🇲🇹 Malta Confirms Participation for Eurovision 2023

🇲🇹 Malta Confirms Participation for Eurovision 2023

The roster for Eurovision 2023 has started to fill up, as Malta became the latest country to confirm their participation last week. Broadcaster PBS not only revealed they would be present, but also announced the format of their national final, Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2023

Malta will once again use MESC to choose their representative for Eurovision 2023. However, PBS has made a big change to the format. The contest now includes four quarterfinals in addition to the semi-final and grand final.

PBS also confirmed the dates for MESC 2023, which are as follows:

  • Quarter-Final 1 – 13th January
  • Quarter-Final 2 – 20th January
  • Quarter-Final 3 – 27th January
  • Quarter-Final 4 – 3rd February
  • Semi-Final – 9th February
  • Grand Final – 11th February

PBS also confirmed the submission window for songs. Artists may submit their entries online from 17th-31st October 2022. PBS will then select the quarterfinalists from these submissions in November.

Malta’s Eurovision Journey

Malta made its Eurovision debut in 1971, with Joe Grech performing “Marija I-Maltija” (Maria the Maltese Lass), finishing 18th with 52 points. Malta did not participate in Eurovision from 1975 until 1991. That year they returned with the song “Could It Be” by Paul Giordimaina and Georgina, finishing 12th with 32 points. Since then, Malta has been at every Eurovision and finished in the top 10 an impressive 12 times. Their best result so far is second place, which they’ve achieved twice. The first time was in 2002, when Ira Losco sang “7th Wonder,” and the second time in 2005 with Chiara’s “Angel.” Malta’s most recent Eurovision entry was Emma Muscat, who scored 47 points in the semi-final, earning 16th place and therefore, not qualifying for the final with the song “I Am What I Am”.

Are you excited for MESC’s new format? Who would you like to see represent Malta at Eurovision 2023? Let us know in the comments or on social media. Be sure to follow ‘THAT Eurovision Site’ on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok as we prepare for Eurovision 2023!

News Source: PBS

Photo Credit: EBU / Corinne Cumming

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