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Curiousity is one of the elements which does indeed get people talking and the announcement of the next entrant from the United Kingdom is somewhat not only getting fans excited but even the media whose speculations are well and truly all over the place at the moment. In recent years, the British Broadcasting Corporation have undertaken completely internal selections against the opinion of the public with Blue and their entry I Can finishing in eleventh place back in 2011 and Engelbert Humperdinck finishing in twenty-fourth place with his song Love Will Set You Free. This will be the last country to announce it's entry for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.

The first airplay of the track is expected on the 15th March 2013 through BBC Radio 2 and the Ken Bruce Show which airs between 9:30 and 12:00 GMT. Many of the rumours that have come out have somewhat been accentuated but it seems to be confirmed that it will be a solo act per the mention of BBC Commentator; Graham Norton whilst insiders are reporting that it will indeed be a female who will be performing a power ballad, somewhat ruling out Kimberley Walsh. The latest name to garner traction in recent days is the one of Bonnie Tyler whose hits include Holding Out for a Hero and Total Eclipse of the Heart. It is yet unknown what will happen so to speak and we are not saying that Bonnie seems to be the choice but we have a very good feeling it will indeed be a female. Metro have stated that it will be Alesha Dixon whilst the Daily Mail have taken out a limb in favour Bonnie Langford.Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com, Metro, Daily Mail

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVtaVrUAPK0

Kimberley Walsh was at first thought to be announced as the next representative of the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest with her record label and management surely wanting to make a prestigious solo debut in view of the upcoming release of her debut album entitled Centre Stage. The focus is on tracks from musicals true but the studio effort will include two solo numbers co-written between Sharon Vaughn and Fredrik Kempe who have written multiple songs for the Eurovision Song Contest in the past. Nevertheless, with Scott Mills, the semi-final commentator and BBC Radio 1 disc jockey notably knowing about the act which has been signed by the British Broadcasting Corporation, rumours have started to flourish and the British media suspect that the announcement will be that of the Girls Aloud, the most successful British girl band in recent years.

 

Following an extended hiatus, Girls Aloud got back together late in 2012 in order to celebrate their tenth anniversary, releasing a brand new compilation entitled Ten featuring their most successful hits along with a couple of new tracks including number #2 hit Something New . It has been rumoured through the official website of Capital FM that the selection of the girls might continue to add to the glamour that the British Broadcasting Corporation is trying to bring into the competition following their internal selection of Engelbert Humperdinck in 2012 as well as the boy-band Blue in 2011, who reach different results, one finishing in twenty-fourth position with the other managing an eleventh place finish. It is also rumoured that the entry will be co-written by Will.I.Am, the frontman of the group known as Black Eyed Peas who is the manager and adviser of Cheryl Cole respectively. No light has been shed on this news item but escflashmalta.com can confirm that the production team of Strictly Come Dancing is taking care of the selection process and will be staging the whole performance. Nevertheless, with Scott Mills knowing the act, the announcement shouldn't be long. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Capital FM

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

Wednesday, 09 January 2013 21:46

United Kingdom: Walsh Tipped for Eurovision

United Kingdom is well represented in the Eurovision Song Contest through the British Broadcasting Corporation and considering that they are known to presenting high quality showcases throughout the year, one would anticipate a more intriguing approach towards the international competition but their results have not been positive in recent years noting their disappointment last year with Engelbert Humperdinck and his entry Love Will Set You Free which had followed an eleventh place finish with the group Blue and their entry I Can. We have received a very secure tip this year, that the broadcaster has sought the services of the production team behind the reality television show; Strictly Come Dancing and that could prove to be successful considering the amount of vocal artists they have managed to contract in recent years.

Nevertheless, the focus is seemingly turned towards one performer in particular; Kimberley Walsh who is a member of the renowned group known as Girls Aloud who following an extended break returned at the end of 2012 to launch their ten year anniversary with a Greatest Hits compilation and a brand new single entitled Something New which rose to number #2 in the Charts. It is important to note that following the solo success of Cheryl Cole and the extremely mild success of Nadine Coyle, another member has just signed a record deal and that is indeed Kimberley Walsh who now has a record contract with Decca, a subsidiary of Universal Music which also features internationally renowned tenor; Joseph Calleja and former X Factor winner; Joe McElderry. 

Whilst rumours of a possible song have also surfaced, our tip did not go into great length and as a matter of fact, two tracks on her upcoming debut album release slated for the 4th February are co-written by Fredrik Kempe and Sharon Vaughn, both of whom have presented a number of songs to the continental competition including Waterline (Ireland 2012), Popular (Sweden 2011), La Voix (Sweden 2009), Hero (Sweden 2008). These tracks bear the name You First Loved Me and Dreams Can Learn to Fly and they clock in at 3:11 and 3:27 respectively, making the former more of a possibility than the latter and could be heard in the preview below at 4:30 respectively. The last time that the United Kingdom ranked in the top ten at the Eurovision Song Contest was in 2009 with Jade Ewen and her entry It's My Time. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more on this story in the coming hours and days. 

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYq2jZ6ZRVY

In 2011, following another dismal result achieved by the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest, the British Broadcasting Corporation decided to take up some noteworthy advice and send an act which had already garnered fame and when the announcement took place, it was met with shock positive approval because the boy-band known as BLUE had accepted and ultimately presented a track entitled I Can which finished in eleventh place in Dusseldorf, Germany garnering major public support and doing dismally in the juries who slammed their vocal performance in the final dress rehearsal. Nevertheless, the group is still on the comeback trail and their most recent single entitled Hurt Lovers has just been released in Germany, which seems to be the new basis of their music campaign.

In recent months, the return of BLUE has been met with widespread approval and following top ten success in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, it seems that their campaign for success continues following their Eurovision Song Contest appearance. They have signed a record deal with Island Records, a subsidiary of Universal Music and have been recording their upcoming album entitled Roulette with a number of producers including none other than RedOne who has worked with the likes of Lady Gaga, Enrique Iglesias, Backstreet Boys, Akon and Nicole Scherzinger. Their latest single which is already out for release on iTunes has hit the number #1 spot in Germany where their basis is and this bodes well considering the early album release set for the 25th January 2013. It seems that the comeback of BLUE is being perfectly masterminded by their management. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news in the coming weeks.

Source: Official BLUE Twitter, iTunes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_a5LjHUuqPs

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

One of the youngest protegees of the local music industry throughout the past couple of years has surely been Sophie having already represented the country in a number of foreign competitions including the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the song Extra Cute back in 2006 where she had achieved a mid-table placing but her vocals have improved since then. This element has shown in several ways including her current management contract with Thru The Mill who are supporting her every move including a recent relocation to the United Kingdom where she hopes to crack the charts in some manner. She returns to the music scene with a brand new single entitled Sunny which has already been digitally released but will also be part of a forthcoming album recorded at Freetime Studios. This follows her track Love to Love You which competed in the 2011 Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

This has been a very important year considering that there was the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee and Sophie could live to tell that she was part of the celebrations and had the opportunity to share the stage with numerous artists including Marcus Collins who was the runner-up of last years' edition of the X Factor. She visited several events during the course of the summer and made herself known to the public in hope of achieving success. Her brand new track entitled Sunny is actually a pop/dance type of tune which many people will surely enjoy because it gives out a positive vibe of energy. In recent weeks, Maltese artists have succeeded in breaking the British charts including none other than Joseph Calleja and Lauren Aquilina therefore, things are not impossible and with a subsidiary of Universal Music Germany behind Sophie, success might just be around the corner. You can purchase your copy of Sunny on iTunes and stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more latest news.

Source: Thru The Mill

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzveECmHMA8

Rumours have always been characteristically popular with the internal selections put forth by the British Broadcasting Union but there seems to be an aura of possible positive achievement as they prepare their next campaign which will of course culminate in Malmo, Sweden. Artists tend to make themselves available yet it seems that this time round, the mill of possible representatives is being kept to a minimum with one artist publicly declining the possibility of being the one to take on the challenge of doing the honour for the United Kingdom, that being of course Sophie Ellis-Bextor who had had a string of hits and is working on her return to the music scene following an extended break. Earlier this year, the British broadcaster selected Engelbert Humperdinck with the song Love Will Set You Free languishing in a bottom position at the end of the evening with just twelve points; the maximum being five from Estonia followed by four points from Ireland. One individual who won't mind flying the flag is definitely Rylan Clark.

Rylan Clark was one of the finalists in the current edition of the British X Factor and was mentored by former Pussycat Doll turned solo singer; Nicole Scherzinger. The idea behind his choice was to garner a bit of entertainment throughout the whole process although many had come to believe that he could not really perform and on most nights, they were right because this is an artist who cannot hold a tune. Before being eliminated, he was almost eliminated twice prior to actually getting eliminated finishing in fifth place. He did have credible performances in the sing off portion of the competition though and at one point, upcoming star and judge Tulisa Contostavlos made that abundantly clear keeping him in the competition and sending home a possible recording artist; Kye Sones. Speaking to the British newspaper; Metro, the artist has made it known that should he be wanted to represent the United Kingdom, he would do accept instantly 'If the country wanted me to represent them then I'd happily fly the flag.' Betting house, William Hill is currently showing that his possible representative role might be true at 16/1, with odds shortening in the past couple of hours. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Metro

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

Saturday, 17 November 2012 15:57

United Kingdom: Chess is Back with New Material

The Maltese Islands have become a hub for talent in recent years noting that there has been a surge in vocal artists who are putting out original material with the hope of radio airplay as well as success in the local music award shows with the possibility of being recognised by someone abroad who could somewhat extend opportunities even further. One such artist who has left the country in pursuit for success in the music industry is none other than Fran Galea otherwise known to many as Chess who is currently studying at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, United Kingdom and hence living there on a full time basis. A couple of years back, before pursuing her studies abroad, she was releasing quite a couple of tracks which made their mark including her debut single Stilettos, written by singer/songwriter Muxu which managed to climb to number three in the charts on 89.7 Bay. Following that release, she featured on two collaborative tracks which were also in the top three in the leading radio station in Malta making her a notable figure.

Nevertheless, it has been quite a hectic couple of months for Chess who has most recently previewed her upcoming extended play which will be released on all possible online media platforms. The compilation of three songs is set to be released independently under the title Babygirl. Listening to the video posted through the official viral networking channel on YouTube, it is to be noted that the first track lifted from the extended play entitled Storm is a mixture of pop, r'n'b sort of ballad which has become very current in terms of sound. The vocals are well layered on the track and are quickly identifiable. The second track has been given the name Breathe and feature more heavily as an r'n'b ballad very much in the typical style which has been offered in recent years by the Norwegian star Sichelle who has twice taken part in the Melodi Grand Prix in hope of making it to the Eurovision Song Contest. I am in live with the title of the last track which has been very intriguing named TTT and this has to be the strongest track in my opinion. She keeps to her genre but nevertheless, gives it a little more of an edge with that typical pop sound present in a The Saturdays vein this time round. Have a listen to the preview below and stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news in the coming days and weeks about local artists.

Source: escflashmalta, Chess

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrtK7-eE4do

Monday, 05 November 2012 15:00

United Kingdom: Sophie Ellis Bextor Declines

The British Broadcasting Corporation have been noted to be out of touch with what society represents at the moment in terms of the selection of both the artist and the song for the annual Eurovision Song Contest, the renowned competition which has been gaining ground in recent years noting interest from some of the most prominent recording labels in the globe including Sony Music, Warner Music and Universal Music respectively. It is imperative that the act chosen has the right ingredients towards success but this was definitely not the case earlier this year when Engelbert Humperdinck was selected to represent the United Kingdom with the song Love Will Set You Free which finished second to last with just twelve points in total. The audience of the Eurovision Song Contest is young and fresh and definitely not a typical target of the major star who turned 76 just days before the competition took place. Nevertheless, it seems that the effort from the broadcaster has begun because Sophie Ellis Bextor has been asked to take up the role before politely declining.

Sophie Ellis Bextor went on record stating that she is a huge fan of the Eurovision Song Contest, so much so that she does not miss a single edition and will continue to watch it but then again, her gut feeling does not suggest that she carries out the role as a representative stating 'The United Kingdom is very unpopular in Eurovision. It's not just about the song. So it's a no'. Should the result not be satisfactory, the performer has to think of her future, a career in music which so far has been really positive noting four studio albums, all of which have reached the top 40 in the United Kingdom including two of which have been in the top 10. Her material has also reached moderate success in France, Germany, Australia, Denmark, Russia, Switzerland, Ireland, New Zealand as well as Ireland amongst others. Her most successful track is surely Murder On the Dancefloor released back in 2001 but her track Heartbreak (Make me a Dancer) with Freemasons and Catch You are also tracks which many people recall in her illustrious career. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Female First

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsISfQAXE60

Thursday, 18 October 2012 19:14

United Kingdom: BBC Contract Gareth Gates?

The British Broadcasting Corporation has always been somewhat secretive about their respective announcements with regards to the Eurovision Song Contest but there seems to be a particular individual which is leaking out the information to the media noting that for the past two years, the announcement by the broadcaster had to be moved forward due to the fact that the tabloid; The Mirror has always caught wind and was accurate in saying that the group Blue and also Engelbert Humperdinck would be representing the United Kingdom in the annual music competition. Despite the announcement somewhat coming extremely early with 2013 still a couple of months away, it would not be too much of a surprise especially now that the well known Anouk has been official confirmed as the representative for The Netherlands. The name which will seemingly be revealed for the United Kingdom is that of former Pop Idol runner-up Gareth Gates.

Finishing as the runner-up in Pop Idol back in 2002 to the well known Will Young has definitely not hurt his career in any way, with his music career sparring a total of three albums thus far including; What My Heart Wants to Say which peaked at number #2 in the United Kingdom, #8 in Norway, #11 in The Netherlands and #19 in Ireland; Go Your Own Way which did not manage the same success peaking at number #11 in the United Kingdom #40 in The Netherlands and Switzerland as well as #34 in Norway; Pictures of the Other Side a comeback album which managed number #23 in the United Kingdom and #47 in Austria. Nevertheless, his collections spawned four number #1 hit singles in the United Kingdom and seven within the top ten respectively. In the meantime, the biggest hit, a ballad by the name Anyone of Us (Stupid Mistake) topped the charts in four countries back in 2002, those being the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. It seems that since his last pop comeback did not really pan out as planned,  he has gone into the West End where he is currently playing the role of Warner in the musical, Legally Blonde. A documentary about the choice and the artist is being planned at the moment and it seems that the full story will be revealed in this weekends' Mirror. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com, escnation message board

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFa6I9KN63Q