Malta/Ukraine: Ukrainian broadcaster chose Maltese song in 2003

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In an interview with one of the leading magazines in Malta, Gerard James Borg exclusively revealed what were the plans of the Ukrainian broadcaster in 2003.

This was Ukraine’s debut year in the Eurovision Song Contest. A marketing company working for the Ukrainian national broadcaster asked 20 songwriters from around the world to submit a song for Oleksandr Ponomaryov who was internally selected. Gerard James Borg and Philip Vella were among the songwriters. The song chosen to represent Ukraine was that submitted by the Maltese duo. Following this, Philip Vella flew to Ukraine to further his work on the production.

At the last minute, Oleksandr decided to change his song even though Ukrainian officials preferred Gerard and Philip’s song. Ukraine finished in 14th place, but Gerard believes the country would have done better with the Maltese song.

Gerard also revealed that last year, they submitted a song to France’s internal selection that made it to the final round. Their song didn’t win by a few points and L’enfer et moi and Amandine Bourgeois represented France.

Along the years, Gerard has been part of songwriting teams that came close to winning in several countries, mainly reaching fourth place in Greece in 2011, third place in Norway in 2006 and second place in Iceland in 2011.

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