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Coming Home


I’ve been asked to comment about the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest but I find myself at a time in my professional career where I am once again distancing myself from this annual television event.

Unlike recent years, I am not active within the Eurovision Research Network at the heart of things as they play out in Copenhagen. I haven’t even blogged about the event or made any special mention about it on my weekly Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast.

The only thing I’ve done is agreed to give some comments about “controversial” aspects of the Eurovision Song Contest to my good friend Marlene Scicluna for SBS Radio in Australia. You can listen to the conversation/interview here:

And, in case you’re wondering, I think Malta has a decent entry this year with Firelight’s Coming Home, but I’m not expecting them to do much better than last year’s entry. That’s not due to any major shortcoming from the performers but just an honest “informed” opinion, for whatever it’s worth.


Cucurucu


Show notes for the 369th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Ira LoscoThe Way It’s Meant to Be

Alex AldenJust Like You

Julie PomorskiTabula Rasa
One of the 50 songs that didn’t make it through to the semifinal of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014 by one of my favourite Maltese singers, written with one of my old collaborators, Augusto Cardinali. What do you make of it?

Joe George MicallefDestination Unknown (The world is my concern)

Freddie CallsThe Watcher

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Carry On


Show notes for the 368th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Here are the songs I picked from the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014 as the ones I would have included anyway on a Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast, even if they were not taking part in the contest. I wonder how they’ll do with the judges and televoting public, but then again it doesn’t really matter…at least not for this podcast.

Malta Eurovision Song Contest

Feel free to leave your comments about my picks or share yours with us here.

The RSS feed for the Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast is available here or you can simply click here to subscribe directly with iTunes. You can also follow each new episode through the MMI Podcast: Facebook Fan Page. An archive of MMI podcast is also available on Mixcloud. If you have no idea what any of this means, just enjoy listening to the podcast on the player right below this text.


So Far Away

Show notes for the 328th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

This is a special edition focusing on entries from the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2013. While not particularly concerned with picking or commenting on this year’s song selection, this podcast features Toni Sant’s picks based on comments made on this week’s show and elsewhere. As such, this podcast was released ahead of the final selection show where Malta picked this year’s entry to the Eurovision Song Contest.

Songs featured on this podcast:

Chris GrechNever Walk Away

Gianluca BezzinaTomorrow

AmberIn Control

Claudia FanielloWhen It’s Time

Janice DebattistaPerfect Day

Kevin BorgNeeding You

If you’re after my commentary on the contest itself, rather than the songs I most enjoyed from this year listen to this podcast from SBS Radio, produced by Marlene Galea during my recent visit to Australia:

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Can You Feel the Love Tonight

Now that Malta has made it to the 2012 Eurovison Song Contest final, it’s time to see how well the Maltese entry places during the pan-European voting this evening.

Here are some comments I gave to Marlene Galea at SBS Radio [in Maltese] ahead of tonight’s final.

The only prediction I’m willing to make at this point (ahead of the start of the TV show) is that Sweden’s Euphoria sung by Loreen will win the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest unless Russia’s Party For Everybody with Buranovskiye Babushki creeps in beyond Italy’s L’Amore è Femmina by Nina Zilli from second place to first place.

Here are my top 10 picks, ahead of the official voting period, in approximate order of predicted success:

    1. Sweden
    2. Russia
    3. Italy
    4. Estonia
    5. Cyprus
    6. Bosnia & Herzegovina
    7. Serbia
    8. France
    9. Malta
    10. Albania

This selection is for entertainment purposes only and should be taken with more than a pinch of sodium benzoate. This is to say, I know that I have picked at least 3 songs/countries that will not be in the final top 10 placings.

Which ones did you pick? I managed to guess 7 out of the top 10 and was quite off with Albania and Serbia in terms of placing. My picking Malta, France, Bosnia & Herzogovina, and Cyprus was misguided and the voting public and judges picked Azerbaijan, Turkey, Spain and Germany.


Love To Love You Baby

Kurt Calleja and his team have just given Malta’s best Eurovision stage performance since 2007. I’m comfortable saying that Malta deserves to the in the final this year. adding Amber to the act was a good move as was the synchronized dance steps.

Judging from the rest of the songs on the second semifinal I think it would have been dumb luck if Malta was not in the semifinal.

Here’s my pick for the 10 countries making it to the final from semifinal 2 (selected live as it happened):

  • Serbia
  • Malta
  • Portugal
  • Ukraine
  • Bulgaria
  • Sweden
  • Estonia
  • Slovakia
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Lithuania

This selection is for entertainment purposes only and should be taken with more than a pinch of sodium benzoate.

Well, Macedonia, Turkey and Norway made it through rather than my picks Portugal, Bulgaria and Slovakia.

Oh, and Malta is in the final again for the first time since 2009! That’s obviously national headline news in Malta for the next couple of days.

Let’s see how it goes at the final on Saturday.


How Deep Is Your Love?

So it’s time for the Eurovision Song Contest again. I’m not in Baku to watch the contest unfolding as I’ve done in recent years, but I’ve given my comments about what’s ahead to SBS Radio [in Maltese] and I don’t really have much to add just yet. Enjoy the show:

And for what it’s worth here are the 10 countries I think will make it to the final from the first semifinal, in order of appearance.

  • Iceland
  • Greece
  • Albania
  • Romania
  • Israel
  • San Marino
  • Cyprus
  • Russia
  • Austria
  • Ireland

This selection is for entertainment purposes only and should be taken with more than a pinch of sodium benzoate.

UPDATE: Moldova, Hungary, and Denmark made it though rather than Israel, San Marino, and Austria. So I got 7 out of 10. How well did you do with your own picks?

Let’s see how it goes with semifinal 2 on Thursday.


No One

Show notes for the 285th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta. This is a special edition dedicated to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012.

This are my picks from this year’s songs competing to be Malta’s entry to the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, Azerbaijan. This selection is merely a reflection of my personal tastes and likes rather than any direct bearing to the contest itself. There are a couple of other songs I could have included, but I’ve gone with these. I’d also be incredibly pleased if any of these songs actually ended up in the top 3. If I had to pick just one it would be Francesca Borg singing Take Me Far; she has finally found the perfect song for her amazing voice. That song gives me goosebumps every time I hear it!

Here are the songs featured in this podcast, in order of appearance:

  • Wayne MicallefTime (Wayne Micallef)
  • CorazonMystifying Eyes (Paul Giordimaina/Fleur Balzan)
  • Francesca BorgTake Me Far (Marco Debono/Doris Chetcuti)
  • KlinsmannNo Way Back (Paul Abela/Klinsmann Coleiro/Jonathan Spiteri)
  • AmberAnswer With Your Eyes (Ray Aguis/Alfred C. Sant)
  • Annalise EllulWhoop It Up! (Elton Zarb/Deo Grech)

I’ll be giving some more comments to SBS Radio in Australia in the coming days, so I’ll update this post at that point to reflect some of that too, along with a link to their podcast.

The Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012 will place at the MFCC in Ta’ Qali and broadcast live on TVM on Friday 3 & Saturday 4 February 2012.

The RSS feed for the Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast is available here or you can simply click here to subscribe directly with iTunes. You can also follow each new episode through the MMI Podcast: Facebook Fan Page or on MySpace. If you have no idea what any of this means, just enjoy listening to the podcast on the player right below this text.