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In 2014, the Public Broadcasting Services, responsible for Malta’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest decided to conduct a national final with just twenty (20) entries, rather than the typical twenty-four (24) which many had become accustomed to in recent years. Promotion is always vital, and escflashmalta.com has sent each entry to a professional panel of individuals in the music industry, who have in turn passed on their comments. This year, we have asked the likes of John Scott from the United States, Martin Isherwood from the United Kingdom, Sharon Vaughn from the United States but based in Sweden, Stano Simor from the Czech Republic and Greig Watts from the United Kingdom to do the honours. Today’s review is centred on Coming Home, written by Richard Micallef with vocals provided by the group Firelight.

Firelight, the name is new, but the content definitely is not. Richard Edwards and Michelle Mifsud are the lead vocalists of this song, having previously been on stage together as lead vocalists on another two occasions; in 2003 with Take Me Back Again and in 2005 with It’s Up To You. Nevertheless, Richard has been super successful as a solo artist, having also been part of the competition on another four occasions; in 2011 with Finally (2nd), in 2012 with Look At Me Now (6th) and in 2013 with Fall Like Rome (13th). The group has been confirmed to be a project which will continue following the competition with the group set to release their debut album in a couple of weeks. It is worth noting that those which feature in the project also include; Tony Polidano, Matthew Ellul and Leslie DeCesare.

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

Richard Micallef, also known by his stage name as Richard Edwards is a seasoned songwriter, co-written songs with his brother Wayne Micallef, during the early stages of their respective career. As a matter of fact, they were responsible for at least three (3) entries in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest prior to their solo career paths, two of which they performed and have been noted above, and another entry in 2005, that entitled Let’s Make a Change performed by Andreana and Christian Arding as a duet. After a couple of years off, Richard engaged in a successful collaboration with Jan Van Dijck, coming up with songs such as Finally (2011) and Look at me Now (2012). As from 2013, he reverted to writing with brother Wayne, and was responsible for Wonderful Today, a duet with Petra Zammit and also No One’s Home, a solo entry for the aformentioned Petra.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 69%

John Scott: Good energy and vibe among the band members. The vocal mix is quite nice. I think the song is good, but not great. The hook did not stay in my head after it was over.

Martin Isherwood: Well sung. Lots of nice words but not necessarily in the right order. Very confusing lyrics. Not sure if he's coming or going. Mumford and sons inspired. I'd be surprised if this does well despite it being pleasant. Unusual switch to the female vocal in the middle section and not sure why? They look like a lovely family.

Sharon Vaughn: I love this group! Great harmonies and wonderful individual voices. I was sold! But one note... please, PLEASE lessen the use of the tambourine player... at least mix him back and don't put him right behind the lead singer, it is very distracting!

Stano Simor: I like it! I can feel a lot of positive energry in this band. It’s amazing! Traditional instruments always give a different dimension of any song. Firelight are amongst my favourite performers in this years’ competition and this is a really good song, which I see in Eurovision. Feminine vocal pleasantly refreshes the entire song.

Greig Watts: Ah for me this song is a big letdown, I thought it started well and the verses and voices are nice to listen to, but there was no chorus to start with, it comes round the second time but I’ve almost lost interest by then. I enjoy it when the female voice comes in and the two voices contrast well, actually it’s a song that might be good to listen to in the car whilst driving home, but I could not sing this back to you when it’s finished so unfortunately it’s going to get forgotten.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqP65vGsmk0

Published in Editorials

In 2014, the Public Broadcasting Services, responsible for Malta’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest decided to conduct a national final with just twenty (20) entries, rather than the typical twenty-four (24) which many had become accustomed to in recent years. Promotion is always vital, and escflashmalta.com has sent each entry to a professional panel of individuals in the music industry, who have in turn passed on their comments. This year, we have asked the likes of John Scott from the United States, Martin Isherwood from the United Kingdom, Sharon Vaughn from the United States but based in Sweden, Stano Simor from the Czech Republic and Greig Watts from the United Kingdom to do the honours. Today’s review is centred on City Lady, composed by Paul Abela and Ryan Paul Abela to the lyrics of Joe Julian Farrugia with vocals provided by Ryan Paul Abela.

Ryan Paul, a relative newcomer to the stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, having previously been an observer to the countless occasions his father and mother had been involved, noting that they have even been to the international competition, on more than one occasion. Ryan is more a musician rather than a performer but with his radical change in appearance across the years, could definitely earn repute in the industry. He is more accustomed to performing in musical theatre, having been instrumental in several productions, including none other than; The Sound of Music, Les Miserables, Legally Blonde, Evita and Godspell, to name a few. When it comes to competitions, experiences have been limited, noting a double appearance in the Malta Junior Eurosong competition as well as a one-off participation in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2tqgDGI8k0

Paul Abela and Joe Julian Farrugia, an experienced duo in the field of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, with their most notable success achieved thanks to a group known as Trilogy which featured Eleanor Spiteri, Roger Tirazona and Cliff Zammit Stevens with Daniel Debono replacing the latter after different opportunities came to fruition. Their entries; This Heart of Mine, Starlight and The Song in Your Heart will be forever remembered by the public not for their third, second and sixth place finishes but for their message and warmth. As a songwriting duo, their most notable success came at the 2005 Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and the 2013 International Festival of Maltese Song with the songs Ix-Xemx Mill-Ġdid sung by Eleanor Cassar and Hawn Mill-Ġdid performed by Olivia Lewis, respectively. As a composer, Paul Abela has already experienced the Eurovision Song Contest in 1991, 1996 and 2001 whilst he also conducted the orchestra in 1992 with a song his wife composed.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 49%

John Scott: The hook is quite catchy. The verses are not quite as strong and some of the lyrics could be better. However, the song very effectively captures the retro sound of the 70’s and 80’s. Retro sounding records have been very popular lately, but most of them incorporate some newer sounding elements as well. This one lacks those newer elements that would probably make it competitive in today’s market. 

Martin Isherwood: Decent enough voice. Not a clue why it's called City Lady. Lyrics use lots of bog standard clichés. Nice melodic chorus. Tavares without the fancy suits and cool dance routines. Not sure about 70's disco in jeans. Might have done well in the 1974 contest but I doubt it for this one.

Sharon Vaughn: This has about every cliché musically and lyrically, song wise, that one could squeeze into three minutes. Not a drop of soul in a soul motif.

Stano Simor: Kool and the Gang from Malta! This kind of song is not typical for the Eurovision Song Contest and frankly, I do not think that it is time for this genre to take off again. City Lady is an energetic song and has a good groove. Ryan certainly captivates the female audience. Whether this will be enough to Denmark, we will see.

Greig Watts: Has a good sing-a-long melody although I thought the sound of production was quite outdated to start with. When the chorus comes back in again its pleasant to hear and I can remember it from the first time so has good potential to be memorable but I’m left wondering if the song would have been better presented with a different style of production, maybe?

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEtIGo-RoKY

Published in Editorials

In 2014, the Public Broadcasting Services, responsible for Malta’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest decided to conduct a national final with just twenty (20) entries, rather than the typical twenty-four (24) which many had become accustomed to in recent years. Promotion is always vital, and escflashmalta.com has sent each entry to a professional panel of individuals in the music industry, who have in turn passed on their comments. This year, we have asked the likes of John Scott from the United States, Martin Isherwood from the United Kingdom, Sharon Vaughn from the United States but based in Sweden, Stano Simor from the Czech Republic and Greig Watts from the United Kingdom to do the honours. Today’s review is centred on Brand New Day, composed by Elton Zarb to the lyrics of Matthew Mercieca with vocals provided by Davinia.

Davinia, a resounding newcomer to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest a mere twelve (12) months ago, having entered the competition for the very first time with the song Betrayed, also composed by Elton Zarb to the lyrics of Matthew Mercieca. At 21, she is one of the youngest artists from this years’ crop of participants but nevertheless, experience should definitely not be an issue considering that she has already taken the local music scene by storm, earning a Best New Artist nomination at the Bay Music Awards in 2011 following an astonishing breakthrough with tracks such as Sail Away and Bottled My Teardrops. Following her success in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Davinia launched a follow-up single entitled You Are My Home to which she also filmed a music video, earning her several positive acclaim and once more a place on Malta’s Top Ten with Nathan D on 89.7 Bay.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DH26TKwtzw

Elton Zarb and Matthew Mercieca, a collaboration which until not too long ago was inexistent in song-writing noting that Davinia was the one who brought them together, in order to work on a track for this competition specifically. That song, already mentioned above, Betrayed, led to a successful third place finish. Nevertheless, this proved to be the beginning of an extremely successful collaboration with Gillian Attard and Gaia Cauchi calling upon the talented duo to write a song which would ultimately represent Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The Start, as it was titled ended up winning the international showcase giving Malta their first ever victory in an event organised by the European Broadcasting Union. It is worth pointing out that not only are they working with Davinia this time round, but they also have a second song, Until We Meet Again sung by Deborah C.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 73%

John Scott: The hook is really strong. I like the post-chorus part especially. The singer also has very good energy. She is instantly likeable. The song is very fun. Overall, this one is very memorable.

Martin Isherwood: Good voice although thinish sounding. Chorus has nothing to do with the title. Melodically strong. 'Hey how you doing' 'Come back to me' 'Hard to handle' 'Next to me' 'Oooh ooh' 'Boom boom'. All I want is you' - are all stronger titles than the actual title 'Brand new day'. Hints of Adele rubbing shoulders with The Nolans. Strong song but hard to imagine it would stand out in the Eurovision crowd.

Sharon Vaughn: Dig Deeper, people! Even on fun songs like this. But this artist is really cute and tries to give her best throughout the whole performance.

Stano Simor: Atmosphere of the song reminds me of a winner from Germany LENA. This song uniquely lifts all up of the chairs. Gimmick uhh uhh uhh remains in my ears and recalls the 70’s. Atmosphere of the song is full of energy. The authors found the right singer for this hit track.

Greig Watts: Nice and pretty introduction and she has a modern delivery of the vocals (not unlike Lena from Germany), has a nice number of hooks and again has a good singalong feeling, which I personally think is a good thing for eurovision, it has to be memorable from the start. I like the double chorus idea, with the 2nd part Ooh Ooh Ooh, Boom Boom Boom, simple but sometimes simple is good!

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5m52MWaiT04

Published in Editorials

In 2014, the Public Broadcasting Services, responsible for Malta’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest decided to conduct a national final with just twenty (20) entries, rather than the typical twenty-four (24) which many had become accustomed to in recent years. Promotion is always vital, and escflashmalta.com has sent each entry to a professional panel of individuals in the music industry, who have in turn passed on their comments. This year, we have asked the likes of John Scott from the United States, Martin Isherwood from the United Kingdom, Sharon Vaughn from the United States but based in Sweden, Stano Simor from the Czech Republic and Greig Watts from the United Kingdom to do the honours. Today’s review is centred on Because I Have You, composed by Paul Giordimaina to the lyrics of Fleur Balzan with vocals provided by Amber.

Amber, has basked in the spotlight of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on three (3) previous occasions, making her debut back in 2011 with two (2) entries; Catch 22 and Touch Wood, both composed by Ray Agius with the latter having lyrics by Godwin Sant and the former by Alfred C Sant before returning with a vengeance to finish in third place with the impressive Answer With Your Eyes composed by Ray Agius and penned by Alfred C Sant. In 2013, she changed her songwriters by opting to work with Paul Giordimaina and Fleur Balzan, coming up with the eighties tune In Control finishing in fourth place. It is worth pointing out that Amber has also won the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest as a backing vocalist with Kurt Calleja during this performance of This is the Night.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTstdRSgRZ0

Paul Giordimaina and Fleur Balzan, known to be experienced songwriters in the local music scene, and having already been granted the opportunity to pen a representative entry for Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest, that being One Life performed by Glen Vella in 2011. Nevertheless, their success at the selection stage of the competition is unprecedented, having finished as the first runner-ups on at least three (3) occasions, kicking things off with Take a Look performed by Olivia Lewis in 2004, moving onto Someday sung by Eleanor Cassar in 2009 and ultimately finishing off with Just a Little More Love by Glen Vella in 2010. Paul, also a singer, took to the stage on behalf of Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest alongside Georgina back in 1999 as they galloped to sixth place with the song Could It Be composed by Paul Abela with lyrics by Ray Mahoney.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 57%

John Scott: She has a very nice voice. The song is too generic for me. It doesn’t say anything new or in an original way. Melodically it is not very interesting. I also feel that the song should get even bigger at the end than it actually does.

Martin Isherwood: Very nice voice. Unclear what or who this about - 'from my first days - feel never alone' - could be a mother or a relationship or spiritual. A good song should allow the listener to share the joy not just observe it jealously. A lot of movement in the song which makes it hard to follow at first as it seems to keep piling in ideas. Never seems to get going even when the key change and build comes in.

Sharon Vaughn: What she is saying is fine... but please, try a fresher, more creative approach. Saying the same thing that has been said a million times is OK... just look for another way in.

Stano Simor: Amber has a very nice feeling and color of the voice. As a singer, she is definitely ready for the podium in Denmark. The ballad is very well writte, although I think it should have a stronger chorus. In the second part of the song, I would have made use of some backing vocalists to help elevate the song and deliver an emotional rendition.

Greig Watts: I like the nice piano intro and the verse starts and builds up well, the chorus I felt was the pre chorus and was again waiting for it to step up another level to have a bigger impact. It does get stronger the second time around, as the music is building around it and of course when the Key Change happens at the end there is another nice bit of impact. I think as a songwriter myself I am always searching for that extra special part, and this for me is a good song, but it doesn’t quite reach great.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fa-3nFnh50

Published in Editorials

In 2014, the Public Broadcasting Services, responsible for Malta’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest decided to conduct a national final with just twenty (20) entries, rather than the typical twenty-four (24) which many had become accustomed to in recent years. Promotion is always vital, and escflashmalta.com has sent each entry to a professional panel of individuals in the music industry, who have in turn passed on their comments. This year, we have asked the likes of John Scott from the United States, Martin Isherwood from the United Kingdom, Sharon Vaughn from the United States but based in Sweden, Stano Simor from the Czech Republic and Greig Watts from the United Kingdom to do the honours. Kicking off the feature is none other than Addictive, written by Ylva and Linda Persson with vocals provided by Romina Mamo.

Romina Mamo, has taken to the stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on three (3) previous occasions, making her debut eleven (11) years ago in 2003 with Here Today Gone Tomorrow composed by Dominic Galea to the lyrics of Joe Friggieri before re-emerging in 2005 as part of a trio in a performance of We Can Do Better written by Carm Fenech and most recently with DNA composed by Michael Johannes Tanczos to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg back in 2012. Her experience in the local music scene knows no boundaries having successfully participated in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, and the Malta International Hit Song Contest. It is worth pointing out that Romina also released her debut album Eyes on Me back in 2011 featuring several local and foreign collaborations.

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

Ylva and Linda Persson, Swedish songwriters who had tried to enter the Melodifestivalen selection through the wildcard selection a couple of years back, but have found refuge in writing songs for foreign artists. They have managed to get into the national finals of Ukraine, where they reached fifth place with the track Love Makes You Beautiful performed by Nataliya, and also Belarus, where they will be going for gold with the song You Will Be Here, sung by Janet. This will be their debut in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, but they will certainly not be in awe of the spectacle considering that they are becoming somewhat accustomed to frolicking around Europe presenting their songs. Addictive is one of two entries in this years’ Malta Eurovision Song Contest which features a team of completely foreign songwriters.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 59%

John Scott: The song is not very strong. She sings well, but the hook is not very memorable. The vocals get a bit lost in the mix.

Martin Isherwood: Nice voice - although sounds slightly more cabaret rather than pop. I'm so predictive'? Ok I suppose to get the rhyme with addictive, but at the expense of the sense. Good switch to the chorus. Reminiscent of Adele 'Rolling in the deep' and Robyn 'Hang with me'. Could do well. Nice production - cool drums.

Sharon Vaughn: Over-used theme... and the wo-oh's in the song don't make it current.

Stano Simor: Nice pop song. The chorus is catchy and the production is also good. Romina looks like a fish in water on stage, making me think that this is not her kind of song. The track should have a lower transposition and maybe in the future she can try a ballad.

Greig Watts: This one I think has a strong chorus, and is quite predictable but that can be good sometimes, it has the secondary hook I long for, something extra to add to the chorus, and make you want to sing back. For me the songs weakness is the lyrics, they are not bad at all, just again want it to be slightly more edgy and less predictable, but good song and not all of Europe will be listening to lyrics as intently as me.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nk8SDVIyb6I

Published in Editorials
Thursday, 09 January 2014 21:56

MESC '14: Tickets for National Event Out Now

escflashmalta.com is proud to announce that the Public Broadcasting Services has just issued the tickets for the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest through the ticketing website; Ooii. At last years’ edition, it was Gianluca and his entry Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat which won the ticket and managed to succeed in achieving a top ten placing in Malmo, Sweden. Vying to follow in his footsteps are twenty (20) entries which came through a gruelling eliminatory process, considering that the broadcaster received a record number of two hundred and ten (210) submissions.

This years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, set to take place on the 7th and 8th February at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre has been aimed to attract a larger segment of the population, henceforth why ticket prices are reasonable. On Friday, the night of the semi-final, tickets have been priced at €20, €30 and €40, respectively whilst on Saturday, the night of the final, tickets are just up by a mere €10, and have thus been priced at €30, €40 and €50. In order not to be disappointed, we urge you to get your tickets as soon as possible because the demand is exceptionally high. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Ooii

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9JMfu7rpB8

 
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 01:45

MESC '14: PBS Kicks Off Promotional Schedule

On the 29th November, the Public Broadcasting Services made public the names of the artists and their respective entries for the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, through the programme Xarabank, produced by WE Media. Since then, the artists have been really busy, with the recording of the postcards, and the clips, which have now been published and seen by thousands of people all over the world. Since then, each of the artists has undergone several technical recordings, in anticipation for the clips, which Nevertheless, as the competition draws closer, one will be able to note a series of interviews through all of the frequencies provided by the Public Broadcasting Services.

escflashmalta.com has been in contact with one of the committee members behind this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Gordon Bonello to see where the artists will be making their respective guest appearances. Whilst we won't be publishing the full schedule of artists, we are pleased to reveal that there are nine slot allocations for each entry, something which is brilliant considering that there is less than five (5) weeks remaining. On all occasions, the official audio file or preview video is played, and is most likely accompanied by an interview. The chosen programmes are as follows; Niskata hosted by Angela Agius, TVAM hosted by Norma Saliba, Pablo Micallef and Joe Mifsud, TVPM presented by Corazon; all on TVM as well as a series of radio programmes; including Carlo’s Breakfast Show on Magic FM, Mario Laus’ afternoon show on Radju Malta, Breakfast Show on Radju Malta, and Euromix by Frederick Zammit on Radju Malta 2.

Finally, every day, prior to the six o’clock news bulletin, there will be a showing one of the entries competing in the competition, whilst prior to the eight o’clock news there will be the airing of the preview video along with a feature of someone different. This way, the Public Broadcasting Services will generate interest amongst the general public. No details with regards to the tickets, hosts or special guests have yet been given but we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, the Official Reviews will be commencing this Friday morning, with our esteemed panel of critics ready to analyse this years’ crop of entries. Lastly, do not forget to submit your vote in the escflashmalta.com poll which is being organised in collaboration with ONE Radio 92.7.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9JMfu7rpB8

On Saturday 11th January 2014, various journalists, artists, and scholars will be attending a special launch, one of a debut album, entitled Hawn Jien by renowned vocalist, Corazon. The collection is set to feature a number of original tracks, all of which will be in Maltese, respecting the cultural diversity that the national language is known to offer. The title has been carefully selected to reflect upon the very first success of the artist, noting that Hawn Jien was the winning song at the 2007 edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu.

It is worth noting that we do not have any information with regards to the playlist, thus adding to the mystery to see which tracks made the cut considering that success in that local music competition has come on a further two occasions; in 2009 with Tal-Aħħar and in 2010 with Mill-Għajnejn ta’ Tifla. Corazon is currently preparing for a third consecutive participation within the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, whilst also being the host of daily television programme; TVPM and recent commentator for the Public Broadcasting Services during the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, an international song competition which Malta won for the very first time in history, thanks to Gaia Cauchi and her entry The Start co-written with Matt Mercieca, Gillian Attard and Elton Zarb.

Back to Hawn Jien, the collection was created with the help of several people, including the extremely talented Manolito Galea at Lito's Place. The event on Saturday 11th January is being supported by the National Council of the Maltese Language as well as the Department of Maltese at the University of Malta, Marsovin, Nenu the Artisan Backer, Coca Cola, and Maypole. escflashmalta.com is looking forward to the release of this collection, one which will surely go down well, and be remembered in the confines of cultural history.

Source: Corazon's Official Facebook Page

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

Published in Local Music News

In music, a year is very much a reflection of historical evidence and when it comes to 2013, Malta will very much remember the remarkable success that it achieved on both a local and an international field. As the public prepares to drink champagne and sing the tune of Auld Lang Syne along with Happy New Year, originally released by Abba, we aim to have a look at the most memorable moments of the year in this editorial. As a matter of fact, we have been through the major news items for both the general Eurovision Song Contest as well as the local music scene and one could easily denote the progress that has been made on both a national and a foreign level of vocal talent and songs in general.

January; a relatively quiet month in the local music scene with the Public Broadcasting Services busy prepping for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which was set to take place during the first weekend of February. Nevertheless, escflashmalta.com for the third year running managed to exclusively reveal the names of the hosts of the selection; Gordon Bonello, Rodney Gauci and Elaine Saliba. In the local music market, Corazon and Lynday both unveiled new singles; Save Your Smile and Daphne but the focus was definitely on the foreign music market with no less than three countries revealing the names of the artists who would represent them at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest including; France (Amandine Bourgeois), Armenia (Gor Suyjan) and Denmark (Emmelie de Forest).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4KgUYfVtLQ

February; The month of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest was upon us, and following a somewhat technically disappointing semi-final, the Public Broadcasting Services upped the ante for the final night, which saw to the success of Gianluca Bezzina and his entry Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. It managed to beat the favourite, Needing You sung by Kevin Borg and co-written with Danne Attlerud, Michael Clauss, Simon Gribbe and Thomas Thornholm. Following the evening, escflashmalta.com held their annual awards, seeing to the success of Klinsmann, Chris Grech and the aforementioned Kevin Borg, with NET Television being the place where they were given. In the meantime, both Cyprus and Slovenia made use of internal selections in revealing Despina Olympiou and Hannah Mancini as their representatives.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzGiJxMd3UI

March; In a relatively surprise announcement, L-Għanja tal-Poplu announced that they had received almost forty (40) submissions for the local competition, amongst them from the likes of Romina Mamo and Rita Pace. Keeping in line with the local music scene, Ira Losco followed up the release of her single What I’d Give with a brand new album entitled The Fire which has been denoted by critics as the most notable release in the local music industry. During the same period, on an internal level, stars Marco Mengoni and Cascada were chosen to represent Italy and Germany respectively, or rather confirmed their entries in entirety at this point. Gianluca’s promotional campaign as he represents Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest had officially commenced with the first ever lyric video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rAO1S8TeOM

April; At this month dawned, most of the country had made their respective selection for the international competition and thus focus quickly turned on on the outlook of the local music scene as Karen DeBattista managed to beat Marie Claire Attard Bason to become the first finalist of the 2013 Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, through the Passport 2 Indifest challenge on Sas-Sitta. It was later on revealed that she would be performing the song Riflessi composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss. In the meantime, L-Għanja tal-Poplu took place with Cherise Attard finishing in first place with the track Hawn Siġġu Nieqes composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Paul Ellul. At this point, Ira Losco continued her radio and digital success, aided by her first concert in quite some time. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmUMJKj5RNk

The month of May, and thus the Eurovision Song Contest had quickly arrived and several readers of escflashmalta.com had their eyes on Gianluca Bezzina whose Tomorrow was a proven hit and indeed succeeded in not only reaching the final, but finishing in eighth place, the nations’ best result in seven (7)  years. The big winner was Emmelie de Forest from Denmark whose song Only Teardrops enchanted both the jury and the public at home. escflashmalta.com kept their annual coverage with guest commentators including Simon Casey, Davinia, Claudia Faniello, Brooke, Lauren White, Magnus Kaxe and Christabelle. Thousands of people viewed the respective reports and with the aid of the team of Radio International and Eurovision Ireland, the competition was analysed and covered in the most profound and detailed way possible. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK4TvZeL6c0

Summer could not kick off on a more positive note with the release of On The Dancefloor by Jan Cortez, setting the tone of the season and earning airplay on 89.7 Bay. As always, the preparations for the Joseph Calleja concert were being held at this point in time, as the line-up was revealed to include Rebecca Ferguson, Zucchero and Gianluca Bezzina, fresh off his success. In the meantime, on a positive note, it was announced by the Culture Department that local artists will get the chance to perform at the Isle of MTV with Kristina Casolani and Gianluca Bezzina both booking their spots at the event. No clarification was given over the choice especially with the top tier of artists; Jon Lukas, Davinia, The Crowns releasing brand new material.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQ9avB4RFrA

As the temperatures were getting warmer, NET Television decided to publish the list of the names who had got through the final of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, and also shot music videos, in an attempt to continue the fine tradition, which started with the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Maltese, as a national language had definitely it’s most intriguing month due to the fact that apart from the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, it was revealed that the International Festival of Maltese Song was set for a comeback, and no sooner than in November. Some of the most prominent names in the industry put their first foot forward and the line-up was miles better than that presented at the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the likes of Miriam Christine, Janvil, Fiona Cauchi, Roger Tirazona and Olivia Lewis who was making her comeback as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfDu1h-BOC8

August, known to be the last official month of summer saw to the release of Fed Up by Maxine Pace, who would later on be given a prominent role in the Maltese delegation during the surprise return of the country at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Joseph Calleja gives his annual concert with only a handful of performances garnering a standing ovation, one of them being of the song Xemx which he performed in a duet with Gianluca Bezzina. Glen Vella, representative of Malta in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest released a statement where he acknowledged that Finally by Richard Edwards should have represented the country, and most likely achieved a much better result. By the end of the month, the International Festival of Maltese Song had a logo and Red Electrick had a brand new single, The Runaway which would top the local music charts for several weeks.

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Double the amount of entries received for L-Għanja tal-Poplu were received by the International Festival of Maltese Song, and whilst this number was encouraging, there was still a sheer amount of disappointment with many sceptic over the quality of the competition. Joseph Calleja was recognised as the world renowned tenor he has become by receiving a nomination at the Class Brit Awards. The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza took place with Fabrizio Faniello sweeping the top prize with the track Aħfirli Jekk Trid composed by Minik to the lyrics of Rita Pace. The surprise of many came when during the evening news bulletin, on the 25th September 2013, Malta had internally selected Gaia Cauchi to do the honours and represent the country at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

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The 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest might be months away, but the preparations from artists, songwriters and producers had commenced and a flurry made use of escflashmalta.com to reveal their intentions including; Tiziana Calleja, Gloriana Arpa Belli, Eleanor Cassar, Richard Edwards, Klinsmann, Melanie Zammit, Kaya, Janvil, Claudia Faniello, Danica Muscat, Fabrizio Faniello, Neville Refalo and Josef Tabone amongst others. Olivia Lewis gave an interview to a Radju Kottoner, stating she was planning to release a debut album in Maltese in the very near future, one which include all her hits along with brand new and original songs. The Public Broadcasting Services accepted entries for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with several submissions, eventually totalling to a record breaking  210, the largest amount since the national broadcaster took over the selection process in totality.

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November, the month in which there were three major events; kicking off with the International Festival of Maltese Song which was not only the return of Olivia Lewis, but also her success with the song Hawn Mill-Ġdid composed by Paul Abela to the lyrics of Joe Julian Farrugia. In second place was Mark Tonna and his track Poeta Bla Kliem composed by Mark Scicluna with lyrics by Emil Calleja Bayliss and in third place, Dario and Grecia Bezzina with the song Solitaire composed by Dario Bezzina to the lyrics of Rita Pace. Malta’s return to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest proved successful, as The Start co-written by Matt Mercieca, Elton Zarb, Gillian Attard and Gaia Cauchi emerged as the clear favourite in the week leading up to the competition, and then finishing as the remarkable winner.

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Just a day before the final though, the public broadcaster revealed the names of the acts through to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014, a list which comprised of several newcomers such as Raquel Galdes, De Bee and Daniel Testa whilst also noting former Eurovision representatives in the form of Fabrizio Faniello and Miriam Christine. It was always going to be a year to remember, but nevertheless, several broadcasters were at this stage revealing their intentions for the upcoming edition of the international competition, seeing to the return of Portugal and Poland, whilst Valentina Monetta, The Common Linnets, Tijana Dapcevic and Conchita Wurst were internally selected to represent San Marino, The Netherlands, FYR Macedonia and Austria respectively. As the year came to an end, Ukraine and Albania made their respective choices and the Public Broadcasting Services unveiled the music videos accompanying the entries in next years’ selection process.

Source: escflashmalta.com

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Published in Editorials
Thursday, 26 December 2013 19:45

MESC '14: Early Two Horse Race in Public Poll

the escflashmalta.com awards presented by ONE Radio 92.7 are already in full swing with the media and the critics casting their votes and opinions and the public selecting their most favourite entry, after being given the choice to select only one (1) of the twenty (20) competing entries in next years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. As soon as the preview videos were published by the Public Broadcasting Services and Television Malta, it was important to get the projects going and the current standings are intriguing, especially because the outcomes are proving to be varied.

The Public Award, as decided by each of the voters who are visiting escflashmalta.com on a daily basis is turning up to be a heated affair between two entries; Because I Have You, written by Paul Giordimaina and Fleur Balzan with vocals by Amber and One Last Ride written by Stephen Rudden and Lawrence Peter Bridge. The first is of course, a former runner-up of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and the second having represented Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, achieving the second best result, that being a fourth place back in 2008. Cementing herself in a top three position is none othen than fan favourite; Jessika whose entry Hypnotica has certainly been the talk of the town across the message boards.

At this point in time, we have received more than 1200 individual votes, and that is an amazing figure for around four days. We urge you to continue selecting your favourite entry out of the batch that are being presented for the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest through the poll on the right hand side, or through this link. In the meantime, we would also like to thank ONE for supporting this project in full and will be carrying out the transmission of the awards through Clint on ONE on ONE Radio 92.7 and Kalamita on ONE Television. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: ONE Radio 92.7, escflashmalta.com

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