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MESC ’14: The Semi-Final - LIVE Report

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Good Evening! Welcome to the LIVE report of the semi-final of this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest being staged in Ta’ Qali, an artisan town where the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre is found, a couple of miles away from any form of civilization. Our colleagues in Malta have reported that the rehearsals have been going extremely well and that the Public Broadcasting Services is ready to host a show of the highest quality this evening with our three (3) illustrious hosts and a parade of local and foreign guests.

Ira Losco and Gianluca Bezzina; representatives of Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2002 and 2013 respectively along with Moira Delia, spokesperson on behalf of the Mediterranean country in the 2006 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest have been selected to coordinate the show, one which will include twenty (20) acts, out of which fourteen (14) will be getting through to the final tomorrow night. It will be a tussle with the local and foreign media finding it difficult to eliminate six (6) songs this evening, stating that the best course of action would have been to see them contend for the right to represent the country in a couple of months’ time.

The show is starting with some great reviews from the past entries that Malta competed with. This is an extremely nice idea from the Public Broadcasting Services. Then, we listen to Tomorrow performed by Gianluca and Ira Losco before Emmelie de Forest is introduced to the stage and performs Only Teardrops. Amazing production by the Public Broadcaster thus far.

Because I Have You - Amber (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

Amber, wearing a dark black dress takes to the stage. She is joined by composer and 1991 representative Paul Giordimaina. It seems that she is very tense but carries this melodic tune well. It's lacking something but should get through tonight.

Oblivion - Chris Grech (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg) 

Chris is on stage and he’s giving a very strong performance. It shows Malta has a lot of strong performers. If this is the song to represent in Denmark I dont know but he is doing a very good job!

Addictive - Romina Mamo (Ylva / Linda Persson) 

Romina is back to the festival and she’s doing quiet good I must admit. It’s so nice to see maltese artists are working hard to get on a higher level, Romina is definately one of them. Very good performance, well done Romina!

Hypnotica - Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Jessica is next and she’s set to be one of the favourites. Well I must say i’m gladly surprised. The performance was pretty good and vocally Jessica did very good! It might not be the most original song but definately it could do well in the Euroclub. But will it be enough for Eurovision? Jessica's dancer seem to get already a lot of attention from the European audience anyway. Let’s wait and see.

We are on a commercial break now

Now and Forever - Andreana (Vinny Vella / Karl Spiteri)

Adreana is on next with a very intimate song. She has a specific vocal which is appealing probably to many people but i’m not sure if it would be good enough for Eurovision. Although all respect for the artist! 

One Last Ride - Daniel Testa (Stephen Rudden / Lawrence Peter Bridge) 

Daniel Testa is next on! He made Malta already proud at the Junior Eurovision and is trying to get to the Senior stage. Daniel is definately all his best but I must be honest it might be a little too soon for him to get to Eurovision. Good effort and vocals though and i’m sure the audience will decide wisely!

Invisible - Raquel Galdes (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

A newcomer to the festival. Raquel starts the performance, sitting down alongside a good looking young lad. She is wearing a minty gold type of dress. She is really enjoying her time on stage. The boy sitting down is there doing now, probably because he should be invisible. Nothing extraordinary about this. Mediocre and won't get through.

Just No Place Like Home - Fabrizio Faniello (Johan Bejerholm)

Fabrizio is on now! He represented Malta already twice at Eurovisioin and is aiming for a third time. His performance tonight is very strong and professional. One thing PBS could be sure if Fabrizio would make it there will be a very strong is standing behind him to back the team!

Some Kind of Wonderful - Wayne William (Wayne Micallef)

Wayne is next on! There is no doubt he is one of Maltese’s best vocals on the Island. Again his performance is very solid and strong and this is a song that will most likely fly to the Final. However i’m not sure if this is a winning track to defend the maltese colours in Malta. But a very strong performance though!

City Lady - Ryan Paul Abela (Paul Abela / Ryan Paul / Joe Julian Farrugia)

Ryan Paul Abela is the next one on stage with a very cheery song to hit the stage. The very sympathic singer seems to enjoy himself a lot which gives a lot of credits. However i’m not so sure if this would be enough to stand out at Eurovision. All sympathy for the singer but i’d say come back next year!

Lovetricity - Christabelle (Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)

Christabelle is the next on on stage with an uptempo track with lyrics from Gerard James Borg who is always in for very good lyrics and good ideas on a stage act. This is not different this time, so welldone! About the chances for Christabelle to get to the finals i must be honest i’m in a balance. Something says yes but another part is saying not. We will find out later on.

Take Me - Pamela (Boris Cezek)

Now Pamela on Stage! Definately this singer is one of the best vocals on the Island and also tonight she takes me by breath from the very first second. This is honestly one of the only songs till now that i can see directly on Eurovision Stage in Copenhagen! What a presence, what a voice and personality! Congratulations Pamela!

Let The Sunshine In - Sophie (Sophie DeBattista / Adam Pakard / Alex Dew)

Sophie is next on! The girl who proudly represented Malta in the past at the Junior Eurovision is back again at the Malta Eurovision. Since her last attempt Sophie has grown a lot and a very mature style so all the credits for this talented singer! However i must be honest that i’m not so sure if this would be the best choice Malta could make as a representation at Eurovision. My advice would be prosit Sophie but please come back again next year!

Love Will Take Me Home - Franklin (Glen / Beatrice Eriksson / M Frenell / Michael J Down)

Franklin Calleja is next on! What a development this amazing artist has made the last years! After winning the show ‘Don’t stop me now’ on Nettv he got last year already to the National Selection for Eurovision and got to the semifinal with a very nice track. But wow this time it seems this might be Franklin’s year. A great track a great performance! You can see the anxiousness on Franklin’s face and the enthousiasm to make his country proud. That is what i like in an artist, i really like this performance. Something extra in the finals ; some extra guidance, and the road to Copenhagen might be wide open in my opinion.Prosit Franklin you are the first one to give me tears tonight!

Safe - Miriam Christine (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

What is going on really! PBS is saving the top songs together. Miriam Christine i really hate you tonight for making me cry with this amazing performance! This is a truly stunning performance which i will be watching for a lot of times after no matter what the result will be! Very well done! 

Until We Meet Again - Deborah C (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Deborah, that was a good performance. This song is interesting and should make it through this evening based on the current crop of songs, especially with only a couple left. She looks great, and I quite like the idea of the band players to be honest although, I would have preferred a choreography with this one.

Coming Home - Firelight (Richard Micallef)

The next act is Firelight with Coming Home. How much I appreciate the artists on stage after the previous acts especially Franklin and Miriam, this is to my opinion a no go for the finals and definately for the Eurovision. To be clear very talented artists but i don’t feeling any connection with this. I’m so sorry guys.

Pin The Middle - De Bee (Peter Paul Galea / Debbie Stivala) 

De Bee is said to be rumoured to be one of the favourites for the victory. Probably a lot of people will hate me but I have no connection at all with the song. The performance is solid and the singer is really not bad, but for me there is no chemistry at all. I risk to be shot when I come to Malta if I am proven wrong but I dont have any connection with it. Sorry guys in advance!

Brand New Day - Davinia (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Davinia is next on stage with a cheerful song but I’m so sorry i’m turning not too positive again. Davinia looks really great on the stage but the song is really not going anywhere so this would definately not a good choice to represent Malta at Eurovision. Please Davinia return next year with a great track and then i see potenitial for you!

Ten - Corazon (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

The last track is coming from Corazon with a track from Paul and Fleur, the composers of One Life the 2011 Entry from Glen Vella. This is really a nice easy listening song and i mean this! But for Eurovision no chances at all. I’m so sorry Corazon, i really like your voice but for Eurovision this is just not good enough.

The Show (Part 2)

So that's for now. We are off for another commercial break and some guest performances. After the break there is a recap for all the songs. Gianluca, representative of Malta in 2013 is back on stage performing ‘Feeling Good’ and is then joined by Ira Losco, who is looking fabolous in red. After some more interval acts; including Red Electrick, The Crowns, Mariya Yaremchuk, Ira Losco and Gianluca, we are off for the announcements of the finalists. Here they are!

Qualifiers

One Last Ride - Daniel Testa (Stephen Rudden / Lawrence Peter Bridge)

Take Me - Pamela (Boris Cezek)

Because I Have You - Amber (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

Hypnotica - Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Let The Sunshine In - Sophie (Sophie DeBattista / Adam Pakard / Alex Dew)

Love Will Take Me Home - Franklin (Glen / Beatrice Eriksson / M Frenell / Michael J Down)

Oblivion - Chris Grech (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Lovetricity - Christabelle (Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)

Some Kind of Wonderful - Wayne William (Wayne Micallef)

City Lady - Ryan Paul Abela (Paul Abela / Ryan Paul / Joe Julian Farrugia)

Until We Meet Again - Deborah C (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Brand New Day - Davinia (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Coming Home - Firelight (Richard Micallef)

Pin The Middle - De Bee (Peter Paul Galea / Debbie Stivala)

Some big surprises here which will definately lead to discussion and with reason. But all the best of luck to the finalists! Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more about the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

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