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Saturday, 31 March 2012 22:00

Malta: 'This is the Night' now on iTunes

Almost two months have passed since Kurt Calleja got the right to represent our country at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with the Pop/Dance track titled ‘This is the night’. The catchiest song of the evening had been awarded 84 points in total and was also the favourite with the tele-voters. It has been revealed that ‘This is the night’ can now be found on iTunes and is available for download.

The album consists of three (3) tracks; the studio version, promostella club remix and the instrumental/karaoke version. Those interested can click in the link provided on iTunes directly. One should also note that the official video has gained alot of popularity and there were also many positive comments on the new version of the song. Kurt was also promoted in several countries; Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Bulgaria and he is also going to promote our entry in The Netherlands. Regarding the betting odds, one can notice that Malta has risen in the chance of winning the contest even though the result is not that pleasant. We have to wait and see. In the meantime the team at escflashmalta.com wishes Kurt and his team the best of luck.

Source: iTunes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjhBsCop3Ys

Over the past couple of years, there has been renewed interest in the local music scene and this is due to the major advancements made in the production session which has seen songs taking up more of an international feel with the possibility of being sent abroad to a number of music stations with the top of airplay. The success of the likes of Chiara, Ira Losco, Winter Moods, Fabrizio Faniello, Airport Impressions, Red Electrick, Joseph Calleja and Tenishia amongst others give hope that one can achieve in the industry they put their heart and soul in. One of the singers who is hoping to succeed is none other than upcoming Adie who has already worked with one of the leading rappers in the country; Hooligan apart from taking up the best video award through the Mużika Mod Ieħor series of podcasts as hosted by music expert; Toni Sant.

The brand new single entitled Cry For You stays true to the music that Adie has performed in recent years but this particular track has more of a kick than expected featuring a vocal style of rhythm and blues apart from keeping the tempo slow in the form of a ballad. The mixture of the two represents an urban modern style which is well and truly appreciated by the audiences in Malta. The launch took place about three weeks ago within a leading wine-bar in the country at the Valletta, Waterfront and there was quite a number of high profile people in the entertainment industry including Antonella Vassallo, Julie Pomorski, Angela Agius, Lara Azzopardi and Ben Camille amongst others. The latter two were also the stars of the video which you can see below. Keep tuning into www.escflashmalta.com for all the latest news about the local artists.

Source: Facebook, Adie Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8Ltj3F0FwU

Published in Local Music News

Our coverage of the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is currently being planned out noting that a number of our editorial board members will be making their way to Baku, Azerbaijan with another batch of individuals working from their respective home base, tending to the needs of the website wherever possible especially with an extensive brand new design which also provides a new identity to escflashmalta in general. As has been the case since our inception, there is the idea of promoting the local artist and thus, two of the leading ladies in the local music scene have been appointed to be special guests during the respective commentaries of the first semi-final and the final of this years' musical event. The first of the two is none other than Raquela.

Raquela is quite a household name to the fans of the Eurovision Song Contest in Malta having taken part in the finals on two occasions, the first coming in 2009 when she performed the song 'Crossroads' composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg and the second being 'If I Could Do It All Again' composed by Marc Paelinck and penned by Matthias Strasser. Apart from this achievements, the talented artist has also been to Italy to perform with the legend that is Gigi D'Alessio during one of his concerts whilst in recent weeks, she also got the opportunity to perform with Critically Acclaimed Dance Music Duo; Tenishia who despite being Maltese are well known in a number of countries. Raquela is looking to break the barriers of the local music scene by working on a number of new songs which can break into the radio scene hence her last single 'Entertain Me' which succeeded in her aim by virtue of making it into the top ten at Bay Radio. It is an honour to have an artist of grand stature with us and we will sure try to be critical and on point as much as possible. Stay tuned to www.escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCNb8tDp8R4

The 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is just a couple of weeks away and most of the countries are currently working on their promotional strategy in order to gain credibility in a number of countries and therefore, they set themselves up for television and radio appearances along with conducting a number of interviews with magazines, journals, newspapers and even websites. It is always a privilege to gain access to an artist and this is the case with Kurt Calleja who will be representing our very own country of Malta. What is quite intriguing that the artist is somewhat still a newcomer to the local music scene making only appearances in this competition in terms of background having missed out on the finals of the 'Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza' won by Amber just two years ago. Nevertheless, his rise to national stardom is attached to a sensible character and a brilliant vocal teamed up with dashing good looks according to the comments roaming around the internet. Following the release of the video and the final version of the song, it is quite smashing that the Maltese representative found some time to speak to us exclusively on www.escflashmalta.com with this being his first web-based interview.

Kurt Calleja came into the local music scene just three years ago when entering a reality singing competition entitled 'Don't Stop Me Now' hosted by Eileen Montesin on a private television station but his first successful venture was surely the 2010 edition of the Maltese national final when he had entered in a duet with Kaya entitled 'Waterfall' composed by Marco Debono and penned by Rita Pace. Despite the mid-table result, you continued to grow as an artist and would ultimately try your luck with the song 'Over and Over' which was written by you and Johan Jämtberg finishing in an astonishing third place. The story from then onwards is now the talk on everyone’s' lips but when looking back, how would you sum up your competitive experience thus far?

It has been interesting. I think the reason singers compete is not merely to win but also to meet people who can potentially help them move forward in their music career. That is the reason I ever entered competitions like Don’t Stop Me Now, Orfeo in Italia and naturally the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. I got to meet a bunch of people I used to always see on tv and now they are my friends and I got to meet big celebrities like: Blue, Cocciante, Zucchero. Now in Eurovision I will be meeting Englebert Humperdink and Jedward too – who knows what else is in store?

The Malta Eurovision Song Contest needed a brand new facelift in recent years and it seems that the team of the Public Broadcasting Services has been somewhat optimistic in reinventing the showcase by bringing in foreigners to help out with the lights and the sound, keeping to the local professionals for a number of things including the design of the stage. At the end of the weekend, it was somewhat agreed that the festival is moving towards a good direction. As an artist, do you feel that you were treated well throughout the confines of the week or rehearsals and then the two performances, one on Friday and one on Saturday and had you had the chance, what would you have done differently?

This is an interesting question. I am not a set designer or a tv producer nor will I pretend to be one. I am a singer and thus my personal experience in these last two Malta Eurovisions have been great. I liked the sound, the design, the somewhat stricter rules (which I agreed with 100%) and that it all looked awesome on TV.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I72e6O8uqwA

When the list of semi-finalists of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest was announced, you were ecstatic in having made it with the song ‘This Is The Night’ co-written between Johan Jämtberg, Mikael Gunnerås and yourself but what is remarkable is that the song changed quite a hefty bit from the initial previews recorded by the Public Broadcasting Services to the one presented at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre. Some people even went on record stating that it was a different song but this was definitely not the case. Each year, there are a number of tracks which go through alterations prior to the selection so basically I understand the process but for the benefit of the people, why did the song change so much and do you believe that it required such an important overhaul?

I had several song offers so I rounded my band and we did a mini-Eurovision in my rehearsal studio. We listened to each song and asked ourselves: “Is this a potential Eurovision entry?” We would cringe at some, and enjoy some others but really we were eagerly awaiting Johan’s song because he is part of the team – the official band composer if you please. When we received ‘This is the Night’ and we liked the tune immediately. At the time, I was flat broke and even though I loved ‘This is the Night’ I couldn't afford the recording and the submission fee so I emailed Johan saying that as much as I loved the song, I don’t have the resources to record it. Then Chris (my lead guitarist) said: Why don’t we record it in our rehearsal studio and submit it like so? So we did, now bear in mind, we are just musicians not sound or studio engineers. Then when it made it through we thought – ok we need to work on it if we want to even stand a chance. So we re-did it and without this remake I can actually state, we wouldn’t have even made it through the semi-final probably.

The history of Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest has been questioned time and time again in recent years due to the fact that the results have not improved and that the country is failing to make an impact on the rest of the continent by not failing to amass the necessary points to reach the final stages of the competition. There been an issue of cutting it close on more than one occasion noting that for example, Glen Vella with the song ‘One Life’ composed by Paul Giordimaina and penned by Fleur Balzan only finished one point behind the tenth placed Switzerland. You will be the one taking up the honour this time round but when looking back at the great artists to have represented Malta, what do you feel and have you had a chat with any of them in recent weeks?

I don’t know how to answer this question really I mean – for me the fact that we haven’t made it through in the past is not a reflection on the artist, but also what songs were competing against him/her and what strategy was put in tact. Personally I am in the contest together with PBS and my team: band, composers and sponsors to give a good show and we let Europe judge. I spoke to a number of representatives, namely: Fabrizio Faniello, Claudette Pace, Thea Garrett, Glen Vella, William Mangion and Mary Spiteri and they all had encouraging words. For me, being the 25th representative of Malta is already a big honour for me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfOzIjA119k

The song that you will be presenting at the Eurovision Song Contest is the first international effort that the country is sending in three years noting that ‘What If We’ by Chiara was written by the Belgian pairing made up of Marc Paelinck and Gregory Bilsen. Apart from that, there was no other song which had foreign songwriters in the team therefore making your song ‘This Is the Night’ the second one with such a song writing team although you are a co-writer alongside the likes of Johan Jämtberg and Mikael Gunnerås. There has been a lot of controversy in recent years about the inclusion of foreigners in the selection process but nevertheless, the quality of songs has improved as the local song writers feel threatened. What is your take on the issue and do you believe that the format, one which is open to all remain open in the years to come?

There a lot of excellent song writers who are Maltese. I know that the Maltese are as capable as any foreigner. I don’t appreciate it when I hear a Maltese artist say: The Maltese composers aren’t good enough. That is not true. The only reason I participated with Johan and Mikael is I loved their song. If I had like a song by an English, French, Swedish, Australian or Maltese composer I would have done their song without a moment’s hesitation. Nonetheless, yes I do believe that since we have opened our market to foreign composers once again, the level has been raised because there is a vaster choice of songs and styles.

In the past couple of months, it was revealed that Malta would be competing in the first part of the second semi-final by virtue of a special allocation draw that took place in Baku, Azerbaijan. In the past couple of days, this decision was further evolved through the actual draw for the running order which has now pit the song to compete from position number four. Unfortunately, this has not been a very good draw when it comes to hopes of qualification with only two out of eight in the past four years making it through to the final stages of the competition. What is your opinion on the draw that you have been given and will you be doing anything special to elevate the performance with the hopes of taking Malta to the final for the third time since the semi-final system was introduced?

Draws, running numbers and past results do not affect me or my band. We are there to give a good show and if the audience and judges deem us worthy or making it through then we surely will. If they don’t think so, then it will be our turn as competitors to be a sport and accept the result. I always had a theory, if you don’t like how a system works – do not try to be a part of it. I knew all of these things beforehand and yet I entered – therefore no I will not be doing anything special other than go on that stage, have a good time and with hopes that the audience will sing with us and try to do the Apple Jacks (Inverted W).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjhBsCop3Ys

In the past couple of weeks, you have been quite busy alongside your team with regards to the preparations for the music event by promoting the song in Azerbaijan, Bulgaria and Lithuania although it is somewhat expected that you will be going to more countries in the coming weeks. A promotional tour is somewhat important whilst still remaining connected with the Maltese public in general, something which has been somewhat questionable in recent weeks because you were quite busy with preparing the final version of the track and also finalizing your team for Baku. Do you believe that a promotional tour is necessary in present days and apart from that, would you tell us about the team you will be presenting in Azerbaijan?

It is a fact, that a good number of singers enter this Song Contest not simply to win, but to perform on this huge platform. When you are on a stage that has so many followers and viewers, the chances of you getting noticed are a lot bigger. So from personal experience, yes touring is important because you get make new friends, meet new people and widen your fan base. Since this tour, I have had people from Azerbaijan, Bulgaria and Lithuania sign up to my fan page and view/share my music and music videos. Does it help with the votes? I like to think so, because if you really connect with your audiences then, they will remember you. Having said that, it is not enough, you need a proper internet strategy too otherwise you will fall behind. This is something we are still new to in Malta but we are currently seeking council about this as none of us know this art properly. With regards to the performance in Baku, we are keeping the performance quite similar to the one we did in Malta – with some tweaks here and there done by my good friend Warren Bonello (DJ/dancer) in alliance with Peter Carbonaro, PBS and myself, to give it a more world class approach I guess.

Would you like to say anything to your fans and our readers at www.escflashmalta.com?

I would like to give my fondest regards and best wishes to ALL the readers of escflashmalta.com – you can achieve anything you set your mind to if you believe (Believe and Achieve)… Listen to what people have to say, measure their advice and then – if it still feels right, take action. Lots and lots of love from Malta – yours truly K.

Published in Interviews

In recent years, the local music scene has been thriving and this is due to the fact that a crop of artists is quickly emerging out of the shadows gaining recognition both on a national and an international scale. The growing dominance of the music market following the opening of the ITunes store in Malta might prove to be beneficial towards the industry with a number of vocal performances, songwriters and producers putting their best talents up to test in hope of reaching success of various levels. With the focus being on the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, one tends to lose touch with some of the acts that have become known through the national event and have continuously been representing the country with their respective talents. Today, we are going to be talking to no one else other than Tiziana Calleja who has led one of the busiest lives of any contestant in the event since coming in third place at the Malta Eurosong back in 2010.

Looking back through time, many people never expected to see you at the Malta Eurosong as a contestant due to the fact that many had already become accustomed to your face as a presenter of the show 'Singledout' which aired ONE Television during the autumn/winter schedule. Members of the editorial board remember seeing you at the second stage auditions thinking that you had dabbled in vocal performing for quite some time but had never really acted upon it. What was the reason behind the change of scenery when you were born talented and what advice do you give to upcoming performers who are yet to make respective decisions on what to do in general?

Malta Eurosong wasn’t the first step in my singing career. Before entering the Maltasong I did several concert and Musical Theatre performances with different companies functioning in Malta.  I even spend a whole year studying Voice and Music in England where I got my diploma in Popular Music. Other than that my main target was always the Arts of Performing.  I studied and got my Degree in Musical Theatre, which also requires singing.  Part of my everyday work is that of entertaining guests in functions and hotels. So I wouldn’t say that I started singing just for the sake of Malta Eurosong.

When I entered the festival I must admit it was a bonus as the Maltese community sees it as one of our local main events and therefore you get recognized, being a singer. My advice would be that at a young age it’s good to try different things out.  Perhaps playing an instrument or any other hobby.  It’s good to put your hands on opportunities that come up, however by time one has to choose and see what they really want to do.  By time you’ll realize that your forte would automatically eliminate the rest of disciplines, as it will be taking much more of your time.

The very first time that you tried your hand in the Malta Eurosong competition was actually back in 2010 with the song ‘Words Are Not Enough’ composed by John David Zammit and penned by Paul Callus, a team which had not been in the competition for quite a number of years, with their last work together published back in 2006 with the sisterly duo of Ali & Lis. Nevertheless, it seems like you had made the right decision having made it to the final stages of the competition where you eventually finished in third place overall despite a second place finish in tele-voting in front of public favourite Glen Vella. What did the song mean to you and did you believe that you were going to do so well?

The first thing that came up to my mind when I first heard the song ‘Words are not Enough’ was ‘Yes, this could work’.  It’s fun, bubbly and a positive tune.  Must admit that having a theatre background helped more than enough to portray a good performance overall.  The dancers and choreographer, Jes Sciberras used to meet up and try out different movements.  When everyone is comfortable and feel that the move/dance routine/lifts fit in, then we mark it and repeat it over and over again till it’s all brought together.  To be honest I had never thought that I would be placed in third place.  It sort of gave me the boost to believe in what I was offering the audiences.  However I believed in the whole package from the very beginning.  I don’t own third place on my own.  There’s a great team behind all that effort.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ0PbOTcOwA

The result normally leads to prospective interest from the public and with such support from the people; you were surely in with a chance to prepare the best possible direction for your music. In eventuality, you returned to the television screens prior to returning to music. You tried to return to the Maltese selection for the Eurovision Song Contest on more than one occasion namely in 2011 and 2012 but unfortunately your attempts were not successful and still hoping to improve on that result that you had obtained back in 2010. What could you tell us about the second phase where you had to perform the song ‘Come Back’ in front of a couple of individuals appointed by the Public Broadcasting Services as judges?

I cannot really say what the Maltasong selections are after.  Which style and what type of song they look for.  After 2010 I had some good songs that didn’t pass through to the finals.  This year’s selection as you mentioned was ‘Come Back’.  A good, catchy song that my band, Sidewalk wrote. I believed in the tune and still do.  However for some reason or another it didn’t pass through.  I did return to the TV screens as it’s part of what I do but that doesn’t mean that I stopped my singing career.  Maltasong is something that most of the singers look forward to participate in and I believe that one should experience the festival someday or another.  But it’s not the only event for a singer to show their capabilities.  As from 2010 I participated in Rockestra and Supported Zucchero when his concert was held in Malta back in Summer 2011.  Played some gigs with my band Sidewalk round the island as well as performed our own concert back in May 2011. Those are some important and extraordinary events that I would cherish.

Despite the lack of participation in the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, earlier this year you managed to make it to the final round of the ‘Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza’ with the song ‘Kollox Mill-Qalb’ composed by John David Zammit and penned by Paul Callus. This was the very first time for you in the competition and despite not placing; you gave an astounding performance which included a stunning choice of attire. What can you tell us about the song and the feeling that it evoked in you and how did it feel to perform in front such a large audience in respect of the twentieth anniversary that the competition was celebrating since its inception?

Yes it was my first time in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and it was a fun and exciting one.  Had a team of backing vocals, which really made the experience even nicer.  We enjoyed performing given the fact that we sang in the Maltese language.  It is such a beautiful thing to be able to sing in our own language.  It’s always a good vibe to perform infront of a large audience.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMHh6YIrAYs

Later on in the year with another television schedule being setup on all the local television stations, it was announced that you alongside the dancer Jes Sciberras were set to host a programme entitled ‘ShowBiz’ which features a lot of entertainment for viewers on a Sunday afternoon. It has received rave reviews by a number of people for a number of elements that feature predominantly including the celebrity dances and the recently finished section with the paintings drawn and sold off in aid of charity event ‘L-Istrina’. How does it feel to be presenting a programme with the same person who helped you succeed at the biggest stage in music over in Malta and what could you tell us about the fact that the programme will be used to select the acts that will represent the country in ‘San Remo Junior’?

I’ve known Jes for quite sometime now and both of us have something in common.  The Love for the arts and performing.  We started talking about options of an entertainment programme based on a theatre aspect and so it was.  Till now things got geared up and we are working on keeping ShowBiz alive and enjoyable as much as possible.  After the success we had with ShowBiz Dancing Challenge, we’ve been offered to have the selections for Ticket To Sanremo Junior where one performer will perform with a 40 piece live orchestra in the theatre Ariston, same theatre where Sanremo is held.  It is our pleasure having kids singing and giving their best performance at such a young age.

In the past couple of months, your musical career seems to have continued where it had left off because you were asked to represent the country abroad, something that many other performers such as Rita Pace, Janvil, Eleanor Cassar, Rosman Pace, Pamela, Glen Vella, Ludwig and Corazon have done in the past. The competition which you were invited to take part in was actually the ‘Top Sprint’ which is held in Italy and you received extremely positive feedback. You have now felt what it means to represent the country on an international platform as many others have done before you but what did it actually mean to you and would you do it again should another opportunity come up?

Top Sprint was superb.  The organizers were kind hearted and make you feel comfortable.  They were so pleased to have us represent Malta, as I’m sure they were with the other singers performing at the same event.  It gives you such a patriotic feeling being in another country and everyone appreciates you as an artist coming from Malta.  Maybe it’s true that although we’re small, we’re a special country!! Going back to 2010, I remember I had the same good feeling when I was chosen to perform and open the Show of Graduation Night in England.  It’s always extra credit to have foreigners believe in what you do, knowing their opinion as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SsKYcZPts8 

Three hundred sixty five days, fifty two weeks and of course twelve months have brought about the end of another year but then again, a new one will surely be taking centre stage and developing in no time at all with its characteristics. The past year for Tiziana has definitely been no easy ride with so many events and things carefully thought out in various areas of entertainment. What do you have planned for the upcoming year and will the local public be seeing any new material from you in terms of a singer noting that your last original track came during the aforementioned ‘Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza’?

This year I’m working on new material with my band, ‘Sidewalk’.  We are working on different stuff that represents our style and music.  So stay tuned on upcoming performances and perhaps…. A new Single!  Apart from that things look busy so am ready to take the challenge of what’s in store.

Would you like to say anything to your fans and our readers at www.escflashmalta.com?

I would love to say THANK YOU!! I believe that without our audiences and without their comments, a life of a performer cannot move on.  Despite all ups and downs you will always find that someone from the public that with his/her words they make you feel respected for what you do.  And that means a lot.

Published in Interviews

One of the most successful countries in the Eurovision Song Contest over the last couple of years has surely been Turkey making it to the top ten of the competition each and every year since 2006 whilst their first and only victory came back in 2003 thanks to Sertab Erener and her song 'Everyway That I Can' which won a nailbiting affair with Belgium over in Riga, Latvia. This year, they have decided to keep the style which saw them do well last year with a pop/rock influence clearly noticeable.



Last year, the Turkish broadcaster, TRT, called upon the winners of the MTV Award winners for the best European Act to represent the nation and maNga along with their song 'We Could Be The Same' managed to finish in second position which was their best result since their victory back in 2003. Thus, they have called upon an up and coming band called Yuksek Sadakat who will be presenting the song 'Live It Up' in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Dusseldorf, Germany.

The promotional tour for the act commenced today and the destinations which have been included in their tour include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Azerbaijan, Germany, The Netherlands, Albania and our very own nation of Malta. During this promotional tour, the group are set to be making radio and television appearances as well as magazine interviews. We will be doing our best to let you know of their schedule here in Malta.

Source: Yüksek Sadakat's Twitter, Official Website

Friday, 30 April 2010 16:09

Malta: Thea Garrett in Belgium

The Maltese representative in this years' Eurovision Song Contest namely Thea Garrett has embarked on a trip that will take her to the city of Antwerp in Belgium where she is set to be promoting her entry My Dream composed by Jason Cassar and written by Sunny Aquilina which will be performed in the 11th position within the first semi-final to be staged on the 25th May 2010.

Apart from several media exposure through the television and also the radio stations, Thea was given an extra event to deal with yesterday having met with the Belgian Ambassador to Malta. The culmination of the trip will be taking place this evening when a party is set to be hosted. A total of seven participating countries will be making the trip as seen below:

  • Armenia - Eva Rivas - Apricot Stone
  • Belgium - Tom Dice - Me and my guitar
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina - Vukasin Brajic - Thunder and Lightning
  • Greece - Giorgios Alkaios - Opa
  • Ireland - Niamh Kavanagh - It's for you
  • Malta - Thea Garrett - My Dream
  • Serbia - Milan Stankovic - Ovo Je Balkan

After all of the participants assemble at the Ramada Plaza Hotel within Antwerp, Belgium, the media will be taking pictures. This will be followed by the introduction of the seven artists who will all be given exposure through interviews. A welcome reception is then set to be held for all the media and invited guests within the AEC Antwerp. An hour later, a speech by the host of the event namely Bram Bierkens from the organising committee of the event. The performances would kick off straight after mixed with some interesting forms of arts including a fashion show and a tribute act.

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Like in the previous years, SVT is making four preview shows featuring all the 39 countries participating in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest which will be held on the 25th, 27th and 29th of May respectively.

These shows started on April 27th till May 18th. There are five experts reviewing the songs weekly. The show is hosted by Melodifestivalen producer Christer Björkman. Last April 27th and last night, these five experts voted for all of the 17 songs participating in the first Semi-final.

These are the results:

19 Points to Latvia
18 Points to Portugal
18 Points to Albania
16 Points to Iceland
16 Points to Moldova
16 Points to Malta
13 Points to Greece
13 Points to Slovakia
13 Points to Belgium
13 Points to Belarus
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12 Points to Russia
09 Points to Bosnia & Herzegovina
09 Points to Finland
09 Points to Poland
08 Points to Serbia
04 Points to Estonia
03 Points to FYR Macedonia

The five experts are none other than: Lena Philipsson (2004 Swedish Eurovision representative), Kayo Shekoni (singer, former member of Afro-dite, 2002 Swedish representatives), Rennie Mirro (musician), Thomas Lundin (Eurovision expert, TV host ) and Marie Serneholt (singer, former member of A-Teens). You can watch the latest show here.

Note that the reviews for the second semifinal will start as from May 11th and will take up till May 18th.

Source: SVT

Another Nordic nation has now held their own set of previews and this is none other than Finland whose broadcaster YLE has appointed a number of well known people in the music industry in order to see the video clips of this years' participating entries and giving them points. It is quite interesting to note the similarities between the results achieved in Sweden and Finland.

Qualifiers:

1st: Portugal - 19 points
2nd: Latvia - 18 points
2nd: Finland - 18 points
4th: Iceland - 16 points
4th: Albania - 16 points
6th: Greece - 12 points
6th: Malta - 12 points
6th: Slovakia - 12 points
9th: Serbia - 11 points
10th: Moldova - 10 points

It is interesting to note that Malta placed quite well with both Scandinavian nations and one should keep in mind that the Juries will be playing an important role this year and therefore Thea Garrett's chances of qualification are improving day by day. Checking in the betting odds today, Malta has gone up some four to six places with the best odds offered at 60/1.

Source: Oikotimes

Friday, 14 May 2010 23:47

Malta: Thea Garrett leaves for Oslo

The Maltese representative in the 55th Edition of Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Oslo Norway, namely Thea Garrett will be leaving for her destination tomorrow morning with the local press invited to see her off as she makes arrives at 11am. During her time in Oslo, the artist will be rehearsing at least twice during the first week before three dress rehearsals which will follow in the second week.

Thea Garrett had won the Malta Eurosong 2010 competition with overwhelming support from both the professional hailing from European countries as well as the public despite being quite the unknown and relative newcomer to the competition. In Oslo she will be joined by Jes Sciberras who will be playing the part of the seagull, three backing vocalists being Pamela, Jackie Pace Delicata and Nadine Axisa, composer Jason Paul Cassar and lyricist Sunny Aquilina. Recent omens have been quite positive and fans across Europe are seeing Malta as a qualifier within the 8-10th region. The team of ESCflashmalta.com will be bringing you images, video and reports from Oslo to keep you updated on the happenings LIVE.