23 January 2018

Garnering a total of 185 points, Destiny Chukunyere from Malta has been crowned the winner of the 13th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, following an exceptional performance of “Not My Soul”, an original song composed by Elton Zarb to the lyrics of Matthew “Muxu” Mercieca.

This is Malta’s second victory in three years, having previously finished in 1st place with “The Start”, also composed by Elton Zarb to the lyrics of Matthew “Muxu” Mercieca with vocals provided by Gaia Cauchi. What makes this victory even more special though is that Destiny has managed to set the record for the most accumulated points, as had been set by Maria Isabel at the 2004 Junior Eurovision Song Contest!

In second place was Mika from Armenia whose “Love” garnered 176 points, whilst Lina from Slovenia finished in third place with 112 points following a beautiful performance of “Prva ljubezen”. Below you could have a look at the full ranking;

1. 185 points - Malta

2. 176 points - Armenia

3. 112 points - Slovenia

4. 105 points - Belarus

5. 93 points - Albania

6. 80 points - Russia

7. 79 points - Serbia

8. 64 points - Australia

9. 62 points - Bulgaria

10. 51 points - Georgia

11. 38 points - Ukraine

12. 36 points - Ireland

13. 36 points - Montenegro

14. 36 points - San Marino

15. 35 points - The Netherlands

16. 34 points - Italy

17. 26 points - Macedonia

Malta’s result saw the top points go to Italy, followed by Australia, and host country Bulgaria in third place. Half of the result was decided courtesy of an expert jury made up of singers; Amber (ESC 2015), Georgina Abela (ESC 1991), Deborah C (MESC 2012-2015), Christabelle (MESC 2014-2015) and disc jockey Dorian Cassar of 89.7 Bay. On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to congratulate Destiny on this astonishing result, and urge you to stay tuned to this portal even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest which may or may not take place in Malta. Fingers Crossed!

Source: junioreurovision.tv

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Whilst listening to Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D on 89.7 Bay a couple of years back, I remember one female vocalist in particular. Peaking at number #1 with a debut single is not easy, but this was Davinia, an individual who works hard and never takes no for an answer. Acquiring the attention of songwriters Elton Zarb and Matthew Mercieca, a fruitful collaboration ensued leading to the release of "Feel Good Song" and "Sail Away", successful radio singles.

It was towards the end of 2012 that Davinia tried her luck and sent in a submission to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. "Betrayed" had a Bond vibe surrounding it and the professional panel of judges definitely made the right call by putting it through, eventually allocating it in third place. A debut which led to a top three finish in a year where the festival was seemingly all about Kevin Borg. Davinia has not shied away from the local music scene in the past year, going onto release three singles; "You are my Home", "Brand New Day" and most recently "Ouch!", the latter being a collaboration with Matthew Mercieca and Carlo Gerada.

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Today, escflashmalta.com is proud to present Davinia as the new monthly guest blogger ready to share with you all her top five songs of the month whilst including some tidbits, events which we will follow. This come to fruition after the 1 year agreement with Ira Losco came to a formal end earlier this year. We would like to thank the outgoing blogger for her services as we continue to support her music endeavours. On behalf of Ironic PR & Artist Management, Matthew Mercieca is proud to present Davinia to the escflashmalta.com editorial team and hope that her attitude towards life, a bubbly one will be shown through her writing. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Davinia (Official Facebook & Twitter)

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'Floating on Air' is the name of the new single by Gaia Cauchi, winner of the 2013 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, with music by Elton Zarb and lyrics by Matthew Mercieca. This follows her debut single 'The Start' which won the prestigious children's competition back in November. Launched during the Malta International Food Festival in Ħaż-Żabbar to a large audience, it was well received by those present.

Gaia Cauchi, a student of La Voix Academy, has been on a high since triumphing at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, having been a guest at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, at Sanremo Junior Malta, the Eurovision Song Contest and also finishing as the first runner-up on the Romanian talent show; Next Star which airs on Antena 1. 'Floating on Air', written in the form of a theme song could be said to be a mixture of genres; including ballad, r'n'b and pop. You may listen to the song below, whilst we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook & Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Gaia Cauchi (Official Facebook Page)

The 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is months away but several countries have either confirmed their participation or released their regulations for national selection processes. Apart from the means of FM Radio in the Netherlands on FM 106.8 and the audio stream from the studio via www.radiointernational.tv and on Digital Cable 781 & Cable 8.1Mhz in the Netherlands, the show will also be web-televised via the Radio International TV Channel from the studio and linking up the many international Eurovision fans and friends and play your requests and read your messages out on air. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET when fans can join in and chat amongst each other via the Chat Room and request their favourite Eurovision entry.

In anticipation of the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, the team of Radio International had the opportunity to visit Malta, which hosted one of the most organised national finals to take place in Europe this year. Whilst there, they had the chance to speak to all of the entrants, including a series of special guests, some of which represented the Mediterranean Island in the continental competition in the past. In this weeks' episode, one will listen to interviews held with the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest representative; Miriam Christine as well as her team of songwriters; Emil Calleja Bayliss and Mark Scicluna as well as last years' second runner-up; Davinia with her friend and lyricist; Muxu who also helped co-write Malta's winning entry at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, that entitled The Start.

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As the dawn of a brand new season approaches, Radio International will be hosting a brand new feature, one entitled Denmark's Eurovision Song Contest History which will be reflecting on the entries that the Scandinavian nation sent to the annual music competition. David Mann will continue to look at cover versions from the event whilst the latest news from escXtra and escflashmalta.com will be read out. In the meantime, former representatives of the Eurovision Song Contest are always looking for ways to please their fans and thus new music is being recorded and published throughout the year. Radio International will be playing the most recent singles as sent in by several record labels. We urge you to tune into Radio International this evening at 20:00 CET in order to request your favourite entry from the Eurovision Song Contest and listen to the special features.

Source: Press Release

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On the 30th November 2013, the European Broadcasting Union will be hosting the tenth edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, which is being staged in Kiev, Ukraine. As part of the rebranding of the event, a certain co-relation is being created between the senior and the junior events of the Eurovision Song Contest, so much so that two former winners of the senior event; Ruslana and Emmelie de Forest have both been invited to perform as special guests during the course of the evening.

It is also worth noting that the one of the hosts of the evening is Zlata Ognevich, the female artist who represented Ukraine at this years’ edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Gravity, finishing in second place. This is a similar system to the one used by NTU, the national broadcaster of Ukraine when they hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest a couple of years back by getting Ani Lorak to co-host. Malta is returning to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with Gaia Cauchi and her entry The Start which she co-wrote with Elton Zarb, Matt Mercieca and Gillian Attard  of La Voix Academy. It is always important to denote that the Mediterranean Country had been absent from the event for the past two (2) years. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news.

Source: Junior Eurovision (Official Website)

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Heads of Delegation from thirty-nine competing nations in this years' Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malmo, Sweden officially presented their entries for the international competition thus bringing the curtain down on yet another season of national selections. The editorial board of escflashmalta.com has been in contact with several professionals from the local and the foreign music industries to help assess the entries in this years' competition. This is one of the features which our portal has coined in the past three years and which has amassed popularity with the readers. Our professional analysts have a look at the videos with a certain detail for the simple reason that they know what it means to create hit songs or nurture talent which has gone onto achieve success in the foreign market. 

They will pass on their comments on each of the respective tracks and give a mark out of ten, but then, the final ranking of qualifiers will be very dependent of their top ten ranking. Each of the direct qualifiers, six in total where given voting rights in each of the respective semi-finals and therefore the professionals as decided by the editorial team to cover which semi-final would listen to the competing entries along with the direct qualifiers who would be voting in that respective semi-final. One of the major revelations of this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest has surely been Matthew Mercieca who is known in the local music industry as Muxu. His talents as a singer/songwriter have never graced the festival scene but surprisingly, people were stunned to listen to the lyrics he penned to the track Betrayed performed by Davinia to the music of Elton Zarb. It has an appealing feature which the jury adored and as a matter of fact, it managed to finish in third place to the surprise of many. The quality is becoming more of an issue in Malta hence why this track was not overlooked. Muxu on the other hand has released two singles in the past couple of months including So Good and Pour Down On Me, earning a couple of nominations at the Bay Music Awards and Malta Music Awards. 

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Joining him in analysing the first semi-final will be none other than Lina Eriksson, based in Sweden and signed to EMI Music Publishing in Scandinavia. Her worked during the past couple of years surely speaks for itself noting that she has managed to make the Melodifestivalen competition on six out of the past eight years including with more than one entry in 2010 and 2012 respectively. In the latter year, Baby Doll performed by the group Top Cats made it to the final finishing in a respectacle sixth position. Away from the Melodifestivalen, Lina Eriksson alongside her husband Marten Eriksson, a songwriter and producer himself have worked on a number of renowned tunes including for example This Moment by Marie Picasso and Vill Da Dig Igen by Thomas Di Leva. She was also a co-writer for It's For You performed by Niamh Kavanagh for Ireland in 2010.

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Czech Republic was a competing country in the Eurovision Song Contest but decided to stop competing altogether following successive disappointing results. One of the prime songwriters and music producers of the country is none other than Stano Simor, having done a lot of work with a variety of artists including Tereza Kerndlová, for whom he had written the song Have Some Fun alongside Gordon Pogoda. Stano Simor comes from an industry which is somewhat accustomed to different tastes to what Malta has become to enjoy over the years, but not in an exclusive manner especially considering that he is currently managing pop/rock artist, Mista who was quite close to being the Slovakian representative back in 2010. He has worked on several studio albums, all of which have gone at least 1x Platinium and that is definitely a statistic which should always be accounted.

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For the second semi-final, the format is kept the same with a female and two males joining the proceedings and kicking off things is none other than Martin Isherwood whom escflashmalta.com is proud to present as one of the annual partners in this respective feature. Martin Isherwood is a leading figure at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, being the Head of Discipline and bringing to the table more than twenty years of experience within songwriting, producing, sound engineering and managing artists. As a matter of fact, he also won the Song for Europe competition with his song Cry Baby which despite being a pop song written for the times was not performed to the expected standard. Such a figure has been quite successful and currently is a Board Member of the Merseyside Music Development Agency in order to help support aspiring artists in their dream to reach out to the masses and be successful.

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In the past couple of months, we have closely worked with Sharon Vaughn and indeed, she has become a regular contributor to our projects. Her success within the foreign music industry speaks volumes having targeted several markets, most notably the larger ones in the United States of America as well as Australia and also the United Kingdom. The repertoire of artists that she has worked with is phenomenal and not only that but she had been involved in some of the most intriguing hits throughout the years including Release Me by Agnes, The Guardian by Delta Goodrem and Fahrenheight by Joe McElderry whilst also having tracks included in albums by Malena Ernman, Brian Kennedy, The Wanted, September and Jedward, having written their Eurovision Song Contest entry last year. One note towards local artists is surely the fact that she correctly predicted Gianluca to win this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

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The final individual which we have included within the analysis of the second semi-final entries is a songwriter, producer, and a sound engineer who has been working with a number of local artists in the past two years of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Magnus Kaxe, born in Sweden but based in Germany has collaborated with various artists all across the world with success achieved in the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Sweden, Norway, and South Africa amongst others. The most notable successes surely are those which he has helped write and indeed, he has written two notable tracks, one entitled Higher Ground performed by Amy Diamond and the other being Falling by Clay Aiken, runner-up of American Idol. Nevertheless, he has met the likes of Britney Spears, Aqua, Celine Dion, Westlife and Will Young whilst working on their respective singles and studio albums. This year, he was competing in the national selection with Klinsmann, Dorothy Bezzina and Richard Edwards and hopes to return next year. The project will be launching in the first week of April, so stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

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Wednesday, 13 February 2013 16:15

Radio International: More Interviews Tonight

The Team of Radio International is back and following the visit to the Mediterranean Island of Malta in the past couple of weeks, invites you to the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. Apart from the means of FM Radio in the Netherlands on FM 106.8 and the audio stream from the studio via www.radiointernational.tv and on Digital Cable 781 & cable 88.1Mhz in the Netherlands, the show will also be web-televised via the Radio International TV Channel from the studio and linking up the many international Eurovision fans and friends and play your requests and read your messages out on air. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET when Eurovision fans can join in and chat amongst each other via the Chat Room and request their favourite Eurovision entry.

The main focus of the past week was surely the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and the Team of Radio International had the opportunity to speak to the winner, Gianluca Bezzina who will be flying the flag for Malta in the second semi-final of the esteemed competition with the song Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek. Whilst attention is already being diverted off the selection, it is important to denote that we also had the opportunity to speak to Kevin Borg, who is thought to be one of the most pivotal figures in the local music industry and he came second with the song Needing You co-written with Simon Gribbe, Thomas Thornholm, Michael Clauss and Dan Attlerud. 

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The interviews continues thoug because, a newcomer by the name of Davinia Pace finished in third place during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest iwth her song Betrayed composed by Elton Zarb and penned by Matthew Mercieca (Muxu). She has taken in this experience as a brilliant kick start to bigger and better things and considering that she has released material such as Feel Good Song and Sail Away in recent months, one would surely expect more in the near future. The final interview that will be aired this evening is with Liene Candy who is hoping to represent Latvia in 2013 with the song Higher and Higher. She has already been a backing vocalist for the nation before, in 2008 with Wolves of the Sea but would like to come out as the lead vocalist.

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Radio International is always keen to present songs during the show apart from the weekly features and therefore, collaborating the two ideas together will see the emergence of Eurovision UnverCover whereas tracks performed at the Eurovision Song Contest will be covered by other singers. The actual tracks will be played first followed by the cover and this will make things interesting. Apart from this feature which will officially commence as of tomorrow, there will be new material played on the show by a number of former representatives. All of the latest news is also covered during the weekly broadcast noting resources from escflashmalta.com and escXtra where Luke Fisher, the Editor makes a weekly round-up. The same applies with Dermot Manning who continues national finals and this week, he turns to Finland, Iceland and Norway. Follow the show through the official website and also send your requests through the contact link which is found on the aforementioned website.

Source: Emil Calleja Bayliss (image), Press Release

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Monday, 07 January 2013 00:00

MESC 2013: Reviewing the track 'Betrayed'

The 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is less than a month away and the Public Broadcasting Services is promoting each of the respective competing entries on Television Malta, Radju Malta and Magic Malta whilst our web portal escflashmalta.com will officially start tackling each of the tracks as of today, noting that a number of high profile critics as introduced late last year have had the opportunity to listen to the full versions of the tracks and thus comment on an individual basis on each whilst their compiled score will also be listed as a percentage out of the total maximum points which could have been awarded, fifty. Kicking off the proceedings with our annual feature which will see someone winning the Critics Choice Award on Sas-Sitta on the 9th February will be none other than festival newcomer Davinia Pace who will be performing the song Betrayed composed by Elton Zarb and penned by Matthew Mercieca, more commonly known as Muxu as the final track in the semi-final slated to take place on the 1st February at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre.

Davinia Pace is not only a completely newcomer to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest but is relatively new in the local music scene noting that she moved to Hertfordshire at the tender age of thirteen in order to follow her craft and learn the art of performance. As a matter of fact, music started becoming one of the main elements in her life and as she grew, she decided that becoming a singer would be possible with the right training and indeed, she enrolled into the musical college known as Vocal Tech, where she learned how to control her voice better and ultimately showing that blues and jazz had a predominant role in her outlook. In recent months, she has been quite busy recording brand new material with her good friend, Muxu and as a matter of fact came about the duet Feel Good Song as well as her number #1 hit single Bottled My Teardrops. These two songs reflected well upon Davinia garnering a nomination for Best Newcomer at the Bay Music Awards. She decided to continue working on the genre itself and thus came about another track entitled Sail Away which was released onto 89.7 Bay Radio very recently.

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Betrayed is the focus of this review of course, and the focus seems to be with regards to the fact that it is somewhat similar in genre to a bond tune and more specifically Skyfall which was released by singer/songwriter Adele in recent weeks. It is coming across well on screen and Davinia seems to be very camera friendly noting that she manages to get the attention of the viewer instantly. Songwriting credit in music goes to Elton Zarb who despite having solo projects in this manner has become renowned for his work on the hit musical drama series D.R.E.A.M.S. amongst others. This will not be his first time competing with his most recent tracks in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest  being Whoop It Up! for Annalise Ellul and While My Eyes Still Glow for Janice Mangion in 2012. On the other hand, the lyrics by Matthew Mercieca known as Muxu come as a surprise for this particular competition noting that the singer/songwriter has never been keen into entering himself despite a number of hits including his recent single Pour Down On Me but his work with Davinia Pace is consistent and she clearly let him shine through from a lyrical point of view.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 56%

Sharon Vaughn: I really believe in Davinia as a performer and on this particular song, there seems to be that something special.

Martin Isherwood: Chorus melodically strong but lyric setting feels a little awkward. In fact, it becomes a very confusing lyric. Nice voice but derivative. Amy Winehouse seemingly meets Bond.

Stano Simor: Tina Turner’s Golden Eye or the Belgian group Hooverphonic? Yes I love this style of music. Anyways, I don't think is the right way to reach fans or to get enough points. Second Lena will not return anymore. There is nothing to disapprove off, at least with the song but it does fit with the other tracks. Davinia has a specifically nasal voice that sits in this style of music.

Roberto Meloni: Davinia has a very special vocal “material”, she is like a raw jewel. I like her attitude, not sure about her dress. About the song: what about more improvisation in the last part? It’s not a winning song, but I like the way she delivers it. 

Lina Eriksson: For me, this does not work at all. I’m really sorry Davinia but this a sleeping-pill from beginning to end.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

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2013 is officially just a couple of hours away and several people are already gearing up to pop the corks off their champagne bottles but nevertheless, there is still one more day to go through and hopefully, that will also be one to remember in a positive manner. It has been an endearing year, with several positive aspects. As a matter of fact, we have been through the major news items for both the general Eurovision Song Contest as well as the local music scene and one could easily denote the progress that has been made on both a national and a foreign level of vocal talent and songs in general. Kicking off things in January, one has to remember that the announcement of the semi-finalists of the 2012 Malta Eurovision Song Contest took place on the programme Xarabank preceding a number of promotional activities which took place across the national broadcasters' frequencies including Television Malta, Radju Malta and Maltin Biss.

That is just the beginning noting that when the showcase actually came about as held in the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre at the end of February, several people were shocked to see that Eleanor Cassar with the song I Want to Runaway and Annalise Ellul with Whoop It Up! were eliminated at the first hurdle. The final also opened up a number of questions due to the fact that Kurt Calleja with the track This Is The Night managed to beat the favourite Claudia Faniello with Pure despite not managing to win the full approval of the jury. According to unconfirmed statistics, he won the tele-voting by a large margin which secured his representation of the country. At this same time that the event was being staged, organisers of the Għanja tal-Poplu were gearing up for the return of the competition and indeed, they managed to garner forty two (42) entries in total, including from Malta Eurovision Song Contest semi-finalist; Janice Mangion, Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza finalist; Grecia Bezzina and escflashmalta.com contributor; Clive Muscat. February was proving to be a month of competitions and in fact, our portal covered the Sanremo showcase extensively through Elaine Camilleri, seeing to the victory of Emma Marrone with favourite Arisa languishing in second place. In the meantime, Kurt Calleja had begun his promotional tour in the same month heading to the artist selection in Azerbaijan, strengthening the bond created between the two countries in the previous year. 

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In just a couple of weeks, the fever of the Eurovision Song Contest was sweeping the continent and it was revealed that the British Broadcasting Corporation had chosen a legend in the form of Engelbert Humperdinck to represent the United Kingdom. The announcement was met with mixed criticism noting that ultimately his entry Love Will Set You Free did not really achieve the expected result but nevertheless in Malta, there were other elements at hand noting that the original backing vocalist with the track This Is The Night being Ylenia Vella was sacked by the Public Broadcasting Services and replaced by Amber who had in February obviously finished in third place with her entry Answers With Your Eyes without any public support. Kurt Calleja did not answer any questions about the change and continued his promotion in Bulgaria and Lithuania whilst also filming the promotional video of the track on his return to the country. In Malta, on a private television station known as NET Television, preparations for the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza had begun and Simone Gauci was announced as the first finalist following her victory on Passport 2 Indifest having beaten former finalist; Marie Claire Attard Bason in the process. Her entry bearing the name Id F'Id was specifically written for her by Renato Briffa and Keith Zammit.

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In April, it was all about Kurt Calleja and Malta's participation in the Eurovision Song Contest noting that he had managed to top the local iTunes chart with his entry whilst also visiting another set of countries; Turkey, Georgia and The Netherlands bringing his promotional tour to an end in a major party which included several major interviews. One of the male stars of the local music industry, Fabrizio Faniello continued to rebuild his image and the release of his album Kasmaran in Indonesia proved to be a massive success denoting the artist as a star in the Asian country. escflashmalta.com continued to work extremely close with a number of sources and uncovered that Elaine Saliba was set to be the commentator for Malta at the international competition, although it was then revealed at a later stage that Ronald Briffa would be aiding her analysis providing some comic relief.  The impressive younger generation of musical prodigies never cease to amaze and Gaia Cauchi won the right to represent the country in Sanremo Junior 2012, ultimately becoming the winner a couple of months later. The month came to an end with one of the artists of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, being Wayne releasing the official video clip for his self penned track entitled Time with which he had competed a couple of months earlier.

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The month of the Eurovision Song Contest quickly came about and May seemed to be quite intriguing in the local music market with the return of Christabelle with the track Say as well as Brooke with Fairytale but the media was somewhat enthralled at the single release of Miss You with main vocals by Wintermoods featuring the renowned international tenor; Joseph Calleja. It was also a month in which the finalists for the 2012 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza were revealed, quickly noting that this had to be one of the fields which was missing a lot of the more predominant names yet nevertheless featuring the upcoming generation of artists such as Domenique, and Danica Muscat amongst others. Performing at the Eurovision Song Contest, Kurt Calleja made the country proud on the night of the semi-final achieving seventh place but it seems that nerves got the best of him on a Saturday night with his performance dropping in quality although this did not hurt his success charting on the iTunes top 100 in Austria, Greece, Norway, Sweden and of course, Malta. escflashmalta.com kept their annual coverage with guest commentators including Simon CaseyRaquelaClaudia FanielloSophieMagnus Kaxe and Christabelle. Thousands of people viewed the respective reports and with the aid of the team of Radio International and Eurovision Ireland, the competition was analysed and covered in the most profound and detailed way possible. 

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With the months leading up to the competition behind everyone, the summer was set to kick in and in fact, June was a relatively quiet month with the Public Broadcasting Services confirming their intentions to not return to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. On the other hand, Sophie was representing the country in the United Kingdom during the celebrations of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, undergoing a cross-country tour which saw her perform with the likes of X Factor runner-up, Marcus Collins whilst Kevin Borg was being wooed by the local public who wanted to see him represent the country in Sweden, the winning nation of the Eurovision Song Contest. The annual award for the worst dressed artist at the Eurovision Song Contest was decided with Rona Nishliu on behalf of Albania finishing on top. July proved to be less quiet and somewhat more eventful with Sweden deciding on Malmo as host city of the Eurovision Song Contest with the winner also coming to Malta to give a concert. In fact, on the Islands, things were becoming quite interesting with the Joseph Calleja concert featuring Ronan Keating, Gigi D'Alessio and Amber taking place on the Floriana Granaries, days before the official single release of What I'd Give by Ira Losco, her first track taken off the 2013 yet untitled album.

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August came about but was quiet uneventful once more with Ira Losco releasing the official video for her new single and Kurt Calleja working on new material off a yet untitled album slated for release in 2013. In fact, Boomerang was picked up on 89.7 Bay and also made the charts by virtue of the amount of airplay received. As autumn and September drew in, the Public Broadcasting Services released the regulations for the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest whilst other sectors of the scene were showing their strengths as new singles were also released by Janvil entitled Make My Day, Muxu bearing the name Pour Down on Me and last but not least a young girl brand coined as Cryptic Street with Indecisive. The second major music competition in Malta known as the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza was won by Deborah C with the track Jekk Nużaw Moħħna written by Mark Spiteri Lucas and Joe Chircop. Success was a thing of the month noting that the popular pop/rock band known as Airport Impressions went on tour in Sweden, headlining three major events and garnering international recognition. escflashmalta.com continued to air the local music scene by virtue of releasing a number of videos exclusively including the one of Muxu which you could also view just below.

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It seemed like winter would not be setting foot on the country this year with October coming in full swing and the music scene bringing things up to speed in an excruciatingly busy ratio with exclusive video releases by Cryptic Street and Fabrizio Faniello along with new singles released by the group Cruz; Good On You, Chiara; Forget Forgetting Me, Dimal & Lyndsay; Let's Make It Happen. During this time, one of the singles was also picked up by a record label and as a matter of fact, Chiara is now a true recording artist with the backing of an Icelandic record label which also takes care of former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Hera Bjork. Whilst pop and rock are seemingly the two most popular genre in the country, the duo known as Tenishia received an accolade of which the whole country should be proud of with the official DJ Mag putting them as the fiftieth best in the world ahead of renowned musicians like Benny Benassi. The Public Broadcasting Services revealed that they received a total of 182 submissions for the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest from a variety of countries and a matter of fact, submissions were sent in from four former representatives including; Fabrizio Faniello, Miriam Christine, William Mangion and Ludwig Galea but none of them would make the cut in the long run. The collaboration between this portal and the series D.R.E.A.M.S continued as a second season written by the talent Vella Haber and Saliba La Rosa returned featuring two main new actresses being Michela Dalli and Kristen Camilleri.

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The month of November, was finally starting to show signs that the weather would be cooling down and in fact, the revelation of the twenty-four semi-finalists of the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest seemed to be the only heated moment with a host of newcomers revealed in the list especially artists who have garnered attention through radio such as the likes of Gianluca Bezzina, and Davinia with others coming from notable national showcases including Chris Grech. December was relatively quiet noting that in the beginning, the Junior Eurovision Song Contest took place with Ukraine finishing on top with the track Nebo but the focus of the local music scene was surely on the Bay Music Awards which saw Red Electrick walk away with a total of two awards in total, the most of the night which also saw success going in the way of JJoy, Kelly StellfoxIra Losco, Carlo Gerada, Jan Cortez, Christabelle, and Cryptic Street. The Malta Eurovision Song Contest also hit a bump on the head with the withdrawal of Saska Hunt and the track Dress Rehearsal who was replaced by the first alternate on the list; Marilena Gauci with the track Overrated. We indeed hope that this year in fact wasn't just that and that it was ideal for each and every one of you. We look forward to serving you for another eventful year, as 2013 dawns in a couple of hours.

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89.7 Bay embarked on a mission a couple of years back to promote the local music scene and considering the astonishing amount of tracks that have been played on the radio station throughout this particular year, it seems that their efforts are paying off noting that success has become their trademark. The ninth edition of the Bay Music Awards which took place last night at the Bay Arena in St Julians were running under the theme Party Like It's The End of the World and there was a buzzing feeling in the crowd featuring people of all generations, representing the various artists who were nominated or performed. The build up was intense and several people were left on edge until the first performance, even preceding the introduction of the hosts took place. A lot was riding on the evening which included live performances for the very first time and apart from some mixing issues in the beginning of two performances, one could say it was a huge success.

89.7 Bay well represents the upcoming generation of artists and it seems that the fans that they are bringing with them are becoming more vocal when considering that the new guard was well promoted and ultimately ended up winning the most awards amongst seasoned veterans whose music is still very strong with the right to garner airplay and even nominations. Nevertheless, when tele-voting is the source of the actual vote, it is to be noted that the fan base becomes notorious and the younger generation have become accustomed to this element. Without a doubt, the live performances went down well with the crowd noting that Scar, BrookeChristabelleDimal ft Lyndsay and Red Electrick gave the show the much needed boost to make it stand out. The audience was in full support to the act pictures above though as announced at the latter stage of the evening by Benjamin Glover, one of the three hosts of the evening which also included Dorian Cassar of Bay Breakfast and Nathan D from Malta's Top Ten and the Drive-time Show.

The Bay Music Awards have become a welcome event in the local music calender and it was quite the evening when considering that following a two year break from the scene, Ira Losco made her return following her successful stint with her new single What I'd Give during the summer. The 2002 Eurovision Song Contest representative has been relatively busy in the past couple of months working on a brand new album which will be unveiled to the public in January. In the meantime, the biggest winners of the evening; Red Electrick are making headlines in several fields with one of their co-writes also competing in the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place on the 1st and 2nd February 2013. We would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as our collaboration with 89.7 Bay continues to develop in the way that it has in the past couple of months.
 

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