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Saturday, 31 March 2012 22:10

Malta: The 'Inverted W' Causes a Stir

The Kurt Calleja mania is taking over the country and ‘This is the Night’ can easily be heard on the local airwaves, in the discotheques in Paceville and occasionally you also hear it whilst driving past a Eurovision maniac whose sound would contend with some of the biggest sound systems on the island. One thing is for sure; Malta is still and will always be a Eurovision mad nation and although some do not admit it they still watch it and secretly love it even though they loath it when coming to speak about it in public. 

It seems that this years’ mania is taking a serious turn. Xarabank in collaboration with PBS has decided to organize a flash mob dance with this years’ entry and in order to get people prepared they released an online video on the dance steps one has to follow to get ready to join the ‘This is the Night’ craze. Looking at the video and the dance steps, it looks like fun and enjoyable and a lot of people commentated that they have included the routine in their daily exercise whilst preparing themselves to get fit for summer.

The department of health was also thinking of joining the fun to promote this activity in order to get people moving and doing some exercise; this will surely help considering that Malta is known for its obesity problem. Lately though the department started getting a number of calls from annoyed fans who were opposing the flash mob idea that Where’s Everybody alongside PBS and Kurt’s team came up with because people are getting injured trying out the dance. 

Disgruntled parents have commentated that although it looks fun and definitely harmless their children ended up hurting themselves. In fact after numerous phone calls which came from different factions of the society, the department of health decided to announce that the famous ‘INVERTED W’ which also became known as the ‘applejack’ is dangerous to attempt unless you are a fully trained dancer with plenty of experience behind you. It remains to be seen whether the flash mob dance scheduled on the 14th of April in Valletta will take place and whether or not the applejack will be removed from it.

Although embarrassing to admit a number of our readers came forward to let us know that they are recovering from sprained ankles after attempting this move. A physician who works at the emergency section at Mater Dei said that the week after Kurt won they had around ten cases of sprained ankles all varying in terms of injury extent. The physician said that they didn’t see a number of cases after that until recently when the video with the choreographer Warren Bonnello went online – from then on, the cases increased drastically. 

Although for the commoner who has not tried the move, it looks odd, very odd those who tried it seem to think otherwise. It remains to be seen whether Kurt Calleja and his team will use this in their final performance at the Eurovision considering that it attracted a lot of attention and can surely be a hit with the international audience. The Eurovision Song Contest is known for these antics and if all the team, including Amber who joined the team recently, can pull it off without injuring themselves they should really have a go at it – maybe it will be the extra oomph we need to make it through to the finals.


Saturday, 31 March 2012 22:00

Malta: 'This is the Night' now on iTunes

Almost two months have passed since Kurt Calleja got the right to represent our country at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with the Pop/Dance track titled ‘This is the night’. The catchiest song of the evening had been awarded 84 points in total and was also the favourite with the tele-voters. It has been revealed that ‘This is the night’ can now be found on iTunes and is available for download.

The album consists of three (3) tracks; the studio version, promostella club remix and the instrumental/karaoke version. Those interested can click in the link provided on iTunes directly. One should also note that the official video has gained alot of popularity and there were also many positive comments on the new version of the song. Kurt was also promoted in several countries; Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Bulgaria and he is also going to promote our entry in The Netherlands. Regarding the betting odds, one can notice that Malta has risen in the chance of winning the contest even though the result is not that pleasant. We have to wait and see. In the meantime the team at wishes Kurt and his team the best of luck.

Source: iTunes

During this particular period, most of the acts which will be representing their country in the Eurovision Song Contest tend to be preparing themselves in terms of vocal and visual presentation and that is why, this is called a preliminary quiet period. Nevertheless, the next major event for the fans of the biggest music event in the whole of Europe is surely the Eurovision In Concert, organized in The Netherlands, a four time winner of the prestigious competition with the last victory coming back in 1975 by virtue of Teach In and their song 'Ding-A-Dong'. The event has become an annual affair and this year, it is also being sponsored by PRINZ, the Canadal Company, the European Broadcasting Union and TROS amongst others whilst receiving the official partnership of, and OGAE Netherlands.

Many have spoken out that the event is like a pre-rehearsal for most of the acts noting the high attendance in recent years with those who have no general promotion opting to use this particular event to check the competition out whilst promoting their own entry. The list of the participating countries in this showcase is growing larger and it reached twenty-four (24) last night by virtue of Azerbaijan and Malta. In fact, the host country of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest will be represented by Sabina Babayeva with the song When the Music Dies. The upcoming performer has only been to Georgia this year and therefore will be hoping to make the best out of her visit. In the meantime, the Maltese representative Kurt Calleja who will be performing This Is The Night has already been to Azerbaijan, Lithuania and Bulgaria but will surely be using the event to garner more fans. The full list of participants as announced thus far can be seen below.

  • Azerbaijan - Sabina Babayeva - When the music dies
  • Malta - Kurt Calleja - This is the night
  • Ireland - Jedward - Waterline
  • Spain - Pastora Soler - Quédate conmigo
  • France - Anggun - You and I
  • Greece - Eleftheria Eleftheriou - Aphrodisiac
  • Romania - Mandinga - Zaleilah
  • Ukraine - Gaitana - Be my guest
  • Cyprus – Ivi Adamou – La la love
  • Bulgaria - Sofi Marinova - Love unlimited
  • Turkey – Can Bonomo – Love me back
  • Switzerland - Sinplus - Unbreakable
  • Slovenia - Eva Boto - Verjamem
  • Latvia - Anmary - Beautiful song
  • Belgium - Iris - Would you
  • FYR Macedonia - Kaliopi - Crno i Belo
  • San Marino – Valentina Monetta - The social network song
  • Hungary - Compact Disco - Sound of our hearts
  • The Netherlands - Joan Franka - You and me
  • Georgia - Anri Jokhadze - I'm a joker
  • Austria - Trackshittaz - Woki met deim Popo
  • Lithuania - Donny Montell - Love is blind
  • Finland - Pernilla - När jag blundar
  • Albania - Rona Nishliu - Suus

The Eurovision In Concert this year is being presented by Ruth Jacott who represented The Netherlands back in the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest and also Cornald Maas. The host will also be performing her entry Vrede during the event. In the meantime, Maas has been hosting the event for the past three years. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news in the preparations for the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place for the first time ever in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Source: ESCtoday

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