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“Drop in number of Eurovision entries” is the name of an article that appeared in The Times of Malta earlier today, with direct reference to the fact that there was a fewer turnout that usual in the number of submissions that the Public Broadcasting Services revealed. escflashmalta.com made this quite clear in a subtle manner when confirming a host of names, both of vocalists and songwriters who did not put their first foot forward.

These included none other than; Sophie DeBattista, Davinia, Claudia Faniello, Ruth Portelli, De Bee, Pamela, Ray Agius, Alfred C Sant, Paul Giordimaina and Fleur Balzan. Nevertheless though, despite the drop in artists, Anton Attard, Head of Delegation on behalf of the Public Broadcasting Services confirmed to the leading local newspaper that the issue more or less deals with repeat submissions, songs that have been submit every year with the hope that they get through.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUOi3p73HpI

Whilst song submissions do eventually get through, others do not and if one looks at the shortlist of the past three to four years, some songs would always be recognizable. Artists whom escflashmalta.com can confirm to have submit to the 2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest include none other than; Domenique, Franklin Calleja, Izzy, Jessika, Kaya, Romina Mamo, Daniel Testa, Fabrizio Faniello, Dayle Camilleri and Ryan Paul Abela.

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

Speculation on Ira Losco is continuing to mount and with Moira Delia landing the top job of hosting the upcoming edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, the news is only but confirmed. Her name among those shortlisted later on this month will definitely be the worst kept secret in recent years. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook & Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Times of Malta, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJSkfmXGIG4

Published in Local Music News

Paul Giordimaina & Fleur Balzan, a dynamic songwriting duo, whose reputation grew further following their triumph in the 2011 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'One Life', sung by Glen Vella have been in contact with the editorial team at escflashmalta.com confirming that they have opted out of taking part in the submission process "due to other international commitments which have come about".

Stalwarts in the local music scene and responsible for some of the most memorable tracks to have taken part in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, such as; 'Whispers' by Pamela, 'Before You Walk Away' by Q, 'Take a Look' by Olivia Lewis, 'Because I Have You' by Amber, 'Mystifying Eyes' by Corazon and 'Hypnotised' by Eleanor Cassar amongst others. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook & Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYQnPY0znPA

Published in Local Music News

In an interview with Juergen Boernig and David Mann of Radio International and Radio W12P, two (2) of the finalists in the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest  revealed their intentions to submit entries for next years’ national selection; hinting at the possibility of a duet. Amber and Franklin; two vocalists whose public acumen has been on the increase in recent years, were present as spectators of the Malta Music Awards, supporting Firelight and their entry Coming Home, which was one of the guest acts during the evening of the 9th February 2014.

Amber, the female vocalist who has been compared to Amy Winehouse on more than one (1) occasion finished in fourth (4th) place for the second (2nd) successive year, as she belted out her classical piano ballad Because I Have You composed by Paul Giordimaina to the lyrics of Fleur Balzan. The song is the most successful in this years’ competition according to digital sales; having managed to peak at number #1 on iTunes less than twenty-four (24) hours within its release. Whilst visibly excited for what the future holds, she kept the cards close to her chest in stated that she will most likely work on a completely different genre for next year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pQdfceZLo0

Franklin, a male vocalist with a vocal range which knows no boundaries clearly aims to reach the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest, wanting a duet with Pastora Soler or Zlata Ognevich, who represented Spain and Ukraine in the 2012 and 2013 editions of the continental competition. Coached by a former representative in the form of Glen Vella; Franklin made it through to the final stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest for the very first time in 2014 by virtue of the song Love Will Take Me Home co-written by Glen Vella, Michael James Down, Beatrice Eriksson and Marcus Frenell. When asked about the possibility of working with Amber on a duet, the two kept their options open, stating that their friendship could also bring them together through song.

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

The idea of these two (2) vocal powerhouses coming together is definitely a concept which should not be underestimated, considering that the right song would be more of an issue than the actual performance, having proven to the audience and the jury on more than one (1) occasion that they are more than capable of giving an outstanding performance. If you have not purchased Because I Have You on iTunes but wish to do so, please visit the store. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news about the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Radio International

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dplJRAEFx9Q

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 19:30

MESC 2014: Reviewing the track 'Ten'

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 escflashmalta.com 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 Ten composed by Paul Giordimaina to the lyrics of Fleur Balzan with vocals provided by Corazon.

Corazon, known to many as a singer/songwriter is partaking in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest for a third (3rd) consecutive year, having previously reached the final with Mystifying Eyes and My Stranger Love in 2012 and 2013 respectively. It is fair to say that the vocalist has achieved most of her success in her mother tongue, competing in the prestigious L-Għanja tal-Poplu festival on five (5) occasions, and being crowned winner three (3) times with the tracks Hawn Jien (Here I Am), Tal-Aħħar (The Last Time) and Mill-Għajnejn ta’ Tifla (Through the Eyes of a Girl). She wrote both the music and the lyrics to those songs, and most recently showcased her own work in a debut album bearing the name of her first successful song, Hawn Jien. Apart from being a vocalist, Corazon has shown outstanding qualities in the entertainment sector, having hosted L-Għanja tal-Poplu back in 2010 and also given the chance to host the daily television programme, TVPM on Television Malta.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdKP2gg4bXU

Paul Giordimaina and Fleur Balzan, known to be experienced songwriters in the local music scene, and having already been granted the opportunity to pen a representative entry for Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest, that being One Life performed by Glen Vella in 2011. Nevertheless, their success at the selection stage of the competition is unprecedented, having finished as the first runner-ups on at least three (3) occasions, kicking things off with Take a Look performed by Olivia Lewis in 2004, moving onto Someday sung by Eleanor Cassar in 2009 and ultimately finishing off with Just a Little More Love by Glen Vella in 2010. Paul, also a singer, took to the stage on behalf of Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest alongside Georgina back in 1999 as they galloped to sixth place with the song Could It Be composed by Paul Abela with lyrics by Ray Mahoney.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 46%

John Scott: Nice performance and the song is pleasant. But it doesn’t go anywhere and leaves no impression at all.

Martin Isherwood: Ok voice - not particularly strong. Nice idea of counting up from 1 to 10 but it doesn't really come off, as the references to the numbers are flimsy at best: e.g. '8 is a message of hope - nine the end of a hurdle'? The chorus is ok but nothing special. She may be aiming for Ten, but I doubt she'll get anything like it in this competition

Sharon Vaughn: In order for a song like this to work, it has to be Paul Simon brilliant. This one didn't approach that level for me.

Stano Simor: Corazon, that type of artist who immediately draws you in. She has an extremely pleasant and teenage colour in her voice. The chorus is infectious and the backing vocals do their bit brilliantly. The lyrics sit the song and performer well and the transposition at the end was very good indeed.

Greig Watts: Feels a little too ordinary again for me, doesn’t have the impact of some of the others in the song or production, the singer delivers it well, but for me this is falling into the just ok category.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsjCB5pChVY

Published in Editorials

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 escflashmalta.com 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 Because I Have You, composed by Paul Giordimaina to the lyrics of Fleur Balzan with vocals provided by Amber.

Amber, has basked in the spotlight of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on three (3) previous occasions, making her debut back in 2011 with two (2) entries; Catch 22 and Touch Wood, both composed by Ray Agius with the latter having lyrics by Godwin Sant and the former by Alfred C Sant before returning with a vengeance to finish in third place with the impressive Answer With Your Eyes composed by Ray Agius and penned by Alfred C Sant. In 2013, she changed her songwriters by opting to work with Paul Giordimaina and Fleur Balzan, coming up with the eighties tune In Control finishing in fourth place. It is worth pointing out that Amber has also won the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest as a backing vocalist with Kurt Calleja during this performance of This is the Night.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTstdRSgRZ0

Paul Giordimaina and Fleur Balzan, known to be experienced songwriters in the local music scene, and having already been granted the opportunity to pen a representative entry for Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest, that being One Life performed by Glen Vella in 2011. Nevertheless, their success at the selection stage of the competition is unprecedented, having finished as the first runner-ups on at least three (3) occasions, kicking things off with Take a Look performed by Olivia Lewis in 2004, moving onto Someday sung by Eleanor Cassar in 2009 and ultimately finishing off with Just a Little More Love by Glen Vella in 2010. Paul, also a singer, took to the stage on behalf of Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest alongside Georgina back in 1999 as they galloped to sixth place with the song Could It Be composed by Paul Abela with lyrics by Ray Mahoney.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 57%

John Scott: She has a very nice voice. The song is too generic for me. It doesn’t say anything new or in an original way. Melodically it is not very interesting. I also feel that the song should get even bigger at the end than it actually does.

Martin Isherwood: Very nice voice. Unclear what or who this about - 'from my first days - feel never alone' - could be a mother or a relationship or spiritual. A good song should allow the listener to share the joy not just observe it jealously. A lot of movement in the song which makes it hard to follow at first as it seems to keep piling in ideas. Never seems to get going even when the key change and build comes in.

Sharon Vaughn: What she is saying is fine... but please, try a fresher, more creative approach. Saying the same thing that has been said a million times is OK... just look for another way in.

Stano Simor: Amber has a very nice feeling and color of the voice. As a singer, she is definitely ready for the podium in Denmark. The ballad is very well writte, although I think it should have a stronger chorus. In the second part of the song, I would have made use of some backing vocalists to help elevate the song and deliver an emotional rendition.

Greig Watts: I like the nice piano intro and the verse starts and builds up well, the chorus I felt was the pre chorus and was again waiting for it to step up another level to have a bigger impact. It does get stronger the second time around, as the music is building around it and of course when the Key Change happens at the end there is another nice bit of impact. I think as a songwriter myself I am always searching for that extra special part, and this for me is a good song, but it doesn’t quite reach great.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fa-3nFnh50

Published in Editorials
Monday, 02 December 2013 23:00

Exclusive: MESC '14 Draw Slowly Taking Shape

In 2014, the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, set to take place on the 7th and 8th February, will comprise of twenty (20) entries, most of which have been penned by local songwriters. The announcement of the acts that got through to the semi-final stage of the competition took place on the programm; Xarabank produced by WE Media. As the list is known, the first meeting with the artists who made it through took place at the illustrious Excelsior Hotel in Floriana where the opening entry and the final entry to compete in the semi-final were drawn in random fashion.

It has been decided that Amber will open the competition on Friday evening with the song Because I Have You composed by Paul Giordimaina to Fleur Balzan's lyrics. In the meantime, closing the show is  Corazon with the track Ten composed by the same Paul Giordimaina and Fleur Balzan. During the course of the meeting, sources have informed us that the initial date for the recording of the promotional videos was announced.  For the first time in around two/three years, artists have the possibility to compete with pre-recorded backing vocals but one must note that this is not accepted by the European Broadcasting Union during the Eurovision Song Contest. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Television Malta, Public Broadcasting Services

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK4TvZeL6c0

Thursday, 28 November 2013 09:25

Malta: Corazon Selected as JESC '13 Commentator

Corazon, a two time finalist at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2012 and 2013, with the songs Mystifying Eyes and My Stranger Love, composed by Paul Giordimaina to the lyrics of Fleur Balzan has been selected by the Public Broadcasting Services as the commentator for this years' edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place in Kiev, Ukraine. Apart from being a singer/songwriter, Corazon is also a television host of the programme TVPM which airs on Television Malta, every afternoon, daily.

Malta is returning to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest following an absence of two years, with Gaia Cauchi and The Start, a song co-written alongside Elton Zarb, Matt Mercieca and Gillian Attard. The delegation features all the songwriters, Anna Dalli as Head of Delegation, Daniel D’Anastasi as Head of Press and Maxine Pace who was internally selected by the Public Broadcasting Services as the spokesperson. In an innovative setup, the spokespersons will read out the points on stage. The event is set to be broadcast on TVM 2, kicking off with 19:00 CET. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com and tune in for our guest commentary featuring Sophie DeBattista, Trevor Fenech, and Daniel Testa.

Source: Corazon’s Official Facebook

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdKP2gg4bXU

In 2009, Eleanor Cassar was the first runner-up at the Malta Eurosong with Someday composed by Paul Giordimaina to the lyrics of Fleur Balzan. It was the vocalists' sixth participation within the national selection and was then followed by another three entries; Choices (2010), Hypnotized (2011) and I Want to Run Away (2012). Her final appearance last year was thought to be a slight fall from grace with many stating that the song did not really suit the stunning vocal capabilities that Eleanor is known to offer. In an interview on TVPM, it was revealed that she did not intend to submit for the 2013 edition of the festival and she did keep to her word, taking up a residency on the programme Ħadd Għalik aired on Television Malta in the meantime.

In recent weeks, the editorial team at escflashmalta.com has been speaking to a number of artists with regards to their intentions for the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, of which the Public Broadcasting Services will be receiving submissions at the end of the month. One of the artists who will indeed be putting her name forward is Eleanor Cassar because following a year away from the madness, she believes that she has the right track to return. The last time that Eleanor Cassar was away from the festival, back in 2007, she returned with the stunning Give Me a Chance, a ballad composed by Paul Giordimaina with lyrics by Fleur Balzan which spoke volumes and had several underlying themes within the lyrics. The editorial team of escflashmalta.com will be making several revelations over the next couple of days, so we urge you to stay tuned whilst we wish Eleanor Cassar the very best of luck with her endeavours.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RB8QQeY_EDU

Published in Local Music News

In 2011, Glen Vella won the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track One Life composed by Paul Giordimaina with lyrics by Fleur Balzan even though the international critics has somewhat selected Richard Edwards and his entry Finally which he co-wrote with Jan Van Dijck, which in turn finished in second place. In a recent interview with Wayne Aquilina on the ONE Television programme Kelma Bejn Tnejn, Glen Vella revealed that had he been a judge rather than one of the competing artists, the decision would have been simple due to the fact that he was somewhat gobsmacked by Richard Edwards' performance.

Since his first runner-up finish at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Richard Edwards has returned to the event in 2012, with the track Look at Me Now co-written with Jan Van Dijck with which he managed a respectable fifth place and in 2013 managed a sixth place finish with the song Wonderful Today performed in duet with Petra and thirteenth place with Fall Like Rome a co-write between Gerard James Borg, Magnus Kaxe and Philip Vella. In the meantime, Glen Vella has managed to make the most of his experience at the Eurovision Song Contest garnering contacts all over Europe which have helped him with new material and with giving performances abroad. One Life failed to get through to the final with just one (1) point but Glen was never discouraged and would love to return to the world of the Eurovision Song Contest should the right song come along and should the rules permit it. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news. 

Source: Kelma Bejn Tnejn (ONE Productions), JJ Chircop Photography

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtM4sfopBnU

Published in Local Music News

Glen Vella, the male vocalist who represented Malta at the 2011 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track One Life composed by Paul Giordimaina to the lyrics of Fleur Balzan has just recorded a cover of the track You're The Voice in a duet with Pamela with whom he has collaborated on a series of original tracks and covers across the years. Amongst them was the song Loved By You composed by Paul Giordimaina to the lyrics of Fleur Balzan, which made it to the semi-finals of the 2008 Malta Song for Europe competition. 

Glen was aiding Kevin Borg which his participation in this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest whilst Pamela has been out of the spotlight since representing her country as a backing vocalist in 2010 and 2011 respectively. They are currently working together on a brand new project entitled Junction apart from leading the Gospel Choir known as Animae which has been around for the past couple of years. Glen has never shied away from stating that he would love to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest once more whilst Pamela has seemingly stopped participating as a lead vocalist, something which is quite disappointing unfortunately. This cover was recorded in support of a concert which is being organised by both vocalists and their students noting that they are both leading vocal trainers. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news. 

Source: Official Facebook Page (Glen Vella)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1dXXkVk5GM

Published in Local Music News
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