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Malta Song for Europe

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Malta Song for Europe (Maltese: il-Festival Kanzunetta għall-Ewropa) was the song festival which used to decide who will represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest. It is now being organised by Maltese broadcaster Public Broadcasting Services (PBS Malta).

Malta's participation in the Eurovision Song Contest dates back to 1971. In those years the contest was known as the Malta Song Festival.

In the past the rules for submissions by composers, authors and singers were published in October . The first elimination of the songs was held in December, and the semifinalists were announced in January. The semifinal was then held in February. Two days after, a final was held to choose Malta's representative at the Eurovision.

In 2009 a new format of the contest was introduced, the Malta Eurosong contest, with eight semi-finals held over November 2008 to January 2009, with a final of 20 songs competing in February.[1][2] In 2010 six semi-finals were held over December 2009 and January 2010, and a final was once again held in February 2010.[3]

Since 2011 it became known as the "Malta Eurovision Song Contest". The format was discontinued by PBS in favour of an artist selection by Malta using the X Factor Malta format.

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Year Artist Language Song Final Points Semi Points
1971 Joe Grech Maltese "Marija l-Maltija" 18 52 No semi-finals
1972 Helen and Joseph Maltese "L-imħabba" 18 48
1975 Renato English "Singing This Song" 12 32
1991 Paul Giordimaina and Georgina English "Could It Be" 6 106
1992 Mary Spiteri English "Little Child" 3 123
1993 William Mangion English "This Time" 8 69 Kvalifikacija za Millstreet
1994 Chris and Moira English "More Than Love" 5 97 No semi-finals
1995 Mike Spiteri English "Keep Me In Mind" 10 76
1996 Miriam Christine English "In a Woman's Heart" 10 68 4 138
1997 Debbie Scerri English "Let Me Fly" 9 66 No semi-finals
1998 Chiara English "The One That I Love" 3 165b
1999 Times Three English "Believe 'n Peace" 15 32
2000 Claudette Pace English, Maltese "Desire" 8 73
2001 Fabrizio Faniello English "Another Summer Night" 9 48
2002 Ira Losco English "7th Wonder" 2 164
2003 Lynn Chircop English "To Dream Again" 25 4
2004 Julie and Ludwig English "On Again... Off Again" 12 50 8 74
2005 Chiara English "Angel" 2 192 Top 12 Previous Year[a]
2006 Fabrizio Faniello English "I Do" 24 1 Top 11 Previous Year[a]
2007 Olivia Lewis English "Vertigo" Failed to qualify 25 15
2008 Morena English "Vodka" 14 38
2009 Chiara English "What If We" 22 31 6 86
2010 Thea Garrett English "My Dream" Failed to qualify 12 45
2011 Glen Vella English "One Life" 11 54
2012 Kurt Calleja English "This Is the Night" 21 41 7 70
2013 Gianluca Bezzina English "Tomorrow" 8 120 4 118
2014 Firelight English "Coming Home" 23 32 9 63
2015 Amber English "Warrior" Failed to qualify 11 43
2016 Ira Losco English "Walk on Water" 12 153 3 209
2017 Claudia Faniello English "Breathlessly" Failed to qualify 16 55
2018 Christabelle English "Taboo" 13 101

See also


  1. ^ a b According to the then-Eurovision rules, the top ten non-Big Four countries from the previous year along with the Big Four automatically qualified for the Grand Final without having to compete in semi-finals. For example, if Germany and France placed inside the top ten, the 11th and 12th spots were advanced to next year's Grand Final along with all countries ranked in the top ten.


  1. ^ Klier, Marcus (2009-09-02). "Malta: major changes to the selection process". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 3 September 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2009.
  2. ^ Floras, Stella (2008-10-14). "Malta: More developments on 2009 national selection". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 15 October 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2009.
  3. ^ Stella, Floras (19 November 2009). "Malta: National final on 20th February". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 21 November 2009. Retrieved 16 December 2009.

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