Despite only having a population just shy of half a million, Malta has been in the top ten at the Eurovision Song Contest five times. Since 2005 however, when the tiny island reached 2nd place, their entries have not have had quite the same success – qualifying to the contest final twice in the last six years. Nevertheless, Maltese TV broadcaster ‘PBS’ will once again take part in the show, next year taking place in Sweden.
The station is now inviting artists and composers to send their works to them before the end of next month. Songwriters from all over the world are allowed to take part, however singers must be Maltese nationals or hold dual-citizenship to the country. Furthermore, artists who already represented Malta after 2007 are not allowed to enter again.
A professional jury will judge the potential entries for the contest to choose twenty four who will be judged before the Maltese public next year. As has been the case before, broadcaster PBS will organise a semifinal as well as a final, to whittle the number of potential entries down to sixteen.
The prized ticket to Malmö for the Eurovision Song Contest will be given to the act who is the favourite of both a professional jury and the Maltese public.