Last month Destiny Chukunyere secured Malta’s second Junior Eurovision title in three years. Now Maltese broadcaster TVM hopes to replicate that success as they search for their adult contestant for Eurovision 2016.

The broadcaster has now culled through the song submissions it received in October and tonight revealed their shortlisted entries. 20 of them will then be confirmed for January’s Malta Eurovision Song Contest national final on next week’s Xarabank TV programme. You can see the full list below.

Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016 shortlisted entries

Francesca Bonanno – “96”
Jasmine Abela – “Alive”
Deborah C – “All Around the World”
Chaya Fenech – “Bare Your Soul”
Kurt Cassar – “Battle Zone”
Lyndsay Pace – “Beautiful”
Andre Curmi (Dre) – “Brave”
Cherylis & Mikhail – “Breaking Point”
Cherylis – “Breathe”
Jessika – “Can’t Let Go”
Danica Musvat – “Castle”
Ira Losco – “Chameleon (Invincible)”
Francesca Borg – “Dancing in the Rain”
Domenique Azzopardi – “Empty Hearted”
Jean Claude Azzopardi – “Expectional”
Corazon (Mizzi) – “Falling Glass”
Kelly Ann Mintoff – “Feeling Alive”
Dominic – “Fire Burn”
Iona – “Fireworks”
Raquel Galdes – “Flashing Lights”
Franklin Calleja – “Flawless”
Danica Muscat – “Frontline”
Paul Cuschieri – “Go Beyond The Shore”
Brooke – “Golden”
Nazjo Rotin – “Gone”
Q – “Higher”
Jessika – “Hush Hush”
Dario Mifsud Bonnici – “I Love You”
Franklin Calleja – “I Won’t Surrender”
Christabelle Borg – “Kingdom”
Stefan Galea – “Light Up My Life”
Kimberley Cortis – “Lighthouse”
Franklin Calleja – “Little Love”
Neville Refalo – “MI-MI-MIND”
Joseph Portelli – “Paper Boats”
Panama Band – Simaria – “Reaching”
Sarah Crytsal – “Right Here With You”
Aidan Cassar – “Rule The World”
Klinsmann Cloeiro – “Someday”
Julienne Liberto – “Tell Me What You Wanna Do”
Ira Losco – “That’s Why I Love You”
Jessika – “The Flame”
Kyle Mangani & Maxine Pace – “Tonight”
Daniel Testa – “Under the Sun”
Amy Agius – “Victory”
Kaya – “Without You”
Maxine Pace – “Young Love”
Malcom – “Your Kiss”
Laurence Gray – “You’re Beautiful”

New rules for 2016

This year’s competition is a bit more complicated than in recent years. During Part 1 of the Final Phase (aka, the semi-final, which takes place on the 22nd of January), all the artists will get to perform two songs — their original number, and also a cover of an existing song. Fourteen songs will then advance to Part 2 of the Final Phase (aka, the grand final, which takes place the day after at the 23rd of January). Here the artists will interpret just one song. As ever, expect a lot of Mediterranean Bank adverts.

Voting consists of an expert panel of six juries, each evaluating all the entries. They will make up 86% of the overall vote. The other 14% comes from the televoters, who will act as “a seventh judge”.

Last year’s winner’s Amber agonizingly missed out on a place in the Eurovision 2015 grand final, finishing 11th with 43 points. But hey: she killed it on the red carpet.

What do you think of the acts? Who do you want to win Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016?

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Megan Goodey
Megan Goodey
5 years ago

I am obsessed with Young Love by Maxine. Out of all the songs its stands out the most and is really catchy. I don’t get the hype about Ira, I guess you either love her or hate her

Kjetil
Kjetil
5 years ago

I’d be very happy for Jessika if she would win 😀 Well, if her song is good… 😉

WTF
WTF
5 years ago

Don’t get your hopes up too high… Since 2005, Malta have mostly sent utter crap… Could have had something good this year with Chris Grech but the Maltese are clearly clueless…

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
5 years ago

@Robyn: Most likely it’s because Ira finished 2nd; and with that outcome they believe she has the greatest potential to win it all, should she qualify for ESC again. But that was 2002, something they overlook; and 14 years henceforth, she now has to face newer competition at the MESC, and must have a song that convinces everyone that she deserves another shot at the ESC title.

DenizNL
DenizNL
5 years ago

Wooo Jessika is back!

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
5 years ago

Can someone explain why there’s so much love for Ira Losco? To my ears, “7th Wonder” sounds like really inoffensive Christian pop. I know it’s 13 years old, but music like that wasn’t even cool back in 2002.

Or is she better known for music she’s released since ESC?

Colin Ryabova
Colin Ryabova
5 years ago

I have so so many maltese favvs !!

Ira losco, Christabelle, Raquel Galdes, Maxine Pace, Stefan Galea, Jessika Kurt Cassar, and Klinsmann is finally back :D!!!!!!!!
hoping to see some new faces in the final this year!

Ingo Vartes
Ingo Vartes
5 years ago

So many great acts in that list!
Hoping to see many fresh faces like Jasmine, Stefan Galea, Maxine Pace, and I love Christabelle and Franklin!! Then there is always the super star IRA LOSCO!!!!!!!!

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
5 years ago

In which case, with 6 jurors on the panel, that amounts to 348 points being given away, if you use the 12-10-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 system. For a 50-50- system, they ought to award 348 points based on the televote. Someone with 50% of the vote could conceivably get 174 points on the televote alone, unless they tweak the system where 50% of the vote will earn 72 points, the maximum that a jury can award for a unanimous decision.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
5 years ago

Did I miss something? They’re going to have SIX jurors this time around?!

That indeed amounts to 85.71% of the total score, with 14.29% for the televoters. Very, VERY not good. A song that runs away with the televote could get absolutely massacred by the jury if they don’t agree with the people.

Methinks the Maltese should follow the example of MF; assign points to each entry according to the percentage they get from the public vote.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
5 years ago

@PP: The jury score represents 83.33% (or 5/6) of the total score; quite lopsided in favor of the jury. If a song wins the televote, it could conceivably fail to finish in the top 3 if the jury buries it. Again, consider Jessika’s “Hypnotica” from 2014; 1st in the televote, 12th in the jury vote; 8th overall. If the voting had been 50-50, she would have finished 4th.

YoungsterJoey
YoungsterJoey
5 years ago

Wow. Lots of the Maltese heavyweights are back.

Im definitely going to watch this semifinal and final.

Azerbai-esc16
Azerbai-esc16
5 years ago

OMG SOOO many favss !! Ira losco <3, Christabelle, Jessika , Franklin,Daniel testa, Lawrencegray, Jasmine Abela (from chogm i think), Raquel Galdes, Aidan Cassar, Maxine pace, Danica muscat……. It's gonna be a tough one !! But i think this year malta should go for a young and fresh face ( but then there's Ira!!) So I am rooting for Ira Losco, Daniel Testa, Maxine Pace, Aidan Cassar & Jasmine Abela !! GOO MALTA <3

Mei International
Mei International
5 years ago

Ira Losco!!!

Steven
Steven
5 years ago

RAQUELLE BACK AFTER BEING ROBBED <3 IONA BACK AFTER BEING ROBBED <3

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
5 years ago

My last paragraph refers to the 2015 contest, where Amber got 12 points on all 5 judges’ cards and 12 from the televoters.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
5 years ago

@Jak, Anthony Ko: With 5 jurors on the panel, the televote scores should have been multiplied by 5 to match the maximum jury score (60). That is how Melodifestivalen does it, to maintain a 50-50 split. Had there been a 50-50 split, where the maximum televote points matched the maximum jury total, Jessika (who was buried in 12th by the jury despite being 1st in the televote) would have moved up from 8th to 4th at MESC 2014; but Amber would have dropped from 4th to 7th. A 50-50 split would have done no one any good. Amber was unanimous… Read more »

PP
PP
5 years ago

With 86 % points from juries, modern song don t have chance to win, song like Hyponotica….

Xoão
Xoão
5 years ago

I’m quite sure Ira Losco is gonna win. She is awesome

PP
PP
5 years ago

IF they sing 2 songs in semifinal and in semifinal we have 20 song, semifinal wili be 5 hour long.

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
5 years ago

ayyyy Raquel came back
loved her song last year
also good on Iona for returning even after everyone bashed “could have been me” in the 2014 contest

Freyah
Freyah
5 years ago

Jessika is really going for it. I loved ‘Hypnotica’ and ‘Fandango’ (though the latter live was not fantastic). I’d love to see her represent Malta. Likewise, Christabelle slayed the pack last year (ignoring Amber who truly slew) so I hope she does well.

Jak
Jak
5 years ago

Eighty-six percent jury vote? Oh my god!

Tom
Tom
5 years ago

Ira Losco is going yo be the favorite

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
5 years ago

🙁 No Chris Grech for 2016. Given his last 2 appearances at MESC, it looked like this could be his time.

If one of Jessika’s songs is as good as “Hypnotica” (which the televoters in 2014 loved but the jury murdered), she could get her ticket to Stockholm.

Baku Cash
5 years ago

Ira vs Jeasika

#SomthingInTheWay
#SomthingInTheWay
5 years ago

I hope Daniel Testa’s song will be as fantastic as his “One last ride”.

Sarah
Sarah
5 years ago

14% that’s nothing hahah

JonathanUK
JonathanUK
5 years ago

It’s going to be Ira VS Jessika this year!! Will it finally be Jessika’s turn? I hope so!!!!
I also hope that Lyndsay Pace is amazing too because she’s fantastic and I loved her last year!

esc1234
esc1234
5 years ago

ira losco its your turn honney

Erin
Erin
5 years ago

Ira Losco, Jessika, Franklin Calleja, Cherlys, Maxine Pace and Danica Muscat are probably among the 14 acts in the final given that each one of them has 2 different acts shortlisted…and you can’t have a final without Laurence Gray, a representative for the Cassars, the Borgs, the Azzopardis and The Abellas and JESC graduate Daniel Testa, so you pretty much get an an idea of who’s likely to make it to 14. I hope it’s not gonna be so clear cut in favor of Ira Losco’s comeback…

MalteseTimpana
MalteseTimpana
5 years ago

IRA LOSCO IS GONNA SLAY

Calum Macleod
Calum Macleod
5 years ago

Will be rooting for Ira and Christabelle if their songs are good.