Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007

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Eurovision Song Contest 2007
Country Malta
National selection
Selection processMalta Song for Europe 2007
Selection date(s)Semi-final
1 February 2007
Final
3 February 2007
Selected entrantOlivia Lewis
Selected song"Vertigo"
Finals performance
Semi-final resultFailed to qualify (25th, 15 points)
Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Malta was represented by Olivia Lewis in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 with the song "Vertigo". "Vertigo" has been described as an oriental flamenco pop song. The song was written by Gerard James Borg and composed by Philip Vella.

Olivia Lewis was born on 18 October 1978 and is most notable for her successful music career in Malta and her several attempts at representing the nation at the Eurovision Song Contest. Olivia first tried her luck at the Malta Song For Europe when she was only 14 years old. In 2004, 2005, and 2006, Olivia was the runner up with her songs "Take A Look", "Deja Vu", and "Spare a Moment".

Before Eurovision[edit]

The selection of the Maltese entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 took place over two stages. The first stage was the talent show Opportunity 2 where two entries qualified to compete in the second stage, Malta Song for Europe 2007.[1]

Opportunity 2[edit]

Opportunity 2 was a song competition developed by PBS for artists that have never competed in Malta Song for Europe. The competition consisted of fifteen songs competing over five semi-finals between 4 November and 9 December 2006 where the top five entries qualified to compete in the final on 17 December 2006.[1] The results were based on the votes of the jury (80%) and the results of the public televote (20%). All shows were hosted by Manuel Xuereb and Moira Delia and broadcast on Television Malta (TVM) during the programme Showtime.[2]

Shows[edit]

Fifteen songs competed over five shows between 4 November and 9 December 2006 for five qualifying spots in the final.

Draw Artist Song Songwriter(s) Result
Show 1 – 4 November 2006
1 Cherise Attard "Take My Hand" Andrew Zahra, Paul Callus Eliminated
2 Marilena Farrugia "Life" Marilena Farrugia Eliminated
3 Ann Marie Ellul "Shooting Star" Elton Zarb, Rita Pace Eliminated
Show 2 – 11 November 2006
4 Clifford Galea "Rhapsody" John David Zammit, Ray Mahoney Eliminated
5 Lourdes Borg "Listen to the Music" Elton Zarb, Rita Pace Eliminated
6 Isadora Debono "Blind Faith" Phyllisienne Brincat, Rita Pace Finalist
Show 3 – 18 November 2006
7 Dominic Cini "Forever" Dominic Cini, Rita Pace Eliminated
8 Kimberley Manicaro "Till Dawn" Charles Muscat, Vince Zammit Eliminated
9 Evita Magri "No Expiry Date" Evita Magri Finalist
Show 4 – 25 November 2006
10 Caroline Stapley "Not an Angel... Not a Devil" Philip Vella, Gerard James Borg Finalist
11 Damian Barbara "Blaze of Fire" Clinton Paul Eliminated
12 Jessica Magro "Simply for Me" Andrew Zammit, Joe Chircop Eliminated
Show 5 – 9 December 2006
13 Derrick Schembri & Yanika Fava "Come Away With Me" Elton Zarb, Rita Pace Eliminated
14 Mauro Kitcher "Unite" Augusto Cardinali, Giovann Attard Finalist
15 Julia Grima "Ice Queen" Mark Spiteri Lucas, Rita Pace Finalist

Final[edit]

The final took place on 17 December 2006. The five entries that qualified from the shows were performed again for two spots in Malta Song for Europe 2007.

Draw Artist Song Result
1 Isadora Debono "Blind Faith" Eliminated
2 Evita Magri "No Expiry Date" Eliminated
3 Caroline Stapley "Not an Angel... Not a Devil" Eliminated
4 Mauro Kitcher "Unite" Selected
5 Julia Grima "Ice Queen" Selected

Malta Song for Europe 2007[edit]

Malta Song for Europe 2007 was the national final format developed by PBS to select the Maltese entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007. The competition consisted of a semi-final and final held on 1 and 3 February 2007, respectively, at the Malta Fairs & Conventions Centre in the nation's capital city of Valletta. Both shows were hosted by Stephanie Spiteri and J. Anvil and broadcast on TVM.

Format[edit]

The competition consisted of sixteen songs competing in the semi-final on 1 February 2007 where the top six entries qualified to compete in the final on 3 February 2007. An international jury and the results of the public televote each had an equal stake in the result during the semi-final. In the final, the winner was determined solely by the public televote.

Competing entries[edit]

Artists and composers were able to submit their entries on 30 October 2006.[3] Songwriters from any nationality were able to submit songs as long as the artist were Maltese or possessed Maltese citizenship. Artists were able to submit as many songs as they wished, however, they could only compete with a maximum of one in the semi-final. 228 entries were received by the broadcaster. An international jury assessed the songs between 23 and 25 November 2006. On 26 November 2006, PBS announced a shortlist of 35 entries that had progressed through the selection process.[4] The fourteen songs selected to compete in the semi-final were announced on 9 December 2006.[5]

Semi-final[edit]

The semi-final took place on 1 February 2007. Sixteen songs competed for six qualifying spots in the final. In addition to the performances of the competing entries, the show also featured guest performances by 2006 Romanian Eurovision entrant Mihai Trăistariu performing "Tornerò", the YADA dance company and the local band Winter Moods.[6]

Draw Artist Song Songwriter(s) Percentage Place
1 Kevin Borg "Whenever" Jason Paul Cassar, Sunny Aquilina 7% 4
2 Annabelle "Nightwish" Philip Vella, Gerard James Borg 3% 12
3 Tarcisio Barbara "Places to Go" Tarcisio Barbara, Vince Zammit 5% 7
4 Claudia Faniello "L-imħabba għamja" Aldo Spiteri, Trevor Fenech, Claudia Faniello 5% 7
5 Rosman Pace "Rollercoster Ride" Rosman Pace 5% 7
6 Julia Grima "Ice Queen" Mark Spiteri Lucas, Rita Pace 3% 12
7 William Mangion "Forever Mine" Aldo Spiteri, Trevor Fenech 4% 10
8 Olivia Lewis "Vertigo" Philip Vella, Gerard James Borg 24% 1
9 Klinsmann Coleiro "She Gives Me Wings" Mark Spiteri Lucas, Rita Pace 9% 3
10 Julie Pomorsky "Look at Me" Philip Vella 2% 15
11 Daniela Delicata "Little Islands in Your Heart" Daniela Delicata 3% 12
12 Pamela "All About a Life" Paul Giordimaina, Fleur Balzan 7% 4
13 SCAR "As Long As You Know" Konrad Pulѐ 7% 4
14 Isabelle Zammit "My Love" Philip Vella, Gerard James Borg 4% 10
15 Mauro Kitcher "Unite" Augusto Cardinali, Giovann Attard 1% 16
16 Trilogy "Starlight" Paul Abela, Joe Julian Farrugia 10% 2

Final[edit]

The final took place on 3 February 2007. The six entries that qualified from the semi-final were performed again and the winner was determined solely by a public televote. The show was opened with guest performances by the YADA dance company and the 2006 Maltese Eurovision entrant Fabrizio Faniello performing "I Do", while the interval act featured performances by the Eurovision Song Contest 2004 winner Ruslana. After the results of the public televote were announced, "Vertigo" performed by Olivia Lewis was the winner with 30,977 votes.[7]

Draw Artist Song Televote Place
1 Kevin Borg "Whenever" 4,365 4
2 Klinsmann Coleiro "She Gives Me Wings" 7,550 3
3 SCAR "As Long As You Know" 2,103 6
4 Olivia Lewis "Vertigo" 30,977 1
5 Pamela Bezzina "All About a Life" 3,047 5
6 Trilogy "Starlight" 7,647 2

At Eurovision[edit]

Because Malta placed 24th (last) at the 2006 contest, Olivia was forced to compete in the semi-final. She came 25th with 15 points, failing to qualify to the Grand Final.

Points awarded by Malta[edit]

Points awarded to Malta[edit]

Points awarded to Malta (semi-final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Malta 2007".
  2. ^ "Showtime". Aceline Entertainment.
  3. ^ "Maltasong".
  4. ^ Floras, Stella (26 November 2006). "Song for Europe 2007 – First Phase results announced". Esctoday.
  5. ^ Klier, Marcus (9 December 2006). "Malta: the right list is published". Esctoday.
  6. ^ "Malta Song For Europe: Six songs chosen for final night". Malta Independent. 3 February 2007.
  7. ^ Karhapää, Ilari (4 February 2007). "Olivia Lewis to Helsinki!". Esctoday.

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