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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

Ira Losco has just released 'Haunted by Love' as the first single off her much anticipated album, due to be released in 2016. The album will be her fifth studio release and 10th music publication to date.

The 'drum and bass' track, which was produced by Howard Keith at Jagged House Studios, is very fitting to the pop sound currently dominating the charts and airwaves. Ira Losco has been working in the studio since last August and is set to return with a very fresh sound following her previous album "The Fire”.  Awarded best album at the Malta Music Awards, “The Fire” is still in the Top 10 iTunes charts unrivaled by any other local release for the past three years. 

Ira’s manager said “So many songs, so many years have passed and yet I can never foresee what Ira is going to come up with next. We try our best to keep it fresh, exciting ,challenging and above all fun. It’s very easy to fall into the ‘predictable and safe’ pattern but Ira has always managed to re-invent herself and out do what she’s done in the past and that doesn’t come by very often.’

Different to previous releases, which were preceded by a radio release, 'Haunted by Love' has been simultaneously released with the music video which was directed by the talented James Vernon. 

Also featured in the video is local boxing champion and sports icon Bertu Camilleri playing a cameo role as Ira’s mentor and trainer where she plays the part of a struggling boxer.

"I'm glad to be ending 2015 with the release of the first single from a new body of work we’ve been working very hard on. Although there’s still lots of work to do, we already have 18 tracks A-listed from around 40 tracks and I’m looking forward to release the album in 2016. 

I believe that using every possible vehicle to bring across one’s music is of utmost importance in today's industry, where it can easily get lost in all the noise. I pour my heart and soul into what seems to me the best way of bringing my music to my audience in the most creative way possible" said Ira Losco. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Press Release (Jagged House), Tonio Lombardi (Image)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTl4gMnokRs

Published in Local Music News
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

For the fifth consecutive year, the Beland events are presenting The Beland Music Festival in aid of Puttinu Cares. From the 27th till the 30th of May 2015, at Bulebel Zejtun. Four jam-packed festival dates. The festival has now made a name for itself as one of Malta’s main music events, bringing together a number of full blown concerts attracting thousands to the normally quiet area of the outskirts of Zejtun.

The event will kick off with a special concert by Airport Impressions on Wednesday 27th May where they will be supported by MilkMi and Xarulù.

All Pink Floyd fans will surely not want to miss the show on Thursday by the UK’s Number 1 Pink Floyd Tribute band - Think Floyd, with a brand new show featuring a complete performance of the 1975 album “Wish You Were Here”, arguably one of the band's finest albums, along with the whole range of classic Pink Floyd ranging from “The Dark Side of the Moon”, “The Wall”, “Animals”, “The Division Bell” and much more. Think Floyd will be supported by the band Paradox.

Ira Losco, together with her band, are preparing for another one of their unforgettable concerts on Friday 29th May. This is planned to be the greatest show of one of a limited number of appearances Ira will be doing this year – It is surely not to be missed. Ira Losco will be supported by Funk Initiative and Infinite Loop.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MXwQ6Md41A

Europe's No.1 Tribute To Bon Jovi, Dream Company will be closing the festival with another one of their massive concerts – with a set list of more than 3 hours featuring all the Bon Jovi classics. It’s going to be one wild night!

The whole event is being held at Bulebel, Zejtun and is on a free entrance basis while donations will be collected in aid of Puttinu Cares. Whilst urging you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter, we would like you to check out the full programme of events at www.belandevents.com

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1zOw0KcrtE

Published in Local Music News

Ira Losco, Malta's representative at the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest, has just launched a new music video to accompany her 6th single ‘Dead or Alive', from her album ‘The Fire”. The singer/songwriter has been lying low for a few months in anticipation of this release, which has yet again, given her fans much to talk about.

 

The video was shot in Manchester with Video Ink, the dynamic team who also directed her number 1 single ‘The Way It’s Meant To Be.’ Fans will be surprised to see a very different Ira performing in the mysteriously beautiful Morecambe Winter Garden Theatre built in the 1800s. Ira also had to brave the icy January cold on Morecambe Beach, in yet another scene in the video.  Two fighters in silhouette represent the internal conflict, which Ira sings about in the track. 

“Dead or Alive’ is, lyrically, one of the darkest tracks on the album. It is a track which underwent a major change during its recording. Originally the song had a more country approach, but once I heard Howard’s (Jagged House) take on it we both knew this was the way to go.  It is a high-energy song, which many of the fans kept insisting should be a single when ‘The Fire’ came out, and they were right, it totally works” said Ira Losco. 

The singer/songwriter  is currently about to enter the recording studio to start work on her new album in preparation of another busy year ahead. Howard Keith added “ Ira’s determination to try out new things and to avoid repeating herself makes her very unpredictable as an artist. It’s not the easy road to take but artistically I would say far more rewarding. I would like to thank all the endorsements supporting our ideas with a special mention to Vodafone for their collaboration on this video“.

Ira Losco’s latest album ‘The Fire’, which is still in the top 10 iTunes album charts since its release in March 2013, can be purchased from all digital portals. Fans are asked to visit Ira Losco’s popular YouTube channel, and Official Facebook Page where they can find more info about the artist as well as the latest news. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music scene.

Source: Press Release, Benjamin Stanton (Photo)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MXwQ6Md41A
Published in Local Music News

In February, female singer/songwriter Ira Losco had the opportunity to co-host the national final for the Eurovision Song Contest alongside Gianluca Bezzina. This was the role of a lifetime, and one which they were asked to reprise for the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, an opportunity which they jointly declined due to other plans, including Gianluca's participation with L-Aħwa and the possibility of Ira Losco's return to the competition.

In a recent interview with Wiwibloggs, Ira Losco went on record stating that the timing of a possible participation in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest was inadequate with two singles yet to be released off her latest studio album "The Fire", before work on new material officially commences. Seen as a massive means of exposure to the international music market, the singer/songwriter does not rule out a possible return in 2016, but only with the right song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQdofwG7KO4

Following Amber's victory at the 2015 Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Ira Losco sent out a message of congratulations to the whole team of "Warrior", including Elton Zarb and Matthew Mercieca, stating that it was a deserved victory, and she will be backing the whole entourage. 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 Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place in Vienna, Austria.

Source: Wiwibloggs, Allen Venables (Photo)

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

What is the Eurovision Song Contest all about? Apparently it is only a song contest with a nationalist side, but I would like to tell you how this worked for me. I am a Spanish guy with a university level education. Until May 2013 my knowledge about Malta was reduced: a small island south of Italy and one of the countries members of the European Union. Little else. Yes, I also knew that its capital is Valletta.

Then on 16th May 2013 I was reading some paperwork in front of my TV set at home. It was showing the second night semi‐final of the Eurovision Song Contest. At some point a song called my attention and I put my eyes on the screen: I saw a smiling young guy singing a rather cute (and fresh) song. When it ended I found out that the singer was called Gianluca, the song “Tomorrow”, they were representing Malta… and I also realised that I was smiling and feeling some inner joy difficult to describe. Technically I think that this must be something similar to “cognitive empathy”.

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

I became interested in the singer, with his warm voice, I wanted to hear more songs by him: Amazon, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Google… one thing brought another and, on the way, I also unveiled Malta. One of the first things that I learnt was that Gianluca was a medical doctor (it was commented in all the interviews) and then my first piece of information about the country was this: alright, maybe in Malta all singers need a second job to survive. However I am an optimistic person and I changed this thought by this one: blessed the country where its medical doctors sing.

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

Today I have two copies of the first CD by Gianluca, one in my car, the other at home, and most of my friends got that CD too as a last year Christmas present;  I have known about Samaria and Dorothy, great voices too, and the rest of the musical Bezzina family; I have discovered part of the musical landscape of the island: Ira Losco, Joseph Calleja, Funk Initiative, Firelight, Wayne William, Amber, L'Aħwa… to mention but a few, and the sweet blend of “Xemx”; I have bought several books about Malta and its extraordinary language (I even have a course of Maltese and an English-Maltese dictionary, but please do not check me); plenty of bookmarks on Maltese literature and classical songs lie in my navigator; I have learnt about the country newspapers and TV channels and, as a consequence, about the people of Malta and its sunburnt and luminous islands.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdEItaYD-Bw

For me Malta always will be Gianluca and the Bezzina's. I cannot think of better image and heart for a country that wishes to be loved. Now you answer the question I posed at the beginning: what the Eurovision Song Contest is about? And then, did Gianluca and his group do their job at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö? Was it all about the singing… only? We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest and the local music scene.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK4TvZeL6c0

Published in Editorials

Ira Losco, Malta’s top female singer/songwriter has been somewhat distant of mentioning a possible return to the Eurovision Song Contest throughout her successful music career, opting for a different genre, one which is more mature, and defines her growth as an artist. It is worth noting that in 2014, Ira somewhat re-ignited that flame to compete, following her role as co-host of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, alongside Gianluca Bezzina and Moira Delia. 

Following a promotional campaign led by both local and international websites trying to convince Ira Losco to return to the prestigious music event, the singer/songwriter has opted to consider the possibility for 2016, according to a post on her Official Facebook Page. She is currently gearing up for the release of her final 2 singles from her latest album “The Fire” and is working on her next studio album, which will most likely be released in the next 2 years. 

Hence, all the rumours which were spreading like wildfire could officially die-down because Ira Losco is not going to be a part of the 2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which nevertheless features no less than 5 former representatives; Miriam Christine (1996), Olivia Lewis (2007), Ludwig Galea (2004), Glen Vella (2009) and Gianluca Bezzina (2013). Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook & Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Ira Losco (Official Facebook Page), Allen Venables

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