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In a Press Release issued by the organising committee of L-Għanja tal-Poplu - Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija, the song-titles and the songwriters of the 18 songs chosen through to the semi-final have been made public. This year's edition of the music competition is being organised  under the auspices of Spazzju Kreattiv, the Public Broadcasting Services, Pjazza Teatru Rjal and Fondazzjoni Valletta 2018.

The professional jury for this phase of the competition was comprised of: Adrian Mamo, David Azzopardi, Martina Caruana, Miriam Cassar, Noel D’Anastas and Vince Fabri. The semi-final phase of the competition is set for the 7th July where all the 18 participating entries will be interpreted #live with the PBS orchestra. Out of these, 12 will then be chosen to compete on the 9th July during the final.

Bħal Tifla Żgħira” (Rita Pace / Marco Debono) – Maria Cassar

Ħabta u Sabta” (Andy Muscat / Mark Scicluna) – Andy Muscat

Ħallejt Il-Passi Wrajk” (Paul Ellul / Glen Vella) - Jurgen Xerri

Ħanini” (Walter Micallef) – Walter Micallef

Id-Dieher” (Augusto Cardinali) – Neville Refalo & Graziana Axisa

Il-Biża u Jien” (Rita Pace / Pamela Bezzina) - Nadine Fenech

Is-Sinjur” (Emil Calleja Bayliss / Mark Scicluna) – Cherylis

Jien Biss” (Joe Julian Farrugia / Dominic Cini) – Dorcas Debono

Ma Ninsiex” (Joe Julian Farrugia / Augusto Cardinali) - Deborah Dalli

Mellisni” (Joe Chircop / Mark Spiteri Lucas) - Mikaela Bajada

Ngħidlek” (Joe Julian Farrugia / Miriam Christine) - Miriam Christine

Pupa tal-Plastik” (Paul Ellul / Marco Debono) - Domenique

Ta’ Billlejl” (Paul Ellul / Mark Spiteri Lucas) – Neville Refalo

Tama” (Shyli / Jasmar / Kapitlu 13 / DJ Mac / David Leguesse) – Shyli and Jasmar ft. Kapitlu 13

Taptipa fuq l-Ispallejn” (Emil Calleja Bayliss / Pamela Bezzina) – Michela Dalli

Waħdi Miegħek” (Ingrid Vella / Kaya) – Graziella Vella

Xagħar Twil” (Ingrid Vella / Mark Laurence Zammit) – Denise Spiteri

X’Se Jsir?” (Corazon Mizzi) - Corazon

L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija will be a coordinated effort, with the support of the PBS Orchestra, led by Mro Paul Abela and Mro Joe Brown. The last winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu was “Ġismi”, written by Mark & Matthew Pellicano, with vocals provided by Ecca whilst the last winner of the Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija was “Hawn Mill-Ġdid”, written by Paul Abela & Joe Julian Farrugia with vocals provided by Olivia Lewis. We urge you to stay tuned to even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Għanja tal-Poplu - Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija

Published in L-Għanja Tal-Poplu
Monday, 22 October 2012 01:46

MESC 2013: Eleanor Cassar Confirms Absence

The preparations for the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest have already begun with a number of songwriters having prepared their compositions and their lyrics with producers finalising their work on the tracks prior to the submission dates which as set by the Public Broadcasting Services will be held next week and do not fret everyone because will be present on Tuesday and Wednesday outside the place of submission to witness all of the possible names that will ultimately be trying to make it through to the final stages of the competition. Nevertheless, the focus here is definitely the fact that one of the most pivotal names in the industry, Eleanor Cassar has now went public through TVPM that she will not be submitting into the competition in 2013, taking at least one year off.

Eleanor Cassar came into the Malta Song for Europe competition back in 2003 with the beautiful ballad Someday You Will See composed by Marco Debono to the lyrics of Doris Chetcuti and has taken part ever since, not making it through to the live stages in 2007 but finishing as the first runner-up in 2009 with the track Someday composed by Paul Giordimaina and penned by Fleur Balzan. In recent years, the renowned performer has been mixing it up quite a bit, coming into the competition in 2011 with a gospel inspired entry bearing the title Hypnotised but went fully blown disco/pop in 2012 with the track I Want to Runaway which the judges did not take through to the final stage of the competition despite Eleanor putting in her heart and soul into the performance. She does not intend to slow things down during this year off though having given a spectacular concert in memory of the late Whitney Houston a couple of months back, being a resident singer of the television programme Ħadd Għalik on Television Malta hosted by Angie Laus and making numerous appearances around the country.

Eleanor Cassar had the pleasure of speaking to today with regards to her decision and this is what she had to say, 'After participating for a total of ten years at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, I decided to have a break from this festival which requires lot of energy, time and dedication to end up with a good song and a great performance on the night. This is what I always aimed together with the team behind every song. I am sure I will miss the preparations, the rehearsals,  the performance week, and last but not least the feeling on stage during those those minutes. Also I'll be missing all the other participants and friends of mine who will take part and the Eurovision fans whom I meet regularly during the festival period. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my fans who always believe in me, for their continuous support throughout my career.' We would like to wish Eleanor Cassar the very best of luck in her endeavours throughout the year and encourage everyone to stay tuned to for all of the latest news with regards to the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malmo, Sweden.

Published in Local Music News