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Congratulations: Ira Losco becomes a mom!

TIMESOFMALTA.COM REPORTS – Ira Losco gave birth to a baby boy last night, the singer’s partner Sean Gravina announced on Facebook early this morning. “Our baby Harry was born last night and Ira is recovering perfectly, she was great,” Mr Gravina wrote, adding that the delivery “wasn’t an easy one.” Ira Losco is one of the biggest names in Maltese music, and her career spanning over 15 years has seen her win more than 20 music awards. She has represented ... | read the full story here

August 26, 2016 11:34 am // 0 Comments

Eurovision allure in celebrations of the feast of St Dominic in Vittoriosa

TIMES OF MALTA REPORTS – As part of the celebrations of the feast of St Dominic in Vittoriosa, the Prince of Wales Own Band Club is presenting a concert of Eurovision hits at St John Tower on Saturday at 9.30pm Under the direction of Mro Emmanuel Spagnol, the repertoire will feature such winning entries as Diva performed by Dana International (1998); Alexander Rybak’s Fairytale (2009); Puppet on a String presented by Sandie Shaw in 1967; My Number One sung by Elena Paparizou in 2005; ... | read the full story here

August 22, 2016 9:38 am // 1 Comment

Jamala performs in Istanbul with Sertab Erener

TURKEY – On Tuesday night, Jamala performed a duet with Sertab Erener, a well-known Turkish singer/songwriter who won the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Every way that I can.” Before a scheduled concert in Istanbul on Wednesday as part of the “Turkcell Yıldızlı Geceler” (Nights Full of Stars) program, Jamala told reporters she felt “completely safe” in Turkey, despite the attempted coup last month. Jamala said: “I know very well ... | read the full story here

August 18, 2016 7:20 pm // 0 Comments

Ukraine’s Culture Ministry: EBU considers all three cities eligible for hosting

INTERXA.COM.UA REPORTS / UKRAINE – Ukraine’s Culture Ministry says that experts are now engaged in technical assessment of the cities that were qualified for hosting the Eurovision 2017 song contest and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which founded the contest, doesn’t mind holding the event in any of the shortlisted cities. “The technical analysis of the projects that were provided by each of the cities is now under way,” Press Secretary of the Culture ... | read the full story here

August 18, 2016 5:07 pm // 0 Comments

Fredrik Kempe: His Top 20 Melodifestivalen Compositions

SWEDEN – Later this month the latest series of Swedish Idol kicks off. It’s got an all new judging panel, and one face on there who will already be very familiar to many Scandipop readers is that of Fredrik Kempe. Full time hit maker and part time singer, what he’s MOST famous for however, is his astonishingly large contribution to the last ten years of Melodifestivalen. He’s not just penned an impressive number of Melodifestivalen entries for other artists, but he’s consistantly ... | read the full story here

August 15, 2016 3:52 pm // 0 Comments

Ukrainian government allocate 15m Euros for Eurovision 2017

UKRAINE – The Government of Ukraine has made a decision that will ensure the proper conditions for preparation and holding the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Ukraine. This is reported by the Government portal. “The corresponding decree No. 568-p was adopted at the Cabinet’s meeting. In particular, according to the document, the State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine and the Finance Ministry of Ukraine, while preparing the draft State Budget of Ukraine ... | read the full story here

August 6, 2016 11:03 am // 0 Comments

New PBS chief election cause a controversy in Malta

TIMESOFMALTA.COM REPORTS – Newly-appointed PBS chief executive John Bundy only got the support of half the board members amid concerns on the way the appointment was handled, this newspaper has learnt. PBS sources told the Times of Malta four out of the eight board members present at Wednesday’s meeting either abstained or voted against the appointment in protest against being presented with a “fait accompli”. The sources pointed out that the matter could have further repercussions, ... | read the full story here

August 5, 2016 8:18 am // 0 Comments

John Bundy set to replace Anton Attard as new PBS CEO

MALTA – Popular TV personality John Bundy is set to be named the new chief executive officer of PBS when Anton Attard’s contract expires next week. Mr Attard has occupied the post since August 2010. Calls for his removal have been abundant since the Labour Party won the 2013 election. Mr Bundy started his TV career on Smash TV but moved on to the Nationalist’s Party’s media, later to TVM, and finishing off with Labour’s Super One. There is no information if Eurovision criticism ... | read the full story here

July 31, 2016 2:15 pm // 0 Comments

What did Dami Im did after Eurovision 2016

ABC ONLINE REPORTS – In May Dami Im was singing in front of 200 million people in Stockholm, eventually coming second at Eurovision. This month she was The Stables studio in the Macedon Ranges in regional Victoria, singing in front of a handful of her peers, trying to write a hit with complete strangers. Im joined Guy Sebastian, Client Liaison, Julia Stone, Urthboy, Vera Blue, Lakyn and others at SongHubs, a songwriting workshop organised by APRA AMCOS — who support songwriters and also ... | read the full story here

July 21, 2016 1:39 pm // 0 Comments

Eurovision Song Contest 2016 nominated for Rose d’Or Award

EBU.CH REPORTS – The EBU is pleased to reveal the nominees for the 55th annual Rose d’Or Awards which honour the best in international radio, television and online entertainment. The winners of the biggest and most influential entertainment awards event will be decided at a ceremony in Berlin on 13 September. Over 400 programmes from more than 130 broadcasters and production companies in 33 different countries were submitted for this year’s Rose d’Or Awards. Programme makers are ... | read the full story here

July 11, 2016 10:13 pm // 0 Comments

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