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Sunday, May 21, 2006

Hard Rock Hallelujah

I told you so!! ;-)

Wake up and smell the coffee.

Now hear this:Only Xtruppaw can bring the Eurovision to Malta.

Blogger Kenneth said...

Ton, will you send me via e-mail next Wednesday's Super 5 numbers? 

12:09 AM, May 21, 2006
Blogger Krystle said...

kellek ragun Toni:) 

12:37 AM, May 21, 2006
Blogger G said...

Ahjar u leave Athens ASAP and don't say that you're Maltese.

And don't mention Switzerland! 

12:52 AM, May 21, 2006
Blogger Caska said...

oh well! I sing loudly HARD ROCK HALLELUJAH too tonight since I played u-bet on Finland and for the first time in my life I won something!!! nothing much, just a mere Lm10 enough to pay the parking ticket I got last week at Sliema!

... I think it is useless blaming the countries voting for neighbours etc .. when we got good placings (Mary Spiteri, Chiara twice and Ira ... ) we were an island without neighbours as we are today no? ... It was just tough luck! we'll see next year (literally translated from Maltese!) ...

Try pushing Xtruppaw into competing Ton! Maybe they will become Malta's Eurovision heroes!! you looked great on tv last Friday Ton! ;-) *wink* keep it rocking ... 

1:01 AM, May 21, 2006
Blogger Coemgen said...

Ghandek xi sfera tal-kristall int jew?!?!?! 

1:02 AM, May 21, 2006
Blogger Athena said...

Haha have to say the festival was fun this year. We didn't REALLY listen to anything (except Fabrizio and he was terrible) cos we were happily gossiping, yakking and being generally boisterous:) Finland's entry was amusing though. Kieku jien Fabrizio laqqas nersaq lejn Malta ghada. 

1:38 AM, May 21, 2006
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Toni, once again I am disappointed in you. Lordi won on the ticket of a vote against Eurovision. If you propose Xtruppaw as our next entry youare doing them a great diservice. Lordi got their way, they bashed a shit contest for 15 minutes of fame. Let's lave this sorry tale behind now shall we! 

1:53 AM, May 21, 2006
Blogger Il-Fre said...

Ejja ton,ahnanimxu warajk hehehehehe 

2:01 AM, May 21, 2006
Blogger Peklectrick said...

Since you like to use song names for your blog titles, I was half expecting you to honour the Hives...But i'm sure you don't hate saying it...:)

Wish I saw Claudette Pace's face during the results... 

12:08 PM, May 21, 2006
Anonymous Doc said...

Well done for your prediction Toni! I have to disagree with Caska. The last placing had nothing to do with tough luck. The song was hopeless - how long did they take to write and record that garbage - 30 minutes? These days any music hobbyist with a PC and the right software can do better than that...
And Fabrizio sang terribly. He was constantly out of tune and you couldn't understand a word he was singing (maybe that's a good thing or we might have lost even that one point!)

Perhaps the organisers should be worrying less about waistcoats and dancers... QUALITY is important and will always guarantee some degree of success. At the very least quality breeds RESPECT... 

12:25 PM, May 21, 2006
Anonymous HelloKitty said...

Eurovision songs which are chosen to represent a country are based on a pre-defined equation based on the previous year's winners. Lordi made fun of the whole conventional Eurovision barrier. Though Xtruppaw may be chosen because of their difference from more 'conventional' Maltese singers, it would still be running the usual equation because, again, they would be based on this year's winners' attitude.
Xtruppaw are fine as they are and don't NEED the Eurovision to make a name for themselves! 

12:59 PM, May 21, 2006
Anonymous Chris said...

So you were right after all!

It was nice to see you're all fine and well. 

2:05 PM, May 21, 2006
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kenneth, tactical voting for neighbours does affect the results. As Terry Wogan said when Ira Losco came second, she would have won if Malta had neighbours voting for it. Malta's entry this year was lacklustre but it shouldn't have come last. There were worse songs. The vote-rigging does annoy people in Britain too, and the only reason Britain stays in is because it is committed to putting money in the project 

3:10 PM, May 21, 2006
Anonymous Xpalman said...

KELLEK RAGUN. l-aim li kelli jin u 4
timginen ohra kin li:
1. Jirbhu lordi
2. Jitlef fabrizio
3. Jigi lahhar fabrizio
4. Jahlu it 12 il punt tal vot.
MONTESIN, U PEPPI AZZOPARDI... xi tronga ta nies huma dawk.

5:37 PM, May 21, 2006
Blogger Girbi said...

I only have a few words to say;

1. This should be the lesson that we have to learn: DON'T TAKE EUROVISION SERIOUSLY!

2. This is what you get when you have a rigged televoting session in the Malta final.

3. Rock still rules.

4. Serves you all right. My only disappointment is that a bunch of bloodsuckers are touring places from our taxes in the name of the Eurovision Song. Just look at the faces of those who went there. Win or lose, they still smile. And how!!! 

5:38 PM, May 21, 2006
Anonymous susan galea said...

Fabrizio's performance on the night was out of tune. I don't know who was responsible for his clothes , but he looked like a gay highwayman. The vocals were drowned by the backing. The dancers were a throwback to the 8o's. Fabrizio pouted and posed in an incredibly camp , peculiar manner.The song was weak, he has ability, but without the right material...

The joy of someone like Chiara is that she has a timeless voice, and will shine through dint of natural ability, and enormous confidence.

The Eurovision Song Contest this year pointed up the need to appeal to the current taste in music, and not to try to pander to the Eurotrashy-"soppeyness" of past winners. 

5:39 PM, May 21, 2006
Anonymous Anonymous said...

u ahsbu ftit fl-eluf ta' liri li ntefqu biex gibna dak il-PUNT. minjaf kemm setghu saru hafna aktar affarijiet iktar utli b'dawk il-belliliri. 

6:05 PM, May 21, 2006
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi Ton... Manchester kont daqsxejn hara l-ajruport, imma niftakar tghidli sewwa l-pronostiku... burp! prosit. Xtruppaw for Eurovision! 

6:07 PM, May 21, 2006
Blogger Kenneth said...

"Kenneth, tactical voting for neighbours does affect the results. As Terry Wogan said when Ira Losco came second, she would have won if Malta had neighbours voting for it."

Dear Anon., where do I come in into all this? I didn't mention any neighbouring countries scratching the others' backs... 

2:44 AM, May 22, 2006
Blogger Erezija said...

While I am glad that Malta fell flat on her face this year, the sad thing is that now the government will pump double the funds. 

9:54 AM, May 22, 2006
Blogger Erezija said...

re. Xtruppaw at the Eurovision... what are you thinking Ton? You want the band to lose every ounce of credibility? mela m'ahniex jew? 

9:55 AM, May 22, 2006
Anonymous Graz said...

Toni, kellek ragun fuq Lordi!!I did not think Malta had a winning song imma ma kienitx li tigi l-ahhar anqas ta.Kemm nehduh bis-serjeta dan il-marelli Eurovision!!Just visited FF's website - miskin immassakrawh tifel u dejjaqni hafna l-iskoss kliem hazin u insulti personali fuqu u fuq il-familja tieghu.Kemm ghadna lura hawn Malta - ma nafux naghmlu kritika kostruttiva.Meta rajtek fuq Xarabank sirt naf li missieri jafek ghax kien jahdem mieghek - Karmenu tal-Licenzji.Qalli biex inselli hafna ghalik. 

10:42 AM, May 22, 2006
Blogger david said...

Tinsewx li r-Russu liebes l-Abanderado bin-nisa bojod hergin mill-pjanu gie t-tieni... imma hemm ahna... wara snin ta' 'I do' u 'unuri ghall-pajjizna'...

"Malta should begin to reconsider the type of songs it chooses to send to the Eurovision Song Contest and be more adventurous in its choice, Maltasong chairman Robert Abela said in the aftermath of the island's dismal standing yesterday". 

11:44 AM, May 22, 2006
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mr. toni sant: after all these years living overseas one would think that you'd know better.

why are you still obsessed with malta anyway?

time to move on my friend.

wake up and smell the coffee indeed. its a big and far more interesting world out there. 

3:33 PM, May 22, 2006
Anonymous alexia said...

Well done! You predicted correctly.... Make way to Malta's own Nostradumus :) 

3:56 PM, May 22, 2006
Blogger Raphael Vassallo said...

I think Abstrass should be our next entry. Erich il-Punk makes Lordi the Orc look like a hobbit. 

4:44 PM, May 22, 2006
Anonymous Teuvo Kemppainen said...

Crying helps nothing, only trying the better next time.We
are not used to get anything easily here in the North, we have paid our
independence and place in Europe by blood, tears and very hard work and
now we don't cry. Last night was ours and we were the winners. Welcome
to Helsinki in the next year. 

8:02 PM, May 22, 2006
Blogger emillugrukkbewlblilma said...

hija hasra li f'din id-dinja trid tkun buffu biex tibqa mfakkar

u buffu minghajr cajta biex tghaxxaq l-alla....ghax anke l-buffi bl-gheruq u x-xniexel tlifna.

ifhem...jien ma narax bahar jaqsam bejn Faniello u l-Abstrass ta.

ViVA L-Medjokrita!!!!! 

8:05 PM, May 22, 2006
Anonymous vince zammit said...

Kellna bzonn nitghallmu il lezzjoni..ghalijja hijja rebha
muzikali..Dejjem emmint li diska irid ikollok pakkett
wiehed..muzika,lirika u vuci..imma ahna bqajna mwahhlin bil pakkett tal LOOKS..kellna
bzonn li naraw l'organizzaturi tal festival ikunu aktar attenti tad diski
li jaslu finali.Kont esperjensajt festival jien...ghanja tal poplu
2004..kellna diska rockish..zammewlna is sound baxx(ghax playback)..meta
morna nipprotestaw qalullna ghax in-nies jghalqu widnejhom u inwaqqaw il
livell..kellna diska favorita li tirbah..spiccajna hadna l'aqwa tema
socjali ghal lirika biss...Imma jekk qed issegwi l'festivals hawn malta
qed naraw dejjem l'istess ucuh,anzi jekk ghandek xi programm fuq it
televizjoni ghandek 60fil mijja 'CHANCE'li tkun f'xi festival maggur.. 

8:08 PM, May 22, 2006
Anonymous mal said...

Don't really have anything to say but the word verification is 'zubbi' and I thought it would be a crime to waste it.

Yay for Xtruppaw - Pity for Lithuania - Fab did ok miskin but should change song title to 'I didn't'. 

12:29 AM, May 23, 2006
Blogger jayg said...

U were right!!!! Seeing u on Bondi Plus now... haha U promoted ur site ..good for you !!! I wud have done the same!
Btw I didnt like the lordi song..:) and i predicted the opposite ..hehe 

9:57 PM, May 23, 2006
Blogger Chris Grillo said...

Hi Toni, il-Grillo hawn...konna l-iskola flimkien. Jiena rbaht il-flus li Lordi ha jirbhu! Kienet l-unika diska bis-sens! Wasal iz-zmien li il-'cash cows' bhal montesin,peppi u bella kumpannija, jisparixxaw minn quddiem wiccna!


10:06 PM, May 23, 2006
Anonymous Anonymous said...


10:18 PM, May 23, 2006
Blogger Robert Galea said...

I fell for your advert on Bondi+! 

10:18 PM, May 23, 2006
Anonymous emmeline said...

jien mill-ewwel hadt grazzja maghhom u lilhom issaportjajt matul il-eurovision kollu! u lilhom ivvutajt ukoll! nghidilhom proset u li kellhom song f**kin sabiha!!!!! jien qatt ma bsart pero li ha jirbhu huma! twani risposta imma! Kien gruop tajjeb u kellhom song tajba kif ukoll il-performance! 

10:47 PM, May 23, 2006
Blogger fatti said...

chairman should have some dignity and resign.
he could not ensure the right clothes, he could not ensure that fab rehearsed, because in his own words he could not sing and dance at the same time. then he said that we take the eurovision too seriously......come on. now he says that.
insomma, excuses, excuses excuses.RESIGN AND BE HONORABLE 

10:54 PM, May 23, 2006
Anonymous Stealth said...

Well what can I say about this year's Eurovision Carnage.....

1) Lordi deserved to win from day one since they stole the limelight of Europe and beyond....and their song was actually good if you ignore their hellish looks. Well done Lordi!

2) Fabrizio did a great job too and the whole organising team deserve praise for their hard work. Pity their song marketing strategy was off the mark....the result speaks for itself!!

3) Time and time again we are being shown that in the Eurovision there is no pattern that can be followed. The Maltese did well to televote for Fab's I DO which was quite a departure from Chiara's slow and romantic Angel. However, it is clear that the hidden power of Rock triumphed successfully this year. It was a niche waiting to be exploited and Lordi were the pioneers.

4) I guess that for next year's festival, local composers and authors should do a bit of research and identify key trends that were never explored and i am sure that with all the gifted artists we have on the island, this is not a hard task to achieve......

As a closing comment, my vote to Lordi was spot on and now they are 50c richer.

Ton, keep up the good work, it's nice to re-discover a person with fresh modern ideas that might actually help not hinder (Grace Borg please note!!) 

11:51 PM, May 23, 2006
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you were so irritating on Bondi plus- i suggest you stick to blogging. 

10:09 AM, May 24, 2006
Anonymous D said...

LORDI!!!!!!!! ilni l ismajt id diski taghhom u maghhom zammejt...KUNTENT hafna 

12:20 PM, May 24, 2006
Anonymous michelle said...

Prosit Ton kemm tkellimt tajjeb kull fej kont mistieden din il-gimgha. Ippruvajt tiftah ghajnejn min hu kkuncernat ghal kif jistghu jsiru differenti l-affarijiet darb'ohra, izda wisq nibza li dan qed jaqa fuq il-proverbjali widejn torox. Oh well, plus ca change! Pero`, ha nkun ottimista fl-istess hin u nghid li ghandi feeling li se tkun mistieden tkun konsulent lil-maltasong wara Gunju...nghodduha bhala previzjoni tieghi din? Sahhiet u prosit talli qed tipprowvi lil Xtruppaw (pero mhux ghall-ewrovixin ta!)! Quite a revelation! michelle 

1:58 PM, May 24, 2006
Anonymous Alexia said...

avolja kellhom diska u show sabih il-Lordi, Fabrizio xorta QATT ma kien haqqu l-ahhar post.
Thank You

2:55 PM, May 24, 2006
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"mr. toni sant: after all these years living overseas one would think that you'd know better.

why are you still obsessed with malta anyway?

time to move on my friend."

My sentiments entirely! For someone who's left Malta you keep banging on about it as if you are still a permanent resident! And there's nothing worse than endless negativity from beyond the Malta shoreline from someone who was born and brought up in Malta, yet alone someone so allegedly attached the broadcasting and music scene sometime ago!

Give it a break will you! 

3:16 PM, May 24, 2006
Blogger Chalee said...

Il-logika ta' 'mostri + ghajjat annimalesk' wasslet ghar-rebha tal-lordi. Ergo, is-sena d-diehla nibghatu l-grace borg tkanta. 

9:39 PM, May 24, 2006
Anonymous Anonymous said...

aw, prosit ton jin bhalek adt li il fillandja tehoda ax jinn tegobni il muzika rock u l metal. il euro vision b dawn it tip ta diski mux qed jitlef is sens tijaw bhall ma qalu hafna izda b hekk il euro vision sar al kulhadd u mux al min ihobb balad u pop. 

10:25 AM, May 25, 2006
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good advert on Bondi ... first and last time I saw that wanna be musician's program, i'll get back to foreign stations again.

Re resignations for coming last, first in Malta no one resigns for a good reason let alone for a bad reason. Resigning now would mean that the hype and fuss for this entertaining only contest is worth it.

Its a goverment appointed commission who work hard for peanuts, I pity all of them but cannot blame them for the 1 point... the people of malta voted for the BUSHY Eyebrows fellow in the first place, the committee did what they could with a hopeless package..true money was speant nbut at least we're all entertained.

one question maybe someone knows... how many ministers welcomed their singers back at the airport? with VIP service.. interesting to know how low can we go....:) 

4:41 PM, May 25, 2006
Anonymous Kelly said...

i just wanted to congratulate you on hitting the nail on the head in the programme "Bla Agenda". You were
absolutely right about the internet promotion. In my opinion, besides the fact that i personally think that Fabrizio was awful on stage, the promotion that was done on him was not proper. This year it was a DOUBLE VICTORY..... one for ROCK MUSIC and one for the INTERNET !!!! Maybe some day the maltese will realize how powerful the internet is .... 

8:52 PM, May 25, 2006
Anonymous Rarrina said...

"Il-logika ta' 'mostri + ghajjat annimalesk' wasslet ghar-rebha tal-lordi. Ergo, is-sena d-diehla nibghatu l-grace borg tkanta."

HA HA! Good one!! kif ma tishix tidher quddiem in-nies dik il- hammalla! 

9:57 PM, May 25, 2006
Anonymous Victoria Tonna said...

I voted for LORDI and i'm so proud of it. I also believe that ur a very intelleigent person. I really would like that LorDi come to Malta and meet them, i'm a big fan of them know. They
brought rock to the eurovision FINALLY!!! 

2:51 PM, May 26, 2006
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For heavens sake!

It was the people of Malta who voted for the singer in the first place, now everyone's moaning because some here today forgotten tomorrow Finnish rock band won!

It's a sing-song contest - not the infamous Malta General Election!

You aren't the only county to have ever scored badly ... the UK (the beloved British!) have done a lot worse than you guys over the years!

I dread to think what you'd do if something really serious happened!

There really is more to life than the joke that is the EuroVision Song Contest - and how come you, a bloke who's no longer physically longer in Malta, is so bothered anyway.

Perhaps you should spend a little time devoting yourself and your blog to English affairs and leave the Maltese to get on with it!!! 

3:14 PM, May 26, 2006
Anonymous Adrian Fabri said...

Dear Tony

Having heard your opinion about euro-'vision'!! on some local tv stations lately.....for sure we need someone like you to express the interest for the real genuine & mental ( il-ftit) maltese minority....sometimes i think how cheap we are. Thanks god mn'alla hadt ma jifimna bil-malti...
For sure you will get my Numero uno if you decide to go for next MEP elections. Keep it up Toni l Malti 

6:14 PM, May 26, 2006
Anonymous geoffrey vella said...

you were right, Lordi won. This contest is just a gimmick. Actually i am not a fan of this stupid contest but what happen to our "singer",m in my opinion, is the result of the so-called "maltinismu".

You remember when he won the song for europe contest? It was like an
election victory. So-called presenters making victory signs and gestures of combat. i think that when our country is to be represented in these sorts of events, politics have to remain aside. bye and well done. 

6:30 PM, May 26, 2006
Blogger Coemgen said...

"Il-logika ta' 'mostri + ghajjat annimalesk' wasslet ghar-rebha tal-lordi. Ergo, is-sena d-diehla nibghatu l-grace borg tkanta."......fis-sakra ukoll:))) 

8:42 AM, May 28, 2006
Anonymous Vince said...

Prosit Toni. Ma kontx naf min inti pero rajtek fuq Xarabank u fuq Bla Agenda u naqbel hafna mieghek fuq l-Eurovision.
Prosit ukoll tal-Blog -impressjonanti - nerga nidhol fih zgur. Babaj... 

4:05 PM, May 28, 2006
Blogger JawnBC said...

Well done Lordi. And poor Fabbie: the curse of the bad earpiece (it does happen, especially for shows like this). But Lordi didn't bring rock to Eurovision: last year Wig Wam did.

It's a typical pattern in Eurovision: someone brings something new and does OK. A year or two later someone takes it up a notch and wins. Think Gina G in 96 (electronic dance track) and Dana International in 98.

The good news is Scandipop might finally be dead: of 4 obvious tracks, only Sweden's did OK (6th), the rest (Estonia, Belgium, Malta) tanked. 

5:32 PM, June 09, 2006
Anonymous Marcos said...

Cool SPIN add feature! Try getting more features on these kick ass tune underground bands! keep rocking \m/ Feed Ur Mind and send METAL TO EUROVISION!!! 

11:46 AM, June 12, 2006

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