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Malta 2015: How Franklin came to his Rybak song

Alex with Franklin

Alexander Rybak is back – Namely in Malta! Franklin Calleja who has already been present at the preliminary decision for Copenhagen will sing a Rybak-ballad next weekend with the aim to travel to Vienna in May 2015: “Still here” is a classical ESC-ballad which in the course of three minutes rises to a big climax. We certainly want to know how that the Rybak-Calleja-Connection came about.

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Franklin Calleja – “Still Here”

This weekend it’s the semi-final and final of Malta’s national selection for Eurovision 2015. Franklin will perform as number 3, and the semi-final starts Friday at 20.50 CET. Watch it online on www.tvm.com.mt/live/

Alexander Rybak, who is the composer of the song, said this about Franklin on his FB page recently:

“Whatever the competition, and no matter who wins in the end, I sincerely believe that Franklin Calleja has the strongest and most interesting voice in the country of Malta, and I hope that people will understand his great talent for music and help him to the world stage (he is just as amazing live as he is on this video). And if I can help him with this song, I’m truly happy!”

We wish both Franklin and Alexander the best of luck, and those of you who live in Malta;  don’t forget to vote!




Alexander Rybak on Eurovision Radio International 29.10.2014

Juergen Boernig from Eurovision Radio International met Alexander Rybak  for an interview during Alexander’s stay in Luxembourg for the ESC Gala Night 2014. The interview was aired in their 3 hour long live stream radio show on Wednesday 29th of October. It was a very good interview about his participation as a composer in the national selection for both Malta, with “Still Here” performed by Franklin Calleja, and Belarus with the song “Accent” performed by a girl band. They also played his new song “What I Long For”.

Recording by Sonya Luzina

Source: Eurovision Radio International

Alexander Rybak in the national selection in Malta Eurovision 2015

Franklin Calleja and Alexander RybakAlexander Rybak takes part in the national selection in Malta ESC 2015 as a composer with the song “Still Here” performed by Franklin Calleja. Yesterday the song was released on YouTube, and revealed a powerful ballad that shows off Franklin Calleja’s amazing voice.

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Article: Alexander gives Interview to the magazine “Gwida”. Malta. Nov.6th 2012

 The article was published 6.11.2012 in the biggest weekly magazine of Malta “Gwida“.

Written by Frederick Zammit. Photo by Oliver Vanhoutte

Re-written by Marianne Saietz and Mary-Ann Hansson

“Eurovision gives me energy and inspiration” – Alexander Rybak.

Frederick Zammit chats with the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest winner, Alexander Rybak ( Fairytale ), who talks about his latest music release, Leave Me Alone, also broadcast on Radju Malta´s 90-minute weekly Eurovision program Euromix on Friday 9 November between 20.30-22.00

What is your new single Leave Me Alone all about?
“It´s called Leave me Alone. I have a stalker after me, who is from Israel. She is calling me 70 times a day, she is scaring my friends and this summer, she was outside my parents house for many days. I thought “if you can´t beat them ,join them”, so I made a song about this crazy woman and now I get to experiment with a new genre ( It´s a dance track ). And she finally gets attention, so everybody´s happy”

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