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Saturday, 04 February 2012 17:55

Malta Eurovision 2012: The Final - LIVE

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The elimination on some singers last night was reported to be quite tough especially some of the marquee names in the local music industry but then again the preparations continued this morning at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre as the finalists comprising of sixteen (16) acts in total took to the stage for a final run through based on a running order as announced by the Public Broadcasting Services. All of the participants are winners to have made it this far passing through two judging phases, one with a studio recording and the other with a live vocal rendition as organized at the studios of the Public Broadcasting Services.

The showcase this evening is set to be hosted by Ron Briffa and Elaine Saliba whilst Frank Zammit will be whisking away his backstage commentary by getting all the acts ready, seeing their reactions as they finish their performance and so forth. The attire will always be intriguing as surely was last night especially from the female host but then again, this evening, everything will be organized on a larger scale. The postcards feature the acts getting acquainted with their new look and so forth as opted by stylist Carina Camilleri whilst the banner shows the title of the track, singer, and the respective songwriters so that promotion is presented well. The streaming for tonight will be either through Television Malta, DI-VE, Eurovision.tv or Ictimai TV.

The Show (Part 1)

Annalise Psaila opens the show with her rendition of 'Melodija ta' Hajti', one of my favourite songs from the television series D.R.E.A.M.S. followed by other members of the cast who perform a medley of the sings from their show.  They give a good performance and I really enjoy the fact that we're hearing songs in Maltese for once, however I'm not sure how they're related to the Eurovision...Quite a poor opening for the festival in my opinion, I like the Glee feel and the colours but anyway let the real show begin!

Yeah! No gloves! Elaine looks amazing in her blue dress and I love how she she makes fun of yesterday's gloves, nice sence of humour, good for you!  Ron also looks smart in black.

The jury is introduced by Keith Demicoli and the order is shown graphically and the songs are introduced, among cheers from the audience.

Running Order:

01. In Your Eyes - Lawrence Gray (Philip Vella / Cher Vella)

Lawrence Grey comes on stage, looking smart with better hair hopefully he'll feel better soon!

Shaky at first but he picked up quite quickly and even if he has sometimes given a better vocal performance his voice is still strong giving the song a really good power, the backing vocals are also really really good and I wish I could see more of them, really good beginning, poor Lawrence lost his voice, get well soon and goodluck!

02. You Make Me Go Uh Uh - Deborah C ft. Leila James (David Vervoort / Patrick Reiner)

Deborah C is now on stage, talking about shoes, women and their shoes...

Weird dancing and not really strong vocally but they do look quite good on stage.  I'm also sure I'm not the only one who has been going uh uh ah ah all day, it's as catchy as the tune from an ice cream truck!  There's a lot of jumping around and clapping, and the backing vocals look a bit weird but it was a very energetic show, just dance mate! Good Luck!

03. Autobiography - Dorothy Bezzina (Magnus Kaxe / Gerard James Borg)

Dorothy is on stage looking cute and talking about food, anyone craving pasta? I know I am.

Qowoo Qowoo Wooo, I love this, so cute, fun and bubbly, it should be a summer hit or something, the backing vocals also look really good with their simple and yet really effective dance moves dressed in purple matching the underside of Dorothy stunning outfit.  This girl can sing!  Amazing vocals, maybe a bit repetitive but it's really good and fun! Good Luck!

04. Petals On A Rose - Gianni Zammit (R. Abrahamsson / A. Aly / N. Numhauser / T. Fenech)

Gianni is now on stage looking smart but sounding a bit cheesy with his KISS-fan talk, sounds too rehearsed and acted in my opinion.

All men are too similarly dressed in my opinion, they're smart but come on, only The Bealtes can pull that idea off.  Vocally it's not bad and I like the style, can be more powerful though, liked the mini-solo there too. Woqqow Woqqow, see they all have a catchy phrase, Good Luck!

05. Pure - Claudia Faniello (Philip Vella & Gerard James Borg)

I love the presenters this year, they're fresh and funny but not overdoing it.  Claudia looks dazzling in her sparkly dress and long wavy hair.

Claudia has a power ballad which in my opinion needs more power, it's good but it lacks something.  She delivers a strong vocal performance but the graphics on the back are both weird and distracting, 20 Claudia faces on stage...well, a bit awkward but I like it, Good Luck!

06. Seven Days - Danica Muscat (Philip Vella)

Danica is now on stage, looking dashing in her little red dress.

Not really strong vocally and the song is a bit too childish in my opinion, it's cute but maybe it's too cute for Eurovision, vocally it's better than yesterday and I feel she's more confident and it shows in her stage presence, the backing vocals look and sound good too, not impressive but quite good.  Good Luck!

07. I Will Fight For You - Fabrizio Faniello (J. Beoerham / N.Edberger / R.Uhlmann / W.Fenech)

Ron cracks me up! and Fabrizio is on stage with his Eldar-inspired-weirdly structured and weirdly coloured top.  Love Elaine's struggling with names, she's really cute.

Oh my, sweat patches on his top...vocally it sounds a bit too strained for my liking but you've got to admire this guy's determination, not bad over all, quite catchy and energetic! Good Luck!

08. Mystifying Eyes - Corazon (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

Corazon shows off her blue outfit for the first time, it looks good and smart.

This song is like a happy lullaby, Disney would be proud.  I love the gospel feel that is given by the backing vocals and Corazon looks really pretty while she smiles and sings, some singers need to look at her and learn.  The graphics are also quite pretty and fit the song really well, Good Luck!

09. Look At Me Now - Richard Edwards (Jan Van Dijck / Richard Micallef)

Richard is on stage looking smart, except the pants man.

I love everything about Richard but this song doesn't do it for me.  He deserves a stronger song in my opinion, I also can't really understand the lyrics, maybe that's why I don't understand the whole 'look at me' thing, vocally he's not bad but after last year I know he can do better, I still like it though, Good Luck!

10. First Time - Kaya (Gorgi)

The queen and her minions are now on stage.  Kaya, wearing her Disney-Olivia Lewis inspired dress gives a strong vocal performance but this song is a bit too static for me, I believe that she could do better.  The Backing vocals sound good but I don't really like their clothes, a bit too masculine, I think, but it was a really good performance, Good Luck!

11. Answer With Your Eyes - Amber (Ray Agius / Alfred C Sant)

Ok Amber, the tick in the eye was a bit disturbing.  Looking quite stunning in her long black dress with pink feathered accents, Amber delivers her song with an Amy Winehouse influence which actually works, The backing give a really nice dimension to the song, it feels goth, gregorian and jazzy at the same time, nice vocals and nice image but the song itself is quite forgettable in my opinion.  Good Luck!

12. Time - Wayne Micallef (Wayne Micallef)

Mellow, soft, charming and simple, I really like this but I feel it's a bit too personal for Eurovision, great vocals though it lack a bit of stage presence before he stands up, a really good performance, a bit bland but I like it! Good Luck!

13. This is the Night - Kurt Calleja (Johann J'amtberg / Kurt Calleja)

I will try that move later, hopefully I won't hit my toe...a bit of a lame comeback with qeeqee and puree but oh well.  So, Kurt looks really smart, except for the pants of course.  Some funny air-kicking-moves but a very energetic performance, the one syllable the girl sings seems out of place, the female drummer however is a nice touch and the vocals of both Kurt and his backing are really good, not bad over all, Good Luck!

14. You Are My Life - Janvil (George Platon)

Janvil, dear, Baku is in Azerbaijan, that is where you want to go, but leave that blazer behind please...So, a different style but you havent changed your dancing and funny arm gestures, seriously they don't fit with the song, it's happy but not that happy, not my thing.  The backing vocal looks a bit weird too, I'm not sure she belongs there, maybe she got there early or was meant to be with Kurt.  The song on the other hand, is quite catchy and I actually like it and it was delivered quite well vocally.  Good Luck!

15. No Way Back - Klinsmann (Paul Abela / Klinsmann Coleiro / Jonathan C. Spiteri)

So this is a theme song for divorce?  I didn't get that feeling yesterday...Anyway, Klinsmann looks really put together in his smart outfit.  Quiete a good feeling overall, feels and looks much more grown up than usual.  Nice vocals too, I like this, not bad not bad.  Good Luck!

16. Take Me Far - Francesca Borg (Marco Debono / Doris Chetcuti)

I've read a lot of prejudiced comments about Francesca, my response? listen to the song before you speak! Her hair looks amazing and she looks really good in her mini white sparkly dress as she's accompanied by three backing vocalists clad elegantly in black.  She's singing with a passion which in my opinion is unprecedented among her contestants.  The key change works perfectly and her vocals are amazing even though I can't really understand all the lyrics, which is a pity.  A really great performance overall.  Good Luck!

The Show (Part 2)

Talking with the contestants, as cheesy as it can be, y'all get a luck charm, you never know who asks what it is.

Glen!!! his blazer reminds me of Amber's dress and his high heels, erm...oh they're all wearing high heels, so it's ok...right? no, that's a No No. Nice song though lalalalalalajj

ANIMAE!!! The best thing that ever happened on our islands, such soul and passion in these people's voices that I just stood up and started singing my heart out, such talent in one place is too much for me to take at once.  Michael would be proud of you guys, give me a sparkly scarf and gospel blue outfit and I'll join you in a heartbeat.  I'm swaying, singing and clapping at the moment so excuse my excitement, these people make me so happy.

Tia Carrere from Relic Hunter is now on stage singing in French, or is that Anggun?  She looks quite good in her mini dress or short skirt, I think, and sky-high boots and she seems to be really enjoying the performance and there's a whistling sound in the background which is really catchy, her vocals are really good too and I really liked this song and she seems to be really friendly and I love how funny Ron is.  Like Shakira, she seems to be a good looking performer with a nobel cause, fighting hunger that is.  Good for you mademoiselle et Bonne Chance!

Running Scared, such a pretty song

New song, sounds like he's singing Gozitan to me, I like it

This is cool and Nikki looks stunning!

And FINALLY may the result come in, oh wait, you have to wait a bit longer apparently...

This is the Night at the top of Televoting!

Turkey's 12 points go to Amber

Pure gets 12 Points from a Maltese Jury

Pure gets another 12 points

Another 12 points go to Claudia, this is getting close

Kurt gets another 12 points making him lead again



Last modified on Saturday, 04 February 2012 23:29