Malta — the tiny Mediterranean island that gave us big voices like Chiara, Ira Losco, and Gaia Cauchi — is turning up the heat on the Eurovision 2015-2016 selection season! That’s because earlier today PBS, Malta’s state broadcaster, announced its plans for Stockholm.
Much is the same. PBS will stage a national selection in January, and it will consist of a semi-final and a final. All artists “participating in a lead role” must be Maltese or hold dual citizenship, one of which must be Maltese. The songs, however, can come from authors and composers of any nation.
Interestingly, artists must all submit two songs. One is an original song — presumably the one they would like to sing at Eurovision. And the other is a “recording of another song, which can be a cover version, or a song that has already been published.” Consider this your chance to show off whatever assets your original song doesn’t, or to work another genre.
Artists can submit songs on October 29 and October 30. PBS will then select 20 acts and reveal them in all their glory in November.
During the national final, six jurors will account for 6/7 of the total score, while the public will serve as a seventh judge. (So basically not power to the people).
Here’s where things get really interesting:
Artists will be allowed to interpret two different songs during Part 1 of the Final Phase.
Fourteen songs will qualify for the Final Phase – Part 2. Artists will be allowed to interpret one song during Part 2 of the final phase.
So it looks like the “semi” is going to be super long with twenty artists allowed to perform two songs each. It could be one lonnnnng evening (and probably one sponsored by Mediterranean Bank).
Last year Malta’s Amber finished 11th in her semi-final, narrowly missing a trip to the grand final.
Who do you think has what it takes to get Malta back to the Saturday night show? Let us know below!