Love is shining a light in every corner of our hearts — and that includes the Mediterranean. After one disqualification, legal letters, back-and-forth accusations, and a lot of bad blood and spilled tea, there is finally peace in Eurovision-loving Malta. 

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) has invited Aidan Cassar to perform as a special guest during the final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2023.

That’s right people. PBS — the same broadcaster who just weeks ago disqualified Aidan for allegedly violating rules about promoting his song — has now extended an olive branch. The Times of Malta reports that Aidan has been granted a five-minute spot after all of the finalists have performed. 

But the paper cites unnamed sources who claim the invitation comes with one very big condition: Aidan cannot sing “Regina,” the entry he had hoped to take to Eurovision.

On Friday afternoon, just ahead of the Times of Malta news report, Aidan posted a photo of the outfit he had planned to wear when singing “Regina” in competition. As you can see in the photo at top, it melds the debonnaire with gothic fantasy horror, a high fashion take on Frankenstein if he tried to dance at a ball, or serve shrimp cocktail on a high-end cruise ship. Long story short: We approve of the fashion extravaganza.

In January Aidan was disqualified from the Malta Eurovision Song Contest for allegedly breaking rules regarding the use of social media. A few days later the singer had threatened legal action against Malta’s broadcaster PBS if it didn’t reverse its decision.

The broadcaster dug in, saying “that Cassar never denied that his behavior was in breach of MESC regulations.”

The broadcaster claimed to have spoken to him “several times” about breaking the rules. It went on to say that he “continued and even intensified” the behaviour. 

What do you make of all this? Are you excited to see Aidan in the grand final?

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Alex
Alex
1 year ago

Malta loves to be shady sometimes.

Ari
Ari
1 year ago

Looks like they don’t hate him as much. Maybe he can come up with sth like Ritmu next year.

Sol Stevia
Sol Stevia
1 year ago

Wat

Ritoli
Ritoli
1 year ago

And I wonder who he had s** with for this to happen…

Jofty
Jofty
1 year ago
Reply to  Ritoli

Not me, sadly. I have arrived in Malta (following an 03:30 start). Transport to venue booked for 18:45. Hope you all enjoy the show.

Frisian esc
1 year ago

Both parties got no shame

XOOOD
XOOOD
1 year ago

Great they can internally select him next year with a better song!

Matt
Matt
1 year ago

Aidan deserves better than this. He had the best song last year (and one of the best this year) and Malta just doesn’t like the dude. He needs to go to San Marino or some other area that would actually want him and not spend their entire budget on gambling ads, bribes, and pre-selected artists

Jack Needham
Jack Needham
1 year ago

Well at least they’re giving him the respect that he deserves since after the fact that he got disqualified is still a crime.

Dawid
Dawid
1 year ago

“ok, you’ll have your 5 minutes, just don’t sue us” xd

Yankee
Yankee
1 year ago

Go to San Marino and name the song, “Say Ya Ya Ya.”

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 year ago

Why can’t he sing Regina? He should just show up and sing the damn song anyway. That outfit looks awesome! He would have won this EASILY anyway if he participated!

Zander25
Zander25
1 year ago

If that was me, I’d be so proud and slap them with NO.They just alleviating the damage they done knowing whosoever will be choosen will live under the shadow of dirtiness so they need a positive reinforcement on promotion. So please have a dignity to decline.

Yankee
Yankee
1 year ago
Reply to  Zander25

It’s an honor for Aidan to be invited to sing after his disobeying of the rules several times. It’s a reminder that No One is above the rules. Remember, he was punished for his actions. If I was PBS I would never allow him to come and sing anything in 2023.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 year ago
Reply to  Yankee

Why are there asteriks in your last two words?

clothespin
clothespin
1 year ago

What a mess.. at least we get Aidan though! Show them what they missed! I guess he will try again next year and he’s trying to mend his relations with PBS (and TVM). This is a good sign for Aidan and many other fans though. I guess this may not make sense given the circumstances, but I think he will have excellent chances next year because TVM usually shows signs of slanting results or. For example, in 2021, Emma Muscat was an interval in Musika Musika (a tv show similar to MESC on TVM and a similar audience) and then… Read more »

Nikita Zhukov
Nikita Zhukov
1 year ago

Wow
Didn’t expect this to happen, like, ever lol
Good for all of them, I guess?
Hopefully this means they’re still considering him for Eurovision in the future

Sooooo, with all of that being said, Regina studio version when?

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 year ago
Reply to  Nikita Zhukov

Perhaps bridges are being mended or they found a common ground.

Lucian
Lucian
1 year ago
Reply to  Nikita Zhukov

Tomorrow at 6 PM.

Stian F
Stian F
1 year ago

Malta has a plan for 2023, and that plan is Brooke. Now it seems like they have to an agreement for the 2024 plans as well: Aidan…

Still hoping for a miracle and that it will be The Busker that wins though, and that they keep that song for Eurovision.

Mbappe
Mbappe
1 year ago

Very small country with a very big appetite for attention-seeking…

Sam
Sam
1 year ago
Reply to  Mbappe

israel is typing…

Karl
Karl
1 year ago

Aidan, I’m a fan of yours, but come on, have some self respect. Get away from those snakes!

Garbo
Garbo
1 year ago

No! Aidan No! Run from MESC!! Run to San Marino!

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago
Reply to  Garbo

Haha, it looks like they said “Na na na.” Or was it a “Maybeee”?

Jofty
Jofty
1 year ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Perhaps he will do a cover of The Network Song

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago

Wow, well done all. The show’s ratings might get a boost now. Have a good final. 🙂