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"I am not making any plans ... definitely not in 2016" are the words echoed by Gianluca Bezzina, in an exclusive statement to escflashmalta.com, the singing doctor whose meteoric rise to fame in the local music industry was a direct result of his participation in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest with 'Tomorrow', an original song co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat.

Gianluca Bezzina, also the lead vocalist of Funk Initiative, whose debut album 'The Cartogrophers' landed in 2015 tried his luck at representing Malta for a second consecutive time earlier this year, when he joined his siblings in a super-group under the name, L-Aħwa. Their entry, 'Beautiful to Me', written by Erik Anjou did not set the scoreboard on fire, mustering up 10 points, to finish in 12th place. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Malta's participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

Source: escflashmalta.com, Gianluca Bezzina (Facebook, Twitter)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK4TvZeL6c0

Dean Muscat, an accomplished male songwriter who co-wrote "Tomorrow", sung by Gianluca Bezzina during the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, has recently turned his attention to becoming a lead vocalist, issuing his debut single, "Twentysomething". A guitar led ballad, with hints of wind chimes and a harmonica, there is a certain aura which quickly reminds the listener of a Ben Howard album track, one which stands out from the rest.

"Twentysomething", written and recorded by Dean Muscat at home, was then professionally mixed and mastered by Robin Ball and Ivan Jackman. Since being uploaded onto YouTube, it has amassed well over a 1,000 views, as well as a string of positive comments. Dabbling into the art of performance, Dean Muscat is hoping to spread around a positive message, one which brings out emotion. 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: Dean Muscat (Official Facebook Page)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhzknvOnilY
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"Picture" co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat, is the latest single by male vocalist Gianluca, whom many will recall as to having represented Malta in the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track "Tomorrow". It marks the fourth release off his debut album "Waiting for Tomorrow" released by Albam Records, an imprint of Sony ATV United Kingdom.

Gianluca was a surprise winner of the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, fending off strong competition from favourite Kevin Borg, whose reputation in Sweden had been solidified following his victory in the reality show "Idol" a couple of years back. The promotion of the single is being supported by a music video, one shot by MCAST students with Fabrizio Fenech acting as Director and Michael Grech being the producer. 

The storyline of the music video, which you may watch below, is relatively easy to follow and as a result of the new single, we hope that you purchase a copy of Gianluca's debut album "Waiting for Tomorrow", a true gem. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Official Facebook Page

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

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Light Me Up, co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals by Gianluca, Malta's representative in the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, is making strides in the local music industry having managed to peak at number #2 on Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D which airs weekly on 89.7 Bay. Upon returning from the Eurovision Song Contest, Gianluca had released his debut studio album Waiting for Tomorrow which managed to reach the top ten albums chart on iTunes.

Earlier this year, Gianluca was given the opportunity to co-host the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with Moira Delia and Ira Losco, the latter also being a former representative, having represented the country at the 2002 edition with the song 7th Wonder written by Gerard James Borg, co-writer of the Russian entry, Shine. The fan media see him as the ideal candidate to host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest come November. The male and female vocalists performed a series of duets, the most notable one being of Let Her Go by Passenger. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: 89.7 Bay

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnjRyPyq0XI

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In music, a year is very much a reflection of historical evidence and when it comes to 2013, Malta will very much remember the remarkable success that it achieved on both a local and an international field. As the public prepares to drink champagne and sing the tune of Auld Lang Syne along with Happy New Year, originally released by Abba, we aim to have a look at the most memorable moments of the year in this editorial. As a matter of fact, we have been through the major news items for both the general Eurovision Song Contest as well as the local music scene and one could easily denote the progress that has been made on both a national and a foreign level of vocal talent and songs in general.

January; a relatively quiet month in the local music scene with the Public Broadcasting Services busy prepping for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which was set to take place during the first weekend of February. Nevertheless, escflashmalta.com for the third year running managed to exclusively reveal the names of the hosts of the selection; Gordon Bonello, Rodney Gauci and Elaine Saliba. In the local music market, Corazon and Lynday both unveiled new singles; Save Your Smile and Daphne but the focus was definitely on the foreign music market with no less than three countries revealing the names of the artists who would represent them at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest including; France (Amandine Bourgeois), Armenia (Gor Suyjan) and Denmark (Emmelie de Forest).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4KgUYfVtLQ

February; The month of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest was upon us, and following a somewhat technically disappointing semi-final, the Public Broadcasting Services upped the ante for the final night, which saw to the success of Gianluca Bezzina and his entry Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. It managed to beat the favourite, Needing You sung by Kevin Borg and co-written with Danne Attlerud, Michael Clauss, Simon Gribbe and Thomas Thornholm. Following the evening, escflashmalta.com held their annual awards, seeing to the success of Klinsmann, Chris Grech and the aforementioned Kevin Borg, with NET Television being the place where they were given. In the meantime, both Cyprus and Slovenia made use of internal selections in revealing Despina Olympiou and Hannah Mancini as their representatives.

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March; In a relatively surprise announcement, L-Għanja tal-Poplu announced that they had received almost forty (40) submissions for the local competition, amongst them from the likes of Romina Mamo and Rita Pace. Keeping in line with the local music scene, Ira Losco followed up the release of her single What I’d Give with a brand new album entitled The Fire which has been denoted by critics as the most notable release in the local music industry. During the same period, on an internal level, stars Marco Mengoni and Cascada were chosen to represent Italy and Germany respectively, or rather confirmed their entries in entirety at this point. Gianluca’s promotional campaign as he represents Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest had officially commenced with the first ever lyric video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rAO1S8TeOM

April; At this month dawned, most of the country had made their respective selection for the international competition and thus focus quickly turned on on the outlook of the local music scene as Karen DeBattista managed to beat Marie Claire Attard Bason to become the first finalist of the 2013 Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, through the Passport 2 Indifest challenge on Sas-Sitta. It was later on revealed that she would be performing the song Riflessi composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss. In the meantime, L-Għanja tal-Poplu took place with Cherise Attard finishing in first place with the track Hawn Siġġu Nieqes composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Paul Ellul. At this point, Ira Losco continued her radio and digital success, aided by her first concert in quite some time. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmUMJKj5RNk

The month of May, and thus the Eurovision Song Contest had quickly arrived and several readers of escflashmalta.com had their eyes on Gianluca Bezzina whose Tomorrow was a proven hit and indeed succeeded in not only reaching the final, but finishing in eighth place, the nations’ best result in seven (7)  years. The big winner was Emmelie de Forest from Denmark whose song Only Teardrops enchanted both the jury and the public at home. escflashmalta.com kept their annual coverage with guest commentators including Simon Casey, Davinia, Claudia Faniello, Brooke, Lauren White, Magnus Kaxe and Christabelle. Thousands of people viewed the respective reports and with the aid of the team of Radio International and Eurovision Ireland, the competition was analysed and covered in the most profound and detailed way possible. 

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Summer could not kick off on a more positive note with the release of On The Dancefloor by Jan Cortez, setting the tone of the season and earning airplay on 89.7 Bay. As always, the preparations for the Joseph Calleja concert were being held at this point in time, as the line-up was revealed to include Rebecca Ferguson, Zucchero and Gianluca Bezzina, fresh off his success. In the meantime, on a positive note, it was announced by the Culture Department that local artists will get the chance to perform at the Isle of MTV with Kristina Casolani and Gianluca Bezzina both booking their spots at the event. No clarification was given over the choice especially with the top tier of artists; Jon Lukas, Davinia, The Crowns releasing brand new material.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQ9avB4RFrA

As the temperatures were getting warmer, NET Television decided to publish the list of the names who had got through the final of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, and also shot music videos, in an attempt to continue the fine tradition, which started with the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Maltese, as a national language had definitely it’s most intriguing month due to the fact that apart from the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, it was revealed that the International Festival of Maltese Song was set for a comeback, and no sooner than in November. Some of the most prominent names in the industry put their first foot forward and the line-up was miles better than that presented at the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the likes of Miriam Christine, Janvil, Fiona Cauchi, Roger Tirazona and Olivia Lewis who was making her comeback as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfDu1h-BOC8

August, known to be the last official month of summer saw to the release of Fed Up by Maxine Pace, who would later on be given a prominent role in the Maltese delegation during the surprise return of the country at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Joseph Calleja gives his annual concert with only a handful of performances garnering a standing ovation, one of them being of the song Xemx which he performed in a duet with Gianluca Bezzina. Glen Vella, representative of Malta in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest released a statement where he acknowledged that Finally by Richard Edwards should have represented the country, and most likely achieved a much better result. By the end of the month, the International Festival of Maltese Song had a logo and Red Electrick had a brand new single, The Runaway which would top the local music charts for several weeks.

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

Double the amount of entries received for L-Għanja tal-Poplu were received by the International Festival of Maltese Song, and whilst this number was encouraging, there was still a sheer amount of disappointment with many sceptic over the quality of the competition. Joseph Calleja was recognised as the world renowned tenor he has become by receiving a nomination at the Class Brit Awards. The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza took place with Fabrizio Faniello sweeping the top prize with the track Aħfirli Jekk Trid composed by Minik to the lyrics of Rita Pace. The surprise of many came when during the evening news bulletin, on the 25th September 2013, Malta had internally selected Gaia Cauchi to do the honours and represent the country at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

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

The 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest might be months away, but the preparations from artists, songwriters and producers had commenced and a flurry made use of escflashmalta.com to reveal their intentions including; Tiziana Calleja, Gloriana Arpa Belli, Eleanor Cassar, Richard Edwards, Klinsmann, Melanie Zammit, Kaya, Janvil, Claudia Faniello, Danica Muscat, Fabrizio Faniello, Neville Refalo and Josef Tabone amongst others. Olivia Lewis gave an interview to a Radju Kottoner, stating she was planning to release a debut album in Maltese in the very near future, one which include all her hits along with brand new and original songs. The Public Broadcasting Services accepted entries for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with several submissions, eventually totalling to a record breaking  210, the largest amount since the national broadcaster took over the selection process in totality.

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

November, the month in which there were three major events; kicking off with the International Festival of Maltese Song which was not only the return of Olivia Lewis, but also her success with the song Hawn Mill-Ġdid composed by Paul Abela to the lyrics of Joe Julian Farrugia. In second place was Mark Tonna and his track Poeta Bla Kliem composed by Mark Scicluna with lyrics by Emil Calleja Bayliss and in third place, Dario and Grecia Bezzina with the song Solitaire composed by Dario Bezzina to the lyrics of Rita Pace. Malta’s return to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest proved successful, as The Start co-written by Matt Mercieca, Elton Zarb, Gillian Attard and Gaia Cauchi emerged as the clear favourite in the week leading up to the competition, and then finishing as the remarkable winner.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thje0DAh_lU

Just a day before the final though, the public broadcaster revealed the names of the acts through to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014, a list which comprised of several newcomers such as Raquel Galdes, De Bee and Daniel Testa whilst also noting former Eurovision representatives in the form of Fabrizio Faniello and Miriam Christine. It was always going to be a year to remember, but nevertheless, several broadcasters were at this stage revealing their intentions for the upcoming edition of the international competition, seeing to the return of Portugal and Poland, whilst Valentina Monetta, The Common Linnets, Tijana Dapcevic and Conchita Wurst were internally selected to represent San Marino, The Netherlands, FYR Macedonia and Austria respectively. As the year came to an end, Ukraine and Albania made their respective choices and the Public Broadcasting Services unveiled the music videos accompanying the entries in next years’ selection process.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEH0iDktSNc

Published in Editorials
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 00:43

United Kingdom: John Galea Drops Second Single

John Galea, a relatively unknown figure in the local music industry, yet garnering traction at a fast pace in the United Kingdom, having had the opportunity to support British boy-band, McFly as well as r’n’b star, Lemar has recently released his second single, Ammunition off his debut extended play, The Scrapbook. The record was produced by Grammy nominated producers, The Monarch, known for a string of hits such as How We Do (Party) by Rita Ora and Swagger Jagger by Cher Lloyd.

Ammunition, co-written by John Galea and Dean Muscat, is a well crafted pop diamond, which is catchy and easy to learn, always a positive in the music industry. It is important to denote that Dean Muscat was the co-writer of Tomorrow, Malta’s entry at the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which managed eighth place at the international showcase. You may purchase the brand new single from iTunes, as released earlier this month on the 8th December 2013, and which in turn is being promoted through an official music video. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about local artists succeeding abroad.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LQrg5JlAEc

Friday, 13 September 2013 15:27

Malta: HoD Firmly Denies Vote Rigging Claims

The Mirror, a leading tabloid in Great Britain went on record publishing an article which disputed the results of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which saw to the victory of Emmelie de Forest and her entry Only Teardrops on behalf of Denmark. One focus point within the story seems to be on Azerbaijan and Malta though with the latter noted for having awarded the eastern country, the maximum twelve (12) points in each of the past four years. An executive responsible for this years' edition of the international competition who wished to remain unnamed stated that jury members were bribed with 'enough money to live off for a year' but nevertheless, claims have been rubbished by Head of Delegation, Anton Attard.

escflashmalta.com has been in contact with Anton Attard throughout the day with regards to the allegations and he has denied the claims stating that 'in the past four years, the jury has only awarded Azerbaijan with one set of twelve points, which therefore shows that it has been the public vote monitored by the European Broadcasting Union which has led to the twelve points on each respective occasion'. At this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Malta was represented by Gianluca and his entry Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat which finished in eighth place, the nations' best result since 2005. Tabloids in the United Kingdom have been following up the story following comments made but their 2013 representative; Bonnie Tyler who only managed nineteenth place with her entry Believe In Me. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com, The Mirror

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN3d_V7KVLE

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Gianluca, the most successful contemporary male vocalist in Malta following his stint at the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat has recently unveiled his debut album released by Albam Records in conjunction with Sony Music United Kingdom. One of the leading music markets is the one in the United Kingdom and therefore, it was quite a feat to see the entry from the international showcase peak at number #66 without any promotion whatsoever. It was also the second highest new entry from the Eurovision Song Contest, only behind Only Teardrops performed by Emmelie de Forest which entered at number #15.

On the website of the Official Charts, Gianluca's debut album Waiting for Tomorrow is listed amongst the new releases of this week marking an international release for the collection. All of the tracks on the record, ten in total have been co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with the recording taking place at Doyaya Studios. The release of the record is being supported by Calamatta Cuschieri who recently welcomed the whole team along with press and media to an official launch which escflashmalta.com proudly attended. Waiting for Tomorrow, the debut album by Gianluca Bezzina is available to purchase either physically through Exotique and D'Amato or digitally through iTunes. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Official Facebook Page, Emil Calleja Bayliss (Image)

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It's August and Radio International hosted by Juergen Boernig has been with you post Eurovision Song Contest with a number of features from the world of the international competition. We would like to invite you to the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. Apart from the means of FM Radio in the Netherlands on FM 106.8 and the audio stream from the studio via www.radiointernational.tv and on Digital Cable 781 & Cable 8.1Mhz in the Netherlands, the show will also be web-televised via the Radio International TV Channel from the studio and linking up the many international Eurovision fans and friends and play your requests and read your messages out on air. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET when fans can join in and chat amongst each other via the Chat Room and request their favourite Eurovision entry.

Gianluca, the male artist who represented Malta at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat has been extremely busy upon his return from the showcase, having been given the opportunity to release his debut album and also perform alongside world renowned tenor, Joseph Calleja. Apart from that, this evening, he is also sharing the stage with three time Eurovision Song Contest winner, Johnny Logan from Ireland as they perform at the Għaxaq Music Festival. Gianluca is taking time out of his busy schedule for an exclusive live interview with Radio International as he discusses current projects and also his first studio collection entitled Waiting for Tomorrow which is currently on pre-order through digital store, iTunes. Other interviews to be aired during this weeks' episode; Lys Assia (Switzerland 1956-1958), Valentina Monetta (San Marino 2012-2014), Krista Siegfrids (Finland 2013), Roberto Bellarosa (Belgium 2013) and Ryan Dolan (Ireland 2013).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiJLo1ZDthk

There will also be a number of new releases played throughout the three hours, including tracks by Alex Sparrow (Russia 2011), Nadine Beiler (Austria 2011), Maya Sar (Bosnia & Herzegovina 2012), Agnetha Faltskorg (Sweden 1974), Nina Badric (Croatia 2012), Birgit Oigemeel (Estonia 2013) and Pastora Soler (Spain 2012). All of the news is also covered during the weekly broadcast noting resources from escflashmalta.com and escXtra where Luke Fisher, the Editor makes a weekly round-up. David Mann will be discussing songs from the Eurovision Song Contest which have been covered across time. Make sure to tune into this evenings episode of Radio International on the links offered above as we help you get through your post Eurovision depression. escflashmalta.com is always proud to promote the work of Radio International hence the weekly promotion of the leading interviews which is the way that each article will be placed upon within the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned!

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIC3Zcgnb9s

Johnny Logan, the male vocalist from Ireland who has won the Eurovision Song Contest on three occasions, twice as the lead performer and once as a songwriter will be giving a concert at the Għaxaq Music Festival on Wednesday, 7th August 2013. The singer/songwriter who is originally Australian first came to fame following his international victory back in 1980 with the song What's Another Year which was a major hit in Ireland and the United Kingdom but he managed to go even further in 1987 as the track Hold Me Now peaked at the top spot in several countries. During this particular event, he will be supported by Gianluca, the male artist who represented Malta at this years' Eurovision Song Contest.

Gianluca has just accompanied Joseph Calleja during his annual concert, giving the ten thousand strong crowd a stunning rendition of Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat before performing a sublime duet of the song Xemx with Joseph Calleja. Earlier this year, Johnny Logan published another studio album, that entitled The Irish Connection II which he is supporting with a tour all over the continent having performed in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium and the United Kingdom. During the night, he will be accompanied by an eighteen (18) piece orchestra led by Maestro Joe Brown. Also on hand to host the evening will be Clint Bajada from the popular ONE Television show, Clint on ONE who had the pleasure of hosting escflashmalta.com preceding the Eurovision Song Contest 2013. Stay tuned for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available. 

Source: Press Release

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

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