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Etienne Micallef

Etienne Micallef

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 03:15

JESC 2015: Federica Set to Read Out The Points

Described by many as the girl with the big voice, Federica Falzon became a national treasure by virtue of achieving victory in one of the most beloved international talent competitions for children, Ti Lascio Una Canzone, before being chosen to represent Malta at the 12th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. “Diamonds”, composed by Elton Zarb with lyrics by Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca, had the distinct honour of being the first, and thus far only entry to be performed on home soil. It finished in 4th place, receiving maximum 12 points from Italy, the eventual winner of the competition.

Since then, Federica Falzon has gone from strength to strength, re-branding herself by virtue of becoming a style icon, setting an example to her peers, and to all those children who aim to reach their goals in life. In just a couple of days, she will continue her journey, having been tasked with the opportunity to present the Maltese points during the 13th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

As a result, she is accompanying this year’s representative, Destiny Chukunyere whose entry “Not My Soul” has been drawn to be performed in slot number #15. The groovy and funky original song, composed by Elton Zarb and written by Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca has been receiving several positive comments. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Source: junioreurovision.tv, esc-plus.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wadHSXst3qk

There are a number of young emerging artists on our islands but one who is slowly becoming a fixture to success is no other than Destiny Chukunyere. She represented Malta successfully in Italy in the SanRemo Junior after winning the local competition; she managed to triumph amongst even tougher competition abroad. Destiny is coached by IVA tutor Ms. Maria Abdilla who helps her with her technique and stage performance.

Her hard work is surely paying off because after her triumph in Italy, soon after Destiny started working on her first original song in Maltese. She went on to reach the finals of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza Junior and her song ‘Festa T’Ilwien’ written by Mark Spiteri Lucas and Emil Calleja Bayliss finished in third place. It was surely another success is her young career especially considering it was the very first time singing in Maltese – a language she loves but was always a bit weary on singing in it.

Thanks to Erseb Productions, led by the Said family, Destiny got to opportunity to represent Malta in Prilep, Macedonia along with Nathaniel Attard. Both artists in fact competed with original songs, Nathaniel sang ‘Ilgħabu Miegħi’ a song composed by Phylisienne Brincat to the lyrics of Christopher Azzopardi whilst Destiny sang ‘Live & Let Live’ a song composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss.

Both artists emerged victorious with Nathianiel Attard finishing in second place and Destiny Chukunyere finishing in first place and also winning the Grand Prix of this event. One must note that this is a very prestigious event in Macedonia and many consider it the Junior Eurovision of the East since the singers compete with original songs. Malta, once again left the right impression in Macedonia as all nine judges were impressed with the quality of the songs presented by the Maltese and the finesse of their voices.

As time goes by, the country’s talent keeps flourishing and keeps getting recognition from abroad. It is amazing to see that the rock in the Mediterranean Sea has lots and lots to offer in fact a lot refer to Malta as the tiny island with huge talent. Kudos goes to the composers and authors who continue to seek on improving their product, to the producers who keep challenging in making sure the sound is strong and authentic and also to the tutors who push their students in reaching new heights. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music scene.

Source: Erseb Productions

Wednesday, 18 June 2014 19:17

Norway: Alexander Rybak in New Music Video

"Into a Fantasy" taken from the DreamWorks motion picture, "How To Train Your Dragon 2" is the latest single by Belarusian born singer/songwriter Alexander Rybak. Since winning the 2009 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Rybak has led a highly successful career, going onto release four studio albums with Universal Music, three of which managed to reach the top ten, with the other peaking in the top forty.

His latest single, a stand-alone track "Into a Fantasy" is part of the soundtrack for the DreamWorks motion picture, "How To Train Your Dragon 2" and is played during the end credits for most countries in Europe. It's a typical Rybak song, with a stuttering violin in the beginning and then crisp perfection in terms of vocals. The music video accompanying the track which could be seen below has been shot on some of the highest points in Norway. It is worth keeping in mind that Alexader Rybak voices the lead role in the Norwegian version of the Animated Movie. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Alexander Rybak (Official Facebook Page)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiVWvrt6jKw

Wednesday, 05 March 2014 21:15

Israel: Mei Finegold to Perform -Same Heart-

Erev Tov ! Israeli broadcaster IBA just hosted their selection for this year’s edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in a TV studio. Present in the studio with the presenter Mei Finegold who was chosen internally by IBA. The singer participated in Israel's version of Pop Idol and she finished in a respectable 3rd place.

Israel’s selection commenced with 78 songs which were submitted to IBA and which were reduced to 10. A professional jury chose the final 2 to go alongside Mei’s own song. Israel participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden. Moran Mazor represented Israel with the song Rak bishvilo, which failed to qualify from the second semi-final of the competition, placing 14th and scoring 40 points. This year, unlike 2013, only the general public chose the song which will represent Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest. Israeli will participate in the second Semi-Final of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, being held at the B&W-Hallerne on Refshaleøen in Copenhagen on the 8th of May. The 3 songs competing tonight were: 

Nish'eret iti (Staying with me)

Music: Loren de Paz & Chen Metzger Eder 

Lyrics: Loren de Paz


Same Heart

Music & Lyrics: Rami Talmid


Be Proud

Music & Lyrics: Mei Finegold

The winner of the show was Same Heart with 55% of the televote. The song was the hot favourite from the very first start and it is quite good indeed. In the video clip, Mei delivers the song with passion and she transmits anger and a fine rock vibe. Someone has filled Mei’s soul with poison. The video of the song has a Beyonce effect in its choreography and the samurai warrior princess brandishing a sword reminds me of Anna Oxa in Senza Pieta’. The message of the song is clear: Don’t mess with me! The song is bilingual as it has an English part and a Hebrew one. Good luck to Israel. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of the latest news.

Source: IBA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESpRyn-B4bQ

According to reliable sources, Emma Marone born in Florence, Italy in 1984 will represent Italy in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest with the energetic song La mia citta (My Home Town). The track is included in her forth-coming album named Schiena vs Schiena (Back to Back). It seems clear that this year Italian National Broadcaster, RAI is opting for an internal selection which means that popular Italian showcase Sanremo will have nothing to do with the Italian selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. Emma Marone won Amici di Maria de Filippi, an Italian Talent show in 2010 becoming one of the top selling artists in Italy. 

Emma will follow the steps of Marco Mengoni who won X-Factor Italy and represented the lovely Mediterranean country last year. Emma won Sanremo festival in 2012 with her hit song Non e’ l’Inferno (It’s not hell). So far the talented but down to earth singer Emma has published 1 EP, 3 great albums and 15 singles. She has received 2 Multi platinum discs, 14 Platinum discs and 2 Gold discs. Last year, Emma was selected as one of the artistic directors of one of the teams of the show Amici di Maria de Filippi.

Italy will be voting in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest and they will be able to vote for Malta as we will be part of the first part of the second semi-final. Will another product from a popular Italian talent show win Eurovision for Italy? We have to wait and see! In the meantime, we’re still waiting for an official confirmation from Radio Televisione Italiana, RAI! Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: eurofestival

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqPcauy2AMM

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 18:04

Romania: New Bid by Paula and Ovi Released

Paula and Ovi are back and with winning intentions, at least for Romania’s National Final. They have finally released the entire version of their song for Romania’s Selectia Nationala. The song entitled Miracle is already named as one of the hot favourites to represent Romania in Copenhagen. The song has straightforward lyrics but a contagious beat. Paula sells the song really well with her impeccable voice and talented songwriter Ovi Jacobsen wrote a great track which ticks all the boxes.

Paula Seling and Ovi took to the stage on behalf of Romania in 2010, performing in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest with a song entitled Playing With Fire, which had been tipped by many to be one of the favourites of the year, a possible winner. At the end of the semi-final voting, it finished in a respectable fourth (4th) place, thus qualifying to the grand final. Once there, they managed to surpass their own expectations are garnered more support, finishing in third place and thus tying up Romanian's most successful finish, achieved five (5) years before with Luminita Angel and her song Let Me Try. What do you make of the song Miracle? Let us know and stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Official Facebook Page

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0hzBHG2jc0

NET Television might have a limited autumn/winter schedule but one of it's programme is quickly attraction a lot of attention, that being Sibt Familja, a light entertainment showcase which features laughter, music, interviews and games of all sorts. Produced by Spiteri Lucas Entertainment in conjuction with Media.Link Communications, with Debbie Scerri, a former Eurovision Song Contest representative and Ray Attard as hosts, the programme takes about two and half hours, kicking off at 13:30 CET and finishing at 16:00 CET. Sibt Familja, replaces the former Sas-Sitta which had a longer running time, finishing at 18:00 CET.

Despite the shorter running time, the programme will always be filled to the brim. Former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Ludwig Galea and Olivia Lewis will be taking to te stage alongside Ivan Spiteri Lucas and Francesca Zarb with a live band under the direction of Maestro Mark Spiteri Lucas. A one on one interview will be conducted with renowned local actress and television host, Frida Cauchi. On the other hand, one cannot forget Rita Gatt and Clint Gerald who will be discussing the latest female fashion trends. escflashmalta.com is glad to support the project and will be bringing you all the latest news about the weekly show at the earliest convenience. Thus, there is only one thing to say, make sure to tune into Net Television within the hour for an exciting season on Sibt Familja and stay tuned to escflashmalta.com, as we bring you the weekly synopsis.

Source: Press Release, Clint Gerald Attard (Image)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ia7La6VKbbo

Thursday, 07 March 2013 18:47

Israel: KDAM 2013 - LIVE

Israel has had a lengthy and successful record at the Eurovision Song Contest, having won in 1978, 1979 and 1998. Izhar Cohen and Alphabeta won in Paris in 1978 with the happy song A-Ba-Ni-Bi. On home ground in Jerusalem the following year, Israel triumphed again, with the hymn Hallelujah performed by Gali Atari & Milk and Honey. The third victory came in Birmingham in 1998. Dana International success came with the dancy song Diva, which was a very popular song in Malta during that summer. 2011 and 2012 were less fruitful as former Eurovision winner Dana International in Dusseldorf and Izabo in Baku both failed to qualify for the final.

This year IBA is doing its best when it comes to KDAM 2013, the Israeli national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. 30 songs competed in 3 Semi-Finals on the 26th, 27th and 28th of February. 10 songs qualified for today’s Grand Final. In the Second Chance Round Judah Gavra qualified with the song We're Beautiful. Israel will participate in the second Semi-Final of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Sweden on the 16th of May. The presenters for tonight’s festival will be Orna Datz & Ron Shachar. The show will be live from the Broadcast TV Studios in Holon. The result of the voting will be a 50/50 mix of SMS and Expert Jury. The favourite contestant Kathleen Reiter, winner of the first season of The Voice Israel withdrew from the competition after claiming that KDAM 2013 is fixed. The song was replaced by Nicki Goldstein who will sing We Are One in the final.

The Show (Part 1)

Ey Sham, the very first entry to represent Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest finishing in a respectacle fourth place is currently being performed on stage as we open this evenings' final which will feature a total of ten performances. One will ultimately be crowned winner. The performance is quickly followed by the entries which managed to garner success for Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest; Hallelujah, A-Ba-Na-Bi, and Diva. The presenters are now introducing the 10 finalists. A brief explanation of voting system is given. We're introduced to the panel of judges. Dafna Dekel who represented Israel in 1992 is one the the judges. Dekel won the Kdam with Zeh raq sport (It's just sports). Dekel represented Israel in Sweden, winning 85 points and reaching 6th place.

Judah Gavra – Hayom

Judah lived in New York, teaching music, dancing and acting but returned to Israel in 2006. He planned to study performing arts in Israel. But he received an unexpected phone call: his ex-commander from the Army, where he had served as a singer in the Rabbanuth Choir, asked him if he would like to be a cantor in a synagogue in Brooklyn during Yom Kippur. The new visit led him to reconsider schools in the city. Judah auditioned at AMDA and won a considerable scholarship. After graduating from AMDA in February 2009 following two years of study, he performed in a great variety of concerts.

His song has a interesting beat and the male dancers make you think you’re watching the final of Melodifestivalen by accident. Judah’s good looks (he works as a model too) lift the song. He keeps repeating ‘Where beautiful tonight!!’ A very energtic performance with a mixture of beats and tempo makes this a good dance song. More interactation with between dancers and singer is desired. Judah’s prefers walking from one side of the stage to another. At times it sounds like a good old Melodifestivalen track. An excellent refined performance from all involved, including the backing dancers and singers. Judah hit the long note well and finishes powerfully! One to watch….

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

Moran Mazoz – Ten li siman (Give Me A Sign)

Lovely atmosphere for tonight's first ballad. Reminds me of Shiri Maimon who represented Israel in 2005. Candles fill the stage and the harp gives a classy look to the act. A beautiful and talented singer with a great big ballad. This song just keeps building and building like a Eurovision ballad from the 90s. She delivers the song with passion and the male backing vocalist gives more flavour to the song. Very emotional on stage but needs to make sure that she maintains eye contact with the audience. . Last part is in English and it adds more power to it. Amazing voice and one of the strong contenders for tonight’s final victory and will put Israel straight in the Eurovision final.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH-cVCDLuBE

Ron Weinreich – Love Is One

Here comes our third finalist. A disabled army veteran from a skirmish in Lebanon who performs on stage in a wheelchair. A lively pop, rock song with a hint of oriental influences. Although Ron is confined to a wheelchair, you completely forget about his disability because he puts effort in a vocal and stage performance. This has a beat that does not slow down at all and just grabs the audience. Bouncy ethnic pop sung at its best. This is a song that would go down very well in the Eurovision arena. Title of the song “We are created as one” is strongly related to this year’s Eurovision theme “We are one” theme. Another contender and will probably make the finals if picked.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JMrymV0AvU

Shany Zamir – Forever

The next song starts off as a dance ballad, but than changes to a club anthem, good for clubbers!. Some night notes which might give you a headache. It is in the same vein as “Euphoria”. 2 energetic male dancers accompany the singer with the long blond hair and they do their best to supporting her and not overtaking her on stage. Catchy and very contemporary! My only concern is that it’s another copycat, another Euphoria clone. And we already have a lot of dance tunes this year in Eurovsion. Gets a bit repetitive at the end. Not strong enough to win.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Fs8EkxHtCc

Hila Ben David - Beautiful

Here comes Whitney Houston! An out-dated ballad. A song we've heard zillions of times before and the low notes aren't lifting the song. Reminds us of Eurovision days gone by. This could do that but back in 1990′s and no chance to win Kdam tonight.

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

Ran Sandler - Find a Way

Another ballad but this time a contemporary one that I could see doing well in the charts today. The stage performance is kept to the minimum. Somehow reminds me of a Sanremo track. 2 female and 1 male backing singers. Somehow reminds me of a Sanremo track. Backing singers are wearing enormous balck dress which don’t match with the song. Ran gives a faultless performance. Ran knows how to sell a song to the camera and one gets the feeling he is just singing to you. Another song which may surprise us all tonight

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

Meital de Razon & Asi Tal - Toda la noche

Here come the song with the Latino vibe....a Carnival festa is on the way! A vaccation song which could become a huge hit over Europe, especially in Malta. A typical Eurovision dance routine that Israel used to give us some time ago. An addictive song which will set on fire the Eurovision stage and audience. Vocals a bit ropey but who cares? Dressed in gold and white/black costumes, they go for a fresh summer look to fit the song. Cool, simple and harmless pop song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02Zuc9qFHKw

Moran Mazor - Rak bishvilo

Tonight's favourite song. Another ballad which reminds us of 'Molitva', which gives you shivers. Simple staging for a grand ballad. She needs a fashion stylist but song is a grower. She has a wonderful range to her voice that helps build the song. Dress distracts you from the song and that's a pity. Should remove the glasses and wear a simple dress. One of the real contenders of tonight's show.

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

Vladi Bleiberg - We are free

An energtic performance and a strong choreography with his 2 make backing dancers. The backing vocals are doing a great job and they lift the song. Another dance tune which reminds of past Eurovision songs. The song is very Melodifestivalen sounding! However the backing track lacks power! Wrong styling once more! Agood song but others stand out more in the contest and it has no chance to win this edition of Kdam.

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

Niki Goldstein - We are one

The song which replaced Kathleen Reiter, winner of the first season of The Voice Israel who withdrew from the competition for the simple reason that she claimed that it is fixed. Nicki’s song reflects the theme of this year’s contest and is a nice uplifting power ballad. But we've heard these kind of songs before. Good vocals but there are better songs in tonight's competition.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5P3_Y-tr8E

The Show (Part 2)

This ends the presentation of all songs. Stunning female actress and tonight's presenter interviews singers in the green room. IBA gives us a recap of all songs. A difficult choice tonight. I like most of the songs. Presenters speak to Svika Pick. In 1998 Pick wrote the song Diva performed by Dana International, which won the Eurovision Song Contest. He also wrote songs for several other Eurovision contestants. In 2002 he composed the Light a candle for Sarit Hadad, who represented Israel in Eurovision 2002. Televoting lines are open for 10 minutes. Now the interval act. IBA is showing us a clip. A vox pop about favourite entries from Israel. More guest singers during the interval act. Another commercial break. More guest singers during the interval act. IBA shows us some Eurovsion flashbacks. Votes underway..The jury votes.

Jury 1 - 12p to Moran Mazor

Jury 2 - 12p to Moran Mazor

Jury 3 - 12p to Ron Weinreich

Jury 4 - 12p to Ron Weinreich

Jury 5: 12p to Ron Weinreich

It's a battle between Ron and Moran. Jury results: Moran and Ron 64 points. Svika Pick is the last member of the jury and gives 12p to Hila Ben David. Awaiting televoting results!

Nicki got 13

Hila got 16

Moran Mazuz got 23

Vladi Bleiberg with 29

Ran Sandler got 29

Ron Weinreich got 31

39 for Judah Gavra

40 for Meital de Razon & Asi Tal

40 for Moran Mazor - who becomes tonight's winner

A well deserved victory for a grand ballad. Change outfit, and you'll make the final. And that's all for tonight! Till we meet again, bye!

Sunday, 03 March 2013 23:00

Serbia: Moje 3 Set Sights on Sweden

Serbian Trio ‘Moje 3’ has just won the Serbian National Final after a never ending ‘Serbia’s Got Talent’ interval act. This will be Serbia’s 7th representative in the Eurovision Song Contest. They will perform the song Ljubav je svuda in the first semi final of the Eurovision Song Contest in May in Sweden The group consists of Mirna Radulović who won the show Prvi glas Srbije..

Junior Eurovision representative Nevena Božović, who was also the runner up in the same show. Sara Jovanović who lived in Rome where she was born but returned to Belgrade and started her musical career. After Eurovision they intend to continue with their solo careers. The show was hosted by Maja Nikolić with Gorica Nešović and Dragan Ilić reporting from backstage. Five acts battled it out for the honour to represent Serbia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013. The winner was selected by SMS voting.

The participants were:

Saška Janković - Duga u tvojim očima

SKY's - Magija

Dušan Svilar - Spas

Marija Mihajlović - Halo

Moje 3 - Ljubav je svuda

As already mentioned, they will be competing within the first semi-final as opposed to Malta who will be competing in the second semi-final in this years' edition of the international spectacle. Serbia debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007. Previously it participated as part of Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro (from 2004 to 2006). Serbia's debut entry as an independent nation, the ballad "Molitva" by Marija Šerifović, won the Eurovision Song Contest 2007, receiving 268 points. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest as it draws nearer.

Source: RTS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hsr4cDDmhL0

Sunday, 03 March 2013 19:45

Serbia: Beosong 2013 - LIVE

RTS, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Serbia within the Eurovision Song Contest has been known to achieve positive results and indeed, they will be hoping for more of the same as they head to Sweden with one of the five entries that are being presented this evening. The reaction for the qualifiers from last nights' semi-final has been quite mixed to be honest and whilst there seems to be a general consensus that one should triumph well ahead of the others, I would definitely not rule out a surprise.

 

The national final entitled Beosong 2013 is being shown on the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest whilst you could also follow the broadcasters' Twitter page for the latest updates about their participation. Last year’s entry was with Željko Joksimović. He represented the country in Azerbaijan with the song Nije ljubav stvar.On the second semi-final he took second place, while he finished third in the final. Yesterday night, the semi-final of the Beosong festival took place at the RTS Studios in Belgrade. Fifteen acts competed, and televoting selected the five fortunate candidates who will compete in today's final. The final will be broadcasted live from the central studio of RTS and will be hosted by Maja Nikolić. Backstage links will be carried out by Gorica Nešović and Dragan Ilić.

The Show (Part 1)

Hello Serbia Calling! Welcome to tonite's final.... who will follow Zeljko's steps and represent Serbia in Malmo? Show started with a brass band playing the Eurovision theme. A Serbian dance group is dancing Euphoria by Loreen, the winner of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. Stage looks very dark. Not a very original opening act. But it seems that last year's winning song is still very popular! Maja Nikolić introduces backstage reporters Gorica Nešović and Dragan Ilić. Same presentation system as yesterday - postcard representing successful Serbian people before each song. First commercial break of the night. This will take long! And we're back...Maja Nikolić host of the grand final of Beosong 2013 introduced televoting numbers. The songs start now!

Running Order

Duga u tvojim očima - Saška Janković

Saška is the first contestant in tonight’s show. She is a singer with Eurovision experience. She was a backing vocalist in 2010 with Milan Stanković – Ovo je Balkan, and 2011 with Nina – Čaroban. She won the top debut award at Beovizija 2009, singing Nauči me.  A well-known face in many festivals in Serbia and Bulgaria too. Beside singing she is also composer and lyricist, and she collaborated with many musicians either in studios or live on concerts as back vocalist or guest star. She’s singing her delicate ballad and she knows how to deliver emotions. The singer is accompanied by a cello player on stage, Saška has good solid vocals except for a couple notes but the song is a bit out-of-date, reminds us of the Balkan entries of the 90s and she might not make the finals if chosen. Very nice ballad, not so keen on her clothes though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VnX62WrvgU

Magija - SKY's 

The second song is more contemporary but sounds like a Junior Eurovision track. Three young sexy women take the stage. Ksenija Knežević, Dana Gasić Gavaja and Anđela Vujović are the SKY’s, school friends turned into stars! Their talent scout was Serbian composer and hip – hop artist Sky Wikluh who wrote tonight’s song.  It is a typical girlband song and they remind me of Times Three (Malta 1999). However, the vocals are not at their best and I see no chemistry between the members of the band. This lacks charisma and wouldn’t do Serbia proud in May! But might surprise us when it comes to televoting…However, it's unremarkable pop song. Loads of pop already this year, we don't need another one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfPXfeU2i0Y

Spas - Dušan Svilar

This is the best song of the night and would be one of my favourite songs in Malmo if selected. Dušan started his career in the first Serbian edition of music show Idol and in the final placed 3rd. After that he competed in numerous festivals. He is also a member of Serbian band Blah Blah band with which he has performed in many clubs in ex-Yugoslavian countries. He tried to represent Serbia at Eurovision Song Contest twice, in 2005 and 2009. Will this be this third time lucky? Fine vocals from Dušan and the song is interesting, but probably a little overdone in terms of staging. Would look great in Sweden. It has an ethnic flavour and it’s a song you would expect from the Balkan country. Love the ancient Greek style dancers. Better performance than yesterday, definitely my favourite for Malmö!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSeZAI5zIH4

Halo - Marija Mihajlović

Our fourth contestant is Marija Mihajlović. Her first musical appearance goes back to 1990 when she worked with the jazz orchestra of RTS. She’s still working with many jazz ensembles and musicians from her region. Marija Mihajlović she is a member of the Dejan Cukić i Spori ritam band. Well known for recording many TV and radio jingles. She’s singing a very simple, yet effective piano ballad with strong and convincing vocals. Quite pleasant but wouldn’t be visible on the Eurovision Stage. No chance in hell!

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

Ljubav je svuda - Mirna Radulović, Nevena Božović, Sara Jovanović

The final song is delivered by the three super finalists of the second season of Serbian music show Prvi glas Srbije. This is the pre-contest favourite song! Tonight they are performing as a trio to win ticket to Malmö. Mirna Radulović won the show Prvi glas Srbije.. Nevena Božović was the runner up in the same show. She studies in the Faculty of musical arts in Belgrade. She has some Eurovision experience as she represented Serbia in Junior Eurovision Song Contest with Piši mi. Sara Jovanovićlived in Rome where she was born but she returned to Belgrade and started her musical career. After tonight’s show they intend continue with their solo careers. The song is an uptempo pop song. The vocals were good though. Probable winner.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pu9HWfIKq2I

The Show (Part 2)

Presenters in the green room are interviewing all participants. However, I have to remark that music wise it's not a very good final for Serbia. And the televoting starts now..... A clip of the 5 finalists is shown as a reminder....I think it will be a battle between song 3 and song 5. Eurovision winner 2007, Marija Šerifović takes the stage and she is singing Molitva, accompanied by a piano. A very classy act. Beautiful piano and violin arrangement. However I'd like to know what the text on her t-shirt says. Another recap of 5 finalists.... televoting is about to end. The interval act continues.... here comes the brass band again, performing a medley of Serbian entries: 2004 Eurovision runner-up 'Lane Moje, Oro an ethnic ballad performed by Jelena Tomašević, 2011 song Čaroban and Molitva from 2007. 

A good collection of songs from Serbia's Big Band Dancing team graces the stage again. Good Serbian sing just sang "The lady is a tramp". Serbian Interval act continues.... a girl sings a Beyonce song. Seems like the interval act is over (finally!) and we're transported back in the green room. Serbian TV takes us back to 2004 when Sweden awarded 12 points to Serbian song, Lane Moje. They're showing us the love between Serbia and Sweden. Nice idea though. Seems they've decided to extend the interval act. They are cramming a lot of acts in it! It's the family value pack of half time shows! We get even warriors and knights!!! And a Pavarotti Serbian wannabe. The medieval Serbian battle and the opera singer are now followed by a modern dance routine. Another ingredient just added to this long, very long interval act: some gospel. Another ingredient just added to this long, very long interval act: some gospel. Another recap of 5 finalists. It was cheaper to have a Eurovision show and Serbia's Got Talent final in one show, I guess.

I love Serbia - what an entertaining national final - 5 average songs and a crazy interval act...and we have the cherry on the cake, another Serbian singer performing a bed time tune. Probably a conclave deciding the new pope is faster than the counting of Beosong votes. Back in the RTS studios. Results on the way....And the winners with more than 25000 votes is the song Ljubav je svuda performed by Mirna Radulović, Nevena Božović, Sara Jovanović. That conclude's tonite marathon, good luck Serbia, you'll need it!!

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