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On the 21st and 22nd November, the Public Broadcasting Services will be hosting the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest at the Marsa Shipbuilding. 20 acts will be taking centre stage, in hope of representing the country at next year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, being held in Vienna, Austria. Over the next couple of weeks, escflashmalta.com will be publishing a series of interviews with all the participants. Whilst thanking the Public Broadcasting Services for this opportunity, Let's continue and follow things up with Raquel Galdes.

Would you kindly introduce your entry to our readers and also identify the meaning behind the lyrics?

Stop Haunting Me is produced by Elton Zarb and written by Muxu.

It is a song that is personal to me and my songwriter. It talks about the moment you finally move on from a bad stage in your life, and you are finally doing good, and have found peace within yourself, but your past keeps haunting you and reminding you of all that once happened, You finally found peace within yourself to let go of it all, and just want your past whether its your ex or someone who has done you wrong to let go of you  and let you be free, and most importantly happy.

In Malta, the Eurovision Song Contest is considered to be a major outlet for the music industry, and you stand here as one of the semi-finalists. What does the whole experience mean to you?

I don’t consider Eurovision as a competition. I consider it as an opportunity for the 20 semi-finalists to be really exposed to the public, make new friends in the music industry and also a European Music Feast! I am so so so glad to be with the semi-finalists, and am enjoying every second of the whole experience!!

Recently, Malta has been rather successful at the Eurovision Song Contest, making the final on four of the last five participation attempts. What do you think is the reason for this success, and do you believe that your entry has what it takes to continue this positive trend?

Year after year every performing artist is taking Eurovision with more passion and determination which is finally leading us to have beautiful and powerful songs representing Malta. Also, there is a great team of professionals behind every winning song which helps a lot!

I fully believe in my song and the whole package. Considering what the song is really about, the style and the hard work me and my team are doing - I think that we have all it takes to continue the positive trend!! 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3hX7XIeR5U

If you were given the opportunity to sing another one of the competing entries in the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which one would it be and why?

I love all the entries but on the other hand, none of songs are my style to sing so I would rather stick with mine :) :)

Do you have any plans to release more music in the future, and do you have any particular projects in the pipeline?

Last September I was one of the 400 artists who auditioned at Downtown Artists London. I have been one of the 5 chosen artists and so I am currently working on my new album, which will be hopefully released in the beginning of next year. 

There may be other opportunities which may arise in the coming days, which I will absolutely take! 

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

I would like to thank everyone who is supporting my song. I am really overwhelmed with all the positive comments and feedback. All this give me more motivation to keep on working hard as well as feeling satisfied that all the work hard is finally paying off! THANKYOU!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14YogUpHZhw

On the 21st and 22nd November, the Public Broadcasting Services will be hosting the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest at the Marsa Shipbuilding. 20 acts will be taking centre stage, in hope of representing the country at next year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, being held in Vienna, Austria. Over the next couple of weeks, escflashmalta.com will be publishing a series of interviews with all the participants. Whilst thanking the Public Broadcasting Services for this opportunity, Let's continue and follow things up with Deborah C.

Would you kindly introduce your entry to our readers and also identify the meaning behind the lyrics?

‘It’s OK’ evokes a simple message that everyone can relate to. Unfortunately, we all go through stuff that makes us upset whether it’s a heartbreak or any other form of pain, but we all move on because we live in hope that it will be ok. In life, we experience many things and they normally sort themselves out after a while. So it’s fine, you can cry, you can feel sad but not for too long as we only live once and we must try and enjoy every moment of it. So to sum up, the song is about accepting that things will not always go your way and it’s ok, you can handle it anyway :)

In Malta, the Eurovision Song Contest is considered to be a major outlet for the music industry, and you stand here as one of the semi-finalists. What does the whole experience mean to you?

Speaking for myself as a singer, Eurovision is a big music platform which may unlock new doors and provide international opportunities. All artists including composers and authors taking part in it will have the occasion to demonstrate their talent to a numerous multitude.

Recently, Malta has been rather successful at the Eurovision Song Contest, making the final on four of the last five participation attempts. What do you think is the reason for this success, and do you believe that your entry has what it takes to continue this positive trend?

Personally, I think that in the past four years the singers/band that represented Malta had delivered an outstanding performance and also all songs were particularly catchy. I believe my entry has a very catchy melody yet is very simple and easy to remember.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1q4cz0RWKSw

If you were given the opportunity to sing another one of the competing entries in the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which one would it be and why?

I think it would be ‘Love and Let Go’ by Eklessia Sisters because it’s a sweet song based on a true story.

Do you have any plans to release more music in the future, and do you have any particular projects in the pipeline?

Yes definitely! I’ll be working on more original songs and hopefully to be releasing an Album.

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

We become artists and we continue to succeed in life thanks to the followers for keeping our music shine and alive!! A huuuuuge Thank You goes to all of you out there who have been constantly supporting me through the years…I really appreciate it! Thanks so much for all your positive feedback ;)

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

On stage for the second set of rehearsals, Federica Falzon was truly a beacon of light, with a marvelous vocal performance that sent down a spine-tingling feel throughout everyone watching on the screen or in the arena. The diminutive soprano, winner of Ti Lascio Una Canzone with Vincenzo Carni earlier this year, was wearing a short golden outfit, paired with a belt, and dazzling golden slippers. Designed exclusively by Charles & Ron, the outfit came across as if out of a dream on camera, an effect which they surely wanted to create.

In the follow-up press conference where the above photo was shot, Federica was all smiles, stating that she is enjoying the experience of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, getting to meet all the other participants, and having fun. "Diamonds", co-written by Elton Zarb, Matthew Mercieca and Gillian Attard will be performed at slot number #15 on Saturday 15th November 2014 as Malta hosts this year's edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiC_h0XEkkQ

On the 21st and 22nd November, the Public Broadcasting Services will be hosting the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest at the Marsa Shipbuilding. 20 acts will be taking centre stage, in hope of representing the country at next year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, being held in Vienna, Austria. Over the next couple of weeks, escflashmalta.com will be publishing a series of interviews with all the participants. Whilst thanking the Public Broadcasting Services for this opportunity, Let's continue and follow things up with Christabelle.

Would you kindly introduce your entry to our readers and also identify the meaning behind the lyrics?

My song is called Rush, it is written by Matthew Muxu Mercieca and composed by Elton Zarb.

My song basically sums up my life. The title in itself says it all – RUSH. The song has a two fold meaning. The first one being, my hectic, on the go daily routine but on a deeper level it also refers to the strong emotion that conquers your body when you find yourself deeply in love. 

In Malta, the Eurovision Song Contest is considered to be a major outlet for the music industry, and you stand here as one of the semi-finalists. What does the whole experience mean to you?

The experience gained from this festival will remain with me throughout my career, mostly because of the exposure that comes with it. As stated above, this contest is the largest one in our country and Maltese citizens are very intrigued and follow attentively therefore it is an honour to be part of it. It is also substantial to not exclude the fact that through this experience you meet many new people, through the contest itself and also in the process leading up to the final night. 

Recently, Malta has been rather successful at the Eurovision Song Contest, making the final on four of the last five participation attempts. What do you think is the reason for this success, and do you believe that your entry has what it takes to continue this positive trend?

I always choose to perform songs that I believe in. The success is not only derived from the performer but from all the hard working people behind the scenes and the supporters.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwa0PwX-AFU

If you were given the opportunity to sing another one of the competing entries in the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which one would it be and why?

It is quite a controversial question as there are plenty of very good songs, but now that I have put so much work and time in to my song I would not change it for the world. 

Do you have any plans to release more music in the future, and do you have any particular projects in the pipeline?

I will definitely release new songs to maintain the public interest in my music and to also make myself happy by creating music that keeps me being so enthusiastic about this passion of mine.

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

Keep on reading this blog especially if you are interest in the Eurovision song contest as it is very informative. On the other hand I would like to wish my heartfelt good luck to our Superstar Federica Falzon for Junior Eurovision. Hope you enjoy watching both the semi-final and the final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and if you are pleased with my performance don’t hesitate to grab your phone and vote for me :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TPZzqQatn0

escflashmalta.com has always been present to bring you the latest updates from the local music industry and with the Junior Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malta, it should not come as a surprise that this event will be wholly covered as well. Members of the editorial team have been viewing the first rehearsals, and have recapitulated their thoughts. LIVE blogging will kick-off as from tomorrow through Facebook and Twitter.

The Netherlands kicked off proceedings yesterday and things surely started on a positive note as Julia gave a strong vocal rendition of her up-tempo number. The visuals on stage are spectacular and the predominant colours are orange and red. This will be closing the show on Saturday and it is surely one to watch out for.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUEutN7fg4I

Sweden have stayed true to their craft with the choice of song, noting that there is a mixture of dance, and pop, something which Thomas G:son is very much known for. Julia is joined on stage by four female dancers, whose choreography is very well adapted to the tune. The vocals are good, and the overall outcome is positive but the song is not too memorable to place highly.

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

The song from Bulgaria has been considering as one of the favourites heading into the event. Sadly, we did not get to hear the singer sing live as she is currently unwell and we wish her a speedy recovery. The visuals of this one are once again strong and the predominant colours are purple and blue. The main attraction is definitely the huge castle projected on the screens.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqpRbw-haOs

Russia sends Alisa, the young girl in the white dress with a big ballad! Last year’s winning formula for Malta. It is a very strong song and its orchestration is fantastic. The visuals are simple and let the singer be the focus of this song. The vocals are good but nothing extraordinary. Russia still remains as one of the favourites for this Junior Eurovision but they need to up their game to stand a chance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4P79gIUssY

Vincenzo Cantiello took the stage all alone for Italy and it is quite remarkable that he is the only guy in the competition. He sings his big emotional ballad right from the heart and impresses everyone present with his big voice. He went all out in the first rehearsal but held back on all the other takes. It seems that blues and red will be used for this number. He is surely one to watch out for as he has got the total package. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8plDbF8L14&list

Ukraine’s Sympho-Nick singers are the first ones to make full use of the stage as they also use the catwalks. The intro and the end of the song remind me of ‘Gravity’ yet the three girls do a very good job vocally. The visually are impressive and suit the song perfectly. Not sure on how this will do but few if any think it stands a chance of doing well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbaQdGs4pPU

The smiling girl from Armenia is surely having fun on stage. She truly feels at home and it shows in every run. The backdrop is extremely busy and might distract a bit but it still manages to transmit the positive energy of the song. She is accompanied on stage by five dancers and towards the latter part of the song she joins in the routine despite this she does a good job on the vocals. This might surprise on the night!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vz2ZRzaxGZs

Sophia from Cyprus seemed to have been eagerly waiting to get on this stage for a long time as she nails every take she does. The visuals are surely one of the very best and although she is all alone on stage she makes full use of it. She is surely having fun and making the most of this experience – the only drawback this song has is that she is early in the draw and people expect to see dancers other than that she has everything going for her. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOxXxbp08uc

And the second day of rehearsals kicks off. It’s a happy day for Georgia as Lizi had a good rehearsal this morning. The graphics scream Junior Eurovision but blend well with the thought behind the song. Lizi is accompanied on stage by four dancers. She gives a good vocal performance yet the song seems to lack something and it is a tad too repetitive.

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

Montenegro are embracing the fact that from this year the Junior Eurovision is aiming more towards adolescents as their two female teenagers take the stage. Their vocals are on but the girls look uncomfortable on stage – they seem to be over rehearsed and the simple routine they have makes them look awkward. Hopefully things get better for them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oxLyypuVk4&l

Josie from Croatia took the stage with Game Over and she is accompanied on stage by two dancers. The song is repetitive and some might find it boring. The visuals are quite particular and naturally feature graphics from games with different codes. This is another number which few people see it doing well. Sadly, it is very difficult at this stage to make significant changes. 

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

Up next was San Marino and their girl band ‘The Peppermints’. This is surely another number which one would consider weak. The girls did a good job on the vocals yet nothing impressive. Their staging looked a bit all over the place and they definitely need to work on that area. The visuals are good and the graphics look good but that is where it stops.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPd2U8-b6cE

Serbia’s Emilija starts on stage sitting on the piano and then moves on to centre stage. She delivers her song to perfection and surely makes it one of the best entries rehearsing today. Her vocals were spot on and the graphics although plain they really blend in well with the entry. Nothing much to criticize here, one can say simplicity at its best. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRwwSlDX3a0

Ula, the sweetheart from Slovenia is up next and this is another strong rehearsal. Some of the media in the press centre expressed a liking to this song. There is nothing outstanding about it but it is a song performed well and everything is coming together on stage. The visuals are dark and one expects the girl to wear something light in order to let her be the focal point.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEOiZKf9-rA

Federica for Malta was on next and she proved why she is one of the hot favourites to do the double for Malta. She tried her song four times in total and she delivered vocally every single time – it was truly impressive. The journalists in the hall were as impressed and it seems like they all gathered here for Malta’s rehearsal which is definitely a good omen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doNmySk2tb4

Belarus is up next and this is a surprise today. Visually it looks really strong and the same thing can be said for the choreography. The song is catchy and surely has a lot of potential to do extremely well. The singer is confident and looks great on screen. The visuals are impressive and this is another song that has the whole package. A very pleasant ending for the first round of rehearsals!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPlX4-gWp_g

#Together is a slogan which greatly encompasses the feeling felt throughout the venue, whether among the technical staff, members of the press or the delegations. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2014 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

With the Junior Eurovision Song Contest literally days away, the Public Broadcasting Services has gone on record stating that Daniel Chircop and Lyona Xuereb Gatt will be hosting the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which will see to the selection of the act that will represent the nation in Vienna, Austria next May.

Daniel is a prominent local television host and comedian whereas Lyona is a competing newcomer. Both will be pushed into the forefront of Maltese television when they host one of the country’s most popular annual television shows. The selection is to be held over two days with the semi-final being held on Friday 21st November and the final on Saturday the 22th November.  

Six acts will be eliminated on the first show with fourteen acts competing in the final on Saturday. As with previous years a combined jury and public vote will determine the act representing Malta in Vienna. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: PBS / TVM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAGepcIs8W8

On the 21st and 22nd November, the Public Broadcasting Services will be hosting the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest at the Marsa Shipbuilding. 20 acts will be taking centre stage, in hope of representing the country at next year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, being held in Vienna, Austria. Over the next couple of weeks, escflashmalta.com will be publishing a series of interviews with all the participants. Whilst thanking the Public Broadcasting Services for this opportunity, Let's continue and follow things up with L-Aħwa.

Would you kindly introduce your entry to our readers and also identify the meaning behind the lyrics?

‘Beautiful to Me’ is a light, positive song with a cheerful beat and a tune which makes it easy to sing along to. The lyrics are quite straightforward. As the title itself implies, it’s a song about being beautiful to someone who cares about you, even when things might not always be going your way. There’s a sense of genuinity in the simplicity of the lyrics, and this makes it so easy to sing them from the heart. This song somehow reflects the light-hearted fun we share together both musically and in general.

In Malta, the Eurovision Song Contest is considered to be a major outlet for the music industry, and you stand here as one of the semi-finalists. What does the whole experience mean to you?

We had thoroughly enjoyed ourselves being part of the experience in Malmö when Gianluca represented Malta in 2013, so the Eurovision brings us many fond memories. Participating again, together this time, gives us another opportunity to enjoy performing together, and we’re doing it purely for the fun of it. Since we all have different professions and we don’t see each other much during the day (although we often communicate), rehearsing for a music event and the eventual performances allow us to share some great unforgettable moments together as siblings.

Recently, Malta has been rather successful at the Eurovision Song Contest, making the final on four of the last five participation attempts. What do you think is the reason for this success, and do you believe that your entry has what it takes to continue this positive trend?

There has definitely been a great team behind the Maltese representative in these past years ... and we’ve been lucky enough to experience their professionalism.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA01F-8qxrw

If you were given the opportunity to sing another one of the competing entries in the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which one would it be and why?

We will be happy to offer to sing Daniel Testa’s song, ‘Something in the Way’, since he will be busy singing ours! :p It’s a great song with a funky beat!

Do you have any plans to release more music in the future, and do you have any particular projects in the pipeline?

We’ve been singing together for quite a while and plan to continue doing so. This has already been quite an eventful year with projects such as Rockestra, Kelma Kelma u Nota Nota, and we have also produced our own concert last March in honour of our grandfather’s legacy, since he was also a popular lyricist during the 50s and 60s.

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

We would like to thank the readers of escflashmalta.com for their constant support and encouragement. We truly appreciate this and also hope they enjoy our performance on the night :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BxCJyYvO9I

#Together, the slogan and concurrent theme for this year's edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Malta is definitely being exercised to the maximum, if last night's successful event is to be taken into account. As the delegations made their way to the Summer Residence of the President of Malta in Verdala, the production team assembled to create a harmonised running order, following the initial draw ceremony which saw Federica from Malta pick number #15, Julia from The Netherlands pick number #16 and Nadezhda from Belarus pick number #1.

A quick glance at the full running order, it seems that the production team wanted to re-assure that a bell curve of genres is very much applicable to the audience watching in the arena and at home. A mixture of ballads, mid-tempo and up-tempo songs were slotted in according to the section of the draw in which the artists drew. Amidst screams of joy, and laughter, the delegations were all pleased with their place in the running order and looking forward to the week ahead, knowing that Malta will provide an excellent host country for the international music event.

01. Belarus

02. Bulgaria

03. San Marino

04. Croatia

05. Cyprus

06. Georgia

07. Sweden

08. Ukraine

09. Slovenia

10. Montenegro

11. Italy

12. Armenia

13. Russia

14. Serbia

15. Malta

16. The Netherlands

In support of Federica Falzon and her entry "Diamonds", written by Elton Zarb, Matthew Mercieca and Gillian Attard, we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2014 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Periodally, members of the editorial team will be present at the Marsa Shipbuilding to bring you everything as it occurs.

Source: escflashmalta.com, junioreurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZG16GqlSgiM

'The Celebrity Night' is the new Saturday night show which will be broadcast at 20:30 on F Living Channel. The series which officially kicked off a couple of weeks ago, revolves around the one-to-one interviews, which speak of class, decadence and wit, and have become synonymous with Deo Grech's presenting style.

Michela Galea, a relatively young female artist, who triumphed in this year's edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the song "Mixja Li Bdiet", written by Renato Briffa and Alfred E Baldacchino, is the most instantly recognisable guest on this evening's programme, and will be joined by another versatile artist, Ana-Maria Grima, fresh off international success in Turkey with the track "To Hell and Back" written by Philip Vella and Rita Pace, which also competed in the Summer Hit Song Contest 2014.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3A0vZJ5oBgA

The third and final personality to feature this week is Mariella Muscat, a make-up artist and an actress who has become somewhat synonomous with the entertainment industry. This and much more during  this week's episode of 'The Celebrity Night' which airs tonight 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, Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaAsk6L75fs

On the 21st and 22nd November, the Public Broadcasting Services will be hosting the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest at the Marsa Shipbuilding. 20 acts will be taking centre stage, in hope of representing the country at next year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, being held in Vienna, Austria. Over the next couple of weeks, escflashmalta.com will be publishing a series of interviews with all the participants. Whilst thanking the Public Broadcasting Services for this opportunity, Let's continue and follow things up with Corazon.

Would you kindly introduce your entry to our readers and also identify the meaning behind the lyrics?

My name is Corazon, I’m a local singer/songwriter and this is my fourth participation in the MESC, but the first time I am taking part with my own composition. ‘Secretly’ speaks of a secret, unrequited love – a love that takes place in silent. The lyrics are mysterious and deep, yet very simple to understand and easy to sing along to. 

In Malta, the Eurovision Song Contest is considered to be a major outlet for the music industry, and you stand here as one of the semi-finalists. What does the whole experience mean to you?

It really means a lot to me to be on that stage. I cannot even say it’s a dream come true as I’ve never even dared to dream something like this! 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdKP2gg4bXU

Recently, Malta has been rather successful at the Eurovision Song Contest, making the final on four of the last five participation attempts. What do you think is the reason for this success, and do you believe that your entry has what it takes to continue this positive trend?

I believe that everything starts with a good song, however the organisation, publicity and marketing makes all the difference. Today’s singer must not only possess a great song, the looks and the voice, but also the brains, personality and just enough stamina to endure the Eurovision ‘fever’. I try my best to tick as many boxes as possible. 

If you were given the opportunity to sing another one of the competing entries in the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which one would it be and why?

I would not choose any other song because it means a lot to me this year that I am singing my own song. 

Do you have any plans to release more music in the future, and do you have any particular projects in the pipeline?

Earlier this year I launched my album of original songs in Maltese. I am looking forward to a live concert in January to follow up the success of this album and some surprises are awaiting its reprint edition. Aside from my participations in the MESC, I would love to be remembered as one who left a mark on Maltese culture through music and song. 

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

An artist is nothing without his audience. Thank you for the continuous support... and for believing in my work.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hj9IxEilHbU