September 18, 2019

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In the local music industry, Gerard James Borg does not require any introduction, having been responsible to penning the lyrics for no less than five entries, the last of which was back in 2008, entitled Vodka performed by Morena to the composition of Philip Vella. He was also partly responsible for almost bringing the Eurovision Song Contest to Malta, noting that he wrote the lyrics of 7th Wonder, runner-up at the international event back in 2002 with vocals by Ira Losco and music by Philip Vella once more. Despite his focus still on songwriting, he has a brand new project, one in the form of a book, entitled Sliema Wives.

The novel is a fast paced work of fiction set in the beautiful town of Sliema and promises to be exciting and intriguing.  Five local women have been nominated for The Woman of The Year Award by an elite fashion publication, LUSHLIFE. One wins; four lose. But in the run to the award there are many things going on in this thrilling and entertaining mix which is also flavoured with passing mentions of local personalities. And since the author is a known name in the Eurovision circle we also find some Eurovision related gossip in one of the chapters. The book, published by Midsea Books is available from all leading bookstores in Malta and Gozo and €2 from each sale will go towards Puttinu Cares.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbO8Kaa39h0

At the moment, Gerard James Borg is preparing for another edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, as four (4) of his entries got through to the semi-final stage of the competition. This is extraordinary and continues to show the prowess of the individual on the local arts stage. He has garnered traction all over the continent having also competed in several other national selections including in Norway, The Netherlands and Belgium. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the local music scene and the esteemed individuals who represent the nations’ past, present and future.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PHCIYZ4bQU

Published in Local Music News

In the months leading up to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Kevin Borg was the outright favourite to the win the local competition and thus represent the country in the international spectacle which was set to take place in Malmo, Sweden. Needing You co-written with Thomas Thornholm, Danne Attlerud, Michael Clauss and Simon Gribbe was a beautiful ballad but the international judges were right to select Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek with vocals provided by Gianluca because the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013 was somewhat presided by an endless amount of ballads. The result truly spoke for itself, as both performances of the semi-final and the final were met with a top ten finish, the first for Malta since 2005 when Chiara had performed the track Angel.

Following the final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, there were calls of impropriety over the significance of the professional jury. One has to keep in mind that the jury is also present during the Eurovision Song Contest and they did select Malta as their favourite entry in the semi-final. Thus, it is another reason why the juries should be given more importance. The Maltese public has unfortunately made the wrong selection on more than one count, including in 2006 when they selected I Do sung by Fabrizio Faniello, in 2007 when they selected Vertigo performed by Olivia Lewis, in 2008 when they selected Vodka sung by Morena and in 2011 when they selected Glen Vella with his song One Life. The public has to be commended for the choices made in 2009 with regards to What If We sung by Chiara and 2012 when Kurt Calleja won with This is The Night.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzGiJxMd3UI

In all of the aforementioned years, the first choices of the jury had noticeable more chance of achieving success abroad including Echoes of Gaia performed by Natasha & Charlene in 2006, Sunrise sung by Claudia Faniello in 2008 and Finally sung by Richard Edwards in 2011. Tele-voting in Malta has been known to favour people based on their reputable name whilst the jury, especially the foreign ones have the faculty of voting for the best package. I support the current system of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest that gives the jury the chance to select the entry. Anton Attard, Head of the Maltese Delegation has already confirmed our participation at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest and will be hoping to implement some changes in the selection format. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news. 

Source: escflashmalta.com, eurovision.tv (image)

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Published in Editorials