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In 2012, Pure composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg with vocals by Claudia Faniello finished as the first runner-up at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. The track went onto top the iTunes chart in the country, ahead of the winning entry, This is the Night which represented Malta at the international showcase, succumbing to a disappointing final position. Since then, the public have reportedly kept on asking Claudia to perform the track and indeed, she did during Echoes, a street concert in support of Puttinu Cares.

The difference between the performance at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and the street concert is that at the latter, she performed the track in an unplugged manner and therefore, had to adapt with a timpani and a guitar. The result was fantastic and the emotion flowing through the vocals of the female vocalist was felt throughout the audience. Claudia Faniello returned to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year, with a track she co-wrote with Errol Sammut, one entitled When It's Time, finishing in second place and reaching number #2 on Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D on 89.7 Bay. Alongside her co-writer, she is working on her sophomore album, a follow-up to her debut Convincingly Better. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

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Franklin Calleja, Claudia Faniello, Jessika and Davinia were all part of the set-up at this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the latter actually being the second runner-up. They will all be coming together on stage once more during Echoes, a live street concert in aid of Puttinu Cares on Friday 16th August from 21:00 CET onwards. It is important to denote that the list above is only part of the line-up with other special performances including Kristina Casolani who performed during this years' Isle of MTV and Cryptic Street, winners of the Best New Act at the Bay Music Awards 2012.

On Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D, both Claudia and Davinia have made the cut with their most recent releases; When It's Time co-written with Errol and You Are My Home composed by Elton Zarb with lyrics by Matt Mercieca. The evening is set to be hosted by Cherise Attard, recent winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu with the song Hawn Siġġu Nieqes composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Paul Ellul as well as Joseph Barber who is one of the most influential figures in Safi when it comes to organisation. The editorial board of escflashmalta.com urges everyone to attend and be generous. Stay tuned for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

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Claudia Faniello, one of the most recognisable voices in the country has just released the music video for the song When It's Time which she penned to the music of Errol Sammut, lead singer of the band, Airport Impressions. The song itself was an entry in this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest where it finished in seventh place, marking yet another top ten finish for Claudia Faniello following last years' first runner-up finish with the track Pure composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg. The recording of this music video along with all of the technical framework were taken care of by the project Media Cast unveiled by Mcast a couple of years back.

Claudia Faniello is the younger sister of two time Eurovision Song Contest representative, Fabrizio Faniello and has seemingly garnered a strong fanbase in the country during the years noting the release of her debut studio album Convincingly Better, her two runner-up finishes at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and her recent success on Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D, which is the local chart on 89.7 Bay. In the meantime, Claudia was also part of the escflashmalta.com coverage for this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest as she made her thoughts on the tracks competing in the first semi-final known. Remember that you could still purchase When It's Time by Claudia Faniello on iTunes whilst watching the video just below. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

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Claudia Faniello, first runner-up at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2008 with the track Caravaggio written by Ray Agius and 2012 with the song Pure composed by Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg is currently working on a brand new set of tracks with Errol Sammut, lead vocalist of the band Airport Impressions. At this years' edition of the renowned competition, Claudia entertained the audience with the song When It's Time which finished in overall seventh place, garnering the support of both the public and the jury. It has now come to the attention of the escflashmalta.com editorial team that a promotional video is currently being shot to support the track and it's sale on digital store, iTunes

In 2010, Claudia Faniello was a firm favourite to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest and had planned the release of a debut album whatever the result. The first studio set entitled Convincingly Better was met with positive reviews and gave Claudia the opportunity to vent her feelings out through song. She was nominated for Best Female Artist at the Malta Music Awards but ultimately missed out. CAP-Sounds, the company which has aided the release of most of the Eurovision Song Contest entries from Malta is responsible for all of Claudia's releases thus far. The official video of When It's Time is being coordinated by a group of students who are studying the subject of film. You could view the first teaser below as we at escflashmalta.com ask you to stay tuned for all of the latest news. 

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Thursday, 18 April 2013 11:01

KKI 2013: Rules and Regulations Published

Miriam Christine and Claudia Faniello are two of the most notable names in the local music industry and they owe part of their success to the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza organised by Media.Link Communications. The competition has a lot of significance for the simple reason that all of the submitted entries have to be original and in Maltese, the national language of the country. In last years' edition organised under the hospice of Mark Azzopardi as Chairman, it was Deborah C and her entry Jekk Nużaw Moħħna composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas and penned by Joe Chircop which finished in the top spot. Rules and Regulations for the twenty-second edition were officially published yesterday.

During the course of the weekend, Karen DeBattista was announced by Spiteri Lucas Entertainment as the first finalist of this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza having triumphed in the Passport 2 Indifest competition. Submissions at a fee of €50 will be received at Media.Link Communications on Friday, 17th May with the first phase of the competition behind closed doors taking place on Saturday, 18th May prior to the live phase scheduled for a week later on the 25th May. No acceptions regarding the dates will be made so the committee is being stern about the fact that those who submit need to make sure they are free on the available dates.

The committee of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is also retaining the right of the tracks which qualify to the final of this years' competition. This is not usual practice noting that the rights are normally attributed to the songwriters who would have spent the money to record the track. In the past this was an issue in other local competitions and as a matter of fact had to be dropped from the clauses. For the second year running, we applaud Media.Link Communications for allowing live backing vocalists for whoever wishes to make use of them. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news with regards to this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza.

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Tomorrow, co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek with vocals by Gianluca will be representing Malta in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Sweden. As has become customary in recent years, the editorial team of escflashmalta.com will be collaborating with Juergen Boernig and his team at Radio International to keep you posted on the latest happenings directly from the venue throughout the two weeks. In the meantime, from home base in Malta, we are pleased to announce that for the third year running, a number of guests have been enlisted to aid in covering the semi-finals and the actual final respectively. It is a case of letting the people know what individuals from the music industry think of the international showcase. The line-up this year is quite strong and we are pleased to welcome all of them on board as guest commentators.

This years' Eurovision Song Contest officially kicks off with the first semi-final on the 14th May 2013 and will ultimately feature seventeen (17) entries with another three (3) countries having the right to cast their vote despite already having a place in the final. This is the semi-final in which Malta will not be competing and therefore, we thought it best to have two local stars in the form of Claudia Faniello and Errol Sammut whom as many people know have become a powerhouse couple in recent months and are working together on new material. Claudia Faniello is a two time first runner-up at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and earlier this year competed with the song When It's Time co-written with Errol Sammut. The male singer/songwriter is mostly known as being the lead vocals of the popular band, Airport Impressions who are also working on a brand new album at the moment. Emil Calleja Bayliss, Head of Press for escflashmalta.com has been enlisted to carry out this report alongside two of the nations' leading vocalists.

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Following the first semi-final is the second semi-final taking place on the 16th May 2013 which will feature a total of sixteen (16) entries with once more another three (3) countries having the right to cast their vote despite already having a place in the final. This is actually the semi-final in which Malta will be competing in and with nerves running high on qualification, we thought to mix it up a bit within this evening. From a local front, we are pleased to have with us, Davinia who was the second runner-up at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Betrayed composed by Elton Zarb to the lyrics of Matt (Muxu) Mercieca whilst from a foreign front we will have, Simon Casey who definitely does not need any introduction having amassed Gold and Platinum discs in Ireland for his first two albums apart from an Irish number #1 single entitled A Better Plan which was also runner-up to represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2003. Antoine Farrugia, one of our brightest new talents on the escflashmalta.com editorial team will be carrying out his duty.

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The final of the Eurovision Song Contest is always an interesting spectacle because the qualifiers would have upped their game from the semi-final stage whilst the big five perform along with the previous years' winner which in this case will be Sweden with Robin Stjernberg at the track You. We have decided to go almost completely female for the final noting that all of the three guest commentators, two being Maltese and the other being Irish are female. As a matter of fact, Brooke and Christabelle who are two of the leading artists in the local music scene will be analysing the performances with a critical eye following the success of Fairytale and Say respectively. Joining them is Lauren White, a singer/songwriter who just signed a publishing deal with Universal Music and working on some material material. She was co-writer of the song Fire in this years' Late Late Show Eurosong special alongside Niall Mooney and Willie Weeks. Marc Calleja Bayliss, Editor-In-Chief of escflashmalta.com will co-ordinate proceedings from the editorial board.

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One of the most powerful means to get messages across is through the medium of music and that is essentially the main reason behind the creation of the Eurovision Song Contest but nevertheless, moving away from the international competition, Malta is known to have a solid backbone within the music industry, one which took years to develop. 89.7 Bay is the leading radio station in the country and has always sought to help promote the local music scene, something which got the editorial team at escflashmalta.com thinking and finally to the realisation that promotion is the key behind success. Weekly the aforementioned station takes a look at the ten most request songs from local artists and put them in a chart show, hosted by Nathan D.

As summer approaches, several artists might be tampering around with the viable dates of music releases but thus far it seems that things are slightly quiet. A new entry in position number #10 this week is none other than the track Joy performed by JJoy and featuring the vocals of Andrea Britton. The renowned disc jockey does not need a lot of introduction having also been awarded with the best dance tune or remix at the Bay Music Awards for the track Love Hangover featuring the vocals of Kelly Stelfox. Taking My Heart, performed by Carlo Gerada and featuring Jan Cortez, a former chart topper finds itself at number #8 at the moment and on the the way out of the chart but nevertheless, someone who is climbing up is a newcomer by the name of Evita M whose track Luxurious has been well received. The former Malta Eurosong 2009 participant is looking to re-invent herself based on this particular track.

Alex Alden, a guest during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest semi-final has also been doing the rounds in recent weeks and now finds herself going down at number #7 with her debut track Dancing Alone which she performed impeccably to the jam packed audience at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre. Just above at position number #6 is the band Bletchley Park with the track Planets Move Faster. The group were nominated for three Malta Music Awards in the beginning of the year and look to continue building on their success with their Jagged House Records album, My Body Fighting. Gianluca is representing Malta in this years' Eurovision Song Contest but that does not mean that Funk Initiative are having some time off with their latest single Architects at position number #5 at the moment. Tomorrow had also made the official top thirty of the station and therefore, this shows the support from the leading radio station.

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I have to say that the tracks in this weeks' top four are just stunning, beginning with number #4 featuring none other than the newcomer Joe Roscoe whose track How I Feel About You has been setting an extremely difficult tone for the local music scene. Think of Ed Sheeran meeting Jason Mraz and that is the product that has been created. Just above the talented singer/songwriter at number #3 comes the comeback of the group, Skimmed who have ditched their alternative rock for their new single Ronnie. The track has really been embraced by the music industry and feels like the group might have found a niche which they should experiment even more. The top two positions are currently occupied by two leading females who have the utmost respect from the escflashmalta.com editorial board with number #2 being filled in by When It's Time performed by Claudia Faniello and number #1 by Ira Losco and her song The Person I Am which features guest vocals by David Leguesse.

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89.7 Bay is the leading radio station in Malta for four years in a row and has a positive track record in supporting the local music scene. On a weekly basis, Nathan D counts down the ten most played tracks from Maltese artists and for the second year in a row, an entry for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest has made the cut, in the form of When It's Time performed by Claudia Faniello and co-written alongside Errol Sammut of the popular band, Airport Impressions. Claudia is one of the nations' leading female artists has decided to rebrand herself this time round with a song which was appreciated by the public and the jury alike.

During the 2012 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Claudia found herself within grasp of victory with the song Pure composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg but she did not wish to take up the genre once more with the idea of embracing the style that she sees herself evolving with, noting that a sophomore album is seemingly on the way. The track which was released through iTunes by virtue of CAP-Sounds is currently at number #7 on 89.7 Bay as a new entry, hoping to rise further in the coming weeks cementing her success within the genre. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

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The 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest took place just a couple of weeks back with Gianluca Bezzina and his entry Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek announced as the winner at the end of the evening. Congratulations are always in order as we wish him all the very best in Sweden as he competes in the first part of the second semi-final. Nevertheless, prior to the final, escflashmalta.com initiated the public, media outlets and a set of music industry professionals to conduct their choices. The editorial board has always been a proud supporter of the local music scene and thus has always sought to include features from which artists would generally benefit. For yet another year, escflashmalta.com is giving out three awards; Public Award, Critics Award and the Media Award in collaboration with Sas-Sitta produced by Spiteri Lucas Entertainment and Bristow Potteries who sponsored the trophies.

One of the key elements behind the success of any country within the Eurovision Song Contest is democracy and the people have a right to have their decision heard loud and clear, in a manner where it is not deafened. The votes on the night of the final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest counted as one member of the jury and that was indeed a right decision because music industry professionals are required to select the best track. Our public poll received a total of 6454 votes, which is around two thousand more than the previous year and it has to be noted that whilst the top two were extremely close to each other, it seems like the others were somewhat far behind and fighting it out for a number of positions within the top ten and in some instances in the top five. It is important to denote that every individual had a vote per IP Address and therefore, we tried to limit the amount of double votes in this manner. It is important to always keep the public's opinion whilst voting because at the end of the day the song would be representing the country abroad but nevertheless, public perception about the artist is normally swayed according to the popularity figures, and this was something somewhat not attributed to our poll. The full results of the public may be seen in full below.

  1. Never Walk Away - Chris Grech (1512)
  2. Needing You - Kevin Borg (1296)
  3. Overrated - Marilena Gauci (522)
  4. When It's Time - Claudia Faniello (498)
  5. Loverdose - Melanie Zammit (472)
  6. Tomorrow - Gianluca Bezzina (404)
  7. Ultraviolet - Jessika (396)
  8. In Control - Amber (207)
  9. Perfect Day - Janice DeBattista (167)
  10. Tides of Illusion - Ylenia (158)
  11. Starting from the End - Dorothy Bezzina (145)
  12. Betrayed - Davinia Pace (141)
  13. Keep Believing - Raquela (110)
  14. Let Your Heart Talk - Franklin (82)
  15. Us Against the World - Gianni (78)
  16. Love-O-Holic - Deborah C (66)
  17. Fall Like Rome - Richard Edwards (57)
  18. Fantasy - Danica Muscat (46)
  19. My Stranger Love - Corazon (35)
  20. Too Little Too Late - Domenique (23)
  21. Wonderful Today - Richard & Petra (15)
  22. The Remedy - Klinsmann (11)
  23. Superstar - Scar (10)
  24. No One's Home - Petra (3)
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The professional members of the jury have always been pivotal behind the results not only during the Malta Eurovisoin Song Contest but also throughout the whole of Europe when national selections are concerned becuase people within the industry are somewhat ones which know the type of music which works abroad. They do not vote with an agenda as some people might denote as they would only come forth with the interests of the songs and the country which summoned them. escflashmalta.com has had the pleasure to work with a number of individuals in recent years and this time round, we were proud to have come up with panel of professionals such as; Martin Isherwood, a leading figure at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, Roberto Meloni, a two time Eurovision Song Contest representative; Stano Simor, a notable producer from Slovakia who works with Universal Music; Lina Eriksson, signed to EMI Music Publishing and has written tracks for artists out of Idols and Popstars and last but not least; Sharon Vaughn, a premier songwriter who has worked with Joe McElderry, Agnes, The Wanted, Alcazar, Brian Kennedy, Jedward and Kimberley Walsh amongst others. In one particular instance, we also required the services of Knut-Oyvind Hagen, a talented songwriter who also works at NRK, the Norwegian broadcaster. The full results of the critics may be seen in full below.
  1. Needing You - Kevin Borg (35)
  2. Loverdose - Melanie Zammit (25)
  3. Tomorrow - Gianluca Bezzina (22)
  4. Starting from the End - Dorothy Bezzina (22)
  5. Ultraviolet - Jessika (21)
  6. Love-O-Holic - Deborah C (20)
  7. Fall Like Rome - Richard Edwards (18)
  8. The Remedy - Klinsmann (18)
  9. Never Walk Away - Chris Grech (16)
  10. Betrayed - Davinia Pace (13)
  11. When It's Time - Claudia Faniello (13)
  12. Let Your Heart Talk - Franklin (10)
  13. Tides of Illusion - Ylenia (9)
  14. Superstar - Scar (8)
  15. Too Little Too Late - Domenique (8)
  16. Fantasy - Danica Muscat (7)
  17. Wonderful Today - Richard & Petra (7)
  18. In Control - Amber (5)
  19. No One's Home - Petra (5)
  20. Perfect Day - Janice DeBattista (4)
  21. Overrated - Marilena Gauci (2)
  22. My Stranger Love - Corazon (1)
  23. Us Against the World - Gianni (1)
  24. Keep Believing - Raquela (0)
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Being a media outlet, escflashmalta.com has always felt the need to make sure that all of the respective entries competing in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest are heard beyond the four corners of the globe from a competition perspective. Each of the twenty-four (24) songs competing in recent years can manage to stand up on their own and be counted as individual tracks with possible success. Calling upon ten members of the foreign press alongside ten members of the local press, it was a deep priviledge to see what type of songs the individuals, the organisation and the nationality would realibly go for in the true sense of the word. I would like to thank all of the media outlets and their representatives who took part and they were; Nathan D (89.7 Bay), Vikesh Godhwani (Insiter), Dorian Cassar (89.7 Bay), David Debono (100.2 XFM), Clint Bajada (92.7 FM), Aaron Benjamin (92.7 FM), Eric Montfort (Radio 101), Toni Sant (MMI), Ian Scerri (escflashmalta.com), Michael Bugeja (Times of Malta), Ian Fowell (Eurovisionary), Liam Whelan (ESCDaily), Theofilos Toronidis (ESCDaily), Garrett Mulhall (Eurovision Ireland), Jaime Solloso (Oikotimes), Alexandru Busa (esctoday.com), Emma Backfish (escXtra), Darragh Reck (RTÉ), Juergen Boernig (Radio International) and Luke Fisher (escXtra). The full results of the media may be seen in full below.
  1. The Remedy - Klinsmann (680)
  2. Never Walk Away - Chris Grech (580)
  3. Starting from the End - Dorothy Bezzina (500)
  4. Tomorrow - Gianluca Bezzina (480)
  5. Love-O-Holic - Deborah C (480)
  6. Superstar - Scar (380)
  7. Fall Like Rome - Richard Edwards (340)
  8. Betrayed - Davinia Pace (260)
  9. Ultraviolet - Jessika (260)
  10. Needing You - Kevin Borg (260)
  11. Loverdose - Melanie Zammit (240)
  12. In Control - Amber (180)
  13. Fantasy - Danica Muscat (160)
  14. Too Little Too Late - Domenique (160)
  15. My Stranger Love - Corazon (100)
  16. Keep Believing - Raquela (80)
  17. When It's Time - Claudia Faniello (20)
  18. Tides of Illusion - Ylenia (0)
  19. Let Your Heart Talk - Franklin (0)
  20. Perfect Day - Janice DeBattista (0)
  21. Wonderful Today - Richard & Petra (-20)
  22. Us Against the World - Gianni (-40)
  23. No One's Home - Petra (-80)
  24. Overrated - Marilena Gauci (-240)
escflashmalta.com would like to congratulate all of the winners and also the artists of each of the twenty-three entries in this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest. In the meantime, thanks to Bristow Potteries and Sas-Sitta on NET Television for their continued support towards our portal and we hope for further collaborations in the coming years and months. It has been a pleasure working with esteemed professionals for yet another year and we'll soon be announcing our features for the Eurovision Song Contest which will include professional reviews of each of the countries' representation as well as LIVE reports of the shows with special guest commentators. Once more, escflashmalta.com would like to wish the very best of luck to Gianluca with his endeavours in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest.
 

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Claudia Faniello, one of the finalists in this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is somewhat continuing the successful trends of releasing material through a digital store because following the earlier release of Deborah C, she follows with her entry When It's Time co-written alongside Errol Sammut of Airport Impressions. The formidable female performer decided to rebrand her image in the competition and has taken up a genre which she has been somewhat playing about with for quite some time, noting pop/rock influences in the form of Movie In My Mind composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg back in 2011.

Finishing in fifth place with the public, and seventh place with the jury out of a selection process which comprised of sixteen songs was quite intriguing for her new genre, with the final placing being seventh in total. When It's Time has received positive comments across the board and now you could also own a copy of the version as presented during the festival by purchasing it through iTunes where it has been digitally released by CAP-Sounds, the same company with which Claudia Faniello had released her debut album, Convincingly Better back a couple of years back. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about artists within the local music scene as soon as it becomes available.

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