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Following the semi-final stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016, where 19 artists and 20 entries were presented, 14 entries made the final cut, all of which will be presented in a brand new running order later on this evening, during the grand final, hosted by Ben Camille.

The entries were chosen by a five-member professional jury comprising of; Nick Clark-Lowes, Vyara Ankova, Sabrija Vulic, Luke Fisher, and Quinton Scerri, with the public vote acting as another juror. Below, you may find the running order of this evenings' proceedings. Preceding the show, on Television Malta (TVM), all the acts will be welcomed on the Red Carpet with hosts Daniel Chircop and Rodney Gauci. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. On behalf of the whole editorial team, we would like to wish all the acts the very best of luck, and may the best entry triumph and represent Malta well.

Source: PBS / TVM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4FMB_iVoe4

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 19:32

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaJxu3vorLc

Saturday, 12 December 2015 02:55

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)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wevxW3l_tkg

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.

Source: PBS / TVM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdC4tNxqK88

Since 2011, all songs competing in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, have not been published through a compilation album, as previously done, and therefore a number of record labels such as CAP-Sounds stepped in, releasing a number of songs on digital platforms such as; iTunes, Deezer, Amazon and Spotify for the general public to purchase or stream.

"12, Baker Street" written by Jan Van Dijck and Emil Calleja Bayliss, and, "Close Your Eyes" written by Elton Zarb and Emil Calleja Bayliss, performed by Karen DeBattista and Danica Muscat are the latest songs which have been released through the German based company, CAP-Sounds, who have a distribution deal in place with Universal Music Germany.

"Still Here" written by Alexander Rybak, "Chasing a Dream" written by Paul Abela and Joe Julian Farrugia as well as "Something in the Way" written by Mans Ek and Charlie Mason, "Rush" written by Elton Zarb and Matthew Mercieca, performed by Franklin Calleja, Trilogy, Daniel Testa and Christabelle were published days following the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Three of the aforementioned songs have managed to peak at number #2 or better, signally the intent of the public in purchasing the most successful songs from the competition. 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: CAP-SoundsiCAM Photography

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMuq85wFaf8

Due to the fact that a compilation album with all the songs competing in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest was not issued since 2011, a number of record labels, including CAP-Sounds and Jagged House have stepped in, with the hope of releasing the songs through digital services such as iTunes, Deezer, and Spotify for the general public to purchase or stream.

"Still Here" written by Alexander Rybak, "Chasing a Dream" written by Paul Abela and Joe Julian Farrugia as well as "Something in the Way" written by Mans Ek and Charlie Mason, performed by Franklin Calleja, Trilogy and Daniel Testa are the three songs which have been made available thus far, all through the German based company, CAP-Sounds, who have a distribution deal in place with Universal Music Germany.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyvVIdUhWto

"Still Here" and "Chasing a Dream" have been the most successful of the three thus far, both managing to peak at number #2 on the iTunes Chart in Malta, kept off the top spot by Band Aid 30 and their cover of the song "Do They Know It's Christmas?" 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: CAP-SoundsiCam Photography

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziIHcsbRmG4

After an amazing show, we got to know who will be the 14 (fourteen) competing in the Maltese National Final tomorrow evening. There are some of the qualifiers which were a bit of a surprise to see them go through to the next stage, but after tonight's performances, we can say that all the acts did brilliantly and it was a wonderful show.

At the end of the evening, there were 6 eliminated acts; Lyndsay, Iona Dalli, Raquel, Domenique, Danica and Corazon. People in the venue were surprised at the outcome, noting that there were seriously surprised to see Danica and Raquel miss out on a place in the final. The only explaination for this, is to ensure that there is diversity in terms of genres.

At the post-showcase press conference, Head of Delegation and Public Broadcasting Services Chief Executive Officer, Anton Attard congratulated the qualifiers, whilst thanking the other 6 acts for their contribution to an extremely high standard.Following the draw of the first and last slots in the running order, the producer came up with a finalised version of the draw, one which you may denote below.

01. "Breakaway" - Glen Vella (Kevin Borg / Simon Gribbe)

02. "12, Baker Street" - Karen DeBattista (Jan Van Dijck / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

03. "Once in a While" - Dominic (Elton Zarb / Rita Pace)

04. "Chasing a Dream" - Trilogy (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)

05. "Closed Doors" – Chris Grech (Chris Grech / Edward Mifsud / Peter Borg / David C Torreggiani)

06. "Love and Let Go" - Ekklesia Sisters (Philip Vella)

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

08. "It's OK" - Deborah C (Elton Zarb / Matthew Mercieca)

09. "Warrior" - Amber (Elton Zarb / Matthew Mercieca)

10. "Beautiful to Me" - L-Aħwa (Erik Anjou)

11. "Still Here" - Franklin Calleja (Alexander Rybak)

12. "Rush" - Christabelle (Elton Zarb / Matthew Mercieca)

13. "The One That You Love" - Lawrence Gray (Elton Zarb / Lawrence Gray)

14. "Something in the Way" - Daniel Testa (Charlie Mason / Mans Ek)

On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to congratulate the 14 qualifiers, and the 6 non-qualifiers for putting up a great show. We urge you to stay tuned even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 Malta Eurovision Song Contest as soon as it becomes available. Just a quick reminder, that during the Final, a LIVE report will be conducted by Clifford Jo Zahra, who was at the venue during the semi-final.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O71C93FXTww

On the 21st and 22nd November, the Public Broadcasting Services will be hosting the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest within the Marsa Shipbuilding, host venue of this year's edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. 20 acts will have the opportunity to perform on an incredible stage, one which has been specifically designed and create for the international competition. Earlier this afternoon, the running order of the semi-final was made public.

With the Public Broadcasting Services having already drawn Lyndsay in slot number #1 and Ekklesia Sisters in slot number #2, during the initial meeting held earlier this month, it was down to the producers to select the rest of the running order, hoping to create a mixture of genres, aiming to keep the public entertained. A quick glance at the list, one would realise that wherever the genre is seemingly similar, they are grouped in a specific manner. 

1. "Home" – Lyndsay (Boris Cezek)

2. "Could Have Been Me" – Iona Dalli (Philip Vella)

3. "Still Here" – Franklin (Alexander Rybak)

4. "Rush" – Christabelle (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

5. "Fandango" – Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

6. "Closed Doors" – Chris Grech (Chris Grech / Edward Mifsud / Peter Borg / David C Torreggiani)

7. "12, Baker Street" – Karen DeBattista (Jan Van Dijck / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

8. "Something in the Way" – Daniel Testa (Charlie Mason / Mans Ek)

9. "Breakaway" – Glen Vella (Kevin Borg / Simon Gribbe)

10. "Stop Haunting Me" – Raquel (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

11. "Take Me As I Am" – Domenique (Biglert / Schneider / Jangklev / O’Connor)

12. "The One That You Love" – Lawrence Gray (Elton Zarb / Lawrence Gray)

13. "It’s OK" – Deborah C (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

14. "Close Your Eyes" – Danica Muscat (Elton Zarb / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

15. "Secretly" – Corazon (Corazon)

16. "Beautiful to Me" – L-Aħwa (Erik Anjou)

17. "Warrior" – Amber (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

18. "Chasing a Dream" – Trilogy (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)

19. "Once In a While" – Dominic (Elton Zarb / Rita Pace)

20. "Love & Let Go" – Ekklesia Sisters (Philip Vella)

Just a quick reminder that you may still purchase tickets for the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest by visiting the ticketing portal, Ooii. The prices are €10 (Gold Circle), €20 (Platinum Circle) for the semi-final, and €20 (Gold Circle), €30 (Platinum Circle) for the final. In the latter round of the competition, 14 acts through from the 20 competing in the semi-final will fight for the right to represent Malta in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, held in Vienna, Austria. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: PBS / TVM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAGepcIs8W8

On the 21st and 22nd November, the Public Broadcasting Services will be hosting the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest at the Marsa Shipbuilding. 20 acts will be taking centre stage, in hope of representing the country at next year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, being held in Vienna, Austria. Over the next couple of weeks, escflashmalta.com will be publishing a series of interviews with all the participants. Whilst thanking the Public Broadcasting Services for this opportunity, we are pleased to kick things off with Daniel Testa.

Would you kindly introduce your entry to our readers and also identify the meaning behind the lyrics?

My song 'SOMETHING IN THE WAY', by Charlie Mason and Mans Ek, is about this ’strange’ girl who acts differently in her own way.  An example of this being wearing sunglasses at night. All this is what makes me notice her. It is a bubbly feel good song with a catchy chorus.

In Malta, the Eurovision Song Contest is considered to be a major outlet for the music industry, and you stand here as one of the semi-finalists. What does the whole experience mean to you?

Eurovision, in Malta, is definitely the biggest platform that us artists have. If it had to stop being organised, we wouldn’t really have that much to look forward to in my opinion. Therefore, it is very important to me!

Recently, Malta has been rather successful at the Eurovision Song Contest, making the final on four of the last five participation attempts. What do you think is the reason for this success, and do you believe that your entry has what it takes to continue this positive trend?

I think that the reason for this success would be that the level of songs is increasing drastically. Yes, of course, I would have not submitted the song if I did not think so.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0E73LISsfg

If you were given the opportunity to sing another one of the competing entries in the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which one would it be and why?

"Beautiful to Me" by L-Aħwa, because it is my style of song.

Do you have any plans to release more music in the future, and do you have any particular projects in the pipeline?

Yes, I do intend of releasing more music in the future. At the moment, singing wise I do not have any.

Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?

As I always say ... I hope you like my song as much as I enjoy singing it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPZSxT8bt4Q

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In just 4 weeks, Malta will have a national final, in hope of selecting the best possible entry to represent the nation at next year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria. The selection, spread over two nights, on the 21st and 22nd November, is set to take place at the Marsa Shipbuilding and will feature a host of well known and upcoming stars, all vying to present themselves in a professional manner, in hope of gauging public reaction and receiving support.

Earlier this afternoon, the Public Broadcasting Services published the Official Music Videos accompanying the entries competing in what has been dubbed the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Recorded at WE Media Studios, the genres of the competing entries are varied, although one thing is clear, this is a different Mediterranean country than what the public were used to several years ago with the level of production having significantly improved, following investment in the local music market.

"Home" - Lyndsay (Boris Cezek)

"Breakaway" - Glen Vella (Kevin Borg / Simon Gribbe)

"Chasing a Dream" - Trilogy (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)

"12, Baker Street" - Karen DeBattista (Jan Van Dijck / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

"Still Here" - Franklin Calleja (Alexander Rybak)

"It's OK" - Deborah C (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

"The One That You Love" - Lawrence Gray (Elton Zarb / Lawrence Gray)

"Warrior" - Amber (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

"Something In The Way" - Daniel Testa (Mans Ek / Charlie Mason)

"Fandango" - Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard J Borg)

"Rush" - Christabelle (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

"Closed Doors" - Chris Grech (Chris Grech, Edward Mifsud, Peter Borg, David C Torreggiani)

"Beautiful to Me" - L-Aħwa (Erik Anjou)

"Stop Haunting Me" - Raquel (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

"Close Your Eyes" - Danica Muscat (Elton Zarb / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

"Secretly" - Corazon (Corazon)

"Could Have Been Me" - Iona (Philip Vella)

"Take Me As I Am" - Domenique (Biglert / Schneider / Jangklev / O'Connor)

"Once In a While" - Dominic (Elton Zarb / Rita Pace)

"Love and Let Go" - Ekklesia (Philip Vella)

As the saga officially comes to a beginning, escflashmalta.com would like to introduce the Public Award, which will be returning for a third consecutive occasion. You may select your favourite entry competing in the 2014-2015 Malta Eurovision Song Contest by clicking on this webpage. We urge you to stay tuned to this portal, even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: TVM / PBS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwB6hLtxUSE

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