Eurovision: friendly advice from Sweden
I'm amazed at all the bitching that goes on in Maltese websites and newspapers after Malta's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest fails to reach the expected target. Has anybody not realised yet that Eurovision holds no guarantees for anybody? (Our artist Charlotte Perrelli is a good example!). Perhaps, if your population was scattered around Europe you would have benefited from diaspora voting, just like Armenia, Turkey and Greece. Alas, you do not have this advantage, so you have to strive exclusively on the hope that your song stands out. However, there are another 42 songs in the contest.
As a person who is heavily involved in the music industry, I feel that Malta presented a great song, which was well written and performed by a beautiful and talented singer. It was modern, and perfectly staged. You should be proud of your product, and proud of the fact that it got good reviews by the international press.
Here in Sweden, your song was listed as one of the potential threats to our song (Hero). As a Eurovision fan, and a lover of the Maltese islands, I would have been happy if Malta ranked higher because - living part time in Malta - I know how much you would like to win this contest.
However, all the senseless finger pointing and ridiculous ideas that suddenly seem to come to light after a result, is not of any benefit to the country. It's the easiest job in the world to be an armchair critic but if you have to do it, perhaps it would be best to do it in a constructive way. Maybe I am mistaken, but it does come across as destructive at times. In this part of the world, we are not used to this.
I am very happy Malta dared to send an original song, rather than stick to the same formula like we tend to do over here sometimes. I feel Vodka was one of your best entries (better than last year's song), and definitely deserved to make the finals.
Your small island has big talent, and this has got nothing to do with the final result. Remember, a Eurovision result usually depends on a number of things. It's really not just about the quality and performance of the song!