They’re an island of Eurovision fanatics who are yet to score their first win. Now Malta is preparing for their 2017 attempt, with a call for entries in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest national final. And the contest is undergoing a few changes for 2017.
Maltese broadcaster PBS has announced the single date when entries for MESC 2017 will be accepted. Entries can be dropped off at the Creativity Hub in Gwardmanga on November 30th between the very specific hours of 9:00 to noon and 14:00 to 16:00.
Take special note that the office will not be staffed during the noon hour – so interested artists won’t be able to drop off their entry during their lunch break. We wonder if perhaps we will get a live video feed of the drop-off like Estonia did this year. Hint hint PBS!
It’s also been confirmed that MESC will no longer have a semi-final, instead just holding one big grand final. In recent years, the show has started with 20 acts in the semi-final, reduced to 14 for the grand final. In 2017, we’ll just see 16 acts competing in the grand final.
The broadcaster will also shortlist only one song per artist, so we won’t have a repeat of MESC 2016 where Ira Losco entered with both “Chameleon” and “That’s Why I Love You”.
The voting system is also reported to be undergoing changes for 2017, with a suggestion that the jury will be dropped in favour of 100% televote, or that the televote will have a more equal weighting to the jury vote.
Malta’s new stand-alone final is due to take place in February 2017. The winning artist will then go on to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine during the second week in May.
Last January — after a nail-munching-inducing finish — Ira Losco won the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with “Chameleon” over Brooke’s “Golden”. She later switched her song to the more current and dramatic “Walk on Water”, co-written by Swedish Melodifestivalen entrant Molly Petterson Hammar.
“Walk on Water” sailed through the first semi-final and finished a respectable 12th place in the grand final. It was a big favourite with juries, winning the jury vote in its semi-final, and placing fourth in the grand final, contrasting with only 21st in the grand final televote.
What do you think of the changes to MESC 2017? Who would you like to see enter? Let us know in the comments section below.