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Thursday, 23 January 2014 14:15

MESC 2014: Reviewing the track 'One Last Ride'

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 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 One Last Ride, composed by Stephen Rudden to the lyrics of Lawrence Peter Bridge with vocals provided by Daniel Testa.

Daniel Testa, one (1) of the five (5) artists who are making their debut in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, yet not missing any experience in the music scene, both on a local or an international setup, having successfully represented Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2008, finishing in a highly respectable fourth (4th) place with the track Junior Swing which he co-wrote. Since then, Daniel has undergone several projects, such as hosting the Junior Eurosong in 2009, as well as partaking in the series, D.R.E.A.M.S, a phenomenal success story on Television Malta. When it comes to music, Daniel has been waiting for the opportune moment, although the original material he has released thus far could be found on iTunes, having been published by a German Record Company. At the moment, he is a resident DJ on 89.7 Bay, one of the most popular radio stations in Malta, henceforth, his interaction with the public is somewhat made easier.

Stephen Rudden and Lawrence Peter Bridge, unknown to the local music scene, but have already garnered fame on a continental level, at least where Stephen is concerned, having successfully co-written and also performed the track Love City Groove at the 1995 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of the United Kingdom. The genre of that song in particular was hip-hop infused pop, one which was thought to be somewhat too modern for the mid-noughties. Nevertheless, it managed a respectable position, one which Frances Ruffelle had obtained the previous year, but nowhere near their first runner-up finishes of 1992 and 1993. Whilst the song did not win the Eurovision Song Contest, it was considered a commercial hit, peaking at number #5 on the Official UK Charts, one of the top five largest markets in the world when it comes to music.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 67%

John Scott: The song is very catchy and he has a nice voice. My concern is that it sounds like just like Of Monsters and Men’s song “Your Bones”. I also feel like he is a little too animated in his performance. His stage performance needs to be better to sell the song. This is the sort of record that could really do well in the contest, but I am concerned that the melody is so close to the other song. Otherwise, I would have ranked it higher.

Martin Isherwood: Good voice. Not sure what he's really after here one last 'ride' or one last 'dance' - make your mind up son, mixed messages are not going to clinch this deal. If you're after sex, just say it. A zillion clichés in here. Sounds Irish and oriental at the same time which is interesting. Confusing production - the dance track seems to sneak in out of nowhere.

Sharon Vaughn: Very formulaic, OK but not thrilling.

Stano Simor: Unique hit factor song full of energy, specifically written for the Eurovision Song Contest. Daniel clearly has a big future ahead of him! The songwriters paid careful attention in the creation of this track, counterbalancing the ballad stanzas with the energetic choruses.

Greig Watts: Ooh, I was surprised when the kind of oriental riff comes in at 53 seconds, feels to me like it could appeal to the Eastern Bloc type countries, It does take a while to get going, but I like it when it does and the beat comes in with the main hook and riff together. Would have liked it to hit the full beat more often though, but then again could be something that appeals across the board. I can definitely remember the simple sing-a-long chorus and the oriental type riff really push’s that home, could be an obvious one for Eurovision.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services,

Published in Editorials

Mike Spiteri, representative of Malta at the 1995 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was joined at the international event by the British band, Love City Groove who performed a song also bearing their name and which proved to be the beginning of a new era for the country, one which saw them being immensely innovative. Stephen Rudden, a songwriter/producer who had been a part of the group and had initially put the name of the band forward for an audition is amongst the songwriters hoping to get through to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014.

His entry, One Last Ride is penned by Lawrence Peter Bridge with vocals provided by Daniel Testa, the young vocalist who represented Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, achieving a fourth place result in Limassol, following an astonishing performance of the track Junior Swing. Since then, Daniel has gone onto release some more singles, prior to taking up acting on the hit television series, D.R.E.A.M.S which aired on Television Malta and as a Disc Jockey on leading radio station, 89.7 Bay. Love City Groove was a massive success in the British Charts, having managed to climb up to number #7 with around 200,000 units of sale. Will such success move forward almost ten years, as Daniel hopes to debut in next years’ Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news.