PBS the national broadcaster of Malta has confirmed a total of 36 participants will take part in the upcoming national selection, Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2024.
36 artists for Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2024
After an open call for song submissions, PBS narrowed down the selection to 36 artists for the 2024 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest national selection. The winning act will represent Malta at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest 2024 taking place in Malmö, Sweden next May. The artists and their songs are as follows:
|Cosette Baldacchino||‘Free Fall’|
|Desirei Grech||‘Watch Me’|
|Eliana Gomez Blanco||‘There’s Only Flowers’|
|Gail Attard||‘Wild Card’|
|Greta Tuda||‘Topic (Bla Bla)’|
|Haley Azzopardi||‘Tell Me That It’s Over’|
|Jessica Micallef||‘Tagħna Tnejn’|
|Karin Duff||‘Breaking Bad’|
|Maria Christina||‘Moving On’|
|Mark Anthony Bartolo||‘Condition or Friction’|
|Mark Portelli||‘Just Be’|
|Martina Cutajar||‘Miles Away’|
|Michela Galea||‘Let’s Talk About Love’|
|Miguel Bonello||‘Better Off Alone’|
|Moira Stafrace||‘Feather Flight’|
Among the line-up includes Malta’s 2012 representative, Kurt Calleja and 1994 representative, Moira Stafrace. Meanwhile, Eliana Gomez Blanco represented the nation at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Notable national final alumni also includes X Factor Malta winner Ryan Hili who finished runner-up in last years’ MESC. As well as Janvil and Franklin Calleja who are both competing to represent Malta for the seventh time.
Format for MESC 2024
From tomorrow, and for the next four weeks, viewers of XOW will get to see nine acts take part in each show. Throughout each live show, the public and jury will cast their verdicts on the songs and performers. The twelve acts that received the highest number of total points will advance to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2024 Final in January.
The Final will not be a live show. Instead, the show will be a live-on-tape production, with artists recording a version of their entry in December. During which, they will have a 60min window and three takes to submit the final recording to be aired on the show. As well as this, the acts are being given a €5,000 grant each to produce a music video that will also air during the Final. The results will be decided through combined jury and public voting. The winner represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest 2024.
The first nine acts scheduled to reveal their songs tomorrow are:
- Kurt Calleja – ‘Misunderstood’
- Sarah Bonnici – ‘Loop’
- Gail Attard – ‘Wild Card’
- Mark Anthony Bartolo – ‘Condition or Friction’
- Eliana Gomez Blanco – ‘There’s Only Flowers’
- Oxygyn – ‘Cloudmaker’
- Nathan – ‘Ghost’
- Lyndsay Pace – ‘Fire Proof’
- Dominic Cini – ‘Bewsa’
Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest
Malta first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1971 with Joe Grech and his song, ‘Marija I-Malitja’, which finished in last place with 52 points. They also finished last on their second attempt in the contest in 1972. After a third appearance in 1975, Malta withdrew from the contest until 1991, when they returned and finished in sixth place with 106 points.
Since their return in 1991, Malta has finished in the top three on four occasions – Mary Spiteri with ‘Little Child’ in 1992 and Chiara with ‘The One That I Love‘ in 1998 which both finished in third place. Also, Ira Losco with ‘7th Wonder’ in 2002 and Chiara with ‘Angel’ in 2005, which both finished in second place. Thus, making the Mediterranean island one of the most successful to never win the contest outright.
Last year, Malta was represented by the MESC 2023 winners, The Busker. During the first Semi-Final of the Liverpool contest, ‘Dance (Our Own Party) finished in 15th place with 3 points.
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