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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Are You Experienced?

I'm blogging from the press centre at the Hartwell Arena in Helsinki, Finland. I'm here for the European Broadcasting Union's annual showcase, also known as the Eurovision Song Contest. On my arrival at Helsinki airport last night, I sensed that this year I can take some time to do a bit of mental stock-taking about why I give this song contest so much time and energy. It is a process that should take several months, possibly years. For now suffice it to say I'm not here for the songs.

My plan is to blog regularly while I'm here. I want to use my blog to keep track of the most salient moments during this year's EBU extravaganza. I can't wait to see the TV set-up in the arena, and later I may blog my thoughts on some of the better entries.

The one question I keep being asked over and over is the obvious one after last year's experience. Who will win this year's Eurovision Song Contest?

Unlike last year, there's no obvious winner this year. I explained this to Olivia this morning during her bubble bath. I also told her that I believe Malta has never had a better entry. She seemed pleased but our conversation ended there because the foam in her bath tub started subsiding.

So, who's it going to be this year? Yes, I know I'm biased, but I honestly believe that this time Malta has as good a chance as any other country doing its best in Helsinki.

Toni Sant at Eurovision 2007

Photo: Toni Sant (vetrina) at Eurovision Press Center by Frederick Zammit.


Anonymous Gordon Scicluna said...

Sorry to disappoint you Ton, but I have to insist that Malta had better entries in the form of Mary Spiteri, Mike Spiteri, Ira Losco and of course Chiara... I'm not really ok about this song and the drama in choreography around it.. Unfortunately I also disliked the music video... too much things happening... On the other hand I admire Olivia Lewis much more than any other singer who has ever represented us in the Eurovision. She's good actually very good. Again, I would have liked to see her made up and dressed better. Hopefully this year we'll get the backing vocals right because in playback they compliment Olivia perfectly. I think we'll make it to the final but then it's a gamble. 

12:30 PM, May 09, 2007

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