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Marc Calleja Bayliss

Marc Calleja Bayliss

Gianluca Cilia, the Maltese representative at the Junior Eurovision in 2017 with ‘Dawra Tond’, emerged victorious in the biggest song competition in Maltese for kids called ‘L-Għanja Tal-Poplu Żgħażagħ’. The singers present original tracks to this competition and the finalists get to interpret their songs with the Malta Concert Orchestra under the direction of Mro Joe Brown & Mro Paul Abela. 

The winning song Ħaġar Qim won the Middle School section and was later announced as the overall winner of this competition. The entry pays homage to one of Malta’s World Heritage Sites – the historic temples of Ħaġar Qim. The idea behind the song came after Gianluca visited the site on a school visit – there he learnt more about it and was fascinated how this structure, built with such precision, survived over so many centuries. The temple phase in Malta dates back to 3600 to 3200BC. 

It was surely not an easy feat for the 11 year old, as he was the youngest participant taking part in this competition; open for kids aged between 11 to 16 year olds. The songwriters behind his winning entry are Philip Vella and Emil Calleja Bayliss. Philip has represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest as a composer on numerous occassions namely 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008 & 2017 while Emil C is the lyricist behind Malta’s last two Junior Eurovision Song Contest entries, including Gianluca’s ‘Dawra Tond’. 

Malta’s 2018 Junior Eurovision entrant Ela Mangion, was one of the three backing vocalists behind the youngster alongside his sister Giulia Cilia and upcoming artist Ilenia Camilleri. Gianluca and his team were under the guidance of Nadia Vella and Glen Vella from Vocalbooth Studios, Malta’s 2011 Eurovision Song Contest representative. One of the special guests of the night was the 2006 winner of this prestigious competition, Christabelle, Malta’s 2018 Eurovision Song Contest representative who presented Gianluca with the winning trophy. 

Gianluca would like to take the opportunity to thank the whole team behind him and also passes his congratulations to Martina Galea Loffreda, the winner of the secondary school section with the song ‘Għoxrin’ penned and composed by Corazon, a five time finalist in Malta’s selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. 

Ħaġar Qim is now available on all leading digital platforms. This would not have been possible without the support of the German record label, CAP-Sounds who have published the song. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Press Release, Gianluca Cilia (FB)

The 2018 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Minsk, Belarus has just come to an end with the winner being Roksana Wegiel with Anyone I Want to Be for Poland. Co-written by Maegan Cottone, Nathan Duvall, Cutfather, Peter Wallevik, Daniel Davidsen, Malgorzata Uscilowska and Patryk Kumor finished at the lower-end of the top 10 with the juries but placed 1st in the online vote, giving her a steady lead.

Malta’s Ela who gave an incredible account of herself during her remarkable performance of Marchin’ On finished in 5th place, which in turn is Malta’s best result at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest since 2015 when Destiny Chukunyere had won it with Not My Soul.

It is yet unknown where the 2019 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place but one things’ for sure, whoever will be hosting will have an extremely high standard to look up to after a fantastic show put up by the Belarusian Television an Radio Company (BTRC) in collaboration with the European Broadcasting Union.

We would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through social media platforms; Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Malta’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest and the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: escflashmalta.com, junioreurovision.tv

Friday, 23 November 2018 14:39

JESC 2018: Ela Loves to perform in Maltese

#TeamMalta ran into the press conference, moderated by Denis Dudinsky in positive spirits, taking questions from local and international media outlets. Ela was bursting with energy throughout, even singing a beautiful rendition of Viva Malta, with her father providing backing vocals to the amusement to all those present. Asked why she’s not performing in Maltese at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Ela said that while she greatly enjoys singing in the language, she wanted the message of the song to reach a wider audience, hence why the choice of English.

In a series of questions put forward by the press present, Ela highlighted that her 3 favourite performers are: Jael from Australia, Darina from Ukraine and Daniel from Belarus. She also spoke positively about Belarusian delicacies and the beautiful scenery, especially the forests which are the biggest in the world. You’re welcome to watch Ela’s rendition of Viva Malta as sung during the press conference just below, and be sure to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through social media platforms; Facebook and Twitter. Remember that the Junior Eurovision Song Contest is this Sunday 25th November, and will be aired live as from 16:00 CET on Television Malta.

Source: escflashmalta.com

Earlier this afternoon, 12-year old Ela took to the stage at the Minsk Arena in Belarus and gave a brilliant account of herself, showing her distinctive vocal range and commanding stage presence. It is worth pointing out that she is accompanied by 4 dancers on stage; 3 girls and 1 boy who add that extra something to what is already a very solid presentation.

Ela is singing Marchin’ On, which she co-wrote with lyricist Emil Calleja Bayliss and composer Cyprian Cassar. She speaks about how people should face their problems head on, and never look back. It is a very positive and uplifting message which everyone needs to hear, and which they will in the penultimate slot, number 19 on Sunday 25th November at 16:00 CET.

For more of the latest news on the ground in Belarus, we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through social media platforms; Facebook and Twitter.

Source: escflashmalta.com, junioreurovision.tv

12-year-old singer/songwriter Ela will represent Malta in the next edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest held in Minsk, Belarus with the uplifting original number Marchin’ On, composed by Cyprian Cassar and penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss.

Ela was chosen to represent Malta following her triumph at the Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest on the 8th September whereby a panel of professional judges and the general public each had a 50% share in deciding the winner from a possible 16 competing entries.

It was the first time since 2010 that a national final featuring original songs took place. On that occasion, it was Nicole Azzopardi and Knock Knock!... Boom! Boom! which emerged victorious, finishing in 13th place at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Co-incidentally on that occasion, the event also took place in Minsk, Belarus.

In support of Malta’s participation at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Ela together with the Public Broadcasting Services produced a music video further highlighting the message of the song that even through times of dismay and despair, you should never give up hope, and march on.

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 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Television Malta, JuniorEurovision.tv

Spiteri Lucas Entertainment have recently published the regulations for the 4th edition of The Entertainers Singing Challenge aimed particularly at talented singers between two respective age groups; 10-12 years and 13-18 years. It is worth pointing out that amongst those who have been chosen as winners by the professional jury in the past, there have been Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza alumni: Victoria Sciberras and Gail Attard as well as Slaviansky Bazaar finalist Martina Abela.

Should you decide to participate, you may do so against a fee of €50 if you are a soloist, €80 if you make up a duet and €120 if you make up a trio. Further expenses will be incurred by those who are through to the finals, in preparation for the arrangement of the chosen songs. It is no secret that those who put their best foot forward will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform with live music, noting that the Spiteri Lucas Band will be on hand throughout the whole journey while also getting the chance to appear on a primetime weekend television programme, that being The Entertainers.

For more information about participation, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. prior to the closing date, which is on Friday 31st August 2018. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Spiteri Lucas Entertainment

Ben Camille and Valerie Vella will be hosting the 14th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place in Valletta, Malta on the 20th November at the Mediterranean Conference Centre.

Ben Camille, started out as a model, before turning his attention to acting taking on a lead role on the popular television series “Strada Stretta”. In recent months, following his successful hosting of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016, he has also been asked to host the television programme, “Twelveto3” taking over from Malta Eurovision Song Contest finalist, Corazon Mizzi.

On the other hand, Valerie Vella is a seasoned female host, having been asked to host the national final for the senior edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on three occasions, the most recent being in 2011, been the spokesperson giving out the points and also serving as the Head of Press in one of the Advisory Teams that had been appointed to oversee Malta’s participation.

We're not done yet though, as the hosts of the red carpet and the opening ceremony will be none other than two female actresses whose star has been on the rise in recent years: Taryn Mamo Cefai and Larissa Bonaci. We are more than sure that they will be up to the task at hand.

We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, and Malta’s participation with Christina Magrin and her entry “Parachute”.

Source: PBSJuniorEurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVNDVaq7SbI

Parachute”, composed by Florent Boshnjaku and penned by Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca, will be the song that Christina Magrin will perform on behalf of Malta at this year’s edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in Valletta. The song, along with the promotional video will be made public during the 8 o’clock news bulletin this Thursday. 

Malta will be playing host to the international spectacle for the 2nd time in three years, having finished in 1st place as a result of an excellent performance by Destiny Chukunyere at the 2015 Junior Eurovision Song Contest with her song, “Not My Soul”, also penned by Muxu and composed by Elton Zarb.

On the 20th November, the Public Broadcasting Services in conjunction with the European Broadcasting Union will be hosting no less than 16 delegations, apart from Christina Magrin and her team, but in the days leading up to the main event, there will be several events held around Valletta, including an opening ceremony hosted by actress Taryn Mamo Cefai at the Manoel Theatre.

All this information was made public by John Bundy, Chief Executive Officer of the Public Broadcasting Services during an interview with Antonella Vassallo on the popular daytime magazine programme, Twelveto3. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Twelveto3, PBS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NDgSds3TA0

Franklin Calleja, second runner-up at this year’s edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and an artist who profile has risen in a relatively short amount of time owing to his incredible vocal skills has just released his first radio single, “Let You Go”, composed by Cyprian Cassar and penned by Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca.

This is the second time that the trio have worked together as a unit, having previously been responsible for his success at Malta’s leading competitive event, “Little Love”. “Let You Go” is written in a significantly different genre that what people have come to expect from the talented artist, merging a thumping bass, with an ethnic sounding brass instrument.

It is new, it is different and it works. In a supporting music video, produced by Fade in Media, Franklin is scaling the heights and having fun with the song, something that he does not normally do, noting that he tends to feel very emotional as he tackles a ballad.

“Let You Go” has amassed a stunning number of views through social networking website Facebook, but it has also made an impact on the local radio stations, making Malta’s Top 10 on 89.7 Bay. We urge you to listen to the song below, and also stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Franklin Calleja (Facebook, Twitter)

Franklin - Let You Go

Here's the music video for my new single guys... Enjoy!

Posted by Franklin Music on Monday, 29 August 2016

Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, producers of the television programme ‘The Entertainers’ on NET Television have recently announced that they will be organising the 2nd edition of The Entertainers Singing Challenge whereby young singers, and adolescents will be showing off their vocal skills whilst accompanied by the Spiteri Lucas Band, under the direction of Mro Mark Spiteri Lucas.

The amended rules and regulations denote two (2) different categories; A (singers between 9 and 12 years old) and B (singers between 13 and 16 years old). Each of the participants will be asked to perform a song of his choosing in front of a panel of expert judges who will be responsible for 100% of the final result.

A seperate prize will be given to the winner of the SMS vote. The singers who get through to the final phase of “The Entertainers Singing Challenge” might be asked to trake part in any events organised by Spiteri Lucas Entertainment or any other entities. The idea is that opportunities increase.

For more information about participation, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. prior to the closing date, which is set for Tuesday 23rd August. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Spiteri Lucas Entertainment

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h__LGsAM5hg

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