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Juergen Boernig

Juergen Boernig

The Team of Radio International is back from sunny Azerbaijan, Baku and would like to invite to join the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. The Show is broadcast on 106.8FM and Digital Cabel 41 in the Netherlands and also via the internet via www.radiointernational.tv and will also be web-televised via the show's own Live Video Channel via the website. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET this Wednesday.

Eurovision Song Contest Spotlight - Eurovision 2012: The After-show Party:  

The 57th Eurovision Song Contest was staged last Saturday in Baku and each of our Eurovision Correspondants will each week be giving us their assessment of how they watched the shows and what they think of it. Of course, it goes without saying, it is spiced with their choice of songs from this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Starting of this new mini-series is Dermot Manning who is our Irish voice in the Team.

Interview with Loreen - The Winner of the 57th Eurovision Song Contest (Sweden 2012):  

Millions of viewers and  thousands of live audience in the Baku Crystal Arena witnessed the and voted for Sweden to win the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 with the song "Euphoria" with a total of 372 points out of which 18 countries awarded to Sweden the famous Douze Points. Lilian, Roger and JP had the big pleasure to do an exclusive interview with Loreen at the hotel prior winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. Listen to this interview on this week's edition of the show.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqYtlpZ-9N4

Euro Friends Song Contest 2012 with Andy Simon: 

Continuing next week with the Euro Friends Song Contest in search for the ultimate Eurovision song as voted for by the many fans around the world.  Andy  Simon joins us again next week to reveal the qualifiers for the next round.  The website of the Euro Friends Song Contest you will find here where you can easily vote for your favourite Eurovision song per country and also see The Euro-Friends TV Show as hosted by Andy Simon. You can also join the Facebook Group here.  Andy is back next week and then looks at the next qualifiers from Heat 49 (France). 

Interview with Ausben Jorden - Loreen's Dancer (Sweden 2012):  

During the performance of "Euphoria" Loreen is joined by Ausben Jordan her dancer. Ausben has been dancing with many famous acts such as Madonna. The Team of Radio International had the pleasure of conducting an interview with him.

Interview with Željko Joksimovic (Serbia 2012):  

Serbia once again was represented by one of the elite singers of the Balkans -  Željko Joksimovic who is no stranger to the fans of the Eurovision Song Contest. He came 2nd in 2004 with the fabulous "Lane moje" which at that time he represented Serbia & Montenegro with. Then he composed the entry for Bosnia & Herzegowina in 2006 called "Leyla" performed by Hari Mata Hari reaching Number 3. Željko Joksimovic was also the co-host of the 2008 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which came from Belgrade and in 2012 he took 3rd position at the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku with "Nije Ljubav Stvar ". After his second Press Conference JP was joined by Garrett Mulhall for an interview with the singer. More interviews with the 2012 Eurostars will be on the next editions of Radio International. Watch out for them every Wednesday.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9x9VbJzaDQ

Eurovision Song Contest News with Luke Fisher from escXtra.com:

Check out the latest developments connected to the Eurovision Song Contest. Whether it is music releases of Eurovision performers, appearances, special concerts, gossip, news, etc. Luke will have the latest updates during this week's edition of the show.

LIVE Interview with Fabrizio Faniello

Fabrizio Faniello is currently in Germany and Radio International has been contacted and offered this interview with the Maltese singer who brought us a remarkable Number 9 sound in the Eurovision Song Contest 2001 called "Another summer night" and in 2006 Fabrizio Faniello landed at Number 24 with "I do". He has been participating in the Maltese National Selection in 2011 with "I surrender" coming 4th and this year "I will fight for you - Papa's song" reaching Number 6. Radio International is extremely happy to be chatting with Fabrizio Faniello during the show linking up with him in Germany to find out more about his upcoming plans and how he lived through Eurovision 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziW3Ed-wIww

Eurovision Music Requests/Eurovision Quiz:

A big part of the show is playing listeners' requests. Submit your requests and / or greetings to your Eurovision friends through Radio International via the CONTACT Link on www.radiointernational.tv. But also don’t miss out on the weekly Eurovision Quiz where you can win a dip into the freshly filled up Goodies Bag or pick a Eurovision Song Contest from the past on DVD. 

Join Radio International on Wednesday, 16 May 2012 from 2000 - 2300 hours CET, via the website or on FM. Radio International is available live via www.radiointernational.tv and on FM 106.8 and Digital Cabel Channel 41 in parts of the Netherlands. Should you not be able to listen live, the show will appear in the Programme’s Show Archive a few hours after it’s airing on the radio.

Source: Radio International, Eurovision.tv

When the list of finalists in Romania was initially released, there was quite a buzz going on with regards to the fact that one of the groups had a massive fan base behind them and had already gained recognition in the music industry. The group Mandinga had initally come in the top three true but did not win the playback phase of the competition but then performed great live and ended up being the winners with the song Zaleilah. In recent days, the popularity of the group has expanded far beyond Romania following two strong performances and therefore, it might be a case of a surprise at this years' music competition.

This is actually the fourteenth appearance of Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest and following years of disappoinment, they managed to succeed on a number of occasions and have not failed to make the final in any of their respective attempts. In the past two years, they finished fourth in the semi-final and one of those entries entitled Playing With Fire finished in third place in the long run giving the country the best result ever tying it with Luminita Anghel and Sistem. In this interview, Juergen Boernig and Lilian Brunell speak to the group about their experience in Baku thus far as well as their clothing selections amongst other things.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llbWCyJM3iU

The Team of Radio International would like to invite to join the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. The Show is broadcast on 106.8FM and Digital Cabel 41 in the Netherlands and also via the internet via www.radiointernational.tv and will also be web-televised via the show's own Live Video Channel via the website. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET this Wednesday.

Eurovision in Concert 2012: 

Last Saturday, 21 April 2012, the annual Eurovision Music extravaganza took place in Amsterdam for the fourth time where this year is a record of 24 countries' representatives performed their entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 which will come from Baku, Azerbaijan on May 22, 24 and 26. The event was a full success with an early start for the artists and journalists meeting in the delegation hotel in Amsterdam for the first session of interviews. After a Word of Welcome from EBU's Sietse Bakker the artists were taken by boat to the centre of Amsterdam for their soundcheck in the venue for the evening - The Melkweg. That also included the second session of interviews with the many international media that was accredited. The Team of Radio International in combination with Poplight from Sweden were also present to conduct as many interviews as possible with the 2012 Hopefulls. This week on Radio International listen to interviews with the representatives of Austria, Belarus, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, San Marino and Switzerland.

Interview with Litesound (Belarus 2012):

After Anastasia Vinnekova's "I love Belarus" in 2011 which did not qualify Belarus for the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 Belarus tries it this time with a young Rock & Pop Band by the name of Litesound. The band is composed of the two brothers Dmitry and Vladimir Karyakin, and Italian singer Jacopo Massa and will perform "We are the Heroes" which is definitely a grower. Belarus will be in Semi Final 2 on Thursday, 24 May 2012 at Number 5. Eric & JP met the singers at the annual Eurovision Promotion event in Brussels last weekend and had the big pleasure of an extensive interview.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnJZG0eyavs

Interview with Donny Montell (Lithuania 2012):   

Lithuania will be represented by young singer Donny Montell who will perform the song "Love is blind" which will go into the competition in Semi Final 2 at Number 18. Donny was also part of the guest list of Eurovision in Concert 2012 in Amsterdam on 21 April 2012 and the team of Radio International had the pleasure of a short interview with the singer.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28Zel35BCwo

Interview with Mandinga (Romania 2012):  

In 2011 Hotel FM represented Romania at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Change". This year Romania sends in the happy sounds of Romanian Group Mandinga who is a mix of Romanian and Cuban members. The song is called "Zaleilah" and is based in Mandinga's Dance during the peformance. But more details you can hear in the interview on this week's show. Romania will be in Semi Final 1 at Number 6. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VH2t9LpRGQk

Eurovision Song Contest Sportlight - Eurovision 2012 - The Team's Favourites:  

Last week Dermot Manning gave us his lists of the Top 10 what he thinks will be ending up in the Top Ten but also what his favourite Top 10 of the 57th Eurovision Song Contest are. This week is the turn of Alasdair Rendall. 

Interview with Valentina Monetta (San Marino 2012): 

2012 is the third time for San Marino to take part at the Eurovision Song Contest after Mio Dio in 2008 and Senit in 2011. This year San Marino teamed up with German Song Writer Ralph Siegel who delivered the "Social Network Song" which will be performed by Valentina Monetta at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Semi Final 1 at Number 11. Radio International interviewed the young lady during Eurovision in Concert 2012 in Amsterdam on 21 April 2012.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqwBh9hq9PE

Euro Friends Song Contest 2012 with Andy Simon:

Continuing with the Euro Friends Song Contest in search for the ultimate Eurovision song as voted for by the many fans around the world. Andy  Simon joins us every week to reveal the qualifiers for the next round.  The website of the Euro Friends Song Contest www.euro-friends.com where you can easily vote for your favourite Eurovision song per country and also see The Euro-Friends TV Show as hosted by Andy Simon. You can also join the Facebook Group. This week Andy looks at the next qualifiers from Heat 47 (United Kingdom).

Interview with Sinplus (Switzerland 2012):  

Gabriel & Ivan are Sinplus and were also on the guest list of Eurovision in Concert but as well part if the Eurovision Promo Event in Brussels on 29 April 2012. There Radio International's Eric chattet with the boys about the preprations for Baku. "Unbreakable" is the Eurovision entry of Switzerland  in Semi Final 1 at Number 7. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yX1dIK9vuc

Eurovision Song Contest News with Luke Fisher from escXtra.com:

Check out the latest developments connected to the Eurovision Song Contest. Whether it is music releases of Eurovision performers, appearances, special concerts, gossip, news, etc. Luke will have the latest updates during this week's edition of the show.

Interview with the Trackshittaz (Austria 2012):  

Part of the guest line-up at Eurovision in Concert was also the Austrian representatives to the 57th Eurovision Song Contest - the Trackshittaz who will perform "Woki mit deim Popo" in Semi Final 1 at Number 16. This song is in total contrast to what the country sent in 2011 when Nadine Beiler performed "The Secret is Love". You either love or hate "Woki mit deim Popo". Check out the interview the Team of Radio International did at the event with the Rappers from Austria.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKQf8Z5uWQ8

Eurovision Music Requests/Eurovision Quiz:

A big part of the show is playing listeners' requests. Submit your requests and / or greetings to your Eurovision friends through Radio International via the CONTACT Link on www.radiointernational.tv or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. But also don’t miss out on the weekly Eurovision Quiz where you can win something.

Interview with Filipa Sousa (Portugal 2012):  

The winner of the Portuguese national selection to the Eurovision Song Contest called Festival da Canacao this year is Filipa Sousa who is the Portuguese Ambassador at the 57th Eurovision Song Contes. Unlike last year with Homens da Luta, Filipa bring back to Eurovision the traditional "Fado-like" sounds of Portugal to Eurovision in the song "Vida Minha" (My Life) which wil be in Semi Final 2 at Number 6. Listen to a short interview with the singer done at Eurovision in Concert 2012. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPJUJHLGhA8

Join Radio International on Wednesday, 02 May 2012 from 2000 - 2300 hours CET, via the website or on FM. Radio International is available live via www.radiointernational.tv and on FM 106.8 and Digital Cabel Channel 41 in parts of the Netherlands. Should you not be able to listen live, the show will appear in the Programme’s Show Archive a few hours after it’s airing on the radio.

Source: Team of Radio International

The Team of Radio International would like to invite to join the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. The Show is broadcast on 106.8FM and Digital Cabel 41 in the Netherlands and also via the internet via www.radiointernational.tv and will also be web-televised via the show's own Live Video Channel via the website. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET this Wednesday.

Interview with Jedward (Ireland 2011 and 2012):  

Lilian, Eric and JP had the big pleasure to interview Jedward at the recent Eurovision in Concert event in Amsterdam. Jeward already competed at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 reaching 8th place with "Lipstick" and in a national selection earlier on this year the Irish Nation selected Jedward again to represent Ireland again at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, Azerbaijan with the song "Waterline". Last week Radio International aired the interview with Jedward's Mentor and 1992 Eurovision Song Contest Winner - Linda Martin who will be accompanying Jedward also to Baku. But this week on Radio International enjoy the crazy twins in interview. 

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

Eurovision in Concert 2012:  

Last Saturday, 21 April 2012, the annual Eurovision Music extravaganza took place in Amsterdam for the fourth time where this year is a record of 24 countries' representatives performed their entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 which will come from Baku, Azerbaijan on May 22, 24 and 26. The event was a full success with an early start for the artists and journalists meeting in the delegation hotel in Amsterdam for the first session of interviews. After a Word of Welcome from EBU's Sietse Bakker the artists were taken by boat to the centre of Amsterdam for their soundcheck in the venue for the evening - The Melkweg. That also included the second session of interviews with the many international media that was accredited. The Team of Radio International in combination with Poplight from Sweden were also present to conduct as many interviews as possible with the 2012 Hopefulls. This week on Radio International listen to interviews with the representatives of Azerbaijan, Ireland, Latvia, Moldova and Slovenia.   

Interview with Sabina Babayeva (Azerbaijan 2012):  

The host country Azerbaijan where the 57th Eurovision Song Contest takes place will be represented by Sabina Babayeva. In 2011 Eldar & Nigar won the Eurovision Song Contest with "Running Scared" with this victory taking the contest to Baku, Azerbaijan. Following in the footsteps is now the song "When the music dies" which is already qualified and competes in the Grand Final on Saturday, 26 May 2012 on lucky Number 13. Listen to a short interview with the singer which was done last weekend in Amsterdam at Eurovision in Concert.  

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

Eurovision Song Contest Sportlight - Eurovision in Concert 2012 Recap:  

The Radio International Irish Voice will be returning on this week's edition of Radio International - Dermot Manning who will be taking a look back at Europe's biggest promotion event that happened last weekend in Amsterdam - Eurovision in Concert 2012 with 24 artists performing their country's entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. Dermot will be chatting about the most memorable moments on the show this week.  

Interview with Anmary (Latvia 2012):  

Number 4 in Semi Final 1 of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 is the starting position for this year's entry from Latvia - Anmary who will be performing "Beautiful Song" on Tuesday, 22 May 2012. Anmary was also part of the line-up of Eurovision in Concert last weekend in Amsterdam. Lilian and JP interviewed the singer which you can hear during this week's edition of the show.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CzSRTGq6Ds

Euro Friends Song Contest 2012 with Andy Simon:

Continuing with the Euro Friends Song Contest in search for the ultimate Eurovision song as voted for by the many fans around the world. Andy  Simon joins us every week to reveal the qualifiers for the next round.  The website of the Euro Friends Song Contest www.euro-friends.com where you can easily vote for your favourite Eurovision song per country and also see The Euro-Friends TV Show as hosted by Andy Simon. You can also join the Facebook Group. This week Andy looks at the next qualifiers from Heat 46 (Netherlands).

Interview with Eva Boto (Slovenia 2012): 

This year's entry from Slovenia is performed by Eva Boto who will be competing in Semi FInal 2 at Number 9 with the song "Verjamem" with this following in the footsteps of Maya Keuc who reached Number 13 in the Grand Final in 2011 with the song "No One". Let's see if this year Eva can top that result for Slovenia. Eva was also part of Eurovision in Concert in Amsterdam last weekend where the Team of Radio International met the very young singer for a brief interviews which you can hear during this week's edition of Radio International. 

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

Eurovision Song Contest News with Luke Fisher from escXtra.com:

Check out the latest developments connected to the Eurovision Song Contest. Whether it is music releases of Eurovision performers, appearances, special concerts, gossip, news, etc. Luke will have the latest updates during this week's edition of the show.

Interview with Pasha Parfeny (Moldova 2012):  

Moldova this year will be represented by Pasha Parfeny whose entry to the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is called "Lautar" and will bein Semi Final 1 on Tuesday, 22 May 2012 at Number 17. Pasha was also in the line-up of Eurovision in Concert 2012 in Amsterdam last weekend and also became an "interview victim" when Lilian Brunell caught up with the singer awaiting his soundcheck. Listen to this interview with week on Radio International.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H7AILnPoio

Eurovision Music Requests/Eurovision Quiz:

A big part of the show is playing listeners' requests. Submit your requests and / or greetings to your Eurovision friends through Radio International via the CONTACT Link on www.radiointernational.tv or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. But also don’t miss out on the weekly Eurovision Quiz where you can win something.

Join Radio International on Wednesday, 25 April 2012 from 2000 - 2300 hours CET, via the website or on FM. Radio International is available live via www.radiointernational.tv and on FM 106.8 and Digital Cabel Channel 41 in parts of the Netherlands. Should you not be able to listen live, the show will appear in the Programme’s Show Archive a few hours after it’s airing on the radio.

Source: Team of Radio International

The Team of Radio International would like to invite you to the weekly Ultimative Eurovision Experience. Apart from the means of FM Radio in the Netherlands on FM 106.8 and the audio stream from the studio and on Digital Cable 41 in the Netherlands, the show will also be web-televised via the Radio International Television Channel from the studio and linking up the European Eurovision fans and friends and play your requests and read your messages out on air.

The Sounds of Azerbaijan: The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) previously known as the London Azerbaijan Society. Its objective is to promote Azerbaijani culture, business and public affairs to international audiences, and create to a sense of community for expatriate Azerbaijanis. TEAS supports Radio International during the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 and with the weekly edition of the show it will bring you the finest artists of Azerbaijan a bit closer. 

Live Interview with Eleftheria Eleftheriou (Greece 2012): Eleftheria translated means Freedom and is the name of the Greek representative to the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. She will be performing a powerful pop song with wonderful Greek elements called "Aphrodisiac" which will start at Number 3 in Semi Final 1 on Tuesday, 22 May 2012. Watch our for this live interview coming live from the heart of Athens. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isPtzi5cxBg

Eurovision Song Contest Spotlight - "Mysterious Eurovision Performers" with Chris Poppe: Great to see Chris returning for the Mysterious Eurovision Winners' Quiz where Chris gives some verbal clues and two musical clues. Audience joining us live this Wednesday have a chance to win something in this when you are the first to let us know who Chris has wrapped up in his clues. Enjoy this thrilling quiz. :)

Live Interview with Tooji (Norway 2012): Norway will be represented by young energetic Tooji who will perform the song "Stay" in Semi Final 2 on the 24 May 2012. Starting position is Number 16. Looking forward to having Tooji on the show this week.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOdRFtwTzb8

Eurovision Song Contest News with Luke Fisher:  Check out the latest developments connected to the Eurovision Song Contest. Whether it is music releases of Eurovision performers, appearances, special concerts, gossip, news, etc Luke will have all the updates for us during the weekly edition of Radio International. 

Live Interview with Kurt Calleja (Malta 2012): Just in this afternoon is also that Malta's Ambassador to the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 - Kurt Calleja will be joining us for the Eurovision Interview Marathon during this week's edition of Radio International. "This is the night" was co-produced in Sweden and was selected by the Maltese public together with the international jury at the beginning of February 2012 and will be starting in Semi Final 2 at Number 4 on 24 May 2012. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjhBsCop3Ys

Eurovision News Website: escXtra.com:  Luke Fisher is also the  Editor - in - Chief of the Eurovision News website called escXtra.com. Check our more and EXTRA news on the Eurovision Song Contest by visiting the website here.  

Live Interview with Izabo (Israel 2012): Also just confirmed to be on on the show this week is Israel's retro-enty performer Izabo who will be performing the song "Time" in Semi Final 1 at Number 10 on Tuesday, 22 May 2012.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWMH6ID6Enc

Euro Friends Song Contest 2012 with Andy Simon: The next season of the Euro Friends Song Contest is under way in search for the ultimate Eurovision song as voted for by the many fans around the world.  Andy  Simon joins us every week to reveal the qualifiers for the next round.  The website of the Euro Friends Song Contest you will find here where you can easily vote for your favourite Eurovision song per country and also see The Euro-Friends TV Show as hosted by Andy Simon. You can also join the Facebook Group here. This week Andy looks at the next qualifiers from Heats 43 (Spain). 

There will be the usual bits and pieces such the Eurovision Quiz, your Eurovision Music Requests and messages, Eurovision Calendar Items and the Eurovision News as they happen. Your views and requests are welcome and quiz answers can be sent via the website's CONTACT link. As for the quiz answers, you have time until 2359 hours the Tuesday after Radio International was aired live. That gives the chance for the listeners who were not able to join us live on Wednesdays to participate in the quiz and the draw for the prize. Our friends who pick Radio International up via EurovisiOradio.eu can also participate at the weekly quiz. 

Join us at our usual time live on Wednesday, 04 April 2012  from 2000 - 2400 hours CET via 106.8FM & Digital Cable Channel Number 41 in the Netherlands or via the station's LISTEN LIVE. Should you not be able to listen live or missed any show fear not as the shows are available as "Listen Again" in the Show Archive or you can subscribe to the PODCAST.

Source: Team of Radio International

The Radio International Team returns to the studio this week bringing you all the usual bits and pieces. JP was in Malta for the week meeting some of Malta's finest and most talented singers. See below who he got in front of the microphone this time. 

Animae Gospel Choir featuring Glen Vella (Malta 2011):

The second edition of Malta's Animae Gospel Choir took place last weekend in the legendary MCC (Mediterranean Conference Centre) of Valetta in Malta where many Maltese National Finals to the Eurovision Song Contest took place. That was where also two of the members of the Animae Gospel Choir namely Glen Vella (Malta 2011) and Debbie Scerri (Malta 1997) won the National Final and with this the right to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest.  Both nights were sell out nights in front of an audience of over 1500 each night with standing ovations to the 21 piece choir. JP spoke to the founder of this choir Glen Vella and to the Musical Director Pamela Bezzina who was backing vocalist for Glen Vella's "One Life" and Thea Garrett's "My Dream" at the Eurovision Song Contest.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9YRL_pHxvU

Euro Friends Song Contest 2012 with Andy Simon:

The next season of the Euro Friends Song Contest is under way in search for the ultimate Eurovision song as voted for by the many fans around the world.  Andy  Simon joins us every week to reveal the qualifiers for the next round.  The website of the Euro Friends Song Contest you will find here where you can easily vote for your favourite Eurovision song per country and also see The Euro-Friends TV Show as hosted by Andy Simon. You can also join the Facebook Group here. This week Andy looks at the next qualifiers from Heats 42 (Norway). 

Interview with Debbie Scerri (Malta 1997):  

One of the leading voices of the Animae Gospel Choir singing the Soprano is Debbie Screrri who represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1997 with the song "Let me fly" reaching a respectable Number 9. Debbie won the National Final in 1997 in the same venue where the Animae Gospel Choir perfromed last weekend -  the Mediterraenean Conference Centre or MCC. Listen to an interview with Debbie on the show. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFsovgK7B10

Eurovision Song Contest Spotlight - "The National Finals so far" with Marcus Keppel-Palmer:

This week it is the final look at the National Final Season for the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 where our Eurovision specialists are taking a weekly look at the songs that have been selected for Baku. Marcus returns to the airwaves of Radio International this week to take a look at the final songs that have been selected to represent their country at the Eurovsion Song Contest 2012 in Baku: Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegowina, San Marino and the United Kingdom.

Interview with Julie Zahra of Julie & Ludwig (Malta 2004):  

At the Aftershow Party of the Animae Gospel Choir at the Valetta Waterfront which is a group of restaurants, JP coincidentally met Julie Zahra who together with Ludwig sang as Julie & Ludwig at the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest the song "On again .... off again" reaching Number 12. Listen to a brief interview with Julie in this week's edition of Radio International. 

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

Eurovision Song Contest News with Luke Fisher:

Check out the latest developments connected to the Eurovision Song Contest. Whether it is music releases of Eurovision performers, appearances, special concerts, gossip, news, etc Luke will have all the updates for us during the weekly edition of Radio International.

Interview with Thea Saliba (JESC 2005):  

Thea launched her latest song and video on Friday 23 March 2012 officially with a launch compain where JP was the host of the event. Thea's latest offering is called "Let the music start it" which was produced in Germany and hits the music shops within the next days and the song is also available online and will be played on the radio stations. Hear a short interview with Thea on the show this week and you can see at this link some of the photos from the launch of "Let the music start it". Enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4DYPLSl_GE

There will be the usual bits and pieces such the Eurovision Quiz, your Eurovision Music Requests and messages, Eurovision Calendar Items and the Eurovision News as they happen. Your views and requests are welcome and quiz answers can be sent via the website's CONTACT link. As for the quiz answers, you have time until 2359 hours the Tuesday after Radio International was aired live. That gives the chance for the listeners who were not able to join us live on Wednesdays to participate in the quiz and the draw for the prize. Our friends who pick Radio International up via EurovisiOradio.eu can also participate at the weekly quiz. 

Join us at our usual time live on Wednesday, 28 March 2012  from 2000 - 2300 hours CET via 106.8FM & Digital Cable Channel Number 41 in the Netherlands or via the station's LISTEN LIVE. Should you not be able to listen live or missed any show fear not as the shows are available as "Listen Again" in the Show Archive or you can subscribe to the PODCAST. For this check out the Show Archive.

Source: Team of Radio International

The Team of Radio International would like to invite to join the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. The Show is broadcast on 106.8FM and Digital Cable 41 in the Netherlands and also via the internet via www.radiointernational.tv and will also be web-televised via the show's own Live Video Channel via the website. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET this Wednesday.

Melodifestivalen 2012 - Sweden's selection to the Eurovision Song Contest 2012

Melodifestivalen 2012 is Sweden's biggest music event of the year where the Swedish nation select their most popular song which subsequently is used as the countries entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku in May. More than 3000 songs were submitted which were narrowed down to a Top 32 competing in a number of qualification Heats, four Semi Finals and a Second Chance Round. Last Saturday night in the big Melodiffestivalen Final for 2012 Sweden's public and an international juries voted for Loreen to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku with the song "Euphoria" which received a record number of televotes ever in the history of the contest (670551 televotes making it 32.7% of the voting public). The legendary Globen Arena in Stockholm which was the home of the Eurovision Song Contest 2000 where Denmark's Olson Brothers won with "Fly in the wings of Love" was the venue where the ten finalist competed for the ticket to Baku. The Team of Radio International and www.escflashmalta.com were on location and did many interviews you can hear in this week's edition of Radio International.

Melodifestivalen 2012 Interviews with

Loreen (Euphoria), Danny Saucedo (Amazing), Ulrik Munther (Soldiers), David Lindgren (Shout It Out), Molly Sandén (Why Am I Crying), Top Cats (Baby Doll), Dead by April (Mystery), Lisa Miskovsky (Why Start A Fire), Sean Banan (Sean den foerste Banan), The Presenters (Sarah Dawn Finer, Helena Bergstroem & Gina Dirawi), Last year's Winner and Sweden's Choice for Eurovision Song Contest 2011 - Eric Saade, Love Generation (Semi Final 3), Thomas G:son - the Composer of the winning song.

Euro Friends Song Contest 2012 with Andy Simon

The next season of the Euro Friends Song Contest is under way in search for the ultimate Eurovision song as voted for by the many fans around the world.  Andy  Simon joins us every week to reveal the qualifiers for the next round.  The website of the Euro Friends Song Contest you will find here where you can easily vote for your favourite Eurovision song per country and also see The Euro-Friends TV Show as hosted by Andy Simon. You can also join the Facebook Group here. This week Andy looks at the next qualifiers from Heats 41 (Finland).

Interview with Helena Paparizou (Eurovision Winner Greece 2005)

The Swedish-born Greek singer won the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 in Kiev, Ukraine for Greece with the song "My Number One". Helena Paparizou was the Interval Act of this year's Melodifestivalen while all the votes were counted in Stockholm. The singer performed a fantastic jazzy version of last year's entry from Sweden to the Eurovision Song Contest by Eric Saade called  "Popular". Eric and JP met the singer at the Aftershow Party for an interview.

Maltese Artist Spotlight

Malta is a country with so much great music talents however, the country lacks of a record company which promotes the Maltese Music outside Malta. With Radio International we try to bring into the spotlight some of the big talents there is in Malta. Continuing a new series this week Radio International will broadcast each week an interview with a Maltese artists. - Due to the large number of interviews from Melodifestivalen 2012 this week there will not be a Maltese Artist Spotlight. However, next week on Radio International there will be more focus on the Maltese Music Scene with interviews and music from Fabrizo Faniello, Claudia Faniello, Gianni Zammit, Corazon and more. Watch out for those on next week's edition of the show.

Eurovision Song Contest Spotlight - "The National Finals so far" with Dermot Manning

Until the end of the National Final Season for the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 the  series continuous this week on Radio International  where our specialists are taking a weekly look at the songs that have been selected for Baku so far or some of the highlights in the various heats of the National Finals. The Irish voice on Radio International takes a look at the songs that have been selected to represent their country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku: Greece, Moldova, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Sweden who have all selected in the past couple of days.

Eurovision Song Contest News with Luke Fisher from escXtra.com

Check out the latest developments connected to the Eurovision Song Contest. Whether it is music releases of Eurovision performers, appearances, special concerts, gossip, news, etc. Luke will have the latest updates during this week's edition of the show.

Eurovision Music Requests/Eurovision Quiz

A big part of the show is playing listeners' requests. Submit your requests and / or greetings to your Eurovision friends through Radio International via the CONTACT Link on www.radiointernational.tv. But also don’t miss out on the weekly Eurovision Quiz where you can win something. For more details though, make sure to visit either our official page on Radio International's official website or through the blog found on Eurovision Family.

Join Radio International on Wednesday, 14 March 2012 from 2000 - 2300 hours CET, via the website or on FM. Radio International is available live via www.radiointernational.tv and on FM 106.8 and Digital Cabel Channel 41 in parts of the Netherlands. Should you not be able to listen live, the show will appear in the Programme’s Show Archive a few hours after it’s airing on the radio.

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The Team of Radio International would like to invite to join the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. The Show is broadcast on 106.8FM and Digital Cabel 41 in the Netherlands and also via the internet via www.radiointernational.tv and will also be web-televised via the show's own Live Video Channel via the website. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET this Wednesday.

Special Edition of Radio International:

This week is a rather special edition of the weekly Eurovision Radio International with most of the team being away on holidays. JP is "home alone" in the studio playing the listeners' requests we have been adding to the Radio International Request List. Also this week features some of the interviews which were done during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012 at the beginning of February 2012. Please note that during this special show we are not able to take any of your music requests this week as we are already playing your requests during this particular show. However, the show returns to the normal format next week taking all of your requests.

Interview with Fabrizio Faniello (Malta 2001 & 2006):

Fabrizo Faniello took part twice at the Eurovision Song Contest being in 2001 and 2006. In 2001 it was with "Another Summer Night" reaching Number 9 in Copenhagen and then in Athens reaching Number 24 for Malta with the song "I do". Fabrizio is a regular guest on Radio International and in 2012 he also took part in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012 trying to represent Malta for a third time at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku with the song "I will fight for you (Papa's Song)" which unfortunately was not selected by the Maltese public and the international jury during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012. The song reached Number 6 in the Final. Listen to the interview the Team of Radio International did with Fabrizio Faniello on location at the Malta Fair and Convention Centre during the rehearsals.

Interview with Claudia Faniello (Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012):

Claudia is Fabrizio Faniello's sister and also a huge artist on the Malta Music Scene. In the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012 which is the show selecting the song that represents Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 she came second with the song "Pure". Claudia has been attempting to get the ticket for the Eurovision Song Contest a number of times since 2006 until 2012 whereas her most notable number is "Caravaggio" from 2008 where she had two songs in the Malta Song for Europe. She is a very diverse singer and presents every year a different type of genre to the Malta public. The Team of Radio International had the big pleasure of an indebt interview with the Maltese singer after her rehearsal which you can hear on this week's edition of Radio International.

Interview with Corazon (Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012):

Corazon is a new voice in the Malta Music Scene and has surprised many viewers of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012 with her first entry called "Mystifying Eyes" which came 10th in the competition. The Team of Radio International also had the pleasure to be chatting with Corazon during her rehearsal about her music breakthrough and carerr in Malta plus more. Tune in to listen to the interview on this week's edition of Radio International. Enjoy the interview!

Interview with Gianni (Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012):

"Petals on a rose" was the soft rock offereing of Gianni Zammit and his band trying to win the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012. He successfully qualified the song into the final in Malta reaching Number 4. Gianni is a great musician, owns his own radio station in Malta and is a fun guy. JP interviewed Gianni during the rehearsals for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012. Listen to it during this week's special edition of Radio International

Interview with Annalise Ellul (Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012):

Annalies Ellul performed the lively and upbeat "Woop it up" in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012 and unfortunately did not qulify for the Final although it was tipped to be the favourite to even win the national final in Malta. Listen to the interview JP did with Annalies Ellul during her rehearsals.

Join Radio International on Wednesday, 21 March 2012 from 2000 - 2300 hours CET, via the website or on FM. Radio International is available live via www.radiointernational.tv and on FM 106.8 and Digital Cable Channel 41 in parts of the Netherlands. Should you not be able to listen live, the show will appear in the Programme’s Show Archive a few hours after it’s airing on the radio.

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The Team of Radio International would like to invite to join the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. The Show is broadcast on 106.8FM and Digital Cable 41 in the Netherlands and also via the internet via www.radiointernational.tv and will also be web-televised via the show's own Live Video Channel via the website. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET this Wednesday.

Interview with Compact Disco (Hungary 2012):

Saturday, 11 February 2012 the nation of Hungary selected their entry to the 57th Eurovision Song Contest which takes place on 22, 24 & 26 May 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. In the Jury was last year's Hungarian hopeful Wolf Kati who with "What about my dream" reached successfully the Grand Final and then ranking Hungary at Number 22. Together with her jury colleagues Compact Disco was selected out of eight finalists in the TV show called A Dal. The show received a record viewing figures. Hungary 's song for Eurovision 2012 is called "The Sound of our Hearts". Listen to the interview done right after the Press Conference in a studio of MTV.

Eurovision Song Contest Spotlight - "The National Finals so far" with Ross Bennett:

Until the end of the National Final Season  for the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 (10 March 2012) the Radio International Eurovision specialists will be taking a weekly look at the songs that have been selected for Baku so far. Ross will take a look at some highlights from National Finals and Semi Finals of Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden and Ukraine.

Interview with Kati Wolf (Hungary 2012):

As mentioned above Kati Wolf was part of the jury of this year's national final in Hungary to select the best song to go to Baku to represent Hungary at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. Lilian and JP from Radio International met the singer after the show for an interview about her past, present and future career.

Euro Friends Song Contest 2012 with Andy Simon:

The next season of the Euro Friends Song Contest is under way in search for the ultimate Eurovision song as voted for by the many fans around the world.  Andy  Simon joins us every week to reveal the qualifiers for the next round.  The website of the Euro Friends Song Contest www.euro-friends.com where you can easily vote for your favourite Eurovision song per country and also see The Euro-Friends TV Show as hosted by Andy Simon. You can also join the Facebook Group. This week Andy looks at the next qualifiers from Heats 36 (Luxembourg).

Winner Interview with Kurt Calleja (Malta 2012):

On 04 February 2012 the Maltese broadcaster pbs presented to the viewers the 16 finalists that made it from the Semi Final from the day before into the Final which was staged in Malta's Fairs and Convention Centre (MFCC) in Ta'Qali in the heart of Malta. The show was called "The Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012" and the Maltese nation together with an international panel voted for the song "This is the night" performed by Kurt Calleja who will represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku in Semi Final 2. The Team of Radio International made two interviews with Kurt. One before the contest which you will hear next week and the other one right after the Winner's Press Conference.

Eurovision Song Contest News with Luke Fisher from escXtra.com:

Check out the latest developments connected to the Eurovision Song Contest. Whether it is music releases of Eurovision performers, appearances, special concerts, gossip, news, etc. Luke will have the latest updates during this week's edition of the show.

Interview with Anggun (France 2012):

During the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012 which was held last weekend Angun presented the French entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 called "Echo - You and I". The native Indonesian and French citizen has a given the Team of Radio International a very nice interview you can also enjoy on this week's show. One copy of the promotional CD can be won during the show.For details listen to the show.

Eurovision Music Requests/Eurovision Quiz:

A big part of the show is playing listeners' requests. Submit your requests and / or greetings to your Eurovision friends through Radio International via the CONTACT Link on www.radiointernational.tv or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. But also don’t miss out on the weekly Eurovision Quiz where you can win something.For more details, make sure to tune in either to our official website or through the blog found on the official portal of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Radio International

The Team of Radio International would like to invite to join the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. The Show is broadcast on 106.8FM and Digital Cable 41 in the Netherlands and also via the internet via www.radiointernational.tv and will also be web-televised via the show's own Live Video Channel via the website. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET this Wednesday.

Interview with Joan Franka (Netherlands 2012):

He Nationaale Songfestival or the Dutch National Final to the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 took place on Sunday, 26 February 2012 in the Media Park of Hilversum where the Dutch nation as well as the Jury selected Joan Franka to represent the Netherlands in Baku with the song "You and me". Joan appeared on stage in an Indian outfit supported by a happy bunch of "Indian" musicians.  The Team of Radio International as well es escXtra.com where on location in the show and in the Press Centre and conducted an interview with Joan after her Winner's Press Conference. Enjoy this interview in this week's edition of Radio International. For full results of the Dutch Selection click here. You will also be able to hear the interviews with the Runner Up Pearl and Ivan who came third.

Eurovision Song Contest Spotlight - "The National Finals so far" with Alasdair Rendall:

Until the end of the National Final Season  for the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 (10 March 2011) the new series continuous this week on Radio International  where our Eurovision specialists are taking a weekly look at the songs that have been selected for Baku so far or some of the highlights in the various heats of the National Finals.  The Irish voice on Radio International takes a look at the songs that have been selected to represent their country at the Eurovsion Song Contest 2012 in Baku: Austria, Belarus, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands and Slovenia.

Maltese Artist Spotlight - Amber:

Malta is a country with so much great music talents however, the country lacks of a record company which promotes the Maltese Music outside Malta. With Radio International we try to bring into the spotlight some of the big talents there is in Malta. Continuing a new series this week Radio International will broadcast each week an interview with a Maltese artists. This week hear the interview with Amber. Relatively new to the Malta Music Scene is a great voice - Amber who had two song in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2011 namely, "Touch Wood" and "Catch 22" whereas the latter advanced to the Final and reached Number 13. Amber also took part in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012 with the song "Answer in your eyes" reaching a remarkable third place. JP had the pleasure to chat with Amber during the rehearsals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012. Listen to find out more about the young artist.

Euro Friends Song Contest 2012 with Andy Simon:

The next season of the Euro Friends Song Contest is under way in search for the ultimate Eurovision song as voted for by the many fans around the world.  Andy  Simon joins us every week to reveal the qualifiers for the next round.  The website of the Euro Friends Song Contest www.euro-friends.com where you can easily vote for your favourite Eurovision song per country and also see The Euro-Friends TV Show as hosted by Andy Simon. You can also join the Facebook Group. This week Andy looks at the next qualifiers from Heat 39 (Ireland).

Interview with Teach-In's Getty Kaspers (Dutch Winner of the 1975 Eurovision Song Contest):

Many former Dutch entrants to the Eurovision Song Contest were also invited guests in the audience of the Dutch National Final this year with the likes of Justine Pelmelay (NL 1989), Marcha (NL 1987), Ben Cramer (NL 1973), Marilbelle (NL 1984), Frizzle Sizzle (NL 1986), Harmony (NL 1978), Sieneke (NL 2010) and Getty Kaspers of Teach-In who still holds the last Dutch victory at the Eurovision Song Contest with "Ding-a-dong" in 1975.  The Team of Radio International had the big pleasure of interviewing some of the previous performers such as Getty and Rosina from Harmony which you can hear during this week's edition of Radio International.

Eurovision Song Contest News with Luke Fisher from escXtra.com:

Check out the latest developments connected to the Eurovision Song Contest. Whether it is music releases of Eurovision performers, appearances, special concerts, gossip, news, etc. Luke will have the latest updates during this week's edition of the show.

Interview with Pernilla Karlsson (Finland 2012):

YLE, the Finish public broadcaster organised this year's national selection of Finland (Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu) to select the the song that will represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku. The selection process involved five Semi Finals and the Final which was held in Helsinki's Ice Hall on Saturday, 25 February 2012. At the end of the show Pernilla Karlsson won the ticket to Baku to represent the Suomen at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song entitled "När jag blundar" (When I close my eyes). Lilian and JP were present and interviewed Pernilla and also had a small chat with her parents after the Winner's Press Conference. You can hear it all here on Radio International this week.

Eurovision Music Requests/Eurovision Quiz:

A big part of the show is playing listeners' requests. Submit your requests and / or greetings to your Eurovision friends through Radio International via the CONTACT Link on www.radiointernational.tv or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. But also don’t miss out on the weekly Eurovision Quiz where you can win something. For more details about the programme, please access the official website of Radio International or even the blog through the popular fan portal known as Eurovision Family.

Join Radio International on Wednesday, 29 February 2012 from 2000 - 2300 hours CET, via the website or on FM. Radio International is available live via www.radiointernational.tv and on FM 106.8 and Digital Cable Channel 41 in parts of the Netherlands. Should you not be able to listen live, the show will appear in the Programme’s Show Archive a few hours after it’s airing on the radio.

Source: Team of Radio International