The Maltese national broadcaster confirmed its participation for the next Eurovision Song Contest. So far there is no national final date but the regulations for the selection are out. Yesterday PBS confirmed with esctoday.com that the country will once again appear in Europe’s favourite show.
The next Maltese selection will be similar to that organised for this year with a semi-final and a final show will pick up Malta’s entrant to Malmo. The song submission opens on 30th October and ends the day after.
The songs submitted will be judged on CD by a panel of jury and 24 songs will qualify to the semi-final show. Then 16 entries will qualify to the final. The Maltese hopeful will get selected through a mixture of jury and public vote.
In it’s regulations, PBS said that the last five Maltese representatives are not allowed to compete in the selection. All lead singers should be Maltese while foreign composers and authors are allowed to compete.
Malta came close three times in winning the Eurovision Song Contest and this year Kurt Calleja managed to qualify to the final but couldn’t finish better than 21st in the final in Baku.