The nation where legend has it almost 95% of the nation tunes in to watch the Eurovision Song Contest final each year has picked the song it hopes will bring it a longed for win when the 2022 event takes place in Turin, Italy this May.
Emma Muscat triumphed with the song Out Of Sight, after winning both the public and jury vote.
The Malta Song for Europe Contest (revived after a dalliance with X-Factor) saw 22 songs compete through a semi-final and grand final to win the honour of representing the island nation.
Destiny who last year represented Malta in with her song ‘Je Me Casse’ in Rotterdam made a special appearance and told TVMnews she will never forget last year’s experiences and all the excitement it involved.
Emma Muscat will perform in the first half of the second semi-final on May 12.
|Draw||Artist||Song||Juries||Televote / App||Televote / App||Place||Result|
|1||Klara Hammarström||"Run to the Hills"||27||...||56||6||83|
|2||Theoz||"Som du vill"||39||...||26||7||65|
|3||Anna Bergendahl||"Higher Power"||11||...||18||12||29|
|5||Tone Sekelius||"My Way"||31||...||53||5||84|
|6||Anders Bagge||"Bigger than the Universe"||31||...||90||2||121|
|7||Robin Bengtsson||"Innocent Love"||29||...||5||11||34|
|10||Cornelia Jakobs||"Hold Me Closer"||76||...||70||1||146|
|11||Cazzi Opeia||"I Can't Get Enough"||26||...||29||9||55|
|12||Medina||"In i dimman"||53||...||56||3||109|
The show was a huge hit with viewers. More than 160,000 people watched the final live with 26,000 more following the show online. Add in those following through Social Media and the show scored almost 400,000 viewers.
After the 2021 contest, there was an outcry at money spent to try bringing the contest to Valletta. A review was commissioned on behalf of Maltese Prime Minister Carmelo Abela after reports emerged the public broadcaster’s spending went over budget to the tune of over €650,000, and that public funds had been used to place bets on Destiny in order to inflate her odds with bookmakers and make it appear that she was one of the favourites to win.
However, the full extent of the review, which would detail the processes used to determine that there was no wrongdoing and would detail to whom money was paid, has been kept under wraps by the government.