Analysing Toni Abela’s performance, Josanne Cassar wrote:
To those for whom English comes easily, his pronunciation elicited the usual, “OMG how embarrassing” type of comments, although I always find that it is the Maltese who have this weird hang up when, in fact, all non-native English speakers have their own accent. I hate to break it you, but even those who speak English as their first language and proudly show off their RP, still sound, to a native speaker, as very stilted with a distinct foreign inflection.
Ah! What a breeze of fresh air! Thank you Josanne!