MESC 2014: Regulations Officially Published by PBSWritten by Marc Calleja Bayliss
In an interview with TVPM, upon his return from this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Anton Attard who acts as the Chief Executive Officer at the Public Broadcasting Services and the Head of Delegation revealed that Malta would return to the competition in Denmark. Indeed, the rules and regulations for the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest have just been revealed to all through the evening news bulletin on Television Malta, which happens to be the most effecting broadcasting organ in the country.
At the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Gianluca was triumphant on his debut with the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. Despite only coming in second with the general public vote, he managed to win the jury vote and it was the right call as the entry finished in eighth (8th) place, Malta's best result internationally for eight (8) years. Malta has a rich history at the Eurovision Song Contest managing to reach the top ten for eight consecutive years between 1991 and 1998, and again for another three years between 2000 and 2002, recording successful results with Chiara and her entry The One That I Love in 1998 as well as Ira Losco and her song 7th Wonder in 2002. The nation managed another high result in 2005 as the balladeer Chiara returned for a second time with her self-penned entry Angel finishing as the first runner-up.
It has been revealed that instead of the typical twenty-four (24) semi-finalists, there will be twenty (20) on this occasion whilst the final is set to comprise of fourteen (14) finalists rather than the typical sixteen (16). Songwriters can be either local or foreign but it is imperative that the artists are Maltese or carry a Maltese Citizenship. One of the rules which has been dropped by the Public Broadcasting Services is that former representatives of the past three years could not submit entries with only Gianluca, as the last winner being unable to submit any original songs. Entries will be received by the Public Broadcasting Services till the end of October at the Creativity Hub in Gwardamangia against a payment of €150. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.
Source: Public Broadcasting Services