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Wednesday, 03 October 2012 13:08

Malta: Local Music Drama Returns Tonight

Autumn has quickly found its way back to the present leaving the memories of summer deeply etched into the minds of many but then again, there are several positive notes to be taken up during the next couple of weeks and months as another year comes to an end including the meeting up with friends at an educational facility as well as meeting new people and ultimately facing new challenges. One of the shows that many have been looking forward to in the past couple of days has surely been the hit music drama series known as D.R.E.A.M.S which had stopped for the summer as happens with most television series. Many people will surely recall the cliff hanger of the last season noting how Sally (Nicole Azzopardi) was run over by Finnigan (Evelyn Saliba La Rosa) at the end of the episode. It will be quite intriguing to see how things develop in the beginning of a brand new season which will be featuring a number of new characters.

The slot for the series has been moved from Monday to Wednesday nevertheless, still in prime-time at 20:30 CET but there will surely be a number of stories which will be requiring closure such as that of Jade Vella Petroni (Rachel Genovese) whose family is still passing through a barrage of mental issues or even so Jasmine Vassallo Grima (Rachael Tedesco Triccas) whom many people will remember for suffering from Leukemia which many will note to be a killing form of cancer. Other storylines involving individuals such as Brandon (Jean Pierre Cassar) and Antoinette (Annalise Psaila) who were forging a love for each other in the last series despite it undergoing some heavy and turbulent times. Nevertheless, we will not be giving you too much detail with regards to the first episode to make sure that you indeed watch it, maybe coming across a host of new characters on the show such as Joe Tanti, who is resoundingly known for a previous character in another series and 2011 Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza Teenage Category first runner-up; Michela Dalli who has also been brought in the fray. With a script alongside lyrics by Michael Vella Haber and Evelyn Saliba La Rosa, including music by Maestro Ray Agius, this will be yet another sure fire success as broadcasted on Wednesday evenings at 20:30 CET. is proud to support the project for a second consecutive television season.


Published in Local Music News

Former Junior Eurovision Song Contest representative Nicole Azzopardi is set to leave for Yerevan in Armenia as she competes on behalf of Malta in a competition called Yerevan is Calling, a four day competition taking place between the 6th and 14th October 2012. There will be a total of eighteen artists from seventeen countries competing in what is the first edition of this respective competition which will be featuring the likes of Evelina Sašenko, known to the community of the Eurovision Song Contest as a representative of Lithuania in 2011 with the track C'Est Ma Vie. The contest will be divided into three different categories and split over four evenings.

During the first evening, the participants will be performing a song from their respective country of origin. In the second night, the competition goes strictly international with songs from any country permitted for the respective performance. On the third evening, a track written by Armenian artists will have to be sung by the participants and last but not least, the final night will be featuring a Gala Concert with the end also being an award ceremony to all of the winners as chosen in the nights before. Having just turned sixteen, Nicole continues to improve vocally and brings about a great image to the competition. She has been extremely busy practicing the songs especially the song Im Anune Hayastane which is in Armenian and speaks about the history of the country. The name easily translates into My Name is Armenia. In order to carry out her duties in such a competition, she is being helped by Glen Vella, the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest representative for Malta as well as Vera Boyajyan, the Chairperson of the Armenian Community in Malta. 

The aim of this competition is to promote Armenian culture and ultimately develop cultural relations with artists coming from different nations. During their stay in Armenia, the participants will be visiting a number of places with cultural interest and historical value including the Apostolic See of Echmiadzin Cathedral, which is the spiritual and administrative head-quarters of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Vagharshapat and Garni-Geghard, a temple that is partially carved out of the mountains. Yerevan is Calling is being organized by the Yerevan City Hall together with EMI-BI production with the assistance of the Ministry for Culture. The production house represents also Emmy Bejanyan who represented her country in the 2011 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Boom Boom failing to get Armenia through to the final for the very first time in their respective participation history. Stay tuned to as we update you with all of the latest news from Nicole Azzopardi and her delegation as they represent the country for yet another time.

Source: Daniel D'Anastasi (Press Release)

Published in Local Music News

For the second time in a row, Malta will not participate in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. This was announced officially on On July 16 2011, Malta decided to withdraw from the ninth edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, being the first withdraw for Malta making the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2011 to be the first one without a song sung in English since Malta's songs were the only songs in the language after the United Kingdom withdrew in 2006. 

Malta has entered the Junior Eurovision Song Contest eight times since debuting at the first contest in 2003. Entrants for the Contest are selected in the Junior Song For Europe contest, organised by the Maltese broadcaster PBS. Malta's best placing in the contest was in 2008, when Daniel Testa came 4th with Junior Swing. The country's worst placing was in 2005, when Thea & Friends came 16th and last in the contest with Make It Right. We were last represented in 2010 by Nicole Azzopardi and the song Knock Knock .. Boom Boom! The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2012 will be the tenth edition of the contest, and will take place at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam, Netherlands on 1 December 2012. Dutch broadcaster AVRO will be the host broadcaster for the event. For the second time the Netherlands will play host to the contest. This is the first time in the history of the contest that a country will have hosted twice, with the last time being in 2007, when the contest was held in the city of Rotterdam.The show will be hosted by Ewout Genemans and Kim-Lian van der Meij. 

Seven countries have so far confirmed their participation in the contest; Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Giorgia, Netherlands, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine. Italy and San Marino might participate for the very first time, whilst Spain and Serbia may return. On the other hand, we might have one withdrawal; Moldova. Withdrawing from this festival, surely gave the ‘big’ Eurovision a boost, since funds weren’t divided from the PBS noting that the results have also improved with the artist for the 'big' Eurovision receiving more exposure and promotion. On the otherhand, young talents are limited to their ‘overseas’ experiences, since it was surely a good stepping stone for international experience, and most of the Maltese past participants have signed overseas contracts and had loads of international exposure. Perhaps, in the near future, we will return … perhaps.

Source: esckaz

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