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According to close sources to the Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com can proudly announce that the most likely combination of hosts for the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will feature none other than former representatives; Ira Losco and Gianluca Bezzina. In 2011, 2012 and 2013, this portal was the one to confirm the hosts of the event to be Keith Demicoli and Valerie Vella, Elaine Saliba and Ronald Briffa as well as Elaine Saliba and Gordon Bonello. The Public Broadcasting Services is yet to confirm the news although it is expected that an official announcement will be made in the next couple of days.

Ira Losco, Malta’s most successful female artist, represented the country at the 2002 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song 7th Wonder composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg, eventually finishing in second place. In recent months, she released her sixth studio album, The Fire which has spawned three successful singles; What I’d Give, The Person I Am (ft David Leguesse) and Me Luv U Long Time. Ira has just set plans in motion for the release of a fourth single entitled The Way It's Meant to Be to which an official music video will be released in due course. The album, which you may still purchase through iTunes managed to stay on top of the local charts for more than two months.

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Gianluca, Malta’s most successful male artist, represented the country at the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat, finishing in eighth place, the nations’ best result since Chiara’s Angel managed a second place finish in 2005. Since returning from the international spectacle, Gianluca has been on a high, performing in concerts such as the Isle of MTV and Teatru Unplugged as well as sharing the stage with Joseph Calleja. He also released his debut album Waiting for Tomorrow with independent record label, Albam Records. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com

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In music, a year is very much a reflection of historical evidence and when it comes to 2013, Malta will very much remember the remarkable success that it achieved on both a local and an international field. As the public prepares to drink champagne and sing the tune of Auld Lang Syne along with Happy New Year, originally released by Abba, we aim to have a look at the most memorable moments of the year in this editorial. As a matter of fact, we have been through the major news items for both the general Eurovision Song Contest as well as the local music scene and one could easily denote the progress that has been made on both a national and a foreign level of vocal talent and songs in general.

January; a relatively quiet month in the local music scene with the Public Broadcasting Services busy prepping for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which was set to take place during the first weekend of February. Nevertheless, escflashmalta.com for the third year running managed to exclusively reveal the names of the hosts of the selection; Gordon Bonello, Rodney Gauci and Elaine Saliba. In the local music market, Corazon and Lynday both unveiled new singles; Save Your Smile and Daphne but the focus was definitely on the foreign music market with no less than three countries revealing the names of the artists who would represent them at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest including; France (Amandine Bourgeois), Armenia (Gor Suyjan) and Denmark (Emmelie de Forest).

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February; The month of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest was upon us, and following a somewhat technically disappointing semi-final, the Public Broadcasting Services upped the ante for the final night, which saw to the success of Gianluca Bezzina and his entry Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. It managed to beat the favourite, Needing You sung by Kevin Borg and co-written with Danne Attlerud, Michael Clauss, Simon Gribbe and Thomas Thornholm. Following the evening, escflashmalta.com held their annual awards, seeing to the success of Klinsmann, Chris Grech and the aforementioned Kevin Borg, with NET Television being the place where they were given. In the meantime, both Cyprus and Slovenia made use of internal selections in revealing Despina Olympiou and Hannah Mancini as their representatives.

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March; In a relatively surprise announcement, L-Għanja tal-Poplu announced that they had received almost forty (40) submissions for the local competition, amongst them from the likes of Romina Mamo and Rita Pace. Keeping in line with the local music scene, Ira Losco followed up the release of her single What I’d Give with a brand new album entitled The Fire which has been denoted by critics as the most notable release in the local music industry. During the same period, on an internal level, stars Marco Mengoni and Cascada were chosen to represent Italy and Germany respectively, or rather confirmed their entries in entirety at this point. Gianluca’s promotional campaign as he represents Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest had officially commenced with the first ever lyric video.

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April; At this month dawned, most of the country had made their respective selection for the international competition and thus focus quickly turned on on the outlook of the local music scene as Karen DeBattista managed to beat Marie Claire Attard Bason to become the first finalist of the 2013 Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, through the Passport 2 Indifest challenge on Sas-Sitta. It was later on revealed that she would be performing the song Riflessi composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss. In the meantime, L-Għanja tal-Poplu took place with Cherise Attard finishing in first place with the track Hawn Siġġu Nieqes composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Paul Ellul. At this point, Ira Losco continued her radio and digital success, aided by her first concert in quite some time. 

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The month of May, and thus the Eurovision Song Contest had quickly arrived and several readers of escflashmalta.com had their eyes on Gianluca Bezzina whose Tomorrow was a proven hit and indeed succeeded in not only reaching the final, but finishing in eighth place, the nations’ best result in seven (7)  years. The big winner was Emmelie de Forest from Denmark whose song Only Teardrops enchanted both the jury and the public at home. escflashmalta.com kept their annual coverage with guest commentators including Simon Casey, Davinia, Claudia Faniello, Brooke, Lauren White, Magnus Kaxe and Christabelle. Thousands of people viewed the respective reports and with the aid of the team of Radio International and Eurovision Ireland, the competition was analysed and covered in the most profound and detailed way possible. 

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Summer could not kick off on a more positive note with the release of On The Dancefloor by Jan Cortez, setting the tone of the season and earning airplay on 89.7 Bay. As always, the preparations for the Joseph Calleja concert were being held at this point in time, as the line-up was revealed to include Rebecca Ferguson, Zucchero and Gianluca Bezzina, fresh off his success. In the meantime, on a positive note, it was announced by the Culture Department that local artists will get the chance to perform at the Isle of MTV with Kristina Casolani and Gianluca Bezzina both booking their spots at the event. No clarification was given over the choice especially with the top tier of artists; Jon Lukas, Davinia, The Crowns releasing brand new material.

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As the temperatures were getting warmer, NET Television decided to publish the list of the names who had got through the final of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, and also shot music videos, in an attempt to continue the fine tradition, which started with the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Maltese, as a national language had definitely it’s most intriguing month due to the fact that apart from the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, it was revealed that the International Festival of Maltese Song was set for a comeback, and no sooner than in November. Some of the most prominent names in the industry put their first foot forward and the line-up was miles better than that presented at the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the likes of Miriam Christine, Janvil, Fiona Cauchi, Roger Tirazona and Olivia Lewis who was making her comeback as well.

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August, known to be the last official month of summer saw to the release of Fed Up by Maxine Pace, who would later on be given a prominent role in the Maltese delegation during the surprise return of the country at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Joseph Calleja gives his annual concert with only a handful of performances garnering a standing ovation, one of them being of the song Xemx which he performed in a duet with Gianluca Bezzina. Glen Vella, representative of Malta in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest released a statement where he acknowledged that Finally by Richard Edwards should have represented the country, and most likely achieved a much better result. By the end of the month, the International Festival of Maltese Song had a logo and Red Electrick had a brand new single, The Runaway which would top the local music charts for several weeks.

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Double the amount of entries received for L-Għanja tal-Poplu were received by the International Festival of Maltese Song, and whilst this number was encouraging, there was still a sheer amount of disappointment with many sceptic over the quality of the competition. Joseph Calleja was recognised as the world renowned tenor he has become by receiving a nomination at the Class Brit Awards. The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza took place with Fabrizio Faniello sweeping the top prize with the track Aħfirli Jekk Trid composed by Minik to the lyrics of Rita Pace. The surprise of many came when during the evening news bulletin, on the 25th September 2013, Malta had internally selected Gaia Cauchi to do the honours and represent the country at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

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The 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest might be months away, but the preparations from artists, songwriters and producers had commenced and a flurry made use of escflashmalta.com to reveal their intentions including; Tiziana Calleja, Gloriana Arpa Belli, Eleanor Cassar, Richard Edwards, Klinsmann, Melanie Zammit, Kaya, Janvil, Claudia Faniello, Danica Muscat, Fabrizio Faniello, Neville Refalo and Josef Tabone amongst others. Olivia Lewis gave an interview to a Radju Kottoner, stating she was planning to release a debut album in Maltese in the very near future, one which include all her hits along with brand new and original songs. The Public Broadcasting Services accepted entries for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with several submissions, eventually totalling to a record breaking  210, the largest amount since the national broadcaster took over the selection process in totality.

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November, the month in which there were three major events; kicking off with the International Festival of Maltese Song which was not only the return of Olivia Lewis, but also her success with the song Hawn Mill-Ġdid composed by Paul Abela to the lyrics of Joe Julian Farrugia. In second place was Mark Tonna and his track Poeta Bla Kliem composed by Mark Scicluna with lyrics by Emil Calleja Bayliss and in third place, Dario and Grecia Bezzina with the song Solitaire composed by Dario Bezzina to the lyrics of Rita Pace. Malta’s return to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest proved successful, as The Start co-written by Matt Mercieca, Elton Zarb, Gillian Attard and Gaia Cauchi emerged as the clear favourite in the week leading up to the competition, and then finishing as the remarkable winner.

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Just a day before the final though, the public broadcaster revealed the names of the acts through to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014, a list which comprised of several newcomers such as Raquel Galdes, De Bee and Daniel Testa whilst also noting former Eurovision representatives in the form of Fabrizio Faniello and Miriam Christine. It was always going to be a year to remember, but nevertheless, several broadcasters were at this stage revealing their intentions for the upcoming edition of the international competition, seeing to the return of Portugal and Poland, whilst Valentina Monetta, The Common Linnets, Tijana Dapcevic and Conchita Wurst were internally selected to represent San Marino, The Netherlands, FYR Macedonia and Austria respectively. As the year came to an end, Ukraine and Albania made their respective choices and the Public Broadcasting Services unveiled the music videos accompanying the entries in next years’ selection process.

Source: escflashmalta.com

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Published in Editorials

Mużika Mod Ieħor, a blog with a critical eye on the several releases in the local music scene was founded several years ago by Dr Toni Sant, an individual who has managed to slide in and out of the scene through various methods, having been part of the board that used to organise the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in the past as well as a disc jockey on multiple radio stations. At the end of the year, an awards system is put in motion in order to bestow a couple of honours upon some artists who might have either been overlooked or who had still garnered popularity throughout the year.

The project is divided into five categories; TOP ALBUM, TOP SINGLE/EP, TOP VIDEO, TOP ONLINE RELEASE and TOP OVERSEAS RELEASE, in a clear bid to make sure that no one is left out of the running in the several awards. Voting could take place through one’s personal account through Facebook on the official website, and then also follow the standings which are updated on an hourly basis. Artists from the Eurovision Song Contest, including none other than; Chris & Moira (1994), Ira Losco (2002) and Gianluca Bezzina (2013) are all nominated.

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Artists which escflashmalta.com has promoted in the past including; Jean Claude Vancell, Scarlet Sally, Cryptic Street, Karma Skies, nosnow/noalps, Winter Moods, Joseph Calleja, Lauren Aquilina, Jon Lukas Woodenman and The Crowns are amongst the many who have been nominated. We urge you to cast your vote, as escflashmalta.com aim to support this venture from this year onwards with the support of the likes of people like Dr Sant who aid improve the local music industry, giving it a voice across the world.

Source: Mużika Mod Ieħor '13

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Published in Local Music News

Strummin is an annnual musical event which aims to showcase young people's talents whilst working for a good cause. The event's mission is to help young workers grow and overcome everyday problems by finding just solutions. Some of this years' line-up include none other than Rachael Tedesco Triccas, a television actress with a stunning background in musical theatre and former Malta Eurovision Song Contest participant Ryan Grech.

In the past, the idea was to have a concert with a choir of guitarists strumming to popular songs whilst raising funds for a good cause. Since the first event, the guitarists still remains the main focus of the concert, however, each year the concert strives to improve its strandard and promote young talents more and more each year. Even though the concert always aims to prepare a professional event, nevertheless it ensures that participants are enjoying themselves while preparing for it.

Every year, new guitarists, singers, band members are welcome to join this event. Past notable performers include Dana McKeon and former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Gianluca Bezzina. The project relies on money received through donations, sponsors and ticket sales. This year, this edition will be held on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th October at Sir Temi Zammit Hall, University of Malta at 8.00pm.

Tickets are on sale from www.sayitmalta.com/strummin or ticket hotline 79244418. As always, the proceeds from the tickets sales will be donated to a worthy cause and Strummin' has teamed up with Hospice Malta for the 12th edition of the concert. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Press Release

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Published in Local Music News

In 2011, the Public Broadcasting Services issues a rule which stated that no representative from the past three years could enter the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Nevertheless, it was extended to the artists who had honoured the country in the previous five years in both 2012 and 2013, with one vocalist always granted permission to return as every year wore down. During the evening news bulletin, last night, Keith Demicoli revealed that this is one of the rules which have been completely dismissed by the host broadcaster with only Gianluca not permitted to submit an entry.

The four vocalists who will benefit from this change in particular are; Chiara, Thea Garrett, Glen Vella and Kurt Calleja who all represented Malta in the past five years with varying degrees of success. It is important to denote that three have also submitted their willingness to return to the competition should they be offered the right song with only one opting to remain out of the fray. Thea Garrett who flew to Oslo, Norway with the song My Dream composed by Jason Paul Cassar to the lyrics of Sunny Aquilina failed to get through to the final, finishing in twelfth place but made a number of contacts which have also led to the release of a couple of songs. She has subsequently moved to London where she is perfecting her vocal technique at a renowned music academy.

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Chiara, the female vocalist who represented Malta on three occasions, the last of which being with the track What If We composed by Marc Paelinck to the lyrics of Gregory Bilsen is currently signed to an Icelandic Record Label whose interests in the Eurovision Song Contest go deep considering that each artist that represents the Scandinavian country is represented by them. At the moment, Chiara has just unveiled her latest single, a cover of the hit song 9 to 5 in a duet with Hera Bjork who also went to the international competition. Chiara would jump at the chance to do it again should she have the absolutely perfect song. This is something that she stated on Euromix, hosted by Frederick Zammit on Radju Malta earlier this month.

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Glen Vella is a true fan of the Eurovision Song Contest and one has to denote that he won the national selection relatively quickly, having participated as a soloist on only three occasions in total. His winning entry, One Life composed by Paul Giordimaina to the lyrics of Fleur Balzan was a decent effort but nevertheless, lacked that special quality which would have taken it into the final at the international event. It is true that he missed out only by one (1) point but nevertheless, I was never too keen on the actual song itself. He has spoken about returning time and time again and was also present in Sweden earlier this year where he was invited to perform by fans of the event.

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Kurt Calleja was the surprise package of the year 2012 despite having managed to earn a reputable fan base following his second runner-up finish at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2011. Following his participation within the international competition with the song This Is The Night which he co-wrote alongside Johan Jämtberg and Mikael Gunnerås, which saw him reach the final and finish in twenty-first place, Kurt returned to Malta and tried to launch a proper music career. His follow-up single, that entitled Boomerang was a massive success, picked up on 89.7 Bay and earning him a double nomination as Best Solo Artist at the Bay Music Awards and Best Male Artist at the Malta Music Awards. Nevertheless, launching his album Love On Mars has proven difficult despite a successful launch concert.

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Whilst Chiara, Glen Vella and Kurt Calleja could possibly throw their hat into the ring, there might be some unfinished business with former representatives; Fabrizio Faniello and Olivia Lewis. The male vocalist who represented Malta on two occasions in 2001 and 2006 respectively has just won the third biggest music competition by virtue of winning the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the song Aħfirli Jekk Trid composed by Minik to the lyrics of Rita Pace. On the other hand, Olivia, representative of 2007 signalled her return by making it through to the final of the International Festival of Maltese Song, the second biggest music competition in Malta. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, organised by the Public Broadcasting Services.

Source: escflashmalta.com

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Published in Editorials

On the 1st August 2013, a significant portion of the local crowd will be heading to The Granaries in Floriana to attend the annual summer concert given by Joseph Calleja. In a press conference held earlier this afternoon at the Xara Lodge, it was unveiled that for the very first time ever, the standing area will be sponsored by the government and will be free of charge for anyone wishing to attend. Tickets for the seating areas will cost between €80 and €200, the same as they have been in recent years. Joseph Calleja is looking forward to the annual summer concert stating that he is proud that despite the economic climate in the rest of Europe, Malta is still putting up such an event which will be filmed in high definition with a total of fourteen (14) cameras.

Special guests for this years' spectacle will include none other than; Gianluca Bezzina, who just returned from the Eurovision Song Contest where on behalf of Malta he finished in eighth place, the best finish since 2005; Rebecca Ferguson, a former first runner-up on the British version of the X Factor who has found fame at home and abroad; Zucchero who will be returning to Malta once more and is set to perform the song Miserere with Calleja and the popular DJ Duo Tenishia who were ranked in the top one hundred DJs in the world. They will be accompanied by the BOV Children's Choir and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. 

NNG Promotions, organisers of the summer concert are also in talks with several international broadcasters for television airing abroad. In the meantime, Joseph Calleja has also promised to sing some material off his fifth album, Amore which is out later on this year. What is special about this set is that it has also been recorded in Malta and will most likely be the first ever major release on an international label such as Decca, the classical subsidiary of Universal Music. escflashmalta.com encourages people to attend the concert set to be given by Joseph Calleja and support local artists, especially such who have a habit to represent Malta in the best possible way. Stay tuned for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Times of Malta, Allen Venables 

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Published in Local Music News

Tomorrow, co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals provided by Gianluca Bezzina, is the entry that will be representing Malta in the first part of the second semi-final within the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The Public Broadcasting Services are currently preparing all possible means of promotion pertaining to the available budget in order to promote our act prior to leaving for the international showcase which is taking place in Malmö, Sweden. The first means is seemingly through the increasingly popular lyric video, which will be published on the official website of the broadcaster tomorrow at 20:30 CET.

Currently, the broadcaster is also in the process of recording the official preview video set to be submitted to the European Broadcasting Union on the 18th March 2013. Filming has been ongoing for the past four days, with the final day set to take place tomorrow amidst a number of extra which were called on hand last week by artist manager; Peter Carbonaro as well as the band and apparently, two renowned local television celebrities. In the meantime, Gianluca Bezzina will also be flying to the Armenian final this coming Saturday to perform the track Tomorrow in the recently mastered and reworked version. The lyric video was produced by Duane Laus. The show will be aided by a LIVE Report on escflashmalta.com as Emil Calleja Bayliss follows the proceedings. Stay tuned for all of the latest news.

Source: TVM, PBS, escflashmalta.com, Eurovision.tv

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The 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest took place just a couple of weeks back with Gianluca Bezzina and his entry Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek announced as the winner at the end of the evening. Congratulations are always in order as we wish him all the very best in Sweden as he competes in the first part of the second semi-final. Nevertheless, prior to the final, escflashmalta.com initiated the public, media outlets and a set of music industry professionals to conduct their choices. The editorial board has always been a proud supporter of the local music scene and thus has always sought to include features from which artists would generally benefit. For yet another year, escflashmalta.com is giving out three awards; Public Award, Critics Award and the Media Award in collaboration with Sas-Sitta produced by Spiteri Lucas Entertainment and Bristow Potteries who sponsored the trophies.

One of the key elements behind the success of any country within the Eurovision Song Contest is democracy and the people have a right to have their decision heard loud and clear, in a manner where it is not deafened. The votes on the night of the final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest counted as one member of the jury and that was indeed a right decision because music industry professionals are required to select the best track. Our public poll received a total of 6454 votes, which is around two thousand more than the previous year and it has to be noted that whilst the top two were extremely close to each other, it seems like the others were somewhat far behind and fighting it out for a number of positions within the top ten and in some instances in the top five. It is important to denote that every individual had a vote per IP Address and therefore, we tried to limit the amount of double votes in this manner. It is important to always keep the public's opinion whilst voting because at the end of the day the song would be representing the country abroad but nevertheless, public perception about the artist is normally swayed according to the popularity figures, and this was something somewhat not attributed to our poll. The full results of the public may be seen in full below.

  1. Never Walk Away - Chris Grech (1512)
  2. Needing You - Kevin Borg (1296)
  3. Overrated - Marilena Gauci (522)
  4. When It's Time - Claudia Faniello (498)
  5. Loverdose - Melanie Zammit (472)
  6. Tomorrow - Gianluca Bezzina (404)
  7. Ultraviolet - Jessika (396)
  8. In Control - Amber (207)
  9. Perfect Day - Janice DeBattista (167)
  10. Tides of Illusion - Ylenia (158)
  11. Starting from the End - Dorothy Bezzina (145)
  12. Betrayed - Davinia Pace (141)
  13. Keep Believing - Raquela (110)
  14. Let Your Heart Talk - Franklin (82)
  15. Us Against the World - Gianni (78)
  16. Love-O-Holic - Deborah C (66)
  17. Fall Like Rome - Richard Edwards (57)
  18. Fantasy - Danica Muscat (46)
  19. My Stranger Love - Corazon (35)
  20. Too Little Too Late - Domenique (23)
  21. Wonderful Today - Richard & Petra (15)
  22. The Remedy - Klinsmann (11)
  23. Superstar - Scar (10)
  24. No One's Home - Petra (3)
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The professional members of the jury have always been pivotal behind the results not only during the Malta Eurovisoin Song Contest but also throughout the whole of Europe when national selections are concerned becuase people within the industry are somewhat ones which know the type of music which works abroad. They do not vote with an agenda as some people might denote as they would only come forth with the interests of the songs and the country which summoned them. escflashmalta.com has had the pleasure to work with a number of individuals in recent years and this time round, we were proud to have come up with panel of professionals such as; Martin Isherwood, a leading figure at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, Roberto Meloni, a two time Eurovision Song Contest representative; Stano Simor, a notable producer from Slovakia who works with Universal Music; Lina Eriksson, signed to EMI Music Publishing and has written tracks for artists out of Idols and Popstars and last but not least; Sharon Vaughn, a premier songwriter who has worked with Joe McElderry, Agnes, The Wanted, Alcazar, Brian Kennedy, Jedward and Kimberley Walsh amongst others. In one particular instance, we also required the services of Knut-Oyvind Hagen, a talented songwriter who also works at NRK, the Norwegian broadcaster. The full results of the critics may be seen in full below.
  1. Needing You - Kevin Borg (35)
  2. Loverdose - Melanie Zammit (25)
  3. Tomorrow - Gianluca Bezzina (22)
  4. Starting from the End - Dorothy Bezzina (22)
  5. Ultraviolet - Jessika (21)
  6. Love-O-Holic - Deborah C (20)
  7. Fall Like Rome - Richard Edwards (18)
  8. The Remedy - Klinsmann (18)
  9. Never Walk Away - Chris Grech (16)
  10. Betrayed - Davinia Pace (13)
  11. When It's Time - Claudia Faniello (13)
  12. Let Your Heart Talk - Franklin (10)
  13. Tides of Illusion - Ylenia (9)
  14. Superstar - Scar (8)
  15. Too Little Too Late - Domenique (8)
  16. Fantasy - Danica Muscat (7)
  17. Wonderful Today - Richard & Petra (7)
  18. In Control - Amber (5)
  19. No One's Home - Petra (5)
  20. Perfect Day - Janice DeBattista (4)
  21. Overrated - Marilena Gauci (2)
  22. My Stranger Love - Corazon (1)
  23. Us Against the World - Gianni (1)
  24. Keep Believing - Raquela (0)
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Being a media outlet, escflashmalta.com has always felt the need to make sure that all of the respective entries competing in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest are heard beyond the four corners of the globe from a competition perspective. Each of the twenty-four (24) songs competing in recent years can manage to stand up on their own and be counted as individual tracks with possible success. Calling upon ten members of the foreign press alongside ten members of the local press, it was a deep priviledge to see what type of songs the individuals, the organisation and the nationality would realibly go for in the true sense of the word. I would like to thank all of the media outlets and their representatives who took part and they were; Nathan D (89.7 Bay), Vikesh Godhwani (Insiter), Dorian Cassar (89.7 Bay), David Debono (100.2 XFM), Clint Bajada (92.7 FM), Aaron Benjamin (92.7 FM), Eric Montfort (Radio 101), Toni Sant (MMI), Ian Scerri (escflashmalta.com), Michael Bugeja (Times of Malta), Ian Fowell (Eurovisionary), Liam Whelan (ESCDaily), Theofilos Toronidis (ESCDaily), Garrett Mulhall (Eurovision Ireland), Jaime Solloso (Oikotimes), Alexandru Busa (esctoday.com), Emma Backfish (escXtra), Darragh Reck (RTÉ), Juergen Boernig (Radio International) and Luke Fisher (escXtra). The full results of the media may be seen in full below.
  1. The Remedy - Klinsmann (680)
  2. Never Walk Away - Chris Grech (580)
  3. Starting from the End - Dorothy Bezzina (500)
  4. Tomorrow - Gianluca Bezzina (480)
  5. Love-O-Holic - Deborah C (480)
  6. Superstar - Scar (380)
  7. Fall Like Rome - Richard Edwards (340)
  8. Betrayed - Davinia Pace (260)
  9. Ultraviolet - Jessika (260)
  10. Needing You - Kevin Borg (260)
  11. Loverdose - Melanie Zammit (240)
  12. In Control - Amber (180)
  13. Fantasy - Danica Muscat (160)
  14. Too Little Too Late - Domenique (160)
  15. My Stranger Love - Corazon (100)
  16. Keep Believing - Raquela (80)
  17. When It's Time - Claudia Faniello (20)
  18. Tides of Illusion - Ylenia (0)
  19. Let Your Heart Talk - Franklin (0)
  20. Perfect Day - Janice DeBattista (0)
  21. Wonderful Today - Richard & Petra (-20)
  22. Us Against the World - Gianni (-40)
  23. No One's Home - Petra (-80)
  24. Overrated - Marilena Gauci (-240)
escflashmalta.com would like to congratulate all of the winners and also the artists of each of the twenty-three entries in this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest. In the meantime, thanks to Bristow Potteries and Sas-Sitta on NET Television for their continued support towards our portal and we hope for further collaborations in the coming years and months. It has been a pleasure working with esteemed professionals for yet another year and we'll soon be announcing our features for the Eurovision Song Contest which will include professional reviews of each of the countries' representation as well as LIVE reports of the shows with special guest commentators. Once more, escflashmalta.com would like to wish the very best of luck to Gianluca with his endeavours in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest.
 

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Published in Local Music News
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:02

Malta: Mastering of 'Tomorrow' Finalised

This years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest took place on the opening weekend of February and to the positive acclaim of foreigners and locals alike, Gianluca Bezzina along with his track Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek were announced as the winners following an extremely close encounter with Kevin Borg whose entry Needing You co-written with Thomas Thornholm, Simon Gribbe, Dan Attlerud and Michael Class finished in second place. The preparations by the Public Broadcasting Services are well underway with just a couple of weeks before all of the relevant material needs to be submitted to the European Broadcasting Union, during the extremely popular Heads of Delegation Meeting.

It seems that this time round, according to reliable sources, CAP-Sounds, the company responsible for the production of most Maltese entries at the Eurovision Song Contest is not involved this time round with the respective songwriters being in Sweden in the past couple of hours to make sure that everything goes to plan. The mastering of the track Tomorrow took place at Cutting Room Studios, which is renowned in the Scandinavian music industry for creating some of the best known tracks for popular artists including; Manboy (Eric Saade), This Is My Life (Anna Bergendahl), Higher (Erik Gronwall) and Losing You (Dead By April). The final version of the track will surely be premiered soon. In the meantime, artist manager, Peter Carbonaro is calling for extras for the music video shoot taking place, this coming Tuesday, 26th February. For further details please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news with regards to the Maltese participation in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: escflashmalta.com

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Gianluca Bezzina with the song Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek will be representing Malta in the first part of the second semi-final of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest following his victory during the national selection just over two weeks ago. With Sweden on the horizon, preparations have already begun with the Public Broadcasting Services team led by Head of Delegation; Anton Attard and Artist Manager; Peter Carbonaro looking to promote the entry ahead of the showcase. First things first and a promotional video is set to be shot within the next couple of weeks. One could easily get an idea of how the music video will be after a call for extras was made through social networking website, Facebook last night.

In recent days, Gianluca has been doing a round of press interviews and media appearances on local television programmes such as Bla Agenda on ONE Television and Malta Llejla on NET Television but it was quite intriguing to see hear him talk with Dorian Cassar on 89.7 Bay which is of course the radio station from where his band, Funk Initiative claimed popularity with the audience. Since 2011, the music video has been widely recognised as an important promotional tool as a matter of fact, industry specialists have come to widely appreciate the efforts with One Life winning the Best Video at the 2011 Malta Music Awards, and with This Is The Night being amongst the nominees at the 2013 Malta Music Awards. The extras required by the Public Broadcasting Services have to be between eighteen (18) to fifty (50) years and ideally, couples. Get in touch with Peter Carbonaro, the artist manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and be available from noon onwards on the 26th February 2013. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as we follow the latest news about the Maltese participation.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services

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