Melodifestivalen 2015: Semifinalists revealed!

Today, the participants of the third and fourth MF Semifinal were revealed by the Swedish national broadcaster, SVT. Among the names, we recognize Ellen Benediktson, who took part in  Melodifestivalen 2014 with her song entitled "Songbird". 

Melodifestivalen 2015 begins with the first semi-final in Gothenburg on February 7. The semi-final stage of the competition will run throughout February, with a second chance round on March 7 and the grand final taking place on March 14.

Third semi-final  is scheduled to be held on 21st of February in Östersund
  1. Andreas Weise - Bring Out the Fire 
  2. Isa - Don’t Stop 
  3. Kalle Johansson - För din skull 
  4. Kristin Amparo - I See You 
  5. Ellen Benediktson - Insomnia 
  6. Jon Henrik Fjällgren - Jag är fri 
  7. Andreas Johnson - Living To Die 
Fourth semi-final  is scheduled to be held on 28th of February in Örebro
  1. Caroline Wennergren - Black Swan 
  2. JTR - Building It Up 
  3. Midnight Boy - Don’t Say No
  4. Annika Herlitz - Ett andetag 
  5. Hasse Andersson - Guld och gröna skogar 
  6. Måns Zelmerlöw - Heroes 
  7. Dinah Nah - Make Me (La La La)

Eurovision 2015 logo design revealed!

Earlier today, the logo design of the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest was revealed. The theme art is shaped like a sphere and comes with the slogan "Building Bridges". Many Eurovision fans said that the logo design is a combination of ESC 2010 (the spheres) and ESC 2011 (colors). 

"It is a great logo, a strong sign with recognition value and endless possibilities," says Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the contest on behalf of the European Broadcasting Union.

Dr. Alexander Wrabetz, Director General of ORF: "With this graphic identity we have presented a contemporary, professional entertainment design. A big advantage of the Sphere is the versatility because it is suitable for both - dynamic screen design as well as any analog use. I am particularly pleased that the graphic appearance was developed by a great team in-house."
"The Song Contest moved to Austria and Austria welcomes guests happily and with spirit, without the expectable cliches, just in a modern and cosmopolitan way. This dynamism is also reflected in the graphical appearance of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest," adds Edgar Böhm, Executive Producer of the contest in 2015.

Melodifestivalen 2015 participants revealed!

The first 14 participants were revealed earlier today by SVT, the Swedish national broadcaster. SVT revealed the names of the artists that will take part in the first and second semi-final of the Melodifestivalen 2015.

Semifinal 1 is scheduled to be held in Gothenburg on 7 February 2015:
  • Jessica Andersson – Can’t hurt me now
  • Behrang Miri feat. Victor Fritz Crone – Det rår vi inte för
  • Dolly Style – Hello hi
  • Molly Pettersson Hammar – I’ll be there
  • Elize Ryd & Rickard Söderberg – One by one
  • Daniel Gildenlöw – Pappa
  • Eric Saade – Sting 
 Semifinal 2 is scheduled to be held in Malmö on 14 February 2015:
  • Mariette – Don’t stop believing
  • Emelie Irewald - Där och då med dig
  • Linus Svenning – Forever starts today
  • Magnus Carlsson – Möt mig i gamla stan
  • Samir & Viktor – Groupie
  • Neverstore – If I was God for one day
  • Marie Bergman & Sanne Salomonsen - Nonetheless
Tomorrow morning we will find out the remaining 14 acts which will compete at Melodifestivalen 2015. Eric Saade is making a comeback this year. He represented Sweden at Eurovision 2011 and obtained an honorable 3rd place. He also took part at Melodifestivalen 2010.

Amber will represent Malta in Vienna!

After a magnificent National Final, Amber won the honor to represent the small Maltese country at the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. A total of five juries from different countries and the public decided the winner of this year's MESC. 

Amber first took part in 2011 when she finished in 13th place in the Maltese selection with Catch 22, and also had another entry the same year in the semi-final with Touch Wood. She also took part in 2013 (fourth with In Control and in 2014 fourth with Because I Have You.) In 2012 she came even closer with a third place in the final with Answer Me With Your Eyes. However she did go onto Baku as a backing vocalist to Kurt Calleja.

Amber says that her song has a simple, motivational message to which everyone can relate to. “Through our lives each and every one of us has suffered some sort of pain, be it physical or emotional, caused either by heartbreak, illness, etc.” Her song is within itself a message to inspire those who need it most.

The song Warrior is composed by the familiar names of Elton Zarb and Muxu (also known as Matthew Muxu Mercieca), who had three entries in the final. Zarb also had a further two songs he co-wrote in the final.

Amber will represent Malta in one of the Semi-Finals of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest to be held on Tuesday the 19th of May and Thursday the 21st May.


TVR: Romania will be in Vienna!

TVR, the Romanian national broadcaster officially confirmed that Romania will take part at the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. Most likely Romania will select their entry through the usual Selecția Națională which turned out to be a real success in the past years. 

Usually Romania was among the last countries to confirm participation but thankfully, this year Romanian fans can relax and start enjoying the Eurovision 2015 Season which will begin pretty soon! 

International Eurovision News from Romania! was officially relaunched today with a brand new design and ideas for the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest Season. is the only website in Romania that provides Eurovision news (about Romania and more) for all international fans around the world. In 2012 and 2013 was nominated the official blog for Selecția Națională releasing exciting news about the artists and the live show! 

Stay tuned for more exciting news about the forthcoming Eurovision Season and the Romanian National Selection! 

Eurovision 2015 Season kicks off in Romania

According to TVR's previous rules, any song that is released starting with today, 1 September 2014, is eligible to represent Romania at the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. Vizi Imre, who participated at Selectia Nationala 2014, announced two weeks ago that he is preparing for Eurovision 2015 with a song called "Best Friend".

Stay tuned on for more news about Selectia Nationala 2015 and Eurovision 2015!

The winner of the EM Factor 2013

The EM Factor is a special edition organized by the Eurovision Memories Team starting with 2013. Due to some organizing issues, the winner will be announced only today. Plans for organizing the next edition of the EM Factor are already being discussed and news will be revealed pretty soon. Meanwhile, ladies and gentlemen, it is now time to finally announce the winner of the EM Factor 2013.

The winner, according to the rules published two weeks ago, will receive a grand final ticket for EM 44 Song Contest, without competing in the Semifinals. Also, EM members had the unique chance to place bets and to predict the winner. Those who managed to predict the winner, will receive the desired prize they had picked from the EM bets prize list.  

A total of 13 juries from 13 different countries picked the winner. And the long waited results are:
  1. Kamilo Erden (Ukraine) - 103 points 
  2. Brittany Ashworth (UK) - 98 points 
  3. Ermin Basaskic (Germany) - 92 points
  4. Razvan Catoiu (Finland) - 85 points  
Full results will be revealed later tonight or tomorrow morning on the EM Factor Website. Congratulations!

New goals, new changes!

Two weeks ago I turned 21 and that freaks me out a lot. Twenty one, that sounds weird! I'm saying that because I felt like 18 yesterday and now I'm a fully responsible adult. For my next adventure, I've set up a few goals...goals that will surely change my life for good. If I don't reach those goals I will just prove to myself that I'm not worthy to have important responsibilities on my shoulders. 

Erasmus, my final thesis and the master's degree are on my priority list but the most important goal is about to start tomorrow. I have exactly two months to achieve good results elsewhere everything will turn out to be a huge failure. I reached a point where I realized that my life, my way of doing things is not right at all. I need improvement, I need to learn new things, to explore, to challenge myself, to prove everyone that yes, I am proud of what I'm doing and the fact that I'm a good and responsible example for everyone! 

I'm trying to support my friends, to explain them that it is OK to do what you like. You need to be in control of your life and of course to do what your heart desires. No one, and I mean NO ONE should be allowed to crush down your dreams, so please, dare to dream, dare to make changes and dare to set up goals that others think you're not capable of. 

See you soon!

Portugal, here I come!

Yes, that's right! I applied for an Erasmus Grant three weeks ago and finally the results were published last Monday. I had to choose between France, Spain, Greece, Poland, Czech Republic, Portugal and Italy. Of course my final decision was no other than....Portugal
It was a difficult decision because I had to take in account important details, such as the cost of living, distance, university etc. I applied to study Accounting & Auditing one semester at Instituto Superior Miguel Torga or ISMT, a private University situated in the beautiful city of Coimbra. My initial option was Braganca but a colleague that was in Portugal last year, convinced me and my friend to choose Coimbra. 
Portugal is actually a cheap country and probably that was the main thing that influenced my decision. Coimbra is also one of the biggest cities in Portugal and it's near the Ocean so yeah...can't wait till September!  :-)

I will write down my Erasmus experience on my blog and you can find my Erasmus Diary by clicking on the banner. (right side of the blog). 

See you soon!