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On Saturday 26th September, the 6th edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest took place at the City Theatre in Valletta, signalling the beginning of a new trend for the European Capital City of Culture 2018, with two (2) events in a short space of three (3) weeks occurring just a couple of metres away from one another.

The local competition, featuring a total of 20 participating entries, 19 of which qualified on merit, and 1 which won the right to compete following the triumph in last years' tele-voting, all competed for six (6) different trophies; 1st, 2nd, 3rd as chosen by the professional jury, 1st in the Duet Phase, first 1st in the Maltese Song Phase, and 1st in tele-voting.

Hosted by Deo Grech, under the hospices of F Living Channel, who will be airing the competition on Saturday 3rd October at 8:30 pm, the event went without a hitch, noting that each participant gave his utmost on the stage, rewarding the audience present with an eventful evening. The professional members of the jury was made up of; Norman Cristina, Josephine Ebejer Grech, Natasha Turner, and Rosman Pace, all of whom have a background in music, whether in composition or lyrics.

Televoting Award: "Dangerous" (Elton Zarb / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca) - Jillianne Camilleri

Best Duet: "Bounce Back" (Renato Briffa / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Michela Galea & Janvil

Best Maltese Song: "Għanja" (Walter Vella / Mark Attard / Joe Julian Farrugia) - Michela Galea

3rd Place: "Amour" (Philip Vella) - Danica Muscat

2nd Place: "Bounce Back" (Renato Briffa / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Michela Galea

1st Place: "Tabula Rasa" (Augusto Cardinali / Julie Pomorski / Giovann Attard) - Julie Pomorski

On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to congratulate the winners circle, as well as the other 16 participants who made this year's edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest a memorable one. A round of applause also for the organising committee, led by Deo Grech, as well as F Living Channel namely, Karl and Romina Bonaci for their continuous support. Stay tuned to this portal even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

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Saturday, 19 September 2015 20:49

SHSC 2015: Draw for the Running Order Revealed

On Saturday 26th September, the 6th edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest will be taking place at the City Theatre in Valletta. 20 participating entries, all of which are both original and in English will have the opportunity to be presented to the public on a larger stage, noting that all of the songs had been previously made public through lyric videos on viral website, YouTube, as well as to being performed during the programme which preceded the competition, which aired on F Living every Monday evening.

Deo Grech, organiser, and host of the local music competition is in 'awe of the talented singers, and entries that have been submitted into the competition' and is excited to see the final outcome of several months of hard work. On Friday afternoon, between 16:05 and 16:45 pm, a select number of participants were present on the F Living Show in order to draw the running order for the Summer Hit Song Contest, which results you may denote below.

01. Remember (Emilio Verdejo / Yann Charpentier / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Marie Claire

02. Bounce Back (Renato Briffa / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Michela Galea

03. C'est Moi (Alexander Leu / Ryan Axisa / Nikos Sofis) - Ryan Axisa

04. Shattered Dreams (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri) - Annalise Psaila

05. Lucky Me (Kaya / Rita Pace) - Graziella Vella

06. Escape (Carlo Gerada / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca) - Stefan Galea

07. Why? (Kurt Aquilina / Alison Ellul) - Dayle Camilleri

08. Feel (Joe George Micallef) - Odessa

09. Bandwagon (Pamela Bezzina / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Sarah Bonnici

10. Astronaut (Marco Debono / Rita Pace) - Maria Cassar

11. Tabula Rasa (Augusto Cardinali / Giovann Attard) - Julie Pomorski

12. Perfect (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) - Jurgen Xerri

13. Eclipse (Andrew Zammit / Rita Pace) - Ana-Maria Grima

14. Dangerous (Elton Zarb / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca) - Jillianne Camilleri

15. Do It Better (Rita Pace) - Rita Pace

16. Summer Time (Marco Debono / Doris Chetcuti) - Kurt Cassar

17. Our Last Goodbye (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) - Dorcas Debono

18. Lessons in Love (Ray Agius / Rita Pace) - Dario Mifsud Bonnici

19. One of a Kind (Andrew Zahra / Rita Pace) - Michela Dalli

20. Amour (Philip Vella) - Danica Muscat

On behalf of the editorial team, we would like to wish all of the acts competing in the 2015 edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest the very best of luck. If you would like to attend the show, you may do so by getting your tickets on 21664566 at a cost of €10. 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.

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In recent years, the Malta Eurovision Song Contest has been the only local platform for songwriters and vocalists to produce original songs in English, but that has officially changed with the Summer Hit Song Contest which has returned to F Living for the second consecutive year. A total of 20 entries got through to the final stage of the competition with no less than 4 of them having already made it to the top of the music scene by virtue of reaching the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on at least one previous occasion.

We're going to chat to ALL the artists in contention so that you, our readers will have the opportunity to get to know them better. The second artist in our series of interviews is Rita Pace, and the song which she is presenting bears the name "Do It Better", to which she penned the lyrics and also composed the music.

Without a doubt, you are the most experienced participant in the Summer Hit Song Contest 2015, having successfully made the finals of every competition organised in the local music scene; Malta Eurovision Song Contest, International Festival of Maltese Song, the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, and most recently L-Għanja tal-Poplu. Could you kindly let us know how you prepare for each competition, and maybe even cite your most favourite song as performed throughout the years?

I just practice the song. I like to concentrate on the performance itself and communicate with the audience. I have no favourite song because I focus on what I am doing at the moment and always want to do better.

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Apart from being a versatile vocalist with heaps of experience, you are also an extremely respected songwriter, yet the mind boggles whether you find it difficult to pen high quality songs for other performers, knowing that you can do them justice yourself. Care to comment?

I actually find it much easier to write for other vocalists than for myself because it is more exciting for me producing a song as part of a team. I am extremely happy with the way the songs are interpreted because there are many fantastic singers.

Would you kindly introduce your #summerhit2015 entry to our readers and also identify the meaning behind the lyrics?

My entry is about a woman who tries to put an end to an abusive relationship by standing up for herself but is vilified by her partner for doing so. Unfortunately, we have a lot of stereotypes regarding gender. Women who are independent and don’t take any nonsense from anyone are labelled as aggressive rather than the people who force them to behave that way. 

It is a song that explores the subject of chauvinism and victimization, but this topic can also be extrapolated to abuse in many situations including child abuse and exploitation. The point is that there is no section in society which is good or bad, but there are good and bad qualities in everyone.

Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?

I would like to thank them for supporting Maltese music and I urge them to continue doing so.

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In recent years, the Malta Eurovision Song Contest has been the only local platform for songwriters and vocalists to produce original songs in English, but that has officially changed with the Summer Hit Song Contest which has returned to F Living for the second consecutive year. A total of 20 entries got through to the final stage of the competition with no less than 4 of them having already made it to the top of the music scene by virtue of reaching the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on at least one previous occasion.

We're going to chat to ALL the artists in contention so that you, our readers will have the opportunity to get to know them better. The first artist in our series of interviews is Dorcas Debono, and the song which she is presenting bears the name "Our Last Goodbye" composed by Dominic Cini to the lyrics of Rita Pace.

Dorcas, you are one of the youngest finalists in this year’s edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest, yet music enthusiasts have already heard your talent courtesy of the International Festival of Maltese Song 2013, and also the Talent Ġdid category of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza 2008. Is it daunting to experience a new music competition, and would you recommend participation to other newcomers?

It's always a new and different experience when you participate in a competition festival, obviously the higher the level of the festival is the higher the experience will be. I recommend the newcomers to try to be in these local competitions because they give you the chance to establish yourself on stage and in singing and the chance to be known with people as well.

“Din Jien”, composed by Dominic Cini to the lyrics of Rita Pace, was definitely your main highlight thus far, noting a 4th place result, ahead of some of Malta’s heavyweight artists including; Miriam Christine, Fiona Cauchi, Roger Tirazona and Janvil to name a few. How do you look back at the experience, and were you surprised at the final result?

The festival of the International Festival of Maltese Song I can say it was a huge highlight for me. It was my very first big festival for me and it was a great experience and it helped me mature more in music. I got the chance to perform at MCC which was amazing and performing with live band was nothing less. I was competing alongside establish singers which have a huge experience in their singing career.

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The song "Din Jien" I believed in it from the first day i received it and i knew it was a very good song and I'm so satisfied with the performance i gave on the night. I wasn't surprised at all with the result because I believed that my song will be with top 5 in the final but due i was competing with other good singers i never knew what could happen but overall I'm so happy with the result and with the experience. 

Would you kindly introduce your #summerhit2015 entry to our readers and also identify the meaning behind the lyrics?

With this song I would like to pass the message to All the people out there, so if something wrong is happening in your life you need to take a quick action for the better.

Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?

To all escflashmalta.com readers i would like to urge you to follow the summer hit song contest and always support local talent. Thank You.

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Tonight! For the second consecutive week, we urge you to switch to F Living Channel, in order to witness the spectacular entries competing in this year's edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest. Following the victory of Domenique, and her entry "Back To", an original song written by Mark Scicluna and Emil Calleja Bayliss, the bar has been set high, and one of the twenty competing entries will be following it up as this year's winner.

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. Hosted by Deo Grech, and featuring several guest panelists, who will also act as one total juror during the final of the Summer Hit Song Contest 2015, the programme will kick-start at 20:30 CET on F Living.

Bandwagon (Pamela Bezzina / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Sarah Bonnici

Do It Better (Rita Pace) - Rita Pace

Eclipse (Andrew Zammit / Rita Pace) - Ana-Maria Grima

Escape (Carlo Gerada / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca - Stefan Galea

Perfect (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) - Jurgen Xerri

Summer Time (Marco Debono / Doris Chetcuti) - Kurt Cassar 

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: Summer Hit Song Contest (Press Release)

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Tonight! Following a spectacular edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest, leading to the eventual victory of Domenique and her entry "Back To", composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss, the competition returns with 20 sensational entries, all of which will be presented in a 9 week programming schedule.

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. Hosted by Deo Grech, and featuring several guest panelists, who will also act as one total juror during the final of the Summer Hit Song Contest 2015, the programme will kick-start at 20:30 CET on F Living.

Amour (Philip Vella) - Danica Muscat

Astronaut (Marco Debono / Rita Pace) - Maria Cassar

Feel (Joe George Micallef) - Odessa

Lessons in Love (Ray Agius / Rita Pace) - Dario Mifsud Bonnici

Remember (Yann Charpentier / Emilio Martinez Verdejo / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Marie Claire

Shattered Dreams (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri) - Annalise Psaila

Tabula Rasa (Augusto Cardinali / Giovann Attard) - Julie Pomorski

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

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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.

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On Saturday 18th April, a special edition of The Celebrity Night, hosted by Deo Grech on F Living led to the revelation of the finalists for the 2015 edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest. In a surprise twist, the organising committee thought it best to include 21 entries, rather than the original 17 for the simple reason 'that the quality of entries is much higher than in previous years'.

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. 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

Dangerous (Elton Zarb / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca) - Jillianne Camilleri

Do It Better (Rita Pace) - Rita Pace & Audrey Marie

Eclipse (Andrew Zammit / Rita Pace) - Ana-Maria Grima

Escape (Carlo Gerada / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca) - Stefan Galea

Feel (Joe George Micallef) - Odessa

Freedom (Elton Zarb / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca) - Simaria Galea

Guess What? (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri) - Christian Arding

Hurricane (Elton Zarb / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca) - Marilena Gauci 

If I Only Knew (Pamela Bezzina / Sarah Crystal) - Sarah Crystal

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

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 

Unbreakable (Marco Debono / Rita Pace) - Cherylis

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

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On the 18th April, a special edition of The Celebrity Night will be airing on F Living, as the revelation of the acts, and their respective entries for the 2015 edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest will be made public by Deo Grech. Following the initial submission process, where F Living received 89 entries, a shortlist of 30 entries has now been made available on escflashmalta.com and the Official Facebook Page.

Even though the competition will feature 18 different acts, 1 has already been given the greenlight to proceed, having been given the opportunity to compete as a result of the Public Choice Award given in 2014. As a matter of fact, Rita Pace & Audrey Marie will be competing in a duet for the second consecutive year. A quick glance at the list will instantly denote a mixture of upcoming and experienced artists, proving once more that this competition is seen as a true springboard for talent.

Amour - Danica Muscat 

Astronaut - Maria Cassar 

Bandwagon - Sarah Bonnici 

Bounce Back - Michela Galea 

C'est Moi - Ryan Axisa

Dangerous - Jillianne Camilleri

Eclipse - Ana-Maria Grima

Escape - Stefan Galea 

Feel - Odessa

Freedom - Simaria Galea 

Guess What? - Christian Arding

Hurricane - Marilena Gauci 

If I Only Knew - Sarah Crystal

Keep on Playing - Roberta Briffa

Lessons in Love - Dario Mifsud Bonnici

Lucky Me - Graziella Vella

My Own Best Friend - Nakita Ambinette

One More Try - Joseph

One of a Kind - Michela Dalli

Our Last Goodbye - Dorcas

Perfect - Jurgen Xerri

Precious - Daniel Muscat

Remember - Marie-Claire

Shattered Dreams - Annalise Psaila

Summer Time - Kurt Cassar 

Tabula Rasa - Julie Pomorski 

Unbreakable - Cherylis

We Can - Christian 

Weight On Me - Ann Marie Ellul

Why? - Dayle Camilleri

In an official statement published through social networking website Facebook, "The producers and organisers would like to thank all the songwriters and singers who submitted their entries but did not make it to the next round." We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com, even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the Summer Hit Song Contest as soon as it becomes available.

Source: F Living, Summer Hit Song Contest

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89 submissions have been sent in to the Summer Hit Song Contest 2015, as stated in a statement published by the organising committee of the local music competition, which airs on F Living. Over the next couple of days, a shortlist of 45 entries, from which the final 17 entries are chosen will be made public on the Official Facebook Page of the Summer Hit Song Contest, and escflashmalta.com through the main portal, and the social media pages on Facebook and Twitter.

Even though the competition will feature 18 different acts, 1 has already been given the greenlight to proceed, having been given the opportunity to compete as a result of the Public Choice Award given in 2014. As a matter of fact, Rita Pace & Audrey Marie will be competing in a duet for the second consecutive year. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com, even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: F Living, Summer Hit Song Contest

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