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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.

Radio International has built a name for itself throughout the years by bringing about exclusive video and audio interviews with some of the most notable names to have either participated in the Eurovision Song Contest or even in national selections preceding the continental event. In this week's episode, listeners will have the opportunity to hear interviews with; Corinna May, favourite to win the 2002 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest; Scott Fitzgerald, first runner-up in the 1988 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, losing against the popular Celine Dion by just one point and last but not least; Suzy who almost took Portugal back into the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 with her entry "Quero Ser Tua". 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qR2wdgJ6gJ8

As the curtain on the 2014 season of the Eurovision Song Contest is brought down, 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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhMbHLiEjS4

Saturday, 12 April 2014 14:15

ESC 2014: An In-Depth Review of Portugal

It has become customary for the escflashmalta.com editorial board to engage professional individuals from the music industry to assess the songs competing in the Eurovision Song Contest as presented to the European Broadcasting Union during the Heads of Delegation Meeting. Martin Isherwood, Deo Grech, Stano Simor and Matt Mercieca from the United Kingdom, Malta and the Czech Republic have been entrusted with the first semi-final, comprising of sixteen songs and set to take place on the 6th May 2014 at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. Making use of the running order and thus moving onto number #13, we catch up with Portugal (RTP) who will be represented by Suzy and the song Quero Ser Tua written by Emanuel.

In late 1999, she released the song Nesta Noite Branca, a hit that is still played on the radio and shown on TV today. This year she was invited by producer Emanuel to perform his song at the 2014 Portuguese national selection, Festival da Canção. At the event, which celebrated its 50th anniversary, Suzy sung Quero Ser Tua and won the Grand Final with it. The composer of the song, Emanuel and Suzy have worked together already before this triumph and are now preparing a new album to be released this year.

Emanuel’s skills rapidly became well-known and he was soughed after as composer and orchestrator by well-known 80s Portuguese pop musicians. Among them, Marco Paulo, the most successful singer at the time, to whom Emanuel produced his 1988 album Joana, which was awarded four times platinum. He also become a phenomenon as an artist with the song Pimba, Pimba which sold in excess of 500,000 copies in the first six months alone!

The receptiveness to the new musical concept created by Emanuel was such that the Portuguese record market, in the next two years, changed completely with the emergence of numerous artists, record labels and even television shows and weekly magazines that adopted the new musical style. The media called the new movement "Pimba music", which made Emanuel one of the few people to have their name in the Portuguese Language Dictionary.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk5i7Hfyy3o

Portugal, known to be the country with the most participations in the international music competition and yet to master a victory. Their most successful tries in recent years were back in 1991 with Dulce Pontes and the song Lusitana Paixao, in 1994 with Sara Tavares and the track Chamar a Musica and last but not least in 1996 when Lucia Moniz almost troubles the top five with the song O Meu Coracao Nao Tem Cor. In their last two participations, the country failed to get out of the semi-final stage of the competition despite presenting a beautiful entry entitled Vida Minha, sung by Filipa Sousa back in 2012. They are returning to the international showcase after a year off.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 40%

Martin Isherwood: Nice to hear a song not in English   Nice voice. Nice, but not particularly hooky. Nice to hear an accordion.  Not quite as catchy as the Lambada.   Nicely Latin.  Don't think it's a winner.

Deo Grech: I have nicknamed this entry as the 2014 comeback for the notorious 'Lambada'. Suzy is currently suffering from the hated-in-her-own-homeland syndrome as the Portuguese seem to have preferred Catarina's ''Mea Culpa'' to this...and I can't blame them!  People in the audience were booing and even left their seats as soon as she was declared as the winning entry. Not a great comeback for Portugal at the Eurovision, at all! They need to fix her live vocals too or else this will be yet another wasted opportunity for Portugal.  And by the way, Portugal and Malta share the same Eurovision record....both with the longest participation without ever winning the contest.  We need to change this record, pretty soon! We have to!

Stano Simor: Very unusual song from the most western part of Europe, with influence of Balkan. Quero Ser Tua has set high expectations in trying to achieve a hit song but unfortunately, the potential does not appear anywhere. She will most likely appeal to the southern part of Europe. 

Matt Mercieca: Im very unbothered about this, I don’t love it but I don’t hate it, the latino beat is kind of hot! but over all its very blah! and at points very silly!

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcTiPW-X8q4

Published in Editorials

On Saturday, the final show to come to an end was the Festival Da Canção 2014, with the winner being none other than Suzy and the song Quero Ser Tua (Como A Lua É Do Luar) written by Emmanuel, whom many will remember as to being the individual behind Danca Comigo peformed by Sabrina. He will be hoping for a better result though, considering that the song stalled in eleventh place, missing out on one of the elite places into the final.

In the leadup to the final round of the competition, there were several comments with regards to vote fixing accusations, none of which were looked into but almost prompted the withdrawal of the runner-up artist; Catarina Pereira whose team, comprising of Andrej Babic and Carlos Coelho were furious. It was later revealed that Suzy was at the centre of these accusations and funnily enough, she ended up being the winner. That said though, the song is slightly dated, but still catchy and does stand a chance at qualification with the right staging. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: RTP, Oikotimes, Eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSfRFR7UQX4

RTP, responsible for the participation of Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest held a press conference with regards to the upcoming Festival da Cancao which will be held on the 8th and 15th March 2014 in the Convento do Beato. In 2014, Portugal have decided to invite songwriters to partake in the competition rather than opening up the competition to everyone with each respective songwriter inviting artists to performer their respective entries. Most of the artists had already been known prior to the press conference, but nevertheless, all official information has now been revealed.

The most notable artists to garner entry into the Festival da Cancao are those of Rui Andrade and Carla Ribeiro. The latter was one of the backing vocalists of the song Vida Minha performed by Filipa Sousa at the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. On the other hand, Rui Andrade took part in both the 2011 and 2012 at the Festival da Cancao ending on both occasions on third (3rd) place. His entry this time round is written by Marc Paelinck, previously responsible for the Maltese entry in 2009 (What If We), the Belgian entries in 2002 (Sister) and 2004 (1 Life) and the Belarusian entry in 2013 (Solayoh).

Song 01 "Mea Culpa" - Catarina Pereira

Music: Andrej Babic / Lyrics: Carlos Coelho

 

Song 02 "Eu Vou" -  Ivo Lucas

Music and Lyrics: João Só 

 

Song 03 "Nas Asas da Sorte" - Zana

Music: Jan van Dijck / Lyrics: Paulo Abreu Lima 

 

Song 04 "Mais Para Dar" - Carla Ribeiro

Music: Hélder Godinho / Lyrics: Marina Ferraz 

 

Song 05 "Emoção" - Ricardo Afonso

Music: Ricardo Afonso, Luís Fernando, Rui Fingers / Lyrics: Ricardo Afonso 

 

Song 06 "Ao Teu Encontro" - Rui Andrade

Music: Marc Paelinck / Lyrics: Rui Andrade 

 

Song 07 "O Teu Segredo" - Lara Afonso

Music and lyrics: João Matos / Miguel Ferrador 

 

Song 08 "Sonhos Roubados" - Raquel Guerra

Música: Nuno Feist / Lyrics: Nuno Marques da Silva

 

Song 09 "Coração de Filigrana" - Madalena Trabuco

Music and lyrics: Tozé Santos

 

Song 10 "Quero Ser Tua (como a lua é do luar)" - Suzy

Music and lyrics: Emanuel

Rui Andrade is also internationally managed by Olivier Vanhoutte, one of the members of the escflashmalta.com editorial team, with major support from international artists such as Anna Vissi, Zlata Ognevich and Ruslana amongst others. In the meantime, it is worth pointing out the participation of Jan Van Dijck who wrote the Portuguese entry in 1990 and also co-wrote the song Finally for Richard Edwards back in the 2011 Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Nevertheless, another established individual is Andrej Babib with Eurovision entries for Slovenia in 2007 (Cvet z Juga) and 2009 (Love Symphony) as well as Portuguese entries in 2008 (Senhora do Mar) and 2012 (Vida Minha). Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more upcoming news.

Source: RTP

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