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Tomorrow, co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals provided by Gianluca Bezzina, is the entry that will be representing Malta in the first part of the second semi-final within the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The Public Broadcasting Services are currently preparing all possible means of promotion pertaining to the available budget in order to promote our act prior to leaving for the international showcase which is taking place in Malmö, Sweden. The first means is seemingly through the increasingly popular lyric video, which will be published on the official website of the broadcaster tomorrow at 20:30 CET.

Currently, the broadcaster is also in the process of recording the official preview video set to be submitted to the European Broadcasting Union on the 18th March 2013. Filming has been ongoing for the past four days, with the final day set to take place tomorrow amidst a number of extra which were called on hand last week by artist manager; Peter Carbonaro as well as the band and apparently, two renowned local television celebrities. In the meantime, Gianluca Bezzina will also be flying to the Armenian final this coming Saturday to perform the track Tomorrow in the recently mastered and reworked version. The lyric video was produced by Duane Laus. The show will be aided by a LIVE Report on escflashmalta.com as Emil Calleja Bayliss follows the proceedings. Stay tuned for all of the latest news.

Source: TVM, PBS, escflashmalta.com, Eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=io9GNF5IJ2Y

Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:02

Malta: Mastering of 'Tomorrow' Finalised

This years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest took place on the opening weekend of February and to the positive acclaim of foreigners and locals alike, Gianluca Bezzina along with his track Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek were announced as the winners following an extremely close encounter with Kevin Borg whose entry Needing You co-written with Thomas Thornholm, Simon Gribbe, Dan Attlerud and Michael Class finished in second place. The preparations by the Public Broadcasting Services are well underway with just a couple of weeks before all of the relevant material needs to be submitted to the European Broadcasting Union, during the extremely popular Heads of Delegation Meeting.

It seems that this time round, according to reliable sources, CAP-Sounds, the company responsible for the production of most Maltese entries at the Eurovision Song Contest is not involved this time round with the respective songwriters being in Sweden in the past couple of hours to make sure that everything goes to plan. The mastering of the track Tomorrow took place at Cutting Room Studios, which is renowned in the Scandinavian music industry for creating some of the best known tracks for popular artists including; Manboy (Eric Saade), This Is My Life (Anna Bergendahl), Higher (Erik Gronwall) and Losing You (Dead By April). The final version of the track will surely be premiered soon. In the meantime, artist manager, Peter Carbonaro is calling for extras for the music video shoot taking place, this coming Tuesday, 26th February. For further details please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news with regards to the Maltese participation in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XVmeA3pPpA

Gianluca Bezzina with the song Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek will be representing Malta in the first part of the second semi-final of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest following his victory during the national selection just over two weeks ago. With Sweden on the horizon, preparations have already begun with the Public Broadcasting Services team led by Head of Delegation; Anton Attard and Artist Manager; Peter Carbonaro looking to promote the entry ahead of the showcase. First things first and a promotional video is set to be shot within the next couple of weeks. One could easily get an idea of how the music video will be after a call for extras was made through social networking website, Facebook last night.

In recent days, Gianluca has been doing a round of press interviews and media appearances on local television programmes such as Bla Agenda on ONE Television and Malta Llejla on NET Television but it was quite intriguing to see hear him talk with Dorian Cassar on 89.7 Bay which is of course the radio station from where his band, Funk Initiative claimed popularity with the audience. Since 2011, the music video has been widely recognised as an important promotional tool as a matter of fact, industry specialists have come to widely appreciate the efforts with One Life winning the Best Video at the 2011 Malta Music Awards, and with This Is The Night being amongst the nominees at the 2013 Malta Music Awards. The extras required by the Public Broadcasting Services have to be between eighteen (18) to fifty (50) years and ideally, couples. Get in touch with Peter Carbonaro, the artist manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and be available from noon onwards on the 26th February 2013. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as we follow the latest news about the Maltese participation.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services

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

Friday, 15 February 2013 19:48

Malta: Comic Duo Cover 'Tomorrow'

The popular comic duo known mostly for their viral hit ‘Hot & Famous’ have decided that it is time to take on another project, this being Gianluca Bezzina’s Malta Eurovision entry ‘Tomorrow’. The duo have built quite a reputation with their constant covers pertaining to the local situation and it seems that the Maltese version of ‘Tomorrow’ is going to be another massive hit. They decided to have a political take on the local Eurovision entry, with lyrics pertaining to the slogans and the proposals of the main political parties. The strong easy going melody was a perfect fit to the tongue in cheek lyrics and with the media bombing us with different kinds of messages – it is somewhat refreshing to see someone taking the mickey out of the situation.

The Maltese political satire of ‘Tomorrow’ has all the ingredients for it to be a hit with the Maltese because these are the two most talked about subjects in the country. The elections and the Eurovision Song Contest are surely two of the hottest topics on the islands and whether someone is genuinely interested or not they still follow every step – if they do not, they still get to hear about it from family, friends or colleagues. You will always find that relative, friend or colleague obsessed with one of them -it is like these two are ingrained in our DNA and they are part of our national heritage. Some argue that perhaps the only thing that unites us as Maltese is the actual Eurovision Song Contest because in May everyone would be rooting for the Maltese song. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVImc-3ppek

It seems that ‘Tomorrow’ did not just pick up the fancy of the comic duo Gorg & Pawlu, but internationally renowned opera star, Joseph Calleja has also taken a liking to Gianluca Bezzina’s entry. Joseph Calleja commented on the song through his official Facebook page, he went on to say: “I think this is the first time I am commenting about the Eurovision Song Contest but Malta’s entry this year is truly excellent. Am really enjoying this song performed with admirable freshness by Gianluca.” This is surely another accolade for the young artist and his team whose song continues to receive very positive reactions from the Eurovision fans and various critics that follow the yearly competition. This inaugurates well for the young artist whose talent and freshness has captured the attention of many. 

Source: Facebook, PBS

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 16:55

Eurovision 2013: Sketch of Stage Revealed

Following the success of Euphoria performed by Loreen on behalf of Sweden at the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, the Scandinavian country will be playing host to the annual music event for the fifth time in history. Innovation is the key behind every success and this years' edition of the international competition will surely prove to be a stepping stone to SVT, the host broadcaster who has always shown true professionalism whilst hosting their selection known as Melodifestivalen. Keeping their cards close to their chest, the production team has officially unveiled their first sketches of the stage which will be the highlight of two weeks of rehearsals and performances in May.

Martin Österdahl, Executive Producer of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest has spoken our in favour of creating a design which will unite the audience with the artists, wanting to create an intimate feel which is still spectacular in a manner that one has 'never experienced before'. A large part of the arena floor will be taken over by a stage and a catwalk which will look very reminiscent of the competitions hosted in Tallinn back in 2002, Helsinki in 2007 and Oslo in 2010 but nevertheless, SVT have promised that this will be a bigger showcase, one which despite the intimate feel will go beyond expectations. As a matter of fact, the team behind the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest is made up of Martin Österdahl, Executive Producer; Christer Björkman, Show Producer; Christel Tholse Willers, Relations Manager; and Johan Bernhagen, Production Manager. The scenographers are none other than Viktor Brattström and Frida Arvidsson.

Malta will be competing in the first half of the second semi-final with Tomorrow, co-written between Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals provided by Gianluca Bezzina having been selected through a panel of judges and tele-voting. This years' edition of the event will take place on the 14th, 16th and 18th of May at the Malmö Arena in Malmö, Sweden. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest as well as the Maltese participation which is being lead by the Public Broadcasting Services, members of the European Broadcasting Union.

Source: Eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=io9GNF5IJ2Y

Friday, 08 February 2013 13:53

Malta: Gianluca Bezzina on Xarabank Tonight

In less than a week, Gianluca Bezzina has become a leading figure in the local music industry following his victory at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the song Tomorrow co-written between Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. He has stated on a number of occasions that he never even expecred to make it through to the final selection show on Saturday and had to take the day off only in the morning but nevertheless, foreign critics have been extremely positive and we'll be rounding up some of the most notable names in the industry for a secondary verdict on his track which is going down extremely well. Tonight, he will be making an appearance on the popular programme, Xarabank hosted by Peppi Azzopardi and produced by Where's Everybody.

The details of the programme are quite secretive but nevertheless, this will be an important show due to the fact that the audience are yet to get to know Gianluca Bezzina better and one could definitely get the element that this is a similar year to 2010, when Thea Garrett who had won with the song My Dream had been relatively unknown to the music scene. The runners-up of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest being, Kevin Borg with the track Needing You and Davinia Pace with Betrayed have both gone on record stating that they are fully behind the winning entry and that Gianluca will carry the audience with his charisma. Public perception was a bit strayed in the beginning of the week but nevertheless, as expected, rallying behind the winner is somewhat normal and indeed, everyone is fully supportive of Gianluca Bezzina and his track Tomorrow which will compete in the first part of the second semi-final at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. You could see this evenings' programme on TVM at 20:45 CET and stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.
 
Sources: Where's Everybody, escflashmalta.com
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TQhOXowNa8
Published in Local Music News

Gianluca Bezzina is the twenty-three year old doctor who will be representing Malta in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malmö, Sweden. Despite being a relative newcomer to the competition, he has been around for the past three years as the lead vocalist of the indie/alternative band known as Funk Initiative whose debut single Paris was a smash hit on the local radio stations including a number #1 chart position on 89.7 Bay. In 2011, they were nominated for the Best Newcomer Awards at the Malta Music Awards and the Bay Music Awards respectively and this gave them the courage to continue and more singles were released including The Liberators and My Robot Monkey Army Is Better Than Yours.

Following his victory at the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the song Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek, escflashmalta.com had the opportunity to chat with Gianluca about what being in the competition felt to him especially denoting that this was his debut, following in the footsteps of his sister Dorothy who was taking part for the fourth year. The video interview deals with the upcoming preparations as they head onto Malmö, Sweden where he will be competing in the first half of the second semi-final alongside a host of nations including recent winners; Azerbaijan and Norway amongst others. The editorial board of escflashmalta.com would like to wish Gianluca, his onstage and offstage team and the Public Broadcasting Services, the very best of luck with their endeavours.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lGhHaFSDyU

Published in Interviews
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
Saturday, 02 February 2013 23:00

Malta: Gianluca Bezzina Heading to Malmö

The Malta Eurovision Song Contest has truly become a spectacle for people of all ages to enjoy because the genres represented during these past two evenings have managed to attract the attention of many. The semi-final left a lot to be desired in terms of transmission quality but one could definitely note the improvements that took place during these past couple of hours. All of the sixteen (16) acts were treated equally, with rehearsals taking place this morning to iron out the respective issues that might have arose. Nevertheless, following an enchanting evening hosted by Elaine Saliba and Gordon Bonello, the winner was evident with Gianluca Bezzina and his entry Tomorrow co-written between Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek.

 

Full Results

92 points: Tomorrow - Gianluca Bezzina

80 points: Needing You - Kevin Borg 

48 points: Betrayed - Davinia Pace

47 points: In Control - Amber

42 points: Never Walk Away - Chris Grech

37 points: Wonderful Today - Petra & Richard

20 points: When It's Time - Claudia Faniello

19 points: Ultraviolet - Jessika

17 points: Love-O-Holic - Deborah C

13 points: Perfect Day - Janice DeBattista

12 points: Superstar - Scar

11 points: My Stranger Love - Corazon

10 points: Fall Like Rome - Richard Edwards 

9 points: Us Against the World - Gianni 

6 points: Starting from the End - Dorothy Bezzina

2 points: Too Little Too Late - Domenique

Gianluca Bezzina is the lead singer of the band Funk Initiative which has garnered a lot of positive acclaim in recent months, releasing successful singles Paris and The Liberators which both managed to make it to the top ten on 89.7 Bay. He is also the brother of Dorothy Bezzina who was also competing during the evening with another track entitled Starting from the End composed by Magnus Kaxe and penned by Gerard James Borg. Gianluca Bezzina never entered the Malta Eurovision Song Contest before and managed to conquer with his debut, which is an impressive feat and similar to what Thea Garrett had achieved back in 2010 with her entry My Dream. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the Maltese participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 taking place in Malmö, Sweden where Malta will be competing in the first half of the second semi-final.

Source: PBS, escflashmalta.com, Emil Calleja Bayliss (Image)

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

The European Broadcasting Union in conjunction with SVT, the broadcaster responsible for hosting this years’ edition of the Eurovision Song Contest unveiled their theme art along with their slogan, We Are One a couple of days back and the artists of the national final, here in Malta had a number of promotional activities where they enjoyed the company of each other on television, by virtue of playing games which required teamwork and even performing medleys. It is important that apart from individual promotion, there are such group affairs because otherwise, the experience would not be maximized in the best possible way. The editorial board of escflashmalta.com nevertheless, has mentioned the contestants together on various occasions but our professional panel of critics evaluated each track individually before ultimately selected their most favourite entries in a typical Eurovision Song Contest vote. The final result will ultimately be revealed on the programme Sas-Sitta produced by Spiteri Lucas Entertainment and aired on NET Television where someone will be taking home a trophy. The twenty-second entry is entitled Us Against the World, composed by Boris Cezek to the lyrics of Dean Muscat with vocals provided by Gianni.

Gianni, noted in the competition as the oldest competitor but nevertheless, with a fresh outlook and somewhat of a young attitude. His experience in the local music scene is vast and once more, he is a veteran in his own right, having started playing in a band in 1987, when he was just fifteen. As a matter of fact, it was none other than Filletti and Friends whose lead vocalist is one of the most notable names in the country. In 1992, Gianni formed the band rug which involved Gilly on drums, Eric on bass and Anthony on Keyboard and suddenly, they were touring all over the islands in venues which were somewhat unimaginable at times. The idea of starting a band was met with huge success, pointing out that Rug still have a sizeable following especially due to their realistically explicit tracks, some of which have also been banned from radio. In 2000, as a soloist, Gianni submitted an entry in the Malta Song for Europe competition entitled My Friends which managed to find its way into the final round and finish in thirteenth place. After that, he only decided to return to the competition last year with the song Petals on a Rose co-written between Trevor Fenech, Robin Abrahamsson, Amir Aly and Maciel Numhauser finishing in a sublime fourth place, whilst obtaining the second highest amount of votes from the public.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vganFwSeTH0

The pop/rock genre has become somewhat increasingly popular at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and considering that this is the style that has reflected Gianni’s character for a very long time, it is definitely not amiss for another performance. The entry entitled Us Against The World speaks about the individual who has to live up to the actions that he does in everything life and must join forces with someone else, and take on the world together. It is quite intriguing to note that there is a romantic story behind the heroic effort but the preview video stands out from the rest just for the simple reason of having a giant planet earth in the middle of the setup. The songwriters of this entry are newcomers to the local competition but nevertheless, have worked in the music scene for quite some time. The composer is none other than Boris Cezek whilst the lyricist is Dean Muscat. Their other entries entitled Tomorrow and Perfect Day performed by Gianluca Bezzina and Janice DeBattista have already been presented. Boris is a stunning producer and has worked with the likes of Miriam Christine, Kristina Casolani, Ivan Filletti and Thomas Hedley amongst others whilst Dean has also worked with former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Thea Garrett, Raquela and the Big Band Brothers amongst others.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 56%

Sharon Vaughn: This sounds like an extremely commercial track by a indie band from the United Kingdom!

Martin Isherwood: Strong title. Good chorus. Lyrics are strong. Nice to see McFly senior having another crack at it, although it feels like a song for a younger performer.

Stano Simor: Another song that is very melodic, but not completely sits in Eurovision genre. Anyways it’s a one of the few presentations, where is the whole band on stage. Harmonies in the bridge are very specific and have a positive impact on the final chorus. Gianni and his team need to work on their stage image. 

Roberto Meloni: I have the feeling, that he tries to look younger than he actually is and that is not fine for my taste. One Direction style in terms of presentation and in my opinion, this should not get through to the final.

Lina Eriksson: I like this, especially the lyrics. I don’t know how good a chance it will stand in the ESC though. Production wise the pre-chorus ruins it a bit for me. Could work on the radio.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsUU5QDtNJ8

Published in Editorials
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