40 has become one. After five weeks of shows, Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2023 has finally come to an end and The Busker have been chosen as the country’s representative for Eurovision this May. They won the contest with the song “Dance (Our Own Party)”.
The grand final saw 16 acts competing for the trophy. Hosted by Glen Vella and Amber, it took place in the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre at Ta’ Qali.
Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2023 grand final
- The Busker – “Dance (Our Own Party)” – 121 points
- Ryan Hili – “In the Silence” – 85 points
- Matt Blxck – “Up” – 76 points
- Maxine Pace – “Alone” – 73 points
- Brooke – “Checkmate” – 70 points
- Chris Grech – “Indescribable” – 34 points
- Ian – “On My Own” – 22 points
- Fabrizio Faniello – “Try to Be Better” – 21 points
- Eliana Gomez Blanco – “Guess What” – 20 points
- Christian Arding – “Eku Ċar” – 17 points
- Nathan – “Creeping Walls” – 12 points
- Dan – “It’ll be OK” – 10 points
- Cheryl Balzan – “La La Land” – 9 points
- Giada – “I Depend on You” – 3 points
- Geo Debono – “The Mirror” – 3 points
- Stefan – “Heartbreaker” – 3 points
The result was determined by a 50:50 split between a 5-member jury and the public televote. The Busker topped the televote, whilst Matt Blxck won the jury vote.
- Nathan – “Creeping Walls”
- Chris Grech – “Indescribable”
- Maxine Pace – “Alone”
- Fabrizio Faniello – “Try to Be Better”
- Geo Debono – “The Mirror”
- Brooke – “Checkmate”
- Ian – “On My Own”
- Eliana Gomez Blanco – “Guess What”
- The Busker – “Dance (Our Own Party)”
- Giada – “I Depend on You”
- Matt Blxck – “Up”
- Cheryl Balzan – “La La Land”
- Christian Arding – “Eku Ċar”
- Ryan Hili – “In the Silence”
- Dan – “It’ll be OK”
- Stefan – “Heartbreaker”
What do you make of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2023 grand final? Can The Busker give Malta a strong result at Eurovision? Let us know in the comments below.
Not bad but nothing what I haven’t heard yet
Ok i wasn’t really looking forward or paying any attention to MESC and i thought it was gonna be Brooke or someone else who’s jury bait. But this! I didn’t expect this. Wow. Just wow. I can’t believe Malta actually chose a fun song! It’s a breath of fresh air after all the pop girlies. On listening it’s quite repetitive and i wish they had more charisma on stage, but Dance is quite good. I hope Malta qualifies and proves it to them that you can send fun entries and still be successful!
Repeat after me: having a saxophone does not mean a song is a copy of Moldova.
This is exactly what Malta needed to send. It seems like maybe it’s not for everyone but it’s an infectious song, super catchy and easy to sing, clap, and dance along to. The staging is unique and fun and really allows the mix of chill vibes and dance vibes to shine simultaneously. I won’t be shocked if this surprises some of you with a Top 10 televote in the final.
My favourite Maltese entry since their 2013/2014 era.
Glad Malta sends something more genuine and playful this time
I’m enjoying this but it’s most likely due to the fact that the lead singer is an absolute hottie
That’s the only reason people are enjoying this… the song is mid at best.
Hottie indeed, and doesn’t even need to try.
I kind of liked it when I heard the snippet but now I just find it to be a hot mess. Clearly Malta missed out on better chances
Aidan released Regina and I have it on repeat…happy for the Busker but Malta really missed out. Forget the rule-breaking, he’s been snubbed twice in a row now.
But why is the performance so low-key? They literally look bored, when the song screams PARTY.
Omg I love it!!
Malta straight to my top 3 ?
Reminds me of Lake Malawi who were my absolute winners in 2019 😛
great choice in an overall disappointing super saturday for me
Still very bitter about Aidan. But this is actually far better than I expected to come from Malta. The verses could use a bit of a revamp, but I think this might actually have a shot at qualifying as its just televote. The saxophone chorus is very catchy.
This isn’t going to qualify for the final.
So far better than Brooke – 8/12
No vice, not catchy enough. NQ
Do we know for sure this will be their song?
Take this with a grain of salt but PBS’s official Eurovision Facebook page said that “Dance (Our Own Party)” by The Busker will “be representing Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool”.
while i’m not a fan of this style, i’m so happy malta chose this. it’s a very good full package, and it was their only chance at reaching the final. semi-final 1 is going to be very competitive.
It might be fun (kinda) but it’s a weird blend of Moldova-style sonds & Dadi Freyr. Pfff… After Croatia, even this one sounds ok.
What is a Moldova-style sound???? Saxophone :D:D:D:D:D
Yes Moldova invented sax didn’t you know? ?
I like this- very Moldova- esque and this will do very well with televoters.
A lot of fan experts criticise lyrics of other countries but have no issue with Malta rhyming sweater and better. Double standards?
I can assure you that no Moldovan music inspired this
Great choice, Malta. Would be happier with Aidan, but maybe next year. In 2023 we will dance with the Busker.
Here is the first song of class 2023 that is going straight to my Spotify playlist. Thanks Malta!!
The amount of people that were dismissing this song… so glad to see Malta give this song a landslide televote win, especially with the semis being televote-only this year.
Top 10 in the final in Liverpool for sure
OMG this is amazing!!! I skipped watching it and just saw the result!!! What a joyful surprise. This is a great song and will do well in Eurovision!!!
I am delighted with Malta and Denmark, I am also happy with Romania and Croatia. I am ok with Latvia. I am a bit disappointed with Italy and Estonia, but they are fine still.
But lots of males now… And still no bangers… So this strengthens Norways chances to do well now for sure!
Well as long as im drunk this sounds pleasant and i am right now
Haha, really, that’s exactly my feeling. It’s one of the songs you listen to in the background when having drunk quite a few shots and it sounds pleasant and fun. Other than that…
Pleasantly surprised by this one. Going straight to my playlist
Ja ja 9 finals today and no oye song like to me
Great! Now get the song on Spotify please
Totally off topic and has nothing to do with the song, but the leading singer here is so gorgeous, I got the biggest crush on him ever lol. With that being said, it’s probably not a song I’ll be listening to, but for Eurovision and for a semi final with no juries, it is their best option for an attempt of qualification, as the televote would probably eat this up.
It’s still Malta so who knows, had this been Moldova, I would’ve been confident this would qualify 100%, but since it’s Malta and they’ve struggled to get televote in the past, idk, all I know is that THIS WAS THEIR ONLY OPTION, period
They had fun on stage, and were fun to watch. A new epic sax guy is coming in Eurovision however the song does nothing for me.
Seeing how it is going… San Marino, this is the year you can do something….
I’m so very happy about This Choice !!! The busker are charismatic, amazing performance also. The song is very catchy, let’s go the dance party guys !! Unfortunately, Malta is in the 1st SF, the strongest about SF 2… I don’t know if Malta can qualify but I hope ! Thanks you Malta for this amazing choice ! Malta, Estonia, Latvia & Denmark have chosen the best songs. I’m dissapointed by Romania. Croatia it’s average for me, trash and original I love it for this part but, it’s very politic ! Tonight, Italyyy with Marco Mengoni or Lazza I hope… Read more »
I was a bit scared when Matt Blxck won the jury, but I think this was a solid option. It’s not gonna qualify because it’s Malta, but at least they’ll be represented by an act that performs an enjoyable performance. Let’s just hope they don’t randomly ditch their song for another lol
This is very different from the formula Malta’s been trying for the past couple of years (generic paint by numbers pop song), so who knows, maybe this is what Europe needs to finally throw them some votes. I just know that wouldn’t be the case had Brooke won, we’ve seen it with Taboo, Chameleon, even Destiny, Europe does not want pop songs from Malta lol.
Chameleon didn’t go to to Eurovision. It was Walking on Water, that was clearly a worse song.
She was referring to the 2019 Malta entry chameleon, not Ira losco’s original song.
It’s a below-average song and the singer’s pronunciation is horrific, I could barely understand anything he said other than ”do you wanna dance?”.
Anyway, this is one act we can count on to not qualify.
On the bright side, this is Malta we’re talking about, so they’ll probably buy a Swedish-produced Melfest reject for them. The Busker has great potential, so I hope they get a new song, or a revamp, or completely reconstructing the song they have.
Do we actually know who the songwriters of this song are? Ngl I’d laugh real loud if after ya’ll praised how it doesn’t sound “Swedish produced” it was discovered that Swedes actually did it lmao
it is their song and the lead singer said from the stage after winner’s performance literally: “I am happy that a Maltese-produced song will represent Malta at Eurovision”
He really said that? Oh, the shade of it all.
Lyrics by Dave Jr, the frontman of the band ?
the busker had easily the most interesting and original entry in MESC. a very well deserved victory, and i think this could do better than most people think. however my main takeaway after all of this is that malta is really floundering at eurovision. if they want to do well they need to stop being so greedy and corrupt because MESC feels like a big sham and is clearly all about making ad money for the broadcaster and less focused on art and music. luckily we got a respectable entry out of it this time but malta needs to get… Read more »
Good job Malta! I’ll be rooting for you
A joke! Eurovision deserves better than this
OK this at least makes me smile. I can’t say it’s a good song but it’s got a hell of a lot more character than last year’s Maltese entry.
this is city zeni without the pussy.
This is the Busker. They are not Lake Malawi, they are not Dadi og Gagnamagnid, they are not Sunstroke Project and whatever band you name who 99% of ESC televoters don’t remember for a reference or an analogy.
I am not saying the televoters will remember the reference. I doubt they’ll remember the song at all.
No, city zeni wasn’t a class act, more like a crass act.
Everyone in the comments seems to love this. Great. For me it’s just gonna flop like Slovenia but this year is so weak that it could easily go to the final. I think Brooke was very good tonight, but if everybody finds her « melfest reject » so bad, I guess it’s better like that.
Teodor won from Romania and now The Busker for Malta. Im buzzing. I usually go for more of a outsiders not winners. It so rare a favorites of mine to win and its such a cool feeling. Good luck to The Besker. Welcome to the Eurovision family and good luck in Liverpool. Love your charm, playfulness and personality.
Was one of my favs, so I’m glad they won.
First Maltese entry I really love since I can’t even remember! Congrats Malta, you’ ll do fine in televoting for a change!!
First things first… a huge congratulations for The Busker, even tho I really preferred Brooke over this. I think this has a chance to qualify actually, but if Moldova sends Sunstroke Project again Malta would need a miracle to qualify. I also really didn’t expect these results: Brooke should have finished second and Maxine should’ve finished third IMO… Brooke should try again asap to go to esc
I heard Yummy Mummy and Malta’s is by far the more superior sax song. If Moldova does better, it’s because of the country not because of the song.
Damn, the maltese public literally gave the finger to the melfest rejects and chose something that at least seems authentic. Its weird cause the only year when Brooke had the complete package she didnt do well. I guess this sends a message to TVM and the “executives”
It’s Malta, they can still buy another Melfest reject for them.
Malta has participated in the ESC over 30 times. In those 30 times Malta has chosen maybe 4 “Melfest rejects” in all. So can you people stop it with the hate for once.
They are so tiring!
I have a feeling we may have a top 10 on our hands. (Not even just the song) the group have so much potential!!!! This could be a good year for Malta!!
Okay, so personally I wanted Maxine or Brooke. With Aidan gone, this was the one year rigging it for Brooke would have paid off. However, I was NOT expecting this! To be fair, the warning signs were there with people hyping it up again. I think it’s a fair victory though may be embarrassing for highly funded singers like Brooke who AGAIN doesn’t get to go! I think this song WILL appeal to televoters. Not sure if it will get through but it will certainly be better for the televote only semi finals. Not sure also if they’ll change their… Read more »
Brooke should pay these guys or Aidan or someone local for her next song which needs to have a soul first and foremost. She will save some money for even better staging in that case.
I thought that Brooke had it in the bag, but it’s nice to see The Busker winning tonight! Their song was the best
Are we sinure this will be the song ? Because you know it’s Malta….
From over 30 participations Malta changed its song 2 times (which it can do because of its rules and regulations – so no corruption there). So will people just grow up and stop it with “Because you know it’s Malta” jibes? What I get from certain comments is that Malta is quite hated for some reason and another.
Malta will keep the song. Happy?
We changed song only 2 times in our ESC history! So stop speaking nonsense
not a lost cause