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Tuesday, 18 November 2014 15:15

Malta: Sophie DeBattista Blares Out New Sound

Sophie DeBattista, a female singer/songwriter who has been part of the line-up at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions, in 2011 with "Love to Love You" and in 2014 with "Let the Sunshine In" has just laid down a brand new single, one bearing the name "Beer Goggles". It has a fun twist, a catchy chorus, and an overall charm which somewhat resembles that of Lucy Spraggan in her hit song "Last Night (Beer Fear)".

Reading for a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Sophie is known to the general public as the young girl who not too long ago took to the stage on behalf of Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the track "Extra Cute". Since then, the female singer/songwriter has relocated to the United Kingdom where she has been having a blast, releasing new material, and also supporting major stars such as Ciara. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2015.

Source: Sophie DeBattista (Facebook, Twitter)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljRztJAgIa0

“Drop in number of Eurovision entries” is the name of an article that appeared in The Times of Malta earlier today, with direct reference to the fact that there was a fewer turnout that usual in the number of submissions that the Public Broadcasting Services revealed. escflashmalta.com made this quite clear in a subtle manner when confirming a host of names, both of vocalists and songwriters who did not put their first foot forward.

These included none other than; Sophie DeBattista, Davinia, Claudia Faniello, Ruth Portelli, De Bee, Pamela, Ray Agius, Alfred C Sant, Paul Giordimaina and Fleur Balzan. Nevertheless though, despite the drop in artists, Anton Attard, Head of Delegation on behalf of the Public Broadcasting Services confirmed to the leading local newspaper that the issue more or less deals with repeat submissions, songs that have been submit every year with the hope that they get through.

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

Whilst song submissions do eventually get through, others do not and if one looks at the shortlist of the past three to four years, some songs would always be recognizable. Artists whom escflashmalta.com can confirm to have submit to the 2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest include none other than; Domenique, Franklin Calleja, Izzy, Jessika, Kaya, Romina Mamo, Daniel Testa, Fabrizio Faniello, Dayle Camilleri and Ryan Paul Abela.

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

Speculation on Ira Losco is continuing to mount and with Moira Delia landing the top job of hosting the upcoming edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, the news is only but confirmed. Her name among those shortlisted later on this month will definitely be the worst kept secret in recent years. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook & Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Times of Malta, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJSkfmXGIG4

Published in Local Music News
Saturday, 30 August 2014 18:13

Exclusive: Sophie Confirms MESC 2015 Absence

Sophie DeBattista, a female singer/songwriter who has been part of the line-up at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions, in 2011 with "Love to Love You" and in 2014 with "Let the Sunshine In" has been in contact with the escflashmalta.com editorial team confirming that she will not be partaking in the selection process in a bid to focus on her studies in the United Kingdom.

Reading for a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Sophie is known to the general public as the young girl who not too long ago took to the stage on behalf of Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the track "Extra Cute". Since then, the female singer/songwriter has relocated to the United Kingdom where she has been having a blast, releasing new material, and also supporting major stars such as Ciara. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2015.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvFd84yjRas

Published in Local Music News

Sophie DeBattista, a female singer/songwriter who has twice been a participant in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, including earlier this year with 'Let the Sunshine In' which she co-wrote with Lou Mullen, Adam Pikard and Alexander Dew, has been relatively busy as of late by booking several appearances in the United Kingdom, and also releasing a brand new track, one bearing the name 'So Damn Perfect'.

Being a former Junior Eurovision Song Contest representative, she has made quite the career for herself, especially after basing herself in the United Kingdom, yet coming to Malta frequently for events, and concerts. Her latest release, 'So Damn Perfect' is very non-typical for the singer/songwriter focusing on sad lyrics, dealing with the supposedly perfect male whose presence is negatively affective. 

The music video, shot in the United Kingdom sees Sophie in a junk yard for most of the time, showing the audience a glimpse of the story line, at least from a psychological point of view. We would like to remind you that you may purchase 'So Damn Perfect' on iTunes, or other major digital retailers as well as steam it on Spotify. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Press Release

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

Published in Local Music News
Thursday, 17 April 2014 08:44

Malta: Sophie DeBattista Unveils New Single

Sophie DeBattista, an independent female singer/songwriter who has never runaway from a challenge, even when the going gets tough. A former representative of Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, as well as being a two-time Malta Eurovision Song Contest participant, she has decided to release her new song without any funding whatsoever, and solely owning the copyright. So Damn Perfect, a masterful pop ballad showcases the chops that Sophie has without taking away from any of her other previous releases which have ranged from Indie to Bubblegum Pop.

Based in London, but often in Malta, one has to point out the sheer determination that Sophie seems to have in every project she puts her mind to. During the recent edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, her entry Let the Sunshine In was a ditty tune which many did not even give attention to prior to the semi-final stage of the competition when the performance came alive. So Damn Perfect stems away from that genre as already mentioned but has my full backing for being different and professional at the same time. We urge you to purchase the song from iTunes or stream it through Spotify whilst logged into escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: Sophie DeBattista (Twitter)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4flXcE9vmrs

Published in Local Music News

escflashmalta.com has always represented the best interests of the local music industry, by bringing the public the latest news from songwriters, producers, musicians and artists who have a local heritage whilst also supporting the nations' participation in the Eurovision Song Contest. It has become customary for the portal to organise features in relation to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and therefore, for the third consecutive year, the escflashmalta.com awards were given, in partnership with ONE Radio 92.7 FM.

Clint on ONE, a flagship programme hosted on Saturday morning by Clint Bajada, the individual who has made the local music scene the centre of his radio strategy, played host to the awards this morning with Marc Calleja Bayliss, Editor-In-Chief of escflashmalta.com appearing on behalf of the portal to hand out the awards and also answer any related questions. The three (3) coveted awards were all given their prime attention, noting that the professional members of the music industry were assigned the preview videos of the songs, making their selection as if being judges of the actual competition, the public who had the right to select only one (1) song per IP Address, and last but not least, members of the media who had to select the best five (5) and the worst two (2) in rank order.

Basically, it is now time to reveal the full results of all three (3) awards, with the Public Award and Media Award having been presented to Trevor Fenech, representative of Daniel Testa whose One Last Ride written by Stephen Rudden and Lawrence Peter Bridge actually finished in third place during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and the Critics Award going to Davinia and her entry Brand New Day written by Matt Mercieca to the music of Elton Zarb, who in turn was present to accept the award. This was the first time ever in the history of the escflashmalta.com awards that one (1) artist managed to take home two (2) awards, meaning that there was more of consensus especially when keeping in mind that it was also a track which finished in the top three (3) come the end of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

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Media Award; we are proud to have been in contact with almost forty (40) different individuals, each representing a media outlet and each will be noted below. Their aim was simple, to select the most notable five (5) entries and the worst two (2) in rank order. The final tally which you will note below comprises of votes from; Luke Borg (esctoday.com), Eric Nocito (ESC Reporter), Helen C Wood (Radio International), Garrett Mulhall (Eurovision Ireland), Aija Medinika (LTV), Frank Zammit (Stargate Studios), Theofilos Toronidis (ESC Daily), Knut-Oyvind Hagen (NRK), Clint Bajada (ONE Radio 92.7), Ramona Depares (Times of Malta), Samantha Ross (ESC Insight), Tobias Larsson (YLE), Michael Bugeja (Times of Malta), Nathan D (89.7 Bay), Joseph Zammit (escflashmalta.com), Media Team (Insite), Ian Fowell (eurovisionary), Toni Sant (MMI), Patrick Strouk (escflashmalta.com), Alasdair Rendall (escflashmalta.com), Keith Mills (AKOE), David Debono (RTK Radio), Wayne Aquilina (ONE Radio 92.7), Joe Tanti (ONE Radio 92.7), Edward Montebello (eurovisionary), Ian Scerri (escflashmalta.com), Gabriel Ellul (Media.Link Communications), Darragh Reck (RTE), Ruth Frendo (Gwida), Valentina Rossi (V Squared), Belen Garcia (escplus), Liam Clark (escXtra), Deo Grech (ONE Radio 92.7), Alexandru Busa (escflashmalta.com), Emma Backfish (escXtra), Jon Lukas (Channel Radio) and Juergen Boernig (Radio International).

One Last Ride - Daniel Testa : 1460 points

Hypnotica - Jessika : 1040 points

Brand New Day - Davinia : 920 points

Coming Home - Firelight : 840 points

City Lady - Ryan Paul Abela : 680 points

Take Me - Pamela : 640 points

Safe - Miriam Christine : 520 points

Pin the Middle - DeBee : 460 points

Just No Place Like Home - Fabrizio Faniello : 380 points

Love Will Take Me Home - Franklin : 380 points

Because I Have You - Amber : 320 points

Let the Sunshine In - Sophie DeBattista : 320 points

Oblivion - Chris Grech : 260 points

Until We Meet Again - Deborah C : 260 points

Some Kind of Wonderful - Wayne William : 260 points

Addictive - Romina Mamo : 200 points

Lovetricity - Christabelle : 160 points

Ten - Corazon : 20 points

Invisible - Raquel Galdes : -20 points

Now and Forever - Andreana : -220 points

Public Award; due to problems with the server capacity and the award, we had been given the ultimatum to close the poll early, but nevertheless, it was important to note that despite this, almost three thousand (3000) individual votes were submitted. It was a different story to last year when Kevin Borg and Chris Grech had been harshly campaigning against one another through social media, with the latter coming out as the victor. The full results as noted below depict a totally different story with a relatively outright winner and an even more representative top three (3).

One Last Ride - Daniel Testa : 581 votes

Because I Have You - Amber : 479 votes

Addictive - Romina Mamo : 258 votes

Hypnotica - Jessika : 240 votes

Love Will Take Me Home - Franklin : 188 votes

Now and Forever - Andreana : 181 votes

Take Me - Pamela : 142 votes

Just No Place Like Home - Fabrizio Faniello : 122 votes

Invisible - Raquel Galdes : 110 votes

Safe - Miriam Christine : 108 votes

Brand New Day - Davinia : 106 votes

Ten - Corazon : 77 votes

Coming Home - Firelight : 52 votes

Pin the Middle - DeBee : 44 votes

City Lady - Ryan Paul Abela : 30 votes

Lovetricity - Christabelle : 28 votes

Some Kind of Wonderful - Wayne William : 26 votes

Until We Meet Again - Deborah C : 24 votes

Oblivion - Chris Grech: 22 votes

Let the Sunshine In - Sophie DeBattista : 16 votes

Critic Award; the voting of five (5) professional individuals from the international music industry. John Scott, Sharon Vaughn, Martin Isherwood, Stano Simor and Greig Watts have been commissioned to review the competing entries, mark them out of ten (10) and published as a percentage online and finally to vote in Eurovision format and send in their personal scores. The chosen individuals all have multitudes of experience in the industry with John Scott working with the likes of Nicole Scherzinger and Little Mix; Stano Simor co-writing for some of the most familiar faces in Slovakia and the Czech Republic whilst also being the manager of Mista, a former Slovakian selection runner-up; Martin Isherwood being one of the Headmasters at the Liverpool Istitute for Performing Arts; Sharon Vaughn co-writing for Delta Goodrem, Agnes, The Wanted and Jedward and Greig Watts who in turn is an accomplished songwriter/producer and has worked with The Overtones, Natalia and Kate Ryan amongst others.

Brand New Day - Davinia : 38 points

Take Me - Pamela : 31 points

One Last Ride - Daniel Testa : 27 points

Pin the Middle - DeBee : 25 points

Love Will Take Me Home - Franklin : 24 points

Coming Home - Firelight : 22 points

Just No Place Like Home - Fabrizio Faniello : 22 points

Safe - Miriam Christine : 14 points

Until We Meet Again - Deborah C : 14 points

Hypnotica - Jessika : 14 points

Addictive - Romina Mamo : 12 points

Now and Forever - Andreana : 10 points

Invisible - Raquel Galdes : 9 points

Lovetricity - Christabelle : 9 points

Some Kind of Wonderful - Wayne William : 9 points

Because I Have You - Amber : 3 points

Let the Sunshine In - Sophie DeBattista : 2 points

City Lady - Ryan Paul Abela : 2 points

Oblivion - Chris Grech : 0 points

Ten - Corazon : 0 points

At this stage, we would like to thank all of the people involved in making the escflashmalta.com awards presented by ONE Radio 92.7 a success, including none other than Mediterranean Ceramics who designed three (3) beautiful trophies, each owing to the identity and brand that this portal has built in the past five (5) years since it's inception. Collaborating with Clint Bajada and ONE Radio 92.7 was also a pleasure and we hope that this fruitful collaboration continues in the years to come. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news and more exclusive features as the days, months and years go by.

Source: escflashmalta.com, ONE Radio 92.7, Emil Calleja Bayliss (Image)

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

Published in Local Music News
Saturday, 08 February 2014 18:45

MESC '14: The Grand Final - LIVE

Good Evening! Welcome to the LIVE REPORT of the final of this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest being staged in Ta’ Qali, an artisan town where the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre is found, a couple of miles away from any form of civilization. Our colleagues in Malta have reported that the rehearsals have been going extremely well and that the Public Broadcasting Services is ready to host a show of the highest quality this evening with our three (3) illustrious hosts and a parade of local and foreign guests.

Ira Losco and Gianluca Bezzina; representatives of Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2002 and 2013 respectively along with Moira Delia, spokesperson on behalf of the Mediterranean country in the 2006 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest have been selected to coordinate the show, one which will include fourteen (14) acts as selected by the professional members of the local and foreign jury as well as the public vote during the semi-final yesterday evening. It was a relative shock to see two (2) former representatives; Miriam Christine and Fabrizio Faniello fall at the first hurdle especially following their stunning performances.

We are live now!

How could tonight’s final not start with Maltese latest pride, the great Gaia Gauci who won the recent Junior Eurovision that was held in Kyiv, Ukraine. The little princess is joined by a choir of La Voix Academy and the performance is really amazing! We are definately set for an exciting and great evening! The presenters the great Ira Losco and Gianlucca Bezzina are on stage now and making an introduction and explaning about the show. Moira the third presenter is in the audience and looks also stunning. Moira is congratulating Gaia. The members of the jury are also introduced. They are Reuben Zammitt head of the jury, Olga Salamahka head of delegation for Belarus, Nicola Caligore head of delegation for Italy, Ekaterina Orlova from RTR (Russia) and Peter Cossai, Head of Sport Section of PBS. And now we are off for the show!

Lovetricity - Christabelle (Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)

 Christabelle is opening tonight’s final with this uptemo song from Magnus Kaxe and lyrics from Gerard James Borg. Again Christabelle gives a solid performance so it’s a good opener of tonight’s final. Welldone to Christabelle and the team! If this is a contender for the victory i’m not so sure though but Christabelle did very good!

Some Kind of Wonderful - Wayne William (Wayne Micallef)

Having Wayne on stage is always a certainty of a strong performance. Just like last night Wayne is very confident with his track Some kind of wonderful. A great artist which would surely make Malta proud on Eurovision stage! The question though is this is the track that will lead him to Copenhagen. Could be but that will definately depend on the other performances tonight. And honesty obliges me to say he had better songs in the past. But Prosit Wayne!

Brand New Day - Davinia (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Davinia was to me one of the surprise qualifiers to the finals. The song is obviously still as cheerful as last night and the singer seems to enjoy her time on stage. Unfortunately i cannot change my opinion that the song is not really going anywhere so i wouldnt go for it as the song for Copenhagen, sorry. But welldone overall for the performance!

City Lady - Ryan Paul Abela (Paul Abela / Ryan Paul / Joe Julian Farrugia)

Ryan Paul Abela is next on stage with a very cheerfull song. I like the enthousiasm of this very sympathic artist which gives again a lot of credits and gave him likely also the ticket to the final thanks to the audience watching at home. I don’t see this either in Denmark but my compliments go to the artist and his team.

Love Will Take Me Home - Franklin (Glen / Beatrice Eriksson / M Frenell / Michael J Down)

 It’s time for Franklin Calleja! He touched me a lot with his last nights performance. And again he gives an extremely performance. What a lot of respect i have for this  still  very young singer The stage act is simple but very effective and you see a singer who gives his all! The guy has such a great career ahead and i wouldnt be surprised if he would be winning the ticket to Eurovision tonight. Hear the applause during the performance, the people love this guy! Franklin is definately one of the topfavourites. Prosit Franklin and the team, i would be proud for my maltese friend to see you in Denmark!

One Last Ride - Daniel Testa (Stephen Rudden / Lawrence Peter Bridge)

And we are going to the next favourite. Daniel Testa already represented Malta at Eurovision in the Junior edition with a great placing. His performance is definately stronger then yesterday so i dont rule him out as one of the main contenders for the winning ticket. Will he make? Let’s see later on but the public seem to love this one too!.

Before we go on to the next song Ira and Gianlucca are threating us on a great intermezzo. What a clever and good show of PBS to have those two great artists as presenters!

Let The Sunshine In - Sophie (Sophie DeBattista / Adam Pakard / Alex Dew)

Funny enough the next artist also represented malta at Junior Eurovision. Sophie is giving a solid performance but like i said yesterday i’m not sure if this song would be the best choice for Eurovision. However all credits and congratulations for the performance and how can you not like such a nice and cheerfull girl!

Oblivion - Chris Grech (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Chris is on stage and proving again he’s a very powerfull singer. The guy definately knows how to sing and has a certain charisma that i can imagine women are attracted too. In terms for Eurovision in Denmark i believe the song might just miss that thing to win for the top places later on. But well done Chris!

Until We Meet Again - Deborah C (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Deborah C is back in the finals for the third year in a row and it shows that this singer is developping in a very good way. Hard work and singing is clearly paying off! Deborah looks again great on stage. This very happy feeling song is making me smile with Deborah's enthousiasm! Well done Deborah and crossing fingers for the best possible result!

Hypnotica - Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Another hot favourite, especially amongst the European Eurofans is Jessica The  performance of Hypnotica is again very good with a very interesting choreography. This was surely the work of Gerard James Borg who is always very creative on this, so all my deep compliments on Ger! Should Hypnotica make it to Denmark it will surely be a fan favourite, but we have to think also on the older public and professional juries. Will they taste it as much as the fans? That is to be seen. But well done Jessica!

Take Me - Pamela (Boris Cezek)

And now we go to the angelic voice of Pamela Bezzina! Like yesterday im attached to the screen from the first till last minute and enjoying every second of her performance. What a voice and what great stage appearance, very simply but effective! I can see this just doing copy past to Copenhagen! I am so sure this will fight till the end to get that ticket. Will Pamela finally make it as leadsinger on Eurovision stage? I would be happy for her and Malta would head for a top position in Copenhagen surely! Prosit Pamela!

Coming Home - Firelight (Richard Micallef)

The next act is Firelight with Coming Home. Probably many maltese people will not like me but somehow i didnt expect the song to make it, so prosit on that already. The performance is solid and welldone but still i dont see this as the winning entry that will represent Malta at the Eurovision Songcontest.

Because I Have You - Amber (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

Amber is again joined by composer and 1991 representative Paul Giordimaina who also composed the song and who i respect a lot as one of maltese best composers. Amber seems to be less stressed then last night and i must say she looks great performing this melodic tune. However i fear for Amber that she will  have to wait to win the ticket to Eurovision.

Pin The Middle - De Bee (Peter Paul Galea / Debbie Stivala)

De Bee is one of the much rumoured for the victory. I’m so sorry but i dont get this at all. Don’t misunderstand me the performance is solid and the singer is doing a very good job but i still dont feel any chemistry. It still might win though, let the public and jury decide i would say.

So we had all the songs now! The televoting has been opened and we have a recap of all the songs before we go to a long list of interval acts.

Part 2 of the show

Ira Losco is starting the intervalacts and she proves that she is still an amazing artist and looking fabulous! When are you returning to Eurovision Ira?

And we are off for another recap!

Gianluccas is performing now with a new song along with his family, so it’s like the Bezzina group. Before some images were shown from last years festival. And they are off for more, this is sounding really nice! Of course Gianlucca's winning song from last year cannot be forgotten! The audience is cheering a lot! This is why i love the maltese public so much, they cherish their esc artists so much!

Moira is now in the greenroom with all the finalists! Everyone seem to have a great time but surely nerves are very tensed! And off we go again with another performance of Ira again. She followed by a crazy act from Gorg u Pawlu who got fame with their 'Hot and famous' last year, well at least in malta. It looks very funny, but as this is a great show this is a strange act not really fitting in. But it's funny though!

Next one on stage is one of Maltese most popular bands Wintermoods. Great vocals and strong songs i must say, respect!

After Wintermoods we have the Swiss entry Sebalter on stage presenting their song for Eurovision. After that performance which doesnt give much of attention we are off to the winner of last years Eurovision Emelie de Forest who is presenting her new song Rainmaker, the theme of the 2014 Eurovision! She is joined by all contestants and it really sounds great! this is a new hit for Emelie i'm pretty sure!

And off for another commercial break. Will we know the results soon? Let's cross fingers for it!

We are off to the voting!!

The televoting gives 12 to Jessika and 10 to Daniel Testa

the first judge gives 12 to firelight

the russian judges gives 12 to Deborah C!

the italian head of delegation gives 12 to firelight

very different voting!!

the belarussian judge gives 12 to firelight

the head of jury gives also 12 to firelight

So Firelight is the song for Malta. As i told i admit i was totally wrong here but stand my opinion. All the best of luck to malta though!

In just one (1) week, the semi-final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre under the hospice of the Public Broadcasting Services. Earlier this afternoon, it was officially confirmed that former representatives; Gianluca and Ira Losco as well as veteran host, Moira Delia will be undertaking the roles of hosts of this years’ prestigious competition being aired on Television Malta.

Prior to their appearance in the competition, they will be taking to the WE Studios later on this evening for one last promotional effort at Xarabank, hosted by Peppi Azzopardi. All of the artists competing in the semi-final in a weeks' time will be present for a series of chats, fact-finding missions and more entertainment which is very much reminiscent of a weekend show rather than a late night chat show. One of the artists will eventually follow in the footsteps of Gianluca and his entry Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat, which finished in eighth place, the best result for Malta at the international competition since 2005. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: WE Media

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGQeYIIB6Lk

Published in Local Music News
Saturday, 25 January 2014 21:35

MESC 2014: Semi-Final Running Order Published

On Friday 7th February 2014, the Public Broadcasting Services will be hosting the semi-final stage of this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre and it was only just a couple of minutes ago that the official running order was published on the official portal of the broadcasting house. Should you wish to purchase tickets to this event, make sure to visit ooii.com.mt or tvm.com.mt/eurovision for more details.

It is important to denote, that the opening and closing entries were drawn out of a globe in random order whilst the rest of the field was drawn in batches of three (3) or four (4) pertaining to which group they fell into with the producers of the competition selecting the best possible flow of the showcase. The system of the running order has somewhat been adapted to the one used in the international Eurovision Song Contest with the aim to gauge the interest of the public in mixing up different genres.

Because I Have You - Amber (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

Oblivion - Chris Grech (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Addictive - Romina Mamo (Ylva / Linda Persson)

Hypnotica - Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Now and Forever - Andreana (Vinny Vella / Karl Spiteri)

One Last Ride - Daniel Testa (Stephen Rudden / Lawrence Peter Bridge)

Invisible - Raquel Galdes (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Just No Place Like Home - Fabrizio Faniello (Johan Bejerholm)

Some Kind of Wonderful - Wayne William (Wayne Micallef)

City Lady - Ryan Paul Abela (Paul Abela / Ryan Paul / Joe Julian Farrugia)

Lovetricity - Christabelle (Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)

Take Me - Pamela (Boris Cezek)

Let The Sunshine In - Sophie (Sophie DeBattista / Adam Pakard / Alex Dew)

Love Will Take Me Home - Franklin (Glen / Beatrice Eriksson / M Frenell / Michael J Down)

Safe - Miriam Christine (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Until We Meet Again - Deborah C (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Coming Home - Firelight (Richard Micallef)

Pin The Middle - De Bee (Peter Paul Galea / Debbie Stivala)

Brand New Day - Davinia (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Ten - Corazon (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

The Public Broadcasting Services, responsible for Malta's participation in the Eurovision Song Contest has shown clear dedication to the programming of the event in recent years, noting a certain aura of professionalism, even with regards to a year-on-year improvement. The video clips this year, also include an introductory postcard, preceded by a list of sponsors who are covering the costs of the event. Special thanks goes to all personnel involved including; Anton Attard, Gordon Bonello, Rodney Gauci, Daniel D'Anastasi and Anna Dalli. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services 

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

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 Let the Sunshine In, co-written by Sophie DeBattista, Lou Mullen, Adam Pikard and Alexander Dew vocals provided by Sophie DeBattista.

Sophie DeBattista, representative of Malta at the 2006 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the track Extra Cute has come an extremely long way, basing herself in the United Kingdom and clinching several opportunities in the industry, including the chance to support Ciara during a recent concert at the IndigO2 Arena in London as well as performing alongside former X Factor finalists; Marcus Collins, Misha B and Amelia Lily. This will be her second experience in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, having previously made the cut in 2011 with a song entitled Love to Love You which she co-wrote with Elton Zarb. Nevertheless, the genre this time round is completely different and somewhat represents the direction that Sophie has taken up in her music career, a stripped down series of pop songs, which show her flair towards song writing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2EcFTRLfms

Lou Mullen, Adam Pikard and Alexander Dew have all collaborated with Sophie DeBattista on Let the Sunshine In making it one of the busiest entries in this years’ competition in terms of song writing. Without a shadow of doubt, Sophie is the most experienced of the lot, having written several of her most recent tracks, all of which have been garnering the right attention from talent scouts and radio stations across the United Kingdom and Malta. Such songs include none other than ‘Lil Game and Silver Bullet, the latter being her current single, released on the compilation #westfieldpresents. Nevertheless, Alexander Dew has also helped create a couple of tracks, co-writing Tired Heart by the electronic group Kinobe and released on Pepper Records, the dance imprint of Jive Records. Other than that, it seems like this team of song writers are fresh and new on the town, ready to take on the industry by storm, kicking off with the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 55%

John Scott: The song is ok, but I feel the chorus does not go anywhere. The hook needs to be much stronger for the song to be competitive.

Martin Isherwood: Voice ok. Not sure what 'gotta give the love the love' is about. Feels like there are two (2) choruses - with the 'Oh yeahs' in there as well Suggestions of 'Sexual Healing' in the lyrics. Production not really up to it sounds like a basic demo. Annoyingly positive and made me want to lock myself in a darkened room.

Sharon Vaughn: A catchy little commercial tune and she is really adorable... but the Goth leather doesn't fit this song or this face at ALL!

Stano Simor: American style of music that is well known to us. Thanks to the excellent passages in the bridge, this is the kind of song that everyone in the audience will be singing subconsciously. Sophie fits this kind of composition very well. I don't think that the song is strong enough to occupy first place in the national competition. 

Greig Watts: Another quirky delivery from a female, seems to be fashionable, the chorus for me on this one doesn’t deliver as much as I want it to, has a nice secondary hook, but in honesty not as strong as some of the others for me. 

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

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