17 November 2017

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Kaya (otherwise known as Priscilla Psaila), has recently been in touch with the editorial team at escflashmalta.com in order to reveal that her students; Amy, Rihana and Elisa finished in 2nd place with "Tre Bambole", an original song composed by the aforementioned Kaya, with lyrics by Christopher Azzopardi, and Shaian Debono finished in 1st place with "Nessun Dorma" at the 'Cantagiro Music Festival' in Italy, in which Malta was taking part in for the second consecutive year. In the senior portion of the competition, Phylisienne Brincat finished in 2nd place, ahead of Graziella Vella in 3rd place, the latter also being a student of Kaya. Success is ingrained in music where Malta is concerned and a positive outlook is definitely on the cards as these young performers grow to make up the local music scene. Last but not least, Singer Stage Academy was awarded with a prize for presenting excellent…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 01:35

MESC 2016: Karen DeBattista Will Not Participate

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"I would like to announce that I have not submitted any entries for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016, focusing on my studies above anything else", announced Karen DeBattista through her official social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter. Emerging on the local music scene as a finalist in the Summer Hit Song Contest 2011, the young versatile female vocalist made headlines winning L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2014 with "Jien Ma Naħdimx", an original song composed by Mark Scicluna with lyrics by Rita Pace. She quickly anticipated the possibility of partaking in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and enlisted lyricist Emil Calleja Bayliss, and composer Jan Van Dijck to work on something different. The result of this collaboration was "12, Baker Street", one of the songs which made it through to the final phase of the competition, eventually also making the iTunes chart. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even…
"Not My Soul", an original song co-written by Elton Zarb, Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca and Destiny Chukunyere, the latter of whom is also the performer, was officially presented at mid-day with a preview video on tvm.com.mt, the official website of Television Malta (TVM), the flagship media outlet of the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS). Drawing positive feedback from both the foreign and local press, "Not My Soul" seems to have made an instant impact, aiming to continue Malta's recent string of results, noting 1st place with "The Start" by Gaia Cauchi in 2013, and 4th place with "Diamonds" by Federica Falzon in 2014. This is Malta's third successive entry in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest to be co-written by Elton Zarb and Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca. 13-year old Destiny Chukunyere was selected as Malta's representative following an exceptional performance of "Think", a cover of the song made famous by Aretha Franklin, in a…
"I am not making any plans ... definitely not in 2016" are the words echoed by Gianluca Bezzina, in an exclusive statement to escflashmalta.com, the singing doctor whose meteoric rise to fame in the local music industry was a direct result of his participation in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest with 'Tomorrow', an original song co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. Gianluca Bezzina, also the lead vocalist of Funk Initiative, whose debut album 'The Cartogrophers' landed in 2015 tried his luck at representing Malta for a second consecutive time earlier this year, when he joined his siblings in a super-group under the name, L-Aħwa. Their entry, 'Beautiful to Me', written by Erik Anjou did not set the scoreboard on fire, mustering up 10 points, to finish in 12th place. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Malta's…
Friday, 04 September 2015 18:51

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,…
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