The Malta Eurovision Song Contest returns as the nation’s selection, with song submissions opening for 2022.
TVM has announced this afternoon that the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is returning as the Maltese national selection. MESC replaces the X Factor Malta which was used in 2019 and 2020 to select the Maltese representative for the Eurovision Song Contest.
A total of twenty-two songs will go through to the Semi-Final of MESC, with sixteen making it through to the Grand Final. Song submissions are open from today until December 15, rules can be found here.
Destiny finished 7th for Malta at Eurovision 2021 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
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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.