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After the ups and downs that the Ukrainians faced these days, today, shocking news has been revealed. Jamala, the singer which was the hot favourite to win the Ukranian’s national selection last Saturday, decided not to take part in the new national final which will be held next Thursday March 3rd.

She also claims that she is happy that she received 3 times the votes, Mika Newton (The winner) got. Jamala’s statement quotes "I'm happy that 3 times more people voted for me than for the artist who won the first place. My gratitude for those who believed in me and supported me is endless" On Jamala’s website, one could also note this statement "I do not want to have nothing in common with manipulations, corruption and ambitions of certain personalities, regardless the interest of those who are covering them".

She also gives out her doubts about next Thursday’s selection. She quoted : "Another so called 'voting' is announced. I’m more than sure that people who are organizing this will do anything to prove that they are right and once again will use the opportunity to humiliate me and other artists. Also, I do understand that they don’t have a choice. Even if they’ll have to admit that people voted for me, they’ll do anything to pour flows of dirt on me and convince everyone that re-voting was done specially for Jamala".

So now, only two artists are still battling against each other so as to see who will get the right and represent Ukraine in this Year’s Eurovision Song Contest held in Germany. These two are none other than last Saturday’s winner Mika Newton and the runner up Zlata Ognevych. Yet, NTU, hadn’t released any statement-material on this particular issue.

Will Ukraine keep on doing this, just like last year?! We’ll wait and see but I must say that as long as Jamala’s not in the race, no hope for Ukraine this year. Jamala’s entry ticked all the boxes that concern Eurovision and what is in need for the event iself. Yet again, We’ve wait and see ;)!

Source: ESCkaz

Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:26

Serbia: Whole Family Chosen as Songwriters

This morning, the Serbian National broadcaster, revealed that it’s time for Kornelije Kovac and his two daughters Aleksanda and Kristina to compose the entry that will represent Serbia at the Eurovision Song Contest set to take place in Dusseldorf, Germany.

As already mentioned before, the Serbian national final will be held on the 26th of February. The national selection show will be aired live on RTS1. All these three familiar relatives will be presenting a song and obviously a singer each. It’s also noted that these father and daughters will compete against each other. You remember the 1974 entry from Yugslavia? It was none other than Kornelije Kovac who formed part of the band Korni Grupom, performing their song Moja genericija. They finished in the 12th place.

Last year, Serbia’s entry was written by Goran Bregovic who composed the typical serbian – europop song “Ovo je Baklan” performed by Milan Stankovic. Serbia debuted first in the year 2007 when they won the contest thanks to Marija’s Molitva. We have to wait and see what Serbia will come up with !

Source: RTS

Thursday, 20 January 2011 17:45

Georgia: GPB Call for Open Selection

As from today, GPB (The Georgian Public Broadcaster) is calling for songs which will participate in this year’s Georgian national selection by the winner winning the ticket to represent Georgia in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest held in Dusseldorf, Germany.

The national final will be taking place in Atlanta (Georgia’s capital city) on mid-February. The precise date is not known yet. Last year the broadcaster held an internal selection with regards to the singer as Sofia Nizharadze was picked to represent the nation. Then though, a call for songs from all of Europe was called upon with several composers and lyricists showing interesting. In the end, the people picked the song "Shine" which went onto achieve the best placing for the nation within the final of the Eurovision Song Contest coming in ninth place. Prior to that, the year before, a national selection was held and a controversial "We Don't Wanna Put In" had won being disqualified due to it's political interference with regards to the Prime Minister in Russia.

In the meantime, they decided to go different in 2011 returning with an open pre-selection for songs only written by nationals so it will be quite interesting to see what they come up with in the long run. Keep following ESCflashmalta for the latest news about Georgia and all of the other nations taking part within the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Dusseldorf, Germany/.

Source: GPB, Oikotimes, Ryan Axisa

Friday, 21 January 2011 21:09

Portugal: Three Songs Get the Boot

In the last couple of days, the Portuguese broadcaster announced the acts which have made it to the semi-final stage of the Festival Da Cancao with the hope that the best song wins the ticket to represent the country in the Eurovision Song Contest held in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Three of the chosen semi-finalists have actually been confirmed as disqualified by the national broadcaster, RTP, and this is quite surprising knowing the strict measures which are normally taken. The songs which have been disqualified are none other than: “Amor cruzado”, “Por Ti”, and “Um sinal” which are in breach of the regulations set forth by the European Broadcasting Union actually.

One also has to note that these three entries will not be replaced. So this means that from the maximum of 24 entries, it decreases to 21. As held in previous years, the procedure of this festival will remain the same meaning that 12 acts will qualify for the final. These 12 entries will be decided by an online voting which started already as from yesterday.

One can vote by clicking here. The voting will take up to the 27th of January to cast their votes. Afterwards, on the 5th of March, there will be the final night with one entry winning this unforgettable right to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. Portugal will be in the same semi final with Malta. They also will be singing in the second part of the show just like Malta. We’ll see what the Portuguese will come up with.

Source: RTP

Thursday, 27 January 2011 18:07

Malta Eurovision 2011: On the Red Carpet

I guess you all out there are anxiously waiting for this year’s Malta Eurovision Song Contest as much as much as I am. News which has been revealed this morning is that we will be having a pre-final show held on Television Malta courtesy of the Public Broadcasting Services at 18:00 on the 12th of February.

This pre-final show is also being called as the “Countdown” show and will be presented by none other than Peter Carbonaro who is handling press relations in this years’ festival. This is a new innovative idea that the PBS had come up with since it will just update us with the last preparations regarding this prestigious festival just hours before going to perform on the stage at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta.

We will be watching the final sixteen (16) artists uncovering their last preparations whilst also bringing you some of the gossip directly on the spot. “Who will be on the red carpet?” And the most questionable question “Who are the favourites?” It is said to have some special guests which are the “surprise” of the night. It is important to note that this is also the first time that a pre-final show for this prestigious festival will be held before the final night? Isn’t this cool?

Source: PBS

Monday, 31 January 2011 11:08

Belgium: The Finalists Are Known

The Belgian broadcaster (RTBF) and the radio program named Vivacite, today organised the qualifying round to break up the entries to just fourteen (14). There were a number of thirty (30) songs heard this morning though only these fourteen (14) had made it through to the finals.

RTBF were forced to make this qualifying round due to the large number of entries who entered in the Belgian Selection. All the thirty (30) entries had sung today live on the Radio through, Vivacite. A mix of 50% jury and 50% tele-voters & Internet voting chose these fourteen (14) participants who are now finalists for the Belgian national final.

The 14 finalists are:

1.    Chloé - Just One Chance
2.    Alexandre Deschamps - Elle Merveille
3.    Syla K. - Simple Love
4.    Thayss N' Bau - Somewhere With You
5.    The Blazing - Our Way
6.    J Cool - Dans Ma Chanson
7.    fen - Yes I Know
8.    Nelza - Be My Friend
9.    Steve Linden - C'est La Musique
10.    Clac et Les Portes - Claquer Les Portes
11.    Sarina - Rien En Apparence
12.    Kaptain Oats – Reset
13.    Gautier Reyz – Addiction
14.    Witloof Bay - With Love Baby

As what will happen in Malta, the Belgian national final is held on the 12th of February in the Salle des Mille of the Palace of the Congresses in Liege. This live show will start about 20:15 CET and will also be broadcasted live on La Une. Jean-Louis and Maureen Louys will host this exciting show and as already said before, the voting procedure will be the same except for the Internet Users. Will they go for a better song than Me and my guitar?! ;) Please note that our Belgian residing editor, Joena Steyaert will be covering this final live on ESCflashmalta.

Source: RTBF

This year's Cypriot representatives for the Eurovision Song Contest held in Oslo, Norway namely Jon Lilygreen and The Islanders have decided to reward their fans for the support given during the biggest musical event in Europe by giving them a Christmas present which they all can enjoy from the comfort of their home wherever they might be. Are you eager to learn what it actually is!? Well, you can find out below.

Jon Lilygreen and The Islanders would like to thank their fans for all their continued support even after the Eurovision Song Contest and thus they have recorded a Christmas song bearing the name “Nadolig Rhondda” which fans from all over Europe and well the world can actually have. The band stated in a press release "We have just released a brand new Christmas song and we're giving it away as a gift to thank everybody who supported us this year helping us to bring Cyprus back into the Eurovision final for the first time in 5 years." Should you like to own a copy of the song therefore, what you have to do is send a blank e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and after some time you’ll receive a download link.

Of course, they are quite popular in Cyprus having made it to the final with their song "Life looks better in spring" which you can also hear below. Despite this, the group failed to hold onto their momentum and thus finished in a disappointing 21st which was clearly undeserved. ESCflashmalta would also like to say that Jon Lilygreen and The Islanders might also have another Christmas present exclusive only to YOU, our readers!

Source: Gold CD (Jon Lilygreen & The Islanders Management)

Friday, 19 November 2010 21:00

Portugal: Initial News About Selection

RTP, the Portuguese broadcaster, responsible for the nations' participation in the annual Eurovision Song Contest has just announced the rules and the dates in which the Festival de Cancao is going to be held. This year’s Portuguese selection will be featuring one show which is about to be held on the 5th of March. 12 songs will be competing which will be chosen from internet users, before.

All those who are interested in taking part within this festival, should submit their entry until the 16th of January. Afterward, 20-24 songs will be chosen by the jury and then it’s up to us internet voters. The top 12 songs voted will be directly qualified to the final of this festival. The procedure of the voting will be made up of 20 regional juries and then split up with the 50% of televoting amount. One should note that this year the event will be held in the  “Teatro Camões”, in Lisbon which was host to the selections in 2008 and 2009.

Source: RTP

Thursday, 25 November 2010 16:44

Lithuania: Confirmed participation for 2011

LRT (Lithuania’s public broadcaster), later on today, confirmed Lithuania’s participation for the next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which will be held in Germany. All the artists interested to enter in this national selection can submit their entries till the 3rd of January. One should note the fact that LRT will select some of the submitted entries in order to participate in their National Final internally. Yet, there is no more information about Lithuania’s procedure of their National selection but at least few steps were made.

A well-known Eurovision website, few weeks ago, claimed that the Lithuania’s chance of being in the Eurovision song contest was that of 90%. LRT held some talks with different sponsors so as to be more secure of their participation. One must also note that last year, Lithuania wasn’t about to enter the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest held In Norway due to financial problems. Finally an agreement was reached and we all laughed whilst enjoying ourselves, watching the “Eastern European Funk”! After all part of the lyrics said “Get up & Dance”.

Last year, Lithuania was about to qualify thanks to television but it wasn’t enough when split up with the jury votes. Eastern European Funk finished 12th with 44points. We’ll see where this selection will take us :)

Source: LRT

During these last couple of weeks, many countries have been confirming their participation within the biggest musical event in Europe. Presently, we have just come to know that another two nations confirmed their places for the next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest set to be held in Düsseldorf, Germany thanks to Lena’s win.

The two countries which confirmed their places earlier on today are none other than Mother Russia, the Queen of Eastern Europe as well as Belle France, a gem within central Europe. In the history of rhe contest, Russia has achieved satisfactory results with the best one leading them to victory back in 2008 when the festival took place within the city of Belgrade in Serbia with Dima Bilan and his song "Believe" crusing to victory.

During the course of history, France has achieved results which have either been extremely satisfactory or just plain terrible. This country won the Eurovision Song Contest a total of five times now with tier victories coming in 1958,1960,1962,1969 and in 1977. One must say that as from 2009, the French public and juries are taking this festival more seriously. It has been confirmed by France 3 that the selection will be internal for 2011 yet as from 2012, a grand selection will run with the Head of Delegation fronting the show. In the meantime, no details have been announced with regards to Russia's selection.

Source: France 3, RTR Planeta

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