Malta are not wasting any time in preparing for Eurovision 2018. In mid-September, we learned the names of the 30 semi-finalists for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Tonight TVM revealed the 16 finalists — and they include some familiar faces (and voices).

The two artists that stand out the most are Brooke Borg and Christabelle Borg.

Brooke, of course, won over the fandom with her 2016 entry “Golden”, finishing second to Ira Losco. She returned for 2017, placing fourth with “Unstoppable”. Her entry for the 2018 contest will be “Heart of Gold”.

It’s also a welcome return for Christabelle, who did not enter the selection process last year. Like Brooke, she’s a former runner-up, placing second in 2015 with “Rush”.

Having won the Wiwi Jury in both 2015 and 2016 (with “Kingdom”), will she make it a hat-trick with her 2018 song, “Taboo”? The track is notably written in part by Eurovision veteran, Thomas G:Son.

The Maltese music scene is a close-knit group, so naturally, the two ladies aren’t the only acts returning. Other names fans may remember include Deborah C (in her seventh straight appearance), Danica Muscat and Lawrence Gray.

Richard Micallef also returns with his effort “Song For Dad”. Richard was part of Malta’s 2014 entry Firelight, but is looking to return.

You can see the full list of finalists, along with their songs, below.

Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2018 — Finalists

  • Deborah C — “Turn It Up”
  • AIDAN — “Dai Laga”
  • Brooke Borg — “Heart of Gold”
  • Christabelle Borg — “Taboo”
  • Avenue Sky — “We Can Run”
  • Jasmine Abela — “Supernovas”
  • Richard & Joe Micallef — “Song For Dad”
  • Petra Whiteford — “Evolution”
  • Lawrence Gray — “Love Grenade”
  • Eleanor Cassar — “Back To Life”
  • Rhiannon Micallef — “Beyond Blue Horizons”
  • Mikhail Attard & Cherylis Camileri — “Breaking Point”
  • Matthew Caruana — “Call 2morrow”
  • Miriana Conte — “Rocket”
  • Danica Muscat — “One Step At A Time”
  • Tiziana Calleja — “First Time”

The Malta Eurovision Song Contest final will take place during February 2018, when all sixteen songs will be performed live.

Whoever qualifies will hope to avoid the same fate as Claudia Faniello in Kyiv. Though she wowed us in her performance of “Breathlessly”, she failed to receive any televote points in the semi-final, finishing 16th.

Which names are you most excited to see on the list? Who do you think has a shot of making it to Lisbon? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below!

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The Maltese selection this year:
# The battle of who is the wealthiest between Brooke & Christabelle.
# A final filled with rejects from other countries, including a reject from Moldova. Maybe it is time they close it to local songwriters only?
# Nothing in Maltese by the looks of it! It seems last year was a one off! Shame!
# Same names over & over with a predicted outcome.
# Lots and lots of adverts all throughout the show, making it more entertaining than the actual show itself!

———-> B O R I N G <———-

umerkim
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umerkim

bitch sit down and eat ur cheerios. eurofans always whining over the same national finals but the second the country switches to an internal selection they’re up in arms

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

There is a “nostalgia” to Malta’s music that I enjoy very much. Great line-up this year. I look forward to watching it, along with those, erm, “unique” adverts. 🙂

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Brooke is known to be very wealthy, so hopefully she put together a killer team for a killer show. She honestly has all it takes to give Malta a great result.

Robyn Gallagher
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Hoping for better lyrics this year than “Headlight! Spotlight! Hold tight!”

And I wonder how similar “Heart of Gold” will be to “Golden”. Has the golden theme been used again so she can have her golden hair and some flattering gold light?

UrbanSymphony
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UrbanSymphony

possible head piece + straight hair + black dress combo incoming

Gobio
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Gobio

That straight hair definitely did not suit her. Looked like she just stepped out of the shower.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

The tragic Qélé qélé lyrics worked, so you never know haha

UrbanSymphony
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UrbanSymphony

do we know when the songs come out or?

Marko Z
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Marko Z

Brooke and Jasmineee ????????

Marc
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Marc

I expect (as always with Mesc) all forgettable average songs.
They keep playing as if we were in 2005 so they will keep sending non-qualifying songs unless rigged juries can save them.
Hilarious to see some people still expect a great song written by G:Sson that has been rejected from Mello.

ESCFan
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ESCFan

wait and see before commenting! <3

Jo
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Jo

Their entries from 2013 and 2014 were great, so there’s always hope.

Marc
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Marc

Jo, super agree. I always had Malta in my Top 3 in 2013. Amazing. But those 2 didn’t win the televote in Malta.
By now I don’t have any hope in Mesc and Maltese voting but we’ll see 🙂

Robyn Gallagher
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Tbh, I’m kind of in agreement here. Malta punches above its weight with incredible singers, but MESC is often let down with the quality of songwriting. Malta always seems about five years behind international music trends, so a lot of their songs just sound really dated and unfashionable. I hope the MESC 2018 entries have a fresher sound.

Btw, Christabelle’s song is also credited to Christabelle and Muxu, so even if it has origins as a Melfest reject (surely not!), there is still a Maltese creative component to it.

ESCFan
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ESCFan

From the list of names this looks amazing. Christabelle, Brooke, and Aiden will serve something fresh for sure. I am hoping for the best for Malta, Malta deserves to do well in ESC

Nickc
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Nickc

How many surnames exist in Malta? There seem to be plenty of borgs, calleja a and faniellos.

Jo
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Jo

Families of musicians.

Robyn Gallagher
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I looked this up a while ago! It’s a small island group with a small population. 25% of the Maltese population have one of the 10 most popular surnames, while 75% of the population have one of just 100 surnames.

Borg and Micallef are two of the 10 most popular Maltese surnames.

Nickc
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Nickc

Thanks Robyn. Now it’s clear.

Robyn Gallagher
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Gutted that Franklin has chosen to step out this year, but I’m fully ready to be blown away by Lawrence Grey’s love grenade.

Sophie
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Sophie

Cannot wait to hear “Taboo” and “Heart of gold” !! what is “Dai laga” ?

Robyn Gallagher
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“Dai laga” appears to be a Hindi phrase meaning “got a chance”. Will Aidan be serving us Maltese-Bollywood realness?

Sophie
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Sophie

What ever he will bring, hope it is something fresh. his new track is amazing.

William Lee Adams
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Brooke and Christabelle — showdown of the stars!

gianesc
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gianesc

This year is Christabelle’s year!

Marko Z
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Marko Z

Nah nah bebe… ITS BROOKE’S