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In recent years, during the course of the summer months, the focus of the editorial board at escflashmalta.com switches completely to the local music scene and this year won't be any different. A decision was taken up a couple of days back to host weekly interviews with a number of artists who make up the local music scene and kicking off the feature will be none other than Corazon. It is worth noting that the female performer is a three time winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a two time finalist in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and host of the daily television programme TVPM alongside Peter Carbonaro.

 

In recent years, your profile has risen following two successive appearances at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the ballads Mystifying Eyes and My Stranger Love, both composed by Paul Giordimaina and penned by Fleur Balzan. Apart from being talented, there is always an amount of luck attached to getting through to the final phases of such a competition. Will you be putting your name forward in the eventuality of such a selection process in 2014 or will you be taking a break and focusing on other specific projects?

I agree that the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is a very important platform for artists in Malta, because of the popularity it enjoys and also because of the professional way it is put up. At the moment I am evaluating the best way to present myself next year.  

A host of artists from the local music scene including yourself have successfully represented Malta in international competitions finishing within the top three and this is definitely positive for an industry which lacks the necessary means to compete with the ones abroad. One of your last triumphs abroad was surely in Tenerife, Spain where you had performed the song Come Fly With Me composed by Renato Briffa and penned by Alfred E Baldacchino. How does such an experience shape your professional attitude and what is your take on the talent that makes up the local music scene?

Performing abroad has allowed me to break out of my microcosm and realise how much talent and commitment there is out there. I really admire artists who are committed to becoming better, and more complete singers/musicians/songwriters from the inside. This requires a lot of self-motivation, stamina and hard-headedness as it’s very easy to get discouraged and demotivated.  The music market in Malta unfortunately encourages a laissez-faire attitude and many artists are caught in the trap of ‘playing what people want’ which closes them in a suffocating and delusional cycle. I’d like to think that I can manage to make people ‘like what I play’ which is an inverse measure. I really admire Maltese artists who have managed to break the cycle and succeed in it. I realise that this can be a slower path towards feeling appreciated artistically, but it is definitely more challenging and rewarding. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdKP2gg4bXU

Looking for You, your first single away from the world of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest was aimed at reaching the masses who listen to the radio and indeed, it was air played by 89.7 Bay which is considered to be a hallmark in the career of any local artist. What is even more intriguing is that you were the one who wrote the song with the production and the mixing done by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. Tell us, what inspired you to write this song in particular and would you consider working on something similar for the festival bridging the gap between the festival and radio?

Speaking of breaking boundaries. I think that Boris and Dean have managed to do this with Gianluca’s song this year and we all know that the formula worked! ‘Looking for You’ definitely worked as a radio single and with hindsight I think it would have also worked for Eurovision. It’s catchy and meaningful at the same time and Boris and Dean helped me find the correct balance between those two elements. I’ll take your question as a suggestion and think about it, it’s definitely an option to consider!

Maltese, a beautiful language which I personally have had the pleasure of studying, under the tutelage of some of the more formidable lecturers in the country. Your affinity with the language has been noted on more than one occasion, with years of participations in L-Ghanja tal-Poplu including earlier this year with the track it-Tweġiba which translates into ‘The Answer’. You have won the event, not once or twice but thrice, the last victory coming in 2011 with the track Mill-Ghajnejn ta’ Tifla which translates into From the Eyes of a Daughter. What is your opinion about the Maltese language and why do you return to L-Ghanja tal-Poplu time and time again?

The ease with which I express myself in Maltese explains why it is my preferred language to write songs in. Of course it is also the language with which I expressed my most important feelings throughout my life. As a baby I’d call out to my parents in Maltese, and I’ve said my first ‘Inħobbok’ in Maltese. Incidentally my mother used to be a Maltese teacher so she exposed me to so much Maltese literature at home and painstakingly corrected every minute spelling mistake in my writing and that’s where I get an annoying, meticulous streak in speaking and writing Maltese properly. The ‘Ghanja tal-Poplu’ was the first time I exposed my songwriting in public and found an immense sense of encouragement and enthusiasm in those who heard my lyrics and my songs. This is why the festival means a lot to me and I keep taking part because I am attached to it and the atmosphere that surrounds the festival.  

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

Staying on the topic of language, your cultural and ethical background has very much been reflected in the tracks you have presented in Maltese across the years and therefore people have grown to expect you to perform subjects which evoke a certain type of aura. At this present moment, you are working on an album of brand new and original songs in Maltese; one which you performed on the television show, TVPM entitled Id-Dar tan-Nanna. The track was met with positive acclaim on social networking outlets but what is to be expected of the whole album and when will it be released to the local music market?

That’s right – you are so correct in judging what the public is expecting out of me. I am sure the end result will not be disappointing in that regard. The album is studded with new tracks dealing with different aspects of Maltese life and society. The lyrics are interesting, intricate and moving but at the same time easy to understand, because they speak of a reality we all know and have been exposed to. I hope that the album will set new standards in Maltese music and that it can pass on the message that Maltese music has not stopped at ‘The Tramps’ and ‘New Cuorey’. Although I have a great admiration for our musical legacy, I believe that it must be adjourned and new artists need to keep writing valid and lasting Maltese music.

The album may surprise quite a few ears as regards the way the tracks are arranged. The piano is an important feature, but it is definitely not the only feature. At the studio with engineer Manolito Galea, we have experimented with many different kinds of piano sounds, in order to create a distinct character for every track but the piano is only the base of more complete arrangements, so beautifully put together by Dominic Galea, a master in adapting music to words in Maltese. I have not set a target date for myself as I’ve already invested so much in it that I’d like to keep refining things until I am convinced that it is the best it can be, even visually. The advantage I have in this regard is that the tracks are undated and don’t come with an expiry date. However, I am imagining that we can close things off in a couple of months and, without promise, will probably be launching the album around October. 

Corazon, a vocalist who started participating in notable singing competitions at the tender age of eighteen to a known figure in the entertainment industry having had the opportunity to host L-Ghanja tal-Poplu last year as well a personality on the daily television show TVPM which you also host alongside Peter Carbonaro who is the Music Manager for the Artist who would be representing Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest. How do you manage to level between the two roles and would you give up singing completely if a major hosting opportunity comes along?

The risk here would be that of falling into a comfort zone and never excelling at any one of the two disciplines or alternatively that of allowing one career to overshadow the other completely. This dual personality of mine is still setting in everyone’s minds including mine and I am very conscious of the traps I can allow myself to fall into.  I cannot say it was easy this year to juggle two very demanding careers. How have I managed? I practically work around the clock and depend a lot on the enormous amount of support from those around me. If a great opportunity in hosting comes along, I would be more than ready to sideline my singing career for a while and this also applies vice versa. But definitely not ready to give up singing completely, or at least music in a broader sense as the latter means more to me than simply being a singer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6nVN8aJnss

For the very first time since 2005, Malta not only managed to qualify from the semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest but also managed to reach a top ten position thanks to Gianluca and his entry Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. The issue at hand is that the choice of the act was mainly based through a local and international panel of judges which made their decision relatively clear, defying the public of Kevin Borg and his song Needing You which he co-wrote with Thomas Thörnholm, Dan Attlerud, Michael Clauss and Simon Gribbe. Looking at things from an outside perspective, what is your opinion?

If you are asking me whether we’d have done better with Kevin Borg, I really don’t know and no one will ever know. What if the public had to vote again now, with hindsight of the final result? 

Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com

Thank you so much for supporting local music and I promise you’ll be the first to know as soon as my new album is ready. I’m looking forward to sharing this exciting project with you!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSik5WNduv8

Published in Interviews

Claudia Faniello, first runner-up at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2008 with the track Caravaggio written by Ray Agius and 2012 with the song Pure composed by Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg is currently working on a brand new set of tracks with Errol Sammut, lead vocalist of the band Airport Impressions. At this years' edition of the renowned competition, Claudia entertained the audience with the song When It's Time which finished in overall seventh place, garnering the support of both the public and the jury. It has now come to the attention of the escflashmalta.com editorial team that a promotional video is currently being shot to support the track and it's sale on digital store, iTunes

In 2010, Claudia Faniello was a firm favourite to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest and had planned the release of a debut album whatever the result. The first studio set entitled Convincingly Better was met with positive reviews and gave Claudia the opportunity to vent her feelings out through song. She was nominated for Best Female Artist at the Malta Music Awards but ultimately missed out. CAP-Sounds, the company which has aided the release of most of the Eurovision Song Contest entries from Malta is responsible for all of Claudia's releases thus far. The official video of When It's Time is being coordinated by a group of students who are studying the subject of film. You could view the first teaser below as we at escflashmalta.com ask you to stay tuned for all of the latest news. 

Source: Claudia Faniello (Facebook, Twitter)

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

Published in Local Music News

Melanie Zammit, semi-finalist at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2013 with the song Loverdose co-written by Maria Lundin, Niclas Lundin and Gerard James Borg is new to the local music scene but is known to be more than just a vocal artist, considering that she is also a dancer. The song failed to make it through to the final of the local competition but nevertheless gained a lot of public support and ranked high in the public poll organised by escflashmalta.com having finished in fifth place behind Never Walk Away, Needing You, Overrated and When it's Time respectively.

In recent weeks, Melanie has been working on new material which is set to be supported by promo but nevertheless, we are pleased to present the first audio clip uploaded to viral website, YouTube. The name of the track is Insomnia and this is actually the third song from Melanie who had previously released the foreign/local co-write Loverdose as well as Electric Sound co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat who also co-wrote the entry that represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest, finishing in a respectable eighth place. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the local news during the upcoming summer months. 

Source: YouTube, Chris Agius (Image) 

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Published in Local Music News

Tomorrow, co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals provided by Gianluca will be performing in sixth position within the second semi-final of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malmö, Sweden. This was decided by the producers of the international spectacle who are working in accordance with the European Broadcasting Union in order to ensure a stunning evening filled with original music representative of each country. 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.

Malta are yet to win the Eurovision Song Contest managing to finish in second place on two occasions, the first time in 2002 with Ira Losco and her entry 7th Wonder composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg as well as in 2005 with Chiara and her self-penned song Angel. Nevertheless, that does not mean that they are not putting their best efforts to work noting that this time round, they are seemingly giving the opportunity to Gianluca and his song Tomorrow as mentioned above. During the selection process, we had the opportunity to interview most of the finalists along with some of those who failed to make it through to the final. One of the former acts though were surely the group Scar who are well known in the country with a string of radio successes especially off their latest album, Breaking Radio Silence which included their award nominated track, White Lie. The interview with singer/songwriter Konrad Pule encompasses the past, present and the future. They competed with a track entitled Superstar.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pW2eku_BrnI

Portugal will not be taking part in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the broadcaster responsible for the participation, RTP caught in financial struggles and issues of privatisation but nevertheless, we expect them to return in due course. The country has never managed to finish on top of the leaderboard of the international spectacle and their last two participations were non-qualification attempts unfortunately. Filipa Sousa and her entry Vida Minha did not have the appropriate draw to carry her through to the final because the song was truly magical. We had the opportunity to speak to the former representative about her participation as well as her respective career at the moment. Nevertheless, this will not be the only interview from Portugal and this is due to the fact that we also had the chance to speak to one of the contenders in the 2012 national selection, Gerson Santos with his track Redescrobrir Portugal. Unfortunately the track was not well received and did not do well in the final, only managing one (1) point but nevertheless, that does not take away from the talents of any individual.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk5i7Hfyy3o

There will also be an interview with Rene Romkes, organiser of the Eurovision In Concert. Radio International is always keen to present songs during the show apart from the weekly features and therefore, collaborating the two ideas together will see the emergence of Eurovision UnverCover whereas tracks performed at the Eurovision Song Contest will be covered by other singers. The actual tracks will be played first followed by the cover and this will make things interesting. Apart from this feature, there will be new material played on the show by a number of former representatives including Lara Fabian. All of the latest 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. A round up of the current betting odds of this years' Eurovision Song Contest will be conducted by Alasdair Rendall. Follow the show through the official website and also send your requests through the contact link which is found on the aforementioned website.

Source: Radio International

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

In just a couple of days, the European Broadcasting Union will be officially unveiling the running order for this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals in which Malta will be competing for yet another year as they hope to qualify to the final with Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals provided by Gianluca. 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 88.1Mhz 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.

One of the most professional selections to take place during this years' national selection season is definitely the Malta Eurovision Song Contest noting that the show was produced at an extremely high quality production apart from the fact that most of the songs could have all been worthy representatives hence forth the public and the jury made different selections. One of the artists which we managed to interview during our annual stay is none other than two time finalist; Deborah C whose entry Love-O-Holic was composed by Johan Bejerholm to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg. The public had somewhat realised that this is a track with potential awarding it sixth place within the tele-voting with the jury giving it a slightly lower position nevertheless, enough to finish within the top ten at an extremely respectable ninth place which is definitely better than last years' disappointment. Deborah C was the winner Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza last September and therefore has been riding a wave of momentum.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dApJEVrUMg

Belgium are somewhat similar to The Netherlands with regards to their qualification record at the Eurovision Song Contest having only qualified from the semi-final once having been pre-qualified to the final in 2004 based on the result achieved the year before by Urban Trad and their track Sanomi. Nevertheless, the man who managed to take the nation into the final for the very first time since then was none other than Tom Dice who by his standards was still a newcomer in 2010. He presented a beautiful guitar ballad entitled Me and My Guitar which did not sound of place during the competition and lit the venue up in Oslo, Norway. It finished first in the semi-final and ultimately managed to finish in sixth place when the final results where being read out. It was definitely a coup for the nation who are hoping to reach the final once more this time round with the track Love Kills performed by Roberto Bellarosa. Tom speaks to us with regards to his experience within the music scene, his two successful albums and what lies ahead for him in the future.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nk1UAXlfBUA

There will also be an interview with Joel Bennett, host of W12P, a radio show about the Eurovision Song Contest. Radio International is always keen to present songs during the show apart from the weekly features and therefore, collaborating the two ideas together will see the emergence of Eurovision UnverCover whereas tracks performed at the Eurovision Song Contest will be covered by other singers. The actual tracks will be played first followed by the cover and this will make things interesting. Apart from this feature, there will be new material played on the show by a number of former representatives including Sertab Erener. All of the latest 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. A round up of the current betting odds of this years' Eurovision Song Contest will be conducted by Alasdair Rendall. Follow the show through the official website and also send your requests through the contact link which is found on the aforementioned website.

Source: Radio International

Needing You, co-written by Danne Attlerud, Thomas Thornholm, Simon Gribbe, Kevin Borg and Simon Clauss with vocals provided by Kevin Borg was the first runner-up at this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest hosted by Elaine Saliba and Gordon Bonello at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre in Ta' Qali. In the weeks leading up to the competition, the public had spoken positively about the entry especially considering the fact that Kevin who is relatively successful in Sweden returned to his home country to try and head to Malmo, to grave the stage of this years' international showcase. The single was officially released on iTunes early last week.

Many had expected Kevin Borg to perform well in this years' competition because he made it his aim to success on behalf of Malta and indeed, the public did award him with the maximum possible points, finishing ahead of Gianluca and his song Tomorrow before falling to second place following an extremely close jury vote which saw the upcoming artist heading to the Eurovision Song Contest where he will be competing in the first half of the second semi-final. The digital single of Needing You has performed relatively well on the local iTunes charts having managed to climb to number #1 for a couple of days before sliding back down to number #4 at the moment below the winning entry of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Listen to the mastered version just below as performed on Bingo Lotto on TV4 in Sweden. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Official Kevin Borg Facebook Page

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MaOdkA1n54

Published in Local Music News

The 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest took place just a couple of weeks back with Gianluca Bezzina and his entry Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek announced as the winner at the end of the evening. Congratulations are always in order as we wish him all the very best in Sweden as he competes in the first part of the second semi-final. Nevertheless, prior to the final, escflashmalta.com initiated the public, media outlets and a set of music industry professionals to conduct their choices. The editorial board has always been a proud supporter of the local music scene and thus has always sought to include features from which artists would generally benefit. For yet another year, escflashmalta.com is giving out three awards; Public Award, Critics Award and the Media Award in collaboration with Sas-Sitta produced by Spiteri Lucas Entertainment and Bristow Potteries who sponsored the trophies.

One of the key elements behind the success of any country within the Eurovision Song Contest is democracy and the people have a right to have their decision heard loud and clear, in a manner where it is not deafened. The votes on the night of the final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest counted as one member of the jury and that was indeed a right decision because music industry professionals are required to select the best track. Our public poll received a total of 6454 votes, which is around two thousand more than the previous year and it has to be noted that whilst the top two were extremely close to each other, it seems like the others were somewhat far behind and fighting it out for a number of positions within the top ten and in some instances in the top five. It is important to denote that every individual had a vote per IP Address and therefore, we tried to limit the amount of double votes in this manner. It is important to always keep the public's opinion whilst voting because at the end of the day the song would be representing the country abroad but nevertheless, public perception about the artist is normally swayed according to the popularity figures, and this was something somewhat not attributed to our poll. The full results of the public may be seen in full below.

  1. Never Walk Away - Chris Grech (1512)
  2. Needing You - Kevin Borg (1296)
  3. Overrated - Marilena Gauci (522)
  4. When It's Time - Claudia Faniello (498)
  5. Loverdose - Melanie Zammit (472)
  6. Tomorrow - Gianluca Bezzina (404)
  7. Ultraviolet - Jessika (396)
  8. In Control - Amber (207)
  9. Perfect Day - Janice DeBattista (167)
  10. Tides of Illusion - Ylenia (158)
  11. Starting from the End - Dorothy Bezzina (145)
  12. Betrayed - Davinia Pace (141)
  13. Keep Believing - Raquela (110)
  14. Let Your Heart Talk - Franklin (82)
  15. Us Against the World - Gianni (78)
  16. Love-O-Holic - Deborah C (66)
  17. Fall Like Rome - Richard Edwards (57)
  18. Fantasy - Danica Muscat (46)
  19. My Stranger Love - Corazon (35)
  20. Too Little Too Late - Domenique (23)
  21. Wonderful Today - Richard & Petra (15)
  22. The Remedy - Klinsmann (11)
  23. Superstar - Scar (10)
  24. No One's Home - Petra (3)
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The professional members of the jury have always been pivotal behind the results not only during the Malta Eurovisoin Song Contest but also throughout the whole of Europe when national selections are concerned becuase people within the industry are somewhat ones which know the type of music which works abroad. They do not vote with an agenda as some people might denote as they would only come forth with the interests of the songs and the country which summoned them. escflashmalta.com has had the pleasure to work with a number of individuals in recent years and this time round, we were proud to have come up with panel of professionals such as; Martin Isherwood, a leading figure at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, Roberto Meloni, a two time Eurovision Song Contest representative; Stano Simor, a notable producer from Slovakia who works with Universal Music; Lina Eriksson, signed to EMI Music Publishing and has written tracks for artists out of Idols and Popstars and last but not least; Sharon Vaughn, a premier songwriter who has worked with Joe McElderry, Agnes, The Wanted, Alcazar, Brian Kennedy, Jedward and Kimberley Walsh amongst others. In one particular instance, we also required the services of Knut-Oyvind Hagen, a talented songwriter who also works at NRK, the Norwegian broadcaster. The full results of the critics may be seen in full below.
  1. Needing You - Kevin Borg (35)
  2. Loverdose - Melanie Zammit (25)
  3. Tomorrow - Gianluca Bezzina (22)
  4. Starting from the End - Dorothy Bezzina (22)
  5. Ultraviolet - Jessika (21)
  6. Love-O-Holic - Deborah C (20)
  7. Fall Like Rome - Richard Edwards (18)
  8. The Remedy - Klinsmann (18)
  9. Never Walk Away - Chris Grech (16)
  10. Betrayed - Davinia Pace (13)
  11. When It's Time - Claudia Faniello (13)
  12. Let Your Heart Talk - Franklin (10)
  13. Tides of Illusion - Ylenia (9)
  14. Superstar - Scar (8)
  15. Too Little Too Late - Domenique (8)
  16. Fantasy - Danica Muscat (7)
  17. Wonderful Today - Richard & Petra (7)
  18. In Control - Amber (5)
  19. No One's Home - Petra (5)
  20. Perfect Day - Janice DeBattista (4)
  21. Overrated - Marilena Gauci (2)
  22. My Stranger Love - Corazon (1)
  23. Us Against the World - Gianni (1)
  24. Keep Believing - Raquela (0)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzGiJxMd3UI

Being a media outlet, escflashmalta.com has always felt the need to make sure that all of the respective entries competing in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest are heard beyond the four corners of the globe from a competition perspective. Each of the twenty-four (24) songs competing in recent years can manage to stand up on their own and be counted as individual tracks with possible success. Calling upon ten members of the foreign press alongside ten members of the local press, it was a deep priviledge to see what type of songs the individuals, the organisation and the nationality would realibly go for in the true sense of the word. I would like to thank all of the media outlets and their representatives who took part and they were; Nathan D (89.7 Bay), Vikesh Godhwani (Insiter), Dorian Cassar (89.7 Bay), David Debono (100.2 XFM), Clint Bajada (92.7 FM), Aaron Benjamin (92.7 FM), Eric Montfort (Radio 101), Toni Sant (MMI), Ian Scerri (escflashmalta.com), Michael Bugeja (Times of Malta), Ian Fowell (Eurovisionary), Liam Whelan (ESCDaily), Theofilos Toronidis (ESCDaily), Garrett Mulhall (Eurovision Ireland), Jaime Solloso (Oikotimes), Alexandru Busa (esctoday.com), Emma Backfish (escXtra), Darragh Reck (RTÉ), Juergen Boernig (Radio International) and Luke Fisher (escXtra). The full results of the media may be seen in full below.
  1. The Remedy - Klinsmann (680)
  2. Never Walk Away - Chris Grech (580)
  3. Starting from the End - Dorothy Bezzina (500)
  4. Tomorrow - Gianluca Bezzina (480)
  5. Love-O-Holic - Deborah C (480)
  6. Superstar - Scar (380)
  7. Fall Like Rome - Richard Edwards (340)
  8. Betrayed - Davinia Pace (260)
  9. Ultraviolet - Jessika (260)
  10. Needing You - Kevin Borg (260)
  11. Loverdose - Melanie Zammit (240)
  12. In Control - Amber (180)
  13. Fantasy - Danica Muscat (160)
  14. Too Little Too Late - Domenique (160)
  15. My Stranger Love - Corazon (100)
  16. Keep Believing - Raquela (80)
  17. When It's Time - Claudia Faniello (20)
  18. Tides of Illusion - Ylenia (0)
  19. Let Your Heart Talk - Franklin (0)
  20. Perfect Day - Janice DeBattista (0)
  21. Wonderful Today - Richard & Petra (-20)
  22. Us Against the World - Gianni (-40)
  23. No One's Home - Petra (-80)
  24. Overrated - Marilena Gauci (-240)
escflashmalta.com would like to congratulate all of the winners and also the artists of each of the twenty-three entries in this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest. In the meantime, thanks to Bristow Potteries and Sas-Sitta on NET Television for their continued support towards our portal and we hope for further collaborations in the coming years and months. It has been a pleasure working with esteemed professionals for yet another year and we'll soon be announcing our features for the Eurovision Song Contest which will include professional reviews of each of the countries' representation as well as LIVE reports of the shows with special guest commentators. Once more, escflashmalta.com would like to wish the very best of luck to Gianluca with his endeavours in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest.
 

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Published in Local Music News
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:02

Malta: Mastering of 'Tomorrow' Finalised

This years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest took place on the opening weekend of February and to the positive acclaim of foreigners and locals alike, Gianluca Bezzina along with his track Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek were announced as the winners following an extremely close encounter with Kevin Borg whose entry Needing You co-written with Thomas Thornholm, Simon Gribbe, Dan Attlerud and Michael Class finished in second place. The preparations by the Public Broadcasting Services are well underway with just a couple of weeks before all of the relevant material needs to be submitted to the European Broadcasting Union, during the extremely popular Heads of Delegation Meeting.

It seems that this time round, according to reliable sources, CAP-Sounds, the company responsible for the production of most Maltese entries at the Eurovision Song Contest is not involved this time round with the respective songwriters being in Sweden in the past couple of hours to make sure that everything goes to plan. The mastering of the track Tomorrow took place at Cutting Room Studios, which is renowned in the Scandinavian music industry for creating some of the best known tracks for popular artists including; Manboy (Eric Saade), This Is My Life (Anna Bergendahl), Higher (Erik Gronwall) and Losing You (Dead By April). The final version of the track will surely be premiered soon. In the meantime, artist manager, Peter Carbonaro is calling for extras for the music video shoot taking place, this coming Tuesday, 26th February. For further details please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news with regards to the Maltese participation in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.

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Sunday, 17 February 2013 16:20

Malta: Ludwig and Franklin Duet Released

In recent months, exclusive news was released on escflashmalta.com with regards to the submission of a duet within the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest which unfortunately did not make it beyond the first phase and it seems that the submitted entry was officially released to the public in the past couple of days under the title name Crescendo with music by Augusto Cardinali to the lyrics of Giovann Attard. Franklin Calleja & Ludwig Galea barely need any introduction in the local music scene having been in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the latter having even went to the international showcase respectively back in 2004 alongside Julie Zahra with the track On Again .. Off Again composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg.

 

Ludwig Galea has become a key supporter of Franklin Calleja's career in the past couple of months having first met him during the vocal talent show; Don't Stop Me Now hosted by former Eurovision Song Contest commentator Eileen Montesin on NET Television. Their performance during the series of the track Nessun Dorma which has been pictured above stunned the judges, including 1994 Eurovision Song Contest representative; Moira Stafrace and won them raving reviews through viral website; YouTube and social networking website; Facebook. The release of this track was quite surprising as now it cannot be used in a future edition of the competition. Have a listen to the song and let us know on whether it should have made it through to the competition. Franklin on the other hand reached the semi-finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest this year with the track Let Your Heart Talk composed by Ray Agius and penned by Alfred C Sant. Follow all his latest news through his Official Pages on Twitter and Facebook. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

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Claudia Faniello, one of the finalists in this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is somewhat continuing the successful trends of releasing material through a digital store because following the earlier release of Deborah C, she follows with her entry When It's Time co-written alongside Errol Sammut of Airport Impressions. The formidable female performer decided to rebrand her image in the competition and has taken up a genre which she has been somewhat playing about with for quite some time, noting pop/rock influences in the form of Movie In My Mind composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg back in 2011.

Finishing in fifth place with the public, and seventh place with the jury out of a selection process which comprised of sixteen songs was quite intriguing for her new genre, with the final placing being seventh in total. When It's Time has received positive comments across the board and now you could also own a copy of the version as presented during the festival by purchasing it through iTunes where it has been digitally released by CAP-Sounds, the same company with which Claudia Faniello had released her debut album, Convincingly Better back a couple of years back. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about artists within the local music scene as soon as it becomes available.

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