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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, the team will be chatting to Donatan & Cleo who oversaw Poland first qualification since 2008, and best result since 2003; Teo who managed the fourth qualification for Belarus since the introduction of the semi-final system; Softengine who on behalf of Finland achieved the best result for the country since their 2006 victory and last but not least; Gaia Cauchi, winner of the 2013 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tImGMW-4eHY

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=VpcxwRp2Iik

Teo, the male singer/songwriter who will represent Belarus with the song Cheesecake at this year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest took to his Official Twitter Feed this morning to answer some fan-related questions pertaining to his participation in the second semi-final where he will be competing alongside Malta.

escflashmalta.com took the liberty of asking him a direct question with regards to both Firelight and the song Coming Home written by Richard Edwards Micallef, the lead vocalist. He was extremely supportive of the entry, indicating similar ideas to those passed by the foreign media in recent days. Malta whose odds have shortened since rehearsals have begun are set to open the second semi-final. Teo on the other hand will perform towards the latter half of the show, being allocated in slot number #10.

On behalf of editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to thank Teo for his surprise input with regards to the Maltese entry and wish Belarus the very best of luck with their performance on Thursday night. This portal will be running a LIVE Micro-Blog through Facebook and Twitter featuring guests; Karen DeBattista, Simon Casey and Christabelle whilst senior editor, Antoine Farrugia will co-ordinate on behalf of the team. Stay tuned!

Source: Teo's Official Twitter Feed, Daniel D'Anastasi o.b.o PBS/TVM (Image)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Qe7YmYgowM

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 00:20

ESC 2014: An In-Depth Review of Belarus

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. Greig Watts, Joseph Zammit, Sharon Vaughn and John Scott from the United Kingdom, Malta, Sweden and the United States have been entrusted with the second semi-final, comprising of sixteen songs and set to take place on the 8th May 2014 at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. Making use of the running order and moving onto number #10, we catch up with Belarus (BTRC) who will be represented by Teo with the song Cheesecake composed by Yury Vashchuk to the lyrics of Dmitry Novik.

His passion for all aspects of music was noticed very early, and after four years of learning to play the accordion, he became the international champion after winning the children’s contest Praleska. At only seventeen years old, Yuriy was invited to work with the National Academic Concert Orchestra of Belarus under the tutelage of highly-respected conductor Mikhail Finberg. There he gained experience in solo singing, composing and arranging. These practical skills were enhanced by his studies, earning him a degree in Music from the Grodno College of Arts and Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts.

Song writing extended into co-hosting the TV programme Naperad U Minulae (Forward To The Past) shown on the Belarus 1 channel. Using his non-Eurovision name Yuriy Vaschuk he works alongside Oksana Vecher to rediscover the authentic music culture that still remains in Belarus. Travelling the rural areas of the country to find the singers of the traditional and ancient songs, usually the village grandmothers and grandfathers, a song is selected to be revamped. Teo rearranges the songs to be recorded and sung with a much more modern sound by a well-known artist.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5e0FQkgnm4Q

The lure of pop music composing and performing was becoming harder to resist and he participated in the Belarusian national selection for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest duetting with the singer Anna Blagova. Eurovision continued to exert an influence, as he co-wrote two Eurovision songs in 2010 (3+2 and Far Away), All My Love for Alyona Lanskaya in 2012 and again in 2013 with The Rhythm Of Love. Teo’s love for Eurovision continued unabated despite his already-full schedule. He wrote songs for two singers he was up against in the national finals – Natalie Tamelo and Tasha Odi – before deciding at virtually the last minute (an hour and a half before submissions closed) to enter too.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 66%

Greig Watts: Interesting title and that has left me wondering whats coming?? Interesting lyrics, and pronounciation, but rest of Europe wont judge that. Actually I quite like its quirky singalongness (is that a word). Let me see if I think the same at chorus 2, yes, its catchy, interesting that Belarus is going for a western type sound though, moving away from some of the sounds that could appeal to its neighbouring votes. I like the song its fun, hope it comes across that way and does well.

Joseph Zammit: I would have been even more glad glad had I just heard the song and not watched the video. The song itself is quite good but having him trying his best to recreate the (sadly) biggest hit of 2013, by filming it with a girl on a white background, wearing basically the same clothes as Robin Thicke and having the word CHEESECAKE randomly splattered against the screen makes me somehow think of him as less of a person.  

Sounds harsh I know, but it shows lack of commitment and passion towards a song that at the end of the day, he is performing. The song is quirky and sweet, with a nice funk riff, though common, and a joyful upbeat rhythm. Also I can't help but feel it has an element of tongue in cheek to it. All in all .... #Cheesecake. 

Sharon Vaughn: Admittedly very cheesecake, but charming in that he pulls it off. Has the "wink"... and I got the humour in it.

John Scott: The singer has a good sense of humor and this is conveyed in the song. In the end, I just don't like the song that much. It good for one listen, but I don't need to hear it again.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Qe7YmYgowM

Published in Editorials

Belarus, not one of the most successful countries to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest, having only managed qualification on three occasions; Work Your Magic sung by Dmitry Koldun in 2007; Butterflies performed by 3+2 in 2010; and Solayoh choreographed to perfection by Alyona Lanskaya in 2013. A national final held during the course of the evening determined their representative for the next international spectacle, that being TEO with the song, most presumably being Cheesecake, the one performed during the selection.

BTRC, the public broadcaster in Belarus did not contemplate the possibility of a first place tie, something that happened and had to be quickly addressed as both the participants and the viewers were growing anxious to see which act had garnered the maximum points. As each jury member was asked to re-declare his vote, it was TEO and his entry Cheesecake which managed to overcome Max Lorens & Didyulya and the song Now You're Gone. The winning artist resembles both Pasha Parfeni and Robin Thicke, in looks and music genre. A music video for the entry has already been shot and is very much based on the latters’ worldwide hit, Blurred Lines. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: BTRC

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