Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013

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Eurovision Song Contest 2013
Country  Malta
National selection
Selection process Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2013
7/8 Jury
1/8 Televoting
Selection date(s) Semi-final:
1 February 2013
Final:
2 February 2013
Selected entrant Gianluca
Selected song "Tomorrow"
Finals performance
Semi-final result Qualified (4th, 118 points)
Final result 8th, 120 points
Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Malta participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden. The Maltese entry was selected through a national final format consisting of a semi-final and a final, organised by the Maltese broadcaster PBS. Gianluca represented Malta with the song "Tomorrow", which qualified from the second semi-final of the competition and finished in 8th place in the final, scoring 120 points.[1][2]

National selection[edit]

On 14 September 2012, PBS called for entries to be submitted for the national final, with the submission period closing on 31 October 2012.[3] Both Maltese and international composers were eligible to submit entries, however performers must hold Maltese citizenship.[3] On 14 November 2012, PBS announced that out of 181 submissions, 69 entries were long-listed for the second phase of the selection, including submissions from former Maltese Eurovision entrants Miriam Christine (1996), William Mangion (1993) and Fabrizio Faniello (2001 & 2006).[4] On 30 November 2012, the 24 semi-finalists were revealed and previewed on a special edition of the Maltese talk show Xarabank.[4][5] On 21 December 2012, Saska Hunt and the song "Dress Rehearsal" were withdrawn and replaced by Marilena with the song "Overrated".[6]

The semi-final and final evenings were hosted by Elaine Saliba and Gordon Bonello, with backstage commentary and interviews by Rodney Gauci.[7]

Semi-final[edit]

The semi-final took place on 1 February 2013 at the Malta Fairs & Conventions Centre in Ta' Qali, where 16 of the 24 entries qualified to compete in the final.[5][8][9]

The jury panel that evaluated the songs in the semi-final was

  • Maria Muscat (Malta)
  • Alessandro Ragni (Italy)
  • Gohar Gasparyan (Armenia)
  • Kleart Duraj (Albania)
  • Aleksandar Kostadinov (Croatia)
  • Walid Arfush (Ukraine)
  • Carlo Borg Bonaci (Malta)
Semi-final - 1 February 2013
Draw Artist Song Composers
1 Richard Edwards "Fall Like Rome" Philip Vella, Magnus Kaxe, Gerard James Borg
2 Ylenia "Tides of Illusion" Jason Cassar, Mario Farrugia
3 Janice Debattista "Perfect Day" Boris Cezek, Dean Muscat
4 Chris Grech "Never Walk Away" Matthew James Borg, David Cassar Torregiani, Chris Grech, Peter Borg
5 Marilena "Overrated" Philip Vella, Gerard James Borg
6 Petra "No One Home" Wayne Micallef, Richard Micallef
7 Dorothy Bezzina "Starting from the End" Magnus Kaxe, Gerard James Borg
8 Domenique "Too Little Too Late" Marc Paelinck, Matthias Strasser
9 Jessika "Ultraviolet" Philip Vella, Thomas G:son, Gerard James Borg
10 Franklin Calleja "Let Your Heart Talk" Ray Aguis, Alfred C Sant
11 Claudia Faniello "When It's Time" Errol Sammut, Claudia Faniello
12 Corazon "My Stranger Love" Paul Giordimaina, Fleur Balzan
13 Kevin Borg "Needing You" Kevin Borg, Simon Gribbe, Dan Attlerud, Thomas Thörnholm, Michael Clauss
14 Scar "Superstar" Konrad Pule
15 Melanie Zammit "Loverdose" Maria Lundin, Niclas Lundin, Gerard James Borg
16 Danica Muscat "Fantasy" Paul Abela, Joe Julia Farrugia
17 Petra & Richard "Wonderful Today" Wayne Micallef, Richard Micallef
18 Deborah C "Love-O-Holic" Johan Bejerholm, Gerard James Borg
19 Gianni "Us Against the World" Boris Cezek, Dean Muscat
20 Raquela "Keep Believing" Raquela Dalli Gonzi
21 Gianluca Bezzina "Tomorrow" Boris Cezek, Dean Muscat
22 Amber "In Control" Paul Giordimaina, Fleur Balzan
23 Klinsmann "The Remedy" Philip Vella, Magnus Kaxe, Gerard James Borg
24 Davinia "Betrayed" Elton Zarb, Muxu

Final[edit]

The final took place on 2 February 2013 at the Malta Fairs & Conventions Centre in Ta' Qali, where the 16 finalists presented their songs to the Maltese public again.[2] Seven members of the jury awarded their points from 1-8, 10, and 12 points. The jury vote accounted for 7/8 of the result with the televote accounting for the remaining 1/8. Gianluca Bezzina emerged as the winner with the song "Tomorrow".[2]

The jury panel that evaluated the songs in the final was

  • Aleksandar Kostadinov (Croatia)
  • Noel Magri (Malta)
  • Alessandro Ragni (Italy)
  • Anna Dalli (Malta)
  • Walid Arfush (Ukraine)
  • Olga Salamakha (Belarus)
  • Carlo Borg Bonaci (Malta)
Final - 2 February 2013
Draw Artist Song Composers Jury Televote Total Place
1 Scar "Superstar" Konrad Pulé 10 1 11 11
2 Dorothy Bezzina "Starting from the End" Magnus Kaxe, Gerard James Borg 2 3 5 15
3 Corazon "My Stranger Love" Paul Giordmaina, Fleur Balzan 11 0 11 11
4 Jessika "Ultraviolet" Philip Vella, Thomas G:son, Gerard James Borg 12 7 19 8
5 Gianni "Us Against the World" Boris Cezek, Dean Muscat 9 0 9 14
6 Davinia Pace "Betrayed" Elton Zarb, Muxu 48 0 48 3
7 Kevin Borg "Needing You" Kevin Borg, Simon Gribbe, Dan Attlerud, Thomas Thörnholm, Michael Clauss 68 12 80 2
8 Richard Edwards "Fall like Rome" Philip Vella, Magnus Kaxe, Gerard James Borg 10 0 10 13
9 Janice Debattista "Perfect Day" Boris Cezek, Dean Muscat 13 0 13 10
10 Deborah C "Love-o-Holic" Johan Bejerholm, Gerard James Borg 12 5 17 9
11 Claudia Faniello "When it's Time" Erroll Sammut, Claudia Faniello 14 6 20 7
12 Gianluca Bezzina "Tomorrow" Boris Cezek, Dean Muscat 82 10 92 1
13 Chris Grech "Never Walk Away" Matthew James Borg, David Cassar Torreggiani, Peter Borg, Chris Grech 34 8 42 5
14 Petra and Richard "Wonderful Today" Wayne Micallef, Richard Micallef 35 2 37 6
15 Amber "In Control" Paul Giordimaina, Fleur Balzan 43 4 47 4
16 Domenique "Too Little Too Late" Marc Paelinck, Matthias Strasser 2 0 2 16

Juries[edit]

Song Croatia
A. Kostadinov
Malta
N. Magri
Italy
A. Ragni
Malta
A. Dalli
Ukraine
W. Arfush
Belarus
O. Salamakha
Malta
C. Borg Bonaci
Total
Superstar 2 8 1 11
Starting from the End 2 2
My Stranger Love 5 2 1 3 11
Ultraviolet 6 5 1 12
Us Against the World 3 4 2 9
Betrayed 8 5 5 8 10 4 8 48
Needing You 10 10 10 12 8 8 10 68
Fall like Rome 3 3 6
Perfect Day 4 2 4 3 4 17
Love-o-Holic 3 1 1 5 2 12
When it's Time 4 5 5 14
Tomorrow 12 12 12 10 12 12 12 82
Never Walk Away 6 7 7 7 7 34
Wonderful Today 7 6 6 3 6 7 35
In Control 2 8 4 7 6 10 6 43
Too Little Too Late 1 1 2

Preparation[edit]

On 2 March, Bezzina travelled to Armenia to promote the Maltese entry during the Armenian national final.[10]

At Eurovision[edit]

Gianluca at the second semi-final dress rehearsal in Malmö.

Malta was allocated to compete in the second semi-final on 16 May for a place in the final on 18 May.[11] In the second semi-final, the producers of the show decided that Malta would perform 6th, following Finland and preceding Bulgaria.[12] On stage, Gianluca was joined by two backing vocalists, Louise Ann Bugeja Tate and Samaria Bezzina, backing vocalist and ukulele player, Kenny D'Ugo, backing vocalist and bass player, Gabriel Cassar and drummer Chris Tate.[13]

Malta qualified from the second semi-final, placing 4th and scoring 118 points.[14][15] At the second semi-final winners' press conference, Malta was allocated to perform in the first half of the final.[16] In the final, the producers of the show decided that Malta would perform 9th, following Belarus and preceding Russia.[17] Malta placed 8th in the final, scoring 120 points.[1]

Points awarded to Malta[edit]

Points Awarded to Malta (Semi-Final 2)[15]
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Points Awarded to Malta (Final)[1]
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Malta[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Eurovision Song Contest 2013 Grand Final". Eurovision.tv. 18 May 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Webb, Glen (3 February 2013). "Gianluca Bezzina wins Maltese final". Eurovision.tv. 
  3. ^ a b Webb, Glen (14 September 2012). "Malta: PBS call for entries for 2013". Eurovision.tv. 
  4. ^ a b Webb, Glen (14 November 2012). "69 songs through to next stage in Malta". Eurovision.tv. 
  5. ^ a b Brey, Marco (1 December 2012). "Malta: 24 national semi-finalists announced". Eurovision.tv. 
  6. ^ Calleja Bayliss, Marc (21 December 2012). "MESC 2013: Marilena Gauci Replaces Saska Hunt". ESCFlashMalta. 
  7. ^ "Meet the hosts". TVM. 22 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Webb, Glen (23 January 2013). "Malta: Semi final running order determined". Eurovision.tv. 
  9. ^ Webb, Glen (2 February 2013). "Malta: 16 songs progress to the Final". Eurovision.tv. 
  10. ^ Brey, Marco (2 March 2013). "Gor Sujyan to sing "Lonely Planet" for Armenia". Eurovision.tv. 
  11. ^ Siim, Jarmo (17 January 2013). "Draw results: Who's in which Semi-Final?". Eurovision.tv. 
  12. ^ Siim, Jarmo (28 March 2013). "Eurovision 2013: Semi-Final running order revealed". Eurovision.tv. 
  13. ^ Mulhall, Garrett (26 March 2013). "INTERVIEW – We Meet Gianluca who will represent Malta at Eurovision 2013 with *Tomorrow”". eurovisionireland. 
  14. ^ Leon, Jakov (16 May 2013). "We have ten more finalists!". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  15. ^ a b c "Eurovision Song Contest 2013 Semi-Final (2)". Eurovision.tv. 18 May 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  16. ^ Brey, Marco (16 May 2013). "Second Semi-Final Winners' Press Conference". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  17. ^ Storvik-Green, Simon (17 May 2013). "Running order for the Grand Final revealed". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 

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