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89.7 Bay has always spearheaded the importance of the local music scene and it is extremely refreshing to see that the existing divide between radio and local competitions is coming to an end because of the evolution of the respective acts that are coming forth and taking reigns over their respective music careers. In recent weeks, Ira Losco was leading the local chart with her hit single What I'd Give which still finds itself in position number #3 just behind the likes of the group Scar, former entrants in the Malta Song for Europe for starters who have most recently released their latest track White Lie. Nevertheless, the focus of the past two weeks has surely been Kurt Calleja who has found his way onto the chart with a brand new song which is definitely giving him an edge over the prior music he released. The song entitled Boomerang co-written by K-Warren could be found at number #10.

People have become somewhat infatuated with the track noting that it was also at number #2 on iTunes following it's release and prior to the performance giving on the Granaries at the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. There is a lot riding on his follow up to the song This Is The Night which saw Malta advance to their first final of the Eurovision Song Contest since Chiara had done the honour in 2009 with the track What If We. Enlisted to help out in the final mix was Dan Pursey, a man who does not need a lot of introduction having worked with Five, Westlife, Kate Winslet, Ronan Keating  Clay Aiken, The Saturdays, Il Divo, Leona Lewis and Will Young just to mention a few. On the backing track, there are Matthew James Borg of Red Electrick and Kurt's very own brother, Kevin! The editorial board of would like to wish Kurt the very best with his new single and hopefully, it will scale up the chart a little bit higher in the weeks to come whilst reminding you to tune in every Monday night to listen to the Chart Update by Nathan D on 89.7 Bay.

Source: 89.7 Bay

Published in Local Music News
Thursday, 13 September 2012 07:26

Exclusive: Special KKI 2012 Guest is Kurt Calleja

The 2012 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is due to take place in just a couple of days time hoping that the weather will ultimately hold up with all of the respective festivities taking place on The Granaries in Floriana next week. In fact, the final list of participants of the competition has now finally been announced with four acts gaining a place on the prestigious stage having made it through a 60% Jury and 40% Tele-Voting phase which was transmitted weekly through the programme Indifest hosted by Christine Haber and Ronald Briffa on NET Television every Tuesday evening for the past couple of weeks. Earlier this week, it was revealed that the first special guest for the actual night of the competition would be last years' winner and 1995 Eurovision Song Contest representative; Mike Spiteri but he will also be joined by this years' Eurovision Song Contest representative being Kurt Calleja.

In yet another piece of exclusive information trusted to, we are pleased to announce that the lead singer of the track This Is The Night which found the way into the final of this years' Eurovision Song Contest has agreed to give the crowd present a couple of renditions of his tracks. Since coming back from Baku, Kurt has not been laying around idle having just put out a brand new track, in a completely different vein to his Eurovision entry with the title being Boomerang. What is remotely impressive is that the song managed to peak at number #2 in the iTunes chart over here in Malta, making the artist even more successful than he had already become in recent months. This years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza will be staged on Tuesday 18th September 2012 on The Granaries in Floriana and hosted by Ronald Briffa and Christine Haber. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source:, Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza

Thursday, 23 August 2012 16:20

Germany: New Single by Roman Lob Released

Roman Lob achieved fame in Germany following his appearance at the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest where he successfully represented Germany with the track Standing Still written by Jamie Cullum, Steve Robson and Wayne Hector. One would easily say that it was somewhat of a dream team considering that the British songwriters had penned hits for the likes of James Blunt, Take That, Olly Murs, Blue, Busted, Westlife, Atomic Kitten, Leanne Rimes, One Direction, Emma Bunton, Susan Boyle, Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj amongst others. The song was well received in Baku, Azerbaijan though noting that it finished in eight place overall, having amassed a sixth place with tele-voting and tenth place with the jury. Roman Lob achieved success also in the charts with the track peaking at number #3 in Germany and being in an album which successfully charted at number #9. The music career continues with Universal Music Germany releasing Call Out The Sun as the sophomore single.

As previously stated, the track entitled Call Out The Sun is a track taken from the debut album or Roman Lob which bears the name Changes. It is quite interesting that the songwriting team behind this track is completely different that the star dream team found in his debut track and the result is actually very much different in terms of sound. The production was done by his mentor Thomas D and therefore, it is still being marketed as a song which should do well in the charts. Since winning the 2010 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with Lena-Meyer Landrut, it seems that Germany have found the successful formula because they have managed to finish in the top ten for three consecutive years now and will be hoping to continue their trend in the coming years. Roman Lob in the meantime has not ruled out a return to the Eurovision Song Contest but not immediately. He is set to go on tour in support of his debut album soon and more details of that could be found on his official website. Stay tuned to for more of the latest news about foreign artists who went to the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Universal Music Germany 

Following an extremely successful couple of years following the millennium, the results of Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest quickly dwindled to either the lower end or the middle part of the scoreboard and the broadcaster was extremely disappointed with the results bringing about a number of different formulas in hope that the results would improve. Eventually, this time round they decided to pick one of the most popular singers in Spain by the name of Pastora Soler but then again, instead of singing traditional flamenco, she was set to sing one of three ballads as per the requirements of a national final for the respective song. The track chosen entitled Quedatè Conmingo written by Thomas G:son, Tony Sánchez-Ohlsson, Erik Bernholm ended up in tenth place following a masterful performance by the performer and thus the worries that Spain would never reach such a high position was diminished. Fans fell in love with the song and as a present back, Pastora has recorded a new version in English so that it would have worldwide appeal.

Apart from reaching the top ten of the Spanish charts prior to departing for the Eurovision Song Contest, peaking at number #6, the song has also managed to crack the charts in Belgium at number #76 which is quite a surprise noting that songs from the Western country have not managed to break any other European charts in recent years. Speaking through social networking website, Facebook, the renowned performer stated that the English version has been demanded by her fans for quite some time and thus she gave into their request and went through and reocrded. The writers of the song did not find a problem to re-write the lyrics and it seems that the intensity she brought about for the Spanish version is still in existant with the track not losing any of it's general feeling noting that it has managed to remain strong in every respective count. Stay tuned to for more news about artists who went to the Eurovision Song Contest.

Sunday, 22 July 2012 14:15

Ireland: Jedward Made the Wrong Choice

Seven victories have seen Ireland keep their record as the most successful country at the Eurovision Song Contest and despite the fact that they have not managed to come anywhere close to the top three in recent years, it seems that their fortunes are improving noting last years' top ten finish and this years' semi-final qualification thanks to the twins, Jedward and their entries Lipstick and Waterline where in the final they finished in eight and nineteenth place respectively. In the months leading up to the Irish Eurosong, there had been a lot of speculation on the track which the duo would ultimately be performed noting the fact that Linda Martin went on record stating that they had been receiving a lot of songs which were being put under consideration. As the date of the selection loomed, the twins went onto their twitter saying that the song would ultimately be called What's Your Number but in a couple of days, people learned the song is actually called Waterline.

The difference of the title could have still referred to the same track in the long run but this would not turn out to be the case eventually, especially due to the fact that when their third album Young Love was released earlier this year, peaking at number #1 in Ireland, number #8 in Estonia and #18 in Sweden amongst other, there was a track with the same name that many had expected to be their bid for the Eurovision Song Contest. As the fact remains, weeks have passed since the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, Azerbaijan came to an end but we seriously believe that the wrong song was picked noting that What's Your Number is fresh, catchy and very much in boys' vocal range. The choreography for it would have been very instant and people would have remembered the song easier without the extra needed gimmick of the fountain that was brought in to help the viewers remember the track. Ireland have managed to make it through to the finals for the past three years and will be hoping to do so in 2013 when the contest moves to Malmo, Sweden. There are a number of names who are being tipped for next year including Imelda May, Leanne Moore, Mikey Graham, Nadine Coyle and even Johnny Logan amongst others. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news.

Source: , Paddy Power

The 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest came to an end just a couple of weeks ago with Loreen from Sweden and the track Euphoria winning convincingly with the second largest score in history, only somewhat outdone by Fairytale performed by Alexander Rybak on behalf of Norway. Following the victory, promotion has been key noting that Warner Music Sweden has released the track digitally all across the continent, topping the charts in Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland whilst also managing top five in Australia, Israel, The Netherlands, Moldova, Romania, Spain, and the United Kingdom. One of the means of promotion is definitely a music video and that is why, it has been recorded and is now ready to be released.

The music video to the track Euphoria will officially premiere on Thursday, 5th July at 10:00 CET. There is a lot of speculation over the scenery of the video noting that it has been shot mostly outside. Here in Malta, there is quite a lot of interest in the track especially having led the iTunes chart for a considerably long time before an announcement late last week which basically noted that Loreen will be giving a concert in Malta on the 25th July supported by the likes of Kurt Calleja, Tenishia, DJ Ruby and Brooke. The event is being organised by Stand Out Events and you can purchase your tickets starting at €25 through this website. Stay tuned to more information about this years' winner of the Eurovision Song Contest as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Warner Music Sweden

One of the most successful nations at the Eurovision Song Contest during the past couple of years has surely been Greece especially following their victory in 2005 with Helena Paparizou and her track My Number One but such a pristine record could not always be held and as a matter of fact, the woman to have ended the consecutive run of top ten results was Eleftheria Eleftheriou who first tried to go to the music event for Cyprus a couple of years back but this years' track Aphrodisiac proved to be the best possible choice for the Hellenic nation. Once more, it seems that their low result has been anointed by the jury vote as expected with the final result being a seventeenth place, just slightly below Cyprus who finished in fifteenth place with La La Love as performed by Ivi Adamou.

Despite the disappointment, the viewing figures for Greece were very high as they have been in recent years and participation is thought to be secure for the years to come especially as the competition moves to Sweden in 2013. Eleftheria Eleftheriou in the meantime is also continuing with her music career debuting her new single this morning on Greek Radio Station; Star FM. The brand new track which bears the name Hearts Collide is clearly a track written for the months of summer noting a Greek rhythm and a beautiful beat that will definitely get everyone dancing. Eleftheria is signed to Universal Music Greece and despite her failure to impress at the Eurovision Song Contest, she is still going to embark on a tour which she has named after her entry at the esteemed music event performing shows all across Greece and also a one off special in Sweden on the 3rd August 2012. Stay tuned to for more news about artists that have competed in the Eurovision Song Contest in recent years and their upcoming releases.

Source: Star FM

Tuesday, 19 June 2012 07:40

France: Nil Points from Tele-Voting

France decided on selecting the artist internally for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest and went onto selection one of the most popular names in the industry being Anggun but it seems that the plan backfired as soon as the track Echo (You & I) was selected in conjuction with the performer and Warner Music France, who were also the brains behind last years' entry by Amaury Vassili entitled Sognu which despite doing better, failed to drum up the support that many people expected. It has been heavily tipped as a winner before France languished in fifteenth position. This time round, at the announcement of the split jury/tele-voting results, as confirmed by the European Broadcasting Union and Price Waterhouse Cooper, France did not even win any points through tele-voting meaning that should the system of a couple of years ago remained in place, it would have managed the dreaded 'Nil Points'.

Nevertheless, despite the disappointing figures in Tele-Voting, France racked up a respectable thirteenth position with the juries and when the points were divided into 50% shares between the two, it would only managed twenty-first position but this was not the only surprise of the evening noting that within the top ten, Turkey was also the major surprise with Can Bonomo finishing on an impressive fourth place with the tele-voting portion of the competition as opposed to the twenty-second place by the jury. Despite the contradicting results, Turkey returned to the top ten for the first time in two years with Love Me Back. This result was similar to the one achieved by Romania for their track Zaleilah as Mandinga got seventh place in the tele-voting as opposed to a twentieth with the jury finishing twelfth overall.

Other interesting results focus on the big five countries noting that the success of Germany and their entry Standing Still by Roman Lob was extremely merited with the country finishing in sixth place when it comes to tele-voting, as opposed to a tenth place in juries which saw them finish in a respectable eight place. The result in this case was quitew close, something extremely different from both Italy and Spain whom despite ranking in fourth and didth place with the juries with a difference of just three points, they managed only seventeenth and eighteenth with the people at home as their entries L'Amore E Femmina (Out of Love) and Quedatè Conmingo (Stay With Me) performed by Nina Zilli and Pastora Soler ranked ninth and tenth in the final tally.

The United Kingdom as entirely not expected finished higher with the public than with the jury who ranked Engelbert Humperdinck and his Love Will Set You Free in last place with a meager eleven points as opposed to the people at home who put him slightly higher in twenty first place but something was not working for that area of Europe because Ireland's entry in the competition by Jedward bearing the name Waterline finished in tenth place with the people and twenty-fifth, just before the United Kingdom with the juries. The most surprising analysis has to be carried out on Ukraine who for the first time ever failed to drum up the support of the viewers at home with the song Be My Guest performed by Gaitana and had to rely on the jury to qualify and to get a mid-table placing by finishing in seventh place with the jury as opposed to the twentieth position of the public.

One last focal point has to be Malta as Kurt Calleja and his entry This Is The Night managed to perform much better with the judges as expected who ranked it in sixteenth place on the final night as the people at home did not see it as better than twenty-fifth place with just a meager ten points. The same story was acknowledged in the semi-final where we placed eleventh with the public and fifth with the jury votes prompting us to get a result which would see us qualify because of the latter vote. Nevertheless, well done for all of the team for a sublime performance on Thursday which would have definitely seen us get a better result on Saturday if kept somewhat the same. You can view all of the decisive results through the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest, here.


The Team of Radio International is back this week and would like to invite to join the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience to overcome to Post Eurovision Depression. The Show is broadcast on 106.8FM and Digital Cable 41 in the Netherlands and also via the internet via and will also be web-televised via the show's own Live Video Channel via the website. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET this Wednesday.

Eurovision Song Contest Spotlight - Eurovision 2012 - The Aftershow Party:  

The 57th Eurovision Song Contest was staged on 26 May 2012 in Baku and each of our Eurovision Correspondants will each week be giving us their assessment of how they watched the shows and what they think of it. Of course, it goes without saying, it is spiced with their choice of songs from this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Continuing this new mini-series is Marcus Keppel-Palmer

Interview with Stefan Galea (Malta): 

One of Malta's young music talents is Stefan Galea who is no stranger to the ears of the listeners to Radio International as his music is aired on the show. Still a student Stefan also aims at an international singing career and hoping to be able that one day he will be representing Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest. At the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012 which is the national selection process of Malta to find a suitable song to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest JP met Stefan for an interview which you can hear during this week's edition of the show. Stefan is not only an actor in the Maltese TV series called D.R.E.A.M.S. but also a fine singer and his repertoire is growing as he is producing more and more music. Songs such as "Can't wait for FAF, Fittest Girl in History and Take it or leave it have been aired on Radio International in the past. The website is abailable here. Enjoy the interview on this week's edition of Radio International.

 Euro Friends Song Contest 2012 with Andy Simon: 

The Euro Friends Song Contest in search for the ultimate Eurovision song as voted for by the many fans around the world.  Andy  Simon joins us again next week to reveal the qualifiers for the next round.  The website of the Euro Friends Song Contest you will find here ( where you can easily vote for your favourite Eurovision songs per country and also see The Euro-Friends TV Show as hosted by Andy Simon. You can also join the Facebook Group.  Andy is back next week and he reveals the final qualifiers in Heat 50 (Germany).  

Interview with Nina Badric (Croatia 2012):  

After Daria Kinzer representing Croatia at the Eurovision Song Contest in Duesseldorf in 2011 - one of Croatia's biggest artists represented Croatia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan - NINA BADRIC. Unfortunately, she did not manage to qualify Croatia for the Grand Final as with only 42 points in Semi Final 2 she ranked 12th with the song "Nebo". Only the Top Ten of the Semi Finals meet in the Grand Final. However, Lilian, Eric and JP had the big pleasure meeting the singer in the Press Centre in Baku for a very funny interview. A must listen!  Enjoy. 

Eurovision Song Contest News with Luke Fisher from

Check out the latest developments connected to the Eurovision Song Contest. Whether it is music releases of Eurovision performers, appearances, special concerts, gossip, news, etc. Luke will have the latest updates during this week's edition of the show.

Interview with Ott Lepland (Estonia 2012):  

An amazing success for the entry of Estonia to the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. First Ott Lepland could qualify his country into the Grand Final from Semi Final 2 where he ranked 4th with 100 points and then in the Final - What a performance! - he reached a very remarkable 6th place with a total of 120 points. A very strong power ballade called "Kuula" which means "Listen!". Eric & JP met the singer in the Baku Press Centre for an interview which you can hear during this week's edition of Radio International. Enjoy! :)

Eurovision Music Requests/Eurovision Quiz:

A big part of the show is playing listeners' requests. Submit your requests and / or greetings to your Eurovision friends through Radio International via the CONTACT Link on But also don’t miss out on the weekly Eurovision Quiz where you can win a dip into the freshly filled up Goodies Bag or pick a Eurovision Song Contest from the past on DVD. 

Interview with Kaliopi (FYR Macedonia 2012):  

Kaliopi represented The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYRoM) at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 with the song "Crno E Belo" (Black and White) which reached Number 13 in the Grand Final. Kaliopi was already selected in the national final to represent FYROM at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1996 with the song "Samo Ti" ("Only You"), however, she never made it to the Eurovision stage back in 1996 due to her not having enough average vote to take part at the Eurovision Song Contest that particular year. An amazing lady and an amazing voice - JP had the pleasure to meet her for a few words describing her happiness that she managed to qualify FYROM to the Grand Final which did not happen for quite some years. Listen to this interview during this week's edition of Radio International.

More interviews with the 2012 Eurostars will be on the next editions of Radio International. Watch out for them every Wednesday. Join Radio International on Wednesday, 13 June 2012 from 2000 - 2300 hours CET, via the website or on FM. Radio International is available live via and on FM 106.8 and Digital Cabel Channel 41 in parts of the Netherlands. Should you not be able to listen live, the show will appear in the Programme’s Show Archive a few hours after it’s airing on the radio.

Source: Team of Radio International

This Is The Night performed by Kurt Calleja and his band alongside the additional vocals of Amber represented the country in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which took place in Baku, Azerbaijan. The betting odds and the polls did not think much of it unfortunately but nevertheless, with a strong performance in each rehearsal and then on the night of the semi-final, Malta sailed into the finals achieving seventh position making it the first entry to reach that stage since 2009 when What If We by Chiara had done the honours. Broadcasters have just become releasing their jury results and it seems that initial results show that the juries very much preferred the song over voters at home.

The first two countries to show this were none other than Portugal and Germany, both of which had the right to vote in the second semi-final with the latter being a big five country and therefore allocated by the European Broadcasting Union to vote by draw and the former being represented by Filipa Ruas and her beautiful entry Vida Minha which languished in thirteenth position. The Portuguese jury decided to award Malta with a total of three points but it seems that the voters at home did not think much of our entry and thus did not rank in the final top ten unfortunately and the same goes for Germany which saw Malta finish in eight place with the jury and yet no points in the combined effort signalling that in the semi-final, Kurt and his team were somewhat easy on the eye and technically correct. This Is The Night has also surpassed the 1,000,000 (million) in views making it the first Maltese video ever to have such an accolade.

Source: Nelson Costa,