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Crashing Down, written by Robert Grace with vocals provided by Aimée was the clear favourite to represent Ireland at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest but had to settle in the first runner-up position after missing out to Only Love Survives, a co-write between Wez Devine and vocalist Ryan Dolan. The jury selected the former but the public went for the latter. The decision was clearly wrong as Ireland finished in last place for only the second time in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest. Since then, the female vocalist has been recording a host of cover versions.

One of the more recent cover versions she has recorded is none other than the latest Taylor Swift song entitled I Knew You Were Trouble co-written by Swift, Max Martin and Shellback. The track, which peaked at number #2 in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Israel and Scotland is a country ballad and it fit Aimée comfortably. Despite confirming their participation at the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, the female vocalist has not been touted as a possible successor by Paddy Power. It seems that the public believes a male will do the job with Keith Hanley, Shane Filan, Jedward and Mark Feehily making up the top four contenders. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQXvM7yYxAM

The recent news is that Malta could possibly re-enter the Junior Eurovision Song Contest at the European Broadcasting Union works hard to convince a couple of broadcasters to return to the competition. At the moment, there are only eight confirmed countries but many are on the brink of joining so keep an eye out on escflashmalta.com as we follow the latest developments. 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.

Ryan Dolan was selected to represent Ireland at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Only Love Survives which he co-wrote alongside Wez Devine. Unfortunately, the track was not appreciated by the juries and the public on the night of the final mustering only five (5) points and finishing in last place, the second time that the nation had to endure such a fate in recent years, noting this also happened in 2007 when Dervish took to the stage with the track They Can't Stop The Spring. Despite the disappointment at the Pan-European competition, Ryan Dolan has released his debut album entitled Frequency through digital media store, iTunes. The male vocalist had a chat with the Radio International team about the whole experience.

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Thomas G:Son, is quickly becoming a veteran of the Eurovision Song Contest noting that he is involved in a number of entries competing in selections all over the continent. He was also one of the co-writers behind the winning entry of the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, that being Euphoria performed by Loreen. GPB, the broadcaster in Georgia commissioned the songwriter to pen an entry and alongside the stylings of Erik Bernholm, he came up with the ballad Waterfall which was typically Eurovision by numbers according to fans. The performance, remiscent of the Ell & Nikki performance did not prove to be as successful as thought of with Sopho and Nodi only managing to qualify in tenth place before reaching a mid-table finish for the country making it the worst result for the nation when competing in the final. Both the songwriter and the performers were interviewed by the team of Radio International.

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Elitsa Todorova & Stoyan Yankoulov represented Bulgaria for the very first time back in 2007 achieving fifth place at the Eurovision Song Contest with their entry Voda (Water). BNT, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Bulgaria have been trying to find a solution for the nation to get through to the final of the Pan-European event for the second time noting that they have come extremely close in recent years, finishing eleventh and twelfth in the semi-final round. This year, the renowned duo who had brought them success took to the stage once more with the song Samo Shampioni managing to rack up forty-five points, the same amount of last year but finishing twelfth place failing to get through because of the lack of support from the juries who awarded them last place. The public would have put them through in sixth place. They spoke to the team of Radio International about their previous experience and how they were looking at this years' participation.

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The final interview of the week is with the lead singer of the group, Koza Mostra. Illias has been noted for his charm and good looks by several fans of the Eurovision Song Contest. As a matter of fact, Greece is currently in turmoil when it comes to their state broadcaster but despite this, expectations for the nation within the competition will always remain high. Koza Mostra won the right to represent the Hellenic nation by virtue of getting through a national selection process organised by ERT and MAD Television. This was the first time that such a collaboration took place making the event a huge success, drawing huge crowds as guests included Helena Paparizou, Dima Bilan, Alexander Rybak and Marija Serifovic amongst others. This interview focuses on the pressure of one representing Greece. The song which represented Greece, and reached a top ten position at the end of the evening bore the name Alcohol Is Free

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There will also be a number of new releases played throughout the three hours, including tracks by Tina Karol, who represented Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006; Didrik Solli-Tangen, representative of Norway at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest; Jessy Matador, French representative at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest; Maya Sar, the last representative for Bosnia & Herzegovina thus far and last but not least; Kevin Borg who came in second place at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. 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. David Mann will be discussing cover versions from the Eurovision Song Contest. 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.

Source: Team of Radio International

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzGiJxMd3UI

Only Love Survives, sung by Ryan Dolan on behalf of Ireland could only muster up five points in the final and therefore finished at the bottom of the scoreboard, a fate which they had already succumbed to back in 2007 with They Can't Stop the Spring performed by Dervish. RTÉ, the broadcaster responsible for the participation have pledged that they will be present next year due to the successful ratings back home as well as a successful history which includes seven victories, the last of which coming back in 1996. 

Paddy Power, the Irish website for all sports and event betting odds have already published a long list of possible participants on behalf of the nation in 2014. This time last year, it was Leanne Moore who was the principle favourite and whilst she is on the list, she is only seventh this time round. Moore had won You're A Star a couple of years back and has been one of the female backing vocalists during the Irish performance for three straight years.It seems that a male performer is being seen as the next representative noting that all of the names with sterling odds are male. 

Keith Hanley is the odds on favourite with odds at 9/2 but he is closely followed by Shane Filan at 7/1 respectively. Hanley is the winner of the second season of The Voice and thus has a recording contract with Universal Music Ireland whilst Filan was the lead vocalist behind the group, Westlife. It will be interesting to see whether high profile names will be interested in representing Ireland although one of the former members of Westlife, Nicky did read out the votes on the night. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Paddy Power

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BAfQccDQ-I

Lucky charms tend to come from Ireland and when it comes to the Eurovision Song Contest, they have a tendency to offer some opinion over selecting a winning entry noting that they have been successful on seven previous occasions. Despite the fact that their most successul music genre has been the ballad, which is also extremely mainstream when it comes to Ireland, they are no slouches when it comes to creating a pop track and for the third year in succession, the country has indeed selected one. Ryan Dolan will be representing the Emeral Isle with Only Love Survive co-written with Wez Devine. They will be performing in the second half of the first semi-final.

 

The very first rehearsal of the track took place yesterday afternoon considering that they are performing quite late in the draw and have received a mixture of reviews, from positive ones to those less positive. It has been well regarded though as to having a strong presentation, something that could help it hover across the finish line. On stage, Ryan is joined by a couple of female backing singers including Leanne Moore, winner of You're A Star a couple of years back, and twice accompanying Jedward within the same role. Our team present in Malmo had the opportunity to have a chat with Ryan on the preparations, his thoughts on the first rehearsal and the way to go forward. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com

Published in Interviews

Only Love Survives, co-written by Wez Devine and Ryan Dolan, the latter of which will also be providing the vocals will be representing Ireland in the first semi-final of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It seems that whatever the outcome of the competition, the track is destined to be a hit in the host country, Sweden noting that the track has already peaked at number #33 prior to the commencement of the rehearsals. Ireland have a stunning record in the annual music event noting that they have managed to finish at the top on a record seven occasions, the last of which was back in 1996 when Eimear Quinn had performed The Voice

Ryan Dolan and his entry Only Love Survives were selected to compete in the Irish Eurosong competition by mentor, Stuart O'Connor who is known to many inside the entertainment circles as a celebrity choreographer. He has already garnered experience at the Eurovision Song Contest having helped set the tone of the performance that Jedward gave last year as they performed the track Waterline which included an energetic routine accompanied by a waterfall. iTunes, the digital platform for music, movies and books amongst other things has been very much involved in the sales of the entries competing in this years' showcase whilst preview shows have given the required push in a number of countries. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available. 

Source: esctracker.com

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The first un-official rehearsal for the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest took place in the past couple of days as artists from all over the continent got together during the annual Eurovision In Concert held in The Netherlands. Final promotional tours are being held now as the date draws closer and as countries compete for what seems to be an extremely open edition of the international spectacle. 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.

The interviews in relation to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest have all been published and now with the Eurovision In Concert in tow, a series of new interviews with artists who were present will definitely be taking centre stage in the next couple of episodes. The team has planned a total of six for today, kicking things off with Ryan Dolan who will be representing Ireland in the first semi-final with his entry Only Love Survives. We had the opportunity to discuss several issues including his national final victory as well as his upcoming recording of the music video featuring a number of fans. It is quite intriguing that it is the only interview we chose for the first semi-final for this week but nevertheless, the others come from the second semi-final including Sopho & Nodi who will represent Georgia with their song Waterfall co-written by Thomas G:Son.They speak about their internal selection as well as their collaboration with the winning composer of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.

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Keeping in line with the second semi-final, one of the vocal powerhouses seems to very much belong to Moran Mazor who will be flying the flag for Israel as she performs Rak Bishvilo in Sweden. There has been a lot of media coverage surrounding this artist as of late regarding her choice of attire at the international spectacle with the broadcaster refusing to let renowned designer Galliano work on her dress. Marco Mengoni was one of the drawcards during the Eurovision In Concert and when he was relaxed, he definitely showed wearing tracksuits and baggy pants but nevertheless, always the gentleman, he dresses up for the occasions. We spoke to him about his victory during the Sanremo competition with L'Essenziale as well as his personal expectations of the international spectacle. Italy is one of the favourites in this years' competition and therefore, Marco whose album, #PRONTOACORRERE is currently number #1 in Italy will definitely be one of the artists to look out for during the forthnight.

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Gerard Joling, who represented The Netherlands back in 1988 Eurovision Song Contest achieving ninth place with his entry Shangri-La was also around during the festivities and the team of Radio International wanted to get his opinion on this years' competition along with his thoughts on the Dutch entry which is being performed by the popular, Anouk. The final interview for this week comes with none other than Gianluca, who will be representing Malta in the second semi-final with the song Tomorrow, co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek. 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 spotlight on the Eurovision Song Contest will be switched on metaphorically of course by Chris Poppe as he chooses a topic for the week. Follow the show through the official website and also send your requests through the contact link which is found on the aforementioned website.

Source: Radio International

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The editorial board encourages the public to select their favourite ten qualifiers on the right hand side of the screen but in the meantime, three professional individuals from the music industry showcase their opinion about the competing entries. 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, Ireland will be performing in slot number thirteen (13) from the sixteen (16) entries which will be competing during the first semi-final. RTE, the broadcaster resposible for the participation of Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest will be represented by the song Only Love Survives co-written between Wez Devine and Ryan Dolan, the latter will also be providing the vocals for the entry. 

Ryan Dolan is a young singer-songwriter from Strabane in Co. Tyrone. He has played support to many acts over the years including Tinchy Stryder, Jedward and many more. Dolan has been described as one of the most exciting homegrown musical talents to be discovered in Ireland in recent years. His YouTube channel has received over 800,000 hits. Dolan said, “I am thrilled to have been chosen to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest. I’d like to thank my family, friends and my mentor Stuart for all their support over the last few months. It’s such an honour to have been chosen to represent Ireland at Eurovision. I can’t wait to perform in Malmő in May.”

Co-composer Wez Devine is a 34-year-old songwriter/producer originally from Malahide, Co. Dublin now based in Lifford, Co.Donegal. So far the fruits of their labour include being featured on BBC Radio1 in the UK in 2012 – their track titled The Secret by Zenemy DJz featuring Dolan found great support and was daytime play-listed by the giants of the station Sara Cox, Hugh Stevens and Scott Mills. They are hopeful that their latest composition Only Love Survives will bring Eurovision back to Ireland for the eighth time. Dolan's Eurovision mentor is Spotlight Productions director Stuart O’Connor. O'Connor is the man behind all Jedward's live tours in the last three years. He devised the performance of Waterline at last year’s contest.

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O'Connor recently produced and directed The Best of Eurovision Show with six previous winners Johnny Logan, Linda Martin, Niamh Kavanagh, Dana, Charlie McGettigan and Paul Harrington. He was a judge on RTÉ's Supercrew and choreographed the highly acclaimed RTÉ Big Music Week Lipdub YouTube video. Ireland decided to keep the format of their recent preselections following the success achieved in the international competition with five mentors selecting the artists and their respective entries. There were three genres represented, including the stunning ballad which is very much popular in Ireland especially one involving a young female with a guitar. As a matter of fact, Aimee was the first runner-up with her song Crashing Down.

Ireland is known in the fan circles of the Eurovision Song Contest as royalty, having managed to achieve victory on a record breaking seven (7) occasions. It is important to point out here though that their last success was back in 1996 when Eimear Quinn had managed to stun everyone with her crystal clear vocals in a stunning rendition of The Voice. Since then, it has not been pretty positive for Ireland and even more so, since the millennium, the top ten has only beckoned on three occasions, in 2000 with Millennium of Love, 2006 with Every Song is a Cry for Love and in 2011 with Lipstick. Qualification has also been troubling but has been achieved since 2010 and Ryan Dolan will hope to do so once more in 2013 as he takes to the stage in Sweden.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 77%

Magnus Kaxe: Is this Swedish House Mafia? No, but this will also move the dance floors around Europe this summer. It's an elegantly written track with positive and energetic vibes. Ryan has a good voice in the video and I really hope he can perform well on stage too. Not only love survives -  Ryan Dolan will also survive - at least to the final.

Lina Eriksson: One of the more modern songs this year. Even if it doesn't sweep me off my feet I'm guessing it'll do just fine in the semi and on the ESC-dancefloors.

Matt Mercieca (Muxu): This one is super cool, I love the beat, and its super current, not completely in love with the lyrics, but I see this one doing well, if not on eurovision, even radios, the chorus is much better then the rest of the song, but its super good! very catchy.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGaZKoim43U

Published in Editorials
Monday, 01 April 2013 09:49

Ireland: Ryan Dolan Gives Free Concert

Ryan Dolan, the male artist who was selected to represent Ireland in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Only Love Survives which he co-write with Wez Devine has given a free concert in Strabane celebrating Easter. Since winning the Late Late Show Eurosong special, Ryan Dolan has been pretty much working on perfecting the choreography for the international showcase whilst tweaking the whole performance in general but with thousands of fans in attendance during the concert yesterday, it seems that support for the artist in the nation is relatively high.

It is worth pointing out that the fans of Jedward are clearly pulling for Ryan Dolan, with one of the reasons definitely being due to the mentor, Stuart O'Connor for who the past year has been pretty much taking care of the choreography for all of the duo's sensational performances including that of Waterline during last years' Eurovision Song Contest. Also present during the concert was special guest star, Mickey Joe Hart who represented Ireland in the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest with the track We've Got the World Tonight which finished in eleventh place, the fourth most successful result since the millennium. Ryan Dolan was joined on stage by two backing dancers rather than backing vocals during this particular performance. Ireland will perform in the first semi-final, within slot #13. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Eurovision Ireland

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGaZKoim43U

Saturday, 23 February 2013 00:06

Ireland: Ryan Dolan Heading to Malmö

RTÉ, the broadcaster responsible for the Irish participation at the Eurovision Song Contest clearly need to rethink their strategy for the coming years when it comes to hosting the national selection because the acoustics in the studio were somewhat average at best. At the end of a mediocre evening with around two songs which were of decent quality, the winner was Ryan Dolan with the track Only Love Survives which he co-wrote alongside Wez Devlin. His mentor was Stuart O'Connor, the choreographer behind the performance of Jedward at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest with the track Waterline co-written by Sharon Vaughn and Nick Jarl.

The comments of the evening panel were somewhat hilarious at times, commenting on how strong the song quality was but nevertheless, they were on the money stating that it would be a tussle between Crashing Down sung by Aimee and Only Love Survives performed by Ryan Dolan, the latter gaining the maximum support of the public with the former garnering the majority vote of the regional juries. It was a somewhat close call but at the end of the day, the beautiful ballad which would have taken Ireland through to yet another Eurovision Song Contest final finished in second place, with the uptempo track featuring sounds similar to Voda and Euphoria in the top position. Ireland will compete in the second half of the first semi-final. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of the latest news.

Source: RTÉ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNQNdHV279w