Glen Vella won the 2011 Maltese national selection with the song One Life, and only narrowly missed out on qualifying for the Final of Europe's Favourite TV Show by a solitary point.
In 2012, Malta are aiming to reach the Final for the first time since 2009, and a brief summary of the rules are as follows :
Three phases for selection
Phase 1 will involve the submission of entries by CD to the organisers, a jury will decide which songs progress to phase 2. There is no limit on the number of songs which can progress. The closing date for submissions will be 21st October 2011.
Phase 2 will comprise of all of the songs which made it from phase 1 being performed live in front of the jury panel. The panel will select the 24 songs which will contest the final phase.
Phase 3 will see 24 songs whittled down to 16 in a semi final show on 27th January. The final 16 songs will be performed in the national final on 28th January, where the winner will be selected by a mix of jury and televoting.
The composers, authors and singers of the winning song will receive prize money totalling 7500 Euros, with the runners up receiving 5000 Euros and third place 2500 Euros.