PBS, the Maltese national broadcaster has announced the 16 finalists for Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018, which will take place on September 8.
The 16 finalists were chosen through a selection process organised by PBS. For the first time since 2010, the contestants will sing original songs. It has not yet been announced what voting procedure will be used to select the Maltese entry for Minsk.
The 16 finalists and their songs are:
- Giorgia Borg – 10
- Thea Aquilina – Back to My Freedom
- Isaac Spiteri – Bonfire Nights
- Yarin Coleiro – Can You Be the One
- Kylie Meilak – Crystals
- Lora Grech – Finish Line
- Jahel Cardona – Home
- Riona Degiorgio – Infinity
- Ela Mangion – Marchin’ On
- Eliana Gomez Blanco – Music Takes Control
- Kristy Spiteri – Nann
- Luana Schembri – No Rest for the Wicked
- Albert-Lauren Agius – Paper Boats
- Zaira Mifsud – Shout Now
- Katryna Borg and Rihana Azzopardi – The Puppet and the Clown
- Aiden Aquilina Cohen – Wherever You Go
Thea Aqulina, Kylie Meliak, Jahel Cardona and Riona Degiorgio all participated in the Maltese national final last year.
Last year, Gianluca Cilia represented Malta in Tbilisi with the song “Dawra Tond”. He finished in 9th place with 102 points.
A total of 20 countries will take part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Minsk. This is the highest number of participants in the history of the contest. The participating countries are:
- FYR Macedonia
- The Netherlands
Wales and Kazakhstan will make their debut in 2018. Azerbaijan and Israel return to the contest after a short break of a few years, with France also returning after their debut and only entry in 2004.
Belarus’ public broadcaster BTRC (Belarusian Television and Radio Company) will host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018, which will take place at the Minsk Arena on Sunday 25 November, the second time the contest has been held at the 15,000 seat stadium in the Belarusian capital.
Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Malta debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2003 and has gone on to win the contest twice. In 2013 on their return to the competition in Kyiv, Gaia Cauchi won the competition with “The Start”, she was the first winner of a Eurovision event for Malta. In 2015 Destiny Chukunyere took victory in Sofia, Bulgaria with the song “Not My Soul”. Malta finished last at the 2005 contest in Belgium with the song “Make It Right” performed by Thea & Friends.