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Until 2013, Daniel Testa was the most successful artist to represent Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with "Junior Swing", a song he wrote himself, finishing in 4th place. That all changed when Gaia Cauchi swept to victory in an impressive performance of "The Start", co-written with Gillian Attard, Elton Zarb and Matthew Mercieca.

Earlier this year, Daniel Testa emerged as a dark horse during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and came the closest to winning the ticket, as a vocalist who had been to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, including Marilena Gauci and Sophie DeBattista who have made the finals but yet to trouble the top three. "One Last Ride", a co-write between Stephen Rudden and Lawrence Peter Bridge, finished in third place, after achieving the second most amount of points with the public, just behind "Hypnotica" composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg by Jessika.

In an interview with junioreurovision.tv, Daniel Testa confirmed that he will be putting his name forward for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in the future, including next year. Nevertheless, he hopes that 'there would not be too many' entries before he would finally triumph. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: junioreurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1YFUT4dffU

Published in Local Music News
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 21:30

Malta: Stunning iTunes Chart Debut for Amber

Amber, one of the most highly sought after female vocalists in Malta, and recent participant in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the song Because I Have You composed by Paul Giordimaina to the lyrics of Fleur Balzan has just become the first act from the competition to reach the top ten of the iTunes singles chart in Malta, despite releases by semi-finalists; Miriam Christine and Fabrizio Faniello as well as second runner-up; Daniel Testa.

In 2011, Amber made her debut in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, being the only artist with two (2) songs and has never looked back from then onwards, finishing in third place with Answer With Your Eyes composed by Ray Agius to the lyrics of Alfred C Sant in 2012, and in fourth place for the past two years with In Control and Because I Have You. CAP-Sounds, entrusted with the release of the Safe (Miriam Christine), Just No Place Like Home (Fabrizio Faniello) and One Last Ride (Daniel Testa) are now also responsible for Because I Have You (Amber). You may purchase any of the songs mentioned above by clicking on their respective song-titles. If you do not live in Malta, iTunes should redirect you to the respective location you are making the purchase from. We would like to thank our readers who are supporting the songs through their respective purchases. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: iTunes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pQdfceZLo0

Published in Local Music News
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 19:45

MESC 14: CAP-Sounds Publishes Songs on iTunes

CAP-Sounds, an internationally renowned record label with distribution handled by Universal Music Germany has been known to support the entries that Malta sends to the Eurovision Song Contest on several occasions, kicking off with 1996 and showing almost year-after-year consistency till 2010. As the curtain drops on yet another edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, a couple of the competing entries have been published on behalf of the record label for public consumption.

One Last Ride written by Stephen Rudden and Lawrence Peter Bridge with vocals provided by Daniel Testa was the second runner-up during the competition, obtaining the second most amount of votes by the general public. It is for this reason that the whole team, led by Trevor Fenech decided to publish this song, along with two fabulous remixes for a mere €1.49. In the meantime, semi-finalist entries; Safe composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss and sung by Miriam Christine as well as Just No Place Like Home written by Johan Bejerholm and performed by Fabrizio Faniello have also been made available for a mere €0.99 each. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: iTunes, CAP Sounds

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geVt2jK_lL0

Thursday, 23 January 2014 14:15

MESC 2014: Reviewing the track 'One Last Ride'

In 2014, the Public Broadcasting Services, responsible for Malta’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest decided to conduct a national final with just twenty (20) entries, rather than the typical twenty-four (24) which many had become accustomed to in recent years. Promotion is always vital, and escflashmalta.com has sent each entry to a professional panel of individuals in the music industry, who have in turn passed on their comments. This year, we have asked the likes of John Scott from the United States, Martin Isherwood from the United Kingdom, Sharon Vaughn from the United States but based in Sweden, Stano Simor from the Czech Republic and Greig Watts from the United Kingdom to do the honours. Today’s review is centred on One Last Ride, composed by Stephen Rudden to the lyrics of Lawrence Peter Bridge with vocals provided by Daniel Testa.

Daniel Testa, one (1) of the five (5) artists who are making their debut in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, yet not missing any experience in the music scene, both on a local or an international setup, having successfully represented Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2008, finishing in a highly respectable fourth (4th) place with the track Junior Swing which he co-wrote. Since then, Daniel has undergone several projects, such as hosting the Junior Eurosong in 2009, as well as partaking in the series, D.R.E.A.M.S, a phenomenal success story on Television Malta. When it comes to music, Daniel has been waiting for the opportune moment, although the original material he has released thus far could be found on iTunes, having been published by a German Record Company. At the moment, he is a resident DJ on 89.7 Bay, one of the most popular radio stations in Malta, henceforth, his interaction with the public is somewhat made easier.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3ILmzNJeWo

Stephen Rudden and Lawrence Peter Bridge, unknown to the local music scene, but have already garnered fame on a continental level, at least where Stephen is concerned, having successfully co-written and also performed the track Love City Groove at the 1995 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of the United Kingdom. The genre of that song in particular was hip-hop infused pop, one which was thought to be somewhat too modern for the mid-noughties. Nevertheless, it managed a respectable position, one which Frances Ruffelle had obtained the previous year, but nowhere near their first runner-up finishes of 1992 and 1993. Whilst the song did not win the Eurovision Song Contest, it was considered a commercial hit, peaking at number #5 on the Official UK Charts, one of the top five largest markets in the world when it comes to music.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 67%

John Scott: The song is very catchy and he has a nice voice. My concern is that it sounds like just like Of Monsters and Men’s song “Your Bones”. I also feel like he is a little too animated in his performance. His stage performance needs to be better to sell the song. This is the sort of record that could really do well in the contest, but I am concerned that the melody is so close to the other song. Otherwise, I would have ranked it higher.

Martin Isherwood: Good voice. Not sure what he's really after here one last 'ride' or one last 'dance' - make your mind up son, mixed messages are not going to clinch this deal. If you're after sex, just say it. A zillion clichés in here. Sounds Irish and oriental at the same time which is interesting. Confusing production - the dance track seems to sneak in out of nowhere.

Sharon Vaughn: Very formulaic, OK but not thrilling.

Stano Simor: Unique hit factor song full of energy, specifically written for the Eurovision Song Contest. Daniel clearly has a big future ahead of him! The songwriters paid careful attention in the creation of this track, counterbalancing the ballad stanzas with the energetic choruses.

Greig Watts: Ooh, I was surprised when the kind of oriental riff comes in at 53 seconds, feels to me like it could appeal to the Eastern Bloc type countries, It does take a while to get going, but I like it when it does and the beat comes in with the main hook and riff together. Would have liked it to hit the full beat more often though, but then again could be something that appeals across the board. I can definitely remember the simple sing-a-long chorus and the oriental type riff really push’s that home, could be an obvious one for Eurovision.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0E73LISsfg

Published in Editorials
Thursday, 26 December 2013 19:45

MESC '14: Early Two Horse Race in Public Poll

the escflashmalta.com awards presented by ONE Radio 92.7 are already in full swing with the media and the critics casting their votes and opinions and the public selecting their most favourite entry, after being given the choice to select only one (1) of the twenty (20) competing entries in next years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. As soon as the preview videos were published by the Public Broadcasting Services and Television Malta, it was important to get the projects going and the current standings are intriguing, especially because the outcomes are proving to be varied.

The Public Award, as decided by each of the voters who are visiting escflashmalta.com on a daily basis is turning up to be a heated affair between two entries; Because I Have You, written by Paul Giordimaina and Fleur Balzan with vocals by Amber and One Last Ride written by Stephen Rudden and Lawrence Peter Bridge. The first is of course, a former runner-up of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and the second having represented Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, achieving the second best result, that being a fourth place back in 2008. Cementing herself in a top three position is none othen than fan favourite; Jessika whose entry Hypnotica has certainly been the talk of the town across the message boards.

At this point in time, we have received more than 1200 individual votes, and that is an amazing figure for around four days. We urge you to continue selecting your favourite entry out of the batch that are being presented for the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest through the poll on the right hand side, or through this link. In the meantime, we would also like to thank ONE for supporting this project in full and will be carrying out the transmission of the awards through Clint on ONE on ONE Radio 92.7 and Kalamita on ONE Television. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: ONE Radio 92.7, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9JMfu7rpB8

Mike Spiteri, representative of Malta at the 1995 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was joined at the international event by the British band, Love City Groove who performed a song also bearing their name and which proved to be the beginning of a new era for the country, one which saw them being immensely innovative. Stephen Rudden, a songwriter/producer who had been a part of the group and had initially put the name of the band forward for an audition is amongst the songwriters hoping to get through to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014.

His entry, One Last Ride is penned by Lawrence Peter Bridge with vocals provided by Daniel Testa, the young vocalist who represented Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, achieving a fourth place result in Limassol, following an astonishing performance of the track Junior Swing. Since then, Daniel has gone onto release some more singles, prior to taking up acting on the hit television series, D.R.E.A.M.S which aired on Television Malta and as a Disc Jockey on leading radio station, 89.7 Bay. Love City Groove was a massive success in the British Charts, having managed to climb up to number #7 with around 200,000 units of sale. Will such success move forward almost ten years, as Daniel hopes to debut in next years’ Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hMYuBa-uP8