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In 2013, male singer/songwriter Kevin Borg, made a much anticipated return to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with "Needing You" co-written with Danne Attlerud, Thomas Thornholm, Michael Clauss and Simon Gribbe. In a surprise first runner-up finish, the singer/songwriter stated that while he will not be making a return as a singer, he would dabble into songwriting. He kept to that promise, and submit "Breakaway", a track co-written with Simon Gribbe, for former Eurovision Song Contest representative, Glen Vella.

The result was extremely respectable, finishing in third place, behind "Warrior" sung by Amber and "Rush" performed by Christabelle. Spending Christmas in Sweden, Kevin is busy working on new songs with Starlab Publishing, and reaping the rewards of earlier work in the year. You might remember that "Sweat" by Japanese sensations TVXQ/Tohoshinki peaked at number #1, but now their latest studio album has become the best selling studio effort of 2014. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Kevin Borg (Official Facebook Page)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgCp0T50CWw

Since 2011, all songs competing in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, have not been published through a compilation album, as previously done, and therefore a number of record labels such as CAP-Sounds stepped in, releasing a number of songs on digital platforms such as; iTunes, Deezer, Amazon and Spotify for the general public to purchase or stream.

"12, Baker Street" written by Jan Van Dijck and Emil Calleja Bayliss, and, "Close Your Eyes" written by Elton Zarb and Emil Calleja Bayliss, performed by Karen DeBattista and Danica Muscat are the latest songs which have been released through the German based company, CAP-Sounds, who have a distribution deal in place with Universal Music Germany.

"Still Here" written by Alexander Rybak, "Chasing a Dream" written by Paul Abela and Joe Julian Farrugia as well as "Something in the Way" written by Mans Ek and Charlie Mason, "Rush" written by Elton Zarb and Matthew Mercieca, performed by Franklin Calleja, Trilogy, Daniel Testa and Christabelle were published days following the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Three of the aforementioned songs have managed to peak at number #2 or better, signally the intent of the public in purchasing the most successful songs from the competition. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: CAP-SoundsiCAM Photography

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMuq85wFaf8

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 14:55

MESC 2015: In-Depth Interview with Christabelle

On the 21st and 22nd November, the Public Broadcasting Services will be hosting the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest at the Marsa Shipbuilding. 20 acts will be taking centre stage, in hope of representing the country at next year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, being held in Vienna, Austria. Over the next couple of weeks, escflashmalta.com will be publishing a series of interviews with all the participants. Whilst thanking the Public Broadcasting Services for this opportunity, Let's continue and follow things up with Christabelle.

Would you kindly introduce your entry to our readers and also identify the meaning behind the lyrics?

My song is called Rush, it is written by Matthew Muxu Mercieca and composed by Elton Zarb.

My song basically sums up my life. The title in itself says it all – RUSH. The song has a two fold meaning. The first one being, my hectic, on the go daily routine but on a deeper level it also refers to the strong emotion that conquers your body when you find yourself deeply in love. 

In Malta, the Eurovision Song Contest is considered to be a major outlet for the music industry, and you stand here as one of the semi-finalists. What does the whole experience mean to you?

The experience gained from this festival will remain with me throughout my career, mostly because of the exposure that comes with it. As stated above, this contest is the largest one in our country and Maltese citizens are very intrigued and follow attentively therefore it is an honour to be part of it. It is also substantial to not exclude the fact that through this experience you meet many new people, through the contest itself and also in the process leading up to the final night. 

Recently, Malta has been rather successful at the Eurovision Song Contest, making the final on four of the last five participation attempts. What do you think is the reason for this success, and do you believe that your entry has what it takes to continue this positive trend?

I always choose to perform songs that I believe in. The success is not only derived from the performer but from all the hard working people behind the scenes and the supporters.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwa0PwX-AFU

If you were given the opportunity to sing another one of the competing entries in the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which one would it be and why?

It is quite a controversial question as there are plenty of very good songs, but now that I have put so much work and time in to my song I would not change it for the world. 

Do you have any plans to release more music in the future, and do you have any particular projects in the pipeline?

I will definitely release new songs to maintain the public interest in my music and to also make myself happy by creating music that keeps me being so enthusiastic about this passion of mine.

Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?

Keep on reading this blog especially if you are interest in the Eurovision song contest as it is very informative. On the other hand I would like to wish my heartfelt good luck to our Superstar Federica Falzon for Junior Eurovision. Hope you enjoy watching both the semi-final and the final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and if you are pleased with my performance don’t hesitate to grab your phone and vote for me :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TPZzqQatn0