The Times of Malta have reported that there has been dispute amongst Eurovision fans on social media who have called Malta’s selection process for Eurovision this year a “sham”.
The Maltese broadcaster responsible for Malta’s national final process, Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) announced on Monday that Losco would not sing “Chameleon” in Stockholm, which was the original choice made by Malta to send to Eurovision in May. Instead, Losco will sing another song entitled “Walk on Water” which was handpicked by a foreign jury of ten music professionals. This song, a revamped version of “Chameleon” and eight other songs featured within the ten song lineup.
Thus, this decision has disgruntled many Eurovision fans and observers who wanted PBS to make available the songs that were in the running to replace “Chameleon”. Moreover, voters in the Maltese national final were also unhappy as they believe they have been misled. They believe that PBS should have disclosed their intentions to only selecting Losco as their Eurovision representative, and that the song may be different. As such, many voters believe they would not have spent their money if they knew the intentions of PBS.
Anton Attard, the PBS chief executive explained how the broadcaster is in line with the EBU rules and regulations and that they will detail the new process on Friday.
“Walk on Water” was submitted to the EBU before the song deadline on 14th March.
You can find more information of the Times of Malta website.
Malta will reveal Losco’s new song “Walk on Water” during TVMs news bulletin at 8pm CET.