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escflashmalta.com has only been publishing the names of vocalists and songwriters who have decided to opt out of the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and therefore, we thought it was best to reveal some individuals who have indeed put their name forward for the event. We'll kick things off with Jessika, winner of the TVM Award and the Tele-Voting portion of the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with 'Hypnotica' composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg.

Throughout the past couple of months, the female singer/songwriter turned actress has garnered public acclaim through her role on the show 'Il-Klikka' which airs on ONE Television. This has been of great support to her music career, aiding her cause to the top of the public vote at the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. It is not a surprise that she will be hoping to continue achieving such success, this time hoping to also impress the professional panel of judges who pushed her down to 8th place.

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

Therefore, at this point in time, we are able to confirm that those artists who submit entries in the competition include; Jessika (MESC 08, 11-14), Fabrizio Faniello (ESC 01, 06), Daniel Testa (JESC 08, MESC 14), Kaya (MESC 00, 10, 12), Franklin Calleja (MESC 13,14), Domenique (MESC 11, 13) and Izzy (SHSC 11). We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4QHe2aZW6k

Published in Local Music News

Jessika, winner of the TVM Award and the Tele-Voting portion of the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with 'Hypnotica' composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg, has kept herself busy with a string of unplugged performances around the country. The latest, at Hugo’s Terrace, featured an original song and two cover versions, with the support of Lulu Agius, whose most recent release was ‘Letter 25’ alongside Lyndsay.

The original, 'Hypnotica' is her recent success story to which an official music video has also been recorded and released in recent weeks. The covers were 'Roar', originally by Katy Perry and 'Fix You', originally by Coldplay. Jessika has never sounded better, and it seems that she will once more be trying her luck to represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest with the submission deadline for the 2015 edition nearing closer. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.


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Published in Local Music News

Jessika, winner of the TVM Award and the tele-Voting portion of this year's edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with "Hypnotica" composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg, has just released the music video to the aforementioned track. The project, created by students who attend MCAST Art & Design had to submit this as part of their coursework for their second year credit known as "Creative Media Production".

The production team consisted in 5 students that together with Jessika developed the idea of this music video. The lecturer Mr. Ian Attard guided the students in the production of the video. Luke Borg directed the music video, Tyler Calleja Jackson was the director of photography and the principal editor. Samantha Gauci was the assistant of DOP and the second editor. George Formosa was the production assistant and took care of the light production, and Randell Camilleri took care of the audio and assisted in the light production as well.

This was not the first music video by Jessika, who had previously also released an accompanying short movie for the song "Golden Ways" which re-launched the singer/songwriter with her current look. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music scene as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8LziOIr3Zc

Published in Local Music News

Until 2013, Daniel Testa was the most successful artist to represent Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with "Junior Swing", a song he wrote himself, finishing in 4th place. That all changed when Gaia Cauchi swept to victory in an impressive performance of "The Start", co-written with Gillian Attard, Elton Zarb and Matthew Mercieca.

Earlier this year, Daniel Testa emerged as a dark horse during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and came the closest to winning the ticket, as a vocalist who had been to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, including Marilena Gauci and Sophie DeBattista who have made the finals but yet to trouble the top three. "One Last Ride", a co-write between Stephen Rudden and Lawrence Peter Bridge, finished in third place, after achieving the second most amount of points with the public, just behind "Hypnotica" composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg by Jessika.

In an interview with junioreurovision.tv, Daniel Testa confirmed that he will be putting his name forward for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in the future, including next year. Nevertheless, he hopes that 'there would not be too many' entries before he would finally triumph. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: junioreurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1YFUT4dffU

Published in Local Music News
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 05:30

MESC 2014: Reviewing the track ‘Hypnotica’

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 Hypnotica, composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg with vocals provided by the group Jessika.

Jessika, one of the most popular artists in the local music scene for the time being, mostly due to her main role in the hit television series, Il-Klikka which airs Thursday nights on ONE. Following her debut at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest back in 2008 with the track Tangled composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg, she has never looked back and made it through to the live stages on a further three occasions; in 2011 with Down Down Down which she co-wrote with Philip Vella; in 2012 with Dance Romance also co-written with Philip Vella and finally with Ultraviolet composed by Philip Vella and Thomas G:son to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg in 2013. Amongst the vocal coaches that Jessika has had the pleasure to work with, there have been none other than Seth Riggs and Joshua Alamu, the latter having just released a duet with Valentina Monetta.

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

Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg, the most successful songwriters in Malta, having been given the opportunity to represent the country in the Eurovision Song Contest on no less than five (5) occasions, all of which came in the past decade; kicking things off with Desire in 2000, and moving onto 7th Wonder in 2002, On Again .. Off Again in 2004, Vertigo in 2007 and Vodka in 2008, respectively. It has been six (6) years since their last victory and whilst they have been close, most notably with Claudia Faniello and her entry Pure back in 2012, they are yet to head over to the international competition for a sixth (6th) time. Apart from being a successful combination on a local level, it is well worth pointing out that they have also achieved national final success in Norway and The Netherlands where their entries managing third and fourth place, respectively.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 65%

John Scott: Reminds me a lot of the 2012 winner ‘Euphoria’, but I feel it’s not as strong. The vocals are not strong at all. Overall, it is not a great or memorable performance.

Martin Isherwood: Nice raincoat style dress. I'm in Hypnotica'? Where is that? Is this in English? Some strange lyrics - seven shades of you? Something’s roaming over my …? Shades of the David Guetta – Titanium. Given the 2012 winner 'Euphoria', it's probably not going to be a winner, but it is a decent track.

Sharon Vaughn: Again, an over-used approach but this somehow moves into pure Eurovision territory. A little too close to Euphoria on the title line, but very commercial.

Stano Simor: Jessika looks very good on stage. She also has a nice strong voice. I believe that Hypnotica should be at least one tone lower, in order to fit better with the colour of her voice. Definitely a very good dance song and with the right performance, it will look great on screen.

Greig Watts: Opening riff is reminiscent of Cry for you by September but just in feeling not in notes. I like the song, I worry that this will be performed well live though as not all dance songs come across well live, also from an English lyric perspective, what is Hypnotica?

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfVuujEuy7E

Published in Editorials
Thursday, 26 December 2013 19:45

MESC '14: Early Two Horse Race in Public Poll

the escflashmalta.com awards presented by ONE Radio 92.7 are already in full swing with the media and the critics casting their votes and opinions and the public selecting their most favourite entry, after being given the choice to select only one (1) of the twenty (20) competing entries in next years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. As soon as the preview videos were published by the Public Broadcasting Services and Television Malta, it was important to get the projects going and the current standings are intriguing, especially because the outcomes are proving to be varied.

The Public Award, as decided by each of the voters who are visiting escflashmalta.com on a daily basis is turning up to be a heated affair between two entries; Because I Have You, written by Paul Giordimaina and Fleur Balzan with vocals by Amber and One Last Ride written by Stephen Rudden and Lawrence Peter Bridge. The first is of course, a former runner-up of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and the second having represented Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, achieving the second best result, that being a fourth place back in 2008. Cementing herself in a top three position is none othen than fan favourite; Jessika whose entry Hypnotica has certainly been the talk of the town across the message boards.

At this point in time, we have received more than 1200 individual votes, and that is an amazing figure for around four days. We urge you to continue selecting your favourite entry out of the batch that are being presented for the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest through the poll on the right hand side, or through this link. In the meantime, we would also like to thank ONE for supporting this project in full and will be carrying out the transmission of the awards through Clint on ONE on ONE Radio 92.7 and Kalamita on ONE Television. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: ONE Radio 92.7, escflashmalta.com

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