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Show 16 March 2011

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Malta's Eurovision Radio
Belgium's Europe Start Listening Now

Eurovision Song Contest with Radio International and on Oikotimes.TV

Please note that many interviews we air are also available as video interview which can be viewed on our Radio International YouTube Channel. Just take a look and enjoy also see the artists talk to us. 
ImageWonderful Ben Morris Fan T-Shirts and Posters: On the show this week Radio International has been approached by  Ben Morris who is huge Eurovision fan and has designed each 2011 Eurovision entrant  as an icon of which you see an example leading this paragraph. To see the entire selection of these icons go to the Facebook Page of Ben Morris or contact him via his This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . T-Shirts are available with the icon you select for just £15 including postage and packing. Please state the size you want S, M, L, XL and the colur either in light blue or white. The posters are available for £ 5.50 including postage and packing. If you are ordering from outside Europe then please add £2 to your order. Again we have to make it clear that this is not the official Eurovision Merchandize but just a fan project. Further details needed then contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .
ImageMelodifestivalen 2011 Recap: Last weekend Sweden selected their entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in May in Duesseldorf, Germany. This is no doubt the biggest national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. Sweden's legendary Globen Arena where in 2000 the Eurovision Song Contest was staged, was full under the roof for the great show on Saturday evening but also all the two dress rehearsals on Saturday afternoon and Friday night were completely sold out. The team of Radio International together with our colleagues from oikotimes.com were present at the event and conducted many interviews with the artists, organizers and the Executive producer Christer Bjoerkman. This week's edition of Radio International will be a rather special edition on Melodifestivalen 2011 were you can touch the stars of the night: Eric Saade, Danny Saucedo, The Moniker, Sanna Nielsen, Swingfly, The Playtones, Linda Bengtzing, Nicke Borg, Sara Varga and Brolle.  It has been a very busy show this week and not all interviews could be aired as planned. There will be more in next week's edition of Radio International. After the live transmission was finished oikotimes.tv broadcast live from in front of the stage the interviews done by Eric and JP. Watch them here
A big thanks we would like to give to SVT (Swedish television) for hosting us so fantastically and also to Lilian Brunell, Eric Lehmann, Tom Bermens, Fotis Konstantopoulos and photographer Yannis Papoutsakis for the great cooperation. You can see already some of the great photos which are available here:   Album 1    |    Album 2
ImageMelodifestivalen 2011 Interview with Christer Bjoerkman - Executive Producer of Melodifestivalen 2011: Just in front of the stage and right after the show finished on Saturday the Team of Radio International could get Christer Bjoerkman in front of the microphone to get his reaction to the entire show but also about the winning performance. Listen to details in the interview on the show this week.
ImageMelodifestivalen 2011 Interview with Eric Saade - The Winner of  Melodifestivalen 2011. Eric Saade won a head to head race the competiion last Saturday in Stockholm's Globen Arena with the song "Popular" Right after the winning performance of the night Eric Lehmann and JP had the chance to meet the singer briefly for the first reaction after the victory. But also we had the chance to already have an interview with Eric Saade at the Welcome Reception last week Thursday. This week hear the interview right after the winning performance in the Globen Arena and next week the interview with Eric done at the Welcome Reception where he had some more time to chat with Radio International.

ImageMelodifestivalen 2011 Interview with Fredrik Kempe - Composer of the "Popular": Fredrik Kempe is responsible for many great Swedish entries to the Eurovision Song Contest but also a very successful songwriter in Sweden who entered various times at the Melodifestivalen. Songs like Charlotte Perrelli's "Hero" we know from 2008, also the 2009 composition of "La Voix" performed by Malena Ernman are just some of the Melodifestivalen  songs to mention. Congratulations to Fredrik Kempe for once again delivering an outstanding song to the World of the Eurovision Song Contest. This week on Radio International listen to an interviews done with Fredrik Kempe right after the show to get his first reactions to the victory.  Next week we have the interview with him at the Welcome Reception.

ImageMelodifestivalen 2011 Interview with Danny Saucedo: Danny and Eric Saade fought out the battle who of the two is going to get the trophy of the 2011 Melodifestivalen in this head-to-head race. He started of the evening with his partly self-penned song called "In the Club" and ranked second after the televoting was finished. Danny is part of EMD (Erik, Matthias & Danny) and also were part of the Melodifestivalen Final in 2009 with the song "Baby goodbye". Listen to an interview done at the Welcome Reception in Stockholm.
ImageMelodifestivalen 2011 Interview with the Moniker: Probably the biggest surprise of the Melodifestivalen 2011. The Moniker came 3rd in the Grand Final with the song "Oh my God". A very pleasant upbeat song easy to sing-a-long with. There is a short interview the Team of Radio International did with the Moniker after the Friday's dress rehearsal.
ImageMelodifestivalen 2011 Interview with Sanna Nielsen: One of the favourites of the Melodifestivalen 2011 reached Number 4 with the song "I'm in love" in this year's edition of Sweden's biggest show. Thus becoming the highest ranking lady of the ten competing songs. Sanna Nielsen is also known for a great ballade in the 2008 edition of Melodifestivalen called "Empty Rooms". Radio International had the great pleasure to speak to Sanna Nielsen after the dress rehearsal but also after the Grand Final of 2011 Melodifestivalen was over. Sanna disembarks now a tour of Sweden to celebrate 15 years of her singing career. 
ImageMelodifestivalen 2011 Interview with Marie Serneholt (Presenter of Melodifestivalen 2011):  Marie Serneholt has been co-hosting Melodifestivalen 2011 Semi Finals, Second Chance and also the Grand Final last Saturday together with Rickard Olsson. The former A-Teens Star and musical Star (Grease) is also a singer and has participated at the Melodifestivalen preciously. The Team of Radio International had a chance of a nice interview with the beautiful Marie after the Grand Final of Melodifestivalen 2011 last Saturday. The interview was done in front of the stage. 
ImageInterview with Melodifestivalen & Eurovision Song Contest Floor Manager - Henrik von Zweigberg: During her recent trip to the Melodifestivalen Semi Finals Lilian did not leave out one of the most important persons to interview when it comes to big shows such as the Melodifestivalen and the Eurovision Song Contest. Henrik is the Floor Manager of these great events and he will tell us some stories and what his job entails preparing the numerous Eurovision artists that have their three minutes of fame on the Eurovision stage.  Listen to the interview Lilian sent. 
ImageEuro Friend Song Contest 2011 - Start Voting Now for Semi Final 1:  Radio International in collaboration with the Euro Friends Song Contest are in search for the ultimate Eurovision song. The Voting Windows is open from now until next Sunday evening. You too can be member of an international Jury. All you have to do is to contact Andy on the Face Book Page of the Euro Friends Song Contest. He will get back to you to inform what you have to do in order to vote. Next week Radio International and Andy from the Euro Friends Song Contest will reveal the ten qualifiers of Semi Final 1 during the show. Join to vote for your favourite Eurovision songs by clicking on this link which takes you to the Face Book Page of the Event. Remember, you have to be a member of this Facebook group in order to join the voting or consult the brand new website
ImageEurovision Song Contest Spotlight: National Finals: The national selection season is over now. Radio International assesses the songs with a panel of Eurovision experts. This week Radio International takes a final look at the songs for the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest from Azerbaijan, Russia, San Marino, Sweden and United Kingdom. For that Ross Bennett will join the team in the studio.
ImageEurovision Song Contest NewsLuke Fisher joins the team in the studio every week to bring you the news and the latest developments connected to the Eurovision Song Contest. Whether it is music releases of Eurovision performers, special concerts, gossip, etc Luke will have it all for us during the weekly edition of Radio International. Also check out the occasational appearance of Zoran Kovacic from Serbia on Radio International bringing us some Eurovision News in his style.

In addition, Eurovision News is available on www.eurovision.tv, oikotimes.com, escdaily.com, esctoday.com and escflashmalta.com
  • Eurovision Song Contest 2011 - The Draw
  • European Broadcast Union - New member for the Reference Group
  • Croatia - Remix Contest 
  • Eurovision 2011 - New versions around Europe
  • Eurovision 2011 - A look at the betting
  • Malta - Glen Vella continues promo tour
This is just a selection. Go to www.oikotimes.com for detailed information.
ImageEurovision Quiz:  Scratch your heads and bite your nails at  our weekly Eurovision Song Contest Quiz. Good luck and win a copy of a past Eurovision Song Contest Final on DVD. All you have to do is to identify the five clips with Artist, Song, Country and Year. Send your answers via the website's CONTACTs form or via the msn-chat This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it As long as stock last you can also select something out of the Eurovision 2010 Goodies Bag. Good Luck! And the Winner of the last Quiz: Yosef Bassioumi from the United Kingdom.
Eurovision Song Contest Calendar of Events: Check out a detailed listing of all events scheduled around Europe. If you hear of something we have not listed please drop us a line by clicking here and let us know. After Eurovision is before Eurovision and to bridge the Eurovision Gap many Eurovision Clubs will be holding their annual convention.
Upcoming Events: 
09 April 2011 - Amsterdam, Netherlands:  Eurovision in Concert 2011
Eurovision Song Contest Interviews the Radio International Team has done with the Eurovision performers can be heard by visiting our Eurovision section of this website or check out the Radio International goes.... part of the website. The 2010 Eurovision Interviews have not yet been displayed there. You can find them as part of the weekly editions of Radio International. You can go through the Show Archive to find interviews by using search. 
Eurovision Music requests as well as other music requests are most welcome and can be done via our website's CONTACT US page. Let us know what you want to hear and where you are from. Due to the large number of requests we received and cannot accommodate this week these requests will be added to the play list for the future shows

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