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Saturday, 22 February 2014 21:49

ESC 2014: Kállay-Saunders Triumphs in Hungary

After an evening of music and voting the results are in and the winner of the Hungarian National Selection, A Dal, has been announced. Kallay Saunders with his song Running came out victorious  and will be the twelfth representative of Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Running was a fan favourite as well as a jury favourite. The song won the Jury vote in the second heat, as well as gaining top marks of 40 in the jury vote in the second Semi Final. When it came to the final 'Running' once again topped the jury vote, putting it in the Super Final, where the top 4 songs decided by the jury were put to the public vote. The song won the SMS vote and therefore won the Hungarian ticket to Copenhagen. Hungary will perform in the second half of the first semi final on the 6th of May, and hope to pass to the final to be held on the 10th of May. 

Hungary have decided to send the song which was a hot fan favourite to win the A Dal, could this become a favourite to win the whole contest? The song is very likable and modern and could easily be played on radio stations across Europe. Will Kallay Saunders bring the Eurovision trophy to Hungary for the first time? We will find out on the 10th of May. Stay tuned to for all the latest news.

Source: Magyar TV

Saturday, 22 February 2014 20:45

Spain: Mira Quién Va a Eurovisión - LIVE

Buenas Noches! Spain have been known to mix-it-up when it comes to selecting their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest and have in turn decided to organise a national selection in 2014. Entitled Mira Quién Va A Eurovisión, five (5) artists will be taking to the RTVE studios to perform their prospective entries LIVE in front of the general public and the professional jury, made up of three top music stars; Mónica Naranjo, David Bustamante and Merche. You may follow all of the action through the direct stream being offered by the Official Website of the Eurovision Song Contest as from 22:00 CET.

Anna Igartiburu, the female hostess of the evening will make sure that everything runs smoothly as the master of ceremonies, hoping that nothing goes wrong, as it has in the past. Quién Va A Eurovisión will be taking place following two (2) internal selections which achieved mixed results for Spain with Pastora Soler reaching tenth (10th) place in 2012 and El Sueno de Morfeo languishing in the penultimate spot with just five (5) points. If this years' crop of entries are performed well enough, it could actually prove to be one of the most successful national finals of the season with all five (5) songs being relatively catchy and radio friendly.

The Show (Part 1)

Anne Igartiburu, our hostess for the evening is joined by five (5) male dancers, and suddently, we have a raging performance of former hits from the Eurovision Song Contest. The audience is really warm and one could understand how much it means to them to succeed in this competition. Anne is now speaking to a mermaid and if you think I am drunk, you are wrong because someone in the form of a mermaid is currently in the studios. Well, each of the competing acts have come forward to perform what is set to be the snippet used for the recap od this evenings' national selection. The jury is also introduced and the public are somewhat startstruck to see the wonderful Monica Naranjo.

Brequette - Más (Run) (Thomas G:son / Tony Sanchez)

... and the first act on stage is Brequette who is clad in a white dress. The staging is kept simplistic with green lasers used in the beginning of the performance before finally switching to a mixture of blue, green and pink. The vocals in the beginning of the song are a little bit strained but nevertheless, she does get the hang of it as the song evolves. The public have gone crazy for the first performance of the evening though and it seems that she is indeed one of the favourites.

Dama - Estrella Fugaz (Shooting Star) (Melendi)

Dama! I am in love with the stage name! Wearing a beautiful white gown, and making full use of the lighting in the studio, she seems to be enjoying her moment with a full blown wind machine. On stage, she is joined by an unneccessary band. Still, the focus is all on her and her vocals are pristine for most of the three (3) minutes. In the bridge, she comes forward but is making horrid facial expressions. I can see this song being a fan-favourite if chosen but then ranking badly in the actual final.

Ruth Lorenzo - Dancing In The Rain (Ruth Lorenzo / Jim Irvin / Julian Emery)

... she has been the one to watch out for according to iTunes sales, and considering her past endeavours on the British X Factor, she was always going to be the favourite. Clad in a white/silver fishtail gown, Ruth is enjoying her outing on the National Broadcaster. She has declined the role of British representative, hence she is definitely hoping for victory this evening. Her vocals are very good considering the long high notes she has to present. She is joined on stage by three (3) female backing vocalists and a pianist.

Jorge González - Aunque Se Acabe El Mundo (Rodríguez / Nicolás / Fuentes / Fernández)

Well, it would be incredibly silly not to see that Jorge has been blessed with latin looks and he makes good use of them through dance moves and a choreography aided by four equally dashing young men who also play the violins (sort of). The vocals are strong, especially when one takes into account the choreography that he is performing. Whilst I expect this one to be a fan favourite should it be victorious, I think it could work in the Eurovision Song Contest but we thought Soraya would do well. This is very well performed and could cause a surprise.

Raúl - Seguir Sin Ti (Go On Without You) (Duque & Sánchez)

It has been a relatively quick evening in Spain. We are already in our fifth song of the evening with the former first runner-up Raul taking to the stage and performing the most traditional ballad tonight. His vocals are definitely in my top two this evening. He might look a tad too stressed on stage but nevertheless, this has not hampered his performance. Keeping it simple with violinists and a bongo, that was beautiful but I just cannot see it winning or doing well in the Eurovision Song Contest.

The Show (Part 2)

Anne is currently chatting to the professional members of the jury who are seemingly discussing amongst themselves on who is the best considering that this line-up is just outstanding. David Bustamante is congratulating all of the acts this evening whilst Monica takes a short break. Gisela who represented Andorra in 2008 is now on stage performing a medley of hits from the Eurovision Song Contest. Afterwards, she speaks to Anne about her upcoming musical, an original entitled Gisela and the Magic Book.

Brequette won the Jury vote, but Ruth Lorenzo won the Public Vote, meaning that despite the tie, it will be Ruth Lorenzo who will represent Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest with Dancing In The Rain.

Saturday, 22 February 2014 19:30

Hungary: National Final - A Dal 2014 - LIVE

Jó Estét! In Hungary, the search for the twelfth (12th) representative for the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will officially come to an end with a national final taking place in Budapest, Hungary. Eight (8) acts have made it through to this stage of the competition, having been through public and professional jury voting in quarter-finals and semi-finals. At the end of the evening though, it will be the general public who will have a 100% say in the final result.

After each and every performance, the professional panel of judges will have a say in the selection of the next Hungarian representative but nevertheless, their aim would be to find the best four (4) entries from those being offered, as the public would then come in to vote in the super-final. The professional panel is made up of Magdi Rúzsa, who represented Hungary in the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest, Jenő Csizsár, Philip Rákay, and Kati Kovács. In the meantime, ByeAlex who finished in tenth (10th) place at last years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will be a digital commentator. Eva and Gabor will be responsible for hosting on the main stage whilst Krisztina and Levente will be the backstage hosts.

Depresszió – Csak a zene

This heavy rock song begins with steam blasts on the side of the stage and flashing lights. This is not a typical Eurovision entry and is along the lines of Mala Dama by Kabat which represented Czech Republic in the 2007 contest, although did not do well, and ended last.

Bogi – We All 

We All is a happy song that would not sound out of place on the radio in the summer, it is an innocent song, but could potentially be forgotten in Eurovision. The staging is slightly bland, but the song is happy enough to make up for that. This is one of the fan favourites and could do very well tonight.

Kállay-Saunders András - Running

Up next is the hot favourite, 'Running' begins as a ballad and then gradually turns into a dance song, this is an R&B style song which would not sound out of place on Global radio stations. This is a deep song and the staging supports this, there is a young girl with a teddy bear on the piano. There are two dancers with white masks which are obviously a metaphor although this could be done is a better way. Overall this would be a great song to represent Hungary and could do well in Copenhagen.

New Level Empire – The Last One

Once again this song could do well on the radio not just Eurovision. It is a good pop song that has the energy to be remembered in Eurovision. The staging however looks strangely similar to Kurt Calleja's staging in Eurovision 2012. Just before the last chorus the stage alights and the power becomes more. This is a song that could do well in Copenhagen.

Dénes Pál – Brand New World

This song lacks energy, it seems like an emotionless performance. The song itself reminds me of Manuel Ortega 'Say A Word' for some reason. The song would be instantly forgotten in Eurovision, therfore this could be a bad choice for Hungary, it is not seen as a favourite and should not be a contender for the prize tonight. It is a nice song but it lacks the necessary 'x factor'.

Fool Moon – It Can’t Be Over

Fool Moon seem to have similar vocals and musical style of Darren Hayes / Savage Garden. This is something that could be different for Eurovision, and would not necessarily be a bad thing if it made it to Copenhagen, it is not a winner and may have done well 10 years ago. It has potential to make the final but could end in the lower bottom half. The staging is not the best and the song slightly forgettable.

Viktor Király – Running Out Of Time

This is also up there with the favourites. This song could do well on a Bruno Mars album. The song is a similar style to what is doing well in the charts at the minute. It performed well and could be one of those songs that gets stuck in your head. It is a modern twist on a classic style. It will do very well tonight and if it makes it to Copenhagen it has a great chance to pass to the final.

HoneyBeast – A legnagyobb hos 

The clothing can only be described as a gothic version of Krista Siegfrids. The song is reasonably forgettable and the vocals are not great. It is an ok song, but it is not a Eurovision Winner. It lacks something major and does not really go anywhere. It is a nice simple song, but I is not strong enough to gain enough votes to make it to a Eurovision Final.

The Jury are making their choices. The final four (4) acts through to the super-final and therefore competing for the votes of the public are none other than;

Bogi – We All 

Fool Moon – It Can’t Be Over

Kallay Saunders – Running

Viktor Király – Running Out Of Time

In just a couple of days, Spain will select their entry for the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with five (5) acts putting their entries forward for judgement by the general public and a professional panel of judges. RTVE, the public broadcaster decided to hold a national selection after talks with a number of artists proved to be futile, and led to no concrete conclusion. Whilst the line-up features relatively known performers, the songs are very much potential hits, and this has been seen in the iTunes Downloads where two (2) of the five (5) tracks have peaked in the top five (5), based on pre-release sales.

At last years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Spain could only obtain five (5) points for what was an extremely below par performance of Contigo Hasta El Final by El Sueno de Morfeo, just months after having obtained tenth place at the event with the wonderful Quedate Conmigo performed by Latin Grammy Award nominee, Pastora Soler. This years' line-up features a mixture of genres, and talent but should not disappoint when it comes to the final result. Ruth Lorenzo, Brequette, La Dama, Jorge Gonzalez and Raul will put on a show to remember on Saturday kicking off at 22:00 CET. Stay tuned to for all the latest news.

Source: TVE

In 2013, The Netherlands took to the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest with one of the most popular female singer/songwriters in the nation; Anouk, following years of declined invitations. It was truly a step in the right direction, noting that they reached the finals for the very first time since 2004, achieving a top ten (10) position by virtue of a ninth (9th) place finish. Birds, a wonderful atmospheric ballad laid solid foundations for the release of her most recent studio album, Sad Singalong Songs, which peaked at number #1 in The Netherlands.

It has been quite an astonishing couple of months for Anouk, with her most recent solo effort, Wigger also climbing steadily into the digital charts, despite no apparent promotion, and her most recent collaboration with DJ Afrojack; You and I is currently peaking at number #2 on iTunes, having been made available just a couple of hours ago. At this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, The Netherlands will be represented by The Common Linnets; a duo made up of Waylon and Ilse DeLange, the latter being one of the most famous singer/songwriters in the country. The song is yet to be announced although a formal presentation in expected in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned to for all the latest news.


Thursday, 20 February 2014 19:30

Romania: TVR Publishes Twelve (12) Finalists

In recent years, Romania has been confirmed as one of the most successful countries to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest, making the final every year since 2008 when Nico & Vlad took to the stage with the ballad Pe-O Margine de Lume, ultimately finishing in twentieth (20th) place. TVR, the public broadcaster took to the media and published the names of the twelve songs that will be competing for the right to represent the nation in the 2014 edition of the continental competition.

A couple of familiar names to feature in the list include; Paula Seling and Ovi who finished in third (3rd) place for Romania at the 2010 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, that being the best result to date, as well as the Zuralia Orchstra and Renée Santana who competed in last years' national selection. The twelve (12) songs, selected from a total of one hundred fifty nine (159) submissions have all be made available online through the official website of the public broadcaster, TVR.

Ştefan Stan feat. Teddy K – Breathe

Naomy - Daca tu iubeşti

Bere Gratis - Despre mine şi ea

Silvia Dumitrescu - Fiorul iubirii

Marcel Crăciunescu - Hardjock

Anca Florescu – Hearts Collide

Vizi Imre – Kind of Girl

Renée Santana & Mike Diamondz – Letting Go

Paula & Ovi – Miracle

Mirela Vaida Boureanu – One More Time

The dAdA – Unpredictable

The Zuralia Orchestra – You Know

Selecția Națională, the Romanian National Final, is set to be staged on Saturday 1st March 2014 in the city of Brasov with a mixture of jury and public votes set to select the entry that will represent Romania in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark.  Romania will be competing alongside Malta in the second semi-final, but will be performing in the second half. We urge you to stay tuned to for all the latest news.

Source: TVR

In 2013, Moran Mazor was given the opportunity to represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest with the beautiful Rak Bishvilo, a track which was seemingly ascertained a position in the final prior to the competition. Unfortunately, Israel suffered a third consecutive semi-final crash-out, one which they will be hoping to turn around in 2014 by virtue of Mei Finegold, a female singer/songwriter who took part in the local version of Pop Idol which has given the nation talents such as Boaz Mauda and Harel Skaat.

On the 5th March 2014, the Israeli Broadcasting Authority, will be hosting a song selection, broadcast directly from Jerusalem at 20:00 CET. Mei Finegold will be interpreting three (3) entries, one (1) of which has also been written by herself. In the past couple of weeks, Mei Finegold has been busy recording the music videos of each of the three (3) songs, all of which will be presented on television, radio and internet through the Israeli Broadcasting Authority.

Nish'eret iti (Loren de Paz & Chen Metzger Eder)

Same Heart (Rami Talmid)

Be Proud (Mei Finegold)

'I didn't realise the fact that we shot three videoclips in one week. It was challenging and interesting. Facing a project like this is more different than anything I knew, as decisions must be made right away and without a plan B, but this was very magical as well. The whole team gave its heart and soul to this project and the work was very professional and fun. Every location turned right away to a place of joy and laughter. The final results are being prepared right now in the editing rooms and I can’t wait to let the public hear the songs and watch the videoclips. I hope that everyone will be pleased, just like me.'

Mei Finegold was very adamnant about representing the songs in the best possible manner and the locations selected for the recordings were thought of beforehand. Nish'eret iti was filed at the Israeli Rail Museum in Haifa, with an old train being representative of the mood, Same Heart was shot at the Hameginim Forest just outside Jerusalem and last but not least, Be Proud was recorded at the Reading Power Station in Tel-Aviv. Stay tuned to for all the latest news about the participation of Israel in the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.


Patricia Roe, one (1) of the five (5) artists hoping to represent Ireland in this years’ edition of the Eurovision Song Contest recently gave an interview to our partners at Eurovision Ireland and spoke of her experience in the Eurosong during the nineties, as well as being backing vocalist to Malta alongside her sister and mentor, Valerie Roe. On the Late Late Show Eurosong set for the 28th February 2014 at RTÉ, Patricia will be on first in the running order, to perform Don't Hold On, a track she wrote herself.

Patricia Roe, runner-up in the Irish Eurosong in both 1992 and 1993, two years in which Ireland ended up winning the Eurovision Song Contest was a backing vocalist for Malta alongside her sister Valerie Roe, who is known in the industry as Public Relations Guru. This was in 1994 with Chris & Moira and the track More than Love. Patricia spoke highly of this experience but felt a tad weird to support Malta especially when her own nation finished in first place for the third (3rd) consecutive year with Rock 'n' Roll Kids performed by Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan. You can view the full interview here. Stay tuned to for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Eurovision Ireland

In France, a selection process was unveiled a couple of weeks ago, featuring three (3) entries, all of which hope to represent the nation in this years’ edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark. In recent weeks had the pleasure of speaking to two (2) of the acts; Joanna and Twin Twin, both considered to be the frontrunners. Whilst we appreciate the authenticity of both entries, our support goes towards the former, due to the fact that the song-writing team comprises of Gerard James Borg, Philip Vella and Sean Vella, all being local.

Joanna is busy promoting her entry Ma Liberté, having had a special performance on Le Mag on NRJ 12, one of the most popular broadcasters in the country, especially where music is concerned. The vocalist has recently been in touch with the editorial team, and recorded a specific video directed to YOU, our readers, to call for your support and votes, something which could be done through the Official Website of France 3. You may also purchase a copy of the single through digital store, iTunes in Malta and help it climb up the local charts, considering that the product is indeed local.

Apart from promoting the single, and hoping to become the next representative of France, with the hope of improving recent results at the international competition, Joanna is hoping to revive her career, and therefore, also launched an English version of the song entitled Re-Invented as well as a brand new version of Ma Liberté which has more punch. The idea is to re-create a bond-like feeling in this new take, one which I believe is extremely powerful, especially in comparison to the one presented before it. Stay tuned to for all the latest news.

Source: Joanna (Facebook / Twitter)

In 2014, Denmark is set to host the Eurovision Song Contest, following the astonishing victory of Emmelie de Forest and her entry Only Teardrops. Thus, the focus of the public broadcaster; Danmarks Radio seems to be concentrated on that event in particular but nevertheless, the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix has officially garnered speed following a press conference which took place earlier today, where snippets of each of the ten (10) competing entries were presented.

Danmarks Radio, the public broadcaster has already made it clear that despite the fact that they will be hosting the event, they are anticipating success on home turf, something which could be achieved with the level of songs presented. Apart from success for the lead vocalist of the winning track, the songwriters will be awarded a total of €13,400 for their efforts. This will be done during the press conference following the national final, which in turn is set to take place on the 8th March at Arena Fyn in Odense. You may listen to the snippets of the competing entries on the Official YouTube Page of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. Stay tuned to for the latest news.

Source: / DR