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Show 13 March 2013

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ImageRadio International TV Channel with Chat Room: Radio International launched its own Livestream TV Channel where fans can join and see how we actually do Radio International and listen to the show while chatting with the other Eurovision fans joining the community.  But also you can watch there a re-run of the weekly edition of Radio International. Enjoy and tell your friends to join and be part of the Eurovision Radio International Community!

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. 
ImageMelodifestivalen 2013 - Complete Recap:  Melodifestivalen 2013 took place Saturday, 09 March 2013 where Sweden together with an International Jury selected their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 to take place in Malmoe, Sweden next May. After four Semi Finals and a Second Chance Round and the Grand Final in the brand new Friends Arena of Stockholm, Sweden sends into the race Robin Stjernberg to follow the footsteps of Loreen to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013. Thanks to our rowing Scandinavian reporter Lilian Brunell Radio International already aired a number of interviews with the Melodifestivalen participating artists. This week features the interviews with the remaining artists and of course the winner of Melodifestivalen 2013. You can see all the photos from the event on our Facebook page by clicking here. Enjoy. The entire results are available here.
ImageInterview with Carola (Sweden 1983, 1991 Winner, 2006):  Former Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest and three times participant for Sweden - Carola celebrated 30 years of her first entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 1983 - "Fraemling" and was part of the interval act during Melodifestivalen 2013 Final. She performed a modern version of her 1983 Eurovision entry. Carola returned to the Eurovision Song Contest a couple of times taking the victory for Sweden back in 1991 with the song "Captured by a Love Strorm" and returned to the contest in 2006 in Athens where she came 5th with the amazing "Invincible". At the Aftershow Party of Melodifestivalen Eric & JP met Carola for a brief interview Radio International is delighted to share with the listeners and viewers this week. You can watch this interview also on our YouTube Channel - click here
ImageInterview with Robin Stjernberg (Melodifestivalen 2013):  Newcomer to Melodifestivalen is Robin Stjerberg who performed "You" and in an exciting voting won Melodifestivalen 2013 and thus will be represening Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmoe on 18 May 2013. Lilian Brunell has been chatting with Robin after the dress rehearsal and then at the Aftershow Party after he won Melodifestivalen 2013. You can watch this interview also on our YouTube Channel - click here. Watch the interview at the Winner's Aftershow Party - click here
ImageInterview with Sean Banan (Melodifestivalen 2013):  At the Welcome Reception earlier this week our rowing reporter Lilian Brunell met the amazing Sean Banan and delivered a fantastic interview that certainly makes you laugh. It is Sean's second participation in Melodifestivalen following in 2012 with the song "Sean de Foerste Banan" which unfortunately did not make it into the Final in 2012. However, in 2013 Sean Banan's latest offering "Copacabanana" made it straight to the Final from the Semi Final. He delivered a brilliant show in the Final and with this ended up at Number Six of Melodifestivalen 2013. Enjoy this interview with Lilian and make sure you have the tissues ready for wiping your tears of laughter away. :) At the Aftershow Party Eric and JP met Sean briefly for a little chat - Watch it here
ImageInterview with Anton Ewald (Melodifestivalen 2013):  A Newcomer as singer at Melodifestivalen is Anton Ewald. Anton has been on the stage of the event together with Eric Saade as dancer. In 2013 he tried it as singer with his own dancers in the performance of "Begging" which reached Number Four in the Final of Melodifestivalen 2013. Radio International's Eric interviewed the singer right after the Dress Rehearsal. You can watch this interview also on our YouTube Channel - click here
ImageInterview with Yohio (Melodifestivalen 2013):  Also a newcomer to Melodidestivalen is Yohio who with his band is massive in Japan. The last performing act of the night during the Final of Melodifestivalen 2013 Yohio's song "Heartbreak Hotel" ranked second to Robin Stjernberg's "You".  Lilian and JP had a quick chat with Yohio after the Dress Rehearsal. You can watch this interview also on our YouTube Channel - click here
ImageInterview with Louise Hoffsten (Melodifestivalen 2013):  It is no secret that Louise suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and still wants to try to take part in Melodifestivalen 2013. Her entry is called "Only the dead fish follow the stream" which reached Number Five in Sweden's National Final. Also Louise is the only lady amongst the ten Final Acts. Radio International's roving reporter Lilian Brunell chatted with Louise Hoffsten from lady to lady which Radio International is delighted to air during this week's edition of Radio International.  You can watch this interview also on our YouTube Channel - click here
ImageInterview with David Lindgren (Melodifestivalen 2013):  2013 is David Lindgren's second participation at Melodifestivalen following his Number Four entry in 2012 called "Shout it out". This year David performed "Skyline" which reached Number Eight in Melodifestivalen 2013. Radio International's Eric interviewed the singer right after the Dress Rehearsal. You can watch this interview also on our YouTube Channel - click here
ImageInterview with the Hosts of Melodifestivalen 2013: Danny Saucedo & Gina Dirawi: Viewers of Melodifestivalen 2012 saw both in the show whereas Danny Saucedo was one of the ten finalists ranking second with "Amazing" after Loreen's "Euphoria". Gina was part of the host trio including Sarah Dawn Finer & Helena Bergstroem in 2012 where she was also part of the commmentating team of SVT in Baku. Gina & Danny were selected by SVT (Swedish TV) to host the series of Melodifestivalen 2013 comprising of four Semi Finals, the Second Chance Round and subsequently also the Grand Final of Melodifestivalen 2013. Right after the show Eric & JP chatted with the presenters of the show which you can hear in this week's edition of Radio International. You can watch this interview also on our YouTube Channel - click here
ImageInterview with Mr. Melodifestivalen: Christer Bjoerkman:  The overall director of Melodifestivalen Christer Bjoerkman who is responsible for the show and the selection process of Sweden's entry to the Eurovision Song Contest was extremely happy with Melodifestivalen 2013. He himself represented Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 1992. Eric & JP from Radio International interviewed Christer in regards with Melodifestivalen 2013 and the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 which takes place in Malmoe, Sweden on 14, 16 & 18 May 2013. You can watch this interview also on our YouTube Channel - click here

ImageInterview with Marilena (Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2013):  On Saturday, 02 February 2013 Malta selected their entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 with a young medical doctor by the name of Gianluca Bezzina who will be the Ambassador of Malta in Malmoe waving the Maltese Flag and singing the song "Tomorrow" which won Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2013. The full result of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2013 can be viewed here.
Continuing the series of interviews with Maltese music talents Radio International this week airs an interview with Marilena who sang "Overrated" in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2013 which unfortunately did not qualify for the Final. Listen to the interview which JP did with the singer during the rehearsals. 
  • The Results of the Radio International Online Voting can be found - here
  • Photos of the Malta Experience can be viewed here in Album 1 and Album 2
ImageEurovision Song Contest Spotlight - The 2013 National Finals with Marcus Keppel-Palmer: The National Selection period is in full swing where countries are selecting their entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 that will be staged in Malmö, Sweden on the 14 May 2013 (Semi Final 1),  16 May 2013 (Semi Final 2) and 18 May 2013 (Grand Final) where so far 39 countries will be competing for the trophy and the rights to hold the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. As every year Radio International reviews the National Finals with the regular correspondents and this week it is the turn of Marcus Keppel-Palmer who will be taking a look at the selection process of Israel, Netherlands, Romania, Sweden and United Kingdom. Also Bulgaria since the broadcaster decided to change the song. Find a full listing of the upcoming National Finals here.
Image Eurovision UnderCover:  Last week, Radio International started a brand new series on the show featuring Eurovision Cover Versions where JP will be intoducing some of the finest Eurovision Song Contest entries covered by other singers. Just be surprised. You will be hearing the actual song that has been on the Eurovision stage followed by the cover. Enjoy the brand new series.  Listeners are encouraged to send in their cover versions they came across over the years to share with the other fans tuning into the show. Alternatively, listeners can send in their request for a particular Eurovision covered song using this link. David Mann's been digging deep in his treasure box for this week's Eurovision Cover song. Don't miss it!
ImageNew Song Releases by Eurovision Artists:  Radio International is always keen to know how the careers of Eurovision performers develop after their performance at the event. The show is in collaboration with many Music Companies that supply Radio International with the latest songs of their signed up artists to bring the muisc closer to the fans. On a weekly basis Radio International receives songs which are being featured on the show. This week watch out for new material from Agnetha Fältskog

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. He also takes a look at some statistics such as viewing figures in the various countries and more.
In addition, Eurovision News is available on www.eurovision.tv, escxtra.com, esctoday.com and escflashmalta.com.   

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


ImageEurovision 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. But also all the National Final Details are being displayed in the Calendar. Make sure you frequently check it out. 
Upcoming Events - Highlights:
13 April 2013:
Eurovision in Concert 2013 in the Melkweg of Amsterdam, The Netherlands with 2013 Eurostar. Details
14 May 2013
Eurovision Song Contest 2013 - Semi Final 1 from Malme, Sweden
16 May 2013
Eurovision Song Contest 2013 - Semi Final 2 from Malme, Sweden 
14 May 2013
Eurovision Song Contest 2013 - Grand Final from Malme, Sweden 
19 - 21 July 2013
Eurovision Weekend in Berlin, Germany
07 September 2013
Eurovision Cruise organised by OGAE Finland
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. As long as stock last you can also select something out of the Eurovision 2010 Goodies Bag. Good Luck! Congratulations go to Robert Wahlstroem from Gothenburg in Sweden for winning this week's Clip Quiz.
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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