Valletta, 20th January 2016
Two great nights to get together with your Eurovision family and friends. This Friday and Saturday, the semi-final and final of the Maltese selection for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.
One hundred and fifty three submissions received in October, short-listed to forty-nine in the beginning of December and narrowed down to twenty for the semi-final.
So what’s next? Just two days to go, two spectacular nights to remember and twenty live songs. Nineteen singers will take the stage on Friday with the hope to be one of the fourteen artists that will pass to the final phase.
Six judges and Televoting will decide who will win the ticket to represent our islands in the forthcoming edition of the #EurovisionSongContest to be held in Sweden in May.
But what else is in store besides the nineteen hopefuls?
Amber, the winner of the 2015 Malta Eurovision will open the contest on Friday evening with her winning song Warrior.
The local pop rock-indie band The Crowns and the sister duo Bettina and Philippa from The New Victorians together with their band will perform during the interval on Friday.
The Maltese Queen of Soul and winner of the 2015 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Destiny Chukunyere will open the final on Saturday night. She will also perform a number of cover versions during the interval.
While the finalists will be biting their nails waiting impatiently for the results, Amber together with her dance troupe Southville Dancers, will return to entertain the crowd with her latest pop jazz songs from her upcoming debut album.
The rehearsals of the opening of the shows and the interval acts will take place on Thursday morning at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta.
You can watch the #MaltaEurovision semi-final and final on TVM on Friday and Saturday respectively at 20:45 CET. Both shows will be streamed live at www.tvm.com.mt/live
A webcast of the final will also be available at www.eurovision.tv
Report: Daniel d’Anastasi