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Graham Norton, the outspoken commentator on behalf of the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest invited Bonnie Tyler for his programme on BBC One prior to her departure to Malmö, Sweden where this years' international showcase is set to be held. Along with Bonnie Tyler, there were a number of guests including; Chris Pine (Star Trek), Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and Kim Cattrall (Sex and The City). During the interview with Bonnie Tyler, Graham revealed his favourites to be none other than Malta and Russia with Bonnie noting Denmark and The Netherlands. Believe In Me, co-written by Desmond Child, Lauren Christy and Christopher Braide will be the song representing the United Kingdom in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

In 2009, Sir Terry Wogan stepped aside as commentator for the United Kingdom following his several years of service with people outside of the country opting to watch the show through the British Broadcasting Corporation. Graham Norton stepped in and has given the country ample promotion through both television and radio shows which he hosts through the same broadcasting network. It is definitely positive to hear that Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals provided by Gianluca is one of his favourite entries and this augurs well should Malta make it through to the final, the show on which he will be commentating. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest with our collaboration with Radio International and escXtra.com kicking off in just a matter of days.

Source: Digital Spy Forums

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WmJXIR9xtw

Sunday, 28 April 2013 11:12

Malta: Watch Gianluca on Ħadd Għalik

Gianluca, who will be representing Malta in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat is doing a series of promotional rounds on local television prior to leaving for the international spectacle. Ħadd Għalik has become a weekly Sunday appointment for several because it is a game-show with a difference involving particular themes and specific games. Angie Laus is the main host of the show, alongside Mario Coleiro and PJ Vassallo who aid and carry out features respectively. 

In this weeks' game-show, Gianluca joins his whole family including Malta Eurovision Song Contest Finalist, Dorothy Bezzina against the team that will be accompanying him abroad including Louise Ann Bugeja Tate, Christopher Tate, Kenny D'Ugo and Gabriel Cassar noting that Samaria Bezzina is still in the United Kingdom. In the meantime, special performances on the show are expected by resident singers including three time Eurovision Song Contest representative; Chiara who has just premiered her latest single Żarbun, as well as Malta Eurovision Song Contest finalists; Eleanor Cassar and Deborah C and Azeri representative, Farid Mammadov who will perform his entry Hold Me. Tune in to Television Malta between 12:10 and 15:30 CET and let yourself be entertained. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Where's Everybody

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WmJXIR9xtw

Published in Local Music News

Gianluca, a recently graduated medical doctor, will be representing Malta at the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest but prior to jetting off for the esteemed event in a couple of weeks time, he had teamed up with the National Blood Transfusion Service and the team of Xarabank for a day of events outside the National Blood Transfusion Centre in St.Luke’s Square, G’Mangia. The aim, generally speaking is for the public to give blood and aid increase the supply which has been running on a relatively low amount in recent weeks. The eveng is taking place today between 08:00 and 15:00 CET.

A number of special guests will be making their way to greet the present crowd noting that fan favourites, Gorġ & Pawlu known for their hit track Hot & Famous will be present as well as former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Kurt Calleja whose song This Is The Night took Malta back into the final for the very first time in two years. Gianluca, being a doctor as mentioned above will be assisting the nurses and doctors present yet nevertheless, will surely bring a smile to those present during the day especially with his charisma clearly always viable for those to see.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHBahrZQty0

In a Press Release issued by the Public Broadcasting Services in collaboration with the National Blood Transfusion Service, it is stated that 'anyone interested in donating blood is advised to eat lightly and drink water before visiting the blood transfusion centre.  Alcohol and food that contains high fat content, such as junk food should be avoided before the blood donation as this may impact the results of the blood tests. Blood donors will be required to present their ID Card before the blood transfusion takes place.'

In the meantime, Tomorrow, co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat will be representing the country in the sixth slot of the second semi-final. According to bookmakers, our entry is one of the top eight within the semi-final and should therefore qualify. Gianluca has listed the Icelandic entry Ég á líf performed by Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson as his favourite entry. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest as soon as it becomes available. 

Source: Television Malta

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WmJXIR9xtw

Published in Local Music News
Friday, 26 April 2013 01:50

Malta: Reviewing the track 'Tomorrow'

Martin Isherwood from the United Kingdom, Sharon Vaughn from the United States and Stano Simor from the Czech Republic represent different music genres but nevertheless, their tastes hover and they have predominantly agreed with each other as they analyse and assess the entries competing in this years' Eurovision Song Contest. The ten (10) qualifiers as decided through their respective outcome will be revealed on the day of the actual semi-final to increase the suspense.  In the second semi-final, seventeen (17) countries will be in contention and in slot number six (6), the producers have decided to put none other than Malta represented by the Public Broadcasting Services. The tiny nation will be participating in the esteemed international competition for the twenty-sixth time. Gianluca, a first time participant in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest was the winner following a cumulative public and jury vote with his entry Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. 

Although fully committed to what he describes as his vocational calling, music has always served as a good break for the singing doctor, who has very adeptly found a balance between his daily ward rounds and his passion for music. Gianluca is the front man of a local band, whose dynamic performances and recent single releases have propelled it to the forefront of the island’s music scene. While funk and indie elements characterise the band’s distinctive sound, Bezzina draws on a wider variety of influences as a solo artist. He is mostly inspired by Michael Bubé’s brassy standards, John Mayer’s modern blues, the nu-folk style of Mumford and Sons and Noah and the Whale, while also being deeply captivated by Chris Tomlin’s contemporary Christian music. Gianluca is a regular singer with his prayer group and has also spent time doing voluntary work among children in Turin, Cairo and Palermo, with the sisters of Mother Theresa. 

He started off his music career by playing the piano accordion, eventually shifting his focus to singing in various charity concerts around Malta, including the popular biannual Voices concerts and Rockestra, a yearly event organised by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and held under the Patronage of the President of Malta. It was through one of these charity events that songwriters Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat approached Gianluca with the intention of collaborating. Originally intended to be a radio hit, Tomorrow's feel-good factor combined with its simple yet meaningful lyrics, possessed all the necessary ingredients to take it to the Eurovision stage this year. Gianluca looks forward to broaden his experience through the Eurovision Song Contest as he feels it will give his career greater potential for growth and exposure, while allowing him to make further contacts with foreign music professionals.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5r2LI4pMzw

In the leadup to the Eurovision Song Contest, Malta has always had a selection procedure but nevertheless, it has been altered throughout the years to reflect a similar system to the one used internationally. This years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest was one of the best in terms of both quality of production as well as competing tracks and several could have represented the nation abroad. The overwhelming public favourite was Kevin Borg with the song Needing You co-written with Thomas Thornholm, Simon Gribbe, Danne Attlerud and Michael Clauss. This was the song which also won the public vote and spent a couple of days at number #1 following it's release on iTunes. The second runner-up slot went to Davinia Pace with the track Betrayed composed by Elton Zarb to the lyrics of Matt Mercieca (Muxu). Davinia will be joining escflashmalta.com to comment on the second semi-final which will see Gianluca competing. 

Malta has an extremely rich history at the Eurovision Song Contest, quite similar to Iceland for that matter noting that the small Mediterranean Island is yet to win the prestigious competition despite being the first runner-up on two occasions in the past decade, the first time in 2002 thanks to Ira Losco and her entry 7th Wonder composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg and the second time in 2005 with Chiara and her self-penned track Angel. Apart from that, Malta has also finished in the second runner-up position twice, in 1992 with Mary Spiteri and her song Little Child composed by Georgina Abela to the lyrics of Ray Mahoney and in 1998 with Chiara and her entry The One That I Love composed by Jason Paul Cassar to the lyrics of Sunny Aquilina.  Last year, Malta returned to the final following a two year absence with the stunning semi-final performance of This Is The Night by Kurt Calleja.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 83%

Martin Isherwood: Nice idea for the title but a bit clever and hard to grasp. Good lyrics. Nice voice if slightly unusual sibilant sound. Great tune. Very hooky. Still reminds me of the Housemartins.

Sharon Vaughn: Hands down my favourite. This song is magical and the singer is the perfect vessel to carry it. Best of Luck!

Stano Simor: Gianluca was one of my favourite artists in this years' national selection, one which I follow closely prior to the Eurovision Song Contest. The track itself is very positive and will surely help Malta progress to the final for the second consecutive year. The caribbean sound is something specific and one which I very much enjoy to listen to. 

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WmJXIR9xtw

Published in Editorials
Thursday, 25 April 2013 00:30

Malta: Video Interview with Gianluca (2013)

Gianluca, the representative on behalf of Malta at the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat has just concluded his promotional tour across Europe. He had the pleasure of visiting a number of countries including; Armenia, The Netherlands, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and the United Kingdom respectively. The media was present at every event and our colleagues at Radio International led by Juergen Boernig who is the escflashmalta.com Head of Communications spoke to our representative during the Eurovision In Concert within The Netherlands.

Despite being an apparent newcomer to the local music scene, Gianluca rose to fame relatively quickly having managed to come out of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest as the victor ahead of artists such as Kevin Borg whose presence was well respected by the crowd. Juergen basically asked Gianluca of his plans in the lead up to the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest whilst also discussing the alternate version of Tomorrow which features all of his family members. The first time that it was performed in public was during the programme, Xarabank aired on Television Malta and following the positive public reaction, it was thought best to record it and include it on the promotional disc which could be purchased on iTunes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WmJXIR9xtw

One of the brand new initiative launched by the official website of the international competition is live video chats with the competing artists where fans and editors alike pose questions. Gianluca will be the one who has the honour today and as a matter of fact, Stella Floras from esctoday as well as John Stanton from eurovisionary will be joining Victor Escudero to pose the most difficult questions. The public are also urged to put their queries through by following the respective link. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news with regards to the participation of Gianluca as he takes to the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest on the 16th May with the track Tomorrow which as mentioned before is co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek.

Source: escflashmalta.com, radiointernational.tv

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

Published in Interviews

Tomorrow, co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals provided by Gianluca will be representing Malta at upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Prior to leaving for the Scandinavian country of Sweden which will be hosting the international spectacle, the Public Broadcasting Services has sent the performer on a promotional tour which has already taken him to Armenia, The Netherlands, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary with a final visit to the United Kingdom planned over the course of the weekend. Every place which he has been invited has always led to a positive response thanks to a glowing smile and an always enthusiastic crowd which sings the song along with him.  

Rehearsals in the forthnight leading up to the international spectacle are always essential to try and get the mood of the public, the journalists who will be covering the show, including those who will be collaborating with escflashmalta.com to bring you exclusive features, interviews and press conferences. Tomorrow was the first choice of the jury and the second choice of the public and it seems that this was indeed, the best possible choice for success abroad considering that the betting odds are the most favourable they have been in an extremely long time placing Malta in seventeenth (17th) place from a total of thirty-nine (39) countries competing. In the respective semi-final, Malta is touted to finish in an astonishing sixth (6th) place which is resoundingly a strong position. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about Gianluca and his participation on behalf of Malta.

Source: escflashmalta.com, esckaz.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuKFY4wBFKI

Tomorrow, co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek with vocals provided by Gianluca is being touted as a dark horse in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The young performer was a complete newcomer to the festival scene a couple of months ago and ultimately finished in second place when it came to the public just behind favourite, Kevin Borg but nevertheless, with the overwhelming support of the jury, he was given the opportunity to carry the flag on behalf of the country. The Public Broadcasting Services are doing their utmost to promote both him as an artist as well as the actual track, an infectious indie/pop song which is current in both genre and presentation.

A promotional tour might not always be key to success but several countries appreciate the visit and this year, one has to applaud the broadcaster on their strategy. Earlier this year, Gianluca was asked to appear as a guest performer in Armenia where he had the opportunity to perform during the national selection but nevertheless, this would not be the only destination noting that in the past couple of hours, he also performed to a massive crowd at the Eurovision In Concert in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The annual party featured twenty-six of the competing artists in this years' international spectacle. 

In an interview which he gave to esckaz, it was also revealed that he will be visiting Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and London. The latter was previously revealed exclusively by escXtra. In the meantime, Gianluca has also decided to take a stance and select his favourite entry in this years' Eurovision Song Contest, that being Ég á Líf by Eyþór Ingi on behalf of Iceland. This does not come to a surprise considering the stunning message that the track encompasses. We would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about Gianluca and his entry Tomorrow as they represent Malta in this years' international competition.

Source: PBS (Image), esckaz.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WmJXIR9xtw

Gianluca is surely busy with the preparations for the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which is now less than two months away. Although things have been quite quiet because of the local elections in Malta, the work was still being done by all the team to ensure that the local entry is promoted appropriately and the song will have the best possible presentation during the second semi-final on the 16th of May where Malta will be sixth in the running order.

The competition seems to be high this year and qualification is a barrier we need to overcome, so in order to boost our chances, the Public Broadcasting Services has decided to have a trick up our sleeves. The Public Broadcasting Services believes that the media is a sucker for a sweet unusual story, so if you manage to sell them this you will stand out. It has been made clear prior and after Gianluca’s win that his family is musically gifted and since this is something rather unusual – the team decided to use this to our advantage.

The film and musical The Sound of Music made a hit because of this and having a real life story would surely go down well with the media in Malmo – maybe this might be the actual trick that the country needs to finally bring the Eurovision Song Contest to Malta. The Bezzina family is quite big, in total they are nine – seven siblings, the mother and the father. The only problem which arose was when the family found out that the Eurovision rules state that each song can have up to six performers on stage as this meant that three members were going to be left out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60lHSuTat3w

Whoever knows the Bezzina family, knows how humble and down to earth they are but with a shot at stardom in sight, it seems that the family has become more competitive than ever, in order to get one of the six slots available to perform in Malmo. Gianluca brings the number of members to be chosen down to five because since he won he has to be the performer on stage, but the other places are up for grabs. Big sister, Dorothy Bezzina has basically assured herself of a place when she was appointed as the vocal coach for the song by the team. 

That means, that in actual fact there are four places left. Close sources to our website told us that the decision is going to be taken by Dorothy and Gianluca since they are the stars of the family. Gianluca is somewhat reluctant on making the choice though but Dorothy decided to grab the bull by its horns and decide who is going to make the cut herself. Distant family members told us that right now, Dorothy is being considered as the queen in the Bezzina household as all the other members are trying their best to impress the oldest sibling in choosing them. 

The idea of the Family Von Trapp from The Sound of Music puts the parents in pole position to grab two of the places in the final six and that would mean that there would only be two places left. Samaria, the sister who accompanied her brother in Malta is in outrage as her place is definitely at risk - a close friend of hers stated that she completely lost it when she found out the news. She cannot compete as much as the others since she is living abroad but she had been going mad on buying flowers to her older sister and sending all kinds of gifts to her.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WmJXIR9xtw

Close sources to the Public Broadcasting Services state though that she shouldn’t worry much as they plan on keeping her in the song for the sake of some continuity since she was present in the national selection and also in the video. This would leave two brothers and two sisters fighting for the last spot – quite awkward I would say but no one has a clue to which sibling this spot will go to. It seems that Dorothy will be making her decision solemnly based on who manages to serenade her with gifts she likes. The talent is strong and therefore any member would be fit to take a place in Tomorrow.

Gianluca is over the moon that instead of his friends, he is going to have his family on stage with him and he commented that it is unfortunate that the Eurovision Song Contest rules allow only six members on stage as he feels this is discriminating big families and music groups. The original members of the band seemed to be rather tolerable with the idea, although sources stated that Louise Ann threw a huge tantrum when she found out that her second Eurovision experience came to an abrupt end. 

The family version of Tomorrow was well received by critics and thankfully the team decided beforehand to put the family version on the official single. To give the idea of a united family front, the background of the Maltese song will feature ALL the members of the family going round different parts of Malta – similar to the idea of what we see in The Sound of Music in Austria but this time with the blue sea and clear skies of the Mediterranean island. Let us all hope that all this havoc leaves the impression we want and next year we will all be waving the Maltese flag in Malta. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more updates as they come forth.

UPDATE: Without a shadow of doubt, this was one of the many jokes that have been going round in celebration of April Fools Day. The editorial team of escflashmalta.com would like to thank the Bezzina Family for being so positive towards the story whilst stating that Gianluca will be joined on stage by Louise Ann Bugeja Tate, Samaria Bezzina, Chris Tate, Kenny D'Ugo and Gabriel Cassar. Also thanks to the Public Broadcasting Services for their support with regards to the story.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggjj_xVi2MM

Earlier this year, Gianluca was selected to represent Malta in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. Despite being a newcomer to the scene, he managed to finish second in the tele-voting portion with the jury overwhelming giving him their vote of confidence. In recent days, Gianluca has given several interviews to media outlets all over the continent in support of his participation but nevertheless, he had to have a break last week in order to record the postcard which will precede his performance at the Eurovision Song Contest.

This years' edition of the international spectacle is taking place in Sweden and the organising committee thought it best that the postcards feature each artist within their respective daily routine and thus a crew of camera persons followed Gianluca around recording every little detail which they will edit and finally create the introductory postcard. Tomorrow will be performed during the first part of the second semi-final, in position number #6 to be precise. St.Vincent de Paue Hospital and Wied Iż-Żurrieq were two specific locations which the crew shot but nevertheless, the events varied from his profession as a doctor, to rehearsals with his band as well as a family picnic.

The director of photography, who was a part of the crew present spoke very highly of both Malta and Gianluca stating 'It is really interesting to see a singer who is a doctor and follow him in his real everyday life, see his charisma with the patients and also to see him rehearsing with his band and being with his family. Malta is extremely beautiful. We saw the islands from the sky. I am not only jealous of the weather but also because of the country, the people we have met are really nice, the nature is amazing and the architecture is so unique'. The crew then left for Spain in order to shoot the postcard of El Sueño De Morfeo who will be representing their nation in the final of this years' Eurovision Song Contest. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Television Malta

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WmJXIR9xtw

Gianluca, the artist who will be representing Malta in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malmo, Sweden with the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat has been relatively busy in these past couple of days with a number of foreign interviews which the editorial board of escflashmalta.com has been skimming through. One of the most intriguing elements that we have picked up is definitely the fact that the team that accompanied Gianluca on stage will be retained for the performance in May which is a step in the right direction noting that the package itself is what the jury and the public decided upon.

Infact, whilst the main vocalist is Gianluca, he is aided by Kenny D'Ugo on the ukelele, Gabriel Cassar on bass, Chris Tate on drums as well as Louise Ann Bugeja Tate and Samaria Bezzina who are exclusively acting as backing vocals. Gianluca is currently juggling his daily routine of medical work alongside those of being the Maltese representative at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Within the next couple of weeks, he will be flying over to The Netherlands for the EurovisionInConcert as well as the United Kingdom for the annual London Preview Party. During another particular interview, published on EurovisionIreland, it has to be noted that our vocalist is being given vocal lessons by his sister, Dorothy Bezzina who also took part in this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Starting from the End composed by Magnus Kaxe to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available and remember to purchase your copy of Tomorrow on iTunes.

Source: EurovisionIreland, Kris Micallef (Image)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WmJXIR9xtw

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