Malta: MESC 2016 shortlisted names revealed

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The Maltese national broadcaster, PBS, has tonight released the names of the 49 entries shortlisted for the upcoming Maltese national selection, Malta Eurovision Song Contest (MESC).

Back in October, MESC 2016 submissions opened where artists and composers were able to submit their entries for the Maltese national selection. Submissions were received from the 29 to the 30 October and over the following weeks since, a total of 49 acts have been shortlisted.

MESC 2016 shortlisted acts

  • Aidan CassarRule the world
  • Amy AgiusVictory
  • Andra Curmi (Dre)Brave
  • BrookeGolden
  • Chaya FenechBare your soul
  • CherylisBreathe
  • Cherylis & MikhailBreaking point
  • Christabelle BorgKingdom
  • Corazon (Mizzi)Falling glass
  • Danica MuscatCastle
  • Danica MuscatFrontline
  • Daniel TestaUnder the sun
  • Dario Mifsud BonniciI love you
  • Deborah CAll around the world
  • Domenique AzzopardiEmpty hearted
  • DominicFire burn
  • Francesca Bonnano96
  • Francesca BorgDancing in the rain
  • Franklin CallejaFlawless
  • Franklin CallejaI won’t surrender
  • Franklin CallejaLittle love
  • IonaFireworks
  • Ira LoscoChameleon (Invincible)
  • Ira LoscoThat’s why I love you
  • Jasmine AbelaAlive
  • Jean Claude AzzopardiExceptional
  • JessikaCan’t let go
  • JessikaHush hush
  • JessikaThe flame
  • Joseph PortelliPaper boats
  • Julienne LibertoTell me what you wanna do
  • KayaWithout you
  • Kelly Ann MintoffFire burn
  • Kimberley CortisLighthouse
  • Klinsmann ColeiroSomeday
  • Kurt CassarBattle zone
  • Kyle Mangani & Maxine PaceTonight
  • Laurence GrayYou’re beautiful
  • Lyndsay PaceBeautiful
  • MalcomYour kiss
  • Maxine PaceYoung love
  • Nazjo RotinGone
  • Neville RefaloMi-mi-mind
  • Panama Band–SimariaReaching
  • Paul CushieriGo beyond the shore
  • QHigher
  • Raquel GaldesFlashing lights
  • Sarah CrystalRight here with you
  • Stefan GaleaLight up my life

A number of returning MESC acts have made the shortlist for the 2016 Maltese national selection, including some of last year’s Maltese finalists such as Christabelle, Franklin, Daniel Testa, Laurence Grey, Jessika and Deborah C. Also making the shortlist is Malta’s 2002 representative Ira Losco who, with her entry 7th wonder, finished in 2nd position in the host city of Tallinn, bringing Malta their joint-best results to date.

A total of 153 submissions were received for MESC 2016, 19 more than the previous year. The entries have since been decreased to 49 entries and will once again be narrowed down to a final total of 20. The final 20 acts will be revealed next week.

MESC 2016 will be made up of 2 live shows; a semi-final (phase 1) and a grand final (phase 2). The 20 selected acts will compete in the semi-final where a judging panel made up of 6 members as well as a televote will decide which 14 acts will move forward to the grand final of the selection. The MESC 2016 selection will take place at the end of January at the Mediterranean Conference Centre.

MESC 2016 dates

  • 22/01: Semi-final (20 semi-finalists, 14 qualifiers)
  • 23/01: Grand final

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