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Thursday, 24 April 2014 13:00

Malta: Firelight Drumming Up OGAE Support

It is only a matter of days now before Firelight jet off to Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark in order to represent Malta in the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Coming Home written by front-man Richard Edwards Micallef. Fans across Europe have been selecting their favourites for this years' international extravaganza by casting their vote in their respective branch of the OGAE Network, one in which Malta has not performed well in recent years, even though the actual results would then turn out to be different.

In just a couple of hours though, Malta was awarded with 9 points from two different branches, the first one being in Luxembourg where the Mediterranean nation has always performed well and the second one being that in Ireland which bodes well for the coming weeks considering that the Emerald Isle will be competing alongside Malta in the semi-final. Prior to their departure from Malta, Firelight have continued working hard on ensuring the best result for the country at the event. They are considered to be a dark horse in the competition due to an international sounding track. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: OGAE Network

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qxi5C-lGX2Y

Alongside Sweden, Luxembourg is the second most successful country in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest but consecutive disappointing results achieved in 1992 and 1993 respectively saw to their withdrawal. The support between smaller countries has always been evident and in the two aforementioned years, Malta gave the tiny duchy ten points on both occasions. It seems that our long lasting friendship is still appreciated by the rather strong fanbase as the OGAE members have voted Malta's entry Tomorrow performed by Gianluca in second place just behind Denmark whose entry is entitled Only Teardrops and set to be sung by Emmelie de Forest.

Marion Welter, representative at the 1992 Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Luxembourg was also part of the team of reviewers on escflashmalta.com last year seeing to the entries that competed in the second semi-final. As has already been noted by several online blogs and forums alike, Denmark is the outright favourite with the fans whilst San Marino's entry entitled Crisalide (Vola) is currently in second place overall. At this point in time, there are around nine countries who are yet to pick up any points with some having obtained votes from one country, as has been the case with Malta who has never really done well in OGAE voting along the years. 

  • 1 point - Greece
  • 2 points - Hungary
  • 3 points - San Marino
  • 4 points - Moldova
  • 5 points - Norway
  • 6 points - Sweden
  • 7 points - Netherlands
  • 8 points - Germany
  • 10 points - Malta
  • 12 points - Denmark
The last successful entry from Luxembourg was back in 1988 when they had enlisted the aid of Belgian and Italian singer, Lara Fabian whose entry Croire ranked fourth on the night. Lara Fabian became a huge star in mainland Europe in the years to come and she is very much compared to Celine Dion, who represented Switzerland in the same year with the track Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi achieving victory by a mere one (1) point. We sincerenly hope that they will rekindle their flame for the international competition and return in due course.  We would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news in preparation for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest which will be taking place later this month.
 
Source: OGAE Luxembourg
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WmJXIR9xtw

Till now, 24 countries have confirmed to share their music with the millions of viewers of Europe’s favourite show for next year which is the Eurovision Song Contest which is to be held in Malmo, Sweden after Loreen’s well-deserved win. 

A country which is deeply-missed from this contest is surely Luxembourg. The country played it’s fortune in the contest for 37 years with their last appearance back in 1993 when the band Modern Times ended up in the 20th place with just eleven (11) points. Octavie Modert (The minister in charge of culture) said that the decision regarding their 2013 participation depends on the broadcaster’s decision as the costs are relatively high. Although he also said that the country didn’t achieve great success in the past, one has to keep in mind that the country managed to win this prestigious contest five times in total.

Their withdrawal was due to the bad results that the country had achieved in the last couple of years that they had presented entries. Nevertheless, one has to point out that the best placing garnered in recent years was when Lara Fabian performed the song Croire and managed to finish in fourth place. This was the beginning of a long and successful career for the performer who is very much well known all over the world. We’d really like to see this country back on track so the Eurovision season would be more interesting and as they say; the more, the merrier!. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: RTL Group

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mY9f8fzxFn8