Malta to revolutionise national selection

by Stella Floras 45 views

Robert Abela, the Maltese Head of Delegation and chairperson of the MaltaSong for Europe, spoke to the local press yesterday about his plans for next year, should he be asked to remain in his position by the Minister of Culture. Mr Abela promises a “small revolution” by giving emphasis to the song and not the singer.

Robert Abela said to the Sunday Circle that if he is asked to remain as Head of Delegation he is prepared to do what needs to be done to ensure a good result for Malta. What Mr Abela has in mind is this : possibly an expert jury will judge the songs submitted to choose which ones will go to the final. The jury will retain the right to change the singers of the songs.

Mr Abela also stated that he was very unhappy with this year's budget cuts. The usual amount of Lm60.000 (about €140.000) was reportedly cut down to 1/6, with the rest being covered by sponsorships, televoting income and ticket sales.

OGAE Malta reports that according to sources close to the MaltaSong Board preparations for next year will start as soon as next week with a meeting between interested parties to discuss proposals for the next Malta Song for Europe festival.

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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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