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In just over 24 hours, the Grand Final of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place with 26 participants; 10 from the 1st semi-final, 10 from the 2nd semi-final, the 'Big 5' and the 'host country' all vying for the trophy, and the chance to host the international spectacle next year.

Following the aftermath of the Thursday show, the production team of the competition led by SVT sat down with the EBU and created a running order based on the halves that they drew at the post show press conference.

As a matter of fact, the proposed draw was unanimously approved by the EBU Executive Supervisor, Jon Ola Sand and the Chairman of the Reference Group, Dr. Frank-Dieter. This year's final will be taking place at the Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden and will be hosted by Mans Zelmerlow and Petra Mede, who have led the two semi-finals successfully.

01. Belgium

02. Czech Republic

03. The Netherlands

04. Azerbaijan

05. Hungary

06. Italy

07. Israel

08. Bulgaria

09. Sweden

10. Germany

11. France

12. Poland

13. Australia

14. Cyprus

15. Serbia

16. Lithuania

17. Croatia

18. Russia

19. Spain

20. Latvia

21. Ukraine

22. Malta

23. Georgia

24. Austria

25. United Kingdom

26. Armenia

On behalf of the escflashmalta.com, we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for following the minute-by-minute commentary on Facebook and Twitter, led by Claudia Faniello and Karen DeBattista during the 1st semi-final, and by Janice Debattista and Brooke Borg during the 2nd semi-final. In the final, it will be conducted by Julie Pomorski and Franklin Calleja.

We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news about Malta's participation in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, led by singer/songwriter Ira Losco who will be performing "Walk on Water", co-written alongside Tim Larsson, Tobias Lundgren, Molly Pettersson Hammar and Lisa Desmond  in slot #22.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlBZvVWSu8U

In Vienna, the capital city of Austria, dress rehearsals for the final night of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 are currently taking place, as twenty (20) participating countries were selected from the semi-finals through a mixture of public and jury voting in order to join the seven (7) pre-determined finalists, who secured their place as part of the guidelines of the event, as set forth by the European Broadcasting Union.

As participants drew their part of the running order in the post semi-final press conferences, the excitement grew with regards to how the final line-up will look like, and in the wee hours of morning, the European Broadcasting Union made public the running order in which each of the finalists will be presenting their respective entry.

01. Slovenia

02. France

03. Israel

04. Estonia

05. United Kingdom

06. Armenia

07. Lithuania

08. Serbia

09. Norway

10. Sweden

11. Cyprus

12. Australia

13. Belgium

14. Austria

15. Greece

16. Montenegro

17. Germany

18. Poland

19. Latvia

20. Romania

21. Spain

22. Hungary

23. Georgia

24. Azerbaijan

25. Russia

26. Albania

27. Italy

Unfortunately, Malta is not part of this line-up, despite the fact that Amber gave a stunning interpretation of her entry "Warrior", her original entry penned by Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca to the composition of Elton Zarb. Nevertheless, we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter as our LIVE blogging continues, with Antoine Farrugia, Marc Calleja Bayliss, Brooke Borg and Davinia Pace during the final night of the worlds' most prestigious event in Malta.

Source: eurovision.tv

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

The European Broadcasting Union made an official announcement this morning that 39 countries have submit paperwork to participate in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria. Despite the withdrawal of Ukraine, this is relatively exciting news, as the event will feature two more countries than last year, following the return of Serbia, Cyprus and the Czech Republic. Malta is one of the few countries to have selected both the singer, and the entry, with Amber set to perform "Warrior" written by Elton Zarb and Matthew Mercieca in one of the two semi-finals.

The participating countries are as follow; Albania, Armenia, Austria (Host), Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France (Big 5), FYR Macedonia, Georgia, Germany (Big 5), Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy (Big 5), Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain (Big 5), Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom (Big 5).

The European Broadcasting Union has also divided the semi-finals with respective number of participants, due to the fact that the number of participating countries is odd. As a result, 16 countries will partake in the 1st semi-final on the 19th May, as opposed to 17 countries which will partake in the 2nd semi-final on the 21st May. The allocation draw will take place on the 26th January, and will be streamed live through the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4KEgc5uduM

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 18:18

United Kingdom: BBC Launches Open Selection

In 2014, Molly represented the United Kingdom with 'Children of the Universe', a mid-tempo ballad with a rousing chorus which got everyone going. Nevertheless, the result was quite disappointing as the singer/songwriter slumped to yet another mid-table result, slightly better than the ones achieved by Bonnie Tyler in 2013, and Engelbert Humperdinck in 2012.

In a surprise twist, the British Broadcasting Corporation issued a call for songs, hoping that upcoming singers and songwriters come up with a inspirational package, which will pick up votes from all the four corners of Europe. Despite all of this, the national broadcaster is also talking to a number of record labels, and platforms such as the BBC Introducing in order to come up with a strong shortlist.

Following the establishment of the shortlist, the British Broadcasting Corporation will appoint a professional panel of experts to select the next entry to represent the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news. BBC, the British national broadcaster, has revealed that they are accepting song submissions for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: BBC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6w7tmWvm6M

Apart from the means of FM Radio in the Netherlands on FM 106.8 and the audio stream from the studio via www.radiointernational.tv and on Digital Cable 781 & Cable 8.1Mhz in the Netherlands, the show will also be web-televised via the Radio International TV Channel from the studio and linking up the many international Eurovision fans and friends and play your requests and read your messages out on air. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET when fans can join in and chat amongst each other via the Chat Room and request their favourite Eurovision entry.

Radio International has built a name for itself throughout the years by bringing about exclusive video and audio interviews with some of the most notable names to have either participated in the Eurovision Song Contest or even in national selections preceding the continental event. In this week's episode, listeners will have the opportunity to hear interviews with; Corinna May, favourite to win the 2002 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest; Scott Fitzgerald, first runner-up in the 1988 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, losing against the popular Celine Dion by just one point and last but not least; Suzy who almost took Portugal back into the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 with her entry "Quero Ser Tua". 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qR2wdgJ6gJ8

As the curtain on the 2014 season of the Eurovision Song Contest is brought down, David Mann will continue to look at cover versions from the event whilst the latest news from escXtra and escflashmalta.com will be read out. In the meantime, former representatives of the Eurovision Song Contest are always looking for ways to please their fans and thus new music is being recorded and published throughout the year. Radio International will be playing the most recent singles as sent in by several record labels. We urge you to tune into Radio International this evening at 20:00 CET in order to request your favourite entry from the Eurovision Song Contest and listen to the special features.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhMbHLiEjS4

Sinitta, one of the most recognisable individuals on television in the United Kingdom, and a former pop-star back in the eighties has seemingly set her sights on the Eurovision Song Contest according to a recent interview on tabloid, Metro. Born in the United States, Sinitta moved to the United Kingdom quite a long time ago, and has spoken about the competition on a couple of occasions, having been a part of the pre-selection process back in 1984, just three years before becoming well known.

Speaking about Conchita Wurst's victory at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Rise Like a Phoenix", Sinitta states that she could pull off a similar gimmick and 'might stick on a moustache', forgetting that the song bearing the same name as her supposed gimmick barely avoided the dreaded nil points on behalf of France. Sinitta was speaking her mind prior to her performance in the London Pride Parade on Saturday where Conchita Wurst will also be planning to make a guest appearance. There, she intends to get some tips from the recent winner of the Eurovision Song Contest. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Metro

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7DqwRKqyMk

Sophie DeBattista, a female singer/songwriter who has twice been a participant in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, including earlier this year with 'Let the Sunshine In' which she co-wrote with Lou Mullen, Adam Pikard and Alexander Dew, has been relatively busy as of late by booking several appearances in the United Kingdom, and also releasing a brand new track, one bearing the name 'So Damn Perfect'.

Being a former Junior Eurovision Song Contest representative, she has made quite the career for herself, especially after basing herself in the United Kingdom, yet coming to Malta frequently for events, and concerts. Her latest release, 'So Damn Perfect' is very non-typical for the singer/songwriter focusing on sad lyrics, dealing with the supposedly perfect male whose presence is negatively affective. 

The music video, shot in the United Kingdom sees Sophie in a junk yard for most of the time, showing the audience a glimpse of the story line, at least from a psychological point of view. We would like to remind you that you may purchase 'So Damn Perfect' on iTunes, or other major digital retailers as well as steam it on Spotify. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Press Release

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

Published in Local Music News

After an eventful contest on Saturday, we decided to look at the bottom end or right-hand side of the scoreboard. A quick analysis if you like. Firstly, San Marino’s first appearance in a Eurovision final was not a great success but marked a massive achievement for the tiny microstate. Whilst the song was not highly regarded, one cannot detract from the gargantuan efforts the Sammarinese delegating put in to their entry. I would say they should be very proud and although they did not win or come close. For San Marino, it is most definitely the taking part that counts.

Montenegro also had their first appearance in a final and their final position could have been a lot worse. I for one enjoyed the song. Although they have yet to manage a top ten placing, this is most certainly a step in the right direction.

France scored just two points. Twin Twin came across as very genuine and it was evident that they enjoyed their performance. However, I believe this is the first time that France have come last. I have to admit though the tune and the lyrics were stuck in my head for while after watching them. As a part of the big five, France can’t do any worse next year.

Azerbaijan have their lowest placing to date 22nd. Azerbaijan are one of the most successful countries and currently have a 100% qualification rate from the semi-finals. They do send decent songs so no doubt they will be aiming to do a lot better next year.

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

I also notice that four of the big five are in the lower half of the scoreboard. The UK only managing 17th place. I am not sure what happened there, the same with Italy, but I guess even with all the hype – you win some, you lose some. 

The Greek performance was in my opinion a bit messy and all the camera movements were a bit off-putting. I have heard people say that the live performance was a bit week. However, I was too busy trying to focus at the screen properly. Greece is also a very successful country in terms of qualifying from the final and have entered some great songs in the past ten years. So, once again Greece will be aiming to better than 20th in 2015.

Poland and Iceland just missed out on places in the left-hand side of the scoreboard, but it was hard to take heed of what was going on, given all the hype around the top 3. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6w7tmWvm6M

Slovenia did not fare so well, but this seems to have been a year where there has been a bit of an ex-Yugoslav states void. With Bosnia & Herzegovina withdrawing, Serbia and FYROM not qualifying. The song was pleasant; I actually quite liked it, I am not exactly sure what happened. I guess it was overlooked as it was placed in the bottom five by both the juries and the televote. 

As for Malta, after seeing their semi-final performance I was a little worried that they lack a certain “oomph” to the performance. However, I was pleasantly surprise on Saturday and I really enjoyed the song. Admittedly, it was one of my more preferred songs in the competition and I was pleased when it qualified. I was cringing though when Lise Rønne was offering them an English breakfast in the Green Room.  When I saw the jury/televote split results, I was gobsmacked!! So, the juries gave Malta a sixth place (119 points) whereas the televote languished them in 24th place (17 points).  I cannot seem to be able to recall where the jury and televote result had a discrepancy of more than 100 points. Regardless, Malta seemed to be pleased to be in the final and they sang well. A thoroughly deserved 10 points from the UK.

An eventful competition to say the least. A dramatic top 10 and plenty happening at the bottom end too. We will have to wait until May 2015 for the next round. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook & Twitter.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_hT08vzHt8

Published in Editorials

It is almost 2 o'clock in the morning and the energy levels are slowly dwindling but nevertheless, we had to stay up in order to note down the running order for the final of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, as decided by the European Broadcasting Union. Following each of the semi-finals, a partial draw took place where the respective artist of the qualified country picked out a piece of paper stating whether they would perform in the first or the second half.

Performing first during the second semi-final was actually the right call by the European Broadcasting Union considering that it gave the show a feel good factor, one which definitely got the crowd in the arena and at home going. As the qualifiers were revealed, Malta was the sixth nation to be called out, calming down the bundle of nerves that had built up over the course of the evening. During the press conference, Richard drew the second half of the draw, which creating exciting prospects. We are now pleased to confirm that Malta will perform in slot number #22.

  1. Ukraine
  2. Belarus
  3. Azerbaijan
  4. Iceland
  5. Norway
  6. Romania
  7. Armenia
  8. Montenegro
  9. Poland
  10. Greece
  11. Austria
  12. Germany
  13. Sweden
  14. France
  15. Russia
  16. Italy
  17. Slovenia
  18. Finland
  19. Spain
  20. Switzerland
  21. Hungary
  22. Malta
  23. Denmark
  24. The Netherlands
  25. San Marino
  26. United Kingdom

The editorial team of escflashmalta.com would like to thank our esteemed readers for following the comments of Karen DeBattista, Simon Casey and Christabelle throughout the course of the evening. We encourage you to visit our social media pages on Saturday when Daniel Testa, Matt Mercieca and Danica Muscat will be the guest writers. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXY0imG1SzQ

In a couple of hours, the British Broadcasting Corporation will officially present the entry which will represent the United Kingdom in this years’ edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. According to several sources, including individuals who were present during the recording of the programme with Scott Mills, responsible for commentating during the semi-final of the prestigious music event, the artist will be none other than Molly Smith-Downes.

After what feels like an eternity. Scott Mills is ready to unveil a long awaited UK entry to the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest. Without further ado as I am sure all fan sites are currently updating like crazy. A new artist Molly Smitten-Downes with the song Children of the Universe. A kind of casual hippy song, I would imagine people hearing at a Friends of the Earth exposé. The programme itself was well staged and it looks like the BBC have spent a fair bit revamping the studio. Molly has a decent voice but the song is a bit underwhelming. I am honestly a bit unsure of what to make of it. It is not a bad song but a long way off great.

It is very repetitive and would say it’s more talking than singing. I don’t see this translating well on to the stage in Copenhagen and I very much doubt the UK will be hosting the contest in 2015. The performance was good and I didn’t hear any bad notes, but I would say an easily forgettable song. A tad disappointed the hype was certainly over estimated and fell well short of my expectations, given the number of excellent artists that have emerged from BBC Introducing. You can see a YouTube video below and we would welcome your comments. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news about the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: BBC News

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFqYbibLh8k

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