Eurovision 2012: Juries Preferred Maltese EntryWritten by Marc Calleja Bayliss
This Is The Night performed by Kurt Calleja and his band alongside the additional vocals of Amber represented the country in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which took place in Baku, Azerbaijan. The betting odds and the polls did not think much of it unfortunately but nevertheless, with a strong performance in each rehearsal and then on the night of the semi-final, Malta sailed into the finals achieving seventh position making it the first entry to reach that stage since 2009 when What If We by Chiara had done the honours. Broadcasters have just become releasing their jury results and it seems that initial results show that the juries very much preferred the song over voters at home.
The first two countries to show this were none other than Portugal and Germany, both of which had the right to vote in the second semi-final with the latter being a big five country and therefore allocated by the European Broadcasting Union to vote by draw and the former being represented by Filipa Ruas and her beautiful entry Vida Minha which languished in thirteenth position. The Portuguese jury decided to award Malta with a total of three points but it seems that the voters at home did not think much of our entry and thus did not rank in the final top ten unfortunately and the same goes for Germany which saw Malta finish in eight place with the jury and yet no points in the combined effort signalling that in the semi-final, Kurt and his team were somewhat easy on the eye and technically correct. This Is The Night has also surpassed the 1,000,000 (million) in views making it the first Maltese video ever to have such an accolade.
Source: Nelson Costa, Eurovision.de