#WoW! It is the day of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest final, and one can definitely feel a sense of excitement in Malta, as the small Mediterranean country is through to the final after a 1-year absence.
Represented by female singer/songwriter Ira Losco with “Walk on Water”, a song she co-wrote alongside Tobias Lundgren, Tim Larsson, Molly Pettersson Hammar and Lisa Desmond, Malta will perform in slot #22 in a strong 26 participant family which will open with Belgium and close with Armenia, as had been previously published.
Once more Ira Losco put on a spectacular performance during both dress rehearsals prior to this evenings’ show noting that the professional juries in all of this year’s competing countries passed their judgement last night. It is now up to the viewers who will assess the performances based on what comes on this evening.
On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to wish Ira Losco all the very best of luck for this evening, pointing out that whatever the result, the hard work and commitment has definitely shined through.
In the meantime, we encourage you all to follow the minute-by-minute #live commentary on escflashmalta.com through Facebook and Twitter which will feature female singer/songwriter Julie Pomorski, winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2005 as well as Frankln Calleja, the 2nd runner-up at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016.
Malta returns to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest after a 1 year absence with Ira Losco giving a spectacular performance of “Walk on Water”, an original song which she co-wrote alongside Molly Pettersson-Hammar, Tobias Lundgren, Tim Larsson and Lisa Desmond. Revealed as the 10th qualifier with seconds to go before the closing of the show, it was truly a nerve wrecking experience for the Maltese delegation, and the fans at home and in the arena.
In the Press Conference following the 1st semi-final, Ira drew her starting position half, and Malta will once more be singing towards the end of the 26 participant show, with ten of those being qualifiers revealed tonight including: Azerbaijan, Russia, The Netherlands, Hungary, Croatia, Austria, Armenia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, and of course Malta. There were some gasps in the audience when Iceland and Estonia failed to get through to the next phase.
During the course of the evening, escflashmalta.com through Facebook and Twitter ran a minute-by-minute #live commentary featuring Claudia Faniello and Karen DeBattista, whom we would like to publicly thank for their ongoing support. Make sure to join in on Thursday as the baton is handed to Janice DeBattista and Brooke. On behalf of the escflashmalta.com, we would like to congratulate Ira Losco and her behind-the-scenes team for their hard work and dedication. Stay tuned for all the latest news.
Less than 24 hours to go until the 1st semi-final of the 61st Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place in Stockholm, the capital city of Sweden. Ira Losco, the female singer/songwriter, chosen as Malta’s ambassador has just finished her second rehearsal of “Walk on Water”, the drum and bass song which she co-wrote alongside Tim Larsson, Tobias Lundgren, Lisa Desmond and Molly Pettersson Hammar.
Looking absolutely radiant, Ira Losco commanded the stage with ease, while clad in a black ensemble, which has beautiful gold embroidery at the top. The female singer/songwriter seems to be in her element, and is clearly enjoying her time on stage. In some subtle tweaks, her male on stage companion, a dancer comes on slightly later in the song to give the song that added modern twist.
The lead vocals were faultless, clearly the best that Ira has sounded all week, and her choir, found offstage comprising of: Pamela, Anna, Molly and Lars were spot on, doing their bit in perfect harmony and unison. Those who enjoy a good visual performance, look out for that ‘water’ element in the song, because it is ever so present. Again, this was a stunning run of the song.
Just a quick reminder that during the 1st semi-final, escflashmalta.com through Facebook and Twitter will be running a #Live commentary by Karen DeBattista and Claudia Faniello, two female artists who have been Malta Eurovision Song Contest finalists in the past. Stay tuned for all the latest news about Malta’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.
Source: Andreas Putting (EBU)
On Friday 6th May, each of the participants competing in the 1st semi-final took to the stage once more for a second run through of rehearsals. Ira Losco coming on last in the running oozed charm and confidence, giving an excellent rendition of “Walk on Water”, the pulsing drum and bass song she co-wrote with Tobias Lundgren, Tim Larsson, Lisa Desmond and Molly Pettersson Hammar.
A number of changes have been implemented for the second rehearsal, the first being a change in attire, opting out of the large coat of projections, and instead choosing a much more suitable formal ensemble, with a sparkly top and a dark skirt. Ira is much more visibly comfortable on stage, which she shares with Skorpion, who clad in a grey outfit, is dancing sporadically.
Once more, the lead vocals were spot-on and the off-screen team of backing vocalists made up of: Pamela, Anna, Molly and Lars created a sound which brings everything together. Some other minor changes which were implemented in the visuals of the performance are the blue swirls which have now become proper water, and also the addition of smoke.
#WoW! This was an excellent rehearsal, an everything seems to be falling in place for Malta. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Malta’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.
In her first run through of rehearsals, Ira Losco ripped the Globen Arena to shreds, giving a self-assured account of herself on all fronts, ascertaining that “Walk on Water” lives up to the expectation of saving the best for last. Co-written by Tobias Lundgren, Tim Larsson, Lisa Desmond, Molly Pettersson Hammar and Ira Losco, this is a song which a pulsing drum and bass sound which requires nothing more other than that special touch.
Clad in a rather long dress merging brown and gold as base colours, it depicts images on it, confirmed what the female singer/songwriter had stated earlier on in the day, that technology will be one of the special elements on stage during the performance. It seems that we also got a glimpse of the outfit, noting that Ira Losco walked out onto the stage wearing an extremely large dress, which depicts 3D technology, and which she removed with the help of Skorpion, the male dancer mid-way through the song.
The lead vocals were spot-on and the off-screen team of backing vocalists made up of: Pamela, Anna, Molly and Lars made the song all the more pleasant, making sure that everything comes together. Other elements of the stage performance for Malta, include the female singer/songwriter walking down the catwalk, something which many will remember having done back in 2002, and also having several overhead shots which show off the stage theme for Malta, that encompassing water.
This was a stunning first rehearsal, leading to shortening odds for Malta, now 5th and just behind Russia, France, Sweden and Australia. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Malta's participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.
At the moment Ira Losco is extensively touring Europe attending one preview party to another in a bid to promote "Walk on Water", the original song which she co-wrote with Tim Larsson, Lisa Desmond, Molly Pettersson-Hammar and Tobias Lundgren, which she will present on behalf of Malta during the 1st semi-final on the 10th May 2016.
Although surprise is a key-element in the presentation, certain details about the on-stage team have already been made public with Skorpion, a renowned male dancer who has accompanied Kylie Minogue, Taylor Swift and Madonna chosen to choreograph and Anna Azzopardi and Pamela Bezzina picked as backing vocalists.
This will not be the first time that either of the two ladies have gone to the Eurovision Song Contest as a backing vocalist, noting that Anna had previously accompanied Lynn Chircop during "To Dream Again" back in 2003, and Pamela had been on stage with Thea Garrett and "My Dream" in 2010 as well as Glen Vella and "One Life" in 2011.
It is well worth pointing out that Pamela was also the vocal coach for Firelight in 2014, and Amber in 2015. She will be taking on the dual role at this years' international music competition. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place in Stockholm, Sweden.
Earlier today, the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) revealed that following discussions with three major international record labels, Warner Music Sweden has been chosen to release “Walk on Water” on all major digital platforms such as iTunes, Deezer, Spotify and Amazon.
“We are thrilled to be releasing Ira’s song worldwide’, said Robert Skowronski, A&R and Product Manager at Warner Music Sweden, adding that “Ira is an exceptional singer, and we think this is a very strong song not only for Eurovision but also for commercial release. We look forward to working with her over the next months and of course to her visiting Stockholm for Eurovision itself”.
Malta’s entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, co-written by Lisa Desmond, Tim Larsson, Tobias Lundgren, Molly Pettersson-Hammar and Ira Losco, the latter also being the lead vocalist as chosen by a professional panel of judges, and also the public, will be competing in the second half of the 1st semi-final on the 10th May.
Ira Losco is currently on a 3-country promotional tour which will take her through Latvia & Russia for massive pre-party gatherings which also feature a number of participants from the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 as well as Armenia, where she will be appearing on a number of talk-shows, and also doing a press conference or two. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.
Through the 8 o'clock news bulletin, the Public Broadcasting Services gave the first airplay to "Walk On Water", an original song co-written by Lisa Desmond, Tim Larsson, Tobias Lundgren, Molly Pettersson-Hammar and Ira Losco, the latter of which was chosen as the representative through the Malta Eurovision Song Contest which took place at the Mediterranean Conference Centre back in January. Reception thus far has been extremely positive, with the bookmakers instilling a positive outlook on Malta's chances for success at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.
From an objective point of view, "Walk On Water" is a modern pop song, with hints of dance and soul, not too different from the genres scaling the charts all over the world at the moment, noting the relevant success of acts such as Sigma and Emeli Sande. The highlight of the song, apart from the rousing beat, is the last minute which features soaring vocals.
The music video, features the female singer/songwriter in various outfits, accompanied by a male dancer most of the time in several locations in Malta and Gozo. It is very well produced, and adds an aura of professionalism towards the effort that the people behind Malta's participation in the international competition is putting. We urge you to support Malta, and stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.
At the end of January, Ira Losco was chosen by the professional jury, and the public-at-large as the winner of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with "Chameleon", an original song she co-wrote with Howard Keith, Peter Borg and Matthew James Borg, collectively known as Talkback.
Just a couple of days later, it emerged that the Public Broadcasting Services, in discussion with both Ira Losco and Howard Keith, that revisiting the song was an option, and indeed it was revealed that "Chameleon" entered in a tight race with another nine (9) original songs, which would be judged by numerous local and foreign experts.
Just days ago, a new cover photo on the Eurovision Song Malta page on social media website Facebook was uploading with the symbol and three letters, #WOW. It might be an acronym but the blood is boiling and tensions are rising as expectations soar. Ira Losco and her team are currently filming the music video, getting ready to submit the final package during the Heads of Delegation Meeting this Monday and Tuesday.
She is expected to also appear on Xarabank on Friday 18th March, a day following the release date slated for Thursday 17th March 2016. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.
Source: Eurovision Song Malta
Ira Losco, and the original song “Chameleon” which she co-wrote with Howard Keith, Peter Borg and Matthew James Borg, collectively known as Talkback, was crowned the winner of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016, receiving the maximum 12 points from three (3) of the five (5) professional judges, and the tele-voting.
Brooke, and “Golden”, the original song which she co-wrote with Aidan O’Connor, Sara Biglert, and Christian Schneider finished in 2nd place, ahead of Franklin with “Little Love”, composed by Cyprian Cassar with lyrics by Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca which finished in 3rd place.
On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to congratulate the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) for putting on an impressive production in light of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016, whilst thanking them for their ongoing hospitality towards the local and foreign members of the press.
Source: PBS / TVM / escflashmalta.com