18 December 2017

With a population of just over 33,000 – San Marino has always had a hard time to find an act to represent them at the Eurovision Song Contest. All the songs which they took part with have been produced internationally – and from eight participations in the contest, only three performers from the tiny microstate have taken to the Eurovision stage as lead performers. With this in mind, it is no surprise that San Marino RTV, in collaboration with UK company “Raff Raff Ltd.” have launched their search to find the so called “Internet candidate” for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest – set to be held next May in Lisbon, Portugal. 

The aptly named contest “1 in 360” (1in360.com) invited performers from all corners of the world to take part in the Sammarinese selection process. To be in contention, interested persons were invited between October and November to be in contention for the process. A reported 1000 entries were received from approximately 80 countries – nineteen of those entries came from Maltese singers. 

From the entries received, ten of them will make it to the live shows of the competition - set to take place between January and February next year. One of the final ten spots will be reserved for a Sammarinese artist, another will be selected from the vote of OGAE clubs across Europe, whilst the third will be given to the performer with the most “hearts” on the 1in360 online platform. The remaining seven spots will be chosen by the 1in360 organising team, in consultation with San Marino RTV. 

Right now at the time of writing, the voting window is open to determine the candidate with the most votes on the 1in360 website – who will gain a spot in the final ten for the San Marino selection. Voting in this stage is open until midnight on December 10th. Below we introduce the Maltese candidates for the selection – to vote for them, click on their names and click the love heart in the top left corner of the screen. 

Dario & Grecia Bezzina

Gail Attard

Nicole Azzopardi 

Jessika

Franklin Calleja

Dario Mifsud Bonnici

Dominic Cini

Lyndsay Pace

Victoria Sciberras

Maria Cassar

Sebastian Calleja

Ozzy Lino

Clinton Paul 

Malcolm Pisani

Kieran Richard Wilson

Kyle Zarb

Dan Muscat

Mark Anthony Bartolo

Aleandro Pace Tahir

Jamie Sghendo

The final line-up for the San Marino Eurovision selection is expected to be determined by the end of the year. Whether or not a Maltese performer will be part of the lineup remains to be seen – but if this did happen, it would not be the first time that a Maltese artist was part of the Eurovision selection in another country; back in 2007, sisters Natasha and Charlene made it to the Bulgarian selection with the song “Open Your Eyes”. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. 

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In 2010, Malta was represented at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest by Nicole Azzopardi and her entry Knock, Knock! ... Boom! Boom! achieving a mid-table finish. From then onwards, the Mediterrean nation ceased to participate although the Public Broadcasting Services is possibly negotiating a return with the European Broadcasting Services according to multiple sources. In this weeks' edition of the programme Radio International hosted by Juergen Boernig, Nicole Azzopardi will be singing to the tunes of several known entries from the Eurovision Song Contest including Only Teardrops, winning entry of the 2013 edition.

Next year, Nicole is eligible to submit an original entry for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest as she officially turns sixteen but nevertheless, everyone knows that artists would be most likely sitting for exams during that period and thus participation would be difficult. Earlier this year, Nicole took to the stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest as a backing vocalist with Davinia whose entry Betrayed composed by Elton Zarb to the lyrics of Matt Mercieca finished in third place. At this point in time, Nicole is also playing a character in the popular television series; D.R.E.A.M.S which airs on Television Malta, a project which escflashmalta.com has fully supported since it's inception. Stay tuned for all of the latest news.

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The Public Broadcasting Services are highlighting every inch of detail to make sure that this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is even better than the past two years in which the current administration decided to revamp the process by virtue of bringing in a more professional setup. Guests have always been an intriguing element of the showcase and there are rumours floating about with regards to who will ultimately becoming a part of the show but the focus here is with the participants themselves noting that the twenty four semi-finals will be having a number of additional individuals in the wings, taking care of vocal roles within the respective tracks. We have been in touch with a number of performers and their respective managements and learned some intriguing names will ultimately be seen despite not entering the semi-final stage of this years' competition. escflashmalta.com is exclusively bringing you a list of the names unveiled.

Kicking off things with the respective announcements was none other than Davinia who will be closing the semi-final at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with her entry Betrayed composed by Elton Zarb and penned by Muxu. She will be joined on stage by three backing vocalists which include; Rachael Tedesco Triccas and Jade Cini from the hit series D.R.E.A.M.S who will also be opening the showcase as well as former Junior Eurovision Song Contest representative; Nicole Azzopardi who is seemingly eyeing a possible entry in the next couple of years. The second performer is none other than Danica Muscat who will be performing the song Fantasy composed by Paul Abela and penned by Joe Julian Farrugia and will be joined by a fleet of people which feature Claire Mercieca, Chrissy Warrington, Jody Magri, as well as former Malta Eurovision Song Contest finalists; Dario Mifsud Bonnici and Benjamin Darmanin.

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It was revealed yesterday that a request had also been made by Kevin Borg to have former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Glen Vella join the backing vocalists but due to his recent participation, this was not accepted and thus Glen will be taking care of a team of unknown backing vocalists which is rumoured to have several members of the Animae Gospel Choir which Glen and Pamela created a couple of years back. In an exclusive announcement, we are proud to reveal that former Malta Song for Europe finalist; Fiona Cauchi will be present within the team of Claudia Faniello who will be presenting the track When It's Time co-written between the performer and Errol Sammut, lead vocalist of Airport Impressions. The full team of this entry will be unveiled in due course on her Official Facebook Page. In a revelation made today on social networking website; Facebook it seems that Dorothy Bezzina of the song Starting from the End written by Magnus Kaxe and Gerard James Borg will be joined by upcoming artist; Martina Farrugia.

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Two of the most intriguing performers in this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest are definitely Chris Grech with the track Never Walk Away co-written by Matthew James Borg, Peter Borg and David Cassar Torreggiani and Melanie Zammit with the song Loverdose co-written between Maria & Niclas Lundin and Gerard James Borg. They have both spoken to us and told us of the people that will be joining them on stage with the male artist bringing about one of his composers; Matthew James Borg of Red Electrick fame on stage alongside the upcoming Cheryl Balzan with the female on the other hand bringing two newcomers in the vein of Ann Gauci and Gabriella Azzopardi alongside Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and Malta Hit Song Contest finalist; Talitha Dimech. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the exclusive news as soon as it becomes available for publishing.

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Wednesday, 19 December 2012 15:45

Malta: Another Episode of Intrigue Tonight

December is a time for peace, love and prosperity apart from the surge in economy due to the fact that it has been coined as a season for gift buying whilst tunes in accordance to Christmas are blaring within every department store. Nevertheless, at the end of the evening marks a time of relaxation, pleasure and a hot cut of tea preferably lying down on a bed or a sofa and wrapped up in a blanket. Television offers the warmth that one would enjoy pleasantly and on a Wednesday evening, Television Malta has the perfect programme; D.R.E.A.M.S, the weekly musical drama series which has captured the hearts of the younger demographic because it represents elements of real life, somewhat at a point where one doesn't realise that this is actually happening on television. 

Another week has passed and it has been quite an intriguing week noting that the focus continues on the semi-finalists of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest but nevertheless, the issue at hand, this evenings' episode of D.R.E.A.M.S will be focusing a lot on the storyline of Patsy May (Analise Mifsud) in order for the viewers to realise what happened in the past couple of months within her respective life due to the breakup with Maria Sultana (Marie-Clare Sammut) who was still not confident enough of her sexuality to pursue anything too serious and in the eyes of her schoolmates. Nevertheless, Tiffany (Kristen Camilleri) is facing some issues of her own at home noting that she catches her father, Richard (Michael Mock) going out in a sneaky manner and thus wonders whether he has a plan. On the other hand, the focus of the story will be alternating this evening considering that Jasmine (Rachael Tedesco Triccas) will have more problems to deal with but not with her illness, something else which is as detrimental in her persona life. The brand new President of the School Council, Alex (Luke Brincat) takes on his role and prepares a surprise for Jade (Rachel Genovese) but will it be a negative or a positive one? More issues regarding the students with Chloe (Michela Dalli) and Lara (Petra Bugeja) insisting that they visit Amber (Celine Cuschieri) at home but will this be a good idea in the end? There will be several issues to be dealt with during this episode so make sure to watch as of 20:40 CET on Television Malta. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com in the meantime as we continue to promote the series as it unravels.

Source: Rewind Productions, Evelyn Saliba La Rosa, Michael Vella Haber

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Wednesday, 12 December 2012 00:15

Malta: Musical Drama Returns This Evening

Patience has indeed been the virtue of many individuals in the past couple of months especially due to the fact that despite the summer months bring about peace, relaxation and frivolous moments, it is known to be a deadpan when it comes to television with most of the notable prime-time series slots that are aired during the autumn and winter months going into hiatus as more filming is completed prior to a return. This has been the case with the popular musical drama series known as D.R.E.A.M.S which has been worked upon by Rewind Productions having a script written by Evelyn Saliba La Rosa and Michael Vella Haber who also pen the lyrics to the original songs which are composed by Maestro Ray Agius and aired weekly as per the requisites of the episode. Another week has gone by and the fans of the series unfortunately had to wait slightly longer for the ninth episode as current affairs took over the national broadcaster but nevertheless, make sure to tune in this evening at 20:40 CET because it has been well worth the wait.

In the previous episode, the focus seemed to be on the election which was hotly contested by a series of candidates including Jade Vella Petroni (Rachel Genovese), Chloe Stafrace (Michela Dalli), Philip Roger Triganza III (Damian Buhagiar), and Lenny (Daniel Testa) but there was a surprise winner, someone completely unexpected in the form of Alex (Luke Brincat) who seems to have made far more enemies than friends by virtue of winning the election. There is something fishy about him that does not really bode well and it will be known in time. Nevertheless, the focus quickly turns to the several storylines in this episode with Hilda (Evelyn Saliba La Rosa) visited by Sally (Nicole Azzopardi), her daughter with a friend, someone completely unexpected, but who? Will she ultimately send them away or will she accept their visit as a means of reconciliation? In the meantime, Emma (Kayleigh Cassar) seems to be having some issues, thinking that her imaginary friend might have returned. She decides on her own will to visit Stephanie (Chelsea Refalo) for a favour, or a heart to heart chat. The problems between Robert (Andre Penza) and Gloria (Joanne Busuttil) continue to grow and it seems that there are heading for disaster. Tune into Television Malta this evening for yet another episode of intrigue of D.R.E.A.M.S where the story keeps on getting deeper. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news about the musical drama series.

Source: Rewind Productions

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Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:20

Malta: Let the Revelations Continue This Evening

During the summer months, there had been a growing sense of impatience between fans of the series who have once more become inclined to know the latest about every particular character with many even asking what happened to others who might have not been seen in recent weeks but in actuality, things unfold at a relatively normal pace had it been everyday life and that is why patience becomes an extremely important virtue. Writing becomes part of a person rather than a daily chore and this is surely the case when it comes to the individuals behind the weekly music drama series, with Evelyn Saliba La Rosa and Michael Vella Haber working in unison to create something which teenagers could ultimately relate to within their daily lives. It is imperative that television is seen as a means of how to get particular messages across and being shown on the national television station is definitely a positive. Rewind Productions will be hosting their eight episode of the second season of the music drama D.R.E.A.M.S this evening on Television Malta just after the eight o'clock news.

It has been noted that the present could easily be a reflection of the present and this is surely the case within the storyline that involves the supposed love triangle that involves Robert (Andre Penza), Sue (Ruth Sammut Casingena), Cynthia (Stephanie Attard Vella), Gloria (Joanne Busuttil) and Edward (Manuel Cutajar). It seems that Sue is in some manner trying to rekindle her emotions towards Robert who confronts her and tries to have a conversation with her with the details somewhat mysterious but just as this was set to go further, they are easily interrupted by Cynthia who stops by for a surprise visit. Back to the sixth form, it seems that things are heating up on several levels, the first with Saidah (Drizilla Bakoush) and Keith (Leander John Schembri) who have now officially went out on a date and have learned several things but ultimately, were her friends right about him and how will his character evolve within the general storyline? That is yet to be scene but focus in this episode will be on the day of the election with Chloe (Michela Dalli) and Jade (Rachel Genovese) going head to head against each other. There is clear rivalry going on between them but will one of them win or will there be yet another upset? Another point of attention is in prison with the inmates faces some issues and with somebody somewhat getting hurt. In fact, the focus will is none other than Frances (Sabina Attard) whose former history will be revealed this evening. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com and watch Television Malta at 20:40 CET this evening for another thrilling episode of D.R.E.A.M.S.

Source: Rewind Productions

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Wednesday, 24 October 2012 03:07

Malta: The Drama Delves Further This Evening

Decisions have to be made in everyday context but sometimes reality does tend to offer alternative strategies which tends to put the individual in an even more precarious position. Television has become a means of how to explain various life experiences and whether it is local or foreign drama that is giving the being a little bit of that extra comfort, it should not matter. The focus of Wednesday nights for more people is surely Television Malta as the hit music drama series known as D.R.E.A.M.S has not become an integral part of the routine for a wide audience who have become somewhat attached to the several storylines that are being exhibited week in, week out. Fall has kicked in quite a while ago and with winter coming in a couple of weeks, many will start feeling the chills that tend to surround the Maltese Islands and snuggle up in front of the television with a mug of tea or coffee watching their favourite characters facing their life and the problems that they have to encounter. The script of the series is written by Evelyn Saliba La Rosa and Michael Vella Haber whilst the music for the songs that are broadcasted each week is done by Maestro Ray Agius.

Turbulence could be used to describe the catastrophic reaction between Gloria Soler (Joanne Busuttil) and her husband Robert Soler (Andre Penza) following the arrival of an addressed envelope which had within it a number of pictures depicting a kiss which was never meant to happen but was planned in order to tarnish their respective relationship with Robert possibly turning back to Sue (Ruth Sammut Casingena) following realization that Gloria might have been lying to him all these years. Nevertheless, as this story continues in the background, attention turns back to one of the students at sixth form, a certain Philip Roger Triganza III (Damian Buhagiar) whom many people will surely recall to having an active imagination, as inherited from his father, which he has been controlling with a rubber-band on his wrist. In the preview, it was shown that Philip is apparently required by the Prime Minister on an urgent matter so is his imagination somewhat out of hand or has something which no ones knows about eventually took place? At school, things for the election are heating up with Chloe (Michela Dalli) and Jade (Rachel Genovese) both fighting it out against each other, being front-runners but someone is currently topping the polls and the other one does not seem too happy. One closing remark will definitely be on Hilda (Evelyn Saliba La Rosa). She seems to be slightly adjusting to life in prison but then again, has she made any new friends? You will have to watch the episode on Television Malta at 20:40 CET this evening in order to see what happens!

Source: escflashmalta.com, press release, Rewind Productions, Evelyn Saliba La Rosa, Michael Vella Haber

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Wednesday, 17 October 2012 05:19

Malta: Third Episode of Musical Drama Tonight

Fall has become one of the most intriguing elements in between seasons and this is due to the fact that the younger demographic is known to return to school whilst at the same time that the media is picking itself up and creating a brand new schedule for itself. Many people during the week, find it somewhat difficult to adapt to their routines and therefore, there is nothing better than a little bit of a rest mid-week to ensure that final dose of energy that will keep the individual on the go prior to the weekend where relaxation should then ultimately take centre stage. The hit musical drama series entitled D.R.E.A.M.S plays a pivotal role in the current television schedule noting that the script written by Michael Vella Haber and Evelyn Saliba La Rosa is as real as can be and tries to analyse the lives of upcoming individuals within the world itself. In the past two weeks, characters from the first season were given continuation whilst brand new individuals were introduced and a slight story to begin their journey. All of the songs in series are composed by Maestro Ray Agius to the lyrics of the scriptwriters which have proven to be very popular.

The shot taken above is from the second episode as Jade Vella Petroni (Rachel Genovese) got into a little bit of a tussle in class with Carlo Francolanza (Joe Tanti) who becomes the new English lecturer following the promotion of Robert Soler (Andre Penza) to headmaster of the sixth form. The epitome of the third episode seems to be related towards the latter character mentioned actually especially now that problems seem to be brewing up in the Soler household now that the pictures which had been deliberately taken have officially come out in the open where they could play harm on the relationship between Gloria (Joanne Busuttil) and Robert. It seems that relationships will be the ones encountering problems in this episode because it seems that the love between Brandon Cutajar (Jean Pierre Cassar) and Antoinette Balzan (Analise Psaila) is somewhat fading into jealousy because of a former flame, Tiffany (Kristen Camilleri). It seems that Tiffany is just trying to be a good friend and thus tries to convince Antoinette this but will she succeed in doing so? The final element to be analysed even further is the upcoming school election noting the competition between Jade Vella Petroni and Chloe Stafrace (Michela Dalli). Will one be able to come out ahead of the other in the long run or will there be surprises in store? Stay tuned for this evenings' episode of D.R.E.A.M.S on Television Malta as from 20:40 CET onwards.

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In recent weeks, escflashmalta.com was one of the first online portals to report that former Junior Eurovision Song Contest representative; Nicole Azzopardi was set to represent the country once more in an international competition to be held in Armenia and whilst the young artist, now of sixteen years of age is yet to return from the Eastern country, she has picked up notable accolades which continue to add to a budding resume which will surely be garnering even more outstanding achievements in the years to come. In her visit to Armenia, Nicole Azzopardi was joined by none other than Daniel D'Anastasi who was also the Head of Press for Malta in the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in which Kurt Calleja performed his entry This Is The Night.

The experience in Armenia has surely been one which cannot be forgotten for the young performer being awarded a total of three diplomas from the city of Yerevan as well as a super trophy from the director of the competition, Nadya Sargysyan for a stunning rendition of the Armenian song before being given another award from the Mayor of Yerevan for giving the best show during the showcase which was being held for the first time under the title Yerevan Is Calling. There are a number of companies who backed up the performer before heading to the country including Vigourous Hairstyling, Mangano Malta, Zara, Miss Selfridge and individuals in the vein of Gayle Zerafa Cutajar for his styling and Charles & Ron for their exclusive designs. In terms of vocals, a huge thanks goes to former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Glen Vella who is the vocal coach of Nicole, Elton Zarb of Freetime Studios for the prior records and Vera Boyanyan for her support to the performer to ensure perfect diction. Last but not least, thanks goes for all the members of the dance troup in Yerevan and of the judges and the respective committee. It is important to note that Nicole Azzopardi had performed the song Knock Knock ... Boom Boom! during the 2010 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, that being our last ever entry in the respective event. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com in the coming days and weeks for more of such news.

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Television has always had a resounding role in the life of several people and this is due to the fact that in order to escape a troubled reality, they find comfort in noting other peoples' discomfort in that little slight method of putting it. Autumn has just officially commenced and therefore, so has the fall schedule, one which includes a number of brand new dramas as well as some others which have been picked up for yet another season. One of such shows is surely the hit musical drama series known as D.R.E.A.M.S with a script written by Michael Vella Haber and Evelyn Saliba La Rosa as Rewind Productions take care of all of the technical work from behind the scenes. Many people were brought up to speed last week with all of the respective happenings and now, it seems that a number of brand new characters are being introduced in an effort to merge storylines so that there is continuation throughout.

Hilda (Evelyn Saliba La Rosa) seems to be somewhat missing actually unless the writers have planned her to be in this manner so that people will continue guessing and in fact, Flavia (Evelyn Saliba La Rosa) has come to the aid of her niece, Sally (Nicole Azzopardi) having just come out of a coma which has lasted for months. On the other hand, there are a number of other characters which are seemingly being introduced once more including Maria (Marie Claire Sammut) whose coming out to her parents was really difficult in the last season. The brand new professor in tow is none other than Carlo Francalanza (Joe Tanti) and it seems that he is trying to invigorate a class discussion  one which ends up being somewhat a little bit zesty. Mid-way through the episode though, it seems that the school has just introduced a student council and it seems that there are several people who would like to put their hat into the ring especially knowing that there is the possibility of having power. With an all star cast featuring the likes of Jean Pierre Cassar, Rachel Genovese, Rachael Tedesco Triccas, Jean Paul Carbonaro, Michela Dalli, Jade Cini and many others, make sure to tune into D.R.E.A.M.S on Television Malta from 20:40 CET onwards. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Press Release, escflashmalta.com

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