Lemons are existent for a purpose, and that is to be turned into lemonade and whilst situations might look somewhat difficult at times, one has to see the light at the end of the tunnel and encounter the issue head on. Writing is one of the stumbling blocks that an individual may face especially when it is a line of work because being original and creative takes a lot of time and dedication. Evelyn Saliba La Rosa and Michael Vella Haber would like to transcend their thoughts into a script and that is why the television series D.R.E.A.M.S came into existence with a flair for music inspired by international sitcoms such as Glee and Smash amongst others. Scriptwriting is one thing but penning the lyrics to songs composed by Maestro Ray Agius is clearly another and it seems that success is always well attributed. escflashmalta.com has always been proud to support upcoming artists and this is one series which promotes the future of the local music industry. Rewind Productions in collaboration with Television Malta will be airing the nineteenth episode this evening.
Gloria (Joanne Busuttil) and Robert (Andre' Penza) are no longer married according to the recent progression of events noting that separation papers have been filed and it seems that Edward (Manuel Cutajar) is already taking advantage of the situation by virtue of asking her out on a date. Despite the reluctance, Gloria accepts on the condition that they are just friends. Celebration is definitely not a word that comes to mind in her current situation but nevertheless, Edward had other plans and it seems that she is being played big time. The audience knows a bit of the background story but nevertheless, the relationship with Cynthia (Stephanie Attard Vella) is very much difficult to understand. The truth is always revealed at one point and it seems that more will be known by tonight! Relationships in recent weeks have somewhat been extremely messy whether inclined within a family or whether developing in terms of love. The next couple to garner airtime is the one featuring Jade (Rachel Genovese) and Alex (Luke Brincat) who are keeping things at an extremely low profile.
The two absolutely hated each other at the beginning as seen when given the assignment by Carlo Francalanza (Joe Tanti) but it seems that the social issues that they both seem to be facing incorporating the element of exclusion has brought them together. Moments are hard to get and during a conversation between Alex and Jade, it seemed that things were steadily progressing until the former gets a phonecall, most likely from Gina (Josephine Fuller), his mother unless it was someone who might be spying on the whole family. The story is once more pretty much in the dark and the audience might have to wait a while until they come to know of all the details. Helen (Roberta Briffa) gave Karen (Lara Dimech) a lot of hefty information to handle especially for a teenager raising a child but despite disappointing her daughter in not giving her the name of her actual father, she is seemingly giving clues and hands her a note with some details scribbled down. Tonight! Another scintillating episode of D.R.E.A.M.S awaits on Television Malta right after the evening news bulletin at around 20:45 CET.
Source: Rewind Productions
Italy has been extremely successful since returning to the Eurovision Song Contest and it seems that the trend will indeed continue as Marco Mengoni takes to the stage in Sweden with his entry L'Essenziale which he co-wrote with Francesco De Benedittis and Roberto Casalino. Sanremo, the annual festival of music in Italy is known to be a boost in the industry but Mengoni is exceeding all expectations. His winning entry has already been certified double platinium and is at the top of the singles chart for the sixth consecutive week.
L'Essenziale is part of the sophomore album #PRONTOACORRERE, released by Sony Music Italy and the management think that it is best to continue promoting Marco as a versatile artist and lead in with a brand new single, the title track of the studio album. In a video chat with TG1 on Rai Uno, it was said that the decision was unanimous because an uptempo track always follows a ballad. Nevertheless, this is not just any ordinary track having been penned by none other than Mark Owen of the popular group, Take That. As a matter of fact, an English demo of the track has also been released whilst a special version of the song has also been included on the album. This Saturday night, Marco Mengoni will be one of the guests of the Eurovision In Concert alongside Gianluca. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news.
Source: Rai Uno, Ilkar.blogspot.com
Tomorrow, co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals provided by Gianluca will be performing in sixth position within the second semi-final of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malmö, Sweden. This was decided by the producers of the international spectacle who are working in accordance with the European Broadcasting Union in order to ensure a stunning evening filled with original music representative of each country. We would like to invite you to the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. 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.
Malta are yet to win the Eurovision Song Contest managing to finish in second place on two occasions, the first time in 2002 with Ira Losco and her entry 7th Wonder composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg as well as in 2005 with Chiara and her self-penned song Angel. Nevertheless, that does not mean that they are not putting their best efforts to work noting that this time round, they are seemingly giving the opportunity to Gianluca and his song Tomorrow as mentioned above. During the selection process, we had the opportunity to interview most of the finalists along with some of those who failed to make it through to the final. One of the former acts though were surely the group Scar who are well known in the country with a string of radio successes especially off their latest album, Breaking Radio Silence which included their award nominated track, White Lie. The interview with singer/songwriter Konrad Pule encompasses the past, present and the future. They competed with a track entitled Superstar.
Portugal will not be taking part in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the broadcaster responsible for the participation, RTP caught in financial struggles and issues of privatisation but nevertheless, we expect them to return in due course. The country has never managed to finish on top of the leaderboard of the international spectacle and their last two participations were non-qualification attempts unfortunately. Filipa Sousa and her entry Vida Minha did not have the appropriate draw to carry her through to the final because the song was truly magical. We had the opportunity to speak to the former representative about her participation as well as her respective career at the moment. Nevertheless, this will not be the only interview from Portugal and this is due to the fact that we also had the chance to speak to one of the contenders in the 2012 national selection, Gerson Santos with his track Redescrobrir Portugal. Unfortunately the track was not well received and did not do well in the final, only managing one (1) point but nevertheless, that does not take away from the talents of any individual.
There will also be an interview with Rene Romkes, organiser of the Eurovision In Concert. Radio International is always keen to present songs during the show apart from the weekly features and therefore, collaborating the two ideas together will see the emergence of Eurovision UnverCover whereas tracks performed at the Eurovision Song Contest will be covered by other singers. The actual tracks will be played first followed by the cover and this will make things interesting. Apart from this feature, there will be new material played on the show by a number of former representatives including Lara Fabian. All of the latest news is also covered during the weekly broadcast noting resources from escflashmalta.com and escXtra where Luke Fisher, the Editor makes a weekly round-up. A round up of the current betting odds of this years' Eurovision Song Contest will be conducted by Alasdair Rendall. Follow the show through the official website and also send your requests through the contact link which is found on the aforementioned website.
Source: Radio International
After last year’s concert was proven to be a great success, a group of young adults within St.Pauls’s Band club of Safi shall be once again organising this concert. One of the main organisers, Joseph Barber, willl be the presenter on the night. It shall include different singers to last year’s show, but will none the less consist of some of Malta’s greatest talent, with the most anticipated participant being Gianluca Bezzina.
This concert will be embellished with amazing voices which are familiar, particularly to viewers of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Four main vocalists will be headlining the event this time round. Danica Muscat, a two time Malta Eurovision Song Contest participant, mainly known for her participation in the television programme, Io Canto on Canale 5. Glen Vella, who represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2011 with the track One Life composed by Paul Giordimaina and penned by Fleur Balzan. Amber, second runner-up in last years' national selection with Answer With Your Eyes composed by the same team behind Glen's entry. The surprise guest of the show is surely Federika Falzon, winner of a competition in Sanremo along with the Zodiac Dancers who will provide further entertainment away from a vocal stand point.
This years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest saw an artist rise to the occasion with Gianluca coming out as the winner with Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. Next month, Gianluca will be represent Malta in Sweden but prior to that he will make a special appearance at this event in particular. The concert will be divided into two sections, where in each section every singer will sing their three most successful tracks. This two hour long, taking place at the Safi Primary School on Friday 19th April, 2013 will begin at 8.30pm. Tickets can be obtained from Safi’s St. Paul’s Band Club or Local Council at the price of 8EU. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.
Source: Press Release
The Cultural Ambassador for Malta, Joseph Calleja is currently one of the most prominent figures in the world of classical music, having the opportunity to give performances across the globe. Decca, the classical subsidiary of Universal Music represents the renowned tenor and has released all of his material thus far including his top three charting albums, The Maltese Tenor in 2011 and Be My Love - A Tribute to Mario Lanza in 2012 respectively. In recent years, the success of his work has led to an extremely popular profile and as a matter of fact leads to the current state of affairs, a nomination in the inaugurual edition of The International Opera Awards.
The Hilton Park Lane in London, United Kingdom will be hosting the ceremony on the 22nd April 2013 and a massive turnout is expected to ensure continuation in the coming years. Joseph Calleja is nominated for the Best Male Singer Award and the public has the opportunity to aid their loyal ambassador with a vote, by clicking on this link here. Patriot is one of the best words used to describe Calleja noting that he has always ensured the promotion of the country abroad. In recent days, a German film crew filmed the most historical sites in the capital city of Valletta and Joseph Calleja acted as the tour guide for the day. In an interview with The Times of Malta, he stated that this is not the first time that he has ensured promotion of the country and the capital whilst stating that the people 'have a duty to be ambassadors'. Earlier this year, Joseph Calleja also pledged his full support towards Gianluca and his Eurovision Song Contest entry Tomorrow. The editorial team of escflashmalta.com would like to wish him the very best of luck with his nomination.
Source: Official Facebook Page
In 1973, the Youth Travel Circle organised the first edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a popular song festival in which all of the entries have to be original and specificially in Maltese. Amongst the former winners of the competition, there are several artists who have gained a solid reputation over the years including; Philip Vella, Enzo Gusman, Glen Vella, Eleanor Cassar, Janvil and Corazon. A mixture of upcoming and established performers and songwriters are to be noted in this years' competition which comprises of nineteen (19) entries in total. The shortlist was decided by a professional judging panel who surely looked at several elements including vocals, lyrics and music along with the final product altogether.
Frank O'Neill and Valerie Vella have been chosen as hosts of this years' competition as revealed exclusively by escflashmalta.com earlier on whilst Sir Temi Żammit Hall will be the venue as has been the case in recent years. Tickets which have been priced at €10 could be purchased here. L-Għanja tal-Poplu is a competition which prides itself on having live musical instruments during every performance. As a matter of fact, despite having other competitions in which original songs in Maltese are exhibited, it is the only one with such an element, thus making it truly unique. In the meantime, the committee responsible for the organisation of the local competition has also unveiled the running order of the entries as certified by Notary Dr.Paul Callus.
- Il-Gwardjan - Indri Attard (Kevin Tanti / Chan Vella)
- Anġli Bla Ġwenħajn - Romina Mamo (Deo Grech / Heathcliff Balzan)
- Ibni - Teddie Zammit (Paul Attard / Teddie Zammit)
- Għal Dejjem - Marie Claire Attard Bason (Emil Calleja Bayliss / Mark Scicluna)
- Bikja Mid-Deżert - Leanne Attard (Sylvia Caruana / Dario Bezzina)
- Bit-Tof... Ma Tofx...? - Ta' Verna (Rita Pace / George Bonello)
- Nammetti Li Ma Naf Xejn - Mistura (Antonio Olivari)
- Is-Sajjied Tax-Xatt Tax-Xlokk - Alwyn Borg Myatt (Alwyn Borg Myatt / Conrad Briffa)
- Virtwali - Estelle Fenech Imbroll (Paul Attard / Mark Scicluna)
- It-Tweġiba - Corazon (Corazon Mizzi)
- Kuluri, Lwien - X-Tend (Charles Dalli)
- Taħnina - Fiona Camilleri (Robert Carbonaro)
- Il-Maltin Bil-Politka Mehdijin - Justin Galea u Banda Briganti (Keith Muscat / Sylvan Borg)
- Tinsinix - Maria Debono (Rita Pace)
- Grajja ta' Kull Żmien - Corinne Caruana (Christopher Azzopardi / Maria Azzopardi)
- Id-Dar Għal Bejgħ - Charles Dalli (Pawlu Zammit / Charles Dalli)
- Hawn Siġġu Nieqes - Cherise Attard (Paul Ellul / Mark Spiteri Lucas)
- Signor Si - Dorothy Muscat (Joe Julian Farrugia / Sammy Galea)
- Pupazz - Rita Pace ( Emil Calleja Bayliss / Rita Pace)
In 2010, the editorial board of escflashmalta.com came together for the first time and one of the aims sought out was to represent the local music scene in the best possible way. At the same time, Gianluca Cappitta on guitars, Jean-Paul Mollicone on keyboards, Chris Ciantar on bass, Luke Vella Clark on drums and Victorio Gauci on vocals had just come together, forming a band known as The Crowns which we endorsed and promote. Best New Artist nominations came quickly at both the Bay Music Awards and the Malta Music Awards respectively and original music just became a passion rather than work. Their debut album entitled Someone Else will be launched on the 20th April 2013 but nevertheless, Home precedes the album release and it is currently playlisted by all major radio stations in the country.
The fourth single off their anticipated debut album is also being aided by an official music video as has been the case with Never Ends, which was the third single release. Temple Studios, home to The Crowns since their inception have worked really hard to produce yet another professional track, one which is immersing an international sound within a local product without losing authenticity. Character is always vital in music and considering that the local music scene offers several bands including Scar, Airport Impressions, Red Electrick, Winter Moods and Planet Seed amongst others, one has to stand out whilst remaining true to the music. escflashmalta.com invites all fans of the industry to attend the launch of the group for which more details could be seen on the Facebook event. Stay tuned for all of the latest news.
Alyona Lanskaya will be representing Belarus in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Sweden with the song Solayoh composed by Marc Paelinck and penned by Martin King. Ten participants put their name forward to represent the eastern country in the esteemed music event but at the end of the evening, both the public and the jury selected Alyona to take on the role. She selected a track that encompasses the best of more than one genre and creating a Turkish flavour in a year when the country is missing might have been quite ideal. Solayoh has been receiving positive acclaim across the board and has also been doing resoundingly well in the betting odds.
Our colleagues at oikotimes.com exclusively published the official preview video that will be accompanying the track and whilst the focus is definitely on the slick choreography also most likely transcendent on the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest, the key interest is a special guest star. Alexander Rybak, winner of the 2009 edition of the music edition on behalf of Norway is supporting his home country this year and thus makes a cameo within the preview video. Solayoh has been released internationally on digital stores such as iTunes through CAP-Sounds, the same music label which houses two time Eurovision Song Contest representative, Fabrizio Faniello amongst others. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.
Bonnie Tyler is a legendary vocalist from the eighties who will be trying to rekindle the flame of success for the United Kingdom during this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malmö, Sweden. The track that she will be performing during the grand final of the esteemed music competition is entitled Believe In Me and it is co-written by Desmond Child, Lauren Christy and Christopher Braide who have individually worked together with artists such as Lana Del Ray, Cher, Christina Aguilera, Jason Mraz, Britney Spears, Ricky Martin and Avril Lavigne amongst others. The song itself has also been included in the latest album by Bonnie entitled Rocks and Honey published through ZYX Music and Warner Music which has peaked at number #59 in both Germany and Switzerland respectively.
In the meantime, the British Broadcasting Corporation are slightly more optimistic than they were last year because Bonnie Tyler is still touring all across the continent with shows in the aforementioned countries along with positive publicity in worldwide media. Currently betting odds pit the United Kingdom in tenth place ahead of recent winners Azerbaijan but behind this years' hosts Sweden. In an effort to continue aiding the promotion, the broadcaster has enlisted Blutonium Boy and Matty Menck to work on a remix of the track Believe In Me and came up with the song which you could hear below. The two individuals have garnered experience through the years in the house and trance business and both hail from Germany which has become a basis for the career of Bonnie Tyler in recent years. She will be Holding Out for a Hero come May as she represents the United Kingdom but until then, stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news updates.
Fejn Tħobb il-Qalb and Fjura fil-Kantina are two of the most popular compositions in the music industry and have long become a part of the music heritage that the country has to offer. The individual behind them was none other than Maestro Ray Agius who also contributed to the nations' success in the Eurovision Song Contest with Keep Me In Mind in 1995 and Let Me Fly in 1997. He is currently writing brand new tracks for what has been coined as the popular music drama known as D.R.E.A.M.S with both the lyrics of the songs along with the script written by Michael Vella Haber and Evelyn Saliba La Rosa. Both have garnered experience of scriptwriting throughout the years and their projects have somewhat always proven successful. In the meantime, With original tracks performed each week to a scintillating script, it is no wonder why this series has proved popular finally giving those teenagers a proper line of drama to follow on television. Rewind Productions in collaboration with Television Malta will be airing the eighteenth episode this evening.
Turmoil. Clearly the word that needs to be used to describe the current state of the relationship between Brandon (Jean Pierre Cassar) and Antoinette (Annalise Psaila) especially after a meeting with Damian (Andre' Mangion) which was not perceived in the manner it was truly conducted. This was nevertheless another plan set-up by Tiffany (Kristen Camilleri) who is starting to get on the nerves of many of the audience for the simple reason that her plot of bringing Brandon and Antoinette apart is working. Still, it seems that Katia (Jade Cini) is seemingly getting to the bottom of things. Karen (Lara Dimech) is visited by her mother, Helena (Roberta Briffa) after several years of no communication whatsoever and it seems that conscience is becoming more of an issue over what Jeremy (Mikhail Attard) heard his grandmother (Maria Attard) say on the phone whilst passing by her room on his way to bed late at night.
Sue (Ruth Sammut Casingena) has somewhat become a protagonist and an antagonist at the very same time for the simple reason that despite the fact that she has clear feelings for Robert (Andre' Penza) she has never acted on them but others are doing so on their behalf and have led to the dissolution of the marriage to Gloria (Joanne Busuttil). Edward (Manuel Cutajar) is doing everything in his will to make sure that this takes place and thus is working closely with Cynthia (Stephanie Attard Vella). Turning attention to prison where Hilda (Evelyn Saliba La Rosa) is serving her sentence having been part of a robbery, she was visited by her identical twin sister, Flavia (Evelyn Saliba La Rosa). The conversations are far less intense nowadays after the truth of the past was revealed. Hilda cannot do anything from prison and therefore she asks Flavia a favour, one which might be a bit too difficult to carry out but nevertheless, possible. Tune in tonight at 20:45 CET for another stunning episode of D.R.E.A.M.S only on Television Malta.
Source: Rewind Productions, escflashmalta.com