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Tonight! For the second consecutive week, we urge you to switch to F Living Channel, in order to witness the spectacular entries competing in this year's edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest. Following the victory of Domenique, and her entry "Back To", an original song written by Mark Scicluna and Emil Calleja Bayliss, the bar has been set high, and one of the twenty competing entries will be following it up as this year's winner.

This year, a record number of 89 submissions were sent in for the Summer Hit Song Contest, with a professional panel of judges first whittling them down to 30, before eventually making the final selection. Hosted by Deo Grech, and featuring several guest panelists, who will also act as one total juror during the final of the Summer Hit Song Contest 2015, the programme will kick-start at 20:30 CET on F Living.

Bandwagon (Pamela Bezzina / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Sarah Bonnici

Do It Better (Rita Pace) - Rita Pace

Eclipse (Andrew Zammit / Rita Pace) - Ana-Maria Grima

Escape (Carlo Gerada / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca - Stefan Galea

Perfect (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) - Jurgen Xerri

Summer Time (Marco Debono / Doris Chetcuti) - Kurt Cassar 

In support of the local music scene, and the festival circuit, escflashmalta.com will be interviewing all of the acts competing in the 2015 edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest over the next couple of weeks and months, following the aftermath of the Eurovision Song Contest. We kindly urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest.

Source: Summer Hit Song Contest (Press Release)


On the 18th April, a special edition of The Celebrity Night will be airing on F Living, as the revelation of the acts, and their respective entries for the 2015 edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest will be made public by Deo Grech. Following the initial submission process, where F Living received 89 entries, a shortlist of 30 entries has now been made available on escflashmalta.com and the Official Facebook Page.

Even though the competition will feature 18 different acts, 1 has already been given the greenlight to proceed, having been given the opportunity to compete as a result of the Public Choice Award given in 2014. As a matter of fact, Rita Pace & Audrey Marie will be competing in a duet for the second consecutive year. A quick glance at the list will instantly denote a mixture of upcoming and experienced artists, proving once more that this competition is seen as a true springboard for talent.

Amour - Danica Muscat 

Astronaut - Maria Cassar 

Bandwagon - Sarah Bonnici 

Bounce Back - Michela Galea 

C'est Moi - Ryan Axisa

Dangerous - Jillianne Camilleri

Eclipse - Ana-Maria Grima

Escape - Stefan Galea 

Feel - Odessa

Freedom - Simaria Galea 

Guess What? - Christian Arding

Hurricane - Marilena Gauci 

If I Only Knew - Sarah Crystal

Keep on Playing - Roberta Briffa

Lessons in Love - Dario Mifsud Bonnici

Lucky Me - Graziella Vella

My Own Best Friend - Nakita Ambinette

One More Try - Joseph

One of a Kind - Michela Dalli

Our Last Goodbye - Dorcas

Perfect - Jurgen Xerri

Precious - Daniel Muscat

Remember - Marie-Claire

Shattered Dreams - Annalise Psaila

Summer Time - Kurt Cassar 

Tabula Rasa - Julie Pomorski 

Unbreakable - Cherylis

We Can - Christian 

Weight On Me - Ann Marie Ellul

Why? - Dayle Camilleri

In an official statement published through social networking website Facebook, "The producers and organisers would like to thank all the songwriters and singers who submitted their entries but did not make it to the next round." We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com, even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the Summer Hit Song Contest as soon as it becomes available.

Source: F Living, Summer Hit Song Contest


'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.


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


Published in Local Music News

Xarabank, one of the longest running television shows in Malta, produced by WE Media and hosted by Peppi Azzopardi on Television Malta, will be revealing the names of the twenty semi-finalists competing in the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

A quick recap of the selection process, would denote that the Public Broadcasting Services received 134 entries, out of which 48 entries have been shortlisted to the second phase. All of the artists have been invited to the popular programme Xarabank, in order to ascertain their fate in the competition, hoping that they got through. The programme kicks off this evening at 20:45 on Television Malta which will be streamed LIVE.

12, Baker Street – Karen DeBattista

Beautiful to Me – “L-Aħwa”

Break All Borders – Jacqueline Richard

Breakaway – Glen Vella

Call It Love – Kurt Cassar

Chasing a Dream – Trilogy

Close Your Eyes – Danica Muscat

Closed Doors – Chris Grech

Could Have Been Me – Iona Dalli

Dark Dark Waters – Domenique

Dream of Love – Rebecca Mifsud

Eclipse – Ana-Maria Grima

Empty Hearted – Domenique

Fandango – Jessika

Flame – Monroe

For All Those Times – Gloriana Arpa Belli

Freedom – Simaria Galea

Hey Yo – Domenique

Hold My Hand – Estelle Imbroll

Hold On To Love – Olivia & Miriam

Home – Lyndsay Pace

Hurricane – Marilena Gauci

Indestructible – Annabelle Vella

It’s OK – Deborah C

Look – Neville Refalo

Love & Let Go – Sr Michaela, Sr Monica, Sr Rita, Sr Claudia, Sr Denise & Sr Magdalong

Love Call – Danica Muscat

My Next Tattoo – Domenique

Never Ask Why – Andreana & Fiona

Once in a While – Minik

Ringside – Gabriella Azzopardi

Rush – Christabelle

Secretly – Corazon

See Through Lover – Larissa Borg

Shine a Light – Malcolm

Something in the Way – Daniel Testa

Still Here – Franklin

Stop Haunting Me – Raquel Galdes

Stuck Without Me – Kylie Coleiro

Take Me as I Am – Domenique

The One That You Love – Lawrence Gray

The Thief – Dario Mifsud Bonnici

Warrior – Amber

What You Wanna Hear – Stefan Galea

What? When? Where? – Joseph Refalo

Where Do We Go? – Kurt Cassar

Who Needs a Heart – Soraya Cardona

Your Phone – Fiona Cauchi

Apart from the 6 former Eurovision Song Contest representatives, there are a number of well known figures from the local music industry, with a lot of surprises to be expected amongst the songwriters. In 2014, Malta got through to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track "Coming Home" which Firelight performed impeccably. We urge you to stay uned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: TVM, WE Studios


Tonight! The much anticipated return of the Summer Hit Song Contest, a music competition which originally took place between 2008 and 2011 and featured Miriam Christine, Neville Refalo, Romina Mamo, Minik and Siconix as winners, with a brand new selection of original songs. The celebrity-packed show is set to host leading singers from the local entertainment scene.

Gaia Cauchi, winner of the Junior Eurovision 2013 will be honoured as the very first special guest of the fifth edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest 2014. She will perform her latest release ''Floating on Air'' (Elton Zarb / Matthew Mercieca). Following her will be none other than Minik, winner of the previous edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest as the main guest of the first show. Minik will be grilling the six entries premiered on the show. He will also perform his latest single ''When I'm Not With You'' (Aldo Spiteri / Rita Pace).

The first six Summer Hit Song Contest 2014 entries premiered on the show will be:  Ina Robinich's ''Summer Ladies'' (Andrew Zahra / Rita Pace); Ana-Maria Grima's ''To Hell and Back'' (Philip Vella / Rita Pace);  Odessa Green's ''Pretend'' (Renato Briffa / Doris  Chetcuti); Simone Gauci's ''Hourglass" (Rita Pace / Emil Calleja Bayliss); Rachel Verzin's ''The Joke Is On You'' (Elton Zarb / Emil Calleja Bayliss); and Marie Claire's ''Just Wait'' (Elton Zarb / Rita Pace).

The competition aims to promote the local music artists in search of a true hit song. The show is produced and hosted by Deo Grech and Ignatius Farrugia. Stay tuned escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for the latest news from this year's edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest. Show is aired on Mondays and Sundays at 20:30 CET on F Living channel, your favourite tv channel for the best music this summer.

Source: Summer Hit Song Contest


The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is thought to be one of the finest musical institutions in the country noting that original tracks in Maltese are promoted. Some of the most recent winners of the esteemed competitions are none other than Amber, Mike Spiteri, Deborah C and Annabelle Debono with the most successful songwriters along the years being none other than Ray Agius, Mark Spiteri Lucas and Joe Chircop respectively. In recent years, the event has been supported greatly by escflashmalta.com with two board members present in the committee but for the first time in three years, coverage will be from an outsiders' point of view with the coverage being tweaked ever so slightly in order to promote the acts which will be selected.

The Committee of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza led by Chairman Mark Azzopardi received a total of seventy-nine (79) entries, from which eight (8) were submitted into the Teenage Category leaving the other seventy-one (71) in the Established Category. It is quite intriguing to note that this is quite a disappointing figure considering that over a hundred (100) songs were submitted in totality over the past three years, signalling that the popularity might be waning, something which is rather unfortunate. The jury for the first phase of the competition included none other than Deborah C, winner of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza 2012; John Perici Calascione, a Disc Jockey; Darren Carabott, student and Kevin Azzopardi, a musician who was also a judge during the second phase last year.

  • Aħfirli Jekk Trid - Fabrizio Faniello (Minik / Rita Pace)
  • Aħwa Lkoll - Domenique (Minik / Gillian Attard)
  • Armonija - Minik (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)
  • Bil-Ħila Tagħna - Andre' Curmi (Minik / Rita Pace)
  • Dellijiet - Elijah (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri)
  • Ejjew Ilkoll - Roseann Cordina (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul)
  • Emmint - Johanna Galea (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)
  • Eva - Christian Azzopardi (Philip Vella / Mark Amaira)
  • Fejn Hemm L-Għaqda Hemm is-Saħħa - Christian Arding (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri)
  • Fraħt Għax Sibtek - Laura Bruno (Frederick Camilleri)
  • Fram-men-ti - Domenique (Philip Vella / Mark Amaira)
  • Għalik - Domenique (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)
  • Gloria - Mauro & Kim (Rita Pace)
  • Ġrajjiet - Michela Dalli (Dominic Cini / Stephen Baldacchino)
  • Ħallini Nerġa Lura - Clayton Seychell (Philip Vella / Anton Grech)
  • Ħallini Ngħidlek - Nicole Brincat (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)
  • Ħarsitna 'l Fuq - Domenique (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul)
  • Ħdejk - Joseph Refalo (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)
  • Hemm Miegħek Jien - Neville Refalo (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace)
  • Insini - Letizia Seychell (Philip Vella /Anton Grech)
  • Int - Laura Bruno (Frederick Camilleri)
  • Int Kont Hemm - Daniel Muscat (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Marlon Polidano / Stephen Baldacchino)
  • Int u Jien - Ana-Maria Grima (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)
  • Inwiegħdek - Johanna Galea u Josef Tabone (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)
  • Kemm Se Ddum - Estelle Fenech Imbroll (Rita Pace / Mark Scicluna)
  • Kleopatra - Jade-Amber Muscat (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino)
  • L-Ewlieni - Danica Muscat (Philip Vella / Emil Calleja Bayliss)
  • Li Jien Illum - Mikhail Attard / Simarija Galea (Elton Zarb / Natasha Turner)
  • Ma Jistax Ikun - Maria Abdilla (Renato Briffa / Paul Callus)
  • Ma Ninsew Qatt - Domenique (Mark Debono / Rita Pace)
  • Magħqudin - Francesco Catania (Ludwig Galea / Augusto Cardinali)
  • Mara - Domenique (Philip Vella / Paul Ellul)
  • Merħba - Albertine Abela (Minik / Giovann Attard)
  • Mhux Pupa Biss - Raquel Galdes (Minik / Rita Pace)
  • M'Intiex Waħdek - Kylie Coleiro (Philip Vella / Manila Bottone)
  • Nemmen Fil-Futur - Mattei Curmi (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)
  • Nibqa' - Janice Mangion (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri)
  • Passi Fir-Ramel - Domenique (Philip Vella / Mark Amaira)
  • Perper Rebbieħa - Marie Claire Attard Bason (Dominic Cini / Stephen Baldacchino)
  • Qalb li Tħobb - Danica Sammut (Marco Debono / Rita Pace)
  • Raġġ ta' Tama - Domenique (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)
  • Rebbiegħa - Kristen Camilleri (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)
  • Sabiħ il-Logħob Jekk - Kurt Galea (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul)
  • Speċjali - Josef Tabone (Renato Briffa / Rita Pace)
  • Stmerrejtek, Ħabbejtek - Marie Claire Attard Bason (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)
  • Vampanar - Christian Azzopardi (Philip Vella / Mark Amaira)
  • Viva L-Ħajja - Cherylis Camilleri (Kaya)
  • Xbajt - Domenique (Philip Vella)
  • Xi Darba - Estelle Fenech Imbroll (Mark Scicluna / Estelle Fenech Imbroll)
  • Xtaqtek Taf - Simone Gauci (Jason Cassar / Mario Farrugia)

The eight (8) entries submitted into the Teenage Category have all made it through to the television stage of the competition due to meeting the requirements as set forth by the committee of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. The names of the artists, songs and their respective songwriters will most likely be revealed over the next couple of days noting that the second phase will take place next weekend in front of a panel of judges which as stipulated by the regulations could be the same as they were in the first phase. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza which will take place during the Independence festivities in September.

Source: Malta Right Now


One of the most prestigious music competitions to take place in the Maltese Islands is surely the annual Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza which has been won by several notable artists in the past including; Ira Losco, Claudia Faniello, Mike Spiteri and Eleanor Cassar amongst others. As of last year, nineteen (19) qualifiers made it through the typical submission process whilst another one (1) made the cut through a wildcard as given in another local competition known as Passport 2 Indifest which is organising within Sas-Sitta, a production of Spiteri Lucas Entertainment. Simone Gauci was the wildcard last year and she performed the song Id F'Id composed by Renato Briffa and penned by Keith Zammit which managed a mid-table showing.

This year, Passport 2 Indifest has been even tougher in my opinion with a higher level of talent getting through to the live shows and this afternoons' semi-final provided a welcome assessment of the upcoming music scene. The first performer was none other than Ana-Maria Grima who has already competed in the 2011 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the track Kif Nista? written by Philip Vella with the second one being Karen DeBattista, a newcomer who made it through to the second phase of this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Cold Whispers composed by Mark Scicluna and penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss whilst also having accompanied Francesca Borg as a backing vocalist in the Malta Eurovision last year.

At the end of the session which saw them perform Il-Messaġġ and Eternità, the latter performed by Karen DeBattista was definitely stronger in terms of performance and made it through receving the support of all the three judges being Janvil, Annabelle Debono and Neville Refalo. Next week, the second semi-final will be taking place with Marie Claire Attard Bason, a former finalist of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in 2009 taking on Letizia Seychell who just took part in the talent show, Don't Stop Me Now hosted on NET Television by Eileen Montesin, former Eurovision Commentator. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the local music scene as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Spiteri Lucas Entertainment