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Edward Montebello


2/Jun at 10:39



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Post Mortem

Malta: Enhance the setup

Following the third elimination in four editions, the Maltese national broadcaster (PBS) is doing its post mortem in order to get back on track and bring the successful results the country was used to. Though the 18 year old Thea Garrett gave a confident and strong performance she failed to proceed to the final of the last Eurovision Song Contest.

Yesterday during the TV show Inkontri (a discussion programme) aired on ONE TV, the head of the Maltese delegation Joe Dimech stated that PBS is in position to receive any suggestions in order to enhance Malta’s presentation in the contest. A seminar which will be open for discussion towards next year’s participation is planned to be held in the upcoming weeks. Last Sunday the new PBS chairman Joe Mizzi confired the country’s participation in the next Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Germany. He insisted that Malta must continue to participate but the Maltese need to change their attitued towards the contest.

In recent years the Eurovision interest went down in a country which traditionally always showed a passion to Europe’s favourite show. Ex-chairperson of the Malta Song board Grace Borg praised Thea Garrett’s vocal performance but critisised the act presented on stage. Borg is in a current outburst with the Garrett family and PBS due to an alleged unhonoured signed contact. Ex-chairman of the Malta Song board Robert Abela said that Maltese composers were "stuck to the same old melody of seven notes" and they should be much more creative to do well. Robert Abela was head of the Maltese delegation between 2006 and 2008 when the country kicked-off with continuos unsuccessful results in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Thea Garrett was Malta’s 23rd representative in the Eurovision Song Contest. She placed 12th in the first semi-final with 7 points short to qualify to the final.

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LuSeNo Galaico-Portugues [38265]
Sat 5 Jun 2010 19:19:25

Gosh are you all crazy? Why should the western withdraw? Even my country, Portugal, being the oldest country that never won I think we shouldn't withdraw.

LuSeNo Galaico-Portugues [38265]
Sat 5 Jun 2010 19:14:03

@Luke Grech

I totally agree with you.

Luke Grech [61477]
Sat 5 Jun 2010 18:33:47

I hate the fact the people are still thinking that because Malta sends ballads it doesn't pass to the finals.... If you don't know nothing about Malta's history please don't comment about it.

Malta failed to pass in 2007 with Vertigo which was very original not a ballad

2008 - Vodka ( I'm 100% sure it was NOT a ballad) but still failed to pass

2009- What If We (ballad, I agree it was a disgrace Malta passed because of the singer Chiara) BUT MALTA PASSED

2010- My Dream failed to pass certainly not because of the song or the singer but because of the neighbors.

The Eurovision Song CONTEST should change not the COUNTRIES !!


When we were original we still didn't pass Vertigo was a very original song, and everyone was talking about it, but it failed !!
Geography wins against Talent I guess!!

Richard M [19278]
Sat 5 Jun 2010 15:55:48

Malta needs to stop having selection processes with 50 awful songs and have one or two shows with 10 DECENT songs. Scrap the seagull or whatever it was and have a modern, up to date song instead, and maybe they'll stand a chance of being in the final once more.

marianne farrugia [61622]
Sat 5 Jun 2010 08:26:24


Laila ♥ Peter Nalitch ♪ ♫ [58775]
Fri 4 Jun 2010 19:58:13

Yes, Malta - it is time to send something other than a boring, cheesy ballad in English! J. Anvil was great, Dario had an OK song too that could have improved even more and Wayne Micallef was probably the freshest choice from this years Maltese final... I hope for more music styles and I wish to hear it being sung in Maltese language even though ESC is not rewarding that anymore... sucks.

marcella busuttil [23592]
Thu 3 Jun 2010 20:36:20

i really wish

eurovision song contest
malta 2012

in my dreams!!!

marcella busuttil [23592]
Thu 3 Jun 2010 20:20:37

malta must send this maltese artists and i'm sending some of their shows locally!!these artists do not want to participate in ESC because they do not want to be eliminated!!
malta must send kristina casolani, scar or chasing pandora.

kristina casolani


chasing pandora

watch them and tell them!!!!!these are REALLY GD MALTESE SONGS!!!

San Xcalibur [60088]
Thu 3 Jun 2010 19:25:59

I'm agreeing that Malta has to stop with the ballads for now. They should step it up a notch and send something truly amazing!. Or send Fabrizio Faniello again :D.

w s [29210]
Thu 3 Jun 2010 14:58:12

But Laura Pausini rose to fame because of San Remo. She won the young artist competition in 1993. In fact lots of the great Italian artists started in San Remo.

Cristina Giuntini [30618]
Thu 3 Jun 2010 14:45:04

Malta needs to get rid of ballads for the moment. Thea is great, she has a strong voice and she's a sweet and nice girl, but the song just wasn't right.
I'd love to see Malta win the contest! They should try a different style, something they've never sent before.

Cristina Giuntini [30618]
Thu 3 Jun 2010 14:39:40

@Jon Jon, the real "big names" in Italy don't go to San Remo as well. I'm speaking about Laura Pausini, Tiziano Ferro, Zucchero and so on.
But we have lots of very good and well-known singers who would love to go to the ESC. It's our broadcaster RAI, it's just its fault and no one else's if we're not taking part anymore!

Jon Jon [43693]
Thu 3 Jun 2010 13:10:36

I wonder who the Italian singers would be !!!!! They have San Remo and stated many times that eurovision does not interest them anymore the big names all go to San Remo cause that is were they make their money from .Likes for likes I prefer the Maltese singers .

Eurovisionary [61046]
Thu 3 Jun 2010 05:05:10

Too many repeats or trashy songs that they send. It's as simple as that. Last year's song was the worse and most vapid, cliche and uninteresting of all, ironically it made the final.

Fantastic :D

I like their mentality!

Waylon Micallef [31120]
Wed 2 Jun 2010 22:32:22

Chiara will be back. She's said this many times as this for her is like starting a book which she never got to finish.

Mario Mir [44111]
Wed 2 Jun 2010 22:21:38

Malta should allow Italian singers/composers to enter its NF. At least, that fact would give real competence for the native ones.

And about ki.var: don't pay attention to that disgraceful person, he/she is always spamming all ESC sites and TVE's ESC-blog with disrespectful stupidities.
ESCtoday should ban her/his/its profile.

David Brooks [10488]
Wed 2 Jun 2010 20:26:17

Malta - you need to do what the Uk needs to do and bring your entries up to date. The show is modernising and we arent moving faster enough! Nice tunes arent enough any more

Paul 89 [24143]
Wed 2 Jun 2010 20:13:33

As long as you don't bring Chiara back, I'm happy. Try something new and different. AND NOT A BALLAD.

Marky !! [60910]
Wed 2 Jun 2010 19:37:52

All Malta needs is a good song, some new fresh creative songwriters, instead of dated oldfashioned cliche pop songs. They do have good singers, it's just that the songwriting is lacking. That is the only problem, there is nothing else at fault. I would say the Malta NF is hidelously long winded with more bad/average acts/songs than good. So maybe more about quality than quanity.

Ana Silva [63234]
Wed 2 Jun 2010 19:24:47

a fleur de toi

Waylon Micallef [31120]
Wed 2 Jun 2010 19:10:06

We will be back with something different next year.

Марко из Србије [60087]
Wed 2 Jun 2010 18:55:33

Please ignore Ki.var, he/she is....strange... :S

w g [12255]
Wed 2 Jun 2010 18:49:33

Oh Lordi I can't beleive that Ki.var is still banging on with this 'Western countries should withdraw' nonsense. Germany won, with Denmark and Belgium - BELGIUM! - in sixth place. What more does he want? Spain, Portugal, Andorra, Iceland and Ireland in the op five, in that order?

As to Malta, for goodness' sake, they qualified last year. One defeat and it's 'withdraw! withdraw!'.

I suspect, judging by the flag, that Ki.var will only stop calling for Western countries to withdraw when Spain wins.

Ki.var . [54365]
Wed 2 Jun 2010 18:39:57

Malta will be the new Andorra.
Western should withdraw... if not, they are throwing money to the WC.

Jon Jon [43693]
Wed 2 Jun 2010 18:02:33

Well for one thing Malta needs to give her young ones a chance ,Thea is new blood and every one could see that she is good vocally and stage wise ,I just wonder how many more THEA'S is Malta missing out on ,since in the NF it's almost always the same faces .As for composers I also agree that foreign composers should be allowed to compete .I am also in favour of sending a Maltese language song or at least a mix of Maltese and English ,the worst that can happen is not making it thru the semi's so why not give it a go ???

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