Country Of The Month: Malta Part-2!

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Introduction

We continue our series of articles “Country Of The Month” with Malta. In a period of five weeks, we are going to remind you of the best entries of Malta. Note: we selected the entries not by their place in their final, but by their impact on the fans.

Chiara – Angel

In 2005, Malta selected Chiara and her song “Angel” to sent in Kyiv. The song was entirely in English and it was composed Chiara Siracusa herself. At the final, Chiara placed 2nd with 192 points.

Chiara

Chiara Siracusa or simply Chiara was born on September 25, 1976 in Senglea, Malta. Her career started in 1998, when she won the Maltese national final for Eurovision. Her song “The One That Love” earned 167 points and placed 3rd. Following her success, she entered the national final again in 2005. Her ballad “Angel” won the national final and placed 2nd at Eurovision with 192 points. Her third attempt was in 2009. Once again Chiara won the national final with the song “What If We” and placed 22nd with 31 points at the final of the contest. Throughout the years, she has presented the Maltese national final and she has also given the countries point at the final of the 2010 Eurovision.


Malta in the Eurovision
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Malta debuted in the contest in 1971. Since then, the country has participated 33 times. Malta withdrew after its second attempt and returned in the 1975 contest only to withdrew again due to bad palcings. Since 1991, the country has never missed the contest and its actually among the three countries that didn’t get forced to withdraw the contest in the ’90s, due to rules of the contest.

The country has failed to qualify seven times for the final – 2007-2008, 2010-2011, 2015, 2017-2018. Both in 1971 and 1972 the country placed last in the final, but it wasn’t until 2006, when the county placed last with just 1 point. In the semifinals the country has never placed last. In 2007, Malta placed 25th in the semifinal (yes, that year the semifinal was long!), making it the worst place of the country.

Malta has never won the contest but has reached the 2nd place two times (2002, 2005) and on 12 more occasions, it has reached the Top-10. It is noteworthy, that Malta has sent two times a Maltese-language song (1971, 1972) and one more an English-language song with some Maltese phrases. All the other entries of the country are in English. The Mediterranean country has two official languages Maltese and English. Therefore, even when the rest of Europe could not send English songs due to the Eurovision rules at the time, Malta could!

What do you think about the song? Do you like it? Do you think it is one of the most memorable entries from Malta? Let us know in the comment box below.

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