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Rui Andrade, one of the most well respected male vocalists in Portugal, having finished as the second runner-up at the Festival da Cancao in 2011, 2012 and 2014 has recently recorded a cover version of the song 'Angel', which Chiara had sung on behalf of Malta in the 2005 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It was 9 years ago today, that 'Angel' had finished as the first runner-up following a stellar performance by Chiara on the Kiev stage. 

In the past couple of weeks, Rui had the opportunity to join the Russian Delegation at the international song competition, having been asked to be a backing vocalist during the performance of 'Shine' by the Tolmachevy Twins. The song which eased through the first semi-final managed to finish in seventh place, despite the public outcry against the Eastern country. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Rui Andrade (Official Facebook Page)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs1FAvA67CY

 

In 2002, Javine Hylton was part of a reality television talent show known as Popstars: The Rivals on commercial channel, ITV where the final result saw her being the only one eliminated in the creation of the nations' biggest girlband ever, Girls Aloud. Shortly after, she embarked on a solo career signing with Virgin Records, and going onto release debut album, Surrender and hit single Real Things which peaked at number #4 in the British Charts. As the album fared badly in terms of sales, Javine thought she could do with a bit of a boost and thus entered the selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest where her competition included; Gina G, a former representative; Katie Price, a reality show television star; Andy Scott-Lee, brother of Lisa Scott-Lee of Steps fame and a brand new pop/opera group known as Tricolore.

At the end of the pre-selection, it was Javine who was selected to represent the United Kingdom and went to Kiev, Ukraine with the backing of the general public, with the bookies seeing her finish in eighth place. It was not meant to be though as her entry Touch My Fire could only muster eighteen (18) points to finish in twenty-second (22nd) position. Javine disappeared from the music industry in the years that followed but it seems that 2013 might be her comeback year having lent her vocals to a WAWA and M.A.R.K. track entitled Never which has been playlisted on BBC Radio 1, the nations' most influential radio station. It's a dance song which has a magnificient beat and which accompanies the vocals in a sublime manner. Stay tund to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Digital Spy, Wiwi Bloggs

On Friday the 11th of october, the local council in collaboration with the secretary of parliament and other organizations shall be organizing an activity called Festa Kultura. This will take place at 19:30 in the Ħal Balzan Square. Several cultural activities will take place during this feast making it a very entertaining night for all ages.

There will be stands which will showcase the food and culture of several countries such as Italy, Spain, America, Turkey, Somalia and  Eritrea. Apart from that, there will also be some of the leading artists in the industry including former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Chiara and Ludwig Galea amongst others. In the meantime, people will also recognise the likes of traditional music known as Għana and other attractions such as Alegria Dance Company, In Guardia Parade and much more. 

escflashmalta.com encourages the public to attend, enjoy the celebrations and respect the cultural heritage that the town of Ħal Balzan is proud to offer on behalf of Malta. On the other hand, stay tuned in to this portal as all the latest news about the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013, Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014 and the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 will all be published in the coming days, weeks, and months!

Source: Press Release

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

Published in Local Music News
Friday, 06 September 2013 14:06

Malta: Chiara Striving to Succeed in New Genre

In a recent interview with Frederick Zammit during the programme Euromix on Radju Malta, three time Eurovision Song Contest representative Chiara spoke abour her past and present endeavours in the music industry as well as her family including her father and daughter. Throughout the years, Chiara has maintained her status as one of the most elite vocalists in the country, always trying to be contemporary in her musical choices. As a resident singer on the popular game show, Ħadd Għalik, she performed cover songs which suited her vocals but are not in the genre that many had grown accustomed to. It was this particular style of music which helped her land her record deal with Hands-Up Music.

Chiara, represented by Hands-Up Music, an Icelandic record label has just collaborated with Hera Bjork, the 2010 vocalist on behalf of Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest on a cover version of the track 9 to 5 originally by Dolly Party. They performed it together for the very first time during an event where they were both invited within Germany. It will not be the only time though considering that they will be heading to Paris, France in December for another show. During the course of the interview, Frederick Zammit also asked Chiara about her upcoming plans as a solo artist to which she revealed that she is currently working on her new single, which will be featuring water and female sirens, more commonly known as Mermaids. She is co-writing this track alongside her manager.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hchM2x458X0

Many have enquired about the possibility of Chiara returning to the world of the Eurovision Song Contest when the ban which prohibits her to submit is ultimately lifted. In a diplomatic manner, she stated that 'never say never' but added that unless she listens to something which ultimately blows her away, she will not be returning to the event. Chiara's last participation at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 was quite disappointing as her entry What If We composed by Marc Paelinck to the lyrics of Gregory Bilsen could only muster up thirty one (31) points to finish in nineteenth place. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com in the coming days, weeks and months for all of the latest news about the local music industry and the Eurovision Song Contest.

Sources: Frederick Zammit (Euromix), Chiara Official Facebook Page

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Fn6E8FzM4k

Published in Local Music News

In 2009, Chiara represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest for the third time with the track What If We composed by Marc Paelinck to the lyrics of Gregory Bilsen achieving a disappointing result. Nevertheless, it is worth noting that it was the beginning of something new for the female vocalist as she signed a record deal with an indepedent label based in Iceland with which she has already released three singles including; Forget Forgetting Me, Żarbun and 9 to 5, the latter being a duet with Hera Bjork. This evening, she will be giving an exclusive interview to Frederick Zammit on the radio programme; Euromix which airs on Radju Malta between 20:30 and 22:00 CET.

Since returning from her third participation within the international competition, the female artist has gone for a completely different genre, so much so that she even altered her image. The vocals are nevertheless very much present despite the dance music as the tracks have somewhat all been reworked in a Gloria Gaynor, I Will Survive manner. During the interview, Frederick Zammit, a notable personality synomous with the world of the Eurovision Song Contest in Malta will be discussing the terms of the record deal, the controversy creaed by her last solo single, motherhood and mermaids! Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about artists from within the local music scene!

Source: Frederick Zammit

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Fn6E8FzM4k

Published in Local Music News

Switzerland is one of the nations which has not been enjoying a lot of success at the Eurovision Song Contest since the introduction of the semi-final system, getting through to the final stage of the competition on a mere three ocassions, one by automatic qualification because of achieving top ten status the previous year, that being with the track Cool Vibes performed by Vanilla Ninja in 2005. SRF, the main broadcaster in Switzerland has decided to change the pre-selection completely and a total of six entries will now be presented to the public on the 1st February 2014. 

SRF will be hosting the annual online round of submissions with artists from all over the world having the possibility to try and represent Switzerland at the prestigious competition. Amongst the artists from abroad who made it through to the final stage was Katherine St-Laurent from Canadian Idol. A total of nine (9) songs will be shorlisted from the online submissions, 50% of the vote is decided by the public and another 50% through a professional jury. RTS, the French regional broadcaster will be presenting six (6) internally chosen acts whilst RSI, the Italian regional broadcaster will be presenting three (3) in total, also chosen internally. A preliminary jury will then listen to all of the songs and select three (3) from SRF, two (2) from RTS and just one (1) from RSI. The final which will be taking place on the 1st February 2014 at the Kreuzlingen will also be decided through a 50% Jury and 50% Tele-Voting split. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: SRF

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEYN99yDiyE

Helena Paparizou, winner of the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2005 remains one of the most popular vocalists in Greece and it seems that her brand new record deal with EMI Music could just be what she required to take the next step. In recent weeks, fans of the international showcase had the opportunity to view a duet which featured Helena and Vicky Leandros during the Greek national final in which Apres Toi was performed in both French and Greek. This was a true treat for everyone involved and it was the first time that the two popular icones shared the stage. Many were surprised to learn that Paparizou left Sony Music Greece but nevertheless, this is definitely the beginning of a new era as signalled by a brand new single.

At this point in time, looking at the discography, Helena Paparizou has released a total of five studio albums including a compilation of greatest hits and all except the latter have managed to peak at number #1 in Greece whilst also managed to enter the top #2 in Cyprus. Her latest record which is as yet untitled and to be released through EMI Music Greece is being preceded by the first single entitled Poso M'Aresei which translates into How I Like. This will be the first Greek single since 2010 and having already given it a listen, one has to denote that it sounds fantastic. Helena Paparizou has always remained connected to the Eurovision Song Contest and whilst she has not ruled out a return, it seems unlikely she will send in a contribution as the main performer although co-writing is definitely not out of the question. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: EMI Music Greece

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYxsLbd-1ss

Montengro in the Eurovision Song Contest has only been successful with the aid of its neighbouring country Serbia noting that when participating together, they managed to garner two top ten results but whilst the latter has gone onto even win the competition, the former is still struggling to qualify to the final. RTCG, the state broadcaster of Montenegro is responsible for the nations' participation and they have gone down several routes at this point in time noting that their best result was an eleventh place finish in 2009 thanks to Andrea Demirovic and her entry Just Get Out of My Life co-written between Ralph Siegel, Bernd Meinunger and José Juan Santana Rodriguez. Following a brief withdrawal between 2010 and 2011, they returned earlier this year with Euro Neuro performed by Rambo Amadeus which was not perceived in a positive manner and finished in fifteenth place. Rumours are going round in the local media that No Name might return to the competition having represented Serbia & Montenegro in the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest.

 

Following their participation in the 2005 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which took place in Ukraine, the group went onto win a controversial selection for Serbia & Montenegro in 2006 which subsequently led to not only their withdrawal but even to a dissolution between the two countries. Just two years later, the group No Name became no more because they disbanded. According to the Serbian based tabloid; Kurir, the state broadcaster of Montenegro has been in contact with the band with a possibility of returning to the music scene with the participation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 looming noting that they would like to qualify for the final and ultimately garner a positive result especially when taking into consideration that Zauvijek Moja was a brilliantly written Balkan Ballad which was the songwriters' award and finished in seventh place. There are some other names which are being floated around in the media but No Name seem to be a sure bet according to clear insider sources. We will be keeping you posted here on escflashmalta.com so make sure to stay tuned!

Source: Kurir

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eB1Bn8bv6Uk