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After an eventful contest on Saturday, we decided to look at the bottom end or right-hand side of the scoreboard. A quick analysis if you like. Firstly, San Marino’s first appearance in a Eurovision final was not a great success but marked a massive achievement for the tiny microstate. Whilst the song was not highly regarded, one cannot detract from the gargantuan efforts the Sammarinese delegating put in to their entry. I would say they should be very proud and although they did not win or come close. For San Marino, it is most definitely the taking part that counts.

Montenegro also had their first appearance in a final and their final position could have been a lot worse. I for one enjoyed the song. Although they have yet to manage a top ten placing, this is most certainly a step in the right direction.

France scored just two points. Twin Twin came across as very genuine and it was evident that they enjoyed their performance. However, I believe this is the first time that France have come last. I have to admit though the tune and the lyrics were stuck in my head for while after watching them. As a part of the big five, France can’t do any worse next year.

Azerbaijan have their lowest placing to date 22nd. Azerbaijan are one of the most successful countries and currently have a 100% qualification rate from the semi-finals. They do send decent songs so no doubt they will be aiming to do a lot better next year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FJtzRSKHKg

I also notice that four of the big five are in the lower half of the scoreboard. The UK only managing 17th place. I am not sure what happened there, the same with Italy, but I guess even with all the hype – you win some, you lose some. 

The Greek performance was in my opinion a bit messy and all the camera movements were a bit off-putting. I have heard people say that the live performance was a bit week. However, I was too busy trying to focus at the screen properly. Greece is also a very successful country in terms of qualifying from the final and have entered some great songs in the past ten years. So, once again Greece will be aiming to better than 20th in 2015.

Poland and Iceland just missed out on places in the left-hand side of the scoreboard, but it was hard to take heed of what was going on, given all the hype around the top 3. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6w7tmWvm6M

Slovenia did not fare so well, but this seems to have been a year where there has been a bit of an ex-Yugoslav states void. With Bosnia & Herzegovina withdrawing, Serbia and FYROM not qualifying. The song was pleasant; I actually quite liked it, I am not exactly sure what happened. I guess it was overlooked as it was placed in the bottom five by both the juries and the televote. 

As for Malta, after seeing their semi-final performance I was a little worried that they lack a certain “oomph” to the performance. However, I was pleasantly surprise on Saturday and I really enjoyed the song. Admittedly, it was one of my more preferred songs in the competition and I was pleased when it qualified. I was cringing though when Lise Rønne was offering them an English breakfast in the Green Room.  When I saw the jury/televote split results, I was gobsmacked!! So, the juries gave Malta a sixth place (119 points) whereas the televote languished them in 24th place (17 points).  I cannot seem to be able to recall where the jury and televote result had a discrepancy of more than 100 points. Regardless, Malta seemed to be pleased to be in the final and they sang well. A thoroughly deserved 10 points from the UK.

An eventful competition to say the least. A dramatic top 10 and plenty happening at the bottom end too. We will have to wait until May 2015 for the next round. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook & Twitter.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_hT08vzHt8

Published in Editorials

Rise Like a Phoenix co-written by Charly Mason, Joey Patulka, Ali Zuckowski and Julian Maas with vocals provided by Conchita Wurst on behalf of Austria was the clear choice of both the professional juries and the public across the whole of Europe. It is also worth noting that first runner-up, Calm After the Storm performed by The Common Linnets was decided through a consensus even though the Maltese Jury made up of Paul Abela, Manolito Galea, Corazon, Elton Zarb and Pamela thought otherwise pushing it down to a bottom three position.

Having thoroughly analysed the results, we have come to the conclusion that Malta's entry Coming Home written by Richard Edwards Micallef and performed by Firelight did not connect with the audience and languished in a dire bottom three position had it been up to the public only, as opposed to the clear and sensible respect of the professional juries who ranked the entry in 5th place by the close of the voting. Nevertheless, the polarised result saw Malta languish in 23rd place with just 31 points. 

It was relatively disappointing considering that Firelight gave a spirited performance of their folk/pop tune Coming Home. At this stage, I would like to thank Patrick Strouk, Emil Calleja Bayliss, Antoine Farrugia, Juergen Boernig and the rest of the team at Radio International for all their editorial work as well as special guests; Christabelle, Brooke, Daniel Testa, Danica Muscat, Karen DeBattista, Rikki Lee, Simon Casey, Davinia, Matt Mercieca and Miriam Christine. Last but not least, THANK YOU for following escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRUIava4WRM

ONE Radio 92.7 will also be joining the traditional coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest this evening with a LIVE broadcast set to take place during the evening featuring running commentary by Daniel Falzon Mallia, Charlene Azzopardi, Kelly Peplow and Donna Marie Ellul. The latter being a singer/songwriter, most recently a finalist in the International Festival of Maltese Song. The show which will bear the name ESC Live! will provide extra insight to this year's showcase.

In the absence of Deo Grech, who is part of the Delegation representing Malta at this year's edition of the Eurovision Song ontest, Daniel Falzon Mallia was his substitute on Eurovision Radio and previewed the songs in contention during the semi-finals on each of the past two shows alongside a panel which included three local writers from escflashmalta.com and esctoday.com, a fan as well as a renowned songwriter. ESC Live! will be running on ONE Radio 92.7 as from 20:00 CET whilst the Facebook & Twitter acounts of escflashmalta.com will provide a running blog with Antoine Farrugia, Danica Muscat, Daniel Testa, Miriam Christine and Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca.

Source: ONE Radio 92.7

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjZb33XA3XE

Published in Local Music News

Firstly, we would like to thank you for selecting escflashmalta.com as your main source of information throughout the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. This evening, we are pleased to announce that in collaboration with the Romanian Delegation, we will run a competition which will see FOUR of you win a promotional package of the song Miracle which Paula & Ovi will be performing at position number #6 in the final tomorrow evening.

The Question which we are asking; At the end of tomorrow evening, where will Romania be on the scoreboard? Send your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. till tomorrow at 22:00 CET. The renowned duo who have been receiving a lot of positive acclaim in the media have decided to return to the Eurovision Song Contest following their spectacular 3rd place in 2010 with the track Playing With Fire. We urge you tune into escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for the LIVE BLOG of the final tomorrow evening alongside; Matt Mercieca, Danica Muscat, Daniel Testa and Antoine Farrugia.

Source: Olivier Vanhoutte

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVTGnT3Bur0

Following the aftermath of the second semi-final, it has been decided by the European Broadcasting Union that Firelight and the song Coming Home written by Richard Edwards Micallef on behalf of Malta will perform in position number 22 this coming Saturday as the final of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest takes place.

Valentina Rossi, a photo model and nominee in the upcoming Malta Fashion Awards, has been selected by the Public Broadcasting Services to read out the votes during the final of the international competition following in the footsteps of Emma Hickey, Keith Demicoli, Kelly Schembri and Chiara Siracusa who have held the honour in the past four years. Valentina is a true fan of the Eurovision Song Contest, and was present during each of the postcards introducing the acts at this year's edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: eurovision.tv, Bernard Polidano (image)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXY0imG1SzQ

It is almost 2 o'clock in the morning and the energy levels are slowly dwindling but nevertheless, we had to stay up in order to note down the running order for the final of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, as decided by the European Broadcasting Union. Following each of the semi-finals, a partial draw took place where the respective artist of the qualified country picked out a piece of paper stating whether they would perform in the first or the second half.

Performing first during the second semi-final was actually the right call by the European Broadcasting Union considering that it gave the show a feel good factor, one which definitely got the crowd in the arena and at home going. As the qualifiers were revealed, Malta was the sixth nation to be called out, calming down the bundle of nerves that had built up over the course of the evening. During the press conference, Richard drew the second half of the draw, which creating exciting prospects. We are now pleased to confirm that Malta will perform in slot number #22.

  1. Ukraine
  2. Belarus
  3. Azerbaijan
  4. Iceland
  5. Norway
  6. Romania
  7. Armenia
  8. Montenegro
  9. Poland
  10. Greece
  11. Austria
  12. Germany
  13. Sweden
  14. France
  15. Russia
  16. Italy
  17. Slovenia
  18. Finland
  19. Spain
  20. Switzerland
  21. Hungary
  22. Malta
  23. Denmark
  24. The Netherlands
  25. San Marino
  26. United Kingdom

The editorial team of escflashmalta.com would like to thank our esteemed readers for following the comments of Karen DeBattista, Simon Casey and Christabelle throughout the course of the evening. We encourage you to visit our social media pages on Saturday when Daniel Testa, Matt Mercieca and Danica Muscat will be the guest writers. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXY0imG1SzQ

Copenhagen, host city of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will be welcoming a further fifteen countries on the stage of the B&W Hallerne, amongst them Malta. The group Firelight and their feel-good entry Coming Home will have the opportunity to open the semi-final this evening and the Mediterranean Island, winner of the 2013 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest is buzzing with excitement.

Throughout the day, several personalities from the local music scene have taken to their social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter including none other than; Claudia Faniello, Gaia Cauchi, Federica Falzon, Maxine Pace, Olivia Lewis, Gianluca BezzinaKaren DeBattista, Miriam Christine, Danica Muscat, Gillian Attard, Fabrizio Faniello and Romina Mamo. 

We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Remember that TVM will be broadcasting the semi-final this evening with commentary provided by Carlo Borg Bonaci. A gentle reminder that Antoine Farrugia, Christabelle, Simon Casey and Karen DeBattista will be on hand to micro-blog through the escflashmalta.com social media this evening.

Source: escflashmalta.com

It has been an entertaining fortnight with certain entries falling well below expectations with others coming to terms with new found fame following first rehearsals on the stage found at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. Tonight! The second semi-final of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with fifteen countries set to compete against one another in hope of garnering one of the ten available slots, and in doing so joining the big five; Spain, France, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom as well as host country; Denmark. 

In Malta, the focus will definitely be on the group Firelight whose entry Coming Home written by Richard Edwards Micallef will be first to take to the stage this evening. This will be the first time that the Mediterranean Island, and winner of the 2013 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will open the show. On behalf of the Public Broadcasting Services, Carlo Borg Bonaci will serve as commentator this evening, reprising the role he had during the first semi-final. In the final, Daniel Chircop will be taking over as commentator. In the meantime, we have asked our panel of professional reviewers to come up with the names of the countries they believe will get through to the final this evening and this is the cumulative list which they have come up with;

  1. Malta
  2. Israel
  3. Norway
  4. Austria
  5. Finland
  6. Ireland
  7. Belarus
  8. Switzerland
  9. Greece
  10. Slovenia

We urge you to tune into escflashmalta.com through Facebook and Twitter this evening with Antoine Farrugia, Christabelle, Simon Casey and Karen DeBattista micro-blogging on the acts competing in the second semi-final. Once more, we remind you that the comments passed forth by our special guests do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the escflashmalta.com editorial team. Remember, the second semi-final of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest kicks off at 21:00 CET on Television Malta.

Source: escflashmalta.com, eurovision.tv

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

Earlier this afternoon, members of the press took to the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark in order to watch the first dress rehearsal of the second semi-final of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Malta, represented by Firelight and the song Coming Home written by Richard Edwards Micallef were first up on the stage and gave a sublime performance.

Later on this evening, Firelight will have to be on top of their game once more in order to entertain the professional juries across Europe, as unveiled by the European Broadcasting Union during the first week of rehearsals. In the meantime, it is worth noting that Richard Edwards, Michelle Mifsud, Wayne Micallef, Daniel Micallef, Anthony Polidano and Leslie DeCesare, who make up the band Firelight, have been quite busy in recent days, performing in several parties including that of Israel whose Mei Finegold will perform the song Same Heart just after Malta's participation. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: esckaz.com, Daniel D'Anastasi o.b.o TVM/PBS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63h_W45b0R8

According to overnight data provided by iTunes, the digital store, it seems that the first real hit of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest has been unravelled. Calm After the Storm written by Ilse de Lange, JB Meijers, Rob Crosby, Matthew Crosby and Jake Etheridge and performed by The Common Linnets had been described prior to the contest as one of the most professional entries and with flawless camera work, vocals and diction, many believe that The Netherlands could surprise and run away with the victory come Saturday evening.

As of this morning Calm After the Storm has entered the iTunes Chart in no less than twenty-one countries including in the United Kingdom, which despite broadcasting the semi-final on BBC 3 did not have the opportunity to vote last night. In Lithuania, The Netherlands, Latvia, Sweden, Denmark and Estonia, the song has managed to climb into the top five, much better than any of the other entries which were performed last night. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: esctracker

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWe8PRsW4T0