Christabelle Borg has won Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2018 and will represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon with the song “Taboo”.
Sixteen songs took part in tonight’s Malta Eurovision Song Contest. The results were decided by 50% jury voting and 50% public voting. The competing entries were:
- 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
Claudia Faniello, who represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest and Gianluca Cilia, who represented Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017, performed as part of the interval act. The Analise Dance Studio also took part in the opening sequence, as a large number of the dancers performed both on-stage and off-stage.
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 in the Eurovision Song Contest
Malta debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1971 and was represented by Joe Grech and the song “Marija L-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.