18 November 2017

It is no secret that following the first rehearsal, countries make amends to their respective stage performances in order to improve in time for the live broadcast, either during the first semi-final or the second semi-final unless the host country or part of the big five, cause in that case, the grand final.

Malta’s very own Claudia Faniello will be treating the audiences at the rehearsals a completely different look on Friday 5th May. It has been promised that the second outfit will be less demure, and thus showing some skin. It is following this particular rehearsal that #TeamMalta will be deciding which look to go for, and then unveil it during the jury dress rehearsal which take place on Wednesday 10th May.

I think it is important to mention Claudia’s styling team which comprises of Justin Brincat, who’s responsible for the make-up; Ritianne Borg who’s responsible for her hair, and Gaetano Busuttil who’s responsible for the custom dresses that she is wearing. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from Claudia Faniello and #TeamMalta.

Source: Thomas Hanses (EBU)

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There are no words to describe the excellent rehearsal that Claudia Faniello gave yesterday morning as she left everyone gasping for air, breathless really. She wore a rather demure white gown, designed by Gaetano, very reminiscent of the one worn earlier this year during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, giving a flawless vocal interpretation which silenced doubters, raising the bar for the acts that had to follow.

The stage, bathed in white and blue lighting oozes class and simplicity. This is rather appropriate with “Breathlessly”, a ballad penned by Gerard James Borg with a complimentary melody by Philip Vella and Sean Vella. On the screens behind her, Claudia’s face and body is projected several times, giving the performance a new lease of life, and letting the emotions flow.

Malta will be performing in slot number #4 during the second semi-final on Thursday 11th May at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev, Ukraine between FYR Macedonia’s Jana Burceska and Romania’s Ilinca featuring Alex. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from Claudia Faniello and #TeamMalta.

Source: Andres Putting (EBU)

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Gerard James Borg, one of Malta's most successful songwriters, responsible for penning the lyrics for no less than 6 competing entries in the Eurovision Song Contest has recently been involved in a project, a new single entitled "Revolving Doors" featuring Hallgrimur Oskarsson as the composer, and Johanna Gudrun (Yohanna) as the lead vocalist.

Yohanna, the runner-up in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest with "Is It True?" and recipient of the maximum 12 points from the Maltese Tele-Vote and Professional Jury, has kept a rather low profile since trying to return to the international competition back in 2013, noting that she gave birth in October 2015. 

Her comeback single "Revolving Doors", is a beautiful ballad, with hints of country, which soars into true vocal depth. On the other hand, Gerard has focused his creative talent on novels, and thus far it seems that he has been truly successful, noting the release of two best-sellers; "Sliema Wives" and "Madliena Married Men".

You can listen to the song, whilst also following the lyrics through the video below, as we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Yohanna (Official Facebook Page)

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Wednesday, 11 November 2015 20:39

MESC 2016: Claudia Faniello Denies Rumours

"I decided not to go for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest this time around, focusing on myself and new material, as part of a larger collection", echoed Claudia Faniello to the editorial team of escflashmalta.com, amidst growing rumours that she was eyeing a comeback.

Claudia Faniello first emerged onto the local music scene with "High Alert", an original song which got through to the final stages of the Malta Song for Europe 2006 with the vocals of Olivia Lewis, who had to interpret another song, "Spare a Moment", having obtained more points. As a result, the renowned songwriter chose the younger of the Faniello siblings, and from then onwards, she has gone from strength to strength.

Finishing as the first runner-up in 2008 with "Caravaggio",  composed by Ray Agius with lyrics by Godwin Sant, and in 2012 with "Pure", composed by Philip Vella with lyrics by Gerard James Borg, Claudia has cemented her place as the most successful female artist in the national selection not to win the competition. Her last participation came in 2013, with "When It's Time", which the singer/songwriter penned to the music of Errol Sammut. 

Since then, she has focused on developing her own genre, working on a further two singles; "One Fine Day" and "Miles Away", with a third one in tow. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Malta's participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

Source: escflashmalta.com, Claudia Faniello

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Monday, 03 November 2014 15:32

MESC 2015: In-Depth Interview with Jessika

On the 21st and 22nd November, the Public Broadcasting Services will be hosting the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest at the Marsa Shipbuilding. 20 acts will be taking centre stage, in hope of representing the country at next year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, being held in Vienna, Austria. Over the next couple of weeks, escflashmalta.com will be publishing a series of interviews with all the participants. Whilst thanking the Public Broadcasting Services for this opportunity, Let's continue and follow things up with Jessika.

Would you kindly introduce your entry to our readers and also identify the meaning behind the lyrics?

Fandango in my opinion is written by two exceptional people, Gerard James Borg and Philip Vella. After working together for several years now, I personally think we’ve achieved a great chemistry and love to work together as we get so creative… In fact, they created a catchy and above all a modern vibe to this song that does not only make it a good Eurovision contender but can also climb the charts. Fandango is a couple’s dance….  

In Malta, the Eurovision Song Contest is considered to be a major outlet for the music industry, and you stand here as one of the semi-finalists. What does the whole experience mean to you?

I sincerely believe that the Malta Eurovision song Contest is a great showcase for us singers and I wish that every singer gets to experience it as it’s so much fun and through it people get to know us and our music. I believe that this experience makes me grow as a person and artist and I truly love it!!!

Recently, Malta has been rather successful at the Eurovision Song Contest, making the final on four of the last five participation attempts. What do you think is the reason for this success, and do you believe that your entry has what it takes to continue this positive trend?

I personally think that it’s a question of the other countries’ representatives and what the jury and the public like. If they happen to like modern, catchy and original dance tunes then I think Fandango would do well but who knows … 

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If you were given the opportunity to sing another one of the competing entries in the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which one would it be and why?

I do believe that my song was written with me in the author and composer’s mind and thus it fits me well, therefore I would think that the others did just the same. That’s what makes this competition a great one as every artist represents his or her own style.

Do you have any plans to release more music in the future, and do you have any particular projects in the pipeline?

Right now I’m really focused on the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and I’d love to get the chance to represent my country. As I love music so much, I’m planning to work on a new album, am already writing and humming some tunes and I hope to sing at some events abroad.

Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?

I hope you all support the Maltese talent as it’s important to us singers, this also makes us work more to prepare a better project you can be proud of every time. I always try to give my utmost to have a great project and I really believe in my song Fandango. I hope you do so too!

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Saturday, 20 September 2014 19:58

SHSC 2014: In-Depth Interview with Danica Muscat

In recent years, the Malta Eurovision Song Contest has been the only local platform for songwriters and vocalists to produce original songs in English, but that has officially changed with the re-introduction of the Summer Hit Song Contest which returns to F Living as from the 14th July 2014. A total of 18 entries got through to the final stage of the competition with no less than 8 of them having already made it to the top of the music scene by virtue of reaching the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on at least one previous occasion.

We're going to chat to ALL the artists in contention so that you, our readers will have the opportunity to get to know them better. The thirteenth artist in our series of interviews is Danica Muscat, and the song which she is presenting bears the name "Fearless" composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg.

In Malta, the Eurovision Song Contest is a major outlet for the music industry, but then again, with such a mindset, what role does the return of the Summer Hit Song Contest have in your opinion and would you like it to be part of the music calendar?

Initially, when I heard that the Summer Hit Song Contest was going to return, I thought that it would be the best platform for my comeback, having taken time off from the local music scene to focus on a number of personal issues. It's role is vital in my opinion, noting that Malta was very much lacking competitions in English, apart from the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Honestly, I hope that it stays put for more years.

Danica, you were the first individual from Malta to achieve success on foreign soil when it comes to foreign talent shows. Looking back at your experience in “Io Canto”, what did you keep in mind as you continue your journey in the music industry?

Firstly, I am immensely proud with regards to the individuals who are achieving success in shows such as "Io Canto" and "Ti Lascio Una Canzone", because they are letting the world know that Malta is full of talented vocalists. My experience was surreal, having had the opportunity to perform with Ornella Vanoni, Ron and Pierdavide Carone apart from also being the opening vocalist in the opening theme song. I cannot begin to describe the feeling that "Io Canto" gave me, leaving me speechless but yearning to succeed on a local level, hence why I continue to perform and share my talent.

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Would you kindly introduce your entry to our readers and also identify the meaning behind the lyrics?

"Fearless" is a ballad, composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg. It has a very strong message to which everyone can identify with, because it deals with all the elements that make us fear life. We need to look at life from a positive angle and never let anything get us down. If we face our fears head on, then we would succeed in life and that is more or less a motto which I have decided to embrace.

One of the key elements which have transpired upon the return of the Summer Hit Song Contest is the promotion of each artist and entry. How has f living re-defined the competition and what has been the general public reaction?

Having been an avid follower of the first four editions of the Summer Hit Song Contest, I have to point out the obvious in stating that this has been the most professional thus far. There is something about the exposure that each of the finalists has been given that adds weight to the competition itself. I am proud to have been selected as a finalist and am looking forward for the final night on the 23rd September at The Dome in the Seabank Hotel, Mellieħa. 

Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?

Well, I would like to thank the editorial team of escflashmalta.com for their support towards the local music industry and to the readers, an even bigger thank you because if you were not around, then we would not be doing what we do best! :) thank you for everything!

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In recent years, the Malta Eurovision Song Contest has been the only local platform for songwriters and vocalists to produce original songs in English, but that has officially changed with the re-introduction of the Summer Hit Song Contest which returns to F Living as from the 14th July 2014. A total of 18 entries got through to the final stage of the competition with no less than 8 of them having already made it to the top of the music scene by virtue of reaching the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on at least one previous occasion.

We're going to chat to ALL the artists in contention so that you, our readers will have the opportunity to get to know them better. The tenth artist in our series of interviews is Kelly Cassar, and the song which she is presenting bears the name "One Precious Mile" composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg.

In Malta, the Eurovision Song Contest is a major outlet for the music industry, but then again, with such a mindset, what role does the return of the Summer Hit Song Contest have in your opinion and would you like it to be part of the music calendar?

In my opinion Summer Hit Song Contest is a very important showcase for singers to showcase their songs and talent. The competition inspired me to participate with what I think is a good song. I am very grateful to get this opportunity to sing at the Summer Hit Song Contest and hope people will remember me and give me a chance to compete in other festivals in the future such as the Malta Song For Europe. 

Kelly, another newcomer to the music industry with a distinct vocal. Why did you select the Summer Hit Song Contest as your first major competition and should we expect to hear more original material from you in the future?

I have always wanted to perform at the highest possible level. The Summer Hit Song Contest is a festival I am very happy to see revived. I want people to enjoy my music. I am passionate about singing and performing. There will definitely be more original material coming from me soon.

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Would you kindly introduce your entry to our readers and also identify the meaning behind the lyrics?

The style of the song is a ballad. The lyrics are emotional to me but everyone is free to interpret them in their own personal way - as they have a universal meaning.

One of the key elements which have transpired upon the return of the Summer Hit Song Contest is the promotion of each artist and entry. How has f living re-defined the competition and what has been the general public reaction?

f living have given me and the other competitors great opportunities to promote our songs. The publicity has been very good and the public reaction is very positive, not just here in Malta but from viewers abroad watching on You Tube and through streaming.

Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?

I would like to thank escflashmalta.com for this opportunity to interview me. It has been a pleasure answering the questions. I hope the readers will enjoy my song and performance as much as I enjoy singing on the stage. If you like One Precious Mile please vote for the song. 

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escflashmalta.com has only been publishing the names of vocalists and songwriters who have decided to opt out of the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and therefore, we thought it was best to reveal some individuals who have indeed put their name forward for the event. We'll kick things off with Jessika, winner of the TVM Award and the Tele-Voting portion of the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with 'Hypnotica' composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg.

Throughout the past couple of months, the female singer/songwriter turned actress has garnered public acclaim through her role on the show 'Il-Klikka' which airs on ONE Television. This has been of great support to her music career, aiding her cause to the top of the public vote at the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. It is not a surprise that she will be hoping to continue achieving such success, this time hoping to also impress the professional panel of judges who pushed her down to 8th place.

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Therefore, at this point in time, we are able to confirm that those artists who submit entries in the competition include; Jessika (MESC 08, 11-14), Fabrizio Faniello (ESC 01, 06), Daniel Testa (JESC 08, MESC 14), Kaya (MESC 00, 10, 12), Franklin Calleja (MESC 13,14), Domenique (MESC 11, 13) and Izzy (SHSC 11). We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: escflashmalta.com

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Jessika, winner of the TVM Award and the Tele-Voting portion of the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with 'Hypnotica' composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg, has kept herself busy with a string of unplugged performances around the country. The latest, at Hugo’s Terrace, featured an original song and two cover versions, with the support of Lulu Agius, whose most recent release was ‘Letter 25’ alongside Lyndsay.

The original, 'Hypnotica' is her recent success story to which an official music video has also been recorded and released in recent weeks. The covers were 'Roar', originally by Katy Perry and 'Fix You', originally by Coldplay. Jessika has never sounded better, and it seems that she will once more be trying her luck to represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest with the submission deadline for the 2015 edition nearing closer. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.


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Jessika, winner of the TVM Award and the tele-Voting portion of this year's edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with "Hypnotica" composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg, has just released the music video to the aforementioned track. The project, created by students who attend MCAST Art & Design had to submit this as part of their coursework for their second year credit known as "Creative Media Production".

The production team consisted in 5 students that together with Jessika developed the idea of this music video. The lecturer Mr. Ian Attard guided the students in the production of the video. Luke Borg directed the music video, Tyler Calleja Jackson was the director of photography and the principal editor. Samantha Gauci was the assistant of DOP and the second editor. George Formosa was the production assistant and took care of the light production, and Randell Camilleri took care of the audio and assisted in the light production as well.

This was not the first music video by Jessika, who had previously also released an accompanying short movie for the song "Golden Ways" which re-launched the singer/songwriter with her current look. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music scene as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Press Release

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