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Tuesday, 01 April 2014 21:15

ESC 2014: An In-Depth Review of Iceland

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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. Martin Isherwood, Deo Grech, Stano Simor and Matt Mercieca from the United Kingdom, Malta and the Czech Republic have been entrusted with the first semi-final, comprising of sixteen songs and set to take place on the 6th May 2014 at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. Making use of the running order and thus moving onto number #5, we catch up with Iceland (RUV) who will be represented by Pollapönk and the song No Prejudice co-written by Heidar Orn Kristjansson, Haraldur Freyr Gislason and John Grant. Pollapönk were founded in 2006 by guitarists Haraldur Freyr Gislason and Heidar Orn Kristjansson of the Icelandic post-punk trio Botnledja. They created Pollapönk when…
Monday, 31 March 2014 20:45

ESC 2014: An In-Depth Review of Sweden

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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. Martin Isherwood, Deo Grech, Stano Simor and Matt Mercieca from the United Kingdom, Malta and the Czech Republic have been entrusted with the first semi-final, comprising of sixteen songs and set to take place on the 6th May 2014 at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. Making use of the running order and thus moving onto number #4, we catch up with Sweden (SVT) who will be represented by Sanna Nielsen and the song Undo co-written by Fredrik Kempe, David Kreuger and Hamed "K-One” Pirouzpanah. Sanna Nielsen, 29, broke through as an artist at the early age of 11 and is today one of Sweden's most famous pop artists. With…
Saturday, 29 March 2014 19:36

ESC 2014: An In-Depth Review of Estonia

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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. Martin Isherwood, Deo Grech, Stano Simor and Matt Mercieca from the United Kingdom, Malta and the Czech Republic have been entrusted with the first semi-final, comprising of sixteen songs and set to take place on the 6th May 2014 at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. Making use of the running order and thus moving onto number #3, we catch up with Estonia (ERR) who will be represented by Tanja and the song Amazing co-written with Timo Vendt. Born in Kaliningrad, Russia, Tanja moved to Estonia with her family at the age of just two months. Today she’s a household name: a much loved entertainer and a role model in…
Friday, 28 March 2014 18:34

ESC 2014: An In-Depth Review of Latvia

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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. Martin Isherwood, Deo Grech, Stano Simor and Matt Mercieca from the United Kingdom, Malta and the Czech Republic have been entrusted with the first semi-final, comprising of sixteen songs and set to take place on the 6th May 2014 at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. Making use of the running order and thus moving onto number #2, we catch up with Latvia (LTV) who will be represented by Aarzemnieki and the song Cake to Bake written by Guntis Veilands. The Aarzemnieki (or Foreigners) phenomenon began as an unexpected shock for one German’s special interest and creative approach to the Euro introduction in Latvia. In the summer of 2013, Joran…
Thursday, 27 March 2014 16:25

ESC 2014: An In-Depth Review of Armenia

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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. Martin Isherwood, Deo Grech, Stano Simor and Matt Mercieca from the United Kingdom, Malta and the Czech Republic have been entrusted with the first semi-final, comprising of sixteen songs and set to take place on the 6th May 2014 at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. Making use of the running order and thus starting at number #1 is Armenia (AMPTV) who will be represented by Aram MP3 and the song Not Alone written by Garik Popoyan. One of the most hardworking, smart and positive personalities of Armenian Music Industry and Television, Aram Mp3 will be presenting Armenia in Copenhagen at Eurovision Song Contest. Being famous for the ability to…
Malta, a small island with a lot of talent when it comes to the arts noting several successful endeavours on foreign fronts, most recently acknowledged thanks to Gaia Cauchi and her success at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with The Start which she co-wrote alongside Gillian Attard, Elton Zarb and Matt Mercieca. Nevertheless, this article is about the second event encompassing the Fondazzjoni Ċelebrazzjonijiet Nazzjonali, that being Ġensna, a rock opera written to commemorate Malta’s status as a republic, which featured some of the top artists in the scene. Firstly, I would like to congratulate all those that took part, because the long weeks of rehearsals were pivotal to the general success of the show, as seen last night, with a strong sold out crowd taking to the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre to enjoy a show which had last been staged back in 2009. I will be brief, yet…
In 2014, escflashmalta.com worked closely with ONE Radio 92.7 to produce the awards in relation with the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, preceded by the expert opinion feature which led to the presentation of one (1) of the awards. Following a series of editorial team discussions, we are now proud to announce that the feature will return for the international competition with eight (8) individuals from the music industry on hand to listen, review and rank the competing entries. Semi-Final One (1) set to take place on the 6th May will feature a total of sixteen (16) entries whilst it will also featuring voting from Spain, France and hot country Denmark. Due to the fact that Malta is competing in the other semi-final, we thought it best to include two (2) locals as reviewers for the first show, acquiring the talented Deo Grech and Matthew Mercieca. Nevertheless, they will be accompanied…
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 17:59

Eurovision: National Final Gems from Scandinavia

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Now that the National Final season is over, we can officially say that it’s time for the chosen artists to promote and try their hardest to showcase their entry and make their country proud. During the National Final season many fans had different opinions about the song that should of been chosen. Fan favorites sometimes triumphs the Juries perspective of which entry should be in Copenhagen and vice versa. With this said everyone has their own opinion, likes and dislikes but we are going to review three scandinavian gems which shone during their national finals but ultimately placed as the first runner up of the competition. Norway: Linnea Dale - High Hopes The last time norway won the Eurovision was back in 2009. In 2013 they made a huge stamp in the contest by placing in the top 5 but now Norway is buzzing being one of the big contenders…
Friday, 28 February 2014 21:15

Malta: Favourite Tunes by Ira Losco for February

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escflashmalta.com in collaboration with Jagged House has been presenting a montly blog written by Ira Losco, a former representative of Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest and one of the most recognised female vocalists in the country. It has been almost two years, since the singer/songwriter decided to come back, and start teasing new material to fans of the competition. What I'd Give was a massive success and won her several accolades. Soon after, the launch of both the album entitled The Fire and the second single, bearing the name The Person I Am featuring guest vocals by David Leguesse. On the other hand, nothing beats the response towards the third single; Me Luv U Long Time, not even the fourth single, The Way It's Meant to Be. My oh my oh my. And I thought January and February were going to be my ‘quiet’ months!! Not really. While I…
Thursday, 27 February 2014 02:12

United Kingdom: Sparks Fly as Rumours Escalate

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With the submission deadline around the corner. The BBC has once again left us in the dark about whom is going to represent the UK in Copenhagen. As mentioned in recent weeks the BBC has only confirmed that they are using an internal selection for the fourth year in succession. The previous selections have been somewhat of a mixed bag stemming from various different generations and completely different styles of music. In 2011, Blue were a surprise when the announcement was finally made and I was actually quite fond of the song. However, the news of Engelbert Humperdinck and his entry left me a little underwhelmed. As much of a legend as he is, I find it difficult to support or expect a man of my father’s age to carry the UK or indeed any other country to victory. Bonnie Tyler was also a surprise, but I was a little…

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