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Emil Calleja Bayliss

Emil Calleja Bayliss

Thursday, 31 March 2011 20:47

Malta: Glen Vella Heading to Georgia

The Maltese Promo Tour will continue in Georgia. This will be Glen Vella’s fifth European destination after visiting Croatia, Greece, Portugal and last weekend he also visited Armenia. All this is giving Glen the chance to promote his entry amongst the European audience and therefore the public will be more familiar with his entry on the day of the first Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest that will be held on the 10th of May in Dusseldorf.

After Georgia, the next destination for Glen will be The Netherlands where he will be promoting the Maltese entry in the Eurovision in Concert which shall be attended by around 21 Eurovision acts – and will certainly manage to create the Eurovision atmosphere. With so many entrants in fact it is going to be like a mini Eurovision. In the meantime close foreign sources to our website informed us that the Maltese delegation has turned down offers to visit Belgium and Romania. The reason for this might possibly be the fact that Malta is not in the semi-final of the respective countries whilst Glen might be already engaged in other commitments he has to attend to.

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Surely Glen is doing his best to promote our entry and the positive vibe ‘One Life’ transmits. His energy and charisma is shining through in each and every country he visits – hopefully the tour will be successful and will transmit into votes come the Eurovision night. In the meantime, those interested can obtain the Maxi Pack of ‘One Life’ through a number of online retailers including Amazon, ITunes and Artist Camp or by ordering it from the Public Broadcasting Services.

Source: PBS, Daniel D'Anastasi, Fleur Balzan

Thursday, 07 April 2011 16:28

Battle of the Brothers – Live In Concert

The formidable brothers; Richard Edwards and Wayne Micallef will join forces for a concert in aid of Puttinu Care and the children at the Rainbow Ward at Mater Dei Hospital. The brothers have been enjoying individual success on the island and both decided to use this to a great cause. Richard Edwards is riding high on his runner-up finish in the Malta Eurovision as his entry ‘Finally’ has managed to capture interest from different walks of life and will surely be one of the tracks played on the night. On the other hand, Wayne Micallef has been a finalist in the Malta Eurovision for the past three consecutive years with entries that were always well received. Apart from this Wayne has been releasing different singles that received good radio airplay.

The concert, called rightly so ‘Battle of the Brothers’ will be held on the 6th of May at the Buskett Roadhouse in Rabat. Doors open at 20.30 The tickets are being sold at the minimum price of five euros; one can purchase the tickets from Fred Perry – Sliema & Valletta, Pizz…e’ – Mosta, The Warehouse Outlet – Attard and Papilla Hair Studio – Rabat. There is also a ticket hotline where one can book the tickets and request more information on the actual event – this can be done on 99613896. So what are you waiting for?  It surely going to be an event that one should not miss as it will include some of the finest live music and vocals we have on the island. Apart from supporting local talent, you will be helping out Puttinu Care and the children at the Rainbow War at Mater Dei – quite a good deal I reckon.

Source: Wayne Micallef & Richard Edwards

Monday, 18 April 2011 01:10

Maltese Artists Unite For Japanese Cause

It has become a common occurrence in the world that when some catastrophic event takes place, big artists unite together to sing a song which will be sold for this cause, with the money collected going towards the effected area. Some of the best Maltese artists from different sectors from the local industry teamed up with Red Cross Malta for this noble cause.

The group of singers made up of: Matt from Red Electrick, Marilyn from Cruz, Thea Garrett, Elisa from Ellie & the Oscars, Eleanor Cassar, Aaron Benjamin, Jotham from Scream Daisy, Melissa from Chasing Pandora, Thomas Hedley and Mike Spiteri are going under the name Sounds United Malta. The song for this cause is called ‘Life Goes On’ which represents the hardships the Japenese are going through and also reflect the fact that after each tragedy life has to continue one way or another.

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The song received web release yesterday the 14th of April whilst today it will be on NET TV’s ‘Malta Illejla’. The song would be selling for a donation of just one euro but one is encouraged to donate more to this great cause. If you want to get to know more information visit http://www.soundsunitedmalta.com/ or else search for Sounds United Malta on your facebook account. The campaign will reach its height in the upcoming weeks so share the word around.

Source: Sounds United Malta & Malta Red Cross

Prepare to be entertained. Make sure you leave the week between the 15th of May to the 22nd of May free as one of the biggest local festivals of music will be held in Zejtun by the Beland group. A whole week of FREE entertainment that will include some of the best local stars from different sectors and also the number one tribute to an icon who has departed this world recently will feature in this open air festival. The aim of this event is simple – let’s all enjoy life with some of the finest music and help out Puttinu Cares, as the event will be in aid of Puttinu Cares whose organization needs continuous support and money to keep it going.

Sunday 15th May
Grand Opening – 10AM Start and things will continue until late evening. Some of the live acts amongst other forms of entertainment that will feature on the day include; Albertine, The OverOuts, ColourBlind and Rising Sunset.

Monday 16th May
A two hour concert by Malta’s top Rock and Roll Star Freddie Portelli which will follow the performance of Maltese folklore music by local folk singers. Delicata Winery will also provide a special wine stall for the event.

Tuesday 17th May
Malta’s POP SHOW will be featuring some of the best local talent, mostly associated with the festival scene and these include none other than; Thea Garrett, Fabrizio Faniello, Richard Edwards, Kurt Calleja, Amber, Annabelle Debono, Janvil, Kaya, Baklava and this year's Eurovision Song Contest representative Glen Vella.

Wednesday 18th May
After Pop, comes Rock and two of the most famous acts will entertain the present crowd on Wednesday. The two acts are; The Riffs who have enjoyed success in the local scene for over 30 years and Ira Losco who certainly needs no introduction. Ira will be joined on stage by her band and will give a full live concert.

Thursday 19th May
Green Gathering is the theme of the day and the locals join together, a month before the feast of St Catherine of Alexandria in celebration of their saint. Live performances by local artists will take place on this day – these include; Gillian Attard, Stephen Mizzi & Charles Muscat amongst others.

Friday 20th May
Alive The Concert – Special Edition from Outside. Two full live sets by Bay Music Award Winners. These are Bletchley Park who walked away with the best new comer award and Airport Impressions who have dominated the local scene lately. The band managed to walk away with three prestigious awards; Best Band, Best Song and Bay Presenter’s Choice.

Saturday 21st May
After the domination of local artists in the festival, on Saturday the organisers decided to introduce an international act. NAVI is known as the top Michael Jackson impersonator. He has performed in more than 54 countries and worked with the King of Pop himself. On Saturday he will be giving a full band live concert which will surely include unforgettable tracks, dance routines and visual effects. Please note that prior to this there will also be Paul Abela and his band along with some of the most popular local acts including Claudia Faniello and Klinsmann amongst others.

Sunday 22nd May
Saving the best for last. Well this might be the case, but the organizers decided to go again for some of the finest local acts in the industry which have massive following in our country. Every beginning has an end, and the end will surely be a spectacular one as it will include; Wayne Micallef, Tarcisio Barbara, Gillian Attard, Mary Spiteri, Ludwig Galea, Raquela, Chiara, Olivia Lewis and Glen Vella who will be fresh off his Eurovision experience. Amongst these performers there will also be George Curmi il-Puse who will join the live Beland Band.

Those who want more information on the event itself can log into the official website of the event on http://www.belandevents.com or else can find the event through their Facebook profile by searching for ‘The Beland Music Festival’. Eight days of free entertainment for all in the Southern City of Zejtun. The organisers encourage people to attend in masses, enjoy the event and donate money in heaps to Puttinu Care.

Source: The Beland Group

Former Maltese Eurovision entrant Debbie Scerri is set to join the Maltese fans who shall be heading off to Dusseldorf to support Malta’s bid at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The 1997 entrant is close friends with Glen Vella, and will surely be welcomed by the Eurovision fans who will be in Dusseldorf supporting their country’s entries. Back in 1997, Debbie Scerri reached the ninth position with Ray Aguis’ ‘Let Me Fly’; the entry was amongst the favourites to win the contest that year but in the end it was Katrina & the Waves ‘Love Shine A Light’ that reigned victories.

Debbie Scerri remained quite active in the local scene and a number of fans have been encouraging her to go and support the Maltese artist and see how Eurovision has changed since she represented Malta fourteen years ago. The Eurovision community was quite pleased to learn about her visit this year, in fact Debbie Scerri is invited to a number of events whilst will also get the opportunity to give a mini concert at the Euro Club, something that will surely help elevate Malta’s name and Debbie will have the opportunity to give Glen’s ‘One Life’ an extra boost.

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JAPAN EASE is a cultural event to help the victims of Japan. The Malta Comic Con and the Maltese Islands Cosplay Association (M.I.C.A.) are two non-governmental organizations which have in common a passion for Comics and Cosplay (costumed role-playing). Together they seek to encourage and promote this type of culture in Malta. Most of all, they share a sincere love for Art and Japanese Culture.


Following the wave of earthquakes, tsunami and the harmful radiating leaks that struck the beautiful land of Japan, leaving a trail of devastation and deaths in their wake, the Malta Comic Con and M.I.C.A. have teamed up in order to hold a charity event called JAPAN-EASE in aid of Japan and its unfortunate victims. The JAPAN-EASE event will be held on Saturday 30th April from 10am at The Point, in Sliema. A whole day will be dedicated to Japanese culture, filled with cultural, artistic and entertaining activities.

There will be lectures on Cosplay and on how to draw Manga. Other activities range from Manga-style artwork displays coupled with live drawing sessions by artists. There will also be Cosplay skits (short performances) in colourful costumes and various games like Yu Gi Oh. There will also be Michael Robert Jackson, a talented Michael Jackson impersonator. Other activities include Japanese food, Martial Arts and life-saving demonstrations, traditional Japanese crafts, street magicians performing tricks and two Anime, Japanese Rock (J-Rock) and Japanese Pop (J-Pop) themed parties to close the event.

An interesting feature for the local music fans will be the live entertainment provided by former Malta Song For Europe participants; Clifford Galea who will be singing around 15.30 and the sister act made up of Charlene & Natasha who will be performing at around 18.00. Clifford made the Malta Song finals last year alongside Nadine Axisa with You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video whilst Charlene & Natasha made the finals from 2003 to 2006 with their last attempt being the most popular as many surely remember the song You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video.

JAPAN-EASE is aimed at exposing the Maltese to the rich and diverse culture of Japan in order to understand it more and appreciate it better. All gathered funds from the event will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross to help the victims of Japan in their hour of need. For more information you can access the Official Facebook page here.

Source: Press Release

It seems that the local drama ‘Deceduti’ has caught the Eurovision Fever like most of the Maltese public, as for the third week running the episode will feature a Eurovision related item. The Eurovision aura is still ongoing and most people are still discussing one of the closest results in recent years, with a number of people approving of the result whilst others mention different songs which they thought would end up as this year’s Malta Eurovision representative.

Glen Vella will be the person heading for Dusseldorf when May comes with ‘One Life’ composed by Paul Giordimania and written by Fleur Balzan. It seems that after Thea Garrett’s guest performance three weeks ago, and a Eurovision special of previous Maltese representatives, it has been confirmed to us by Take 2 that this year’s Malta Eurovision winner will be making a guest appearance in this week’s episode of ‘Deceduti’.

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It will be quite interesting to see how Glen will come into this comic plot. Thea Garrett featured as herself in trying to help the ever so popular character of Gladys to sing her song in the Malta Eurovision finals whilst one of this year’s hosts Valerie Vella featured in another guest appearance when she went to interview Gladys. Both Keith Demicoli and Glen Vella will feature in this week’s episode which will surely be received as much as the others were. Gladys interpretation of 'Loving You' to the popular music of Abba's 'Waterloo' also made a hit with all the viewers.

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The spoof video of previous Maltese Eurovision entrants which was aired last week was well received by all Eurovision and ‘Deceduti’ fans and its recreation at the MCC which was aired at last weekend’s contest sent both locals and foreigners in fits of laughter. - you can see this You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video. It seems that the local drama will continue to ride high on popularity and the fact that it is keeping itself up to date with current issues will continue to boost its popularity. In the meantime, 'Xarabank' will host a programme with this year's winner this Friday whilst on Saturday, Glen Vella will be one of the main guests on ONE's 'Bla Agenda'.

Source: Take2 Entertainment

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Friday, 18 February 2011 22:35

Malta: Call For Fans

It seems that the video for the Maltese song at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest is back after a year absence, as Thea Garrett’s ‘You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video’ did not get a promotional video and the performance of its final night was enhanced and edited into a video. This year PBS have announced on ‘Xarabank’ that whoever is interested in being part of the video for Glen Vella’s ‘One Life’  and is over sixteen years old, can send an email with his details and a photo to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

In the meantime, it seems that ‘Xarabank’ will be holding a competition for whoever is interested in trying to imitate one of the former Malta Eurovision participants so if there is anyone interested in trying to imitate one of the 24 entrants that represented Malta at the Eurovision – this is your time to try out your luck. It will surely be a great show and a fun way to show how big a Eurovision fan you are.

Source: PBS & WE

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Saturday, 19 February 2011 15:40

Italy: San Remo's Final Tonight

It seems that after the shock eliminations of Anna Tatangelo, Anna Oxa, Albano which were also joined with Patty Pravo – the public managed to restore some dignity on Thursday night as both Anna Tatangelo and Albano won the second chance right to enter back in the competition. On Thursday night a competition for charity was organised where all the singers performed an Italian classic and in the end it was Albano who managed to win the award for the best historic song with ‘You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video’ – originally sung by Giuseppe Verdi.

Yesterday, one also had the final night of the New Comer’s section, better known as the ‘Giovani’. Four acts competed for the prestigious honour – these were; Micaela with ‘You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video, Serena Abrami with ‘You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video’, Roberto Amadé with ‘You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video’ and Raphael Gualazzi with ‘Follie d’amore’. The latter managed to triumph gaining votes from both the televote along with the judges and radio stations – thus he was also awarded the Mia Martini award given to the singer who wins over the judges votes. His debut album has already been released in different parts of Europe so he would be one to look out for when tonight they will announce the singer representing them at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

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Yesterday one also saw the elimination of the last two acts from the big category and these were none other than Max Pezzali and Tricarico – it seems that their duets did not manage to impress tje jury. Both acts that qualified through the second chance managed to qualify to today’s grand final. These are the entries that shall be fighting it out to win the 61st edition of SanRemo with one of the entries that was in the competition this week also announced as the winning song that will be representing Italy at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest after a fourteen year absence.

The finalists in order of announcement:

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Source: RAI

Saturday, 19 February 2011 15:39

Georgia: National Final - LIVE

Today is the day that the Georgian Broadcaster selects its song for the Eurovision Song Contest. Last year the nation was represented by Sofia Nizharadze who sung the beautiful ballad ‘Shine’. Seven acts in contention to represent the countries. The initial number was ten but two entries were disqualified and another was withdrawn due to illness by its main singer.

The songs competing are the following:

1. Temo Sajaia - Soldier song

The singers wears a black suit and a red tie. He sings well but the song does not stand out in any way although one has to admit that the refrain is a bit catchy. He decides to perform alone on stage. His number is a contemporary but is has nothing special about it. Let's hope the rest of the songs will be better.

2. Salome Korkotashvili – Love

The most interesting and original lyrics in the whole world. "L-O-V-E cause love is full and that's for me" -> that is basically what is in the lyrics. The singers is wearing a black dress with a yellow blouse and a rapper cuts the song right through to the relief of money with something different to what the main singer is singing.

3. Sweet Pills – Face to face

A four female band sings the next number and they instantly attract anyone's attention with their attire as all four of them are wearing black leather cat suits. The song ain't bad, and I must say that is the best thus far. The vocals and pronounciation though need to be drasitcally improved if this manages to get the ticket.

4. Dito Lagvilava & Group “November” – New day

A six piece all male band this time round. The song seems to be pleasant although the fact that this number has an English title and nothing sounds like being sung in English, sounds totally weird to me. The rock-pop feel is good though and if they translate it to English, if it is not at this point, than I think it does have a chance to be well received at the Eurovision Song Contest.

5. Nini Shermadini – Rejected

This has to be the entry they send to Dusseldorf it they want to have an entry that receives respect from the Eurovision Community. A good modern song with great sound, sung in a great manner by Nini. Her English is strong too and I guess this should be the one that flies the flag for Georgia in Germany. A choreography would help at the Eurovision but it looks finalised and it can surely make the finals.

6. The Georgians –  Loved, seen, dreaming

A punk-pop group acting all crazy on stage to their number. They receive a loud cheer from the people present in the hall and something tells me their popular. Maybe because of the name!? Not for their entry, I hope. It is a good number for the people who like this genre but too noisy for my taste. Don't have a clue about its Eurovision chances though - they might end up just only seen and dreaming rather than loved.

7. Eldrine – One more day

5 piece male band and female singer make up Eldrine. Here we have another rock number that once again sounds to noisy for me. The song is good but the singer's vocals sound more like she's shouting at someone who disobeyed her. She is wearing a glittery pink outfit and I think this has minimal chance to be chosen for Georgia although its arrangement is strong.

Sofia is now on stage interpreting 'Shine'. She gives a strong interpretation of her entry and it will surely be a difficult task surpassing her brilliant performance although Nini comes very close to her. Sofia is interviewed now and she is asked to sing another song. She performs another strong ballad and she interprets it in an astounding way. They are now showing Georgia's Eurovision entries and also bring who won the Eurovision during that year.

Eldrine's ONE MORE DAY will be the Georgian representative at this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

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