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It has only been two (2) weeks since the revelation of the twenty (20) entries that have made it through to the semi-final stage of next years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, with the Public Broadcasting Services planning a promotional schedule for each of the artists over the next couple of weeks. First things first though as tomorrow marks the beginning of a new journey with the recording of the official video clips, which will be shared through social media and will also play a pivotal part in the escflashmalta.com awards presented by ONE Radio 92.7.

It is important to point out that apart from the official preview videos, all of the artists were called into the Public Broadcasting Services yesterday in order to record what was coined as a postcard, that will support the preview video during the promotional campaign. Next years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest set for the 7th and 8th February 2014 will be taking place at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre in Ta’ Qali and will most likely be part of the Malta Music Weekend, also incorporating the Malta Music Awards. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services

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

The 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest took place just a couple of weeks back with Gianluca Bezzina and his entry Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek announced as the winner at the end of the evening. Congratulations are always in order as we wish him all the very best in Sweden as he competes in the first part of the second semi-final. Nevertheless, prior to the final, escflashmalta.com initiated the public, media outlets and a set of music industry professionals to conduct their choices. The editorial board has always been a proud supporter of the local music scene and thus has always sought to include features from which artists would generally benefit. For yet another year, escflashmalta.com is giving out three awards; Public Award, Critics Award and the Media Award in collaboration with Sas-Sitta produced by Spiteri Lucas Entertainment and Bristow Potteries who sponsored the trophies.

One of the key elements behind the success of any country within the Eurovision Song Contest is democracy and the people have a right to have their decision heard loud and clear, in a manner where it is not deafened. The votes on the night of the final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest counted as one member of the jury and that was indeed a right decision because music industry professionals are required to select the best track. Our public poll received a total of 6454 votes, which is around two thousand more than the previous year and it has to be noted that whilst the top two were extremely close to each other, it seems like the others were somewhat far behind and fighting it out for a number of positions within the top ten and in some instances in the top five. It is important to denote that every individual had a vote per IP Address and therefore, we tried to limit the amount of double votes in this manner. It is important to always keep the public's opinion whilst voting because at the end of the day the song would be representing the country abroad but nevertheless, public perception about the artist is normally swayed according to the popularity figures, and this was something somewhat not attributed to our poll. The full results of the public may be seen in full below.

  1. Never Walk Away - Chris Grech (1512)
  2. Needing You - Kevin Borg (1296)
  3. Overrated - Marilena Gauci (522)
  4. When It's Time - Claudia Faniello (498)
  5. Loverdose - Melanie Zammit (472)
  6. Tomorrow - Gianluca Bezzina (404)
  7. Ultraviolet - Jessika (396)
  8. In Control - Amber (207)
  9. Perfect Day - Janice DeBattista (167)
  10. Tides of Illusion - Ylenia (158)
  11. Starting from the End - Dorothy Bezzina (145)
  12. Betrayed - Davinia Pace (141)
  13. Keep Believing - Raquela (110)
  14. Let Your Heart Talk - Franklin (82)
  15. Us Against the World - Gianni (78)
  16. Love-O-Holic - Deborah C (66)
  17. Fall Like Rome - Richard Edwards (57)
  18. Fantasy - Danica Muscat (46)
  19. My Stranger Love - Corazon (35)
  20. Too Little Too Late - Domenique (23)
  21. Wonderful Today - Richard & Petra (15)
  22. The Remedy - Klinsmann (11)
  23. Superstar - Scar (10)
  24. No One's Home - Petra (3)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nheEDnXsrhQ
 
The professional members of the jury have always been pivotal behind the results not only during the Malta Eurovisoin Song Contest but also throughout the whole of Europe when national selections are concerned becuase people within the industry are somewhat ones which know the type of music which works abroad. They do not vote with an agenda as some people might denote as they would only come forth with the interests of the songs and the country which summoned them. escflashmalta.com has had the pleasure to work with a number of individuals in recent years and this time round, we were proud to have come up with panel of professionals such as; Martin Isherwood, a leading figure at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, Roberto Meloni, a two time Eurovision Song Contest representative; Stano Simor, a notable producer from Slovakia who works with Universal Music; Lina Eriksson, signed to EMI Music Publishing and has written tracks for artists out of Idols and Popstars and last but not least; Sharon Vaughn, a premier songwriter who has worked with Joe McElderry, Agnes, The Wanted, Alcazar, Brian Kennedy, Jedward and Kimberley Walsh amongst others. In one particular instance, we also required the services of Knut-Oyvind Hagen, a talented songwriter who also works at NRK, the Norwegian broadcaster. The full results of the critics may be seen in full below.
  1. Needing You - Kevin Borg (35)
  2. Loverdose - Melanie Zammit (25)
  3. Tomorrow - Gianluca Bezzina (22)
  4. Starting from the End - Dorothy Bezzina (22)
  5. Ultraviolet - Jessika (21)
  6. Love-O-Holic - Deborah C (20)
  7. Fall Like Rome - Richard Edwards (18)
  8. The Remedy - Klinsmann (18)
  9. Never Walk Away - Chris Grech (16)
  10. Betrayed - Davinia Pace (13)
  11. When It's Time - Claudia Faniello (13)
  12. Let Your Heart Talk - Franklin (10)
  13. Tides of Illusion - Ylenia (9)
  14. Superstar - Scar (8)
  15. Too Little Too Late - Domenique (8)
  16. Fantasy - Danica Muscat (7)
  17. Wonderful Today - Richard & Petra (7)
  18. In Control - Amber (5)
  19. No One's Home - Petra (5)
  20. Perfect Day - Janice DeBattista (4)
  21. Overrated - Marilena Gauci (2)
  22. My Stranger Love - Corazon (1)
  23. Us Against the World - Gianni (1)
  24. Keep Believing - Raquela (0)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzGiJxMd3UI

Being a media outlet, escflashmalta.com has always felt the need to make sure that all of the respective entries competing in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest are heard beyond the four corners of the globe from a competition perspective. Each of the twenty-four (24) songs competing in recent years can manage to stand up on their own and be counted as individual tracks with possible success. Calling upon ten members of the foreign press alongside ten members of the local press, it was a deep priviledge to see what type of songs the individuals, the organisation and the nationality would realibly go for in the true sense of the word. I would like to thank all of the media outlets and their representatives who took part and they were; Nathan D (89.7 Bay), Vikesh Godhwani (Insiter), Dorian Cassar (89.7 Bay), David Debono (100.2 XFM), Clint Bajada (92.7 FM), Aaron Benjamin (92.7 FM), Eric Montfort (Radio 101), Toni Sant (MMI), Ian Scerri (escflashmalta.com), Michael Bugeja (Times of Malta), Ian Fowell (Eurovisionary), Liam Whelan (ESCDaily), Theofilos Toronidis (ESCDaily), Garrett Mulhall (Eurovision Ireland), Jaime Solloso (Oikotimes), Alexandru Busa (esctoday.com), Emma Backfish (escXtra), Darragh Reck (RTÉ), Juergen Boernig (Radio International) and Luke Fisher (escXtra). The full results of the media may be seen in full below.
  1. The Remedy - Klinsmann (680)
  2. Never Walk Away - Chris Grech (580)
  3. Starting from the End - Dorothy Bezzina (500)
  4. Tomorrow - Gianluca Bezzina (480)
  5. Love-O-Holic - Deborah C (480)
  6. Superstar - Scar (380)
  7. Fall Like Rome - Richard Edwards (340)
  8. Betrayed - Davinia Pace (260)
  9. Ultraviolet - Jessika (260)
  10. Needing You - Kevin Borg (260)
  11. Loverdose - Melanie Zammit (240)
  12. In Control - Amber (180)
  13. Fantasy - Danica Muscat (160)
  14. Too Little Too Late - Domenique (160)
  15. My Stranger Love - Corazon (100)
  16. Keep Believing - Raquela (80)
  17. When It's Time - Claudia Faniello (20)
  18. Tides of Illusion - Ylenia (0)
  19. Let Your Heart Talk - Franklin (0)
  20. Perfect Day - Janice DeBattista (0)
  21. Wonderful Today - Richard & Petra (-20)
  22. Us Against the World - Gianni (-40)
  23. No One's Home - Petra (-80)
  24. Overrated - Marilena Gauci (-240)
escflashmalta.com would like to congratulate all of the winners and also the artists of each of the twenty-three entries in this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest. In the meantime, thanks to Bristow Potteries and Sas-Sitta on NET Television for their continued support towards our portal and we hope for further collaborations in the coming years and months. It has been a pleasure working with esteemed professionals for yet another year and we'll soon be announcing our features for the Eurovision Song Contest which will include professional reviews of each of the countries' representation as well as LIVE reports of the shows with special guest commentators. Once more, escflashmalta.com would like to wish the very best of luck to Gianluca with his endeavours in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest.
 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dy35AgTBiVE
Published in Local Music News
Sunday, 03 February 2013 12:10

MESC 2013: An Analysis of the Final Night

The Malta Eurovision has come to an end - a surprising one for the majority of the people for different reasons. The first congratulations has to go directly to PBS who took on board the comments by the public and ensured that the problems that hampered the performances in yesterday’s show where a thing of the past. The show was one of very high quality and for one of the few times, if not the first, that the winner was announced before the strokes of midnight. The show was thoroughly planned and the timing was well scheduled. The audience loved the opening act by DREAMS – the same act opened last year’s showcase and it was heavily criticized but the choice of songs and presentation left the desired effect as it was done professionally without any glitches whatsoever.

The presenters once again kept things light and although some might have criticized Gordon Bonello for his light hearted rhymes they were seen as cute and in most cases they were cleverly funny. Once again, it was up to Elaine Saliba to carry the heavy weight for tonight’s job and for the second consecutive night she did a job well done. The short interviews before each act were nicely planned and fitted the show whole heartily – although some singers could have done with better questions. The interval was possibly the best ever we have had in a long time. Gorg & Pawlu started off proceedings with their hit Hot & Famous, the Swiss representatives, Heilsarmee followed with their Eurovision entry and Kurt Calleja closed off proceedings with a medley of popular hits where he included some songs from his repertoire.

The results started off with the public opinion which saw Kevin Borg winning the full points from there, followed by Gianluca Bezzina who was clearly the second favourite behind Kevin – something which was also evident in the hall. Chris Grech followed in third place and his applause in the hall clearly indicated beforehand that he will do well with the public. From the comments on the web and the comments in the hall, these three names were seen as the main contenders for victory. Davinia Pace was surely the surprise of the evening as she finished in a distant third place collecting a number of high points from the jury which propelled the new comer to the competition up to a second runner-up finish after a very powerful performance filled with energy and dominance throughout.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5WFikKd8A8

The jury votes were very close to the public in terms of their votes in general; the only difference which proved to be a pivotal one in terms of the results was that the outright favourite with the jury was Gianluca who garnered the full points from all the jury with the exception of one judge who put him in second place. These were enough though to put him ahead of the rest of the pack with Kevin finishing a relatively close second but in May it will be Gianluca who will be flying the Maltese flag for Malta. The song was never the outright favourite but throughout the week it garnered popularity and was clearly seen as the entry that can cause the upset on the night. This became more evident during the semi-final night and things just got brighter for Gianluca from then on. 

The win was somewhat reminiscent of Thea Garrett’s win back in 2010 as this was Gianluca’s first time ever in the local competition. He is well known for being the front man of the band Funk Initiative and he has also performed with the choir Voices. Gianluca will become the third straight male singer to represent the country which is another first for our nation as past winners were dominated by females. One of Gianluca’s backing vocalists has already had a taste of Eurovision, as exactly ten years ago she was part of the winning team with Lynn Chircop’s ‘To Dream Again’ – perhaps someone should book her as their backing singer for 2023, you never know it might work. Gianluca’s entry ‘Tomorrow’ is receiving good feedback from abroad and his charisma will see him through this meaningful experience. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdCVLuz-dLo

Tomorrow has the feel good factor, so good that you get instantly hooked to its rhythm and find yourself humming along even thought you might not know the exact words. The entry can also be described as fresh with a positive outlook. The simple lyrics and the simple musical structure give the entry a great feel whilst Gianluca performs as he is narrating a dialogue and the whole act looks like it has been set up to perfection. Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek, the songwriters were the most successful team in this year's Malta Eurovision with three entries in the final and although they are new to the Eurovision scene they have experienced plenty of success on the local airwaves.The team from here onwards will start their hard work in order to ensure that Gianluca gets the best possible coverage in Europe and also by having a great performance in Malmo, Sweden. Hard work pays off and being a doctor by profession he knows that if he works hard things will eventually come as you shouldn’t leave things you have to do today for ‘Tomorrow’.

Source: Emil Calleja Bayliss (image)

Published in Editorials

The participants of this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest have been promoting their entries on a number of television and radio programmes as per the schedule set up for them by the Public Broadcasting Services yet today will mark the very first time that they are coming together on a show. Ħadd Għalik has played a major role in promoting the artists of the competition in recent years through fun filled activities, perfect for the entertainment of families. Amongst the games, there are a number of questions which the artists have to answer about each other and that has always proven to be absolutely hilarious. The show will be aired between 12:10 and 15:30 CET on Television Malta which could be streamed through the official website.

This years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is proving to be one of the most competitive in recent years noting that there has been a higher standard of quality and the country stands a better chance to do well based on that. Earlier this week, there were doubts with regards to the draw that the country was given at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, but nevertheless, despite performing in the first part of the second semi-final, the editorial board is confident that with the best entry, the odds will be overcome. Our public poll with more than five thousand votes sees Never Walk Away by Chris Grech in first place followed by Needing You by Kevin Borg in second place. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news with regards to this years’ edition of the local showcase.

Source: Television Malta

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qq0QxauIyic

Published in Local Music News

The Public Broadcasting Services are highlighting every inch of detail to make sure that this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is even better than the past two years in which the current administration decided to revamp the process by virtue of bringing in a more professional setup. Guests have always been an intriguing element of the showcase and there are rumours floating about with regards to who will ultimately becoming a part of the show but the focus here is with the participants themselves noting that the twenty four semi-finals will be having a number of additional individuals in the wings, taking care of vocal roles within the respective tracks. We have been in touch with a number of performers and their respective managements and learned some intriguing names will ultimately be seen despite not entering the semi-final stage of this years' competition. escflashmalta.com is exclusively bringing you a list of the names unveiled.

Kicking off things with the respective announcements was none other than Davinia who will be closing the semi-final at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with her entry Betrayed composed by Elton Zarb and penned by Muxu. She will be joined on stage by three backing vocalists which include; Rachael Tedesco Triccas and Jade Cini from the hit series D.R.E.A.M.S who will also be opening the showcase as well as former Junior Eurovision Song Contest representative; Nicole Azzopardi who is seemingly eyeing a possible entry in the next couple of years. The second performer is none other than Danica Muscat who will be performing the song Fantasy composed by Paul Abela and penned by Joe Julian Farrugia and will be joined by a fleet of people which feature Claire Mercieca, Chrissy Warrington, Jody Magri, as well as former Malta Eurovision Song Contest finalists; Dario Mifsud Bonnici and Benjamin Darmanin.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq5sBvjedr4

It was revealed yesterday that a request had also been made by Kevin Borg to have former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Glen Vella join the backing vocalists but due to his recent participation, this was not accepted and thus Glen will be taking care of a team of unknown backing vocalists which is rumoured to have several members of the Animae Gospel Choir which Glen and Pamela created a couple of years back. In an exclusive announcement, we are proud to reveal that former Malta Song for Europe finalist; Fiona Cauchi will be present within the team of Claudia Faniello who will be presenting the track When It's Time co-written between the performer and Errol Sammut, lead vocalist of Airport Impressions. The full team of this entry will be unveiled in due course on her Official Facebook Page. In a revelation made today on social networking website; Facebook it seems that Dorothy Bezzina of the song Starting from the End written by Magnus Kaxe and Gerard James Borg will be joined by upcoming artist; Martina Farrugia.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zIh0gcPh8A

Two of the most intriguing performers in this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest are definitely Chris Grech with the track Never Walk Away co-written by Matthew James Borg, Peter Borg and David Cassar Torreggiani and Melanie Zammit with the song Loverdose co-written between Maria & Niclas Lundin and Gerard James Borg. They have both spoken to us and told us of the people that will be joining them on stage with the male artist bringing about one of his composers; Matthew James Borg of Red Electrick fame on stage alongside the upcoming Cheryl Balzan with the female on the other hand bringing two newcomers in the vein of Ann Gauci and Gabriella Azzopardi alongside Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and Malta Hit Song Contest finalist; Talitha Dimech. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the exclusive news as soon as it becomes available for publishing.

Source: escflashmalta.com

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

Sunday, 06 January 2013 23:00

MESC 2013: Reviewing the track 'Betrayed'

The 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is less than a month away and the Public Broadcasting Services is promoting each of the respective competing entries on Television Malta, Radju Malta and Magic Malta whilst our web portal escflashmalta.com will officially start tackling each of the tracks as of today, noting that a number of high profile critics as introduced late last year have had the opportunity to listen to the full versions of the tracks and thus comment on an individual basis on each whilst their compiled score will also be listed as a percentage out of the total maximum points which could have been awarded, fifty. Kicking off the proceedings with our annual feature which will see someone winning the Critics Choice Award on Sas-Sitta on the 9th February will be none other than festival newcomer Davinia Pace who will be performing the song Betrayed composed by Elton Zarb and penned by Matthew Mercieca, more commonly known as Muxu as the final track in the semi-final slated to take place on the 1st February at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre.

Davinia Pace is not only a completely newcomer to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest but is relatively new in the local music scene noting that she moved to Hertfordshire at the tender age of thirteen in order to follow her craft and learn the art of performance. As a matter of fact, music started becoming one of the main elements in her life and as she grew, she decided that becoming a singer would be possible with the right training and indeed, she enrolled into the musical college known as Vocal Tech, where she learned how to control her voice better and ultimately showing that blues and jazz had a predominant role in her outlook. In recent months, she has been quite busy recording brand new material with her good friend, Muxu and as a matter of fact came about the duet Feel Good Song as well as her number #1 hit single Bottled My Teardrops. These two songs reflected well upon Davinia garnering a nomination for Best Newcomer at the Bay Music Awards. She decided to continue working on the genre itself and thus came about another track entitled Sail Away which was released onto 89.7 Bay Radio very recently.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YD2nWSRgXgc

Betrayed is the focus of this review of course, and the focus seems to be with regards to the fact that it is somewhat similar in genre to a bond tune and more specifically Skyfall which was released by singer/songwriter Adele in recent weeks. It is coming across well on screen and Davinia seems to be very camera friendly noting that she manages to get the attention of the viewer instantly. Songwriting credit in music goes to Elton Zarb who despite having solo projects in this manner has become renowned for his work on the hit musical drama series D.R.E.A.M.S. amongst others. This will not be his first time competing with his most recent tracks in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest  being Whoop It Up! for Annalise Ellul and While My Eyes Still Glow for Janice Mangion in 2012. On the other hand, the lyrics by Matthew Mercieca known as Muxu come as a surprise for this particular competition noting that the singer/songwriter has never been keen into entering himself despite a number of hits including his recent single Pour Down On Me but his work with Davinia Pace is consistent and she clearly let him shine through from a lyrical point of view.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 56%

Sharon Vaughn: I really believe in Davinia as a performer and on this particular song, there seems to be that something special.

Martin Isherwood: Chorus melodically strong but lyric setting feels a little awkward. In fact, it becomes a very confusing lyric. Nice voice but derivative. Amy Winehouse seemingly meets Bond.

Stano Simor: Tina Turner’s Golden Eye or the Belgian group Hooverphonic? Yes I love this style of music. Anyways, I don't think is the right way to reach fans or to get enough points. Second Lena will not return anymore. There is nothing to disapprove off, at least with the song but it does fit with the other tracks. Davinia has a specifically nasal voice that sits in this style of music.

Roberto Meloni: Davinia has a very special vocal “material”, she is like a raw jewel. I like her attitude, not sure about her dress. About the song: what about more improvisation in the last part? It’s not a winning song, but I like the way she delivers it. 

Lina Eriksson: For me, this does not work at all. I’m really sorry Davinia but this a sleeping-pill from beginning to end.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tm9AMUD3oW8

Published in Editorials

The 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is set to be quite the scintillating scene noting that there is a lot of interest due to the fact that the competing artists are not only coming from the typical festival background but also from the other sector of the music scene which was coined within the radio spectrum. There are twenty four competing entries in the competition and they represent a variety of styles and the escflashmalta.com editorial board thought it best to see which one seems to be garnering the most support from the public at large whilst having certain limitations noting that it will accept only one vote per IP Address. Early indications show that this will be a two horse race, with a possibility that it could turn out to be a three way battle though, so this will be interesting to see unfold. The Award will then be given out on the programme 'Sas-Sitta' produced by Spiteri Lucas Entertainment on the 9th February 2013.

The Public Poll was initiated on Boxing Day, meaning the 26th December and the response has been remarkable noting that in less than three days, it has already wracked up more than 2,000 votes seemingly looking to eclipse the number of votes achieved at the end of the voting earlier this year, which saw Kaya and her entry First Time triumph in a close battle with Claudia Faniello and the track Pure. At this point in time, the leader is none other than the returning Kevin Borg whose entry Needing You co-written with Danne Attlerud, Simon Gribbe, Thomas Thornholm, and Michael Clauss is receiving around 23 to 25% of the full votes. In a very contentious second place with around 20% to 22% of the full vote comes none other than Chris Grech with the song Never Walk Away co-written with Matthew James Borg, Peter Borg and David Cassar Torreggiani and this is due to the fact that it is being touted as a commercial hit, pointing out that it has garnered the most views on viral website, YouTube. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=as2sMXXlXBk

The closest entry to them seems to be Loverdose performed by Melanie Zammit and written by Maria & Niclas Lundin as well as Gerard James Borg with 12% to 15% of the votes. The amount of people who have tuned in to see the entry has also been in the same range finishing in third place overall and therefore our poll is seemingly very much in tune with the views pointing out that in fourth place comes Jessika with her entry Ultraviolet co-written between Philip Vella, Gerard James Borg and Thomas G:Son achieving between 8% and 10% of the total amount of votes and standing just slightly ahead of the fifth place finisher Davinia Pace whose song Betrayed has managed to turn the tables around in the past couple of hours and achieve between 4% and 6% of the vote. One could easily note who is garnering the most votes and this will be a locked poll most likely whose winner will be decided more near the end. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for regular updates and if you are yet to vote, make sure to do so by clicking here!

Source: escflashmalta.com

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

Published in Local Music News
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 18:10

MESC 2013: Annual ESCflashmalta Awards Return

The Malta Eurovision Song Contest has become a well respected event in the local music calender with several artists trying their luck to be amongst the elite showcase in which twenty-four acts compete against each other for the right to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest which in 2013 will be taking place in the city of Malmö within Sweden. The preparations by the Public Broadcasting Services are well underway and each respective participant is receiving ample promotion through all their representative media outlets including Television Malta, Radju Malta and Magic Malta amongst others with appearances on lifestyle programmes such as TVPM, current affairs programmes such as TV Hemm and TVAM and of course on radio breakfast shows. Nevertheless, whilst the result for the actual competition is decided, escflashmalta.com will engage a series of awards which for the second year running will then be handed out on television.

2013 will definitely prove to be an important year considering that many foreigners find our selection process quite positive. As a matter of fact, criticism has been very minimal and this will ultimately show the country moving forward musically. We have decided on three awards for yet another year starting with the Public Award which will be a public poll set to be engaged pretty soon where our system will record each IP Address so that one could only submit one vote, the Media Award which will be the choice of personnel from radio stations, television broadcasters and print media and last but not least, there is also the one which bears the most work, the Critics Award which will feature heavily in January due to the daily reviews we plan on publishing. Five members of the foreign music industry have been contacted and have gladly accepted to listen to the entries and judge them accordingly. Their criticism will appear in the reviews published daily but all the results will be revealed after the competition comes to an end. Therefore, no trouble there.

Our collaboration for 2013 will be taking place with NET Television noting that the editorial team of escflashmalta.com have been in contact with Spiteri Lucas Entertainment in the past couple of days securing the announcement of the three awards on the popular magazine programme which airs on Saturday afternoon and is hosted by Ray Attard and former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Debbie Scerri. The international critics which we have engaged barely need any introduction noting that we have managed to garner the likes of Sharon Vaughn, a songwriter who written songs for Delta Goodrem, Agnes, Emilia, September, Joe McElderry, Jedward and Charlotte Perelli as well as Roberto Meloni who has been to the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Latvia on two occasions, the first time on 2007 with Bonaparti.lv and their entry Questa Notte which reached the final and finished in fourteenth place and also the following year with Pirates of Sea performing the track Wolves of the Sea which also managed to reach the final and finished in twelfth place. Since then, he has been working on a number of solo tracks so this is definitely one of the many artists to look out for.

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Another individual who has gladly accepted our invite is Stanor Simor from Slovakia who is a producer and has worked with a number of popular artists in Eastern Europe, amongst them Tereza Krendlova who represented the Czech Republic at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2008. His work has been certified platinum on a number of occasions and considering the growing influence of the East, it is imperative to get an eat to analyse such music. The fourth and very respecting member of the critics is Lina Eriksson who has written for a notable amount of Swedish artists throughout the years including Jessica Andersson, Marie Picasso, Thomas Di Leva, and Nordman. She also co-write the 2010 Irish entry; It's For You performed by Niamh Kavanagh. She has made it to the Melodifestivalen selection for a number of years and is signed to EMI Music Publishing Scandinavia. The final member of this years' team is a welcome return of Martin Isherwood, a leading figure at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts who was also the songwriter of the British entry back in 2003. 

Just in case, anything goes wrong including a possibility that one of the critics worked with local artists in the past, Knut Oyvind-Hagen who is a singer/songwriter, known for his hit track Rocket Ride which finished second in the 2007 Melodi Grand Prix is also on stand by. As one of the main figures at the Norwegian broadcaster; NRK, he surely knows a thing or two behind the selection of the right song. He is standing in for Sharon Vaughn on the track Needing You by Kevin Borg due to the fact that they know each other professionally. We would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com in the coming days, weeks and months because the coverage of the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest is surely going to be cracking and we would like you to support all of the artists as much as possible so keep sharing their videos. We would also like to thank Spiteri Lucas Entertainment for their kind support through the programme Sas-Sitta.

Source: escflashmalta.com, Spiteri Lucas Entertainment

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgaX5QuMGR8

Published in Local Music News
Sunday, 16 December 2012 16:29

MESC 2013: Television Promotion Begins Today

The preview videos have become an annual tradition noting that their existence has become vital as a means of promotion and the Public Broadcasting Services should be commended for their effort in this regard. As a matter of fact, the clips are being shared even international and become even more popular as they are coming on related tags even on viral website, YouTube but nevertheless, the focus will now turn to local television as artists try to garner as much exposure as possible through a pre-planned schedule of appearances planned by the broadcaster through some of the major programmes. This is a means where the people will get to watch the video of the respective performer whilst also getting to know the artist a little bit better, something which is always quite appreciated.

It has to be noted that in the past two years, things have been rather intriguing with the interviews ranging from anything from the song to typical questions which relate to personal life. One of the shows which has been chosen to promote the entry is none other than TV HEMM produced by Where's Everybody, the popular company which makes several programmes for the national broadcaster, Television Malta. It is expected that daytime television will also be incorporating the elements that make the promotion viable due to the various demographics that each programme manages to reach. It is yet unknown what will happen but of course, from Monday to Friday, last year Television Malta proudly promoted the tracks through the programme Sellili hosted by 2000 Eurovision Song Contest representative, Claudette Pace but now another show known as TVPM has taken the time slot and it is hosted by Eurovision Artist Coordinator, Peter Carbonaro and Malta Eurovision Song Contest semi-finalist, Corazon. We will be keeping you posted with the schedule as much as possible so make sure to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com, Public Broadcasting Services

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_-g1qo5m5M

Published in Local Music News
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 11:15

MESC 2013: Three Debutantes to Watch Out For

The Public Broadcasting Services announced their plans for the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest near the end of the summer months and now as the announcement looms, the adrenaline is clearly pumping with several artists, songwriters and enthusiasts kindling their hope as the fate lies in the hands of a specifically chosen panel of judges which heard the songs on playback discs as well as through recorded performances for some of the acts in order to prove their presence. The anticipation is relatively high because the quality of entries is expected to be quite strong especially following the nations' qualification to the final earlier this year with This Is The Night sung by Kurt Calleja whose best result in the competition was a third place he achieved the previous year. There are a number of well known artists from the festival scene and the radio scene whilst others are also finding their feet and might have just tried their luck to succeed eventually managing to get through round one. In fact, in this feature, the focus is on three relative newcomers to the music industry.

The first one is none other than Karen DeBattista who comes into the competition with the song Cold Whispers. Behind her, a backdrop of just one experience in a major festival, that being, the Summer Hit Song Contest back in 2010 with the track Memoirs which was co-written by Mark Scicluna and Daniel Muscat. It is important to note that since then, the young versatile performer has been working hard with leading local soprano Gillian Zammit whom as we published earlier this year, signed an international record deal with a British Label eventually releasing her own recordings to the music market. Experience is definitely key and throughout the past couple of years, Karen actually joined a number of choirs in leading events which have occurred in the country including the Joseph Calleja Series Concerts where he performed with international guest such as Hayley Westenra, Dionne Warren and Ronan Keating amongst others as well as Voices, a charity event which is attended by the masses. The team is no stranger to success with Mark Scicluna, finishing as the second runner-up in last years' Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with vocals by Janice Mangion and Emil Calleja Bayliss, a member of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com finishing as the first runner-up in this years' edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu with vocals by Grecia Bezzina.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bu42S626B88

The second artist which we have decided to focus on is the peculiar Ilaria Aquilina whose name first came to slight prominence last year, as she managed to make the cut amongst the sixty two (62) entries which managed to make it through to round two of the competition. Everyone seemingly had experience on the radio or in a festival but she was just a complete newcomer. She will be hoping to qualify with the track Crying Your Heart Out. It is imperative to note that despite never taking part in a competition, Ilaria has been somewhat busy making quite a name for herself being a regular lead vocalists with the ŻĦN Symphonik Choir which escflashmalta.com has proudly supported throughout the years. Apart from this though, she has most recently taken up the position of vocalist with an upcoming band in the form of Skin:30 who performed a variety of genres including pop/jazz and acoustic. It has become somewhat noticeable that artists who come out of nowhere somewhat succeed by virtue of making it through to the competition. The song is co-written by Jonas Gladnikoff who is known to having written two tracks for the Eurovision Song Contest; those which represented Ireland in 2009 and 2010 whilst he was also involved in the runner-up entries of Ireland and Spain in 2011 respectively.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnSd8QElW58

The final artist which we have decided to feature is one who is definitely going to be a household name in the months to come, Davinia Pace, the girl who has somewhat stolen the spotlight on the radio with a fantastic voice which could definitely be compared to the likes of the late Amy Winehouse. For several years, the young artist was abroad, living in the United Kingdom where she attended a number of vocal classes. This does indeed show and just a couple of months back, she decided that it was her time to return to her home country, get into the studio and record some tracks which turned out to be major radio successes. The track which she is presenting to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is entitled Betrayed and it is written by Elton Zarb with lyrics by Matt Mercieca (Muxu). This has been a noted collaboration already because since launching herself in music, Davinia has mostly worked with Muxu and together they have come up with a string of hits including; The Feel Good Song which was a duet and solo singles such as I'll Be Just Fine and her most latest, Sail Away. There is a certain touch to her vocal which no one could really try to imitate because it does show that it comes extremely natural. All of the three acts mentioned have never been in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest but will be hoping to do so. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news and features.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YD2nWSRgXgc

Published in Editorials