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Rade Vojvodic, who just happens to be the Chief Executive Officer at RTCG, the public broadcaster responsible for the participation of Montenegro at the Eurovision Song Contest stated in an exclusive interview with the newspaper, Vijesti that they will be taking part in Copenhagen, Denmark. Sergey Cetkovic is set to be revealed as the next representative but nevertheless, negotiations are still ongoing as the nation selects its sixth entrant.

The popular male vocalist was voted pop singer of the year in Serbia back in 2010 and has had a string of successful releases including; Pogledi u Tami which you could listen to just below. Vojvodic also commented about the new rules and regulations put forward by the European Broadcasting Union in recent days which makes things clearer. Nevertheless, there are still doubts with regards to the tele-voting due to the fact that all the votes are counted in one place, believing that more companies should be involved in the process. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Vijesti

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjRM3d9Dlug

Saturday, 09 March 2013 22:18

Sweden: 'You' to be performed on Home Soil

The Eurovision Song Contest has got another hearthrob: It's 22-year-old singer Robin Stjernberg, a new promise in the Swedish pop scene, whose career kicked off in 2006 when won the Sommarchansen (The Summer Song) in Malmö that year and went to Stockholm to become one of the four singers of the prospective boy band What's Up! One of bandmates was none other than pop sensation, Eric Saade, who rose to fame when in 2010 he competed in Melodifestivalen with Manboy. A year later he did Melodifestivalen with Popular, the actual 2011 Swedish ESC entry.

In 2011 he took part of Swedish Idol and was the runner-up behind Amanda Fondell, who also competed with Robin in this year's Melodifestivalen with Dumb, but voted out of the contest. 2013 is the year for the Scandinavian country to be the host after last year's Loreen's storming Eurovision victory with the powerful eurodance track Euphoria. Malmö, the host city of the Eurovision Song Contest 1992, will be this year's contest home.

You by Robin Stjernberg qualified to the final from Andra Chansen (The Second Chance), together with Anton Ewald's Begging. It is the first time for a song from Andra Chansen to be awarded the wooden bird, which opens a whole new perspective in the song selection. The song, written by Linnea Deb, Joy Deb, Joakim Harestad Haukaas and Robin Stjernberg himself, is a pop track that some might find it similar to Bruno Mars' Marry You in style. It also features Robin's melodic vocals that reach high notes pretty well and naturally. As Sweden is the host country, he will compete directly in the Final on May 18th. 2013.

Source: SVT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sa9C_G_GdY

Saturday, 09 March 2013 18:57

Sweden: Melodifestivalen 2013 - LIVE

Melodifestivalen, Sweden's National Selection show for the Eurovision Song Contest, will come to an end for this year's edition with a total of 32 entries competing in 4 semifinals and a Second-Chance round to win the ticket to Malmö. It's the most popular National Selection show outside the Scandinavian country and even neighbor nations have attempted to reproduce its format. Each year, a handful of these songs become popular, despite their resultls in the competition, hitting the No. 1 spot and staying there for weeks. Sweden's the 3rd. most succesful country in the Englsh-language pop music world, after the United States and England, and in Eurovision terms, it's in the the Top 3 as one of the most succesful countries in the European competition with 4 victories; In 1974 with Waterloo, in 1984 with Diggi Loo Diggi Ley, in 1999 with Take Me To Your Heaven and of course last year with Euphoria.

This evenings' Melodifestivalen selection could be followed through the notably stunning live stream offered by the official website of the Swedish broadcaster, another vote of confidence in their abilities of hosting the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Alongside these 4 entries, there's a long list of pre-Eurovision entries that have even become classic pop songs in Sweden.Last year, Loreen took Europe by storm when she became the winner to collect the largest amount of 12 points given to a single country and her song, "Euphoria" was a radio hit around the continent. Tonight, 10 songs will be performed and be voted by a panel of juries and the public to succeed Loreen's participation.

The Show (Part 1)

A pair of kids are playing the hosts. Now they're singing "Du Ska Till Malmö" ("You Go To Malmö") written by Benny and Björn of ABBA and it's being performed by Swedish ESC hosts of the past and today. The arena is HUGE!! Their vocals are flawless!! The numbers to dial to vote are being announced. The artist will do the catwalk as they did in their semifinals while short videos of them are being aired as they thank everyone for supporting them. And here we are the songs!!

Ulrik Munther - Tell The World I’m Here

This is very uplifting track performed with much passion. Ulrik's voice gives it a nice touch and that giant screen at the background and its images go with the song in a way that makes the whole performance one to remember!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK4Pzpk643g

David Lindgren - Skyline

Very energic!! The light show goes so very well with a so adrenaline-driven entry. The choreography was very well elaborated. However, David seemed a a bit under pressure as his vocals weren't as great as they usually are, but it's the kind of songs Swedish votes will keep in mind and support highly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5krzqCdHOI

State Of Drama - Falling

Both songs and the vocalist's voice makes this number very charming. It wasn't as elaborate as the usual Melodifestivalen staging, but it wasn't that necessary anyways. It's got an American feel and it may become a summer radio hit.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcEBEekq6eA

Anton Ewald - Begging

Another dancey number performed by a young eye candy that delivers a lot of energy that's reflected in his complicated dance moves reminiscent of those of Michael Jackson. Even his wardrobe was very Michael Jackson! His vocals could have been better, but one could think it's the Final effect. However, his stage presence, stamina and very catchy song make it up for it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx0rc-BB1W8

Louise Hoffsten - Only The Dead Fish Follow The Stream

This is the "serious" entry of tonight's show: It's her and her band standing in dark outfits performing this midtempo track that may not be appreciated by the younger audience, but juries might go for it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRkSf2elwGo

Ralf Gyllenhammar – Bed On Fire

Someone call 911 'cause the whole stage is on fire!!! This power ballad à la Freddy Mercury with all this pyroshow will surely remain in people's mind for some time. Ralf sang the whole song playing the piano. He delivered a lot of passion and very good vocals. There might be a surprising outcome... who knows.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74N6b3FijjM

Ravaillacz - En Riktig Jävla Schlager

Here's another charming brought by this 4-piece group comprising old men who are giving out what it takes to make a good schlager. Nevertheless, this is more of a dansband song. The song is one that takes more than one play to like it. The audience seems to be pleased and this number could another surprise tonight.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0b5lQgQJ7g

Sean Banan - Copacabanana

This is not an act Sweden would dare send to Eurovision, but it's certainly one to entertain for a bit. Sean's sense of humor was present in this eurodance song full of rap featuring references of Melodifestivalen and Eurovision itself. One needs to be familiar with both to really get this song. Colorful outfits and lots of energy makes this performance a bit of candy for the eye.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgtcha9yLeA

Robin Sternberg - You 

Tonight's dark horse, but Robin's vocals were simply amazing, not missing a single note while the featuring dance ensemble compliments the song with their not typical contemporary routines. The audience will appreciate how it was camera-oriented.

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

YOHIO - Heartbreak Hotel

This teenage Japanese anime-influenced boy received a lot of ovation when he was announced. The song itself is a power rock/pop track that features a very attractive stage performace. Yohio's vocals were okay and his sort of coldness goes with the lyrics. According to polls, it's the favorite one to make it to Malmö.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y36DqNAaXzc

The Show (Part 2)

Lynda Woodruff made it back to Melodifestivalen! She made an introduction to Malmö in her usual style. As traditionally done, last year's Melodifestivalen entry was presented before the votes are announced: This year "Euphoria" was BEAUTIFULLY performed by an ensemble of child choir who delivered a performance worthy of a Nobel Prize!! They also used sign language that gave it a special touch. They were the stars of the show! Eventually, it was Loreen's turn to join them to close the show and she did a great vocal and sign language job!! Sverige, vi har ett resultat!! Voting results are about to be announced.

According to the international jury, "You" by Robin Stjernberg is the winner and now a recap of all songs is being screened as the televiewers have a last chance to vote. The audience in general didn't seem too thrilled about the results. The loudest cheers were heard when "Begging" by Anton Ewald was awarded, which may indicate it was their favorite, and they can't be blamed: The boy did a great job turning everyone on with their moves and catchy melody. This year marks the 30th. Anniversary of Carola's first appearance in the Melodifestivalen and Eurovision world with her classic hit "Främling"!

A 2013 version of "Främling" took over the stage powerfully as her vocals were just as great! It was a thrilling moment when, at the end, she invited the audience to song along with her a cappela. That was a very magical moment for everyeone witnessing this show with a lot of nostalgia for the good old days of glorious pop music that made Sweden what it is in the Eurovision world.

And the winner is... "You" by Robin Stjernberg!!!!!

Even when Yohio was the highest on the bets, it was dark horse Robin Stjernberg that took the golden bird that was handed to him by last year's winner, Loreen

Like stated before, it was his camera-oriented performance that was inviting to the teleaudience to join him. He's now performing "You" as the Swedish entry to the Eurovision Song Contest, all choked in emotion. Because of it, he's even missed some of the words to the song Robin's voice is very melodic and powerful, being able to hit high notes.

Let me conclude by saying: "Melodifestivalen 2013 has come to an end. Thank you, everyone, for joining us. See you next year!! Tack så mycket och hej då!!"

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

Saturday, 02 March 2013 19:20

Estonia: Eesti Laul 2013 - LIVE

ERR, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest has been pretty much professional in the way that they handle they national selection, currently known as Eesti Laul and this is for the simple reason that the variety of genres present has always been intriguing and extremely fresh. Once more, those watching the selection through the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest this evening should not be disappointed because the ten entries reflect upon what pepole enjoy listening to the most at the moment. Two semi-finalists were held last weekend to select the qualifiers and there might have been a couple of surprises but that is what happens in a high profile selection.

Last year, Estonia selected the song Kuula performed by Ott Lepland and achieved another top ten placing finishing in sixth place at the end of the evening after having qualified in fourth place. This was the second top ten finish in just four years and in three of those four years, qualification was assured. In recent years, there has been two groups, a female, and a male and therefore, Estonia are quite unpredictable in choosing their respective performer. In the first round of voting, a panel of judges and public voting will determine the two super-finalists from which the public would then garner all the rights in the choice. This evenings' showcase is taking place at the Nokia Concert Hall in Tallinn, host city of the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest.

The Show (Part 1)

The final of the Estonian National Selection, Eesti Laul 2013 kicks off with last year's winner Ott Lapland performing his ballad Kuula. The staging is pretty simple, but it fits Lapland's performance. Backing vocalists all dressed in white accompany him. Now the contestants are being presented one by one as they come down the flight of steps amongst the audience making them look very casual. They are all seemingly ready to bring the house down with their performance. Well, introduction is cut short and here we go with this evenings' performances.

Running Order

Rolf Roosalu - With U

There are only this beams that go with Rolf's performance. The vocals were very well done. His presence is good as well. The song's structure might not be very usual, which makes it outstanding, but a bit forgettable. This piano ballad may delight those who are into this music genre, but the mainstream audience might not appreciate it as much, although in the Eurovision Song Contest world, nothing can be settled in stone.

Liisi Koikson & Söörömöö - Üle vee

It's time for some soul-pop to take the stage with this melodic entry. Liisi's voice is clear and strong, perfectly fitting the song's style. Her dress and the staging reminescent the old Eurovision days. It's easy to see there's some bossanova influence to it and it may make it remarkable throughout the contest.

Rasmus Rändvee & Facelift Deer - Dance

A group of young guys comprise this indie band. The song, just like Rasmus's vocals, isn't as strong as it should be, although the instrumentation isn't that bad. One could hope their looks could make up for the entry. One could also imagine they'd rock it a lot more if they were performing on a pre-recorded track, but they seemed to enjoy it somehow. Note that non-Estonian lyrics are being subtitled in Estonian for the televiewers to understand them.

Elina Born - Enough

Acoustic guitars and a bit of synthpop make this song sound nice. Elina's vocals are okay. The staging goes well with the number, as well as her dress. The instrumentation, especially the drums, are pretty attractive. She seems a confident performer and that's helped her a lot. She may have good chances to make to the superfinal.

Põhja-Tallinn - Meil on aega veel

Another rock-oriented track with a feature rap is to find its way to Malmö. The song itself is pretty much nothing special, just like the band's wardrobe. The performance is pretty weak, making the whole number forgettable, but the lady's vocals aren't that bad. It's just not the right song for her. She should try competing one more time with a killer track and she'll be good to go!

Kõrsikud - Suuda öelda ei

This folk triad sings harmonically and the song is very appealing melodically. There's not too much pretention; just 3 guys playing their instruments and vocals are nice to the ears. This is a number to recall. They make Estonian not to sound so harsh to foreign ears. This song could do very well in Malmö, hoping votes keep it in mind when doing their job.

Birgit Õigemeel - Et uus saaks alguse

Here comes a well-performed ballad wth a truly familiar music structure. It may charm voters with a musical ear. Her white dress makes her look angelical, which is fine for the number hereby presented. Since there's no routine dance, she focueses on her soft vocals, which works out. This is the sort of entry juries like going for.

Teele & Tuuli & Ula - Ring The Alarm

Golden short outfits take over the eye with an average pop track. Vocals aren't that great and more of those drums would have given the song the power it surely needs. The beats are okay, but overall, there's nothing rather special about this entry.

Winny Puhh - Meiecundimees üks Korsakov läks eile Lätti

The most unconventional entry in terms of stage presence and music. It sounds more like a protest song than a Eurovision song, but we all know a bit portion of voters from the teleaudience aren't Eurovision fans, so chances are, it might get lots of votes from them. These pseudo-wrestlers are purely noisy.

Grete Paia - Päästke noored hinged

This year's Estonian lineup is closed by a piano-driven/synthpop track with a bit of industrial rock influences. Her vocals are good enough to make the song okay, but not great. The dance beat at the end is a good feature. In general, it isn't that bad, it isn't that special. The visual effects were okay as well.

The Show (Part 2)

After all songs have been presented, it's time for a recap to be showcased as voting lines are open for the teleaudience nationalwide. The jury and the public will both be selecting the top two tracks that they believe should represent Estonia in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest with the public then selecting the act that they would like to see in the international competition. Ott Lapland on the piano, delivering this sort of indie pop. Ott's vocals are impecable as usual. It has been an extremely tight result but in the end, two females have managed the cut with Grete Paia and Birgit Õigemeel being the ones through to the super-final. The public will be the ones to select the representative now.

Saturday, 16 February 2013 18:51

Latvia: Dziesma 2013 - LIVE

The millennium proved to be quite the year for the Baltic nation of Latvia as entering the Eurovision Song Contest proved to be a successful endeavour, noting their second runner-up finish on their debut with the track My Star performed by Brainstorm before managing to finish at the top position just two years later with Marie N and her song I Wanna just pipping Malta in second place, having been represent by 7th Wonder performed by Ira Losco. LTV, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of the nation has been keen on the selection process and thus amendments have been put in throughout the years, with the aim of perfecting the situation. In the past four years, the country has failed to qualify to the final but one would hope that the winning entry this evening would turn the tide round.

Dziesma, the selection process which has been put in place for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest started last week with two semi-finals taking place, deciding which six entries from each round would make it through to this evenings' final. The national final is set to be hosted by a trio including; Martin Meyer, Madar Botmane and Anta Aizupe, something which is also different from recent years when two comperes had lead the evenings' proceedings. The final result will be decided through a 50% Jury and a 50% Public Vote whilst the entertainment prior to the announcement is set to include Ott Lepland and Anmary who represented Estonia and Latvia at last years' Eurovision Song Contest which took place in Baku, Azerbaijan. You can watch the show through the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest.

The Show (Part 1)

The show's begun with a group that combines traditional folk and modern, computer-made sounds. The stage resembles a bit of that of Melodifestivalen 2006. The audience lacks enthusiasm, but tonight's lineup looks promising. The hosts have made it to the stage. They're wearing sort of retro clothes, giving the feeling of watching an edition of the Eurovision Song Contest from the 1990s. And now the artists are walking among the audience and they're announced. All of them are now on the stage, waiting for perform the hosts to let them do their job. And the hosts have officially kicked off the competition! Still the hosts are giving some details regarding what's to happen tonight. And here comes the moment we've been waiting for!

Running Order

One - Niko

Perfect start in number and song title! Niko takes over the stage with 3 gentlemen. All of them dressed up formally. He's performing a well-produced a dubstep-influenced pop track. The vocals aren't 100% strong, but the elaborate choreography beats make it up for it. It could stand a chance for Malmö but I am not entirely sure.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxBy059Gslc

Fool In Love - Dāvids Kalandija & Dināra

Fool In Love sung by Dāvids Kalandija & Dināra: Both singers appear wearing these late 1970s suits à la Fame (Sweden 2003). The song also sounds pretty Swedish (especially those keyboard arrangements à la Benny Andersson). There are comtemporary dancers to accompany the staging. It's a pretty melodic song. It's the type of song ESC pop fans would appreciate, but some might find it a bit outdated for today's Eurovision.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAvFX9c0fyg

When You Are With Me - Antra Stafecka

When You Are With Me sung by Antra Stafecka: She presents this bossa-nova track with very strong vocals, looking a bit like Marie N (Latvia 2002), but a lot classier. Elaborate tango dance routines go with the stage performance. The song's pretty slow, but sung with such passion, it may capture the viewer's imagination.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQnMBopIun0

Sad Trumpet - Grupa PeR

Here comes a blue song that makes justice to its title. The two guys are sitting in stools wearing pretty classic outfits. The lead vocalist has a pretty soulful voice himself and the other one does some beatboxing that reminds us of "I Hear Your Heart" (Latvia 2006). It's all played are a guitar and a trumpet, keeping the instrumentation simple. No choreography is staged with this entry, not that it needs it. Well performed for its style.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLLgFeY2LoM

The One - Grupa Pieneņu Vīns

It's time for some soul-rock! Four masked guys and one lady with vocals that perfectly fit the music style stage this entry. There are no extravagant outfits here, either. The song starts very soulfully, but the rock kickin at the refrain kills the mood a little. Fans might not appreciate it, providing it wins the national selection, which doesn't seem very likely.

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

I Am Who I Am - Marta Ritova

For this time around, Marta's taking part of the competition as a singer/songwriter. The beginning of the song reminds us a bit of Norah Jones, but then the whole band kicks in, turning it into a rock-oriented pop song. In terms of melody, as a whole, it isn't that memorable, but she's done well vocally.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cn8aG3W71Zk

Higher And Higher - Liene Candy

Liene's no stranger to the Eurovision world as she's taken part of the European competition as a backing vocalist, but this is her first time going solo. Her yellow dress makes her look very classy as most artists tonight. It's about this euro-dance-pop song with strong beats that would make us want to hit the dancefloor. Vocals are well-performed: She hasn't missed a single note. This another entry other contestants should watch out for!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LZ69peEGVs

I Need A Hero - Samanta Tina

Her white dress and the blue staging take us back to the Eurovision Song Contest 2006. Her vocals are very good: Very soulful and melodic. One could say it's the best feature of the song. However, the song itself might seem a bit too slow for Eurovision and it was reflected by the somewhat mild ovation from the audience.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rh0HWF26iac

Cold Heart - Ieva Sutugova

Cheerful melodies feature this Chicago-styled entry. Leva and the whole band are wearing the right outfit for the occasion, especially that red dress that fit her very well just like her vocals fit the song. The song is catchy, but it might be a bit hard to follow. Little chance to go to Malmö does it stand.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OmyengMOVA

Love - Headline

Funk takes over the stage with this entry. Beats are pretty infectious and the lead singer's attitude helps the viewers enjoy the performance. These guys are looking good and they're pretty good-looking themselves. That'll get them a few votes. Vocals were average and the lead singger could use some English diction lessons. In overall, not an impressive entry, but good enough to enjoy for a while.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q31DqRhnbAs

Upside Down - Sabīne Berezina

A classic Eurovision europop tune makes the audience be cheered up. Sabīne and her girls give the stage some color the whole thing needs. Her vocals were fine and so was dance routine. Fans would like this one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Xa8tOQhJVk

Here We Go - Grupa PeR

A mix of freestyle, rap and beatboxing tries to make it to the Super Final. Televoters would be dragged to the sort of extravaganza from the performers and the singing part is pretty catchy, but not strong enough to win the whole national contest, although there's some energy to it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7NaugZ0ZvU

The Show (Part 2)

The hosts also introduce the tele-voting portion of the competition whilst a recap has been shown more than once to remind the people which entries are competing to head to the Eurovision Song Contest and hopefully represent the nation, overturning the recent disappointing results achieved. Some of them are taking the oppotunity to invite the televoters to vote for them. Labvēlīgais Tips is serving as an interval act with their "Ciema Aristokrats". This 20-year-old band from Riga combines ska, rock and pop. The audience has seemed to enjoy them, although they are not really known with the audience who looks to the Eurovision Song Contest as their basis for music. Time's over! Lines have been closed and the televoting results will be count. Now it's up for BeatHeaven with "Da Gamba", another interval act. They combine lounge beats with classical cellos. "Ode To Joy" plays as they seem to rock to it. The whole instrumentation is enjoyable. It's like a milder version of Apocalyptica. Another interval act on stage: Vineta Elksne presents the surreal ballad, "Vinnētājs". She's got a nice singing voice, but it sounds pretty much like an orchestrated lullaby. Now artists are being lined up on the stage as Martin is about to announce the 3 contestants to go through the Super Final.

Super Final

I Am Who I Am by Marta Ritova: Her Norah Jones-inspired track seems to have worked some magic as she's profiling to be the second favorite, but not enough to take her to Malmö.

Here We Go by Grupa PeR: Afterwards there's Here We Go sung by Grupa PeR, which seems to be the most popular among the voters! If this is the tendency, chances are, PeR will be the ones flying the Latvian flag in Malmö!

I Need A Hero by Samanta Tina: So far, the least supported by viewers. She'll definitely need a hero to make it to Eurovision! A well-performed but sort of weak ballad doesn't seem very appealing to those across the TV screens, but it might be a jury's favorite.

Jānis Stībelis is on performing "Summer City": A pretty weak attempt to maintream pop, although his vocals aren't that bad after all. Now numbers are shown on screen for viewers to vote for their favorite song. Ott Lepland is being interviewed. He's talking about his Eurovision experience and how he's seen it. Back from the commercial break, the Super Finalists are being recapped. Voters will be given a few more seconds to support their favorite songs. 2012 Eurovision Latvian entrant Anmary is performing her pop-ballad song "Your Voice Again": Despite that tight black ress, she's singing better than ever!! 

Her vocals are very impressive and, were it shorter, it would've done well in Eurovision, although that fadeout wouldn't work. Time's up! No more voting for Latvia! A recap of all the songs chosen for this year's Eurovision is being shown including the Maltese entry Tomorrow performed by Gianluca Bezzina. Cello trio Melo-M takes over: Latvian Kārlis Auzāns, Miķelis Dobičins, and Jānis Pauls have delighted the audience with their skills on their instruments. Now here's a flashback from the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 held in Baku with Ott Lepland and his song "Kuula", last year's entry from Estonia. Nice melodies and strong vocals have made this entry a favorite among the Eurovision fan community. And here comes the moment we've all been waiting for: The Super Finalists have been called upon the stage. In a few minutes we'll know who'll represent the Baltic state in Malmö. And the winning song is... "Here We Go" by Grupa PeR!!!

Sabina Babayeva, this year's Azeri representative has planned to visit Malta so to carry on promoting her Eurovision entry When The Music Dies around Europe. It is important to note Maltese representative Kurt Calleja took part of Azerbaijan's National Selection show one week after he was chosen to fly the island's flag in the European contest. The relations between Azerbaijan and Malta have always been strong and this was further echoed earlier this year actually when the national selection coined as the Malta Eurovision Song Contest was transmitted on Ictimai Television, the host broadcasters of this years' music showcase.

There have been a number of Azeri personnel in Malta in the past couple of months noting that in the past four years, we have built a strong bond.  Last week, Sabina was part of the Eurovision In Concert event held in Amsterdam within The Netherlands and will not continue her tour as the contest draws closer. In Malta, there are already a number of local television appearances scheduled such as those on the Friday night discussion programme; Xarabank and also the entertaining programme on Sunday afternoon; Ħadd Għalik both produced by the company, Where's Everybody. The song that she will be presenting entitled When the Music Dies will be the 13th entry in the running order of the final to take in the newly built Crystal Hall on the 26th May 2012.

Source: Ictimai Television, Euromedia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8ejpLyXSuY

Saturday, 03 March 2012 21:27

Spain: Pastora Soler Eurovisión - LIVE

Spain has been the only country in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest that has never stopped taking part of the contest since the Iberic nation began taking part in 1961. Artists like Raphael, Julio Iglesias, Massiel and most remembered in the Eurovision world, Mocedades, have managed to achieve successful careers in Spain and Latin America. These recent years have not been exactly bright for Spain, the broadcaster TVE decided to internally choose the singer, Pastora Soler, a famous artist who has also been nominated for a Latin Grammy Award in recent years.

After months and months waiting, four entries by the Spanish singer were picked: "Me Despido De Tí", "Ahora O Nunca", "Tu Vida Es Tu Vida" and "Quédate Conmigo" were the candidate songs to become the next Spanish entry. The first two were put to be voted by internet users and "Ahora o Nunca" won the ticket to the gala along with "Tu Vida Es Tu Vida" and "Quédate Conmigo" to be held tonight. Pastora will do a few performances beside Eurovision entrant Sergio Dalma alongside other important singers in the Spanish music scene. Venezuelan singer/songwriter Franco de Vita is one of the judges responsible for the national choice. He will be join of course, other industry experts, Soledad Gimenez and Oscar Gomez and along with our live report on www.escflashmalta.com, you can watch the showcase through the official webcast by RTVE.

Song 01 : Tu Vida Es Tu Vida

A dance-oriented track whose lyrics are mostly about not cariing about what others think about you - something most people from the LGBT community feel very related to. She's standing before the microphone all by herself and people are cheering and clapping. Her stage performance was very simple but the vocals were just flawless - worthy of Soler's voice! Oscar is having his say by saying he finds this song very Eurovision and its melody stays with you like a proper song. Sole has stated the song was very well performed, although it needs a powerful ending.

Song 02 : Quedate Conmingo

She appears in a rather elegant and sexy black dress that perfectly fits her. Everyone is cheering up as she's delivering this very moving ballad which is perfect for a makeup. The public is euphoric about the song while the juries are about to speak their minds out. The public is euphoric about the song while the juries are about to speak their minds out. Franco de Vita doesn't have much to say: He's just confirming what the song makes everyone feels by the reaction of the audience. Juries are praising her performance and vocals.

Song 03 : Ahora O Nunca

Juries were left speechelss when Anna introduced the next song to listen to, "Ahora O Nunca" as "racist". She's now wearing a long pale white dress and her vocals are just as great as usual. Everyone seems to be very pleased by Pastora's performance. The female judge this evening  is saying Pastora has done a terrific job and they are not easy to sing, whilst Oscar has affirmed a good ballad makes you feel overwhelemed and that makes a song great. It will be quite interesting to see which song the juries will see as the better one keeping their comments mainly on the singer.

The Show (Part 2)

Now there is a recap of all three songs while lines remain open to take votes from the televiewers while juries have left the stage to jugde and vote. She is telling how overwhelming the experience of meeting eurofans has been to her, saying she didn't know how passionate they were. Now the most exravagant wardrobe in Eurovision history are being displayed while the music background is "Le Papa Pinguin", the 1980 entry from Luxembourg. It was to introduce Rafael Muñóz who's talking about different outfits by Spanish fashion designers that would go well with each of her songs. Now there's Sergio Dalma to performe Umberto Tozzi's classic song "Ti Amo" with Spanish lyrics. Rough vocals make this song so powerful. Now he's talking about his experience in Sanremo festival.

Now he's performing "Yo No Te Pido La Luna" (I Don't Ask You For The Moon) with Pastora. Their melodic voices go very well with this catchy up-tempo song. On screen comes, the Spanish singer Raphael wishing her the very best of luck. Now last year's Eurovision winner is being played. Pastora is talking to the Azeri ambassador in Spain who is telling her a few pointers about Azerbaijan and her cuisine and traditions. Now she's performing "Bandera Blanca" ("White Flag") with David Bustamante, who went to Tallin with Rosa in 2002. He's been a successful solo artist ever since. This is another beautifully performed ballad. David has just stated so cleary that "Quédate Conmigo" is the song to go to Baku. Lines are about to be closed in a few minutes and televiewers have been invited to vote some more. id Bisbal, another one who went with Rosa, sent her shout-outs and best wishes.

Now she's talking about she began in the music business as first videos of her performances are being shown, proving how powerful her voice has always been. A recording from her professor, Luis Sanz, has been played and since he passed away recently, she took up crying emotional tears. Malú and Vanessa Martin perform 'Vamos' alongside Pastora now! More shout-outs from close family and friends are being displayed for her and that really drives her to tears. She's now joined by her husband and her niece Lucía. He's a choreographer and dancer. It was his father speaking on a video saying how sick he was when he made "La Mala Costumbre" ("The Bad Custom") and when she recorded it and he listened to it, he recovered a lot. Voting lines have been officially closed!!! Juries are about to announce their verdict!!

Results

Oscar Gómez:

8 points to "Ahora O Nunca";

10 points to "Tu Vida Es Tu Vida"

12 points to "Quédate Conmigo"

 

Soledad:

8 points to "Tu Vida Es Tu Vida";

10 points to "Ahora O Nunca"

12 points to "Quédate Conmigo"

 

Franco de Vita:

8 points to "Tu Vida Es Tu Vida";

10 points to "Ahora O Nunca"

12 points to "Quédate Conmigo"

 

 

Televoters:

24 points go to: "Ahora O Nunca"

30 points go to: "Tu Vida Es Tu Vida"

36 points go to: "Quédate Conmigo"

 

 

Winner:

Quédate Conmigo

An evening to remember! TVE organized a very simple but very meaningful show where Pastora Soler made the stage her home when she performed three songs: "Tu Vida Es Tu Vida", "Ahora O Nunca" and "Quédate Conmigo". The latter was always supported by fans all over the place.

The audience cheered at the end every single song in a way that let anyone know she could rely on the public's support, but "Quédate Conmigo" was everyone's favourite, including some featuring artists such as David Bustamante and David Bisbal (backing vocalists, ESC Spain 2002) plus other personalities. She also gave featuring performances with Sergio Dalma (ESC Spain 1991), David Bustamante himself, Malu and Vanessa Martín. The Spanish singer lived many motive moments when she happened to view videos of shout-outs from close family and friends, which made her burst into tears a few times throughout the show.

The most exciting bit came at the end when the jury made up by Oscar Gómez, Sole Giménez y Venezuelan singer-songwriter Franco de Vita gave each their top score to "Quédate Conmigo" and finally the votes from the televiewers came in: The biggest fanwank display hit reality when weeks of heavy advertisement to go for "Quédate Conmigo" obtained most of the votes from the tele-audience, making it the next representative of Spain in the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Baku on Saturday, May 26th. 2012.

In the name of all Spanish-speaking eurofans, we all wish Pastora Soler the greatest luck, inviting all of our readers to let themselves kept posted only here on ESCFlashMalta.com!

Source: RTVE

Friday, 10 February 2012 04:59

Turkey: One Of Three Songs for Can Bonomo

Eurovision Song Contest 2012 Turkey's representation will be led by Can Bonomo, who was chosen for this task just a couple of weeks ago. The internal selection of the artist was somewhat expected but the name is quite unknown with many Turks even questioning the decision that the broadcaster took opting to miss out on some of the more popular names in the country.

There has been a lot of talk in terms of the presentation of the entry because it seems that the original idea of three candidate songs has remained in tact and have now been submitted to the board of the broadcaster; TRT who will now be selected the best one to represent the country. They seem to be extremely pleased wwith the entries submitted as the nation hopes to come out of the semi-final for the first time since 2010 noting that Yuksek Sadakat failed to live up to their hype in 2011 with the song 'Live It Up'. There are no dates about the announcement thus far so stay tuned for more information.

Source: TRT, escXtra

2011 saw Kati Wolf representing with Hungary "What About My Dreams?", a dance-club-friendly track that became quite popular with many Eurovision fans. This year it will be relatively new band Compact Disco's turn to try capturing Europe's support with their a slow electronic number, Sound Of Our Hearts.

Eight acts competed in the country's national selection, A Dal, then later four of them proceeded to the "Superfinal", The Kiralys, Caramel, Compact Disco and Gábor Heincz. A jury panel had the task to select their favourite entry and Compact Disco were the chosen ones, despite Csaba Walkó's more or less off key vocal performance. The real question is: Will Hungary's latest Eurovision contribution have the same effect on fans as Kati Wolf's did last year? The only way to find it out is by tuning in the 2nd. semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 live from Baku on Thursday, May 24th. 2012.

Source: MTV

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