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Monday, 18 November 2013 22:15

MESC 2014: Second Phase Results Out Tomorrow

Television Malta, the visual broadcasting arm for the Public Broadcasting Services have revealed that they will be revealed the official results of the first phase for the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest through their portal, www.tvm.com.mt with the actual news item stating that it is the beginning of another process, one which will see Malta represented in Copenhagen, Denmark. The announcement will be made at noon, and with all the excitement, we are not ruling out a potential surge on the broadcasters' web portal.

escflashmalta.com has discovered that there have been submissions by a number of former participants of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest including; Kaya, Richard Edwards (as part of a group known as Firelight), Davinia Pace, Janvil, Janice DeBattista, Tiziana Calleja, Eleanor Cassar, Wayne William, Fabrizio Faniello and Miriam Christine respectively. Following tomorrows' announcement, a second panel of judges will listen to the shortlisted entries and select their top twenty (20), those of which will then be made public during a revelation on the hit programme; Xarabank produced by WE Media. The Public Broadcasting Services have also confirmed that the 7th and the 8th February 2014 will be the dates for next years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest semi-final and final. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the selection process as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Television Malta

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vT8O9yNieeY

As announced a few weeks ago, Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia have opted for yet another internal selection. Tijana Dapčević will be representing this country in Copenhagen. It has now been revealed that Tijana will be singing an up-tempo entry titled Pobeda. The English translation is Victory and will be sung in Macedonian. Tijana stated that she loves singing ballads but thinks that an up-tempo song is more suited for Denmark. She also stated that she wants the performance to be like one big party.

Together with this announcement it has also been revealed that the public will be able to her Pobeda on 15th January 2014 during a song presentation show. A third reveleation is that Tijana’s backing vocalists are Leontina Vukomanović (who wrote lyrics for the 2004 Serbia and Montenegro entry) and Tamara Todevska (who had represented Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia in 2008 and also is Tijana’s sister). Will Tijana bring Victory for Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia? Stay tuned to escflahmalta.com for the latest news!

Source: MRT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aW4JN5-l9o

Kaliopi, the female vocalist who represented the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia back in 2012 has recently taken time out from her current tour in order to work on her latest single Lokomotiva. This track is the fourth release from her current album Melem and is being seen as another big hit by critics and fans alike.

Kaliopi was chosen internally by MRT in 2012 to represent FYR Macedonia with the song Crno I Belo. She managed to qualify from the semi final and placed 13th on the final night with 71 points. MRT, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia had selected Kaliopi through an internal selection. She performed the song Crno I Belo taking her country through to the final, finishing in thirteenth (13th) place with a total of seventy-one (71) points. At next years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, the country will be represented by Tijana Dapcevic with a yet untitled entry. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Official Website

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puhnd_7UzAY

Monday, 11 November 2013 10:14

Ukraine: Ruslana Takes Up New Role in Music

The winner of the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest, Ruslana has revealed that she will be taking part in the Ukrainian Version of the Clash of the Choirs. Ruslana will be accompanied by Zlata Ognevich, who represented the same country this year in Malmo. This announcement was no surprise to the Ukrainian publicwith her vast experience in conducting. During 1998 Ruslana hand conducted an orchestra for her first tour Tour across the castles of Ukraine. The following year she had conducted the orchestra during the opening ceremony of the Tavria Games.

Ruslana had also conducted children choir within the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 and recorded the song U rytmi sertci (In the Rhythm of the Heart) and in 2006 she conducted another orchestra within the celebration of 750th anniversary of her hometown L’viv. The audience will see Ruslana in a new role of celebrity coach of the choir. She graduated the L’viv Music Academy Mykola Lysenko in 1995 as choral conductor and was the student of a prominent Ukrainian composer and conductor who is also regarded as the father of the Ukrainian Choral Conducting School, Mykola Kolessa.

With this announcement one can note that 2013 is proving to be a great year for Ruslana following the release for her International Album titled My Boo which is the English version of the same album but was released last year in her native language. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about former winners of the Eurovision Song Contest as they embark on diverse projects.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6g5LB-4qrU

Wednesday, 06 November 2013 17:00

Netherlands: AvroTros Revelation on 25th November

For eight (8) consecutive years, The Netherlands failed to reach the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest with Anouk breaking the duck and reaching the final stages of the show with a song entitled Birds which she co-wrote with Tore Johansson and Martin Gjerstad, ultimately managing a ninth (9th) place finish with a total of one hundred, fourteen (114) points. AVROTROS, a brand new broadcaster seeing to the merge of the two former broadcasters in The Netherlands is set to announce their next representative in a press conference on Monday 25th November 2013.

Rumours are circulating in the the media that it could be one of two females, those being either Sharon Doorson or Ilse DeLange. The latter is considered to be the main favourite though and with a string of success in recent years, it could very much be a positive choice. So Incredible, Next to Me, Puzzle Me and Miracle are her most notable single releases whilst her latest studio album, her seventh in total peaked at number #1 in The Netherlands. The announcement will be made at Hilversum Wisseloord Studios, the same venue where Anouk was announce as representative last year. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Songfestivalweblog.nl

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

The runner up from the 2010 Danish pre-selection, Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, is back with a brand new single. Bryan Rice had placed second after showcasing his brilliant performance of Breathing. Till this day, Bryan has released 3 studio albums titled Confessional (2006), Good News (2007) and Another Piece of Me (2010). Further to those albums he released two non album singled titled For The Love Of The Game (2011), which was the Official UEFA U21 Championship Denmark song and These Arms (2013).

Now he has released a new single in collaboration with the worldly famous DJ Guena LG, who did remixes for Lady GaGa, Mylene Farmer, Britney Spears, Nelly Furtado and has sold over 6 million of remixes. The song is called Stay Awake and is written by Matthew Koma (who has written for Carly Ray Japsen, and ZEDD), DJ Guena LG and Julien Carret. So far Stay Awake is ranked #1 on Greek Radios Greek (Dance category) and #25 in the French clubs. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of the latest news from several artists all across Europe.

Source: Official Website

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVatW7Cn8ZM

escflashmalta.com has been granted permission to speak to the local artists competing within this years' edition of the International Festival of Maltese Song, fourteen in total. Apart from speaking to them about their careers thus far, it is pivotal to denote that we have focused on their participation within this competition in particular and their stance on Maltese being passed onto future generations through the medium of song. The order in which these interviews are being presented does not reflect the running order of the competition. Janvil and Hooligan are the thirteenth act and they will be performing the song Mikrokożmu composed by Augusto Cardinali to the lyrics of Giovann Attard.

Without a shadow of doubt, both the names Janvil and Hooligan are known with the public for many reasons. Janvil is more associated with the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and people will definitely remember Hooligan with his summer debut song Originali Bħali which was a huge hit on the Maltese airwaves. Prior to this collaboration for the International Festival of Maltese Song, were there any plans to take part in a local competition together and if not, how did this particular song come about?

As Such we have another song, “You” as mostly known, which Hooligan showed the interest to Mix again with the New Title “Whom you With” from the latest MMA winning Album. Original plans were to collaborate together surely not for festivals though opportunity came up and Happily enough Hooligan excepted for the first time.

The public have always seen Janvil and Hooligan as solo artists. Both of you have participated in festivals, albeit maybe the former more than the latter but nevertheless, how do you prepare for each showcase as individuals and what do you intend to achieve with this performance?

In fact I’m guiding hooligan through this as it’s his first time and had no idea what a festival takes. Obviously this is just a part of our venture as we are working on some other materials to be released in the Future.

When the International Festival of Maltese Song is mentioned, one might think of ballad or up-tempo songs, but with this collaboration, featuring the roaries twenties and a hint of rap, all in Maltese, makes it truly an intriguing entry. How was the groundwork for the melody laid out and could you take us through the creation process? 

The Composer Augusto Cardinali and Author Giovann attard believes a lot in this genre when it come to writing me songs including myself. As one can notice that this style is in again and in my opinion is always in fashion like flowers in bathrooms we thought of having a newly modern production and that is where we thought of introducing Hooligan. So it’s nonsense when we say that Maltese songs are always same style with some ideas work and good production will have the right recipe.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUlds6_BIVE

In this years’ edition of the International Festival of Maltese Song, you are presenting a track entitled Mikrokożmu composed by Augusto Cardinali to the lyrics of Giovann Attard. Would you care to explain the meaning behind the lyrics and the genre that the song encompasses?

The song explains that although Malta is small and limited it offers a lot what we can find in most places that the Maltese roam. Like Mixing Vegas and Dubai we have Valletta and sliema or Paceville. This is all captured in a retro beat and Rap.

As a music competition, the International Festival of Maltese Song was the first to promote the national language through the medium of music, eventually followed by L-Għanja tal-Poplu and Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. With the Public Broadcasting Services supporting the event, it makes it only second to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Do you believe that there’s a place for this competition within the local music industry and do you support it’s continuation in the years to come?

Surely in my opinion it should be the premium on all local festivals.

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

First of all I would like to thank Organizers for this wonderful event. Looking so forward to it. Secondly I would like to thank all programmes who invited us to promote our songs last but not least for Escflashmalta for supporting local talent all the way. Thanks for your hard work and responsibilities; one must say not an easy job! Welldone! One last thing is that hopefully not like other times that songs will die after the festival. Please keep them Alive!

As we previously reported a few days ago, the Switzerland 2014 pre-selection is getting interesting with 2 former Eurovision participants submitting an entry. These artists are Annet Artani who represented Cyprus in 2006 and Daria Kinzer who represented Croatia in 2011. Alongside with those two artists, a number of popular names emerged that they have indeed submitted an entry on the Swiss portal.

The first group that people might recognize is Diva Fever. This duo had tried their luck on the UK version of The X Factor in 2010. Diva Fever were mentored by Simon Cowell and were eliminated during the 2nd live show. They are now back with Dancefloor Lover hoping to represent Switzerland in Copenhagen 2014.

Another name which has submitted an entry is Gosia Andrzejewicz. Her entry is called I'm Not Afraid and has already more than a hundred thousand (100K) views on YouTube. Back in 2011 Gosia has already tried her luck in the same preselection with a ballad entry You. Now she is back with a great dance track.

Past Participants from The Voice of Switzerland Season 1 have also submitted an entry but as a duo. Gisel de Marco & Gabriela Grossenbacher have submitted Born to be Child. Both ladies weren't lucky enough to win the voice but were mentored from big names in the music industry. During the show Gisel was on team Philipp Fankhauser and Gabriella was on team Stefanie Heinzmann

Another The Voice participant has submitted a song but this time from the German edition of the show. Yasmina Hunzinger will be trying her luck with a song called I Still Believe and during her time on The Voice, her mentor Nena, helped Yasmina gain popularity.
 
These are a few names which are known to various people but from the entries submitted in this selection there are a number of songs which would shine in Copenhagen for Switzerland. The Public voting for these songs will commence 4th November 2013. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the Swiss Pre-Selection for the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: SF

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBGpqq2LFSQ

Thursday, 24 October 2013 16:05

JESC '13: Music Video for 'The Start' Released

Following two years of inactivity, Malta will be returning to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with a song entitled The Start, co-written by Elton Zarb, Matt Mercieca and Gillian Attard with vocals provided by none other than Gaia Cauchi, who earlier this year was honoured with the International Achievement Award at the Malta Music Awards. The Public Broadcasting Services, who represents the nation in events in relation to the European Broadcasting Union has published the Official Music Video accompanying our entry earlier today.

The video is expected to be presented to the European Broadcasting Union within the next couple of days whilst the Public Broadcasting Services will definitely make the public aware of it's publication through Television Malta and Television Malta 2, the main flagship broadcasting channels. The best result that the nation achieved in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2008 when Daniel Testa, now a leading DJ on 89.7 Bay finished in fourth place with his entry Junior Swing only fifty-four (54) points behind the eventual winner. Gaia will be hoping to improve on that and initial comments are very positive on that front. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the 2013 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services

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

At the moment, we are gearing up for the upcoming season accompanying the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest but that does not mean our coverage of former entrants stops there. Robin Stjernberg, representative of Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year, has recently revealed his sophomore album, Pieces. The release of the collection along with a single of the same name is being promoted through a promotional video, attached at the bottom of the page.

Robin Stjernberg, signed to Lionheart Music Group, and distributed by Universal Music, also home to artists such as Sonja Alden and Anna Bergendahl is looking to launch his career following his runner-up finish in Idol and his participation within the Eurovision Song Contest. His sophomore release peaked at number 2 in the Swedish charts and has already been certified gold following a surge in sales during the first week of release. Both the single and the album could be purchased through digital store, iTunes. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4COnA-aUSgc

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