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Thursday, 08 November 2012 00:20

MESC 2013: Bright Skies for Richard Edwards

In about three weeks time, the names of the twenty-four semi-finalists competing in the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be revealed to the public through the popular television programme; Xarabank which is hosted by Peppi Azzopardi on a Friday evening but before that, a clear analysis of the people who have submitted their entries in the competition is being made by the editorial team of escflashmalta.com due to the fact that history does tend to play a very important role in Malta for the simple reason that the country is small and preferences do not tend to differ except amongst different demographics. One of the names who has been garnering support across the board in the past two years has surely been none other than Richard Edwards, the younger brother of Wayne Micallef who has emerged as a star in his own right picking up votes from the public at large and also the mixture of local and foreign judges. This time round, it seems that the stars might align for him becoming the most tenacious competitor.

It is yet unknown whether Richard Edwards will indeed qualify either as a soloist or in a duet because it is worth noting that in recent months, he has revealed on television that he had been working on a song with which girlfriend; Petra which could have been submitted into the competition. We have no clue about this matter but according to our sources, he was present and did submit some tracks. For the past two years, he has managed to keep consistency and with the general public, there is quite an element of faith noticeably giving him a lot to think about should he really want to represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2011 with the track Finally, he managed to win the jury and finish third in televoting and earlier this year with Look At Me Now, he finished in ninth place with the jury as opposed to another third place with the public. It is worth point out at this stage that it is unknown whether the tele-voting runner-up in 2011; Baklava has submitted an entry even though initial reports seemingly do not show that but it is known that the tele-voting runner-up in 2012; Gianni has not submitted a track therefore putting him in pole position to win the tele-voting this time round. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news from the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHLoFKCtw-s

Published in Local Music News

The Malta Eurovision Song Contest has always been a leading competition in the country especially due to the fact that it is one of the events which brings about several individuals together in front of a television listening to music and supporting their most favourite contestant or entry for that matter. Members of our editorial team at escflashmalta.com have gathered the names of four particular performers who seemed to have submitted into the selection, all of which have already represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest throughout the years, some in the nineties and others in the noughties respectively. William Mangion, Miriam Christine, Ludwig Galea and Fabrizio Faniello have all built intriguing reputations over the years and it is worth noting that between them, they hold four positive results.

Going back through time, the year was 1993 and it was actually the nations' sixth time competing in the Eurovision Song Contest with singer/songwriter William Mangion taking to the stage with his entry This Time joined by Debbie Scerri, Moira Stafrace and Phyllisienne Brincat. The track was very well received in the lead up to the competition but the expectations of a better track did haunt the raspy performer especially due to the fact that the year before, Mary Spiteri had achieved second runner-up position for the country with her track Little Child composed by Georgina Abela and penned by Ray Mahoney. At the end of the voting, a smart well thought out performance which was kept extremely simple managed to finish in eighth place with sixty-nine points making this the worst result since our comeback back in 1991 but nevertheless, another top ten finish. William Mangion returned in the Malta Song for Europe of 2007 with the self-penned entry Forever Mine but failed to make an impact going out in the semi-final.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxgNuzR1pd0

Moving onto the next entrant, a subtle sixteen year old teenager back in 1996 who has grown up to become a wonderful individual with a beautiful voice that could mesmerize anyone. Miriam Christine was participating in the national selection for the second time and it seems that In a Woman's Heart composed by Paul Abela and penned by Alfred C Sant was seen as the best entry that year. Once more, it was an outside in the country which was receiving mixed acclaim in foreign tabloids due to the fact that it was extremely avant garde with an astonishingly young performer. The Eurovision Song Contest was taking place in Oslo, Norway and eventually, Miriam finished in tenth place, something which her predecessor, Mike Spiteri had also achieved with his song Keep Me In Mind composed by Ray Agius to the lyrics of Alfred C Sant. Eventually, Miriam Christine returned in 1998 with It's Up To You composed by Ray Agius to the lyrics of Alfred C Sant and also in 2009 with self-penned Mama. The first finished in fifth place whilst the other did not fare all too well unfortunately.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtWja_T5uak

Ludwig Galea is the next performer which we would like to focus on within this list of former representatives whose road to success was not a solo one actually noting the aid of former flame Julie Zahra whose debut entry in the Malta Song for Europe, My Number One composed by Philip Vella to lyrics by Joe Julian Farrugia finished in fourth place. They came back the following year with a composition by Philip Vella and lyrics by Gerard James Borg, entitled On Again .. Off Again managing to win the hearts of many on Valentine's Day. Their Eurovision Song Contest was difficult with Malta having to get out of the semi-final due to the poor result the previous year. They overcame the obstacle and with a twelfth place finish in the finals, they also managed to get us into the final of the previous year without the need of the semi-final. Nevertheless the rules of the competition changed since then. Ludwig has tried as a soloist making it with Inferno composed by Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg as well as Lament written by Philip Vella in 2009 but both failed to make it through to the final. He returns in a duet with Franklin Calleja should the song make it through.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ch_caOHvMs

Finally, the name that we left to the end is that of Fabrizio Faniello whose reputation definitely precedes him. Following a number of runner-up finishes in his early days within the competition, he was selected to represent Malta in the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest with Another Summer Night composed by Paul Abela and penned by Georgina Abela. The track with the support of the home nation finished in ninth place and created a star noting that the performer would release a number of singles and albums with chart success in Scandinavia. He would return to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006 with the track I Do which he wrote with Aldo Spiteri and several characteristics winded this up to be a disappointing performance finishing in twenty-fourth position with one point. He has since reinvented his career achieving success in Asia and returning to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in Malta finishing in fourth and sixth place. Who out of the former representatives, if any will make it through to the 2013 edition. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news updates and features.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cYITo2AH0A

Published in Editorials
Sunday, 04 November 2012 13:15

MESC 2013: Romina Mamo Enters the Picture

It has only been a couple of days since the submissions of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest to a close with the announcement from the Public Broadcasting Services that they received a total of 182 entries from various performers, some of which we were able to confirm through eyewitnesses present outside of the broadcasting house throughout the two day period. Credibility is one of the most successful traits that any artists could bank on when entering any competition and it seems that Romina Mamo has also submitted her entries for the competition according to her official profile on social networking website; Facebook. This does not really come as a surprise noting that the performer has always been an avid fan of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Romina Mamo first managed to make it through to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest back in 2003 with the song Here Today Gone Tomorrow composed by Dominic Galea and penned by Friggieri before also making it through to the final stages in 2005 as part of a trio which featured vocals by Neville Refalo and Rachel Fabri to the track We Can Do Better written by Carm Fenech. Nevertheless, her comeback into this particular competition was extremely long awaited because she would make it back in 2012 with the track DNA composed by Michael Johannes Tanczos and penned by Gerard James Borg. Unfortunately, the song failed to make it through out of the semi-final despite a slick performance which many talk about to the present day. It will be quite interesting to see what type of entries, she has submitted into the competition and whether she could improve on this years' performance. The revelation was made through a status in which she posted the video the performance of DNA saying 'Hopefully I'll be there again this time'. We would like to wish Romina Mamo the very best of luck and also encourage you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news in relation to the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: escflashmalta.com, Facebook

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=877ajrJvtwY

Published in Local Music News
Saturday, 03 November 2012 12:05

MESC 2013: Xarabank Promotional Advert Unveiled

Earlier this week, the Public Broadcasting Services was receiving entries for the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest which will be taking place either at the end of January or the beginning of February respectively. The announcement of the twenty-four semi-finalists will be made at the end of the month, 30th November 2012 on the popular television programme; Xarabank hosted by Peppi Azzopardi. This should not come to a surprise for many considering that the renowned programme was also the one to make the initial announcements earlier this year. There is a lot of hype with regards to the upcoming competition due to the fact that this years' representative; Kurt Calleja was the first to make it through to the final of the annual Eurovision Song Contest since 2009 with his entry This Is The Night.

The editorial team of escflashmalta.com was present throughout both days of submissions earlier this year and noted a number of established performers including the likes of former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Miriam Christine, William Mangion and Fabrizio Faniello whilst entrants in the past edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest did not go amiss including the likes of Lawrence Gray, Claudia FanielloRita PaceRichard Edwards, Claire McCartinAnnalise EllulRoger TirazonaJessica Muscat and Klinsmann Coleiro. Nevertheless, the local media has already been touting the likes of Kevin Borg to represent Malta in Sweden having won the Idol competition in the Scandinavian country back in 2008 and has since been elevated to stardom. Once more, we remind you that the announcement will be taking place on Xarabank of the 30th November 2012. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Xarabank, Television Malta

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcz6zbIwMC8

Published in Local Music News

The Malta Eurovision Song Contest has always been one of the most reputable competitions in which any artist from any particular genre can promote his music and that is why, there has been a lot of diversity throughout the years. The Public Broadcasting Services revealed that they received a total of 182 entries, a record since they took over the selection process back in 2010, reinventing it to make it look more professional in terms of song quality and staging. We managed to gather a number of names who went in the broadcasting house to submit their entries but none of our team could be available to stay there all day and one name we seemed to have missed out is that of Lawrence Gray, who is trying to mark his ninth participation in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

The editorial board at escflashmalta.com can now reveal that he did submit at least one song with many people speculating that maybe he had decided to give 2013 a miss due to the fact that his wife; Maronia Gray is set to give birth early next year. Lawrence Gray has taken part in the competition eight times thus far including runner-up finishes in 1999 with the track The Right Time and in 2003 with the song Why Not followed by a noteworthy break between 2005 and 2009 respectively, making his return in 2010 being one of the most awaited with his performances since also finishing in the top ten. Lawrence Gray is currently performing on the weekly television programme Sibtek alongside another 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest entrant; Domenique. It will be quite interesting to see whether the Maltese male balladeer will live up to his reputation for yet another year having most recently come up with In Your Eyes composed by Philip Vella and penned by Cher Vella. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest updates with regards to the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hz4EFs0uH-Q

Published in Local Music News

The editorial board of escflashmalta.com can exclusively reveal that the internationally acclaimed; songwriter and producer of the track Euphoria performed by Loreen, the outright winner of the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest held in Baku, Azerbaijan has written a song for next years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest which will be held either in January or February. The song will be performed by a local artist whose name is still a mystery, and it is highly likely that a Maltese songwriter is also involved in this track either in the form of a composer or a lyricist. 

Thomas G:son, who is one of the biggest and most connected songwriters in the Swedish music industry, has a stunning Eurovision pedigree that includes Invincible for Carola in 2006 finishing in fifth place, Listen to Your Heartbeat by Friends in 2001 also finishing in fifth place, then writing I Love You Mi Vida for Spain in 2007, Quedatè Conmingo performed by Pastora Soler in 2012, In A Moment Like This by Chanee and N'Evergreen for Denmark in 2010 finishing in fouth place, and Ven A Bailar Conmingo for Norway in 2007 respectively. Could it be that he will be the one whose entry will represent Malta in 2013 especially after his latest success for Sweden. The song Euphoria has broken through the British charts rising at number #3 and has topped every European chart for weeks on end. Mr G:son is now probably very busy making new international hits, and we feel privileged that he will be submitting one of his works here in Malta. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more updates should they become available.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcnWysA9gxo

Published in Local Music News
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 08:55

MESC 2013: 182 Entries Submitted to PBS

The first day of submissions came and quickly passed and it seems that the activity surrounding the offices of the Public Broadcasting Services was not as hectic as one might have expected but then again, it has been known that many leave until the last minute to submit their tracks with which they hope that could represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest. Yesterday, members of the editorial team of escflashmalta.com were on hand outside of the building to see who is submitting and so forth and caught glimpses of some of the most notable names in the industry along with a host of newcomers. Entries will be received this morning between 09:00 and 12:00 CET as well as this afternoon between 14:00 and 16:00 CET. It is expected that some of the most intriguing names will not be going until later on this afternoon and we will be on hand to see who will be the ones to submit towards the end of the day.

Former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; William Mangion and Ludwig Galea submitted their entries yesterday in what seems to be a mark of individuals who would like to try their luck again. The distinction in years between these two is quite intriguing to be honest noting that whilst the latter represented Malta in 2004, the former went in 1993 and both had equally impressive performances which put the country on the map. In the meantime, other individuals who submitted and have been in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in the past included Kylie ColeiroKlinsmannDomeniqueJanvilAnnalise EllulAldo Busuttil, Jessica MuscatKaya, Dario Mifsud Bonnici and singer/songwriter Rita Pace whilst another newcomer to the competition comes in the form of Bay Music Awards and Malta Music Awards nominee Thomas Hedley who has been a force to be reckoned with on the radio charts in the country. This morning, we are receiving a lot of information about the people who are going onto submit their entries but then again, we will be present later on to assure ourselves of the names of the singers whose songs will be heard towards the end of the first judging phase.

  • Daniel Muscat
  • Francesca Sciberras (Junior Eurovision 2009)
  • Stefan Galea
  • Marilena Gauci (MESC 2011)
  • Gloriana Arpa Belli
  • Anna Azzopardi (MESC 2011, 2012)
  • Marie Claire Attard Bason
  • Alison Ellul (MESC 1999, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009)
  • Joseph Refalo
  • Janice Mangion (MESC 2012)
  • Claire McCartin (MESC 2010)
  • Konrad Pule (MESC 2000, 2003, 2007)
  • Franklin Calleja
  • Fleur Balzan
  • Paul Giordimaina
  • Deborah C (MESC 2012)
  • Rachel Verzin
  • Cherylis Camilleri
  • Davinia Pace
  • Amber (MESC 2011, 2012)
  • Richard Edwards (MESC 2011, 2012)
  • Marilyn Mifsud
  • Melanie Zammit
  • Kurt Galea
  • Heathcliffe Balzan
  • Marie Claire Attard Bason
  • Lawrence Gray (MESC 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2012)
  • Francesca Borg (MESC 2012)
  • Joseph Barber
  • Malcolm Pisani
  • Danica Muscat (MESC 2012)
  • Fabrizio Faniello (Eurovision 2001, 2006)
  • Miriam Christine (Eurovision 1996)
  • Roger Tirazona (MESC 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009)
  • Ben (MESC 2011)
  • Ylenia Vella
  • Ivan DeBattista
  • Annalise Ellul (MESC 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2012)
  • Rita Pace (MESC 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004)
  • Aldo Busuttil (MESC 2005)
  • Kaya (MESC 2000, 2010, 2012)
  • Joshua DeBattista
  • Marlon Bianco
  • Jessica Muscat (MESC 2008, 2011, 2012)
  • Thomas Hedley
  • Franklin Calleja
  • Laura Bruno
  • William Mangion (Eurovision 1993)
  • Kylie Coleiro (MESC 2009)
  • Klinsmann Coleiro (MESC 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Domenique (MESC 2011)
  • Ann Marie Ellul
  • Christian Azzopardi
  • Janvil (MESC 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012)
  • Derrick Schembri
  • Claudia Faniello (MESC 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Dominic Cini
  • Ina Robinich
  • Ryan Axisa
  • Maria Carabott
  • Dario Mifsud Bonnici (MESC 2009)
  • Paul Callus
  • Mark Scicluna
  • Stephen Baldacchino

The official website of the Public Broadcasting Services has just revealed that they received a total of 182 entries for the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovisioonn Song Contest which is roughly around the same number as the entries received last year. The editorial board of this online portal would like to wish everyone the best of luck as an announcement with the 24 semi-finalists is made on Xarabank on the 30th November 2012.

Source: escflashmalta.com, PBS

Published in Local Music News

Unexpected announcements have become increasingly more subtle in recent days noting that artists who were thought not to be submitting any tracks for the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest have changed their minds and thus worked on something extraordinary with the hope of ultimately representing the Mediterranean nation in one of the most important showcases in pop music culture. Following the exclusive announcement of Claudia Faniello, the runner-up of this years' competition and a winner in the eyes of many following her emotional rendition of the track Pure composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg, it seems that the runner-up of the year before; Richard Edwards will also be marking his return making this his fourth consecutive submission noting entries in 2010, 2011, 2012 and now even in 2013.

Richard Edwards, the younger brother of Wayne Micallef first took part in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest along with his siblings as part of the group known as The Mics in 2003 and 2005 respectively but his second solo outing with the track Finally co-written with Jan Van Dijck proved to be extremely successful because he finished in third place within the tele-voting sphere and also first with the jury, only to miss out on victory by just a mere two points. In the meantime, he did try to change the style up a bit earlier this year with the track Look At Me Now also co-written with Jan Van Dijck and received the support of the public which put him in third place once more. Nevertheless, the juries did not feel like the track was entirely suitable for the Eurovision Song Contest and thus finished in an overall sixth place. With the announcement of his brothers' engagement late last year and the timing of the competition yet to be known, it was not yet revealed whether he would actually be entering the competition but nevertheless, Richard will be one to pose trouble for any artists. The announcement of his submission came through his Official Facebook page which stated 'Malta Song for Europe 2013 applications are closing tomorrow, I'll be trying my luck again this year and would like to wish the rest of the singers and songwriter a good luck .... May the Best song win. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Official Facebook Page

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

Published in Local Music News
Tuesday, 30 October 2012 01:18

MESC 2013: Let the Submissions Commence

The 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest officially opens today noting that the Public Broadcasting Services will be receiving entries for the next two days, out of which there will be twenty-four which will make it through to the final stages of the competition and will thus try to represent Malta in the next edition of the European music event being held in Malmo, Sweden. It has been a roller-coaster of announcements with escflashmalta.com proud to carry the exclusivities of Marilena Gauci, Stefan Galea, Danica Muscat, Rachel Verzin, Gloriana Arpa Belli, Thomas Hedley, Domenique, Kaya, Franklin Calleja and Ludwig Galea along with other announcements made by Dario Mifsud Bonnici, Corazon and Kevin Borg through social networking website; Facebook. The latter has officially spoken to this web portal through the telephone making his intentions clear that he does want to do this for all of the right reasons.

Submissions begin at 09:00 CET and will stop for a break at 12:00 CET but will then restart for an afternoon session between 14:00 CET and 16:00 CET respectively. We have this morning also learnt that amongst the people that will be submitting there are also Dominic Cini and Ina Robinich although truth be said, no details can be given with regards to their respective entries. We will keeping you posted throughout the day as escflashmalta.com will be on call outside of the offices of the broadcaster where the tracks will be received. It is our pleasure to keep you always up to date with the tracks submitted from artists of all sorts of distinctive music range amongst other things. The Editorial team of escflashmalta.com would like to wish everyone the very best of luck in the competition with the hope of emulating the success of Kurt Calleja or rather improving upon it in the long run. Stay tuned for more news throughout the day.

  • Annalise Ellul (MESC 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2012)
  • Rita Pace (MESC 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004)
  • Aldo Busuttil (MESC 2005)
  • Kaya (MESC 2000, 2010, 2012)
  • Joshua DeBattista
  • Marlon Bianco
  • Jessica Muscat (MESC 2008, 2011, 2012)
  • Thomas Hedley
  • Franklin Calleja
  • Laura Bruno
  • William Mangion (Eurovision 1993)
  • Kylie Coleiro (MESC 2009)
  • Klinsmann Coleiro (MESC 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Domenique (MESC 2011)
  • Ann Marie Ellul
  • Christian Azzopardi
  • Janvil (MESC 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012)
  • Derrick Schembri
  • Dominic Cini
  • Ina Robinich
  • Ryan Axisa
  • Maria Carabott
  • Dario Mifsud Bonnici (MESC 2009)
  • Paul Callus
  • Mark Scicluna
  • Mark Laurence Zammit
  • Stephen Baldacchino

Source: escflashmalta.com

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

Published in Local Music News

It has really been a day to remember for the local media noting that there has been a lot of speculation over the acts who will be submitting into the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest following the announcements of Malta Music Awards and Bay Music Awards nominee Thomas Hedley and the duet featuring Don't Stop Me Now winner; Franklin Calleja and former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Ludwig Galea. The names keep on being revealed and we are now also in a position to reveal that former Malta Song for Europe contestant and 2008 Swedish Idol winner; Kevin Borg will ultimately submit a track in the competition and therefore trying to represent his home country in his adopted nation which has treated him extremely well in these past couple of years. 

Kevin Borg first entered the Malta Song for Europe back in 2006 with the track You're My Dream finishing in eighth place before returning the following year with the song Wherever, this time finishing in fourth place. The songwriters behind the track were none other than Jason Paul Cassar and penned by Sunny Aquilina respectively. In 2008, Kevin left the Maltese Islands for the Scandinavian country of Sweden,  entering the Idol competition which has grown fond of supporting acts from outside the country. He managed to overcome all of the obstacles and finished as the winner thus earning himself a record deal with Sony Music. His debut album entitled The Beginning peaked at number #3 in the charts and certified Gold whilst his first two singles bearing the name With Every Bit of Me and Streetlights both managed top ten positions at number #1 and #10 respectively. His most recent single was the track Unstoppable with all proceeds supporting the Breast Cancer Foundation and released through EMI Music. 

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

In an exclusive phone call with escflashmalta.com earlier this evening, Kevin Borg officially confirmed the news of his submission saying that this is the right time to try and return to honour his home country in the esteemed music event which is known to unite the country. He did not wish to reveal anything about the track in itself but I am sure that many people have already put Kevin Borg as the front runner to represent the country at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest which will be taking place in Malmo, Sweden. Surely, the fact that the Scandinavian nation is hosting the event is quite a plus because Kevin would definitely get a lot of exposure. The editorial board at this portal would like to wish Kevin Borg and his team the very best of luck as they submit into the competition. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest as soon as it takes place.

Source: escflashmalta, Kevin Borg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Witg04o-sTM

Published in Local Music News
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