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.
Mary Spiteri – Little Child
In 1992, Malta selected Mary Spiteri and her song “Little Child” to sent in Malmö. The song was entirely in English and it was composed by Georgina Abela. The lyrics were written by Raymond Mahoney and conductor of the live performance was Paul Abela. At the final, Mary placed 3rd with 123 points.
Mary Spiteri was born on October 25, 1947, in Naxxar, Malta. She is a singer and television personality. Mary is a fan of Eurovision, having participated in the Maltese national final a couple of times. Both in 1971 and 1975 she tried unsuccessfully to sing for Malta. In 1992, she won the national final and thus sing in Malmö reaching the 3rd place. Mary has also attempted to participate again in the contest (1995, 1997, 2007 and 2008).
Malta in the Eurovision 🇲🇹
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!
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