Malta’s most recent national selection featured 22 songs, resulting in the selection of Emma Muscat’s “Out of Sight” being chosen as the winner. But, as you’ll recall, the song was subsequently dropped following negative reviews and fan reaction.
Now, perhaps in a bid to give the public even more of a choice, Malta has announced that it’s expanding the Malta Eurovision Song Contest to a whopping 40 songs, which will be presented across four quarter-finals.
Malta Eurovision Song Contest: 40 songs across 4 quarter-finals
A professional jury will evaluate all submissions, narrowing the field to 40 songs. The jury will listen to full playback recordings of the songs without the artist present.
The 40 selected songs will then be randomly allocated to four quarter-finals, with 10 songs in each.
The rules state that quarter-finalists will be recorded for television and that “the interpretation should be without any choreography and props.”
The top 24 songs will pass to the semi-final. We’re assuming that the 24 songs represent six chosen per semi-final, though the rules don’t actually say that.
The qualifying songs will be announced “after the last quarter-final.”
Semi-final acts will once again be subject to a jury vote and a public vote, and the top 16 will make the final
Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2023 dates
13 January 2023 – Quarter-final 1
20 January 2023 – Quarter-final 2
27 January 2023 – Quarter-final 3
3 February 2023 – Quarter-final 4
9 February 2023 – Semi-Final
11 February 2023 – Grand Final
1.1. All artists must be of Maltese nationality or have dual citizenship, one of which is Maltese. In the case of a group comprising two or more artists, the lead artist must be of Maltese Nationality or hold dual citizenship one of which is Maltese. All artists participating in lead role must be of Maltese Nationality or hold dual citizenship, one of which Maltese.
1.2. The previous year’s winning artist(s) and/or the last edition’s ESC Maltese representative/s may not participate as a performer in the Contest.
1.3. All artists must be aged at least sixteen (16) by the 1st May, 2023.
1.4. Authors and composers may be of any Nationality.
1.5. A copy of the identity card of all participants needs to be submitted with the application.
1.6. Late submissions, incomplete submissions or submissions with missing forms, data or information will be considered void and will neither be processed nor accepted
i Winner €10,000
ii Runner-up €4,000
iii 2nd Runner-up €2,000
iv Remaining Finalists €300 each
v Remaining Semi Finalists €300 each
vi Remaining Quarter-Finalists €300 each