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Saturday, 12 December 2015 03:55

MESC 2016: Revelation of the 20 Semi-Finalists

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On the 22nd and 23rd January 2015, the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) will be hosting the 2016 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest at the Mediterranean Conference Centre (MCC) in Valletta, the capital city of the smallest nation in the European Union.

'Xarabank', synonomous with the revelation of the 20 finalists, took place a couple of hours ago, laying down this years' crop of participants, a perfect mixture of newcomers, and veterans. At first listen, off the 1 minute snippets, it seems that the standard of songs is relatively high, not too mention that the genres are quite varied, laying down the foundations for an exciting semi-final stage.

"Young Love" - Maxine Pace

"All Around the World" - Deborah C

"You're Beautiful" - Lawrence Gray

"Golden" - Brooke

"Flashing Lights" - Raquel Galdes

"Falling Glass" - Corazon

"Lighthouse" - Kimberley Cortis

"Alive" - Jasmine Abela

"Empty Hearted" - Domenique

"The Flame" - Jessika

"Under the Sun" - Daniel Testa

"That's Why I Love You" - Ira Losco

"Little Love" - Franklin Calleja

"I Love You" - Dario Mifsud Bonnici

"Fire Burn" - Dominic

"Frontline" - Danica Muscat

"Chameleon (Invincible)" - Ira Losco

"Kingdom" - Christabelle

"Right Here With You" - Sarah Crystal

"Light Up My Life" - Stefan Galea

An interesting fact about the 19 participants in this years' competition, is that 12 of them have either been to the national pre-selection on another occasion, or else been to the Eurovision Song Contest itself, meaning that the rest, a total of 7 are complete newcomers to the competition, despite most of them having already made other appearances in the local music scene. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2016 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: PBS / TVM, Mario Mintoff (Photo)

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Friday, 04 December 2015 01:31

MESC 2016: Shortlist of 49 Entries Made Public

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On the 11th December, Xarabank will kick-off for another season, and it will do so with a bang, as the revelation of the acts through to the semi-final of the 2016 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be made public. Following the initial submission process, where the Public Broadcasting Services received 153 entries, a shortlist of 49 entries has now been published through the official website.

A quick glance at the list of shortlisted entries, one would realize that the list features a relative amount of established artists including; Ira Losco (ESC 2002), Lawrence Gray (MESC 98-99, 01-04, 10, 12, 15), Daniel Testa (JESC 08), Deborah C (MESC 12-15), Klinsmann Coleiro (MESC 07-13), Jessika (MESC 08, 11-15), Domenique (MESC 11, 13, 15), Kaya (MESC 00, 10, 12), Danica Muscat (MESC 12-13, 15), Christabelle (MESC 2014-2015) & Franklin Calleja (MESC 13-15).

96 - Francesca Bonanno

Alive - Jasmine Abela

All Around The World - Deborah C

Bare Your Soul - Chaya Fenech

Battle Zone - Kurt Cassar

Beautiful - Lyndsay

Brave - Andre Curmi (Dre)

Breaking Point - Cherylis & Mikhail (Dwett)

Breathe - Cherylis

Can't Let Go - Jessika

Castle - Danica Muscat

Chameleon (Invincible) - Ira Losco

Dancing In The Rain - Francesca Borg

Empty Hearted - Domenique

Exceptional - Jean Claude Azzopardi

Falling Glass - Corazon

Feeling Alive - Kelly Ann Mintoff

Fire Burn - Dominic

Fireworks - Iona

Flashing Lights - Raquel Galdes

Flawless - Franklin Calleja

Frontline - Danica Muscat

Go Beyond The Shore - Paul Cuschieri

Golden - Brooke

Gone - Nazio Rotin

Higher - Q

Hush Hush - Jessika

I Love You - Dario Mifsud Bonnici

I Won't Surrender - Franklin Calleja

Kingdom - Christabelle

Light Up My Life - Stefan Galea

Lighthouse - Kimberley Cortis

Little Love - Franklin Calleja

MI-MI-MIND - Neville Refalo

Paper Boats - Joseph Portelli

Reaching - Panama Band (Simaria)

Right Here With You - Sarah Crystal

Rule The World - Aidan Cassar

Someday - Klinsmann

Tell Me What You Wanna Do - Julienne Liberto

That's Why I Love You - Ira Losco

The Flame - Jessika

Tonight - Kyle Mangani & Maxine Pace

Under The Sun - Daniel Testa

Victory - Amy Agius

Without You - Kaya

Young Love - Maxine Pace

Your Kiss - Malcolm

You're Beautiful - Lawrence Gray

Apart from the established names, it seems that the line-up thus far comprises of several newcomers. Well, the journey to find Amber's successor has officially begun! We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: PBS / TVM

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Wednesday, 02 December 2015 18:02

Malta: Talented Youngsters Perform Weekly on La5

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Normally, Sundays are sought to sit down and relax with family, and with “Tra Sogno e Realta” airing on La5, entertainment is also being provided, courtesy of young and upcoming talent, from Italy and Malta. As a matter of fact, the episodes which have aired thus far have seen no less than three (3) students of La Voix Music Academy reach the next stage of the competition.

These are none other than; Kassidy Calleja and Krista Sujak, relative newcomers to the music scene, as well as Veronica Rotin, whose name and reputation precede her, having previously taken part in “Io Canto” on Italia Uno, “Next Star” on Antena 1 and most recently the Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest, finishing in 2nd place. 

On behalf of escflashmalta.com, we would like to wish all these youngsters the very best of luck in the next round, as well as their future whilst hoping that you tune into La5 every Sunday at 1:30 pm. We urge you to stay tuned to this portal even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about anything in relation to the local music scene, and success in foreign territories.

Source: La Voix Music Academy

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Garnering a total of 185 points, Destiny Chukunyere from Malta has been crowned the winner of the 13th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, following an exceptional performance of “Not My Soul”, an original song composed by Elton Zarb to the lyrics of Matthew “Muxu” Mercieca.

This is Malta’s second victory in three years, having previously finished in 1st place with “The Start”, also composed by Elton Zarb to the lyrics of Matthew “Muxu” Mercieca with vocals provided by Gaia Cauchi. What makes this victory even more special though is that Destiny has managed to set the record for the most accumulated points, as had been set by Maria Isabel at the 2004 Junior Eurovision Song Contest!

In second place was Mika from Armenia whose “Love” garnered 176 points, whilst Lina from Slovenia finished in third place with 112 points following a beautiful performance of “Prva ljubezen”. Below you could have a look at the full ranking;

1. 185 points - Malta

2. 176 points - Armenia

3. 112 points - Slovenia

4. 105 points - Belarus

5. 93 points - Albania

6. 80 points - Russia

7. 79 points - Serbia

8. 64 points - Australia

9. 62 points - Bulgaria

10. 51 points - Georgia

11. 38 points - Ukraine

12. 36 points - Ireland

13. 36 points - Montenegro

14. 36 points - San Marino

15. 35 points - The Netherlands

16. 34 points - Italy

17. 26 points - Macedonia

Malta’s result saw the top points go to Italy, followed by Australia, and host country Bulgaria in third place. Half of the result was decided courtesy of an expert jury made up of singers; Amber (ESC 2015), Georgina Abela (ESC 1991), Deborah C (MESC 2012-2015), Christabelle (MESC 2014-2015) and disc jockey Dorian Cassar of 89.7 Bay. On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to congratulate Destiny on this astonishing result, and urge you to stay tuned to this portal even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest which may or may not take place in Malta. Fingers Crossed!

Source: junioreurovision.tv

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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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Tuesday, 17 November 2015 04:15

JESC 2015: Federica Set to Read Out The Points

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Described by many as the girl with the big voice, Federica Falzon became a national treasure by virtue of achieving victory in one of the most beloved international talent competitions for children, Ti Lascio Una Canzone, before being chosen to represent Malta at the 12th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. “Diamonds”, composed by Elton Zarb with lyrics by Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca, had the distinct honour of being the first, and thus far only entry to be performed on home soil. It finished in 4th place, receiving maximum 12 points from Italy, the eventual winner of the competition.

Since then, Federica Falzon has gone from strength to strength, re-branding herself by virtue of becoming a style icon, setting an example to her peers, and to all those children who aim to reach their goals in life. In just a couple of days, she will continue her journey, having been tasked with the opportunity to present the Maltese points during the 13th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

As a result, she is accompanying this year’s representative, Destiny Chukunyere whose entry “Not My Soul” has been drawn to be performed in slot number #15. The groovy and funky original song, composed by Elton Zarb and written by Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca has been receiving several positive comments. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Source: junioreurovision.tv, esc-plus.com

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“My love for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest has never been a secret, but I have decided to stay away for a second consecutive year, focusing on my career in the United States”, said Davinia to the editorial team of escflashmalta.com two weeks after the Public Broadcasting Services received submissions for the next edition of the national selection, slated to take place in January 2016.

In a rather meteoric rise to the top of the local music scene, Davinia emerged as a successful radio artist, with debut single “Bottled My Teardrops” and the follow-up “Sail Away” scaling the top of the charts on 89.7 Bay and receiving nationwide airplay.

She submit an entry into the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2013, “Betrayed”, composed by Elton Zarb to the lyrics of Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca, emerging as a dark horse during rehearsals, eventually managing a second runner-up finish. Davinia did not look back, and released a follow-up single during the summer months, “You Are My Home”, which was very well received, representing a slight change in direction from a music standpoint. 

Work on another song for the competition begun, and despite entering as a favourite with “Brand New Day”, she finished at the bottom of the scoreboard with 7 points, 4 from the jury, and 3 from the tele-voting, despite receiving the ESCflashmalta People's Choice Award. Since then, Davinia has moved to the United States, worked on “Round & Round”, a summer single co-written with Nick Lopez, and more recently played at the historic Viper Room in Los Angeles, a venue which hosted a slew of legends, such as Cher, Guns N' Roses and Bruce Springsteen.

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, Davinia (Facebook, Twitter)

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Wednesday, 11 November 2015 20:39

MESC 2016: Claudia Faniello Denies Rumours

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"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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Kaya (otherwise known as Priscilla Psaila), has recently been in touch with the editorial team at escflashmalta.com in order to reveal that her students; Amy, Rihana and Elisa finished in 2nd place with "Tre Bambole", an original song composed by the aforementioned Kaya, with lyrics by Christopher Azzopardi, and Shaian Debono finished in 1st place with "Nessun Dorma" at the 'Cantagiro Music Festival' in Italy, in which Malta was taking part in for the second consecutive year.

In the senior portion of the competition, Phylisienne Brincat finished in 2nd place, ahead of Graziella Vella in 3rd place, the latter also being a student of Kaya. Success is ingrained in music where Malta is concerned and a positive outlook is definitely on the cards as these young performers grow to make up the local music scene. Last but not least, Singer Stage Academy was awarded with a prize for presenting excellent talent during the competition. On behalf of the editorial team, we would like to congratulate the winners circle, and urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about such international events.

Source: Kaya (Official Press Release)

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Wednesday, 04 November 2015 01:35

MESC 2016: Karen DeBattista Will Not Participate

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"I would like to announce that I have not submitted any entries for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016, focusing on my studies above anything else", announced Karen DeBattista through her official social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter.

Emerging on the local music scene as a finalist in the Summer Hit Song Contest 2011, the young versatile female vocalist made headlines winning L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2014 with "Jien Ma Naħdimx", an original song composed by Mark Scicluna with lyrics by Rita Pace. She quickly anticipated the possibility of partaking in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and enlisted lyricist Emil Calleja Bayliss, and composer Jan Van Dijck to work on something different. 

The result of this collaboration was "12, Baker Street", one of the songs which made it through to the final phase of the competition, eventually also making the iTunes chart. 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, Karen DeBattista (Facebook, Twitter)

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