December 14, 2019

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In the months leading up to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Kevin Borg was the outright favourite to the win the local competition and thus represent the country in the international spectacle which was set to take place in Malmo, Sweden. Needing You co-written with Thomas Thornholm, Danne Attlerud, Michael Clauss and Simon Gribbe was a beautiful ballad but the international judges were right to select Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek with vocals provided by Gianluca because the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013 was somewhat presided by an endless amount of ballads. The result truly spoke for itself, as both performances of the semi-final and the final were met with a top ten finish, the first for Malta since 2005 when Chiara had performed the track Angel.

Following the final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, there were calls of impropriety over the significance of the professional jury. One has to keep in mind that the jury is also present during the Eurovision Song Contest and they did select Malta as their favourite entry in the semi-final. Thus, it is another reason why the juries should be given more importance. The Maltese public has unfortunately made the wrong selection on more than one count, including in 2006 when they selected I Do sung by Fabrizio Faniello, in 2007 when they selected Vertigo performed by Olivia Lewis, in 2008 when they selected Vodka sung by Morena and in 2011 when they selected Glen Vella with his song One Life. The public has to be commended for the choices made in 2009 with regards to What If We sung by Chiara and 2012 when Kurt Calleja won with This is The Night.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzGiJxMd3UI

In all of the aforementioned years, the first choices of the jury had noticeable more chance of achieving success abroad including Echoes of Gaia performed by Natasha & Charlene in 2006, Sunrise sung by Claudia Faniello in 2008 and Finally sung by Richard Edwards in 2011. Tele-voting in Malta has been known to favour people based on their reputable name whilst the jury, especially the foreign ones have the faculty of voting for the best package. I support the current system of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest that gives the jury the chance to select the entry. Anton Attard, Head of the Maltese Delegation has already confirmed our participation at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest and will be hoping to implement some changes in the selection format. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news. 

Source: escflashmalta.com, eurovision.tv (image)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtM4sfopBnU

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The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza has firmly established itself as a leading competition in the local music scene with the culture calender singling out the occasion as one of the main days in which the national language of the country is promoted through the medium of music. In fact, it is to be pointed out that the showcase is only one of two which promotes the respective language and will surely remain popular as the years go by due to the fact that the long list of participants represents the positive outcome of the industry. There aren't many things which could be said to be common between the likes of Claudette Pace, Claudia Faniello, Eleanor Cassar, Mike Spiteri, Miriam Christine, Amber, Lawrence Gray, Ira Losco, Kaya and Annabelle Debono but one of them is surely that they have all been crowned winners of the event since it returned way back in 1997 following a break of ten years. Those who have gone onto finish in high placings have also established their position amongst the elite going onto represent the country in the Eurovision Song Contest for example. The committee behind the competition is led by leading television host Mark Azzopardi who is also acting as producer of the flagship programme Indifest which airs every Tuesday night hosted by Christine Haber and Ronald Briffa with special interviews done by James Cassar.

The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza will be hosted for the twenty-first time this year actually and features a host of new, upcoming talent, especially individuals who were part of the teenage category just a couple of years back, rightfully earning their place in the local music industry in recent months. Apart from meeting four (4) people each week, three (3) from the Established Category and one (1) from the Teenage Category, there are also a number of weekly special guests. Last weeks' edition of the programme featured none other than Georgina who represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1991 alongside Paul Giordimaina with the song Could It Be securing sixth place before returning as a composer in 1992 for the track Little Child, then as a backing vocalist for This Time performed by William Mangion in 1993 and finally as a composer for the track Another Summer Night which represented Malta in 2001. Also joining Georgina was Janvil who has most notoriously finished in the runner-up position at both the Malta Eurosong as well as the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in the past. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2DVZq1LDlc

As one could note above, this will be quite a special week actually because there will be not two (2) people from the established category but three (3) and this is due to the fact that there was a particular week in which the programme was not broadcast due to a holiday. This years' programme is being produced by none other than Media.Link Communications and thus NET Television but the individuals concerned are Lisa Libreri as well as Mark Azzopardi, who as mentioned above is also the chairman of the committee behind the competition. The decision to have him on a dual role is one of the best ones that has ever been taken and this is because the competition is best promoted in this manner. The first act to take to this stage this evening during Indifest will be none other than Roseanne Cordina who will be performing the track Id-Demm ta' Raymond composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas and penned by Paul Ellul. The second guest during the evening who will also be competing is Corinne Caruana who is set to perform the track Dan Mhux Tmiem composed by Mark Scicluna and penned by Rita Pace. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nzZfLNruPU

The third track to be performed during the evening will be the one by Danica Muscat who is also a returnee from last years' competition. She will be performing the track Indipendenti composed by Philip Vella and penned by Cher Vella. In the meantime, there is also a performance from the teenage category and that will be quite important so to speak due to the fact that the performance will be assessed by a panel of appointed judges in the coming weeks. The entry to be performed this evening is Bil-Bnadar F'Idejna composed by Miriam Christine and penned by Joe Chircop with a vocal performance by Sarah Bonnici. It is to be noted that despite the fact that tele-voting plays a very important role in this latter category, this year, there has been a reduction in the respective percentage owing to the final outcome with just 40% attributed leaving the other 60% to the jury as already mentioned above. The idea is to make sure that the people who make it through to the final stage of the competition ultimately deserve to be there. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeD4O8iQB9o

The programme will as always have a special guest or two and escflashmalta.com is proud to exclusively reveal that NET Television has managed to attract none other than Natasha and Charlene back to the world of television as they intend to comeback for a special appearance tomorrow having been past winners of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, first time in 2004 with the song L-Arka Tal-Liberta' and second time with the group Is-Sitta performing the song Iva Nistgħu Nirnexxu in 2008 respectively. They have not appeared since the 2009 Malta Eurosong and this will be their first major television performance in three years. In the meantime, another former winner of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza will also be present tomorrow with Nadine Axisa dropping in for a special performance having just officially gone in hiatus from local competitions a couple of weeks back. Make sure to tune into NET Television tonight at 20:30 CET to watch another filled programme of Indifest. 

Source: Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, escflashmalta.com

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