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Wednesday, 29 January 2014 21:02

MESC 2014: Reviewing 'Until We Meet Again'

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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 Until We Meet Again composed by Elton Zarb to the lyrics of Matthew Mercieca with vocals provided by Deborah C.

Deborah C, a female vocalist who has always shown determination to succeed in the music industry, obtaining her first ever results through the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, obtaining the tele-voting award on three (3) occasions, and finally winning the competition with the track Jekk Nużaw Moħħna in 2012. Her entry into the Malta Eurovision Song Contest was actually a couple of months later with the song You Make Me Go Uh Uh featuring the vocals of Leila J. She followed it up, with yet another participation in 2013, this time with a song entitled Love-O-Holic written by songwriters who have collaborated with Fabrizio Faniello on countless occasions. At the moment, Deborah C is one of the resident singers of the weekly show, Ħadd Għalik produced by WE Media and hosted by Angie Laus. There she is joined by Kevin Paul, younger brother of former representative, Kurt Calleja as well as fellow semi-finalist this year, Franklin.


Elton Zarb and Matthew Mercieca, a song-writing team who have taken the local music industry by storm in just twelve (12) months, having had the opportunity to work with Davinia during last years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Betrayed, finishing in a credible third (3rd) place. Just months later, the collaboration continued to achieve successful results, writing the winning entry of the 2013 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, The Start with Gillian Attard of La Voix Academy and Gaia Cauchi, having been directly engaged by the Public Broadcasting Services. This is the second entry with which they are competing with in this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, alongside Brand New Day by Davinia. Both Matthew and Elton had other entries in the second phase of the competition with other respective songwriters including Carlo Gerada and Rita Pace but without any success.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 63%

John Scott: Nice performance and the song is pleasant. But it doesn’t go anywhere and leaves no impression at all.

Martin Isherwood: Good voice but sounds like in a difficult key for her. Don't want to say goodbye because I know it's not forever' is a bit confusing given the song meaning - 'Until we meet again'. Sort of a Motown / S Club feel. Could benefit from better production. Brass and strings sound a bit like not very good samples.

Sharon Vaughn: Too cute, too little, too rhymie. For me, the "happier" the track, the more intense the lyric should be to make it interesting and to cut the sweet.

Stano Simor: I must say, I remember Deborah from last year, having an extremely good interpretation and perfect camera work by the Public Broadcasting Services. An artist has three (3) minutes to take his camerawork and I could see Deborah benefitting from this easily. Fingers crossed, as this is a really good song for her.

Greig Watts: Nice happy intro, and keeps going up to the chorus, but for me the chorus doesn’t hit as big as I want it to, I expected more, its not bad at all, but not as good as others I have heard so far.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com


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