After four presentation shows featuring 36 contestants, the Maltese public have now chosen the 12 finalists for Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2024.

The announcement of the qualifiers was made during the latest episode of TV show XOW.

Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2024 finalists

The grand final 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.

Did your favourite make it to the grand final? Who do you think will win Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2024? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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My Name
My Name
2 months ago

The top 5 probably will be Ryan, Denise, Matt, Nathan and Sarah. One of them will win.

Corentin
Corentin
2 months ago

Hope so much that Sirena will win! It would be so nice to here Maltese lyrics on the ESC stage ! Greetings from France !

Mr X
Mr X
2 months ago

Another failing to qualify for Malta, I´m so sorry.

I hope that the Czech Republic will do it much better.

lasse braun
lasse braun
2 months ago

none of the 12 selected songs correspond to the required ESC level.
dominic cini – bewsa was a good option and for my taste a little bit ahead of bewsa was the act OXYGYN – cloudmaker.gives me little MARO-vibes but now game over for malta.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ki58grmNuDk

Iván el Conquistador
Iván el Conquistador
2 months ago

Banana makes it but Bewsa doesn’t? Malta flopping once again.

Nils
Nils
2 months ago

Matt Blxck would be a recipe for disaster and sort of Malta’s ‘Woki mit deim Popo’ or ‘Leto svet’. Just something to feel ashamed of for years to come.

With those entries, it will be a tough year for Malta anyway. But if they don’t select Erba’ or at least Miriana Conte, there won’t be any chance of qualifying for the Grand Final at all.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  Nils

It would be the opposite. It would be like Pirates of the Sea where it does well yet is jokey.

lasse braun
lasse braun
2 months ago
Reply to  Nils

leto svet was a little hit at the balticum.
the song has also a little bit different direction – more satirical & poltit things think so.
the banana song going more into the sean banan (copabanana) direction but in a very lousy amateurish way.

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
2 months ago
Reply to  Nils

Erba by far the best in this list. But only in a very low level.

DutchTurkk
DutchTurkk
2 months ago

The only song I see potential in in terms of singer & song combo is Venom by Miriana Conte.

David
David
3 months ago

A bit confused by some of these choices….

My top 3

1. Denise
2. Ryan Hili
3. Erba

I thought Banana reminded me of not Subwoolfer but Sean Banan a few years back. Guess who is a co-writer……….
Wouldn’t be a good choice

Josh
Josh
3 months ago
Reply to  David

Bananas reminds me of the backing track Little Big – Uno

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago
Reply to  David

Sean Banan(a)

Probably written for him, but rejected, then recycled

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  David

I think it would be a fun choice compared to the boring female ballads of recent years.

Josh
Josh
3 months ago

Well well well. How dull! Ryan Hilli will surely win with a Eurovision paint by numbers beige ballad. Freya’s track (although I’m sure she’s fabulous) is an assault on the ears. And I’m sure Bananas has the backing track of Little Big ‘Uno’!!

All the others… completely forgettable.

Such a shame Malta.

Josh
Josh
3 months ago
Reply to  Josh

*Greta’s

XOOOOD
XOOOOD
3 months ago

on another note, I think Haley “Tell me it’s over” will win, it sounds like the typical safe Eurovision entry countries with no chance would go for.

3art
3art
3 months ago

Greta, topic FTV! In a big ESC arena this will slay! Haters gonna hate but I see epic dance break!

lasse braun
lasse braun
2 months ago
Reply to  3art

ha-ha this will slay the banana.

XOOOOD
XOOOOD
3 months ago

No Miguel?! Now I’m pissed, I made a promise to not root for anyone but here we’re. but I’m happy for Miriana and Ryan.

Pauly
Pauly
3 months ago

what a mess of a show. honestly, I won’t be surprised if malta votes for the worst act.

Dave
Dave
3 months ago

I don’t think it would be the end of the world of Malta sent banana (Norway doesn’t have a monopoly on bananas, and this song is nothing like it). How many times has Malta sent a joke/bizarre entry? Hardly ever .. and if there was ever a quirky entry, it wasn’t as out there as this one. So my opinion is – if you’re failing again and again and again with decent songs, might as well go with something “all out” such as banana … At least if you fail yet again, you’re having fun while doing so! My opinion:… Read more »

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  Dave

That’s what I thought! Matt Blxck already has four times the amount of views on his song ALREADY that the others songs dont have.

Dominic
Dominic
3 months ago

Only six out of my personal top 12 have made it – In order: Denise, Nathan, Sarah, Erba’, Haley, Ryan. And I’d personally be wary to send Ryan as his song is not very instant nor it stands out. But he is a good singer. I’d go for Denise, Nathan or Sarah. Erba and Haley are okay too. Feels wrong to pass on Bewsa, Cloudmaker, and Breaking Bad. Especially all three. Matt Blxck and Greta Tude stand out, but so did Leto svet and O Julissi. Should this be the path for Malta? Honestly, I don’t know. They are ignored… Read more »

Vivian
Vivian
3 months ago

At this point Malta can save themselves a lot of money and just opt for something else. At this point they’re just asking for another last place in the semifinal

Yuarith
Yuarith
3 months ago

The year hasn’t come to an end but Malta already sh0t itself in the foot… again!

Jamie
Jamie
3 months ago

Sorry, but Greta Tude is the lowest effort drag queen I have ever seen. Literal trash.

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
3 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

That´s absolutely nothing !

Dominic
Dominic
3 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

Greta herself has had a worse song last year. I know, feels odd to say that because of the quality of the current song, but it’s true.

Dave
Dave
3 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

I personally find Greta’s song one of the most experimental bops this year. It’s a guilty pleasure. But it won’t have a widespread appeal unless, maybe, it goes all RuPaul drag race on the show. And even then, that won’t endear the heteros in the slightest.

Una's sparkling points
Una's sparkling points
3 months ago

My favourites of the 36 in no particular order, and well done regardless of the result: Christian Arding with “Bellus”, songwriters Emil Calleja Bayliss and Gilbert Camilleri <3 Dominic Cini with “Bewsa”, songwriters Dominic Cini and Etienne Micallef <3 Gail Attard with “Wild Card”, songwriter Christina Magrin <3 Janvil with “Man”, songwriters Edward Abela and Ian Vella <3 Kyle George with “Arrows”, songwriters Andreas Lindbergh, Gerard James Borg, Kyle George and Sebastian Pritchard-James <3 Mark Anthony Bartolo with “Condition or Friction”, songwriter Mark Anthony Bartolo <3 Martina Cutajar with “Miles Away”, songwriters Luca Napolitano and Martina Cutajar <3 Moira Stafrace… Read more »

Una's sparkling points
Una's sparkling points
3 months ago

The good so far IMO: a few decent songs among the field seemingly more Maltese talent than Swedish as compared to the past editions relatively new names and faces entertainment at the beginning of the season even if for practical reasons to give the necessary time to do videos for the “final” a national selection can be made a few shows with little production value with no prejudice to the quality of songs and performance should the songs and performance be ok. The bad IMO: 100% public vote meant that mostly joke acts and weak songs went to the final.… Read more »

Whisker
Whisker
3 months ago

So cooked, so undigestible, so wrong!

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
3 months ago

Malta is cancelled

this is so rigged for Ryan Hili

Dani
Dani
3 months ago

The fact that semi 3 was literally the strongest out of all of them and not one song from that semi got through

BLA
BLA
3 months ago

Anton Attard please come back 🙁

Sok
Sok
3 months ago

If there’s one country that could really use a year off – or a gigantic reset it’s Malta. And that’s not about the artists even – going back into the vault wouldn’t harm them. Destiny, Chiara, Ira are just some to go back. But this national selection has no value, has not produced a single result in the past 20 years that justify it. It has come to the point where I have gone from waking up in the morning (Aus time) to watch – to essentially just waiting for the result to get disappointed. It very much appears that… Read more »

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
3 months ago
Reply to  Sok

one year? how about taking a break from eurovision for the next 10 or 20 years please

the broadcaster this year is obviously bribed by the Debs with their stupid generic plastic snoozefest Karma for that snooze Lewis capaldi wannabe Ryan

Dominic
Dominic
3 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Last year we were saying the same thing about Brooke Borg, and she came third in the end.

DutchTurkk
DutchTurkk
2 months ago
Reply to  Dominic

Brooke Borg would’ve slayed the ESC stage with her song last year, such a same that she didn’t win. I really hope she returns in the future…

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
3 months ago
Reply to  Sok

I’d prefer a fun song this year than another female power ballad that’s for sure!

Sok
Sok
3 months ago

How embarassment

Roger La
Roger La
3 months ago

MALTA HAS LOST THE PLOT! I COULD NOT BELIEVE MY EARS THAT SUCH LOW QUALITY SOUNDING SONGS MADE IT THROUGH AND OTHERS THAT HAD AT LEAST SOME POTENTIAL WERE LEFT OUT! AN AMATEURISTIC SHOW WITH AMATEUR ACTS. I GIVE UP ON MALTA!

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
3 months ago
Reply to  Roger La

That´s the bitter truth !

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
3 months ago

Wait, so you’re telling me Bewsa AND Breaking Bad DIDNT get through? Good Gawd!!

I guess there’s only one person left who can give Malta the win now!

All aboard the Matt Blxck hype train!!!

Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina
3 months ago

Note one song in Maltese urgh
:puke emoji:

Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina
3 months ago
Reply to  Anna Karenina

*not

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
3 months ago
Reply to  Anna Karenina

One of them is partially Maltese: Sirena. But, I understand wanting a fully Maltese song.

Romes
Romes
3 months ago

I miss the days of Fabrizio, Miriam Christine, Ira Losco, Chiara, Chris Grech, Richard Micallef, Natasha and Charlene, Ekklesia sisters, Daniel Testa, etc. maybe not a winner amongst them but at least it was filled with entertaining songs

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
3 months ago
Reply to  Romes

Tbf, Richard Micallef did write the woeful “Misunderstood” this year, so you haven’t gone completely without!

Romes
Romes
3 months ago

I renounce my Maltese citizenship! Moira fails.. the transvestite makes it. No dom? No oxygen? To be honest the whole selection has been humiliating.
Bring on 2025!

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
3 months ago
Reply to  Romes

Karma for wishing others countries to flop in 2024 I guess.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
3 months ago

it’ll be Karma which is the entry for them in Malmo obviously, with Ryan’s whole sob story of being an amputee etc

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
3 months ago
Reply to  Romes

Banana actually has a chance as a joke song.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
3 months ago

It’s Joever for Malta. Joewari da.

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago

Unrelated, I hope… I just started a book on how corrupt Malta is. I knew it was bad, but I did not know it was this bad. Those four years in a row of 12s to Azerbaijan should not have surprised me. “A Death in Malta”, by Paul Caruana Galizia. Recommended!

#WiwiBookClub

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

I mean if you are a millionaire and you immediately need EU citizenship you just need to go to Malta lol

Pink
Pink
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

I heard that a large majority of the chosen songs came to fruition from a songwriting camp organised by someone who is heavily involved in the selection process…

Sim
Sim
3 months ago

I wanted to say I am surprised Bewsa is not there but actually? After Malta did not appreciated Aidan for 2 years in a row? I am not. It literaaly had everything (as Aidan bad) and it would catapult them into the final. Yey they prefer pretty low quality balads and wannabe bangers that we heatd thousand times.
Sad but not surprising.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
3 months ago
Reply to  Sim

malta really does not like their own language do they?

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
3 months ago
Reply to  Sim

That’s the influence of the jury voting. Sadly we won’t know how they voted here.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
3 months ago

If the qualifiers had been chosen evenly with three finalists each, here’s who I think should’ve been the 12 finalists:

  • loop
  • ghost
  • bewsa
  • Puppet
  • tell me that it’s over
  • mara
  • Better off alone
  • Numb
  • Breaking bad
  • Sirena
  • venom
  • karma
The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
3 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Add Banana to that

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
3 months ago

Well, I don’t, that’s why it’s a personal list of qualifiers.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
3 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

It currently has 20,000+ views so I’d like to imagine it’s the most popular and has the most potential rn.

ugh your so ugh
ugh your so ugh
3 months ago

there’s a difference between views and potential… its a song contest not a freak show cha cha cha wanna be bomb with the jury ..

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
3 months ago

These are surprising results. The songs I was sure wouldn’t qualify made it and the songs for which I thought could win didn’t even make it. Anyway, I think that Venom and Banana have most chance to qualify to the grand final.

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
3 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Banana: Please not !

DutchTurkk
DutchTurkk
2 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Venom is the only one I see potential in. Miriana has the confidence, stage presence & the voice. The only thing that lacks is the song, but with a few tweaks Venom could work I think…

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
3 months ago

While, I wish all 12 finalists Good luck In January, I have to cry fell at the uneven distribution of finalists from all four semifinals. Seriously, how come we end up with half the qualifiers from semi four, and no one from semi three qualifying.!? Why couldn’t we have the top three per semi? At least it would look fairer. Those semi three artist got seriously robbed.

I’ll make a top 12 later with the finalists, but I will be including an honorable mention section for the songs I liked that didn’t make it through.

gogo
gogo
3 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

I don’t know whether they got robbed though…i think semi three was by far the weakest of the three

M B
M B
3 months ago

I’m sorry but the quality of these entries is laughable. The broadcaster should stop with this farce every year and just do a single show with perhaps the best 8 songs.

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago
Reply to  M B

Or they could just do another 2014 or 2022 and dump the winning song.

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Oops, 2016 not 2014

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
3 months ago

Let’s see the Final with all the stagings and the finalized version of the songs to make conclusions.

yoo
yoo
3 months ago

With all due respect, I really want them to stay in the semifinal. Not because my favorites didn’t pass, but objectively, Banana and Topic, do they really think they will attract the audience with that? In my opinion, both troll songs are on the level of troll songs sent by Estonia and Latvia (and both always stays in sf). Gail, Nathan, Janvil, Haley, Lisa and Ryan, they are all excellent vocalists, but these were all on a similar or the same formula Malta already sent 65 times and stayed in sf. Loop and Mara are insufficiently strong bops, and I… Read more »

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
3 months ago
Reply to  yoo

Topic? No!!!

Banana? YES!!!

Zanoni
Zanoni
3 months ago

They went for some of the stronger performers whose songs weren’t that great ahead of some I thought were more distinctive. I’m also disappointed to lose Moira.

Zanoni
Zanoni
3 months ago
Reply to  Zanoni

I’m a little fuzzy on what we’re getting going forward. Music videos and taped performances… will the taped performances have traditional stagings, or are the music videos intended to fill that role?

I’ve got a hunch it’s going to be Matt in the end, and I’m not looking forward to it.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
3 months ago
Reply to  Zanoni

My hunch is that it will be Matt, but tbh it’s the only song I can see doing well or even appreciating.

Roro31
Roro31
3 months ago

Greta Tude & Matt Back are BETTER than Dominic Cini, Oxygyn or Karin Duff ?
Are you serious Maltese people ?

Soooooo, for me with a “real” song, I would like “MARA”, “LOOP” or “KARMA” but also “SIRENA” to what I see seems rather well appreciated, and can be formidable with a good revamp !

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
3 months ago
Reply to  Roro31

Banana is actually good. Greta, I understand the hate.

Roro31
Roro31
3 months ago

Stop vote to trash songs !!!!!

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
3 months ago

Really a national final full of trash and very weak songs.

The only one which I like a little bit is “Sirena”

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago

No Moira.

Sad face.

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Moira was the best….

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

No “Arrows”?

Bewildered face.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

She had one of more professional performances and of course she slayed with outfit tonight too. Robbed.

Jofty
Jofty
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Deserved to be in final at least. Probably no chance against the tuneless drag queen.