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Following the conception of Television, the society has changed by virtue of getting messages through this so called screen which translates images which are either being filmed there and then or having been recorded prior to the actual broadcaster. On the other hand, Malta has become renowned for the drama that is produces on the three main television stations; Television Malta, ONE Television and NET Television respectively. Intriguing as it may sound, the repertoire of actors is somewhat increasing and this is due to the fact that media houses are including people from various sectors in their showcases noting that one of the latest individuals to garner a role is none other than Jessica Muscat, the four time participant at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, who is currently taking part in the drama Il-Klikka which airs on ONE every Tuesday night at 20:30 CET.

Jessica Muscat first made it onto the local music scene by virtue of the 2004 edition of the Junior Eurosong but then again, she quickly found her form amongst the elite of the older generation making it through to the semi-final of the Malta Song for Europe back in 2008 with the song Tangled composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg during a time in which she was conducting University exams, putting her effort into both areas respectively. Nevertheless, she continued to excel from then onwards, making it to the finals of the Malta Hit Song Contest on ONE Television with Sweet Temptation composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg finishing in the runner-up position. Within the following year, meaning 2009, Jessica released her debut album Home Run compiling all of her competition tracks as well as a couple of new ones into one. The first effort did astonishingly well and showed her as a true lyricist for the very first time being the girl behind the words for I’m a lil’ bit crazy. The year somewhat continued to build up by making it to the semi-finals of the 2009 Malta Song for Europe with two songs; Hey You and Smokescreen and despite ample praise from critics and fans alike, she failed to make it through to the finals.

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Nevertheless, it was not really a huge setback for the artist going onto Hollywood for a ten day vocal camp working with the likes of Seth Riggs who was conducting this programme. For those who might not know, Riggs has worked with the likes of Faith Hill, Michael Bolton, Ricky Martin and Kelly Clarkson amongst many others. Graduating from University with a degree in Communications and Hispanic Studies, Jessica continued to work hard to achieve success and indeed, in 2011, she returned to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the song Down Down Down which she co-wrote with Philip Vella whilst also making it through to the semi-finals in 2012 with Dance Romance which she also co-wrote with Philip Vella. It seems that summer has been quite busy for Jessica by working on her second solo album alongside her record producer Paul Powell and under the vocal direction of Joshua Alamu who was called upon by the British Broadcasting Corporation to help them out with the scouting for the hit reality show The Voice. The blonde haired artist is no more in existence with Jessica going more for an orange flame sort of feel now as she appears in this new drama series alongside the likes of Tezara Camilleri, who many will remember for performing Defying Gravity in Sfida hosted by Claudette Pace. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news in the coming days and weeks.

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Saturday, 29 September 2012 19:12

Exclusive: Olivia Lewis Ponders on Participation

With the rules and regulations of the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest released, there is a lot of commotion in the local music industry with several artists gearing up for a possible participation in the esteemed event which is very much popular with the local audience. Amongst the names of people who have been tipped for another try is none other than former representative Olivia Lewis who took to the stage back in 2007 with the track Vertigo composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg. In the years leading up to the ultimate victory, Olivia had finished as the runner-up three years in a row starting off with Take a Look composed by Paul Giordimaina and penned by Fleur Balzan, followed by Deja Vu with music by Philip Vella and lyrics by Gerard James Borg and last but not least, Spare a Moment composed by Ray Agius and penned by Godwin Sant. In an exclusive statement to escflashmalta.com, Olivia Lewis addresses her fans about the possible participation for the very first time.

I can't really comment at the moment. It has been on my mind for some time but I am still very much undecided. People have been trying to suggest that I take part again, but I still have to see. If I ever come back it has to be something really good. I can wait. I am in no rush! Olivia Lewis remains to be one of the most popular winners of the Malta Song for Europe, noting that the amount of tele-votes received were 30977, making her the most voted ever contestant. It has to be pointed out that the competition was actually quite stiff especially due to the fact that the first runner-up, Trilogy had come in third place the year before and were therefore looking more like favourites with their entry Starlight composed by Paul Abela and penned by Joe Julian Farrugia. Nevertheless, following three years of runner-up finishes, missing out to the likes of Julie & Ludwig, Chiara and Fabrizio Faniello, Olivia finally took home the crown. It will b e quite intriguing to see whether she finds the right song to return to the competition. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

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Thursday, 27 September 2012 14:59

Malta: A Rising Star in Domenique

Age is only just a number and indeed, this is surely the case for the upcoming artist known as Domenique who brings in several experiences to help aid our profile build up noting that she has been in most competitions held within the local music scene, with the most prominent surely being the Junior Eurosong competition where she has made the most appearances. Years have gone by and thus, the experiences in that particular showcase come to an end with the future looking extremely bright. There were slight doubts but they were banished when Domenique came out on the stage of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza back in 2009 within the Teenage Category with the song Miegħi Hemm Int composed by Heathcliffe Balzan and penned by Natasha Turner. It was a brand new journey and one which will be taking Domenique far into the local music industry, especially noting that local and foreign critics have been extremely supportive.

As stated, this was only the beginning with Domenique making it to the finals of the Malta Hit Song Contest in 2010 with the track Violet Skies composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg. She had the opportunity to perform with the renowned Annabelle Debono who backed Morena at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest and was also the backing vocal for Claudia Faniello at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in the past two years. The following year, she would return to the competition with the song Love Trap written by Clinton Paul. Ultimately though, the most intriguing experience of her music career up to this point would come in the 2011 Malta Eurovision Song Contest making it to the semi-final stage with the track I'll Follow The Sunshine composed by Ralph Siegel and penned by Bern Meinunger. The renowned songwriting duo wrote the winning entry of the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1982 and Domenique was one of the youngest artists that they worked with according to their discography. Her most recent experience though has brought out the first major trophy noting that the 2012 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza saw Domenique finish in third place with the track Tama u Kuraġġ composed by Philip Vella and penned by Cher Vella.

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With the submissions of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2013 a month away, it will be quite a challenge to see whether she will be able to make it through to the live stages of the competition but with resounding success in the past couple of weeks, months and years, it will be quite undeniable that this girl has not only the talent to succeed but also the chops that are seriously required for making it within the respective business. Experience does indeed play a major role but then again, it can only be gained by virtue of having talent and thus that is what it important about such notable names who are improving with each showcase. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com in the coming days and weeks as we continue bringing you the latest news from the local and foreign music scene in relation to the Eurovision Song Contest whilst also keeping you entertained with our respective features about some of the best artists that the industry is proud to present.

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Friday, 21 September 2012 18:28

Malta: Olivia Lewis May Return to Festival

Comebacks have definitely become a current thing both in the local and foreign music industries but nevertheless, when it comes to our shores, it seems that they tend to become more predominant and likely noting that Olivia Lewis has been rife about the possibility of returning to music with several appearances in a number of high profile shows but unfortunately not having the opportunity to return to the stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest due to the rules specifying that the last five winners of the local competition could not submit in the past two years. It is quite intriguing that Olivia Lewis is now a possible candidate for the role with 2007, the year she represented Malta with the song Vertigo composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg being out of that respective range. Close sources to escflashmalta.com state that Olivia Lewis is hoping for a comeback either in 2013 or 2014 respectively.

Olivia Lewis took part in the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest on countless occasions, finishing as the runner-up in 2004 with the track Take a Look composed by Paul Giordimaina and penned by Fleur Balzan, in 2005 with the beautiful Deja Vu composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg as well as in 2006 when she entered with a composition of Ray Agius entitled Spare a Moment to the lyrics of Godwin Sant. Ultimately, she was finally awarded her place abroad in 2007, with what many people state was a great song but maybe not the best suited to her vocal. Nevertheless with the likes of Claire Massa by her side, Olivia gave a strong vocal performance in each rehearsal and definitely competent enough in the semi-final, yet unfortunately, the competition was difficult and she was left out of the final show on Saturday night. Olivia remains one of the most popular names in the industry though and a comeback would surely be welcome. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as we continue discussing this issue in the coming days, and weeks.

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Tuesday, 18 September 2012 04:30

KKI 2012: Having a Look at 'Flimkien'

The editorial board of escflashmalta.com wanted to spice up things just a tad with regards to the feature that was taken on board and thus instead of working the way through the songs in their respective order as they will be performing later on during the day, they were presented starting from the last entry and indeed, the final one will actually be the first to perform. Whenever one does not succeed, then giving up is not the option even though it might sparkle at a certain outlook. There is a certain amount of luck which each individual can utilize without even knowing when the timing is right and this could be said for the next performer, Kristen Camilleri who will be performing the track Flimkien composed by Philip Vella and penned by Cher Vella. This was one of the three entries that eventually got through to the competition following the withdrawal of three of the qualified entries by Domenique and indeed, it has been an intriguing ride noting that this track features in the top five of the tele-voting portion of the competition, having done so from the early stages. This year, each track received the same amount of promotion through official videos as posted on YouTube and also reviews as published on escflashmalta.com daily for the past couple of weeks.

Teenagers have one of the most pivotal roles in the country and it is unequivocally important that their challenges in terms of goals for the future are met with great respect, dignity and praise at times with the shaping up of the future owed to them most of the time. The country will be dealing with stern challenges but then again, together, everything can be dealt with a relative pace and thus, one has to start acting as soon as possible to make sure that things get back to normal and ultimately succeed in continue creating a positive world which the people will continue living in. Kristen Camilleri is one of the newcomers to the local music scene noting that this years' Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is well adjusted including acts which have already garnered a name for themselves and others which are looking for that shining moment which would make or break their careers. Nevertheless, Kristen has already accomplished quite a lot having studied under classical soprano, Gillian Zammit and starring in shows such as Dr.Seuss - The Musical put on by Masquerade Theatre Arts School. In recent months, she was also the backing vocalist for three entries at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and she is set to star in the upcoming edition of D.R.E.A.M.S which will be airing every Wednesday night on Television Malta.

Philip Vella is the man behind the music in this particular entry providing the competition with a total of eight compositions this time round, with three lyricists in general, those being former winner Joe Chircop, his daughter Cher Vella and singer/songwriter Rita Pace. Philip won the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza back in 2009 breaking the flow that was being set up by Mark Spiteri Lucas who had won it in the two years before and ultimately paving the way for two victories of Ray Agius, therefore being the only one in the last five years to have managed to break the domination of the most successful composers of the competition. Philip is an accomplished performer as well having taken part in the competition in 1999 with the track San Seksek Pro Nobis and in 2001 with the tracks Ġens B'Identita and Kieku u Kien whilst writing the music and lyrics to many other songs. The lyricist in this track is his daughter Cher Vella with whom he penned another two tracks and with whom he also made it through to the finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with, earlier this year with Lawrence Gray as the lead vocal. Watch the official video below and stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

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Friday, 14 September 2012 14:45

KKI 2012: Having a Look at 'Abjad u Iswed'

The local music scene has been somewhat disappointing in the past noting that the material released was somewhat of amateurish status but nevertheless, things are changing and Malta is currently undergoing what seems to be a cultural birth especially when noting that recording studios are on the increase with extremely professional equipment. In fact, with such a positive outcome in recent months and years, productions are even being made in the country representing foreign artists and that is what makes things so impressive. Nevertheless, the focus here is on the artist itself, one who has taken advantage of the vast opportunities that are being made available and thus would like to showcase talent through senior competitions in the Maltese Islands as already seen in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in the past, considered to be the most notable showcase at the moment. The girl by the name of Stephanie Zammit will be performing the song Abjad u Iswed composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg. This track will be performed in the fifth position on the night of the 2012 edition of Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. One of the pivotal moments of success for all of the entries competing in this years' edition of the competition is the shooting of the official preview videos which have been uploaded online through viral website, YouTube with further representation of the video given on escflashmalta.com. The committee along with Media.Link Communications thought that this is the way forward in terms of promotion.

Black and White is the translation of the title and it reflects brilliant on the lyrical element within the track itself which looks at the two colours within a metaphorical context about two ideologies which do not agree yet ultimately reflect on a whole population. The idea is that diverse opinions may be found on each subject but it is important that this is the case because otherwise it would be boring. Nevertheless, the track continues to develop even further and then ends up talking about a relationship and the reasoning between two lovers and their lack of agreement which is a beneficial aspect. The mixture of subjects is what makes this track so intriguing from the start and thus it has an edge over some of the other songs who take up their theme in a manner which is either just patriotic or about love so to speak. Stephanie Zammit is quickly climbing up the ranks of the local music industry now racking up multiple entries in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the group Baklava where she serves as the lead singer. In fact, last year, the track Moon Dance managed to finish in second place with the public before succumbing to sixth place in total because of the ninth place given by the Juries. Stephanie has been coming into her own vocal range as of late following a number of appearances on television including the show Clint on ONE where she had the opportunity to perform a number of acoustic tracks, sounding somewhat impeccable on each run.

The songwriters behind this track do not need too much of an introduction actually with Philip Vella having been analyzed before hand due to the fact that he has written a large portion of the track competing in this years' Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. He has written five tracks for the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Malta in the past including Desire by Claudette Pace in 2000, 7th Wonder by Ira Losco in 2002, On Again .. Off Again by Julie and Ludwig in 2004, Vertigo by Olivia Lewis in 2007 and also Vodka by Morena in 2008. All of the music sheets for these tracks written alongside the lyrics of Gerard James Borg who features on this track as well. They have written only a small number of songs in Maltese though including Fjamma by Deborah C last year as well as Kuluri tal-Qalb by Shirley Galea in 2004 amongst others. Their experience is somewhat important but this is going to be quite different because Stephanie Zammit is taking to the stage for the very first time as a soloist within a competition. You can listen to his entry in this years' competition just below whilst also hoping you will keep on reading escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and the analysis of which only four remain before the actual competition takes place on Tuesday, 18th September 2012. 


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Thursday, 06 September 2012 19:25

KKI 2012: Having a Look at 'Indipendenti'

Many people might not realise that the music industry is full of steep challenges which require a lot of various sacrifices in a bid to reach desired success nevertheless, it has also to be noted that things have to occur gradually and most performers would show their talent at an extremely young age. In fact, experience should be achieved at an extremely young age because then when the peak hits, the artist should be ready to take on the challenge and become notable in the craft that he would have become extremely accustomed to during the previous years. The local music scene does not work too differently and in fact, thanks to a number of opportunities for youngsters around the country, it is quite intriguing to see the emerging talent evolve into something extremely special. The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is a competition which represents the journey that artists have to endure as normally, it is one of the prime festivals in which performers tend to submit tracks, feeling more at ease performing in their national language, the one which our forefathers worked hard to get recognized. Going through the running order in backwards fashion, the next entry in line for analysis is the one bearing the name Indipendenti composed by Philip Vella and penned by Cher Vella with the vocal accompaniment offered by Danica Muscat. Media.Link Communications have always sought to promote upcoming artists and therefore, this time, along with the committee of the competition, they have decided to work extremely hard to give as much exposure as possible and thus recording preview videos for each respective entries and uploaded through viral website, YouTube with additional analytic help offered by escflashmalta.com so that people would get to know the individuals behind the song a little bit better at the same time.

The reflection of national identity has to be one of the most important aspects of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in terms of a competition and that is why, throughout the years, there have been a number of winning tracks with a particular message which speaks about unity and trust. Nevertheless, this has to be expected especially when the competition occurs during a week in which the country proudly celebrates the achievement of Independence and therefore, had the opportunity to take care of several affairs in terms of Government as studied within history class or so the books state of course. Danica Muscat has one revolving theme within her track and that is patriotism noting that she speaks about a time when things have continuously went forward and progressed, the achievement of liberty and the feeling that one looks up to the heavens above in order to feel proud about what has been achieved. The metaphors in the track are also well put to use noting that the individual has been compared to a butterfly whose wings have grown and thus could live the way that he would like without any restrictions, feeling liberated. This has to be the easiest tranlation for the people to relate to noting that in English, the title would simply be Independent and thus could easily be related to from a personal perspective as well. Danica Muscat is just about to turn eighteen and therefore, makes her one of the most youngest performers to grace the stage of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza.
 
Staying on track with the performer at hand, it is to be noted that Danica has been one of those artists who has been around for quite some time working her way up in the music industry. Following participation in the Junior Eurosong on a number of occasions including the 2007 edition of the festival with the track Stolen which finished in second place, she was chosen to take part in the show Io Canto on Canale 5 during which she had the opportunity to perform with a number of stars including the likes of former Sanremo winner Ron, Italian legend Ornella Vanoni and also recent Sanremo contestant and Dalla collaborator Pierdavide Carone. This will be her second participation in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza having taken part last year with the song Kliem Li M'Għidtlek Qatt composed by Mark Debono and lyrics by Christopher Azzopardi. She has also taken part in this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track 7 Days written by Philip who just happens to be the composer of the track for this competition alongside his daughter. Technically, this is a relatively new team to the music industry with their first successful endeavor coming with the track In Your Eyes by Lawrence Gray as he tried to win the ticket for the Eurovision Song Contest. Despite not finishing in the top three, they did well to finish in the top ten and came to the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with more than one entry. You can listen to his entry in this years' competition just below whilst also hoping you will keep on reading escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza.
 

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