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In 2013, Kevin Borg emerged as the clear favourite to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest with "Needing You" co-written with Danne Attlerud, Thomas Thornholm, Michael Clauss and Simon Gribbe. Eventually, he was beaten into second place by the infectious Gianluca, whose song "Tomorrow" won over European hearts by achieving Malta's best result in eight years. Since then, Kevin has kept a low profile in Malta, focusing on his songwriting, with rewards being reaped every time once of his tracks is out for sale.

Two of his latest songs; "Sweat" and "Turn It Up" reaching number #1 in Japan and the Swedish iTunes Hip-Hop Chart. "Sweat" recorded by the biggest boyband in Japan at the moment, TVXQ/Tohoshinki made it's debut at number #2 earlier this week, but quickly rose to number #1. Kevin Borg co-wrote the song with Hanif Sabzevari, Nicklas Eklund. Kevin Borg is highly respected in the local music industry not only for winning Idol in Sweden years ago but for remaning current, and staying in the music industry. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Kevin Borg (Official Facebook Page)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgCp0T50CWw

Kevin Borg, first runner-up at the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Needing You which he co-wrote alongside Danne Attlerud, Simon Gribbe, Thomas Thornholm and Michael Clauss is currently in the studio working on a couple of tracks for other artists as well as new material for himself. Despite not winning the local selection process, missing out to Gianluca and his entry Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek, Kevin has been pretty busy in both Malta and Sweden, headlining a series of events.

Mönsterås, a city in Sweden recently welcomed an outdoor concert, something that is quite common in the Scandinavian nation during the months of summer. Kevin Borg was one of the headlining acts and he got the opportunity to perform to around 3,000 people who sang with him throughout all of the performances. Following the aftermath of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Kevin had stated that the possibility for him to return to Malta and possible represent the nation at the international competition was somewhat slim as his aim was to present the best of both nations, considering that the Eurovision Song Contest was taking place in Sweden. Kevin Borg keeps in touch with his fans through Social Networking website, Facebook and there he just posted a status saying 'working on a great new song, even if it takes its course of time, I think it will be worth it.' Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Bernard Polidano (Image)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzGiJxMd3UI

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 15:15

Radio International: More Interviews Tonight

The Team of Radio International is back and following the visit to the Mediterranean Island of Malta in the past couple of weeks, invites you to the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. Apart from the means of FM Radio in the Netherlands on FM 106.8 and the audio stream from the studio via www.radiointernational.tv and on Digital Cable 781 & cable 88.1Mhz in the Netherlands, the show will also be web-televised via the Radio International TV Channel from the studio and linking up the many international Eurovision fans and friends and play your requests and read your messages out on air. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET when Eurovision fans can join in and chat amongst each other via the Chat Room and request their favourite Eurovision entry.

The main focus of the past week was surely the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and the Team of Radio International had the opportunity to speak to the winner, Gianluca Bezzina who will be flying the flag for Malta in the second semi-final of the esteemed competition with the song Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek. Whilst attention is already being diverted off the selection, it is important to denote that we also had the opportunity to speak to Kevin Borg, who is thought to be one of the most pivotal figures in the local music industry and he came second with the song Needing You co-written with Simon Gribbe, Thomas Thornholm, Michael Clauss and Dan Attlerud. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lO4jYCqkESc

The interviews continues thoug because, a newcomer by the name of Davinia Pace finished in third place during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest iwth her song Betrayed composed by Elton Zarb and penned by Matthew Mercieca (Muxu). She has taken in this experience as a brilliant kick start to bigger and better things and considering that she has released material such as Feel Good Song and Sail Away in recent months, one would surely expect more in the near future. The final interview that will be aired this evening is with Liene Candy who is hoping to represent Latvia in 2013 with the song Higher and Higher. She has already been a backing vocalist for the nation before, in 2008 with Wolves of the Sea but would like to come out as the lead vocalist.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DH26TKwtzw

Radio International is always keen to present songs during the show apart from the weekly features and therefore, collaborating the two ideas together will see the emergence of Eurovision UnverCover whereas tracks performed at the Eurovision Song Contest will be covered by other singers. The actual tracks will be played first followed by the cover and this will make things interesting. Apart from this feature which will officially commence as of tomorrow, there will be new material played on the show by a number of former representatives. All of the latest news is also covered during the weekly broadcast noting resources from escflashmalta.com and escXtra where Luke Fisher, the Editor makes a weekly round-up. The same applies with Dermot Manning who continues national finals and this week, he turns to Finland, Iceland and Norway. Follow the show through the official website and also send your requests through the contact link which is found on the aforementioned website.

Source: Emil Calleja Bayliss (image), Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LZ69peEGVs

Wednesday, 16 January 2013 02:20

MESC 2013: Reviewing the track 'Needing You'

The Public Broadcasting Services has always sought to represent the country in the best possible way when it comes to music and therefore the organisation of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest came into existence for this reason, to make sure that the public along with an expert jury make the best possible selection for the prestigious event which is viewed by millions of people all across the world. Despite being small in terms of size, this country has produced some astonishing vocal talent noting the success being achieved on a foreign scale with various genres including: opera, pop, dance and rock amongst others. When the Eurovision Song Contest participation is in question, there were a number of consecutive top ten finishes throughout the nineties and with the growing number of participants, Malta also ranked highly on occasion whilst beating others to make it through to the final stage on three occasions, in 2004, 2009 and 2012 thanks to Julie & Ludwig, Chiara and Kurt Calleja respectively. Promotion is the key for success and as the competition is set to take place in around two weeks time, escflashmalta.com continue to promote each entry with a set of highly acclaimed people in the foreign music industry speaking their mind on each track with the eventual winner given an award on the programme 'Sas-Sitta' which airs on NET Television. The tenth entry to be presented is Needing You performed by Kevin Borg and co-written with Michael Clauss, Simon Gribbe, Dan Attlerud, and Thomas Thornholm. In the reviews below, you'll notice that Knut Oyvind Hagen is commenting instead of Sharon Vaughn who previously worked with Kevin Borg on his debut album.

Kevin Borg is definitely a well known figure in the music industry and not only within the local spectrum but even abroad having moved to Sweden back in 2008 with the hope of making it through to the live stages of the hit reality television show Idol which aired on TV4. He succeeded in passing through to the live phases and with remarkable performances every week, he seemed to be a shoe in for one of the top positions. Competing against the female Alice Svensson in the final, he was praised by the judges and was crowned as the winner with a high percentage of votes, going on sign a recording contract with Sony Music leading to the release of his winners single bearing the name With Every Bit of Me which peaked at number #1 as well as his debut album entitled The Beginning which fared just as well by reaching number #3. Following the release of another track entitled Streetlights, Kevin decided to part ways with the label because of creative control and has been co-writing a number of tracks with artists all over the country including the recent Idol runner-up Robin Stjernberg amongst others. Kevin tried his luck to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in the past, first trying out in 2006 with the track You're My Dream and then in 2007 with Whenever, both composed by Jason Paul Cassar and penned by Sunny Aquilina. They reached eighth and fourth place respectively but nevertheless, it gave him the courage to go and give it a shot on the foreign music circuit and it worked.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvmCqAwkxwo

Speaking to the local media, Kevin has come clean about his particular noting that he has indeed returned because of the public perception at this current moment stating that he would absolutely love to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest which will indeed be taking place in Sweden, the same nation in which he is still extremely popular. The entry he is presenting to the competition entitled Needing You has been co-written alongside Simon Gribbe, Michael Clauss, Dan Attlerud, and Thomas Thornholm. The significance of each songwriter has somewhat been recorded in the Scandinavian music industry especially the latter three who have proudly worked with the likes of Kikki Danielsson, Alcazar, Barbados, Afro-Dite, Fame, Pernilla Wahlgren, Jan Johansen, and Magnus Carlsson. It is important to denote that the same team had also co-written the Norwegian entry in the 2004 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest entitled High performed by Knut-Anders Sorum, finishing in a disappointing twenty-fourth place. Kevin Borg and Simon Gribbe are currently producing a number of tracks together as could be heard on soundcloud, some of which would have been suitable for the competition as well. It is yet unknown in which position he will be performing within the running order due to the fact that the producers will be taking care of it, in order to make sure that there will not be any clashes of genres.  

The Critics Speak Out 

Rating: 80%

Martin Isherwood: Good chorus melody - should really be called Unbreakable. 'Needing You' is vague, inverted, contradictory and unspecific. You wouldn't say this to someone so best not to sing it. Lyrics could be more clear. Good voice and good performance. Good strong melodies. Well put together track. Nice tune but lyrics are a bit vague. A big ‘love you forever’ ballad - just say that.

Stano Simor: Kevin can definitely reach the female audience with such a track. He has quite a beautiful colour to his vocal chords which together with the songwriters' production bring this ballad on an extremely professional level. Stunning performance.

Lina Eriksson: Kevin competed and won Swedish Idol a few years ago. There’s no doubt he’s a great singer. This is a beautiful ballad, with beautiful lyrics and the production suits it well. Good work!

Roberto Meloni: This is one of the strongest songs of the National Selection for Malta. Well, I was actually expecting more from Kevin Borg, but of course he is undoubtedly a very good singer and performer and he will do really well. A definite top three.

Knut-Oyvind Hagen: This is actually a really good boy-band ballad. Had Westlife released this 10 years ago, it would have topped the European charts. Slightly old fashioned, but excellent vocals make this a serious contender.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=as2sMXXlXBk

Published in Editorials
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 06:50

MESC 2013: 'Never Walk Away' Most Viewed Thus Far

2012 is becoming another relic in just a couple of days time noting that Christmas has officially come to an end and people are paving the way for the new year which will surely be intriguing especially for those who might have thought that the world was really coming to an end. The Public Broadcasting Services wasn't an entity which had such a belief and thus started to organise the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest noting that the list of twenty-four semi-finalists was concluded just a couple of days back following the withdrawal of Dress Rehearsal by Saska Hunt which was eventually replaced by Marilena Gauci with the song Overrated. Whilst the official videos are being widely promoted on the engine used by the Public Broadcasting Services within their website, they have also been uploaded on viral website, YouTube and thus, one could take up the idea of views per track and it seems that the top five is quite intriguing with the leader of the pack running away with it at the present moment.

The track Never Walk Away co-written between Peter Borg, Matthew James Borg, David Cassar Torreggiani and Chris Grech has wracked up the most views at the moment noting that the band influenced entry performed by Chris Grech is being singled out for the very reason why the artist has become known, his raspy vocals which soar towards the end of the track making it sound like that typical song from the radio. It has not been a case of the locals falling in love with it wholeheartedly noting that there is a lot of foreign support for the track which sounds like a promising single from a budding new artist, stating what people have come to denote it. At this present moment, it has managed to garner around 10,000 views and has been shared many times of social media including Facebook and Twitter. Chris Grech himself is not a well known artist to be receiving multiple views based on his name so this is pretty much an intriguing start.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aL_eOVKUXvY

In second place comes none other than Kevin Borg with his entry Needing You a co-write between Thomas Thornholm, Simon Gribbe, Dan Attlerud and Michael Clauss. This has to be the most obvious option because despite the national interest at hand, the following that Kevin has in Sweden is relatively huge and therefore, the hits are picking up slowly and have at this point in time gone up to more than 6,000. This could be dubbed to be a mixture between the Maltese and Scandinavian ballad because it has a slow build up worked mainly around the vocals of the performer which also have a slight rasp to them in the vein of an Italian performer or even one of his good friends, Fabrizio Faniello. The fact that the Eurovision Song Contest is set to be held in Sweden seems to be the asset that many people are counting on and having a host country working in your favourite is definitely a positive idea.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=as2sMXXlXBk

A newcomer always somewhat finds it difficult to kick start their preparations for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in the best order but it seems that glitz and glamour are calling onto a new performer, one whose name is Melanie Zammit and who will be performing Loverdose composed by Niclas and Maria Lundin and penned by Gerard James Borg, whose international collaborations are becoming somewhat more common in recent years. Melanie Zammit is a relative unknown in the Maltese music scene having only released one single prior to this competition through 89.7 Bay Radio and also major television stations. She has charisma and fashion sense and that seems to have got the crowd going but nevertheless, it is important to say that her pop/dance number is putting people in third gear and dancing along even in places where they shouldn't. The live performance is going to be quite the showcase, or rather, that is my feeling.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnT3TgeyQLA

Whenever a certain songwriters comes into the fray, it seems that it could be pure instant gold and as a matter of fact, Thomas G:Son who also co-wrote the winning entry of this years' Eurovision Song Contest has worked with the renowned local songwriting duo of Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg to create Ultraviolet performed by Jessika who is currently in a process of re-branding herself. The singer/songwriter who is also starring in a television series known as Il-Klikka on ONE Television has been receiving a lot of positive comments with regards to her track whose opening notes have been similarly linked to Emeli Sande's popular song Next to Me but nevertheless, the focus here is definitely on the catchy tune which one easily hums along and performed at the slightest listen. Jessika has become a true artist and with the right staging, this could very much be one of the favourites on the night. It has received almost 4,000 views at the moment making it the fourth most watched entry.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2vO8vxYFjk

The final track that we are featuring due to being in the top five of the most viewed thus far is none other than Tomorrow performed by Gianluca Bezzina and co-written between Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. The songwriters are not your typical festival duo and as a matter of fact, it shows that the competition is becoming more of a merge between the festival and the radio scene making it one of the most successful transitions in the industry. This Jason Mraz, Train inspired entry is hitting the right notes with many people due to the fact that it puts you in a cheery disposition and instantly get you hooked. Humming is one of the most important elements to get to know a particular track and this is one of those songs which you hum along daily without even realizing. It has received around 3,500 views at the moment and seems to be most vulnerable at the helm but nevertheless, a charming pop/acoustic number. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=io9GNF5IJ2Y

Published in Local Music News

The Public Broadcasting Services are gearing up to produce a noteworthy showcase featuring a total of twenty-four acts, known as the Malta Eurovision Song Contest from which, one entry will be selected to represent the country in the prestigious competition abroad which in 2013 will be taking place in Sweden or most notably, the city of Malmö. One of the key artists to have submitted his bid and will ultimately be competing for the elite ticket is none other than two time former participant; Kevin Borg who has become synonymous with the Maltese public after managing to find success in Sweden by virtue of winning the Idol competition which saw him sign to Sony Music and release; two successful singles entitled With Every Bit of Me and Streetlights as well as an album bearing the name The Beginning. The management behind Kevin Borg has been in touch with escflashmalta.com with some exclusive tidbits about the upcoming participation.

 

TV4 and Idol have become very popular in Sweden and as a matter of fact, Kevin has been riding on a wave of success since then noting several collaborations with renowned songwriters and performers. Nevertheless, his heart remains close to the Maltese public and in fact, despite receiving several offers from SVT to participate in the Melodifestivalen in the past, he has respectfully declined hoping that one day he would represent Malta at the prestigious event. That day has indeed come as he presents an entry bearing the title Needing You which features a collaboration of five songwriters; Kevin Borg, Simon Gribbe, Thomas Thornholm, Michael Clauss and Danne Attlerud. This is a team that between them have had at least twenty-five entries in Melodifestivalen, and three entries in the Melodi Grand Prix, also being represented in the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2004 on behalf of Norway with the track High sung by Knut-Anders Sorum.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQtVgKRYTi0

The songwriters spoke in unison to say 'creating the song really became a great period. Being five composers in the same studio co-writing  wasn't anything anyone had experienced before, but everything really became the very best of song writing sessions. The result is Needing You, a song exactly matched for Kevin's voice and performance and for the Eurovision format'. The artist has also just issued a statement with regards to the fact that people did not hear the track and that the management have swiftly sent an email to the personnel responsible at the Public Broadcasting Services in order to clarify the situation and possible post a minute and a half of the songs as is currently going around on several channels within the viral website, Youtube. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the Malta Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place on the 1st and 2nd February 2013.

Source: Kevin Borg's Management

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZEOGzjKqq4

Published in Local Music News