29 March 2017

In 1956, following the aftermath of the Second World War, it was decided that a music competition was to be held, eyeing to strengthen the economy and lighten up the mood. It is quite remarkable, that the same competition, the Eurovision Song Contest is still running strong in 2015. In previous days, we featured Deo Grech, and his reviews, interviewed one of the acts, and also publishing any visual resources which our team is bound to produce.

With such a strong following in Malta, escflashmalta.com has enlisted the support of nine celebrities in Malta, all of whom are familiar faces in the music industry, who will help assess the quality of the songs, and also the vocalists, in what has been coined as an extremely interesting edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, full of emotion and quality.

During the first semi-final (19th May), the dubious honour will be given to; Lyndsay, a female singer/songwriter who has been through to the semi-final stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2015, apart from having countless hits on local airwaves, "Letter 25" and "Daphne"; Christabelle, a two-time participant in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and most notably the first runner-up late in 2014 with the song "Rush". and finally, Marilena Gauci, a female vocalist who has also twice been to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and also being a former representative at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

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During the second semi-final (21st May), the chosen celebrity bloggers include; Karen DeBattista, a female vocalist and winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2014 with "Jien Ma Naħdimx" as well as to being a finalist in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2015; Marie Claire Attard Bason, another female vocalist who has been a part of the local festival circuit for a couple of years, getting through to the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, L-Għanja tal-Poplu and the Summer Hit Song Contest on several occasions and Claudia Faniello, a female singer/songwriter, sister of two-time representative Fabrizio Faniello, and a two-time runner-up in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

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During the final night (23rd May), the dubious honour will be given to; Brooke Borg, a female singer/songwriter whose local radio releases have led to her being nominated for Best Single, and Best Solo Artist on countless occasions; Davinia, a female singer/songwriter who has taken part in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions, even finishing in 3rd place back in 2013 with the song "Betrayed", and last but not least; Danica Muscat, an artist who kicked off her career in the Junior Eurosong, before reaching the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on at least 3 occasions. 

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All the LIVE blogging will be done through the Official Accounts on Facebook and Twitter, so whilst urging you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as the main portal, we hope that you will follow our comments throughout the rest of the week, and also share your opinion on the songs competing in this year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in Vienna, Austria.

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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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With temperatures already soaring at 29 Degrees Celsius, it is fair to say that Malta is looking towards an excruciatingly warm summer. Nevertheless, the public will hope to find solace in the blissful tunes that will emerge out of the local music industry, two (2) of which were made public earlier this week, "Keep Me In Love" by The New Victorians and "2 Hot 2 Handle" by Johnny Vincent & Rikki Lee.

"Keep Me In Love", the second single by The New Victorians, taken from their upcoming debut album set to be released later on this month, is a genre of music which has not been really experimented upon in Malta, yet closely resembles the sound emitted by Lauren Aquilina, the singer/songwriter with Maltese descent who is based in the United Kingdom, and is currently signed to Island Records. In support of this release, an accompanying music video has been shot, produced and directed in three (3) different locations by Malcolm Debono. The New Victorians will be giving a major performance at the Greek Theatre on the 5th June as part of Earth Garden. It also happens to be the launch date for their highly anticipated debut album.

"2 Hot 2 Handle", the latest music release by Rikki Lee, marks a second consecutive collaboration, albeit this time with Johnny Vincent, an upcoming DJ from Vienna, Austria. On first listen, the song instantly screams summer, noting that the thumping beginning is only eclipsed by an extremely strong chorus. Rikki Lee has been known to own the summer months with previous releases including "Feel Alive", "Smile" and "Lies". We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music scene.

Source: Press ReleaseJagged House

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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! Georgina, a female artist, and veteran, who was the first to represent Malta in English at the Eurovision Song Contest, while performing "Could It Be" in a duet with Paul Giordimaina, will be joined by Lawrence Gray, the male singer/songwriter who loves the international music competition and came twice close to representing Malta, finishing in second place in 1999, and 2003. They will be joined by 'Eurovision Time' hosts; Roderick Azzopardi Custo and Andrew Zahra, whose show will be kicking off in a couple of days time, in anticipation for the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest set to take place in Vienna, Austria. 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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Lynn Chircop, a successful female vocalist and musician, who had the immense opportunity to represent Malta at the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest with “To Dream Again”, was recently one of the special guests on “The Celebrity Night”, a Saturday night chat show hosted by Deo Grech on F Living.

In a short interview, she revealed that she had thought twice about going to the international music competition, due to many reasons I had wished I could postpone my opportunity to represent Malta after winning but considering the odds the experience turned out to be fruitful for my career and a person with other dreams to follow.

Asked by Deo Grech about the possibility of a return to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Lynn stated that she has written a song for every edition of the event since then, meaning that she has written no less than 12 possible entries, but never submit any of them. As many beforehand have stated, ‘never say never’.

In a second question, asked by lyricist Emil Calleja Bayliss, about whether she has ever thought of partaking in a competition with an original entry in Maltese, Lynn was even more positive noting that it is something she would like to do in the future, if time permits. 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 in Vienna, Austria.

Source: F Living, The Celebrity Night

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Amber, the female vocalist chosen to represent Malta at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest with "Warrior", an original song penned by Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca to the music of Elton Zarb, will be giving a LIVE interview to Juergen Boernig of Radio International in The Netherlands, just days prior to her departure for Vienna, Austria.

Apart from the means of FM Radio in the Netherlands on FM 106.8 and the audio stream from the studio via www.radiointernational.tv and on Digital Cable 781 & Cable 8.1Mhz in the Netherlands, the show will also be web-televised via the Radio International TV Channel from the studio and linking up the many international Eurovision fans and friends and play your requests and read your messages out on air. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET when fans can join in and chat amongst each other via the Chat Room and request their favourite Eurovision entry.

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: JJ ChircopPress Release

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Franklin Calleja, a respected male vocalist whose ascent to the top of the local music scene has been well documented through the depth of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, was recently selected to represent Malta in the next edition of the OGAE Second Chance Contest, following a democratic voting process.

"Still Here", written by Alexander Rybak, the male singer/songwriter who won the Eurovision Song Contest for Norway back in 2009, was the overwhelming winner. For the second time in as many months, the first runner-up was "Rush", written by Elton Zarb and Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca with vocals provided by Christabelle. Furthermore,  the second runner-up was "Secretly", written and performed by Corazon. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music industry.

Source: OGAE Malta

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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! The positive memories of 2003 will be rekindled as the star of the show, female singer/songwriter Lynn Chircop will be on hand to recount her experience with "To Dream Again", the entry written by Alfred Zammit and Cynthia Sammut, which had the opportunity to represent Malta. She will not be alone, as talented lyricist Emil Calleja Bayliss, responsible for 3 entries in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 and 2015; "Safe", "Close Your Eyes" and "12, Baker Street", Editor-In-Chief of escflashmalta.com as well as Managing Director of Ironic PR & Artist Management, Marc Calleja Bayliss and Natius Farrugia, one of the biggest fans of the Eurovision Song Contest and supporter of the local music industry will also be on hand to discuss this year's entries. 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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For the fifth consecutive year, the Beland events are presenting The Beland Music Festival in aid of Puttinu Cares. From the 27th till the 30th of May 2015, at Bulebel Zejtun. Four jam-packed festival dates. The festival has now made a name for itself as one of Malta’s main music events, bringing together a number of full blown concerts attracting thousands to the normally quiet area of the outskirts of Zejtun.

The event will kick off with a special concert by Airport Impressions on Wednesday 27th May where they will be supported by MilkMi and Xarulù.

All Pink Floyd fans will surely not want to miss the show on Thursday by the UK’s Number 1 Pink Floyd Tribute band - Think Floyd, with a brand new show featuring a complete performance of the 1975 album “Wish You Were Here”, arguably one of the band's finest albums, along with the whole range of classic Pink Floyd ranging from “The Dark Side of the Moon”, “The Wall”, “Animals”, “The Division Bell” and much more. Think Floyd will be supported by the band Paradox.

Ira Losco, together with her band, are preparing for another one of their unforgettable concerts on Friday 29th May. This is planned to be the greatest show of one of a limited number of appearances Ira will be doing this year – It is surely not to be missed. Ira Losco will be supported by Funk Initiative and Infinite Loop.

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Europe's No.1 Tribute To Bon Jovi, Dream Company will be closing the festival with another one of their massive concerts – with a set list of more than 3 hours featuring all the Bon Jovi classics. It’s going to be one wild night!

The whole event is being held at Bulebel, Zejtun and is on a free entrance basis while donations will be collected in aid of Puttinu Cares. Whilst urging you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter, we would like you to check out the full programme of events at www.belandevents.com

Source: Press Release

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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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