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Saturday, 31 March 2012 13:50

Germany: Roman Lob to Release Debut Album

Germany is one of the most interesting countries to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest especially in recent years when results had dwindled before the representation of artists such as Max and Lena Meyer-Landrut turned the results around especially noting the involvement of Stefan Raab, who clearly is the equivalent of Simon Cowell in the Western Country. Following the second participation of Lena just last year with the song Taken by a Stranger which finished in tenth place, the broadcaster being ARD had to renew their search for a newcomer just like that had done with her and at the end of the day, the final individual to come out on top was none other than Roman Lob, the clear favourite from the very beginning.

The German performer is still twenty one years old and he won the preselection with the song Standing Still written by Jamie Cullum, Steve Robson and Wayne Hector and the person he defeated was none other than Ornella De Santis who competed with the song Quietly. The fact of the matter is that the Western nation secured the services of the British songwriters who have quite a vast background behind them having written for the likes of Simon Casey, Enrique Iglesias, One Direction, Susan Boyle, Clay Aiken, Westlife, Olly Murs, Kate Winslet, Rhydian, Gareth Gates and All Saints amongst others. He will be releasing his debut album entitled Changes on the 13th April 2012. His debut single which is also the Eurovision Song Contest entry peaks at number #3 in the German Charts. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news about Roman Lob and the 2012 edition of the music showcase.

Source: Roman Lob Official Website

Saturday, 31 March 2012 13:03

Ireland: Jedward get Eurovision Tattoos

For the Irish duo, this will be the second participation in the Eurovision Song Contest, following last year’s successful participation, have decided to get inked! Despite the video showing their ‘fearful’ faces, they managed to survive the ‘ink sting’ and got the Eurovision logo tattooed on their arm and back. Despite the video clarifying if the ‘tattoos’ are real, some expect that the Eurovision logos will not be present on the twins’ bodies at the actual contest but this is yet to be confirmed by the twins.


Jedward will this year be competing with their new single ‘Waterline’ , following last year’s  8th place with the song ‘Lipstick’. Will they be lucky this time round? The song seems to be getting quite popular with the Eurovision fans, but surely, the competition is tough. The duo will be singing in the first semifinal, scheduled for the 22nd May, in position number 18, a position chosen by the Irish delegation after winning a wild card during the draw. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news from the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Digital Spy

The general aim of this web portal is to bring you the latest news with regards to the local music industry from across the board and the foreign one where it concerns the Eurovision Song Contest. Apart from that though, we love to make this experience even more special when it comes to the live reporting whereas we bring in heavy weight names from the local and foreign music industries to comment on the songs prior to the competition and then even for the live shows. Earlier on this week, we announced the first commentator to be none other than Raquela, a Maltese singer who takes ones breathe away but today, we unveil our foreign commentator for the second semi-final, a man who hails from the country of Ireland, the stunning Simon Casey.

Clearly he is a man who does not require a lot of introduction having joined the panel for the past two years making this a third time. Without a doubt, we are always honoured to be working with such a professional artist. Simon first appeared on the Irish music scene through the competition You're A Star which was selecting the Irish representative and entry for the Eurovision Song Contest between 2003 and 2005 owing to mixed fortunes. The songbird took to the stage of the finals of the competition with a song entitled The Better Plan, a song which was finish second yet still top the charts and also receiving a triple platinum certification. This would lead to a record deal with Universal Music Ireland which released his first two albums, one entitled The Heart and Not Like Me both which received a certification, one platinum and one gold. Following a different direction in creativity, he parted ways with Universal Music Ireland and is soon ready to release his third album as an independent artist. His latest music is astonishing because it truly comes from within the soul and the talent that makes him special is still very much existent. Stay tuned to for the last name to come out within the next couple of days.

One of the least successful countries in the Eurovision Song Contest is the micro-state of San Marino, one which is yet to qualify from the semi-final stages of the event despite two participations, one coming in 2008 with the group Miodio and their song 'Complice' and the other coming last year with Senit and her entry 'Stand By'. This time round, SMTV decided on staying true to their roots by sending someone who actually is from San Marino in the form of Valentina Monetta who is known for a variety of song styles. Nevertheless, the chosen song is the one that caused a lot of controversy and had to be changed following a respective announced from the European Broadcasting Union reference group. 

In the long run, the song kept the same melody but had to see a change in lyrics because the issue was the promotion of Social Networking website; Facebook. The brand new title of the song is 'The Social Networking Song (Oh Oh Uh Oh Oh)' and most of the segments have been amended to fit into the new regulations. In the meantime, the video of the song was quite an interesting process and the production company along with the San Marinese broadcaster has prepared a video in which one could see what happened behind the scenes of the shoot. There were quite a number of interesting things taking place therefore, you should take a look below. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news about the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: SMTV

Following the announcement of all chosen entries for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, all songs are now running worldwide, and everyone is getting a listen to them. The Baku Eurovision Song Contest is only a month and a half away, thus, many are already pointing out their favourites. This clearly shows in the iTunes chart, in which we find Romania, Spain and Sweden in position number 143, 150 and 152 respectively. 

This years’ Romanian Entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, Mandinga is going strong towards their appearance in Baku. As it was revealed earlier this week, Mandinga will be heading to both Belgium and the Netherlands to promote their entry ‘Zaleilah. This song might be heading to be one of the big hits of 2012. There is already huge interest in the song within several main record companies across Europe, amongst the German territory. In fact earlier this week an official record deal was signed between Mandinga’s Romanian company Catmusic and Universal Belgium to release Zaleilah within the next few weeks.

Pastora Soler was revealed to represent Spain on 21 December 2011. For the first time since 2006, the artist was selected internally by RTVE. However, the song was chosen through a national final. Pastora Soler sang three candidate songs in a televised national final that was held on 3 March 2012 at the Prado del Rey studios in Pozuelo de Alarcón, Community of Madrid. The candidate songs were chosen from her latest album "Una mujer como yo", released in October 2011, and from new songs submitted through her record company or by composers who usually work with her, rather than from an open call. One of the three finalist songs was chosen through an Internet vote where two songs competed for a spot in the final. The online vote was held from 15 February to 20 February, and users were able to cast one single vote. The remaining two finalist songs were selected directly by Soler and her team. In the final, the winning song was selected by a combination of televoting (50%) and jury voting (50%). The professional jury consisted of Sole Giménez (singer), Franco de Vita(singer-songwriter) and Óscar Gómez (producer and songwriter). Each of the three jurors awarded 12, 10 and 8 points. Whereas, the song with the most televotes was awarded 36 points, the second was awarded 30 points and the third, 24 points. In case of a tie, the song preferred by the televote would have won. Spain is a Big Five member and is therefore automatically in the final, held on the 26th May. In the running order draw, determined on the 20th March 2012, Spain got a wildcard (allowing it to choose the singing position) and opted to perform 19th.

It came as no surprise when Loreen won Melodifestivalen, the Swedish selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, but she did it with record figures; more than 670,000 of the four million viewers called in to vote for her song Euphoria. Afterwards Loreen was simply overwhelmed: “A fantastic feeling, I almost started sobbing... but now I want to see what I can do better. Two months of preparation can do miracles!” Euphoria, written and produced by Peter Boström and Thomas Gson, is Loreen’s third single release and has already spent three weeks topping the Swedish charts quickly surpassing Platinum status. Neighbouring Norway and Finland were quick to discover this uplifting future anthem and are currently also reporting no.1 positions. Loreen's highly anticipated debut album is scheduled for a September release. Italy was also present in the iTunes chart, but Nina Zilli and her feminnine song seems to be still one of those songs that have yet to be truly appreciated.

Source: Itunes

In recent days, the saga of the backing vocalist has continued because following the axing of the young Ylenia Vella, it was announced by the Public Broadcasting Services last night that the more experienced Amber will be taking up her place behind Kurt Calleja during his performance of This Is The Night in the second semi-final of the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest where Malta has been drawn in fourth position. According to our sources, the role that the second runner-up of the Maltese national final will be enjoying is larger than that of Ylenia because of a different sound to her voice therefore, surprises seem to be in store for the final presentation of the Maltese entry in Baku. Nevertheless, there has been talk that Ylenia Vella will be asked to be the Maltese spokesperson and read out the points during the final.


The Public Broadcasting Services did not handle the issue in the best possible way without even commenting to the media with regards to the disappearance of the young artist with the bright future. In fact, whilst conducting an exclusive interview with Kurt Calleja on behalf of escflashmalta, the artist manager that is Peter Carbonaro on behalf of the broadcaster removed a particular segment of a question which referred to Ylenia Vella stating 'I removed the part of Ylenia'. It seems that they have yet to state a proper reason to the public why did they did this and we did try to get it but nevertheless, our attempts failed. Ylenia herself spoke out saying that they wanted a better singer according to the Chief Executive Officer and Head of Delegation, Anton Attard. In the meantime, one way in which they would make it up to her is by letting her read out the points during the final which will still get her quite the attention although not the same way in the long run. Stay tune for more news on as we follow the final preparations for Baku, Azerbaijan.

One particular story in Malta does tend to get the people talking and this year it seems to surround the story of Ylenia Vella who a couple of weeks ago was dropped from the performance of 'This Is The Night' to be performed by Kurt Calleja in fourth position in the second semi-final with the main reason given to the young artist being that they need a better vocal. It seems that the Public Broadcasting Services have just managed to find someone suitable for the role but despite the growing indications, nothing has been confirmed on whether a female vocal will be added in the long run although a faint one can be heard behind the raspy vocals of Kurt Calleja in the video. According to our multiple sources, the person who will ultimately be backing Kurt and his team will be none other than Amber. This news has now been confirmed by the Public Broadcasting Services as Amber joined Kurt Calleja, Rebecca Spiteri, Christian Calleja, Kevin Calleja and Warren Bonello.

Amber has quickly become a household name in the local music industry especially following her victory at the 'Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza' with the song 'Trid Tapprezza' written by Ray Agius and Alfred C Sant. Following that, she managed to make it to the semi-finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 with two songs, one entitled 'Catch 22' and the other entitled 'Touch Wood' but ultimately made it to the final round with the former singing a different genre for the festival. She returned this year and made it through to the finals with relative ease as she performed a more traditional power ballad entitled 'Answer With Your Eyes' which took her to third place, as secured by the jury following a dismal showing from the public unfortunately. The accompaniment seems to be quite an interesting issue now and if it is Amber, we would like to wish her the very best of luck as Malta represented in the Eurovision Song Contest later on this year. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news from Baku, Azerbaijan.

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