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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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L96nUCeiKgI

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_vqFMGT4Q4

Published in Editorials
Thursday, 03 January 2013 14:00

MESC 2013: 'Overrated' Preview Video Published

The 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place in the opening weekend of February and it seems that preparations are currently ongoing at full swing noting that the twenty-four preview videos of the tracks will be participating have now been published on the official website of the Public Broadcasting Services for the public to enjoy. The last edition to the preview videos has been the replacement entry Overrated performed by Marilena, composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg, keeping the songwriting duo with the same amount of entries that they originally had noting that they had also been behind Dress Rehearsal by Saska Hunt. You can watch the full preview video here.

The festive break surely reflected why the video took longer than expected to be uploaded whilst the Public Broadcasting Services have to be commended on how they approached the situation of withdrawal by virtue of inviting the first alternate to compete in the semi-final alongside another twenty-three entries on the 1st February at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre. Marilena was overjoyed at the opportunity and it seems that the people have quickly grown fond of her entry placing her in fourth place on the escflashmalta.com poll, in which each person is entitled to one vote per IP Address. The preview video is slightly different to the other ones due to the fact that it took place exactly after one of the live shows of the popular television programme Xarabank but it is still a positive promotional use and will put her on sync with all of the other competing entries. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest in due course.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_vqFMGT4Q4

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.

Source: YouTube, PBS, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EI4PdwEHkCI

Published in Editorials

Commotion doesn't being to describe the discussions that have been ongoing within the music industry for the past couple of days noting that the withdrawal of Saska Hunt with the track Dress Rehearsal composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg has raised eyebrows although rumours have said that due to exams in the United Kingdom where Saska resides, she was unable to continue her journey within the competition and therefore, the first placed individual not to make the cut, being Marilena Gauci with the song Overrated has eventually been revealed as the twenty-fourth semi-finalists in a Xarabank programme which was celebrating the festive season.

It very much seems that the artist had not even known about this decision with the host, Peppi Azzopardi saying that this was planned a week in advance but due to the show cancellation, the announcement was delayed even further. Several people unfortunately missed their chance to watch the preview of the song Overrated which is intriguingly being said to resemble the popular track Domino by Jessie J. There might be some slight similarities but one has to remember that there are only so many notes on the piano and therefore, resemblance is not really an issue. We could only denote that the track is an uptempo one, adding to the several already in the competition and somewhat seemingly written for the vocals of Marilena noting that she seems to perform it well. The live performance will definitely be a different story but the editorial team of escflashmalta.com would like to congratulate her on making it through and would also like to extend their wishes for an extremely festive season for the days which lie ahead. Stay tuned for more news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOR22A6jLZg

Published in Local Music News