Malta just happens to be a country found in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea but nevertheless over the year, it has been noted that we have a lot of talent despite our size. The results achieved at the Eurovision Song Contest during the years reflect those of bigger countries and made us contenders each and every year but then again with the competition growing and moving all around the continent it became more difficult but nevertheless, one does not give up and we have also managed to do well on sporadic occasions noting the success achieved by Chiara back in 2005 with the song Angel.
Since the introduction of the semi-final system way back in 2004, we have managed to get through to the final round on three occasions, the last time being of course just last week when our very own Kurt Calleja and his track This Is The Night did what Chiara did during her third appearance in 2009 with the song What If We and what Julie & Ludwig had done in 2004 with their entry On Again .. Off Again. The level of the local competition in recent years has really grown but nevertheless, there has been a lot of talk in Malta on whether we should attract well known artists who will from their background experience do well. There are quite an interesting number of performers who are proud to call themselves as nationals of this country and yet have not put their name forward for the event despite being a huge showcase which has been creating a number of careers especially in recent years since the victory of Norwegian native Alexander Rybak with the song Fairytale followed by an even more noteworthy win by Lena-Meyer Landrut for Germany with the song Satellite.
It seems that the number one name to be considered at this stage is none other than that of Kevin Borg. Kevin is of course one of the most popular singers in the country after winning the Swedish Idol just a couple of years back seeing him succeed with his debut album as well as with his single releases. He is one who knows the country well and would receive the same heartfelt reception if he competed at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. During his stint on Idol, he even had the opportunity to duet with American Idol winner; Jordin Sparks on her hit song No Air and was definitely not phased by her stardom. To this day, Kevin has continuously been on the go by appearing in a number of musical productions such as High School Musical amongst others whilst currently being busy in the studio recording a number of tracks for his upcoming album which is yet to be given a release date.
In Malta, it seems that if one does not succeed, then he tries again until it is finally right and this would be the same with the second name that is being mentioned. Chiara has already represented the nation on another three occasions, the first being in 1998 with 'The One That I Love' finishing in third place, the second being in 2005 with 'Angel' finishing in second place and the final one coming in 2009 with 'What If We' ranking in twenty-second place. The possibility of going for a fourth time is somewhat unexplainable at times but nevertheless both locals and foreigners would not mind her having another go at the competition because they know that with the right song, she can definitely succeed. She has been working hard on her comeback and has shed a lot of weight and she can manage to get a track like one which she has from her 2005 album entitled 'Here I Am', then she might just do extremely well abroad.
Another two names which I have been picking around through a number of message boards and comments from people all around the country are those of Ira Losco and Natalie Gauci. The former is someone who has already represented the country way back in 2002 with the track '7th Wonder' achieving second place during her stay in Tallinn, Estonia. Following her return though, Ira decided to take up a brand new management deal which has seen her transform from a Pop Princess to a typical Pop-Rock Chic and this has been quite an interesting change as she has gone onto release five studio albums and two compilation albums. She is currently working on her new material, which will surely be vying for a number of awards on the music scene once it comes out. On the other hand the latter is a former winner of the Australian Idol competition whose debut album peaked at number #11 on the charts with her first major single Here I Am hitting number #2 position on the charts. Both are current and extremely credible and it would be great to see one of them in contention.
The Public Broadcasting Services are yet to confirm our participation for 2013 but nevertheless, we are optimistic as Malta has taken part every year since 1991 and has also managed to reach positive results on most occasions. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which will be taking place in one of three major cities in Sweden. We would like to thank you for your renewed faith in our web portal in the past couple of weeks and hope that you will continue visiting in the weeks and months to come as well.
Popular music reality television show Idol has proven to be extremely fruitful in a number of countries presenting a large number of new artists who ultimately find fame through the music they release. One of such artists is Natalie Gauci who took part in the Australian version of the franchise a couple of years back and finishing on a nigh by virtue of winning. Since then, she has gone onto come over here to our Islands for the 2008 edition of the Malta Song for Europe performing two tracks from her debut album and also a duet of the song Angel with songbird Chiara. When she won the Australian Idol, she signed a recording contract with Sony Music Australia and released her debut single entitled Here I Am which peaked at number #2 in the Official Australian Singles Chart (ARIA) whilst also gaining a renowned gold disc for a high amount of sales. In the meantime, the single preceded the release of her debut album The Winner's Journey which despite stalled at number #11 on the charts, still managed to sell quite a large amount of copies gaining platinum certification.
In the past couple of months, Natalie has been touring around Europe including; Spain, Belgium, Italy and The Netherlands before meeting up with the like of Victoria Ekeberg who fell in love with the several qualities that make up the artist that Natalie has become today. The first words passed forth from Victory were 'what are you doing in Berlin, you should be living in Sweden doing dance pop music, your voice is amazing'. Following this statement, Natalie decided to move house and is now working and living in Sweden and within just two months, she wrote a single with Jonas Vonderburg and will be releasing it with Four on the Flour Record Label. In the Scandinavian country, Natalie has been working with some stunning individuals and will be using her experiences to give her inspiration to write and be much more creative. Her latest single entitled Just Dance will be launched on 89.7 Bay Radio this weekend during Nate's Malta Top 10. She is planning to release more material here in Malta so keep on the look out for a brand new Maltese artist releasing music.
Source: Press Relations Team