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After two weeks of semi finals, Eesti Laul has chosen its final ten contestants to compete on the 1st of March so that one of them will win the ticket to Copenhagen for the first semi-final in next May. Amongst these ten finalists, one could find new and upcoming artists and also some familiar names like with Sandra Nurmsalu, who is the front women from the band Urban Symphony who represented Estonia in 2009 with their song Rändajad and ended in the sixth position in the grand final. From this final of Eesti Laul 2014, the representative chosen is no other than Tanja and her song Amazing.

Tanja was the first one to compete in the first semi-final on the 14th February who won a ticket to tonight's final. She performed second to last, being the 9th position. As a normal procedure, the ten competing artists perform their songs to professional jury as a a part of the show where the juries' votes will add up to 50% and the other 50% are from the viewers of the show (tele-voting). This took us to two, from the field of ten, super-finalists. These two were Super Hot Cosmos Blues Band and their song Maybe-Maybe and Tanja with her song Amazing

After these results had been published, we got to another 10 minutes of tele-voting for the competition between the super-finalists. The winner was chosen only from the tele-voting and no professional jury was included in this second part. Tanja in the end triumphed the whole competition with her song Amazing and is now set to perform in the first half of the first semi-final on the 6th of May in the BW Hallerne Hall in Copenhagen. Stay tuned to for all the latest news about anything related to the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: ERR,

Paula & Ovi will be getting a second shot at representing Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest having just stormed to victory in the national selection following a brilliant performance of the song Miracle co-written by Ovidiu Cernăuțeanu, Phillip Halloun, Victor Forberg Skogberg and Frida Amundsen. It is worth pointing out that the final result was tilted by the professional members of the jury noting that the renowned duo of Paula and Ovi were only in second place following the public vote, with Vaida obtaining the most points.

I find Miracle not as strong as their former entry Playing With Fire but nevertheless, I expect it to be reworked upon prior to the Heads of Delegation Meeting on the 17th March 2014. Romania will compete in the second semi-final of this years’ edition of the Eurovision Song Contest alongside Malta who will be represented by Firelight and the song Coming Home written by Richard Edwards Micallef. We urge you to stay tuned to for all the latest news with regards to the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: TVR

Saturday, 01 March 2014 19:10

Estonia: Eesti Laul 2014 - LIVE

Tere õhtust! Estonia will be making their selection for this years’ edition of the Eurovision Song Contest during the course of the evening with ten (10) acts competing for the right to represent the one (1) time winning nation, who has been on a successful run of results in recent times, making the final for three (3) years in succession including; Et Uus Saaks Alguse (2013), Kuula (2012) and Rockefeller Street (2011).

ERR, the Estonian public broadcaster will be airing the selection process through a webcast being transmitted on the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest. As has been the case in recent years, a mixture of public and jury will voting will be present in order to select the best two (2) entries of the evening, those of which will then enter into a super final from where the public will then select their favourite entry and thus the song that will represent Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest. We urge you to follow our LIVE report, here on escflashmalta for the next couple of hours.

The Show (Part 1)

And here it goes! EESTI LAUL 2014, we've been waiting for you! What a huge arena that is! The crowd starts cheering as Birgit Oigemeel walks onto stage singing Estonia's last year entry 'Et Uus Saaks Alguse' which finished at the 20th position in the final. This time Birgit is not wearing a totally white dress but a white-ish blue dress. Ott Lepland just joined her on stage singing a new song! WOW! Birgit just joined him and they're singing a duet of a beautiful song! This is heaven, two of the best ever Eurovision voices on a duet! This is beautiful! No words can explain, pure music to my ears! Also I love the language! The crowd totally enjoyed this masterpiece.

Presenting on stage we have all the finalists competing tonight for a place in the Eurovision Song Contest as part of the first semi-final in the first half. We can see tonight's hosts up on stage already both wearing a plaid suit. We hear them chatting but obviously since I have never learned this beautiful language, I can not understand much! But the crowd seems to be excited about what they are saying. Most probably, they are introducing us to the procedure of the night where we have ten finalists which will compete to two super-finalists.

Brigita Murutar - Laule täis taevakaar

We are off! Brigita Murutar is on stage. She is a young beautiful woman clad in a light blue dress. The song is not anything special from my end just a soft country song which she doesn't show any special abilities. On stage she has a male band accompanying her. It is a sweet song which unfortunately will be forgotten if this is picked. 

The staging is a but dark. Not a really good competitor from my end but the audience certainly loved it. We have one of the hosts backstage chatting with Brigitta while the crew is most probably preparing for the next entry.

Traffic - Für Elise

And we're back with 'Traffic' on stage ready to perform Fur Elise for us. The front man has really good vocals and good ukelele abilities while singing. The stage is all darkened up and red light is all over the place. This song reminds me a bit of Something Better (Finland 2014) and Coming Home (Malta 2014).

It resembles them in a way. It is a good entry but is it good enough for Copenhagen? I think it might do well. I prefer this one to Brigita's song. And now, there is Traffic backstage with the host chatting about the performance they just gave.

Norman Salumäe - Search

Norman Salumae is up next with his song search. He is up on stage clad in a black suit and a blue shirt underneath. Everywhere is darkened and he looks like he's enjoying it and feels the song. Out of the blues came out two ladies as backing vocalists. This is a beautiful song and he is a really good singer. 

Okay, now there are another three men with the ladies! This just transformed into a choir! It got a bit boring after all, everytime the same thing. This won't be a good Eurovision entry from my end. His voice is really good but the song is totally not sung by the right person. Better luck next time Norman!!


And now some time for green room! The host is passing by all the contestants and talking for just a few seconds. Until he met the relaxed entrant 'Traffic' and takes a bit of his time and chats a bit with him. Then he turns onto Brigita. The connection is not wonderful so I am not able to hear these interviews as much as I would like to.

Wilhelm - Resignal

Next up is Wilhelm with her song Resignal. She is clad in a green dress and joined by what seems to be her band. The song is a slow paced song yet the instruments give it that beat needed. The song just now turned into a kind of pop-rock song and her voice is so so nice. I love the accent she uses to sing.

The female backing vocalist is clad in white and pink and has a huge pink rose on her head which seems as if she feel in a garden or something like this. This was my most preferred entrant up till now, I found it a bit interesting. Also, her personality seems bubbly enough for Eurovision. Still it is not a super good entrant, yet the best one up till now.


And finally we are presented the professional jury. One of the jury is Getter Jaani, the Estonian representative in 2010 with Rockefeller Street. Also, we find the opening act of the night, Ott Lepland as part of the jury. He was also the Estonian representative back in 2012 with his song Kuula which has finished in the sixth position in the final.

Super Hot Cosmos Blue Band - Maybe Maybe

Up next is Super Hot Cosmos Blue Band with their song 'Maybe-Maybe'. I surely already think that they should change their long stage name. A not depressing song finally! Starts out totally great from my end as we hear this amazing beat coming up. The main singer is wearing sunglasses inside the darkened arena! Is he a vampire or something? 

I don't like this thing, eyes tell you the reality what a singer is feeling! The female backing vocalists are totally out of their place on that stage singing totally different to the genre of the song, going like 'Sha La La' on a country-pop song. The singer resembles Billy Ray Cyrus somehow! The song is nice but very very very repetitive! It might reach the superfinal but it does not have the chance as others do. I found it a bit too repetitive. But, I will be pleased to see this band try again next year!

Maiken - Siin voi sealpool maad

And up next we have, Maiken with her song 'Siin voi sealpool maad'. This is a totally Estonian name for me! What a beautiful opening. Please saty like this! Don't include anyone with you on stage. She is clad in a purple long dress. What a peaceful song this is! Her voice is so beautiful, I love it! The stage is full of smoke effect, which makes it look like she is were she is supposed to be, in heaven as a singing angel. 

This is a true singer! She has a really nice voice! I'm left speechless as the key change came up! This is marvelous. WOW! Please send this directly to the superfinal! She stands a chance of being in the final of the Eurovision in Copenhagen. The crowd loved it, cheering all the way. This was amazing! Keep it up Maiken! I'm on your side!

Korsikud - Tule Ja Jaa

Next up is Korsikua and the song 'Tule Ja Jaa'. Could this be real? I think this is the oldest band to compete this year. These fellows looks a bit aged when compared to the other contestants. Yet I think this is one of the good songs. I expected it to be a country song as they are wearing all these waistcoats and stuff which you certainly make the connection.

It is a nice song and for once the stage looks a bit lit up. The backing vocals makes it sound as if it was written and recorded back in the 1990s though. The song isn't so so good, totally not good for Eurovision when compared to the dance tunes and all the genres competing this year. I'm not sure. I hope we won't see this in the superfinal tonight. Sorry but this is one of the worst entries tonight.


Back into the greenroom where we take a look at a few more relaxed artists like the outstanding backing voalists from Super Hot Cosmos Blue Band. Also, the host is talking the Norman Salumae next! Fair competition, let's talk to everyone!

Tanja - Amazing

Next up is Tanja with her song 'Amazing'. Let's all hope she will give an amazing performance tonight! The first one not holding a microphone. She has an ear microphone. She is clad in an orange and beige short dress. She is the first one to have an actual dancer on stage with her, apart from the three nearly invisble backing vocalists. Finally, here is a dance tune which I think will do good in Eurovision. 

She looks like Helena Papariziou, who has just made the final in Sweden, I hear! The dance is like Loreen's. If this is chose, the staging and performance might need to improve a bit. It is one of the most preferred from the audience in the Nokia Hall in Tallinn receiving the biggest applause from of the night. It was good, really good, yet not amazing! I like it, with a few changes it might do well in Eurovision! A bit not sure if this will go to superfinal! It's difficult to pick just two!

Sandra Nurmsalu - Kui Tuuled Poorduvad

Next up is the most awaited entry for the night, Sandra Nurmsalu with her song 'Kui Tuuled Poorduvad'. Sandra was the singer from Urban Symphony in 2009 and finished 6th place in the final with their song Randajad, which I still listen to regularly! It was a masterpiece! Let's cross fingers Sandra gives a good performance tonight! Here she is up on stage, clad in a blue dress joined with three backing vocalists in white and a drummer! 

This time she is competing with an up-tempo song. Not a total disaster at all! It's a good song yet a bit late! I think this should have been submitted like 5 years ago. Her voice is undoubtedly amazing. The song gives you a good feeling, mostly if you haven't known she is the singer from Urban Symphony. I pretended it to be much of a slower pace and relaxing! Anyways, it is a good entry and it seems that the Estonians still love Sandra! I like it, I think it will the superfinal and have a huge chance of winning with a good song and a familiar singer!

The Show (Part 2)

The televoting just opened for 20 minutes while the jury will be adding up their votes to know who is in for the super-final when joined with the televotes and here is the first recap so as to refresh our memory. A message to all Estonians is to choose their preferred and vote! It's an open competition. I've just picked my favourite two and they have to be no other than Maiken with 'Siin Voi Sealpool Maad' and Sandra Nurmsalu with 'Kui Tuuled Poorduvad'.

And the jury started giving their points on the score borad and these are quite shocking! These might have been the most shocking points I have ever experienced in my life. Super Hot Cosmos Blues Band is on top of the table with jury and in second position we have the 'Supernova' sing Lenna. Somehow, we have Maiken and Sandra Nurmsalu falling right back. But this was only 50% of the final voting so the other 50% nay be enough to change the result!


The televoting votes have already been counted and the two superfinalists are no other than Tanja with Amazing and Super Hot Cosmos Blues Band with Maybe-Maybe so it looks like the jury and the audience have agreed! And another recap, if you can call it so with only two songs! My more preferred song has to be Tanja's Amazing! I can't see Super Hot Cosmos Blues Band at Eurovision! Make the right decision please!

And back to the green room! I think we've had more time backstage than actually on stage. Tanja and SHCBB should be tired standing up all the time. A new young band, which seems to be bigger than the other two! Finally, a song I know by heart! 'Hey Brother' by Avicii! He seems to be in every national final this year! Yet this version is more of a classical band one! But I still like it!

Televoting is now closed! And we are waiting for the results to come in! And we finally have a winner! The only up-tempo song of the night triumphs! Tanja and her song 'Amazing' are off to Copenhagen next May as part of the 1st Semi-Final!

Eurosong, the Irish national final proved to be the most entertaining selection process of the year with a lot of banter, several comments and ultimately a winner which is already being hyped up by the fan community,  an early boost in terms of positivity, despite the rebellious national final that took place over the course of the past two to three hours. Heartbeat, written by Hazel Kaneswaran, Jonas Gladnikoff, Rasmus Palmgren and Patrizia Helande is performed by Canlinn and featuring the vocals of Kasey Smith.

It triumphed in both the jury and the public vote. Competing alongside Malta in the second semi-final of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is the song Heartbeat, an uptempo track with traditional Irish elements. The staging for this performance has to be overhauled completely and Kasey needs to work on her vocals because there were quite a couple of pitch problems which need to be addressed. Otherwise, I believe it is a decent song which could also do well in the national charts. Stay tuned to for all the latest news about the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: RTE

Coming Home, written by Richard Edwards Micallef and performed by the group Firelight is currently being re-worked upon in order to present the best possible version during the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark. In a first for the Public Broadcasting Services, the final product will be completely local with the brand new recording taking place at Lito's Place, in Floriana under the direction of Manolito Galea as Sound Engineer and Elton Zarb as Music Producer.

In the meantime, the Public Broadcasting Services has ascertained that the brand new version will have a much more professional recording, with the structure being completely unchanged. The music video is also currently being filmed and edited under the direction of Duane Laus. It has also been revealed that Firelight will kick off their promotional tour in The Netherlands, having been confirmed as the tenth act to attend the Eurovision In Concert, alongside acts from Austria, Armenia, Belarus, Ukraine, San Marino, FYR Macedonia, The Netherlands and Switzerland. Stay tuned to for all the latest news.

Source: Television Malta / Public Broadcasting Services

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 05:56

Malta: Music Video for -Coming Home- Recorded

Since winning the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Firelight have been rather out of the limelight, although that does not mean that preparations for the international competition have not started, considering that the European Broadcasting Union will be expected the final version of the entry accompanied by a music video at the Heads of Delegation Meeting in a couple of weeks time.

Composed of Richard Edwards Micallef, Michelle Mifsud, Tony Polidano, Matthew Ellul and Leslie Decesare, Firelight are currently shooting a music video for their entry Coming Home, with lead vocalist and songwriter Richard Edwards Micallef taking to social media website, Facebook to thank everyone involved in the process; visionary luminaries such as Angie and Duane Laus whose work on last years’ entry Tomorrow was appreciated by both a local and an international audience.

‘Had a brilliant day today ... started shooting the new music video for Coming Home. I really can't wait for the finished product. A big THANK YOU to everyone involved in making this Music video. Feeling great, I must say’. We urge you to stay tuned to over the coming days and weeks for more of the latest news about the Maltese entry in this years’ edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Facebook

Donatan & Cleo, known for their hit song Słowianie (Slavic Girls) which has amassed well over thirty (30) million hits on viral website, YouTube have officially been selected by the Polish broadcaster, TVP as the next representatives, with the nation preparing to return to the continental event following a two (2) year absence. The announcement took place earlier this evening on the popular talk show Świat Się Kręci (The World Goes Around) where amongst the guests was none other than Michał Wiśniewski, representative of Poland in the 2003 and 2006 editions of the Eurovision Song Contest.

TVP, the public broadcaster in Poland, responsible for the participation in the Eurovision Song Contest received an overwhelming amount of requests to select Donatan & Cleo and the first meetings took place last week, where it was seemingly decided that the group would given the event a go. At this point in time, it is not known which version of the song they will performing but according to close sources to both the broadcaster and the renowned duo, a bi-lingual version is thought to be best in order to appease both the local and the international viewers. We urge you to stay tuned to for all the latest news about Poland and other countries competing in the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: TVP

In 2010, Ovi & Paula were entrusted with the role of representatives on behalf of Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest, ultimately obtaining third (3rd) place with the song Playing With Fire written by Ovidiu Cernăuţeanu. Urged by the public to consider a second (2nd) outing at the event, the renowned duo have decided to submit the song Miracle co-written by Ovidiu Cernăuțeanu, Phillip Halloun, Victor Forberg Skogberg and Frida Amundsen. They are favourites to win the national selection in a couple of days' time, a choice which will instill them as leading candidates for the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest according to music critics.

On Saturday 1st March, the city of Brasov will be hosting Selecția Națională 2014, the national selection where Paula & Ovi will be competing alongside another eleven (11) acts, all hoping to represent Romania in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Nevertheless, prior to that performance, the renowned duo have decided to record a LIVE version of Miracle in order to kick-start their promotional campaign. At this stage of the competition, based on the studio versions; Anca Florescu, Stefan Stan ft. Teddy K and Renee Santana & Mike Diamonds are seemingly the four (4) favourites in what could prove to be one of the most highly contested selections this year. Stay tuned to for all the latest news.

Source: Paula Seling (YouTube)

Saturday, 22 February 2014 23:45

Spain: Public Award Victory to Ruth Lorenzo

Ruth Lorenzo, a former finalist in the British version of the X Factor and once hailed by Simon Cowell as the one with the right mixture of talent and looks will be representing Spain in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest following an extremely tight voting session in which the jury and the public did not agree. As a matter of fact, it was Brequette who topped the scored following the votes of Mónica Naranjo, David Bustamante and Merche with Ruth Lorenzo being put in second place. In the Eurovision Song Contest, she will perform Dancing in the Rain co-written with Jim Irvin and Julian Emery.

RTVE hosted a national selection with five (5) artists but prior to the show being aired, it was a two-way race, even as exhibited in the past week on iTunes. Ruth Lorenzo stated in an interview a couple of weeks ago that the British Broadcasting Corporation had already asked her to represent the United Kingdom but she intended to represent her home country, even if it meant going through a tedious selection process which almost saw her finish in second place. In my opinion, Spain went for the better choice and this could see them re-ignite the interest that saw Pastora Soler finish in tenth place. Stay tuned to for all the latest news.

Source: RTVE

Saturday, 22 February 2014 23:08

Latvia: Aarzemnieki Ready to -Bake a Cake-

In Ventspils, the city which sponsors the Latvian participation in the continental competition, Aarzemnieki have been selected to represent Latvia in the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Cake to Bake. It continues a longstanding tradition which has seen the nation to the east of Europe select entries which have a rather funny connotation, such as Beautiful Song by Anmary, What For? by Aisha and also Wolves of the Sea performed by the group Pirates of the Sea. The song was in contention alongside another eleven (11) entries, but it was the choice of both the public and the jury when it came to the super-final, contested by three (3) entries.

Patrick Strouk on behalf of conducted the LIVE report for the evening and saw the chosen entry as one of the dark horses of the evening but many had been surprised that the group Aarzemnieki managed to covercome Dons, whose entry was already a major hit both on radio and in the national charts. Cake to Bake which will see to Latvia's fifteenth (15th) participation is written by Guntis Veilands. Latvia will compete in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, set to take place on the 6th May 2014 at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. Stay tuned to for all the latest news.

Source: LTV