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Thursday, 27 November 2014 13:40

San Marino: Michele and Anita Off to Eurovision

San Marino RTV, the public service broadcaster of San Marino organised a press conference earlier today, in order to reveal the representatives of the micro-state in the 2015 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Having not yet turned 16, Michele Perniola & Anita Simoncini are going to be given the opportunity to reprise their role as representatives for the tiny nation, but rather at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, where they achieved disappointing placings, at the adult event, which will hopefully prove to be a more fruitful experience.

Born in 1998 and 1999, it is fair to state, that they will most likely be the youngest duo in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest. San Marino have taken part on four occasions, in 2008 with the group Miodio and the track "Complice" which languished at the bottom of the scoreboard in the semi-final, and in 2012, 2013, and 2014 with Valentina Monetta, whose latest effort "Maybe" got through to the final, finishing in 24th place with 14 points. More information about the song choice will be made in due course. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eZNTBJ-Hyc

Cologne in Germany is currently hosting the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Young Musicians with debut performances from Malta and Moldova. 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.

Radio International has built a name for itself throughout the years by bringing about exclusive video and audio interviews with some of the most notable names to have either participated in the Eurovision Song Contest or even in national selections preceding the continental event. As a matter of fact, in this weeks' episode, a three time representative in the form of Valentina Monetta will be on the show, following her successful entry into the final with the song 'Maybe (Forse)'. Also, Elaiza who represented Germany with 'Is It Right?' and Freaky Fortune & Risky Kidd who took part on behalf of Greece with 'Rise Up'. Three interviews with vocalists won't be the only reason why should listen to the show as the team of Radio International also had the opportunity to speak to veteran songwriter; Ralph Siegel. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eZNTBJ-Hyc

As the curtain on the 2014 season of the Eurovision Song Contest is brought down, 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=c9y6A1uXLn8

In recent years, escflashmalta.com has been on the forefront in chatting to artists who would be heading to the Eurovision Song Contest and hopefully representing their country and achieving a positive result. Next up is Valentina Monetta who will be representing San Marino with the song Maybe (Forse) composed by Ralph Siegel to the lyrics of Mauro Balestri. She looks back at hes experience in the music industry and the manner in which she is taking up the challenge of representing hes country in the biggest music event for the third time.

Valentina, the Eurovision Song Contest is to be noted as a major part of your music career, having given you the opportunity to showcase your talents to a broader audience that the one come to be expected of a microstate like San Marino. Have you thought about what lies ahead in the future?

Of course .. I think the work I've done for me, for my music and for the public who follows me is great and I hope of course that it will bear fruit. Along with Ralph Siegel and the Eurovision Song Contest, I had the opportunity to learn so many things to grow and mature both humanly and artistically and fine tune my talent, I hope to get feedback for my always greater commitment.

In the past two years, you represented San Marino with two completely different entries; The Social Network Song in 2012 and Crisalide (Vola) in 2013 alas failing to get through the semi-final stage of the competition. This time round you will be performing a ballad, in English. Would you care telling us about your entry Maybe (Forse) and how you came to the conclusion of selecting this entry as the one to complete your hat trick?

We had a lot of choice because of my versatility, but in the end, I and my team,  considering the result last year decided of continuing on the same path .. evolving what we somehow managed to convey with Chrysalis. "Maybe", in Italian "Forse" is a song that wants to open a door in the dense mesh of the certainties of which we are constantly looking for. If the certainties give you a temporary feeling of tranquility, at the same time we are trapped in an amorphous bubble as cosmic beings and we cannot do anything but sit tight.

Maybe (Forse) is a breath of possibilities, maybe the idea we have of reality does not match with what really is reality. The moment we allow ourselves in doubt ... maybe to the chance of being something else, it may surprise us and make us fall in love. So... when you're in love you understand this very well and with absolute certainty that we ourselves are something far beyond, with respect to our limited imagination ... Maybe!

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Many have commented that the level of songs in this years’ edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is somewhat average in comparison to the past couple of years. Have you heard any of the competing entries and do you agree with this statement?

I think every year there have been more or less valid entries. Last year was of really high level and it's a source of pride for me to have arrived eleventh, although I have not gone in the final. Hungary and Germany are my favorites this year.

One of the key figures behind your music career is surely Ralph Siegel, who is also co-writer of your entry in this years’ international competition, alongside Mauro Balestri. The German record producer and songwriter has been responsible for some of the most successful songs ever to come out of the competition including none other than Theater, Papa Pingouin, Johnny Blue and Ein bischen Frieden between 1980 and 1982. How did this collaboration begin and do you anticipate a future working relationship?

For me it was a great fortune to know someone as a great as Ralph .. Great opportunity, great collaboration and I can say that if today I respect my passion for music I owe it to him. Maybe we will continue to work together, maybe not, Whatever happens Ralph will always be a mentor and a significant figure in my career as a singer.

In three years, you have managed to build up a sensational following, one which also stretches beyond the confines of the Eurovision Song Contest. Maybe (Forse) is one of the tracks in your upcoming studio album. Would you care to tell us more about this project and what people can expect of it?

So much to say but better to listen: my album is titled SENSIBILITA, it is full of colors and different styles of music. You listen to songs ranging from pop to soul and funk, from swing to reggae and bossa nova. I would call it a nice eruption of energy; mine, that of Ralph and collaborations with other artists of San Marino: Military Band; Choir of San Marino; Roberto Monti, a great musician of the Republic and beyond; Sara Jane Ghiotti, a friend, colleague and fine singer; the legendary big band ''Of Course'' of Simone la  Maida, great jazz saxophonist and arranger,; a young rapper from San Marino Mirco Moroncelli  aka Gullo and finally with great joy, my brother Vincenzo Monetta, with whom I shared my passion for music since childhood.

Not forgetting the fabulous musicians who follow me for some time now in my live concerts: Simone Migani (piano), Alex Gorbi (bass and electric bass) , Max Castri (drums) who is also the drummer of Raphael Gualazzi, Claudio Malerba, Luke Florian, Mecco Guidi; and great support from Lello Piergiovanni, studio technician who has helped me in what I personally call a masterpiece.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-ym_y0MHuw

Earlier this month, it was revealed that San Marino would be performing in twelfth place on the night of the first semi-final meaning that it is a relatively late draw, similar to the one back in 2012. Do you believe that the running order has an influence over the final result?

Well everyone says yes .. but beyond the position in the lineup, I think it's what I can pass on to audience that gives me satisfaction.

Joshua de Cadenex, also known as Joshua Alamu is one of the most well regarded vocal coaches in Malta, working with some of the most promising talents that the country is known to offer. Your duet entitled A Kiss took us all by surprise but nevertheless was well regarded in the music industry. How did you two meet and how did the collaboration take place?

Joshua is just precious and one of a kind. I had the privilege to know him last year during my preparation for “Chrysalis”, he has helped me a lot for the technique and interpretation and I was very happy to have inspired him to write “A Kiss”  for me and even more to have sung it with him, a great honor.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xi8mZ2ejLcE

The 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is not too far away especially due to the fact that it has been set for the beginning of May rather than the latter as has been the case in recent years. How are the preparations going along and what are we to expect on the stage of the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark?

I already feel a mermaid! As always I prepare psycho-physically and I take care of my voice.

In 2013, San Marino was the first country to award their points during the night of the final, giving Malta no less than ten (10) points and an astonishing second place. Have you heard our entry Coming Home by Firelight and would you encourage the jury and the public of San Marino to support our country once more for the second consecutive year?

Yes, absolutely!

Would you like to say anything to your fans and our readers at escflashmalta.com?

Enjoy your life .. kisses Vale x

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It has become customary for the escflashmalta.com editorial board to engage professional individuals from the music industry to assess the songs competing in the Eurovision Song Contest as presented to the European Broadcasting Union during the Heads of Delegation Meeting. Martin Isherwood, Deo Grech, Stano Simor and Matt Mercieca from the United Kingdom, Malta and the Czech Republic have been entrusted with the first semi-final, comprising of sixteen songs and set to take place on the 6th May 2014 at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. Making use of the running order and thus moving onto number #12, we catch up with San Marino (SMTV) who will be represented by Valentina Monetta and the song Maybe (Forse) composed by Ralph Siegel to the lyrics of Mauro Balestri.

In her childhood she discovered the love for music, listening in a tireless way to various musical styles, creating and forming over time a specific taste. Although she has not dealt with an academic background, she had studied piano and singing by herself, reaching the same professional high quality. Starting from 1995, she has been working with the best local musicians, becoming a versatile singer with a great talent for improvisation; her voice is both colorful and versatile, ranging from jazz to melodic Italian, from soul to R&B and pop. 

Valentina's artistic versatility has allowed her to deal with varied work experience as a singer, actor and presenter, and she had even composed the music and written the lyrics to her first solo album, a celebratory work of personal and professional balance, releasing the CD, Il Mio Gioco Preferito, recorded with the trio My Funky Valentine (Simone Migani on piano, Massimiliano Castri on drums, Alex Gorbi on bass). In 1995 Valentina started an adventure with her first band Tiberio, and soon thereafter formed the Parafunky. She was also part of the group 2Black, as well as forming the female vocal duo Harem'B. 

In 2012 she took part in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, Azerbaijan, on behalf of San Marino. In March of 2012 she has worked with Fabrizio Raggi staging the show Ma Che Differenza Fa, a tribute to Ornella Vanoni in which Valentina shows her singing and acting talent. In August 2012, still directed by Raggi, she was the protagonist of Camelia, a musical commissioned by UNICEF, in which Valentina presented her songs together with covers of some great Italian singers and songwriters. Her most recent experiences are all with her live band My Funky Valentine. Performing live for Valentina is crucial.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YirZIBi2vnY

Valentina Monetta, a star in San Marino following her experiences on behalf of the microstate at the Eurovision Song Contest, noting that she is trying to prove herself the third time lucky, having finished in fourteenth place during her first participation in 2012 with The Social Network Song and in eleventh place in 2013 with Crisalide (Vola). Prior to Valentina, San Marino did have other representatives, one of them being Senit back in 2011 as well as the group Miodio. It is worth pointing out that all of the artists have been from the microstate, something that might have not been the case with Luxembourg back in the day.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 56%

Martin Isherwood: Ok voice, flat in places. Keeps moving, hard to get hold of what it is as it keeps changing and morphing.   This is also a bit Bond theme like in places, starts of all moody and ends up like a 70s disco track with ABBA and Evita, flavours.  Then it just stops - leaving you wondering if she's finished. Not a great song.

Deo Grech: Three times in a row....One must give it to Valentina that she is trying her very best to achieve one of the best results ever not only for herself but also for her beloved San Marino.  Will she make it to the finals?  Maybe!

Stano Simor: One of the few songs that retain the typical ESC style and that's good. Chorus is not strong enough and Valentina rescues this chorus with her brilliant voice. Title MAYBE clearly gets under your skin after the first listening.

Matt Mercieca: hahahaha I don’t know why but I find this song  REALLY funny! I start doing this little dance to it! The backing vocals just kicked in (no comment), it sounds very out dated oh wow now she’s talking to us, nah not for me.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt_3yms1PcM

Published in Editorials

Valentina Monetta, chosen to represent San Marino for the third year running with Maybe, composed by Ralph Siegel to the lyrics of Mauro Balestri has just released a preview video accompanying the Italian version of the song, Forse. It is worth pointing out that both versions have been made available to listen to through Spotify as they are both being offered on the promotional package.

In a press release, it was also announced that both versions will be included in her forthcoming album Sensibilità, set for release in April 2014. Valentina Monetta will be hoping to become the first artist from San Marino to take the microstate into the final, having finished in eleventh (11th) place last year with Crisalide (Vola). They will be in an extremely difficult first semi-final, an evening which has been termed as a bloodbath by many, and will surely be unpredictable. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Press Release, SMTV

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NghXlthvwV4

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 recently had the pleasure of speaking to Valentina Monetta, the female singer/songwriter who will be representing San Marino for the third year in succession following her unsuccessful participation with the track The Social Network Song and Crisalide (Vola) in 2012 and 2013 respectively. It will be one (1) of two (2) interviews airing during the show, having also had the chance to speak to The Herreys, winning act of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1984 with the song Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley. Nevertheless, many are very much waiting for the results of the poll carried out in support of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest for which the results will be revealed this week.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cJDBgw-2To

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=n9JMfu7rpB8

On the 7th and 8th February 2014, the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre will be hosting this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, featuring a total of twenty (20) entries, all of which will be hoping to represent Malta in the international competition and following the success achieved by Gianluca and his entry Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. The editorial team of escflashmalta.com is currently in an exclusive position to reveal some details about the special guests of this years’ local showcase.

Gaia Cauchi, winner of the 2013 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, will be joined by a Choir from the La Voix Academy, under the vocal direction of Gillian Attard, who in turn also happens to be one of the co-writers on The Start, the winning song of the international competition. Joining Gaia will definitely be last years’ representative, Gianluca who was also asked to host this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Apart from treating the public to a special performance of Tomorrow, he is set to perform alongside fellow hostess Ira Losco, having been in the studio together recording some material as well as the Bezzina clan, according to yet unconfirmed reports.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thje0DAh_lU

In the meantime, multiple sources have told us that the Public Broadcasting Services is currently working on getting some international guests, one of which seems to be none other than three time Eurovision Song Contest representative for San Marino; Valentina Monetta. The singer/songwriter is planning yet another endeavour on behalf of the micro-state nation with a song co-written alongside Ralph Siegel. At this point in time, it is unknown where the special guests who are yet to be confirmed will perform, whether in the semi-final or the final but nevertheless, most of them have accepted the invitation of the broadcaster and will thus be making an appearance. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news about the 2014 Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YirZIBi2vnY

14th February 2014, the original date planned for the announcement and release of the song that will be sung by Valentina Monetta at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of San Marino has just been moved ever so slightly in order to accomodate the finishing touching. SMRTV, the public broadcaster of the micro-state gladly selected the versatile artist for a third consecutive year following disappointing results with The Social Network Song and Crisalide (Vola) in the past two years.

Late in 2013, Valentina Monetta's record label contacted the local and foreign press with a story that a surprise was set to be revealed on Christmas Eve. It ended up being a duet with Joshua Alamu entitled A Kiss, which will also be in her upcoming studio album which mostly features tracks co-written by Ralph Siegel and Valentina Monetta herself. The song for the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is expected towards the end of February, beginning of March. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news as it becomes available.

Source: Eurofestival

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqKGTH2_W88

In music, a year is very much a reflection of historical evidence and when it comes to 2013, Malta will very much remember the remarkable success that it achieved on both a local and an international field. As the public prepares to drink champagne and sing the tune of Auld Lang Syne along with Happy New Year, originally released by Abba, we aim to have a look at the most memorable moments of the year in this editorial. As a matter of fact, we have been through the major news items for both the general Eurovision Song Contest as well as the local music scene and one could easily denote the progress that has been made on both a national and a foreign level of vocal talent and songs in general.

January; a relatively quiet month in the local music scene with the Public Broadcasting Services busy prepping for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which was set to take place during the first weekend of February. Nevertheless, escflashmalta.com for the third year running managed to exclusively reveal the names of the hosts of the selection; Gordon Bonello, Rodney Gauci and Elaine Saliba. In the local music market, Corazon and Lynday both unveiled new singles; Save Your Smile and Daphne but the focus was definitely on the foreign music market with no less than three countries revealing the names of the artists who would represent them at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest including; France (Amandine Bourgeois), Armenia (Gor Suyjan) and Denmark (Emmelie de Forest).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4KgUYfVtLQ

February; The month of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest was upon us, and following a somewhat technically disappointing semi-final, the Public Broadcasting Services upped the ante for the final night, which saw to the success of Gianluca Bezzina and his entry Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. It managed to beat the favourite, Needing You sung by Kevin Borg and co-written with Danne Attlerud, Michael Clauss, Simon Gribbe and Thomas Thornholm. Following the evening, escflashmalta.com held their annual awards, seeing to the success of Klinsmann, Chris Grech and the aforementioned Kevin Borg, with NET Television being the place where they were given. In the meantime, both Cyprus and Slovenia made use of internal selections in revealing Despina Olympiou and Hannah Mancini as their representatives.

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March; In a relatively surprise announcement, L-Għanja tal-Poplu announced that they had received almost forty (40) submissions for the local competition, amongst them from the likes of Romina Mamo and Rita Pace. Keeping in line with the local music scene, Ira Losco followed up the release of her single What I’d Give with a brand new album entitled The Fire which has been denoted by critics as the most notable release in the local music industry. During the same period, on an internal level, stars Marco Mengoni and Cascada were chosen to represent Italy and Germany respectively, or rather confirmed their entries in entirety at this point. Gianluca’s promotional campaign as he represents Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest had officially commenced with the first ever lyric video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rAO1S8TeOM

April; At this month dawned, most of the country had made their respective selection for the international competition and thus focus quickly turned on on the outlook of the local music scene as Karen DeBattista managed to beat Marie Claire Attard Bason to become the first finalist of the 2013 Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, through the Passport 2 Indifest challenge on Sas-Sitta. It was later on revealed that she would be performing the song Riflessi composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss. In the meantime, L-Għanja tal-Poplu took place with Cherise Attard finishing in first place with the track Hawn Siġġu Nieqes composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Paul Ellul. At this point, Ira Losco continued her radio and digital success, aided by her first concert in quite some time. 

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The month of May, and thus the Eurovision Song Contest had quickly arrived and several readers of escflashmalta.com had their eyes on Gianluca Bezzina whose Tomorrow was a proven hit and indeed succeeded in not only reaching the final, but finishing in eighth place, the nations’ best result in seven (7)  years. The big winner was Emmelie de Forest from Denmark whose song Only Teardrops enchanted both the jury and the public at home. escflashmalta.com kept their annual coverage with guest commentators including Simon Casey, Davinia, Claudia Faniello, Brooke, Lauren White, Magnus Kaxe and Christabelle. Thousands of people viewed the respective reports and with the aid of the team of Radio International and Eurovision Ireland, the competition was analysed and covered in the most profound and detailed way possible. 

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Summer could not kick off on a more positive note with the release of On The Dancefloor by Jan Cortez, setting the tone of the season and earning airplay on 89.7 Bay. As always, the preparations for the Joseph Calleja concert were being held at this point in time, as the line-up was revealed to include Rebecca Ferguson, Zucchero and Gianluca Bezzina, fresh off his success. In the meantime, on a positive note, it was announced by the Culture Department that local artists will get the chance to perform at the Isle of MTV with Kristina Casolani and Gianluca Bezzina both booking their spots at the event. No clarification was given over the choice especially with the top tier of artists; Jon Lukas, Davinia, The Crowns releasing brand new material.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQ9avB4RFrA

As the temperatures were getting warmer, NET Television decided to publish the list of the names who had got through the final of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, and also shot music videos, in an attempt to continue the fine tradition, which started with the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Maltese, as a national language had definitely it’s most intriguing month due to the fact that apart from the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, it was revealed that the International Festival of Maltese Song was set for a comeback, and no sooner than in November. Some of the most prominent names in the industry put their first foot forward and the line-up was miles better than that presented at the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the likes of Miriam Christine, Janvil, Fiona Cauchi, Roger Tirazona and Olivia Lewis who was making her comeback as well.

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August, known to be the last official month of summer saw to the release of Fed Up by Maxine Pace, who would later on be given a prominent role in the Maltese delegation during the surprise return of the country at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Joseph Calleja gives his annual concert with only a handful of performances garnering a standing ovation, one of them being of the song Xemx which he performed in a duet with Gianluca Bezzina. Glen Vella, representative of Malta in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest released a statement where he acknowledged that Finally by Richard Edwards should have represented the country, and most likely achieved a much better result. By the end of the month, the International Festival of Maltese Song had a logo and Red Electrick had a brand new single, The Runaway which would top the local music charts for several weeks.

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

Double the amount of entries received for L-Għanja tal-Poplu were received by the International Festival of Maltese Song, and whilst this number was encouraging, there was still a sheer amount of disappointment with many sceptic over the quality of the competition. Joseph Calleja was recognised as the world renowned tenor he has become by receiving a nomination at the Class Brit Awards. The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza took place with Fabrizio Faniello sweeping the top prize with the track Aħfirli Jekk Trid composed by Minik to the lyrics of Rita Pace. The surprise of many came when during the evening news bulletin, on the 25th September 2013, Malta had internally selected Gaia Cauchi to do the honours and represent the country at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

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

The 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest might be months away, but the preparations from artists, songwriters and producers had commenced and a flurry made use of escflashmalta.com to reveal their intentions including; Tiziana Calleja, Gloriana Arpa Belli, Eleanor Cassar, Richard Edwards, Klinsmann, Melanie Zammit, Kaya, Janvil, Claudia Faniello, Danica Muscat, Fabrizio Faniello, Neville Refalo and Josef Tabone amongst others. Olivia Lewis gave an interview to a Radju Kottoner, stating she was planning to release a debut album in Maltese in the very near future, one which include all her hits along with brand new and original songs. The Public Broadcasting Services accepted entries for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with several submissions, eventually totalling to a record breaking  210, the largest amount since the national broadcaster took over the selection process in totality.

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

November, the month in which there were three major events; kicking off with the International Festival of Maltese Song which was not only the return of Olivia Lewis, but also her success with the song Hawn Mill-Ġdid composed by Paul Abela to the lyrics of Joe Julian Farrugia. In second place was Mark Tonna and his track Poeta Bla Kliem composed by Mark Scicluna with lyrics by Emil Calleja Bayliss and in third place, Dario and Grecia Bezzina with the song Solitaire composed by Dario Bezzina to the lyrics of Rita Pace. Malta’s return to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest proved successful, as The Start co-written by Matt Mercieca, Elton Zarb, Gillian Attard and Gaia Cauchi emerged as the clear favourite in the week leading up to the competition, and then finishing as the remarkable winner.

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Just a day before the final though, the public broadcaster revealed the names of the acts through to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014, a list which comprised of several newcomers such as Raquel Galdes, De Bee and Daniel Testa whilst also noting former Eurovision representatives in the form of Fabrizio Faniello and Miriam Christine. It was always going to be a year to remember, but nevertheless, several broadcasters were at this stage revealing their intentions for the upcoming edition of the international competition, seeing to the return of Portugal and Poland, whilst Valentina Monetta, The Common Linnets, Tijana Dapcevic and Conchita Wurst were internally selected to represent San Marino, The Netherlands, FYR Macedonia and Austria respectively. As the year came to an end, Ukraine and Albania made their respective choices and the Public Broadcasting Services unveiled the music videos accompanying the entries in next years’ selection process.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEH0iDktSNc

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Valentina Monetta, known to be the most notable export of San Marino, and representative of the microstate in the past two editions of the Eurovision Song Contest is currently preparing for her third outing at the international event, but prior to that, she has decided to release a brand new track. The song, entitled A Kiss, is a duet with renowned vocal coach, Joshua de Cadenex (aka Alamu). It is part of her sophomore studio album, due in 2014, where all of the songs are written by herself in collaboration with Ralph Siegel, writer of the winning entry of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1982.

The music video is set in a studio, which has in turn been given a retro, black and white feel which fits both the genre and the personalities of the performers. It is directed by Alessandro Capicchioni and Fabrizio Raggi and has been duly produced in San Marino. On the other hand, the song was recorded and produced in San Marino, Italy and the United Kingdom. To the local readers of escflashmalta.com, Joshua is known as a vocal coach to a number of upcoming stars including; Maxine Pace, Nobert Bondin and Brooke amongst others. He has worked on various television shows such as; The Voice and Pop Idol as well as a number of renowned artists such as Daniel Bedingfield, Joss Stone, Westlife, Will Young and All Saints.

Valentina Monetta is currently busy preparing for a third straight participation at the Eurovision Song Contest, joining only a list of three other artists who had done the same for their respective countries; Lys Assia (56-58), Corry Brokken (56-58) and Udo Jurgens (64-66). On at least one occasion, they also managed to finish at the top of the score board. Thus, no pressure on Valentina but technically, a victory should be on the cards, despite her yet getting through the semi-final. We urge you to listen to the brand new duet below, and stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqKGTH2_W88

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