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Tuesday, 17 November 2015 04:15

JESC 2015: Federica Set to Read Out The Points

Described by many as the girl with the big voice, Federica Falzon became a national treasure by virtue of achieving victory in one of the most beloved international talent competitions for children, Ti Lascio Una Canzone, before being chosen to represent Malta at the 12th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. “Diamonds”, composed by Elton Zarb with lyrics by Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca, had the distinct honour of being the first, and thus far only entry to be performed on home soil. It finished in 4th place, receiving maximum 12 points from Italy, the eventual winner of the competition.

Since then, Federica Falzon has gone from strength to strength, re-branding herself by virtue of becoming a style icon, setting an example to her peers, and to all those children who aim to reach their goals in life. In just a couple of days, she will continue her journey, having been tasked with the opportunity to present the Maltese points during the 13th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

As a result, she is accompanying this year’s representative, Destiny Chukunyere whose entry “Not My Soul” has been drawn to be performed in slot number #15. The groovy and funky original song, composed by Elton Zarb and written by Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca has been receiving several positive comments. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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"Not My Soul", an original song co-written by Elton Zarb, Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca and Destiny Chukunyere, the latter of whom is also the performer, was officially presented at mid-day with a preview video on tvm.com.mt, the official website of Television Malta (TVM), the flagship media outlet of the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS).

Drawing positive feedback from both the foreign and local press, "Not My Soul" seems to have made an instant impact, aiming to continue Malta's recent string of results, noting 1st place with "The Start" by Gaia Cauchi in 2013, and 4th place with "Diamonds" by Federica Falzon in 2014. This is Malta's third successive entry in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest to be co-written by Elton Zarb and Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca. 

13-year old Destiny Chukunyere was selected as Malta's representative following an exceptional performance of "Think", a cover of the song made famous by Aretha Franklin, in a 20 participant strong national selection. We would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Malta's participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015.

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Wednesday, 31 December 2014 10:22

2014: Another Year Filled With Successful Stories

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 escflashmalta.com decided to have a look back at the main highlights of 2014, the year that saw two Malta Eurovision Song Contest competitions, the annual competition l-Għanja Tal-Poplu and Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, the return of the Summer Hit Song Contest and also the Junior Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malta. There were quite a number of events that kept our site busy and also our readers on the lookout for the next event. 

The year started off with Firelight emerging victorious at the Malta Eurovision with their song ‘Coming Home’, the band came together for the Eurovision Song Contest but looked beyond the festival. The Micallef siblings came together along with their friends and gave us the country folk pop entry. One would not say it was a shocking win because some critics did tip the song on doing well, but surely surprised a number when it emerged victorious over public favourites Jessika, Daniel Testa & De Bee. The band managed to reach the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest in May and Richard Edwards’ composition received good airplay in a number of countries in Europe. This kicked started their career with new material being released recently and a number of gigs in Germany.

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After the Malta Eurovision, it was time for the scene to focus on a local festival in Maltese. A festival that has been going for a number of years and has a good following thanks to the importance it gives to the themes of the songs. The outright winner of the festival was the song ‘Jien Ma Naħdimx’ interpreted by the relative newcomer Karen DeBattista. Mark Scicluna & Rita Pace’s composition was a hit from the get go and after it won the song received substantial airplay on a number of radiostations. The powerful lyrics were surely the reason behind its success; the message portrayed in the lyrics shows the work done by housewives which is normally not appreciated by the other members of the family. It was surely the stepping stone for Karen DeBattista who was participating only  in her third festival in three years and after this success she also managed to reach the finals of the Malta Eurovision with ’12, Baker Street’.

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The much awaited return of the Summer Hit Song Contest was imminent and many were happy to see that this festival was finally back, after a break of nearly three years. The winner of this edition was Domenique who although still relatively young, she has cemented herself as one of the established artists in the local music scene. Domenique always expressed her love towards festivals and is a popular face in a number of local competitions in Malta. ‘Back to...’ a composition by Mark Scicluna & Emil Calleja Bayliss managed to scoop the top prize in this festival and many commented that Domenique’s strong interpretation thanks to her experience in these competitions was vital in this win. The song was always seen as a strong entry but many saw it as a contender after the stunning celebrity duet Domenique delivered alongside Rosman Pace – a unique factor to this competition.

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The annual Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza saw an influx of songs related to the fifty year anniversary of Malta’s independence and even though competing authors were free to write on different subjects, this one proved to be the most popular. The result was surely unexpected as the song which was highly tipped on winning the competition finished in fourth place whilst the young and upcoming star Michela Galea won the judges hearts with her rendition of ‘Mixja Li Bdiet’ a subtle song that speaks about the stages Malta has been through since its independence fifty years ago. Renato Briffa & Alfred E. Baldacchino surely did their homework right as they write a catchy tune, with subtle lyrics that embrace the country’s vision of independence and gave it to an apt, fresh and confident performer who delivered the song strongly. It was a well deserved win for the teenager who won the first festival in her first major competition.

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Two other winners who emerged in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza were Kurt Cassar who won the New Talent Section and Kayley Cuschieri who triumphed in the inaugural edition of Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza Junior. Kurt Cassar reached the finals of the prestigious event and went on to win his section with the song ‘Inservi’, a composition of Elton Zarb, Gillian Attard & Emil Calleja Bayliss. The song was well received from the start and many saw it as a potential winner as the whole package stood out from the rest of the field. This surely opened the horizons for Cassar. On the other hand, Kayley Cushcieri is a known face in the music circles but she surely left a lasting impression when she triumphed with the song ‘Għannaqni’ - an emotional heartfelt song that speaks about a daughter begging her mother to hug her instead of abusing her; another strong message written by Rita Pace to Mark Spiteri Lucas’ composition.

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The biggest highlight this year for the local industry has definitely been the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The event was the biggest live broadcast the national broadcaster has put up and Malta was represented by the talented soprano Federica Falzon who rose to fame after winning the  popular Italian show ‘Ti Lascio una Canzone’. Federica Falzon had the opportunity of a lifetime performing at such a esteemed event in front of her home crowd and she surely made the most of it as she delivered an excellent performance of 'Diamonds' finishing in a prestigious fourth on the night. Many local fans though would love to see the return of the pre-selection show for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest as this would involve the audience at home choosing their junior representative and also be the perfect showcase for up and coming talent – something which sadly is not given as much prominence as it should.

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Given that Malta was hosting the Junior Eurovision, it came to no surprise that the PBS announced that the Malta Eurovision will be brought forward this year. It caught the singers and songwriters a bit off guard and this showed in the number of submitted entries but many critics argued that the quality of songs in the finals was the best it has ever been. Although a tough competition, Amber emerged as the clear front runner and after two strong performances on both Friday and Saturday night it was a unanimous decision by the judges and the public vote that she should be the next Maltese representative at the Eurovision Song Contest. She conquered the festival with Elton Zarb & Muxu’s composition ‘Warrior’ which so far has been well received from abroad. The song is expected to be enhanced and many are looking forward to hear the finalised version of the next Maltese representative.

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After all that one can realize that it has been quite a year and if one would think that everyone is currently taking a break, one would be mistaken as in November the committee of L-Għanja Tal-Poplu issued its regulations so the year will be once again kickstarting very soon although the first major festival of 2015 is expected in March and not in February like last year. This is due to having the Malta Eurovision a few months earlier. A festival many would love to see its return would definitely be the ‘Festival Internazzjonali Tal-Kanzunetta Maltija’ which saw its return in 2013 but seems that it was put aside for 2014 because of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. A real pity because it gave light to a number of new Maltese songs in the last edition these include Olivia Lewis’ winning entry ‘Hawn Mill-Ġdid’, Mark Tonna’s ‘Poeta Bla Kliem and Dario & Grecia’s ‘Solitaire’. Maybe 2015 would be a year were one gets to celebrate through more competitions and more songs to feast the keen Maltese music lover. 

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On behalf of the editorial team of escflashmalta.com, I would like to wish you a Happy New Year filled with joy, health and success in whatever your heart desires. We urge you to keep following escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene in 2015. All the best.  

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In just a couple of days, various areas of the world will be celebrating Christmas, a joyous holiday which commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ. An original song with the title "Milied ta' Tama", composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Peppi Azzopardi, was originally published in 2011 featuring the vocals of Petra (MESC 08, 11, 13), Mikaela, Mike Spiteri (ESC 1995), Pamela (MESC 05-09, 14), Neville Refalo (MESC 05) and Vince Fabri, but now been re-recorded.

In this new version, one could note the Ekklesia Sisters (MESC 15), Gaia Cauchi (JESC 13), Federica Falzon (JESC 14) and two upcoming stars in the form of Destiny Chukunyere and Veronica Rotin. With a fresh new coat of paint, the song is very much relatable to the season, whilst acknowleding a local element. 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: XarabankMario Mintoff (Photo)

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Published in Latest News - Local
Thursday, 18 December 2014 16:53

Malta: Charity Song features Ensemble of Stars

In the past couple of years, charity has been one of the most pivotal aspects in the creation of a state, which while somewhat limited in resources, is not lacking in generosity, with record funds being targeted and achieved every year. "L-Istrina" is the most important charity event, with funds given to various organisations.

As a means of supporting this noble gesture, a theme song is recorded, and what is intriguing is that several familiar faces make an appearance, all in the face of charity. This year, the song is entitled "Int Min Int", and is composed by Dominic Cini to the lyrics of Giovann Attard with production entrusted to Elton Zarb of Freetime Productions.

"Int Min Int" features the vocals of; Amber (ESC 2015), Dominic (MESC 2015), Renato (ESC 1975) , Ina Robinich, Federica Falzon (JESC 2014), Gaia Cauchi (JESC 2013), La Barokka, Mary Spiteri (ESC 1992), Mary Rose Mallia, Noel Zarb, Georgina (ESC 1991), Janvil (MESC 2005-2006, 2009), Josmar, Iona Dalli (MESC 2015), Lawrence Gray (MESC 1998, 1999, 2001-2004, 2010, 2012, 2015), Ludwig Galea (ESC 2004), Deborah C (MESC 12-14).

We urge you to watch, and donate during this year's edition of "L-Istrina" as it is aired on Television Malta, ONE Television, NET Television, F Living and Smash Television during the traditional "Boxing Day", otherwise also known as the 26th December, the day following Christmas. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: L-Istrina (Official Page)

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Published in Latest News - Local
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 18:22

Greece: Federica Amongst Eurostar Award Nominees

It has become custom for the international fansite oikotimes.com to organise the "Eurostar Award" in recognition for the hard work or special talent of a given individual, in line with events organised by the European Broadcasting Union or any of the member states. Malta is represented by no less than three acts; Federica Falzon (JESC 2014), Ekklesia Sisters (MESC 2015) and Nathalie Bonnici (JESC 2014 Transport Coordinator). Cast your vote by clicking here.

With 10 nominees on the list, one has to denote that it features no less than 3 previous winners of the Eurovision Song Contest; Conchita Wurst (2014), Alexander Rybak (2009), Ruslana Lyzhychko (2004) as well as former participants; Sanna Nielsen (Sweden 2014), Alex Panayi (Cyprus 1995, 2000) and András Kállay-Saunders (Hungary 2014). We urge our readers at escflashmalta.com to support the Maltese nominees, especially with Federica Falzon, Malta's star participant in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014, currently in second place. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

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"It has been a rollercoaster of emotions" according to Federica Falzon on Twitter, but it has definitely been the best edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest to date, in terms of quality of entries, and production. The Public Broadcasting Services deserves a standing ovation for putting on such a show, which enthralled the public watching at home, and those present in the arena.

At the close of the voting, Vincenzo Cantiello and his entry "Tu Primo Grande Amore" on behalf of Italy were clear winners, with Bulgaria and their entry "Planet of the Children" performed by Krisia, Ibrahim & Hasan finishing in second place, and Armenia's Betty finishing in third place with "People of the Sun". Malta was in agreement with the top 3, although not specifically in that order, having awarded Bulgaria with 8 points, Italy with 10 points, and Armenia with 12 points.

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A galvanised crowd inside the Shipbuilding gave Federica Falzon the right ingredients to give a magical performance, and "Diamonds" never sounded any better. The performance was rewarded with a fourth place finish, obtaining points from every other country in contention except Croatia. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter as attention turns to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014-2015 for the next week.

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It is not an everyday occurrence that a child’s dream comes true but at this Junior Eurovision a 12 year old’s dream did actually come true. Tome Kindler is a big fan of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and has been following it since 2012 which also happens to be the last year her home country Israel, participated in the contest itself. 

escflashmalta.com was at the right place, at the right time yesterday evening to witness all this because as soon as one of our editors walked into the official hotel where all the delegations are staying he found a sight which surprised many. The 12 year old Israeli, managed to make her dream come true when she got to meet our shining star Federica Falzon. 

Malta is a small country but Tome never expected that from the airport to the hotel she will be chauffeured in Federica Falzon’s mini-bus and when the parents told the driver the reason for their visit, Federica’s uncle phoned his brother to arrange the meeting and make Tome’s dream a reality.  The girl was in fact gobsmacked and at first could only hug Federica as tears streamed down her face but the shy timid girl quickly built her confidence and started chatting to one of her idols.

Tome has waited to come to Malta for quite a long time since this was the present she asked for her 12th birthday.  Her parents are very supportive and thought that this would be the perfect environment for her since she will get to meet other children from all over Europe to celebrate this musical journey together. After finding out that Federica Falzon will be Malta’s choice, the young girl from Israel researched her performances on YouTube and was instantly hooked. 

It was never a question on who she will support at this years’ contest and she believes that ‘Diamonds’ should win the competition hands down. She managed to meet two of the songwriters behind the song, Gillian Attard and Matthew Muxu Mercieca, both expressed their gratitude at Tome since she knows the lyrics by heart. It was a great surprise for the Maltese delegation that made sure that the girl takes with her some merchandise and an autograph by our star Federica. 

Apart from meeting the Maltese representative, Tome also got the opportunity to meet the Dutch and Cypriot representative. She enjoyed the rest of the night at the EuroClub running around and playing with Federica Falzon and her friends. On Saturday, she will be definitely be rooting for Federica Falzon and holding our flag high; maybe Tome will be Malta’s lucky charm this year. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter.

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On stage for the second set of rehearsals, Federica Falzon was truly a beacon of light, with a marvelous vocal performance that sent down a spine-tingling feel throughout everyone watching on the screen or in the arena. The diminutive soprano, winner of Ti Lascio Una Canzone with Vincenzo Carni earlier this year, was wearing a short golden outfit, paired with a belt, and dazzling golden slippers. Designed exclusively by Charles & Ron, the outfit came across as if out of a dream on camera, an effect which they surely wanted to create.

In the follow-up press conference where the above photo was shot, Federica was all smiles, stating that she is enjoying the experience of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, getting to meet all the other participants, and having fun. "Diamonds", co-written by Elton Zarb, Matthew Mercieca and Gillian Attard will be performed at slot number #15 on Saturday 15th November 2014 as Malta hosts this year's edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

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On the 7th November, a week prior to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Federica Falzon will be making a guest appearance on the programme Xarabank, produced by WE Media and hosted by Peppi Azzopardi, in order to give a LIVE performance of "Diamonds". This is the same song with which she will be representing Malta, on home soil, during the international showcase. Co-Written by Elton Zarb, Matthew Mercieca and Gillian Attard, the song showcases the versatility in Federica's vocal range.

Federica Falzon came to prominence following her success on "Ti Lascio Una Canzone", a singing competition which airs on RAI Uno, specifically designated for children. She overcame the odds, to win the juries and the public vote, as she took on majestic songs on a weekly basis, giving masterful performances, whilst being accompanied by tenor, Vincenzo Carni. We urge you to support Federica Falzon, by following her on Twitter, Facebook and VK. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter.

Source: TVM / PBSEmil Calleja Bayliss (Image)

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