February 16, 2020

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In just a couple of days, Spain will select their entry for the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with five (5) acts putting their entries forward for judgement by the general public and a professional panel of judges. RTVE, the public broadcaster decided to hold a national selection after talks with a number of artists proved to be futile, and led to no concrete conclusion. Whilst the line-up features relatively known performers, the songs are very much potential hits, and this has been seen in the iTunes Downloads where two (2) of the five (5) tracks have peaked in the top five (5), based on pre-release sales.

At last years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Spain could only obtain five (5) points for what was an extremely below par performance of Contigo Hasta El Final by El Sueno de Morfeo, just months after having obtained tenth place at the event with the wonderful Quedate Conmigo performed by Latin Grammy Award nominee, Pastora Soler. This years' line-up features a mixture of genres, and talent but should not disappoint when it comes to the final result. Ruth Lorenzo, Brequette, La Dama, Jorge Gonzalez and Raul will put on a show to remember on Saturday kicking off at 22:00 CET. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: TVE


Franklin Calleja, one of the youngest and most promising male vocalists in Malta is striving to achieve success and in doing so, working extremely hard. Nine years ago, he discovered his talent in the art of music and therefore, followed intuition and starting honing his skills. The singer achieved prominence through the talent show Don't Stop Me Now hosted by Eileen Montesin, former Eurovision Song Contest commentator for Malta. He impressed the panel of judges and the audience with quite a couple of songs, especially Hallelujah.

Musically, he is inspired by the likes of Whitney Houston, Leona Lewis and Mariah Carey and in his free time enjoys fashion photography and modelling. The fact that he goes beyond borders is exceptional and has helped him be the best version of himself possible whilst still being unique. Another way in which Franklin has expressed his talent is through the art of acting, noting a role within the television series Deja Vu which aired on NET Television. The title track used in every episode was the runner-up entry at the 2005 Malta Song for Europe. 


After winning the talent show Don't Stop Me Now, Franklin entered the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Let Your Heart Talk composed by Ray Agius to the lyrics of Alfred C Sant where despite not making it through to the finals, was recognised by the general public and the local/foreign press present at the event. The experience also confirmed his talent with Angie Laus of Ħadd Għalik, another television programme which airs on Television Malta inviting him to become a resident artist. 

With Copenhagen selected as the host city of the Eurovision Song Contest, many denote that 2014 is not too far away, with most artists preparing their entries for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Franklin is yet to announce his intentions however with a cover version of Quedate Conmingo, originally by Pastora Soler just published below, it is easy to denote that there is a certain affinity with the competition. With such vocals, it comes as no surprise that several songwriters are looking to work with the upcoming male vocalist for the upcoming edition. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news. 

Source: Franklin Calleja (Facebook)


Published in Local Music News

In 2002, Operación Triunfo gave birth to a number of successful vocal artists, including none other than David Bisbal and Chenoa who have seemingly had the most hits following their participation. The female artist has been on top of the representative wishlist by fans for several years and it seems that the timing might just be right with Chenoa publicly stating that she would love to take one for the team and represent her nation at the international event if she chooses the song herself. She is not one to support a public selection but will nevertheless pick a song which could be a hit in the charts and at the event, in similar fashion to Quedate Conmigo performed by Pastora Soler in 2012.

Following the release of Como Un Fantasma in 2011, Chenoa took a break from the music industry and went back to the roots of her career, something which is very much seen within her latest single release Quinta Dimension or Life's an Equation with both versions published through her Vevo account. Chenoa's studio collections have been pretty successful with her worst charting position being number #6 in 2005 with Nada es Igual which still went Platinum. Her last studio album Como Un Fantasma peaked at number #1 in 2011, making it her second release to peak at the top spot. In the meantime, her most successful single was definitely Todo Irá Bien which peaked at the top spot in no less than four countries; Costa Rica, Ecuador, Puerto Rico and Peru. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Oikotimes