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The 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be staged in the first weekend of February noting that the Public Broadcasting Services purposely set it up as a weekend that will celebrate the local music scene noting the renowned competition taking place on the 1st and 2nd February with the Malta Music Awards taking place on the next day on the 3rd February. As a matter of fact, the promotional campaign for each of the twenty-four semi-finalists has commenced and the broadcaster has carefully planned ten promotional outlets in which their entries will be played along with one to one interviews. One of the shows that has been included in the roster is Carlo's Breakfast Cafe on Magic FM. The host of the show, Carlo Borg Bonaci is one of the leading figures in the industry having been on the radio for several years and also plays a role in the Malta Music Awards being a co-organiser with Noel Magri. 

In recent days, the editorial team at escflashmalta.com has been in touch with Carlo Borg Bonaci in order to learn the schedule and we are proud to fill you in on when which of the semi-finalists will be appearing on which day. We also had the opportunity to listen to some of the interviews held early in the morning around 08:15 CET just before the programme comes to an end and it is an extremely light interview featuring aspects of the budding performer, the track itself, the intentions of participation and many other tidbits which listeners will enjoy. In the meantime, the song is played in full and one gets a different vibe when hearing it on the radio, spotting that special hit potential which many might be on the look out for at the moment. The feedback that we have received about the interviews has been quite positive and it is quite a jovial start to the day so to speak. Have a look at the schedule below.

  • 17th December - Chris Grech (Never Walk Away)
  • 18th December - Claudia Faniello (When It's Time)
  • 19th December - Richard Edwards (Fall Like Rome)
  • 20th December - Corazon (My Stranger Love)
  • 21st December - Ylenia (Tides of Illusion)
  • 24th December - Jessika (Ultraviolet)
  • 28th December - Gianni Zammit (Us Against the World)
  • 2nd January - Scar (Superstar)
  • 3rd January - Richard & Petra (Wonderful Today)
  • 7th January - Klinsmann (The Remedy)
  • 8th January - Petra (No One's Home)
  • 9th January - Danica Muscat (Fantasy)
  • 10th January - Gianluca Bezzina (Tomorrow)
  • 11th January - Deborah C (Love-O-Holic)
  • 14th January - Domenique (Too Little Too Late)
  • 15th January - Raquela (Keep Believing)
  • 16th January - Amber (In Control)
  • 17th January - Melanie Zammit (Loverdose)
  • 18th January - Franklin Calleja (Let Your Heart Talk)
  • 22nd January - Marilena Gauci (Overrated)
  • 25th January - Davinia (Betrayed)
  • 27th January - Kevin Borg (Needing You)

As one could note from the list above, some of the interviews have already taken place and will therefore be missed unfortunately but nevertheless, most of the participants have not been on the programme yet. We invite you to turn on Magic FM in the morning and listen into Carlo Borg Bonaci's breakfast show known as Carlo's Breakfast Cafe. This is one of the several means of promotion that the Public Broadcasting Services is giving the twenty-four semi-finalists, despite them being either already well known or relative newcomers to the competition. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest as soon as it becomes available and remember to listen to all of the songs of this years' competition on the official website of Television Malta.

Source: PBS, Carlo Borg Bonaci

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgaX5QuMGR8

Published in Local Music News
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 18:10

MESC 2013: Annual ESCflashmalta Awards Return

The Malta Eurovision Song Contest has become a well respected event in the local music calender with several artists trying their luck to be amongst the elite showcase in which twenty-four acts compete against each other for the right to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest which in 2013 will be taking place in the city of Malmö within Sweden. The preparations by the Public Broadcasting Services are well underway and each respective participant is receiving ample promotion through all their representative media outlets including Television Malta, Radju Malta and Magic Malta amongst others with appearances on lifestyle programmes such as TVPM, current affairs programmes such as TV Hemm and TVAM and of course on radio breakfast shows. Nevertheless, whilst the result for the actual competition is decided, escflashmalta.com will engage a series of awards which for the second year running will then be handed out on television.

2013 will definitely prove to be an important year considering that many foreigners find our selection process quite positive. As a matter of fact, criticism has been very minimal and this will ultimately show the country moving forward musically. We have decided on three awards for yet another year starting with the Public Award which will be a public poll set to be engaged pretty soon where our system will record each IP Address so that one could only submit one vote, the Media Award which will be the choice of personnel from radio stations, television broadcasters and print media and last but not least, there is also the one which bears the most work, the Critics Award which will feature heavily in January due to the daily reviews we plan on publishing. Five members of the foreign music industry have been contacted and have gladly accepted to listen to the entries and judge them accordingly. Their criticism will appear in the reviews published daily but all the results will be revealed after the competition comes to an end. Therefore, no trouble there.

Our collaboration for 2013 will be taking place with NET Television noting that the editorial team of escflashmalta.com have been in contact with Spiteri Lucas Entertainment in the past couple of days securing the announcement of the three awards on the popular magazine programme which airs on Saturday afternoon and is hosted by Ray Attard and former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Debbie Scerri. The international critics which we have engaged barely need any introduction noting that we have managed to garner the likes of Sharon Vaughn, a songwriter who written songs for Delta Goodrem, Agnes, Emilia, September, Joe McElderry, Jedward and Charlotte Perelli as well as Roberto Meloni who has been to the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Latvia on two occasions, the first time on 2007 with Bonaparti.lv and their entry Questa Notte which reached the final and finished in fourteenth place and also the following year with Pirates of Sea performing the track Wolves of the Sea which also managed to reach the final and finished in twelfth place. Since then, he has been working on a number of solo tracks so this is definitely one of the many artists to look out for.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9YRL_pHxvU

Another individual who has gladly accepted our invite is Stanor Simor from Slovakia who is a producer and has worked with a number of popular artists in Eastern Europe, amongst them Tereza Krendlova who represented the Czech Republic at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2008. His work has been certified platinum on a number of occasions and considering the growing influence of the East, it is imperative to get an eat to analyse such music. The fourth and very respecting member of the critics is Lina Eriksson who has written for a notable amount of Swedish artists throughout the years including Jessica Andersson, Marie Picasso, Thomas Di Leva, and Nordman. She also co-write the 2010 Irish entry; It's For You performed by Niamh Kavanagh. She has made it to the Melodifestivalen selection for a number of years and is signed to EMI Music Publishing Scandinavia. The final member of this years' team is a welcome return of Martin Isherwood, a leading figure at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts who was also the songwriter of the British entry back in 2003. 

Just in case, anything goes wrong including a possibility that one of the critics worked with local artists in the past, Knut Oyvind-Hagen who is a singer/songwriter, known for his hit track Rocket Ride which finished second in the 2007 Melodi Grand Prix is also on stand by. As one of the main figures at the Norwegian broadcaster; NRK, he surely knows a thing or two behind the selection of the right song. He is standing in for Sharon Vaughn on the track Needing You by Kevin Borg due to the fact that they know each other professionally. We would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com in the coming days, weeks and months because the coverage of the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest is surely going to be cracking and we would like you to support all of the artists as much as possible so keep sharing their videos. We would also like to thank Spiteri Lucas Entertainment for their kind support through the programme Sas-Sitta.

Source: escflashmalta.com, Spiteri Lucas Entertainment

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgaX5QuMGR8

Published in Local Music News
Sunday, 16 December 2012 16:29

MESC 2013: Television Promotion Begins Today

The preview videos have become an annual tradition noting that their existence has become vital as a means of promotion and the Public Broadcasting Services should be commended for their effort in this regard. As a matter of fact, the clips are being shared even international and become even more popular as they are coming on related tags even on viral website, YouTube but nevertheless, the focus will now turn to local television as artists try to garner as much exposure as possible through a pre-planned schedule of appearances planned by the broadcaster through some of the major programmes. This is a means where the people will get to watch the video of the respective performer whilst also getting to know the artist a little bit better, something which is always quite appreciated.

It has to be noted that in the past two years, things have been rather intriguing with the interviews ranging from anything from the song to typical questions which relate to personal life. One of the shows which has been chosen to promote the entry is none other than TV HEMM produced by Where's Everybody, the popular company which makes several programmes for the national broadcaster, Television Malta. It is expected that daytime television will also be incorporating the elements that make the promotion viable due to the various demographics that each programme manages to reach. It is yet unknown what will happen but of course, from Monday to Friday, last year Television Malta proudly promoted the tracks through the programme Sellili hosted by 2000 Eurovision Song Contest representative, Claudette Pace but now another show known as TVPM has taken the time slot and it is hosted by Eurovision Artist Coordinator, Peter Carbonaro and Malta Eurovision Song Contest semi-finalist, Corazon. We will be keeping you posted with the schedule as much as possible so make sure to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com, Public Broadcasting Services

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_-g1qo5m5M

Published in Local Music News
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 15:57

MESC 2013: Major Radio Artists Conquer Selection

The anticipation continues to rise with the announcement of the semi-finalists of next years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest taking place in just two days time and it is expected that the songs are of relatively high quality especially following the qualification of Malta into the final of the prestigious event earlier this year with his entry This Is The Night which was a co-write between Johan Jämtberg, Kurt Calleja and Mikael Gunnerås. There has been a lot of talk with regards to the possibility of garnering artists who succeed on the local radio scene and it seems that the Public Broadcasting Services have managed to succeed because a number of performers within the second phase have been known to enter the playlists of radio broadcasters.

The national broadcaster shortlisted a total of sixty nine names in the second selection phase of the competition and did call upon some of the performers in order to prove their stage and television presence whilst also confirmed their vocal abilities. Some of the artists as mentioned above have come forth from the radio scene and we have picked a couple to point out their most recent achievements. Melanie Zammit is the first to fill in this spot actually noting that she is competing with the song Loverdose co-written between Maria Lundin, Niclas Lundin and Gerard James Borg. The artist first came to prominence with her debut single Electric Sound garnering promotion on major radio broadcasters and also on television having been invited to Clint on ONE as well as Stylewatch on Television Malta respectively. She has been relatively busy working on new material in the past couple of months and will be hoping to be announced as one of the semi-finalists on Friday.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsCQATt5Y0E

Another group which has been eclipsing a prerogative set beforehand is surely Scar who have already been in the finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in the past with the track As Long As You Know which finished in sixth place behind the likes of Trilogy and Olivia Lewis. Following an extended period of inactivity, the group returned earlier this year with their brand new single White Lie which has topped the chart at 89.7 Bay and has helped them garner a total of two nominations at the upcoming edition of the Bay Music Awards; the first one being for the Best Band where they will have to compete against the likes of Red Electrick, Saving Alexis, Dolls for Idols, and Three Stops to China as well as; the Best Song where they have a tough competition against artists such as Ira Losco, Red Electrick and Carlo Gerada ft. Jan Cortez. Superstar is the track which they are presenting to the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. We wish them luck and hope that they do return.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PPFtJ3ioyE

Following years within the competition with a number of tracks which he has co-written alongside Jonathan Spiteri, one of his best friends come none other than Klinsmann who has been a notable name in the competition since 2007, where he had managed to finish in third place with his track She Gives Me Wings composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas and penned by Rita Pace. Klinsmann has decided to change his course of action for the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest working with songwriters; Philip Vella, Magnus Kaxe and Gerard James Borg on a track entitled The Remedy. Klinsmann is actually a frontman of a new band known as Planet Seed which is also nominated for the Newcomers Award at the upcoming edition of the Bay Music Awards taking place on the 12th December at the Bay Arena. They are newcomers to the scene but have made quite the impact with their lead single It's Gonna Be Ok

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8C-qV6ySJEo

Two of the main bands which have been gracing the local music industry as of late are surely Funk Initiative and The Crowns and it is quite intriguing to see that they are not battling out on radio for the most airplay this time round but instead focusing on the Malta Eurovision Song Contest because their lead vocalists; Victorio Gauci and Gianluca Bezzina are both in contention for one of the elite twenty-four positions. The latter is the brother of the renowned vocalist; Dorothy Bezzina and enters for the first time with the song Tomorrow composed by Boris Cezek and penned by Dean Muscat whilst Victorio reached the competition in 2009 in a duet with the aforementioned female performer. He is trying to reach the selection with the track Naked co-written by Tony Jonsson, Gabriel Warmby and Gerard James Borg. Once more, it will be interesting to see them through should they manage.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=go9TWbPsWpA

The final act which we have chosen for this feature is none other than vocalist; Chris Grech who has most notably performed in the Rockestra for the past two years. He has entered the selection process for the very first time with the track Never Walk Away and brings about the most intriguing songwriting team to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in the form of Red Electrick band members Matthew James Borg and Peter Borg respectively alongside David Cassar Torreggiani from the aforementioned band; Scar. Such a team is always very important in order to denote the existence of a brand new sound or rather the progress that the local selection has made in the past couple of years. The quality of the songs has greatly improved and collaborations between local and foreign songwriters have bore great fruit as even local songwriters have worked harder to make sure their contributions are accepted and shortlisted. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: escflashmalta

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWxYMk9I1CY

Published in Local Music News
Sunday, 23 September 2012 15:00

Malta: Klinsmann Singing Lead in Planet Seed

Klinsmann burst onto the local music scene at a relatively young age noting his initial appearances in the Junior Eurosong competition with tracks such as Time Is Running Out and Warzone Children but nevertheless, he would get his big break by virtue of the 2007 edition of the Malta Song for Europe submitting the song She Gives Me Wings composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas and penned by Rita Pace finishing in third place behind the likes of Olivia Lewis who competed with Vertigo composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg and ultimately triumphed and Trilogy who performed the classical crossover Starlight composed by Paul Abela to the lyrics of Joe Julian Farrugia. Every edition since then, has featured Klinsmann, who as of the last couple of months becomes the lead vocalist of the band Planet Seed which also features Stefan Farrugia on lead guitar, Liam Spiteri on the Bass, and Chris Galea on the Drums.

Their most recent release entitled It's Gonna Be Ok has been receiving a lot of airplay in recent days and weeks on 89.7 Bay Radio which is the leading station in Malta when it comes to playing both local and foreign hits. Requests are seemingly pouring in as the days go by and in fact, it was announced as the eighth most played track on the station hailing from the Maltese Islands. The fusion of the instruments in the song is extremely beautiful and in fact, this is one of the bands which could easily be marketed in the vein of Airport Impressions due to the similar sound that they are bringing forward. Summer has gone by leading the way for Autumn and Winter of course and that is why this track is making a lot of noise because it also signals this change, one which the radio will be promoting in the coming days. The song gets a truly positive review from all of us here at escflashmalta.com where we encourage you to continue following as we cover all of the latest releases and news from both the local and foreign music scene in relation to the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: 89.7 Bay

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

Published in Local Music News
Tuesday, 04 September 2012 10:15

KKI 2012: Ninth Programme of Indifest Tonight

The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza has been highly regarded as one of the leading competitions in the local music industry throughout the years and this is due to the fact that it proudly promotes the Maltese language as one of the finest foundations of a whole identity. In fact, in this present day and age, it remains as only one of two showcases alongside the Għanja tal-Poplu which have such a clear tradition of original tracks in the Maltese language. The interest remains extremely high and the turn out in terms of submissions has always been maintained with the quality improving drastically in the past couple of years noting the inclusion of extremely professional judges who have sought to select the best possible tracks to represent the musical mood of the present generation whilst keeping in tact with professional prowess. In the past, there have been a multitude of well known names to finish at the top of the competition with acts such as Claudette Pace, Claudia Faniello, Eleanor Cassar, Mike Spiteri, Miriam Christine, Amber, Lawrence Gray, Ira Losco, Kaya and Annabelle Debono triumphing in the end. The committee behind the competition is led by leading television host Mark Azzopardi who is also acting as producer of the flagship programme Indifest which airs every Tuesday night hosted by Christine Haber and Ronald Briffa with special interviews done by James Cassar.

The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza will be hosted for the twenty-first time this year actually and features a host of new, upcoming talent, especially individuals who were part of the teenage category just a couple of years back, rightfully earning their place in the local music industry in recent months. Apart from meeting four (4) people each week, two (2) from the Established Category and two (2) from the Teenage Category, there are also a number of weekly special guests. Last weeks' edition of the programme featured none other than Natasha and Charlene, who were the winners of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza way back in 2004 with the track L-Arka Tal-Libertà as well as in 2008 with the group Is-Sitta as they performed the song Flimkien Nistgħu Nirnexxu. Joining them on the show at a later stage was also Nadine Axisa who was also a winner of the competition in 2003 alongside Roger Tirazona with the track Inħarsu 'l Quddiem.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ1dBtCE-_4

This years' programme is being produced by none other than Media.Link Communications and thus NET Television but the individuals concerned are Lisa Libreri as well as Mark Azzopardi, who as mentioned above is also the chairman of the committee behind the competition. The decision to have him on a dual role is one of the best ones that has ever been taken and this is because the competition is best promoted in this manner. The first act to take to this stage this evening during Indifest will be none other than Francesca Sciberras who will be performing the track Rebbiħin composed by Miriam Christine and penned by Celestina Sciberras with the second guests on the show being none other than the only trio in this years' competition featuring Neville, Ivan and Claire with the track Mhux L-Ewwel Darba composed by Augusto Cardinali and penned by Giovann Attard. As always, those competing in the Established Category will be promoting their track but will be performing playback

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ad138oaMWEg

In the meantime, there is also a performance from the teenage category and that will be quite important so to speak due to the fact that the performance will be assessed by a panel of appointed judges in the coming weeks. This will be the final week in which entries from this category will be presented actually noting that next week will mark the announcement of the three (3) finalists, those who will be performing in front of a seated crowd at the Granaries in Floriana. Those who will be taking to the studios to perform this week will be none other than Antonella Rapa who will be singing the track X'Qaltli L-Arzella composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas and penned by Joe Friggieri as well as Maria & Justine who will perform the track Ħbieb ta' Veru composed by Kaya and penned by Christopher Azzopardi. It is to be noted that despite the fact that tele-voting plays a very important role in this latter category, this year, there has been a reduction in the respective percentage owing to the final outcome with just 40% attributed leaving the other 60% to the jury as already mentioned above. The idea is to make sure that the people who make it through to the final stage of the competition ultimately deserve to be there.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUfHGEYSt3o

Last week, there was also supposed to be the performance by Corinne Caruana but she had to pull out due to being ill unfortunately with rescheduling also taking place noting that she will be appearing in the programme next week in order to promote her track Dan Mhux Tmiem. Nevertheless, there will be a guest for this weeks' programme as has been the case in previous weeks and this time round it will be none other than Klinsmann, a two time participant in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza having finished in third place back in 2007 as well as winning the public award with the track KC1FM whilst taking part also last year with the track Ħajjitna most likely finishing in second place in the tele-voting portion of the competition having been in the position for a very long time. Make sure to tune into NET Television tonight at 20:30 CET to watch another filled programme of Indifest. 

Source: Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlBxZVy5yks

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