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Malta's Christabelle set to break taboos at Eurovision 2018

04 February 2018 at 00:21 CET
Christabelle will represent Malta in Eurovision 2018 PBS Malta
Christabelle has won the Maltese national selection for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'Taboo'. The winner was decided by a combination of public and jury votes.

Malta's Christabelle will follow in the footsteps of Claudia Faniello and represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest. The Maltese national selection, Malta Eurovision Song Contest, was held at the Malta Fairs and Convention Centre. 

The participants

In total 16 acts participated in the 2018 selection in Malta: 

  • Dai Laga - Aidan
  • We Can Run - Avenue Aky
  • Heart Of Gold - Brooke Borg
  • Taboo - Christabelle Borg
  • One Step At A Time - Danica Muscat
  • Turn It Up - Deborah C
  • Back to Life - Eleanor Cassar
  • Supernovas - Jasmine Abela
  • Love Renegade - Lawrence Gray
  • Call 2morrow - Matthew Anthony
  • Breaking Point - Mikhail Attard and Cherylis Camilleri
  • Rocket - Miriana Conte
  • Evolution - Petra
  • Beyond Blue Horizons - Rhiannon Micallef
  • Song For Dad - Richard & Joe Micallef
  • First Time - Tiziana Calleja

May we have your results please?

Prior to the announcement of the results, Claudia Faniello, who represented Malta at Eurovision in 2017, performed a variety of her songs. The singer finally got the chance to represent her country in the Eurovision Song Contest after participating in the national selection for several years. 

Gianluca Cilia who represented Malta in Junior Eurovision 2017 also performed during the evening.

During the voting Christabelle took an early lead from the international jury. Prior to the announcement of the public vote, Brooke Borg was in second place with Aidan in third. 

The night belonged to Christabelle's Taboo though, which was eventually declared as the public's choice and will be the Maltese Eurovision entry in Lisbon.

Richard & Joe Micallef finished second in the public vote with Song For Dad. Joe represented Malta in Eurovision in 2014 as part of the group Firelight with Coming Home

Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest

Malta first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1971 and has participated every year since 1991. The country has finished in the top three on four occasions but has yet to win the Eurovision Song Contest. 

In Junior Eurovision, the country is more successful and has won the competition twice, in 2013 and 2015 respectively. Last year Claudia Faniello became the 30th Maltese representative at Eurovision.