PBS the Maltese national broadcaster is to make changes to the way the country selects their Eurovision 2017 participant.
Joe Bundy the new CEO of PBS confirmed that for 2017 the Maltese public will be the ones deciding who represents them in Kyiv, Ukraine. The announcement means the removal of the jury voting from the selection process. The previous voting method gave the jury an 83.33% say in the result with the Maltese public having just a 16.66% say in who represented them. The jury was made up of five individuals including international members.
Had only televoting been used in the 2016 selection Ira Losco would have still be selected to go to Stockholm for Malta. However the top.3 would have seen Christabelle take the place of Franklin in third place. In Stockholm, Malta finished 12th in the final with a total of 153 points, the country had been hoping that Ira would bring Eurovision to Malta for the first time.