Singing this song
My earlier concerns about the Malta Song for Europe blew over this morning after MaltaMedia acquired a CD with all 22 songs taking part in tonight's Song for Europe contest. We even received a verbal apology (of sorts) for the delay.
The songs are now available for on-demand web streaming via EurovisionMalta.com.
The televoting process for the winner makes predicting who could win a veritable gamble. There are too many variables that could work against a worthy song or in favour of a less deserving song.
Here's my pick for top 10:
(in order of appearance during the final night)
The best 5 songs according to Toni Sant:
(i.e. songs I would vote for, in order of preference)
1. Déjà vu - Olivia Lewis
2. Words Of Love - Nadine & Fiona
3. Angel - Chiara
4. Don't Tell It - Fabrizio Faniello
5. There For You - Leontine & Roger
Don't hold your breath! I doubt that either one of these five songs will actually be the winner, but I'm certain that one of them will be the runner-up.
Words of Love from Paul Giordimaina and Fleur Balzan is a fine rock ballad. Nadine & Fiona deliver it well. Chiara remains one of the best pop singers to ever grace the Maltese music scene. Fabrizio Faniello sings a beautifully crafted song from Georgina and Paul Abela to perfection, as do Leontine & Roger; Don't Tell It and There for You show that the Abelas still know how to write a decent love song.
My personal favourite remains Olivia Lewis. If she doesn't win this year I truly believe that she should give up on the Eurovision Song Contest. I'm still raving about her song from 2003, Starting Over. What a great song! I can't believe that song lost to let To Dream Again sung by Lynn Chircop acquire the lowest number of points for Malta at any edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. This year Olivia is singing a song by the Vella/Borg winning duo. The song has a very magical moment when the chorus sings in Maltese while she goes on in English. Vella/Borg used phrases in Maltese for Desire which took my good buddy Claudette Pace to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2000.
The troublemaker in me prays for one of the songs written by non-Maltese composers/authors to win. Yet it would be a sweet victory indeed if one of my top 5 made it to Kiev this spring.
Listen to the songs on EurovisionMalta.com and feel free to let me know if you dis/agree with me.
Personal notes for my friends...
for Paul Giordimaina: Play On is up their with all those Maltese songs you know I love so much. Why waste it on the Eurovision contest? This is a classic case of pearls for swines! And by the way, where did you find that Pamela? She's sounds heavenly.
for Augusto Cardinali: You're one of the most innovative pop composers to ever walk the streets of Malta. This year's Song for Europe is brightened beyond belief by your cute tune...and the arrangement is divine! Your song didn't make either of my two lists for the simple reason that it really is in a class of its own.