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Get ready for a night of music and perennial advertisements. Maltese broadcaster PBS has announced that Malta Eurovision Song Contest (MESC) will return as the country’s national selection format for Eurovision 2022.

The show returns after four years, having last been used in 2018.

Malta to use MESC for Eurovision 2022

In an announcement on Friday, Malta’s Public Broadcasting Services revealed it would be bringing back Malta Eurovision Song Contest for 2022.

The winner of this national final will go on to represent Malta at Eurovision 2022, which will be held in Turin, Italy.

Maltese television network TVM has also revealed that MESC 2022 will consist of semi-finals and a grand final. A total of 22 songs will take part in the semi-finals, with 16 then making it through to the grand final.

Acts must be of Maltese nationality or hold Maltese citizenship, however songwriters can be of any nationality.

One act we won’t see in the MESC 2022 is Malta’s 2021 Eurovision star, Destiny Chukunyere. The rules specifically state that “The performer who represented Malta in 2021 may not participate as a performer in the Contest.”

Applications for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2022 have also been opened. The submission period closes on 15 December.

Malta’s national final history

Malta first staged MESC in 2012 and consistently used it as their national selection for Eurovision through to 2018. Of the seven entries to come from the contest, four managed to qualify to the Eurovision grand final. However, only Gianluca Bezzina managed to score a top-ten placing, in 2013.

The country subsequently mixed things up in 2019 and 2020, instead deciding to select their artist for Eurovision through the newly created X Factor Malta. The song was subsequently chosen internally. This method produced two fan favourites who made it to the grand final of Eurovision: Michela Pace and Destiny. Destiny gave the country its best result in 16 years, coming seventh with “Je me casse” this year.

In June, the Chairman of the Valletta Cultural Agency, Jason Micallef, broke the news that Malta would not use the third edition of X Factor Malta as their selection method for Eurovision 2022.

Mr. Micallef has been linked with Malta’s broadcaster TVM for many years, and he praised the broadcaster’s decision. Writing on Facebook, he said:

“It is a wise decision by the new management of PBS that, with immediate effect, the representation of Malta in the next edition of Eurovision will be through a specially staged festival, and not [be automatically given to] the winner of X Factor Malta. I am convinced that this news will be received with great satisfaction by all Maltese singers, authors and composers”.

The use of X Factor Malta as an artist selection process, with the winner’s song then being chosen internally, was criticised by some in Malta for taking away opportunities for homegrown composers and songwriters.

The return of Malta Eurovision Song Contest will bring back mixed memories for fans. Usually, it was a very long night filled with dramatic ballads, lots of mid-tempo tunes and a bit of Maltese-flavoured pop. The show was well known amongst fans for its zillion sponsors, and the lengthy advert breaks. Anyone remember Hamilton Travel?

Many will also recall how lots of artists kept coming back. Claudia Faniello, for instance, only made it to Eurovision in 2017 after ten attempts in Malta’s national finals.

Are you happy to see the return of MESC for 2022? Who do you hope to see competing in the selection? Let us know in the comments below!

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David
David
1 month ago

I hope this will follow the Muzika Muzika format last year with the orchestra and songs in Maltese.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  David

I’m not counting on it.

Bird Lover
Bird Lover
1 month ago

The problem is not the selection but the corrupt people who hijack the selection and the corrupt broadcaster itself. They would NEVER allow an artist to just do their thing and comepte on their own terms. For example having a raw jazz singer just doing jazz, a rock band just doing them (like maneskin), a guitar player just doing what they want on stage. The second you are chosen to represent Malta, you just become a political tool for tourism while they’ll ship off everything to sweden in terms of staging, song etc…and the artist is merely the face. Nothing… Read more »

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago

We’ll, if anyone is following Junior Eurovision, Ike and Kaya will represent Malta with “My Home”.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
1 month ago

welp i think this type of selection is perfect for countries with a solid music industry where artists have access to the best recording facilities and where they can be helped by labels. in malta, where there’s no national recording industry association whatsoever, this is basically impossible, and most of the songs end up sounding like fillers… but we’ll see

Una
Una
1 month ago

I agree and disagree at the same time. Maltese artists should have the opportunity to show off their talents (songwriters and performers and choreographers and stage designers). This in itself is an opportunity for growth. Eurovision has become more and more present in many countries now so some broadcasters show more interest. So yes, please make a good show, Malta. Now, even if an internal selection were a better “quality” opportunity for Malta, then why go with “mercenary” or Swedish composers? Mygod, I mean some countries are walking ads for foreign music industries. On their own people’s “tax monies”. Where… Read more »

Ugnius
Ugnius
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

Well, Malta is small country so it’s perfectly understandable that they use help from abroad. I mean, Swedish composers are responsible for almost all of their left-side finishes (Chameleon, Je me casse, Walk on Water) and when they use local production they usually are not so successful

On the other hand, local production might be cheaper, so perhaps TVM doesn’t want to spend so much money in 2022 as they did in 2019&2021

Maya G
Maya G
1 month ago
Reply to  Ugnius

This Is the Night and Taboo were also written by Swedes, This Is the Night finished at the bottom and Taboo didn’t even qualify.Tomorrow was written by locals and is the only Maltese song to do well with both the juries and the public since the 50%-50% system was introduced.Malta is small, but Iceland is smaller in population and they do quite well without turning to foreign writers. If the music industry in Malta is indeed underdeveloped, they should use the ESC to help it develop, rather than being Sweden’s Protectorate.If the 2021 contest taught us anything, it’s that authenticity… Read more »

Colin
Colin
1 month ago

Nice. Interested in hearing the lyrics. Some of the 2018’s songs were so funny (probably without intending to be). ”A pack of wolves with a heart of gold”, ”Hop on your rocket ship, and lift off, baby”, ”We call it evolution, when we break through the illusion, we’ll start a revolution”… 🙂 It was entertaining, but I don’t thing that was the point.
To be fair, I still listen to Breathlessly, The Flame, and Breaking Point. So, MESC had its moments. Anyway, good luck, Malta. 🙂

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

Gotta check the 2018 final out then. I do remember liking a song that someone mentioned in the comments – a father and son duo I believe. It had a huuuge impact on me on first listen. Such a beautiful song. A Maltese one. It may have come second after the ttaabboo song.

Colin
Colin
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

Yeah, A Song For Dad is definitely one of the most lovely ones. 🙂

Last edited 1 month ago by Colin
Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

Yes it is!!!

Noel
Noel
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

I still love the song

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

My only experience with Maltese finals was 2018 and those lyrics were… well, something. So I’m glad they’ll have a proper selection again, but I don’t know if having 22 songs competing is a good idea. Not even mentioning how weird it is to get 16 of them into the final.

Colin
Colin
1 month ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I agree, 16 songs qualifying in a selection of 22 feels like the semi isn’t even needed, and one long night of 3 hours (or a more selective process of getting there) would’ve been just fine. The number isn’t *that* high, per se (I mean, MGP had 25 last year, and mostly all were at least somewhat nice), but the quality of previous ”fillers” is really not reassuring. At least I hope they’ll be fun fillers, and not dull ones. 🙂

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

If the intention is to give exposure to more artists, at least they could get to 24 entries, so semis would cut one third of the semifinalists. But I still think it’s a high number for a small country. In 2018, the problem was also that a big part of the entries were very similar between themselves. Let’s hope the selection will be better this time.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Sabrina

22 songs is a fine number for a national final (unlike say approaching 30), but it should be just 10 or 12 for the grand final. Just Eliminating six songs is too low for a competition.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

I guess the closest country in population’s size we have to Malta in Eurovision is Iceland, right? They have a national final with 10 entries. Sure, some countries do finals with more than 20 entries, but they also have bigger music scenes. Maybe they really wanted to keep the same number of songs from 2018, but also really wanted to have semis and that’s how they got to 22. I hope they find good songs, but it will be hard to keep a certain level of quality.

Last edited 1 month ago by Sabrina
BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Sabrina

The more songs you have competing in as a final, the less consistent the quality is for all of them. Not every song can be a winner, and you need some weak entries for the stronger ones to soar ahead. We’ll see if Malta has another set of strong songs that if any of them one, compete at your vision, or Malta might be risking their first non-qualification since 2018.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Of course not every song can be a winner and I agree that the winners need a bunch of sparrings to make evident how they’re playing in a different league, but I don’t think a sea of non-competitive entries is good for a show or its brand. Let’s hope Malta has a strong final this time, they’ve been showing how they really want to succeed.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Sabrina

If you thought the lyrics for many Maltese 2018 songs are questionable, you think for a country that has English as an official language that they would’ve had a better handle with English.

Last edited 1 month ago by BadWoolfGirl
Noel
Noel
1 month ago

Can you please send Ira Losco Chaira Amber to the eurovision song contest as all should have won the eurovision song contest

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
1 month ago

What is interesting and surprising is that a regulation has a rule specifically targeting one sole individual, which from what I remember from my law classes, is not very rightful… Having said that, I wonder why they have introduced this clause banning Destiny?… To give a fair chance to others or because she was too much of Diva?… Or both?…

Bart
Bart
1 month ago
Reply to  L’oiseau

Because Destiny already had two years Eurovision 2020/2021 and also junior Eurovision win, it’s fair to say new talent needs to be discovered.

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
1 month ago
Reply to  Bart

Hence, my option 1

Jofty
Jofty
1 month ago
Reply to  L’oiseau

It is not a “new claruse” it has been in place for many years. From memory I think you have to wait three years. For the record I think an immediate return for Destiny would not do her or Malta any good.

Last edited 1 month ago by Jofty
Ashton
Ashton
1 month ago

can’t wait to sit through 20 mediocre mid-tempo songs and 2 genuinely good songs, neither of which will win

Ian
Ian
1 month ago

MESC is one of my fave nfs, they always have some rly decent songs in there.

Nicolas
Nicolas
1 month ago

Well the good thing without Eurovision pressure is that at X-factor Malta 3 producers and juries normally have not already declared the winner before even the auditions started.

Kung Frederik 90
Kung Frederik 90
1 month ago

Off topic but does anybody have news from Cyprus, Austria , United Kingdom and North Macedonia? I worried.

Ian
Ian
1 month ago

Doubt Cyprus is out, they even met w Marvin Dietmann some days ago

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago

I think once the official disperses out and they’re on it, they’ll be fine. I guess they’re just not the ones to publicly admit until it’s official.

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
1 month ago

Cyprus haven’t made any official announcements, but it seems that they are internally selecting again. There is no news from Austria, the UK or North Macedonia yet, but that’s not a bad thing. Those countries tend to not say anything until they are absolutely ready to go. We should get the EBU’s list of confirmed countries in November. 🙂

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago

After a year of predominately (re-) selected artists, the national finals are coming back with a vengeance. I am intrigued Malta is resuming MESC after a four year rest. Let’s hope it all works out next year.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

Can Swedish people apply?

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Aha ahaha ahahaha!

Chessguy99
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

IDK, but I’m sure more than half the songs entered will have swedish writers.

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

Yes! But as songwriters only – singers have to be Maltese

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

I can hear the collective sigh of relief coming from Sweden and from Swedes everywhere.

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

LOL!!!

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  L’oiseau

For sure!

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
1 month ago

I never like when countries choose their representative through talent show. In most cases bad results are guaranteed.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

This isn’t a talent show, this is Malta’s national final, unless you’re talking about the X factor

Last edited 1 month ago by BadWoolfGirl
Chessguy99
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Generally the talent show winner is fine. The problem is they are then given some generic Eurovision song bought from a supposed great writer or writing team, usually swedish.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Chessguy99

Or worse, the song is actually introduced in the X factor or talent show finale episode and that’s a song they will use for Eurovision. Those kind of songs don’t generally do well your vision, and that’s why I’m actually a little worried about Israel going down this route for 2022.

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
1 month ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Well it worked for Israel in 2018…

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  L’oiseau

But that’s not how it went down in 2018. Netta won HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion first I’m February 2018 and “Toy” was released in March Where there was time to tailor the song to her. The Israeli songs in contention to represent Israel 2022 Are going to be part of the X factor Israel process itself, and that worries me. they could be generic songs that aren’t Originally composed for particular artists in mind, and there wouldn’t be as much time to really uniquely develop them For the artists assigned to them Before the finale date. Unless there’s going to be… Read more »

Ellen
Ellen
1 month ago
Reply to  Chessguy99

Some of them songs are still good hits. Not as personnal and honest as a self-written song would (sometimes) be, but good anyway. Like ‘Je Me Casse’ and ‘Chameleon’.

Now, for the future Maltese participation at ESC, let’s hope PBS won’t fvck it up with fake bets. That disappointed me so much this year.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago

My hope is that Malta take inspiration from Muzika Muzika and realize that a happy medium between the Maltese language and a contemporary sound is possible (yes, Je Me Casse did well, but I stubbornly maintain that Aiden Cassar’s Nahsseb Fik, staged the way it was and kept in Maltese, would’ve done even better). The more Malta try to sound like everyone else, the less charm they have and the less interesting their entries are.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

Also worth mentioning that my favorite Maltese entry ever (Tomorrow) came out of this selection so that’s another reason I’m happy it’s back.

Lorenzo
Lorenzo
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

Completely agree with you. They need fresh stuff and if they take inspiration from that show (both for staging and quality of the songs) they can do even better than this year. Singing in Maltese could be also a nice way to stand out

Jake
Jake
1 month ago

Doesn’t this mean that Destiny will be back as she will enter this contest and she couldn’t really do the same with X Factor?

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Jake

Destiny won’t be back this year – there is a clause forbidding the ESC 2021 act from entering this year. Malta has done this sort of thing before, previously when Chiara was in her imperial era.

Jake
Jake
1 month ago

“Imperial era” LOVE THAT!…thank you..guessing this is a Maltese clause and not a ESC clause

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Jake

Credit to Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys for coining that phrase! It’s a useful term, and as he pointed out, having passed the imperial phase is not necessarily a bad thing. It can signal a period of great artistic creativity without the pressure of needing to be a huge success.

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
1 month ago

The question remains if we can consider that Destiny had her imperial era already…

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago

I think destiny is done for now with Eurovision. She might return in a few years, but let’s open our hearts and minds to somebody new

Last edited 1 month ago by BadWoolfGirl
Jonzph
Jonzph
1 month ago

HAMILTON TRAVEL <3

Last edited 1 month ago by Jonzph
Una
Una
1 month ago

Awww. Malta! Gianluca Bezzina <3

It looks like Malta have decided to give their people some opportunities but I am wondering how many “mercenaries” will participate and how will the “final product” be presented in Turin.

I personally do not mind the ads at all for as long as we can see and listen to Maltese talent!!

Last edited 1 month ago by Una
Lorenzo
Lorenzo
1 month ago

If the song quality is greater than the previous shows, it’s fine to give more people the opportunity to represent their country, otherwise if the same old generic entries are still there, it’s nonsense to retake this selection

ChEs
ChEs
1 month ago
Reply to  Lorenzo

Yeah, they had some poor results using this selection, but let’s take into account that some established artists just couldn’t go through X Factor to represent their country.

Jake
Jake
1 month ago
Reply to  ChEs

Destiny was established, a national treasure and pre-ordained as the winner before even X Factor aired on television. Never really seemed to be an issue.

ChEs
ChEs
1 month ago
Reply to  Jake

Yes, she is a rising star, but she is 19. Do you really think that someone who is 30+ with over 10 years of experience would go through X Factor?

sam
sam
1 month ago

personally, i dont like x factor as a eurovision selection because it is its own standalone show worldwide and is a great victory to win in itself. i understand using it for a couple of years like malta did to give it some publicity but ultimately i think the malta eurovision song contest is the way to go and is the most genuine way to find a representative that the maltese people can be proud of rather than what can do the best at eurovision

Rifki
Rifki
1 month ago

yes, finally. it is because I prefer MESC, as it is again a proper selection (artist+song, a whole package selection), similar to Melodifestivalen, MGP, UMK and Eesti Laul. and I hope it will be held in MFCC, it could be for hosting experience, because who knows, maybe Malta will win next year or in a few years from now.

Last edited 1 month ago by Rifki
lol
lol
1 month ago

not a good idea. mesc usually brings non qualification while x factor gave them 2 in a row since it started

Erasmus
Erasmus
1 month ago
Reply to  lol

yeah like, where’s the logic behind this decision?

Ethan1994
Ethan1994
1 month ago
Reply to  Erasmus

Maybe it’s a copyright thing?

Rifki
Rifki
1 month ago
Reply to  lol

well, at the end it all depends on the song quality, no matter how it is chosen.

mmm
mmm
1 month ago
Reply to  Rifki

I mean there’s quite the possibility we’ll see 90% of the former MESC rejects taking part in the selection with the end result of an average song performed by a locally-popular singer winning

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  lol

Even without the X Factor, they could use a show to pick the artist only and then internally select their song. Malta does this for JESC. But MESC is culturally important for Malta. It also lets Maltese singers get the experience of selecting, recording, staging and performing a potential Eurovision song – experience that can pay off in future years.