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The editorial team of escflashmalta.com is proud to announce the return of the Festival Internazzjonali tal-Kanzunetta Maltija which had officially been suspended in 2002 with the last winning entry being Eklissi composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Ray Agius. The void of a local competition in which entries are performed in Maltese has been felt on several occasions with only the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, organised by Media.Link Communications under the hospice of a political party and traditional-folk inspired L-Għanja tal-Poplu carrying on in recent years. 

Robert Cefai, a former Chairman of the board responsible for Malta's participation within the Eurovision Song Contest and currently the Secretary General of the World Association of Festivals and Artists seems to be a key figure behind the comeback, as he is the one to have made the announcement on his personal page on Facebook. The first official meeting for songwriters, artists and the media will be taking place on the 24th July 2013 at the Isouard Hall found within the Manoel Theatre in Valletta. The committee behind the competition will be revealing the regulations as well as other important details about the return of this prestigious competition which will be focusing on the promotion of Maltese through the medium of song.

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escflashmalta.com will be covering the Festival Internazzjonali tal-Kanzunetta Maltija having been the only editorial outlet to hark about the return of this competition in the past three to four years. The final edition in 2002 also boasted first runners-up; Julie & Ludwig with the track Adagio composed by Rene Mamo to the lyrics of Ray Mahoney and second runner-up; Olivia Lewis with the song Ħolm u Realtà composed by Paul Giordimaina to the lyrics of Fleur Balzan. The editorial team of escflashmalta.com would like to thank the organisers for their quick reply to the enquiries made in recent hours whilst urging our readers to stay tuned for all of the latest news.

Source: Robert Cefai (Organising Committee)

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Published in Local Music News

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.

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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)

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In 2007, Olivia Lewis represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Vertigo composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg which unsuccessfully did not make it through to the final despite positive expectations. Six years later, following a University Degree and a weight loss programme, Olivia is taking back to the stage in stunning fashion especially following her recent performance at the Beland Music Festival where the crowd clearly enjoyed her return to live performing. Nerves of the past are somewhat long gone and this lady definitely has a voice when she puts herself to the test. 

In recent months, there had been speculation that Olivia Lewis would be trying to return to the Eurovision Song Contest and set her sights on another possible representation. The editorial board of escflashmalta.com got in touch with her and revealed that it had indeed been on her mind for quite 'some time' but is nevertheless 'very much undecided'. Receiving more than the lionshare of the votes back in the 2007 Malta Song for Europe competition, the public perception might be slightly altered but nevertheless, Olivia is still a draw card to an event and the crowd seems to enjoy her performances. 'I can wait. I am in no rush' were her closing statements. With a fine tuned vocal performance at the end of the week and with more events being lined-up including the Pink Floyd's The Wall in Ta' Qali, it seems that things are taking a step in that direction. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news. 

Source: escflashmalta.com

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Published in Local Music News

The festival will open on the 10th of May and will come to an end on the 17th of May and if last year’s event is anything to go by, this year’s festival will be better and even bigger, in fact they have moved the festival from their normal location to Bulebel. Slowly it is establishing itself as one of the event all the lovers of local music look forward to, in fact a number of people have been asking about the festival for quite some time. Each and every day has a special theme or a special act assigned to it which also includes a foreign tribute band of one of the biggest bands that ever existed.

Friday - 10th May at 21:00

Kevin Borg Live in Concert

Supported by: Glen Vella, Pamela, Barber’s Cut & Paul Curmi Dance Studio 

 

Saturday - 11th May at 21.00

Ira Losco Live in Concert

Supported by: Planet Seed & The New Victorians

 

Sunday - 12th May at 20.30

Pop Hits & Maltese Classics

Eleanor Cassar, Stephanie Zammit, Georgina, Franklin Calleja, Chris Grech, Olivia Lewis,

Luisana Bartolo, Nadine Barolo, Charlotte Bartolo & Gillian Attard’s Children Choir 

 

Monday - 13th May at 20:30

Red Electrick, The Riffs & The Crowns

 

Tuesday - 14th May at 20:30

The Green Gathering

Tarcisio Barbara, Kirstie Barbarbara, Kurt Galea, Naomi Balzan, Katoushka Mifsud, Malcolm Camilleri, Kirstie Balzan

Feast songs: Eleanor Cassar, Gillian Attard, Alexia Fenech, Stephen Mizzi

 

Wednesday - 15th May at 20:30 

Guns 2 Rose – Tribute Band

Supported by:  Fuse Box & Harriet Cohen

 

Thursday - 16th May at 20:30

Eurovision Song Contest – Second Semi-Final on a Big Screen (Malta’s Night)

 

Friday – 17th May at 20:30 

Bon Jovi Tribute

One can see the festival as an opening to the summer months activities as other activities take place all around the island during the summer months but most of them would not be held on such a grand scale. To organize such a massive event is not easy and Beland would not have been able to provide such a field with different artists were it not for the support they found from their sponsors. The event is free of charge but those in attendance are encouraged to give a small donation that will go directly to Puttinu cares as for another year, the event is being held in aid of Puttinu Care which works for such a noble case. So remember from the 10th of May to the 17th of May your entertainment spot should be in Zejtun at the Beland Music Festival. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more information.

Source: The Beland Music Festival Facebook Page

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Published in Local Music News
Thursday, 18 October 2012 23:29

MESC 2013: Who Is The One To Beat?

As the preparations for this years’ Malta Eurovision Song Contest are underway with the composers, authors and singers finalizing their entries, the common public have already started discussing who they think is the clear favourite to succeed Kurt Calleja in Malmo, Sweden. Big names from the local radio industry have been mentioned throughout but attracting them to the local competition is always challenging but if any of them submit and make it through to the finals they will surely stand a good chance to do well and possibly win.

Albeit this, though it seems that the front runner for this years’ contest is none other than last year’s second runner up Amber. Amber made a name for herself after managing to come second in the local talent show ‘ID’ and from then on she never looked back. She participate in the Malta Hit Song Contest and the year after went on to win the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with Trid Tapprezza. The same year she made it through the semi-finals of the contest with two songs Touch Wood and Catch 22, with the latter making it through to the final stages of the competition. 

Last year, it was Amber’s second time in the contest and she captured the judges’ attention achieving a third place thanks to her power rendition of Answer with Your Eyes. From this experience onwards, Amber was presented with a number of opportunities. She was approached by PBS to accompany Kurt Calleja in Baku as his main backing vocalist. This experience gave her a taste of the Eurovision world and having carried a vital role last year, some people thing that this could be her year; all this assuming that Amber is submitting an entry to this year’s competition but if she does she will surely be the main front runner. 

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The other favourite will surely be Claudia Faniello who was last year’s first runner-up with her magical song Pure. A lot of people think that Claudia Faniello’s year was last year but if she decides to return to the competition for the eighth time expect her to return with a something strong and original. It will take something special to surpass Pure but Claudia showed what she is capable of achieving last year and few would be surprised if she manages to come back with something even stronger. So, if she returns no one should count her out, especially considering the strong results she’s had in recent years.

The return of former entrants is always possible. Fabrizio Faniello has been trying for a number of times and he has always done well. He is just one of two singers who represented Malta on more than one occasion and if he succeeds, he will emulate Chiara's feat. Other entrants who tried again after their win include; Paul Giordimaina  Georgina, Mary Spiteri, William Mangion, Moira&Chris, Mike Spiteri, Miriam Christine, Debbie Scerri and Ludwig Galea. The return of some of these is remote but others have kept in touch with festivals and haven't ruled out a return. These mainly include Olivia Lewis, Miriam Christine and Ludwig Galea; if any of these return, they will surely pose a significant threat.

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Having mentioned the two main front runners one cannot forget other talented individuals who have been participating in the contest for a number of years. The finalists in recent years have all presented strong entries and none should be underestimated in such a competition. After all this is a song contest which should reward the best song at the end of the night and not a popularity contest. Two years ago, an unknown Thea Garrett won the hearts of the local public and the judges’ votes with her power ballad My Dream. So who knows, it might be someone new who can repeat the same feat, although it is not an easy one, surely it isn't impossible. 

Well, there are a lot of questions that are left to be answered, most of these questions will be answered in the upcoming days when the submissions come to a close at the end of this month but until then we have to play the waiting game. We cannot really comment either before we hear the final versions of the songs that will be submitted this year but we would like you to share your views with us on which singer, singers or bands you think should be the ones succeeding Kurt Calleja. In the meantime, keep following escflashmalta.com for all the latest updates about the local music scene.

Source: escflashmalta.com

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Published in Editorials
Saturday, 29 September 2012 17:12

Exclusive: Olivia Lewis Ponders on Participation

With the rules and regulations of the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest released, there is a lot of commotion in the local music industry with several artists gearing up for a possible participation in the esteemed event which is very much popular with the local audience. Amongst the names of people who have been tipped for another try is none other than former representative Olivia Lewis who took to the stage back in 2007 with the track Vertigo composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg. In the years leading up to the ultimate victory, Olivia had finished as the runner-up three years in a row starting off with Take a Look composed by Paul Giordimaina and penned by Fleur Balzan, followed by Deja Vu with music by Philip Vella and lyrics by Gerard James Borg and last but not least, Spare a Moment composed by Ray Agius and penned by Godwin Sant. In an exclusive statement to escflashmalta.com, Olivia Lewis addresses her fans about the possible participation for the very first time.

I can't really comment at the moment. It has been on my mind for some time but I am still very much undecided. People have been trying to suggest that I take part again, but I still have to see. If I ever come back it has to be something really good. I can wait. I am in no rush! Olivia Lewis remains to be one of the most popular winners of the Malta Song for Europe, noting that the amount of tele-votes received were 30977, making her the most voted ever contestant. It has to be pointed out that the competition was actually quite stiff especially due to the fact that the first runner-up, Trilogy had come in third place the year before and were therefore looking more like favourites with their entry Starlight composed by Paul Abela and penned by Joe Julian Farrugia. Nevertheless, following three years of runner-up finishes, missing out to the likes of Julie & Ludwig, Chiara and Fabrizio Faniello, Olivia finally took home the crown. It will b e quite intriguing to see whether she finds the right song to return to the competition. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: escflashmalta.com

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Published in Local Music News
Friday, 21 September 2012 16:28

Malta: Olivia Lewis May Return to Festival

Comebacks have definitely become a current thing both in the local and foreign music industries but nevertheless, when it comes to our shores, it seems that they tend to become more predominant and likely noting that Olivia Lewis has been rife about the possibility of returning to music with several appearances in a number of high profile shows but unfortunately not having the opportunity to return to the stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest due to the rules specifying that the last five winners of the local competition could not submit in the past two years. It is quite intriguing that Olivia Lewis is now a possible candidate for the role with 2007, the year she represented Malta with the song Vertigo composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg being out of that respective range. Close sources to escflashmalta.com state that Olivia Lewis is hoping for a comeback either in 2013 or 2014 respectively.

Olivia Lewis took part in the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest on countless occasions, finishing as the runner-up in 2004 with the track Take a Look composed by Paul Giordimaina and penned by Fleur Balzan, in 2005 with the beautiful Deja Vu composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg as well as in 2006 when she entered with a composition of Ray Agius entitled Spare a Moment to the lyrics of Godwin Sant. Ultimately, she was finally awarded her place abroad in 2007, with what many people state was a great song but maybe not the best suited to her vocal. Nevertheless with the likes of Claire Massa by her side, Olivia gave a strong vocal performance in each rehearsal and definitely competent enough in the semi-final, yet unfortunately, the competition was difficult and she was left out of the final show on Saturday night. Olivia remains one of the most popular names in the industry though and a comeback would surely be welcome. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as we continue discussing this issue in the coming days, and weeks.

Source: escflashmalta.com

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Published in Local Music News
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