Gaia Cauchi did it. Destiny Chukunyere did it too. And now Malta wants to find a third star to win the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Maltese Public Broadcasting Services Ltd (TVM) kicked off its quest yesterday by revealing the list of who will compete to represent the home nation at Junior Eurovision 2016 in Valletta this November.
As at last year’s national selection, a total of 20 finalists will perform a song of their own choice. As you can see in the list below, they’re going mainstream with acts singing Sia’s “Titanium” and Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball”, among other hits. A jury will account for 75% of the overall score, with televoters making up the the remaining 25%.
The final will take place next Saturday, July 16, at the Mediterranean Convention Center in Valletta. All you party people can buy your tickets here.
JESC 2016 finalists
- FIFTH ELEMENT, DIVA DANCE – Miguel Bonello
- LISTEN – Kira Copperstone
- SEE YOU AGAIN – Dylan Curmi
- DEAR FUTURE HUSBAND – Francesca Dimech
- AND I AM TELLING YOU – Layla Fitouri
- IN LOVE WITH A MONSTER – Fusion
- TITANIUM – Francesca Grima
- GLITTER & GOLD – Krista Hili
- I SURRENDER – Rachel Lowell
- WHEN WE WERE YOUNG – Kaylie Magri
- NO MORE TEARS – Christina Magrin
- LISTEN – Eila Mangion
- BRING HIM HOME – Cledia Micallef
- THE SILENCE – Alexia Micallef
- WRECKING BALL – Luana Mifsud
- I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU – Veronica Rotin
- I’D RATHER GO BLIND – Justine Shorfid
- AT LAST – Lisa-Marie Tabone
- ALL I ASK – Mariah-Nicola Vella
- HOLLOW – Chanelle Zarb
Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Malta sat out Junior Eurovision in 2011 and 2012 and the time away did them wonders. Since 2013 Malta has done amazingly well in the contest, securing two victories — in 2013 and 2015 — and placing fourth in 2014. Their two victories put them level with Georgia and Belarus, who also have two wins each. But Malta’s Destiny holds the record for the highest number of points ever received in the contest with 185.
The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals — was with her from the very start. Singing the praises of the rising star ahead of JESC, one juror wrote:
Young Destiny serves Aretha Franklin realness from the very first note. The song is well-paced, builds from verse to verse, and gives Destiny plenty of space to fill it with her enormous vocals and range. It hints at black spirituals from the American South and funky jives straight outta Motown. Yet this remains accessible to kids. They can’t take Destiny’s soul, and honey, they can’t take her voice either! My favourite song of the year.