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At a Press Conference earlier this morning, it was revealed to the local and foreign media that Malta will be hosting the 2017 edition of the Eurovision Young Dancers. Flanked by Dr Tonio Portughese, and Anton Attard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Public Broadcasting Services, respectively. Owen Bonnici, the Minister of Justice, Local Government and Culture stated that "this is great news that will raise the profile of the country in the field of arts".

This decision was made during a Young Dancers Steering Group meeting held in Pilsen, where the Public Broadcasting Services presented their vision and official bid to host the competition. As Malta prepares to become the European Capital City of Culture in 2018, this will serve as a stunning 'warm-up' event, as countries meet together in Valletta, as the event is staged at the Mediterranean Conference Centre.

Executive Supervisor of the competition, Vladislav Yakovlev, added "We saw what an amazing job and show PBS made with the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in November last year. Eurovision Young Dancers is a slightly different style of show, however I am confident that PBS will deliver an equally impressive event and I look forward to working with them over the next 23 months". 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: Eurovision Young Dancers

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

In 2014, "Tu Primo Grande Amore", sung by Vincenzo Cantiello was triumphant during the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, giving rise to speculation that Italy could be taking over from Malta, as hosts of the prestigious event. RAI, the public broadcaster on behalf of Italy has declined the opportunity to take on the event, thus prompting a bidding process, one which includes 'two countries', according to Vladislav Yakovlev, Executive Producer of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Around the internet message boards, it is speculated that two countries, Bulgaria and Malta, have shown interest in hosting the 2015 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The first runner-up, has been gunning for the right to take on such a prestigious event, noting that Krisia, Hasan and Ibrahim were sent to participate in 2014 through a private broadcaster. On the other hand, the Public Broadcasting Services were excellent hosts with many members of the foreign press commenting that they would not mind returning in 12 months.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wadHSXst3qk

The European Broadcasting Union will most likely make a decision by the end of January, with Vladislav Yakovlev stating that they would be 'excited to work with either of them on Junior Eurovision 2015' adding that they are 'lucky to be in a position that two broadcasters would like to host'. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: junioreurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBB9f3YdGEs

In just a couple of months, Malta will be hosting this year's edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest following Gaia Cauchi's triumph with "The Start", a song which she co-wrote with Elton Zarb, Matt Mercieca and Gillian Attard. As soon as victory was assured, the Public Broadcasting Services entered into talks with the European Broadcasting Union to hold the event in the Mediterranean Island, with the general public buzzing over the stupendous showing.

It seems that participating countries for the show are on the increase and following the supposed debut of Iceland, it seems that Italy will also be putting in their initial showing, according to eurofestivalnews.com, the most accurate Italian news source. This comes to fruition following a recent general assembly organised by the European Broadcasting Union in Naples. Rumour has it, that Italy will be following in Malta and San Marino's footsteps in sending an artist from the television programme "Ti Lascio Una Canzone" following the choices of Michele Perniola for San Marino in 2013 and Federica Falzon for Malta in 2014.

Both managed to triumph in the show. In Malta, the public is buzzing about the possibility of Federica competing against Vincenzo Carni who seems to be first on the list of possible entrants. It is worth noting that Federica and Vincenzo won this year's edition of "Ti Lascio Una Canzone" as a duet. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2014 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: eurofestivalnews.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soB7hFOEMv4

In just a couple of months, Malta will be playing host to this year's edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest having been chosen by the European Broadcasting Union following their victory with "The Start" co-written by Gillian Attard, Elton Zarb, Matthew Mercieca and Gaia Cauchi, the latter also responsible for the superb vocals.

With the Steering Committee travelling to Malta twice, first time round to analyse the potential venues and second time round to make some announcements, as well as see what vision the Public Broadcasting Services has for the event, the European Broadcasting Union has officially confirmed the Malta Shipbuilding in Marsa as the host venue. Just ten minutes away from Valletta, and with an estimated 4500 capacity, the Malta Shipbuilding "is a challenge" but will provide a "wonderful setting for Junior Eurovision" according to Anja Zegwaars of AVROTROS in The Netherlands.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thje0DAh_lU

The Malta Shipbuilding in Marsa has already played host to an event in recent months with the Music & Steel Festival featuring acts such as; Red Electrick, Tribali, The Rifffs and Airport Impressions amongst others. The acoustics in the venue are astonishing and will provide a fantastic setup for what should prove to be a great show. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2014 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Malta.

Source: junioreurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeDd4Ww6oKY

Following the aftermath of the second semi-final, it has been decided by the European Broadcasting Union that Firelight and the song Coming Home written by Richard Edwards Micallef on behalf of Malta will perform in position number 22 this coming Saturday as the final of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest takes place.

Valentina Rossi, a photo model and nominee in the upcoming Malta Fashion Awards, has been selected by the Public Broadcasting Services to read out the votes during the final of the international competition following in the footsteps of Emma Hickey, Keith Demicoli, Kelly Schembri and Chiara Siracusa who have held the honour in the past four years. Valentina is a true fan of the Eurovision Song Contest, and was present during each of the postcards introducing the acts at this year's edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: eurovision.tv, Bernard Polidano (image)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXY0imG1SzQ

Just a couple of minutes ago, the city of Copenhagen in Denmark was hosting the first in a series of events in relation to the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the semi-final allocation draw taking place in front of several journalists, under the superivision of Danmarks Radio, the European Broadcasting Union and Digame. Some broadcasters asked to be allocated in specific semi-finals due to scheduling conflicts or special circumstances, some of which would have included non-participation due to national holidays and so forth but otherwise, everything went smoothly.

Tine Gøtsche and Ulla Essendrop, the hosts of the allocation draw made sure to explain everything in a manner which everyone could understand, kicking off proceedings with the allocation of where the direct finalists will be voting, those being the BIG FIVE (5) and Denmark, as host country and then moving onto those which had made special requests, and ultimately the remaining set of nations. As one could denote the above image, the countries in the respective semi-finals have created two spectacles, which will most likely yield very interesting results, based on the actual songs.

Malta has been drawn in the first half of the second semi-final, with countries which are somewhat susceptible to send up-tempo entries to the Eurovision Song Contest. At this point in time, the Mediterranean nation, set to host the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in the beginning of February might still decide on mixing it up and sending a ballad rather than an up-tempo track, with the hope of standing out. It is worth noting that last years’ track Tomorrow had been singled out as a genre and finished in a highly respectable eighth place. 

The BIG FIVE countries voting in the same semi-final as Malta are; Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom whilst France, Spain and host country, Denmark will vote in semi-final 1. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news from the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which is set to take place in Copenhagen, Denmark on the 6th, 8th and 10th May respectively. The European Broadcasting Union is collaborating with Danmarks Radio on the illustrious music competition which is turning 59 this year.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9JMfu7rpB8

The European Broadcasting Union and the Public Broadcasting Services have come to an agreement that the next edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in Malta, is set for Saturday 15th November 2014. This information was made public in an interview that Tonio Portughese, Chairman of the Public Broadcasting Services had with Television Malta, following the announcement of the Malta Eurovision Young Musicians as well as the concept of founding an orchestra specifically for cultural events. The Public Broadcasting Services would like to be at the centre of Malta’s cultural spectrum and in accordance with the European Broadcasting Union, aim to achieve this position. 

At the 2013 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Malta entered with its head held high, and saw to the success of Gaia Cauchi and her entry The Start, co-written with Elton Zarb, Matt Mercieca and Gillian Attard. This gave rise to a whole new meaning to the participation of Malta in such events and Tonio Portughese has also gone on record stating that a brand new concept is being developed by the European Broadcasting Union to host a competition for ballet performers. The Public Broadcasting Services is showing interest in taking part in this event to, making the small Mediterranean nation, participant in four events organised by the European body. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: Television Malta

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thje0DAh_lU

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 20:29

Eurovision '14: Theme Art Officially Presented

#JoinUs, the slogan of next years’ edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark under the hospice of host broadcaster, DR has officially been unveiled in a proper theme ask which will support the competition and give it a proper identity. Executive Producer, Pernille Gaardbo went on record stating ‘the Eurovision diamond symbolises what the competition means to us: A hub that is at once sparkling and strong. Diamond has lots of different sides and shows the diversity and the richness that will be on stage at the Eurovision Song Contest.’

She then went onto add ‘it emphasises visually the approach we have for the contest in 2014: The rawness of the B&W Arena combined with the sparkling show, and in the middle of the stage, the diamond as a unifying force, right where it's all done.’ The general idea is that the graphic selected, supports the concept of the diamond hence why the slogan has been put within the actual diamond. The idea of having a slogan and a theme art is something which was kick-started back in 2008 due to the fact that the heart solo had taken a centre stage and had also become difficult to alter. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApgkBV0hhCY

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 12:55

JESC ’14: Malta Confirmed as Host Country

Earlier this month, The Start co-written by Matt Mercieca, Elton Zarb, Gillian Attard and vocalist Gaia Cauchi was selected by the general public, a kids jury and an international panel of experts as the winning entry of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. As soon as this was announced, the media pounced on the delegation by asking them, whether they would be able to host the upcoming edition of the international showcase, especially following such a transitional year in which several aspects of the showcase are still being altered. The answer is a categorical yes, according to a Press Release published on the official website of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Speaking to the official website, Anton Attard, Malta’s Head of Delegation and Chief Executive Officer of the Public Broadcasting Services went on record stating ‘We’re proud of our local girl, Gaia Cauchi winning Junior Eurovision in Kyiv in December and want to continue to showcase our talents here’. This will be the very first time that Malta will be hosting an event to be shown worldwide, and it will also be a co-production between the Public Broadcasting Services and the European Broadcasting Union. Yesterday, the Executive Supervisor of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest was in Malta, and visited two potential venues, the Mediterranean Conference Centre (approx 1500), and the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre (approx 10000). We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malta.

Source: junioreurovision.tv, Emil Calleja Bayliss (Image)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpGiMyb-Ypg

Vladislav Yakolev, the Executive Supervisor of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, is currently visting the Headquarters of the Public Broadcasting Services as early details for next years' international showcase are surely being set with Anton Attard, Chief Executive Officer and Tonio Portughese, Chairman. This news does not come as a surprise after the national broadcaster went on record stating that they are willing to host the event, especially following Gaia Cauchi's victory with The Start, which she co-wrote with Matt Mercieca, Elton Zarb and Gillian Attard.

Next years' edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, co-produced by the European Broadcasting Union and the Public Broadcasting Services will most likely include a couple of more participants with interest beckoning from countries such as Hungary, and Ireland. The details are raw and unconfirmed by the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre seems to be the most likely venue to host the event, especially due to the inclusion of a Euroclub and a Press Centre. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com in the coming weeks and months and we unravel the event in greater detail.

Source: Junior Eurovision (Twitter)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thje0DAh_lU

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