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Wednesday, 15 February 2012 02:18

Malta: Results of the ESCflashmalta Awards

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It has almost been two weeks since the 2012 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest where Kurt Calleja surprised many international critics emerging victorious with his track 'This Is The Night' co-written alongside Johan Jämtberg, Mikael Gunnerås. Nevertheless, we held onto the results to the showcases that our website had been hosting in the lead up to the competition, three prestigious awards which we awarded through the television showcase known as Eurovision Box hosted by Wayne Aquilina on ONE Television. The idea was to present three awards, one given by the media, one given by professional critics and one given in accordance to the vote of the public. We would like to thank everyone involved in each respective project by ESCflashmalta.

The very first conceptual award which we decided to bring back to life was none other than the one which includes the media, one of the most important and viable aspects of the competition actually. Fifteen members of both local and international media, including none other than a representative from the Finnish broadcaster; YLE by the name of Thomas Lundin, as well as disc jockey representatives from Bay Radio, XFM, One Radio being Nathan D, David Debono and Clint Bajada. Other members of the local press included none other than Gwida Editor; Frederick Zammit who used to be a member of the Malta Eurosong Advisory Team. Their task was simple, to pick the best five songs in their opinion by ranking along with the two which they thought were the worst ultimately showcasing a difference in quality. Below you will see which they ranked within their top five and which they thought to be the worst two entries and where the eventual winner, Kurt Calleja actually ranked.


1st Place: Annalise Ellul - Whoop It Up! (580 points)

2nd Place: Claudia Faniello - Pure (500 points)

3rd Place: Fabrizio Faniello - I Will Fight For You (Papa's Song) (480 points)

4th Place: Klinsmann - No Way Back (380 points)

5th Place: Eleanor Cassar - I Want to Run Away (320 points)


8th Place:  Kurt Calleja - This Is The Night (220 points)


23rd Place: Janice Mangion - Whilst Her Eyes Still Glow (-80 points)

24th Place:  Romina Mamo - D.N.A. (-120 points)

The second award which was handed out was that of the professional critics, with many noting the involvement of five people from the music industry somewhat giving their opinion on the tracks in the lead up to the competition. The head critic on this years' feature was none other than Italian Charlie Rapino, a renowned talent scout who produced the very first single of the extremely successful group; Take That whilst also working with artists such as Kylie Minogue and Kylie Minogue. Joining him on the panel were Martin Isherwood, a leading songwriter in the British music scene and also a music coach at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Carlos Coelho who proved to be the second individual connected to the Eurovision Song Contest having penned the lyrics to the song 'Senhora Do Mar', the most successful song for Portugal in ages, Sharon Vaugn being the woman who has written the track 'Release Me' for Agnes and worked with Malena Ernman, The Wanted and Delta Goodrem amongst others leaving only Steve Allen, the man who is also a talent scout and produced two Eurovision entries, the 1996 British entry 'Ooh Aah Just a Little Bit' and also 'Love Shine a Light' whilst also producing the runner-up of the 2007 pre-selection, 'I Need My Heart'. Their decision was also somewhat clear and here are the top five and their placing of Kurt Calleja.


1st Place: Deborah C ft. Leila James - You Make Me Go Uh Uh (36 points)

2nd Place:  Claudia Faniello - Pure (28 points)

3rd Place:  Richard Edwards - Look At Me Now (27 points)

4th Place:  Romina Mamo - D.N.A. (25 points)

5th Place: Wayne Micallef - Time (23 points)


7th Place: Kurt Calleja - This Is The Night (17 points)

The final award given has been in the minds of the Editorial Team of ESCflashmalta for quite some time and it was a successful trial last year that we decided to act on it and restart it for the year 2012. The public choice is somewhat important and we opened up a poll where each vote had to be given only through one IP Address. Once the vote is sent in, there is no way to change it and the concurrence was extremely high actually noting the fact that the votes reached well over the 4600 number and the countries from which the votes came in were numerous including the United States, Australia, Sweden, Norway, Bulgaria, United Kingdom, Ireland, and Belgium apart from Malta of course. The decision on the top two was somewhat very much interesting as they ran away with the rest of the field but the winner took in most of the votes and had a clear lead at the helm of the board. The top five results according to the people as well as the result of Kurt Calleja, a surprising one can be seen below.


1st Place: Kaya - First Time (749 votes )

2nd Place:  Claudia Faniello - Pure (507 votes)

3rd Place: Richard Edwards - Look At Me Now (399 votes)

4th Place:  Fabrizio Faniello - I Will Fight For You (Papa's Song) (345 votes)

5th Place: Romina Mamo - D.N.A. (327 votes)


14th Place:  Kurt Calleja - This Is The Night (85 votes)

Last modified on Saturday, 18 February 2012 16:08