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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.

Joseph Refalo, a male vocalist, student of Pamela Bezzina at Vocal Booth Studios, who is quickly becoming an established performer in his own right, having made it through to the final phase of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, and the Summer Hit Song Contest, not too mention having had the opportunity to be on stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, once as part of the interval act along with the cast of the drama series 'D.R.E.A.M.S' which aired on Television Malta, and once as a backing vocalist to Franklin Calleja during "Still Here", an original song written by Alexander Rybak which finished in 5th place.

Simone Gauci, a young and talented female vocalist whose first appearance in a local music competition came during the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza 2012, by virtue of winning the wildcard offered by Spiteri Lucas Entertainment during the show "Passport 2 Indifest". She would reach the final once more in 2014, whilst also making the final of the Summer Hit Song Contest 2014 and subsequently L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2015. The third and final guest is male singer/songwriter, Rosman Pace, who has been part of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest final on several occasions; 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011. He has also been a finalist in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, and the Summer Hit Song Contest.

This and much more during this week's episode of 'The Celebrity Night' which airs on Saturday night at 20:30 on F Living Channel. We urge you to stay tuned to even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: F Living

In summer, the local music industry tends to thrive, if the past has anything to do with the present, and despite the fact that Post-Eurovision Depression is deeply rooted, we are attempting to push it back as much as possible, prior to the re-emergence of a new national finals season. We are attempting to do this through a series of interviews with vocalists from the local music industry, as well as acts competing in the Summer Hit Song Contest. The first artist is none other than three-time Malta Eurovision Song Contest participant, Franklin Calleja.

Having emerged triumphant on the 3rd season of “Don’t Stop Me Now” back in 2012 by winning the maximum support of the in-house panel, you have become a household name to the general public. Did you expect such a positive reaction, and what was the reason behind entering the reality show?

For me, Don’t Stop Me Now was a magical door that opened and led me to what and who I am today. I always wanted to make it in the music industry but never had the courage. Thanks to Glen Vella, who by the way, sent the application for the programme in my name himself without my permission (haha), I was chosen and also won it. To be very honest, I never expected to have such good feedback from the televiewers and the judges, let alone to win the whole contest!

In 2014, you were one of the few artists alongside Raquel, Corazon, Daniel Testa, Christabelle, Deborah C, Jessika and Amber to get through to both editions of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, first off with “Love Will Take Me Home” written by Glen Vella, Beatrice Eriksson, Marcus Frenell and Michael James Down, and then with “Still Here” written by Alexander Rybak. What does each experience in such a competition mean to you, and which was your favourite song out of the two?

(Thought for a quite a few time, but I can’t decide hehe) Every song I had in the Malta Eurovision meant a lot to me and my team, and we always worked hard to try and achieve the best possible results. Every year we try to do our utmost to come up with a better song than the previous so I think that every year I’m trying to give a more solid and better performances, even vocally.

In Malta, the local music scene is somewhat limited to a series of competitions, and the radio circuit, both of which have somewhat become intertwined in recent years. Would you rule out future participation from other local competitions such as the Summer Hit Song Contest, the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, L-Għanja tal-Poplu and the International Festival of Maltese Song, considering that you have only taken part in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest?

Never say never! :D All festivals are well organized and very professional but at the moment i’m more focused in something that is giving me a lot of satisfaction lately; teaching lovely kids and helping them to evolve their vocals. Something which I really love to do – giving what I have been taught and the ability to transmit the passion I have for music, to them.

It has recently been made public that you have taken up the role of vocal coach at La Voix Academy, an institution which has spawned Gaia Cauchi, Federica Falzon and Christina Magrin amongst others. What motivated you to hone young talent, and how could people seek your services?

As I said in the previous question, this is my current satisfaction. I always loved and enjoyed my self being surrounded by kids, and now I love them even more! You see them growing vocal-wise with your help, is something that you can’t even explain. I’m receiving an award at the end of every day, going back home happy knowing that I’m helping tomorrow’s talent, is something extraordinary! :D Thanks Gillian Attard for the opportunity to work with La Voix Academy!

Would you like to say anything to our readers at

It’s always nice to be back with an interview on, sending my best regards to all the readers; Maltese & also foreigners! Xx :D

Davinia, a twenty-two year old female singer/songwriter, recently relocated to the United States of America in order to pursue a music career in a foreign country, hoping to break through on another level, has been humming melodies, and scribbling down lyrics with songwriter Nick Lopez.

One of the advanced projects which they had been working on at length was the original song “Round & Round” which is being presented as Davinia’s brand new single, and the first in 2015. This serves as a follow-up to “Ouch!”, produced by Carlo Gerada and co-penned with Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca and “Brand New Day”, composed by Elton Zarb and penned by Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca’. 

In tune with a warm expectant summer, “Round & Round” is a fine mixture of pop, rhythm & blues, funk as well as soul, four genres which Davinia has previously had the opportunity to perform separately but not as a combination. As a co-writer, Davinia states that this is a ‘fun song which people will hum and bop along to instantly’. 

For more information about Davinia, we urge you to visit the social media page or Stay tuned to even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: Press Release

Malta, one of the smallest members of the European Broadcasting Union and host country of the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest has officially confirmed participation for 2015 with Television Malta, the main broadcasting arm of the Public Broadcasting Services set to air transmission. This was made public through, the official website of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

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. 

The news now confirmed by the Public Broadcasting Services, has also seen the return of a public competition with rules and regulations available by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the official electronic mail address for the broadcasting house. It is worth noting that the competition could feature both original and cover songs, but the winner will have a completely different song. Every application has to be submitted on the 19th June against a payment of €150.

We urge you to stay tuned to even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Malta's participation in the 2015 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.


It's a wrap! Vienna, the capital city of Austria, known as the epitome of culture has had the opportunity to play host to the Eurovision Song Contest, and setting the record for boasting equal opportunities throughout the whole show. At the end of the spectacle, "Heroes", sung by Mans Zelmerlow, on behalf of Sweden was crowned winner, with "A Million Voices", sung by Polina Gagarina on behalf of Russia finishing in second place and "Grande Amore", interpreted to perfection by Il Volo for Italy landed third place.

In Malta, it was the usual chant of "let's boycott the event", following the non-qualification of Amber whose entry "Warrior" was penned by Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca to the music of Elton Zarb. Not all was lost, as the semi-final results proved to tell a different story with Malta finishing in 5th place with the professional jury, and 14th place with the public at home.

Once more, the overall result was 11th place, a feat which Malta had the misfortune to also face back in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest when Glen Vella sang "One Life", composed by Paul Giordimaina and penned by Fleur Balzan. In this competition, it is important to be innovative not only in the creation of the song, but also in the visual aspect of the presentation, and that is something that each singer, songwriter, manager and publicist should look to prior to entering next year's edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

On another note, I would like to personally thank the editorial team of including our affiliates Radio International and ESCnews for their continued support, as well as the special guest bloggers; Lyndsay, Marilena Gauci, Christabelle, Claudia Faniello, Brooke, Marie Claire Attard Bason, Danica Muscat, Tinatin Japaridze and Karen DeBattista. Until next year, in Sweden, we urge you to stay tuned to even through Facebook and Twitter.

In Vienna, the capital city of Austria, dress rehearsals for the final night of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 are currently taking place, as twenty (20) participating countries were selected from the semi-finals through a mixture of public and jury voting in order to join the seven (7) pre-determined finalists, who secured their place as part of the guidelines of the event, as set forth by the European Broadcasting Union.

As participants drew their part of the running order in the post semi-final press conferences, the excitement grew with regards to how the final line-up will look like, and in the wee hours of morning, the European Broadcasting Union made public the running order in which each of the finalists will be presenting their respective entry.

01. Slovenia

02. France

03. Israel

04. Estonia

05. United Kingdom

06. Armenia

07. Lithuania

08. Serbia

09. Norway

10. Sweden

11. Cyprus

12. Australia

13. Belgium

14. Austria

15. Greece

16. Montenegro

17. Germany

18. Poland

19. Latvia

20. Romania

21. Spain

22. Hungary

23. Georgia

24. Azerbaijan

25. Russia

26. Albania

27. Italy

Unfortunately, Malta is not part of this line-up, despite the fact that Amber gave a stunning interpretation of her entry "Warrior", her original entry penned by Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca to the composition of Elton Zarb. Nevertheless, we urge you to stay tuned to even through Facebook and Twitter as our LIVE blogging continues, with Antoine Farrugia, Marc Calleja Bayliss, Brooke Borg and Davinia Pace during the final night of the worlds' most prestigious event in Malta.


Earlier this afternoon, the first dress rehearsal for the second semi-final took place at the Wiener Stadhalle in Vienna, Austria as the Eurovision Song Contest heads into another eventful showcase, after noting the success of Albania, Armenia, Russia, Romania, Hungary, Greece, Estonia, Georgia, Serbia, Belgium. In a striking performance, filled to the brim with confidence, Amber gave her utmost and shone as she sang "Warrior", her original song penned by Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca with music by Elton Zarb.

Tonight! Our "Warrior" will have another dress rehearsal, and it is quite an important one, noting that the professional juries across the 17 competing countries as well as Australia, Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom will be deciding 50% of the final results. Remember that will be LIVE blogging through the Facebook and Twitter accounts for all the three shows with stars such as; Davinia, Brooke, Danica Muscat, Christabelle, Marie Claire Attard Bason and Karen DeBattista amongst others. Stay tuned!

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On Monday, the Wiener Stadhalle in Vienna, Austria will be welcoming an audience for the very first time, as the dress rehearsals for the first semi-final kick-off an extremely busy week, one which will lead to the grand final on Saturday 23rd May 2015. In a formal event, used an an introductory meet and greet, the participants of the biggest music competition in the world gather round and relax, prior to the week long journey.

Clad in a beautiful emerald green dress, Amber took to the red carpet, accompanied by songwriters Elton Zarb and Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca, whilst accompanied by the Maltese Delegation, led by Anton Attard. Our "Warrior" will take to the stage on Thursday in slot number #5. Remember that will be LIVE blogging through the Facebook and Twitter accounts for all the three shows with stars such as; Davinia, Brooke, Danica Muscat, Christabelle, Marie Claire Attard Bason and Karen DeBattista amongst others. Stay tuned!


It is hard to believe that it has already been a long week of rehearsals at the Wiener Stadhalle in Vienna, Austria and today marks the second time that the acts of the 2nd semi-final take to the stage, including our very own "Warrior", Amber. Vocally flawless, there was a certain aura surrounding the vocalist that saw her feeling more at ease with the surroundings, and thus emerging as more relaxed on camera. 

The beautiful black lace, shimmers through the blue light, and creates a rather beautiful visual. Once the songs' chorus kicks in, a change of colour ensues, with orange becoming predominant as wings are shown on screen to emit the idea of being independent, free and fighting for what you believe in.

This was a much polished rehearsal, which only augurs well for Amber, Elton Zarb, Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca, and the rest of the Maltese Delegation, as the date of the semi-final etches closer. We urge you to stay tuned to even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Malta's participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015.


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, 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.

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.

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.

All the LIVE blogging will be done through the Official Accounts on Facebook and Twitter, so whilst urging you to stay tuned to 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.