Maltasong preparations revealed

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Maltasong Board secretary, Martin Gauci, revealed the details of the songwriters' meeting regarding the preparations for the selection of the song that will represent Malta in the next Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade, Serbia.

In an interview with Eurovision Radio, Martin Gauci revealed that all members of Maltasong for Europe will be be serving for the second consecutive year as confirmed by the Maltese Minister of Culture.

Initially, the proposal made last week by Maltasong chairperson, Robert Abela, that involved a possible separation of the original singer from the song, should the jury see it fit, was not supported by the Maltasong Board members.

The songwriters present came up with a number of ideas regarding the way the songs should be selected but no final decision was made. The selection will be held in three phases: in the first, 50 of the submitted songs will be selected, the second phase will include the semi finals and the third the final.

One idea was that the songs retain the points awarded to them throughout all three phases. The idea of a mixture of jury vote and televoting in the final was also popular amongst many songwriters. Finally, some songwriters proposed that the that 50 songs should be kept in the first phase, whether or not they achieve the 50% of the total votes.

The application forms for the next Junior Malta Song for Europe will be issued on Thursday 5th July 2007.

EUROVISION RADIO is hosted by OGAE Malta's Deo Grech and aired every Wednesday night between 20:45 and 21:45 on Super One Radio 92.7FM and live webstream via The radio show is now running in its 7th consecutive year of broadcast.

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Stella Floras

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