After hosting two semi-finals in late July, Malta’s broadcaster PBS has announced the finalists of their national selection for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2023, to be held in Nice, France.
The broadcaster announced the twelve finalists through a live stream on TV channel TVM’s website. In order of announcement, the finalists are:
- Emma Farrugia
- Aaliyah Grech
- Yulan Law
- Daylin Cassar Randich
- Shyann Cutajar
- Dawn Desira
- Cesca Galea
- Andrea Camilleri
- Keira Farrugia
- Kaylyn Mallia
- Anneka Xerri
- Point Blank
This Saturday, 12 August, these young singers will compete in the final of the Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The show will be aired on TVM, starting at 16:00 Maltese time. The winner will be determined by 80% jury voting and 20% televote. Malta’s Junior Eurovision representative of 2022, Gaia Gambuzza, will be a special guest on the show and will debut her new song “FEVER”, which is about bullying.
Only the performing artist will be selected at this point. The song will be decided on afterwards and will be announced on 15 September. Malta’s head of delegation Gordon Bonello explained this approach: “Normally we ask singers to apply with original songs, this time we insisted as in the past with cover versions. So they will be judged by their voice and later on a song will be produced which is adaptable for them. Even at this age, the singer will be part of the individual’s song lyrics and this is important so that these children will be part of their song.”
Malta has had its ups and downs at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, winning twice (Gaia Cauchi in 2013 and Destiny Chukunyere in 2015), but also finishing last three times (most recently in 2022).
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