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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 Brand New Day, composed by Elton Zarb to the lyrics of Matthew Mercieca with vocals provided by Davinia.

Davinia, a resounding newcomer to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest a mere twelve (12) months ago, having entered the competition for the very first time with the song Betrayed, also composed by Elton Zarb to the lyrics of Matthew Mercieca. At 21, she is one of the youngest artists from this years’ crop of participants but nevertheless, experience should definitely not be an issue considering that she has already taken the local music scene by storm, earning a Best New Artist nomination at the Bay Music Awards in 2011 following an astonishing breakthrough with tracks such as Sail Away and Bottled My Teardrops. Following her success in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Davinia launched a follow-up single entitled You Are My Home to which she also filmed a music video, earning her several positive acclaim and once more a place on Malta’s Top Ten with Nathan D on 89.7 Bay.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DH26TKwtzw

Elton Zarb and Matthew Mercieca, a collaboration which until not too long ago was inexistent in song-writing noting that Davinia was the one who brought them together, in order to work on a track for this competition specifically. That song, already mentioned above, Betrayed, led to a successful third place finish. Nevertheless, this proved to be the beginning of an extremely successful collaboration with Gillian Attard and Gaia Cauchi calling upon the talented duo to write a song which would ultimately represent Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The Start, as it was titled ended up winning the international showcase giving Malta their first ever victory in an event organised by the European Broadcasting Union. It is worth pointing out that not only are they working with Davinia this time round, but they also have a second song, Until We Meet Again sung by Deborah C.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 73%

John Scott: The hook is really strong. I like the post-chorus part especially. The singer also has very good energy. She is instantly likeable. The song is very fun. Overall, this one is very memorable.

Martin Isherwood: Good voice although thinish sounding. Chorus has nothing to do with the title. Melodically strong. 'Hey how you doing' 'Come back to me' 'Hard to handle' 'Next to me' 'Oooh ooh' 'Boom boom'. All I want is you' - are all stronger titles than the actual title 'Brand new day'. Hints of Adele rubbing shoulders with The Nolans. Strong song but hard to imagine it would stand out in the Eurovision crowd.

Sharon Vaughn: Dig Deeper, people! Even on fun songs like this. But this artist is really cute and tries to give her best throughout the whole performance.

Stano Simor: Atmosphere of the song reminds me of a winner from Germany LENA. This song uniquely lifts all up of the chairs. Gimmick uhh uhh uhh remains in my ears and recalls the 70’s. Atmosphere of the song is full of energy. The authors found the right singer for this hit track.

Greig Watts: Nice and pretty introduction and she has a modern delivery of the vocals (not unlike Lena from Germany), has a nice number of hooks and again has a good singalong feeling, which I personally think is a good thing for eurovision, it has to be memorable from the start. I like the double chorus idea, with the 2nd part Ooh Ooh Ooh, Boom Boom Boom, simple but sometimes simple is good!

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5m52MWaiT04

Published in Editorials

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 Because I Have You, composed by Paul Giordimaina to the lyrics of Fleur Balzan with vocals provided by Amber.

Amber, has basked in the spotlight of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on three (3) previous occasions, making her debut back in 2011 with two (2) entries; Catch 22 and Touch Wood, both composed by Ray Agius with the latter having lyrics by Godwin Sant and the former by Alfred C Sant before returning with a vengeance to finish in third place with the impressive Answer With Your Eyes composed by Ray Agius and penned by Alfred C Sant. In 2013, she changed her songwriters by opting to work with Paul Giordimaina and Fleur Balzan, coming up with the eighties tune In Control finishing in fourth place. It is worth pointing out that Amber has also won the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest as a backing vocalist with Kurt Calleja during this performance of This is the Night.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTstdRSgRZ0

Paul Giordimaina and Fleur Balzan, known to be experienced songwriters in the local music scene, and having already been granted the opportunity to pen a representative entry for Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest, that being One Life performed by Glen Vella in 2011. Nevertheless, their success at the selection stage of the competition is unprecedented, having finished as the first runner-ups on at least three (3) occasions, kicking things off with Take a Look performed by Olivia Lewis in 2004, moving onto Someday sung by Eleanor Cassar in 2009 and ultimately finishing off with Just a Little More Love by Glen Vella in 2010. Paul, also a singer, took to the stage on behalf of Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest alongside Georgina back in 1999 as they galloped to sixth place with the song Could It Be composed by Paul Abela with lyrics by Ray Mahoney.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 57%

John Scott: She has a very nice voice. The song is too generic for me. It doesn’t say anything new or in an original way. Melodically it is not very interesting. I also feel that the song should get even bigger at the end than it actually does.

Martin Isherwood: Very nice voice. Unclear what or who this about - 'from my first days - feel never alone' - could be a mother or a relationship or spiritual. A good song should allow the listener to share the joy not just observe it jealously. A lot of movement in the song which makes it hard to follow at first as it seems to keep piling in ideas. Never seems to get going even when the key change and build comes in.

Sharon Vaughn: What she is saying is fine... but please, try a fresher, more creative approach. Saying the same thing that has been said a million times is OK... just look for another way in.

Stano Simor: Amber has a very nice feeling and color of the voice. As a singer, she is definitely ready for the podium in Denmark. The ballad is very well writte, although I think it should have a stronger chorus. In the second part of the song, I would have made use of some backing vocalists to help elevate the song and deliver an emotional rendition.

Greig Watts: I like the nice piano intro and the verse starts and builds up well, the chorus I felt was the pre chorus and was again waiting for it to step up another level to have a bigger impact. It does get stronger the second time around, as the music is building around it and of course when the Key Change happens at the end there is another nice bit of impact. I think as a songwriter myself I am always searching for that extra special part, and this for me is a good song, but it doesn’t quite reach great.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fa-3nFnh50

Published in Editorials

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. Kicking off the feature is none other than Addictive, written by Ylva and Linda Persson with vocals provided by Romina Mamo.

Romina Mamo, has taken to the stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on three (3) previous occasions, making her debut eleven (11) years ago in 2003 with Here Today Gone Tomorrow composed by Dominic Galea to the lyrics of Joe Friggieri before re-emerging in 2005 as part of a trio in a performance of We Can Do Better written by Carm Fenech and most recently with DNA composed by Michael Johannes Tanczos to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg back in 2012. Her experience in the local music scene knows no boundaries having successfully participated in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, and the Malta International Hit Song Contest. It is worth pointing out that Romina also released her debut album Eyes on Me back in 2011 featuring several local and foreign collaborations.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=877ajrJvtwY

Ylva and Linda Persson, Swedish songwriters who had tried to enter the Melodifestivalen selection through the wildcard selection a couple of years back, but have found refuge in writing songs for foreign artists. They have managed to get into the national finals of Ukraine, where they reached fifth place with the track Love Makes You Beautiful performed by Nataliya, and also Belarus, where they will be going for gold with the song You Will Be Here, sung by Janet. This will be their debut in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, but they will certainly not be in awe of the spectacle considering that they are becoming somewhat accustomed to frolicking around Europe presenting their songs. Addictive is one of two entries in this years’ Malta Eurovision Song Contest which features a team of completely foreign songwriters.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 59%

John Scott: The song is not very strong. She sings well, but the hook is not very memorable. The vocals get a bit lost in the mix.

Martin Isherwood: Nice voice - although sounds slightly more cabaret rather than pop. I'm so predictive'? Ok I suppose to get the rhyme with addictive, but at the expense of the sense. Good switch to the chorus. Reminiscent of Adele 'Rolling in the deep' and Robyn 'Hang with me'. Could do well. Nice production - cool drums.

Sharon Vaughn: Over-used theme... and the wo-oh's in the song don't make it current.

Stano Simor: Nice pop song. The chorus is catchy and the production is also good. Romina looks like a fish in water on stage, making me think that this is not her kind of song. The track should have a lower transposition and maybe in the future she can try a ballad.

Greig Watts: This one I think has a strong chorus, and is quite predictable but that can be good sometimes, it has the secondary hook I long for, something extra to add to the chorus, and make you want to sing back. For me the songs weakness is the lyrics, they are not bad at all, just again want it to be slightly more edgy and less predictable, but good song and not all of Europe will be listening to lyrics as intently as me.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nk8SDVIyb6I

Published in Editorials

Heads of Delegation from thirty-nine competing nations in this years' Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malmo, Sweden officially presented their entries for the international competition thus bringing the curtain down on yet another season of national selections. The editorial board of escflashmalta.com has been in contact with several professionals from the local and the foreign music industries to help assess the entries in this years' competition. This is one of the features which our portal has coined in the past three years and which has amassed popularity with the readers. Our professional analysts have a look at the videos with a certain detail for the simple reason that they know what it means to create hit songs or nurture talent which has gone onto achieve success in the foreign market. 

They will pass on their comments on each of the respective tracks and give a mark out of ten, but then, the final ranking of qualifiers will be very dependent of their top ten ranking. Each of the direct qualifiers, six in total where given voting rights in each of the respective semi-finals and therefore the professionals as decided by the editorial team to cover which semi-final would listen to the competing entries along with the direct qualifiers who would be voting in that respective semi-final. One of the major revelations of this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest has surely been Matthew Mercieca who is known in the local music industry as Muxu. His talents as a singer/songwriter have never graced the festival scene but surprisingly, people were stunned to listen to the lyrics he penned to the track Betrayed performed by Davinia to the music of Elton Zarb. It has an appealing feature which the jury adored and as a matter of fact, it managed to finish in third place to the surprise of many. The quality is becoming more of an issue in Malta hence why this track was not overlooked. Muxu on the other hand has released two singles in the past couple of months including So Good and Pour Down On Me, earning a couple of nominations at the Bay Music Awards and Malta Music Awards. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DH26TKwtzw

Joining him in analysing the first semi-final will be none other than Lina Eriksson, based in Sweden and signed to EMI Music Publishing in Scandinavia. Her worked during the past couple of years surely speaks for itself noting that she has managed to make the Melodifestivalen competition on six out of the past eight years including with more than one entry in 2010 and 2012 respectively. In the latter year, Baby Doll performed by the group Top Cats made it to the final finishing in a respectacle sixth position. Away from the Melodifestivalen, Lina Eriksson alongside her husband Marten Eriksson, a songwriter and producer himself have worked on a number of renowned tunes including for example This Moment by Marie Picasso and Vill Da Dig Igen by Thomas Di Leva. She was also a co-writer for It's For You performed by Niamh Kavanagh for Ireland in 2010.

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

Czech Republic was a competing country in the Eurovision Song Contest but decided to stop competing altogether following successive disappointing results. One of the prime songwriters and music producers of the country is none other than Stano Simor, having done a lot of work with a variety of artists including Tereza Kerndlová, for whom he had written the song Have Some Fun alongside Gordon Pogoda. Stano Simor comes from an industry which is somewhat accustomed to different tastes to what Malta has become to enjoy over the years, but not in an exclusive manner especially considering that he is currently managing pop/rock artist, Mista who was quite close to being the Slovakian representative back in 2010. He has worked on several studio albums, all of which have gone at least 1x Platinium and that is definitely a statistic which should always be accounted.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzh7f7H5YDY

For the second semi-final, the format is kept the same with a female and two males joining the proceedings and kicking off things is none other than Martin Isherwood whom escflashmalta.com is proud to present as one of the annual partners in this respective feature. Martin Isherwood is a leading figure at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, being the Head of Discipline and bringing to the table more than twenty years of experience within songwriting, producing, sound engineering and managing artists. As a matter of fact, he also won the Song for Europe competition with his song Cry Baby which despite being a pop song written for the times was not performed to the expected standard. Such a figure has been quite successful and currently is a Board Member of the Merseyside Music Development Agency in order to help support aspiring artists in their dream to reach out to the masses and be successful.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAJ62IG3gBo

In the past couple of months, we have closely worked with Sharon Vaughn and indeed, she has become a regular contributor to our projects. Her success within the foreign music industry speaks volumes having targeted several markets, most notably the larger ones in the United States of America as well as Australia and also the United Kingdom. The repertoire of artists that she has worked with is phenomenal and not only that but she had been involved in some of the most intriguing hits throughout the years including Release Me by Agnes, The Guardian by Delta Goodrem and Fahrenheight by Joe McElderry whilst also having tracks included in albums by Malena Ernman, Brian Kennedy, The Wanted, September and Jedward, having written their Eurovision Song Contest entry last year. One note towards local artists is surely the fact that she correctly predicted Gianluca to win this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0G7eDpMGe1k

The final individual which we have included within the analysis of the second semi-final entries is a songwriter, producer, and a sound engineer who has been working with a number of local artists in the past two years of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Magnus Kaxe, born in Sweden but based in Germany has collaborated with various artists all across the world with success achieved in the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Sweden, Norway, and South Africa amongst others. The most notable successes surely are those which he has helped write and indeed, he has written two notable tracks, one entitled Higher Ground performed by Amy Diamond and the other being Falling by Clay Aiken, runner-up of American Idol. Nevertheless, he has met the likes of Britney Spears, Aqua, Celine Dion, Westlife and Will Young whilst working on their respective singles and studio albums. This year, he was competing in the national selection with Klinsmann, Dorothy Bezzina and Richard Edwards and hopes to return next year. The project will be launching in the first week of April, so stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7Oa0uWxAbE

Tuesday, 18 December 2012 18:10

MESC 2013: Annual ESCflashmalta Awards Return

The Malta Eurovision Song Contest has become a well respected event in the local music calender with several artists trying their luck to be amongst the elite showcase in which twenty-four acts compete against each other for the right to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest which in 2013 will be taking place in the city of Malmö within Sweden. The preparations by the Public Broadcasting Services are well underway and each respective participant is receiving ample promotion through all their representative media outlets including Television Malta, Radju Malta and Magic Malta amongst others with appearances on lifestyle programmes such as TVPM, current affairs programmes such as TV Hemm and TVAM and of course on radio breakfast shows. Nevertheless, whilst the result for the actual competition is decided, escflashmalta.com will engage a series of awards which for the second year running will then be handed out on television.

2013 will definitely prove to be an important year considering that many foreigners find our selection process quite positive. As a matter of fact, criticism has been very minimal and this will ultimately show the country moving forward musically. We have decided on three awards for yet another year starting with the Public Award which will be a public poll set to be engaged pretty soon where our system will record each IP Address so that one could only submit one vote, the Media Award which will be the choice of personnel from radio stations, television broadcasters and print media and last but not least, there is also the one which bears the most work, the Critics Award which will feature heavily in January due to the daily reviews we plan on publishing. Five members of the foreign music industry have been contacted and have gladly accepted to listen to the entries and judge them accordingly. Their criticism will appear in the reviews published daily but all the results will be revealed after the competition comes to an end. Therefore, no trouble there.

Our collaboration for 2013 will be taking place with NET Television noting that the editorial team of escflashmalta.com have been in contact with Spiteri Lucas Entertainment in the past couple of days securing the announcement of the three awards on the popular magazine programme which airs on Saturday afternoon and is hosted by Ray Attard and former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Debbie Scerri. The international critics which we have engaged barely need any introduction noting that we have managed to garner the likes of Sharon Vaughn, a songwriter who written songs for Delta Goodrem, Agnes, Emilia, September, Joe McElderry, Jedward and Charlotte Perelli as well as Roberto Meloni who has been to the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Latvia on two occasions, the first time on 2007 with Bonaparti.lv and their entry Questa Notte which reached the final and finished in fourteenth place and also the following year with Pirates of Sea performing the track Wolves of the Sea which also managed to reach the final and finished in twelfth place. Since then, he has been working on a number of solo tracks so this is definitely one of the many artists to look out for.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9YRL_pHxvU

Another individual who has gladly accepted our invite is Stanor Simor from Slovakia who is a producer and has worked with a number of popular artists in Eastern Europe, amongst them Tereza Krendlova who represented the Czech Republic at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2008. His work has been certified platinum on a number of occasions and considering the growing influence of the East, it is imperative to get an eat to analyse such music. The fourth and very respecting member of the critics is Lina Eriksson who has written for a notable amount of Swedish artists throughout the years including Jessica Andersson, Marie Picasso, Thomas Di Leva, and Nordman. She also co-write the 2010 Irish entry; It's For You performed by Niamh Kavanagh. She has made it to the Melodifestivalen selection for a number of years and is signed to EMI Music Publishing Scandinavia. The final member of this years' team is a welcome return of Martin Isherwood, a leading figure at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts who was also the songwriter of the British entry back in 2003. 

Just in case, anything goes wrong including a possibility that one of the critics worked with local artists in the past, Knut Oyvind-Hagen who is a singer/songwriter, known for his hit track Rocket Ride which finished second in the 2007 Melodi Grand Prix is also on stand by. As one of the main figures at the Norwegian broadcaster; NRK, he surely knows a thing or two behind the selection of the right song. He is standing in for Sharon Vaughn on the track Needing You by Kevin Borg due to the fact that they know each other professionally. We would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com in the coming days, weeks and months because the coverage of the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest is surely going to be cracking and we would like you to support all of the artists as much as possible so keep sharing their videos. We would also like to thank Spiteri Lucas Entertainment for their kind support through the programme Sas-Sitta.

Source: escflashmalta.com, Spiteri Lucas Entertainment

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgaX5QuMGR8

Published in Local Music News
Saturday, 25 August 2012 16:25

Sweden: Kevin Borg Busy Co-Writing Tracks

Kevin Borg was a resident singer on a local television programme and had even tried to represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions, the first time with the track You're My Dream in 2006 and the second time with the song Whenever in 2007, both composed by Jason Paul Cassar and penned by Sunny Aquilina but tele-voting put him in eight and fourth place respectively. Following his final participation in the local competition, he traveled with his girlfriend to Sweden where she convinced him to audition for Idol, the Swedish version of the notable reality television series in which a number of performers would ultimately compete to win a contract with Sony Music whilst getting weekly exposure on national television, in this case being TV4. Ultimately, Kevin ended up being the winner of the edition and went onto release his debut single With Every Bit Of Me and album The Beginning, both of which charted in the top three. A couple of years onwards and Kevin is working with a host of songwriters and producers on his sophomore release.

There has been a lot of talk in Malta in recent months that due to the fact that the competition is being staged in Sweden, it might be best to have someone who knows the country well and would be willing to represent Malta having already given it a shot in the past. Nevertheless, it might not be the right position to put him in a national selection with the possibility of an internal selection being looked at not by the broadcaster but by the people who have been against that type of decision in the past. It is quite interesting to note though that Kevin Borg is currently working with a large number of people in terms of music including none other than Sharon Vaughn who was the co-writer of Waterline for Jedward, the song which represented Ireland in this years' Eurovision Song Contest and also Dimitri Stassos who co-wrote this years' entry for Greece entitled Aphrodisiac as well as the Spanish entry in 2009 entitled La Noche Es Para Mi. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Facebook

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yjMJpp8154

Wednesday, 16 May 2012 07:48

Ireland: Jedward Keeping Busy

As always, the Irish representatives at this years' Eurovision Song Contest have been keeping busy with their experience and last night bought two (2) rabbits which they have decided to name Euro and Vision and one has to add that they are enjoying the time spent in their new hotel surroudings, the hotel room of the brotherly duo. It is quite interesting point out that it is yet unknown whether the two pet rabbits can actually get Irish Visas but that would be noted in time along with other details. In the meantime, the focus on Ireland seems to be the water feature, a unique element in this years' Eurovision Song Contest which will be only during the performance of Waterline.

I have found out that there actually was a fault with the water feature and that it should have been much higher. The actual piece of equipment arrived in Baku a week before Jedward but unfortunately the production team did not check the mechanics. So their first rehearsal was the actual first time that they could check if the system was fully working. Therefore, what has happened now is that since Monday,  the production team have been working on the equipment around the clock to get it right. The question at this stage is whether it will actually be ready on time but we believe it will. The system in itself is controlled by Jedward Tour Manager; Liam McKenna. In the meantime, I would like to say a big than you to all our followers for your questions for Jedward for this Friday’s press conference. This article was written in collaboration with Eurovision Ireland so stay tuned for more information through escflashmalta.com and our partners for all of the latest news from the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.
 
Source: Eurovision Ireland, escflashmalta.com
 
 
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:20

Ireland: Reviewing the track 'Waterline'

The final track of the first semi-final is going to be quite the bittersweet goodbye and this is due to the fact that Jan Van Dijck, Knut-Oyvind Hagen and the incredible production team at Pitchtunes will be bidding farewell having done their duties in the best possible way. Nevertheless, the show must go one for one last time in the first evening of the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Baku, Azerbaijan and closing the showcase will be Ireland, a country known to many fans as being the Queen of the event due to their history including seven victories. Trying to add to that impressive background will be the twins known as Jedward who will be performing the song Waterline written by Nick Jarl & Sharon Vaughn, the latter of which was one of the critics for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012.

Last the year the pop duo came 8th in the contest with Lipstick – Ireland's best result in the contest for 11 years. Lipstick went on to chart in Belgium, Sweden, Germany and Austria, where it peaked at number 3. Shortly after their success in the Eurovision Song Contest, Jedward returned to Ireland where they performed in front of an audience of 60,000 people at a concert to welcome United States of America President Barack Obama to Ireland.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2huxEkE1GD4

The past 12 months have been the busiest for the twins yet – they came 3rd in the UK's Celebrity Big Brother; they released their second album, Bad Behaviour and completed a sell-out tour across Ireland, UK, Germany, Sweden, Estonia, Finland, and Austria. Jedward were selected to represent Ireland again this year after winning the Irish Eurosong selection competition, topping both the public and jury vote in February. They are performing Waterline.The twins are being mentored this year by Irish Eurovision winner, Linda Martin, who won the contest in 1992 with Why Me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzVJkuyFEt0&ob=av2e

Waterline was composed by Nick Jarl and Sharon Vaughn. Nick is a songwriter/music producer from Sweden and has written songs for the likes of Westlife, Ironik! As well as songs for numerous Scandinavian acts. Sharon Vaughn is an American songwriter living in Sweden who has composed hits for artists all over the world including Boyzone, Willie Nelson, The Wanted, Clay Aiken, Jay Smith (Swedish Pop Idol Winner), Stefanie Heinzmann, Aslan, Agnes and many more.

The Critics Voice Their Opinion

Jan Van Dijck

  • One time it’s fun but two times in a row it still will be fun? The twins they can’t sing and it is their backing vocals that at the end perform the song. Also I believe that Jedward’s entry of last year “Lipstick” was more outstanding and catchy then their entry this year. I can only give this song four (4) points.

Knut-Oyvind Hagen

  • The hurricane of the Jedward twins is back, and to my surprise I like it very much! This is not as over-catchy as Lipstick was, but I do prefer Waterline of the two, as a more gently, easy on the ear song and production. They are sailing into the final, and I think they will be top 10 two years in a row. But next year, Ireland, please send me one of those beautiful ballads that only you can do! I believe that this song is entitled to eight (8) points.

Pitchtunes

  • The irish twins, Jedward, are back. This time they perform an energetic uptempo pop song a lá Westlife. This makes it feel a bit outdated. Still, it's a good overall song with a strong chorus and hence why we decided to award it with a total of seven (7) points.

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

Entry Background

 Performers: Jedward

 Composers: Nick Jarl & Sharon Vaughn

 Authors: Nick Jarl & Sharon Vaughn

 Song: Waterline

 Language: English

 Broadcaster: RTE

 History of the Nation

Ireland do not need too much of an introduction when it comes to the Eurovision Song Contest having won the event on a record seven occasions, the last of which came way back in 1996 though at the hands of Eimear Quinn, the songbird who performed a song entitled The Voice. Their most recent results have been nothing to write home about because since the millennium, they have only managed to rank within the top ten on three occasions, the first one coming in 2000 with Eamonn Toal and his song Millennium of Love, the second one being six years later with Brian Kennedy, now a judge on the The Voice of Ireland performing the beautiful song entitled Every Song is a Cry for Love which he wrote himself. The last top ten entry would be achieved last year when Jedward sang the song Lipstick finishing in eight place at the end of the evening. This year, they have the charm of Linda Martin, the 1992 winner with the song Why Me? and will be hoping to find some of that Irish luck as they conquer Baku,Azerbaijan.

Source: Eurovision.tv for the Biographical Information and all respective media

Published in Editorials
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