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7th March, save the dates! The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) will be naming their representative artist and entry for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria. Someone will be following in the footsteps of Molly Smitten-Downes whose entry “Children of the Universe” only managed mid-table.

In a blog post through the official website, Special Event co-ordinator Guy Freeman, Stated that “some of the submitted songs were easily good enough to be commercial tracks straight away and others had clear potential, so it wasn’t hard to draw up an initial shortlist of interesting contenders  ...  ultimately, one song stood out as having both instant impact and real memory staying power. Everyone is now working hard to get it ready for the evening of Saturday 7th March.” 

Rumour has it that the British entrant will be none other than a former contestant of “The Voice” alumni and with the chosen time slot, this could prove to be correct. Nevertheless, we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: BBC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIM5P3UNxnI

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFqYbibLh8k

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eADt1lFpmCA

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgoKfHg1JsU

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCM-aRqvbHI

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAFyK_ayp4Y

Published in Editorials

Bonnie Tyler, a familiar name in the music industry known for several hits including Holding Out for a Hero, Lost in France, It's a Heartache and Total Eclipse of the Heart took on the task of representing the United Kingdom at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the British Broadcasting Corporation asking her following their listen of the song Believe In Me. Promotion for Bonnie has been key both nationally and abroad noting that due to the fact that she was internally selected, she wanted to get the local media involved as much as possible. Believe In Me, a co-write between Desmond Child, Lauren Christy and Christopher Braide will take to the stage during the final but nevertheless, a live performance took place last night. 

As a matter of fact, Bonnie Tyler was invited as one of the guests on The Graham Norton Show which airs Friday nights on BBC One and indeed, she gave a stunning rendition of her entry Believe In Me which has earned her mixed opinions. The staging during the final of the Eurovision Song Contest will be different considering that there will be the addition of backing vocalists, both of male and female gender rather than a band and this will surely help liven up the image. The whole stage performance is being set up by Arlene Phillips, renowned choreographer and former judge on Strictly Come Dancing, which is very much the British version of Dancing with the Stars. It will be intriguing to see how the staging will be divulged on the night but nevertheless, there need not be any worries of a lacklustre vocal performance as was the guest with Engelbert Humperdinck last year. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news. 

Source: BBC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iwj0Apc-Uqo

On a local level, a music market is already extremely difficult to tap into but when moving beyond the borders within other nations, then it truly becomes an adventure with the hope that the right promotion and exposure will be enough. A panel of music professionals have been listening to the entries that will be competing in the first semi-final of this years' Eurovision Song Contest with all of the sixteen (16) rounded up yesterday. It's time to change the perspective and move onto the three nations who will be giving their votes within the first evening and the first of these is none other than the United Kingdom whose entry entitled Believe In Me presented by the BBC is co-written by Desmond Child, Lauren Christy, Christopher Braide will be performed by Bonnie Tyler.

Perhaps best known for the classic Jim Steinman songs Total Eclipse Of The Heart and Holding Out For A Hero, Bonnie Tyler has had number one albums on both sides of the Atlantic, has been nominated for three Grammys, won the Yamaha World Song Festival, and has sold over 20 million records in her career so far. She continues to tour and play live shows constantly, which she loves to do. Tyler now has a brand new album, titled Rocks And Honey, and her Eurovision entry, Believe In Me, comes from that new record. "What makes our entry special is that we have a beautiful song by world class songwriter, Desmond Child, that appeals to a wide variety of people across borders, age groups and other dividing lines. It brings people together and that is an essential part of the purpose of the Eurovision Song Contest.

In Malmö I want to do my very best for my country, and for our wonderful song, but I also want to take a full part in the competition and look forward to working with, and enjoying, the artists from all of the participating nations. I have found inspiration in the work of great singers such as Janis Joplin and Bruce Springsteen, but most of all from my mother who sang opera beautifully. I am inspired every day by my 40 year long marriage to Robert, who was a Team GB competitor at the 1972 Olympic Games. I want to thank my fans for their unwavering support and love and ask them to spread the word about Believe In Me to everyone that they know. An interesting fact about our entry is that Desmond Child partially wrote this song at the dinner table at his house in Nashville whilst we were all eating together.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcOxhH8N3Bo

The Eurovision Song Contest is compulsive watching for me and it has given music some truly great artists, such as the wonderful Abba, and continues to give a truly unique opportunity to songwriters and performers." For nearly four decades, songwriter and producer Desmond Child has reigned as one of music's most successful creative forces. His list of accolades include his induction into The Songwriters Hall Of Fame in 2008, Grammy awards, 70 Top 40 singles, and songs that have sold over 300 million albums worldwide. Child's career has been highlighted by a stunning array of diversity. His collaborations run the gamut... from Bon Jovi and Aerosmith to Ricky Martin,.. from Kiss to Kelly Clarkson...from Mickey Mouse to Kermit The Frog and from Cher to Alice Cooper.

Despite having worked for nearly forty years as a writer, producer, and artist, Child remains energised and enthusiastic... ready to create hits indefinitely. "I was born with a certain drive and sense of destiny that keeps me going," says Child. "Maybe it was because I was born poor; I wanted to win for the family. I still put a lot of energy in what I do. I try to really live life, so I have new experiences that I can write about." The United Kingdom has a remarkable history at the Eurovision Song Contest noting that they have managed to finish in the first runner-up slot for a record fifteen times apart from winning the competition on four occasions, the last time being in 1997 thanks to Katrina & The Waves with the song Love Shine a Light. Rekindling their flame for the Eurovision Song Contest, the BBC have decided to send none other than Bonnie Tyler in 2013.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 67%

Magnus Kaxe: One of my 80's favorite artists is back! I have always admired Bonnie Tyler for her great and strong voice. My first impression - it's a lot of autotune on Bonnie's voice. Will she be able to perform live? So what about the song? It's a Westlife-ish ballad song with a lot of emotion, but it's boring. This wouldn't even been an album track by Westlife. I'm disappointed.

Lina Eriksson: It's hard not to love a song when it's sung by Bonnie Tyler. Love, the lyrics, the voice ... the song.

Matt Mercieca (Muxu): The UK seem to be making it a habit of sending a well known artist, It never seems to do the job, and I'm not sure Bonnie has the power to do this with this song, BUT!!!!! I personally really like the song, I love Bonnie's quirky voice, I really like the structure of the song, and it has a really nice vibe, I do think its a good /strong song, but don't think it will make a huge impact on the festival, I love the pre-chorus, the way she sings it, is something I would use in my own song.  Overall I really like it, I just don't believe it will do amazingly, its a good song for an album, maybe a third/final single off an album, but not to represent the UK in the Eurovision.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HALTU11QE6g

Published in Editorials
Thursday, 07 March 2013 08:00

United Kingdom: BBC Selects Bonnie Tyler

The participation of the United Kingdom within the Eurovision Song Contest has not been deemed successful as of late due to the fact that the British Broadcasting Corporation are said to be out of touch with the way that the event is organised. For the past couple of years, most of the entries that finished within the top five have managed success in their respective regions whilst a number of winners including; Loreen, Lena Meyer-Landrut, and Alexander Rybak have broken through world markets. Following last years' disappointment, it was thought that the British Broadcasting Corporation might have learned but one cannot be too sure as their announcement took place earlier today stating that it is indeed Bonnie Tyler who will fly the flag for the United Kingdom.

In a official post by the British Broadcasting Corporation it has been confirmed that Bonnie Tyler will be performing the track Believe In Me co-written by Lauren Christy, Christopher Braide and Desmond Child. The track was recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, Tenessee with production conducted by David Huff and then mixed at Eargasm Studios in Santa Monica, California by Justin Niebank. Desmond Child has previously worked with the likes of Diana DeGarmo, Cher, Aerosmith, Jon Bon Jovi and Anastacia amongst others. The first official radio play will be given on The Ken Bruce Show on Monday, 18th May which just happens to co-incide with the Heads of Delegation meeting where all entries have to be presented to the European Broadcasting Union. 

Katie Taylor, Head of Special Projects for the BBC stated that 'Bonnie is an artist with an international reputation and I am delighted that she has chosen to represent the UK in this year’s contest. It is a great song and a truly wonderful performance that I am sure will do the nation proud'. The United Kingdom will be taking part in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest due to their elite status as a big five member alongside France, Italy, Germany and Spain. The commentary on the night of the semi-finals will be done by Scott Mills, who is a renowned disc jockey with BBC Radio 1 as well as Sciccor Sisters star, Ana Matronic. For the final, Graham Norton will once more be keeping the public entertained. Ken Bruce will take off the radio listeners on BBC Radio 2. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: BBC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HALTU11QE6g

Rumours have always been characteristically popular with the internal selections put forth by the British Broadcasting Union but there seems to be an aura of possible positive achievement as they prepare their next campaign which will of course culminate in Malmo, Sweden. Artists tend to make themselves available yet it seems that this time round, the mill of possible representatives is being kept to a minimum with one artist publicly declining the possibility of being the one to take on the challenge of doing the honour for the United Kingdom, that being of course Sophie Ellis-Bextor who had had a string of hits and is working on her return to the music scene following an extended break. Earlier this year, the British broadcaster selected Engelbert Humperdinck with the song Love Will Set You Free languishing in a bottom position at the end of the evening with just twelve points; the maximum being five from Estonia followed by four points from Ireland. One individual who won't mind flying the flag is definitely Rylan Clark.

Rylan Clark was one of the finalists in the current edition of the British X Factor and was mentored by former Pussycat Doll turned solo singer; Nicole Scherzinger. The idea behind his choice was to garner a bit of entertainment throughout the whole process although many had come to believe that he could not really perform and on most nights, they were right because this is an artist who cannot hold a tune. Before being eliminated, he was almost eliminated twice prior to actually getting eliminated finishing in fifth place. He did have credible performances in the sing off portion of the competition though and at one point, upcoming star and judge Tulisa Contostavlos made that abundantly clear keeping him in the competition and sending home a possible recording artist; Kye Sones. Speaking to the British newspaper; Metro, the artist has made it known that should he be wanted to represent the United Kingdom, he would do accept instantly 'If the country wanted me to represent them then I'd happily fly the flag.' Betting house, William Hill is currently showing that his possible representative role might be true at 16/1, with odds shortening in the past couple of hours. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Metro

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

Thursday, 18 October 2012 19:14

United Kingdom: BBC Contract Gareth Gates?

The British Broadcasting Corporation has always been somewhat secretive about their respective announcements with regards to the Eurovision Song Contest but there seems to be a particular individual which is leaking out the information to the media noting that for the past two years, the announcement by the broadcaster had to be moved forward due to the fact that the tabloid; The Mirror has always caught wind and was accurate in saying that the group Blue and also Engelbert Humperdinck would be representing the United Kingdom in the annual music competition. Despite the announcement somewhat coming extremely early with 2013 still a couple of months away, it would not be too much of a surprise especially now that the well known Anouk has been official confirmed as the representative for The Netherlands. The name which will seemingly be revealed for the United Kingdom is that of former Pop Idol runner-up Gareth Gates.

Finishing as the runner-up in Pop Idol back in 2002 to the well known Will Young has definitely not hurt his career in any way, with his music career sparring a total of three albums thus far including; What My Heart Wants to Say which peaked at number #2 in the United Kingdom, #8 in Norway, #11 in The Netherlands and #19 in Ireland; Go Your Own Way which did not manage the same success peaking at number #11 in the United Kingdom #40 in The Netherlands and Switzerland as well as #34 in Norway; Pictures of the Other Side a comeback album which managed number #23 in the United Kingdom and #47 in Austria. Nevertheless, his collections spawned four number #1 hit singles in the United Kingdom and seven within the top ten respectively. In the meantime, the biggest hit, a ballad by the name Anyone of Us (Stupid Mistake) topped the charts in four countries back in 2002, those being the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. It seems that since his last pop comeback did not really pan out as planned,  he has gone into the West End where he is currently playing the role of Warner in the musical, Legally Blonde. A documentary about the choice and the artist is being planned at the moment and it seems that the full story will be revealed in this weekends' Mirror. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com, escnation message board

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFa6I9KN63Q

The British Broadcasting Corporation are set to be quite disappointed with the result achieved in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest having decided on sending the world renowned superstar Engelbert Humperdinck with the song Love Will Set You Free which unfortunately finished in twenty-fifth position with just twelve points in total. Despite all of this though, the viewing figures were still quite high but not as much as they were in 2011 when the United Kingdom were represented by the group Blue and the track I Can which finished in eleventh position and amassed a huge audience for the broadcaster. It seems that according to the local tabloids that they will be returning back to a national final type of formula so that the result achieved in the long term would not be blamed fully on the British Broadcasting Corporation with the public having a say in the final pick.

There have been a number of issues at the main British Broadcaster and this is due to a ratings flop when it comes to hit reality show The Voice which has lost a lot of support during the weeks. All of the coaches are apparently being removed except for winner Tom Jones, as his experience seemed to draw on the final result but nevertheless, the rumours about the Eurovision Song Contest continue as the BBC will not be withdrawing from the event. What many people forget is that the country reached the top five just three years ago in 2009 when Jade Ewen sang the beautiful ballad It's My Time composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and penned by Diane Warren.

The last time that the United Kingdom hosted a multi-song final was actually back in 2008 when Andy Abraham represented the nation with the song Even If finishing in last place with just fourteen points but again despite the people finally selecting him, it is to be noted that he had been initially removed and only brought back as a wildcard by renowned selection host and former Eurovision commentator, Terry Wogan. It will be quite interesting to see who would be sent ultimately because well known acts do tend to submit in the selection such as Simona ArmstrongMichelle GayleLiz McLarlonAnthony Costa and Kym Marsh amongst others.

Source: Daily Mail

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBykhFyy-ZE

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