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This afternoon, Europe’s young talents will be sharing their talent on the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Taking place from the Minsk Arena in the Belarusian capital Minsk, twenty countries will take to the stage in a two and a half hour live show.

The live show will be hosted by Eugene Perlin, Zina Kupriyanovich and Helena Meraai, with a special performance by last year’s winner, Polina Bogusevich. The participants of the show will also join together to perform the theme song for this year’s contest, “Light Up”.

Malta will be represented by 12 year old Ela Mangion with the song “Marchin’ On”, written by Ela with Emil Calleja Bayliss and composed by Cyprian Cassar. Ela is in good spirits for the show - you can see what she said to us when we sat down with her earlier this week here.

01. Ukraine: Darina Krasnovetska - "Say Love"
02. Portugal: Rita Laranjeira - "Gosto de Tudo (Já Não Gosto de Nada)"
03. Kazakhstan: Daneliya Tuleshova - "Ózińe sen"
04. Albania: Efi Gjika - "Barbie"
05. Russia: Anna Filipchuk - "Unbreakable"
06. The Netherlands: Max & Anne - "Samen"
07. Azerbaijan: Fidan Huseynova - "I Wanna Be Like You"
08. Belarus: Daniel Yastremski - "Time"
09. Ireland: Taylor Hynes - "IOU"
10. Serbia: Bojana Radovanović - "Svet"
11. Italy: Melissa & Marco - "What Is Love"
12. Australia: Jael - "Champion"
13. Georgia: Tamar Edilashvili - "Your Voice"
14. Israel: Noam Dadon - "Children Like These"
15. France: Angélina - "Jamais Sans Toi"
16. FYR Macedonia: Marija Spasovska - "Doma"
17. Armenia: L.E.V.O.N - "L.E.V.O.N"
18. Wales: Manw - "Perta"
19. Malta: Ela - "Marchin' On"
20. Poland: Roksana Węgiel - "Anyone I Want to Be"

The winner will be decided by an online vote and a professional jury, each counting for half of the overall result. You can vote online at www.jesc.tv for 3-5 countries, including Malta. The vote will close once the show begins, and will reopen once the performances are over.

You can follow the show live on TVM and TVM HD, and additionally over YouTube from the Junior Eurovision official channel. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through social media platforms; Facebook and Twitter.

Source: junioreurovision.tv, escflashmalta.com

Saturday, 24 November 2018 14:53

JESC 2018: A Sit Down with Malta's Ela

Whilst the temperature back in Malta sits at a balmy 22 degrees, in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, it's an icy -5. But what's an even bigger contrast is that while most twelve year olds are back at home, going to school and spending time with their friends - Ela Mangion is gearing up to perform in front of the biggest audience of her life at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Having performed in countries from Italy to Lithuania and Russia, the scenario isn't that strange to Ela. But this event, the little sister (or brother) of the adult contest which takes place each May, is the biggest opportunity she's had so far. "It's a really good promotion for young singers. It's nice to unite with other countries," she tells me. She fondly recalls meeting some of the other contestants of this year’s contest here and there in the past, including the two female hosts of this year’s contest, adding “It’s like we’re on a journey together.”

Preparing for such an event like this is a hectic challenge, there’s a lot going on here. The schedule is tightly packed with rehearsals and excursions, and there’s even time slotted in for the kids to unwind at the “Euroclub” in the show’s official hotel. The team from PBS includes a producer, songwriters, choreographers, dancers as well as press and media managers. Some would be intimidated by this, but Ela seems to be taking it in her stride. “I’m more excited than nervous… but if there is any nervousness, it’s the positive kind,” she admits. “But I’m relaxed. I think if other people see me relaxed, they can be relaxed too. It’s tiring - but I like it, I like this life a lot,”.

“Marchin’ On” is the song that Ela will be singing at the contest. It’s an anthemic song that talks about dealing with the pressures of social problems that we come across in life, and how with the help of everyone, we can overcome these problems. “The song came out exactly how I wanted it - I really feel the message. The first time I heard it, I was mind blown,” she says. She worked together with producer Cyprian Cassar on the melody and asked lyricist Emil Calleja Bayliss to help create the story.

It’s clear that this girl lives and breathes music. “I like RnB, Soul, Jazz, and of course pop music,” she says. Ela cites many of the musical greats as her inspirations, and talks about her admiration for artists such as Beyoncé. “But I don’t want to listen to pop music all the time,” she interjects. “Everyone is blasting the radio with pop music.” It’s clear that she’s interested in fresh and new sounds - the next thing I know, she’s telling me about the young American singer/songwriter/producer H.E.R. “She’s amazing, one of my inspirations. When I see her perform, I think ‘I want to do that - she’s a singer, songwriter, producer - a triple threat’,”. I tell her that her unique taste is quite striking to me. “The beautiful thing about music is that you try to do something that everyone else does. You have to be unique, that’s the best thing. That’s why I try to search for older artists, which I mix with modern tastes,”, she says. She looks up to local talent too - “We have a lot of talent in Malta. I love Brooke, Ira, Amber… they are icons for me”, she excitedly tells me.

But where does this all come from, I wonder? “My father is the musical one in my family. He listens to everything from soft rock, jazz…,” she tells me, adding “I get my inspiration from him,”. On the other hand, she looks up to her mother for fashion - one of her other big interests. “She’s like my stylist - a fashion inspiration”. After the contest in Minsk, she wants to get even more into music. “I am going to take lessons in guitar, and after lessons in music production. I want to produce to write…. I want to do everything,” she tells me, before pausing and stating “I want to start playing the drums… but then I also want to play the harp!” I look at her inquisitively, surprised at her wish to play the harp. “You can use it for a lot of things, it makes music really melodic,”.

It’s clear to me that Ela is really invested in music. She’s supported in all of this by all of her friends back home. “Everyone’s really supportive of me, even my teachers at school - I love them all so much.” She tells me how she managed to get some of her friends to take part in her music video for Junior Eurovision. “They’re singing [my song] all the time - in class, in the hallways,” she smiles. “But I am missing them a lot. They’re even organising a party at school to watch the contest!.”

Ela Mangion will perform “Marchin’ On” at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest - live on TVM from 16.00 local time on November 25th. The online voting is already open, and you can vote for Malta (alongside 2-4 other countries) at www.vote.junioreurovision.tv. This counts for 50% of the overall result. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through social media platforms; Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from Minsk, Belarus.

Earlier this afternoon, 12-year old Ela took to the stage at the Minsk Arena in Belarus and gave a brilliant account of herself, showing her distinctive vocal range and commanding stage presence. It is worth pointing out that she is accompanied by 4 dancers on stage; 3 girls and 1 boy who add that extra something to what is already a very solid presentation.

Ela is singing Marchin’ On, which she co-wrote with lyricist Emil Calleja Bayliss and composer Cyprian Cassar. She speaks about how people should face their problems head on, and never look back. It is a very positive and uplifting message which everyone needs to hear, and which they will in the penultimate slot, number 19 on Sunday 25th November at 16:00 CET.

For more of the latest news on the ground in Belarus, we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through social media platforms; Facebook and Twitter.

Source: escflashmalta.com, junioreurovision.tv

12-year-old singer/songwriter Ela will represent Malta in the next edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest held in Minsk, Belarus with the uplifting original number Marchin’ On, composed by Cyprian Cassar and penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss.

Ela was chosen to represent Malta following her triumph at the Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest on the 8th September whereby a panel of professional judges and the general public each had a 50% share in deciding the winner from a possible 16 competing entries.

It was the first time since 2010 that a national final featuring original songs took place. On that occasion, it was Nicole Azzopardi and Knock Knock!... Boom! Boom! which emerged victorious, finishing in 13th place at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Co-incidentally on that occasion, the event also took place in Minsk, Belarus.

In support of Malta’s participation at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Ela together with the Public Broadcasting Services produced a music video further highlighting the message of the song that even through times of dismay and despair, you should never give up hope, and march on.

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 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Television Malta, JuniorEurovision.tv

Monday, 19 February 2018 17:09

Malta: New Powerful Single by Janice Mangion

With the success of Kewkba in the local and international music scene in hindsight, it was a given that the same creative minds would come together once more to work on something else which transcends magic, depth and strength. This time round, songwriters Mark Scicluna and Emil Calleja Bayliss were joined by Cyprian Cassar, who also worked on the production. Keeping in line with the diverse elements that showcase the full vocal potential of Janice Mangion, Warda was born.

“It has always been at the back of my mind to work on an original song which I could dedicate to my mother due to her continuous dedication throughout the years ... she never had an easy life, and she did everything in her capability to make sure that I am always happy ... the love of a mother is something incredible, and as a result, I refer to her as a rose” says Janice Mangion about the song with a smile on her face and sparkling eyes.

Throughout these past 12 months, Janice Mangion has been involved in several spectacles including the biggest music festival in Eastern Europe, the Slaviansky Bazaar where she finished amongst the top 10 after singing in Maltese, English and even Russian. Janice believes that the ‘Maltese language is of great value and it is rather sad that it is not always appreciated and taken care of in the best possible way.’

Supported by a strong visual created by producer Matthew Muscat-Drago, Warda made it’s debut on television on the 8th February 2018 although it was made public on several forms of social media as well as all digital stores the following day on the 9th February 2018. This was possible as a result of a collaboration between Ironic PR & Artist Management and CAP-Sounds whose absolute professionalism is to be commended.

In the coming days and weeks, Janice will be promoting Warda on television, radio and even social media, noting that interest will be rather high. For more information about Janice Mangion as well as the new single, visit her on her official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. There you will find a lot of information, more than you could ever imagined.

Source: Press Release, Kris Micallef Photography

Published in Local Music News

The running order of this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest has been determined this evening, during the event’s official opening ceremony – held at the regal Georgian national library in Tbilisi. In addition to seeing this year’s participants on the red carpet, viewers and guests of the opening ceremony were treated to performances by Georgian national ballet, Sukhishvili – alongside previous entrants of Georgia at Junior Eurovision.

The countries performing in the first and last position were chosen by random draw, along with the running position of the host country. The draw was also carried out by the hosts of the opening ceremony, which included last year’s winner Mariam Mamadashvili. The remainder of the running order was chosen by the contest producers to ensure an entertaining show. This was announced by the European Broadcasting Union later in the evening.  

01. Cyprus

02. Poland

03. The Netherlands

04. Armenia

05. Belarus

06. Portugal

07. Ireland

08. F.Y.R. Macedonia

09. Georgia

10. Albania

11. Ukraine

12. Malta

13. Russia

14. Serbia

15. Australia

16. Italy

As you may have noticed, our very own Gianluca Cilia, and his entry ‘Dawra Tond’, penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss with music by Dominic Cini will be performed towards the latter part of the show. Over the next few days, each country be rehearsing on the stage at the Olympic Palace in Tbilisi. The live show will be airing at 16:00 CET, and Maltese viewers will be able to follow all the latest on Television Malta (TVM). In the meantime, for all the updates throughout the week, we urge you to follow escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter.

Source: junioreurovision.tv, tvm.com.mt

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nloW1B4Urn4

Have you heard? ‘The Entertainers Singing Challenge’ is back for a 3rd consecutive year. Spiteri Lucas Entertainment have recently announced that they have extended the application date for interested male or female singers as soloists, duos, trios or even groups, by just a couple of days. The deadline is now set for Monday 7th August.

Therefore, if you’re interested in having a spectacular experience of performing #live during the most popular programme on Saturday nights, while accompanied by a band, then do not waste anymore time, and get in touch with the production team. Previous winners of ‘The Entertainers Singing Challenge’ have included Victoria Sciberras, Martina Abela, and Gail Attard, three talented girls whose talent knows no boundaries. Who will follow in their footsteps? That is yet to be seen, but it could be you!

For more information about participation, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. prior to the closing date, which has now been extended to Monday . We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Spiteri Lucas Entertainment

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2K-X_JUYvY

Published in Local Music News

L-Għanja tal-Poplu committee invites authors, composers, musical groups and singer-songwriters to participate in the 41st edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija, a festival of original songs in Maltese. Applications for this festival will be received on Thursday 11th May 2017.

Authors and composers are encouraged  to feel free to write songs which express  their emotions, aspirations and experiences and use the style of music they prefer, and not necessarily limit themselves to songs with a social theme. A new prize for originality has been introduced to encourage creativity. This festival gives the same importance to lyrics and music.

The festival final will be held on Saturday 2nd of September 2017, at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, where the participants can either be accompanied by the  Malta Concert Orchestra, or accompany their own songs. The organising committee encourages Maltese artists  to create an enjoyable festival.

More details can be found in the regulations and the application form can be downloaded from www.ghanjafest.com. In these regulations one can find innovations which are favourable to musical artists. Last year's winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu - Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija was Corazon with the song "X'Se Jsir?", while Neville Refalo and Mikaela Bajada finished in 2nd and 3rd place respectively with their songs "Ta' Billejl" and "Mellisni".

This festival is being organised by L-Għanja tal-Poplu together with Pjazza Teatru Rjal and with the collaboration of L-Akkademja tal-Malti. L-Għanja tal-Poplu is supported by Arts Council Malta – Cultural Partnership Agreement. 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: Press Release

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

Published in L-Għanja Tal-Poplu

Through our social media platforms on Facebook, and Twitter, we have proudly supported Spiteri Lucas Entertainment and their weekly production of “The Entertainers”, hosted by Janvil on NET Television by virtue of presenting a collage of photo featuring the artists that would be performing during that weeks’ episode. This week, we are presenting an article to help support the programme, and encourage you all to tune into NET Television on Saturday at 8:30 pm.

The line-up will feature two singers who have just taken part in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest; Raquela who finished in 8th place with “Ray of Light”, and Janice Debattista who as part of the band Crosswalk finished in 12th place with “So Simple”. They will be joined by classical soprano La Barokka, multiple ‘Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza’ and ‘Għanja tal-Poplu’ finalist Marie Claire, and relative newcomer Christian Aquilina. Weekly resident performances from Michela Galea and Ivan Spiteri Lucas might be expected.

As always, there will be a dance troupe to shift away slightly from the music, and this week it will be none other than the Dancel Dance Company, not too mention the weekly one-to-one interview which will be featuring popular chef Neil Darmanin. 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: Press ReleaseLuciano Bianco Photography

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfR4BMgAcD8

Published in Local Music News
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 18:31

JESC 2016: First Rehearsals on the MCC Stage

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest rehearsals kicked off yesterday at the Mediterranean Conference Centre with all countries being allocated forty minutes each and divided over two days. Escflashmalta.com was on site to bring you a recap of the first run of rehearsals. 

Italy kicks off the rehearsals with a simple performance yet one must note it is extremely effective and works well with the song. The singer delivers a strong vocal performance this early in the morning and there’s nothing much that is hindering this from doing well. 

Ireland is about next and the focus here is once again on the singer’s interpretation of her number. She does a good job at it. They are keeping things simple here yet again, with the use of smoke. I feel this might not appeal to the kids voting unfortunately, although they’re doing nothing wrong.  

Cyprus follows Ireland and the singer is oozing confidence on stage. He follows an extremely busy routine yet he his vocals are nearly spot on. Visually it is looking good and the dancers give the song the boost it needs. I guess this will go down well with kids. 

The Netherlands delivers an energetic performance, vocally the singers are quite strong yet in certain parts of the song it is looking a bit too busy on screen, possibly cause of their outfits and the backdrop which seem to clash a bit. I guess with a bit more work this could do well.

Israel is the first country to rehearse after the break and the duo does a great job at it. The focus is on the voices and ensuring they connect well with the audience at home. Great camera work and everything looks very polished for Israel. They look sweet and surely enjoying this experience. 

FYR Macedonia is up next and delivers strongly during her runs, she is has on stage three dancers and they all seem to be having a good time on stage, perhaps some shots need adjusting but overall it is a great effort for this number and it will probably appeal lots to teenagers.

Malta is next on stage and Christina is slowly adjusting to the stage, she is accompanied on stage by five dancers and the backdrop is rather colourful. Christina does a great job on the vocals for the first day of rehearsals. One would expect the whole act to be polished by Sunday.   

Poland is last to rehearse today and the singer sings her heart out, simple visuals yet effective for this kind of song.  Not sure on how this will grab the kids jury, but she is surely doing everything the way it should be done. 

Russia kick start the rehearsals for today, they have a strong message and the four girls do a good job in delivering their entry. Some of the moves they are doing looked too rehearsed and slightly unnatural but things that surely can be fixed by Sunday. 

Ukraine are next on stage and the whole act is rather impressive, the dancer gives the song the extra boost it needs and the singer delivers an emotional performance of this lovely ballad, apart from a couple of shots everything looks great and I guess it will be a contender on Sunday. 

Albania is third on stage and the girl stands there and delivers her entry strongly. The visuals really compliment the whole performance and the girl’s vocals are rather impressive. I guess this might not appeal to the kids’ jury but it is impressive anyways. She surely has the cute factor in her favour.

Belarus take on the stage with a extremely slick performance – the song is a catchy one and they deliver one of the best performances we have seen so far. The singer is extremely confident and seems to be having a great time on stage. There’s some camera work that needs to be adjusted but will surely be done by Sunday.

Bulgaria is up next and there seems to be a certain buzz around this one, the singers sings her heart out, she clearly looks like she is enjoying her performance and everything blends really well. I would surely say this has a great chance of winning the contest this year. 

Armenia, the girls can surely sing and they give a good performance. They are surely not holding back and all of them seem to be having a great time on stage. This number has a retro feel to it and the graphics boost this element. Good to note, that only one of the singers is currently on voice rest to ensure that she is hundred percent by Sunday.

Georgia takes the stage next and the girl has some of the most controlled vocals this year, the song is nothing extraordinary but has a good buildup after the grand opening. It is good to point out that this song will be closing off the show so that might give a slight advantage. 

Serbia is up next with one of the most infectious numbers at this year’s Junior Eurovision, the girl has some strong pipes and she really performs her number well. She starts off on a hover board and she gets off it toward the latter part of the song. Stands a good chance of doing well I guess as the kids will be singing along to this number after the first minute. 

Australia picked up yet another strong song to represent them at a Eurovision event. The singer delivers the song really well and her charm comes across on camera. She takes the stage alone but it does not hinder the performance at all, one would expect that this scores well.

That brings to an end the first run of rehearsals for each and every country, each delegation will be looking at what they can improve and better, so tomorrow each and every element will be finalized before heading into the run-throughs of the rehearsal. 

We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Christina Magrin and her participation in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest, in Valletta.

Source: escflashmalta.com, junioreurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKS0Hsz9HY8

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