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The 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is months away but several countries have either confirmed their participation or released their regulations for national selection processes. 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.

It has been a triumphant return for all of us at Radio International as audiences are soaring. One of the most respected artists at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was none other than Roberto Bellarosa (Belgium) and we had the opportunity to speak to him in Setubal as OGAE Portugal were hosting their annual convention. On the other hand, another interview which will be airing this evening is that with Cesar (Romania) who also took to the stage at this years' edition of the itnernational competition. Both speak of their respective experiences inter-related with either the Eurovision Song Contest or the preparations towards it within the national final. It is always a pleasure to see such fire and enthusiasm, recorded by artists who would be recognised in their home countries and sometimes even abroad. There is always an audience for former representatives.

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Tonight! Eric Lehmann will also be present to speak about the OGAE Luxembourg Convention taking place in just a couple of weeks time. As the dawn of a brand new season approaches, Radio International will be hosting a brand new feature, one entitled Denmark's Eurovision Song Contest History which will be reflecting on the entries that the Scandinavian nation sent to the annual music competition. David Mann will continue to look at cover versions from the event whilst the latest news from escXtra and escflashmalta.com will be read out. In the meantime, former representatives of the Eurovision Song Contest are always looking for ways to please their fans and thus new music is being recorded and published throughout the year. Radio International will be playing the most recent singles as sent in by several record labels. We urge you to tune into Radio International this evening at 20:00 CET in order to request your favourite entry from the Eurovision Song Contest and listen to the special features.

Source: Press Release

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As previously reported, Valentina Monetta has released her new music video and single titled L'Amore Verra but this week has been a pretty much hectic week for new singles and videos from past Eurovision Artists together with other artists who tried to represent their native country in previous years.

Roberto Bellarosa has released a new singled titled Suivre Mon Etoile. He was the 2013 Belgian representative that was chosen internally to be on the Swedish Eurovision Stage in Malmo. He successfully sailed through the semi final and placed 12th on the final night with his entry Love Kills. The 2006 Croatian representative, Severina Vučković has released a new single and video. With Turkish elements to complement the song, the song is titled Hurem. She had graced the Athens stage during the 2006 Contest with her entry Moja Stikla and placed 12th on the final night with 26 points.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lHypet3OHA

From a non Eurovision representative, Carina Dahl has released a new single titled If That's The Only Way. Carina has tried to represent Norway twice. Her first attempt was in 2011 with the song Guns and Boys and in 2013 with Sleepwalking. Both entries unfortunately didn't make it to the final night of the Norwegian pre-selection stages.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkyDA4BitvQ

Another non Eurovision representative and from another Scandinavian country is Ola who has released a brand new video for his single Jackie Kennedy. Ola had tried to represent Sweden twice. His first attempt was in 2008 with the song Love in Stereo but didn't make it to the final. He returned to the Swedish pre-selection heats (Melodifestivalen) in 2010 with the song Unstoppable and managed to be in the final but placed 7th on the night. He is currently hitting the Italian Radio airwaves with huge successes to his brand new singles.

Sources: Official Facebook (Roberto Bellarosa, Carina Dahl, Ola Svensson, Severina Vučković)

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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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Malta, represented by Gianluca and the track Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek saw the nation finish in eighth place, the first top ten result since 2005. The male artist has been featured on Radio International hosted by Juergen Boernig on several occasions and his songs will surely be requested once more. 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.

On this weeks' episode of Radio International, the main focal interview is with Roberto Bellarosa, the male vocalist who represented Belgium at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. His entry entitled Love Kills co-written by Jukka Immonen and Iain Farquharson was perceived as a surprise qualifier but has turned out to be a commercial success, entering charts in The Netherlands, Sweden, Germany and of course, Belgium. Shy of a top ten result, the song finished in twelfth place with seventy-one (71) points in total. Throughout the fortnight of the Eurovision Song Contest, Roberto grew in confidence and it seems that this is something which both the audience and the media realised as he performed during the semi-final stage of the competition. Other interviews to be aired during this weeks' episode; El Sueno de Morfeo (Spain 2013), Who See (Montenegro 2013), Moje 3 (Serbia 2013) and Stella Jones (Austria 1995). It is important to point out that the latter will be LIVE.

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There will also be a number of new releases played throughout the three hours, including tracks by Kate Ryan (Belgium 2006), Nadine Beiler (Austria 2011), Jessy Matador (France 2010), Agnetha Faltskorg (Sweden 1974), Koza Mostra (Greece 2013), 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. Chris Poppe will be discussing favourite entries from the Eurovision Song Contest which failed to win. 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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Earlier this month, San Marino confirmed that in next years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, they will be represented by Valentina Monetta for the third consecutive time in hope of the micro-state reaching the final for the very first time considering that they finished in eleventh place with their entry Crisalide (Vola) earlier this year. 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 focus of this weeks' programme in an aim to continuously remind you that the Eurovision Song Contest will be re-starting with the national final season in a couple of months will be a series of interviews recorded during the experience endured in Malmo, Sweden. As a matter of fact, kicking off this round will be none other than Belgium whose entry Love Kills co-written by Jukka Immonen and Iain Farquharson finished in twelfth place with seventy-five (75) points. It is worth noting that this was the second best result for the nation since the introduction of the semi-finals. In 2010, Tom Dice and his entry Me and My Guitar won the semi-final porition of the competition before reaching an extremely positive sixth place. Roberto shot down his critics in reaching such a high placing noting that his stature and reputation in Belgium has risen as expected. In this interview he speaks about his experience and what the future holds.

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Despina Olympiou, is one of the most beautiful female artists to have graced the stage of this years' Eurovision Song Contest albeit did not garner favour with either the jury or the public during the night of the semi-final finishing in fifteenth place with just eleven (11) points following her stunning rendition of the track An Me Thimase for Cyprus. CyBC, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Cyprus had internally selected Despina in an effort to cut back on the costs that a national selection entails. Sponsorship was key but unfortunately it was not meant to be. Despina took up the opportunity to continue advancing in her career and this was definitely another experience which she will treasure for many years to come. It is yet unknown whether Cyprus will return to the Eurovision Song Contest next year but escflashmalta.com definitely hopes that Malta won't be the only Island in the Mediterranean competing in Denmark.

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Since 2004, one of the nations to return to the Eurovision Song Contest on every occasion has been Albania, reaching their best result last year as Rona Nishliu took to the stage to perform the track Suus finishing in a remarkable fifth place. Unfortunately, this years' result could not have been any different with Adrian Lulgjuraj & Bledar Sejko garnering just thirty-one (31) points to finish in fifthteenth place, the second worst result for Albania since they entered the Pan-European competition. The song Identitet which Bledar wrote did not appeal to the masses unfortunately, falling under just one genre, that of rock, hence why it suffered. The old school feel also appealed to voting from the region but nowhere else. Albania are seemingly also returning to the competition next year despite the result achieved this time round. Short interviews recorded on the red carpet with the artists from Iceland and Russia will also be aired during the programme.

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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; Fabrizio Faniello, two time representative of Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest (2001 & 2006); Krista Siegfrids, representative of Finland at the 2013 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

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VRT, the national broadcaster for the Flemish region and community in Belgium are inclined to take care of the participation at the Eurovision Song Contest next year following the successful result achieved by the French broadcaster, RTBF as Roberto Bellarosa managing to finish in twelfth place at the end of the final of this years' spectacle. Love Kills, a modern pop song was very much appreciated by both the juries and the public finishing in fifth place during the semi-final before getting that mid-table position. Belgium alternate between the two broadcasters to make sure that all the public is represented at the international showcase. 

Information revealed by Björn Verdoodt on behalf of VRT will see to the creation of a new selection format. Eurosong, the national final which was used to select entries such as Je T'Adore sung by Kate Ryan in 2006 and O Julissi performed by Ishtar in 2008 is set to return but the concept will be fresh and enlightening as VRT seeks to build on the result that Belgium achieved this year. In 2012, the last time that they were in charge of the participation, Iris was selected from the record label Sonic Angel who was also behind the 2010 participant Tom Dice but the song entitled Would You? was not appreciated and could only muster up sixteen (16) points to finish in seventeenth position. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news. 

Source: VRT, Eurosong.be, Eurovision.tv

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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

The team of Radio International had the pleasure of being in attendance at the Eurovision In Concert last week and thus the opportunity to speak to several artists who will be competing in this years' international showcase. Gianluca who himself was present during the festivities has been finalising his promotional tour across Europe heading to countries such as Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and the United Kingdom. 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.

Moldova will be represented in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest by Aliona Moon and her entry O Mie, which will be performed entirely in Romanian as opposed to the English language used during the national final. The track is co-written by Pasha Parfeny who took to the stage on behalf of the same nation last year, achieving one of the best results with his entry Lautur. This will be the first of five interviews, with six artists for the simple reason given above. Aliona will discuss the choice of language, apart from the idea of working with Pasha on the song following her accompaniment as a backing vocalist last year. Keeping in line with the current interviews published on escflashmalta.com, where I serve as the Head of Communications, comes an interview with Alyona Lanskaya who will represent Belarus with the track Solayoh composed by Marc Paelinck to the lyrics of Martin King. She discusses last years' participation along with the choice of the track, noting that several songs had been submitted for interest.

Cezar will be representing Romania with his track It's My Life which is somewhat different from all the rest due to the fact that it is within a pop/opera genre which does not really follow a typical form in terms of song. This is the third artist whose interview will be aired this week and he will be followed by another male in the form of Robert Bellarosa whose entry Love Kills is co-written by Iain James and Jukka Immonen. One of the aforementioned writers has worked with Emeli Sande, Little Mix and One Direction, responsible for some of their major hits including Read All About It and Wings. Both gentlemen are ecstatic to get to the international showcase with the hope of doing their nation proud. It is important to spread the message of the country across in the best possible manner. The final interview for the week will be with none other than Krista Siegfrids whose entry Marry Me has been getting a lot of attention as of late due to the unequivocal support towards marriage equality and the rebranding of the campaign towards #Team Ding Dong.

Those are all of the interviews planned for this week but nevertheless, you will be able to catch more in the coming weeks including those recorded during the Eurovision In Concert. There will be a number of new releases, amongst them a track by Jelena Tomasevic who represented Serbia on home soil with Oro back in 2008. 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 Alasdair Rendall 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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9uExokZcIM

Tuesday, 16 April 2013 03:30

Belgium: Reviewing the track 'Love Kills'

Since the re-introduction of the juries within the Eurovision Song Contest, music professionals have become an integral part of the final result and this has been noted in the commercial success of the winning entries in recent years. escflashmalta.com has engaged a panel of professionals to analyse this years' 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, Belgium will be performing in slot number fifteen (15) from the sixteen (16) entries which will be competing during the first semi-final. RTBF, the broadcaster resposible for the participation of Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest will be represented by the song Love Kills co-written between Iain James and Jukka Immonen with vocals provided by Roberto Bellarosa.

Roberto Bellarosa is originally from Wanze, Walloon part of Belgium and his childhood was ruled by the number of football goals scored by the men in his family. At age 9, realising that Roberto would never become a sporting hero, his parents enrolled him at the Music Academy of Huy to study the rudiments of music theory. During singing lessons, his teacher was impressed with his voice and encouraged him to pursue his training at a higher level. Roberto followed this advice and took on singing lessons. After acquiring more technique, he enrolled himself in a few singing talent contests, and decided to participate at The Voice Belgique. Backstage, he used to claim that his singing is mainly aimed to convey emotions to the audience. His young age, his soft and fragile tone of voice, seduced an increasing audience who largely voted for him during the rounds. As the first winner of the Belgian edition of The Voice, Roberto benefited from a large exposure in the media. He then pursued his musical adventure and artistic career by touring with the Tour des Restos du Coeur Belge (including Patrick Fiori, Amel Bent, etc.) and by participating to The Voice tour. 

This was followed by the release of his first single Je Crois and his first album in September 2012, Ma Voie was written by Quentin Mosimann, an international artist and his former coach in The Voice. Initially announced as an album of classic French popular music, Ma Voie evolves along its tracks. It unfolds a subtle balance between pop and modern, reflecting this young 18 year old thoughts and questions about the mystery of mankind, love, and the world surrounding him. And dreams can really come true as it happened for Roberto when he was selected to represent Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest. After submitting three songs during a radio contest, Love Kills was selected as the Belgian entry for that annual international prestigious event.  Roberto's musical inspiration came from new influences he met during his recent encounters and experiences, like for example his participation in the TV programme We Love Celine dedicated to Celine Dion, one of the most beautiful voices in Eurovision's history and for whom he performed the song Ce n’était qu’un Rêve. 

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We are now in presence of a young man who has gained in confidence and who knows what he wants and firmly believes in his dream of becoming a recognised artist through his work and for his talent. The Eurovision Song Contest is offering him the opportunity to explore new horizons and opening him to a wide range of new experiences. It is in that context that he boarded on a plane for the very first time to travel to Helsinki for the final recording of Love Kills, and will be again traveling to Sweden to go to Malmo in May. Roberto also felt the greatest pleasure and pride when performing I Dreamed a Dream during the opening night of the movie Les Misérables in Brussels. He was able to convey to the press and the public present at this special occasion, his emotions and excitement of being able to realise his own dream and wishing everybody to pursue their own. This internal selection was quite important for Belgium who have been known to succeed in this manner. They will be hoping to reverse last years' disappointing result and return back to the final. The draw seems to be of great help but the live performance will definitely be make or break.

1986 is the year which Belgium will always remember having managed to finish at the top of the leaderboard with the song J'Aime La Vie performed by Sandra Kim. It is important to denote that the young performer had actually been thirteen (13) at the time and supposedly ineligible to perform but this came out several years later. Despite attempts by the first runner-up to change the result, it proved futile because at the end of the day, it was quite a clear choice. The fifty-fifth (55th) entry from Belgium will of course be Love Kills by Roberto Bellarosa and he will be trying to emulate the result achieved in 2010 when Tom Dice took to the stage with the track Me and My Guitar, winning the semi-final and finishing in sixth place. Since the introduction of the semi-final, that is the only time that the country got through to the final, being extremely close the following year in 2011 with the song With Love Baby performed by Witloof Bay finishing in eleventh place. The real surprise for Belgium was definitely when Kate Ryan failed to qualify with the song Je T'Adore despite being tipped for huge success across the continent.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 67%

Magnus Kaxe: Modern Coldplay-ish song with electro-vibes. Simple with beautiful melody and lyrics. My only concern is Roberto's voice that sounds autotuned. I hope he can perform the song well on stage.

Lina Eriksson: I like this. Feels more modern than some of the other songs. To me, this is a good radio-song. The question is if it's enough hearing it one time for the voters to take it to their hearts? Either way I think we'll hear it on the radio this summer.

Matt Mercieca (Muxu): I like this one. The diction needs work, but I love the way the song builds up, and it has that current sound, the kind of stuff you hear on the radios, not very fond of the lyrics.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9uExokZcIM

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In just a matter of days, all of the entries competing in this years' Eurovision Song Contest would have presented to the public whilst the final arrangements along with the respective preview videos would be submitted to the European Broadcasting Union during the Heads of Delegation Meeting this coming Monday. There has been a lot of talk over the quality of the songs but nevertheless, it has been relatively improving with the broadcasters seeking renowned producers in their nations to work on the songs which they will be competing with. The official website of the Eurovision Song Contest has already been slaving away publishing the official videos as received by the broadcaster so that people could enjoy them as early as possible whilst decreasting their work load for countries who leave till the very end.

Kicking off the proceedings this morning was Roberto Bellarosa with the song Love Kills on behalf of Belgium. The male vocalist gained recognition in his home country following victory within the debut season of The Voice of Belgium which saw him sign a record deal with Sony Music Entertainment. His debut album entitled Ma Voie was a modest success managing to reach number #11 in the charts with the first single Jealous Guy managing to peak at number #4. Love Kills co-written by Jukka Immonen and Ian Farquaharson will be performed in the second half of the first semi-final. It managed to beat another two tracks in the radio selection held in December. The track has been substantially reworked after negative criticism and it seems that the final product is being well appreciated.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9uExokZcIM

Following Belgium this morning was Russia, one of the most successful countries in the Eurovision Song Contest, having managed to qualify on every successive event. This time round, an internal selection of both the artist and the song took place but nevertheless, the broadcaster being Channel 1 stated that this is still the choice of the public considering that she was the winner of The Voice of Russia with almost one million votes. The announcement of the name came as a shock to many who have known that this particular broadcaster has a tendency to go for renowned artists but nevertheless, it has been pretty good thus far with the song What If performed by Dina Garipova officially presented to the public in it's final version earlier this morning. The song is co-written by Fabriel Alares, Joakim Bjornberg and Leonid Gutkin.

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

The third entry to be presented in these past couple of days has somewhat been done in stages as one of the Big FIve members has decided to play it's cards in the right manner despite going forward with internal selections since 2009. France internally selected Amandine Bourgeois to take on the task of achieving a good result and indeed, the former Star Academy finalist will be hoping for the very best. People within the music industry have likened her to last years' Italian representative; Nina Zilli but the song she will be presenting at the Eurovision Song Contest entitled L'Enfer et Moi is completely different. It is sassy and has a certain again. Co-written by Boris Bergman and David Salkin, it will be performed within the final. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news.

Source: Eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9JwWvGj_w0

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