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Monday, 30 January 2012 11:45

The Critics Choice: 'This Is The Night'

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Breaking into the music scene is not a relatively easy feat especially if the appearances have been quite minimal and this is due to the fact that Maltese as a population tend to support the artist who is well known for having charisma and for knowing how to talk for example rather than the talent of the respective track. Newcomers have been given quite a hard time over the years but then again, most of our current crop of artists are branching out and becoming successful managing to rack up a lot of followers along the way. This conceptual idea would have never been able to gain traction had it not been for the inspiration that everyone actually begins from somewhere including the top names in the foreign local industry. The mentality is changing and people are learning to attend to this respective change. One of the artists who quickly grew is Kurt Calleja, the next one to be evaluated by our critics.

The problem with the local music scene over the years has been the decline in male performers but it seems that there are quite a number who are picking up from where others in the past have left off competing for their right to participate alongside the women. Kurt Calleja is one of those artists who is still relatively new yet already experienced at the very same time. His first performance at the stage of the Maltese national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest came in 2010 alongside Kaya (aka Priscilla Psaila) on a song entitled 'Waterfall' composed by Marco Debono and penned by Rita Pace. The competition was tough and despite the stunning performance, they managed a twelfth place. This was his first major performance prior to going to Venice, in Italy to compete in a showcase there, winning both evenings.

Ultimately, he would submit a song as a solo performer in 2011 with the title 'Over and Over' composed by the Swede Johan J'Amtberg and penned by himself. The song was well appreciated by both the judges of both evenings and the people at home because their votes combined put it in an illustrious position to finish in third place just behind Glen Vella and his song 'One Life' composed by Paul Giordimaina and penned by Fleur Balzan as well as Richard Edwards and his track 'Finally' composed by Jan Van Dijck to the lyrics of the performer himself. This was surely a high in his relatively short career and over the course of the summer he was invited to make a number of appearances including at the Farsons Great Beer Festival. Recently, he published the video for the song 'Over and Over' whilst he regularly performs on the weekly television show 'Ħadd Għalik'.

Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012 - An In-Depth Analysis

Following his debut solo performance at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2011, Kurt Calleja has gone onto maximize on his personal appeal as a singer/songwriter performing abroad and also locally on a number of occasions. This time round, he brings about a song which is completely the opposite of what 'Over and Over' stood for because the genre and the principle has been altered. The new track is a party type of song which is very much uptempo and very much the definition of Eurovision with a number of people comparing it to the song that Sakis presented during the last Eurovision Song Contest entitled 'This Is My Night'. The song title of the track is actually 'This Is The Night' and it is a co-write between Kurt Calleja and Johan J'Amtberg.

The singer/songwriter in this collaboration is not one who has worked with other artists but then again it seems like Johan is racking up quite the collaborations noting that he is a talent scout in that manner having also found Kurt Calleja during his travels. Last year, the Swedish songwriter wrote the song for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest alongside Mikael Gunneras who had also written for the Melodi Grand Prix in the past. Sweden in this event have always been known to send songs which are deemed too good to compete and are therefore shunned away when it comes to voting but Erik did give a brilliant performance of the song 'Faller'. Johan J'Amtberg is also responsible for the track that Kurt Calleja presented during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest last year.

The Opinion of the Critics

Rating: 58%

Steve Allen: Nice to see a female drummer - not string enough, kinda easy to forget.

Carlos Coelho: Pop song, with techno influences. Very well produced, well structured, it doesn't get repetitive, there’s always something new through the song. Lyrics are very simple, but fit well. The “eh eh” part is interesting.

Sharon Vaughn: This is modern, catchy and just makes me want to dance.

Martin Isherwood: strong contemporary dance opening production very wordy. Chorus is an anticlimax as it doesn't build at all.  Ok voice but sounds a bit laboured in places. Good track but unusual mix of dance an guitar solo. Sounds like a medley of rihanna tracks

Charlie Rapino: This is the night .. yes and it is pretty Dark as well! needs work as it is not a bad track but then again the chorus is quite disappointing though..might work with a different lyric.

Source of Audio Visual Material: PBS, Fotoclassic

Last modified on Monday, 30 January 2012 13:14