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MESC 2016: PBS Publishes Rules and Regulations

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PBS (Public Broadcasting Services), the national broadcaster, responsible for Malta's participation at events organised by the European Broadcasting Union, has just published the rules and regulations for participation in the 2016 Malta Eurovision Song Contest. At a glance, it seems that there have not been any major changes to the national selection format, noting that each participant will have to submit an original song, pertaining to the requirements as set forth by the European Broadcasting Union, as well as a cover song, which could be either a previously released track by the aforementioned participant or a favourite song in the genre which best suits the applicant. One of the few changes is that all the vocals during the first and second part of the final phase have to be LIVE, due to the fact that they have to be replicated as such during the Eurovision Song Contest. Submissions will be…
Gaia Cauchi, winner of the 2013 Junior Eurovision Song Contest with "The Start", an original song co-written by Elton Zarb, Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca and Gillian Attard, was recently the subject of much attention, after having successfully been the first representative of Malta at the prestigious 'New Wave Festival' in Russia. In contention with several other participants from all around the globe, the young bundle of joy was awarded top spot by the professional panel of judges, closely followed by Krisia of Bulgaria, whom had also participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, albeit in 2014, also finishing in the 1st runner-up position. "I was a little bit scared ... but it was a true honour and honestly, I worked really hard for it ..." stated Gaia Cauchi in exclusive comments to escflashmalta.com following her victory. Once more, this was not only a personal achievement but also one for Malta. For…
Ovi and Paula are back in the public spotlight with a new project called 'OPS' as well as with a sound that is different from what their fans were used to. After a succesful 5 year collaboration, the two launch 'S.A.M.P. (She's After My Piano)'. The project 'OPS' is a natural progression of a 5 year collaboration between Paula and Ovi. It appeared out of the desire to move forward under one name, so that the solo projects, Paula Seling and Ovi would be more distinctive. "The next songs that are to be launched in the duet formula will be under a new brand", Ovi stated. "Projects with Ovi challenge me to explore new characters every time. 'S.A.M.P.' is no exception. Just like "Playing with Fire", there is a funny dialogue between us, a sort of play. Because this project is different from what we do on our own, we…
It was truly a night to remember, as the Public Broadcasting Services put up an extremely professional competition for a group of extremely talented young singers under the banner, Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest. At the close of the evening, following 20 sublime performances but what has been said to be the next generation of artists to take over the local music scene, it was Destiny Chukunyere who emerged triumphant. Her version of "Think", originally sung by powerhouse Aretha Franklin sent the audience on their feet, as they clapped, danced and sang along. Taught by Maria Abdilla, a certified IVA instructor, Destiny Chukunyere has been a prominent force on both the local and international festival circuit, with her most gratifying success being Sanremo Junior 2014, having been crowned as the overall winner in the prestigious event. The result was selected by a four (4) member panel, three (3) being international…
Whilst the story of the Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest unraveled at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta, an established local male singer/songwriter, Geordie DeBono was making a name for himself and his country at the Universong Festival in Tenerife. Finishing in 3rd place with the original song "Not Alone", composed by Andrew Zahra to the lyrics of Deo Grech was a positive feat, and continued Malta's success in the international competition with former participants such as; Corazon, Audrey Marie, Morena and Eleanor Cassar all managing to finish in 3rd place or better. This year, the Universong Festival featured participants from Peru, Latvia, Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Chile, Lithuania, Bulgaria and the United Kingdom. In Malta, Geordie DeBono had last taken part in the International Festival of Maltese Song with "Kuraġġ", an original song written solely by Philip Vella, which finished in 5th place, and had also won the public vote.…
At a Press Conference earlier this morning, it was revealed to the local and foreign media that Malta will be hosting the 2017 edition of the Eurovision Young Dancers. Flanked by Dr Tonio Portughese, and Anton Attard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Public Broadcasting Services, respectively. Owen Bonnici, the Minister of Justice, Local Government and Culture stated that "this is great news that will raise the profile of the country in the field of arts". This decision was made during a Young Dancers Steering Group meeting held in Pilsen, where the Public Broadcasting Services presented their vision and official bid to host the competition. As Malta prepares to become the European Capital City of Culture in 2018, this will serve as a stunning 'warm-up' event, as countries meet together in Valletta, as the event is staged at the Mediterranean Conference Centre. Executive Supervisor of the competition, Vladislav Yakovlev,…
For the 3rd consecutive year, Malta was triumphant on "Una Stella Sta Nascendo", an Italian television programme which airs on Sky Italia. This year, the list of finalists included; Ethan Attard & Miguel Bonello, Mikhail Attard, Kelsey Bellante, Giorgia Borg, Kelsie Borg, Kassidy Calleja, Cherylis, Kelsey Farrugia, Kiana Fenech, Emma Muscat and Rachel Lowell. At the end of the adventure, Giorgia Borg, Rachel Lowell, and Cherylis won their respective sections, whilst Emma Muscat ended up becoming the overall winner. The resident jury, a set of professional music industry professionals were impressed with the Maltese singers and said that they elevated the level, with an impeccable level of singing. "Una Stella Sta Nascendo" has been a highly successful event for upcoming talent noting the previous successes of Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013 winner; Gaia Cauchi and radio sensation; Maxine Pace. After participation in this competition, Gillian Attard, vocal director of La…
Malta, one of the smallest member states of the European Broadcasting Union and host country of the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest has just released the 20 names through to the final of the 2015 Junior Malta Eurovision Song Contest. This announcement was made public through tvm.com.mt, the official website of the Public Broadcasting Services. The Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place on the 11th July at the Mediterranean Conference Centre with tickets available from €10 for the Balcony, €15 for the Stalls, and €20 for the Dress Circle only from the official website of the venue. The show will be shown LIVE on TVM at 20:30 CET. Thea Aquilina Haley Azzopardi Amy Marie Borg Ilenia Camilleri Aidan Cassar Destiny Chukunyere Francesca Dimech Kelsey Farrugia Sarah Farrugia Nicole Frendo Christina Magrin Isaac Mercieca Raisa Marie Micallef Sarah Micallef Gabrielle Portelli Veronica Rotin Nicole Sciberras Victoria Sciberras Rebecca…
Malta, one of the smallest members of the European Broadcasting Union and host country of the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest has officially confirmed participation for 2015 with Television Malta, the main broadcasting arm of the Public Broadcasting Services set to air transmission. This was made public through junioreurovision.tv, the official website of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. In 2015, the event will be moving to Sofia, Bulgaria and Malta will be taking part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for the 11th non-consecutive time, noting that the Mediterranean Country took part every year between 2003 and 2010, before stopping for a two-year hiatus, and returning in 2013, obtaining victory with "The Start" sung by Gaia Cauchi, and taking part once more in 2014 with "Diamonds" performed by Federica Falzon. The news now confirmed by the Public Broadcasting Services, has also seen the return of a public competition with rules…
It's a wrap! Vienna, the capital city of Austria, known as the epitome of culture has had the opportunity to play host to the Eurovision Song Contest, and setting the record for boasting equal opportunities throughout the whole show. At the end of the spectacle, "Heroes", sung by Mans Zelmerlow, on behalf of Sweden was crowned winner, with "A Million Voices", sung by Polina Gagarina on behalf of Russia finishing in second place and "Grande Amore", interpreted to perfection by Il Volo for Italy landed third place. In Malta, it was the usual chant of "let's boycott the event", following the non-qualification of Amber whose entry "Warrior" was penned by Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca to the music of Elton Zarb. Not all was lost, as the semi-final results proved to tell a different story with Malta finishing in 5th place with the professional jury, and 14th place with the public at…
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