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In the 8 o'clock news bulletin on Television Malta, the Public Broadcasting Services published the regulations for the 2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. It is fair to say that the announcement has shocked the local music industry, especially with the brand new set of regulations deeming fit that the interested parties have to submit an original song conforming to the regulations of the European Broadcasting Union as well as a cover version which showcases the best vocal attributes.

Submissions will be received at the PBS Creativity Hub on the 28th and 29th August 2014 against a fee of €150. As has been the case between 2011 and 2014, songwriters may of any nationality with the main vocalist having to be exclusively of Maltese nationality or else holding dual citizenship. With the Public Broadcasting Services shortlisting the submissions to 20 for the semi-final, and eventually 14 for the final, each artist may only perform just 1 song. We urge you to stay tuned to even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services

In an interview with Juergen Boernig and David Mann of Radio International and Radio W12P, two (2) of the finalists in the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest  revealed their intentions to submit entries for next years’ national selection; hinting at the possibility of a duet. Amber and Franklin; two vocalists whose public acumen has been on the increase in recent years, were present as spectators of the Malta Music Awards, supporting Firelight and their entry Coming Home, which was one of the guest acts during the evening of the 9th February 2014.

Amber, the female vocalist who has been compared to Amy Winehouse on more than one (1) occasion finished in fourth (4th) place for the second (2nd) successive year, as she belted out her classical piano ballad Because I Have You composed by Paul Giordimaina to the lyrics of Fleur Balzan. The song is the most successful in this years’ competition according to digital sales; having managed to peak at number #1 on iTunes less than twenty-four (24) hours within its release. Whilst visibly excited for what the future holds, she kept the cards close to her chest in stated that she will most likely work on a completely different genre for next year.

Franklin, a male vocalist with a vocal range which knows no boundaries clearly aims to reach the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest, wanting a duet with Pastora Soler or Zlata Ognevich, who represented Spain and Ukraine in the 2012 and 2013 editions of the continental competition. Coached by a former representative in the form of Glen Vella; Franklin made it through to the final stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest for the very first time in 2014 by virtue of the song Love Will Take Me Home co-written by Glen Vella, Michael James Down, Beatrice Eriksson and Marcus Frenell. When asked about the possibility of working with Amber on a duet, the two kept their options open, stating that their friendship could also bring them together through song.

The idea of these two (2) vocal powerhouses coming together is definitely a concept which should not be underestimated, considering that the right song would be more of an issue than the actual performance, having proven to the audience and the jury on more than one (1) occasion that they are more than capable of giving an outstanding performance. If you have not purchased Because I Have You on iTunes but wish to do so, please visit the store. We urge you to stay tuned to for all the latest news about the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Radio International

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