Best of the Bunch: The Trials – Malta

Through our Best of the Bunch series, we gave a recap on the Eurovision entries from 2006 to 2015 and gave you the opportunity to choose your Best of the Bunch. As you may remember, the current Best of the Bunch winners were put into our ‘Ultimate Eurovision’ but it’s time to see which of the latest three entries have remained as your favourites! In our Best of the Bunch: The Trials series, we are going to recap the entries from a certain nation starting with 2016 and continuing through to the latest Eurovision season of 2018. Your job is to simply enjoy the music, and vote for your Best of the Bunch winner!

Today we are taking a closer look at Malta who first made their debut in 1971, however started to consistently participate in 1991 and since then have not missed a single edition of the contest. Despite a fairly long history at the contest, they are yet to win Eurovision however have come close various times. In more recent years, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for Malta and today we will be discussing the entries between 2016 and 2018.

Malta 2016

It hadn’t been all bad news for Malta in the years previous, with consistent qualifications from 2012 t0 2014, however in 2015, Malta failed to qualify to the final with Amber and her song Warrior. It was time to bring out the big guns for Eurovision 2016, and after a national final that selected former participant Ira Losco, it was decided that her competing national final songs would be scrapped for something better. It was a controversial choice at the time, since it was assumed that the public would be voting for the Eurovision artist AND song, however doubts were somewhat squashed upon the release of her Eurovision entry Walk on Water. Ira was one of two Maltese representatives to previously finish in 2nd place (back in 2002) but times had changed since then and the competition was fiercer in 2016. All considered, Malta did well having qualified into the final in 3rd place, and then ultimately finishing in 12th place in the final with 153 points.

Malta 2017

Fast forward a year, and it was made quite clear that the song and artist chosen at the national final would be the package to be entered into Eurovision. This was to combat some of the backlash of the previous year, despite Malta qualifying to the final with Ira Losco. With that said, through a national final it was decided that Claudia Faniello would represent Malta (finally) after many attempts over the years. The song that she performed at Eurovision was titled Breathlessly, and although it was a lovely ballad, it just failed to capture the Eurovision audience finishing in 16th place in the semi-final with 55 points.

Malta 2018

That brings us to the latest Maltese entry which once again was chosen through the Maltese Eurovision Song Contest format of national final. It was decided that Christabelle would represent the nation, and much like Claudia the year previous, it took many attempts for Christabelle to make it to Eurovision, but finally she made it. The song she performed was called Taboo and was co-written with Thomas G:son, Muxu and Johnny Sanchez (along with Christabelle) which is a song-writing dream team! Despite the song having a strong message, the performance overshadowed the message of the song and in the end it just wasn’t strong enough to reach the final. It finished in 13th place with 101 points.

So now you’ve seen all three performances, it’s time to vote for your Best of the Bunch!

If you want more Best of the Bunch from Malta, check out our original series:

If you want to check out who made our Ultimate Eurovision, check it out here:

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