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Sunday, 05 February 2012 17:14

The Blinds Close Down on the 2012 Malta Eurovision

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The long awaited final arrived and everything was set for the final of Malta’s most watched event. Those who loathe it and those who love it can’t help but watch the Malta Eurovision – in fact if you have a look at the streets when the actual contest is held, they are significantly emptier. Why!? People can’t help but watch. Everyone with his own favourite and ready to shout, scream and get angry at whoever criticizes his or her choice. Yes, the Maltese are a bit hot headed but come May everyone would have somewhat warmed up to the winner and those who haven’t most probably wouldn’t even bother to watch the Eurovision Song Contest.

The show itself was a good one and like Friday, it went along without any particular problems yet viewers still complained that the sound on TV wasn’t up to standard and for the upcoming years PBS have to ensure this won’t happen as visually the show was almost impeccable but considering this is a song contest the sound plays an important role. Another thing which might improve for next year is possibly the use of more effects, for the actual Eurovision they use some effects like smoke and wind machines which would have surely aided some of the performances but other than that kudos for a job well done.

The performances went well and the show favourites were seen as of yesterday. The strong reactions for Kurt, Gianni, Richard, Claudia and Fabrizio in the hall at the end of the show reflected in the tele-vote as they all got a top five placing in regards to the public vote. The jury was going to play an important role and although the actual votes were not as close as last year, the race for whoever will get the honour to be Malta’s 25th participant still proved to be close. In fact for the second straight year, the public vote and the jury vote was slightly different. Claudia Faniello, like Richard Edwards last year managed to triumph in regards to the jury vote attaining 64 points with Kurt Calleja following closely in second place with 60 votes.

It seems though that the margin Kurt Calleja won the tele-vote was astounding as he left the rest of the field well behind. Local journalist and head of jury Keith Demicoli before giving out his votes stated that Kurt managed to get more than half the votes from the 17,000 votes cast last night; which is surely a triumph in itself considering that Kurt Calleja came onto the scene two years ago when he participated with Kaya. Last year he achieved the third place thanks to the jury vote which gave him joint second with Glen for his entry Over & Over which had a completely different style to the one he presented this year. Surely though it was the stepping stone that helped him land the much coveted prize during yesterday’s show.

This will be the first time ever that two male singers represented the country at the Eurovision Song Contest back to back and Kurt will be waving the flag for the country’s 25th ever participation in such a contest. It is also one of the very few years that our country chose an up-tempo song for the second consecutive year to send to the contest. In the meantime come May one would expect a more polished performance and an improved version of ‘This is the Night’ to try to ensure that our entry would not go unnoticed. It possibly the freshest entry we’ve sent in years to the contest and if the Eurovision audience thinks along the same lines of the Maltese it should do well in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Amber was surely the highest achiever this year claiming the third place thanks to the jury vote but unfortunately failed to score with the public. She will surely be one to look out for next year but slowly she is gaining experience and will be riding high on this result. Claudia Faniello’s second place is surely very well-deserved and many thought this was her year and this was her seventh participation and the second time she ended as the first runner up. The other time was back in 2008 were she came second and third. It is still a question mark whether we’ll see Claudia again in this contest but if she attempts to try again she should come back with possibly something similar to this as her voice shines and the public seems to love her best when she sings these types of songs.

Everything comes to an end; another contest, another year and preparations start for Baku from now on. One only hopes that PBS will be more media friendly in their approach, something that even foreign press have remarked as at the end of the day, the media can only help the local singer especially if our resources and funds are limited in comparison to other countries. In the meantime, for those interested in watching some behind the scenes action, get to know what this years’ participants have to say and what the winning team will be up to from now on. So tonight make sure to tune in to ‘Dopo Festival’ that will air at around 20.45. In the meantime, on behalf of the Editorial team of I would like to wish Kurt Calleja and his team the very best of luck on this upcoming experience.

Last modified on Sunday, 05 February 2012 18:02