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The Malta Eurovision Song Contest has always been a leading competition in the country especially due to the fact that it is one of the events which brings about several individuals together in front of a television listening to music and supporting their most favourite contestant or entry for that matter. Members of our editorial team at have gathered the names of four particular performers who seemed to have submitted into the selection, all of which have already represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest throughout the years, some in the nineties and others in the noughties respectively. William Mangion, Miriam Christine, Ludwig Galea and Fabrizio Faniello have all built intriguing reputations over the years and it is worth noting that between them, they hold four positive results.

Going back through time, the year was 1993 and it was actually the nations' sixth time competing in the Eurovision Song Contest with singer/songwriter William Mangion taking to the stage with his entry This Time joined by Debbie Scerri, Moira Stafrace and Phyllisienne Brincat. The track was very well received in the lead up to the competition but the expectations of a better track did haunt the raspy performer especially due to the fact that the year before, Mary Spiteri had achieved second runner-up position for the country with her track Little Child composed by Georgina Abela and penned by Ray Mahoney. At the end of the voting, a smart well thought out performance which was kept extremely simple managed to finish in eighth place with sixty-nine points making this the worst result since our comeback back in 1991 but nevertheless, another top ten finish. William Mangion returned in the Malta Song for Europe of 2007 with the self-penned entry Forever Mine but failed to make an impact going out in the semi-final.

Moving onto the next entrant, a subtle sixteen year old teenager back in 1996 who has grown up to become a wonderful individual with a beautiful voice that could mesmerize anyone. Miriam Christine was participating in the national selection for the second time and it seems that In a Woman's Heart composed by Paul Abela and penned by Alfred C Sant was seen as the best entry that year. Once more, it was an outside in the country which was receiving mixed acclaim in foreign tabloids due to the fact that it was extremely avant garde with an astonishingly young performer. The Eurovision Song Contest was taking place in Oslo, Norway and eventually, Miriam finished in tenth place, something which her predecessor, Mike Spiteri had also achieved with his song Keep Me In Mind composed by Ray Agius to the lyrics of Alfred C Sant. Eventually, Miriam Christine returned in 1998 with It's Up To You composed by Ray Agius to the lyrics of Alfred C Sant and also in 2009 with self-penned Mama. The first finished in fifth place whilst the other did not fare all too well unfortunately.

Ludwig Galea is the next performer which we would like to focus on within this list of former representatives whose road to success was not a solo one actually noting the aid of former flame Julie Zahra whose debut entry in the Malta Song for Europe, My Number One composed by Philip Vella to lyrics by Joe Julian Farrugia finished in fourth place. They came back the following year with a composition by Philip Vella and lyrics by Gerard James Borg, entitled On Again .. Off Again managing to win the hearts of many on Valentine's Day. Their Eurovision Song Contest was difficult with Malta having to get out of the semi-final due to the poor result the previous year. They overcame the obstacle and with a twelfth place finish in the finals, they also managed to get us into the final of the previous year without the need of the semi-final. Nevertheless the rules of the competition changed since then. Ludwig has tried as a soloist making it with Inferno composed by Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg as well as Lament written by Philip Vella in 2009 but both failed to make it through to the final. He returns in a duet with Franklin Calleja should the song make it through.

Finally, the name that we left to the end is that of Fabrizio Faniello whose reputation definitely precedes him. Following a number of runner-up finishes in his early days within the competition, he was selected to represent Malta in the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest with Another Summer Night composed by Paul Abela and penned by Georgina Abela. The track with the support of the home nation finished in ninth place and created a star noting that the performer would release a number of singles and albums with chart success in Scandinavia. He would return to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006 with the track I Do which he wrote with Aldo Spiteri and several characteristics winded this up to be a disappointing performance finishing in twenty-fourth position with one point. He has since reinvented his career achieving success in Asia and returning to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in Malta finishing in fourth and sixth place. Who out of the former representatives, if any will make it through to the 2013 edition. Stay tuned to for more news updates and features.


Published in Editorials
Thursday, 18 October 2012 23:29

MESC 2013: Who Is The One To Beat?

As the preparations for this years’ Malta Eurovision Song Contest are underway with the composers, authors and singers finalizing their entries, the common public have already started discussing who they think is the clear favourite to succeed Kurt Calleja in Malmo, Sweden. Big names from the local radio industry have been mentioned throughout but attracting them to the local competition is always challenging but if any of them submit and make it through to the finals they will surely stand a good chance to do well and possibly win.

Albeit this, though it seems that the front runner for this years’ contest is none other than last year’s second runner up Amber. Amber made a name for herself after managing to come second in the local talent show ‘ID’ and from then on she never looked back. She participate in the Malta Hit Song Contest and the year after went on to win the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with Trid Tapprezza. The same year she made it through the semi-finals of the contest with two songs Touch Wood and Catch 22, with the latter making it through to the final stages of the competition. 

Last year, it was Amber’s second time in the contest and she captured the judges’ attention achieving a third place thanks to her power rendition of Answer with Your Eyes. From this experience onwards, Amber was presented with a number of opportunities. She was approached by PBS to accompany Kurt Calleja in Baku as his main backing vocalist. This experience gave her a taste of the Eurovision world and having carried a vital role last year, some people thing that this could be her year; all this assuming that Amber is submitting an entry to this year’s competition but if she does she will surely be the main front runner.

The other favourite will surely be Claudia Faniello who was last year’s first runner-up with her magical song Pure. A lot of people think that Claudia Faniello’s year was last year but if she decides to return to the competition for the eighth time expect her to return with a something strong and original. It will take something special to surpass Pure but Claudia showed what she is capable of achieving last year and few would be surprised if she manages to come back with something even stronger. So, if she returns no one should count her out, especially considering the strong results she’s had in recent years.

The return of former entrants is always possible. Fabrizio Faniello has been trying for a number of times and he has always done well. He is just one of two singers who represented Malta on more than one occasion and if he succeeds, he will emulate Chiara's feat. Other entrants who tried again after their win include; Paul Giordimaina  Georgina, Mary Spiteri, William Mangion, Moira&Chris, Mike Spiteri, Miriam Christine, Debbie Scerri and Ludwig Galea. The return of some of these is remote but others have kept in touch with festivals and haven't ruled out a return. These mainly include Olivia Lewis, Miriam Christine and Ludwig Galea; if any of these return, they will surely pose a significant threat.

Having mentioned the two main front runners one cannot forget other talented individuals who have been participating in the contest for a number of years. The finalists in recent years have all presented strong entries and none should be underestimated in such a competition. After all this is a song contest which should reward the best song at the end of the night and not a popularity contest. Two years ago, an unknown Thea Garrett won the hearts of the local public and the judges’ votes with her power ballad My Dream. So who knows, it might be someone new who can repeat the same feat, although it is not an easy one, surely it isn't impossible. 

Well, there are a lot of questions that are left to be answered, most of these questions will be answered in the upcoming days when the submissions come to a close at the end of this month but until then we have to play the waiting game. We cannot really comment either before we hear the final versions of the songs that will be submitted this year but we would like you to share your views with us on which singer, singers or bands you think should be the ones succeeding Kurt Calleja. In the meantime, keep following for all the latest updates about the local music scene.


Published in Editorials
Tuesday, 14 August 2012 14:40

Malta: Miriam Christine Might Comeback

An artist keeps to his craft despite certain difficulties that may arise and it has to be noted that the importance of a seclusion and then impromptu comeback have not really been dealt well in recent years but then again, one artist who has never disappeared from the local music scene is surely former Eurovision Song Contest representative Miriam Christine who has managed to become a leading singer/songwriter and giving vocal lessons to a number of talented children who will surely be part of the industry in the years to come. As a teenager, Miriam managed to enter the Malta Song for Europe competition, first in 1995 with the track The Way You Are written by Mario Caruana and then in 1996 with the song In A Woman's Heart composed by Paul Abela and penned by Alfred C Sant. The latter became her swansong and she became the youngest artist to represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest. She achieved tenth place abroad which was positive and respectable noting that Mike Spiteri had also managed that feat back in 1995 with Keep Me In Mind composed by Ray Agius and penned by Alfred C Sant.

Since then though, things have somewhat changed noting that Miriam Christine got married and started a family noting that she has appeared with her boy on a number of occasions but nevertheless, she has maintained her career in tact noting that she returned to the Malta Song for Europe on two occasions, the first being in 1998 with the track It's Up To You composed by Ray Agius and Alfred C Sant which ended up in fifth place and then in 2009 with the song Mama written by the same aforementioned Miriam Christine Warner which ended up in fifteenth place. In a recent guest appearance with Steve Hili on XFM breakfast, Miriam spoke of her Eurovision Song Contest experience as a positive one noting that you make a number of contacts, enjoy the festivities and make sure to take it all in because at the end of the day, it is a well respected and followed event.

When asked by the host on whether she would try to return once more, she says that whilst it is not a priority, she would not mind doing it knowing that the right song would be in her possession. She also spoke very highly of the Public Broadcasting Services and the setup that they have given local artists in the past two years noting that the Malta Eurovision Song Contest has grown into the proper spectacle that it should have always been noting that it remains as the largest showcase for artists in the country. It will be quite interesting to see whether Miriam will be having another go at the Eurovision Song Contest in due time. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news from the local music industry as soon as it becomes available.

Source: XFM

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