23 January 2018

In 2014, "Tu Primo Grande Amore", sung by Vincenzo Cantiello was triumphant during the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, giving rise to speculation that Italy could be taking over from Malta, as hosts of the prestigious event. RAI, the public broadcaster on behalf of Italy has declined the opportunity to take on the event, thus prompting a bidding process, one which includes 'two countries', according to Vladislav Yakovlev, Executive Producer of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Around the internet message boards, it is speculated that two countries, Bulgaria and Malta, have shown interest in hosting the 2015 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The first runner-up, has been gunning for the right to take on such a prestigious event, noting that Krisia, Hasan and Ibrahim were sent to participate in 2014 through a private broadcaster. On the other hand, the Public Broadcasting Services were excellent hosts with many members of the foreign press commenting that they would not mind returning in 12 months.

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The European Broadcasting Union will most likely make a decision by the end of January, with Vladislav Yakovlev stating that they would be 'excited to work with either of them on Junior Eurovision 2015' adding that they are 'lucky to be in a position that two broadcasters would like to host'. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014 03:24

Italy: An In-Depth Introduction to Sanremo 2015

The prestigious Italian Festival will next year take place between the 10th and the 14th February, hosted by none other than Carlo Conti, who is one of the most popular TV presenters on RAI 1, mainly known for the quiz show “L’Eredita”.

Infact, Conti himself has just recently published a sort of handbook for the festival, which will also include some new concepts. The festival will yet again be divided into two categories, mainly the “Giovani” (Italy’s upcoming talent) and the “Campioni” (Famous Italian singers). Unlike the previous years, the “Campioni” will be competing with one song and not two. The shows will be divided as follows:

10th February 2015: 8 “Campioni” will premiere their songs and 4 “Giovani” will do the same (2 will proceed to the semifinal round held on 12/02)

11th February 2015: 8 remaining “Campioni” will premiere theirs songs and the next 4 “Giovani” will do the same (2 will proceed to the semifinal round held on 12/02)

12th February 2015: The 16 “Campioni” will perform cover versions of famous songs, normally in a duet. The 4 “Giovani” will be heard again and 2 will proceed to the final.

13th February 2015: the 16 “Campioni” will fight for 12 spots in the grand final. “Giovani” final will be held on this day.

14th February 2015: “I Campioni” final

Neitherless, each night will be a one to remember, in which the competition will be infused with a number of special guests, whom will be announced most probably sometime around January 2015. For the first time ever, during the 2015 edition of Sanremo, the public can also vote via internet and also through an application, which for the Italians is a huge step forward indeed! Here pops the question - how will the votes be shared then? I have your answer below.

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In the first rounds, the public (50%) and the accredited journalists (50%) will vote. In the semifinals and finals, the vote will be split between the public (40%), an expert jury (30%) and an opinion poll panel (30%). Yes, Italians are sophisticated and confusing indeed. Last but not least, the winner of the festival, that is the “Campioni” winner, willbe automatically chosen to wave the Italian flag in Vienna at the Eurovision Song Contest. 

And (yes, there is an ‘and’!) if the winner decided not to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest, no worries, RAI will hold an internal selection as a special committee will select the artist. Italians surely know “how to do it best”! J Let’s eagerly wait for the artists to be revealed now ... and get to hear some really good, and yes, romantic music I guess (maybe it will be the theme for the final night, seeing that is is falling on Valentine’s day). We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: RAI

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"Tu Primo Grande Amore", has been officially confirmed as the song title for Vincenzo Cantiello, as Italy make their much awaited debut in this year's edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place in Malta.

Vincenzo Cantiello, rose to fame following his participation on 'Ti Lascio Una Canzone', a singing competition hosted by Antonella Clerici on RAI Uno, which was subsequently won by Vincenzo Carni and Federica Falzon, the latter being Malta's representative on home soil, with the eagerly anticipated "Diamonds". We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Junior Eurovision Song Contest

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Monday, 29 September 2014 20:27

Italy: Winner of Sanremo 2015 Set for Vienna

In a relatively surprise move, it has been revealed that the winning artist of Sanremo 2015 will have the opportunity to represent Italy at the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria. Since returning to the international competition back in 2011, Italy has been extremely successful, finishing in the top ten on three occasions, only failing to do so, when Emma Marrone and her entry "La Mia Citta" could only garner 21st place.

RAI, the national broadcaster responsible for the participation of Italy had always made it's selection pertaining to the list of artists available in Sanremo, but went ahead with an internal selection in 2014, opting for a female artist who is extremely successful, and having been triumphant in the 2013 edition of Sanremo. Italy's most recent success in the Eurovision Song Contest came in 2011 when Raphael Gualazzi and his entry "Madness of Love" finishing in second place. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria.

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Emma Marrone, the female singer/songwriter who represented Italy in this year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "La Mia Città", receiving the maximum 12 points from Malta, has just teamed up with Spanish singer/songwriter and superstar David Bisbal on an original song, one entitled "Hombre Te Du Vida".

Despite the disappointing 21st position in Copenhagen, Emma aims to follow in the footsteps of Marco Mengoni, representative of Italy in the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with "L'Essenziale", a song which finished in 7th place, and got rave reviews from all over the continent, by launching a career in Spain. We urge you to listen to the track below and stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Emma Marrone Official Website

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In just a couple of months, Malta will be hosting this year's edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest following Gaia Cauchi's triumph with "The Start", a song which she co-wrote with Elton Zarb, Matt Mercieca and Gillian Attard. As soon as victory was assured, the Public Broadcasting Services entered into talks with the European Broadcasting Union to hold the event in the Mediterranean Island, with the general public buzzing over the stupendous showing.

It seems that participating countries for the show are on the increase and following the supposed debut of Iceland, it seems that Italy will also be putting in their initial showing, according to eurofestivalnews.com, the most accurate Italian news source. This comes to fruition following a recent general assembly organised by the European Broadcasting Union in Naples. Rumour has it, that Italy will be following in Malta and San Marino's footsteps in sending an artist from the television programme "Ti Lascio Una Canzone" following the choices of Michele Perniola for San Marino in 2013 and Federica Falzon for Malta in 2014.

Both managed to triumph in the show. In Malta, the public is buzzing about the possibility of Federica competing against Vincenzo Carni who seems to be first on the list of possible entrants. It is worth noting that Federica and Vincenzo won this year's edition of "Ti Lascio Una Canzone" as a duet. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2014 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

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Gaia Cauchi, winner of the 2013 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with The Start co-written with Gillian Attard, Matt Mercieca and Elton Zarb is one of the prized students of La Voix Academy, alongside none other than Io Canto participants; Shauna Vassallo and Veronica Rotin and also Ti Lascio Una Canzone starlet Federica Falzon. Coached by a team of vocal trainers, with individual attention at La Voix Academy, opportunities are acquired to the best as chosen by music industry professionals. Earlier this afternoon, it was announced through the Official Facebook Page of La Voix Academy that rights of participation in the Cantagiro have been acquired.  The festival, organised by RAI Television in Italy, set to be supported on a national level in Malta will see around seven local artists take to the stage. 

Nevertheless, it is unfair to select the few without a fair selection process and therefore, Gillian Attard, the Director of La Voix Academy will be hosting a soiree which will incorporate six different categories; Singer/Songwriter, Lyrical, Rap, Group, Solo Artist and Junior (7-13 years). The selection of the artists will comprise through a local and international jury which will be present for this soiree. This is another fantastic opportunity for local artists to prove themselves in an event which has been won in the past by artists such as Rita Pavone, Gianni Morani, Massimo Ranieri and Amadeo Minghi amongst others. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news about such opportunities being given to the emerging music scene in Malta.

Source: La Voix Academy (Facebook Page)

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Buona Notte! Sanremo is back, and is bigger than ever! In the past two (2) evenings, the fourteen (14) artists competing in the Campioni section, and representative of the established music scene in Italy took to the stage, performing two (2) songs each with the Press and the Public deciding which of the songs should get through. Tonight! All of the fourteen (14) artists in the Campioni section will return to the stage to perform the songs that got through following the first round of voting.

Fabio Fazio and Luciana Littizetto will be the hosts for the evening, as they have been for the first two (2) evenings of the event. As always, there will be a number of guests present including the renowned vocalist; Renzo Arbore who was present in Malta not too long ago. The stage, is representative of the old days, when music was considered to be even more prestigious than the present day. All the songs are played with a major orchestra, under the tutelage of several maestros, whether male or female.

The Show (Part 1)

Fabio Fazio is currently on stage, speaking to our opening act of the evening, or rather the Maestro directing a beautiful piece of classical music in celebrating the recent speeches made by the renowned designer, Renzo Piano. Currently, Fabio is introducing the tele-voting numbers and the running order for the rest of the evenings that lie ahead. Luciana Littizetto is introduced onto the stage, and she seems to be in a brilliant mood this evening, as she makes fun of some of the artisti.

Renzo Rubino - Ora

Visibly less nervous than he was during the first night of the competition, Renzo Rubino is playing the piano whilst clad in a dark blue suit. The first impression of this song is that it could very much be a radio hit, and it seems to have incorporated the same high level of energy required for it to succeed. Renzo was a newcomer to the scene just a couple of months ago and did not even win the Nuovo section, finishing in second place. 

I will not lie, would have preferred his second song to go through but nevertheless, this is still a very good track and one which I would have also enjoyed at the Eurovision Song Contest. The reason being that it has a specific sound, one which is not that much available in mainstream music. Well done to Renzo and this is a fantastic start to the competition this evening.

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Giusy Ferreri - Ti porto a cena con me

Giusy, a true class act, and one who seems to be enjoying her return to the stage of Sanremo. She is wearing what seems to be a short zebra print dress, albeit in mint but it suits her figure perfectly. The stage is bathed in green and the orchestra are creating a wonderful vibe for this entry. The vocals are much more assured today and this seems to be the typical type of song which is assured a top three position at the end of the week.

The emotion is just wonderful and Giusy is feeling the lyrics of her song to each and every syllable. I was not too sure of her songs in this years' Sanremo but I can understand them much better and I cannot help but admire the professionality of the artist. Impressed! Seriously am! She made a huge leap in terms of quality over just a day and a bit and that means a lot in the music industry. She just went up there, and this has officially become a contender in my eyes.

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Frankie Hi-NRG - Pedala

I will be super honest, and denounce rap as one of the lowest forms of music that could be presented unless done in a manner where it could be original. Meaningful lyrics should be added to musical prowess and not to such music. Frankie is apparently a popular rapper in Italy but even the image is wrong. Since when do rapper where extremely expensive looking suits? but of course, this is Sanremo!

Both of his entries, presented during the first night of the competition were flat, awful and just plain boring but one of them had to get through. The backing vocalists are echoing the title of the song more several occasions, making it even MORE annoying that it already is. I am sorry but I just cannot find a positive element in this song and that is just my opinion but I believe that such music should not be given importance in such an elegant and formal event.

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Raphael Gualazzi ft Bloody Beetroots - Liberi o No

In 2011, Raphael Gualazzi kicked off his career at the Eurovision Song Contest, finishing in second place and has never looked back since then, going onto release more than one studio album and is ready to kick-off this brand new  collaboration with the Bloody Beetroots. There is a gospel choir on stage, and that seems to prove somewhat interesting, adding to the final quality of the song.

There is something absolutely special about the way that the song is being presented, and whether it is Raphael on the piano with his wonderful voice or the Bloody Beetroots playing the guitar, I have no clue but it just works and I would not be surprised if the press go for this entry because it is just beautiful, musically! Today, the performance is much stronger than it was earlier this week!

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Cristiano De André - Il cielo è vuoto

One of the most relaxed entries in this years’ edition of Sanremo and starts in the form of a monologue, one which is aided through some very calming music. Cristiano then starts to get into the melody better, and suddenly, one could feel the audience also understands the melody better. This is the type of songs that tends to do well in Sanremo though and in a Melodifestivalen set-up, one could very much see the use of effective lighting. 

The staging is to be commended and well done to the producer and RAI Television for putting up some an amazing showcase for the Italian Music Industry. This song is not my cup of tea as it just gets by you in an instant. It would be ideal to listen to this song whilst drinking a hot cappucino or maybe a drink at the bar but other than that, I cannot see it’s wider appeal.

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Francesco Sarcina - Nel tuo sorriso

One of the male vocalists whom despite actually being known for being the lead vocalist of a popular band, is somewhat new to the scene as a soloist and this could very much affect his credibility as a performer. Nevertheless, clad in a black suit, one which is very much envisaged in Italy, Francesco is enjoying his time on stage. The vocals are spot on and he seems to be much more at ease than he was earlier on this week.

I am not too sure that the general public will go for this type of pop/rock entry especially when it comes to Sanremo, where females have somewhat dominated in recent years, albeit Marco Mengoni who was pretty much the exception. Nevertheless, this is beautifully executed and deserves recognition by the press. Had I been there as a member of the press, I would have definitely given this one a high mark. Well Done Francesco!

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Pertubazione - L'Unica

Another pop/rock type of group but the difference this time round is that the audience for this particular track seems to be much more limited than the previous one. The lead vocalist is wearing a suit, as are most of the men this evening, please take note if performing in a national final across Europe. The band are definitely getting the vibe of the song although the music is a bit too simplistic for my liking. 

Dull! I just cannot believe how the organisers of Sanremo and Fabio Fazio in particular would let certain groups and artists take part in the competition and ultimately demean the show into something which it is not. Anyways, this just sails away into the abyss.

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Francesco Renga - Vivendo adesso

Elisa, a former winner of Sanremo is the songwriter of this entry, one which evolves beautifully. RAI are really showing that they appreciate this entry in the manner that the camera shots are being acted upon. Francesco is truly a class act and clad in a black suit, he performs on a stage bathed in purple and yellow lighting. The vocals are good, and he is also very much enjoying his time on stage. The idea of a competition is seemingly not present today, ascertaining positive performances from all artists.

Francesco Renga is the typical Italian male vocalist; beard included and all but it is an image which works even with the song. He is seemingly passionate and that is why, the lyrics are very much being understood even through the movement. I must say that Sanremo is improving based on the performances of the artists, especially knowing what the songs are and the quality is just above average at best. Wonderful performance! I truly enjoyed that and I did not really like it the first time round.

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Riccardo Sinigallia - Prima di andare via

My My! It seems that Riccardo is very much the older version of Francesco Renga and he also imitated the style of clothing. There is a certain aura surrounding the artist, but nevertheless, this song is just plain boring and does not do it for me, at least not in the confines of a competition. It does have some interesting moments but they are not enough to keep the flame going throughout the whole track.

It is quite funny that Riccardo Sinigallia who does not have a difficult song to sing, is actually somewhat out of tune throughout parts of the song, unless that is his vocal range, but I am clearly not a fan. Technically speaking, he is the third act I would not have selected to get through to the final list presented by Fabio Fazio and RAI earlier this year. Nevertheless, here he is, ready to try and launch as a soloist.

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Noemi - Bagnati del Sole

It was two (2) years ago when Noemi finished in third place during Sanremo, having given an astonishing performance of her entry Sono Solo Parole but unfortunately, this years' song is nowhere near that prowess. Noemi has toned down her look and has gone for the longer hair along with a more subtle type of gown, dark blue, and slightly black. The look works wonders and hopefully detracts attention from her vocals.

I do not remember Noemi being the most outstanding vocalist in Italy but nevertheless, this is completely out of tune and she does not seem to realise that she is just not hitting the notes. She is enjoying the performance though as she bounces around on the stage. The additional aid of backing vocalists is just immense and give the song a required punch.

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Antonella Ruggiero - Da Lontano

I Evighet by Elisabeth Andreassen is the first song that comes to mind in hearing Antonella Ruggiero especially in the beautiful head voice she emits. She has taken to the stage like a subtle diva in dark attire, suited for her physique. The attention though is all about her voice and how it compliments the orchestra. There seems to be a simulataneous merge. 

This is going to divide public opinion due to the fact that the song is a bit too simplistic but the vocals are just superb. It is a stunning piece when it comes together, one which I totally see the press supporting when it comes to the vote. The ending is subtle, calm and very rewarding to the Italian music scene. This was a powerful presentation and required after a relatively long period of time-off.

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Arisa - Controvento

Clad in a grey/silver type of dress, the camera work has seemingly been improved upon and what is this? Arisa is seemingly much more confident in her performance this evening. The public are enjoying this performance as much as I am, having had the opportunity to applaud the singer/songwriter in the middle of the song. Her vocals are stunning and I could understand why Sanremo would select this entry rather than her other song presented during the first night.

I had the opportunity to obtain her just release studio album and I must say that there is such a beautiful mixture of songs, in different genres and such. I am going to call it! It will be Arisa who will win this years' Sanremo, at least, the public vote for sure and I seriously hope that the press do not abandon her. We all know she was the true winner two (2) years ago with La Notte peaking at number #1 for weeks on end.

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Ron - Sing in the Rain

Well, it seems that there has to be a song with a title in English, and this year, it belongs to Ron who showed clear support towards this entry after tele-voting came to a close. Should this have been a national final, this would have been the winner considering the whistling, a la Switzerland as well as last years' Danish winner. Ron is smiling throughout the performance, whilst wearing a suit and playing a guitar.

It has a feel good type of vibe, somewhat similar to that evoked by Firelight and Gianluca, Malta's representatives in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 and 2013, respectively. I do not know about it competing in Sanremo but I do not mind it at all.

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Giuliano Palma - Cosi Lontano

We are down to the final entry of this evening, and this is written by Nina Zilli who represented Italy in the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. As a matter of fact, one could definitely listen to her work clearly by virtue of that Amy Winehouse feel in the music.

Giuliano Palma might not be the best man to perform this song though, I mean he seems to be lacking that certain rasp to the voice. Nina Zilli would suit her own work much more, giving it that special something, and boosting this song into a possible winner. It seems that it resembles Per Sempre a tad too much.

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The Show (Part 2)

Well, due to the fact that we did not cover the songs of the Giovani last night, we decided to keep fair and then cover the whole final. In the meantime, we would like to thank you for tuning into escflashmalta.com for another evening of LIVE reporting, today from Sanremo. We urge you to join us in a couple of hours, as we follow this evenings' proceedings, which will see some of the most prolific songs in Italy being performed as the best of the industry is celebrated.

Ti Lascio Una Canzone, hosted by Antonella Clerici on Rai Uno made for pleasurable viewing to the local audience last night as the young and extremely talented Federica Falzon of La Voix Academy took to the main stage in her debut appearance, a duet entitled Un Amore Cosi Grande alongside Vincenzo Carni. Truth be told, the performance gave me shivers, and the result at the end of the evening was surely deserved noting that Federica sailed into the final phases, having won the programme. In the meantime, the editorial team of escflashmalta.com thought it best to contact some people in the local music industry for their comments.

Mark Spiteri Lucas, renowned for his marvelous compositions in Maltese spoke very highly of the performance stating I was impressed by the fabolous and amazing interpretation of young Maltese singer Federica Falzon going onto add that this is another vocalist who is impressing experts on foreign soil whilst also getting a well deserved standing ovation. Debbie Scerri, representative of Malta at the 1997 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest also sang words of praises I was very much impressed, what a beautiful voice, may God bless her, and may she continue to grow in talent.

Both Mark Spiteri Lucas and Debbie Scerri also commended Gillian Attard for her guidance and taking her students for such excellent opportunities finishing up by stating that this is another successful feature in La Voix Academy’s Cap. Gillian, technical director of the Academy has helped shaped the careers of several budding stars including Veronica Rotin, Shauna Vassallo and most recently, Gaia Cauchi. We urge you to stay tuned to this portal in the coming days and weeks, for all the latest news from Ti Lascio Una Canzone and La Voix Academy, of whom escflashmalta.com are proud partners and supporters.

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According to reliable sources, Emma Marone born in Florence, Italy in 1984 will represent Italy in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest with the energetic song La mia citta (My Home Town). The track is included in her forth-coming album named Schiena vs Schiena (Back to Back). It seems clear that this year Italian National Broadcaster, RAI is opting for an internal selection which means that popular Italian showcase Sanremo will have nothing to do with the Italian selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. Emma Marone won Amici di Maria de Filippi, an Italian Talent show in 2010 becoming one of the top selling artists in Italy. 

Emma will follow the steps of Marco Mengoni who won X-Factor Italy and represented the lovely Mediterranean country last year. Emma won Sanremo festival in 2012 with her hit song Non e’ l’Inferno (It’s not hell). So far the talented but down to earth singer Emma has published 1 EP, 3 great albums and 15 singles. She has received 2 Multi platinum discs, 14 Platinum discs and 2 Gold discs. Last year, Emma was selected as one of the artistic directors of one of the teams of the show Amici di Maria de Filippi.

Italy will be voting in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest and they will be able to vote for Malta as we will be part of the first part of the second semi-final. Will another product from a popular Italian talent show win Eurovision for Italy? We have to wait and see! In the meantime, we’re still waiting for an official confirmation from Radio Televisione Italiana, RAI! Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

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