Malta: Ira Losco’s 2016 Eurovision bid

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Ira Losco, the popular Maltese artist who represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 in Tallinn, Estonia, is one of the candidates on the shortlist to partake in the Maltese preselection.

On Thursday evening, Maltese broadcaster TVM released the shortlist of potential candidates for the Maltese Eurovision-preselection. From the 153 entries, 49 made the definitive shortlist. Best known name on the list is that of popular Maltese performer Ira Losco, who represented Malta at Eurovision 2002 with the song 7th wonder earning the second place with 164 points, a tight margin with the eventual winner, Latvia’s Marie N (I wanna, 176 points), and achieving the best placement for Malta ever in Eurovision.

Ira Losco is one of the most beloved artists of Malta, and many Eurovision fans would like to see her return to the Eurovision-stage. Now, the singer finally has a chance to partake in the Maltese preselection once again.

Ira Losco has reached the shortlist with two songs: Chameleon (Invincible) and That’s why I love you. Next week, Friday December 11, the 20 songs chosen for the semi-final will be revealed in the Maltese TV-show Xarabank. The semi-final will be held on January 22 2016. 14 songs will eventually compete in the final, January 23 2016.

Ira Losco (Sliema, Malta, 1981) started her musical career in 1997 in the group Tiara. In 2000 she took her first steps as a solo-performer, participating in the Maltese preselection for Eurovision with two songs. In 2001, she entered the preselections again, coming second after winner Fabrizio Faniello. Chosen as Best Female Performer at the Malta Music Awards 2001, she went on to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 with the song 7th wonder. Since then, her career steadily rose, making Ira Losco one of the most celebrated Maltese artists.

Watch Ira Losco perform 7th wonder during the Eurovision Song Contest 2002:

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