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Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, in conjuction with Media.Link Communications retired the format of Sas-Sitta in favour of a fresh take on a Saturday afternoon programme, Sibt Familja, which also incorporates light entertainment, music, interviews and just pure family fun. Ray Attard, and Debbie Scerri, a former Eurovision Song Contest representative act as hosts and welcome a number of diverse personalities to the programme, which is about two and a half hours long, kicking off at 13:30 CET and finishing at about 16:00 CET, on NET TV.

On todays' edition of the programme; one will be following a series of games featuring well known entertainers, including none other than Toni Busuttil, Snits, Ina Robinich and Janvil, all of which will be promoting the upcoming Christmas Pantomime, Pinokkio. Once more, there will be a stupendous line-up of guests in this weeks' edition, including none other than former Malta Eurovision Song Contest finalists; Amber, Neville Refalo, Aldo Busuttil and Ivan Spiteri Lucas as well as the Bartolo Sisters; Charlotte, Luisana and Nadine who will be promoting the Ħelu Bambin project. Please note that all music is played live by the programme's resident band under the direction of Maestro Mark Spiteri Lucas. Other attractions  include female fashion trends by resident experts Rita Gatt and photographer Clint Gerald together with a team of models. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more promotion of Sibt Familja as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Press Release

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Answer With Your Eyes, composed by Ray Agius to the lyrics of Alfred C Sant, with vocals provided by Amber was the second runner-up, behind Claudia Faniello's Pure, composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg and Kurt Calleja's This is the Night which he co-wrote with Johan Jämtberg and Mikael Gunnerås. Her top three position might have solidified her the opinion of critics though, having later on that month been selected to replace Ylenia Vella as backing vocalist.

In a recent interview with local magazine Gwida, the young female vocalist revealed that she was worried about her reputation in the music industry, one which was budding at the time, having thought about being the villain and taking up a role which did not initially belong to her. At the time, she asked the delegation whether her withdrawal would have seen Ylenia back in the position of backing vocalist. The reply was a categorical 'no' and that the first runner-up of the audition stage would have been given the opportunity instead. Therefore, she took on the challenge of representing Malta as a backing vocalist. Later on that year, Amber was also a guest singer during the Concert of Joseph Calleja, performing a duet entitled A Thousand Years.

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Earlier this year, another blunder saw Amber becoming the talk of the competition, noting that an accredited member of the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest, incorrectly published a piece which stated that In Control composed by Paul Giordimaina to the lyrics of Fleur Balzan would be representing Malta at the event. The information was incorrect, especially for the simple reason that the voting process had not even commenced but nevertheless, as the artists gathered on the stage, where the greenroom was situated, there was a lot of fuss. Clarification was required and this is something that Anton Attard, Chief Executive Officer of the Public Broadcasting Services dealt with immediately, the following day. Amber has since been working hard on more new material and has just been selected as one of the semi-finalists in next years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Stayt tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Gwida

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In recent days, the Public Broadcasting Services published the names of the entries competing in next years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, an effort which will see someone step into the shoes of Gianluca whose entry Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat finished in eighth place. The event, slated to take place on the 7th and 8th February at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre will see to the participation of twenty (20) acts, all vying for the unique prize of representing the country at the biggest musical event in Europe.

At first glance, two names stand out, and of course, those are of two former representatives of Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest; Miriam Christine and Fabrizio Faniello. On second look, I would have to note more artists who have returned to the competition, including the likes of Andreana, Romina Mamo, Wayne William, Sophie DeBattista; a former Junior Eurovision Song Contest representative and Pamela; backing vocalist for Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2010 and 2011 respectively. It's always positive to see artists who have been missing for a period of time, because it means that they rekindled their flame after a couple of years off.

The newcomers to the festival are also ones which are very much intriguing to denote with Christabelle Borg never declaring herself interested in representing Malta abroad. The four time Best Solo Artist Award winner at the BMAs has thrown her hat into the ring as she heads one of the twenty (20) available bids. Despite being a renowned figure, Daniel Testa's Junior Eurovision Song Contest days are well behind him and his days at a DJ at 89.7 Bay are helping define a personal genre, one which he will be taking to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Joining him there is Ryan Paul Abela, son of Maestro Paul Abela who has written some of Malta's most iconic entries for the international showcase.

Two final newcomers worth a mention are Debbie Stivala and Raquel Galdes, the latter having been a finalist in this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and the former being a collaborator with notable band, Tribali. On the other hand, the other artists in the field were all present during this years' edition, including none other than; Amber, Davinia, Jessika, Franklin Calleja, Chris Grech, Corazon and Deborah C. It is worth noting that Richard Edwards has joined forces with sister Michelle Mifsud in a band known as Fire Light. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as the latest news about the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014 is unraveled.

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Monday, 02 December 2013 23:00

Exclusive: MESC '14 Draw Slowly Taking Shape

In 2014, the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, set to take place on the 7th and 8th February, will comprise of twenty (20) entries, most of which have been penned by local songwriters. The announcement of the acts that got through to the semi-final stage of the competition took place on the programm; Xarabank produced by WE Media. As the list is known, the first meeting with the artists who made it through took place at the illustrious Excelsior Hotel in Floriana where the opening entry and the final entry to compete in the semi-final were drawn in random fashion.

It has been decided that Amber will open the competition on Friday evening with the song Because I Have You composed by Paul Giordimaina to Fleur Balzan's lyrics. In the meantime, closing the show is  Corazon with the track Ten composed by the same Paul Giordimaina and Fleur Balzan. During the course of the meeting, sources have informed us that the initial date for the recording of the promotional videos was announced.  For the first time in around two/three years, artists have the possibility to compete with pre-recorded backing vocals but one must note that this is not accepted by the European Broadcasting Union during the Eurovision Song Contest. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Television Malta, Public Broadcasting Services

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NET Television might have a limited autumn/winter schedule but one of it's programme is quickly attraction a lot of attention, that being Sibt Familja, a light entertainment showcase which features laughter, music, interviews and games of all sorts. Produced by Spiteri Lucas Entertainment in conjuction with Media.Link Communications, with Debbie Scerri, a former Eurovision Song Contest representative and Ray Attard as hosts, the programme takes about two and half hours, kicking off at 13:30 CET and finishing at 16:00 CET. Sibt Familja, replaces the former Sas-Sitta which had a longer running time, finishing at 18:00 CET.

Despite the shorter running time, the programme will always be filled to the brim. A variety of guests will be appearing on this weeks' programme, including a series of Malta Eurovision Song Contest finalists such as; Amber and Ivan Spiteri Lucas along with former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Ludwig Galea and newcomer, Amanda Friggieri. Toni Busuttil will be up to his usual antics in a hilarious comedy sketch. A one on one interview will be conducted with renowned veteran local actor, Tony Camilleri. On the other hand, one cannot forget Rita Gatt and Clint Gerald who will be discussing the latest female fashion trends. escflashmalta.com is glad to support the project and will be bringing you all the latest news about the weekly show at the earliest convenience. Thus, there is only one thing to say, make sure to tune into Net Television within the hour for an exciting season on Sibt Familja and stay tuned to escflashmalta.com, as we bring you the weekly synopsis.

Source: Press Release

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Sibt Familja, a brand new programme produced by Spiteri Lucas Entertainment in conjuction with Net Television is set to take to the television screens for a second episode during the course of the afternoon as the autumn/winter schedule settles in. Ray Attard, alongside former Eurovision Song Contest representative, Debbie Scerri host the entertainment programme which features laughter, music, interviews and games of all sorts. One of the biggest disappointment to tele-viewers is that the show will be running less noting that whilst it starts at 13:30 CET, it will officially come to a close at 16:00 CET calling for just two and a half hours.

Nevertheless, one has to denote that the programme will always be filled to the brim. Ludwig Galea and Amber from the world of the Eurovision Song Contest alongside the father-daughter act of Ivan and Krista Spiteri Lucas will performing with the live band under the direction of Maestro Mark Spiteri Lucas. A one on one interview will also be conducted with renowned local author, Trevor Zahra. On the other hand, one cannot forget Rita Gatt and Clint Gerald who will be discussing the latest female fashion trends. escflashmalta.com is glad to support the project and will be bringing you all the latest news about the weekly show at the earliest convenience. Thus, there is only one thing to say, make sure to tune into Net Television within the hour for an exciting season on Sibt Familja.

Source: Press Release

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Sunday, 01 September 2013 16:20

Malta: Olivia Lewis Kept Busy During Summer

Olivia Lewis, Malta's representative at the 2007 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Vertigo composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg has somewhat been busy in the past couple of weeks with several guest appearances. One of her most recent was on the programme Indifest hosted by Christine Haber and Mark Azzopardi and broadcast on NET Television. The programme which accompanies the annual Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is supported by escflashmalta.com and invites special guests to add to the entertainment. Olivia Lewis has the opportunity to perform one of her signature tracks and she decided to sing Fil-Fond tal-Qalb composed by Paul Abela to the lyrics of Joe Julian Farrugia.

Amongst the guests which have been invited to the programme in recent weeks, there have been one other than former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Gianluca and Kurt Calleja who both promoted their debut albums, Waiting for Tomorrow and Love on Mars as well as Kevin Paul Calleja, Amber, Maxine Pace, Mary Rose Mallia, Christabelle, Lyndsay and The Greenfields. Olivia Lewis is reportedly set to return to the local music scene with rumours going round stating that she might be looking to submit within the International Festival of Maltese Song. In the past couple of days, she was an instrumental figure within the Pink Floyd Show in Żabbar as a backing vocalist alongside the likes of Talitha Dimech, Rachael Tedesco Triccas and Cheryl Camilleri amongst others. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com

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Media.Link Communications in collaboration with escflashmalta.com is proud to present the eighth week of the programme Indifest hosted by Mark Azzopardi and Christine Haber through NET Television on Thursday evening as from 20:30 CET onwards. In support of this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, the weekly programme seeks to promote the artists competing in one of three competitions which promote the local language. Whether newcomers or somewhat established, their place is still amongst the general elite. The public has the opportunity to select which three entries they would like to qualify from the 'teenage talent' portion of the competition as well selecting their top favourite within the 'established category' which is offered as a seperate award in order to make sure that talent is well appreciated.

The Established Category of this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is a progression towards the future noting a mixture of young and veteran artists who look towards impressing the judges on the night of the competition. In this evenings' programme, first up is Roseann Cordina with the track Ejjew Ilkoll composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas with lyrics by Joe Chircop. The female vocalist is in the competition for the second consecutive year, and will definitely be hoping to improve on her third runner-up finish achieved last year. Joining her will be another female vocalist, a former runner-up in the form of Janice Mangion who is set to perform he song Nibqa' composed by Chan Vella to the lyrics of Alexia Schembri.

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The Teenage Category of this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza officially came to a close last week with the performance of Naomi Roberts and her entry Dil-Fjura Għalik composed by Kaya to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss. In the meantime, the rest of the programme will be featuring a series of musical guests including none other than Kurt Calleja, who represented Malta at the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest; Amber, who was his backing vocalist and also winner of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in 2011; Emanuele Heael Pavano who is an Italian vocalist and Annalise Dance Studio who as resident guests  will be showing the audience some risque moves as always. Remember Indifest returns to NET Television, this evening at 20:30 CET. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news.

Source: KKI Page on Facebook

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Kurt Calleja, Malta's representative at the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is looking to further his career according to a recent twitter post aimed directly at Simon Cowell, the individual behind the lucrative talent show, The X Factor. Following his victory at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track This Is The Night co-written with Johan Jämtberg and Mikael Gunnerås, he represented the nation in Baku, Azerbaijan where he obtained forty-one points in a twenty-first placed finish.

Upon his return from the Eurovision Song Contest, Kurt Calleja found solace on 89.7 Bay, Malta's leading radio station with the release of the single Boomerang which saw him nominated as best soloist at the Bay Music Awards whilst also giving him maximum airplay. The first single off the debut album, Love On Mars proved to be the beginning of something special or so one thought noting that his follow-up tracks have not managed to garner as much attention. On a positive note though, the album was launched with a major concert in aid of the Inspire Foundation with special guest acts including former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Chiara and Gianluca as well as multiple national final participant, Amber, Malta Music Awards Best Solo Artist winner, Brooke and current charting sensation, Maxine Pace. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com over the coming days, weeks and months for more news.

Source: Twitter

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Taylor Swift meets Carly Rae Jepsen is the best way to describe Fed Up, the debut single of thirteen year old female vocalist, Maxine Pace who is slowly moving out of the festival circuit and into a radio friendly zone. During last nights' concert of Kurt Calleja, representative of Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2012 with the track This Is The Night which he co-wrote alongside Johan Jämtberg and Mikael Gunnerås, Maxine was a supporting act. The line-up she joined was pretty impressive noting former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Chiara and Gianluca as well as former Malta Eurovision Song Contest runner-up, Amber.

Throughout the years, Maxine Pace showed great tenacity and talent as she took part in the pre-selections which led to Malta's participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Her most spirited performance which many people thought should have definitely done better was the one of the song Toy Soldier back in 2009, a year which was ultimately won by Double Trouble performed by Francesca & Mikaela. Her debut single entitled Fed Up is co-written with singer/songwriter Ramzi who has already achieved success in the United Kingdom with his debut album Chapter One which was instantly certified Gold. The lyric video for the song was created by the production team of Where's Everybody. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZlIgSyyKqg

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