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The 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest has been the subject of conversation for several people in the past couple of days especially since the list of names within the second phase of the competition where revealed by the Public Broadcasting Services. Intriguing speculations have been made with regards to the acts who will ultimately reach the elite semi-final stage of the competition where all entries are then made public for the public to analyse, share and comment upon. The quality of the entries this time round is expected to be far stronger that this year following the qualification of This Is The Night performed by Kurt Calleja at the Eurovision Song Contest, marking it the first time that the country was in the final since 2009 when Chiara had done the honours with her track What If We. This evenings' announcement will be taking place on the popular programme Xarabank hosted by Peppi Azzopardi and produced by Where's Everybody.

We have been in touch with members of the production team from Where's Everybody and would like to let everyone know that this evenings' announcement as opposed to last year will be done in a random order and not in alphabetical order by name of the artists involved. This is done in order to make things more exciting from the first to the last of the 24 semi-finalists. Another intriguing element is that there will be a feature aired about each of the first qualifiers as compiled in recent weeks. In fact, the production team has been relatively busy because they prepared a video feature about each one of the artists in the second phase of the competition which were more than sixty. It is yet unknown how much of the track is played but one could safely say that people will surely enjoy at least one minute as happened with the semi-finalists of the 2012 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. The editorial board at escflashmalta.com would like to wish everyone the very best of luck for this evening including one of our own. A reminder of the contenders for the final selection can be seen below.

  • 24 Hours - Corinne Caruana (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)
  • All My Love - Fiona Cauci (Renato Briffa / Keith Zammit)
  • An Everlasting Dream - Fabrizio Faniello (Marco Bonfati / Erikson Lenart)
  • Betrayed - Davinia Pace (Elton Zarb / Muxu)
  • Captivated - Francesca Borg (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)
  • Closer to You - Miriam Christine (Miriam Christine / Clifford Borg)
  • Cold Whispers - Karen Debattista (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)
  • Could Have Been Me - Ioana Dalli (Philip Vella)
  • Crying My Heart Out - Ilaria Aquilina (Jonas Gladnikoff / Primoz Poglajen / Michael James Down)
  • Dancing in the Rain - Jos (Natasha Turner / Jonas Gladnikoff / Lesley Halvey / Niall Mooney)
  • Dress Rehearsal - Saska Hunt (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)
  • Fall Like Rome - Richard Edwards (Philip Vella / Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)
  • Fantasy - Danica Muscat (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)
  • Fearless - Danica Muscat (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)
  • For All Those Times - Gloriana Arpa Belli (Doris Chetcuti / Renato Briffa)
  • Forbidden Love - Nadia Vella (Roger Tirazona) 
  • Fuego - Baklava (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)
  • Give a Little More - Janvil (Melanie Georgion)
  • Her Song - Richard Edwards (Wayne Micallef / Richard Micallef)
  • Here I Am - Anna Azzopardi (Heathcliffe Balzan / Deo Grech)
  • High - Nadine Bartolo (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)
  • Immortal - Kaya (Yaron Malachi)
  • In Control - Amber (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)
  • In Our Love - Roger Tirazona (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)
  • In Your Kiss - Jessica Muscat (Philip Vella / Jessica Muscat)
  • It's All About a Boy - Ally (Elton Zarb / Aidan O'Connor)
  • Keep Believing - Raquela (Raquela Dalli Gonzi)
  • Kiss Our Dreams Goodbye - Romina Mamo (Andrew Zahra / Yaron Malachi / Daniel Muscat / Joe J Farrugia)
  • Let Your Heart Talk - Franklin Calleja (Ray Aguis / Alfred C Sant)
  • Love-O-Holic - Deborah C (Johan Bejerholm / Gerard James Borg)
  • Loverdose - Melanie Zammit (Maria Lundin / Niclas Lundin / Gerard James Borg)
  • Meant for More - Stefan Galea (Noel Cohen / Andrew Underberg / Janice Fitzgerald)
  • My Love Is Dead - Janice Mangion (Samuel Bugia Garrido / Tabea Graser)
  • My Stranger Love - Corazon Mizzi (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)
  • Naked - Victorio Gauci (Tony Jonsson / Gabriel Warmby / Gerard James Borg)
  • Needing You - Kevin Borg (Kevin Borg / Simon Gribbe / Dan Attlerud / Thomas Thörnholm / Michael Clauss)
  • Never Walk Away - Chris Grech (Matthew James Borg / David Cassar Torregiani / Chris Grech / Peter Borg)
  • No One Home - Petra (Wayne Micallef / Richard Micallef)
  • No Way! - Annalise Ellul (Elton Zarb / Deo Grech)
  • Overrated - Marilena Gauci (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)
  • Perfect Day - Janice Debattista (Boris Cezek / Dean Muscat)
  • Radio - Daniel Micallef (Wayne Micallef / Richard Micallef)
  • Reach the Light - Ben (Benjamin Darmanin / Jonathan Spiteri)
  • Ready for Love - Laura Bruno (Jose Juan Santana Rodriguez / Samuel Bugia Garrido)
  • Ride - Estelle Fenech Imbroll (Mark Scicluna / Aaron Abela)
  • Serenità - Jessica Muscat (Rafael Artesero Herrero / Jessica Muscat)
  • Silence Broken - Annabelle Debono & Sean Vella (Sean Vella / Cher Vella)
  • Silent Tears - Tiziana Calleja (Jonas Gladnikoff, Ylva Persson, Natasha Turner, Linda Persson)
  • Somewhere Under the Sun - William Mangion (Philip Vella / William Mangion)
  • Starting from the End - Dorothy Bezzina (Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)
  • Starting Over - Derrick Schembri (Martin Hagglund / Charlie Mason)
  • Sublime - Romina Mamo (Linda Persson / Ylva Persson / Natasha Turner)
  • Superstar - Scar (Konrad Pule)
  • Tabularasa - Julie Pomorski (Julie Pomorski / Augusto Cardinali)
  • Take me as I Am - Rachael Tedesco Triccas (Schneider / Jangklev / Biglert / O’ Connor)
  • The Question - Nadine Bartolo (Christian Schneider / Madeleine Jangklev / Sara Biglert / Aidan O’ Connor)
  • The Remedy - Klinsmann (Philip Vella / Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)
  • The Thief - Dario Mifsud Bonnici (Christian Ingebrigtsen / Tommy Berre)
  • Tides of Illusion - Ylenia Vella (Jason Paul Cassar / Mario Farrugia)
  • Tomorrow - Gianluca Bezzina (Boris Cezek / Dean Muscat)
  • Too Little Too Late - Domenique Azzopardi (Marc Paelnick / Matthias Strasser)
  • Unbelievable - Rosman Pace (Rosman Pace)
  • Ultraviolet - Jessica Muscat (Thomas G:Son / Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)
  • Us Against the World - Gianni Zammit (Boris Cezek / Dean Muscat)
  • Vendetta - Vanessa Gatt (Boris Cezek / Dean Muscat)
  • When It's Time - Claudia Faniello (Errol Sammut / Claudia Faniello)
  • Will You Be There - Michelle Micallef (Wayne Micallef)
  • Wonderful Today - Petra & Richard Edwards (Wayne Micallef / Richard Micallef)
  • You Belong to Me - Romina Mamo (Jonas Salle Sahlin / Mary Susan Applegate)

Source: Television Malta, Where's Everybody

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skv-hsOMi1o

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
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 11:15

MESC 2013: Three Debutantes to Watch Out For

The Public Broadcasting Services announced their plans for the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest near the end of the summer months and now as the announcement looms, the adrenaline is clearly pumping with several artists, songwriters and enthusiasts kindling their hope as the fate lies in the hands of a specifically chosen panel of judges which heard the songs on playback discs as well as through recorded performances for some of the acts in order to prove their presence. The anticipation is relatively high because the quality of entries is expected to be quite strong especially following the nations' qualification to the final earlier this year with This Is The Night sung by Kurt Calleja whose best result in the competition was a third place he achieved the previous year. There are a number of well known artists from the festival scene and the radio scene whilst others are also finding their feet and might have just tried their luck to succeed eventually managing to get through round one. In fact, in this feature, the focus is on three relative newcomers to the music industry.

The first one is none other than Karen DeBattista who comes into the competition with the song Cold Whispers. Behind her, a backdrop of just one experience in a major festival, that being, the Summer Hit Song Contest back in 2010 with the track Memoirs which was co-written by Mark Scicluna and Daniel Muscat. It is important to note that since then, the young versatile performer has been working hard with leading local soprano Gillian Zammit whom as we published earlier this year, signed an international record deal with a British Label eventually releasing her own recordings to the music market. Experience is definitely key and throughout the past couple of years, Karen actually joined a number of choirs in leading events which have occurred in the country including the Joseph Calleja Series Concerts where he performed with international guest such as Hayley Westenra, Dionne Warren and Ronan Keating amongst others as well as Voices, a charity event which is attended by the masses. The team is no stranger to success with Mark Scicluna, finishing as the second runner-up in last years' Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with vocals by Janice Mangion and Emil Calleja Bayliss, a member of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com finishing as the first runner-up in this years' edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu with vocals by Grecia Bezzina.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bu42S626B88

The second artist which we have decided to focus on is the peculiar Ilaria Aquilina whose name first came to slight prominence last year, as she managed to make the cut amongst the sixty two (62) entries which managed to make it through to round two of the competition. Everyone seemingly had experience on the radio or in a festival but she was just a complete newcomer. She will be hoping to qualify with the track Crying Your Heart Out. It is imperative to note that despite never taking part in a competition, Ilaria has been somewhat busy making quite a name for herself being a regular lead vocalists with the ŻĦN Symphonik Choir which escflashmalta.com has proudly supported throughout the years. Apart from this though, she has most recently taken up the position of vocalist with an upcoming band in the form of Skin:30 who performed a variety of genres including pop/jazz and acoustic. It has become somewhat noticeable that artists who come out of nowhere somewhat succeed by virtue of making it through to the competition. The song is co-written by Jonas Gladnikoff who is known to having written two tracks for the Eurovision Song Contest; those which represented Ireland in 2009 and 2010 whilst he was also involved in the runner-up entries of Ireland and Spain in 2011 respectively.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnSd8QElW58

The final artist which we have decided to feature is one who is definitely going to be a household name in the months to come, Davinia Pace, the girl who has somewhat stolen the spotlight on the radio with a fantastic voice which could definitely be compared to the likes of the late Amy Winehouse. For several years, the young artist was abroad, living in the United Kingdom where she attended a number of vocal classes. This does indeed show and just a couple of months back, she decided that it was her time to return to her home country, get into the studio and record some tracks which turned out to be major radio successes. The track which she is presenting to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is entitled Betrayed and it is written by Elton Zarb with lyrics by Matt Mercieca (Muxu). This has been a noted collaboration already because since launching herself in music, Davinia has mostly worked with Muxu and together they have come up with a string of hits including; The Feel Good Song which was a duet and solo singles such as I'll Be Just Fine and her most latest, Sail Away. There is a certain touch to her vocal which no one could really try to imitate because it does show that it comes extremely natural. All of the three acts mentioned have never been in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest but will be hoping to do so. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news and features.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YD2nWSRgXgc

Published in Editorials
Monday, 26 November 2012 10:15

MESC 2013: Shows Prevent Kevin Borg Trip

The Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2013 participants will be known in just a couple of days time noting that the announcement will be taking place this Friday night on Xarabank produced by Where's Everybody, hosted by Peppi Azzopardi and aired on Television Malta. One of the artists who will be missing from the possible twenty four semi-finalists is none other than Kevin Borg who is somewhat renowned for having won the Idol competition in Sweden a couple of years back and still enjoys a spectacular high level of fame in his adopted land where he currently resides with his partner in work and life, Sofia. People were somewhat surprised to see Kevin trying out for next years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest considering that his most recent outing in the national final was back in 2007 when he had finished fourth with the ballad Whenever composed by Jason Paul Cassar and penned by Sunny Aquilina who began his career in the festival circuit.

The track that Kevin Borg is presenting to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest entitled Needing You is rumoured to be a ballad and considering that amongst the writers there are Dan Attlerud and Thomas Thörnholm involved, this would definitely not be a surprise noting that the songwriting duo are known for writing the track High performed by Knut Anders Sørum in the 2004 edition of the continental competition. His low placing was due to some nasty choices of staging with a vocal presence which should have been much stronger. On his official page on Facebook, Kevin Borg went onto state 'I am terribly sorry that I cannot make it to Malta for Xarabank and the awards but hopefully i'll speak on the phone live before my concerts.' During the programme, it is expected that an excerpt of the song is played in some form and therefore, it is safe to say that a recording might have been done before hand in the event that he does indeed make it through with the final twenty-four. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news on the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Kevin Borg Official Facebook

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Witg04o-sTM

Published in Local Music News
Sunday, 25 November 2012 15:30

Malta: Romina Mamo with a Brand New Single

Romina Mamo has been around within the upper stage of the local music industry since competing in the 2003 edition of the Malta Song for Europe with the track Here Today, Gone Tomorrow composed by Dominic Galea and penned by Joe Friggieri which did not make it through to the finals but then returned in the 2005 edition with the song We Can Do Better written by Carm Fenech in a trio which featured Neville Refalo and Rachel Fabri alongside Romina but her most decadent performance within the same competition came earlier this year as she took to the stage with DNA written in a collaboration between Michael Johannes Tanczos and Gerard James Borg. She has also compiled all of her notable efforts in an album released last year entitled Eyes On Me. In the meantime, as she awaits the results of the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, she has released a brand new single.

Her latest effort entitled Delicious Poison is composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg and was an entry which managed to make it through with the final 62 in this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. The dynamic songwriting duo are known to have written five of last decades' entries for Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest including two top ten efforts; Desire by Claudette Pace in 2000 and 7th Wonder by Ira Losco in 2002. The track continuous a trend which Romina seems to have started with regards to Poison considering that she had won the Malta International Hit Song Contest with the song Poison Ivy a couple of years back, a song which is written by Clinton Paul. Her latest effort though keeps in line with the recent uptempo sound which she seems to have grown fond of and considering that another competition maybe on the cards quite soon, it does not come to a surprise that she has spruced up her look once more. In the meantime, have a listen to Delicious Poison just below and let us know your thoughts. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Facebook, Youtube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sE0J6aaEegg

Published in Local Music News
Friday, 16 November 2012 15:03

MESC 2013: Back for Another Shot Once More

The 2012 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is known across the board to have been an extremely tough competition with a somewhat surprising winner who managed to take our country of the semi-final and into the last stages of the foreign showcase. Kurt Calleja along with his track This Is The Night was an outsider especially following his second runner-up finish the year before that but the public along with the jury agreed with the decision and it somewhat paid off. Nevertheless, in this particular feature, the aim is to look at the contestants who have decided to give the competition yet another shot in a couple of months time and have already been shortlisted within the second phase of the competition as revealed by the Public Broadcasting Services earlier this week. It is important to note that we have omitted names which have already been mentioned in the previous feature.

In order to miss out on anyone who is trying their hand at the upcoming competition, the running order used in the semi-final for the 2012 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be used as a clear guideline. The first act is Danica Muscat whose aim to make it for the second consecutive year lies with two tracks; the first being Fearless composed by Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg with the second one being Fantasy with music by Paul Abela and lyrics by Joe Julian Farrugia. Following a change of genre, Janvil seems to be enjoying his foreign affairs as he brings about a new track entitled Give a Little More written by Melanie Georgion. The next act seems to have decided to abandon her debut roots as Francesca Borg is back with a song composed by Paul Abela and penned by Joe Julian Farrugia entitled Captivated. For the past three years, one artist has entered the competition with self-penned songs but the tide is changing as Klinsmann hopes to make it through for the seventh consecutive time with the song The Remedy with music by Philip Vella and Magnus Kaxe as well as lyrics written by Gerard James Borg.

It had been years since she had performed in public but it seems that the escflashmalta.com Public Award got her in the flair for yet another track as Annalise Ellul marks yet another track entitled No Way composed by Elton Zarb and Deo Grech who were also responsible for this years' entry. Romina Mamo has always been known to have a number of tracks in the selection process and she has made it through to round two with three tracks, the first being Kiss Our Dreams Goodbye, a co-write between Joe Julian Farrugia, Yaron Malachi, Daniel Muscat and Andrew Zahra; the second being Sublime which is written by Linda Persson, Ylva Persson and Natasha Turner and the final one entitled You Belong to Me is composed by Jonas Salle Sahlin and penned by Mary Susan Applegate. Next up, the middle daughter of the beloved Sammy Bartolo known as Nadine is back with two entries, High co-written between Philip Vella and Cher Vella as well as The Question which is co-written by Christian Schneider, Madeleine Jangklev, Sara Biglert and Aidan O’ Connor. Another returnee is Kaya with the track Immortal which has been written by Yaron Malachi and already submitted last year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSSygtKp3a4

Surprise Surprise, three entries for the girl who has also been in the competition for two years in a row. Jessica Muscat is back with two songs which she co-wrote; one with Philip Vella entitled In Your Kiss and the other one with Rafael Artesero Herrero entitled Serenità. The third track is a track written by Philip Vella, Gerard James Borg and Thomas G:Son bearing the title Ultraviolet. A welcome return for a fresh sound, that of Dorothy Bezzina who will be hoping for a similar response with the track Starting From the End which has music by Magnus Kaxe and lyrics by Gerard James Borg like the song she had earlier this year. Next up is Janice Mangion who qualified for the first time last year hoping for a second time fling with My Love Is Dead composed by Samuel Bugia Garrido to the lyrics of Tabea Graser. Moving on, the Paul Giordimaina and Fleur Balzan songwriting duo is back with Corazon and My Stranger Love and it is hoped that this will be a simple ballad with the possibility of having a piano on stage back once more. In the meantime, Deborah C will be hoping for a much improved live vocal performance this time round if she is to present her entry Love-O-Holic composed by Johan Bejerholm and penned by Gerard James Borg. 

Coming to a close, Anna Azzopardi has been in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest for the last two years in a row and she has decided to team up with local songwriters; Heathcliffe Balzan and Deo Grech this time round on a track entitled Here I Am hoping it will be third time lucky. The list comes to a close with Amber who was the second runner-up earlier this year following the jury vote and she has decided to stop working with the songwriter who has written all of her material thus far and work with Paul Giordimaina and Fleur Balzan who have come up with the song In Control hoping to make it through and improve on this years' result. As already noted, some of the names have been omitted due to previous mention but then again others such as Eleanor Cassar and Wayne Micallef did not submit as lead performers whilst Lawrence Gray and Isabelle both seemingly entered but did not make the final cut. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news and features.

Source: PBS, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkCl7Sp4y6U

Published in Local Music News

Yesterday was an extremely pivotal day in the local music industry with the Public Broadcasting Services going ahead and publishing the names of the artists, songwriters and the titles of the entries through to the second phase of the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest. A selected batch of the entries might be called forth in order to perform in front of television cameras to make sure that they would be ready for the competition in the best possible way. A total of sixty-nine (69) entries managed to make the cut out of the original one hundred and eight two (182) following the results put forth from a panel of judges which were brought by the broadcaster for the purpose of the competition. We have been looking at the list in-depth and there are quite an intriguing amount of entries which might possibly make up the final list of competitors when it is announced on Xarabank on the 30th November 2012.

First and foremost a look at the singers who have qualified to the second phase of the competition including a number of former representatives at the international showcase including 1993 performer; William Mangion with the song Somewhere Under the Sun which was also submitted back in 2006 and failed to make it through to the final selection, 1996 entrant Miriam Christine with the track Closer to You which she penned alongside Clifford Borg as well as Fabrizio Faniello who did the honour for Malta in 2001 and 2006 respectively who has submitted the track An Everlasting Dream. One former representative who has failed at the first hurdle is Ludwig Galea whose duet with Don't Stop Me Now winner; Franklin Calleja did not manage to get through. In the meantime, the latter has managed qualification as a solo performer with the track Let Your Heart Talk composed by Ray Agius and penned by Alfred C Sant. 

Another honourable mention is going for the recent runner-ups of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest including the ones of 2011 being Richard Edwards who has qualified with no less than three entries; the first being Fall Like Rome written by Philip Vella, Magnus Kaxe, and Gerard James Borg, the second one being Her Song co-written with Wayne Micallef and the last a duet with Petra entitled Wonderful Today also co-written with Wayne Micallef. After months of deliberation, Claudia Faniello also decided to throw her hat into the ring with a track entitled When It's Time which she co-wrote with Errol Sammut, the frontman of the popular Maltese band; Airport Impressions. Televoting also plays a role and the runners-up of this portion for the past two years have also returned including Baklava with the song Fuego written by Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg as well as Gianni with his submission Us Against the World composed by Boris Cezek and penned by Dean Muscat.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSSygtKp3a4

The Public Broadcasting Services has been keen to get a number of radio artists on board and it seems that they have succeeded in doing so this year noting that acts that have charted on the local chart on 89.7 Bay are also through to round two. Amongst the most notable are definitely Davinia Pace with the track Betrayed composed by Elton Zarb and penned by Muxu, Scar who will be hoping to return to the live stage of the competition with the track Superstar written by lead performer; Konrad Pulè. Other artists from the scene are; Victorio Gauci of The Crowns with the track Naked written by Tony Jonsson, Gabriel Warmy and Gerard James Borg; Gianluca Bezzina from Funk Initiative with the song Tomorrow written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat, Melanie Zammit with the song Loverdose written by Maria & Niclas Lundin and Gerard James Borg and last but not least Chris Grech whose entry is written Never Walk Away co-written with David Cassar Torregiani, Matthew James Borg and Peter Borg of Red Electrick fame.

The local music scene also needs to reinvent itself in a more subtle way and in fact, despite to the contrary of what people say, there are a number of budding artists who have made the cut thus far including Karen DeBattista with Cold Whispers composed by Mark Scicluna and penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss, Ioana Dalli with the track Could Have Been Me written by Philip Vella, Ilaria Aquilina with the track Crying My Heart Out penned by Jonas Gladnikoff, Primoz Poglajen, and Michael James Down. Other new performers come in the form of Rachael Tedesco Triccas from Dreams with the track Take Me As I Am written by Christian Schneider,  Madeleine Jangklev, Sara Biglert and Aidan O'Connor, Vanessa Gatt with the song Vendetta written by Boris Cezek and penned by Dean Muscat and last but not least Ylenia Vella with Tides of Illusion composed by Jason Paul Cassar and penned by Mario Farrugia.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFvXKAPqy4A

One look at the songwriters and one would notice two particular foreign names which stand out amongst the rest including that of Christian Ingebrigsten who is well known for being a part of the British/Norwegian pop-band A1 whose nineties fame definitely precedes them with hit singles Take On Me, Caught In the Middle and Everytime as well as Mary Susan Appelgate who has worked with Celine Dion in the past, with the lyrics of her famous track The Power of Love. Other notable individuals include Thomas G:Son and Dan Attlerud who have been to the Eurovision Song Contest in the past, the latter of which has written the entry High for Norway in 2004 and the former having written the music to Euphoria for Sweden earlier this year. Tenishia are also through to the selection with a song to be performed by Raquela. When looking at the songs in general, 55% of those through are of full Maltese songwriters, 20% are written by completely foreign teams and 25% have a mixture of Maltese and foreign songwriters. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: escflashmalta.com, PBS

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

Published in Local Music News
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 10:30

MESC 2013: PBS Reveals Entries in Phase Two

Kurt Calleja along with his band made our country proud last year when they performed their entry This is the Night and qualifying to the final stage of the competition albeit a less inspired vocal performance whilst there but nevertheless, he was the first participant since 2009 to make it through to the final echelons of the competition and whoever is chosen this time round will have big shoes to fill hence forth why every stage of the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is important. The Public Broadcasting Services will be revealing a total of 68 entries which have made it through to the second phase of the national showcase. When comparing this number to the one announced last year, it seems to be very much on par due to the slightly extra submissions which have been received this time round proving it to be a record amount since the broadcaster took over the proceedings back in 2009.

During the six o'clock news bulletin last night, it was revealed that 120 entries from those submitted had input from local songwriters and therefore it goes to show that despite the fact that the competition is open to both local and foreign songwriters, there is still a huge element coming from the national perspective and therefore, certainly not losing out to the competition which many point out comes from the foreign waters. It has been noted that entries have come forth from Spain, Norway, Sweden, France, Australia and Israel amongst others. The editorial team of escflashmalta.com will be releasing the list as published on the official website of the broadcaster. It is unknown which tracks of those that have qualified to the second phase will be required to perform their entry live in front of a panel of judges in hope of qualifying into the final of the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest which looks to be taking place on the 25th and 26th January 2013 respectively. We would like to wish all those who have made it the best of luck whilst wishing commiserations to those who did not manage this time round but should continue trying their luck in the future.

  • 24 Hours - Corinne Caruana (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)
  • All My Love - Fiona Cauci (Renato Briffa / Keith Zammit)
  • An Everlasting Dream - Fabrizio Faniello (Marco Bonfati / Erikson Lenart)
  • Betrayed - Davinia Pace (Elton Zarb / Muxu)
  • Captivated - Francesca Borg (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)
  • Closer to You - Miriam Christine (Miriam Christine / Clifford Borg)
  • Cold Whispers - Karen Debattista (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)
  • Could Have Been Me - Ioana Dalli (Philip Vella)
  • Crying My Heart Out - Ilaria Aquilina (Jonas Gladnikoff / Primoz Poglajen / Michael James Down)
  • Dancing in the Rain - Jos (Natasha Turner / Jonas Gladnikoff / Lesley Halvey / Niall Mooney)
  • Dress Rehearsal - Saska Hunt (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)
  • Fall Like Rome - Richard Edwards (Philip Vella / Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)
  • Fantasy - Danica Muscat (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)
  • Fearless - Danica Muscat (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)
  • For All Those Times - Gloriana Arpa Belli (Doris Chetcuti / Renato Briffa)
  • Forbidden Love - Nadia Vella (Roger Tirazona) 
  • Fuego - Baklava (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)
  • Give a Little more - Janvil (Melanie Georgion)
  • Her Song - Richard Edwards (Wayne Micallef / Richard Micallef)
  • Here I Am - Anna Azzopardi (Heathcliffe Balzan / Deo Grech)
  • High - Nadine Bartolo (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)
  • Immortal - Kaya (Yaron Malachi)
  • In Control - Amber (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)
  • In Our Love - Roger Tirazona (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)
  • In Your Kiss - Jessica Muscat (Philip Vella / Jessica Muscat)
  • It's All About a Boy - Ally (Elton Zarb / Aidan O'Connor)
  • Keep Believing - Raquela (Raquela Dalli Gonzi)
  • Kiss Our Dreams Goodbye - Romina Mamo (Andrew Zahra / Yaron Malachi / Daniel Muscat / Joe Julian Farrugia)
  • Let Your Heart Talk - Franklin Calleja (Ray Aguis / Alfred C Sant)
  • Love-O-Holic - Deborah C (Johan Bejerholm / Gerard James Borg)
  • Loverdose - Melanie Zammit (Maria Lundin / Niclas Lundin / Gerard James Borg)
  • Meant for More - Stefan Galea (Noel Cohen / Andrew Underberg / Janice Fitzgerald)
  • My Love Is Dead - Janice Mangion (Samuel Bugia Garrido / Tabea Graser)
  • My Stranger Love - Corazon Mizzi (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)
  • Naked - Victorio Gauci (Tony Jonsson / Gabriel Warmby / Gerard James Borg)
  • Needing You - Kevin Borg (Kevin Borg / Simon Gribbe / Dan Attlerud / Thomas Thörnholm / Michael Clauss)
  • Never Walk Away - Chris Grech (Matthew James Borg / David Cassar Torregiani / Chris Grech / Peter Borg)
  • No One Home - Petra (Wayne Micallef / Richard Micallef)
  • No Way! - Annalise Ellul (Elton Zarb / Deo Grech)
  • Overrated - Marilena Gauci (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)
  • Perfect Day - Janice Debattista (Boris Cezek / Dean Muscat)
  • Radio - Daniel Micallef (Wayne Micallef / Richard Micallef)
  • Reach the Light - Ben (Benjamin Darmanin / Jonathan Spiteri)
  • Ready for Love - Laura Bruno (Jose Juan Santana Rodriguez / Samuel Bugia Garrido)
  • Ride - Estelle Fenech Imbroll (Mark Scicluna / Aaron Abela)
  • Serenità - Jessica Muscat (Rafael Artesero Herrero / Jessica Muscat)
  • Silence Broken - Annabelle Debono & Sean Vella (Sean Vella / Cher Vella)
  • Silent Tears - Tiziana Calleja (Jonas Gladnikoff, Ylva Persson, Natasha Turner, Linda Persson)
  • Somewhere Under the Sun - William Mangion (Philip Vella / William Mangion)
  • Starting from the End - Dorothy Bezzina (Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)
  • Starting Over - Derrick Schembri (Martin Hagglund / Charlie Mason)
  • Sublime - Romina Mamo (Linda Persson / Ylva Persson / Natasha Turner)
  • Superstar - Scar (Konrad Pule)
  • Tabularasa - Julie Pomorski (Julie Pomorski / Augusto Cardinali)
  • Take me as I Am - Rachael Tedesco Triccas (Schneider / Jangklev / Biglert / O’ Connor)
  • The Question - Nadine Bartolo (Christian Schneider / Madeleine Jangklev / Sara Biglert / Aidan O’ Connor)
  • The Remedy - Klinsmann (Philip Vella / Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)
  • The Thief - Dario Mifsud Bonnici (Christian Ingebrigtsen / Tommy Berre)
  • Tides of Illusion - Ylenia Vella (Jason Paul Cassar / Mario Farrugia)
  • Tomorrow - Gianluca Bezzina (Boris Cezek / Dean Muscat)
  • Too Little Too Late - Domenique Azzopardi (Marc Paelnick / Matthias Strasser)
  • Unbelievable - Rosman Pace (Rosman Pace)
  • Ultraviolet - Jessica Muscat (Thomas G:Son / Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)
  • Us Against the World - Gianni Zammit (Boris Cezek / Dean Muscat)
  • Vendetta - Vanessa Gatt (Boris Cezek / Dean Muscat)
  • When It's Time - Claudia Faniello (Errol Sammut / Claudia Faniello)
  • Will You Be There - Michelle Micallef (Wayne Micallef)
  • Wonderful Today - Petra & Richard Edwards (Wayne Micallef / Richard Micallef)
  • You Belong to Me - Romina Mamo (Jonas Salle Sahlin / Mary Susan Applegate)

Source: PBS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkCl7Sp4y6U

Published in Local Music News
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 20:15

MESC 2013: Second Phase Announcement Tomorrow

The preparations for the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest continue noting that the Public Broadcasting Services is looking to improve on last years' competition by virtue of picking the best entries that have been submitted and considering that there were a total of 182, a record number of submissions since the broadcaster took over the competition wholeheartedly, it will be quite tough. In a press release posted on their official website, it has been stated that there submissions from over 100 different songwriters hailing from thirteen countries all over Europe including; Sweden, France, Norway, Spain, Israel and Australia. Nevertheless, the Public Broadcasting Services are also pleased to announce that a total of 120 entries seem to have involvement from local authors. 

The editorial team of escflashmalta.com has exclusively learnt that the Public Broadcasting Services received entries from Claudia Faniello, Rachel Verzin, Marilena Gauci, Stefan Galea, Kaya, Thomas Hedley and Gloriana Arpa Belli amongst others whilst other tracks were submitted by former Eurovision Song Contest representatives such as; Miriam Christine, Fabrizio Faniello and William Mangion. Two of the seemingly intriguing contenders come in the form of Richard Edwards and former Swedish Idol Kevin Borg. The list of 68 entries will be made online exclusive on the official website of the broadcaster at 12:00 CET and escflashmalta.com will be on hand to cover the announcement live so make sure to tune in for the list and also the analysis just moments after. Some of the qualifiers might be called upon to perform live in front of a panel of judges in order to confirm their talent. The Public Broadcasting Services have also went on record stating that the competition will be staged at the end of January so we're presuming, 25th and 26th January 2013.

Source: PBS

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

Published in Local Music News
Friday, 09 November 2012 12:30

Exclusive: MESC 2013 Will Not Feature Wayne

The beginning of the year is set to be quite a marquee time due to the fact that the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be moving to a slightly earlier date due to other current affairs in the country and therefore, preparations are underway as the Public Broadcasting Services continues their search for the next representative and entry at the esteemed music event with a history which dates back to 1956. The submissions for the competition were received at the main broadcasting house on Tuesday and Wednesday and we have been in touch with a number of performers exclusively confirming their respective entry. Members of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com were also present keeping an eye on the individuals going in to try their luck. We are officially in a position to confirm that one of the artists who is giving it a miss from a lead vocalist point of view is none other than singer/songwriter Wayne Micallef.

Many people have somewhat become accustomed to the performances that Wayne Micallef has brought to the competition noting that he has managed to qualify to the finals every year since 2009 as a soloist with all of his tracks being very well appreciated by the international community. In fact, his placings have been relatively positive including a seventh place finish with Where You Belong in 2009, a sixth place result with Save a Life in 2010, an eighth place finish with Everybody Sing in 2011, and last but not least twelfth in 2012 with his track Time. One could easily note that he has managed three top ten finishes in a time where the staggering amount of performers coming into the competition fray was astonishing. Our source has also informed us that despite not entering as a performer, Wayne has submitted some tracks as a songwriter and therefore, he still manages to be around in some way or another. Unfortunately, it will not be the same feeling but nevertheless, his sound will definitely be evident if any of the tracks do manage to make it through. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: escflashmalta.com, Chrissy Photography

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjIC0RpAVGk

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