Malta has been forced to change their staging following technicial issues that couldn’t be fixed after their first rehearsal.
Speaking following their second rehearsal today, the Maltese delegation explained that they have been forced to move to Plan B with their staging. Following technical challenges, the delegation has viewed todays rehearsal as their first rehearsal again, with much work still required to fix camera angles and the lighting.
A transcription of the press conference was written up by escXtra:
We’re obviously keeping the concept there, and we’re working hard so that the production team and technical team here in Tel Aviv will translate the imagery, camera shots and camera angles at the right time in the right way. So that we are still working hard to explain exactly what we require and what we had planned from day 1. We are giving them a bit more time.
This was like a first rehearsal for us with this but we were forced to go that way because the technical problems we had weren’t solved. Unfortunately, we as a delegation do not have full control over the technical environment, over certain production issues, so to give time for these issues to be solved. But since they weren’t solved in time, we had to do the adaptation and changes and we had our first rehearsal with them today.
We are not happy with the camera shots, basically, so we’re quite happy with the song, but we need to still corrections to the lighting which were not done and the angles and cuts from the camera. So hopefully by the next rehearsal, it will be all done and correct.
Malta is not the only delegation that has faced technical issues with their staging in Tel Aviv. This morning Estonia returned to the stage for their third rehearsal, after technical issues affected the nations first and second rehearsals.
Who is Michela?
Michela was selected to represent Malta after she won The X Factor Malta back in January. At 18-years-old, the young singer beat off competition from three other singers in the final, and has since met with the Prime Minister and Justice Minister of Malta. Along with winning the right to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, she also secured a record deal with Sony Music Italy.
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 longest participating country never to have won the Eurovision Song Contest.