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ESCflashmalta Team

ESCflashmalta Team

Tonight, the respective broadcaster, ERT, organised the Greek National Final live from the ERT-studio's in a modest way but still it looked as an attractive program with a deserved and clear winner in the end.

The participants of tonight were:

1. Kokkina Halia - Come With Me

2. Valando Tryfonos - The Time Is Now

3. Triimitonio - Hamogela

4. Antigoni Psychrami - It's All Greek To Me

5. Loukas Giorkas Feat. Stereo Mike - Watch My Dance

6. Nikki Ponte - I Don't Wanna Dance

We saw a variety of songs and singers with a special attention to Antigoni Psychrami as the lyrics of 'It's all greek to me' was written by no less than Gerard James Borg. Unfortunately he didn't win the prize but still can be proud to have achieved this result of getting to the greek final with the song. Top favourites were Nikki Ponte and Loukas Giorkas Feat. Stereo Mike. Nikki Ponte was a clear fan-favourite but one must say that the vocals were not at its best and something was missing to make it a real winner. In the meanwhile we saw some guest performances from amongst Cyprus, Bulgaria and also our own Glen Vella who performed 'One Life' to the Greek audience.

The final winner was Loukas Giorkas feat Stereo Mike with 'Watch my dance'. Maybe a more risky choice, but all worth it in my opinion. The singer has the charismatics, the looks and the voice and will surely fly towards the final. Wouldn't even be surprised if this ends up very high on 14th of May in Düsseldorf. The singer was born and raised in Cyprus and got fame as he won the very first edition of the Greek X-Factor. Now the next step in his career is Eurovision. We wish him all the best of luck in the first semifinal on Tuesday 10th May!

Source: ERT

 

Today is quite a special day for all fans of the Eurovision Song Contest with a crowning moment of the annual event taking place. Many fans will be doing their best to witness the Semi-Final allocation draw through the confines of twitter this year knowing that the European Broadcasting Union as well as host broadcaster, NDR, will not be providing a webcast as has been done in recent years. In the meantime, there has also been official confirmation that 43 nations will be present in Düsseldorf, Germany.



The landmark moment of being given the hosting will take place tomorrow as a representative from Oslo will be handing over a symbol of the event to a representative from Düsseldorf. This is a very interesting moment and something which the people do look forward to all round the year as it marks the union and respect between two nations. Following this procedure though, a draw will decide in which semi-final, the nations will be competing in and that includes Malta of course.

Pot 1

* Albania
* Bosnia & Herzegovina
* Croatia
* FYR Macedonia
* Serbia
* Slovenia
* Switzerland

Pot 2

* Denmark
* Estonia
* Finland
* Iceland
* Norway
* Sweden

Pot 3

* Azerbaijan
* Belarus
* Georgia
* Israel
* Moldova
* Russia
* Ukraine

Pot 4

* Armenia
* Belgium
* Cyprus
* Greece
* The Netherlands
* Turkey

Pot 5

* Ireland
* Latvia
* Lithuania
* Malta
* Portugal
* Romania

Pot 6

* Austria
* Bulgaria
* Hungary
* Poland
* San Marino
* Slovakia

Such an event took place within the Apollo Theatre and was hosted by none other than one of the three comperes for the event, being none other than Judith Rakers. Apart from the respective nations knowing within which semi-final they will be competing, the new "Big 5" comprising of the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Germany and Italy will be allocated to show a semi-final and vote in it as well. Therefore, in total there will be 37 countries which will be allocated to one of the two shows with Israel already given a place within the second semi-final due to the festivities within the country. Above one could find the respective pots in which the nations have been divided in based on the voting patterns established in Oslo, Norway.

Semi-Final 1 - SPOTS 1 to 10

Albania, Finland, Armenia, Switzerland, Norway, Turkey, Georgia, Serbia, Russia, Poland

Semi-Final 1 - SPOTS 11 to 19

Croatia, Azerbaijan, Hungary, Lithuania, Malta, San Marino, Iceland, Greece, Portugal

Semi-Final 2 - SPOTS 1 to 10

Netherlands, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Ukraine, Cyprus, Austria, Sweden, Moldova, Belgium, Slovakia

Semi-Final 2 - SPOTS 11 to 19

Israel, FYR Macedonia, Belarus, Denmark, Bulgaria, Latvia, Estonia, Romania, Slovenia, Ireland

BIG 5

SF 1 Voters - UK / Spain

SF 2 Voters - France / Italy / Germany

 

Source: Eurovision.tv

Friday, 21 January 2011 09:52

Belgium: Final on Saturday 12th February

Yesterday, it was announced by Belgian Head of Delegation, Leslie Cable, that the National Final is going to be held on Saturday 12th February in 'Palais des Congres' in the city of Liège, which is situated close to the German border, featuring 14 finalists.



30 songs have qualified for the semifinal which will be broadcasted live on Belgian radio-station Vivacité as well through web-stream on rtbf.be. A 50/50% jury and tele-voting will decide on which 14 songs will qualify for the big final on 12th. It seems like that will be a very busy day as also Malta, Iceland, Norway and Finland are deciding on the song for Düsseldorf. The show will be called 'Eurovision 2011: Oui? A vous de décider' (Eurovision 2011: Yes, it's up to you to decide). The 30 songs in the semifinal can be heard here: http://eurovision.akamusic.com/

The most remarkable name for the Eurovision people is Chloe. She was the runner-up in the National Final for Junior Eurovision 2008 with 'Un nouveau rêve' which you can hear and also see through the video below. The 15 year old Chloe (who will be 16 at the time of Eurovision, so no problem for competing) will be competing with the uptempo song 'Just one chance' which can be heard here. The announcement of the final can be watched through this link here.

Source: RTBF

Slovakia has been announced recently to the 43rd participating country in this year's Eurovision Song Contest taking place within the city of Dusseldorf, Germany. At first, the nation was hesitant about it's participation and wanted to withdraw from the biggest event in Europe with regards to the music scene but in the end the country decided to take part after all as it was made utterly clear that the fine would be almost as high as the participation fee or even worse.



According to the people responsible of the broadcaster, Slovak Television, STV, the announcement of the artist representing the country in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest will be be made quite soon. So it's clear an internal selection will decide on who will be the follow-up of Kristina who failed to make it to the finals of the 2010 Eurovision Song contest. Slovakia will be competing in the second semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest 2011. Several fans are actually hoping that one of the entrants in last years' long selection makes it through especially the runner-up who was a favourite with many fans in Europe.

Source: STV, ESCtoday


The Icelandic broadcaster RUV has today revealed the songs to be performed in the 3rd semi final of Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins. There is particular Maltese interest in this semi final, as the veteran songwriter Gerard James Borg is the lyricist of the English version of the song performed by Magni Ég trúi á betra líf. Should he win, this has a very good chance to be the version performed in Dusseldorf.



Also the song of Sigurjón Brink has been published. He unfortunately lost his life just a couple of days before the second semi-final. Many singers are said to be quite sad and are in still in mourning. You can see the full list of entries below and follow the link to listen to the full songs.

1. Georg Alexander - Morgunsól (Jóhannes Kára Kristinsson)
2. Magni - Ég trúi á betra líf (Hallgrím Óskarsson)
3. Jógvan - Ég lofa (Vigni Snæ Vigfússon, Jógvan Hansen)
4. Buff - Sáluhjálp (Pétur Örn Guðmundsson)
5. Sigurjón's friends - Aftur heim (the late Sjonni Brink) - (Sigurjón Brink)

You can listen to the Icelandic songs here: http://vefir.ruv.is/songvakeppnin/

Also today, on the other end of the Scandinavian border within the confines of Norway, the national broadcaster NRK has published snippets of the songs competing in the third and final semi final of this years' edition of the Melodi Grand Prix. Yet again you can see the full list of competing entries below whilst following the link to listen to the snippets.

1.    Susperia - Nothing remains
2.    Noora Noor - Gone with the wind
3.    Girl Happy - SOS
4.    Grethe Svensen - Like dreamers do
5.    The BlackSheeps - Dance tonight
6.    Stella Mwangi - Haba haba
7.    The lucky bullets - Fire below

Listen to the snippets here: http://www.nrk.no/programmer/tv/melodi_grand_prix/1.7460529

Source: NRK, RUV

Monday, 24 January 2011 22:01

Estonia: Eesti Laul Line Up Complete

Eesti Laul is now complete! Today all the songs from the Estonian National Final for Eurovision 2011 were put online by ERR, including the song by Ithaka Maria “Hoppa Pa-rei!”. One of these songs will definitely represent Estonia in Dusseldorf, hoping to qualify for the final from Semi-Final 1 where it has been recently allocated during a special draw ceremony which took place behind closed doors in the host nation of Germany.



Rolf Roosalu - All & now (Rolf Roosalu, Liis Lass)
Victoria - Baby had you (Viktoriya Suslova, Stanislav Bulganin)
Noorkuu - Be my Saturday night (Mart Vainu)
Jana Kask - Don't want anything (Jakko Malti, Jana Kask)
Ithaka Maria - Hoppa-pa-rei! (Ithaka Maria Rahula, Peeter Pruuli)
Outloudz - I wanna meet Bob Dylan (Stig Rästa, Fred Krieger)
Meister ja Mari - Unemati (Mari Meentalo)
Uku Suviste - Jagatud öö (Rein Rannap, Indrek Hirv)
Elmayonesa - Kes ei tantsi, on politsei (Nicolas Behler, Nora Reitel, Helen Heinmäe)
Andur - Lapsed ja lennukid (Madis Aesma, Mihkel Kirss, Gert Pajuväli, Madis Kirss)
Kait Tamra - Lubadus (Kait Tamra)
Tiiu Kiik- Second chance (Tiiu Kiik)
Sofia Rubina - My melody (Sofia Rubina, Talis Paide)
Sõpruse Puiestee & Merili Varik - Rahu, ainult rahu (Allan Vainola, Mait Vaik)
Getter Jaani - Rockefeller street (Sven Lõhmus)
Mid - Smile (Markus Robam)
Shirubi Ikazuchi - St. Cabah (Silvi Pilt)
Mimicry - The storm (Paul Lepasson, Timmo Linnas, Kene Vernik, Jaanus Telvar)
Jaan Pehk - Valss (Jaan Pehk)
Marilyn Jurman & Karl Kanter - Veel on aega (Marilyn Jurman, Karl K)

Listen to all of them here on the official Estonian Eurovision website just by clicking through this link here. We would like to know what you think about the songs that Estonia is presenting this year just by leaving us a comment below. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news from this years' Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place in Dusseldorf, Germany following last years' victory by Lena and the song "Satellite".

Source: ERR

The 2011 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place in Dusseldorf, Germany is only a couple of months away and the national selection season is already in full swing but the first nation to choose within 2011 will be none other then The Netherlands. Their annual pre-selection which is known as the Nationaal Songfestival is taking place in just a couple of minutes time but one should note that there have already been a number of nations who have picked and made their respective entries for the event known and this include Switzerland, Albania and Romania.

The Dutch national final is taking place under the hospice of TROS which took over the broadcasting procedures as from last year when former Eurovision Song Contest host broadcaster, NOS, decided that they would not like to continue their role within the biggest musical event in Europe. Playing as a host venue this evening is none other than the Studio 21 within the illustrious city of Hilvesum. The compere for the evening is none other than Yolanthe Sneijder-Cabau whilst the final result will be decided through a 50% Jury Vote and a 50% Televoting procedure. One should note that the jury is made up of former Eurovision Song Contest entrants Hind (2008) as well as René Froger (2009) whilst also other music professionals such as Daniël Dekker and Annemieke Schollaardt.

So we are off for the dutch National Final. There seems to be a very good atmosphere in the studio and the preview clip before the actual show is showing several winners from the past decades. The professional jury is being presented one by one before we are off to hear the songs.

The 3JS are being presented shortly in a nice clip showing them from their childhood till present. And now we are off to hear the 5 songs.

Running Order:

01. Ga dan niet (Don't go then)

This is a nice start of the show and a nice easy listening song, especially for the dutch speaking audience. However there is not really a build-up to a big final, i fear it would be lost with the other competitors. But again for the dutch speaking audience (just like me) it's nice song to listen on the radio, but not more.

02. De stroom (The stream)

Well this is a much better song! Much more up-tempo and gives you the feeling you wanna start moving. The 3JS are definitely very good singers and i have a lot of lot of respect for them. This is not a bad song at all, don't know if this would be the winning song already, but definitely it's going in the good direction!

03. Toen ik jou vergat (When I forgot you)

I just love this song! From the very first hearing i love the intensity of this ballad song! Very emotional song, very good lyrics (if you understand dutch of course), i like it a lot. For me it's definately this song for now! Even that this might not do well, if the dutch audience would chose this song, they should be extremely proud of the 3JS! Well-done for this song!  The jury is very positive too about the song, but not for eurovision. I don't really agree with this, we'll see however.

04. Weelderig waardeloos (Luxuriously worthless)

Another slow song, and this is really intimate again. Not bad again at all, but i miss here the intensity of the previous song. For a relaxing moment with a good glass of wine and listening to nice songs with great lyrics, i would put on this song for sure, but Eurovision? No way. And this time the jury seems to agree completely with me.

05. Nooit alleen (Never alone)

The 3JS are definately very professional singers and composers. The last song starts very slowly but burst open to a kind of mid-tempo song which i like again quiet a lot! But i am just wondering what the European Public would think on this (or any other) song. They write such good lyrics in dutch, let's cross fingers no matter song would win would get a great English version in order to attract more the European public as i fear otherwise it will be very hard for the guys whom i respect even more after tonight's performances!

The jury is going backstage to deliberate. To be honest i don't have clue what song they will chose. I think personally song number 3 is the most beautiful one, but probably too good for Eurovision. The most appropriate might be number 5 or 2 i suppose. We'll know soon. In the meanwhile there is a review of the most remarkable dutch entries in the Eurovision History with images from the actual Eurovision, combined with short performances from the singers on stage of the dutch final.

Final Results:

Jury Vote:

  • Weelderig Waardeloos gets the last place
  • Toen ik jou vergat gets the fourth place
  • Ga dan niet gets the third place
  • Nooit alleen gets second place
  • Je vecht nooit alleen should go to germany according to the jury

Tele-Voting:

  • Ga dan niet gets 0.1% and finishes last.
  • Toen ik jouw vergat gets 3.9% and and ends in fourth place
  • Weelderig Waardeloos gets 5.8% and ends in third place
  • De Stroom gets 25.5% and ends in second place
  • Je vecht nooit alleen is the winner with 63.9%

Source: TROS


Saturday, 18 December 2010 08:16

PBS: Day One of Second Phase Auditions

The first day of the second phase of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2011 is taking place today within the Public Broadcasting Services' Studios in Gwardamangia. This actually marks the first time in years that the broadcaster is using it's building for such an occasion with a hotel normally used for such an important part of the process. It is quite vital to note that this is the most interesting phase as it will be the one where another shortlist of 23 plus the winner of Sfida will be announced in the first week of January to note to us who might be our upcoming representative.



We will be keeping an eye on proceedings and trying to get you the names that have made it through to this phase and maybe a couple of pictures to prove it all. We will be having a reporter on the site with someone else updating this article therefore make sure to keep refreshing as day goes along. Both days are quite filled up and and although nothing has been confirmed by Public Broadcasting Services Chief Executive Officer, Anton Attard who did not wish to reveal any statistics at this point in time it seems that the number of entries which made through the second phase is more than half of the entries which were submitted, thus exceeding 70 entries.

Since we are not in a position to confirm anything at this point we will be listing some of the artists we see entering PBS, these will of course include singers as well as composers and authors. A number of newcomers seem to have made it to the second phase as well. It seems that the jury is  a mix of locals and foreigners. According to our sources it seems that everything is on schedule thus far with the artists just going in to sing their songs whether they have one or two. Artist who have made it through with more than one song such as those with two sing them right after each other. Some of the artists seen entering PBS this morning include:

  • Ryan Dale
  • Gabriela Ann Xuereb
  • Kylie Coleiro
  • Andrew Zammit
  • Christian Azzopardi
  • Laura Bruno
  • Kurt Calleja
  • Mark Spiteri Lucas
  • Renato Briffa
  • Clinton Paul
  • Romina Mamo
  • Claudia Faniello
  • Evita Magri
  • Anna Azzopardi
  • Elton Zarb
  • Sophie Debattista
  • Danica Muscat
  • Gloriana Arpa Belli
  • Klinsmann & Ben
  • John Bundy
  • Francesca Borg
  • Jamie Tonna
  • Lawrence Gray
  • Josmar
  • Clifford Galea
  • Richard Micallef
  • Wayne Micallef
  • Raquela
  • Alison Ellul
  • Baklava
  • Neville Refalo
  • Priscilla Psaila
  • Glen Vella
  • Fabrizio Faniello
  • Marilena
  • Jessica Muscat
  • Estelle Fenech Imbroll
  • Amber
  • Rebecca Debattista

Some of the names that stand out are those of Claudia Faniello who was thought to have not submitted this year , Glen Vella last year's runner up as well as John Bundy whose comical humour might make it to the festival actually. The former host of the Maltasong For Europe is well known for his Maltese track "Pajjiż tal-Miki Maws" which was quite the hit in the mid-nineties when it was presented in the Għanja tal-Poplu Festival. As Exclusively published by ESCflashmalta in recent days both Danica and Sophie who are extremely well known Junior Eurosong stars will be trying to mark their debut in the event and so is Marilena who was part of the Young Talent Team. According to various artists the sound in the studio where the auditions are being held is exceptional.

The day has drawn to a close and things will commence again tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock, where by the end of the evening PBS would have in their hands the results of the six judges for all the songs. The announcment of the 24 finalists will take place within the beginning of the New Year. So far it seems that things are moving smoothly and the overall reaction of the Public Broadcasting Service is that the quality has improved on previous years. Let's all hope that this will be a shift towards a better result at the Eurovision Song Contest although as everyone knows, Eurovision doesn't depend only on a good song but a number of factors which all play a crucial role.

Source: ESCflashmalta, PBS

Wednesday, 03 November 2010 19:50

Azerbaijan: A Total of 77 Finalists Chosen

One of the most popular nations at the Eurovision Song Contest is surely Azerbaijan having managed to reach the top ten on each of it's three participations up till now. It has just been revealed that a total 77 candidates will be working on winning the final prize, that ticket to Germany and the honour of representing the country in the 2011 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest set to be held in the city of Dusseldorf. The people that made it through to the next phase were invited to ITV in order to be notified by the Eurovision-Azerbaijan steering committee.

They have the option to themselves within seven weeks and show their artistic capacities in the television show will be fighting for the happy ticket for Eurovision 2011 in Germany. Every week a total number of 11 participants will appear every week-by and a total number of 7 singers/groups will be then fighting for the final ticket who will be decide on who will represent the country in the Eurovision Songcontest 2011. The show starts on 15th November, so stay tuned.

Source: ITV

On Thursday 10th November Russia celebrated the National Police Day. On this occasion a big tv-show was organised in the Kremlin Palace, Russia's best concert hall. One of the main singers to perform there was no less than Russian superstar Filip Kirkorov who brought a Russian version of 'Playing with Fire', the Romanian 2010 entry in Eurovision of Paula Seling and Ovi.



It looks like the career of Romanian star Paula Seling is going extremely strong after her splendid third place in the recent Eurovision Song Contest together with Ovi. After it was announced that both singer will host the Romanian National Final on new years evening it became know that Paula is in the running for Eurovision in Switzerland as a composer for the South African singer Nadine and the uptempo song 'Perfect Time'.

Now there is another great news coming from Russia. Superstar Filip Kirkorov decided to make a Russian version of Paula and Ovi's Eurovision entry which got the title "Igra s ogniom". He is singing that song with the prominent Ukrainian singer and actress Kamaliya. They performed the tune for the first last Thursday during the National Police Day in attendance of Russian President Medvedev. The choreography of their version was created by Greek choreographer Fokas Evangelinos, who has worked with 2005 Eurovision winner Helena Paparizou. It is clear that is a real honour for Paula and Ovi that their song still that much appreciation. Filip and Kamaliya's performance can be seen through this link here.

Source: Press Release