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In previous years, the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza was a hub for newfound talent, with the winning circle going onto achieve more success in the near future. This was not the case in recent years with established acts and former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Mike Spiteri and Fabrizio Faniello amongst the last four acts to have won the local music competition.

In 2014 though, it seems that originality and talent played a major role in the jury choice with two of the three artists to rank in the top three, making their official debut in the 'Talent Stabbilit' portion of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. Earlier this morning, the Official Facebook Page of the prestigious music competition made the full ranking along with the points given, public. The jury comprised of; Manuel Aquilina, Steve Aquilina, Ivan Borg, Amber and Mike Spiteri.

1. Mixja Li Bdiet - Michela Galea (Renato Briffa / Alfred E Baldacchino) - 426 points

2. Ġabuna Indipendenti - Marilena (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop) - 369 points

3. Ħolma ta' Nazzjon - Cherylis Camilleri (Mark Debono / Rita Pace) - 362 points

4. Ħamsin Sena Nazzjon - Kaya & Nicole Brincat (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul) - 357 points

5. Mara - Domenique (Philip Vella / Paul Ellul) - 355 points

6. Stmerrejtek Ħabbejtek - Marie Claire (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - 327 points

7. Inservi - Kurt Cassar (Gillian Attard / Elton Zarb / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - 297 points

8. Kuntenta Kif Jien - Ann Marie Ellul (Rita Pace) - 295 points

9. Nemmen fil-Futur - Mattei Curmi (Philip Vella / Cher Vella) - 294 points

10. Nisġa - Josepha Cumbo (Minik / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - 277 points

11. Aħjar - Simone Gauci (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Rita Pace) - 277 points

12. Tħobbni Kif Jien - Phylisienne (Philip Vella / Chris Azzopardi) - 265 points

13. Naħfirlek - Franz Bezzina (Augusto Cardinali) - 261 points

14. Fuq dil-Blata - Roseann Cordina (Minik / Paul Ellul) - 260 points

15. Destin - Danica Muscat (Philip Vella) - 258 points

16. Tfajla - Donna (Ray Agius / Paul Ellul) - 252 points

17. Hemm Int - Valentina Farrugia (Roger Tirazona / Joe J Farrugia) - 245 points

18. Daqs Xulxin - Charlene Cardona (Minik / Joe Chircop) - 243 points

19. Ġrajjiet - Michela Dalli (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino) - 234 points

20. Passaġġ - Kurt Galea (Clinton Paul) - 235 points

21. Int u Jien - Maria Cassar (Minik / Rita Pace) - 216 points

22. Ibqa' Ħdejja - Ina Robinich (Minik / Deo Grech) - 193 points

23. Ngħidulek Grazzi - Christian Azzopardi (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino) - 184 points

Michela Galea, one of the youngest participants in this year's edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza joins a prestigious list of previous winners, some of which made the transition into the local music scene relatively quickly after their success. The most recent being none other than Amber, a four time participant in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and also backing vocalist of "This Is The Night" at the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

The winning entry of the public vote last night was "Tħobbni Kif Jien" composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Christopher Azzopardi whilst the triumphant act from the upcoming category was Kurt Cassar and his entry "Inservi" composed by Gillian Attard and Elton Zarb to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music scene.

Source: Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza (Official Facebook Page)

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National selections all over the continent are coming to an end especially when considering that the month of March started just a couple of days ago. This years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will be needing a lot of improvements in order to be elevated in quality but several broadcasters know that in order to do well, their tracks need to be slightly altered and the final versions presented to the European Broadcasting Union will surely denote this element. We would like to invite you to the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. Apart from the means of FM Radio in the Netherlands on FM 106.8 and the audio stream from the studio via www.radiointernational.tv and on Digital Cable 781 & cable 88.1Mhz in the Netherlands, the show will also be web-televised via the Radio International TV Channel from the studio and linking up the many international Eurovision fans and friends and play your requests and read your messages out on air. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET when fans can join in and chat amongst each other via the Chat Room and request their favourite Eurovision entry.

Sweden will be hosting this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and during the past weekend, attention turned to the host nation for the simple reason that they were organising the final of Melodifestivalen and the Team of Radio International was on hand so chat with most of the finalists competing. We had the absolute pleasure to speak to the winner, Robin Stjernberg who came from the second chance round with the song You. The performer who was a runner-up on the show Idol a couple of years back is also working with first runner-up of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Kevin Borg on his latest album and is represented by Lionheart Music Group. In the meantime, the runner-up of the competition was Yohio with the track Heartbreak Hotel whom despite being the favourite of the public, had to settle for second place due to the disappointing result given by the international jury. Other interviews were carried out with David Lindgren who performed Skyline, Anton Ewald who sang the song Begging, Sean Banan who choreographed Copacabanana and last but not least Louise Hoffstein, the only female who graced the stage with the song Only The Dead Fish Follow The Stream.

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The Melodifestivalen has always been one of the most prestigious events in Europe and therefore, the interval acts and people who give out the scores tend to be somewhat renowned either in the country or in the community of the Eurovision Song Contest. During the course of the evening, the interval was none other than Carola, who represented Sweden in the 1983, 1991 and 2006 edition of the international competition winning in 1991 with her performance of Captured by a Lovestorm. She performed her signature tune and first national hit, the 1983 entry entitled Framling which has been reworked for 2013. On the other hand other interviews will be transmitted, one with the hosts who were Gina Dirawi and Danny Saucedo, the latter being the first runner-up of the Melodifestivalen in 2011 and 2012 and last but not least an interview with Christer Bjorkman, the executive producer of Melodifestivalen and one of the organisers of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. The final interview which will be played this week is from the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2013 as Marilena who performed the track Overrated composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg speaks about her participation.

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Radio International is always keen to present songs during the show apart from the weekly features and therefore, collaborating the two ideas together will see the emergence of Eurovision UnverCover whereas tracks performed at the Eurovision Song Contest will be covered by other singers. The actual tracks will be played first followed by the cover and this will make things interesting. Apart from this feature, there will be new material played on the show by a number of former representatives including Patricia Kaas. All of the latest news is also covered during the weekly broadcast noting resources from escflashmalta.com and escXtra where Luke Fisher, the Editor makes a weekly round-up. A round up of the national finals thus far is set to be conducted by Alasdair Rendall. Follow the show through the official website and also send your requests through the contact link which is found on the aforementioned website.

Source: Team of Radio International

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Friday, 01 February 2013 16:40

MESC 2013: Public Poll Predicts Qualifiers

The final preparations for this evenings' Malta Eurovision Song Contest are surely taking place at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre with a final run through of the show taking place this morning, ironing out the issues that might have arose during the dress rehearsal but everything is ready for the twenty-four entries to be performed on the largest stage that the country could offer. For all the details pertaining to the organisation of the evening, please refer to the earlier article posted. Nevertheless, the showcase will definitely be one to enjoy throughout. This online portal, escflashmalta.com has been asking people to select their favourite entry in this years' competition and following the submission of 6454 individual votes, which is 1838 more than the past year where Kaya had finished in the top spot ahead of Claudia Faniello. 

Predictions are not easy to make but nevertheless, we are going to give it a go and predict which sixteen will ultimately make it through to the final round of the selection tomorrow night, as chosen by the Public Poll. It is important to denote that this is not the perception of any of the members of the editorial team but of the general public with votes this year coming in from Malta, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Greece, Cyprus, Australia and the United Kingdom amongst others. There were a lot of surprises in my opinion and some of those which were set to make it through just by virtue of their vocal skills might have not due to the fact that their entries are not thought to be strong enough. Nevertheless, in alphabetical order, this is the list of qualifiers;

Betrayed - Davinia (Elton Zarb / Muxu)

In Control - Amber (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

Keep Believing - Raquela (Raquela)

Let Your Heart Talk - Franklin (Ray Agius / Fleur Balzan)

Love-O-Holic - Deborah C (Johan Bejerholm / Gerard J Borg)

Loverdose - Melanie Zammit (Maria & Niclas Lundin / Gerard J Borg)

Needing You - Kevin Borg (Borg / Gribbe / Thornholm / Attlerud / Clauss)

Never Walk Away - Chris Grech (Grech / P Borg / M J Borg / D C Torreggiani)

Overrated - Marilena Gauci (Philip Vella / Gerard J Borg)

Perfect Day - Janice DeBattista (Boris Cezek / Dean Muscat)

Starting from the End - Dorothy Bezzina (Magnus Kaxe / Gerard J Borg)

Tides of Illusion - Ylenia (Jason Cassar / Mario Farrugia)

Tomorrow - Gianluca Bezzina (Boris Cezek / Dean Muscat)

Ultraviolet - Jessika (Philip Vella / G:Son / Gerard J Borg)

Us Against the World - Gianni (Boris Cezek / Dean Muscat)

When It's Time - Claudia Faniello (Errol Sammut / Claudia Faniello)

escflashmalta.com would like to wish all of the participants competing in this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest, the very best of luck, hoping that the best sixteen performances ultimately qualify to the final round of the selection process tomorrow night. There are always a couple of surprises in the eyes of the public but the jury would like to make sure that that special ingredient is selected on behalf of the country. The road to select the twenty-sixth representative and Kurt Calleja's successor commences this evening. Remember, that Keith Borg-Micallef will be doing a LIVE report of the show this evening, which in turn will air on TVM, TVM 2 and Radju Malta. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com

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Published in Editorials

The Public Broadcasting Services will be hosting the semi-final of this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest later tonight where twenty-four (24) entries will be competing to reach the final stage of the showcase, which is set to take place tomorrow night. Ultimately, sixteen (16) entries from this evening will survive with eight (8) being eliminated following a consensus between the public and the present jury which hails from Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Croatia, Ukraine, Italy and Malta. The Dress Rehearsal which took place last night was without any real glitches and it is important to denote that Elaine Saliba and Gordon Bonello are truly an inspiring pair with a relaxed script which is coming out as witty, and casual. Slight issues were amended and people could be ready to enjoy a spectacular show either on TVM, TVM 2 or Radju Malta whereas in the latter two, commentary will be provided in Malta to the local viewers.

The glitz and glamour of the competition is definitely extremely present this time round and there have been several additions to the dynamics of the stage in order to make it look extremely well placed on the tele-vision screens. In the meantime, the full guest list has been revealed to include local performers for this evening including last years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest winner, Kurt Calleja whose This Is The Night managed to make it through to the final albeit reaching a lower table position at the end of the evening. He will be joined by up and coming vocalist, Alex Alden as well as the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest representatives, Chris & Moira who will be doing a number of tracks from their repertoire. There have been no changes to the running order and as a matter of fact, all of the rehearsals that took place between yesterday and this morning, was seen in the manner that the public will see it.

01. Fall Like Rome – Richard Edwards (Kaxe / Philip Vella / Gerard J Borg)

02. Tides of Illusion – Ylenia (Jason Cassar / Mario Farrugia)

03. Perfect Day – Janice DeBattista (Boris Cezek / Dean Muscat)

04. Never Walk Away – Chris Grech (M Borg / P Borg / D Cassar Torreggianni / C Grech)

05. Overrated – Marilena (Philip Vella / Gerard J Borg)

06. No One’s Home – Petra (Wayne Micallef / Richard Micallef)

07. Starting from the End – Dorothy Bezzina (Kaxe / Gerard J Borg)

08. Too Little Too Late – Domenique (M Paelnick / M Strasser)

09. Ultraviolet – Jessika (T G:Son / Philip Vella / Gerard J Borg)

10. Let Your Heart Talk – Franklin (Ray Agius / Alfred C Sant)

11. When It’s Time – Claudia Faniello (Errol Sammut / C Faniello)

12. My Stranger Love – Corazon (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

13. Needing You – Kevin Borg (Borg / Gribbe / Thornholm / Attlerud / Clauss)

14. Superstar – Scar (Konrad Pule)

15. Loverdose – Melanie Zammit (N Lundin, M Lundin, Gerard J Borg)

16. Fantasy – Danica Muscat (Paul Abela / Joe J Farrugia)

17. Wonderful Today – Petra & Richard (Wayne Micallef / Richard Micallef)

18. Love-O-Holic – Deborah C (Bejerholm / Gerard J Borg)

19. Us Against the World – Gianni (Boris Cezek / Dean Muscat)

20. Keep Believing – Raquela (Raquela)

21. Tomorrow – Gianluca Bezzina (Boris Cezek / Dean Muscat)

22. In Control – Amber (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

23. The Remedy – Klinsmann (Kaxe / Philip Vella / Gerard J Borg)

24. Betrayed – Davinia (E Zarb / Muxu)

In a press release published by the Public Broadcasting Services this morning, it was revealed that commentary on the show through TVM 2 will be conducted by Norman Vella of the show TV Hemm as well as Rodney Gauci who will be hosting the backstage special whilst the duties on Radju Malta have been given to former Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza Chairman and Advisory Team Member, Frederick Zammit. In the meantime, escflashmalta.com will also be running a LIVE commentary with Keith Borg-Micallef, who is a music critic in his own right, so we indeed hope that you tune for his cheeky and realistic comments about the performances. The show in itself should be a spectacle for everyone to enjoy so if you live abroad and would like to watch, you can also do so through the official website of Television Malta.

Source: TVM, escflashmalta.com

Thursday, 31 January 2013 11:00

MESC 2013: The Day before the Semi-Final

Television Malta, the visual broadcasting method of the Public Broadcasting Services will be transmitting the semi-final of this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest tomorrow night starting at 20:30 CET simultaneously on TVM and TVM 2, with a special commentary being offered on the latter for those who are not typically fans of the competition. The preparations for the competition officially commenced on Tuesday and all of the acts have now taken to the stage three (3) times in total although, this morning and this evening, will mark the first time that they will be performing in their respective running order. The set-up at the venue is quite impressive and it is coming across extremely well on screen, pointing out the element that, this is indeed, a television spectacle.

The editorial board of escflashmalta.com has been on hand at the rehearsals for the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and can say that the way that the preparations were done this year, is quite well suited. This is due to the fact, that the first day was organised for the set up of the lighting and the visuals with the second day focusing rather on the sounds with regards to main and backing vocals. Run throughs on the other hand will be quite pivotal to see the gelling together of the show but nevertheless, people will surely be expecting a couple of surprises. Amongst the guests that performed in the past couple of days, there were Ġorġ u Pawlu with their track Hot and Famous composed by Philip Vella and penned by Cher Vella, Kurt Calleja who will be performing a medley of international and personal hits and the cast of D.R.E.A.M.S who have prepared a stunning showcase in Maltese for all of the local viewers to enjoy.

In the meantime, earlier this morning, the National Press Service of Belarus was informed by BTRC, the broadcaster responsible for the nations' participation in the Eurovision Song Contest that the Head of Delegation, Olga Salamakha will be one of the jury members in what is said to be an international panel of judges for this years' competition although, some local members are expected as has been the case in recent years. Speaking to the press, Olga stated 'This year the Maltese entry will be chosen by the international jury composed of representatives of the companies that make part of the European Broadcasting Union'. It is also being discussed that the countries will be aiding each other in the respective promotional tour. It has been said by ESCKaz that the jury involves a panel coming from Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Croatia, Italy and Ukraine. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: BTRC, National Press Service, escflashmalta.com

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Published in Local Music News
Tuesday, 29 January 2013 00:05

MESC 2013: Initial Rehearsals Commence Today

The final preparations are now going at a steady pace, the stage is set and today the singers will take the stage for their very first technical rehearsal. This is when the excitement starts and builds up throughout the week with the actual showcase taking shape as the days go by. The Public Broadcasting Services has released the stage design for this weekend’s Malta Eurovision Song Contest in which, twenty-four entries will be competing with the hope of representing the country in this years' Eurovision Song Contest set to take place in Malmo, Sweden.

The stage design is once again designed by the talented Carlo Schembri who has been entrusted in carrying out this job for the past number of years. His precision, creativity and flare of imagination leaves us guessing till the very ending but the final result is always spectacular to say the least. The stage is particularly designed for a television spectacle which allows numerous possibilities in terms of different shots the viewers will be able to see during the show this weekend. The director of photography is surely not new to the scene having been Stage Graphics Co-Ordinator at the Isle of MTV – Johnny MC will work closely with Nick Malbon, the Lightning Director for the festival who has also worked with MTV as an architectural lightning programmer.

Having such an experienced team is surely the key for success; they will be aided by Front of House Engineer, Arturo Pellegrini who has collaborated on various projects with Mediaset. The monitor engineer for the festival is also world class like the former names; Filippo Zecchini’s portfolio includes the likes of Andrea Bocelli, Zucchero, Riccardo Cocciante and Pavarotti. The overall set and lightning are going to be some spectacular and PBS described this as a ‘first for Malta’. That is no easy task to live up and expectations are running high but with the first preview image of the design and the stage lit up things look more than promising. Getting the feel and slowly start getting accustomed to the stage, with the positioning and the shots is surely a challenging task which the singers will have to surpass.

The rehearsals are there to make sure that by Friday night everything will be top-notch with everyone ready to rock the arena and rise to the occasion; with a mix of new comers and experienced contestants, it is going to be interesting to see who ready to shine brighter than the others and snatch the golden ticket to Malmo. In the meantime, apart from guest performances from the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest representative, Kurt Calleja and the cast of the hit musical dream series; D.R.E.A.M.S, there will be a special performance of Hot and Famous by the comic duo Gorg & Pawlu as well as Heilsarmee who will be representing Switzerland with the track You and Me. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services

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Published in Local Music News

With this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest just a couple of days away, the final days of promotion have commenced with the final leg of the schedule put forth for a number of artists. Nevertheless, appearances as a group are rare especially when taking into consideration that this is a competition in which someone will come out as the winner, leaving the others all in runner-up slots. Eight particular entries will fall at the first hurdle following a jury and public vote on Friday evening and that is what will prove interesting. When the time comes, it will indeed come but until then the Public Broadcasting Services continues preparations and this evening, all of the acts will be present on the programme Xarabank as the final pre-show takes place with lighthearted moments, medleys and more.

Peppi Azzopardi, the host will be on hand to host the programme produced by Where’s Everybody and will definitely keep everyone entertained whilst calling out the names of the participants, in a manner which could be termed as funny. There are twenty-four entries competing to represent the country in the Eurovision Song Contest and two in particular have somewhat been running away with our public poll for ages as you could denote on the right hand side. Chris Grech and Kevin Borg have distinctly different entries and their own legion of fans but the jury will decide. In the meantime, tonight after the eight o’clock news bulletin at 20:45 CET, it is imperative to switch on Television Malta which is also offered through a webcast and follow the proceedings live. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Television Malta

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Published in Local Music News
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 12:57

MESC 2013: The Running Order is Revealed

The Public Broadcasting Services is currently busy putting together the showcase for the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest which is set to take place on the 1st and the 2nd February at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre in Ta’ Qali. The twenty-four entries competing in the semi-final had not yet been told their position within the running order although in an escflashmalta.com exclusive, it was revealed that whilst Fall Like Rome by Richard Edwards would be opening the show, Betrayed by Davinia would be closing the spectacle. The rest of the running order was decided by the producers of the show in order not have recurrent song genres after each other.

The results of the semi-final will be decided in the same manner of the final noting that there will be a panel of seven local and foreign judges followed by tele-voting which will have the weight of just one judge. The first evening will be pivotal denoting that eight songs have to be eliminated and considering the outcomes of the past two years, there might be a couple of surprises. Last year, many were shocked to see I Want to Runaway sung by Eleanor Cassar and Whoop it Up! performed by Annalise Ellul failing to make it through to the final stage but indeed, this is a competition and surprises can occur. The full running order was released by the Public Broadcasting Services this morning and will be as follows;

01. Fall Like Rome – Richard Edwards (Kaxe / Philip Vella / Gerard J Borg)

02. Tides of Illusion – Ylenia (Jason Cassar / Mario Farrugia)

03. Perfect Day – Janice DeBattista (Boris Cezek / Dean Muscat)

04. Never Walk Away – Chris Grech (M Borg / P Borg / D Cassar Torreggianni / C Grech)

05. Overrated – Marilena (Philip Vella / Gerard J Borg)

06. No One’s Home – Petra (Wayne Micallef / Richard Micallef)

07. Starting from the End – Dorothy Bezzina (Kaxe / Gerard J Borg)

08. Too Little Too Late – Domenique (M Paelnick / M Strasser)

09. Ultraviolet – Jessika (T G:Son / Philip Vella / Gerard J Borg)

10. Let Your Heart Talk – Franklin (Ray Agius / Alfred C Sant)

11. When It’s Time – Claudia Faniello (Errol Sammut / C Faniello)

12. My Stranger Love – Corazon (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

13. Needing You – Kevin Borg (Borg / Gribbe / Thornholm / Attlerud / Clauss)

14. Superstar – Scar (Konrad Pule)

15. Loverdose – Melanie Zammit (N Lundin, M Lundin, Gerard J Borg)

16. Fantasy – Danica Muscat (Paul Abela / Joe J Farrugia)

17. Wonderful Today – Petra & Richard (Wayne Micallef / Richard Micallef)

18. Love-O-Holic – Deborah C (Bejerholm / Gerard J Borg)

19. Us Against the World – Gianni (Boris Cezek / Dean Muscat)

20. Keep Believing – Raquela (Raquela)

21. Tomorrow – Gianluca Bezzina (Boris Cezek / Dean Muscat)

22. In Control – Amber (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

23. The Remedy – Klinsmann (Kaxe / Philip Vella / Gerard J Borg)

24. Betrayed – Davinia (E Zarb / Muxu)

The dynamics of how the show will proceed are yet unknown when it comes to interval acts and so forth but the Public Broadcasting Services selected Elaine Saliba and Gordon Cauchi as the main hosts of this years’ competition with Rodney Gauci doing the backstage interviews. Kurt Calleja, last years’ representative is not expected to perform in the semi-final stage of the competition but is preparing a medley of some of the best songs in 2012 for the final night according to his Facebook Page. This years’ Malta Eurovision Song Contest might be an extremely close affair for the third year running with the people denoting two artists; Kevin Borg and Chris Grech as their front runners. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com in the coming days for more news about the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services

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The participants of this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest have been promoting their entries on a number of television and radio programmes as per the schedule set up for them by the Public Broadcasting Services yet today will mark the very first time that they are coming together on a show. Ħadd Għalik has played a major role in promoting the artists of the competition in recent years through fun filled activities, perfect for the entertainment of families. Amongst the games, there are a number of questions which the artists have to answer about each other and that has always proven to be absolutely hilarious. The show will be aired between 12:10 and 15:30 CET on Television Malta which could be streamed through the official website.

This years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is proving to be one of the most competitive in recent years noting that there has been a higher standard of quality and the country stands a better chance to do well based on that. Earlier this week, there were doubts with regards to the draw that the country was given at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, but nevertheless, despite performing in the first part of the second semi-final, the editorial board is confident that with the best entry, the odds will be overcome. Our public poll with more than five thousand votes sees Never Walk Away by Chris Grech in first place followed by Needing You by Kevin Borg in second place. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news with regards to this years’ edition of the local showcase.

Source: Television Malta

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Published in Local Music News
Saturday, 19 January 2013 15:00

MESC 2013: Reviewing the track 'Overrated'

The European Broadcasting Union is promising a lot of changes in this years’ edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, some of which have already been detailed accordingly, including the running order which will be decided by the producers rather than by the typical draw which has always managed to garner interest amongst delegations and fans alike. Sweden is always the nation used as a hub to experiment with the event noting that the millennium competition held in Stockholm was not far too different in terms of bringing about innovations. Malta will be sending its twenty-sixth (26th) representative in Malmo and considering the improvements that have been pushed into the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in these past couple of years; a positive result should be expected. Last year, the country overcame the odds and in a tough semi-final managed to come out on top, qualifying in seventh place with This Is The Night performed by Kurt Calleja. All of the respective acts competing in this years’ selection are currently receiving promotion and escflashmalta.com is also aiding by publishing the thoughts of professional critics on each entry. Ultimately, the winner will get an award, as presented on the program Sas-Sitta set for the 9th February. Entry number thirteen (13) is entitled Overrated, composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg with vocals provided by Marilena.

Studies have always taken precedent for Marilena but nevertheless, many will surely recall that she has grown into the scene through her experiences in the past, especially by virtue of representing the country in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest back in 2004 alongside the rest of the group known as The Young Talent Team whose entry Power of a Song did not set the scoreboard alight yet managed a mid-table position at the end of the evening. Nevertheless, the first major competition as a teenager surely came in 2007 when participating in the Ghanja Tal-Poplu competition, she achieved first place with the track B’Fommu Sieket composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas and penned by Paul Ellul. As a matter of fact, this was only the beginning noting that she had managed to gain entry into a number of competitions including the Malta Hit Song Contest in 2008 with One Goal composed by Elton Zarb and penned by Rita Pace, and in 2009 with Unforgettable composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg. The latter ended up being a successful track winning an esteemed competition in Egypt where thirty-seven countries had been competing. In 2011, she entered the finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the song He’s A Demon composed by Michael Henry and penned by Anthony Grech whilst she managed to reach the same stage during the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with Dil-Qalb Kbira and Bl-Ikbar Serjeta composed by Philip Vella and penned by Joe Chircop, of which the latter reached second place.

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Coming into the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, the timing might not be right considering that exams at the University have just commenced today but nevertheless, she is poised to bring her best cards to the table and with her entry Overrated, many consider her slightly lucky. Marilena entered the competition as the twenty-fourth entry following the withdrawal of Dress Rehearsal performed by Saska Hunt which was also a composition of Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg. The genre of this track is predominantly pop featuring a bit of dance but nevertheless, the sound is very reminiscent to the material being released by Jessie J which is definitely an added positive. Comparing the two entries she has presented in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, this has to be significantly better and would literally beat the other one out of the water. Song-writing credit in this entry is given to Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg who have together worked on five Eurovision entries for the country including the ones presented in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2008 respectively. This is the only entry which they are presenting as a duo noting that despite having a couple of songs, there are other songwriters involved.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 50%

Sharon Vaughn: I do not think this song makes any sense to be truthful, and I just cannot feel what the lyrics are trying to convey.

Martin Isherwood: Well put together pop song with catchy oohs and aahhs – chorus could be stronger hook-wise although the verse is good. Got a Eurythmics feels to it. Dangerous title for a song.

Stano Simor: Marilena act on stage very sympathetic  Colour of her voice is nice, but does not fit into the song she sings. Chorus has that "hand ups" feeling, but is just not strong enough. Uuuh Aaaah is too much cliche. Anyways keeping fingers to get final top 10.

Roberto Meloni: Well, the title is perfect for this song, .Sorry Marilena, you have a really good image but this song is not that good.

Lina Eriksson: This track feels a bit dated and I'm missing a great hook to keep me interested. Though, I've only heard a minute of this song, maybe it gets going later on? A very positive artist with a cute voice...therefore I get a little bit confused listening to the lyrics.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

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