Go or Go Ahead
I've just finished watching a frantic (if that's the right word) edition of Xarabank featuring excerpts from each of the songs taking part in tomorrow's Malta Song for Europe contest. I heard the same clips on EurovisionMalta.com earlier, and at the risk of being labeled biased I'd say that I enjoyed EurovisionMalta.com much better than the TV show.
My overall impression is that the festival has finally gone to the dogs. Then again, I always thought that the whole event was a dog's dinner party. Still, I would be very unfair to the talented singers and song-writers if I dismissed everything and everyone.
There are a number of excellent pop singers. My favourite 5 acts in this year's contest are (in no particular order):
- Christian Arding
- Eleonor Cassar
- Olivia Lewis
Yes, Olivia remains among my top picks as a singer in this contest, but this year's song is far from the best she's had in the last 3 years.
There are also a number of musically interesting songs. My top 4 in this category are (in no particular order):
Reachin' Out - Pamela (Paul Giordimaina/Fleur Balzan)
This Heart Of Mine - Trilogy (Paul Abela/Joe Julian Farrugia)
Tell Me - Eleonor Cassar (Paul Giordimaina/Fleur Balzan)
Waves - Nadine Axisa (Vinne Vella Jr./Ray Tabone)
If I could be bothered to vote, my top 3 would be:
1: Reachin' Out - Pamela (Paul Giordimaina/Fleur Balzan)
2: Spare A Moment - Olivia Lewis (Ray Agius/Godwin Sant)
3: I Promise You - Manuel (Miriam Christine/Miriam Christine)
Yes, I know we can vote nine times in 10 mins, but I think that's just a fairly transparent scheme by some well-meaning commercial company to make lots of money on the gullible who think that televoting is the best thing since democracy was conceived in Athenian society. How deliciously ironic that the Eurovision Song Contest this year will take place in Greece.
Some lingering thoughts that will surely leave me once I take a walk on the brisk North Sea bay here in Scarborough:
I'm disappointed that Augusto Cardinali and Giovann Attard think that J.Anvil can win by simply reprising last year's song in a sequel called You Too.What do you think?
I was very excited about the idea that Miriam Christine wrote a song for Manuel. I'm not sure people will vote for the song, but I'm very pleased to see Miriam Christine descend on the festival again after her relative success ten years ago.
What to do in tomorrow's podcast. I'll probably just pick four songs worth hearing more than twice.
Curmudgeon? Me? Sure...if you must.