Things you should know about Malta

MALTA – With a population near 426,000, the island of Malta, also known as Island of the Knights has more than 1,6 million tourists per year. Here are some interesting facts you need to know, if you visit the island, especially now that the country will host for the second time the Junior Eurovision Song Contest (and you should visit) Average temperatures: 23º C (daytime, annual). Lowest average temperature: 12º C (January daily average). Highest average temperature: 27º C (August ... | read the full story here

September 20, 2016 12:14 pm // 0 Comments

JESC 2016: two months left for the final night, but we have lots of questions!

MALTA – In exactly two months the 14th edition of Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place in the – unanimously recognised – amazing island of Malta. One and a half month though is remaining for the delegations, fans and press / media representatives to land in Valletta and we are still in complete darkness regarding the preparations and therefore lot of people are reluctant to even book their trip to the island. One and a half month before the arrival of the ... | read the full story here

September 19, 2016 6:23 pm // 0 Comments

Maltese University launch a Eurovision Song Contest course!

MALTA – October 2016 will see the start of something momentous. The University of Malta’s Centre for the Liberal Arts and Science will be launching a course focusing on a critical analysis of the Eurovision Song Contest. Yes, you read that right – the extremely popular annual show, which is viewed by over 90% of Malta’s population, will now have actual trained professionals critiquing it. This will make for a dramatic change from the endless amateur statuses we’ve ... | read the full story here

September 6, 2016 11:49 pm // 0 Comments

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

JESC 2016: Malta calls for composers, authors

MALTA – Public Broadcasting Services has issued a call for Maltese composers and authors interested in writing a song with which Maltese singer Christina Magrin will be representing Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016. Christina Magrin has been chosen from among 20 singers who all interpreted a song of their choice during a session at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, and which had been broadcast live on TVM. The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016, with the theme Embrace, ... | read the full story here

August 18, 2016 7:22 pm // 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

Christina Magrin to represent host country in Junior Eurovision

MALTA – Christina Magrin is the winner of the Maltese national selection for the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest which will take place in Valletta on November 20. Competing among 19 other acts at MCC last week, Christina managed to get the highest points through a public and jury voting. The song which Christina sing in Junior Eurovision will be selected internally in due ... | read the full story here

July 19, 2016 8:49 am // 0 Comments

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