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Coming Home, written by Richard Edwards Micallef and performed by Firelight has somewhat been given mixed reviews by fans of the Eurovision Song Contest, something that was to be expected with a folk/pop genre. Nevertheless, this also meant that professional individuals will most likely warm up to the song relatively quickly as seen in posts made by the first winner of the international competition, Lys Assia as well as Danish popstar and two-time Dansk Melodi Grand Prix participant, Bryan Rice.

In their ranking of all the entries competing in the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Coming Home ranked in eleventh and seventh place respectively. Malta will be performing first in the second semi-final set to take place on the 8th May at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. At the moment, Firelight are busy in The Netherlands, getting ready to perform at the Eurovision In Concert where several acts will be making their appearance. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: Lys Assia & Brian Rice (Official Facebook)

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It's August and Radio International hosted by Juergen Boernig has been with you post Eurovision Song Contest with a number of features from the world of the international competition. 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 8.1Mhz 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.

Gianluca, the male artist who represented Malta at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat has been extremely busy upon his return from the showcase, having been given the opportunity to release his debut album and also perform alongside world renowned tenor, Joseph Calleja. Apart from that, this evening, he is also sharing the stage with three time Eurovision Song Contest winner, Johnny Logan from Ireland as they perform at the Għaxaq Music Festival. Gianluca is taking time out of his busy schedule for an exclusive live interview with Radio International as he discusses current projects and also his first studio collection entitled Waiting for Tomorrow which is currently on pre-order through digital store, iTunes. Other interviews to be aired during this weeks' episode; Lys Assia (Switzerland 1956-1958), Valentina Monetta (San Marino 2012-2014), Krista Siegfrids (Finland 2013), Roberto Bellarosa (Belgium 2013) and Ryan Dolan (Ireland 2013).

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There will also be a number of new releases played throughout the three hours, including tracks by Alex Sparrow (Russia 2011), Nadine Beiler (Austria 2011), Maya Sar (Bosnia & Herzegovina 2012), Agnetha Faltskorg (Sweden 1974), Nina Badric (Croatia 2012), Birgit Oigemeel (Estonia 2013) and Pastora Soler (Spain 2012). All of the 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. David Mann will be discussing songs from the Eurovision Song Contest which have been covered across time. Make sure to tune into this evenings episode of Radio International on the links offered above as we help you get through your post Eurovision depression. escflashmalta.com is always proud to promote the work of Radio International hence the weekly promotion of the leading interviews which is the way that each article will be placed upon within the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned!

Source: Press Release

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One of the main aspects of the fall season is surely the fact that everything starts taking up more of a sequence relatively quicker than expected and the return of the live shows from the Team of Radio International have surely been anticipated for quite some time noting that the material is grand and the news just keeps on becoming even more interesting each week. In fact, Juergen Boernig has just been to Sweden for the annual conversation of the fan organisation known as the OGAE where a number of celebrity performers where invited to sing their entries to the present crowd which was intimate and extremely warm. You can catch this weeks' episode on the Official Website of Radio International as well as 106.4 FM and Digital Cable 41 in The Netherlands respectably between 20:00 and 23:00 CET this evening.

Lys Assia is known to be a grand dame of the Eurovision Song Contest and this is due to the fact that her entry Refrain was the initial winner of the competition held in Lugano, Switzerland way back in 1956. Nevertheless, it is important to note that she did return in the next two years with the hope of making it two victories but only came close in 1958 with the track Giorgio which finished in second place behind France who were representing by Dors, Mon Amour presented to the public by Andre Claveau. The renowned Swiss performer has already tried to return to the Eurovision Song Contest for a fourth participation just last year but did not succeed and therefore is giving it another go this year alongside the group New Jack as she tries to win a spot in the Swiss selection procedure through the German Regional broadcaster, SF. This will be the first in a number of interviews that the team of Radio International conducted during their time in Sweden.

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The team of Radio International has always had a very close and personal relationship with Malta noting that they are somewhat always present at the national selection of the country to conduct interviews and also cover it in greater detail and this week, the focus on Malta turned to none other than scriptwriter Frederick Zammit who is also the brand new radio host of a programme in relation to the Eurovision Song Contest airing on Radju Malta. The show entitled EuroMix airs on Friday evenings between 20:30 and 22:00 CET. In the meantime, it is also worth noting that the entries for the Home Composed Song Contest have been accepted and received and this year amount to a total of 22 which will be aired on Radio International respectively. This year, the competition is being looked after by songwriter Samuel Bugia Garrido who composed the track Still Waiting for Anna Azzopardi during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012.

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Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest has always contributed with intriguing tracks, most of which have reached very positive results throughout the years and in fact, they have always but once made it through to the finals of the competition. It is to be noted that the Scandinavian country has come out on top a total of five times, the first time coming in 1974, and the last one coming earlier this year in 2012. In fact, the analysis of the entries which represented Sweden will be put forward by Alasdair Rendall who will be looking at the entries between 1969 and 1974 respectively. All of the latest news will be provided in a particular segment which will be done through a telephone collaboration with Luke Fisher of escXtra. You can send your requests to the showcase through the Official Website of Radio International of the programme which also has the link to contact the show with the possibility of answering the quiz.

Source: Team of Radio International

The 1956 winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, Lys Assia has been hoping for a return to the continental event since last year having tried her luck with the track C'Etait Ma Vie, a chanson in the true sense of the word which despite making it to the televised showcase, failed to get anywhere near the top three at the end finishing in eighth place with around 5% of the votes of the evening as opposed to the winners, Sinplus whose Unbreakable achieved around 18% of all of the respective phone calls with the result based only on tele-voting. It seems that the performer is not willing to give up at this point in time and stated that the song she presented last year was not current and that is why, she would like to give it another go to see how the people react with a song which is much more in the vein of the music released today.

The brand new track entitled All In Your Head has been written by Eurovision Song Contest winning composer; Ralph Siegel and features the group New Jack who could be described as typical rappers. Many people have already been passing their judgement on the song with a number of individuals pointing out that indeed this is a better effort whilst others fear that the legacy of the performer is under jeopardy due to the fact that she might not make it through to the televised final of the selection which will be taking place on the 15th December at the Bodensee Arena in Kreuzlingen. It will be quite interesting to see what the online voting will eventually bring out especially now that the total number of songs has risen around 117 as opposed to the just over 70 a couple of days ago. The extension of the deadline has somewhat been important and it seems that there are some really quality songs. You can hear the track Lys Assia and New Jack here and stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news in the coming days.

Source: SF

Lys Assia was the inaugural winner of the Eurovision Song Contest but that does not mean that she did not bother giving it a second go and indeed she did returning to the event in 1957 with the track L'enfant Que J'étais and then also in 1958 with the song Giorgio, finishing in eigth and second place respectively. Nevertheless, she decided to stop trying altogether and forged a successful career in her native country, Switzerland as well as nearby nations such as Germany and Austria amongst others. She has attended the continental event as a guest of honour on a number of occasions including earlier this year when the showcase went to Baku, Azerbaijan. It seems that for yet another year, Lys Assia is willing to take part in the Swiss selection in hopes of going to represent Switzerland for a fourth time.

She entered the Swiss selection through the online portal last year with the ballad C'Etait Ma Vie co-written by Ralph Siegel and Jean Paul Cara, who in turn between them have written their fair share of tracks for the Eurovision Song Contest. Lys Assia did eventually make it through to the national selection which included acts from all of the regional broadcasters but ended up finishing in eight place within the tele-vote and thus not managing to make her dreams come through. This time round, Lys is going for a completely different genre and has joined four rappers in order to make the track sound more current to the present generation stating that last years' entry was too slow, it had too little power'. The team has until the end of the month to submit their entry to the online platform which has been put in place by SF, which is the Swiss/German broadcaster. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Blick

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