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ESC Reporter | January 22, 2018

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Alexander Rybak to write song for Maltese selection

Alexander Rybak to write song for Maltese selection
Emma Kiernan

After much speculation, it has been confirmed that Alexander Rybak, Eurovision 2009 winner, has written a song for Franklin Calleja, for the Maltese selection. Speculation began after Alexander visited Malta in August and posted a photo of himself and the Maltese star, Franklin Calleja, on Facebook.

Alexander wrote:

“As you may know, I’m in love with songwriting. Not only for myself, but for other artists too. And this year my [friend] Olivier introduced me to Franklin Calleja, an amazing singer from Malta.

I’ve written a song for him, and I’m sure that all of you will fall in love with his voice, and maybe even the song.”

In an interview with Times of Malta, he confirmed that he has been working on a song for Malta. However, Times of Malta wrote:

“Rybak shows a clear desire to write “a song for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest as of next year. With the rules and regulations for 2015 already out, the artist acknowledges that there’s no time to get anything done to his standards.”

Perhaps this will mean that Alexander and Franklin are planning to take part in 2016?

Franklin has previously entered MESC, the Maltese selection, this year with the song “Love Will Take Me Home,” co-written by Glen Vella (Malta 2011) which came 7th. He also competed in 2013 with “Let Your Heart Talk.”

Alexander Rybak remains a Eurovision fan favourite, having smashed records at the 2009 contest in Moscow, receiving the highest ever amount of points (387) and achieving the highest gap in points between first and second place (169 points ahead of Yohanna from Iceland).

We look forward to hearing Alexander and Franklin’s song!

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