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Andi is a young female singer/songwriter who has just published her debut single entitled We Can Try produced and mixed by Peter Borg at Railway Studios. The song is a melodic piece with a simple structure, one which is normally appreciated with an orchestra but nevertheless, the producer was crafty enough to make it radio friendly in order to garner airplay. An official music video directed by Keith Falzon, has also been published to aid with the promotion. It is artistic and features Andi playing the piano along with a ballerina in the background.

Peter Borg was one of the songwriters behind the track Never Walk Away alongside David Cassar Torreggiani, Matthew James Borg and vocalist Chris Grech. It finished in fifth place behind Gianluca, Kevin Borg, Davinia and Amber respectively. It is worth noting that he is also part of the group Red Electrick whose latest single The Runaway has been a radio hit, climbing up the chart relatively quickly and actually peaking at number #3 on Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D broadcast on 89.7 Bay. In recent months, Peter has been working with a series of upcoming artists, honing their skills, dabbling in songwriting and acting as a producer. Andi follows Kevin Paul Calleja and Cheryl Balzan and is surely set to be a hit based on just the comments of the general public through YouTube. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Sources: YouTube, Facebook

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aa-bWhn6NrU

Published in Local Music News
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 18:00

Malta: Red Electrick Unveil Brand New Project

Red Electrick, a five piece band who seemingly established themselves as formidable and unique within the past year upon the release of single, Paul which was taken from the project known as The Unplugged Sessions. At the Malta Music Awards, this single was selected as Best Song of the year and the performance that followed was special in more ways than one. The illustrious vocals of Matthew James Borg complement the instrumental talent of the rest of the band which also includes Peter Borg, Raphael Tonna, Ivan Borg and Jonas Delicata. Tonight, the group are lauching their follow-up single it seems with a brand new short movie, a music video which will aid promotion.

The event, which is taking place at Villa Madama in Attard has been coined as The Runaway, presumably also the name of the brand new single. It is important to point out that Peter Borg and Mattew James Borg were also co-writers of the song Never Walk Away presented by Chris Grech at this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, finishing in a credible fifth place and having also won the Public Award through escflashmalta.com following an intense battle with Kevin Borg and his entry Needing You. This is the first project for Red Electrick since then noting that it was also the aftermath to both The Unplugged Sessions and Paul. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the local music scene. 

Source: Press Release (Eileen Spiteri, Peter Borg)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEPU2v8aIGw

Published in Local Music News
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 10:15

Radio International: Another Week, More Surprises

The Team of Radio International is back following yet another enchanting visit to Germany due to the fact that ARD were hosting the national selection, the first one we have attended since the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. 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 Eurovision fans can join in and chat amongst each other via the Chat Room and request their favourite Eurovision entry.

Last years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest produced a star in the form of Amber, who then went onto join Kurt Calleja abroad as a backing vocalist. She returned this time round with quite a lot of hype surrounding her participants and with the snazzy jazzy In Control composed by Paul Giordimaina and penned by Fleur Balzan. It might not have been meant to be but with the support of the public and the jury, she managed to finish in fourth place and therefore, kept within the placing she received the previous year, roundabout. Within this interview, Amber spoke about her recent experiences within the world of the Eurovision Song Contest and what lies ahead as her career in music continues to progress in a natural manner.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GhhlQ5QtE0

In the meantime, the interviews continue with the fifth place finisher at the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest in the form of Chris Grech whose entry Never Walk Away co-written with Peter Borg, Matthew James Borg and David Cassar Torreggianni. The public were seemingly all out in favour of Chris Grech and as a matter of fact put the performer in third place on the evening with the jury taking him down to fifth place, this being their verdict. The singer was also the leader of the escflashmalta.com Public Choice Award in the lead up to the competition and expected to be announced as the winner this Saturday through Sas-Sitta. Chris speaks to Radio International about his background in music and how he came to take part in this competition. What experience could he draw and how will eventually move forward.

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

Moving away from Malta, members of the Team of Radio International were present during the German national final and had the opportunity to speak with Cascada's lead singer, Natalie Horler who will be represent the Western country in the Eurovision Song Contest following the victory with the track Glorious which has been received a lot of negative press in recent days of reports of plagiarism. The renowned group has been around for quite a couple of years and have had success all over the world including the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States. The fourth and final interview of the evening will be LIVE during the programme and it will be with Zoe Alexis who is hoping to represent Ireland with the track Fire.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y77A9-hQAp0

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. 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

Saturday, 02 February 2013 17:30

Malta Eurovision 2013: The Final - LIVE

For the past twenty-five years, Malta has selected entries which have achieved various results, including close first runner-ups in 2002 and 2005 respectively, but nevertheless, in a minority when it comes to the non-winners' circle alongside nations such as Iceland, Cyprus, Albania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Portugal, Moldova and Belarus amongst others. This time round, our nation will be sending the twenty-sixth representative from a field of sixteen (16) entries which were shortlisted from an earlier list of twenty-four (24) as performed during the semi-final last night. The chosen act will hopefully follow in the footsteps of Kurt Calleja who qualified for the final with his track This Is The Night last year. The Malta Eurovision Song Contest has become something of a tradition in the past couple of years and despite the technical issues yesterday, one will be hoping for a much smoother transmission this evening!

This years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is being broadcast through TVM, TVM 2 with special commentary by Norman Vella and Rodney Gauci, Radju Malta with commentary by Frederick Zammit and also through the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest. The hosts for the evening will be Elaine Saliba and Gordon Bonello whose roles will surely be larger this evening considering that they will be interviewing each of the sixteen (16) acts that made it through to the final. Rodney Gauci will also be doing a number of backstage interviews during the show in order to give the audience, a behind the scenes element. A number of special guests will be taking to the stage this evening including; Gorġ u Pawlu with the song Hot & Famous, the Swiss representatives; Heilsarmee who will be singing their entry You and Me, Kurt Calleja who is set to do a medley of original and cover songs and last but not least, the cast of D.R.E.A.M.S who will be opening the show with a medley of original songs in Maltese.

All right, the show is ON! The cast of DREAMS have taken to the stage... but those watching the commented version have been taken to the side to listen Norman and Rodney, blabbing. If “Majestuz, kbir” are the sort of comments we’ll be having, then I rather doubt many will be watching it on TVM2. OK, Norman, you’ve already cracked this joke. No need to keep telling us about Anton making you comment in exchange of a 2 free tickets. Will this commented version really be a side-watch of these two blabbing away? We’re missing out on the whole show. Please! 


It seems to have hit them, finally. We’re now watching the DREAMS cast giving what I can call a splendid performance. It’s cool to have this sort of Medley in a fun manner. Thumbs up to DREAMS - great opening! 

I can’t, for the life of me, follow this commented version. I wouldn’t mind skipping half the show if these two were really good at it. But they are wooden. The comments are, well, non-existent and they really look tacky with people just popping by to say something. Off to TVM, as it’s the show I’m interested in, anyway.  

Gordon and Elaine seem set to give a better show tonight. No, I have to take that one back... it’s too rehearsed. Elaine replies to the jokes before they are even completely spoken. It’s also looking a tad too wooden. And what do you do when you’re stuck? Well, you ask Carlo Borg Bonaci to save you, of course. Actually, this gets me thinking. Why couldn’t he have been the host? He’s great personality, really. Just a couple of lines and the ice has now been totally broken.  

Running Order

01. Superstar - Scar (Konrad Pule)

Scar gave a good show; the whole performance is convincing, with very strong stage presence. The leading singer is enjoyable and there’s utmost harmony in the group. In Calvin Klein laid-back looks, this cool pop-rock act is a twist you simply need to have in such a final. There’s nothing too fancy - and that’s surely a plus. Having said that, upon listening to the song more than once, you realise there’s very little to it. The structure and the idea work well, but you get the feeling there is something missing. I like it, yet it would have to undergo some serious arrangements in order to be deemed strong. As it is, it’s too much of a hey-it’s-good-but-nothing-major.  

02. Starting from the End - Dorothy Bezzina (Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)

One cannot overlook the great chorus of this song, it accompany’s Dorothy beautifully: it simply puts the song on an altogether higher level. Today’s performance, if possible, seems even stronger! You simply have got to love how Dorothy seems to play with the vocals with such ease; something to be truly appreciated in such contests. You can really feel the energy coming your way with the melody. Yet, though it was to be expected that the song would go through to the final, I think it will be hard for Dorothy to be Malta’s envoy: this is surely not the singer’s fault, but merely the song’s. It seems to me it lacks that little something which makes you say “that’s it!”  

03. My Stranger Love - Corazon (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

 

You can tell Corazon is doing her best to deliver. She has a good command of the voice; she knows how to work with it. It literally sounds like something coming out Disney! And yet, could anyone tell me what the song is really saying? I cannot quite put my finger on it: yes, there are many flowery words and all, but you can’t impress with that, can you? Also, the dress just didn’t work here. In fact, it looks so much better while she sits at the piano (rather Alicia Keys kind of thing if you ask me). Unfortunately, though I don’t mind it all that much, the history of the Eurovision works against this act: hardly do you see such songs doing well. All in all, I quite doubt she’ll be a high-flyer tonight. 

04. Ultraviolet - Jessika (Thomas G:Son / Philip Vella / Gerars James Borg)

Jessica simply loves the Eurovision - this is the first thing you notice once she takes to the stage (that and her hair look, very edgy, actually!) The singer oozes energy from all her pores. I like the singer more than I like her song, which doesn’t really tickle my fancy. Unfortunately, I don’t think this particular song does her justice; it comes across as if she’s straining her voice, though at some instances it strangely becomes really appealing and convincing. Possibly that’s the swedish element by G:Son...which could ultimately do well in Sweden this year. The song needs to be re-touched and enhanced in many aspects. As it is, I believe the song won’t place among the top ones. I must concede, though, that today’s performance was so exceedingly better than yesterday’s! 

05. Us Against the World - Gianni (Boris Cezek & Dean Muscat)

 

Gianni’s vocal range is limited, so you can easily notice he struggles with certain notes. However, this doesn’t really make you dislike the song. Actually, the very chilled feel that comes off that stage when Gianni and his band are at it is somehow pleasing. I think it evokes a something-Indie-like feel, which is rather nice on the ear. The only thing is that when you listen to the song per se you would imagine someone younger singing it. Though it’s generally good, I think it wouldn’t perform well in Sweden.  

06. Betrayed - Davinia (Elton Zarb / Muxu)

 

If you wouldn’t be looking at the TV, then you would just have to do it once Davinia starts singing. She has a peculiarly sultry voice, which really breaks the routine. I think that in reality, more than to the song itself, people listen to the daunting voice. I'm in a bit of a predicament, I think that on the whole I’m rather happy with the diversity this song has to offer. It’s very cool and in, and you can’t dispute that. The song will have to be enhanced and given a stronger feel to it. It really wouldn’t displease me if this act flies to the top.  

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

 

Kevin is a strong singer. His winning the Swedish Pop Idol sort of proves that. It is exactly because you’d have high expectations that you would be looking forward to a really strong song. This is a hooking ballad, but I would say it has a bit of an old feel to it. The whole show was a good one; the voice, the lyrics, the melody. I can’t quite understand the purpose of having that model/dancer coming out at the last bit of the show, though... that’s surely an unnecessary element. I tried making myself like the song more, especially because I believe tonight's was much stronger and it stands a very good chance of making it to Sweden (at least if all that clapping and people standing is anything to go by), but I just cannot fall in love with it. Oh well.  

08. Fall Like Rome - Richard Edwards (Magnus Kaxe / Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

I really believe Richard has a beautiful voice; and his immaculate diction just renders his singing even more hooking. The looks are good - laid-back, yet stylish. That’s exactly what this sort of song asks for. I have my reservations when it comes to the song per se. I was expecting Richard to present us with something better and altogether stronger. The lyrics are too loaded, and I feel sort of confused in trying to grasp what it’s saying. The melody is very good and his falsetto skills are rather good (though yesterday they seemed more evident). Today's performance was dirtier than yesterday, also. But Richard is one of those who could have the so-called ‘package’ - but that will demand some thorough work on the arrangements.  

09. Perfect Day - Janice DeBattista (Boris Cezek & Dean Muscat)

Janice has a pleasing voice, but I can’t really get through to the song. I don’t like what she’s done with the attire and all... it almost looks dull. I think that such a young singer could play more with it. As for the song, it just doesn’t do it for me. I’m bored all through. Most of the others are head and shoulders above this one. I think it would get lost in the crowd were to be Malta’s envoy. It’s something you listen to just one - if at all. 

10. Love-O-Holic - Deborah C (Johan Bejerholm / Gerard James Borg)

This is the typical cliché you would be happy to have missed, then it pops up on TV and it knocks you down. There’s really nothing much I have to say about this one. I’m just surprised to find it in the final. I think that the semis were already too much of a present. When the song starts you think it’s so bad that it just has to get better. Alas, it really doesn’t. I concede that Deborah looks very natural on stage, but that’s not enough. Having said that, I believe this song is one of those you can either love or hate. I belong to the latter group. 

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

 

Claudia is one of the few singers who gets better as an artist with each passing year. I don’t like the outfit much; I can’t seem to place it. I like the song and the music. Her rock-like voice blends in very well. The chorus is also a catchy factor in this one. All in all, it’s a song you want to listen to, and today’s performance was more powerful! However, I believe it needed some more work in reality. She should do well, yet it’s not this year’s winning song. It lacks that final convincing element. 

12. Tomorrow - Gianluca Bezzina (Boris Cezek & Dean Muscat)

Gianluca’s personality is as infectious as is his song: I honestly believe it has all the prerequisites. And I'm even more convinced after today's performance! The song has good lyrics and melody, and the vocal range of the singer perfectly accompanies the whole act. In reality, there is nothing really ground-breaking with the song, but with everything seemingly falling into place, you just get to like it and, well, you have to sing along. Some have said it’s not very Eurovision-friendly, but I wholly disagree with that. I think it could stand out in the crowd were it to make it. Come on, Gianluca, win! (And take Dorothy with you, for the backing! Yes!) 

13. Never Walk Away - Chris Grech (Grech / P Borg / M Borg / D Cassar Torreggiani)

I understand the hype surrounding this song/singer. He has great vocal skills in reality. The husky voice gives a nice feel to the song. The laid-back look is also welcome. If I have to come clean, however, I would say that the song lacks a proper climax. I listened to it all because what he does with the voice is really good. I think that with a good arrangement, this pop-rock one could easily become a radio hit. It definitely stands a good chance tonight, and it’s indeed one of my faves.  

14. Wonderful Today - Petra & Richard (Wayne Micallef / Richard Micallef)

I like Richard. I like Petra. But I don’t like them together here. I think Petra’s solo should’ve made it instead of this one. It was definitely stronger. The voices don’t seem to blend well together. Petra seemed overpowering to me. I am not too keen on the chorus, either. I was never too fond of duets, as it takes a special something for it to work as expected. Sadly, I didn’t see that tonight. 

15. In Control - Amber (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

Amber has great stage presence; she seems really comfortable up there. Unfortunately, I don’t think the attire has helped her much; nor did that of the backing vocalists’. It seems to me there was too much going on. She is usually the sort of singer you wouldn’t forget.  Well, after tonight, we’ll remember her for sounding a tad too sharp (not really in control) - better than yesterday, granted, but still not 100%. In any case, I don’t think this particular song breaks much ground. It has a good flow to it, yes, but that won’t work enough wonders.  

16. Too Little Too Late - Domenique (Marc Paelinck / Matthias Strasser)

I feel there’s hardly anything appealing about this act. The singer looks much older than she is. I can’t understand why they would make her go for such heavy makeup, jewellery and hair-do - she’s a pretty girl, and that’s evident. Overdoing was counterproductive.  The song just doesn’t convince me: it’s too much of a sombre ballad and she seems to find it difficult to change register. At times she was completely off. Again, there were much better songs that could’ve been here instead of this one. 
 

The Show (Part 2)

So the 16 acts are now over. Everything ran smoothly tonight, so the singers seem very pleased. In fact, after a recap to refreshen the audience’s memory, we are now being taken on a tour among the participants. And of course, we have a comfy, laid-back chit-chat with all of them. 
 

Time’s up! Tele-voting has now been closed. We’re taken back for some more small chat with the 16 contestants who, with each passing minute, look more and more anxious. In reality, this is the moment I dread the most. You get bombarded with loads of adverts, which ultimately just tire you out and make you contemplate whether you should just change channel or not. 

Seems like Petra and Richard’s wasn’t the only duet for the night. Gorg and Pawlu have now joined Elaine on stage and they seem to be prepared to perform their long-awaited Hot and Famous. All right, it’s just a rip-off of Gangnam Style and Slamdog Millionnaire. Mediocre, really. Some music playing, a lot of people dancing in the background and Rodney and Gordon disguised as Gorg and Pawlu. I may be very difficult to please, but whoever thought this would be fun was incredibly mistaken..so it’s really bad when Elaine asks for a “capcipa kbira”!  

OK, taking the stage now are the act representing Switzerland in this year’s Eurovision. I believe that if we make the right choice, we could actually do better than them.  Following is Kurt Calleja ...and he seems to have decided to go for a big performance. Well, albeit not impeccable (OK, you're right, it's a showcase of how-to-be-off), it has at least helped shake off the dullness that was about the engulf this second part of the night. 

Funnily enough, though we are still awaiting the results, it is being rumoured on another website that Amber is the winner. The website has since removed the page and it stated it was a technical error. Well, we'll soon discover that - the judges are now announcing their votes! 

Gianluca Bezzina is now leading the show, for the judges seem to have chosen him over Kevin Borg (who won the public vote). And it is with Carlo Borg Bonaci that we've had the confirmation - 


I cannot be any happier in announcing that GIANLUCA BEZZINA is the winner! Tomorrow will be representing Malta in Sweden! The audience doesn't seem all that happy, as the clapping has gone missing after Kevin Borg was confirmed first runner-up. 


Finally, 
One cannot not give credit to PBS when this is due. Tonight’s show ran smoothly - the sound, too, worked well. It’s good to see they have worked hard to make sure there wouldn’t be any snags today (unlike yesterday’s!) But that is where the praise starts and ends.  

 

What about the ‘jokes’? Don’t you think they were just as tacky? I saw no wit and no fun there. Of course, they couldn’t possibly harp on about politics: their bee in the bonnet must have been given some fresh air. (To which we all said “yaaayyy”, right?) Then we had: “liii tenk god ma libsitiex Carina” - Seriously, Gordon? Did you actually think that was a sharp one? No, throwing a jibe at Carina here and there just didn’t save the day. Nor did those crappy poems. Who comes up with these ‘brilliant’ ideas? 

 

I also think Elaine Saliba, despite being an adorable girl, just isn’t cut for this kind of thing. I still believe that Valerie Vella should host this show. She is polite, elegant and knows how to be pungent, without ever crossing the line. 

 

However, tonight we had an extra. We had the commented version on TVM2. I had to go back and forth to check what great work they were doing on the other side... and well, each time I was let down. You simply have to ask it: why, exactly, would they have a commented version without having decent commentators? Norman Vella may have been blessed with many things, but pungent remarks aren’t among that list.  

The Public Broadcasting Services, a member of the European Broadcasting Union and a participant in the Eurovision Song Contest, has always prepared well for the event, noting the national selection procedure has always managed to secure the interests of songwriters, producers and artists. The prize is somewhat intriguing because one would get the opportunity to perform in front of millions of people, get interviewed by some of the leading media in the continent and also have the distinct possibility of meeting some astonishing names in the music industry due to the high profile that the competition carries. As a matter of fact, 2013 is not set to be any different to be honest, due to the fact that there are a number of acts who are trying to represent their country who are already well known including; Daze in Denmark and Cascada in Germany keeping in mind that Anouk has already been selected for The Netherlands. escflashmalta.com is covering all of the entries competing in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with an award set to be given by a panel of five critics from the foreign industry who have assessed our respective entries. The eleventh entry is Never Walk Away performed by Chris Grech and co-written with Peter Borg, Matthew James Borg and David Cassar Torreggiani.

Chris Grech has always shown that his heart is deep rooted within the sphere of music showing as a child that he wanted to be the one to play the guitar and hopefully headline concerts and one cannot say that this has not been the case in the past couple of years noting that whilst being a newcomer to the local music scene with regards to this competition, he has already become a sensation through his participation in other events. Thinking things through, Chris eventually contacted some friends and finally got his own band going on and together shared a vast amount of experiences, learning the ropes and performing across the country and receiving a positive response. A couple of years later, Chris was performing on his own and was approached by another band known as Twenty-Six Other-Worlds. The offer was simple and sought him to become their lead vocalist. In time, he accepted and thus, the vocal abilities that one could hear nowadays are a result of what he has achieved and what one could hear on their debut album entitled Manipulated released back in 2009. One of the headlining events that Chris has performed in is surely the Rockestra, an annual event held on behalf of the Malta Community Chest Fund in which he sung Gethsemane, The Show Must Go On, and Caruso. The audience were thrilled to hear him perform on each occasion.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWxYMk9I1CY

The underdog has a notoriety for coming out on top on certain occasions and considering the people are responding to the track in the way that they are, is quite something and this is well recorded through the views being received on viral website, YouTube as well as being in the lead in the poll which has attracted more than five thousand votes in just over two weeks. This is not the typical entry that has come to define the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and it shows the emergence of one local music scene and not two defined through competition. Whether it is pop, ballad, rock, jazz, metal, dance or r'n'b, it is all music and that has to be prevalent in the event because the people and the jury want a choice, they want to make the distinction and send the best possible entry. Songwriting credit for Never Walk Away is attributed to Peter Borg and Matthew James Borg of Red Electrick, the band which is currently sweeping the nation with regards to music noting that their single Paul has most recently been voted as the best song at the Bay Music Awards as well as David Cassar Torreggiani who is competing in this competition alongside his band, Scar fronted by Konrad Pule who have also been making hits in the industry with their track White Lie which was also nominated for the same award mentioned above. Combining the power of powerhouse songwriters seemingly works and has given this product, one that is strong in actuality.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 59%

Sharon Vaughn: I don't understand what this song is trying to say. The text is very contradictory… a lot of pretty words that don't fit the title or the rest of the song. A nice pure voice, too bad on the song selection.

Martin Isherwood: No idea what the song is about. Very hard to follow any line of meaning in the lyric. Good strong voice with rough edges. Standard rock tune but offering little that's fresh. Not really a Eurovision entry at all. 

Stano Simor: In the beginning, the song had already impressed me. Excellent vocal range and color of voice. Song has good modern sound. Never Walk Away is a typical radio pop rock song. I'm not sure whether it is a song for Eurovision, which would take a Eurovision audience. If the song is already fully launched already after first chorus ,the songs, would be more powerful and impressive.

Roberto Meloni: I like a lot this song, his stunning vocal skills and the arrangement too. A dark horse in the competition. 

Lina Eriksson: I kind of like this melancholic tune but I’m not mad about it. The whole package feels a bit dated and not 2013. 

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

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

Published in Editorials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: escflashmalta.com

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Wednesday, 26 December 2012 06:50

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: YouTube

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