He was one of the favourites to win the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2023.
But on Monday afternoon “Regina” singer Aidan Cassar had his journey cut short when the Maltese broadcaster disqualified him from the competition because of unauthorised social media posts.
Speaking to the Times of Malta, the broadcaster did not say which posts were in violation of the rules. The newspaper instead shared the regulation that was broken.
“The publication of any social media post, promotion material, interviews or media presence/exposure from the announcement of the quarter finalists onwards is strictly prohibited. Any breach of this clause will lead to automatic disqualification.”
The newspaper points out that Aidan last posted on January 20.
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The video introduced his dancers with a “Regina” instrumental in the background.
Aidan has won over a sizeable fan base since finishing second behind Emma Muscat in last year’s competition. He was a staple of the pre-party circuit — performing in London and Madrid, among other cities. He also recorded an incredible acoustic performance of his song “Ritmu” for the Wiwi Jam at Home Concert.
Following the first quarter final on January 13, we asked our readers who gave the best live performance. Of the 2,001 votes cast, Aidan earned a staggering 790 of them — or nearly 40% of all those cast.
Are you upset by the disqualification? Which post do you think led TVM to make the decision? Let us know down below!