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Ira Losco, and the original song “Chameleon” which she co-wrote with Howard Keith, Peter Borg and Matthew James Borg, collectively known as Talkback, was crowned the winner of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016, receiving the maximum 12 points from three (3) of the five (5) professional judges, and the tele-voting.

Brooke, and “Golden”, the original song which she co-wrote with Aidan O’Connor, Sara Biglert, and Christian Schneider finished in 2nd place, ahead of Franklin with “Little Love”, composed by Cyprian Cassar with lyrics by Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca which finished in 3rd place. 

On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to congratulate the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) for putting on an impressive production in light of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016, whilst thanking them for their ongoing hospitality towards the local and foreign members of the press.

We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Ira Losco and her journey towards the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, Sweden.

Source: PBS / TVM / escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ch4EmoGu_RQ

Thursday, 30 October 2014 06:14

MESC 2015: In-Depth Interview with Domenique

On the 21st and 22nd November, the Public Broadcasting Services will be hosting the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest at the Marsa Shipbuilding. 20 acts will be taking centre stage, in hope of representing the country at next year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, being held in Vienna, Austria. Over the next couple of weeks, escflashmalta.com will be publishing a series of interviews with all the participants. Whilst thanking the Public Broadcasting Services for this opportunity, Let's continue and follow things up with Domenique.

Would you kindly introduce your entry to our readers and also identify the meaning behind the lyrics?

"Take Me As I Am" - Songwriters:  Sara Biglert, Christian Schneider, Madeleine Jangklev, Aidan o'Connor - The meaning of the lyrics is very simple. Accept a person as she is and take her as she is with her flaws.

In Malta, the Eurovision Song Contest is considered to be a major outlet for the music industry, and you stand here as one of the semi-finalists. What does the whole experience mean to you?

I believe that the Eurovision Song Contest is a huge stepping stone that will help you grow more and develop more.

Recently, Malta has been rather successful at the Eurovision Song Contest, making the final on four of the last five participation attempts. What do you think is the reason for this success, and do you believe that your entry has what it takes to continue this positive trend?

I believe that we always had an impeccable package through out these last years and therefore I do believe that my entry has got it all to make success and to continue this positive trend.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vq0g1-picjs

If you were given the opportunity to sing another one of the competing entries in the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which one would it be and why?

I would choose the song Rush by Christabelle as it has a different style that I don't usually sing.

Do you have any plans to release more music in the future, and do you have any particular projects in the pipeline?

Apart from the Eurovision, I am currently starring as a resident singer on the major hit programme Sibtek, and also planning to release an album apart from other projects.

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

I would like to thank everyone for their support through out these last 15 years.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5u9DzyLulXo

Published in Interviews

Elton Zarb, Alison Ellul and Aidan O’Connor co-wrote a track entitled It’s All About a Boy and submit it to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on two (2) occasions, failing to get through to the final phase, twice, but nevertheless, the track has found solace in Lithuania where it was announced to having made it through to the final three (3) following an extremely tough competition, which lasted for weeks and is somewhat nearing the end.

Elton Zarb's songwriting and production is clearly making strides, having been co-responsible for the Maltese entry at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013, which went onto win the competition as well as the arrangements of most of the guests in this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. At this stage of the competition, only two (2) weeks remain, with the last three (3) songs set to be performed by the three (3) finalists; with the song picking up the most votes, being selected as the representative entry. The other two (2) remaining entries are entitled Attention written by Viktoras Vaupšas and Vilija Matačiūnaitė and Take a Look At Me Now co-written by Aidian O'Connor, Christian Schneider and Sara Biglert. The editorial team at escflashmalta.com would like to wish the songwriters of It's All About A Boy the very best of luck in the competition.

Source: LRT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQpTcPckmik

ESCKaz, a Eurovision Song Contest fan-related website has just published the shortlist of forty (40) songs that have made it through to the second phase of the national selection in Moldova following a decision taken by a seven (7) member professional jury. It is worth noting, that the LIVE auditions for each of the respective entries will now take place on the 1st February 2014 at the House of Radio, with TRM, the public broadcaster airing the showcase through a special feed on their official website.

Amongst these forty (40) entries, one in particular is written by a set of Maltese songwriters who are now officially competing in at least three (3) countries. The song bears the name It's All About a Boy and it is performed by Diana Staver and is composed by Elton Zarb and Ally with lyrics by Irishman, Aidan O'Connor. Diana is competing with two (2) songs in the final forty (40) and knows that twenty-four (24) will get through to the semi-final stage of the competition. This song is competing also in Lithuania, making it even more interesting that this track failed to get through in Malta when submitted in 2013 with vocals by singer/songwriter Ally. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: TRM, ESCKaz

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2ZpRf1zwqg

In 2008, Kevin Borg, runner-up of the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest recorded a massive victory in Idol, Sweden noting that he had been the favourite throughout most of the series. The following year, it was the time for Erik Grönwall to shine. A twenty-five year old singer/songwriter from the locality of Knivsta. He was signed to Sony Music Sweden immediately after the series came to an end with his debut single, Higher peaking at number #1 days after it's release, subsequently followed by a number #1 album, entitled Erik Grönwall.

Erik Grönwall has recently been selected as the new lead vocalist of the group H.E.A.T who in turn made their Melodifestivalen debut in 2009 with the track 1000 miles but nevertheless, Erik will be hoping for a different kind of success with one of his co-writes making it through to the provisional list of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. The One, co-written with Aidan O'Connor, Sara Biglert and Christian Schneider with vocals by Francesca Borg will be hoping to make it through along with the final twenty (20) when announced on Xarabank in a weeks' time. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest as soon as it becomes available.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7j9wDoYJNPA

Published in Local Music News