28 March 2017

Maltese singer and artist Amber is thrilled to announce the launch of her single called "What They Say". The song forms part of Amber's upcoming debut album which will be released later this year in Europe and the United States of America.

“What They Say” is composed with Amber in mind. It is a pop song with a dash of jazz, a characteristic that distinguishes Amber from many other pop artists. What makes this song special for Amber is the fact that she took an active role from the initial concept to production. The song is a rhythm and blues (R'n'B) song mixed with Amber’s jazzy and bluesy voice, which makes a unique and interesting blend. Amber’s vocal uniqueness is highlighted in this song to offer the listener a very pleasant texture.

“What They Say” is the creation of Matt Muxu Mercieca, an established singer and song writer and Elton Zarb, an accomplished musician who has scored for movies released by Universal and eOne, with the participation of Amber. “What They Say” is available for download from iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play and other online digital stores. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Amber, Malta's participant in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

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It's a wrap! Vienna, the capital city of Austria, known as the epitome of culture has had the opportunity to play host to the Eurovision Song Contest, and setting the record for boasting equal opportunities throughout the whole show. At the end of the spectacle, "Heroes", sung by Mans Zelmerlow, on behalf of Sweden was crowned winner, with "A Million Voices", sung by Polina Gagarina on behalf of Russia finishing in second place and "Grande Amore", interpreted to perfection by Il Volo for Italy landed third place.

In Malta, it was the usual chant of "let's boycott the event", following the non-qualification of Amber whose entry "Warrior" was penned by Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca to the music of Elton Zarb. Not all was lost, as the semi-final results proved to tell a different story with Malta finishing in 5th place with the professional jury, and 14th place with the public at home.

Once more, the overall result was 11th place, a feat which Malta had the misfortune to also face back in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest when Glen Vella sang "One Life", composed by Paul Giordimaina and penned by Fleur Balzan. In this competition, it is important to be innovative not only in the creation of the song, but also in the visual aspect of the presentation, and that is something that each singer, songwriter, manager and publicist should look to prior to entering next year's edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

On another note, I would like to personally thank the editorial team of escflashmalta.com including our affiliates Radio International and ESCnews for their continued support, as well as the special guest bloggers; Lyndsay, Marilena Gauci, Christabelle, Claudia Faniello, Brooke, Marie Claire Attard Bason, Danica Muscat, Tinatin Japaridze and Karen DeBattista. Until next year, in Sweden, we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter.

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Earlier this afternoon, the first dress rehearsal for the second semi-final took place at the Wiener Stadhalle in Vienna, Austria as the Eurovision Song Contest heads into another eventful showcase, after noting the success of Albania, Armenia, Russia, Romania, Hungary, Greece, Estonia, Georgia, Serbia, Belgium. In a striking performance, filled to the brim with confidence, Amber gave her utmost and shone as she sang "Warrior", her original song penned by Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca with music by Elton Zarb.

Tonight! Our "Warrior" will have another dress rehearsal, and it is quite an important one, noting that the professional juries across the 17 competing countries as well as Australia, Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom will be deciding 50% of the final results. Remember that escflashmalta.com will be LIVE blogging through the Facebook and Twitter accounts for all the three shows with stars such as; Davinia, Brooke, Danica Muscat, Christabelle, Marie Claire Attard Bason and Karen DeBattista amongst others. Stay tuned!

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On Monday, the Wiener Stadhalle in Vienna, Austria will be welcoming an audience for the very first time, as the dress rehearsals for the first semi-final kick-off an extremely busy week, one which will lead to the grand final on Saturday 23rd May 2015. In a formal event, used an an introductory meet and greet, the participants of the biggest music competition in the world gather round and relax, prior to the week long journey.

Clad in a beautiful emerald green dress, Amber took to the red carpet, accompanied by songwriters Elton Zarb and Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca, whilst accompanied by the Maltese Delegation, led by Anton Attard. Our "Warrior" will take to the stage on Thursday in slot number #5. Remember that escflashmalta.com will be LIVE blogging through the Facebook and Twitter accounts for all the three shows with stars such as; Davinia, Brooke, Danica Muscat, Christabelle, Marie Claire Attard Bason and Karen DeBattista amongst others. Stay tuned!

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It is hard to believe that it has already been a long week of rehearsals at the Wiener Stadhalle in Vienna, Austria and today marks the second time that the acts of the 2nd semi-final take to the stage, including our very own "Warrior", Amber. Vocally flawless, there was a certain aura surrounding the vocalist that saw her feeling more at ease with the surroundings, and thus emerging as more relaxed on camera. 

The beautiful black lace, shimmers through the blue light, and creates a rather beautiful visual. Once the songs' chorus kicks in, a change of colour ensues, with orange becoming predominant as wings are shown on screen to emit the idea of being independent, free and fighting for what you believe in.

This was a much polished rehearsal, which only augurs well for Amber, Elton Zarb, Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca, and the rest of the Maltese Delegation, as the date of the semi-final etches closer. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Malta's participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015.

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In 1956, following the aftermath of the Second World War, it was decided that a music competition was to be held, eyeing to strengthen the economy and lighten up the mood. It is quite remarkable, that the same competition, the Eurovision Song Contest is still running strong in 2015. In previous days, we featured Deo Grech, and his reviews, interviewed one of the acts, and also publishing any visual resources which our team is bound to produce.

With such a strong following in Malta, escflashmalta.com has enlisted the support of nine celebrities in Malta, all of whom are familiar faces in the music industry, who will help assess the quality of the songs, and also the vocalists, in what has been coined as an extremely interesting edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, full of emotion and quality.

During the first semi-final (19th May), the dubious honour will be given to; Lyndsay, a female singer/songwriter who has been through to the semi-final stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2015, apart from having countless hits on local airwaves, "Letter 25" and "Daphne"; Christabelle, a two-time participant in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and most notably the first runner-up late in 2014 with the song "Rush". and finally, Marilena Gauci, a female vocalist who has also twice been to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and also being a former representative at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

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During the second semi-final (21st May), the chosen celebrity bloggers include; Karen DeBattista, a female vocalist and winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2014 with "Jien Ma Naħdimx" as well as to being a finalist in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2015; Marie Claire Attard Bason, another female vocalist who has been a part of the local festival circuit for a couple of years, getting through to the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, L-Għanja tal-Poplu and the Summer Hit Song Contest on several occasions and Claudia Faniello, a female singer/songwriter, sister of two-time representative Fabrizio Faniello, and a two-time runner-up in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

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During the final night (23rd May), the dubious honour will be given to; Brooke Borg, a female singer/songwriter whose local radio releases have led to her being nominated for Best Single, and Best Solo Artist on countless occasions; Davinia, a female singer/songwriter who has taken part in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions, even finishing in 3rd place back in 2013 with the song "Betrayed", and last but not least; Danica Muscat, an artist who kicked off her career in the Junior Eurosong, before reaching the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on at least 3 occasions. 

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All the LIVE blogging will be done through the Official Accounts on Facebook and Twitter, so whilst urging you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as the main portal, we hope that you will follow our comments throughout the rest of the week, and also share your opinion on the songs competing in this year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in Vienna, Austria.

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In Malta, excitement was somewhat contained for the latter months of 2014, with both the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, and the Malta Eurovision Song Contest taking place in the space of a fortnight. Nevertheless, as this year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest takes place over three (3) evenings next week, we have called upon Deo Grech to assess the entries which will be presented in this year's competition.

He has not only given his opinion, but also compiled together the points of his panel of guests, some of which have already been to the Eurovision Song Contest in the past. Deo Grech is the host of "The Celebrity Night" on F Living.

Moldova: Eduard Romanyuta - "I Want Your Love"

It’s a pity that the very first song we’re going to listen to at this year’s Eurovision is this track from Moldova. It could have done really well if it participated at the contest ... 15 years ago! This song is reminiscent of the early Britney Spears’ Pop tunes.  I am really sorry for Moldova but I can’t see this reaching the finals.  

According to the OGAE fans and the Bookmakers, Moldova should not make it to the finals.

The Celebrity Night’s Eurovision Fever panel score: 18pts (15th)

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Armenia: Genealogy - "Face The Shadow"

6 countries – 5 continents – 1 song. This is an amazing concept indeed.  The music sounds really deep and heavy after the light-pop tune from Moldova.   Their voices sound excellent together. The problem I see with this entry is that there is a fine line between Dramatic-Pop-Opera singing and Screaming and Screeching till your ears bleed, especially towards the end of the song.  Visually this will look great if they go for a Retro look. However, they must avoid being labelled as Old-Fashioned though!  I guess this will make it to the finals.

According to the OGAE fans, Armenia might not make it to the finals.  Whilst the bookmakers feel that it might scrape through.

The Celebrity Night’s Eurovision Fever panel score: 33pts (8th)

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Belgium: Loic Nottet - "Rhythm Inside"

Okay! This is so 2015, so different from the first two entries and from the ones coming up after it.  Talented Loic takes care of all details but will he be able to face the Eurovision pressure?  This can do really well but can also crash flat on its back if vocals won’t be spot-on.   With some luck Belgium can make it to the finals.

According to the OGAE fans and the Bookmakers, Belgium will make it to the finals.

The Celebrity Night’s Eurovision Fever panel score: 30pts (11th)

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The Netherlands: Trijntje Oosterhuis - "Walk Along"

Anouk, Ilse De Lange and now Trijntje.  Fantastic trio indeed from the Netherlands. However, I expected more quality from this year’s entry. Somehow the Dutch went for a more popish and ear-friendly entry this year.   I am afraid ‘’Walk Along’’ won’t beat last year’s result from the Netherlands.  I am afraid that this will sound too repetitive and too safe after the Belgian entry and will stop at the semis round.

According to the OGAE fans and the Bookmakers, the Netherlands might scrape through the finals.

The Celebrity Night’s Eurovision Fever panel score: 27pts (13th)

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Finland: PKN – "Aina Mun Pitaa"

I ain’t a fan of this kind of punk-rock music at all.  It’s too repetitive, too harsh on my ears. Lyrics are too silly for my tastes as well. They will surely attract the sympathy-televotes but will that be enough to eventually crown them the winners of Eurovision 2015? I don’t want to think about that! Sorry.

According to the OGAE fans, Finland might not make it to the finals.  Whilst the bookmakers feel that it might end top-3 in the semi-final.

The Celebrity Night’s Eurovision Fever panel score: 12pts (16th)

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Greece: Maria Elena Kyrikaou - "One Last Breath"

Big ballads have a special place in the Eurovision Song Contest. Each year we are entertained with a Celine Dion-ish ballad singer and Greece carries that honour proudly this year.  Maria Elena surely knows how to belt those notes out.  Passion, charisma, beauty and technique together with a powerful key-change make this a safe qualifier.

According to the OGAE fans, this might make it to the finals.  Whilst the bookmakers feel that Greece may not.

The Celebrity Night’s Eurovision Fever panel score: 41pts (2nd)

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Estonia: Elina & Stig - "Goodbye to Yesterday"

Country-pop meets Eurovision standards once again. This recipee did wonders for Netherlands last year and I am pretty sure that it will be replicated this year.  Circles close to the Estonian team claim that their only issue this year is to calm down Stig’s anxiety.  I hope though that his live vocal performance will be as solid as in the studio recording.   Sure qualifier and a candidate for a top-5 position in the finals!

According to the OGAE fans and the Bookamers, Estonia will easily make it to the finals and end up as the winner of the first semi.

The Celebrity Night’s Eurovision Fever panel score: 36pts (5th)

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FYR Macedonia: Daniel Kajmakoski - "Autumn Leaves"

Awesome entry from Macedonia. I have a very positive feeling about this entry. It builds up nicely with hues of Balkan undertones. I get the impression that Macedonia are heading for one of their best results ever at the Eurovision Song Contest. With a stylish and polished staging this will be a sure qualifier. With a weak staging this will fail to make it through.  

According to the OGAE fans and the Bookmakers, Macedonia might make it to the finals.

The Celebrity Night’s Eurovision Fever panel score: 32pts (10th)

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Serbia: Bojana Stamenov - "Beauty Never Lies"

She can surely belt out those high notes! My only concern here is that those notes might sound screechy. It reminds me of ‘Je ne sais quoi’ for more than one reason, of course!  The song is a typical Eurovision upbeat track.  We’ve heard a million versions of this track over the past years which make it quite a tried and tested formula. With some luck it will make it through.

According to the OGAE fans, Serbia might make it to the finals.  Whilst the bookmakers feel that it may not.

The Celebrity Night’s Eurovision Fever panel score: 30pts (12th)

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Hungary: Boggie - "Wars For Nothing"

A calm tune always goes well after a loud one, however this is too calm for my tastes. Coffee-break anyone? The idea behind the song is very positive but the song conveys a sad feeling. It lacks the oomph and the star-quality which a winning entry requires to stand out from the pack.  Sorry Hungary, I can’t see you in the finals, this year.

According to the OGAE fans and the Bookmakers, Hungary will not make it to the finals.

The Celebrity Night’s Eurovision Fever panel score: 20pts (14th)

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Belarus: Uzari & Maimuna - "Time"

Some months ago, I discovered the violinist-singer Lyndsay Sterling and her brilliant performances on YouTube. It seems I wasn't the one who did so! This entry will surely go well in the arena. I can already see the flags flying high to the powerful beats of this uptempo tune. Uzari’s diction needs some polishing, especially in the introduction of the song. It’s also a good dance-floor filler and I am pretty sure that this will be one of the hottest tunes played at the Euroclub in Vienna.  All in all, it’s a great tune and I hope they will make it to the finals.

According to the OGAE fans, Belarus might not make it to the finals. Whilst the Bookmakers feel that it will eventually be one of the finalists.

The Celebrity Night’s Eurovision Fever panel score: 33pts (7th)

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Russia: Polina Gagarina - "A Million Voices"

This entry has ‘Star Quality’ written all over it. Polina ticks all the boxes of a potential international star - she’s got the looks, the voice and the diction. The song builds up strongly in a typical power ballad fashion. The backing choir adds to the anthemic atmosphere. This is a strong contender for the final prize. Polina’s only drawback is that she is representing a country which has antagonized the typical Eurovision fan with various decisions...including political ones. The sense of hostility from the Eurovision fans towards the Russian entry singers was witnessed both at last year’s Eurovision as well as at this year’s 60th Anniversary Show hosted by the BBC. To add insult to injury, fan-favourite-Ukraine opted out of this year’s Eurovision as a result of the political dispute with Russia.

According to the OGAE fans and the Bookmakers, the Russian entry will make it to the finals and end up as the first runner up of this semifinal round. 

The Celebrity Night’s Eurovision Fever panel score: 42pts (1st)

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Denmark: Anti Social Media - "The Way You Are"

Yeah! We need such a happy tune at the Eurovision Song Contest by a fresh boy-band. Beatles meet A friend in London. This will surely go well at the Eurovision as it reaches out the audience and televiewers alike with its positive energy. With some luck this will also make it to the finals.

According to the OGAE fans and the Bookmakers, Denmark might not make it to the finals.

The Celebrity Night’s Eurovision Fever panel score: 34pts (6th)

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Albania: Elhaida Dani - "I’m Alive"

Elhaida has a great command over her vocal abilities. Thankfully, the Albanian delegation gave its consent for the replacement of the original entry by the present one. This song has grown over me over the past weeks and is now standing in my overall top 10. This explains why I am so positive about it. I think that together with Estonia and Russia, Albania will be the one to watch out for from the first semifinal.

According to the OGAE fans andthe Bookmakers, Albania will make it to the finals.

The Celebrity Night’s Eurovision Fever panel score: 38pts (4th)

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Romania: Voltaj - "All Over Again"

I am taken in by the #AllOverAgain campaign. It has placed a spotlight on a reality which most of us were unaware of.  The message is stronger than the song itself. I am pretty sure that this will gain support from the middle-aged televiewers who will be touched by the campaign that this song represents at this year’s Eurovision. Well done Voltaj. Kudos!

According to the OGAE fans, this might make it to the finals.  Whilst the Bookmakers feel that it may not.

The Celebrity Night’s Eurovision Fever panel score: 33pts (9th)

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Georgia: Nina Sublatti - "Warrior"

The Georgian warrior sounds stronger than ever before.  Nina is powerful indeed and this helps her stand her ground as a warrior!  She needs to improve her diction drastically, though. The strong drum beats which accompany the song through the whole 3 minutes bring back  memories of Eurovision 2004 when the Ukrainian Ruslana took the stage by storm with her ‘Wild Dances’. I guess Nina Sublatti and her team will do their best to present something as powerful as Ruslana did eleven years ago. 

According to the OGAE fans and the Bookmakers, the Georgian Warrior might make it to the finals.

The Celebrity Night’s Eurovision Fever panel score: 40pts (3rd)

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In an extremely self-assured run through of rehearsals, Amber proved to be a vocal powerhouse, banging down the walls of the Wiener Stadhalle in order to ascertain that the "Warrior" had arrived. Composed by Elton Zarb, with lyrics by Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca, the song strives to empower both female and male genders as they encompass what could be defined as difficult and troubling times.

Wearing a long black dress, with lace embroidery and a belt, Amber aims to bring out the emotion in the viewer as she connects well with the camera. During the rehearsal, she stood at the centre of a dark stage bathed in blue lights, before switching to fiery orange and gold towards the latter part of the song. According to our sources in the arena and press centre, this looked good on camera.

For a first rehearsal, this was positive, and things could only get better in the coming days, as more rehearsals ensue. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Malta's participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015.

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Have you had a look at your calendar? It is already May, and that could only mean that the Eurovision Song Contest is just a couple of weeks away. This year, 40 participating broadcasters will be fielding entries in what has been coined the biggest entertainment spectacle in the world. We had the opportunity to record a couple of video messages from some of the competing artists, which we will be publishing in the next couple of weeks, but we also had a chat with Stig Rasta and Elina Born, the duet representing Estonia with the song "Goodbye to Yesterday".

Stig, you are one of the most successful songwriters in Estonia at the moment, and many would jump at the opportunity to work with you, yet finding out such a talented artist must have truly been a gamechanger. Many of our readers are eager to know how this collaboration started and whether there are any plans in the pipeline following the Eurovision Song Contest?

Stig: I actually found Elina on Youtube and decided to give it a try at that point. In a couple of weeks Elina’s debut album will be released.

"Goodbye to Yesterday" is fresh, currently and extremely radio friendly, yet it is no secret that the song was written quite some time ago, hoping that you would be able to find the right artist, with whom to perform it. How long ago was the song written, and how did Elina react when she heard the first demo?

Stig: The song was written a couple of years ago. When I first let Elina listen to the demo she immediately thought that maybe we could sing it together. I wasn’t really sure about it at the first place but as you can see, here we are :)

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In the history of Eesti Laul, no winning entry has ever achieved such an overwhelming victory, noting that "Goodbye to Yesterday" garnered 79% of the public vote. This result must have evoked different emotions, but then again does it put any additional pressure on you to succeed, considering that the public were so supportive?

It is a great honour that people trusted us. Now we have to repay the faith shown in us.

In the nineties, it is fair to say that Estonia was one of the most successful participating countries in the Eurovision Song Contest, finishing in the top ten on no less than 3 occasions with songs such as "Kaelakee Haal", "Keelatud Maa", "Diamond of Night". This form continued into the early naughties leading to the nations' first and only victory at the prestigious event. Do you believe that the negative results that followed, somewhat regularly were because of a lack of identity, or were there other issues?

Actually there have been some great songs competing after the win as well but maybe the contest has been mostly about everything else than music. It’s going back to the roots again now.

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Without a doubt, the song that you are presenting for this year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is considered to be a front-runner, as "Goodbye to Yesterday" is close to the top in most fan polls, and betting odds alike. Does this affect your preparation? and secondly, should the public expect any changes in the performance?

We will take one step at a time and try not to rush. There will some colours this time as well. But for the whole thing you have to see the show on the 19th of May!

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

All the best to you and vote for us!

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Franklin Calleja, a respected male vocalist whose ascent to the top of the local music scene has been well documented through the depth of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, was recently selected to represent Malta in the next edition of the OGAE Second Chance Contest, following a democratic voting process.

"Still Here", written by Alexander Rybak, the male singer/songwriter who won the Eurovision Song Contest for Norway back in 2009, was the overwhelming winner. For the second time in as many months, the first runner-up was "Rush", written by Elton Zarb and Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca with vocals provided by Christabelle. Furthermore,  the second runner-up was "Secretly", written and performed by Corazon. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music industry.

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