24 May 2016

Eurovision 2016: Exceptional Jamala Wins for Ukraine

1944” sung by Jamala on behalf of Ukraine, 2nd with both the Jury and the Public Vote has been declared winner of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest with a record 534 points. Dealing with the deportation of the Crimean Tatars back in the 1940, the female singer/songwriter was inspired by the story of her great-grandmother who was deported to Central Asia. Wearing a lilac dress, Jamala swept to victory with stunning vocals, showing that simplicity could sometimes be key in reaching a desired result. Well Done Ukraine! In 2nd place was Australia, and in 3rd place was Russia, the latter being the winner of the Public Vote and the former being the winner of the Jury. Malta’s representative Ira Losco who sang her heart out on the song “Walk on Water” finished in 11th place, receiving a lone ‘douze points’ from Montenegro. Despite the mid-table result, we would like to congratulate Ira Losco for a spectacular performance on her drum and bass song, also applauding the hard working delegation. It is worth noting that she had initially finished in 4th place with the Jury but languished behind in the public vote ranking in 22nd place. In the semi-final, Malta did extremely well finishing in 3rd place, just behind Russia and Armenia. We would also like to thanks our #guest commentators: Karen DeBattista, Claudia Faniello, Brooke Borg, Janice DeBattista, Franklin Calleja and Julie Pomorski for their support. Thank You for joining our coverage. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest and the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Source: escflashmalta.com, eurovision.tv You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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Eurovision 2016: Ira Losco Gears Up for Final Night

#WoW! It is the day of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest final, and one can definitely feel a sense of excitement in Malta, as the small Mediterranean country is through to the final after a 1-year absence. Represented by female singer/songwriter Ira Losco with “Walk on Water”, a song she co-wrote alongside Tobias Lundgren, Tim Larsson, Molly Pettersson Hammar and Lisa Desmond, Malta will perform in slot #22 in a strong 26 participant family which will open with Belgium and close with Armenia, as had been previously published. Once more Ira Losco put on a spectacular performance during both dress rehearsals prior to this evenings’ show noting that the professional juries in all of this year’s competing countries passed their judgement last night. It is now up to the viewers who will assess the performances based on what comes on this evening. On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to wish Ira Losco all the very best of luck for this evening, pointing out that whatever the result, the hard work and commitment has definitely shined through. In the meantime, we encourage you all to follow the minute-by-minute #live commentary on escflashmalta.com through Facebook and Twitter which will feature female singer/songwriter Julie Pomorski, winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2005 as well as Frankln Calleja, the 2nd runner-up at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016. Source: escflashmalta.com, eurovision.tv You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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Junior Eurovision 2016: Embrace Presented as Slogan

Embrace”, a term which passes on an extremely powerful message encompassing four values of the Junior Eurovision: connectivity, diversity, creativity and respect. This is the chosen slogan for the next edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest which Malta will be hosting in Valletta, the capital city, revealed in a presentation led by PBS Chief Executive Officer, Anton Attard and Chairman, Tonio Portughese. The announcement which also included the revelation of the artwork clearly depicted in the photo accompanying this article laid out a number of changes for the international competition which the small Mediterranean country of Malta has now won in two out of the last three years. As a matter of fact, tele-voting has now been removed entirely from the equation noting that each country will present a jury comprising of 5 adults, and 5 children. The results read out from the country in the traditional: 1-8, 10 and 12 format will be those by the adult jury with the children then responsible for a cumulative vote. This is one of the major changes, aligning itself with the idea that the Junior Eurovision Song Contest is targeting a family audience, hence the shift to Sunday afternoon at 4 pm as well as the participants’ age which is now between 9 and 14 years. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Valletta, Malta. Source: tvm.com.mt, junioreurovision.tv You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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Eurovision 2016: Running Order of the Grand Final

In just over 24 hours, the Grand Final of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place with 26 participants; 10 from the 1st semi-final, 10 from the 2nd semi-final, the 'Big 5' and the 'host country' all vying for the trophy, and the chance to host the international spectacle next year. Following the aftermath of the Thursday show, the production team of the competition led by SVT sat down with the EBU and created a running order based on the halves that they drew at the post show press conference. As a matter of fact, the proposed draw was unanimously approved by the EBU Executive Supervisor, Jon Ola Sand and the Chairman of the Reference Group, Dr. Frank-Dieter. This year's final will be taking place at the Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden and will be hosted by Mans Zelmerlow and Petra Mede, who have led the two semi-finals successfully. 01. Belgium 02. Czech Republic 03. The Netherlands 04. Azerbaijan 05. Hungary 06. Italy 07. Israel 08. Bulgaria 09. Sweden 10. Germany 11. France 12. Poland 13. Australia 14. Cyprus 15. Serbia 16. Lithuania 17. Croatia 18. Russia 19. Spain 20. Latvia 21. Ukraine 22. Malta 23. Georgia 24. Austria 25. United Kingdom 26. Armenia On behalf of the escflashmalta.com, we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for following the minute-by-minute commentary on Facebook and Twitter, led by Claudia Faniello and Karen DeBattista during the 1st semi-final, and by Janice Debattista and Brooke Borg during the 2nd semi-final. In the final, it will be conducted by Julie Pomorski and Franklin Calleja. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news about Malta's participation in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, led by singer/songwriter Ira Losco who will be performing "Walk on Water", co-written alongside Tim Larsson, Tobias Lundgren, Molly Pettersson Hammar and Lisa Desmond  in slot #22. Source: eurovision.tv You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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Eurovision 2016: Exceptional Jamala Wins for Ukraine

Eurovision 2016: Ira Losco Gears Up for Final Night

Junior Eurovision 2016: Embrace Presented as Slogan

Eurovision 2016: Running Order of the Grand Final

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Eurovision 2016: Malta Among Top Ten in 1st Semi

Eurovision 2016: Malta Among Top Ten in 1st Semi

WRITTEN Marc Calleja Bayliss On Wednesday, 11 May 2016 00:57

Malta returns to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest after a 1 year absence with Ira Losco giving a spectacular performance of “Walk on Water”, an original song which...

Eurovision 2016: Ira Losco Superb in Dress Rehearsal

Eurovision 2016: Ira Losco Superb in Dress Rehearsal

WRITTEN Marc Calleja Bayliss On Tuesday, 10 May 2016 02:40

Less than 24 hours to go until the 1st semi-final of the 61st Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place in Stockholm, the capital city of Sweden. Ira Losco, the...

GħTP – FKM 2016: 18 Finalist Entries Made Public

GħTP – FKM 2016: 18 Finalist Entries Made Public

WRITTEN Elaine Camilleri On Sunday, 08 May 2016 14:19

In a Press Release issued by the organising committee of L-Għanja tal-Poplu - Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija, the song-titles and the songwriters of the 18 songs chosen through to the semi-final...

Local News

GħTP – FKM 2016: 18 Finalist Entries Made Public

WRITTEN Elaine Camilleri On Sunday, 08 May 2016 14:19
GħTP – FKM 2016: 18 Finalist Entries Made Public

In a Press Release issued by the organising committee of L-Għanja tal-Poplu - Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija, the song-titles and the songwriters of the 18 songs chosen through to the semi-final...

Malta: 16 Finalists Revealed during The Entertainers

WRITTEN Antoine Farrugia On Saturday, 07 May 2016 23:20
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Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, stalwarts in finding and promoting talent, responsible for talent shows such as “The Teen Singing Challenge” and “Passport 2 Indifest” in the past, have decided to focus...

Malta: Brand New Single Release by Kevin Borg

WRITTEN Marc Calleja Bayliss On Wednesday, 27 April 2016 01:18
Malta: Brand New Single Release by Kevin Borg

"Young at Heart", an emotional roller-coaster of words, all leading to an extraordinary climax is the right balance of pop and balladry, a comfortable zone for singer/songwriter Kevin Borg, and...

International News

Eurovision 2016: Malta Among Top Ten in 1st Semi

WRITTEN Marc Calleja Bayliss On Wednesday, 11 May 2016 00:57
Eurovision 2016: Malta Among Top Ten in 1st Semi

Malta returns to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest after a 1 year absence with Ira Losco giving a spectacular performance of “Walk on Water”, an original song which...

Eurovision 2016: Ira Losco Superb in Dress Rehearsal

WRITTEN Marc Calleja Bayliss On Tuesday, 10 May 2016 02:40
Eurovision 2016: Ira Losco Superb in Dress Rehearsal

Less than 24 hours to go until the 1st semi-final of the 61st Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place in Stockholm, the capital city of Sweden. Ira Losco, the...

Eurovision 2016: Ira Losco Stunning in 2nd Rehearsal

WRITTEN Marc Calleja Bayliss On Friday, 06 May 2016 19:25
Eurovision 2016: Ira Losco Stunning in 2nd Rehearsal

On Friday 6th May, each of the participants competing in the 1st semi-final took to the stage once more for a second run through of rehearsals. Ira Losco coming on...

Interviews

Switzerland: Interview with Bella C (NF 2016)

WRITTEN Frank Feiler On Wednesday, 10 February 2016 16:18
Switzerland: Interview with Bella C (NF 2016)

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Latvia: Interview with Justs Sirmais (NF 2016)

WRITTEN Frank Feiler On Tuesday, 09 February 2016 22:43
Latvia: Interview with Justs Sirmais (NF 2016)

Have you had a look at your calendar? It is already February, and that could only mean that the national finals season is well and truly underway, with the choices...

Iceland: Interview with Sigga Eyrun (NF 2014,2016)

WRITTEN Frank Feiler On Saturday, 06 February 2016 01:38
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Editorials

Eurovision 2016: ESCflashmalta Live Special Coverage

WRITTEN ESCflashmalta Team On Friday, 06 May 2016 19:30
Eurovision 2016: ESCflashmalta Live Special Coverage

Ira Losco, chosen by a panel of professional judges, as well as the general public as Malta’s representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, has been the main recipient of...

Malta: Spiteri Lucas Entertainment Light Up the Stage

WRITTEN Marc Calleja Bayliss On Saturday, 06 February 2016 01:17
Malta: Spiteri Lucas Entertainment Light Up the Stage

On the 30th and 31st January 2015, the Catholic Institute in Floriana played host to "Abba, Soul and Rock ‘n’ Roll" produced by Spiteri Lucas Entertainment. Ample media coverage was...

2015: Reviewing a Successful Year in Music

WRITTEN ESCflashmalta Team On Friday, 01 January 2016 15:02
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Every year brings with it a number of events, festivals and lots of new material that many appreciate and play over and over throughout the year. The editorial board of...