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Olivia Lewis, a female singer/songwriter who was given the opportunity to represent Malta in the 2007 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with "Vertigo", composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg. recently gave an interview to Josmar on Sibtek stating that the competition was a big part of her life for about ten years, and is unsure about a possible return in the future.

Since returning to the local music scene about two years ago, Olivia Lewis has been on a positive string of results, finishing in first place at the 2013 International Festival of Maltese Song with "Hawn Mill-Ġdid", composed by Paul Abela to the lyrics of Joe Julian Farrugia and also in third place at L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2014 with the song "Wara l-Kanċell", a duet with Miriam Christine, the latter of whom is also credited as songwriter with Joe Julian Farrugia. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: Sibtek, TVM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UT8cFANPCEw

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Olivia Lewis, Malta’s representative at the 2007 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Vertigo composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg is set to release her debut album as stated during an exclusive interview on Lejn Il-Festival, a radio programme hosted by Daniel and Charlene on Radju Kottoner. The renowned female vocalist is returning to the local music scene following an absence of around six years, having disappeared after failing to get through to the final of the international spectacle.

During the interview with Daniel and Charlene, she stated that her debut album, will comprise of a number of songs in Maltese will feature both originals such as Fil-Fond tal-Qalb and Hawn Mill-Ġdid composed by Paul Abela to the lyrics of Joe Julian Farrugia as well as a number of cover versions of famous tracks. This means that the local music industry will be seeing to the release of two studio albums, including those of Corazon and Olivia Lewis, both stalwarts of the scene. An interview with Olivia Lewis is set to appear on escflashmalta.com within the next couple of days as part of our promotional project in support of the International Festival of Maltese Song.

Source: Radju Kottoner

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUwXu8nmUMM

Published in Local Music News
Friday, 27 September 2013 12:40

Malta: Beland Events Bringing Summer to an End

Beland Events, responsible for one of the biggest music weeks in the country during the course of the summer season will be bringing autumn and winter into full swing this evening with another star studded showcase featuring the likes of former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Olivia Lewis and Glen Vella as well as chart toppers; The Crowns. The event which is taking place within the Żejtun Square and kicking off at 20:30 CET sharp will not only include entertainment denoting that there will also be a variety of stalls for one to quench both thirst and hunger.

Nevertheless, the focus will definitely be on the entertainment present, one which will surely see off the summer season with a bang because apart from the artists mentioned above, there will also be the successful band, Jane Doe and La Voix Academy with Gillian Attard. The latter has been in the news in the past couple of days after Gaia Cauchi, one of the more recognisable students was selected by the Public Broadcasting Services to represent Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Kiev, Ukraine. We encourage you to attend this evenings' proceedings in Żejtun whilst reminding you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Av96vK8lfJs

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Molitva, co-written Vladimir Graić and Saša Milošević Mare with vocals provided by Marija Šerifović brought back the importance of ballads in the Pan-European competition. Marija who was involved in the Serbian delegation at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, is seemingly returning to music following a public life which involved several other projects away from her artistic platform. A new collection of songs will be released under the title Confession and the aim is to give an indepth autobiography of Šerifović. Apart from the album, she is working on a documentary, and a book, all of which will be looking at the ten years of her music career along with her early beginnings. 

'It’s time to celebrate ten years of my small career. I see it as small considering what I’m planning and expecting. A day has come when I feel that I should share all those moments, memories and thoughts, which I was writing down all the time, but I never talked about them. I want to share that with you all and the point is finally to understand who Marija really is'. Marija has also revealed that she has been in the studio working with Alexander Rybak, winning artst of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 with the track Fairytale and also songwriter behind the fourth placed entry at this years' Melodi Grand Prix by Annsofi entitled I'm With You. The album which will be released towards the latter part of the year will be totally in English in order to continue introducing her music to the whole of the continent. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news. 

Source: Eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSueQN1QvV4

In 2007, Olivia Lewis represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Vertigo composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg which unsuccessfully did not make it through to the final despite positive expectations. Six years later, following a University Degree and a weight loss programme, Olivia is taking back to the stage in stunning fashion especially following her recent performance at the Beland Music Festival where the crowd clearly enjoyed her return to live performing. Nerves of the past are somewhat long gone and this lady definitely has a voice when she puts herself to the test. 

In recent months, there had been speculation that Olivia Lewis would be trying to return to the Eurovision Song Contest and set her sights on another possible representation. The editorial board of escflashmalta.com got in touch with her and revealed that it had indeed been on her mind for quite 'some time' but is nevertheless 'very much undecided'. Receiving more than the lionshare of the votes back in the 2007 Malta Song for Europe competition, the public perception might be slightly altered but nevertheless, Olivia is still a draw card to an event and the crowd seems to enjoy her performances. 'I can wait. I am in no rush' were her closing statements. With a fine tuned vocal performance at the end of the week and with more events being lined-up including the Pink Floyd's The Wall in Ta' Qali, it seems that things are taking a step in that direction. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news. 

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-qsQ7PWJM4

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On behalf of Bulgaria, Elitsa Todorova and Stoyan Yankulov took to the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Water, qualifying to the final in sixth place, prior to achieving a fifth place finish at the end of the evening. This was, and remains the best result that the Eastern country has achieved in the music competition and played a huge factor in the decision why the successful duet should be chosen to represent the nation once more. The announcement was made earlier this morning, and was given the heads up by several key members of the Bulgarian music industry. Whilst being internally decided, the track will be chosen through a national selection and this is done in order to keep the people involved in different stages of the procedure.

BNT, the broadcaster has decided to give Elitsa & Stoyan major creative control over the selection of the entry and as a matter of fact, the renowned duo will be presented five entries in compliance with the rules set for by the European Broadcasting Union. An internal expert committee will be selecting the best three entries which would then go on forth to a selection show, taking place on the 3rd March where another professional five member jury and the public will decide on which entry they will be performing at the Eurovision Song Contest in a shared 50% split each. On the 17th February, through the programme Nedelya x3, all of the songs will be revealed followed by the recording of video clips which would be broadcaster on BNT, with the tracks receiving significant airplay on radio stations who are media partners. 

Both artists are extraordinarily happy about the chance that they get to represent Bulgaria for a second time with Elitsa stating ' would like to thank Bulgarian National Television for the invitation and for believing in us. It is an honour for us to show the hard work we have done, our music and ideas at this prestigious European contest.' Nonetheless, Stoyan is also excited about the prospects going onto add 'It is not a question of my happiness about us again taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest, this is a great responsibility for us. I cannot guarantee that we will win but we will do our best. I am hoping that everyone who believed that we should have won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007 will once again back us.' Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the Bulgarian selection process as soon as it becomes available. with Bulgaria competing in the second semi-final alongside Malta who will be represented by Tomorrow performed by Gianluca Bezzina.

Source: BNT, Eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yy5XhoaHFQI

Saturday, 29 September 2012 17:12

Exclusive: Olivia Lewis Ponders on Participation

With the rules and regulations of the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest released, there is a lot of commotion in the local music industry with several artists gearing up for a possible participation in the esteemed event which is very much popular with the local audience. Amongst the names of people who have been tipped for another try is none other than former representative Olivia Lewis who took to the stage back in 2007 with the track Vertigo composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg. In the years leading up to the ultimate victory, Olivia had finished as the runner-up three years in a row starting off with Take a Look composed by Paul Giordimaina and penned by Fleur Balzan, followed by Deja Vu with music by Philip Vella and lyrics by Gerard James Borg and last but not least, Spare a Moment composed by Ray Agius and penned by Godwin Sant. In an exclusive statement to escflashmalta.com, Olivia Lewis addresses her fans about the possible participation for the very first time.

I can't really comment at the moment. It has been on my mind for some time but I am still very much undecided. People have been trying to suggest that I take part again, but I still have to see. If I ever come back it has to be something really good. I can wait. I am in no rush! Olivia Lewis remains to be one of the most popular winners of the Malta Song for Europe, noting that the amount of tele-votes received were 30977, making her the most voted ever contestant. It has to be pointed out that the competition was actually quite stiff especially due to the fact that the first runner-up, Trilogy had come in third place the year before and were therefore looking more like favourites with their entry Starlight composed by Paul Abela and penned by Joe Julian Farrugia. Nevertheless, following three years of runner-up finishes, missing out to the likes of Julie & Ludwig, Chiara and Fabrizio Faniello, Olivia finally took home the crown. It will b e quite intriguing to see whether she finds the right song to return to the competition. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4Dzi93o6s4

Published in Local Music News
Friday, 21 September 2012 16:28

Malta: Olivia Lewis May Return to Festival

Comebacks have definitely become a current thing both in the local and foreign music industries but nevertheless, when it comes to our shores, it seems that they tend to become more predominant and likely noting that Olivia Lewis has been rife about the possibility of returning to music with several appearances in a number of high profile shows but unfortunately not having the opportunity to return to the stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest due to the rules specifying that the last five winners of the local competition could not submit in the past two years. It is quite intriguing that Olivia Lewis is now a possible candidate for the role with 2007, the year she represented Malta with the song Vertigo composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg being out of that respective range. Close sources to escflashmalta.com state that Olivia Lewis is hoping for a comeback either in 2013 or 2014 respectively.

Olivia Lewis took part in the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest on countless occasions, finishing as the runner-up in 2004 with the track Take a Look composed by Paul Giordimaina and penned by Fleur Balzan, in 2005 with the beautiful Deja Vu composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg as well as in 2006 when she entered with a composition of Ray Agius entitled Spare a Moment to the lyrics of Godwin Sant. Ultimately, she was finally awarded her place abroad in 2007, with what many people state was a great song but maybe not the best suited to her vocal. Nevertheless with the likes of Claire Massa by her side, Olivia gave a strong vocal performance in each rehearsal and definitely competent enough in the semi-final, yet unfortunately, the competition was difficult and she was left out of the final show on Saturday night. Olivia remains one of the most popular names in the industry though and a comeback would surely be welcome. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as we continue discussing this issue in the coming days, and weeks.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwEesHvUx-E

Published in Local Music News