39 songs have been whittled down to 16. results of tonight’s semi-final for Malta’s Eurovision 2023 selection are now in, with the qualifiers moving on to Saturday’s grand final.
24 competing entries condensed to 16
|1||Greta Tude||“Sound Of My Stilettos”||Cyprian Cassar||Muxu & Antoine Farrugia||Eliminated|
|2||Fabrizio Daniello||“Try To Be Better”||Johan Bejerholm||Johan Bejerholm||Qualified|
|3||Eliana Gomez Blanco||“Guess What”||Ray Agius||Alfred C. Sant||Qualified|
|4||Andre’||“Broken Hill”||Toby Farrugia & David Cassar Torreggiani||Andre’ Portelli||Eliminated|
|5||DAN||“It’ll Be Ok”||Daniel Muscat Caruana||Daniel Muscat Caruana||Qualified|
|6||Ian||“On My Own”||Melanie Georgiou||Melanie Georgiou||Qualified|
|7||Ryan Hili||“In The Silence”||Aaron Sibley, Natan Dagur, Cyprian Cassar||Aaron Sibley, Natan Dagur||Qualified|
|8||Mark Anthony Bartolo||“Tears”||Mark Anthony Bartolo||Mark Anthony Bartolo||Eliminated|
|9||Cheryl Balzan||“La La Land”||David Cassar Torregiani, Cheryl Balzan and Toby Farrugia||Cheryl Balzan||Qualified|
|10||Dario Bezzina||“Bridle Road”||Darren Michaels, Martin Älenmark||Charlie Mason||Eliminated|
|11||Nathan Psaila||“Creeping Walls”||Dominic Cini, Jonas Gladinikoff||Emil Calleja Bayliss||Qualified|
|12||Chris Grech||“Indescribable”||Joakim Dubbelman, Gerard James Borg, Jesper Rune, Arve Furset||Joakim Dubbelman, Gerard James Borg, Jesper Rune, Arve Furset||Qualified|
|13||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|
|14||Chrsitian Arding||“Eku Ċar”|
|Jan van Dijck||Emil Calleja Bayliss||Qualified|
|15||Klinsmann||“Piranha”||Mats Ygfors, Robin Svensson, Magdalena Ohlin, Gerard James Borg||Mats Ygfors, Robin Svensson, Magdalena Ohlin, Gerard James Borg.||Eliminated|
|16||Bradley Debono||“Blackout”||Christina Magrin||Christina Magrin||Eliminated|
|17||Geo Debono||“The Mirror”||Daniele Moretti||Naill Mooney / Natasha Turner||Qualified|
|18||The Busker||“Dance (Our Own Party)”||Dav.Jr, Jean Paul Borg, Sean Meachen, Matthew James Borg, Michael Joe Cini||Dav.Jr||Qualified|
|19||Maxine Pace||“Alone”||Shaun Farrugia||Steven Manovski||Qualified|
|20||Dominic & Anna||“Whatever Wind May Blow”||Alexander Berger, Jonas Gladnikoff, Will Tailor, Michael Tauben||Alexander Berger||Eliminated|
|21||Giada||“I Depend On You”||Melanie Georgiou||Melanie Georgiou||Qualified|
|22||STEFAN||“Heartbreaker”||Stefan Galea, Rikki Lee Scicluna||Stefan Galea, Matthew Mercieca (Muxu)||Qualified|
|23||Mikhail Attard||“Leħen Fiċ-ċpar”|
(Voice In The Mist)
|Cyprian Cassar||Cliff Casha||Eliminated|
|24||MATT BLXCK||“Up”||MATT BLXCK , Cyprian Cassar||MATT BLXCK||Qualified|
Following three quarter final shows, hosted by Ryan Borg and Josmar, 24 acts 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 took 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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