Aidan Cassar’s entry for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest may have breached the contest’s rules.
Maltese broadcaster PBS are looking into the possibility that Aidan Cassar’s song “Dai Laga”, that was entered into the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, has breached the rules of the contest. The investigation came after claims that the backing track of the song is actually a “publically available track that can be purchased online”.
The track is named “(Justin Bieber, Major Lazer type) Come Alive Prod By Lttb“, and was released on YouTube on 14th August 2016, therefore breaking the rules of the Eurovision Song Contest. Rules state that an eligible song cannot be publically released before September 1st.
A decision will be made to decipher whether the song is eligible for the contest in due course.
Sixteen songs compete in Malta’s Eurovision national final “MESC 2018”. These sixteen are:
- Aidan – Dai Laga
- Avenue Sky – We Can Run
- Brooke Borg – Heart of Gold
- Christabelle Borg – Taboo
- Danica Muscat – One Step At A Time
- Deborah C – Turn It Up
- Eleanor Cassar – Back To Life
- Jasmine Abela – Supernovas
- Lawrence Gray – Love Renegade
- Matthew Anthony – Call 2morrow
- Mikhail Attard and Cherylis Camilleri – Breaking Point
- Miriana Conte – Rocket
- Petra – Evolution
- Rhiannon Micallef – Beyond Blue Horizons
- Richard & Joe Micallef – Song For Dad
- Tiziana Calleja – First Time
The national final show will take place on Saturday 3rd February. A total of 129 songs were submitted to the selection to represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest, which is a drop from 156 last year. 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.
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. They are the most country never to have won the Eurovision Song Contest.