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Malta
Malta
Member station PBS
National selection events Malta Song for Europe
Appearances
Appearances 22
First appearance 1971
Best result 2nd: 2002, 2005
Worst result Last: 1971, 1972, 2006
External links
Malta's page at Eurovision.tv
Julie & Ludwig at Istanbul (2004)
Chiara at Kiev (2005)
Olivia Lewis at Helsinki (2007)
Morena at Belgrade (2008)

Malta has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest since 1971. At first the island state sent songs in its native language, Maltese, but it failed to rank highly, and withdrew after the 1975 contest. Since its return in 1991, however, it has achieved eight top ten placings in a row, finishing second in 2002 and 2005. In recent years, however, Malta's fortunes in the Contest have changed, coming last in the 2006 contest and failing to qualify for the 2007 and 2008 finals.[1]

Despite its mixed fortunes, Malta is the most successful country to never win the contest, having come 2nd twice (2002 and 2005) and 3rd twice (1992 and 1998) with singers including Chiara and Ira Losco.

Chiara has represented Malta the most times. Her first participation came in 1998, performing "The One That I Love", which came third. She returned to Eurovision in 2005, performing her self-written song "Angel, giving her second place after Greece's Elena Paparizou. She returned to Eurovision once again in 2009 with "What If We", composed by Belgian songwriters Marc Paelinck and Gregory Bilsen, which placed only 22nd, with 31 points received.[2][3] Fabrizio Faniello is the only other artist to represent Malta multiple times at Eurovision, having come ninth in 2001 with "Another Summer Night", as well as coming last in 2006 with "I Do".

Together with Sweden and Croatia, and three of the four countries that are, for financial reasons, confirmed to take part every year (Germany is included, but it missed the 1996 contest), Malta is one of the few countries that has not missed a contest since 1993. Malta generally uses English as the language the songs are performed in. When the Netherlands withdrew from the 1991 contest, Malta took part in the contest once again. The year after, the limitation on the maximum number of participating countries was lifted, and Malta took part each year.

The Maltese broadcasters of the show are the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS).

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Contestants

Year Artist Title Final Points Semi Points
1971 Joe Grech "Marija l-Maltija" 18 52
1972 Helen and Joseph "L-imħabba" 18 48
1975 Renato "Singing This Song" 12 32
1991 Paul Giordimaina and Georgina "Could It Be" 6 106
1992 Mary Spiteri "Little Child" 3 123
1993 William Mangion "This Time" 8 69
1994 Chris and Moira "More than Love" 5 97
1995 Mike Spiteri "Keep Me In Mind" 10 76
1996 Miriam Christine "In A Woman's Heart" 10 68
1997 Debbie Scerri "Let Me Fly" 9 66
1998 Chiara "The One That I Love" 3 165
1999 Times Three "Believe 'n Peace" 15 32
2000 Claudette Pace "Desire" 8 73
2001 Fabrizio Faniello "Another Summer Night" 9 48
2002 Ira Losco "7th Wonder" 2 164
2003 Lynn Chircop "To Dream Again" 25 4
2004 Julie and Ludwig "On Again... Off Again" 12 50 8 74
2005 Chiara "Angel" 2 192 X X
2006 Fabrizio Faniello "I Do" 24 1 X X
2007 Olivia Lewis "Vertigo" X X 25 15
2008 Morena "Vodka" X X 14 38
2009 Chiara "What If We" 22 31 6 86
2010 Thea Garrett[4][5] "My Dream"[4][5]

Voting history (1975-2009)

Malta has given the most points to:

Rank Country Points
1  United Kingdom 99
2  Greece 74
3  Sweden 71
4  Ireland 66
5  Croatia 62

Malta has received the most points from:

Rank Country Points
1  Ireland 84
2  Croatia 82
3  Turkey 76
4  United Kingdom 72
5  Spain 70

NOTE: The totals in the above tables include only points awarded in Eurovision finals, and not the semi-finals since 2004.

References

  1. ^ Klier, Marcus (2008-09-02). "Malta: major changes to the selection process". ESCToday. http://esctoday.com/news/read/12245. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 
  2. ^ Klier, Marcus (2009-02-08). "Malta: Eurovision entrant chosen". ESCToday. http://www.esctoday.com/news/read/13185. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  3. ^ Sanz Martin, Jorge (2009-02-08). "Malta: Chiara bids in Eurovision 2009 for third time". Oikotimes. http://www.oikotimes.com/v2/index.php?file=articles&id=5055. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  4. ^ a b Webb, Glen (2010-02-20). "Thea". European Broadcasting Union. http://www.eurovision.tv/page/news?id=9353&_t=Thea+Garrett+takes+the+Maltese+ticket+to+Oslo!. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Floras, Stella (2010-02-21). "Malta sends Thea Garrett to Eurovision". ESCToday. http://esctoday.com/news/read/15163. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 

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