Malta will decide for the next Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday 12th February 2011. A day before 24 semi-finalists will compete for 16 final spots.
The national final will take place in the Malta Fairs & Convention Centre at Ta’ Qali. This is the fifth time, that the most prestigious festival on the island will take place at MFCC. In contrast from last year, a semi-final will take place on Friday 11th February. In the semi-final 24 songs will be performed and 16 of them will qualify for the final on Saturday.
The last time the Maltese selection featured a semi-final show was in 2008. The national TV station received a total number of 141 entries. 74 songs made it to the second phase which took place this weekend at PBS studios. Both local and foreign writers worked with local singers who submitted their song/s for the Malta Eurovision Festival 2011.
23 songs will qualify to the final phase (part 1). Last year’s winner of L-Isfida show will be able to join the other artists. A mixture of a professional jury and public vote will select 16 finalists. The finalists will compete for the ticket to Düsseldorf on 12th February 2011. A mixture of an expert jury and tele-voting will select Malta’s 24th representative/s in the Eurovision Song Contest.