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Thursday, 23 September 2010 10:29

JESC 2010: An Expert Opinion - Jury Introduction

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The 2010 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place in just two months time with a total number of fourteen (14) participants in this years event. Our nation returns yet again and it is actually one of the few which have participated in every edition held by the European Broadcasting Union. As part of our special coverage, ESCflashmalta will be organising a feature entitled "An Expert Opinion".

Four musically inclined persons have been called upon in order to help see which of this years' entries in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest should impress revealing their own personal opinions along with their scores for the entries as submitted to the European Broadcasting Union. The selections are still halfway through but on the 14th October, the respective people who are going to be unveiled within this article momentarily would be sent the respective clips and they would commence their decisions.

It has been decided that an even number of people would be chosen for such an interesting feature and therefore, the number has been set to four. This will be a feature that will be used for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2010 and also for the Malta Eurovision Festival 2011 and then of course the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011. Mostly, we will try to have different people commenting. The first panel is as follows:

Annabelle Debono (Head Critic)


One of the nicest and most charismatic persons in the Maltese music industry is surely Annabelle Debono, a singer who has managed to reach quite a number of goals in her career despite being relatively young. Up till now, she has managed to participate in the Malta Eurosong competition on three ocassions being in 2006 with the song "Amazing", 2007 with the song "Nightwish" both of which written by Gerard James Borg and Philip Vella and then also 2009 with her entry "Army of Lovers" written by Philip Vella along with Sean Vella. Despite all of this, she has not managed to win the selection but still went to the Eurovision Song Contest as a backing vocalist with Gozitan singer Morena who represented Malta back in 2008. In the meantime, her latest success took place in the 2009 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza when she ended up victorius with the song "1964" written by Philip Vella.

Niall Mooney


Due to the fact that Ireland does not compete in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, we have decided to call on a particular songwriter who is quickly becoming more and more famous. Having been within a team who have written the last two Irish entries at the Eurovision Song Contest which were "Et Cetera" performed by Sinead Mulvey & Black Daisy as well as "It's For You" performed by the 1993 winner Niamh Kavanagh. As time passes Niall Mooney is becoming a household name yet despite his popularity in Ireland, he is also working to submit songs in other nations. It would be quite an achievement to manage to win in two different countries. A family man who absolutely likes the craziness of the contest, Niall is dedicated and will surely listen to these songs with his daughter beside him.

Ylenia Vella


Being the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, I thought about contacting an artist who has vied to represent her nation at the event and in three successive hurdles, she has fallen short by a whisker on each ocassion. Ylenia is one of those singers who has a very beautiful voice and quite mature for her age. Despite focusing on her studies, as she is just starting sixth form, she composes her own material as what happened for the Junior Eurosong. In 2008, she entered the song "I Can't Live Without You" finishing in fourth place before returning in 2009 with the song "My One True Passion" finishing as the first runner-up and the final gasp came earlier this year when she took part with the entry "Shout It Out" ending in third place. She has been quite unlucky but a future in music is forseeable for a girl of her talent.

Donna McCaul


This is surely a familiar name for people who are fans of Irelands' entry in the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest and I know that many people here in Malta actually were. Donna McCaul is one half of the brother and sister duo that represented the nation that year with the song "Love". Despite the low expectations from a number of people, Ireland viewed this entry as quite catchy, modern and traditional at the same time and I cannot do anything else but agree. Working with Karl Broderick in the past has shown me that he had a vision for this song but not all of Europe got it alas. Donna is currently working hard on some new material and might be thinking of creating a band. Is it possible to see her back in the Eurovision Song Contest ? Well she keeps her options open as she still loves the event and doing these reviews will surely show that.

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