Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest
|National selection events||Malta Song for Europe|
|Appearances||27 (23 finals)|
|Best result||2nd: 2002, 2005|
|Worst result||Last: 1971, 1972, 2006|
|Malta's page at Eurovision.tv|
Although the history of National song contests organized in the Maltese islands dates back to 1960 when the first Malta Song Festival was organized, it was only in 1971 that Malta started to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. Malta took part 27 times since its debut in 1971 but 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 sixteen-year absence, proved to be more successful, with eight consecutive top ten placings (1991-1998) and finishing in the top ten 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. Malta's two seconds and two thirds, make it the most successful country not to win the contest.
Since 2006, Malta has struggled to make an impact in the contest, finishing last in 2006 with Fabrizio Faniello, who had previously finished ninth in 2001, and failing to qualify from the semi-final round four times, in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011. Malta has failed to reach the top ten in eight of the last nine contests (2006-2014), the exception being Gianluca Bezzina, who finished eighth in 2013.
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. The only use of the Maltese language being 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.
- Table key
|1971||Joe Grech||Maltese||"Marija l-Maltija"||18||52||No semi-finals|
|1972||Helen and Joseph||Maltese||"L-imħabba"||18||48|
|Did not participate between 1973 and 1974|
|1975||Renato||English||"Singing This Song"||12||32||No semi-finals|
|Did not participate between 1976 and 1990|
|1991||Paul Giordimaina and Georgina||English||"Could It Be"||6||106||No semi-finals|
|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||165|
|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|
|2006||Fabrizio Faniello||English||"I Do"||24||1||Top 11 Previous Year|
|2007||Olivia Lewis||English||"Vertigo"||Failed to qualify||25||15|
|2008||Morena||English||"Vodka"||Failed to qualify||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"||Failed to qualify||11||54|
|2012||Kurt Calleja||English||"This Is the Night"||21||41||7||70|
- NOTE: 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.
As of 2014, Malta's voting history is as follows:
Marcel Bezençon Awards
|Year||Song||Performer||Final Result||Points||Host city|
Commentators and spokespersons
|This section does not cite any references or sources. (March 2012)|
|1973||Charles Saliba||Malta did not participate|
|Malta did not participate between 1976 and 1990|
|1991||Toni Sant||Dominic Micallef|
|1993||Charles Saliba||Kevin Drake|
|1994||Charles Arrigo||John Demanuele|
|1995||Enzo Gusman||Stephanie Farrugia|
|1996||Charles Saliba||Ruth Amaira|
|1997||Gino Cauchi||Anna Bonanno|
|1999||Charlo Bonnici||Nirvana Azzopardi|
|2001||Alfred Borg||Marbeck Spiteri|
|2002||John Bundy||Yvette Portelli|
|2004||Eileen Montesin||Claire Agius|
|2007||Antonia Micallef||Mireille Bonello|
|2008||Eileen Montesin||Moira Delia|
|2009||Valerie Vella||Pauline Agius|
|2011||Eileen Montesin||Kelly Schembri|
|2012||Ronald Briffa and Elaine Saliba||Keith Demicoli|
|2013||Gordon Bonello and Rodney Gauci||Emma Hickey|
|2014||Carlo Borg Bonaci||Valentina Rossi|
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