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In less than a month, Firelight will be taking to the stage of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest set to take place in Copenhagen, Denmark but nevertheless the focus for the time being is the promotional team preceding that performance. In a press release posted through the official website of Television Malta, the main media arm of the Public Broadcasting Services, it was revealed that the representatives will be flying off to Moscow, Russia for a preview party which is set to feature a number of artists partaking in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest along with Russian celebrities.

Philipp Kirkorov (Russia 95), Ani Lorak (Ukraine 08), Dima Bilan (Russia 06, 08), Alex Sparrow (Russia 11), Svetlana Loboda (Ukraine 09), t.A.T.u (Russia 03), Dmitry Koldun (Belarus 07), Mei Finegold (Israel 14), Teo (Belarus 14), Dilara Kazimova (Azerbaijan 14), Valentina Monetta (San Marino 12, 13, 14), Cristina Scarlat (Moldova 14) have all be included on the guest list alongside the Tolmachevy Sisters (Russia 14) and of course, Firelight (Malta 14) as previously mentioned. Malta had received maximum points from the eastern country back in 2005 when Chiara had represented the country with the song Angel which she wrote herself. 

This event is set to be covered by the leading media agencies in Russia including none other than; TV Rain, MTV Russia, Russia Today, First Channel, Channel Russia, HTB, Moscow 24, Radio Love and OK Magazine. This marks the third visit for Firelight abroad, having been to The Netherlands and the United Kingdom in recent days. In the meantime, Malta is also becoming a promotional spot for artists with visits coming from Mariya Yaremchuk, Sebalter, Hersi Matmuja and Molly Smitten-Downes. Dilara Kazimova is expected to visit Malta in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to for all the latest news.

Source: TVM / PBS

Coming Home, written by Richard Edwards Micallef and performed by Firelight has somewhat been given mixed reviews by fans of the Eurovision Song Contest, something that was to be expected with a folk/pop genre. Nevertheless, this also meant that professional individuals will most likely warm up to the song relatively quickly as seen in posts made by the first winner of the international competition, Lys Assia as well as Danish popstar and two-time Dansk Melodi Grand Prix participant, Bryan Rice.

In their ranking of all the entries competing in the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Coming Home ranked in eleventh and seventh place respectively. Malta will be performing first in the second semi-final set to take place on the 8th May at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. At the moment, Firelight are busy in The Netherlands, getting ready to perform at the Eurovision In Concert where several acts will be making their appearance. We urge you to stay tuned to for all the latest news.

Source: Lys Assia & Brian Rice (Official Facebook)

As it was the case in most years, the Public Broadcasting Services has once again taken the initiative of producing a video for the Maltese entry Coming Home. Gianluca’s video was a massive success and it was never a surprise that PBS led by Tonio Portughese and Anton Attard decided to go to the man behind its success. Duane Laus along with his spouse Angie Laus were the brains behind the promotional video of Malta’s entry. Along with the input of PBS, Rodney Gauci and Gordon Bonello they came up with a product that will fit amongst the best popular videos in the music scene. 

The idea behind the Maltese video this year was exceptional and the cast and crew made sure that the message came across well. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War and the video is “REMEMBERING THOSE WHO NEVER CAME HOME.” As any Brit would tell you, the idea of the 100th anniversary of this event has take the country by storm, as the media has been promoting this event for quite a long time now. Surely the Maltese video will feel right at home there and one would think, we really hit the right spot by appealing to the emotions of the public and gave the song a newfound meaning. Having said that, the perspective from where you actually look at it plays a vital role.

In fact one could say not everyone took a liking to our creative masterpiece or rather it was misinterpreted. The first reports of complaints came flooding in, after our video was previewed on BBC. A senior representative released an official statement earlier this week saying: “My heartfelt sympathy goes to all the families who have lost someone dear to them during the First and Second World War. The Maltese video has been sent to us by the European Broadcasting Union to promote the Maltese entry at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest and like every other promotional video we were obliged to air it - we never thought it would touch so many people. We would like to express our sincere apologies but the video intended no harm.”

A number of nursing homes reported that after the preview of the Maltese video most of the patients were moved to tears. In fact in some extraordinary cases there were patients who needed medical attention as they started hyperventilating and went into a panic attack during and after the video was previewed. One disgruntled family member went on to comment that if she knew what the video was about she would have never let her mother watch it especially since she her mother had lost her father in the First World War and her husband in the Second World War. After the St Catherine’s Nursing Home in Surrey revealed their story to another twenty-four nursing homes said that they had experienced a similar situation.

In an ironic tone some even went on to comment that after the preview video was aired they had estimated that for this particular week they have used 5% more toilet paper as they had to provide their patients with a lot of tissue paper to wipe away their tears. Local markets also said they saw a sudden increase of sales in tissue paper but never thought that the reason behind all this would be a Eurovision video from the tiny country of Malta. On the other hand locally, the video was well received although some senior citizens did comment that the video was a bit overwhelming but would have loved to see more scenes featuring the happy moments were families of the lucky ones who actually made it home were reunited.  

Well, not all press is bad press because thanks to this those who hadn’t yet watched the video went on to the popular website YouTube to watch the most talked about video in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest and thanks it the video has garnered almost 170,000. In fact most the hits came in the past week after it was previewed on BBC. Coincidence or not, the video is a strong one and perhaps in the light of recent political turmoil Malta’s song and video will make the troubled countries realize that in every war there are no winners - only martyrs – the ones who never come home. Stay tuned to for more of the latest news.

NOTE: We would like to inform everyone that this was the April Fools Article for the day. It is pivotal to point out that the reception for the video has been more than satisfactory. We would like to wish Firelight the very best of luck as they represent Malta with Coming Home.

Source: BBC,

The B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark will be hosting the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in just over a month with Maltese hopes resting on the group Firelight and their entry Coming Home written by Richard Edwards Micallef, having won the jury vote during the national selection held back in February. The Public Broadcasting Services, like most of the broadcasters decided to forego a major promotional tour with visits to promotional parties in The Netherlands and the United Kingdom planned over the next two to three weeks.

In the meantime, the state broadcaster, which in turn is responsible for the participation of Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest has just revealed an online competition, asking for the general public to submit a selfie (photo of themselves) which could very much become part of the illustrious backdrop that Malta will be using during the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest set to take place on the 8th May 2014. For more details about this competition, along with the latest updates about Malta's participation, make sure to visit the official Facebook Page of Eurovision Song Malta. Stay tuned to for more of such news in the coming hours, days and weeks.

Source: Eurovision Song Malta (Facebook, Twitter)

Richard Edwards and Michelle Mifsud, the instrumental figures in the group Firelight whose voices are heard throughout the song Coming Home, which will represent Malta in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in Copenhagen, capital city of Denmark, were included in the final line-up of the hit rock opera, Ġensna. In recent weeks, Firelight have been somewhat busy with the remastering of their entry for the international competition, along with the recording of the preview video.

Now that those are out of the day and that the production of Ġensna comes to an end this weekend, they will kick off their promotional tour with performances in The Netherlands and the United Kingdom. In 44 days, Copenhagen will wecome the first show of the Eurovision Song Contest and the organisers are currently in a rush to get everything ready for the international spectacle. Malta is seemingly one of the favourites to get out of the semi-final according to betting odds who are ranking Coming Home in fifth place. It is not the song that fans would typically go for but nevertheless, has a certain edge in quality for it to be appreciated by the general public who still follow the event and also pick up the votes. We urge you to stay tuned to for all the latest news.

Source: Ġensna

Published in Local Music News

In a couple of days, all the entries for the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will have been selected, with the official music videos and finalised versions set to be presented during the Heads of Delegation Meeting. Malta, represented by Firelight and the song Coming Home written by Richard Edwards Micallef is going to be promoted throughout the continent with an official preview video, one which commemorates a hundred (100) years since the First World War.

Shot in various locations around Malta including; Dwejra, Ta' Qali, Xgħajra, Delimara, Drydocks, and Dingli, the story line focuses on six (6) different situations experienced by many soldiers during the First World War. It is worth noting that the concept, filming, editing, script and the story line were thought of by none other than power couple Duane & Angie Laus, both responsible for the music video of Tomorrow, co-written by Boris Cezek & Dean Muscat with vocals by Gianluca.

Charles Ahar was responsible for the photography whilst Rodney Gauci was the producer on behalf of the Public Broadcasting Services. At the Eurovision Song Contest, Firelight comprising of Richard Edwards, Michelle Mifsud, Tony Polidano, Leslie DeCesare, Wayne William and Daniel Micallef will participation in the first half of the second semi-final. Stay tuned to for all the latest news and make sure to purchase Coming Home on iTunes and stream it on Spotify.

Source: PBSTVM, Official Facebook

A panel of professional judges, along with the general public selected Firelight and the track Coming Home, written by Richard Edwards Micallef, to represent Malta in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. In anticipation, the Public Broadcasting Services is working closely to the team to ensure that everything is improved upon prior to the big stage, with a dramatic new version, one which has been received well abroad, as well as a brand new line-up made up of; Richard Edwards, Michelle Mifsud, Tony Polidano, Matthew Ellul, Daniel Micallef and Wayne Micallef.

This means, that for the second (2nd) consecutive year, Malta will be making use of the novelty of having family members on stage, although instead of two (2), this time round, it boasts an incredible four (4). Apart from a small promotional tour which will see Firelight travel to preview parties in The Netherlands and the United Kingdom in the coming weeks, the group has been busy recording a music video, one which will be released in a couple of days. Nevertheless, Duane & Angie Laus have prepared a prelude to that by producing a lyric video, something which the Public Broadcasting Services coin as a 'novel way to promote music on the internet'. Watch the lyric video below and stay tuned to for all the latest news.

Source: PBS (Official Website / Official Facebook Page)

PBS, responsible for Malta’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest is set to launch the remastered version of Coming Home written by Richard Edwards Micallef and performed by the group Firelight during a promotional event taking place this evening to invited members of the media. Speaking to the official website of the public broadcaster, Anton Attard, Head of Delegation and Chief Executive Officer explained that the changes made to the song were essential and required part of the process, in order to have the best possible song representing Malta in the international showcase.

Apart from launching the new version, the promotional event taking place this evening will also see to the revelation of a lyric video, keeping in line with the format used to accompany and support Malta’s participation in the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. In the meantime, PBS has now also taken to social networking website, Facebook in order to promote the participation of the country in the international event, hoping to attract fans from all over the world. Malta will compete in the second semi-final of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Coming Home by Firelight. Stay tuned to for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: PBS / TVM

Coming Home, written by Richard Edwards Micallef and performed by the group Firelight is currently being re-worked upon in order to present the best possible version during the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark. In a first for the Public Broadcasting Services, the final product will be completely local with the brand new recording taking place at Lito's Place, in Floriana under the direction of Manolito Galea as Sound Engineer and Elton Zarb as Music Producer.

In the meantime, the Public Broadcasting Services has ascertained that the brand new version will have a much more professional recording, with the structure being completely unchanged. The music video is also currently being filmed and edited under the direction of Duane Laus. It has also been revealed that Firelight will kick off their promotional tour in The Netherlands, having been confirmed as the tenth act to attend the Eurovision In Concert, alongside acts from Austria, Armenia, Belarus, Ukraine, San Marino, FYR Macedonia, The Netherlands and Switzerland. Stay tuned to for all the latest news.

Source: Television Malta / Public Broadcasting Services

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 05:56

Malta: Music Video for -Coming Home- Recorded

Since winning the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Firelight have been rather out of the limelight, although that does not mean that preparations for the international competition have not started, considering that the European Broadcasting Union will be expected the final version of the entry accompanied by a music video at the Heads of Delegation Meeting in a couple of weeks time.

Composed of Richard Edwards Micallef, Michelle Mifsud, Tony Polidano, Matthew Ellul and Leslie Decesare, Firelight are currently shooting a music video for their entry Coming Home, with lead vocalist and songwriter Richard Edwards Micallef taking to social media website, Facebook to thank everyone involved in the process; visionary luminaries such as Angie and Duane Laus whose work on last years’ entry Tomorrow was appreciated by both a local and an international audience.

‘Had a brilliant day today ... started shooting the new music video for Coming Home. I really can't wait for the finished product. A big THANK YOU to everyone involved in making this Music video. Feeling great, I must say’. We urge you to stay tuned to over the coming days and weeks for more of the latest news about the Maltese entry in this years’ edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Facebook

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