January 27, 2020

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A Friend in London, a Danish group who finished in fifth place at the 2011 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song A New Tomorrow split up a couple of months ago, giving rise to a brand new solo career, that of lead vocalist, Tim Schou. Prior to the final of this year's edition of the international spectacle, Tim had the opportuntity to present his debut solo single Supernova whilst hosting the festivities at the Euroclub throughout the entire two weeks.

Speaking to Deo Grech, who was reporting on behalf of iNews during the duration of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Tim had tipped Armenia, Norway and Malta as his favourites to triumph in the competition, with the latter having real qualities which not many of the songs had. Since calling it a day, Tim Schou has been busy recording his debut album in Los Angeles and is looking forward to seeing the public reaction. Supernova is currently available on iTunes and could also be heard on Spotify. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Tim Schou (Facebook & Twitter)


Friday, 27 September 2013 12:40

Malta: Beland Events Bringing Summer to an End

Beland Events, responsible for one of the biggest music weeks in the country during the course of the summer season will be bringing autumn and winter into full swing this evening with another star studded showcase featuring the likes of former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Olivia Lewis and Glen Vella as well as chart toppers; The Crowns. The event which is taking place within the Żejtun Square and kicking off at 20:30 CET sharp will not only include entertainment denoting that there will also be a variety of stalls for one to quench both thirst and hunger.

Nevertheless, the focus will definitely be on the entertainment present, one which will surely see off the summer season with a bang because apart from the artists mentioned above, there will also be the successful band, Jane Doe and La Voix Academy with Gillian Attard. The latter has been in the news in the past couple of days after Gaia Cauchi, one of the more recognisable students was selected by the Public Broadcasting Services to represent Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Kiev, Ukraine. We encourage you to attend this evenings' proceedings in Żejtun whilst reminding you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Press Release


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Kevin Paul Calleja, brother of Kurt Calleja, representative on behalf of Malta at the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track This Is The Night co-written alongside Johan Jämtberg and Mikael Gunnerås. Living in the shadow of a brother is not particularly easy, something seen with Claudia Faniello who many had thought might not be able to shy away from Fabrizio Faniello, a two time representative of the nation at the international spectacle. Kevin is already aiming big though, taking his musical skills into recording a cover of the song Don't You Worry Child by Swedish House Mafia.

During the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Kevin Paul Calleja was the only family member to accompany Kurt on stage and this was seen as a positive move due to the fact that the two gelled extremely well together. Both artists had been on stage also at the 2011 Malta Eurovision Song Contest when Kurt had submitted the entry Over and Over which finished in third place. An official music video accompanying the cover directed by Daniel Abdilla was shot within a garage and the dark colours used seem to show a dark side to the song noting that the arrangement is stripped down to extreme basics. Stay tuned to escflashmnalta.com for all of the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: Kris Micallef (Photo)


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Jedward, the Irish duo who represented their country at the Eurovision Song Contest on two consecutive occasions, starting off with Lipstick in 2011 and Waterline in 2012 are currently undergoing a re-branding exercise, one which will see them change their official stage name. John and Edward - Jedward is the brand new name which they have taken up to support their music. In recent weeks, it was reported that their three album deal with Universal Music Ireland came to an end without any plans for a renewal. 

The pop duo originally came to fame following their participation within the British X Factor, where they managed to make it through to the final stages of the competition. Despite not being branded as the best possible vocalists, they are clear cut entertainers and as a matter of fact, Louis Walsh saw that something special. Their success has not been shortlived to be honest noting that they have become a force to be reckoned with in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. John and Jedward - Jedward are possibly being loined up to represent Ireland for a third time. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news. 

Source: Oikotimes


Lipstick, co-written by Dan Priddy, Lars Halvor Jensen and Martin Larsson with vocals by Jedward was the track which gave dignity to Ireland in recent years, noting the success of the track in the charts where it peaked at number #1 prior to reaching eighth place at the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. Jedward helped raise the profile of the competition in the once dominant nation and thus returned for a second participation the following year with the track Waterline co-written by Nick Jarl and Sharon Vaughn. Recent media speculation might see the duo return to the competition for a third time.

In recent weeks, Jedward confirmed that their three (3) album contract with Universal Music Ireland has officially ended without being renewed, something which is quite surprising considering that their releases have all proven to be successful in Ireland and beyond. Their last studio album entitled Young Love was number #1 in Ireland, number #11 in Sweden, #8 in Estonia, #18 in Korea and #22 in Finland amongst others. Their success on a European level has all come down to their participation at the Eurovision Song Contest and a return could somewhat help them secure a recording contract.

It's relatively funny to denote that despite not having a record deal, the brotherly duo known as Jedward have recently been in Los Angeles recording songs with Drew Andrew Scott who is a successful songwriter and producer who has worked with the likes of Willow Smith, The Overtones, New Kids on the Block and Miley Cyrus amongst others. Jedward are currently on tour having been to Canada, Australia and currently Africa. They will continue to entertain audiences as much as their energy permits it seems. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available. 

Source: Eurovision Ireland


In 2011, Glen Vella represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest with the track One Life composed by Paul Giordimaina and penned by Fleur Balzan. It was rather unfortunate not to see him qualify by a mere one point especially following such a brilliant performance on the night. Glen has increased his fanbase over the past couple of years and at the moment, he is in Sweden supporting Gianluca, this years' Maltese representative. Glen is a major fan of the Eurovision Song Contest and has gone on record stating that he would absolutely love to return to the competition in the future should the right track come along.

SVT, host broadcaster of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 invited Glen Vella to attend the reception held last night in accordance with this years' competition. The festivities were incredible and Glen had the opportunity to meet quite a large number of fans with whom he also took the liberty of speaking to apart from posing for some pictures. This evening, as already mentioned on escflashmalta.com, Glen will be performing the EuroCafé in the Malmö City Centre alongside the likes of former winners; Bobbysocks and Linda Martin whilst there will also be the representatives of Armenia and Albania who are known for their rock numbers in the second semi-final. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Press Release


Cascada fronted by lead vocalist, Natalie Horler got another promotional activity settled as a performance of the song Glorious, the entry for the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Germany took place during this years' edition of the ECHO Awards which took place last night. In recent weeks, there has been a lot of talk over the general commercial disappointment regarding this years' national selection by nevertheless, the winning entry was as high as number #6 and is spending a fourth week in the top #50 which should definitely count as a positive element. That was only one of the several connections with the Eurovision Song Contest that evolved throughout the course of the evening.

Lena Meyer-Landrut, winner of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest with the track Satellite is still going strong in her native Germany with both the album Stardust and the leading single of the same name managing to go up to number #2 in the charts. During the course of the gala, Lena was awarded with the accolade for Best Video whilst she gave a resounding performance of her latest track entitled Neon (Lonely People) which she had also performed during the national final earlier this year. In the meantime, last years' Eurovision Song Contest representative, Roman Lob was also awarded the Best Radio Single by the organising body for his song Standing Still which got Germany to eighth place at the annual event. Cascada will have to keep in mind that in the past three years, the country has managed top ten positions and thus, she might be feeling anxious but if last nights' performance is anything to go by, she seems very much prepared. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: ECHO, Lina Schütze (Image)


It is quite apparent that the Eurovision Song Contest is being used as a launching platform for several artists with record labels banking on the exposure to push them to successful pastures and with countries gearing up to select their representative entries for the event taking place in Malmö, Sweden, more artists will move into the fray. Nevertheless, January is somewhat an intriguing month in which early stages of selections are set to take place with six countries having selected their entries for the competition during the month of December as 2013 was still drawing near. In the meantime, singer/songwriter Jean Claude Vancell is definitely going to be one of the key individuals during the upcoming months continuously providing you, the readers with the latest album reviews whilst also coming in as a special guest to analyze a couple of selection formats during the evenings. Following the reviews of the albums Heal and Sans Attendre by Loreen and Celine Dion respectively, another album has been carefully analysed, the one entitled Una Parte Di Me released by Amaury Vassili. What did Vancell think about it? Keep reading this post and find out.

About Amaury Vassili
Amaury Vassili is a French tenor, born in June 1989. He entered the music scene in 2009 with his album Vincerò, which went double platinum in France. He also had success in Canada, South Korea and South Africa. He followed his success with another album entitled Canterò, released a year after. He is now back with his latest collection of songs – Una Parte di Me. With a velvety texture to his voice, tenor Amaury Vassili returns to music stores with his newest offering: the album “Una Parte di Me”. Many of us remember this fresh-faced tenor when he competed in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest held in Dusseldorf, flying the French flag with his entry ‘Sognu’. Numerous polls put his number in high ranks, many betting he might take the contest back to French grounds. The results on the night showed otherwise, when he placed 15th after a hair-raising performance.

Album Title: Una Parte Di Me
Released: 22nd October 2012 (France)
Vassili released this studio album under Warner Music. It features the best from the greatest classical composers such as Mozart, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Brahms giving them a pop opera feel. Of all the songs on the album, I felt that the title track, “Una Parte di Me”, had a very awkward arrangement. The beat used left me feeling uneasy and thinking that Mozart would probably be turning in his grave just for its production. Needless to say, there is nothing wrong with Vassili’s vocal interpretation in the track. His vocals shine through, even with the unexpected rock drums. Personally, I would have preferred the tenor to have left the arrangement just as Mozart had intended, and lent his beautiful voice to it.
The tenor included two duets on the album, featuring Sofia Essaidi on I Silenzi tra Noi and Domenique Magloire on I Lago Dei Cigni. Both efforts are a pleasure to listen to. His Chiaro di Luna was a lavishly sung piece, however Debussy’s Claire de Lune (originally just a piano instrumental) is one of those pieces I would leave untouched. The vocals, in my opinion, detract from the piece’s beauty. Vassili closes the album with a French rendition of Siamo il Futuro (which he sings in Italian with a children’s choir a few tracks before). This is the only track in French – and it’s a very welcome ending. I most definitely prefer Amaury singing in his native tongue. Even though his Italian diction is very good, it lacks the open vowels that are required for the language. Nevertheless the diction does not detract from the album’s listening value.

Tracks to listen out for:
Siamo noi il futuro –The song builds up gradually and has wonderful orchestration. Leave out the awkward diction that the children’s choir lend to the track, and you have a beautifully laid out song. Until now I had forgotten that Vassili is a French guy singing in Italian.
La Guerra – Bach’s composition for cello shines through the opening of this track and lends itself very well to the song. A good mid-tempo song which I thoroughly enjoyed. Even people who would not normally enjoy opera pop would take a liking to this one.
I Lago Dei Cigni – If this album were a dessert trolley, this track would be the chocolate fondant. A rich instrumentation accompanies Vassili’s and Domenique Magloire’s voices on this rendition of Tchaikovsky’s classic “Swan Lake”.
Final Verdict
Hand on heart I admit I was dreading listening to an hour of pop opera, but I was wrong - this album had me hooked. Vassili, you changed my perception of the genre! The album is truly enjoyable and would recommend a listen to anyone. It might not be a opera fan’s cup of tea, since the tracks have been pop-ified (I know that word doesn't even exist!) to a large extent. I will still prefer Claire de Lune as a piano instrumental, but hey, everyone’s entitled to his opinions at the end of the day!


In 2011, following another dismal result achieved by the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest, the British Broadcasting Corporation decided to take up some noteworthy advice and send an act which had already garnered fame and when the announcement took place, it was met with shock positive approval because the boy-band known as BLUE had accepted and ultimately presented a track entitled I Can which finished in eleventh place in Dusseldorf, Germany garnering major public support and doing dismally in the juries who slammed their vocal performance in the final dress rehearsal. Nevertheless, the group is still on the comeback trail and their most recent single entitled Hurt Lovers has just been released in Germany, which seems to be the new basis of their music campaign.

In recent months, the return of BLUE has been met with widespread approval and following top ten success in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, it seems that their campaign for success continues following their Eurovision Song Contest appearance. They have signed a record deal with Island Records, a subsidiary of Universal Music and have been recording their upcoming album entitled Roulette with a number of producers including none other than RedOne who has worked with the likes of Lady Gaga, Enrique Iglesias, Backstreet Boys, Akon and Nicole Scherzinger. Their latest single which is already out for release on iTunes has hit the number #1 spot in Germany where their basis is and this bodes well considering the early album release set for the 25th January 2013. It seems that the comeback of BLUE is being perfectly masterminded by their management. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news in the coming weeks.

Source: Official BLUE Twitter, iTunes


Glen Vella has notoriously earned himself the title of one of the leading male performers in the country over a period of time due hard work, dedication and pure loyalty to all of his followers. Since representing Malta in the 2011 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest held in Dusseldorf, he has gone onto release at least two follow up singles which have been given airplay on the leading commercial station in Malta, that being 89.7 Bay Radio and has earned a number of accolades within the nations' leading award ceremonies. Nevertheless, in these past couple of weeks, he has been touring quite a but noting visits to the Scandinavian country of Sweden and also the United Kingdom where two separate OGAE events were taking place. The performances which he gave in both showcases received rapturous applause and that continues to confirm his standing amongst the fans of the international community of the Eurovision Song Contest, who got to know him through the faith put in him by the Maltese public. The opportunities that have come with his representation are worth to be noted especially due to a number of collaborations which are seemingly taking place within each particular event.

The backdrop for the event in the United Kingdom was the Chancellors Hotel in Manchester and Glen Vella was one of the small number of guests invited to entertain the present audience. Another particular individual who garnered a lot of media attention was none other than the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest runner-up Scott Fitzgerald whom many will recall finishing just behind Celine Dion with his song Go by just a mere one point. Turning back the clock, it would have been quite intriguing to see how things could have been for the renowned female performer who has become a leading lady in the world music industry. Glen Vella and Scott Fitzgerald got on very well together because they had some elements in common, noting that the Maltese performed failed to qualify from the semi-final at the expense of Switzerland which managed to garner just one point more hence forth, Scott could somewhat sympathize with him over the result he had achieved. The two performers sung together a number of tracks including Save Your Kisses for Me by The Brotherhood of Man but there were a number of solo performances of several songs including This Is My Life and Popular amongst others. Glen continues to represent the country in the best possible manner. Have a look at his time in the United Kingdom below and stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available. 

Source: Eurovision.tv, escflashmalta.com


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