The forty artists who have reached the quarter finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2023 have been revealed by Maltese broadcaster PBS.
Familiar faces return for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2023
All forty artists and their respective song titles were revealed in an Instagram post by PBS. You can find the forty artists and titles below:
Of the confirmed quarter-finalists, three names immediately can stand out for fans. Jessika Muscat – known as just Jessika – is known for representing San Marino in 2018. She has, however, tried to represent her native Malta on several occasions. As well as this, AIDAN, who finished in second place at the national final in 2022, is also amongst the returnees. We also see Eliana Gomez Blanco who represented Malta at Junior Eurovision 2019.
The Malta Eurovision Song Contest is set to take place throughout January and February 2023. Four quarter-finals will be held on January 13th, 20th, 27th and February 3rd respectively. Of the forty artists competing, only 24 will make it to the semi-final on February 9th. Eight songs will be knocked out of contention and the remaining 16 songs will advance to the final. At the final, broadcast on February 11th, a combination of a jury and the public vote will help to determine the winner.
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”.
What do you make of the quarter-finalists? Are there any artists you will be hoping that will make it to the semi-finals? Will you be watching the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2023? As always, let us know what you think by commenting below. Also, be sure to follow “That Eurovision Site” on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tiktok as we prepare for Eurovision 2023!
News Source: PBS
Photo Credit: EBU / Andres Putting
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