Malta for the first time since 2006 will not be holding a semi final in their Eurovision Song Contest selection process.
TVM of Malta has confirmed that they will not be holding a semi final for their Eurovision 2017 selection process. The country will be holding a one show selection with 16 songs going through to a final that is scheduled to take place in February. Malta has made a call for songs to be submitted to the broadcaster, with these submissions being accepted on 30 November at PBS’ Creativity Hub.
The changes announced to the format of the Maltese selection comes on top of the news that the jury vote is being removed for next years selection. 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.