifiers in general witht he jury opting to select Austria rather than Lithuania and the public preferring Montenero and Croatia over Moldova and Estonia respectively. Montenegro have somewhat managed to gather favour with the public whilst Austria still hold the cards in their hands when it comes to the juries stating tele-voting was rigged a couple of years back. 

Denmark - 167 (1 / 1)

Russia - 156 (2 / 2)

Ukraine - 140 (4 / 3)

Moldova - 95 (3 / 11)

Belgium - 75 (7 / 7)

The Netherlands - 75 (6 / 9)

Belarus - 64 (9 / 8)

Ireland - 54 (10 / 6)

Lithuania - 53 (11 / 5)

Estonia - 52 (8 / 13)

Serbia - 46 (15 / 12)

Montenegro - 41 (14 / 4)

Croatia - 38 (13 / 10)

Austria - 27 (5 / 15

Cyprus - 11 (12 / 14)

Slovenia - 8 (16 / 16)

In the second semi-final, things were rather enticing and this was very much what several opinionists had stated when it came to discussing the quality of the tracks competing. As a matter of fact, the jury and the tele-voting agreed on six songs in total, including jury winners Malta whose entry Tomorrow performed by Gianluca managed seventh place with the public.This was a coup for the Mediterranean nation who had never secured any type of first place result in the past. The jury opted to send through to the final acts such as Israel and San Marino rather than Romania and Hungary whilst the public at large preferred Bulgaria and Switzerland to Armenia and Georgia. For the second straight participation, it seems that Armenia is continously losing the public appeal which had originated in their initial participations. 

Azerbaijan - 139 (2 / 3)

Greece - 121 (3 / 2)

Norway - 120 (4 / 4)

Malta - 118 (1 / 7)

Romania - 83 (13 / 1)

Iceland - 72 (8 / 8)

Armenia - 69 (7 / 11)

Hungary - 66 (11 / 9)

Finland - 64 (6 / 10)

Georgia - 63 (5 / 13)

San Marino - 47 (10 / 12)

Bulgaria - 45 (17 / 6)

Switzerland - 41 (16 / 5)

Israel - 40 (9 / 14)

Albania - 31 (12 / 15)

FYR Macedonia - 28 (14 / 16)

Latvia - 13 (15 / 13)

In the final, things somewhat remained pretty much the same noting that the countries which had performed well in their respective semi-finals managed to enter in the top ten with the inclusion of Italy who performed brilliantly in both the jury and the public vote. This was not the case with their entry last year noting that Nina Zilli had managed to get her top ten score thanks to mostly jury support as the public put her in a lower mid-table position. Marco Mengoni and his entry L'Essenziale managed eighth and tenth respectively to finish in seventh place just ahead of Malta whose entry this time round finished in ninth place both the jury and public vote. On average, Spain has managed to finish last in both the jury and the public vote but unfortunately the disappointing result was given to Ireland with Ryan Dolan managing a decent mid-table with the public as opposed to a bottom three with juries. 

Denmark - 281 (1 / 1)

Azerbaijan - 234 (2 / 3)

Ukraine - 214 (6 / 2)

Norway - 191 (4 / 6)

Russia - 174 (10 / 5)

Greece - 152 (14 / 4)

Italy - 126 (8 / 10)

Malta - 120 (9 / 9)

The Netherlands - 114 (7 / 11)

Hungary - 84 (21 / 8)

Belgium - 71 (11 / 17)

Moldova - 71 (5 / 19)

Romania - 65 (24 / 7)

Sweden - 62 (3 / 18)

Georgia - 50 (13 / 23)

Belarus - 48 (22 / 13)

Iceland - 47 (17 / 12)

Armenia - 41 (19 / 15)

United Kingdom - 23 (15 / 22)

Estonia - 19 (16 / 24)

Germany - 18 (20 / 16)

Lithuania - 17 (25 /21)

France - 14 (12 / 25)

Finland - 13 (18 / 20)

Spain - 8 (26 / 26)

Ireland - 5 (23 / 14)

escflashmalta.com has also noted two predominant differences between the jury and the public vote in the final noting that Sweden managed to gather a strong representation thanks to the professional panels in the participating countries managing a third place whilst Romania climbed up the board thanks to the general public. Unfortunately both entries were drowned down by the other half of the score as Sweden could only manage eighteenth in tele-voting whilst Romania was third from last in the jury. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest but in the meantime, keep following for news about the local music scene.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3f9v8ebuD4

RAI, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest has opted in favour of releasing the fifty percent split of the result in both the first semi-final and the final and there seem to be quite a couple of intriguing figures. During the semi-final stage of the competition, the Italian public clearly had one favourite and that was Zlata Ognevich with her song Gravity which received 42.3% ahead of Moldova's entry entitled O Mie performed by Aliona Moon which got just 15.5% in comparison. During the final, the tables turned and support shifted towards Romania and Moldova leaving Ukraine in the lurch and a third position. 

Italy were represented by Marco Mengoni and his song L'Essenziale who managed to take the nation into the top ten for a third consecutive time, finishing in seventh place, just ahead of Malta whose entry Tomorrow sung by Gianluca was awarded the second biggest amount of points from the Italian nation. In the tele-voting portion alone, Malta would have been given four (4) points in total and that means that the ten (10) points given during the show were a mixture of both public and jury votes respectively. You may view the full document as published by RAI here whilst we remind you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for the latest news.

Source: RAI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8oaxDV1q6o

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