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ONE Radio 92.7 and ONE Television merge into a professional broadcasting house, whose output is of extremely high quality. One such programme delivered through this system is "Clint on ONE" hosted by Clint Bajada, which aims to brings musicianship back into the term artist, promoting the singer in a setup where being comfortable is a necessity.  Following the inauguration of the autumn/winter schedule, the programme made a much anticipated return, and later on, will be welcoming, De Bee.

It has become somewhat custom  that the Malta Eurovision Song Contest reels in previously unheard of talent, and showcasing it to the general public. This is definitely the case with De Bee, whose song "Pin The Middle", written by Peter Paul became an instant hit, finishing in second place, following a good showing both with the public and the professional jury. Interested in a fusion of pop, rock and world music, the elements are present for a long lasting successful career. 

"Clint on ONE" airs every Saturday morning as from 11am onwards, so make sure to tune into ONE Radio 92.7 and ONE Television. Any foreign fans will also be able to follow the show through the LIVE streaming portion which is offered through the official website of ONE. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music industry.

Source: ONE Television, ONE Radio 92.7


Published in Local Music News

“Drop in number of Eurovision entries” is the name of an article that appeared in The Times of Malta earlier today, with direct reference to the fact that there was a fewer turnout that usual in the number of submissions that the Public Broadcasting Services revealed. escflashmalta.com made this quite clear in a subtle manner when confirming a host of names, both of vocalists and songwriters who did not put their first foot forward.

These included none other than; Sophie DeBattista, Davinia, Claudia Faniello, Ruth Portelli, De Bee, Pamela, Ray Agius, Alfred C Sant, Paul Giordimaina and Fleur Balzan. Nevertheless though, despite the drop in artists, Anton Attard, Head of Delegation on behalf of the Public Broadcasting Services confirmed to the leading local newspaper that the issue more or less deals with repeat submissions, songs that have been submit every year with the hope that they get through.


Whilst song submissions do eventually get through, others do not and if one looks at the shortlist of the past three to four years, some songs would always be recognizable. Artists whom escflashmalta.com can confirm to have submit to the 2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest include none other than; Domenique, Franklin Calleja, Izzy, Jessika, Kaya, Romina Mamo, Daniel Testa, Fabrizio Faniello, Dayle Camilleri and Ryan Paul Abela.


Speculation on Ira Losco is continuing to mount and with Moira Delia landing the top job of hosting the upcoming edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, the news is only but confirmed. Her name among those shortlisted later on this month will definitely be the worst kept secret in recent years. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook & Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Times of Malta, escflashmalta.com


Published in Local Music News
Thursday, 04 September 2014 00:15

Malta: Rockestra Set for Two Night Extravaganza

Rockestra in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund will be returning for a sixth consecutive year, this time under the patronage of Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, 9th President of Malta. In a Press Conference held at the Presidential Palace in Attard, it was revealed that due to overwhelming public demand, the event is going to be held on two dates, the 27th and 28th September.

Rockestra, a spectacular event which encourages the general public to donate money to a charitable cause whilst listening to live music played by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Sigmund Mifsud will offer a stunning line-up with artists such as; Estelle Imbroll, Domenique (MESC 11, 13), Janice DeBattista (MESC 2013), Ivan Filletti, Tezara Camilleri, Graziana AxisaYlenia Vella (MESC 13), Samaria Bezzina (ESC 2013), Gianni (MESC 00, 12, 13), De Bee (MESC 14), Raquela (MESC 09, 11, 13), Franklin Calleja (MESC 13,14), Konrad Pule (MESC 00, 03, 07, 13) and Gianni (MESC 00, 12, 13).

Tickets for the Rockestra, available at €10 (standing) and €15 (seated), are only available for Sunday since Saturday officially sold out a couple of days ago. You may purchase yours through Ooii and thus ensure the experience of a lifetime, or rather a year. Rockestra is taking place at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre. We hope that you stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music scene.

Source: Press Release


Published in Local Music News
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 16:23

MESC 2015: De Bee Confirms Non-Participation

De Bee, a female singer/songwriter who rise to fame was spearheaded by a first runner-up finish at the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track "Pin the Middle", has been in contact with the escflashmalta.com editorial team confirming that she will not be partaking in the selection process for Vienna, Austria in a bid to focus on writing and recording her debut album.

Despite being a relative newcomer to the scene, De Bee re-affirmed the stance that the public have a tendency to support the underdog by awarding her 8 points, which would translate to 3rd place. In the next couple of weeks, the singer/songwriter will be performing during the Rockestra, in a line-up that features some of the nation's top talent. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2015.

Source: escflashmalta.com


Published in Local Music News

Fondazzjoni Nazareth are getting ready to host the second edition of Żejtun FolkFest, a three day summer festival full of culture, music and entertainment scheduled to take place between the 24th and 26th at St Gregory's Gardens in the aforementioned town of Żejtun. With proceedings kicking off at 19:00 CET on a daily basis, it will definitely be an event not to be missed, especially by those who hold patriotism very high on their list of values.

Scarlet Sally, Infinite Loop, Footprints and Planet Seed are the most recognisable bands on the list with Errol Sammut and Chris Curmi from Airport Impressions playing an acoustic gig. Other artists in the line-up from the world of the local music competition include; De Bee, the first runner-up in this year's edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest; Karen DeBattista, winner of this year's edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu and Odessa Green, a finalist in this year's edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest which officially kicked off earlier this week.


Fondazzjoni Nazareth, run on a voluntary basis, provides support and shelter for persons with special needs in three different homes at Żejtun. It was founded in 1995 by Fr Angelo Seychell, on the ARCHE model founded by Jean Vanier. It provides homes for those who have no family or cannot live with their family for some reason or other, and nowadays offers its services to 29 persons. it is currently building a new home to provide its services from which to offer its services. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for the latest news.

Source: Press Release (Official Facebook Page)


Published in Local Music News

Gaia Cauchi, winner of the 2013 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, with The Start which she co-wrote with Gillian Attard, Elton Zarb and Matthew Mercieca, had the opportunity to showcase her astonishing vocal range during a recent Beatles Tribute Show which was organised by the FĊN (Fundazzjoni Ċelebrazzjonijiet Nazzjonali) at Smart City, a technological park in Kalkara, last Sunday.

Gaia was not alone on stage having been accompanied by a choir made up of students from La Voix Academy under the direction of Gillian Attard with assistance by De Bee, first runner-up during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and Matt Mercieca, co-writer of The Start, Betrayed, Brand New Day and Until We Meet Again. The performance of the song All You Need is Love, originally performed by The Beatles went down extremely well with the crowd. Below you may see the recorded version and we urge you to focus on the audio since the visual is a tad shaky. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more updates.

Source: La Voix Academy, escflashmalta.com, Pix by Max Photography


Published in Local Music News

De Bee, a female singer/songwriter who emerged as the first runner-up during the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Pin the Middle which she co-wrote with Peter Paul is set to release a music video in support of the aforementioned entry. Published through Jagged House, the track went to number #1 on iTunes hours following it's release whilst it was also one of the most streamed tracks through Spotify.

De Bee has yet to make an announcement on whether she will return to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 despite several stating that this was just a one off appearance for the upcoming vocalist. Pin The Middle was the second choice of the viewers during the competition, ahead of Firelight, who then went onto triumph in the jury vote, in order to garner the ticket for Copenhagen, Denmark where the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will take place in just over a weeks' time. We urge you to tune into Xarabank this evening in order to watch the music video for Pin The Middle whilst log onto escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: Xarabank (Official Facebook Page)


Published in Local Music News
Saturday, 08 February 2014 02:43

MESC '14: Shock Results as Former Entrants Fall

At around midnight, the Public Broadcasting Services brought the curtain down on what could be coined as the most successful ever technical showcase ever, denoting exceptional sound in the arena and at home, stunning visuals on stage and crafty camera work. As always, the end of a semi-final brings about a couple of surprises with the elimination of six (6) entries and 2014 has not been any different with a barrage of comments towards the dissatisfaction of two particular entries not making it through; those being none other than Safe and Just No Place Like Home vocally interpreted by Miriam Christine and Fabrizio Faniello respectively.

This is an analysis of the result, one could really see how the jury decided to discount artists who have already been to the Eurovision Song Contest, with both the female and the male vocalist having been to the international event in 1996, 2001 and 2006, respectively. Other entries which failed to make it out of the semi-final this evening were Now and Forever sung to perfection by Andreana, Addictive performed to the fullest by Romina Mamo, Ten performed by diction perfect Corazon and Invisible sung by the dido-esque vocals of Raquel Galdes.

Having a look at the list of finalists; there is a crop of young upcoming stars, and other who have already garnered exposure throughout the years. It is one of the years, where the field is completely open and despite the loud applause for certain artists in the arena, the jury will decide the final outcome. Christabelle will open the final with Lovetricity whilst De Bee will close with Pin the Middle. Make sure to join us for a second LIVE report this evening, as Olivier Vanhoutte takes us through the fourteen (14) finalists. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news from the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Television Malta / Public Broadcasting Services


Earlier this morning, the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre played host to the final run-through prior to the actual semi-final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, airing this evening on TVM and TVM HD with Moira Delia, Gianluca and Ira Losco taking you through a wonderful journey of twenty (20) competing entries and a series of guest artists. The Public Broadcasting Services has to be commended on the efforts put into this years’ presentation with all of the artists praising the stage, lighting and sound alike, from the very first day.

In a couple of hours, the line-up of the final for this years’ Malta Eurovision Song Contest will have been decided and therefore, we have decided to combine the votes of the critics, the media and the public in order to publish the names of the artists whom they think will get through to the final selection phase which will be hosted tomorrow at 20:45 CET on TVM, TVM HD and through Radju Malta. There was a tie for the last spot, and as the rules of the Public Broadcasting Services state, the jury is given precedence and henceforth, we put forward the one chosen by our professional critics. The names are listed down in alphabetical order.

Addictive - Romina Mamo (Ylva / Linda Persson)

Because I Have You - Amber (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

Brand New Day - Davinia (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

City Lady - Ryan Paul Abela (Paul Abela / Ryan Paul / Joe Julian Farrugia)

Coming Home - Firelight (Richard Micallef)

Hypnotica - Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Just No Place Like Home - Fabrizio Faniello (Johan Bejerholm)

Love Will Take Me Home - Franklin (Glen / Beatrice Eriksson / M Frenell / Michael J Down)

Now and Forever - Andreana (Vinny Vella / Karl Spiteri)

One Last Ride - Daniel Testa (Stephen Rudden / Lawrence Peter Bridge)

Pin The Middle - De Bee (Peter Paul Galea / Debbie Stivala)

Safe - Miriam Christine (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Take Me - Pamela (Boris Cezek)

Until We Meet Again - Deborah C (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

escflashmalta.com would like to wish all of the participants competing in this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest, the very best of luck, hoping that the best fourteen (14) performances qualify to the final round of the selection process tomorrow night. There are always a couple of surprises in the eyes of the public but the jury would like to make sure that that special ingredient is selected on behalf of the country. The road to select the twenty-seventh representative and Gianluca’s successor commences this evening. Remember, that Olivier Vanhoutte will be doing a LIVE report of the show this evening, which in turn will air on TVM and TVM HD. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com


In 2014, the Public Broadcasting Services, responsible for Malta’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest decided to conduct a national final with just twenty (20) entries, rather than the typical twenty-four (24) which many had become accustomed to in recent years. Promotion is always vital, and escflashmalta.com has sent each entry to a professional panel of individuals in the music industry, who have in turn passed on their comments. This year, we have asked the likes of John Scott from the United States, Martin Isherwood from the United Kingdom, Sharon Vaughn from the United States but based in Sweden, Stano Simor from the Czech Republic and Greig Watts from the United Kingdom to do the honours. Today’s review is centred on Pin the Middle, composed by Peter Paul Galea to the lyrics of Debbie Stivala with vocals provided by De Bee.

De Bee, one (1) of the five (5) artists who are making their debut in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and one which is also very much a newcomer to the local music scene in general. As a matter of fact, her experience in the entertainment industry has always amounted to spectacular one off events, some of which are held every other year including Voices and others which take place once in a blue moon such as Xirka Rock and What the Funk?. De Bee, whose real name is Debbie Stivala aims to visit as much countries in the world as possible, whilst also hoping to help those in need, hence her participation in a number of charitable causes. In 2013, she released her debut single Just Like You co-written with Wayne Camilleri prior to leaving for Australia where her entry for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest was actually written.


Peter Paul Galea and Debbie Stivala, songwriters of this entry in particular are putting their creativity alongside each other for the very first time. It is worth noting that Peter Paul is known to the local music scene as a musician and songwriter of the group, Tribali. The world music group have amassed great popularity both on a local and an international level, having had the opportunity to tour Australia on more than one (1) occasion. Debbie Stivala is also the vocalist, albeit making use of a stage name, something that is being done on a frequent basis by artists in Malta who also happen to be songwriters. This is her second songwriting credit, but nevertheless, performing your very own lyrics is just astonishing especially due to the fact that no one else can give them the same depth.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 71%

John Scott: Very original and unique. I think it’s pretty catchy. Not sure how it would translate in a live performance. Definitely a unique choice.

Martin Isherwood: Nice smoky voice. A bit cabaret - as in 30s Berlin. Pin the middle - sounds like a knitting pattern instruction. Not a clue what the song is about. Nice major minor inflections. Sort of druggy influence off it feel. Almost more-ish. Very strange introduction with eastern flavours then slips into a Herman's Hermits, Calamity Jane. Country, 1960's pop thing. With fiddle! Altogether a bit cracker.

Sharon Vaughn: Intriguing! She reminds me a bit of Edith Piaf and is exotic and sultry while singing about butterflies... not an easy thing to do. Special.

Stano Simor: Very unusual structure of a song for this kind of competition where the main instrument is the banjo. Yes, even country feeling may be just what the jury and the audience support! Lyrics sit well for this style of music though. Still, I believe that De Bee should have opted for a typical ballad rather than this country sound.

Greig Watts: Interesting introduction again, leaves you wondering whats coming and does feel different to what I have heard so far. Has a little bit of a 60’s pyschedelic feel to it. Again a nice singalong and memorable melody, not the obvious Eurovision one but sometimes the different ones work better and stand out.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com



Published in Editorials
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