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Reload Captcha has only been publishing the names of vocalists and songwriters who have decided to opt out of the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and therefore, we thought it was best to reveal some individuals who have indeed put their name forward for the event. We'll kick things off with Jessika, winner of the TVM Award and the Tele-Voting portion of the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with 'Hypnotica' composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg.

Throughout the past couple of months, the female singer/songwriter turned actress has garnered public acclaim through her role on the show 'Il-Klikka' which airs on ONE Television. This has been of great support to her music career, aiding her cause to the top of the public vote at the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. It is not a surprise that she will be hoping to continue achieving such success, this time hoping to also impress the professional panel of judges who pushed her down to 8th place.

Therefore, at this point in time, we are able to confirm that those artists who submit entries in the competition include; Jessika (MESC 08, 11-14), Fabrizio Faniello (ESC 01, 06), Daniel Testa (JESC 08, MESC 14), Kaya (MESC 00, 10, 12), Franklin Calleja (MESC 13,14), Domenique (MESC 11, 13) and Izzy (SHSC 11). We urge you to stay tuned to even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.


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National selections all over the continent are coming to an end especially when considering that the month of March started just a couple of days ago. This years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will be needing a lot of improvements in order to be elevated in quality but several broadcasters know that in order to do well, their tracks need to be slightly altered and the final versions presented to the European Broadcasting Union will surely denote this element. We would like to invite you to the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. Apart from the means of FM Radio in the Netherlands on FM 106.8 and the audio stream from the studio via and on Digital Cable 781 & cable 88.1Mhz in the Netherlands, the show will also be web-televised via the Radio International TV Channel from the studio and linking up the many international Eurovision fans and friends and play your requests and read your messages out on air. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET when fans can join in and chat amongst each other via the Chat Room and request their favourite Eurovision entry.

The premier focus of this past week has surely been the Beosong competition held in Serbia especially for the simple reason that the Former Yugoslavian country is coming off a stupendous third place finish last year with Zeljko Joksimovic and his entry Nije Ljubav Stvar. It is uncharacteristic for a song outside the ethnic ballad genre to triumph but this was certainly not the case this time round due to the fact that at the end of the evening, with around a different of five thousand votes, the group Moje 3 finished as the winners with the song Ljubav Je Svuda ahead of the first runner-up being Dusan Svilar with the track Spas. In the final show, there were another three entries competing, all having been brought down from the fifteen presented in the semi-final stage of the competition. As a matter of fact, in third place was Saška Janković with the song Duga u tvojim očima, in fourth place Halo performed by Marija Mihajlović and in fifth place were the group Sky's with the song Magija. We had the opportunity to speak to all five of the performers and their interviews will be aired this week.

Extensive coverage of the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest continues with yet another exclusive interview set to be aired this week. The focus this time round will be on none other than Jessika who participated within the selection with the track Ultraviolet co-written by Philip Vella, Thomas G:Son and Gerard James Borg. Jessika's profile in the past couple of months has definitely risen considerably for the simple reason that she is one of the main actresses in a local television series entitled Il-Klikka. This was the best showing for Jessika in the competition having managed to finish in eighth place at the end of the evening whilst also managing fourth place with the public just behind Kevin Borg, Gianluca, and Chris Grech.

Radio International is always keen to present songs during the show apart from the weekly features and therefore, collaborating the two ideas together will see the emergence of Eurovision UnverCover whereas tracks performed at the Eurovision Song Contest will be covered by other singers. The actual tracks will be played first followed by the cover and this will make things interesting. Apart from this feature, there will be new material played on the show by a number of former representatives including Patricia Kaas. All of the latest news is also covered during the weekly broadcast noting resources from and escXtra where Luke Fisher, the Editor makes a weekly round-up. A round up of the national finals thus far is set to be conducted by Alasdair Rendall. Follow the show through the official website and also send your requests through the contact link which is found on the aforementioned website.

Source: Team of Radio International

Throughout the years, people have had a tendency to look at something from the outside but nevertheless, appearances could be deceiving and that is why, behind every track presented in the industry, there is a team of songwriters who came up with the concept and the lyrics along with a producer who made the final adjustments prior to the recording of the vocals. At the last stage, a vocalist comes in and the people get to listen to the song by virtue of that individual. It has become somewhat rare for a singer to be a songwriter as well and that is why, the team behind the scenes bear importance. In the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, there are thirty six different songwriters involved and they each have a contribution of at least one entry, with some having as much as three in the shortlist that will be performing in the semi-final stage of the competition. Promotion is key and whilst the Public Broadcasting Services has noted the songwriters, we are offering a short recollection of each. A set of critics have listened to the competing entries and their favourite will be getting an award on the show Sas-Sitta. The twenty-first entry from the competition to be presented is Ultraviolet performed by Jessika to the music of Philip Vella & Thomas G:son with lyrics by Gerard James Borg. 

Precious Time has to be the first original song that Jessika had presented in a major competition, noting that she had competed in the 2004 edition of the Malta Junior Eurosong competition. It would be the beginning of a career though, because in just a matter of three years, the artist grew up to have stunning looks and a strong voice, taking to the stage of the Malta International Television Song Festival with the song Nistennik composed by Philip Vella and penned by Doris Chetcuti which was then followed by an even more notable appearance at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2008 with the track Tangled composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg. Later on that year, she entered another local competition known as the Malta Hit Song Competition with the song Sweet Temptation written by the same songwriters, finishing in second place. She would ultimately return with the track Smokescreen also written by the same duo in 2009 but did not finish in the top three positions this time.  Her experience in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest grew in 2011 and 2012 having made the cut with the songs entitled Down Down Down and Dance Romance, both composed by Philip Vella to self-penned lyrics by Jessika. Her most recent experience in the industry though has come with the track Golden Ways which has been play listed on 89.7 Bay in the past couple of days.

Jessika is moving forward musically, both in her career and within this competition noting that she has escaped the typical pop/dance sound for a variant of pop, and one which is somewhat being enjoyed by the public. In the preview video shot by the Public Broadcasting Services, Jessika is seen enjoying herself whilst performing the track on her own in a short cream dress with stunning blue, yellow and red lighting surrounding her throughout. There is a thumping beat in the background which is very reminiscent of the type of music being released by Emeli Sande at the moment and this shows that there is significance in the line of though, and that is to succeed. The catchy bridge featuring a male vocal is somewhat outstanding and gives the track the fresh edge that it requires it to stand out. There is a lot of backing required in the vocals and one has to hope that competency will be the key to success. The songwriters behind this track are Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg with the addition of Thomas G:son. The first two have written a number of entries throughout the years together and have also represented Malta in the international showcase on five occasions, the last time coming in 2008 with Vodka performed by Morena. In the meantime though, G:son is a well recognised figure having written the Spanish and Swedish tracks in the last Eurovision Song Contest whilst working on another five, totalling his number to seven.

The Critics Speak Out 

Rating: 55%

Sharon Vaughn: I am very disappointed to say that this is nothing compelling about the song or the performance which Jessika gives, which is rather unfortunate.

Martin Isherwood: Good title although it's hard to hear the title words when sung. Good chorus. Nice unusual voice, strong vocal hooks. Good energetic production. Good track that has a good strong impact. It does bear a certain resemblance to ‘Next to Me’ by Emeli Sande though doesn’t it?' 

Stano Simor: Jessika could clearly interest the European audience. Interesting murmur in her voice is giving special feeling into the song. Gimmick at the end of the song is clearly that the Swedish composers know that it works. The author's and the composers´s intention to retain main melody is very important, on the other hand the song is loosing variability between Chorus and Verse. Sound very similar and the whole composition is cast into one block. May by it can change by music production updating.

Roberto Meloni: OK, I believe that she should start by re-inventing her look because I just cannot really understand what she would like to say with that hair, make-up and well everything to do with the image. The recorded backing vocals are not a help to the live performance. Sorry, not my taste at all!

Lina Eriksson: Nice with an artist who stands out a bit from the rest. Jessicas voice does a lot for the over-all impression of this song. Like in your average G:son song the chorus sticks in your head.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services,

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We are officially less than a month away from the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2013 and as the excitement looms closer, two particular entries keep on gaining momentum in the poll on our web portal.. The song Never Walk Away interpreted by Chris Grech has managed to pip Needing You performed by Kevin Borg out of the top position thus far. Things can still change and therefore we encourage all our readers to vote in our poll and share the poll with family and friends – it is a case where the more votes the merrier. One can vote from every IP address, this guarantees a fair ground for all the participants. 

It seems that the rest of the positions have somewhat been the same in the last couple of weeks but each and every vote counts as the positions are fairly close. Apart from Chris Grech who gained the top position over Kevin Borg’s entry, it has to be noted that even Ylenia Vella garnered a number of votes and thus moves up a number of positions in the last couple of days. The top five though remain unchanged and although the race is close each song has kept its own respective position – with Loverdose in third, Overrated in fourth and Ultraviolet in fifth place. 

It is important to note that Overrated has not been officially released by PBS, although its release is now imminent and it should be online in a couple of days. Marilena joined the other 23 semi-finalists after the withdrawal of Saska Hunt and the announcement was done more than a week and a half ago. The page of the singer has been uploaded on the official page but the video with the full version of the song still looms on the horizon. This somewhat gives the entry a slight disadvantage in terms of views online but it would be very difficult to say that it will have a direct effect on the actual result.

Mentioning online views on the internet – it seems that this is simple a one way race. Never Walk Away by Chris Grech has almost garnered double the views of Kevin Borg’s entry Needing You which stands in second place. The rest of the pack follows and it seems that ultimately the views acquired on YouTube are in a way a reflection of the results the poll on has at the moment. There are only slight differences but in general it seems like the general public is in consensus on who are the favourites to represent the country in the city of Malmo, within the Scandinavian country of Sweden. 

Another song which has attracted a massive following on YouTube is the song Hot & Famous by the comedic pairing of Gorg & Pawlu which was announced on Xarabank as the 25th entry in the competition as a wildcard. During Xarabank, it was never said that this was a joke but few expect the duo to officially compete on the night especially since the singers’ profiles was not updated with the rest of the competitors. A video accompanying the clip has also been issued but no official statement by Public Broadcasting Services was released to say that this song will not be competing. If this video had to be compared with the other songs in contention, it ranks second after Chris Grech’s Never Walk Away.

We might be in for a surprise in terms of their participation but if not, probably Gorg & Pawlu will feature in some way or another, at the Malta Fairs and Convention Centre on the 1st and 2nd of February. There are a number of possibilities for the popular comic duo to make an appearance – either as part of the opening or interval act or more importantly as part of the presenting team who will present this years’ competition. Keep following for all the latest updates, rumours and news in the lead up the one of the biggest music showcases the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: YouTube, PBS,

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The 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is set to be quite the scintillating scene noting that there is a lot of interest due to the fact that the competing artists are not only coming from the typical festival background but also from the other sector of the music scene which was coined within the radio spectrum. There are twenty four competing entries in the competition and they represent a variety of styles and the editorial board thought it best to see which one seems to be garnering the most support from the public at large whilst having certain limitations noting that it will accept only one vote per IP Address. Early indications show that this will be a two horse race, with a possibility that it could turn out to be a three way battle though, so this will be interesting to see unfold. The Award will then be given out on the programme 'Sas-Sitta' produced by Spiteri Lucas Entertainment on the 9th February 2013.

The Public Poll was initiated on Boxing Day, meaning the 26th December and the response has been remarkable noting that in less than three days, it has already wracked up more than 2,000 votes seemingly looking to eclipse the number of votes achieved at the end of the voting earlier this year, which saw Kaya and her entry First Time triumph in a close battle with Claudia Faniello and the track Pure. At this point in time, the leader is none other than the returning Kevin Borg whose entry Needing You co-written with Danne Attlerud, Simon Gribbe, Thomas Thornholm, and Michael Clauss is receiving around 23 to 25% of the full votes. In a very contentious second place with around 20% to 22% of the full vote comes none other than Chris Grech with the song Never Walk Away co-written with Matthew James Borg, Peter Borg and David Cassar Torreggiani and this is due to the fact that it is being touted as a commercial hit, pointing out that it has garnered the most views on viral website, YouTube.

The closest entry to them seems to be Loverdose performed by Melanie Zammit and written by Maria & Niclas Lundin as well as Gerard James Borg with 12% to 15% of the votes. The amount of people who have tuned in to see the entry has also been in the same range finishing in third place overall and therefore our poll is seemingly very much in tune with the views pointing out that in fourth place comes Jessika with her entry Ultraviolet co-written between Philip Vella, Gerard James Borg and Thomas G:Son achieving between 8% and 10% of the total amount of votes and standing just slightly ahead of the fifth place finisher Davinia Pace whose song Betrayed has managed to turn the tables around in the past couple of hours and achieve between 4% and 6% of the vote. One could easily note who is garnering the most votes and this will be a locked poll most likely whose winner will be decided more near the end. Stay tuned to for regular updates and if you are yet to vote, make sure to do so by clicking here!


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Wednesday, 26 December 2012 06:50

MESC 2013: 'Never Walk Away' Most Viewed Thus Far

2012 is becoming another relic in just a couple of days time noting that Christmas has officially come to an end and people are paving the way for the new year which will surely be intriguing especially for those who might have thought that the world was really coming to an end. The Public Broadcasting Services wasn't an entity which had such a belief and thus started to organise the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest noting that the list of twenty-four semi-finalists was concluded just a couple of days back following the withdrawal of Dress Rehearsal by Saska Hunt which was eventually replaced by Marilena Gauci with the song Overrated. Whilst the official videos are being widely promoted on the engine used by the Public Broadcasting Services within their website, they have also been uploaded on viral website, YouTube and thus, one could take up the idea of views per track and it seems that the top five is quite intriguing with the leader of the pack running away with it at the present moment.

The track Never Walk Away co-written between Peter Borg, Matthew James Borg, David Cassar Torreggiani and Chris Grech has wracked up the most views at the moment noting that the band influenced entry performed by Chris Grech is being singled out for the very reason why the artist has become known, his raspy vocals which soar towards the end of the track making it sound like that typical song from the radio. It has not been a case of the locals falling in love with it wholeheartedly noting that there is a lot of foreign support for the track which sounds like a promising single from a budding new artist, stating what people have come to denote it. At this present moment, it has managed to garner around 10,000 views and has been shared many times of social media including Facebook and Twitter. Chris Grech himself is not a well known artist to be receiving multiple views based on his name so this is pretty much an intriguing start.

In second place comes none other than Kevin Borg with his entry Needing You a co-write between Thomas Thornholm, Simon Gribbe, Dan Attlerud and Michael Clauss. This has to be the most obvious option because despite the national interest at hand, the following that Kevin has in Sweden is relatively huge and therefore, the hits are picking up slowly and have at this point in time gone up to more than 6,000. This could be dubbed to be a mixture between the Maltese and Scandinavian ballad because it has a slow build up worked mainly around the vocals of the performer which also have a slight rasp to them in the vein of an Italian performer or even one of his good friends, Fabrizio Faniello. The fact that the Eurovision Song Contest is set to be held in Sweden seems to be the asset that many people are counting on and having a host country working in your favourite is definitely a positive idea.

A newcomer always somewhat finds it difficult to kick start their preparations for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in the best order but it seems that glitz and glamour are calling onto a new performer, one whose name is Melanie Zammit and who will be performing Loverdose composed by Niclas and Maria Lundin and penned by Gerard James Borg, whose international collaborations are becoming somewhat more common in recent years. Melanie Zammit is a relative unknown in the Maltese music scene having only released one single prior to this competition through 89.7 Bay Radio and also major television stations. She has charisma and fashion sense and that seems to have got the crowd going but nevertheless, it is important to say that her pop/dance number is putting people in third gear and dancing along even in places where they shouldn't. The live performance is going to be quite the showcase, or rather, that is my feeling.

Whenever a certain songwriters comes into the fray, it seems that it could be pure instant gold and as a matter of fact, Thomas G:Son who also co-wrote the winning entry of this years' Eurovision Song Contest has worked with the renowned local songwriting duo of Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg to create Ultraviolet performed by Jessika who is currently in a process of re-branding herself. The singer/songwriter who is also starring in a television series known as Il-Klikka on ONE Television has been receiving a lot of positive comments with regards to her track whose opening notes have been similarly linked to Emeli Sande's popular song Next to Me but nevertheless, the focus here is definitely on the catchy tune which one easily hums along and performed at the slightest listen. Jessika has become a true artist and with the right staging, this could very much be one of the favourites on the night. It has received almost 4,000 views at the moment making it the fourth most watched entry.

The final track that we are featuring due to being in the top five of the most viewed thus far is none other than Tomorrow performed by Gianluca Bezzina and co-written between Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. The songwriters are not your typical festival duo and as a matter of fact, it shows that the competition is becoming more of a merge between the festival and the radio scene making it one of the most successful transitions in the industry. This Jason Mraz, Train inspired entry is hitting the right notes with many people due to the fact that it puts you in a cheery disposition and instantly get you hooked. Humming is one of the most important elements to get to know a particular track and this is one of those songs which you hum along daily without even realizing. It has received around 3,500 views at the moment and seems to be most vulnerable at the helm but nevertheless, a charming pop/acoustic number. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news about the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: YouTube

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