Thea Garrett

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Thea Garrett
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Thea Garrett in Oslo (2010)
Background information
Born1992
Occupation(s)singer, actress, musical theatre performer

Thea Garrett (born 1992) is a Maltese singer and musical theatre performer[citation needed] who represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in Oslo.

Eurovision 2010[edit]

In 2010, Garrett won the Maltese national final to represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 with the song "My Dream". Garrett performed in the first semi-final on 25 May 2010 in Oslo, Norway.[1][2] but failed to qualify for the final, placing 12th and released her first single, Frontline.

Lawsuit[edit]

Garrett and her parents signed a one-year contract with Exotique Label on 1 November 2009, and while the contract still stood after Thea won the contest, her father contacted label manager Grace Borg to dissolve the contract. Borg opened a lawsuit against the Falzon Garrett family, as well as against PBS.[3] Eventually the suit was transferred onto Thea, and she was slapped with an €18,000 garnishee order, just before she flew to Oslo for her first rehearsals.[4]

In May 2010, Grace Borg and Andrea Milana filed a lawsuit against Public Broadcasting Services, the national television broadcaster, claiming damages for a breach of their exclusive rights over Thea Falzon Garrett.[5] Borg and Milana also wrote to the European Broadcasting Union and put pressure on it in order to force the Eurovision Song Contest organisers to stop Thea Falzon Garrett - and therefore Malta - from participating in the festival.[6] Borg also announced that she would sue Garrett's parents over comments they made in the media about her. Garrett's father, Sergio Falzon, stands by all the comments he made and says he has all the documentation and receipts to prove it. He accused Borg of trying to "psychologically destroy" his daughter and making their lives "hell". Instead of making money for Garrett, Borg "took the little she had from her".[7] In 2019 the Court of Appeals found that neither Garrett nor PBS were in breach of contract with Borg.[8]

Singles[edit]

  • My Dream (2010)
  • Frontline (2011)
  • Walk On By (2011)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Floras, Stella (20 February 2010). "Live: Malta decides for Eurovision". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 23 February 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2010.
  2. ^ Webb, Glen (20 February 2010). "Thea Garrett takes the Maltese ticket to Oslo!". EBU. Retrieved 20 February 2010.
  3. ^ "Exotique's contract with Thea Garrett still stands - Grace Borg". Times of Malta. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
  4. ^ "The Eurovision Sue Contest: Grace Borg taking Thea's parents to court". Times of Malta. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
  5. ^ "Lawsuit filed over Thea Falzon Garrett exclusive rights". Times of Malta. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
  6. ^ "Lawsuit filed over Thea Garrett exclusive rights". Times of Malta. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
  7. ^ "The Eurovision Sue Contest: Grace Borg taking Thea's parents to court". Times of Malta. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
  8. ^ [s.n.] (1 February 2019). Court finds once more for PBS over Eurovision 2010. TVM. Accessed December 2019.

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Preceded by
Chiara
with What If We
Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest
2010
Succeeded by
Glen Vella
with One Life