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The 8th edition of the 89.7 Bay Music Awards preparations are in full swing now, with the event set to take place on Monday 12th December, eve of a public holiday. The Bay Arena will be the venue for the show, whilst this year’s hosts are the ‘breakfast’ man, Drew, Drive time’s Nathan and the station’s newest addition, Ben Glover. This year’s slogan “Are you ready to SCREAM” highlights Bay’s continuous commitment to providing the best show possible, with this year’s edition promising to be ‘simply the best’!

Plenty of surprises are in store during the event and also leading up to it; ESCFlashmalta will surely keep you updated throughout the coming weeks. In the meantime, during last Tuesday’s press conference, all nominations were officially presented. Each category has 5 nominations and a respective sms voting number. Here are the nominations:


Best Newcomer

1. Three Stops to China

2. Bridget Bone

3. Davinia

4. The Crowns

5. Funk Initiative

SMS Number to vote: 50 615 301


Best Dance Tune or Remix

1. Carlo Gerada ft. Scott Walker & Chess – ‘Never Meant’

2. JJoy – ‘King of the Night’

3. Corina ft. Toby – ‘Someone New’

4. Alvin Gee & Wayne Micallef – ‘Hold on to Me’

5. Kristina Casolani – ‘I Need You’ (Ruby & U-bahn Remix)

SMS Number to vote: 50 615 302


Best Band

1. Airport Impressions

2. Saving Alexis

3. nosnow/noalps

4. Red Electrick

5. Dolls for Idols

SMS Number to vote: 50 615 303


Best Solo Artist

1. Lyndsay

2. Christabelle

3. Muxu

4. Ivan Filletti

5. Aaron Benjamin

SMS Number to vote: 50 615 304


Best Song

1. Airport Impressions – ‘Elusive’

2. Andre – ‘Can’t be Friends’

3. Ellie and the Oscars – ‘Dancing in the Rain’

4. Lyndsay – ‘Love Sick’

5. Ivan Filletti – ‘Sticks and Stones’

SMS Number to vote: 50 615 305

Source: Bay Radio

The month of November is already coming towards an end and with December looming, that means one of many things in the Maltese Islands but then again, the most important event in the local music calender that takes place is surely the Bay Music Awards which have been announced to be taking place on Monday 12th December, the eve of a public holiday. Until then though, the artists will surely continue releasing material because it is their art at the end of the day and some of the tunes that are being emitted on radios at the moment are purely fantastic pieces with stunning productions. Nathan D continues to count down the local hits on his show through Bay Radio on Saturday afternoon between 13:30 and 14:30.

The releases have not stopped and each and every week, artists are bringing out their material. Some of the artists inter-related with the world of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest who have just released brand new songs include none other than Corazon (2009) and Jean Claude Vancell (2008) amongst others but then again, there are two new entries in this weeks' chart update. Commencing at number #10 are Ellie & The Oscars whose brand new song 'The Enemy' will surely be hoping to emulate the success achieved with predecessor songs. Joining them as a new entry are the group Funk Initiative who have changed their style completely with their second track entitled 'The Liberators'. This latter track works out the basics of classical music as well actually and fits in the typical winter weather which Malta seems to be coming accustomed to quite quickly. Amongst the new entries, there also marks a non-mover in the chart coming in position number #5 in the form of Corina ft. Toby with the track 'Someone New' which has been in the chart for quite some time.

In the meantime, it is quite notable that some entries do not spend a lot of time in the chart or when they do, eventually they lose their status and start headlining the lower echelons before finally leaving the chart completely to make space and room for brand new tracks which the people would love to listen to instead. Coming in position number number #6 is Kristina Casolani with the track 'I Need You', which has been worked on by Ruby and Mark U-Bahn. This is a song which has for example been nominated for the best remix of a track in the upcoming edition of the Bay Music Awards. Joining the downfall as well is a song which is a little bit higher at position number #3 and had been the leader for the past three weeks. I am speaking about the group Bridget Bone whose track 'Jackie The Stripper' maintains enough momentum to spend a month in the top three.

There are also a number of tracks which have gained prominence over the past couple of days and in fact, a number of new entries of the past week have managed to garner support. Starting with the lower echelons of the charts, one would find the collaboration with the group Red Electrick formerly managed by Jagged House along with Ray Mercieca of the group 'The Riffs'. They come in position number #8 with a track which bears the name 'It's A Shame'. Just above them, is the best male artist of the 2011 Malta Music Awards in the form of Aaron Benjamin whose track entitled 'Let's Dance' makes its mark at position number #7. It is typical of the style that the singer has been coming up with but works its way beautifully to a climax. Having come into the chart just last week, the group Dolls for Idols manage to peak at number #4 already with their new track 'Rave N Roll'.

There are another two songs which have managed to peak though and these come in the best positions in the chart, meaning number #2 and number #1 and commencing with the former, one would see a track which has been taking up a spot for more than a month now in the form of 'I Mean It ... I Want It' performed by none other than the duo known as Of the Owl but then again, at the top position for the very first time, the nominees of the best new artist in the 2011 edition of the Bay Music Awards, Three Stops to China with their latest track 'Enemy Club Song'. One could note a distinct sound for this group, one which the people seem to very much enjoy. This is their first time at the top of the charts and it will be interesting to see whether the people will keep them there for yet another week when Saturday comes and the latest chart in announced. Until then, thanks for following ESCflashmalta's latest chart update as announced by Bay Radio.

Source: Bay Radio

One of the events that will be dominating our television screens over the next couple of months will actually be the Malta Summer Hit Song Contest 2011 which will be aired through ONE Television's main summer programme 'Celebrity Weekends' set to be hosted by local personality and author, Deo Grech who was also a member of the Advisory Team at the Public Broadcasting Services back in 2009 and former Mayor and huge fan of the Eurovision Song Contest, Ignatius Farrugia. On Sunday, evening the list of finalists for the event was released.

The judging session of the submissions that were sent in the prior week was made during the same Sunday and the organizing team confirmed to us that the people who chose the songs were made up of professionals within the industry including Disc Jockeys from local radio stations. The level was quite high because one could note that the list does not feature twelve (12) entries as stipulated in the rules but eighteen (18). The decision to make such an extension was approved by all of the team behind the festival itself. You can see the list of finalists below but before, we would like to wish them all Good Luck! In fact one has to note that the total number of submitted entries this year amounted to 64 which is quite a strong number as the festival tries to reinvent itself.

A panel of 5 professional members of the jury who are directly involved in the local music scene selected the entries and these consisted of Jean Claude Micallef (former XFM breakfast show host, TV & Radio host/producer, Events organiser and promoter), Mario J. Farrugia (lyricist among which worked closely with Kevin Borg, winner of Swedish Pop Idol in 2008), DJ Charlo (Music Events organiser and promoter, Clubs & Radio Dj, Eurovision DJ at Euroclubs including Dima Bilan's party in Athens 2006); Ignatius Farrugia (Music events organiser and promoter, artists promoter, former member of the International Malta Hit Song Contest organising committee, jury member in various international song festivals) and Yvette Grech Soler (Music Events organiser and promoter including concerts of international artists).

Running Order:

01. Love Trap - Domenique (public voting winner - Malta Hit 2010)
Composer: Clinton Paul
Author: Clinton Paul

02. Hysterical - Joanna Attard (winner Fresh Youth Song Festival 1999 as 'Joanna Sciriha')
Composer: Elton Zarb
Author: Rita Pace

03. Galaxy - Marlon Chircop
Composer: Marlon Chircop
Author: Marlon Chircop

04. Queen of My Heart  - Joseph Refalo
Composer: Miriam Christine
Author: Gerard James Borg

05. Stay - Ina Robinich (winner Ghanja tal-Poplu 2004)
Composer: Andrew Zahra
Author: Rita Pace

06. Let's Party - minik ft Siconix ('minik' - Malta Hit 2009, 2010 as 'Dominic Cini')
Composer: Siconix
Author: Siconix

07. Memoirs - Karen Debattista
Composer: Mark Scicluna
Author: Daniel Muscat

08. Someday One Day - Marie Claire (Malta Hit 2010)
Composer: Mark Scicluna
Author: Billy J.

09. Turn on the lights - Walter Anthony
Composer: Philip Vella
Author: Philip Vella

10. Ain't My Kind of Love - Janice Mangion  (Malta Hit 2008, 2010)
Composer: Mark Scicluna
Author: Rita Pace

11. Ale'O - Malcolm Pisani
Composer: minik
Author: Billy J.

12. Heaven Awaits - Francesca Borg (Malta Hit 2009)
Composer: Marco Debono
Author: Rita Pace

13. Labyrinth - Christian (3rd at Malta Hit 2010)
Composer: Philip Vella
Author: Mark Amaira

14. Thank You - Floren (Malta Hit 2010)
Composer: Elton Zarb
Author: Rita Pace

15. Ladies Night - Izzy
Composer: Elton Zarb
Author: Muxu

16. Day after Day - Kylie  (Malta Hit 2009)
Composer: Andrew Zammit
Author: Joe Julian Farrugia

17. Silver Rain - Luisana Bartolo
Composer: Philip Vella
Author: Luisana Bartolo

18. Forget my Name - Petra (2nd - Ghanja tal-Poplu 2010)
Composer: Heathcliffe Balzan
Author: Natasha Turner

Source: Malta Summer Hit Song Contest Organizing Committee

The launch of a new schedule is always particularly exciting for many people especially due to the fact that a particular program of interest might come out into the open. This will be the case for music lovers on Saturday afternoon as the show entitled ‘Celebrity Weekends’ hosted by Deo Grech and Natius Farrugia. The show which will be taking the viewers through the busy world of the music industry, promoting the arts in every possible way will also serve as the platform for the Summer Hit Song Contest promoting eighteen different entries, nineteen different singers with the talent ranging from established individuals to up and coming ones. The artists, a very young bunch so to speak all met during a press conference held last Saturday and during a clip filming session last Monday.

With exclusive insight to the event and the program, ESCflashmalta, represented by myself and the local affairs news coordinator Emil Calleja Bayliss, the preparations are well underway and the show should be looking quite strong so to speak. Starting off with ‘Celebrity Weekends’, the show in itself will kick off with the background of the Eurovision Song Contest with the first three shows dedicated to the previews of the songs rather than the Summer Hit Song Contest and this was actually quite important noting that it is the only program which is carrying out such previews with live special guests, a nice addition to the Maltese broadcasting noting the panels that take up the songs in Finland and Sweden for example, judging the song with so called ‘experts’. The show in itself has enlisted the help of these individuals:

·    Marc Calleja Bayliss (Editor-In-Chief of
·    Wayne Aquilina
(Host of Eurovision News and ONE Producer)
·    Nathalie Zammit
(Eurovision Fan and Judge during Malta Hit 2010)
·    Debbie Scerri
(1997 Eurovision Song Contest Representative)
·    Georgina Abela
(1991 Eurovision Song Contest Representative)
·    Andrew Zahra
(Brother of Julie Zahra (ESC 04) and Lyricist)

This will be quite an interesting show to watch so please, tune in to ‘Celebrity Weekends’ next Saturday at 16:00 CET in order to see what the above individuals had to say about the overall impact of the first fourteen songs within the first semi-final. In the meantime, the Summer Hit Song Contest has also got to a quick start this year especially when one notes the fact that the short clips that will be marking quite a number of appearances on the television screens recorded along with the introductory postcards that will be shown prior to the performances. This year, the level of the songs is quite high actually with the ranges of styles mashing up from all sorts of backgrounds including power ballads, pop tunes, dance anthems and the typical Mediterranean feel which is also present. Each week starting at the end of next month, there will be a presentation of songs, so that they will be heard quite a number of times before the actual final performance.

We can also exclusively reveal that ESCflashmalta will be covering the songs of this years’ edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest by publishing short biographies, asking them a couple of questions and then also reviewing them through the power of expert judges which will be announced in the coming weeks, as the feature commences after the Eurovision Song Contest coverage ends for this year. We would like to thank Deo Grech and the rest of the team at ‘Celebrity Weekends’ for their help with regards to the show and hope that this venture will turn out to be a successful one in the long run.

Source: Angelo Caruana (Photograph)

Celebrity Weekends, the programme that will give promotion and host the Summer Hit Song Contest kicks off today. The clips of each of the 18 finalists that will be taking part in the contest will start airing on TV from the fourth show, after the Eurovision Song Contest. The programme will start with a trilogy of Eurovision dedicated programmes before shifting the entire focus on the Summer Hit Song Contest and other local celebrities. The programme hosted by Deo Grech and Natius Farrugia will air at 16.00 on ONE TV.

In the upcoming weeks, the finalists will be invited to perform their entries and a surprise is in store for the fans. Keeping in mind the title of the the programme, Celebrities will play an important part on this surprise.In the meantime, all the participants were given permission by the organizers to put their songs online, and by coinicidence the last few songs were uploaded in recent days and therefore it is time to share them with all local music fans.

01. Love Trap - Domenique (Composer: Clinton Paul, Author: Clinton Paul)
02. Hysterical - Joanna Attard (Composer: Elton Zarb, Author: Rita Pace)
03. Galaxy - Marlon Chircop (Composer: Marlon Chircop, Author: Marlon Chircop)
04. Queen of My Heart - Joseph Refalo (Composer: Miriam Christine, Author: Gerard James Borg)
05. Stay - Ina Robinich (Composer: Andrew Zahra, Author: Rita Pace)
06. Let's Party - minik ft Siconix (Composer: Siconix, Author: Siconix)
07. Memoirs - Karen Debattista (Composer: Mark Scicluna, Author: Daniel Muscat)
08. Someday, One Day - Marie Claire (Composer: Mark Scicluna, Author: Billy J. McBee)
09. Turn on the lights - Walter Anthony (Composer: Philip Vella, Author: Philip Vella)
10. Ain't My Kind of Love - Janice Mangion (Composer: Mark Scicluna, Author: Rita Pace)
11. Ale'O - Malcolm Pisani (Composer: Dominic Cini, Author: Billy J. McBee)
12. Heaven Awaits - Francesca Borg (Composer: Marco Debono, Author: Rita Pace)
13. Labyrinth – Christian (Composer: Philip Vella, Author: Mark Amaira)
14. Thank You – Floren (Composer: Elton Zarb, Author: Rita Pace)
15. Ladies Night – Izzy (Composer: Elton Zarb, Author: Muxu)
16. Day after Day - Kylie (Composer: Andrew Zammit, Author: Joe Julian Farrugia)
17. Silver Rain - Luisana Bartolo (Composer: Philip Vella, Author: Luisana Bartolo)
18. Forget my Name – Petra (Composer: Heathcliffe Balzan, Author: Natasha Turner)

The local music calender is one that many people should keep a note of and this is because of the various activities and events that take place throughout the year but especially during the summer season when a number of showcases including two of the leading festivals in Malta take centre stage. This year, both the Malta Summer Hit Song Contest and the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza are receiving prime importance and that is why we will be covering them both. The rules and regulations for the latter event where published earlier on this afternoon.

As a member of the committee last year, there was the overseeing of the 19th Edition of the event which saw a new rising star take the first place in the form of Amber whose entry 'Trid Tapprezza' written by Ray Agius and Alfred C Sant was to the liking of our five judges which were Luke Grech of the band 'Relikc', Chris Curmi of 'Airport Impressions', Violinist and former national orchestra member Tatjana Chircop, Vocal Coach and Trainer Claire Massa and Malta Music Awards Organiser, Television and Radio Presenter Carlo Borg Bonaci.

The rules are not too different from last year but in order to refresh your memory and start preparing for the actual show which will be as always stretched throughout a whole summer then visit this link here. Please note that the submission deadline for the 2011 Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is set to the 6th May 2011 with the first and second elimination phases set for the 14th May 2011 and the 21st May 2011. Should you have any queries, please re-direct them to the new Chairman of the Board, Mr.Mark Azzopardi through this email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In the meantime, on behalf of, I would like to thank and congratulate outgoing Chairman, Mr.Frederick Zammit for all his years of hard work.

Source: Media.Link Communications

The annual, interactive, televised music contest, with participants from countries all over Europe known as the EuroVoice is currently being held. The President of EuroVoice is Eric Serra who is one of the worlds' most renowned producers and composers having scored the soundtracks to the films Leon, Nikita, Joan of Arc, and The Fifth Element. Now the Maltese Islands will be represented by none other than Lawrence Gray in this years' edition.

The Popular Maltese singer Lawrence Gray is one of the most noted vocalists on the Maltese Islands with a record to show for it having participated in the Maltese selection for the Eurovision Song Contest in 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2010 managing several top ten positions including two runner-up finishes with the songs The Right Time losing out to the Times Three and their entry Believe In Peace as well as Why Not losing out to Lynn Faure and her entry To Dream Again. In the meantime, his entry in the EuroVoice European Music Contest  is none other than his Eurosong 2010 entry Stories composed by Ray Agius and Godwin Sant who are gaining quite the popularity at the moment. We are going to keep you updated on this matter as soon as more news comes in from our partners at

Source: EuroVoice, Oikotimes

Maltese singer Roger Tirazona (who is also half Filipino) has just returned from representing Malta in the 11th New Asian Singer contest, which this year was held in Beijing, the Capital of the People’s Republic of China.  In a very tough competition of singers coming from virtually every continent, Roger managed to go through 2 elimination phases and classified in 6th Position out of 35 contestants of extremely high level.

He was also awarded the “Most Promising Singer” award.  Roger representing Malta managed to get where countries like Japan and Korea didn’t manage, even though they are the two greatest contributors to the Asian music market.  Contestants came from countries like China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Philippines, Finland, Canada, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Georgia, Romania, Slovenia, Australia and the United States.  The winner of the contest was the singer from Philippines who is sure to be a next Asian Superstar.  The contest was aired on Satellite Channel Yunnan TV (YNTV) which covers the Asian continent and billions of viewers.

In the contest, Roger got to perform the Malta produced song “Silver Rain” (Composed by Paul Abela and Lyrics by Joe Julian Farrugia) which was extremely well received in terms of music, arrangement and lyrics and commented by the jury as “a lovely European style pop ballad with poetic lyrics”.  Other Asian singers and impresarios in the contest have requested to record this song to be released in their own Market.  “Silver Rain” was performed in the first elimination where Roger was chosen in the top 15 singers.  After that he performed his cover versions of the songs “Alla Luce Del Sole”, “You Raise Me Up” and the Filipino song called “Anak” which all enabled him to keep advancing to the next phase till the Super Final.

When asked about his experience in China Roger says: “The 11th New Asian Singer contest was one of the most pinnacle experiences in my life where I can say that I have sung with some of the best voices in the world.  All of the contestants were of world class level and all were remarkable in their own style and musical genre.  To be very honest I did not expect to manage to reach the very end of the contest as all the contestants were of extremely high level.  But I kept believing in myself and giving my best and I am very proud to have taken the Maltese flag to the very final stage of this prestigious, eurovision-level, Asian contest and gotten a very high placing for Malta and myself.  However this just scratches the surface of my experience there.  The meeting of professional producers, making new friends from all over the world and appreciating the wonderful hospitality of the Chinese people and the beauty of their country cannot be compared to any festival result.  While in China we did not just sing.  It was a great pleasure to show my respects to the Chinese people suffering drought in Yunnan Province.  All of us singers from around the world planted trees and used water brought from our countries to water them.  I have first handedly experienced an amazingly produced and organized Festival and one of the best hospitality in the world.  It will be an experience I will never forget.”

Roger is a member of the World Association of Festivals and Artists (WAFA).

Source: Press Release

Maltese singer Fabrizio Faniello (ESC 2001/2006) returns to the local and international music scene. In the last few years a lot of efforts and work has been made to bring back totally one of the most popular Maltese singers abroad in music scene. 'I no can do' is the first result and promises to be the start of a new era in the career of Fabrizio Faniello!

The brand new single by Fabrizio Faniello has already been a huge hit for the artist "Wali" with more then 4 million downloads and more then 1 million sold CD´s and reached the top position in the charts in his home country Indonesia. Now Fabrizio is presenting the exclusive English version of this hit with lyrics by Mary Susan Applegate ("The Power of Love" -- Jennifer Rush, Celine Dion and Air Supply) and a new pop version recorded in Sweden & Germany, supported with an outstanding top video made by Jan Reiff.

The song was presented in worldpremiere during the Slovak National Final for the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest is now available worldwide on itunes. Several promotion visits in Maltese media is planned and already radiostations are picking up the new single of Fab, as friends are calling him largely. Also from several countries, interest in the song has been expressed, so it looks like we might a new hitsong from Malta across Europe!

You can see the video clip of the song here.


Many people believe that the local music scene is quite limited yet with a proper management and some investment, things can go a long way. Over the years, our country has seen a number of singers take centre stage at some big events. The latest singer to take up such a road is the popular Claudia Faniello.

The female artist was a relative unknown just a couple of years ago before making her debut on a reality show called Hotspot finishing in fourth place. During the same year she competed in the Malta Song For Europe competition with a composition by Ray Agius called High Alert before competing every year since then finishing in second and third place with Caravaggio and Sunrise. Following this years' eight place in the Malta Eurosong competition with the song Samsara written by Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg, her management started working on her album.

The debut album which will be entitled Convincingly Better will be released in due course. It incorporates a number of tracks written by mostly foreign songwriters barring a few. More details about the album itself will be released soon although it is being distributed by a major recording label and produced professionally abroad.

Source: Bubbles Media & Entertainment