Malta 2018: 169 submissions shortlisted to 30 preliminary qualifiers
MALTA – Maltese national broadcaster announced today that out of 169 submissions, 30 of them will proceed to the next phase of MESC, the show through which try country decides through tele voting, the 2018 representative and song for Lisbon’s Eurovision Song Contest edition. Among the thirty preliminary qualifies we see familiar names of course such as Brooke Borg (an artist we love a lot here at oikotimes.com), Deborah C, Eleanor Cassar, our JESC 2016 commentator Kurt Casar, Nicole Azzopardi, Stefan Galea and more. TVM now will proceed to the selection of the 16 finalists for the live show which will be revealed in due time. The national final is expected around February 2018.
MESC 2018 PRELIMINARY QUALIFIERS
|We Can Run||Avenue Sky||Avenue Sky||Qualified|
|Heart Of Gold||Brooke||Borg||Qualified|
|One Step At A Time||Danica||Muscat||Qualified|
|Turn It Up||Deborah C||Cassar||Qualified|
|Human||Deborah C & Joseph Tabone|
|Picture I Draw||Dominic||Cini|
|Back to Life||Eleanor||Cassar||Qualified|
|Great Adventure||Kevin Paul||Calleja|
|You Will Find Me||Kurt Anthony||Cassar|
|Love Renegade||Lawrence Gray||Gray||Qualified|
|Breaking Point||Mikhail Attard and Cherylis Camileri||Qualified|
|In My Mind||Raquel||Galdes|
|Beyond Blue Horizons||Rhiannon||Micallef||Qualified|
|Song For Dad||Richard Joe||Micallef||Qualified|
MALTA IN EUROVISION
Malta has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 30 times since its debut in 1971, although the history of National song contests organized in the Maltese islands dates back to 1960 when the first Malta Song Festival took place. Malta has never won the contest, although it has twice finished second and twice finished third. At first, the island state sent songs in its native language, Maltese, but it failed to rank highly, finishing last in its first two attempts in the contest in 1971 and 1972 and withdrew after the 1975 contest.
Malta’s return to the contest in 1991, after a 16-year absence, proved to be more successful, with eight consecutive top 10 placings (1991-1998) and finishing in the top 10 in 12 out of 15 contests from 1991-2005. These results included third-place finishes in 1992 for Mary Spiteri and in 1998 for Chiara and second-place finishes in 2002 for Ira Losco and in 2005 for Chiara, who in 2009 became the first performer to represent Malta at three contests, finishing 22nd. Malta’s two seconds and two thirds, make it the most successful country not to win the contest.
In the last 12 contests, Malta has only once reached the top 10, when Gianluca Bezzina finished eighth in 2013. Fabrizio Faniello, who had previously finished ninth in 2001, finished last in the 2006 final, and since then the country has failed to qualify from the semi-final round six times, in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2015 and 2017.
Together with France, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, Malta is one of the few countries that has not missed a contest since 1991. All of Malta’s entries since 1991 have been sung in its other official language, English, which it was one of the few countries allowed to use in the contest between 1977 and 1999, being a former British colony which has had a close relationship with the UK within the contest.
The only use of the Maltese language was three lines in the 2000 entry “Desire”, performed by Claudette Pace. The Maltese broadcasters of the show are the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS). All shows are transmitted live on TVM (Malta) and Radio Malta. Also, along with Croatia and Sweden it was the only country never to be relegated, under the previous rules of the contest, that wasn’t a part of the Big Four.