On the 10th December, 24 semi-finalist participants were put in front of a panel of professional ‘expert judges’ to assess their song-writing, and vocal capabilities, coming up with a verdict which was made public on the 12th December. 16 songs have made the final of L-Għanja tal-Poplu Żgħażagħ 2019, which you might recall having returned 12 months ago after a long hiatus which lasted a total of 11 years.
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, previous winners of L-Għanja tal-Poplu Żgħażagħ have included: Brooke in 2005, Christabelle in 2006, Marilena in 2007 and Aidan Jay Drakard & Eliana Gomez Blanco in 2018.
The next winner will come forth from the list of 16 participating entries:
Demi Galea – Fil-Fond (Rita Pace, Mark Spiteri Lucas)
Martina Galea Loffreda – Għoxrin (Corazon Mizzi)
Gianluca Cilia – Ħaġar Qim (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Philip Vella)
Elisa Andrea Muscat – Ħamra Nar (Paul Ellul, Mark Spiteri Lucas)
Jasmine Farrugia – Ħorrox Borrox (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Augusto Cardinali)
Nathaniel Attard & Martina Abela – Ilallu (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Dominic Cini)
Amber Grace Scerri – Iljun (Cliff Casha, Georgea Falzon)
Kacey Azzopardi – Jonqsok Biss il-Kliem (Rita Pace, Augusto Cardinali)
Kayley Cuschieri – Kellimni (Joe Julian Farrugia, Augusto Cardinali)
Klara Vassallo & Leon Bartolo – Kull Deni Ħudu B’Ġid (Andrea Cassar)
Eksenia Sammut – Leħni (Paul Ellul, Mark Spiteri Lucas)
Shania Cauchi – Mużajk (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Mark Scicluna)
Kayley Cuschieri – Qegħdin Sew! (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Mark Spiteri Lucas)
Mychael Bartolo Chircop – Stenbaħt (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Philip Vella)
Thea Aquilina – Tal-Punt (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Andrew Zammit)
Nathaniel Attard – Taparsi (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Mark Spiteri Lucas)
The festival is set for Friday 15th March 2019 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 16 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.