Maltese broadcaster PBS have revealed their plans for selecting their artist and song for Eurovision 2017. The broadcaster had received 156 submissions and today they revealed that they had narrowed these down to the 60 contenders.
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?