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Tonight, the biggest music festival in the country will take place - with the aim of choosing Malta's 31st entry to the Eurovision Song Contest. Over the course of the last quarter of 2017, the one hundred and twenty nine songs submitted for the competition were whittled down to just sixteen - which will all be performed live tonight from the Malta Fairs and Convention Centre in Ta' Qali.

The show will begin at 21:00 and will be broadcast live on TVM / TVM HD. The compère of this year's show will be Colin Fitz. Opening this year's show will be last year's winner, Claudia Faniello - who will reprise her winning song from last year, "Breathlessly". The sixteen acts taking part in this year's festival will take to the stage in the following order as seen below; in addition, they will be seen in postcards before their performances at various local heritage sites across the island.

1. AIDAN - "Dai Laga" (Aidan Cassar)
2. Miriana Conte - "Rocket" (Cyprian Cassar, Muxu)
3. Jasmine Abela - "Supernovas" (Charlie Mason, Jonas Thander)
4. Matthew Anthony - "Call 2morrow" (Jonas Gladnikoff, Tom Wiklund, Peder Eriksson)
5. Danica Muscat - "One Step at a Time" (John Ballard, Ruth Mussie, Jerusalem Yemane, Irena Krstva, Kian Fakhary)
6. Dwett - "Breaking Point" (Elton Zarb, Muxu)
7. Lawrence Gray - "Love Renegade" (Cyprian Cassar, Muxu)
8. Richard & Joe Micallef - "Song for Dad" (Cyprian Cassar, Richard Micallef)
9. Tiziana Calleja - "First Time" (Tina Stenberg)
10. Eleanor Cassar - "Back to Life" (Jonas Gladnikoff, Michael James Down)
11. Rhiannon - "Beyond Blue Horizons" (Rhiannon Micallef, Cyprian Cassar)
12. Brooke - "Heart of Gold" (Borislav Milanov, Dag Lundberg, Niklas Lif, Brooke Borg)
13. Christabelle - "Taboo" (Johnny Sanchez, Thomas G:son, Christabelle Borg, Muxu)
14. Deborah C - "Turn It Up" (Christian Schneider, Aidan O'Connor, Sara Biglert, Erik Grönwall)
15. Avenue Sky - "We Can Run" (Jonas Gladnikoff, Matthew Ker, Glen Vella)
16. Petra - "Evolution" (Elton Zarb, Muxu)

Alongside the main attration of the festival, there will be a number of interval acts. Claudia Faniello will take to the stage during the voting with her band, whilst last year's Maltese entrant at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Gianluca Cilia, will reprise his song "Dawra Tond", followed by a brand new song in a similar style - "Wam Bam". Performances by Analise Dance Company will also feature in the show throughout.
The result of this year's contest will be determined by a jury and a televote, each having a 50% share in the result. The jury - whose names will be announced during the show, compromises of five members. The public will be able to vote by calling 5230 21XX (the last two numbers being the singers' number in the running order). Only one vote per phone will be accepted.

In addition to the main show on TV, Public Broadcasting Services will also offer a backstage glimse to the proceedings online - TVM's presenters will be live giving the immediate reactions of the participants backstage, whilst other cameras will offer views of what is happening behind the scenes. The "second screen" footage can be accessed at https://www.tvm.com.mt/mt/secondscreen/.

ESCFlashmalta would like to wish all of the performers tonight the best of luck.

Source: tvm.com.mt

Friday, 02 February 2018 23:16

MESC 2018: Speaking with Avenue Sky

Eurovision fever is slowly gripping Malta - the nation's national selection for the world's most watched music contest is coming to it's climax this weekend. Of the one hundred and twenty-nine entries submitted for contention in this year's local festival, just sixteen made it to the televised selection. We had the chance to catch up with some of the competitors of this year's show during their preperations. One of these was a group, making their debut in the Malta Eurovision. These are Avenue Sky with the song "We Can Run".

Hi guys, thanks for taking the time out for this interview! How does it feel to be part of the sixteen finalists for this year’s Malta Eurovision Song Contest?

Being one of the sixteen final acts this year makes us feel a rush of different emotions. First and foremost the thought of performing on the MESC stage gives us an adrenaline rush. We feel extremely happy to be a part of the show this year and also very excited that after our second attempt we managed to make it through to the finals.

You’ve been performing together for just over two years now. Who had the idea to bring you all together as a group?

Well basically it was Kevin’s idea. He always wanted to be in a boyband. So he discussed the matter with Glen Vella, who is our vocal coach and mentor, and then the members started being chosen. Since all of are also trained soloists in the same Vocal training school both Glen and Kevin knew our style and what we could contribute to the group. And 2 years later we are here as 1 of the final 16 acts for MESC!!!!

Tell us more about your song, "We can run". What is it about? In your opinion, what makes your song an ideal candidate for Eurovision?

Our song We Can Run is penned by Matthew Ker and Jonas Gladnikoff composed by Matthew Ker, Jonas Gladnikoff and Glen Vella. Our aim with this song is to present to the public an uplifting message. Basically the song is saying that whatever situation you might be going through, never lose hope, and do not ever give up because as long as there is blood in our veins and air in our lungs you are surly able to rise again. Through music you can find your inner strength to keep on going strong.

At this point what we can say is what makes it an ideal candidate for MESC When we heard our entry the first time we fell in love with it. The positive energy that the melody and lyrics have gave an amazing vibe. And it is because of that, that we feel it is an ideal contender for MESC. And basically we are working very hard to be able to transmit this feel good vibe to both audiences at home and in the auditorium.

How are your preparations going so far? Are there any surprises that you can tell us about?

Preparations are in full swing at the moment. We meet up almost everyday with our vocal coach Glen Vella and also our choreographer Sandro Zammit to rehearse. What we can reveal at this stage about our performance is that we are going to be 6 on stage .

What is the most difficult thing about being part of a group?

Probably the most difficult thing would be co ordination. To try and co-ordinate 6 individuals for rehearsals, tv appearances, clothes and all that it involves being in a group.

Are you following the Eurovision Song Contest in general? If so, are there any stand-out entries for you from the past?

We are all Eurovision fans some of us fanatics too . However we all agree that our favourite entry and ESC winner is Heroes by Mans Zelmerlow.

Do you have a personal goal for the competition?

Well it goes without saying that at this stage, since we are one of 16 finalists we are there to try and make it to the top. However while keeping grounded with both feet on the ground and aside from the element of competition our goal is to have fun and give the best possible show to all MESC fans who will be watching us live from MFCC and also from home. MESC is the most anticipated local song festival on our islands so we want to give our best on stage so that the audience both at home and in the venue will have as much fun as we going to have!

What can we expect from you once the MESC-madness is over?

Once MESC is over we are planning to go back to our routines of building a solid repertoire and also releasing our second single this upcoming summer.

Thanks for your time, and best of luck at this year’s Malta Eurovision Song Contest!

We would like to say a big hello and also a massive thank you to all the readers for your support and also for taking the time to read our interview. We would also like to say a big Hello to all the Eurovision fans. Hope that you like our entry for MESC 2018 – ‘WE CAN RUN’. Also we would like to thank you all for promoting Eurovision and also for contributing to the growth of this prestigious Contest.

After 129 entries were submitted and two elimination phases, the finalists for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest has been announced. The reveal was shown this evening during the evening news on TVM - where the shortlisted artists were seen at the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta, learning their fate as the competition progresses to the next stage.

Since the first eliminatory phase which was announced on September 15th, the thirty shortlisted entries were filmed while performing their entries live. This footage was then reviewed by a number of local and international expert juries in order to establish sixteen finalists. These finalists will take to the stage at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in a live show at the beginning of next year. 

Aidan - Dai Laga (Aidan Cassar)

Avenue Sky - We Can Run (Jonas Gladnikoff, Matthew Ker, Glen Vella)

Brooke Borg - Heart of Gold (Christian Schneider, Aidan O’Connor, Sara Biglert, Brooke Borg)

Christabelle Borg - Taboo (Thomas G:son, Christabelle Borg, Muxu)

Danica Muscat - One Step At A Time (John Ballard, Ruth Mussie, Jerusalem Yemane, Irena Krstva, Kian Fakhar)

Deborah C - Turn It Up (Christian Schneider, Aidan O’Connor, Sara Biglert)

Dwett - Breaking Point (Elton Zarb, Muxu)

Eleanor Cassar - Back To Life (Jonas Gladnikoff, Michael James Down)

Jasmine Abela - Supernovas (Charlie Mason, Jonas Thander)

Lawrence Gray - Love Renegade (Cyprian Cassar, Muxu)

Matthew Anthony - Call 2morrow (Jonas Gladnikoff, Tom Wiklund, Peder Eriksson)

Miriana Conte - Rocket (Cyprian Cassar, Muxu)

Petra Whiteford - Evolution (Elton Zarb, Muxu)

Rhiannon Micallef - Beyond Blue Horizons (Cyprian Cassar, Rhiannon Micallef)

Richard & Joe Micallef - Song For Dad (Cyprian Cassar, Richard Micallef)

Tiziana Calleja - First Time (Tina Stenberg)

From the list of sixteen finalists, twelve of them have reached the finals of the Malta Eurovision selection in the past - five of them featuring in last year's final. Around half of the songs have been produced locally - whilst the others are by international teams based in the United Kingdom and Sweden - some of them also being behind songs of finalists and winners in the Eurovision Song Contest previously. Richard Micallef, who will perform his entry with his father, was of course part of the group "Firelight", who reached the final for Malta back in 2014.

The newcomers to the festival are 18 year old Matthew Anthony, Aidan, Avenue Sky (which Aidan is also a member of) and Dwett - consisting of Mikhail & Cherylis. Last year, Mikhail was seen auditioning in Romania with his song "Sail Back" for their national selection process. 

More details about the 2018 Malta Eurovision Song Contest are expected to be announced by Public Broadcasting Services in due course. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: tvm.com.mt

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXn-Ettr7yk

Friday, 29 September 2017 19:35

MESC 2018: Shortlist of 30 Entries Made Public

Public Broadcasting Services Malta (PBS) have announced a shortlist which made it through the first eliminatory phase of the 2018 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, the island's well followed selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest. The news was revealed online at tvm.com.mt after the TVM evening news on Friday, September 15.

A total of 129 entries were submitted to PBS, twenty-seven less than the year before. From these, the broadcaster has shortlisted thirty, which will be further shortened to sixteen within the next month. The list of names announced features a feast of seasoned professionals on the Malta Eurovision scene, along with a number of new names. No details of songwriters have been announced, but it is expected that songs are by a mix of local and international composers. 

Abire Sekkaki - Casablanca Love

Aidan - Dai Laga

Aidan - See You

Avenue Sky - We Can Run

Brooke Borg - Heart of Gold

Christabelle Borg - Taboo

Dan - If Only

Danica Muscat - One Step At A Time

Deborah C - Turn It Up

Deborah C & Josef Tabone - Human

Dominic Cini - Pictures

Eleanor Cassar - Back To Life

Ishmael Grech - Good Times

Jasmine Abela - Supernovas

Kelsey Bellante - Super Woman

Kevin Paul Calleja - Great Adventure

Kimberley Curtis - Monsters

Kurt Anthony Cassar - You Will Find Me

Lawrence Gray - Love Renegade

Malcolm Pisani - Kiss

Matthew Caruana - Call 2morrow

Mikhail Attard & Cherylis Camileri - Breaking Point

Miriana Conte - Rocket

Nicole Azzopardi - Mixed Feelings

Petra Whiteford - Evolution

Raquel Galdes - In My Mind

Rhiannon Micallef - Beyond Blue Horizons

Richard & Joe Micallef - Song For Dad

Stefan Galea - Closer

Tiziana Calleja - First Time

International fans will surely recognise the names of Richard Micallef and Nicole Azzopardi - the former representing Malta in 2014 as part of "Firelight", and the latter taking part for Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest back in 2010. Other notable mentions can be made to Eleanor Cassar - returning after a number of years away from the local festival scene, in addition to Christabelle Borg - re-entering the festival after working on her first EP with international producers. 

It has been said that during these past couple of days, singers have been invited to a live audition phase in order to hear how their songs sounded when interpreted live. During this elimination phase, a number of local and international expert juries will be involved to choose the top sixteen finalists which will then compete during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: TVM, PBS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POwL37CIZTg