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At the moment, we are gearing up for the upcoming season accompanying the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest but that does not mean our coverage of former entrants stops there. Robin Stjernberg, representative of Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year, has recently revealed his sophomore album, Pieces. The release of the collection along with a single of the same name is being promoted through a promotional video, attached at the bottom of the page.

Robin Stjernberg, signed to Lionheart Music Group, and distributed by Universal Music, also home to artists such as Sonja Alden and Anna Bergendahl is looking to launch his career following his runner-up finish in Idol and his participation within the Eurovision Song Contest. His sophomore release peaked at number 2 in the Swedish charts and has already been certified gold following a surge in sales during the first week of release. Both the single and the album could be purchased through digital store, iTunes. We urge you to stay tuned to for all of the latest news.

Source: Press Release

Gaia Cauchi, Malta's representative at the 2013 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest following an internal selection by the Public Broadcasting Services will be joined by another eleven artists at the event following confirmation that twelve (12) countries will participate within the annual competition. The last time that Malta took part was back in 2010 when Nicole Azzopardi had honoured the nation with her entry Knock Knock!….Boom! Boom! which managed just under forty points to finish in a penultimate position.

Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Netherlands, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine are returning countries from last years' edition of the international spectacle whilst Malta and the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia are returning following an extended break. It is expected that Israel will build on last years' participation as the eleventh country with the possibility of another returning country in the form of Spain or a debut nation such as San Marino putting their hat into the ring. On Monday, the Steering Group of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest met in Kiev, Ukraine in order to discuss the way forward with regards to the event. 

Chairperson Ekaterina Orlova stated that 'their attention to detail is incredible' adding that they 'have managed to combine the element of fun and high-tech wizardry'. A  number of ideas have also been actualised including the stage design, the logo, the fact that the top three will all receive prizes, rehearsal schedules, running order plans as well as the programme which the artists will undertake to tour the country accordingly. Stay tuned to as we follow the Junior Eurovision Song Contest closely following Malta's return to the competition.

Source: Junior Eurovision (Official Website)

Melodifestivalen, a national competition which sees to the selection of Sweden's entry at the Eurovision Song Contest has already closed it's submission deadline with songwriters putting forward a total of 2628 entries. The staggering amount of submissions include 561 tracks which have been submitted to a public selection process known as allmänhetens tävling where one (1) entry will get through to the semi-finals and 2067 who will be fighting it out for the fifteen (15) available slots. SVT, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest has just hosted this years' edition of the international event in a successful manner and are now looking forward to continue achieving positive results.

The rest of the field which encompasses round about sixteen (16) entries will be specially invited by SVT in an aim to make the competition more of a spectacle. Nevertheless, they have already given a wildcard to the group Eko who won a regional competition earlier this year. Christer Björkman, producer of Melodifestivalen has gone on record stating that they 'hoped for less songs' but 'at the same time it's nice to see the interest'. The amount which is seemingly huge is 'manageable' and a panel of expert judges will be called upon during the next month in order to sift through the songs. At this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Sweden were represented by Robin Stjernberg and his entry You which did well with the jury but terrible with the tele-voting hence finishing in a mid-table position of fourteenth (14th) with a total of sixty-two (62) points. Stay tuned to for more of the latest news.

Source: SVT

SVT, the broadcaster responsible for the organisation of the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and also Sweden's participation within the aforementioned event has already commenced proceedings with regards to the national selection procedure., an online tabloid is reporting that the very first Melodifestivalen semi-final will be hosted within the city of Örnsköldsvik. An agreement was struck between the municipality and Live Nation Entertainment which is responsible for music venues all over the world. This will not be the first time that the city will host a semi-final noting that it has already had the honour on two occasions.

As a matter of fact, Örnsköldsvik played host to the beginning of Mans Zelmerlow's career as his entry Cara Mia swooped to victory within the semi-final during 2007 whilst increasing the credibility of Salem-Al-Fakir with his 2010 entry Keep On Walking which also won the semi-final. The Melodifestivalen journey is known to last six weeks, including four semi-finals, a second chance stage and the eventual final where the winning entry would then represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest. Earlier this year, Sweden were represented at the Eurovision Song Contest by Robin Stjernberg and his entry You which finished in fourteenth place with just sixty-two (62) points. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news.


The Netherlands managed to get through to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest for the very first time since 2004 as Anouk took to the stage with her performance of the song Birds. Nevertheless, interest in the western nation has always been high due to Radio International led by Juergen Boernig. 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 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 focal point of this weeks' episode is definitely an interview with Carola, a Swedish vocalist who has represented the nation on three occasions, always finishing within the top five. Following her victory at the 1991 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Captured by a Lovestorm, her profile rose at an extremely alarming rate and her career in Scandinavia has continued to grow throughout the years. In 2006, she took to the stage once more with the track Invincible gaining one hundred seventy points to finish in fifth place. We had the pleasure to speak to Carola during this years' edition of the international competition where she had a small cameo to play. SVT had already called for the songstress during the Melodifestivalen where she performed a brand new version of her first entry at the Eurovision Song Contest, that being Framling. It is important to note that despite this being the focal interview, other interviews will be conducted with Lou (Germany 2003), Liora (Israel 2005), El Sueno de Morfeo (Spain 2013) and Betty Dittrich (Germany National Final 2013).

There will also be a number of new releases played throughout the three hours, including tracks by Kate Ryan (Belgium 2006), Glennis Grace (Netherlands 2005), Jessy Matador (France 2010), Agnetha Faltskog (Sweden 1974), Alex Sparrow (Russia 2009), Birgit Oigemeel (Estonia 2013) and Josh James (UK 2010). All of the latest news is also covered during the weekly broadcast noting resources from 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. 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

Roxy Records, a subsidiary recording label of Universal Music based in Sweden is proud to host Sarah Dawn Finer on their roster. Earlier this year, the female vocalist based in the Scandinavian country was given the opportunity to perform as an interval act during the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. There she performed the track The Winner Takes It All which was a massive hit on digital store, iTunes. Sarah Dawn Finer is in the process of re-location to the United Kingdom as she records her fifth studio album and one which will hopefully transcent into the international market. She was giving an interview to the Gay Times in which she states that she 'would love to write a song or sing for the UK one year'.

The female vocalist is known for having a very colourful descent including a half-British, half-American lineage. Sarah tried to represent Sweden on two occasions but it seems that the nation is not too fond of the typical ballad with both I Remember Love and Moving On being extraordinary pieces of music. In Sweden, Sarah Dawn Finer has become a force to be reckoned with, noting that all of her studio album releases including; A Finer Dawn, Moving On, Winterland and Sanningen Kommer Om Natten have all reached the top three in the official charts with her second album peaking at number one respectively. The United Kingdom would definitely perform well with Sarah Dawn Finer heading their bid for the Eurovision Song Contest noting that expectations would be lower and ultimately surpassed when the results come on. Stay tuned to for more information. 

Source: Gay Times

In 2005, Helena Paparizou rose to considerable fame across the continent following her victory at the Eurovision Song Contest with the track My Number One which she released as the lead single off her third studio album, and her first in English bearing the name The Game of Love. The market was ripe for a female pop/dance artist and success was achieved in Scadinavia, predominantly Sweden where Paparizou has lineal heritage. Despite the releases being somewhat seven to eight years old, Helena is still topping the charts in her native Greece and neighbouring Cyprus but she would like to have a go at Sweden once more as seen with her guest performance at last years' Melodifestivalen.

Following her departure from Sony Music Greece earlier this year and signing to EMI Music Greece instead, she has also found a Swedish recording label, Lionheart Records who are willing to release her English material within the market. With parent company Universal Music behind the label, and artists such as Robin Stjernberg and Anna Bergendahl featuring on the roster, Helena is poised to succeed. Her latest release entitled Save Me (This Is An SOS) has caused a storm on the digital chart peaking at number #11 despite her prolonged absence. It is thought that an album in English will be following in the next couple of months. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: iTunes

Saturday, 01 June 2013 16:45

Sweden: BBC Radio 2 Airplays Interval Act

One of the artists who had the opportunity to perform at this years' Eurovision Song Contest as an interval act was none other than Sarah Dawn Finer, a two time finalist in the Melodifestivalen competition. Producers thought it best to include a tribute to the legendary group, Abba during the showcase and enlisted the balladeer to perform The Winner Takes It All just before the revelation of the votes which ultimately saw Denmark triumph with their entry Only Teardrops performed by Emmelie de Forest. It seems that Graham Norton is still on a high following the annual event and decided to play Sarah Dawn Finer's version during his programme on BBC Radio 2 earlier today.

BBC Radio 2 is one of the most popular broadcasters in the United Kingdom has has playlisted some of the most influential stars of all time across the years apart from upcoming talent such as English/Maltese artist, Lauren Aquilina amongst others. Graham Norton, a fan of the esteemed European competition supported Bonnie Tyler in her dismal showing with her entry Believe In Me co-written by Desmond Child, Lauren Christy and Christopher Braide. Sarah Dawn Finer took to her Official Twitter profile stating 'WOW! Graham Norton playing "The winner takes it all" on his Radio bbc2 show in the UK at the moment!! Amazing!' Stay tuned to for all of the latest news.

Source: BBC Radio 2

Since the introduction of the jury and tele-voting system, it seems that the anticipation for the split vote is relatively high by viewers of the Eurovision Song Contest, which this year amassed around one hundred and seventy million according to an earlier press release issued by the official website of the international event. In the past four years, the European Broadcasting Union had released the total points of each entry as given by both the jury and the tele-voting but due to the implementation of a brand new system, they have decided to publish the average placing of each nation through both jury and tele-voting.

The results of the first semi-final were quite predictable to be honest noting that Only Teardrops by Emmelie de Forest for Denmark was the varage with both the juries and public at large with Russia's entry What If finishing second in both as well. The juries and the public agreed on seven of the ten qualifiers in general witht he jury opting to select Austria rather than Lithuania and the public preferring Montenero and Croatia over Moldova and Estonia respectively. Montenegro have somewhat managed to gather favour with the public whilst Austria still hold the cards in their hands when it comes to the juries stating tele-voting was rigged a couple of years back. 

Denmark - 167 (1 / 1)

Russia - 156 (2 / 2)

Ukraine - 140 (4 / 3)

Moldova - 95 (3 / 11)

Belgium - 75 (7 / 7)

The Netherlands - 75 (6 / 9)

Belarus - 64 (9 / 8)

Ireland - 54 (10 / 6)

Lithuania - 53 (11 / 5)

Estonia - 52 (8 / 13)

Serbia - 46 (15 / 12)

Montenegro - 41 (14 / 4)

Croatia - 38 (13 / 10)

Austria - 27 (5 / 15

Cyprus - 11 (12 / 14)

Slovenia - 8 (16 / 16)

In the second semi-final, things were rather enticing and this was very much what several opinionists had stated when it came to discussing the quality of the tracks competing. As a matter of fact, the jury and the tele-voting agreed on six songs in total, including jury winners Malta whose entry Tomorrow performed by Gianluca managed seventh place with the public.This was a coup for the Mediterranean nation who had never secured any type of first place result in the past. The jury opted to send through to the final acts such as Israel and San Marino rather than Romania and Hungary whilst the public at large preferred Bulgaria and Switzerland to Armenia and Georgia. For the second straight participation, it seems that Armenia is continously losing the public appeal which had originated in their initial participations. 

Azerbaijan - 139 (2 / 3)

Greece - 121 (3 / 2)

Norway - 120 (4 / 4)

Malta - 118 (1 / 7)

Romania - 83 (13 / 1)

Iceland - 72 (8 / 8)

Armenia - 69 (7 / 11)

Hungary - 66 (11 / 9)

Finland - 64 (6 / 10)

Georgia - 63 (5 / 13)

San Marino - 47 (10 / 12)

Bulgaria - 45 (17 / 6)

Switzerland - 41 (16 / 5)

Israel - 40 (9 / 14)

Albania - 31 (12 / 15)

FYR Macedonia - 28 (14 / 16)

Latvia - 13 (15 / 13)

In the final, things somewhat remained pretty much the same noting that the countries which had performed well in their respective semi-finals managed to enter in the top ten with the inclusion of Italy who performed brilliantly in both the jury and the public vote. This was not the case with their entry last year noting that Nina Zilli had managed to get her top ten score thanks to mostly jury support as the public put her in a lower mid-table position. Marco Mengoni and his entry L'Essenziale managed eighth and tenth respectively to finish in seventh place just ahead of Malta whose entry this time round finished in ninth place both the jury and public vote. On average, Spain has managed to finish last in both the jury and the public vote but unfortunately the disappointing result was given to Ireland with Ryan Dolan managing a decent mid-table with the public as opposed to a bottom three with juries. 

Denmark - 281 (1 / 1)

Azerbaijan - 234 (2 / 3)

Ukraine - 214 (6 / 2)

Norway - 191 (4 / 6)

Russia - 174 (10 / 5)

Greece - 152 (14 / 4)

Italy - 126 (8 / 10)

Malta - 120 (9 / 9)

The Netherlands - 114 (7 / 11)

Hungary - 84 (21 / 8)

Belgium - 71 (11 / 17)

Moldova - 71 (5 / 19)

Romania - 65 (24 / 7)

Sweden - 62 (3 / 18)

Georgia - 50 (13 / 23)

Belarus - 48 (22 / 13)

Iceland - 47 (17 / 12)

Armenia - 41 (19 / 15)

United Kingdom - 23 (15 / 22)

Estonia - 19 (16 / 24)

Germany - 18 (20 / 16)

Lithuania - 17 (25 /21)

France - 14 (12 / 25)

Finland - 13 (18 / 20)

Spain - 8 (26 / 26)

Ireland - 5 (23 / 14) has also noted two predominant differences between the jury and the public vote in the final noting that Sweden managed to gather a strong representation thanks to the professional panels in the participating countries managing a third place whilst Romania climbed up the board thanks to the general public. Unfortunately both entries were drowned down by the other half of the score as Sweden could only manage eighteenth in tele-voting whilst Romania was third from last in the jury. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news about the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest but in the meantime, keep following for news about the local music scene.


Tomorrow, co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek was successfully interpreted on the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest by Gianluca as the lead vocalist, Samaria Bezzina and Louise Ann Bugeja Tate as the backing vocalists and Christopher Tate, Kenny D'Ugo and Gabriel Cassar as part of the onstage band. Nevertheless, the aftermath of the eighth place finish for Malta, the best result at the prestigious event since 2005 is proving to be highly successful with the song entering the Irish Charts.

Ireland, seven time winning nation of the Eurovision Song Contest were represented by Only Love Survives performed by Ryan Dolan which finished in an underserving last place. The nation known for artists such as Sinead O'Connor, Westlife, Ronan Keating and Enya amongst others have a relatively strong music industry and to see Malta amongst another eight entries to chart from this years' Eurovision Song Contest is remarkably outstanding. As a matter of fact, Gianluca's entry Tomorrow which was published on the official compilation released by Universal Music managed to peark at number #69.

  • #5 Emmelie de Forest (Denmark)
  • #13 Ryan Dolan (Ireland)
  • #31 Robin Stjernberg (Sweden)
  • #54 Margaret Berger (Norway)
  • #69 Gianluca Bezzina (Malta)
  • #71 Anouk (The Netherlands)
  • #94 Cascada (Germany)
  • #99 Krista Siegfrids (Finland)

The list of eight countries which have managed to chart in Ireland might somewhat reflect the tele-voting portion of the vote that took place on Saturday night which was not fully realised in the final voting shown on screen as read out by Nicky Byrne of Westlife fame. Amongst the countries which did not receive any points and yet were still granted favour with the public, there were Finland, Germany, Malta and Norway. Once more, this is another success which the country should truly celebrate. Stay tuned to for more news in the coming days. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well.

Source: IRMA