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Kurt Calleja is representing Malta in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place in Baku, Azerbaijan and his journey commenced early yesterday morning actually having departed from the small Mediterranean country with a flight to Istanbul, Turkey by virtue of the national airline, Airmalta. When at the airport in Turkey, the team was received by none other than Reuben Gauci who just happens to be the Maltese Diplomat in Istanbul. Along with an Azeri travel agent, the whole delegation was treated to a tour of the city which is somewhat popular for being a border between Europe and Asia intertwining the cultures together.

Kurt of course was in Turkey just a couple of weeks ago where he met the representative Can Bonomo who will be competing in the second semi-final with Malta. The song along with the performer were well received and it is somewhat hoped that this will show on the night itself. Later in the afternoon, the whole delegation left the city of Istanbul to head to their final destination which is the host city of the 2012 edition of Eurovision Song Contest. This route is not the typical one actually with most participants going through Germany but on their flight, they met up with the delegations from Serbia and Bulgaria along with a number of journalists and other fans. Kurt Calleja will be rehearsing for the very first time later on today so stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services Press Release (Daniel D'Anastasi)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjhBsCop3Ys

Thursday, 29 March 2012 22:10

Malta: Amber Reaches Out to the Public

In recent days, everyone has been talking about the appointment of Amber as the backing vocalist of Kurt Calleja for his performance of the song This Is The Night that will be representing Malta in the second semi-final at the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which is being staged in Baku, Azerbaijan. When the performance was unveiled during the national final, the female vocal was that of Ylenia Vella, the young sixteen year old who most recently won the talent show Don't Stop Me Now hosted by Eileen Montesin this past summer on Television Malta (TVM). Nevertheless, the team that will be taking up the song for the annual music competition held between members of the European Broadcasting Union decided that the second runner-up of this years' music competition is a much better fit than her younger counter-part.

The singing sensation who first appeared on the local festival scene during the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in 2010 with the song Trid Tapprezza composed by Ray Agius and penned by Alfred C Sant is set to take the stage in Baku to perform alongside Kurt Calleja. Her role in the song seems to be larger than the one that Ylenia had and people might be in for quite a surprise. Today, Amber took to Facebook to speak about the decision of the Public Broadcasting Services and how she had nothing to do with the final decision stating this respective statement;

'I would l like to thank everyone who have been supporting me throughout my career. Being chosen to join Kurt’s team as a backing vocalist is something I never thought would happen. I would like to make it clear that I haven’t chopped anyone from the team. It was PBS’s decision and if it wasn’t me who took this opportunity it would have been another singer and not Ylenia. I haven’t paid any money, I am DEFINITELY not trying to take Kurt’s place in anyway ,or try compromising the song , or try to ruin the song . I am nobody’s puppet and there is no need for anyone to pity me. I never in anyway tried to mock Ylenia. I believe that Ylenia is a very talented girl with a voice of an angel and I believe that one day she will be the ambassador to represent Malta at the Eurovision song contest. Let us all support Kurt Calleja who will definitely make us all PROUD to be Maltese.' We would like to wish Amber and the rest of the Maltese team the very best of luck. Stay tuned to www.escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source; Facebook

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wHuWz9vqmM

 

In recent days, the saga of the backing vocalist has continued because following the axing of the young Ylenia Vella, it was announced by the Public Broadcasting Services last night that the more experienced Amber will be taking up her place behind Kurt Calleja during his performance of This Is The Night in the second semi-final of the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest where Malta has been drawn in fourth position. According to our sources, the role that the second runner-up of the Maltese national final will be enjoying is larger than that of Ylenia because of a different sound to her voice therefore, surprises seem to be in store for the final presentation of the Maltese entry in Baku. Nevertheless, there has been talk that Ylenia Vella will be asked to be the Maltese spokesperson and read out the points during the final.

 

The Public Broadcasting Services did not handle the issue in the best possible way without even commenting to the media with regards to the disappearance of the young artist with the bright future. In fact, whilst conducting an exclusive interview with Kurt Calleja on behalf of escflashmalta, the artist manager that is Peter Carbonaro on behalf of the broadcaster removed a particular segment of a question which referred to Ylenia Vella stating 'I removed the part of Ylenia'. It seems that they have yet to state a proper reason to the public why did they did this and we did try to get it but nevertheless, our attempts failed. Ylenia herself spoke out saying that they wanted a better singer according to the Chief Executive Officer and Head of Delegation, Anton Attard. In the meantime, one way in which they would make it up to her is by letting her read out the points during the final which will still get her quite the attention although not the same way in the long run. Stay tune for more news on www.escflashmalta.com as we follow the final preparations for Baku, Azerbaijan.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOBvTUT07Jg

One particular story in Malta does tend to get the people talking and this year it seems to surround the story of Ylenia Vella who a couple of weeks ago was dropped from the performance of 'This Is The Night' to be performed by Kurt Calleja in fourth position in the second semi-final with the main reason given to the young artist being that they need a better vocal. It seems that the Public Broadcasting Services have just managed to find someone suitable for the role but despite the growing indications, nothing has been confirmed on whether a female vocal will be added in the long run although a faint one can be heard behind the raspy vocals of Kurt Calleja in the video. According to our multiple sources, the person who will ultimately be backing Kurt and his team will be none other than Amber. This news has now been confirmed by the Public Broadcasting Services as Amber joined Kurt Calleja, Rebecca Spiteri, Christian Calleja, Kevin Calleja and Warren Bonello.

Amber has quickly become a household name in the local music industry especially following her victory at the 'Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza' with the song 'Trid Tapprezza' written by Ray Agius and Alfred C Sant. Following that, she managed to make it to the semi-finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 with two songs, one entitled 'Catch 22' and the other entitled 'Touch Wood' but ultimately made it to the final round with the former singing a different genre for the festival. She returned this year and made it through to the finals with relative ease as she performed a more traditional power ballad entitled 'Answer With Your Eyes' which took her to third place, as secured by the jury following a dismal showing from the public unfortunately. The accompaniment seems to be quite an interesting issue now and if it is Amber, we would like to wish her the very best of luck as Malta represented in the Eurovision Song Contest later on this year. Stay tuned to www.escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news from Baku, Azerbaijan.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTstdRSgRZ0

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