Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest

Member station TVM
National selection events
Participation summary
Appearances 32 (25 finals)
First appearance 1971
Best result 2nd: 2002, 2005
Worst result Last: 1971, 1972, 2006
External links
Malta's page at
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Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019

Malta has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 32 times since its debut in 1971. The contest is broadcast in Malta on the PBS channel, TVM. Malta has yet to win the contest, but is the only non-winning country to have achieved four top three results.

Malta finished last on its first two attempts in 1971 and 1972, and had a 16-year absence from the contest between 1975 and 1991. Malta's return proved more successful, reaching the top 10 in 12 out of 15 contests from 1991 to 2005, including third-place results for Mary Spiteri (1992) and Chiara (1998) and second-place results for Ira Losco (2002) and Chiara (2005). Since finishing last for the third time in 2006, Malta has struggled to make an impact, with its only top 10 result being Gianluca Bezzina's eighth-place in 2013.

History [ edit ]

Malta first participated at Eurovision in 1971, although the history of National song contests organized in the Maltese islands dates back to 1960 when the first Malta Song Festival took place. Malta has never won the contest, although it has twice finished second and twice finished third. At first, the island state sent songs in its native language, Maltese, but it failed to rank highly, finishing last in its first two attempts in the contest in 1971 and 1972 and withdrew after the 1975 contest.

Malta's return to the contest in 1991, after a 16-year absence, proved to be more successful, with eight consecutive top 10 placings (1991-1998) and finishing in the top 10 in 12 out of 15 contests from 1991-2005. These results included third-place finishes in 1992 for Mary Spiteri and in 1998 for Chiara and second-place finishes in 2002 for Ira Losco and in 2005 for Chiara, who in 2009 became the first performer to represent Malta at three contests, finishing 22nd.[1][2] Malta's two seconds and two thirds, make it the most successful country not to win the contest.

In the last 12 contests, Malta has only once reached the top 10, when Gianluca Bezzina finished eighth in 2013. Fabrizio Faniello, who had previously finished ninth in 2001, finished last in the 2006 final, and since then the country has failed to qualify from the semi-final round seven times, in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2017 and 2018.

Together with France, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, Malta is one of the few countries that has not missed a contest since 1991. All of Malta's entries since 1991 have been sung in its other official language, English, which it was one of the few countries allowed to use in the contest between 1977 and 1999, being a former British colony which (as seen below) has had a close relationship with the UK within the contest. The only use of the Maltese language was three lines in the 2000 entry "Desire", performed by Claudette Pace. The Maltese broadcasters of the show are the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS). All shows are transmitted live on TVM (Malta) and Radio Malta. Also, along with Croatia and Sweden it was the only country never to be relegated, under the previous rules of the contest, that wasn't a part of the Big Four.

Contestants [ edit ]

Table key
  Second place
  Third place
  Last place
Year Artist Language Song Final Points Semi Points
1971 Joe Grech Maltese "Marija l-Maltija" 18 52 No semi-finals
1972 Helen and Joseph Maltese "L-imħabba" 18 48
1973 Did not participate
1974 Enzo Guzman Maltese "Paċi fid-Dinja" Withdrew No semi-finals
1975 Renato English "Singing This Song" 12 32
1976 Enzo Guzman English "Sing Your Song, Country Boy" Withdrew
Did not participate between 1977 and 1989
1990 Mary Rose Mallia English "Our Little World of Yesterday" Never entered No semi-finals
1991 Paul Giordimaina and Georgina English "Could It Be" 6 106
1992 Mary Spiteri English "Little Child" 3 123
1993 William Mangion English "This Time" 8 69 Kvalifikacija za Millstreet
1994 Chris and Moira English "More Than Love" 5 97 No semi-finals
1995 Mike Spiteri English "Keep Me In Mind" 10 76
1996 Miriam Christine English "In a Woman's Heart" 10 68 4 138
1997 Debbie Scerri English "Let Me Fly" 9 66 No semi-finals
1998 Chiara English "The One That I Love" 3 165b
1999 Times Three English "Believe 'n Peace" 15 32
2000 Claudette Pace English, Maltese "Desire" 8 73
2001 Fabrizio Faniello English "Another Summer Night" 9 48
2002 Ira Losco English "7th Wonder" 2 164
2003 Lynn Chircop English "To Dream Again" 25 4
2004 Julie and Ludwig English "On Again... Off Again" 12 50 8 74
2005 Chiara English "Angel" 2 192 Top 12 Previous Year[a]
2006 Fabrizio Faniello English "I Do" 24 1 Top 11 Previous Year[a]
2007 Olivia Lewis English "Vertigo" Failed to qualify 25 15
2008 Morena English "Vodka" 14 38
2009 Chiara English "What If We" 22 31 6 86
2010 Thea Garrett English "My Dream" Failed to qualify 12 45
2011 Glen Vella English "One Life" 11 54
2012 Kurt Calleja English "This Is the Night" 21 41 7 70
2013 Gianluca Bezzina English "Tomorrow" 8 120 4 118
2014 Firelight English "Coming Home" 23 32 9 63
2015 Amber English "Warrior" Failed to qualify 11 43
2016 Ira Losco English "Walk on Water" 12 153 3 209
2017 Claudia Faniello English "Breathlessly" Failed to qualify 16 55
2018 Christabelle English "Taboo" 13 101
2019 Michela Pace English "Chameleon" 14 107 8 157
  • NOTE:
a. If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. In addition, back in 2004-2007, the top ten countries who were not members of the big four did not have to compete in the semi finals the following year. If, for example, Germany and France placed inside the top ten, the countries who placed 11th and 12th were advanced to the following year's grand final along with the rest of the top ten countries.
b. ^ Spain originally gave its 12 points to Israel and 10 to Norway. After the broadcast it was announced that Spanish broadcaster wrongly tallied the votes and Germany should have got the top mark - 12 points - instead of being snubbed, as it happened. The mistake was corrected and so Germany was placed 7th over Norway. Israel and Norway both received 2 points less than originally and Croatia, Malta, Portugal, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium, Estonia and Turkey all received one point less than indicated during the broadcast..

Voting history [ edit ]

As of 2019, Malta's voting history is as follows:

Marcel Bezençon Awards [ edit ]

Press Award

Year Song Performer Final Result Points Host city
2005 "Angel" Chiara 2nd 192 Kiev

Commentators and spokespersons [ edit ]

Year(s) Commentator Spokesperson Spokesperson Background
1971 Victor Aquilina N/A Spokesperson did not present visually until 1994
1972 Norman Hamilton
1973 Charles Saliba Malta did not participate
1975 Norman Hamilton TBC
1976-1990 No broadcast Malta did not participate
1991 Toni Sant Dominic Micallef
1992 Anna Bonanno Anna Bonanno
1993 Charles Saliba Kevin Drake
1994 Charles Arrigo John Demanuele PBS Malta Studios, Gwardamanġa
1995 Enzo Gusman Stephanie Farrugia Suncrest Hotel, Qawra
1996 Charles Saliba Ruth Amaira Marsamxett Harbour, Valletta
1997 Gino Cauchi Anna Bonanno St. Paul's Cathedral, Mdina
1998 Stephanie Spiteri Marsamxett Harbour, Valletta
1999 Charlo Bonnici Nirvana Azzopardi
2000 Valerie Vella
2001 Alfred Borg Marbeck Spiteri Grand Harbour, Valletta
2002 John Bundy Yvette Portelli
2003 Sharon Borg Valletta Skyline
2004 Eileen Montesin Claire Agius Fort St. Angelo, Birgu
2005 Valerie Vella Valletta Skyline
2006 Moira Delia Auberge de Castille, Valletta
2007 Antonia Micallef Mireille Bonello St. Paul's Cathedral, Mdina
2008 Eileen Montesin Moira Delia Grand Harbour, Valletta
2009 Valerie Vella Pauline Agius TBC, Malta
2010 Chiara Siracusa Portes des Bombes, Floriana
2011 Eileen Montesin Kelly Schembri Grand Harbour, Valletta
2012 Ronald Briffa and Elaine Saliba Keith Demicoli Auberge de Castille, Valletta
2013 Gordon Bonello and Rodney Gauci Emma Hickey Grand Harbour, Valletta
2014 Carlo Borg Bonaci Valentina Rossi
2015 Corazon Mizzi Julie Zahra Valletta Skyline
2016 Arthur Caruana Ben Camille Grand Harbour, Valletta
2017 No Commentary Martha Fenech Valletta Skyline
2018 Lara Azzopardi Tritons’ Fountain, Valletta
2019 Ben Camille Valletta Skyline

Conductors [ edit ]

All conductors are Maltese except Vince Tempera.

  • Anthony "Twanny" Chirchop (1971, 1994)
  • Charles Camilleri (1972)
  • ItalyVince Tempera (1975)
  • Paul Abela (1991–92, 1996)
  • Joseph Sammut (1993)
  • Ray Agius (1995, 1997)

Prior to 1999, the Maltese entry was performed without orchestral accompaniment in 1998.[3]

Photogallery [ edit ]

Notes [ edit ]

  1. ^ a b According to the then-Eurovision rules, the top ten non-Big Four countries from the previous year along with the Big Four automatically qualified for the Grand Final without having to compete in semi-finals. For example, if Germany and France placed inside the top ten, the 11th and 12th spots were advanced to next year's Grand Final along with all countries ranked in the top ten.

Further reading [ edit ]

  • Cremona, George (2018). "The Eurovision Song Contest within Formal Educational Learning Contexts: A Critical Multimodal Interpretation of Possible Inter-Disciplinary Connections (Selected proceedings of the Conference 'Connections', University of Malta Junior College, 18-20 September 2017)" (PDF). Symposia Melitensia (14): 151–160. ISSN 1812-7509.

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ Klier, Marcus (2009-02-08). "Malta: Eurovision entrant chosen". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 2009-02-09. Retrieved 2009-02-08.
  2. ^ Sanz Martin, Jorge (2009-02-08). "Malta: Chiara bids in Eurovision 2009 for third time". Oikotimes. Archived from the original on 2009-02-11. Retrieved 2009-02-08.
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External links [ edit ]

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