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Malta has this evening announced the 16 finalists in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2017 which is taking place on February 18.

After 60 songs were shortlisted, the 16 songs competing in the final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2017 have been announced. Earlier this week a jury of 11 individuals met to discuss all of the 60 shortlisted songs, deciding on the final list of 16. Some artists who didn’t make the final include Jessika who had three songs on the shortlist, Lyndsay Pace and Dario Mifsud Bonnici.

The final of Malta’s Eurovision 2017 selection process takes place on February 18, for the first time the decision will be up to 100% televote. This comes after multiple years of the Maltese public having a smaller say in the results than international jurors.

The 16 finalists are as follows:

Who do you want to see represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine? Comment below.

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Malta debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1971 and was represented by Joe Grech and the song “Marija I-Maltija”, the song finished last. Malta competed again in 1972 and 1975 but withdrew until their return in 1991. During the 1990s Malta only once finished outside of the top.10 and in 1998 they came within just 7 points of victory. It was Chiara who brought the country their 3rd place finish in 1998, that went on to finish 2nd at the 2005 contest in Kyiv. The only other artist to finish 2nd for Malta is Ira Losco, she was 12 points away from victory.

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