After some time away, Malta Eurovision Song Contest is back for 2022, with 22 acts set to compete in the semi-final. Each of these singers is hoping to progress and win the opportunity of representing Malta at Eurovision 2022 in Turin.

Before they get that far, though, they first need to make it through the semi-final on Thursday 17 February. Only 16 of the acts will qualify to the grand final. This gives singers a 73% chance of making it – fairly decent odds, but for six unlucky contestants it won’t feel so great.

Ahead of the show, we want to hear from you. Which of the MESC 2022 acts do you want to qualify for the grand final?

Remind yourself of all the songs and then vote for your favourites.

Scroll down to vote in our poll

Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2022 semi-final acts

  • Aidan – “Ritmu”
  • Baklava ft. Nicole – “Electric Indigo”
  • Denise – “Boy”
  • Derrick – “II”
  • Emma Muscat – “Out of Sight”
  • Enya Magri – “Shame”
  • Francesca – “Rise”
  • Giada – “Revelación”
  • Janice Mangion – “Army”
  • Jessica Grech – “Aphrodisiac”
  • Jessika – “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 – “How Special You Are”
  • Rachell Lowell – “White Doves”
  • Raquel – “Over You”
  • Richard Edwards – “Hey Little”
  • Sarah Bonnichi – “Heaven”

Semi-final song playlist

Poll: Who should qualify from the semi-final of Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2022?

You can vote for as many semi-finalists from MESC 2022 as you wish to. But you can only vote once!

MESC 2022: Show details

Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2022 will take place between 17 and 19 February. The shows have been given the slogan What a feeling.

The 22 acts will compete in the semi-final, with the jury and public televote choosing 16 of them to qualify for the grand final. During the grand final on Saturday 19 February, one act will emerge victorious and go on to represent Malta at Eurovision 2022 in Turin.

The show on 18 February has been designated a separate “special night”.

MESC returns after a three-year break in which Maltese broadcaster TVM used the X Factor Malta and internal selection to choose its act for Eurovision.

Who did you vote for? Which acts are you hoping will qualify from the semi-final of Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2022? Shout out your thoughts in the comments below.

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nyyppä
nyyppä
4 months ago

loving aidan’s ritmu!!! also i’m embarrassed to be only just now learning about Maltese language, apologies…… but better late than never, thank you MESC for enlightening me. hope aidan does well on saturday!

Serafina
Serafina
4 months ago

When even your favorite isn’t great, you can tell how awful this selection is lol. Ritmu should win mainly because of the maltese language, but I still don’t think it’s very good, sounds a bit cheap, maybe a revamp could turn it into something better, but it’s still by far their only solid option, everything else from this selection is screaming last place in the televote.

Garbo
Garbo
4 months ago

Aidan – Ritmu

Robert
Robert
4 months ago

I’m sorry because Malta has had good results in Eurovision but their finals are always so bad.. Boy is listenable.. No Malta 2023

Dank
Dank
4 months ago

Harsh semifinal when only 6 will be eliminated, you’d think it would be at least 10! All of them need some heavy work on a studio to be Eurovision ready.

Jake
Jake
4 months ago

Ritmu is not as good as Nahseb Fik but it’s still head and shoulders over the other songs here and will likely be a sure qualifier as likely the only male dance track this year. I can’t see a ballad standing out on what will be a year of lots of strong ballads.

ete sech
ete sech
4 months ago
Reply to  Jake

Let’s hope he revamps it before the contest in case he wins

vetrina
vetrina
4 months ago

It seems like the Maltese broadcaster has given up the efforts to win. What a downgrade from last year’s odds-payola ‘Je me casse’! These songs are all Non-Qualifiers, unless, the other countries will send way worse ones!

Young_At_Heart_In_Texas
Young_At_Heart_In_Texas
4 months ago

I wish there was an option to vote for NONE. This is a very weak National Final.

Roodi
Roodi
4 months ago

not that twink named Matt BLXCK

Joe
Joe
4 months ago
Reply to  Roodi

You really need to go and relearn what the word ‘twink’ means before aimlessly throwing it around….

A-harlow
A-harlow
4 months ago

Aidan is the only choice … other songs are just typical Swedish pop knock offs and just no good

Ieva
Ieva
4 months ago

Emma Muscat is a clear frontrunner for me

ete sech
ete sech
4 months ago

I liked Ritmu and Out of Sight, but I’d love to see Maltese at the contest after so long!
I got to admit that I haven’t heard all of the songs yet, though.

Datme
Datme
4 months ago

Instead of having 6 songs that stay in the semi, they should have 6 that go through to the final.

Colin
Colin
4 months ago

16 out of 22 go through? What exactly is the purpose of having a semi-final at all?

Entries that I think should go through are those of Nicole Hammett, Derrick Schembri, Jessika Muscat, Emma Muscat, Aidan Cassar, Francesca, Norbert Bondin, and Nicole Azzopardi. I guess that considering how good their performances are, we can add Richard Micallef and Janice Mangion, but their songs this year don’t do much for me.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I agree, six songs is too few for elimination. It should be 10 to 12 songs in the final.

noone
noone
4 months ago

I liked Aidan, Denise, Matt Blxck, Miriana Conte and Emma Muscat. And even those are just nice and borderline, the rest is just meh.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago

Honestly the only song I care about is Ritmu. The rest just didn’t make an impact on me.

Karl
Karl
4 months ago

I only like Ritmu

Last edited 4 months ago by Karl
Pietro
Pietro
4 months ago

Emma Muscat would have been a strong contender in esc with the right song… what a pity. If Aidan wins I don’t see him going to the grand final

AndersP
AndersP
4 months ago

I’d not paid much attention to MESC – but Ritmu is one of my favourite songs I’ve heard this year so far.

John the Go
4 months ago

It’s Ritmu or Boy for me. I love both, but I would love to hear Maltese at ESC this year!

impressiveinstants
impressiveinstants
4 months ago

Only Ritmu works for me. Out of Sight #2. I voted for Into the Fire for the fun. White Doves is a nice ballad as well, even though it stands no chance.

Last edited 4 months ago by impressiveinstants
Yankee
Yankee
4 months ago

It would be nice if Malta sent a song in Maltese.

Colin
Colin
4 months ago
Reply to  Yankee

Ritmu, II or A Lover’s Heart would be great choices in this selection. Also, fresh in the context of Eurovision in general.

Yankee
Yankee
4 months ago
  1. Ritmu
  2. Electric Indigo
  3. Kaleidoscope
  4. Into the Fire
  5. Out of Sight
Agent 007
Agent 007
4 months ago

Revamp Ritmu and you have top-15 material.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
4 months ago
Reply to  Agent 007

And if it doesn’t get revamped, it is a song which will barely qualify. Still the best option for Malta regardless of what happens to the song.

Chrystal
Chrystal
4 months ago

Aidan – Ritmu
Nicole Azzopardi – Into the Fire

I’ll give my votes to these two, I really enjoy listening to them. Others.. well not so much.

Kosey
Kosey
4 months ago

Team Nicole Azzopardi – we need some uplifting Europop in the contest.

Tzs
Tzs
4 months ago

For me Richard should win – however i am sick of same artist in Eurovision. We already have Stoyan in Bulgaria, Zdob in Moldova and Mahmod in Italy and probably Georgian Lolitaz for Georgia – which is nice. But i would love to see new artist in Eurovision. We do not need Eurovision Comeback of Artist Song Contest. My second would be Aidan

Aria
Aria
4 months ago
Reply to  Tzs

Depends on who is coming back imo

Tzs
Tzs
4 months ago
Reply to  Aria

True but Its just my opinion 🙂 Its always nice to see old acts coming back – but sometimes – u feel tired to see them again every 2years

John the Go
4 months ago
Reply to  Tzs

It depends on the size of the population imo ? poor Malta doesn’t have as many people to choose from…

Tzs
Tzs
4 months ago
Reply to  John the Go

Come on – In Malta everyone can sing almost – these cheap excuses needs to go

Karl
Karl
4 months ago
Reply to  Tzs

I still need Valentina Monetta back

Tzs
Tzs
4 months ago
Reply to  Karl

4x is enough 🙂

noone
noone
4 months ago
Reply to  Tzs

There’s never enough Valentina. She should go every second year 🙂

noone
noone
4 months ago
Reply to  Tzs

I agree with you, but on the other hand we had Senhit and Serhat who both improved the second time.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
4 months ago

Off Topic: the artists + songs of C’est vous qui décidez will be released on February 16.

Tzs
Tzs
4 months ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

Finallement

Aria
Aria
4 months ago

Ok this semi is pointless to hold. 22. 16. Just select ur final right away. I’m glad Malta is halving an NF again though. Maybe the old ways will also make them less shady and entitled again.

John the Go
4 months ago
Reply to  Aria

To clarify: are you trying to attack an 18 year old girl who was disappointed she didn’t win a contest she entered in the hopes of winning?

Aria
Aria
4 months ago
Reply to  John the Go

To clarify: I’m attacking a broadcaster which thinks he can/should buy a victory. Where exactly was I referring to an 18 year old girl? I’d be disappointed too if I got screwed over so badly.

Last edited 4 months ago by Aria
Voilà monsieur
Voilà monsieur
4 months ago

Ritmu is by far my favourite. And I want to hear Maltese on the Eurovision stage again…

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
4 months ago

We very nearly had our chance in 2017 with Janice Mangion’s “Kewkba”. First time I heard it, I thought that was a winner and an all-but-certain top-5 ESC finisher.