Wednesday, November 19, 2014

ESC 2015 MALTA: THE PREDICTION - WHO'S IN, WHO'S OUT?

The Junior Eurovision song contest ended with Italy's victory in Marsa Shipyard's stage and the day after the rehearsals started for Malta Eurovision song contest, aka their national selection for the real thing in Vienna next May. A clever planning of using the same stage and venue for two different festivals - something that YLE did ages ago when hosting Euroviisut and Emma Gala (the Finnish Grammys) on same stage, but even on the same night! But that's another story...
Malta is also making propably a certain kind of history as they are having the second national final this year, as the one for 2014 was held on February 8, some nine months ago! The special guest for the final is none other than reigning Eurovision Queen Conchita Wurst. 
Twenty entries will battle the 14 final places on Friday night (see the running order below). Some previous entrants are trying to win again: Glen Vella (2011), Ludwig Galea of Trilogy (2004), Gianluca Bezzina of L-Ahwa (2013). Five total newcomers in the list while nine of them competed also in February....

I did a listen of the songs and here are my stars (5 for the ones I would be quite happy to hear in Vienna) and the ones I think will make the cut. As you can see what I think and want are quite different, but then what do I know? This said, a live performance can always make a huge change, make some songs shine and ruin the others. We will see on Friday's semifinal how they work out on stage. Anyways, Trilogy is my guilty pleasure and my wish. They are not doing exactly well on fan polls but then, the fans are not voting, are they? I would be thrilled if they won, just to shake up the fanbase a little ;-p And because I just adore that song! Same goes for Lawrence Gray. 
  1. HOME – LYNDSAY ***1/2
  2. COULD HAVE BEEN ME – IONA DALLI **
  3. STILL HERE – FRANKLIN **1/2
  4. RUSH – CHRISTABELLE *****
  5. FANDANGO – JESSIKA ***1/2
  6. CLOSED DOORS – CHRIS GRECH ***
  7. 12, BAKER STREET – KAREN DEBATTISTA *****
  8. SOMETHING IN THE WAY – DANIEL TESTA **1/2
  9. BREAKAWAY – GLEN VELLA ***1/2
  10. STOP HAUNTING ME – RAQUEL *****
  11. TAKE ME AS I AM – DOMENIQUE ***
  12. THE ONE THAT YOU LOVE – LAWRENCE GREY *****
  13. IT’S OK – DEBORAH C **1/2
  14. CLOSE YOUR EYES – DANICA ***
  15. SECRETLY – CORAZON ***
  16. BEAUTIFUL TO ME – L-AHWA **
  17. WARRIOR – AMBER ***1/2
  18. CHASING A DREAM – TRILOGY *****
  19. ONCE IN A WHILE – DOMINIC *1/2
  20. LOVE & LET GO – EKKLESIA SISTERS *1/2

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