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Mike Spiteri, representative of Malta at the 1995 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was joined at the international event by the British band, Love City Groove who performed a song also bearing their name and which proved to be the beginning of a new era for the country, one which saw them being immensely innovative. Stephen Rudden, a songwriter/producer who had been a part of the group and had initially put the name of the band forward for an audition is amongst the songwriters hoping to get through to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014.

His entry, One Last Ride is penned by Lawrence Peter Bridge with vocals provided by Daniel Testa, the young vocalist who represented Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, achieving a fourth place result in Limassol, following an astonishing performance of the track Junior Swing. Since then, Daniel has gone onto release some more singles, prior to taking up acting on the hit television series, D.R.E.A.M.S which aired on Television Malta and as a Disc Jockey on leading radio station, 89.7 Bay. Love City Groove was a massive success in the British Charts, having managed to climb up to number #7 with around 200,000 units of sale. Will such success move forward almost ten years, as Daniel hopes to debut in next years’ Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hMYuBa-uP8

It was almost six years ago, when Natalie Gauci took to the stage of the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre as a special guest at the Malta Eurovision Song Content. On that occasion, she had performed Here I Am, a number #2 single in Australia along with Angel, the entry that represented Malta at the international spectacle back in 2005. This particular duet alongside balladeer Chiara was legendary and denoted as one of the most wonderful memories of the selection.

Due to creative differences, Natalie left Sony Music Australia and started working on her follow-up material with an indie record label based in Europe. As a matter of fact, this led to the release of a digital album entitled HA HA HA which received positive critical acclaim. escflashmalta.com is in a position to exclusively reveal that in 2011, the singer/songwriter had been looking at several options to submit for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, ultimately deciding against it at the very last minute with other musical endeavours seemingly garnering more importance.

Natalie Gauci is looking to re-launch her career in music through another entertainment showcase, the Eurovision Song Contest. The song she is presenting to the public, entitled Grow Up is co-written with Peter Busuttil, known to many as a former television host of the programme Red on NET Television and also as the present Film Commissioner. The first hurdle to represent Malta at the international showcase though is to garner the support of a professional panel of judges, and the general public, should she manage to get through the second phase. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbrPY6y4fS4

Television Malta, through their official website, unveiled the names of the entries, songwriters and vocalists of those which got through the second phase of the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. It is worth pointing out that a total of seventy (70) songs were selected by an international and local panel of judges. Most of the artists managed to get through with just one (1) entry but there were a couple of exceptions, those of which will be noted below. Out of the seventy (70) entries, only twenty (20) will get through, those of which will be announced on the programme Xarabank on the 29th November 2014, aired on Television Malta.

Firstly, there are only two artists who have already been to the Eurovision Song Contest, including Miriam Christine whose 'In a Woman's Heart' was avant garde in 1996 and Fabrizio Faniello who has tasted mixed fortunes, achieving ninth place with 'Another Summer Night' in 2001 and then, last place with 'I Do' in 2006. Many are hoping to return to the scene of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, having been part of the set-up in the past including; Romina Mamo, Fiona Cauchi, Anique, Ruth PortelliAmber, Jamie Tonna, Francesca Borg, Ylenia Vella, Anna Azzopardi, Nadine Bartolo, Kylie Coleiro, Jessika, Annabelle Debono, Franklin Calleja, Neville Refalo, Andreana, Chris Grech, Ben, Wayne William, Julie Pomorski, Corazon and Deborah C.

Family affairs have also become relatively common in the world of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, noting that Kevin Paul Calleja, a first timer is the brother of Kurt Calleja who represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012 with 'This Is The Night' whilst Dorothy Bezzina is sister of Gianluca Bezzina, the male vocalist who honoured Malta with an eighth place at this years' edition of the international showcase with 'Tomorrow'. A midst of artists who have also been close to that elite ticket have also managed to get through to the second phase of the competition; Pamela, Kaya, Davinia, Richard Edwards (Fire Light), Eleanor Cassar and Amber.

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In the meantime, a special mention is surely to be given to Sophie DeBattista and Daniel Testa, artists who have already represented Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest to mixed fortunes, and of course, Bay Music Awards Solo Artist winner; Christabelle who is hoping to make her debut in the event. Minik, winning songwriter of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and Cherise Attard, winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu both got through, as did former Australian Idol winner and Malta Eurovision Song Contest special guest, Natalie Gauci who is hoping to make her debut. Natalie Gauci kick started her career with Sony Music Australia but has been doing several indie projects as of late.

Newcomers including the likes of Jan Cortez, winner of the Bay Music Award for Best Song last year, Jessica Micallef, Joseph RefaloAnnalise Psaila, Simaria Galea and Debbie Stivala are also gunning for one of the twenty (20) slots. We would like to wish good luck to all of the acts who have managed to get through the first round of the selection process and also wish them the best in hope of creating a successful Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014, filled to the brim with quality. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the upcoming selection process leading to Malta's representative at the international event.

Source: Television Malta, escflashmalta.com

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

Tomorrow, co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals by Gianluca was the most successful entry to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest since Chiara's Angel back in 2005, eight (8) years ago. The journey to find the successor commenced a couple of weeks back with the Public Broadcasting Services receiving a total of two hundred and ten (210) submissions, a record since the broadcasting house took over the selection process, and the most in as many years.

Anton Attard, Chief Executive Officer at the Public Broadcasting Services and also Head of Delegation commented on the vast amount of submissions from overseas territories, something which in turn denotes competition for local songwriters with the aim of boosting their creativity to the highest levels and write some fantastic tracks. In the meantime, escflashmalta.com has learnt of several artists who have put their name forward including two former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Fabrizio Faniello and Miriam Christine. On the other hand, the major surprise certainly comes in the form of Claudia Faniello, the two time former runner-up who is also absent from the list following an exclusive piece posted on escflashmalta.com earlier this year.

1. Addictive - Romina Mamo (Linda Persson / Ylva Persson)

2. Again - Nadia (Roger Tirazona / Nadia Vella)

3. All My Love - Fiona Cauchi (Renato Briffa / Keith Zammit)

4. Almost Heaven - Ruth Portelli (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

5. Analyse This - Dorothy Bezzina (Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)

6. Back To ... - Anique (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

7. Bad Girl - Michela Mallia (Samuel Bugia Garrido / Rita Pace)

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

9. Bite The Bullet - Fire Light (Richard Micallef)

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

11. Call It Love - Jamie Tonna (Marco Debono / Doris Chetcuti)

12. Candy - Jessica Micallef (Carlo Gerada / Matt Mercieca)

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

14. Closer to You - Miriam Christine (Clifford Borg / Miriam Christine)

15. Coming Home - Fire Light (Richard Micallef)

16. Could Have Been Me - Ioana Dalli (Philip Vella)

17. Dazzling - Francesca Borg (Marco Debono / Doris Chetcuti)

18. Don't Bring Me Down - Jan Cortez (Carlo Gerada / Matt Mercieca)

19. Drop Dead Beautiful - Ylenia Vella (Jason Paul Cassar / Mario Farrugia)

20. Favourite Waste of Time - Floren (Michael Talkzog / Gerard James Borg)

21. For All Those Times - Gloriana Arpa Belli (Renato Briffa / Doris Chetcuti)

22. Grow Up - Natalie Gauci (Natalie Gauci / Peter Busuttil)

23. Here I Am - Anna Azzopardi (Heathcliffe Balzan / Deo Grech)

24. High - Nadine Bartolo (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)

25. How Can I Miss You? - Kylie Coleiro (Matthias Strasser)

26. Hypnotica - Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

27. I Hope You Know - Kristabel Mercieca (Richard Micallef)

28. I Will Not Surrender - Minik (Michael J Down / Jonas Gladnikoff / Poglajen / Minik)

29. In Too Deep - Cherise Attard (Linda Persson / Ylva Persson / Natasha Turner)

30. In Your Kiss - Jessika (Philip Vella / Jessica Muscat)

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

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

33. Kiss Your Tears Away - Annabelle Debono (Philip Vella)

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

35. Living Again - Jelena (Philip Vella)

36. Look Wonderful Tonight - Anique (Aronne Chetcuti Caruana)

37. Lovetricity - Christabelle (Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)

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

39. Made for You - Franklin Calleja (Elton Zarb / Franklin Calleja / Miriam Christine)

40. Magic Moonlight - Annalise Psaila (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri)

41. Magic Symphony - Eleanor Cassar (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

42. Mi-Mi-Mind - Neville Refalo (Erik Mjorneh / Jonas Thander / Jonny Sanchez / Neville)

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

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

45. Once in a While - Minik (Elton Zarb / Rita Pace)

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

47. Pin The Middle - Debbie Stivala (Peter Paul Galea / Debbie Stivala)

48. Reach the Light - Ben (Benjamin Darmanin / Jonathan Spiteri)

49. Reaching for the Sky - Kaya (Sven Lundholm / Erik Rydmark / Aidan O'Connor)

50. Remember - Dorothy Bezzina (Erik Anjou)

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

52. SamaniSahe - Anique (Mark Paelinck / Herman Bartje)

53. Some Kind of Wonderful - Wayne William (Wayne Micallef)

54. Shattered Dreams - Analise Psaila (Chan Vella / Alexia Schembri)

55. Smile - Rikki Lee Scicluna (Mark Attard / Rikki Lee Scicluna)

56. Stronger - Romina Mamo (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)

57. Sweet Surrender - Anique (Magdalena Maj / Magnus Kaxe)

58. Tabula Rasa - Julie Promotski (Augusto Cardinali / Julie Pomorski)

59. Take Me - Pamela (Boris Cezek)

60. Take Me As I Am - Simaria Galea (Jangklev / Schneider / Biglert / O'Connor)

61. Ten - Corazon - Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

62. The One - Francesca Borg (O'Connor / Biglert / Schneider / Gronwall)

63. The Question - Nadine Bartolo (Jangklev / Schneider / Biglert / O'Connor)

64. The Thief - Dario Mifsud Bonnici (Tommy Berre / Christian Ingerbrigsten)

65. Under the Sun - Kevin Paul Calleja (Kevin Paul / Peter Borg / Judy Greaves)

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

67. What When Where - Joseph Refalo (Miriam Christine / Gerard James Borg)

68. You - Dayle Camilleri (Minik / Alison Ellul)

69. Your Game - Francesa Borg (Michael Down / Poglajen / Gladnikoff / Francesca Borg)

70. Zest - Simaria Galea (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)

The Public Broadcasting Services will be revealing the twenty (20) entries to make it through to the semi-final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest through the programme Xarabank airing on the 29th November 2013 on Television Malta. The announcement is expected to last the whole programme, adding to the annual anticipation and excitement. It is yet unknown whether the venue will be the Malta Fairs or Conventions Centre or the Mediterranean Conference Centre but the dates have now been confirmed as the 7th and 8th February 2014 respectively. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYP3rEbSJBQ

Monday, 18 November 2013 22:15

MESC 2014: Second Phase Results Out Tomorrow

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Television Malta, the visual broadcasting arm for the Public Broadcasting Services have revealed that they will be revealed the official results of the first phase for the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest through their portal, www.tvm.com.mt with the actual news item stating that it is the beginning of another process, one which will see Malta represented in Copenhagen, Denmark. The announcement will be made at noon, and with all the excitement, we are not ruling out a potential surge on the broadcasters' web portal.

escflashmalta.com has discovered that there have been submissions by a number of former participants of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest including; Kaya, Richard Edwards (as part of a group known as Firelight), Davinia Pace, Janvil, Janice DeBattista, Tiziana Calleja, Eleanor Cassar, Wayne William, Fabrizio Faniello and Miriam Christine respectively. Following tomorrows' announcement, a second panel of judges will listen to the shortlisted entries and select their top twenty (20), those of which will then be made public during a revelation on the hit programme; Xarabank produced by WE Media. The Public Broadcasting Services have also confirmed that the 7th and the 8th February 2014 will be the dates for next years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest semi-final and final. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the selection process as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Television Malta

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vT8O9yNieeY

L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a local music competition which differs from the International Festival of Maltese Song and the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza for the simple reason that it promotes the singer/songwriter along with the use of traditional forms of music whilst also giving prime importance to the lyrics. The event, slated for the 15th March 2014 was officially unveiled to the general public and the media during a gathering held at the Manoel Theatre. There was one main change in the regulations, one which will see songwriters having no limit to the amount of songs they could have in the final stages.

Sir Temi Żammit Hall, the venue which has played host to recent editions of L-Għanja tal-Poplu saw to the success of Cherise Attard with her song Hawn Siġġu Nieqes composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Paul Ellul with the first runner-up being Dorothy Muscat with the track Signor Si composed by Sammy Galea to the lyrics of Joe Julian Farrugia and the second runner-up being Rita Pace with her self-composed entry Pupazz, penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss.

Another innovative element incorporated in the results is a cash prize which is set to be given to the first, second and third place finishers. As has been the case in recent years, the competition will be aired both on radio and television. escflashmalta.com is proud to support the event, and moreover to support a local music competition which aims to promote Maltese as a national language and one which could also show diversity in the art of music. In order to download a copy of the rules and regulations for the 38th edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu taking place on the 14th March 2014 at the Sir Temi Żammit Hall, please visit the official website of the competition. Stay tuned for all of the latest news.

Source: L-Għanja tal-Poplu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmUMJKj5RNk

Malta's participation within the Eurovision Song Contest is regulated by the Public Broadcasting Services who earlier this week were accepting entries for the upcoming edition of the national selection. In an evening news bulletin read out by former Malta Eurovision Song Contest host, Keith Demicoli, it was revealed that a record number of two hundred and ten (210) submissions were received at the end of the allocated period. In 2013, Gianluca and his entry Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat was selected out of one hundred and eighty one (181) tracks, meaning that there have been thirty (30) more submissions when comparing year-on-year.

It was also stated during the news bulletin that the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place at the end of January, beginning of February, pertaining to logistics. The full details will be revealed towards the latter stages of November when the twenty (20) semi-finalists who will be competing within the local showcase and hoping to head to Copenhagen, Denmark will be selected. At this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Malta finished in eighth place following an astonishing performance of the track Tomorrow. It was the nations' best result since 2005 when Chiara and her self-penned entry Angel had finished in second place.

Amongst the former runner-ups of the local showcase who have submitted entries into the showcase, there are; Richard Edwards, Tiziana Calleja, Kaya, Davinia Pace whilst others including; Klinsmann, Roger Tirazona, Melanie Zammit and most notably, Claudia Faniello all confirmed their absence from the competition at least during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com in the coming weeks as more revelations are made including those concerning the annual escflashmalta.com awards which will be given on ONE.

Source: PBS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vT8O9yNieeY

Over the past twenty-four hours, the Public Broadcasting Services started receiving submissions for the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest at the Creativity Hub in Gwardamangia. Due to Gianluca's overwhelming success with his track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat, it is expected that the number of submissions will rise based on year-on-year analysis. Despite the fact that the weather has not been ideal, the editorial team at escflashmalta.com is optimistic that the song quality will be considerably better.

Within the document entitled Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Regulations, the submission process along with anything one might enquire about is duly explained. The Creativity Hub, which just happens to be the new Head Office for the Public Broadcasting Services is where all the original entries for the competition are to be submitted with the allocate time slots being between 09:00 and 12:00 CET as well as 14:00 and 16:00 CET on Wednesday, 30th and Thursday 31st October 2013. A number of artists had formally declared their submission intentions to this portal in the weeks leading up to the submissions days whilst others were seen throughout the course of the two day period.

  • Tiziana Calleja (MESC 10)
  • Kaya (MESC 00, 10, 12)
  • Minik
  • Ina Robinich
  • Fabrizio Faniello (ESC 01, 06)
  • Miriam Christine (ESC 96)
  • Richard Edwards (MESC 11, 12, 13)
  • Josef Tabone (MESC 06)
  • Gloriana Arpa Belli
  • Janvil (MESC 05, 06, 09, 11, 12)
  • Eleanor Cassar (MESC 03-06, 08-12)
  • Cheryl Camilleri
  • Malcolm Pisani
  • Jamie Tonna (MESC 09, 11)
  • Jessica Magro
  • Anna Azzopardi (MESC 11, 12)
  • Ryan Axisa
  • Kelly Cassar
  • Cherise Grixti
  • Kevin Calleja (Bro of Kurt Calleja - ESC 12)
  • Joseph Refalo
  • Dayle Camilleri
  • Davinia Pace (MESC 13)
  • Julie Pomorki (MESC 07)
  • Janice DeBattista (MESC 13)
  • Mauro Kitcher (MESC 07)
  • Chris Grech (MESC 13)
  • Dario Mifsud Bonnici (MESC 09)
  • Cherise Attard
  • Malcolm Pisani
  • Domenique (MESC 11, 13)
  • Stefan Galea
  • Neville Refalo (MESC 05)
  • Donna Marie Ellul
  • Jan Pace
  • Joseph Barber
  • Nadia Vella
  • Franklin Calleja (MESC 13)
  • Romina Mamo (MESC 03, 05, 12)
  • Cheryl Balzan
  • Raquel Galdes
  • Iona Dalli
  • Rachel Verzin

It is expected that the Public Broadcasting Services will release a shortlist of entries which made it through to the second phase of the qualification process mid-way through the month, something that has been made rather prominent in recent years whilst the list of the twenty semi-finalists will be made public towards the end of the month, most likely in the final week of November. Although no final dates with regards to the semi-final and the final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest have been published, it is expected to be in one of the first two weekend within the month of February. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

Tomorrow, co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals provided by Gianluca represented Malta at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, getting through to the final, and ultimately achieving the nations' first top ten result in eight (8) years, when Chiara took to the stage for the second time with her self-penned entry Angel which had finished in second place. As of today, the Public Broadcasting Services will be receiving submissions from a number of music personnel with the hope of making it through to the final stages of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014.

Within the document entitled Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Regulations, the submission process along with anything one might enquire about is duly explained. The Creativity Hub, which just happens to be the new Head Office for the Public Broadcasting Services is where all the original entries for the competition are to be submitted with the allocate time slots being between 09:00 and 12:00 CET as well as 14:00 and 16:00 CET on Wednesday, 30th and Thursday 31st October 2013. In recent weeks, escflashmalta.com exclusively published the names of a series of artists who intend to take part within the pre-selection process including; Tiziana Calleja, Kaya, Minik, Ina Robinich, Fabrizio Faniello, Richard Edwards, Josef Tabone, Gloriana Arpa Belli, Janvil and Eleanor Cassar

Amongst those who went onto submit their prospective entries included; Malcolm PisaniJamie Tonna, Jessica Magro, Joseph Refalo, Davinia Pace and Julie Pomorski. Tomorrow, members of the editorial team will be on hand outside the Creativity Hub in order to follow the latest proceedings and try to eye out prospective artists who will be putting their name forward in hope of making it through to the biggest music event in the country, the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com over the coming days, weeks and months for all of the latest news with regards to next years' competition. 

Source: Public Broadcasting Services

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

Sinners, an extended play released by Lauren Aquilina managed to peak at number #66 in the United Kingdom with fan support through social media including Facebook and Twitter. It wasn't the first success though noting that her debut release, that entitled Fools also peaked at number #72 suggesting that her fan-base is on the increase. As the rules of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014 were published by the Public Broadcasting Services in the past forty-eight (48) hours, it comes as no surprise that local fans would like her to put her name forward. Those who think it's not possible are wrong especially due to the fact that Lauren could very much apply for a dual citizenship and thus making her eligible. Nevertheless, this will not be the case at least for next year according to a post on social networking website, Facebook.

Darren Cassar posted the escflashmalta.com article about the release of the regulations on her wall asking her to possibly consider a role within the selection process but his efforts proved futile with her reply being a categorical 'hahahaha noooooo I can't! xx' and in technical terms she might be right considering that she has a tour planned in February, one which might not allow her to take up any more commitments for the time being. One artist who has already stated her intentions in favour of a second participation within the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is none other than Davinia, the second runner-up at this years' edition of the competition. A photo with the tag #eurovision was posted whilst in the studio with Matt Mercieca signalling that she is working with the same individuals behind Betrayed. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knzu1g-S0fI