On the 7th July, a truly hot summer’s evening, 18 credible performers took to the stage of Pjazza Teatru Rjal as participants of “L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija”. This year, under a different light and perspective was the fact that 17 of the 18 songs were accompanied by the PBS Orchestra under the direction of Mro Joe Brown and the co-ordination of Mro Paul Abela.
The result was exceptional, and here’s to hoping that the festival will continue to grow in the same manner in the years to come. The participants knew that at the end of the evening, their fate rested completely on the weight of five professional jury members, who aim was to reduce the field by 6. Their selection was made, and 12 acts have now been chosen to compete in the final.
01. Ta’ Billejl (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul) - Neville Refalo
02. Ħallejt il-Passi Wrajk (Glen Vella / Paul Ellul) - Jurgen Xerri
03. Is-Sinjur (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Cherylis
04. Ħabta u Sabta (Mark Scicluna / Andy Muscat) - Andy Muscat
05. Mellisni (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) - Mikaela Bajada
06. Pupa tal-Plastik (Marco Debono / Paul Ellul) - Domenique
07. Il-Biża u Jien (Pamela Bezzina / Rita Pace) - Nadine Fenech
08. Ngħidlek (Miriam Christine / Joe Julian Farrugia) - Miriam Christine
09. Id-Dieher (Augusto Cardinali) - Neville Refalo u Graziana Axisa
10. X’Se Jsir (Corazon Mizzi) - Corazon
11. Jien Biss (Dominic Cini / Joe Julian Farrugia) - Dorcas Debono
12. Xagħar Twil (Mark Laurence Zammit / Ingrid Vella) - Denise Spiteri
Hosted by Sean Buhagiar, and supported off stage by the comedic theatrics of Wayne Flask and Gilbert Camilleri, the evening was organized to extreme professionalism, even incorporating the special guests into the thematic use of Maltese, noting that the Gozitan band ‘The Travellers’ were on hand to provide the public with some of their original work.
Be sure to tune into TVM this Saturday 9th July for the grand final of “L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija”. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene as soon as it becomes available. We would like to wish all of the acts a very Good Luck!
Source: Press Release, Ghanjafest.com
On the 11th December, Xarabank will kick-off for another season, and it will do so with a bang, as the revelation of the acts through to the semi-final of the 2016 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be made public. Following the initial submission process, where the Public Broadcasting Services received 153 entries, a shortlist of 49 entries has now been published through the official website.
A quick glance at the list of shortlisted entries, one would realize that the list features a relative amount of established artists including; Ira Losco (ESC 2002), Lawrence Gray (MESC 98-99, 01-04, 10, 12, 15), Daniel Testa (JESC 08), Deborah C (MESC 12-15), Klinsmann Coleiro (MESC 07-13), Jessika (MESC 08, 11-15), Domenique (MESC 11, 13, 15), Kaya (MESC 00, 10, 12), Danica Muscat (MESC 12-13, 15), Christabelle (MESC 2014-2015) & Franklin Calleja (MESC 13-15).
96 - Francesca Bonanno
Alive - Jasmine Abela
All Around The World - Deborah C
Bare Your Soul - Chaya Fenech
Battle Zone - Kurt Cassar
Beautiful - Lyndsay
Brave - Andre Curmi (Dre)
Breaking Point - Cherylis & Mikhail (Dwett)
Breathe - Cherylis
Can't Let Go - Jessika
Castle - Danica Muscat
Chameleon (Invincible) - Ira Losco
Dancing In The Rain - Francesca Borg
Empty Hearted - Domenique
Exceptional - Jean Claude Azzopardi
Falling Glass - Corazon
Feeling Alive - Kelly Ann Mintoff
Fire Burn - Dominic
Fireworks - Iona
Flashing Lights - Raquel Galdes
Flawless - Franklin Calleja
Frontline - Danica Muscat
Go Beyond The Shore - Paul Cuschieri
Golden - Brooke
Gone - Nazio Rotin
Higher - Q
Hush Hush - Jessika
I Love You - Dario Mifsud Bonnici
I Won't Surrender - Franklin Calleja
Kingdom - Christabelle
Light Up My Life - Stefan Galea
Lighthouse - Kimberley Cortis
Little Love - Franklin Calleja
MI-MI-MIND - Neville Refalo
Paper Boats - Joseph Portelli
Reaching - Panama Band (Simaria)
Right Here With You - Sarah Crystal
Rule The World - Aidan Cassar
Someday - Klinsmann
Tell Me What You Wanna Do - Julienne Liberto
That's Why I Love You - Ira Losco
The Flame - Jessika
Tonight - Kyle Mangani & Maxine Pace
Under The Sun - Daniel Testa
Victory - Amy Agius
Without You - Kaya
Young Love - Maxine Pace
Your Kiss - Malcolm
You're Beautiful - Lawrence Gray
Apart from the established names, it seems that the line-up thus far comprises of several newcomers. Well, the journey to find Amber's successor has officially begun! 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 Malta Eurovision Song Contest.
Source: PBS / TVM
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 Voix Academy is in discussion with producers of Disney Channel Italia to see whether Emma would be a possible fit, and thus continue elevating her status, abroad. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Malta's participation in international competitions.
On Saturday 18th April, a special edition of The Celebrity Night, hosted by Deo Grech on F Living led to the revelation of the finalists for the 2015 edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest. In a surprise twist, the organising committee thought it best to include 21 entries, rather than the original 17 for the simple reason 'that the quality of entries is much higher than in previous years'.
This year, a record number of 89 submissions were sent in for the Summer Hit Song Contest, with a professional panel of judges first whittling them down to 30, before eventually making the final selection, thus eliminating a total of 10 songs, all of which were deemed to be possible qualifiers. In a statement to this portal, Deo Grech stated that 'another successful edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest' is on the agenda with a mixture of new, and established artists, all seeking the main prizes.
Amour (Philip Vella) - Danica Muscat
Astronaut (Marco Debono / Rita Pace) - Maria Cassar
Bandwagon (Pamela Bezzina / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Sarah Bonnici
Bounce Back (Renato Briffa / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Michela Galea
Dangerous (Elton Zarb / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca) - Jillianne Camilleri
Do It Better (Rita Pace) - Rita Pace & Audrey Marie
Eclipse (Andrew Zammit / Rita Pace) - Ana-Maria Grima
Escape (Carlo Gerada / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca) - Stefan Galea
Feel (Joe George Micallef) - Odessa
Freedom (Elton Zarb / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca) - Simaria Galea
Guess What? (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri) - Christian Arding
Hurricane (Elton Zarb / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca) - Marilena Gauci
If I Only Knew (Pamela Bezzina / Sarah Crystal) - Sarah Crystal
Lessons in Love (Ray Agius / Rita Pace) - Dario Mifsud Bonnici
Lucky Me (Kaya / Rita Pace) - Graziella Vella
One of a Kind (Andrew Zahra / Rita Pace) - Michela Dalli
Remember (Yann Charpentier / Emilio Martinez Verdejo / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Marie Claire
Shattered Dreams (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri) - Annalise Psaila
Summer Time (Marco Debono / Doris Chetcuti) - Kurt Cassar
Tabula Rasa (Augusto Cardinali / Giovann Attard) - Julie Pomorski
Unbreakable (Marco Debono / Rita Pace) - Cherylis
In support of the local music scene, and the festival circuit, escflashmalta.com will be interviewing all of the acts competing in the 2015 edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest over the next couple of weeks and months, following the aftermath of the Eurovision Song Contest. We kindly urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest.
Source: F Living
On the 18th April, a special edition of The Celebrity Night will be airing on F Living, as the revelation of the acts, and their respective entries for the 2015 edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest will be made public by Deo Grech. Following the initial submission process, where F Living received 89 entries, a shortlist of 30 entries has now been made available on escflashmalta.com and the Official Facebook Page.
Even though the competition will feature 18 different acts, 1 has already been given the greenlight to proceed, having been given the opportunity to compete as a result of the Public Choice Award given in 2014. As a matter of fact, Rita Pace & Audrey Marie will be competing in a duet for the second consecutive year. A quick glance at the list will instantly denote a mixture of upcoming and experienced artists, proving once more that this competition is seen as a true springboard for talent.
Amour - Danica Muscat
Astronaut - Maria Cassar
Bandwagon - Sarah Bonnici
Bounce Back - Michela Galea
C'est Moi - Ryan Axisa
Dangerous - Jillianne Camilleri
Eclipse - Ana-Maria Grima
Escape - Stefan Galea
Feel - Odessa
Freedom - Simaria Galea
Guess What? - Christian Arding
Hurricane - Marilena Gauci
If I Only Knew - Sarah Crystal
Keep on Playing - Roberta Briffa
Lessons in Love - Dario Mifsud Bonnici
Lucky Me - Graziella Vella
My Own Best Friend - Nakita Ambinette
One More Try - Joseph
One of a Kind - Michela Dalli
Our Last Goodbye - Dorcas
Perfect - Jurgen Xerri
Precious - Daniel Muscat
Remember - Marie-Claire
Shattered Dreams - Annalise Psaila
Summer Time - Kurt Cassar
Tabula Rasa - Julie Pomorski
Unbreakable - Cherylis
We Can - Christian
Weight On Me - Ann Marie Ellul
Why? - Dayle Camilleri
In an official statement published through social networking website Facebook, "The producers and organisers would like to thank all the songwriters and singers who submitted their entries but did not make it to the next round." We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com, even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the Summer Hit Song Contest as soon as it becomes available.
Source: F Living, Summer Hit Song Contest