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"I am not making any plans ... definitely not in 2016" are the words echoed by Gianluca Bezzina, in an exclusive statement to escflashmalta.com, the singing doctor whose meteoric rise to fame in the local music industry was a direct result of his participation in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest with 'Tomorrow', an original song co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat.

Gianluca Bezzina, also the lead vocalist of Funk Initiative, whose debut album 'The Cartogrophers' landed in 2015 tried his luck at representing Malta for a second consecutive time earlier this year, when he joined his siblings in a super-group under the name, L-Aħwa. Their entry, 'Beautiful to Me', written by Erik Anjou did not set the scoreboard on fire, mustering up 10 points, to finish in 12th place. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Malta's participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

Source: escflashmalta.com, Gianluca Bezzina (Facebook, Twitter)

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Dean Muscat, an accomplished male songwriter who co-wrote "Tomorrow", sung by Gianluca Bezzina during the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, has recently turned his attention to becoming a lead vocalist, issuing his debut single, "Twentysomething". A guitar led ballad, with hints of wind chimes and a harmonica, there is a certain aura which quickly reminds the listener of a Ben Howard album track, one which stands out from the rest.

"Twentysomething", written and recorded by Dean Muscat at home, was then professionally mixed and mastered by Robin Ball and Ivan Jackman. Since being uploaded onto YouTube, it has amassed well over a 1,000 views, as well as a string of positive comments. Dabbling into the art of performance, Dean Muscat is hoping to spread around a positive message, one which brings out emotion. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: Dean Muscat (Official Facebook Page)

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"Picture" co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat, is the latest single by male vocalist Gianluca, whom many will recall as to having represented Malta in the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track "Tomorrow". It marks the fourth release off his debut album "Waiting for Tomorrow" released by Albam Records, an imprint of Sony ATV United Kingdom.

Gianluca was a surprise winner of the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, fending off strong competition from favourite Kevin Borg, whose reputation in Sweden had been solidified following his victory in the reality show "Idol" a couple of years back. The promotion of the single is being supported by a music video, one shot by MCAST students with Fabrizio Fenech acting as Director and Michael Grech being the producer. 

The storyline of the music video, which you may watch below, is relatively easy to follow and as a result of the new single, we hope that you purchase a copy of Gianluca's debut album "Waiting for Tomorrow", a true gem. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Official Facebook Page

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

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Malta, filled to the brim with talent has produced some scintillating collaborations along the years, but none of them will match up to the expectation of an upcoming combination featuring Gianluca and Davinia. The renowned vocalists, who competed against each other in the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with "Tomorrow", co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat, and "Betrayed" composed by Elton Zarb to the lyrics of Matthew Mercieca, are joining forces on a brand new radio single.

As stated above, collaborations could very much scintillating if given time and dedication, hence why the creative process is currently in full swing. Elton Zarb of Freetime Productions will be responsible for the music, whilst Matthew Mercieca will be responsible for the lyrics. This is a project initiated by Davinia, currently at number #9 on Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D, having been as high up as number #3 with her latest single "Ouch!" It is worth keeping in mind that Gianluca represented Malta in the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, achieving the nation's best result in 8 years by finishing in 8th place. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com

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Lyndsay, fresh off the release of her eighth single, "Letter 25", a collaboration with Lulu Agius, had the pleasure to meet me for a chat in recent weeks, for a special feature interview for The Sunday Times of Malta. It was revealed that Lyndsay is currently flirting with the idea of entering the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2015, should the competition still exist, denoting the recent rumours going round that an internal selection is a possibility.

Speaking highly with regards to the production of both the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, as well as the song quality in recent years, Lyndsay states 'never say never as they say, although I am very much tempted, having had loads of fun as a backing vocalist to both Ally and Klinsmann when they competed', in direct reference to her participation in 2011 and 2013, joining the entourage of "Numb" and "The Remedy".

The female singer/songwriter went onto add that the boundaries between the competition and radio airplay have almost been brought down completely, quickly pointing out the success of Kurt Calleja with "This Is The Night" in 2012, and Gianluca with "Tomorrow" in 2013. "As an artist, I think it was pretty unfair to see fellow friends of mine face difficulties in getting their songs played on the radio knowing the amount of time and work which goes into creating a song". 

Lyndsay and Lulu will be unveiling the official music video accompaying "Letter 25", a co-write between Lyndsay, Lulu and Boris Cezek, during an acoustic session at The Villa in St Julians. The entrance to the event is free of charge, and we are sure that you will have a splendid time in a beautiful atmosphere. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: The Sunday Times of Malta

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In 2013, Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals provided by Gianluca, was selected by the professional jury present in the venue as the song to represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest, despite having finished second in the public vote. In the months following the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, the singing doctor grew in confidence and reached eighth (8th) place, the nations’ best result in eight (8) years, whilst also finished first with the jury during the semi-final stage of the competition. In 2014, Gianluca is still around of course, and has just published his brand new single, Light Me Up.

Less than a week ago, Gianluca took to the stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest as one (1) of the three (3) hosts for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Rather than conventional hosting though, him and Ira Losco, Malta’s most successful female artists performed a handful of duets, ones which will go down in the local music scene as timeless. Their performance of Let Her Go was a distinct highlight, noting that the original version shot back to number #1 on the local iTunes in recent days, as did original versions of Happy and Something I Need, performed at the event by Gianluca and his siblings. Whilst Gianluca has always admitted that his day job as a doctor comes first, he has become a great performer, and thus we encourage you all to purchase a copy of his debut album Waiting for Tomorrow and latest single Light Me Up. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: Official Facebook Page

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHeNnfjqw90

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In music, a year is very much a reflection of historical evidence and when it comes to 2013, Malta will very much remember the remarkable success that it achieved on both a local and an international field. As the public prepares to drink champagne and sing the tune of Auld Lang Syne along with Happy New Year, originally released by Abba, we aim to have a look at the most memorable moments of the year in this editorial. As a matter of fact, we have been through the major news items for both the general Eurovision Song Contest as well as the local music scene and one could easily denote the progress that has been made on both a national and a foreign level of vocal talent and songs in general.

January; a relatively quiet month in the local music scene with the Public Broadcasting Services busy prepping for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which was set to take place during the first weekend of February. Nevertheless, escflashmalta.com for the third year running managed to exclusively reveal the names of the hosts of the selection; Gordon Bonello, Rodney Gauci and Elaine Saliba. In the local music market, Corazon and Lynday both unveiled new singles; Save Your Smile and Daphne but the focus was definitely on the foreign music market with no less than three countries revealing the names of the artists who would represent them at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest including; France (Amandine Bourgeois), Armenia (Gor Suyjan) and Denmark (Emmelie de Forest).

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February; The month of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest was upon us, and following a somewhat technically disappointing semi-final, the Public Broadcasting Services upped the ante for the final night, which saw to the success of Gianluca Bezzina and his entry Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. It managed to beat the favourite, Needing You sung by Kevin Borg and co-written with Danne Attlerud, Michael Clauss, Simon Gribbe and Thomas Thornholm. Following the evening, escflashmalta.com held their annual awards, seeing to the success of Klinsmann, Chris Grech and the aforementioned Kevin Borg, with NET Television being the place where they were given. In the meantime, both Cyprus and Slovenia made use of internal selections in revealing Despina Olympiou and Hannah Mancini as their representatives.

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March; In a relatively surprise announcement, L-Għanja tal-Poplu announced that they had received almost forty (40) submissions for the local competition, amongst them from the likes of Romina Mamo and Rita Pace. Keeping in line with the local music scene, Ira Losco followed up the release of her single What I’d Give with a brand new album entitled The Fire which has been denoted by critics as the most notable release in the local music industry. During the same period, on an internal level, stars Marco Mengoni and Cascada were chosen to represent Italy and Germany respectively, or rather confirmed their entries in entirety at this point. Gianluca’s promotional campaign as he represents Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest had officially commenced with the first ever lyric video.

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April; At this month dawned, most of the country had made their respective selection for the international competition and thus focus quickly turned on on the outlook of the local music scene as Karen DeBattista managed to beat Marie Claire Attard Bason to become the first finalist of the 2013 Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, through the Passport 2 Indifest challenge on Sas-Sitta. It was later on revealed that she would be performing the song Riflessi composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss. In the meantime, L-Għanja tal-Poplu took place with Cherise Attard finishing in first place with the track Hawn Siġġu Nieqes composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Paul Ellul. At this point, Ira Losco continued her radio and digital success, aided by her first concert in quite some time. 

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The month of May, and thus the Eurovision Song Contest had quickly arrived and several readers of escflashmalta.com had their eyes on Gianluca Bezzina whose Tomorrow was a proven hit and indeed succeeded in not only reaching the final, but finishing in eighth place, the nations’ best result in seven (7)  years. The big winner was Emmelie de Forest from Denmark whose song Only Teardrops enchanted both the jury and the public at home. escflashmalta.com kept their annual coverage with guest commentators including Simon Casey, Davinia, Claudia Faniello, Brooke, Lauren White, Magnus Kaxe and Christabelle. Thousands of people viewed the respective reports and with the aid of the team of Radio International and Eurovision Ireland, the competition was analysed and covered in the most profound and detailed way possible. 

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Summer could not kick off on a more positive note with the release of On The Dancefloor by Jan Cortez, setting the tone of the season and earning airplay on 89.7 Bay. As always, the preparations for the Joseph Calleja concert were being held at this point in time, as the line-up was revealed to include Rebecca Ferguson, Zucchero and Gianluca Bezzina, fresh off his success. In the meantime, on a positive note, it was announced by the Culture Department that local artists will get the chance to perform at the Isle of MTV with Kristina Casolani and Gianluca Bezzina both booking their spots at the event. No clarification was given over the choice especially with the top tier of artists; Jon Lukas, Davinia, The Crowns releasing brand new material.

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As the temperatures were getting warmer, NET Television decided to publish the list of the names who had got through the final of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, and also shot music videos, in an attempt to continue the fine tradition, which started with the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Maltese, as a national language had definitely it’s most intriguing month due to the fact that apart from the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, it was revealed that the International Festival of Maltese Song was set for a comeback, and no sooner than in November. Some of the most prominent names in the industry put their first foot forward and the line-up was miles better than that presented at the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the likes of Miriam Christine, Janvil, Fiona Cauchi, Roger Tirazona and Olivia Lewis who was making her comeback as well.

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August, known to be the last official month of summer saw to the release of Fed Up by Maxine Pace, who would later on be given a prominent role in the Maltese delegation during the surprise return of the country at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Joseph Calleja gives his annual concert with only a handful of performances garnering a standing ovation, one of them being of the song Xemx which he performed in a duet with Gianluca Bezzina. Glen Vella, representative of Malta in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest released a statement where he acknowledged that Finally by Richard Edwards should have represented the country, and most likely achieved a much better result. By the end of the month, the International Festival of Maltese Song had a logo and Red Electrick had a brand new single, The Runaway which would top the local music charts for several weeks.

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Double the amount of entries received for L-Għanja tal-Poplu were received by the International Festival of Maltese Song, and whilst this number was encouraging, there was still a sheer amount of disappointment with many sceptic over the quality of the competition. Joseph Calleja was recognised as the world renowned tenor he has become by receiving a nomination at the Class Brit Awards. The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza took place with Fabrizio Faniello sweeping the top prize with the track Aħfirli Jekk Trid composed by Minik to the lyrics of Rita Pace. The surprise of many came when during the evening news bulletin, on the 25th September 2013, Malta had internally selected Gaia Cauchi to do the honours and represent the country at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

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The 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest might be months away, but the preparations from artists, songwriters and producers had commenced and a flurry made use of escflashmalta.com to reveal their intentions including; Tiziana Calleja, Gloriana Arpa Belli, Eleanor Cassar, Richard Edwards, Klinsmann, Melanie Zammit, Kaya, Janvil, Claudia Faniello, Danica Muscat, Fabrizio Faniello, Neville Refalo and Josef Tabone amongst others. Olivia Lewis gave an interview to a Radju Kottoner, stating she was planning to release a debut album in Maltese in the very near future, one which include all her hits along with brand new and original songs. The Public Broadcasting Services accepted entries for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with several submissions, eventually totalling to a record breaking  210, the largest amount since the national broadcaster took over the selection process in totality.

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November, the month in which there were three major events; kicking off with the International Festival of Maltese Song which was not only the return of Olivia Lewis, but also her success with the song Hawn Mill-Ġdid composed by Paul Abela to the lyrics of Joe Julian Farrugia. In second place was Mark Tonna and his track Poeta Bla Kliem composed by Mark Scicluna with lyrics by Emil Calleja Bayliss and in third place, Dario and Grecia Bezzina with the song Solitaire composed by Dario Bezzina to the lyrics of Rita Pace. Malta’s return to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest proved successful, as The Start co-written by Matt Mercieca, Elton Zarb, Gillian Attard and Gaia Cauchi emerged as the clear favourite in the week leading up to the competition, and then finishing as the remarkable winner.

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Just a day before the final though, the public broadcaster revealed the names of the acts through to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014, a list which comprised of several newcomers such as Raquel Galdes, De Bee and Daniel Testa whilst also noting former Eurovision representatives in the form of Fabrizio Faniello and Miriam Christine. It was always going to be a year to remember, but nevertheless, several broadcasters were at this stage revealing their intentions for the upcoming edition of the international competition, seeing to the return of Portugal and Poland, whilst Valentina Monetta, The Common Linnets, Tijana Dapcevic and Conchita Wurst were internally selected to represent San Marino, The Netherlands, FYR Macedonia and Austria respectively. As the year came to an end, Ukraine and Albania made their respective choices and the Public Broadcasting Services unveiled the music videos accompanying the entries in next years’ selection process.

Source: escflashmalta.com

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In an interview with TVPM, upon his return from this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Anton Attard who acts as the Chief Executive Officer at the Public Broadcasting Services and the Head of Delegation revealed that Malta would return to the competition in Denmark. Indeed, the rules and regulations for the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest have just been revealed to all through the evening news bulletin on Television Malta, which happens to be the most effecting broadcasting organ in the country.

At the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Gianluca was triumphant on his debut with the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. Despite only coming in second with the general public vote, he managed to win the jury vote and it was the right call as the entry finished in eighth (8th) place, Malta's best result internationally for eight (8) years. Malta has a rich history at the Eurovision Song Contest managing to reach the top ten for eight consecutive years between 1991 and 1998, and again for another three years between 2000 and 2002, recording successful results with Chiara and her entry The One That I Love in 1998 as well as Ira Losco and her song 7th Wonder in 2002. The nation managed another high result in 2005 as the balladeer Chiara returned for a second time with her self-penned entry Angel finishing as the first runner-up.

It has been revealed that instead of the typical twenty-four (24) semi-finalists, there will be twenty (20) on this occasion whilst the final is set to comprise of fourteen (14) finalists rather than the typical sixteen (16). Songwriters can be either local or foreign but it is imperative that the artists are Maltese or carry a Maltese Citizenship. One of the rules which has been dropped by the Public Broadcasting Services is that former representatives of the past three years could not submit entries with only Gianluca, as the last winner being unable to submit any original songs. Entries will be received by the Public Broadcasting Services till the end of October at the Creativity Hub in Gwardamangia against a payment of €150. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

In order to obtain a copy of the rules and regulations as issued by the Public Broadcasting Services, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you'll receive the respective document which you will be required to download.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services

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Friday, 13 September 2013 15:27

Malta: HoD Firmly Denies Vote Rigging Claims

The Mirror, a leading tabloid in Great Britain went on record publishing an article which disputed the results of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which saw to the victory of Emmelie de Forest and her entry Only Teardrops on behalf of Denmark. One focus point within the story seems to be on Azerbaijan and Malta though with the latter noted for having awarded the eastern country, the maximum twelve (12) points in each of the past four years. An executive responsible for this years' edition of the international competition who wished to remain unnamed stated that jury members were bribed with 'enough money to live off for a year' but nevertheless, claims have been rubbished by Head of Delegation, Anton Attard.

escflashmalta.com has been in contact with Anton Attard throughout the day with regards to the allegations and he has denied the claims stating that 'in the past four years, the jury has only awarded Azerbaijan with one set of twelve points, which therefore shows that it has been the public vote monitored by the European Broadcasting Union which has led to the twelve points on each respective occasion'. At this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Malta was represented by Gianluca and his entry Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat which finished in eighth place, the nations' best result since 2005. Tabloids in the United Kingdom have been following up the story following comments made but their 2013 representative; Bonnie Tyler who only managed nineteenth place with her entry Believe In Me. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com, The Mirror

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Tuesday, 10 September 2013 15:15

Malta: Eurostars Appointed Reading Ambassadors

In recent days, the town of Sliema was marking International Literacy Day as part of a brand new project kick started by the government in order to encourage reading especially to the younger generations whose life has somewhat been gobbled up by technology. Aiding proceedings and appointed as Reading Ambassadors were none other than former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Kurt Calleja, Gianluca and Ira Losco. Their support to the initiative is vital because they are individuals in the public eye and thus have a certain following.

Kurt Calleja, who represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012 with the track This Is The Night which he co-wrote with Johan Jämtberg and Mikael Gunnerås has just unveiled his debut album, Love on Mars, Gianluca just released his debut album Waiting for Tomorrow following his eighth place finish at the prestigious international competition with the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat whilst Ira Losco who honoured her nation at the 2002 international spectacle with 7th Wonder composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg is currently promoting the track Me Luv u Long Time, the third single off her sixth studio album, The Fire.

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Both the male and the female vocalist took to the stage to share their love of reading, conveying a message of how one could enter a different world whilst educating oneself with what is being published. It is also important to denote that whilst Ira Losco suggested the book 'Goggle Eyes' written by Anne Fine, Kurt Calleja suggest the series 'Harry Potter' written by celebrated author JK Rowling. It has also been acknowledged that more reading ambassadors will be revealed in due course, including ones from the entertainment industry. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Times of Malta

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-o9sgAHsTN4

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