Ira Losco has not yet been approached for a possible wildcard in the Maltese selection. Malta’s number one star, Ira Losco confirmed this, in exclusive comments she gave to escXtra.
Few minutes ago Losco posted a clarification on her earlier post on facebook about her possible return to Eurovision. Losco stated that she was not considering an immediate return to the contest.
Yesterday PBS revealed the 48 acts that made it through the initial selection phase. However after that Ira was highly tipped to return, surprisingly enough she was not on the list. The rules set by the national broadcaster state that PBS can pick-up a wildcard to join the other selected acts to compete for the right to represent Malta next May in Vienna.
EscXtra spoke with Losco’s manager, Howard Keith who infact did confirm that the Maltese broadcaster did not contact him to discuss the wildcard option. Asked about the possible wildcard offer and if Ira would accept it, Ira’s manager said that he is not in a position to give a clear answer.
In the past weeks there were various reports on local portals about a possible return by the 2002 runner-up. Two days ago Ira herself did infact post on her facebook page asking her friends about their thoughts if she sets the ball rolling for a second attempt in Eurovision.
Meanwhile the list of those who qualified to the second phase includes five former Maltese representatives. Last Monday escXtra exclusively revealed that Gianluca Bezzina (2013) is competing in a group, together with his siblings. Glen Vella (2011), Ludwig Galea (2004), Olivia Lewis (2007) and Miriam Christine (1996) are other past Eurovision entrants who are also in the run to represent Malta again.
On Friday 3rd October at 20:40 CET, PBS will reveal the semi-finalists that will compete in a semi-final televised show. The national final will take place on Saturday 22nd November, a week after the country hosts the 12th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.