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Malta will be making use of the mountain dulcimer during this years’ edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the instrument set to be played by Richard Edwards, lead vocalist and also songwriter of the track “Coming Home”. During the promotional stop in The Netherlands for the Eurovision In Concert, travelling on the buses to and from the venue and other places, it seems that Aarzemnieki and Firelight became really good friends whilst getting to a particular destination.

In the video, which we are attaching at the bottom of this article, it shows lead vocalists of both groups interacting with each other with Richard Edwards showing Jöran Steinhauer how to play this mountain dulcimer before bursting out in a performance of "You Are My Sunshine" whilst joined by Michelle Mifsud, who is featured towards the latter part of the performance during “Coming Home”. Malta and Latvia were well received during last nights’ Eurovision In Concert, with both entries actually having a relatively mid-tempo to uptempo kind of genre. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news about the Maltese representatives.

Source: Eurovision Song Malta (Facebook, Twitter)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSuAM9Hr9oY

The Eurovision In Concert held a couple of weeks back within The Netherlands is known to be the premier dress rehearsal for the competing countires at the Eurovision Song Contest and the team of Radio International had the pleasure of speaking to all of the artists present, amongst them Gianluca who will represent Malta with the song Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek. 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.

Denmark is the outright favourite in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with Emmelie de Forest and her entry Only Teardrops co-written by Lise Cable, Julia Fabrin Jakobsen and Thomas Stengaard. As a matter of fact, there is always a favourite which does well, along with another who will fall flat when it comes to the live performance. This is yet to be seen. In the meantime, Emmelie who is an extremely nice individual speaks to team of Radio International about competing in such a major showcase, her ancestral background and what she makes of the current situation in the polls, bookmakers and fan clubs. Moving onto another entry competing in the first semi-final, there is Zlata Ognevich who will be representing Ukraine with the song Gravity and according to the bookmakers, this currently ranks second behind Denmark. Zlata who has slight difficulty to speak in English is nevertheless a great performer and she speaks to Radio International and escflashmalta.com about her upcoming surprises, without revealing too much.

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

Apart from focusing on the first semi-final, it is always important to note that there is a second show and one which also includes a number of great songs including some fan favourites in the form of Greece whose entry Alcohol is Free performed by Koza Mostra featuring Agathonas has been setting the dancefloors alight. The team who have a great spirit speak about the song, the meaning behind it and what their expectations in Sweden during the Eurovision Song Contest are, especially considering that Greece has a reputation to uphold. One final interview from this semi-final is with PeR from Latvia whose entry bears the name Here We Go. It will be the opening act of the show but has not been receiving a lot of promotion as of late whilst somewhat destined to be another disappointment for the Baltic nation. The duo are great fun though and this adds to the spectacle of the Eurovision Song Contest. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3k2MOJOkKg

The final nation in the spotlight for this evenings' programme will be Amandine Bourgeois who will be representing France with L'Enfer et Moi. She has received great comments since her performance at the Eurovision in Concert and could surprise. There will also be a number of new releases played throughout the three hours, including Żarbun by Chiara which has already racked up more then 80,000 views in less than a week. 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. A spotlight on the Eurovision Song Contest will be switched on metaphorically of course by Dermot Manning as he chooses a topic for the week. 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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQJaab8j4fU

The first un-official rehearsal for the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest took place in the past couple of days as artists from all over the continent got together during the annual Eurovision In Concert held in The Netherlands. Final promotional tours are being held now as the date draws closer and as countries compete for what seems to be an extremely open edition of the international spectacle. 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.

The interviews in relation to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest have all been published and now with the Eurovision In Concert in tow, a series of new interviews with artists who were present will definitely be taking centre stage in the next couple of episodes. The team has planned a total of six for today, kicking things off with Ryan Dolan who will be representing Ireland in the first semi-final with his entry Only Love Survives. We had the opportunity to discuss several issues including his national final victory as well as his upcoming recording of the music video featuring a number of fans. It is quite intriguing that it is the only interview we chose for the first semi-final for this week but nevertheless, the others come from the second semi-final including Sopho & Nodi who will represent Georgia with their song Waterfall co-written by Thomas G:Son.They speak about their internal selection as well as their collaboration with the winning composer of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.

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

Keeping in line with the second semi-final, one of the vocal powerhouses seems to very much belong to Moran Mazor who will be flying the flag for Israel as she performs Rak Bishvilo in Sweden. There has been a lot of media coverage surrounding this artist as of late regarding her choice of attire at the international spectacle with the broadcaster refusing to let renowned designer Galliano work on her dress. Marco Mengoni was one of the drawcards during the Eurovision In Concert and when he was relaxed, he definitely showed wearing tracksuits and baggy pants but nevertheless, always the gentleman, he dresses up for the occasions. We spoke to him about his victory during the Sanremo competition with L'Essenziale as well as his personal expectations of the international spectacle. Italy is one of the favourites in this years' competition and therefore, Marco whose album, #PRONTOACORRERE is currently number #1 in Italy will definitely be one of the artists to look out for during the forthnight.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2C-ePvHfAs

Gerard Joling, who represented The Netherlands back in 1988 Eurovision Song Contest achieving ninth place with his entry Shangri-La was also around during the festivities and the team of Radio International wanted to get his opinion on this years' competition along with his thoughts on the Dutch entry which is being performed by the popular, Anouk. The final interview for this week comes with none other than Gianluca, who will be representing Malta in the second semi-final with the song Tomorrow, co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek. 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 spotlight on the Eurovision Song Contest will be switched on metaphorically of course by Chris Poppe as he chooses a topic for the week. Follow the show through the official website and also send your requests through the contact link which is found on the aforementioned website.

Source: Radio International

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WmJXIR9xtw

Tomorrow, co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek with vocals provided by Gianluca is being touted as a dark horse in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The young performer was a complete newcomer to the festival scene a couple of months ago and ultimately finished in second place when it came to the public just behind favourite, Kevin Borg but nevertheless, with the overwhelming support of the jury, he was given the opportunity to carry the flag on behalf of the country. The Public Broadcasting Services are doing their utmost to promote both him as an artist as well as the actual track, an infectious indie/pop song which is current in both genre and presentation.

A promotional tour might not always be key to success but several countries appreciate the visit and this year, one has to applaud the broadcaster on their strategy. Earlier this year, Gianluca was asked to appear as a guest performer in Armenia where he had the opportunity to perform during the national selection but nevertheless, this would not be the only destination noting that in the past couple of hours, he also performed to a massive crowd at the Eurovision In Concert in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The annual party featured twenty-six of the competing artists in this years' international spectacle. 

In an interview which he gave to esckaz, it was also revealed that he will be visiting Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and London. The latter was previously revealed exclusively by escXtra. In the meantime, Gianluca has also decided to take a stance and select his favourite entry in this years' Eurovision Song Contest, that being Ég á Líf by Eyþór Ingi on behalf of Iceland. This does not come to a surprise considering the stunning message that the track encompasses. We would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about Gianluca and his entry Tomorrow as they represent Malta in this years' international competition.

Source: PBS (Image), esckaz.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WmJXIR9xtw

Marco Megoni, the artist who will be representing Italy at the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song L'Essenziale co-written with Roberto Casalino and Francesco de Benedettis is set to head on a promotional tour. Apart from a round of venues in Italy which will encompass support for his latest album #prontocorrere which debuted at number #1 in the charts, it seems that Marco is giving into the desires of his fanbase as he will head to The Netherlands for the annual Eurovision In Concert, an event considered to be a rehearsal for the actual showcase in May. He is the latest artist to join the line-up alongside Hannah on behalf of Slovenia who is set to perform Straight Into Love.

Sanremo is one of the most popular music competitions in the continent and it was the reason behind the inception of the Eurovision Song Contest with the European Broadcasting Union thinking that they could unite the countries through the medium of music. Marco Mengoni was the winner of this years' edition with the same song that he will be representing Italy with at the international competition and with such a high profile locally, it is expected that the viewing figures will soar as both fans of the Eurovision Song Contest and of Marco Mengoni as an artist will be tuning into RAI DUE for the final. Gianluca on behalf of Malta with the song Tomorrow will also be present during the Eurovision In Concert taking place on the 13th April 2013. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of the latest news.

Source: Eurovision In Concert

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unRjK82bDLw

We have just received word that another country has joined in the ‘Eurovision in Concert’ which will be held on April 21st in Amsterdam. And this is none other than Portugal who will be represented by Filipa Sousa at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Her song is titled ‘Vida Minha’ and is a typical traditional entry which one could expect from the nation. It is written by Andrej Babic and Carlos Coelho who are known for writin the song Senhora Do Mar, a song which changed the perspective of many people about the countries' music tastes.

There are more than 25 countries who will be performing in this event which would surely hype those Eurovision fans coming from all over the globe. The event is to be based on 2 parts just like the 3 previous years; the day program which is open for the press and then the much awaited concert. The show will be hosted by Cornald Maas and Ruth Jacott (ESC ’93). It is to be noted that Filipa will also be flying to London for The London Eurovision Party" event. Portugal is competing in the second semi-final with Malta. We would like to wish Filipa the best of luck.

Special thanks to Nelson Costa who contributed this News

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPJUJHLGhA8

During this particular period, most of the acts which will be representing their country in the Eurovision Song Contest tend to be preparing themselves in terms of vocal and visual presentation and that is why, this is called a preliminary quiet period. Nevertheless, the next major event for the fans of the biggest music event in the whole of Europe is surely the Eurovision In Concert, organized in The Netherlands, a four time winner of the prestigious competition with the last victory coming back in 1975 by virtue of Teach In and their song 'Ding-A-Dong'. The event has become an annual affair and this year, it is also being sponsored by PRINZ, the Canadal Company, the European Broadcasting Union and TROS amongst others whilst receiving the official partnership of esctoday.com, songfestivalweblog.nl and OGAE Netherlands.

Many have spoken out that the event is like a pre-rehearsal for most of the acts noting the high attendance in recent years with those who have no general promotion opting to use this particular event to check the competition out whilst promoting their own entry. The list of the participating countries in this showcase is growing larger and it reached twenty-four (24) last night by virtue of Azerbaijan and Malta. In fact, the host country of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest will be represented by Sabina Babayeva with the song When the Music Dies. The upcoming performer has only been to Georgia this year and therefore will be hoping to make the best out of her visit. In the meantime, the Maltese representative Kurt Calleja who will be performing This Is The Night has already been to Azerbaijan, Lithuania and Bulgaria but will surely be using the event to garner more fans. The full list of participants as announced thus far can be seen below.

  • Azerbaijan - Sabina Babayeva - When the music dies
  • Malta - Kurt Calleja - This is the night
  • Ireland - Jedward - Waterline
  • Spain - Pastora Soler - Quédate conmigo
  • France - Anggun - You and I
  • Greece - Eleftheria Eleftheriou - Aphrodisiac
  • Romania - Mandinga - Zaleilah
  • Ukraine - Gaitana - Be my guest
  • Cyprus – Ivi Adamou – La la love
  • Bulgaria - Sofi Marinova - Love unlimited
  • Turkey – Can Bonomo – Love me back
  • Switzerland - Sinplus - Unbreakable
  • Slovenia - Eva Boto - Verjamem
  • Latvia - Anmary - Beautiful song
  • Belgium - Iris - Would you
  • FYR Macedonia - Kaliopi - Crno i Belo
  • San Marino – Valentina Monetta - The social network song
  • Hungary - Compact Disco - Sound of our hearts
  • The Netherlands - Joan Franka - You and me
  • Georgia - Anri Jokhadze - I'm a joker
  • Austria - Trackshittaz - Woki met deim Popo
  • Lithuania - Donny Montell - Love is blind
  • Finland - Pernilla - När jag blundar
  • Albania - Rona Nishliu - Suus

The Eurovision In Concert this year is being presented by Ruth Jacott who represented The Netherlands back in the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest and also Cornald Maas. The host will also be performing her entry Vrede during the event. In the meantime, Maas has been hosting the event for the past three years. Stay tuned to www.escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news in the preparations for the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place for the first time ever in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Source: ESCtoday

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjhBsCop3Ys