Country Of The Month: Malta Part-3!

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Introduction

We continue our series of articles “Country Of The Month” with Malta. In a period of five weeks, we are going to remind you of the best entries of Malta. Note: we selected the entries not by their place in their final, but by their impact on the fans.

Fabrizio Faniello – Another Summer Night

In 2001, Malta selected Fabrizio Faniello and his song “Another Summer Night” to sent in Copenhagen. The song was entirely in English and it was composed Paul and Georgina Abela. At the final, Fabrizio placed 9th with 48 points.

Fabrizio Faniello

Fabrizio Faniello was born on april 27, 1981, in Floriana, Malta. He is a Maltese singer and songwriter. Prior to his music career, he tried to pursue a career as a footballer. As a singer, he had participated 10 times in the Maltese national final between 1998 and 2014. At the national final, he won it two times – 2001 and 2006. In 2001, his entry “Another Summer Night” placed 9th in the final of Eurovision, whilst in 2006 his entry “I Do” placed 24th. Throughout the years, he has released 6 studio albums and variety of singles.


Malta in the Eurovision
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Malta debuted in the contest in 1971. Since then, the country has participated 33 times. Malta withdrew after its second attempt and returned in the 1975 contest only to withdrew again due to bad palcings. Since 1991, the country has never missed the contest and its actually among the three countries that didn’t get forced to withdraw the contest in the ’90s, due to rules of the contest.

The country has failed to qualify seven times for the final – 2007-2008, 2010-2011, 2015, 2017-2018. Both in 1971 and 1972 the country placed last in the final, but it wasn’t until 2006, when the county placed last with just 1 point. In the semifinals the country has never placed last. In 2007, Malta placed 25th in the semifinal (yes, that year the semifinal was long!), making it the worst place of the country.

Malta has never won the contest but has reached the 2nd place two times (2002, 2005) and on 12 more occasions, it has reached the Top-10. It is noteworthy, that Malta has sent two times a Maltese-language song (1971, 1972) and one more an English-language song with some Maltese phrases. All the other entries of the country are in English. The Mediterranean country has two official languages Maltese and English. Therefore, even when the rest of Europe could not send English songs due to the Eurovision rules at the time, Malta could!

What do you think about the song? Do you like it? Do you think it is one of the most memorable entries from Malta? Let us know in the comment box below.

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