21 October 2017

MESC 2018: Presenting the 16 Participating Entries

After 129 entries were submitted and two elimination phases, the finalists for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest has been announced. The reveal was shown this evening during the evening news on TVM - where the shortlisted artists were seen at the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta, learning their fate as the competition progresses to the next stage. Since the first eliminatory phase which was announced on September 15th, the thirty shortlisted entries were filmed while performing their entries live. This footage was then reviewed by a number of local and international expert juries in order to establish sixteen finalists. These finalists will take to the stage at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in a live show at the beginning of next year.  Aidan - Dai Laga (Aidan Cassar) Avenue Sky - We Can Run (Jonas Gladnikoff, Matthew Ker, Glen Vella) Brooke Borg - Heart of Gold (Christian Schneider, Aidan O’Connor, Sara Biglert, Brooke Borg) Christabelle Borg - Taboo (Thomas G:son, Christabelle Borg, Muxu) Danica Muscat - One Step At A Time (John Ballard, Ruth Mussie, Jerusalem Yemane, Irena Krstva, Kian Fakhar) Deborah C - Turn It Up (Christian Schneider, Aidan O’Connor, Sara Biglert) Dwett - Breaking Point (Elton Zarb, Muxu) Eleanor Cassar - Back To Life (Jonas Gladnikoff, Michael James Down) Jasmine Abela - Supernovas (Charlie Mason, Jonas Thander) Lawrence Gray - Love Renegade (Cyprian Cassar, Muxu) Matthew Anthony - Call 2morrow (Jonas Gladnikoff, Tom Wiklund, Peder Eriksson) Miriana Conte - Rocket (Cyprian Cassar, Muxu) Petra Whiteford - Evolution (Elton Zarb, Muxu) Rhiannon Micallef - Beyond Blue Horizons (Cyprian Cassar, Rhiannon Micallef) Richard & Joe Micallef - Song For Dad (Cyprian Cassar, Richard Micallef) Tiziana Calleja - First Time (Tina Stenberg) From the list of sixteen finalists, twelve of them have reached the finals of the Malta Eurovision selection in the past - five of them featuring in last year's final. Around half of the songs have been produced locally - whilst the others are by international teams based in the United Kingdom and Sweden - some of them also being behind songs of finalists and winners in the Eurovision Song Contest previously. Richard Micallef, who will perform his entry with his father, was of course part of the group "Firelight", who reached the final for Malta back in 2014. The newcomers to the festival are 18 year old Matthew Anthony, Aidan, Avenue Sky (which Aidan is also a member of) and Dwett - consisting of Mikhail & Cherylis. Last year, Mikhail was seen auditioning in Romania with his song "Sail Back" for their national selection process.  More details about the 2018 Malta Eurovision Song Contest are expected to be announced by Public Broadcasting Services in due course. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available. Source: tvm.com.mt You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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JESC 2017: Bilingual Song for Gianluca Cilia

"Dawra Tond" (English - Spinning Around), has been revealed as the Maltese entry for the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The song, performed Gianluca Cilia, was released this evening after the eight o'clock news on TVM.  This year marks Malta's 13th participation in Junior Eurovision - which takes place this year in Tbilisi, Georgia on November 26th. The Maltese song for this year's edition has been written by Emil Calleja Bayliss - writer of many songs on the local music scene, such as "Kewkba" by Janice Mangion - the second placed entry in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2017. It was composed by Dominic Cini, singer and two time finalist in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. The song, which is performed by Gianluca in both English and Maltese, was selected by Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) after an open call for songs.  The official video for the song was filmed over three days, and features Gianluca alongside backing dancers in a number of scenes around the streets of Birgu and Bormla - as well as in a traditional barbershop. The uptempo song is the second song that Malta sends to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest which includes the Maltese language (the first being in 2010).  Gianluca Cilia - soon to turn 10 years old just before the grand final in Georgia, has been singing from the of six. He has already taken part of a number of local and international singing contest, such as those in Italy and Romania. His latest victory was of course winning the ticket to represent Malta at Junior Eurovision - which he did at the start of July, beating off nine other singers in a live final broadcasted on TVM. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available. Source: TVM, PBS You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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GħTP 2017: Maltese Song in Celebration of Realism

On Saturday 2nd September, the 41st edition of ‘L-Għanja tal-Poplu’ took place at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, hosted by Clifford Galea, Sarah-Lee Zammit, with comic interludes provided by Aiken Buhagiar. Introducing each entry by virtue of their songwriters, and then a postcard which featured the artists in different surroundings, the 18 songs were performed, accompanied by the 40-strong member Malta Concert Orchestra under the direction of Mro Paul Abela, and Mro Joe Brown.  The evening was a true celebration of music, with each participant putting forward an original song in Maltese, our national language, and one of Malta’s two official languages. The evening also had the inclusion of two special guests, kicking things off with the Kinetic Dance Studio who performed a routine to new music composed and arranged by Sean Vella, as well as Mary Rose Mallia, an iconic female artist who is celebrating her 50-year anniversary in music. At the end of the evening, the following awards were given out.  Best Recording: “Rutina Tgħallina” – Xarulu’ (Xarulu’) Best Singer/Songwriter: “Min Jaf” – Ryan Grech (Ryan Grech) Best Original Song: “Narak Kuntent” – Odelsie Camilleri (Odelsie Camilleri) Best Interpretation: “Ritratt” – Monica Said (Philip Vella) Third Place: “Rutina Tgħallina” – Xarulu’ (Xarulu’) Second Place: “13, Strada Stretta” – Dario u Grecia Bezzina (Dario Bezzina, Emil Calleja Bayliss) First Place: “Meta r-Ramel Jitħallat mas-Silġ” – Jessica Magro (Pamela Bezzina, Paul Ellul)  On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to congratulate all the winners, as well as the 18 participants, for making it through from 131 submissions. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about L-Għanja tal-Poplu and the local music scene. Source: L-Għanja tal-Poplu


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Malta: Ready for a Challenge? The Entertainers Are!

Have you heard? ‘The Entertainers Singing Challenge’ is back for a 3rd consecutive year. Spiteri Lucas Entertainment have recently announced that they have extended the application date for interested male or female singers as soloists, duos, trios or even groups, by just a couple of days. The deadline is now set for Monday 7th August. Therefore, if you’re interested in having a spectacular experience of performing #live during the most popular programme on Saturday nights, while accompanied by a band, then do not waste anymore time, and get in touch with the production team. Previous winners of ‘The Entertainers Singing Challenge’ have included Victoria Sciberras, Martina Abela, and Gail Attard, three talented girls whose talent knows no boundaries. Who will follow in their footsteps? That is yet to be seen, but it could be you! For more information about participation, send an email to \n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. prior to the closing date, which has now been extended to Monday . We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news. Source: Spiteri Lucas Entertainment You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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MESC 2018: Presenting the 16 Participating Entries

JESC 2017: Bilingual Song for Gianluca Cilia

GħTP 2017: Maltese Song in Celebration of Realism

Malta: Ready for a Challenge? The Entertainers Are!

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