22 July 2017

On the 1st May 2015, in an effort to increase transparency and reduce doubts of tampering, the European Broadcasting Union has made public the provisional list of national jurors. Each of the participating countries, 40 in total, have nominated a panel of 6 music industry professional personnel, 5 of which will have voting rights, and the 6th who will stand in as a back-up member.

Malta, taking part in the second semi-final with the song "Warrior" written by Elton Zarb and Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca with vocals provided by Amber, have enlisted the help of five renowned music industry professionals; Howard Keith Debono, Joseph Chetcuti, Dorothy Bezzina, Pierre Cordina and Dominic Cini. Nicole Tabone has been appointed as the back-up member of the jury.

Howard Keith Debono, known in the local music industry as to being the manager of; Ira Losco (Eurovision 2002), Airport Impressions, Tribali, The New Victorians and The Rifffs is also a successful producer, event organiser and songwriter. He is joined by fellow music producer, Dominic Cini whose work has been well recognised in various competitions; L-Għanja tal-Poplu, the Summer Hit Song Contest and the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza.

The only female on the panel this year, Dorothy Bezzina, is not only a competent female vocal coach, but also sister to Gianluca, and one sixth of the group, L-Aħwa who tried to represent Malta in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. Still, the final two members of the panel are; Pierre Cordina, a Club DJ and popular radio host, whose knowledge in music has been well documented and Joseph Chetcuti, a television host and violinist who knows a thing or two about the Eurovision Song Contest, having accompanied Olivia Lewis back in 2007.

They will be voting in both the semi-final and the final round of the competition with their votes owing to 50% of the final result. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: eurovision.tv, Jacob Sammut (photography)

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Fabrizio Faniello, the male singer/songwriter who has twice been chosen to represent Malta in Europe’s most favourite music competition, was one of the special guests on the television programme ‘Xarabank’, in a follow-up interview to the one which aired on Friday 13th. Clearly emotional, Fabrizio spoke about the various difficulties that he had to encounter, noting that such experiences have been life-changing and eye-opening.

It is no secret that those who abuse of drugs or alcohol have had their lives disheveled, and therefore ‘Xarabank’ will be raising funds in support of the voluntary organisation ‘Caritas’ in a couple of weeks. In light of this development, Fabrizio Faniello has lent his distinct vocals to “Fit-Tarf tat-Triq”, an original song in Maltese which he co-composed with Noel Borg and Philip Vella, with lyrics by Peppi Azzopardi. The song has also been made available on all legal platforms like iTunes, Amazon, Spotify with all proceeds set to be added up to the final tally of all funds collected. As a matter of fact, all those involved in the making of the song did it at no cost, something which is noble and honourable.

Since his comeback in 2011, with the aforementioned "No Surrender" co-written by Johan Stentorp and Johan Bejerholm, Fabrizio has gone onto win the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the song "Aħfirli Jekk Trid" composed by Dominic and penned by Rita Pace. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: CAP-Sounds

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'The Celebrity Night' is a weekly television programme which has become somewhat synonymous with Saturday evening, is broadcast on F Living Channel. The series which officially kicked off at the beginning of October revolves around the one-to-one interviews, which speak of class, decadence and wit, and have become synonymous with Deo Grech's presenting style. Since the Eurovision Song Contest is now just a month away, the programme has taken a different twist, as entries competing in this year's musical extravaganza in Vienna, Austria are being reviewed by some of the most recognisable faces in the local music industry. 

Tonight! William Mangion, a male singer/songwriter who represented Malta in the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest with "This Time", along with Jessika, a female singer/songwriter who has taken part in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on six non-consecutive occasions including being the public choice in 2014 will be discussing joined by Karl Bonaci, Fiona and Deo Grech to discuss the competing entries from Serbia, Hungary, Belarus, Russia, Denmark, Albania, Romania and Georgia. Remember that 'The Celebrity Night' airs on Saturday night at 20:30 and Sunday night at 18:30 on F Living Channel. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: F Living

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In November 2014, a panel of professional judges from five different countries, along with the public unanimously agreed that "Warrior", written by Elton Zarb and Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca with vocals provided by Amber would represent Malta at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria. It has been a busy fortnight for the female singer, going onto give two sold-out concert at the Mediterranean Conference Centre before jetting off to Russia and the United Kingdom on a promotional trip, which will see her perform in two major events.

First up is the Eurovision Gala Concert organised by Graffa Media and Communications Agency which is taking place this evening at 19:00 (GMT+3) at the Place De Paris, Korston Hotel, which is one of the major hotels in Moscow. Amber, will be starring along with another eleven international acts from the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest including representatives from Belarus, Iceland, Australia, San Marino, Montenegro, FYR Macedonia, Israel, Azerbaijan, the United Kingdom and Russia as well as a number of former participants. This event in particular is being highly publicised in Russia, and will be preceded by a red-carpet entrance.

The second event on the itinerary is the London Eurovision Party which is taking place at the Cafe de Paris and which Malta has taken part in for the past couple of years, noting that Firelight, Gianluca Bezzina, and Kurt Calleja were all amongst the acts to have made the trip. Fifteen acts will be present this time round, those coming from the United Kingdom, Australia, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Germany, Malta, Latvia, Austria, Hungary, Montenegro, Cyprus, Greece, Moldova and the Czech Republic. A couple of former representatives, including the aforementioned Kurt Calleja and Ray Caruana, who represented the United Kingdom in 1989 will be amongst the special guests.

A quick reminder that the Maltese entry "Warrior" is available for purchase through iTunes, and also available for streaming on Spotify. In Vienna, Amber will be taking to the stage in position number #5 during the second semi-final slated for the 21st May 2015. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: tvm.com.mt, JJ Chircop

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"Mary Jane", the brand new single released by The Crowns, a pop/rock band which features; Gianluca Cappitta, Chris Ciantar, Victorio Gauci, Jean Paul Mollicone and Luke Vella Clark is the first track off the continuation of a journey, one which started in 2010, eventually leading to the release of the debut album "Someone Else" in 2013. Spawning 7 successful singles, including a remix, The Crowns have never looked back, and it seems like this new release will only lead to an extremely busy 2015.

Co-produced by David Vella from Temple Studios, and mastered by Fred Kevorkian from Avatar Studios in the United States, “Mary Jane” is fresh, modern and finds itself promoting a lyrical twist, a twofold-meaning so to speak, due to the fact that it primarily refers to a woman, whilst secondarily referring to that same woman as a drug, which is addictive, and eventually destructive.

In support of the release, a music video has been directed, produced, filmed and edited by Matthew James Borg. The main aim was to create a party scene, where everyone is having fun. The Crowns would like to thank everyone who has been a part of this project, including Marc Calleja Bayliss of Ironic PR & Artist Management, Luke Engerer for styling the guys with brands from IQ at Baystreet, Charmaine Gauci for the make-up as well as Keith Shaw and Josephine Abela for their hospitality. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: Press Release

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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

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Olivia Lewis, a female singer/songwriter who was given the opportunity to represent Malta in the 2007 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with "Vertigo", composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg. recently gave an interview to Josmar on Sibtek stating that the competition was a big part of her life for about ten years, and is unsure about a possible return in the future.

Since returning to the local music scene about two years ago, Olivia Lewis has been on a positive string of results, finishing in first place at the 2013 International Festival of Maltese Song with "Hawn Mill-Ġdid", composed by Paul Abela to the lyrics of Joe Julian Farrugia and also in third place at L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2014 with the song "Wara l-Kanċell", a duet with Miriam Christine, the latter of whom is also credited as songwriter with Joe Julian Farrugia. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: Sibtek, TVM

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One of the most talked about acts preceding the 2015 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest has surely been Genealogy, a 6-piece super group comprising of Essai Altounian, Tamar Kaprelian, Vahe Tilbian, Stephanie Topalian, Mary-Jean O'Doherty and Inga Arshakyan who will take the stage to perform 'Face the Shadow' on behalf of Armenia.

As part of their promotional campaign, Genealogy are sending Good Luck wishes to all the participants in this year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, whether or not competing in the first semi-final, as is Armenia. As a matter of fact, yesterday was Malta's turn, with the Official Facebook Page of the group posting a lovely message in Maltese, stating "Xorti tajba Malta mill-Armenja". In recent years, relations between Malta and Armenia have been very strong, as noted at the 2015 Malta Eurovision Song Contest where Gohar Gasparyan, Head of Delegation, was a member of the Professional Jury.

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We remind you that the Maltese representative will be the featured star in "Amber in Concert - Warrior" taking place on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th April 2015, before jetting off to promotional visits to Russia and the United Kingdom. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Amber, and her journey to the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria.

Source: Genealogy (Official Facebook Page)

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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

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'The Celebrity Night' is a weekly television programme which has become somewhat synonymous with Saturday evening, is broadcast on F Living Channel. The series which officially kicked off at the beginning of October revolves around the one-to-one interviews, which speak of class, decadence and wit, and have become synonymous with Deo Grech's presenting style.

Ludwig Galea, a male singer/songwriter, who gained notoriety for winning the 2004 edition of the Malta Song for Europe with "On Again .. Off Again" in a duet with Julie Zahra. Prior to that, they he had also competed both with the aforementioned female vocalist and as a soloist in L-Għanja tal-Poplu, the International Festival of Maltese Song, the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza as well as another edition of the national selection which sought to select Malta's entry to the Eurovision Song Contest.

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Since then, Ludwig became one of the nations' most sought performers, performing in concerts both nationally and internationally, and also becoming a resident singer on several shows such as "Sas-Sitta" and "Sibt Familja", and most recently "Ħadd Għalik". At the moment, he is also a vocal coach, responsible for upcoming talent such as Deborah C, Raquel Galdes, and Marie Claire Attard Bason.

The second guest of the evening is, Fiona Cauchi, a female singer/songwriter who has done her bit on the festival circuit, earning the veteran accolade for being a six-time participant in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, her most recent endeavour finishing in 3rd place, having performed "Before You Walk Away" with the group Q back in 2009. She also made it through to the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, and the International Festival of Maltese Song on several occasions.

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The third and final guest who will be accompanying Deo Grech this evening is Michela Dalli, a singer, and an actress with recurring roles in leading television dramas "Ħbieb u Għedewwa" and "D.R.E.A.M.S". Apart from reaching the final stages of the Talent Żagħżugħ at the 2011 Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, Michela made the transition to the senior stage late last year with the song "Ġrajjiet" written by Dominic Cini and Stephen Baldacchino. Her most recent endeavour though was L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2015 with the song "Charlie' L-Artist" written by Andrew Zahra and Rita Pace.

This and much more during this week's episode of 'The Celebrity Night' which airs on Saturday night at 20:30 on F Living Channel. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: F Living

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