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"Not My Soul", an original song co-written by Elton Zarb, Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca and Destiny Chukunyere, the latter of whom is also the performer, was officially presented at mid-day with a preview video on tvm.com.mt, the official website of Television Malta (TVM), the flagship media outlet of the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS).

Drawing positive feedback from both the foreign and local press, "Not My Soul" seems to have made an instant impact, aiming to continue Malta's recent string of results, noting 1st place with "The Start" by Gaia Cauchi in 2013, and 4th place with "Diamonds" by Federica Falzon in 2014. This is Malta's third successive entry in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest to be co-written by Elton Zarb and Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca. 

13-year old Destiny Chukunyere was selected as Malta's representative following an exceptional performance of "Think", a cover of the song made famous by Aretha Franklin, in a 20 participant strong national selection. We would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Malta's participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015.

Source: tvm.com.mt

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoasvA5nutU

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

 

Gaia Cauchi and Veronica Rotin, both vocally trained by Gillian Attard at La Voix Academy and looked after by Ironic PR & Artist Management, will be part of an upcoming radio programme on RTK 103FM. “Is-Sewwa Magħruf” hosted by George Cremona and Martha Carabott will be featuring the prominent vocalists, one winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013 and the other, a finalist in the hit television programme “Io Canto”, as well as Dr Samuel Aquilina in answering questions about health, music, food, and more.

In comments made to escflashmalta.com, Gaia Cauchi and Veronica Rotin are “excited, and looking forward to sharing their opinion on the various topics which are brought up”. With the subjects set to focus more or less on the common knowledge in life, the listeners will enjoy having the girls around, getting to know them better away from their craft, that of performance. 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: RTK Radio 103FM, Marlon Polidano (Image), Missey & Bo (Clothing of Gaia & Veronica)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thje0DAh_lU

Published in Local Music News

"The Start", co-written by Gillian Attard, Elton Zarb, Matthew Mercieca and Gaia Cauchi, with the latter also being the vocalist, gave Malta a renewed hope of success in international music competitions. As a result of this success, the Public Broadcasting Services sent in a formal bid to host the 2014 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Eventually, the paperwork was signed and Malta became host nation, a role which is being taken extremely seriously. The Public Broadcasting Services is recruiting a series of volunteers in various areas of the production team in order to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Amongst the available roles, one would find; Delegate Hosts, Technical Persons proficient in basic networking, Guest Relations - Front Office Services, Multi language speaking hosts, Communication and Public Relations Assistants and Photo & Video editing personnel.

It is worth keeping in mind that students with foreign language skills, as well as a background of Malta, in terms of history and geography will be considered assets. The registration could be done through the official website of the Public Broadcasting Services by no later than Sunday 20th July 2014. Another note is that volunteers need to be 18 years and over in order to be eligible, whilst making themselves available on a full time basis between the 8th and 16th November 2014. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: PBS, TVM, junioreurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thje0DAh_lU

Until 2013, Daniel Testa was the most successful artist to represent Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with "Junior Swing", a song he wrote himself, finishing in 4th place. That all changed when Gaia Cauchi swept to victory in an impressive performance of "The Start", co-written with Gillian Attard, Elton Zarb and Matthew Mercieca.

Earlier this year, Daniel Testa emerged as a dark horse during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and came the closest to winning the ticket, as a vocalist who had been to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, including Marilena Gauci and Sophie DeBattista who have made the finals but yet to trouble the top three. "One Last Ride", a co-write between Stephen Rudden and Lawrence Peter Bridge, finished in third place, after achieving the second most amount of points with the public, just behind "Hypnotica" composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg by Jessika.

In an interview with junioreurovision.tv, Daniel Testa confirmed that he will be putting his name forward for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in the future, including next year. Nevertheless, he hopes that 'there would not be too many' entries before he would finally triumph. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: junioreurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1YFUT4dffU

Published in Local Music News

'Floating on Air' is the name of the new single by Gaia Cauchi, winner of the 2013 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, with music by Elton Zarb and lyrics by Matthew Mercieca. This follows her debut single 'The Start' which won the prestigious children's competition back in November. Launched during the Malta International Food Festival in Ħaż-Żabbar to a large audience, it was well received by those present.

Gaia Cauchi, a student of La Voix Academy, has been on a high since triumphing at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, having been a guest at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, at Sanremo Junior Malta, the Eurovision Song Contest and also finishing as the first runner-up on the Romanian talent show; Next Star which airs on Antena 1. 'Floating on Air', written in the form of a theme song could be said to be a mixture of genres; including ballad, r'n'b and pop. You may listen to the song below, whilst we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook & Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Gaia Cauchi (Official Facebook Page)

The news portal of the Public Broadcasting Services, TVM has just published a story in relation to the 2014 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, stating that the venue will be none other than the Malta Shipbuilding in Marsa. It won't be the first major music event to take place though considering that the Music & Steel Festival featuring well known bands such as; Airport Impressions, Red Electrick and Tribali amongst others took place on the 30th March.

Whilst a proper announcement is yet to be made by the Official Website of the Junior Eurovision, this was announced during a meeting between Minister Manuel Mallia and European Broadcasting Union Supervisor Vladislav Yakovlev. It is expected that several countries wish to partake in the event for the very first time including; Italy, Ireland and Hungary although negotiations are at an early stage between the Public Broadcasting Services, the European Broadcasting Union and the respective broadcasters. 

Gaia Cauchi brought the competition to Malta following her success with the song The Start co-written with Elton Zarb, Matt Mercieca and Gillian Attard. This year, Malta will be represented by Ti Lascio Una Canzone Winner; Federica Falzon. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2014 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: TVM / PBS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thje0DAh_lU

Gaia Cauchi, winner of the 2013 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, with The Start which she co-wrote with Gillian Attard, Elton Zarb and Matthew Mercieca, had the opportunity to showcase her astonishing vocal range during a recent Beatles Tribute Show which was organised by the FĊN (Fundazzjoni Ċelebrazzjonijiet Nazzjonali) at Smart City, a technological park in Kalkara, last Sunday.

Gaia was not alone on stage having been accompanied by a choir made up of students from La Voix Academy under the direction of Gillian Attard with assistance by De Bee, first runner-up during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and Matt Mercieca, co-writer of The Start, Betrayed, Brand New Day and Until We Meet Again. The performance of the song All You Need is Love, originally performed by The Beatles went down extremely well with the crowd. Below you may see the recorded version and we urge you to focus on the audio since the visual is a tad shaky. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more updates.

Source: La Voix Academy, escflashmalta.com, Pix by Max Photography

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRe-DLgqfSA

Published in Local Music News

The 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is months away but several countries have either confirmed their participation or released their regulations for national selection processes. Apart from the means of FM Radio in the Netherlands on FM 106.8 and the audio stream from the studio via www.radiointernational.tv and on Digital Cable 781 & Cable 8.1Mhz in the Netherlands, the show will also be web-televised via the Radio International TV Channel from the studio and linking up the many international Eurovision fans and friends and play your requests and read your messages out on air. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET when fans can join in and chat amongst each other via the Chat Room and request their favourite Eurovision entry.

In anticipation of the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, the team of Radio International had the opportunity to visit Malta, which hosted one of the most organised national finals to take place in Europe this year. Whilst there, they had the chance to speak to all of the entrants, including a series of special guests, some of which represented the Mediterranean Island in the continental competition in the past. In this weeks' episode, one will listen to interviews held with the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest representative; Miriam Christine as well as her team of songwriters; Emil Calleja Bayliss and Mark Scicluna as well as last years' second runner-up; Davinia with her friend and lyricist; Muxu who also helped co-write Malta's winning entry at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, that entitled The Start.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geVt2jK_lL0

As the dawn of a brand new season approaches, Radio International will be hosting a brand new feature, one entitled Denmark's Eurovision Song Contest History which will be reflecting on the entries that the Scandinavian nation sent to the annual music competition. David Mann will continue to look at cover versions from the event whilst the latest news from escXtra and escflashmalta.com will be read out. In the meantime, former representatives of the Eurovision Song Contest are always looking for ways to please their fans and thus new music is being recorded and published throughout the year. Radio International will be playing the most recent singles as sent in by several record labels. We urge you to tune into Radio International this evening at 20:00 CET in order to request your favourite entry from the Eurovision Song Contest and listen to the special features.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUOi3p73HpI

The 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is months away but several countries have either confirmed their participation or released their regulations for national selection processes. Apart from the means of FM Radio in the Netherlands on FM 106.8 and the audio stream from the studio via www.radiointernational.tv and on Digital Cable 781 & Cable 8.1Mhz in the Netherlands, the show will also be web-televised via the Radio International TV Channel from the studio and linking up the many international Eurovision fans and friends and play your requests and read your messages out on air. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET when fans can join in and chat amongst each other via the Chat Room and request their favourite Eurovision entry.

Gaia Cauchi, the recent winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the song The Start co-written alongside Matt Mercieca, Elton Zarb and Gillian Attard will be sharing her experience in Kiev, Ukraine in a phone-in interview that will take place during the course of the show. Gaia will surely explain how much this victory means to her personally and to the country on an international level. Her recognition in Malta has sky rocketed in recent days and it seems that reaching for the stars will not be difficult for the young songstress. Other interviews which will be airing on this evenings' show are with the artists who represented Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, and Georgia who finished in that rank order respectively. It is worth pointing out that the final interview is with Victoria Romanova, Deputy Director of NTU and individual responsible for the organisation of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

As the dawn of a brand new season approaches, Radio International will be hosting a brand new feature, one entitled Denmark's Eurovision Song Contest History which will be reflecting on the entries that the Scandinavian nation sent to the annual music competition. David Mann will continue to look at cover versions from the event whilst the latest news from escXtra and escflashmalta.com will be read out. In the meantime, former representatives of the Eurovision Song Contest are always looking for ways to please their fans and thus new music is being recorded and published throughout the year. Radio International will be playing the most recent singles as sent in by several record labels. We urge you to tune into Radio International this evening at 20:00 CET in order to request your favourite entry from the Eurovision Song Contest and listen to the special features.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thje0DAh_lU

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