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It has been an entertaining fortnight with certain entries falling well below expectations with others coming to terms with new found fame following first rehearsals on the stage found at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. Tonight! The beginning of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with sixteen countries set to compete against one another in hope of garnering one of the ten available slots, and in doing so joining the big five; Spain, France, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom as well as host country; Denmark.

Whilst Malta will not be in contention this evening, the Public Broadcasting Services will still be broadcasting the event through Television Malta with commentary set to be provided by Carlo Borg Bonaci, head judge at this year's edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. In the meantime, we have asked our panel of professional reviewers to come up with the names of the countries they believe will get through to the final this evening and this is the cumulative list which they have come up with;

  1. Armenia
  2. Estonia
  3. Sweden
  4. Russia
  5. Azerbaijan
  6. Ukraine
  7. San Marino
  8. The Netherlands
  9. Montenegro
  10. Hungary

We urge you to tune into escflashmalta.com through Facebook and Twitter this evening with Emil Calleja Bayliss, Brooke, Rikki Lee and Davinia micro-blogging on the acts competing in the first semi-final. Once more, we remind you that the comments passed forth by our special guests do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the escflashmalta.com editorial team. Remember, the first semi-final of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest kicks off at 21:00 CET on Television Malta.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ik_PxQHDtw

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 #14, we catch up with The Netherlands (AVROTROS) who will be represented by The Common Linnets and the song Calm After the Storm co-written by Ilse DeLange, JB Meijers, Rob Crosby, Matthew Crosby and Jake Etheridge.

The Common Linnets is a Dutch dream team consisting of Ilse DeLange and Waylon. These two singer-songwriter stars have together found a new and exciting challenge in expressing their love for country music. Ilse and Waylon have known each other since they were teenagers, when they both played the country music circuit in Holland. Right from the beginning they shared a love for country and related genres like bluegrass, folk and Americana. But most of all they shared a passion for true, stripped-down songs that convey pure emotion. That passion led to the formation of The Common Linnets.

The “common linnet” is a songbird that breeds on the heaths in the eastern part of The Netherlands. For Ilse and Waylon, who both hail from that part of the country, this unassuming little bird with its wonderful song is the perfect symbol of what they’re aiming for with their songs. When Ilse DeLange came up with the idea for ‘The Common Linnets’ as a side project, involving different artists each time, Waylon topped the list of musicians she wanted to work with. Both of them immediately agreed upon a rootsy approach. Their mission-statement was clear: writing real country music, stripped of all unnecessary trappings, and inspired by such greats as Emmylou Harris and Johnny Cash, but also West coast stars like Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and James Taylor.

Writing brought Ilse and Waylon to the Belgian Ardennes and to Nashville, the epicenter of country music, where both Ilse and Waylon feel very much at home. American songwriters Rob Crosby, Matthew Crosby and Jake Etheridge soon came on board, after which Dutch singer-songwriter Daniel Lohues and Dutch producer JB Meijers rounded out the team. Ilse produced the album with JB Meijers. Towards the end of last year the big story broke. During a press conference The Common Linnets announced they would represent The Netherlands for the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pb4p1qewbrM

The Netherlands, a nation which has not won the Eurovision Song Contest since 1975, when Teach-In took the victory with the popular Ding-A-Dong. Since the introduction of the semi-final system, the country has not proven to be too successful either, considering that they have only managed to qualify on two occasions, the first time being back in 2004 with the group Re-Union and their entry Without You and the second time being just last year when Dutch superstar Anouk took to the stage with the atmospheric ballad Birds. The results have been quite surprising considering that the Dutch have submit some really strong songs along the year, including from Glennis Grace, Edsilia Rombley and 3Js.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 77%

Martin Isherwood: Strong hooks and melodies Lovely production. Reminds me of Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Great song.  Not sure country is really the Eurovision thing. 

Deo Grech: So the Dutch national broadcaster knew that last year's entry singer, Anouk, had a fierce rival....and her name is Ilse deLange.  They also aim to achieve a better result than the one achieved last year. So, they asked Ilse to take part this year on their behalf.   ''Fra i due litiganti il terzo gode''(italian saying).  Clever plan indeed!  Well, here she is joined by her long-time friend to form The Common Linnets.   Country and folk seem to be this year's theme...and I can easily guess why.   These songs were written in the same period when the European music charts were invaded by Avicii's 'Hey brother', Pitbull's 'Timber' and Gary Barlow's ''Let me go'' amongst others.

Stano Simor: This kind of song has a great tradition in the Dutch province of Friesland where it has managed to gain several hits. Acoustic feeling is excellent. Singing and music are perfectly in tune. The song is rather pleasant to listen in the club, such as attacking ESC stage.

Matt Mercieca: I really seem to be loving music from the Netherlands lately ( still love “Birds” from last year) , I really like this song, its super cool , and the harmonies are beautiful it’s a little country and a little Lady Antebellum! With most of the rubbish songs in this years semi final this truly stands out as a beautiful well produced song.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkrF8uC92O4

Published in Editorials

Danmarks Radio, host broadcaster of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest has just revealed the running order for the international competition taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark. Represented by Firelight and the song Coming Home, written by Richard Edwards Micallef, Malta will be opening the second semi-final on the 8th May 2014.

Prior to the announcement of the draw for the running order, Malta had never been given the opportunity to open the semi-final of such an illustrious show. At first glance, one might be shocked but personally I had a strong feeling that this could happen given the diversity of the genres that make up the first half of the second semi-final. Seventh in qualification with the bookies, Coming Home is facing a fate bestowed to the likes of Nije Ljubav Stvar, This is My Life, Run Away and Love In Rewind, all of which have successfully qualified to the final of the continental competition. 

01) Malta: Coming Home - Firelight

02) Israel: Same Heart - Mei Finegold

03) Norway: Silent Storm - Carl Espen

04) Georgia: Three Minutes to Earth - The Shin & Mariko

05) Poland: My Slowanie - Donatan & Cleo

06) Austria: Rise Like a Phoenix - Conchita Wurst

07) Lithuania: Attention - Vilija Mataciunaite

08) Finland: Something Better - Softengine

09) Ireland: Heartbeat - Can-Linn ft. Kasey Smith

10) Belarus: Cheesecake - Teo

11) FYR Macedonia: To The Sky - Tijana

12) Switzerland: Hunter of Stars - Sebalter

13) Greece: Rise Up - Freaky Fortune ft. RiskyKidd

14) Slovenia: Round and Round - Tinkara Kovac

15) Romania: Miracle - Paula & Ovi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QJFYvoYZ-s

It is quite interesting to denote that those entries which opened the second semi-final have proven to be much more successful than those opening the first semi-final. In the meantime, the situation in the first semi-final is even moreso intriguing especially with the first half of the show induated with ballads, despite that they try and preserve themselves as individualistic. Favourite to win the Eurovision Song Contest with odds shortening by the second, Armenia is set to open the first semi-final in a bizarre twist.

01) Armenia: You're Not Alone - Aram MP3

02) Latvia: Cake to Bake - Aarzemnieki

03) Estonia: Amazing - Tanja

04) Sweden: Undo - Sanna Nielsen

05) Iceland: No Prejudice - Pollaponk

06) Albania: One Night's Anger - Hersi

07) Russia: Shine - Tolmachevy Sisters

08) Azerbaijan: Start a Fire - Dilara Kazimova

09) Ukraine: Tick-Tock - Mariya Yaremchuk

10) Belgium: Mother - Axel Hirsoux

11) Moldova: Wild Soul - Cristina Scarlat

12) San Marino: Maybe (Forse) - Valentina Monetta

13) Portugal: Quero Ser Tua - Suzy

14) The Netherlands: Calm After the Storm - The Common Linnets

15) Montenegro: Moj Svijet - Sergej Cetkovic

16) Hungary: Running - Andras Kallay-Saunders

One has to remember that ten countries per semi-final will get through to the final show set for the 10th May 2014 at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark meaning that nine nations will be left out in the cold having not been selected amongst the best that the continent has to offer. In the final, the qualifiers will join entries from Spain, France, Germany, United Kingdom and host country Denmark who have already been given an extremely late draw following a random draw. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ggv4LApQcY

Ilse DeLange and Waylon, also known as The Common Linnets were announced as the Dutch representatives for the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest a couple of months back, but nevertheless details of the song remained scarce and relatively secret prior to an hour ago. On a radio show, where the duo was invited, it was revealed that the song will bear the name Calm After the Storm and will be officially unveiled to the public on the 12th and the 13th March, first with an acoustic version on De Wereldd Draait Door and then with the official version on the radio show De Gouden Uren.

In 2013, the Netherlands reached ninth (9th) place in the final of the continental competition, the first time that they had reached that stage since 2004, and the first time since 1999 that they managed to garner a top ten (10) result. In recent years, the Netherlands have changed broadcasters by moving from NOS to TROS, but now it seems that the broadcasters previously responsible for the participation of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest; AVRO and the Eurovision Song Contest; TROS have joined forces. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news about the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest as soon as it becomes available.

Source: AVROTROS, Eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EC5a1rURpGY

In 2013, The Netherlands took to the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest with one of the most popular female singer/songwriters in the nation; Anouk, following years of declined invitations. It was truly a step in the right direction, noting that they reached the finals for the very first time since 2004, achieving a top ten (10) position by virtue of a ninth (9th) place finish. Birds, a wonderful atmospheric ballad laid solid foundations for the release of her most recent studio album, Sad Singalong Songs, which peaked at number #1 in The Netherlands.

It has been quite an astonishing couple of months for Anouk, with her most recent solo effort, Wigger also climbing steadily into the digital charts, despite no apparent promotion, and her most recent collaboration with DJ Afrojack; You and I is currently peaking at number #2 on iTunes, having been made available just a couple of hours ago. At this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, The Netherlands will be represented by The Common Linnets; a duo made up of Waylon and Ilse DeLange, the latter being one of the most famous singer/songwriters in the country. The song is yet to be announced although a formal presentation in expected in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: esctoday.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlJCHwVnk4A

Earlier this evening, all of the delegations participating in this years' edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest were given a warm welcome during the Opening Party. Anastasiya Petryk, winner of last years' international showcase was a special guest during the event and following her performance, aided the hosts with the running order. Two countries were selected randomly as wildcards with the right to select their own place in the draw. The lucky countries were Georgia who selected to perform in slot number #9 and the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia who decided on slot number #5, an uncanny choice.

Malta is returning to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest following a two year absence and Gaia Cauchi looked stunning during the ceremony in a beautiful red dress with a huge black bow on her head. It is important to denote that the young female vocalist is accompanied by songwriter and vocal coach, Gillian Attard as well as composer Elton Zarb and Head of Delegation, Anna Dalli. The Start, a magnificient ballad is one of the favourites to win and we hope that the late running order which Gaia randomly selected will reflect the performance on the night. It was a surprise to see the Mediterranean country return to the prestigious music event which is being organised in the city of Kiev. The government of Ukraine is working hard to ensure that the event is a major success and prove to the members of the European Broadcasting Union that the event is here to stay.

01. Sweden: Det är dit vi ska - Elias

02. Azerbaijan: Me and My Guitar - Rustam Karimov

03. Armenia: Choco Factory - Monika

04. San Marino: O-o-O Sole Intorno a Me - Michele Perniola

05. FYR Macedonia: Ohrid i Muzika - Barbara Papovic

06. Ukraine: We Are One - Sofia Tarasova

07. Belarus: Poy so Mnoy - Ilya Volkov

08. Moldova: Cum Să Fim - Rafael Bobeica

09. Georgia: Give Me Your Smile - The Smile Shop

10. The Netherlands: Double Me - Mylene and Roseanne

11. Malta: The Start - Gaia Cauchi

12. Russia: Mechtay - Dayana Kirillova

This years' edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, is being staged in Kiev, Ukraine and will be aired in each of the twelve (12) participating countries. Malta will be broadcasting the competition on Television Malta 2 (TVM 2) as it kicks off at 19:00 CET. This is the first time that a major event is being shown on the secondary television station but it had to be the case due to the fact that the eight o'clock news bulletin, the main one could not be moved in any other way. The spokesperson on the night of the final will be none other than Maxine Pace, a two time former Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest finalists. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Junior Eurovision (official website)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7wjtE1VBQk

AvroTros, the national broadcaster responsible for the participation of The Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest have just announced that a duet featuring Ilse de Lange and Waylon, formally known as Common Linnets will fly off to Copenhagen, Denmark. This does not really come as a surprise, considering the success achieved by Anouk and her entry Birds which finished in ninth place at this years' edition of the international competition. AvroTros have joined forces for the very first time, and will therefore be hoping to make a positive first impression.

Ilse de Lange is one of the most popular female vocalists in The Netherlands, having successfully released seven (7) studio albums, six (6) of which have peaked at number #1. She will be joined on stage by Waylon, a finalist on Holland's Got Talent who released his debut album Wicked Ways in 2009, one which peaked in the top five (5). The duet will surely feature a pop/country song, something middle of the wrong in the vein of Hello Goodbye, performed at the Melodifestivalen by Tone Damli and Erik Segerstedt. The song will surely be revealed closer to the date of the Heads of Delegation Meeting although the announcement is surely positive, with several fans proving to be optimistic. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: AvroTros

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqmeUCOXYP4

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 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 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).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18mi8_JfkoM

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 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. 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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XpgqrwXiH8

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCl7OUFNSCA

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ekx8mT-fR80

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3u5Se-vJ6MA

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

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

AvroTros, the broadcaster responsible for The Netherlands from next years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is yet to unveil what selection method will be used following the success achieved by Anouk and her entry Birds which qualified to the final and finished in ninth place. This was the very first qualification since 2004, the same year in which the semi-final system was implemented but on top of that, it was also the first top ten result since 1999 when Marlayne had performed One Good Reason finishing in eighth place. During a recent concert given by Anouk in The Netherlands, she suggested a name of who could possibly represent her home country next year.

The name suggested is that of Shirma Rouse, the female backing vocalist at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Shirma is trying to establish herself as a lead vocalist in The Netherlands at the moment noting the release of a studio album entitled Chocolate Coated Dreams as well as lead single Gotta Be My Girl. The genre of the performer is predominantly motown and seems to be inspired by The Supremes, echoing a sixties vibe. AvroTros which will officially be incorporated in the next couple of months features both broadcasters with membership into the European Broadcasting Union, is thought to have a large national selection planned in order to let the public have a decision on the final outcome. Plans will be revealed in due course but in the meantime, we encourage you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news. 

Source: shownieuws.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJ4TEC7Q9Hc