We’re staying in the Mediterranean as we move into the top half of my rankings and it’s that other country who are long-time entrants but yet to achieve a win – though they have come agonisingly close on several occasions. Eurovision without them just wouldn’t seem right – and they have not missed a contest since their return in 1991. They are the tiny island with a big heart – it’s Malta. Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #21 MALTA – Christabelle – “Taboo””
An enduring and enthusiastic presence at Eurovision, Malta has one of the longest unbroken streaks of appearances (stretching back to 1991). And while they are small in size (2nd smallest in geographical size, 3rd smallest in population in this year’s contest), they have punched above their weight with two runners-up spots in the past. They got a decent result last year (coming 12th in the final), can they repeat or build on that in 2017 for their 30th Eurovision appearance? Continue reading “Eurovision 2017 previews countdown: #41 MALTA – Claudia Faniello – “Breathlessly””
One of Europe’s and Eurovision’s smallest countries, this Mediterranean island state is one of Eurovision’s most enthusiastic participants. Since their return from a 16 year break in 1991, Malta haven’t missed a contest. While they have never won (yet) but have come desperately close on a number of occasions.
Continue reading “My top 5 songs from…Malta”
The first of the contest’s two Mediterranean island countries is up next and it’s one of Eurovision’s most enduring and endearing of contestants – Malta. Together with France, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, they’re one of the few countries never to have missed a contest since 1991. Between 1991 and 1998, they never finished outside the top 10, coming third twice. Then in 2002, they got even closer, finishing as runners up to that year’s winner, Latvia. The artist who took them to that runner up spot was none other than Ira Losco, this year’s entry. Can she go one better than last time?
Continue reading “Eurovision 2016 previews countdown: #17 MALTA – Ira Losco – “Walk On Water””
As expected, I had a fantastic time at the London Eurovision Preview Party 2016, held once again at Café de Paris.
I took some video clips of almost all of the performances. Do excuse the fact that I filmed them vertically rather than horizontally (I was holding a glass of wine in the other hand at the time) and also I appreciate it looks like I’m attempting to match J. J. Abrams for use of lens flare but one of the main stage backlights was directly shining towards me! Continue reading “London Eurovision Preview Party 2016 video clips part 1: Nicki French, Nicky Byrne, Kaliopi, Poli Genova and Ira Losco”
There are no less than seven artists making a return to Eurovision this year – that must be approaching some sort of record I would imagine. Since I’m still compiling the YouTube rankings (I’ll finish that this weekend) for the preview countdown, I thought I would keep Eurovision-fever going (well, my own anyway!) with a look back to the returning artists previous Eurovision experience. Continue reading “Eurovision 2016 returning artists part 1: Greta Salóme for Iceland and Ira Losco for Malta”