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In 1973, the Youth Travel Circle organised the first edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a popular song festival in which all of the entries have to be original and specificially in Maltese. Amongst the former winners of the competition, there are several artists who have gained a solid reputation over the years including; Philip Vella, Enzo Gusman, Glen Vella, Eleanor Cassar, Janvil and Corazon. A mixture of upcoming and established performers and songwriters are to be noted in this years' competition which comprises of nineteen (19) entries in total. The shortlist was decided by a professional judging panel who surely looked at several elements including vocals, lyrics and music along with the final product altogether.

Frank O'Neill and Valerie Vella have been chosen as hosts of this years' competition as revealed exclusively by escflashmalta.com earlier on whilst Sir Temi Żammit Hall will be the venue as has been the case in recent years. Tickets which have been priced at €10 could be purchased here. L-Għanja tal-Poplu is a competition which prides itself on having live musical instruments during every performance. As a matter of fact, despite having other competitions in which original songs in Maltese are exhibited, it is the only one with such an element, thus making it truly unique. In the meantime, the committee responsible for the organisation of the local competition has also unveiled the running order of the entries as certified by Notary Dr.Paul Callus. 

  1. Il-Gwardjan - Indri Attard (Kevin Tanti / Chan Vella)
  2. Anġli Bla Ġwenħajn - Romina Mamo (Deo Grech / Heathcliff Balzan)
  3. Ibni - Teddie Zammit (Paul Attard / Teddie Zammit)
  4. Għal Dejjem - Marie Claire Attard Bason (Emil Calleja Bayliss / Mark Scicluna)
  5. Bikja Mid-Deżert - Leanne Attard (Sylvia Caruana / Dario Bezzina)
  6. Bit-Tof... Ma Tofx...? - Ta' Verna (Rita Pace / George Bonello)
  7. Nammetti Li Ma Naf Xejn - Mistura (Antonio Olivari)
  8. Is-Sajjied Tax-Xatt Tax-Xlokk - Alwyn Borg Myatt (Alwyn Borg Myatt / Conrad Briffa)
  9. Virtwali - Estelle Fenech Imbroll (Paul Attard / Mark Scicluna)
  10. It-Tweġiba - Corazon (Corazon Mizzi)
  11. Kuluri, Lwien - X-Tend (Charles Dalli)
  12. Taħnina - Fiona Camilleri (Robert Carbonaro)
  13. Il-Maltin Bil-Politka Mehdijin - Justin Galea u Banda Briganti (Keith Muscat / Sylvan Borg)
  14. Tinsinix - Maria Debono (Rita Pace)
  15. Grajja ta' Kull Żmien - Corinne Caruana (Christopher Azzopardi / Maria Azzopardi)
  16. Id-Dar Għal Bejgħ - Charles Dalli (Pawlu Zammit / Charles Dalli)
  17. Hawn Siġġu Nieqes - Cherise Attard (Paul Ellul / Mark Spiteri Lucas)
  18. Signor Si - Dorothy Muscat (Joe Julian Farrugia / Sammy Galea)
  19. Pupazz - Rita Pace ( Emil Calleja Bayliss / Rita Pace)
Source: Għanja Fest

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eU5TmUw5n8A

Media.Link Communications takes pride in promoting the local music scene henceforth why they organise the annual Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, a competition in which vocalists have to perform original songs in their respective mother tongue. Ira Losco and Claudia Faniello, two of the most notable stars at the moment both started from this competition before going onto release more material and many will hope to follow in their footsteps. Media.Link Communications in accordance with the committee of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza worked to include a wildcard into the competition, one which would be granted through a singing competition entitled Passport 2 Indifest held on Sas-Sitta produced by Spiteri Lucas Entertainment.

The recipient of the wildcard last year was Simone Gauci with the track Id F'Id composed by Renato Briffa and penned by Keith Zammit, finishing in a respectable mid-table position. It is worth pointing out that the first finalist selected last week was none other than Karen DeBattista, a former finalist in the Malta Summer Hit Song Contest as well as a second round qualifier in this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Today the semi-final featured Marie Claire Attard Bason, a Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza finalist in 2009 with Ma Rridx Ninbidel and Letizia Seychell who was a contestant in the show Don't Stop Me Now hosted by Eileen Montestin.

The first performance of the duel was done by Letizia Seychell who gave her very own rendition of Kieku Taf? originally sung by Corazon during L-Għanja tal-Poplu competition in 2006. Marie Claire Attard Bason followed with her rendition of the song Ħallini Inħobbok originally performed by Georgina during the Festival Kanzunetta Maltija 1999. The jury as last week was composed of Annabelle Debono, former winner of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza as well as Janvil, runner-up of the 2005 Malta Eurovision Song Contest and Neville Refalo, multiple finalist in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. In the end, it was Marie Claire Attard Bason who won the hearts of the judges and will thus face Karen DeBattista. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as the result is unveiled next week.

Source: Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, Emil Calleja Bayliss (image)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FvRyDl0Luk

One of the most prestigious music competitions to take place in the Maltese Islands is surely the annual Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza which has been won by several notable artists in the past including; Ira Losco, Claudia Faniello, Mike Spiteri and Eleanor Cassar amongst others. As of last year, nineteen (19) qualifiers made it through the typical submission process whilst another one (1) made the cut through a wildcard as given in another local competition known as Passport 2 Indifest which is organising within Sas-Sitta, a production of Spiteri Lucas Entertainment. Simone Gauci was the wildcard last year and she performed the song Id F'Id composed by Renato Briffa and penned by Keith Zammit which managed a mid-table showing.

This year, Passport 2 Indifest has been even tougher in my opinion with a higher level of talent getting through to the live shows and this afternoons' semi-final provided a welcome assessment of the upcoming music scene. The first performer was none other than Ana-Maria Grima who has already competed in the 2011 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the track Kif Nista? written by Philip Vella with the second one being Karen DeBattista, a newcomer who made it through to the second phase of this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Cold Whispers composed by Mark Scicluna and penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss whilst also having accompanied Francesca Borg as a backing vocalist in the Malta Eurovision last year.

At the end of the session which saw them perform Il-Messaġġ and Eternità, the latter performed by Karen DeBattista was definitely stronger in terms of performance and made it through receving the support of all the three judges being Janvil, Annabelle Debono and Neville Refalo. Next week, the second semi-final will be taking place with Marie Claire Attard Bason, a former finalist of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in 2009 taking on Letizia Seychell who just took part in the talent show, Don't Stop Me Now hosted on NET Television by Eileen Montesin, former Eurovision Commentator. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the local music scene as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Spiteri Lucas Entertainment

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3w2HQ57Fyk4

The Public Broadcasting Services is a member of the European Broadcasting Union and thus entitled to participate in the annual Eurovision Song Contest, something which has become somewhat of a tradition in the country which will be picking the twenty-sixth entry this evening from what has been described as the strongest field in years. Last night, in the semi-final, eight entries had to be eliminated due to the stipulation of the regulations and as published in an earlier analysis, there were quite a couple of surprises. This morning, all of the sixteen (16) qualifiers take to the stage to perform their entries in the final running order prior to the actual show.

According to our latest information, directly from the hall thanks to Emil Calleja Bayliss it seems that this evening, the hosts being Elaine Saliba and Gordon Bonello will be interviewing each respective artist prior to the performance followed by an advert until the track starts. The producers have also worked on the running order for the show having drawn the opening and closing tracks in a post semi-final press conference last night. The rehearsal started a little bit later than planned but nevertheless, it seems that despite the fact that the artists were awake not too long ago, they are well paced for this evenings' showcase and are ready to give their best with the hope of becoming the twenty-sixth representatives of the nation, and thus following in the footsteps of Kurt Calleja whose This Is The Night managed to qualify in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Running Order

01. Superstar - Scar (Konrad Pule)

02. Starting from the End - Dorothy Bezzina (Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)

03. My Stranger Love - Corazon (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

04. Ultraviolet - Jessika (Thomas G:Son / Philip Vella / Gerars James Borg)

05. Us Against the World - Gianni (Boris Cezek & Dean Muscat)

06. Betrayed - Davinia (Elton Zarb / Muxu)

07. Needing You - Kevin Borg (Borg / Gribbe / Thornholm / Attlerud / Clauss)

08. Fall Like Rome - Richard Edwards (Magnus Kaxe / Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

09. Perfect Day - Janice DeBattista (Boris Cezek & Dean Muscat)

10. Love-O-Holic - Deborah C (Johan Bejerholm / Gerard James Borg)

11. When It's Time - Claudia Faniello (Errol Sammut / Claudia Faniello)

12. Tomorrow - Gianluca (Boris Cezek & Dean Muscat)

13. Never Walk Away - Chris Grech (Grech / P Borg / M Borg / D Cassar Torreggiani)

14. Wonderful Today - Petra & Richard (Wayne Micallef / Richard Micallef)

15. In Control - Amber (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

16. Too Little Too Late - Domenique (Marc Paelinck / Matthias Strasser)

The Public Broadcasting Services will be hosting the semi-final of this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest later tonight where twenty-four (24) entries will be competing to reach the final stage of the showcase, which is set to take place tomorrow night. Ultimately, sixteen (16) entries from this evening will survive with eight (8) being eliminated following a consensus between the public and the present jury which hails from Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Croatia, Ukraine, Italy and Malta. The Dress Rehearsal which took place last night was without any real glitches and it is important to denote that Elaine Saliba and Gordon Bonello are truly an inspiring pair with a relaxed script which is coming out as witty, and casual. Slight issues were amended and people could be ready to enjoy a spectacular show either on TVM, TVM 2 or Radju Malta whereas in the latter two, commentary will be provided in Malta to the local viewers.

The glitz and glamour of the competition is definitely extremely present this time round and there have been several additions to the dynamics of the stage in order to make it look extremely well placed on the tele-vision screens. In the meantime, the full guest list has been revealed to include local performers for this evening including last years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest winner, Kurt Calleja whose This Is The Night managed to make it through to the final albeit reaching a lower table position at the end of the evening. He will be joined by up and coming vocalist, Alex Alden as well as the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest representatives, Chris & Moira who will be doing a number of tracks from their repertoire. There have been no changes to the running order and as a matter of fact, all of the rehearsals that took place between yesterday and this morning, was seen in the manner that the public will see it.

01. Fall Like Rome – Richard Edwards (Kaxe / Philip Vella / Gerard J Borg)

02. Tides of Illusion – Ylenia (Jason Cassar / Mario Farrugia)

03. Perfect Day – Janice DeBattista (Boris Cezek / Dean Muscat)

04. Never Walk Away – Chris Grech (M Borg / P Borg / D Cassar Torreggianni / C Grech)

05. Overrated – Marilena (Philip Vella / Gerard J Borg)

06. No One’s Home – Petra (Wayne Micallef / Richard Micallef)

07. Starting from the End – Dorothy Bezzina (Kaxe / Gerard J Borg)

08. Too Little Too Late – Domenique (M Paelnick / M Strasser)

09. Ultraviolet – Jessika (T G:Son / Philip Vella / Gerard J Borg)

10. Let Your Heart Talk – Franklin (Ray Agius / Alfred C Sant)

11. When It’s Time – Claudia Faniello (Errol Sammut / C Faniello)

12. My Stranger Love – Corazon (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

13. Needing You – Kevin Borg (Borg / Gribbe / Thornholm / Attlerud / Clauss)

14. Superstar – Scar (Konrad Pule)

15. Loverdose – Melanie Zammit (N Lundin, M Lundin, Gerard J Borg)

16. Fantasy – Danica Muscat (Paul Abela / Joe J Farrugia)

17. Wonderful Today – Petra & Richard (Wayne Micallef / Richard Micallef)

18. Love-O-Holic – Deborah C (Bejerholm / Gerard J Borg)

19. Us Against the World – Gianni (Boris Cezek / Dean Muscat)

20. Keep Believing – Raquela (Raquela)

21. Tomorrow – Gianluca Bezzina (Boris Cezek / Dean Muscat)

22. In Control – Amber (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

23. The Remedy – Klinsmann (Kaxe / Philip Vella / Gerard J Borg)

24. Betrayed – Davinia (E Zarb / Muxu)

In a press release published by the Public Broadcasting Services this morning, it was revealed that commentary on the show through TVM 2 will be conducted by Norman Vella of the show TV Hemm as well as Rodney Gauci who will be hosting the backstage special whilst the duties on Radju Malta have been given to former Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza Chairman and Advisory Team Member, Frederick Zammit. In the meantime, escflashmalta.com will also be running a LIVE commentary with Keith Borg-Micallef, who is a music critic in his own right, so we indeed hope that you tune for his cheeky and realistic comments about the performances. The show in itself should be a spectacle for everyone to enjoy so if you live abroad and would like to watch, you can also do so through the official website of Television Malta.

Source: TVM, escflashmalta.com

In just a few days time, the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place and it seems that preparations are well in place for another spectacular showcase by the looks of the staging. This weeks' edition of Radio International will be especially dedicated to the competition in itself due to the fact that the team will be on location and thus, will be giving the listeners a chance to listen to the tracks for the first time unless, they have already heard them through the official website of the broadcaster. As always, the show will be aired on FM 106.8 as well as Digital Cable 781 and Cable 88.1 Mhz in The Netherlands with a weblink through the official website of the show for international viewers. The pre-recorded show will unfortunately not include any phone-ins or music requests this week.

The running order of the songs which was established earlier this week won't be the order in which they will be played throughout the programme noting that they have been put in alphabetical order according to the song titles. The normal format of the show with interviews and usual features will be returning in the following week, so we urge you to hang tight. Malta will be competing in the second semi-final in Malmö, Sweden and many have commented on having being given a tough draw, so it is important that the jury and the public, vote for the song which they believe would give them the best result as per the voting countries in the semi-final. Indeed, Malta will be hosting it's national selection but nevertheless, news is coming in from other countries and through escXtra and escflashmalta, we will be keeping you posted with all of the latest.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjhBsCop3Ys

The Public Broadcasting Services is currently busy putting together the showcase for the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest which is set to take place on the 1st and the 2nd February at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre in Ta’ Qali. The twenty-four entries competing in the semi-final had not yet been told their position within the running order although in an escflashmalta.com exclusive, it was revealed that whilst Fall Like Rome by Richard Edwards would be opening the show, Betrayed by Davinia would be closing the spectacle. The rest of the running order was decided by the producers of the show in order not have recurrent song genres after each other.

The results of the semi-final will be decided in the same manner of the final noting that there will be a panel of seven local and foreign judges followed by tele-voting which will have the weight of just one judge. The first evening will be pivotal denoting that eight songs have to be eliminated and considering the outcomes of the past two years, there might be a couple of surprises. Last year, many were shocked to see I Want to Runaway sung by Eleanor Cassar and Whoop it Up! performed by Annalise Ellul failing to make it through to the final stage but indeed, this is a competition and surprises can occur. The full running order was released by the Public Broadcasting Services this morning and will be as follows;

01. Fall Like Rome – Richard Edwards (Kaxe / Philip Vella / Gerard J Borg)

02. Tides of Illusion – Ylenia (Jason Cassar / Mario Farrugia)

03. Perfect Day – Janice DeBattista (Boris Cezek / Dean Muscat)

04. Never Walk Away – Chris Grech (M Borg / P Borg / D Cassar Torreggianni / C Grech)

05. Overrated – Marilena (Philip Vella / Gerard J Borg)

06. No One’s Home – Petra (Wayne Micallef / Richard Micallef)

07. Starting from the End – Dorothy Bezzina (Kaxe / Gerard J Borg)

08. Too Little Too Late – Domenique (M Paelnick / M Strasser)

09. Ultraviolet – Jessika (T G:Son / Philip Vella / Gerard J Borg)

10. Let Your Heart Talk – Franklin (Ray Agius / Alfred C Sant)

11. When It’s Time – Claudia Faniello (Errol Sammut / C Faniello)

12. My Stranger Love – Corazon (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

13. Needing You – Kevin Borg (Borg / Gribbe / Thornholm / Attlerud / Clauss)

14. Superstar – Scar (Konrad Pule)

15. Loverdose – Melanie Zammit (N Lundin, M Lundin, Gerard J Borg)

16. Fantasy – Danica Muscat (Paul Abela / Joe J Farrugia)

17. Wonderful Today – Petra & Richard (Wayne Micallef / Richard Micallef)

18. Love-O-Holic – Deborah C (Bejerholm / Gerard J Borg)

19. Us Against the World – Gianni (Boris Cezek / Dean Muscat)

20. Keep Believing – Raquela (Raquela)

21. Tomorrow – Gianluca Bezzina (Boris Cezek / Dean Muscat)

22. In Control – Amber (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

23. The Remedy – Klinsmann (Kaxe / Philip Vella / Gerard J Borg)

24. Betrayed – Davinia (E Zarb / Muxu)

The dynamics of how the show will proceed are yet unknown when it comes to interval acts and so forth but the Public Broadcasting Services selected Elaine Saliba and Gordon Cauchi as the main hosts of this years’ competition with Rodney Gauci doing the backstage interviews. Kurt Calleja, last years’ representative is not expected to perform in the semi-final stage of the competition but is preparing a medley of some of the best songs in 2012 for the final night according to his Facebook Page. This years’ Malta Eurovision Song Contest might be an extremely close affair for the third year running with the people denoting two artists; Kevin Borg and Chris Grech as their front runners. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com in the coming days for more news about the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjhBsCop3Ys

The 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place in the opening weekend of February and it seems that preparations are currently ongoing at full swing noting that the twenty-four preview videos of the tracks will be participating have now been published on the official website of the Public Broadcasting Services for the public to enjoy. The last edition to the preview videos has been the replacement entry Overrated performed by Marilena, composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg, keeping the songwriting duo with the same amount of entries that they originally had noting that they had also been behind Dress Rehearsal by Saska Hunt. You can watch the full preview video here.

The festive break surely reflected why the video took longer than expected to be uploaded whilst the Public Broadcasting Services have to be commended on how they approached the situation of withdrawal by virtue of inviting the first alternate to compete in the semi-final alongside another twenty-three entries on the 1st February at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre. Marilena was overjoyed at the opportunity and it seems that the people have quickly grown fond of her entry placing her in fourth place on the escflashmalta.com poll, in which each person is entitled to one vote per IP Address. The preview video is slightly different to the other ones due to the fact that it took place exactly after one of the live shows of the popular television programme Xarabank but it is still a positive promotional use and will put her on sync with all of the other competing entries. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest in due course.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_vqFMGT4Q4

The Malta Eurovision Song Contest has gained a considerable positive reputation in the past couple of years for offering a programme of variety across both evenings with a general competition and some intriguing special performances from a number of local and foreign guests noting the presence of artists such as Anggun, Sinplus, Ell & Nikki, Riccardo Cocciante, Blue and Marcin Mrozinski amongst others. The Public Broadcasting Services introduced the final of this years' competition in a manner that no one was expected due to the fact that the cast of popular musical drama series, D.R.E.A.M.S took to the stage and performed a medley of original songs and written by Maestro Ray Agius and penned by Michael Vella Haber and Evelyn Saliba La Rosa. Earlier this year, the series was renewed for a second season and therefore, Anton Attard thought it was best to reintroduce the show with the magnificent talent that the country is offering weekly on television.

For those who might not know, the series focuses on the storylines of several characters, mostly teenagers who encounter the realities of daily life on a routine basis and have to come through them in a positive manner. Unfortunately, this might not always be the case and sometimes the cobweb that is created continues to grow until it somewhat emerges into a secondary storyline. In the meantime, the most difficult situation is also explained or rather dealt through the medium of song and therefore, the presentation of the tracks in Maltese language has been music to the ears of many. Amongst the individuals who have become rather synonymous to the public are; Brandon Cutajar (Jean Pierre Cassar), Jade Vella Petroni (Rachel Genovese), Jasmine Vassallo Grima (Rachael Tedesco Triccas), Katia Demicoli (Jade Cini), Chloe Stafrace (Michela Dalli), Tiffany (Kristen Camilleri), Antoinette Balzan (Annalise Psaila) and Emma Vella (Kayleigh Cassar) amongst others. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news on the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRIj2gzDd4w

Maltese as a language has been described as one of the most notorious identifiable elements and therefore, it does go to show that the music industry takes a liking to the use of the aforementioned method of speech in a number of competitions including L-Għanja tal-Poplu and the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. The focus is on the latter due to the large amount of submitted entries every year although it has to be noted that quantity does not really mean quality. Nevertheless, most of the winners have been merited their top ranking position especially when noting that the most notable performers to come out were none other than; Eleanor Cassar, Ira Losco, Claudia Faniello, Nadine Axisa, Roger Tirazona, Miriam Christine, Lawrence Gray, Amber, Mike Spiteri and Claudette Pace amongst others. Garnering entry into the competition is not easy and therefore, Spiteri Lucas Entertainment and the Committee of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza thought up the idea to promote a wildcard entry which would be granted through a performance competition on television show; Sas-Sitta which airs every Saturday afternoon on NET Television with Ray Attard and former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Debbie Scerri as hosts.

As a matter of fact, there was renewed interest in the competition following the fact that last years' winner; Simone Gauci spoke positive of the experience and the opportunity to perform on the stage of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. It would definitely be a coup to have a complete newcomer perform during the evening but nevertheless, the shortlist of semi-finalists in this years' Passport 2 Indifest includes two former finalists in the form of Marie Claire Attard Bason and Ana-Maria Grima whilst some others have also competed in the teenage portion of the competition including Cherise Attard, Mikaela Bajada and Dorcas Debono. Other artists who have made it through this time round have experienced performances in front of an audience with Karen DeBattista having been in the Malta Summer Hit Song Contest, Cynthia Attard performing in the pre-selection stage of the 2010 Malta Eurosong, Letizia Seychell and Nicola Marie Cutajar taking part in Don't Stop Me Now. The final act to make it through was Claudio Castelletti who most recently was a backing the Spiteri Lucas Entertainment show having been scouted last year during the same competition. Passport 2 Indifest continues to unravel as the jury hear the ten semi-finalists once more and decide, who the final four should comprise of. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it takes place.

Source: Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, Clint Gerald Attard