It’s the Eurovision island that’s home to Ira Losco and that hosted last year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
And now Malta has started its road to Eurovision 2018 in
Lisbon Portugal, as Maltese broadcaster PBS has unveiled the details of next year’s national selection — Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
THE MESC 2018 RULES
MESC 2018 will ring in the new year in January 2018 and, as last year, the winner will be picked by 100% televoting.
Songs can be submitted on the PBS website and there is a non-refundable €150 submission fee for every entry. Compositions must not have been released commercially before November 1, 2017. But if a song has been previously publicly available in some other format then it may still be admitted at PBS’ discretion.
While the stars themselves must be Maltese or hold dual nationality, the same isn’t true for songwriters, who can be of any nationality. Sweden calling?
Songs must be submitted by September 1. Then the elimination process begins.
First a panel of judges will listen to studio versions all of the songs submitted. Intriguingly, the judges also reserve the right to hear the artists perform the songs without playback too. Artists must sing live on the Eurovision stage, so this measure should expose any artists hiding behind excessive autotune or other special effects.
The selection process will take place under legal supervision. Justice will be served, y’all!
Once that process is through the judges will shortlist 60 candidates songs. Local and international juries will then cut that list in half to 30, and 16 finalists will compete in MESC 2018 to win the Maltese ticket to Eurovision 2018. The finalists will be announced in October.
Malta at Eurovision 2017
Last year Claudia Faniello snagged a surprise victory, seeing off fan favourites Brooke Borg and Janice Mangion, whose Maltese language ballad placed second.
Unfortunately her ballad “Breathlessly” failed to surprise on the night, crashing out of the semis and keeping Malta out of the Saturday night Grand Final.