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Saturday, 01 October 2016 15:45

KKI 2016: Dario Bezzina Emerges as the Winner

It has been a couple of weeks since the 25th edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, and the return to the Floriana Granaries was very well received by the public present. With all the festivities surrounding Independence Day back to their roots, the evening was buzzing with an air of excitment, and following the performance of 24 participating entries; 20 pre-qualified in the ‘Talent Stabbilit’, 1 through with the same category via tele-voting and another 3 which came through ‘Talent Ġdid’, the winner was announced as “Se Naslu Żgur”, written by Ray Agius, and sung by Dario Bezzina.

Hosted by Toni Busuttil, Mireille Bonello and Christine Haber, this year's edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, which was aired on NET Television, saw a smooth transition of performances, with the the list of participating artists featuring a good mixture of newcomers and veterans. The professional members of the jury was made up of a mixture of musicians, and media personalities, instantly recognisable by many. A full list of the results may be viewed below.

24th place: “Ippruvajt” (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) - Odessa

23rd place: “Ritmu” (Augusto Cardinali / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Josuel Grech

22nd place: “Saltna fis-Sliem” (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri) - Amulet

21st place: “Inħobbok Kif Int” (Mark Scicluna) - Dominic u Ina

20th place: “Bit-Tikketta” (Marco Debono / Rita Pace) - Dwett

19th place: “Speċjali” (Renato Briffa / Rita Pace) - Aidan Cassar

18th place: “Fakkarni” (Marco Debono / Deo Grech) - Domenique

17th place: “Riħ mill-Punent” (Mark Scicluna / Clifton Casha) - Jessica Magro

16th place: “Aċċettajt” (Pamela Bezzina / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Joseph Refalo

15th place: “Sebħ Ġdid” (Andrew Zahra / Clifton Casha) - Roberta Sacco

14th place: “Ġenn” (Clinton Paul / Clifton Casha) - Kurt Galea

13th place: “Fjura li Ntfiet” (Dominic Cini / Hector Bruno) - Laura Bruno

12th place: “Bla Firdiet” (Dominic Cini / Joe Julian Farrugia) - Sebastian Calleja

11th place: “Omm tal-Maltin” (Philip Vella / Rita Pace) - Dorcas Debono

10th place: “Aħwa Maltin, Aħwa Għawdxin” (Kaya / Dorian Psaila) - K4

09th place: “Vittorja” (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Shaun Zaffarese

08th place: “M’Hawnx Isbaħ” (Philip Vella / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Danica Muscat

07th place: “Wasal iż-Żmien” (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) - Neville Refalo

06th place: “Sliem Għalikom” (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) - Clive Muscat

05th place: “Fis-Sagristija” (Dario Bezzina) - Grecia Bezzina

04th place: “Pass Pass” (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Sarah Bonnici

 

Best Young Talent: “Vittoja” (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Shaun Zaffarese

Televoting Award: “Speċjali” (Renato Briffa / Rita Pace) - Aidan Cassar

 

03rd place: “Ħarstek” (Mark Scicluna / Mark Amaira) - Karen DeBattista

02nd place: “B’Ħarsitna ‘l Fuq” (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) - Kaya

01st place: “Se Naslu Żgur” (Ray Agius) - Dario Bezzina

On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to congratulate the winners circle, as well as the other 19 participants who made this year's edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza a memorable one. A round of applause also for the organising committee, led by Joseph Mizzi, and featuring Sandra Grech as a member. Stay tuned to this portal even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

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In the aftermath of “L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija”, the attention of the local music scene quickly turns to the “Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza”, another music competition which features original songs in Maltese, capping a successful series of months for our national language.

This year’s edition of the “Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza” will be returning back to it’s home-base on The Granaries in Floriana, noting that 12 months ago, the festival was staged at Pjazza Teatru Rjal in Valletta, something of a rare occasion.

23 entries will be sung on stage, but prior to that, there are still some eliminatory phases which need to be held, first starting off with the “Talent Żgħażugħ” category from which 3 songs will be chosen through a mixture of tele-voting (40%) and expert jury voting (60%). Those competing are as follows:

01. “Illum” (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) – Sarah Camilleri (5230 2090)

02. “Vittoja” (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss) – Shaun Zaffarese (5230 2091)

03. “Kantali Waħda” (Marco Debono / Rita Pace) – Matthias Brancaleone (5230 2092)

04. “Pittura” (Mark Scicluna / Rita Pace) – Cynthia Zaffarese (5230 2093)

05. “Tama” (Dominic Cini / Alison Ellul) – Christabelle Cuschieri (5230 2094)

06. “Sebħ Ġdid” (Andrew Zahra / Clifton Casha) – Roberta Sacco (5230 2095)

07. “Bejn Ħalltejn” (Kaya / Dorian Psaila / Clifton Casha) – Kylie Grixti (5230 2096)

08. “Ritmu” (Augusto Cardinali / Emil Calleja Bayliss) – Josuel Grech (5230 2097)

09. “Jien Min Jien” (Andrew Zahra / Rita Pace) – Sherona Debono (5230 2098)

10. “Mhux Bħal Darí” (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss) – Charlene Mercieca Magro (5230 2099)

3 songs have also been shortlisted with the “Talent Stabbilit” category yet will be requiring the full support of the public at home, noting that during the second phase of the competition these songs originally ranked between 21st and 23rd. Those competing are as follows:

01. Speċjali (Renato Briffa / Rita Pace) – Aidan Cassar (5230 2051)

02. Jien Lilek Irrid (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Rita Pace) – Jillianne Camilleri (5230 2052)

03. Xemx fiż-Żerniq (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss) – Janice Mangion (5230 2053)

The rest of the field, therefore 20 in total features acts who have taken part in other national competitions such as the “Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza”, “L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija”, “Malta Eurovision Song Contest”, “Junior Eurovision Song Contest” and also “Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza Jr”. Those competing are as follows:

01. “Se Naslu Żgur” (Ray Agius) – Dario Bezzina (5230 2070)

02. “Omm tal-Maltin” (Philip Vella / Rita Pace) – Dorcas Debono (5230 2071)

03. “Fjura Li Ntfiet” (Dominic Cini / Hector Bruno) – Laura Bruno (5230 2072)

04. “Fis-Sagristija” (Dario Bezzina) – Grecia Bezzina (5230 2073)

05. “M’Hawnx Isbaħ” (Philip Vella / Emil Calleja Bayliss) – Danica Muscat (5230 2074)

06. “Inħobbok Kif Int” (Mark Scicluna) – Dominic & Ina (5230 2075)

07. “Wasal Iż-Żmien” (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) – Neville Refalo (5230 2076)

08. “Bit-Tikketta” (Marco Debono / Rita Pace) – Dwett (5230 2077)

09. “B’Ħarsitna ‘l Fuq” (Mark Spiteri lucas / Joe Chircop) – Kaya (5230 2078)

10. “Fakkarni” (Marco Debono / Deo Grech) – Domenique (5230 2079)

11. “Bla Firdiet” (Dominic Cini / Joe Julian Farrugia) – Sebastian Calleja (5230 2080)

12. “Sliem Għalikom” (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) – Clive Muscat (5230 2081)

13. “Ġenn” (Clinton Paul / Clifton Casha) – Kurt Galea (5230 2082)

14. “Aċċettajt” (Pamela Bezzina / Emil Calleja Bayliss) – Joseph Refalo (5230 2083)

15. “Ippruvajt” (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) – Odessa Ann Green (5230 2084)

16. “Ħarstek” (Mark Scicluna / Mark Amaira) – Karen DeBattista (5230 2085)

17. “Aħwa Maltin, Aħwa Għawdxin” (Kaya / Dorian Psaila) – K4 (5230 2086)

18. “Riħ Mil-Punent” (Mark Scicluna / Clifton Casha) – Jessica Magro (5230 2087)

19. “Pass Pass” (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Emil Calleja Bayliss) – Sarah Bonnici (5230 2088)

20. “Saltna Fis-Sliem” (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri) – Amulet (5230 2089)

On the right hand side to each competing entry, there is a number which duly corresponds to the televoting portion of the competition. In the “Talent Stabbilit”, the televoting winner is handed out as a seperate award, but the other sections have different rules and regulations as stated above. This year’s “Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza” will be taking place on Monday 19th September, and is organised under the auspices of Media.Link Communications. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

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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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Wednesday, 13 January 2016 20:32

MESC 2016: Semi-Final Running Order Published

The Public Broadcasting Services has just released the running order of the semi-final of the 2016 Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place on the 22nd January at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta.

Hosted by Ben Camille, the show will feature 20 original entries, sung by 19 participants, all vying to represent the Mediterranean country of Malta in the next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in Stockholm, Sweden.

01. "Chameleon" - Ira Losco (Ira Losco / Talkback)

02. "Falling Glass" - Corazon (Sara Ljunggren - Jonas Gladnikoff - Gorgi)

03. "Light Up My Life" - Stefan Galea (Ylva Persson / Linda Persson)

04. "Empty Hearted" - Domenique (Linda Persson - Ylva Persson - Dimitri Stassos)

05. "I Love You" - Dario (Henric Pierroff / Sandra Nordstrom)

06. "Under the Sun" - Daniel Testa (Elton Zarb - Daniel Testa / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca)

07. "The Flame" - Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

08. "Alive" - Jasmine Abela (Paul Abela - Michael James Down - Marie Petersson - Filip Lindfors)

09. "Flashing Lights" - Raquel (Elton Zarb / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca)

10. "Golden" - Brooke (Christian Schneider - Aidan O'Connor - Sara Biglert - Brooke Borg)

11. "Lighthouse" - Kim (Cyprian Cassar / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca)

12. "Right Here With You" - Sarah Crystal (Toby Farrugia - Pamela Bezzina / Sarah Crystal)

13. "Frontline" - Danica (Philip Vella / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

14. "Kingdom" - Christabelle (Elton Zarb / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca)

15. "Little Love" - Franklin (Cyprian Cassar / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca)

16. "Fire Burn" - Dominic (Natasha Turner - Jonas Gladnikoff - Will Taylor)

17. "That's Why I Love You" - Ira Losco (Ira Losco - Howard Keith - Stefan Moessle - Matthias Strasser)

18. "You're Beautiful" - Lawrence Gray (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

19. "Young Love" - Maxine Pace (Elton Zarb / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca)

20. "All Around the World" - Deborah C (M Ker - J Gladnikoff - Michael J Down - P Poglajen - Angie Laus)

All the above acts will get the opportunity to perform LIVE in front of a professional panel of judges, and the general public who will be applauding from the venue, and at home. Together, they will select 14 artists, those who stand a very good chance of representing Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden. 

We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2016 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: PBS / TVM

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Saturday, 12 December 2015 03:55

MESC 2016: Revelation of the 20 Semi-Finalists

On the 22nd and 23rd January 2015, the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) will be hosting the 2016 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest at the Mediterranean Conference Centre (MCC) in Valletta, the capital city of the smallest nation in the European Union.

'Xarabank', synonomous with the revelation of the 20 finalists, took place a couple of hours ago, laying down this years' crop of participants, a perfect mixture of newcomers, and veterans. At first listen, off the 1 minute snippets, it seems that the standard of songs is relatively high, not too mention that the genres are quite varied, laying down the foundations for an exciting semi-final stage.

"Young Love" - Maxine Pace

"All Around the World" - Deborah C

"You're Beautiful" - Lawrence Gray

"Golden" - Brooke

"Flashing Lights" - Raquel Galdes

"Falling Glass" - Corazon

"Lighthouse" - Kimberley Cortis

"Alive" - Jasmine Abela

"Empty Hearted" - Domenique

"The Flame" - Jessika

"Under the Sun" - Daniel Testa

"That's Why I Love You" - Ira Losco

"Little Love" - Franklin Calleja

"I Love You" - Dario Mifsud Bonnici

"Fire Burn" - Dominic

"Frontline" - Danica Muscat

"Chameleon (Invincible)" - Ira Losco

"Kingdom" - Christabelle

"Right Here With You" - Sarah Crystal

"Light Up My Life" - Stefan Galea

An interesting fact about the 19 participants in this years' competition, is that 12 of them have either been to the national pre-selection on another occasion, or else been to the Eurovision Song Contest itself, meaning that the rest, a total of 7 are complete newcomers to the competition, despite most of them having already made other appearances in the local music scene. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2016 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: PBS / TVM, Mario Mintoff (Photo)

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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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Through their online news portal MaltaRightNow, Media.Link Communications issued the names of the finalist entries, and their respective performers for the 2015 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. Following an unspecified number of submissions, as received on the 17th July 2015, a professional panel of judges whittled down the entries, choosing those which reflected the saying 'music to their ears' before coming up with 40 songs, all of which were re-interpreted with LIVE vocals by their respective artists. At the end of this process, the 20 finalists were selected.

In the lists below, there are two (3) singers with more than one (1) entry, and the song which has an asterisk (*) next to their name will either have to be given to another performer, or else be withdrawn from the competition, and thus replaced by the 21st entry in the original list of results. At this stage of the competition, we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com in order to find out what will happen with the final list of participants for the 2015 Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza.

Taqsima Kantanti Stabbiliti

Dment li Malti Ħaj (Ray Agius / Dario Bezzina) - Dario Bezzina

Għal Dejjem (Dominic Cini / Stephen Baldacchino) - Josef Tabone (*)

Ħdejk (Philip Vella) - Joseph Refalo

Ħolm tat-Tfal (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) - Laura Bruno

Insellimlek (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Danica Muscat

Int u Jien (Philip Vella / Cher Vella) - Ana-Maria Grima

Kelma Bejn Tnejn (Andrew Zahra / Rita Attard) - Michela Dalli

Kun Imbierek (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Ingrid Vella) - Simone Gauci

Kuraġġ (Analise Mifsud) - Analise Mifsud

Ma Jien Xejn (Marco Debono / Rita Attard) - Mandy Tabone

Ma Ninsa Qatt (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) - Dorcas Debono

Miegħek Malta Independenti (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul) - Cherise Attard

Nann (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Marie Claire

Onestà (Frederick Camilleri) - Laura Bruno (*)

Orrizonti (Dominic Cini / Stephen Baldacchino) - Josef Tabone

Pinokkju (Chan Vella / Kevin Tanti) - Neville Refalo

Primadonna (Clinton Paul / Stephen Baldacchino) - Rita Pace

Rivali (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) - Maria Cassar

Teżor (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) - Kurt Cassar

Tħalluħx (Augusto Cardinali / Joe Julian Farrugia) - Domenique

Żmien Sabiħ (Joe Formosa / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Antonella Rapa

 

Taqsima Kantanti Ġodda 

Bix-Xejn (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul) - Jurgen Xerri

Fis-Seba' Sema (Cyprian Cassar / Rita Pace) - Nicole Borg

Għandi Ħolma (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Francesco Pio Attard) - Mikaela Bajada

Iċ-Ċinju (Mark Scicluna / Clifton Casha) - Jessica Magro

Il-Leħen Li Hemm Fik (Andrew Zahra / Rita Pace) - Sarah Micallef Muscat

Jien (Andrew Zammit / Rita Pace) - Naomi Busuttil

Lampa Stampa (Andrew Zammit / Rita Pace) - Nakita Ambinette

Miskin (Andrew Zammit / Rita Pace) - Nakita Ambinette (*)

Opportunità (Philip Vella / Rita Pace) - Marlon Bianco

Sabiħ (Chan Vella / Rita Pace) - Rebecca Bilocca

Following the success of newcomer Michela Galea, whose entry "Mixja Li Bdiet" composed by Renato Briffa to the lyrics of Alfred E Baldacchino was a worthy winner, it seems that interest is well and truly alive, noting the belief that the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza may once more make a name for itself as a scouting competition, with previous winners including; Amber (ESC 2015), Ira Losco (ESC 2002), Miriam Christine (ESC 1996), Mike Spiteri (ESC 1995) and Fabrizio Faniello (ESC 2001, 2006).

Source: MaltaRightNow, Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza (Official Page)

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In 2014, a local music competition known as the Summer Hit Song Contest was revived, with the aim being to submit entries with a particular vibe, one which radio stations across the country would not have any issue in promoting through airplay. A professional panel of judges assessed the quality of each respective submission before reaching a desired result, one which gave success to the song "Back To..", written by Mark Scicluna and Emil Calleja Bayliss, with vocals provided by Domenique.

It has been around 4 months since then, and the organising committee, in conjunction with F Living is proud to announce the 6th edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest, with the rules and regulations made public. There are no major amendments, apart from the fact that songwriters, irrespective of nationality are now permitted to submit entries. For the FULL version of Regulations along with the Applications, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and it will be answered back as soon as possible.

Each submission is to be handed in against a fee of €50 in total. Submissions will be received at BME Studios in Luqa on the 21st March 2015, between 10 o'clock in the morning, and 1 o'clock in the afternoon (10 am till 1 pm). There are cash prizes to be won by the top three of the competition, whilst the winner of the sms voting will get a seperate award as to ascertain a professional choice. For more information, visit 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. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com, even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: F Living, Summer Hit Song Contest

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Wednesday, 31 December 2014 10:22

2014: Another Year Filled With Successful Stories

Every year brings with it a number of events, festivals and lots of new material that many appreciate and play over and over throughout the year. The editorial board of escflashmalta.com decided to have a look back at the main highlights of 2014, the year that saw two Malta Eurovision Song Contest competitions, the annual competition l-Għanja Tal-Poplu and Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, the return of the Summer Hit Song Contest and also the Junior Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malta. There were quite a number of events that kept our site busy and also our readers on the lookout for the next event. 

The year started off with Firelight emerging victorious at the Malta Eurovision with their song ‘Coming Home’, the band came together for the Eurovision Song Contest but looked beyond the festival. The Micallef siblings came together along with their friends and gave us the country folk pop entry. One would not say it was a shocking win because some critics did tip the song on doing well, but surely surprised a number when it emerged victorious over public favourites Jessika, Daniel Testa & De Bee. The band managed to reach the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest in May and Richard Edwards’ composition received good airplay in a number of countries in Europe. This kicked started their career with new material being released recently and a number of gigs in Germany.

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After the Malta Eurovision, it was time for the scene to focus on a local festival in Maltese. A festival that has been going for a number of years and has a good following thanks to the importance it gives to the themes of the songs. The outright winner of the festival was the song ‘Jien Ma Naħdimx’ interpreted by the relative newcomer Karen DeBattista. Mark Scicluna & Rita Pace’s composition was a hit from the get go and after it won the song received substantial airplay on a number of radiostations. The powerful lyrics were surely the reason behind its success; the message portrayed in the lyrics shows the work done by housewives which is normally not appreciated by the other members of the family. It was surely the stepping stone for Karen DeBattista who was participating only  in her third festival in three years and after this success she also managed to reach the finals of the Malta Eurovision with ’12, Baker Street’.

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The much awaited return of the Summer Hit Song Contest was imminent and many were happy to see that this festival was finally back, after a break of nearly three years. The winner of this edition was Domenique who although still relatively young, she has cemented herself as one of the established artists in the local music scene. Domenique always expressed her love towards festivals and is a popular face in a number of local competitions in Malta. ‘Back to...’ a composition by Mark Scicluna & Emil Calleja Bayliss managed to scoop the top prize in this festival and many commented that Domenique’s strong interpretation thanks to her experience in these competitions was vital in this win. The song was always seen as a strong entry but many saw it as a contender after the stunning celebrity duet Domenique delivered alongside Rosman Pace – a unique factor to this competition.

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The annual Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza saw an influx of songs related to the fifty year anniversary of Malta’s independence and even though competing authors were free to write on different subjects, this one proved to be the most popular. The result was surely unexpected as the song which was highly tipped on winning the competition finished in fourth place whilst the young and upcoming star Michela Galea won the judges hearts with her rendition of ‘Mixja Li Bdiet’ a subtle song that speaks about the stages Malta has been through since its independence fifty years ago. Renato Briffa & Alfred E. Baldacchino surely did their homework right as they write a catchy tune, with subtle lyrics that embrace the country’s vision of independence and gave it to an apt, fresh and confident performer who delivered the song strongly. It was a well deserved win for the teenager who won the first festival in her first major competition.

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Two other winners who emerged in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza were Kurt Cassar who won the New Talent Section and Kayley Cuschieri who triumphed in the inaugural edition of Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza Junior. Kurt Cassar reached the finals of the prestigious event and went on to win his section with the song ‘Inservi’, a composition of Elton Zarb, Gillian Attard & Emil Calleja Bayliss. The song was well received from the start and many saw it as a potential winner as the whole package stood out from the rest of the field. This surely opened the horizons for Cassar. On the other hand, Kayley Cushcieri is a known face in the music circles but she surely left a lasting impression when she triumphed with the song ‘Għannaqni’ - an emotional heartfelt song that speaks about a daughter begging her mother to hug her instead of abusing her; another strong message written by Rita Pace to Mark Spiteri Lucas’ composition.

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The biggest highlight this year for the local industry has definitely been the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The event was the biggest live broadcast the national broadcaster has put up and Malta was represented by the talented soprano Federica Falzon who rose to fame after winning the  popular Italian show ‘Ti Lascio una Canzone’. Federica Falzon had the opportunity of a lifetime performing at such a esteemed event in front of her home crowd and she surely made the most of it as she delivered an excellent performance of 'Diamonds' finishing in a prestigious fourth on the night. Many local fans though would love to see the return of the pre-selection show for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest as this would involve the audience at home choosing their junior representative and also be the perfect showcase for up and coming talent – something which sadly is not given as much prominence as it should.

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Given that Malta was hosting the Junior Eurovision, it came to no surprise that the PBS announced that the Malta Eurovision will be brought forward this year. It caught the singers and songwriters a bit off guard and this showed in the number of submitted entries but many critics argued that the quality of songs in the finals was the best it has ever been. Although a tough competition, Amber emerged as the clear front runner and after two strong performances on both Friday and Saturday night it was a unanimous decision by the judges and the public vote that she should be the next Maltese representative at the Eurovision Song Contest. She conquered the festival with Elton Zarb & Muxu’s composition ‘Warrior’ which so far has been well received from abroad. The song is expected to be enhanced and many are looking forward to hear the finalised version of the next Maltese representative.

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After all that one can realize that it has been quite a year and if one would think that everyone is currently taking a break, one would be mistaken as in November the committee of L-Għanja Tal-Poplu issued its regulations so the year will be once again kickstarting very soon although the first major festival of 2015 is expected in March and not in February like last year. This is due to having the Malta Eurovision a few months earlier. A festival many would love to see its return would definitely be the ‘Festival Internazzjonali Tal-Kanzunetta Maltija’ which saw its return in 2013 but seems that it was put aside for 2014 because of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. A real pity because it gave light to a number of new Maltese songs in the last edition these include Olivia Lewis’ winning entry ‘Hawn Mill-Ġdid’, Mark Tonna’s ‘Poeta Bla Kliem and Dario & Grecia’s ‘Solitaire’. Maybe 2015 would be a year were one gets to celebrate through more competitions and more songs to feast the keen Maltese music lover. 

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On behalf of the editorial team of escflashmalta.com, I would like to wish you a Happy New Year filled with joy, health and success in whatever your heart desires. We urge you to keep following escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene in 2015. All the best.  

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'The Celebrity Night' is the new Saturday night show which will be broadcast on Saturday night at 20:30 on F Living Channel. The series which officially kicked off a couple of weeks ago, revolves around the one-to-one interviews, which speak of class, decadence and wit, and have become synonymous with Deo Grech's presenting style.

Domenique, a female vocalist, who recently gained prestige and notoriety as a result of her victory at the Summer Hit Song Contest 2014 with the song "Back To", written by Mark Scicluna and Emil Calleja Bayliss, is clearly on a high, having also been a semi-finalist in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2015. She is clearly the most recognisable guest in this week's episode. Nevertheless, she will not be along, and is set to be joined by Ġorg tad-Downats, a television and radio host, as well as Carlos Farrugia, a veteran actor.

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This and much more during this week's episode of 'The Celebrity Night' which airs on Saturday night at 20:30 on F Living Channel. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

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