As we enter 2017, Eurovision national finals are in full flow. To keep you up to date with all the Eurovision happenings, we have brought back our feature; ’15 Things We Learned This Week’ which we will continue to post every Sunday evening to recap the Eurovision news for the past week! So without further ado, here is the 15 things we learned this week…
Malta chose Ira Losco as their 2016 Eurovision entry quite early on in the selection season. However, they had a last minute song change when they decided to drop ‘Chameleon (Invincible)’ which won the MESC competition, and replace it with ‘Walk On Water’. Will this alteration enhance their chances of winning? Find out in our review of the song.
Two songs will advance from Group A to the knock out stage of our Eurovision World Cup Contest. Group A consists of UK, Armenia, Belgium, Lithuania, Malta and Montenegro. Listen to each of the songs in this group and vote for your favourite two in the poll below. Poll closes 28th March when the results will be unveiled.
Both Albania and Malta were quick to choose their Eurovision artists and song with Albania opting for Eneda Tarifa in December and Malta a month later choosing Ira Losco. However, it would seem in their haste that they were unhappy with the finished result as both have now decided to alter their songs for Eurovision 2016.
Ira Losco will represent Malta at Eurovision for a second time in 2016 with ‘Chameleon (Invincible)’. The singer was chosen as the nation’s representative following the final of MESC tonight which saw 14 acts in contention for the Maltese selection.
Last night Malta staged the first of their live shows in order to get one step closer to crowning the act and song that will represent them in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. Twenty songs were in contention and each performer took to the MESC stage in the hope of getting chosen. Six of these acts were eliminated from the contest, while the other 14 continue on, and will perform in tonight’s final. Read on to find out the results.
Our readers reckon it should be Jasmine Abela and her song ‘Alive’ that Malta should choose as their Eurovision entry for 2016. Jasmine topped the poll with 38% of the vote, while Christabelle Borg, Raquel Galdes, Dominic, Corazon and Ira Losco came joint second with 13%.
Malta has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 28 times since its debut in 1971. After a 16 year gap from 1975 to 1991, Malta returned to the Contest. Malta has been dubbed the most successful country not to have won the Contest. Despite never winning, they have finished second twice (Ira Losco in 2002 and Chiara in 2005), they twice finished third and have finished in the top 10 in 12 out of 15 contests from 1991-2005. More recently Malta have failed to qualify for the final on five out of nine occasions including their most recent attempt in 2015 with Amber’s ‘Warrior’. What will they have in store in 2016?