Claudia Faniello will perform in the interval of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
Maltese artist Claudia Faniello will perform as the interval act at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2018 this Saturday. The Eurovision 2017 singer is set to sing three songs – “You Said”, “Miles Away”, and “One Fine Day”. The Analise Dance Studio will also take part in the opening sequence, as a large number of the dancers will perform both on-stage and off-stage.
Rehearsals for MESC 2018 took place yesterday, which saw a total of eleven hours worth of rehearsing time for the competing artists and interval acts. The sixteen artist that will take part in the show are:
- Aidan – Dai Laga
- Miriana Conte – Rocket
- Jasmine Abela – Supernovas
- Matthew Anthony – Call 2morrow
- Danica Muscat – One Step At A Time
- Dwett – Breaking Point
- Lawrence Gray – Love Renegade
- Richard & Joe Micallef – Song For Dad
- Tiziana Calleja – First Time
- Eleanor Cassar – Back To Life
- Rhiannon – Beyond Blue Horizons
- Brooke Borg – Heart Of Gold
- Christabelle Borg – Taboo
- Deborah C – Turn It Up
- Avenue Sky – We Can Run
- Petra – Evolution
This is also the order in which they will perform in. The final show will take place this in Ta’Qali this Saturday, February 3rd, where the winner will be decided as a mixed result of 50% televoting and 50% jury votes.
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.