08 July 2015

EYD 2017: EBU Selects Malta as Host Nation

At a Press Conference earlier this morning, it was revealed to the local and foreign media that Malta will be hosting the 2017 edition of the Eurovision Young Dancers. Flanked by Dr Tonio Portughese, and Anton Attard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Public Broadcasting Services, respectively. Owen Bonnici, the Minister of Justice, Local Government and Culture stated that "this is great news that will raise the profile of the country in the field of arts". This decision was made during a Young Dancers Steering Group meeting held in Pilsen, where the Public Broadcasting Services presented their vision and official bid to host the competition. As Malta prepares to become the European Capital City of Culture in 2018, this will serve as a stunning 'warm-up' event, as countries meet together in Valletta, as the event is staged at the Mediterranean Conference Centre. Executive Supervisor of the competition, Vladislav Yakovlev, added "We saw what an amazing job and show PBS made with the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in November last year. Eurovision Young Dancers is a slightly different style of show, however I am confident that PBS will deliver an equally impressive event and I look forward to working with them over the next 23 months". 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: Eurovision Young Dancers You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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Malta: Four Triumphant in USSN Final on Sky Italia

For the 3rd consecutive year, Malta was triumphant on "Una Stella Sta Nascendo", an Italian television programme which airs on Sky Italia. This year, the list of finalists included; Ethan Attard & Miguel Bonello, Mikhail Attard, Kelsey Bellante, Giorgia Borg, Kassidy Calleja, Cherylis, Kelsey Farrugia, Emma Muscat and Rachel Lowell. At the end of the adventure, Giorgia Borg, Rachel Lowell, and Cherylis won their respective sections, whilst Emma Muscat ended up becoming the overall winner. The resident jury, a set of professional music industry professionals were impressed with the Maltese singers and said that they elevated the level, with an impeccable level of singing. "Una Stella Sta Nascendo" has been a highly successful event for upcoming talent noting the previous successes of Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013 winner; Gaia Cauchi and radio sensation; Maxine Pace. After participation in this competition, Gillian Attard, vocal director of La Voix Academy is in discussion with producers of Disney Channel Italia to see whether Emma would be a possible fit, and thus continue elevating her status, abroad. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Malta's participation in international competitions. Source: escflashmalta.com You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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MJESC 15: PBS Reveals Names of the 20 Finalists

Malta, one of the smallest member states of the European Broadcasting Union and host country of the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest has just released the 20 names through to the final of the 2015 Junior Malta Eurovision Song Contest. This announcement was made public through tvm.com.mt, the official website of the Public Broadcasting Services. The Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place on the 11th July at the Mediterranean Conference Centre with tickets available from €10 for the Balcony, €15 for the Stalls, and €20 for the Dress Circle only from the official website of the venue. The show will be shown LIVE on TVM at 20:30 CET. Thea Aquilina Haley Azzopardi Amy Marie Borg Ilenia Camilleri Aidan Cassar Destiny Chukunyere Francesca Dimech Kelsey Farrugia Sarah Farrugia Nicole Frendo Christina Magrin Isaac Mercieca Raisa Marie Micallef Sarah Micallef Gabrielle Portelli Veronica Rotin Nicole Sciberras Victoria Sciberras Rebecca Scicluna Rizzo Andy Shaw In 2015, the event will be moving to Sofia, Bulgaria and Malta will be taking part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for the 11th non-consecutive time, noting that the Mediterranean Country took part every year between 2003 and 2010, before stopping for a two-year hiatus, and returning in 2013, obtaining victory with "The Start" sung by Gaia Cauchi, and taking part once more in 2014 with "Diamonds" performed by Federica Falzon.  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 2015 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Source: tvm.com.mt You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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SHSC 15: Changes in Final List of Participating Entries

On Sunday 14th June, it was revealed by the producers of the Summer Hit Song Contest (#summerhit2015) that four entries had to be withdrawn from the competition due to other commitments during the recording dates. As a result, it was announced that another four (4) entries would be brought into the frame, keeping in mind the original result of the jury. On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to wish Cherylis ("Unbreakable") Marilena Gauci ("Hurricane"), Simaria Galea ("Freedom"), and Sarah Crystal ("If I Only Knew") the very best of luck, whilst welcoming first time finalists Dorcas ("Our Last Goodbye") Jurgen Xerri ("Perfect"), Ryan Axisa ("C'est Moi") and returning finalist Dayle Camilleri ("Why?"). This year, a record number of 89 submissions were sent in for the Summer Hit Song Contest, with a professional panel of judges first whittling them down to 30, before eventually making the final selection, thus eliminating a total of 10 songs, all of which were deemed to be possible qualifiers. The idea of bringing in two songs from the reserve list continues to show the strength of submissions for this year's edition of the local music competition. In a statement to this portal, Deo Grech stated that 'another successful edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest' is on the agenda with a mixture of new, and established artists, all seeking the main prizes. Amour (Philip Vella) - Danica Muscat Astronaut (Marco Debono / Rita Pace) - Maria Cassar Bandwagon (Pamela Bezzina / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Sarah Bonnici Bounce Back (Renato Briffa / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Michela Galea C'est Moi (Alexander Leu / Ryan Axisa / Nikos Sofis) - Ryan Axisa Dangerous (Elton Zarb / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca) - Jillianne Camilleri Do It Better (Rita Pace) - Rita Pace Eclipse (Andrew Zammit / Rita Pace) - Ana-Maria Grima Escape (Carlo Gerada / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca) - Stefan Galea Feel (Joe George Micallef) - Odessa Guess What? (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri) - Christian Arding Lessons in Love (Ray Agius / Rita Pace) - Dario Mifsud Bonnici Lucky Me (Kaya / Rita Pace) - Graziella Vella One of a Kind (Andrew Zahra / Rita Pace) - Michela Dalli Our Last Goodbye (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) - Dorcas Debono Perfect (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) - Jurgen Xerri Remember (Yann Charpentier / Emilio Martinez Verdejo / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Marie Claire Shattered Dreams (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri) - Annalise Psaila Summer Time (Marco Debono / Doris Chetcuti) - Kurt Cassar  Tabula Rasa (Augusto Cardinali / Giovann Attard) - Julie Pomorski Why? (Kurt Aquilina / Alison Ellul) - Dayle Camilleri In support of the local music scene, and the festival circuit, escflashmalta.com will be interviewing all of the acts competing in the 2015 edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest over the next couple of weeks and months, following the aftermath of the Eurovision Song Contest. We kindly urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest. Source: F Living You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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EYD 2017: EBU Selects Malta as Host Nation

Malta: Four Triumphant in USSN Final on Sky Italia

MJESC 15: PBS Reveals Names of the 20 Finalists

SHSC 15: Changes in Final List of Participating Entries

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