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89.7 Bay has always spearheaded the importance of the local music scene and it is extremely refreshing to see that the existing divide between radio and local competitions is coming to an end because of the evolution of the respective acts that are coming forth and taking reigns over their respective music careers. In recent weeks, Ira Losco was leading the local chart with her hit single What I'd Give which still finds itself in position number #3 just behind the likes of the group Scar, former entrants in the Malta Song for Europe for starters who have most recently released their latest track White Lie. Nevertheless, the focus of the past two weeks has surely been Kurt Calleja who has found his way onto the chart with a brand new song which is definitely giving him an edge over the prior music he released. The song entitled Boomerang co-written by K-Warren could be found at number #10.

People have become somewhat infatuated with the track noting that it was also at number #2 on iTunes following it's release and prior to the performance giving on the Granaries at the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. There is a lot riding on his follow up to the song This Is The Night which saw Malta advance to their first final of the Eurovision Song Contest since Chiara had done the honour in 2009 with the track What If We. Enlisted to help out in the final mix was Dan Pursey, a man who does not need a lot of introduction having worked with Five, Westlife, Kate Winslet, Ronan Keating  Clay Aiken, The Saturdays, Il Divo, Leona Lewis and Will Young just to mention a few. On the backing track, there are Matthew James Borg of Red Electrick and Kurt's very own brother, Kevin! The editorial board of would like to wish Kurt the very best with his new single and hopefully, it will scale up the chart a little bit higher in the weeks to come whilst reminding you to tune in every Monday night to listen to the Chart Update by Nathan D on 89.7 Bay.

Source: 89.7 Bay

Published in Local Music News
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 01:35

Exclusive: Full Results of the KKI 2012

The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza has been well adapted not only to promote the best in local talent but also the language with the competition remaining the only particular background for Maltese, one of the main items which many can identify to be heritage. The pace of the festival went smoothly except for a small minor glitch during one of the latter entries which prompted an immediate restart and ultimately a great response from the audience. The Established Category featured performances from twenty acts in total with a variety of genres well represented whilst the Teenage Category features a total of four entries this time round because of a tie in third place in the second phase of competition which was televised through the programme Indifest as hosted by Ronald Briffa and Christine Haber who were also the comperes for the evening. In the end, the winners of each respective category were agreed upon by the jury panel made up of Mike Spiteri, Ludwig GaleaMandy Micallef Grimaud and Matthew Calleja

It is important to point out that the introduction of the award was a welcome addition with the online voting racking in multitude of votes from all over the country whilst the tele-voting has always kept things on edge. The top three results were resoundingly met with applause especially as Domenique with the track Tama u Kuraġġ composed by Philip Vella and penned by Cher Vella was the first announced in third place, followed by Marilena Gauci and her song Bl-Ikbar Serjetà composed by Philip Vella and penned by Joe Chircop and then finally a content and surprised Deborah C with the anthemic Jekk Nużaw Moħħna penned by Joe Chircop to the music of Mark Spiteri Lucas. In the meantime, when it comes to the teenage category, the jury played a pivotal role in selecting the track Bil-Bnadar F'Idejna composed by Miriam Christine and penned by Joe Chircop therefore making Joe Chircop, one of the most decorated men in the competition alongside Mark Spiteri Lucas who together also went onto tele-voting with Deborah C and the aforementioned Jekk Nużaw Moħħna as well as the award which went to Roseanne Cordina with the track Id-Demm ta' Raymond composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas and penned by Paul Ellul. Below you can note the full result, an exclusive.

Teenage Category

01. Bil-Bnadar F'Idejna - Sarah Bonnici (Miriam Christine / Joe Chircop) - 208 points

02. Ħbieb ta' Veru - Maria u Justine (Kaya / Christopher Azzopardi) - 192 points

03. Il-Libertà - Antoine u Kayleigh (Ray Agius / Michael Vella Haber / Evelyn Saliba La Rosa) - 176 points

04. X'Qaltli L-Arzella - Antonella Rapa (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Friggieri) - 164 points


Established Category

01. Jekk Nużaw Moħħna - Deborah C (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) - 388 points

02. Bl-Ikbar Serjetà - Marilena Gauci (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop) - 368 points

03. Tama u Kuraġġ - Domenique (Philip Vella / Cher Vella) - 337 points

04. Id-Demm ta' Raymond - Roseann Cordina (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul) - 314 points

05. Mhux L-Ewwel Darba - Neville, Ivan u Claire (Augusto Cardinali / Giovann Attard) - 304 points

06. Indipendenti - Danica Muscat (Philip Vella / Cher Vella) - 294 points

07. Kemm Xtaqt - Laura Bruno (Frederick Camilleri) - 292 points

08. Dell L-Istilel - Rachel Verzin (Dominic Cini / Stephen Baldacchino) - 282 points

09. Ħalluni - Kylie Coleiro (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop) - 275 points 

10. Għidli Int - Julie Pomorski (Augusto Cardinali) - 274 points

11. Missjoni Impossibli? - Ishmael Grech (Philip Vella / Rita Pace) - 271 points

12. Se Nibda Jien - Dario u Grecia (Dario Bezzina / Rita Pace) - 256 points

13. Mill-Bidu Nett - Francesca Scerri (Elton Zarb / Rita Pace) - 237 points

14. Tagħna L-Isbaħ Żmien - Esilana (Ray Agius / Alfred C Sant) - 229 points

15. Dan Mhux Tmiem - Corinne Caruana (Mark Scicluna / Rita Pace) - 225 points

16. Id F'Id - Simone Gauci (Renato Briffa / Keith Zammit) - 221 points

17. Rebbiħin - Francesca Sciberras (Miriam Christine / Celestina Sciberras) - 205 points

18. Abjad u Iswed - Stephanie Zammit (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg) - 189 points

19. Kburin Bik - Christian Azzopardi (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop) - 177 points

20. Flimkien - Kristen Camilleri (Philip Vella / Cher Vella) - 176 points had the opportunity like in the past two years to speak to the winning artist and composer of the track, this year being none other than Deborah C and Mark Spiteri Lucas respectively. The Gozitan singer who is currently reading for a Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Malta is extremely happy with the victory stating she indeed 'did not expect it' and ultimately adding that it was even more positive to note that the 'jury and the public agreed unanimously' on the track which they have worked hard to present. She thanked all of the people who supported her from Gozo and Malta as well as her entourage for making this a possibility. Speaking to the composer of the track, he told us that since 2001, he has managed to finish on top on 'five different occasions' making this his 'third victory in six years'. He notes that it was a combination of teamwork which saw to the fact to break records in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza making this the first entry 'to win both the public and jury vote within the same year'. The editorial board would like to congratulate all of the respective winners and better luck next time to all those who tried and did not succeed this time round.

Source: Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza,

Tuesday, 18 September 2012 02:15

KKI 2012: A Stunning Spectacle Tonight

Mike Spiteri, Lawrence Gray, Amber, Annabelle Debono, Miriam Christine, Ira Losco, Tarcisio Barbara, Claudette Buttigieg and Kaya could all note to have at least one thing in common and that is being winners of the elite Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza which has been organized by Media.Link Communications for a numerous number of years, noting that this years' edition will be the twenty-first in total and fifteenth consecutive one as a matter of fact. The committee behind the competition led by Mark Azzopardi and including members of the editorial team have worked hard to include a number of innovations in the past two years noting the beginning of a seating area which would definitely keep the audience at bay as well as the official preview videos for each track to help aid in terms of promotion. There is stiff competition this evening, featuring twenty acts that will be leading the way in the Established Category and another four acts who will compete in the Teenage Category as revealed last week on Indifest as shown on NET Television.

The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza will be hosted on The Granaries in Floriana by Christine Haber and Ronald Briffa and will be featuring guest performances by Mike Spiteri who returns as last years' winner as well as Kurt Calleja and his band who represented Malta in this years' Eurovision Song Contest albeit never managing to make it through to the final stage of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. In the meantime, it has to be noted that there will be a number of awards that will be given out this evening including the online voting which has been ongoing through, the tele-voting through the clips which have been put online and on NET Television throughout the summer and also the jury voting as chosen by Media.Link Communications. The latter two will be important for both categories with a separate award for the Established Category for each and a combined vote for the Teenage Category which will feature 60% Jury and 40% Tele-Voting. would like to wish everyone the best of luck and invite the people to attend or tune into NET Television at 20:30 CET to watch the proceedings unravel live.

Teenage Category

01. Bil-Bnadar F'Idejna - Sarah Bonnici (Miriam Christine / Joe Chircop)

02. Ħbieb ta' Veru - Maria u Justine (Kaya / Christopher Azzopardi)

03. Il-Libertà - Antoine u Kayleigh (Ray Agius / Michael Vella Haber / Evelyn Saliba La Rosa)

04. X'Qaltli L-Arzella - Antonella Rapa (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Friggieri)

Established Category

01. Flimkien - Kristen Camilleri (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)

02. Tagħna L-Isbaħ Żmien - Esilana (Ray Agius / Alfred C Sant)

03. Rebbiħin - Francesca Sciberras (Miriam Christine / Celestina Sciberras)

04. Id F'Id - Simone Gauci (Renato Briffa / Keith Zammit) 

05. Abjad u Iswed - Stephanie Zammit (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

06. Kburin Bik - Christian Azzopardi (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop)

07. Indipendenti - Danica Muscat (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)

08. Missjoni Impossibli? - Ishmael Grech (Philip Vella / Rita Pace)

09. Jekk Nużaw Moħħna - Deborah C (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop)

10. Kemm Xtaqt - Laura Bruno (Frederick Camilleri)

11. Se Nibda Jien - Dario u Grecia (Dario Bezzina / Rita Pace)

12. Mhux L-Ewwel Darba - Neville, Ivan u Claire (Augusto Cardinali / Giovann Attard)

13. Dan Mhux Tmiem - Corinne Caruana (Mark Scicluna / Rita Pace)

14. Mill-Bidu Nett - Francesca Scerri (Elton Zarb / Rita Pace)

15. Bl-Ikbar Serjetà - Marilena Gauci (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop)

16. Dell L-Istilel - Rachel Verzin (Dominic Cini / Stephen Baldacchino)

17. Għidli Int - Julie Pomorski (Augusto Cardinali)

18. Ħalluni - Kylie Coleiro (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop)

19. Tama u Kuraġġ - Domenique (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)

20. Id-Demm ta' Raymond - Roseann Cordina (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul)

Source: Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, My Choice,

Friday, 14 September 2012 22:26

MESC 2013: Regulations Have Been Published

Malta has finally kicked off the campaign to find Kurt Calleja’s successor in Sweden. Kurt Calleja managed to get Malta back in the finals after a three year gap and also managed to achieve the best ever result for the country since Chiara's second participation in 2005 with her self-penned entry Angel, finishing 21st on the scoreboard on the night following a relatively mediocre performance from the lead vocalist. By virtue of doing this Malta has officially confirmed its participation in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest that will be taking place in Malmo which last hosted the same event back in 1992 hosting Mary Spiteri and her entry Little Child which had finished in third place behind Linda Martin for Ireland and Michael Ball for the United Kingdom. 

The songs have to reach Public Broadcasting Services by the 30th and the 31st of October; once again foreign composers and authors are eligible to take part in the selection but the main performers have to hold a Maltese citizenship. The songs submitted will be heard on a CD in front of a panel of judges where they will shortlist 24 songs that will make it to the first final stage of the festival, 16 of which will then compete in the grand finale. The final 24 songs shall be announced on the 30th of November 2012 through the official website of the Public Broadcasting Services which could be found here. The 16 entries will once again be decided by a mix of jury and a public vote, and so does the final result. The date of the festival has not been established but it would be safe to assume that this will be taking place either in January or in February.

Artists who have represent Malta between the years 2008 and 2012, namely Morena, Chiara, Thea Garrett, Glen Vella and Kurt Calleja are not eligible to try their luck this year but artists who represented Malta beforehand can do so meaning that there could be the potential return of a number of acts including Olivia Lewis who could not take in recent years due to the same regulation which omitted artists from the past five years from taking part. Although no official date has been established thus far one can safely assume that the final will be taking place either in January or in February of 2013.Those interested in acquiring a copy of the rules can send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Stay tuned to for all the latest updates in regards to this years’ selection.

Source: MESC Team,

Thursday, 13 September 2012 07:26

Exclusive: Special KKI 2012 Guest is Kurt Calleja

The 2012 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is due to take place in just a couple of days time hoping that the weather will ultimately hold up with all of the respective festivities taking place on The Granaries in Floriana next week. In fact, the final list of participants of the competition has now finally been announced with four acts gaining a place on the prestigious stage having made it through a 60% Jury and 40% Tele-Voting phase which was transmitted weekly through the programme Indifest hosted by Christine Haber and Ronald Briffa on NET Television every Tuesday evening for the past couple of weeks. Earlier this week, it was revealed that the first special guest for the actual night of the competition would be last years' winner and 1995 Eurovision Song Contest representative; Mike Spiteri but he will also be joined by this years' Eurovision Song Contest representative being Kurt Calleja.

In yet another piece of exclusive information trusted to, we are pleased to announce that the lead singer of the track This Is The Night which found the way into the final of this years' Eurovision Song Contest has agreed to give the crowd present a couple of renditions of his tracks. Since coming back from Baku, Kurt has not been laying around idle having just put out a brand new track, in a completely different vein to his Eurovision entry with the title being Boomerang. What is remotely impressive is that the song managed to peak at number #2 in the iTunes chart over here in Malta, making the artist even more successful than he had already become in recent months. This years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza will be staged on Tuesday 18th September 2012 on The Granaries in Floriana and hosted by Ronald Briffa and Christine Haber. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source:, Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza

Friday, 31 August 2012 17:12

Malta: New Single Release by Kurt Calleja

Since representing the country at the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, Azerbaijan with the track This Is The Night, Kurt Calleja has managed to achieve quite an intriguing fan base, one which has been supporting his every move. It is to be noted that the performer was only the third to qualify to the final of the annual music competition following in the footsteps of Julie and Ludwig in 2004 with the track On Again .. Off Again as well as Chiara in 2009 with the song What If We, ultimately achieving somewhat of a disappointing placing in the final following a performance which could at best be described as below par unfortunately with the excitement highly noticeable. Nevertheless, the foundation for a career has been well set and Kurt is looking forward to releasing a host of new songs. The latest single is entitled Boomerang and it will be played in full for the first time this evening.

The track in itself is written by singer/songwriter K-Warren with the production as well as the mixing done by Dan Pursey, a man who has worked with the likes of Stephen Gately of Boyzone, A1, Five, Westlife, Kate Winslet, Atomic Kitten, Ronan Keating, Clay Aiken, The Saturdays, Il Divo, Will Young and Leona Lewis amongst others. The main vocals of the track are provided by Kurt Calleja but then again, it is also to be noted that he is aided in the backing department by his brother Kevin Calleja as well as Matthew James Borg who is the lead singer of the popular band, Red Electrick. The respective recording was done at Blacklight Studios by Peter Borg. The track will be available for people to buy through the medium iTunes as from Monday 10th September 2012 so make sure to stay tuned to that but should you like to listen to the full track before, make sure to be present at the G7 Party in Gianpula this evening. Stay tuned to for more of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Facebook

Published in Local Music News is always proud to promote the best of the local music scene and one of the artists which is best representing the country is surely none other than Amber who this year managed to finish in third place during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and then also got the opportunity to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest as a backing vocalist. In the past couple of years, the artists that make up the local music scene have been somewhat subject to positive praise and this is due to the fact that there a renowned improvement even in the way that tracks are being written and produced. We have just managed to get our second interview with the artist and this time round things are different because experience has been key in the overall growth. She speaks to us about her recent success and what she has in store for the upcoming months.

Your rise to local fame has been done relatively the old fashioned way noting that your first appearance in a local showcase was definitely the programme ID which used to air on ONE Television prior to being in another competition known as the Malta Hit Song Contest in which you managed to finish within the top five. Your big break and undeniably astonishing vocals though came to prominence on the stage of The Granaries during the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the song Trid Tapprezza composed by Ray Agius and Alfred C Sant. Do you consider the early success within the Maltese language to be a huge stepping stone in your career?

Yes I do, in fact it was an honour participating in such a prestigious contest.

Throughout the past couple of months, there has been a lot of mention of your name due to the fact that you have managed to climb up quite a couple of flights of stairs in the local music industry starting off with the fact that you finished in third place at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Answer With Your Eyes composed by Ray Agius and penned by Alfred C Sant thanks to the ample support received from the juries. Looking back at that experience, noting that you managed to hit the right notes with perfect timing, what do you recall and would you have done anything differently so that you might have appealed to the public more?

If I had to turn back time, I would do everything exactly the same, as I did. I believed in the song from the very first minute I heard it. I made some alterations to the song according to what people have told me in order to make it more appealing to the people. I was very happy with my performance both on Friday and on Saturday.

Following the end of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, it was decided that Kurt Calleja would be going onto represent the country finishing ahead of both you and Claudia Faniello. Nevertheless, there seemed to have been an issue with the female backing vocals which were somewhat sounding quite different than expected and therefore you were brought in to give the song a more complete sound noting that there had been a number of differences in the performance given at the Eurovision Song Contest. How did the ‘selection process’ go and what could you tell us about the general feeling of going to the event?

Regarding the selection process, I did the audition for the post of a backing vocalist when the post was already vacant. Therefore I am definitely not the right person to ask about the selection process. The general feeling of being part of the prestigious event is simply amazing. I had worked with a team of professionals and hard working people from which I had learned a lot. We all worked hard in order to achieve the very best result possible. Kurt and his band are a group of well talented young artists and it was such an honour for me to have worked with them.

Going back to the 2010 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, many people might not recall that you had in fact submitted two entries, the second one being none other than Dell L-Istilel composed by Dominic Cini and penned by Stephen Baldacchino. Unfortunately, the track failed to make it through the second judging hurdle and was thus eliminated by it made a comeback this year noting that Rachel Verzin has qualified with the same track to the finals of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. Your vocals could be heard in the backing track and therefore, one could easily make a connection. Do you believe that the right song made it through and would you have liked to do something else with Dell L-Istilel?

In 2010 I managed to make it through with the song Trid Taprezza and later on in summer managed to win the KKI. Trid Taprezza and Dell l-istilel were two totally different songs with a different genre and different concept therefore it is very difficult for me to compare the songs. I was very happy with both songs in which I gave my own interpretation. Rachel Verzin is a very good singer like most of the other singers who are taking part in this year’s KKI. And I wish her and all the other singers the best of luck.

In recent weeks, your vocals have been somewhat lent to an intriguing track, one which is very different to the style or rather genre that people have become accustomed hearing you perform and that is quite important because you would prove yourself to be versatile in the field of music. The track that I am talking about is of course the one bearing the name So Good which is mainly performed by singer/songwriter Muxu who is preceded by his reputation as a showman. How did you become involved within the song and do you believe that exploring various areas of music will be beneficial in the long term?

Muxu and I have always wanted to work together one day and was very trilled as soon as he approached me in order to feature in his new single. I admire him a lot as he is so versatile and original in his music. It was an honour for me to work with such a talented guy. Muxu is so easy to work with. What I most like about him is that he encourages me to explore and be versatile. He doesn’t dictate what he wants from me, he just puts me in the picture by explaining what he will be doing and from there onwards he lets me be free participating wherever I see appropriate to do so. I consider life as a journey therefore the more you explore the more you learn. It is very important for a singer to be versatile and experiment with different genres of music Exploring different areas of music is very beneficial for a singer, one would learn to appreciate music more as well as would be able to use various voice techniques learned from different genres in his/her own music. 

Apart from a brand new track in which you perform backing vocals, there has beenanother important event in your life or rather your career in the past couple of daysnoting that you were offered the opportunity to perform with the one and only JosephCalleja during his annual summer concert which this year featured none other than thepopular Irishman, Ronan Keating as well as the Italian sensation, Gigi D’Alessio. The track which you chose to perform was A Thousand Years originally by Kristina Perri.What was the reason behind this choice and how was it to perform with one of the leading tenors in the world?

For me Joseph Calleja is an inspiration. It was an honour for me to perform alongside the best of the best in this industry. After considering several options we both taught this will be a good song. Before the rehearsals I was very excited bit once on that stage I started enjoying myself. He is a very humble person who makes you feel at ease whilst in his company. Well for me it’s a dream come true.

One of the deadliest times of the year surely has to be summer in Malta due to the extreme heat that people have to endure but nevertheless, it seems to be the best time for music releases especially of a particular genre. You have been quite busy as of late noting a number of performances and additional vocals but what are the plans for the upcoming weeks and even for the winter months and of course, will you be trying to represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest which is set to take place in the city of Malmo in Sweden?

I try to enjoy summer as much as possible whilst juggling through work, singing and gigs. I am working on new projects which are still to be confirmed. Yet I’m really looking forward. For the winter months I haven’t anything confirmed although I also have some projects in the pipeline. If the perfect song comes my way I will surely participate in the Malta Eurovision 2013.

Would you like to say anything to your fans and our readers at

I would like to thanks all the fans and readers of for their constant support throughout my career. Thanks for always believing in me.

Published in Interviews

The most anticipated annual summer event, the 2013 Farsons Great Beer Festival kicked off yesterday and will be on till Sunday the 5th of August. Each and every year the festival brings together some of the best local stars along with upcoming artists that entertain the crowds present for the ten days festivities at Ta’ Qali. All those in attendance can enjoy the entertainment offered on both the main stage and the rock stage whilst sipping down their favourite beer.

The Beer Festival always manages to unite  the two main areas of the local music scene, as one finds a mix of music that varies from pop, rock and alternative – the mix includes the singers who are more associated to local contests to singers and bands who their main focus is hitting the radio airwaves. This amalgamation manages to attract different crowds to the beer festival and that is the reasons why the festival is a huge success year after year.


Friday 27th July

Main Stage: Funk Initiative / Big Band Brothers

Rock Stage: Saving Alexis / International Diamond Thieves / Red Electrick


Saturday 28th July

Main Stage: Lyndsay / Thea / Freddie Portelli

Rock Stage: Skimmed / Bletchley Park / Dripht / The Riffs


Sunday 29th July

Main Stage: Trip / Disco Show by DJ Alex (Reflex)

Rock Stage: Aces Shade / Seriousz Funk / St Matthew / Juuls Reggae Party


Monday 30th July

Main Stage: Simon Elvis / Tribali

Rock Stage: In The Name Of / Nomad Son / Forsaken

Tuesday 31st July

Main Stage: St Matthew / Joe Demicoli

Rock Stage: ColourBlind / A Day Too Late / Fire


Wednesday 1st August

Main Stage: Planet Seed / Marty Rivers

Rock Stage:  Three Stops To China / Dolls for Idols / Stolen Creep / Cable35


Thursday 2nd August

Main Stage: Kyle / Versatile Brass Band

Rock Stage: 26 Other Worlds / Rug / No Snow No Alps


Friday 3rd August

Main Stage: Ivan Filletti / Airport Impressions

Rock Stage: Mikaela & Band / BNI / Bridget Bone


Saturday 4th August

Main Stage: Brooke / Zoo Show

Rock Stage: 12th Ode / Texanna / The Creepers


Sunday 5th August

Main Stage: The Crowns / Kurt Calleja & Band

Rock Stage: Canvas Wall / Scar / Fakawi

Published in Local Music News
Tuesday, 24 July 2012 17:20

Malta: Loreen Ready for Concert Tomorrow

Winners of the Eurovision Song Contest tend to give a number of performances across Europe following their respective victories but then again, this is the first time in quite some time that this will be taking place noting that this years' winner Loreen had made her way into the Malta International Airport ahead of her concert tomorrow. She was welcomed by a number of fans as well as the organizer Antonella Vassallo who hosted the Malta Song for Europe back in 2001 alongside Claire Fabri and Louise Tedesco. There has been a lot of hype around the concert which is being backed by none other than a variety of companies including 89.7 Bay and their frontman Nathan D who will be hosting the evening. In an impromptu press conference given just after having arrived, Loreen stated that she is set to perform about six (6) songs including her previous effort for the Melodifestivalen entitled My Heart is Refusing Me and of course, her Eurovision winning entry Euphoria.

The setup at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre in Ta' Qali will be different noting that the inside of the event will not be used as seen within the annual Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the outskirts being used as seen within the Zucchero concert which was also organized by Antonella Vassallo on behalf of Stand Out Events. Taking to the stage as the main guest alongside Loreen tomorrow night will be none other than the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest representative Kurt Calleja who will surely be performing his two hit songs Over and Over and This Is The Night but there will be other performances during the night including those by Brooke who will surely be performing her latest song Fairytale and the internationally renowned dance group Tenishia who have just released their debut album with Armada Music, which is one of the leading companies in contemporary dance music. If you still would like to acquire tickets for the event, make sure to visit and obtain your very own tickets. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available. 

Source: Times of Malta, Stand Out Events

It has been reported in the local media that being in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in three years was a huge success and everyone seems to be in full agreement that Kurt Calleja along with the rest of his team did their best to impress the voters all across the continent with their rendition of the track This Is The Night despite this somewhat not materialising in the amount of points which were predicted in the lead up to the final competition held on Saturday evening which was won by Loreen and her entry Euphoria for Sweden but nevertheless, there have been a lot of positive and important factors which make this years' edition of the esteemed event, one of the most successful for the Maltese entry especially considering the amount of digital sales.

In the past couple of years, there has been a lot of talk with the fact that the charts are being affected by digital sales with the most predominant ones being through the medium of iTunes, a company which sells music, videos, e-books and films through an online store and downloaded onto one of several devices created by the company Apple. The song that represented Malta in this years' music competition has to be the most successful thus far noting that it has managed to enter the charts in fourteen countries based on being downloaded from the official Eurovision Song Contest album. This data was sent in to at around 02:00 CET and might vary within other times of the day both in positive or negative ways because the charts are updated within a matter of hours.

  • Austria: #85
  • Belgium: #170
  • Denmark: #162
  • Estonia: #197
  • France: #164
  • Finland: #119
  • Germany: #73
  • Greece: #56
  • Malta: #4
  • Norway: #80
  • Sweden: #20
  • Switzerland: #174
  • The Netherlands: #151
  • United Kingdom: #143

I must say that the song has really managed to do quite well and the countries which have put it in the top hundred in their respective digital charts show that it was extremely well liked. In fact, Kurt Calleja who will be releasing his debut album later on this year might have had the right impact on his career and could most likely plan his material release in a number of nations especially following his success in Norway, Austria, Sweden, Greece and Germany. The Maltese delegation is expected to return back to the country is just a matter of hours with the plan scheduled to land at 11:25 CET. Make sure to go and support Kurt Calleja, his band and all of the Maltese delegation including Peter Carbonaro, Daniel D'Anastasi and Anton Attard amongst others as a showing of goodwill and good faith.

Source: Brooke Borg,

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