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Last year, Melanie Zammit made her debut within the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with a song entitled Loverdose co-written by Maria Lundin, Niclas Lundin and Gerard James Borg. Despite being one of the public favourites, finishing in fifth place in the escflashmalta.com poll which saw to Chris Grech being awarded the coveted Public Award, the track failed to make it to the final stage of the competition.

The editorial board at escflashmalta.com can indeed confirm that Melanie Zammit will not be submitting an entry for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014. During a number of chats held with the female vocalist, she stated on more than one occasion that she is currently busy with other projects. We would like to wish her the very best and hope for her return in future years. This is the third former Malta Eurovision Song Contest contestant to confirm absence for next years' event together with former runner-up Klinsmann and veteran Nadine Axisa. More stories will be revealed by escflashmalta.com in the coming days. 

Source: Melanie Zammit, escflashmalta.com

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Published in Local Music News

Melanie Zammit, semi-finalist at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2013 with the song Loverdose co-written by Maria Lundin, Niclas Lundin and Gerard James Borg is new to the local music scene but is known to be more than just a vocal artist, considering that she is also a dancer. The song failed to make it through to the final of the local competition but nevertheless gained a lot of public support and ranked high in the public poll organised by escflashmalta.com having finished in fifth place behind Never Walk Away, Needing You, Overrated and When it's Time respectively.

In recent weeks, Melanie has been working on new material which is set to be supported by promo but nevertheless, we are pleased to present the first audio clip uploaded to viral website, YouTube. The name of the track is Insomnia and this is actually the third song from Melanie who had previously released the foreign/local co-write Loverdose as well as Electric Sound co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat who also co-wrote the entry that represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest, finishing in a respectable eighth place. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the local news during the upcoming summer months. 

Source: YouTube, Chris Agius (Image) 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3d_8DYV6TnI

Published in Local Music News
Monday, 14 January 2013 03:00

MESC 2013: Reviewing the track 'Loverdose'

The inclination of foreign success has somewhat triggered the improvement of the local music scene noting that the new direction being taken up is somewhat impressive especially when a local product is somewhat being worked upon in unison by experienced people in the field from both the country and beyond. Artists are thinking outside the box whilst remaining true to their initial concepts. One of the key factors of getting their tracks promotion is through the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, an even organised by the Public Broadcasting Services in which the winning entry would ultimately represent the country at the prestigious continental event which is shown all over the world and garners millions of viewers. The nation is proud to boast a twenty-five years history in the event including a number of consecutive top ten finishes including two first runner-up finishes achieved in 2002 and 2005 respectively thanks to 7th Wonder performed by Ira Losco, and in 2005 by virtue of Angel sung by Chiara. Investment is the key to improvement and as a matter of fact, the broadcaster has been doing a lot of changes to the selection process and it has reached a higher standard. escflashmalta.com is promoting this years' entries with an award set to be given on the programme Sas-Sitta as assessed by critics. The eight track to be presented entitled Loverdose is performed by Melanie Zammit with the composers being Maria and Niclas Lundin and the lyricist being Gerard James Borg.

The arts have somewhat been kind to this performer noting that Melanie Zammit is what many would denote a triple threat noting that she is somewhat fluent in all of the major three fields which makes her an extremely suitable candidate for musical theatre. One of the main reasons for success has surely been to the fact that Melanie took everything up at a relatively early age starting with classical ballet at just five (5) years old before moving onto singing at the beginning of the years in which people had been calling her a teenager, that being thirteen (13). Education was important, but nevertheless, as soon as the ordinary levels came to an end, she moved to the United Kingdom as she wanted to pursue the arts as something more than a hobby. She studied at some of the most prestigious schools in the country including the Central School of Ballet followed by the Leicester College of Performing Arts, each time with a scholarship respectively. She knew that the choice was sublime but nevertheless, she missed contemporary music and in 2010 returned to Malta in order to work on her vocals as well as some original material and despite having been back to the United Kingdom later on that year to obtain a diploma, she has been around since and her also released two singles on the local radio scene including Electric Sound and Insomnia. It is important to point out that the former also managed to make the cut of the top ten on the same radio station and therefore was the beginning of her career.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_9c4-4aaY8

Without any previous experience in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, as is the case for quite a couple of this years' semi-finalists, Melanie is set to prove herself with a track which is receiving a lot of traction and which has managed to hold onto a top five place on the escflashmalta.com public poll since the very beginning around two weeks ago. It seems that the pulsing, catchy mixture of pop and dance music has really gone well with the public and might prove to be enticing with the right staging on the night of the semi-final which is set to take place on the 1st February at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre in Ta' Qali. The credit of songwriting in this song is split between Swedish and Maltese musicians noting that the composers are none other than Maria Lundin, also known as Maria Marcus along with Niclas Lundin whose entries have managed to qualify to the selection process of the Scandinavian country in 2010, 2011 and 2012 with a number of well known performers including; Sara Lumholdt who was a part of the group A*Teens and Andreas Lundstedt who was a part of the group Alcazar amongst others. In the meantime, the lyricist is Gerard James Borg who has penned the lyrics of five Maltese Eurovision entries including a number of runner-ups in the local competition such as Pure performed by Claudia Faniello last year. This collaboration is somewhat new but could definitely prove to be successful considering the pedigree that the team is bringing to the table.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 71%

Sharon Vaughn: Love this! She is confident and accomplished. The song itself has a hook and the true feeling of a hit.

Martin Isherwood: Good title and strong chorus although the idea of a Loverdose could be used more effectively playing on the overdose rather than I need my dose which is less dramatic. Good voice. Very strong musical hooks. I must say, this is a well put together dance pop track.

Stano Simor: Melanie brings to the national competition as one of the few modern current trends. Example that Eurovision Song Contest still attracts the young generation. Loverdose is example of this. Song does not have enough hit factor, but definitely has my support.

Roberto MeloniThis is the perfect song to empty the dance-floor at 5 in the morning in the disco. I’ll suggest it to all the Maltese DJs. Sorry Melanie, don’t take it personally, but this song is bad. 

Lina Eriksson: My other candidate for 1st place following Richard Edwards. Great hook and title. I like it even before I start to listen. This song is gonna do great on the dance floors and radio all around Europe. It feels more modern than most of the songs in the competition. I like it a lot.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnT3TgeyQLA

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We are officially less than a month away from the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2013 and as the excitement looms closer, two particular entries keep on gaining momentum in the poll on our web portal.. The song Never Walk Away interpreted by Chris Grech has managed to pip Needing You performed by Kevin Borg out of the top position thus far. Things can still change and therefore we encourage all our readers to vote in our poll and share the poll with family and friends – it is a case where the more votes the merrier. One can vote from every IP address, this guarantees a fair ground for all the participants. 

It seems that the rest of the positions have somewhat been the same in the last couple of weeks but each and every vote counts as the positions are fairly close. Apart from Chris Grech who gained the top position over Kevin Borg’s entry, it has to be noted that even Ylenia Vella garnered a number of votes and thus moves up a number of positions in the last couple of days. The top five though remain unchanged and although the race is close each song has kept its own respective position – with Loverdose in third, Overrated in fourth and Ultraviolet in fifth place. 

It is important to note that Overrated has not been officially released by PBS, although its release is now imminent and it should be online in a couple of days. Marilena joined the other 23 semi-finalists after the withdrawal of Saska Hunt and the announcement was done more than a week and a half ago. The page of the singer has been uploaded on the official page but the video with the full version of the song still looms on the horizon. This somewhat gives the entry a slight disadvantage in terms of views online but it would be very difficult to say that it will have a direct effect on the actual result.

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

Mentioning online views on the internet – it seems that this is simple a one way race. Never Walk Away by Chris Grech has almost garnered double the views of Kevin Borg’s entry Needing You which stands in second place. The rest of the pack follows and it seems that ultimately the views acquired on YouTube are in a way a reflection of the results the poll on escflashmalta.com has at the moment. There are only slight differences but in general it seems like the general public is in consensus on who are the favourites to represent the country in the city of Malmo, within the Scandinavian country of Sweden. 

Another song which has attracted a massive following on YouTube is the song Hot & Famous by the comedic pairing of Gorg & Pawlu which was announced on Xarabank as the 25th entry in the competition as a wildcard. During Xarabank, it was never said that this was a joke but few expect the duo to officially compete on the night especially since the singers’ profiles was not updated with the rest of the competitors. A video accompanying the clip has also been issued but no official statement by Public Broadcasting Services was released to say that this song will not be competing. If this video had to be compared with the other songs in contention, it ranks second after Chris Grech’s Never Walk Away.

We might be in for a surprise in terms of their participation but if not, probably Gorg & Pawlu will feature in some way or another, at the Malta Fairs and Convention Centre on the 1st and 2nd of February. There are a number of possibilities for the popular comic duo to make an appearance – either as part of the opening or interval act or more importantly as part of the presenting team who will present this years’ competition. Keep following escflashmalta.com for all the latest updates, rumours and news in the lead up the one of the biggest music showcases the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: YouTube, PBS, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EI4PdwEHkCI

Published in Editorials

The 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is set to be quite the scintillating scene noting that there is a lot of interest due to the fact that the competing artists are not only coming from the typical festival background but also from the other sector of the music scene which was coined within the radio spectrum. There are twenty four competing entries in the competition and they represent a variety of styles and the escflashmalta.com editorial board thought it best to see which one seems to be garnering the most support from the public at large whilst having certain limitations noting that it will accept only one vote per IP Address. Early indications show that this will be a two horse race, with a possibility that it could turn out to be a three way battle though, so this will be interesting to see unfold. The Award will then be given out on the programme 'Sas-Sitta' produced by Spiteri Lucas Entertainment on the 9th February 2013.

The Public Poll was initiated on Boxing Day, meaning the 26th December and the response has been remarkable noting that in less than three days, it has already wracked up more than 2,000 votes seemingly looking to eclipse the number of votes achieved at the end of the voting earlier this year, which saw Kaya and her entry First Time triumph in a close battle with Claudia Faniello and the track Pure. At this point in time, the leader is none other than the returning Kevin Borg whose entry Needing You co-written with Danne Attlerud, Simon Gribbe, Thomas Thornholm, and Michael Clauss is receiving around 23 to 25% of the full votes. In a very contentious second place with around 20% to 22% of the full vote comes none other than Chris Grech with the song Never Walk Away co-written with Matthew James Borg, Peter Borg and David Cassar Torreggiani and this is due to the fact that it is being touted as a commercial hit, pointing out that it has garnered the most views on viral website, YouTube. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=as2sMXXlXBk

The closest entry to them seems to be Loverdose performed by Melanie Zammit and written by Maria & Niclas Lundin as well as Gerard James Borg with 12% to 15% of the votes. The amount of people who have tuned in to see the entry has also been in the same range finishing in third place overall and therefore our poll is seemingly very much in tune with the views pointing out that in fourth place comes Jessika with her entry Ultraviolet co-written between Philip Vella, Gerard James Borg and Thomas G:Son achieving between 8% and 10% of the total amount of votes and standing just slightly ahead of the fifth place finisher Davinia Pace whose song Betrayed has managed to turn the tables around in the past couple of hours and achieve between 4% and 6% of the vote. One could easily note who is garnering the most votes and this will be a locked poll most likely whose winner will be decided more near the end. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for regular updates and if you are yet to vote, make sure to do so by clicking here!

Source: escflashmalta.com

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Published in Local Music News
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 06:50

MESC 2013: 'Never Walk Away' Most Viewed Thus Far

2012 is becoming another relic in just a couple of days time noting that Christmas has officially come to an end and people are paving the way for the new year which will surely be intriguing especially for those who might have thought that the world was really coming to an end. The Public Broadcasting Services wasn't an entity which had such a belief and thus started to organise the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest noting that the list of twenty-four semi-finalists was concluded just a couple of days back following the withdrawal of Dress Rehearsal by Saska Hunt which was eventually replaced by Marilena Gauci with the song Overrated. Whilst the official videos are being widely promoted on the engine used by the Public Broadcasting Services within their website, they have also been uploaded on viral website, YouTube and thus, one could take up the idea of views per track and it seems that the top five is quite intriguing with the leader of the pack running away with it at the present moment.

The track Never Walk Away co-written between Peter Borg, Matthew James Borg, David Cassar Torreggiani and Chris Grech has wracked up the most views at the moment noting that the band influenced entry performed by Chris Grech is being singled out for the very reason why the artist has become known, his raspy vocals which soar towards the end of the track making it sound like that typical song from the radio. It has not been a case of the locals falling in love with it wholeheartedly noting that there is a lot of foreign support for the track which sounds like a promising single from a budding new artist, stating what people have come to denote it. At this present moment, it has managed to garner around 10,000 views and has been shared many times of social media including Facebook and Twitter. Chris Grech himself is not a well known artist to be receiving multiple views based on his name so this is pretty much an intriguing start.

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In second place comes none other than Kevin Borg with his entry Needing You a co-write between Thomas Thornholm, Simon Gribbe, Dan Attlerud and Michael Clauss. This has to be the most obvious option because despite the national interest at hand, the following that Kevin has in Sweden is relatively huge and therefore, the hits are picking up slowly and have at this point in time gone up to more than 6,000. This could be dubbed to be a mixture between the Maltese and Scandinavian ballad because it has a slow build up worked mainly around the vocals of the performer which also have a slight rasp to them in the vein of an Italian performer or even one of his good friends, Fabrizio Faniello. The fact that the Eurovision Song Contest is set to be held in Sweden seems to be the asset that many people are counting on and having a host country working in your favourite is definitely a positive idea.

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A newcomer always somewhat finds it difficult to kick start their preparations for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in the best order but it seems that glitz and glamour are calling onto a new performer, one whose name is Melanie Zammit and who will be performing Loverdose composed by Niclas and Maria Lundin and penned by Gerard James Borg, whose international collaborations are becoming somewhat more common in recent years. Melanie Zammit is a relative unknown in the Maltese music scene having only released one single prior to this competition through 89.7 Bay Radio and also major television stations. She has charisma and fashion sense and that seems to have got the crowd going but nevertheless, it is important to say that her pop/dance number is putting people in third gear and dancing along even in places where they shouldn't. The live performance is going to be quite the showcase, or rather, that is my feeling.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnT3TgeyQLA

Whenever a certain songwriters comes into the fray, it seems that it could be pure instant gold and as a matter of fact, Thomas G:Son who also co-wrote the winning entry of this years' Eurovision Song Contest has worked with the renowned local songwriting duo of Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg to create Ultraviolet performed by Jessika who is currently in a process of re-branding herself. The singer/songwriter who is also starring in a television series known as Il-Klikka on ONE Television has been receiving a lot of positive comments with regards to her track whose opening notes have been similarly linked to Emeli Sande's popular song Next to Me but nevertheless, the focus here is definitely on the catchy tune which one easily hums along and performed at the slightest listen. Jessika has become a true artist and with the right staging, this could very much be one of the favourites on the night. It has received almost 4,000 views at the moment making it the fourth most watched entry.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2vO8vxYFjk

The final track that we are featuring due to being in the top five of the most viewed thus far is none other than Tomorrow performed by Gianluca Bezzina and co-written between Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. The songwriters are not your typical festival duo and as a matter of fact, it shows that the competition is becoming more of a merge between the festival and the radio scene making it one of the most successful transitions in the industry. This Jason Mraz, Train inspired entry is hitting the right notes with many people due to the fact that it puts you in a cheery disposition and instantly get you hooked. Humming is one of the most important elements to get to know a particular track and this is one of those songs which you hum along daily without even realizing. It has received around 3,500 views at the moment and seems to be most vulnerable at the helm but nevertheless, a charming pop/acoustic number. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=io9GNF5IJ2Y

Published in Local Music News