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ESCflashmalta Team

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Malta seems to be very well represented in this year's Swiss selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. Initially Rosman Pace who had actually entered the first song from the Maltese Islands, he was then followed by Jason Scerri, David Muscat and Romina Mamo. Now a fifth Maltese entry has been uploaded and it's no less than the popular veteran singer/songwriter Rita Pace!



Rita Pace is a well known singer but she has proven herself also as a composer for several Maltese artists. She participated in a duet or a solo artist within the Malta song for Europe on no more than five occasions 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004 and came 3rd as a Songwriter in the Malta Song for Europe in 2008 with the song "She Gives Me Wings" performed by Klinsmann and composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas. Her song 'Indian summer' written by Clinton Paul is an uptempo entry which special sounds and influences and totally different than the other Maltese entries in the Swiss selection. We do wish also Rita the best of luck in the selection and cross our fingers for the best possible result. The song can be watched and heard through this link here.

ESCflashmalta has contacted the composer of the song Clinton Paul and this is what he had to say about this entry and it's submission "Well about two weeks ago Rita and myself were talking on the phone about submitting "Indian Summer" abroad. It is very particular in its style and it is an experiment to see how it goes down with the Eurovision fans. We are very excited about the Swiss selection. Fingers Crossed!"

Source: Clinton Paul, SF

It has just been revealed that South African popsinger Nádine has entered a song in the Swiss selection for the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest to be held next year in Düsseldorf, Germany. Nádine’s song for Eurovision is called ‘Perfect time’ and was written by Romanian singer Paula Seling. With the participation of South African popsinger Nádine, the Swiss selection is undoubtably getting a boost in attention. 'Perfect time', Nadine's song for Eurovision, was written by Romanian singer Paula Seling who ended herself third in the last Eurovision.




The song was recorded and produced in Sweden while her management is Belgian who is also behind popular Belgian singers like Dana Winner and Belle Perez (Belgian National selection 1999/2006). So it's clear there is a strong preparation to make the Swiss people proud in case of winning the National Final on 11th December. The singer started her music career as a teenager and for the past 15 years Nádine has won the the hearts of Afrikaans music fans, selling an astonishing 500 000 albums along the way. Her first international album 'This time i know' was an instant hit and after a tour in New Zealand, the album was also released in Germany through EMI Germany.

A release in other countries such a the Benelux is expected soon. Nádine performed last summer in several tv and radio-shows both in Germany and the Netherlands and got great reactions from both press and audience! Along with the release of the album, EMI South Africa also released a DVD ‘Nádine live in Europe’ which shows great images of her appearances and work on the album. You can hear her song here.

Source: Nadine's Official Website

Saturday, 29 May 2010 16:39

ESC 2010: Our Thoughts for Tonight

Safura from Azerbaijan who opens the competition is said to be the hot favourite, but i remain with my opinion the song and choreography is overrated, so i don't believe we will head for Baku next year.



I have no idea where Spain will end, but i think either very high or very low. The Norwegian has definitely a great song in the competition and they will be getting many points but a second victory in a row will likely not happen i think. Many think Moldova is not strong enough but the song is very catchy and makes you wanna dance. However not a hot favourite. Jon Lillygreen however is growing with every rehearsal. Will he ruin the chances of Belgian singer Tom Dice who is mentioned to be one of the big favourites tonight. We will see but it is a fact the Flemish entry in eurovision never stood such good chances to end up very high. Vukasin Brajic from Bosnia & Herzegovina might therefore be totally forgotten as he’s performing between Cyprus and Belgium.

Milan Stankovic from Serbia will definitely be going also for many votes from all over Europe, he is definitely in my top 5 for the moment. The butterflies from Belarus are over the top and I don’t believe they will end up in top 10. Ireland on the other hand might surprise. Niamh seemed to have some problems with the voice, but I’m convinced she will give a great performance tonight and might surprise many again. But in my opinion one of the biggest favourites is Greece with Opa. Giorgos Alkaios & Friends show so much energy and enthusiasm so you can’t sit still and wanna dance all along. The song is also set to be a big hit throughout the summer. Josh from the UK will therefore totally be forgotten, I even fear for one of the last places. Also Georgia will not to so well I believe as many people think. Manga from Turkey will be in top 10 for sure thanks to the Turkish diaspora but also since it’s a very decent poprocksong. The Albanian singer will be heading for place 10-15 I think, not too bad I believe.  Lovely Hera Björk from Iceland on the other hand will be getting quiet some votes also. She is currently the best selling Eurovision song in Belgium next to Tom and that’s for sure a sign for tonight.

Alyosha from Ukraine is a great performer, I just don’t know how the general public will react to the song. Jessy matador from France however will make people dance for sure, if this won’t be a big summerhit I don’t know anymore. The song is not very original, but it gives you a very good feeling and that’s what eurovision is all about, isn’t it. Playing with fire from Paula Seling and Ovi from Romania is a very typical Eurovision tune too I believe but they bring it very very strong and I see this ending for sure in top 10. The Russian song however should not even have been in the final. A very boring song, annoying voice of the singer with all respect to him as an artist. Although one should say the melody keeps in the head. Armenia has a very catchy tune with without the most beautiful female singer in this contest, Eva Rivas. This could be a dark horse for the victory I believe. This I cannot say personally from Germany which is said to be another hot favourite. I just don’t like the singer and the way she performs, but we’ll see if I’m right or wrong tonight.  Portugal has a very sweet girl on stage and the song is not that bad, but I believe in this position should have been Thea with My dream. No top 10 for Portugal I’m sure. Harel Skaat from Israel on the other hand is totally something different. An amazing voice and singer, an emotional song and a great starting order. All ingredients for a top ranking and I wouldn’t even be surprised if we are heading for Israel in 2011. But that even might also be the case for Denmark who is singing in last position. A typical eurovision tune, two great singers and a great stage act.

So as you can see it’s totally unpredictable who will run away with the trophy unlike last year when it was obvious Norway would make it. My top countries in random order are:

  • Cyprus
  • Belgium
  • Serbia
  • Ireland
  • Greece
  • Armenia
  • Israel
  • Denmark

Let the show begin! Have fun tonight!

Lauris Reiniks’ song “Es skrienu” (I’m Running) was released less than two weeks ago, played simultaneously on several popular radio stations as a premiere, and presented in a video clip only recently, but it has already demonstrated surprising results. During the course of the first day, it was among the top three songs to be downloaded from Doremi.lv, and by week’s end, it was in top spot. Indeed, the song has set a record as this year’s most often purchased song during the course of a week.



The musician received particularly joyous news from the world’s most popular Internet video site, YouTube where the video clip, presented as an Official Music Video, was among the most watched videos in a single day, rising to 16th place. During the course of the week, it rose to 82nd place among the world’s most often watched videos. The statistics show that during the course of a single day, the video has been watched, on average, between 8,000 and 10,000 times.

Lauris composed the music for the song and wrote the lyrics together with Mārtiņš Freimanis, who was together with Lauris and Yana Kay the Latvian entry in Eurovision 2003 with the song 'You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video' Midis was the producer.

The video, as has been reported in the past, was filmed over the course of three days in Lauris Reiniks’ home town of Tērvete, Latvia. It is the most detailed clip that he’s ever appeared in. Some 100 people were involved in all. It’s a romantic and comical story with action elements. It’s set in mid-summer in a Latvian small town, with a girl giving a boy the last chance to save their relationship. The video is being positioned as a short film. The cameraman was Uvis Burjāns, and the screenplay was written by Lauris and his director, Aija Strazdiņa. The MP3 of the song can be legally downloaded on the portal Doremi.lv!

Lauris Reiniks took part earlier this year in Eirodziesma 2010 with the song 'You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video' but just didn't make it to the super-final of the Latvian selection for eurovision, but it's very clear that latvian audience still love the singer/presenter hugely with this big success as a result! The official clip can be watched You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video whilst the clip with the English subtitles can be seen You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video.

Alexander Rybak, last year's Eurovision winner has recently a new album 'New Boundaries'. It will be very interesting to see if the singer will remain on the European music scene after his victory in the Eurovision Song Contest last year. One of the songs on the album is a cover of a big hit song of no less than Fabrizio Faniello, Maltese entry in 2001 and 2006.

The original version sung by Fabrizio, which can be seen You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video, was a big hit in Scandinavia (Sweden Top 10 for several weeks, Finland Top 20) and the German speaking countries plus also a major radio hit in Belgium back in 2004. If the song will also be released as a single later is still to be seen, but it's a very interesting choice and obviously an honour that Alexander and his record chose for the song that gave Fabrizio of his biggest European hits as well as making him popular in many Asian countries. The version of Alexander can be heard You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video.

In the meanwhile, Fabrizio's latest single 'You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video' is doing very well on the internet with over 50.000 views in only a couple weeks time. Several countries have expressed interest in the song so we'll probably be seeing and hearing much more of the Maltese singer.

Source: Press Release

Monday, 12 July 2010 10:01

South Africa: Chiara Covered Again

Chiara, who still holds the best Maltese results in the last 5 years, seem to have impressed once again the music scene in South Africa. After Angel in 2005, her entry from last year 'What if we' has been covered now by South African Singer Lee Scott.

22-year old South African singer Lee Scott is a very promising in his home country. Before he was a member of the boyband Hi-5 but now has released his debut album which is called 'Die Enigste Manier' (The Only Way). Scott who also attended the latest Eurovision Song Contest has covered some eurovision song for this album. First track is no less than Chiara's What if we which reached the final in last years Eurovision Song Contest. An extract of Lee Scott's version can be heard You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video

It's not the first time that Chiara is covered by South African artists. 'Angel', her 2005 entry was covered amongst by Tobi Jooste. That version can be heard You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video.

Next to 'What if we', also 'Fairytale' from Alexander and 'Is it you' from Joanna are featured on Lee's album. The titles in Afrikaan are called then respectively 'Wonderland' and 'Wens Ek Kon'. The album is available now worldwide on Itunes and can be ordered through Lee Scott's website which can be seen here.

Source: Lee Scott (Website)

The Queen of the Maltese Ballads namely Chiara seems to be making more headlines each day as her international career has kicked off with success just around the corner. As covered by ESCflashmalta in recent weeks, she gave some performances in Sweden and within the next couple of weeks mainly in October she will heading to Brussels in Belgium for a European Union related activity as well as a tour in Australia for the Maltese Community there. In the meantime, it has just been exclusively revealed to Escflashmalta, partner website Eurosong.be and Radio International that she will also be performing at the Euro-Mamaia in Romania on Sunday 29th August.

At the sea resort Mamaia in Romania, a yearly pop festival and competition is going to be organised for the 40th edition this year. Last year, the festival was won by no less than Paula Seling, who represented Romania in third year's Eurovision Songcontest together with Ovi. They got a splendid third place in Oslo. The winning song from Paula Seling in last year's Mamaia Pop Festival can be viewed by clicking You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video. The song was composed by Christian Faur, the man behind 'Let me try', the 2005 Eurovision entry from Luminita Anghel and Sistem.

As a celebration for the 40th edition, TVR decided to organise a gala-evening called Euro-Mamaia which will include some very interesting Eurovision Artists. Next to Chiara, who was praised Romania for her magnificent vocals, there will also be Sandra Kim who has accepted to attend also the event. The only Belgian Eurovision winner will perform obviously her winning song J'aime la vie which can be seen You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video. The artist who is currently making a return to the musical scene will be revealing her premier single by performing it during the evening. Other participants in the gala-show will be of course Paula Seling and Ovi, Next (Macedonia 2009) and Olia Tira (Moldova 2010). TVR will broadcast the show live through TVR1 and TVR International.

In the meantime ESCflashmalta will be present in Romania and will be bringing you latest videos and pictures from the event therefore stay tuned !!

Source: Olivier Vanhoutte

Friday, 30 April 2010 18:09

Malta: Thea Garrett in Belgium

The Maltese representative in this years' Eurovision Song Contest namely Thea Garrett has embarked on a trip that will take her to the city of Antwerp in Belgium where she is set to be promoting her entry You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video composed by Jason Cassar and written by Sunny Aquilina which will be performed in the 11th position within the first semi-final to be staged on the 25th May 2010.

Apart from several media exposure through the television and also the radio stations, Thea was given an extra event to deal with yesterday having met with the Belgian Ambassador to Malta. The culmination of the trip will be taking place this evening when a party is set to be hosted. A total of seven participating countries will be making the trip as seen below:

  • Armenia - Eva Rivas - Apricot Stone
  • Belgium - Tom Dice - Me and my guitar
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina - Vukasin Brajic - Thunder and Lightning
  • Greece - Giorgios Alkaios - Opa
  • Ireland - Niamh Kavanagh - It's for you
  • Malta - Thea Garrett - My Dream
  • Serbia - Milan Stankovic - Ovo Je Balkan

After all of the participants assemble at the Ramada Plaza Hotel within Antwerp, Belgium, the media will be taking pictures. This will be followed by the introduction of the seven artists who will all be given exposure through interviews. A welcome reception is then set to be held for all the media and invited guests within the AEC Antwerp. An hour later, a speech by the host of the event namely Bram Bierkens from the organising committee of the event. The performances would kick off straight after mixed with some interesting forms of arts including a fashion show and a tribute act.

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Monday, 17 May 2010 16:21

Oslo 2010: Day 2 Press Conferences

From the other side of Europe, Marc Calleja Bayliss in collaboration with the Irishmen at the blog All Kinds of Everything, we will be bringing you a detailed report of the Press Conferences. The page will be updated every now and then so therefore you should be careful and refresh the page every once in a while because you might find something new.

There have been a number of Press Conferences and thanks to the team of ESCflashmalta and Oikotimes headed by Juergen Boernig, we are now in a position to give you the links for the respective sessions that the countries had with the press following their first performances in the Telenor Arena. One could note that Thea quite enjoyed herself within her intimate press conference continuing the great reception which she received today.

  • Poland (You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video), (You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video), (You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video)
  • Belgium (You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video), (You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video), (You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video), (You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video)
  • Malta (You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video), (You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video), (You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video)
  • Albania (You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video), (You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video), (You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video), (You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video)
  • Greece (You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video), (You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video)
  • Portugal (You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video), (You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video), (You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video)
  • FYR Macedonia (You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video), (You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video), (You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video)
  • Iceland (You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video), (You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video), (You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video)

Tuesday, 25 May 2010 14:21

ESC 2010: An Opinion for this Evening

Admittedly this year I have become a little sceptical of the entries this year. I have now grown to love them and I just wanted to share my views. There is a complete mixed bag of songs in this semi final. I can’t say I like them all but here is a review of the songs I’d love to see in the final.

The first one I have grown partial to is Slovakia, not only because the singer is beautiful she actually has a lovely voice and the song has a captivating melody.  I can’t see it being a winner, but I would love to see it getting votes on the final scoreboard. The next I would like to see in the final is Malta. I myself am not Maltese but I actually think this song has real charm and I really like how she manages to sing the high notes flawlessly. I am not sure how this will be presented on the stage, but I am certain she will do a great job.

Belarus, Butterflies is a very basic gentle ballad that I think should get them in the final, just as it is gimmick free and the promo video is actually very well put together.  The next song is Iceland. I must hand it to Iceland for a country with a population that is smaller than the average European town they have once again sent a decent song to Eurovision. Hera has proven to be bubbly and enthusiastic  as well as become loved by the fans.

There are a few songs that are a little weird. Finland seems to be something that only Finns would understand and others are full of gimmicks or like Moldova that seems very dated to say the least.

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