While Malta skipped holding a national final this year in favour of internally selecting Destiny, the country has been treated to a new incarnation of an old song contest. The revamped Mużika Mużika contest made its debut, celebrating Maltese song. The contest was won on Saturday night by Malta’s Eurovision 2011 star Glen Vella with his song “Ħarsa Biss”.
The Maltese Song Festival has taken many forms since 1960. The contest has been relaunched this year as Mużika Mużika – Festival Kanzunetta Maltija (Music Music – Maltese Song Festival), with an emphasis on the Maltese language and Maltese artists.
The 2021 edition was won by Glen Vella and his pop ballad “Ħarsa Biss” (“Just Look”). In Eurovision style, the winner was decided by a combination of televotes (25%) and a jury vote (75%) in a nailbiting finish.
Glen tied with fellow competitor (and jury vote winner) Christian Arding on 78 points. But it was Glen who won the tiebreak with the higher televote score and therefore won the whole competition. The televote favourite was national final regular Danica Muscat.
Glen Vella previously represented Malta at Eurovision 2011. His song “One Life” placed 11th in its semi-final, just one point away from qualifying.
Mużika Mużika also featured other familiar names from Eurovision and Malta’s national finals. Acts included Eurovision 2001 star (and Claudia’s brother) Fabrizio Faniello, national final regulars Franklin Calleja, AIDAN, Janice Mangion and Avenue Sky.
Mużika Mużika 2021 grand final results
- Glen Vella – “Ħarsa Biss” (78 points)
- Christian Arding – “Għajjejt Inħobb” (78 points) jury vote winner
- Kantera – “L-Ewwel Jien” (74 points)
- Janice Mangion ft. George Curmi Pusè – “Teżor” (69 points)
- AIDAN – “Naħseb Fik” (65 points)
- Fabrizio Faniello – “Fjamma” (64 points)
- Danica Muscat – “Għażiż” (62 points) televote winner
- Franklin Calleja – “Warajk” (56 points)
- Bernie & Pod – “Ħudni Lura” (43 points)
- Miguel Bonello – “Sinfonija Ħiemda” (40 points)
- Avenue Sky – “Kompli Tbissem” (32 points)
- Raquel – “Vizzju” (28 points)
Inspired by Sanremo, Malta puts on a show
With Destiny one of the hot favourites to win Eurovision 2021, Mużika Mużika was an example that broadcaster TVM still knows how to put on a large-scale live music competition.
The event was held at the Malta Fairs & Conventions Centre (MFCC), also the home of the most recent editions of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and the live X Factor Malta shows. The contest was broadcast on TVM and — after the patchy Junior Eurovision 2016 — the broadcaster proved they could still host a slick, modern song contest.
Mużika Mużika also took its cue from Italy’s Sanremo Music Festival. The Maltese event took place over three nights, and included one night when the competing acts performed duets of classic Maltese songs with other Maltese stars. And like Sanremo, Mużika Mużika also featured a live orchestra.
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