Kurt Calleja takes Malta into Eurovision final

A brilliant, passionate and spectacular performace by Kurt Calleja in Baku has catapulted Malta into the Eurovision 2012 final night.

Malta's Kurt Calleja has qualified for the Eurovision 2012 final night in Baku, Azerbaijan
Malta's Kurt Calleja has qualified for the Eurovision 2012 final night in Baku, Azerbaijan

After missing out on the last two editions, Maltese flags waved and fans cheered as Kurt Calleja and his band qualified to make it to the final night this Saturday.

Tensions went sky high as the wait for Kurt Calleja's qualification came as just one short of the list of 10 countries which went through to the final night.

From tonight's semi-final show, Lithuania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Ukraine, Sweden, FYR Macedonia, Norway, Estonia and Turkey qualified for the final night.

On stage, a confident and radiant 23 year-old Kurt Calleja gave his all, accompanied by an energetic band, excellent light coordination and a spectacular fireworks display which worked perfectly on screen.

The contest is being held at the Baku Crystal Hall, built on the shores of the Caspian Sea specifically for Eurovision 2012.

The television audience of Eurovision 2012 is more than 100 million people in 50 countries. Representatives of 42 countries participate in this 57th contest.

Malta fought it off tonight against Serbia, F.Y.R. Macedonia, Netherlands, Belarus, Portugal, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia, Sweden, Georgia, Turkey, Estonia, Slovakia, Norway, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Lithuania.

Azerbaijan won the right to host the prestigious European song contest after the victory of Eldar Gasimov and Nigar Jamal (Ell / Nikki) last year in Dusseldorf, Germany last May.

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Dear Franco, there are more countries that did not make it to the finals even more then us. We Maltese when comes to sort of competitions always prestend to be always on top ( in a way why not ) but on the other hand we are part of a big europe and we cannot always place tops. FYG, you are so wrong again. Who on earth told you that KUrt came 9th place?
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@rajah ...... Good question with an equally logic answer (I hope) since for the last few years we were not making it into the finals even thou we had songs that were better than others that did make it, all because of the block voting system, yes I thought that again Malta would suffer , in fact I wasn't that much wrong Kurt made it in 9th place, which says something about the voting system. I criticize our poarticipation not because I do not beleive we are not capable to write a good song but because the festival has become a farce were voting is concerned.
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@ Franco how on earth you voted on line that he will not make it , when you heard the song for the first time today ! What is this inferiority ? Kurt you made us proud and Good luck for saturday
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I have to agree with Franco. These guys and gals performed very well indeed. Jolly good show and prosit. Best of luck on the big night.
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Congratulations Malta and Good Luck in the Final Eurovision Song Contest! I was so happy when saw Malta qualified... Again, best wishes from Serbia!
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I am not a fan of the Euro Song Contest, i n fact I do not consider it European any more. Also I even voted on a local online media that Kurt will not make it. I now declare that I am happy he proved me wrong. I heard his song the first time today on clip above and I must say that we have come a long way in providing a really entertaining song with the proper moves and a little innovation. Good luck to Kurt and his crew, winning is not all but giving a performance as you did to-night is enough to justify your participation at Baku. Prosit.