As of today, Fred Medeiros joins us as an editor and he will concentrate on Melodifestivalen which starts this Saturday. He will report jointly for us and for ESC UNITED. During the semi finals he will report from home, but he and camera man Liam will be physically present at Andra chancen and the Stockholm final. We look forward to a lot of news. I have also more or less finished the library index for the SA covers of the Swedish selection songs and should have it 100% finished by Saturday.
Latvia kicked off their Eurovision 2015 season yesterday with the first round of the Supernova selection to decide their song for Vienna. 10 acts competed and four would qualify for the next round. An expert jury would decide on two songs to go forward and televoting another two.
The expert jury were Ieva Kerēvica, Kaspars Roga (from Brainstorm ESC 2000 Latvia), singer Don and Guntars Račs. The 10 acts competing were –
Katrina Cīrule – Bass
Lana Frančeska – Lions
Atis Ieviņš – Catfish
Milenin & Kamilla – Colours Of Love
Antra Stafecka – It’s The Night
Framest – Ziemā
Linda Ķaukule – Save Our Love
MNTHA – Nefelibata
Rihards Saule – Life Lines
ElektroFolk – Sundance
The acts selected by the jury were Antra Stafecka and Framest. Televoting sent MNTHA and ElectroFolk through.
Since 2002 the Melodifestivalen, Christer Björkman has helped Sweden adopt its current format. There were six weeks of shows to chose their entry to the Eurovision Song Contest from 32 songs. There are four semi-finals of eight songs with a second chance round and a grand final.
There are many changes to the 2015 selection to keep things interesting and exciting. There will be only 28 songs competing for the ticket to Eurovision. In each of the four semi-finals there will be seven songs. The two highest scoring songs will go direct to the Finalen and the third and fourth placing songs will go to the second chance round, Andra Chansen. At least 30% of the competing songs need to be in the Swedish language and also a minimum of 50% of the songs need to have a female composer or lyrist.
The Andra Chansen has undergone the most changes this year. Björkman believes the changes will make the Andra Chansen a more exciting and dramatic show. For the first time, the second chance songs participating will be allowed to be released to the public after the end of each semi-final broadcast previously these weren’t released until after the fourth semi-final. Each second chance song will be paired into 4 duels with each winner getting a ticket to the Finalen. Only one Andra Chansen artist has succeeded in winning the Melodifestivalen Finalen, Robin Stjernberg in 2013, won with the song You. Previously there would be only two tickets for the Finalen from the Andra Chansen. So the Finalen will consist of 12 songs competing for the prize instead of 10.
Article prepared for www.esccovers by FRED MEDEIROS
Amber has won the 2015 Malta Eurovision Song Contest final with her powerful ballad, Warrior. The song is composed by Elton Zarb and Muxu who were the successful team behind Gaia Cauchi ‘s victory at the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest with Start.
14 finalists qualified from last night’s semi-final and they all competed at the Marsa Shipyard venue, where the Junior Eurovision Song Contest was hosted last week.
Runner up position went to Christabelle with Rush and third place went to Glen Vella, the 2011 Eurovision participant for Malta, with Breakaway.
The guests included the 2014 Maltese Eurovision participants, Firelight and the winner of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, Conchita Wurst.
Congratulations to Amber on her victory and now we will see her carry the Maltese flag to Vienna in May 2015.
You can see Amber perform Warrior here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OerHNcdIRSA
Malta tonight held the semi-final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. 20 acts competed for a place in the final to be held on Saturday night (22 November). The show was held at the same venue as the Junior Eurovision Song Contest one week ago, Marsa Shipyard.
The 20 finalists for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest selection were announced on the local TVM show, Xarabank. They include several familiar names from national selections and two former Malta Eurovision contestants return. Glen Vella (2011) and Gianluca Bezzina as part of L-Ahwa with four of his sisters and a brother. Amongst the selection are Sisters (Ekklesia), they are a group of nuns.There will be song composed by 2009 Eurovision winner, Alexander Rybak (Norway) for Franklin Calleja. There will be a semi-final on 21 November and the final will be the following evening 22 November.