22 September 2017

It has always been a pleasure to speak to artists competing in national finals across Europe and therefore, this year will not be any different, even more for the simple reason that local songwriters are entering foreign selection procedures. We have recently caught up with Joanna, one (1) of three (3) acts competing to represent France in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Ma Liberté written by Philip Vella, Gerard James Borg, Sean Vella and Yann Guillon.

In 2013, Amandine Bourgeois represented France with L’Enfer et Moi, mustering only fourteen (14) points to finish in twenty-third (23rd) place at the end of the voting. This kept in line with the disappointing results that the nation has achieved in recent years, despite enlisting notable names such as Amaury Vassili and Anggun, who in turn represent different genres. What would you bring to the competition that would make you stand out?

I will try to be myself, without thinking about what people think because of the past. The most important thing when I'm on stage in every circumstance is, to respect people in being honest in my interpretation. The first thing, if I go to Copenhagen, is to satisfy my country, even if I don't win, I want them to be proud to have chosen me.  

Ma Liberté, the song which you hope to represent France with in this years’ edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is co-composed by Philip Vella, Gerard James Borg and Sean Vella with French lyrics by Yann Guillon and English lyrics by Gerard James Borg. How did you come in contact with the songwriters and how would you describe your entry?

I was listening to some songs for my album, when I heard Ma Liberté and I felt like it was my own song. It was like I could have written in myself because it was full of emotion – the very same strong emotions I would describe in music and lyrics.

When my manager saw my reaction in listening to the song, he decided to present it for the national contest. And it was a really beautiful and welcome surprise for me to be chosen as a finalist for France. 

Without a shadow of doubt, the local audience are familiar with three (3) of those four (4) individuals but nevertheless, Yann Guillon is an extremely respected songwriter in France having previously worked with Emmanuel Moire whose most recent album Le Chemin peaked at number #1 in the official chart. How does it feel to have such an opportunity and will this be the start of an extended collaboration?

I would be so honoured and happy to work with him on other songs. He understood who I was, and he uses words like I would listen to a French song, it's pure and honest. It's really difficult for me to write in french so I'm really admiring Yann Guillon he's a really talented man.

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This marks the first time in seven (7) years that France is hosting a public selection process, and your entry Ma Liberté is up against another two (2) entries, one entitled Moustache and the other one being Sans Toi. How does it feel to have been selected by the professional jury as one of the finalists and what do you think of the other songs in contention?

It makes me happy and I'm really motivated to show French people I'm able to go to Copenhagen. I don't like to be in competition, not because it's a lot of stress, but because when there's competition there's negativity. The other songs are pretty different to what I do and it's good. Because French people will be free to choose which kind of image and music they want to be represented by.

Natasha St-Pier, a French-Canadian recording artist who had the opportunity to represent France at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2001 with the song Je Ne Que Mon Âme  has decided to publically support your participation on behalf of the nation. Having such a magnificient artist throw her weight of music experience behind you must be an honour and a burden at the same time. How do you view such support, and were you surprised?

I'm really happy to see her supporting me publicly. I was really surprised because I didn't expect her support my song before the diffusion of the show on Sunday 26th January. It's very good but I have to convince everyone else now! :)

Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com? And what can our readers - who have read this article and would like to support you and your song in France – do?

I want to say thank you to those who are supporting me. And I invite them to go on France 3 web site, and vote Ma Liberte’ (Song number 2) if they like it and if they want me to go in the Eurovision finale. (http://www.france3.fr/eurovision) Thank you very much and I hope to see you in Copenhagen. A big hug and kiss to sunny Malta! xxxxx  Thanks for your support! I truly appreciate.

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Wednesday, 22 January 2014 17:39

MESC 2014: Reviewing the track 'Oblivion'

In 2014, the Public Broadcasting Services, responsible for Malta’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest decided to conduct a national final with just twenty (20) entries, rather than the typical twenty-four (24) which many had become accustomed to in recent years. Promotion is always vital, and escflashmalta.com has sent each entry to a professional panel of individuals in the music industry, who have in turn passed on their comments. This year, we have asked the likes of John Scott from the United States, Martin Isherwood from the United Kingdom, Sharon Vaughn from the United States but based in Sweden, Stano Simor from the Czech Republic and Greig Watts from the United Kingdom to do the honours. Today’s review is centred on Oblivion, composed by Philip Vella and Chris Grech to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg with vocals provided by Chris Grech.

Chris Grech, lead singer of the band Twenty-Six Other-Worlds which is definitely the comfort zone for the male vocalist considering that it encompasses a rock/metal genre, which best suits his vocal chords. The Eurovision Song Contest on the other hand, is completely different and something which Chris has decided to give a shot due to the massive exposure it is known to give to the participants. Kick starting his campaign just last year with the song Never Walk Away, he left a long lasting impression by virtue of winning the Public Award offered by escflashmalta.com and finishing in third place when it came to the public vote behind eventual winner Gianluca and runner-up Kevin Borg. Music is in his blood, and in his veins and Chris will stop at nothing to get his voice heard by the masses as seen in a variety of events, amongst them Rockestra where he teamed up with Ludwig Galea in 2013 and Teatru Unplugged.

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Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg, the most successful songwriters in Malta, having been given the opportunity to represent the country in the Eurovision Song Contest on no less than five (5) occasions, all of which came in the past decade; kicking things off with Desire in 2000, and moving onto 7th Wonder in 2002, On Again .. Off Again in 2004, Vertigo in 2007 and Vodka in 2008, respectively. It has been six (6) years since their last victory and whilst they have been close, most notably with Claudia Faniello and her entry Pure back in 2012, they are yet to head over to the international competition for a sixth (6th) time. Apart from being a successful combination on a local level, it is well worth pointing out that they have also achieved national final success in Norway and The Netherlands where their entries managing third and fourth place, respectively.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 54%

John Scott: He has a great voice, but the song is pretty generic to me. It doesn’t quite become the anthem sort of song that it needs to be for a rock song.

Martin Isherwood: Super high notes worthy of 'The Darkness'. ‘Judas kiss' and 'nest of worries' in the first verse! I'm scared to continue! Good melodies in chorus. There are unfortunately, many singers and songwriters of gloomy songs who know exactly what musical oblivion feels like. Some great moments. Stops rather than ends - feels like a clumsy edit of a longer song.

Sharon Vaughn: The artist is remarkable. The song is too far off topic to be moving. Sadly, the topline melody doesn't match the changes in the melody of the track. 

Stano Simor: Chris is a rocker and demonstrates clearly its distinctive voice. His voice surpassed energy of the entire musical background. This is evident especially in the chorus. But the track in this version does not have the required potential. I would certainly download it to an MP3 player in my car as I travel between Belgium and the Czech Republic.

Greig Watts: For me just feels like an ordinary rock song, nothing different or special jumps out to me to make it above the others. Nice song but as I said previously nice is often not good enough.

Source: Public Broadcasting Servicesescflashmalta.com

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Thursday, 16 January 2014 07:48

MESC 2014: Reviewing the track ‘Invisible’

In 2014, the Public Broadcasting Services, responsible for Malta’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest decided to conduct a national final with just twenty (20) entries, rather than the typical twenty-four (24) which many had become accustomed to in recent years. Promotion is always vital, and escflashmalta.com has sent each entry to a professional panel of individuals in the music industry, who have in turn passed on their comments. This year, we have asked the likes of John Scott from the United States, Martin Isherwood from the United Kingdom, Sharon Vaughn from the United States but based in Sweden, Stano Simor from the Czech Republic and Greig Watts from the United Kingdom to do the honours. Today’s review is centred on Invisible, composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg with vocals provided by Raquel.

Raquel, a relative newcomer to the local music industry, is a debutant in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, one (1) of five (5) which also include; ChristabelleRyan Paul Abela, De Bee and Daniel Testa. With just one prior competition as experience though, it seems that she is the most green and susceptible to the newcomer tag. As a finalist in the 2013 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the song Mhux Pupa Biss composed by Minik to the lyrics of Rita Pace, she finished in ninth (9th) place ahead of more established artists such as Christian Arding, Janice Mangion and Domenique, all of which had previously been part of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Vocally coached by Ludwig Galea, a former representative of Malta at the international spectacle, Raquel is known to channel dido with her impressive vocal range.

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Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg, the most successful songwriters in Malta, having been given the opportunity to represent the country in the Eurovision Song Contest on no less than five (5) occasions, all of which came in the past decade; kicking things off with Desire in 2000, and moving onto 7th Wonder in 2002, On Again .. Off Again in 2004, Vertigo in 2007 and Vodka in 2008, respectively. It has been six (6) years since their last victory and whilst they have been close, most notably with Claudia Faniello and her entry Pure back in 2012, they are yet to head over to the international competition for a sixth (6th) time. Apart from being a successful combination on a local level, it is well worth pointing out that they have also achieved national final success in Norway and The Netherlands where their entries managing third and fourth place, respectively.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 58%

John Scott: She has a very unique and interesting voice. The song is good. My biggest concern is that her accent is very heavy and it is difficult to understand what she is singing. But she has good stage presence and the song is memorable.

Martin Isherwood: Unusual voice like Dido wearing Bjork's teeth. Wasn't sure what language she was singing in at first although the lyrics seem quite well put together use of falsetto flip and melsima really disrupts the flow. The song meaning escapes me. Almost impossible to understand what she's saying. I'm not sure that this stands a chance in Eurovision. Strange ending just stops.

Sharon Vaughn: There is something really fresh and original about this girl and this song. The falsetto flip is alluring... a little like some other artists but she puts her own spin to it and it works.

Stano Simor: Invisible was the only song that has left me with little emotion from this years’ entries. I did not hear a strong hit factor in the chorus. The song is built too high for her vocal range. It seems that it does not fit her, especially in those high notes. I think Raquel would fit a rebel song better.

Greig Watts: For me I’m not sure the singer matches the song, actually she has a good voice, but sounds a little like she’s trying to be Bjork where the song needs a more pure vocal (in my opinion of course), so for me it doesn’t come across as well as it could, So for me a quite good song becomes a bit more ordinary because of its presentation by singer and fairly basic production. It doesn’t grab me as much as others, sorry

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

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In 2014, France 3 decided to host a selection process for their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest, making it their first in seven years since Les Fatals Picards and their entry L’Amour à la Français. One of the three (3) shortlisted artists, Joanna has just given an interview to eurovision-quotidien where she revealed that her entry Ma Liberté (My Freedom) is composed by Philip Vella with lyrics by Gerard James Borg. Nevertheless, she will be performing the song in French and has thus enlisted the services of Yann Guilon.

Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg, the most successful songwriters in Malta when it comes to the Eurovision Song Contest with no less than five entries to their name; Desire (2000), 7th Wonder (2002), On Again .. Off Again (2004), Vertigo (2007) and Vodka (2008) have competed in other international selections in the past, including in The Netherlands with Ebonique and their entry Heatwave (2003), finishing in fourth place and in Norway with the track Absolutely Fabulous performed by Queentastic (2007) managing a third place finish. 

This news comes in just after Ally, Elton Zarb and Natasha Turner made it to the Lithuanian finals as songwriters. Joanna will be competing alongside Twin Twin and Destan for the right to represent France at the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest set to take place in Copenhagen, Denmark. The songs will officially be presented on the 26th January 2014 during the programme Les Chansons D’Abord hosted by former representative; Natasha St-Pier on France 3. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: eurovision-quotidien

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Wednesday, 15 January 2014 06:30

MESC 2014: Reviewing the track ‘Hypnotica’

In 2014, the Public Broadcasting Services, responsible for Malta’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest decided to conduct a national final with just twenty (20) entries, rather than the typical twenty-four (24) which many had become accustomed to in recent years. Promotion is always vital, and escflashmalta.com has sent each entry to a professional panel of individuals in the music industry, who have in turn passed on their comments. This year, we have asked the likes of John Scott from the United States, Martin Isherwood from the United Kingdom, Sharon Vaughn from the United States but based in Sweden, Stano Simor from the Czech Republic and Greig Watts from the United Kingdom to do the honours. Today’s review is centred on Hypnotica, composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg with vocals provided by the group Jessika.

Jessika, one of the most popular artists in the local music scene for the time being, mostly due to her main role in the hit television series, Il-Klikka which airs Thursday nights on ONE. Following her debut at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest back in 2008 with the track Tangled composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg, she has never looked back and made it through to the live stages on a further three occasions; in 2011 with Down Down Down which she co-wrote with Philip Vella; in 2012 with Dance Romance also co-written with Philip Vella and finally with Ultraviolet composed by Philip Vella and Thomas G:son to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg in 2013. Amongst the vocal coaches that Jessika has had the pleasure to work with, there have been none other than Seth Riggs and Joshua Alamu, the latter having just released a duet with Valentina Monetta.

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Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg, the most successful songwriters in Malta, having been given the opportunity to represent the country in the Eurovision Song Contest on no less than five (5) occasions, all of which came in the past decade; kicking things off with Desire in 2000, and moving onto 7th Wonder in 2002, On Again .. Off Again in 2004, Vertigo in 2007 and Vodka in 2008, respectively. It has been six (6) years since their last victory and whilst they have been close, most notably with Claudia Faniello and her entry Pure back in 2012, they are yet to head over to the international competition for a sixth (6th) time. Apart from being a successful combination on a local level, it is well worth pointing out that they have also achieved national final success in Norway and The Netherlands where their entries managing third and fourth place, respectively.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 65%

John Scott: Reminds me a lot of the 2012 winner ‘Euphoria’, but I feel it’s not as strong. The vocals are not strong at all. Overall, it is not a great or memorable performance.

Martin Isherwood: Nice raincoat style dress. I'm in Hypnotica'? Where is that? Is this in English? Some strange lyrics - seven shades of you? Something’s roaming over my …? Shades of the David Guetta – Titanium. Given the 2012 winner 'Euphoria', it's probably not going to be a winner, but it is a decent track.

Sharon Vaughn: Again, an over-used approach but this somehow moves into pure Eurovision territory. A little too close to Euphoria on the title line, but very commercial.

Stano Simor: Jessika looks very good on stage. She also has a nice strong voice. I believe that Hypnotica should be at least one tone lower, in order to fit better with the colour of her voice. Definitely a very good dance song and with the right performance, it will look great on screen.

Greig Watts: Opening riff is reminiscent of Cry for you by September but just in feeling not in notes. I like the song, I worry that this will be performed well live though as not all dance songs come across well live, also from an English lyric perspective, what is Hypnotica?

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

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In the past two years, the list of twenty-four (24) semi-finalists competing within the Malta Eurovision Song Contest has included the name, Danica Muscat. For all those who have been following the illustrious career of the teenage performer, they would realise that she has had both local and foreign success, having also been part of the Canale 5 talent show, Io Canto. In an exclusive announcement, we are at liberty to reveal that Danica Muscat will not be submitting any songs for next years' edition of the showcase citing a number of other projects in the pipeline which are keeping her grounded.

Danica's last appearance within the local music scene was back within the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza where her entry L-Ewlieni composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss rounded out a hat-trick of top ten results within the competition. At this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, she had made it through with the song Fantasy composed by Paul Abela to the lyrics of Julian Farrugia but did not get beyond the semi-final whilst the year before, she had presented the magnificient 7 Days written by Philip Vella, sailing into the final. It is with deep regret to know that such a young, versatile performer will not be entering next years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com over the next couple of days as we reveal names of artists who submit and did not submit for the major showcase.

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escflashmalta.com has been granted permission to speak to the local artists competing within this years' edition of the International Festival of Maltese Song, fourteen in total. Apart from speaking to them about their careers thus far, it is pivotal to denote that we have focused on their participation within this competition in particular and their stance on Maltese being passed onto future generations through the medium of song. The order in which these interviews are being presented does not reflect the running order of the competition. Christian is the twelfth artist and he will be performing the song Raġġ ta' Tama composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Cher Vella.

In recent years, Christian has been mostly living in the shadow of his younger sister, Domenique who managed to garner the second runner-up slot at the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in 2012 with the song Tama u Kuraġġ composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Cher Vella and then also making it through to the finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Too Little Too Late composed by Marc Paelinck to the lyrics of Matthias Strasser. Is there any sibling rivalry and do you wish to emulate her success?

I feel very proud of my sister. She has a great talent and she deserved all her success. For sure I would like to have similar success. However, I am glad to see her achieving such success and I hope she continues over the course of her career.

On various occasions, critics within the local music scene have hit out at the public vote system which is ever so present in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and the International Festival of Maltese Song with revenue, always in the mind of the organisers. You were a beneficiary of the system during the 2009 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza as your entry Madre Perla written by Clinton Paul was awarded with the top spot according to the general public. What is your opinion on tele-voting and do you agree with the role it plays, amounting to a total of just one professional judge?

I believe in the general public and that it should have a voice in the final say. However, I still believe that the public vote should amount to a small proportion compared to the professional jury.

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It has been around a year since you had last competed in a nationwide competition but the different between the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and the International Festival of Maltese Song is surely in the fact that whilst one supports playback music, the other one will include the accompaniment of a band led by Maestro Sigmund Mifsud. Do you believe that the addition of live music adds to a music competition and how are you preparing to take to the stage?

I am very prepared for it. It is good that they have introduced again live music in Maltese competitions. Having live music gives the singers great opportunities to sing with a live band.

Raġġ ta' Tama composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Cher Vella is the song that you will be presenting in this years’ edition of the International Festival of Maltese Song. Would you care to explain the meaning behind the lyrics and the genre that the song encompasses?

Raġġ ta’ Tama is a ballad song. The song is about a relationship which has ended and he is asking her to forget the past and start over again. 

As a music competition, the International Festival of Maltese Song was the first to promote the national language through the medium of music, eventually followed by L-Għanja tal-Poplu and Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. With the Public Broadcasting Services supporting the event, it makes it only second to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Do you believe that there’s a place for this competition within the local music industry and do you support it’s continuation in the years to come?

This festival is one of a high prestige in Malta which promotes the Maltese language. There was a great need for this festival to start again and obviously I will support it’s continuation in the coming years as it gives great opportunity to Maltese talents. 

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

Thanks to those who showed the interest in reading my interview.

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escflashmalta.com has been granted permission to speak to the local artists competing within this years' edition of the International Festival of Maltese Song, fourteen in total. Apart from speaking to them about their careers thus far, it is pivotal to denote that we have focused on their participation within this competition in particular and their stance on Maltese being passed onto future generations through the medium of song. The order in which these interviews are being presented does not reflect the running order of the competition which is yet to be determined. Geordie DeBono is the fifth artist and he will perform the track Kuraġġ composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Joe Chircop.

Geordie, an individual who has gone on from being a full-time vocalist, to also becoming a television host and one responsible for nurturing new talent within the local music scene. The programme, Entertain Me hosted with Mariella Pace Asciak was an instant success and ultimately led to the revelation of several artists who have been successful ever since, including Norbert Bondin, Marie Claire Attard Bason and Rachel Verzin. The job of scouting talent is not easy but such shows have a lot of potential. What was the premise behind the concept and are you working on any new projects? 

Well basically we tought of helping upcoming singers find the starting point for their career.... For the future? who knows :)

Despite a prolonged absence from the local music industry, the International Festival of Maltese Song is returning and you are set to compete with an entry entitled Kuraġġ with music by Philip Vella and lyrics by joe Chircop. Would you care to explain to our readers the true meaning behind the song and what genre it encompasses?

Well the concept behind the song Kuraġġ is a wide focus on what is happening around us. Wars, People dying, Hunger etc. The author asks us to have a look around us and admire how lucky we are to be where we actually are.

If I am not mistaken, this was a song submitted to the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, and which made it through to the second eliminatory phase around two to three years ago. It is somewhat common courtesy in the local music industry to submit songs which are rejected from one competition into another with the hope that a second panel of professional judges would think differently. What is your opinion on this matter and do you truly believe in the potential of your entry?

Yes we really belive in the potential of the song as this is what many current affaris are around us. Thanks to Joe Chircop for his such beautiful lyrics maybe just for three mins one can just sit down, relax and just reflect on the strong words that Chircop has written.

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Despite your unsuccessful attempts in making it through to the finals of a local competition, managing to get through to the second phase prior to being eliminated, your success on behalf of Malta in foreign competitions is worth recognition. You have picked up competitions in Romania, Spain and Ukraine in recent months whilst globe-trotting along with your students who are also famed for garnering foreign success. How does it feel to represent Malta and succeed and what do you think is the issue with making it through to local music competitions?

Ahh well I always believed in my material that I submitted for competitions maybe sometimes I also had some preferences but I was always happy with what we submitted. Many times I believe that this subject is a matter of taste I really can't blame anyone as every person has his own taste of music. This was the right time and Kuraġġ made it through the finals. Yes going back to International festivals it's always hard work when representing your own country as you have to perform the right music that gives the best identity for our island. 

As a music competition, the International Festival of Maltese Song will be following in the footsteps of L-Għanja tal-Poplu and Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in promoting the national language through the medium of music. With the Public Broadcasting Services supporting the event, it makes it only second to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Do you believe that there’s a place for this competition within the local music industry and do you support it’s continuation in the years to come? 

Well we have been waiting for this competition for about eleven years now so a big welcome back to this national event. Yes I will be looking forward to it also in the future.

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

I would like to personally thank all the readers of escflashmalta.com who always beleived in me and in my music. It is not easy being a performer and i promise to keep on giving good music to all the wonderfull people out there. Peace.

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escflashmalta.com is proud to announce that the organisers behind the International Festival of Maltese Song have devised a running order which accentuates the features of each entry. This competition is returning to the local music scene following an absence of eleven years and in theory and fact becomes the third song competition to promote Maltese as a national language through the medium of song. A total of fourteen (14) entries made it through the initial judging phases including artists who have been a part of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on a couple of occasions, apart from even being at the Eurovision Song Contest. There will be a series of awards given on the night of the competition and therefore, all will be hoping to give their all.

The International Festival of Maltese Song is taking place at the Mediterranean Conference Centre on Saturday, 9th November 2013. Tickets for the event can be obtained from the venue booking office as from today, and have been reasonably priced in order to accomodate to everyone's needs. The competition is set to kick off at 19:30 CET with fourteen (14) local artists and fourteen (14) foreign artists taking to the main stage. The editorial board of escflashmalta.com would like to encourage everyone who has music close to their heart to attend the International Festival of Maltese Song and support this venture as it was supported when it was the jewel of the music industry.

Paċi Sovrana - Donna (Donna Marie Ellul)

Kuraġġ - Geordie (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop)

Għadek Tgħix - Fiona (Renato Briffa / Mark Amaira)

Poeta Bla Kliem - Mark Tonna (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Ħolma - Lyann Iles (Paul Abela / Lyann Iles)

Raġġ ta' Tama' - Christian (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)

Sinjali - Bernice (Renato Briffa / Rita Pace)

Mikrokożmu - Janvil & Hooligan (Augusto Cardinali / Giovann Attard)

Din Jien - Dorcas (Minik / Rita Pace)

Solitaire - Dario & Grecia (Dario Bezzina / Rita Pace)

Hawn mill-Ġdid - Olivia Lewis (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)

Passi Fir-Ramel - Domenique (Philip Vella / Mark Amaira)

Inti mill-Ġdid - Roger Tirazona (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)

Stejjer - Miriam Christine (Andrew Zahra / Joe Julian Farrugia)

The organising committee is made up of Chairperson Mrs Josette Grech Hamilton, Deputy chairperson Mr Ignatius Farrugia, Executive Secretary Mr Robert Cefai, Public Relations Officer & Media Relations Mr Deo Grech, Festival Coordinator Mr Ray Falzon, Hospitality Coordinator Ms Simone Bugeja and Technical Coordinator Mr Pierre Cachia. Mr Norman Hamilton serves as the artistic consultant, Mr Anton Attard as the technical consultant on behalf of PBS and Maestro Sigmund Mifsud as the musical consultant. The International Festival of the Maltese Song is organised under the auspices of the Parliamentary Secretary for Culture and Local Councils, Hon. Dr. J. Herrera in collaboration with the World Association of Festival organisers and Artists. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: International Festival of Maltese Song Committee

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Richard Edwards, first runner-up at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 with the track Finally which he co-wrote with Jan Van Dijck is the latest vocalist to confirm his intentions to return to the pre-selection process. It does not really come as a surprise denoting that the male artist has been ever so present in the competition since his success, being a finalist in 2012 and 2013 with the tracks Look At Me Now co-written with Jan Van Dijck, Fall Like Rome composed by Philip Vella and Magnus Kaxe to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg and a duet with Petra entitled Wonderful Today a co-write with Wayne Micallef.

Richard Micallef took to his personal account through Social Networking website, Facebook stating 'Just finished two new songs that I will submit for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Something different from what I normally write ... I feel like I need to change it up a bit...' This is actually good news, and somewhat bodes well especially following the disappointing announcements made by Nadine Axisa and Klinsmann who will not be submitting any entries for the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Submissions will be received by the Public Broadcasting Services at the Creativity Hub between the 30th and the 31st October 2013. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

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