40 songs have been whittled down to 24 in this year’s MESC! The results of the quarter final shows are in, and here are the acts that have made it through to the semi-finals for a chance to represent Malta at Eurovision 2023.
The results of the heats for MESC 2023 are:
|Ryan Hili||“In The Silence”||Aaron Sibley, Natan Dagur, Cyprian Cassar||Aaron Sibley, Natan Dagur||Qualified|
|Jason Scerri||“Anything Can Happen”||Jason Scerri||Jason Scerri||Did Not Qualify|
|The Busker||“Dance (Our Own Party)”||Dav.Jr, Jean Paul Borg, Sean Meachen, Matthew James Borg, Michael Joe Cini||Dav.Jr||Qualified|
|MATT BLXCK||“Up”||MATT BLXCK , Cyprian Cassar||MATT BLXCK||Qualified|
|Marie Claire||“Thankful”||Rickard Bonde Truumeel, Linda Persson, Ylva Persson, Thorghy Landgren, Thomas Rodin||Emil Calleja Bayliss||Did Not Qualify|
|Andre’||“Broken Hill”||Toby Farrugia & David Cassar Torreggiani||Andre’ Portelli||Qualified|
|Bradley Debono||“Blackout”||Christina Magrin||Christina Magrin||Qualified|
|Dario Bezzin||“Bridle Road”||Darren Michaels, Martin Älenmark||Charlie Mason||Qualified|
|James Louis||“Dream”||James Louis||James Louis||Did Not Qualify|
|Kirstie||“Girls Get Down”||Cyprian Cassar||Muxu||Did Not Qualify|
|Mikhail Attard||“Leħen Fiċ-ċpar”|
(Voice In The Mist)
|Cyprian Cassar||Cliff Casha||Qualified|
|Eliana Gomez Blanco||“Guess What”||Ray Agius||Alfred C. Sant||Qualified|
|Lyndsay||“Haunted”||Michael James Down, Will Taylor, Primoz Poglajen, Jonas Gladnikoff, Johnny Sanchez, Sara Ljunggren||Michael James Down, Will Taylor, Primoz Poglajen, Jonas Gladnikoff, Johnny Sanchez||Did Not Qualify|
|Giada||“I Depend On You”||Melanie Georgiou||Melanie Georgiou||Qualified|
|STEFAN||“Heartbreaker”||Stefan Galea, Rikki Lee Scicluna||Stefan Galea, Matthew Mercieca (Muxu)||Qualified|
|Chris Grech||“Indescribable”||Joakim Dubbelman, Gerard James Borg, Jesper Rune, Arve Furset||Joakim Dubbelman, Gerard James Borg, Jesper Rune, Arve Furset||Qualified|
|DAN||“It’ll Be Ok”||Daniel Muscat Caruana||Daniel Muscat Caruana||Qualified|
|Mark Anthony Bartolo||“Tears”||Mark Anthony Bartolo||Mark Anthony Bartolo||Qualified|
|Dominic Cini||Etienne Micallef||Did Not Qualify|
|Jake||“Love You Like That”||Primoz Poglajen, Jonas Gladnikoff, Michael James Down||Primoz Poglajen , Michael James Down||Did Not Qualify|
|Brooke||“Checkmate”||Brooke Borg, Gerard James Borg, Christian Rabb, Dino Medanhodzic, Lukas Meijer||Brooke Borg, Gerard James Borg, Christian Rabb, Dino Medanhodzic, Lukas Meijer||Qualified|
|Maria Christina||“Our Flame”||Erik Horvath, Rickard Bonde Truumeel, Linda Persson, Ylva Persson||Emil Calleja Bayliss||Did Not Qualify|
|Chrsitian Arding||“Eku Ċar”|
|Jan van Dijck||Emil Calleja Bayliss||Qualified|
|Klinsmann||“Piranha”||Mats Ygfors, Robin Svensson, Magdalena Ohlin, Gerard James Borg||Mats Ygfors, Robin Svensson, Magdalena Ohlin, Gerard James Borg.||Qualified|
|Aidan||“Reġina”||Aidan Cassar & Boban Apostolov||Aidan Cassar||Disqualified|
|Greta Tude||“Sound Of My Stilettos”||Cyprian Cassar||Muxu & Antoine Farrugia||Qualified|
|Dominic & Anna||“Whatever Wind May Blow”||Alexander Berger, Jonas Gladnikoff, Will Tailor, Michael Tauben||Alexander Berger||Qualified|
|Ian||“On My Own”||Melanie Georgiou||Melanie Georgiou||Qualified|
|Geo Debono||“The Mirror”||Daniele Moretti||Naill Mooney / Natasha Turner||Qualified|
|Haley||“Tik Tok”||Philip Vella||Gerard James Borg||Did Not Qualify|
|Fabrizio Daniello||“Try To Be Better”||Johan Bejerholm||Johan Bejerholm||Qualified|
|John Galea||“Trailblazer”||John Galea||John Galea||Did Not Qualify|
|Jessika||“Unapologetic”||Jessica Muscat, Stefan Moessle||Jessica Muscat, Stefan Moessle||Did Not Qualify|
|Nathan Psaila||“Creeping Walls”||Dominic Cini, Jonas Gladinikoff||Emil Calleja Bayliss||Qualified|
|Stefan Xuereb||“What Do You Want”||Richard Micallef||Aidan O’ Connor||Did Not Qualify|
|Cyprian, Muxu||Cyprian and Muxu||Did Not Qualify|
|Francesca Sciberras||“Masquerade”||Marco Debono||Rita Pace||Did Not Qualify|
|Dario Mifsud Bonnici||“Pawn In A Game”||Henric Pierroff, Emil Vaker, Karin Pierroff||Henric Pierroff, Emil Vaker, Karin Pierroff||Did Not Qualify|
|Cheryl Balzan||“La La Land”||David Cassar Torregiani, Cheryl Balzan and Toby Farrugia||Cheryl Balzan||Qualified|
Following three quarter final shows, hosted by Ryan Borg and Josmar, 24 acts have made it through to the semi-final of MESC 2023. 39 entries were in the running, following Aidan’s disqualification from the contest.
The semi-final will take place on 9th February, with 16 artists qualifying for the final show. Malta will select their Eurovision 2023 artist on 11th February. The semi-final and final will be hosted by Glen Vella and Amber Bondin.
While MESC will select the artist to compete at Eurovision, the Maltese delegation and selected artist reserve the right to change the song that will take to the stage in Liverpool.
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”.
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