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Wednesday, 18 June 2014 03:00

Malta: Davinia Shares Sizzling Tunes for June

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escflashmalta.com in collaboration with Ironic PR & Artist Management is proud to present a monthly blog written by Davinia, a two-time Malta Eurovision Song Contest participant, and currently one of the most recognised female vocalists in the country. Since emerging onto the local music scene back in 2011 with "Bottled My Teardrops", a number #1 hit on Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D on 89.7 Bay, she has been working in the studio night and day, doing what she enjoys doing the best. With her latest single "Ouch!" composed by Carlo Gerada with lyrics by Matthew Mercieca, Davinia has managed to peak at number #3 whilst maintaining a top ten position for more than a month, signalling that she is still well into form with a bright future ahead. June!! Known to be the month where everybody finishes exams, the days grow longer, and people are always sun kissed, meaning…
Ira Losco is back and she is back to stay – she took a substantial break from releasing anything new but around a year and a half ago she returned to the scene with the hit single ‘What I’d Give’ which released tones of airplay and occupied the top spot in the Bay Charts for a very long time – the rest was history. After lots of determination and hard work, Ira Losco set her sights on rewarding the public with their support through a concert something which she had not done in a long while; the public had plenty of opportunities to catch the star at of the gigs she gave in the past months but your own concert is always special. The concert sold out in four days, quite impressive although admittedly Ira Losco is riding a wave of success and this was undoubtedly no big surprise. The…
If Malta does truly want to succeed at the Eurovision Song Contest, I am going to make a suggestion, one which people seem to agree on. A duet featuring both Gianluca and Ira Losco. In reality, both are former representatives, both are talented and have versatility beyond compare. Whether performing on a national scale or during an intimate concert, the male and female combination have always drawn the crowds, getting applause beyond compare and even standing ovations. The rumour around the music scene seems to be that the Public Broadcasting Services is re-thinking their strategy in support of the Eurovision Song Contest, and possibly opting for an internal choice of artists for 2015. I could imagine the duet between Gianluca and Ira having the same feel that the Dutch brought to the stage during their entry in 2014 'Calm After the Storm' which finished as the first runner-up, the first…
A career in music is somewhat subjective to the opinion or either the public or a panel of professional judges, pertaining to the audience. In three years, one of the artists who has truly shown potential for growth has been none other than Karen DeBattista, a female vocalist whose first venture in music came at the Summer Hit Song Contest back in 2011. Performing the song "Memoirs" composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Daniel Muscat was just the beginning, garnering traction when duetting with Thea Garrett, months shy after representing Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest. Since then, Karen has never looked back and had the opportunity to perform as part of the BOV Children's Choir during the Joseph Calleja Concert as well as The Voices Choir in support of charity. You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 23:15

ESC 2014: The Bottom End of the Scoreboard

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After an eventful contest on Saturday, we decided to look at the bottom end or right-hand side of the scoreboard. A quick analysis if you like. Firstly, San Marino’s first appearance in a Eurovision final was not a great success but marked a massive achievement for the tiny microstate. Whilst the song was not highly regarded, one cannot detract from the gargantuan efforts the Sammarinese delegating put in to their entry. I would say they should be very proud and although they did not win or come close. For San Marino, it is most definitely the taking part that counts. Montenegro also had their first appearance in a final and their final position could have been a lot worse. I for one enjoyed the song. Although they have yet to manage a top ten placing, this is most certainly a step in the right direction. France scored just two points.…
It has become customary for the escflashmalta.com editorial board to engage professional individuals from the music industry to assess the songs competing in the Eurovision Song Contest as presented to the European Broadcasting Union during the Heads of Delegation Meeting. Greig Watts, Joseph Zammit, Sharon Vaughn and John Scott from the United Kingdom, Malta, Sweden and the United States have been entrusted with the second semi-final, comprising of sixteen songs and set to take place on the 8th May 2014 at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. Making use of the running order and moving onto number #14, we catch up with Slovenia (RTV SLO) who will be represented by Tinkara Kovač with the song Round and Round (Spet) co-written with Raay, Hannah Mancini and Tina Piš. Tinkara Kovač is a musician, singer, professional flautist and music and lyricist. Since her first single Veter z juga/Wind from the South, Tinkara…
Friday, 02 May 2014 14:15

ESC 2014: An In-Depth Review of Greece

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It has become customary for the escflashmalta.com editorial board to engage professional individuals from the music industry to assess the songs competing in the Eurovision Song Contest as presented to the European Broadcasting Union during the Heads of Delegation Meeting. Greig Watts, Joseph Zammit, Sharon Vaughn and John Scott from the United Kingdom, Malta, Sweden and the United States have been entrusted with the second semi-final, comprising of sixteen songs and set to take place on the 8th May 2014 at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. Making use of the running order and moving onto number #13, we catch up with Greece (NERIT) who will be represented by Freaky Fortune featuring RiskyKidd with the song Rise Up written by Freaky Fortune and RiskyKidd. Freaky Fortune are Nikolas Raptakis and Theofilos Pouzbouris. Both 23 years old, both studied music since their early years. Theofilos plays the guitar and piano and…
It has become customary for the escflashmalta.com editorial board to engage professional individuals from the music industry to assess the songs competing in the Eurovision Song Contest as presented to the European Broadcasting Union during the Heads of Delegation Meeting. Greig Watts, Joseph Zammit, Sharon Vaughn and John Scott from the United Kingdom, Malta, Sweden and the United States have been entrusted with the second semi-final, comprising of sixteen songs and set to take place on the 8th May 2014 at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. Making use of the running order and moving onto number #12, we catch up with Switzerland (SSR SRG) who will be represented by Sebalter with the song Hunter of Stars written by Sebastiano Paù-Lessi. On stage at the Swiss event, Sebalter thanked the audience by raising his fiddle to the sky. This was no coincidence, as the instrument has accompanied him throughout his…
It has become customary for the escflashmalta.com editorial board to engage professional individuals from the music industry to assess the songs competing in the Eurovision Song Contest as presented to the European Broadcasting Union during the Heads of Delegation Meeting. Greig Watts, Joseph Zammit, Sharon Vaughn and John Scott from the United Kingdom, Malta, Sweden and the United States have been entrusted with the second semi-final, comprising of sixteen songs and set to take place on the 8th May 2014 at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. Making use of the running order and moving onto number #11, we catch up with FYR Macedonia (MKRTV) who will be represented by Tijana with the song To The Sky co-written by Darko Dimitrov, Lazar Cvetkoski and Elena Risteska. There is no doubt that Tijana was born to perform on big stage. She is well known as a singer, a cellist and an…
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 02:20

ESC 2014: An In-Depth Review of Belarus

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It has become customary for the escflashmalta.com editorial board to engage professional individuals from the music industry to assess the songs competing in the Eurovision Song Contest as presented to the European Broadcasting Union during the Heads of Delegation Meeting. Greig Watts, Joseph Zammit, Sharon Vaughn and John Scott from the United Kingdom, Malta, Sweden and the United States have been entrusted with the second semi-final, comprising of sixteen songs and set to take place on the 8th May 2014 at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. Making use of the running order and moving onto number #10, we catch up with Belarus (BTRC) who will be represented by Teo with the song Cheesecake composed by Yury Vashchuk to the lyrics of Dmitry Novik. His passion for all aspects of music was noticed very early, and after four years of learning to play the accordion, he became the international champion…

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