Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2018: Aidan opens February 3 final, Petra performs last

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February 3 will be a night for admiring divas and for shaking your derrière. That’s because the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will unfold in all its glory that night at the Malta Fairs and Convention Centre. Ballads, beauty and Mediterranean Bank commercials, oh my!

Malta’s broadcaster made the announcement this evening, adding that it had conducted a draw to determine which of the 16 finalists will perform first and last.

Newcomer Aidan Cassar will open the show with his song “Dai laga”. Some of you may know him from Malta’s Junior Eurovision 2015 selection or, more recently, for his Eurovision 2017 mash-up that went viral in Eurovision circles.

He showed off his skills with a number of tongues and styles — and more importantly a real sense of vocal control.

Petra will close the show with her song “Evolution”. And as we saw at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2017, performing last may just give her the edge — or at least a few extra televotes.

Last year Claudia Faniello performed last and emerged as the surprise winner over pre-contest favourites Brooke Borg and Janice Mangion.

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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 broadcaster’s CEO John Bundy previously confirmed that the national final will again use 100% televote to select its winner.

That news came in the wake of Malta’s poor result in Kyiv. Claudia’s “Breathlessly” — which was selected at the national final by 100% televote — placed 16th in its semi-final, with only 55 points. The placing is Malta’s worst result since the two semi-final system was introduced in 2008.

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