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.
Amy Marie Borg
Raisa Marie Micallef
Rebecca Scicluna Rizzo
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.
On Saturday 4th April, the Grandmaster's Suite at the Hilton Hotel played host to Sanremo Junior Malta 2015, a national selection process in which a panel of professional judges selected three (3) artists from three (3) different age brackets, to represent Malta in Sanremo Junior 2015, held on the 15th April 2015 at the Ariston Theatre in Italy, whilst accompanied by an orchestra.
Albert-Lauren Agius and Christina Magrin, students of Gillian Attard at La Voix Academy as well as Isaac Mercieca, student of Pamela Bezzina at Vocal Booth Studios have won their respective categories and the opportunity to represent Malta at Sanremo Junior 2015. Apart from the category winners as chosen by the panel of professional judges, there were also prizes given to the public choice, as chosen by the public viewers on television, and the audience in the hall, as well as the categorical results chosen by a special kids jury, whose results did not bear too much difference from those of the professional panel of judges.
Category A1: Albert-Lauren Agius with "E’ la Mia Vita"
Category A2: Christina Magrin with "Mamma Knows Best"
Category A3: Isaac Mercieca with "Clown"
Public Choice Award
Chanelle Cardona with "And I'm Telling You"
Albert-Lauren Agius with "E’ la Mia Vita"
Category A1: Martina Cutajar with "Let It Go"
Category A2: Christina Magrin with "Mamma Knows Best"
Category A3: Kelsey Farrugia with "Strange Birds"
The show, hosted by Elaine Saliba with the support of magician Gwylim Bugeja was broadcast directly through Television Malta (TVM), not only incorporated a total of twenty-five (25) participants, but also featured a number of highly acclaimed guests amongst which Kurt Calleja, Monia Russo, Destiny Chukunyere, Laetitia Amodio, Karl Luke Schembri, Kylie Meilak, Sebastian Calleja, CentreStage Academy, St Michael Foundation and winner of Holland’s Got Talent 2014, Amira Willighagen. Sanremo Junior is organised by Societs Kismet srl and is turning six (6) this year. The selection process in Malta is led by Antonella Vassallo of Stand Out Events. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.
Source: Sanremo Junior Malta, Emil Calleja Bayliss (image)
Erseb Productions, a renowned company in the local festival circuit with well over thirty years of experience, has given rise to several talents along the years, including artists such as former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Fabrizio Faniello (2001, 2006) and Miriam Christine (1996). With a spectacular range of promising talent, the local music scene in Malta continues to evolve, and there is a general feeling that talent is to be promoted on the international circuit.
During the end-of-year competition, aptly titled "Erseb Goes Christmas", the organisers revealed that a number of all-rounders would be given the opportunity to represent Malta in various international competitions. La Voix Academy under the tutelage of vocal director, Gillian Attard was the most successful in terms of students who acquired these tickets, managing 16 out of the 18 possible slots. The other 2 students are successfully taught by Glen Vella, a former Eurovision Song Contest representative, and Audrey Marie Bartolo, a finalist in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2010.
Ti Amo Onesti (Romania)
Gianluca Cilia (La Voix Academy)
Naolene Borg (La Voix Academy)
Lake Pearls (Macedonia)
Mariah Nicola Vella (La Voix Academy)
Jahel Cardona (La Voix Academy)
Riona Degorgio (La Voix Academy)
Kelsie Borg (La Voix Academy)
Shania St John (La Voix Academy)
Baltic Voices (Lithuania)
Michela Pace (Audrey Marie Bartolo)
Eila Mangion (La Voix Academy)
Kylie Meilak (La Voix Academy)
Kelsey Farrugia (La Voix Academy)
Kelsey Bellante (La Voix Academy)
Aire Nuevo (Spain)
Sarah Farrugia (La Voix Academy)
Danika Cutajar (Glen Vella)
Jilliane Camilleri (La Voix Academy)
Star Dest (Czech Republic)
Christina Magrin (La Voix Academy)
Rachel Lowell (La Voix Academy)
Veronica Rotin (La Voix Academy)
On behalf of the escflashmalta.com editorial team, we would like to wish all the 18 participants, the very best of luck in their endeavours abroad, hoping that they will not only shine as artists, but bring back trophies to Malta, ensuring that the talent which is being cultivated continues to grow. A round of applause goes to Erseb Productions, and the Vocal Directors for ensuring that such opportunities are available for the personnel who will make up the future local music scene. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.
Source: Erseb Productions
Gillian Attard, has worked her way to become known in the industry noting that her most popular tracks include Xi Darba Min Jaf and Quddiem L-Inkwatru tal-Madonna. She denotes that the industry has been quite kind to her especially in local competitions where despite her sporadic appearances, she has always done well. Starting a family of her own has given her the mindset to work with children, a host of talented ones which could ultimately become some of the best talent the country could offer. The editorial board of escflashmalta.com has been in contact with La Voix Academy and learned some intriguing details about what is set to happen in the near future.
It is a known fact that it is hard for a Maltese artist to break out in the music industry internationally. Even though Maltese talent has been here for a while, it is now gaining greater exposure outside our shores. This time, it is thanks to La Voix Academy. Various Maltese singers who are a part of this academy will be showcasing their talent at the internationally renowned Italian festivals of Sanremo, which will be aired on fifty television stations all around the world between the 12th and the 16th February 2013. The first contestant to be given the good news was 18 year old Kelly Rotin who will be representing our country with an original song ‘Non mi Arrenderó’ which was composed by none other than La Voix’s own director Gillian Attard, together with Dominic Cini and R Pace.
Apart from Kelly Rotin, other students from La Voix Academy have also been selected to take part in Italy’s esteemed festivals of Sanremo. These are Veronica Rotin, Federica Falzon, Kelsey Frrugia, Kylie Meliak, Kym Abela, Casey Schembri, Jasmar Cassar, Jean Claude Azzopardi and Clive Gauci. While representing their vocal academy, these talented singers will be showcasing Malta’s amazing talent at an international level. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the local music scene as well as the younger generation which is seemingly becoming more intact with the foreign music industry as a relatively young age.
Source: Press Release