For the first time ever in Eurovision history a Maltese writer has co-written an entry for another country. Gerard James Borg, who this year was competing in the Maltese national selections with four songs, and together with Philip Vella narrowly missed representing France with their entry – Ma Liberte’ – is one of a team of five writers who have co-written this year’s Eurovision entry for Russia.

The news was made official by EBU website via the Russian national broadcaster RTR. The song – “SHINE” – has been penned by Gerard, together with John Ballard and Ralph Charlie, with music by Philipp Kirkorov and Dimitris Kontopolous. This year Russia will be represented by the Tomalchevy Twins who had participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest back in 2006 and won it.

Philipp Kirkorov is a well known composer in Russia, and Dimitris Kontopolous is also wildly acclaimed in Greece. The latter wrote the song for Azerbaijan in 2013 which ended in 2nd place, and together with Philipp Kirkorov was also responsible for Ukraine’s 2nd place with Ani Lorak back in 2008.

Gerard together with Philip Vella gave Malta its first 2nd “7th Wonder.” He has also come close to winning other national selections in different countries with a 2nd place in Iceland, 3rd place in Norway, and 4th Netherlands. His song “Hypnotica” performed by Jessica Muscat won the Maltese public televote this year.

Malta therefore has two chances at the contest this year: One with our own national entry – “Coming Home” – and now with Gerard’s participation for Russia. Both countries will perform in different semi-finals.

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