Marija l-Maltija

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Malta "Marija l-Maltija"
Eurovision Song Contest 1971 entry
Country Malta
Artist(s) Joe Grech
Language Maltese
Composer(s) Joe Grech
Lyricist(s) Charles Mifsud
Conductor Anthony Chircop
Finals performance
Final result 18th
Final points 52
Appearance chronology
"L-imħabba" (1972) ►

"Marija l-Maltija" ("Maria the Maltese Lass", "Mary the Maltese Girl" or "The Maltese Maria") was the Maltese entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1971, performed in Maltese by Joe Grech. This was Malta's debut Eurovision entry and consequently the first time that the Maltese language or any other Semitic language was heard at the Contest.

The song is an up-tempo number, with Grech describing his feelings as he waits at the main bus terminal in Valletta for his lover to arrive. He also describes the girl, who he declares is very worthy of being named "The Maltese Maria".

The song was performed second on the night, following Austria's Marianne Mendt with "Musik" and preceding Monaco's Séverine with "Un banc, un arbre, une rue". At the close of voting, it had received 52 points, placing 18th (last) in a field of 18. The abnormally high score by modern standards for a last-place finish is due to the voting system in place at the time, whereby all songs were guaranteed at least 34 points.

It was succeeded as Maltese representative at the 1972 contest by Helen & Joseph with "L-imħabba".

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