Malta will be hoping to bounce back from Claudia Faniello’s early exit, as broadcaster PBS has announced a shortlist of the 30 songs that have made it to the next round of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
A total of 129 hopefuls paid the €150 entry fee but only 30 have made the shortlist. The broadcaster now has the difficult task of whittling that shortlist down to just 16 finalists for the grand final of MESC 2018, due to take place sometime in February next year.
Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2018: 30 shortlisted songs
- Abire Sekkaki – “Casablanca Love”
- Aidan – “Dai Laga”
- Aidan – “See You”
- Avenue Sky – “We Can Run”
- Brooke Borg – “Heart Of Gold”
- Christabelle Borg – “Taboo”
- Dan – “If Only”
- Danica Muscat – “One Step At A Time”
- Deborah C – “Turn It Up”
- Deborah C & Joseph Tabone – “Human”
- Dominic Cini – “Picture I Draw”
- Eleanor Cassar – “Back to Life”
- Ishmael Grech – “Good Times”
- Jasmine Abela – “Supernovas”
- Kelsey Bellante – “Super Woman”
- Kevin Paul Calleja – “Great Adventure”
- Kimberley Cortis – “Monsters”
- Kurt Anthony Cassar – “You Will Find Me”
- Lawrence Gray – “Love Renegade”
- Malcolm Pisani – “Kiss”
- Matthew Caruana – “Call 2morrow”
- Mikhail Attard & Cherylis Camileri – “Breaking Point”
- Miriana Conte – “Rocket”
- Nicole Azzopardi – “Mixed Feelings”
- Petra Whiteford – “Evolution”
- Raquel Galdes – “In My Mind”
- Rhiannon Micallef – “Beyond Blue Horizons”
- Richard Joe Micallef – “Song For Dad”
- Stefan Galea – “Closer”
- Tiziana Calleja – “First Time”
Hoping to make it third time lucky is Brooke Borg with her entry “Heart of Gold”. She placed second in MESC 2016, and was a hot favourite this year but ultimately placed fourth with her anthem “Unstoppable”.
Another MESC favourite to return is 2015 runner-up Christabelle Borg, who will compete with “Taboo”.
Richard Micallef has also made the shortlist. He has previously represented Malta at Eurovision 2014 as part of the sibling folk group Firelight, who placed 23rd in Copenhagen with “Coming Home”.
Malta’s Junior Eurovision 2010 star Nicole Azzopardi is graduating to the big show. She’s on the shortlist with “Mixed Feelings”
A couple of MESC veterans are also competing for a place in the 2018 show. Deborah C, who has competed every year since 2012, is back with her solo entry “Turn It Up”. She is also reunited with 2017 duet partner Joseph Tabone on “Human”.
Lawrence Gray — who has been regular participant in MESC for almost 20 years — is back for another try with the dramatically titled “Love Renegade”.
Newcomer Aidan Cassar — whose Eurovision 2017 mash-up went viral — is also on the 30-song shortlist three times. He’s there as a solo artist with his entries “Dai Laga” and “See You”, and he’s part of the group Avenue Sky with “We Can Run”.
Two acts may be familiar from last year’s shortlist of 60. Avenue Sky‘s song “We Can Run” and Jasmine Abela‘s “Supernovas” — neither of which has been publicly released — are both taking another shot for 2018.
The MESC panel is expected to announce the 16 finalists some time in October, while the grand final is due to take place sometime in January. As with last year’s grand final, the winner will be selected by televote alone.
Are you excited by any of the names involved in this year’s Malta Eurovision Song Contest? Who would you like to see in the final? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!
It can’t be time for MESC song selections already! This year is passing by wayyy too quickly.
A lot of “stars” are on that list. It will be interesting to hear the songs. 🙂
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Dan, as in the person singing ‘If Only’?
Yes 😀 That’s me 🙂
oh wow, good luck then 😀 !
Thanks 😀 Fingers crossed!
Where is Franklin???
Lol!! Dai laga isn’t a Hindi phrase @Robyn
Laga is a Hindi word meaning felt/attach depending on context
Dai is meaningless in Hindi
No Janice Mangion? Hope she comes back for 2019! And, bring back another Maltese language song! 🙂
Supernova, Taboo, Heart of Gold and Dai Laga ?
Yikes, I mean a heart emoticon.
What does dai laga mean
Sounds interesting! Who is the guy ?
Sounds good, I hope he’s not in with a ballad though
No Maltese song? Me no likey.
Lol yet more Deborah C XD
No jessica though ;( , glad to see Christabelle and Jasmine Abela to balance the ballad loaded competition.
I obviously want Brooke or Christabelle to win!!! But what’s dai laga ???
That’s awesome! I want it in just for the title lol
@robyn who’s got your interest??
Some really exciting and interesting names in the mix. Sad there’s no Franklin and Maxine but at least it means some new faces 🙂 Interesting that Kevin Paul Calleja is here… he supported his bro Kurt Calleja with This Is The Night so that might be something upbeat. For a change for Malta in recent years!!!
Hope Brooke and Christabelle have fantastic songs.
Another boring dramatic ballad from Malta next year? Hope not….
Let’s hope the newcomers will bring some sass to the show! And Brooke, Christabelle, Jasmine, Aidan… please be good
Is it just me, or does anyone else here think that “Supernova” in any language has been overused as a song title these days?
Where are Chris Grech and Red Electrick? And did Jessika decide to hang it up, after watching 3 of her songs miss the cut following 8 straight years in the contest?
A nice simple title in ‘Great Adventure’. No powerful adjectives there. Haha. 😀
I’ll miss Maxine Pace this year 🙁
ff; TWO Deborah C songs, as if she ever had any demand. Brooke and Christabelle are going to be the hot favorites, bookmark me.
Deborah C. and Aidan both have 2 songs each; but Deborah C’s record in this contest has hardly been encouraging.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Raquel and that astounding accent of hers comes through this time. “Stop Haunting Me” should have made the MESC 2015 final, and I thought it was worthy of a top-5 position. If she doesn’t make it this time, I’d like to see her come with a Maltese-language song for 2019.
Janice Mangion isn’t in the lineup this time around.
So much for the chances of a Maltese-language song being a hot contender. 🙁
oh no my girl janice isn’t back again 🙁 and no maltese songs! I would’ve thought Portugal and Janice’s successes last year would’ve had at least one in Maltese that could’ve won!
Aye! Last year’s ESC result (a non-English song) would have made Janice the overwhelming favorite at MESC, and more likely, Malta would have sent a Maltese-language song to Lisbon.
Brooke, Rhiannon, Christabelle, Dominic, Jasmine, Richard… can’t wait to hear the songs of the half who are picked!
YASSSSS Christabelle is back with a banggggg! Taboo all the wayyy! Supernovas and Dai laga sound awesome as a title. When will they announce the finalists? Esc officially started ?
Based on the song titles, it looks like all of the songs are in English except for Dai Laga by Aidan. I find this pretty surprising because I thought Portugal’s victory will lead to more songs in native languages.
Aye. I hope Janice wasn’t one of those who got cut. In my opinion, this is way too early and way too soon to make a judgment on the entries. When are they planning to hold the contest?
To be fair though, English is an official language in Malta so I’m guessing some Maltese people speak it as a first language.
Taboo and Dai laga sound interesting
It’s funny, i’m never really that interested in the Maltese selection, but i’ve still found myself reading this thinking “Where’s Janice Mangion!”
And now of course Hamilton Travel has also popped into my mind…
Always the same people competing LOL
Jasmine is in slayyyyy girl! I hope Stefan has a better song than light up my life he has a lot of potential <3 and I love to see Aidan too
Just noticed Jasmine is on the list with the same song she had last year… interesting.
Raquel Galdes is back! And Brooke is also in the list!!!! Stefan Galea’s song is apparently written by Richard from firelight! Would love to see him on stage again!
Jasmine is back YASSSSS, also excited for Brooke & Christabelle. Always happy to see Lawrence Gray on the list, we love a good ballad or 2. Also Eleanor is back after 5 years WHAT? didn’t see that coming.
Me too :/
But never mind, there are many other big names in the line-up.
Malta go for something modern pleaseeeee you deserve the final! Jasmine, Aidan, Rhiannon, Brooke, Christabelle!!
They might react positively to Jasmine or Aidan. I remember Jasmine’s Alive very well. I also like Aidan’s latest track bon bon. Christabelle and Brooke both came second in different years.
I agree totally, it’s always same problem with Malta – however let’s hear the songs first, in sure there are improvements from returnees and newcomers
From my ears, Brooke’s “Unstoppable” sounded way too reminiscent of Molly Sandén’s “Youniverse” from MelFest 2016.
I LOVED NICOLE AZZOPARDI AT JESC 2010!!
Most excited: Rhiannon, SOMETHING THAT SLAYS MORE THAN FEARLESS PLS
Also excited: Brooke, Jasmine, Miriana
BUT WHERE IS JANINE???!!!!