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On the 3rd February, the organising committee of L-Għanja tal-Poplu released the song titles and the names of the songwriters of each of the sixteen (16) qualifiers. It was also announced that seventy-one (71) submissions were received, the highest since its return to the local music scene a couple of years ago, denoting that the changes made to the competition have been appreciated by artists, songwriters and producers alike. In the coming days, escflashmalta.com will be publishing a series of interviews with each of the artists confirmed as participants in this years’ edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu, dealing with the social theme, and also past experiences in the music industry.

On Wednesday evening, the organising committee of L-Għanja tal-Poplu unveiled the running order for this years’ edition having just finished a series of promotional shoots, one for the postcards which will accompany each entry as well as the photographs which will be used for press releases in leading local tabloids. At this point in time, we have no clue with regards to the quality of the songs, but nevertheless, the professional jury had an extremely difficult time to decide which sixteen (16) deserved to get through. escflashmalta.com has permission to air a 30 second snippet from each song, these accompanying the questions and answers to be publishing in the coming days.

01. Mara - Marie Claire Attard Bason (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Andrew Zammit)

02. Il-Quċċata – 7 Spadi (Rita Pace, Jeffrey Scicluna)

03. Numri - Estelle Fenech Imbroll (Paul Attard, Mark Scicluna)

04. Rutina – Tmien Ħabbiet (Jonathan Laferla, Charlie Bonnici)

05. Kif Xrobbtuli l-Menti - Frank O'Neill, Christabelle Curmi u l-Likes (Frank O'Neill)

06. Il-Karba tal-Mument - Christian Arding (Kevin Tanti, Chan Vella)

07. Fejn Huma? - Daniel Borg (George Cassar, Daniel Borg)

08. Jien Ma Naħdimx - Karen DeBattista (Rita Pace, Mark Scicluna)

09. Immigrant Regolari - Teddie Zammit (Rita Pace, Teddie Zammit)

10. Pupa - Denise Spiteri (Mark Laurence Zammit)

11. Il-Bamboċċu, Il-Bambinu u l-Budaj - Frans Casha (Frans Casha)

12. Wara l-Kanċell - Miriam Christine u Olivia Lewis (J J Farrugia, Miriam Christine)

13. Bħal Għasfura - Mario Debono (Mario Debono)

14. Djarju ta' Tifkiriet - Simone Gauci (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Mark Spiteri Lucas)

15. Liberat – Teddie Zammit (George Cassar, Teddie Zammit)

16. Insellmulkom - Domenique (Joe Chircop, Philip Vella)

The 38th edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu is being organised with the help of the Malta Arts Fund and in collaboration with Studio 7. Authors, composers, singers and musical groups wishing to participation can find all the required information through the Official Website, or the Official Facebook Page. The renowned local competition which has been given a true facelift in recent years is also being given a brand new visual identity in 2014 with emerging artist Darren Tanti responsible for a new logo, one which encompasses the idea of live music and singing, elements of L-Għanja tal-Poplu. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news.

Source: Għanja tal-Poplu (Facebook)

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CAP-Sounds, an internationally renowned record label with distribution handled by Universal Music Germany has been known to support the entries that Malta sends to the Eurovision Song Contest on several occasions, kicking off with 1996 and showing almost year-after-year consistency till 2010. As the curtain drops on yet another edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, a couple of the competing entries have been published on behalf of the record label for public consumption.

One Last Ride written by Stephen Rudden and Lawrence Peter Bridge with vocals provided by Daniel Testa was the second runner-up during the competition, obtaining the second most amount of votes by the general public. It is for this reason that the whole team, led by Trevor Fenech decided to publish this song, along with two fabulous remixes for a mere €1.49. In the meantime, semi-finalist entries; Safe composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss and sung by Miriam Christine as well as Just No Place Like Home written by Johan Bejerholm and performed by Fabrizio Faniello have also been made available for a mere €0.99 each. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: iTunes, CAP Sounds

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Rikki Lee, former lead vocalist of the band Gypsy Genes and now a solo singer/songwriter has recently chosen escflashmalta.com as the portal to unveil his debut solo single Lies, a pop/rock number which has also been given airplay by 89.7 Bay, Malta’s leading radio station for all the hits, peaking at number #5 thus far. The male vocalist has gone on record stating that he is going ‘to do his best to release hit records on a frequent basis’ having already shown what he can achieve when in a group as a lead vocalist. He is currently working with David Cassar Torreggiani of Scar fame on upcoming music releases.

In the past couple of hours, Rikki Lee opened a Facebook Fan Page, ready to take the local music scene whilst also unveiling a music video for his debut release. An official airing on television is being planned in the coming days according to close sources within his management team. Whilst Lies is somewhat typical to the interests of the general public in Malta, the next single will be somewhat bigger, better and more daring, possibly a tad more eighties, a tad more disco whilst still being current but more details about that in due course. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news about promising artist such as Rikki Lee who make up the local music scene.

Source: Facebook Fan Page

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Saturday, 08 February 2014 18:45

MESC '14: The Grand Final - LIVE

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Good Evening! Welcome to the LIVE REPORT of the final of this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest being staged in Ta’ Qali, an artisan town where the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre is found, a couple of miles away from any form of civilization. Our colleagues in Malta have reported that the rehearsals have been going extremely well and that the Public Broadcasting Services is ready to host a show of the highest quality this evening with our three (3) illustrious hosts and a parade of local and foreign guests.

Ira Losco and Gianluca Bezzina; representatives of Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2002 and 2013 respectively along with Moira Delia, spokesperson on behalf of the Mediterranean country in the 2006 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest have been selected to coordinate the show, one which will include fourteen (14) acts as selected by the professional members of the local and foreign jury as well as the public vote during the semi-final yesterday evening. It was a relative shock to see two (2) former representatives; Miriam Christine and Fabrizio Faniello fall at the first hurdle especially following their stunning performances.

We are live now!

How could tonight’s final not start with Maltese latest pride, the great Gaia Gauci who won the recent Junior Eurovision that was held in Kyiv, Ukraine. The little princess is joined by a choir of La Voix Academy and the performance is really amazing! We are definately set for an exciting and great evening! The presenters the great Ira Losco and Gianlucca Bezzina are on stage now and making an introduction and explaning about the show. Moira the third presenter is in the audience and looks also stunning. Moira is congratulating Gaia. The members of the jury are also introduced. They are Reuben Zammitt head of the jury, Olga Salamahka head of delegation for Belarus, Nicola Caligore head of delegation for Italy, Ekaterina Orlova from RTR (Russia) and Peter Cossai, Head of Sport Section of PBS. And now we are off for the show!

Lovetricity - Christabelle (Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)

 Christabelle is opening tonight’s final with this uptemo song from Magnus Kaxe and lyrics from Gerard James Borg. Again Christabelle gives a solid performance so it’s a good opener of tonight’s final. Welldone to Christabelle and the team! If this is a contender for the victory i’m not so sure though but Christabelle did very good!

Some Kind of Wonderful - Wayne William (Wayne Micallef)

Having Wayne on stage is always a certainty of a strong performance. Just like last night Wayne is very confident with his track Some kind of wonderful. A great artist which would surely make Malta proud on Eurovision stage! The question though is this is the track that will lead him to Copenhagen. Could be but that will definately depend on the other performances tonight. And honesty obliges me to say he had better songs in the past. But Prosit Wayne!

Brand New Day - Davinia (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Davinia was to me one of the surprise qualifiers to the finals. The song is obviously still as cheerful as last night and the singer seems to enjoy her time on stage. Unfortunately i cannot change my opinion that the song is not really going anywhere so i wouldnt go for it as the song for Copenhagen, sorry. But welldone overall for the performance!

City Lady - Ryan Paul Abela (Paul Abela / Ryan Paul / Joe Julian Farrugia)

Ryan Paul Abela is next on stage with a very cheerfull song. I like the enthousiasm of this very sympathic artist which gives again a lot of credits and gave him likely also the ticket to the final thanks to the audience watching at home. I don’t see this either in Denmark but my compliments go to the artist and his team.

Love Will Take Me Home - Franklin (Glen / Beatrice Eriksson / M Frenell / Michael J Down)

 It’s time for Franklin Calleja! He touched me a lot with his last nights performance. And again he gives an extremely performance. What a lot of respect i have for this  still  very young singer The stage act is simple but very effective and you see a singer who gives his all! The guy has such a great career ahead and i wouldnt be surprised if he would be winning the ticket to Eurovision tonight. Hear the applause during the performance, the people love this guy! Franklin is definately one of the topfavourites. Prosit Franklin and the team, i would be proud for my maltese friend to see you in Denmark!

One Last Ride - Daniel Testa (Stephen Rudden / Lawrence Peter Bridge)

And we are going to the next favourite. Daniel Testa already represented Malta at Eurovision in the Junior edition with a great placing. His performance is definately stronger then yesterday so i dont rule him out as one of the main contenders for the winning ticket. Will he make? Let’s see later on but the public seem to love this one too!.

Before we go on to the next song Ira and Gianlucca are threating us on a great intermezzo. What a clever and good show of PBS to have those two great artists as presenters!

Let The Sunshine In - Sophie (Sophie DeBattista / Adam Pakard / Alex Dew)

Funny enough the next artist also represented malta at Junior Eurovision. Sophie is giving a solid performance but like i said yesterday i’m not sure if this song would be the best choice for Eurovision. However all credits and congratulations for the performance and how can you not like such a nice and cheerfull girl!

Oblivion - Chris Grech (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Chris is on stage and proving again he’s a very powerfull singer. The guy definately knows how to sing and has a certain charisma that i can imagine women are attracted too. In terms for Eurovision in Denmark i believe the song might just miss that thing to win for the top places later on. But well done Chris!

Until We Meet Again - Deborah C (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Deborah C is back in the finals for the third year in a row and it shows that this singer is developping in a very good way. Hard work and singing is clearly paying off! Deborah looks again great on stage. This very happy feeling song is making me smile with Deborah's enthousiasm! Well done Deborah and crossing fingers for the best possible result!

Hypnotica - Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Another hot favourite, especially amongst the European Eurofans is Jessica The  performance of Hypnotica is again very good with a very interesting choreography. This was surely the work of Gerard James Borg who is always very creative on this, so all my deep compliments on Ger! Should Hypnotica make it to Denmark it will surely be a fan favourite, but we have to think also on the older public and professional juries. Will they taste it as much as the fans? That is to be seen. But well done Jessica!

Take Me - Pamela (Boris Cezek)

And now we go to the angelic voice of Pamela Bezzina! Like yesterday im attached to the screen from the first till last minute and enjoying every second of her performance. What a voice and what great stage appearance, very simply but effective! I can see this just doing copy past to Copenhagen! I am so sure this will fight till the end to get that ticket. Will Pamela finally make it as leadsinger on Eurovision stage? I would be happy for her and Malta would head for a top position in Copenhagen surely! Prosit Pamela!

Coming Home - Firelight (Richard Micallef)

The next act is Firelight with Coming Home. Probably many maltese people will not like me but somehow i didnt expect the song to make it, so prosit on that already. The performance is solid and welldone but still i dont see this as the winning entry that will represent Malta at the Eurovision Songcontest.

Because I Have You - Amber (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

Amber is again joined by composer and 1991 representative Paul Giordimaina who also composed the song and who i respect a lot as one of maltese best composers. Amber seems to be less stressed then last night and i must say she looks great performing this melodic tune. However i fear for Amber that she will  have to wait to win the ticket to Eurovision.

Pin The Middle - De Bee (Peter Paul Galea / Debbie Stivala)

De Bee is one of the much rumoured for the victory. I’m so sorry but i dont get this at all. Don’t misunderstand me the performance is solid and the singer is doing a very good job but i still dont feel any chemistry. It still might win though, let the public and jury decide i would say.

So we had all the songs now! The televoting has been opened and we have a recap of all the songs before we go to a long list of interval acts.

Part 2 of the show

Ira Losco is starting the intervalacts and she proves that she is still an amazing artist and looking fabulous! When are you returning to Eurovision Ira?

And we are off for another recap!

Gianluccas is performing now with a new song along with his family, so it’s like the Bezzina group. Before some images were shown from last years festival. And they are off for more, this is sounding really nice! Of course Gianlucca's winning song from last year cannot be forgotten! The audience is cheering a lot! This is why i love the maltese public so much, they cherish their esc artists so much!

Moira is now in the greenroom with all the finalists! Everyone seem to have a great time but surely nerves are very tensed! And off we go again with another performance of Ira again. She followed by a crazy act from Gorg u Pawlu who got fame with their 'Hot and famous' last year, well at least in malta. It looks very funny, but as this is a great show this is a strange act not really fitting in. But it's funny though!

Next one on stage is one of Maltese most popular bands Wintermoods. Great vocals and strong songs i must say, respect!

After Wintermoods we have the Swiss entry Sebalter on stage presenting their song for Eurovision. After that performance which doesnt give much of attention we are off to the winner of last years Eurovision Emelie de Forest who is presenting her new song Rainmaker, the theme of the 2014 Eurovision! She is joined by all contestants and it really sounds great! this is a new hit for Emelie i'm pretty sure!

And off for another commercial break. Will we know the results soon? Let's cross fingers for it!

We are off to the voting!!

The televoting gives 12 to Jessika and 10 to Daniel Testa

the first judge gives 12 to firelight

the russian judges gives 12 to Deborah C!

the italian head of delegation gives 12 to firelight

very different voting!!

the belarussian judge gives 12 to firelight

the head of jury gives also 12 to firelight

So Firelight is the song for Malta. As i told i admit i was totally wrong here but stand my opinion. All the best of luck to malta though!

At around midnight, the Public Broadcasting Services brought the curtain down on what could be coined as the most successful ever technical showcase ever, denoting exceptional sound in the arena and at home, stunning visuals on stage and crafty camera work. As always, the end of a semi-final brings about a couple of surprises with the elimination of six (6) entries and 2014 has not been any different with a barrage of comments towards the dissatisfaction of two particular entries not making it through; those being none other than Safe and Just No Place Like Home vocally interpreted by Miriam Christine and Fabrizio Faniello respectively.

This is an analysis of the result, one could really see how the jury decided to discount artists who have already been to the Eurovision Song Contest, with both the female and the male vocalist having been to the international event in 1996, 2001 and 2006, respectively. Other entries which failed to make it out of the semi-final this evening were Now and Forever sung to perfection by Andreana, Addictive performed to the fullest by Romina Mamo, Ten performed by diction perfect Corazon and Invisible sung by the dido-esque vocals of Raquel Galdes.

Having a look at the list of finalists; there is a crop of young upcoming stars, and other who have already garnered exposure throughout the years. It is one of the years, where the field is completely open and despite the loud applause for certain artists in the arena, the jury will decide the final outcome. Christabelle will open the final with Lovetricity whilst De Bee will close with Pin the Middle. Make sure to join us for a second LIVE report this evening, as Olivier Vanhoutte takes us through the fourteen (14) finalists. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news from the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Television Malta / Public Broadcasting Services

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Good Evening! Welcome to the LIVE report of the semi-final of this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest being staged in Ta’ Qali, an artisan town where the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre is found, a couple of miles away from any form of civilization. Our colleagues in Malta have reported that the rehearsals have been going extremely well and that the Public Broadcasting Services is ready to host a show of the highest quality this evening with our three (3) illustrious hosts and a parade of local and foreign guests.

Ira Losco and Gianluca Bezzina; representatives of Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2002 and 2013 respectively along with Moira Delia, spokesperson on behalf of the Mediterranean country in the 2006 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest have been selected to coordinate the show, one which will include twenty (20) acts, out of which fourteen (14) will be getting through to the final tomorrow night. It will be a tussle with the local and foreign media finding it difficult to eliminate six (6) songs this evening, stating that the best course of action would have been to see them contend for the right to represent the country in a couple of months’ time.

The show is starting with some great reviews from the past entries that Malta competed with. This is an extremely nice idea from the Public Broadcasting Services. Then, we listen to Tomorrow performed by Gianluca and Ira Losco before Emmelie de Forest is introduced to the stage and performs Only Teardrops. Amazing production by the Public Broadcaster thus far.

Because I Have You - Amber (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

Amber, wearing a dark black dress takes to the stage. She is joined by composer and 1991 representative Paul Giordimaina. It seems that she is very tense but carries this melodic tune well. It's lacking something but should get through tonight.

Oblivion - Chris Grech (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg) 

Chris is on stage and he’s giving a very strong performance. It shows Malta has a lot of strong performers. If this is the song to represent in Denmark I dont know but he is doing a very good job!

Addictive - Romina Mamo (Ylva / Linda Persson) 

Romina is back to the festival and she’s doing quiet good I must admit. It’s so nice to see maltese artists are working hard to get on a higher level, Romina is definately one of them. Very good performance, well done Romina!

Hypnotica - Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Jessica is next and she’s set to be one of the favourites. Well I must say i’m gladly surprised. The performance was pretty good and vocally Jessica did very good! It might not be the most original song but definately it could do well in the Euroclub. But will it be enough for Eurovision? Jessica's dancer seem to get already a lot of attention from the European audience anyway. Let’s wait and see.

We are on a commercial break now

Now and Forever - Andreana (Vinny Vella / Karl Spiteri)

Adreana is on next with a very intimate song. She has a specific vocal which is appealing probably to many people but i’m not sure if it would be good enough for Eurovision. Although all respect for the artist! 

One Last Ride - Daniel Testa (Stephen Rudden / Lawrence Peter Bridge) 

Daniel Testa is next on! He made Malta already proud at the Junior Eurovision and is trying to get to the Senior stage. Daniel is definately all his best but I must be honest it might be a little too soon for him to get to Eurovision. Good effort and vocals though and i’m sure the audience will decide wisely!

Invisible - Raquel Galdes (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

A newcomer to the festival. Raquel starts the performance, sitting down alongside a good looking young lad. She is wearing a minty gold type of dress. She is really enjoying her time on stage. The boy sitting down is there doing now, probably because he should be invisible. Nothing extraordinary about this. Mediocre and won't get through.

Just No Place Like Home - Fabrizio Faniello (Johan Bejerholm)

Fabrizio is on now! He represented Malta already twice at Eurovisioin and is aiming for a third time. His performance tonight is very strong and professional. One thing PBS could be sure if Fabrizio would make it there will be a very strong is standing behind him to back the team!

Some Kind of Wonderful - Wayne William (Wayne Micallef)

Wayne is next on! There is no doubt he is one of Maltese’s best vocals on the Island. Again his performance is very solid and strong and this is a song that will most likely fly to the Final. However i’m not sure if this is a winning track to defend the maltese colours in Malta. But a very strong performance though!

City Lady - Ryan Paul Abela (Paul Abela / Ryan Paul / Joe Julian Farrugia)

Ryan Paul Abela is the next one on stage with a very cheery song to hit the stage. The very sympathic singer seems to enjoy himself a lot which gives a lot of credits. However i’m not so sure if this would be enough to stand out at Eurovision. All sympathy for the singer but i’d say come back next year!

Lovetricity - Christabelle (Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)

Christabelle is the next on on stage with an uptempo track with lyrics from Gerard James Borg who is always in for very good lyrics and good ideas on a stage act. This is not different this time, so welldone! About the chances for Christabelle to get to the finals i must be honest i’m in a balance. Something says yes but another part is saying not. We will find out later on.

Take Me - Pamela (Boris Cezek)

Now Pamela on Stage! Definately this singer is one of the best vocals on the Island and also tonight she takes me by breath from the very first second. This is honestly one of the only songs till now that i can see directly on Eurovision Stage in Copenhagen! What a presence, what a voice and personality! Congratulations Pamela!

Let The Sunshine In - Sophie (Sophie DeBattista / Adam Pakard / Alex Dew)

Sophie is next on! The girl who proudly represented Malta in the past at the Junior Eurovision is back again at the Malta Eurovision. Since her last attempt Sophie has grown a lot and a very mature style so all the credits for this talented singer! However i must be honest that i’m not so sure if this would be the best choice Malta could make as a representation at Eurovision. My advice would be prosit Sophie but please come back again next year!

Love Will Take Me Home - Franklin (Glen / Beatrice Eriksson / M Frenell / Michael J Down)

Franklin Calleja is next on! What a development this amazing artist has made the last years! After winning the show ‘Don’t stop me now’ on Nettv he got last year already to the National Selection for Eurovision and got to the semifinal with a very nice track. But wow this time it seems this might be Franklin’s year. A great track a great performance! You can see the anxiousness on Franklin’s face and the enthousiasm to make his country proud. That is what i like in an artist, i really like this performance. Something extra in the finals ; some extra guidance, and the road to Copenhagen might be wide open in my opinion.Prosit Franklin you are the first one to give me tears tonight!

Safe - Miriam Christine (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

What is going on really! PBS is saving the top songs together. Miriam Christine i really hate you tonight for making me cry with this amazing performance! This is a truly stunning performance which i will be watching for a lot of times after no matter what the result will be! Very well done! 

Until We Meet Again - Deborah C (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Deborah, that was a good performance. This song is interesting and should make it through this evening based on the current crop of songs, especially with only a couple left. She looks great, and I quite like the idea of the band players to be honest although, I would have preferred a choreography with this one.

Coming Home - Firelight (Richard Micallef)

The next act is Firelight with Coming Home. How much I appreciate the artists on stage after the previous acts especially Franklin and Miriam, this is to my opinion a no go for the finals and definately for the Eurovision. To be clear very talented artists but i don’t feeling any connection with this. I’m so sorry guys.

Pin The Middle - De Bee (Peter Paul Galea / Debbie Stivala) 

De Bee is said to be rumoured to be one of the favourites for the victory. Probably a lot of people will hate me but I have no connection at all with the song. The performance is solid and the singer is really not bad, but for me there is no chemistry at all. I risk to be shot when I come to Malta if I am proven wrong but I dont have any connection with it. Sorry guys in advance!

Brand New Day - Davinia (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Davinia is next on stage with a cheerful song but I’m so sorry i’m turning not too positive again. Davinia looks really great on the stage but the song is really not going anywhere so this would definately not a good choice to represent Malta at Eurovision. Please Davinia return next year with a great track and then i see potenitial for you!

Ten - Corazon (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

The last track is coming from Corazon with a track from Paul and Fleur, the composers of One Life the 2011 Entry from Glen Vella. This is really a nice easy listening song and i mean this! But for Eurovision no chances at all. I’m so sorry Corazon, i really like your voice but for Eurovision this is just not good enough.

The Show (Part 2)

So that's for now. We are off for another commercial break and some guest performances. After the break there is a recap for all the songs. Gianluca, representative of Malta in 2013 is back on stage performing ‘Feeling Good’ and is then joined by Ira Losco, who is looking fabolous in red. After some more interval acts; including Red Electrick, The Crowns, Mariya Yaremchuk, Ira Losco and Gianluca, we are off for the announcements of the finalists. Here they are!

Qualifiers

One Last Ride - Daniel Testa (Stephen Rudden / Lawrence Peter Bridge)

Take Me - Pamela (Boris Cezek)

Because I Have You - Amber (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

Hypnotica - Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Let The Sunshine In - Sophie (Sophie DeBattista / Adam Pakard / Alex Dew)

Love Will Take Me Home - Franklin (Glen / Beatrice Eriksson / M Frenell / Michael J Down)

Oblivion - Chris Grech (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Lovetricity - Christabelle (Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)

Some Kind of Wonderful - Wayne William (Wayne Micallef)

City Lady - Ryan Paul Abela (Paul Abela / Ryan Paul / Joe Julian Farrugia)

Until We Meet Again - Deborah C (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Brand New Day - Davinia (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Coming Home - Firelight (Richard Micallef)

Pin The Middle - De Bee (Peter Paul Galea / Debbie Stivala)

Some big surprises here which will definately lead to discussion and with reason. But all the best of luck to the finalists! Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more about the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Earlier this morning, the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre played host to the final run-through prior to the actual semi-final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, airing this evening on TVM and TVM HD with Moira Delia, Gianluca and Ira Losco taking you through a wonderful journey of twenty (20) competing entries and a series of guest artists. The Public Broadcasting Services has to be commended on the efforts put into this years’ presentation with all of the artists praising the stage, lighting and sound alike, from the very first day.

In a couple of hours, the line-up of the final for this years’ Malta Eurovision Song Contest will have been decided and therefore, we have decided to combine the votes of the critics, the media and the public in order to publish the names of the artists whom they think will get through to the final selection phase which will be hosted tomorrow at 20:45 CET on TVM, TVM HD and through Radju Malta. There was a tie for the last spot, and as the rules of the Public Broadcasting Services state, the jury is given precedence and henceforth, we put forward the one chosen by our professional critics. The names are listed down in alphabetical order.

Addictive - Romina Mamo (Ylva / Linda Persson)

Because I Have You - Amber (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

Brand New Day - Davinia (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

City Lady - Ryan Paul Abela (Paul Abela / Ryan Paul / Joe Julian Farrugia)

Coming Home - Firelight (Richard Micallef)

Hypnotica - Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Just No Place Like Home - Fabrizio Faniello (Johan Bejerholm)

Love Will Take Me Home - Franklin (Glen / Beatrice Eriksson / M Frenell / Michael J Down)

Now and Forever - Andreana (Vinny Vella / Karl Spiteri)

One Last Ride - Daniel Testa (Stephen Rudden / Lawrence Peter Bridge)

Pin The Middle - De Bee (Peter Paul Galea / Debbie Stivala)

Safe - Miriam Christine (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Take Me - Pamela (Boris Cezek)

Until We Meet Again - Deborah C (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

escflashmalta.com would like to wish all of the participants competing in this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest, the very best of luck, hoping that the best fourteen (14) performances qualify to the final round of the selection process tomorrow night. There are always a couple of surprises in the eyes of the public but the jury would like to make sure that that special ingredient is selected on behalf of the country. The road to select the twenty-seventh representative and Gianluca’s successor commences this evening. Remember, that Olivier Vanhoutte will be doing a LIVE report of the show this evening, which in turn will air on TVM and TVM HD. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

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It has been a relatively long, yet fruitful week for the twenty (20) acts that made it through to the semi-final stage of the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. The Public Broadcasting Services is more than ready for the first phase of the national selection this evening, having had an extremely successful week in the technical department, and making some very slight adjustments throughout the week. 

The stage, created by Johnny Mc is definitely a highlight with sound engineers Arturo Pellegrini, Filippo Zecchini and Antoine Busuttil ensuring the quality excels throughout both the rehearsals and the shows taking place this evening and tomorrow. Primarily hosted by Moira Delia, and aided by former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Gianluca and Ira Losco, the semi-final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will kick-off at 20:45 on TVM and TVM HD and will comprise of twenty (20) entries, all trying to grab one of the elite fourteen (14) spots available tomorrow night.

Because I Have You - Amber (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

Oblivion - Chris Grech (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Addictive - Romina Mamo (Ylva / Linda Persson)

Hypnotica - Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Now and Forever - Andreana (Vinny Vella / Karl Spiteri)

One Last Ride - Daniel Testa (Stephen Rudden / Lawrence Peter Bridge)

Invisible - Raquel Galdes (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Just No Place Like Home - Fabrizio Faniello (Johan Bejerholm)

Some Kind of Wonderful - Wayne William (Wayne Micallef)

City Lady - Ryan Paul Abela (Paul Abela / Ryan Paul / Joe Julian Farrugia)

Lovetricity - Christabelle (Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)

Take Me - Pamela (Boris Cezek)

Let The Sunshine In - Sophie (Sophie DeBattista / Adam Pakard / Alex Dew)

Love Will Take Me Home - Franklin (Glen / Beatrice Eriksson / M Frenell / Michael J Down)

Safe - Miriam Christine (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Until We Meet Again - Deborah C (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Coming Home - Firelight (Richard Micallef)

Pin The Middle - De Bee (Peter Paul Galea / Debbie Stivala)

Brand New Day - Davinia (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Ten - Corazon (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

Special guests for this evening will include a mixture of local and foreign artists; Emmelie de Forest (Eurovision Winner 13), Red Electrick, The Crowns, Ira Losco, Gianluca and Maria Yaremchuk (Ukraine 14). The editorial team at escflashmalta.com wishes the artists, songwriters, producers and the technical crew, engaged by the Public Broadcasting Services, all the very best of luck for this evening, and also calls upon fans to follow the LIVE report led by Olivier Vanhoutte.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services / Television Malta

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On the 7th and 8th February 2014, the Public Broadcasting Services will be hosting this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre in Ta' Qali under the gaze of the local and foreign press, hence ready to put up a spectacular show as has been the case in recent years. In the week leading up to the competition, the competing acts along with the guest performers on both Friday and Saturday will take to the stage for a series of rehearsals.

escflashmalta.com plans to assess the outcome of the show by being present in the venue throughout various key points of the week, especially the run-throughs and dress rehearsals, respectively. This year, the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be hosted by Moira Delia, Gianluca Bezzina and Ira Losco and foreign guests are set to include none other than Emmelie de Forest; winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013, Maria Yaremchuk and Sebalter; representatives of Ukraine and Switzerland at this years’ international showcase.

Because I Have You - Amber (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

Oblivion - Chris Grech (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Addictive - Romina Mamo (Ylva / Linda Persson)

Hypnotica - Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Now and Forever - Andreana (Vinny Vella / Karl Spiteri)

One Last Ride - Daniel Testa (Stephen Rudden / Lawrence Peter Bridge)

Invisible - Raquel Galdes (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

Just No Place Like Home - Fabrizio Faniello (Johan Bejerholm)

Some Kind of Wonderful - Wayne William (Wayne Micallef)

City Lady - Ryan Paul Abela (Paul Abela / Ryan Paul / Joe Julian Farrugia)

Lovetricity - Christabelle (Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)

Take Me - Pamela (Boris Cezek)

Let The Sunshine In - Sophie (Sophie DeBattista / Adam Pakard / Alex Dew)

Love Will Take Me Home - Franklin (Glen / Beatrice Eriksson / M Frenell / Michael J Down)

Safe - Miriam Christine (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

Until We Meet Again - Deborah C (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Coming Home - Firelight (Richard Micallef)

Pin The Middle - De Bee (Peter Paul Galea / Debbie Stivala)

Brand New Day - Davinia (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

Ten - Corazon (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

At this point in time, we would like to wish all the very best of luck to all of the twenty (20) acts who are putting their first foot forward in the hope of representing Malta, and achieving another prestigious result, following up on the success of Tomorrow, co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat, with vocals provided by Gianluca. Another round of applause goes to Gordon Bonello, Rodney Gauci, Daniel D’Anastasi and Anton Attard for their hard work on this years’ competition. Stay tuned for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services

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On the 31st January, the organising committee of L-Għanja tal-Poplu was receiving entries for the 38th edition of the illustrious competition, in hope of finding a track to succeed Hawn Siġġu Nieqes composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Paul Ellul, with vocals provided by Cherise Attard, as the winner. The organising committee of L-Għanja tal-Poplu has decided to introduce a number of brand new regulations including a financial reward for the winner of the singer/songwriter accolade as well as the top three (3) as chosen by a panel of judges.

The list of sixteen (16) participants was selected from a total of seventy-one (71) submissions, which means that L-Għanja tal-Poplu practically doubled the amount of submissions from the previous year when almost forty (40) tracks were sent in. The organising committee appointed five (5) professional judges to review the songs and spoke highly of each of the respective submissions, finally reaching the below verdict. The Committee will be confirming the names of the finalists in due course, as songwriters confirm the demo artist to be the final artist. escflashmalta.com will be doing its utmost to publish the names as soon as possible.

Bħal Għasfura (Mario Debono)

Djarju ta' Tifkiriet - Simone Gauci (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Mark Spiteri Lucas)

Fejn Huma? - Daniel Borg (George Cassar, Daniel Borg)

Il-Bamboċċu, Il-Bambinu u l-Budaj (Frans Casha)

Il-Karba tal-Mument - Christian Arding (Kevin Tanti, Chan Vella)

Il-Quċċata - Jeffrey Scicluna (Rita Pace, Jeffrey Scicluna)

Immigrant Regolari - Teddie Zammit (Rita Pace, Teddie Zammit)

Insellmulkom - Domenique (Joe Chircop, Philip Vella)

Jien Ma Naħdimx - Karen DeBattista (Rita Pace, Mark Scicluna)

Kif Xrobbtuli l-Menti - Frank O'Neill (Frank O'Neill)

Liberat (George Cassar, Teddie Zammit)

Mara - Marie Claire Attard Bason (Emil Calleja Bayliss, Andrew Zammit)

Numri - Estelle Fenech Imbroll (Paul Attard, Mark Scicluna)

Pupa - Denise Spiteri (Mark Laurence Zammit)

Rutina (Jonathan Laferla, Charlie Bonnici)

Wara l-Kanċell - Miriam Christine u Olivia Lewis (J J Farrugia, Miriam Christine)

The 38th edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu is being organised with the help of the Malta Arts Fund and in collaboration with Studio 7. Authors, composers, singers and musical groups wishing to participation can find all the required information through the Official Website, or the Official Facebook Page. The renowned local competition which has been given a true facelift in recent years is also being given a brand new visual identity in 2014 with emerging artist Darren Tanti responsible for a new logo, one which encompases the idea of live music and singing, elements of L-Għanja tal-Poplu. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news.

Source: YTC, GħTP

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