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Firelight made up of; Richard Edwards Micallef, Michelle Mifsud, Daniel Micallef, Wayne Micallef, Leslie Decesare and Tony Polidano were first to take to the stage this afternoon as a full run through of the second semi-final took place at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. Coming Home is being touted as the dark horse by all the media present for this year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and that fills the escflashmalta.com editorial team with courage as the semi-final looms closer and close with each passing day.

According to our team in Copenhagen, the vocals were strong, the camera work was flawless and the feel good factor was there more than ever. Remember that Malta will be opening the second semi-final on Thursday 8th May, followed by no less than fourteen countries, including fan-favourite Norway. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates as soon as they become available. A quick reminder that LIVE blogging will be taking place through the social media channels of this portal throughout both the semi-finals and the final set for the 6th, 8th and 10th May 2014.

Source: eurovision.tv

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

It is fair to say that Firelight are having a blast as they prepare to represent Malta during the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Coming Home written by Richard Edwards Micallef. From photo opportunities, to interviews and features with both local and foreign media, it is hard not to take it all in and they are certainly enjoying every minute.

Following their rehearsal on Tuesday, Firelight bumped into two artists; Carl Espen, who will be representing Norway with Silent Storm during the second semi-final; and Mei Finegold who will be partaking on behalf of Israel with Same Heart. The Norwegian crooner, one of the favourites to triumph in this year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest had only words of praise towards Coming Home defining it as 'a track which will eventually get loads of airplay on the Norwegian radio stations as it reflects the music currently hitting the charts in Scandinavia'.

He was also keen to learn about the instrument that Richard plays during the performance; the Mountain Dulcimer having never seen one like it before. Richard quickly exchanged favours in singing an a-capella version of Silent Storm, something he also did during the meet and greet session which took place on Tuesday. Journalists in attendance for the meet and greet stated 'you shouldn't do that .. it's a competition' to which he replied to a rather rapturous applause 'we're here to have fun and enjoy ourselves with good music. This song is good music so there is no harm in singing it!'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LBOjxBty8U

Mei Finegold is a backstage neighbour to Firelight, with Israel performing in slot number #2 just after Malta and this has provided the build-up to a more solid relationship. Both of them got to get to know each other during the course of their promotional tours with both being in attendance in The Netherlands and Russia a couple of weeks back. Michelle Mifsud, one of the vocalists of Firelight, confirmed that they are happy that the two teams got to know each other at a personal level. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g64Ft-aLfyU

'She is a mum like myself. We share the same passions for music and for our families. We both know what is it like for a woman to bring up your children while pursuing your dream as an artist’. On her part, Mei did not hesitate to declare that she has been whistling Coming Home quite a couple of times, something that has become synonomous to her daily backstage routine. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: TVM, Eurovision Song Malta

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qxi5C-lGX2Y

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 #13, we catch up with Greece (NERIT) who will be represented by Freaky Fortune featuring RiskyKidd with the song Rise Up written by Freaky Fortune and RiskyKidd.

Freaky Fortune are Nikolas Raptakis and Theofilos Pouzbouris. Both 23 years old, both studied music since their early years. Theofilos plays the guitar and piano and owns a degree on theoretical music studies and music history, while Nikolas still takes vocal coaching lessons in the National Greek School of Music and composes with Theofilos all their songs. Their breakthrough in the global Internet community was a cover on the Perez Hilton's cover competition. Freaky Fortune Part Of Me (Katy Perry cover) was announced as a brilliant work by the Greek duo and the most "deadly" blogger on earth, Perez Hilton launched their fame across the music industry.

After their first success, in 2011, Freaky Fortune released three top-chart singles with top Greek artists. RiskyKidd is a 19 years old rapper, born and raised in London, by his Jamaican mother and German father. His actual name is Shane Schuller. As growing up in a multicultural environment with many and different music influences and experimental beats, RiskyKidd developed, since his high school years, his unique way of expressing in music, lyrics and rap. The past four years he is a Greek resident and his name got well known after his co-operation with Playmen and Helena Paparizou (Greek Eurovision Winner 2005) in the international hit All Time.

Freaky Fortune and RiskyKidd teamed up when Rise Up was still on the composing process. Their creative combination heightened the outcome and Rise Up was born! Freaky Fortune, Theofilos and Nikolas, both composed and wrote the lyrics in Rise Up and RiskyKidd wrote the rap parts. Rise Up is filled up with youth’s energy and the Greek participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 is full of positive energy. The urge to rise up above all difficulties and jump out of what keeps us down, the need to pass all over Europe the Greek spirit of never giving up, is all over this dance song!

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

Greece, one of the most successful countries to partake in the Eurovision Song Contest since the millennium with one victory, coming back in 2005 at the hands of Helena Paparizou and the song My Number One, and a series of top ten results, which was officially ended back in 2012 as Eleftheria Eleftheriou performed the song Aphrodisiac which accumulated sixty-four points to finish in a disappointing seventeenth place. Since then though, Greece have returned to their top ten form, with Koza Mostra managing a sixth place result in Malmo, Sweden.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 64%

Greig Watts: Interesting old feeling start, and boom into a dance record! Builds nicely, so chorus????? Oh it’s a riff, bit disappointed, but its memorable, so lets go with it, actually enjoying its party feel, sure this one will qualify, although has Greek done enough to appeal to its traditional voters. Can definitely hear this song in the charts, and it’s a modernish song full of hooks rather than the verse, bridge, chorus format., I wish it exploded a bit more, but good potential.

Joseph Zammit: And there goes my good mood. If Greece's plan this year was to put up a Summer hit to be constantly played in the clubs throughout the whole season, they certainly achieved their goal with this song, and believe you me, they went all out. This song has all the ingredients to create a long lasting dance song to be played at beach parties as inebriated teenagers dance wildly and throw up all over the place. Its got the upbeat, the baseline, a high pitched whistle and the ever essential repetitive horn tune.

Personally it is not my taste, however, I know that I'll be hearing a lot more of this song, so part of me feels I'd better grow to like it, at least a bit, or otherwise it'll haunt me throughout summer. God knows it's going to take a while for that tune to get out of my head now.

Sharon Vaughn: This must be a big hit in Greek dance clubs already.

John Scott: Very catchy. Not as unique as some entries, but the hook stays in your head. 

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8QIbL9i2MU

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Dilara Kazimova and András Kállay-Saunders, representatives of Azerbaijan and Hungary took the opportunity to do a volunteer shift at Dyrevaenets, an animal shelter in Copenhagen. It started with a tour around the shelter and a short introduction about how the individual should treat animals.

Both Dilara and Andras had a chance to see how dogs, cats, and rabbits live there, been taken care of and cured. Eventually, they also had the opportunity to walk two dogs, one each: a dachshund called Nanna and a Jack Russell Terrier named Quick. It was quite an emotional moment when both Dilara and Andras both gave the dogs special tags with the wording "From Azerbaijan with Love" and "From Hungary with Love" respectively. Dilara is an activist for animal protection in Baku. She's got a beautiful dachshund and a cat back in Baku. 

She does not wear fur and takes part in charity events aimed to raise awareness on animal rights in society. "I was very interested to see how shelter is organised and managed in Denmark, so that maybe one day I can open my own in Baku? The visit was very emotional and I wanted to adopt every single dog there. They are so cute and loving!” says Dilara. After the visit Dilara got another idea how to contribute to the Dyreværnets shelter. She will reveal details about this project on May 2nd at 16:50 during her official press conference at Eurovision 2014.

Dilara Kazimova and András Kállay-Saunders will perform Start a Fire and Running during the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest on the 6th May 2014, both favourites to make the final Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MANdkxOAdF4

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 #12, we catch up with Switzerland (SSR SRG) who will be represented by Sebalter with the song Hunter of Stars written by Sebastiano Paù-Lessi.

On stage at the Swiss event, Sebalter thanked the audience by raising his fiddle to the sky. This was no coincidence, as the instrument has accompanied him throughout his musical career since its start at the tender age of six. Learning to play the fiddle throughout his boyhood years had opened Sebalter’s eyes to the infinite possibilities that music offers. During his teens, Sebalter felt the need to expand his horizons: he picked up a guitar and tried his hand at writing songs. However, when the then 18-year-old Sebalter had his first career break, it was again thanks to his faithful fiddle. Sebalter's versatile and energetic playing propelled him on a 10-year musical ride as co-frontman of a well-known country-folk band based in Switzerland.

In 2012 - after four albums, more than three hundred live performances, and playing in front of crowds of more than 10,000 people - Sebalter felt his teenage songwriting itch coming back with a vengeance. He decided to close one wonderful career chapter and open a new one as a solo artist. He immediately started writing and recording songs, searching for the perfect sound that would provide a balance between his folk roots, his poetic sensibilities and his live-on-stage energy. After a year of intense work, he knew he had found it - and he decided to put it to the test by entering the Eurovision Song Contest.

It was a gamble, but it has paid off. His song Hunter Of Stars, which is also the lead single off his forthcoming debut album, was selected as the winner and thus Switzerland’s official entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. This achievement could not have come at a better time for Sebalter, who is putting the finishing touches to his new album, and is getting ready for an official tour this summer. "To be on the Eurovision Song Contest Stage is a dream come true", that's what Sebalter stated after his victory in the Swiss national selection. The trademark of the charismatic singer is his fiddle, which has accompanied him throughout his musical career since the tender age of six.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snlcuCPtn8I

Switzerland, a two-time winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, first in 1956 with Lys Assia and the song Refrain and then in 1988 with Celine Dion and the track Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi. In recent years, Switzerland has not come close to winning the international competition with their last top ten result coming back in 2005 at the hands of Vanilla Ninja and their entry Cool Vibes. It is to be noted that since the semi-final format was introduced, Switzerland has also failed to make a solid impact on the competition failing to get through on several occasions, only managing qualification in 2005 and 2011.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 70%

Greig Watts: Interesting riff and whistle definitely grabbed my attention. Vocal comes in, is it Elvis Costello? Not my personal cup of tea, Chorus ok, but actually love the whistle at the end, that’s a really strong hook, and we’ll all sing that on the night. 2nd chorus, oh its growing on me a lot!! (although not sure I can hear the words properly), ah, and no whistle hook (that’s because of time restrictions Im sure as should be there if it’s a single over 3 mins). Nice breakdown clap section,  Not sure the lyrics make much sense to me that much, but hook’s got me for sure, and yes ending on the whistle!!! Well done!!!

Joseph Zammit: Sometimes intricate and complex musical skills and tricks are not crucial to create a great song. Sometimes all you need is a banjo and a whistle and voila! That is all this song has and yet, here I am finding myself uncontrollably bobbing on my chair as I listen to it. Thanks to a simple banjo line, 1970's style rock organ chords and an unbelievably catchy whistle tune, this piece delivers something which most songs in this competition do not, and that is emotion. 

Add in an awesome violin 'riff' in the bridge and you get yourself a song that will be stuck in your head and will put a smile on your face. There isn't anything bad I can say about this song really, but I'm never one to give away a perfect score so...

Sharon Vaughn: This was a message lost. Just instruments and words strung together.

John Scott: Interesting instrumentation on this one. The whistle is quite effective as a hook.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjWG0oNpWog

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In a Press Release published by the European Broadcasting Union, the five member professional jury panel representing each country at the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was released in accordance with the new regulations set forth earlier this year.  Malta, partaking in the second semi-final with the song Coming Home written by Richard Edwards Micallef and performed by Firelight, have enlisted the help of five extraordinary musicians; Paul Abela, Corazon, Elton Zarb, Pamela and Manolito Galea.

Maestro Paul Abela leads the panel with his expertise in the music industry, having been a part of the Eurovision Song Contest on four occasions either as a songwriter or as a conductor. He is joined by fellow songwriters and producers; Elton Zarb and Manolito Galea, the latter having helped create the final product that is representing Malta in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and the former having been co-responsible for The Start, the first winning entry from Malta in any event organised by the European Broadcasting Union.

The two females represent a wealth of experience, with Pamela being a renowned vocal coach and also a multiple Malta Eurovision Song Contest finalist and Corazon being a television host, multiple winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu, three-time participant in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and most recently also commentator for the Public Broadcasting Services during the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. They will be voting in both the semi-final and the final round of the competition with their votes owing to 50% of the final result. 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=14rMJdR0QD8

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 #11, we catch up with FYR Macedonia (MKRTV) who will be represented by Tijana with the song To The Sky co-written by Darko DimitrovLazar Cvetkoski and Elena Risteska.

There is no doubt that Tijana was born to perform on big stage. She is well known as a singer, a cellist and an actress. Tijana’s motto is "The sky’s the limit – nothing is impossible." Tijana Dapčević was born into a music family in Skopje. Her father is a music professor, her mother was an opera prima donna and her sister Tamara is also a popular singer from F.Y.R Macedonia. Tamara will perform as Tijana’s backing vocalist in Copenhagen.

Tijana started to play cello when she was seven years old. She graduated from the faculty of Music in Skopje where she got profession of a cello teacher. Tijana played in the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra and in the international orchestra of Leipzig. Her media career began in 1993 when she started her work on the F.Y.R. Macedonian Radio and TV. Tijana’s breakthrough in her pop career began in 1994 when the singer revealed her first hit. Afterwards, she has published five music albums and recorded many songs with a lot of regional pop stars. Besides pop music, Tijana is engaged as a theatre actress.

She is beloved for her charm and openness by fans through the Balkans: F.Y.R. Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia. Tijana's long-time wish was to get a role in a movie or in a theatrical performance. Last year this dream came true and she got her first role! Tijana was so successful that she got two more roles two months later. To answer the frequently asked question "Is Tijana is better at singing or acting?", she replies: "When I'm on stage, it feels like home. That's the most important to me, no matter if I'm singing or acting because being on stage makes me happy."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhDFG_em06s

The FYR Macedonia has been relatively unlucky when it comes to participating in the Eurovision Song Contest having found it somewhat difficult to stomach certain rules and regulations which worked against them, including the re-introduction of the jury a couple of years back in order to decide the tenth qualifier, when they would have actually been in tenth place. Their best result in the international competition was achieved thanks to Elena Risteska with the track Ninanajna which had finished in twelfth place back in 2006. Hope rest on Tijana to try and better that, having even brought in Elena to help co-write her entry To The Sky.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 58%

Greig Watts: Tall girl! And quite a nice traditional song, it goes up in all the right places. Does this kind of song work in Eurovision anymore, does it stand out of the crowd enough, I actually like it, but is it enough,  I really think the chorus is strong and she sings it well, but will all her clothes fall of at the end and make it a winner?

Joseph Zammit: What can I say. It's a piece one would hear in the clubs to dance to. I hate these pieces because usually I don't really find much to say about them. So I'm going to mention the few things I like about it that personally makes it stand out a bit from the Euro-dance tracks that have become a sort of a mainstay on the Eurovision stage. 

The fact that it has an acoustic guitar and then later there is the introduction of an electric guitar intermixing with the club music gives is something for it to stand out. Adding to that, the singer does have a really good strong voice. In general, this song is up the alley of the average Eurovision follower s there is no question that it shall do well.

Sharon Vaughn: I am afraid this contains every cliché known to mankind.  Work harder, please.

John Scott: Not bad, but sounds like many other records out there now. Not as unique as many of the other entries.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyY6Rwys7kE

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Coming Home, written by Richard Edwards Micallef, and performed by the group Firelight was rehearsed for the very first time on the B&W Hallerne stage in Copenhagen, capital city of Denmark and home to the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The first rehearsal was extremely positive with the press branding the entry as a possible contender to triumph during the second semi-final. This does indeed come to terms with the fact that professional personnel have been branding our entry as a potential dark horse of tis competition.

To give you a better outlook on what to expect during the performance, the group are set in the middle of the stage but not too far back, hoping to interact with the audience better. They are smiling throughout the performance and have perfect control on their vocal range and capabilities having been mastered correctly by Pamela in the weeks leading up to the competition. In the meantime, the backdrop is seemingly a poppy theme as seen during the music video before evolving into a multitude of selfies depicting what seems to be a very warm and friendly entry. Malta will perform first in the second semi-final and will thus kick off the show in a positive light. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com, eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRwvsXWxt1o

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 00:20

ESC 2014: An In-Depth Review of Belarus

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 #10, we catch up with Belarus (BTRC) who will be represented by Teo with the song Cheesecake composed by Yury Vashchuk to the lyrics of Dmitry Novik.

His passion for all aspects of music was noticed very early, and after four years of learning to play the accordion, he became the international champion after winning the children’s contest Praleska. At only seventeen years old, Yuriy was invited to work with the National Academic Concert Orchestra of Belarus under the tutelage of highly-respected conductor Mikhail Finberg. There he gained experience in solo singing, composing and arranging. These practical skills were enhanced by his studies, earning him a degree in Music from the Grodno College of Arts and Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts.

Song writing extended into co-hosting the TV programme Naperad U Minulae (Forward To The Past) shown on the Belarus 1 channel. Using his non-Eurovision name Yuriy Vaschuk he works alongside Oksana Vecher to rediscover the authentic music culture that still remains in Belarus. Travelling the rural areas of the country to find the singers of the traditional and ancient songs, usually the village grandmothers and grandfathers, a song is selected to be revamped. Teo rearranges the songs to be recorded and sung with a much more modern sound by a well-known artist.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5e0FQkgnm4Q

The lure of pop music composing and performing was becoming harder to resist and he participated in the Belarusian national selection for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest duetting with the singer Anna Blagova. Eurovision continued to exert an influence, as he co-wrote two Eurovision songs in 2010 (3+2 and Far Away), All My Love for Alyona Lanskaya in 2012 and again in 2013 with The Rhythm Of Love. Teo’s love for Eurovision continued unabated despite his already-full schedule. He wrote songs for two singers he was up against in the national finals – Natalie Tamelo and Tasha Odi – before deciding at virtually the last minute (an hour and a half before submissions closed) to enter too.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 66%

Greig Watts: Interesting title and that has left me wondering whats coming?? Interesting lyrics, and pronounciation, but rest of Europe wont judge that. Actually I quite like its quirky singalongness (is that a word). Let me see if I think the same at chorus 2, yes, its catchy, interesting that Belarus is going for a western type sound though, moving away from some of the sounds that could appeal to its neighbouring votes. I like the song its fun, hope it comes across that way and does well.

Joseph Zammit: I would have been even more glad glad had I just heard the song and not watched the video. The song itself is quite good but having him trying his best to recreate the (sadly) biggest hit of 2013, by filming it with a girl on a white background, wearing basically the same clothes as Robin Thicke and having the word CHEESECAKE randomly splattered against the screen makes me somehow think of him as less of a person.  

Sounds harsh I know, but it shows lack of commitment and passion towards a song that at the end of the day, he is performing. The song is quirky and sweet, with a nice funk riff, though common, and a joyful upbeat rhythm. Also I can't help but feel it has an element of tongue in cheek to it. All in all .... #Cheesecake. 

Sharon Vaughn: Admittedly very cheesecake, but charming in that he pulls it off. Has the "wink"... and I got the humour in it.

John Scott: The singer has a good sense of humor and this is conveyed in the song. In the end, I just don't like the song that much. It good for one listen, but I don't need to hear it again.

Source: eurovision.tv

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

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Monday, 28 April 2014 17:06

ESC 2014: An In-Depth Review of Ireland

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 #9, we catch up with Ireland (RTE) who will be represented by Canlinn ft. Kasey with the song Heartbeat co-written by Hazel Kaneswaran, Jonas Gladnikoff, Rasmus Palmgren and Patrizia Helander.

Kasey Smith is 23 years old and hails from the northside of Dublin. She is from a known family of singers going back to her grandfather who was a showband singer. She rose to fame with the BT Music Award nominated girlband Wonderland in 2010 under the tutelage of Louis Walsh and Westlife’s Kian Egan. After Wonderland, Kasey travelled to Nashville, Tennessee where she focused on her solo career, writing songs and getting as much on-stage experience as possible in the city’s vibrant music scene. Upon her return to Ireland, Kasey competed in the 2013 Eurosong competition where she finished third place with the song Kiss Me. In the 2014 contest, Kasey went one better, teaming up with traditional Irish music act Can-linn and winning the right to represent Ireland at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen.

Heartbeat is a passionate song ‘that shows why we are recognised globally as makers of fine music’ says Kasey’s mentor Hazel Kaneswaran. The song was co-written by Hazel, who sang for Dove in 1996 and has since presented numerous TV shows and performed around Ireland; Jonas Gladnikoff, who wrote two successful Irish Eurovision entries, Et Cetera in 2009 and It’s For You by former winner,Niamh Kavanagh, in 2010; Rasmus Palmgren, writer of the current Swedish Idol winning song, and Patrizia Helander, Swedish Idol 2007 finalist and experimental artist.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9CC0sjTVgY

Ireland is known to be the darling of the Eurovision Song Contest, having been triumphant on no less than seven occasions, the last one being back in 1996 when Eimear Quinn performed The Voice which in turn has no co-relation to the current television series. Since the introduction of the semi-final system, Ireland has had mixed fortunes at the event, failing to qualify in 2005, 2008 and 2009 and having managed to make it through to the final for the past four consecutive years with acts such as Niamh Kavanagh, Jedward and Ryan Dolan. RTE is definitely banking on this act to continue their recent bout of qualification whilst hoping to improve on the result achieved in the final.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 63%

Greig Watts: I like the start and the vocal has grabbed me, so I am wondering where the song will take me. Is it going to be dance or heavy chorus??? I bit of a mix, and all there’s an irish fiddle or something in there too for extra value. I guess its one of the naturalist flowing songs so far (to my western ear), will this be a song that hasn’t got enough else to make an impact, if it was just a song contest it could do well, but not sure that’s the case. Like the song though

Joseph Zammit: Oh Ireland. Poor poor Ireland. The emerald isle with the beautiful songs, whatever happened to you? You used to produce beautiful ballads, strong songs, and smile inducing melodies. And now you give us this. The equivalent of what a fading pop star would write and produce to have one final shot at a hit for the clubs to play but fails miserably. 

But please dear reader, do not mistake this song as any Euro-dance track, oh no no. Because even though they do not fit with the rest of the song, she decides to throw in a fiddle and a flute  to remind us that deep down she is still Irish. All she needed to do was bring in a leprechaun to do a rap bit in the bridge. Apart from that it has a generic yet catchy chorus in the middle that unfortunately, makes it very easy for it to get stuck in your head.

Sharon Vaughn: This story holds the track and her performance is strong yet not over-done. The song is current yet remains true to its Celtic roots.

John Scott: Interesting instrumentation for the song. The chorus is good, but I liked some of the other folky songs better.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zc14AzCXUgQ

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