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Sarah Bonnici heads from Malta to Malmö

04 February 2024 at 00:32 CET
Sarah Bonnici will represent Malta in Malmö
Malta will send Sarah Bonnici to Malmö with the song 'Loop'.

It started way back in October 2023. But on Saturday 3 February, the 2024 Malta Eurovision Song Contest finally came to its exciting conclusion.

Sarah Bonnici will now have the honour of representing Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, with the song Loop winning her national final with 102 points.

Victory came after a field of 12 songs were performed on the night in Valetta. Voting was done via a mix of viewers and experts. The Maltese public decided 50% of the vote, while an appointed jury's scores made up the other 50%. 

Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest

Malta joined the Eurovision Song Contest in 1971. Under the previous rules of the contest, Malta was permitted to sing in English as it is one of the official languages of the country.

After Malta's debut in 1971, the country withdrew from the competition after 1975 but returned again in 1991 and has participated every year since.

Malta finished third behind the UK and Ireland in 1992 and did so again in 1998, despite very nearly winning the Contest in one of the closest voting sequences we've seen. Chiara represented Malta that year with the song The One That I Love.

In 2002, Ira Losco finished second for Malta with the song 7th Wonder; a record equalled by Chiara when she returned with the song Angel in 2005. Chiara participated in the Eurovision Song Contest for a third time in 2009, taking Malta to the Grand Final once again.

While the country has yet to win the Eurovision Song Contest, Malta is one of the most successful countries in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, having won the competition twice, in 2013 and 2015. They hosted the event in both 2014 and 2016.

The Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Malmö, Sweden on Tuesday 7 May (First Semi-Final), Thursday 9 May (Second Semi-Final) and Saturday 11 May (Grand Final) 2024.

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