Malta has finally kicked off the campaign to find Kurt Calleja’s successor in Sweden. Kurt Calleja managed to get Malta back in the finals after a three year gap and also managed to achieve the best ever result for the country since Chiara’s second participation in 2005 with her self-penned entry Angel, finishing 21st on the scoreboard on the night following a relatively mediocre performance from the lead vocalist. By virtue of doing this Malta has officially confirmed its participation in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest that will be taking place in Malmo which last hosted the same event back in 1992 hosting Mary Spiteri and her entry Little Child which had finished in third place behind Linda Martin for Ireland and Michael Ball for the United Kingdom.
The songs have to reach Public Broadcasting Services by the 30th and the 31st of October; once again foreign composers and authors are eligible to take part in the selection but the main performers have to hold a Maltese citizenship. The songs submitted will be heard on a CD in front of a panel of judges where they will shortlist 24 songs that will make it to the first final stage of the festival, 16 of which will then compete in the grand finale. The final 24 songs shall be announced on the 30th of November 2012 through the official website of the Public Broadcasting Services which could be found here. The 16 entries will once again be decided by a mix of jury and a public vote, and so does the final result. The date of the festival has not been established but it would be safe to assume that this will be taking place either in January or in February.
Artists who have represent Malta between the years 2008 and 2012, namely Morena, Chiara, Thea Garrett, Glen Vella and Kurt Calleja are not eligible to try their luck this year but artists who represented Malta beforehand can do so meaning that there could be the potential return of a number of acts including Olivia Lewis who could not take in recent years due to the same regulation which omitted artists from the past five years from taking part. Although no official date has been established thus far one can safely assume that the final will be taking place either in January or in February of 2013.Those interested in acquiring a copy of the rules can send an email to [email protected]. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest updates in regards to this years’ selection.
Source: MESC Team, www.eurovision.tv