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Xarabank, one of the longest running television shows in Malta, produced by WE Media and hosted by Peppi Azzopardi on Television Malta, will be revealing the names of the twenty semi-finalists competing in the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

A quick recap of the selection process, would denote that the Public Broadcasting Services received 134 entries, out of which 48 entries have been shortlisted to the second phase. All of the artists have been invited to the popular programme Xarabank, in order to ascertain their fate in the competition, hoping that they got through. The programme kicks off this evening at 20:45 on Television Malta which will be streamed LIVE.

12, Baker Street – Karen DeBattista

Beautiful to Me – “L-Aħwa”

Break All Borders – Jacqueline Richard

Breakaway – Glen Vella

Call It Love – Kurt Cassar

Chasing a Dream – Trilogy

Close Your Eyes – Danica Muscat

Closed Doors – Chris Grech

Could Have Been Me – Iona Dalli

Dark Dark Waters – Domenique

Dream of Love – Rebecca Mifsud

Eclipse – Ana-Maria Grima

Empty Hearted – Domenique

Fandango – Jessika

Flame – Monroe

For All Those Times – Gloriana Arpa Belli

Freedom – Simaria Galea

Hey Yo – Domenique

Hold My Hand – Estelle Imbroll

Hold On To Love – Olivia & Miriam

Home – Lyndsay Pace

Hurricane – Marilena Gauci

Indestructible – Annabelle Vella

It’s OK – Deborah C

Look – Neville Refalo

Love & Let Go – Sr Michaela, Sr Monica, Sr Rita, Sr Claudia, Sr Denise & Sr Magdalong

Love Call – Danica Muscat

My Next Tattoo – Domenique

Never Ask Why – Andreana & Fiona

Once in a While – Minik

Ringside – Gabriella Azzopardi

Rush – Christabelle

Secretly – Corazon

See Through Lover – Larissa Borg

Shine a Light – Malcolm

Something in the Way – Daniel Testa

Still Here – Franklin

Stop Haunting Me – Raquel Galdes

Stuck Without Me – Kylie Coleiro

Take Me as I Am – Domenique

The One That You Love – Lawrence Gray

The Thief – Dario Mifsud Bonnici

Warrior – Amber

What You Wanna Hear – Stefan Galea

What? When? Where? – Joseph Refalo

Where Do We Go? – Kurt Cassar

Who Needs a Heart – Soraya Cardona

Your Phone – Fiona Cauchi

Apart from the 6 former Eurovision Song Contest representatives, there are a number of well known figures from the local music industry, with a lot of surprises to be expected amongst the songwriters. In 2014, Malta got through to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track "Coming Home" which Firelight performed impeccably. We urge you to stay uned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: TVM, WE Studios

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siKTx3veTXU

Friday, 26 September 2014 19:23

MESC 2015: Shortlist of 48 Entries Made Public

On the 3rd October, Xarabank will kick-off for another season, and it will do so with a bang, as the revelation of the acts through to the semi-final of the 2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be made public. Following the initial submission process, where the Public Broadcasting Services received 134 entries, a shortlist of 48 entries has now been published through the official website.

A quick glance at the list of shortlisted entries, one would realise that the list features a relative amount of established artists including; Glen Vella (ESC 11), Miriam Christine (ESC 96), Olivia Lewis (ESC 07), Lawrence Gray (MESC 98-99, 01-04, 09, 11), Gianluca (ESC 13), Trilogy (MESC 05-07, 09), Daniel Testa (JESC 08), Chris Grech (MESC 13-14), Jessika (MESC 08, 11-14), Amber (MESC 11-14), Domenique (MESC 11, 13), Danica Muscat (MESC 12-13), Marilena Gauci (MESC 11, 13), Andreana (MESC 98, 02-06, 09-10, 14), Fiona Cauchi (MESC 98, 01, 02, 05, 09) & Franklin Calleja (MESC 13, 14).

12, Baker Street – Karen DeBattista

Beautiful to Me – “L-Aħwa”

Break All Borders – Jacqueline Richard

Breakaway – Glen Vella

Call It Love – Kurt Cassar

Chasing a Dream – Trilogy

Close Your Eyes – Danica Muscat

Closed Doors – Chris Grech

Could Have Been Me – Iona Dalli

Dark Dark Waters – Domenique

Dream of Love – Rebecca Mifsud

Eclipse – Ana-Maria Grima

Empty Hearted – Domenique

Fandango – Jessika

Flame – Monroe

For All Those Times – Gloriana Arpa Belli

Freedom – Simaria Galea

Hey Yo – Domenique

Hold My Hand – Estelle Imbroll

Hold On To Love – Olivia & Miriam

Home – Lyndsay Pace

Hurricane – Marilena Gauci

Indestructible – Annabelle Vella

It’s OK – Deborah C

Look – Neville Refalo

Love & Let Go – Sr Michaela, Sr Monica, Sr Rita, Sr Claudia, Sr Denise & Sr Magdalong

Love Call – Danica Muscat

My Next Tattoo – Domenique

Never Ask Why – Andreana & Fiona

Once in a While – Minik

Ringside – Gabriella Azzopardi

Rush – Christabelle

Secretly – Corazon

See Through Lover – Larissa Borg

Shine a Light – Malcolm

Something in the Way – Daniel Testa

Still Here – Franklin

Stop Haunting Me – Raquel Galdes

Stuck Without Me – Kylie Coleiro

Take Me as I Am – Domenique

The One That You Love – Lawrence Gray

The Thief – Dario Mifsud Bonnici

Warrior – Amber

What You Wanna Hear – Stefan Galea

What? When? Where? – Joseph Refalo

Where Do We Go? – Kurt Cassar

Who Needs a Heart – Soraya Cardona

Your Phone – Fiona Cauchi

Apart from the established names, it seems that the line-ups of established groups such as Trilogy and Monroe have both been altered for the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with Ludwig Galea replacing Daniel Debono in the former, and Nadia Vella becoming a new member of the latter, joining former Malta Eurovision Song Contest finalist; Kelly Schembri.

Other names which have caught our eye in the list are surely those of; Karen DeBattista, winner of this year’s edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu; Kurt Cassar, winner of the Best New Talent at this year’s edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza; Annabelle Vella, backing vocalist to Malta’s entry at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2008 and a group of nuns, who have most likely been inspired by the recent phenomenon on The Voice of Italy.

Everyone is somewhat gasping about the non-inclusion of Ira Losco in the first shortlist with the general feeling around the industry being that the Public Broadcasting Services may go ahead and offer a wildcard as is stated in the rules and regulations. This will be made public in a week’s time as Peppi Azzopardi and his dedicated team at WE Media reveal the chosen acts. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: PBS / TVM

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

escflashmalta.com has always represented the best interests of the local music industry, by bringing the public the latest news from songwriters, producers, musicians and artists who have a local heritage whilst also supporting the nations' participation in the Eurovision Song Contest. It has become customary for the portal to organise features in relation to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and therefore, for the third consecutive year, the escflashmalta.com awards were given, in partnership with ONE Radio 92.7 FM.

Clint on ONE, a flagship programme hosted on Saturday morning by Clint Bajada, the individual who has made the local music scene the centre of his radio strategy, played host to the awards this morning with Marc Calleja Bayliss, Editor-In-Chief of escflashmalta.com appearing on behalf of the portal to hand out the awards and also answer any related questions. The three (3) coveted awards were all given their prime attention, noting that the professional members of the music industry were assigned the preview videos of the songs, making their selection as if being judges of the actual competition, the public who had the right to select only one (1) song per IP Address, and last but not least, members of the media who had to select the best five (5) and the worst two (2) in rank order.

Basically, it is now time to reveal the full results of all three (3) awards, with the Public Award and Media Award having been presented to Trevor Fenech, representative of Daniel Testa whose One Last Ride written by Stephen Rudden and Lawrence Peter Bridge actually finished in third place during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and the Critics Award going to Davinia and her entry Brand New Day written by Matt Mercieca to the music of Elton Zarb, who in turn was present to accept the award. This was the first time ever in the history of the escflashmalta.com awards that one (1) artist managed to take home two (2) awards, meaning that there was more of consensus especially when keeping in mind that it was also a track which finished in the top three (3) come the end of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

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Media Award; we are proud to have been in contact with almost forty (40) different individuals, each representing a media outlet and each will be noted below. Their aim was simple, to select the most notable five (5) entries and the worst two (2) in rank order. The final tally which you will note below comprises of votes from; Luke Borg (esctoday.com), Eric Nocito (ESC Reporter), Helen C Wood (Radio International), Garrett Mulhall (Eurovision Ireland), Aija Medinika (LTV), Frank Zammit (Stargate Studios), Theofilos Toronidis (ESC Daily), Knut-Oyvind Hagen (NRK), Clint Bajada (ONE Radio 92.7), Ramona Depares (Times of Malta), Samantha Ross (ESC Insight), Tobias Larsson (YLE), Michael Bugeja (Times of Malta), Nathan D (89.7 Bay), Joseph Zammit (escflashmalta.com), Media Team (Insite), Ian Fowell (eurovisionary), Toni Sant (MMI), Patrick Strouk (escflashmalta.com), Alasdair Rendall (escflashmalta.com), Keith Mills (AKOE), David Debono (RTK Radio), Wayne Aquilina (ONE Radio 92.7), Joe Tanti (ONE Radio 92.7), Edward Montebello (eurovisionary), Ian Scerri (escflashmalta.com), Gabriel Ellul (Media.Link Communications), Darragh Reck (RTE), Ruth Frendo (Gwida), Valentina Rossi (V Squared), Belen Garcia (escplus), Liam Clark (escXtra), Deo Grech (ONE Radio 92.7), Alexandru Busa (escflashmalta.com), Emma Backfish (escXtra), Jon Lukas (Channel Radio) and Juergen Boernig (Radio International).

One Last Ride - Daniel Testa : 1460 points

Hypnotica - Jessika : 1040 points

Brand New Day - Davinia : 920 points

Coming Home - Firelight : 840 points

City Lady - Ryan Paul Abela : 680 points

Take Me - Pamela : 640 points

Safe - Miriam Christine : 520 points

Pin the Middle - DeBee : 460 points

Just No Place Like Home - Fabrizio Faniello : 380 points

Love Will Take Me Home - Franklin : 380 points

Because I Have You - Amber : 320 points

Let the Sunshine In - Sophie DeBattista : 320 points

Oblivion - Chris Grech : 260 points

Until We Meet Again - Deborah C : 260 points

Some Kind of Wonderful - Wayne William : 260 points

Addictive - Romina Mamo : 200 points

Lovetricity - Christabelle : 160 points

Ten - Corazon : 20 points

Invisible - Raquel Galdes : -20 points

Now and Forever - Andreana : -220 points

Public Award; due to problems with the server capacity and the award, we had been given the ultimatum to close the poll early, but nevertheless, it was important to note that despite this, almost three thousand (3000) individual votes were submitted. It was a different story to last year when Kevin Borg and Chris Grech had been harshly campaigning against one another through social media, with the latter coming out as the victor. The full results as noted below depict a totally different story with a relatively outright winner and an even more representative top three (3).

One Last Ride - Daniel Testa : 581 votes

Because I Have You - Amber : 479 votes

Addictive - Romina Mamo : 258 votes

Hypnotica - Jessika : 240 votes

Love Will Take Me Home - Franklin : 188 votes

Now and Forever - Andreana : 181 votes

Take Me - Pamela : 142 votes

Just No Place Like Home - Fabrizio Faniello : 122 votes

Invisible - Raquel Galdes : 110 votes

Safe - Miriam Christine : 108 votes

Brand New Day - Davinia : 106 votes

Ten - Corazon : 77 votes

Coming Home - Firelight : 52 votes

Pin the Middle - DeBee : 44 votes

City Lady - Ryan Paul Abela : 30 votes

Lovetricity - Christabelle : 28 votes

Some Kind of Wonderful - Wayne William : 26 votes

Until We Meet Again - Deborah C : 24 votes

Oblivion - Chris Grech: 22 votes

Let the Sunshine In - Sophie DeBattista : 16 votes

Critic Award; the voting of five (5) professional individuals from the international music industry. John Scott, Sharon Vaughn, Martin Isherwood, Stano Simor and Greig Watts have been commissioned to review the competing entries, mark them out of ten (10) and published as a percentage online and finally to vote in Eurovision format and send in their personal scores. The chosen individuals all have multitudes of experience in the industry with John Scott working with the likes of Nicole Scherzinger and Little Mix; Stano Simor co-writing for some of the most familiar faces in Slovakia and the Czech Republic whilst also being the manager of Mista, a former Slovakian selection runner-up; Martin Isherwood being one of the Headmasters at the Liverpool Istitute for Performing Arts; Sharon Vaughn co-writing for Delta Goodrem, Agnes, The Wanted and Jedward and Greig Watts who in turn is an accomplished songwriter/producer and has worked with The Overtones, Natalia and Kate Ryan amongst others.

Brand New Day - Davinia : 38 points

Take Me - Pamela : 31 points

One Last Ride - Daniel Testa : 27 points

Pin the Middle - DeBee : 25 points

Love Will Take Me Home - Franklin : 24 points

Coming Home - Firelight : 22 points

Just No Place Like Home - Fabrizio Faniello : 22 points

Safe - Miriam Christine : 14 points

Until We Meet Again - Deborah C : 14 points

Hypnotica - Jessika : 14 points

Addictive - Romina Mamo : 12 points

Now and Forever - Andreana : 10 points

Invisible - Raquel Galdes : 9 points

Lovetricity - Christabelle : 9 points

Some Kind of Wonderful - Wayne William : 9 points

Because I Have You - Amber : 3 points

Let the Sunshine In - Sophie DeBattista : 2 points

City Lady - Ryan Paul Abela : 2 points

Oblivion - Chris Grech : 0 points

Ten - Corazon : 0 points

At this stage, we would like to thank all of the people involved in making the escflashmalta.com awards presented by ONE Radio 92.7 a success, including none other than Mediterranean Ceramics who designed three (3) beautiful trophies, each owing to the identity and brand that this portal has built in the past five (5) years since it's inception. Collaborating with Clint Bajada and ONE Radio 92.7 was also a pleasure and we hope that this fruitful collaboration continues in the years to come. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news and more exclusive features as the days, months and years go by.

Source: escflashmalta.com, ONE Radio 92.7, Emil Calleja Bayliss (Image)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUOi3p73HpI

Published in Local Music News

Andreana, one of the most experienced vocalists to have taken part in this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with eight (8) participations in total; Listen (1998), Theresa (2002), Angels (2003), Let’s Make a Change (2005), So Good (2006), Fired Up (2010) and Now and Forever (2014) has been in touch with escflashmalta.com in recent days over the release of her first music video; one which is supporting Now and Forever, albeit in a completely different genre.

In the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Now and Forever composed by Vinny Vella Jr to the lyrics of Karl Spiteri was a sultry tune with a contemporary jazz touch, as if being in a french cafe watching the day come to an end. The version in the video is ever so slightly different in what the songwriters and the performer are terming as a slight switch towards pop, something which the audience has already embraced. The music video set in Radisson Blu Resort St. Julians as well as several areas of natural interest, including Valletta has been worked upon by Take 2 Entertainment, whose work in cinematography has been duly appreciated along the years. Stay tuned for escflashmalta.com for more news in the coming weeks.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ0Q7TyzyU4

Published in Local Music News
Saturday, 08 February 2014 02:43

MESC '14: Shock Results as Former Entrants Fall

At around midnight, the Public Broadcasting Services brought the curtain down on what could be coined as the most successful ever technical showcase ever, denoting exceptional sound in the arena and at home, stunning visuals on stage and crafty camera work. As always, the end of a semi-final brings about a couple of surprises with the elimination of six (6) entries and 2014 has not been any different with a barrage of comments towards the dissatisfaction of two particular entries not making it through; those being none other than Safe and Just No Place Like Home vocally interpreted by Miriam Christine and Fabrizio Faniello respectively.

This is an analysis of the result, one could really see how the jury decided to discount artists who have already been to the Eurovision Song Contest, with both the female and the male vocalist having been to the international event in 1996, 2001 and 2006, respectively. Other entries which failed to make it out of the semi-final this evening were Now and Forever sung to perfection by Andreana, Addictive performed to the fullest by Romina Mamo, Ten performed by diction perfect Corazon and Invisible sung by the dido-esque vocals of Raquel Galdes.

Having a look at the list of finalists; there is a crop of young upcoming stars, and other who have already garnered exposure throughout the years. It is one of the years, where the field is completely open and despite the loud applause for certain artists in the arena, the jury will decide the final outcome. Christabelle will open the final with Lovetricity whilst De Bee will close with Pin the Middle. Make sure to join us for a second LIVE report this evening, as Olivier Vanhoutte takes us through the fourteen (14) finalists. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news from the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Television Malta / Public Broadcasting Services

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9JMfu7rpB8

Earlier this morning, the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre played host to the final run-through prior to the actual semi-final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, airing this evening on TVM and TVM HD with Moira Delia, Gianluca and Ira Losco taking you through a wonderful journey of twenty (20) competing entries and a series of guest artists. The Public Broadcasting Services has to be commended on the efforts put into this years’ presentation with all of the artists praising the stage, lighting and sound alike, from the very first day.

In a couple of hours, the line-up of the final for this years’ Malta Eurovision Song Contest will have been decided and therefore, we have decided to combine the votes of the critics, the media and the public in order to publish the names of the artists whom they think will get through to the final selection phase which will be hosted tomorrow at 20:45 CET on TVM, TVM HD and through Radju Malta. There was a tie for the last spot, and as the rules of the Public Broadcasting Services state, the jury is given precedence and henceforth, we put forward the one chosen by our professional critics. The names are listed down in alphabetical order.

Addictive - Romina Mamo (Ylva / Linda Persson)

Because I Have You - Amber (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

Brand New Day - Davinia (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

City Lady - Ryan Paul Abela (Paul Abela / Ryan Paul / Joe Julian Farrugia)

Coming Home - Firelight (Richard Micallef)

Hypnotica - Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Just No Place Like Home - Fabrizio Faniello (Johan Bejerholm)

Love Will Take Me Home - Franklin (Glen / Beatrice Eriksson / M Frenell / Michael J Down)

Now and Forever - Andreana (Vinny Vella / Karl Spiteri)

One Last Ride - Daniel Testa (Stephen Rudden / Lawrence Peter Bridge)

Pin The Middle - De Bee (Peter Paul Galea / Debbie Stivala)

Safe - Miriam Christine (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Take Me - Pamela (Boris Cezek)

Until We Meet Again - Deborah C (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

escflashmalta.com would like to wish all of the participants competing in this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest, the very best of luck, hoping that the best fourteen (14) performances qualify to the final round of the selection process tomorrow night. There are always a couple of surprises in the eyes of the public but the jury would like to make sure that that special ingredient is selected on behalf of the country. The road to select the twenty-seventh representative and Gianluca’s successor commences this evening. Remember, that Olivier Vanhoutte will be doing a LIVE report of the show this evening, which in turn will air on TVM and TVM HD. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9JMfu7rpB8

Saturday, 25 January 2014 21:35

MESC 2014: Semi-Final Running Order Published

On Friday 7th February 2014, the Public Broadcasting Services will be hosting the semi-final stage of this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre and it was only just a couple of minutes ago that the official running order was published on the official portal of the broadcasting house. Should you wish to purchase tickets to this event, make sure to visit ooii.com.mt or tvm.com.mt/eurovision for more details.

It is important to denote, that the opening and closing entries were drawn out of a globe in random order whilst the rest of the field was drawn in batches of three (3) or four (4) pertaining to which group they fell into with the producers of the competition selecting the best possible flow of the showcase. The system of the running order has somewhat been adapted to the one used in the international Eurovision Song Contest with the aim to gauge the interest of the public in mixing up different genres.

Because I Have You - Amber (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

Oblivion - Chris Grech (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Addictive - Romina Mamo (Ylva / Linda Persson)

Hypnotica - Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Now and Forever - Andreana (Vinny Vella / Karl Spiteri)

One Last Ride - Daniel Testa (Stephen Rudden / Lawrence Peter Bridge)

Invisible - Raquel Galdes (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Just No Place Like Home - Fabrizio Faniello (Johan Bejerholm)

Some Kind of Wonderful - Wayne William (Wayne Micallef)

City Lady - Ryan Paul Abela (Paul Abela / Ryan Paul / Joe Julian Farrugia)

Lovetricity - Christabelle (Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)

Take Me - Pamela (Boris Cezek)

Let The Sunshine In - Sophie (Sophie DeBattista / Adam Pakard / Alex Dew)

Love Will Take Me Home - Franklin (Glen / Beatrice Eriksson / M Frenell / Michael J Down)

Safe - Miriam Christine (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Until We Meet Again - Deborah C (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Coming Home - Firelight (Richard Micallef)

Pin The Middle - De Bee (Peter Paul Galea / Debbie Stivala)

Brand New Day - Davinia (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Ten - Corazon (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

The Public Broadcasting Services, responsible for Malta's participation in the Eurovision Song Contest has shown clear dedication to the programming of the event in recent years, noting a certain aura of professionalism, even with regards to a year-on-year improvement. The video clips this year, also include an introductory postcard, preceded by a list of sponsors who are covering the costs of the event. Special thanks goes to all personnel involved including; Anton Attard, Gordon Bonello, Rodney Gauci, Daniel D'Anastasi and Anna Dalli. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9JMfu7rpB8

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 Now and Forever, composed by Vinny Vella Jnr to the lyrics of Karl DeBattista with vocals provided by Andreana.

Andreana, the most experienced vocalist in this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with seven (7) previous participations; Listen (1998), Theresa (2002), Angels (2003), 24/7 (2004), Let’s Make a Change (2005), So Good (2006), Fired Up (2010). Despite being away from the local music scene and competitions in recent years, she has not been away from the spotlight, having had the opportunity to host two (2) television programmes on Television Malta; L-Ispjun and Min Imissu. Away from music, Andreana is a teacher of Integrated Science and Biology at St Martin’s College in Swatar and an interesting fact is that she has successfully passed on her knowledge to no less than four (4) of this years’ Malta Eurovision Song Contest participants including none other than; Sophie, Daniel Testa, Corazon and Davinia.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5aQzkltWF4

Vinny Vella Jnr and Karl DeBattista, working as a songwriting duo for the very first time, albeit having worked with other partners in the past to varying degrees of success. Karl, the lyricist is known to be the former husband of Andreana with whom she has remained closer friends and considers to be an inspiration in her music career. Together, they reached the finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2002 and 2003, achieving success when it comes to the tele-voting portion of the competition. Vinny, the composer has also made it through to the final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on another occassion, that being in 2006 with the song Waves performed by Nadine Axisa. Despite not racking up the public vote, it was considered to be different and original, obtaining the interest of individuals who do not recognise themselves with such an event.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 57%

John Scott: Her voice and performance is very good. I think the hook is really great. Very classic, but also very depressing! With a full orchestra it could be a show stopper.

Martin Isherwood: Smoky attractive voice. Ok melodies but not distinctive. Liza Minelli meets Tom Waits, meets Nena (99 red balloons). Never gets going and just stops.

Sharon Vaughn: She has the perfect storyteller's voice. Unfortunately, there were some inconsistencies in the text that could have been tweaked a bit to strengthen the message. It was a bit hard to follow.

Stano Simor: Now and Forever, the perfect example of a song that whilst not being commercial might still have a hit fact. At the end of the track, I would have given another chord in order to increase the emotion of the lead vocal. Andreana has a specific colour which I love and thus makes her instantly recognisable.

Greig Watts: Sorry I don’t like this one really!, Its not strong or powerful enough compared to a lot of the others, just drifts along, I think the singer doesn’t really carry it either  and lyrics are very simple, too simple for me and the last chorus doesn’t have an impact that it needs. Sorry to be brutal!

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvKOndA_j4c

Published in Editorials
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 01:45

MESC '14: PBS Kicks Off Promotional Schedule

On the 29th November, the Public Broadcasting Services made public the names of the artists and their respective entries for the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, through the programme Xarabank, produced by WE Media. Since then, the artists have been really busy, with the recording of the postcards, and the clips, which have now been published and seen by thousands of people all over the world. Since then, each of the artists has undergone several technical recordings, in anticipation for the clips, which Nevertheless, as the competition draws closer, one will be able to note a series of interviews through all of the frequencies provided by the Public Broadcasting Services.

escflashmalta.com has been in contact with one of the committee members behind this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Gordon Bonello to see where the artists will be making their respective guest appearances. Whilst we won't be publishing the full schedule of artists, we are pleased to reveal that there are nine slot allocations for each entry, something which is brilliant considering that there is less than five (5) weeks remaining. On all occasions, the official audio file or preview video is played, and is most likely accompanied by an interview. The chosen programmes are as follows; Niskata hosted by Angela Agius, TVAM hosted by Norma Saliba, Pablo Micallef and Joe Mifsud, TVPM presented by Corazon; all on TVM as well as a series of radio programmes; including Carlo’s Breakfast Show on Magic FM, Mario Laus’ afternoon show on Radju Malta, Breakfast Show on Radju Malta, and Euromix by Frederick Zammit on Radju Malta 2.

Finally, every day, prior to the six o’clock news bulletin, there will be a showing one of the entries competing in the competition, whilst prior to the eight o’clock news there will be the airing of the preview video along with a feature of someone different. This way, the Public Broadcasting Services will generate interest amongst the general public. No details with regards to the tickets, hosts or special guests have yet been given but we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, the Official Reviews will be commencing this Friday morning, with our esteemed panel of critics ready to analyse this years’ crop of entries. Lastly, do not forget to submit your vote in the escflashmalta.com poll which is being organised in collaboration with ONE Radio 92.7.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9JMfu7rpB8

Saturday, 21 December 2013 17:55

MESC ’14: Official Preview Videos Published

It has been expected for quite some time, and indeed, the Public Broadcasting Services have just published the official music videos accompanying the entries in next years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. It is well worth noting that the videos were recorded last Sunday, at WE Media Studios in Qormi, and that the production team should be well regarded for being quick on their feet in publishing them so quickly, in less than a week.

Next years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is set to take place at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre on the 6th and 7th February and seems to comprise of several genres, with ballads being the most predominant, something which is to be expected from Malta, a country known for sending that type of genre to the international showcase. It is well worth noting that for the first time in years, the Mediterranean Island managed a top ten placing with Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals provided by Gianluca.

Some Kind of Wonderful - Wayne William (Wayne Micallef)

City Lady - Ryan Paul Abela (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)

Brand New Day - Davinia (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Let The Sunshine In - Sophie (Sophie DeBattista / Adam Pakard / Alex Dew)

Hypnotica - Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Invisible - Raquel Galdes (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

One Last Ride - Daniel Testa (Stephen Rudden / Lawrence Peter Bridge)

Pin The Middle - De Bee (Peter Paul Galea / Debbie Stivala)

Oblivion - Chris Grech (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Until We Meet Again - Deborah C (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Because I Have You - Amber (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

Lovetricity - Christabelle (Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)

Coming Home - Firelight (Richard Micallef)

Safe - Miriam Christine (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Addictive - Romina Mamo (Ylva / Linda Persson)

Now and Forever - Andreana (Vinny Vella / Karl Spiteri)

Love Will Take Me Home - Franklin (Glen / Beatrice Eriksson / M Frenell / Michael J Down)

Ten - Corazon (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

Take Me - Pamela (Boris Cezek)

Just No Place Like Home - Fabrizio Faniello (Johan Bejerholm)

The Public Broadcasting Services, responsible for Malta's participation in the Eurovision Song Contest has shown clear dedication to the programming of the event in recent years, noting a certain aura of professionalism, even with regards to a year-on-year improvement. The video clips this year, also include an introductory postcard, preceded by a list of sponsors who are covering the costs of the event. Special thanks goes to all personnel involved including; Anton Attard, Gordon Bonello, Rodney Gauci, Daniel D'Anastasi and Anna Dalli. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaQ1od0LAiU

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