Brooke, Christabelle and Deborah C among the 16 Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2018 finalists

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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!