Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest 1972

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In its second appearance at the Eurovision Song Contest, Malta did not improve on its first one and Helen & Joseph obtained the same last placing as Joe Grech the year before.


Facts

Venue : Edinburgh, Scotland

Date : Saturday, 25 March 1972

Number of Contestants: 18

Singers : Helen & Joseph

Song: L-Imħabba

Composer : Charles Camilleri

Lyricist : Albert Cassola

Final Place: 18th

Points: 58


ESC winner for this year

Luxembourg : Apres Toi performed by Vicky Leandros

Composers : Mario Panas and Klaus Munro

Lyricists : Klaus Munro and Yves Dessca

Points: 128

Trivia

The event took place in Scotland because Monaco, the previous year's winner, didn't have the necessary television equipment and infrastructure to host a Eurovision broadcast. The UK's BBC is one of the founding organisers of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Helen's full name is Helen Micallef. Her brother Renato sang for Malta at the 1975 Eurovision Song Contest. Joseph is better known is Malta as Joe Cutajar. He was also a professional drummer.

1972 marked the third win for Luxembourg in 11 years, in an era when many songs had lyrics in French or in the native language of the country being represented.

In 2006, lyricist Albert Cassola's son Arnold Cassola became a member of parliament in Italy on Romano Prodi's L'Unione ticket.

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