When Malta’s PBS revealed that Eurovision 2002 singer Ira Losco would sing in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016, the collective cheer was felt all across the Mediterranean. As an added bonus, Miss Losco, who hung out with us at the luxurious Palace Hotel during Junior Eurovision 2014, will sing two songs. Given the hype surrounding her, it’s only natural that she’ll be opening MESC on January 22: Producers want to make sure the whole island tunes into the show on time. And they probably want to let her rest her voice before she launches into her second entry later in the night.
Earlier today PBS revealed the official and final running order for the first phase of the national selection. Ira performs first with “Chameleon (Invincible)”, the more popular of her two songs. She’ll be followed by MESC stalwart Corazón (“Falling Glass”) and Stefan Galea (“Light Up My Life”). Christabelle, who is widely thought to be Ira’s biggest competition, will perform 14th with “Kingdom”. Miss Losco will appear again in spot #17 with her ballad “That’s Why I Love You”. Deborah C — the saucy lady who has been drinking margaritas down in Mexico and spending all her money in Monaco — will close out the show.
The winners will be revealed in random order at the end of the night, but the rankings will not be revealed until after the contest is over. In true Eurovision style, producers do not want the results of the semi to impact voters on the night of the final.
MESC 2016: Full running order
- Ira Losco – Chameleon (Invincible)
- Corazón – Falling Glass
- Stefan Galea – Light Up My Life
- Domenique Azzopardi – Empty Hearted
- Dario – I Love You
- Daniel Testa – Under the Sun
- Jessika – The Flame
- Jasmine Abela – Alive
- Raquel – Flashing Lights
- Brooke – Golden
- Kim – Lighthouse
- Sarah Crystal – Right Here With You
- Danica – Frontline
- Christabelle – Kingdom
- Franklin – Little Love
- Dominic – Fire Burn
- Ira Losco – That’s Why I Love You
- Laurence Gray – You’re Beautiful
- Maxine – Young Love
- Deborah C – All Around the World