13 December 2017

After 129 entries were submitted and two elimination phases, the finalists for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest has been announced. The reveal was shown this evening during the evening news on TVM - where the shortlisted artists were seen at the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta, learning their fate as the competition progresses to the next stage.

Since the first eliminatory phase which was announced on September 15th, the thirty shortlisted entries were filmed while performing their entries live. This footage was then reviewed by a number of local and international expert juries in order to establish sixteen finalists. These finalists will take to the stage at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in a live show at the beginning of next year. 

Aidan - Dai Laga (Aidan Cassar)

Avenue Sky - We Can Run (Jonas Gladnikoff, Matthew Ker, Glen Vella)

Brooke Borg - Heart of Gold (Christian Schneider, Aidan O’Connor, Sara Biglert, Brooke Borg)

Christabelle Borg - Taboo (Thomas G:son, Christabelle Borg, Muxu)

Danica Muscat - One Step At A Time (John Ballard, Ruth Mussie, Jerusalem Yemane, Irena Krstva, Kian Fakhar)

Deborah C - Turn It Up (Christian Schneider, Aidan O’Connor, Sara Biglert)

Dwett - Breaking Point (Elton Zarb, Muxu)

Eleanor Cassar - Back To Life (Jonas Gladnikoff, Michael James Down)

Jasmine Abela - Supernovas (Charlie Mason, Jonas Thander)

Lawrence Gray - Love Renegade (Cyprian Cassar, Muxu)

Matthew Anthony - Call 2morrow (Jonas Gladnikoff, Tom Wiklund, Peder Eriksson)

Miriana Conte - Rocket (Cyprian Cassar, Muxu)

Petra Whiteford - Evolution (Elton Zarb, Muxu)

Rhiannon Micallef - Beyond Blue Horizons (Cyprian Cassar, Rhiannon Micallef)

Richard & Joe Micallef - Song For Dad (Cyprian Cassar, Richard Micallef)

Tiziana Calleja - First Time (Tina Stenberg)

From the list of sixteen finalists, twelve of them have reached the finals of the Malta Eurovision selection in the past - five of them featuring in last year's final. Around half of the songs have been produced locally - whilst the others are by international teams based in the United Kingdom and Sweden - some of them also being behind songs of finalists and winners in the Eurovision Song Contest previously. Richard Micallef, who will perform his entry with his father, was of course part of the group "Firelight", who reached the final for Malta back in 2014.

The newcomers to the festival are 18 year old Matthew Anthony, Aidan, Avenue Sky (which Aidan is also a member of) and Dwett - consisting of Mikhail & Cherylis. Last year, Mikhail was seen auditioning in Romania with his song "Sail Back" for their national selection process. 

More details about the 2018 Malta Eurovision Song Contest are expected to be announced by Public Broadcasting Services in due course. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

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Friday, 29 September 2017 21:35

MESC 2018: Shortlist of 30 Entries Made Public

Public Broadcasting Services Malta (PBS) have announced a shortlist which made it through the first eliminatory phase of the 2018 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, the island's well followed selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest. The news was revealed online at tvm.com.mt after the TVM evening news on Friday, September 15.

A total of 129 entries were submitted to PBS, twenty-seven less than the year before. From these, the broadcaster has shortlisted thirty, which will be further shortened to sixteen within the next month. The list of names announced features a feast of seasoned professionals on the Malta Eurovision scene, along with a number of new names. No details of songwriters have been announced, but it is expected that songs are by a mix of local and international composers. 

Abire Sekkaki - Casablanca Love

Aidan - Dai Laga

Aidan - See You

Avenue Sky - We Can Run

Brooke Borg - Heart of Gold

Christabelle Borg - Taboo

Dan - If Only

Danica Muscat - One Step At A Time

Deborah C - Turn It Up

Deborah C & Josef Tabone - Human

Dominic Cini - Pictures

Eleanor Cassar - Back To Life

Ishmael Grech - Good Times

Jasmine Abela - Supernovas

Kelsey Bellante - Super Woman

Kevin Paul Calleja - Great Adventure

Kimberley Curtis - Monsters

Kurt Anthony Cassar - You Will Find Me

Lawrence Gray - Love Renegade

Malcolm Pisani - Kiss

Matthew Caruana - Call 2morrow

Mikhail Attard & Cherylis Camileri - Breaking Point

Miriana Conte - Rocket

Nicole Azzopardi - Mixed Feelings

Petra Whiteford - Evolution

Raquel Galdes - In My Mind

Rhiannon Micallef - Beyond Blue Horizons

Richard & Joe Micallef - Song For Dad

Stefan Galea - Closer

Tiziana Calleja - First Time

International fans will surely recognise the names of Richard Micallef and Nicole Azzopardi - the former representing Malta in 2014 as part of "Firelight", and the latter taking part for Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest back in 2010. Other notable mentions can be made to Eleanor Cassar - returning after a number of years away from the local festival scene, in addition to Christabelle Borg - re-entering the festival after working on her first EP with international producers. 

It has been said that during these past couple of days, singers have been invited to a live audition phase in order to hear how their songs sounded when interpreted live. During this elimination phase, a number of local and international expert juries will be involved to choose the top sixteen finalists which will then compete during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

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'The Celebrity Night' is a weekly television programme which has become somewhat synonymous with Saturday evening, is broadcast on F Living Channel. The series which officially kicked off at the beginning of October revolves around the one-to-one interviews, which speak of class, decadence and wit, and have become synonymous with Deo Grech's presenting style.

Eleanor Cassar is one of the leading pop singers in Malta with remarkable voice capabilities. She specialises in pop, ballad and dance music.  She was born in 1982.  Her success story started in 1993 at the age of 11 after her school teacher encouraged her to participate in musicals and theatrical events.  Eleanor’s passion for music and acting led her to join her home town theatrical group Skene, whereby she was entrusted with main roles and solos as well as a number of a cappella during several acts throughout the years. She is a veteran of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, having made the finals in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, respectively. She will be joined on the show by Jolene Micallef, an actress as well as Gordon Bonello, Producer of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014 and also a Delegation Member of the Eurovision Team in Copenhagen, and Vienna, respectively.

This and much more during this week's episode of 'The Celebrity Night' which airs on Saturday night at 20:30 on F Living Channel. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

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Paul Ellul, a renowned local lyricist, has compiled all song lyrics in written between 1991 and 2013 along with some other poems in a new book, "Fejn Staħbejtli". The chosen title is a reflection of the most well known song ever written by the aforementioned Ellul, with singer/songwriter Ira Losco being the recipient winner of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza back in 2001.

It will be officially launched on the 17th January 2015, at Sir Temi Żammit Hall in the University of Malta with live performances by Gillian Attard, Eleanor Cassar, Glen Vella, Nadine Axisa, Cherise Attard, Roseann Cordina, Mark Tonna, Ivan Spiteri Lucas, Roberta Cassar, La Voix Academy Choir and Debbie Scerri. The latter, will also be hosting the evening, with Mark Spiteri Lucas set to accompany each performance on the keyboard.

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The 400-page publication, with original designs, may be obtained at the end of the evening, with proceeds going directly to the Millennium Chapel in Paceville. Entrance to the event, being organised in conjunction with KSU, Għaqda tal-Malta - Università, Outlook Coop, APS, and Copyserv is strictly by invitation, which may be requested by sending an email here. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music scene.

Source: Paul Ellul (Fejn Staħbejtli)

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Following the success of the second edition of the concert ‘The Prayer’, organized by Blue Circle Events and Aldo Busuttil, a new Christmas concert with a difference will be organized this year. When the lyrical singer was preparing material for his new album ‘Con Amore’ he got the idea of including other songs synonymous with the Christmas festivities. As the name of the album and the fourteen tracks imply, Christmas is the time to celebrate and spread the love The Lord Himself has shown us when he come amongst us as a human being.

The concert ‘Con Amore on Christmas’ will not only include traditional Christmas songs but also various songs starting from the Operatic and Neapolitan repertoire and modern day songs. From Naples we will listen to the Tarantella, and a collection of popular songs, which will certainly bring a smile to your face under the direction of Mro. Manoel Pirotta with the participation of the ‘La Voix’ choir under the direction of Mro. Joseph Chircop. Also from Naples we will hear a rendition of ‘O Sole Mio’ during which Aldo Busuttil will interpret the version ‘It’s Now or Never’ in honor of the legendary Elvis Presley on the eightieth anniversary of his career.

The Christmas songs will get the audience in the mood for this wonderful time of year and will include Mro. Pirotta's classical adaptation to the popular song ‘Santa Clause is Coming to Town’.  Other popular numbers include  Do Hear The People Sing’ from the musical ‘Les Miserables’, Mamma and Parlami D’Amore Mariu.

Other highlights will include various duets with guest artists Gaia Cauchi, Eleanor Cassar and Karl Luke Schembri who together with Aldo Busuttil will interpret Un Amore Cosi Grande, In Amore, Vivo Per Lei and Caro Gesu Bambino. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for more of the latest news from the local music industry.

Source: Press Release

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Bulebel in Żejtun is currently hosting the annual Beland Music Festival with a variety of spectacular concerts taking place over a period of 9 days, entertaining various crowds. Following their coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest last night, attention remains on a similar scene with Four Decades of Pop taking place later on this evening. The line-up which includes several artists who have already been a part of the international spectacle mentioned before hand will have the opportunity to sing LIVE with the Beland Band under the direction of Mro. Ray Sciberras. 

Carlo Borg Bonaci will be the host for the evening whilst some alternative form of entertainment will also be offered by the Paul Curmi Dance Company. The vocal line-up includes; Olivia Lewis, Glen Vella, Chiara, Mary Spiteri, Ozzy Lino, Eleanor Cassar, Neville, Alexia, Gillian Attard and the La Voix Academy. We urge you to attend the event at Bulebel in Żejtun and remind you that entrance is FREE but any donations made will be given to Puttinu Cares, one of the most respectable charities in Malta. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Official Facebook Page

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Wednesday, 25 December 2013 12:15

ESCflashmalta: Merry Christmas from All of Us

In just a week, escflashmalta.com will be publishing a review of the year, one which was extremely successful within the eyes of musical luminaries and fans of Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest but today, we celebrate Christmas, one of the most special holidays in the world. We thank you for always choosing this portal, as your main news portal with regards to news about the local music scene.

We have been around for almost four years, and in that time, we have noted down several artists who have unveiled tunes in relation to the holiday, including none other than Malcolm Pisani, Kevin Borg, Josmar, Eleanor Cassar, Morena, GeorginaDebbie Scerri, Bartolo Sisters, Miriam Christine, Andrew Zammit, Paul Giordimaina, Enzo Gusman, Carmen Gusman, Chiara, Ludwig, Corazon, Deborah C and many others.  It is always important to stay current and original with such showtunes. Of course, most of the material denoted above was released in a compilation disc in aid of id-Dar tal-Providenza with musical arrangements by Andrew Zammit and original lyrics by Fr George Ocar Buttigieg.The editorial team at escflashmalta.com would like to wish you ALL a very MERRY CHRISTMAS.

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Wednesday, 30 October 2013 01:15

MESC 2014: PBS Kick Starts Submission Process

Tomorrow, co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals provided by Gianluca represented Malta at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, getting through to the final, and ultimately achieving the nations' first top ten result in eight (8) years, when Chiara took to the stage for the second time with her self-penned entry Angel which had finished in second place. As of today, the Public Broadcasting Services will be receiving submissions from a number of music personnel with the hope of making it through to the final stages of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014.

Within the document entitled Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Regulations, the submission process along with anything one might enquire about is duly explained. The Creativity Hub, which just happens to be the new Head Office for the Public Broadcasting Services is where all the original entries for the competition are to be submitted with the allocate time slots being between 09:00 and 12:00 CET as well as 14:00 and 16:00 CET on Wednesday, 30th and Thursday 31st October 2013. In recent weeks, escflashmalta.com exclusively published the names of a series of artists who intend to take part within the pre-selection process including; Tiziana Calleja, Kaya, Minik, Ina Robinich, Fabrizio Faniello, Richard Edwards, Josef Tabone, Gloriana Arpa Belli, Janvil and Eleanor Cassar

Amongst those who went onto submit their prospective entries included; Malcolm PisaniJamie Tonna, Jessica Magro, Joseph Refalo, Davinia Pace and Julie Pomorski. Tomorrow, members of the editorial team will be on hand outside the Creativity Hub in order to follow the latest proceedings and try to eye out prospective artists who will be putting their name forward in hope of making it through to the biggest music event in the country, the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com over the coming days, weeks and months for all of the latest news with regards to next years' competition. 

Source: Public Broadcasting Services

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In 2010, the first runner-up at the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza was none other than Gloriana Arpa Belli, a relative minnow in the local music industry. Her song entitled Fil-Mużika composed by Renato Briffa to the lyrics of Doris Chetcuti almost upset the eventual winner Trid Tapprezza composed by Ray Agius to the lyrics of Alfred C Sant with vocals provided by Amber with just a handful of votes deciding the final result. escflashmalta.com is in a position to reveal that Gloriana intends to make her mark by entering the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014 framework by contributing to the submissions.

Gloriana Arpa Belli might be a relative unknown but nevertheless, her experience within the music scene should be well respected having been a backing vocalist for several notable artists including the likes of Anna Azzopardi, a two time Malta Eurovision Song Contest participant. Her genealogical background is quite intriguing as well, noting that her mother is none other than Helen Micallef, Malta's 1972 representative with her uncle being Renato, Malta's 1975 representative. This means that one day, Gloriana might continue keeping participation at the Eurovision Song Contest within the family.

Gloriana is the first artist to confirm submission into the Malta Eurovision Song Contest without having previously been a part of the showcase. At this point in time, escflashmalta.com has exclusively revealed that former runners-up; Janvil, Eleanor Cassar, Richard Edwards, Tiziana Calleja and Kaya will all be trying their luck whilst veterans Nadine Axisa and Klinsmann will be opting out of the selection process. Davinia, last years' second runner-up confirmed submission on the programme; TVPM hosted by Corazon. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more EXCLUSIVE news about the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014.

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Saturday, 05 October 2013 12:30

Malta: 'Sibt Familja' Kicks Off This Afternoon

Sibt Familja, a brand new programme produced by Spiteri Lucas Entertainment in conjuction with Net Television is set to take forth to television screens as of this afternoon with the kick off of the autumn/winter schedule. The identity has changed ever so slightly that the former Sas-Sitta but Ray Attard and former Eurovision Song Contest representative, Debbie Scerri return as hosts of the programme. One of the biggest disappointment to tele-viewers is that the show will be running less noting that whilst it starts at 13:30 CET, it will officially come to a close at 16:00 CET calling for just two and a half hours.

Nevertheless, one has to denote that the programme will always be filled to the brim. Amanda Friggieri, Eleanor Cassar, Ivan Spiteri Lucas and Neville Refalo will all be taking to the floor in order to perform alongside the resident band under the direction of Maestro Mark Spiteri Lucas. A one on one interview will also be conducted with Phyllisienne Brincat, a former Malta Song for Europe finalist and a veteran in the industry. On the other hand, one cannot forget Rita Gatt and Clint Gerald who will be discussing the latest female fashion trends. escflashmalta.com is glad to support the project and will be bringing you all the latest news about the weekly show at the earliest convenience. Thus, there is only one thing to say, make sure to tune into Net Television within the hour for the beginning of an exciting season on Sibt Familja.

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