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Cascada, the act that representated Germany at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Glorious, which only acquired eighteen (18) points to finish in twenty-first place have recently released a compilation album through their record label, Zooland. One of the songs in the setlist is none other than The World Is In My Hands which has been slated as the follow-up single, with the hope that success will be much more evident than it was with their competition entry.

It is important to denote that the exposure of the event helped Cascada with the single actually managing to get them back into the top five of the singles chart in Germany especially with the success of Roman Lob and Lena Meyer-Landrut in the past three years. The World Is In My Hands is a typical dance/pop song which people have come to expect from the group. The official preview video was published on the YouTube page of Universal Music earlier this week and can also be viewed below. Cascada will be touring all over the continent in the next couple of months within Germany, Spain and The Netherlands. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Universal Music


NDR, broadcaster responsible for the participation of Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest is unfortunately coming off a disappointing result with Glorious performed by the group Cascada only managing eighteen (18) points to finish in twenty-first place. The market share of the viewership was still strong despite the result and therefore, Germany were quick to reveal that they will be present in Denmark but are nevertheless even quicker in commencing preparations for next years' selection process. Record labels have already been asked to send in their respective proposals for evalutation and it seems that one of the acts put forward by Sony Music Germany is none other than one hit wonder, Lou Bega.

Promipool.de has recently been in contact with Lou Bega who in turn stated that he was 'actually asked' by his 'record company'. Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of...), his debut single was a number #1 hit in several countries including; Germany, Australia, Austria, Finland, France, Sweden, Switzerland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. It set him up for bigger and better things but the follow-up single was a relatively modest success and his material has not really troubled the charts much in recent years. He has also released five studio albums, the latest being A Little Bit of 80's which is a collection of covers recorded in a different manner. No official confirmation on any of the acts has been made by the German broadcaster although the first names will be revealed in due course. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: promipool.de


The saying goes that time flies and indeed, this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest came and somewhat disappeared without a trace as quickly as possible. A European spectacle which takes place over a fortnight, including rehearsals, press conferences, parties as well as meet and greet sessions came to an end leaving several countries happy with their results especially the likes of Malta, The Netherlands and Hungary who returned to the top ten for the first time in ages. We would like to invite you to the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. Apart from the means of FM Radio in the Netherlands on FM 106.8 and the audio stream from the studio via www.radiointernational.tv and on Digital Cable 781 & Cable 8.1Mhz in the Netherlands, the show will also be web-televised via the Radio International TV Channel from the studio and linking up the many international Eurovision fans and friends and play your requests and read your messages out on air. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET when fans can join in and chat amongst each other via the Chat Room and request their favourite Eurovision entry.

One of the most popular artists to compete at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was definitely Nathalie Horler of Cascada who represented Germany with the track Glorious as the title of this article implies. Unfortunately, the renowned act did not manage to maintain the recent success of the nation at the prestigious event noting that Germany, winners of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2010 with the song Satellite performed by Lena Meyer-Landrut had managed three consecutive top ten positions. Nevertheless, despite the result, Germany have already confirmed their presence in Denmark. Nathalie of Cascada was glad to be part of the event actually and had only nice words to say seeking to broaden the fanbase of the group. She speaks about the career of the act, the participation and also future plans in music especially with a brand new album having just been released into the market.


Marc Paelinck is easily becoming a veteran of the Eurovision Song Contest having co-written songs for several countries including Malta, Belarus, and his native Belgium. This year marked his fourth participation in total as he wrote the song Solayoh performed by Alyona Lanskaya on behalf of the eastern country of Belarus. The team of Radio International had the pleasure to speak to them both, starting off with the stunning performer who not only looks like an angel but also has the ability to sing extremely well. Marc on the other hand speaks about the background of the song and whether he would like to return to the Eurovision Song Contest in the future. It is well worth pointing out that this was his best finish yet noting that all of his past endeavours had only managed to reach the lower echelons of the scoreboard as opposed to this mid-table showing. Marc Paelinck was also involved in two other selections; the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with Domenique and the Beosong with Maja Nikolic.


The final two interviews which will be airing this evening are those featuring Aliona Moon from Moldova who was also a backing vocalist to Pasha Parfeni at last years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest as well as the group The Dorians who took Armenia back into the final on their return to the prestigious event. Aliona Moon could not better the result achieved the year before as Moldova could only manage another eleventh place finish with the song O Mie, largerly thanks to jury support whilst The Dorians obtained the worst result for the country when competing in the final. Nevertheless, they defined the odds in reaching the final with the song Lonely Planet as many people had not tipped them making it through. Both Aliona Moon and The Dorians felt empowered at being at the event and they speak about their respective careers and where this event will take them in the future.


There will also be a number of new releases played throughout the three hours, including tracks by Dana International, winner of the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest; Anna Rossinelli, the last artist to take Switzerland into the final back in 2011; Krista Siegfrids who caused controversy with her lip-lock action on stage and last but not least Emmelie de Forest, winner of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. In the meantime, there will also be a number of cover versions as recorded throughout the year, a feature which will be returning at the hands of David Mann. All of the latest news is also covered during the weekly broadcast noting resources from escflashmalta.com and escXtra where Luke Fisher, the Editor makes a weekly round-up. Dermot Manning will also be looking at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest from a broader spotlight. Make sure to tune into this evenings episode of Radio International on the links offered above as we help you get through your post Eurovision depression. 

Source: Press Release


Wednesday, 15 May 2013 12:40

Germany: Invigorating Feeling by Cascada

Cascada, a trio made up of a lead vocalist, a songwriter and a producer was actually devised as a project name according to Nathalie Horler who will be representing Germany at the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. In a press conference which she gave following her second technical rehearsal prior to the final taking place on Saturday evening, it was revealed that the opportunity to take part in this competition came directly from Universal Music Germany, the record label responsible for the release of their music. Nathalie jumped at the opportunity to do the Eurovision Song Contest because it is a once in a lifetime sort of opportunity and states the selection of Cascada as 'very lucky'.

Glorious, a radio hit in several countries prior to the performance of Cascada at the Eurovision Song Contest has also peaked at number #6 on the German charts making it the most successful single for the group in four years, since their worldwide smash hit, Evacuate The Dancefloor. Nathalie is clearly overjoyed at the idea of representing Germany but is keeping her expectations relatively low, stating that whilst succeeding and achieving one of the top positions will be positive, it is not the most important thing. Cascada have just released a best of album earlier this year, and this is one of the means of promotion. In a funny remark, Nathalie went on record stating 'If this goes to hell, I could work in a hotel', with reference to her background allowing her to learn both English and German. At the end of the press conference, she drew the allocation for Germany in the final and thus they will perform in the first half. Considering the several ballads in the draw, the producers might select Glorious as the opening number.  Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news updates about the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Press Conference, ARD, Eurovision.tv


Sharon Vaughn from the United States, Stano Simor from the Czech Republic and Martin Isherwood from the United Kingdom represent diverse music scenes in their respective nations with their contributions duly noted across the year. Their aim in joining this feature is to see what lies beneath each track of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The first semi-final along with the three finalist countries voting there have long been concluded and yesterday marked the conclusion of the acts competing in the second semi-final as well, leaving only the remaining direct finalists, which amount to three. Attention turns to Germany whose broadcaster, ARD will be represented by Cascada and the track Glorious co-written by Yann Peifer, Manuel Reuter, Andres Ballinas and Tony Cornelissen.

Front-singer Natalie Horler and her team of producers and writers Yann Peifer (Yanou) and Manuel Reuter (Manian) have topped charts in more than 20 countries with their irresistible dance-pop songs. Collecting numerous awards (e.g. the World Music Award in 2007) throughout their career, they have established themselves as one of the top European dance floor acts of the present. Bonn-based Natalie grew up in Germany. The daughter of David Horler, an acclaimed jazz musician and arranger who worked with likes of Quincy Jones, Stan Getz and Tony Bennett, Natalie grew up around music, though was more influenced by stars like Maria Carey and Whitney Houston. At age 18 she started doing studio work and recorded several tracks for different DJs.

In 2004, through her studio work, she met Cologne-based producers Yann Peifer (Yanou) and Manuel Reuter (Manian) who invited her to front their new project, Cascada. Within 18 months, together they found international fame with their huge debut hit Everytime We Touch. A smash in the States before the band even toured there, the song quickly caught on across the globe, followed by a multi-platinum selling album of the same title. The success of the album gained the World Music Award in the category World's Best-Selling German Artist. The second album Perfect Day (2007), led by hit single What Hurts The Most, continued Cascada’s reign as one of the world’s Top Ten selling dance acts.


German authors and producers Yann Peifer (aka Yanou) and Manuel Reuter (aka Manian) have shared a career path for many years. They met virtually by accident in 2004 in a recording studio in Düsseldorf and have been working together ever since. One of their first songs is Miracle, which in 2004 lead to the foundation of the Cascada project with lead singer Natalie Horler. In 2005 they produced the worldwide smash hit Everytime We Touch, which also gave the project its breakthrough and eventually won the World Music Award in 2007. Their productions now make weekly appearances in the European charts, and the second major Cascada hit Evacuate The Dancefloor, made the top ten worldwide and reached number one in the official UK charts.

In 2010, Lena Meyer-Landrut took to the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Satellite which overcame the competition to rank in the top position with 246 points in total. In the following year, as the city of Dusseldorf hosted, there was a lot of talk on who could carry the torch and the broadcaster selected Lena Meyer-Landrut once more and once more managed another top ten position with Taken By A Stranger. Last year, despite Lena not returning for a third participation, the country selected a male in the form of Roman Lob and the country succeeded, achieving eighth place. In the years before that, the country had been lingering in the bottom positions despite the effort as seen through acts such as Roger Cicero and No Angels.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 63%

Martin Isherwood: Nice voice. Ok tune. All a bit a derivative. Very reminiscent of last year's winner - so probably won't do very well despite being an ok dance pop track. Already through anyway.

Sharon Vaughn: Just feels more and more and more of yesterdays past tracks. Nothing fresh.

Stano Simor: Cascada has a lot of experience on stage and several European hits. This is surely an advantage. Glorious is a song that has power. From the national final performance, it seems that Cascada is not selling the song well on stage and this has to change for success to follow. 

Source: eurovision.tv 


Published in Editorials

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)


Thursday, 14 March 2013 00:55

Germany: Successful Comeback for Cascada

Glorious, the song that will be representing Germany in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is voiced by Nathalie Horler of Cascada with the whole act credited within the songwriting element. The group is one of the intriguing names in this years' competition alongside that of Bonnie Tyler who will headline for the United Kingdom and Anouk who will be hoping to save The Netherlands from more disappointing results. Many thought that big names might not be associated with the international spectacle anymore but for the German group, it seems that the competition and the exposure have been a blessing.

It has to be noted that throughout the years, Cascada became notable for changing the genre of some of the most notable songs in the industry and releasing them onto the market and this led to the success of tracks such as Truly Madly Deeply and What Hurts the Most? but nevertheless, they did release original material such as Everytime We Touch and Evacuate the Dancefloor in 2005 and 2009 but their success in Germany has somewhat dwindled. The release of Glorious gave the group their very first top ten success in Germany since 2009 with the public being at the centre of a campaign headed to continue to success of the nation within the event. As a matter of fact, charting at number #6 is seen to be pretty good by Zooland Records who will be releasing the track in the United Kingdom in a couple of weeks under the All Around The World imprint. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: German Charts, European Broadcasting Union (Image)


Wednesday, 20 February 2013 10:15

Radio International: Another Week, More Surprises

The Team of Radio International is back following yet another enchanting visit to Germany due to the fact that ARD were hosting the national selection, the first one we have attended since the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. We would like to invite you to the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. Apart from the means of FM Radio in the Netherlands on FM 106.8 and the audio stream from the studio via www.radiointernational.tv and on Digital Cable 781 & cable 88.1Mhz in the Netherlands, the show will also be web-televised via the Radio International TV Channel from the studio and linking up the many international Eurovision fans and friends and play your requests and read your messages out on air. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET when Eurovision fans can join in and chat amongst each other via the Chat Room and request their favourite Eurovision entry.

Last years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest produced a star in the form of Amber, who then went onto join Kurt Calleja abroad as a backing vocalist. She returned this time round with quite a lot of hype surrounding her participants and with the snazzy jazzy In Control composed by Paul Giordimaina and penned by Fleur Balzan. It might not have been meant to be but with the support of the public and the jury, she managed to finish in fourth place and therefore, kept within the placing she received the previous year, roundabout. Within this interview, Amber spoke about her recent experiences within the world of the Eurovision Song Contest and what lies ahead as her career in music continues to progress in a natural manner.


In the meantime, the interviews continue with the fifth place finisher at the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest in the form of Chris Grech whose entry Never Walk Away co-written with Peter Borg, Matthew James Borg and David Cassar Torreggianni. The public were seemingly all out in favour of Chris Grech and as a matter of fact put the performer in third place on the evening with the jury taking him down to fifth place, this being their verdict. The singer was also the leader of the escflashmalta.com Public Choice Award in the lead up to the competition and expected to be announced as the winner this Saturday through Sas-Sitta. Chris speaks to Radio International about his background in music and how he came to take part in this competition. What experience could he draw and how will eventually move forward.


Moving away from Malta, members of the Team of Radio International were present during the German national final and had the opportunity to speak with Cascada's lead singer, Natalie Horler who will be represent the Western country in the Eurovision Song Contest following the victory with the track Glorious which has been received a lot of negative press in recent days of reports of plagiarism. The renowned group has been around for quite a couple of years and have had success all over the world including the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States. The fourth and final interview of the evening will be LIVE during the programme and it will be with Zoe Alexis who is hoping to represent Ireland with the track Fire.


Radio International is always keen to present songs during the show apart from the weekly features and therefore, collaborating the two ideas together will see the emergence of Eurovision UnverCover whereas tracks performed at the Eurovision Song Contest will be covered by other singers. The actual tracks will be played first followed by the cover and this will make things interesting. Apart from this feature, there will be new material played on the show by a number of former representatives. All of the latest news is also covered during the weekly broadcast noting resources from escflashmalta.com and escXtra where Luke Fisher, the Editor makes a weekly round-up. A round up of the national finals thus far is set to be conducted by Alasdair Rendall. Follow the show through the official website and also send your requests through the contact link which is found on the aforementioned website.

Source: Team of Radio International

Thursday, 14 February 2013 21:56

Germany: Cascada Wins Ticket to Malmö

Popular artists tried their luck tonight in the German selection for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, Unser Song für Malmö. The show was broadcasted live from the TUI Arena in Hanover. After an exciting voting, Cascada won the selection with their addictive tune Glorious which follows the steps of last year’s winner Euphoria. The song won the voting with 30 points. During the radio, televoting and jury voting, Cascada turned out to be the best of all twelve acts. LaBrassBanda got full votes from all nine radio stations. In the jury voting, LaBrassBanda only ended up in tenth place, with Cascada being third. In the televoting, LaBrassBanda gained ten points, with Cascada taking the twelve and the well-deserved victory tonight.

Lead singer Nathalie Horler will now take Cascada to Malmö to fly the German flag there. Cascada are considered one of the leaders in popularising Eurodance in the U.S. and in recent years worldwide, thanks to a more electro-pop oriented mainstream sound. The group are best known for their hit singles Everytime We Touch, What Hurts the Most, and Evacuate the Dancefloor. Cascada have sold over 20 million albums all over the world and have an estimated 15 million digital downloads. The music video for "Glorious" was released on 1 February 2013 and the single was released a week later on 8 February. Germany has participated in every Eurovision Song Contest since its beginning in 1956 and won two contests, in 1982 and 2010.

Source: ARD, Das Erste, Eurovision.tv


Valentine’s Day...a day of romance, of love and of passion.  And yet many of us would argue that it is a day filled with heartache and regret.  Whatever Valentine’s Day means to you, this year it will mean much more to the 12 contestants gearing up to out-perform each other in Germany’s national final - Unser Song für Malmö.  There will be passion, there will be joy and, undoubtedly, there will be heartache as 11 finalists end their dream for this year.

With at least one blog citing Germany as an early favourite to go and triumph in Malmo with Cascada’s dance track ‘Glorious’ following a similar theme to last year’s winner, does this add extra pressure to all of the participants?  Or maybe just heighten the expectations of the viewers and, as a result, the anxiety of Cascada herself?  One thing’s for certain, emotions will be rampant prior to the first singer taking the stage. 

This year the voting is divided into 3 – radio-voting, tele-voting, and an expert jury.  For one week prior to the final, 9 radio stations have begun playing each of the participating tracks at a high rotational frequency – allowing the listeners of each of the stations to take their time and choose their favourite.  The radio stations are: 1LIVE (WDR); Bayern 3 (BR); bremen vier (Radio Bremen); Fritz (RBB); hr3 (HR); MDR Jump (MDR); NDR2 (NDR); SR1 Europawelle (SR), and SWR3 (SWR). 

A panel of 5 judges has been selected to provide an expert’s opinion on the performer’s of the Hanover show (Peter Urban, Roman Lob, Mary Roos, Anna Loos, and Tim Bendzko); and with the Jury’s vote being worth one third of the overall score, each artist will be aiming to impress both them and the audience at home as they are responsible for the final third.  

It seems both romantic and yet cruel for the event to be held on Valentine’s Day.  For one act, a dream of triumph in Sweden will come one step closer.  But, as sure as there is a winner, there will always be those who will go home knowing that they gave it their all – but on this night it just wasn’t enough. Marc Calleja Bayliss, the Editor-in-Chief will be doing the live report of this selection process. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: ARD, Eurovision.de

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