Domenique Azzopardi has won the Summer Hit Song Contest in Malta. After a three year break the contest returned with a very high standard of songs. The show featured many former Malta Eurosong singers such as Domenique herself (2011, 2013), Danica Muscat (2013), Anna Azzopardi (2011, 2012), Mauro Kitcher (2007), Audrey Marie Bartolo (2010), Julie Pomorski (2007) and Jannie Mangion (2012).
The show was hosted by Deo Grech and Natius Farrugia took care of interviews and comments in the green room which was located in the hall. Domenique won the contest with Back To ...with music by Mark Scicluna and lyrics by Emil Calleja Bayliss. The charming song and performance was judged to be the winner. In second place was Anna Azzopardi with My Hero by Keith Zammit and Renato Briffa. In third place was the soulful Odessa Green and Pretend by Doris Chetcuti and Renato Briffa.
Talented singers such as Christian Azzopardi with the upbeat Another Night In Heaven and Kelly Cassar with One Precious Mile, Rachel Verzin with The Joke Is On You, Marie Claire Attard Bason with Just Wait and Ana Maria Grima with To Hell And Back. Special mentions also to Rita Pace and Audrey Marie with Overboard and Joseph Refalo, Simone Gauci, Ina Robinich, Dayle Camileri. I am all these singers will try for the Eurovision stage in the future.
The show will be broadcast on F Living channel in Malta on Saturday 27 September at 20:30 CET.
You can see Domenique’s winning song here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tuTQACKBng
One of the most important music competitions in Malta took place on 18 September. Many former Malta Eurosong participants took part in the annual festival where all the songs are sung in the Maltese language.
Amongst the previous participants taking part were Marilena Gauci (2013 and also former member of Young Talent Team – Malta’s representatives at the 2004 Junior Eurovision), Domenique Azzopardi (2011, 2013) and Danica Muscat (2013).
Philip Vella composed five of the 23 competing songs including Domenique’s Mara that finished in fifth place. You can see her performance at the following link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpj95eLxzyo . Philip co-wrote five of Malta’s entries for the Eurovision Song Contest. They were for Claudette Pace (2000), Ira Losco (2002), Julie & Ludwig (2004), Olivia Lewis (2007) and Morena (2008).
The winning song was by Michela Galea with Mixja Li Bdiet. You can see Michela’s performance here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_zQVIxRivU . The composers were Renato Briffa and Alfred E Baldacchino.
The interval acts included Deborah C, who participated in the Malta Eurosong in 2012, 2013, 2014. She performed Ghost by Ella Henderson and her 2014 Eurosong, Until We Meet Again. There was also the Keith Dance Studio performing four dance routines including an interpretation of Euphoria by Loreen (the 2012 winning song at Eurovision).
Following a 2-year hiatus, Bosnia & Herzegovina is planning to participate in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, according to their broadcaster BHRT.
Their return will be welcomed by many Eurovision fans following Bosnia & Herzegovina’s withdrawal in 2013 & 2014 due to financial reason and we look forward to hearing more news surrounding their selection process as it becomes available.
The National Broadcaster of Azerbaijan, Ictimai, has confirmed that Azerbaijan will participate in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest next year in Vienna, Austria. No details have been announced however as to their selection process.
Azerbaijan will be hoping to improve on their performance following their 22nd placing in the 2014 contest with Dilara Kasimova, which was their lowest placing to date. In 2013 they finished in 2nd place, whilst placing 4th in 2012 and of course winning in 2011 with Running Scared.
Lisa del Bo represented Belgium at the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest with Liefde is een kaartspel. She is a big star in her homeland and also in Germany and has had many hits over the years.
Lisa has just released a brand new duet with her son, Eli. They have recorded the Netherlands 2014 Eurovision runner up by the Common Linnets, Calm After The Storm. Their version is in the Flemish/Dutch language and is entitled Stilte na de storm. You can see the video for the song at the following link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fGJYxKQcWs. The Flemish/Dutch translation is by Daniel Ditmar who wrote the lyrics for Liefde is een kaartspel.
Calm After The Storm is continuing to be a massive hit around Europe and the world since finishing in second place in Copenhagen in May for the Common Linnets. In Finland there is a big hit cover version in the Finnish language by Saija Tuupanen and Tommi Soidinmäki (you can read more about that here http://www.esccovers.com/finnish-version-calm-storm-released/
Now Lisa del Bo and Eli are set to make Stilte na de storm a big hit in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Andras Csonka is a popular singer singer, actor and tv presenter in Hungary. He is planning soon to release an album completely of Eurovision covers in the Hungarian language. He has already had big hits in Hungary of two Eurovision Song Contest winning songs. They were the entries of the Netherlands in 1975 and United Kingdom in 1976.
Ding Dinge Dong (by Teach In – ESC Netherlands 1975) was a covered in Hungarian by Andras and you see the video at the following link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBmI4mQXIyo and this was a very big hit in 2001 with a strong production and beat.
Another big hit for Andras was Csókokkal vársz (the Hungarian language version of Save Your Kisses for Me by Brotherhood of Man – ESC United Kingdom 1976). You can also see the official video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glj8QuwG_FI
ESC Covers will bring you more information about Andras’ album of Eurovision covers when it is set for release.
The runner up song at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, Calm After The Storm by the Common Linnets, has been covered in the Finnish language. It has been recorded and released by Saija Tuupanen & Tommi Soidinmäki and is entitled Myrskyn jälkeen kirkastuu.
Saija Tuupanen has released many albums and singles in Finland since 2003 and is one of the best known schlager acts in her country. Tommi Soidinmäki is also an established artist in his home and country and released his first album in 2004.
Calm After The Storm was a massive hit after the Eurovision in 2014 for the Common Linnets reaching the Top 1o in many countries. The Finnish version is very interesting and should prove to be a big hit in Finland. Saija Tuupanen & Tommi Soidinmäki and Myrskyn jälkeen kirkastuu should also prove a hit with Eurovision fans. You can hear the Finnish version at the following link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBR3P64Yk5k .
The 2013 Eurovision winner, Emmelie de Forest, is back in the spotlight with the release of her new single, Drunk Tonight. The song is the follow up to the successful Rainmaker, which was featured as an official song for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, which she also performed during the grand final. It was also featured on the official album release.
The new release shows Emmelie’s versatility as an artist and she portrays a raunchy image in the official video. You can view the video at the following link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EarZE6V28tA .
The song is composed by Emmelie with Maureen “Mozella” McDonald and Rune Westberg. The production is by Rune Westberg and the video is directed by Mike Spooner and produced by Mads Marstand and U Itch I Scratch.
Emmelie was the runaway winner of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest with Only Teardrops which achieved international success. Will Drunk Tonight continue her impressive run of hit songs?