December 14, 2019

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In 2014, the Public Broadcasting Services, responsible for Malta’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest decided to conduct a national final with just twenty (20) entries, rather than the typical twenty-four (24) which many had become accustomed to in recent years. Promotion is always vital, and has sent each entry to a professional panel of individuals in the music industry, who have in turn passed on their comments. This year, we have asked the likes of John Scott from the United States, Martin Isherwood from the United Kingdom, Sharon Vaughn from the United States but based in Sweden, Stano Simor from the Czech Republic and Greig Watts from the United Kingdom to do the honours. Today’s review is centred on Pin the Middle, composed by Peter Paul Galea to the lyrics of Debbie Stivala with vocals provided by De Bee.

De Bee, one (1) of the five (5) artists who are making their debut in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and one which is also very much a newcomer to the local music scene in general. As a matter of fact, her experience in the entertainment industry has always amounted to spectacular one off events, some of which are held every other year including Voices and others which take place once in a blue moon such as Xirka Rock and What the Funk?. De Bee, whose real name is Debbie Stivala aims to visit as much countries in the world as possible, whilst also hoping to help those in need, hence her participation in a number of charitable causes. In 2013, she released her debut single Just Like You co-written with Wayne Camilleri prior to leaving for Australia where her entry for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest was actually written.

Peter Paul Galea and Debbie Stivala, songwriters of this entry in particular are putting their creativity alongside each other for the very first time. It is worth noting that Peter Paul is known to the local music scene as a musician and songwriter of the group, Tribali. The world music group have amassed great popularity both on a local and an international level, having had the opportunity to tour Australia on more than one (1) occasion. Debbie Stivala is also the vocalist, albeit making use of a stage name, something that is being done on a frequent basis by artists in Malta who also happen to be songwriters. This is her second songwriting credit, but nevertheless, performing your very own lyrics is just astonishing especially due to the fact that no one else can give them the same depth.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 71%

John Scott: Very original and unique. I think it’s pretty catchy. Not sure how it would translate in a live performance. Definitely a unique choice.

Martin Isherwood: Nice smoky voice. A bit cabaret - as in 30s Berlin. Pin the middle - sounds like a knitting pattern instruction. Not a clue what the song is about. Nice major minor inflections. Sort of druggy influence off it feel. Almost more-ish. Very strange introduction with eastern flavours then slips into a Herman's Hermits, Calamity Jane. Country, 1960's pop thing. With fiddle! Altogether a bit cracker.

Sharon Vaughn: Intriguing! She reminds me a bit of Edith Piaf and is exotic and sultry while singing about butterflies... not an easy thing to do. Special.

Stano Simor: Very unusual structure of a song for this kind of competition where the main instrument is the banjo. Yes, even country feeling may be just what the jury and the audience support! Lyrics sit well for this style of music though. Still, I believe that De Bee should have opted for a typical ballad rather than this country sound.

Greig Watts: Interesting introduction again, leaves you wondering whats coming and does feel different to what I have heard so far. Has a little bit of a 60’s pyschedelic feel to it. Again a nice singalong and memorable melody, not the obvious Eurovision one but sometimes the different ones work better and stand out.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services,


Published in Editorials

On Sunday, the Public Broadcasting Services was busy recording the preview videos for the entries competing in next years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with a promotional campaign set to kick-off as soon as they are published onto the world wide web. Nevertheless, most of the artists competing in the local showcase have already been taking to several forms of social media in order to keep the general public updated with opinions, personal insights and past experiences amongst other things. has quickly rounded up relevant social media accounts for everyone to follow in the weeks leading up to the competition and beyond.

The preview videos for each of the songs are expected over the next couple of days, with next week being the latest date, and therefore, it is pivotal to make sure that everyone is gearing up to promote their entry in the best possible way throughout the Christmas period. in collaboration with the Public Broadcasting Services will be then publishing a list of programmes where the artists will be appearing on throughout the next couple of weeks. Just a swift reminder that as a portal, we will be indeed carrying out a set of critical outlooks on each of the entries with our panel of professional personnel including; Sharon Vaughn, Lina Eriksson, Greig Watts, John Scott and Martin Isherwood.

Some Kind of Wonderful - Wayne William (Facebook / Twitter)

City Lady - Ryan Paul Abela (Facebook / Twitter)

Brand New Day - Davinia (Facebook / Twitter)

Let The Sunshine In - Sophie (Facebook / Twitter)

Hypnotica - Jessika (Facebook / Twitter)

Invisible - Raquel Galdes (Facebook Twitter)

One Last Ride - Daniel Testa (Facebook / Twitter)

Pin The Middle - Debbie Stivala (Facebook Twitter)

Oblivion - Chris Grech (Facebook Twitter)

Until We Meet Again - Deborah C (Facebook / Twitter)

Because I Have You - Amber (Facebook Twitter)

Lovetricity - Christabelle (Facebook Twitter)

Coming Home - Firelight (Facebook / Twitter)

Safe - Miriam Christine (Facebook / Twitter)

Addictive - Romina Mamo (Facebook Twitter)

Now and Forever - Andreana (Facebook / Twitter)

Love Will Take Me Home - Franklin (Facebook Twitter)

Ten - Corazon (Facebook Twitter)

Take Me - Pamela (Facebook / Twitter)

Just No Place Like Home - Fabrizio Faniello (Facebook Twitter)

At this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Gianluca was selected to represent Malta with the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat, finishing in eighth place. It will be quite an intriguing element to see who will follow the success achieved by the singing doctor, especially after also managing to succeed at this years' Junior Eurovision Song Contest where Gaia Cauchi was the victor. The 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will take place on the 7th and 8th February at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news.


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 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 for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services