Those wishing to represent Malta at Eurovision 2024 now know the exact process they need to go through in order to be chosen as the country’s representative. National broadcaster PBS has published the rules and regulations for Malta Eurovision Song Contest (MESC) 2024, which includes a few changes to the format.
The grand final won’t see any acts performing live on the night. Instead, the result will be determined based on music videos and live-on-tape recordings.
Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2024 Rules
After expanding the selection to include quarter-finals in 2023, these have been ditched for the 2024 contest.
However, the semi-finals have essentially now become what the quarter-finals were. The acts who make it through the initial selection phase will sing their song live on a TV show — no props or choreography are allowed. It is not known how many will advance to the semi-finals, but the line-up will be announced in October 2023, with their semi-final performances spread out over a number of weeks towards the end of this calendar year.
A lucky 12 of the singers will make it through to the grand final of Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which is set for January 2024. At the live show itself, the acts will be able to sit back, relax and nervously wait for the jury and public to make their decision. All their work will instead come in the weeks beforehand.
Ahead of the grand final, each finalist is required to film an artistic music video, which PBS will contribute €5,000 towards. Additionally, they will each record a live-on-tape performance on a specially dedicated stage — each act will have 60 minutes to record three takes, one of which will be selected.
During the grand final, both the music videos and live-on-tape performances will be broadcast. Thus, viewers will watch all 12 songs twice. Based on these, the jury and public will vote for their favourite, determining the winner of MESC and the act who will represent Malta at Eurovision 2024 in Malmö.
Interested parties will be able to submit their songs between 28 August and 20 September.
One rule that remains in place for 2024 is #5.7, which states “Announcements, media posts, social media posts and any marketing content related to the submitted songs, artists and contest can only be made by PBS. Artists can only share the official posts by PBS.”
AIDAN notably fell foul of this during his bid to win MESC 2023. The Maltese star was eventually disqualified from the contest after he repeatedly posted promo videos to his social media channels. Those competing in 2024 will no doubt be making sure they stay in line to avoid the same fate.
Whoever emerges victorious at Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2024 will follow in the footsteps of The Busker. After the trio’s non-qualification in Liverpool this year, the country’s new Eurovision representative will be hoping to bring Malta back to the grand final when they take to the stage in Sweden next May.
What do you make of the new format for Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2024? Who would you like to see enter the national selection? Let us know in the comments below.