MSFE 2008: 36 acts proceed to second round

by Stella Floras 69 views

Tomorrow, Saturday 24th November at 16.45 CET, Malta Song Board will be announcing the 36 songs that have qualified to the second round of the Maltese preselection for the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest. The successful candidates will be announced during the weekly spot dedicated to the Eurovision 2008 preparation update on the programme Il-Weekend Jibda Hawn on TVM.

Due to a tie there will be one more qualifier on top of the 35 originally announced by Malta Song Board. A special, international 9-member jury comprising experts from seven European countries listened to 222 songs performed live over three days and decided on thirty six that will proceed to the second round. Three out of the 225 submitted entries were disqualified.

The international jury comprised:

  • Manwel Borg, (PBS) Malta
  • Paulo Franco, Chiado records manager / Music Journalist . Portugal
  • Luben Milkov, Head of the music and Entertainment Department with the Bulgarian TV station. Bulgaria
  • Marya Kransimirova, Singer/Song writer. Bulgaria
  • Pieros Kkezos, Music Teacher/song writer. Cyprus
  • Emilios Koromias, Music Editor / Eurovision reviewer.. Cyprus.
  • Jurgen Orth, Owner and Managing Director of record label Luxury Music. Germany
  • Veronica Harriott, Singer / Dancer participated in various West End Shows. UK
  • Alistair Griffin, Singer / Song writer (had a music hit, "Bring it On" that reached the No.5 spot in the UK charts. UK

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.

I joined in 2006 as a junior editor after being invited by Barry Viniker, I soon became Senior Editor and during the 2007 contest in Helsinki I was appointed Head of Communications. Today I hold the post of Head of Human Resources and I am proud to be working with the best editorial team in the world.