18 November 2017

1944” sung by Jamala on behalf of Ukraine, 2nd with both the Jury and the Public Vote has been declared winner of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest with a record 534 points. Dealing with the deportation of the Crimean Tatars back in the 1940, the female singer/songwriter was inspired by the story of her great-grandmother who was deported to Central Asia.

Wearing a lilac dress, Jamala swept to victory with stunning vocals, showing that simplicity could sometimes be key in reaching a desired result. Well Done Ukraine! In 2nd place was Australia, and in 3rd place was Russia, the latter being the winner of the Public Vote and the former being the winner of the Jury.

Malta’s representative Ira Losco who sang her heart out on the song “Walk on Water” finished in 11th place, receiving a lone ‘douze points’ from Montenegro. Despite the mid-table result, we would like to congratulate Ira Losco for a spectacular performance on her drum and bass song, also applauding the hard working delegation. It is worth noting that she had initially finished in 4th place with the Jury but languished behind in the public vote ranking in 22nd place. In the semi-final, Malta did extremely well finishing in 3rd place, just behind Russia and Armenia.

We would also like to thanks our #guest commentators: Karen DeBattista, Claudia Faniello, Brooke Borg, Janice DeBattista, Franklin Calleja and Julie Pomorski for their support. Thank You for joining our coverage. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest and the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.

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#WoW! It is the day of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest final, and one can definitely feel a sense of excitement in Malta, as the small Mediterranean country is through to the final after a 1-year absence.

Represented by female singer/songwriter Ira Losco with “Walk on Water”, a song she co-wrote alongside Tobias Lundgren, Tim Larsson, Molly Pettersson Hammar and Lisa Desmond, Malta will perform in slot #22 in a strong 26 participant family which will open with Belgium and close with Armenia, as had been previously published.

Once more Ira Losco put on a spectacular performance during both dress rehearsals prior to this evenings’ show noting that the professional juries in all of this year’s competing countries passed their judgement last night. It is now up to the viewers who will assess the performances based on what comes on this evening.

On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to wish Ira Losco all the very best of luck for this evening, pointing out that whatever the result, the hard work and commitment has definitely shined through.

In the meantime, we encourage you all to follow the minute-by-minute #live commentary on escflashmalta.com through Facebook and Twitter which will feature female singer/songwriter Julie Pomorski, winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2005 as well as Frankln Calleja, the 2nd runner-up at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

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In just over 24 hours, the Grand Final of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place with 26 participants; 10 from the 1st semi-final, 10 from the 2nd semi-final, the 'Big 5' and the 'host country' all vying for the trophy, and the chance to host the international spectacle next year.

Following the aftermath of the Thursday show, the production team of the competition led by SVT sat down with the EBU and created a running order based on the halves that they drew at the post show press conference.

As a matter of fact, the proposed draw was unanimously approved by the EBU Executive Supervisor, Jon Ola Sand and the Chairman of the Reference Group, Dr. Frank-Dieter. This year's final will be taking place at the Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden and will be hosted by Mans Zelmerlow and Petra Mede, who have led the two semi-finals successfully.

01. Belgium

02. Czech Republic

03. The Netherlands

04. Azerbaijan

05. Hungary

06. Italy

07. Israel

08. Bulgaria

09. Sweden

10. Germany

11. France

12. Poland

13. Australia

14. Cyprus

15. Serbia

16. Lithuania

17. Croatia

18. Russia

19. Spain

20. Latvia

21. Ukraine

22. Malta

23. Georgia

24. Austria

25. United Kingdom

26. Armenia

On behalf of the escflashmalta.com, we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for following the minute-by-minute commentary on Facebook and Twitter, led by Claudia Faniello and Karen DeBattista during the 1st semi-final, and by Janice Debattista and Brooke Borg during the 2nd semi-final. In the final, it will be conducted by Julie Pomorski and Franklin Calleja.

We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news about Malta's participation in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, led by singer/songwriter Ira Losco who will be performing "Walk on Water", co-written alongside Tim Larsson, Tobias Lundgren, Molly Pettersson Hammar and Lisa Desmond  in slot #22.

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Malta returns to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest after a 1 year absence with Ira Losco giving a spectacular performance of “Walk on Water”, an original song which she co-wrote alongside Molly Pettersson-Hammar, Tobias Lundgren, Tim Larsson and Lisa Desmond. Revealed as the 10th qualifier with seconds to go before the closing of the show, it was truly a nerve wrecking experience for the Maltese delegation, and the fans at home and in the arena.

In the Press Conference following the 1st semi-final, Ira drew her starting position half, and Malta will once more be singing towards the end of the 26 participant show, with ten of those being qualifiers revealed tonight including: Azerbaijan, Russia, The Netherlands, Hungary, Croatia, Austria, Armenia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, and of course Malta. There were some gasps in the audience when Iceland and Estonia failed to get through to the next phase.

During the course of the evening, escflashmalta.com through Facebook and Twitter ran a minute-by-minute #live commentary featuring Claudia Faniello and Karen DeBattista, whom we would like to publicly thank for their ongoing support. Make sure to join in on Thursday as the baton is handed to Janice DeBattista and Brooke. On behalf of the escflashmalta.com, we would like to congratulate Ira Losco and her behind-the-scenes team for their hard work and dedication. Stay tuned for all the latest news.

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Less than 24 hours to go until the 1st semi-final of the 61st Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place in Stockholm, the capital city of Sweden. Ira Losco, the female singer/songwriter, chosen as Malta’s ambassador has just finished her second rehearsal of “Walk on Water”, the drum and bass song which she co-wrote alongside Tim Larsson, Tobias Lundgren, Lisa Desmond and Molly Pettersson Hammar.

Looking absolutely radiant, Ira Losco commanded the stage with ease, while clad in a black ensemble, which has beautiful gold embroidery at the top. The female singer/songwriter seems to be in her element, and is clearly enjoying her time on stage. In some subtle tweaks, her male on stage companion, a dancer comes on slightly later in the song to give the song that added modern twist.

The lead vocals were faultless, clearly the best that Ira has sounded all week, and her choir, found offstage comprising of: Pamela, Anna, Molly and Lars were spot on, doing their bit in perfect harmony and unison. Those who enjoy a good visual performance, look out for that ‘water’ element in the song, because it is ever so present. Again, this was a stunning run of the song.

Just a quick reminder that during the 1st semi-final, escflashmalta.com through Facebook and Twitter will be running a #Live commentary by Karen DeBattista and Claudia Faniello, two female artists who have been Malta Eurovision Song Contest finalists in the past. Stay tuned for all the latest news about Malta’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

Source: Andreas Putting (EBU)

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Ira Losco, chosen by a panel of professional judges, as well as the general public as Malta’s representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, has been the main recipient of the coverage encompass the international spectacle in the past couple of days and weeks. As the event nears closer, we are proud to continue a distinguished time honoured tradition in inviting a number of artists from the local music industry to share their views and opinions about the competing entries on each of the 3 evenings.

 

During the 1st semi-final, we are proud to welcome: Karen DeBattista, a finalist in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with “12, Baker Street”, written by Jan Van Dijck and Emil Calleja Bayliss and also winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2014 with “Jien Ma Naħdimx”, written by Mark Scicluna and Rita Pace and Claudia Faniello, a two-time 1st runner-up in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, the first time being in 2008 with “Caravaggio”, a Ray Agius and Godwin Sant composition and the second time being in 2012 with “Pure”, written by Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg.

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During the 2nd semi-final, we have enlisted the services of: Janice DeBattista, a finalist in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2013 with “Perfect Day”, co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat as well as a lead vocalist in the Christian Rock Band, Salt and Brooke Borg, a female singer/songwriter whose return to Malta in the past couple of months saw her finish 2nd in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with “Golden”, a song co-written by Aidan O’Connor, Christian Schneider and Sara Biglert.

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For the grand finale, we have enlisted two individuals who are larger than life. Julie Pomorski, a female singer/songwriter who reached the Malta Eurovision Song Contest stage back in 2007, apart from emerging triumphant in L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2005, and the Summer Hit Song Contest 2015 and Franklin Calleja, a 4-time Malta Eurovision Song Contest finalist who reached 3rd place earlier this year with the song “Little Love”, written by Cyprian Cassar and Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca.

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Please note that the guest commentary will be taking place on the Official Facebook and Twitter Pages of escflashmalta.com on the 10th, 12th and 14th May 2016. We would like to take this opportunity to wish Ira Losco all the very best of luck in Stockholm whilst thank the special team of guest commentators for accepting their role.

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On Friday 6th May, each of the participants competing in the 1st semi-final took to the stage once more for a second run through of rehearsals. Ira Losco coming on last in the running oozed charm and confidence, giving an excellent rendition of “Walk on Water”, the pulsing drum and bass song she co-wrote with Tobias Lundgren, Tim Larsson, Lisa Desmond and Molly Pettersson Hammar.

A number of changes have been implemented for the second rehearsal, the first being a change in attire, opting out of the large coat of projections, and instead choosing a much more suitable formal ensemble, with a sparkly top and a dark skirt. Ira is much more visibly comfortable on stage, which she shares with Skorpion, who clad in a grey outfit, is dancing sporadically.

Once more, the lead vocals were spot-on and the off-screen team of backing vocalists made up of: Pamela, Anna, Molly and Lars created a sound which brings everything together. Some other minor changes which were implemented in the visuals of the performance are the blue swirls which have now become proper water, and also the addition of smoke.

#WoW! This was an excellent rehearsal, an everything seems to be falling in place for Malta. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Malta’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

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In her first run through of rehearsals, Ira Losco ripped the Globen Arena to shreds, giving a self-assured account of herself on all fronts, ascertaining that “Walk on Water” lives up to the expectation of saving the best for last. Co-written by Tobias Lundgren, Tim Larsson, Lisa Desmond, Molly Pettersson Hammar and Ira Losco, this is a song which a pulsing drum and bass sound which requires nothing more other than that special touch.

Clad in a rather long dress merging brown and gold as base colours, it depicts images on it, confirmed what the female singer/songwriter had stated earlier on in the day, that technology will be one of the special elements on stage during the performance. It seems that we also got a glimpse of the outfit, noting that Ira Losco walked out onto the stage wearing an extremely large dress, which depicts 3D technology, and which she removed with the help of Skorpion, the male dancer mid-way through the song.

The lead vocals were spot-on and the off-screen team of backing vocalists made up of: Pamela, Anna, Molly and Lars made the song all the more pleasant, making sure that everything comes together. Other elements of the stage performance for Malta, include the female singer/songwriter walking down the catwalk, something which many will remember having done back in 2002, and also having several overhead shots which show off the stage theme for Malta, that encompassing water.

This was a stunning first rehearsal, leading to shortening odds for Malta, now 5th and just behind Russia, France, Sweden and Australia. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Malta's participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

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Thursday, 14 April 2016 01:48

Malta: Revealing the On Stage Team for #WoW

At the moment Ira Losco is extensively touring Europe attending one preview party to another in a bid to promote "Walk on Water", the original song which she co-wrote with Tim Larsson, Lisa Desmond, Molly Pettersson-Hammar and Tobias Lundgren, which she will present on behalf of Malta during the 1st semi-final on the 10th May 2016.

Although surprise is a key-element in the presentation, certain details about the on-stage team have already been made public with Skorpion, a renowned male dancer who has accompanied Kylie Minogue, Taylor Swift and Madonna chosen to choreograph and Anna Azzopardi and Pamela Bezzina picked as backing vocalists.

This will not be the first time that either of the two ladies have gone to the Eurovision Song Contest as a backing vocalist, noting that Anna had previously accompanied Lynn Chircop during "To Dream Again" back in 2003, and Pamela had been on stage with Thea Garrett and "My Dream" in 2010 as well as Glen Vella and "One Life" in 2011.

It is well worth pointing out that Pamela was also the vocal coach for Firelight in 2014, and Amber in 2015. She will be taking on the dual role at this years' international music competition. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place in Stockholm, Sweden.

Source: Ira Losco (Official Facebook Page)

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Earlier today, the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) revealed that following discussions with three major international record labels, Warner Music Sweden has been chosen to release “Walk on Water” on all major digital platforms such as iTunes, Deezer, Spotify and Amazon.

“We are thrilled to be releasing Ira’s song worldwide’, said Robert Skowronski, A&R and Product Manager at Warner Music Sweden, adding that “Ira is an exceptional singer, and we think this is a very strong song not only for Eurovision but also for commercial release. We look forward to working with her over the next months and of course to her visiting Stockholm for Eurovision itself”.

Malta’s entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, co-written by Lisa Desmond, Tim Larsson, Tobias Lundgren, Molly Pettersson-Hammar and Ira Losco, the latter also being the lead vocalist as chosen by a professional panel of judges, and also the public, will be competing in the second half of the 1st semi-final on the 10th May.

Ira Losco is currently on a 3-country promotional tour which will take her through Latvia & Russia for massive pre-party gatherings which also feature a number of participants from the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 as well as Armenia, where she will be appearing on a number of talk-shows, and also doing a press conference or two. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news. 

Source: PBS / TVM / Allen Venables

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