Chiara will represent Malta at the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest. That was the outcome of Malta Song for Europe, which took place on Saturday night at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta. A minor disappointment for the international fans; the televoting lasted longer and the live stream failed before the results were announced.
22 songs competed and after the dress rehearsal it became clear that Chiara and Olivia Lewis were favourites for the victory.
One of the three Maltese phone companies needed some extra time to deliver the results, which resulted in quite a long interval act. After the live stream of the show went offline, it took more than half an hour before it became clear that the third phone company wouldn't come up with any results. A story which is most likely to be continued…
After the results were processed – it was 0:30 CET meanwhile – the top 10 was announced in random order and the candidates invited to come on stage:
– Keith Camilleri – Sunshine in your eyes
– Manuel – The angels are tired
– Chiara – Angel
– Ali and Lis – Don’t stop the party
– Olivia Lewis – Deja vu
– J. Anvil – You
– Aldo Busuttil – Addio ciao
– Pamela – Play on
– Glen – Appreciate
– Eleonor Cassar – He
The best three songs were announced from the third up to the first place.
1 – 11.935 votes | Chiara – Angel
2 – 11.369 votes | Olivia Lewis – Deja vu
3 – 5.903 votes | J. Anvil – You
Chiara represents Malta again!
Chiara represented Malta at the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest, where she ended up third with The one that I love. Her Eurovision Song Contest entry for 2005 is Angel, which gained 11,935 votes. A victory that brought her to tears! Runner-up Olivia Lewis, was close to a victory but missed some 600 votes to make it to Kiev.
Malta participates in the final of the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest, as Julie & Ludwig made it to last year's final top 10 with On again… off again.