Last month Emma Muscat won the Malta Song Contest with the ballad “Out of Sight”. But the Maltese songstress will perform a different song in Turin. TVM confirmed today that Emma’s song for Eurovision 2022 will be the gospel-infused “I AM WHAT I AM”.
The Maltese broadcaster confirmed the song swap today with posts on social media, writing “I AM WHAT I AM” by Emma Muscat is the official song which will be representing Malta in the Eurovision next May in Turin.”
Emma’s new song “I AM WHAT I AM” is a mid-tempo anthem of resilience and being true to yourself. Emma is joined by gospel-style backing vocals, as she asserts “Take it or leave it, I am what I am”.
Malta changes its mind
The song switch follows Emma winning the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2022 with her emotional ballad “Out of Sight”. Her national final performance impressed both the expert jury and Maltese televoters. Emma picked up 12 points from each jury member and a maximum televote score, ensuring that she would be Malta’s representative in Turin.
But she won’t be going to Italy with “Out of Sight”. A close reading of the MESC 2022 rules confirms that “The winning Artist will be eligible to represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.” The rules make no mention of the MESC winning song automatically being selected for Eurovision — meaning that it is above board for a new song to be internally selected for Eurovision.
While the winner of MESC has usually also been the Eurovision entry, this hasn’t always been the case. In 2015, Amber’s “Warrior” was substantially revamped from an edgy electronic song into a sweeping orchestral ballad. The following year, Ira Losco won MESC with “Chameleon” but after a song search, went to Stockholm with “Walk on Water”.
Listen to Emma Muscat’s Eurovision 2022 song “I AM WHAT I AM”
Which of Emma’s songs do you like the best?
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