The competition is heating up in Malta. This week, the island nation will choose its star for Eurovision 2023 in Liverpool at the national final Malta Eurovision Song Contest.
On Thursday 9 February, 24 acts will compete in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest semi-final. Eight artists will get the chop, while 16 lucky stars will make it through to Saturday’s grand final. Amongst the acts vying for a finale spot are Malta’s 2001 and 2006 Eurovision star Fabrizio Faniello, MESC veteran Brooke and fan favourite Matt Blxck.
Ahead of the semi-final, we want to hear from you. Who should qualify from the MESC 2023 semi-final? Listen to the acts and vote in our poll.
Scroll down to vote in our poll.
Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2023 competing entries
Twenty-four acts will compete in the MESC 2023 semi-final. Sixteen acts will go through to Saturday’s final and eight will be eliminated.
- Andre – “Broken Hill”
- Bradley Debono – “Black Out”
- Brooke – “Checkmate”
- The Busker – “Dance (Our Own Party)”
- Cheryl Balzan – “La La Land”
- Chris Grech – “Indescribable”
- Christian Arding – “Eku Ċar”
- Dan – “It’ll Be Ok”
- Dario Bezzina – “Bridle Road”
- Dominic and Anna – “Whatever the Wind May Blow”
- Eliana Gomez Blanco – “Guess What”
- Fabrizio Faniello – “Try To Be Better”
- Geo Debono – “The Mirror”
- Giada – “I Depend on You”
- Greta Tude – “Sound of My Stilettos”
- Ian – “On My Own”
- Klinsmann – “Piranah”
- Lyndsay – “Haunted”
- Mark Anthony Bartolo – “Tears”
- Matt Blxck – “UP.”
- Maxine Pace – “Alone”
- Mikhail – “Leħen Fiċ-Ċpar”
- Nathan – “Creeping Walls”
- Ryan Hili – “In the Silence”
- Stefan – “Heartbreaker”
Poll: Who should qualify from the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2023 semi-final?
In this poll, you can vote for as many acts as you like. But remember, you can only vote once — so choose wisely. This poll will close on Wednesday 8 February, with results published ahead of the MESC semi-final on Thursday.
Who did you vote for? Which artist will win Malta Eurovision Song Contest? Let us know in the comments section below.
Personally I feel like The Busker or Maxine Pace can actually do quite well with a good revamp. I don’t mind Brooke, powerful vocals and good stage presence but the song itself is too common.
Having said that unfortunately I don’t think Maxine will be in the top 3, instead Ryan Hili will be.
I also likely think Brooke will probably represent Malta. I’ll be surprised if it’s anyone else.
I am going to the show on Saturday, it’s my third time. The only difference this year is I have “prior knowledge” of the songs. I have seen Brooke and Matt Black before when he performed under a different name. Like you, I will be most surprised if Brooke does not win, especially with Aidan out of the way. I have also seen Aidan as a soloist and with “boyband” Avenue Sky, one of whose members was about 40. I will expect the unexpected, there are worse ways of spending a Saturday night!
You’re actually from Malta? Lucky that you’re going to see the show live and not just from your TV
No, I’m from Ireland but I live in UK. I travel to Malta quite a lot for holiday.
OPTION Z: NONE OF THE ABOVE!
Sorry for the OT, but since Cristian doesn’t seem to cover Sanremo this year, we have very little opportunity to talk about it. The running order is out.
Marco is night 1, along with Ultimo, Ana Oxa, Elodie. Levante is night 2, along with Colapesce Dimartino, Madame. These are the ones I’m most anticipating, anyway. Where can I see the actual running order? What I’ve seen on Twitter seems to be alphabetical. One day to go!
I have put a link to the announcement in my post – click on “running order”. It’s in Italian but not that difficult to understand, Amadeus is talking very slowly.
Oh, thank you, I missed that.
Marco fourth! I like when my favourites are on early, the steam seems to run out of the crowd’s energy by the end.
He’s the critics favourite, and he sells out stadiums. I think he has a good chance of winning. Don’t know if he’ll go to Liverpool if he does, though. Maybe he’ll want to give somebody else the chance, having himself come 7th in 2013.
The national selection that should be renamed borefest
Unpopular Malta opinion: Emma Muscat was much much better than Destiny! MUSCAT should have been 1st in odds instead of Jemecasse
Maybe in an alternative reality
it is not happening in the real life
THE most annoying country at Eurovision.
On what basis?
true Malta used to be well supported by the eurofamily but its just fallen away,theres little interest in who malta sends or how malta does at eurovision anymore.
these boring selection shows dont help
I couldn’t have said it better myself. I love supporting smaller countries at Eurovision, but god, Malta is just like an annoying little fly in the corner that won’t stop buzzing. It’s the most corrupt broadcaster in ESC, I’m sick of their scandals.
Pity Eurovision finished being watched by such hateful persons such as you. And you say music unites. In your dreams!
But it’s a fact, the Maltese broadcaster is so annoying! I’m tired of them.
Scandal after scandal, several songs changed after the public voted otherwise (lack of respect for the public choice), constant corruption accusations, broadcaster spending huge hundreds of thousands of euros to advertise their entries on YouTube adverts & banning MESC contestants. I can go on and on…
Easy dont follow us is easy there are many other countries follow them 🙂
I will not vote because i do not have time to listen this many songs. I also think it is cruel and pointless to occupy that many artists for weeks. Malta should learn from Finland: choose a handful of local talent, and give them real exposure. Even Sweden, with its gigantic music industry shortlist a smaller number of songs.
This whole selection smells like corruption wasting public money.
sometimes less is more.
the largest national selection for one of the smallest competing nations,wouldnt be so bad if the quality was there,but malta have become boring at eurovision
you cannot air the same ad 100500 times if you do not have 42 candidates singing in 5 shows.
I don’t see if, in a poll where multiple selections are possible and you basically vote independently for each entry, you are not allowed to cast your vote if you think none should qualify. True, that is basically a useless vote, but a vote it is.
Just like in a political election. You can always cast an invalid vote to express your disapproval with everyone participating. A useless vote, for sure, but it’s still counted and shows that what is being offered isn’t good enough.
Offered by who? As long as everybody has the ability to run as a candidate, then there is plenty of choice.
Umm no. The ability alone doesn’t get you on the ballot. A party does.
What are independents?
Think of those idiots who dress up as aliens or monsters standing on the podium in the UK, when the vote count is being announced.
I dunno, what are they? People with no influence? How many independents make up your government and make laws?
There’s nothing to stop voters from making that happen. The whole parliament could be made up of independents, in theory.
My point being that you actually do not need a party to get on the ballot. The problem is you need resources to run a campaign.
UK I was thinking of, like I said in my comment that went into the moderation system and now can be seen only sometimes. Not every country in Europe is like that. Sweden no. Italy had an independent prime minister only last year, though. France almost has an independent president, that’s what he was before he formed his own little gang. Croatia a while ago. Other countries have independents in government because no one party has a majority. This concludes my lecture. I’m not sure this Malta poll was worth the typing.
Small correction – Croatia never actually had an independent president, yet always formally has ”an independent president”. Our second president Stipe Mesic was a nominee of minor parties coalition, which is a less common position to win from. Usually, it’s between HDZ and SDP, but not this time. Technically, all presidents of Croatia, while in office, have to pause their party memberships, as they are formally representing the whole nation equally. But maybe you are referring to the late mayor of Zagreb, Milan Bandic, who indeed finished second in the presidential elections once, beating the HDZ candidate out of the… Read more »
Thank you. I am never as clever as I pretend to be. I thought you had an independent prime minister for a short time a few years ago? I’m interested in politics, but it’s hard to keep track of the smaller countries. It’s mostly the big ones that get all the headlines.
Oh, you are right. We did! You *are clever*. A prime minister, not a president, but formally independent nonetheless. I waa concentrating on presidents only. He is the father of Ella Oreskovic who competed in Dora twice. But the funniest part is that his name wasn’t even on any ballot, and the first time I found out about his existence is the day he was declared the prime minister. Long story short, the ruling HDZ and oppositional SDP both failed to get enough votes to form a government, while a newly formed third party Most (the bridge) gained enough to… Read more »
* Božo Petrov, not Andrej, ha ha ha
Andrej is our current prime minister, Plenkovic. Sorry for the mistake.
This is what I’m complaining about. Here one cannot even cast an invalid vote because it is refused with a message saying “Please make a choice”.
Just don’t vote, and then ask people to look at the total number of votes cast. If it’s low, that will say something by itself.
The Busker song is the one i like the most. Their presence on stage is also very playful and charismatic.
I do think that this NS isn’t as bad as people are depicting it to be. I agree that the ‘bad’ songs overpower the ‘good songs’, but there are a couple of songs that can make it to the final with an adequate revamp. Ryan Hili, Maxine, Brooke, and The Busker all have a decent shot at qualifying if the staging and the song are elevated accordingly. I also have a soft spot for Eliana, her song is a bop from start to finish.
P.S. I completely agree that this national selection has been dragged on for way tooooo long.
It’s just that Malta fell out of the fans’ grace and became unpopular
Is this poll even important? There is not a single song in this selection that could make it to the final in Liverpool.
At this point I’m almost convinced that they’re rather write about anything but the Czech selection – you know, the one where everyone can vote in.
I have nothing against Malta, but I do not understand the total omission of the Czech Republic
Today is the last day, so if you want your favor to win, you better vote now
The Busker is the best and that’s it. Period.
Lyndsay did not qualify. Why is she included in the list?
Malta will buy a new song and announce it before the deadline, anyways. It doesn’t make sense xd
I only like The Busker. The weakest one of all preselections this year.
This NS been too long for no reason, no one’s hyped about this lol
But since Malta hasn’t done well with generic melfest-like pop songs,
THE BUSKER – “DANCE (OUR OWN PARTY)” is probably their best
option for >>an attempt<< of qualification (since none of these are that great
nor grand final worthy)
The Busker song is actually quite amazing. It is heads above anything else in this selection and would be a great Eurovision entry for Malta. Also, it is the ONLY – read ONLY song that could make Malta qualify for the final this year!
There should be a 25th option in this poll— I don’t care.
I suppose whoever the mafia says ?
Mihail – he’s the only one who realises what the fans want – Maltese. But is it worth caring if Aidan isn’t there?
The situation with Aidan is tragicomedic when you realize that he was promoting a song that would’ve never represented Malta even if he won.
This is me coming from the future. It doesn’t matter who qualifies. Brooke is going to win and her melfest reject purchase will be announced few days before the March deadline.
Just like the model from last year, it will be a deeply heartfelt and extremely personal song that the artist herself wrote by channelling her powers through Dino Medanhodzic and others.
and others. To make it more special, Brooke herself added… umm ordered Gerard James Borg to add some brilliant phrases like “drop your guard, high alert”.
Two Eurovision winners up for Grammys tonight, I just remembered. Hopefully there will be a nice article tomorrow about the Best New Artists, and Album of the Year.
Is it Marie N and The Herreys?
2XL and Teach In
I had to look up 2XL. I suspected it had something to do with Estonia but I only associate Tanel and Dave with 2001. Apparently, 2XL are called Soul Militia since 2002 so I assume theyll be getting their Grammy under that name.
I assume not 2/XXL from Macedonia. I love them 100% yes I do.
They lost to jazz singer Samara Joy (Brazilians are steamed because they were confident Anitta was going to win). ABBA also got shut out in their categories
At the very least I think it’s interesting Malta hasn’t dropped out of the contest since they never get televote support. We already know they’re the biggest scapegoat of a soon-to-be killer semifinal. Honestly I would’ve pulled a North Macedonia move here and wait a year before the next, saving up funds to send a proper act, of which there are none in this selection.
Nope, no victim here. Malta came 2nd in 2002 and 2005 which was both mostly televoting. And the funds don’t buy taste. They threw bags of money at Losco and Destiny. You deserve to fail when you let Björkman pick your song and try to win on anything but merit.
I think the main issue is that Europe probably don’t want a generic pop song from Malta, even if it’s a great one like 2019 and 2021. They did well with the televote whenever they stepped away from sending either melfest rejects or pop ballads
Does Malta manage to get over ten foreign followers at this point? I only checked out Brooke for obvious reasons and well, it’s perfect! For a 5th to 7th place in a Melodifestivalen heat. Although last night’s heat was so weak she could’ve qualified. Her song is filled with trite clichés from start to finish. Just like the abysmal Irish winner, only with fancier words. And those overexaggerated hand movements she makes dont make the act more interesting, either. My harshness is dripping fire, but come on, tell me I’m wrong. lol
One of the songwriters also did Italy 2012, so he goes up in my opinion just because of that.
The Busker is my pick here.
And it’s absolutely obvious. This is the one with an outside shot at qualifying.
Does Aidan react to his situation till now? So sad for him.
Bradley Debono, Nathan, The Busker, Ryan Hili, Eliana Gomez Blanco, Maxine Pace. Brooke should also definitely qualify to top 16, but there are more interesting songs to win. And what Jofty says, we can hope that the Maltese broadcaster won’t play another game of charades after this selection is done, and that the selected song, whose victory is 50% paid by the televoters, will actually go to Liverpool.
Either Brooke being the most professional should win or The Buskers, because they bring some fun and televoters could appreciate them, maybe enough to push through in 10th, but I wouldn’t count on it. Maxine isn’t a bad choice either, I’m not sure about her, would be like Christabelle winning MESC with arguably her worst song. But judging by the massive margin between Brooke and others in views for their QF performances, this is probably her year, especially with Aidan being DQ. Wouldn’t be opposed to her having a new song for Liverpool as this seems below her talents, but… Read more »
Perhaps there should be another option; will any of the named songs represent Malta in Liverpool?!
A national final with 42,000 acts lol
The poll is broken. It won’t let you select more than one.
How is it fixed? It should only let you select one, as only one act will go.
16 will qualify, which is the question.
To the contrary, the poll is trying to get a sense of who people would be happy qualifying. But even if it were just a poll for who should win, Wiwibloggs wisely does multi-choice voting (also called approval voting) because the real question is which entry has the most supporters, not which entry has the most people ranking it first. That is, the poll answers the question of which entry has the most people who would be happy if it won. If our political voting systems worked this way too, we’d end up with fewer unpopular candidates, disincentivize similar candidates… Read more »
Aidan should qualify.
He would’ve been, my winner, had he not been disqualified.