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Friday, 04 September 2015 16:51

MESC 2016: PBS Publishes Rules and Regulations

PBS (Public Broadcasting Services), the national broadcaster, responsible for Malta's participation at events organised by the European Broadcasting Union, has just published the rules and regulations for participation in the 2016 Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

At a glance, it seems that there have not been any major changes to the national selection format, noting that each participant will have to submit an original song, pertaining to the requirements as set forth by the European Broadcasting Union, as well as a cover song, which could be either a previously released track by the aforementioned participant or a favourite song in the genre which best suits the applicant.

One of the few changes is that all the vocals during the first and second part of the final phase have to be LIVE, due to the fact that they have to be replicated as such during the Eurovision Song Contest. Submissions will be accepted at the PBS Creativity Hub on the 29th and 30th October 2015 at a fee of €150.

The announcement of the 20 finalists will be made in November, with the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016 set to take place in January. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news on who will follow our "Warrior", the powerhouse Amber to the international spectacle.

Source: PBS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eWSR361LRI

Gaia Cauchi, winner of the 2013 Junior Eurovision Song Contest with "The Start", an original song co-written by Elton Zarb, Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca and Gillian Attard, was recently the subject of much attention, after having successfully been the first representative of Malta at the prestigious 'New Wave Festival' in Russia.

In contention with several other participants from all around the globe, the young bundle of joy was awarded top spot by the professional panel of judges, closely followed by Krisia of Bulgaria, whom had also participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, albeit in 2014, also finishing in the 1st runner-up position.

"I was a little bit scared ... but it was a true honour and honestly, I worked really hard for it ..." stated Gaia Cauchi in exclusive comments to escflashmalta.com following her victory. Once more, this was not only a personal achievement but also one for Malta. For more information about Gaia and other eurostars, we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter.

Source: New Wave Festival

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OrZyjSah9k

 

For the 3rd consecutive year, Malta was triumphant on "Una Stella Sta Nascendo", an Italian television programme which airs on Sky Italia. This year, the list of finalists included; Ethan Attard & Miguel Bonello, Mikhail Attard, Kelsey Bellante, Giorgia Borg, Kelsie Borg, Kassidy Calleja, Cherylis, Kelsey Farrugia, Kiana Fenech, Emma Muscat and Rachel Lowell. At the end of the adventure, Giorgia Borg, Rachel Lowell, and Cherylis won their respective sections, whilst Emma Muscat ended up becoming the overall winner.

The resident jury, a set of professional music industry professionals were impressed with the Maltese singers and said that they elevated the level, with an impeccable level of singing. "Una Stella Sta Nascendo" has been a highly successful event for upcoming talent noting the previous successes of Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013 winner; Gaia Cauchi and radio sensation; Maxine Pace.

After participation in this competition, Gillian Attard, vocal director of La Voix Academy is in discussion with producers of Disney Channel Italia to see whether Emma would be a possible fit, and thus continue elevating her status, abroad. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Malta's participation in international competitions.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaIpuaa4G0c

After the launch of her debut album original songs in Maltese entitled ‘Hawn Jien’, singer/songwriter Corazón followed up its success with a concert at the Casino Maltese last January. The location offered the ideal setting for this collection of songs which treat diverse social themes and profound lyrics. 

Corazón has never shyed away from singing about what is usually left unsaid, giving a voice to the prostitute (in Illejla B’Xejn), to the unborn child (in Hawn Jien) and even to the woman scorned (in Marì) amongst others. The concert included popular songs such as Tal-Aħħar and Fid-Dar tan-Nanna and the launch of two brand new songs which were included in the second edition of the album. 

All songs were performed live by a group of talented musicians; Walter Vella on saxophone, Carlo Bugeja on keyboards, Simon Sammut on the double-bass, Samuel Attard on the drums, Jimmy Bartolo on guitars and Dominic Galea on the piano. Dominic Galea also took care of the direction and arrangements. The songs were taken to a different level with the presentation of introductory theatrical pieces scripted by Trevor Zahra and directed by Mario Micallef.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zljz7UvK4kk

The concert featured also several well-known personalities such as Walter Micallef, Peppi Azzopardi, Hermann Bonaċi, Frida Cauchi, Louise Doneo, Mark Doneo, Joe Galea, Antonella Galea Loffreda, Lilian Vassallo, Clive Piscopo, Nathalie Micallef amongst others. Corazón felt that the best way to present her songs was to an intimate audience of around 300 people. 

This concert was sold out a week before the performance and many were disappointed for not managing to find available tickets. For all who missed this concert and also for those who were present and would like to rekindle memories of this experience, the concert will be aired on Sunday 21st June at 20.40 and on Wednesday 24th June at 22.00 on TVM2. 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=WsMzLNb85hk

Published in Local Music News

In summer, the local music industry tends to thrive, if the past has anything to do with the present, and despite the fact that Post-Eurovision Depression is deeply rooted, we are attempting to push it back as much as possible, prior to the re-emergence of a new national finals season. We are attempting to do this through a series of interviews with vocalists from the local music industry, as well as acts competing in the Summer Hit Song Contest. The first artist is none other than three-time Malta Eurovision Song Contest participant, Franklin Calleja.

Having emerged triumphant on the 3rd season of “Don’t Stop Me Now” back in 2012 by winning the maximum support of the in-house panel, you have become a household name to the general public. Did you expect such a positive reaction, and what was the reason behind entering the reality show?

For me, Don’t Stop Me Now was a magical door that opened and led me to what and who I am today. I always wanted to make it in the music industry but never had the courage. Thanks to Glen Vella, who by the way, sent the application for the programme in my name himself without my permission (haha), I was chosen and also won it. To be very honest, I never expected to have such good feedback from the televiewers and the judges, let alone to win the whole contest!

In 2014, you were one of the few artists alongside Raquel, Corazon, Daniel Testa, Christabelle, Deborah C, Jessika and Amber to get through to both editions of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, first off with “Love Will Take Me Home” written by Glen Vella, Beatrice Eriksson, Marcus Frenell and Michael James Down, and then with “Still Here” written by Alexander Rybak. What does each experience in such a competition mean to you, and which was your favourite song out of the two?

(Thought for a quite a few time, but I can’t decide hehe) Every song I had in the Malta Eurovision meant a lot to me and my team, and we always worked hard to try and achieve the best possible results. Every year we try to do our utmost to come up with a better song than the previous so I think that every year I’m trying to give a more solid and better performances, even vocally.

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

In Malta, the local music scene is somewhat limited to a series of competitions, and the radio circuit, both of which have somewhat become intertwined in recent years. Would you rule out future participation from other local competitions such as the Summer Hit Song Contest, the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, L-Għanja tal-Poplu and the International Festival of Maltese Song, considering that you have only taken part in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest?

Never say never! :D All festivals are well organized and very professional but at the moment i’m more focused in something that is giving me a lot of satisfaction lately; teaching lovely kids and helping them to evolve their vocals. Something which I really love to do – giving what I have been taught and the ability to transmit the passion I have for music, to them.

It has recently been made public that you have taken up the role of vocal coach at La Voix Academy, an institution which has spawned Gaia Cauchi, Federica Falzon and Christina Magrin amongst others. What motivated you to hone young talent, and how could people seek your services?

As I said in the previous question, this is my current satisfaction. I always loved and enjoyed my self being surrounded by kids, and now I love them even more! You see them growing vocal-wise with your help, is something that you can’t even explain. I’m receiving an award at the end of every day, going back home happy knowing that I’m helping tomorrow’s talent, is something extraordinary! :D Thanks Gillian Attard for the opportunity to work with La Voix Academy!

Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?

It’s always nice to be back with an interview on escflashmalta.com, sending my best regards to all the readers; Maltese & also foreigners! Xx :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziIHcsbRmG4

Published in Interviews

Davinia, a twenty-two year old female singer/songwriter, recently relocated to the United States of America in order to pursue a music career in a foreign country, hoping to break through on another level, has been humming melodies, and scribbling down lyrics with songwriter Nick Lopez.

One of the advanced projects which they had been working on at length was the original song “Round & Round” which is being presented as Davinia’s brand new single, and the first in 2015. This serves as a follow-up to “Ouch!”, produced by Carlo Gerada and co-penned with Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca and “Brand New Day”, composed by Elton Zarb and penned by Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca’. 

In tune with a warm expectant summer, “Round & Round” is a fine mixture of pop, rhythm & blues, funk as well as soul, four genres which Davinia has previously had the opportunity to perform separately but not as a combination. As a co-writer, Davinia states that this is a ‘fun song which people will hum and bop along to instantly’. 

For more information about Davinia, we urge you to visit the social media page facebook.com/davinia.official or twitter.com/daviniapace. 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=pmyOPdc9rzU

Published in Local Music News

Malta, one of the smallest members of the European Broadcasting Union and host country of the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest has officially confirmed participation for 2015 with Television Malta, the main broadcasting arm of the Public Broadcasting Services set to air transmission. This was made public through junioreurovision.tv, the official website of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

In 2015, the event will be moving to Sofia, Bulgaria and Malta will be taking part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for the 11th non-consecutive time, noting that the Mediterranean Country took part every year between 2003 and 2010, before stopping for a two-year hiatus, and returning in 2013, obtaining victory with "The Start" sung by Gaia Cauchi, and taking part once more in 2014 with "Diamonds" performed by Federica Falzon. 

The news now confirmed by the Public Broadcasting Services, has also seen the return of a public competition with rules and regulations available by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the official electronic mail address for the broadcasting house. It is worth noting that the competition could feature both original and cover songs, but the winner will have a completely different song. Every application has to be submitted on the 19th June against a payment of €150.

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 2015 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: junioreurovision.tv

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

With temperatures already soaring at 29 Degrees Celsius, it is fair to say that Malta is looking towards an excruciatingly warm summer. Nevertheless, the public will hope to find solace in the blissful tunes that will emerge out of the local music industry, two (2) of which were made public earlier this week, "Keep Me In Love" by The New Victorians and "2 Hot 2 Handle" by Johnny Vincent & Rikki Lee.

"Keep Me In Love", the second single by The New Victorians, taken from their upcoming debut album set to be released later on this month, is a genre of music which has not been really experimented upon in Malta, yet closely resembles the sound emitted by Lauren Aquilina, the singer/songwriter with Maltese descent who is based in the United Kingdom, and is currently signed to Island Records. In support of this release, an accompanying music video has been shot, produced and directed in three (3) different locations by Malcolm Debono. The New Victorians will be giving a major performance at the Greek Theatre on the 5th June as part of Earth Garden. It also happens to be the launch date for their highly anticipated debut album.

"2 Hot 2 Handle", the latest music release by Rikki Lee, marks a second consecutive collaboration, albeit this time with Johnny Vincent, an upcoming DJ from Vienna, Austria. On first listen, the song instantly screams summer, noting that the thumping beginning is only eclipsed by an extremely strong chorus. Rikki Lee has been known to own the summer months with previous releases including "Feel Alive", "Smile" and "Lies". We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music scene.

Source: Press ReleaseJagged House

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QG4xzp5vhVc

Published in Local Music News

'The Celebrity Night' is a weekly television programme which has become somewhat synonymous with Saturday evening, is broadcast on F Living Channel. The series which officially kicked off at the beginning of October revolves around the one-to-one interviews, which speak of class, decadence and wit, and have become synonymous with Deo Grech's presenting style. Since the Eurovision Song Contest is now just a month away, the programme has taken a different twist, as entries competing in this year's musical extravaganza in Vienna, Austria are being reviewed by some of the most recognisable faces in the local music industry.

Tonight! Georgina, a female artist, and veteran, who was the first to represent Malta in English at the Eurovision Song Contest, while performing "Could It Be" in a duet with Paul Giordimaina, will be joined by Lawrence Gray, the male singer/songwriter who loves the international music competition and came twice close to representing Malta, finishing in second place in 1999, and 2003. They will be joined by 'Eurovision Time' hosts; Roderick Azzopardi Custo and Andrew Zahra, whose show will be kicking off in a couple of days time, in anticipation for the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest set to take place in Vienna, Austria. 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: F Living

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsLoGrlt0kg

Published in Local Music News

Lynn Chircop, a successful female vocalist and musician, who had the immense opportunity to represent Malta at the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest with “To Dream Again”, was recently one of the special guests on “The Celebrity Night”, a Saturday night chat show hosted by Deo Grech on F Living.

In a short interview, she revealed that she had thought twice about going to the international music competition, due to many reasons I had wished I could postpone my opportunity to represent Malta after winning but considering the odds the experience turned out to be fruitful for my career and a person with other dreams to follow.

Asked by Deo Grech about the possibility of a return to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Lynn stated that she has written a song for every edition of the event since then, meaning that she has written no less than 12 possible entries, but never submit any of them. As many beforehand have stated, ‘never say never’.

In a second question, asked by lyricist Emil Calleja Bayliss, about whether she has ever thought of partaking in a competition with an original entry in Maltese, Lynn was even more positive noting that it is something she would like to do in the future, if time permits. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria.

Source: F Living, The Celebrity Night

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJRXn1rW0H8

Published in Interviews