Here's a treat for you all to celebrate all 16 songs being released, an exclusive interview with Malta's representative Federica!
Hi Federica, congratulations on representing Malta this year, it’s a big honour to follow in the footsteps of a winner, how do you feel, representing Malta just after Gaia won?
I agree it is a big honour. I am proud to be representing Malta. Last year I was screaming with delight when my close friend Gaia won the Junior Eurovision. I don’t know if I can do as well as Gaia but I shall try my best to make my country very proud.
How did you get selected to enter JESC, whose idea was it?
The national television station, PBS, asked if I would like to take part. This was after I had won Ti Lascio una Canzone on the Italian national TV Rai Uno. Here is one of the series of appearances on RAI Uno
CyBC, the Cypriot broadcaster, has released the list of entries that will compete in their National Final. The selection process is supposed to last for about ten weeks and there are sixty songs trying to represent the Mediterranean island. If you take a closer look at the list however, you might spot a familiar name in there...
Charis Savva is one half of the duet that represented Cyprus at Junior Eurovision in 2008. They came tenth in their own country with their happy song 'Gioupi gia!'! Since Junior she has not given up singing, as in 2009 she competed in a Cypriot kids talent show called Get on Stage. Charis made it pretty far in this show that was made for kids between the age of 10 and 18, but sadly she got eliminated before the final. You can watch an excerpt with her in this show right here!
Now, five years later, Charis is trying for adult Eurovision and once again, it's as a duet. She'll sing Deila den agapo with Nearchos Evangelou, a young male singer.
At the moment it's not known yet when the selection process is supposed to start, but seeing as it has about ten parts, it shouldn't be long anymore!
The last song of 2014 - Malta, has just premiered live at Federica's school. You can watch the video below, and I must say, it's very well produced.
Who is Federica?
Federica Falzon was born on the 17th February 2003. At a very young age she showed interest in music especially singing. Her grandpa used to take her to karaoke clubs where most of the people who heard her singing, encouraged her to take singing seriously as she had a unique voice. At the age of nine she was noticed at school by her music teacher, who heard her singing in the school yard. Maestro Zammit was impressed with her voice and encouraged her to start taking vocal coaching.
She participated for the first time at a local festival in May 2012 with the country song Coalminer’s Daughter, where she placed in the 2nd position. On 3rd July 2012 she started to attend at La Voix Academy directed by Ms. Gillian Attard. Ms Attard urged her to opt for classical music as she noticed that her talent and ability was leading her to a promising Soprano. In February 2013 she was chosen to participate at the festival Sanremo D.O.C. where she competed with Maltese and Italian singers of different ages. Federica placed first in this prestigious festival with the song La Voix making good name for Malta, for herself and for the Academy.
Written by Nicolas Wednesday, 15 October 2014 12:08
After a long time of speculating when the song would be released, HRT has finally revealed 'Game Over' at a press conference this morning. It had been known for a while that Josie (Josephine Ida Zec) would sing the song Game Over, but now we can listen to the song!
Josie is a 13 year old girl who was born in America! This makes her the second American-born singer selected this year (along with Lejla from Montenegro). However, Josie moved to Croatia early on and speaks both languages fluently. If you want to hear Josie talk, you can always check out her Youtube vlogs called Josie Everyday! If you prefer reading though, you can check out Animingles, a children's book she has written herself.
But apart from being busy writing and filming, she's already been successful in the music world as well, having performed with big artists like Ivanka Boljkovac and others. Her musical abilities are also obvious in the fact that she wrote Game Over by herself! The performance is about the only thing she won't do by herself, seeing as two dancers (Sven and Eros) will join her on stage.
Watch on the TVR website a 15 minute documentary showing all the Belarussian JESC entrants 'then and now'. First we see Volha Satsuik from 2003 (along with some behind the scenes shots from Copenhagen), who now appears to have taken on a darker, more rock n roll image, and is still singing. After Volha, we see shots of Yahor Volchek from 2004 auditioning for JESC way back when. I've always found his song a nice quirky entry, so it's good to see he's still singing, currently auditioning for a place in a new boyband along with the lead singer of Litesound. His voice has matured well. Now the show takes us to their first JESC winner, Kseniya Sitnik (along with footage of the 2005 arena, always an amazing thing to see). Now all grown up, Kseniya appears to be studying, unfortunately they did not interview her. Next we see Andrei Kunets who came 2nd in 2006. He looks very different, he has short hair now. He's still got his JESC certificate. We then get to see 2007 winner (Belarus certainly was a powerhouse!) Alexey. He actually looks quite similar to 2007, though older and darker of course. They interview him so if you speak Russian, you can tell what he says. Now we jump to Dasha, Alina and Karina from 2008. We see a grown up Alina who is studying the piano and music, she looks a bit like Ruslana now. Dasha is currently studying in the UK so she is not interviewed, not sure about Karina. We get to see lots of behind the scenes footage from 2008. Now you're in for a shock to see Yuriy from 2009 singing classical piano, a far cry from his operatic 'Magic Rabbit' song, he has changed a lot and doesn't like to be associated with his JESC song much. Next we see Danill Kozlov who did well with his ballad in 2010. He's into skateboarding now and looks a lot different, no longer a little boy. Another ballad singer was Lidia from 2011, she looks very different now, sporting shorter and darker hair, I can't recognise her at all. The good news is she's still singing and her voice still sounds strong. She's singing with a little boy, maybe a brother? We then get to see an interview with 2012's Egor who looks older but similar. Ilya from 2013 follows and he's very much into dancing these days, he seems really professional.