World Popular Song Festival
The World Popular Song Festival, also known as Yamaha Music Festival or unofficially as the "Oriental Eurovision", was an international song contest held from 1970 until 1989. It was organised by the Yamaha Music Foundation in Tokyo, Japan. The first edition took place on the 20, 21 and 22 November 1970 with 37 participating countries from all continents. The concert was cancelled in 1988 due to the illness of the Shōwa Emperor; the final year was a charity concert for UNICEF, after which the contest was formally ended. All the editions with Maltese participation took place in the Nippon Budokan Hall in Japan.
Here is a full list of the Maltese participation:
|20, 21, 22||November||1970||Grand Final - OPA||Edwin Galea||Fejn Tidħol l-Imħabba||Clemente Zammit||Victor Zammit|
|25, 26, 27||November||1971||26 Nov - 2nd Semi-Final||Jon Lukas||Id-Dinja Llum|
|17,18,19||November||1972||18 Nov - 2nd Semi-Final||Mary Rose Mallia||Id-Dinja Tagħna|
|15, 16, 17||November||1974||15 Nov - 1st Semi-Final||Carmen Gusman & Enzo Gusman||World Of Sunshine|
|14, 15, 16||November||1975||15 Nov - 2nd Semi-Finali – 16 Nov, Grand Final - OPA||Mary Spiteri||Go On|
|19, 20, 21||November||1976||19 Nov – 1st Semi-Final||Joe Cutajar||It’s Take Off Time|
• In 1973 Malta did not take part in the Festival.
• From 1977 onwards Malta did not take part.