Firelight to represent Malta

Firelight to represent Malta
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Ta'Qali, Malta -

Firelight has been selected as the Maltese entrant in this year's Eurovision Song Contest, and will carry the hopes of the small island nation with the song Coming Home. They saw off the challenge of 13 other songs in tonight's livel final broadcast from the Malta Fairs and Convention Centre in Ta'Qali.

The show was presented by two former Maltese entrants, Ira Losco who finished in second place for the country in the 2002 edition, and last year's participant Gianluca. They were joined by the experienced presenter Moira Delia.

Tonight's Participants

  1. Love Tricity sung by Christabelle Borg. Composed by Magnus Kaxe and Gerard James Borg.
  2. Some Kind Of Wonderful sung by Wayne William. Composed by Wayne William Micallef.
  3. Brand New Day sung by Davinia Pace. Composed by Elton Zarb and Muxu (Matthew Mercieca).
  4. City Lady sung by Ryan Paul Abela. Composed by Paul Abela, Ryan Paul Abela and Joe Julian Farrugia.
  5. Love Will Take Me Home sung by Franklin Calleja. Composed by Glen Vella, Beatrice Eriksson, Marcus Frenell and Michael James Down.
  6. One Last Ride sung by Daniel Testa. Composed by Stephen Rudden and Lawrence Peter Bridge. (Third Place)
  7. Let The Sunshine In sung by Sophie Debattista. Composed by Sophie Debattista, Lou Mullen, Adam Pakard and Alexander Dew.
  8. Oblivion sung by Chris Grech. Composed by Philip Vella, Chris Grech and Gerard James Borg.
  9. Until We Meet Again sung by Deborah C. Composed by Elton Zarb and Muxu (Matthew Mercieca).
  10. Hypnotica sung by Jessika. Composed by Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg.
  11. Take Me sung by Pamela. Composed by Boris Cezek.
  12. Coming Home sung by Firelight. Composed by Richard Micallef.
  13. Because I Have You sung by Amber. Composed by Paul Giordimaina and Fleur Balzan.
  14. Pin The Middle sung by DeBee. Composed by Peter Paul Galea and Debbie Stivala.(Second Place)

Special guests in tonight's final were the current Eurovision Song Contest title holder, Emmelie de Forest who performed her new song Rainmaker and the Swiss entrant for this year, Sebalter with his song Hunter Of Stars. Plus the Maltese winner of the Junior Eurovision song Contest 2013, Gaia Gauchi performed in front of her own audience. Local guests performing included Winter moods and comic duo Gorg u Pawlu.

The running order of the final was mainly producer led, however two positions were drawn at the press conference following the semi-final. The opening song and the final song in the line-up

The Judging

The winning song was determined by the votes of six judges and televoting made the votes of a seventh judge. The judges in the final were different judges to those that judged the semi-final. The televoters favoured the song Hypnotica.

About Firelight

Firelight is a Maltese country/ folk/ pop band. The band consists of Michelle Mifsud (vocals, piano, percussion), Richard Edward Micallef (vocals, acoustic guitar, Appalachian mountain dulcimer, percussion), Tony Polidano (vocals, upright bass, electric bass, acoustic bass, percussion ), Matthew Ellul (acoustic guitar, electric guitar) and Leslie Decesare (drums, percussion, harmonica).

Firelight were formed in June 2013 and are still in the process of recording their first album which is set to be released in February 2014. All the songs of the album are a collective effort of the band inspirations and ideas which represent the band itself.

The style of music is somewhat new and the aim of the band is to produce a fresh sound to the music scene both locally and internationally. The start of Firelight’s journey will began at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014 with the song entitled Coming Home but surely does not end there. After the festival in February there are plans which will be set in motion that include promoting the new album via online marketing, getting the songs played on local and foreign radio and tv stations, releasing the music video’s and touring in Malta and Europe.

The sky is the limit and the hope is to have the bands’ music recognized and enjoyed throughout the world. So far, the feedback for the release of Coming Home has been great so with nothing but determination and drive Firelight look forward to the future and thank everyone upfront for any support they receive along the way.

Malta has been drawn to perform in the first half of the Second Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 to be held on the 8th of May in Copenhagen.

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  • Posted on 7 May 2014 at 08:32
    Love this song, hope it wins & goes on to be number one in the uk charts.

    Geoff Fletcher UK report to the moderator
  • Posted on 7 May 2014 at 08:29
    Love this song, hope it wins Eurovision and goes on to make number one in the uk, good luck.

    Geoff Fletcher UK report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15 March 2014 at 03:27
  • Posted on 5 March 2014 at 21:49
    Ok, this year is the year of country and folk music. Ok, we have understood that the trend can't be changed and we surrender to it. But is this song really representative of Malta? While I was following the show, I kept on wondering who Malta people are.

    The answer? Not this song.

    Wish all the good luck to Daniel Testa, HUGE voice skills and an innocent face, a gift in the showbiz. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 16 February 2014 at 23:32
    An attractive charming male vocalist with lovely eyes but poor vocals in general. Plenty of room for improvement. Work on it. Good luck. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 February 2014 at 11:35

    I think Malta have a good song. Are you really from Sweden? Are you really a fan? A real fun would know that Sweden came 14th and not 16th last year :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 February 2014 at 21:14
    Sorry Malta, but this song is very bad report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 February 2014 at 20:31
    I enjoyed the 3,5 hour long semi-final but missed out the next days’ Final. However: Interesting that all jury members but one, ranked the same song the highest? Were they chosen from “as an individual you must have the same musical taste as the rest of the jury members” or were they bribed with gifts from deals from the companies behind the endless commericials? Already in the semi it was obvious that Firelight would win. - 0p! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10 February 2014 at 21:40
    what a pity.. your chose the right singer with the wrong song! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10 February 2014 at 08:26
    Okay, a song for this competition ! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9 February 2014 at 23:27
    This is really beautiful and relaxing song! My personal favourite was "One Last Ride", but "Coming Home" is no less good than "One Last Ride", IMO!

    Good luck Malta! :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9 February 2014 at 16:00
    GOOD LUCK !!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9 February 2014 at 14:33
    When I hard all sons I remember that I didn't like this one. There were better songs. Malta failed me one more time.. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9 February 2014 at 14:18
    Poor Malta..... They didnt get to send their favourite song.... Happened twice in Sweden.... And both times we have ended up with average results with Robin last year and Perrelli in 2008

    I mean come on, juries are not good for anything. Last year the international jury sent through "You" to be our song... and how far did we go again? We came in 16th.... 16th!! Surely Ulrik, Ralf, Anton or even Yohio would have got us a better result.... Wake up, people..... Get rid of juries n give the power to the people!

    Malta just lost a place in the final... :( report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9 February 2014 at 13:53
    It sounds like that Mumford & Sons thing, but trust me, this is so good for Eurovision, different and pleasant, very good Malta report to the moderator