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It was almost six years ago, when Natalie Gauci took to the stage of the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre as a special guest at the Malta Eurovision Song Content. On that occasion, she had performed Here I Am, a number #2 single in Australia along with Angel, the entry that represented Malta at the international spectacle back in 2005. This particular duet alongside balladeer Chiara was legendary and denoted as one of the most wonderful memories of the selection.

Due to creative differences, Natalie left Sony Music Australia and started working on her follow-up material with an indie record label based in Europe. As a matter of fact, this led to the release of a digital album entitled HA HA HA which received positive critical acclaim. escflashmalta.com is in a position to exclusively reveal that in 2011, the singer/songwriter had been looking at several options to submit for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, ultimately deciding against it at the very last minute with other musical endeavours seemingly garnering more importance.

Natalie Gauci is looking to re-launch her career in music through another entertainment showcase, the Eurovision Song Contest. The song she is presenting to the public, entitled Grow Up is co-written with Peter Busuttil, known to many as a former television host of the programme Red on NET Television and also as the present Film Commissioner. The first hurdle to represent Malta at the international showcase though is to garner the support of a professional panel of judges, and the general public, should she manage to get through the second phase. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbrPY6y4fS4

In 2008, Kevin Borg, runner-up of the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest recorded a massive victory in Idol, Sweden noting that he had been the favourite throughout most of the series. The following year, it was the time for Erik Grönwall to shine. A twenty-five year old singer/songwriter from the locality of Knivsta. He was signed to Sony Music Sweden immediately after the series came to an end with his debut single, Higher peaking at number #1 days after it's release, subsequently followed by a number #1 album, entitled Erik Grönwall.

Erik Grönwall has recently been selected as the new lead vocalist of the group H.E.A.T who in turn made their Melodifestivalen debut in 2009 with the track 1000 miles but nevertheless, Erik will be hoping for a different kind of success with one of his co-writes making it through to the provisional list of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. The One, co-written with Aidan O'Connor, Sara Biglert and Christian Schneider with vocals by Francesca Borg will be hoping to make it through along with the final twenty (20) when announced on Xarabank in a weeks' time. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest as soon as it becomes available.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7j9wDoYJNPA

Published in Local Music News
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 17:00

MESC '14: Reviewing the Second Phase Qualifiers

Television Malta, through their official website, unveiled the names of the entries, songwriters and vocalists of those which got through the second phase of the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. It is worth pointing out that a total of seventy (70) songs were selected by an international and local panel of judges. Most of the artists managed to get through with just one (1) entry but there were a couple of exceptions, those of which will be noted below. Out of the seventy (70) entries, only twenty (20) will get through, those of which will be announced on the programme Xarabank on the 29th November 2014, aired on Television Malta.

Firstly, there are only two artists who have already been to the Eurovision Song Contest, including Miriam Christine whose 'In a Woman's Heart' was avant garde in 1996 and Fabrizio Faniello who has tasted mixed fortunes, achieving ninth place with 'Another Summer Night' in 2001 and then, last place with 'I Do' in 2006. Many are hoping to return to the scene of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, having been part of the set-up in the past including; Romina Mamo, Fiona Cauchi, Anique, Ruth PortelliAmber, Jamie Tonna, Francesca Borg, Ylenia Vella, Anna Azzopardi, Nadine Bartolo, Kylie Coleiro, Jessika, Annabelle Debono, Franklin Calleja, Neville Refalo, Andreana, Chris Grech, Ben, Wayne William, Julie Pomorski, Corazon and Deborah C.

Family affairs have also become relatively common in the world of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, noting that Kevin Paul Calleja, a first timer is the brother of Kurt Calleja who represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012 with 'This Is The Night' whilst Dorothy Bezzina is sister of Gianluca Bezzina, the male vocalist who honoured Malta with an eighth place at this years' edition of the international showcase with 'Tomorrow'. A midst of artists who have also been close to that elite ticket have also managed to get through to the second phase of the competition; Pamela, Kaya, Davinia, Richard Edwards (Fire Light), Eleanor Cassar and Amber.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k13ngvCPLt4

In the meantime, a special mention is surely to be given to Sophie DeBattista and Daniel Testa, artists who have already represented Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest to mixed fortunes, and of course, Bay Music Awards Solo Artist winner; Christabelle who is hoping to make her debut in the event. Minik, winning songwriter of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and Cherise Attard, winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu both got through, as did former Australian Idol winner and Malta Eurovision Song Contest special guest, Natalie Gauci who is hoping to make her debut. Natalie Gauci kick started her career with Sony Music Australia but has been doing several indie projects as of late.

Newcomers including the likes of Jan Cortez, winner of the Bay Music Award for Best Song last year, Jessica Micallef, Joseph RefaloAnnalise Psaila, Simaria Galea and Debbie Stivala are also gunning for one of the twenty (20) slots. We would like to wish good luck to all of the acts who have managed to get through the first round of the selection process and also wish them the best in hope of creating a successful Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014, filled to the brim with quality. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the upcoming selection process leading to Malta's representative at the international event.

Source: Television Malta, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gPcPWoAoQM

Tuesday, 19 November 2013 10:45

MESC '14: PBS Make Entries in Phase Two Known

Tomorrow, co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals by Gianluca was the most successful entry to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest since Chiara's Angel back in 2005, eight (8) years ago. The journey to find the successor commenced a couple of weeks back with the Public Broadcasting Services receiving a total of two hundred and ten (210) submissions, a record since the broadcasting house took over the selection process, and the most in as many years.

Anton Attard, Chief Executive Officer at the Public Broadcasting Services and also Head of Delegation commented on the vast amount of submissions from overseas territories, something which in turn denotes competition for local songwriters with the aim of boosting their creativity to the highest levels and write some fantastic tracks. In the meantime, escflashmalta.com has learnt of several artists who have put their name forward including two former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Fabrizio Faniello and Miriam Christine. On the other hand, the major surprise certainly comes in the form of Claudia Faniello, the two time former runner-up who is also absent from the list following an exclusive piece posted on escflashmalta.com earlier this year.

1. Addictive - Romina Mamo (Linda Persson / Ylva Persson)

2. Again - Nadia (Roger Tirazona / Nadia Vella)

3. All My Love - Fiona Cauchi (Renato Briffa / Keith Zammit)

4. Almost Heaven - Ruth Portelli (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

5. Analyse This - Dorothy Bezzina (Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)

6. Back To ... - Anique (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

7. Bad Girl - Michela Mallia (Samuel Bugia Garrido / Rita Pace)

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

9. Bite The Bullet - Fire Light (Richard Micallef)

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

11. Call It Love - Jamie Tonna (Marco Debono / Doris Chetcuti)

12. Candy - Jessica Micallef (Carlo Gerada / Matt Mercieca)

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

14. Closer to You - Miriam Christine (Clifford Borg / Miriam Christine)

15. Coming Home - Fire Light (Richard Micallef)

16. Could Have Been Me - Ioana Dalli (Philip Vella)

17. Dazzling - Francesca Borg (Marco Debono / Doris Chetcuti)

18. Don't Bring Me Down - Jan Cortez (Carlo Gerada / Matt Mercieca)

19. Drop Dead Beautiful - Ylenia Vella (Jason Paul Cassar / Mario Farrugia)

20. Favourite Waste of Time - Floren (Michael Talkzog / Gerard James Borg)

21. For All Those Times - Gloriana Arpa Belli (Renato Briffa / Doris Chetcuti)

22. Grow Up - Natalie Gauci (Natalie Gauci / Peter Busuttil)

23. Here I Am - Anna Azzopardi (Heathcliffe Balzan / Deo Grech)

24. High - Nadine Bartolo (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)

25. How Can I Miss You? - Kylie Coleiro (Matthias Strasser)

26. Hypnotica - Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

27. I Hope You Know - Kristabel Mercieca (Richard Micallef)

28. I Will Not Surrender - Minik (Michael J Down / Jonas Gladnikoff / Poglajen / Minik)

29. In Too Deep - Cherise Attard (Linda Persson / Ylva Persson / Natasha Turner)

30. In Your Kiss - Jessika (Philip Vella / Jessica Muscat)

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

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

33. Kiss Your Tears Away - Annabelle Debono (Philip Vella)

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

35. Living Again - Jelena (Philip Vella)

36. Look Wonderful Tonight - Anique (Aronne Chetcuti Caruana)

37. Lovetricity - Christabelle (Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)

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

39. Made for You - Franklin Calleja (Elton Zarb / Franklin Calleja / Miriam Christine)

40. Magic Moonlight - Annalise Psaila (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri)

41. Magic Symphony - Eleanor Cassar (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

42. Mi-Mi-Mind - Neville Refalo (Erik Mjorneh / Jonas Thander / Jonny Sanchez / Neville)

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

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

45. Once in a While - Minik (Elton Zarb / Rita Pace)

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

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

48. Reach the Light - Ben (Benjamin Darmanin / Jonathan Spiteri)

49. Reaching for the Sky - Kaya (Sven Lundholm / Erik Rydmark / Aidan O'Connor)

50. Remember - Dorothy Bezzina (Erik Anjou)

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

52. SamaniSahe - Anique (Mark Paelinck / Herman Bartje)

53. Some Kind of Wonderful - Wayne William (Wayne Micallef)

54. Shattered Dreams - Analise Psaila (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri)

55. Smile - Rikki Lee Scicluna (Mark Attard / Rikki Lee Scicluna)

56. Stronger - Romina Mamo (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)

57. Sweet Surrender - Anique (Magdalena Maj / Magnus Kaxe)

58. Tabula Rasa - Julie Promotski (Augusto Cardinali / Julie Pomorski)

59. Take Me - Pamela (Boris Cezek)

60. Take Me As I Am - Simaria Galea (Jangklev / Schneider / Biglert / O'Connor)

61. Ten - Corazon - Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

62. The One - Francesca Borg (O'Connor / Biglert / Schneider / Gronwall)

63. The Question - Nadine Bartolo (Jangklev / Schneider / Biglert / O'Connor)

64. The Thief - Dario Mifsud Bonnici (Tommy Berre / Christian Ingerbrigsten)

65. Under the Sun - Kevin Paul Calleja (Kevin Paul / Peter Borg / Judy Greaves)

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

67. What When Where - Joseph Refalo (Miriam Christine / Gerard James Borg)

68. You - Dayle Camilleri (Minik / Alison Ellul)

69. Your Game - Francesa Borg (Michael Down / Poglajen / Gladnikoff / Francesca Borg)

70. Zest - Simaria Galea (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)

The Public Broadcasting Services will be revealing the twenty (20) entries to make it through to the semi-final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest through the programme Xarabank airing on the 29th November 2013 on Television Malta. The announcement is expected to last the whole programme, adding to the annual anticipation and excitement. It is yet unknown whether the venue will be the Malta Fairs or Conventions Centre or the Mediterranean Conference Centre but the dates have now been confirmed as the 7th and 8th February 2014 respectively. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYP3rEbSJBQ

Monday, 18 November 2013 22:15

MESC 2014: Second Phase Results Out Tomorrow

Television Malta, the visual broadcasting arm for the Public Broadcasting Services have revealed that they will be revealed the official results of the first phase for the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest through their portal, www.tvm.com.mt with the actual news item stating that it is the beginning of another process, one which will see Malta represented in Copenhagen, Denmark. The announcement will be made at noon, and with all the excitement, we are not ruling out a potential surge on the broadcasters' web portal.

escflashmalta.com has discovered that there have been submissions by a number of former participants of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest including; Kaya, Richard Edwards (as part of a group known as Firelight), Davinia Pace, Janvil, Janice DeBattista, Tiziana Calleja, Eleanor Cassar, Wayne William, Fabrizio Faniello and Miriam Christine respectively. Following tomorrows' announcement, a second panel of judges will listen to the shortlisted entries and select their top twenty (20), those of which will then be made public during a revelation on the hit programme; Xarabank produced by WE Media. The Public Broadcasting Services have also confirmed that the 7th and the 8th February 2014 will be the dates for next years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest semi-final and final. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the selection process as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Television Malta

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vT8O9yNieeY

The 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest kicked off a couple of weeks back with the Public Broadcasting Services receiving submissions for the elite competition. At the end of the process, a total of 210 entries were sent to the broadcasting house with a panel of professional experts whittling down the number to a yet unspecified amount. The names of the tracks, along with those of the songwriters and the artists in question should be revealed by the Public Broadcasting Services in the next couple of days.

escflashmalta.com discovered that there are a number of high profile artists hoping to at least, get through to the semi-final stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. In the list, one will find a number of former runner-ups; Richard Edwards, Davinia Pace, Janvil, Tiziana Calleja, Eleanor Cassar and Kaya along with several former participants; Wayne William, Neville Refalo, Josef Tabone, Anna Azzopardi, Jamie Tonna, Mauro Kitcher, Janice DeBattista, Julie Pomorski, Chris Grech, Dario Mifsud Bonnici, Franklin Calleja and Romina Mamo. There are also at least two former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Miriam Christine and Fabrizio Faniello who would both love to return to the elite competition.

On the other hand, the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is becoming an all inclusive event with several radio stars putting their name forward, including none other than Cheryl Balzan, winner of the Vodafone Upcoming Artist, Malcolm Pisani, Jan Cortez, winner of the Best Song at last years' Bay Music Awards and Kevin Paul Calleja, brother to Kurt Calleja, representative at the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The event will definitely prove to be a scintillating one and we are all somewhat on the edge to see which artists and songwriters still stand a chance when the second phase list is published for everybody to see. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYP3rEbSJBQ

Published in Local Music News

In 2011, Kelly Schembri was one of the finalists at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the song Love Me Like Your Money composed by Erik Rydmark and Sven Lundholm to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg. Despite not finding success, finishing at the bottom of the scoreboard with no points from either the jury or the public alongside Jessica Muscat's entry Down Down Down which she co-wrote with Philip Vella. Kelly did give the competition another go the following year but failed to get through the second phase with her entry All Eyes on Me.

Kelly has flown back to the United Kingdom but comes to Malta periodically, especially for the simple reason that she gigs both locally and abroad with both nations considered to be homes for the young performer. With her girl group Monroe who were well received during the Malta Music Awards last year and will be hoping to make more impact on local radio stations with their latest track We Will Rise co-written with Katie Jones and Katy Heffernan Smith. In an exclusive announcement, Kelly revealed that she did not submit any material towards the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, considering that she is busy working on original material with the girl group. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPVrd4V-FVE

Published in Local Music News

In a bold, yet surprising move, the editorial team of escflashmalta.com has been informed that the artist formerly known as Wayne Micallef has decided to adopt his second birth name as part of a new identity and will now therefore be known as Wayne William. Throughout the past couple of months, the male vocalist has been busy settling into his new life as a married man but has always kept his music close to heart.

This re-branding exercise comes in the wake of the announcement by the Public Broadcasting Services that they received a total of 210 submissions for the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. It is expected that a shortlist of songs will be made public on the official website of Television Malta next week with the two week deadline nearing it’s time-frame. The results are then expected in the days leading up to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the end of November in sight.

Wayne William was last a part of the elite competition in 2012 with his entry Time finishing in eleventh place, one of the most under-rated entries of all time. The male vocalist confirmed to this portal that he did submit an entry for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014 with the hope of qualification once more. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Wayne William (Official Page)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s466FB_lSHc

Published in Local Music News

Malta's participation within the Eurovision Song Contest is regulated by the Public Broadcasting Services who earlier this week were accepting entries for the upcoming edition of the national selection. In an evening news bulletin read out by former Malta Eurovision Song Contest host, Keith Demicoli, it was revealed that a record number of two hundred and ten (210) submissions were received at the end of the allocated period. In 2013, Gianluca and his entry Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat was selected out of one hundred and eighty one (181) tracks, meaning that there have been thirty (30) more submissions when comparing year-on-year.

It was also stated during the news bulletin that the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place at the end of January, beginning of February, pertaining to logistics. The full details will be revealed towards the latter stages of November when the twenty (20) semi-finalists who will be competing within the local showcase and hoping to head to Copenhagen, Denmark will be selected. At this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Malta finished in eighth place following an astonishing performance of the track Tomorrow. It was the nations' best result since 2005 when Chiara and her self-penned entry Angel had finished in second place.

Amongst the former runner-ups of the local showcase who have submitted entries into the showcase, there are; Richard Edwards, Tiziana Calleja, Kaya, Davinia Pace whilst others including; Klinsmann, Roger Tirazona, Melanie Zammit and most notably, Claudia Faniello all confirmed their absence from the competition at least during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com in the coming weeks as more revelations are made including those concerning the annual escflashmalta.com awards which will be given on ONE.

Source: PBS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vT8O9yNieeY

In 2006, Claudia Faniello made her debut within the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track High Alert. Since then, the female vocalist has come an extremely long way, going onto release her debut album Convincingly Better with CAP Sounds with distribution handled by Universal Music Germany back in 2010.

This collection signalled the beginning of a new sound, one which surprised the public in a positive manner, ultimately leading to the release of When It's Time, a co-write with Errol Sammut which in turn competed as part of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2013. The track, written in a pop/rock genre finished in seventh place during the competition whilst managing to peak at number #2 on Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D on 89.7 Bay, where it has been given airplay for a relatively long period of time.

In support of the track, Claudia released an official music video, one which has amassed more than 11,000 views on viral website, YouTube, and which you could also view below. In an exclusive announcement to escflashmalta.com, Claudia Faniello revealed that she will not be entering the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2014, opting to work on her sophomore album alongside a number of esteemed songwriters.

escflashmalta.com is planning to support Claudia Faniello in all her upcoming endeavours, albeit, we have to be honest in stating we are going to be disappointed not to be seeing her name in lights for the first time in eight years. Her career thus far included two first runner-up finishes in the world of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, with Caravaggio in 2008 and Pure in 2012. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B46BHZzqSJ4

Published in Local Music News