With X Factor auditions are already underway to select Malta’s representative for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest, it’s time for PBS to switch focus back to the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The Maltese broadcaster will host the Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest national final on September 8th and the competing artists have been revealed!
The sixteen entries for the 2018 Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest are as follows:
- Aiden Aquilina Cohen – Wherever You Go
- Albert-Lauren Agius – Paper Boats
- Ela Mangion – Marchin’ On
- Eliana Gomez Blanco – Music Takes Control
- Giorgia Borg – 10
- Isaac Spiteri – Bonfire Nights
- Jahel Cardona – Home
- Katryna Borg & Rihana Azzopardi – The Puppet And The Clown
- Kristy Spiteri – Nann
- Kylie Meilak – Crystals
- Lora Grech – Finish Line
- Luana Schembri – No Rest For The Wicked
- Riona Degiorgio – Infinity
- Thea Aquilina – Back To My Freedom
- Yarin Coleiro – Can You Be The One
- Zaira Mifsud – Shout Now
Yes for the first time since 2010, the Maltese national finalists will be singing original songs that they will take to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Minsk in the event of victory.
Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Since their Junior Eurovision comeback in 2013, the small island nation has secured an impressive five consecutive top ten finishes. This, of course, included two victories for Malta. In 2013, Gaia Cauchi won the contest in Kyiv with The Start. Just two years later, Destiny Chukunyere repeated Gaia’s feat, securing victory in Sofia for Malta with Not My Soul. As a result, Malta won the opportunity to host the contest in 2014 and 2016, doing so in Marsa and Valletta respectively.
Last year, Gianluca Cilia was selected to represent his nation. He performed the song Dawra Tond in Tbilisi, written by Dominic Cini and Emil Calleja Bayliss. Gianluca placed ninth in the contest, which included an impressive second-place finish in the online public vote!
Are you looking forward to this year’s Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest national final? Let us know in the comments below!