22 September 2017

In 2012, Kurt Calleja was the name on everyone's lips, having been chosen unanimously by both the public and the professional jury to represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest with "This Is The Night" which saw the Mediterranean Islands head into the final for the first time in two years. Since then, the male vocalist has been relatively busy working on his debut album "Love on Mars", which was unveiled during a concert in aid of Inspire Foundation.

The latest single off his album which bears the name "Vertigo", written by Tim Laws, Steve Lee and Chris Madin, is being support through a music video. Like Ira Losco, the premise is also seemingly dedicated to the seasonal outlook in Malta at the moment with Kurt being at the beach and on a boat, somewhat always surrounded by water. We urge you to stay tuned into escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music scene.

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Kurt Calleja, Malta's representative at the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with "This Is The Night" has just released a brand new single, "Vertigo" off his debut album "Love On Mars" which is available in all leading music outlets. Since his return back from the international competition, Kurt has been extremely busy, going onto release his follow-up single, "Boomerang", a radio hit which also led to a nomination at the Bay Music Awards. 

This was followed by a debut album "Love on Mars" which included further singles "Leap of Faith" and title track "Love on Mars". At this moment, the male vocalist is working on releasing a music video to accompany his latest track "Vertigo" with WE Media, led by Duane and Angie Laus, leading the production team. This is the same company which took care of the preview videos to accompany Malta's entries in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 and 2014. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

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In 2012, Litesound represented Belarus at the Eurovision Song Contest with the track ''We Are the Heroes'' failing to quality to the final, finishing in 16th place with a total of 35 points. Still, they have managed to build an extremely respectable fanbase back home, one which has helped support their career. As a matter of fact, their most recent track "Brothers" has been chosen as the official anthem of the World Hockey Championship currently being hosted in Minsk, Belarus.

A catchy chorus, perfect for a packed stadium or arena encourages fans of hockey, fans of Litesound, and everyone else in between to clap their hands, stomp their feet, and sing along. This is the type of emotion that this new anthemic track brings out in people. When Litesound created the track, they wanted to create something symbolic which would exemplify unity and teamwork. Against all odds, from the stage of Eurovision to hockey arenas, they continue to represent a side of Belarus the world rarely sees, and doing so with style and finesse. 

Brothers” will be performed during the World Hockey Championship in May and throughout the month-long games. You can listen to Litesound’s “Brothers” here! The final will take place tomorrow. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

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In 2013, Birgit Õigemeel and her entry Et Uus Saaks Alguse made sure that Estonia got through to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest on three consecutive occasions for the very first time since 2004, the year in which the semi-final system was introduced to the international event. Whilst her twentieth place might have not been enlightening on a personal level, she had a lot to be thankful for; having had the opportunity to become a mother of a baby boy and also release a brand new studio album entitled Uus Algus.

One of the tracks on the album entitled Pea Meeles Head is a stunning ballad featuring the vocals of Ott Lepland, one of the most successful artists in Estonia,  having achieved sixth place at the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with Kuula, a track which he helped co-write. It is important to note that this is not the first time that the two had collaborated together, having also joined forces on a Christmas Tour back in 2011. The duet emphasises the ability of both performers and would have definitely made a great entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. You may listen to the track through Spotify. In the meantime, stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

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Kurt Calleja, Malta's representative at the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is looking to further his career according to a recent twitter post aimed directly at Simon Cowell, the individual behind the lucrative talent show, The X Factor. Following his victory at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track This Is The Night co-written with Johan Jämtberg and Mikael Gunnerås, he represented the nation in Baku, Azerbaijan where he obtained forty-one points in a twenty-first placed finish.

Upon his return from the Eurovision Song Contest, Kurt Calleja found solace on 89.7 Bay, Malta's leading radio station with the release of the single Boomerang which saw him nominated as best soloist at the Bay Music Awards whilst also giving him maximum airplay. The first single off the debut album, Love On Mars proved to be the beginning of something special or so one thought noting that his follow-up tracks have not managed to garner as much attention. On a positive note though, the album was launched with a major concert in aid of the Inspire Foundation with special guest acts including former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Chiara and Gianluca as well as multiple national final participant, Amber, Malta Music Awards Best Solo Artist winner, Brooke and current charting sensation, Maxine Pace. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com over the coming days, weeks and months for more news.

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Jedward, the Irish duo who represented their country at the Eurovision Song Contest on two consecutive occasions, starting off with Lipstick in 2011 and Waterline in 2012 are currently undergoing a re-branding exercise, one which will see them change their official stage name. John and Edward - Jedward is the brand new name which they have taken up to support their music. In recent weeks, it was reported that their three album deal with Universal Music Ireland came to an end without any plans for a renewal. 

The pop duo originally came to fame following their participation within the British X Factor, where they managed to make it through to the final stages of the competition. Despite not being branded as the best possible vocalists, they are clear cut entertainers and as a matter of fact, Louis Walsh saw that something special. Their success has not been shortlived to be honest noting that they have become a force to be reckoned with in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. John and Jedward - Jedward are possibly being loined up to represent Ireland for a third time. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news. 

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Quédate Conmigo, co-written by Thomas G:son, Tony Sánchez-Ohlsson and Erik Bernholm with vocals provided by Pastora Soler finished in tenth place at the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest held in Baku, Azerbaijan. Pastora Soler took up the challenge of representing Spain during a period when unfortunately the results were not so forthcoming but with a stunning vocal and a strong entry, a result was achieved. Spain achieved another disapproval note this year as Contigo Hasta El Final performed by El Sueño de Morfeo only mustered eight (8) points to finish in the penultimate spot.

Pastora Soler was already a high profile artist in Spain prior to the Eurovision Song Contest but it seems that she has gained substantial popularity beyond as well now, having the opportunity to perform in the Balkan countries where her vocals have been appreciated. Following her recent role as a judge on the show El Número Uno, she is busy in the studio working on her latest studio album entitled Conóceme. A single preceding the release of the album entitled Te Despertaré has just garnered an official release date. escflashmalta.com would like to congratulate Pastora Soler on the wonderful track and urge the people to stay tuned for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

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Lipstick, co-written by Dan Priddy, Lars Halvor Jensen and Martin Larsson with vocals by Jedward was the track which gave dignity to Ireland in recent years, noting the success of the track in the charts where it peaked at number #1 prior to reaching eighth place at the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. Jedward helped raise the profile of the competition in the once dominant nation and thus returned for a second participation the following year with the track Waterline co-written by Nick Jarl and Sharon Vaughn. Recent media speculation might see the duo return to the competition for a third time.

In recent weeks, Jedward confirmed that their three (3) album contract with Universal Music Ireland has officially ended without being renewed, something which is quite surprising considering that their releases have all proven to be successful in Ireland and beyond. Their last studio album entitled Young Love was number #1 in Ireland, number #11 in Sweden, #8 in Estonia, #18 in Korea and #22 in Finland amongst others. Their success on a European level has all come down to their participation at the Eurovision Song Contest and a return could somewhat help them secure a recording contract.

It's relatively funny to denote that despite not having a record deal, the brotherly duo known as Jedward have recently been in Los Angeles recording songs with Drew Andrew Scott who is a successful songwriter and producer who has worked with the likes of Willow Smith, The Overtones, New Kids on the Block and Miley Cyrus amongst others. Jedward are currently on tour having been to Canada, Australia and currently Africa. They will continue to entertain audiences as much as their energy permits it seems. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available. 

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SMRTV, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of San Marino at the Eurovision Song Contest have recently announced that their representative for next years' competition will be none other than Valentina Monetta. The female artist has already taken to the stage in 2012 with the track The Social Network Song and in 2013 with the song Crisalide (Vola) both composed by the legendary Ralph Siegel. In a surprise choice, she will once more represent the micro-state after failing to qualify with a mere couple of points, finishing in eleventh place within the semi-final. It seems that Valentina has learnt from her mistakes and will kick off her promotional tour rather early.

Stockholm, the capital city of Sweden and one of the initial cities in contention to host this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will be hosting the annual Pride which supports the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in the whole continent. Valentina is one of the several artists who has been included in the line-up of performers for the event noting that other acts from the world of the Eurovision Song Contest include; Roberto Bellarosa (Belgium 2013), Margaret Berger (Norway 2013), Lys Assia (Switzerland 1956-1958), Roger Pontare and Marie Bergman (Sweden 1994), Krista Siegfrids (Finland 2013), Ryan Dolan (Ireland 2013), Emmelie de Forest (Denmark 2013) and Gina G (United Kingdom 1996). The event is set to take place on the 1st August and remember that considering that the event is taking place in Sweden, Valentina is surely thinking well as she begins a promotional tour in support of her 2014 Eurovision Song Contest participation. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

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In 2012, the British Broadcasting Corporation surprised everyone when it was revealed that the legendary crooner Engelbert Humperdinck would be representing the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest. His entry Love Will Set You Free could only muster twelve (12) points to achieve a penultimate position on the scoreboard ahead of Stay performed by Tooji on behalf of Norway. It has just emerged that there was someone else who the broadcaster had approached that year and it was actually someone current, a synthpop duo by the name of Hurts who had offered their services on more than one occasion.

At this point in time, the duo known as Hurts which comprises of Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson have released two studio albums, the first one in 2010 entitled Happiness and the second one bearing the name Exile which was released earlier this year. The records have been successful all over the continent reaching the top ten in countries such as the United Kingdom, Austria, Finland, Germany and Switzerland. In an interview with NME, Theo Hutchcraft who is the lead vocalist of the duo stated 'We'd said in interviews like three years ago that we were interested', adding 'We thought it would be quite interesting. We had some ideas for it but then they went with Engelbert Humperdinck.' This revelation comes as a true surprise considering that many people had thought that the British Broadcasting Corporation had very much run out of ideas, hence why they also chose Bonnie Tyler and her entry Believe In Me to honour the United Kingdom earlier this year. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com and hope that the broadcaster select a current artist to represent the nation in next years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Denmark.

Source: NME, Digital Spy

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