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“Flame”, co-written by Kelly Schembri, Katie Jones and Warren Meyers, with vocals provided by the group Monroe, was a submission in the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, set to take place on the 21st and 22nd November at the Marsa Shipbuilding. Nevertheless, after failing to get through to the final phase of the competition, the songwriters thought it best to release the song, and they have done just that by sending it in as a submission in Switzerland, a competing country in the Eurovision Song Contest which allows foreign singers, and songwriters to put their names forward. “Flame” which features the vocals of Katie Jones, Kelly Schembri and Nadia Vella is a modern ballad which would definitely not be out of place on a studio album released by The Saturdays or Little Mix. Warren Meyers, one of the songwriters and also the lead producer of the track,…
BHRT, the public broadcaster of Bosnia & Herzegovina, responsible for the participation of the country at the Eurovision Song Contest has released a press release, making it public that they do want to return to the international music competition in Vienna, Austria should they be able to secure the necessary funding. An official announcement is expected in a week, on the 31st October 2014. Media in the Balkan country have gone on record stating that Hari Mata Hari will be the artist that Bosnia & Herzegovina will send to the Eurovision Song Contest.It would be his second participation, having managed to finish in 3rd place back in the 2006 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. "Lejla", his entry that year, was co-written by singer/songwriter and former representative, Zeljko Joksimovic. This announcement comes as on the same day that the European Broadcasting Union confirmed that there will be at least 37…
In just 4 weeks, Malta will have a national final, in hope of selecting the best possible entry to represent the nation at next year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria. The selection, spread over two nights, on the 21st and 22nd November, is set to take place at the Marsa Shipbuilding and will feature a host of well known and upcoming stars, all vying to present themselves in a professional manner, in hope of gauging public reaction and receiving support. Earlier this afternoon, the Public Broadcasting Services published the Official Music Videos accompanying the entries competing in what has been dubbed the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Recorded at WE Media Studios, the genres of the competing entries are varied, although one thing is clear, this is a different Mediterranean country than what the public were used to several years ago with the…
Monday, 20 October 2014 07:18

MESC 2015: Official Promo Campaign Kicks Off

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Dubbed as the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, due to the fact that the selection process is taking place in around 4 weeks time, the official campaign accompanying each of the 20 semi-finalists will kick-off today, with six different entries set to be presented through all mediums of the Public Broadcasting Services; Television Malta, Radju Malta, Magic Malta, and Radju Malta 2. Whether local or foreign, one will be able to follow everything through the official website of the public broadcaster. During the day, you will be given the opportunity to either listen or watch the competing entries through programmes including; TVAM & TVPM on Television Malta, DanuSan on Radju Malta 1, Filgħodu ma Frederick Zammit on Radju Malta 2, Breakfast Show ma' Carlo Borg Bonaci on Magic Malta, and also before the 6pm and 8pm news on Television Malta. In just a matter of weeks, the…
"Diamonds", the song which will represent Malta at this year's edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest was officially presented during a launch which took place at St Benedict's College in Ħal Kirkop at around Noon. The Public Broadcasting Services aired the event through the official website and TVM2, for local and international viewers. The song, entitled "Diamonds" is co-written by Elton Zarb, Matthew Mercieca, Gillian Attard and Federica Falzon itself, noting a true team effort, and also featuring the successful songwriters from 12 months ago. A music video accompanying the entry, produced by VSquared in collaboration with the Public Broadcasting Services was uploaded through the official website of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Federica Falzon is relishing the opportunity to represent Malta in an event taking place on home soil, knowing that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. She will showcase her vocal range once more, as…
"Heartbeat" co-written by Hazel Kaneswaran, Jonas Gladnikoff, Rasmus Palmgren, Patrizia Helander, with vocals provided by Kasey Smith and featuring Canlinn, led to a disappointing result for Ireland, failing to qualify to the grand final, finishing in 13th place, much to the dismay of the national broadcaster and an extremely large fanbase from the seven-time winning country. The mentor-led system which Ireland has used in the past four years, has led to a mixed series of results, even though qualification was acquired between 2011 and 2013, twice with X Factor twins, Jedward. In 2015, Ireland is adopting a different approach, and is thus organising an open national selection, as had been previously stated by the Irish Independent. Amongst the artists who will be putting their name forward are none other than former UK X Factor finalists; Jedward, who as mentioned above, have already represented the Emerald Isle on two previous occasions,…
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 03:24

Italy: An In-Depth Introduction to Sanremo 2015

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The prestigious Italian Festival will next year take place between the 10th and the 14th February, hosted by none other than Carlo Conti, who is one of the most popular TV presenters on RAI 1, mainly known for the quiz show “L’Eredita”. Infact, Conti himself has just recently published a sort of handbook for the festival, which will also include some new concepts. The festival will yet again be divided into two categories, mainly the “Giovani” (Italy’s upcoming talent) and the “Campioni” (Famous Italian singers). Unlike the previous years, the “Campioni” will be competing with one song and not two. The shows will be divided as follows: 10th February 2015: 8 “Campioni” will premiere their songs and 4 “Giovani” will do the same (2 will proceed to the semifinal round held on 12/02) 11th February 2015: 8 remaining “Campioni” will premiere theirs songs and the next 4 “Giovani” will do…
Monday, 13 October 2014 18:03

Sweden: Another Melodifestivalen Quest Kicks Off

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As rumours start to circulate as to who will or who won’t be participating in Melodifestivalen 2015. We can have a look at some of the items that have been confirmed. Firstly, Sanna Nielsen solidifies herself as a MF veteran after being confirmed as co-host with Robin Paulsson. After winning the competition on her seventh attempt by only two points last year with her song “Undo”. She secured third place in Copenhagen in May after becoming one if the early favourites. The natural progression would be for her to become host. I am pretty sure she will do a great job and I like how SVT keep refreshing the presenters. Chris Björkman has also confirmed that there will be a format change for the 2015 competition. This year there will be 12 songs in the final rather than the usual 10 and four songs will progress from the second chance…
It’s hard to believe that the Public Broadcasting Services already has a line-up for the next edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with twenty entries set to compete for the ticket to represent Malta in Vienna, Austria. The national final, set to take place at the Marsa Shipbuilding on the 21st and 22nd November will be featuring a host of well known and upcoming stars, all vying to present their work, and garner the respect of the general public and the professional panel of judges. During the course of the weekend, the Public Broadcasting Services will be recording the Official Music Videos which will accompany the entries over the next couple of weeks. According to the rules and regulations, all the qualified entries could have been re-mastered, without the additional change in melodic structure, as has been the case in recent years. This will ensure that the competition is…
“In and Out of Love” written by Gorgi and Erik Rydmark, with vocals provided by Kaya, is currently competing for the right to represent Switzerland in the 2015 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The local singer/songwriter, a three time qualifier to the selection process in Malta, where she found success 14 years ago, finishing in 3rd place with the song “Our Love” composed by Alfred Zammit to the lyrics of Cynthia Sammut, did submit entries for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014-2015, failing to pass the first hurdle. In recent weeks, Kaya was competing in this year’s edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in a duet with one of her students, Nicole Brincat. Their entry “Ħamsin Sena Nazzjon” composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Paul Ellul, mustered enough points to finish in a respectable 4th place. This was one of the most disappointing results for the…

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