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Greece, one of the most successful countries to compete at the Eurovision Song Contest since their victory almost ten years ago notching a number of consecutive top ten results including earlier this year with their entry Alcohol Is Free performed by Koza Mostra and featuring  Agathonas Iakovidis. ERT, the national broadcaster is reportedly facing closure but with the help of the European Broadcasting Union, it seems that things might be solved in the nick of time to ensure freedom of speech and democracy. The media are currently speculating as to whom could represent the debt stricken nation in next years' Pan-European competition.

The twenty-one year old female artist who goes by the name of Demy was always going to be a rumoured choice considering that her profile in Greece is rising at a considerably fast level. It is important to denote that her record label is Panik Records, who were also responsible for two of the acts in this years' national final which was saw to the beginning of a collaboration between ERT and MAD TV. During the MAD Video Music Awards held a couple of days ago, Demy was the winner of the Best Pop Video of the Year and during her red carpet interview with the media, she was asked whether Eurovision was going to be a future aspiration. The female artist stated that she would like to learn how to become a true artist, saying that when she feels it is right to carry out the deed and represent her nation, she will but it is all about timing. Demy was a special guest at this years' proceedings performing Believe alongside Dima Bilan. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: MAD TV

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEYUfq08UAc

Gianluca, representative of Malta at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat has just been confirmed 89.7 Bay as one of the artists set to be on the stage of the Isle of MTV. Gianluca, who is currently extremely busy at Doyaya Studios working on his yet untitled debut album has just put out a single for his fans and followers to enjoy and it seems to have the same quirky sound which everyone has come to enjoy. As a matter of fact, I'll Be There also written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat could be purchased through digital store, iTunes.

Upon his return from the Eurovision Song Contest, Gianluca took up residency as a doctor but nevertheless, has been making several guest appearances on television contributing to charity fundraisers and performing, something that keeps him going. His announcement as a performer during this years' Isle of MTV is quite surprising noting that in the past couple of years, no local artists were given the opportunity to perform but nevertheless, it seems that a deal has been reached this time round with both Gianluca and Kristina Casolani being renowned artists in the local music scene. Remember, that the Isle of MTV will be taking place this Wednesday 26th June at the Granaries in Floriana. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: 89.7 Bay

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK4TvZeL6c0

Published in Local Music News

AvroTros, the broadcaster responsible for The Netherlands from next years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is yet to unveil what selection method will be used following the success achieved by Anouk and her entry Birds which qualified to the final and finished in ninth place. This was the very first qualification since 2004, the same year in which the semi-final system was implemented but on top of that, it was also the first top ten result since 1999 when Marlayne had performed One Good Reason finishing in eighth place. During a recent concert given by Anouk in The Netherlands, she suggested a name of who could possibly represent her home country next year.

The name suggested is that of Shirma Rouse, the female backing vocalist at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Shirma is trying to establish herself as a lead vocalist in The Netherlands at the moment noting the release of a studio album entitled Chocolate Coated Dreams as well as lead single Gotta Be My Girl. The genre of the performer is predominantly motown and seems to be inspired by The Supremes, echoing a sixties vibe. AvroTros which will officially be incorporated in the next couple of months features both broadcasters with membership into the European Broadcasting Union, is thought to have a large national selection planned in order to let the public have a decision on the final outcome. Plans will be revealed in due course but in the meantime, we encourage you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news. 

Source: shownieuws.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJ4TEC7Q9Hc

Gianluca, representative of Malta at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat is currently working on his debut studio album. During the Pan-European competition, the young male artist who is a full time doctor by profession achieved the best result for Malta since 2005 when he finished in eighth place whilst accompanied on stage by Kenny D'Ugo, Gabriel Cassar, Christopher Tate, Louise Anne Bugeja Tate and Samaria Bezzina.

In recent weeks, Gianluca has been busy in the studio with Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat recording a set of brand new songs, all of which will be included in the debut studio album. One of the four tracks included on the extended play that helped promote Malta to the rest of the continent in the months leading up to the competition was I'll Be There which Gianluca also had the opportunity to perform during the London Preview Party. This track, a cheerful, ditty number has been released in full for all to hear. It is worth noting that the set of original songs will most likely be light and tailor made for the summer months. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news. 

Source: Official Facebook Page

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiJLo1ZDthk

L'Essenziale performed by Marco Mengoni, who also just happens to be the co-writer alongside Roberto Casalino and Francesco De Benedettis finished in seventh place at the Eurovision Song Contest with a total of one hundred and twenty six points. Ultimately, commercial success has been achieved in no less than eight countries including Austria, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland amongst others. This years' edition of the Pan-European event had the best following in the past three years in Italy noting that the broadcaster, RAI is showing an increased interest in presenting music to the rest of the continent with record labels using the platform to promote artists abroad. 

Firenze was lit up during most of the evening as they hosted the MTV Italy Awards last night and one of the drawcards was undoubtely Marco Mengoni who performed his latest single Pronto a Correre taken off his sophomore album of the same name. The brand new track which is currently at number #9 on the FIMI Charts is quite different to his debut single off the album, L'Essenziale but captures the audience with a strong message. Marco was nominated for several awards, and did managed to triumph in a couple including the 'Air Action Vigorsol Superman' Award which was given to the artist who is most likely idolised. Marco Mengoni is one of the fastest rising stars in Italy and he will surely become one of the successful stories of Sanremo in the many years to follow. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Official Facebook

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

Only Teardrops, co-written by Lise Cabble, Julia Fabrin Jakobsen, Thomas Stengaard with vocals provided by Emmelie de Forest was the undisputed winner of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with both the professional juries and the public at home selecting the track as their overwhelming favourite. DR, broadcaster responsible for the participation of Denmark in collaboration with Sony Music have worked on a promotional video which will help promote the song across the continent.

The track which has peaked within the top ten in more than ten countries including; Sweden, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Luxembourg, Iceland and The Netherlands has received positive criticism and continued to add to the high acclaim that the Eurovision Song Contest has been achieving as of late with several commercial success to the winners. One cannot forget tracks such as Euphoria by Loreen which won for Sweden in 2012 or Satellite by Lena-Meyer Landrut which won for Germany in 2010 because their stories have been written in time and both artists have found success following the competition. Emmelie de Forest is also promoting her debut album of the same name which has already peaked at number #4 in Denmark. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: DR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RIhJ9QK740

Earlier this year, the Malta Eurovision Song Contest saw the return of Kevin Borg, one of the leading figures in the local music industry. The song entitled Needing You co-written with Thomas Thornholm, Simon Gribbe, Dan Attlerud, and Michael Clauss finished in the first runner-up position despite achieving maximum points from tele-vote. The jury believed that it was not the was not the most competent of the entries competing and their judgement was spot on considering that the eventual winning song entitled Tomorrow managed an eighth place finish at the Eurovision Song Contest, the best result for Malta since 2005.

 

The months of summer are known to be relatively tedious in Malta and therefore it comes to no surprise that the local population, joined by tourists have a party close to the beach or else go clubbing and it is for that reason that Kevin Borg has decided to release a special version of his song Needing You. This version, a club mix could also be purchased on iTunes, the digital media store where it has managed to climb to number #1 in Malta as well as in the top #100 in Sweden. The editorial team at escflashmalta.com recommends the purchase of this version for the simple reason that it has a good feel about it and deserves airplay throughout the whole summer. Stay tuned for more of the latest news.

Source: iTunes, Emil Calleja Bayliss (Image)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZ2LaogHSmM

Published in Local Music News

Only Love Survives, sung by Ryan Dolan on behalf of Ireland could only muster up five points in the final and therefore finished at the bottom of the scoreboard, a fate which they had already succumbed to back in 2007 with They Can't Stop the Spring performed by Dervish. RTÉ, the broadcaster responsible for the participation have pledged that they will be present next year due to the successful ratings back home as well as a successful history which includes seven victories, the last of which coming back in 1996. 

Paddy Power, the Irish website for all sports and event betting odds have already published a long list of possible participants on behalf of the nation in 2014. This time last year, it was Leanne Moore who was the principle favourite and whilst she is on the list, she is only seventh this time round. Moore had won You're A Star a couple of years back and has been one of the female backing vocalists during the Irish performance for three straight years.It seems that a male performer is being seen as the next representative noting that all of the names with sterling odds are male. 

Keith Hanley is the odds on favourite with odds at 9/2 but he is closely followed by Shane Filan at 7/1 respectively. Hanley is the winner of the second season of The Voice and thus has a recording contract with Universal Music Ireland whilst Filan was the lead vocalist behind the group, Westlife. It will be interesting to see whether high profile names will be interested in representing Ireland although one of the former members of Westlife, Nicky did read out the votes on the night. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Paddy Power

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BAfQccDQ-I

Tomorrow, co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals provided by Gianluca represented Malta in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest finishing in a respectacble eighth place, the most successful result for the nation in eight years. The extended play which includes the single was officially distributed by Sony Music UK but nevertheless, the track that most people are buying is the one which is on the official compilation which is distributed by Universal Music Germany. It is important to note that Tomorrow has managed to chart in Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland and the United Kingdom respectively. 

According to official statistics released by the European Broadcasting Union, the track was also the favourite of the juries during the second semi-final on Thursday whilst being seventh best with the public, the best result for Malta with those watching in ages. During the final, it was a ninth place finish in both the jury and the tele-voting which was beyond amazing for the country. The Public Broadcasting Services confirmed their participation in 2014 earlier this morning, days after the end of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013. In the meantime, it has to be noted that the official video of Tomorrow produced by Duane Laus has reached one million views, something that This Is The Night had also achieved but albeit on a larger time span. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WmJXIR9xtw

Since the introduction of the jury and tele-voting system, it seems that the anticipation for the split vote is relatively high by viewers of the Eurovision Song Contest, which this year amassed around one hundred and seventy million according to an earlier press release issued by the official website of the international event. In the past four years, the European Broadcasting Union had released the total points of each entry as given by both the jury and the tele-voting but due to the implementation of a brand new system, they have decided to publish the average placing of each nation through both jury and tele-voting.

The results of the first semi-final were quite predictable to be honest noting that Only Teardrops by Emmelie de Forest for Denmark was the varage with both the juries and public at large with Russia's entry What If finishing second in both as well. The juries and the public agreed on seven of the ten qualifiers in general witht he jury opting to select Austria rather than Lithuania and the public preferring Montenero and Croatia over Moldova and Estonia respectively. Montenegro have somewhat managed to gather favour with the public whilst Austria still hold the cards in their hands when it comes to the juries stating tele-voting was rigged a couple of years back. 

Denmark - 167 (1 / 1)

Russia - 156 (2 / 2)

Ukraine - 140 (4 / 3)

Moldova - 95 (3 / 11)

Belgium - 75 (7 / 7)

The Netherlands - 75 (6 / 9)

Belarus - 64 (9 / 8)

Ireland - 54 (10 / 6)

Lithuania - 53 (11 / 5)

Estonia - 52 (8 / 13)

Serbia - 46 (15 / 12)

Montenegro - 41 (14 / 4)

Croatia - 38 (13 / 10)

Austria - 27 (5 / 15

Cyprus - 11 (12 / 14)

Slovenia - 8 (16 / 16)

In the second semi-final, things were rather enticing and this was very much what several opinionists had stated when it came to discussing the quality of the tracks competing. As a matter of fact, the jury and the tele-voting agreed on six songs in total, including jury winners Malta whose entry Tomorrow performed by Gianluca managed seventh place with the public.This was a coup for the Mediterranean nation who had never secured any type of first place result in the past. The jury opted to send through to the final acts such as Israel and San Marino rather than Romania and Hungary whilst the public at large preferred Bulgaria and Switzerland to Armenia and Georgia. For the second straight participation, it seems that Armenia is continously losing the public appeal which had originated in their initial participations. 

Azerbaijan - 139 (2 / 3)

Greece - 121 (3 / 2)

Norway - 120 (4 / 4)

Malta - 118 (1 / 7)

Romania - 83 (13 / 1)

Iceland - 72 (8 / 8)

Armenia - 69 (7 / 11)

Hungary - 66 (11 / 9)

Finland - 64 (6 / 10)

Georgia - 63 (5 / 13)

San Marino - 47 (10 / 12)

Bulgaria - 45 (17 / 6)

Switzerland - 41 (16 / 5)

Israel - 40 (9 / 14)

Albania - 31 (12 / 15)

FYR Macedonia - 28 (14 / 16)

Latvia - 13 (15 / 13)

In the final, things somewhat remained pretty much the same noting that the countries which had performed well in their respective semi-finals managed to enter in the top ten with the inclusion of Italy who performed brilliantly in both the jury and the public vote. This was not the case with their entry last year noting that Nina Zilli had managed to get her top ten score thanks to mostly jury support as the public put her in a lower mid-table position. Marco Mengoni and his entry L'Essenziale managed eighth and tenth respectively to finish in seventh place just ahead of Malta whose entry this time round finished in ninth place both the jury and public vote. On average, Spain has managed to finish last in both the jury and the public vote but unfortunately the disappointing result was given to Ireland with Ryan Dolan managing a decent mid-table with the public as opposed to a bottom three with juries. 

Denmark - 281 (1 / 1)

Azerbaijan - 234 (2 / 3)

Ukraine - 214 (6 / 2)

Norway - 191 (4 / 6)

Russia - 174 (10 / 5)

Greece - 152 (14 / 4)

Italy - 126 (8 / 10)

Malta - 120 (9 / 9)

The Netherlands - 114 (7 / 11)

Hungary - 84 (21 / 8)

Belgium - 71 (11 / 17)

Moldova - 71 (5 / 19)

Romania - 65 (24 / 7)

Sweden - 62 (3 / 18)

Georgia - 50 (13 / 23)

Belarus - 48 (22 / 13)

Iceland - 47 (17 / 12)

Armenia - 41 (19 / 15)

United Kingdom - 23 (15 / 22)

Estonia - 19 (16 / 24)

Germany - 18 (20 / 16)

Lithuania - 17 (25 /21)

France - 14 (12 / 25)

Finland - 13 (18 / 20)

Spain - 8 (26 / 26)

Ireland - 5 (23 / 14)

escflashmalta.com has also noted two predominant differences between the jury and the public vote in the final noting that Sweden managed to gather a strong representation thanks to the professional panels in the participating countries managing a third place whilst Romania climbed up the board thanks to the general public. Unfortunately both entries were drowned down by the other half of the score as Sweden could only manage eighteenth in tele-voting whilst Romania was third from last in the jury. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest but in the meantime, keep following for news about the local music scene.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3f9v8ebuD4