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Watch the Maltese contenders

It was confirmed by PBS that the entry Dress Rehearsal due to be performed by Saska Hunt was withdrawn and has been replaced by Marilena Gauci's Overrated

You can watch 23 of the finalists here on the PBS website, and it is expected that Marilena Gauci's replacement song will be available for viewing there shortly. You can also read more about each participant as full biographies are available.

Familiar names in contention

Kevin Borg won the Swedish Idol competition of 2008, and lives in Sweden presently where he enjoys huge popularity 

2011 runner up in the Maltese final, Richard Edwards has two entries this year, a solo and duet with Petra. Having lost out narrowly to Glen Vella he will be hoping for better fortunes in 2013

Claudia Faniello lost out narrowly as runner up to Kurt Calleja in 2012, and is back with one of her own compositions and a new different sound, hoping to push for the winning spot

Amber finished in third place behind Kurt Calleja and Claudia Faniello in 2012, but was drafted in to be part of Kurt's team for the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku. She returns as a soloist in 2013 hoping that her experiences in Baku will serve her well

The Maltese national selection process will take place on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd February with the winner of the event going on to represent Malta in the 2013 edition of Europe's Favourite TV Show in Malmö.