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Christina Magrin took the stage earlier this morning for her second rehearsal, and the Maltese team has done some drastic changes to the performance. The Maltese team has decided to ditch the five dancers Christina had accompanying her during the first rehearsal and one got to admit that everything looks like things are falling into place for the Maltese team.

Christina looks serene, oozing confidence and is all smiles during all her runs. She belts out ‘Parachute’ to perfection and the press believes she is surely one of the best vocalists in this year’s Junior Eurovision. The Maltese team seems to have also changed a number of camera shots in order to adapt to the new changes. 

Also, some of the lightning changed on stage and one must admit that everything is looking better with each run. There are only a few camera shots that need sorting, but this should easily be done by the next run of rehearsals for our country.  There’s a general buzz, that all the changes Malta has adopted have surely benefited the performance and definitely improved Malta’s chances. 

During the press conference, it was highlighted how Christina Magrin was involved in every stage of the process, and all the changes done were all done through consultation with her, who apart from being the singer, she is also one of the songwriters on the song. Her maturity is surely a key in having the right attitude on stage and also off stage with the journalists.

Christina was asked to sing in one of the twelve languages she sings in, and she picked Maltese over the other languages, she wowed the press with her own version of the Maltese classic ‘Kemm Hu Sabiħ’. After the press conference Christina was all smiles as she sat for a number of interviews for different media outlets and signed a couple of copies of her CD single ‘Parachute’.

We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Christina Magrin and her participation in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest, in Valletta.

Source: junioreurovision.tv

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Tuesday, 15 November 2016 23:53

JESC 2016: Christina Delivers in 1st Rehearsal

With the first day of rehearsals coming to a close, Christina Magrin took to the stage at the Mediterranean Conference Centre to perform her colourful number ‘Parachute’, an original song which she co-wrote the lyrics with Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca set to the music of Florent Boshnjaku.

It comes as no surprise that mouths gasped at listening to Christina’s vocal range, despite very much knowing that these first rehearsals are done in order to get the technical details sorted as quickly as possible. That said, the five dancers accompanying Christina already have an idea of their stage positioning and most likely, everything will look slick and polished by Thursday.

There’s a lot of positive energy on stage, something that Malta is always known for having, and with that note, there’s no reason to believe why the tiny nation state, the smallest competing country, can’t repeat the success of recent years. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Christina Magrin and her participation in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest, in Valletta.

Source: junioreurovision.tv

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Parachute”, with music by Florent Boshnjaku, lyrics by Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca and Christina Magrin was officially released last night on Television Malta (TVM) following the 8 o’clock news bulletin and very soon after also on the official website of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Apart from hearing the song for the very first time, the general public also had the opportunity to view the preview video produced by V Squared, in conjunction with the Public Broadcasting Services. Shot in just one take, it follows a similar pattern to Kiesza’s “Hideaway”, but the output itself could not be any different, sporting a fantastic backdrop of the Grand Harbour, and also bits and pieces of Valletta. 

The song itself is a delightful number, featuring a tropical beat which lends itself well to the fast pace pop number. Christina’s signature vocals are ever so present in the song’s highlights, reaching high notes at the beginning, in the bridge and then also at the end. We would like to wish Christina Magrin all the very best of luck as she represents Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016, and urge all of you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: PBS

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Parachute”, composed by Florent Boshnjaku and penned by Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca, will be the song that Christina Magrin will perform on behalf of Malta at this year’s edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in Valletta. The song, along with the promotional video will be made public during the 8 o’clock news bulletin this Thursday. 

Malta will be playing host to the international spectacle for the 2nd time in three years, having finished in 1st place as a result of an excellent performance by Destiny Chukunyere at the 2015 Junior Eurovision Song Contest with her song, “Not My Soul”, also penned by Muxu and composed by Elton Zarb.

On the 20th November, the Public Broadcasting Services in conjunction with the European Broadcasting Union will be hosting no less than 16 delegations, apart from Christina Magrin and her team, but in the days leading up to the main event, there will be several events held around Valletta, including an opening ceremony hosted by actress Taryn Mamo Cefai at the Manoel Theatre.

All this information was made public by John Bundy, Chief Executive Officer of the Public Broadcasting Services during an interview with Antonella Vassallo on the popular daytime magazine programme, Twelveto3. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Twelveto3, PBS

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Franklin Calleja, second runner-up at this year’s edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and an artist who profile has risen in a relatively short amount of time owing to his incredible vocal skills has just released his first radio single, “Let You Go”, composed by Cyprian Cassar and penned by Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca.

This is the second time that the trio have worked together as a unit, having previously been responsible for his success at Malta’s leading competitive event, “Little Love”. “Let You Go” is written in a significantly different genre that what people have come to expect from the talented artist, merging a thumping bass, with an ethnic sounding brass instrument.

It is new, it is different and it works. In a supporting music video, produced by Fade in Media, Franklin is scaling the heights and having fun with the song, something that he does not normally do, noting that he tends to feel very emotional as he tackles a ballad.

“Let You Go” has amassed a stunning number of views through social networking website Facebook, but it has also made an impact on the local radio stations, making Malta’s Top 10 on 89.7 Bay. We urge you to listen to the song below, and also stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Franklin Calleja (Facebook, Twitter)

Franklin - Let You Go

Here's the music video for my new single guys... Enjoy!

Posted by Franklin Music on Monday, 29 August 2016
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Thursday, 14 April 2016 01:56

JESC 2016: Malta Confirmed as Host Country

It's Official! Malta has been chosen as host country for the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, making the Public Broadcasting Services the host broadcaster for the second time in three (3) years. This time round, the small nation in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea will be hosting the event in Valletta, the capital city, and also European City of Culture 2018.

This opportunity comes as a result of Destiny Chukunyere who blew everyone away with her clear distinctive soulful voice during a masterful rendition of "Not My Soul", an original song composed by Elton Zarb to the lyrics of Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca, with Destiny aiding in both fields. This year's edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be undergoing some format changes.

The main change which has been pointed out is that the event will be moving from Saturday evening slot to Sunday afternoon, with 20th November chosen as the preliminary date. At this point in time, there is no fixed venue, noting that the Public Broadcasting Services and the European Broadcasting Union will be making use of various venues around Valletta.

Anton Attard, the Chief Executive Officer of the Public Broacasting Services will again act as Executive Producer having taken the role in 2014. He said he was thrilled to organise the event again: "Within PBS we have tried to challenge every aspect of Junior Eurovision, based on our experience of hosting in 2014. We can again promise a high-quality production, together with some new additions to the format, as well as our Maltese hospitality to everyone who joins us in Malta this November."

More details about the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be given during a joint press conference between the two entities at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, Sweden. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: junioreurovision.tv, Emil Calleja Bayliss (Photo)

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Destiny Chukunyere who will be representing Malta at the 13th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the original entry "Not My Soul", composed by Elton Zarb with lyrics by Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca,  just finished her 1st Dress Rehearsal, receiving a rapturous applause as she made her way onto the stage, mid-way through the song and at the very end whilst belting those high notes.

Described my members of the foreign press as a young Aretha Franklin, a positive and spirited Destiny Chukunyere will take to the stage for a second time later this evening for the Jury Dress Rehearsal, a performance which will amount to 50% of the final result. All the votes will be read out and broadcast onto the scoreboard as per the announcement of each spokesperson. On behalf of Malta, there will be Federica Falzon, as previously published here.

We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter as well as Eurovision Song Malta, and the Official Page of Destiny Chukunyere for all the latest news about the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 and remind you to watch this year's edition of the international competition, as broadcast LIVE on TVM 2 as from 7:30 pm.

Source: TVM / PBS / Wiwibloggsescflashmalta.com

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In an extremely self-assured run through of rehearsals, Amber proved to be a vocal powerhouse, banging down the walls of the Wiener Stadhalle in order to ascertain that the "Warrior" had arrived. Composed by Elton Zarb, with lyrics by Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca, the song strives to empower both female and male genders as they encompass what could be defined as difficult and troubling times.

Wearing a long black dress, with lace embroidery and a belt, Amber aims to bring out the emotion in the viewer as she connects well with the camera. During the rehearsal, she stood at the centre of a dark stage bathed in blue lights, before switching to fiery orange and gold towards the latter part of the song. According to our sources in the arena and press centre, this looked good on camera.

For a first rehearsal, this was positive, and things could only get better in the coming days, as more rehearsals ensue. 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 2015.

Source: eurovision.tv

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