Fabrizio prepares for Europe

by Richard West-Soley 51 views

The Malta Song board met earlier this week to reflect on the outcome of the Maltese final, and lay down plans for Fabrizio Faniellos's next steps on the path to the Eurovision Song Contest in May. The now almost obligatory promotional tour of Europe was high on the agenda, and Fabrizio will kick his travels off with a visit to Greece on February 22nd.

Also on the agenda were discussions on televoting issues and the technical difficulties in the broadcast of the Maltese selection last Saturday. Fabrizio's winning entry I do was one of two songs which had to be performed twice, due to glitches in the production.

Responsibility for the commerical production of I do now lies firmly in the hands of CAP Sounds, who will most likely handle the majority of the promotion for the Maltese entry from this point on. The technicians at CAP Sounds are now in the process of improving the arrangement of I do and rerecording the song, but so far have not issued a release date for the CD single.

Fabrizio has been on the books at CAP Sounds since 2001, back when he represented Malta for the first time with Another Summer night, ending up a respectable ninth in Copenhagen. Since then, he has released three albums into the European market, enjoying success outside Malta.

The label is also responsible for shooting the promotional video for Fabrizio's song. The exact details of the shoot, including whether the backdrop will be Malta or some other destination, have yet to be decided. In the meantime, Fabrizio has been hopping from channel to channel, promoting his song on Maltese television.

Thanks to Chiara's second place for Malta at the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Fabrizio proceeds directly to the international final in Athens this May.

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Richard West-Soley

Senior Editor

Richard's ESC history began way back in 1992, when he discovered the contest could fuel his passion for music and languages. Since then, it's been there at every corner for him in some way or another. He joined the esctoday.com team back in 2006, and quickly developed a love for writing about the contest. In his other life, he heads the development team at the learning resources company Linguascope, and writes about all aspects of language learning on the site Polyglossic.com.