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Friday, 03 February 2012 17:00

Malta Eurovision 2012: The Semi-Final - LIVE

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The 2012 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place in just a couple of hours time and the final setup is now being prepared to host the biggest event of the year in the local cultural calender which will ultimately go onto select the act and the entry that will ultimately represent Malta at the prestigious music event which is set to take place in Baku, Azerbaijan. The semi-final stage of the competition features a total of twenty four (24) acts all of which have already passed two judging phase, one through a prior recording and the other through a live rendition held at the studios of the Public Broadcasting Services.

This evenings' showcase is set to be hosted by Ron Briffa and Elaine Saliba whilst Frank Zammit will be doing the commentary from backstage, meeting up with the participants and seeing how they felt on stage and how they feel before going on. The postcards are simple yet direct the message accordingly noting the title of the song, the name of the singer and also the songwriters in order to promote each entry to the maximum possible output. The streaming of the semi-final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will take place through Television Malta (TVM) and also through online news and media website DI-VE. It commences just after the evening news at around 20:30 CET.

And the Eurovision starts with a walk on memory lane with Glen Vella's One Life, showing clips from rehearsals, tour, promotional clip, performances and finally on stage with his trademark white wayfarer glasses and shiny blazer.

The presenters have come out on stage with Ron looking sharp in a classic black and white suit and Elaine dazzles with a sparkling black jumpsuit which however clashes with the pink gloves, in my opinion, always.

The Jury is introduced and we proceed to the first song.

Running Order

01. Seven Days - Danica Muscat (Philip Vella)

Unfortunately not a very strong beginning vocally, however Danica looks quite dashing in her red dress and long wavy black hair.  The backing vocalists also look quite smart with their black one shouldered outfits. Not bad, not bad.

02. You Are My Life - J. Anvil (George Platon)

Change of style, change of image...Janvil looks quite toned down in his maroon or red velvet, blazer, not really a good look but his vocals are quite good and the song is quite catchy.  The backing vocalist however stands out a little, does she belong there? His dance moves however, not my cup of tea.

03. Walk On Water - Isabelle Zammit (Paul Giordimaina & Fleur Balzan)

Isabelle, hmm, is that your outfit from One Life?  No, it has pink, well, not bad but could be improved.  Her hair looks good though. The backing vocals however give a gospel feel to the song which I actually like, not bad overall.

04. Take Me Far - Francesca Borg (Marco Debono & Doris Chetcuti)

Francesca dear, you did your hair! I like it, keep it up.  I also like the dress, quite dashing in white I must say.  The song is also quite powerful and the vocals are also good, the key change is amazing and this song really stands out so far, the backing vocals are good too and look smart in black however I didn't understand all the lyrics.  But really good, I liked this.

05. No Way Back - Klinsmann (Paul Abela, Klinsmann Coleiro & Jonathan C. Spiteri)

New haircut, not bad, quite smartly dressed and the song is more grown up than usual, still I don't feel the power that he is trying to convey with the song.  Quite a good performance though, it is however a bit repetitive, but quite an improvement, good choice.

06. Look At Me Now - Richard Edwards (Jan Van Dijck & Richard Micallef)

Richard lost his ponytail, *sigh* I liked it.  Looking quite smart in his black and white outfit, he delivers quite a strong vocal performance, shaky at first but then it was quite good, I liked it.  I also liked the fact that he had a female pianist, nice touch Richard.

BREAK - Ron and Elaine come back on stage and Elaine's hair is too pulled back in my opinion, she would have looked better if her shoulders and face weren't totally bare since her neckline is quite low, a bit of balance would have done the trick, but she looks quite gorgeous otherwise.

07. Whoop It Up - Annalise Ellul (Elton Zarb & Deo Grech)

Sparkles! Nice moves but vocals and diction, well, if it weren't for the backing vocals I wouldn't really understand anything.  Image well done, the song is catchy, I like it but, Helena Paparizou anyone?  There's nothing wrong with Helena, of course, but it's as repetitive as the lyrics.  Whoop it up ollej!

08. This is the Night - Kurt Calleja (Johann J'amtberg & Kurt Calleja)

Addiction to Facebook to a whole new level, and those pants? Is that leather?  Quite nice blazer and tie though and I like the way the team on stage are dressed, not bad vocally I must say, quite catchy, not bad not bad, could use improvement.

09. DNA – Romina Mamo (Michael James Tanczos & Gerard James Borg)

Nice hair Romina, I actually like it, and I like the James Bond image, reminds me of Morena and Vodka for some reason, nice dancing too, risque, I like it, not really powerful but the vibe is really good.

10. Can’t Get Away - Nadine Bartolo (Philip Vella)

Blue lace dress, well shows your figure but I don't like it, sorry.  The song is quite flat too , not bad vocally but the performance of both Nadine and the backing is too stiff in my opinion.

11. In Your Eyes - Lawrence Gray (Philip Vella & Cher Vella)

Lawrence, dear, you're trying too hard to look younger with that hair.  It's an improvement but I don't like it sorry.  The outfit is really smart though and as usual a very strong vocal performance, deserves a better song to showcase his voice though, could be better but I like it.

12. First Time - Kaya (Gorgi)

Olivia Lewis? Is that you? Excuse my Deja Vu...So, Kaya looks like she's the Queen out of Snow White.  Quite strong vocally and the song is quite good too, nice performance.

BREAK - Elaine is still in her pink gloves.  Why?  I still don't get it.  Ron, however looks really smart, and now I want an iPad.

We're back and the presenters are still in the same clothes, the gloves are growing on me, might get a pair. yeah right.

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

More sparkles! Claudia hid her assets but she looks stunning in her long silvery dress and the song is nice but desperately needed a key change.  Vocally it's performed quite well but it's too repetitive for me, sorry.

14. Dance Romance - Jessica Muscat (Phillip Vella & Jessica Muscat)

Aluminium foil, crumbled and made in a dress, just add a ribbon on the back and it's cute,  That's what she thought, I think...not sure... Vocals, well it's about the show not the song, that's what she thinks, of course.  I felt sorry for the solitary backing vocalist...forever alone, poor her.

15. Time - Wayne Micallef (Wayne Micallef)

Simplicity works, this is proof.  Maybe a bit too mellow and personal for Eurovision but I like it.  I don't like the blazer, looks weird sitting down, oh he stood up, yes that's better.  He gives a really strong vocal performance and the backing vocals are a bit distracting at times, not bad though, I like it.

16. Autobiography - Dorothy Bezzina (Magnus Kaxe & Gerard James Borg)

Qowoo Qowoo I like how catchy this song is, the dress has an interesting colour, and the backing vocals look really good too, what a voice! Maybe she deserved a better song but it's really cool and the performance was cute an bubbly, I was pleasantly surprised.

17. Petals On A Rose - Gianni Zammit (R. Abrahamsson, A. Aly, N. Numhauser & T. Fenech)

The image is a bit too uniformed for my tastes, they look smart but they look like too much alike in black and white.  The style is quite fresh for Malta, I like it, but it needed to be stronger for me to actually love it.

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

Fabrizio, are you wearing the same top that Nikki from Azerbaijan was wearing in the beginning of the show? *awkward moment*  On the other hand, quite an energetic performance performance and the song is better than his legacies, the dancing, well it just doesn't fit right? awkward break dancing...but not bad.

BREAK - still with the pink gloves Elaine? Please take them off.

19. While Her Eyes Still Glow - Janice Mangion (Elton Zarb & Rita Pace)

Quite dull colours but nice dress, a bit bland but flattering, doesn't look comfortable though, at least she's not moving.  The hair is nice too and her voice is really strong but the song doesn't do it for me, loved the vibrato at the end, not bad.

20. I Want To Run Away - Eleanor Cassar (Paul Giordimaina & Fleur Balzan)

Don't hate me, but the dancers, well, give them a red mask and we'll do One Life again, same colour scheme too but Eleanor's voice is really strong and I like it over all, the backing vocals are quite pleasant too, but I was expecting a bit more to be honest.

21. Mystifying Eyes - Corazon (Paul Giordimaina & Fleur Balzan)

Corazon looks quite pretty and the song reminds me of I See You from Avatar, which I love by the way, so it's a compliment.  The backing vocals give a gospel feel which creates a mellow, soft and peaceful vibe, she could have stood up a little though, but not bad.

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

Forget the vocals, you have two air hostesses going uh uh ah ah, just pretend you're one of the awkward looking dancers in the background and dance, no seriously, this song is catchy, cheesy but catchy.

23. Still Waiting - Anna Azzopardi (Samuel Bugia Garrido & Athanasios Nakos)

I like Anna's hair, I admit it's wild, feisty and all, looks heavy though. The song is a bit repetitive, not bad but her voice can do a little better, the clothes I think I have mixed feelings about...they're not horrible but well, too patchy and there was too much going on for my tastes.

24. Answer With Your Eyes - Amber (Ray Agius & Alfred C Sant)

Amber, are those flamingo feathers on your shoulders? not a bad dress, quite sexy actually, and the hair looks really good!  Her voice is also very good and the backing is also very fitting for the song, quite a forgettable song though.

BREAK - Yeah the gloves are back! No, dear, take them off!

The Show (Part 2)

And we're back! and so are the gloves! I give up.

The Green Room, or the black and grey room, why so serious?

Gianni vs. Ira...Ira anytime.

This part would be really boring without Ron, he's quite funny, not as much as Elaine's gloves but still funny.

Did Jessica's dress really light up during the song? That thing I didn't see...well, Christmas was just two months ago, still in season.  Happy Christmas everyone.

Dear Airport Impressions, when will you compete? Seriously guys, please.

Sinplus, oh you're Italian! that's why I didn't understand the lyrics...We teach English here if you want, se volete noi possiamo insegniarvi l'Inglese, siamo Maltesi, siamo bravi in tutto noi.  And Elaine, after taking off your gloves, stop flirting and asking random questions about chocolate, for all our sakes.

Last modified on Saturday, 04 February 2012 12:18