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It’s hard to believe that the Public Broadcasting Services already has a line-up for the next edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with twenty entries set to compete for the ticket to represent Malta in Vienna, Austria. The national final, set to take place at the Marsa Shipbuilding on the 21st and 22nd November will be featuring a host of well known and upcoming stars, all vying to present their work, and garner the respect of the general public and the professional panel of judges.

During the course of the weekend, the Public Broadcasting Services will be recording the Official Music Videos which will accompany the entries over the next couple of weeks. According to the rules and regulations, all the qualified entries could have been re-mastered, without the additional change in melodic structure, as has been the case in recent years. This will ensure that the competition is of the highest quality and that everyone would have done their utmost to present the best possible product.

"Home" - Lyndsay (Boris Cezek)

"Breakaway" - Glen Vella (Kevin Borg / Simon Gribbe)

"Chasing a Dream" - Trilogy (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)

"12, Baker Street" - Karen DeBattista (Jan Van Dijck / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

"Still Here" - Franklin Calleja (Alexander Rybak)

"It's OK" - Deborah C (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

"The One That You Love" - Lawrence Gray (Elton Zarb / Lawrence Gray)

"Warrior" - Amber (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

"Something In The Way" - Daniel Testa (Mans Ek / Charlie Mason)

"Fandango" - Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard J Borg)

"Rush" - Christabelle (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

"Closed Doors" - Chris Grech (Chris Grech, Edward Mifsud, Peter Borg, David C Torreggiani)

"Beautiful to Me" - L-Aħwa (Erik Anjou)

"Stop Haunting Me" - Raquel (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

"Close Your Eyes" - Danica Muscat (Elton Zarb / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

"Secretly" - Corazon (Corazon)

"Could Have Been Me" - Iona (Philip Vella)

"Take Me As I Am" - Domenique (Aidan O'Connor)

"Once In a While" - Dominic (Elton Zarb / Rita Pace)

"Love and Let Go" - Ekklesia (Philip Vella)

With the recording of the Official Music Videos taking place this weekend, it is expected that they are published soon after. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: TVM, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqP65vGsmk0

On the 21st and 22nd November, the Public Broadcasting Services will be hosting the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest within the Marsa Shipbuilding, host venue of this year's edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. 20 acts, as revealed on the program 'Xarabank' last Friday evening, will have the opportunity to perform on an incredible stage, one which has been specifically designed for an international competition.

15 acts have already been part of the prestigious showcase in the past, and these are none other than; Glen Vella, Trilogy, Franklin Calleja, Deborah C, Daniel Testa, Lawrence Gray, Amber, Jessika, Christabelle, L-Aħwa, Chris Grech, Raquel Galdes, Danica Muscat, Corazon and Domenique. As a matter of fact, not only have those acts been through to this phase in the past, some of them have also gone onto represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest; Ludwig Galea (2004) who is now part of Trilogy, Glen Vella (2011) and Gianluca Bezzina (2013) part of L-Aħwa.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFvERdQl43o

In the meantime, the other 5 acts are complete newcomers to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, but not entirely new to the local music scene; MinikKaren DeBattista, Iona Dalli, Eklessia, and Lyndsay. Three of these acts have had a stellar record in the industry, with MinikLyndsay being radio friendly singer/songwriters and Karen DeBattista winning this year's edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu. Gordon Bonello, on behalf of the Public Broadcasting Services drew the running order for the first and last slot during the semi-final with two newcomers; Lyndsay and Eklessia set to open and close the competition. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook & Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: TVM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2upyAQhfWZA

Xarabank, one of the longest running television shows in Malta, produced by WE Media and hosted by Peppi Azzopardi on Television Malta, will be revealing the names of the twenty semi-finalists competing in the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

A quick recap of the selection process, would denote that the Public Broadcasting Services received 134 entries, out of which 48 entries have been shortlisted to the second phase. All of the artists have been invited to the popular programme Xarabank, in order to ascertain their fate in the competition, hoping that they got through. The programme kicks off this evening at 20:45 on Television Malta which will be streamed LIVE.

12, Baker Street – Karen DeBattista

Beautiful to Me – “L-Aħwa”

Break All Borders – Jacqueline Richard

Breakaway – Glen Vella

Call It Love – Kurt Cassar

Chasing a Dream – Trilogy

Close Your Eyes – Danica Muscat

Closed Doors – Chris Grech

Could Have Been Me – Iona Dalli

Dark Dark Waters – Domenique

Dream of Love – Rebecca Mifsud

Eclipse – Ana-Maria Grima

Empty Hearted – Domenique

Fandango – Jessika

Flame – Monroe

For All Those Times – Gloriana Arpa Belli

Freedom – Simaria Galea

Hey Yo – Domenique

Hold My Hand – Estelle Imbroll

Hold On To Love – Olivia & Miriam

Home – Lyndsay Pace

Hurricane – Marilena Gauci

Indestructible – Annabelle Vella

It’s OK – Deborah C

Look – Neville Refalo

Love & Let Go – Sr Michaela, Sr Monica, Sr Rita, Sr Claudia, Sr Denise & Sr Magdalong

Love Call – Danica Muscat

My Next Tattoo – Domenique

Never Ask Why – Andreana & Fiona

Once in a While – Minik

Ringside – Gabriella Azzopardi

Rush – Christabelle

Secretly – Corazon

See Through Lover – Larissa Borg

Shine a Light – Malcolm

Something in the Way – Daniel Testa

Still Here – Franklin

Stop Haunting Me – Raquel Galdes

Stuck Without Me – Kylie Coleiro

Take Me as I Am – Domenique

The One That You Love – Lawrence Gray

The Thief – Dario Mifsud Bonnici

Warrior – Amber

What You Wanna Hear – Stefan Galea

What? When? Where? – Joseph Refalo

Where Do We Go? – Kurt Cassar

Who Needs a Heart – Soraya Cardona

Your Phone – Fiona Cauchi

Apart from the 6 former Eurovision Song Contest representatives, there are a number of well known figures from the local music industry, with a lot of surprises to be expected amongst the songwriters. In 2014, Malta got through to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track "Coming Home" which Firelight performed impeccably. We urge you to stay uned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: TVM, WE Studios

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siKTx3veTXU

Last week, PBS revealed the entries through to the 2nd phase of the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, along with the names of the artists and their respective entries, opting not to reveal the names of the songwriters. escflashmalta.com has been scouting and is in a proud position to confirm that there are several notable names who have written songs with the hope of representing Malta in Vienna, Austria.

Jonas Gladnikoff, Andreas Anastasiou, Beanz Rudden, Philip Vella, and Boris Cezek have all been to the Eurovision Song Contest in the past, having written entries for Ireland (2009, 2010, 2014), Cyprus (2011), United Kingdom (1996), Malta (2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008) and Malta (2013) but nevertheless, also some internationally renowned songwriters such as Christian Ingebrigsten from the Norwegian/British group, A1 who had success in the noughties with hits including "Take On Me". 

Also making their return will be none other than Paul Abela, Joe Julian Farrugia, Miriam Christine, Natasha Turner, Marco Debono, Renato Briffa, Elton Zarb & Rita Pace, all of whom have either made their selection public or have songs which have already been through this phase in the past. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2015.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qxi5C-lGX2Y

Ira Losco, Malta’s top female singer/songwriter has been somewhat distant of mentioning a possible return to the Eurovision Song Contest throughout her successful music career, opting for a different genre, one which is more mature, and defines her growth as an artist. It is worth noting that in 2014, Ira somewhat re-ignited that flame to compete, following her role as co-host of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, alongside Gianluca Bezzina and Moira Delia. 

Following a promotional campaign led by both local and international websites trying to convince Ira Losco to return to the prestigious music event, the singer/songwriter has opted to consider the possibility for 2016, according to a post on her Official Facebook Page. She is currently gearing up for the release of her final 2 singles from her latest album “The Fire” and is working on her next studio album, which will most likely be released in the next 2 years. 

Hence, all the rumours which were spreading like wildfire could officially die-down because Ira Losco is not going to be a part of the 2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which nevertheless features no less than 5 former representatives; Miriam Christine (1996), Olivia Lewis (2007), Ludwig Galea (2004), Glen Vella (2009) and Gianluca Bezzina (2013). Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook & Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Ira Losco (Official Facebook Page), Allen Venables

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KaqAmhKqDw

On the 3rd October, Xarabank will kick-off for another season, and it will do so with a bang, as the revelation of the acts through to the semi-final of the 2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be made public. Following the initial submission process, where the Public Broadcasting Services received 134 entries, a shortlist of 48 entries has now been published through the official website.

A quick glance at the list of shortlisted entries, one would realise that the list features a relative amount of established artists including; Glen Vella (ESC 11), Miriam Christine (ESC 96), Olivia Lewis (ESC 07), Lawrence Gray (MESC 98-99, 01-04, 09, 11), Gianluca (ESC 13), Trilogy (MESC 05-07, 09), Daniel Testa (JESC 08), Chris Grech (MESC 13-14), Jessika (MESC 08, 11-14), Amber (MESC 11-14), Domenique (MESC 11, 13), Danica Muscat (MESC 12-13), Marilena Gauci (MESC 11, 13), Andreana (MESC 98, 02-06, 09-10, 14), Fiona Cauchi (MESC 98, 01, 02, 05, 09) & Franklin Calleja (MESC 13, 14).

12, Baker Street – Karen DeBattista

Beautiful to Me – “L-Aħwa”

Break All Borders – Jacqueline Richard

Breakaway – Glen Vella

Call It Love – Kurt Cassar

Chasing a Dream – Trilogy

Close Your Eyes – Danica Muscat

Closed Doors – Chris Grech

Could Have Been Me – Iona Dalli

Dark Dark Waters – Domenique

Dream of Love – Rebecca Mifsud

Eclipse – Ana-Maria Grima

Empty Hearted – Domenique

Fandango – Jessika

Flame – Monroe

For All Those Times – Gloriana Arpa Belli

Freedom – Simaria Galea

Hey Yo – Domenique

Hold My Hand – Estelle Imbroll

Hold On To Love – Olivia & Miriam

Home – Lyndsay Pace

Hurricane – Marilena Gauci

Indestructible – Annabelle Vella

It’s OK – Deborah C

Look – Neville Refalo

Love & Let Go – Sr Michaela, Sr Monica, Sr Rita, Sr Claudia, Sr Denise & Sr Magdalong

Love Call – Danica Muscat

My Next Tattoo – Domenique

Never Ask Why – Andreana & Fiona

Once in a While – Minik

Ringside – Gabriella Azzopardi

Rush – Christabelle

Secretly – Corazon

See Through Lover – Larissa Borg

Shine a Light – Malcolm

Something in the Way – Daniel Testa

Still Here – Franklin

Stop Haunting Me – Raquel Galdes

Stuck Without Me – Kylie Coleiro

Take Me as I Am – Domenique

The One That You Love – Lawrence Gray

The Thief – Dario Mifsud Bonnici

Warrior – Amber

What You Wanna Hear – Stefan Galea

What? When? Where? – Joseph Refalo

Where Do We Go? – Kurt Cassar

Who Needs a Heart – Soraya Cardona

Your Phone – Fiona Cauchi

Apart from the established names, it seems that the line-ups of established groups such as Trilogy and Monroe have both been altered for the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with Ludwig Galea replacing Daniel Debono in the former, and Nadia Vella becoming a new member of the latter, joining former Malta Eurovision Song Contest finalist; Kelly Schembri.

Other names which have caught our eye in the list are surely those of; Karen DeBattista, winner of this year’s edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu; Kurt Cassar, winner of the Best New Talent at this year’s edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza; Annabelle Vella, backing vocalist to Malta’s entry at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2008 and a group of nuns, who have most likely been inspired by the recent phenomenon on The Voice of Italy.

Everyone is somewhat gasping about the non-inclusion of Ira Losco in the first shortlist with the general feeling around the industry being that the Public Broadcasting Services may go ahead and offer a wildcard as is stated in the rules and regulations. This will be made public in a week’s time as Peppi Azzopardi and his dedicated team at WE Media reveal the chosen acts. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: PBS / TVM

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

In previous years, the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza was a hub for newfound talent, with the winning circle going onto achieve more success in the near future. This was not the case in recent years with established acts and former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Mike Spiteri and Fabrizio Faniello amongst the last four acts to have won the local music competition.

In 2014 though, it seems that originality and talent played a major role in the jury choice with two of the three artists to rank in the top three, making their official debut in the 'Talent Stabbilit' portion of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. Earlier this morning, the Official Facebook Page of the prestigious music competition made the full ranking along with the points given, public. The jury comprised of; Manuel Aquilina, Steve Aquilina, Ivan Borg, Amber and Mike Spiteri.

1. Mixja Li Bdiet - Michela Galea (Renato Briffa / Alfred E Baldacchino) - 426 points

2. Ġabuna Indipendenti - Marilena (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop) - 369 points

3. Ħolma ta' Nazzjon - Cherylis Camilleri (Mark Debono / Rita Pace) - 362 points

4. Ħamsin Sena Nazzjon - Kaya & Nicole Brincat (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul) - 357 points

5. Mara - Domenique (Philip Vella / Paul Ellul) - 355 points

6. Stmerrejtek Ħabbejtek - Marie Claire (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - 327 points

7. Inservi - Kurt Cassar (Gillian Attard / Elton Zarb / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - 297 points

8. Kuntenta Kif Jien - Ann Marie Ellul (Rita Pace) - 295 points

9. Nemmen fil-Futur - Mattei Curmi (Philip Vella / Cher Vella) - 294 points

10. Nisġa - Josepha Cumbo (Minik / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - 277 points

11. Aħjar - Simone Gauci (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Rita Pace) - 277 points

12. Tħobbni Kif Jien - Phylisienne (Philip Vella / Chris Azzopardi) - 265 points

13. Naħfirlek - Franz Bezzina (Augusto Cardinali) - 261 points

14. Fuq dil-Blata - Roseann Cordina (Minik / Paul Ellul) - 260 points

15. Destin - Danica Muscat (Philip Vella) - 258 points

16. Tfajla - Donna (Ray Agius / Paul Ellul) - 252 points

17. Hemm Int - Valentina Farrugia (Roger Tirazona / Joe J Farrugia) - 245 points

18. Daqs Xulxin - Charlene Cardona (Minik / Joe Chircop) - 243 points

19. Ġrajjiet - Michela Dalli (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino) - 234 points

20. Passaġġ - Kurt Galea (Clinton Paul) - 235 points

21. Int u Jien - Maria Cassar (Minik / Rita Pace) - 216 points

22. Ibqa' Ħdejja - Ina Robinich (Minik / Deo Grech) - 193 points

23. Ngħidulek Grazzi - Christian Azzopardi (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino) - 184 points

Michela Galea, one of the youngest participants in this year's edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza joins a prestigious list of previous winners, some of which made the transition into the local music scene relatively quickly after their success. The most recent being none other than Amber, a four time participant in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and also backing vocalist of "This Is The Night" at the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

The winning entry of the public vote last night was "Tħobbni Kif Jien" composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Christopher Azzopardi whilst the triumphant act from the upcoming category was Kurt Cassar and his entry "Inservi" composed by Gillian Attard and Elton Zarb to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss. 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: Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza (Official Facebook Page)

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

Deo Grech & Natius Farrugia are currently preparing to host the final of the fifth edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest, airing on F Living. Set to take place on the 23rd September at The Dome Theatre within the Seabank Hotel in Mellieħa, it will be broadcast a couple of days later as part of the autumn/winter schedule on F Living, the station which has proudly supported the event throughout.

Apart from watching the final through a delayed broadcast on F Living, you may also choose to attend the show in person by purchasing a ticket worth €8 or a bundle of 5 worth €25. You may do so by calling the F Living offices on 21 66 45 66. Limited places are available, so make sure to get your tickets now before it's too late. It is encouraged that those in attendance bring banners, flags, streamers and posters to support the competing entries.

All the previous winners of the Summer Hit Song Contest; Miriam Christine, Neville Refalo, Romina Mamo, Minik ft. Siconix; have had ample success following their appearance in this coveted competition, and one of the 18 acts competing in this year's edition will be hoping for more of the same. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Summer Hit Song Contest

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52O9m1cJHXw

Media.Link Communications, part of a private media chain which also includes; Radio 101 and NET Television, played host to the inaugural edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza Junior last night, with Francesca Zarb and Maxine Pace acting as hosts, Annalise Ellul Dance Studio and Gaia Cauchi offering the interval entertainment and 20 acts proving that talent in Malta is well and truly alive amongst the younger generation.

It is well worth pointing out that the result was split into two; the first featuring the choice of the public, who have been voting throughout the past couple of weeks with the songs having been made available on viral website, YouTube and the second featuring the choice of the professional panel of judges.

Public Vote: Damma - Naomi Busuttil (Minik / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

3rd Place: Festa t'Ilwien - Destiny Chukunyere (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

2nd Place: Ħajjitna f'Idejna - Jurgen Xerri (Minik / Rita Pace)

1st Place: Għannaqni - Kayley Cuschieri (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Rita Pace)

The editorial team at escflashmalta.com would like to congratulate the winners of the inaugural edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza Junior whilst commending Media.Link Communications on a fantastic production, one which opened this year's edition of the Independence activities. 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: Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza (Official Facebook Page)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=LbpQPkQcVRI

Media.Link Communications, part of a private media chain which also includes NET Television, will be hosting the inaugural edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza Junior on Tuesday 16th September on The Granaries in Floriana. The event, set to kick off the celebrations in relation to Independence Day will be featuring some of the nation’s top upcoming talent, in every sense of the word, incorporating the right competition, guest acts and also the hosts.

Ironic PR & Artist Management is proud to present Maxine Pace, a new face on NET Television as well as Francesca Zarb, an experienced co-host, who has been responsible for the Junior Eurosong on more than one occasion in the past. Special guests for the night will include a choreography by Annalise Dance Studio and also a couple of songs by none other than; Gaia Cauchi, winner of the 2013 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

01. Żogħżija - Chantel Abela (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri)

02. Festa T'Ilwien - Destiny Chukunyere (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

03. Destin Ħabib - Martina Micallef (Marco Debono / Rita Pace)

04. Kull Ma Xtaqt - Nicole Falzon (Roger Tirazona / Clifton Casha)

05. Flimkien - Hayley & Britney (Carlos Vella / Alison Ellul)

06. Kliem - Scheriden Balzan (Kaya / Clifton Casha)

07. Xewqa ta' Kantant - Aidan Jay Drakard (Kaya / Christopher Azzopardi)

08. Għannaqni - Kayley Cuschieri (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Rita Pace)

09. Dinja Kull Kulur - Anhelica Pace (Kaya / Clifton Casha)

10. Nokkli Sbieħ - Kylie Grixti (Kaya / Rita Pace)

11. Malta Maltija - Amy Marie Borg (Minik / Alison Ellul / Gerard J Borg)

12. Ħajjitna F'Idejna - Jurgen Xerri (Minik / Rita Pace)

13. Mid-Dlam għad-Dawl - Paolo Micallef (Roger Tirazona / Clifton Casha)

14. Damma - Naomi Busuttil (Minik / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

15. Ħbieb - KellyAnn & Melissa & Yasmin (Elton Zarb / Alison Ellul / Paul Ellul)

16. Rebbieħa - Nicole Galea (Minik / Rita Pace)

17. Żewġ Kewkbiet - Ilenia Camilleri (Andrew Zammit / Rita Pace)

18. Tagħna T-Tnejn - Aidan Irvine Cassar (Minik / Joe Julian Farrugia)

19. Libertà - Michaela Agius (Roger Tirazona / Clifton Casha)

20. Rakkont - Rutger & Kylie (Gillian Attard / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

As already noted down, the inaugural edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza Junior, hosted by Maxine Pace and Francesca Zarb will take place on The Granaries in Floriana with NET Television broadcasting the event as it happens. It is pivotal to state that the final result will be selected by a panel of professional judges, whilst a separate award for the public vote will also be given. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: NET Television

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