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Friday, 17 January 2014 16:45

MESC '14: A Review of ‘Just No Place Like Home’

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In 2014, the Public Broadcasting Services, responsible for Malta’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest decided to conduct a national final with just twenty (20) entries, rather than the typical twenty-four (24) which many had become accustomed to in recent years. Promotion is always vital, and escflashmalta.com has sent each entry to a professional panel of individuals in the music industry, who have in turn passed on their comments. This year, we have asked the likes of John Scott from the United States, Martin Isherwood from the United Kingdom, Sharon Vaughn from the United States but based in Sweden, Stano Simor from the Czech Republic and Greig Watts from the United Kingdom to do the honours. Today’s review is centred on Just No Place Like Home, written by Johan Bejerholm with vocals provided by Fabrizio Faniello.

Fabrizio Faniello, the most experienced vocalist in this years’ selection process has already been to the Eurovision Song Contest on two (2) previous occasions; in 2001 with Another Summer Night composed by Paul Abela to the lyrics of Georgina Abela; and in 2006 with a track co-written with Aldo Spiteri entitled I Do. It is worth noting that the male vocalist who has achieved success in the music markets of both Northern Europe and Asia has been a part of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on a total of ten (10) occasions, managing a top ten result each time except in 2005 with Don’t Tell It. Away from this competition, Fabrizio has also succeeded in other national competitions, winning the International Festival of Maltese Song with the track Sal-Aħħar back in 1999 and also the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with Aħfirli Jekk Trid late last year.


Johan Bejerholm, a songwriter whose credentials speak for themselves, having already been to the Eurovision Song Contest as a co-writer to the track Always, performed by Aysel and Arash on behalf of Azerbaijan back in 2010. He has been the principal songwriter behind the comeback of Fabrizio Faniello in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, having successful co-written all his recent entries including No Surrender in 2011 and I Will Fight for You (Papa's Song) in 2012. Despite this fruitful collaboration, it was all about Love-O-Holic performed by Deborah C after the male vocalist failed to get through the second phase. Prior to these experiences, it is worth noting that in 2010, a song which he co-wrote with Thomas G:son, Robert Uhlmann and Arash entitled Allt Jag Vill Ha represented Sweden at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, making him one of the few songwriters to have acquired a taste of both major events organised by the European Broadcasting Union.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 70%

John Scott: He has a very nice voice. The song is good, but a bit too generic.

Martin Isherwood: Starts tentatively but really grows and finishes well. Not sure the ‘just’ is necessary in the title. Great chorus and nice transition back to the verse. It’s a big boy-band ballad which could do well especially due to the good production.

Sharon Vaughn: Sounds like a Christmas song. Could do with a bit of modernising. Otherwise, good.

Stano Simor: Charismatic individual, who has enough experience on the world stage. He never disappointed me with his interpretations along the years, and am sure that this will be no different. The chorus is highly emotional but I believe that this is one of the few tracks directly tailored towards the Eurovision Song Contest. In the end, I will put the question out there; When will he duet with Claudia for the competition?

Greig Watts: It feels like a typical song for Eurovision, is that a good thing or not? Will it stand out enough at the finals or will there be many songs like this? Actually a good song and should be rated high up out of the 20, my own opinion is go for something slightly different that is still strong but also stands out from the crowd!

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com


Last modified on Friday, 17 January 2014 16:49