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Wednesday, 26 December 2012 07:50

MESC 2013: 'Never Walk Away' Most Viewed Thus Far

2012 is becoming another relic in just a couple of days time noting that Christmas has officially come to an end and people are paving the way for the new year which will surely be intriguing especially for those who might have thought that the world was really coming to an end. The Public Broadcasting Services wasn't an entity which had such a belief and thus started to organise the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest noting that the list of twenty-four semi-finalists was concluded just a couple of days back following the withdrawal of Dress Rehearsal by Saska Hunt which was eventually replaced by Marilena Gauci with the song Overrated. Whilst the official videos are being widely promoted on the engine used by the Public Broadcasting Services within their website, they have also been uploaded on viral website, YouTube and thus, one could take up the idea of views per track and it seems that the top five is quite intriguing with the leader of the pack running away with it at the present moment.

The track Never Walk Away co-written between Peter Borg, Matthew James Borg, David Cassar Torreggiani and Chris Grech has wracked up the most views at the moment noting that the band influenced entry performed by Chris Grech is being singled out for the very reason why the artist has become known, his raspy vocals which soar towards the end of the track making it sound like that typical song from the radio. It has not been a case of the locals falling in love with it wholeheartedly noting that there is a lot of foreign support for the track which sounds like a promising single from a budding new artist, stating what people have come to denote it. At this present moment, it has managed to garner around 10,000 views and has been shared many times of social media including Facebook and Twitter. Chris Grech himself is not a well known artist to be receiving multiple views based on his name so this is pretty much an intriguing start.

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In second place comes none other than Kevin Borg with his entry Needing You a co-write between Thomas Thornholm, Simon Gribbe, Dan Attlerud and Michael Clauss. This has to be the most obvious option because despite the national interest at hand, the following that Kevin has in Sweden is relatively huge and therefore, the hits are picking up slowly and have at this point in time gone up to more than 6,000. This could be dubbed to be a mixture between the Maltese and Scandinavian ballad because it has a slow build up worked mainly around the vocals of the performer which also have a slight rasp to them in the vein of an Italian performer or even one of his good friends, Fabrizio Faniello. The fact that the Eurovision Song Contest is set to be held in Sweden seems to be the asset that many people are counting on and having a host country working in your favourite is definitely a positive idea.

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A newcomer always somewhat finds it difficult to kick start their preparations for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in the best order but it seems that glitz and glamour are calling onto a new performer, one whose name is Melanie Zammit and who will be performing Loverdose composed by Niclas and Maria Lundin and penned by Gerard James Borg, whose international collaborations are becoming somewhat more common in recent years. Melanie Zammit is a relative unknown in the Maltese music scene having only released one single prior to this competition through 89.7 Bay Radio and also major television stations. She has charisma and fashion sense and that seems to have got the crowd going but nevertheless, it is important to say that her pop/dance number is putting people in third gear and dancing along even in places where they shouldn't. The live performance is going to be quite the showcase, or rather, that is my feeling.

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Whenever a certain songwriters comes into the fray, it seems that it could be pure instant gold and as a matter of fact, Thomas G:Son who also co-wrote the winning entry of this years' Eurovision Song Contest has worked with the renowned local songwriting duo of Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg to create Ultraviolet performed by Jessika who is currently in a process of re-branding herself. The singer/songwriter who is also starring in a television series known as Il-Klikka on ONE Television has been receiving a lot of positive comments with regards to her track whose opening notes have been similarly linked to Emeli Sande's popular song Next to Me but nevertheless, the focus here is definitely on the catchy tune which one easily hums along and performed at the slightest listen. Jessika has become a true artist and with the right staging, this could very much be one of the favourites on the night. It has received almost 4,000 views at the moment making it the fourth most watched entry.

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The final track that we are featuring due to being in the top five of the most viewed thus far is none other than Tomorrow performed by Gianluca Bezzina and co-written between Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. The songwriters are not your typical festival duo and as a matter of fact, it shows that the competition is becoming more of a merge between the festival and the radio scene making it one of the most successful transitions in the industry. This Jason Mraz, Train inspired entry is hitting the right notes with many people due to the fact that it puts you in a cheery disposition and instantly get you hooked. Humming is one of the most important elements to get to know a particular track and this is one of those songs which you hum along daily without even realizing. It has received around 3,500 views at the moment and seems to be most vulnerable at the helm but nevertheless, a charming pop/acoustic number. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

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Commotion doesn't being to describe the discussions that have been ongoing within the music industry for the past couple of days noting that the withdrawal of Saska Hunt with the track Dress Rehearsal composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg has raised eyebrows although rumours have said that due to exams in the United Kingdom where Saska resides, she was unable to continue her journey within the competition and therefore, the first placed individual not to make the cut, being Marilena Gauci with the song Overrated has eventually been revealed as the twenty-fourth semi-finalists in a Xarabank programme which was celebrating the festive season.

It very much seems that the artist had not even known about this decision with the host, Peppi Azzopardi saying that this was planned a week in advance but due to the show cancellation, the announcement was delayed even further. Several people unfortunately missed their chance to watch the preview of the song Overrated which is intriguingly being said to resemble the popular track Domino by Jessie J. There might be some slight similarities but one has to remember that there are only so many notes on the piano and therefore, resemblance is not really an issue. We could only denote that the track is an uptempo one, adding to the several already in the competition and somewhat seemingly written for the vocals of Marilena noting that she seems to perform it well. The live performance will definitely be a different story but the editorial team of escflashmalta.com would like to congratulate her on making it through and would also like to extend their wishes for an extremely festive season for the days which lie ahead. Stay tuned for more news as soon as it becomes available.

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Saturday, 29 September 2012 19:12

Exclusive: Olivia Lewis Ponders on Participation

With the rules and regulations of the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest released, there is a lot of commotion in the local music industry with several artists gearing up for a possible participation in the esteemed event which is very much popular with the local audience. Amongst the names of people who have been tipped for another try is none other than former representative Olivia Lewis who took to the stage back in 2007 with the track Vertigo composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg. In the years leading up to the ultimate victory, Olivia had finished as the runner-up three years in a row starting off with Take a Look composed by Paul Giordimaina and penned by Fleur Balzan, followed by Deja Vu with music by Philip Vella and lyrics by Gerard James Borg and last but not least, Spare a Moment composed by Ray Agius and penned by Godwin Sant. In an exclusive statement to escflashmalta.com, Olivia Lewis addresses her fans about the possible participation for the very first time.

I can't really comment at the moment. It has been on my mind for some time but I am still very much undecided. People have been trying to suggest that I take part again, but I still have to see. If I ever come back it has to be something really good. I can wait. I am in no rush! Olivia Lewis remains to be one of the most popular winners of the Malta Song for Europe, noting that the amount of tele-votes received were 30977, making her the most voted ever contestant. It has to be pointed out that the competition was actually quite stiff especially due to the fact that the first runner-up, Trilogy had come in third place the year before and were therefore looking more like favourites with their entry Starlight composed by Paul Abela and penned by Joe Julian Farrugia. Nevertheless, following three years of runner-up finishes, missing out to the likes of Julie & Ludwig, Chiara and Fabrizio Faniello, Olivia finally took home the crown. It will b e quite intriguing to see whether she finds the right song to return to the competition. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

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Friday, 21 September 2012 18:28

Malta: Olivia Lewis May Return to Festival

Comebacks have definitely become a current thing both in the local and foreign music industries but nevertheless, when it comes to our shores, it seems that they tend to become more predominant and likely noting that Olivia Lewis has been rife about the possibility of returning to music with several appearances in a number of high profile shows but unfortunately not having the opportunity to return to the stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest due to the rules specifying that the last five winners of the local competition could not submit in the past two years. It is quite intriguing that Olivia Lewis is now a possible candidate for the role with 2007, the year she represented Malta with the song Vertigo composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg being out of that respective range. Close sources to escflashmalta.com state that Olivia Lewis is hoping for a comeback either in 2013 or 2014 respectively.

Olivia Lewis took part in the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest on countless occasions, finishing as the runner-up in 2004 with the track Take a Look composed by Paul Giordimaina and penned by Fleur Balzan, in 2005 with the beautiful Deja Vu composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg as well as in 2006 when she entered with a composition of Ray Agius entitled Spare a Moment to the lyrics of Godwin Sant. Ultimately, she was finally awarded her place abroad in 2007, with what many people state was a great song but maybe not the best suited to her vocal. Nevertheless with the likes of Claire Massa by her side, Olivia gave a strong vocal performance in each rehearsal and definitely competent enough in the semi-final, yet unfortunately, the competition was difficult and she was left out of the final show on Saturday night. Olivia remains one of the most popular names in the industry though and a comeback would surely be welcome. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as we continue discussing this issue in the coming days, and weeks.

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Friday, 14 September 2012 14:45

KKI 2012: Having a Look at 'Abjad u Iswed'

The local music scene has been somewhat disappointing in the past noting that the material released was somewhat of amateurish status but nevertheless, things are changing and Malta is currently undergoing what seems to be a cultural birth especially when noting that recording studios are on the increase with extremely professional equipment. In fact, with such a positive outcome in recent months and years, productions are even being made in the country representing foreign artists and that is what makes things so impressive. Nevertheless, the focus here is on the artist itself, one who has taken advantage of the vast opportunities that are being made available and thus would like to showcase talent through senior competitions in the Maltese Islands as already seen in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in the past, considered to be the most notable showcase at the moment. The girl by the name of Stephanie Zammit will be performing the song Abjad u Iswed composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg. This track will be performed in the fifth position on the night of the 2012 edition of Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. One of the pivotal moments of success for all of the entries competing in this years' edition of the competition is the shooting of the official preview videos which have been uploaded online through viral website, YouTube with further representation of the video given on escflashmalta.com. The committee along with Media.Link Communications thought that this is the way forward in terms of promotion.

Black and White is the translation of the title and it reflects brilliant on the lyrical element within the track itself which looks at the two colours within a metaphorical context about two ideologies which do not agree yet ultimately reflect on a whole population. The idea is that diverse opinions may be found on each subject but it is important that this is the case because otherwise it would be boring. Nevertheless, the track continues to develop even further and then ends up talking about a relationship and the reasoning between two lovers and their lack of agreement which is a beneficial aspect. The mixture of subjects is what makes this track so intriguing from the start and thus it has an edge over some of the other songs who take up their theme in a manner which is either just patriotic or about love so to speak. Stephanie Zammit is quickly climbing up the ranks of the local music industry now racking up multiple entries in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the group Baklava where she serves as the lead singer. In fact, last year, the track Moon Dance managed to finish in second place with the public before succumbing to sixth place in total because of the ninth place given by the Juries. Stephanie has been coming into her own vocal range as of late following a number of appearances on television including the show Clint on ONE where she had the opportunity to perform a number of acoustic tracks, sounding somewhat impeccable on each run.

The songwriters behind this track do not need too much of an introduction actually with Philip Vella having been analyzed before hand due to the fact that he has written a large portion of the track competing in this years' Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. He has written five tracks for the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Malta in the past including Desire by Claudette Pace in 2000, 7th Wonder by Ira Losco in 2002, On Again .. Off Again by Julie and Ludwig in 2004, Vertigo by Olivia Lewis in 2007 and also Vodka by Morena in 2008. All of the music sheets for these tracks written alongside the lyrics of Gerard James Borg who features on this track as well. They have written only a small number of songs in Maltese though including Fjamma by Deborah C last year as well as Kuluri tal-Qalb by Shirley Galea in 2004 amongst others. Their experience is somewhat important but this is going to be quite different because Stephanie Zammit is taking to the stage for the very first time as a soloist within a competition. You can listen to his entry in this years' competition just below whilst also hoping you will keep on reading escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and the analysis of which only four remain before the actual competition takes place on Tuesday, 18th September 2012. 


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Gerard James Borg has earned himself one of the most notable accolades of his career noting that his latest international collaboration will definitely trump anything that has been done in the past including some of them which had been somewhat of a large magnitude. The renowned local songwriter has brought back two of his noteworthy contacts, Sven Lundholm and Eric Rydmark back together for another track noting that they had worked on the song Love Me Like Your Money for the 2011 Malta Eurovision Song Contest. The brand new track which also features the sultry vocals of Kelly Schembri and Stephen Davids entitled Strip-Search is mainly performed by the extremely popular Jamaican electro/pop/reggae artist Honorebel.

Honorebel has worked with artists such as Pitbull, Akon, Flo-Rida, Sean Kingston, Shaggy and Afrojack in his career. The brand new song is clearly within the electro-pop genre and it has a number of cool rap edits to compliment the sexy lyrics. It is important to note that following just one listen of this song, one would definitely be hooked because of a catchy beat that will leave you thumping all day long. The track has all the makings to become a summer hit both in Malta and even abroad especially due to the fact that the track will be getting an international released. The collaboration from Miami to Malta to London and Stockholm definitely worked noting that the several names in the final product could definitely be proud of what has been accomplished. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about local success in the international music industry.
 
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