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Juergen Boernig

Juergen Boernig

Malta and The Netherlands are two (2) of the sixteen (16) countries which have already confirmed participation in next years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Denmark following a victory led by Emmelie de Forest and her entry Only Teardrops. 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.

One of the most prolific names to compete in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was definitely Bonnie Tyler, three time Grammy Award nominee for hits including Total Eclipse of the Heart and Faster than the Speed of Light. The eighties star made herself available to the media on several occasions and as a matter of fact, there were a couple of light moments in the press conferences which she gave. The team of Radio International had the opportunity to speak to the artist on her participation with the track Believe In Me as well at the chance of representing the United Kingdom at the international competition which they have not taken seriously for an extremely long time. The result was not that which was expected finishing in nineteenth place with just twenty-three points sending the British Broadcasting Corporation back to the drawing board. 

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The second interview which will aired during the course of the evening is with Robin Stjernberg, the representative from Sweden whose entry You was a massive jury favourite as shown in the split results revealed by the European Broadcasting Union. It could only manage a mid-table finish as it was not well received by the audience around the continent neither at home truthfully, keeping in mind that it had not won the public vote during the Melodifestivalen. Robin Stjernberg who was a runner-up on the Swedish Idol by the thinnest wafer of votes possible took in the experience of performing to the European audience at a home setting and has continued with his music career, releasing a brand new track entitled Crime just a couple of days ago hoping to achieve the same chart success with his new track. 

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In the meantime, there will be another four interviews during this evenings' showcase, albeit short still of extreme relevance. They will be with none other than; Elitsa & Stoyan who represented Bulgaria with the track Samo Shampioni, Lozano & Esma who represented FYR Macedonia with the song Pred Da Se Razdeni, Moran Mazor took to the stage on behalf of Israel with the track Rak Bishvilo and last but not least, PeR from Latvia whose entry Here We Go did not meet the typical standards of the competition. All of the interviews were conducted during the fortnight of the Eurovision Song Contest in which the Team of Radio International was collaborating with several media outlets, including escflashmalta.com amongst others. 

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There will also be a number of new releases played throughout the three hours, including tracks by Blue, the successful boyband from the United Kingdom who went to the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest; Cezar, the artist who represented Romania earlier this year; Emmelie de Forest, winner of 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

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The saying goes that time flies and indeed, this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest came and somewhat disappeared without a trace as quickly as possible. A European spectacle which takes place over a fortnight, including rehearsals, press conferences, parties as well as meet and greet sessions came to an end leaving several countries happy with their results especially the likes of Malta, The Netherlands and Hungary who returned to the top ten for the first time in ages. 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.

One of the most popular artists to compete at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was definitely Nathalie Horler of Cascada who represented Germany with the track Glorious as the title of this article implies. Unfortunately, the renowned act did not manage to maintain the recent success of the nation at the prestigious event noting that Germany, winners of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2010 with the song Satellite performed by Lena Meyer-Landrut had managed three consecutive top ten positions. Nevertheless, despite the result, Germany have already confirmed their presence in Denmark. Nathalie of Cascada was glad to be part of the event actually and had only nice words to say seeking to broaden the fanbase of the group. She speaks about the career of the act, the participation and also future plans in music especially with a brand new album having just been released into the market.

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Marc Paelinck is easily becoming a veteran of the Eurovision Song Contest having co-written songs for several countries including Malta, Belarus, and his native Belgium. This year marked his fourth participation in total as he wrote the song Solayoh performed by Alyona Lanskaya on behalf of the eastern country of Belarus. The team of Radio International had the pleasure to speak to them both, starting off with the stunning performer who not only looks like an angel but also has the ability to sing extremely well. Marc on the other hand speaks about the background of the song and whether he would like to return to the Eurovision Song Contest in the future. It is well worth pointing out that this was his best finish yet noting that all of his past endeavours had only managed to reach the lower echelons of the scoreboard as opposed to this mid-table showing. Marc Paelinck was also involved in two other selections; the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with Domenique and the Beosong with Maja Nikolic.

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The final two interviews which will be airing this evening are those featuring Aliona Moon from Moldova who was also a backing vocalist to Pasha Parfeni at last years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest as well as the group The Dorians who took Armenia back into the final on their return to the prestigious event. Aliona Moon could not better the result achieved the year before as Moldova could only manage another eleventh place finish with the song O Mie, largerly thanks to jury support whilst The Dorians obtained the worst result for the country when competing in the final. Nevertheless, they defined the odds in reaching the final with the song Lonely Planet as many people had not tipped them making it through. Both Aliona Moon and The Dorians felt empowered at being at the event and they speak about their respective careers and where this event will take them in the future.

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There will also be a number of new releases played throughout the three hours, including tracks by Dana International, winner of the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest; Anna Rossinelli, the last artist to take Switzerland into the final back in 2011; Krista Siegfrids who caused controversy with her lip-lock action on stage and last but not least Emmelie de Forest, winner of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. In the meantime, there will also be a number of cover versions as recorded throughout the year, a feature which will be returning at the hands of David Mann. 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. Dermot Manning will also be looking at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest from a broader spotlight. 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: Press Release

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It has been almost two weeks since Only Teardrops performed by Emmelie de Forest for Denmark won the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 held in Malmo, Sweden. The spectacle which took place over a fortnight of rehearsals, press conferences, parties as well as meet and greet sessions was absolutely stunning and the public in Malta and The Netherlands surely smiled all the way through as both their entries finished in the top ten come Saturday night. 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.

One of the countries which was seen as a possible outsider for the victory at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was Russia, a nation which has reached the top ten on several occasions and had been coming in on a first runner-up finish last year achieved thanks to the Babushki and their entry Party for Everybody. This time round, the nation did not fair as well though, finishing in a still respectable fifth place with their ballad, What If performed impeccably by Dina Garipova. The tenth place of Russia in the final was due to missing a couple of notes towards the end of the performance but the public definitely noted her vast improvement on Saturday night. The team of Radio International had the opportunity to speak to the performer about her career in Russia as well as the reasoning behind representing her nation in such a prestigious event where the results have been pretty much impressive in recent years. 

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The second interview during the programme this evening will be with none other than Gianluca, the artist who represented Malta with the entry Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. It is well worth noting that for the very first time ever, Malta managed to scoop a top prize and that was the jury voting during the second semi-final. It is stunning how the island in the Mediterranean managed to beat the likes of Azerbaijan and Norway. Talent is definitely within the genes of the artist, a full time doctor by profession. The lead singer of the band Funk Initiative is definitely heading towards a successful future especially after making the official charts in The Netherlands, Ireland, United Kingdom and Germany. In recent days, the local media has been publishing that Gianluca would love to return and represent Malta once more sometime in the future and we would definitely oblige to his reasoning especially if he manages to create the same smile he did this time round. 

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The third main interview which will be aired during the programme will be featuring Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson who represented Iceland in this years' edition of the song competition. His entry Eg a Lif was the favourite of Gianluca, something which was made public throughout the entire promotional tour. It was relatively surprising during the revelation of the split voting that this track actually did better with the public rather with the tele-voting with the professional experts opting for other ballads such as the ones of Azerbaijan and Georgia. Since the introduction of the two semi-final system back in 2008, Iceland have managed to qualify to the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest on each respective occasion, managing a first runner-up finish in 2009 with their entry Is It True? performed by Yohanna. Iceland is one of the countries that will surely return to the competition next time round, especially when the viewing figures were beyond the 95% share in terms of audience. 

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The final nation in the spotlight for this evenings' programme will be on Heidi & Anne who were the female backing vocalists for Denmark, and thus the winner of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. There will also be a number of new releases played throughout the three hours, including tracks by Kati Wolf who represented Hungary two years ago as well as Loreen who was the winner of the esteemed event for Sweden last year and managed to become one of the most successful performers in her native country. Her single Euphoria was a massive success across the world, hitting the charts also in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. In the meantime, there will also be a number of cover versions as recorded throughout the year, a feature which will be returning at the hands of David Mann. 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.

Source: Press Release, Daniel D'Anastasi (Photo)

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Preceding the annual Eurovision Song Contest, Gianluca was asked on a regular basis if he had heard any of the competing entries in the competition and he had always signalled his favourite to be the track from Iceland entitled Ég Á Líf, co-written by  Örlygur Smári & Pétur Örn Gudmundsson. The track which will be performed in slot number #8 meaning just over three minutes after Malta is a beautiful ballad which has been coming across beautifully on the screens. There is a strong visual lighting presentation but an even stronger vocal interpretation by Eythor Ingi who is proudly showcasing his skills in musical theatre.

Since arriving in Malmö, Sweden for this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, the two had yet to meet but when they did it seems that things got an extremely friendly reception considering that the two artists who had a small chat exchanged promotional discs and called the support of both nations. Iceland and Malta should have a strong relationship because of the fact that we have both sent the same amount of entries to the Eurovision Song Contest without ever finishing in the top position yet managing two first runner-up slots. Eythor Ingi has another intriguing link to Malta, noting that he is signed to Hands-Up Music, which is the same record label behind Chiara's recent releases, including the debatable Żarbun, a number #2 charting sensation on iTunes. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news.

Source: escflashmalta.com, tvm.com.mt

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Gianluca, representative of Malta at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is currently visiting a children's hospital at Skane University in Lund. The aim of the visit is to enlighten the mood of the children who have been handed down a harsh judgement through life through their ilnesses. Whilst there, Gianluca will also be performing his entry for the international showcase entitled Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat whilst also performing with another singing doctor whose name is Igor Zindovic, a popular protagonist on the show Junior Doctors which airs on TV5.

Gianluca will be returning for his second rehearsal tomorrow afternoon but until then will continue to tour the sights and also practice the song alongside his team in order to ensure that the rehearsal tomorrow will be even stronger than it was the first time round. Juergen Boernig, our Head of Press alongside with his team of collaborators had the opportunity to speak to Gianluca and the rest of his team during the meet and greet session held a couple of days back and we are pleased to promote it just below. We would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news related to Malta and the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. 

Source: escflashmalta.com

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Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan was hosting the Eurovision Song Contest this time last year in a setting which was relatively different as the event was organised on a bigger scale. The idea of giving the international spectacle a more intimate feel commenced as of this year and seems to be working wonders. Nevertheless, Azerbaijan is a nation which has always used the necessary means possible to success and this is definitely seen within the results achieved by the nation across the years. Their worst result thus far is eighth place achieving during their debut with the song Day After Day performed by Elnur & Samir. 

This year, they are being represented by Farid Mammadov and his entry Hold Me which is a co-write between Dimitris Kontopoulos, John Ballard & Ralph Charlie Al Fahel. Farid had the opportunity to visit Malta this year, and as a matter of fact, an appearance on Xarabank aired on Television Malta, the main organ of the Public Broadcasting Services will be shown tomorrow evening. Following his first technical rehearsal, it seems that almost everything is going his way except for the attire but then again, that is just personal opinion. The whole setup looks impressive and the idea to have a dancer in a boxer who mimics his moves is just stunning. Juergen Boernig and his team in Sweden had the opportunity to chat with him following his rehearsal yesterday. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more interviews. 

Source: escflashmalta.com

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Lucky charms tend to come from Ireland and when it comes to the Eurovision Song Contest, they have a tendency to offer some opinion over selecting a winning entry noting that they have been successful on seven previous occasions. Despite the fact that their most successul music genre has been the ballad, which is also extremely mainstream when it comes to Ireland, they are no slouches when it comes to creating a pop track and for the third year in succession, the country has indeed selected one. Ryan Dolan will be representing the Emeral Isle with Only Love Survive co-written with Wez Devine. They will be performing in the second half of the first semi-final.

 

The very first rehearsal of the track took place yesterday afternoon considering that they are performing quite late in the draw and have received a mixture of reviews, from positive ones to those less positive. It has been well regarded though as to having a strong presentation, something that could help it hover across the finish line. On stage, Ryan is joined by a couple of female backing singers including Leanne Moore, winner of You're A Star a couple of years back, and twice accompanying Jedward within the same role. Our team present in Malmo had the opportunity to have a chat with Ryan on the preparations, his thoughts on the first rehearsal and the way to go forward. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com

Rehearsals for this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest commenced on Monday and will be going through early next week including during the days where the semi-finals are planned.  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. Due to the fact that we are currently in Malmo, there won't be the typical music requests or interviews that we normally air.

In supporting the Eurovision Song Contest, Radio International will be airing a two week special entitled Eurovision 2013 Meets Eurovision 2013 which is basically as review of last years' entries in comparison to this years' entries. It will be the final way to familiarise yourselves with the songs that will be taking to the stage in less than a weeks time really. As rehearsals are currently ongoing, we would like you to follow all of the latest interviews through the official Youtube Channel of escflashmalta.com as well as following the coverage of all of the rehearsals as they unfold on stage. In this years' edition of the international spectacle, there are a total of thirty-nine (39) countries fighting for the right to host next years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Two semi-finals will see to the qualification of ten (10) songs each with those selected then performing alongside the Big Five and the host country within the final. We encourage you to stay logged on with escflashmalta.com as more news is uncovered.

Source: Press Release

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ORF, the public broadcaster responsible for the participation of Austria at the Eurovision Song Contest organised a small scale national selection with just five acts garnering a ticket despite the relatively large interest. Since their return to the international competition, the two results could not have been further apart from each other as the success of Nadine Beiler with The Secret is Love was quickly undone by the Trackshittaz and their entry Woki mit deim Popo. This year, they will be represented by the young, talented and extremely charismatic, Natália Kelly and the track Shine.

Austria are the opening entry in the first semi-final and therefore had the opportunity to be the first to test out the stage on the first day of rehearsals, doing their utmost with the thirty (30) minutes they were allocated. There has been a lot of positive acclaim following the first rehearsal and this is still a track which many see as a marginal qualifier and will very much be tested with the performance on the night. The team present in Sweden had the opportunity to interview the artist during the Meet & Greet sessions which have become a part of the daily calender for delegations until the second rehearsals officially commence as from Friday when press conferences are also introduced. Kelly speaks about her participation, the feeling behind her song and many other things in this video interview. We would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more such features from the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: escflashmalta.com

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In 2004, the introduction of the semi-final system was meant to let more countries enter the Eurovision Song Contest with the addition of a qualification phase to reach the elite stage of the final. The Netherlands was successful at the first hurdle but has subsequently missed out on a position despite the efforts of two broadcasters. This year, an internal selection saw to the choice of Anouk, a vocalist who is best described as a merge between Joan Osborne and Alanis Morissette. She is one of the most popular stars in the country and expectations for her to success are relatively high.

Yesterday marked the beginning of her journey in the international showcase with a debut rehearsal, technical but nevertheless, flawless. Juergen Boernig, Head of Press for escflashmalta.com as well as being the main individual behind Radio International has a team of professional personnel helping him interview the artists competing in this years' Eurovision Song Contest. Following her first rehearsal, he alongside with Lilian Brunell had the opportunity to speak to Anouk about her participation. In the short interview she discusses that her aim is to hopefully take The Netherlands into the final, and from there onwards, it would truly be a bonus. She loves the staging and feels that she wants to be as intimate as possible with the fans on the night of the first semi-final. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest interviews and news.

Source: EBU (Image)

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