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Sophie, a nineteen year old, originally from Malta but based in the United Kingdom, has successfully entered the local music charts as published by 89.7 Bay with the track Lil’ Game. This is rather surprising, especially days after the official music video for her entry Let the Sunshine In co-written with Lou Mullen, Alexander Dew, and Adam Packard was made available by the Public Broadcasting Services. It is well worth noting that this will be her second participation in the event, having also made the cut back in 2011 with the song Love to Love You which she co-wrote with Junior Eurovision Song Contest winning songwriter, Elton Zarb.

In 2006, Sophie managed to triumph in the Malta Junior Song for Europe competition, with the track, Extra Cute which she claims to have written, something which could be the case especially noting that she has been writing her own material for quite some time. Every now and then, the female artist would like to make a splash in her home country, Malta and therefore it does not come as a surprise that she has entered the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, or that she has managed to enter the charts on 89.7 Bay. A new entry at number #8, Lil' Game is also co-written with Elton Zarn and has given Sophie several success stories in the United Kingdom. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: 89.7 Bay

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

Published in Local Music News
Saturday, 21 December 2013 17:55

MESC ’14: Official Preview Videos Published

It has been expected for quite some time, and indeed, the Public Broadcasting Services have just published the official music videos accompanying the entries in next years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. It is well worth noting that the videos were recorded last Sunday, at WE Media Studios in Qormi, and that the production team should be well regarded for being quick on their feet in publishing them so quickly, in less than a week.

Next years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is set to take place at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre on the 6th and 7th February and seems to comprise of several genres, with ballads being the most predominant, something which is to be expected from Malta, a country known for sending that type of genre to the international showcase. It is well worth noting that for the first time in years, the Mediterranean Island managed a top ten placing with Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals provided by Gianluca.

Some Kind of Wonderful - Wayne William (Wayne Micallef)

City Lady - Ryan Paul Abela (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)

Brand New Day - Davinia (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Let The Sunshine In - Sophie (Sophie DeBattista / Adam Pakard / Alex Dew)

Hypnotica - Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Invisible - Raquel Galdes (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

One Last Ride - Daniel Testa (Stephen Rudden / Lawrence Peter Bridge)

Pin The Middle - De Bee (Peter Paul Galea / Debbie Stivala)

Oblivion - Chris Grech (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Until We Meet Again - Deborah C (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Because I Have You - Amber (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

Lovetricity - Christabelle (Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)

Coming Home - Firelight (Richard Micallef)

Safe - Miriam Christine (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Addictive - Romina Mamo (Ylva / Linda Persson)

Now and Forever - Andreana (Vinny Vella / Karl Spiteri)

Love Will Take Me Home - Franklin (Glen / Beatrice Eriksson / M Frenell / Michael J Down)

Ten - Corazon (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

Take Me - Pamela (Boris Cezek)

Just No Place Like Home - Fabrizio Faniello (Johan Bejerholm)

The Public Broadcasting Services, responsible for Malta's participation in the Eurovision Song Contest has shown clear dedication to the programming of the event in recent years, noting a certain aura of professionalism, even with regards to a year-on-year improvement. The video clips this year, also include an introductory postcard, preceded by a list of sponsors who are covering the costs of the event. Special thanks goes to all personnel involved including; Anton Attard, Gordon Bonello, Rodney Gauci, Daniel D'Anastasi and Anna Dalli. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaQ1od0LAiU

On Sunday, the Public Broadcasting Services was busy recording the preview videos for the entries competing in next years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with a promotional campaign set to kick-off as soon as they are published onto the world wide web. Nevertheless, most of the artists competing in the local showcase have already been taking to several forms of social media in order to keep the general public updated with opinions, personal insights and past experiences amongst other things. escflashmalta.com has quickly rounded up relevant social media accounts for everyone to follow in the weeks leading up to the competition and beyond.

The preview videos for each of the songs are expected over the next couple of days, with next week being the latest date, and therefore, it is pivotal to make sure that everyone is gearing up to promote their entry in the best possible way throughout the Christmas period. escflashmalta.com in collaboration with the Public Broadcasting Services will be then publishing a list of programmes where the artists will be appearing on throughout the next couple of weeks. Just a swift reminder that as a portal, we will be indeed carrying out a set of critical outlooks on each of the entries with our panel of professional personnel including; Sharon Vaughn, Lina Eriksson, Greig Watts, John Scott and Martin Isherwood.

Some Kind of Wonderful - Wayne William (Facebook / Twitter)

City Lady - Ryan Paul Abela (Facebook / Twitter)

Brand New Day - Davinia (Facebook / Twitter)

Let The Sunshine In - Sophie (Facebook / Twitter)

Hypnotica - Jessika (Facebook / Twitter)

Invisible - Raquel Galdes (Facebook Twitter)

One Last Ride - Daniel Testa (Facebook / Twitter)

Pin The Middle - Debbie Stivala (Facebook Twitter)

Oblivion - Chris Grech (Facebook Twitter)

Until We Meet Again - Deborah C (Facebook / Twitter)

Because I Have You - Amber (Facebook Twitter)

Lovetricity - Christabelle (Facebook Twitter)

Coming Home - Firelight (Facebook / Twitter)

Safe - Miriam Christine (Facebook / Twitter)

Addictive - Romina Mamo (Facebook Twitter)

Now and Forever - Andreana (Facebook / Twitter)

Love Will Take Me Home - Franklin (Facebook Twitter)

Ten - Corazon (Facebook Twitter)

Take Me - Pamela (Facebook / Twitter)

Just No Place Like Home - Fabrizio Faniello (Facebook Twitter)

At this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Gianluca was selected to represent Malta with the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat, finishing in eighth place. It will be quite an intriguing element to see who will follow the success achieved by the singing doctor, especially after also managing to succeed at this years' Junior Eurovision Song Contest where Gaia Cauchi was the victor. The 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will take place on the 7th and 8th February at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaQ1od0LAiU

It has only been two (2) weeks since the revelation of the twenty (20) entries that have made it through to the semi-final stage of next years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, with the Public Broadcasting Services planning a promotional schedule for each of the artists over the next couple of weeks. First things first though as tomorrow marks the beginning of a new journey with the recording of the official video clips, which will be shared through social media and will also play a pivotal part in the escflashmalta.com awards presented by ONE Radio 92.7.

It is important to point out that apart from the official preview videos, all of the artists were called into the Public Broadcasting Services yesterday in order to record what was coined as a postcard, that will support the preview video during the promotional campaign. Next years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest set for the 7th and 8th February 2014 will be taking place at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre in Ta’ Qali and will most likely be part of the Malta Music Weekend, also incorporating the Malta Music Awards. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaQ1od0LAiU

In recent days, the Public Broadcasting Services published the names of the entries competing in next years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, an effort which will see someone step into the shoes of Gianluca whose entry Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat finished in eighth place. The event, slated to take place on the 7th and 8th February at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre will see to the participation of twenty (20) acts, all vying for the unique prize of representing the country at the biggest musical event in Europe.

At first glance, two names stand out, and of course, those are of two former representatives of Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest; Miriam Christine and Fabrizio Faniello. On second look, I would have to note more artists who have returned to the competition, including the likes of Andreana, Romina Mamo, Wayne William, Sophie DeBattista; a former Junior Eurovision Song Contest representative and Pamela; backing vocalist for Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2010 and 2011 respectively. It's always positive to see artists who have been missing for a period of time, because it means that they rekindled their flame after a couple of years off.

The newcomers to the festival are also ones which are very much intriguing to denote with Christabelle Borg never declaring herself interested in representing Malta abroad. The four time Best Solo Artist Award winner at the BMAs has thrown her hat into the ring as she heads one of the twenty (20) available bids. Despite being a renowned figure, Daniel Testa's Junior Eurovision Song Contest days are well behind him and his days at a DJ at 89.7 Bay are helping define a personal genre, one which he will be taking to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Joining him there is Ryan Paul Abela, son of Maestro Paul Abela who has written some of Malta's most iconic entries for the international showcase.

Two final newcomers worth a mention are Debbie Stivala and Raquel Galdes, the latter having been a finalist in this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and the former being a collaborator with notable band, Tribali. On the other hand, the other artists in the field were all present during this years' edition, including none other than; Amber, Davinia, Jessika, Franklin Calleja, Chris Grech, Corazon and Deborah C. It is worth noting that Richard Edwards has joined forces with sister Michelle Mifsud in a band known as Fire Light. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as the latest news about the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014 is unraveled.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaQ1od0LAiU

Monday, 02 December 2013 23:00

Exclusive: MESC '14 Draw Slowly Taking Shape

In 2014, the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, set to take place on the 7th and 8th February, will comprise of twenty (20) entries, most of which have been penned by local songwriters. The announcement of the acts that got through to the semi-final stage of the competition took place on the programm; Xarabank produced by WE Media. As the list is known, the first meeting with the artists who made it through took place at the illustrious Excelsior Hotel in Floriana where the opening entry and the final entry to compete in the semi-final were drawn in random fashion.

It has been decided that Amber will open the competition on Friday evening with the song Because I Have You composed by Paul Giordimaina to Fleur Balzan's lyrics. In the meantime, closing the show is  Corazon with the track Ten composed by the same Paul Giordimaina and Fleur Balzan. During the course of the meeting, sources have informed us that the initial date for the recording of the promotional videos was announced.  For the first time in around two/three years, artists have the possibility to compete with pre-recorded backing vocals but one must note that this is not accepted by the European Broadcasting Union during the Eurovision Song Contest. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Television Malta, Public Broadcasting Services

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

Gaia Cauchi, Malta's representative at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the track The Start which she helped co-write with Elton Zarb, Matt Mercieca and Gillian Attard will be undergoing the final rehearsal prior to the competition tomorrow evening whilst the programme, Xarabank produced by WE Media reveals the names of the twenty (20) semi-finalists in next years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. This rehearsal in particular will be relatively pivotal when denoting that it will count for half of the scores that will be given during the showcase tomorrow evening.

Attention turns to Malta though as seventy (70) entries will be shortlisted by fifty (50) with the semi-final list set to incorporate twenty (20) artists, whether soloists or groups. There are several intriguing names which have garnered entry into the second phase, amongst them former Eurovision Song Contest and Junior Eurovision Song Contest representatives. One should always keep in mind former finalists of the selection procedure and artists who have been successful on local radio stations and are aiming for a larger music market. For anyone who has followed the announced in the past two years, a snippet of each of the semi-finalists will be played for the artists to recognise the track. Moments after, the singer is asked to go on stage and perform a one minute clip.

Some Kind of Wonderful - Wayne William (Wayne Micallef)

City Lady - Ryan Paul Abela (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)

Brand New Day - Davinia (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Let The Sunshine In - Sophie (Sophie DeBattista / Adam Pakard / Alex Dew)

Hypnotica - Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Invisible - Raquel Galdes (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

One Last Ride - Daniel Testa (Stephen Rudden / Lawrence Peter Bridge)

Pin The Middle - Debbie Stivala (Peter Paul Galea / Debbie Stivala)

Oblivion - Chris Grech (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Until We Meet Again - Deborah C (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Because I Have You - Amber (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

Lovetricity - Christabelle (Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)

Coming Home - Firelight (Richard Micallef)

Safe - Miriam Christine (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Addictive - Romina Mamo (Ylva / Linda Persson)

Now and Forever - Andreana (Vinny Vella / Karl Spiteri)

Love Will Take Me Home - Franklin (Glen / Beatrice Eriksson / M Frenell / Michael J Down)

Ten - Corazon (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

Take Me - Pamela (Boris Cezek)

Just No Place Like Home - Fabrizio Faniello (Johan Bejerholm)

Following the revelation of the twenty (20) semi-finalists, one could easily denote some a mixture of upcoming and established artists, all of which are gunning to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark. On the other hand, some other names missing from the competition are those of Eleanor Cassar, Natalie Gauci, Dorothy Bezzina, Kaya and Domenique. A detailed analysis of the twenty (20) semi-finalists will take place by the end of the weekend. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Xarabank, the most popular television show in Malta, produced by WE Media and hosted by Peppi Azzopardi has been given the opportunity to reveal the names of the twenty (20) semi-finalists who will be competing in next years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. This type of announcement also took place with respect to the national selections in the past two (2) years and is known to keep the general public on edge. This weekend in particular could be quite intriguing especially due to the fact that Malta is returning to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with Gaia Cauchi and her entry The Start co-written with Elton Zarb, Matt Mercieca and Gillian Attard.

Television Malta, the flagship station to support events related to the European Broadcasting Union will definitely be giving the twenty semi-finalists everything that is required in the sense of exposure. Since the Public Broadcasting Services took over the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, the results have seemingly improved as witnessed earlier this year when Gianluca achieved eighth place with the track Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek.

In the meantime, submissions for next years' selection procedure sky-rocketed to a 210, out of which 70 had been shortlisted into the second phase. The list included several newcomers, along with established artists, some of which have also been to the Eurovision Song Contest in the past. Make sure to switch on Television Malta (TVM) this evening at around 20:45 CET through the official website and watch the programme Xarabank. Also, log into escflashmalta.com for rolling live updates as they are aired throughout the programme.

Source: WE Media, Television Malta

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R15h2DXtx54

Mike Spiteri, representative of Malta at the 1995 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was joined at the international event by the British band, Love City Groove who performed a song also bearing their name and which proved to be the beginning of a new era for the country, one which saw them being immensely innovative. Stephen Rudden, a songwriter/producer who had been a part of the group and had initially put the name of the band forward for an audition is amongst the songwriters hoping to get through to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014.

His entry, One Last Ride is penned by Lawrence Peter Bridge with vocals provided by Daniel Testa, the young vocalist who represented Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, achieving a fourth place result in Limassol, following an astonishing performance of the track Junior Swing. Since then, Daniel has gone onto release some more singles, prior to taking up acting on the hit television series, D.R.E.A.M.S which aired on Television Malta and as a Disc Jockey on leading radio station, 89.7 Bay. Love City Groove was a massive success in the British Charts, having managed to climb up to number #7 with around 200,000 units of sale. Will such success move forward almost ten years, as Daniel hopes to debut in next years’ Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hMYuBa-uP8

It has come to the final week before the final announcement of the twenty finalists of this year’s Malta Eurovision. A number of artists are aspiring to make the return to Malta’s top show whilst others are hopeful that they manage to reach the showcase for the very first time. The excitement is running high amongst all the participants and as we had in to the final week, the artists behind the seventy songs that got through are meeting the Xarabank crew in preparation for next Friday’s show.

Today, a number of newcomers were asked to attend the PBS Creativity Hub for an audition behind closed doors. The singers called in for the auditions are singers who are either completely new to the music scene or else relatively new to the local scene. This was surely done to ensure that the twenty finalists chosen are vocally capable of delivering a live performance. The ones who were not called in should not think that their chances are slim though, because they all stand the same chance of getting through as the rest.

escflashmalta.com was in contact with Anton Attard, the Chief Executive Officer, and the mind behind the last three editions of the Malta Eurovision and the person who aided Malta’s return to the top ten after seven years thanks to Gianluca’s ‘Tomorrow’. In a statement with the website he stated: “We have called for these new artists, to ensure that the final list is made of competent artists who are able to deliver live.” Twenty songs are expected to make it through to the first show on Friday, with fourteen qualifying to the finals on Saturday.

In the meantime it is important to remind you that the final twenty will be announced on a special edition of Xarabank, on the 29th of November. Like last year, it is expected that the singers will get the opportunity to showcase the first few seconds of their song; the audience will get a taste of what to expect before hearing the song in full. From then on the preparations will go in full swing for this year’s edition of the Malta Eurovision which will take place on the 7th and 8th of February. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Anton Attard (PBS CEO), escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsL5MU5bRWw

Published in Local Music News