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After recently posting an editorial in regards to the rumours surrounding the UK entry to the ESC 2014 the BBC have finally made an announcement. Albeit, a very small announcement it did however manage to quash all the rumours that had been flying around. The BBC has somewhat surprisingly decided to find an artist using their BBC Introducing service. BBC Introducing is a branch of the BBC’s extensive music service that allows unknown artists to showcase their talents and abilities. This has allegedly been a stepping-stone for more well-known artists such as Florence and The Machine, Ed Sheeran, Rizzle Kicks and Jake Bugg.

The BBC has made the following comments about the selected act: 'The end result is that we now have a powerful and impressive song that we hope will do us proud in Copenhagen. We’re keen to introduce the song and artist to everyone as soon as possible, so it will be premiered on BBC Red button next Monday (3rd March) evening at 7.30pm'.  Therefore, this ultimately means that there will be no Geri Halliwell, no Jessie J, no Jane McDonald and certainly no Lulu. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as we follow the official revelation amidst the several rumours going on social media this evening.

Source: BBC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eADt1lFpmCA

Thursday, 27 February 2014 01:12

United Kingdom: Sparks Fly as Rumours Escalate

With the submission deadline around the corner. The BBC has once again left us in the dark about whom is going to represent the UK in Copenhagen. As mentioned in recent weeks the BBC has only confirmed that they are using an internal selection for the fourth year in succession. The previous selections have been somewhat of a mixed bag stemming from various different generations and completely different styles of music. 

In 2011, Blue were a surprise when the announcement was finally made and I was actually quite fond of the song. However, the news of Engelbert Humperdinck and his entry left me a little underwhelmed. As much of a legend as he is, I find it difficult to support or expect a man of my father’s age to carry the UK or indeed any other country to victory. 

Bonnie Tyler was also a surprise, but I was a little sceptical as for Bonnie to really shine at Eurovision it would have to be a really 80’s style power ballad. Believe in Me was a perfectly decent song and I do think Bonnie performed well in Malmö but it was hardly surprising that it was a little forgotten amongst the other songs in the competition. So, as we are lacking any BBC confirmation I thought it might be an idea to look at some of the rumours that are being put out there.

One of the more prominent rumours is Geri Halliwell. Now, this may show may age but I remember Geri when the Spice Girls were at their heyday. It was world news when Geri sensationally left and pursued a relatively successful solo career. With that said, the music career has somewhat died off and you are more likely to see Geri as a judge on the X Factor. An attempt to revive her career was given the go-ahead last year but the single sold just 400 copies. It is true that this could also be newspaper spin, as despair sells.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgoKfHg1JsU

The question is would Geri actually be any good for Eurovision? Over the years, she has been famous for her lacklustre live vocals and it has been argued that she lacks a certain stage presence but there is a chance that she could flare up a UK entry. Giving the audience something to remember. The only substance behind this rumour is that both she and her management have refused to deny the rumour and as such fuelling the rumour further.

There has been mention of Jessie J making an entry for the UK. Jessie J has worked closely with the BBC in recent years and she is a very talented young woman. However, there has been very little about this rumour. The only reasoning behind it is that her last album wasn’t as successful as anticipated (although in my opinion still very good) and her head shave has allegedly alienated a lot of her fans. I am still not sure how this adds up to her entering Eurovision, but I guess anything is possible.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCM-aRqvbHI

The next one I heard was Jane McDonald. Outside of the UK and Ireland I imagine Jayne to be a relative no one (please correct me if I am wrong). Rising to fame in the late 90’s as a cruise singer and later a talent show presenter before joining a daytime reality TV show as a long-term cast member. In fairness, Jayne is actually a good singer and her voice is certainly strong enough to carry off an excellent ballad. Nevertheless, she does still have that karaoke, cruise-ship cabaret look and I think this is something that would be overlooked at Eurovision. If she worked on her stage presence, the UK could certainly do a lot worse.

A number of previous talent reality TV shows have also been rumoured. Alexandra Burke & Diana Vickers (X factor 2008 – same as Ruth Lorenzo) have all been rumoured, as have Leon JacksonAmelia Lily, Joe McElderry and Olly Murs. However, at the moment these are just rumours. Arguably, though, none of these are necessarily bad choices and I would imagine to be received well in Europe.

Another rumour is Lulu. Whilst I assume this is nothing but a rumour and there is no truth in it whatsoever. Would the characterful Scot really make a return to Eurovision after more than 40 years? In reality, I don’t think any of the above would be a disaster from the outset. Yet there may be work to done on Geri and Jayne – provided they were given a decent song that matched their vocal ranges; we could see a decent Eurovision entry from the UK. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of such opinionated articles in the coming weeks.

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Published in Editorials

Engelbert Humperdinck and Bonnie Tyler might have been legends to the world of the music scene, and somewhat coups for the British Broadcasting Corporation but nevertheless, they were not current to carry the United Kingdom to a decent result at the Eurovision Song Contest in the past two years, both achieving a disappointing finish towards the latter part of the leader board. According to various insiders, the announcement of the artist is to be made over the next couple of weeks, and it is set to be another female artist, presumably Geri Halliwell otherwise known as Ginger Spice of the illustrious Spice Girls who dominated the pop charts at the end of the nineties, beginning of the noughties.

Upon embarking on a solo career, the female artist managed to peak the charts on a remarkable four (4) occasions, whilst managing to reach the top ten on a further four (4) occasions between 1999 and 2004. Since then, she has been working in reality television, opting to take on judging roles on shows such as Pop Idol, X Factor and most recently Got Talent, on both sides of the Atlantic. In the past couple of months, Geri Halliwell has been trying to re-launch her music career with a brand new record deal, and lead single Half of Me which tanked in Australia with less than 400 copies in first week sales and thus only managing to chart at number #281.

The British Broadcasting Corporation is yet to make a formal announcement but sources close to the broadcaster have confirmed that there was indeed dialogue and interest from Ginger Spice, at the possibility of re-launching on a massive European platform, one which she would definitely enjoy. The options are certainly open and the rumours are very exciting as it seems that the broadcaster is changing its strategy ever so slightly in calling upon a slightly younger set of artists to represent them at the Eurovision Song Contest. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news about the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vi9yX4pv4lQ

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 00:43

United Kingdom: John Galea Drops Second Single

John Galea, a relatively unknown figure in the local music industry, yet garnering traction at a fast pace in the United Kingdom, having had the opportunity to support British boy-band, McFly as well as r’n’b star, Lemar has recently released his second single, Ammunition off his debut extended play, The Scrapbook. The record was produced by Grammy nominated producers, The Monarch, known for a string of hits such as How We Do (Party) by Rita Ora and Swagger Jagger by Cher Lloyd.

Ammunition, co-written by John Galea and Dean Muscat, is a well crafted pop diamond, which is catchy and easy to learn, always a positive in the music industry. It is important to denote that Dean Muscat was the co-writer of Tomorrow, Malta’s entry at the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which managed eighth place at the international showcase. You may purchase the brand new single from iTunes, as released earlier this month on the 8th December 2013, and which in turn is being promoted through an official music video. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about local artists succeeding abroad.

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Sophie, a nineteen year old, originally from Malta but based in the United Kingdom, has successfully reached the semi-finals of the Open MIC UK Songwriting Competition, days after making it through to the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Let the Sunshine In co-written with Lou Mullen, Alexander Dew, and Adam Packard. At the beginning of the process for this songwriting competition, there were about 9000 entries, with Sophie being the only Maltese act. She is now a stone's throw away from the Grand Final of this contest and up against some of the best emerging writers in the UK.

Bursting onto the local music scene is no mean feat, and at a young age, Sophie was one of those artists who showed a lot of promise and went onto represent Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the track Extra Cute, which achieved a mid-table showing. Since then, she has collaborated with a number of local and foreign songwriters and released several singles, including some incredible cover versions. In 2011, she tried to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Love to Love You which she co-wrote with Elton Zarb, winning songwriter of this years’ edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELH5Ki5SDHg

Published in Local Music News

In 2002, Javine Hylton was part of a reality television talent show known as Popstars: The Rivals on commercial channel, ITV where the final result saw her being the only one eliminated in the creation of the nations' biggest girlband ever, Girls Aloud. Shortly after, she embarked on a solo career signing with Virgin Records, and going onto release debut album, Surrender and hit single Real Things which peaked at number #4 in the British Charts. As the album fared badly in terms of sales, Javine thought she could do with a bit of a boost and thus entered the selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest where her competition included; Gina G, a former representative; Katie Price, a reality show television star; Andy Scott-Lee, brother of Lisa Scott-Lee of Steps fame and a brand new pop/opera group known as Tricolore.

At the end of the pre-selection, it was Javine who was selected to represent the United Kingdom and went to Kiev, Ukraine with the backing of the general public, with the bookies seeing her finish in eighth place. It was not meant to be though as her entry Touch My Fire could only muster eighteen (18) points to finish in twenty-second (22nd) position. Javine disappeared from the music industry in the years that followed but it seems that 2013 might be her comeback year having lent her vocals to a WAWA and M.A.R.K. track entitled Never which has been playlisted on BBC Radio 1, the nations' most influential radio station. It's a dance song which has a magnificient beat and which accompanies the vocals in a sublime manner. Stay tund to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Digital Spy, Wiwi Bloggs

In 2010, Cyprus was represented at the Eurovision Song Contest by Jon Lilygreen and the Islanders who had received exposure in the United Kingdom for the simple reason that the lead singer hailed from Wales. Following his participation within the international competition with the track Life Looks Better In Spring, Lilygreen joined forces with Jon Maguire and became a formidable singer/songwriting duo landing themselves a record deal with the Warner Music Group. In the world of pop/rock with a touch of indie, singles have a tendency to flop quite easily as highly witnessed by Ain't Love Crazy, their debut single off their upcoming studio album entitled Have a Good Time All The Time set for release on the 4th November 2013.

On the other hand, the songwriters have recently helped co-write the track Beautiful Life, performed by the group Union J who garnered a considerable amount of fame following their stint on the British version of the X Factor, where they finished in 4th place, behind eventual winner James Arthur. The British boy-band who will be releasing their eponymous debut album on the 28th October 2013 have recently made it public that their second single will be the same aforementioned Beautiful Life for which an official music video has also been shot in order to aid with the promotion.  It is worth noting that their debut single Carry You peaked at number #6 in the United Kingdom, #12 in Ireland and #4 in Scotland respectively. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more information about past participants.

Source: Digital Spy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WqbmxbpQ1k

Sophie DeBattista, one of the fastest rising stars of the local music industry who has already represented her Malta in foreign competitions such as the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, albeit almost seven years ago to this day. Currently based in South East London, the young female vocalist was performing at the Open Mic UK Regional Showcase a couple of days back and now has the opportunity to fight for a coveted slot to perform in the prestigious O2 Arena in London.

The Open Mic UK Showcase is known to feature some of the best unsigned artists from all across Great Britain with different regions hold their own shows and picking the best. Sophie had the opportunity to perform in front of a maximum capacity audience, achieving the support of the expert panel of judges to get through to the Area Finals taking place at The Beck Theatre in Hayes, Middlesex with the chance of getting thorugh to the National Grand Final taking place at The O2 Arena in London on the 18th January 2014.

In order to get this far, Sophie performing an original track, Silver Bullet receiving comments which ranged from 'committed performance' to 'good dynamics to deliver' and ultimately 'great energy'. A spokesperson for Open Mic UK commented “We are searching for an act that not only has the ability to impress an audience, industry judges and A&R associates, but an act that has the potential to become a professional recording artist. Acts that have made it are just one step away from performing at the best live music venue in the country!”

The competition is brought to you by Future Music; the company behind the discovery of artists such as Warner Music’s Birdy, Columbia Record’s Lucy Spraggan, Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Jahmene Douglas both of which are now signed to Sony Music. The competition is divided into three age categories; Under 16, 16-20 and 21 and Over. All types of singers, vocal performers, groups and acoustic singer/songwriters are invited to enter Open Mic UK.  For more information go to the official website, and stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest about Sophie's journey.

Source: Press Release

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Earlier this week, the British Broadcasting Corporation announced their intentions to participate in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark. The method of selection since 2011, has been internal although it has been suggested that a national final with a public vote could be the way forward for the United Kingdom following two years of successive disappointments.

According to The Daily Star, a spokesperson on behalf of the British Broadcasting Corporation could not elaborate on the Eurovision Song Contest plans for next year as it was 'still early days' but nevertheless were considering all options. A number of artists including; Little Boots and Hurts have put their name forward to represent the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest whilst Simon Cowell is ready to work with the broadcaster on creating the ultimate national selection with the possibility of finding a true star which he would aid through his record label. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as it becomes available.

Source: The Daily Star

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqXk_FRw62Q

Bonnie Tyler, and her entry Believe In Me represented the United Kingdom at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, finishing in nineteenth place with twenty-three points. Despite the disappointing result, which continued to add to the several woes the nation has gone onto face in recent years, the British Broadcasting Corporation has already informed the European Broadcasting Union that they will be returning to the competition in 2014. The selection process is yet to be unveiled although it is expected that a late internal selection will be made preceded by several rumours.

In recent years, the United Kingdom has not managed to trouble the scoreboard unless you consider that one year in which Jade Ewen and her entry It's My Time composed by Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber to the lyrics of Diane Warren finished in fifth place. It was a strategy which involved the artist and the songwriters thoroughly with the selection process proving to be a ratings success. It is something that the British Broadcasting Corporation should consider once more in the years to come. With the nation confirmed as a participant in the next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, it means that only Italy remain to confirm as part of the elite five although RAI has already stated that they will most likely be returning following a third consecutive top ten finish. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Sources: BBC, esctoday.com

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