The Head of PBS has stated that no changes will be made to the Maltese selection next year with 100% televote remaining.
Joe Bundy the Head of PBS has given his first comments since the Maltese delegation returned from the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Claudia Faniello who represented Malta this year in Ukraine finished 16th in her semi-final, the worst result for Malta in the contest since the two semi-final system was introduced in 2008.
Mr Bundy commented that,
We are very disappointed with the result because compared to some of the countries that made it through, we had a song that was just as good
Mr Bundy added,
Last year expectations were high, we spent a lot of money, and we still didn’t win. Ultimately, it’s a competition. If you look at the comments from journalists and even the festival directors, many thought it was a pity we didn’t go through.
Following the semi-final results being announced there have been calls for changes to be made to the Maltese selection process. Many have argued that the Maltese selection process should bring the juries back and replicate the voting method of the Eurovision Song Contest. However Mr Bundy commented,
While I remain in this role, the 100 per cent televoting will remain. There were a number of times we didn’t get through, even when we had a jury; the jury just gives you someone to blame when things don’t go your way,
Source: Times of Malta
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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”, which finished last. Malta competed again in 1972 and 1975 but then 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, and who went on to finish in 2nd at the 2005 contest in Kyiv. The only other artist to finish 2nd for Malta is Ira Losco, who was 12 points away from victory in 2002.