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Just moments ago, all clad in professional formal attire, Firelight who will be representing Malta in this year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Coming Home written by Richard Edwards Micallef, took to the red carpet for the Opening Ceremony. Upon being interviewed by the official website of the international competition, back-up vocalist and guitarist Wayne Micallef stated that they look forward to opening the second semi-final and then kick-back and enjoy the rest of the show, with fourteen songs to follow.

 

The interviewer on the red carpet remarked that both Wayne and Daniel Micallef were wearing sunglasses and look like rockstars to which the former stated that they were going for that type of look. Abdul thanked the Mediterranean country for their time on the red carpet and asked them to pose for press photographs and then enjoy the rest of the evening with the rest of the delegation. Malta will be opening the second semi-final on the 8th May 2014. Remember that escflashmalta.com will be LIVE blogging through the Facebook and Twitter accounts for all the three shows with stars such as; Davinia, Brooke, Danica Muscat, Christabelle, Daniel Testa, Rikki Lee, Matt Mercieca and Simon Casey amongst others. Stay tuned!

Source: eurovision.tv, Deo Grech

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1bXNizF0p4

The Austrian singer has been chosen internally and ever since the choice was done, one can say it was surrounded by controversy. In fact a lot of online groups and petitions cropped up trying their best to stop Conchita Wurst from competing in Denmark. This made the singer stronger and in the Eurovision Song Contest, Conchita is not only competing to win the song competition but she’s also in Copenhagen to pass on a strong message. 

In fact whilst meeting the press and also the other singers in the competition, Conchita keeps doing her best to pass her message of embracing tolerance and acceptance without any discrimination. Firelight had the opportunity to meet Conchita Wurst in the press centre and after chatting a bit, the Maltese band was seen sporting the ‘Knit for Tolerance’ joining her in her quest of promoting  her cause. 

Conchita Wurst will be singing Rise like a Phoenix in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest – the same semi-final in which Malta will be competing in. Both songs are being seen as qualifiers both by the fans and also by the press in Copenhagen – hopefully the two countries will have the opportunity to compete against each other also in the finals.  Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: PBS, TVM, Deo Grech (Maltese Delegation)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTtUV84J_2I

Firelight made up of; Richard Edwards Micallef, Michelle Mifsud, Daniel Micallef, Wayne Micallef, Leslie Decesare and Tony Polidano were first to take to the stage this afternoon as a full run through of the second semi-final took place at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. Coming Home is being touted as the dark horse by all the media present for this year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and that fills the escflashmalta.com editorial team with courage as the semi-final looms closer and close with each passing day.

According to our team in Copenhagen, the vocals were strong, the camera work was flawless and the feel good factor was there more than ever. Remember that Malta will be opening the second semi-final on Thursday 8th May, followed by no less than fourteen countries, including fan-favourite Norway. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates as soon as they become available. A quick reminder that LIVE blogging will be taking place through the social media channels of this portal throughout both the semi-finals and the final set for the 6th, 8th and 10th May 2014.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1bXNizF0p4

It is fair to say that Firelight are having a blast as they prepare to represent Malta during the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Coming Home written by Richard Edwards Micallef. From photo opportunities, to interviews and features with both local and foreign media, it is hard not to take it all in and they are certainly enjoying every minute.

Following their rehearsal on Tuesday, Firelight bumped into two artists; Carl Espen, who will be representing Norway with Silent Storm during the second semi-final; and Mei Finegold who will be partaking on behalf of Israel with Same Heart. The Norwegian crooner, one of the favourites to triumph in this year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest had only words of praise towards Coming Home defining it as 'a track which will eventually get loads of airplay on the Norwegian radio stations as it reflects the music currently hitting the charts in Scandinavia'.

He was also keen to learn about the instrument that Richard plays during the performance; the Mountain Dulcimer having never seen one like it before. Richard quickly exchanged favours in singing an a-capella version of Silent Storm, something he also did during the meet and greet session which took place on Tuesday. Journalists in attendance for the meet and greet stated 'you shouldn't do that .. it's a competition' to which he replied to a rather rapturous applause 'we're here to have fun and enjoy ourselves with good music. This song is good music so there is no harm in singing it!'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LBOjxBty8U

Mei Finegold is a backstage neighbour to Firelight, with Israel performing in slot number #2 just after Malta and this has provided the build-up to a more solid relationship. Both of them got to get to know each other during the course of their promotional tours with both being in attendance in The Netherlands and Russia a couple of weeks back. Michelle Mifsud, one of the vocalists of Firelight, confirmed that they are happy that the two teams got to know each other at a personal level. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g64Ft-aLfyU

'She is a mum like myself. We share the same passions for music and for our families. We both know what is it like for a woman to bring up your children while pursuing your dream as an artist’. On her part, Mei did not hesitate to declare that she has been whistling Coming Home quite a couple of times, something that has become synonomous to her daily backstage routine. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: TVM, Eurovision Song Malta

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qxi5C-lGX2Y

Coming Home, written by Richard Edwards Micallef, and performed by the group Firelight was rehearsed for the very first time on the B&W Hallerne stage in Copenhagen, capital city of Denmark and home to the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The first rehearsal was extremely positive with the press branding the entry as a possible contender to triumph during the second semi-final. This does indeed come to terms with the fact that professional personnel have been branding our entry as a potential dark horse of tis competition.

To give you a better outlook on what to expect during the performance, the group are set in the middle of the stage but not too far back, hoping to interact with the audience better. They are smiling throughout the performance and have perfect control on their vocal range and capabilities having been mastered correctly by Pamela in the weeks leading up to the competition. In the meantime, the backdrop is seemingly a poppy theme as seen during the music video before evolving into a multitude of selfies depicting what seems to be a very warm and friendly entry. Malta will perform first in the second semi-final and will thus kick off the show in a positive light. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com, eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRwvsXWxt1o

In just a couple of hours; Richard Edwards, Michelle Mifsud, Wayne William, Daniel Micallef, Tony Polidano and Leslie Decesare, cumulatively known as Firelight will depart to Copenhagen, Denmark where they will be representing Malta in the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Coming Home written by frontman Richard Edwards Micallef. Prior to that though, they will be giving a final interview to Frederick Zammit on Radju Malta 2 (105.9 FM) between nine and ten o'clock in the morning.

On Tuesday, Firelight are expected to take to the stage for their first technical run, and might we remind you that the group will be opening the second semi-final on Thursday 8th May as they have been allocated to perform in the first slot. Ten of the fifteen entries will get through the semi-final stage in order to take part in the final on the 10th May. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com (Facebook, Twitter) in the coming days for all the latest news about Malta's participation in the international competition.

Source: Radju Malta 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qxi5C-lGX2Y

Thursday, 24 April 2014 13:00

Malta: Firelight Drumming Up OGAE Support

It is only a matter of days now before Firelight jet off to Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark in order to represent Malta in the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Coming Home written by front-man Richard Edwards Micallef. Fans across Europe have been selecting their favourites for this years' international extravaganza by casting their vote in their respective branch of the OGAE Network, one in which Malta has not performed well in recent years, even though the actual results would then turn out to be different.

In just a couple of hours though, Malta was awarded with 9 points from two different branches, the first one being in Luxembourg where the Mediterranean nation has always performed well and the second one being that in Ireland which bodes well for the coming weeks considering that the Emerald Isle will be competing alongside Malta in the semi-final. Prior to their departure from Malta, Firelight have continued working hard on ensuring the best result for the country at the event. They are considered to be a dark horse in the competition due to an international sounding track. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: OGAE Network

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qxi5C-lGX2Y

Firelight are currently planning to jet off to the Eurovision Song Contest and represent Malta with the song Coming Home written by Richard Edwards Micallef. Opening the second semi-final will be no easy feat but nevertheless, the group seem ready to take Europe by storm following their short promotional tour in The Netherlands, Russia and the United Kingdom. Garnering support from music professionals all around, it comes as no surprise that the Norwegian Jury on ESC+PLUS have voiced their support for the entry.

Christine Guldbrandsen who represented Norway in the 2006 with the song Alvedansen and Dina Mislund who tried her luck at representing her home country in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Needs both agreed that Malta should come out on top in the international competition voting with Something Better performed by Softengine on behalf of Finland finishing in second place and Calm After the Storm sung by The Common Linnets for The Netherlands in third place. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: ESC+PLUS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qxi5C-lGX2Y

Monday, 21 April 2014 15:24

ESC 2014: An In-Depth Review of Malta

It has become customary for the escflashmalta.com editorial board to engage professional individuals from the music industry to assess the songs competing in the Eurovision Song Contest as presented to the European Broadcasting Union during the Heads of Delegation Meeting. Greig Watts, Joseph Zammit, Sharon Vaughn and John Scott from the United Kingdom, Malta, Sweden and the United States have been entrusted with the second semi-final, comprising of sixteen songs and set to take place on the 8th May 2014 at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. Making use of the running order and kicking off with number #1, we catch up with Malta (PBS) who will be represented by Firelight and the song Coming Home written by Richard Edwards Micallef.

Richard is 31. Music is in his blood. His father is a well-known singer in Malta and just about all his family are entertainers. Richard plays the Appalachian mountain dulcimer, acoustic guitar, and percussion. He is joined in Firelight by his sister, Michelle Mifsud, on the piano, and brothers Wayne William, as backing vocalist, and Daniel Micallef on the acoustic guitar. Additional band members are Tony Polidano, on the upright bass, and Leslie Decesare on the drums and harmonica.

In 2005, Richard took a step away from home to venture in the UK music industry. While in the UK he got the chance to perform alongside Leona Lewis, Ray Quinn and other X Factor contestants. He got the thumbs up from the legendary Simon Cowell on the judge’s panel and made it to the final 80. Later Richard joined a British rock band called Cast Away. His role in the band was playing the bass and vocals. He spent time touring many places across the south east of England. Richard returned to Malta in 2009. He has co-produced a number of singles with his brother, Wayne William. 

His music made it to the local charts hitting the top spot for a number of weeks. Richard entered the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2003 and 2005 as part of the group The Mics. Since 2010, Richard took part as Richard Edwards and came as close as the runner up in 2011 with the song Finally. Firelight’s song Coming Home is a mix of pop, rock and folk rolled into one. Richard believes people will be able to relate to Coming Home in many different situations and thinks it should be especially poignant for the thousands of emigrants who travel across Europe for work, spending months away from their families.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5JgiPlLKKg

Malta, a country which is quite similar to Iceland in terms of results, noting that they have finished in second place on two previous occasions, and are yet to record a victory. It was back in 2002 and 2005 when the small Mediterranean Country almost topped the board not to mention that during the nineties, they failed to reach the top ten only once, at the end of the decade with Times Three and their entry Believe N Peace. Two artists have represented the country on more than one occasion, those being Chiara and Fabrizio Faniello whilst several others have tried their luck including; Miriam Christine, Chris and Moira, Mary Spiteri, Debbie Scerri, Paul Giordimaina, William Mangion and Georgina.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 80%

Greig Watts: This one may have an advantage as I heard it before when judging for Malta, however I didn’t mark it very highly then and was proved wrong as it got through. For me it doesn’t really have a chorus so I still think its hard to see how it will do well in Eurovision overall. It has a nice blend of the two voices, but nothing has grabbed me and its 2 minutes into the song already, what seems to be the chorus is 2 mins 15 and im a bit bored by then, best part is the change when the female comes in.

Joseph Zammit: And might as well start from home. I have to admit that the first time I heard it during the Malta Eurovision, I judged it rather harshly as a band who jumped on the commercial success that the 'Mumford'-style bands had achieved last year. And I still believe that. They did however release a new version out for their official video which makes it somewhat less of an homage to Mumford and Sons and more of a stand alone song, and I have to admit, I do like it. 

The vocals in this are very unique and pleasing to the ear, the rhythm and melody of it is catchy and it easily gets stuck in your head, lyrics make sense and I'm sure are meaningful if applied to the correct setting. I did notice that the lead singer's brother has now joined the band to go up for the competition as well. I don't know whether it was an act of brotherly love or whether he dragged him along to rub it in his face that he was the one who beat him, just like any good brother would. The latter image amuses me. I have faith that this song will do well in the competition. I'm not saying that because of some ardent feelings of patriotism but because this song is all in all a very good song. 

Sharon Vaughn: This remains my favourite of all the contestants in this semi-final. They are current, the singers are incredible and by far the best in the competition.

John Scott: This one grows on me with each listen. The vocals and playing are very strong. The male female combination is interesting. 

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qxi5C-lGX2Y

Published in Editorials

In 1993, Enrico Ruggeri was asked to represent Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest having triumphed at the Sanremo Music Festival on two occasions; that year with the song Mistero and in 1987 with Si Può Dare di Più in a trio alongside Umberto Tozzi and Gianni Morandi. The song he performed in Millstreet, Ireland was entitled Sole D'Europa which he wrote himself. Despite the sheer Italian identity, it only mustered up forty-five points on the night to finish in twelfth place. He recently spoke to esc-plus with regards to which entries he would personally vote for, should he be asked to form part of the Jury on the night of the final.

To the surprise of many, his maximum points would be given to the Georgian entry which is predicted by fans of the Eurovision Song Contest as the song which could get the dreaded nul points but nevertheless, on a positive note, he did award Malta's Coming Home by Firelight a total of seven points. This means that Enrico would classify Malta in fourth place, something which might not be too surprising considering that many are seeing the song as this years' dark horse. The Italian singer/songwriter is still very much active in the Italian industry, having last released an album back in 2010 whilst making several television appearances. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: esc-plus

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

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