Malta: Confirms Participation and Rules for Entry

MaltaMalta – The Maltese national broadcaster, Public Broadcasting Services Limited (PBS) is pleased to announce the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016, which will be held in January and so confirms the country will be represented in Stockholm in 2016. 

Summary of the rules:

Last year’s winning artist may not participate as a performer in the Contest.

All artists participating in lead role must be of Maltese nationality or hold dual citizenship, one of which Maltese. Authors and composers may be of any nationality.

Submissions will be received on 29th and 30th October 2015. In addition to the original song, artists need to submit a recording of another song, which can be a cover version, or a song that has already been published.

Twenty finalists will be announced in November 2015. The finalists will perform live with backing vocals in the Contest. The panel of Judges will be made up of six judges. Televoting will represent the vote of a seventh judge. Artists will be allowed to interpret two different songs during Part 1 of the Final Phase.

Fourteen songs will qualify for the Final Phase – Part 2. Artist will be allowed to interpret one song during Part 2 of the final phase.

The winning Artist will be eligible to represent Malta in the forthcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Sweden in May 2016

You can get the full rules by sending an email to mesc@pbs.com.mt

Malta has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 28 times since its debut in 1971, but has never won. It’s highest finish was 3rd place  in 1992 and 1998.

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Source: PBS

21 comments on “Malta: Confirms Participation and Rules for Entry

  1. Good luck, sweet Malta. :)

  2. Malta’s highest finish is not 3rd place but 2nd place (2002 and 2005). On the other hand, one could say that 1998 is their best score in some way, ’cause that was the closest to victory, 7 points.

    Good luck, Malta! Give me something I really like, like your entries from 1991, 1992, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2009 and 2013. :)

  3. I’m still waiting for them to use the 50/50 voting method. The public getting a 1/7 say in the voting is ludicrous.

    But good luck to Malta! :-)

  4. I liked all their 2013-2015 efforts ! Good luck!

  5. I hope juries will stop overrating them at last. They have been in every jury top10 since 2009…

  6. Honestly, I have become quite tired of all that Malta bashing. Of course they send americanised pop tunes to ESC most of the time but considering the tiny music industry on Malta, I believe that they are way above 90 % of the other ESC countries who have bigger, more professional and more diverse music industries yet a rather sloppy approach to ESC. Malta at least tries to send the best they have every year. :)

    • I also admire Malta for their huge effort every year. Just imagine if, let’s say, UK showed the same effort. What a completely different contest we would have then…

      I’ve also quite liked a couple of Maltese NF’s. 1992 and 1995 especially. On the other hand, all their NF’s between 2000-2005 are absolutely awful imho. I think I like around eight songs (out of like 110 in total) from those years. But they have started to shape up again, even if the last one was rather weak.

  7. Haven’t enjoyed a Maltese entry since the Swan lady screaming “this is my dreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeam.” She was the last entertaining thing to come out of Malta imo.

    Please Malta, send something with some energy in, it doesn’t even have to be upbeat, you can send a powerful Chiara ballad if you like. But no more singing doctors, no more hillbillys, no more lost looking girls like we had this year.

  8. Their 2013 and 2014 entries were both great.
    Best of luck.

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