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Friday, 13 September 2013 15:27

Malta: HoD Firmly Denies Vote Rigging Claims

The Mirror, a leading tabloid in Great Britain went on record publishing an article which disputed the results of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which saw to the victory of Emmelie de Forest and her entry Only Teardrops on behalf of Denmark. One focus point within the story seems to be on Azerbaijan and Malta though with the latter noted for having awarded the eastern country, the maximum twelve (12) points in each of the past four years. An executive responsible for this years' edition of the international competition who wished to remain unnamed stated that jury members were bribed with 'enough money to live off for a year' but nevertheless, claims have been rubbished by Head of Delegation, Anton Attard.

escflashmalta.com has been in contact with Anton Attard throughout the day with regards to the allegations and he has denied the claims stating that 'in the past four years, the jury has only awarded Azerbaijan with one set of twelve points, which therefore shows that it has been the public vote monitored by the European Broadcasting Union which has led to the twelve points on each respective occasion'. At this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Malta was represented by Gianluca and his entry Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat which finished in eighth place, the nations' best result since 2005. Tabloids in the United Kingdom have been following up the story following comments made but their 2013 representative; Bonnie Tyler who only managed nineteenth place with her entry Believe In Me. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com, The Mirror


Published in Local Music News
Saturday, 24 August 2013 16:00

Denmark: 'Only Teardrops' - An Album Review

Summer, a season which is somewhat marred by extremely warm humid days and temperatures which soar well above the average mean especially when it comes to the Mediterranean Island of Malta but nevertheless, the music scene flourishes at an exceptional rate. Projects for the winter commence whilst a number of singles are released for the pleasure of many whilst at the beach. Jean Claude Vancell, a singer/songwriter who was a semi-finalist at the Malta Song for Europe back in 2008 is also an escflashmalta.com senior editor and known for his album reviews. It has been quite a while since he took up the role but he is back with the debut album from Emmelie de Forest entitled Only Teardrops, the winning artist of the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. In recent months, he has heard studio albums by Loreen and Celine Dion with a critical eye pouring his thoughts out for the world to denote.

20 year old Emmelie brought victory to Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest after their last victory in 2001. Her song Only Teardrops was favoured by bookies from weeks before in what was considered one of the strongest contests in recent years. Emmelie won the bid to represent her country at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix last January and is now reigning queen of the Eurovision. Her album Only Teardrops was released just a week before her performance at the final in Malmo last May. The first studio album by Emmelie de Forest is released under the imprint, Universal Music Denmark which is the Danish subsidiary of the major record label.

Album Title: Only Teardrops

Released: 6th May (International)

The album opens with an instrumental overture of Only Teardrops which works a treat before introducing the more uptempo Hunter and Prey. The rest of the tracks offer a good mix of Nordic pop, which happens to suit my tastes very well. Some of the weaker offerings do sound like they were rejects from Eurovision participations which never happened. However the overall sound of the album is pleasant and easy going. With Only Teardrops appearing 3 times in this 12 track album, this makes it a little annoying, even though all versions are so beautiful in their own right. The album peaked at number 4 in Denmark, and fared well in other European countries. The song Hunter and Prey was the follow up single to her winning entry in the contest.


Tracks to look out for:

What Are You Waiting For - If Emmelie wants to break through the UK chart with something other than her winning Eurovision song, this has to be track to make it to the top 40. Cleverly written to suit her voice and sung with passion, this song has hit written all over it.

Change - The retro sequencer driving this track is one step away from the 80s euro-pop - but boy does it work. Hints of the Irish tin whistle which made her Eurovision song so popular are introduced in this number too.

Hunter and Prey - Had it been another vocalist, this track wouldn’t have worked so well. De Forest’s airy vocals are a wonder in this high paced number.

Final verdict:

The album shows de Forest’s potential. I wouldn’t expect this to do incredibly well if it were released by someone who hadn’t just won the Eurovision Song Contest. With more thought and time to develop her music, de Forest can take the European market by storm. It doesn’t happen everyday that you discover such a voice.


Published in Editorials

Fire, co-written by Lauren White, Niall Mooney and Willie Weeks with vocals provided by Zoe Alexis was not appreciated during the Irish Eurosong held on the 22nd February 2013 languishing in a penultimate position on the leaderboard. One of the songwriters, Lauren White spoke to the Irish Daily Star about how a producer in Los Angeles heard the song and wanted to pitch it to a couple of artists. Ultimately, it was Nicole Scherzinger who thought that the song was genius and indeed, she will be recording it within the next couple of months.

Zoe Alexis, the original artist of the track was endorsed by a series of celebrities in the lead up to the Irish Eurosong including none other than singer/songwriters Bressie and Brian Kennedy, both of which were coaches on the first edition of The Voice of Ireland as well as Michelle Heaton from Atomic Kitten and Niall Horan from One Direction. Ultimately though, the public and the jury disagreed in their decision to send Ryan Dolan with the track Only Love Survives which he co-wrote alongside Wez Devine. The song did not fare well, obtaining only five (5) points in the final to see Ireland succumb to another last place finish, something that they had also experienced at the 2007 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song They Can't Stop The Spring performed by Dervish. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: The Irish Daily Star


Malta, represented by Gianluca and the track Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek saw the nation finish in eighth place, the first top ten result since 2005. The male artist has been featured on Radio International hosted by Juergen Boernig on several occasions and his songs will surely be requested once more. We would like to invite 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 8.1Mhz 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 fans can join in and chat amongst each other via the Chat Room and request their favourite Eurovision entry.

On this weeks' episode of Radio International, the main focal interview is with Roberto Bellarosa, the male vocalist who represented Belgium at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. His entry entitled Love Kills co-written by Jukka Immonen and Iain Farquharson was perceived as a surprise qualifier but has turned out to be a commercial success, entering charts in The Netherlands, Sweden, Germany and of course, Belgium. Shy of a top ten result, the song finished in twelfth place with seventy-one (71) points in total. Throughout the fortnight of the Eurovision Song Contest, Roberto grew in confidence and it seems that this is something which both the audience and the media realised as he performed during the semi-final stage of the competition. Other interviews to be aired during this weeks' episode; El Sueno de Morfeo (Spain 2013), Who See (Montenegro 2013), Moje 3 (Serbia 2013) and Stella Jones (Austria 1995). It is important to point out that the latter will be LIVE.


There will also be a number of new releases played throughout the three hours, including tracks by Kate Ryan (Belgium 2006), Nadine Beiler (Austria 2011), Jessy Matador (France 2010), Agnetha Faltskorg (Sweden 1974), Koza Mostra (Greece 2013), Birgit Oigemeel (Estonia 2013) and  Pastora Soler (Spain 2012). All of the 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. Chris Poppe will be discussing favourite entries from the Eurovision Song Contest which failed to win. Make sure to tune into this evenings episode of Radio International on the links offered above as we help you get through your post Eurovision depression. escflashmalta.com is always proud to promote the work of Radio International hence the weekly promotion of the leading interviews which is the way that each article will be placed upon within the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned!

Source: Press Release


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)


Crashing Down, written by Robert Grace with vocals provided by Aimée was the clear favourite to represent Ireland at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest but had to settle in the first runner-up position after missing out to Only Love Survives, a co-write between Wez Devine and vocalist Ryan Dolan. The jury selected the former but the public went for the latter. The decision was clearly wrong as Ireland finished in last place for only the second time in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest. Since then, the female vocalist has been recording a host of cover versions.

One of the more recent cover versions she has recorded is none other than the latest Taylor Swift song entitled I Knew You Were Trouble co-written by Swift, Max Martin and Shellback. The track, which peaked at number #2 in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Israel and Scotland is a country ballad and it fit Aimée comfortably. Despite confirming their participation at the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, the female vocalist has not been touted as a possible successor by Paddy Power. It seems that the public believes a male will do the job with Keith Hanley, Shane Filan, Jedward and Mark Feehily making up the top four contenders. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: YouTube


Cascada, the act that representated Germany at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Glorious, which only acquired eighteen (18) points to finish in twenty-first place have recently released a compilation album through their record label, Zooland. One of the songs in the setlist is none other than The World Is In My Hands which has been slated as the follow-up single, with the hope that success will be much more evident than it was with their competition entry.

It is important to denote that the exposure of the event helped Cascada with the single actually managing to get them back into the top five of the singles chart in Germany especially with the success of Roman Lob and Lena Meyer-Landrut in the past three years. The World Is In My Hands is a typical dance/pop song which people have come to expect from the group. The official preview video was published on the YouTube page of Universal Music earlier this week and can also be viewed below. Cascada will be touring all over the continent in the next couple of months within Germany, Spain and The Netherlands. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Universal Music


Birgit Õigemeel, the female vocalist who represented Estonia at the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Et Uus Saaks Alguse, reaching the final and finishing in a lowly twentieth position is set to continue her endeavours within the local music industry by virtue of a new single entitled Nii Täiuslik See which translates into This is So Perfect. Many might expect it to be a slow, quiet ballad but actually it is quite an uplifting track which infuses the sound of pop with indie.

Birgit Õigemeel garnered fame in Estonia by winning the very first edition of Idol, entitled Eesti Otsib Superstaari which saw her sign a record deal and release three albums and sixteen singles, all of which have been extremely successful in the charts. She had tried to represent her country at the Eurovision Song Contest on three ocassions and in my honest opinion, her first entry back in 2008 entitled 365 Days was definitely the one which should have been her swan song. Nevertheless, she got her opportunity and despite initially thinking that qualification was difficult, she made it through by the skin of her teeth. The latest track entitled Nii Täiuslik See is written by Mihkel Mattisen, th same individual behind the song presented at this years' Pan-European competition. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: MTH Publishing / Enjoy Entertainment


Denmark, the country which is set to host next years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest following the victory of the song Only Teardrops performed by Emmelie de Forest is seemingly receiving interest for representation by a number of talented vocalists. Shaya, a Greek/Danish artist has recently embarked on a solo career following a successful stint in the beginning of the past decade as part of the girl-band, Hi 5 which was created in Greece through the show Popstars. Shaya wishes to go to the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Denmark and has publicly stated that she submitted a song to the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2013 but it was not selected as part of the final line-up.

Marianna or Shaya, as she is professionally known is somewhat quite reputable in Greece having even participated in Dancing on Ice, where she finished in fifth place. Shaya states that she will be hoping to get her chance at the international competition by virtue of submitting another entry into the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix in 2014. With a considerably high profile in Greece and Cyprus, Shaya could very much offer to represent one of the two  nations and it would not really come as a surprise with the female vocalist stating that she has submitted songs in several countries along recent years. In recent weeks, she performed with Ivi Adamou, Cypriot representative at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest during the MAD VMA. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: oikotimes.com


SMRTV, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of San Marino at the Eurovision Song Contest have recently announced that their representative for next years' competition will be none other than Valentina Monetta. The female artist has already taken to the stage in 2012 with the track The Social Network Song and in 2013 with the song Crisalide (Vola) both composed by the legendary Ralph Siegel. In a surprise choice, she will once more represent the micro-state after failing to qualify with a mere couple of points, finishing in eleventh place within the semi-final. It seems that Valentina has learnt from her mistakes and will kick off her promotional tour rather early.

Stockholm, the capital city of Sweden and one of the initial cities in contention to host this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will be hosting the annual Pride which supports the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in the whole continent. Valentina is one of the several artists who has been included in the line-up of performers for the event noting that other acts from the world of the Eurovision Song Contest include; Roberto Bellarosa (Belgium 2013), Margaret Berger (Norway 2013), Lys Assia (Switzerland 1956-1958), Roger Pontare and Marie Bergman (Sweden 1994), Krista Siegfrids (Finland 2013), Ryan Dolan (Ireland 2013), Emmelie de Forest (Denmark 2013) and Gina G (United Kingdom 1996). The event is set to take place on the 1st August and remember that considering that the event is taking place in Sweden, Valentina is surely thinking well as she begins a promotional tour in support of her 2014 Eurovision Song Contest participation. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: eurovision.tv