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The semi-finals of the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest are just a week away and our reviewers have come full circle today to speak about the final entry in the running order and that is none other than Lithuania but their journey has not been easy noting that there have been songs which have been given positive remarks and praise with others failing to impress ultimately and therefore falling below the usual standard. Nevertheless, everything might change as from today onwards when rehearsals commence but the experts saw the songs through the official preview videos and thus, there will be differences. The final entry is being brought about by Donny Montell and bears the name Love Is Blind composed by Brandon Stone and penned by the same Brandon Stone alongside Jodie Rose.

For Donatas Montvydas, or Donny Montell (24), creating, singing and dancing is his passion in life, a way to discharge emotionally. "If there is at least one person in the world (including me), for whom my creative work gives pleasure, then I’d like to be a part of the music.” Donatas Montvydas was born on October 22, 1987, in Vilnius. The musical path of Donny Montell began in the song contest Dainų dainelė where he became the laureate. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQ0uVVhJUs0

Later he studied at Balys Dvarionas music school. “That was the time when I understood that music was going to be a part of my whole life” states the young singer. Donny is a successful participant of various TV-shows: his voice mesmerized both the audience and jury at Duets Of The Stars and he won the Lithuanian version of the Dancing With the Stars. He competed at prestigious festivals as well, like Slavianskij Bazar and New Wave. He's also taken part in the national selections for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 and 2011.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6UyB7UVM-E

Meanwhile Donatas also found time to participate in the TABAMI project, where he performed songs of Michael Jackson.“It was one of my dreams that came true – to sing Michael Jackson’s songs on the big stage”. Donatas began 2012 successfully as well. He participated in the national selections for the Eurovision Song Contest, where he became the favourite of both professionals and TV-viewers, and received the right to participate in the the biggest musical event in Europe with the song Love Is Blind.

The Critics Voice Their Opinion

Magnus Kaxe

  • A Lithuanian version of Zorro gets on stage wearing ribbon over his eyes and singing “Love is blind”. The first half of the song is a ballad; second half is a B-side of single from the 80’s by Rick Astley. This is the most terrible song of the evening. Love might be blind and I wish I was deaf. At least during this song. I cannot give this one more than one (1) point.

Marion Welter

  • The final song does feature a good looking lovely sunny boy with the most beautiful looking eyes I have ever seen btut the song is nothing special actually as it is somewhat dedicated to all the girls he loved before. Nevertheless, three (3) points for the effort.

Tobias Larsson

  • A ballad that turns into a disco stomper that turns into a complete mess of a breakdown before finding its way back to the disco. Most confusing, as the whole song tries to hard to be something that it is not. And the over-excited performance does nothing to help either. Four (4) points from my end.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28Zel35BCwo 

Entry Background

Performer: Donny Montell

Composer: Brandon Stone

Author: Brandon Stone & Jodie Rose

Song: Love Is Blind

Language: English

Broadcaster: LRT

History of the Nation

This year marks the thirteenth participation for the Lithuanian nation in the Eurovision Song Contest and they have had somewhat of a disappointing history throughout the years unfortunately. Their first entry way back in 1994 proved to be a negative trial as the country did not even score one point and ended at the bottom of the board with Lopšinė mylimai but nevertheless, their comeback in 1999 was much more successful scoring thirteen more points with Strazdas but then in 2001, they managed their best placing to date with You've Got Style finishing in thirteenth place. Ultimately as the years would go on their best result would come in 2006 with the happy go lucky song We Are the Winners which would achieve sixth place after qualifying from the semi-final. Last year, they did surprise people when their ballad C'Est Ma Vie finished in fifth place within the semi-finals and therefore making it to the finals where a mid-table position was also achieved adding to the positive results of the country.

Source: Eurovision.tv for the Biographical Information and all respective media

 

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Sixteen tracks have come to be reviewed by our esteemed panel of critics who have clearly defined their own personal opinion over a number of notable concerns including technique of the voice, genre of the song and also hit potential amongst other things. The penultimate track in the second semi-final of this years' Eurovision Song Contest is coming from Bosnia & Herzegovina, a successful nation in the music competition whom this year will be represented by the musical stylings of Maya Sar, who just happens to be a very notable name in the music industry of the Balkans. She will be performing the song Korake Ti Znam which has been composed and penned by her husband whose name is Mahir Sarihodžić. Also aiding in the composition is none other than the renowned Adriano Pennino who was the musical director at the Sanremo festival earlier this year.

A supremely talented singer/songwriter, Maya Sar brings passion and depth to her music and performances, including the self-penned song Korake ti znam, which she will perform for Bosnia & Herzegovina in Baku in May. Maya Sar is a songwriter, composer and singer who works with the biggest names from the Balkan region. For many years she has been a member of Dino Merlin's band with whom she performed on stage at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=911VrUmr7wI

She is the founder of a regional humanitarian project, which helps to fight against cervical cancer Moj je život moja pjesma (My Life Is My Song) and the composer and songwriter of the eponymous song. For this she received the Golden Plaque Of The Great Human Heart by the International League of Humanists. With her first self-penned single "Nespretno", Maya Sar achieved remarkable success and gained the respect of the audience. She composes for other artists in the family studio Long Play with her husband and producer Mahir Sarihodžić and is also finishing her first solo album.

The Critics Voice Their Opinion

Magnus Kaxe

  • I love these kinds of songs – the Disney ballads. A beautiful song and an amazing voice. Maybe the chorus is a little bit weak. Hard to say how the Eurovision audience will vote. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it makes it through to the finals and with such an assessment, fully deserving of eight (8) points.

Marion Welter

  • This is a very sensual song and I must say that it is one of the few Balkan entries to have struck a chord with me and apart from that, her vocals are flawless and just beautiful. Like my colleague before me, eight (8) points.

Tobias Larsson

  • I adored MayaSar already last year, when she was part of the Bosnian backing group. This year she offers a quite little ballad that might be too soft and introvert to capture the large masses on a first listening. But the ones who listen carefully will be strongly rewarded for doing so. A pearl. Beautiful indeed, nine (9) points.

Entry Background

Performer: Maya Sar 

Composer: Maja Sarihodžić

Author: Maja Sarihodžić

Song: Korake Ti Znam

Language: Bosnian

Broadcaster: BHRT

History of the Nation

Next year will be a notable year for Bosnia & Herzegovina in the Eurovision Song Contest as they will be hitting their first milestone by virtue of entering into their twentieth participation. Their history has been nothing short of successful especially in recent years noting that since the millennium, they have managed to reach the top ten six times in total, just missing out on another three or four occasions. Their best result thus far remains to be that achieved by Hari Mata Hari and his song Lejla written by Zeljko Joksimovic who will be representing Serbia this year. Their second best result was achieved last year with Dino Merlin and his track Love In Rewind besting his previous best of seventh place in 1999 when with Beatrice he finishing in seventh place with the track Putnici.

Source: Eurovision.tv for the Biographical Information and all respective media

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Friday, 11 May 2012 01:09

Norway: Reviewing the track 'Stay'

The last three entries of the second semi-final are the ones left to be introduced to the public and they are quite interesting noting that they have amassed positive criticism from almost across the board. Sometimes, countries tend to take up examples which they have achieved in the past or maybe even those which had been noted from other countries and one such example might be said to have taken place this year as Norway will be represented by Tooji, an upcoming artist, television host and former model on MTV whose song entitled Stay seems to be extremely similar to Popular by Eric Saade last year. The track which will be doing the honour for the Scandinavian nation was composed and penned by the trio; individually known as Tooji, Figge Boström & Peter Boström.

Tooji was born in Shiraz in Iran in 1988. He had his first birthday whilst fleeing to Norway. The family’s Persian traditions and roots have given Tooji strong references, both musically and personally. A good life with a close-knit family in a new country has influenced his upbringing and life choices since. With a strong wish to express impressions and feelings Tooji has gone his own creative ways, and after art school and theatre school, it was finally music that became closest to Tooji’s heart. In addition to devoting himself to his passions, the experience of working in kindergartens and with after-school-activities, young people and asylum seekers, has given Tooji an even more important mission in life: To give a voice to those who would otherwise not have been heard.

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

Some choices have been more important than others, and working with refugees in asylum centres has made its mark on him. “I was incredibly happy that I had my family here, a comfy bed, food and a roof over my head. At the same time it made me very sad too see all these people, children and youngsters, with so much misery and sadness in their eyes. It put things into perspective.” Tooji completed his studies in child protection, and he now works as a child protection consultant in the department of after-care, a job he finds intense and socially important, challenging and vital. In encounters with youngsters the problems are often similar, regardless of where they come from.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5d8exg_PFS8

“When I dedicated myself to causes and people I wanted to help, I knew the political arguments, the rules and regulations – but nobody listened. It was so frustrating! My devotion alone wasn’t enough, and that became an important motivational factor in my burning wish to get a voice that someone would listen to.” To Tooji it’s all about music making it possible. Music is the driving force. Music can provide Tooji with a chance to be heard. On February the 11th Tooji wins Melodi Grand Prix, to represent Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest. The people have spoken. His song “Stay” immediately tops iTunes, and Tooji becomes an overnight sensation. Tooji has found his arena, and we want to listen.

The Critics Voice Their Opinion

Magnus Kaxe

  • Arabic flavored song in a modern house/techno production. Same synth sound as in “Satisfaction”by Ben Benassi. Tooji has charisma and the moves. Energetic and a nice buildup to the chorus. But unfortunately the chorus is not that strong, just ordinary and once more, six (6) points.

Marion Welter

  • He looks great..! This song confuses me though as the oriental harmonies are quite strange in my opinion but then the dancing is just sublime! There is something which is positive about this track but it does not garner enough attention to pass, hence three (3) points suffice.

Tobias Larsson

  • The performer is doing a great job here - adding some drama, excitement and flavour to an otherwise rather square pop song, written complely by the book. Modern but empty, as well as lacking a real chorus and therefore, will hold back to just six (6) points.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOdRFtwTzb8

Entry Background

Performer: Tooji

Composers: Tooji, Figge Boström & Peter Boström

Authors: Tooji, Figge Boström & Peter Boström

Song: Stay

Language: English

Broadcaster: NRK 

History of the Nation

The fiftieth entry of Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest was actually sent last year and despite being favourites to qualify with Haba Haba performed by Stella Mwangi, she fell short and did not manage to make it. The country holds the record for the most last place actually managing ten in total from the fifty years in competition, their most recent coming in 2004 with Knut Anders Sorum and the song High but then again, have also won the competition on three occasions, being in 1985 with Bobbysocks and La Det Swinge, then in 1995 with Secret Garden and Nocturne and very recently in 2009 when Alexander Rybak took to the stage with his song Fairytale. In fact, he will be part of the former winners interval act during the second semi-final where Norway is competing.

Source: Eurovision.tv for the Biographical Information and all respective media

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The second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest has been quite the interesting affair noting that there are up to two entries which have been touted as definite qualifiers leaving the rest of the field somewhat open. As always, there will be a number of surprises because the audience on the actual night and the previous evening would have done their deed in voting for what they see as absolutely striking. The fifteenth entry is the second showcase is featuring the unlikely Slovakia who will be represented by one of their most popular stars who has decided to use the new stage name of Max Jason Mai for the Eurovision Song Contest. The song that he will be presenting to the audience is entitled Don't Close Your Eyes, one which he wrote by himself in terms of both music and lyrics.

Max Jason Mai is a rock musician, singer-songwriter and rhythm guitarist born on November 27th, 1988 in Slovakia. He believes that music can and should change the world, he loves people with a sense of humour and the good things in life. Be they music, sports, yoga, love, or nature. He reveres all living beings, that’s why he’s vegetarian and he doesn’t wear clothes made from leather, as he wouldn’t want to be a handbag either. MJM is influenced by a wide range of artists of several genres, especially rock, for example Led Zeppelin, Whitesnake, Alter Bridge, 30 Seconds To Mars, Dream Theater, Metallica, John Mayer, Enigma, Sade, Ennio Morricone, Antonin Dvorak. He recorded his song for ESC 2012 and his first single Don’t Close Your Eyes with the American record producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJtwhdD2APc

The Critics Voice Their Opinion

Magnus Kaxe

  • Metal! Double kick drums and fast bpm! Energetic verses and a sing-along-chorus sung by a great singer. Great music production. I love it and will therefore give this eight (8) points.

Marion Welter

  • This is the typical opposite of what is normally sent to the Eurovision Song Contest as it features what seems to be Gothic Rock which is very different. It is a tough song but still I like it maybe not fully in this context hence why I decided to be very close and give the track five (5) points.

Tobias Larsson

  • One of the best ballads in the line-up, leaving you wonder how tiny Estonia can come up with so many really good songs. Very good singing, powerful and controlled at the same time, complete with very soft and tender lyrics. I would like to award this nine (9) points in total as they are fully deserved even for originality. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2_7YdLk1Tc

Entry Background 

Performer: Max Jason Mai 

Composer: Max Jason Mai 

Author: Max Jason Mai 

Song: Don't Close Your Eyes

Language: English

Broadcaster: STV

History of the Nation

This years marks the seventh appearance of Slovakia at the Eurovision Song Contest having first entered way back in 1994 when a disappointing result would see them leave the competition for a year before returning in the following year, 1995 with a track which would eventually obtain a better yet still negative result. This would ultimately be a trend for the country who left the competition completely after the 1998 edition deciding only to return in 2009 when the duet made up of Kamil Mikulčík and Nela Pocisková sang the song Let' Tmou to only receive eight points. Their most positive result came last year, obtaining almost fifty (50) points with the song I'm Still Alive performed by the TWiiNS finishing in thirteenth place in the semi-final.

Source: Eurovision.tv for the Biographical Information and all respective media

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Sweden seems to be the country to beat in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest but according to pundits, Italy might be one of those countries who can cause the upset because Nina Zilli and her entry bearing the title L'Amore È Femmina (Out Of Love) seem to have the potential to become a renowned song in both the history of the competition and in several charts across the continent. When the singer was announced following Sanremo held in February, there were gasps from the world of Italian music and the Eurovision because Nina is not an upcoming artist and is currently signed to Universal Music Italy with which she has released two studio albums, the first being Sempre Lontano which peaked at number #5 and the second being L'Amore È Femmina which managed to climb to number #11 which is also relatively good.

In the past couple of weeks, Nina has been putting up a series of one off concerts in support of her participation in the Eurovision Song Contest and also her album but she has also made a number of television appearances. There are a lot of high hopes in Italy that she could achieve yet another great result and I truly believe that they could be the ones to beat Sweden come two weeks time when the actual event takes place. The song has been reworked into a bi-lingual version as one could note from the title. The official video of the track was released earlier this week and the bi-lingual version also followed. You could view the video just below and one can also see how much effort is being put in by both RAI and Universal Music Italy to make sure that Nina gives a very good performance in Baku, Azerbaijan. Remember that Malta is competing in the second semi-final with Kurt Calleja and his entry This Is The Night. Stay tuned to all the latest news with escflashmalta.com as we aim to continue covering the event.

Source: RAI, Universal Music Italy, Facebook, Eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coqLVynejo8

This years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is now just a couple of days away and therefore, the final announcements are now being made public by the host broadcaster of the 2012 event being Ictimai Television following the victory of Ell and Nikki with the song Running Scared during their time in Dusseldorf, Germany. There have been a number of rumours going about with regards to the interval act but it seems that it has now been revealed to be none other than the last five winners of the esteemed event. This will be the first time that they will be brought together on stage. It is not yet known what songs they will be performing but they will surely sing the tracks that took the Eurovision Song Contest to their respective nations. 

This years' competition will be taking place in the Baku Crystal Hall to which the constructed was completed just days ago. In fact, the technical team has already been making use of the equipment through a number of rehearsals to make sure that everything is spot on and working perfectly. The very first official rehearsals are set to begin on the 13th May when the first set of participants in the first semi-final will take to the stage. The interval acts are also being put into the schedule now in fact noting that they include Alim Gasimov; Natiq rhythm band; singer/songwriter Emin and last but not least the National Dance Ensemble but then, the European Broadcasting Union made this surprise revelation this morning including performers; Marija Serifovic (2007), Dima Bilan (2008), Alexander Rybak (2009), Lena (2010) and Ell & Nikki (2011). It will surely be an interesting spectacle which will be including in the same semi-final in which Malta and Kurt Calleja along his team will be competing. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qnsZgQe1tU

Kurt Calleja and the rest of the team which will be heading to Baku, Azerbaijan in just a couple of days time are making that final push prior to representing Malta in the esteemed music event which is seen by millions all around the world including Australia and the United States. Nevertheless, This Is The Night will be hoping to capture the hearts of the viewers during the night of the second semi-final in hope of making it to the finale on Saturday night. Despite an apparent surge in polls, odds and even viewers' positive reactions, Kurt and his team will still be working hard to overcome the current with latest pundits stating that the falsetto he included in his last two performances were unnecessary. In fact, one particular comment posted on Social Networking Website, Facebook by music theatre performer; Joseph Zammit stated if this is not his worst performance, then it doesn't say much about his talents with clear reference to his performance on RAI DUE during London Live 2.0 where Kurt was a guest earlier this week. This evening, Kurt will be giving one of his final interviews to international media prior to the Eurovision Song Contest.

This interview will be featuring during this evenings' show on Radio International hosted by  escflashmalta.com frontman Jurgen Boernig. It will not be the only one which will be played during the show which can also be followed online through www.radiointernational.tv noting that there will also be interviews with none other than Can Bonomo who will be representing Turkey, Rona Nishliu who will be performing for Albania, Joan Franka who will be representing the colours of The Netherlands, Valentina Monetta who will be representing San Marino, Eleftheria Eleftheriou who will represent Greece and also Pasha Parfeny who will be doing the same on behalf of Moldova. Therefore, tonight do not forget to tune into Radio International hosted within The Netherlands where several interviews as seen above will be aired along with music requests, a quiz, and also Eurovision Song Contest news with our partners escXtra. Stay tuned for more information about the last promotional efforts by this years' participants only on escflashmalta.com

 Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-Cl3-egVm0

Wednesday, 09 May 2012 11:49

Estonia: Reviewing the track 'Kuula'

The latter part of the second semi-final has to be one of the most intriguing spectacles noting that the variety of genres is very much reflected especially following an array of Balkan tunes which will become somewhat synonymous. Despite their beauty, it is somewhat extremely important that they all relate to each other and some of them might be left out and that is why the next ballad is different because it has a different sound, more notable which will be respected by a number of people around the continent. The country that is being referred to is none other than Estonia who this year have decided to send the crooning Ott Lepland with the song Kuula which he composed alongside Aapo Ilves. 

He has always beaten the competition by an impressive margin. In the final of Eesti Laul, for example, he received 67% of the votes. Ott was already well known in Estonia when he was still a child. He released four albums of children's songs and performed in the theatre, but left the limelight when he became a teenager and focussed on his studies of music. The result is here: he is one of the most respected vocalists in Estonia, an excellent pianist, and the author of some of the biggest radio hits of recent years.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omZU90BMi0w

His vocal coach Maiken has this to say about Kuula: "This song has the potential to be the I Will Always Love You of this century – it is a powerful and simple balance with the potential to become an international hit." Ott's strengths are his powerful voice and down-to-earth demeanour. He is not a show-off, but a true and serious artist. He may be a little reserved, but it is this trait that makes people take him seriously and gives him the charm that has brought him the love of his audiences. Yes, that's what a true Estonian man is like! Get ready, Eurovision – here he comes!

Ott was born on 17 May 1987 in Tallinn. He has released two albums that were aimed at the Estonian market and contained many songs he had written himself. The first book about Ott, Lubage mul olla. Ott Lepland (Let Me Be. Ott Lepland) was published at the end of 2010. A part of the sales revenue is transferred into a grant fund, which helps young people study singing. The grant recipients are picked by Ott Lepland himself. He also donated the 20,000 euros he won on Laulupealinn to Kärdla Town for charity.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lMOEpv0_Pk

It seems that taking one victory after another has come easy to Ott so far. Only time will tell whether his success will continue on the Eurovision Song Contest stage. Ott himself has said: "I feel that I've been lucky. I believe that the reason why I've been so successful is that I've done my own thing and remained true to myself."

The Critics Voice Their Opinion

Magnus Kaxe

  • Back to ballads. This time a musical piece sung in Estonian. The song slowly builds up to the grand finale. The singer has a great voice and the song is beautifully written. I would have loved to hear it in English because the Estonian language sound a little bit hard for my taste. Nevertheless, well crafted and deserving of six (6) points.

Marion Welter

  • Without a doubt, this is more of a song to my liking. The music of this ballad is astonishing, it is just wonderful and his voice is amazing, somewhat beyond what I was expecting. This is a maximum points kind of entry therefore ten (10) points.

Tobias Larsson

  • One of the best ballads in the line-up, leaving you wonder how tiny Estonia can come up with so many really good songs. Very good singing, powerful and controlled at the same time, complete with very soft and tender lyrics. Nine (9) points from my end.

Entry Background 

Performer: Ott Lepland  

Composer: Ott Lepland  

Author: Aapo Ilves

Song: Kuula

Language: Eesti  

Broadcaster: ERR 

History of the Nation

This year will mark the eighteenth participation of Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest and one can remark that there have been a number of positive results especially due to non-consecutive top ten finishes from 1996 until 2002 with the nation finishing at the top of the scoreboard in 2001 thanks to Dave Benton and Tanel Padar and the song Everybody. The following year, they were close but still far by virtue of finishing in third place with Runaway performed by the Swedish singer Sahlene. Since the introduction of the semi-final system, things have been far bleaker unfortunately though and the country has only managed to turn their luck around since 2009 noting that Urban Symphony and their song Randajad finished in sixth place before the country failed to qualify again in 2010 and then reaching the final again last year before failing to make an impact with Rockefeller Street ending in the last place. Ott Lepland will hope to restore some pride in his country with his entry which is doing well in polls and betting odds putting it in sixth place to qualify.

Source: Eurovision.tv for the Biographical Information and all respective media 

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Valentina Monetta is the first San Marino representative to actually come from the small state and it seems that she has been gaining a lot of reaction everywhere she goes noting that her entry was quite controversial at first due to the lyrics in which she heavily promoted social networking website Facebook but since then the Ralph Siegel track has been altered in order to focus on all types of media in the present social world. The performance of the song will be put forward during the first semi-final of this years' Eurovision Song Contest and many have been discounting it to qualify but the way that she has been welcome during her promotional tour might suggest the complete opposite. Valentina oozes charm and character every where she goes and her last two stops were the United Kingdom and Israel.

During her time in the United Kingdom, Valentina gave an interview to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) along with all of the other participants in the event answering a number of short questions apart from performing at the event. Nevertheless, the visit in Israel was quite different noting that her presence during the fan-club party was very well appreciated. She has also recorded an interview for Channel 10's late night programme known as Tznor Layla where she spoke about her plans for Baku, Azerbaijan. In the meantime, she also made sure to attend the Eurovision Tribute Concert at the  Jerusalem Theatre filmed by the state broadcaster; IBA. This was the point where she met up with Izhar Cohen, the winner of the 1978 Eurovision Song Contest.

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

The last visit that she made was to the Wailing Wall, the holiest site for any Judaism followers. Her final day in Israel included an interview with Radio Tel Aviv 102FM followed by a join press conferences with Izabo as the Montefiore Restaurant in Tel Aviv. She would end up giving yet another radio interview to Radius 100FM before meeting up with fans at the OGAE Israel party in the evening where she was given an honorary lifetime membership in the club. Valentina Monetta also found the time to record a video message for her fans of escflashmalta.com which you can see just above. Stay tuned for more news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Press Release

The second semi-final fo the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest has always proven to be more interesting based on the previosu results obtained by the countries that are competing in it as well as the songs that are normally presented by the same nations. The main favourite has been noted to be Sweden but then again, there are a number of other countries which are quickly rising to a new status and one of them is surely the song representing Turkey entitled Love Me Back performed and written by Can Bonomo who is also a rising star in his homecountry. Last year, Turkey failed to make it through to the final round and therefore, there is a lot of expectation this time.

Can Bonomo started playing guitar at the age of 8, when he was introduced to music with the inspiration of his neighbour. Throughout his secondary school and university years, Bonomo, together with amateur music bands, staged several concerts in Izmir and Istanbul. Finally he said, “I’m ready”, stepped up to the plate and started working on his first album. Following two years of hard work, in January 2011, Can Bonomo's first album, “Meczup”, was released.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UXwEqWuQ0A

Can Bonomo, who is a native of Izmir, has been involved with music since his secondary school and high school years. At the age of 17; Bonomo decided to move to Istanbul and entered into the music business as a sound engineer. Bonomo studied at the Department of Film and Television in Bilgi University, during which he dj’d at Radyo Klas, Number One FM and Radio N101. After working on the radio, Bonomo moved into television and produced TV shows at Number One TV and MTV.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzgqVaJ3WCE

Can Bonomo's music changed dimension when he wrapped up his demo cd into the cover page of a book and sent it to Can Saban. Can Saban, who is the producer, musical director and arranger of the album “Meczup”, is also the director of the video clips from the album. Bonomo and Saban, continuing the friendship built during the first album, are still working together, now as the founding partners of the company “Can Biraderler”.

The Critics Voice Their Opinion

Magnus Kaxe

  • Balkan music from Turkey. Danceable rhythms and a catchy simple song. Charismatic young man singing “We need a little bit of rock’n’roll”. No you don’t, what you’ve already got is enough. At least to reach the finals. Seven (7) points from me.

Marion Welter

  • I must say that the track is quite good and he sings it well but unfortunately, he is not singing in Turkish and that is a pity because it is such a beautiful language. My assessment would see it get three (3) points.

Tobias Larsson

  • A very likeable song performed by a very likeable performer. This is happy, clappy and really engaging from the word go. Maybe not a winner, but a personal favourite and thus the very first maximum points from my end, a full rounded ten (10).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PneOwzMz4M

Entry Background

 Performer: Anri Jokhadze 

Composer: Rusudan Chkhaidze 

Author: Bibi Kvachadze 

Song: I'm A Joker 

Language: English 

Broadcaster: GPB  

History of the Nation

Turkey have been competing in the Eurovision Song Contest for quite a large amount of time actually with this year marking their thirty-fourth participation thus far. Their debut was way back in 1975 with Semiha Yankı with Seninle Bir Dakika which finishing in last place and hence saw the country halt their participation. Their returned some three years later to a more successful finish. Nevertheless, their first glimpse of a positive result would be in 1986 when Klips ve Onlar performed the track Halley finishing in ninth place, remaining their best finish until 1997 when Şebnem Paker and Etnik tried their luck with Dinle finishing in third place. This would be the beginning of the future as Turkey would win with Sertab Erener and Every Way That I Can in 2004 and continue reaching positive results throughout the decade before failing to qualify just last year. 

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