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After five (5) long weeks of expectation in France, the suspense finally came to an end with Twin Twin, consisting of twin brothers Lorent Idir and François Djemel and their friend Patrick Biyk, selected to carry the flag in Copenhagen, Denmark on the 10th May. They will be performing the catchy tune Moustache written by Pierre Beyres, Kim N'Guyen, Lorent Idir and François Ardouvin.

Twin Twin managed to succeed over the other contenders; Destan and Joanna, who were competing with the songs Sans Toi and Ma Liberté, the latter written by Philip Vella, Sean Vella, Gerard James Borg and Yann Guillon. The last French victory was thirty-seven (37) years ago with Marie Myriam and France expects a good result with this very catchy tune based on a true story of a guy who has everything in his life but still expects to have a Moustache. TwinTwin has already let us know that they intend to bring lot of fun on stage in Copenhagen, Denmark. France finished twenty-third (23rd) last year in Malmö and no doubt that TwinTwin will rock the stage and place France much higher on the scoreboard. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: France 3


In France, a selection process was unveiled a couple of weeks ago, featuring three (3) entries, all of which hope to represent the nation in this years’ edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark. In recent weeks escflashmalta.com had the pleasure of speaking to two (2) of the acts; Joanna and Twin Twin, both considered to be the frontrunners. Whilst we appreciate the authenticity of both entries, our support goes towards the former, due to the fact that the song-writing team comprises of Gerard James Borg, Philip Vella and Sean Vella, all being local.

Joanna is busy promoting her entry Ma Liberté, having had a special performance on Le Mag on NRJ 12, one of the most popular broadcasters in the country, especially where music is concerned. The vocalist has recently been in touch with the editorial team, and recorded a specific video directed to YOU, our readers, to call for your support and votes, something which could be done through the Official Website of France 3. You may also purchase a copy of the single through digital store, iTunes in Malta and help it climb up the local charts, considering that the product is indeed local.


Apart from promoting the single, and hoping to become the next representative of France, with the hope of improving recent results at the international competition, Joanna is hoping to revive her career, and therefore, also launched an English version of the song entitled Re-Invented as well as a brand new version of Ma Liberté which has more punch. The idea is to re-create a bond-like feeling in this new take, one which I believe is extremely powerful, especially in comparison to the one presented before it. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: Joanna (Facebook / Twitter)

It has always been a pleasure to speak to artists competing in national finals across Europe and therefore, this year will not be any different, even more for the simple reason that local songwriters are entering foreign selection procedures. We have recently caught up with Joanna, one (1) of three (3) acts competing to represent France in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Ma Liberté written by Philip Vella, Gerard James Borg, Sean Vella and Yann Guillon.

In 2013, Amandine Bourgeois represented France with L’Enfer et Moi, mustering only fourteen (14) points to finish in twenty-third (23rd) place at the end of the voting. This kept in line with the disappointing results that the nation has achieved in recent years, despite enlisting notable names such as Amaury Vassili and Anggun, who in turn represent different genres. What would you bring to the competition that would make you stand out?

I will try to be myself, without thinking about what people think because of the past. The most important thing when I'm on stage in every circumstance is, to respect people in being honest in my interpretation. The first thing, if I go to Copenhagen, is to satisfy my country, even if I don't win, I want them to be proud to have chosen me.  

Ma Liberté, the song which you hope to represent France with in this years’ edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is co-composed by Philip Vella, Gerard James Borg and Sean Vella with French lyrics by Yann Guillon and English lyrics by Gerard James Borg. How did you come in contact with the songwriters and how would you describe your entry?

I was listening to some songs for my album, when I heard Ma Liberté and I felt like it was my own song. It was like I could have written in myself because it was full of emotion – the very same strong emotions I would describe in music and lyrics.

When my manager saw my reaction in listening to the song, he decided to present it for the national contest. And it was a really beautiful and welcome surprise for me to be chosen as a finalist for France. 

Without a shadow of doubt, the local audience are familiar with three (3) of those four (4) individuals but nevertheless, Yann Guillon is an extremely respected songwriter in France having previously worked with Emmanuel Moire whose most recent album Le Chemin peaked at number #1 in the official chart. How does it feel to have such an opportunity and will this be the start of an extended collaboration?

I would be so honoured and happy to work with him on other songs. He understood who I was, and he uses words like I would listen to a French song, it's pure and honest. It's really difficult for me to write in french so I'm really admiring Yann Guillon he's a really talented man.


This marks the first time in seven (7) years that France is hosting a public selection process, and your entry Ma Liberté is up against another two (2) entries, one entitled Moustache and the other one being Sans Toi. How does it feel to have been selected by the professional jury as one of the finalists and what do you think of the other songs in contention?

It makes me happy and I'm really motivated to show French people I'm able to go to Copenhagen. I don't like to be in competition, not because it's a lot of stress, but because when there's competition there's negativity. The other songs are pretty different to what I do and it's good. Because French people will be free to choose which kind of image and music they want to be represented by.

Natasha St-Pier, a French-Canadian recording artist who had the opportunity to represent France at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2001 with the song Je Ne Que Mon Âme  has decided to publically support your participation on behalf of the nation. Having such a magnificient artist throw her weight of music experience behind you must be an honour and a burden at the same time. How do you view such support, and were you surprised?

I'm really happy to see her supporting me publicly. I was really surprised because I didn't expect her support my song before the diffusion of the show on Sunday 26th January. It's very good but I have to convince everyone else now! :)

Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com? And what can our readers - who have read this article and would like to support you and your song in France – do?

I want to say thank you to those who are supporting me. And I invite them to go on France 3 web site, and vote Ma Liberte’ (Song number 2) if they like it and if they want me to go in the Eurovision finale. (http://www.france3.fr/eurovision) Thank you very much and I hope to see you in Copenhagen. A big hug and kiss to sunny Malta! xxxxx  Thanks for your support! I truly appreciate.


Published in Interviews

Earlier today, the three (3) entries bidding to represent France at the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest were unveiled on Channel Europe 1, one of the most famous radio stations in the country. Eventually, they were also published on the official website of France 3 in order for a broader view from both a local and a foreign perspective, the latter bearing more significance due to the competition that lies ahead for the BIG FIVE country in just a couple of months.

Whilst it is not easy to get a clear picture of the songs based on these very short extracts, one could easily see them to between quite different from each other. The choice is between three (3) songs of considerable difference as already have been stated; Moustache is an uptempo electro pop song sung by trio Twin Twin and it sounds like a mixture of Dur Dur d'être bébé and Lipstick; Ma Liberté is a strong power ballad written by the successful Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg with vocals provided by Star Academy finalist Joanna; Sans Toi is a typical ballad sung in English and French, adding to the cheese due to the fact that it is performed by a boy-band.

The outcome of the selection process will be announced on the 2nd March during the programmes Les Chansons d’Abord hosted by Natasha St-Pier, 2001 representative of France, who successfully finished in fourth place back in Copenhagen, Denmark. The winning song will have the honour to carry the French flag on the 10th May 2014, with the hope of bringing a long awaited 6th victory to France, 37 years after the victory of Marie Myriam with L’Oiseau et l’Enfant. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: France 3

In 2014, France 3 decided to host a selection process for their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest, making it their first in seven years since Les Fatals Picards and their entry L’Amour à la Français. One of the three (3) shortlisted artists, Joanna has just given an interview to eurovision-quotidien where she revealed that her entry Ma Liberté (My Freedom) is composed by Philip Vella with lyrics by Gerard James Borg. Nevertheless, she will be performing the song in French and has thus enlisted the services of Yann Guilon.

Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg, the most successful songwriters in Malta when it comes to the Eurovision Song Contest with no less than five entries to their name; Desire (2000), 7th Wonder (2002), On Again .. Off Again (2004), Vertigo (2007) and Vodka (2008) have competed in other international selections in the past, including in The Netherlands with Ebonique and their entry Heatwave (2003), finishing in fourth place and in Norway with the track Absolutely Fabulous performed by Queentastic (2007) managing a third place finish. 

This news comes in just after Ally, Elton Zarb and Natasha Turner made it to the Lithuanian finals as songwriters. Joanna will be competing alongside Twin Twin and Destan for the right to represent France at the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest set to take place in Copenhagen, Denmark. The songs will officially be presented on the 26th January 2014 during the programme Les Chansons D’Abord hosted by former representative; Natasha St-Pier on France 3. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: eurovision-quotidien


Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:15

France: Shortlist of Three Artists Made Public

France 3, the national television broadcaster responsible for the nations' participation in the Eurovision Song Contest had initially made an announcement stating that three (3) artists will be put forward for an upcoming selection procedure. The first detailed have officially emerged as a committee made up of fourteen (14) members, including former Head of Delegation, Bruno Berberes and current Head of Delegation, Fred Valencak had the opportunity to shortlist the acts which they would like to see represent France at the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest set for the 10th May in Copenhagen, Denmark.

It is important to point out that although the fourteen (14) panel jury was comprised of people from the music industry, they sought to incorporate the best possible new talent that the country has to offer rather than submitting names of well known artists such as Shy'M. It was in 2009, when France last managed a top ten result, that being at the hands of Patricia Kaas and her song Et S'il Faillait le Faire. The three (3) acts shortlisted for the public selection are as follows;

Destan (Dean Killian, Quentin), a boyband whose music is best described as pop, with a lot of enthusiasm and a distinctive fresh sound. They hope to followin the path of One Direction.

Joanna, discovered through the eighth edition of Star Academy back in 2008, where she was the first runner-up. She had the opportunity to tour all over Europe with the musical 'Il était une fois Joe Dassin' with the genres being a fusion of jazz, soul and rock. She expects to go to places should she get the opportunity to represent France.

Twin Twin, a group made up of three (3) members, the first two (2) being twin brothers, Loren Idir and François Djemel whilst the third one actually being a beatboxer known as Patrick Byick. Their music is described as a mixture of pop and rap.

On the 26th January 2014, the public broadcaster of France will present the songs that will be competing for the right to represent the nation. All of this will happen on the programme 'Les Chansons d'Abord' hosted by 2001 representative Natasha St-Pier who will also be present at the international event having joined the team as a commentator. The audience will have the opportunity to listen to three (3) entries as they will be available on rotation. The votation is set to end on the 23rd February when the results of a public and professional vote will be made public. Stay tuned ot escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: France 3