After 129 entries were submitted and two elimination phases, the finalists for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest has been announced. The reveal was shown this evening during the evening news on TVM – where the shortlisted artists were seen at the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta, learning their fate as the competition progresses to the next stage.
Since the first eliminatory phase which was announced on September 15th, the thirty shortlisted entries were filmed while performing their entries live. This footage was then reviewed by a number of local and international expert juries in order to establish sixteen finalists. These finalists will take to the stage at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in a live show at the beginning of next year.
Aidan – Dai Laga (Aidan Cassar)
Avenue Sky – We Can Run (Jonas Gladnikoff, Matthew Ker, Glen Vella)
Brooke Borg – Heart of Gold (Christian Schneider, Aidan O’Connor, Sara Biglert, Brooke Borg)
Christabelle Borg – Taboo (Thomas G:son, Christabelle Borg, Muxu)
Danica Muscat – One Step At A Time (John Ballard, Ruth Mussie, Jerusalem Yemane, Irena Krstva, Kian Fakhar)
Deborah C – Turn It Up (Christian Schneider, Aidan O’Connor, Sara Biglert)
Dwett – Breaking Point (Elton Zarb, Muxu)
Eleanor Cassar – Back To Life (Jonas Gladnikoff, Michael James Down)
Jasmine Abela – Supernovas (Charlie Mason, Jonas Thander)
Lawrence Gray – Love Renegade (Cyprian Cassar, Muxu)
Matthew Anthony – Call 2morrow (Jonas Gladnikoff, Tom Wiklund, Peder Eriksson)
Miriana Conte – Rocket (Cyprian Cassar, Muxu)
Petra Whiteford – Evolution (Elton Zarb, Muxu)
Rhiannon Micallef – Beyond Blue Horizons (Cyprian Cassar, Rhiannon Micallef)
Richard & Joe Micallef – Song For Dad (Cyprian Cassar, Richard Micallef)
Tiziana Calleja – First Time (Tina Stenberg)
From the list of sixteen finalists, twelve of them have reached the finals of the Malta Eurovision selection in the past – five of them featuring in last year’s final. Around half of the songs have been produced locally – whilst the others are by international teams based in the United Kingdom and Sweden – some of them also being behind songs of finalists and winners in the Eurovision Song Contest previously. Richard Micallef, who will perform his entry with his father, was of course part of the group “Firelight”, who reached the final for Malta back in 2014.
The newcomers to the festival are 18 year old Matthew Anthony, Aidan, Avenue Sky (which Aidan is also a member of) and Dwett – consisting of Mikhail & Cherylis. Last year, Mikhail was seen auditioning in Romania with his song “Sail Back” for their national selection process.
More details about the 2018 Malta Eurovision Song Contest are expected to be announced by Public Broadcasting Services in due course. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.