Tuesday, December 31, 2013

EUROVISION TOP 250

You voted and here it is, the countdown to the ultimate Eurovision entries from 1956 to 2013.... Listen at escradio live from 11 CET. This is the 6th edition already. Check out the previous winners here

1.(1) Loreen - Euphoria (Sweden 2012)*winner*
2. (3) Alexander Rybak - Fairytale (Norway 2009)*winner*
3. (5) Sertab Erener - Everyway that I can (Turkey 2003)*winner*
4. (NEW) Anouk - Birds (Netherlands 2013)
5. (4) Lena - Satellite (Germany 010)*winner*
6. (2) Pastora Soler - Quedate conmigo (Spain 2012)
7. (NEW) Emmelie De Forest - Only teardrops (Denmark 2013)*winner*
8. (7) Željko Joksimović - Lane moje (Serbia&Montenegro 2004)
9. (8) Elena Paparizou - My number one (Greece 2005)*winner*
10. (9) Marija Serifovic - Molitva (Serbia 2007)*winner*
11. (10) ABBA - Waterloo (Sweden 1974)*winner*
12. (6) Eric Saade - Popular (Sweden 2011)
13. (25) maNga - We could be the same (Turkey 2010)
14. (11) Yohanna - Is it true? (Iceland 2009)
15. (20) Ivi Adamou - La la love (Cyprus 2012)
16. (NEW) Valentina Monetta - Crisalide (San Marino 2013)
17. (15) Anabel Conde - Vuelve conmigo (Spain 1995)
18. (12) Rona Nishliu - Suus (Albania 2012)
19. (26) Secret Garden - Nocturne (Norway 1995)*winner*
20. (13) Urban Symphony - Rändajad (Estonia 2009)
21. (NEW) Farid Mammadov - Hold me now (Azerbaijan 2013)
22. (NEW) Zlata Ognevich - Gravity (Ukraine 2013)
23. (31) Hari Mata Hari - Lejla (Bosnia&Herzegovina 2006)
24. (17) Željko Joksimović - Nije ljubav stva (Serbia 2012)
25. (37) Hadise - Dum tek tek (Turkey 2009)
26. (36) Patricia Kaas - Et s'il faillat le faire (France 2009)
27. (NEW) Margaret Berger - I feed you my love (Norway 2013)
28. (29) Vania Fernandez - Senhora do mar (Portugal 2008)
29. (23) Danijela - Neka mi ne svane (Croatia 1998)
30. (14) Edyta Gorniak - To nie ja! (POland 1994)
31. (16) Katrina & The Waves - Love shine a light (UK 1997)*winner*
32. (NEW) Marco Mengoni - L'essenziale (Italy 2013)
33. (49) Kati Wolf - What about my dreams (Hungary 2011)
34. (32) Lordi - Hard rock hallelujah (Finland 2006)*winner*
35. (30) Mocedades - Eres tu (Spain 1973)
36. (39) Vicky Leandros - Après toi (Luxemburg 1972)*winner*
37. (27) Ott Lepland - Kuula (Estonia 2012)
38. (18) Anne Marie David - Tu te reconnaitras (Luxemburg 1973)*winner*
39. (38) Antique - Die for you (Greece 2000)
40. (43) Dima Bilan - Believe (Russia 2008)*winner*
41. (19) Charlotte Perrelli - Hero (Sweden 2008)
42. (59) Johnny Logan - Hold me now (Ireland 1987)*winner*
43. (22) Dana International - Diva (Israel 1998)*winner*
44. (21) Ani Lorak - Shady lady (Ukraine 2008)
45. (40) Mia Martini - Rapsodia (Italy 1992)
46. (NEW) Robin Stjernberg - You (Sweden 2013)
47. (28) Sirusho - Qélé, qéle  (Armenia 2008)
48. (51) Amina - Le dernier qui a parlé (France 1991)
49. (45) Safura - Drip drop (Azerbaijan 2010)
50. (41) Ruslana - Wild dances (Ukraine 2004)*winner*
51. (48) Aysel & Arash - Always (Azerbaijan 2009)
52. (35) Marie Myriam - L'oiseau et l'enfant (France 1977)*winner*
53. (53) Lena - Taken by a stranger (Germany 2011)
54. (NEW) ByeAlex - Kedvesem (Hungary 2013)
55. (44) Gréta Salomé & Jònsi - Never forget (Iceland 2012)
56. (61) Alice & Battiato - I treni di Tozeur (Italy 1984)
57. (new) Ell & Nikki - Running scared (Azerbaijan 2011)*winner*
58. (42) Céline Dion - Ne partez pas sans moi (Switzerland 1988)*winner*
59. (24) Shiri Maimon - Hasheket shenish'ar (Israel 2005)
60. (89) Kejsi Tola - Carry me in your dreams (Albania 2009)
61. (110) Rita - Shara barchovot (Israel 1990)
62. (64) Doris Dragovic - Marija Magdalena (Croatia 1999)
63. (NEW) Cascada - Glorious (Germany 2013)
64. (67) Jelena Tomasevic - Oro (Serbia 2008)
65. (81) Jedward - Lipstick (Ireland 2011)
66. (97) France Gall - Poupée de cire, poupée de son (Luxemburg 1965)
67. (131) Athena - For real (Turkey 2004)
68. (33) Carola - Invincible (Sweden 2006)
69. (70) Joy Fleming - Ein Lied kann eine Brücke sein (Germany 1975)
70. (NEW) Koza Mostra ft Agathon - Alcohol is free (Greece 2013)
71. (69) Kalomira- Secret combination (Greece 2008)
72. (75) Euroband - This is my life (Iceland 2008)
73. (54) Nina Zilli - L'amore è femmina (Out of love) (Italy 2012)
74. (57) Gali Atari & Milk and Honey - Hallelujah (Israel 1979)*winner*
75. (60) maja Keuc - No one (Slovenia 2011)
76. (66) Anna Vissi - Everything (Greece 2006)
77. (73) Hera Björk - Je ne sais quoi (Iceland 2010)
78. (62) Paula Seling & Ovi - Playing with fire (Romania 2010)
79. (71) Şebnem Paker & Grup Etnic - Dinle (Turkey 1997)
80. (106) Domenico Modugno - Nel blu dipinto di blu (Italy 1958)
81. (58) Sabina Babayeva - When the music dies (Azerbaijan 2012)
82. (34) Anna Maria Jopek - Ale jestem (Poland 1997)
83. (72) Natasha St-Pier - Je n'ai que mon âme (France 2001)
84. (55) Harel Skaat - Milim (Israel 2010)
85. (122) Eimear Quinn - The voice (Ireland 1996)
86. (108) Brainstorm - My star (Latvia 2000)
87. (46) Kaliopi - Crno i belo (Macedonia 2012)
88. (50) Edsilia Rombley - Hemel en aarde (Netherlands 1998)
89. (85) Tom Dice - Me and my guitar (Belgium 2010)
90. (47) Charlotte Nilsson - Take me to your heaven (Sweden 1999)*winner*
91. (78) Ofra Haza - Hi (Israel 1983)
92. (169) Duo Datz - Kan (israel 1991)
93. (NEW) Bonnie Tyler - Believe in me (UK 2013)
94.(119) Mandinga - Zaleilah (Romania 2012)
95. (new) Paul Oscar - Minn hinsti dans (Iceland 1998)
96. (96) Mihai Trăistariu - Tornerò (Romania 2006)
97. (77) Gigliola Cinquetti - Si (Italy 1974)
98. (94) Elisabeth Andreassen - I evighet (Norway 1996)
99. (107) Regina - Bistra voda (Bosnia&Herzegovina 2009)
100. (56) Dima Bilan - Never let you go (Russia 2006)
101. (100) Chiara - Angel (Malta 2005)
102. (104) Jedward - Waterline (Ireland 2012)
103. (109) Frida Boccara - Un jour, un enfant (France 1969)*winner*
104. (88) Gigliola Cinquetti - Non ho l'età (Italy 1964)*winner*
105. (68) Olsen Brothers - Fly on the wings of love (Denmark 2000)*winner'
106. (206) Mor Ve Ötesi - Deli (Turkey 2008)
107. (NEW) Krista Siegfrids - Marry me (Finland 2013)
108. (87) Roman Lob - Standing still (Germany 2012)
109. (NEW) Who See - Igranka (Montenegro 2013)
110. (105) Niamh Kavanagh - In your eyes (Ireland 1993)*winner'
111. (112) Jill Johnsson - Kärleken är... (Sweden 1998)
112. (86) Severine - Un banc, un arbre, une rue (Monaco 1971)*winner*
113. (159) Lisa Andreas - Stronger every moment (Cyprus 2004)
114. (NEW) Roberto Bellarosa - Love kills (Belgium 2013)
115. (114) Nicole - Ein bisschen Frieden (Germany 1982) *winner*
116. (NEW) Birgit - Et uus saaks alguse (Estonia 2013)
117. (NEW) Moran Mazor - Rak bishvilo (Israel 2013)
118. (127) Milan Stankovic -  Ovo je Balkan (Serbia 2010)
119. (144) Can Bonomo - LOve me back (Turkey 2012)
120. (90) Elitsa & Stoyan - Water (Bulgaria 2007)
121. (52) Jalisse - Fiumi di parole (Italy 1997)
122. (NEW) Aliona Moon - O mie (Moldova 2013)
123. (99) One More Time - Den volda (Sweden 1996)
124. (83) Dino Merlin - Rewind (Bosnia & Herzegovina 2011)
125. (130) Umberto Tozzi & Raf - Genti di mare (Italy 1987)
126. (NEW) Nathalie Kelly - Shine (Austria 2013)
127. (194) Alexandros Panayi - Sti fotia (Cyprus 1995)
128. (98) Chanée & N'Evergreen - In a moment like this (Denmark 2010)
129. (new) Betty Missiego - Su cancion (Spain 1979)
130. (80) Carola - Fängad av en stromvind (Sweden 1991) *winner*
131. (92) Getter Jaani - Rockefeller Street (Estonia 2011)
132. (171) Maggie McNeal - Amsterdam (Netherlands 1980)
133. (129) A Friend in London - New tomorrow (Denmark 2011)
134. (NEW) Eyþór Ingi - Ég á líf (Iceland 2013)
135. (146) Corinne Hermes - Si la vie est un cadeau (Luxembourg 1983) *winner*
136. (126) Paul Harrington & Charlie McKettigan - Rock'n roll kids (Ireland 1994) *winner*
137. (NEW) Dina Garipova - What if (Russia 2013)
138. (117) Azucar Moreno - Bandido (Spain 1990)
139. (93) Verka Serduchka - Dancing Lasha Tumbai (Ukraine 2007)
140. (120) Sakis Rouvas - Shake it (Greece 2004)
141. (166) Grethe & Jörgen Ingmann - Dansevise (Denmark 1966) *winner*
142. (185) Vanilla Ninja - Cool vibes (Switzerland 2005)
143. (191) Imaani - Where are you? (UK 1998)
144. (115) Raphael Gualazzi - Madness of love (Italy 2011)
145. (145) Gina G - Ooh aah... just a little bit (UK 1996)
146. (192) Maarja-Liis Ilus - Keelatud maa (Estonia 1997)
147. (141) Maarja-Liis Ilus & Ivo Linna Kaelakee hääl (Estonia 1996)
148. (163) Carola Häggkvist - Främling (Sweden 1983)
149. (79) Ruth Jaccott - Vrede (Netherlands 1993)
150. (157) t.A.T.u. - Ne ver, ne boisia (Russia 2003)
151. (63) Maria Haukaas Storeng - Hold on, be strong (Norway 2008)
152. (198) Peter, Sue & Marc - Io senza te (Switzerland 1981)
153. (180) Alyosha - Sweet people (Ukraine 2010)
154. (164) Selma - All out of luck (Iceland 1999)
155. (new) Soraya - La noche es para mi (Spain 2009)
156. (147) Eleftheria Eleftheriou - Aphrodisiac (Greece 2012)
157. (82) Anjeza Shahini - The image of you (Albania 2004)
158. (121) Birgitta Haukdal - Open your heart (Iceland 2003)
159. (new) Jan Johansen - Se på mig (Sweden 1995)
160. (new) Baby Doll - Brazil (Yogoslavia 1991)
161. (233) Xandee - 1life (Belgium 2004)
162. (new) Kenan Doğulu - Shake it up Şekerim (Turkey 2007)
163. (168) Loukas Giorgas ft. Stereo Mike - Watch my dance (Greece 2011)
164. (165) Sandra Kim - J'aime la vie (Belgium 1986) *winner*
165. (139) Johnny Logan - What's another year (Ireland 1980) *winner*
166. (158) Evridiki - Ime antropos ke ego (Cyprus 1994)
167. (113) Hanna Pakarinen - Leave me alone (Finland 2007)
168. (84) Luminita Anghel and Sistem - Let me try (Romania 2005)
169. (160) Tajci - Hajde da ludujemo (Yogoslavia 1990)
170. (102) Tooji - tay (Norway 2012)
171. (133) Jade Evans - It's my time (UK 2009)
172. (118) Didrik Solli-Tangen - My heart is yours (Norway 2010)
173. (111) Kristina - Horehronie (Slovakia 2010)
174. (183) Toto Cutugno - Insieme: 1992 (Italy 1990) *winner*
175. (189) Christine Guldrandsen - Alvedansen (Norway 2006)
176. (199) Tina Karol - Show me your love (Ukraine 2006)
177. (new) Aud Wilken - Fra Mols stil Skagen (Denmark 1995)
178. (new) Toše Proeski - Life (Macedonia 2004)
179. (153) Brotherhood of Men - Save your kisses for me (UK 1976) *winner*
180. (231) Bobbysocks - La det swinge (Norway 1985) *winner*
181. (215) Inga and Anush - Jan Jan (Armenia 2009)
182. (170) Boaz Mauda - The fire in your eyes (Israel 2008)
183. (154) Urban Trad - Sanomi (Belgium 2003)
184. (76) Tonicha - Menina (Portugal 1971)
185. (132) Buranovskyie Babushki - Party for everybody (Russia 2012)
186. (212) Michalis Hadzigiannis _ Genesis (Cyprus 1998)
187. (74) Dulce Pontes - Lusitana Paixao (Portugal 1991)
188. (103)  Semiha Yanki - Seninle bir dakika (Turkey 1975)
189. (181) Maribelle - Ik hou van jou (Netherlands 1984)
190. (172) Dmitry Koldun - Work your magic (Belarus 2007)
191. (new) Feminnem - Lako je sve (Croatia 2010)
192. (239) Cleopatra - Olou tou kosmou i elpida (Greece 1992)
193. (151) Amaury Vassili - Sognu (France 2011)
194. (123) Malena Ernman - La voix (Sweden 2009)
195. (91) Kate Ryan - Je t'adore (Belgium 2006)
196. (140) Sandrine Francois - Il faut du temps (France 2002)
197. (138) Alenka Gotar - Cvet z juga (Slovenia 2007)
198. (128) Nadine Beiler - The secret is love (Austria 2011)
199. (152) Sofi Marinova - Love unlimited (Bulgaria 2012)
200. (186) Anna Bergendahl - This is my life (Sweden 2010)
201. (136) Vicky Leandros - L'amour est bleu (Luxembourg 1967)
202. (150) No Name - Zauvijek moja (Serbia-Montenegro 2005)
203. (176) Blue - I can (UK 2011)
204. (142) Dschingis Khan - Dschingis Khan (Germany 1979)
205. (new) Paloma San Basilio - La fiesta termino (Spain 1985)
206. (177) Sonja Lumme - Eläköön elämä (Finland 1985)
207. (new) Eldrine - One more day (Georgia 2011)
208. (234) Nelly Ciobanu - Hora di Moldova (Moldova 2009)
209. (219) Minouche Barrelli - Boum badaboum (Monaco 1967)
210. (200) Evridiki - Comme ci, comme ça (Cyprus 2007)
211. (NEW) Amandine Bourgeois - L'enfer et moi (France 2013)
212. (124) Juliana Pasha - It's all about you (Albania 2010)
213. (246) Kuunkuiskaajat - Työlki ellää (Finland 2010)
214. (201) Karolina - Mojo svet (Macedonia 2007)
215. (195) Silje Vige - Alle mine tankar (Norway 1993)
216. (149) Lena Valaitis - Johnny Blue (Germany 1981
217. (243) Filipa Sousa - Vida minha (Portugal 2012)
218. (NEW) Takasa - You and me (Switzerland 2013)
219. (207) Soluna Samay - Should've known better (Denmark 2012)
220. (221) Ami Aspelund - Fantasiaa (Finland 1983)
221. (204) Pernilla Karlsson - När jag blundar (Finland 2012)
222. (new) Joëlle Ursull - White and black blues (France 1990)
223. (new) SunstrokeProject & Olia Tira - Runaway (Moldova 2010)
224. (NEW) Hannah - Straight into love (Slovenia 2013)
225. (65) NOX - Forogi, világ! (Hungary 2005)
226. (new) Evridiki - Teriazoume (Cyprus 1992)
227. (new) Tommy Seebach - Disco tango (Denmark 1979)
228. (245) Birthe Kjær - Vi maler byen rød (Denmark 1989)
229. (161) Sofia Nizharadze - Shine (Georgia 2010)
230. (208) Sophia Vossou - I anixi (Greece 1991)
231. (148) Sergio Dalma - Bailar pegados (Spain 1991)
232. (new) Sandie Shawn - Puppet on a string (UK 1967) *winner*
233. (228) Simone De Oliveira - Desfolhada Portuguesa (Portugal 1969)
234. (143) Serebro - Song No.1 (Russia 2007)
235. (184) Nuša Derenda - Energy (Slovenia 2001)
236. (203) Eva Rivas - Apricot stone (Armenia 2010)
237. (213) Katy Garbi - Ellada, chora tou fotos (Greece 1993)
238. (223) Maywood - Ik wil alles met je deelen (Netherlands 1990)
239. (new) Lenny Kuhr - De troubadour (Netherlands 1969)*winner*
240. (new) Severina Vučković - Moja štikla (Croatia 2006)
241. (217) Tommy Seebach & Debbie Cameron - Krøller eller ej (Denmark 1981)
242. (135) Giorgos Alkaios and Friends - Opa! (Greece 2010)
243. (226) Lena Philipsson - It hurts (Sweden 2004)
244. (240) Olta Boka - Zemrën e lamë peng (Albania 2006)
245. (134) Monica Aspelund - Lapponia (Finland 1977)
246. (241) Isabelle Aubret - La source (France 1968)
247. (210) Sopho - Visionary dream (Georgia 2007)
248. (new) Linda Martin - Why me (Ireland 1992)*winner*
249. (95) Samira Bensaid - Bitaqat khub (Morocco 1980)
250. (101) Teach-In - Ding-a-dong (Netherlands 1975) *winner*

Monday, December 30, 2013

TOMORROW: EUROVISION TOP 250


Tune in on escradio.com, and follow all the news the whole day right here. The show will start at 11:00 CET on 31 December, and finish close to midnight. Talk with us at twitter, using the #ESC250 hashtag.

UMK 2014: JURY PERFORMANCES - PART 1

A few days ago the second UMK 2014 program aired. The judges saw the first six artists for the first time on stage in studio performing their demos. They gave comments and suggestions how to improve the act, what was good and what was not. You can watch this show online here. Here's a round up what was said and this blogger's views as well.

JASMIN MICHAELA - KERTAKÄYTTÖSYDÄN
Jasmin thinks her song stands out for its rhythm, way of singing and her sensual, smiley and energetic performing. She's got a clear vision what she wants to do and look but all advice from the professionals is more than welcome! And what did they think?
Aija: Awesome song! I really like it, the chorus is a killer. You look stunning and interesting, and most of all fitting to the song.
Toni: I really like your choreography - little movements, old fashion hidden sexuality in your hips and such. A great contrast to these silicon babes in hotpants these days! This is much more interesting! Somehow those hand movements made me think of 1960's air stewardess.... could you do this in airline uniforms? Maybe you could add a crazy drummer on stage as icing on the cake? But all in all, great stuff, I like it.
Tomi: I totally agree! 1960's stewardess, great idea!
Redrama: I have liked this song since the beginning and now I'm even more convinced after seeing you and the girls live. And I also think the air stewardess uniforms wouldn't be bad at all....
Tomi: The song is really good. As an added bonus is the beat in chorus, it really sucks you in. This is a great fusion of 1960's groups way of singing and today's EDM style. I have a feeling you will go far in this contest, and I hope the Finnish voting people will also love you.... but I have no doubts about that!
Ilkar: I must say I agree with the judges fully. I didn't think much of this song based on the short preview but seeing and hearing it fully on stage it's great. And the one that got into my head so it must be an earworm as well...
CLARISSA feat. JOSH STANDING  - TOP OF THE WORLD
Clarissa thinks the best of her song is the feeling and the beat, telling about the good mood you get from a once in a life time experience. For her once in a lifetime experience would be Eurovision, and winning it!
Toni: It was energetic and even sporty at times. This sounds very ready, what it lacks is the human element. You have to tighten the choreography and train the singing. 
Aija: Your voices blend together nicely. You have to better your singing, maybe you should think of taking backing singers as you dance so much and it effects your voices. 
Redrama: You should practise the phrasing more, the tempo. Try practising the lyrics as a ballad, without backing track and dancing so that you really get the lyrics and singing done. Then it comes with the backing track, too. But good vibrations overall, but also a lot of work to be done still.
Tomi: Something must be done still. Add a layer or something so that the number of times you can listen the song without getting bored increases, something extra. It has a lot of good elements, but not enough as it is now. And more practise!
Afterwards the judges wondered how come one of the favorites on tape fell flat on stage, and Josh wasn't just a featured sidekick but almost stole the show from Clarissa.... they need to push the panic button!
Ilkar: Again I agree. The big fan favorite as it is, it didn't impress. I think this is a bit of a 13 in a dozen, there might be similar acts in Copenhagen and if Clarissa and Josh don't get this really tight and boombastic it won't impress there either (if it wins here after all). It's a shame as the song itself isn't bad and both Clarissa and Josh are worthy singers and performers - something is just missing. As it is now.
MADCRAFT - SHINING BRIGHT
When we heard we got into UMK top-12 we were like "Ok, finally someone got us!" We think we are good, and now someone else had finally noticed it, too. This song fits here nicely as it is catchy, has great drum work. In Denmark people are still humming our song when the next one is on.... so they said before their performance.
Redrama: I think every artist, no matter what genre, whenever he goes on stage he should perform like it was his last time. And you did it. You were great live! And that post chorus "Oh oh oh" works. Plus your drummer is amazing!
Toni: I'm not going to start nagging about the singing or whatever. You are a real band. This is rock'n roll. And what's best: that a guy comes on TV with his zipper open! Fuck yeah!
Aija: Everyone should go and see bands like you live. That's where it trasmits the message the best. 
Tomi: You have nice details on stage, like the mics going downwards and not upwards like usually. It gives a nice contrast. 
Ilkar: Well, I'm not so enthuastic as the judges. The song isn't exactly my cup of tea but the guys are in some weird way very likable and adorable....
HANNA SKY - HOPE
Hanna said she will charm the judges with a killer song, a lot of feeling and organic etheric performance.... She won't take bad negative comments. she's a worker and ready to take hint and improve and listen advice.
Aija: I think this song has a lot of elements I have liked since the beginning, but... it's a bit slow. I would gear up the tempo a bit. I love retro but i hate Eurovision retro, I hate backing singers doing some weird movement with their hands. If you use your hands, you must also use your hips! But I loved your vocals, that high F2... make it even longer, people love this kind of stuff!
Toni: The lyrics are  a bit Eurovision cliché, but they fit the melody, you sing them well. But they little bit bring down the song. You could do better.
Tomi: Like it has been said the song has a lot of good elements. It has a hint of Bollywood, you could also bring it out visually even more. You look like half ready now.
Redrama: I give you credit for the choreography - because it sucked big time! But you had it, it means you have thought about the performance, your matching outfits... But I liked you, you were even more r'n'b than on record.
Ilkar: Such a shame she had borrowed Jasmine's top as it did take away my attention. And once I got over that I started wondering about the choir's movements and hand waves... very distracting. Shame as the song is rather interesting and even if you can hear clearly this is just a demo it has elements to become something very strong and interesting.... It can only improve in the next round!
LAURI MIKKOLA - GOING DOWN
Lauri told the best feedback so far has been from fellow musicians who think he's got a great song that has possibilities also abroad. He says he tries to perform as honest as possible, think about his stage presense and give it all...
Redrama: Really professional. You sing amazing.
Aija: I admire your way of phrasing, fantastic.  If I can ask for something... something in the arrangement that would break it towards the end, something extra.
Tomi: It was all right from the text book of songwriting. Even if the arrangement left a lot of space to the vocalist somehow I hoped you would have taken even more charge.
Toni: I would throw the ball to the guitarist: you could vary your sounds towards the end... Go home and listen to Peter Gabriel's So album. There are a lot of good examples to give you ideas how to do a lot with a little. This is a great song, but it's not ready yet....
Tomi: I have found it always challenging to like the combination of suit and tennis shoes. It can be ok, but then you have to choose them carefully. Look at Justin Timberlake, he always has a new pair, never used dirty ones like you now.... For the live shows, buy new ones!
Ilkar: I love the atmosphere of this song and Lauri has fantastic voice. The song though needs a little something to work on Eurovision stage, a hook that makes it more memorable. 
Afterwards Lauri admits himself the song isn't ready yet and lacks something. What it is he doesn't know yet but hopefully it will be found before the live shows...
MAKEA - PAINOVOIMA
This is their very first song as a band and it got to top-12 of UMK 2014. No wonder MAKEA is pretty happy and proud and full of confidence for the future.
Tomi: Awesome! I must honestly say that at first I was rather taken aback with this. All different elements that you mix in one song, it was rather scary combination! But somehow you make it work. Amazing. This can bring death alive again.
Redrama: One can see you are professionals, you have been playing a lot but still you managed to bring on stage real joy and enjoyment of performing. Amazing rap, too. Really tight. Perfect timing and pronunciation. Really talented.
Toni: When I heard this for the first time I was like "oh dear, another female singer singing pretty and nice" but then when the rapper came out of nowhere it was like a fist in the face. I loved it. I also loved the guitar solo, no excuses. It had nothing to do with the song but it was shameless. Ok, now burn those blazers and never wear them again...
Aija: Kadi, your vocals were great, good to hear you bring it even further live making it grow and grow with each passege. This has many surprises; after your lyrical and pretty chorus comes that in your face rap, and then that guitar solo. Someone might think it's tasteless but in this mix it's cool.
Tomi: I can only say I'm positively surprised. You gave a good feeling. Great!
Ilkar: This took me by surprise. Kadi sings great and that bit is so catchy! I even tolerate the rapper and it all comes together very well. Considering how popular Finnish rap is in Finland right now... Hmm. Definately a contender.








ESC 2014: HERCIANA MATMUJA FOR ALBANIA

The three day long 52nd Festivali i Këngës took place right after Christmas and 23-year-old Herciana (also known as Hersi) Matmuja emerged as a clear winner with Zemërimi i një nate that translates to "one night's anger". Time will tell if it's going to be one night only for her in Copenhagen as the song is rather demanding to digest, and how the song will sound after Eurovision revamp.
This blogger watched with half eye only the final this year and picked up Venera Lumani & Lindi Islami and Blerina Braka as favorites.
Hersi is no stranger to Festivali i Këngës as she took part last year with Kush ta dha kete emer (3rd), with Aty ku më le in 2011 (14th), Me cilin rri ti dashuri in 2010 (11th). Hersi has graduated from the Conversatorio di Santa Cecilia di Roma in Italy.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

VALENTINA MONETTA'S CHRISTMAS KISS

Valentina Monetta releases a new video A Kiss, a duet with Joshua de Cadenéx today. It also features Corale di San Marino choir. It is a track taken from her forthcoming album to be released in the beginning of 2014. The new album will include songs written mostly by herself and Ralph Siegel. It will obviously include her third Eurovision entry, following TheSocial network song and Crisalide.

The video for A Kiss was shot during the recording of the track. The studio footage has been turned into stylish black and white video that fits the song like a glove. It is directed by Alessandro Capicchioni and Fabrizio Raggi and produced in San Marino. The song has been recorded and produced between San Marino, Rimini and London.

You can watch the video here.

A Kiss showcases nicely both Valentina's and Joshua's vocal skills and is a bit more of the style Valentina has been singing for years before her Eurovision adventures.

Joshua has been working with critically acclaimed artists such as The Band with No Name, West Life, Will Young, Beverly Knight, 911, Daniel Bedingfield, All Saints and Joss Stone to name but a few, Joshua has also firmly cemented a name for himself as one of the most sought after and highly respected Voice coaches in London. He has also worked on various TV shows including The Voice and Pop idols in the UK.

This video comes after her two Eurovision participations and before her next one when she will represent San Marino for the third year in a row next spring in Copenhagen 2014. She’ll be only the fourth artist in Eurovision history to do so, after Lys Assia (1956-58), Corry Brokken (1956-58) and Udo Jürgens (1964-1966) – and all of those three have won!

If A Kiss is the chosen one to be heard on Eurovision 2014 stage in Copenhagen remains to be seen and heard. If it was, what do you think about it?:-)



Tuesday, December 24, 2013

MERRY CHRISTMAS, BUON NATALE, HYVÄÄ JOULUA!

It's again Christmas. Thank you all for this another fantastic year. This blogger wants to wish all my readers a very merry Christmas, buon Natale, hyvää joulua, feliz Navidad, god jul, frohe Weihnachten, Καλά Χριστούγεννα, glædelig jul, gëzuar Krishtlindjet, joyeux Noël, с Рождеством Христовым.... and the same in all the other languages!

UMK 2014: SOFTENGINE - SOMETHING BETTER

Softengine is a band from Seinäjoki. They have been playing together since summer 2011 and the band members are Topi Latukka (guitar, vocals), Ossi Mäkelä (guitar, synths), Eero Keskinen (bass), Henri Oskár (keyboards, percussions) and Tuomo Alarinta (drums). They are driven by big dreams, ambition, joy of playing and creating something new and different. Their music style could be called alternative rock with indie influences. And talking about influences they name Coldplay, Thirty seconds to Mars and Disco Ensemble. The released their debut album last year and have taken part in various band competitions. Now it's time to make it big via UMK - with Something better.
Like their Facebook here and vote for them in my poll on the right hand side.

Monday, December 23, 2013

UMK 2014: HANNA SKY - HOPE

Hanna Seppälä aka Hanna Sky is a singer-songwriter from Tampere. She's new and fresh as a singer to the great public as she started as a singer only this summer! She has of course self penned her entry Hope. The song is a mix of many things and as we are listening only demos at this point it's interesting to see and hear where the focus will be put in the end. She says writing songs is her way of life, and taking care of her soul. She wants to tell stories and write rich melodies, her music is a mix of r'n'b, ethnic influences and electonic pop. She loves to sit by the pian and create new songs - nothing beats the moment when a new melody takes shape and she realizes it's going to be a good one!  She's also very taken her song was selected and just about to burst of happiness! Her influences include three strong female artists: Ellie Goulding, Alicia Keys and Emeli Sandé.
Like her on her Facebook here and vote for her on my poll on the right side.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

UMK 2014: MIKKO POHJOLA - SÄNGYN REUNALLA

Sängyn reunalla ( At the edge of the bed) sits Mikko Pohjola. Originally from Oulu, now based in Helsinki this 22-year-old started making music to attract girls but since then he has already scored a radio hit with Kuuluuko, kuulen and after UMK 2014 he will surely become a household name. And not only, he wants his name known all over Europe as well!  He has also written his entry himself and it is from his second album he's recording at the moment. His influences include Michael Jackson, Finnish band Don Huonot and John Mayer. This is also one of the entries the judges disagreed a lot whether to add it to the top-12.
You can like him on his Facebook here, and vote for him in my poll on the right hand side. His other songs include Paikkani tiedän and Et nää.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

UMK 2014: LAURI MIKKOLA - GOING DOWN

Lauri Mikkola is no stranger to TV audiences who followed The Voice, just like Krista Siegfrids he was kicked out way too early as this boy surely can sing! Now he's trying to do what Krista did and get a revenge in UMK and Eurovision instead and very well so. His Going down is a self penned song with great atmosphere and fine vocals. And Lauri oozes charisma (even more in real life than on TV screen or photos, I may add having been in his presense). He's from Turku, but like many others is now based in Helsinki. He's a bit of a Finnish Justin Timberlake, and surely has the blackest voice of any young male singers. Besides Justin also Otis Redding and Jonny Lang have influenced his sound.
Like him in his Facebook here, his homepage is here and vote for him on my poll on the right side. Watch him doing September, featuring in Elastinen's Uus, and singing with Krista Siegfrids Blame it on the boogie

VALENTINA MONETTA IS ABOUT TO REVEAL SOMETHING?

San Marino's Eurovision 2014 entrant Valentina Monetta hinted something's going on yesterday on her Facebook and today we got this rather mysterious press release:

"Eurovision season is getting closer and Valentina Monetta has a special Christmas present for all Eurovision and her fans! 
Make sure to tune in on Christmas Eve 24.12.2013 in RTV San Marino's Christmas show Tombola di Natale at 20.45 CET. 
You can watch the show online here: http://www.smtvsanmarino.sm/programmi/web-tv 
Make your Christmas a bit more special with Valentina!"

Could it be that she presents her Eurovision 2014 entry a bit earlier than we thought?  It has been said earlier the entry will be presented in January but we know she has been in London studios to record her new album, due to be released in January as well. I guess we just have to skip Christmas Eve dinner and tune in to find out what she's got for us :-) Maybe it is what we all want to hear, and maybe it's not?! Hmm....

ESC 2014: TICK-TOCK FOR UKRAINE

Ukraine had it's nationale final for Eurovision and the winner is 20-year-old Maria Yaremchuk, who has made her way through the Voice and Jurmala to Copenhagen 2014. Her song, at least for now, is Tick-tock. This blogger isn't very impressed, but I rarely am with the Ukrainian choices and then watch them climb the scoreboard in the final.... That's life. She seems to be like a petite version of Hanna Pakarinen in Helsinki 2007 what comes to styling having a group of hunky male dancers and enough skin to distract from the song that's rather bland. With all that the performance as it is now gathers up all the Eurovision cliches in staging, but be sure by May she will enter the stage riding an elephant and have dwarves flying around her.....
Despite that both the jury and the televoters put her on the first place so she scored 24 points. Viktoria Petryk with Love is Lord came 2nd (17) and Volodymyr Tkachenko came third with Buty Tam De Ty (16) along with Viktor Romanchenko with Na Krayu Propasti (16).

Maria Yaremchuk - Tick-tock (televote+jury) 12 + 12 = 24
Viktoria Petryk - Love is lord 10 + 7 = 17
Volodymor Tkachenko - Buty tam de ty 11 + 5 = 16
Viktor Romanchenko 5 + 11 = 16
Natalia Valevska - Love makes you beautiful 5 + 9 = 14
neAngely - Courageous 6 + 8 = 14
ILLARIA - I'm alive  8 + 6 = 14
Evgeny Litvinkovich - Strelyanaya ptitsa 2 + 10 = 12
Shanis - Moya dusha 9 + 1 = 10
Stas Shurins - Why 5 + 4 = 9
Anatoly Shrapev - Waiting for you 7 + 1 = 8
Roman Polonsky - Wanted dead or alive 5 + 1 = 6
Tatiana Shirko - Let go 3 + 3 = 6
Marietta - It's my life 4 + 1 = 5
Denis Lyubimov - Love 4 + 1 = 5
Anna-Maria - 5 star hotel 3 + 1 = 4
Tania BerQ - Believe me 3 + 1 = 4
Lissa Wassabi - No fear 1 + 2 = 3
Anna Hodorovska - Yesli yest lyubov 2 + 1 = 3
ULI RUD - Tsvetok 1 + 1 = 2

Friday, December 20, 2013

UMK 2014: MIAU - GOD/DRUG

The girl trio of MIAU who perform God/Drug comes originally from Kuopio but they all are based in Helsinki now. They started back in 2010 by drawing lots who gets which instrument and so we ended up with this line up: Henna Juvonen in guitar, Susanna Tikkanen in bass and keyboards and Anu Kaukola in drums and samplers. They also take the mic when needed. They say music is like a dangerous lover, it is intoxicating, challenging, punishing, rewarding, and brings back to life. That's why they do music. They have their roots in indierock and heads high up in the clouds. Their career has been very colorful and eventful so far, so UMK fits them nicely. The lovechilds of pop are influended by the Beatles, Skunk Anansie, Lykke Li and Queen, and their debut album will be released in May 2014. The judges seemed rather unsure if to put them into top-12 or not, but time will tell if they conquer the hearts of the viewing audience....
You can like them in Facebook here. You can also vote them in my poll on the right hand side.

ITALIAN EUROSTARS AND SANREMO: GIGLIOLA CINQUETTI

Gigliola Cinquetti (born December 20, 1947 in Verona) won the Castrocaro 1963, the legendary contest for new voices and gained also a right to participate in the next Sanremo festival. This sweet 16-year-old came, sung Non ho l'età and won the hearts of Italians and the festival. Next she was off to Copenhagen for the Eurovision and stormed to victory. But her story with Sanremo was just begun.
She returned the year after with Ho bisgono di vederti and went to the final. She scored another victory the year after with Dio come ti amo, that Domenico Modugno himself took to Eurovision, only to score the worst Italian placement ever (apparently the juries boycotted him for having acted a bit of a diva, or so the rumors go). Then she participated six further times in coming years: 1968 Sera (8th), 1969 La pioggia (6th), 1970 Romantico blues (6th), 1971 Rose nel buio (9th), 1972 Gira l'amore (9th) and 1973 Mistero, that didn't reach the final. Then she had a break of 12 years before returning in 1985 with Chiamalo amore that took her back to top-3. In 1989 she was there again with Ciao and finished 18th. Her last and 12th participation is from 1995 when she performed Giovane vecchio cuore finishing 14th, even of the song deserved much more. After that she has been concentrating on being a TV-host, even co-hosting - and saving - the Eurovision song contest 1991 in Rome.
Despite the disappointing Sanremo 1973 she was scoring hits in Italy and abroad, especially in Latin America and Japan, singing in various languages and nearly did an Eurovision double when she represented Italy again in 1974 with Si. Only ABBA could keep her from winning again!
2014 is the 50th anniversary of her Eurovision win, what would be better than celebrating it with another try?

Thursday, December 19, 2013

MITRA WINS IDOLS 7 IN FINLAND

The Finnish Idols, season 7 just ended in Espoo's Barona Areena and the winner is 21-year-old Mitra Kaislaranta, who was since the very start this blogger's favorite, despite this season giving us several very good singers with their own styles and interesting personalities, but only one can win. As we remember Diandra Flores won season 6, and Hanna Pakarinen the very first one.
She beat Jospeh Miettinen in the final and one could say they were very different. Mitra has a fantastic voice and can make almost any song her own and comes across a bit mysterius and distant but giving her soul to each song at the same time. Joseph may lack in singing voice but makes it up as a real show man and security on stage. One can xpect both of them starting a succesful career...
Here are some Mitra's performances along the way: Maailma on sun, Sex on fire, I will always love you, Toinen and with Flute of Shame, Coming home. Her debut single is Äkkisyvää.
Joseph did along the way Toiset sällit, Dani California, Malja, Mitä minä sanoin with Pete Parkkonen, and This love.

ALICE AND LUCA CARBONI LIVE ON STAGE

Luca Carboni released his new album Fisico & Politico earlier this year featuring duets with likes of Alice, Franco Battiato, Cesare Cremonini, Tiziano Ferro, Jovanotti, Elisa and others. He's about to start his tour and the kick off is tomorrow in Bologna's Paladozza celebrating 30 years of career. He will have special guests in this concert including Alice. It's the first time ever they perform together. He recalls he met her briefly in 1983 in a music festival He was just beginning his career but she was alredy a Star he also admired and followed. She tells she heard Carboni for the first time in radio and liked what she heard and kept eye (and ear) on the guy. Now 30 years later they finally met again thanks to Tiziano Ferro and recorded Farfallina that according Carboni symbolize the 1980's, the period Alice was one of the music queens. 
The other guests that will join Carboni on stage in this occasion are Tiziano Ferro, Biagio Antonacci, Jovanotti and Elisa. All of them among this bloggers favorite singers.... sigh. How I wish I could be there!
PS. Alice return to Bologna in January with Battiato, read more here.

UMK 2014: MAKEA - PAINOVOIMA

MAKEA (translates to SWEET or COOL) singing Painovoima (or Gravity). An act that makes it debut in every sense in UMK 2014. It's their first release, and apparently their only song (so far) and it looks like they got together for UMK. Artificial? Hmm... perhaps. Labelled as urban pop with influences from hip hop, electro and rock it's rather radio friendly indeed, so who know if we are witnessing the birth of something big? The band resides between Turku and Helsinki and is made of Kadi (vocals), Olli (rap), Jura (guitar), Jussi (bass) and Josu (drums). Their influences include Bruno Mars, The Black Eyed Peas and Rage against the Machine.
Their Facebook is here so like them, and vote for them in my poll on the right hand side.

EMMA MARRONE FOR ITALY 2014?

The speculations keep going in Italy among the fans. EurofestivalNews brings the possibility that the Italian entrant this year won't be picked among the Sanremo artist but an internal choice landing on Emma Marrone, the winner of Sanremo 2012 with Non é inferno and rumored first choice for Eurovision as well. Back then she declared she prefers to be big in Italy and concentrats on that. Now she has let us know she's got something cooking on concerning promotion abroad and conquering Europe so she may have had a change of heart. She's also aiming to the Latin market recording in Spanish. Meanwhile she has a new song out, La mia città.
Remarkable is also that none of the artists from Maria De Filippi's Amici talent show are present in Sanremo 2014, for the first time since 2008 - after they have won in 2009, 2010 and 2012. Maybe there has been a mutual agreement or something in true Italian way? :-) She would surely create a same kind of fan boost like Marco Mengoni this year in Italy having a very strong following in social medias.....

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

SANREMO 2014: BATTIATO NOT AMUSED, A TRIO OF LADIES EMERGE AS FAVORITES

Today the names of the 14 Big artists and their songs were revealed. It seems the final cast has not been welcomed that well and it is let known that indeed Alice, Dolcenera, Sal Da Vinci, Paolo Belli & Vincenzo Salemme, Enzo Gragnaniello, Alex Britti with Bianca Atzei, Annalisa, the trio Daniele Silvestri, Niccolò Fabi and Max Gazzé, Mondo Marcio and last year's newcomers winner Antonio Maggio are among those who didn't make it. It is also reported Franco Battiato who wrote one (or two) of Alice's song is pretty annoyed at the moment....
Fabio Fazio promises us contemporary songs, that should work on radio and interest the people and become hits. The cast may be not very TV friendly but the aim is to bring back the music. One can note the lack of artists coming from reality talent shows compared to the past few years. Let's hear the songs before further judging...
No word on Eurovision but the fans have already picked up their favorites to fly the Italian flag in Copenhagen if and when Sanremo is once again used as a platform to select the singer. The same trio of female voices has also taken lead in Il Corriere della Sera's online poll: Giusy Ferreri, Noemi and Arisa.

ESC 2014: HERE ARE THE ICELANDIC ENTRIES

Also Iceland has selected its entries for the semifinal on February 1 and 8 leading to the final on February 15, 2014. Two songs from both semifinal will advance to the final where the final two will be decided by duels (jury + televote) and the final duo will battle it out again wit only televote decided the faith. There has been a real change of generation with all the usual writers missing, with the exception of Vignir Snær Vigfússon who co-wrote the Icelandic entry If I had your love in 2005, and was one of the Sjónni's Friends in 2011. StopWaitGo wrote Disco love to The Saturdays scoring a top-5 hit in the UK recently.

Ásdís María Viðarsdóttir - Amor 
(Haukur Johnson) 
Guðbjörg Magnúsdóttir - Aðeins ætluð þér 
(María Björk Sverrisdóttir, Marcus Frenell, Beatrice Eriksson & Johnny Sanchez) 
Sverrir Bergmann - Dönsum burtu blús 
(StopWaitGo akaPálmi Ragnar Ásgeirsson, Ásgeir Orri Ásgeirsson and Sæþór Kristjánsson. ) 
Vignir Snær Vigfússon - Elsku þú 
(Vignir Snær Vigfússon / Þórunn Erna Clausen) 
Gréta Mjöll Samúelsdóttir - Eftir eitt lag 
(Ásta Björg Björgvinsdóttir / Bergrún Íris Sævarsdóttir) 
Pollapönk 
(Heiðar Örn Kristjánsson, Haraldur F. Gíslason, Guðni Finnsson and Arnar Gíslason) - Enga fordóma  
(Heiðar Örn Kristjánsson and Haraldur F. Gíslason) 
Sigríður Eyrún Friðriksdóttir - Lífið kviknar á ný 
(Karl Olgeir Olgeirsson / Sigríður Eyrún Friðriksdóttir) 
Guðrún Árný Karlsdóttir - Til þín 
(Trausti Bjarnason / Guðrún Eva Mínervudóttir) 
Gissur Páll Gissurarson - Von 
(Jóhann Helgason) 
F.U.N.K. 
(Franz Ploder Ottósson, Pétur Finnbogason, Lárus Örn Arnarsson, Valbjörn Snær Lilliendahl, Egill Ploder Ottósson and Hörður Bjarkason)-
Þangað til ég dey 
(Franz Ploder Ottósson, Pétur Finnbogason and Lárus Örn Arnarsson)

SANREMO 2014 - HERE ARE THE BIG

Delusion. That was the first feeling when I saw the final list. Where is Alice? Mango? Nek? Dolcenera? Then it hits that there are only four ladies, all the rest male! And then Antonella Ruggiero! A very welcome back to the great original voice of Matia Bazar. Another Eurovision veteran in the list is Raphael Gualazzi, back again but with Bloody Beetroots. Also nice to see Renzo Rufino back, the one who sung "love me, postman" last year in the newcomers. Well, let's hear the songs before further judgement....

Antonella Ruggiero
Quando balliamo, Da lontano
Arisa
Lentamente, Controvento
Cristiano De Andrè
Invisibili, Il cielo è vuoto
Francesco Renga
A un isolato da te, Vivendo adesso
Francesco Sarcina
Nel tuo sorriso, In questa città
Frankie Hi-Nrg
Pedala, Un uomo è vivo
Giuliano Palma
Così lontano, Un bacio crudele
Giusy Ferreri
L'amore possiede il bene, Ti porto a cena con me
Noemi
Bagnati dal sole, Un uomo è un albero
Perturbazione
L'unica, L'Italia vista dal bar
Raphael Gualazzi feat. Bloody Beetroots
Liberi o no, Tanto ci sei
Renzo Rubino
Ora, Per sempre e poi basta
Riccardo Sinigallia
Prima di andare via, Una rigenerazione
Ron
Un abbraccio unico, Sing in the rain

UMK 2014: MADCRAFT - SHINING BRIGHT

Whatever happens Madcraft will propably be shining bright next summer in all music festivals and in gigs all over Finland. They seem funny, colorful, adorable and their bubble gum punk pop easy enough for wider audience. In Eurovision one thinks of Andorran Anonymous, or Last Panda in UMK 2013. The band's been playing since 2010 and now more than 100 gigs, 2 EPs, a few singles and videos later is to become a household name. The boys (Tom Nuorivaara in vocals and guitars, Juho Rinne in guitar and vocals, Jesse Mäläskä in bass and vocals and Otto Uotila in drums and vocals) reside in Helsinki even if none is from the city originally. And what's the story with Bam Margera? Read it here. The boys do their own music, film their own videos, design their covers.... Their influences include All Time Low, Blink 182 and Limp Bizkit.
Oh, oh, oh, ooh oh! Will Finland have a slogan to shout around like ding dong last time again? Time will tell. Like their Facebook here, their website is here and if you like them, vote for them in my poll on the right side of this page.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

NINA ZILLI NOT IN SANREMO 2014

Nina Zilli has confirmed in her Facebook she's not going to be in Sanremo 2014. Instead she will be watching it from her home sofa with pop corn, soda and other sweets. "I would have adored to be there, yes, but I'm behind with work. The new album will be released only later in next spring...."
Nina Zilli took part in Sanremo 2010 in newcomers category with L'uomo che amava le donne. She didn't win but got the Mia Martini critics' award and was the moral winner. In 2012 she was back in Big category with Per sempre and was chosen my a special jury to represent Italy in Baku 2012 Eurovision with L'amore è femmina.

MARCO MENGONI - THE STAR OF THE NEW YEAR'S EVE

Marco Mengoni takes another crown before this incredible 2013 is over for him: his concert from Rimini on New Year's eve will be broadcasted live on Canale 5. The big New Year's eve variety shows have been a battle by RaiUno and Canale 5 for years and usually Canale 5 has lost it. I suspect they won't this year! The concert starts at 10pm in Rimini's Piazza Fellini and will lead Italians to 2014. As a warm up his concert #prontoacorrerelive from Taormina, Sicily this summer will be broadcasted on Italia1 on December 20, 2013. After New Year's he will retire from the spotlight to work in his next album.
RaiUno is having a Carlo Conti conducted show live from Courmayeur with guests, including musical acts Moreno, Gigi D'Alessio, Anna Tatangelo, Karima, the Voice winner Elhaida Dani and Paola Iezzi (of Paola & Chiara). It seems like a battle lost.... :-)

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM MARCO MENGONI & RADIO DEEJAY

The deejays of Radio Deejay in Italy have recorded their Christmas song with the help of Marco Mengoni and J-Ax, you can watch it here. Merry Christmas everyone - despite of that!

KURT CALLEJA'S LOVE ON MARS

Maltese Kurt Calleja has released his debut album Love on Mars that features of course his Eurovision 2012 entry This is the night as well as his 2011 Eurovision wannabe Over and over, remixes of both as well as the other singles Boomerang, Leap of faith and the title track Love on Mars
This blogger has always been fond of Kurt, somehow he comes across very likable besides having a great voice :-) And the album follows in the tracks of This is the night and should please anyone who likes Melodifestivalen kind of pop... We also had a chance to interview him last year, read it here.  Get the album from here. Listen a sampler here.

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