Christabelle, the Maltese representative in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, has met with the Prime Minister of Malta, Joseph Muscat.
In a post on Facebook, Christabelle thanked the Prime Minister for taking the time to talk to her about her song “Taboo”, the preparations for the contest in Lisbon and raising awareness about mental health.
Sixteen songs took part in Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The results were decided by 50% jury voting and 50% public voting. The final results were:
- Aidan – Dai Laga – 42 points
- Miriana Conte – Rocket – 14 points
- Jasmine Abela – Supernovas – 31 points
- Matthew Anthony – Call 2morrow – 32 points
- Danica Muscat – One Step At A Time – 3 points
- Dwett – Breaking Point – 15 points
- Lawrence Gray – Love Renegade – 7 points
- Richard & Joe Micallef – Song For Dad – 98 points
- Tiziana Calleja – First Time – 12 points
- Eleanor Cassar – Back To Life – 36 points
- Rhiannon – Beyond Blue Horizons – 14 points
- Brooke Borg – Heart Of Gold – 84 points
- Christabelle Borg – Taboo – 133 points
- Deborah C – Turn It Up – 13 points
- Avenue Sky – We Can Run – 16 points
- Petra – Evolution – 33 points
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 successful country never to have won the Eurovision Song Contest.