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'Floating on Air' is the name of the new single by Gaia Cauchi, winner of the 2013 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, with music by Elton Zarb and lyrics by Matthew Mercieca. This follows her debut single 'The Start' which won the prestigious children's competition back in November. Launched during the Malta International Food Festival in Ħaż-Żabbar to a large audience, it was well received by those present.

Gaia Cauchi, a student of La Voix Academy, has been on a high since triumphing at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, having been a guest at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, at Sanremo Junior Malta, the Eurovision Song Contest and also finishing as the first runner-up on the Romanian talent show; Next Star which airs on Antena 1. 'Floating on Air', written in the form of a theme song could be said to be a mixture of genres; including ballad, r'n'b and pop. You may listen to the song below, whilst we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook & Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Gaia Cauchi (Official Facebook Page)

Gaia Cauchi, winner of the 2013 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with 'The Start', co-written alongside Elton Zarb, Matt Mercieca and Gillian Attard, has followed up her triumph at the international event with another successful result in Romania where she finished as the first runner-up in the Next Star competition. Shown on Antena 1, Gaia truly had a ball at the event, and gave mesmerising performances as the weeks went by.

Gaia Cauchi, alongside Federica Falzon, Maxine Pace, Shauna Vasallo and Veronica Rotin is one of the several musical prodigies coached at the prestigious La Voix Academy which features several well regarded tutors including; Matt Mercieca (Muxu), Ritienne Azzopardi, Gillian Attard, Claudia Magrin, Sylvana Camilleri and De Bee amongst others. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Antena 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPPrwBEu0dM

Published in Local Music News

Earlier this afternoon, the European Broadcasting Union and the Public Broadcasting Services held a joint press conference in order to address the format changes with regards to the 2014 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. During the same period, Anton Attard, Chief Executive Officer of the Public Broadcasting Services and Executive Supervisor for the European Competition presented the vision that the Maltese broadcaster has, including how local schoolchildren will be involved.

Executive Supervisor Vladislav Yakovlev spoke to the assembled press about the history of the competition, as well as the format changes that have been introduced recently to increase the number of participating countries. Anton Attard, CEO of PBS, will be the Executive Producer of the 2014 Edition. He presented Public Broadcasting Services' vision for this year's competition in Malta, including how local schoolchildren will be involved.

Apart from #together being unravelled as the slogan, the Public Broadcasting Services also published the logo, which as you may see above, is designed on the elements of the Maltese eight pointed cross and its different segments are connected together in such a way that specific shapes are created. The dynamics of the connections make the logo clever, changeable and challenging. The colour palette is bold and dynamic and takes its inspiration from the richness and diversity of the Maltese landscape: Sand, Sea, Stone, Grass, Sky, Dusk and Sunset. 

The harmonious blend of colours provides flexibility and vibrancy to all communication materials. At this stage of preparations, 7 countries have confirmed participation; Belarus, Georgia, Malta, The Netherlands, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine whilst there are several rumours about the possible debuts of Hungary, Italy and Ireland. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2014 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malta.

Source: junioreurovision.tv

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

Gaia Cauchi, winner of the 2013 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, with The Start which she co-wrote with Gillian Attard, Elton Zarb and Matthew Mercieca, had the opportunity to showcase her astonishing vocal range during a recent Beatles Tribute Show which was organised by the FĊN (Fundazzjoni Ċelebrazzjonijiet Nazzjonali) at Smart City, a technological park in Kalkara, last Sunday.

Gaia was not alone on stage having been accompanied by a choir made up of students from La Voix Academy under the direction of Gillian Attard with assistance by De Bee, first runner-up during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and Matt Mercieca, co-writer of The Start, Betrayed, Brand New Day and Until We Meet Again. The performance of the song All You Need is Love, originally performed by The Beatles went down extremely well with the crowd. Below you may see the recorded version and we urge you to focus on the audio since the visual is a tad shaky. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more updates.

Source: La Voix Academy, escflashmalta.com, Pix by Max Photography

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRe-DLgqfSA

Published in Local Music News
Saturday, 05 April 2014 14:38

Malta: Sanremo Junior Taking Place Tonight

Tonight! Lara Cuschieri and JeanPaul Carbonaro will hosting the GO Sanremo Junior Malta, taking place at the Mediterranean Conference Centre with Antonella Vassallo, director of Stand Out Events, the company responsible for putting up this event, acting as Executive Producer. In the four (4) categories; three (3) for vocalists and one (1) for musicians, there are a total of twenty-five (25) artists; four (4) of which will ultimately represent Malta in Sanremo Junior, taking place in the illustrious Ariston Theatre.

Stand Out Events, has the pleasure of announcing that there will be several special guests during the course of the final including none other than; Brooke, a winner of the Best Solo Artist Award; Ilenia Camilleri, winner of Sanremo Junior 2013; Gaia Cauchi, winner of Sanremo Junior 2012 and the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013; and last but not least Tony Maiello who had won the Nuove Proposte in the 60th edition of the Sanremo competition. Despite the fact that the event will be broadcast on Television Malta (TVM) right after the eight o'clock news bulletin, those interested may still purchase tickets through the official website of the Mediterranean Conference Centre.

Through her Official Twitter Account, it has been revealed that one of the jury members this evening will be none other than the British singer/songwriter Sarah Class who was in Malta a couple of years back as a guest during L-Għanja tal-Poplu, and has had the opportunity to work with Hayley Westenra and Eimear Quinn. For more details about the competition, one could either access the official website of the Mediterranean Conference Centre, or even the Official Facebook Page. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of the latest news.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIuz93trnyE

Published in Local Music News

Xi Darba Min Jaf? written by Dominic Galea and Joe Friggieri with vocals provided by Gillian Attard was the first runner-up in the 2002 edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu. It was the beginning of an astonishing career for the artist, who has turned out to be the most prolific vocal trainer in Malta, known for establishing talents such as those of Gaia Cauchi, Federica Falzon, Veronica Rotin and Shauna Vassallo amongst others as director and founder of La Voix Academy.

escflashmalta.com is in an exclusive position to reveal that La Voix Academy which also features a number of tutors in the form of musicians; Chris Mallia, Wayne Camilleri, Sylvana Camilleri and Matt Mercieca, will hold the rights to the Maltese participation in the talent show Io Canto broadcast on Canale 5 with auditions taking place on the 10th August 2014. The announcement comes off the heels of yet another astonishing result for the academy and Federica Falzon who has no less than four songs in the final of Ti Lascio Una Canzone which airs on RAI Uno. We urge you to stay tuned to this portal for all the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com

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

On Saturday 5th April, the Mediterranean Conference Centre will be playing host to Sanremo Junior Malta under the stewardship of Lara Cuschieri and JeanPaul Carbonaro as well as Executive Producer Antonella Vassallo, who is also director of Stand Out Events, the company responsible for putting up this event. In the four (4) categories; three (3) for vocalists and one (1) for musicians, there are a total of twenty-five (25) artists; four (4) of which will ultimately represent Malta in Sanremo Junior, taking place in the illustrious Ariston Theatre.

Stand Out Events, has the pleasure of announcing that there will be several special guests during the course of the final including none other than; Brooke, a winner of the Best Solo Artist Award; Ilenia Camilleri, winner of Sanremo Junior 2013; Gaia Cauchi, winner of Sanremo Junior 2012 and the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013; and last but not least Tony Maiello who had won the Nuove Proposte in the 60th edition of the Sanremo competition. For more details about the competition, one could either access the official website of the Mediterranean Conference Centre, or even the Official Facebook Page. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of the latest news.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIuz93trnyE

Published in Local Music News

It has definitely been a week to remember for Ira Losco, Malta’s representative at the 2002 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, having been appointed as co-host of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest alongside Gianluca Bezzina and Moira Delia, and thus given the opportunity to perform a multitude of tracks as a guest performer including; What I’d Give, Me Luv U Long Time, L-Aħħar Bidwi F’Wied il-Għasel, Let Her Go and Fever.

Last night though, will definitely have been the cherry on the cake with Ira swooping three (3) major accolades during the Malta Music Awards; Best Solo Artist, Best Music Video, Best Album, and ultimately missing out on Best Song, that going to ‘The Runaway’ by Red Electrick. The evening, one which will surely be recognised in the history of the local music scene featured a series of performances from artists such as; Sophie, Norbert, Andi, Winter Moods, Gaia Cauchi, The Crowns Airport Impressions and of course, Ira Losco and Airport Impressions.

Best Band: Red Electrick

Best Solo Artist: Ira Losco

Best Music Video: Me Luv U Long Time - Ira Losco 

Best Song: The Runaway - Red Electrick

Best Album: The Fire - Ira Losco

Best New Artist: Plan Zero

International Achievement Award: Gaia Cauchi

Recognition Award: Gillian Attard

The winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, recipient of the International Achievement Award in 2013, was re-awarded with the prestigious accolade for the second year running, following her outstanding achievement on foreign waters. On the other hand, her vocal coach and co-writer of ‘The Start’ was given a recognition award for supporting the local music scene in the best possible manner noting that the oustanding talent of prodigies such as Veronica Rotin, Shauna Vassallo, Gaia Cauchi and most recently, Federica Falzon. TVM will be airing the Awards Ceremony in due course. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of the latest news.

Source: MMM / escflashmalta.com / G Stellini (Photo)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-o9sgAHsTN4

Published in Local Music News
Sunday, 09 February 2014 17:12

MMAs 14: Firelight Added as Special Guests

Firelight, composed of Richard Micallef, Michelle Mifsud, Tony Polidano, Matthew Ellul and Leslie Decesare are still fresh off their victory at the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the song Coming Home written by Richard Micallef but nevertheless, they are ready to kick off their promotional campaign with a special guest appearance at the Malta Music Awards later on this evening. The event hosted by Angie Laus, Arthur Caruana and Nicole Tabone will commence at 19:00 CET and will be broadcast on TVM at a later date.

Apart from Firelight, the star studded event will include a multitude of performances from the likes of Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014 hostess; Ira Losco as well as participant; Sophie whilst the local music scene will be in full force as Red Electrick, Winter Moods, Norbert, The Crowns, Gaia Cauchi and The Rifffs will all take to the stage of the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre. The evening is surely set to be another one to remember with the best talent being recognised by a panel of professional judges who selected their favourites a couple of weeks ago. A full detailed report on the Malta Music Awards will follow on escflashmalta.com in the coming hours. Stay tuned.

Source: MMM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqP65vGsmk0

Published in Local Music News
Saturday, 08 February 2014 18:45

MESC '14: The Grand Final - LIVE

Good Evening! Welcome to the LIVE REPORT of the final of this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest being staged in Ta’ Qali, an artisan town where the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre is found, a couple of miles away from any form of civilization. Our colleagues in Malta have reported that the rehearsals have been going extremely well and that the Public Broadcasting Services is ready to host a show of the highest quality this evening with our three (3) illustrious hosts and a parade of local and foreign guests.

Ira Losco and Gianluca Bezzina; representatives of Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2002 and 2013 respectively along with Moira Delia, spokesperson on behalf of the Mediterranean country in the 2006 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest have been selected to coordinate the show, one which will include fourteen (14) acts as selected by the professional members of the local and foreign jury as well as the public vote during the semi-final yesterday evening. It was a relative shock to see two (2) former representatives; Miriam Christine and Fabrizio Faniello fall at the first hurdle especially following their stunning performances.

We are live now!

How could tonight’s final not start with Maltese latest pride, the great Gaia Gauci who won the recent Junior Eurovision that was held in Kyiv, Ukraine. The little princess is joined by a choir of La Voix Academy and the performance is really amazing! We are definately set for an exciting and great evening! The presenters the great Ira Losco and Gianlucca Bezzina are on stage now and making an introduction and explaning about the show. Moira the third presenter is in the audience and looks also stunning. Moira is congratulating Gaia. The members of the jury are also introduced. They are Reuben Zammitt head of the jury, Olga Salamahka head of delegation for Belarus, Nicola Caligore head of delegation for Italy, Ekaterina Orlova from RTR (Russia) and Peter Cossai, Head of Sport Section of PBS. And now we are off for the show!

Lovetricity - Christabelle (Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)

 Christabelle is opening tonight’s final with this uptemo song from Magnus Kaxe and lyrics from Gerard James Borg. Again Christabelle gives a solid performance so it’s a good opener of tonight’s final. Welldone to Christabelle and the team! If this is a contender for the victory i’m not so sure though but Christabelle did very good!

Some Kind of Wonderful - Wayne William (Wayne Micallef)

Having Wayne on stage is always a certainty of a strong performance. Just like last night Wayne is very confident with his track Some kind of wonderful. A great artist which would surely make Malta proud on Eurovision stage! The question though is this is the track that will lead him to Copenhagen. Could be but that will definately depend on the other performances tonight. And honesty obliges me to say he had better songs in the past. But Prosit Wayne!

Brand New Day - Davinia (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Davinia was to me one of the surprise qualifiers to the finals. The song is obviously still as cheerful as last night and the singer seems to enjoy her time on stage. Unfortunately i cannot change my opinion that the song is not really going anywhere so i wouldnt go for it as the song for Copenhagen, sorry. But welldone overall for the performance!

City Lady - Ryan Paul Abela (Paul Abela / Ryan Paul / Joe Julian Farrugia)

Ryan Paul Abela is next on stage with a very cheerfull song. I like the enthousiasm of this very sympathic artist which gives again a lot of credits and gave him likely also the ticket to the final thanks to the audience watching at home. I don’t see this either in Denmark but my compliments go to the artist and his team.

Love Will Take Me Home - Franklin (Glen / Beatrice Eriksson / M Frenell / Michael J Down)

 It’s time for Franklin Calleja! He touched me a lot with his last nights performance. And again he gives an extremely performance. What a lot of respect i have for this  still  very young singer The stage act is simple but very effective and you see a singer who gives his all! The guy has such a great career ahead and i wouldnt be surprised if he would be winning the ticket to Eurovision tonight. Hear the applause during the performance, the people love this guy! Franklin is definately one of the topfavourites. Prosit Franklin and the team, i would be proud for my maltese friend to see you in Denmark!

One Last Ride - Daniel Testa (Stephen Rudden / Lawrence Peter Bridge)

And we are going to the next favourite. Daniel Testa already represented Malta at Eurovision in the Junior edition with a great placing. His performance is definately stronger then yesterday so i dont rule him out as one of the main contenders for the winning ticket. Will he make? Let’s see later on but the public seem to love this one too!.

Before we go on to the next song Ira and Gianlucca are threating us on a great intermezzo. What a clever and good show of PBS to have those two great artists as presenters!

Let The Sunshine In - Sophie (Sophie DeBattista / Adam Pakard / Alex Dew)

Funny enough the next artist also represented malta at Junior Eurovision. Sophie is giving a solid performance but like i said yesterday i’m not sure if this song would be the best choice for Eurovision. However all credits and congratulations for the performance and how can you not like such a nice and cheerfull girl!

Oblivion - Chris Grech (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Chris is on stage and proving again he’s a very powerfull singer. The guy definately knows how to sing and has a certain charisma that i can imagine women are attracted too. In terms for Eurovision in Denmark i believe the song might just miss that thing to win for the top places later on. But well done Chris!

Until We Meet Again - Deborah C (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Deborah C is back in the finals for the third year in a row and it shows that this singer is developping in a very good way. Hard work and singing is clearly paying off! Deborah looks again great on stage. This very happy feeling song is making me smile with Deborah's enthousiasm! Well done Deborah and crossing fingers for the best possible result!

Hypnotica - Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Another hot favourite, especially amongst the European Eurofans is Jessica The  performance of Hypnotica is again very good with a very interesting choreography. This was surely the work of Gerard James Borg who is always very creative on this, so all my deep compliments on Ger! Should Hypnotica make it to Denmark it will surely be a fan favourite, but we have to think also on the older public and professional juries. Will they taste it as much as the fans? That is to be seen. But well done Jessica!

Take Me - Pamela (Boris Cezek)

And now we go to the angelic voice of Pamela Bezzina! Like yesterday im attached to the screen from the first till last minute and enjoying every second of her performance. What a voice and what great stage appearance, very simply but effective! I can see this just doing copy past to Copenhagen! I am so sure this will fight till the end to get that ticket. Will Pamela finally make it as leadsinger on Eurovision stage? I would be happy for her and Malta would head for a top position in Copenhagen surely! Prosit Pamela!

Coming Home - Firelight (Richard Micallef)

The next act is Firelight with Coming Home. Probably many maltese people will not like me but somehow i didnt expect the song to make it, so prosit on that already. The performance is solid and welldone but still i dont see this as the winning entry that will represent Malta at the Eurovision Songcontest.

Because I Have You - Amber (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

Amber is again joined by composer and 1991 representative Paul Giordimaina who also composed the song and who i respect a lot as one of maltese best composers. Amber seems to be less stressed then last night and i must say she looks great performing this melodic tune. However i fear for Amber that she will  have to wait to win the ticket to Eurovision.

Pin The Middle - De Bee (Peter Paul Galea / Debbie Stivala)

De Bee is one of the much rumoured for the victory. I’m so sorry but i dont get this at all. Don’t misunderstand me the performance is solid and the singer is doing a very good job but i still dont feel any chemistry. It still might win though, let the public and jury decide i would say.

So we had all the songs now! The televoting has been opened and we have a recap of all the songs before we go to a long list of interval acts.

Part 2 of the show

Ira Losco is starting the intervalacts and she proves that she is still an amazing artist and looking fabulous! When are you returning to Eurovision Ira?

And we are off for another recap!

Gianluccas is performing now with a new song along with his family, so it’s like the Bezzina group. Before some images were shown from last years festival. And they are off for more, this is sounding really nice! Of course Gianlucca's winning song from last year cannot be forgotten! The audience is cheering a lot! This is why i love the maltese public so much, they cherish their esc artists so much!

Moira is now in the greenroom with all the finalists! Everyone seem to have a great time but surely nerves are very tensed! And off we go again with another performance of Ira again. She followed by a crazy act from Gorg u Pawlu who got fame with their 'Hot and famous' last year, well at least in malta. It looks very funny, but as this is a great show this is a strange act not really fitting in. But it's funny though!

Next one on stage is one of Maltese most popular bands Wintermoods. Great vocals and strong songs i must say, respect!

After Wintermoods we have the Swiss entry Sebalter on stage presenting their song for Eurovision. After that performance which doesnt give much of attention we are off to the winner of last years Eurovision Emelie de Forest who is presenting her new song Rainmaker, the theme of the 2014 Eurovision! She is joined by all contestants and it really sounds great! this is a new hit for Emelie i'm pretty sure!

And off for another commercial break. Will we know the results soon? Let's cross fingers for it!

We are off to the voting!!

The televoting gives 12 to Jessika and 10 to Daniel Testa

the first judge gives 12 to firelight

the russian judges gives 12 to Deborah C!

the italian head of delegation gives 12 to firelight

very different voting!!

the belarussian judge gives 12 to firelight

the head of jury gives also 12 to firelight

So Firelight is the song for Malta. As i told i admit i was totally wrong here but stand my opinion. All the best of luck to malta though!

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