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Tonight, the biggest music festival in the country will take place - with the aim of choosing Malta's 31st entry to the Eurovision Song Contest. Over the course of the last quarter of 2017, the one hundred and twenty nine songs submitted for the competition were whittled down to just sixteen - which will all be performed live tonight from the Malta Fairs and Convention Centre in Ta' Qali.

The show will begin at 21:00 and will be broadcast live on TVM / TVM HD. The compère of this year's show will be Colin Fitz. Opening this year's show will be last year's winner, Claudia Faniello - who will reprise her winning song from last year, "Breathlessly". The sixteen acts taking part in this year's festival will take to the stage in the following order as seen below; in addition, they will be seen in postcards before their performances at various local heritage sites across the island.

1. AIDAN - "Dai Laga" (Aidan Cassar)
2. Miriana Conte - "Rocket" (Cyprian Cassar, Muxu)
3. Jasmine Abela - "Supernovas" (Charlie Mason, Jonas Thander)
4. Matthew Anthony - "Call 2morrow" (Jonas Gladnikoff, Tom Wiklund, Peder Eriksson)
5. Danica Muscat - "One Step at a Time" (John Ballard, Ruth Mussie, Jerusalem Yemane, Irena Krstva, Kian Fakhary)
6. Dwett - "Breaking Point" (Elton Zarb, Muxu)
7. Lawrence Gray - "Love Renegade" (Cyprian Cassar, Muxu)
8. Richard & Joe Micallef - "Song for Dad" (Cyprian Cassar, Richard Micallef)
9. Tiziana Calleja - "First Time" (Tina Stenberg)
10. Eleanor Cassar - "Back to Life" (Jonas Gladnikoff, Michael James Down)
11. Rhiannon - "Beyond Blue Horizons" (Rhiannon Micallef, Cyprian Cassar)
12. Brooke - "Heart of Gold" (Borislav Milanov, Dag Lundberg, Niklas Lif, Brooke Borg)
13. Christabelle - "Taboo" (Johnny Sanchez, Thomas G:son, Christabelle Borg, Muxu)
14. Deborah C - "Turn It Up" (Christian Schneider, Aidan O'Connor, Sara Biglert, Erik Grönwall)
15. Avenue Sky - "We Can Run" (Jonas Gladnikoff, Matthew Ker, Glen Vella)
16. Petra - "Evolution" (Elton Zarb, Muxu)

Alongside the main attration of the festival, there will be a number of interval acts. Claudia Faniello will take to the stage during the voting with her band, whilst last year's Maltese entrant at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Gianluca Cilia, will reprise his song "Dawra Tond", followed by a brand new song in a similar style - "Wam Bam". Performances by Analise Dance Company will also feature in the show throughout.
The result of this year's contest will be determined by a jury and a televote, each having a 50% share in the result. The jury - whose names will be announced during the show, compromises of five members. The public will be able to vote by calling 5230 21XX (the last two numbers being the singers' number in the running order). Only one vote per phone will be accepted.

In addition to the main show on TV, Public Broadcasting Services will also offer a backstage glimse to the proceedings online - TVM's presenters will be live giving the immediate reactions of the participants backstage, whilst other cameras will offer views of what is happening behind the scenes. The "second screen" footage can be accessed at https://www.tvm.com.mt/mt/secondscreen/.

ESCFlashmalta would like to wish all of the performers tonight the best of luck.

Source: tvm.com.mt

Saturday, 03 February 2018 00:15

MESC 2018: Speaking with Lawrence Gray

Eurovision fever is slowly gripping Malta - the nation's national selection for the world's most watched music contest is coming to it's climax this weekend. Of the one hundred and twenty-nine entries submitted for contention in this year's local festival, just sixteen made it to the televised selection. We had the chance to catch up with some of the competitors of this year's show during their preperations. Next up is Lawrence Gray, an artist who has been taking part in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest since 1997, with the song "Love Renegade".

Hi Lawrence, thanks for taking the time out for this interview! How does it feel to be part of the sixteen finalists for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest?

First and foremost, I am honoured to be part of this journey with my fifteen other colleagues – I’m really looking forward for the day to finally arrive.

Tell us more about your song, "Love Renegade”. What is it about? In your opinion, what makes your song an ideal candidate for Eurovision?

This time things are different – the song is very personal to me. It’s in a different style of music to what I usually perform. This is a big challenge to me that I am embracing with open arms in every sense. At the same time, I am taking things very personally as my beloved country Malta is involved, with my great team behind me, I feel like I can make a difference and help Malta to be victorious.

Your song takes a very different direction to the music we’ve heard from you in the past. What inspired you to make this change?

As I said, it’s a different style to what I usually perform. But that being said, a true artist has to reinvent himself over the years in order to keep going strong. Never give up!

How are your preparations going so far? Are there any surprises that you can tell us about?

Preparations are going very well – there are good vibes all around and myself and everyone else in my team are very focused on what you are going to see on Saturday. “Less is more”!

 

Are you following the Eurovision Song Contest in general? If so, are there any stand-out entries for you from the past?

Love it or hate it, the Eurovision Song Contest is a show that is very hard not to follow. The popularity in the show is growing more and more each year. For me, the most stand out entry of all time would be from Mr. Eurovision himself – Johnny Logan’s “Hold me now”. I still love that song to bits.

Do you have a personal goal for the competition?

This experience as a whole is very personal and important for me. I am not here for the experience or to be more notorious than I may be in any other platform, but my goal is of course to make Malta victorious. It’s time for our country to shine, for our name to be up in the lights – I feel that we deserve it and that is what I am working for.

What styles of music are you usually listening to these days? Is there anything you look for in a song that makes you enjoy it?

Being a songwriter myself, I like to listen to all sorts of music – but deep inside I am a glam rock lover. In a song I like to look for all of the emotions that a human can undergo in his life – be it true life, true experience, true stories. Only the magic of great music, and great lyrics which make perfect sense can make you feel that. Music is alive – it’s got to breathe, it’s got to live – I only listen to those artists that sing with their heart and soul.

When you’re not singing – what can you usually be found doing?

When you’re working in the entertainment business – a day off is something that is unfortunately very rare… sometimes it’s like your voice is the thing possessing you, and you have to go wherever it takes you! Nevertheless, I am the proud father of my son (Liam), and I am definitely trying my best to spend as much time as I can with him. I believe that our children will not remember how many toys their parents gave them, but the amount of quality time they have with them.

What can we expect from you once the MESC-madness is over?

Whatever happens at the end of this experience, whether I am the lucky one or not, I’m sure that my career will not stop there. I will still be going strong in the entertainment business and I will be ready to accept whatever comes my way. I’ll surely never give up to see Malta victorious one day!

Thanks for your time Lawrence, and best of luck at this year’s Malta Eurovision Song Contest!

Much love, and God bless!

Saturday, 03 February 2018 00:02

MESC 2018: Speaking with Christabelle

Eurovision fever is slowly gripping Malta - the nation's national selection for the world's most watched music contest is coming to it's climax this weekend. Of the one hundred and twenty-nine entries submitted for contention in this year's local festival, just sixteen made it to the televised selection. We had the chance to catch up with some of the competitors of this year's show during their preperations. Next up is someone who’s familiar to the audience and has been a fan-favourite for several years. This is Christabelle with “Taboo”.

Hi Christabelle, thanks for taking the time out for this interview! How does it feel to once again be part of the sixteen finalists for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest?

Great, of course! I’ve been over the moon since. I feel that the MESC is a huge platform for anyone who wants to get their message across through song

You’re back at the festival after taking a break last year. What have you been up to in the meantime?

Last year I decided to take a year off MESC to focus on my job as a full-time financial controller, as well as on my music beyond the MESC. Even so, my intention was always return within a year and, watching it last year, made me realise just how much I enjoy being a part of it and on the MESC stage. This year I released new music and was also very lucky to have been able to perform at the ‘Isle of MTV’.

Tell us more about your song, "Taboo”. What is it about? In your opinion, what makes your song an ideal candidate for Eurovision?

The lyrics are by myself and Muxu, and the music is by Thomas G.Son and Johnny Sanchez. The song is called ‘Taboo’, and it’s an incredibly personal one for me, both because of what I have been through as an individual in my private life, and because it addresses something that is very close to my heart. The song’s message is that we should be open about discussing mental illness and in offering help (rather than judgement) to those suffering from it. We need to change the way we talk about mental illness and encourage those who need help to speak up; but it’s only by working together that we can break this taboo... So, in a nutshell, with ‘Taboo’, I set out to raise awareness about mental health.

It could be said that your song takes a different direction to the ones you performed previously on the Malta Eurovision stage. What inspired you to do this?

At times, music seems to only be about the beat and the melody, but even though both factors are important, I believe that ‘Taboo’ is a mixture of the three elements that make a good track: a strong message, a catchy melody and good rhythm. The message of ‘Taboo’ is also universal, and I hope that it can get people talking about mental illness both locally and abroad, hence it would mean that the message behind my song wouldn’t only be transmitted to solely the Maltese Audience, but to all the countries competing in Eurovision 2018.

How are your preparations going so far? Are there any surprises that you can tell us about?

Preparations are going really well. Been really busy preparing for the final night’s performance. I am super excited about it and cannot wait to perform. This is something I’d like to keep secret, actually. The element of surprise is incredibly important in such a competition, after allJ

Are you following the Eurovision Song Contest in general? If so, are there any stand-out entries for you from the past?

I am an avid Eurovision follower, I have never missed watching the contest, be it Malta or Internationally. I believe that the contest has become so popular everywhere not just in Europe, and it is followed by so many people! It is the perfect platform, to get your music across borders and also get the message across through song. My favourite entries ever from the contest are ‘Euphoria’ and ‘1944’, both for very different reasons, the former because it is an extremely catchy and powerful song, and 1944, because of its meaning.

Do you have a personal goal for the competition?

Besides obviously doing well with my performance and on the final night, since ‘Taboo’ is a song about raising awareness, I have also got in touch with several communities and foundations so that, once the MESC is over, I can aid them in getting the message across as much as possible.

What styles of music are you usually listening to these days? Is there anything you look for in a song that makes you enjoy it?

I tend to listen to Sia, The Weeknd and Dua Lipa a lot. Their music is different, but I listen to music to relax, and I feel that their music relaxes me.

When you’re not singing – what can you usually be found doing?

Unfortunately for me – but fortunately for my boss – I am a total workaholic. So, when I’m not singing (or doing something related to it), I’m either at work or asleep. When I do get some time off, however, I go travelling.

What can we expect from you once the MESC-madness is over?

My main focus right now is the ESC. Once that’s done, then I can start planning my wedding, which will be taking place is 2018!

Thanks for your time Christabelle, and best of luck at this year’s Malta Eurovision Song Contest!

Friday, 02 February 2018 23:49

MESC 2018: Speaking with Tiziana Calleja

Eurovision fever is slowly gripping Malta - the nation's national selection for the world's most watched music contest is coming to it's climax this weekend. Of the one hundred and twenty-nine entries submitted for contention in this year's local festival, just sixteen made it to the televised selection. We had the chance to catch up with some of the competitors of this year's show during their preperations. One of these was former runner-up, Tiziana Calleja who’s returning after an 8 year break with ‘First Time’.

Hi Tiziana, thanks for taking the time out for this interview! How does it feel to be part of the sixteen finalists for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest?

I feel happy and ready to get on with the show. Bring it on! ☺

It’s been a number of years since you’ve been part of the line-up for the Malta Eurovision - what have you been up to in the meantime?

Sitting down, watching TV while sipping coffee…..in my dreams! I’ve been very busy with performances together with CentreSTAGE – our very own Performing arts group. We do a lot of events yearly and it does take a lot of time to prepare and put up a great performance. Most of the time I’m rushing from one place to another teaching or directing as well as singing.

Tell us more about your song, "First time”. What is it about? In your opinion, what makes your song an ideal candidate for Eurovision?

My team and I hit off this experience with a thought in mind - something different! Sometimes, less is more and can be spectacular just the same. Now it’s up to us how to make the spectacle happen ☺ I do believe in ‘First Time’ and can’t wait for the 3rd February to share all the work that has been going on with everyone out there, believing that, yes I’m one of the 16 finalists because the song, my team and myself can make the magic happen! I truly believe that the performance is strong enough to make it to the top-I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t!

How are your preparations going so far? Are there any surprises that you can tell us about?

I do have a great team behind me that are all on top of their game and working relentlessly for the performance to be fabulous. Every person is taking care of their own responsibilities ☺ and that makes everything work in harmony. Above all that, it’s all a matter of trusting the circle around you.

When you’re searching for a song to add to your repertoire (be it an original song or a cover), is there anything in particular that you’re looking for?

Yes, it always depends on why and where I’ll be singing and performing the song. That plays an important part.

Are you following the Eurovision Song Contest in general? If so, are there any stand-out entries for you from the past?

One of the best performances and songs for me will always be Euphoria! I still listen to the song and it still gives me goosebumps every time.

Do you have a personal goal for the competition?

I’m here to leave a mark. Winning or not, I want to share ‘First Time’ with the audience and especially with the people close to my heart. I want everyone to remember the performance and song. This is something I love doing with so much passion and that is precisely what I want to transmit.

What styles of music are you usually listening to these days? Is there anything you look for in a song that makes you enjoy it?

My fave will always be performing and listening to QUEEN songs. All their songs are amazing and I get so much inspiration from their shows (they didn’t just perform!) Their music helps me get the energy I need to get through the day!

When you’re not singing – what can you usually be found doing?

You will definitely find me at CentreSTAGE- teaching, rehearsing, planning shows and being part of my other family. Or you can also find me sipping coffee in front of a Disney movie when I have some free time (which is very rare!)

What can we expect from you once the MESC-madness is over?

I already have plans to release new material as well as gigs and performances coming up. No rest for the wicked ?

Thanks for your time Tiziana, and best of luck at this year’s Malta Eurovision Song Contest!

Keep it real, keep it fun…….and remember, there’s always a ‘First Time’ ?

Friday, 02 February 2018 23:39

MESC 2018: Speaking with Eleanor Cassar

Eurovision fever is slowly gripping Malta - the nation's national selection for the world's most watched music contest is coming to it's climax this weekend. Of the one hundred and twenty-nine entries submitted for contention in this year's local festival, just sixteen made it to the televised selection. We had the chance to catch up with some of the competitors of this year's show during their preperations. One of these was the veteran participant, Eleanor Cassar who will be singing “Back to Life”.

Hi Eleanor, thanks for taking the time out for this interview! How does it feel to be part of the sixteen finalists for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest?

I am very happy to be back as I believe in this song BACK TO LIFE.

You’ve been missing from the Malta Eurovision scene for the last few years. What have you been up to in the meantime? Was it by coincidence that you decided to come back this year?

In the meantime I became a mother of a beautiful daughter. I thought about it last year. Spoke to my friend Glen Vella, so he helped me to find the composers so we try and find the right song.

Tell us more about your song, "Back to life”. What is it about? In your opinion, what makes your song an ideal candidate for Eurovision?

The song is about a person who was suffering from psychological abuse, were now is out of it and got the life back. It is modern pop song, powerful and really suits my voice.

How are your preparations going so far? Are there any surprises that you can tell us about?

The only thing I can say is that I will be alone.

When you’re searching for a song to add to your repertoire is there anything in particular that you’re looking for?

It is the style and also that is good for my voice.

Are you following the Eurovision Song Contest in general? If so, are there any stand-out entries for you from the past?

There are many. But my favourite one is MOLITVA

Do you have a personal goal for the competition?

Well it is a completion so I would like to win. But it is a chance also to be seen.

What styles of music are you usually listening to these days? Is there anything you look for in a song that makes you enjoy it?

I am listening to POP/SOUL music. 

When you’re not singing – what can you usually be found doing?

I love cooking, swimming …I love to go out for a good dinner in a nice restaurant and of course playing with my daughter.

What can we expect from you once the MESC-madness is over?

At the moment, I don’t have any plans, but most probably I would love to release a video for Back to life.

Thanks for your time Eleanor, and best of luck at this year’s Malta Eurovision Song Contest!

I would like to thank everyone for the support as I am receiving great feedback regards the song and now i am looking forward to perform on stage.

Friday, 02 February 2018 23:16

MESC 2018: Speaking with Avenue Sky

Eurovision fever is slowly gripping Malta - the nation's national selection for the world's most watched music contest is coming to it's climax this weekend. Of the one hundred and twenty-nine entries submitted for contention in this year's local festival, just sixteen made it to the televised selection. We had the chance to catch up with some of the competitors of this year's show during their preperations. One of these was a group, making their debut in the Malta Eurovision. These are Avenue Sky with the song "We Can Run".

Hi guys, thanks for taking the time out for this interview! How does it feel to be part of the sixteen finalists for this year’s Malta Eurovision Song Contest?

Being one of the sixteen final acts this year makes us feel a rush of different emotions. First and foremost the thought of performing on the MESC stage gives us an adrenaline rush. We feel extremely happy to be a part of the show this year and also very excited that after our second attempt we managed to make it through to the finals.

You’ve been performing together for just over two years now. Who had the idea to bring you all together as a group?

Well basically it was Kevin’s idea. He always wanted to be in a boyband. So he discussed the matter with Glen Vella, who is our vocal coach and mentor, and then the members started being chosen. Since all of are also trained soloists in the same Vocal training school both Glen and Kevin knew our style and what we could contribute to the group. And 2 years later we are here as 1 of the final 16 acts for MESC!!!!

Tell us more about your song, "We can run". What is it about? In your opinion, what makes your song an ideal candidate for Eurovision?

Our song We Can Run is penned by Matthew Ker and Jonas Gladnikoff composed by Matthew Ker, Jonas Gladnikoff and Glen Vella. Our aim with this song is to present to the public an uplifting message. Basically the song is saying that whatever situation you might be going through, never lose hope, and do not ever give up because as long as there is blood in our veins and air in our lungs you are surly able to rise again. Through music you can find your inner strength to keep on going strong.

At this point what we can say is what makes it an ideal candidate for MESC When we heard our entry the first time we fell in love with it. The positive energy that the melody and lyrics have gave an amazing vibe. And it is because of that, that we feel it is an ideal contender for MESC. And basically we are working very hard to be able to transmit this feel good vibe to both audiences at home and in the auditorium.

How are your preparations going so far? Are there any surprises that you can tell us about?

Preparations are in full swing at the moment. We meet up almost everyday with our vocal coach Glen Vella and also our choreographer Sandro Zammit to rehearse. What we can reveal at this stage about our performance is that we are going to be 6 on stage .

What is the most difficult thing about being part of a group?

Probably the most difficult thing would be co ordination. To try and co-ordinate 6 individuals for rehearsals, tv appearances, clothes and all that it involves being in a group.

Are you following the Eurovision Song Contest in general? If so, are there any stand-out entries for you from the past?

We are all Eurovision fans some of us fanatics too . However we all agree that our favourite entry and ESC winner is Heroes by Mans Zelmerlow.

Do you have a personal goal for the competition?

Well it goes without saying that at this stage, since we are one of 16 finalists we are there to try and make it to the top. However while keeping grounded with both feet on the ground and aside from the element of competition our goal is to have fun and give the best possible show to all MESC fans who will be watching us live from MFCC and also from home. MESC is the most anticipated local song festival on our islands so we want to give our best on stage so that the audience both at home and in the venue will have as much fun as we going to have!

What can we expect from you once the MESC-madness is over?

Once MESC is over we are planning to go back to our routines of building a solid repertoire and also releasing our second single this upcoming summer.

Thanks for your time, and best of luck at this year’s Malta Eurovision Song Contest!

We would like to say a big hello and also a massive thank you to all the readers for your support and also for taking the time to read our interview. We would also like to say a big Hello to all the Eurovision fans. Hope that you like our entry for MESC 2018 – ‘WE CAN RUN’. Also we would like to thank you all for promoting Eurovision and also for contributing to the growth of this prestigious Contest.

Eurovision fever is slowly gripping Malta - the nation's national selection for the world's most watched music contest is coming to it's climax this weekend. Of the one hundred and twenty-nine entries submitted for contention in this year's local festival, just sixteen made it to the televised selection. We had the chance to catch up with some of the competitors of this year's show during their preperations. One of these was father-son duo Richard and Joe Micallef, who will perform "Song For Dad".

Hi guys, thanks for taking the time out for this interview! Richard, how does it feel to be part of the sixteen finalists for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest once again – but this time as a duet with your father?

It's always a great experience to be part of the MESC finals, but I must admit that this year it's extra special that I get to share the best platform in Malta with my father. I already know that I'm gonna share this memory for the rest of my life, regardless of the result.

Tell us more about your song, "Song for Dad”. What is it about? In your opinion, what makes your song an ideal candidate for Eurovision?

Our song is about the relationship between us so it's quite emotional for both of us. I wrote the song last year and knowing how amazing I felt on the MESC stage in the years before, I thought it would be great to try our luck for the contest again but this time as father and son. I sampled the song to my dad one time when he was over at mine for a coffee - he said that he liked it but once I told him that the song was written for him and that I would like to submit the song for the festival, he said "..ohh no, you should sing it with your brother or sister instead, nobody wants to see a Nannu on stage!”. I said that I either sang it with him or not at all - so after a bit of pushing from me side, he then agreed. We then got in contact with local DJ/producer Cyprian Cassar to produce the track which gave it a modern touch while still keeping my style. Now we are here and the fact that we have made it to the finals is absolutely mind blowing - I really can't wait for the 3rd of February.

How are your preparations going so far? Are there any surprises that you can tell us about?

What you hear and see is what your going to expect and get I suppose. It will be me and Dad singing a song to each other that describes our relationship together straight from the heart. As far as preparations go, we are mainly focusing on the vocal parts of the song to make the harmonies as tight as they can get.

Joe – whilst your family has been involved in the Malta Eurovision at various levels over the last few years, you’ve never been part of it yourself. Why did you decide for this year to be the one where you gave it a go?

I have in fact been part of the MESC finals back in 1991 with a song called "Can't let go" sang by myself and Helen Micallef. I also took part another year as a backing vocalist and believe it or not as a dancer in a song called "Poor Little Rich Girl" sung by Ann Jenkins.

Richard - you have said that this year will be the last year where you take part in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Would you consider to be part of it the future, be it as a songwriter or composer?

Although this will be my last time as performer at the festival, it will definitely not be the last time I write songs for the MESC. There are some talented young singers on the island and I would be honoured if my songs were performed by these fine talents on the Malta Eurovision stage in the future.

Do you have a personal goal for the competition?

My goal was to reach the finals and get to sing a very personal song with my Dad on the best platform in Malta - so, in my eyes I have already reached my goal. Anything extra will be the cherry on the cake.

What styles of music are you usually listening to these days? Is there anything you look for in a song that makes you enjoy it?

Richard: I enjoy listening to all styles of music, but I do have a soft spot for good country-folky stuff. It's a style that feels at home with me and maybe it's not hip, but it sure puts a smile on my face. I also enjoy listening to acoustic music that's raw and real. I find that acoustic music is a style that never seems to get old. I appreciate musicians that rely more on their talents rather then the dependency on technology to get a good sound.

When you’re not singing – what can you usually be found doing?

Joe: I might be a pensioner but at the age of 71 I'm still very active. I spend lots of time in my own community radio station which I manage myself, I spend lots of hours in my home recording studio, I spend lots and lots of hours babysitting, I try to do my daily walk to stay fit, I cook, I clean, I am a taxi service for my hard working and beautiful wife, I write songs, I still have the odd performance here on there when the kids need a replacement....I'm very busy, but I can't complain as I love it this way. I feel blessed.

What can we expect from you once the MESC-madness is over?

Richard: Get busy being a Daddy, if god permits. Me and my beautiful wife to be Raisa are expecting a baby boy two weeks after the festival.

Thanks for your time guys, and best of luck at this year’s Malta Eurovision Song Contest!

Thank you very much for supporting all the local acts, we hope you and your readers enjoy the show and keep the spirits high.

The 2018 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast live on TVM, TVM 2, tvm.com.mt and Radju Malta this Saturday starting from 9pm. You can keep up to date with all the news related to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest at ESCFlashmalta.com, alongside our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Source: PBS, tvm.com.mt

After 129 entries were submitted and two elimination phases, the finalists for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest has been announced. The reveal was shown this evening during the evening news on TVM - where the shortlisted artists were seen at the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta, learning their fate as the competition progresses to the next stage.

Since the first eliminatory phase which was announced on September 15th, the thirty shortlisted entries were filmed while performing their entries live. This footage was then reviewed by a number of local and international expert juries in order to establish sixteen finalists. These finalists will take to the stage at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in a live show at the beginning of next year. 

Aidan - Dai Laga (Aidan Cassar)

Avenue Sky - We Can Run (Jonas Gladnikoff, Matthew Ker, Glen Vella)

Brooke Borg - Heart of Gold (Christian Schneider, Aidan O’Connor, Sara Biglert, Brooke Borg)

Christabelle Borg - Taboo (Thomas G:son, Christabelle Borg, Muxu)

Danica Muscat - One Step At A Time (John Ballard, Ruth Mussie, Jerusalem Yemane, Irena Krstva, Kian Fakhar)

Deborah C - Turn It Up (Christian Schneider, Aidan O’Connor, Sara Biglert)

Dwett - Breaking Point (Elton Zarb, Muxu)

Eleanor Cassar - Back To Life (Jonas Gladnikoff, Michael James Down)

Jasmine Abela - Supernovas (Charlie Mason, Jonas Thander)

Lawrence Gray - Love Renegade (Cyprian Cassar, Muxu)

Matthew Anthony - Call 2morrow (Jonas Gladnikoff, Tom Wiklund, Peder Eriksson)

Miriana Conte - Rocket (Cyprian Cassar, Muxu)

Petra Whiteford - Evolution (Elton Zarb, Muxu)

Rhiannon Micallef - Beyond Blue Horizons (Cyprian Cassar, Rhiannon Micallef)

Richard & Joe Micallef - Song For Dad (Cyprian Cassar, Richard Micallef)

Tiziana Calleja - First Time (Tina Stenberg)

From the list of sixteen finalists, twelve of them have reached the finals of the Malta Eurovision selection in the past - five of them featuring in last year's final. Around half of the songs have been produced locally - whilst the others are by international teams based in the United Kingdom and Sweden - some of them also being behind songs of finalists and winners in the Eurovision Song Contest previously. Richard Micallef, who will perform his entry with his father, was of course part of the group "Firelight", who reached the final for Malta back in 2014.

The newcomers to the festival are 18 year old Matthew Anthony, Aidan, Avenue Sky (which Aidan is also a member of) and Dwett - consisting of Mikhail & Cherylis. Last year, Mikhail was seen auditioning in Romania with his song "Sail Back" for their national selection process. 

More details about the 2018 Malta Eurovision Song Contest are expected to be announced by Public Broadcasting Services in due course. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: tvm.com.mt

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXn-Ettr7yk

Friday, 29 September 2017 19:35

MESC 2018: Shortlist of 30 Entries Made Public

Public Broadcasting Services Malta (PBS) have announced a shortlist which made it through the first eliminatory phase of the 2018 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, the island's well followed selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest. The news was revealed online at tvm.com.mt after the TVM evening news on Friday, September 15.

A total of 129 entries were submitted to PBS, twenty-seven less than the year before. From these, the broadcaster has shortlisted thirty, which will be further shortened to sixteen within the next month. The list of names announced features a feast of seasoned professionals on the Malta Eurovision scene, along with a number of new names. No details of songwriters have been announced, but it is expected that songs are by a mix of local and international composers. 

Abire Sekkaki - Casablanca Love

Aidan - Dai Laga

Aidan - See You

Avenue Sky - We Can Run

Brooke Borg - Heart of Gold

Christabelle Borg - Taboo

Dan - If Only

Danica Muscat - One Step At A Time

Deborah C - Turn It Up

Deborah C & Josef Tabone - Human

Dominic Cini - Pictures

Eleanor Cassar - Back To Life

Ishmael Grech - Good Times

Jasmine Abela - Supernovas

Kelsey Bellante - Super Woman

Kevin Paul Calleja - Great Adventure

Kimberley Curtis - Monsters

Kurt Anthony Cassar - You Will Find Me

Lawrence Gray - Love Renegade

Malcolm Pisani - Kiss

Matthew Caruana - Call 2morrow

Mikhail Attard & Cherylis Camileri - Breaking Point

Miriana Conte - Rocket

Nicole Azzopardi - Mixed Feelings

Petra Whiteford - Evolution

Raquel Galdes - In My Mind

Rhiannon Micallef - Beyond Blue Horizons

Richard & Joe Micallef - Song For Dad

Stefan Galea - Closer

Tiziana Calleja - First Time

International fans will surely recognise the names of Richard Micallef and Nicole Azzopardi - the former representing Malta in 2014 as part of "Firelight", and the latter taking part for Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest back in 2010. Other notable mentions can be made to Eleanor Cassar - returning after a number of years away from the local festival scene, in addition to Christabelle Borg - re-entering the festival after working on her first EP with international producers. 

It has been said that during these past couple of days, singers have been invited to a live audition phase in order to hear how their songs sounded when interpreted live. During this elimination phase, a number of local and international expert juries will be involved to choose the top sixteen finalists which will then compete during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com 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=POwL37CIZTg