24 July 2014

SHSC 2014: In-Depth Interview with Joseph

In recent years, the Malta Eurovision Song Contest has been the only local platform for songwriters and vocalists to produce original songs in English, but that has officially changed with the re-introduction of the Summer Hit Song Contest which returns to F Living as from the 14th July 2014. A total of 18 entries got through to the final stage of the competition with no less than 8 of them having already made it to the top of the music scene by virtue of reaching the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on at least one previous occasion. We're going to chat to ALL the artists in contention so that you, our readers will have the opportunity to get to know them better. The first artist in our series of interviews is Joseph, and the song which he is presenting bears the name "Fool for Love" composed by Miriam Christine to the lyrics of Rita Pace. In Malta, the Eurovision Song Contest is a major outlet for the music industry, but then again, with such a mindset, what role does the return of the Summer Hit Song Contest have in your opinion and would you like it to be part of the music calendar? As one of the finalists in the last edition of this festival (2011), I must say that it was really MISSED. It is not a festival where the singer has only one shot where he/she can perform his entry. In fact, the singer performs 4 times during this festival, and one of these performances is done in collaboration with another popular singer. This festival gives the singer the opportunity to enlarge his/her connections in the music industry.  Obviously! For me it already is part of my music calendar. It is a festival which I look forward to be part of, each and every year, it is being held. The friendly atmosphere amongst the participants is something indescribable. It is difficult to believe this since that after all it is a competition, but it is true! You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video Joseph, a relative newcomer to the scene, yet having made it through to both the Konkors Kanzunetta indipendenza and the Summer Hit Song Contest in the past. How would you compare the experiences in the latter event? Till now, it is the best of them all. I mean, I’m enjoying all my performances of my entry. Actually, I’m in LOVE with my song (haha). It is a song that makes me smile and forget of all the hectic days (haha). The hard work is always that of transmitting the same feeling to my audience, which I must say that till now, the song was really appreciated, to the point that people stops you and start singing the song with you.  The past experiences were great as well. Both the past experience in KKI 2008 and SHSC 2011, are helping me to get better results and work harder for the final performance. It is totally different from being participating for the first time, where you don’t have a single clue of what needs to be done and how many people these things may involve.    Would you kindly introduce your entry to our readers and also identify the meaning behind the lyrics? It’s a very positive and cheerful entry, composed by Miriam Christine and penned by Rita Pace. It talks about this young boy who can’t live without LOVE in his life. In fact, he is a FOOL FOR LOVE. Although he knows how much love may be tough and hurtful, he still goes for it. TYPICAL ME :P You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video One of the key elements which have transpired upon the return of the Summer Hit Song Contest is the promotion of each artist and entry. How has f living re-defined the competition and what has been the general public reaction? F living is doing a great job. They are delivering all that the singer searches for in relation to promotion. As a TV station, it is proving itself through this festival and the public is noticing all the effort that being carried out. The promotion has increased from the last edition of this festival and the singer is given more priority.  Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com? I just want to THANK them for always supporting local artists like us and for always believing in us. However, I suggest them to listen to my entry, and if they like it, VOTE for it :D Thanks !! You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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Netherlands: Corinna Chats to Radio International

Apart from the means of FM Radio in the Netherlands on FM 106.8 and the audio stream from the studio via www.radiointernational.tv and on Digital Cable 781 & Cable 8.1Mhz 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. Radio International has built a name for itself throughout the years by bringing about exclusive video and audio interviews with some of the most notable names to have either participated in the Eurovision Song Contest or even in national selections preceding the continental event. In this week's episode, listeners will have the opportunity to hear interviews with; Corinna May, favourite to win the 2002 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest; Scott Fitzgerald, first runner-up in the 1988 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, losing against the popular Celine Dion by just one point and last but not least; Suzy who almost took Portugal back into the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 with her entry "Quero Ser Tua".  You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video As the curtain on the 2014 season of the Eurovision Song Contest is brought down, David Mann will continue to look at cover versions from the event whilst the latest news from escXtra and escflashmalta.com will be read out. In the meantime, former representatives of the Eurovision Song Contest are always looking for ways to please their fans and thus new music is being recorded and published throughout the year. Radio International will be playing the most recent singles as sent in by several record labels. We urge you to tune into Radio International this evening at 20:00 CET in order to request your favourite entry from the Eurovision Song Contest and listen to the special features. Source: Press Release You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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SHSC 2014: Federica Stars in the Second Programme

Tonight! The Summer Hit Song Contest continues. A music competition which originally took place between 2008 and 2011 and featured Miriam Christine, Neville Refalo, Romina Mamo, Minik and Siconix as winners, with a brand new selection of original songs. The celebrity-packed show is set to host leading singers from the local entertainment scene. Federica Falzon, winner of "Ti Lascio Una Canzone" on RAI Uno alongside Vincenzo Carni will be honoured as the third guest of fifth edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest 2014. She will perform a cover of the Slovenian entry from 2007 "Flower of the South". Following her will be none other than Tiziana, a former runner-up in the 2010 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Words Are Not Enough". She will be performing her latest single "On Top of the World" written and produced by DJ Toby. The next six Summer Hit Song Contest 2014 entries premiered on the show will be:  Mauro's ''Fire Spell'' (Dj Toby / Natasha Turner); Danica Muscat's ''Fearless'' (Philip Vella / Gerard J. Borg); Joseph's ''Fool for Love'' (Miriam Christine / Rita Pace); Audrey Marie & Rita Pace's ''Overboard'' (Rita Pace) and Julie Pomorski's ''Shout!'' (Minik / Rita Pace). The competition aims to promote the local music artists in search of a true hit song. The show is produced and hosted by Deo Grech and Ignatius Farrugia. Stay tuned escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for the latest news from this year's edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest. Show is aired on Mondays and Sundays at 20:30 CET on F Living channel, your favourite tv channel for the best music this summer. Source: Summer Hit Song Contest You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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