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2000, the year of the millennium and also a year in which Malta needed to overturn, it's worst ever result at the Eurovision Song Contest saw to the emergence of Kaya. At the time, she was known as Priscilla Psaila, a female vocalist in her teens who was making her debut within the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. The song she presented, entitled Our Love was composed by Alfred Zammit to the lyrics of Cynthia Sammut. At the end of the jury voting, it was revealed that she had finished as the second runner-up, behind Claudette Pace and her winning entry Desire composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg and first runner-up Fabrizio Faniello whose entry Change of Heart was composed by Paul Abela to the lyrics of Georgina Abela.

Since then, Kaya has went onto win L-Għanja tal-Poplu alongside Il-Budaj with the track Tisimgħu Tissaħħar and also the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza alongside Ivan Borg with the song Dan Hu L-Mument composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Joe Chircop. It is also worth noting that she had the opportunity to represent Malta on foreign soil in several countries including Italy and Romania whilst making it through to the finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on another two occasions; first time in 2010 in a duet with Kurt Calleja entitled Waterfall composed by Mark Debono to the lyrics of Rita Pace and in 2012 with the track First Time written by Gorgi. escflashmalta.com is proud to confirm that Kaya will indeed be amongst the submissions for the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Stay tuned to this portal for more exclusive news in the coming days.

Source: escflashmalta.com, Chrissy Photography

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Published in Local Music News

The recent news is that Malta could possibly re-enter the Junior Eurovision Song Contest at the European Broadcasting Union works hard to convince a couple of broadcasters to return to the competition. At the moment, there are only eight confirmed countries but many are on the brink of joining so keep an eye out on escflashmalta.com as we follow the latest developments. We would like to invite you to the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. 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.

Ryan Dolan was selected to represent Ireland at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Only Love Survives which he co-wrote alongside Wez Devine. Unfortunately, the track was not appreciated by the juries and the public on the night of the final mustering only five (5) points and finishing in last place, the second time that the nation had to endure such a fate in recent years, noting this also happened in 2007 when Dervish took to the stage with the track They Can't Stop The Spring. Despite the disappointment at the Pan-European competition, Ryan Dolan has released his debut album entitled Frequency through digital media store, iTunes. The male vocalist had a chat with the Radio International team about the whole experience.

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Thomas G:Son, is quickly becoming a veteran of the Eurovision Song Contest noting that he is involved in a number of entries competing in selections all over the continent. He was also one of the co-writers behind the winning entry of the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, that being Euphoria performed by Loreen. GPB, the broadcaster in Georgia commissioned the songwriter to pen an entry and alongside the stylings of Erik Bernholm, he came up with the ballad Waterfall which was typically Eurovision by numbers according to fans. The performance, remiscent of the Ell & Nikki performance did not prove to be as successful as thought of with Sopho and Nodi only managing to qualify in tenth place before reaching a mid-table finish for the country making it the worst result for the nation when competing in the final. Both the songwriter and the performers were interviewed by the team of Radio International.

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Elitsa Todorova & Stoyan Yankoulov represented Bulgaria for the very first time back in 2007 achieving fifth place at the Eurovision Song Contest with their entry Voda (Water). BNT, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Bulgaria have been trying to find a solution for the nation to get through to the final of the Pan-European event for the second time noting that they have come extremely close in recent years, finishing eleventh and twelfth in the semi-final round. This year, the renowned duo who had brought them success took to the stage once more with the song Samo Shampioni managing to rack up forty-five points, the same amount of last year but finishing twelfth place failing to get through because of the lack of support from the juries who awarded them last place. The public would have put them through in sixth place. They spoke to the team of Radio International about their previous experience and how they were looking at this years' participation.

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The final interview of the week is with the lead singer of the group, Koza Mostra. Illias has been noted for his charm and good looks by several fans of the Eurovision Song Contest. As a matter of fact, Greece is currently in turmoil when it comes to their state broadcaster but despite this, expectations for the nation within the competition will always remain high. Koza Mostra won the right to represent the Hellenic nation by virtue of getting through a national selection process organised by ERT and MAD Television. This was the first time that such a collaboration took place making the event a huge success, drawing huge crowds as guests included Helena Paparizou, Dima Bilan, Alexander Rybak and Marija Serifovic amongst others. This interview focuses on the pressure of one representing Greece. The song which represented Greece, and reached a top ten position at the end of the evening bore the name Alcohol Is Free

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There will also be a number of new releases played throughout the three hours, including tracks by Tina Karol, who represented Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006; Didrik Solli-Tangen, representative of Norway at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest; Jessy Matador, French representative at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest; Maya Sar, the last representative for Bosnia & Herzegovina thus far and last but not least; Kevin Borg who came in second place at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. All of the latest news is also covered during the weekly broadcast noting resources from escflashmalta.com and escXtra where Luke Fisher, the Editor makes a weekly round-up. David Mann will be discussing cover versions from the Eurovision Song Contest. Make sure to tune into this evenings episode of Radio International on the links offered above as we help you get through your post Eurovision depression.

Source: Team of Radio International

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escflashmalta.com is proud to enlist six of the most professional people in the music industry to analyse and assess the entries competing in this years' Eurovision Song Contest. For the second semi-final, three of these with experience in several genres have been putting their respective thoughts forward with the sole aim to see what lies behind each track. The first semi-final along with the three finalist countries voting there have long been concluded as we find ourselves within the middle section of the second semi-final. Attention turns to Georgia whose broadcaster, GPB has been drawn in slot number #15 with the producers thinking this position best. The song entitled Waterfall is co-written by Thomas G:son and Erik Bernholmwith vocals provided by Sopho and Nodi.

Sophie Gelovani was born on March 21st, 1984. She studied piano at the Musical School. In 2005, she graduated from the Ilia Chavchavadze State University, Faculty of International Relations, and afterwards she studied at the Musical School named after Zakaria Paliashvili. Today she is a teacher in the Musical School named after Iakob Gogebashvili. Sophie Gelovani's first TV success was her victory in the talent show Morning Star in 1999. She continued to win prizes in several international festivals, including the first place at the international musical contest Do-Re-Mi in Yerevan, Armenia in 2000 and the Grand Prix of the Songs of the World contest, which was held in Chisinau, Moldova in 2006.

In 2007, Sophie won the Grand Prix at the Vesna Romansa festival in Saint Petersburg as well as the first place at the Moscow International Contest. Most recently, she has participated in the TV project 10+10 in 2011/12. Nodi Tatishvili was born on November 5th, 1986. He graduated from Tbilisi Musical School and Georgia’s Technical University, faculty of Public Administration. In 2011, he graduated from the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance at Burlington School in London. Nodi Tatishvili took part in many international musical contests, including the International Music Festival and The Amber Star in Lithuania, Astana 2007 in Kazakhstan, World Star Quest, Slaviansky Bazar in Belarus, and Golden Voices in Moldova. Apart from that, his is the winner of the Geostar talent show in 2009.

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Nodi is a versatile singer, which is proved by the fact that he sang several main roles in musicals, like Aleksandre Basilaia’s Chkhikvta Kortsili as well as Melodies of Vera District by Giorgi Tsabadze and Giorgi Shengelaia. He was the member of the choir at the Sameba (Holy Trinity) Cathedral in 2008/09. In 2011, his debut album was released under the title I Am Georgian. His first solo concert was held at the Tbilisi Philharmonic Hall in 2011. Georgia is one of the countries that has not been competing in the Eurovision Song Contest for an extremely long time but nevertheless have a relatively successful history noting that they have managed to qualify in four (4) of their five (5) appearances thus far. 

The disappointment for Georgia actually came last year when they were represented by a male soloist for the very first time. As a matter of fact, Anri Jokhadze's performance of the song I'm a Joker did not go down well, either in the rehearsals or during the live show. The country could only muster up thirty-six (36) points to finish in fourteenth place. It was surely a far cry from the stunning performance given by Sopho Nizharadze back in 2010 when she performed the song Shine to finish in third place during the semi-final whilst managing a ninth place at the end of the evening. The nation has reached the top ten on two occasions, and finished just outside the top ten on the other two meaning that it is always one of those countries to look out for when it comes to the scoreboard. 

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 73%

Martin Isherwood: Good chorus - although comes slightly out of the blue. Not sure what waterfalls have got to do with it. Lyrics feels a bit smugly, lovely dovey between the 2 of them and leaves one thinking - what about us? Great voices. Wow, what a key change - nicely done with a great break and re-entry then the mix engineer shoves the fader higher than it should really go! Big production. Because you loved me' by Ms Dion spring to mind in the chorus.

Sharon Vaughn: Mixed metaphors all over the place. But powerful vocal performance.

Stano Simor: Georgia sent a "great song" duet, which is very emotional and will work very well for the audience. Both singers' voices blend very well together. The composition is very well built piece because there are dramatic but also happiness parts what is working good for emotion of public. One of my favorites in the semifinal round.

Source: eurovision.tv

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Published in Editorials

The first un-official rehearsal for the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest took place in the past couple of days as artists from all over the continent got together during the annual Eurovision In Concert held in The Netherlands. Final promotional tours are being held now as the date draws closer and as countries compete for what seems to be an extremely open edition of the international spectacle. We would like to invite you to the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. 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.

The interviews in relation to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest have all been published and now with the Eurovision In Concert in tow, a series of new interviews with artists who were present will definitely be taking centre stage in the next couple of episodes. The team has planned a total of six for today, kicking things off with Ryan Dolan who will be representing Ireland in the first semi-final with his entry Only Love Survives. We had the opportunity to discuss several issues including his national final victory as well as his upcoming recording of the music video featuring a number of fans. It is quite intriguing that it is the only interview we chose for the first semi-final for this week but nevertheless, the others come from the second semi-final including Sopho & Nodi who will represent Georgia with their song Waterfall co-written by Thomas G:Son.They speak about their internal selection as well as their collaboration with the winning composer of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.

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Keeping in line with the second semi-final, one of the vocal powerhouses seems to very much belong to Moran Mazor who will be flying the flag for Israel as she performs Rak Bishvilo in Sweden. There has been a lot of media coverage surrounding this artist as of late regarding her choice of attire at the international spectacle with the broadcaster refusing to let renowned designer Galliano work on her dress. Marco Mengoni was one of the drawcards during the Eurovision In Concert and when he was relaxed, he definitely showed wearing tracksuits and baggy pants but nevertheless, always the gentleman, he dresses up for the occasions. We spoke to him about his victory during the Sanremo competition with L'Essenziale as well as his personal expectations of the international spectacle. Italy is one of the favourites in this years' competition and therefore, Marco whose album, #PRONTOACORRERE is currently number #1 in Italy will definitely be one of the artists to look out for during the forthnight.

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Gerard Joling, who represented The Netherlands back in 1988 Eurovision Song Contest achieving ninth place with his entry Shangri-La was also around during the festivities and the team of Radio International wanted to get his opinion on this years' competition along with his thoughts on the Dutch entry which is being performed by the popular, Anouk. The final interview for this week comes with none other than Gianluca, who will be representing Malta in the second semi-final with the song Tomorrow, co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek. All of the latest news is also covered during the weekly broadcast noting resources from escflashmalta.com and escXtra where Luke Fisher, the Editor makes a weekly round-up. A spotlight on the Eurovision Song Contest will be switched on metaphorically of course by Chris Poppe as he chooses a topic for the week. Follow the show through the official website and also send your requests through the contact link which is found on the aforementioned website.

Source: Radio International

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Wednesday, 27 February 2013 09:03

Georgia: 'Waterfall' Officially Presented

This will be the sixth participation of Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest, a competition which is considered to be highly professional in terms of song and production quality. The Eastern nation has put in a lot of resources towards the showcase in the past couple of years and despite their withdrawal in 2009, due to the fact that the event was moving to Moscow, in Russia. It seems that they have somewhat understood the highs and lows having managed to qualify on four occasions, and missing out just once, that being last year as I'm a Joker by Anri Jokhadze could only muster up 36 points in the semi-final to finish in fourteenth place.

This year, rather than going through the process of a national selection which does not seem to yield any significant results, GPB which is the public broadcaster of Georgia internally selected a duet involving Sopho Gelovani and Nodiko Tatishvili with notable songwriter; Thomas G:Son called onto write the song which they will eventually be performing in latter half of the second semi-final. In the beginning of February, it was revealed that the song is entitled Waterfall and as expected is a romantic duet in the vein of Run by Snow Patrol. As publically presented earlier this morning, the track is a ballad, which will most likely score well although, the performance on the night along with the running order will indeed be extremely important. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: GPB

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