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Saturday, 06 October 2012 13:14

Sweden: Loreen Releases New Material

Loreen, the winner of the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is preparing the release of two new singles to the music industry, one entitled Crying Out Your Name written in a collaboration between Niklas Jarl, Ana Diaz and Moh Denebi, the first out of which is known for co-writing the Irish entry Waterline at this years' edition of the prestigious music event held in Baku, Azerbaijan; with the second one bearing the title My Heart if Refusing Me which was of course her Melodifestivalen entry in 2011 failing to make it through to the final stages of the Melodifestivalen despite being a huge fan favourite.

On Monday, 8th October, both singles will be released respectively to radio and also digital outlets in the Scandinavian countries for the latter and then in other European countries for the former. The album which has been given the name Heal will surely be one to watch out for in the coming weeks with Loreen working with some of the most prolific songwriters in Scandinavia to make sure that her sound remains authentic. The release date is planned for the 24th October through Warner Music Sweden. Following the huge success of Euphoria throughout the summer, there are a number of huge things expected for the shy and somewhat reserved Swedish performer. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.
 

Till now, 24 countries have confirmed to share their music with the millions of viewers of Europe’s favourite show for next year which is the Eurovision Song Contest which is to be held in Malmo, Sweden after Loreen’s well-deserved win. 

A country which is deeply-missed from this contest is surely Luxembourg. The country played it’s fortune in the contest for 37 years with their last appearance back in 1993 when the band Modern Times ended up in the 20th place with just eleven (11) points. Octavie Modert (The minister in charge of culture) said that the decision regarding their 2013 participation depends on the broadcaster’s decision as the costs are relatively high. Although he also said that the country didn’t achieve great success in the past, one has to keep in mind that the country managed to win this prestigious contest five times in total.

Their withdrawal was due to the bad results that the country had achieved in the last couple of years that they had presented entries. Nevertheless, one has to point out that the best placing garnered in recent years was when Lara Fabian performed the song Croire and managed to finish in fourth place. This was the beginning of a long and successful career for the performer who is very much well known all over the world. We’d really like to see this country back on track so the Eurovision season would be more interesting and as they say; the more, the merrier!. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: RTL Group

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mY9f8fzxFn8

We have just received word that another country has joined in the ‘Eurovision in Concert’ which will be held on April 21st in Amsterdam. And this is none other than Portugal who will be represented by Filipa Sousa at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Her song is titled ‘Vida Minha’ and is a typical traditional entry which one could expect from the nation. It is written by Andrej Babic and Carlos Coelho who are known for writin the song Senhora Do Mar, a song which changed the perspective of many people about the countries' music tastes.

There are more than 25 countries who will be performing in this event which would surely hype those Eurovision fans coming from all over the globe. The event is to be based on 2 parts just like the 3 previous years; the day program which is open for the press and then the much awaited concert. The show will be hosted by Cornald Maas and Ruth Jacott (ESC ’93). It is to be noted that Filipa will also be flying to London for The London Eurovision Party" event. Portugal is competing in the second semi-final with Malta. We would like to wish Filipa the best of luck.

Special thanks to Nelson Costa who contributed this News

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPJUJHLGhA8

Maya Sar who is the representative of Bosnia & Herzegovina for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with her song ‘Korake ti znam’ which is described as a typical Italian ballad, had shared some info regarding her performance on a Bosnian TV show. She claimed; “The song Korake ti znam is full of emotions and I want to stick to it – I will perform alone on stage in Baku, give a performance without any special effects and try to bring all my emotions to viewers. I hope I will make citizens of B&H proud and that they will appreciate my job”.

She also said that her favourite song from all the other 41 competitors is Ott Lepland’s song ‘Kuula’ which is representing Estonia. She also said that she likes the current hot favourite of the contest; Sweden. And as for the Balkans she said that Željko, Nina, Amadeus and Kaliopi are all special in their own way for the simple reason that they present who they actually are. There will also be an an Italian version of ‘Korake ti znam’ which is to be released very soon as the English version can be seen below. We would like to wish Maya Sar and Bosnia & Herzegovina, the best of luck. They will be competing in the second semi-final with Malta on the 24th of May.

Source: BHRT, ESCDaily

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

Saturday, 31 March 2012 22:00

Malta: 'This is the Night' now on iTunes

Almost two months have passed since Kurt Calleja got the right to represent our country at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with the Pop/Dance track titled ‘This is the night’. The catchiest song of the evening had been awarded 84 points in total and was also the favourite with the tele-voters. It has been revealed that ‘This is the night’ can now be found on iTunes and is available for download.

The album consists of three (3) tracks; the studio version, promostella club remix and the instrumental/karaoke version. Those interested can click in the link provided on iTunes directly. One should also note that the official video has gained alot of popularity and there were also many positive comments on the new version of the song. Kurt was also promoted in several countries; Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Bulgaria and he is also going to promote our entry in The Netherlands. Regarding the betting odds, one can notice that Malta has risen in the chance of winning the contest even though the result is not that pleasant. We have to wait and see. In the meantime the team at escflashmalta.com wishes Kurt and his team the best of luck.

Source: iTunes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjhBsCop3Ys

It has been confirmed by RTVS that the singer who will represent Slovakia in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest held in Baku, Azerbaijan will be Miro Šmajda who is also known by his stage name Max Jason Mai. The song which will be competing in the 2nd part of our semifinal; the second one is titled “Don’t close your Eyes”.

Slovakia has changed its style once again as this time, the song can be described as a pop/rock one with elements of a Greenday feel. It will be the 7th representative from Slovakia as the country had only participated in 1994, 1996,1998,2009,2010 and 2011. Unfortunately, Slovakia in the history of Eurovision has got no success as the best result was when they placed 18th back in 1996. One should also note the relationship between Malta and Slovakia is quite strong. This is due to the statistics that show how Malta was the country who received the most amount of points from this country. The story is vice-versa too as Slovakia has received the most points from our country Malta. We would like to wish Slovakia the best of luck as they compete in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. Stay tuned to ESCflashmalta for all of the latest news.

Source: RTVS

Thursday, 16 February 2012 17:32

The Netherlands: The Stakes are Running High

The Dutch are also aiming for the best representative with the hope of sailing through to the finals next May. The last time, The Netherlands had been in the final was back in 2004 where the duet “Without You” finished in a disappointing 21st in the final night.

This year’s winner is to be decided by a 50% stake, meaning; 50% in the judges’ hands and another 50% tele-voting. The 5 judges have been revealed and these consist:

• Carlo Boszhard (TV personality, singer, impersonator and host)

• Ali B (rapper)

• Afrojack (Dj)

• Stacey Rookhuizen (entrepreneur and presenter)

• Jeroen Nieuwenhuize (radio DJ)

The 6 acts which will be competing against each other with the hope of getting the right to represent The Netherlands in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest held in Baku are:

01. Raffaella - Chocolatte (Jan Rooymans, Chris Silos)

02. Pearl Jozefzoon - We can overcome (Gordon Groothedde, Curtis Richardson)

03. Joan Franka - You and me (Joan Franka, Jessica Hogeboom)

04. Ivan Peroti - Take me as I am (Alain Clark, Steve Diamond, Ben Caver)

05. Kim de Boer - Children of the world (Martijn Schimmer)

06. Tim Douwsma - Undercover lover (Bruce R. F. Smith, Michel van der Zanden)

The Dutch Nationaal Songfestival is about to take place on the 26th of February and is shaping its competition in the form of 3 ‘duels’. A duel is another term for a knock-out. One song competes against another one, and the one which gets the highest mark, makes it through to the super-final. The superfinal will end up with 3 songs where the 50% stake will pick up the winner. It is to be noted that just like Malta, The Netherland will be competing in the first half of the second semifinal.

Source: TROS

Saturday, 18 February 2012 12:34

Greece: National Final on the 8th March

According to reliable sources, our friends at esctoday.com, have revealed the much awaited news from Greece. It has been said that the Greek National Final will be taking place on the 8th of March 2012 where the winner will get the right to represent the country in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest which is to be held in Baku.

The Greek broadcaster has been kind of silent regarding the details of the Greek Selection. The event will take place at the River West Mall in Athens, Greece. Some spread rumours are that Melisses (Tried out their luck back in 2010 with “O Kinezos”), Velvet Fire and Kostas Martakis who had already been part of the Greek selection back in 2008 with the song “Always and Forever” are about to take part in the selection. Stay tuned with the latest news on this selection and others only on ESCflashmalta.

Source: esctoday, ESCDaily

Thursday, 23 February 2012 18:26

Greece: ERT Reveals Official Details

ERT (The Greek national broadcaster), in a press release which was held today, has revealed some more news regarding the Greek selection for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest which will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan. The selection is about to take place on the 12th of March where 4 acts will be competing against each other.

The songs will be made available to listen to online as from the 28th of February but we have to wait till the 1st of March in order to get to know who the artists are. On Tuesday 28th, the 4 songs will be published online on ERT’s official website, on their facebook page and also on Twitter at around 10:00CET. The result of getting to know the artists after we listen to the songs is that ERT claims that the main emphasis should be on the song. Let’s face it; it’s called a Song Contest after all! From then on, the songs are to be promoted on ERT radio stations and a promotional video will also come out. Escflashmalta will be keeping you updated on this selection and others so stay tuned!

Source: ERT

Lithuania has just revealed that the national selection will be kicking off next Saturday. A particular number of semifinals are being expected to take place with the hope of picking the best ones to go through the final night.

It has also been noted that the exact dates on which the shows are going to be held, will be revealed tomorrow at a press conference which is to be held at the LRT club, Vilnius at 15:00CET. Forty-seven (47) entries were shortlisted back on the 5th of January which will get the chance to participate in the televised shows. The voting method will be based on the 50% stake each (50% Televoting & 50% Jury) whilst if there’s a tie in the final result, the jury voting will be prevailed. The final will feature the ‘ super-final’ which will be held right after the final where three (3) artists will sing their song again and the jury itself will pick the winner who will be representing Lithuania in this prestigious contest.

Source: LRT

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