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Wednesday, 04 November 2015 00:35

MESC 2016: Karen DeBattista Will Not Participate

"I would like to announce that I have not submitted any entries for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016, focusing on my studies above anything else", announced Karen DeBattista through her official social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter.

Emerging on the local music scene as a finalist in the Summer Hit Song Contest 2011, the young versatile female vocalist made headlines winning L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2014 with "Jien Ma Naħdimx", an original song composed by Mark Scicluna with lyrics by Rita Pace. She quickly anticipated the possibility of partaking in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and enlisted lyricist Emil Calleja Bayliss, and composer Jan Van Dijck to work on something different. 

The result of this collaboration was "12, Baker Street", one of the songs which made it through to the final phase of the competition, eventually also making the iTunes chart. We urge you to stay tuned to even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Malta's participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

Source:, Karen DeBattista (Facebook, Twitter)

On the 21st and 22nd November, the Public Broadcasting Services will be hosting the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest at the Marsa Shipbuilding. 20 acts will be taking centre stage, in hope of representing the country at next year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, being held in Vienna, Austria. Over the next couple of weeks, will be publishing a series of interviews with all the participants. Whilst thanking the Public Broadcasting Services for this opportunity, Let's continue and follow things up with Karen DeBattista.

Would you kindly introduce your entry to our readers and also identify the meaning behind the lyrics?

My song is called ‘12, Baker Street’, with lyrics by Emil Calleja Bayliss and music by Jan van Dijck. I consider my song for this year’s Malta Eurovision Song Contest as one with a mixture of genres, all combined together to create a wonderful harmony. Apart from the music, the lyrics of the song also help to draw in people since it is a sweet love story which shows that if it is true, love will find a way.

In Malta, the Eurovision Song Contest is considered to be a major outlet for the music industry, and you stand here as one of the semi-finalists. What does the whole experience mean to you?

I feel privileged to be one of this year’s semi-finalists. From a very young age, I dreamt of performing for such a large crowd on a magnificent stage and luckily enough this year I have the opportunity to do so. It is an experience which will definitely help me grow both as an artist and in developing my music. 

Recently, Malta has been rather successful at the Eurovision Song Contest, making the final on four of the last five participation attempts. What do you think is the reason for this success, and do you believe that your entry has what it takes to continue this positive trend?

I believe the main factor for our success as a country would be the fact that we chose a young and fresh group of people with a catchy and fun song to represent us. That is what the people want: something that will make them smile and feel good. That, and more importantly, good marketing techniques when it comes to promoting our entry in participating countries.

If you were given the opportunity to sing another one of the competing entries in the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which one would it be and why?

I think it would be Corazon’s song ‘Secretly’. In my opinion, both our styles are similar, apart from the fact that her song is one of my favourites in this year’s competition. 

Do you have any plans to release more music in the future, and do you have any particular projects in the pipeline?

Definitely. That has always been my aim, although I like to take things one step at a time. We’ll see what the future will bring. 

Would you like to say anything to our readers at

I would like to thank all the readers of for the constant support towards all artists, both in the Malta Eurovision as well as in the Eurovision Song Contest. I hope that you’ll all like my song “12, Baker Street”!

RTP, the public broadcaster in Portugal, responsible for the participation in the Eurovision Song Contest is planning to select their entry through the illustrious Festival Da Cançao, which for the very first time will consist of two phases; a semi-final on the 8th March, and a final on the 15th March. In recent weeks, several songwriters and artists put their name forward in the tabloids, declaring interest but nevertheless, it was up to the broadcaster to decide which ten (10) songwriters would be receiving an invite.

In a Press Release issued by RTP, the songwriters were confirmed to include a couple of national selection veterans, including those who have already been to the Eurovision Song Contest, some on more than one occasion. The focus is predominantly on those who have written tracks for Portugal in the past including Andrej Babic and Carlos Coelho (2008, 2012), Emanuel (2007) and Jan Van Dijck (1990) but it is also worth pointing out that an invite was handed out to Marc Paelinck, who has been to the Eurovision Song Contest on three occasions for different countries (Belgium 2004, Malta 2009 and Belarus 2013). The rest of the songwriters invited to partake in the selection are João Matos, João So, Nuno Feist, Ricardo Afonso, Tiago Pais and Tozé Santos.

More details will be made available in the coming weeks but it looks like Ricardo will perform his own song whilst Marc Paelinck is working with renowned vocalist, Rui Andrade who has received support from former Eurovision Song Contest winner; Ruslana. Stay tuned to for all the latest news about Portugal's participation in the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest especially following the fact that they were absent from the 2013 edition due to financial difficulties.

Source: RTP

Richard Edwards, first runner-up at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 with the track Finally which he co-wrote with Jan Van Dijck is the latest vocalist to confirm his intentions to return to the pre-selection process. It does not really come as a surprise denoting that the male artist has been ever so present in the competition since his success, being a finalist in 2012 and 2013 with the tracks Look At Me Now co-written with Jan Van Dijck, Fall Like Rome composed by Philip Vella and Magnus Kaxe to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg and a duet with Petra entitled Wonderful Today a co-write with Wayne Micallef.

Richard Micallef took to his personal account through Social Networking website, Facebook stating 'Just finished two new songs that I will submit for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Something different from what I normally write ... I feel like I need to change it up a bit...' This is actually good news, and somewhat bodes well especially following the disappointing announcements made by Nadine Axisa and Klinsmann who will not be submitting any entries for the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Submissions will be received by the Public Broadcasting Services at the Creativity Hub between the 30th and the 31st October 2013. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news.


Published in Local Music News