27 May 2017

Malta returns to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest after a 1 year absence with Ira Losco giving a spectacular performance of “Walk on Water”, an original song which she co-wrote alongside Molly Pettersson-Hammar, Tobias Lundgren, Tim Larsson and Lisa Desmond. Revealed as the 10th qualifier with seconds to go before the closing of the show, it was truly a nerve wrecking experience for the Maltese delegation, and the fans at home and in the arena.

In the Press Conference following the 1st semi-final, Ira drew her starting position half, and Malta will once more be singing towards the end of the 26 participant show, with ten of those being qualifiers revealed tonight including: Azerbaijan, Russia, The Netherlands, Hungary, Croatia, Austria, Armenia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, and of course Malta. There were some gasps in the audience when Iceland and Estonia failed to get through to the next phase.

During the course of the evening, escflashmalta.com through Facebook and Twitter ran a minute-by-minute #live commentary featuring Claudia Faniello and Karen DeBattista, whom we would like to publicly thank for their ongoing support. Make sure to join in on Thursday as the baton is handed to Janice DeBattista and Brooke. On behalf of the escflashmalta.com, we would like to congratulate Ira Losco and her behind-the-scenes team for their hard work and dedication. Stay tuned for all the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com, eurovision.tv

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Less than 24 hours to go until the 1st semi-final of the 61st Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place in Stockholm, the capital city of Sweden. Ira Losco, the female singer/songwriter, chosen as Malta’s ambassador has just finished her second rehearsal of “Walk on Water”, the drum and bass song which she co-wrote alongside Tim Larsson, Tobias Lundgren, Lisa Desmond and Molly Pettersson Hammar.

Looking absolutely radiant, Ira Losco commanded the stage with ease, while clad in a black ensemble, which has beautiful gold embroidery at the top. The female singer/songwriter seems to be in her element, and is clearly enjoying her time on stage. In some subtle tweaks, her male on stage companion, a dancer comes on slightly later in the song to give the song that added modern twist.

The lead vocals were faultless, clearly the best that Ira has sounded all week, and her choir, found offstage comprising of: Pamela, Anna, Molly and Lars were spot on, doing their bit in perfect harmony and unison. Those who enjoy a good visual performance, look out for that ‘water’ element in the song, because it is ever so present. Again, this was a stunning run of the song.

Just a quick reminder that during the 1st semi-final, escflashmalta.com through Facebook and Twitter will be running a #Live commentary by Karen DeBattista and Claudia Faniello, two female artists who have been Malta Eurovision Song Contest finalists in the past. Stay tuned for all the latest news about Malta’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

Source: Andreas Putting (EBU)

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In a Press Release issued by the organising committee of L-Għanja tal-Poplu - Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija, the song-titles and the songwriters of the 18 songs chosen through to the semi-final have been made public. This year's edition of the music competition is being organised  under the auspices of Spazzju Kreattiv, the Public Broadcasting Services, Pjazza Teatru Rjal and Fondazzjoni Valletta 2018.

The professional jury for this phase of the competition was comprised of: Adrian Mamo, David Azzopardi, Martina Caruana, Miriam Cassar, Noel D’Anastas and Vince Fabri. The semi-final phase of the competition is set for the 7th July where all the 18 participating entries will be interpreted #live with the PBS orchestra. Out of these, 12 will then be chosen to compete on the 9th July during the final.

Bħal Tifla Żgħira” (Rita Pace / Marco Debono) – Maria Cassar

Ħabta u Sabta” (Andy Muscat / Mark Scicluna) – Andy Muscat

Ħallejt Il-Passi Wrajk” (Paul Ellul / Glen Vella) - Jurgen Xerri

Ħanini” (Walter Micallef) – Walter Micallef

Id-Dieher” (Augusto Cardinali) – Neville Refalo & Graziana Axisa

Il-Biża u Jien” (Rita Pace / Pamela Bezzina) - Nadine Fenech

Is-Sinjur” (Emil Calleja Bayliss / Mark Scicluna) – Cherylis

Jien Biss” (Joe Julian Farrugia / Dominic Cini) – Dorcas Debono

Ma Ninsiex” (Joe Julian Farrugia / Augusto Cardinali) - Deborah Dalli

Mellisni” (Joe Chircop / Mark Spiteri Lucas) - Mikaela Bajada

Ngħidlek” (Joe Julian Farrugia / Miriam Christine) - Miriam Christine

Pupa tal-Plastik” (Paul Ellul / Marco Debono) - Domenique

Ta’ Billlejl” (Paul Ellul / Mark Spiteri Lucas) – Neville Refalo

Tama” (Shyli / Jasmar / Kapitlu 13 / DJ Mac / David Leguesse) – Shyli and Jasmar ft. Kapitlu 13

Taptipa fuq l-Ispallejn” (Emil Calleja Bayliss / Pamela Bezzina) – Michela Dalli

Waħdi Miegħek” (Ingrid Vella / Kaya) – Graziella Vella

Xagħar Twil” (Ingrid Vella / Mark Laurence Zammit) – Denise Spiteri

X’Se Jsir?” (Corazon Mizzi) - Corazon

L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija will be a coordinated effort, with the support of the PBS Orchestra, led by Mro Paul Abela and Mro Joe Brown. The last winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu was “Ġismi”, written by Mark & Matthew Pellicano, with vocals provided by Ecca whilst the last winner of the Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija was “Hawn Mill-Ġdid”, written by Paul Abela & Joe Julian Farrugia with vocals provided by Olivia Lewis. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Għanja tal-Poplu - Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija

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Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, stalwarts in finding and promoting talent, responsible for talent shows such as “The Teen Singing Challenge” and “Passport 2 Indifest” in the past, have decided to focus their resources on finding a talented male or female vocalist aged between 11 and 15 years, during “The Entertainers Singing Challenge”.

Following an initial audition phase, the semi-final comprised of no less than 32 singers, all of whom had the opportunity to perform with the Spiteri Lucas Band, under the direction of Mro. Mark Spiteri Lucas. 

On Saturday 7th May, 16 finalists chosen through a mixture of SMS (20%) and JURY (80%) voting were made public during the variety show, “The Entertainers”, hosted by popular entertainer Janvil. The members of the professional jury who picked the talented 16 comprised of: Chiara, Neville Refalo, Conrad Briffa and David Chircop. In alphabetical order, those chosen are as follows:

Thea Aquilina, Gail Attard, Milena Bianco, Miguel Bonello, Amy Marie Borg, Chanelle Cardona, Samira Cauchi, Kira Copperstone, Shaian Debono, Mardy Farrugia, Thea Gauci, Eliana Gomez Blanco, Cledia Micallef, Michela Pace, Victoria Sciberras, Kimberly Zarb.

The journey continues with a showcase of talent on the 25th June, noting that each of the 16 participants will have the opportunity to perform with the Spiteri Lucas Band once more, as well as an established local artist, male or female, of their choice.

We urge you to stay tuned to Net Television, and watch “The Entertainers Singing Challenge” during the weekly variety show “The Entertainers” which airs on Saturday night between 20:30 and 11:45. Keep on logging onto escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Press Release

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On Friday 6th May, each of the participants competing in the 1st semi-final took to the stage once more for a second run through of rehearsals. Ira Losco coming on last in the running oozed charm and confidence, giving an excellent rendition of “Walk on Water”, the pulsing drum and bass song she co-wrote with Tobias Lundgren, Tim Larsson, Lisa Desmond and Molly Pettersson Hammar.

A number of changes have been implemented for the second rehearsal, the first being a change in attire, opting out of the large coat of projections, and instead choosing a much more suitable formal ensemble, with a sparkly top and a dark skirt. Ira is much more visibly comfortable on stage, which she shares with Skorpion, who clad in a grey outfit, is dancing sporadically.

Once more, the lead vocals were spot-on and the off-screen team of backing vocalists made up of: Pamela, Anna, Molly and Lars created a sound which brings everything together. Some other minor changes which were implemented in the visuals of the performance are the blue swirls which have now become proper water, and also the addition of smoke.

#WoW! This was an excellent rehearsal, an everything seems to be falling in place for Malta. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Malta’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

Source: eurovision.tv

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In her first run through of rehearsals, Ira Losco ripped the Globen Arena to shreds, giving a self-assured account of herself on all fronts, ascertaining that “Walk on Water” lives up to the expectation of saving the best for last. Co-written by Tobias Lundgren, Tim Larsson, Lisa Desmond, Molly Pettersson Hammar and Ira Losco, this is a song which a pulsing drum and bass sound which requires nothing more other than that special touch.

Clad in a rather long dress merging brown and gold as base colours, it depicts images on it, confirmed what the female singer/songwriter had stated earlier on in the day, that technology will be one of the special elements on stage during the performance. It seems that we also got a glimpse of the outfit, noting that Ira Losco walked out onto the stage wearing an extremely large dress, which depicts 3D technology, and which she removed with the help of Skorpion, the male dancer mid-way through the song.

The lead vocals were spot-on and the off-screen team of backing vocalists made up of: Pamela, Anna, Molly and Lars made the song all the more pleasant, making sure that everything comes together. Other elements of the stage performance for Malta, include the female singer/songwriter walking down the catwalk, something which many will remember having done back in 2002, and also having several overhead shots which show off the stage theme for Malta, that encompassing water.

This was a stunning first rehearsal, leading to shortening odds for Malta, now 5th and just behind Russia, France, Sweden and Australia. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Malta's participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

Source: eurovision.tv

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"Young at Heart", an emotional roller-coaster of words, all leading to an extraordinary climax is the right balance of pop and balladry, a comfortable zone for singer/songwriter Kevin Borg, and his co-writer Simon Gribbe. The solo single release, a first in three years for the male vocalist re-ignites a passion, a yearning for a sound which the public at home have grown to love.

Since finishing as the first runner-up at the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the self-penned "Needing You", Kevin Borg embarked on a songwriting journey, notching up successes in both the Asian and European markets, apart from also being responsible for the 2015 Malta Eurovision Song Contest second runner-up "Breakaway", sung by Glen Vella.

In support of the release of "Young at Heart", a music video has been produced by Brand Expo Design, or rather more specifically Samuel Agius Livori and Derston Aquilina. It has already made the iTunes Charts in Malta, Sweden and Finland, making it another success for the male singer/songwriter. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Kevin Borg (Official Facebook Page)

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In a Press Release issued by the organising committee of L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija, it has been made public that 40 songs have been shortlisted out of 144 submissions that were received at the Youth Travel Circle (YTC) on Tuesday 19th April. This year's edition of the music competition is being organised  under the auspices of Spazzju Kreattiv, the Public Broadcasting Services, Pjazza Teatru Rjal and Fondazzjoni Valletta 2018.

During the course of the weekend, kicking off on Friday 22nd April, a professional panel of judges set forth to listen to all of the submissions, commenting that the songs were of an extremely high level, as has been the case in recent years. From the 40 shortlisted songs, 18 will get through to the first phase of the final, set for the 7th July, and then eventually the second phase of the final, set for the 9th July.

Anġlu tas-Skiet

Bħal Tifla Żgħira

Bit-Tikketta

Dak Li Nisma’

Dellu Tqil

Eku Mill-Belt

Għanja Miċħuda

Għanjiet

Ħabta u Sabta

Ħallejt il-Passi Wrajk

Ħanini

Hemm Futur

Ħsibijiet

Id-Dieher

Il-Biża’ u Jien

Illum

Is-Sinjur

It-Tifel tal-Ktieb

Jien Biss

Kantali Waħda

Kelma li Ma Ngħidx

Kuraġġ

Le Ma Nerġax

L-Għadu Tiegħi

Ma Ninsiex

Mellisni

Ngħidlek

Normali

Ottimista

Paġna Ġdida

Pupa tal-Plastik

Ta’ Billejl

Tama

Taptipa Fuq L-Ispallejn

Tibqa’ Anġlu

Tibża’ Xejn

Tiegħek

Waħdi Miegħek

Xagħar Twil

X’Se Jsir?

L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija will be a coordinated effort, with the support of the PBS Orchestra, led by Mro Paul Abela and Mro Joe Brown. The last winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu was “Ġismi”, written by Mark & Matthew Pellicano, with vocals provided by Ecca whilst the last winner of the Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija was “Hawn Mill-Ġdid”, written by Paul Abela & Joe Julian Farrugia with vocals provided by Olivia Lewis. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Għanja tal-Poplu - Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija

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In a Press Release issued by the organising committee of L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija, it has been made public that 144 submissions were received on Tuesday 19th April at the Youth Travel Circle (YTC) in Merchant Street, Valletta. This is a record number of original songs for the ever-growing festival which is being organised under the auspices of Spazzju Kreattiv, the Public Broadcasting Services, Pjazza Teatru Rjal and Fondazzjoni Valletta 2018.

As of Friday 22nd April, the first phase of the judging will commence, with a panel of expert judges whittling down to the songs by the end of the weekend, and leaving a shortlist of potential candidates, from which a second panel of expert judges will then select the 18 qualifiers. It is expected that the names of the songs through to the final phase of the competition will be made public by the end of April, hence in a weeks’ time. 

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L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija will be a coordinated effort, with the support of the PBS Orchestra, led by Mro Paul Abela and Mro Joe Brown. The last winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu was “Ġismi”, written by Mark & Matthew Pellicano, with vocals provided by Ecca whilst the last winner of the Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija was “Hawn Mill-Ġdid”, written by Paul Abela & Joe Julian Farrugia with vocals provided by Olivia Lewis. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Press Release

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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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