Malta: More developments on 2009 national selection

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Drastic changes have taken place in the way Malta will be selecting their next Eurovision Song Contest participant for Moscow as it was announced back in September. Horace Joseph Anastasi, President of the Union for Maltese composers, authors, artists etc. (U.K.A.M.), has spoken to partner site on the latest developments on the still on-going procedure.

Fifty six is the final number of songs which will be competing for a ticket toMalta's national final, as revealed exclusively to partner site, by Mr Anastasi. All of them will, for the first time, be released in a triple CD compilation so that they are promoted to the Maltese public.

In a long meeting, held last Friday, U.K.A.M. also pleaded with PBS that in case one singer submits two songs which both qualify, then the second one should not be dropped as originally stated in the Eurosong rules. PBS, though, remained adamant in their initial position that although a singer may submit up to two songs, only one of them will proceed. "It is true that U.K.A.M. stressed and stressed on this issue, but, at this point in time, for the benefit of all those participating in this traditional festival it felt wiser to let go. U.K.A.M. is to cater for all its members. Surely, that many others prefer one singer, one song, for they stand a better chance." Mr Anastasi stated.

You can read more on the new Maltese selection format here.

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Stella Floras

Thanks to Johnny Logan and Hold me now I fell in love with the Eurovision Song Contest, a love that's been going strong ever since with undiminished passion. My first memories date back to 1977 and the lyrics of Rock bottom, Dschinghis Khan and A ba ni bi are still engraved in my brain.

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