Sunday, 31 March 2013

Croatia: An English version released with a beautiful video-clip!

Klapa s mora have released an English version of their ESC entry, entitled Hard Times, with a video-clip which show some of Croatia's most beautiful scenery. I now wanna visit Croatia!

The English version is very nice, some bits are hard to understand, but the original version is one hundred percent better! It just sounds much better in it's native toung - more natural. The video-clip is part of the Croatian tourist board, which shows some awesome views and scenery in Croatia! It looks wonderful - I would personally love to visit sometime in the future. Croatia competes in the first semi final and will perform fourth, after Slovenia and before Denmark. Can it qualify? I don't think so, maybe it could squeeze past with help from the jury!

Here's the official video-clip! And the live performance, in Croatian which is so so much better! <3

Introducing 2013: Norway!

I have decided to take a look at each entry this year, in a lead-up to the contest! There are 39 countries participating this year, all aiming to win in Malmo (well, some don't wanna win!) Turkey, Portugal, Slovakia and Bosnia & Herzegovina decided to withdraw this year, which was a shame, so lets hope they'll decide to return for 2014! I have drawn all the countries randomly and today it's Norway's turn.

Margaret Berger - I Feed You My Love!

Norway is one of the bookies favourites this year! Margaret Breger is taking I Feed You My Life to Sweden as she won Melodi Grand Prix last month. I must admit I didn't really liked any of the songs from MGP this year, apart from the winner and Bombo. Norway selected their winner on 9th February, as did Finland too. The Norwegian entry is by far one of my favourites - in my top five - and I would love to see it do well but I'm rather sceptical. Why? I don't think this has enough appeal on a wider scale, I just can't see people voting for it. The intro could be rather off-putting.

It will qualify to final with ease, I'm sure! But then in the final... I think it could flop like Kati Wolf did in 2011. Maybe I'll be wrong, I hope I'll be wrong anyway - it would be great to see this one do well. If I had any advice for Margaret, she must change that dress, it looks awful. She needs a goddamn stylist! But her voice is the most important thing and she has an awesome voice, perfect for this song I wish her the best of luck and let's applaud for selecting something completely different!
You put a knife against my back
And you dare me to face the attack
You say, “For cowards there’s no reward”
Enjoy the live performance!

And studio...

Another good song from their NF...


Saturday, 30 March 2013

Happy Easter!

¡Felices Pascuas! I wish everyone who celebrates it a Happy Easter tomorrow! Have a great time with your family/friends and eat as much chocolate as humanly possible (that's my plan anyway)! Stay tuned for more from my introductory series, some new covers and several editorials! <3

For my dear readers, here's the instrumental version of Believe In Me..

Introducing 2013: Romania!

I have decided to take a look at each entry this year, in a lead-up to the contest! There are 39 countries participating this year, all aiming to win in Malmo (well, some don't wanna win!) Turkey, Portugal, Slovakia and Bosnia & Herzegovina decided to withdraw this year, which was a shame, so lets hope they'll decide to return for 2014! I have drawn all the countries randomly and today it's Romania's turn...

Cesar - It's My Life!

The Romanian national final was one of the better ones this year, shame they choose to worst song. Ceser does have a good voice and the song is OK until he starts singing high pitched. Then it's a total and utter disaster! I'm really hate the Romanian entry this year - at least I can actually sit through the Latvian and Swedish ones, but this has beat me many times. It's just horrendous. I'm sick of talking about this horrible song...

Let's take a look at their NF! It was a great show, with some awesome songs. My favourites were Electric FenceLuminiţa AnghelAl Mike feat. Renee Santana,Natalia Barbu and even Geta Burlacu but she didn't make the final 32. There were so many other good songs and they really selected the worse for Malmo. Another thing which sucks is that Ceser will close the second semi final. Normally Romania sends great songs to ESC, hopefully they'll return next year with a song which doesn't make the ears bleed. Could this make the final? Maybe - what a scary thought! Uh, and the lyrics are cheesy as hell!
It’s my life and I know it’s not forever It’s my life and I’ll share it all with you...
Here it is, well done if you can listen to the whole damned thing! I can't...


Friday, 29 March 2013

France: Anggun and Natasha St Pier duet together!

Two of France's greatest musicians have teamed up for one special duet. It was only released last week and has had thousands of views on YouTube... ^^

Their new masterpiece is called Vivre D'amour - and it's going to feature on Anggun's new album Her new album will feature her greatest hits including a remake of Snow on the Sahara - it will be released next month. Natasha St Pier is possibly one of the most famous artists from France, internationally and internally. And she is my favourite French artist - narrowly beating Patricia Kaas. Anggun is also really popular both in Europe and Asia, but you all now that - she is a superstar with a beautiful velvety voice! I expect to see this song do very well, especially in the French charts. Do you like this new track? Je le veux!

Download it on iTunes here! Enjoy it... <3

Sweden: Take a look at the acoustic version of "You"!

Robin Stjernberg has been working hard in the studio and released an acoustic version of You! This version has already had thousands of views on YouTube and over 600 likes - it was only released this morning...

It's stripped back, much better and the original. Personally I find the the original horrible, it's one of my least favourites this year - but I love the acoustic version. His voice sound so much better here, all we hear is a piano melody and no other instruments - because the original version had more electro beats than Slovenia (and that's saying something!). I think this will do really well in May, it's the host country and it's that type of song people will vote for... Even though I won't be one of them!

Enjoy it here! Still think this was the rightful winner in Sweden though...

Introducing 2013: FYR Macedonia!

I have decided to take a look at each entry this year, in a lead-up to the contest! There are 39 countries participating this year, all aiming to win in Malmo (well, some don't wanna win!) Turkey, Portugal, Slovakia and Bosnia & Herzegovina decided to withdraw this year, which was a shame, so lets hope they'll decide to return for 2014! I have drawn all the countries randomly and today it's FYR Macedonia's turn...

Esma Redžepova & Vlatko Lozanosk - Pred Da Se Razdeni!

The Macedonians are represented by the queen of Gypsy music and a local pop star! An interesting concept, I agree, but for some bizarre reason it really works. The country selected internally, like they did with Kaliopi last year. On 28th February Imperija was released through a special TV show but the video-clip was taken down just 24 hours after the release as it angered the Greeks as it fetrued some statue which they believe is theirs. Then it was announced that the song would be revamped with lyrical changes, because the song didn't go down well among the Macedonians. A week later, MRT confirmed that it will be changed for a completely different song.

Then on 15th March Pred Da Se Razdeni was made public. Unlike Imperija, it received negative feedback from the whole of Europe - very few like this song. They think that Esma ruins it - but I think that she is the best aspect of it I like the song but I still think that their original song would've been much better. Do you like the Macedonian song? Or would you of preferred Imperija? FYR Macedonia is the new Belarus!!!! HAHA! I'm pleased they're sticking to Macedonian - well they had too, Esma speaks very little English...
Me i Esma ake giljavav Tu mare vilen me ka takjarav...
Here it is...

Their first choice...

One of Vlatok's hits...


Thursday, 28 March 2013

Denmark: Emmelie de Forest - "We will definitely be top 5"!

Emmelie de Forest is confident she can bring Denmark to a respectable position this May. She's been speaking to her friends at and said that Denmark will definitely be top five this year! It's clearly one of the favourites...

But is she just be arrogant? I don't think so, it does come across rather big-headed though. Her song is one of the best this year, if not the best, but can it stand out to a larger audience? That's my worry. Remember Kati Wolf? Getter Janni? Anggun? All major favourites which flopped! Every year there's countries which are expected to do well and don't. Could Denmark be that country this year? I doubt it but she must nail it vocally and she does have little experience on the big stage. Could she crack under the pressure? How we can predict anything at the moment...

But most people want Copenhagen 2014...

Slovenia: Hannah releases "Straight Into Love" video-clip!

The Slovenian video-clip has just been released! It's undergone a minor revamp, which it needed, and now it sounds much more cleaner. It's an awesome video-clip - very well put together!

Hannah has a great voice, she sung it on Slovenia TV a few weeks ago, so there's no worries there. Slovenia will perform 3rd int he first semi final - it could have been much worse for them. Estonia will perform before Hannah then Croatia will follow - this'll really stand out, as Estonia and Croatia are slower. Straight Into Love reminds me of Cascada's work - but louder! Well done Hannah - you have done a really good job here. You can follow her on Twitter here, I do!

Here it is...

Malmo 2013: Here's the running order!

The running order for the semi finals were released this morning and there's some surprises. It will make a better show I guess however I just can't understand some decisions...

Why the hell is Romania closing the second semi? I just hope they won't qualify but I think now they are really likely too... Damn! Austria will open the first semi - good choice, and Estonia follows. The Netherlands have a risky draw - their drawn between Ukraine and Montenegro, I can't see that working in Anouk's favours... Another thing I'm not happy about is that Latvia open the second semi, what a stupid decision. Then San Marinio is drawn second - not good news for them! I'm pleased Israel got a good draw - in between Greece and Armenia, so the Israeli's will stand out. Here's the full draw...

Semifinal one:
  1. Austria
  2. Estonia
  3. Slovenia
  4. Croatia
  5. Denmark
  6. Russia
  7. Ukraine
  8. The Netherlands
  9. Montenegro
  10. Lithuania
  11. Belarus
  12. Moldova
  13. Ireland
  14. Cyprus
  15. Belgium
  16. Serbia
Semifinal two:
  1. Latvia
  2. San Marino
  3. F.Y.R. Macedonia
  4. Azerbaijan
  5. Finland
  6. Malta
  7. Bulgaria
  8. Iceland
  9. Greece
  10. Israel
  11. Armenia
  12. Hungary
  13. Norway
  14. Albania
  15. Georgia
  16. Switzerland
  17. Romania

Introducing 2013: Spain!

I have decided to take a look at each entry this year, in a lead-up to the contest! There are 39 countries participating this year, all aiming to win in Malmo (well, some don't wanna win!) Turkey, Portugal, Slovakia and Bosnia & Herzegovina decided to withdraw this year, which was a shame, so lets hope they'll decide to return for 2014! I have drawn all the countries randomly and today it's Spain's turn...

El Sueño de Morfeo - Contigo Hasta el Final! 

Firstly, I bet y'all thinking why "Only Love Is Real"? Have you seen Raquel's foot! I knew that was gonna be a tough one! If you got it then a massive well done! OK, so Spain this year is represented by ESDM (El Sueño de Morfeo) with the beautiful Contigo Hasta el Final. It's not a favourite among fans and I can't understand why, its awesome! Raquel does have a voice people either love or hate and the song doesn't really go nowhere I must admit... But it is a great piece of music and I love the Celtic influences.

ESDM are very popular in Spain and when their participation was confirmed, everyone went euphoric (see what I did there?) but there was disappointment when the songs were released. I was a little disappointed too but all four songs are good and they did choose the best one. The national final took place 26th February, on a Tuesday night, where the group performed three songs - it was clear that their favourite was Contigo Hasta el Final too. The music video was filmed in Asturias, it's the best video-clip this year I think. Abulously stunning, Raquel and the scenery! I hope this will do well in Malmo but I have a feeling it will fail, I have the same about France too. As always, ESDM sing in Spanish (my favourite language!). <3
Eres esa luz  que a través del universo  tú, me invitas a viajar...
Bueno Suerte...

The national final performance...

Another favourite from their NF...

Their biggest hit...


Cyprus: Participation not in doubt!

I do feel sorry for the poor Cypriots - they are going through really hard times financially but their participation in Malmo is not in doubt. The composer of the song confirmed that Cyprus will not withdraw, as previously rumoured, read it here.

Cypriots have not been able to access their bank accounts for a week now - the government is taking money from peoples savings to keep the countries economic situation above water. I'm sure this was a tough decision for the government  The Cypriot broadcaster also confineds that the country will participate - they said all the rumours about withdrawing are untrue. This begs the question, what if Despina Olympiou won with An Me Thimasai? Cyprus wouldn't be able to host it, nor would Greece and Turkey isn't participating this year...

Here's the Cypriot entry and we will see it Malmo, thankfully...

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Introducing 2013: Bulgaria!

I have decided to take a look at each entry this year, in a lead-up to the contest! There are 39 countries participating this year, all aiming to win in Malmo (well, some don't wanna win!) Turkey, Portugal, Slovakia and Bosnia & Herzegovina decided to withdraw this year, which was a shame, so lets hope they'll decide to return for 2014! I have drawn all the countries randomly and today it's Bulgaria's turn...

Elitsa Todorova & Stoyan Yankoulov - Samo Shampioni!

The duo which came 5th in 2007 for Bulgaria have returned! BNT, the Bulgarian broadcaster, have tried various genres over the years but none of these proved successful. Elitsa and Stoyan were therefore asked to return and they accepted the offer immediately! There was a small national final on 3rd March where they performed three songs to the Bulgarian public and jury. Much to Europe's disappointment, Kismet became victorious but a week later Samo Shampioni was announced as the Bulgarian entry. Why? Because they couldn't come to an agreement with the composer of the Kismet. And apparently Elitsa didn't want Kismet to win so she'll be pleased it got changed.

Samo Shampioni isn't going to win the contest but I'm sure we will see it in the final! Like all their music, we hear traditional Bulgarian sounds with electronic beats - and drums! Unfortunately, the song is not being received positively among fans but that was the case in 2007 too and look what happened... I can see that their music isn't to every bodies taste but I love it! It's in my top ten and I would be really disappointed if they stayed in the semi. Bulgaria competes in the second semi final!
Samo divi, samo shampioni,  zlatni momtzi, momi za milioni...
Enjoy! Would you like to see Bulgaria back in the final?

The withdrawn entry...

Their 2007 effort...


Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Montenegro: "Igranka" proving more popular than expected!

The Montenegrin music-video has already had 740,000 views on YouTube - that's extraordinary! It comes as a shock because I didn't think this would be received well among fans. It's storming ahead of all other participants this year, take a look here - almost doubling Austria, which is the second most watched video-clip this year.

Igranka has also been nominated for a MTV award, and to vote for it just click here! It's one of my favourites, I especially love the chorus  Well done "Who See?" - I'm sorry for doubting you! I am thinking they can make the final, why? People will vote for it, and the duo and Nina have both promised a surprising performance in Malmo! They promised it will not disappoint! Could we be heading to Podgorica in 2014?

Na-na-na-na igranku...

Introducing 2013: San Marino!

I have decided to take a look at each entry this year, in a lead-up to the contest! There are 39 countries participating this year, all aiming to win in Malmo (well, some don't wanna win!) Turkey, Portugal, Slovakia and Bosnia & Herzegovina decided to withdraw this year, which was a shame, so lets hope they'll decide to return for 2014! I have drawn all the countries randomly and it seems San Marino will have the pleasure in opening my little series...

Valentina Monetta - Crisalide! 

She failed to make the final in 2012, which was no surprise, but she's back and better than ever! Valentina Monetta has once again teamed up with ESC veteran Ralph Siegel! The presentation of Crisalide was held 15th March and received positive feedback from all across Europe. It's one of the strongest entries this year and I'm pretty sure it'll be the first entry from San Marino to qualify the final. Valentina is a skilled performer and the song last year did her absolutely no favours, even if she did pull it off vocally.

The video-clip is simply stunning, really professional. An English version is going to be recorded but Crisalide will remain in Italian for the contest - I'm pleasantly surprised their sticking to the native tongue. The small republic in Italy have never made the final, I think this years effort is their best - along with Senit from 2011! Here's a sample of the lyrics...
E tu vola, vola, vola via da te,
Sempre sola fino che un riflesso apparirà
With Valentina's superb vocal skills, this be in the final! She will compete in the first half of the second semi final, the draw will be announced Friday so we will know her exact position then - I think it could be great to see this opening the semi... Enjoy!

Valentina Monetta performing last summer.

Her entry from last year...


Monday, 25 March 2013

Georgia: "Waterfall" video-clip released!

Sorry I've been quiet recently - I'm preparing for this long introductory series! That will start towards the end of the week where I will review each song, going into their selection process deeply and inform y'all of background information on the artist!

But for now, how can we forget the Georgian entry? This years dark horse - the video is almost as impressive as the song! The video-clip was released about a week ago but I only saw it today - I must try to keep up! I wouldn't be surprised to see this win, Waterfall is a real contender. And Sophie and Nodi certainly have impressive vocal skills. I like it, don't want to win though...


Saturday, 23 March 2013

Bosnia & Herzegovina: Regina make a comeback!

Remember the group which represented Bosnia & Herzegovina in 2009? Well they've released a new video-clip which will feature on their new album!

It's entitled Na Balkanu - a great song, typical Balkan pop/rock! A music video has been online a few days now and has over 100 "likes" on YouTube! It was directed by  Andrija Dabić. I do like this song from Regina, but I don't think it's as good as their 2009 effort - that was truly awesome! One of the best Bosnian representations ever I think!

Watch the clip below...

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Slovenia: Hannah's filming the video-clip for "Straight Into Love"!

Firstly, I'm sorry I haven't been around much recently - recovering from the NF season! The official video-clip is currently being filmed in Slovenia. Hannah has uploaded several photographs onto her Facebook page this evening and it's looking very nice indeed...

It seems there will also being a new version presented soon of Straight Into Love - this is one of Slovenia's best entries in a long time. I'm really looking forward to seeing the video, and hearing the new version. It's set to be released in a few weeks time. Can you see Slovenia qualifying? I think there is a really strong chance of her making the final and achieving a reasonable position with the right production!

Here's a snippet, it sounds much better already!

For now though, lets enjoy the original...

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Malmo 2013: Preview photos of the stage revealed!

Some photographs of the stage will look have been released this morning. It looks very nice indeed, rather small, but cosy! Yes, I think cosy is a good word to describe it...

You can take a look at all the illustrations here! You could say this is like the 2010 stage but I can't really see it myself, apart from the shape. There will no LED's - this will benefit some songs, but I just can't see Marry Me on the stage at the moment. Nor can I the Romania entry - OK, maybe I don't want to see the Romanian song, who does? But for some of the entries like Italy, Norway and Russia, this kind of arrangement with benefit it greatly - everyone will be concentrating on the artists, and not the funky background! Did I actually say funky  Looking forward to see the real thing, but nothings going to beat 2009 is it? Or 2007, I also loved that stage...

Monday, 18 March 2013

Estonia: Birgit Õigemeel falls pregnant!

The blooming Estonian representative has some exiting news! She is pregnant and the new addition is expected in autumn...

She is currently on holiday in Dubai with her husband, and they say their exited but don't want to make a big deal of it yet. it's still an early stage of the pregnancy. Õigemeel will represent Estonia in Malmo, she has not been doing to well in the polls but I like it and it does make a decent Estonian representation - even if I wanted Winney Puhh to win! Aurela Gaçe was also pregnant when she participated back in 2011.

Congratulations guys! <3

Armenia: "Lonely Planet" gets a much needed revamp!

The Armenian entry goes from being one of my least favourites to one of my favourites now! Gor Sujyan and his band have been working on a new version and it's been officially presented this morning...

I like this kind of music anyway, so it's right up my street! The new version has already received lots of positive feedback online as the original was slaughtered. I'm not a fan of the video itself. The song was composed by Tony Iommi, Black Sabbath’s guitarist and a legend from the British rock scene! This does need a kick-ass perforamcne though, unlike the dreary one from the national final, I'm sure they will work on that anyway. Well done Armenia!

Here is the new version...

Malmo 2013: Official CD released 29th April!

The Head of Delegations are all currently meeting in Malmo and all 39 entries have been presented officially to the EBU this morning - this NF season is over!

Like every year the CD will be released just before the contest, and I'm looking forward to buying it! The CD is priced at €19.95, rather steep, but you can buy it cheaper on websites such as Play and Amazon - that's what I do anyway! We have also learnt that the running order will be announced 29th March - whatever happens there's going to be some controversy! There's going to be drama! I think it's a good idea but I doubt the broadcasters who get early positions won't... Who knows? Maybe it could work wonders!

All 39 songs are great in their own way, and stay tuned for some introductory series coming soon...

UPDATE - Sweden will perform in 16th position in the final, this has been decided by a random draw. The other Big 5 countries won't be drawn until all finalists are known, on 15th May. :)

Italy: Marco Mengoni picks "L’Essenziale"!

Today is the deadline where all entries must be send into the EBU and Italy is the last country to announce theirs. Thankfully, it will indeed be L’Essenziale - which he won Sanremo with a month ago.

It will all be official later but OGAE Italy confirmed that this will be his song for Malmo! A true masterpiece!  I'm really pleased they opted for this one and not just an album filler. Later today, the Head of Delegation meeting will take place in Malmo where several more details on the contest are expected to be announced. It was also confirmed yesterday that the Moldovan entry will be sung in Romania and not English... Weird decision but surely a great one!

Here's Italy... ^^

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Moldova: Aliona Moon wins with "A Million"!

Didn't quite get a million votes though did she? Aliona Moon has become victorious in Moldova after winning over the public and jury - which included Geta Burlacu!

Boris Covali won the televote, Aliona actually came 2nd with the public vote, but that he couldn't stop Aliona! The show was a long one, it started over three hours ago but it's still one of the quickest Moldovan finals - the one last year stretched over 5 hours if I remember correctly! I do like A Million but she really needs to re-think that staging! Could it look any more cheap? It's horrid! But the song is nice and with some work, and a decent presentation, this will easily be in the grand final. Pasha Parfeny wrote the song, and for the record I never got his entry last year... BTW - I think Aliona looks a bit like Natalia Barbu, or is it just my eyesight?

Now we know all 39 participants for 2013! They are a wonderful bunch (mostly)! I hope to start some introductory series leading up to the contest so stay tuned! Here it is...

Greece: "Alcohol is Free" video-clip presented!

How could I forget Greece? Koza Mostra and his boys have been busy recording the official video-clip for their entry, Alcohol is Free!

It seems they filmed it in some kind of warehouse and the vibe I get here is very Greek. Well, that sounds stupid as this IS Greek! I wasn't a fan of this when it was selected but it has grown and does make a decent representation.  And it's clear the Greeks are unable to host the contest but there's no change of that! I actually think this could be the shocker and not even make the final... I do like the video - it's great fun! Still, I think this was the weakest song in the Greek selection by far - but that's just personal opinion.

With the Moldovan selection taking place now and the Italian song yet to be released, the NF season is almost over... *SOBS!*

Moldova: National final season comes to an end!

It's a sad, sad day. We have endured over 20 national finals, numerous internal selections and loads of drama. It all comes to an end as tonight Moldova is the last country to pick their song through a televised show...

It seems Italian song is likely to be released officially today. Anyway, what's occurring in Moldova? Two semi finals have been held this week, I didn't see them but after catching up my absolute favourite is Aliona Moon. The selection is quite an interesting one and some of the performances don't leave much to the imagination... The show will start at 19:00 CET and is expected to last several hours. The Russian representative will perform her song as star guest! Here are the particinapts:

  1. Cristina V & Glam Girls – “Celebrate”
  2. Boris Covali – “Runaways”
  3. Cristina Croitoru & Karizma – “Never Fall Again”
  4. Svetlana Bogdanova – “Conquer My Heart”
  5. Nicoleta Gavriliţă – “Freaky Thong”
  6. Aurel Chirtoacă – “Iartă-Mă”
  7. Irina Kitoroagă – “L.o.v.e. Love”
  8. Anna Gulko – “Somebody Else”
  9. Vitalie Negruţa – “You’ll Be Mine”
  10. Cristina Scarlat – “I Pray”
  11. Doiniţa Gherman – “Planeta e un rai”
  12. Tatiana Heghea – “A Brighter Day”
  13. Felicia Dunaf – “Codename Felice”
  14. Aliona Moon – “A Million”

After tonight, all participants will be known and by Monday at the latest, all songs will be known! Here's my favourite and it seems a likely candidate...

I wouldn't mid this either...

Friday, 15 March 2013

France: Amandine Bourgeois gives it live!

Amandine Bourgeois performed L’enfer et moi live on French television yesterday. An awesome vocal performance and looking amazing than ever...

She is some rock chick! Fans haven't really been taking to this one, they say it's too boring and doesn't any spark. They also are mad because France 3 declined Anne Marie David's offer and went for Madame Bourgeois instead. She is a sassy lady and can certainly pull it off live. I wish France the best this year, a great successor to Anggun. Could it be Paris 2014? No chance!

The backing singers hear look rather scary! It starts around 3 minutes in...

Malta: "Tomorrow" video-clip presented tonight!

It's no lie that I'm not a fan of this song but I can appreciate it. Gianluca Bezzina treats us to the official music-video...

I actually get a retro feel from the video. He is simply sat in the park with some friends singing a simple song - the song may be a simple one but it sticks out. I still haven't recorded from the shock of this winning, there was over 10 songs which I think should've won that selection and then their was this one... I hope the performance will be simple in Malmo, a simple presentation for a simple song! The only countries left now are Moldova and Italy... The NF season is over!!! *WEEPS*

I guess this isn't too bad! See the video-clip below...

San Marino: Video-clip of "Crisalide" presented!

WOW! The video-clip is almost as good as the song itself! Monetta and SMTV have released the clip tonight through a special televised show...

I now pray we will see San Marino in the grand final, they deserve it this year. Most people are saying this is the weakest ESC for some years but I disagree. The majority of songs are good - I only dislike Romania, Latvia, Serbia and Greece. I was rather nervous whilst awaiting this entry from Valentina, I knew she has loads of potential but I heard Ralph Siegel would've given her some trash but luckily that's not the case this year. She will also attend "Eurovision in Concert" - which is in Amsterdam in April.

Here's the official video, bravo Valentina... <3

FYR Macedonia: "Pred da se razdeni" to Malmo!

The reaction for this one has already been really negative but it's awesome. I really love this! Esma and Vlatko will perform Pred da se razdeni in Malmo, which translates to Before the dawn - wasn't that a hit for Evanescence?

It replaces Imperija as that received loads of negative feedback by Macedonians and Greeks, so the broadcaster and duo decided to work on a new song completely - and it was released tonight! The song was premiered on the news and is composed by Darko Dimitrov, Magdalena Cvetkoska and Lazar Cvetkovski!

What do you think of the Macedonian entry? I actually prefer this a millions time to Imperija, I did like that, but this is more Esma's style and less "mainstream" - I hate mainstream music! HAHA! She also sings in the gypsy language...


Iceland: " Ég á Líf" stays in Icelandic!

Another country to reveal their official video-clip today is Iceland! It's a beautiful, the Icelandic scenery is splendid!

Eyþór is on a small wooden boat alone and then decides to jump in for some bizarre reason! But it's so nice to see the scenery - and there's also a cartoon sketch which is used, that's so sweet. It's one of the best video-clips this year. It was also announced today that he will record an English, Spanish and French version - they're be released soon. The song hasn't been changed much, only a few backing vocals added. I hope thus will qualify but I'm doubtful, it's in the stronger semi and I think voters won't pick the phone up - especially because they won't have a clue what he's singing...

The juries should love it though! Follow him on Twitter! Here it is... <3

Belgium: Here's the music video for "Love Kills"!

When this was released I hated it, we all did, but now it's really grown on me! This revamped version has saved Belgium and here's the video-clip, which was only released this morning!

Roberto Bellarosa looks like he has chest pains though, I'm not a fan of the video but the song is more important and it's a good song. Two lovely looking ladies are dancing around him, but the video-clip just so boring... I can't see the point of it. How will this do in Malmo? Will Belgium make the final? I think they could do it - but he must nail this live. And I hope they don't have a stupid stage performance either...

Enjoy... ^^

San Marino: "Crisalide" released!

The San Marinesse entry has just been released online ahead of it's presentation tonight. It's such a great song, very classy indeed...

Crisalide can be described as a ballad which turns uptempo towards the end. Tonight it will see the official presentation and the music video will also be released. The response on this has been very good indeed - many positive reactions! But I do hope they keep this in Italian, I think Valentina wants to sing in Italian in Malmo but the broadcaster would rather it was in English, wonder how that one will pan out! Well done San Marinio! Ralph Siegel. composed the song, and he has done a much better job than compared to the effort from last year...

It seems that the Macedonian song will also be presented tonight it seems! See it here!

Russia: "What If" video-clip presented!

The Russian entry is now one of my favourites! With this slight revamp, it's done the song the world of good, a powerful yet touching song!

The video-clip is very nice too. Dina sings in front of over 100 people and towards the end they all get to their feet and start swaying - like hippies! HAHA! I can see this being a huge success in Malmo - with a similar stage presentation to the one here in the video, it will reach the final with no worries. Could it be Moscow 2014? Don't rule that out...

Stay tuned for more music-videos! Here it is... <3

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Spain: "Contigo Hasta el Final" video-clip presented!

Another day, several music-video's presented! Spain is the next country to share theirs, as it was released online a few minutes ago...

This one features ponies, Spanish scenery and Raquel del Rosario - what more do you need? The song has had a few minor changes. I must say, I love it when Big 5 countries send respectable songs - they never really used too - but all the immediate finalists are great this year. Even though the Italian song has not been confirmed, all possible songs for Marco are beautiful! I wouldn't be surprised to see Spain with last position in Malmo, ESDM will get hardly any votes and I can't see the jury ranking it high - even with this confusing new voting system! Plus she isn't the best live!

Aqui lo tienes...

France: Official video-clip of "L'enfer Et Moi" online!

I was slightly doubtful when I first heard this yesterday but now after seeing the music video and listening to it more, I now love it!

The video-clip is awesome. Amandine stabs voodoo-dolls for some bizarre reason and looks rather angry but still sexy. She also looks drunk, or is that her normal image? I think France is going to be bottom 5 in Malmo, which would be a shame, but she may do well - I wonder what the stage performance will be like... Hopefully something similar to this video-clip! France now joins The Netherlands, Germany, Bulgaria, Spain and Denmark as one of my favourites.

Douze points pour Amandine...

Montenegro: "Igranka" presented to the world!

A few moments ago the Montenegrin entry was presented through a special show RTCG held.

The video-clip was presented and I have no idea how to describe it. Igranka was filmed a few weeks ago in Belgrade and it was recorded there too, "Who See" informed their fans they wouldn't disappoint... Well I am very disappointed! Could they qualify? I think there's a chance, this song stands out and with some crazy epic performance it could do. I will re-listen to this a few times over the coming days and see if it grows on me however I doubt that...

This one is really dividing fans opinion - some love this whilst others think it's on par with Romania... Spain is also going to present it's official video-clip tonight! Now ESDM won't disappoint me. <3 Here's Montenegro...

Azerbaijan: Farid Mamedov wins with "Hold Me"!

The sixth Azeri representative is Farid Mamedov! He won the national final in Azerbaijan with the song Hold Me! 

It's not bad but there's nothing special here. I don't dislike it, but the ballad does have some potential I think - they just need to change a few things, especially at the start. I wouldn't be surprised if he made the top ten - but there's no chance of going back to Baku next year. I will catch up with all the songs soon but this seems to be the most favoured among international fans. Hold Me is written by Dimitris Kontopoulos, John Ballard and Ralph Charlie. A music video is expected to be made...

Azerbaijan's entry...

UK: Bonnie Tyler was offered ESC 30 years ago!

The BBC approached Bonnie Tyler to represent the UK this year and she said yes, but some 30 years back this wasn't the case..

She declined the offer because she was too busy touring America and releasing new albums. But the singer isn't too busy now and has time on her hands... She's proud to represent the UK and is pleased the BBC offered her the gig! Bonnie was offered in 1983 to be precise, when the contest was held in Germany, but now after 30 years she has been given an awesome track she believes can do well and says...
"I'm still having success in Europe. I expect some votes from Germany, France and Scandinavia to start with. I hope I can win it, at least I'm gonna give my best shot!"
Bonnie also said she doesn't plan to wear leather in Malmo, not on stage anyways! HAHA! Here is the British entry, do us proud...

Switzerland: Heilsarmee becomes Takasa!

The Swiss representatives are now known as Takasa. This is because the name Heisarmee breached EBU rules as it promotes The Salvation Army...

Takasa, which means Pure in Swahili, also released their official video-clip today. Unfortunately, they had no choice in ditching the uniforms as it promotes The Salvation Army - the EBU rules state no organisation must be promoted and advertised through the contest. Which is right I guess. That's why San Marino got rid of the Facebook song... Even though I still think Carrousel or Chiara Dubey should of won the Swiss selection!

I do really like this one and it's one of my favourites. The new video-clip is awesome, pure genius! This is how they came up with Takasa...
“Sounds mysterious and embodies vitality, while keeping a meaning close to our spirituality.”
Bravo Switzerland...

Azerbaijan: Milli Seçim Turu ends tonight!

With Montenegro and apparently FYR Macedonia presented their entries tonight lets not forget about Azerbaijan! The Azeri national final will take place tonight at 18:00 CET and is expected to last just two hours.

The songs have already been selected for the participants - four have already been released. The Azeri selection has given us some laughs this year, all participants were expected to cover an ESC classic. There have been numerous Euphoria's, Kuula's and even a couple of Suus's! I hope their entry will be a good one. It would be nice to have some some traditional music from that area, but I guess we will get a Swedish composed song in English.

Tonight's participants...
  • Vugar Muradov
  • Ravana Aliyeva
  • Farah Hadiyeva
  • Leyla Aliyeva
  • Leyla Gafari
  • Farid Mammadov
  • Nigar Huseynova
  • Vlada Akhundova Valeriya Huseynzadeh 
  • Aysel Babayeva 
The highlight of the Azeri selection...

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