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There have been a number of reports in recent days with regards to the withdrawal of Saska Hunt and her entry Dress Rehearsal from the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest but nevertheless, the Public Broadcasting Services was mum about the news prior to this evening as it was revealed during the programme Xarabank that the 24th semi-finalist has had to be replaced due to undisclosed reasons with Marilena Gauci taking the role with her track Overrated composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg. The 2013 edition of the competition will be taking place on the 1st and the 2nd February at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre in Ta' Qali.

Marilena Gauci reached the finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest back in 2011 with the track He's A Demon which was written by Michael Henry and penned by Anthony Grech. The performer has been quickly gaining a lot of critical acclaim noting that she finished as the first runner-up at the 2012 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the track Bl-Ikbar Serjetà following her fourth place finish last year in the same competition with Dil-Qalb Kbira. Marilena is also known to many for having represented Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest back in 2004 along with the Young Talent Team and their entry Power of a Song. A withdrawal has never been experiences in recent years but nevertheless, following the non-publication of the clip rumours were surfacing quickly. Now the Public Broadcasting Services has officially unveiled 24 entries in the competition and thus, the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2013 continues. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes possible.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, Xarabank, Emil Calleja Bayliss (Image)

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

Published in Local Music News

The 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be staged in the first weekend of February noting that the Public Broadcasting Services purposely set it up as a weekend that will celebrate the local music scene noting the renowned competition taking place on the 1st and 2nd February with the Malta Music Awards taking place on the next day on the 3rd February. As a matter of fact, the promotional campaign for each of the twenty-four semi-finalists has commenced and the broadcaster has carefully planned ten promotional outlets in which their entries will be played along with one to one interviews. One of the shows that has been included in the roster is Carlo's Breakfast Cafe on Magic FM. The host of the show, Carlo Borg Bonaci is one of the leading figures in the industry having been on the radio for several years and also plays a role in the Malta Music Awards being a co-organiser with Noel Magri. 

In recent days, the editorial team at escflashmalta.com has been in touch with Carlo Borg Bonaci in order to learn the schedule and we are proud to fill you in on when which of the semi-finalists will be appearing on which day. We also had the opportunity to listen to some of the interviews held early in the morning around 08:15 CET just before the programme comes to an end and it is an extremely light interview featuring aspects of the budding performer, the track itself, the intentions of participation and many other tidbits which listeners will enjoy. In the meantime, the song is played in full and one gets a different vibe when hearing it on the radio, spotting that special hit potential which many might be on the look out for at the moment. The feedback that we have received about the interviews has been quite positive and it is quite a jovial start to the day so to speak. Have a look at the schedule below.

  • 17th December - Chris Grech (Never Walk Away)
  • 18th December - Claudia Faniello (When It's Time)
  • 19th December - Richard Edwards (Fall Like Rome)
  • 20th December - Corazon (My Stranger Love)
  • 21st December - Ylenia (Tides of Illusion)
  • 24th December - Jessika (Ultraviolet)
  • 28th December - Gianni Zammit (Us Against the World)
  • 2nd January - Scar (Superstar)
  • 3rd January - Richard & Petra (Wonderful Today)
  • 7th January - Klinsmann (The Remedy)
  • 8th January - Petra (No One's Home)
  • 9th January - Danica Muscat (Fantasy)
  • 10th January - Gianluca Bezzina (Tomorrow)
  • 11th January - Deborah C (Love-O-Holic)
  • 14th January - Domenique (Too Little Too Late)
  • 15th January - Raquela (Keep Believing)
  • 16th January - Amber (In Control)
  • 17th January - Melanie Zammit (Loverdose)
  • 18th January - Franklin Calleja (Let Your Heart Talk)
  • 22nd January - Marilena Gauci (Overrated)
  • 25th January - Davinia (Betrayed)
  • 27th January - Kevin Borg (Needing You)

As one could note from the list above, some of the interviews have already taken place and will therefore be missed unfortunately but nevertheless, most of the participants have not been on the programme yet. We invite you to turn on Magic FM in the morning and listen into Carlo Borg Bonaci's breakfast show known as Carlo's Breakfast Cafe. This is one of the several means of promotion that the Public Broadcasting Services is giving the twenty-four semi-finalists, despite them being either already well known or relative newcomers to the competition. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest as soon as it becomes available and remember to listen to all of the songs of this years' competition on the official website of Television Malta.

Source: PBS, Carlo Borg Bonaci

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgaX5QuMGR8

Published in Local Music News
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 18:10

MESC 2013: Annual ESCflashmalta Awards Return

The Malta Eurovision Song Contest has become a well respected event in the local music calender with several artists trying their luck to be amongst the elite showcase in which twenty-four acts compete against each other for the right to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest which in 2013 will be taking place in the city of Malmö within Sweden. The preparations by the Public Broadcasting Services are well underway and each respective participant is receiving ample promotion through all their representative media outlets including Television Malta, Radju Malta and Magic Malta amongst others with appearances on lifestyle programmes such as TVPM, current affairs programmes such as TV Hemm and TVAM and of course on radio breakfast shows. Nevertheless, whilst the result for the actual competition is decided, escflashmalta.com will engage a series of awards which for the second year running will then be handed out on television.

2013 will definitely prove to be an important year considering that many foreigners find our selection process quite positive. As a matter of fact, criticism has been very minimal and this will ultimately show the country moving forward musically. We have decided on three awards for yet another year starting with the Public Award which will be a public poll set to be engaged pretty soon where our system will record each IP Address so that one could only submit one vote, the Media Award which will be the choice of personnel from radio stations, television broadcasters and print media and last but not least, there is also the one which bears the most work, the Critics Award which will feature heavily in January due to the daily reviews we plan on publishing. Five members of the foreign music industry have been contacted and have gladly accepted to listen to the entries and judge them accordingly. Their criticism will appear in the reviews published daily but all the results will be revealed after the competition comes to an end. Therefore, no trouble there.

Our collaboration for 2013 will be taking place with NET Television noting that the editorial team of escflashmalta.com have been in contact with Spiteri Lucas Entertainment in the past couple of days securing the announcement of the three awards on the popular magazine programme which airs on Saturday afternoon and is hosted by Ray Attard and former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Debbie Scerri. The international critics which we have engaged barely need any introduction noting that we have managed to garner the likes of Sharon Vaughn, a songwriter who written songs for Delta Goodrem, Agnes, Emilia, September, Joe McElderry, Jedward and Charlotte Perelli as well as Roberto Meloni who has been to the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Latvia on two occasions, the first time on 2007 with Bonaparti.lv and their entry Questa Notte which reached the final and finished in fourteenth place and also the following year with Pirates of Sea performing the track Wolves of the Sea which also managed to reach the final and finished in twelfth place. Since then, he has been working on a number of solo tracks so this is definitely one of the many artists to look out for.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9YRL_pHxvU

Another individual who has gladly accepted our invite is Stanor Simor from Slovakia who is a producer and has worked with a number of popular artists in Eastern Europe, amongst them Tereza Krendlova who represented the Czech Republic at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2008. His work has been certified platinum on a number of occasions and considering the growing influence of the East, it is imperative to get an eat to analyse such music. The fourth and very respecting member of the critics is Lina Eriksson who has written for a notable amount of Swedish artists throughout the years including Jessica Andersson, Marie Picasso, Thomas Di Leva, and Nordman. She also co-write the 2010 Irish entry; It's For You performed by Niamh Kavanagh. She has made it to the Melodifestivalen selection for a number of years and is signed to EMI Music Publishing Scandinavia. The final member of this years' team is a welcome return of Martin Isherwood, a leading figure at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts who was also the songwriter of the British entry back in 2003. 

Just in case, anything goes wrong including a possibility that one of the critics worked with local artists in the past, Knut Oyvind-Hagen who is a singer/songwriter, known for his hit track Rocket Ride which finished second in the 2007 Melodi Grand Prix is also on stand by. As one of the main figures at the Norwegian broadcaster; NRK, he surely knows a thing or two behind the selection of the right song. He is standing in for Sharon Vaughn on the track Needing You by Kevin Borg due to the fact that they know each other professionally. We would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com in the coming days, weeks and months because the coverage of the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest is surely going to be cracking and we would like you to support all of the artists as much as possible so keep sharing their videos. We would also like to thank Spiteri Lucas Entertainment for their kind support through the programme Sas-Sitta.

Source: escflashmalta.com, Spiteri Lucas Entertainment

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgaX5QuMGR8

Published in Local Music News
Sunday, 16 December 2012 16:29

MESC 2013: Television Promotion Begins Today

The preview videos have become an annual tradition noting that their existence has become vital as a means of promotion and the Public Broadcasting Services should be commended for their effort in this regard. As a matter of fact, the clips are being shared even international and become even more popular as they are coming on related tags even on viral website, YouTube but nevertheless, the focus will now turn to local television as artists try to garner as much exposure as possible through a pre-planned schedule of appearances planned by the broadcaster through some of the major programmes. This is a means where the people will get to watch the video of the respective performer whilst also getting to know the artist a little bit better, something which is always quite appreciated.

It has to be noted that in the past two years, things have been rather intriguing with the interviews ranging from anything from the song to typical questions which relate to personal life. One of the shows which has been chosen to promote the entry is none other than TV HEMM produced by Where's Everybody, the popular company which makes several programmes for the national broadcaster, Television Malta. It is expected that daytime television will also be incorporating the elements that make the promotion viable due to the various demographics that each programme manages to reach. It is yet unknown what will happen but of course, from Monday to Friday, last year Television Malta proudly promoted the tracks through the programme Sellili hosted by 2000 Eurovision Song Contest representative, Claudette Pace but now another show known as TVPM has taken the time slot and it is hosted by Eurovision Artist Coordinator, Peter Carbonaro and Malta Eurovision Song Contest semi-finalist, Corazon. We will be keeping you posted with the schedule as much as possible so make sure to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com, Public Broadcasting Services

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_-g1qo5m5M

Published in Local Music News
Saturday, 15 December 2012 15:56

MESC 2013: Preview Videos Published by TVM

The Public Broadcasting Services is currently preparing to host the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in a couple of weeks time and one of the key ingredients when it comes to the preparations is the recording of the preview videos which accompany the entries of the semi-finalists in the respective event. The recording took place a week ago at the Where's Everybody Studios in Qormi and with the possibility that they could be out any day of the week following the actual day of the recording, many have been somewhat expecting their release. In fact, all of the videos have now been officially published through the official website of Television Malta and we will be linking them individually.

The announcement of the semi-finalists took place a couple of weeks back on the programme Xarabank presented by Peppi Azzopardi and the twenty four acts feature something completely different to maybe what many had been expecting due to the fact that a host of newcomers have ultimately made it through to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, although for people inter-related to the radio scene, they might not all be that new. Once more the Public Broadcasting Services and the Head of Delegation, Anton Attard have shown sheer professionalism in their preparation towards the event.

01. Perfect Day - Janice DeBattista (Boris Cezek / Dean Muscat)

02. Never Walk Away - Chris Grech (Matthew James Borg / David Cassar Torregiani / Chris Grech / Peter Borg)

03. When It's Time - Claudia Faniello (Errol Sammut / Claudia Faniello)

04. My Stranger Love - Corazon Mizzi (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

05. Fall Like Rome - Richard Edwards (Philip Vella / Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)

06. Tides of Illusion - Ylenia Vella (Jason Cassar / Mario Farrugia)

07. Us Against the World - Gianni Zammit (Boris Cezek / Dean Muscat)

08. Ultraviolet - Jessika (Philip Vella / Thomas G:Son / Gerard James Borg)

09. Starting from the End - Dorothy Bezzina (Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)

10. Tomorrow - Gianluca Bezzina (Boris Cezek / Dean Muscat)

11. Fantasy - Danica Muscat (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)

12. Needing You - Kevin Borg (Kevin Borg / Simon Gribbe / Dan Attlerud / Thomas Thörnholm / Michael Clauss)

13. Loverdose - Melanie Zammit (Maria Lundin / Niclas Lundin / Gerard James Borg)

14. Too Little Too Late - Domenique (Marc Paelinck / Matthias Strasser)

15. Betrayed - Davinia Pace (Elton Zarb / Muxu)

16. Keep Believing - Raquela (Raquela Dalli Gonzi)

17. Superstar - Scar (Konrad Pule)

18. Dress Rehearsal - Saska Hunt (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

19. In Control - Amber (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

20. No One Home - Petra (Wayne Micallef / Richard Micallef)

21. Love-O-Holic - Deborah C (Johan Bejerholm / Gerard James Borg)

22. Let Your Heart Talk - Franklin Calleja (Ray Aguis / Alfred C Sant)

23. The Remedy - Klinsmann (Philip Vella / Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)

24. Wonderful Tonight - Petra & Richard (Wayne Micallef / Richard Micallef)

Look at the videos of the respective participants above and await our reviews in the coming weeks as a team of professional individuals from the foreign music industry will be undergoing the task of reviewing all of the respective entries. One entry which seems to be missing from the list is that of Saska Hunt, of which we're expecting a full clarification in due time. In the past two years, the results of Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest have improved noting that Glen Vella finished in eleventh place within the semi-final whilst Kurt Calleja managed to qualify to the final stage of the competition. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest updates with regards to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2013. 

Source: TVM, PBS, escflashmalta.com

Published in Local Music News
Saturday, 08 December 2012 00:39

MESC 2013: Re-Inventing the Competition

The Public Broadcasting Services has been a member of the European Broadcasting Union for many years and therefore supports our entry for the Eurovision Song Contest annually by virtue of providing a showcase for local artists to give their all and ultimately try to represent the Maltese flag in the country that won the international event within the previous year. Apart from broadcasting the competition, the Public Broadcasting Services wanted a more active role in the proceedings and in 2009, took over the competition entirely and from then onwards, following a series of systematic trial and error runs, the format was decided in favour of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, the current competition which was started back in 2011 by none other than the Chief Executive Officer; Anton Attard who also acts as the Head of Delegation for the country during the prestigious music event.

The semi-final and final format in two consecutive nights has won over local and foreign critics with twenty-four entries competing in the first evening before being whittled down to sixteen for the final showcase out of which the entry for the Eurovision Song Contest would be chosen. During the first year of this procedure, it has to be noted that professionalism was already key with several individuals involved in major European productions including the MTV European Awards as well as Io Canto brought in to help make the show as perfect as possible. The song quality during the first year, in 2011 was already much improved and whilst there are still debates about the eventual winning entry; there was a fresh approach, one which almost saw Malta qualify before finishing in eleventh place, missing out due to one point at the expense of Switzerland, a country which we had voted for, albeit just two points, more than they needed to surpass us.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4l-ptiHwaQ

In 2012, the system looked somewhat jubilant and the original preview clips recorded in the previous year which helped garner the competition exposure, were also improved upon and starting being used on several web-portals whilst also doing the rounds on social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter. The competition continued to improve and the collaborations between local and foreign songwriters were bearing fruit because there a certain charm about most of the entries seeing Malta eventually qualify to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest with This Is The Night performed by Kurt Calleja. The competition was tough and this was well regarded by many. It is expected that 2013 will be yet another year in which the competition will be extremely open although many people seem to be surrounding their choice around one person. The quality of the tracks is stupendous from the clips previewed thus far.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkCl7Sp4y6U

The two sides of the local music scene meaning the one which normally involved a competition and the other one which involves radio have come together and are ready to conquer. Luring songwriters in the vein of Thomas G:Son, Niclas Lundin, Maria Lundin, Magnus Kaxe, Errol Sammut, Matthew James Borg, David Cassar Torreggiani, Boris Cezek, Muxu and Dean Muscat is an example of how far the Malta Eurovision Song Contest has improved in recent years whilst it has to be noted that there were so many other tracks which could have made it through including one written by A1, the British/Norwegian band which have credibility all over the continent and Mary Susan Applegate who co-wrote The Power of Love by Celine Dion. The 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest gains another pace today with the Public Broadcasting Services recording the clips for the entries today. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest.

Source: TVM, escflashmalta.com

Published in Local Music News
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 13:35

Exclusive: Opening and Closing the MESC 2013

The Public Broadcasting Services is showing sheer professionalism in the handling of the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest working around the timings in order to have everything in order by the time that the competition eventually takes place. The day following the announcement of the qualifiers, all of the participants were invited to a meeting in which they were told about how the competition will eventually evolve, in a step by step manner. Apart from the announcement that the preview videos will be shot this Saturday during most of the day following confirmations made by qualifiers  Kevin Borg and Franklin Calleja, we are in a position to exclusively reveal the current outcome of the initial draw noting that the broadcasting house has drawn the acts that will open and close the showcase whilst noting that they will be selecting the rest of the draw based on the genres of the tracks in order to have a variety during the evening.

It has been brought to our attention and confirmed by multiple sources that opening the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2013 semi-final will be none other than former runner-up; Richard Edwards with the track Fall Like Rome co-written between Philip Vella, Magnus Kaxe and Gerard James Borg whilst the closing act will be none other than newcomer; Davinia Pace with the song Betrayed composed by Elton Zarb and penned by Muxu. It is quite ideal to see two different types of entries opening and closing the showcase with Richard presenting an anthemic sort of ballad whilst Davinia performing what has been described as a soul track. The Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2013 is being staged in a yet unnamed venue on the 1st and the 2nd February 2013 with the Malta Music Awards following on the following day. This news has been officially confirmed by Anton Attard, the mastermind behind the current format of the selection procedure, also the Head of Delegation for the country and the Chief Executive Officer at the Public Broadcasting Services. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services

Published in Local Music News

On Friday, the semi-finalists for the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest were revealed during the popular programme Xarabank, produced by Where's Everybody and hosted by Peppi Azzopardi and now the preparations continue as the official recording of the videos will be taking place this coming weekend, most notably on a Saturday as expected due to the younger generation of artists which are competing in the competition. The announcement was made by none other than firm favourite; Kevin Borg who will be presenting the song Needing You in the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest semi-final stage on Friday, 1st February, hoping to be amongst those sixteen that will be in the final on Saturday, 2nd February 2013.

In recent days, Kevin Borg has been at the centre of media attention when it comes to entertainment due to the fact that his entry Needing You was not played like the others on the show Xarabank due to the fact that the show was over-running according to the production team. Nevertheless, the Public Broadcasting Services would like to release the preview clips for all of the entries as soon as possible and therefore, the recording will be taking place during the weekend. Through his Official Facebook Page, Kevin Borg stated 'I will be flying to Malta over the weekend', adding that it will be a 'very short trip' in which he will 'record the video for the song Needing You' with the public perception of the track still mysterious due to the fact that there are no clips with of it. It is quite unfortunately that his team 'cancelled three concerts' but this is a competition and he feels that he owes it to the Maltese to come down to record the clip. It is expected that the videos will be made public in just a matter of days following the actual recording. You could view this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest recap of the preview clips below. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Kevin Borg Official Facebook Page

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

Published in Local Music News
Saturday, 01 December 2012 16:35

MESC 2013: Analysis of the Semi-Finalists

The Public Broadcasting Services are responsible for the nations' participation in the annual Eurovision Song Contest and yesterday marked the first major step into the selection process as the semi-finalists that will be competing for the elite prize of the representative at the next event where revealed during the popular programme; Xarabank produced by Where's Everybody and hosted by Peppi Azzopardi. There were laughs, cries, and a whole flurry of emotions as most of the names where called one by one except where some artists where actually told through an X Factor Boot Camp format. Firstly, it is worth noting that the reactions from the local and foreign media seem to be generally positive with the majority going onto say that this has to be a radio friendly competition with some really strong gems which could ultimately bring Malta a high position when competing in Sweden in May of 2013.

The article is also providing an image in the form of a wordle with all of the titles of the tracks that have qualified through to the semi-final stage of the competition. Firstly, it is important to point out that the main winners of the evening were surely the Maltese songwriters whose work with foreigners and with other local individuals has seemingly proved fruitful. As a matter of fact, there are thirteen (13) songs which have been co-written between local songwriters only and ten (10) entries which are a collaboration between local and foreign writers. In the meantime, that leaves only one (1) song which has been written by a completely foreign team. This does indeed play down the talks that it is unhealthy to have foreigners in the selection because the standard of songs is the highest ever thanks to the healthy competition that is being created or rather even the strong collaborations which have come to recognition in recent years.

The first names into this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest included Janice DebattistaChris GrechClaudia Faniello and Corazon Mizzi and the initial three bring about tracks with a radio perspective in mind as opposed to the latter whose song is quite similar to the track presented earlier this year which will definitely be aided through a live stage performance which will be kept to sheer simplicity. The next batch of tracks was definitely not that much surprising with Richard Edwards returning back with a huge anthemic pop/rock type of number, Ylenia Vella unveiling herself as a dance artist in a manner where her vocals shine through, Gianni Zammit who continues his typical band sound and Jessica Muscat whose entry is clearly inspired by recent material release by Emeli Sande whilst presented in beautiful mixture of music and lyrics. The feel at this stage was that the presented entries are indeed strong and feature several genres that would make the competition even more interesting for the public and the judges alike.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qohcylK2Hcg

Next up in the second group were none other than the brotherly and sister duo of Dorothy and Gianluca Bezzina whose totally different entries seemed to have had a positive impact. The male brings about a Jason Mraz meets Train type of entry whilst the renowned female keeps to her genre as presented last year which suited her perfectly. Next up was Danica Muscat, the former Io Canto star whose track shines in a rock ballad manner letting the voice shine through. As expected, Kevin Borg was also amongst the semi-final and will head onto the show as the one to beat considering that he would be competing on home turf in Sweden. He was followed by a newcomer; Melanie Zammit whose entry is a pop/dance anthem for many to freak out with and enjoy. Moving onto number fourteen, Domenique who was a semi-finalist two years back returns with a simple ballad reminiscent of the typical presentations of the country. The continuation of radio artists continued with Davinia Pace, Raquela and Scar who all had hits on 89.7 Bay in recent months. 

The newcomers to the competition continued with the lovely vocal of Saska Hunt whose ballad stands out after a series of radio tracks. In the meantime, also expected to be in the selection and a favourite following her second runner-up finish earlier this year is Amber whose entry somewhat reminds me of Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder. Petra is also back to the selection process having missed the competition earlier this year and she will be performing not one but two tracks as she presented a retro song and a pop/rock kind of ballad with her current love interest, Richard Edwards. The final three acts, two of which were in the selection this year are Deborah C who is back with a Swedish uptempo number which will be difficult to carry off live as well as Klinsmann who is working with a brand new team presenting a return to the pop/rock genre which he seems to enjoy. One final act is Franklin Calleja, the winner of a local reality competition who presents to the selection, a typical ballad.

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

The Public Broadcasting Services will be going about everything as they have done in the previous two years noting that a meeting for all of the qualifiers took place this morning in order to explain how the system will work. In fact, images of all of the participants were taken for promotional purposes with the announcement that they will be working on the preview videos in the next couple of days. In fact, it is expected that this will be taking place on a Saturday in order to avoid having any issues for the younger artists considering that there are a number of people who could be classified to still being students. The industry is reviving itself further and there are number of artists who come from a totally different scene and are seeing the competition as a great means of exposure. The editorial team of escflashmalta.com is working very closely with the broadcaster with the hopes of bringing you the best possible coverage.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

 

Published in Local Music News
Friday, 30 November 2012 19:00

MESC 2013: These are the 24 Semi-Finalists

The Public Broadcasting Services has carefully selected the Friday evening prime-time slot for the announcement of the twenty four semi-finalists who will be competing with the hope of representing the country in the next Eurovision Song Contest which will be taking place in Sweden after a major victory recorded by Loreen and her entry Euphoria. For the first time in years, the national broadcaster received a substantial amount of entries, a record by standard since it took over full proceedings of the competition. Xarabank which is set to commence right after the news bulletin will be mainly focusing on the Malta Eurovision Song Contest although another current affairs issue will be tackled every now and then in order to anticipate the excitement amongst the performers and their guests, most of which will be songwriters.

The picture above is excitingly interesting because it features all of the names and surnames of songwriters, and artists alike who were revealed to be in the second name of the competition. This is a jumbled up image depicting everyone and thought it would be appropriate for this evenings' announcement. The editorial board of escflashmalta.com will be covering the programme live as it unravels. The quality of the entries is set to be of higher standard this time round considering the qualification of the country in the Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year with Kurt Calleja doing the nation proud as he performed This Is The Night. There is a mixture with most of the entries being either by local songwriter or by a mixture of foreign and local songwriters although some completely foreign teams were also present in the second phase list announced a couple of weeks back.

The dates for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2013 has been confirmed as the 1st and the 2nd February 2013 with the Malta Music Awards taking place on the 3rd February 2013. For the third consecutive year; Vodafone, Hebe, ROCS Group and Mediterranean Bank are the main sponsors of this years' competition and the first surprise is an announcement that the winner will get to go to Dubai within the United Arab Emirates. The value of this gift is that of €15,000 which would be added to the €7500 amount set to be given by the Public Broadcasting Services. In a surprise twist, 25 semi-finalists will be revealed with the Public Broadcasting Services giving out a wildcard!

01. Perfect Day - Janice DeBattista (Boris Cezek / Dean Muscat)

02. Never Walk Away - Chris Grech (Matthew James Borg / David Cassar Torregiani / Chris Grech / Peter Borg)

03. When It's Time - Claudia Faniello (Errol Sammut / Claudia Faniello)

04. My Stranger Love - Corazon Mizzi (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

We have the first break coming up but before, four artists being Ylenia Vella, Richard Edwards, Franklin Calleja and Petra have been called on the main stage in order to find out which out of the four will make it through to the next phase of the competition.

05. Fall Like Rome - Richard Edwards (Philip Vella / Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)

06. Tides of Illusion - Ylenia Vella (Jason Cassar / Mario Farrugia)

07. Us Against the World - Gianni Zammit (Boris Cezek / Dean Muscat)

08. Ultraviolet - Jessica Muscat (Philip Vella / Thomas G:Son / Gerard James Borg)

A second interval has been planned from the programme by virtue of addressing other current affairs in the Maltese Islands. In the meantime, sixteen entries are left to be revealed along with a supposed wildcard. Stay tuned for more after the adverts.

09. Starting from the End - Dorothy Bezzina (Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)

10. Tomorrow - Gianluca Bezzina (Boris Cezek / Dean Muscat)

11. Hot and Famous - Ġorg & Pawlu (Philip Vella / Cher Vella) NB: According to a list published by PBS, this is not competing!

12. Fantasy - Danica Muscat (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)

It seems that the presentation of the songs is that of four entries each time and there is surprising acclaim towards the track by Gorġ & Pawlu which seems to be the 25th Semi-Finalist. It is yet unknown whether this joke act will ultimately compete. Interval.

13. Needing You - Kevin Borg (Kevin Borg / Simon Gribbe / Dan Attlerud / Thomas Thörnholm / Michael Clauss)

14. Loverdose - Melanie Zammit (Maria Lundin / Niclas Lundin / Gerard James Borg)

15. Too Little Too Late - Domenique (Marc Paelinck / Matthias Strasser)

16. Betrayed - Davinia Pace (Elton Zarb / Muxu)

17. Keep Believing - Raquela (Raquela Dalli Gonzi)

18. Superstar - Scar (Konrad Pule)

Many are complaining that they did not listen to the track that Kevin Borg will be presenting in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. It is unknown whether the track will be played again but from what we know, it seems that the show is currently over running.

19. Dress Rehearsal - Saska Hunt (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

20. In Control - Amber (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

21. No One Home - Petra (Wayne Micallef / Richard Micallef)

22. Love-O-Holic - Deborah C (Johan Bejerholm / Gerard James Borg)

23. Let Your Heart Talk - Franklin Calleja (Ray Aguis / Alfred C Sant)

24. The Remedy - Klinsmann (Philip Vella / Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)

25. Wonderful Tonight - Petra & Richard (Wayne Micallef / Richard Micallef)

Source: Television Malta

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