🇲🇹 what’s wrong with this island and cannot win the Eurovision Song Contest?
Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece)
EDITORIAL 🇲🇹 When Malta joined the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1971 the rankings were not good. Butt when they returned in the 90s the country bloomed in the scoreboard with lots of top five (and higher) rankings. In 1998, 2002 and in 2005 Malta lost the trophy almost the every last minute. Since the competition grew in 2004 Malta started to explore the contest more and more, experimenting with music styles and stage presentation. In 2014 the country got the horn to host their first ever Eurovision event by organising the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, a remarkable production which left the best impressions to everyone in Europe.
In the last 12 contests, Malta has only once reached the top 10, when Gianluca Bezzina finished eighth in 2013. Fabrizio Faniello, who had previously finished ninth in 2001, finished last in the 2006 final, and since then the country has failed to qualify from the semi-final round seven times, in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2017 and 2018. But it is clear that the Eurovision history has ben marked by the names of Chiara and Ira Losco.
Maltese television and their Eurovision team have shown significant evolution in the way they are producing their own national selection the latest editions of which can be described as a complete Eurovision production show which surely costs a lot. But money and ideas doesn’t seem to the the problem. Voices are not the problem in Malta. The island has extremely talented singers with amazing vocal skills although most of the times they need to read a Vogue or Madame Figaro to get a good styling.
Some argue that international authors involvement hurt the national selection and furthermore the outcome of Malta in Eurovision. Well it seems not to be true. Now what’s the problem? In my own personal opinion and without trying to be an expert is the songs. Now that’s hard to describe what I mean as I do not consider the Maltese songs bad (on the contrary most off the are amazing), but Malta has to understand that you need a tune that can brainwash the viewer to make him interested into watch and therefore vote for you. Fast food song, that is? No! I mean of a smart songs, maybe a gimmick, maybe a repetitive dance tune which can make it memorable.
OK, that was my opinion on the song. Let’s presume we have that song. Do we have any skilled and appealing singer in Malta to deliver the song on a Eurovision stage? Well at the moment we have limited options from my knowledge of the Maltese singers (speaking of artists who have never gone to Eurovision before). Brooke, Frank, Destiny, Gaia and Sebastian are the last hopes for Malta to get the trophy in Eurovision.
Sebastian Calleja, for me is an underestimated artist who is definitely not given the attention he deserves. Last year in Berlin I listen to this song (below) which was submitted and rejected in MESC. Seriously how ddi thy rejected that song from their national final? He is a hunk although he needs to be more natural in his moves and acquire some star quality during his performance but a good stage director can help him on that.
Now when its comes to Eurofans there are two favourites wee wanna se on a Eurovision stage. One of the best vocalists, Frank Calleja and one of the best “bitches watch out” Brook Borg. Both of them need a powerful song to smash the scoreboard.
But honestly if there is a true chance for the country to win even today is Destiny. Immediately when she turns 16 PBS must internally select her and send it to Eurovision. This girl is the proof of pure God’s talent generously given to a human being. I might be dreaming, I might have illusions but I feel Destiny is the girl who can hold the next Eurovision trophy almost by default and even if she just reads the phone book on stage!
I would finish this personal editorial with another wish. Malta should stop all this theatrical and artist video clips, huge productions which somehow end up in waste of money. They have done it and they have made their impact. Now it’s time for Malta to proceed to something minimal, futuristic… abstract.
Also Maltese broadcaster should start discussing with the government a real time plan for potential Eurovision hosting. Besides the amazing hotels, restaurants, fantastic food and extremely hospitable and flirt-friendly Maltese the island needs to be ready to move 15-26 delegation buses per day. In my opinion this would be impossible with the current standings. Regarding the venue, it’s time for Malta two build an arena. This would benefit the island not only for Eurovision but for hosting future international events.
Malta has it almost everything: food, hospitality, sexiness, beauties, nightlife, amazing drinks and summer all year long. Now a good brainwashing song, a promising venue, a better internet service in the island and transportation changes would make Malta a promise land for a Eurovision event. Been in the island so many times I can guarantee that a Eurovision event in Malta will be written with golden letters in the history of the contest.