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Juergen Boernig

Juergen Boernig

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 15:15

Radio International: More Interviews Tonight

The Team of Radio International is back and following the visit to the Mediterranean Island of Malta in the past couple of weeks, invites 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 88.1Mhz 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 Eurovision fans can join in and chat amongst each other via the Chat Room and request their favourite Eurovision entry.

The main focus of the past week was surely the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and the Team of Radio International had the opportunity to speak to the winner, Gianluca Bezzina who will be flying the flag for Malta in the second semi-final of the esteemed competition with the song Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek. Whilst attention is already being diverted off the selection, it is important to denote that we also had the opportunity to speak to Kevin Borg, who is thought to be one of the most pivotal figures in the local music industry and he came second with the song Needing You co-written with Simon Gribbe, Thomas Thornholm, Michael Clauss and Dan Attlerud. 

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The interviews continues thoug because, a newcomer by the name of Davinia Pace finished in third place during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest iwth her song Betrayed composed by Elton Zarb and penned by Matthew Mercieca (Muxu). She has taken in this experience as a brilliant kick start to bigger and better things and considering that she has released material such as Feel Good Song and Sail Away in recent months, one would surely expect more in the near future. The final interview that will be aired this evening is with Liene Candy who is hoping to represent Latvia in 2013 with the song Higher and Higher. She has already been a backing vocalist for the nation before, in 2008 with Wolves of the Sea but would like to come out as the lead vocalist.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DH26TKwtzw

Radio International is always keen to present songs during the show apart from the weekly features and therefore, collaborating the two ideas together will see the emergence of Eurovision UnverCover whereas tracks performed at the Eurovision Song Contest will be covered by other singers. The actual tracks will be played first followed by the cover and this will make things interesting. Apart from this feature which will officially commence as of tomorrow, there will be new material played on the show by a number of former representatives. 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. The same applies with Dermot Manning who continues national finals and this week, he turns to Finland, Iceland and Norway. Follow the show through the official website and also send your requests through the contact link which is found on the aforementioned website.

Source: Emil Calleja Bayliss (image), Press Release

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Wednesday, 06 February 2013 16:10

Radio International: Special Programme Tonight

The Team of Radio International is back from sunny Malta and invites 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 88.1Mhz 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 Eurovision fans can join in and chat amongst each other via the Chat Room and request their favourite Eurovision entry.

This weeks' focus of Radio International is definitely on the Malta Eurovision Song Contest which was indeed won by none other than a debutant in the form of Gianluca Bezzina with the song Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek We had the opportunity to have a chat with the twenty-three year old doctor about his experience in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and the track itself which is very cheerful. Well mannered, and spoken like a true gentlemen, he paid tribute to the artists that competing saying he just wanted to get through to the show on Saturday night. Nevertheless, at the post-result afterparty, we also had a chat with last years' representative, Kurt Calleja who was relishing his status to someone new. This Is The Night was quite the hit in Baku, Azerbaijan where it qualified and received eight (8) points from the nations' voting.

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In the meantime, moving slightly away from Malta, there will also be another three interviews on the show, two conjoined into one because it features Christer Bjorkman and Edward Af Sillen who speak to Radio International about the challenges that the country faces in terms of hosting the Eurovision Song Contest and the Melodifestivalen noting that the standard of both has to be high considering the viewing figures of both shows in the nation. Scandinavian countries are known to follow the event in large numbers and therefore, production values have to be quite strong. One of the earlier acts to be chosen this year is also Emmelie de Forest with Only Teardrops and we had the chance to get a word with her as well thanks to our colleagues from escXtra.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KeiXPxUodw

Radio International is always keen to present songs during the show apart from the weekly features and therefore, collaborating the two ideas together will see the emergence of Eurovision UnverCover whereas tracks performed at the Eurovision Song Contest will be covered by other singers. The actual tracks will be played first followed by the cover and this will make things interesting. Apart from this feature which will officially commence as of tomorrow, there will be new material played on the show by a number of former representatives. 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. The same applies with Dermot Manning who confirms national finals and this week, he turns to Lithuania and Switzerland. Follow the show through the official website and also send your requests through the contact link which is found on the aforementioned website.

Source: Press Release

Wednesday, 30 January 2013 06:08

MESC 2013: Tonight on Radio International

In just a few days time, the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place and it seems that preparations are well in place for another spectacular showcase by the looks of the staging. This weeks' edition of Radio International will be especially dedicated to the competition in itself due to the fact that the team will be on location and thus, will be giving the listeners a chance to listen to the tracks for the first time unless, they have already heard them through the official website of the broadcaster. As always, the show will be aired on FM 106.8 as well as Digital Cable 781 and Cable 88.1 Mhz in The Netherlands with a weblink through the official website of the show for international viewers. The pre-recorded show will unfortunately not include any phone-ins or music requests this week.

The running order of the songs which was established earlier this week won't be the order in which they will be played throughout the programme noting that they have been put in alphabetical order according to the song titles. The normal format of the show with interviews and usual features will be returning in the following week, so we urge you to hang tight. Malta will be competing in the second semi-final in Malmö, Sweden and many have commented on having being given a tough draw, so it is important that the jury and the public, vote for the song which they believe would give them the best result as per the voting countries in the semi-final. Indeed, Malta will be hosting it's national selection but nevertheless, news is coming in from other countries and through escXtra and escflashmalta, we will be keeping you posted with all of the latest.

Source: Press Release

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It seems just like yesterday that everyone was toasting a brand new year but with the fourth week of the month upon us, and another Wednesday evening looming around, the Team of Radio International would like to invite you to join the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. The show is broadcast on 106.8 FM and Digital Cable 781 within The Netherlands but is also available through the official website where it will also be web-televised. Whether on television or on radio, it seems that Wednesdays have become more musical for some reason and from 20:00 till 23:00 CET, another packed episode will be aired. In recent weeks, the interviews have somewhat proven to be popular with audiences, and this week is quite special as there will be two interviews that will air with former representatives.

Winning the right to represent Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest is not a mean feat especially when considering how complicated the selection process has become in recent years with all of the regional broadcasters pulling their weight to have representation in the process. In 2012, following the qualification of Anna Rossinelli in the previous year, the Swiss went for a completely different type of entry with Unbreakable performed by the brotherly duo known as Sinplus. Unfortunately, they did not manage to qualify, finishing in eleventh place in the semi-final but they did indeed hand over the responsibility and honour of the representation to the group Heilsarmee who are doubtful on whether they will be going to the Eurovision Song Contest with the song You and Me. Gabriel and Ivan speak about their experience and what their music career has encompassed since then.

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The second interview of the evening will be focusing with another former representative who had won the right to represent Moldova at the Eurovision Song Contest, ultimately achieving what is still the second best result for the Eastern country. Natalia Barbu with the song Fight is still renowned in music circles for an astonishing performance which finished in a tenth place result in Helsinki, Finland. She was set to return to the national selection in Moldova this year but due to a number of issues regarding the new rules, she pulled out and will be submitting the same entry she has planned to the Romanian selection. The interview took place in Lisbon where a host of former representatives including ones whose interviews have been broadcast before such as Katrina & The Waves and Niamh Kavanagh amongst others. Natalia Barbu describes has experience and her current plans, the possibility of returning to the competition.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=878zRvI_Z9U

Radio International is always keen to present songs during the show apart from the weekly features and therefore, collaborating the two ideas together will see the emergence of Eurovision UnverCover whereas tracks performed at the Eurovision Song Contest will be covered by other singers. The actual tracks will be played first followed by the cover and this will make things interesting. Apart from this feature which will officially commence as of tomorrow, there will be new material played on the show by a number of former representatives. 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. The same applies with Dermot Manning who confirms national finals and this week, he turns to Lithuania and Switzerland. Follow the show through the official website and also send your requests through the contact link which is found on the aforementioned website. 

Source: Team of Radio International

Tuesday, 15 January 2013 04:45

Radio International: New Music from Ruslana

It is quite intriguing to denote that this will be the third week of the brand new year and thus with another Wednesday evening looming around, the Team of Radio International would like to invite you to join the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. The show is broadcast on 106.8 FM and Digital Cable 781 within The Netherlands but is also available through the official website where it will also be web-televised. Whether on television or on radio, it seems that Wednesdays have become more musical for some reason and from 20:00 till 23:00 CET, another packed episode will be aired. In recent weeks, the interviews have somewhat proven to be popular with audiences, especially those held with artists which come from a different era to what the competition has become known now and thus bring a different perspective. This week will be no different with a former representative from the seventies coming forward.

1973 is known to have been a great year for the Eurovision Song Contest in general with most of the performers garnering success all over the continent. One of the entertainers whose name has become somewhat renowned in the Benelux region is that of Ben Cramer whose entry De Oude Muzikant could only manage a lower table fourteenth place at the end of the evening. It has become public knowledge that the performer tried his luck to represent The Netherlands once more in 2012 and even submitted a track to the broadcaster responsible for the nations' participation but regrettably declined. Nevertheless, a special concert was held with the track released to the public. During the evening, there were a number of guests including Justine Pelmelay who represent her nation in 1989 as well as Marga who had done the honours in 1987 respectively. During the interview held with Ben, he speaks about his experience and the aftermath of representing The Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest.

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In the meantime, now that the year 2013 has come forth, and with the national finals having already started, correspondent Ross Bennett will be commenting on the tracks that are being presented by countries which will be performing at the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The focus of the week is surely on the multi-entry national selection held in Albania which has an incredibly strong tradition of being held around Christmas time and also feature a live orchestra in the vein of Sanremo as well as another selection which took place in Ukraine. Both entries selected were chosen through a majority vote and thus no issues have somewhat surfaces about the choices although the latter faced some plagiarism issues which have now been abandoned  As a matter of fact, this feature will run with the regular news brought about by both escflashmalta.com and escXtra.com as most of the countries reveal their selection process, possible representatives and also other selective issues.

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

Radio International is always keen to present songs during the show apart from the weekly features and therefore, collaborating the two ideas together will see the emergence of Eurovision UnverCover whereas tracks performed at the Eurovision Song Contest will be covered by other singers. The actual tracks will be played first followed by the cover and this will make things interesting. Apart from this feature which will officially commence as of tomorrow, there will be new material played on the show by a number of former representatives including; Kaliopi (FYR Macedonia 2012), Ruslana (Ukraine 2004), Compact Disco (Hungary 2012) and Mika Newton (Ukraine 2011). Follow the show through the official website and also send your requests through the contact link which is found on the aforementioned website. 

Source: Press Release

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The Team of Radio International is back for the second week of a brand new year and would like to invite you to join the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. The show is broadcast on 106.8 FM and Digital Cable 781 within The Netherlands but is also available through the official website where it will also be web-televised. Wednesdays have always been dedicated to music and from 20:00 till 23:00 CET, another packed episode will be aired. Features have always gone down well with the public and the Team of Radio International is gearing up with quite a couple including some which will officially be launching this week but nevertheless, the focus has always been on a particular individual and in fact, this weeks' interview will be with a two time Eurovision Song Contest representative, coming from a nation which has seemingly withdrawn from the upcoming edition of the continental showcase; this being Portugal.

As a matter of fact, the interview that will be aired this week is with none other than Simone de Oliviera who represented Portugal in 1965 with the track Sol de Inverno as well as in 1965 with her entry Desfolhada reaching lower-table positions in both years. This interview took place during the third edition of the Eurovision Live Concert, which featured a number of performers including Niamk Kavanagh who represented Ireland in 1993 and 2010, and Katrina & The Waves who did the honours for the United Kingdom in 1997. The actual interview took place during a special dinner organised by the OGAE branch of Portugal where the renowned performer sanf some of her most popular Fado tracks. During the interview, she speaks about the experience of representing her country at the event as well as commenting on how the competition has changed throughout the years. 

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In the meantime, now that the year 2013 has come forth, and with the national finals having already started, correspondent Ross Bennett will be commenting on the tracks that are being presented by countries which will be performing at the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Whilst a multi-entry national selection took place in Belarus, seeing to the victory of Alyona Lanskaya with Rhythm of Love, there were a host of possible winners, Belgium had a three song competition for just one performer with the track Love Kills emerging as the choice for Roberto Bellarosa who came to fame in his country following his victory on The Voice Belgique. As a matter of fact, this feature will run with the regular news brought about by both escflashmalta.com and escXtra.com as most of the countries reveal their selection process, possible representatives and also other selective issues.

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

Radio International is always keen to present songs during the show apart from the weekly features and therefore, collaborating the two ideas together will see the emergence of Eurovision UnverCover whereas tracks performed at the Eurovision Song Contest will be covered by other singers. The actual tracks will be played first followed by the cover and this will make things interesting. Apart from this feature which will officially commence as of tomorrow, there will be new material played on the show by a number of former representatives including; BLUE (UK 2011), Elena Risteska (FYR Macedonia 2006), Mika Newton (Ukraine 2011), t.A.T.u (Russia 2003), Marija Serifovic (Serbia 2007), Carola (Sweden 1983, 1991, 2006). Follow the show through the official website and also send your requests through the contact link which is found on the aforementioned website. 

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kew3elHM8FM

Tuesday, 18 December 2012 11:30

Radio International: Interview with Heilsarmee

The Team of Radio International is back this week and would like to invite to join the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. The Show is broadcast on 106.4FM and Digital Cable 41 within The Netherlands and also via the internet through the official website, where it will also be web televised for those who would like to get a more interactive feel to the programme. The show which airs on a Wednesday is set to kick off at around 20:00 CET and will finish around three hours later at 23:00 CET. This weeks' broadcast is actually the first following the selection of three entries for the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and therefore will prove quite insightful due to the fact that the Team of Radio International was present for the Swiss final and followed the proceedings as they unfolded.

The main focus of the programme will be surrounding an exclusive interview with Heilsarmee, the Swiss Salvation Army which will be representing the small nation in the middle of the continent. First problems emerged in the past couple of hours due to the branding of the group which is not accepted at the Eurovision Song Contest for several purposes. This was seen last year with regards to San Marino who first made use of a social networking site in their song-title before showing a brand live on stage during rehearsal week. The lead vocalist of Heilsarmee, Christopher speaks to the team of Radio International about their victory and their intentions for the event taking place in Sweden where they will be performing their entry You and Me. The final took place last Saturday night and the winning act manage to garner more than half the votes than those achieved by the first runner-up which was J'Avais Rendez-Vous by a duo known as Carrousel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BAG1K4TEZc

Apart from the interview with the winners of the national final which is somewhat customary, the team of Radio International wanted to mix it up a bit and therefore spoke to the host of the show, Sven Epiney who is to be noted as the commentator for the Swiss broadcaster; SRF at the Eurovision Song Contest, taking up the role in 2010 and becoming what has been coined in Switzerland as Mister Eurovision. It is the perfect opportunity to get to know him better in the ambient of the competition and to note how the show has carefully evolved in the past three years. In the meantime, December is known to be a time for festive celebrations and therefore, with Christmas round the corner, we would like to wish you all the best with a hearty new year as well. We look forward to bringing you more material in the coming weeks especially in the lead up to the Eurovision Song Contest, so make sure to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com and Radio International.

Sweden have had quite the history in the Eurovision Song Contest, having only failed to make it through to the final only once, that coming in 2010 when Anna Bergendahl had performed the track This Is My Life finishing in eleventh place. The Scandinavian country won the competition five times kicking off with ABBA's Waterloo in 1974, followed by The Herreys ten years later in 1984 with Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley. Then with Carola in 1991 when she won with Fangad Av En Stormvind before more success continued in 1999 as Charlotte took the honours with Take Me To Your Heaven and of course most recently in 2012 noting the Loreen victory with Euphoria. Apart from these successes, Sweden has managed to finish in the top ten on a large number of occasions becoming one of the most notable nations when it comes to the event. The entries which will be analysed are those between 2009 and 2012. Make sure to tune into the programme tomorrow night to witness all of the happenings live as soon as they are broadcast in The Netherlands. 

Source: Team of Radio International

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2012 is a year which has been full of excitement but nevertheless, the upcoming year will be more predominant in that department because it has a certain aura about it. Nevertheless, the team of Radio International is currently prepping for the last three shows of the season and in fact, would like to invite the readers of escflashmalta.com to join in for another weekly dose of the Ultimate Eurovision Experience. The Show is broadcast on 106.8 FM and Digital Cable 41 in The Netherlands and also via the internet via Official Website where it will also be web-televised through a stream. The programme will be running on Wednesday evening from 20:00 to 23:00 CET. Once more, expect the unexpected because this will be a programme filled with a lot of content, some of which we were not even sure would ever happen actually but takes centre stage due to our several followers from all over the continent.

Above, there is a picture of Carola and she is one of the many artists whose newest material will be played for the very first time in The Netherlands through Radio International. In fact, music has just been released by Eric Saade, Fridrik Omar, Greta Salome, Elena Risteska, Mika Newton, TATU, Marija Serifovic, Jalisse, Michalis Hatzigiannis, Kostas Martakis and also Stefan Galea. All of the mentioned artists have participated in national selections, or represented their nations in the Eurovision Song Contest at one point. It is important to see them releasing material following their participation because that shows continuity and success especially when supported by a major label which is surely the case with some of the individuals involved. Time permitting, all of the tracks will be played so we'll be hoping. The only artist in that list who has not been involved with the senior version of the event is actually the latter with Galea having been a Malta Junior Eurosong competitor a couple of years ago and is currently working on launching his senior career.

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The highlight of the programme through will surely be an exclusive interview which has been sent to the team of Radio International in an unexpected format. In fact, a message was received from Joe Beaver of Scotland informing us that he had the opportunity to meet and interview Gianni Mascolo who represented Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1968 reaching thirteenth place with just two points as he performed Guardando Il Sole. Baxter met Mascolo in a local restaurant and kindly offered this interview to Radio International so it can be shared with the Eurovision fans. Radio International is extemely delight to do that on this week's edition of the show. It is important to note that the retired Gianni Mascolo was quite a well known individual having also made it through to the first nights of the Sanremo competition back in 1965. It is extremely rare to find artists who represented their nations in the prestigious music showcase before the seventies and therefore, this is a rare treat. In the meantime, other interviews with artists from the 2012 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will also be aired during the programme.

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Sweden have had quite the history in the Eurovision Song Contest, having only failed to make it through to the final only once, that coming in 2010 when Anna Bergendahl had performed the track This Is My Life finishing in eleventh place. The Scandinavian country won the competition five times kicking off with ABBA's Waterloo in 1974, followed by The Herreys ten years later in 1984 with Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley. Then with Carola in 1991 when she won with Fangad Av En Stormvind before more success continued in 1999 as Charlotte took the honours with Take Me To Your Heaven and of course most recently in 2012 noting the Loreen victory with Euphoria. Apart from these successes, Sweden has managed to finish in the top ten on a large number of occasions becoming one of the most notable nations when it comes to the event. The entries which will be analysed are those between 2005 and 2008. Make sure to tune into the programme tomorrow night to witness all of the happenings live as soon as they are broadcast in The Netherlands. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com who will be bringing you all of the latest news about the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in due course.

Source: Team of Radio International

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Tuesday, 27 November 2012 16:05

JESC 2012: The Final Night on Saturday

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest was a flagship production of the European Broadcasting Union back in 2003 with the hope of creating a competition similar to the adult showcase produced each year for the younger generation and it seemed like things had succeeded before broadcasters started noting that the costs were slightly too high with the rating going down year on year. The buzz around the junior event was not the same and this is surely noted by the amount of journalists that tend to cover the event. Nevertheless, the team of Radio International based in The Netherlands will be covering this years' event taking place in the Heineken Music Hall within Amsterdam, the capital of the aforementioned nation. In fact, the focus of the programme tomorrow will be the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and the twelve participating nations. Unfortunately for the second year running, Malta has decided not to take part in the event with the funds previous used to compete, being put into the participation within the senior edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

The official website of Radio International will as always be transmitting the show between 20:00 and 23:00 CET tomorrow evening unless you live in The Netherlands where you could listen in on 106.4 FM or Digital Cable 41. The competing nations in this years' edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest which will be staged on Saturday are Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Georgia, Israel, Moldova, The Netherlands, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine respectively. These have been presented in alphabetical order. Members of the Team of Radio International will be present at the event and conduct interviews with the young artists which you can hear during the shows around the day of the competition itself. Listeners during the show could also request their respective favourite entries from the past editions of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest during this weeks' edition of Radio International. Nevertheless, there is going to be a number of features tomorrow evening including the spotlight on Sweden due to the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest and of course, the weekly quiz with the chance to win some fantastic prizes. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news with regards to the Eurovision Song Contest and the local music scene as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Team of Radio International

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The seasonal changes that are brought about during the year very much reflect a variety of things including the elements of scheduling with fall somewhat heading into winter and therefore signifying that whatever has been planned will most likely continue to be put into action. Following that break during the summer months in which a prerecorded set of programmes where presented to audiences all around the continent, the Team of Radio International returns for yet another week. They would like all of the readers of escflashmalta.com and beyond to tune in to enjoy an Ultimate Eurovision Experience. The show is broadcast in The Netherlands on 106.4 FM as well as Digital Cable 41 but people can also follow through the internet on the official website where the programme will also be webcast through a video channel. The show will as always be running between 20:00 and 23:00 CET on Wednesday evening. There a number of surprises during this weeks' edition as Juergen Boernig and the rest of his team have made it their task to prove the show special on a weekly business.

Premier focus on this weeks' edition of Radio International is definitely on Sirusho who many will surely remember taking to the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2008 with the track Qele Qele  helping to achieve the best result for Armenia at the continent event thus far, that being a very respectable fourth place finish. The nation which she representative has an impeccable record at the event having reached eighth place in 2006 thanks to Andre, another eighth place in 2007 with Hayko, then fourth position with Sirusho, tenth place for Inga and Anush in 2009 and seventh place for Eva Rivas before Emmy breaking the trend and failing to qualify in 2011. Sirusho is a well known performer in her native country and has released a number of tracks since participating in the Eurovision Song Contest. Many people in Malta will remember her for being a guest during the Malta Eurosong in 2010 and also as the interval act of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2011. It is also worth pointing out that OGAE Portugal invited Sirusho to the Eurovision Live Concert which took place last September in Setubal, as she is quite popular. This is where we had the pleasure to interview the beautiful singer.

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The second interview in the show this week is actually with the Vice President of the OGAE Club in Germany where the annual club convention is set to take place on the 24th November, days before the announcement of the semi-finalists of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2013. This is a point to be noted down due to the fact that one of the guests is none other than Fabrizio Faniello who represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest twice but is back with another track entitled An Everlasting Dream. Amongst the others guests woh will be presented are Darja Svajger who represented Slovenia in 1995 and 1999 and Ott Lepland, the Estonian representative earlier this year. In the meantime, Dr. Thomas Schreiber from ARD, will also be present to introduce the Germany National Selection in 2013 which is rumoured to include around twelve finalists in a multi-artist and entry song selection. The Vice President, Anke Jonschker will be in the studio to talk about this years' convention as well as future plans.

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Despite the fact that Malta is not competing in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, more coverage of the event is now expected on Radio International and escflashmalta.com due to the fact that the date is growing closer. This year, the event being held in The Netherlands is set to take place on the 1st December and will comprise of twelve countries;  Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Georgia, Israel, Moldova, Netherlands, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine. Three of the aforementioned nations are actually making their debut and therefore, it will be interesting to see how they fare as this could be the element of why they would ultimately return next year. The show will be starting at 20:15 CET and will be televised by all of the participating countries as well as the official website of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest where most information about each of the acts could be found. Members of the Team of Radio International will be present at the event and conduct interviews with the young artists which you can hear during the shows around the 01 December 2012.

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Sweden have had quite the history in the Eurovision Song Contest, having only failed to make it through to the final only once, that coming in 2010 when Anna Bergendahl had performed the track This Is My Life finishing in eleventh place. The Scandinavian country won the competition five times kicking off with ABBA's Waterloo in 1974, followed by The Herreys ten years later in 1984 with Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley. Then with Carola in 1991 when she won with Fangad Av En Stormvind before more success continued in 1999 as Charlotte took the honours with Take Me To Your Heaven and of course most recently in 2012 noting the Loreen victory with Euphoria. Apart from these successes, Sweden has managed to finish in the top ten on a large number of occasions becoming one of the most notable nations when it comes to the event. Make sure to tune into the programme tomorrow night to witness all of the happenings live as soon as they are broadcast in The Netherlands. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com who will be bringing you all of the latest news about the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in the coming hours, days, weeks and months. 

Source: Team of Radio International

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