Malta: The Busker is the winner of MESC 2023 | They will represent the country in Liverpool!

MESC 2023, Malta’s national final for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest, was completed a little while ago. The Busker was the big winner and therefore they will represent the island of knights in Liverpool, with the song Dance (Our Own Party).

The show

The show was hosted by Glen Vella who represented Malta at Eurovision 2011 and Amber who represented Malta in 2012 as a backing singer and as a solo artist in 2015. Guests of the night was country’s last year representative Emma Muscat and Aidan, who didn’t sing his disqualified MESC entry Regina.

The participants

The acts that took part were as follows:

The results

The sixteen entries that qualified from the semi-final were voted by a jury panel and the public televoting, each having an equal say in the result. The winner was the one who at the end of the night got the most combined votes.

The Busker were the winners of the televoting while they were 3rd in the jury’s score.

The winners of MESC can change their winning song in the Eurovision Song Contest, according to the rules of the national final. We have now to wait for The Busker’s decission about the matter. Will they keep Dance for Liverpool or they will bring another song, as Emma Muscat did last year?

Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest

Malta has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 34 times since its debut in 1971. The small mediterranean country has yet to win the contest, but is the only non-winning country to have achieved four top three results. Malta finished last on its first two attempts in 1971 and 1972, and had a 16-year absence from the contest between 1975 and 1991, when it returned. Malta has participated every year since. Malta’s return proved more successful, reaching the top 10 in 12 out of 15 contests from 1991 to 2005, including third-place results for Mary Spiteri (1992) and Chiara (1998) and second-place results for Ira Losco (2002) and Chiara (2005). Since finishing last for the third time in 2006, Malta has struggled to make an impact, having achieved only two top 10 results in recent years: first being Gianluca Bezzina’s eighth-place in 2013, and Destiny Chukunyere’s seventh-place finish in 2021.

Last year Emma Muscat represented the country in Turin. She performed her song I Am What I Am, in the second semi final achieving the 16th place, there she didn’t qualify to the Grand Final.

You can watch the Maltese entry of Eurovision 2023 in the video below:

Do you think The Busker can bring back Malta at the Grand Final?

Stay tuned at Eurovisionfun for all the updates!

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