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Making a surprise return for 2018, Malta’s national selection this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest also includes the addition of original songs - for the first time in eight years. Budding artists aged between 8 and 14 from the island were invited to submit their original compositions earlier in the summer, whilst PBS enlisted the help of an expert jury to shortlist sixteen of them for a live show.

The national selection will take to our screens this Saturday (8th September) at 16:30 on TVM and TVM HD, live from the Where’s Everybody’s studios in Qormi. The host will be local TV presenter and actress, Taryn Mamo Cefai. PBS has released all of the finalists’ songs on their website, for listening before the show. Below you can see the full list of artists taking part in the competition - click their names to read more about them and hear their song.

 

01. Luana Schembri - "No Rest For The Wicked" (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Philip Vella, Luana Schembri)
02. Giorgia Borg - "10" (Muxu, Gillian Camenzuli Kerr)
03. Zaira Mifsud - "Shout Now" (Muxu, Cyprian Cassar)
04. Jahel Cardona - "Home" (Muxu, Cyprian Cassar)
05. Katryna & Rihana - "The Puppet and the Clown" (Christopher Azzopardi, Kaya, Katryna Borg, Rihana Azzopardi)
06. Isaac Tom - "Bonfire Nights" (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Dario Bezzina, Isaac Tom Spiteri)
07. Albert-Lauren - "Paper Boats" (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Cyprian Cassar, Albert-Lauren Agius)
08. Kristy Spiteri - "NANN" (Ritienne Frendo, Cyprian Cassar & Mark Scicluna)
09. Yarin Coleiro - "Can You Be the One" (Muxu, Cyprian Cassar)
10. Lora Grech - "Finish Line" (Muxu, Elton Zarb)
11. Riona Degiorgio - "Infinity" (Muxu, Dominic Cini)
12. Kylie Meilak - "Crystals" (Muxu, Elton Zarb)
13. Eliana Gomez Blanco - "Music Takes Control" (Muxu, Cyprian Cassar)
14. Aiden Aquilina Cohen - "Wherever You Go" (Muxu, Cyprian Cassar)
15. Ela Mangion - "Marchin’ on" (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Cyprian Cassar, Ela Mangion)
16. Thea Aquilina - "Back To My Freedom" (Bruce Robert Francis Smith, Ylva Persson, Linda Persson, Rickard Bondel Truumeel)


The outcome of the Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be decided by a public televote and an expert jury, each having an equal say in the result. The public can vote once all of the songs have been performed, by calling the number 523021XX (the last two numbers being the songs’ number in the running order). Only one vote from each line will be registered. The winner will fly to the capital of Minsk, Belarus, to represent the country in the international final of the competition on November 25th - competing against 19 other countries in the biggest edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest yet.

In last year’s event, Malta was represented by Gianluca Cilia with the song “Dawra Tond” - composed by Dominic Cini and penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss. The 10 year old placed in 9th position overall, whilst obtaining 2nd place in the public vote. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2018 Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest, and subsequent Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018. He will also perform as a special guest during the show, after all of the sixteen competing songs have been performed.

Source: ESCflashmalta.com, Public Broadcasting Services, BTRC (Image)

Tuesday, 30 December 2014 16:04

Malta: Young Starlets Set on Conquering Europe

Erseb Productions, a renowned company in the local festival circuit with well over thirty years of experience, has given rise to several talents along the years, including artists such as former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Fabrizio Faniello (2001, 2006) and Miriam Christine (1996). With a spectacular range of promising talent, the local music scene in Malta continues to evolve, and there is a general feeling that talent is to be promoted on the international circuit.

During the end-of-year competition, aptly titled "Erseb Goes Christmas", the organisers revealed that a number of all-rounders would be given the opportunity to represent Malta in various international competitions. La Voix Academy under the tutelage of  vocal director, Gillian Attard was the most successful in terms of students who acquired these tickets, managing 16 out of the 18 possible slots. The other 2 students are successfully taught by Glen Vella, a former Eurovision Song Contest representative, and Audrey Marie Bartolo, a finalist in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2010.

Ti Amo Onesti (Romania)

Gianluca Cilia (La Voix Academy)

Naolene Borg (La Voix Academy)

 

Lake Pearls (Macedonia)

Mariah Nicola Vella (La Voix Academy)

Jahel Cardona (La Voix Academy)

Riona Degorgio (La Voix Academy)

Kelsie Borg (La Voix Academy)

Shania St John (La Voix Academy)

 

Baltic Voices (Lithuania) 

Michela Pace (Audrey Marie Bartolo)

Eila Mangion (La Voix Academy)

Kylie Meilak (La Voix Academy)

Kelsey Farrugia (La Voix Academy)

Kelsey Bellante (La Voix Academy)

 

Aire Nuevo (Spain)

Sarah Farrugia (La Voix Academy)

Danika Cutajar (Glen Vella)

Jilliane Camilleri (La Voix Academy)

 

Star Dest (Czech Republic)

Christina Magrin (La Voix Academy)

Rachel Lowell (La Voix Academy)

Veronica Rotin (La Voix Academy)

On behalf of the escflashmalta.com editorial team, we would like to wish all the 18 participants, the very best of luck in their endeavours abroad, hoping that they will not only shine as artists, but bring back trophies to Malta, ensuring that the talent which is being cultivated continues to grow. A round of applause goes to Erseb Productions, and the Vocal Directors for ensuring that such opportunities are available for the personnel who will make up the future local music scene. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Erseb Productions

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zt1-nBuawQA

Published in Local Music News

Gillian Attard, on behalf of La Voix Academy, has been invited to assemble a group of students to attend a masterclass in Italy. This opportunity will give upcoming artists the chance to showcase their vocal talent, and train with some of the best people in the music industry, including none other than escflashmalta.com collaborator; Charlie Rapino who produced the first major single for British Band; Take That. The masterclass; Master-Festival Discografico e Teleivisivo will be taking place between the 12th and the 15 June in Scalea, a southern town in Italy.

Whilst communicating with escflashmalta.com about this incredible opportunity, Gillian Attard revealed that the artists who will be a part of this project are; Clive Gauci, Karine Caruana, Jean Claude Azzopardi, Naolene Borg, Amy Mizzi, Rutger Scicluna Galea, Naomi Roberts, Nicola Saliba, Shania Mallia, Kiana Fenech, Kyra Licari, Kelsey Farrugia, Jade Camilleri, Nazio Rotin, Andy Shaw, Krista Calleja, Kylie Meilak, and Francesca Bonanno. This is a prestigious masterclass, one which will garner attention with some of the most influential bosses of Mediaset and RAI, two of the main broadcaster companies in Italy. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook & Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: La Voix Academy, Ironic PR & Artist Management

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

As the curtain rose on the stage of the Ariston Theatre, RAI was one of the headlining broadcasters in support of the Eurovision Song Contest with Emma Marrone, the public choice in Malta giving a spirited performance of her entry La Mia Città. Nevertheless, as the sun sets on another extravagant edition, this time won by Austria and Conhita Wurst, with the Bond-esque Rise Like a Phoenix, we thought of seeing what happened at Sanremo Junior.

Sanremo Junior has always been a date of note in the diaries of Europe’s younger performers. A competition for participants aged 6-15, this prestigious festival has encompassed the dreams of so many young performers over the past 5 years. This year, Malta was represented by 5 wonderfully talented performers:

Destiny Chukunyere (coached by Ms. Maria Abdilla)

Karl Luke Schembri (coached by Soprano Antoinette Miggiani / Ms. Claire McCartin)

Kylie Meilak (Gillian Attard of La Voix Academy)

Sebastian Calleja (vocal coach: Glen Vella)

Laetitia Amodio (coached by her mother Ms. Charmaine Amodio)

And success was at hand! Destiny Chukunyere walked out supreme as the Overall Grand Prix Singers Winner and Laetitia Amodio was crowned the Overall Grand Prix Musicians Winner! Furthermore, Karl Luke Schembri was placed first in the 13-15 Section! Kylie Meilak and Sebastian Calleja also put in strong performances that they can come home feeling proud over!

This year the event – under UNICEF patronage – followed a central topic focusing on protecting children’s rights. Malta were competing against participants from all over Europe, including: Belarus, Italy, Israel, Romania and Russia.We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music scene.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_96y9-2k3M

Published in Local Music News
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 16:25

Malta: La Voix Academy Succeeds Internationally

Gillian Attard, has worked her way to become known in the industry noting that her most popular tracks include Xi Darba Min Jaf and Quddiem L-Inkwatru tal-Madonna. She denotes that the industry has been quite kind to her especially in local competitions where despite her sporadic appearances, she has always done well. Starting a family of her own has given her the mindset to work with children, a host of talented ones which could ultimately become some of the best talent the country could offer. The editorial board of escflashmalta.com has been in contact with La Voix Academy and learned some intriguing details about what is set to happen in the near future.

 

It is a known fact that it is hard for a Maltese artist to break out in the music industry internationally. Even though Maltese talent has been here for a while, it is now gaining greater exposure outside our shores. This time, it is thanks to La Voix Academy. Various Maltese singers who are a part of this academy will be showcasing their talent at the internationally renowned Italian festivals of Sanremo, which will be aired on fifty television stations all around the world between the 12th and the 16th February 2013. The first contestant to be given the good news was 18 year old Kelly Rotin who will be representing our country with an original song ‘Non mi Arrenderó’ which was composed by none other than La Voix’s own director Gillian Attard, together with Dominic Cini and R Pace. 

Apart from Kelly Rotin, other students from La Voix Academy have also been selected to take part in Italy’s esteemed festivals of Sanremo. These are Veronica Rotin, Federica Falzon, Kelsey Frrugia, Kylie Meliak, Kym Abela, Casey Schembri, Jasmar Cassar, Jean Claude Azzopardi and Clive Gauci. While representing their vocal academy, these talented singers will be showcasing Malta’s amazing talent at an international level. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the local music scene as well as the younger generation which is seemingly becoming more intact with the foreign music industry as a relatively young age.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruE6Xwjfh08

Published in Local Music News