Fabrizio Faniello has been chosen to represent Malta in the 51st edition of the Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Greece on the 20th May 2006. His song “I Do” was chosen among 18 competing songs in the go mobile Malta Song for Europe Contest. Fabrizio Faniello’s song, written by Aldo Spiteri and composed by Fabrizio himself garnered 7,729 votes. This is the second time Fabrizio will represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2001, he placed 9th when he represented Malta with the song “Another Summer Night”. |
Olivia Lewis placed second with the song “Spare a Moment” which landed itself 7,623 votes. Olivia was followed by Trilogy whose song “This Heart of Mine” earned 4,954 points. Similarly to 2005, this year’s Malta Song for Europe winner was decided solely by public televoting. The fourth and fifth places were awarded to J. Anvil’s “You Too” and Christian Arding’s “Stronger”.
This is the second time that the winner was chosen by the public, where Maltese residents had just 10 minutes to vote for their preferred song after watching performances of all 18 songs. Residents in Malta had the opportunity to vote three times through the same telephone line. Voting was also carried out via SMS. The final result was announced at around 0035 CET on Sunday.
Besides the 16 finalists chosen by the MaltaSong Board, Lara Azzopardi with her song “Stay with me” and duo Josef Tabone and Amanda Farrugia with their song “It just comes natural” were chosen through the Opportunity 2 Challenge competition. The challenge was launched by the MaltaSong Board in conjunction with TVM’s ShowTime ma’ Aceline.
Popular TV presenters Eileen Montesin, Josef Bonello and quite ironically Eurovision-proclaimed hater Lou Bondi hosted the show held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre and aired live on Malta’s national TV station TVM from 2030CET to 0045CET.
The televoting commenced at 1030CET. As the votes were counted, some of Malta’s most prominent entertainers took to the stage. Performances included Ray Calleja’s comic antics, and a band made up of well-known personalities and former Malta Song for Europe Contest winners Georgina, Claudette Pace, William Mangion, Mike Spiteri and others.
The band and singers performed five songs from the Beatles' vast repertoire as a tribute to John Lennon and W.A. Mozart. Slovenian representative Anžej Dežan sang “Plan B”, the song that will represent his country in the Eurovision Song contest. Chiara also sang three songs including “Angel” which won her the Malta Song for Europe 2005. Self-written and self-composed “Angel” allowed Chiara to place second in the Eurovision Song Contest held in Kiev, Ukraine which was won by Helena Paparizou’s “My Number One”.
Like Fabrizio Faniello, Chiara had already represented Malta in the Eurovision Song contest prior to 2005. After winning the Malta Song for Europe in 1998, she placed third in the Eurovision Song Contest with her song “The One that I Love”.
While MaltaMedia founder Toni Sant’s overall impression is that "the festival has finally gone to the dogs," he praises some "excellent pop singers". In fact Toni Sant has listed five acts as his favourites. The five (in no particular order) are Pamela, Christian Arding, Trilogy, Eleonor Cassar and Olivia Lewis. Anyone wanting to comment on this year’s festival can visit Toni Sant's Blog and post comments directly.
On Saturday afternoon MaltaMedia also published a special edition podcast in relation to the Malta Song for Europe on Toni Sant’s weekly Mużika Mod Ieħor series.
For more detailed information about Malta's participation in the Eurovision Song Contest see EurovisionMalta.com.
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