LIVE: MALTA DECIDES 2014
TA’QALI, MALTA – FILGĦAXIJA TAJBA MILL TA’QALI! GOOD EVENING FROM TA’QALI! Tonight PBS is holding the final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, live from the Malta Fair and Convention Centre in Ta’Qali! After yesterday’s semi-final, 14 songs remain in the race to win the honour of waving the Maltese flag in Copenhagen. The winner will be determined by an original combination of public televotes and jury votes. 6 judges, plus a 7th set of votes from televoting, will decide who will be the 27th Maltese contribution to the Eurovision Song Contest. The professional jury is composed of 5 international members.
The show will also feature prestigious guests: 2013 Eurovision winner Emmelie de Forest, 2014 Swiss entrant Sebalter, 2013 Junior Eurovision winner Gaia Gauchi and local band Winter Mood and comic duo Ġorġ u Pawlu. After what we saw yesterday evening, we can expect a high level production from PBS, as if the tiny Isle of Knights had decided to show Europe it was more than ready to host the 2014 edition of Junior Eurovision (and who knows, a senior edition soon). The hosts of the night are Eurovision veterans Ira Losco (2002) and Gianluca (2013) along with TV presenter Moira Delia. So get ready for an entertaining but loooong evening (you’ll soon discover that commercial breaks are a national sports in Malta!)
HOW TO WATCH
20:45 CET MALTA DECIDES 2014 MESC FINAL
. TVM (regional)
. www.tvm.com.mt/live/ (international)
. www.eurovision.tv/page/webtv (eurovision.tv)
THE BEST SONGS
Wayne Williams – Some Kind Of Wonderful
A nice simple ballad for Wayne. He has a nice voice and the musical arrangements make this quite nice. Could this stand out in the middle of 13 other entries? Nice reception in MFCC.
Franklin – Love Will Take Me Home
Franklin is definitely the best voice of the night! Those who enjoy classical ballads will love this one. The audience keeps clapping when the boy is reaching the high notes. That’s a bit old fashioned but superbly performed. He could easily be the dark horse tonight! Not sure though this song would do well in Copenhagen. (no need to speak about of the outfit problem)
Daniel Testa – One Last Ride
Here is the favourite of MESC 2014. A song that starts as a ballad and ends up as a dance track (and that’s what works at Eurovision). Good performance and HUGE reception in the arena. This song would need to be revamped since the musical arrangements are a bit messy and the staging should be improved too.
Jessika – Hypnotica
The second favourite of the contest. I know people who just love that one and already see it as the potential winner of Eurovision 2014. For sure the song is original and efficient and causes great reactions in the audience tonight. This electro-dance track could indeed do well in Copenhagen (if she wears another dress). We eventually have here the first modern, up to date song of this year’s MESC. Once revamped it could do very well on Eurovision stage.
Pamela – Take Me
A beautiful voice for a beautiful classical ballad. This a simple but moving performance that gets a very positive reaction from the arena.
Amber – Because I Have You
A simple traditional ballad from Amber. The voice is perfect and the performance is a very emotional one. This could even be a Disney song. It grows up to a powerful ending. Some would could it beautiful, others would say it’s boring!
THE WORST SONGS
Christabelle – Lovetricity
An uptempo song to start the competition. Powerful performance and staging for this dance track Chrisabelle and her dancers give a good performance but it’s a bit boring though (especially the chorus) and this doesn’t go anywhere.
Davinia – Brand New Day
One of the 3 favourites according to various fan sites, and the huge reception in the venue confirms this. A joyful song, even a bit childish, that would not have been out of place in the 1990’s. Sorry but we’ve entered the 21st century a few years ago.
Ryan Paul Abela – City Lady
After the first loooong commercial break here is a funky song that sounds like the opening of some US series from the 70’s. Ryan Paul gives a good performance but the lyrics are a bit poor though. No mention of the dramatic final note.
Sophie Debattista – Let The Sunshine In
We’ve survived the second commercial break marathon so now we can enjoy Sophie’s song. If we don’t focus of the colour of her hair this is quite a nice and perfectly performed folk song. Nothing special here though. It would get easily lost in Copenhagen. It reminds me of Denmark 2012 song with more rhythm.
Chris Grech – Oblivion
A nice powerful rock ballad with a nice strings introduction. Chris gives a perfect performance and has a great voice and the audience seems to love him. It’s a good song but not for Eurovision.
Deborah C – Until We Meet Again
Another joyful song with a 70’s tune. We’ve heard this type of song a million times, and it was years ago. It’s not bad, but it’s not good enough to win tonight I’m afraid.
Firelight – Coming Home
THE band of the night. An uptempo folk song, almost a country music hit that the audience does enjoy! The singer has a great voice but no way this song, though a good one, could do well at Eurovision.
DeBee – Pin The Middle
The last song of MESC 2014 is a catchy folk song, but it’s far too slow and repetitive I’m afraid, and I’m not even sure DeBee is not off key sometimes. There is definitely something which is not going right in this entry. The public loves it though.
AND WE HAVE A WINNER: FIRELIGHT WILL GO TO COPENHAGEN
RESULTS: 5/6 JURY – 1/6 PUBLIC
14 + 04 pts – Lovetricity – Christabelle
09 + 00 pts – Some Kind Of Wonderful – Wayne William
04 + 03 pts – Brand New Day – Davinia
16 + 00 pts – City Lady – Ryan Paul Abela
20 + 05 pts – Love Will Take Me Home – Franklin Calleja
31 + 10 pts – One Last Ride – Daniel Testa
11 + 00 pts – Let The Sunshine In – Sophie Debattista
06 + 01 pts – Oblivion – Chris Grech
28 + 00 pts – Until We Meet Again – Deborah C
06 + 12 pts – Hypnotica – Jessika
21 + 06 pts – Take Me – Pamela
56 + 07 pts – Coming Home – Firelight
30 + 02 pts – Because I have You – Amber
38 + 08 pts – Pin The Middle – DeBee