30 songs have been shortlisted for Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which will decipher the next Maltese Eurovision entry.

PBS have released a list of songs and artists that have been shortlisted to take part in Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2018. These songs have been chosen from a total of 129 songs. The jury will then further whittle the list down to just 16 songs, which will compete in the final show next February. The 30 songs are as follows:

  • Abire Sekkaki – “Casablanca Love”
  • Aidan – “Dai Laga”
  • AIDAN – “See You”
  • Avenue Sky – “We Can Run”
  • Brooke Borg – “Heart of Gold”
  • Christabelle Borg – “Taboo”
  • Dan – “If Only”
  • Danica Muscat – “One Step At A Time”
  • Deborah C – “Turn It Up”
  • Deborah C & Joseph Tabone – “Human”
  • Dominic Cini – “Picture I Draw”
  • Eleanor Cassar – “Back To Life”
  • Ishmael Grech – “Good Times”
  • Jasmine Abela – “Supernovas”
  • Kelsey Bellante – “Super Woman”
  • Kevin Paul Calleja – “Great Adventure”
  • Kimberley Cortis – “Monsters”
  • Kurt Anthony Cassar – “You Will Find Me”
  • Lawrence Gray – “Love Grenade”
  • Malcolm Pisani – “Kiss”
  • Matthew Caruana – “Call 2morrow”
  • Mikhail Attard & Cherylis Camileri – “Breaking Point”
  • Miriana Conte – “Rocket”
  • Nicole Azzopardi – “Mixed Feelings”
  • Petra Whiteford – “Evolution”
  • Raquel Galdes – “In My Mind”
  • Rhiannon Micallef – “Beyond Blue Horizons”
  • Richard Joe Micallef – “Song For Dad”
  • Stefan Galea – “Closer”
  • Tiziana Calleja – “First Time”

Last year a total of 156 songs were submitted to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest, and so this year sees a drop in numbers. In the end it was Claudia Faniello who flew the flag for the small island, and with her song “Breathlessly”, she came 16th in the semi-final with 55 points.

Source: TVM

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.