Maltese broadcaster TVM has announced the 22 acts who will compete in the semi-final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2022. Among the names are two former Eurovision stars as well as plenty of familiar faces from previous editions of MESC as well as the X Factor Malta.
Former Firelight frontman Richard Micallef is part of the lineup. He previously competed at Eurovision 2014 with his family band, making it to the grand final with the song “Coming Home”. Richard Micallef also returned to MESC 2018 along with his father Joe Micallef. The duo finished second with “Song for Dad”.
Another familiar face is Jessica Muscat — formerly known as Jessika. In 2018 she won San Marino’s national final 1IN360 and represented the microstate alongside German rapper Jenifer Brening. This time Jessica is performing solo with the song “Kaleidoscope”.
Malta’s Junior Eurovision 2010 singer Nicole Azzopardi is also in the contest. She’s competing at MESC with the song “Into the Fire”.
Making her MESC debut is Emma Muscat. In 2018 the young singer competed in the popular Italian talent show Amici di Maria de Filippi, where she placed fifth. While Emma has released a number of Italian songs, she will compete in MESC with “Out of Sight”.
The lineup has plenty of other familiar faces from previous editions of MESC as well as stars of the two previous editions of X Factor Malta. Janice Mangion, Matt BLXCK and Miriana Conte are among the lineup. Aidan Cassar is also on the list, competing with the Maltese language “Ritmu” (or “Rhythm”).
In the official announcement on Facebook, the broadcaster revealed the names and teased that there was “More to come”.
Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2022 – Competing acts
- Aidan Cassar – “Ritmu”
- Baklava ft. Nicole – “Electric Indigo”
- Denise Mercieca – “Boy”
- Derrick Schembri – “II”
- Emma Muscat – “Out of Sight”
- Enya Magri – “Shame”
- Francesca Sciberras – “Rise”
- Jade Vella – “Revelación”
- Janice Mangion – “Army”
- Jessica Grech – “Aphrodisiac”
- Jessica Muscat – “Kaleidoscope”
- Malcolm Pisani – “We Came for Love”
- Mark Anthony Bartolo – “Serenity”
- Matt BLXCK – “Come Around”
- Miriana Conte – “Look What You’ve Done Now”
- Nicole Azzopardi – “Into the Fire”
- Nicole Hammett – “A Lover’s Heart”
- Norbert Bondin – “How Special You Are”
- Rachell Lowell – “White Doves”
- Raquel Galdes Briffa – “Over You”
- Richard Micallef – “Hey Little”
- Sarah Bonnici – “Heaven”
MESC returns after a three-year break in which TVM used the X Factor Malta and internal selection to choose its act for Eurovision.
The 22 acts will compete in the semi-final of MESC 2022, with the 16 best acts qualifying for the grand final. TVM has not confirmed the dates of the two MESC shows, however both are expected to take place in February 2022.
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