22 July 2017

Maltese singer Charlene Mercieca Magro was invited to take part in Euroritm international music festival in Romania last weekend and managed to accomplish a prestigious 3rd place from all the various participating countries around the world. She was cordially invited to participate in this festival by Mr Martin Degabriele, director of Malta International Singers Festival - Eurostars.

Charlene, who is vocally trained by Pamela Bezzina from VocalBooth Studios, sang 2 cover songs, one in Maltese "Mill-Għajnejn ta' Tifla" originally sung by singer/songwriter Corazon and "Dear Future Husband" originally by Meghan Trainor. Charlene received very positive feedback about her performances and she feels very honoured to have represented Malta in such a prestigious event. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about upcoming local talent.

Source: Press Release

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Tonight! For the second consecutive week, we urge you to switch to F Living Channel, in order to witness the spectacular entries competing in this year's edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest. Following the victory of Domenique, and her entry "Back To", an original song written by Mark Scicluna and Emil Calleja Bayliss, the bar has been set high, and one of the twenty competing entries will be following it up as this year's winner.

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. Hosted by Deo Grech, and featuring several guest panelists, who will also act as one total juror during the final of the Summer Hit Song Contest 2015, the programme will kick-start at 20:30 CET on F Living.

Bandwagon (Pamela Bezzina / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Sarah Bonnici

Do It Better (Rita Pace) - Rita Pace

Eclipse (Andrew Zammit / Rita Pace) - Ana-Maria Grima

Escape (Carlo Gerada / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca - Stefan Galea

Perfect (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) - Jurgen Xerri

Summer Time (Marco Debono / Doris Chetcuti) - Kurt Cassar 

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: Summer Hit Song Contest (Press Release)

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Tonight! Following a spectacular edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest, leading to the eventual victory of Domenique and her entry "Back To", composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss, the competition returns with 20 sensational entries, all of which will be presented in a 9 week programming schedule.

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. Hosted by Deo Grech, and featuring several guest panelists, who will also act as one total juror during the final of the Summer Hit Song Contest 2015, the programme will kick-start at 20:30 CET on F Living.

Amour (Philip Vella) - Danica Muscat

Astronaut (Marco Debono / Rita Pace) - Maria Cassar

Feel (Joe George Micallef) - Odessa

Lessons in Love (Ray Agius / Rita Pace) - Dario Mifsud Bonnici

Remember (Yann Charpentier / Emilio Martinez Verdejo / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Marie Claire

Shattered Dreams (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri) - Annalise Psaila

Tabula Rasa (Augusto Cardinali / Giovann Attard) - Julie Pomorski

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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It was truly a night to remember, as the Public Broadcasting Services put up an extremely professional competition for a group of extremely talented young singers under the banner, Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest. At the close of the evening, following 20 sublime performances but what has been said to be the next generation of artists to take over the local music scene, it was Destiny Chukunyere who emerged triumphant. Her version of "Think", originally sung by powerhouse Aretha Franklin sent the audience on their feet, as they clapped, danced and sang along.

Taught by Maria Abdilla, a certified IVA instructor, Destiny Chukunyere has been a prominent force on both the local and international festival circuit, with her most gratifying success being Sanremo Junior 2014, having been crowned as the overall winner in the prestigious event. The result was selected by a four (4) member panel, three (3) being international jurors; Christer Bjorkman, Olga Salamakha and Carlo Ori and the other one (1) being the public vote. Veronica Rotin was the first runner-up, whilst Christina Magrin was the second runner-up. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: PBS / JuniorEurovision

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Whilst the story of the Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest unraveled at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta, an established local male singer/songwriter, Geordie DeBono was making a name for himself and his country at the Universong Festival in Tenerife. Finishing in 3rd place with the original song "Not Alone", composed by Andrew Zahra to the lyrics of Deo Grech was a positive feat, and continued Malta's success in the international competition with former participants such as; Corazon, Audrey Marie, Morena and Eleanor Cassar all managing to finish in 3rd place or better.

This year, the Universong Festival featured participants from Peru, Latvia, Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Chile, Lithuania, Bulgaria and the United Kingdom. In Malta, Geordie DeBono had last taken part in the International Festival of Maltese Song with "Kuraġġ", an original song written solely by Philip Vella, which finished in 5th place, and had also won the public vote. On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to wish Geordie congratulations for this successful result, whilst also hoping that you, our readers will stay tuned to this portal even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com

At a Press Conference earlier this morning, it was revealed to the local and foreign media that Malta will be hosting the 2017 edition of the Eurovision Young Dancers. Flanked by Dr Tonio Portughese, and Anton Attard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Public Broadcasting Services, respectively. Owen Bonnici, the Minister of Justice, Local Government and Culture stated that "this is great news that will raise the profile of the country in the field of arts".

This decision was made during a Young Dancers Steering Group meeting held in Pilsen, where the Public Broadcasting Services presented their vision and official bid to host the competition. As Malta prepares to become the European Capital City of Culture in 2018, this will serve as a stunning 'warm-up' event, as countries meet together in Valletta, as the event is staged at the Mediterranean Conference Centre.

Executive Supervisor of the competition, Vladislav Yakovlev, added "We saw what an amazing job and show PBS made with the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in November last year. Eurovision Young Dancers is a slightly different style of show, however I am confident that PBS will deliver an equally impressive event and I look forward to working with them over the next 23 months". We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Eurovision Young Dancers

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For the 3rd consecutive year, Malta was triumphant on "Una Stella Sta Nascendo", an Italian television programme which airs on Sky Italia. This year, the list of finalists included; Ethan Attard & Miguel Bonello, Mikhail Attard, Kelsey Bellante, Giorgia Borg, Kelsie Borg, Kassidy Calleja, Cherylis, Kelsey Farrugia, Kiana Fenech, Emma Muscat and Rachel Lowell. At the end of the adventure, Giorgia Borg, Rachel Lowell, and Cherylis won their respective sections, whilst Emma Muscat ended up becoming the overall winner.

The resident jury, a set of professional music industry professionals were impressed with the Maltese singers and said that they elevated the level, with an impeccable level of singing. "Una Stella Sta Nascendo" has been a highly successful event for upcoming talent noting the previous successes of Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013 winner; Gaia Cauchi and radio sensation; Maxine Pace.

After participation in this competition, Gillian Attard, vocal director of La Voix Academy is in discussion with producers of Disney Channel Italia to see whether Emma would be a possible fit, and thus continue elevating her status, abroad. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Malta's participation in international competitions.

Source: escflashmalta.com

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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.

Thea Aquilina

Haley Azzopardi

Amy Marie Borg

Ilenia Camilleri

Aidan Cassar

Destiny Chukunyere

Francesca Dimech

Kelsey Farrugia

Sarah Farrugia

Nicole Frendo

Christina Magrin

Isaac Mercieca

Raisa Marie Micallef

Sarah Micallef

Gabrielle Portelli

Veronica Rotin

Nicole Sciberras

Victoria Sciberras

Rebecca Scicluna Rizzo

Andy Shaw

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. 

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 2015 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: tvm.com.mt

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On Sunday 14th June, it was revealed by the producers of the Summer Hit Song Contest (#summerhit2015) that four entries had to be withdrawn from the competition due to other commitments during the recording dates. As a result, it was announced that another four (4) entries would be brought into the frame, keeping in mind the original result of the jury. On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to wish Cherylis ("Unbreakable") Marilena Gauci ("Hurricane"), Simaria Galea ("Freedom"), and Sarah Crystal ("If I Only Knew") the very best of luck, whilst welcoming first time finalists Dorcas ("Our Last Goodbye") Jurgen Xerri ("Perfect"), Ryan Axisa ("C'est Moi") and returning finalist Dayle Camilleri ("Why?").

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. The idea of bringing in two songs from the reserve list continues to show the strength of submissions for this year's edition of the local music competition. 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

C'est Moi (Alexander Leu / Ryan Axisa / Nikos Sofis) - Ryan Axisa

Dangerous (Elton Zarb / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca) - Jillianne Camilleri

Do It Better (Rita Pace) - Rita Pace

Eclipse (Andrew Zammit / Rita Pace) - Ana-Maria Grima

Escape (Carlo Gerada / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca) - Stefan Galea

Feel (Joe George Micallef) - Odessa

Guess What? (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri) - Christian Arding

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

Our Last Goodbye (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) - Dorcas Debono

Perfect (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) - Jurgen Xerri

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

Why? (Kurt Aquilina / Alison Ellul) - Dayle Camilleri

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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As has become customary, Media.Link Communications held a press conference to launch the 24th edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, spearheaded by Charles Stroud as the new Chairman, whilst being flanked by Sandra Grech, Clarissa Ellul and Noel D'Amato. A full copy of the regulations as well as the applications may be obtained through MaltaRightNow, for both KKI 2015 and for KKI Jr 2015. Another new regulation is that every artist is limited to the submission of only 6 prospective entries, noting that he may only perform 1 song during the final night.

Due to the negative impact brought about by the rules and regulations presented for the 24th edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, with worthy songs such as “Ma Tintefix” sung by Neville Refalo, “Kastelli Fl-Arja” sung by Gloriana Arpa Belli and “Int” sung by Laura Bruno left out of the final selection of 20 finalists, the organising committee thought it best to return to the original method of selection whereas it will be the professional jury who will pick those who will compete in the final night, and as a result, 20 finalists will be chosen from the judging phase. Once more tele-voting will be applied only during the final, and will have merit as a stand-alone award.

Important Dates 

KKI 2015

Submission: 17th July (till 7 pm)

1st Eliminatory Phase: 18th July (CD)

2nd Eliminatory Phase: 25th July (LIVE) 

 

KKI Jr 2015

Submission: 17th July (till 7 pm)

1st Eliminatory Phase: 19th July (CD)

2nd Eliminatory Phase: 29th July (LIVE) 

Following the success of newcomer Michela Galea, whose entry "Mixja Li Bdiet" composed by Renato Briffa to the lyrics of Alfred E Baldacchino was a worthy winner, it seems that interest is well and truly alive, noting the belief that the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza may once more make a name for itself as a scouting competition, with previous winners including; Amber (ESC 2015), Ira Losco (ESC 2002), Miriam Christine (ESC 1996), Mike Spiteri (ESC 1995) and Fabrizio Faniello (ESC 2001, 2006).

Source: Malta Right Now, Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza (Official Page)

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