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Since 2010, Romania has been absent from the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, owing to lack of interest and an extremely disappointing last place finish back in 2009 with the track 'Ai Puterea în Mâna Ta' sung by Ioana Bianca Anuta. In a reply to an email sent to Bianca Dinescu of TVR, a representative of the public broadcaster in Romania, the chances of participation have been significantly downplayed.

"As the situation lays, I don’t think there are chances to participate". Bianca believes that there might be better news for 2015 though. Romania was one of the first countries to partake in the international competition, with their seven consecutive participations commencing in 2003 and coming to an end in 2009. During their seven year stint, their best result was a fourth place finish in 2004 with the track 'Îți Mulțumesc' performed by Noni Ene. Further to that though, they managed a top eight result on another two occasions, in 2005 and 2006, respectively. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook & Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: TVR

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It seems that the European Broadcasting Union and the Public Broadcasting Services are working extremely well together to ensure that this year's edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest is successful considering that 12 countries have already confirmed participation.

This is the same number of countries which had participated in the 2013 edition which took place in Kiev, Ukraine although it seems that a couple of more participating nation will be either making their return or their debut according to circulating rumours. Apart from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Russia, Sweden, The Netherlands, and Ukraine who all took part in the 2013 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, there will also be the debut of Italy and Montenegro, as well as the return of Cyprus and Serbia.

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Gaia Cauchi, a student of La Voix Academy and a client of Ironic PR & Artist Management was the winner of the 2013 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with "The Start", a song which she co-wrote with Elton Zarb, Gillian Attard and Matt Mercieca. Fast forward a couple of months, and Malta will be using the same formula as Federica Falzon who holds the same credentials will be representing the country with a song written by the same aforementioned trio. 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: Junior Eurovision (Official Website)

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Rumours are spreading like a wild fire that Ira Losco and Gianluca Bezzina would be submitting an entry into the next edition of the Malta Eurovision. Both singers were contacted by newsbook.com.mt about these rumours but they did not answer the big question but one would say that both their answers will give way for even more speculation. Ira Losco answered that she always thought that as long as she has a song she believes in and reflects her as an artist, she would not refuse to take part but whether this will happen is another story. On the other hand, Gianluca refused to comment for the time being.

It is important to note, that rumours have been circulating after they both hosted the Malta Eurovision successfully earlier this year and there they presented a number of duets that left the audience in awe. A number of Maltese enthusiasts and also foreign enthusiasts could not help but suggest that the duo should join forces and try representing Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest. The idea in itself is genial both artists are popular in Malta and they are also well know with the Eurovision crowd with Ira Losco securing second place in 2002 and Gianluca securing eighth place in 2013. 

What fuelled the rumours even more was the change in the regulations which stated that the only artist who cannot represent Malta in next year’s contest is the band Firelight, all the others can try their luck once more. This regulation has been amended as up until last year it stated that the artists who represented Malta in the last five years cannot represent the country. So, with this change, the dream of many can actually be realized but one may say that if this happens, the dream of all the other artists who can actually represent the country will be put on hold for at least another year as no one sees the duo missing out.

With all this said, one would ask one simple question. If both artists are interested why is PBS holding a selection? Well this is a song competition and no matter who sings it, the best song should win. If this principal is applied than there would be no problems in terms of the popularity of the artists, especially baring in mind that the public say is rather limited and in any case of ties, they will be resolved by the jurors’ votes. So even, if Gianluca and Ira Losco go in for the competition they need to present a strong entry and compete with all the others artists who have the same exact goal. Their popularity would help them sweep the public vote, but as we saw in 2014, it was not enough for Jessika’s entry ‘Hypnotica’ or Kevin Borg’s entry “Needing You” the year before.

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Yet, the regulations also state that the winning song can actually change and the winning team can be asked to write a different song. This might question the validity of the contest as a number of people commented whether this will be a song festival or a singer’s festival but one must note that since they are all competing with original song, the best song should triumph at the end. PBS put that clause to make sure that the country is represented in the best way possible abroad and hopefully we will slowly work towards achieving a win at this prestigious event which is followed by millions around the world! 

In Malta, this is the biggest platform for all local artists and stopping the selection would mean you are not giving a chance for new talent to brew and showcase itself. On the other hand, all the artists and teams behind the respective songs pay a lot of money to even submit a song, and continue spending more money if they reach the finals so one expects everyone to have the same chance to win the contest. So it is very important to remember that this is not a popularity contest but a SONG contest. The public response and feedback for all the artists is more than enough to be part of the showcase but ultimately winning would surely be rewarding.

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The applications for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest will close on the 29th of August and the competition will take place in November, two months earlier to what the Maltese crowd is used to. In fact this was a bit of a shock for all the people interested in participating because this meant they needed to start working and finding studios which are available surely proved to be a nightmare for all those interested as no one had foreseen such an eventuality. 

The editorial team of escflashmalta.com would like to wish the best of luck to all the artists, composers and authors interested in submitting a song. May the best product triumph and represent Malta successfully at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates.

Source: NewsBook

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Erseb Productions, a renowned company in the local festival circuit with well over thirty years of experience, has given rise to several talents along the years, including acts such as former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Miriam Christine. As days, weeks, months and years go by, the talent in Malta continues to evolve and we aim to promote that talent in the best possible way by offering international exposure.

During the course of the year, Erseb Productions will be visiting a total of 3 international competitions. Kicking off the proceedings is the "Voci dal Sud" festival in Italy between the 26th and the 28th July with 12 participants; Giulia Cilia, Jahel Cardona, Kelsey Bellante, Raisa Marie Micallef, Michela Pace, Althea Mifsud, Michela Dalli and Lindsay Mallia who have directly qualified to the final as well as Kayley Cuschieri, Mariah Nicola Vella, Emma Muscat and Danika Cutajar who have to pass the semi-final stage of the competition.

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In August, Erseb Productions will be heading to the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia with Jean-Claude Azzopardi, Veronica Rotin, Rachel Lowell and Clarissa Cauchi as part of the line-up in the 'Lake Pearls', a competition taking place between the 14th and 15th. Then between the 8th and 9th August, it will be time for Martina Cutajar, Riona DeGeorgio and Aidan Abela to do the honours for Malta as they partake in the "Oltreoceano" showcase in Italy. On behalf of escflashmalta.com, we wish all the participants the very best of luck.

Source: Press Release

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Published in Local Music News

Federica Falzon, a student of La Voix Academy under the direction of Gillian Attard and also recent winner of the talent show "Ti Lascio Una Canzone" on RAI Uno had the opportunity to perform a duet with Joseph Calleja during his annual concert on The Granaries last night. Their interpretation of the Gianni Morandi classic "In Amore" received a rapturous applause from the 30,000 strong audience, whilst also commended in both local and foreign press.

Shortly after her triumphant run on Italian Television, and on her way back to Malta, she was revealed by the Public Broadcasting Services as representative of Malta at the 2014 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. It was the beginning of a new journey, signing to Ironic PR & Artist Management, home to a host of artists such as; Davinia, Maxine Pace, Shauna Vassallo, Gaia Cauchi, Christina Magrin, Kurt Cassar and many others whose sole aim is to succeed. 

Prior to her experience in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Federica is set for some more television appearances, including one during the Summer Hit Song Contest this Monday on F Living as well as a nationwide concert taking place on the 7th August 2014 at the Għaxaq Music Festival featuring a multitude of stars from both La Voix Academy and Ironic PR & Artist Management. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Federica Falzon (Facebook / Twitter)

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Published in Local Music News

Karen DeBattista, winner of the 2014 edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu with "Jien Ma Naħdimx", composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Rita Pace first emerged onto the scene by making the finals of the Summer Hit Song Contest back in 2011, an experience which she holds close to heart. She has well and truly won several fans since then with her Official Facebook Page obtaining more than 600 followers in about 4 months.

In a concert organised by the Band Club of Balzan in recognition of the feast "Annunciation of Our Lady", Karen DeBattista was invited to perform two songs; "Fejn Staħbejtli" composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Paul Ellul as well as the "Ave Maria" which brought an end to the proceedings. The former is a song which has barely been touched upon since Ira Losco triumphed in the 2001 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza but nevertheless, this mysterious gem was polished with a LIVE band under the direction of Maestro Ray Cremona. 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: YouTube

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Published in Local Music News

NERIT, the public broadcaster responsible for the participation of Greece at events organised by the European Broadcasting Union was thought to be inches away from confirming participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, but unfortunately, this was not the case as the Hellenic nation will not be returning in 2014.

The confirmation of Cyprus last week should have been the final bargaining point for Greece but as the new broadcaster continues to search for financial support, it was always going to be difficult for a competition return, especially with rumours of support for the senior edition of the Eurovision Song Contest also waning. At this point in time, 9 countries are to take part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014, with a Big Five country, presumably Italy making their debut. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: esc-plus

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Malta, filled to the brim with talent has produced some scintillating collaborations along the years, but none of them will match up to the expectation of an upcoming combination featuring Gianluca and Davinia. The renowned vocalists, who competed against each other in the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with "Tomorrow", co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat, and "Betrayed" composed by Elton Zarb to the lyrics of Matthew Mercieca, are joining forces on a brand new radio single.

As stated above, collaborations could very much scintillating if given time and dedication, hence why the creative process is currently in full swing. Elton Zarb of Freetime Productions will be responsible for the music, whilst Matthew Mercieca will be responsible for the lyrics. This is a project initiated by Davinia, currently at number #9 on Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D, having been as high up as number #3 with her latest single "Ouch!" It is worth keeping in mind that Gianluca represented Malta in the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, achieving the nation's best result in 8 years by finishing in 8th place. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com

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Published in Local Music News

In 2013, following an 11-year absence, the International Festival of Maltese Song returned to the local cultural calendar under the auspice of the Secretariat for Culture, then led by the Hon Dr Jose Herrera. The music industry was excited, and exuberant to learn of the return, with several well known artists putting their name forward in the hope of restoring pride back into a returning showcase which had in the past featured winners such as; Ira Losco, Lawrence Gray and Georgina. 

What added to the grandeur of the showcase though was the inclusion of a small orchestra, led by Maestro Sigmund Mifsud, largely responsible for the Rockestra in recent years. Following the exclusion of live music from the Eurovision Song Contest, no local festival decided to invite the orchestra back, citing it as a waste of financial resources, a reason which we disagree with, wholeheartedly. Anyway, the issue at hand is that rumours are quickly spreading round that despite the promise made by the Secretariat for Culture less than 12 months ago, the International Festival of Maltese Song might not be making a return in 2014.

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This comes as a surprise to many, especially in a year in which Malta is celebrating several anniversaries in relation to becoming an independent and republic country. Nothing represents Malta better than original music in the national language, but it seems that this element is well and truly miscalculated by our lawmakers, because if the festival does not take place then we are back to square one, lacking an independent competition which best represents the local music scene and the language that represent the nation and it's communities abroad, in countries such as Australia, Canada and the United States, who proudly following the competition in 2013.

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The International Festival of Maltese Song has helped several artists, acting as a launch pad, noting that even upon it's return, it saw to the beginning of a brand new music career, that of Dorcas Debono whose merited 4th place with the song "Din Jien" written by Minik and Rita Pace would have never took place. At this stage, this editorial is being written for the authorities to make the right choice and not remove this competition from the cultural calendar. It would be wrong, immoral and deeply unpatriotic. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

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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

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