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"Heartbeat" co-written by Hazel Kaneswaran, Jonas Gladnikoff, Rasmus Palmgren, Patrizia Helander, with vocals provided by Kasey Smith and featuring Canlinn, led to a disappointing result for Ireland, failing to qualify to the grand final, finishing in 13th place, much to the dismay of the national broadcaster and an extremely large fanbase from the seven-time winning country.

The mentor-led system which Ireland has used in the past four years, has led to a mixed series of results, even though qualification was acquired between 2011 and 2013, twice with X Factor twins, Jedward. In 2015, Ireland is adopting a different approach, and is thus organising an open national selection, as had been previously stated by the Irish Independent.

Amongst the artists who will be putting their name forward are none other than former UK X Factor finalists; Jedward, who as mentioned above, have already represented the Emerald Isle on two previous occasions, as well as Mary Bryne. Signed to SyCO Records, the singing sensation released two studio albums, both of which reached the top ten chart in Ireland. Her latest release, a third studio album, on an independent record label, also managed to chart within the top ten, noting that her fan-base is well and truly alive. 


In recent days, escflashmalta.com caught up with Karl Broderick, the songwriter behind Bryne's entry for the Eurosong 2015, and he stated that one is to expect a "modern, timeless ballad that's a cross between 'Clown' by Emeli Sandè and 'Let It Go' by Idina Menzel. I was delighted to discover Mary is also a huge Eurovision fan and jumped at the opportunity to represent her country." We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Ireland and their plans for Vienna, Austria. 

Source: Irish Independent, Eurovision Ireland


Jedward, the Irish duo who represented their country at the Eurovision Song Contest on two consecutive occasions, starting off with Lipstick in 2011 and Waterline in 2012 are currently undergoing a re-branding exercise, one which will see them change their official stage name. John and Edward - Jedward is the brand new name which they have taken up to support their music. In recent weeks, it was reported that their three album deal with Universal Music Ireland came to an end without any plans for a renewal. 

The pop duo originally came to fame following their participation within the British X Factor, where they managed to make it through to the final stages of the competition. Despite not being branded as the best possible vocalists, they are clear cut entertainers and as a matter of fact, Louis Walsh saw that something special. Their success has not been shortlived to be honest noting that they have become a force to be reckoned with in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. John and Jedward - Jedward are possibly being loined up to represent Ireland for a third time. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news. 

Source: Oikotimes


Lipstick, co-written by Dan Priddy, Lars Halvor Jensen and Martin Larsson with vocals by Jedward was the track which gave dignity to Ireland in recent years, noting the success of the track in the charts where it peaked at number #1 prior to reaching eighth place at the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. Jedward helped raise the profile of the competition in the once dominant nation and thus returned for a second participation the following year with the track Waterline co-written by Nick Jarl and Sharon Vaughn. Recent media speculation might see the duo return to the competition for a third time.

In recent weeks, Jedward confirmed that their three (3) album contract with Universal Music Ireland has officially ended without being renewed, something which is quite surprising considering that their releases have all proven to be successful in Ireland and beyond. Their last studio album entitled Young Love was number #1 in Ireland, number #11 in Sweden, #8 in Estonia, #18 in Korea and #22 in Finland amongst others. Their success on a European level has all come down to their participation at the Eurovision Song Contest and a return could somewhat help them secure a recording contract.

It's relatively funny to denote that despite not having a record deal, the brotherly duo known as Jedward have recently been in Los Angeles recording songs with Drew Andrew Scott who is a successful songwriter and producer who has worked with the likes of Willow Smith, The Overtones, New Kids on the Block and Miley Cyrus amongst others. Jedward are currently on tour having been to Canada, Australia and currently Africa. They will continue to entertain audiences as much as their energy permits it seems. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available. 

Source: Eurovision Ireland


In the past two days, the European Broadcasting Union was receiving the songs that will be competing in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malmo, Sweden. The design of the stage was also presented whilst Sweden was drawn in sixteenth (16th) position within the final in order to clarify the idea of the producers' draw and not give the home country an unfair advantage. We would like to invite you to the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. Apart from the means of FM Radio in the Netherlands on FM 106.8 and the audio stream from the studio via www.radiointernational.tv and on Digital Cable 781 & cable 88.1Mhz in the Netherlands, the show will also be web-televised via the Radio International TV Channel from the studio and linking up the many international Eurovision fans and friends and play your requests and read your messages out on air. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET when fans can join in and chat amongst each other via the Chat Room and request their favourite Eurovision entry.

One of the most impressive national selections to take place in the lead up to this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was surely the one in Malta which yielded twenty-four (24) semi-finalists brought down to sixteen (16) finalists out of which the eventual winner was the song Tomorrow performed by Gianluca with music and lyrics by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek. The songwriters of the winning entry had the opportunity to qualify with another two songs for this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest, one of them being the beautiful, charming ballad entitled Perfect Day with vocals provided by Janice DeBattista. The female artist has a lot of the resonance that Chiara is known to bring to the stage and considering that this was the first experience for her within the competition, making the final and achieving tenth place was definitely meaningful. We spoke to Janice about her career as a solo artist as well as her involvement within two bands, one being Salt and the other being Scarlet Sally.


This will be the first of three interviews which are airing on this weeks' edition of the programme which is set to commence at 20:00 CET and to run for a total of three hours. As a matter of fact, the second interview is with Christopher, the lead male vocalist of the band Takasa, which was formerly known as Heilsarmee. They will be performing the song You and Me during the second half of the second semi-final alongside Malta. The European Broadcastign Union has a rule against brand names hence why they had to change the name of the group along with their whole image. A brand new music video was shot in order to accomodate the brand new image. The final interview this week will be with Dusan Svilvar who was the first runner-up of the Beosong competition held in Serbia. Despite the second place, he miseed out by around five thousand votes which was the closest possible to Moje 3.


Radio International is always keen to present songs during the show apart from the weekly features and therefore, collaborating the two ideas together will see the emergence of Eurovision UnverCover whereas tracks performed at the Eurovision Song Contest will be covered by other singers. The actual tracks will be played first followed by the cover and this will make things interesting. Apart from this feature, there will be new material played on the show by a number of former representatives including Jedward. All of the latest news is also covered during the weekly broadcast noting resources from escflashmalta.com and escXtra where Luke Fisher, the Editor makes a weekly round-up. A round up of the national finals thus far is set to be conducted by Alasdair Rendall. Follow the show through the official website and also send your requests through the contact link which is found on the aforementioned website.

Source: Team of Radio International


Friday, 01 March 2013 16:34

Sweden: Jedward to Guest Star in MF 2013

John and Edward, commonly known as Jedward are Irish twins who have risen to success following their stint on the British version of the X Factor which led to a recording deal, first with Sony Music Ireland and then eventually with Universal Music Ireland, seeing them take part in the Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions. The first time with Lipstick in 2011 finishing in eight place and the second time with Waterline managing only nineteenth in 2012. Nevertheless, their profile across Europe has risen considerably especially in Sweden, a nation which gave them 12 points on the first offering and 5 points, the second time round. 

They will be the special guests of this weeks' second chance at Melodifestivalen. SVT, the broadcaster in charge for the Swedish preselection is keeping the whole affair relatively a secret but nevertheless, it seems that in true second chance fashion, they will be duelling with the hosts, Gina Dirawi and Danny Saucedo, the latter being a two time first runner-up of the Melodifestivalen competition. Jedward have continuously continued to surprise their main critic Simon Cowell with their success with their latest album Young Love reaching number #1 in Ireland, number #8 in Estonia, #11 in Sweden, #22 in Finland and #50 in Germany amongst others. 

  1. You - Robin Stjernberg
  2. Vi Kommer Aldrig Att Forlara - Eric Gadd
  3. Hon Har Inte - Caroline af Ugglas
  4. Jalla Dansa Sawa - Behrang Miri
  5. Hello Goodbye - Erik & Tone
  6. Begging - Anton Ewald
  7. Burning Flags - Cookies 'N' Beans
  8. In and Out of Love - Martin Rolinski

One of their backing vocalists, Leanne Moore will once more be representing Ireland in that capacity with Ryan Dolan with the song Only Love Survives. Dolan was selected to take part in the show by Stuart O'Connor who was the choreographer for Jedward in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest that took place in Baku, Azerbaijan. The connections are somewhat quite intriguing and it seems that anything connected with the Irish twins is very much successful and thus, there is a very positive vibe around the aforementioned Ryan Dolan as he represents Ireland in the first semi-final of the upcoming competition. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the 2013 edition of the Melodifestivalen.

Source: SVT


RTÉ, the Irish broadcaster responsible for the participation in the Eurovision Song Contest has always seen the competition from a positive point of view and considering that their most recent results have been rather well, renewed interest in the people has also been noted. The brotherly duo known as Jedward were selected through a public and a jury for the past two years, first time round with the track Lipstick which finished in eight place and second time round with the song Waterline which could only manage twentieth place. Nevertheless, qualification from the semi-final has been achieved for the past three years and the selection process featuring five notable mentors will be used in 2013 as they hope that their successful streak does indeed continue.

Earlier this year, it was revealed that the mentors for the 2013 edition of the Late Late Show Eurosong special will be none other than Mairéad Farrell, Shay Healy, Mark McCabe, Niall Mooney and Stuart O’Connor. Each individual brings a vast amount of experience on board whether through radio, production or songwriting. There have been a number of names mentioned thus far although some are pretty unlikely at this point in time due to other commitments in music. Amongst those which are heavily tipped to be joining the list are none other than Leanne Moore and Rebecca Creighton who backed Jedward in the past two years at the Eurovision Song Contest, Sharon Condon, a former member of the girlband known as Wonderland and former runner-up Nikki Kavanagh who seems to be showing interest once more. Outsiders for the showcase are seemingly former Westlife members; Shane Filan and Mark Feehily whilst the strong rumours surrounding Shayne Ward have also died down because of his commitments to Dancing on Ice. The revelation of the artists will be made in the next couple of weeks so make sure to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news from Ireland as they try to conquer the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: escXtra, Paddy Power


Tuesday, 23 October 2012 00:23

Ireland: RTÉ Reveals Selection Details

In recent years, Ireland has managed to maintain that reputation as a solid force in the Eurovision Song Contest with RTÉ carefully planning their respective strategy in order to attract high profile acts with a number of potent hit tracks and in fact, the people who did come forward were none other than the duo Jedward who not only represented the country in 2011 with the track Lipstick but ultimately returned in the year 2012 with the song Waterline. There has been a lot of interest in the competition locally due to the fact that the brotherly duo are somewhat well known with the younger audiences and with their reputation still intact, they denied to say whether they would rule out a possible third participation but not for the time being. In the meantime though, RTÉ revealed to our friends at esctoday.com that they will be staying true to the mentor system used in the past two years for 2013 hoping that another brilliant entry come forward.

There are a lot of names which are being touted as potential members within the mentors first and foremost with a former winner also somewhat in the mix according to the latest information. The favourite to take such a position following Linda Martin last year is surely her successor in the vein of Niamh Kavanagh who of course was the first one to take Ireland into the final since Brian Kennedy in 2006 when she represented the nation in 2010 with the song It's For You. A number of other people from the entertainment industry will surely be involved in one way or another but nevertheless, several questions are being asked about who will ultimately be performing in the national selection with the hope of representing Ireland. Amongst the people being mentioned are the backing vocalists for Jedward in the last Eurovision Song Contest, those being Leanne Moore and Melanie McCabe who have taken part in You're A Star and The X Factor respectively. Also being mentioned is none other than former runner-up Nikki Kavanagh. The names will be revealed in due course. The final taking place on The Late Late Show will be aired on the 22nd February 2013. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news soon as it becomes available.

Source: RTÉ, esctoday.com


Despite the fact that they failed to win the X Factor back in 2009, finishing in a respectable fifth place ahead of acts which were thought to be finishing much higher, they have managed to carve out a successful career with Universal Music Ireland who have sought to push them to the limits with their music releases. One of the main key factors of their success in Europe has surely been led through two entries at the Eurovision Song Contest, first in 2011 with the song Lipstick finishing in eight place and then in 2012 with the song Waterline which could only manage nineteenth place. Nevertheless, their success continues with their most recent album Young Love charting at number #1 in Ireland, #8 in Estonia and #11 in Sweden and #22 in Finland amongst others. They have decided to release their third single off the record bearing the name Luminous.

Their most recent track is being officially released online through all digital platforms including iTunes for example as from Tuesday, 16th October 2012 although it did get an official release in Ireland just slightly before, 12th October 2012. The songwriters of this song are all Swedish; Sebastian Lundberg, Fredrik Häggstam, Johan Gustafson and Marlene Strand meaning that the sound is somewhat expected to be very much in their original vein. The music video shows the brothers in extremely different form than what many are used to but we will let you judge their appearance and their song. It is important to point out that whilst Jedward have not ruled out returning to the competition anytime in the next couple of years, they said that they could potentially return in the future. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com in the coming weeks for more news about Eurostars and the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Jedward Official Website

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 escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com , Paddy Power


The participation of Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest has always conjured up a lot of interesting noting that they were the country who everyone would to be like during the nineties due to the fact that they managed to win the competition on four (4) occasions, including three (3) in succession totally their amount of victories to seven (7). In the past two years, the Irish broadcaster responsible for the participation of the nation being RTÉ had a national selection where a set of mentors brought forward act and songs to compete against each other and both times, it was Jedward who were selected noting their major fan-base amongst the teens, a new demographic brought about to the Eurovision Song Contest when it comes to Ireland. On both occasions, the boys were accompanied by a set of backing vocalists, one of them being the lovely Leanne Moore.

The leading lady of the talent show You're A Star just after being dropped as the national selection method has been trying to succeed in the Irish music industry and following the victory, she went onto release her debut single entitled On Wings which debuted at #1 on the charts meaning that she had momentum but nevertheless, other stuff came first for the performer and lost her way at some point. Nevertheless, she has been working hard on her comeback and even tried to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2010 with the track Does Heaven Need Much More? written by Tommy Moran and John Waters. Unfortunately, it did not perform well finishing in fourth place in total but nevertheless, she has been diligently working with Louis Walsh in recent years, noting her choice with Jedward. She is currently the odds on favourite to represent the seven time winning nation according to Paddy Power beating Jedward in second place and then Johnny Logan in third place. Other interesting performers coming in positions four and five are Mikey Graham of Boyzone and Nadine Coyle of Girls Aloud. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Paddy Power


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