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Malta has decided. Sarah Bonnici emerged as the winner of Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2024 and will be representing the island nation in Malmö with “Loop”.

In a change to past years of the selection, all the entries were pre-recorded. The 12 acts shared live-on-tape performances during the show on Saturday night.

Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2024 results

The final result was determined by both a jury and voting from the public at home.

Jury vote

  1. Sarah Bonnici – 79 points
  2. Ryan Hili – 54 points
  3. Matt Blxck – 51 points
  4. Erba’ – 47 points
  5. Lisa Gauci – 36 points
  6. Denise – 30 points
  7. Greta Tude – 25 points
  8. Janvil – 24 points
  9. Miriana Conte – 23 points
  10. Gail Attard – 17 points
  11. Nathan – 15 points
  12. Haley – 5 points

Public vote

  1. Matt Blxck – 29 points
  2. Sarah Bonnici – 23 points
  3. Ryan Hili – 17 points
  4. Erba’ – 9 points
  5. Denise – 9 points
  6. Nathan – 8 points
  7. Greta Tude – 7 points
  8. Janvil – 5 points
  9. Lisa Gauci – 3 points
  10. Gail Attard – 3 points
  11. Miriana Conte – 2 points
  12. Haley – 2 points

Combined vote

  1. Sarah Bonnici – 102 points
  2. Ryan Hili – 71 points
  3. Matt Blxck – 80 points
  4. Erba’ – 56 points
  5. Denise – 39 points
  6. Lisa Gauci – 39 points
  7. Greta Tude – 32 points
  8. Janvil – 29 points
  9. Miriana Conte – 25 points
  10. Nathan – 23 points
  11. Gail Attard – 20 points
  12. Haley – 7 points

Other awards

Best newcomer = Lisa Gauci

Best music video = Greta Tude

Running order

  1. Janvil – “Man”
  2. Haley – “Tell Me That It’s Over”
  3. Erba’ – “Sirena”
  4. Nathan – “Ghost”
  5. Lisa Gauci – “Breathe”
  6. Sarah Bonnici – “Loop”
  7. Greta Tude – “Topic (Bla Bla)”
  8. Miriana Conte – “Venom”
  9. Ryan Hili – “Karma”
  10. Gail Attard – “Wild Card”
  11. Denise – “Mara”
  12. Matt Blxck – “Banana”

Poll results: Who should win MESC 2024?

Following the release of the finalists’ music videos on Thursday, we ran a flash poll to see who our readers were rooting for. Girl group Erba’ emerged as the winner with their song “Sirena”.

  1. Erba’ – “Sirena” – 26.24%, 254 votes
  2. Matt BLXCK – “Banana” – 20.45%, 198 votes
  3. Sarah Bonnici – “Loop” – 17.77%, 172 votes
  4. Denise Mercieca – “Mara” – 10.85%, 105 votes
  5. Ryan Hili – “Karma” – 7.33%, 71 votes
  6. Greta Tude – “Topic (Bla Bla)” – 4.24%, 41 votes
  7. Miriana Conte – “Venom” – 3.20%, 31 votes
  8. Nathan – “Ghost” – 2.48%, 24 votes
  9. Lisa Gauci – “Breathe” – 2.17%, 21 votes
  10. Haley – “Tell Me That It’s Over” – 2.07%, 20 votes
  11. Janvil – “Man” – 1.96%, 19 votes
  12. Gail Attard – “Wild Card” – 1.24%, 12 votes

Total: 968 votes

Do you agree with the result? How do you think Malta will do at Eurovision 2024? Let us know in the comments below.

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Jesper
Jesper
2 months ago

Hello Chanel! SloMo momomo… what a copy

Roy Ivins
Roy Ivins
2 months ago

Good Luck Sarah ?? you re a star!

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
2 months ago

I have been watching the Eurovision Song Contest since 1990, and I’ve been following National Finals since 2013. (So I’ve heard a lot of songs, and seen a lot of performances.)
My first reaction to this Maltese entry is: Yuck. I’m sorry that i feel this way; I just really don’t like this contrived song. The dancing is all very good, but I’m here for the song, the music, the drama and the love; it’s just not there for me. It’s probably my least favourite Maltese entry in 35 years (34 editions). Ouch.

Jofty
Jofty
2 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

I have heard it once and I am not sure I want to hear it again. Mind you it would have to go some to “surpass” my least favourite entry – the dreaded Tomorrow. And to think the ones of Breathlessly got 0 televote points. I love you Malta but you try too hard.

Im so fab
Im so fab
2 months ago

She copies Noah who copies Chanel who copies Eleni who copies Beyonce and so on and on …

Ted
Ted
2 months ago

danceable but forgetable. boderline non qualifier vibes from me.

Sophiee
Sophiee
2 months ago

I mean that’s really pretty good. I like it much more that 2023 guys

zach
zach
2 months ago

this is actually pleasantly surprising, some of y’all aren’t giving her the credit she deserves
is she gonna win? no…
but this could do pretty well if it’s perfected (i’d say it’s like 80% of the way there?)

Bettie
Bettie
2 months ago

Already a couple of songs like this, this year I don’t know which one stands out

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
2 months ago

Malta? Not bad at all. Not something to die for but it has kind of (not exactly) Chanel and Noa Kirel vibes (toned down a bit). With a better performance and staging it may go through to the final and that’s where the story ends.

Good luck dear Malta and I will keep saying this: bring DESTINY back with a song like All of my love!

stopdrama
stopdrama
2 months ago

It must be embarrassing for Sarah to be so wannabe that she copied Chanel’s choreography and everything.

Sandra Ann Buhagiar
Sandra Ann Buhagiar
2 months ago
Reply to  stopdrama

So everyone that is capable to sing and dance is like Chanel now? Hellooo she copied others herself too sorry to say hers was not the first performance

Dwejra
Dwejra
2 months ago

Bieng from Malta- somewhere along the lines, there would have been coruption (hidden) in the selections and voting. I like the song, Sarah is good and well done to her- I hooe she makes GOZO proud! Perhaps the selection this year was meant to be for a Gozitan and next year a Maltese will be selected! Poor Aiden in 2023!!!!! I ask why has drag not been accepted? I ask why has a clearly gendered person not been accepted and shutdown? I ask why they gave the best music video award to those before the announced, winner- was it just… Read more »

Thanos
Thanos
2 months ago

Not for me by any means

Fatima
Fatima
2 months ago

In 2023 Malta went for something we’d seen before (a zany song with a sax break). I’m afraid they’ve again displayed the same unoriginality.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago

I now worry with all these potential girl bops at Eurovision whether Talli will qualify.

Azuro
Azuro
2 months ago

Luxembourg is much better than this.

Bettie
Bettie
2 months ago
Reply to  Azuro

Same level, not bad bad not fantastic

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
2 months ago

Yes, I can also see Tali qualifying. Her song is cute, frenchie, energetic, love it!

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago

who? how did she win, is she from a rich family (wouldn’t be too surprised, given how corrupt TVM are, and how eager they want outside investors instead of paying for participation themselves)

this song is super silly, amateurish

lol

last place in semi again

next year pls a revamp and use Muzika Muzika as your selection process

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

and the answer is yes, her daddy is Marcel Bonnici, former chairman of Hamrun Spartans FC and the CEO of Mercury Towers, Malta’s tallest building located in St Julians (wonder if Emma knows her then? since she’s also from St Julians)

Sarah is born on the island of Gozo btw

Gosh
Gosh
2 months ago

Meh.

Babes
Babes
2 months ago

Tries so hard to be SloMo

Stephanie
Stephanie
2 months ago

There is always an audience for this kind of music , so it might qualify. For me personally…NEXT!!!

James
James
2 months ago

This seems like a Lidl version of Chanel’s Slomo.

Btzbtz
Btzbtz
2 months ago

Oh wow. I just listened to the song for the first time and I am impressed. I like it a lot.

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
2 months ago

Eh, it’s fine? But I don’t know. Something about it seems a little messy to me, …but at the same time it also feels a bit generic. Ever since Eleni I kind of feel like we always get at least one woman trying to hit that vibe each year but they can’t quite do it (and she’s probably trying to channel Chanel too…but isn’t really making that mark either)

DutchTurkk
DutchTurkk
2 months ago

Queen Miriana was robbed. Vocally and songwise she outplayed the rest of the bunch this year, but still she didn’t win. I really think that vocally & performancewise only she and Brooke could get Malta to the final. I’m sorry, but Sarah doesn’t do it live for me, still wish her the best of luck tho in Malmö

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
2 months ago
Reply to  DutchTurkk

I have always been saying that Miriana was by far the strongest option for Eurovision and everyone was hyping this wannabe girlbop lol

Malta should internally pick her next year

DutchTurkk
DutchTurkk
2 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

I’m agreeing with all you’ve said. Her last 2 attempts were great, great songs with great vocals & good staging + she got nice stage charisma. I don’t know what else she should’ve done…

Roger La
Roger La
2 months ago

She seems to be a sweet girl but this is really an obvious rip-off of Chanel, only with a less better song. It would have been great if the song was actually good and more original. Not many other songs to contend with unfortunately. Good luck Malta

Bettie
Bettie
2 months ago
Reply to  Roger La

Chanel’s dancing was excellent the song was average

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
2 months ago

The girl is very talented and can move, the song is decent, she can make a good show in May I think, I quite like it.

Europotato
Europotato
2 months ago

I think this can be a surprise top 10

Gosh*
Gosh*
2 months ago

meh.

Zanoni
Zanoni
2 months ago

This was the only one of the finalists I actually liked. Qualifying for the final will be a challenge, but I wish them luck.

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
2 months ago

Malta 3,5/12

Marcin
Marcin
2 months ago

Definitely Malta best attempt since 2020. Good luck Malta.

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
2 months ago
Reply to  Marcin

Destiny’s both songs were the best Malta gave us for decades. Bring Destiny back to ESC! 🙂

Mike Ahern
Mike Ahern
2 months ago

Matt Black had a chance of making the final, purely because it’s so entertainingly trashy. Loop doesn’t have a hope.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike Ahern

Agreed

James
James
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike Ahern

Agree!

Teddy
Teddy
2 months ago

Good luck to her, this stands a decent chance of qualifying. Was not going to inflict MESC upon myself so I didn’t see it live but hopefully she’s got enough time to put together a worthy performance. I do wish Malta would send something in Maltese or anything exciting in general but alas.

Nils
Nils
2 months ago

Can’t say I’m crazy for this, but at least it isn’t ‘Banana’. I would have preferred Erba’, though.

With a good staging, ‘Loop’ could be a borderline qualifier.

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
2 months ago

Much better songs than this through to Eurovision. Nowhere near as good as Nebulossa

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
2 months ago
Reply to  ANDREW BROWN

Nowhere near as bad as Nebulossa, I would say. Good luck to both Spain and Malta, they will need it.

Jamie
Jamie
2 months ago

Such an obvious ripoff of Chanel…

Jason
Jason
2 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

I can’t tell if this is sarcasm or not but Chanel doesn’t own the rights to formulaic pop bops with dance breaks…

AMAAN STORM
AMAAN STORM
2 months ago
Reply to  Jason

I dont think he said that she owned the rights….I think he meant that she did it first and did it so well that she broke the mould.

This song…let’s face it, is a watery wishy washy replication of Slo Mo.

I’ve just got round to watching her live performance, and although I don’t mind the song itsself, she’s the epitome of the saying “Go on girl, give us absolutely nothing!”.

The truth
The truth
2 months ago
Reply to  AMAAN STORM

Chanel wasn’t the first either. Cyprus did it before with Fuego.

AMAAN STORM
AMAAN STORM
2 months ago
Reply to  The truth

Although i agree that Eleni triggered the start of all these newer girl bops with the ‘sexy’ performance element, thats where the similarity really ends. Fuego was a different breed of song and it was performed differently. Yes Eleni danced and performed the song beautifully, it was starkly different in the way it was presented. There was no real dance break that warranted technical dancing like Chanel did. Chanel was so much more technical and precise and the song structure was not the same. Also, Chanel elevated the performance. Malta’s attempt is very close to what Chanel delivered, but if… Read more »

The truth
The truth
2 months ago
Reply to  AMAAN STORM

So it was Eleni who started it all. No need to make mental gymnastics to try and say otherwise.

Jamie
Jamie
2 months ago
Reply to  Jason

She doesn’t, but this is copied like from start to finish lol. It’s almost uncanny how identical it is.

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

People will think she ‘stole’ the idea. Just you watch.

esc_fl
esc_fl
2 months ago

When Malta does a better job picking its song than Spain lol

Martin
Martin
2 months ago
Reply to  esc_fl

When that is nowhere near the truth. I’m not laughing out loud because it’s not funny…just true.

AMAAN STORM
AMAAN STORM
2 months ago
Reply to  esc_fl

But Spain already picked a better version of Malta’s song in 2022, so Malta are two years behind.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
2 months ago

Could’ve been worse. At least it’s not the banana song.

Azuro
Azuro
2 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

At least the televoters would remember the banana song

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Azuro

Not in a good way though

Hey you
Hey you
2 months ago

Her performance was electric.

Yes it is not the most original song but which song is original and completely new? Before Chanel there was Eleni.

Let’s give her full support, she is young and quite new. I believe she more than proved herself tonight.

Azuro
Azuro
2 months ago

meh

AMAAN STORM
AMAAN STORM
2 months ago

I’ve not really been a fan of Malta’s selection this year, although a couple of the songs are growing on me now after more listening. Surprised this one won to be honest (although that’s just my personal favourite). Its not a bad song at all, but it’s about four years too late. It sounds like music that’s been sent in recent years, which isn’t the best thing to do when you had Chanel do it so well. That said, it’s an innofensive slice of Vanilla that won’t place badly in May. I wanted Erba to win in all honesty, but… Read more »

Efthymios
Efthymios
2 months ago

Am I the only weirdo that believe Spain made the best decision tonight? (I mean that in terms of the entries they had to choose from in order to get a good Eurovision result, Norway for example would also have great odds in the contest with KEiiNO as they now have even greater odds for a top-3 with Gåte. Super Rob would also do well etc.)

Jake
Jake
2 months ago
Reply to  Efthymios

Yes…but you’re not a weirdo…you have the right to your opinion…Spain might be looking at bad televote and bad jury results…that poor lady never hit that big note at the end in either Semi or Final

Azuro
Azuro
2 months ago
Reply to  Efthymios

No I agree Spain best result tonight by miles.
Would be Ukraine if they choose Melovin tomorrow

Jake
Jake
2 months ago

help me understand how 78%/22% jury/televote works? those are very specific numbers…
guess it’s just Malta being Malta…pretending they are doing a national final when they technically do an internal selection and just rig everything to pick what the Maltese broadcaster wants…guessing the 20 shows they had this year was just an audition to see who they wanted to pick

Jake
Jake
2 months ago
Reply to  Jake

and I do think LOOP is miles better than BANANA…but I like fairness and no hypocrisy…my personal favorite was still Erba’ but if I hear that it was the Maltese broadcaster who made them wear those cheap garments with holes in them then I stand by my claim that THE MALTESE BROADCASTER IS CORRUPT

Jo.
Jo.
2 months ago

time to change the song again

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
2 months ago

The other countries in semi 2 should be quite happy with this result.

Gabriel
Gabriel
2 months ago

Im so proud that my country had 5 decent songs in its final that had potential representing our country. 🙂 Tonight Malta fell in love with Sarah. She’ll do amazing!

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
2 months ago

I don’t think Sarah’s doing a bad job, but there’s literally nothing original or interesting about the song nor the performance.

Cila
Cila
2 months ago

78% jury vote and 22% public vote!

A total of 523 points were given out, the jury gave 406 points and the public 117 points

That’s not 50-50 to me

Efthymios
Efthymios
2 months ago
Reply to  Cila

JESUS!
We were missinformed so terribly.

Cila
Cila
2 months ago
Reply to  Efthymios

Would not have watched if I knew that beforehand

Efthymios
Efthymios
2 months ago

I like the music and Sarah’s voice and aesthetic but the lyrics need a massive revamp since they make this great bop sound cheap.

Dolly
Dolly
2 months ago

Well done best qualifier so far MALTA

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
2 months ago

I’m sorry to all fans of Loop, but I can’t find a single thing I particularly like about it. Is it super catchy on first listen? It’s not. Is it in Maltese? No. Does it have Chanel-like choreography? No. It’s literally in the middle of nowhere. Luxembourg is so far serving far better girlbop. This is basically like last year’s entry, everything is there, but still nothing to make you vote for it. And btw Malta better do internal selection next year cause this national final makes Malta meme country within fandom.

Efthymios
Efthymios
2 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Last year’s entry was 100× times better. It has entered my personal list of the most robbed NQ semi-finalists in the history of Eurovision.

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
2 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

ALL OF THIS! ALLLLLLL OF THIS!!!! Tali will improve with time and will peak at the right moment, she already has the raw ingredients to produce something really special, unlike Sarah and Loco, which we have seen so many times before, unlike Matt Blxck and Erba they deliver things we haven’t seen before or have huge lashings of creativity, stage presence and charisma, not saying that Sarah Bonnici doesn’t have any of those things but, what she has presented feels incredibly lacklustre, it’s not her it’s just the song.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
2 months ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

I hope Sarah gets a brand new song cause she’s got charisma and stage presence.

Bettie
Bettie
2 months ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

A good song doesn’t need all this, it stands out on his own.

Bettie
Bettie
2 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Luxemburg is also generic I think

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
2 months ago

Matt or Ryan should have Won. Preferably Matt as Banana would of been far stronger in the Recaps and would have got Malta through the Semis. Now we have this SloMo rip-off by Chanel Lite which is just going to crash and burn.

Chris Malta
Chris Malta
2 months ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

Was not Unicorn also a rip off? So no one can sing such songs anymore after Chanel now?

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
2 months ago
Reply to  Chris Malta

You know what I meant, it’s a blatant copy of Chanel and SloMo. Unicorn was just a chimaera music of more than just Chanel, I had no idea why it even qualified let alone came 3rd overall. It was Frankenstein’s monster of Eurovision Entries.

Steven
Steven
2 months ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

Not necessarily. Malta is known for changing their nf winning song, so we might not even get to see Loop at ESC lol

The truth
The truth
2 months ago
Reply to  Steven

“Malta is known for changing their nf winning song.” Malta has participated in the ESC some 35 times and it changed it’s song twice – not exactly a frequent occurrence, now is it?

Jason
Jason
2 months ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

There was nothing unique about Chanels song or performance. Stop propping it up as if it was some new innovation in Eurovision. She wasn’t the first and won’t be the last to use that format.

Jason
Jason
2 months ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

….and Chanel was a rip of Eleni Foureira. You see how ridiculous you sound?