Category Archives: Malta

Malta: “Coming Home”, Going to Copenhagen

firelightSaturday night marked the 2014 edition of Malta Eurovision Song Contest (or, as I like to call it, the “Maltathon”).  During a show that lasted nearly four hours, fourteen acts duked it out for the chance to follow Gianluca’s successful trip to Malmö, and try to match JESC champion Gaia Cauchi’s success.  After the performances and a long list of interval acts, a champion was crowned. Read the rest of this entry

Preview: National Final in Malta

Tonight at 20:45 CET, live from the Malta Fairs and Convention Centre in Ta’Qali, broadcaster PBS will bring us the Finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014.  Still riding emotionally high from the victory of Gaia Cauchi at JESC, will this past winner’s luck rub off on the grown-ups? Read the rest of this entry

A Champion, a Heroine: Malta’s Gaia Cauchi

Well, it was a hard-fought Junior Eurovision this year, with a dozen entries battling it out for the top spot in one of the world’s most prestigious youth song festivals, but only one pint-sized powerhouse could nab the victory.  After a nailbiter of a vote, it was Malta’s Gaia Cauchi who took the win with her power-ballad “The Start”.  Ukrainian Sofia Tarasova came in second place on her home soil, with Belarus’s Ilya Volkov taking the bronze, but the night truly belonged to Gaia, who had just turned eleven. Read the rest of this entry

JESC 2013 Preview: Part 2

In our first peek at who’s who in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest, we got to know the crop of young talent from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, and Georgia.  As of this moment, the performers have converged on Kiev and rehearsals are just ramping up.  Let’s meet our next set of artists!

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Malta has Decided: it’s Gianluca Bezzina!

Well, it was a long night in Ta’ Qali, but after sixteen performances and a dramatic vote-tally, we have a winner!  Taking top points with the jury and second place with the public vote, 23-year-old Qrendi native Gianluca Bezzina will represent the island nation with his sunny pop number “Tomorrow”. Read the rest of this entry

Preview: National Final in Malta

Happening at just about the same time as Iceland’s Söngvakeppni 2013 is the larger-fielded (and much easier to pronounce) Malta Eurovision Song Contest.  Starting at 20:40 CET and being streamed both on Malta’s TVM site as well as Eurovision.tv, you can expect this program to last at least four hours.  Get the popcorn and booze ready…it’s going to be a long haul. Read the rest of this entry

Editorial: If At First You Don’t Succeed…Part 2

Picking up where we left off (way too long ago…pardon the delay!), here’s another look at a handful of National Final stalwarts who really deserve their big break at Eurovision.

From Malta, the land that brought us Chiara, Glen Vella, and Kurt Calleja, brothers Wayne Micallef and Richard Edwards have each submitted a handful of strong entries to the National Final.  First appearing in a trio with their sister Michelle as “The Mics” in 2003 and 2005, the siblings came in 14th with “Take Me Back Again“, and came in a disappointing 21st place with their disco-fied entry “It’s Up To You”.  It was Wayne who first struck out on his own, with his 2009 submission “Where You Belong“.  He improved upon his 7th-place finish that year with his 2010 follow-up, “Save a Life“, and came in 8th place in 2011 with the more upbeat “Everybody Sing“.  His 2012 entry, “Time“, with its Wisconsin-filmed video, brought him a 12th-place finish, and he is showing no signs of stopping.  Read the rest of this entry

Preview Video Mania!

Like I said a few days ago, now that most of the 2012 Eurovision entries have been released to the public, their official preview videos tend to follow nipping at their heels.  Now that the official Eurovision YouTube channel is getting in gear, we’re beginning to see tons of these new promotional clips from all over the continent, with many more to follow.  Let’s take a little audiovisual jaunt through Europe, shall we? Read the rest of this entry

Malta has Decided: It’s Kurt Calleja!

After a  marathon of a National Final, where sixteen hopeful performers took the stage for the chance to become Malta’s twenty-fifth Eurovision representative, we finally have a winner.  In a closely-fought final, twenty-two year old Kurt Calleja bested his competitors and took home the trophy with “This is the Night”, which he co-wrote with Johan Jämtberg, and Mikael Gunnerås.  He came in second with the jury’s vote, but took the lead through the public televote, and snatched victory away from seemingly perpetual runner-up Claudia Faniello. Read the rest of this entry

Finalists Announced for Malta

Tonight, on TVM’s evening program “Xarabank”, the top 24 songs for the Maltese Preselection were announced.  Similar to last year, these songs will go up against each other on February 3, to be winnowed down to an exclusive list of 16 Finalists.  We should know the eventual Maltese representative on February 4th.  After much ado, the semifinalists are (after the jump):

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