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Lee Harley

Lee Harley

Traditionally, winners of the Eurovision Song Contest tend to have success in Europe and over the years, success post-competition is not always guaranteed. However, the 2009 winner, Alexander Rybak has managed to have one of his songs included on the soundtrack for the forthcoming DreamWorks animated movie How to Train Your Dragon 2. After sending the composition to DreamWorks, the violin-heavy song Into a Fantasy was well received and Dreamworks deemed it worthy as a part of the official soundtrack.

The songs itself is a fitting song for a movie soundtrack and is in true Rybak style. Given the success of the first movie and the big budget sequel, this is an excellent achievement for Alexander and here at escflashmalta.com we are looking forward to see how this is received in the States. Five years after winning the contest in Moscow, Alexander has landed himself a track on a Hollywood soundtrack. I am sincerely glad this guy has not faded into Eurovision obscurity. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Olivier Vanhoutte (Alexander Rybak Management)


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.


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. 


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


As the competition is about to get started. The 2014 entries are still receiving success in Europe’s music charts. Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Norway and Spain have all managed to stay in the charts in at least three other countries. Molly has managed a top 40 placing in the UK, which has proved difficult for the majority of UK entries for the past 15 years especially this close to the competition. 

I cannot recall when Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Malta, Belarus and Finland all had a spot in the top 40 prior to the competition. Malta (one of the smallest participating countries) is also still in the Swedish Top 100, whilst all three Scandinavian countries are still in their native top 40s. They appear to have drummed up a lot of home support this year and it is impressive given the amount of time that has passed since the national finals. 

Whilst this alone is probably not a good indication of the likely winner, it is certainly reassuring to see that the competition’s music is still getting airplay. Even those with lower betting odds are still managing to hold on to places across the continent. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: esctracker.com


Firelight are currently planning to jet off to the Eurovision Song Contest and represent Malta with the song Coming Home written by Richard Edwards Micallef. Opening the second semi-final will be no easy feat but nevertheless, the group seem ready to take Europe by storm following their short promotional tour in The Netherlands, Russia and the United Kingdom. Garnering support from music professionals all around, it comes as no surprise that the Norwegian Jury on ESC+PLUS have voiced their support for the entry.

Christine Guldbrandsen who represented Norway in the 2006 with the song Alvedansen and Dina Mislund who tried her luck at representing her home country in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Needs both agreed that Malta should come out on top in the international competition voting with Something Better performed by Softengine on behalf of Finland finishing in second place and Calm After the Storm sung by The Common Linnets for The Netherlands in third place. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: ESC+PLUS


NRK, the Norwegian public broadcaster is known to put ona good show and the 2014 edition of the Melodi Grand Prix was no exception. Four finalists qualified for the super final, where they each had the opportunity to perform for a second time. Carl Espen emerged victorious with his song Silent Storm written by his cousin Josefin Winther. The voting was incredibly tense with the public being responsible for the final outcome, and doing their duty, noting that over 100,000 votes were cast.

Carl Espen will be representing Norway in Copenhagen, after getting support from the Western side of the country. Silent Storm is an emotional ballad with an effective piano melody throughout. This is a nice song, less if definitely more and given how thankful Carl appears to have won MGP, I do genuinely wish him well. As the Eurovision 2014 line-up nears completion, Norway has entered another good entry. Let’s see if they can do as well as they did in Malmö. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: NRK, Eurovision.tv


ARMTV, the Armenian public broadcaster, had internally selected Aram Mp3 to represent the nation in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The song, entitled Not Alone is a bit of a slow starter gradually gathering pace. It conveys a powerful message but it is a bit repetitive. His vocals seem top notch in this video and don’t seem to have been edited too heavily. Armenia are normally a fan favourite, having made the final six out of seven attempts since their debut in Athens in 2006.

Aram’s song is noticeably melancholic and the video shows him looking markedly vulnerable. With the correct staging and high quality vocal in Copenhagen this one could leave a lasting impression on the viewers. I wouldn’t say it is an outright winner but it’s an encouraging offering. Armenia is set to compete in the first half of the first semi-final alongside Albania, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Russia and Sweden. They will be hoping to improve on last years' lower end placing with Gor Sugyan and The Dorians whose performance of Lonely Planet fell flat. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: eurovision.tv


Basim has emerged as the winner of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2014 and will be singing his entry Cliché Love Song for the home team. The money would have been on Bryan Rice to be representing Denmark this year but I must admit I am impressed with Basim’s song. Basim, a spritely young 21 year old has come a long way since his Danish X Factor days.

Upon hearing that he would be entering the competition, I was underwhelmed and I didn’t really think he would register on the Eurovision radar. I am extremely impressed with this one though and I am pleased to say that I got it wrong with this one. A unique offering, with a few “skiddly-pop” noises, which normally irritate the life out of me. As Basim sang his reprise, I was pleasantly surprised. This is certainly an entry that Denmark can be proud of. I cannot go as far as to say that this is a winner, but I am definitely looking forward to seeing it in Copenhagen. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: DR


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


After recently posting an editorial in regards to the rumours surrounding the UK entry to the ESC 2014 the BBC have finally made an announcement. Albeit, a very small announcement it did however manage to quash all the rumours that had been flying around. The BBC has somewhat surprisingly decided to find an artist using their BBC Introducing service. BBC Introducing is a branch of the BBC’s extensive music service that allows unknown artists to showcase their talents and abilities. This has allegedly been a stepping-stone for more well-known artists such as Florence and The Machine, Ed Sheeran, Rizzle Kicks and Jake Bugg.

The BBC has made the following comments about the selected act: 'The end result is that we now have a powerful and impressive song that we hope will do us proud in Copenhagen. We’re keen to introduce the song and artist to everyone as soon as possible, so it will be premiered on BBC Red button next Monday (3rd March) evening at 7.30pm'.  Therefore, this ultimately means that there will be no Geri Halliwell, no Jessie J, no Jane McDonald and certainly no Lulu. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as we follow the official revelation amidst the several rumours going on social media this evening.

Source: BBC


Thursday, 27 February 2014 01:12

United Kingdom: Sparks Fly as Rumours Escalate

With the submission deadline around the corner. The BBC has once again left us in the dark about whom is going to represent the UK in Copenhagen. As mentioned in recent weeks the BBC has only confirmed that they are using an internal selection for the fourth year in succession. The previous selections have been somewhat of a mixed bag stemming from various different generations and completely different styles of music. 

In 2011, Blue were a surprise when the announcement was finally made and I was actually quite fond of the song. However, the news of Engelbert Humperdinck and his entry left me a little underwhelmed. As much of a legend as he is, I find it difficult to support or expect a man of my father’s age to carry the UK or indeed any other country to victory. 

Bonnie Tyler was also a surprise, but I was a little sceptical as for Bonnie to really shine at Eurovision it would have to be a really 80’s style power ballad. Believe in Me was a perfectly decent song and I do think Bonnie performed well in Malmö but it was hardly surprising that it was a little forgotten amongst the other songs in the competition. So, as we are lacking any BBC confirmation I thought it might be an idea to look at some of the rumours that are being put out there.

One of the more prominent rumours is Geri Halliwell. Now, this may show may age but I remember Geri when the Spice Girls were at their heyday. It was world news when Geri sensationally left and pursued a relatively successful solo career. With that said, the music career has somewhat died off and you are more likely to see Geri as a judge on the X Factor. An attempt to revive her career was given the go-ahead last year but the single sold just 400 copies. It is true that this could also be newspaper spin, as despair sells.


The question is would Geri actually be any good for Eurovision? Over the years, she has been famous for her lacklustre live vocals and it has been argued that she lacks a certain stage presence but there is a chance that she could flare up a UK entry. Giving the audience something to remember. The only substance behind this rumour is that both she and her management have refused to deny the rumour and as such fuelling the rumour further.

There has been mention of Jessie J making an entry for the UK. Jessie J has worked closely with the BBC in recent years and she is a very talented young woman. However, there has been very little about this rumour. The only reasoning behind it is that her last album wasn’t as successful as anticipated (although in my opinion still very good) and her head shave has allegedly alienated a lot of her fans. I am still not sure how this adds up to her entering Eurovision, but I guess anything is possible.


The next one I heard was Jane McDonald. Outside of the UK and Ireland I imagine Jayne to be a relative no one (please correct me if I am wrong). Rising to fame in the late 90’s as a cruise singer and later a talent show presenter before joining a daytime reality TV show as a long-term cast member. In fairness, Jayne is actually a good singer and her voice is certainly strong enough to carry off an excellent ballad. Nevertheless, she does still have that karaoke, cruise-ship cabaret look and I think this is something that would be overlooked at Eurovision. If she worked on her stage presence, the UK could certainly do a lot worse.

A number of previous talent reality TV shows have also been rumoured. Alexandra Burke & Diana Vickers (X factor 2008 – same as Ruth Lorenzo) have all been rumoured, as have Leon JacksonAmelia Lily, Joe McElderry and Olly Murs. However, at the moment these are just rumours. Arguably, though, none of these are necessarily bad choices and I would imagine to be received well in Europe.

Another rumour is Lulu. Whilst I assume this is nothing but a rumour and there is no truth in it whatsoever. Would the characterful Scot really make a return to Eurovision after more than 40 years? In reality, I don’t think any of the above would be a disaster from the outset. Yet there may be work to done on Geri and Jayne – provided they were given a decent song that matched their vocal ranges; we could see a decent Eurovision entry from the UK. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of such opinionated articles in the coming weeks.


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