Malta will participate in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Warsaw.
PBS, the Maltese national broadcaster, has opened up the application window for songs to compete in the Maltese national selection for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020. The rules for the selection include:
- All applicants must be Maltese nationals between the ages of 9 and 14.
- Each act can include up to six artists.
- All applicants must submit an original song which must not have been publicly performed before May 1 2020.
- The lyrics of the songs must be in English/ Maltese. Lyrics in any other language must not make up more than 40% of the song.
- Songs must suit the age of the performer(s) and be fun for the artist(s) to sing.
All applications must be done through the following link by August 23.
A panel of professional judges will evaluate all the submissions and 12 finalists will be selected to compete for the final phase of the selection. The finalists will sing live before the judges during a recorded session, which will later on be transmitted on television and social media in September. During this period, members of the public will be able to vote for their favourite singers. A combination of jury voting (50%) and public voting (50%) will choose the Maltese representative for Warsaw. The results will be revealed at the end of September.
Eliana Gomez Blanco represented Malta in last year’s contest in Gliwice with “We Are More”. She finished last with 29 points, which was Malta’s worst result since 2005.
Junior Eurovision 2020
Junior Eurovision 2020 is to be held on November 29 in the Polish capital of Warsaw. The competition is being hosted by the Polish public broadcaster TVP, after Viki Gabor took victory with the song “Superhero”. The show will be staged in a TV studio facility in Warsaw, not a large arena as has been seen in previous years.
To date, the following countries have confirmed participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Poland:
Image Source: Thomas Hanses / Source: TVM
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.