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Posted 7 Febuary 2009 at 0:00

A total of 182 songs were originally submitted to the Maltese selction. These were narrowed down to 56 Semi Finalists. These songs were showcased weekly, seven songs at a time over eight weeks from November 2008 through to the beginning of January 2009. During the show which presented the final seven songs in January, the announcement was made as to which 20 songs from the 56 had made the final, and at the same time the following running order of presentation was drawn. 01. Ha Hi Hu - The Elements 02. Kamikaze Lover - Baklava 03. Choose Your Number - J.Anvil 04. Where You Belong - Wayne Micallef 05. Tonight at the Opera - Classic Rebels 06. Promises - Vittorio & Dorothy 07. What If We - Chiara 08. One Million Ways - Rosman Pace 09. Before You Walk Away - Q 10. Let It Shine - Kylie Coleiro 11. Where Was I - Jamie Tonna 12. Life Is An Opera - Christine Barbara 13. Someday - Eleanor Cassar 14. Crossroads - Raquela 15. Mama - Miriam Christine 16. Avalon - Georgina & Ruth 17. Typical Me - Alison Ellul 18. The Song in Your Heart - Trilogy 19. Blue Sonata - Claudia Faniello 20. Butterfly Sky - Klinsmann Tonight's show will be held at the Malta Fairs and Convention Centre in Ta Qali and is to be presented by Pablo Micallef and Valerie Vella.After the initial 20 performances an international jury will shortlist their favourite three songs to proceed to a Super Final. It is then the televoting public who will choose the winner from the three superfinalists.

Familiar Faces

Amongst the entrants this year are some artists who have already enjoyed a taste of representing Malta in Europe's favourite TV show. Chiara finished in 3rd place in the 1998 contest in Birmingham, and 2nd place in the 2005 contest in Kyiv. Miriam Christine finished in 10th place in the 1996 contest in Oslo and Georgina Abela (singing tonight with Ruth) finished in 6th place in the 1991 contest in Rome duetting with Paul Giordimaina. Confirmed guests who will attend tonight's show are last years Maltese entrant Morena, 2009 United Kingdom representative Jade Ewen, who will perform her entry My Time and Turkish representative Hadise who will sing her Moscow bound entry Dum Tek Tek. Last year Morena finished in 14th place in the Second Semi Final of the Belgrade contest and therefore did not qualify for the final. Malta will participate in the First Semi Final of the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow on Tuesday May 12th.
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