Cascada fronted by lead vocalist, Natalie Horler got another promotional activity settled as a performance of the song Glorious, the entry for the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Germany took place during this years' edition of the ECHO Awards which took place last night. In recent weeks, there has been a lot of talk over the general commercial disappointment regarding this years' national selection by nevertheless, the winning entry was as high as number #6 and is spending a fourth week in the top #50 which should definitely count as a positive element. That was only one of the several connections with the Eurovision Song Contest that evolved throughout the course of the evening.
Lena Meyer-Landrut, winner of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest with the track Satellite is still going strong in her native Germany with both the album Stardust and the leading single of the same name managing to go up to number #2 in the charts. During the course of the gala, Lena was awarded with the accolade for Best Video whilst she gave a resounding performance of her latest track entitled Neon (Lonely People) which she had also performed during the national final earlier this year. In the meantime, last years' Eurovision Song Contest representative, Roman Lob was also awarded the Best Radio Single by the organising body for his song Standing Still which got Germany to eighth place at the annual event. Cascada will have to keep in mind that in the past three years, the country has managed top ten positions and thus, she might be feeling anxious but if last nights' performance is anything to go by, she seems very much prepared. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.
Source: ECHO, Lina Schütze (Image)
The German broadcaster responsible for this years' selection for the Eurovision Song Contest is ARD and they have decided to take up the full rights on their own despite the success that has been witness in the past three years where there was a collaboration between the broadcasters in the country. In fact, it is worth noting that in 2010, for the first time since 1982, the country finished in the top position thanks to Lena Meyer-Landrut and her entry Satellite and then also returned for a tenth place finish in her title defence with the track Taken by a Stranger. Earlier this year, they were represented with the song Standing Still performed by a male whose name was Roman Lob finishing in a successful eighth position. As previously speculated, there will be a multi-song national selection entitled Unser Song für Malmö featuring between eight and twelve tracks in total.
The 14th February or Valentine's Day has been selected as the date for the national final this year whilst the broadcaster went onto add that the venue will be the TUI Arena found in the city of Hanover which is known for hosting many spectacular entertainment and sports event. One of the most intriguing elements of this national final is surely the voting procedure which has been split up into three sections, the first being a Telephone and SMS voting portion, the second being a five person panel of judges who are well known within the music industry and the last actually also involving people, radio listeners because the week before the selection, all of the songs will be played on nine different radio broadcasters; Bayern 3, Bremen Vier, 1LIVE (WDR), Fritz (RBB), HR 3, MDR Jump, NDR 2, SWR3 and UnserDing (SR) with an online vote taking place. Tickets for the event have now officially gone on sale through the official website. It is rumoured that the artists taking part are mostly already well known as speculated in a list published by escflashmalta.com earlier this month. Stay tuned for all of the latest news.
Germany have officially announced their participation in the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place in Malmö, Sweden following the victory of the song Euphoria performed by Loreen. It seems that despite the positive results that have been achieved in the past three years including a victory thanks to Lena Meyer-Landrut and the song Satellite, the collaboration between NDR and ProSieben comes to an end meaning that the selection process will consist of only one show. The talent throws that the collaborative effort organized produced the likes of the aforementioned Lena as well as this years' Roman Lob whose entry Standing Still finished in eight place.
The details about the selection process have been somewhat vague but it is believed that NDR will be either inviting singes and songwriters to submit entries or else literally select the participants of the selection themselves with a public vote being the final method of choice. The announcement of both the date and the venue will be made in due time but then again, it is to be noted that February is the month switch an evening show commencing at around 20:15 CET on Das Erste being tabled in by network executives. The last time that such a show took place was back in 2009 when Germany were represented by Alex Swings Oscar Sings with the song Miss Kiss Kiss Bang which only garnered 35 points languishing twentieth position. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.
Roman Lob achieved fame in Germany following his appearance at the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest where he successfully represented Germany with the track Standing Still written by Jamie Cullum, Steve Robson and Wayne Hector. One would easily say that it was somewhat of a dream team considering that the British songwriters had penned hits for the likes of James Blunt, Take That, Olly Murs, Blue, Busted, Westlife, Atomic Kitten, Leanne Rimes, One Direction, Emma Bunton, Susan Boyle, Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj amongst others. The song was well received in Baku, Azerbaijan though noting that it finished in eight place overall, having amassed a sixth place with tele-voting and tenth place with the jury. Roman Lob achieved success also in the charts with the track peaking at number #3 in Germany and being in an album which successfully charted at number #9. The music career continues with Universal Music Germany releasing Call Out The Sun as the sophomore single.
As previously stated, the track entitled Call Out The Sun is a track taken from the debut album or Roman Lob which bears the name Changes. It is quite interesting that the songwriting team behind this track is completely different that the star dream team found in his debut track and the result is actually very much different in terms of sound. The production was done by his mentor Thomas D and therefore, it is still being marketed as a song which should do well in the charts. Since winning the 2010 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with Lena-Meyer Landrut, it seems that Germany have found the successful formula because they have managed to finish in the top ten for three consecutive years now and will be hoping to continue their trend in the coming years. Roman Lob in the meantime has not ruled out a return to the Eurovision Song Contest but not immediately. He is set to go on tour in support of his debut album soon and more details of that could be found on his official website. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of the latest news about foreign artists who went to the Eurovision Song Contest.
Source: Universal Music Germany
The Team of Radio International is back this week and would like to invite to join the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience to overcome to Post Eurovision Depression. The Show is broadcast on 106.8FM and Digital Cabel 41 in the Netherlands and also via the internet via www.radiointernational.tv and will also be web-televised via the show's own Live Video Channel via the website. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET this Wednesday.
Interview with Greta Salome & Jonsi (Iceland 2012):
Iceland was represented at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 by two of the finest artists from their country Greta Salome and Jonsi. Jonsi is no stranger to the audience of the Eurovision Song Contest as he has been there before in 2004 singing the song "Heaven" in Istanbul representing Iceland and coming 19th. The Icelandic entry in 2012 was written by Greta and is called "Never forget" and reached Number 20 in the Grand Final in Baku. Lilian, Roger and JP met the singers right after their first Press Conference and Rehearsals in Baku for a little interview. Enjoy it!
Interview with Jon Ola Sand - The Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest:
Radio International had the big honour and pleasure to meet and interview the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest - Mr. Jon Ola Sand who took over the post from Svantes Stockselius in 2010at the European Broadcasting Union- the EBU. JP & Lilian talked to him about the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 and also the future of the contest.
Eurovision Song Contest Spotlight - Eurovision 2012 - The Aftershow Party:
The 57th Eurovision Song Contest was staged on 26 May 2012 in Baku and each of our Eurovision Correspondants will each week be giving us their assessment of how they watched the shows and what they think of it. Of course, it goes without saying, it is spiced with their choice of songs from this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Continuing this new mini-series is Ross Bennett who is our Irish voice in the Team.
Interview with Roman Lob (Germany 2012):
Roman Lob represented Germany at the 57th Eurovision Song Contest in Baku with the song "Standing Still" written by Jamie Cullum. Germany is part of the Big Five countries at the Eurovision Song Contest and thus did not need to go through the Semi Finals and was qualified directly into the Final. Roman Lob emerged out of a casting show in Germany especially for the Eurovision Song Contest and now has already on the market his first album called "Changes". At the Eurovision Song Contest "Standing Still" ranks at Number 8 in the Final. Radio International together with ESC Radio and a Russian Radio Station teamed up to have a short interview with the singer in the Press Conference.
Euro Friends Song Contest 2012 with Andy Simon:
Continuing this week with the Euro Friends Song Contest in search for the ultimate Eurovision song as voted for by the many fans around the world. Andy Simon joins us again next week to reveal the qualifiers for the next round. The website of the Euro Friends Song Contest you will find here where you can easily vote for your favourite Eurovision song per country and also see The Euro-Friends TV Show as hosted by Andy Simon. You can also join the Facebook Group here. Andy is back this week and he reveals the next qualifiers from Heat 49 (France).
Eurovision Song Contest News with Luke Fisher from escXtra.com:
Check out the latest developments connected to the Eurovision Song Contest. Whether it is music releases of Eurovision performers, appearances, special concerts, gossip, news, etc. Luke will have the latest updates during this week's edition of the show.
Interview with Fridrik Omar (Iceland 2008):
Fridrik Omar is also no stranger to the world of the Eurovision Song Contest as together with his singing partner Regina they are known collectively as EUROBAND who represented Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 with the song "This is my life" which reach Number 14. Fridrik Omar was part of the Icelandic Delegation this year and Eric & JP chatted with the singer just before the Semi Final in which Iceland took part.
Eurovision Music Requests/Eurovision Quiz:
A big part of the show is playing listeners' requests. Submit your requests and / or greetings to your Eurovision friends through Radio International via the CONTACT Link on www.radiointernational.tv. But also don’t miss out on the weekly Eurovision Quiz where you can win a dip into the freshly filled up Goodies Bag or pick a Eurovision Song Contest from the past on DVD. More interviews with the 2012 Eurostars will be on the next editions of Radio International. Watch out for them every Wednesday.
Souce: Team of Radio International, Eurovision.tv
Earlier this year, Germany had decided to come back to the Eurovision Song Contest with the same format that created a star in the form of Lena-Meyer Landrut ending up finishing in the top spot back in Oslo, Norway with the song Satellite and then managing a second top ten position with the song Taken By A Stranger when competing in her home country. This time round though, a man has been chosen over a woman and Roman Lob came into the competition with the belief that he could do well even though pundits where playing his entry down placing it within a mid-table position although that has all seemed to change now following two rehearsals.
The song which is representing the country bears the name Standing Still written by Steve Robson, Wayne Hector and Jamie Cullum. The three are synonymous to the world of music actually having penned a number of hits for the likes of One Direction, James Blunt, Carrie Underwood, Leona Lewis, Faith Hill, Blue, Westlife and Take That amongst others. Roman has been doing a great job in terms of performance and the simple staging is doing the track wonders. Earlier today Roman was taking interviews with the media actually and therefore, our team present in Baku, Azerbaijan also spoke to him about his performance and career thus far. We believe that Germany has truly become a contender amongst the six or seven entries that seem to be able to make a name for themselves this year.
One of the most successful countries to compete in the annual Eurovision Song Contest in recent years has surely been Germany since securing their second victory at the esteemed event back in 2010 at the hands of Lena Meyer-Landrut with the song Satellite written by John Gordon and Julie Frost. She returned to defend her title the following year with the track Taken By a Stranger written by Gus Seyffert, Nicole Morier and Monica Birkenes finishing in a respectable tenth place. This time round though, they initiated a call for artists as they had done the first time Lena was selected and ended up coming up with Roman Lob who will be representing the Western country with the song Standing Still written by one of the most prolific teams in songwriting including Jamie Cullum, Steve Robson and Wayne Hector. He has since been signed to Universal Music Germany who have coordinated with the respective promotional resources coming up with a set of questions which have been answered by Roman himself.
How do you feel about representing your country at the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku and what does the musical competition actually mean to you as an artist?
It’s a great feeling and I’m really excited. It means a lot to me. All this is really thrilling and I‘m mainly looking forward to making music in another country with artists from all over the world.
You took part in the German TV show “Unser Star für Baku” looking for this year’s ESC contestant. Could you tell us something about your experiences during that time?
I made lots of new experiences. The panel gave us great and helpful hints and I also learned lots of new things from the other candidates.
Right after winning the pre-selection process known as “Unser Star für Baku” – what kind of thoughts came to your head first?
I couldn't believe it – at that moment my mind went completely blank!
Could you talk to us about your Eurovision entry; what is the song about, was it your favorite one, who`s the writer?
Standing Still was my favourite from the first second! It was written by Jamie Cullum. The song is about a couple who unfortunately split up. The guy has to come to terms with the fact that the woman has left him.
What are you looking forward to the most – in respect of taking part at the Eurovision Song Contest and could you speak to us about the way that your stage performance will look like whilst in Baku?
I’m really looking forward to getting to know other cultures and meeting new people. It’s still at a very early planning stage. Probably a fairly straightforward show.
Did you have a chance to listen to any of the other entries? Do you have any favorites?
Yes, I've seen a few of them. But I don’t have a favourite yet. Each one of them is good in their own way and it’s really difficult to decide on a favourite at this early stage.
What is your favorite Eurovision song of all times and what is your favorite one from your home country?
Lena with Satellite was absolutely amazing, and I thought Lordi were pretty cool, too!
What are you going to do while staying in Azerbaijan? Do you have any plans besides the Eurovision Song Contest?
I’d love to get to know the country and its people, and of course I want to go to the beach.
Do you have a musical idol?
Yes, I really like the band Paramore and Xavier Naidoo.
What do you expect from the Eurovision Song Contest 2012? Do you think it will have a great impact on your career?
I'll take things as they come. It will definitely be a great experience!
Roman Lob is a upcoming performer who was chosen through a selection process which included hundreds and thousands of applicants from all over the country. He won the selection process in a tight final against Ornella de Santis despite having been the favourite as from the second show in which he had competed in. Due to the fact that Germany is a member of the elite five in the competition, they will be competing directly in the final and it seems that the bookmakers see them as potential winners by virtue of putting them in eight position with their pop track which is also being very much well received by the fans of the esteemed event.
Source: Universal Music Germany
Germany is one of the most interesting countries to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest especially in recent years when results had dwindled before the representation of artists such as Max and Lena Meyer-Landrut turned the results around especially noting the involvement of Stefan Raab, who clearly is the equivalent of Simon Cowell in the Western Country. Following the second participation of Lena just last year with the song Taken by a Stranger which finished in tenth place, the broadcaster being ARD had to renew their search for a newcomer just like that had done with her and at the end of the day, the final individual to come out on top was none other than Roman Lob, the clear favourite from the very beginning.
The German performer is still twenty one years old and he won the preselection with the song Standing Still written by Jamie Cullum, Steve Robson and Wayne Hector and the person he defeated was none other than Ornella De Santis who competed with the song Quietly. The fact of the matter is that the Western nation secured the services of the British songwriters who have quite a vast background behind them having written for the likes of Simon Casey, Enrique Iglesias, One Direction, Susan Boyle, Clay Aiken, Westlife, Olly Murs, Kate Winslet, Rhydian, Gareth Gates and All Saints amongst others. He will be releasing his debut album entitled Changes on the 13th April 2012. His debut single which is also the Eurovision Song Contest entry peaks at number #3 in the German Charts. Stay tuned to www.escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about Roman Lob and the 2012 edition of the music showcase.
Source: Roman Lob Official Website