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Thursday, 28 March 2013 14:13

Sweden: Acoustic Version of 'You' Released

You, co-written by Linnea Deb, Joy Deb, Joakim Harestad Haukaas and also vocalist Robin Stjernberg is being considered as an outside for victory at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest having already topped the national charts.The winning entry for the 2013 edition of the Melodifestivalen was not the public choice with Yohio and his entry Heartbreak Hotel receiving the maximum number of points but nevertheless, the international jury did not see the potential in that particular track, selecting You by far and large. The former Idol runner-up has just released a brand new version of the song, stipped down and performed acoustically on the piano.

Idol, the same one which Kevin Borg won a couple of years back was somewhat extremely kind to Robin Stjernberg because despite finishing as the first runner-up there, he managed to beat his former contestant in the Melodifestivalen noting that Amanda Fondell with her song Dumb did not even get through her respective semi-final. In an interview published on escflashmalta.com prior to his semi-final performance at the Melodifestivalen, Robin Stjernberg stated that he is working on his debut album which might also be including some tracks from the aforementioned Kevin Borg, runner-up in this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest. It is important to denote that this will not be the version of You performed in the sixteenth slot in the final of this years' Eurovision Song Contest. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Lionheart Music Group

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEVlK0dQ0Gc

Friday, 22 March 2013 05:25

Sweden: Launching the 'Euro Fan Café'

This years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malmö, Sweden is set to re-ignite the flame of the fans which seemed to have heading into worrysome territory as of late with the European Broadcasting Union supporting a number of brand new projects. As a matter of fact, apart from the Euroclub which will once more be found close to the actual venue, another meeting place running under the concept Euro Fan Café is set to open within the Moriska Paviljongen. Organisers are describing it as a once-in-a-lifetime meeting place and escflashmalta.com is proudly supporting the project.

Music from the Eurovision Song Contest is going to be the main element behind this concept with live performances from artists competing with the event along with quizes, talkshows, films, special appearances and a karaoke night of songs which should have never surfaced within the competition yet are guilty pleasures of many. Christer Björkman, show producer of this years' Eurovision Song Contest has spoken highly of the project saying that 'the fans are a vital and important part and I am really happy about this initiative by the city of Malmö and Moriska Paviljongen, which will be a great meeting place for the fans'. He also went to add that he hopes to have the time to visit the venue.

Moriska Paviljongen has been working closely with OGAE International, Melodifestivalklubben Sweden and prominent English-language fan website 12points.tv in the past couple of months in order to plan this project from the ground out and to keep it light and entertaining for the visiting fans, of which there will also be media personnel. As a matter of fact, the programme was written by Albin Balthasar, a Malmö-based creative producer for the past 13 years, and Rick Jacobs, Malmö resident and one of the editors of Eurovision fan site 12points.tv. More details will be announce in due course, but there will be a number of surprises so stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more updates.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WmJXIR9xtw

Azerbaijan is always one of the last countries to select their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest in a format that has worked resoundingly for them in the past couple of years. This is a nation found in the east which has always managed to qualify and rank within the top ten, more so in the top five for the past four years. Ell & Nikki managed to triumph with the song Running Scared in 2011 and as a matter of fact, the capital city of Baku was host to the international spectacle last year which saw to the victory of Sweden with the track Euphoria performed by Loreen.

This time round, Azerbaijan will be taking part with a male soloist, Farid Mammadov who will be performing the original song Hold Me co-written by John Ballard, Ralph Charlie and Dimitris Kontopoulos. The latter name mentioned is one of the most predominant in the Greek music industry having worked with a number of renowned artists including Anna Vissi, Kary Garmbi and Elena Paparizou whilst also being the man behind This Is Our Night performed by Sakis Rouvas at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, finishing in a respectacle ninth place. According to Euromedia, the nation has chosen the artist and the song which he or she performed and thus Farid with Hold Me seems to be the winning act. You may listen to the song below. Azerbaijan will compete alongside Malta in the second semi-final. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Eurovision.tv, Ictimai

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5egVzkZGTg

Saturday, 09 March 2013 22:18

Sweden: 'You' to be performed on Home Soil

The Eurovision Song Contest has got another hearthrob: It's 22-year-old singer Robin Stjernberg, a new promise in the Swedish pop scene, whose career kicked off in 2006 when won the Sommarchansen (The Summer Song) in Malmö that year and went to Stockholm to become one of the four singers of the prospective boy band What's Up! One of bandmates was none other than pop sensation, Eric Saade, who rose to fame when in 2010 he competed in Melodifestivalen with Manboy. A year later he did Melodifestivalen with Popular, the actual 2011 Swedish ESC entry.

In 2011 he took part of Swedish Idol and was the runner-up behind Amanda Fondell, who also competed with Robin in this year's Melodifestivalen with Dumb, but voted out of the contest. 2013 is the year for the Scandinavian country to be the host after last year's Loreen's storming Eurovision victory with the powerful eurodance track Euphoria. Malmö, the host city of the Eurovision Song Contest 1992, will be this year's contest home.

You by Robin Stjernberg qualified to the final from Andra Chansen (The Second Chance), together with Anton Ewald's Begging. It is the first time for a song from Andra Chansen to be awarded the wooden bird, which opens a whole new perspective in the song selection. The song, written by Linnea Deb, Joy Deb, Joakim Harestad Haukaas and Robin Stjernberg himself, is a pop track that some might find it similar to Bruno Mars' Marry You in style. It also features Robin's melodic vocals that reach high notes pretty well and naturally. As Sweden is the host country, he will compete directly in the Final on May 18th. 2013.

Source: SVT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sa9C_G_GdY

Saturday, 09 March 2013 18:57

Sweden: Melodifestivalen 2013 - LIVE

Melodifestivalen, Sweden's National Selection show for the Eurovision Song Contest, will come to an end for this year's edition with a total of 32 entries competing in 4 semifinals and a Second-Chance round to win the ticket to Malmö. It's the most popular National Selection show outside the Scandinavian country and even neighbor nations have attempted to reproduce its format. Each year, a handful of these songs become popular, despite their resultls in the competition, hitting the No. 1 spot and staying there for weeks. Sweden's the 3rd. most succesful country in the Englsh-language pop music world, after the United States and England, and in Eurovision terms, it's in the the Top 3 as one of the most succesful countries in the European competition with 4 victories; In 1974 with Waterloo, in 1984 with Diggi Loo Diggi Ley, in 1999 with Take Me To Your Heaven and of course last year with Euphoria.

This evenings' Melodifestivalen selection could be followed through the notably stunning live stream offered by the official website of the Swedish broadcaster, another vote of confidence in their abilities of hosting the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Alongside these 4 entries, there's a long list of pre-Eurovision entries that have even become classic pop songs in Sweden.Last year, Loreen took Europe by storm when she became the winner to collect the largest amount of 12 points given to a single country and her song, "Euphoria" was a radio hit around the continent. Tonight, 10 songs will be performed and be voted by a panel of juries and the public to succeed Loreen's participation.

The Show (Part 1)

A pair of kids are playing the hosts. Now they're singing "Du Ska Till Malmö" ("You Go To Malmö") written by Benny and Björn of ABBA and it's being performed by Swedish ESC hosts of the past and today. The arena is HUGE!! Their vocals are flawless!! The numbers to dial to vote are being announced. The artist will do the catwalk as they did in their semifinals while short videos of them are being aired as they thank everyone for supporting them. And here we are the songs!!

Ulrik Munther - Tell The World I’m Here

This is very uplifting track performed with much passion. Ulrik's voice gives it a nice touch and that giant screen at the background and its images go with the song in a way that makes the whole performance one to remember!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK4Pzpk643g

David Lindgren - Skyline

Very energic!! The light show goes so very well with a so adrenaline-driven entry. The choreography was very well elaborated. However, David seemed a a bit under pressure as his vocals weren't as great as they usually are, but it's the kind of songs Swedish votes will keep in mind and support highly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5krzqCdHOI

State Of Drama - Falling

Both songs and the vocalist's voice makes this number very charming. It wasn't as elaborate as the usual Melodifestivalen staging, but it wasn't that necessary anyways. It's got an American feel and it may become a summer radio hit.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcEBEekq6eA

Anton Ewald - Begging

Another dancey number performed by a young eye candy that delivers a lot of energy that's reflected in his complicated dance moves reminiscent of those of Michael Jackson. Even his wardrobe was very Michael Jackson! His vocals could have been better, but one could think it's the Final effect. However, his stage presence, stamina and very catchy song make it up for it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx0rc-BB1W8

Louise Hoffsten - Only The Dead Fish Follow The Stream

This is the "serious" entry of tonight's show: It's her and her band standing in dark outfits performing this midtempo track that may not be appreciated by the younger audience, but juries might go for it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRkSf2elwGo

Ralf Gyllenhammar – Bed On Fire

Someone call 911 'cause the whole stage is on fire!!! This power ballad à la Freddy Mercury with all this pyroshow will surely remain in people's mind for some time. Ralf sang the whole song playing the piano. He delivered a lot of passion and very good vocals. There might be a surprising outcome... who knows.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74N6b3FijjM

Ravaillacz - En Riktig Jävla Schlager

Here's another charming brought by this 4-piece group comprising old men who are giving out what it takes to make a good schlager. Nevertheless, this is more of a dansband song. The song is one that takes more than one play to like it. The audience seems to be pleased and this number could another surprise tonight.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0b5lQgQJ7g

Sean Banan - Copacabanana

This is not an act Sweden would dare send to Eurovision, but it's certainly one to entertain for a bit. Sean's sense of humor was present in this eurodance song full of rap featuring references of Melodifestivalen and Eurovision itself. One needs to be familiar with both to really get this song. Colorful outfits and lots of energy makes this performance a bit of candy for the eye.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgtcha9yLeA

Robin Sternberg - You 

Tonight's dark horse, but Robin's vocals were simply amazing, not missing a single note while the featuring dance ensemble compliments the song with their not typical contemporary routines. The audience will appreciate how it was camera-oriented.

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

YOHIO - Heartbreak Hotel

This teenage Japanese anime-influenced boy received a lot of ovation when he was announced. The song itself is a power rock/pop track that features a very attractive stage performace. Yohio's vocals were okay and his sort of coldness goes with the lyrics. According to polls, it's the favorite one to make it to Malmö.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y36DqNAaXzc

The Show (Part 2)

Lynda Woodruff made it back to Melodifestivalen! She made an introduction to Malmö in her usual style. As traditionally done, last year's Melodifestivalen entry was presented before the votes are announced: This year "Euphoria" was BEAUTIFULLY performed by an ensemble of child choir who delivered a performance worthy of a Nobel Prize!! They also used sign language that gave it a special touch. They were the stars of the show! Eventually, it was Loreen's turn to join them to close the show and she did a great vocal and sign language job!! Sverige, vi har ett resultat!! Voting results are about to be announced.

According to the international jury, "You" by Robin Stjernberg is the winner and now a recap of all songs is being screened as the televiewers have a last chance to vote. The audience in general didn't seem too thrilled about the results. The loudest cheers were heard when "Begging" by Anton Ewald was awarded, which may indicate it was their favorite, and they can't be blamed: The boy did a great job turning everyone on with their moves and catchy melody. This year marks the 30th. Anniversary of Carola's first appearance in the Melodifestivalen and Eurovision world with her classic hit "Främling"!

A 2013 version of "Främling" took over the stage powerfully as her vocals were just as great! It was a thrilling moment when, at the end, she invited the audience to song along with her a cappela. That was a very magical moment for everyeone witnessing this show with a lot of nostalgia for the good old days of glorious pop music that made Sweden what it is in the Eurovision world.

And the winner is... "You" by Robin Stjernberg!!!!!

Even when Yohio was the highest on the bets, it was dark horse Robin Stjernberg that took the golden bird that was handed to him by last year's winner, Loreen

Like stated before, it was his camera-oriented performance that was inviting to the teleaudience to join him. He's now performing "You" as the Swedish entry to the Eurovision Song Contest, all choked in emotion. Because of it, he's even missed some of the words to the song Robin's voice is very melodic and powerful, being able to hit high notes.

Let me conclude by saying: "Melodifestivalen 2013 has come to an end. Thank you, everyone, for joining us. See you next year!! Tack så mycket och hej då!!"

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

Saturday is known to be an important day in the lead up to the Eurovision Song Contest and this is due to the simple reason that countries would be selecting their entries and this will be the case this week when Sweden select their representative during the Melodifestivalen competition. As has been the case in recent years, an international panel of judges will be called upon to submit their votes and indeed, Malta has been invited for the third year running. Whilst we have no clue to who will be part of the jury, we are proud to reveal that our envoy will be none other than three time Eurovision Song Contest representative, Chiara.

The selection of this artist was surely a good choice considering that she holds a special place amongst several fans of the music competition following her success achieved in 1998 with the song The One That I Love as well as in 2005 with the track Angel which finished in third and second place respectively. Whilst her last endeavour at the event was not met with positive acclaim, she still qualified to the final with What If We albeit finishing in twenty-second position. Since then, she has taken up a guest role on the programme Ħadd Għalik presented by Angie and also updated her look a bit in order to promote her latest music releases having signed a record deal with Hands-Up Music, also responsible for the amazing, Hera Bjork, winner of the International Vina Del Mar competition. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of the latest news from the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Ħadd Għalik, JJ Chircop (Image)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sfhg_g6cvBg

Sunday, 03 March 2013 17:30

Sweden: MF 2013 Running Order Unveiled

SVT, host broadcaster of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest has to pick an entry for the upcoming international showcase but many believe that the standard in the 2013 Melodifestivalen did not really live up to the expectations. Ten entries will be vying to represent Sweden at the upcoming edition of the competition having qualified through semi-finals and a second chance stage. It is important to denote that whilst there are a number of expected tracks in the selection process, it seems that variety was the initial idea behind the whole general concept and that is why, people might sceptic about the ones competing this coming Saturday evening.

There seems to have been a general consensus amongst fans that most of the best songs were left either in the second chance or the semi-final stages of the competition and that does not really bode well for a country which will need to show that following a victory, they could achieve another really strong result. Nevertheless, the varied line-up is definitely going to prove difficult to both the public and the international jury who will be casting their vote in a weeks' time. For the past two years, Malta has been a part of the foreign jury although the nations involved this time round have yet to be revealed by SVT, the broadcaster. Below you could see all of the ten finalists within their respective running order.

  1. Tell The World I'm Here - Ulrik Munther (G:Son / Bostrom / Munther)
  2. Skyline - David Lindgren (Fuentes / Nordenback / Fast)
  3. Falling - State of Drama (Werner / Hallifax / Gullhamn / Hallifax)
  4. Begging - Anton Ewald (Kempe / Malmberg Hard af Segerstad)
  5. Only the Dead Fish Follow the Stream - Louise Hoffsten (Hoffsten / Bjurman / Orn)
  6. Bed on Fire - Ralf Gyllenhammar (Gyllenhammar  / Wilhelmsson)
  7. En riktig jävla schlager - Ravaillacz (Jennstig / Goldkuhl / Dorsin)
  8. Copacabanana - Sean Banan (Lindholm / Samadi / Blomberg / Larsson)
  9. You - Robin Stjernberg (Stjernberg / Deb / Deb / Haukaas)
  10. Heartbreak Hotel - Yohio (Fransson / Lundgren / Larsson / Goranson) 
The editorial team had the opportunity thanks to Lionheart Music Group to speak to one of the finalists in this years' edition of the Melodifestivalen, Robin Stjernberg who is currently working on his first original album alongside a number of songwriters, amongst them the Maltese singer/songwriter Kevin Borg, runner-up of the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest. He is currently fifth in the Betting Odds which makes him an outside bet, and a dark horse on Saturday. We would like to wish him the very best of luck amongst the other contestants. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news and tune in next week as we cover the event as it happens through our editorial team member, Javier Leal.
 
Source: SVT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pfo-8z86x80
Friday, 01 March 2013 16:34

Sweden: Jedward to Guest Star in MF 2013

John and Edward, commonly known as Jedward are Irish twins who have risen to success following their stint on the British version of the X Factor which led to a recording deal, first with Sony Music Ireland and then eventually with Universal Music Ireland, seeing them take part in the Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions. The first time with Lipstick in 2011 finishing in eight place and the second time with Waterline managing only nineteenth in 2012. Nevertheless, their profile across Europe has risen considerably especially in Sweden, a nation which gave them 12 points on the first offering and 5 points, the second time round. 

They will be the special guests of this weeks' second chance at Melodifestivalen. SVT, the broadcaster in charge for the Swedish preselection is keeping the whole affair relatively a secret but nevertheless, it seems that in true second chance fashion, they will be duelling with the hosts, Gina Dirawi and Danny Saucedo, the latter being a two time first runner-up of the Melodifestivalen competition. Jedward have continuously continued to surprise their main critic Simon Cowell with their success with their latest album Young Love reaching number #1 in Ireland, number #8 in Estonia, #11 in Sweden, #22 in Finland and #50 in Germany amongst others. 

  1. You - Robin Stjernberg
  2. Vi Kommer Aldrig Att Forlara - Eric Gadd
  3. Hon Har Inte - Caroline af Ugglas
  4. Jalla Dansa Sawa - Behrang Miri
  5. Hello Goodbye - Erik & Tone
  6. Begging - Anton Ewald
  7. Burning Flags - Cookies 'N' Beans
  8. In and Out of Love - Martin Rolinski

One of their backing vocalists, Leanne Moore will once more be representing Ireland in that capacity with Ryan Dolan with the song Only Love Survives. Dolan was selected to take part in the show by Stuart O'Connor who was the choreographer for Jedward in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest that took place in Baku, Azerbaijan. The connections are somewhat quite intriguing and it seems that anything connected with the Irish twins is very much successful and thus, there is a very positive vibe around the aforementioned Ryan Dolan as he represents Ireland in the first semi-final of the upcoming competition. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the 2013 edition of the Melodifestivalen.

Source: SVT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmhQqbt4gyU

Tonight! The fourth and final semi-final of the Melodifestivalen will be taking place in the same city which is hosting the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, not only that but also in the same venue, albeit worked to fit the smaller scenario of the Swedish national final which despite lacking slightly in quality this year is still very much strong in terms of production values. Earlier this week, escflashmalta.com had the opportunity to speak with the group, Army of Lovers who are staging their comeback through the competition and today, we are bringing you a chat with none other than Robin Stjernberg who was the Idol runner-up a couple of years back behind now Melodifestivalen 2013 eliminated participant, Amanda Fondell. Have a look at what he had to tell us just below.

Following your participation of Idol, you were signed to Lionheart Music Group and released your debut album entitled My Versions featuring covers which you performed during the reality television show and which you made your own, including Halo, California King Bed and Breakeven amongst others. What was the main idea behind the compilation and what was your reaction when it managed to peak at number #1 in the official albums chart in Sweden?

The main reason we released the album was to salute and celebrate my journey in the competition, it was a closure album. Like closing a book to read the sequel. I was very happy when it peaked at number 1! I couldn't believe it myself and how much love I got from the fans all over Sweden!

One of the most predominant reality shows in the Scandinavian country of Sweden is surely Idol broadcast on TV4 and considering the kick-start it has given many people, it seems that it might be an extremely positive platform and indeed, you entered the 2011 edition and not only managed to progress to the live stages but was the first runner-up to Amanda Fondell who like you was relatively young and still at the very beginning of the career. What was the idea behind taking up such a platform and would you have done anything differently?

I got a phone call from TV4 when I was studying music. They told me they'd seen my covers on YouTube and wanted me to audition. I don't think I’d do anything differently. I loved being on the show and I loved working with all the good people there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGSRhl7d-u4

One of the contestants in this years’ Malta Eurovision Song Contest is none other than former Swedish Idol, Kevin Borg who is also signed to Lionheart Music Group as a songwriter and is apparently working on a couple of tracks for your sophomore album which will be including original tracks as you are launched into the music industry in the best possible way. Have you heard his entry Needing You co-written with Thomas Thörnholm, Simon Gribbe, Michael Clauss and Dan Attlerud and if so what are your thoughts?

I’ve heard the song; I think it’s good but a bit cheesy. Though Kevin sings like a GOD and can really perform well on stage so I think he will do really well in the contest!

The song that you are presenting in the 2013 edition of the Melodifestivalen is entitled You co-written with Linnea Deb, Joy Deb and Joakim Harestand Haukaas which have been in the music industry for quite some time and having worked within the selection process in previous years, two in last years’ edition on the song Soldiers performed by Ulrik Munther. The song-title in itself is not giving anything away so would it be possible to tell us what the lyrics aim to achieve in terms of a storyline and in what genre the song has been written?

The genre of the song is POP with a touch of Coldplay atmosphere and playful sounds. The song is about being thankful to the ones you love, to show your family, friends and in my case fans that you appreciate everything they do for you. I relate to my father who raised me and my younger sister alone and always helped us and supported us to do what we love.

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

Sweden has always been one of the most successful countries in the Eurovision Song Contest but nevertheless, following a series of mid-table results and even a non-qualification, there has been a second runner-up finish with Popular performed by Eric Saade in 2011 and a victory thanks to Loreen with the song Euphoria.  Many critics have somewhat positively criticized the notoriety of Swedish songwriters with the industry garnering fame internationally. What do you believe has led to this general success and what can others do to follow such a model?

I think it’s because of the broad genres Sweden is starting to launch. A couple of years back Melodifestivalen only had the standard "schlagers" but now all kinds of genres are entering the competition.

In this years’ edition of the Melodifestivalen, you will be seemingly facing a familiar foe due to the fact that the winner of the 2011 Idol competition, Amanda Fondell who managed to beat you in the final will also be competing for the right to represent the country at the next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest but she will be in the third semi-final as opposed to the fourth semi-final where you will be competing. How will you be treating such a fact noting that you could both meet up once more at some stage of the competition?

I’d love to meet her in my semifinal! Hehe, I want my revenge... No but I think it’s fun that she's in the competition. We’re good friends and I'm very excited about seeing her number!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADZNE47TMBQ

Several artists have been known to use the Melodifestivalen competition as a platform to launch either a solo career or even more a comeback yet it has to be noted that you already have a strong fan base and thus showing great sportsmanship in competing in such a renowned event. Do you believe that the track you will be presenting has an international quality that can ultimately succeed and will it feature a predominant sound which will be the focus of your sophomore album which should be out in a couple of months?

I really do believe my song has an international quality. It’s original though pretty basic. A hard combination to crack nowadays. Yet it has much love and sensitivity even though it’s a big track. The songs on my album will be kind of similar. Its organic, lots of focus on my voice in a playful way.

Would you like to say anything to your fans and our readers at escflashmalta.com?

Thank you for reading this interview, I hope to see you all in ESC and I hope you'll love my song!

Source: Lionheart Music Group

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

Published in Interviews
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 10:55

Exclusive: Army of Lovers speak to escflashmalta

Melodifestivalen is somewhat keeping an intriguingly low profile thus far considering that Sweden is hosting this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest but nevertheless, SVT is making sure that showcase is successful and as a matter of fact, viewing rates have been stunning thus far. The fourth and final semi-final will be taking place this Saturday evening and based on just the names of the artists, it will surely be a firecracker with two potential winners competing. As a matter of fact, the first are a group who barely need any introduction within a European front following their success during the nineties where they defined a distinctively different form of pop. Army of Lovers will take to the stage in Malmö Arena, the venue of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest to perform the song Rockin' The Ride written by Per QX, Andreas Öhrn and Henrik Wikström.

Several individuals were somewhat disappointed when the nineties came to an end because as a decade, they had introduced a brand new genre of music, Eurodance which technically speaking was a merge between pop and dance. The noughties sought to change the meaning and indeed, the electronic sound became more predominant and groups such as Army of Lovers were somewhat coming to an end altogether yet seeing you back to compete in the 2013 edition of Melodifestivalen is stunning. What reignited the comeback and was is the plan that will follow?

We had a great track in the studio - written and produced by Gravitonas -  which suited Army Of Lovers perfectly. Universal Music wanted to release the track as a brand new Army Of Lovers single and then Swedish Television heard about it and the rest is history.

Turning back the years, and going back to 1991, it was the highlight of your careers or rather the first noting that your single Crucified managed to reach the top ten in at least seven countries including Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States leading to more success with the follow-up single entitled Obsession which managed to peak at number #2 in Sweden along with at least four top ten positions in Finland, Germany, The Netherlands and Switzerland. When coming up with the idea of Army of Lovers, did you believe that success in such a manner was possible and how was it to garner credibility and fame?

We never thought about whether we would be successful or not. We just wanted to do our own thing, our way.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdooYar_A6g

In the 2013 edition of the Melodifestivalen, you are set to be competing with the track entitled Rockin’ the Ride has been penned by the male members of the group alongside Per QX, Andreas Öhrn and Henrik Wikström. This is a team which has worked with Alcazar, Carola, Shirley Clamp and Robyn amongst others and thus needs no real is necessary. The focus here is the track and many people are asking what is to be expected from the song and will it has that charm that the group has been known to present over the years, considering the fact that there has been quite a long period of hiatus?

You will find out on February 23. "Rockin' The Ride" has been described as a merger between Gangnam Style and Swedish House Mafia which we guess sums it up pretty well. 

One of the Alexander Bard projects which many people will remember apart from this will surely be the group known as Bodies Without Organs (BWO) which had a lot of exposure at the Melodifestivalen competition having taken part a total of four times, the first time in 2005 with the track Gone, second time round with the song Temple of Love in 2006, then came Lay Your Love on Me in 2008 and last but not least You’re Not Alone in 2009. From non-qualification into the final to runner-up finishes, it was a rollercoaster ride but what did you take from each experience and what do you plan to bring as you compete this time round?

Alexander was a member of BWO but Jean-Pierre and La Camilla are participating in Melodfestivalen for the first time. Not that it makes much of a difference, we all three have lots of TV experience before and different TV shows are actually quite a lot alike. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2Mp0FJsetI

If one does indeed take up the amount of studio albums that you have released into the music market, there would be four along with another one being a different type of release directed for the United States, therefore amounting to five. These were indeed followed by two compilation albums of hits which you released throughout the years and then also a remix album this comeback is seemingly getting your strong fan base excited as Army of Lovers are back with a band and also a brand new album. Would you care to tell us some details about the album and when it should be released to the market?

The album is called "Big Battle Of Egos" and is set for release in March. It will feature four brand new tracks, "Rockin' The Ride" plus three more brand new tracks and potential follow-up singles. The rest of the album is a compilation of Army Of Lovers classic hits, released for a new generation.

This year, the Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place in Sweden and according to the bookmakers, Army of Lovers are one of the acts that is being considered as a strong contender to represent the nation on home soil yet the first task is set forth for the 23rd February in the fourth semi-final which SVT will be hosting in Malmö, the city which will indeed be the host of the international showcase. How do you view such a scenario and do you believe that a victory is possible?

Of course Army Of Lovers would be happy to compete for Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest and Sweden would do well to finally send a proper LGBT act this year, like Dana International from Israel and Verka Serduchka from Ukraine before. But it is up to the Swedish TV audience to decide. 

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The Melodifestivalen competition has played a major role in the Swedish charts in the past couple of years considering that it receives major promotion throughout the weeks that it takes place and ultimately ranks as more viewed that the actual Eurovision Song Contest when figures are released at the end of the year. Why do you think that the Swedish competition for the international showcase has gained such prestige and if you had the opportunity to change to suggest something to improve it in future editions, what would it be?

The problem is that the Melodifestivalen has much higher artistic standards than Eurovision. Too many countries send bad entries with crappy and unimaginative songs to Eurovision which always surprised us. Eurovision is after all an amazing opportunity for promotion of new music, so why not send the best a country can offer? 

Would you like to say anything to your fans and our readers at escflashmalta.com?
 
We love our fans, we want to be intimate with each of you, and we will always REPRESENT YOU and nobody else when we perform.
 
Source: Lionheart Music Group 

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