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On the official website of the Public Broadcasting Services, along with a simulataneous announcement on the hit television programme Xarabank, it was revealed that the star guest for both the semi-final and the final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be none other than Emmelie de Forest. The Dane, winner of the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Only Teardrops co-written by Lise Cabble, Julia Fabrin Jakobsen and Thomas Stengaard is also set to be a guest act at the German national selection later on this year, in what seems to be an extremely busy year for the singer/songwriter.

On the night of the semi-final, it is expected that Emmelie will perform her winning entry of the international showcase, but the Public Broadcasting Services has secured an exclusive performance of a brand new track entitled Rainmaker, which will in turn be used as the theme song for the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Also, the finalists of the national selection in Malta, meaning the fourteen (14) left after the show on Friday will get the opportunity to perform with the renowned vocalist. Emmelie will not be the only guest act during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with Winter Moods, The Crowns, Red Electrick, Gianluca, Ira Losco, Gaia Cauchi, Maria Yaremchuk and the winner of the Swiss national final this evening all taking centre stage. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services


A record number of 872 entries have been submitted for next years' edition of the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, the selection process which will see an act represent Denmark on home soil following the astonishing victory achieved by Emmelie de Forest and her song Only Teardrops. Earlier this year, DR had received 692 submissions, a number which has been considerably dwarfed by around 200 more songs. It continues with the strong tradition of hundreds of submissions in countries within the Scandinavian region as noted by Norway, Finland and Sweden.

In three (3) of the past four (4) years, the nation managed to finish in the top five (5) and gained resounding charting success with their 2011 entry New Tomorrow performed by the group A Friend In London who went onto record with the likes of Carly Rae Jepsen. Rasmus Ladefoged, responsible for the Entertainment Section at DR is excited about the prospect of finding another strong entry to represent the country. 'It is so cool! It’s really amazing! It ‘s a very special year for the Grand Prix this year, because we are going to host the Eurovision Song Contest. I think that has helped create the attention, that has now led to this great contribution'.

Whilst no speculation with regards to songwriters and artists has been noted in any tabloid, Ladefoged stated that there is a good mixture of amateur and professional songs whilst a number of wildcards will also be invited to compete within the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix slated to take place on the 8th March 2014 in Odense. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about both the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix and the Eurovision Song Contest 2014.

Source: DR


Emmelie de Forest, the winner of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Only Teardrops co-written by Lise Cabble, Julia Fabrin Jakobsen and Thomas Stengaard has just unveiled the music video for her follow-up single, Hunter and Prey. The track co-written by Lise Cabble, Jakob Glæsner and Emmelie de Forest was selected from the strong twelve track debut album which bears the sane name of her most successful track yet, the winning entry of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013.

The video is recorded in the nature at Sejerø, a small island outside the west coast of Zealand and was directed by Nicolas Tobias Følsgaard. Included in the video are the two drummers, who backed Emmelie up on stage in the Danish final as well as in Malmö, Jacob Baagøe and Morten Specht from Copenhagen Drummers. Since winning the international competition, Emmelie de Forest released her debut album Only Teardrops through Universal Music Denmark. It has managed to chart in several countries including Denmark (#4), France (#91), Germany (#61) and Sweden (#50) amongst others. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Universal Music Denmark


Saturday, 24 August 2013 16:00

Denmark: 'Only Teardrops' - An Album Review

Summer, a season which is somewhat marred by extremely warm humid days and temperatures which soar well above the average mean especially when it comes to the Mediterranean Island of Malta but nevertheless, the music scene flourishes at an exceptional rate. Projects for the winter commence whilst a number of singles are released for the pleasure of many whilst at the beach. Jean Claude Vancell, a singer/songwriter who was a semi-finalist at the Malta Song for Europe back in 2008 is also an escflashmalta.com senior editor and known for his album reviews. It has been quite a while since he took up the role but he is back with the debut album from Emmelie de Forest entitled Only Teardrops, the winning artist of the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. In recent months, he has heard studio albums by Loreen and Celine Dion with a critical eye pouring his thoughts out for the world to denote.

20 year old Emmelie brought victory to Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest after their last victory in 2001. Her song Only Teardrops was favoured by bookies from weeks before in what was considered one of the strongest contests in recent years. Emmelie won the bid to represent her country at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix last January and is now reigning queen of the Eurovision. Her album Only Teardrops was released just a week before her performance at the final in Malmo last May. The first studio album by Emmelie de Forest is released under the imprint, Universal Music Denmark which is the Danish subsidiary of the major record label.

Album Title: Only Teardrops

Released: 6th May (International)

The album opens with an instrumental overture of Only Teardrops which works a treat before introducing the more uptempo Hunter and Prey. The rest of the tracks offer a good mix of Nordic pop, which happens to suit my tastes very well. Some of the weaker offerings do sound like they were rejects from Eurovision participations which never happened. However the overall sound of the album is pleasant and easy going. With Only Teardrops appearing 3 times in this 12 track album, this makes it a little annoying, even though all versions are so beautiful in their own right. The album peaked at number 4 in Denmark, and fared well in other European countries. The song Hunter and Prey was the follow up single to her winning entry in the contest.


Tracks to look out for:

What Are You Waiting For - If Emmelie wants to break through the UK chart with something other than her winning Eurovision song, this has to be track to make it to the top 40. Cleverly written to suit her voice and sung with passion, this song has hit written all over it.

Change - The retro sequencer driving this track is one step away from the 80s euro-pop - but boy does it work. Hints of the Irish tin whistle which made her Eurovision song so popular are introduced in this number too.

Hunter and Prey - Had it been another vocalist, this track wouldn’t have worked so well. De Forest’s airy vocals are a wonder in this high paced number.

Final verdict:

The album shows de Forest’s potential. I wouldn’t expect this to do incredibly well if it were released by someone who hadn’t just won the Eurovision Song Contest. With more thought and time to develop her music, de Forest can take the European market by storm. It doesn’t happen everyday that you discover such a voice.


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Emmelie de Forest, a young and talented female vocalist from Denmark swooped to victory at the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Only Teardrops co-written by Lise Cabble, Julia Fabrin Jakobsen and Thomas Stengaard. At the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, she was not one of the initial favourites but nevertheless managed to convince both the public and the jury alike following a stunning performance on the night of the final. DR, the national broadcaster responsible for the participation of Denmark is currently pre-producing next years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest whilst also revealing details about the next national selection process.

Rasmus Ladefoged, entertainment editor for the editor went on record stating that 'the last time Denmark hosted the Eurovision Song Contest', they came in second place with 'Rollo & King', ultimately adding 'If we can do a little better next year, I'll be happy'. Last year, Denmark received an astonishing record amount of submissions for their selection process following the disappointing result achieved by Soluna Samay and her entry Should've Known Better and the tally stood at 692 entries. It is expected that the number will be greater than 700 on this occasion. It is quite funny as ultimately only six (6) songs are selected as the broadcaster invites three (3) to four (4) songwriters to write songs as well. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Eurovision.tv


Mid-way through the rehearsals of the annual Eurovision Song Contest, the European Broadcasting Union prepares three dates in May which would be used as preliminary setup for the competition taking place within the following year. DR, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Denmark and thus for next years' organisation has just made some slight alterations opting for the 6th and 8th as the dates of the semi-finals as opposed to the 10th May 2014 for the date of the final of next years' edition of the Pan-European competition.

Denmark won the right to host the competition next year following the victory of Emmelie de Forest and her entry Only Teardrops co-written by Lise Cabble, Julia Fabrin Jakobsen and Thomas Stengaard. This was the third victory for the Scandinavian country with their most recent prior to this being achieved back in 2000 when the competition also took place in Sweden. On that occasion, it was the Olsen Brothers with the song Fly On The Wings of Love which surprised everyone by walking away with the victory. It is yet unknown where Denmark will be staging the competition although it has to be noted that Herning is in pole position after the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen surprisingly pulled out. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Eurovision.tv


Only Teardrops, co-written by Lise Cabble, Julia Fabrin Jakobsen, Thomas Stengaard with vocals provided by Emmelie de Forest was the undisputed winner of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with both the professional juries and the public at home selecting the track as their overwhelming favourite. DR, broadcaster responsible for the participation of Denmark in collaboration with Sony Music have worked on a promotional video which will help promote the song across the continent.

The track which has peaked within the top ten in more than ten countries including; Sweden, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Luxembourg, Iceland and The Netherlands has received positive criticism and continued to add to the high acclaim that the Eurovision Song Contest has been achieving as of late with several commercial success to the winners. One cannot forget tracks such as Euphoria by Loreen which won for Sweden in 2012 or Satellite by Lena-Meyer Landrut which won for Germany in 2010 because their stories have been written in time and both artists have found success following the competition. Emmelie de Forest is also promoting her debut album of the same name which has already peaked at number #4 in Denmark. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: DR


Emmelie de Forest on behalf of Denmark was crowned winner of the Eurovision Song Contest a couple of minutes ago with the song Only Teardrops co-written by Lise Cabble, Julia Fabrin Jakobsen, Thomas Stengaard. The song managed to garner points from across Europe, ultimately totalling to 281 points. Such a stagerring total actually puts her in fourth place amongst total points achieved from winners behind Fairytale (2009), Euphoria (2012) and Hard Rock Hallelujah (2006). Only Teardrops had been the favourite to triumph at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest since it was selected in the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix when it had topped the charts.

SVT, the host broadcaster was slightly disappointing towards the end of the broadcast when with around four countries left to vote, they almost cut the transmission in announcing that Denmark was the winner but nevertheless returned to see the final votes which were met with almost complete silence as all of the buildup and excitement was lost. Only Teardrops is already a commercial success in several European countries noting that digital sales have seen it rise within the top ten in several countries including Sweden, Greece, Estonia, Malta, Denmark, Hungary and Belarus whilst entering other markets such as the one in the United Kingdom and Germany amongst others. The European Broadcasting Union will soon be announcing the way forward although it is expected that Copenhagen, capital city of Denmark. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

  • 1st: Denmark - 281 points
  • 2nd: Azerbaijan - 234 points
  • 3rd: Ukraine - 214 points
  • 4th: Norway - 191 points
  • 5th: Russia - 174 points
  • 6th: Greece - 152 points
  • 7th: Italy - 126 points
  • 8th: Malta - 120 points
  • 9th: The Netherlands - 114 points
  • 10th: Hungary - 84 points
  • 11th: Moldova - 71 points
  • 12th: Belgium - 71 points
  • 13th: Romania - 65 points
  • 14th: Sweden - 62 points
  • 15th: Georgia - 51 points
  • 16th: Belarus - 48 points
  • 17th: Iceland - 47 points
  • 18th: Armenia - 41 points
  • 19th: United Kingdom - 23 points
  • 20th: Estonia - 19 points
  • 21st: Germany - 18 points
  • 22nd: Lithuania - 17 points
  • 23th: France - 14 points
  • 24th: Finland - 13 points
  • 25th: Spain - 8 points
  • 26th: Ireland - 5 points
Cascada and Bonnie Tyler were two of the most well known artists in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest but it seems that the fan base did not pull through unfortunately noting that they could only managed eighteen (18) and twenty-three (23) points respectively. On the other hand, host nation Sweden is surely disappointed at only managing sixty-two (62) points despite the support that Robin Stjernberg had prior to the competition. In this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Ireland managed only five (5) points, two (2) from Cyprus, two (2) from Swedem and one (1) from the United Kingdom. They had also received the same scoreline like Dervish back in 2007 with the song They Can't Stop The Spring. 

Source: eurovision.tv


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

The Eurovision In Concert held a couple of weeks back within The Netherlands is known to be the premier dress rehearsal for the competing countires at the Eurovision Song Contest and the team of Radio International had the pleasure of speaking to all of the artists present, amongst them Gianluca who will represent Malta with the song Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek. 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.

Denmark is the outright favourite in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with Emmelie de Forest and her entry Only Teardrops co-written by Lise Cable, Julia Fabrin Jakobsen and Thomas Stengaard. As a matter of fact, there is always a favourite which does well, along with another who will fall flat when it comes to the live performance. This is yet to be seen. In the meantime, Emmelie who is an extremely nice individual speaks to team of Radio International about competing in such a major showcase, her ancestral background and what she makes of the current situation in the polls, bookmakers and fan clubs. Moving onto another entry competing in the first semi-final, there is Zlata Ognevich who will be representing Ukraine with the song Gravity and according to the bookmakers, this currently ranks second behind Denmark. Zlata who has slight difficulty to speak in English is nevertheless a great performer and she speaks to Radio International and escflashmalta.com about her upcoming surprises, without revealing too much.


Apart from focusing on the first semi-final, it is always important to note that there is a second show and one which also includes a number of great songs including some fan favourites in the form of Greece whose entry Alcohol is Free performed by Koza Mostra featuring Agathonas has been setting the dancefloors alight. The team who have a great spirit speak about the song, the meaning behind it and what their expectations in Sweden during the Eurovision Song Contest are, especially considering that Greece has a reputation to uphold. One final interview from this semi-final is with PeR from Latvia whose entry bears the name Here We Go. It will be the opening act of the show but has not been receiving a lot of promotion as of late whilst somewhat destined to be another disappointment for the Baltic nation. The duo are great fun though and this adds to the spectacle of the Eurovision Song Contest. 


The final nation in the spotlight for this evenings' programme will be Amandine Bourgeois who will be representing France with L'Enfer et Moi. She has received great comments since her performance at the Eurovision in Concert and could surprise. There will also be a number of new releases played throughout the three hours, including Żarbun by Chiara which has already racked up more then 80,000 views in less than a week. In the meantime, there will also be a number of cover versions as recorded throughout the year, a feature which will be returning at the hands of David Mann. 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 Dermot Manning 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: Team of Radio International


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