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The 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is months away but several countries have either confirmed their participation or released their regulations for national selection processes. 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 8.1Mhz 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.

In anticipation of the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, the team of Radio International had the opportunity to visit Malta, which hosted one of the most organised national finals to take place in Europe this year. Whilst there, they had the chance to speak to all of the entrants, including a series of special guests, some of which represented the Mediterranean Island in the continental competition in the past. In this weeks' episode, one will listen to interviews held with the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest representative; Miriam Christine as well as her team of songwriters; Emil Calleja Bayliss and Mark Scicluna as well as last years' second runner-up; Davinia with her friend and lyricist; Muxu who also helped co-write Malta's winning entry at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, that entitled The Start.

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

As the dawn of a brand new season approaches, Radio International will be hosting a brand new feature, one entitled Denmark's Eurovision Song Contest History which will be reflecting on the entries that the Scandinavian nation sent to the annual music competition. David Mann will continue to look at cover versions from the event whilst the latest news from escXtra and escflashmalta.com will be read out. In the meantime, former representatives of the Eurovision Song Contest are always looking for ways to please their fans and thus new music is being recorded and published throughout the year. Radio International will be playing the most recent singles as sent in by several record labels. We urge you to tune into Radio International this evening at 20:00 CET in order to request your favourite entry from the Eurovision Song Contest and listen to the special features.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUOi3p73HpI

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

Towards the latter part of 2013, Miriam Christine returned to the local music industry by partaking in the International Festival of Maltese Song with Stejjer composed by Andrew Zahra to the lyrics of Joe Julian Farrugia, following it up in 2014 with participation in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the song Safe composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss. Nevertheless, what is most striking is her social media activity, taking to both Twitter and Facebook to share behind-the-scenes photos, and also her opinions on diverse issues.

In a joint Twitter/Facebook post, Miriam Christine has decided to openly support and endorse Eoghan Quigg’s campaign in Ireland, as he hopes to represent the nation with The Movie Song written by Karl Broderick, himself already been to the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2005. The Maltese singer/songwriter is keeping herself busy with a number of projects, having just published her latest single Safe on iTunes by virtue of CAP-Sounds and also planning participation in L-Għanja tal-Poplu in a duet with Olivia Lewis, entitled Wara l-Kanċell, one which she co-wrote with Joe Julian Farrugia.

Eoghan Quigg has received a number of endorsements in the past couple of days, including from none other than: Shayne Ward, a former X Factor Winner; Olly Murs, a former X Factor runner-up and one of the most successful male soloists to ever come out of the programme and Shane Filan, the lead vocalist of multi-platinum selling group; Westlife. Miriam Christine, Malta’s representative in the 1996 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest has just added her name to the list. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news and don't forget to purchase your copy of Safe from iTunes.

Source: Miriam Christine’s Official Twitter Facebook

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94nUFYKpa-U

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

Saturday, 25 January 2014 02:10

MESC 2014: Reviewing the track 'Safe'

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 Safe, composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss with vocals provided by Miriam Christine.

Miriam Christine, a singer/songwriter whose talent was quickly unravelled, having been selected to represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest with the track In a Woman’s Heart composed by Paul Abela to the lyrics of Alfred C Sant. Reaching a respectable tenth place, Miriam continued to build on that experience and went onto give concerts in Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Turkey, Luxembourg, France and the United Kingdom. She then entered the studio on countless occasions working on three (3) studio albums; Smile ‘n’ Shine, L-Emigrant and Little Zee, the latter of which garnered considerable promotion and airplay on both local and foreign airwaves. In the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Miriam is making her fifth appearance, having also taken part in 1995 with The Way You Are, in 1996 with In a Woman’s Heart, in 1998 with It’s up to You and in 2009 with Mama. The participation comes on the backbone of the upcoming hosting duties on the programme Poppins set to air on Television Malta.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lpGuNN8QAg

Mark Scicluna and Emil Calleja Bayliss, a song-writing duo who are fast establishing themselves in the local music industry, especially when it comes to competitions. Prior to their debut participation in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, they made the finals of three major song festivals; L-Għanja tal-Poplu with the track Għal Dejjem sung by Marie Claire Attard Bason; Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the song Riflessi performed by Karen DeBattista and most recently the International Festival of Maltese Song with Mark Tonna and his entry Poeta Bla Kliem. The latter was first runner-up to Olivia Lewis’ Hawn Mill-Ġdid missing out on the top spot by three (3) points. Seperately, both have reached success in L-Għanja tal-Poplu and the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with tracks such as Pupazz (Rita Pace) and Tal-Komma Twila (Grecia Bezzina), penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss as well as Virtwali (Estelle Imbroll) and Eternità (Janice Mangion) composed by Mark Scicluna.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 66%

John Scott: She has a great voice and the song builds very nicely. The chorus is instantly memorable.

Martin Isherwood: Lovely voice. Safe is a good title but the lyrics don't do it justice. Lots of distant descriptions, but not much personal feeling - 'this emotion can never be explained' strange mixed similes and metaphors - 'A flame that burns like fire' - genius!. ‘Safe like a child - mother's arms' 'this love has no restriction' all a bit confusing. If it's a romantic song the mother simile doesn't really fit and sounds a bit weird.

Sharon Vaughn: A lovely sentiment and she makes me believe her.

Stano Simor: Safe has an extremely strong chorus, one which could easily be remembered, and something which proves to be vital in such a competition. The music is well done, seems that there was a lot of effort but what really shines for me are the lyrics, clearly one of the best. Miriam has managed to master an excellent song.

Greig Watts: A lovely Piano intro again, and the verse draws you into want to listen to the song, for me it reaches the chorus at the right time and the chorus lifts you again. I still want a little more and am searching for this second hook in the chorus (maybe I am wanting the impossible as the songs are required to be short and I think the ballads suffer with this). It’s a good song and is performed well and builds in all the right places.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExwLb4xqXGA

Published in Editorials