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Friday, 21 October 2011 19:30

Breaking News: PBS Receives 161 Submissions

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The Malta Eurovision Song Contest has managed to keep up the interest that it has in recent years remaining as the premier entertainment showcase in the local music industry. In the past two days, during specific hours as decided by the Public Broadcasting Services, both in the morning and in the afternoon, entries were received for the annual event out of which a panel of judges will be making their respective choices based on studio versions as recorded by local and foreign producers. This year, the submissions process managed to move at a commanding pace with a number of performers queuing to submit their songs at the very last couple of hours.

It was widely expected that during the evening news bulletin, the number of submissions would be revealed and indeed it was as the newscaster stated that the amount of entries vying to represent Malta in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest set to take place in Baku, Azerbaijan reached 161 in total. This number represents the interest which is being shown throughout the board be it with both local and foreign songwriters who seemed to drop in to help our artists with their ventures within the competition. The number of submissions is higher than the 141 entries received for the 2011 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and this is quite a surprise so to speak especially when looking back at the amount of entries received by the Public Broadcasting Services for the selection since back in 2005.

  • 2011: 141 submissions
  • 2010: 123 submissions
  • 2009: 182 submissions
  • 2008: 225 submissions
  • 2007: 228 submissions
  • 2006: 213 submissions
  • 2005: 186 submissions

Foreign interest was quite high it seems as the entries are coming from a variety of nations including Sweden, Norway, Germany, United Kingdom, and Ireland amongst others. It is expected that a number of well known local songwriters have submitted songs including the team of the decade featuring Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg as well as this years' representative team made up of Paul Giordimaina and Fleur Balzan. The dates for the studio version phase is yet to be announced but those who make it to the next phase will only be sent an email to confirm their participation. If things are not held up, the process might continue as early as next week according to our sources.

Source: PBS, ONE (Image)

Last modified on Saturday, 24 March 2012 12:49