This years' representative at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Glen Vella is currently quite busy with the re-recording of the track as we published earlier today but in a press statement sent out by the Public Broadcasting Services, the official tour is being announced country by country in order to make sure that is all updated and reaching you in the best possible way.
The first stop in the European Tour is going to take place in Zagreb, Croatia where Glen will be making a visit on a number of television and radio shows including 'Good Morning Croatia' and the 'Bingo Show' amongst others. Following this visit, he is then off to Athens, Greece performing his entry 'One Life' within the Greek national selection as two former representatives from Malta have done so in the past. His first part of the trip abroad will end in Lisbon, Portugal where a number of television and radio appearances have also been confirmed. More countries are to be added in the coming weeks so stay tuned for more information.
At this stage, it has been confirmed that Ukraine and Armenia are off the list due to several other commitments. It is hoped that Glen will perform the new re-recorded version of the song 'One Life' composed by Paul Giordimaina and penned by Fleur Balzan in these nations. His first visit will take place next week so keep an eye out on HRT 1 for the guest appearances. In the meantime, the applicants of the video auditions will also be starting their work this evening so it will be quite interesting to see who is chosen in the long run. Stay tuned to ESCflashmalta as we continue following Glen and his preparations.
The re-recording of the song 'One Life' which will be representing Malta at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest set to take place in Dusseldorf, Germany is heading into it's final stages with quite a lot of time this week dedicated to the final product with regards to the new version. The re-recording is taking place in Malta, to be exact in Tone Studios whilst the production is set to take place abroad although, it has not been stated where at this point with a flurry of options available to the Public Broadcasting Services.
The time taken on the re-recording gives people hope that there have been a number of changes to the old studio version which was actually different to the live version in which Glen and his team gave it their absolute best. The studios where the re-recording is taking place is the same where it was recorded originally and also the place where the former Eurovision Song Contest representative, Paul Giordimaina, records all of his singers' entries finding a good friend in Andrew Zammit. In the meantime, as all is ending up on that end, one should note that Glen Vella will most probably be leaving for Ukraine tomorrow to appear in the national selection next Saturday in order to start our international promotion.
After the great success of ‘Gone Again’s’ music video with the local television stations, Malcolm will be launching his sixth single, the first of which has a rock ballad genre. This single’s lyrics have been written by Billy J., whereas the composer is Edward Ferry. In brief, the song depicts a whole revolution of feelings between a couple, yet there is an evolution (a changing time of life).
Differently from previous launching events, Malcolm will be releasing this single on two local television programmes, these being ‘Malta Llejla’ on NET TV and ‘Sibtijiet Flimkien’ on ONE. The single will also be featured on other local programmes, namely ‘Kilo Challenge’ on ONE on Sunday 27th February, on ONE Breakfast on ONE radio and ‘Niltaqgħu t-Tnejn’ on NET TV on Monday 28th February, on ‘Kalamita’ on ONE and ‘Sfera’ on Favourite Channel on Wednesday 1st March, and on ‘X’Ħadd Magħna’ on ONE on Sunday 6th March. Other television and radio programmes and events are to be confirmed in the upcoming days. For more information about Malcolm Pisani and any additional information regarding his new single, one can easily log on to his official website www.malcolmpisani.com
Source: Press Release
In the last couple of years, the local music scene has been making strides of progress, and one of the names which it has given an act some good fortune is to none other than singer/songwriter Clinton Paul known for his diverse singles in a number of festivals including the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and also an entry in the Malta Song for Europe back in 2006. A couple of months ago, he decided to become a singer and thus comes his new work 'Rebellion'.
The track itself which is the first single off a debut album which will be following this year is entitled "I Know Who I Am Now" and is an edgy track. The single is being aided by a music video which has been filmed and produced by his current production team, Flash Productions. In fact, you can see the video of the song just below. We would like to wish Clinton Paul success in his new venture as a recording artist of course as well as with new single and album which will be released in November.
Source: Clinton Paul
Kumpanija Teatru Rjal will be once again preparing a great show for those who love musicals and those who love modern music with a different touch.The show will actually be divided in two parts. The first part of the show will feature ‘Moulin Rouge’ live in concert with some of the best local talent taking the stage to perform in one of the most popular musicals whilst the second part of the show carries the name – Pop Goes Gregorian – as some of the most famous pop songs will be given a new touch and will be interpreted in a Gregorian style.
The cast for this show includes; Kurt Calleja, Debbie Scerri, Lawrence Gray, Neville Refalo, Nadine Axisa, Mark Tonna, Dominic Cini, Clifford Galea, Vittorio Gauci, Laura Bruno, Ina Robinich and Ivan Debbatista amongst others. The spectacular show will take place at the Catholic Institute Theatre on Saturday the 26th of February 2011 at 7.30PM and another performance will be held the following day on Sunday the 27th of February 2011 at 6.30PM. Tickets are available from www.istitutkattoliku.com and from the booking office or the bar of the Catholic Institute on the following telephone numbers: 21238429/21242551. One can also buy the tickets from Pawlu Testa travel by phoning on 21/27223340.
Source: Press Release
The first entry of the week has been chosen with the honour going to Bulgaria noting the several songs that are set to be selected by the end of the weekend. Suffering from a string of bad results in recent years, the broadcaster sought a new selection system hoping that it will work out. The winner of this process turned out to be Poli Genova who presented one of the best songs in this years' selection and was one of the favourites.
The Bulgarian entry bears the name "Na Inat" although it will most probably be transformed into English for the Eurovision Song Contest where it will be competing in the second part of the second semi-final which is set to take place on the 12th May 2011 within the city of Dusseldorf, Germany. The song translates to Stubborn and has quite an interesting tune which might actually take it out of the semi-final stage and into the final stage noting that it is a much more open show on Thursday. Good Luck Bulgaria.
One of the brightest moments following a national selection is surely the success that an artist manages to reach so that it could be a process of definition and continuing. In recent years, this has been the case with Claudia Faniello, one of the leading ladies in the local music scene. Having performed the song "Movie In My Mind" during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2011, she is already moving forward with two new projects showing her success within the musical world.
Firstly, a good friend of our website, ESCflashmalta, Matthias Petermann who is in turn the musical director of the ESC Radio recently gave the go-ahead that the song which she presented in Malta for this years' Eurovision Song Contest will be getting airplay on the 24 hour broadcast which features entries from all of the national selections and also those which went to the Eurovision Song Contest. The songs of the selections are selected though and only a crop make it through. It is now confirmed that "Movie In My Mind" has made the cut.
As for her second project, Claudia Faniello has made the song "Movie in My Mind" available as an iTunes download and updated her official facebook page with a new welcome page for her fans.
Source: Claudia Faniello's Fan Page
One of the up and coming international festivals that has commenced just last year is the Golden Melody Song Festival which takes place in the city of Cyprus noting that the organising group behind it also bears the same name 'Golden Melody' aiming to present some of the best talent in the world within a Meditteranean Culture. Last year, the song contest took place for the very first time in Nicosia with the winner being Andreas Konstatindes. Maltese participation was also present then.
In fact, last year, each nation could have more than one song and I would like to send over my congratulations to our four finalists who were as follows; Rosman Pace with the song 'One Million Ways' written by himself, Romina Mamo with the song 'One Thousand Mirrors' composed by Philip Vella and penned by Deo Grech, Jason Scerri and his self-written composition "This Must Be Love" and last but not least the song "Smile" performed by Neville to the music of Jonas Gladnikoff and lyrics of Natasha Turner. This year, each nation only has one song and in fact, despite quite an impressive eight (8) artists from Malta submitted an entry, J.Anvil is the one to have made the cut.
Our presence in the contest which will be taking place within the next couple of days will be spearheaded by singer J.Anvil, a respected name who has been within the Malta Eurosong competition a total of four times so far, with participations coming in 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2011. The song which will be performing in Cyprus is entitled "Aphrodite" and it has been composed by Andrew Zahra with lyrics by Deo Grech. The backing as well as the recording was done at Freetime Studios by none other than Elton Zarb. You can find more details about who will be competing against Malta through this link here.
Source: Golden Melody Song Contest 2011
In recent years, the Turkish broadcaster for the Eurovision Song Contest, TRT, has been working hard in promoting the best of the nation through some of their most popular acts and this has been showcased quite well because of the good results achieved in recent years finishing in the top five at the end of event on quite a number of times since winning it back in 2003. This year, the nation will be representation by the up and coming group Yüksek Sadakat.
The song which the chosen group will be performing will be made public next Friday, 25th February at around 18:30 CET which would be just an hour later for them. The song which will be in English is currently undergoing the final touches in order to be presented in the best possible way. It is expected that the song will be mainly rock although somewhat in the style which took them to last years' runner-up finish with maNga and their entry "We Could Be The Same". Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
Source: Facebook, TRT
As previously reported by this website first, the promotional tour of Glen Vella is about to kick off but due to an internal problem caused in Armenia where the singers' father unfortunately passed away during the weekend, the show in which our 2011 representative was set to commence his tour has been postponed but the Public Broadcasting Services surely note their professionalism as instead he heads onto the nation of Ukraine who will be presenting their entry this coming weekend as well whilst the visit to Croatia is still on the cards.
In the meantime, the preview video which will be presented to the European Broadcasting Union during the Heads of Delegation meeting in March has already commenced with a spokesperson of the Public Broadcasting Services stating that they received well over nine hundred (900) applications for people who would like to make an appearance within the promotional clip of the song "One Life" composed by Paul Giordimaina and penned by Fleur Balzan.
In the meantime, extremely close sources stated that the re-recording of the song has already commenced in Malta whilst it is most highly probable that the mastering will be done abroad as has been the case for the last couple of years. Some companies are interested in doing such a job but it is up to the broadcaster to see which would be the better deal at this point in time. Keep following ESCflashmalta for more updates about Glen Vella and his entry "One Life" as he represents Malta in 2011 Eurovision Song Contest to take place in Germany.
Source: Facebook, Bla Agenda, ESCflashmalta