Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014

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Eurovision Song Contest 2014
Country  Malta
National selection
Selection process Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014
Selection date(s) Semi-final:
7 February 2014
Final:
8 February 2014
Selected entrant Firelight
Selected song "Coming Home"
Finals performance
Semi-final result Qualified (9th, 64 points)
Final result 23rd, 32 points
Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Malta participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Maltese entry was selected through Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014, a national selection organised by the Maltese broadcaster Public Broadcasting Services (PBS). Firelight represented Malta with the song "Coming Home", which came 9th the second semi-final and 23rd in the final.

Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014[edit]

Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014 was the national final format developed by PBS to select the Maltese entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. On 24 September 2013, PBS published the rules and regulations for the competition, opening the submission period until the end of October 2013. Songwriters from any nationality were able to submit songs as long as the artist(s) were Maltese or possessed Maltese citizenship. The entry fee for each submission was €150. In the previous edition of the competition, a rule prohibited the winners of the last five contests from participating, however a modification to this rule for the 2014 edition prevents only the previous winner from 2013, Gianluca Bezzina, from participating.[1]

Format[edit]

The competition consisted of twenty songs competing in a semi-final on 7 February 2014 where the top fourteen entries qualified to compete in the final on 8 February 2014. Both shows were hosted by television presenter Moira Delia, 2013 Maltese Eurovision entrant Gianluca Bezzina and 2002 Maltese Eurovision entrant Ira Losco.[2] Five judges evaluated the songs during the shows and each judge had an equal stake in the final result. The sixth set of votes were the results of the public televote, which had a weighing equal to the votes of a single judge.[3] Both the semi-final and the final took place at the Malta Fairs and Convention Centre in Ta' Qali.[4]

Competing entries[edit]

On 2 November 2013, PBS announced that 210 entries were submitted for the competition.[5] In mid-November 2013, 70 entries were shortlisted by a selection panel.[6] On 29 November 2013, the 20 semi-finalists were revealed during a special edition of the television show Xarabank.[7] In mid-December 2013, the participants filmed promotional videos for their entries which were released to present the competing songs to the public.[4]

Among the artists selected were former Maltese Eurovision entrants Miriam Christine who represented Malta in 1996 and Fabrizio Faniello who represented Malta in 2001 and 2006. Sophie DeBattista represented Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006 and Daniel Testa represented Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2008. Among the songwriters, Paul Giordimaina represented Malta in 1991 and together with Fleur Balzan they co-wrote the 2011 Maltese entry, Glen Vella represented Malta in 2011, Paul Abela composed the 1991, 1996 and 2001 Maltese entries, Gerard James Borg and Philip Vella co-wrote the 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2008 Maltese entries, Boris Cezek co-wrote the 2013 Maltese entry, Stephen Rudden represented the United Kingdom as part of the group Love City Groove in 1995 and Johan Bejerholm co-wrote Azerbaijan's 2009 entry.

Semi-final[edit]

The semi-final took place on 7 February 2014 where twenty songs competed for fourteen qualifying spots in the final. During a press conference from the organizing committee of the competition on 2 December 2013, a draw was held to determine which entries would open and close the show; "Because I Have You" performed by Amber was drawn to open the show and "Ten" performed by Corazon was drawn to close the show.[4] The remaining positions in the running order were determined by the producers of the show. In addition to the performances of the competing entries, the show also featured guest performances by Eurovision Song Contest 2013 winner Emmelie de Forest performing "Only Teardrops", 2014 Ukrainian Eurovision entrant Maria Yaremchuk performing "Tick-Tock" and performances by local acts The Crowns and Red Electrick.[8]

The five members of the jury that evaluated the entries during the semi-final consisted of:

  • Reuben Zammit (Malta)
  • Ekaterina Orlova (Russia)
  • Alessandro Capicchioni (San Marino)
  • Victoria Romanova (Ukraine)
  • Arthur Caruana (Malta)
Draw Artist Song Composer(s)
1 Amber "Because I Have You" Paul Giordimaina, Fleur Balzan
2 Chris Grech "Oblivion" Philip Vella, Gerard James Borg
3 Romina Mamo "Addictive" Linda Persson, Ylva Persson
4 Jessika "Hypnotica" Philip Vella, Gerard James Borg
5 Andreana "Now and Forever" Vinny Vella, Karl Spiteri
6 Daniel Testa "One Last Ride" Stephen Rudden, Lawrence Peter Bridge
7 Raquel "Invisible" Gerard James Borg, Philip Vella
8 Fabrizio Faniello "Just No Place Like Home" Johan Bejerholm
9 Wayne William "Some Kind Of Wonderful" Wayne Micallef
10 Ryan Paul Abela "City Lady" Paul Abela, Ryan Paul Abela, Joe Julian Farrugia
11 Christabelle "Lovetricity" Magnus Kaxe, Gerard James Borg
12 Pamela "Take Me" Boris Cezek
13 Sophie "Let the Sunshine In" Sophie DeBattista, Adam Pakard, Alex Dew
14 Franklin "Love Will Take Me Home" Glen Vella, Beatrice Eriksson, M Frenell, Michael J Down
15 Miriam Christine "Safe" Mark Scicluna, Emil Calleja Bayliss
16 Deborah C "Until We Meet Again" Elton Zarb, Matt Mercieca
17 Firelight "Coming Home" Richard Micallef
18 De Bee "Pin the Middle" Peter Paul Galea, Debbie Stivala
19 Davinia "Brand New Day" Elton Zarb, Matt Mercieca
20 Corazon "Ten" Paul Giordimaina, Fleur Balzan

Final[edit]

The final took place on 8 February 2014 where the fourteen entries that qualified from the semi-final performed again and the votes of a five-member jury panel (5/6) and the results of public televoting (1/6) determined the winner. During a press conference from the organizing committee of the competition following the conclusion of the semi-final, a draw was held to determine which entries would open and close the show; "Love Tricity" performed by Christabelle was drawn to open the show and "Pin the Middle" performed by De Bee was drawn to close the show. The remaining positions in the running order were determined by the producers of the show. In addition to the performances of the competing entries, the show also featured guest performances by Eurovision Song Contest 2013 winner Emmelie de Forest performing "Rainmaker", 2014 Swiss Eurovision entrant Sebalter performing "Hunter of Stars", Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013 winner Gaia Cauchi and performances by local acts Winter Moods and Ġorġ u Pawlu.[9]

The five members of the jury that evaluated the entries during the final consisted of:[10]

  • Peter Cossai (Malta)
  • Ekaterina Orlova (Russia)
  • Nicola Caligiore (Italy)
  • Olga Salamakha (Belarus)
  • Reuben Zammitt (Malta)

At the conclusion of the voting, Firelight was the winner of the competition with the song "Coming Home".[11]

Draw Artist Song Composer(s) Jury Televote Total Place
1 Christabelle "Lovetricity" Magnus Kaxe, Gerard James Borg 14 4 18 8
2 Wayne William "Some Kind of Wonderful" Wayne Micallef 9 0 9 12
3 Davinia "Brand New Day" Elton Zarb, Matt Mercieca 4 3 7 13
4 Ryan Paul Abela "City Lady" Paul Abela, Ryan Paul Abela, Joe Julian Farrugia 16 0 16 10
5 Franklin "Love Will Take Me Home" Glen Vella, Beatrice Eriksson, M Frenell, Michael James Down 20 5 25 7
6 Daniel Testa "One Last Ride" Stephen Rudden, Lawrence Peter Bridge 31 10 41 3
7 Sophie "Let the Sunshine In" Sophie DeBattista, Adam Pakard, Alex Dew 11 0 11 11
8 Chris Grech "Oblivion" Philip Vella, Gerard James Borg 6 1 7 13
9 Deborah C "Until We Meet Again" Elton Zarb, Matt Mercieca 28 0 28 5
10 Jessika "Hypnotica" Philip Vella, Gerard James Borg 6 12 18 8
11 Pamela "Take Me" Boris Cezek 21 6 27 6
12 Firelight "Coming Home" Richard Micallef 56 7 63 1
13 Amber "Because I Have You" Paul Giordimaina, Fleur Balzan 30 2 32 4
14 De Bee "Pin the Middle" Peter Paul Galea, Debbie Stivala 38 8 46 2

Juries[edit]

Song Malta
P. Cossai
Russia
E. Orlova
Italy
N. Caligiore
Belarus
O. Salamakha
Malta
R. Zammit
Total
Lovetricity 5 2 2 5 14
Some Kind of Wonderful 1 7 1 9
Brand New Day 4 4
City Lady 4 3 7 2 16
Love Will Take Me Home 4 5 8 3 20
One Last Ride 3 10 8 10 31
Let The Sunshine In 1 3 7 11
Oblivion 6 6
Until We Meet Again 8 12 3 5 28
Hypnotica 2 4 6
Take Me 6 5 1 1 8 21
Coming Home 12 8 12 12 12 56
Because I Have You 10 6 6 2 6 30
Pin the Middle 7 7 10 4 10 38

At Eurovision[edit]

Firelight at the second semi-final dress rehearsal

During the semi-final allocation draw on 20 January 2014 at the Copenhagen City Hall, Malta was drawn to compete in the first half of the second semi-final on 8 May 2014.[12] In the second semi-final, the producers of the show decided that Malta would open the semi-final and perform 1st, preceding Israel.[13] Malta qualified from the second semi-final and competed in the final on 10 May 2014. During the winner's press conference for the second semi-final qualifiers, Malta was allocated to compete in the second half of the final.[14] In the final, the producers of the show decided that Malta would perform 22nd, following Hungary and preceding Denmark.[15] In the second semi-final the public awarded Malta 12th place with 28 points with the jury awarding 3rd place with 113 points. Overall Malta placed 9th with 63 points. In the grand final Malta came 24th with 17 points in the televote and came 6th in the jury vote with 119 points. Resulting in an overall score of 32 points landing 23rd place.

The Maltese performance featured Firelight performing with instruments on stage. The LED screens transitioned from red and blue skies with black and white photos displayed on the cube screens.[16] The black and white photos were 208 selfies that the Maltese broadcaster received after a public request was made asking fans to send in their photos in late March 2014.[17][18]

In Malta, the semi-finals and the finals were broadcast on TVM with commentary by Carlo Borg Bonaci.[19] The Maltese spokesperson revealing the result of the Maltese vote in the final was Valentina Rossi.[20]

Points awarded to Malta[edit]

Points Awarded to Malta (Semi-Final 2)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Points Awarded to Malta (Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Malta[edit]

Split voting results[edit]

The following five members comprise the Maltese jury:[21]

  • Paul Abela – Chairperson – musician, composer, maestro
  • Manolito Galea – sound engineer
  • Elton Zarb – music producer
  • Corazon Mizzi – television host, semi-professional singer/songwriter
  • Pamela Bezzina – vocal coach, singer, vocal arranger

Semi-final 2[edit]

The Maltese votes in the second semi-final were based on 50% jury voting and 50% televoting results.[22]

Semi-final 2 – Maltese Results
Draw Country P. Abela M. Galea E. Zarb C. Mizzi P. Bezzina Average Jury Rank Televote Rank Combined Rank Scoreboard (Points)
01  Malta
02  Israel 9 7 13 13 12 14 11 14
03  Norway 5 5 11 3 7 5 6 4 7
04  Georgia 4 4 7 11 4 3 14 9 2
05  Poland 13 3 10 14 10 11 8 10 1
06  Austria 12 6 1 4 11 8 1 2 10
07  Lithuania 7 9 8 1 8 7 12 12
08  Finland 11 8 12 12 9 13 7 13
09  Ireland 10 13 5 9 14 12 3 7 4
10  Belarus 3 14 2 5 3 2 9 5 6
11  Macedonia 6 12 3 7 2 4 13 8 3
12  Switzerland 14 10 9 6 1 10 4 6 5
13  Greece 2 11 4 10 5 6 5 3 8
14  Slovenia 8 2 14 2 13 9 10 11
15  Romania 1 1 6 8 6 1 2 1 12

Final[edit]

The Maltese votes in the grand final were based on 50% jury voting and 50% televoting results.[23]

Final – Maltese Results
Draw Country P. Abela M. Galea E. Zarb C. Mizzi P. Bezzina Average Jury Rank Televote Rank Combined Rank Scoreboard (Points)
01  Ukraine 10 13 14 24 18 19 18 21
02  Belarus 4 11 18 3 2 4 16 11
03  Azerbaijan 6 21 2 7 5 5 24 16
04  Iceland 22 20 22 21 25 25 22 24
05  Norway 9 8 17 15 10 11 8 9 2
06  Romania 2 3 1 5 9 3 7 3 8
07  Armenia 1 2 3 6 3 1 15 5 6
08  Montenegro 7 6 4 16 8 6 25 17
09  Poland 15 9 6 25 21 18 9 14
10  Greece 3 10 5 20 11 8 11 10 1
11  Austria 14 4 13 11 16 9 1 2 10
12  Germany 20 24 19 17 17 21 20 23
13  Sweden 21 5 12 14 7 10 3 4 7
14  France 23 19 24 18 22 24 23 25
15  Russia 8 7 21 1 6 7 10 6 5
16  Italy 5 1 7 2 4 2 2 1 12
17  Slovenia 19 12 16 4 12 12 21 18
18  Finland 25 18 23 19 19 23 14 20
19  Spain 13 14 8 23 13 14 12 12
20  Switzerland 24 22 11 12 1 13 6 8 3
21  Hungary 16 15 20 22 15 20 19 22
22  Malta
23  Denmark 17 16 15 10 14 16 13 15
24  Netherlands 18 23 25 13 24 22 5 13
25  San Marino 11 25 9 8 20 17 17 19
26  United Kingdom 12 17 10 9 23 15 4 7 4

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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