24 November 2014

Malta: Amber Chosen to Fly the Flag in Vienna

It has been an extremely busy couple of weeks, with the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and the Malta Eurovision Song Contest staged at the Marsa Shipbuilding. In the former, it was Vincenzo Cantiello with "Tu Primo Grande Amore" on behalf of Italy whilst in the latter, it was all about Amber and her entry "Warrior", composed by Elton Zarb to the lyrics of Matt Muxu Mercieca. It was a groundbreaking victory, taking maximum points from all the jurors, including the public, who were on their feet as the results were being announced. Amber, competing in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest for the fifth time, with the sixth entry, has been close to victory on several occasions, finishing in 4th place for the last two editions with entries "Because I Have You" and "In Control", both composed by Paul Giordimaina to the lyrics of Fleur Balzan, and also finishing in 3rd place back in 2012 with "Answer With Your Eyes" composed by Ray Agius to the lyrics of Alfred C Sant.  In 2010, Amber came onto the scene, making her way into the final of the Malta Hit Song Contest with the song "Take It Easy" composed by Ray Agius to the lyrics of Alfred C Sant, before eventually winning her first competition in 2011, the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, with "Trid Tapprezza" composed by Ray Agius to the lyrics of Alfred C Sant. It is yet unknown whether "Warrior" will be the entry that will represent Malta with Anton Attard, CEO of the Public Broadcasting Services stating that a decision will be taken in the coming weeks. On behalf of escflashmalta.com editorial team, I would like to congratulate Amber, Matt Muxu Mercieca, Elton Zarb and the rest of the team for their achievement. You will definitely have all our support all the way to Vienna, Austria. We urge you to keep tuned to escflashmalta.com, even through Facebook and Twitter, for all the latest news about the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. Source: escflashmalta.com, Gordon Roxburgh (Image) You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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MESC 2015: Qualifiers and Running Order Revealed

After an amazing show, we got to know who will be the 14 (fourteen) competing in the Maltese National Final tomorrow evening. There are some of the qualifiers which were a bit of a surprise to see them go through to the next stage, but after tonight's performances, we can say that all the acts did brilliantly and it was a wonderful show. At the end of the evening, there were 6 eliminated acts; Lyndsay, Iona Dalli, Raquel, Domenique, Danica and Corazon. People in the venue were surprised at the outcome, noting that there were seriously surprised to see Danica and Raquel miss out on a place in the final. The only explaination for this, is to ensure that there is diversity in terms of genres. At the post-showcase press conference, Head of Delegation and Public Broadcasting Services Chief Executive Officer, Anton Attard congratulated the qualifiers, whilst thanking the other 6 acts for their contribution to an extremely high standard.Following the draw of the first and last slots in the running order, the producer came up with a finalised version of the draw, one which you may denote below. 01. "Breakaway" - Glen Vella (Kevin Borg / Simon Gribbe) 02. "12, Baker Street" - Karen DeBattista (Jan Van Dijck / Emil Calleja Bayliss) 03. "Once in a While" - Dominic (Elton Zarb / Rita Pace) 04. "Chasing a Dream" - Trilogy (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia) 05. "Closed Doors" – Chris Grech (Chris Grech / Edward Mifsud / Peter Borg / David C Torreggiani) 06. "Love and Let Go" - Ekklesia Sisters (Philip Vella) 07. "Fandango" - Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg) 08. "It's OK" - Deborah C (Elton Zarb / Matthew Mercieca) 09. "Warrior" - Amber (Elton Zarb / Matthew Mercieca) 10. "Beautiful to Me" - L-Aħwa (Erik Anjou) 11. "Still Here" - Franklin Calleja (Alexander Rybak) 12. "Rush" - Christabelle (Elton Zarb / Matthew Mercieca) 13. "The One That You Love" - Lawrence Gray (Elton Zarb / Lawrence Gray) 14. "Something in the Way" - Daniel Testa (Charlie Mason / Mans Ek) On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to congratulate the 14 qualifiers, and the 6 non-qualifiers for putting up a great show. We urge you to stay tuned even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 Malta Eurovision Song Contest as soon as it becomes available. Just a quick reminder, that during the Final, a LIVE report will be conducted by Clifford Jo Zahra, who was at the venue during the semi-final. You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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MESC 2015: Hype Returns at the Shipbuilding

Here in Malta, the hype did not come to an end right after hosting the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, it is still going on and will continue up till next Saturday. This is due to the fact that the tiny nation in the middle of the Mediterranean will have a representative for the next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in Vienna, Austria. Without a doubt, it goes without saying that rehearsals are in full swing and the Shipbuilding has never looked so beautiful and energetic, except for last Saturday. After three days of rehearsals, each and every singer had two (2) rehearsals. Therefore we have seen the twenty (20) competitors twice on the magnificent stage presented to Europe last weekend. Later on this morning, a couple of hours before the actual show commences, there is the dress rehearsal which will allow all the singers to utilise the stage in the manner that they will during the semi-final stage of the competition which will take place later on in the evening. The artists, songwriters, producers, and teams are happy with the output, noting that the Public Broadcasting Services have really pulled out all of the stops to ensure that everything is organised in a professional manner. They are happy with their performance, and the way that their song has been brought to life on that massive stage, blending in the right amount of shots, with the perfect backdrop.  We highly recommend that you sit down and enjoy the show, either in the arena or at the comfort of your own home. escflashmalta.com will be on hand to provide song-by-song commentary, courtesy of


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Malta: Amber Chosen to Fly the Flag in Vienna

MESC 2015: Qualifiers and Running Order Revealed

MESC 2015: Hype Returns at the Shipbuilding

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