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Apart from the means of FM Radio in the Netherlands on FM 106.8 and the audio stream from the studio via 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.

Radio International has built a name for itself throughout the years by bringing about exclusive video and audio interviews with some of the most notable names to have either participated in the Eurovision Song Contest or even in national selections preceding the continental event. In this week's episode, listeners will have the opportunity to hear interviews with; Corinna May, favourite to win the 2002 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest; Scott Fitzgerald, first runner-up in the 1988 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, losing against the popular Celine Dion by just one point and last but not least; Suzy who almost took Portugal back into the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 with her entry "Quero Ser Tua".

As the curtain on the 2014 season of the Eurovision Song Contest is brought down, David Mann will continue to look at cover versions from the event whilst the latest news from escXtra and will be read out. In the meantime, former representatives of the Eurovision Song Contest are always looking for ways to please their fans and thus new music is being recorded and published throughout the year. Radio International will be playing the most recent singles as sent in by several record labels. We urge you to tune into Radio International this evening at 20:00 CET in order to request your favourite entry from the Eurovision Song Contest and listen to the special features.

Source: Press Release

Wednesday, 04 September 2013 19:15

Switzerland: Celine Dion Experiments New Genre

Celine Dion’s international fans will be delighted this week that her long overdue comeback is finally coming to fruition. The English-language counterpart to her Sans Attendre album has long been teased and delayed on more than one occasion but yesterday the lead single, Loved Me Back To Life was finally unveiled and released.

The French-Canadian superstar who took home the Eurovision crown for Switzerland in 1988 launched her last English comeback a whole six years ago with the single Taking Chances, from the album of the same name. Despite a number of high profile performances and reasonable success in her native Canada, internationally the single didn’t quite perform as well as could have been hoped, reaching number 40 in the United Kingdom and number 54 in the US Hot 100.

It seems that this time around, she wants a hit with which to launch the album, and so has recruited the writing talents of Australian singer-songwriter Sia, who has recently written hit singles for Rihanna, Ne-Yo and Rita Ora, as well as co-writing and featuring on mammoth hits by Flo Rida (Wild Ones) and David Guetta (Titanium and She Wolf). Sia certainly seems to have sprinkled her brand of magic dust over the song, which is mid-tempo, R’n’B tinged with massive percussive production and soaring high notes as would of course be expected from a Celine Dion single.

The song sounds like a hit, and if Celine is going to embark on a successful chart comeback, this seems like the song to do it for her, but are people still interested in what Celine Dion releases in 2013, a whole quarter century after she triumphed at the Contest in Dublin? We will soon find out, as Loved Me Back To Life is available to buy from iTunes stores around the world, with the album (also titled Loved Me Back To Life), to follow in November. Stay tuned to and let us know below what you think of the track.

Source: Digital Spy

At one point in time, the music industry was all about vocal prowess with live performances bearing the most important factor for commercial success so much so that a particular generation not too long ago used to be in love with the likes of Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Gloria Esterfan, Aretha Franklin and Celine Dion. The latter was actually a contestant in the 1988 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest having managed to seal victory with just one point over the United Kingdom with the song Go following a flawless rendition of the track Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi which she performed for the small nation of Switzerland after going through a national final which was also very close-knit. The Canadian born performer has achieved success all over the globe but following the release of her English and French albums in 2007, she took a break from recording signing a Las Vegas Residency contract before having to stop for a vocal surgery which turned out to be a huge success.

Nevertheless, she has returned and already released her first comeback album in French bearing the title Sans Attendre. It is intriguing to note that despite the mixed reviews from the critics, the crowd do not seem to really matter going to buy the album as quickly as possible and vaulting it up to number #1 in France, Belgium and Canada whilst managing also number #2 in Switzerland. Other top twenty positions have also been attained in The Netherlands, Greece and Hungary where her upcoming English album Water and a Flame is definitely set to perform better due to the language issue. A french album does not really succeed outside the borders of non-French speaking countries but Celine Dion is always one to reverse the trend it seems. This has to be one of her most personal albums thus far and the editorial team are glad to see it succeed and that real music triumphs over the fresh material that is being produced by the modern generation of artist. Stay tuned to for more news about former winners in due course.

Source: Official Celine Dion Website

Till now, 24 countries have confirmed to share their music with the millions of viewers of Europe’s favourite show for next year which is the Eurovision Song Contest which is to be held in Malmo, Sweden after Loreen’s well-deserved win. 

A country which is deeply-missed from this contest is surely Luxembourg. The country played it’s fortune in the contest for 37 years with their last appearance back in 1993 when the band Modern Times ended up in the 20th place with just eleven (11) points. Octavie Modert (The minister in charge of culture) said that the decision regarding their 2013 participation depends on the broadcaster’s decision as the costs are relatively high. Although he also said that the country didn’t achieve great success in the past, one has to keep in mind that the country managed to win this prestigious contest five times in total.

Their withdrawal was due to the bad results that the country had achieved in the last couple of years that they had presented entries. Nevertheless, one has to point out that the best placing garnered in recent years was when Lara Fabian performed the song Croire and managed to finish in fourth place. This was the beginning of a long and successful career for the performer who is very much well known all over the world. We’d really like to see this country back on track so the Eurovision season would be more interesting and as they say; the more, the merrier!. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news about the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: RTL Group