13 December 2017

GħTP Żgħażagħ 2018: Introducing the 17 into the Final

30 semi-finalist participants, shortlisted by a panel of ‘expert judges’ on CD, were put under a #live test in front of a second panel of professional ‘expert judges’, and the final verdict was released earlier on Tuesday 5th December with a total of 17 songs put forward to the festival, L-Għanja tal-Poplu Żgħażagħ 2018. Back after a decade long hiatus, the competition drew a lot of support when first announced and it seems that the demand and interest is rather high. Organised by the L-Għanja tal-Poplu Committee in collaboration with St Benedict College in Kirkop, the Ministry of Education, L-Akkademja tal-Malti as well as the Malta Concert Orchestra, L-Għanja tal-Poplu Żgħażagħ saw Brooke, Marilena and Christabelle make a name for themselves by virtue of finding the right message to share back in 2005, 2006, and 2007 respectively. The next winner will come from the following list of 17 participating entries. Bradley Debono - Bla Isem, Bla Kunjom (Paul Ellul, Marco Debono) Eliana & Aidan Jay - Dwell (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Dario Bezzina) Thea Gauci - Għerf il-Baħar (Rita Pace, Geordie Debono) Thea Gauci - Ħmistax (Ingrid Vella, Mark Spiteri Lucas) Riona Degiorgio - Il-Ħolma (Ray Mahoney, Dominic Cini) Charisse Ann Vassallo - Il-Verita' (Ivan Debattista, Mark Spiteri Lucas) Thea Aquilina - Kieku Nista’ (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Cyprian Cassar) Eliana Gomez Blanco - Kliem (Ingrid Vella, Philip Vella) Rachel Lowell - Li Tiżra’ Taħsad (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Philip Vella) Martina Galea Loffreda - Ma Nafx Għala (Joe Julian Farrugia, Augusto Cardinali) Luana Schembri - Manikin (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Andrew Zahra) Elisa Muscat - Sib Ħin (Rita Pace, Priscilla Psaila) Kira Copperstone - Skont id-Daqqa Iż-Żifna (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Mark Spiteri Lucas) Nathan Psaila - Stennejtek (Manuel Chircop, Dominic Cini) Emma Cutajar - Ta’ Rasi (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Priscilla Psaila) Ilenia Camilleri - Triq Oħra (Rita Pace, Philip Vella) Jahel Cardona - Weġibni Ma’ (Rita Pace, Marco Debono) The festival is set for Friday 2nd March 2018 at the theatre of St Benedict College in Kirkop. On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to wish all the performers, and the respective songwriters of the 17 finalists the very best of luck. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about L-Għanja tal-Poplu Żgħażagħ and the local music industry when it becomes available. Source: ghanjafest.com You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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San Marino: Maltese Trying their Luck for Eurovision

With a population of just over 33,000 – San Marino has always had a hard time to find an act to represent them at the Eurovision Song Contest. All the songs which they took part with have been produced internationally – and from eight participations in the contest, only three performers from the tiny microstate have taken to the Eurovision stage as lead performers. With this in mind, it is no surprise that San Marino RTV, in collaboration with UK company “Raff Raff Ltd.” have launched their search to find the so called “Internet candidate” for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest – set to be held next May in Lisbon, Portugal.  The aptly named contest “1 in 360” (1in360.com) invited performers from all corners of the world to take part in the Sammarinese selection process. To be in contention, interested persons were invited between October and November to be in contention for the process. A reported 1000 entries were received from approximately 80 countries – nineteen of those entries came from Maltese singers.  From the entries received, ten of them will make it to the live shows of the competition - set to take place between January and February next year. One of the final ten spots will be reserved for a Sammarinese artist, another will be selected from the vote of OGAE clubs across Europe, whilst the third will be given to the performer with the most “hearts” on the 1in360 online platform. The remaining seven spots will be chosen by the 1in360 organising team, in consultation with San Marino RTV.  Right now at the time of writing, the voting window is open to determine the candidate with the most votes on the 1in360 website – who will gain a spot in the final ten for the San Marino selection. Voting in this stage is open until midnight on December 10th. Below we introduce the Maltese candidates for the selection – to vote for them, click on their names and click the love heart in the top left corner of the screen.  Dario & Grecia Bezzina Gail Attard Nicole Azzopardi  Jessika Franklin Calleja Dario Mifsud Bonnici Dominic Cini Lyndsay Pace Victoria Sciberras Maria Cassar Sebastian Calleja Ozzy Lino Clinton Paul  Malcolm Pisani Kieran Richard Wilson Kyle Zarb Dan Muscat Mark Anthony Bartolo Aleandro Pace Tahir Jamie Sghendo The final line-up for the San Marino Eurovision selection is expected to be determined by the end of the year. Whether or not a Maltese performer will be part of the lineup remains to be seen – but if this did happen, it would not be the first time that a Maltese artist was part of the Eurovision selection in another country; back in 2007, sisters Natasha and Charlene made it to the Bulgarian selection with the song “Open Your Eyes”. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.  Source: escflashmalta.com, San Marino RTV, 1in360.  You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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JESC 2017: Gianluca impresses at rehearsals in Tbilisi

er the past week, the Maltese team in Tbilisi have been on a full schedule of rehearsals, excursions and media activity before the live show on Sunday. As is the case with all of the sixteen participating countries at Junior Eurovision, Malta's participant Gianluca Cilia took to the stage for two rehearsals earlier in the week, followed by two dress rehearsals - one of which was watched by the juries across Europe, counting for 50% of the final vote. 10 year old Gianluca is accompanied on stage by dancers Daya, Desmea, Yana, Jasmin and Annika - who are a prominent feature during his energetic performance, choreographed by Annalise Ellul. The number is heavily inspired by the song's music video, which is featured within TV-screens on the LED wall at the back of the stage. On screen, the beginning of the song starts with an effective monochome filter to give the performance a retro feel, which returns to full colour as the chorus kicks in.  During the first rehearsal, the Maltese team used the time wisely to get used to the stage and to test out different ideas in terms of camera angles and lights - which were reviewed in the "viewing room" (where each delegation can give feedback on the direction of their performance) after the rehearsal. By the time the second rehearsal came around a few days later, Gianluca's performance was looking slick and professional.   Judging by the reactions within the press areas, the Maltese song was impressing almost everyone. Some press members noted that Gianluca is oozing charm on stage, whilst others said that the performance is eye-catching and that it is performed with great ease. During the dress rehearsal which the juries will watch, the performance also received the best reaction from the press area.  You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video This year's Junior Eurovision Song Contest takes place on Sunday, November 26 at 16:00 local time. The show can be followed live at this time on TVM or junioreurovision.tv. This year, 50% of the final result will be determined by the result of an online vote at www.jesc.tv - you can cast your vote from 18:00 on Friday right up until 15:59 on Sunday, as well as during the live show after all countries have performed.  Source: ESCFlashmalta.com Team Image Credit: Luke Borg (PBS / Fade In Media)


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JESC 2017: Gianluca Cilia to Sing in Position #12

The running order of this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest has been determined this evening, during the event’s official opening ceremony – held at the regal Georgian national library in Tbilisi. In addition to seeing this year’s participants on the red carpet, viewers and guests of the opening ceremony were treated to performances by Georgian national ballet, Sukhishvili – alongside previous entrants of Georgia at Junior Eurovision. The countries performing in the first and last position were chosen by random draw, along with the running position of the host country. The draw was also carried out by the hosts of the opening ceremony, which included last year’s winner Mariam Mamadashvili. The remainder of the running order was chosen by the contest producers to ensure an entertaining show. This was announced by the European Broadcasting Union later in the evening.   01. Cyprus 02. Poland 03. The Netherlands 04. Armenia 05. Belarus 06. Portugal 07. Ireland 08. F.Y.R. Macedonia 09. Georgia 10. Albania 11. Ukraine 12. Malta 13. Russia 14. Serbia 15. Australia 16. Italy As you may have noticed, our very own Gianluca Cilia, and his entry ‘Dawra Tond’, penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss with music by Dominic Cini will be performed towards the latter part of the show. Over the next few days, each country be rehearsing on the stage at the Olympic Palace in Tbilisi. The live show will be airing at 16:00 CET, and Maltese viewers will be able to follow all the latest on Television Malta (TVM). In the meantime, for all the updates throughout the week, we urge you to follow escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter. Source: junioreurovision.tv, tvm.com.mt You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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GħTP Żgħażagħ 2018: Introducing the 17 into the Final

San Marino: Maltese Trying their Luck for Eurovision

JESC 2017: Gianluca impresses at rehearsals in Tbilisi

JESC 2017: Gianluca Cilia to Sing in Position #12

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