18 December 2017

er the past week, the Maltese team in Tbilisi have been on a full schedule of rehearsals, excursions and media activity before the live show on Sunday. As is the case with all of the sixteen participating countries at Junior Eurovision, Malta's participant Gianluca Cilia took to the stage for two rehearsals earlier in the week, followed by two dress rehearsals - one of which was watched by the juries across Europe, counting for 50% of the final vote.

10 year old Gianluca is accompanied on stage by dancers Daya, Desmea, Yana, Jasmin and Annika - who are a prominent feature during his energetic performance, choreographed by Annalise Ellul. The number is heavily inspired by the song's music video, which is featured within TV-screens on the LED wall at the back of the stage. On screen, the beginning of the song starts with an effective monochome filter to give the performance a retro feel, which returns to full colour as the chorus kicks in. 

During the first rehearsal, the Maltese team used the time wisely to get used to the stage and to test out different ideas in terms of camera angles and lights - which were reviewed in the "viewing room" (where each delegation can give feedback on the direction of their performance) after the rehearsal. By the time the second rehearsal came around a few days later, Gianluca's performance was looking slick and professional.  

Judging by the reactions within the press areas, the Maltese song was impressing almost everyone. Some press members noted that Gianluca is oozing charm on stage, whilst others said that the performance is eye-catching and that it is performed with great ease. During the dress rehearsal which the juries will watch, the performance also received the best reaction from the press area. 

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This year's Junior Eurovision Song Contest takes place on Sunday, November 26 at 16:00 local time. The show can be followed live at this time on TVM or junioreurovision.tv. This year, 50% of the final result will be determined by the result of an online vote at www.jesc.tv - you can cast your vote from 18:00 on Friday right up until 15:59 on Sunday, as well as during the live show after all countries have performed. 

Source: ESCFlashmalta.com Team

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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.

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According to Newsbook.com.mt and escXtra, Gianluca, otherwise known as Malta's singing doctor, will be making a surprise return to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. It has been just over a year since 'Tomorrow', a track co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat, finished in 8th place following a charming performance which set the stage alight.

escflashmalta.com is proud to confirm that the submission has taken place under the name 'L-Aħwa', in direct reference to his siblings noting that he does not intend to give it a second shot alone. The yet-unknown entry is written by a foreign team of songwriters, who have had ample success at the Eurovision Song Contest in recent years. The Public Broadcasting Services will reveal the names of the qualifiers and their entries through Xarabank on the 3rd October 2014. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

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On the 27th September, Rockestra in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund will be returning for a sixth consecutive year, this time under the patronage of Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, 9th President of Malta. What is different about 2014 is that there was a public call for artists who wanted to be a part of the spectacle, a call which in turn led to 118 submissions, all of which were heard by a professional panel of judges and shortlisted to represent the best possible talent that Malta is proud to offer.

Rockestra, a spectacular event which encourages the general public to donate money to a charitable cause whilst listening to live music played by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Sigmund Mifsud will offer a stunning line-up with artists such as; Franklin Calleja (MESC 13, 14), Raquela (MESC 09, 11, 13), Tiziana Calleja (MESC 10), Paul Borg Bonaci, Francesca Borg (MESC 12), Daniel Cauchi, Konrad Pule (MESC 00, 03, 07, 13), Gianluca (ESC 13), Matthew James Borg, Justin Galea, Ivan Filletti, Gianni (MESC 00, 12, 13), Simaria Galea, Lara Dimech, De Bee (MESC 14) and Brooke Borg.

Tickets for the Rockestra are available at €10 (standing) and €15 (seated) although the latter are almost completely sold out except a couple here and there. You may purchase yours through Ooii and thus ensure the experience of a lifetime, or rather a year. Rockestra is taking place at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre. We hope that you stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music scene.

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Rumours are spreading like a wild fire that Ira Losco and Gianluca Bezzina would be submitting an entry into the next edition of the Malta Eurovision. Both singers were contacted by newsbook.com.mt about these rumours but they did not answer the big question but one would say that both their answers will give way for even more speculation. Ira Losco answered that she always thought that as long as she has a song she believes in and reflects her as an artist, she would not refuse to take part but whether this will happen is another story. On the other hand, Gianluca refused to comment for the time being.

It is important to note, that rumours have been circulating after they both hosted the Malta Eurovision successfully earlier this year and there they presented a number of duets that left the audience in awe. A number of Maltese enthusiasts and also foreign enthusiasts could not help but suggest that the duo should join forces and try representing Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest. The idea in itself is genial both artists are popular in Malta and they are also well know with the Eurovision crowd with Ira Losco securing second place in 2002 and Gianluca securing eighth place in 2013. 

What fuelled the rumours even more was the change in the regulations which stated that the only artist who cannot represent Malta in next year’s contest is the band Firelight, all the others can try their luck once more. This regulation has been amended as up until last year it stated that the artists who represented Malta in the last five years cannot represent the country. So, with this change, the dream of many can actually be realized but one may say that if this happens, the dream of all the other artists who can actually represent the country will be put on hold for at least another year as no one sees the duo missing out.

With all this said, one would ask one simple question. If both artists are interested why is PBS holding a selection? Well this is a song competition and no matter who sings it, the best song should win. If this principal is applied than there would be no problems in terms of the popularity of the artists, especially baring in mind that the public say is rather limited and in any case of ties, they will be resolved by the jurors’ votes. So even, if Gianluca and Ira Losco go in for the competition they need to present a strong entry and compete with all the others artists who have the same exact goal. Their popularity would help them sweep the public vote, but as we saw in 2014, it was not enough for Jessika’s entry ‘Hypnotica’ or Kevin Borg’s entry “Needing You” the year before.

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Yet, the regulations also state that the winning song can actually change and the winning team can be asked to write a different song. This might question the validity of the contest as a number of people commented whether this will be a song festival or a singer’s festival but one must note that since they are all competing with original song, the best song should triumph at the end. PBS put that clause to make sure that the country is represented in the best way possible abroad and hopefully we will slowly work towards achieving a win at this prestigious event which is followed by millions around the world! 

In Malta, this is the biggest platform for all local artists and stopping the selection would mean you are not giving a chance for new talent to brew and showcase itself. On the other hand, all the artists and teams behind the respective songs pay a lot of money to even submit a song, and continue spending more money if they reach the finals so one expects everyone to have the same chance to win the contest. So it is very important to remember that this is not a popularity contest but a SONG contest. The public response and feedback for all the artists is more than enough to be part of the showcase but ultimately winning would surely be rewarding.

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The applications for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest will close on the 29th of August and the competition will take place in November, two months earlier to what the Maltese crowd is used to. In fact this was a bit of a shock for all the people interested in participating because this meant they needed to start working and finding studios which are available surely proved to be a nightmare for all those interested as no one had foreseen such an eventuality. 

The editorial team of escflashmalta.com would like to wish the best of luck to all the artists, composers and authors interested in submitting a song. May the best product triumph and represent Malta successfully at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates.

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"Picture" co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat, is the latest single by male vocalist Gianluca, whom many will recall as to having represented Malta in the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track "Tomorrow". It marks the fourth release off his debut album "Waiting for Tomorrow" released by Albam Records, an imprint of Sony ATV United Kingdom.

Gianluca was a surprise winner of the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, fending off strong competition from favourite Kevin Borg, whose reputation in Sweden had been solidified following his victory in the reality show "Idol" a couple of years back. The promotion of the single is being supported by a music video, one shot by MCAST students with Fabrizio Fenech acting as Director and Michael Grech being the producer. 

The storyline of the music video, which you may watch below, is relatively easy to follow and as a result of the new single, we hope that you purchase a copy of Gianluca's debut album "Waiting for Tomorrow", a true gem. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

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Malta, filled to the brim with talent has produced some scintillating collaborations along the years, but none of them will match up to the expectation of an upcoming combination featuring Gianluca and Davinia. The renowned vocalists, who competed against each other in the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with "Tomorrow", co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat, and "Betrayed" composed by Elton Zarb to the lyrics of Matthew Mercieca, are joining forces on a brand new radio single.

As stated above, collaborations could very much scintillating if given time and dedication, hence why the creative process is currently in full swing. Elton Zarb of Freetime Productions will be responsible for the music, whilst Matthew Mercieca will be responsible for the lyrics. This is a project initiated by Davinia, currently at number #9 on Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D, having been as high up as number #3 with her latest single "Ouch!" It is worth keeping in mind that Gianluca represented Malta in the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, achieving the nation's best result in 8 years by finishing in 8th place. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

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Lyndsay, fresh off the release of her eighth single, "Letter 25", a collaboration with Lulu Agius, had the pleasure to meet me for a chat in recent weeks, for a special feature interview for The Sunday Times of Malta. It was revealed that Lyndsay is currently flirting with the idea of entering the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2015, should the competition still exist, denoting the recent rumours going round that an internal selection is a possibility.

Speaking highly with regards to the production of both the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, as well as the song quality in recent years, Lyndsay states 'never say never as they say, although I am very much tempted, having had loads of fun as a backing vocalist to both Ally and Klinsmann when they competed', in direct reference to her participation in 2011 and 2013, joining the entourage of "Numb" and "The Remedy".

The female singer/songwriter went onto add that the boundaries between the competition and radio airplay have almost been brought down completely, quickly pointing out the success of Kurt Calleja with "This Is The Night" in 2012, and Gianluca with "Tomorrow" in 2013. "As an artist, I think it was pretty unfair to see fellow friends of mine face difficulties in getting their songs played on the radio knowing the amount of time and work which goes into creating a song". 

Lyndsay and Lulu will be unveiling the official music video accompaying "Letter 25", a co-write between Lyndsay, Lulu and Boris Cezek, during an acoustic session at The Villa in St Julians. The entrance to the event is free of charge, and we are sure that you will have a splendid time in a beautiful atmosphere. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: The Sunday Times of Malta

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Gianluca, Malta's representative in the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat, has been through a whirlwind year which has seen his profile rise considerably following his eighth place finish. Earlier this week, he used his charisma and stage presence to join his family members; Vincienne Bezzina, Paul Bezzina, Dorothy Bezzina, Samaria Bezzina, Francesca Bezzina, Joseph Bezzina, Paul Bezzina, Jonathan Mallett and Mariele Zammit amongst others to commemorate the memory of Gaetano Kanta, his grandfather.

Held as the Salesian Theatre in the town of Sliema, the event organised in collaboration with L-Għaqda tal-Malti - Università as well the European Commission in Brussels, was fully booked in just a matter of days. Due to previous engagements, the editorial team of escflashmalta.com was there just ten (10) minutes before the start of the show and almost did not find seats, but thankfully, there were still a couple left in the balcony. It was truly an evening to remember with the most infectious songs given life by group performances. 

Whilst Gianluca, Dorothy, Samaria, and Mariele all had the opportunity to showcase their talent throughout the years, the upcoming stars of the family are seemingly Francesca and Paul whose voices are impeccably well trained for either radio or competitions. The Bezzina family does have a tendency to impress and as soon as one uncovers an ounce of talent, it seems that they would be more than meets the eye. The unmistakable talent of their grandfather, Gaetano Kanta, a pioneer in the lyrical art of Maltese is clearly seen in each and every one of his grandchildren.

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Light Me Up, co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals by Gianluca, Malta's representative in the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, is making strides in the local music industry having managed to peak at number #2 on Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D which airs weekly on 89.7 Bay. Upon returning from the Eurovision Song Contest, Gianluca had released his debut studio album Waiting for Tomorrow which managed to reach the top ten albums chart on iTunes.

Earlier this year, Gianluca was given the opportunity to co-host the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with Moira Delia and Ira Losco, the latter also being a former representative, having represented the country at the 2002 edition with the song 7th Wonder written by Gerard James Borg, co-writer of the Russian entry, Shine. The fan media see him as the ideal candidate to host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest come November. The male and female vocalists performed a series of duets, the most notable one being of Let Her Go by Passenger. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: 89.7 Bay

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