Category Archives: Eurovision

Malta Gets Vertigo… Olivia loses EUROVISION 2007 PRESELECTIO

Olivia who represented Malta with the song Vertigo, failed to obtain enough televiewer votes to quality for the EUROVISION 2007 final…
Sorry for the lack of photos but that’s due to the missing Press Section on the official Olivia Lewis site.

My comments – it’s useless sending two “popular” people for the choreography – nobody knows them abroad anyway. Also what does Dracula have to do with the Japanese motif? I didn’t get that.

Next time, we should send either Lucienne Cassar (who won LA CORRIDA)
or a trio of Joe Demicoli, Martin Sapiano and is-Sur Gawdenz!

Soon viewers will be voting for the song which will be representing Malta in Eurovision 2007, from the finalists Scar, Klinsmann Coleiro, Pamela, Olivia, Kevin Borg, Trilogy.
Voting is all in the hands of the public – 100% televoting.
Todays voting numbers are different from the semifinal voting numbers…

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Above: Eurovision / Maltasong 2007 Xarabank Parody video by Joe Demicoli – You Never Gonna Sing Again

Comment – olivia’s song featured two well known tv personalities (Eg joseph who is a lawyer too).. did that influence the voting process?

RESULTS:

1st place – Olivia – Vertigo 30977 votes (compos. philip vella/author gerald james borg)
2nd place – Trilogy – Starlight 7647 votes (author joe julian farrugia)
3rd place – Klinsmann Coleiro – She Gives Me Wings 7550 votes (compos. mark spiteri, lyrics rita pace)

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Above: Olivia singing Vertigo after being announced the winner in the final – congratulations to Olivia!

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Above: Natasha and Charlene singing Open Your Eyes in the Bulgarian Song Festival for Eurovision 2007. Unfortunately they didn’t make it to the final. The chosen final songs were picked up at random from a bowl. I guess that’s something which hasn’t been tried in Malta yet ­čÖé

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Above: Klinsmann, sort of like uk boyband, singing “She gives me wings”.

Malta finishes last – Fabrizio Faniello – Eurovision 2006

UPDATE:

A controversy at the time arose on the tv programme Bondiplus between Grace borg and both current Maltasong chairman + Minister Francis Zammit Dimech.

However one should note that PBS’ programme Bondiplus showed a clip tonight how the Minister tried to talk to Maltese singer Keith Camilleri (who was representing Switzerland), and was actually stopped from doing this by Grace Borg herself!
On this programme, Grace Borg was heard alleging that Maltasong chairman Robert Abela was drunk in the green room. Fabrizio’s Agent confirmed on the programme that no such thing happened.

On a less serious note everyone seems to be looking for a parody videoclip by Joe Demicoli ‘I DO’… Hmm I didn’t see this myself but let’s see.. found it:

EARLIER UPDATE:
Malta only got ONE POINT in last night’s Eurovision 2006 – in Athens, Greece. A terrible result – we ended up last. Fabrizio did his best I’m sure.

EARLIER UPDATE:

GOOD LUCK FABRIZIO!!!

Tonight Fabrizio Faniello will be representing Malta in Eurovision 2006. I think he will do well.

They changed the dance routine and removed the Tomb of the Cybermen bit.. ­čÖü

As usual everybody votes for their neighbours. I think we should stop taking part in Eurovision. It’s a joke.

PREVIOUS UPDATES:
Fabrizio’s CD has reached #1 in the Maltese Sales Charts!

Fabrizio has released his CD for his winning song “I Do”. The CD, a great production by Cap sounds and maltasong, contains 7 different mixes of the Eurovision song. Also it contains a high quality version of the music video.

Video: Fabrizio Faniello – I Do – MALTA Eurovision 2006 (ESC06) Entry

Earlier story:

Fabrizio Faniello came first in yesterday’s Go Mobile Malta Song for Europe 2006 with 7729 votes. Olivia Lewis came second with 7623 votes and Trilogy were third with 4954 votes. There was no jury and all votes were decided by televoting.

Last year, Chiara came first with her song ‘Angel’. At Eurovision last year, some Brits compared her jokingly to a Dr Who alien (slitheen). My guess is this year there will be a comment about other Dr Who enemies, the Cybermen, since the dancers do a ‘Tomb of the Cybermen’-like entrance!

Fabrizio already represented Malta in Eurovision with his song “Another Summer Night” (which like ‘I Do’ can heard on Maltese Music Internet radio) back in 2001. This year he will be going to the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 and representing Malta with his song “I Do”.

Congratulations to Fabrizio! Good luck for ESC2006!

Fabrizio was┬áthe special guest at the Cyprus National Eurovision Final on 22nd February;┬áthe special guest at the Bulgarian National Contest For Eurovison Song (Semi Final) in Sofia, Bulgaria on the 25th February; the┬áspecial guest at the Latvian National Eurovision Final “Eirodziesma 2006” on 11th March.

Goldrake’s Theme Found In Malta’s Eurovision Entry?

Malcolm Zammit wrote in today’s Times about how
Goldrake’s theme is apparently found in Malta’s Eurovision entry, On Again Off Again, by Philip Vella (seen in the faked photo with Goldrake) . I disagree actually and I cannot see that it was lifted – it’s sounds different to me. Also he is incorrect in saying┬áthat it plays only using Windows Media Player. I use Media Player Classic and it plays well just the same.

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He wrote:
One of the weekly highlights of my childhood in the late 1970s was huddling up in front of the TV with my cousins to watch Goldrake save the earth from alien attack.

This was one of the first UFO cartoons to hit our airwaves (courtesy of RAI).

Like many other childhood experiences, Goldrake was relegated to the nether regions of memory a long time ago. It rocketed back to consciousness when I heard On Again… Off Again . A few bars into our latest Eurovision Song Contest offering and anyone who remembers Goldrake’s Italian signature tune (Albertelli/Tempera/Bandini, 1978, Cetra) will immediately spot the uncanny resemblance.

You can download a video of the opening or closing of the Goldrake sequence at http://www.actarus.it/Robots/robots_file/goldrake/video.htm… (requires Windows Media Player) or listen to a midi-version at http://www.thejackal.it/index/goldrake.htm by clicking on the white box just below the headline.

I have also attached an image I have generated on my computer. I’m sure Philip Vella will take it lightly!

Malcolm Zammit”

Fans of Goldrake should know that a fan project is underway to produce a non-profit┬áGoldrake fan movie called “The Ufo” by the GTGroup. These are the same who created a fan movie for Lupin 3 (Called “1 MINUTE FOR AN HERO” by Telecioccaweb International from the original Warinhari-TCI motion picture “5 MINUTES FOR AN HERO”).

Some DVD’s are out of the original series yet they are in Japanese. There’s no demand for an english version yet an italian version should be out later this year.

Malta Ends up in 12th place in ESC2004, Ukraine Wins

Ukraine with their ‘cave-women’ dance won this years
Eurovision Song Contest (called quite rightly the campest show in the world). A large number of the acts including Ukraine were plain indecent or vulgar, and they couldn’t sing at all.

Most countries voted as usual for their neighbours…
People don’t vote for the best song but for the neighbour countries instead.

Julie and Ludwig represented Malta in this festival, with ‘On Again Off Again’. Malta ended up at 12th place which means we don’t need to do the semifinals or preselection next year. But we didn’t get the success we got with Ira Losco some years ago or with other singers such as Chiara…

Claire Agius read off Malta’s points, dressed like an indian woman. People abroad thought it was traditional Maltese dress, from some blog comments.

Somebody has actually made a ‘study’ on how countries vote for their neighbours in ESC:
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