Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2023: Finalists

Malta: 16 acts through to the MESC 2023 Final

Malta has picked the finalists for their national selection, Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2023. The 16 remaining acts will perform again this Saturday hoping to punch their golden ticket to Liverpool

The Maltese national selection for Eurovision 2023 is nearing an end after four shows and a fifth one coming this Saturday: from 40 songs (or 39 given the fact that one act was disqualified for promoting his entry) down to 24, then to a final lineup of 16.

In just two days, the final show will be broadcast live from Ta' Qali, and will determine the artist that'll represent Malta in Eurovision 2023. Although the show is meant to determine the artist and the song, given last year's scenario that may be changed from one day to the next.

In their list of rules, PBS also makes it clear that "all decisions of any kind relating to the winning song and/or artist shall be at the sole discretion of PBS."

As mentioned above, from 24 songs only 16 qualified. The semi-final was broadcast live from the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre and hosted by Maltese singers Glen Vella and Amber Bondin. Last year's Junior Eurovision act, Gaia Gambuzza, served as the interval act.

Moreover, many previous contestants from Malta's national selection shows that didn't win such as Olivia Lewis (Malta Song For Europe 2005) and Claudia Faniello (MESC 2012) also participated in the broadcast to bring back memories of previous entries.

The qualifiers were announced in a random order.

MESC 2023 – Semi-final

Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2023

Although last year's Malta Eurovision Song Contest brought up some controversy after the Maltese broadcaster decided to overrule the results the day after the final, PBS decided to keep the same selection process for Liverpool.

With a total of 40 competing songs, MESC 2023 will feature four different phases and five shows:

  • Quarter-final 1: 13 January 2023
  • Quarter-final 2: 20 January 2023
  • Quarter-final 3: 27 January 2023
  • Semi-final: 9 February 2023
  • Final: 11 February 2023

The quarter-finals were hosted by Maltese TV hosts Ryan Borg and Josmar, whereas the two final shows by Glen Vella and Amber Bondin. The results are divided between the professional jury and the televote.

Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest

Malta debuted in Eurovision back in 1971, and has participated in the contest 34 times since then – without any victories.

Their best results are two runners-up finishes in 2002 (Ira Losco - "7th Wonder") and 2005 (Chiara - "Angel"). They came last in 1971, 1972 and 2006 and in their semi-final in 2023.

Since the introduction of the Semi-finals in 2004, Malta has qualified for the Grand Final 10 out of 18 times.

About the author: Pedro Santos (Portugal)

authorPedro comes from Lisbon, Portugal. He's 30 years old and graduated in journalism. He has attended Eurovision Song Contest three times live - 2018, 2019 and 2022 - and covered the show twice more (2021, 2023) but his first Eurovision memory takes him back to 2007 when Sarbel delivered his catchy "Yassou Maria" performance. Pedro's favorite Eurovision song is Albania's 2015 "I'm Alive" by Elhaida Dani which is also his favorite Eurovision edition.

Eurovision News