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A record number of 872 entries have been submitted for next years' edition of the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, the selection process which will see an act represent Denmark on home soil following the astonishing victory achieved by Emmelie de Forest and her song Only Teardrops. Earlier this year, DR had received 692 submissions, a number which has been considerably dwarfed by around 200 more songs. It continues with the strong tradition of hundreds of submissions in countries within the Scandinavian region as noted by Norway, Finland and Sweden.

In three (3) of the past four (4) years, the nation managed to finish in the top five (5) and gained resounding charting success with their 2011 entry New Tomorrow performed by the group A Friend In London who went onto record with the likes of Carly Rae Jepsen. Rasmus Ladefoged, responsible for the Entertainment Section at DR is excited about the prospect of finding another strong entry to represent the country. 'It is so cool! It’s really amazing! It ‘s a very special year for the Grand Prix this year, because we are going to host the Eurovision Song Contest. I think that has helped create the attention, that has now led to this great contribution'.

Whilst no speculation with regards to songwriters and artists has been noted in any tabloid, Ladefoged stated that there is a good mixture of amateur and professional songs whilst a number of wildcards will also be invited to compete within the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix slated to take place on the 8th March 2014 in Odense. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about both the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix and the Eurovision Song Contest 2014.

Source: DR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlZYtfISqV8

Emmelie de Forest, the winner of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Only Teardrops co-written by Lise Cabble, Julia Fabrin Jakobsen and Thomas Stengaard has just unveiled the music video for her follow-up single, Hunter and Prey. The track co-written by Lise Cabble, Jakob Glæsner and Emmelie de Forest was selected from the strong twelve track debut album which bears the sane name of her most successful track yet, the winning entry of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013.

The video is recorded in the nature at Sejerø, a small island outside the west coast of Zealand and was directed by Nicolas Tobias Følsgaard. Included in the video are the two drummers, who backed Emmelie up on stage in the Danish final as well as in Malmö, Jacob Baagøe and Morten Specht from Copenhagen Drummers. Since winning the international competition, Emmelie de Forest released her debut album Only Teardrops through Universal Music Denmark. It has managed to chart in several countries including Denmark (#4), France (#91), Germany (#61) and Sweden (#50) amongst others. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Universal Music Denmark

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRpx06QJ3B4

Saturday, 24 August 2013 16:00

Denmark: 'Only Teardrops' - An Album Review

Summer, a season which is somewhat marred by extremely warm humid days and temperatures which soar well above the average mean especially when it comes to the Mediterranean Island of Malta but nevertheless, the music scene flourishes at an exceptional rate. Projects for the winter commence whilst a number of singles are released for the pleasure of many whilst at the beach. Jean Claude Vancell, a singer/songwriter who was a semi-finalist at the Malta Song for Europe back in 2008 is also an escflashmalta.com senior editor and known for his album reviews. It has been quite a while since he took up the role but he is back with the debut album from Emmelie de Forest entitled Only Teardrops, the winning artist of the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. In recent months, he has heard studio albums by Loreen and Celine Dion with a critical eye pouring his thoughts out for the world to denote.

20 year old Emmelie brought victory to Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest after their last victory in 2001. Her song Only Teardrops was favoured by bookies from weeks before in what was considered one of the strongest contests in recent years. Emmelie won the bid to represent her country at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix last January and is now reigning queen of the Eurovision. Her album Only Teardrops was released just a week before her performance at the final in Malmo last May. The first studio album by Emmelie de Forest is released under the imprint, Universal Music Denmark which is the Danish subsidiary of the major record label.

Album Title: Only Teardrops

Released: 6th May (International)

The album opens with an instrumental overture of Only Teardrops which works a treat before introducing the more uptempo Hunter and Prey. The rest of the tracks offer a good mix of Nordic pop, which happens to suit my tastes very well. Some of the weaker offerings do sound like they were rejects from Eurovision participations which never happened. However the overall sound of the album is pleasant and easy going. With Only Teardrops appearing 3 times in this 12 track album, this makes it a little annoying, even though all versions are so beautiful in their own right. The album peaked at number 4 in Denmark, and fared well in other European countries. The song Hunter and Prey was the follow up single to her winning entry in the contest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m__EzjJBv90

Tracks to look out for:

What Are You Waiting For - If Emmelie wants to break through the UK chart with something other than her winning Eurovision song, this has to be track to make it to the top 40. Cleverly written to suit her voice and sung with passion, this song has hit written all over it.

Change - The retro sequencer driving this track is one step away from the 80s euro-pop - but boy does it work. Hints of the Irish tin whistle which made her Eurovision song so popular are introduced in this number too.

Hunter and Prey - Had it been another vocalist, this track wouldn’t have worked so well. De Forest’s airy vocals are a wonder in this high paced number.

Final verdict:

The album shows de Forest’s potential. I wouldn’t expect this to do incredibly well if it were released by someone who hadn’t just won the Eurovision Song Contest. With more thought and time to develop her music, de Forest can take the European market by storm. It doesn’t happen everyday that you discover such a voice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RIhJ9QK740

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Emmelie de Forest, a young and talented female vocalist from Denmark swooped to victory at the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Only Teardrops co-written by Lise Cabble, Julia Fabrin Jakobsen and Thomas Stengaard. At the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, she was not one of the initial favourites but nevertheless managed to convince both the public and the jury alike following a stunning performance on the night of the final. DR, the national broadcaster responsible for the participation of Denmark is currently pre-producing next years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest whilst also revealing details about the next national selection process.

Rasmus Ladefoged, entertainment editor for the editor went on record stating that 'the last time Denmark hosted the Eurovision Song Contest', they came in second place with 'Rollo & King', ultimately adding 'If we can do a little better next year, I'll be happy'. Last year, Denmark received an astonishing record amount of submissions for their selection process following the disappointing result achieved by Soluna Samay and her entry Should've Known Better and the tally stood at 692 entries. It is expected that the number will be greater than 700 on this occasion. It is quite funny as ultimately only six (6) songs are selected as the broadcaster invites three (3) to four (4) songwriters to write songs as well. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k59E7T0H-Us

Mid-way through the rehearsals of the annual Eurovision Song Contest, the European Broadcasting Union prepares three dates in May which would be used as preliminary setup for the competition taking place within the following year. DR, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Denmark and thus for next years' organisation has just made some slight alterations opting for the 6th and 8th as the dates of the semi-finals as opposed to the 10th May 2014 for the date of the final of next years' edition of the Pan-European competition.

Denmark won the right to host the competition next year following the victory of Emmelie de Forest and her entry Only Teardrops co-written by Lise Cabble, Julia Fabrin Jakobsen and Thomas Stengaard. This was the third victory for the Scandinavian country with their most recent prior to this being achieved back in 2000 when the competition also took place in Sweden. On that occasion, it was the Olsen Brothers with the song Fly On The Wings of Love which surprised everyone by walking away with the victory. It is yet unknown where Denmark will be staging the competition although it has to be noted that Herning is in pole position after the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen surprisingly pulled out. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RIhJ9QK740

Only Teardrops, co-written by Lise Cabble, Julia Fabrin Jakobsen, Thomas Stengaard with vocals provided by Emmelie de Forest was the undisputed winner of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with both the professional juries and the public at home selecting the track as their overwhelming favourite. DR, broadcaster responsible for the participation of Denmark in collaboration with Sony Music have worked on a promotional video which will help promote the song across the continent.

The track which has peaked within the top ten in more than ten countries including; Sweden, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Luxembourg, Iceland and The Netherlands has received positive criticism and continued to add to the high acclaim that the Eurovision Song Contest has been achieving as of late with several commercial success to the winners. One cannot forget tracks such as Euphoria by Loreen which won for Sweden in 2012 or Satellite by Lena-Meyer Landrut which won for Germany in 2010 because their stories have been written in time and both artists have found success following the competition. Emmelie de Forest is also promoting her debut album of the same name which has already peaked at number #4 in Denmark. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: DR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RIhJ9QK740

Malta and The Netherlands are two (2) of the sixteen (16) countries which have already confirmed participation in next years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Denmark following a victory led by Emmelie de Forest and her entry Only Teardrops. 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 prolific names to compete in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was definitely Bonnie Tyler, three time Grammy Award nominee for hits including Total Eclipse of the Heart and Faster than the Speed of Light. The eighties star made herself available to the media on several occasions and as a matter of fact, there were a couple of light moments in the press conferences which she gave. The team of Radio International had the opportunity to speak to the artist on her participation with the track Believe In Me as well at the chance of representing the United Kingdom at the international competition which they have not taken seriously for an extremely long time. The result was not that which was expected finishing in nineteenth place with just twenty-three points sending the British Broadcasting Corporation back to the drawing board. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-agn-ERgTXA

The second interview which will aired during the course of the evening is with Robin Stjernberg, the representative from Sweden whose entry You was a massive jury favourite as shown in the split results revealed by the European Broadcasting Union. It could only manage a mid-table finish as it was not well received by the audience around the continent neither at home truthfully, keeping in mind that it had not won the public vote during the Melodifestivalen. Robin Stjernberg who was a runner-up on the Swedish Idol by the thinnest wafer of votes possible took in the experience of performing to the European audience at a home setting and has continued with his music career, releasing a brand new track entitled Crime just a couple of days ago hoping to achieve the same chart success with his new track. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtjdTPnCcu0

In the meantime, there will be another four interviews during this evenings' showcase, albeit short still of extreme relevance. They will be with none other than; Elitsa & Stoyan who represented Bulgaria with the track Samo Shampioni, Lozano & Esma who represented FYR Macedonia with the song Pred Da Se Razdeni, Moran Mazor took to the stage on behalf of Israel with the track Rak Bishvilo and last but not least, PeR from Latvia whose entry Here We Go did not meet the typical standards of the competition. All of the interviews were conducted during the fortnight of the Eurovision Song Contest in which the Team of Radio International was collaborating with several media outlets, including escflashmalta.com amongst others. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjbcD72OaI4

There will also be a number of new releases played throughout the three hours, including tracks by Blue, the successful boyband from the United Kingdom who went to the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest; Cezar, the artist who represented Romania earlier this year; Emmelie de Forest, winner of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest; Jessy Matador, French representative at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest; Maya Sar, the last representative for Bosnia & Herzegovina thus far and last but not least; Kevin Borg who came in second place at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. 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. David Mann will be discussing cover versions from the Eurovision Song Contest. 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: Team of Radio International

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZ2LaogHSmM

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HYTd7WDCPg

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7wL0JbuK2M

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xckgLUv73Jc

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7l_3p6kF5O8

Dear All, I can’t believe how many of you have written to me to say they loved the Beland Concert in Aid of Puttinu Cares!!! I was overjoyed to meet a lot of you at the FIRST “meet and Greet” session I’ve had since the release of The Fire and many came over to sign their copies and take pictures. It is always so heart-warming to meet the people who are fundamental towards the success story of an album….and you were all there to say hello and tell me how much you love this album!! Watch this space for more information about upcoming gigs.

I’m also still impressed that for 7 …yes 7 weeks The Person I Am held the number one spot on 89.7 Bay’s Top 10, with the cherry on the cake being the entry of The Person I Am  at Number 1 on Bay’s Top 30, and staying there for 3 weeks. It’s always amazing to be amidst the international acts! Well enough talk, let’s get down to the nitty gritty!! Apart from succeeding on the local charts on 89.7 Bay, consistency was also key through the iTunes charts and for this, I would like to thank, ALL of you who support me throughout my endeavours!

Only Teardrops - Emmelie De Forest (Denmark)

One of the most well written songs I spotted in last Tuesday’s Eurovision Semi-Final. I like Emmelie’s execution of the song. It has its similarities to other songs in the international market right now, which makes it a good contender for the top spot in this year’s contest.

Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines ft. T.I., Pharrell (USA)

You may ask why Pharrell Williams features TWICE in my top 5 as you will see….well the reason is plain and simple, the man knows how to hit all the ‘sexy/naughty/funky’ buttons while writing/producing a record. This song’s video was no stranger to controversy after youtube removed it for sexual content woopsy heheh Robin Thicke however sure as hell didn’t need the unrated video to push this song, because it screams radio all the way!!!!

Giorgio Moroder: Racer (ITALY)

Giorgio, Giorgio, Giorgio…you are the reason why I ADORE Electronica/synth pop. I still remember my parents playing their LPs or the tracks blaring out of our radio those days. What I love about this 73 year old songwriter/record producer is that he has always moved with the times, yet holding on to that very unique sound which accompanied many through the 70/80s and which people, Like ME, still gag for till this present day. He is after all a person who has influenced many… besides giving us sound tracks to some of the most colossal movies during the time, “Midnight Express” and “Scarface.” Giorgio we bow down and salute you!!

Daft Punk: Get Lucky Feat. Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers (France/USA)

Where do I begin? The Ultimate French Dance duo to have ever graced the face of this galaxy? CHECK…..the sexiest coloured Rapper/producer/vocalist to hail from the US of A….CHECK……one of the coolest most influential Producer/song writer/musician/arranger/musician from the 70s till the present day who enlists Madonna, Diana Ross, Sister Sledge, Duran Duran and David Bowie…as people he has worked for…CHECK…Can the collaboration BE more amazing than this??? This is ONE track, which is going to be hot on our airwaves throughout Summer. 

Gianluca Bezzina – Tomorrow (Malta)

Gianluca gets on Malmo’s Stage in Sweden tonight to represent us!!! I have no shadow of a doubt that his charm and charisma and above all his talent will make us all proud. The song written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat is a very sweet and sing along song, which I’m sure will capture the hearts of many. Following last Tuesday’s Semi-Finals, I’m sure the song stands a pretty good chance. As a sign of solidarity it is my Number 1 for this month yet again!!!

More information about The Fire concert dates will be available shortly right here!!! On my Facebook Fanpage and on my official website. Till then keep in touch with me by following me on Twitter/Facebook and Youtube. Tata!!! It is important to note that The Fire, the fifth studio album by Ira Losco has managed was the first by a local artist to be available on preorder and performed extremely well with sales rocketing it up to the pole position prior to being over taken for a brief period by Gianluca whom Ira has just ranked as number #1 in her respective list above. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for another blog next month!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GVF54mmAoQ

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Alongside Sweden, Luxembourg is the second most successful country in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest but consecutive disappointing results achieved in 1992 and 1993 respectively saw to their withdrawal. The support between smaller countries has always been evident and in the two aforementioned years, Malta gave the tiny duchy ten points on both occasions. It seems that our long lasting friendship is still appreciated by the rather strong fanbase as the OGAE members have voted Malta's entry Tomorrow performed by Gianluca in second place just behind Denmark whose entry is entitled Only Teardrops and set to be sung by Emmelie de Forest.

Marion Welter, representative at the 1992 Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Luxembourg was also part of the team of reviewers on escflashmalta.com last year seeing to the entries that competed in the second semi-final. As has already been noted by several online blogs and forums alike, Denmark is the outright favourite with the fans whilst San Marino's entry entitled Crisalide (Vola) is currently in second place overall. At this point in time, there are around nine countries who are yet to pick up any points with some having obtained votes from one country, as has been the case with Malta who has never really done well in OGAE voting along the years. 

  • 1 point - Greece
  • 2 points - Hungary
  • 3 points - San Marino
  • 4 points - Moldova
  • 5 points - Norway
  • 6 points - Sweden
  • 7 points - Netherlands
  • 8 points - Germany
  • 10 points - Malta
  • 12 points - Denmark
The last successful entry from Luxembourg was back in 1988 when they had enlisted the aid of Belgian and Italian singer, Lara Fabian whose entry Croire ranked fourth on the night. Lara Fabian became a huge star in mainland Europe in the years to come and she is very much compared to Celine Dion, who represented Switzerland in the same year with the track Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi achieving victory by a mere one (1) point. We sincerenly hope that they will rekindle their flame for the international competition and return in due course.  We would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news in preparation for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest which will be taking place later this month.
 
Source: OGAE Luxembourg
 
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