Yes, it’s that time of the year: the Eurovision Song Contest is happening this week! Perhaps non-Europeans are still oblivious to it, but for us Europeans (or at least many of us), this event is still a big thing, although not always for good reasons.
I never considered myself as a Eurovision fan but more as a curious follower who doesn’t want to miss the show, in case I find a good song or an artist that I could keep supporting after the contest. Something which, I must say, hasn’t happened very often in the last years.
So my attitude towards Eurovision is quite detached now: I don’t care who wins, I don’t care about my country’s performances, I just want to see the glitter, the kitsch, the Schlager and the drama.
Yet I still feel the need to dedicate some posts to this event, to show that, after all, it really did leave a mark on my musical memories.
The first of the series is a post listing my favourite entries ever from my country, Malta, who will perform in tomorrow’s semi-final.
Part 1 – My Top 5 Malta Eurovision Songs
5. Chris and Moira – More Than Love (1994)
They were the third male-female duo to represent Malta but the first one to be a couple in real life. Chris & Moira performed in Dublin and placed 5th with an enchanting song about the power of music. I have a fondness for the early 90s songs because, despite the quirky fashion, at least the contest was still taken seriously (and it had a live orchestra!).
4. Mary Spiteri – Little Child (1992)
Still considered as the queen of Maltese music by the nostalgics, Mary Spiteri brought Malta its first brush with victory, placing 3rd in Malmö, Sweden. This song still gives me goosebumps. Trivia: the final note of the song has been recorded as the longest ever in Eurovision history!
3. Ira Losco – 7th Wonder (2002)
She is considered as the current queen of Maltese pop. It’s no wonder (teehee) because she has dominated the local music charts and awards ever since she came back from Estonia, where she placed 2nd – Malta’s first 2nd place in Eurovision and third brush with victory. Ira wowed everyone with her semi-transparent white catsuit and catchy song, and today she is prepared to W. O. W. again because she is back in Eurovision (check below)!
2. Chiara – Angel (2005)
If this doesn’t make you tremble inside, you’re made of stone! On her second (out of three) time in the contest, Chiara gave Malta it’s 2nd and last second place. And she was really really really close to winning, but sadly she was beaten by Greece’s Helena Paparizou (who was awesome too).
1. Gianluca – Tomorrow (2013)
Probably most people think that no one can ever beat Chiara’s “Angel” as the best Maltese Eurovision entry, but my personal favourite is still Gianluca, the smiling doctor. Uoh-oh, oh-oh! This song was a breath of fresh air, in my opinion. It sounded fresh, happy, contemporary and good to be listened to on the radio. It placed 8th when the contest was held in Malmö again – Malta’s last top 10 finish to this day.
Chiara – The One That I Love (1998)
Acknowledging Chiara’s first time is a must. You can notice the big difference: she was timider as she was still practically a newbie. Yet her vocals were already outstanding. With a very simple setting and appearance, she was close to winning the contest, placing 3rd in Birmingham.
Kurt Calleja – This is The Night (2012)
Another fresh and contemporary song which should have perhaps fared better (passed the semis, but placed 21st). Apart from a catchy chorus, it had an interesting dance sequence which kept everyone guessing about how the hell it should be danced!
Joe Grech – Marija il-Maltija (1971)
I’m posting this just to show Malta’s first every entry in the Eurovision! The first entry and the first – out of three – last places (in a final). It was also the only song, together with the 1972 entry, to be sung in Maltese. It sounds very folksy, but it was perhaps already a bit outdated in the early 70s.
Malta’s entry for Eurovision 2016
Ira Losco – Walk on Water
I have to be honest: I was not fond of it at first, but now it’s growing on me. I think she can do very well. Good luck Ira, W. O. W. them. 🙂
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