My favourite Maltesers in 2012.

The full length versions of all the songs competing in Malta’s National Final for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest have been offically revealed with the release of the preview videos.

After listening to all of them, my two favourites and most likely to take the win are Richard Edwards’ Look At Me Now and Fabrizio Faniello’s I Will Fight For You (Papa’s Song). Look At Me Now is a pleasant rock ballad and I Will Fight For You is a pop stomper that seemingly borrows the pulsating melody of The BeeGees’ Tragedy. Both songs are complete opposites and its hard to call it.

For me, this is a case of déjà vu, as in 2011, it was the same case with my favourites being the entries from Richard and Fabrizio (Finally and No Surrender respectively). This year, my outside favourite is Pure by Claudia Faniello. I’m glad she ditched the rock and is now singing a beautiful ballad that befits her beautiful voice.

You can check out all the songs here. And can I just give big props to TVM for the wonderful production quality? Between the fancy intro titles and sparkly stage, it’s looking quite X Factor-esque to me. I’m fulling expecting a fantastic show on the 3rd and 4th of February!

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Malta reveals its 24 semi-finalists.

It’s all been very hush hush over in Malta with pre-selections and auditions happening behind closed doors but now all has been revealed. The 24 semi-finalists have been announced and clips of each have been unleashed onto the public. And as one would come to expect from a tiny country with a big passion for the Eurovision Song Contest, we see some familiar names return including the Faniello & Micallef siblings, along with Kurt Calleja and Eleanor Cassar.  You can check them out here, here and here.

In my opinion, the standard of this year’s Malta Eurovision Song Contest has improved considerably. Though we have the usual generous servings of schmaltz and cheese, there are some tidbits that make an impression. For me, the stand out songs (going purely by the clips) are I Will Fight For You (Papa’s Song) by Fabrizio Faniello and Look At Me Now by Richard Edwards. Claudia Faniello’s Pure showcases her wonderful voice but I’m reserving judgement till I hear the full song. Same goes for Wayne Micallef and Time. It would also appear that Eleanor Cassar has gone all Hera Bjork on us with I Want To Run Away. while Klinsmann is channelling Lena in No Way Back. I also quite liked Isabelle Zammit’s Walk On Water and Kaya’s First Time.

For now, my early favourites are Fabrizio and Richard. I reckon it could even turn out to be a two-horse race between these two.