Destiny Malta Eurovision 2021
PHOTO: EBU / ANDRES PUTTING

Il-lejla t-tajba Malta! TVM has released 20-second snippets of all 22 competing entries in Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2022. What a feeling!

And no: that’s not an unrequested throwback to Flashdance. That’s the slogan of this year’s MESC. Along with the snippets, TVM also shared more details of its renewed national selection.

They have a geometrical red heart as their logo and have also set the dates: the semi-final will happen on Thursday 17 February, and the final on Saturday the 19th.

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MESC 2022: Listen to the snippets

All 22 snippets are available to listen to on TVM’s and Eurovision Malta’s Instagram profiles. Click here to listen to the songs.

This is the list of 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 2022: Comebacks and familiar faces

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”.

What did you think of Malta’s snippets? Is there Eurovision winning potential? Can any of these acts improve Destiny’s result? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Btzbtz
Btzbtz
4 months ago

Aidan’s snippet made me search for the whole song and now I’m sad because it isn’t out yet… but at least it’s promising !!

West
West
4 months ago

Some of the songs sound promising, but so far these stand out: Hey Little, Electric Indigo and Kaleidoscope

Serafina
Serafina
4 months ago

Eh, whatever, the televote won’t give them points anyways no matter how hard they try lol

Serafina
Serafina
4 months ago
Reply to  Serafina

But RITMO for the win, it’s been a while since we haven’t heard the maltese language in the eurovision stage, maybe that’s what the televote needs to finnaly acknowledge Malta’s existence in the competition

Unknown Melody
Unknown Melody
4 months ago
Reply to  Serafina

Malta has scored top 3 in the televoting 3 times already

Alex
Alex
4 months ago

Emma Muscat should have sang in Italian!

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
4 months ago

It sounds very  promising, I can ‘t wait to hear the whole songs. I like Malta more than Norway !!

Roodi
Roodi
4 months ago

me when I have no taste

ete sech
ete sech
4 months ago
Reply to  Roodi

I can tell you have no taste lol

Nils
Nils
4 months ago

Some of these snippets sounded quite promising and intriguing. And while the rest was meh, it’s really impressive a country as small as Malta could come up with such a selection.

Una
Una
4 months ago

What a nice surprise from Malta!!! I liked a few snippets: Aidan Cassar – “Ritmu” – it sounds like a banger with a country-ish vibe. The Maltese language is an extra extra bonus; translation of lyrics into English would be much appreciated. Mark Anthony Bartolo – “Serenity” – it sounds very pleasant. Very nice. Richard Micallef – “Hey Little” – those confident voice and attitude and folkish vibe are priceless!! Raquel Galdes Briffa – “Over You” – this is the one I have highest expectations for because I *loved* her song “Vlzzju”. I listened to it thoroghly but only managed… Read more »

MaltaHooman
MaltaHooman
4 months ago
Reply to  Una

So far from Aidan’s snippet it’s a love song. It starts the song with “words I could never say to you/ seems like I am plucking up some courage/ maybe if I put the words tonight will be for me”

Last edited 4 months ago by MaltaHooman
Una
Una
4 months ago
Reply to  MaltaHooman

Enticing words. Thanks very much for the translation. I am expecting a ravishing performance!!

Atros P
Atros P
4 months ago

Looks like there are many ballads. Can’t understand the hype with Emma Muscat, as it seems yet another generic entry. However 20 mins is not a good way to judge the songs either. I’m really excited for Baklava Feat Nicole, as their entry sounds very exciting and different. It is also good that it is Maltese traditional music with pop. Never heard it before.
I am also curious about the entry of Francesca, Jessika, and Aidan.

MaltaHooman
MaltaHooman
4 months ago
Reply to  Atros P

Tbh traditional Maltese music does not involve violin, but for the other instruments usually involved in Baklava’s background music yes they are Maltese

Last edited 4 months ago by MaltaHooman
GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
4 months ago
Reply to  Atros P

20 secs*

impressiveinstants
impressiveinstants
4 months ago

The snippets are useless.

MaltaHooman
MaltaHooman
4 months ago

Glad to see more artists opted to include Maltese in their songs. Such an improvement from previous years!

Also seems like we have already found cheesy lyrics: you’re like a piece of chocolate melting on my skin

Yankee
Yankee
4 months ago

When will the full versions be released?

Yush
Yush
4 months ago

Where are the snippets ????????????????

Elle
Elle
4 months ago
Reply to  Yush

ig: @eurovision_malta

ete sech
ete sech
4 months ago

The snippets are quite long (snippets are usually 5-10 seconds long) but they apparently come from each song’s intro, which isn’t a reliable way to determine a song’s appeal (I mean, I can seldom tell if I like a song or not with only that). I’ll have to wait for the whole songs 🙁

Xxx
Xxx
4 months ago

I hear a lot of potential. Can’t wait to listen to the full songs.

Yankee
Yankee
4 months ago
Reply to  Xxx

When will the full versions come out

Voix
Voix
4 months ago

Ritmu has a huge potential and it’s in Maltese which makes it even better, I really hope that people won’t go for Emma Muscat just because she is popular

sam
sam
4 months ago
Reply to  Voix

i completely agree. yet knowing MESC, they’ll very likely pick emma muscat for that reason

Last edited 4 months ago by sam
ete sech
ete sech
4 months ago
Reply to  Voix

Aidan’s already popular in Malta. I fear people could go for Emma too, but I clearly see Aidan as a frontrunner! 🙂

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
4 months ago
Reply to  Voix

I mean the beginning of out of sight starts promising. People also hype up the maltese songs in the same way only because they are sung in maltese and native languages are a pet peeve of the euro community. (unless your name is rigoberta bandini, then the community starts to worry if people at home will understand the message of a song called ‘mama’ )

xoxo
xoxo
4 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Or maybe the Maltese language songs are already musically better than Ay Mama even though we’re judging on the first 20 seconds?

(It’s also funny that some people in this website complain about Malta not experimenting with their own language, and now they do they’re addressed as pandering, just can’t please everybody I guess.)

Last edited 4 months ago by xoxo
Rashad
Rashad
4 months ago

Malta and Romania have 20 and 46 participants competing and in both selections the word diversity is unknown, why have this many songs when most of them sound the same?

Roro31
4 months ago

on these extracts, the promising titles in my opinion are :

– Baklava feat. Nicole
– Emma Muscat
– Aidan
– Denise
– Richard Micallef
– Janice Mangion

I can’t wait to listen to the full songs because here you can’t judge !!

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
4 months ago
Reply to  Roro31

These aren’t the titles, these are the artists.

Roro31
4 months ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

Yes I Say XD

Last edited 4 months ago by Roro31
Kosey
Kosey
4 months ago

Really not understanding the marketing campaign here. Either at least ten of the songs are pretty much identical to one another, or someone has lazily snipped the most boring parts of the song (maybe the intros)? Either way, this does not get me very excited for this National final (which I assume was the intention?) But of course, I am only hearing 20 disjointed seconds, so the other 2:40 may be absolutely awe-inspiring? Ritmu sounds like it has the potential, Boy sounds intriguing and I was already up and moving to Electric Indigo so I’m still hopeful there will be… Read more »

Etienne
Etienne
4 months ago
Reply to  Kosey

They are all intros. Confirmed

Elle
Elle
4 months ago

Based on 20 seconds of each song, Electric Indingo got my attention. Can’t wait to listen to all the songs in full versions.

Ricky
Ricky
4 months ago

Boy by Denise sounds very promising, I cant wait to hear the rest of the song, it could be a banger!

trollo
trollo
4 months ago
Reply to  Ricky

also ‘Ritmu 🙂

Colin
Colin
4 months ago

I usually avoid listening to snippets first, but there’s so many NFs this season, and since this is the format they decided to go with first, why not? There is obviously a lot of ballads (which many fans will find to be a negative, but for me can be a positive, if done right). These are almost teasers, as most songs got the beginning released, not the chorus. Thus, these songs can still go either way in the chorus. But… judging by most of the snippets, this could be a better selection than the ones we had in 2017/18. At… Read more »

Last edited 4 months ago by Colin
Escfan
Escfan
4 months ago

Hard to tell at the moment but the songs that have intrigued me so far are:

Denise: Boy

Emma Muscat: Out of sight

Some of the ballads are too difficult to judge atm because they’re mostly instrumentals.

Looking forward to hearing them all in their full form :).

Last edited 4 months ago by Escfan
Dani
4 months ago

Seriously, the opening 20 seconds of every song? You can barely call that a snippet. I will gladly wait unfortunately…

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
4 months ago

Based of what I heard, I only like Electric Indigo. I’ll probably end up liking more when the songs are fully released.

Ballads and snippets don’t work together. With ballads you need to bring over a message and that’s almost impossible with just 20 seconds hence why I don’t like any of the ballads at the moment.

Jeff USA
Jeff USA
4 months ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

I agree with your ballad point… I normally don’t judge a ballad until a live performance because got me that’s when they either come alive or don’t

John
John
4 months ago

Too hard to tell yet but there are about 6 songs that sound intriguing so far. Not bad.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
4 months ago

Emma Muscat building up to that killer chorus <3

Polegend Godgarina
4 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

my thoughts exactly !

escvegi
escvegi
4 months ago

Not really promising except 2 or 3 songs but good luck Malta..

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
4 months ago
Reply to  escvegi

What else do you expect from snippets? The chance that snippets sound good is low.

Last edited 4 months ago by GojoSatoru
Pineaple
Pineaple
4 months ago

From the very small amount I heard, Richard Edwards sounds the best to me.

Alex
Alex
4 months ago
Reply to  Pineaple

His voice already sells it as always. So good.

Jamie
Jamie
4 months ago

The fact that you’re still putting Destiny on all articles about Malta says a lot about you Wiwi… let it go already, your queen failed.

Pete
Pete
4 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

Amen.

Polegend Godgarina
4 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

um they always put the previous year’s winner until the current year’s representative is known lol

finnished
finnished
4 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

How is placing 7th in the grand final of ESC a failure? Especially for a country like Malta

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
4 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

Best result for Malta in 15 years, with a song that was not great.
Destiny did anything but fail, hun.

Leoni445
Leoni445
4 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

“hun” you thought you ate that LMAO-

Heartbeater
Heartbeater
4 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

They always put last year representative on the article not specifically about a person

ete sech
ete sech
4 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

I don’t think it’s about being or not being over her. It’s just for reference at this point, this year’s representative is yet to be known.
On the other hand, how can a place other countries would kill for be a failure? I mean, Malta is a small country that hasn’t won the contest so far, it’s a great placing for them! I didn’t like Je Me Casse either, but I hope Destiny comes back in the future with a better song.

Last edited 4 months ago by ete sech
Giorgos
Giorgos
4 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

Me neither. I can’t stand her… at least put her dissatisfied face during results.

Louka
Louka
4 months ago

Really promising, a lot of them take my attention, especially Ritmu and Electric Indigo who have grabbing intros. I like that most of them wrote their song on their own.

ete sech
ete sech
4 months ago
Reply to  Louka

I like that too, and also the fact that Malta is giving local artists the chance to show their talent