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In 1966, it was Udo Jürgens on behalf of Austria who reached the top spot with the track Merci Chérie but unfortunately success has not been on the cards since then and the nation eventually stopped participating following their disappointing result in 2007 as Eric Papilaya could only muster up four (4) points with his song Get a Life - Get Alive ultimately penultimate position within the semi-final. ORF, the broadcaster saw that the regulations set forth by the European Broadcasting Union were fit for a return and thus, they have been competing every year since 2011.

Earlier this year, Natalia Kelly took to the stage with the song Shine in Sweden but despite support from the jury, the public did not believe it was a qualifier and thus failed to get through to the Saturday show. Nevertheless, the ratings have as always proved to be a success story and therefore, it is no surprise that despite the several budget cuts planned for the year 2014, ORF will continue to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. It is being said that instead of a national selection, an internal choice will be made based on career achievements and so forth. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: ORF

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOJHi6JiKpY

ORF, the public broadcaster responsible for the participation of Austria at the Eurovision Song Contest organised a small scale national selection with just five acts garnering a ticket despite the relatively large interest. Since their return to the international competition, the two results could not have been further apart from each other as the success of Nadine Beiler with The Secret is Love was quickly undone by the Trackshittaz and their entry Woki mit deim Popo. This year, they will be represented by the young, talented and extremely charismatic, Natália Kelly and the track Shine.

Austria are the opening entry in the first semi-final and therefore had the opportunity to be the first to test out the stage on the first day of rehearsals, doing their utmost with the thirty (30) minutes they were allocated. There has been a lot of positive acclaim following the first rehearsal and this is still a track which many see as a marginal qualifier and will very much be tested with the performance on the night. The team present in Sweden had the opportunity to interview the artist during the Meet & Greet sessions which have become a part of the daily calender for delegations until the second rehearsals officially commence as from Friday when press conferences are also introduced. Kelly speaks about her participation, the feeling behind her song and many other things in this video interview. We would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more such features from the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djz8pBr5jBY

Published in Interviews

The Euro Fan Café is the only place in this year's Eurovision Song Contest home-city, Malmö, where it's program is specifically dedicated to Eurovision Fans. After several announcements on what is being held at Moriska Paviljongen (mostly known as Moriskan), here are some fresh new announcements about additions to the packed schedule for this amazing Euro Fan Café that everyone is waiting anxiously for them. escflashmalta.com is proud to support the Euro Fan Café, which is an innovative setup which is seemingly attracting fans already.

The Euro Fan Café Talk Shows

The Euro Fan Café just released the publication of their talk shows. These talk shows are very very interesting to attend. What will happen is that Eurovision fans gets to meet the performers closer and more personal than ever. Rick Jacobs, one if the editors on a companion website of ours www.12points.tv, will be the host of these talk shows. Jacobs was talking about this huge opportunity and great event and he said "As a huge Eurovision fan myself, I am excited to be able to meet with Eurovision contestants past and present. I am going to try to get them reveal their deepest and darkest schlager secrets each nights - who knows what will happen." 

The line up for the Euro Fan Café Talk Shows is as follows:

  • 7th May at 22:00 - Birgit Õigemeel (Estonia) and Roberto Bellarosa (Belgium)
  • 8th May at 22:00 - Despina Olympiou (Cyprus)
  • 10th May at 22:00 - Natália Kelly (Austria) and Elitsa Todorova & Stoyan Yankulov(Bulgaria)
  • 10th May at 23:00 - Hannah (Slovenia) and Klapa S Mora (Croatia)
  • 13th May at 16:00 - Cezar (Romania)
  • 14th May at 16:00 - Dorians (Armenia)

With this list, more countries are expected to be announced soon so keep an eye on this website to know who of the performers will get his/her own Euro Fan Café Talk Show.

The Biggest Eurovision Quiz Ever

Apart from the Euro Fan Café Talk Shows, it has also been released that the biggest event of the Euro Fan Café will be a quiz! OGAE Sweden (Melodifestivklubben) and Moriskan came to an agreement to create this big quiz about the Eurovision! On the 13th May between 00:00 and 02:00, you can test your Eurovision skills! Obviously, the winner of the quiz will win something! That thing to be won is no other than a ticket to the Green Room on the final night, 18th May, where all the final contestants will be waiting for their performance, relaxing after it, waiting for the result and hopefully jumping up and down with the happiness after the results! The commentary of this quiz will be done by Sweden's stand-up queen Lena Frisk, so insane commentary, difficult questions and lots of laughter are three things surely to be waited for. 

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

Also, adding to this quiz, it was revealed that four past Eurovision acts are also invited to take part in this marvelous quiz. These artists don't need any introduction as they are familiar names in music industry and mire familiar with Eurovision fans. First one to be named is Bobbysocks. Bobbysocks is a duet formed by Elisabeth Andreassen and Hanne Krogh. Bobbysocks, Norwegian representatives in 1985, won the contest with their song 'La Det Swinge' which translates to 'Let It Swing'. La Det Swinge is written by no other than the magnificent composer/author Rolf Løvland, who wrote 'Nocturne' which was a winning Eurovision song in 1995 too. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNsBu4l3gts

Also, joining Bobbysocks at the biggest Eurovision quiz is Linda Martin who won the 1992 contest. Martin represented Ireland with the song 'Why Me?' Martin was also in a famous band in 70s and 80s called 'Chips'. 'Why Me?' written and composed by Seán Sherrad was the 4th win of a really successive country in the Eurovision Song Contest. Joining these two acts is no other than Hera Björk who was the Icelandic representative in 2010 with her song 'Je ne sais quoi' translating to 'I don't know what'. Lately, Björk won a competition in the United States of America and now has also released her 12th album named 'Because You Can' which the main single of this album, having the same name, peaked at number 21 on the Icelandic charts. The last and not least past act added in nonetheless, one from our own country. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6dpooV4tlQ

Adding to these three beautiful acts is Glen Vella who represented our country back in 2011 with his song 'One Life'. One Life ended up 11th in the first semi-final, nit making the cut to the final by just one point. Glen Vella is a certified by Victoria Music and Arts College London in voice. He is one of the most well-known artists in Malta and also, one of the most energetic people that lately participated in this contest bringing his own fashion of nerdy glasses to a trend. One Life was written was written by Paul Giordimania and Fleur Balzan, a writing and composing duo that has taken over Malta with their sings lately.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9YRL_pHxvU

A night of Melodifestivalen Stars

As it is quite obvious now that this year's Eurovision Song Contest would be held in Sweden, to be more precised, in Malmö, it is a chance for Melodifestivalen Stars to shine a bit, even though they didn't make it to represent Sweden. On Friday 17th May, a day before the actual Grand Final would be taking place, at 21:00, at the Moriskan, the event called Melodifestivalen Madness would take place. This event is part of the thirteen days packed with over fifty events at Euro Fan Café, where everything related to Eurovision is celebrated. This event is being presented in partnership to scandipop.co.uk. Scandipop is a leading UK website covering pop music from Scandinavia and mostly Eurovision songs. After the live performances, Karl Batterbee, the founder if Scandipop, would play a DJ-Set. He has had residences at G-A-Y London, and Stockholm clubs Torget, Paradise and Summer Nights City. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NV1L0aqX02M

There are going to be three live performances by leading artists from Melodifestivalen which will commence at 21:00 on the 17th May. Appearing at Moriskan are no other than Pay-TV. This group is created by a trio of Claudia Cash, Neena Fatale and Chanelle Ferrari. This lady-trio is going to reunite in Malmö to perform their biggest hits. Including to these hits, one notices that they are performing their 2004 and 2005 songs, 'Trendy Discotheque' and 'Refrain Refrain' respectively. The ladies have turned down an invitation from Pope Francis I to make sure to meet their fans at Moriskan. Adding to this, Eddie Razaz is also appearing at Melodifestivalen Madness. Razaz competed this year with his song 'Alibi'. He is mostly known as a competitor in Sweden's IDOL in 2009 who was eliminated at week 6. 

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

Eddie was also part of the group 'Rebound!' who had several singles such as 'Hurricane' and 'Not Helpless'. The last act to perform at Melodifestivalen Madness is Stockholm Syndrome. Stockholm Syndrome is formerly known as 'Love Generation'. This group is another trio made up of Charly Q, Cornelia Jakobsdotter Samuelsson and Melanie Taylor. These girls participated in the Melodifestivalen in 2011 with their song 'Dance Alone' and in 2012 with 'Just A Little Bit' where that same year, Loreen was picked to represent Sweden and finally got Eurovision to Sweden. Stockholm Syndrome will sing their singles at this event but will also bring new tracks to Malmö so keep an open eye if you like this girl-trio.

Source: Press Release

Thursday, 04 April 2013 01:00

Austria: Reviewing the track 'Shine'

All of the preview videos for the competing entries in this years' Eurovision Song Contest were formally presented to the European Broadcasting Union during the Heads of Delegation last month and therefore, formal introduction of each entry will start taking place on our portal. All of the information is obtained from the official website of the international spectacle and indeed, pertaining to the running order as decided by the producers, Austria will be opening up the feature from the first semi-final where sixteen countries will compete. ORF, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Austria in the Eurovision Song Contest will be represented by the song Shine co-written by Andreas Grass, Nikola Paryla, Alexander Kahr and Natália Kelly, who also offers vocals.

Despite her young age of only 18 years, Natália Kelly, can already look back at more than ten years of professional experience as a singer and pianist. Shine might be Natália Kelly‘s debut single, but it would nonetheless be hard to describe her as a newcomer: The 18-year-old from Lower Austria, who has US American and Brazilian roots, has been adding to her stage experience for the past ten years, thanks to a wide range of performances, and by participating in numerous music competitions. Quite a few juries have been impressed by Natália Kelly’s abilities as both pianist and singer. This early success is not solely due to her unique voice: her artless and self-confident flair have also given Natália Kelly’s music an individuality that juggles playfully with contrasting elements from pop and R'n'B.

Produced by Austrian hit factory songwriter Alexander Kahr, Shine will be Natália Kelly’s musical business card, bringing together her national experiences with international elements, and thus reaching out to her promising future. She will be releasing her debut album right in time for the Eurovision Song Contest. Talking about her participation in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, Natália says: 'It is an honour and a great pleasure to be able to represent Austria. An international competition like the Eurovision Song Contest is an amazing opportunity for an artist to gather important musical experience and to develop further on a personal level.' As a matter of fact, it is worth noting that Natalia Kelly was selected to represent Austria following a national final procedure which saw another four act compete. Shine was selected by a mixture of public and international jury voting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2O0lziuq8A

As mentioned before, Natália Kelly had to go through a national selection in order to achieve the role of representing her own country in the Eurovision Song Contest and heading into the competition, she was not perceived as the public favourite. ORF, the broadcaster responsible for the organisation of this selection had in mind the result of the year before when selecting the possible entries and indeed setup a professional commission who went to look for performers and suitable songwriters. Indeed, the line-up was mixed and the show was organised in a very high standard. Ultimately, following a mixture of public and jury vote, Natália Kelly was decided as the winner with a twenty point advantage in the final tally. Her closest competition was Feels Like Home by Yela.

1957 is the year in which Austria first started to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest and despite finishing in last place on three occasions prior to achieving their best ever finish, that being in 1966 with the song Merci Cherie sung by Udo Jürgens. As a matter of fact, Udo had already represented his country on two other previous occasions and his results just got better each time. Nevertheless, Austria would never finish within the top three ever again and since the millennium, their best result was achieved back in 2003 with the track Weil der Mensch Zählt performed by Alf Poier. Following a break between 2008 and 2011, the nation returned with Nadine Beiler and her entry The Secret is Love making it to the final, finishing in eighteenth place before facing another disappointing result last year. 

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 50%

Magnus Kaxe: Random song and production that need a strong vocal performance to come through. Natalia Kelly's voice is unfortunately a little bit weak (I can even hear some false notes here and there). Instead of shining, Austria, stays in the shadows tonight.  

Lina Eriksson: Natalia is sweet but I'm missing some edge to this chorus. It's a bit boring to be frank. The risk is people will forget about this song cause it doesn't really shine and leaves one yearning for more.

Matt Mercieca (Muxu): I like the tone of her voice, and the vibe throughout the whole song is very current, I wish the chorus had that extra kick, I think the sudden key change at the end isn't needed , a couple of big ad-libs over normal chorus would have been cooler. I like the song personally, but don't think it will make a huge impact on the festival.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RPLzJ5hqYc

Published in Editorials
Friday, 15 February 2013 22:07

Austria: Natalia hopes to 'Shine' in Sweden

Natalia Kelly, the youngest candidate in Austria’s National Selection has won the competition and she will know represent her country in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest scheduled on the 14th May. She’s a singer who knows how to communicate with the cameras with her natural style and her confident way of performing. Even though she’s only 18, she already has ten years of stage.

acquaintance. She is strong-minded, motivated, and enthusiastic to be part of the Eurovision machine. She’ll give her best to be a worthy and booming Austrian representative. Natalia Kelly has appeared on Austria’s ‘The Voice’ and a voice she certainly has. The song itself Shine reminds us of Delta Goodrem the Australian singer-songwriter, pianist and television actress. The word ‘shine’ is repeated quite often in the pleasant song but it works, just like the word ‘Euphoria’ did last year.

The Austrian show incorporated 5 entries from 5 singers covering a vast array of different musical genres including soft rock, electro pop and folksy soul. All in all, it was a well-balanced national selection from Austria and ORF may have reduced the quantity of songs by half but have undoubtedly ‘upped’ the quality in the process.

The national final was presented by Andi Knoll and Miriam Weichselbraun. Austria has appeared frequently at the Eurovision Song Contest. The country has won once, in 1966, with the song "Merci Chérie". In recent years, Austria's entries have tended towards the humorous, in contrast with the dance-pop achieving success. 2003 saw comedian Alf Poier perform "Weil Der Mensch Zählt", a song about farm animals. 2005 saw a performance by folk band Global Kryner singing the Latin-inspired "Y así". Best wishes to Natalia Kelly anf let’s hope her song ‘Shines’ bright in May.

Source: ORF

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKpqQplDVP0

Monday, 14 January 2013 14:30

Austria: Five Potential Entries Unveiled

One of the western countries to have never really grasped the concept of success despite a lone victory at the Eurovision Song Contest is surely Austria but the effort that the broadcaster is putting into the selection process for the upcoming edition of the international showcase is outstanding noting the professional team of dedicated personnel called forth to select the performers and their respective entries. As a matter of fact, following a call for entries as well as an apparent internal process, five acts were select to compete in an open national final which will be taking place on the 15th February, just a day following the highly anticipated German final.

Yela, Natalia Kelly, The Bandaloop, Elija and Falco Luneau officially presented their entries in a press conference held earlier today in the Saturn Tower within Vienna and it seems that there is widespread positive acclaim with regards to the entries. The selection process which will take place the ORF Television-Centre in Vienna will be hosted by Mirjam Weichselbraun and Andi Knoll and it is to be noted that apart from performing their respective entries, they also have to sing a hit from the past editions of the Eurovision Song Contest. ORF also announced that the tickets for the show will be priced at just €10 for a standing entry and €20 for a seat in the audience. The dress rehearsal will also be open to the public at a price of €10. Listen to the tracks through Eurovision Austria and stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about Austria in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.

  • Falco Luneau - “Rise above the Night” / “What’s Another Year” (Johnny Logan, 1980)
  • Natália Kelly - “Shine” / “Ne partez pas sans moi” (Céline Dion, 1988)
  • The Bandaloop - “Back to Fantasy” / “Waterloo” (ABBA, 1974)
  • Elija - “Give Me a Sign” / “Euphoria” (Loreen, 2012)
  • Yela - “Feel Like Home” / “Love Shine a Light” (Katrina & The Waves, 1997)
Source: Eurovision Austria, ORF
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsBC5AB1tFo

 

Saturday, 12 January 2013 01:49

Austria: Tracks Will be Unveiled on Monday

Austria is noted as one of the longest participating nations in the Eurovision Song Contest with their upcoming entry set to be chosen as the forty-sixth in total and hoping to reach top ten success as has been done by the country on twenty occasions, their most recent being in 2003 with Alf Poier and Weil der Mensch zählt reaching sixth place with 101 points. Since their return in 2011, it has to be noted that they managed to qualify with the ballad The Secret is Love performed by Nadine Beiler and finish in last place within the semi-final last year as Trackshittaz took to the stage with Woki Mit Deim Popo. ORF, the broadcaster has reinvented the selection process for 2013 with more of an internal outlook within the selection process.

This years' selection process which has been entitled Österreich rockt den Song Contest is set to feature five acts; Yela, Natalia Kelly, The Bandaloop, Elija and Falco Luneau and their entries will be unveiled during a press conference which is set to take place on Monday, 14th January at the Saturn Tower, Donau City in Vienna at around 10:30 CET. It is not expected that the artists will be performing the songs but they will be played for the very first time. This has to be a pretty young line-up and considering that ORF is putting in a lot of effort this time round, it might be that they are expecting a positive result by the end of the competition. Austria have only won the competition on one occasion, and that was back in 1966 with Udo Jurgens and his track Merci Chérie. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: ORF

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsBC5AB1tFo