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MESC 2017: The Public Will Have a Major Say

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John Bundy, Chief Executive Officer of the Public Broadcasting Services, has recently given an interview to the local newspaper “Illum”, stating that ‘the song belongs to the people, and therefore the people will select it’ which in all likelihood means that the next edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be decided mostly through a public vote. The rules and regulations, yet to be officially published but expected any day should highlight a different approach to Malta’s participation in the international spectacle, aiming to improve upon recent results. In 2016, Ira Losco was under scrutiny on continous occasions, starting off with the change in song and then the participaion expenditure. That said, “Walk on Water” finished in a stunning 4th place with the juries, before tele-voting saw her fall down to 11th place, still very credible considering that Malta’s best result was an 8th place finish in 2013, achieved…
“Parachute”, composed by Florent Boshnjaku and penned by Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca, will be the song that Christina Magrin will perform on behalf of Malta at this year’s edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in Valletta. The song, along with the promotional video will be made public during the 8 o’clock news bulletin this Thursday. Malta will be playing host to the international spectacle for the 2nd time in three years, having finished in 1st place as a result of an excellent performance by Destiny Chukunyere at the 2015 Junior Eurovision Song Contest with her song, “Not My Soul”, also penned by Muxu and composed by Elton Zarb. On the 20th November, the Public Broadcasting Services in conjunction with the European Broadcasting Union will be hosting no less than 16 delegations, apart from Christina Magrin and her team, but in the days leading up to the main event,…
“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…
#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,…
“Embrace”, a term which passes on an extremely powerful message encompassing four values of the Junior Eurovision: connectivity, diversity, creativity and respect. This is the chosen slogan for the next edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest which Malta will be hosting in Valletta, the capital city, revealed in a presentation led by PBS Chief Executive Officer, Anton Attard and Chairman, Tonio Portughese. The announcement which also included the revelation of the artwork clearly depicted in the photo accompanying this article laid out a number of changes for the international competition which the small Mediterranean country of Malta has now won in two out of the last three years. As a matter of fact, tele-voting has now been removed entirely from the equation noting that each country will present a jury comprising of 5 adults, and 5 children. The results read out from the country in the traditional: 1-8, 10…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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