Malta: PBS reveals details on MESC 2016 and sets the final in January!

Valletta is calling! Eurovision season has not only reached the Mediterranean island but they have also revealed some important features about the upcoming edition of their traditional, ”Malta Eurovision Song Contest” organized by Public Broadcasting Services Limited, mostly known as ”PBS”, which is the state’s broadcaster.

This year’s MESC will take place in January and not in November as it happened in 2014, due to taking in advance the stage built inside Malta Shipbuilding in Marsa for Junior Eurovision.

Full rules and regulations can be read by sending an e-mail to mesc@pbs.com.mt, so as to the Maltese delegation being in charge of giving them out to everyone interested to apply in the national selection process. Anyway, the main facts include the following:

  • Beautiful and stunning Amber, who represented the country with the song Warrior in Vienna, will not be able to participate as a contestant in the show.
  • The lead artists of an act entering the process or one of them in case of a group are required to own Maltese citizenship or nationality. Composers and songwriters can belong to anywhere else though.
  • Submissions will be received on 29th and 30th October 2015. In addition to the original song, artists will have to submit a recording of another song, which can be a cover version of a song that has already been published.

Then, 20 finalists will be announced and will go through the live shows with their respective team, backing vocals and dancers (place and date where the contest will be held is yet to be decided). The outcome will be determined, like every year, by 6 people making up the jury panel selected by PBS and the Maltese televoting at home, as the seventh judge. Artists will be allowed to interpret two different songs during Part 1 of the Final Phase in case they have been selected with two songs of their own.

14 songs will qualify to the next stage, the grand final, where they will be able to perform just one song in case they had two in the semi-final and both qualified. Once again, the artists representing Malta in Stockholm will be decided by both jury (85%) and televoting (15%).

Big names of the history of the contest in Malta are used to be back every year, who will we be seeing in this edition?

About Adrián Valiente (Spain)

Adrián Valiente (Spain)
I love the Eurovision Song Contest not only because of its amazing production but it also gives me the chance to discover new music every year. I've been watching it since 2002, since then I became a huge follower, mostly because of the interest TVE put on it with Rosa from Spain. I've attended the contest several times in the last few years. I also attended the Junior Eurovision in Malta and Bulgaria where we lived an amazing experience thanks to all delegations and PBS/BNT organising team.

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