27 May 2017

On the 7th July, a truly hot summer’s evening, 18 credible performers took to the stage of Pjazza Teatru Rjal as participants of “L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija”. This year, under a different light and perspective was the fact that 17 of the 18 songs were accompanied by the PBS Orchestra under the direction of Mro Joe Brown and the co-ordination of Mro Paul Abela.

The result was exceptional, and here’s to hoping that the festival will continue to grow in the same manner in the years to come. The participants knew that at the end of the evening, their fate rested completely on the weight of five professional jury members, who aim was to reduce the field by 6. Their selection was made, and 12 acts have now been chosen to compete in the final.

01. Ta’ Billejl (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul) - Neville Refalo

02. Ħallejt il-Passi Wrajk (Glen Vella / Paul Ellul) - Jurgen Xerri

03. Is-Sinjur (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Cherylis

04. Ħabta u Sabta (Mark Scicluna / Andy Muscat) - Andy Muscat

05. Mellisni (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) - Mikaela Bajada

06. Pupa tal-Plastik (Marco Debono / Paul Ellul) - Domenique

07. Il-Biża u Jien (Pamela Bezzina / Rita Pace) - Nadine Fenech

08. Ngħidlek (Miriam Christine / Joe Julian Farrugia) - Miriam Christine

09. Id-Dieher (Augusto Cardinali) - Neville Refalo u Graziana Axisa

10. X’Se Jsir (Corazon Mizzi) - Corazon

11. Jien Biss (Dominic Cini / Joe Julian Farrugia) - Dorcas Debono

12. Xagħar Twil (Mark Laurence Zammit / Ingrid Vella) - Denise Spiteri

Hosted by Sean Buhagiar, and supported off stage by the comedic theatrics of Wayne Flask and Gilbert Camilleri, the evening was organized to extreme professionalism, even incorporating the special guests into the thematic use of Maltese, noting that the Gozitan band ‘The Travellers’ were on hand to provide the public with some of their original work. 

Be sure to tune into TVM this Saturday 9th July for the grand final of “L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija”. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene as soon as it becomes available. We would like to wish all of the acts a very Good Luck!

Source: Press Release, Ghanjafest.com

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On the 11th December, Xarabank will kick-off for another season, and it will do so with a bang, as the revelation of the acts through to the semi-final of the 2016 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be made public. Following the initial submission process, where the Public Broadcasting Services received 153 entries, a shortlist of 49 entries has now been published through the official website.

A quick glance at the list of shortlisted entries, one would realize that the list features a relative amount of established artists including; Ira Losco (ESC 2002), Lawrence Gray (MESC 98-99, 01-04, 10, 12, 15), Daniel Testa (JESC 08), Deborah C (MESC 12-15), Klinsmann Coleiro (MESC 07-13), Jessika (MESC 08, 11-15), Domenique (MESC 11, 13, 15), Kaya (MESC 00, 10, 12), Danica Muscat (MESC 12-13, 15), Christabelle (MESC 2014-2015) & Franklin Calleja (MESC 13-15).

96 - Francesca Bonanno

Alive - Jasmine Abela

All Around The World - Deborah C

Bare Your Soul - Chaya Fenech

Battle Zone - Kurt Cassar

Beautiful - Lyndsay

Brave - Andre Curmi (Dre)

Breaking Point - Cherylis & Mikhail (Dwett)

Breathe - Cherylis

Can't Let Go - Jessika

Castle - Danica Muscat

Chameleon (Invincible) - Ira Losco

Dancing In The Rain - Francesca Borg

Empty Hearted - Domenique

Exceptional - Jean Claude Azzopardi

Falling Glass - Corazon

Feeling Alive - Kelly Ann Mintoff

Fire Burn - Dominic

Fireworks - Iona

Flashing Lights - Raquel Galdes

Flawless - Franklin Calleja

Frontline - Danica Muscat

Go Beyond The Shore - Paul Cuschieri

Golden - Brooke

Gone - Nazio Rotin

Higher - Q

Hush Hush - Jessika

I Love You - Dario Mifsud Bonnici

I Won't Surrender - Franklin Calleja

Kingdom - Christabelle

Light Up My Life - Stefan Galea

Lighthouse - Kimberley Cortis

Little Love - Franklin Calleja

MI-MI-MIND - Neville Refalo

Paper Boats - Joseph Portelli

Reaching - Panama Band (Simaria)

Right Here With You - Sarah Crystal

Rule The World - Aidan Cassar

Someday - Klinsmann

Tell Me What You Wanna Do - Julienne Liberto

That's Why I Love You - Ira Losco

The Flame - Jessika

Tonight - Kyle Mangani & Maxine Pace

Under The Sun - Daniel Testa

Victory - Amy Agius

Without You - Kaya

Young Love - Maxine Pace

Your Kiss - Malcolm

You're Beautiful - Lawrence Gray

Apart from the established names, it seems that the line-up thus far comprises of several newcomers. Well, the journey to find Amber's successor has officially begun! We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

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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, Kelsie Borg, Kassidy Calleja, Cherylis, Kelsey Farrugia, Kiana Fenech, 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.

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On Saturday 18th April, a special edition of The Celebrity Night, hosted by Deo Grech on F Living led to the revelation of the finalists for the 2015 edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest. In a surprise twist, the organising committee thought it best to include 21 entries, rather than the original 17 for the simple reason 'that the quality of entries is much higher than in previous years'.

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. 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

Dangerous (Elton Zarb / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca) - Jillianne Camilleri

Do It Better (Rita Pace) - Rita Pace & Audrey Marie

Eclipse (Andrew Zammit / Rita Pace) - Ana-Maria Grima

Escape (Carlo Gerada / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca) - Stefan Galea

Feel (Joe George Micallef) - Odessa

Freedom (Elton Zarb / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca) - Simaria Galea

Guess What? (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri) - Christian Arding

Hurricane (Elton Zarb / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca) - Marilena Gauci 

If I Only Knew (Pamela Bezzina / Sarah Crystal) - Sarah Crystal

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

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 

Unbreakable (Marco Debono / Rita Pace) - Cherylis

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

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On the 18th April, a special edition of The Celebrity Night will be airing on F Living, as the revelation of the acts, and their respective entries for the 2015 edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest will be made public by Deo Grech. Following the initial submission process, where F Living received 89 entries, a shortlist of 30 entries has now been made available on escflashmalta.com and the Official Facebook Page.

Even though the competition will feature 18 different acts, 1 has already been given the greenlight to proceed, having been given the opportunity to compete as a result of the Public Choice Award given in 2014. As a matter of fact, Rita Pace & Audrey Marie will be competing in a duet for the second consecutive year. A quick glance at the list will instantly denote a mixture of upcoming and experienced artists, proving once more that this competition is seen as a true springboard for talent.

Amour - Danica Muscat 

Astronaut - Maria Cassar 

Bandwagon - Sarah Bonnici 

Bounce Back - Michela Galea 

C'est Moi - Ryan Axisa

Dangerous - Jillianne Camilleri

Eclipse - Ana-Maria Grima

Escape - Stefan Galea 

Feel - Odessa

Freedom - Simaria Galea 

Guess What? - Christian Arding

Hurricane - Marilena Gauci 

If I Only Knew - Sarah Crystal

Keep on Playing - Roberta Briffa

Lessons in Love - Dario Mifsud Bonnici

Lucky Me - Graziella Vella

My Own Best Friend - Nakita Ambinette

One More Try - Joseph

One of a Kind - Michela Dalli

Our Last Goodbye - Dorcas

Perfect - Jurgen Xerri

Precious - Daniel Muscat

Remember - Marie-Claire

Shattered Dreams - Annalise Psaila

Summer Time - Kurt Cassar 

Tabula Rasa - Julie Pomorski 

Unbreakable - Cherylis

We Can - Christian 

Weight On Me - Ann Marie Ellul

Why? - Dayle Camilleri

In an official statement published through social networking website Facebook, "The producers and organisers would like to thank all the songwriters and singers who submitted their entries but did not make it to the next round." We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com, even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the Summer Hit Song Contest as soon as it becomes available.

Source: F Living, Summer Hit Song Contest

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