Malta: Ira Losco Might Return to the EurovisionWritten by Marc Calleja Bayliss
Twelve years ago, one young artist by the name of Ira Losco graced the stage of the Malta Song for Europe competition with two tracks, a huge achievement for an upcoming performer. The tracks entitled Shine and Falling In Love did quite well by finishing in sixth and seventh positions but then she decided to take it up a notch and submitted more material the following year going onto qualify with four entries, these being We'll Ride the Wind, Spellbound, Deep Inside My Heart and Don't Give Up which finished in eleventh, second, ninth and fourth place respectively. This was just the beginning as later on that year, she would go onto win the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the track Fejn Staħbejtli as well as being the first runner-up with Hawn Jien Jekk Tridni. She would get the opportunity to go to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2002 with the song 7th Wonder.
Ira Losco finished in second place abroad but soon after returning from Tallinn, she started being managed by Howard Keith of Jagged House who saw that her sense of music should be somewhat altered to cover a more pop/rock type of genre and thus Ira became the nations' rock chic so to speak going onto release a total of six albums, the most recent being Mixed Beats in 2009. Nevertheless, in an interview she recently gave to ESCDaily.com it was stated that she will be releasing her brand new single in just two weeks time and it will have somewhat of a summery feel but apart from that, she was also asked about the possibility of returning to the Eurovision Song Contest to which she had quite an interesting reply 'I feel it would be risky for me to re enter the contest unless I’m convinced of the song I’m singing. I say never say never! There might be a time when doing the Eurovision Song Contest again could make sense for my career.'
It has been mentioned in music circles that this could actually be a good direction for Ira to promote her music noting the success of a number of artists from the Eurovision Song Contest in recent years including Roman Lob, Lena-Meyer Landrut, Loreen, Ivi Adamou, Dima Bilan, Helena Paparizou, Eric Saade, Amaury Vassili, Jade Ewen, Alexander Rybak, Raphael Gualazzi and Jedward. Ira Losco will surely be conjuring up a following in a couple of weeks time as she releases her new material and we hope to be able to chat with her a bit as well in due course. In a recent article published on escflashmalta.com it seems that Ira is the favourite of the former representatives whom they would like to see represent the country therefore, it would definitely be an interesting follow up with a new style hoping to conquer the hearts of Europe in the best possible way.
Source: ESCDaily, Allen Venables