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In 2007, Klinsmann made his debut within the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track She Gives Me Wings composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Rita Pace and for the next six consecutive years found his way into at least the semi-final stage of the competition. In fact, his last participation was earlier this year as he presented a track entitled The Remedy composed by Philip Vella and Magnus Kaxe with lyrics by Gerard James Borg.

escflashmalta.com is in a position to confirm that after seven consecutive years, Klinsmann will not be submitting a song for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014. On a post on his Official Page on Facebook, he stated 'I'm not gonna take part as a performer this year. I'm gonna give it a miss after 7 consecutive years.' Technically speaking, it could very much mean that Klinsmann could join another act on stage as a band member or possibly co-write an entry, something which he is getting accustomed to do alongside his band, Planet Seed. This is the second former Malta Eurovision Song Contest to confirm absence from the event at the first hurdle following the likes of Nadine Axisa. More stories will be unveiled by escflashmalta.com in the coming days, so stay tuned.

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Saturday, 12 October 2013 17:25

FiKM 2013: Interview with Domenique Azzopardi

escflashmalta.com has been granted permission to speak to the local artists competing within this years' edition of the International Festival of Maltese Song, fourteen in total. Apart from speaking to them about their careers thus far, it is pivotal to denote that we have focused on their participation within this competition in particular and their stance on Maltese being passed onto future generations through the medium of song. The order in which these interviews are being presented does not reflect the running order of the competition which is yet to be determined. Domenique is the second artist and she will be performing the song Passi fir-Ramel composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Mark Amaira.

Domenique, as an artist, your participation within local festivals is striking but nevertheless, your first major competition was the Malta Junior Eurosong, in which you had also managed to come close to victory on a couple of occasions. Malta is returning to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest following an absence of two years. As a former national finalists, do you agree on the fact that there was no national selection and do you support the choice of Gaia Cauchi?

I strongly believe that our Maltese Ambassador Gaia Cauchi will do a great and amazing job as she usually has done in previous occasions where I had the oppurtunity to see her perform live.

Just a couple of weeks back, you entered the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the song B’Ħarsitna ‘l Fuq composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Paul Ellul, awarded the Best Song according to the general public at home and during the actual competition. Nevertheless, the year before, your entry Tama u Kuraġġ composed by Philip Vella and penned by Cher Vella was a second runner-up thanks to the jury. What is the difference between a song for the masses and for the experts and how difficult is it to find the right balance?

'Tama u Kuraġġ' & 'Ħarsitna 'l Fuq' are different regarding to their style. 'Tama u Kuraġġ' is appointed to the people who loves upbeat songs and 'Ħarsitna 'l Fuq' for those people who like more ballads. For me it is not that difficult to find a balance between them as I am used to sing different styles.

Passi Fir-Ramel composed by Philip Vella and penned by Mark Amaira is the song you’re presenting within this years’ International Festival of Maltese Song. It is an entry which had already been submitted to the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza a couple of years back but nevertheless, found it’s way into the finals this time round. Would you care to explain what the song speaks about and what genre it encompasses?

The song is about this perfect couple whom the girl is crazy and madly in love with the man of her dreams and she is ready to do whatever he wants and desires. He is leaving footprints in the sand which she is ready to follow them. The genre is latin.

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Twice a contestant within the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, you have managed to garner the appreciation of both a national and international audience, with your last entry Too Little Too Late actually being a foreign composition by Marc Paelinck and Matthias Strasser. What do you recall from the experience of being in the competition and how did it aid in creating an image of Domenique which you would like the people to notice?

This experience helped me to grow and mature more in a person and also in the musical scene. Although I went for a different style and I developed into being myself more. I would like people to see me as myself.

As a music competition, the International Festival of Maltese Song was the first to promote the national language through the medium of music, eventually followed by L-Għanja tal-Poplu and Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. With the Public Broadcasting Services supporting the event, it makes it only second to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Do you believe that there’s a place for this competition within the local music industry and do you support it’s continuation in the years to come?

I certainly do believe that this song festival has it's place in our industry because it is one of the few festivals that recognize our language and with all my heart I do support the continuation of this festival.

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

I would like to tell them a big thank you for supporting us the local singers and also to those people who supports me no matter what in my life and in my career.

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Tuesday, 17 September 2013 03:02

Malta: Interview with Kylie Coleiro (KKI 12,13)

Kylie Coleiro, a young female vocalist who has been growing into her element of performing with this years' participation within the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza being her second. She will be performing the track M'Intix Waħdek composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Manila Bottone. Below, our editorial board devised a set of questions in order to get to know Kylie a little bit better whilst Chris and Moira have also heard all of the entries in order to pass on their comments. Whilst they believe that the vocalist gives a 'good interpretation altogether', the think that it is a 'childish song' and thus awarding just six (6) points.

Ħalluni, composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Joe Chircop was your entry at last years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. It is important to denote that despite having established a name for yourself in other competitions, it was your debut. Therefore, this year marks your second participation and will be looking to make a number of changes in order to try and improve upon what you have already built in the past twelve months. Looking back at your first participation, was there anything that you would have done differently and that you’re thinking about putting forward to the audience this time round?

I would like to start off by thanking escflashmalta.com for the opportunity to speak to all of the artists competing in this years' Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. Let me get back to the question.. apparantly I didn't want to change anything from last year since I got quite a lot of positive feedback and from what I had felt it was quit a good performance. I always try to think about something different regarding song style, clothes style etc ..so people will have that something to look forward too . 

In 2009, you managed to reach the final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the song Let It Shine composed by Andrew Zahra with lyrics by Joe Julian Farrugia. This was definitely a stepping stone in your career, having previously been part of the setup of the Malta Junior Eurosong which saw to the nations’ participation at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The 2009 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest held at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre was innovative and saw to the beginning of a new era. How would you describe the experience and are you working on a possible return to that illustrious stage?

When I was 16 .. i was the youngest contestant ..it was a nice experience meeting  loads of talented artists .. it was amazing :)To be honest at the moment i am working on my ep which it do involves hard work and loads oftime.. so I dont know if i'll mange to get a chance of submitting a song, It would be nice of trying but not confirmed yet :)

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Despite not being a part of the roster at this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, you were still a backing vocalist with two artists, performing completely different entries. How different is it to be a lead performer for a backing vocalist and does the latter strengthen the former?

Being part in this music industry for almost 13 years , I have learned alot from other artists and opportunities that came along! the most important thing is that you dont loose chances you need to face them to improve yourself! being a solo artist is way too different then a backing vocalist! You need to combine with the solo singer type of style ..To be professional you need to try every experience or at least involve yourself .. so yeah it does strenghten me music wise !

In this years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, you are presenting a track entitled M’Intix Waħdek composed by Philip Vella with lyrics by Manila Bottone. It is relatively different from the track that you presented last year even in terms of genre, somewhat opting for a more current sound which would definitely garner airplay on the radio. Would you care to explain to the audience the meaning behind the song and how the collaboration actually came together?

I am taking part in a drama named Ma Tinbidel Qatt held on net tv which is written by Manila bottone and together we just came up with an amazing idea which is trying for the indipendence festival! Manila is her first time as an author which is competing in this festival . I love colleborating with other people..  philip is the composer of Mintix Waħdek. He always understands me which type of songs i would like to have and sing.. since I have been working with him quit a lot! the meaning of the song is that you are never alone, nothing is easy you need to work hard to achieve .dont be afraid of sharing your toughts and what you think !

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

Thank You for supporting the local music scene!

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Danica Muscat is participating in this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza for the third time with the track L-Ewlieni composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss. The young vocalist made a name for herself after being a part of the illustrious talent show, Io Canto hosted by Gerry Scotti on Canale 5. Below, our editorial board devised a set of questions in order to get to know Danica a little bit better whilst Chris and Moira, former representatives of Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest heard all of the competing entries stating that this one in particular has a 'very catchy tune' and that Danica 'gives a good interpretation with her good voice', awarding it eight (8) points in total.

In 2011, you reached the finals of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza for the very first time as you presented the track Kliem Li M’Għidtlek Qatt composed by Mark Debono with lyrics by Christopher Azzopardi. Now, during the rehearsals, typically held during the morning of the competition, you could not perform and as a matter of fact missed many of the run-throughs, yet being a total professional, took to the doctor and then performed in the evening. How would you describe the experience looking back and what emotions did the song evoke in you which helped the performance become so authentic?

The experience for the matter of fact was a horrible one ,2011 KKI was my first competition on a major national level so to speak ,the shear thought of not being able to sing on the night was quite disheartening luckily during IO Canto a couple of weeks before something similar happened to Andrea the Rumanian girl so since we were really close I knew the  feeling and what to do ,as you say go to the doctor ,stick to his advice and then focus on the actual night ,as a popular song says “what does not kill you makes you stronger” so knowing I had a poor run through in the morning helped me to give my 100 % on the night.  As for the song itself this Is a very emotional number which lends itself very well to the performance.

Growing up, Danica Muscat went from being the first runner-up at the Malta Junior Eurosong with the track Stolen to becoming the ultimate persona by virtue of taking up a participant slot on the popular Italian television series Io Canto hosted by Gerry Scotti on Canale 5. Despite still being a child, travelling to Italy in order to perform was surely something special and garnering the opportunity to perform with the likes of Ornella Vanoni, Ron, The Priests and Pierdavide Carone. Io Canto and Danica Muscat have now become synonymous but nevertheless, would you have done anything differently if you had the opportunity?

NO, not at all I would change notghing, people in MALTA  think that getting to a level higher in your career is impossible due to our small nation ,but this is not true as long as you are dedicated and ready to shine through you can achieve anything your heart desires take for example Kevin Borg or Joseph Calleja, I sincerely hope that I was the first but not the last Maltese on such shows on Italian Tv and that maybe I set up a good reputation for the Maltese singers who will try after me, I am also very happy that lately Veronica Rotin managed to shine in Io Canto as well, I know it can be really hard over there to find a spot in the show, so there is one word to describe her performance “exceptional”.

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L-Ewlieni, the entry that you are presenting for this years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is composed by Philip Vella and penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss. Revolving around a mysterious individual who has represented the best qualities of politics for the country, many people have been asking who the person might be but nevertheless, you have gone on record stating that the lyric does not refer to someone specific. In the preview video, you were wearing a shirt and trousers whilst on Indifest, you were clad in a dress, have you thought about what you will be wearing on the actual night and would you care to give us a hint?

And again I will tell you the lyrics are not about anyone specific, any person can fit in to these lyrics, Emil has been written really witty lyrics which will give the listener a lot of food for thought, listen closely and you can see our country’s history going by, Philip has done his usual magic making the song yet another one of his masterpieces.

As for what I will be wearing Hmmmmm lets see …I will be wearing…if you want to know, come and see me sing live on the actual night  ..

Earlier this year, you managed to get through to the semi-final stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Fantasy composed by Paul Abela with lyrics by Joe Julian Farrugia. Unfortunately, you did not get to the final stage, something that you had done back in 2012 with the song 7 Days written by Philip Vella. Each time though, the competition was held at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre, you had ample exposure and also had the chance to record a preview video. How professional is the setup which accompanies the participation of Malta within the Eurovision Song Contest and will you be submitting any songs for next years’ event?

I have only had these last 2 years to judge the setup so I cannot comment on previous years, taking this into account I must say both years have been really professionally organised, on par with international events I have been to , I am also really happy with the support by the organizing team (it’s not like they leave you on your own not knowing where to start from), for example the meetings with organisers regarding dresses etc.. really helpful and professional, also a lot of media exposure  all the singers get from the organizers, on national shows such  as Xarabank, breakfast shows etc…. and people like you at escflashmalta. I hope to submit songs next year.

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

Thank you for supporting local talent, keep up the support to all local singers we really need it.

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Last year, Kristen Camilleri made her debut within a local music competition by virtue of competing in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and therefore, she thought to return, making it through to the final phase once more, with the track Rebbiegħa composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Cher Vella. Below, our editorial board devised a set of questions in order to get to know Kristen a little bit better whilst Chris and Moira have also heard all of the entries in order to comment on them. With regards to the solo entry, they stated that it is a 'great tune for a young person', adding that Kristen has 'good stage presence and looks confident and sure of herself' awarding it a stunning total of nine (9) points.

Kristen, this is the second time that you’re competing in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza having made your debut last year with the track Flimkien composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Cher Vella. Taking to the stage in a stunning short white dress, you managed to surprise many with your image but nevertheless, the vocals were shaky and ultimately led to the disappointing result achieved at the end of the evening. Looking back, do you think that opening the competition was detrimental and would you have done anything differently if you had the chance?

To begin with, I always give my very best in every performance and I strive hard to achieve what I ultimately want – that is to enjoy myself on stage and portray my emotions through music. I wouldn’t use the fact that I was the first  to open Indifest last year as an exuse but I would rather say that it was my first official experience on stage in front of a huge crowd. Looking back, this experience nourished my knowledge within the local music scene and it served me as a stepping stone to broaden my confidence on stage both as a singer and as a performer. I wouldn’t change anything from last year’s performance because as I said, I gained a lot of experience as well as exposure. 

It has already been noted that you were a part of the setup within this competition last year and that has surely given you an idea of what to expect in front of a large audience who would be expecting a stunning showcase from all of the artists in contention. This time round, the expectations might be higher from your end with the aim of achieve a better result and therefore, this leads to our question on how you are currently preparing to take to the stage of The Granaries in Floriana and will there be any particular surprises in store?

I am currently working hard to give the best performance possible on the night and this time round I’ll be sharing the stage with a number of talented dancers. We’re busy with rehearsals but we are really enjoying ourselves! I won’t go into whethere there will or will not be any surprises but I am more than sure that all those who will be watching will definitely enjoy our show!

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In this years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, you will be performing the song Rebbiegħa which is also composed by Philip Vella with lyrics by Cher Vella. It is important to denote that the genre is quite different when comparing the two entries together in an aim to keep you fresh, current and at the same time versatile. This time round, you will not be performing as the opening entry with the draw pitting you in slot number number nine. What could you tell us with regards to the song and do you feel more at ease knowing that your performance is mid-way through?

This year’s song is definitely fresh offering a great summery vibe which the audience will definitely enjoy. A part from having a great tune to listen to, it revolves around a positive message that of living one’s dreams and aspirations. It projects the fact that even though life can go through a dull phase, it can still blossom if you work hard on making life worthwhile. These emotions are projected in the ethnic vibe Philip has managed to create and in the meaningful words Cher penned. 

In the past twelve months, Kristen Camilleri has gone onto headline the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza as one of the twenty participants but also as a lead actress on the hit television series, DREAMS which used to air on Television Malta. The idea of combining music and drama together is becoming more common with others such as Mikhail Attard and Minik also showcasing their various skills. As a female artist, do you have any preference towards a particular craft and in turn, what kind of experiences have you drawn from the past year?

I have always been into music and drama since primary school therefore I do not have any preference towards one of the arts. D.R.E.A.M.S offered a great opportunity to combine these arts and showcase local talent on television. It has been an amazing experience that has definitely given me a boost within both crafts. I am looking forward to use the experience gained from this series and apply it to current and future projects I embarked on.  

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

I would like to thank all those who constantly follow local talent because without their support Maltese artists would find it harder to engage into music events such as Indifest.

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Sunday, 01 September 2013 18:20

Malta: Olivia Lewis Kept Busy During Summer

Olivia Lewis, Malta's representative at the 2007 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Vertigo composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg has somewhat been busy in the past couple of weeks with several guest appearances. One of her most recent was on the programme Indifest hosted by Christine Haber and Mark Azzopardi and broadcast on NET Television. The programme which accompanies the annual Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is supported by escflashmalta.com and invites special guests to add to the entertainment. Olivia Lewis has the opportunity to perform one of her signature tracks and she decided to sing Fil-Fond tal-Qalb composed by Paul Abela to the lyrics of Joe Julian Farrugia.

Amongst the guests which have been invited to the programme in recent weeks, there have been one other than former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Gianluca and Kurt Calleja who both promoted their debut albums, Waiting for Tomorrow and Love on Mars as well as Kevin Paul Calleja, Amber, Maxine Pace, Mary Rose Mallia, Christabelle, Lyndsay and The Greenfields. Olivia Lewis is reportedly set to return to the local music scene with rumours going round stating that she might be looking to submit within the International Festival of Maltese Song. In the past couple of days, she was an instrumental figure within the Pink Floyd Show in Żabbar as a backing vocalist alongside the likes of Talitha Dimech, Rachael Tedesco Triccas and Cheryl Camilleri amongst others. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

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The editorial team of escflashmalta.com is proud to announce the return of the Festival Internazzjonali tal-Kanzunetta Maltija which had officially been suspended in 2002 with the last winning entry being Eklissi composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Ray Agius. The void of a local competition in which entries are performed in Maltese has been felt on several occasions with only the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, organised by Media.Link Communications under the hospice of a political party and traditional-folk inspired L-Għanja tal-Poplu carrying on in recent years. 

Robert Cefai, a former Chairman of the board responsible for Malta's participation within the Eurovision Song Contest and currently the Secretary General of the World Association of Festivals and Artists seems to be a key figure behind the comeback, as he is the one to have made the announcement on his personal page on Facebook. The first official meeting for songwriters, artists and the media will be taking place on the 24th July 2013 at the Isouard Hall found within the Manoel Theatre in Valletta. The committee behind the competition will be revealing the regulations as well as other important details about the return of this prestigious competition which will be focusing on the promotion of Maltese through the medium of song.

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escflashmalta.com will be covering the Festival Internazzjonali tal-Kanzunetta Maltija having been the only editorial outlet to hark about the return of this competition in the past three to four years. The final edition in 2002 also boasted first runners-up; Julie & Ludwig with the track Adagio composed by Rene Mamo to the lyrics of Ray Mahoney and second runner-up; Olivia Lewis with the song Ħolm u Realtà composed by Paul Giordimaina to the lyrics of Fleur Balzan. The editorial team of escflashmalta.com would like to thank the organisers for their quick reply to the enquiries made in recent hours whilst urging our readers to stay tuned for all of the latest news.

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Jessika, one of the younger vocalists in the local music scene with ample experience achieved within the festival circuit, having been a contender at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on four occasions, reaching the final round on two of such occasions. In recent months, she has taken up a lead role on the television series Il-Klikka which has sparked her popularity even further and saw her place at an even better position at this years' showcase. escflashmalta.com has been in touch with the vocalist turned actress about her current career endeavours in both music and film.

Jessika, one of the fast rising stars in the local music industry especially following your latest participation within the Malta Eurovision Song Contest where you presented the track Ultraviolet composed by Philip Vella and Thomas G:Son with lyrics provided by Gerard James Borg. This was the very first time that the trio has collaborated together on an original song and you were fronting their product, one which was very much appreciated by the public. What was your initial reaction when listening to the demo version of the song and do you have a clue to how the collaboration between such talented songwriters came about? 

I immediately fell in love and I think that’s quite important as it’s perceived by the audience when I’m performing it. Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg were always friends with Thomas G:Son but never had the chance to collaborate on something. This year they had the chance to do it and I was the lucky chosen one to perform the song Ultraviolet and I will always cherish the opportunity given as it was one of the greatest experiences so far.   

In 2008, Jessika formerly known as Jessica Muscat made it through to the Malta Song for Europe for the very first time and the blonde haired, green wearing lady took to the stage in a supposedly angry manner as she performed the track Tangled composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg. On that occasion, it was not meant to be and you did not get through to the final but so did a hefty amount of established artists including former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Mary Spiteri amongst others. Looking back, how did you view the experience and what would you have done differently?

It was my very first experience in a contest of that calibre and I performed in an energetic manner rather than an angry one, if I can correct you. I was still in my first year at University and looking back I find I did a good job in performing and doing exams at the same time. Thus getting an A and many more good grades and conjunctionally giving a good performance. That year, the set up of the contest was a bit different because only 8 of the 16 made it to the final round. Still an experience to remember and I believe that I learned a lot and grew a lot as an artist from my first experience.

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At this years’ edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Malta was represented by Gianluca with the track Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek. Following both the performance of the semi-final and the final, Malta returned to the top ten for the very first time in eight years. The general public had not sought to send Gianluca to represent the nation at the international spectacle, opting to send Kevin Borg and his entry Needing You co-written with Thomas Thörnholm, Michael Clauss, Dan Attlerud and Simon Gribbe. What is your opinion on jury and public voting and do you agree with the current system?

I actually like the current system as it gives chance of expression from both the jury and the public voting. I always believe that a song and it’s singer should be judged by a team of experienced people in the music industry as they should know what is in, at the moment and other technicalities, on the other hand, I also believe that the public should have a say because at the end of the day it’s the same public who is buying and listening to the song and artist itself. 

During this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, you were accompanied by a number of people on the main stage including Sean Vella on piano, as well as three female backing vocalists; Tezara Camilleri, Annabelle Debono and Yazmin Halledie. All the three have tremendous amount of experience in the industry especially Annabelle who accompanied Morena at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008, your debut year. Many people think that the choices of the backroom team might be somewhat random but clearly, everything is selected accordingly. How was the onstage team selected and do you see them take to the stage on their own?

I always choose my team really carefully and I do it together with my author and composer, this year I was very lucky and happy with my on stage team. It’s not only that I appreciate their vocal abilities but also their personality. There was never a dull moment this year and I believe it showed that we were enjoying our performances every time we were on stage. And yes I do see them all take to the stage on their own as I believe in them, their voices and personalities... why would I have chosen them huh?!!

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Apart from singing, the general public have now got used to seeing you on the television screens as you act out a leading role in the television series Il-Klikka created by V Squared Productions. We had the opportunity to introduce the series through escflashmalta.com in the beginning of the autumn/winter schedule and describe ourselves as true and avid followers. Your character is an aspiring performer who becomes part of a girl band, one which is set to take the nation by storm, hopefully also succeed abroad. Truthfully, how much do you relate to the actual storyline and on another note, would you actually be interested to become part of a girl band or would you rather be a solo performer?

I’m really enjoying the experience with Il-Klikka as I’m meeting many beautiful and talented people and it’s always great to have the publics’ support as it takes a lot of hard work and time from all the actors and the production team to have a television series to the liking of the audience. I sometimes see resemblance in my character and that of Audrey (played in the series) as I’m always aspiring to hit it big time as a singer. However in some other areas I find that I’m much more spontaneous and talkative rather than the silent and timid Audrey whom I believe I was a bit alike before I became a Spanish teacher... being a teacher makes you talk a lot to explain for the benefit of the students’ themselves. Since I began my singing career at the tender age of 6 years old, I always sang solo only on occasions I sang duets which I enjoyed as well. In life I’ve learned to never say never because no one knows what the future might hold. 

In just a year, you became a lead actress in a television series, a notable performer in the eyes of the public and the brand new recipient of a stage name, something that the local music industry seems to be adopting at a rather astonishing pace. Amongst the most notable stage names in Malta at the moment, there are surely the ones of Kaya (Priscilla Psaila) and Minik (Dominic Cini). You went from Jessica to Jessika and this is something that has also been very much respected by the public. How did you manage to have such a smooth transition in promoting yourself and do you think it was the right time to carry out this process?

I actually think that the new stage name isn’t that different from the real one and that is why I believe the transition was a good one. I also believe it happened at the right time, as together with my producer Paul Powell we were releasing the new single Golden ways not only in Malta but internationally and Muscat sometimes isn’t easily pronounced abroad.

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Davinia, second runner-up at this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Betrayed composed by Elton Zarb and penned by Matt Mercieca has already confirmed through the programme, TVPM that she will be submitting an entry into next years’ edition of the competition and therefore, you can imagine where this question is leading. With the support of the public, having garnered their fourth preference, are you interested in returning to next years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and if so, will you be working with the same mixture of local and foreign songwriters who helped you achieve your best result thus far?

I believe the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is one of the greatest platforms and in these last three years it always improved in all areas and I always liked the experiences I’ve had so far, therefore I might consider to take part again, however I have to make sure I’m competing with a good song as it’s my dream to represent Malta in the Eurovision Contest. I’m always up to working with authors and composers with a good product and I also collaborate therefore I’m hoping to have a good song to return again.

Would you like to say to the readers of escflashmalta.com?

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the readers that continuously show their support to the Maltese talent. It’s incredible that in this tiny island we’re blessed with so many talents. I believe that through your continuous support, artists like me can reach their dreams as it’s always awesome to have people appreciate what you’re doing.

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In 2007, Olivia Lewis represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Vertigo composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg which unsuccessfully did not make it through to the final despite positive expectations. Six years later, following a University Degree and a weight loss programme, Olivia is taking back to the stage in stunning fashion especially following her recent performance at the Beland Music Festival where the crowd clearly enjoyed her return to live performing. Nerves of the past are somewhat long gone and this lady definitely has a voice when she puts herself to the test. 

In recent months, there had been speculation that Olivia Lewis would be trying to return to the Eurovision Song Contest and set her sights on another possible representation. The editorial board of escflashmalta.com got in touch with her and revealed that it had indeed been on her mind for quite 'some time' but is nevertheless 'very much undecided'. Receiving more than the lionshare of the votes back in the 2007 Malta Song for Europe competition, the public perception might be slightly altered but nevertheless, Olivia is still a draw card to an event and the crowd seems to enjoy her performances. 'I can wait. I am in no rush' were her closing statements. With a fine tuned vocal performance at the end of the week and with more events being lined-up including the Pink Floyd's The Wall in Ta' Qali, it seems that things are taking a step in that direction. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news. 

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National selections all over the continent are coming to an end especially when considering that the month of March started just a couple of days ago. This years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will be needing a lot of improvements in order to be elevated in quality but several broadcasters know that in order to do well, their tracks need to be slightly altered and the final versions presented to the European Broadcasting Union will surely denote this element. We would like to invite you to the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. Apart from the means of FM Radio in the Netherlands on FM 106.8 and the audio stream from the studio via www.radiointernational.tv and on Digital Cable 781 & cable 88.1Mhz in the Netherlands, the show will also be web-televised via the Radio International TV Channel from the studio and linking up the many international Eurovision fans and friends and play your requests and read your messages out on air. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET when fans can join in and chat amongst each other via the Chat Room and request their favourite Eurovision entry.

The premier focus of this past week has surely been the Beosong competition held in Serbia especially for the simple reason that the Former Yugoslavian country is coming off a stupendous third place finish last year with Zeljko Joksimovic and his entry Nije Ljubav Stvar. It is uncharacteristic for a song outside the ethnic ballad genre to triumph but this was certainly not the case this time round due to the fact that at the end of the evening, with around a different of five thousand votes, the group Moje 3 finished as the winners with the song Ljubav Je Svuda ahead of the first runner-up being Dusan Svilar with the track Spas. In the final show, there were another three entries competing, all having been brought down from the fifteen presented in the semi-final stage of the competition. As a matter of fact, in third place was Saška Janković with the song Duga u tvojim očima, in fourth place Halo performed by Marija Mihajlović and in fifth place were the group Sky's with the song Magija. We had the opportunity to speak to all five of the performers and their interviews will be aired this week.

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Extensive coverage of the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest continues with yet another exclusive interview set to be aired this week. The focus this time round will be on none other than Jessika who participated within the selection with the track Ultraviolet co-written by Philip Vella, Thomas G:Son and Gerard James Borg. Jessika's profile in the past couple of months has definitely risen considerably for the simple reason that she is one of the main actresses in a local television series entitled Il-Klikka. This was the best showing for Jessika in the competition having managed to finish in eighth place at the end of the evening whilst also managing fourth place with the public just behind Kevin Borg, Gianluca, and Chris Grech. 

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Radio International is always keen to present songs during the show apart from the weekly features and therefore, collaborating the two ideas together will see the emergence of Eurovision UnverCover whereas tracks performed at the Eurovision Song Contest will be covered by other singers. The actual tracks will be played first followed by the cover and this will make things interesting. Apart from this feature, there will be new material played on the show by a number of former representatives including Patricia Kaas. All of the latest news is also covered during the weekly broadcast noting resources from escflashmalta.com and escXtra where Luke Fisher, the Editor makes a weekly round-up. A round up of the national finals thus far is set to be conducted by Alasdair Rendall. Follow the show through the official website and also send your requests through the contact link which is found on the aforementioned website.

Source: Team of Radio International

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