Malta will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam.
PBS, the Maltese national broadcaster, have confirmed that they will take part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. It is yet to be confirmed how the Maltese entrant for Rotterdam will be selected.
This year, The X Factor Malta replaced the existing Malta selection format, Malta Eurovision Song Contest.The Malta Eurovision Song Contest, also previously known as the Malta Song Festival, had been used to select Malta’s Eurovision entry since their debut in 1971. The selection had undergone a number of revamps in recent years, including the introduction of televoting and cutting out the semi-final stages.
Michela Pace won the first season of X Factor Malta and represented Malta in Tel Aviv this year. She finished 14th in the final with “Chameleon”, scoring a total of 107 points.
The Eurovision Song Contest will be brought back to the Netherlands for the 2020 edition after Duncan Laurence’s victory at the 2019 contest with his song “Arcade”. To date, 35 countries have confirmed preliminary participation. These countries are:
- Czech Republic
- North Macedonia
- San Marino
- United Kingdom
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 longest and most successful participating country never to have won the Eurovision Song Contest.