MESC 2018: Shortlist of 30 Entries Made Public


Public Broadcasting Services Malta (PBS) have announced a shortlist which made it through the first eliminatory phase of the 2018 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, the island’s well followed selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest. The news was revealed online at after the TVM evening news on Friday, September 15.

A total of 129 entries were submitted to PBS, twenty-seven less than the year before. From these, the broadcaster has shortlisted thirty, which will be further shortened to sixteen within the next month. The list of names announced features a feast of seasoned professionals on the Malta Eurovision scene, along with a number of new names. No details of songwriters have been announced, but it is expected that songs are by a mix of local and international composers. 

Abire Sekkaki – Casablanca Love

Aidan – Dai Laga

Aidan – See You

Avenue Sky – We Can Run

Brooke Borg – Heart of Gold

Christabelle Borg – Taboo

Dan – If Only

Danica Muscat – One Step At A Time

Deborah C – Turn It Up

Deborah C & Josef Tabone – Human

Dominic Cini – Pictures

Eleanor Cassar – Back To Life

Ishmael Grech – Good Times

Jasmine Abela – Supernovas

Kelsey Bellante – Super Woman

Kevin Paul Calleja – Great Adventure

Kimberley Curtis – Monsters

Kurt Anthony Cassar – You Will Find Me

Lawrence Gray – Love Renegade

Malcolm Pisani – Kiss

Matthew Caruana – Call 2morrow

Mikhail Attard & Cherylis Camileri – Breaking Point

Miriana Conte – Rocket

Nicole Azzopardi – Mixed Feelings

Petra Whiteford – Evolution

Raquel Galdes – In My Mind

Rhiannon Micallef – Beyond Blue Horizons

Richard & Joe Micallef – Song For Dad

Stefan Galea – Closer

Tiziana Calleja – First Time

International fans will surely recognise the names of Richard Micallef and Nicole Azzopardi – the former representing Malta in 2014 as part of “Firelight”, and the latter taking part for Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest back in 2010. Other notable mentions can be made to Eleanor Cassar – returning after a number of years away from the local festival scene, in addition to Christabelle Borg – re-entering the festival after working on her first EP with international producers. 

It has been said that during these past couple of days, singers have been invited to a live audition phase in order to hear how their songs sounded when interpreted live. During this elimination phase, a number of local and international expert juries will be involved to choose the top sixteen finalists which will then compete during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Stay tuned to even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: TVM, PBS


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