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It has definitely been an eventful couple of hours with the first semi-final of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest proving to be quite surprising in terms of results, seeing to the qualification of nations such as Montenegro and San Marino for the very first time. escflashmalta.com would like to thank Emil Calleja Bayliss, Davinia, Rikki Lee and Brooke for their service this evening and in getting more than 14,000 views to the Facebook Page.

Sergej Cetkovic, a star in the balkans got through based on the power of the song Moj Svijet especially when realising that there were no geographical aids to be seen apart from Albania. On the other hand, Valentina Monetta, the singer/songwriter from San Marino gave a stunning performance after two dire entries this evening which greatly supporting her cause to get through to the final with the song Maybe (Forse).

The other qualifiers from this evening's show were none other than; Russia, Iceland, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Hungary, Sweden, Armenia and The Netherlands. It seems that the latter nation could have been the surprise package of the evening and is now considered to be a dark horse with Calm After the Storm climbing up to number #7 in the betting odds and also charting highly on iTunes in no less than ten countries.

Following the show, a press conference took place where the qualified nations had the opportunity to draw in which half of the final they will be performing in come Saturday. Azerbaijan, Montenegro, Armenia, Ukraine, Sweden and Iceland will join Germany in the first half of the showcase whilst Hungary, Russia, San Marino and The Netherlands will join Denmark, United Kingdom, Italy, France and Spain in the latter part of the evening. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Dt-crS5N-Y

Late on Sunday edging towards Monday, the Eurofan Cafe was hosting an event with the spotlight being on Malta with Firelight in attendance along with Chiara, a special guest star whose three appearances at the Eurovision Song Contest have been seen by millions all over the world. Whilst promoting her brand new single Mermaid In Love, written by the same team behind Eg a Lif, the Icelandic entry at the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, she had the opportunity to have a short chat with Radio International's Juergen Boernig.

Sighting nerves as to being a guest at one of the events prior to the actual Eurovision Song Contest, Chiara settled in well and enjoyed the opportunity to meet old friends and wished Firelight and their entry Coming Home written by Richard Edwards Micallef all the very best of luck believing that the song had that special something which could see it succeed in such an international competition. She encouraged the group to enjoy their time, work hard and take as much as possible from the experience. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Daniel D'Anastasi o.b.o PBS / TVM, Juergen Boernig

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLGsojm5mOw

It has been an entertaining fortnight with certain entries falling well below expectations with others coming to terms with new found fame following first rehearsals on the stage found at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. Tonight! The beginning of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with sixteen countries set to compete against one another in hope of garnering one of the ten available slots, and in doing so joining the big five; Spain, France, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom as well as host country; Denmark.

Whilst Malta will not be in contention this evening, the Public Broadcasting Services will still be broadcasting the event through Television Malta with commentary set to be provided by Carlo Borg Bonaci, head judge at this year's edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. In the meantime, we have asked our panel of professional reviewers to come up with the names of the countries they believe will get through to the final this evening and this is the cumulative list which they have come up with;

  1. Armenia
  2. Estonia
  3. Sweden
  4. Russia
  5. Azerbaijan
  6. Ukraine
  7. San Marino
  8. The Netherlands
  9. Montenegro
  10. Hungary

We urge you to tune into escflashmalta.com through Facebook and Twitter this evening with Emil Calleja Bayliss, Brooke, Rikki Lee and Davinia micro-blogging on the acts competing in the first semi-final. Once more, we remind you that the comments passed forth by our special guests do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the escflashmalta.com editorial team. Remember, the first semi-final of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest kicks off at 21:00 CET on Television Malta.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ik_PxQHDtw

Teo, the male singer/songwriter who will represent Belarus with the song Cheesecake at this year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest took to his Official Twitter Feed this morning to answer some fan-related questions pertaining to his participation in the second semi-final where he will be competing alongside Malta.

escflashmalta.com took the liberty of asking him a direct question with regards to both Firelight and the song Coming Home written by Richard Edwards Micallef, the lead vocalist. He was extremely supportive of the entry, indicating similar ideas to those passed by the foreign media in recent days. Malta whose odds have shortened since rehearsals have begun are set to open the second semi-final. Teo on the other hand will perform towards the latter half of the show, being allocated in slot number #10.

On behalf of editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to thank Teo for his surprise input with regards to the Maltese entry and wish Belarus the very best of luck with their performance on Thursday night. This portal will be running a LIVE Micro-Blog through Facebook and Twitter featuring guests; Karen DeBattista, Simon Casey and Christabelle whilst senior editor, Antoine Farrugia will co-ordinate on behalf of the team. Stay tuned!

Source: Teo's Official Twitter Feed, Daniel D'Anastasi o.b.o PBS/TVM (Image)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Qe7YmYgowM

As the competition is about to get started. The 2014 entries are still receiving success in Europe’s music charts. Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Norway and Spain have all managed to stay in the charts in at least three other countries. Molly has managed a top 40 placing in the UK, which has proved difficult for the majority of UK entries for the past 15 years especially this close to the competition. 

I cannot recall when Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Malta, Belarus and Finland all had a spot in the top 40 prior to the competition. Malta (one of the smallest participating countries) is also still in the Swedish Top 100, whilst all three Scandinavian countries are still in their native top 40s. They appear to have drummed up a lot of home support this year and it is impressive given the amount of time that has passed since the national finals. 

Whilst this alone is probably not a good indication of the likely winner, it is certainly reassuring to see that the competition’s music is still getting airplay. Even those with lower betting odds are still managing to hold on to places across the continent. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: esctracker.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCnBZwm4wqQ

It has become customary for the escflashmalta.com editorial board to engage professional individuals from the music industry to assess the songs competing in the Eurovision Song Contest as presented to the European Broadcasting Union during the Heads of Delegation Meeting. Greig Watts, Joseph Zammit, Sharon Vaughn and John Scott from the United Kingdom, Malta, Sweden and the United States have been entrusted with the second semi-final, comprising of sixteen songs and set to take place on the 8th May 2014 at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. Making use of the running order and moving onto number #14, we catch up with Slovenia (RTV SLO) who will be represented by Tinkara Kovač with the song Round and Round (Spet) co-written with Raay, Hannah Mancini and Tina Piš.

Tinkara Kovač is a musician, singer, professional flautist and music and lyricist. Since her first single Veter z juga/Wind from the South, Tinkara first recorded two albums with ZKP RTV Slovenija Records (Ne odhaja poletje/Summer Doesn't Bid Goodbye and Košček neba/A Piece of Sky). In 2001, she moved to Dallas Records and released three more studio albums (Na robu kroga/At the Edge of a Circle, O-range and aQa). One of them (O-range) was released as an international version in Italy (EMI) and also in Croatia (Dallas). With Dallas Records, Tinkara also released the single (Spezzacuori); a special project in four languages which was co-produced in conjunction with the Friuli record label Numar Un; and a Best Of compilation. 

In 2012, she released another album with Dallas Records, a special project with ex-Yugoslavian songs arrangements. Tinkara Kovač has in her 15 years of active music career received numerous awards (First Prize at the 1997 Melodies of the Sea and the Sun festival in Portorož, Slovenia, 8 Golden Roosters in 1998, Gold and Platinum awards for all of her albums. She was the runner-up at the 1999 Eurovision Song Contest pre-selection in Slovenia, the best video-clip and song at the 2000 TV MP3 NOW contest in London, her original music Reason Why was amongst the top ten at the 2003 ISC contest...)

Together with numerous and diverse music bands, Tinkara had played more than 800 gigs in Slovenia, Croatia, Austria and Italy. For her, her most prominent international collaborations on stage or in the studio were those with Ian Anderson (Jetrho Tull), Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Carlos Nuñez, Dan Lavery, Massimo Bubola, Bungaro and Paul Millns. In January 2013 and under her own record label NAI, Tinkara released a special project with lullabies and musical bed-time stories in dialects of Slovenian and Croatian Istria, Friuli Venezia Gulia and the Slovenian Coast and Karst Region entitled "Zazibanke/Lullabies". 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2u2gIuyMZw

She was elected the President of the Villenica Association in June, 2013; and later, on July 6th performed at the 33rd edition of The Melodies of the Sea and the Sun Festival with Mars in Venera/Mars and Venus song which she wrote in collaboration with Gaber Radojevič and Lea Sirk. She was awarded the Best Performance and the Main Prize respectively. Slovenia are yet to win the Eurovision Song Contest, with their best result being a seventh place, achieved on two occasions; in 1995 with Prisluhni Mi sung by Darja Svajger and in 2001 with a sublime performance by Nusa Derenda of the song Energy. Last year, Slovenia failed to get through the semi-final as Hannah Mancini and her song Straight Into Love only got 8 points to finish in sixteenth place.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 80%

Greig Watts: Nice flute opening with guitars, which is a bit different. I feel Eastern Europe liking this already. Now she comes in in her own language and that should be hard for an Englishman, but actually I love it. And she changes to English a bit further, and ooh, this is good, I am really liking the chorus, and the secondary hook too. So far everything I like in a song. Back to the verse, this girls Vocal is perfect in my opinion. This feels like a great mix of a song, in some ways Western but mixed with the flute and some different sounds, a like the behind rhythm and also the language mix, this should definitely be a qualifier for me and one of, if not my favourite so far.

Joseph Zammit: This is quite an unexpected good pop/soft rock song. It is difficult to pin one single genre to this song. It has a poppish sounding chorus yes, but it has elements of other genres as well. A bit of folk with the flute's main tune in the beginning and bridge, a bit of rock as the heavy riff kicks in leading to the second chorus and a country-western guitar riff that comes in for a few seconds and disappears. It has many different styles and yet it succeeds into creating a single coherent song rather than it being all over the place. The more I listened to it, the more I started liking this song. 

Sharon Vaughn: The artist sings with passion, the melody is infectious and still remains unique. Like this a lot.

John Scott: Very nice voice and catchy song. The flute is a nice touch. 

Source: eurovision.tv

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

Published in Editorials

Without a shadow of doubt, it has been quite an eventful day for Firelight, the act chosen to represent Malta at this year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Kicking off with an afternoon performance at the Eurovision Village, they will be heading to the Eurofan Cafe later on this evening as the focus will be solely on Malta with the special guest being none other than three time representative, Chiara, who will be releasing her brand new song Mermaid in Love written by the team who brought you Eg a Lif, Iceland's entry in last year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Chiara will then be followed by Firelight who will be performing a medley of songs, as well as their entry Coming Home which Richard Edwards Micallef has stated to being the first track off the band's debut album to be released after the Eurovision Song Contest. At the Welcome Reception, Firelight had the opportunity to meet up with the Mayor of Copenhagen as well several delegations including those of Albania, Romania, Poland, Georgia, Greece and the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia amongst several others. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: PBS, TVM, Daniel D'Anastasi (Image)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7vhBVXqbdQ

Just moments ago, all clad in professional formal attire, Firelight who will be representing Malta in this year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Coming Home written by Richard Edwards Micallef, took to the red carpet for the Opening Ceremony. Upon being interviewed by the official website of the international competition, back-up vocalist and guitarist Wayne Micallef stated that they look forward to opening the second semi-final and then kick-back and enjoy the rest of the show, with fourteen songs to follow.

 

The interviewer on the red carpet remarked that both Wayne and Daniel Micallef were wearing sunglasses and look like rockstars to which the former stated that they were going for that type of look. Abdul thanked the Mediterranean country for their time on the red carpet and asked them to pose for press photographs and then enjoy the rest of the evening with the rest of the delegation. Malta will be opening the second semi-final on the 8th May 2014. Remember that escflashmalta.com will be LIVE blogging through the Facebook and Twitter accounts for all the three shows with stars such as; Davinia, Brooke, Danica Muscat, Christabelle, Daniel Testa, Rikki Lee, Matt Mercieca and Simon Casey amongst others. Stay tuned!

Source: eurovision.tv, Deo Grech

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1bXNizF0p4

The Austrian singer has been chosen internally and ever since the choice was done, one can say it was surrounded by controversy. In fact a lot of online groups and petitions cropped up trying their best to stop Conchita Wurst from competing in Denmark. This made the singer stronger and in the Eurovision Song Contest, Conchita is not only competing to win the song competition but she’s also in Copenhagen to pass on a strong message. 

In fact whilst meeting the press and also the other singers in the competition, Conchita keeps doing her best to pass her message of embracing tolerance and acceptance without any discrimination. Firelight had the opportunity to meet Conchita Wurst in the press centre and after chatting a bit, the Maltese band was seen sporting the ‘Knit for Tolerance’ joining her in her quest of promoting  her cause. 

Conchita Wurst will be singing Rise like a Phoenix in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest – the same semi-final in which Malta will be competing in. Both songs are being seen as qualifiers both by the fans and also by the press in Copenhagen – hopefully the two countries will have the opportunity to compete against each other also in the finals.  Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: PBS, TVM, Deo Grech (Maltese Delegation)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTtUV84J_2I

As preparations for the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest continue with rehearsals for the constestants of the second semi-final, Dilara Kazimova and Ovi Jacobsen, representatives of Azerbaijan and Romania got together for a short acoustic session in the Eurovillage. We're proud that escflashmalta.com was present for this remarkable event and we're even more pleased to show you some exclusive footage.

On the night of the first semi-final, Dilara Kazimova will be representing Azerbaijan with the song Start a Fire, released through CAP-Sounds, the German Record Label with distribution through Universal Music Germany. On the other hand, Ovi will be joining Paula Seling in representing Romania for a second time as they take to the stage during the second semi-final with the song Miracle. They had finished in third place on behalf of Romania back in 2010 with the song Playing With Fire. We urge you to have a look at the three videos through our YouTube Channel whislt also staying tuned to all the latest on escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter.

Source: ESCflashmalta Team

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7YECkp-FNs