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In 2010, Thea Garrett had went on record stating that "music in life practically means everything, and that she aims to push as hard as she could in order to achieve her life's ambitions". This was audible during the postcard, prior to the performance of "My Dream", composed by Jason Paul Cassar to the lyrics of Sunny Aquilina, which would go onto triumph, winning almost the entire support of the professional panel of judges, and the public at home.

In a recent television interview with Owen Bonnici on the programme 'One Night Stand' which airs on ONE Television, Thea Garrett said that she would not consider going a step backwards and returning to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. The reasoning was that other opportunities should be taken as new avenues are explored. The singing sensation, now based in the United Kingdom, recently made it to the latter stages of a casting call for a role in the hit musical 'Les Miserables' on the West End. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: One Night Stand (ONE Television)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olmtbNlUAoE

The organising committee of L-Għanja tal-Poplu issued a Press Release accounting for the first details of the 39th edition, having successfully received a total of 105 submissions, a large number, especially taking into consideration the 71 and 34 entries which were submit for the 37th and 38th edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu, which took place in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

Due to the high interest, it was unanimously decided that the eliminatory phase should be split into two, ensuring that the members of the jury have the opportunity to pick the most suitable songs. At this stage, the organising committee thought it would be ideal to publish the names of the 35 songs through to the second phase of the competition, as they will be considered as possible finalists.

  • Assedju
  • Bandla
  • Battibekk
  • Bit-Tlikki Tlikki
  • Cans Ieħor
  • Charlie l-Artist
  • Darbtejn Insiru Tfal
  • Dawn l-Ghajnejn
  • Dellu Tqil
  • Fejn Marru t-Tfal
  • F'Ilsien in-Nies
  • Ġamri r-Raħħal
  • Għad Jiġi Zmien
  • Ġismi
  • Ħamiema Bajda
  • Illum Jien Pensjonant
  • Il-Lupu Li Tarah Hi Biss
  • Il-Malti
  • Inħobbhom ma Nistgħax
  • Insejt
  • Insejt Ngħix
  • Is-Sinjur
  • Jien u Int
  • Lampa Stampa
  • L-Għawdxija
  • Ma Nafekx
  • Mannikin
  • Min Taħseb li Int
  • Missier
  • Niftakarna
  • Normali
  • Pjan
  • Tgħallimt
  • Titkellimx
  • Waqt li Qed Nitfi d-Dawl

The 39th edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu will be taking place on the 21st March 2015, within the Sir Temi Żammit Hall at the University of Malta. The renowned local music competition not only promotes Maltese as a main language, but delves into the social theme element, hoping to raise awareness about several wordly topics. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2015.

Source: L-Għanja tal-Poplu (Official Facebook)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLzDgaoTSls

On the 21st March 2015,  Sir Temi Żammit Hall within the University of Malta will be playing host to the 39th edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a renowned local music competition, which not only promotes Maltese as a main language, but delves into the social theme element, hoping to raise awareness about several wordly topics.

During the years, the competition has been known to kickstart the careers of many performers, and as a result, escflashmalta.com has decided to speak to 3 vocalists, who went onto reach the live stages of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest following their victory in L-Għanja tal-Poplu. Next up is Corazon, a singer/songwriter, and 5-time participant in L-Għanja tal-Poplu, winning on 3 occasions, in 2007 with "Hawn Jien", in 2009 with "Tal-Aħħar" and in 2010 with "Mill-Għajnejn ta' Tifla".

10 years ago, at the beginning of your career in music, the results in music competitions were not positive, with L-Irġiel in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza 2005 and Kieku Taf in L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2006 both at the bottom of the leaderboard. How did you pick yourself up, to become the singer/songwriter you are today?

It was not a matter of picking myself up, but more a question of learning and developing one’s skills and talents. It is also a matter of gaining credibility. There was a time when my compositions were so new and so different that they would be automatically dismissed and sneered at. By time, things have changed and now many other artists have followed siut and inspired themselves from my style and I am proud of this. Interestingly enough, with regards to ‘Kieku Taf’, it is included in my most recent album ‘Hawn Jien’ and has proven to be one of its most popular tracks, albeit being one of my very first compositions, penned when I was only 16 years old. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdIQzV7JJ_8

As a matter of fact, just 12 months later, you re-entered L-Għanja tal-Poplu with another self-penned entry, Hawn Jien, finishing at the top of the leaderboard this time, and as a result, recording your first victory in a local competition. Looking back, what do you remember of the experience, and what kind of personal sentiment does the song hold?

I remember this episode very well. I was very young – 17 years old – and when my name was called out I was simply incredulous and ever so happy. That year, ‘Hawn Jien’ managed to gain full marks from all the judges in the panel and this was something extraordinary for me, especially because the subject of the song was so controversial and daring. There is an interesting episode attached to this song in that when I performed it during the festival, my microphone was not working for the first half of the song.

Panic-struck and inexperienced I stood still on stage for what seemed like a lifetime, until someone told me that I had to get off the stage and they will let me know whether I would have the chance to sing it again. Needless to say, I was given another chance to sing it and thank God for that! The song means a lot to me, especially due to the fact that winning the festival gave me the encouragement I needed to keep writing my own music in Maltese. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcv8EeoKWgI

Your debut album, also titled Hawn Jien, has been described as a true work of art by many, representing several social themes which had yet to be explored, whilst representing the best that the Maltese language is known to offer. Where did your love of the language start, and do you have any more material lined up for the future?

As a child, I read a lot of books in Maltese and was fascinated by Maltese poetry. Maltese literature exams were pretty easy for me as I knew most poems by heart and could quote them off the top of my head. I started writing poetry when I was still at Sixth Form – in fact I have quite a bulky collection of poems from that time – and then I started putting them to music. Of course my journey as a singer-songwriter has only just begun. I do have a lot of songs still waiting to be published and, of course, many more in my head waiting to be put down to pen and paper.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5BIcVG5oCg

As an artist, you have not only maintained a professional standing through L-Għanja tal-Poplu, but have also managed to get through to the live phase of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on 4 occasions, including just last November with one of your own compositions, Secretly. What kind of feeling does it evoke, knowing that Europe is watching, listening and judging your song, and would you do anything differently due to the end result?

I must say that Eurovision is a great experience every year but it doesn’t move me in the same way my music in Maltese does. That’s the truth.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8DtYcYK2sE

You are the undisputed queen of L-Għanja tal-Poplu, having taken part on 5 different occasions, and successfully coming out on top on three occasions; in 2006 with Hawn Jien, in 2009 with Tal-Aħħar and in 2010 with Mill-Għajnejn ta' Tifla. Do you have a favourite out of the 3 winning entries, and will you be one of the artists putting forward an entry for the 2015 edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu?

Well, my favourite entry was ‘Illejla B’Xejn’ for which I was awarded ‘Best Interpretation’ but not a placing. To be honest with you, I have considered entering this year’s festival, especially because I have written a very powerful piece of music which I think is very siuted for the festival. However, having thought over it well, I believe it best to allow space for other emerging artists in the festival and be present in support to them. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xgmpvbf7dA4

Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com

I have just released the second edition of my debut album of original songs in Maltese; ‘Hawn Jien’. This version includes two brand new tracks (13 in all). For more information please contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Finally, I have no words to thank all those who are supporting me in my career and who have made my music, their own. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugkqFpOcBbE

On an unsuspecting Friday, France Televisions, and most notably, France 2 made public the name of the artist, and the entry that will represent France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna, Austria. The undoubted honour has been given to Lisa Angell, who will be performing the chanson, 'N'Oubliez Pas', a ballad with an uplifting message.

Written by Robert Goldman, the man responsible for 'Je n’ai que mon âme', France's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2001, performed to perfection by Natasha St-Pier, the nation hopes to rekindle their former magic. 'N'Oubliez Pas' is a hymn to peace which strongly criticize violence and though it has been recorded in December, it has now a peculiar resonance further to the events which happened recently in France.

Lisa Angell, a 46 year old female singer, is experienced in the music industry, having released three solo studio albums with major record label backing, albeit little chart success. Succeeding TwinTwin might not be a diffiicult effort, considering that they finished at the bottom end of the scoreboard despite their energetic performance of 'Moustache'. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the Eurovision Song Contest 2015.

Source: France Televisions

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gctKM1Iu79w

It is fair to say that the search has commenced, with the Nordic countries looking for the best possible entries to represent them in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, set to take place in Vienna, capital city of Austria. In a three-part series, escflashmalta.com will be looking at the various selections, kicking off with Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) in Finland, and Melodi Grand Prix (MGP) in Norway.

Finland has had it’s most successful decade since they first entered the contest in 1961. Their win with Lordi in 2006 has certainly marked a positive turning point for the country. This might not equal the success of their Scandinavian neighbours, the combined score of Finland, a total of 544 points in all the finals, and only failing to make it through to that stage on two occasions, is nothing to be sniffed at for the many years when Finland battled Norway at the latter end of the table.

Semi-Final 1 (February 07)

Hans on the bass – "Loveshine"

Vilikasper Kanth – "Äänen kantamattomiin"

Norlan El Misionario – "No voy a llorar por ti"

Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät – "Aina mun pitää"

Pihka Ja Myrsky – "Sydän ei nuku"

Satin Circus – "Crossroads"

 

Semi-Final 2 (February 14)

Jouni Aslak – "Lions and lambs"

Eeverest – "Love it all away"

Otto Ivar – "Truth or dare"

Opera Skaala – "Heart of light"

Shava – "Ostarilla"

Siru – "Mustelmat"

 

Semi-Final 3 (February 21)

Aikuinen – "Kyynelten Iahti"

Ida Bois – "Kumbaya"

Järjestyshäiriö – "Särkyneiden sydänten kulmilla"

Angelo De Nile – "All for victory"

Heidi Pakarinen – "Bon voyage"

Solju – "Hold your colours"

Whilst I might not be in a position to comment on the artists in contention, it is fair to say that the songs in itself represent diversity in terms of genre, and likability, giving Finland a plethora of entries to choose from. On the other hand, the other contender for 'nul points' during the year has definitely been Norway, having achieved the feat in 1963, 1978, 1981, and 1997.

Smashing all previous Eurovision records in 2009 and winning by comfortable margins in both 1985 and 1995 you can safely say that when Norway is on form it certainly wins with style. Therefore, Norway’s combined finals score for the past ten years is 1054 second only to Sweden. Yesterday, in a Press Conference organised by NRK, the 11 finalists were made public, much to public anticipation.

Final (14th March)

Alexandra Joner - "Cinderella"

Contrazt - "Heaven"

Erlend Bratland - "Thunderstruck

Ira Konstantinidis - "We Don't Worry"

Jenny Langlo - "Next to You"

Karin Parik - "Human Beings"

Marie Klåpbakken - "Ta Meg Tilbake"

Mørland & Deborah Scarlett - "A Monster Like Me"

Raylee - "Louder"

Staysman & Lazz - "En Godt Stekt Pizza"

Tor & Bettan - "All Over the World"

In the second part of the Nordic series, escflashmalta.com will be having a look at Iceland and Denmark, as the songs are set to premiere rather earlier than usual in one instance, whilst the list of finalists will be made public in the other quite soon. 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: NRK, YLE, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTMli8U17MM

"No Surrender", an entry in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2011, and also title track of album number #6 for male singer/songwriter, Fabrizio Faniello might be taken more to heart, rather than rekindling his career in music, after going public with a drug addiction problem, from which he is still recovering. During a recent television interview with Peppi Azzopardi during "Xarabank" on Television Malta, the male vocalist revealed that the main aim behind the chat was for people to acknowledge their problem and seek support.

Fabrizio Faniello represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions, first in 2001 with "Another Summer Night", composed by Paul Abela to the lyrics of Georgina Abela and then in 2006 with "I Do", a song which he co-wrote with Aldo Spiteri. Since his comeback in 2011, with the aforementioned "No Surrender" co-written by Johan Stentorp and Johan Bejerholm, Fabrizio has gone onto win the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the song "Aħfirli Jekk Trid" composed by Dominic and penned by Rita Pace. 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: WE Media

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPVrNkLDXvM

On the 21st March 2015,  Sir Temi Żammit Hall within the University of Malta will be playing host to the 39th edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a renowned local music competition, which not only promotes Maltese as a main language, but delves into the social theme element, hoping to raise awareness about several wordly topics.

During the years, the competition has been known to kickstart the careers of many performers, and as a result, escflashmalta.com has decided to speak to 3 vocalists, who went onto reach the live stages of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest following their victory in L-Għanja tal-Poplu. First off is none other than Julie Pomorski, a relatively young performer whose triumph with the song "Żewġ Qagħqiet" written by Augusto Cardinali came back in 2005.

In 2005, Julie Pomorski emerged onto the local music scene, entering a first major competition, L-Għanja tal-Poplu, coming out triumphant with Żewġ Qagħqiet, written by Augusto Cardinali. Looking back, did you anticipate such an outcome?

I definatley did not! In fact we had submitted the song the year before and it wasn’t selected as a finalist! Funnily enough, we ended up winning the contest! I was quite tense that day as I’m not a ‘festival’ singer and there were many professional artists competing with me and I was still quite young. However, I think that it was a very good acchievment, maily because people still know me as ‘Julie taz- Żewġ Qagħqiet’ and people still request this song everywhere I go to perform after 10 years!

12 months later, you found out that you had made it through to the semi-final of the 2007 Malta Song for Europe with the song Look At Me, written by Philip Vella. What message did the song try to convey and who came up with the idea of that famous swing?

Well, Philip Vella wanted to write a song for me with a sweet ballad in mind. Consequently, he wanted me to look young and ‘Disney-princess-like’ on stage and I wanted to have the swing on stage. However I wanted proper swing going down from the top of the stage (similar to Moulin Rouge).. however we didn’t have the means to fix it. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVVogZCTJlQ

It is fair to say that in recent years, you have been relatively quiet, with regards to participating in music competitions, making a much anticipated comeback in the 2012 Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with Għidli Int, written by Augusto Cardinali. Have other things in your life taken precedence over music?

No not really, I was performing quite a lot with Etnika during this ‘missing-from-the-scene’ period. I was also studying to be a Kindergarten assistant while working from home as a Vocal coach. In 2010 I moved to Norway for a year and when I came back i started working with very long hours, so it was nearly impossible for me to focus on my career.  

To be honest I am not a huge fan of singing-competitions but unfortunately for me, Maltese people love them. Thus, I made this ‘come back’ with a Maltese song that meant a lot to me, as I am passionate about the cure of drug addiction. 

In 2014, you took part in the Summer Hit Song Contest with Shout!, written by Dominic Cini and Rita Pace. This was the first original song in English since Shades of Memories, written by Johann Schembri, which you took part with in the 2009 Malta Hit Song Contest. What was the reason behind the submission, and how would you describe the experience?

Well, I took this festival very lightly as it was more of a way to boost my popularity with the public. Deo Grech and the fLiving team did a superb festival, filled with opportunities for us singers to be properly promoted. I think that all in all, it was THE festival that I had most fun in! The contestants were so warm and friendly, and it was more of a show for us rather than a competition. In fact, I am thinking about submitting another song  this year!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeHzG8ZDImc

Professional personnel in the music industry denote L-Għanja tal-Poplu as to being the longest running competition which promotes original songs in Maltese. Would you consider making a return, and what advice would you give to those wishing to take part?

Well I would like to return to this festival; however I didn’t come across a ‘good enough’ song to perform with. I would also like to write my next Maltese song. 

I think that the advice for any artist is that if they are willing to compete in any festival; if you truly believe in a music piece, make it a point to bring it out to the world :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jpsih9Z_whM

At the end of the year, projects and ideas start to come to mind, due to some initial planning. Do you have any which you would like to go through in 2015, and could you reveal some of them?

Well I am currently setting up my own Facebook page and I am also working on something good to come out this Summer....stay tuned!

Would you like to say anything to the readers of escflashmalta.com?

If you’re reading this interview than THANK YOU for showing interest in the Maltese music industry!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STbDFQZq9uM

'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.

Michelle Mifsud, a female singer/songwriter who has been on a roller-coaster ride for the past 12 months, having accompanied the group Firelight at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Coming Home", written by Richard Edwards Micallef, making it through to the final stage of the competition, and eventually going onto release an album, one entitled "Talk Dirty". She will be sharing the female spotlight with a relatively young performer, isabelleluca, who has been studying in the United Kingdom, hoping to create music with an international sound.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdEItaYD-Bw

Klinsmann, a popular face among the younger generation, and recently fronting a band called Planet Seed, which topped the local radio charts, on more than one occasion. The male singer/songwriter has been relatively quiet in the past couple of months, not too mention shying away from the festival circuit almost entirely. Apart from denoting his participation back in 2007 with "She Gives Me Wings", written by Mark Spiteri Lucas and Rita Pace, Klinsmann also had a popular duet with Ben, entitled "This Love" which he co-wrote with Jonathan Spiteri.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcBaHlYm4mQ

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 escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: F Living

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4B-2wZi8_w

ONE Radio 92.7 and ONE Television merge into a professional broadcasting house, whose output is of extremely high quality. One such programme delivered through this system is "Clint on ONE" hosted by Clint Bajada, which aims to brings musicianship back into the term artist, promoting the singer in a setup where being comfortable is a necessity.  Following a much anticipated return, this week, the programme will be welcoming, The Crowns.

The Crowns, a pop/rock band which features; Gianluca Cappitta, Jean-Paul Mollicone, Chris Ciantar, Luke Vella Clark and Victorio Gauci, released their debut album, "Someone Else" on the 3rd May 2013, receiving several positive reviews. At the moment, they are in the process of co-writing their sophomore album, along with all the preceding singles.  Having signed an agreement with Ironic PR & Artist Management late in 2014, the pop/rock band will be entering what should be a busy 2015.

"Clint on ONE" airs every Saturday morning as from 11am onwards, so make sure to tune into ONE Radio 92.7 and ONE Television. Any foreign fans will also be able to follow the show through the LIVE streaming portion which is offered through the official website of ONE. 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: Clint on ONE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdaebQwIYSU

In 2014, "Tu Primo Grande Amore", sung by Vincenzo Cantiello was triumphant during the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, giving rise to speculation that Italy could be taking over from Malta, as hosts of the prestigious event. RAI, the public broadcaster on behalf of Italy has declined the opportunity to take on the event, thus prompting a bidding process, one which includes 'two countries', according to Vladislav Yakovlev, Executive Producer of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Around the internet message boards, it is speculated that two countries, Bulgaria and Malta, have shown interest in hosting the 2015 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The first runner-up, has been gunning for the right to take on such a prestigious event, noting that Krisia, Hasan and Ibrahim were sent to participate in 2014 through a private broadcaster. On the other hand, the Public Broadcasting Services were excellent hosts with many members of the foreign press commenting that they would not mind returning in 12 months.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wadHSXst3qk

The European Broadcasting Union will most likely make a decision by the end of January, with Vladislav Yakovlev stating that they would be 'excited to work with either of them on Junior Eurovision 2015' adding that they are 'lucky to be in a position that two broadcasters would like to host'. 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.

Source: junioreurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBB9f3YdGEs