Organisers rubbish UK media on Eurovision entry song offer to Russell Grant

Malta's Eurovision song festival organiser Anton Attard has rubbished British media reports that astrologer Russel Grant has been contacted to perform “Malta’s 2012 Eurovision entry.”

Strictly Come Dancing participant and well-known UK astrologer Russel Grant
Strictly Come Dancing participant and well-known UK astrologer Russel Grant

The bizarre revelation was made in The Sun newspaper today which quoted a friend of Russell saying: “he was thrilled but a bit perplexed to be asked represent Malta as he has no link to the country.  The premise would be Russell singing and then breaking off into a dance with Flavia.”

The Sun’s report has been spiralled into various media across the UK and Ireland.

British media have suggested that representatives from Malta have asked Russel, if he wanted to “perform the country’s entry in 2012,” adding that the Maltese “want him to sing and then during his live performance dance with Flavia Cacace, his partner from ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.”

Russell – said to be flattered by the offer – says however, that he intends to decline “because he has ambitions of representing the UK at next year’s competition.”

‘Strictly Come Dancing’ singer Hayley Sanderson has written a track for Russell and preliminary discussions have been held with the BBC – who broadcast the competition - to find out if he can be put forward as a possible representative.

At one point Russell – who proved a massive hit with viewers when he competed on the ballroom dancing show - was also rumoured to be in the running to host the coverage of the event on BBC One. 

Contacted, Eurovision Malta chief organiser and PBS chief executive Anton Attard described the report as "absolute nonsense".

Attard explained that he didn't even know Russell Grant, however he did not exclude that the British media got it all wrong.

"Mr. Grant may have been contacted by any composer who would have offered him a song, and we do not go ninto that as long as the competition regulations are observed," Attard said.

He added that from the long list of entry submissions made to the organisers, Russell Grant's name never featured. The time for submissions has meanwhile been closed.


I also heard the song would be a revulsion (I mean revision) of Abba's Dancing Queen and red shoes are a must.
What nonsense! I heard Malta approached the Vatican for a senior prelate to have a shot at it. I hear they have nice costumes and are well versed with theatre.
Maybe the EU song festival board thinks like Tonio Arseinall that a cuc malti shouldin't be considered and go for a foreign bravu. Sorry I did not mean to be sexistsI would like to include a cuca maltija also.
Maureen Attard
May I ask if the board is going to sue the said news paper?
Igor P. Shuvalov
What is the local Eurovision Song Festival Board reaction to this report? Hasn't enough time elapsed for this Board to make a statement on this report? Surely people are earnestly awaiting to know if there is any truth in what the English Tabloid said.
Hekk jonqos issa halli naqdu il-borma barrani iehor biex jirrappresentana f'EU-song contest. Capcipa.