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The Public Broadcasting Services and the European Broadcasting Union might have just come to an understanding with regards to the hosting of next years’ edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, yet it is pivotal to denote that certain details are also being decided by both parties over the next couple of weeks, including the venue, the dates, and of course, the hosts. It comes as no surprise that most of the current roster at Television Malta are seemingly interested in this gigantic opportunity and the general public are putting forward their favourites, according to a doodle poll in which anyone could select anyone of three (3) sets of presenters, a male and a female.

At this current moment, the winning team is quite simple, the female host being none other than former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Ira Losco who is yet to ever be appointed host and, the male host being the experienced, Keith Demicoli who has already hosted the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions; in 2010 and 2011, with Pauline Agius and Valerie Vella respectively. The renowned newscaster, Keith is running away with the others on the list, including Pablo Micallef and Janvil, both of which were also hosts of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in the past, and both currently hosts on Television Malta. Who would you like to host the upcoming edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest? Let us know and stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

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In the local music industry, Gerard James Borg does not require any introduction, having been responsible to penning the lyrics for no less than five entries, the last of which was back in 2008, entitled Vodka performed by Morena to the composition of Philip Vella. He was also partly responsible for almost bringing the Eurovision Song Contest to Malta, noting that he wrote the lyrics of 7th Wonder, runner-up at the international event back in 2002 with vocals by Ira Losco and music by Philip Vella once more. Despite his focus still on songwriting, he has a brand new project, one in the form of a book, entitled Sliema Wives.

The novel is a fast paced work of fiction set in the beautiful town of Sliema and promises to be exciting and intriguing.  Five local women have been nominated for The Woman of The Year Award by an elite fashion publication, LUSHLIFE. One wins; four lose. But in the run to the award there are many things going on in this thrilling and entertaining mix which is also flavoured with passing mentions of local personalities. And since the author is a known name in the Eurovision circle we also find some Eurovision related gossip in one of the chapters. The book, published by Midsea Books is available from all leading bookstores in Malta and Gozo and €2 from each sale will go towards Puttinu Cares.

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At the moment, Gerard James Borg is preparing for another edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, as four (4) of his entries got through to the semi-final stage of the competition. This is extraordinary and continues to show the prowess of the individual on the local arts stage. He has garnered traction all over the continent having also competed in several other national selections including in Norway, The Netherlands and Belgium. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the local music scene and the esteemed individuals who represent the nations’ past, present and future.

Source: Press Release

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Published in Local Music News
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 15:15

Malta: Eurostars Appointed Reading Ambassadors

In recent days, the town of Sliema was marking International Literacy Day as part of a brand new project kick started by the government in order to encourage reading especially to the younger generations whose life has somewhat been gobbled up by technology. Aiding proceedings and appointed as Reading Ambassadors were none other than former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Kurt Calleja, Gianluca and Ira Losco. Their support to the initiative is vital because they are individuals in the public eye and thus have a certain following.

Kurt Calleja, who represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012 with the track This Is The Night which he co-wrote with Johan Jämtberg and Mikael Gunnerås has just unveiled his debut album, Love on Mars, Gianluca just released his debut album Waiting for Tomorrow following his eighth place finish at the prestigious international competition with the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat whilst Ira Losco who honoured her nation at the 2002 international spectacle with 7th Wonder composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg is currently promoting the track Me Luv u Long Time, the third single off her sixth studio album, The Fire.

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Both the male and the female vocalist took to the stage to share their love of reading, conveying a message of how one could enter a different world whilst educating oneself with what is being published. It is also important to denote that whilst Ira Losco suggested the book 'Goggle Eyes' written by Anne Fine, Kurt Calleja suggest the series 'Harry Potter' written by celebrated author JK Rowling. It has also been acknowledged that more reading ambassadors will be revealed in due course, including ones from the entertainment industry. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Times of Malta

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Published in Local Music News
Sunday, 04 November 2012 13:50

Malta: Ira Losco Keeps Options Open

Recognition is the key for success and if this is achieved in a gradual manner, therefore it becomes even more positive. This is surely the main element why Ira Losco has become the artist she has today because she has used every experience in her favour and ultimately created a music niche which not many tend to have. Development is equally important and together with Howard Keith of Jagged House, there was the creation of a brand, a true artist with a pop/rock vibe with the possibility of expansion above and beyond. It is quite hard to recall that this individual also represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2002 but with the submissions for the local showcase coming to an end earlier this week, she was a guest on Bla Agenda hosted by Norman Hamilton on ONE Television.

There were a number of issues dealt with in the programme last night which somewhat embarked on combining the arts with more economic issues but nevertheless having Ira as the spokesperson for music was indeed fit considering her astonishing success both locally and even in foreign waters. When asked about the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, she was relatively positive saying that it is an intriguing means of exposure and that it would secure a career in the country with whatever happens but apart from that, she went onto add that some of the international collaborations nowadays are leading to foreign contacts. The renowned performer was also asked point blank with regards to the possibility of her return to the competition especially after achieving runner-up success in 2002 and she was even more positive than in recent years saying that she would definitely take up her new style if the right song came along with a typical 'never say never' response. The platform is definitely an intriguing one considering the success that latest acts seem to be achieving following the competition.

It will be interesting to see whether Ira Losco does intend to come back in the years to come especially with a funky type of sound, one which has become extremely popular with the public. She is currently focusing on finishing the vocals on her upcoming album which up to this point in time remains unnamed but also focusing on the Bay Music Award where she is nominated for the Best Artist category as well as the Best Song for her comeback track What I'd Give. The editorial team of escflashmalta.com would like to wish Ira Losco the very best of luck with her upcoming endeavours and also hope that you stayed tuned for all of the latest news about the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest as soon as it becomes available. Let us know whether you'd want her to return to the biggest music competition in Europe.

Source: ONE Television, Brian Grech (Photograph)

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Published in Local Music News
Friday, 17 August 2012 16:07

Malta: Ira Losco Drumming Up a Hit

Context is important for any term in the dictionary to be used and it is to be noted that success is one of those terms which are used somewhat inexplicably in the Maltese Islands but then again, one artist who is merited with the use is surely none other than Ira Losco who has worked her way up from being the girl next door who represented the country at the Eurovision Song Contest way back in 2002 with the track 7th Wonder to the pop/rock chic who takes your breath away at just a glance. Nevertheless, the fact remains that in the past couple of years, Ira has had somewhat of a break from music settling into a normal life noting that she had been working in the industry since she was a teenager and needed a little bit of a break. Following a number of performances a couple of years back including on foreign shores in Italy, she took the hiatus but she promised that she would be back with a fresh sound to take the scene by surprise and that is indeed what she is currently carrying out.

Ira Losco is a stunning woman who graces the covers of local magazines and also billboards promoting some of the most noteworthy companies in the country but it is her latest single What I'd Give which is currently stealing the show with the track being a huge hit in Malta noting that it is currently the second most played local track on Bay Radio only to be beaten by Destination Nowhere featuring the musical styling of JJoy and Maria Nayler but then again, it has also led the local iTunes chart in recent days therefore making it the most sold local track at the moment.  The promotional video which has now racked up more than 15,000 hits in total sees Ira in a variety of different characters, somewhat playing homage to one of the most popular drama series in Malta, that being Min Imissu which was also created by Take2Productions who took care of the video. Ira Losco is looking to release her follow up material in just a couple of months time and we have to let you in on the fact that escflashmalta.com will be keeping you posted all the way through including some exclusive content therefore, make sure to stay tuned.

Source: Ira Losco Official Website

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Published in Local Music News