Who is in and who is out

EBU have announced 39 participants for the 2013 contest.
Albania, Austria, Armenia, AzerbaijanBelarusBelgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, FranceGeorgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, ItalyLatviaLithuania,  MacedoniaMalta, MoldovaMontenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, SloveniaSpain, SwedenSwitzerlandUkraine and United Kingdom.

The Malmö Arena is actually finished

Armenia returns after one year absence, but Poland doesn't. Turkey, Slovakia, Bosnia-Hercegovina and Portugal have all decided to give the Malmö event a miss.
Although the list seems quite definitive, EBU are allegedly still negociating to get some of the AWOL countries back in the fore. (Apparently without result, ed.)

The first semi will have 16 entries
First half semi 1:  AustriaEstonia,  SloveniaCroatiaDenmarkRussiaUkraineNetherlands,
Second half semi 1:  MontenegroLithuaniaBelarusMoldovaIrelandCyprusBelgium, Serbia,

The second semi will have 17 entries
First hald semi 2: LatviaSan MarinoMacedoniaAzerbaijanFinlandMaltaBulgariaIceland,
Second half semi 2: Greece,  IsraelArmeniaHungaryNorway, AlbaniaGeorgiaSwitzerlandRomania.

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Already in the final are Sweden, United Kingdom, Italy (these will be voting in semi 1), FranceSpain and Germany (voting in semi 2.)

The running order will be announced in April.

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Georgia - Waterfall - Sopho Gelovani and Nodi Tatishvili

15 - 50 pts / 10 - 63 pts in semi 2

GPB have selected Sopho Gelovani (სოფო გელოვანი)
and Nodiko (Nodi) Tatishvili (ნოდიკო ტატიშვილი)
to represent Georgia in the Malmö Eurovision Song Contest.

On Januari 10 it was announced that the Georgian entry will be a song written by Swedish composer Thomas G:Son. On februari 5 the title was revealed: Waterfall.
The song was presented on Februari 27 in Our Morning (TV show). Watch and listen here at Eurovision Georgia,
Here you can watch the whole TV show with the song at around the 12 minute mark.
The lyrics are here at Eurovision Georgia

- on the official Malmö 2CD
Waterfall - Karaoke
- on the official karaoke collection (digital release)

A promo cdrom includes audio (wave file) and video of Waterfall.

G:Son wrote last years winner Euphoria and a lot of other Eurovision songs, read all about them at the Euphoria page at the Baku Collection.
G:Son wrote Waterfall with Erik Bernholm who we know from In A Moment Like This (Denmark 2010) and Quedate Conmigo (Spain 2012)
Bernholm also produced Runaway, Sahlene's Estonian entry from 2003.

links and sources
Eurovision Georgia
Nodiko FB

Afrikaans coverversion.
Update: South African singer Karlien van Jaarsveld released her latest CD Uitklophou (Knockout). Title track is a coverversion of Waterfall, a duet with boyband Eden.
Karlien van Jaarsveld website.

Sopho's Hall Of Fame.
The duo will be the 6th Eurovision entrants for the country and the 7th that were selected to sing for Georgia (the 2009 entry was withdrawn). If you count Ǝldrine's lead singer Sopho Toroshelidze it's the 4th time Georgia sends a Sopho, which is remarkable.
Sopho Khalvashi's Visionary Dream, Georgia's debut entry, ended 12th in Helsinki.
Sophia Nizharadze (who is actually called Sopho, really) ended 9th in 2010 and Ǝldrine, with their new lead Sopho also ended 9th. Ǝldrine actually had a different singer (Taka Vadachkoria) in the National Final, but she wasn't named Sopho, so she had to go.

Georgia's recent Eurovision hits:
2012 - Anri Joxadze
2011 - Ǝldrine
2009 - Stephane and 3G (withdrawn entry)

Macedonia - Pred Da Se Razdeni - Esma and Lozano

3rd promo cds
16 - 28 pts in semi 2

Esma and Lozano still smiling
Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M.) will be represented in Malmö by Esma Redžepova and Vlatko Lozanoski (a.k.a Lozano).
Есма Реџепова и Влатко Лозаноски (Лозано)

The song for Macedonia is Pred Da Se Razdeni (Пред да се раздени, Before the dawn).
The song is written by Darko Dimitrov and Lazar Cvetkovski with lyrics by Magdalena Cvetkoska - Ena. The part sung by Esma in the Roma language is written by Simeon Anatasov (Симеон Атанасов, son of Esma Redžepova, actually one of her 47 adopted children).
Pred Da Se Razdeni wasn't Macedonia's first choice, see below for more on that.

1st promo cds
A version with Lozano's parts sung in English is recorded. The Esma bits are still in Roma.
Listen to the song here at Lozano's Reverbnation or here at Lozano's Youtube.
A remix of the English version is here at Lozano's Youtube
A remix of the Macedonian version is here at Lozano's Youtube
Both remixes can now be downloaded at Lozano's Reverbnation
The new official video is a version in English, Roma and Macedonian. (The last Lozano part is in Macedonian). You can watch this one at Esma Redzepova's Youtube.

An early1-track promo is issued and includes the original version.
A 2nd 1-track promo in the same sleeve has the Macedonian/Roma/English version.
A third promo has the same disc as the 2nd (with the Macedonian/Roma /English version) but comes in a fold out picture sleeve (top picture)
A 5 track promo cd-r has the versions marked * in versions list

Lozano Solo
Update: Post Eurovision Lozano released solo versions of Pred Da Se Razdeni and its English version If I Could Change The World.
The Esma parts are gone and the song has a new arrangement. There's also an instrumental. Available at amazon and iTunes.

Please note that the 1-track cdsingles with the Lozano solo versions offered through Amazon and e-Bay are cd-r's made by request. Source is undisclosed, better burn one yourself and save some money.

Pred Da Se Razdeni - Macedonian/Roma
- on the official Malmö 2CD, *
If I Could Change The World - English/Roma
- at Lozano's Reverbnation, *
If I Could Change The World - English/Roma/Macedonian
- at Esma's Youtube, *
If I Could Change The World - remix in English/Roma
- at Lozano's Youtube and download at reverbnation *
Pred Da Se Razdeni - Clubmix Macedonian/Roma
- at Lozano's Youtube, and download at reverbnation *
Pred Da Se Razdeni - Karaoke
- on the official karaoke collection (digital release)
Pred Da Se Razdeni - Lozano solo version
If I Could Change The World - Lozano Solo version in English
Pred Da Se Razdeni / If I Could Change The World - Lozano Solo Instrumental
- Solo versions are digital releases
There's also a remix by Erik Fox of Lozano's solo version in Macedonian,  here at Erik Fox soundcloud

At the contest the backing track of the English/Roma versions was used, but the song was performed in Macedonian/Roma


You can also download several versions for free at Lozano's reverbnation.

Pred Da Se Razdeni was the second song chosen for Macedonia's Eurovision adventure.
The first song Empirija (Империја,Empire) written by Simeon Atanasov, Dejan Momiroski with lyrics by Borce Nekovski was withdrawn for a host of reasons.
Allegedly experts and the Macedonian public were not happy. Skopje 2014, The location where the clip was shot was is political hotbed and some Greeks seem to be offended too in some historic way (sigh...), and there was something about Alexander the Great too. The original video was removed from official sources but if you do a search at Youtube you can still find the original song.
After first considering just making changes to Empirija, MKRTV and Esma and Lozano opted for a new song.
The original working title for Empirija was Опсесија (Obsesija, Obsession). It was also reported at an early stage that song was to be in English but the only released version was in Macedonian.

Malo Malo
Esma Redžepova Teodosievska has tried to get to Eurovision before.
In 1971 her song Malo Malo (Little by little) was entered for the Yugoslavian final by TV Beograd (Serbian TV) and ended 3rd.

In 2006 Ljubov E (Love is), a duet with Adrian Gaxha ended 2nd in the Macedonian final. Gaxha himself entered for Macedonia in 2008 with a bunch of other people.

When The Road Bends
The 2007 movie When The Road Bends - Tales Of A Gypsy Caravan, features Esma and the Teodosievski Ensemble feature along with Gypsy ensembles from Romania, India and Spain. They are followed on their U.S. tour. The movie gives an fascinating insight of the Gypsy culture and the important role of music in their life.
When The Road Bends website.

Vlatko Lozanoski also tried in the Macedonian selection. In 2009 Blisku Do Mene (Close to me) ended 4th and in 2010 Letam Kon Tebe (Only with you) did the same.

links and sources
Lozano website and FB
Lozano Reverbnation
Thanks to Lior

Macedonia's recent Eurovision hits:
2010 - Gjoko Taneski + Billy Sver
2009 - Next Time

Albania - Identitet - Adrian Lulgjuraj and Bledar Sejko

15 - 31 pts in semi 2
Adrian Lulgjuraj dhe Bledar Sejko have won the 51st Festivali i Këngës and will represent Albania in Malmö with their song Identitet. It will be the 10th Eurovision entry for Albania.
The music is written by Bledar Sejko, lyrics are by Eda Sejko.

A new edited version is recorded for Eurovision. Watch and listen here at Eurovision.tv's Youtube.
Watch the live performance here at the tube.

RTSH have issued two promo's. One is a cd-r with the Eurovision, instrumental and karaoke versions of Identitet (as wave files), the other a DVD with videoclip, performance video (with ESV version audio) and photoclip.

Identitet - Eurovision version
- on the official Malmö 2CD, promo cds
Identitet - Original version
- has been at Bledar Sejko's facebook
Identitet - Karaoke version
- on the official karaoke collection (digital release), promo cds
Identitet - Instrumental
- on promo cds

links and sources
Special thanks to Elena Malosmani at RTSH

Ukraine - Gravity - Zlata Ognevich

digital release image
3 - 214 pts / 3 - 140 pts in semi 1

Ukraine selected Zlata Ognevich (Злата Огневич) and her song Gravity to represent the country in the Malmö contest.

A new version is recorded for the contest.
Listen and watch here at Zlatas Youtube

Remixes can be heard here and here at Zlata's Youtube. They are partially in a fantasy language.
You can download Gravity (full), the remixes and ringtone at this soundcloud.

Gravity - full version 3:00
- on the official Malmö 2CD
Gravity - Radio edit medium 2:53
Gravity - Radio edit short 2:42
- full and both edits on promo cdrom
Gravity - Karaoke
- on the official karaoke collection (digital release)
Gravity - Remix, radio edit
Gravity - Remix - Club edit
The original version has only been performed with live vocals.
An instrumental of the original has been leaked to Youtube.

promo cdrom
A promo cdrom includes three versions of Gravity (mp3 and wave files) plus video, photo and info.

Netherlands sales top 100: 50

Murmansk born singer Zlata Ognevich participated in the 2011 Ukraine selection with the song Tiny Island and ended 5th.
In 2011 her song Kukushka (The cuckoo) ended 2nd in the heavily contested Ukrainian final.

The Giant
Ukraine hardly ever lets us down in the prop departement. Whips, Chains, Hell Machine, Sandlady and Verka Serduchka. This year they come up with a giant. The giant in the narration of Gravity is portrayed by Ukrainian born American Igor Vovkovinskiy.
At 2.35 or 2.43 he's officialy the tallest man living in the U.S.A. and made the news by wearing a t-shirt reading The Worlds Biggest Obama Supporter.
He's not the tallest Ukrainian in the world though, that honour goes to Leonid Stadnyk. He's reportedly 2 meters 57 cm, but it is not official as he wasn't measured by the Guinnes Book Of Records.
Think of it what you will, Ukraine's Gravity show will be talked about.

links and sources:
The list of participants at NTU (in Ukrainian)
Zlata Ognevich website
Special thanks for Dariia Partas
Tallest men of the world wiki

Also find out about Ukraine's recent Eurovision hits:
2012 - Gaitana
2011 - Mika Newton
2010 - Alyosha

Montenegro - Igranka - Who See ft.Nina

12 - 41 pts in semi 1
Rap duo Who See represented Montenegro in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. They were joined by singer Nina Žižić.
The song written by Wikluh Sky (Serbian producer/rapper Đorđe Miljenović) with Who See is titled Igranka.(Dance)

Pobjeda newspaper, one of the sponsors of Who See's Eurovision adventure, have included a promo CD of Igranka including the song and the video with their april 30 issue. (top picture)
The promo used in Malmö comes in a similar sleeve but it doesn't mention Nina Žižić on sleeve or disc (pic below).
Both have the same label numbers PAM CG CD 031, made by MACG / City Records.

- on the official Malmö 2CD
Igranka - Karaoke
- on the official karaoke collection (digital release)

The song, premiered on March 14, can be watched here at RTCG.
You can download the song for free (wave file) at the Who See Facebook (16-3 message).

Who See are Dejan Dedović (Dedduh) and Mario Đorđević (Noyz) who have been working together since 2000. They released their debut album Sviranje Kupcu in 2007 under the name Who See? Klapa. Their second album Krš I Drača is from 2012.
They scored a radiohit in 2012 with Reggaeton Montenegro (ft Rhino).

Nina Žižić
links and sources
RTCG Eurovision pages
Who See FB
Special thanks to Pobjeda newspaper.

Lest we forget
Montenegro in 2012 - Rambo Amadeus
2009 - Andrea Demirovic

Lithuania - Something - Andrius Pojavis

22 - 17 pts / 9 - 53 pts in semi 1
Andrius Pojavis has won the Lithuanian final with Something and gets the ticket to Malmö
Pojavis wrote both the music and lyrics for the song.

Here you can listen to the first studio version of Something courtesy of Pojavis Reverbnation.
You can buy the song from youknowwho.
Update: A new version is recorded for Eurovision, listen to it here at Lrytas.lt

Something - ESC version
- on the official Malmö 2CD
Something - Karaoke
- on the official karaoke collection (digital release)
Something - Original version
- websites, first itunes release

After starting out in several bands, Pojavis scored his first solo hit in 2012 with Traukiniai. He followed it up with the release of his debut album 8.

links and sources
LRT Eurovision pages
Andrius Pojavis website (new)
Andrius Pojavis FB
Andrius Pojavis Reverbnation

Lest we forget:
Lithuania in 2012: Donny Montell
2011 - Evelina Sashenko
2010 - Inculto
2009 - Sasha Son

Spain - Contigo Hasta El Final - El Sueño de Morfeo

Digital release image Eurovision 'video version'
25 - 8 pts / not in semi

RTVE, Spanish national television announced El Sueño de Morfeo (ESDM) as the 2013 Eurovision entrants.
The song chosen is Contigo Hasta El Final (With you until the end).

Contigo Hasta El Final is released through digital sources like Amazon (Spain).
The version is listed as "Versión Gala TVE Eurovisión"
The second version released is listed as the "Versión Video" which is the Eurovision version
An English version is also recorded.

The new video is here at TVE

Digital release image first version
Contigo Hasta El Final (With you until the end)
- on the official Malmö 2CD, and CD Todos Tenemos Un Sueño
Contigo Hasta El Final (With you until the end) - karaoke
- on the official karaoke collection (digital release)
Contigo Hasta El Final (With you until the end) - English
- on CD Todos Tenemos Un Sueño
Contigo Hasta El Final  - first version (Versión Gala TVE Eurovisión)
- has been on the RTVE website

Spain top 50: 32

Everybody Has A Dream
Todos Tenemos Un Sueño is the title of the album ESDM have released to coincide with their Eurovision adventure. The CD includes the Eurovision song (as Version Video, being the Eurovision version) and the English version.
It also includes two versions of their first ever hit Nunca Volverá, one being an acoustic version with Pastora Soler.  It also includes the other preselection songs (marked *) and popular songs from the ESDM back catalogue in new versions.
Next to Pastora Soler (Eurovision 2012) there are some well known Spanish and Italian singers guesting (see tracklist below)

Tracklist Todos Tenemos Un Sueño (CD)
1. Nunca volverá - versión 2013
2. Ojos de cielo - with Alex Ubago
3. Esta soy yo - with Georgina
4. Para toda la vida
5. Chocar - with Nek
6. Si no estás - with Morrigans
7. Lo mejor está por llegar - with Laura Pausini, Deborah & Ximena Xariñana
8. Gente
9. Contigo hasta el final - video version
10. Revolución * - with La Musicalité
11. Dame tu voz * - versión Gala TVE Eurovisión
12. Atrévete * - versión Gala TVE Eurovisión
13. Contigo hasta el final (With you until the end) - English version
14. Nunca volverá - with Pastora Soler (Acoustic)
Release date May 7 (Warner Music Spain), also available through your popular digital sources of course.

National Final
There were 4 songs by ESDM in the running to be Spains next Eurovision entry.
- Contigo Hasta El Final (With you until the end)
- Dame Tu Voz (Give me your voice)
Above two were sent directly to the National Final.

- Revolución
- Atrévete (Dare)
One of these Atrévete, was selected for the three-song final by the internet audience.

You can now listen to the four songs in full here at RTVE.

links and sources
TVE Eurovision pages
ESDM website and FB
Thanks to Jean-François

Lest we forget:
Spain in 2012 - Pastora Soler

2011 - Lucia Peréz
2010 - Daniel Diges
2009 - Soraya

Malta - Tomorrow - Gianluca Bezzina

8 - 120 pts / 4 - 118 pts in semi 2

Gianluca Bezzina has won the Maltese final with the song Tomorrow written by Boris Čežek and Dean Muscat.
The official videoclip is here at TVM
Watch the studio performance of the song here at TVM,

Tomorrow EP
A digital EP has been released on  iTunes. It's under the name Gianluca and has 4 tracks.
I'll Be There
Tomorrow - Bezzina family version
Tomorrow - Instrumental (is actually karaoke)
The Bezzina family performed the song on a live TV show Xarabank (youtube). The EP has a studio version.
Update: The same four tracks are now available on cdsingle, for sale at Bearecords. On this release the karaoke is actually named karaoke

Tomorrow - Eurovision version
- on the official Malmö 2CD
Tomorrow - Bezzina family version
Tomorrow - Karaoke (listed as instrumental on the cds)
- all on cds
Tomorrow = Acoustic
- on album Waiting For Tomorrow, digital issue only

Ireland top 100: 69, -
Netherlands sales top 100: 32, -
UK top 100: 66, -
German top 100: 70, -

Waiting For Tomorrow
In July Gianluca released his debut album Waiting For Tomorrow. (Albam records)
Below is the tracklist for the itunes version, the 11th track, the acoustic version of Tomorrow is not included on the CD version. (why not????)
Tracklist Waiting For Tomorrow
1. Count Me In
2. Tomorrow
3. I'll Be There
4. Perfect
5. Light Me Up
6. High and Away
7. Picture
8. Happy Song
9. Walk On Blind
10. Perfectly In Tune
11. Tomorrow (Acoustic) - digital release only.

FI and more
Gianluca Bezzina is the lead singer of Funk Initiative who formed in 2010 scored several local hits with their brand of jazz-funk rock, completely different to his Eurovision bid.
Their 2012 song My Robot Monkey Army Is Better Than Yours deserves a mention for the title alone.
It's definitely worth checking them out on their Youtube channel (link below)

TVM, maltese television, uploaded the 24 songs that in the running for a ticket to Malmö.
You can still check out the songs here, a click on the artist will lead you to their video and information.
The songs competed in two nights in februari, with eight that were axed on the first night, leaving 16 for the final.

Funk initiative logo from FB
links and sources
Gianluca's Facebook
TVM Eurovision pages
Funk Initiative Youtube channel and FB
Thanks to Jean-François and to Lior

Lest we forget
Malta in 2012 - Kurt Calleja
2011 - Glen Vella
2010 - Thea Garett
2009 - Chiara

Latvia - Here We Go - PeR

pic nicked from PeR's reverbnation
17 - 13 pts in semi 2

PeR (Please Explain the Rhythm) won Dziesma 2013 with Here We Go, one of two songs they had in the latvian final.
Here We Go is written by Ralfs Eilands and Arturas Burke.

Here We Go was already #1 in various Latvian charts before the final.

Originally starting out as a threepiece in 2007, currently PeR are Ralfs Eilands and Edmunds Rasmanis.

Here We Go and the other PeR Dziesma song Sad Trumpet are both already released on the album PeR, out since november '12. (see versions)
The album also includes 2012 song Disco Superfly.

The album also includes several songs they wrote and recorded with the late Mārtiņš Freimanis.
The digital release is available at Amazon, a CD version was used for promotion in Malmö.

Russian version
A video of a version in Russian and English was already uploaded in februari. It features both PeR guys plus rappers Vsego Lish' 2 Parnya (Only 2 men). Don't know if the track is available through any other source.

Here We Go -  ESC version
- on Malmö official CD
Here We Go - Dziesma (NF) edit
- as on LVT website, Only a slight difference in the intro between the ESC and Dziesma edits.
Here We Go - Album version
- on Album PeR. (PeRmuzik)
Here We Go - Karaoke
- on official karaoke release
Here We Go (Ты Поверь) feat. Всего Лишь 2 Парня (Russian/English)
- version Ty Pover' feat. Vsego Lish' 2 Parnya, video here

PeR have tried to make it to Eurovision on a few occasions:
2009 - Bye Bye - Sabrine Nerezina ft. PeR.* (9th)
2010 - Like A Mouse (10th)
2012 - Superfly (5th)
2013 - Sad Trumpet (finalist, outside top 3)
* Without Ralfs Eilands, as he was too young to participate.

Dziesma 2013
Latvian TV LTV have uploaded the 20 semi finalists for the 2013 selection.
After keeping the performers undisclosed for six weeks, they have now been announced.
You can listen to the songs and find all the details here at LTV

Listen here to all the songs

links and sources
LTV Eurovision pages
PeR Draugiem has the music
PeR FB and VK
PeR Reverbnation

Lest we forget
Latvia in 2012 - Anmary
2011 - Musiqq
2010 - Aisha
2009 - Intars Busulis

Belgium - Love Kills - Roberto Bellarosa

12 - 71 pts / 5 - 45 pts in semi 1

RTBF (Wallonia Television) announced The Voice Belgique winner Roberto Bellarosa as the singer for Malmö.

Bellarosa performed three songs in a national final on Vivacite. (radio and internet) and Love Kills is the winner after a telephone and jury voting.
Love Kills is written by Andreas Anastasiou, Jukka Immonen and and Iain James
A new version of Love Kills is recorded for Eurovision, the original performed version has not been available in its studio version.

Watch and listen to the Eurovision version
Love kills is available through iTunes and Amazon.
A 1-track promo cds is issued.

A digital re-issue of his album Ma Voie includes Love Kills and Be Heroes from the Belgian selection. Reste Toi, the 3rd song from the NF was already on the original edition.

The songwriters
Andreas Anastasiou is one of the writers of the 2011 Cyprus entry San Angelos S'agapisa (Σαν Άγγελος Σ'αγάπησα).
Iain James a.k.a  Iain Farquharsondur a.k.a Sparx co-wrote the 2011 winner Running Scared for Azerbaijan.
Jukka Immonen is involded the the UMK 2013 (Eurovision) selection process for Finland.

Love Kills - Eurovision version
- on the official Malmö 2CD
Love Kills - Karaoke
- on the official karaoke collection (digital release)
The original version arrangement has only been performed with live vocals

Belgium top 50 (Wallonia): 44, 6, 19, 40, 46
Belgium top 50 (Flanders): 15, 23, 27, 40
Netherlands sales top 100: 71, -
German top 100: 90, -

The three songs Roberto Bellarosa performed in the national final were:
Love Kills
Reste Toi
Be Heroes
Reste Toi was already out on Bellarosa's album Ma Voie.

links and sources:
RTBF news
Roberto's FB
Thanks to Jean-François.

Lest we forget:
Belgium in 2012: Iris
2011 - Witloof Bay
2010 - Tom Dice
2009 - Copycat (Patrick Ouchène)

Belarus - Solayoh - Alyona Lanskaya

16 - 48 pts / 7 - 64 pts in semi 1

Rhythm Of Love by Alyona Lanskaya  (Алёна Ланская) won the Belorussian selection on December 7 2012. But in true Belorussian fashion a new song has been chosen.
Solayoh is a song written by Marc Paelinck from Belgium and Martin King from the U.K..
Alyona is Belarus' 10th Eurovision entrant.

Solayoh is available at iTunes in original and karaoke versions.
If you just want to listen go here at BTRC

A remix EP has been released on iTunes and Amazon, see versions below.

Solayoh is not a new song, it has been on King and Paelincks MySpace for a few years already (as Soleo), but EBU have eased the rules about songs being published (some crap about not having any profit from the early publishing).
The composers have deleted the original song, but stated their account had been hacked.

Marc Paelinck also wrote the Belgian entry of 2002 (Sister by Sergio and the ladies and co-wrote the 2004 entry with his brother Dirk (1 Life by Xandee).

Solayoh - Eurovision version *
- on the official Malmö 2CD
Solayoh - Karaoke *
- on the official karaoke collection (digital release)
Solayoh - Instrumental
- digital release
Solayoh - Russian version
Soleo - original by uncredited singer
- has been on the composers Youtube
Solayoh - Soul Piano Remix by BG Bastards *
Solayoh - Promostella Club Remix *
Solayoh - Philip D. Remix *
Solayoh - Erik Lake remix
Solayoh - Erik Lake vs Philip D. remix
Solayoh - Promostella Radio Club Remix
- remixes on digital EP

Alyona's Facebook had a competition to write Belorussian lyrics for Solayoh.

An early 1 track promo has been issued.
For Malmö a bunch of goodies were made. A a cdrom  with the six remixes and the English, Russian and instrumental versions of Solayoh. (wave and mp3 files). (2 different discs, but with the same content)
Beware: Fakes are being offered on e-bay
The promo pack also includes a usb card with the exact same files.
The Belorussion version doesn't seem to have materialized yet, even though there was a competition to write the lyrics.

Amazon offers two cdsingles for sale, but they are in fact cd-r's made by request.  Source is undisclosed, better burn one yourself and save some money.

Solayoh - The Album
Alyona Lanskaya's new album is out now (November), The album is titled Solayoh.
In Belarus the CD is in the shop. The disc also includes a videoclip of Solayoh.
For the rest of the world (or at least some parts of it) the album is available at iTunes. There's 15 tracks plus four extra versions of Solayoh. (Marked * in versions list above)
You can listen to the tracks at Alyona's Soundcloud or at her Facebook (november 14 entry has a player).
All songs are in English. You'll also find Rhythm Of Love and 2012 contender All My Life.

Rhythm Of Love
Original National Final winner Rhythm Of Love is written by Leonid Shirin, Yuri Vashchuk and Alexey Shirin.
You can listen to the song here at BTRC or watch the official video here at Alyona's Youtube

Alyona Lanskaya already won the 2012 Eurofest selection with the song All My Life, but she got lost on the way to Baku only to find Litesound on the Eurovision stage.
(Read more about that here at the Baku Collection)

The Rhythm Of Love composers also have been unlucky in the past. They missed out with Alyona last year and they also wrote NF winner Far Away by 3+2 which was replaced by the song Butterflies they didn't write (2010). Now it's the third time thay are stabbed in the back, not very nice.
Update 2014: Composer Yuri Vashchuck won the 2014 Belarus selection (he's Teo). Let's see if it holds this time.

You can listen to the songs from the national final including Rhythm Of Love here at BTRC.

South African singer Colé van Dais teamed up with Gbenga Adenuga from Nigeria and recorded a coverversion in Afrikaans and Yoruba titled Molayo. It can be found on the 2018 album Colé and Friends.

Find out all about this album here at Eurocovers.

Links and sources:
BRTC Eurovision
Alyona Lanskaya at VK and FB
Lanskaya's Youtube channel.
Thanks to Lior
Belarus 2013 at ESCKAZ

Lest we forget:
Belarus in 2012 - Litesound
2011 Anastasia Vinnikova
2010 3 + 2
2009 Petr Elfimov

Netherlands - Birds - Anouk

Digital release sleeve nicked from Anouk.nl
9 - 114 pts / 6 - 75 pts in semi 1.
Tros announced early that Anouk will represent the Netherlands at the 2013 Malmö Songcontest.
The song is titled Birds (it was first announced as Birds Falling Down., but it's Birds)
Birds is written by Anouk, Tore Johansson and Martin Gjerstad.

Presentation of the song was on March 11 in various radio shows.
Listen to the song at AnoukTV (Youtube)
Anouk premiered a bit of the Eurovision song at a live charity event on 24-2. Watch here.

A cdsingle is out now, it includes Birds and another track from the Singalong album: Stardust. (Goldilox/Universal 602537355853)
Two promo issues have two discs. The first disc 1 track (Birds) and a second disc has info, lyrics and pictures. One has the tracklist and details in Dutch, the other in English.

Birds and Anouks Sad Singalong Songs album are produced by Tore Johansson who worked with Anouk before on her For Bitter Or Worse album and her #1 hit Three Days In A Row.
It's her 12th album* and it was released on her new own recordlabel Goldilox on the day before the Eurovision final.
Tore Johansson and Martin Gjerstad also worked with The Cardigans, Tom Jones, Sophie Ellis Bextor, A-Ha, Franz Ferdinand and many others.

The album is also  released on Vinyl LP on the specialist Music On Vinyl label (MOV LP 0602537372522)
The Sad Singalong Songs album went platinum in the Netherlands in just five days after its release. It means sales of over 100.000 units. It enters the charts at #1.
Two editions of the CD: In jewel case (0602537410569) and digipack (602537372492).

Live Birds
Update 2014: Anouk releases a live 2CD Live At Symphonica In Rosso om March. The album features recordings from her Symphonica In Rosso Concerts with Guido's Orchestra.
Birds is there, as are many of her other hits like Nobody's Wife, Lost, Three Days In A Row, Modern World, etcetera
(Universal 0602537622252)

Birds - Eurovision version
- on official Malmö 2CD
Birds - Single version / album version
- cdsingle, the release has a longer intro and about 20 seconds of clock ticking at the end.
Birds - karaoke
- on the official karaoke collection (digital release)
Birds - Live with Guido's Orchestra
- on 2CD  Live At Symphonica In Rosso

Birds enters the Dutch sales top 100 at #2. In another list, the Mega top 50 (based on sales and airplay) she's #1. In Eurovision week, after finally getting NL to the final for the first time since 2004 Anouk goes to #1 in the sales chart.
Netherlands sales top 100: 2, 2, 8, 15, 26, 21, 25, 41, 23, 1, 1, 11, 17, 29, 35, 43, 50, 73, 71, 76, 99, -
Belgium top 50 (Flanders) 12, 26, 46, -
Ireland top 100: 71, -
Germany top 100: 49, -
Austria top 75: 74, -

A coverversion was made by Henry's Feesjuh and Beat Crooks ft Jude. Birds - Hardstyle Remix was released through Yellowcab records in April (digital) and is available at Zazell, MegaMedia and possibly other sources.
Listen at Beat Crooks Youtube.

NL/BE chart rivalry
Birds enters the Belgian Flemish charts at #12, which would not seem unusual given the recent trackrecord of NL-BE neighbourly voting, but the last time a Dutch entry scored a minor hit in Belgium was in 1988 (Gerard Joling # 15) before that you'll have to go back to 1976 (Sandra Reemer # 10 hit). Ding A Dong by Teach In scored a #2 hit in 1975.
It probably helps that the Belgians already know Anouk, Birds is her 15th hit. , The other way round is even worse. Only the 1986 winner J'Aime La Vie (Sandra Kim) and 1991's Geef Het Op by the already popular hugely Clouseau scored a top 40 hit in the Netherlands.
Update: Love Kills, the Belgian 2013 entry enters the Dutch sales top 100 at 71.

Sad Singalong Songs Tracklist
1. The Rules
2. Pretending As Always
3. Birds
4. The Good Life
5. Are You Lonely
6. Stardust
7. Only A Mother
8. Kill
9. I Don’t Know Nothing
10 The Black Side Of My Mind
(Goldilox / Universal 0602537350421 / Limted edition: 0602537372492)

Anouk (Anouk Teeuwe) has been a popular singer in the Netherlands (and to a certain extent, Belgium) ever since her first hit, scoring about 30 chart hits with 12 going top 10.
Her first and until now only #1 was Three Days In A Row from 2009.

Internationally Anouk is probably best known for her hit Nobody's Wife from 1997 which was a top 10 hit in Belgium, Sweden, France, Finland, Denmark and Norway and also charted in France and Germany..
Her 2004 song Lost was a #2 hit in Norway in 2008 and a #3 hit in Denmark early 2012 after another singer performed it in a talent show.

Anouks most recent album is To Get Her Together from 2011, the title being a wordplay on her debut album Together Alone.
* She released nine studio albums, two live albums and Lost Tracks, a CD/DVD compilation of previously unreleased material, radio recording and videoclips. Several albums have been re-released with bonus material and/or extra discs.

links and sources:
Songfestival NL / Tros
Songfestivalweblog (in Dutch)
Anouk Website
Anouk facebook
Anouk at BeaRecords

Netherlands recent entries
2012 - Joan Franka
2011 - 3JS
2010 - Sieneke
2009 - De Toppers

Switzerland - You And Me - Takasa

New digital release image
13 - 41 pts in semi 2

Heilsarmee (now Takasa, see below), the band from and named after the Swiss section of the Salvation Army have won the Swiss selection with their song You And Me.
The song is written by Georg Schlunegger from HitMill.

The song is available at iTunes CH under the name of The Salvation Army Switzerland.(Hitmill records). You can watch the official video here at Glanz und Gloria.

The song is available at iTunes (most territories) under the name Heilsarmee and the release also includes an instrumental version.

A cdrom (in a press folder) with audio, video and info is issued for Malmö promotion.

Together We're One
Hitmill and Takasa have teamed up with Salvation Army musicians and choirs from all over Europe for an album released on May 17.
The album includes two versions of You And Me, one the original by Takasa, the other by singers from all over Europe. (see tracklist below). Out on Dom. Artis / Universal Switzerland (0602537395828).
See full traclist below.
The CD is available at ExLibris.ch, the digital version is available through all your well known digitessen.
Missed opportunity: The Takasa's should have added a coverversion of Long Live Love, Olivia Newton Johns trubute to the Salvation army band from 1974 (4th place in the Brighton Eurovision).

original digital release image
Off with those uniforms!
EBU have decided that the name Heilsarmee and the uniforms are against the rules of Eurovision participation. (the bit about not allowing political, religious and commercial messages).
The band has agreed  to perform in other gear and change their name. One statement: "The band didn't really have a name anyway". Another: "If they change the rules again we're out"
The new bandname is Takasa, said to be Swahili for cleansing but also short for The Artists Known As Salvation Army. They also shot a new video.
sources: Blick.ch 20min.ch, SRF

press folder
You And Me - Original
- on the Malmö 2CD
You And Me - Instrumental
- digital release
You And Me - Karaoke
- on official karaoke collection, digital release
You And Me - Europe United version
- On CD Together We're One
The vocal arrangement as performed at the contest (with female solo) was not released in a studio version.

Update: Check out an inspired coverversion in Estonian, Ikka Jääd Sa Minuga here at Eurocovers.

In the first week of 2013 (there was no chart in week 52 of 2012) You And Me enters the Swiss charts at #21 but falls out the next week. It re-enters at 69 after Eurovision.
Switzerland top 75: 21, - re: 69, 32, -

CD Together We're One tracklist
1. Takasa - You And Me (Switzerland)
2. Takasa and Salvation Army - Lay My Love On You (England)
3. Takasa and Frelsens Hær - In Your Arms (Denmark)
4. Takasa and Pelastusarmeija - Kingdom Of The Free (Finland)
5. Takasa and Frelsesarmeen - Where You Find Love (Norway)
6. Takasa and Salvation Army - Nothing Like Your Love (Ireland)
7. Takasa and Armée du Salut - Shining Star (France)
8. Takasa and Heilsarmee - Father (Germany)
9. Takasa and Frälsningsarmén - Salvation (Sweden)
10. Takasa and Armée du Salut - Walk With Me (Belgium)
11. Takasa and Üdvhadsereg - If You Believe (Hungary)
12. Takasa and Ejército de Salvación - Heaven On Earth (Spain)
13. Takasa and Leger des Heils - Don't You Worry Now (Netherlands)
- Takasa with Amsterdam Staff Songsters, solo by Nathan Sudmeier
14. Takasa and Heilsarmee / Armáda spásy - Where We Belong (Austria and Czech Rep.)
15. Takasa - You And Me (Europe United)

links and sources
Glanz und Gloria
Takasa website (new)
Swiss Heilsarmee pages.
Thanks to Michaela Leuenberger at SRF
Thanks to Lior
Thanks to Frank

2013: The Swiss Selection
The Swiss were the first to have songs available to hear for the Malmö Eurovision selection and the second to pick their entry.

The Finalists
You can still listen to the he 9 finalists here at Glanz Und Gloria.
The finalists came from several regional selection, more info and links below.

Here is the place to go to listen to the songs uploaded to the SF selection.
Please note, this selection is only from SF (the German language broadcaster).

The Italian broadcaster RSI has also uploaded the songs for their regional selection.
You can listen to all seven here.
Only one name we know, Chiara Dubey, with the same song as entered in the SF selection (see below).
Two songs were chosen to proceed to the Swiss final. Chiara Dubey's Bella Sera and Catch Me by Ally.
Last years winner Sinplus was from the selection of Italian lanuage broadcaster RSI.

RTS (The French language broadcaster) have presented their three songs for the Swiss final. You can listen to them here.

Some remarkable entries from the SF selection:
Here are a few entries and artists in the SF selection that caught my eye / ear.

Lys Assia and NewJack
It's here, the new attempt from the first ever Eurovision winner Lys Assia. This time she roped in some streed cred rap persons NewJack to complement All In Your Head. Check it out here.
Lys Assia had two songs in the 1956 contest: Das Alte Karussell and Refrain and the latter was declared the winner.
In 1957 her song L'Enfant Que J'Etais didn't fare as well and ended only 8th. In 1958 Assia finished second with the most evergreen-ish song by her: Giorgio.
In the 2012 season (actually december 2011) she reached the Swiss national final with C'Etait Ma Vie and eventually ended 8th.

Dutch ex-Topper (Eurovision 2009) Gordon also wants a slice of the Swiss gateau. His current musical outfit LA The Voices had a three song pre-pre-pre thingy in the Netherlands to decide which song to upload to the SF selection.
Wild White Horses won, but they also sent in the runner up Change Is Gonna Come .
Another Dutchie is Eric Dikeb who was one of the creators behind the 2003 Dutch finalist / piss take Blue Skies Are For Free (7th). His Swiss attempt is Mesmerizing Glances.

Magdalena Tul didn't get out of the Eurovision semi's in 2011 when she sang the quite excellent Jestem for Poland. Her song for Switzerland 2013 is Give It Up.

Chiara Dubey was third in last years Swiss final with Anima Nuova, this time she tries again with Bella Sera. Update: Chiara already won her place in the Swiss final through the RSI selection.

Another song worth checking out is Sultan Hagavik by Männerchor steili Kressä. I don't know what they were on, but it's a funny tribute to one of Swedens most known franchises. And of course it breaks the rules!

Mariella Farré
A Swiss Eurovision star among the fold is Mariella Farré.  She entered twice for Switserland: Io Cosi Non Ci Sto (15th in 1983) and Piano Piano (with Pino Gasparini) was 12th two years later.
Her song is titled One Of A Kind and you can check it out here.
The song by Farré with Pasquale Ricamato M'innamoro De Ti, has been withdrawn from the selection.

Man Meadow are a Swedish duo (Fredrik Olofsson and Niklas Vestberg) who have participated in the Polish national final on two occasions. Viva La Musica was shared 3rd in 2008 and Love Is Gonna Get You was 6th in 2009. Now they try in Switzerland with How Does It Feel.

Virginia Trujullo has two songs. She ended 5th in the Spanish selection in 2009 with True Love. Avid Eurovision followers know her as the demo singer of several entries written by her brother Rafael Artesero Herrero. (English demo of Spain 2011, Andorra 2005, 2006 and also 2007 pre-song Ley Le Lee). Her songs for Switzerland are Power and Original Sin. My guess is that bro Rafael wrote these songs too, but I haven't found any details to confirm that yet.

Almost 40 years after Olivia Newton John's tribute to the Sally Ann Band, Heilsarmee,  the Swiss Salvation Army are having a go. Their song You And Me is actually quite catchy and nothing like the bell ringing christmas pot chanting. I would be surprised if this didn't make it to the final in Switzerland.

Also Jam Sherrif is trying again in Switzerland. He did before but his best known effort is probably the 2005 Russian NF song No More War which won one of the semi's in Russia. In 2008 he entered the Russian final with Who Am I Without Your Love (with Pier Narciss)

Max And The Ducks and Konichiwa Panda have the best names. My Body Has Legs has one of my favorite tunes, Flagstaff Paradise, going all 80's retro on us.

There's also Deuce, but don't wet your pants, it's not THE Deuce.

I Still Remember by Constantinos Christoforou. (Κωνσταντίνος Χριστοφόρου)
Eurovision fans already know Constantinos from three entries for Cyprus. There was Mono Yia Mas in 1996 (9th place) and Ela Ela (Come Baby) in 2005 (18th).
And his best result was the 2003 entry Gimme (6th) by Manboy Band One of which Constantinos was the lead singer.
Oh well, it's withdrawn from the competition

SF Eurovision platform, SF Eurovision Facebook
RSI Eurovision website (Italian language broadcaster)
RTS Eurovision pages

Lest we forget:
Switzerland in 2012 - Sinplus
2011 - Anna Rossinelli
2010 - Michael von der Heide
2009 - Lovebugs