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Wednesday, 20 November 2013 17:00

MESC '14: Reviewing the Second Phase Qualifiers

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Television Malta, through their official website, unveiled the names of the entries, songwriters and vocalists of those which got through the second phase of the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. It is worth pointing out that a total of seventy (70) songs were selected by an international and local panel of judges. Most of the artists managed to get through with just one (1) entry but there were a couple of exceptions, those of which will be noted below. Out of the seventy (70) entries, only twenty (20) will get through, those of which will be announced on the programme Xarabank on the 29th November 2014, aired on Television Malta.

Firstly, there are only two artists who have already been to the Eurovision Song Contest, including Miriam Christine whose 'In a Woman's Heart' was avant garde in 1996 and Fabrizio Faniello who has tasted mixed fortunes, achieving ninth place with 'Another Summer Night' in 2001 and then, last place with 'I Do' in 2006. Many are hoping to return to the scene of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, having been part of the set-up in the past including; Romina Mamo, Fiona Cauchi, Anique, Ruth PortelliAmber, Jamie Tonna, Francesca Borg, Ylenia Vella, Anna Azzopardi, Nadine Bartolo, Kylie Coleiro, Jessika, Annabelle Debono, Franklin Calleja, Neville Refalo, Andreana, Chris Grech, Ben, Wayne William, Julie Pomorski, Corazon and Deborah C.

Family affairs have also become relatively common in the world of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, noting that Kevin Paul Calleja, a first timer is the brother of Kurt Calleja who represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012 with 'This Is The Night' whilst Dorothy Bezzina is sister of Gianluca Bezzina, the male vocalist who honoured Malta with an eighth place at this years' edition of the international showcase with 'Tomorrow'. A midst of artists who have also been close to that elite ticket have also managed to get through to the second phase of the competition; Pamela, Kaya, Davinia, Richard Edwards (Fire Light), Eleanor Cassar and Amber.


In the meantime, a special mention is surely to be given to Sophie DeBattista and Daniel Testa, artists who have already represented Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest to mixed fortunes, and of course, Bay Music Awards Solo Artist winner; Christabelle who is hoping to make her debut in the event. Minik, winning songwriter of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and Cherise Attard, winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu both got through, as did former Australian Idol winner and Malta Eurovision Song Contest special guest, Natalie Gauci who is hoping to make her debut. Natalie Gauci kick started her career with Sony Music Australia but has been doing several indie projects as of late.

Newcomers including the likes of Jan Cortez, winner of the Bay Music Award for Best Song last year, Jessica Micallef, Joseph RefaloAnnalise Psaila, Simaria Galea and Debbie Stivala are also gunning for one of the twenty (20) slots. We would like to wish good luck to all of the acts who have managed to get through the first round of the selection process and also wish them the best in hope of creating a successful Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014, filled to the brim with quality. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the upcoming selection process leading to Malta's representative at the international event.

Source: Television Malta, escflashmalta.com


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