Malta catches Eurovision fever!

Tonight sees Malta kick off its Eurovision selection with the first semi-final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. There’s been a lot of hype around the contest, with TVM reportedly pulling out all the stops to ensure a spectacular show. 16 of the 24 songs will qualify to tomorrow’s Final. Below you can see all the entries vying to fly the Maltese flag in Baku, along with my favorites in bold:

01. Danica Muscat – Seven Days
02. J. Anvil – You Are My Life
03. Isabelle Zammit – Walk On Water
04. Francesca Borg – Take Me Far
05. Klinsmann – No Way Back 
06. Richard Edwards – Look At Me Now
07. Annalise Ellul – Whoop It Up 
08. Kurt Calleja – This Is The Night
09. Romina Mamo – DNA
10. Nadine Bartolo – Can’t Get Away
11. Lawrence Gray – In Your Eyes
12. Kaya – First Time
13. Claudia Faniello – Pure
14. Jessica Muscat – Dance Romance
15. Wayne Micallef – Time
16. Dorothy Bezzina – Autobiography 
17. Gianni Zammit – Petals On A Rose
18. Fabrizio Faniello – I Will Fight For You (Papa’s Song)
19. Janice Mangion – While Her Eyes Still Glow
20. Eleanor Cassar – I Want To Run Away 
21. Corazon – Mystifying Eyes 
22. Deborah C feat. Leila James – You Make Me Go Uh Uh
23. Anna Azzopardi – Still Waiting
24. Amber – Anwser With Your Eyes

No doubt I shall acquire some new favorites after watching the live performances, but for now, these are the ones I’m supporting. The show starts at 20:30CET (in just a scant 5 minutes) and you can watch the live webcast here.

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.