Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest

Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest
Member station PBS
National selection events Malta Song for Europe
Appearances 24
First appearance 1971
Best result 2nd: 2002, 2005
Worst result Last: 1971, 1972, 2006
External links
Malta's page at

Malta has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest since 1971. At first the island state sent songs in its native language, Maltese, but it failed to rank highly, and withdrew after the 1975 contest. Since its return in 1991, however, it has achieved eight top ten placings in a row, including second place finishes in 2002 and 2005. In recent years, however, Malta's fortunes in the Contest have changed, coming last in the 2006 contest and failing to qualify for the 2007, 2008 and 2010 finals. In 2011 they also didn't qualify to the final being placed 11th, only one point behind Switzerland.

Despite its mixed fortunes, Malta is the most successful country never to have won the contest, having come 2nd twice (2002 and 2005) and 3rd twice (1992 and 1998) with singers including Chiara and Ira Losco.

Chiara has represented Malta the most number of times. Her first participation came in 1998, performing "The One That I Love", which came third. She returned to Eurovision in 2005, performing her self-written song "Angel", giving her second place after Greece's Elena Paparizou. She returned to Eurovision once again in 2009 with "What If We", composed by Belgian songwriters Marc Paelinck and Gregory Bilsen, which placed only 22nd, with 31 points received.[1][2] Fabrizio Faniello is the only other artist to represent Malta multiple times at Eurovision, having come ninth in 2001 with "Another Summer Night", as well as coming last in 2006 with "I Do".

Together with Croatia, France, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Malta is one of the few countries that has not missed a contest since 1991. Malta generally uses English as the language in which the songs are performed. As from 1991, Malta returned to the contest after an absence of 16 years.

The Maltese broadcasters of the show are the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS). All shows are transmitted live on TVM (Malta) and Radio Malta.

Julie and Ludwig performing "On Again... Off Again" at Istanbul (2004)
Chiara performing "Angel" at Kiev (2005)
Olivia Lewis performing "Vertigo" at Helsinki (2007)
Morena performing "Vodka" at Belgrade (2008)



Year Artist Song Title Final Semi Points
1971 Joe Grech "Marija l-Maltija" 18 52
1972 Helen and Joseph "L-imħabba" 18 48
1975 Renato "Singing This Song" 12 32
1991 Paul Giordimaina and Georgina "Could It Be" 6 106
1992 Mary Spiteri "Little Child" 3 123
1993 William Mangion "This Time" 8 69
1994 Chris and Moira "More Than Love" 5 97
1995 Mike Spiteri "Keep Me In Mind" 10 76
1996 Miriam Christine "In a Woman's Heart" 10 68
1997 Debbie Scerri "Let Me Fly" 9 66
1998 Chiara "The One That I Love" 3 165
1999 Times Three "Believe 'n Peace" 15 32
2000 Claudette Pace "Desire" 8 73
2001 Fabrizio Faniello "Another Summer Night" 9 48
2002 Ira Losco "7th Wonder" 2 164
2003 Lynn Chircop "To Dream Again" 25 4
2004 Julie and Ludwig "On Again... Off Again" 12 50 8 74
2005 Chiara "Angel" 2 192 X X
2006 Fabrizio Faniello "I Do" 24 1 X X
2007 Olivia Lewis "Vertigo" X X 25 15
2008 Morena "Vodka" X X 14 38
2009 Chiara "What If We" 22 31 6 86
2010 Thea Garrett "My Dream" X X 12 45
2011 Glen Vella "One Life" X X 11 54

Voting history (1975-2011)

Malta has given the most points to:

Rank Country Points
1  United Kingdom 106
2  Greece 81
3  Sweden 77
4  Ireland 74
5  Croatia 62

Malta has received the most points from:

Rank Country Points
1  Ireland 84
2  Croatia 82
3  Turkey 76
4  United Kingdom 72
5  Spain 70

NOTE: The totals in the above tables include only points awarded in Eurovision finals, and not the semi-finals since 2004.

Since introducing the semi-finals in 2004

Malta has given the most points to...

Rank Country Points
1  Greece 48
2  Sweden 43
3  United Kingdom 40
4  Denmark 35
 Switzerland 35
5  Ukraine 32

Malta has received the most points from...

Rank Country Points
1  Albania 33
2  United Kingdom 27
3  Ireland 21
 Israel 21
4  Iceland 18
 Denmark 18
 Latvia 18

NOTE: The tables with points from 2004 include points awarded in both finals and semi-finals where the highest point from the final/semi-final is picked.


  1. ^ Klier, Marcus (2009-02-08). "Malta: Eurovision entrant chosen". ESCToday. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  2. ^ Sanz Martin, Jorge (2009-02-08). "Malta: Chiara bids in Eurovision 2009 for third time". Oikotimes. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 

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