30 June 2015

MJESC 15: PBS Reveals Names of the 20 Finalists

Malta, one of the smallest member states of the European Broadcasting Union and host country of the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest has just released the 20 names through to the final of the 2015 Junior Malta Eurovision Song Contest. This announcement was made public through tvm.com.mt, the official website of the Public Broadcasting Services. The Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place on the 11th July at the Mediterranean Conference Centre with tickets available from €10 for the Balcony, €15 for the Stalls, and €20 for the Dress Circle only from the official website of the venue. The show will be shown LIVE on TVM at 20:30 CET. Thea Aquilina Haley Azzopardi Amy Marie Borg Ilenia Camilleri Aidan Cassar Destiny Chukunyere Francesca Dimech Kelsey Farrugia Sarah Farrugia Nicole Frendo Christina Magrin Isaac Mercieca Raisa Marie Micallef Sarah Micallef Gabrielle Portelli Veronica Rotin Nicole Sciberras Victoria Sciberras Rebecca Scicluna Rizzo Andy Shaw In 2015, the event will be moving to Sofia, Bulgaria and Malta will be taking part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for the 11th non-consecutive time, noting that the Mediterranean Country took part every year between 2003 and 2010, before stopping for a two-year hiatus, and returning in 2013, obtaining victory with "The Start" sung by Gaia Cauchi, and taking part once more in 2014 with "Diamonds" performed by Federica Falzon.  We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Malta's participation in the 2015 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Source: tvm.com.mt You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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SHSC 15: Changes in Final List of Participating Entries

On Sunday 14th June, it was revealed by the producers of the Summer Hit Song Contest (#summerhit2015) that four entries had to be withdrawn from the competition due to other commitments during the recording dates. As a result, it was announced that another four (4) entries would be brought into the frame, keeping in mind the original result of the jury. On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to wish Cherylis ("Unbreakable") Marilena Gauci ("Hurricane"), Simaria Galea ("Freedom"), and Sarah Crystal ("If I Only Knew") the very best of luck, whilst welcoming first time finalists Dorcas ("Our Last Goodbye") Jurgen Xerri ("Perfect"), Ryan Axisa ("C'est Moi") and returning finalist Dayle Camilleri ("Why?"). This year, a record number of 89 submissions were sent in for the Summer Hit Song Contest, with a professional panel of judges first whittling them down to 30, before eventually making the final selection, thus eliminating a total of 10 songs, all of which were deemed to be possible qualifiers. The idea of bringing in two songs from the reserve list continues to show the strength of submissions for this year's edition of the local music competition. In a statement to this portal, Deo Grech stated that 'another successful edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest' is on the agenda with a mixture of new, and established artists, all seeking the main prizes. Amour (Philip Vella) - Danica Muscat Astronaut (Marco Debono / Rita Pace) - Maria Cassar Bandwagon (Pamela Bezzina / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Sarah Bonnici Bounce Back (Renato Briffa / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Michela Galea C'est Moi (Alexander Leu / Ryan Axisa / Nikos Sofis) - Ryan Axisa Dangerous (Elton Zarb / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca) - Jillianne Camilleri Do It Better (Rita Pace) - Rita Pace Eclipse (Andrew Zammit / Rita Pace) - Ana-Maria Grima Escape (Carlo Gerada / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca) - Stefan Galea Feel (Joe George Micallef) - Odessa Guess What? (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri) - Christian Arding Lessons in Love (Ray Agius / Rita Pace) - Dario Mifsud Bonnici Lucky Me (Kaya / Rita Pace) - Graziella Vella One of a Kind (Andrew Zahra / Rita Pace) - Michela Dalli Our Last Goodbye (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) - Dorcas Debono Perfect (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) - Jurgen Xerri Remember (Yann Charpentier / Emilio Martinez Verdejo / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Marie Claire Shattered Dreams (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri) - Annalise Psaila Summer Time (Marco Debono / Doris Chetcuti) - Kurt Cassar  Tabula Rasa (Augusto Cardinali / Giovann Attard) - Julie Pomorski Why? (Kurt Aquilina / Alison Ellul) - Dayle Camilleri In support of the local music scene, and the festival circuit, escflashmalta.com will be interviewing all of the acts competing in the 2015 edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest over the next couple of weeks and months, following the aftermath of the Eurovision Song Contest. We kindly urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest. Source: F Living You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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KKI 2015: Rules and Regulations Officially Issued

As has become customary, Media.Link Communications held a press conference to launch the 24th edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, spearheaded by Charles Stroud as the new Chairman, whilst being flanked by Sandra Grech, Clarissa Ellul and Noel D'Amato. A full copy of the regulations as well as the applications may be obtained through MaltaRightNow, for both KKI 2015 and for KKI Jr 2015. Another new regulation is that every artist is limited to the submission of only 6 prospective entries, noting that he may only perform 1 song during the final night. Due to the negative impact brought about by the rules and regulations presented for the 24th edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, with worthy songs such as “Ma Tintefix” sung by Neville Refalo, “Kastelli Fl-Arja” sung by Gloriana Arpa Belli and “Int” sung by Laura Bruno left out of the final selection of 20 finalists, the organising committee thought it best to return to the original method of selection whereas it will be the professional jury who will pick those who will compete in the final night, and as a result, 20 finalists will be chosen from the judging phase. Once more tele-voting will be applied only during the final, and will have merit as a stand-alone award. Important Dates  KKI 2015 Submission: 17th July (till 7 pm) 1st Eliminatory Phase: 18th July (CD) 2nd Eliminatory Phase: 25th July (LIVE)    KKI Jr 2015 Submission: 17th July (till 7 pm) 1st Eliminatory Phase: 19th July (CD) 2nd Eliminatory Phase: 29th July (LIVE)  Following the success of newcomer Michela Galea, whose entry "Mixja Li Bdiet" composed by Renato Briffa to the lyrics of Alfred E Baldacchino was a worthy winner, it seems that interest is well and truly alive, noting the belief that the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza may once more make a name for itself as a scouting competition, with previous winners including; Amber (ESC 2015), Ira Losco (ESC 2002), Miriam Christine (ESC 1996), Mike Spiteri (ESC 1995) and Fabrizio Faniello (ESC 2001, 2006). Source: Malta Right Now, Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza (Official Page) You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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Malta: Corazón in Concert Will Soon Air on TVM 2

After the launch of her debut album original songs in Maltese entitled ‘Hawn Jien’, singer/songwriter Corazón followed up its success with a concert at the Casino Maltese last January. The location offered the ideal setting for this collection of songs which treat diverse social themes and profound lyrics.  Corazón has never shyed away from singing about what is usually left unsaid, giving a voice to the prostitute (in Illejla B’Xejn), to the unborn child (in Hawn Jien) and even to the woman scorned (in Marì) amongst others. The concert included popular songs such as Tal-Aħħar and Fid-Dar tan-Nanna and the launch of two brand new songs which were included in the second edition of the album.  All songs were performed live by a group of talented musicians; Walter Vella on saxophone, Carlo Bugeja on keyboards, Simon Sammut on the double-bass, Samuel Attard on the drums, Jimmy Bartolo on guitars and Dominic Galea on the piano. Dominic Galea also took care of the direction and arrangements. The songs were taken to a different level with the presentation of introductory theatrical pieces scripted by Trevor Zahra and directed by Mario Micallef. You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video The concert featured also several well-known personalities such as Walter Micallef, Peppi Azzopardi, Hermann Bonaċi, Frida Cauchi, Louise Doneo, Mark Doneo, Joe Galea, Antonella Galea Loffreda, Lilian Vassallo, Clive Piscopo, Nathalie Micallef amongst others. Corazón felt that the best way to present her songs was to an intimate audience of around 300 people.  This concert was sold out a week before the performance and many were disappointed for not managing to find available tickets. For all who missed this concert and also for those who were present and would like to rekindle memories of this experience, the concert will be aired on Sunday 21st June at 20.40 and on Wednesday 24th June at 22.00 on TVM2. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene. Source: Press Release You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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MJESC 15: PBS Reveals Names of the 20 Finalists

SHSC 15: Changes in Final List of Participating Entries

KKI 2015: Rules and Regulations Officially Issued

Malta: Corazón in Concert Will Soon Air on TVM 2

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