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In an interview with Juergen Boernig and David Mann of Radio International and Radio W12P, two (2) of the finalists in the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest  revealed their intentions to submit entries for next years’ national selection; hinting at the possibility of a duet. Amber and Franklin; two vocalists whose public acumen has been on the increase in recent years, were present as spectators of the Malta Music Awards, supporting Firelight and their entry Coming Home, which was one of the guest acts during the evening of the 9th February 2014.

Amber, the female vocalist who has been compared to Amy Winehouse on more than one (1) occasion finished in fourth (4th) place for the second (2nd) successive year, as she belted out her classical piano ballad Because I Have You composed by Paul Giordimaina to the lyrics of Fleur Balzan. The song is the most successful in this years’ competition according to digital sales; having managed to peak at number #1 on iTunes less than twenty-four (24) hours within its release. Whilst visibly excited for what the future holds, she kept the cards close to her chest in stated that she will most likely work on a completely different genre for next year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pQdfceZLo0

Franklin, a male vocalist with a vocal range which knows no boundaries clearly aims to reach the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest, wanting a duet with Pastora Soler or Zlata Ognevich, who represented Spain and Ukraine in the 2012 and 2013 editions of the continental competition. Coached by a former representative in the form of Glen Vella; Franklin made it through to the final stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest for the very first time in 2014 by virtue of the song Love Will Take Me Home co-written by Glen Vella, Michael James Down, Beatrice Eriksson and Marcus Frenell. When asked about the possibility of working with Amber on a duet, the two kept their options open, stating that their friendship could also bring them together through song.

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

The idea of these two (2) vocal powerhouses coming together is definitely a concept which should not be underestimated, considering that the right song would be more of an issue than the actual performance, having proven to the audience and the jury on more than one (1) occasion that they are more than capable of giving an outstanding performance. If you have not purchased Because I Have You on iTunes but wish to do so, please visit the store. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news about the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Radio International

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dplJRAEFx9Q

Wednesday, 19 February 2014 21:30

Malta: Stunning iTunes Chart Debut for Amber

Amber, one of the most highly sought after female vocalists in Malta, and recent participant in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the song Because I Have You composed by Paul Giordimaina to the lyrics of Fleur Balzan has just become the first act from the competition to reach the top ten of the iTunes singles chart in Malta, despite releases by semi-finalists; Miriam Christine and Fabrizio Faniello as well as second runner-up; Daniel Testa.

In 2011, Amber made her debut in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, being the only artist with two (2) songs and has never looked back from then onwards, finishing in third place with Answer With Your Eyes composed by Ray Agius to the lyrics of Alfred C Sant in 2012, and in fourth place for the past two years with In Control and Because I Have You. CAP-Sounds, entrusted with the release of the Safe (Miriam Christine), Just No Place Like Home (Fabrizio Faniello) and One Last Ride (Daniel Testa) are now also responsible for Because I Have You (Amber). You may purchase any of the songs mentioned above by clicking on their respective song-titles. If you do not live in Malta, iTunes should redirect you to the respective location you are making the purchase from. We would like to thank our readers who are supporting the songs through their respective purchases. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: iTunes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pQdfceZLo0

Published in Local Music News

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 Because I Have You, composed by Paul Giordimaina to the lyrics of Fleur Balzan with vocals provided by Amber.

Amber, has basked in the spotlight of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on three (3) previous occasions, making her debut back in 2011 with two (2) entries; Catch 22 and Touch Wood, both composed by Ray Agius with the latter having lyrics by Godwin Sant and the former by Alfred C Sant before returning with a vengeance to finish in third place with the impressive Answer With Your Eyes composed by Ray Agius and penned by Alfred C Sant. In 2013, she changed her songwriters by opting to work with Paul Giordimaina and Fleur Balzan, coming up with the eighties tune In Control finishing in fourth place. It is worth pointing out that Amber has also won the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest as a backing vocalist with Kurt Calleja during this performance of This is the Night.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTstdRSgRZ0

Paul Giordimaina and Fleur Balzan, known to be experienced songwriters in the local music scene, and having already been granted the opportunity to pen a representative entry for Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest, that being One Life performed by Glen Vella in 2011. Nevertheless, their success at the selection stage of the competition is unprecedented, having finished as the first runner-ups on at least three (3) occasions, kicking things off with Take a Look performed by Olivia Lewis in 2004, moving onto Someday sung by Eleanor Cassar in 2009 and ultimately finishing off with Just a Little More Love by Glen Vella in 2010. Paul, also a singer, took to the stage on behalf of Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest alongside Georgina back in 1999 as they galloped to sixth place with the song Could It Be composed by Paul Abela with lyrics by Ray Mahoney.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 57%

John Scott: She has a very nice voice. The song is too generic for me. It doesn’t say anything new or in an original way. Melodically it is not very interesting. I also feel that the song should get even bigger at the end than it actually does.

Martin Isherwood: Very nice voice. Unclear what or who this about - 'from my first days - feel never alone' - could be a mother or a relationship or spiritual. A good song should allow the listener to share the joy not just observe it jealously. A lot of movement in the song which makes it hard to follow at first as it seems to keep piling in ideas. Never seems to get going even when the key change and build comes in.

Sharon Vaughn: What she is saying is fine... but please, try a fresher, more creative approach. Saying the same thing that has been said a million times is OK... just look for another way in.

Stano Simor: Amber has a very nice feeling and color of the voice. As a singer, she is definitely ready for the podium in Denmark. The ballad is very well writte, although I think it should have a stronger chorus. In the second part of the song, I would have made use of some backing vocalists to help elevate the song and deliver an emotional rendition.

Greig Watts: I like the nice piano intro and the verse starts and builds up well, the chorus I felt was the pre chorus and was again waiting for it to step up another level to have a bigger impact. It does get stronger the second time around, as the music is building around it and of course when the Key Change happens at the end there is another nice bit of impact. I think as a songwriter myself I am always searching for that extra special part, and this for me is a good song, but it doesn’t quite reach great.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fa-3nFnh50

Published in Editorials
Thursday, 26 December 2013 19:45

MESC '14: Early Two Horse Race in Public Poll

the escflashmalta.com awards presented by ONE Radio 92.7 are already in full swing with the media and the critics casting their votes and opinions and the public selecting their most favourite entry, after being given the choice to select only one (1) of the twenty (20) competing entries in next years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. As soon as the preview videos were published by the Public Broadcasting Services and Television Malta, it was important to get the projects going and the current standings are intriguing, especially because the outcomes are proving to be varied.

The Public Award, as decided by each of the voters who are visiting escflashmalta.com on a daily basis is turning up to be a heated affair between two entries; Because I Have You, written by Paul Giordimaina and Fleur Balzan with vocals by Amber and One Last Ride written by Stephen Rudden and Lawrence Peter Bridge. The first is of course, a former runner-up of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and the second having represented Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, achieving the second best result, that being a fourth place back in 2008. Cementing herself in a top three position is none othen than fan favourite; Jessika whose entry Hypnotica has certainly been the talk of the town across the message boards.

At this point in time, we have received more than 1200 individual votes, and that is an amazing figure for around four days. We urge you to continue selecting your favourite entry out of the batch that are being presented for the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest through the poll on the right hand side, or through this link. In the meantime, we would also like to thank ONE for supporting this project in full and will be carrying out the transmission of the awards through Clint on ONE on ONE Radio 92.7 and Kalamita on ONE Television. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: ONE Radio 92.7, escflashmalta.com

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

Monday, 02 December 2013 23:00

Exclusive: MESC '14 Draw Slowly Taking Shape

In 2014, the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, set to take place on the 7th and 8th February, will comprise of twenty (20) entries, most of which have been penned by local songwriters. The announcement of the acts that got through to the semi-final stage of the competition took place on the programm; Xarabank produced by WE Media. As the list is known, the first meeting with the artists who made it through took place at the illustrious Excelsior Hotel in Floriana where the opening entry and the final entry to compete in the semi-final were drawn in random fashion.

It has been decided that Amber will open the competition on Friday evening with the song Because I Have You composed by Paul Giordimaina to Fleur Balzan's lyrics. In the meantime, closing the show is  Corazon with the track Ten composed by the same Paul Giordimaina and Fleur Balzan. During the course of the meeting, sources have informed us that the initial date for the recording of the promotional videos was announced.  For the first time in around two/three years, artists have the possibility to compete with pre-recorded backing vocals but one must note that this is not accepted by the European Broadcasting Union during the Eurovision Song Contest. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Television Malta, Public Broadcasting Services

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK4TvZeL6c0