Marc Calleja Bayliss
Sharon Vaughn from the United States, Martin Isherwood from the United Kingdom and Stano Simor from the Czech Republic represent diverse music scenes in their respective nations with their contributions duly noted across the year. Their aim in joining this feature is to see what lies beneath each track of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The first semi-final along with the three finalist countries voting there have long been concluded as we find ourselves within the middle section of the second semi-final. Attention turns to Armenia whose broadcaster, ARMTV has been drawn in slot number #11 with the producers thinking this position best. The song entitled Lonely Planet is co-written by Vardan Zadoyan and Tony Iommi with vocals attributed to the group, The Dorians.
The most popular Armenian rock band Dorians represents Armenia in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, with the song Lonely Planet, written by Tony Iommi, the guitarist and songwriter of Black Sabbath, and Armenian lyricist Vardan Zadoyan. “Dorians” consists of five musicians: Gor Sujyan (lead vocal), Gagik Khodavirdi (lead guitar), Edgar Sahakyan (bass guitar), Arman Pahlevanyan (keyboards) and Arman Jalalyan (drums). Gor Sujyan, the front man of the rock band, took the decision to become a musician when he first listened to the song Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin, which has been symbolic and, perhaps, fatal. In a very short period of time the young man who never ever took music education has recorded outstanding achievements in the music industry together with his friends Gagik, Arman, Edgar and Arman.
Led Zeppelin had a big influence on the process of formation of Dorians. In 2008 when the boys gathered together they created a band called Gor and Friends and they began to perform the songs of Led Zeppelin. In six months they decided to perform not only cover songs, but also their own songs and decided to rename the band from Gor and Friends to Dorians. At the beginning the band was performing songs only in English, but soon Dorians made a great revolution in their repertoire presenting their fans the song Yes Kulam which means I’m Crying in Armenian. The song became very popular because “it’s about a greater love”, as Gor explains. Dorians first studio album called Fly was released in 2011. In August, 2011, the band performed during the opening ceremony of Serj Tangian’s concert in Yerevan.
But the most important concert for the band took place in September 2010, when Glenn Hughes and Derek Sherinian performed on the same stage with Dorians in Yerevan. Upon their return to the Eurovision Song Contest following a one year absence, the nation decided to appoint Gor Suyjan alongside his band known as The Dorians to represent the country. Indeed, they were presented with four entries to perform and despite all being within the 'rock genre', it was quite recognisable that the fight would be between Lonely Planet, the eventual winner and Toy Planet which many stated to be the first runner-up. The national selection was organised on a small scale within a television studio in Armenia and featured guests such as Gianluca from Malta and Sophi & Nodi from Georgia. It was not a long process and the results came to be known relatively early into the evening.
Without Your Love, performed by André finished in eighth place within the final of the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest held in Athens, Greece and it was the beginning of a successful tenure within the music spectacle. In the years that followed, the country continued to reach top ten results, with their best showing to date coming in 2008 as Sirusho took to the stage in Belgrade for an astonishing performance of the song Qele Qele landing her the third runner-up slot. Unfortunately, it was to be pop princess Emmy to fail to take the country into the final for the very first time back in 2011, and this prompted a lot of criticism, leading to the withdrawal of the nation, the opportune time to take a break although many knew that there were other reasons involved. The song Boom Boom had always been a question mark but given the positive history of the nation, one would have managed to believe otherwise.
Professional Critics Voice their Opinion
Martin Isherwood: Good chorus although the feel change lessens the tension rather than raises it Interesting rhyme - lonely planet / who has done it. Nice sentiment. Great voice. Feels momentarily like 'The circle of life' in the bridge and rhythmically like cars 'drive' in the chorus Good solid pop rock song
Sharon Vaughn: A lot of passion and a great message. Couldn't help but notice the English grammar mistakes. Someone should check the text before they record. It would add to the credibility.
Stano Simor: Armenia sends a nice ballad to the Eurovision Song Contest. The chorus is quickly noticeable and the singers' voice has a really nice tone to it. Overall this type of entry is not typical of the international spectacle but very radio-ish. The stage presentation will most likely be nothing special and therefore keeping things simple.
One of the most notable tabloids in the United Kingdom is currently reviewing all of the competing entries in this years' Eurovision Song Contest with the running headline asking the readers on whether respective entries can join the list of elite winners of the competition. Malta who will be represented by Gianluca and the song Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat was analysed yesterday and it seems that despite a general positive perspective, they still pointed out the 'ukelele opening' which somewhat resembles the ones used in tracks such as Hey Soul Sister and Little Talks by Train and Of Monsters and Men respectively.
In recent weeks, Tomorrow performed by Gianluca has been on the receiving end of a lot of positive acclaim with shortening betting odds putting the country in sixteenth place to win this years' Eurovision Song Contest, one of the best results ever prior to the competition. On the other hand, the same betting odds are predicting the country to finish in sixth place within the semi-final ahead of countries such as Armenia and Romania who have troubled the scoreboard in recent years. It is also worth noting that Malta received second place with the fan club of Luxembourg yesterday along with leading the Europrediction second semi-final poll on Oikotimes.
The Daily Mirror awarded Malta a total of seven (7) points out of a possible ten (10), the same amount which they gave to the British entry Believe In Me performed by Bonnie Tyler, adding that the song is 'cheery and upbeat, if perhaps a bit slight'. The one doubt that they seemed to have is how well the performance will come across on screen considering that the 'summer sunshiney video' works extremely well. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about Malta in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place in Sweden following the astonishing victory of Loreen and her entry Euphoria co-written by Thomas G:Son and Thomas Bostrom.
Source: Daily Mirror
Valentina Monetta, a young artist from San Marino who will always be known in the history books for having represented the micro-state on two occasions having donned the same honour last year with her entry The Social Network Song which was also composed by Ralph Siegel. San Marino is one of the few nations which is yet to make it through to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest unfortunately and it seems that they have their best shot ahead of them. escflashmalta.com with the help of Fernando Mercieca, part of the Delegation of San Marino this year has managed to get in touch with the female artist and speak to her about a variety of things including last years' representation, her career in San Marino and what she expects out of this years' competition.
This will be the fourth participation of San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest with all of the previous attempts proving to be somewhat futile unfortunately despite the variety of genres put forward by the broadcaster whose internal panel always had a successful strategy in place. As a former representative, what do you believe was the element behind the negative results and what do you plan to do later on this year when you take on the stage of the event once more?
I think that when an artist has to substitute another artist at the last minute , like what happened to me last year, its not a good start to have success. This year I feel more strong and thanks to the collaboration with Ralph Seigel finally I can propose my self and I believe that this is the secret , believing in your self and you respect your art. On the park in Malmo you will see a different Valentina but still authentic who will sing my story with my favourite colour red.
You are the first solo artist from San Marino to try and get your nation into the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest, having already taken up the position last year with the track The Social Networking Song co-written by Timothy Touchton, Jose Santana Rodriguez and Ralph Siegel. The final individual mentioned in the list is a veteran of the spectacle and has come up with a second song for you to perform, one which seems to merge together two genres, which are stunning separately yet fuse in wonderfully together. What could you tell us about the song Crisalide (Vola) and the lyrics in Italian which have been written by Mauro Balestri?
Mauro Balestri is a poet 'Crisalide' is like a breath of life, an awareness of a new truth to help us face courage, a positive message to recover our selves.... destroying all the walls that doesn’t let us to believe in ourselves. The Beatles used to say “Let it be” and I say “Fly”.
One of the most positive elements within the Eurovision Song Contest is the number of healthy relationships between competing nations and indeed, Malta and San Marino have grown to enjoy each other’s music through this spectacle. Earlier this year, Gianluca was selected to competing in this years’ edition with the song Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek and as a matter of fact, will be taking part in the same semi- final. What are your thoughts about the Maltese entry and do you think that you’ll both be smiling towards the end of the semi-final?
Volaaaaaaa (Fly) … Gianluca, I hope that we will both go to the final :)
Versatility is the key to every artist and indeed, through the songs that you have presented within the Eurovision Song Contest, you have shown your fans and the general audience that you can perform roughly anything. As a matter of fact, you have already released a solo album which mainly features the jazz genre under the title Il Mio Gioco Preferito (My Preferred Favourite Game) with a trio known as My Funky Valentine. What could you tell us about this studio album and what did it mean to record it?
My album is a celebration of my dream that i had since i was a child, of my work and my passion towards music.
In recent years, several broadcasters across Europe have chosen to select their entries for the Eurovision Song Contest in an internal manner with a panel of judges or even through the delegation responsible for the actual participation. The public is generally appalled by not having a choice with the selection process unfortunately. What is your opinion about this matter and do you believe that the public should start having a say in the selection of representation of San Marino?
Unfortunately there wasn’t enough time to do a public selection like other countries do and I do feel sorry about this as it is a very good method to choose the right song ... My colleagues within the Delegation of San Marino know about the possibility how to visualise the material whilst keeping in mind that this is for the Eurovision Song Contest, an event which costs a lot of money. I feel quite fortunate knowing that I have a production team which acknowledges this, whilst keeping in line with the elements of music and professionality.
Prior to your selection as the representative of San Marino at last years' Eurovision Song Contest, it was quite a stellar year already having had the opportunity to participate within the show Ma Che Differenza Fa, a tribute to the stunning Ornella Vanoni. During the showcase you had the opportunity to show more than your vocal abilities, taking up an acting role as well. Then following your performance at the international spectacle, finishing in fourteenth place, you were selected for a lead role in the music Camelia commission by UNICEF. Such projects are a hallmark in one's musical career and how did you perceive them?
Its a great confimation that I had when I started to choose the patt of what to do... in both shows they did not celebrate my maturity and growth... In Camelia that Crisalide was born.
One of the positive elements which many had foreseen with the entry of San Marino into the Eurovision Song Contest is surely the return of the Italian language as a matter of fact, you will be taking up this idea and executing it during the second semi-final. Italian had not been seen in the event on a consistent basis because of the free language rule and also because Italy had stopped participating. Of course, this changed on their return as they have presented songs partly in English and Italian. What is your opinion on the language choice?
I think that it would be more interesting and authentic to listen to the songs in their own native language, even thought the English version would be potentially great from a commercial aspect.
Would you like to say anything to your fans and our readers at escflashmalta.com?
Thanks … my love and my breath is for all of you :)
escflashmalta.com is currently focusing on the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest whilst keeping dibs on the latest news from the local music scene and one of the features which we promote highly is that of the television series, D.R.E.A.M.S whose script is written by Evelyn Saliba La Rosa and Michael Vella Haber with original songs composed by Maestro Ray Agius. The element of creating original music in Maltese was met extremely well by music critics and this gives the public the opportunity to venture out of the typical drama. Maestro Ray Agius is an established composer noting that he has achieved success locally and internationally with two of his songs in particular, representing Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest, where they achieved top ten results. These were of course; Keep Me In Mind by Mike Spiteri in 1995 and Let Me Fly by Debbie Scerri in 1997 and both achieved top ten results for Malta. The series which airs on Television Malta, the main organ of transmittion for the Public Broadcasting Services will return for a twenty-second episode this evening.
A plot is known to have a series of twists and they are definitely not lacking at the moment in the case of Karen (Lara Dimech) who recently learned from her mother, Helen (Roberta Briffa) that her father is not the figure she has known for all the past couple of years but Paul (Kevin De Leonardo). This will surely come as a shock to many for the simple reason that his name is not new, and indeed so because he also happens to be the father of Diane (Michela Galea). Karen who is being accompanied by her brother, Jeremy (Mikhail Attard) is dumbfounded at how the cards have played out in what was meant to be the final house of the night. The second story which is receiving a lot of coverage at the moment is the one featuring Frances (Sabina Attard) whose sole is to convince her husband, Samwel (Joseph Fenech) that she is innocent of the fraud charges that landed her in prison in the first place. Pamela (Lara Cuschieri) had played her cards right in a bid to get the former job that Frances had as a high level executive and the man whom she truly loved. Nevertheless, Amber (Celine Cuschieri) was having none of this and she was foiling Pamela's plans in a series of lies.
Samwel is visited by someone at the door, that someone most likely being Hilda (Evelyn Saliba La Rosa) but this will be revealed this evening. In the meantime, Antoinette (Annalise Psaila) is still seemingly being given the cold shoulder by Brandon (Jean Pierre Cassar) over numerous faults created specifically by Tiffany (Kristen Camilleri). Jade (Rachel Genovese), Jasmine (Rachael Tedesco Triccas) and Katia (Jade Cini) will be trying their best to show the evidence they have acquired against Tiffany but will he believe them or will he rather believe his mind. His reaction might be expected but what will it unfold. Antoinette on the other hand is told of the issues at hand and decides to confront Tiffany this evening but the latter might be playing her cards right, so much so that deception might the key to success in this storyline. The social stratosphere has taken an intriguing turn of late but nevertheless, when turning back to the limitation of a classroom with Carlo Francalanza (Joe Tanti), it seems that everyone is seemingly spaced out but what is the reason behind this? Another scintillating episode of D.R.E.A.M.S awaits on Television Malta right after the evening news bulletin at around 20:45 CET. Remember that every part of the episode bears a lot of importance and thus it is vital that one sees it through.
Source: Rewind Productions
- Television Malta
- Evelyn Saliba La Rosa
- Michael Vella Haber
- Ray Agius
- Mike Spiteri
- Debbie Scerri
- Roberta Briffa
- Michela Galea
- Kevin De Leonardo
- Sabina Attard
- Mikhail Attard
- Joseph Fenech
- Rachael Tedesco Triccas
- Celine Cuschieri
- Jade Cini
- Jean Pierre Cassar
- Kristen Camilleri
- Rachel Genovese
- Joe Tanti
Alongside Sweden, Luxembourg is the second most successful country in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest but consecutive disappointing results achieved in 1992 and 1993 respectively saw to their withdrawal. The support between smaller countries has always been evident and in the two aforementioned years, Malta gave the tiny duchy ten points on both occasions. It seems that our long lasting friendship is still appreciated by the rather strong fanbase as the OGAE members have voted Malta's entry Tomorrow performed by Gianluca in second place just behind Denmark whose entry is entitled Only Teardrops and set to be sung by Emmelie de Forest.
Marion Welter, representative at the 1992 Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Luxembourg was also part of the team of reviewers on escflashmalta.com last year seeing to the entries that competed in the second semi-final. As has already been noted by several online blogs and forums alike, Denmark is the outright favourite with the fans whilst San Marino's entry entitled Crisalide (Vola) is currently in second place overall. At this point in time, there are around nine countries who are yet to pick up any points with some having obtained votes from one country, as has been the case with Malta who has never really done well in OGAE voting along the years.
- 1 point - Greece
- 2 points - Hungary
- 3 points - San Marino
- 4 points - Moldova
- 5 points - Norway
- 6 points - Sweden
- 7 points - Netherlands
- 8 points - Germany
- 10 points - Malta
- 12 points - Denmark
Martin Isherwood from the United Kingdom, Sharon Vaughn from the United States and Stano Simor from the Czech Republic represent diverse music scenes in their respective nations with their contributions duly noted across the year. Their aim in joining this feature is to see what lies beneath each track of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The first semi-final along with the three finalist countries voting there have long been concluded as we find ourselves within the middle section of the second semi-final. Attention turns to Israel whose broadcaster, IBA has been drawn in slot number #10 with the producers thinking this position best. The song entitled Rak Bishvilo is co-written by Hen Harari and Gal Sarig whilst the vocalist is none other than Moran Mazor.
"I was born and grew up in Holon a suburb next to Tel Aviv. 40 years ago my parents migrated to Israel from Georgia, my family and myself love the Georgian culture and language. I am the eldest daughter to my parents Nana and Rafi and then came to the world my two little brothers, Eliad and Ohad. At the age of four I started learning classical piano and continued until the age of 18. I always loved to sing but only as a hobby. At the age of 12, I was accepted to the town music trend, and the director discovered the singing talent in me. Since then I took part in all activities of the trend, as pianist and as a singer. At the age of 17 I was accepted to the military band of the Air Force even though I really wanted to study Pharmacology as a reservist.
After a full year at the military service I went for auditions for the first season of the program "Eyal Golan is calling you" a reality TV show that discovers talents, where I won first place. Then I started working on my first album along with Eyal Golan, and I accompanied him on a special tour across Israel with my original songs. Recently I was chosen to represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö and now my first album is coming out which I am very proud of. The last few months were very successful and exciting for me! For me to take part in this amazing Eurovision Song Contest is a dream come true. I am proud to represent Israel and I am sure I will bring honor to my country, family and friends." Moran had to get through the confines of a national selection in order to represent Israel in the upcoming edition of the international showcase.
As a matter of fact, following last years' disappointment with the internal selection of the group Izabo and the track Time, with a specialised committee picking them over the more popular Maya Buskila. Their performance in the semi-final was quite good but nevertheless, the song was not perceived as a qualifier and with thirty-three points stayed in the semi-final. Thus IBA, decided to change the system completely, one which they said will evolve across the next couple of years. The Melodifestivalen like showcase involved three semi-finals and a second chance round along with some controversy following the withdrawal of Kathleen Reiter who was not only the favourite to win but was also perceived as the most popular name in the selection.
Following her withdrawal just prior to the final, it was Moran was took favour with the judges for her stunning vocal range which has been exhibited time and time again. Israel are hoping to add a fourth victory to their roster noting that the last one was back in 1998 when Dana International came on stage to present her song Diva outwitting the United Kingdom and Malta into second and third place respectively. It was a significant victory because it was also the first year in which tele-voting took precedence. Their other two victories, both consecutive of each other were in 1978 and 1979 with the songs A-Ba-Ni-Bi performed by Izhar Cohen & the Alphabeta and Hallelujah sung by Gali Atari & Milk and Honey.The country will be hoping to return to the final for the first time in three years with the last performer to reach the final being Harel Skaat whose entry Milim also swooped the Marcel Bezencon Awards.
Professional Critics Voice their Opinion
Martin Isherwood: Only for him? Hard to know what the songs is about without a translation. Sung very well with a very nice strong but sensitive voice. Good moody ballad. Reminds me ever so slightly of 'woman in love' Barbara Streisand. Good strong song and performance but unlikely to do very well.
Sharon Vaughn: Although the artist has an exceptional voice ... this is a case of less would be more. The emotion got lost in the vocal gymnastics.
Stano Simor: Israel is sending a trump kind of entry in this years' international spectacle with Moran who seems to be attracting a male audience with her choice of attire. 'Rak Bishvilo' is a neutral song that should not be criticised. It is not a hit but definitely, with such strong vocals, should qualify and I will keep my fingers crossed for it.
Earlier this year, Marco Mengoni swooped to Sanremo victory with his song L'Essenziale co-written alongside Francesco De Benedittis and Roberto Casalino. During the final night of the aforementioned national showcase, he was also selected as the next representative for Italy before confirming just a couple of weeks later that he is set to perform the same track and in his native Italian rather than creating a bi-lingual version. His profile in Italy is currently at it's peak and the release of his album #PRONTOACORRERE signifies this heading straight to number #1 in it's first week whilst L'Essenziale had been number #1 for more than eight consecutive weeks.
Sony Music Italy which represents Marco Mengoni is going ahead with the promotion of his sophomore studio album and thus releasing the second single entitled Pronto a Correre. The single co-written by Mark Owen from the globally renowned group, Take That is an uptempo song and clearly shows the vocals skills attributed to Mengoni. In recent weeks, Marco Mengoni has been doing several press in his native Italy where he has been promoting his participation in the Eurovision Song Contest somewhat trying to garner a strong audience for RAI DUE who will be showing the international showcase. The official video accompanying the song was released officially yesterday and could see Mengoni singing within a studio and running alongside people whilst clad in a traditional suit. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.
Source: Sony Music Italy
Birgit Õigemeel with the song Et Uus Saaks Alguse co-written between Mihkel Mattisen and Silva Soro was selected to represent Estonia in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest following a public and jury vote which just managed to get her into the super-final. With 51.1% of the tele-vote, she was announced as the winner over Grete Paia and her entry Päästke noored hinged co-written with renowned songwriter Sven Lõhmus. Unfortunately, betting odds have not been so favourable with the nation currently found in twenty-second place despite achieving a sixth place finish with the song Kuula performed by Ott Lepland at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.
In bright and colourful spring fashion, Birgit has been doing a lot of national promotion prior to jetting off for the Eurovision Song Contest but nevertheless, due to her blooming pregnancy, her stylists have decided to go with a chic look on stage as witnessed in the photograph above. As a matter of fact, designer Antonio Baltman has worked worked on a visually stunning black and white short dress matched with black shoes whilst her three male backing vocalists will be in dashing grey suits and white shirts to complement. Et Uus Saaks Alguse will be performed in slot number #2 within the first semi-final whilst Birgit is currently at number #29 in the Estonian iTunes Singles Chart. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.
Source: Ilkar.blogspot.com, ERR
Sharon Vaughn from the United States, Martin Isherwood from the United Kingdom and Stano Simor from the Czech Republic represent diverse music scenes in their respective nations with their contributions duly noted across the year. Their aim in joining this feature is to see what lies beneath each track of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The first semi-final along with the three finalist countries voting there have long been concluded as we edge towards the mid-way of the second semi-final. Attention turns to Greece whose broadcaster, ERT has been drawn in slot number #9 with the producers thinking this position best. The song entitled Alcohol is Free is co-written by Stathis Pachidis and Ilias Kozas whilst the vocalists will be none other than the group, Koza Mostra featuring. Agathon Iakovidis.
Ilias Kozas, as the lead singer of the band Cabaret Balkan, one of the best Greek Balkan Bands, in their most creative period. Kozas had a restless mind with many significant collaborations, and he sought a more personal way of expressing himself. He realised his goal by forming the band Koza Mostra, which became one of the most famous Balkan, ska bands in Greece. Christos Kalaitzopoulos, Born on February 22nd, in Ptolemaida, Northern Greece. He started studying accordion with Aleksandar Tchuev. He has twice won the first prize in the Greek Accordionists competition and once the second prize at Star Ways, Kragujevac. Co-founder of the group “Los Mujeros” he participated at a very young age in several gigs such as Schoolwave 07, 08, 09.
Vassilis Nalbantis was born in Kozani. He had the opportunity to play and record as a full member or guest artist, with bands and orchestras from almost every music gender: A funk-reggae band called Orchestra Sonora, the Balkan-swing band Melios Balkana Mama, pop-RnB band Elements, surf band Meanwhile in Mexico, reggae band Global Vibe, electronica-dub trip-hop band Auditors Domination, and the Balkan-ska-punk band Koza Mostra. Alex Archontis was born in Thessaloniki, on May 23rd, 1984. In 2005, he joined Cayetano’s live band and performed all over Greece. Succeeding the tour with Cayetano, he joined the band Emigre as a session musician and he participated in the recordings of three albums. Finally, in September 2011 he met with Ilias Kozas and joined the newly formed band Koza Mostra.
Stelios Siomos was born in Thessaloniki, on December 16th, 1980. He discovered his passion for music at a very young age and he formed his first band James Down playing soul, funk music and participating in local gigs. Further down the road he joined Koza Mostra where he performs as a musician. Agathon Iakovidis is devoted to rebetiko music, loyally serving it since 1973, refusing to sing any other –even more popular- styles. He is a keen collector of vinyl records of rare rebetiko recordings. In 1977, Iakovidis created the Rebetiko band of Thessaloniki and he released two records. In 1981 he moved to Athens, where he worked with famous musicians such as: Kostas Papadopoulos, George Koros, Vassilis Soukas, Lazaros Koulaxidis, Nikos Filippidis, Nikos Chatzopoulos and many others. He has toured all around Greece, Europe and USA.
Greece organised a national selection in conjuction with MAD Television for this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest due to financial constraints. The idea was to bring about record labels to contribute artists and this was the case in the four entry selection process. In the meantime, the nation is one of the most success in the international competition especially since 2001 when the group Antique took to the stage with the song Die for You finishing in third place. A couple of years later, in 2005, Helena Paparizou who was the lead singer of the aforementioned group took the crown with the song My Number One just ahead of Chiara who is currently making headlines in Malta for her track Żarbun. Following eight consecutive years in the top ten, the country did not sustain such a positive outcome in 2012 with Aphrodisiac by Eleftheria Eleftheriou finishing in seventeenth place with just sixty-four points.
Professional Critics Voice their Opinion
Martin Isherwood: The title will probably go down well! Only managed to get the chorus lyrics - I presume the rest is about booze. Good mix of ideas. Truly 'Madness' Booze, bouzoukis, kilts and ska - great combination.
Sharon Vaughn: Fun and well performed but too frantic for the listener to receive the full impact
Stano Simor: Up-tempo "SKA" song. This type of song normally works because the people act funny. Title of the song is well thought out as well. Singing melody is more near the Russian songs rather than Greece though. It seems to me that this could very well be the intention of the group and the nation, to try and lure Eastern Europe. Don’ t think it can jump to the top positions.
In 2007, four male musicians in the form of Errol Sammut, Johann Schembri, Chris Curmi and Steve Farrugia came together to create the alternative male band known as Airport Impressions. Jagged House Studios, represented by Howard Keith knew that there was something special and thus a professional relationship began, one which culminated in the release of a number of successful singles such as Beside You and Wake Up. Nevertheless, the tracks only got better and in 2008, with the release of Borderline, it seemed that the star was set to shine and not for a short period but for a lengthy stretch. Airport Impressions continues to work hard and in 2010, put out their debut album entitled Minutes of a Lifetime which won rave reviews from critics and practically all possible awards.
In recent months, the group has been relatively quiet in the public eye with their last known appearances coming about at the end of summer of 2012 including concerts in Sweden, the country which just happens to be hosting this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Errol Sammut on the other hand has also been busy co-writing with Claudia Faniello in recent months having been the composer behind the song When It's Time which finished in seventh place during this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest prior to making it on 89.7 Bay, where it peaked at number #2 on the local charts. In the past couple of days, the group have been gearing up for an announcement on their Official Page on Facebook and finally, the wait is over with a sophomore album in the works. with the correct statement saying 'Proud to announce that we are officially back in the studio today to record our second album!' Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.
Source: Official Facebook Page