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It is no secret that following the first rehearsal, countries make amends to their respective stage performances in order to improve in time for the live broadcast, either during the first semi-final or the second semi-final unless the host country or part of the big five, cause in that case, the grand final.

Malta’s very own Claudia Faniello will be treating the audiences at the rehearsals a completely different look on Friday 5th May. It has been promised that the second outfit will be less demure, and thus showing some skin. It is following this particular rehearsal that #TeamMalta will be deciding which look to go for, and then unveil it during the jury dress rehearsal which take place on Wednesday 10th May.

I think it is important to mention Claudia’s styling team which comprises of Justin Brincat, who’s responsible for the make-up; Ritianne Borg who’s responsible for her hair, and Gaetano Busuttil who’s responsible for the custom dresses that she is wearing. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from Claudia Faniello and #TeamMalta.

Source: Thomas Hanses (EBU)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bfoq7udRPwk

There are no words to describe the excellent rehearsal that Claudia Faniello gave yesterday morning as she left everyone gasping for air, breathless really. She wore a rather demure white gown, designed by Gaetano, very reminiscent of the one worn earlier this year during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, giving a flawless vocal interpretation which silenced doubters, raising the bar for the acts that had to follow.

The stage, bathed in white and blue lighting oozes class and simplicity. This is rather appropriate with “Breathlessly”, a ballad penned by Gerard James Borg with a complimentary melody by Philip Vella and Sean Vella. On the screens behind her, Claudia’s face and body is projected several times, giving the performance a new lease of life, and letting the emotions flow.

Malta will be performing in slot number #4 during the second semi-final on Thursday 11th May at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev, Ukraine between FYR Macedonia’s Jana Burceska and Romania’s Ilinca featuring Alex. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from Claudia Faniello and #TeamMalta.

Source: Andres Putting (EBU)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28ddtLeLFHI

Gerard James Borg, one of Malta's most successful songwriters, responsible for penning the lyrics for no less than 6 competing entries in the Eurovision Song Contest has recently been involved in a project, a new single entitled "Revolving Doors" featuring Hallgrimur Oskarsson as the composer, and Johanna Gudrun (Yohanna) as the lead vocalist.

Yohanna, the runner-up in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest with "Is It True?" and recipient of the maximum 12 points from the Maltese Tele-Vote and Professional Jury, has kept a rather low profile since trying to return to the international competition back in 2013, noting that she gave birth in October 2015. 

Her comeback single "Revolving Doors", is a beautiful ballad, with hints of country, which soars into true vocal depth. On the other hand, Gerard has focused his creative talent on novels, and thus far it seems that he has been truly successful, noting the release of two best-sellers; "Sliema Wives" and "Madliena Married Men".

You can listen to the song, whilst also following the lyrics through the video below, as we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Yohanna (Official Facebook Page)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_2uMhVL5o8

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 19:39

MESC 2016: Claudia Faniello Denies Rumours

"I decided not to go for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest this time around, focusing on myself and new material, as part of a larger collection", echoed Claudia Faniello to the editorial team of escflashmalta.com, amidst growing rumours that she was eyeing a comeback.

Claudia Faniello first emerged onto the local music scene with "High Alert", an original song which got through to the final stages of the Malta Song for Europe 2006 with the vocals of Olivia Lewis, who had to interpret another song, "Spare a Moment", having obtained more points. As a result, the renowned songwriter chose the younger of the Faniello siblings, and from then onwards, she has gone from strength to strength.

Finishing as the first runner-up in 2008 with "Caravaggio",  composed by Ray Agius with lyrics by Godwin Sant, and in 2012 with "Pure", composed by Philip Vella with lyrics by Gerard James Borg, Claudia has cemented her place as the most successful female artist in the national selection not to win the competition. Her last participation came in 2013, with "When It's Time", which the singer/songwriter penned to the music of Errol Sammut. 

Since then, she has focused on developing her own genre, working on a further two singles; "One Fine Day" and "Miles Away", with a third one in tow. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Malta's participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

Source: escflashmalta.com, Claudia Faniello

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

Monday, 03 November 2014 14:32

MESC 2015: In-Depth Interview with Jessika

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, Let's continue and follow things up with Jessika.

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

Fandango in my opinion is written by two exceptional people, Gerard James Borg and Philip Vella. After working together for several years now, I personally think we’ve achieved a great chemistry and love to work together as we get so creative… In fact, they created a catchy and above all a modern vibe to this song that does not only make it a good Eurovision contender but can also climb the charts. Fandango is a couple’s dance….  

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?

I sincerely believe that the Malta Eurovision song Contest is a great showcase for us singers and I wish that every singer gets to experience it as it’s so much fun and through it people get to know us and our music. I believe that this experience makes me grow as a person and artist and I truly love it!!!

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 personally think that it’s a question of the other countries’ representatives and what the jury and the public like. If they happen to like modern, catchy and original dance tunes then I think Fandango would do well but who knows … 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8LziOIr3Zc

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?

I do believe that my song was written with me in the author and composer’s mind and thus it fits me well, therefore I would think that the others did just the same. That’s what makes this competition a great one as every artist represents his or her own style.

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

Right now I’m really focused on the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and I’d love to get the chance to represent my country. As I love music so much, I’m planning to work on a new album, am already writing and humming some tunes and I hope to sing at some events abroad.

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

I hope you all support the Maltese talent as it’s important to us singers, this also makes us work more to prepare a better project you can be proud of every time. I always try to give my utmost to have a great project and I really believe in my song Fandango. I hope you do so too!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cC_sfbt_rCs&list

Published in Interviews

escflashmalta.com has only been publishing the names of vocalists and songwriters who have decided to opt out of the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and therefore, we thought it was best to reveal some individuals who have indeed put their name forward for the event. We'll kick things off with Jessika, winner of the TVM Award and the Tele-Voting portion of the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with 'Hypnotica' composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg.

Throughout the past couple of months, the female singer/songwriter turned actress has garnered public acclaim through her role on the show 'Il-Klikka' which airs on ONE Television. This has been of great support to her music career, aiding her cause to the top of the public vote at the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. It is not a surprise that she will be hoping to continue achieving such success, this time hoping to also impress the professional panel of judges who pushed her down to 8th place.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wikHRTwRdA

Therefore, at this point in time, we are able to confirm that those artists who submit entries in the competition include; Jessika (MESC 08, 11-14), Fabrizio Faniello (ESC 01, 06), Daniel Testa (JESC 08, MESC 14), Kaya (MESC 00, 10, 12), Franklin Calleja (MESC 13,14), Domenique (MESC 11, 13) and Izzy (SHSC 11). 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: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4QHe2aZW6k

Published in Local Music News

Jessika, winner of the TVM Award and the Tele-Voting portion of the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with 'Hypnotica' composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg, has kept herself busy with a string of unplugged performances around the country. The latest, at Hugo’s Terrace, featured an original song and two cover versions, with the support of Lulu Agius, whose most recent release was ‘Letter 25’ alongside Lyndsay.

The original, 'Hypnotica' is her recent success story to which an official music video has also been recorded and released in recent weeks. The covers were 'Roar', originally by Katy Perry and 'Fix You', originally by Coldplay. Jessika has never sounded better, and it seems that she will once more be trying her luck to represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest with the submission deadline for the 2015 edition nearing closer. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UueH_CvMi2k
Published in Local Music News

Jessika, winner of the TVM Award and the tele-Voting portion of this year's edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with "Hypnotica" composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg, has just released the music video to the aforementioned track. The project, created by students who attend MCAST Art & Design had to submit this as part of their coursework for their second year credit known as "Creative Media Production".

The production team consisted in 5 students that together with Jessika developed the idea of this music video. The lecturer Mr. Ian Attard guided the students in the production of the video. Luke Borg directed the music video, Tyler Calleja Jackson was the director of photography and the principal editor. Samantha Gauci was the assistant of DOP and the second editor. George Formosa was the production assistant and took care of the light production, and Randell Camilleri took care of the audio and assisted in the light production as well.

This was not the first music video by Jessika, who had previously also released an accompanying short movie for the song "Golden Ways" which re-launched the singer/songwriter with her current look. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music scene as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8LziOIr3Zc

Published in Local Music News

Until 2013, Daniel Testa was the most successful artist to represent Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with "Junior Swing", a song he wrote himself, finishing in 4th place. That all changed when Gaia Cauchi swept to victory in an impressive performance of "The Start", co-written with Gillian Attard, Elton Zarb and Matthew Mercieca.

Earlier this year, Daniel Testa emerged as a dark horse during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and came the closest to winning the ticket, as a vocalist who had been to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, including Marilena Gauci and Sophie DeBattista who have made the finals but yet to trouble the top three. "One Last Ride", a co-write between Stephen Rudden and Lawrence Peter Bridge, finished in third place, after achieving the second most amount of points with the public, just behind "Hypnotica" composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg by Jessika.

In an interview with junioreurovision.tv, Daniel Testa confirmed that he will be putting his name forward for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in the future, including next year. Nevertheless, he hopes that 'there would not be too many' entries before he would finally triumph. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: junioreurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1YFUT4dffU

Published in Local Music News

Rui Andrade, a male vocalist who has finished as the second runner-up in the Festival da Cancao on no less than three occasions including earlier this year is set to fly to Copenhagen, Denmark as part of a team of backing vocalists. In yet another escflashmalta.com exclusive, we have learnt that the singer/songwriter from Portugal will be accompanying the Tolmachevy Sisters during their performance of the song Shine composed by Philipp Kirkorov & Dimitris Kontopolous with lyrics by Ralph Charlie, John Ballard & Gerard James Borg.

Participation in the Portuguese national selection was handled by none other than Olivier Vanhoutte, a longtime friend and escflashmalta.com editor who has declined to give a comment with regards to the story. Nevertheless, other outlets have confirmed this story which will add to the international intrigue surrounding the Russian entry at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The question which many will ask is whether this will turn up to be a wise marketing move or appear to be a desperate attempt at trying to secure votes. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news about the 2014 edition of the continental competition.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IQ6nlmjmCE

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