L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a local music competition in which all of the entries have to be submitted within the national language and ultimately performed live. In recent years, the lacklustre showcase has been dusting off the remnants of disappointment and gearing up with innovative strategies and this has been of great help considering that the list of entrants has been improving and will continue to do so should the direction continue in such a manner. Sir Temi Żammit Hall found within the University of Malta will once more be playing role of the host venue on the 20th April as nineteen entries will be vying for the top three places, all of which will be getting the chance to represent the country in an international competition.
Corazon Mizzi and Alfred Zammit were the hosts of the evening last year, a showcase eventually won by Kantilena and their entry Malta Tiegħi. but due to the fact that the former is actually a finalist in this years' edition, the organising committee thought it best to call upon two fresh faces for the role and indeed, it has called upon former finalist; Frank O'Neill as well as Valerie Vella who does not require any introduction within the world of the Eurovision Song Contest having hosted the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on three occasions, read out the scores of the Maltese Jury and Tele-Voting as well as been a commentator within the same event. Whilst keeping in line to the centrist changes made in recent years, there will be a traditional element to this years' showcase but we will not be revealing any details except that many will be surprised. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about this years' L-Għanja tal-Poplu competition.
Source: Għanja Fest
The pre-qualified entries for the final of the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest have already had their technical rehearsal, spread over a period of two days, the first being on Saturday where they had forty (40) minutes of allocated time and the second being on Sunday where they were allocated another thirty (30) minutes in total as were all of the other competitors in the competition. One of the main features prior to each semi-final is that we will be releasing the results of the polls and the reviews combined in order to see whether they were close to the actual results, nevertheless, we can now also reveal the comments put forth for the six finalists which include the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Azerbaijan, Spain and Germany. The reviews were carried out by none other than Valerie Vella.
The female host on local television does not need a lot of introductory notes and this is because she is well known with the fans of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and also around Europe having occupied the role of spokesperson, commentator, national final host and also as the Head of Press during the actual competition. She has exclusively decided to voice her views with us and of course with you our readers about the tracks which have already qualified to the final due to their respective status when it comes to finances along with the honour of the previous winner and therefore host country. We would like to make it a point that these views are not those of escflashmalta.com but are personal views of an individual with years of experience within the field.
The last time the UK came up with something decent in recent years was with Andrew Lloyd Weber’s composition ‘It’s My Time’ in 2009. Actually, they gave me the feeling they had given up on the contest altogether. I must say that the UK pleasantly surprised me this time round. Love songs rarely come more classic and soothing than this. Meaningful lyrics combined with a perfect diction and technique make it a surefire hit ….at least for me….but I must confess that I’m a big fan of good ballads, so I might be slightly biased here!
For France this year we’ll see the diminutive but very shapely Anggun. Famous in the 90s for her song "Snow on the Sahara", the Indonesian-French singer's entry is a sprightly pop entry. Whether it catches the imagination of European audiences remains to be seen however….I must say it hasn’t grown on me yet, but I like the whistling sound all throughout the song. Its interesting to note that songs in French have repeatedly failed to garner any significant placings in recent years, but that could well change this year if she manages to put up a good show.
A quite unusual song that grabs you from the very first note. Nina oozes style with her stage presence and impeccable voice. I must say I’m surprised the Italians chose to sing in English after the romantic Italian language to have worked wonders last year as they placed second. It seems that after the 14 year absence from the ESC, the Italians are doing their utmost to keep away from the stereotypical Italian ballad. All in all … Like!
Although this is the only the 5th appearance of Azerbaijan in the ESC , they seem to be on the right track year after year. Strong entries, spectacular stage performances, and, let’s face it, big budgets, have landed them top ten placings every year. They seem to strike the right note whatever the style of the song. This year’s ballad has potential, but what are the chances of winning twice in a row? Besides, polished as it may be, it’s not really a winner to me.
Where do I start? I like her voice and I don’t mind the melody line, but that’s just about it for me. It’s an average classical ballad. I doubt it will stand out, especially when faced with other, stronger ballads in this year’s festival. Had Spain not been one of the Big Five, I’m pretty sure the chances of seeing them in the final would be close to zero….yawn!
The Public Broadcasting Services shows all of the respective shows in the lead up to the Eurovision Song Contest including the semi-final in which Malta would not be competing in and that is to add to the overall value of entertainment whilst surrounded by family. The preparations for such shows is normally aided through a live commentary which in recent years has been conducted by two personnel, the first of which is none other than actress, producer and host Eileen Montesin and the second of which being the multiple national final host, Valerie Vella whose years of experience have always proven an asset. We are now in a position to exclusively reveal that neither of the females has been given the nod by the broadcaster this time round despite their years of experience.
It is to be noted that both of them has left the Public Broadcasting Services in recent weeks and months noting that Eileen Montesin is currently preparing to host another edition of the popular talent show Don't Stop Me Now whilst just finished wrapping up the first season of the series Deja Vu with Media.Link Communications and their television broadcaster; NET In the meantime, Valerie has recently undertook a role on the show Ilsien In-Nisa through another private station in the form of ONE. We are also proud to exclusively reveal that Valerie Vella will be reviewing the tracks competing directly in the final meaning Azerbaijan, France, Italy, Germany, Spain and United Kingdom as part of the Critics' Choice feature initiated earlier this year through escflashmalta.com. The last time that neither of the ladies was in the commentator booth was in 2007 when Antonia Micallef, now a newscaster took on the role yet she did not manage to bring about any of the enthusiasm of the event as was astonishingly dull presenting the acts during the evening.
There have been initial rumours that the position of commentator might be given to none other than Elaine Saliba, the female host of this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest but we would like to hear your opinion on any possibility. Apart from the question of the commentator, there is also the question of the spokesperson and rumours keep circulating that this position will be give to Ylenia Vella as a sort of apology issued by the broadcaster. This could be an interesting jolt to her career nevertheless, gaining worldwide exposure during an extremely interesting part of the show. The year before representing Sweden, Eric Saade was the one to give the votes on behalf of the nation gaining recognition as the individual with the pretty face. We will be vying to keep you posted on all of the latest happenings as soon as they become available so stay tuned.