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Malta
Malta

Capital city Valletta
Population 402,000
Area 316 km²
Internet TLD mt
Member station PBS
National selection events Malta Song for Europe
Appearances
Appearances 25
First appearance 1971
Best result 2nd: 2002,2005
Worst result Last: 1971,1972,2006

History
Malta has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest since 1971. At first the island state sent songs in its native language, Maltese, but it failed to rank highly, and withdrew after the 1975 contest. Since its return in 1991, however, it has achieved eight top ten placings in a row, including second place finishes in 2002 and 2005. In recent years, however, Malta’s fortunes in the Contest have changed, coming last in the 2006 contest and failing to qualify for the 2007, 2008 and 2010 finals. In 2011 they also didn’t qualify to the final being placed 11th, only one point behind Switzerland.
Despite its mixed fortunes, Malta is the most successful country never to have won the contest, having come 2nd twice (2002 and 2005) and 3rd twice (1992 and 1998) with singers including Chiara and Ira Losco.
Together with Croatia, France, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, Malta is one of the few countries that has not missed a contest since 1991.

1971


“Marija l-Maltija” (“Maria the Maltese Lass”, “Mary the Maltese Girl” or “The Maltese Maria”) was the Maltese entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1971, performed in Maltese by Joe Grech. This was Malta’s debut Eurovision entry and consequently the first time that the Maltese language or any other Semitic language was heard at the Contest.
At the close of voting, it had received 52 points, placing 18th (last) in a field of 18. The abnormally high score by modern standards for a last-place finish is due to the voting system in place at the time, whereby all songs were guaranteed at least 34 points.

lyrics
The Maltese Maria
Can’t wait for the alarm clock to go round
I’m waiting for the time to pass
Full of hope, I’ll be waiting for you
Next to the fountain at Putirjal
So that my mind will be at ease
You’ll fill my heart with joy
Fortune made you come my way
Sweet destiny

Maria, Maria, Mary
For everyone your name means happiness
Maria, Maria, Mary
You’re like the roses that fill a garden with sweet smells

The colour of your cheeks is as red as fire
From heaven above
The angels brought two big stars
Blue, blue are your beautiful eyes
A peaceful smile
So worthy to be called Malta
The Maltese Maria

Can’t wait for the alarm clock to go round
I’m waiting for the time to pass
Full of hope, I’ll be waiting for you
Next to the fountain at Putirjal
So that my mind will be at ease
You’ll fill my heart with joy
Fortune made you come my way
Sweet destiny

Maria, Maria, Mary
For everyone your name means happiness
Maria, Maria, Mary
You’re like the roses that fill a garden with sweet smells

The colour of your cheeks is as red as fire
From heaven above
The angels brought two big stars
Blue, blue are your beautiful eyes
A peaceful smile
So worthy to be called Malta
The Maltese Maria

The Maltese Maria

1972


“L-imħabba” (English translation: “Love”) was the Maltese entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1972, performed in Maltese by Helen & Joseph.
he song was performed ninth on the night (following Switzerland’s Véronique Müller with “C’Est La Chanson De Mon Amour” and preceding Finland’s Päivi Paunu & Kim Floor with “Muistathan”). At the close of voting, it had received 48 points, placing 18th (last) in a field of 18. The abnormally high last-place score by contemporary standards is due to the voting system in place at the time, which guaranteed all songs at least 34 points.

lyrics
Love
I searched for wise men, philosophers and poets
So I could ask them this question:
“What is youth’s big love?”
I felt the answer in my heart

Love is a kiss, a kiss, a kiss
Something that touches your heart and they call it ‘kiss’
Love is a kiss as sweet as sugar
That is pushed by the lips while the eyes are shut

And while the heart beats with enthusiasm
And feels the veins burn with fire
Whether it’s given straight or it’s stolen
In the middle of the night, in the harshest of the day

I went to find the freaks, Hell’s Angels
And the hippies and I also asked them my question
I always got the same answer from them
And then in the words of all these I came to:

Love is a kiss, a kiss, a kiss
Something that touches your heart and they call it ‘kiss’
Love is a kiss as sweet as sugar
That is pushed by the lips while the eyes are shut

And while the heart beats with enthusiasm
And feels the veins burn with fire
Whether it’s given straight or it’s stolen
In the middle of the night, in the harshest of the day

Love is a kiss, a kiss, a kiss
Something that touches your heart and they call it ‘kiss’
Love is a kiss as sweet as sugar
That is pushed by the lips while the eyes are shut

The Italians and also the Spanish
The German, English and Maltese
I asked them all what they understood under ‘love’
And their answer is this:

Love is a kiss, a kiss and a kiss

1975


“Singing This Song” was the Maltese entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1975, performed in English (the first occasion on which the Maltese entry had not featured any lyrics in Maltese) by Renato.The song is an up-tempo number, with Renato urging his listeners not to worry if bad things happen to them, but rather to “Join in singing this song”.
The song was performed tenth on the night (following the United Kingdom’s The Shadows with “Let Me Be the One” and preceding Belgium’s Ann Christy with “Gelukkig zijn”). At the close of voting, it had received 32 points, placing 12th in a field of 19.

lyrics

Singing this song
If things shouldn’t go right, your stars are not twinkling so bright
Don’t cry, for what’s the use to be counting your blues?
Just say you had a date and your friend turned out to be late
Cheer up, think it’s a boon, go on, whistle a tune

Nothing will change what had to be done, it just happened to be
Pack your troubles and make fun, you’ll enjoy it, you’ll see

So do listen to me, whatever your trouble may be
Join in and come along with a smile and a song

It’s good to understand that the world is not at its end
Forget what beats you inside, keep it out of your mind

Nothing will change what had to be done, it just happened to be
Pack your troubles and make fun, you’ll enjoy it, you’ll see

Sure love not to be hurt, we were born to live on this Earth
So when something goes wrong, join in singing this song

Sure love not to be hurt, we were born to live on this Earth
So when something goes wrong, join in singing this song

Join in singing this song

1991


“Could it be” was the Maltese entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1991, performed in English by Georgina & Paul Giordimaina. This was Malta’s return to the Contest after having withdrawn following the Eurovision Song Contest 1975.
The song was performed third on the night (following Iceland’s Stefán & Eyfi with “Draumur um Nínu” and preceding Greece’s Sophia Vossou with “I Anixi”). At the close of voting, it had received 106 points, placing 6th in a field of 22, Malta’s best result by far at the time.

lyrics
Could it be
Shadows fall, it’s so lonely waiting here
There’s a garden bare out there, where songbirds sing no more
No golden stardust shining and no lining on the cloud
Could it be you and me have found our rainbow’s end?

Autumn leaves falling softly all around
There ain’t but a single sound of voices I once knew
No silver star to follow and no moon to light the way
Could it be you and me are playing ‘let’s pretend’?

Won’t you just call me?
If I’m to blame at all, I’ll say I’m sorry
It’s useless standing tall, I’m longing for your touch
I’m waiting for a love I knew so well
So well

Winter cold, and the wind blows through my hair
Deep inside you know I care, no matter what’s in store
Our lines of love ain’t rhyming and the rhythm is all gone
Could it be you and me can’t say we’re on the mend?
Let’s pretend

Won’t you just call me?
If I’m to blame at all, I’ll say I’m sorry
It’s useless standing tall, I’m longing for your touch
I’m waiting for a love I knew so well
Oo yeah…

Whoa whoa… won’t you just call me?
That’s all I need to hear to ease the worry
I’ll kiss each lonely tear, to me you mean so much
God knows I speak the truth and time will tell

Oo…

1992


Malta continued their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest, entering the Eurovision Song Contest 1992 in Malmö, Sweden. The Maltese entry was Mary Spiteri with the song “Little Child”, which came third at Eurovision, receiving 123 points.
The Maltese broadcaster, Public Broadcasting Services (PBS), held a national final, Malta Song for Europe 1992, to select their entry for Malta. The contest was held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta on 14 March, hosted by Charles Saliba and Anna Bonanno.
“Little Child”, this time solely in English, was performed 10th on the night of the contest, following Cyprus and preceding Iceland. Spiteri came 3rd in the contest with 123 points, receiving 4 12 points, more than the eventual winner Ireland.

lyrics
Little child
Little child, your look – it pains me
It’s an answer your eyes seek
Can’t you see what shadow of a soul
I’ve come to be tired of the scene

Little child, come sit beside me
It’s so much I have to say
Stay as free as high winds on the seas
No destiny bringin’ lonely tears

Smile, live today, and leave the past behind
Live it up day by day, and surely you may find
That both sorrow and tomorrow
Aren’t worth a thought or two
Look at me and teach me to live again

Little child, your look elates me
It’s an answer your eyes give
Now, you see, I’m on the road again
I’m bringin’ out what child there’s in me

Smile, live today, and leave the past behind
Live it up day by day, and surely you may find
That both sorrow and tomorrow
Aren’t worth a thought or two
Look at me and teach me to live again
Live again

Sing, live today, this moment can’t endure
Oh… let us reach for the stars – we’ll make it, I’m that sure
Be it sadness, be it gladness, we can start it all anew
Look at me, look at me, and the sun comes shining through

1993


Malta took part at the Eurovision Song Contest 1993 in Millstreet, Ireland. Their entry was singer William Mangion with the song “This Time”.
A national final was held to select the Maltese entry, held on 13 March 1993, and hosted by John Demanuele & Marija Bugeja.
William Mangion performed 8th on the night of the contest, following Belgium and preceding Iceland. At the close of the voting the song had received 66 points, placing 8th of 25.

lyrics

This time
Oo baby, when I’m alone with you, you show your love for me
I beleived that our love was for real, but I knew it was too good to be true

Oh baby, baby, when I found out that you were foolin’ around with my heart
It hurt so much, pain unexplained
How could you do it? – I thought I found love

This time I’m gonna stand on my own
I said, now, baby, this time I won’t be missin’ you at all
No, no, now, baby, this time I’ll be strong, I won’t fall in love again

You thought I was usin’ your love, wastin’ all your time, that’s where you were wrong
Oh baby, baby, when I found out that you went wrong with foolin’ around with my little heart
It hurt so much, pain unexplained
How could you do it when I thought I found love?

This time I’m gonna stand on my own
Said, now, baby, this time I won’t be missin’ you at all
No, no, now, baby, baby, I’ll be strong, I’ll be strong, yeah
(This time)
This time I won’t be needin’ your lovin’ for me, baby
Baby, babe, baby, I’m gettin’ by
This time I’ll be strong, I won’t fall in love again

1994


Chris & Moira is a famous Maltese duo, formed by Moira Stafrace and Christopher Scicluna. They are best known for representing Malta in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest.
In 1993, Moira was a backing vocalist for entrant William Mangion, and Chris was on stage, playing the guitar. He was also the composer of the song, entitled This Time. The song was a hit and achieved 8th place among the 25 participants.
In 1994 Moira wrote the lyrics and Chris composed the music for the song More than Love, which represented their country at the contest in Dublin. They gave an excellent performance and they ranked 5th with 97 points – one of the best results for Malta.
In 1999 the duo returned to Eurovision, this time writing a song entitled Believe ‘n Peace for the girlband Times Three. The leading singer of the group was Moira’s sister. Both Chris and Moira were on stage as backing vocals, but the three girls failed to secure votes. They ranked 16th overall and many referred to the entry as a “total flop”.

lyrics
More than love
Swiftly movin’ on
The days I see
Often ask myself
What I really wanna be

To dream of an aim
To reach it with fame
Not easy to say
There’s will, there’s a way

More than love
What music gives to me
Body and soul
Live in reality

Glistening on a star
Of promises and dreams
Some take me for a laugh
But they don’t know what it means

To tell you the truth
I’ll never change my youth
Not easy to say
There’s will, there’s a way

More than love
What music gives to me
Body and soul
Livin’ in harmony

More than love
(Please, God, hear me now)
What music gives to me
(You gotta help me, you gotta help me)
Body and soul
Live in reality
(Ho, ho)

More than love
(Please, God)
What music gives to me
(You gotta help me, yeah)
Body and soul
There for eternity

This life is what I own
Gotta make it through
I’m liftin’ up my heart
And I’m givin’ it to you

1995


“Keep Me In Mind” was the Maltese entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1995, performed in English by Mike Spiteri.The song was performed twenty-second on the night (following Israel’s Liora with “Amen” and preceding Greece’s Elina Konstantopoulou with “Pia Prosefhi”). At the close of voting, it had received 76 points, placing 10th in a field of 23.

lyrics

Keep me in mind

That old feeling
Dreams we shared together
Are just fragments of the past

There’s a silence
Shades of stormy weather
Was our love too good to last?

Light a candle, sing a song
Look for rainbows
There’s nothing wrong
Every night I cry my heart out
‘Cause we’re driftin’ apart, now I know

Keep me in mind
When you’re all alone
Dial my number
I’ll wait by the phone

We’ll have tomorrow
And sweet dreams to follow
Hold me forever
So keep me in mind, love
‘Cause you’re in my heart

A sweet memory
From a world of laughter
Brings back echoes
Night and day

Light a candle, sing a song
Look for a rainbow
There’s nothing wrong
Every night I cry my heart out
‘Cause we’re driftin’ apart, now I know

Keep me in mind
When you’re all alone
Dial my number
I’ll wait by the phone

Send me some lovin’
And take me to heaven
Put love on the line
Just make it known that you’re mine

Keep me in mind
When dark shadows fall
Don’t go to strangers
I’m there when you call
We’ll have tomorrow
And sweet dreams to follow
Hold me forever
So keep me in mind, love
‘Cause you’re in my heart
(‘Cause you’re in my heart)
‘Cause you’re in my heart
(‘Cause you’re in my heart)
‘Cause you’re in my heart

1996


“In A Woman’s Heart” was the Maltese entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1996, performed in English by Miriam Christine.The song was performed sixth on the night, following Cyprus’ Constantinos with “Mono Yia Mas” and preceding Croatia’s Maja Blagdan with “Sveta ljubav”. At the close of voting, it had received 68 points, placing 10th in a field of 23.

lyrics

In a woman’s heart
Like a circle goin’ round in my mind
Forever searchin’ an answer I can’t find
Strange attraction – man, you weave it so well
Pure fascination, I’m under your spell

Here I go again ignoring my senses
Nothing stops this love, and only a fool will tell

In a woman’s heart, a dream is for life any day
In a woman’s heart, together’s an evening prayer
As I think of you, I’m wonderin’ what halved us apart
There you go again forsakin’ a woman’s heart

Once you promised, seemed so true and sincere
Like rhymin’ verses, sweet words rang in my ear
It ain’t easy on tough moments like these
No pride can save me, I’m down on my knees

I can’t free myself, I wasted my chances
Knockin’ on your door, just let me in, hear my plea

In a woman’s heart, a dream is for life any day
In a woman’s heart, together’s an evening prayer
As I think of you, I’m hopin’ once more for a start
Every now and then you’re breakin’ a woman’s heart

‘Cause I know you’re leavin’
(I know you’re leavin’)
Mmm, out of a woman’s heart
Just keep right on heavin’
Beatin’ for love that fell apart
Woman’s heart

Ooh, whooh
There you go again
Woman’s heart

In a woman’s heart, a dream is for life any day
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
(In a woman’s heart)
As I think of you, I’m hopin’ once more for a start
Every now and then you’re breakin’ a woman’s heart, heart, heart
(In a woman’s heart)
Woman, woman
(In a woman’s heart)
Woman’s heart

1997


“Let Me Fly” was the Maltese entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1997, performed in English by Debbie Scerri.At the close of voting, it had received 66 points, placing 9th in a field of 25.

lyrics
Let me fly
Each time I hear the music play
It makes me feel that way
The memories we once shared
Come back inside me

And when I hear that same old song
Throughout the whole night long
The pains that we’ve been through
All fade away

Let me fly and I will reach way up high
I will climb the steps that lead to the sky
Where the clouds caress your face with my tears
Let me try – I can fly

Let me hear the songs that I never played
I will find the keys that open the gate
Of my dreams, which light the flame in my life
If they die, I can’t fly

Hahah, hahahah
Hahah, hahah, hahah

And when the music stops to play
The thrill soon fades away
Dark shadows from the past
Will haunt my day

Let me fly and I will reach way up high
I will climb the steps that lead to the sky
Where the clouds caress your face with my tears
Let me try – I can fly

Let me hear the songs that I never played
I will find the keys that open the gate
Of my dreams, which light the flame in my life
If they die, I can’t fly

Till I die, let me fly

1998


“The One That I Love” was the Maltese entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1998, performed in English by Chiara.
The song is a ballad, with Chiara telling her lover how she feels about him.The song was performed tenth on the night, following Germany’s Guildo Horn with “Guildo hat euch lieb!” and preceding Hungary’s Charlie with “A holnap már nem lesz szomorú”. At the close of voting, it had received 165 points, placing 3rd in a field of 25. This was Malta’s best result at the Eurovision Song Contest, as the score was higher than Mary Spiteri’s 123 points in 1992 with “Little Child”, which had also placed 3rd.

lyrics
The one that I love
Such a lovely night, when the stars are shining bright
And you’re near, we’re all alone, ’cause I long for you so much
I never felt this way, not before
You turn on my mind more and more

I think that I’m in love and you mean so much to me
I think I love you so, I’ll never let you go
This must be love
Up there we seem to flow, I’m certain and now I know
For me, yes, you’re just the one
The one that I love

Such a lovely sight, when the colours shine so bright
And you’re near, we’re all alone, and I feel so warm inside
I never felt this way all my life
You came like spring sunshine, gave me life

I think that I’m in love and you mean so much to me
I think I love you so, I’ll never let you go
This must be love
Up there we seem to flow, I’m certain and now I know
For me, yes, you’re just the one
The one that I love

For me, yes, you’re just the one
The one that I love

1999


For the Eurovision Song Contest 1999, Malta entered Believe n peace, performed by Times Three. The song received 32 points, finishing 15th.
On 19 and February 20, the Maltese final was held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta, and was hosted by Mariella Scerri and Joseph Chetcuti.

lyrics

Believe ‘n peace
Take it, use it
Make me, prove it
However it might sound
I’m still the one
Who sticks around
When you’re shut down
To the ground
Out on the run

Take me as I am
I’m here for you
I’m everywhere
I’m sure you know
I’m hanging there
For you to hold

I believe in love
It’s for everyone
I believe in peace
It’s for you to keep
I believe in (believe in)
Believe in (believe in)
It’s right here

I believe in fun
Not the only one
I believe in me
This is what you see
I believe in (believe in)
Believe in (believe in)
It’s right here

Take it, use it
Make me, prove it
Time will pass and die
Unlike me
I’m here to try
And make you smile
And realize
I’m not shy

Take me as I am
I’m here for you
I’m everywhere
I’m sure you know
I’m hanging there
For you to hold

I believe in love
It’s for everyone
I believe in peace
It’s for you to keep
I believe in (believe in)
Believe in (believe in)
It’s right here

I believe in fun
Not the only one (baby)
I believe in me
This is what you see
I believe in (believe in)
Believe in (believe in)
It’s right here

I believe in love
It’s for everyone
I believe in peace
It’s for you to keep
I believe in (believe in)
Believe in (believe in)
It’s right here

I believe in fun
Not the only one (baby)
I believe in me (oh, baby)
This is what you see
I believe in (believe in)
Believe in (believe in)
It’s right here

I believe in love
Believe in love
It’s right here

2000


“Desire” was the Maltese entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2000, performed predominantly in English but with a bridge in Maltese by Claudette Pace.
The song is an up-tempo ballad, with Pace explaining the depth of her feelings to her lover.
Composer-lyricist combination Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg would go on to provide the Maltese entry at the 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2008 Contests. Additionally, two of Pace’s backing singers were also solo entrants in their own right – Sahlene, performing under her real name, would go on to represent Estonia with “Runaway” and Gabriel Forss had previously represented Sweden as a member of Blond with “Bara hon älskar mig”.
The song was performed seventh on the night, following Romania’s Taxi with “The Moon” and preceding Norway’s Charmed with “My Heart Goes Boom”. At the close of voting, it had received 73 points, placing 8th in a field of 24.

lyrics
Desire
From the first day I saw you
To the last time we met
I’ve desired to hold you
Have you and make you mine

But to have and to hold
To love and to grow
It takes two hearts that beat
To the rhythm of one

When you push me away
I taste fear and pain
Turns my fire to smoke
With one word, with one stroke

Deep in my heart is desire to love
Deep in my soul is desire to grow
Deep in your smile is desire for more
Deep when we kiss, the feeling that can’t be missed

Let me live, let me die
Let me laugh, let me cry
Let me burn in your fire
In flames of desire

Be my river of hope
My mountain of truth
Let me colour your life
With the colour of love

Deep in my heart is desire to love
Deep in my soul is desire to grow
Deep in your smile is desire for more
Deep when we kiss, the feeling that can’t be missed

I’ve always wanted you
I’ve always desired you
You’re the one I’ve always loved

Take me up, take me down
Take me into your arms
Spin the magic of love
With one word, with one smile

My desire runs deep
And I’m losing sleep
I wake up to the light
You’re the key to my heart

Deep in my heart is desire to love
Deep in my soul is desire to grow
Deep in your smile is desire for more
Deep when we kiss, the feeling that can’t be missed

(Deep in my heart is desire to love)
Deep in my soul
(Deep in my soul is desire to grow)
Deep in your smile is desire for more
Deep when we kiss, the feeling that can’t be missed

Desire, desire, desire, desire love

2001


“Another Summer Night” was the Maltese entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2001, performed in English by Fabrizio Faniello.
The song is a moderately up-tempo number, with Faniello describing an idyllic summer night “by the ocean/Under the palm trees, you and I”.
The song was performed twenty-first on the night, following Estonia’s Tanel Padar and Dave Benton with “Everybody” and preceding Greece’s Antique with “Die For You”. At the close of voting, it had received 48 points, placing 9th in a field of 23.
Despite the comparatively low placing, the song has become popular among Contest fans, with Faniello performing it as part of a medley at the Congratulations special in late 2005.

lyrics

Another summer night
The golden sand beneath my feet
There’s music in the air
A guitar in my hand
I’m sure you understand all this is magic
No matter where the wind blows
I’ll always think of you
Stay with me, young and free
We’ll live in perfect harmony

Another summer night down by the ocean
Under the palm trees, you and I
Walking on the beach beneath the moonlight
Just like a dream that never dies
Never dies, never dies

Blue skies all around us
Feels like love is everywhere
Just a smile and our eyes
Will meet so we can feel the fire burning
A taste of heaven’s what I need
Can never get enough
Million stars, endless sky
With each moment passing by

Another summer night down by the ocean
(By the ocean)
Under the palm trees, you and I
(Just you and I)
Walking on the beach beneath the moonlight
Just like a dream that never dies
Never dies, never dies
(Like a dream that never dies)

Another summer night down by the ocean
(By the ocean)
Under the palm trees, you and I
(You and I)
Walking on the beach beneath the moonlight
Just like a dream that never dies
Never dies

(Another summer night down by the ocean)
(Just by the ocean)
(Under the palm trees, you and I)
Never dies
(Walking on the beach beneath the moonlight)
(Just like a dream that never dies)
Another summer night

2002


Malta competed in the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 in Tallinn, Estonia. The Maltese entry was selected through the Malta Song for Europe contest, where the winner was Ira Losco with the song “7th Wonder”, written by Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg.
At the close of the voting, Malta placed 2nd in a field of 24, having received 164 points, being beaten only bay Latvia. this was Malta’s best result up to that point, and is still one of two second-place finishes for Malta, still being Malta’s best results at Eurovision.
The Maltese public and jury gave most points to Cyprus’ One, giving them the maximum 12 points. This was followed by 10 points to the United Kingdom’s Jessica Garlick and 8 points to Russia’s Prime Minister.

lyrics

7th wonder
Seven degrees
I’m down on my knees
Waiting for the man to put me under his spell

Seven o’ five
He walks into sight
Givin’ me the eye, he lifts my spirits high

His passion burns and my luck takes a turn
I’m reborn and alive with his love to survive

Is it good? Is it bad?
Am I simply going mad?
Is it fiction or fact?
Am I really losing tact?
Is he magical, logical, natural? I wonder
He’s got the makings of my seventh wonder
Ooh whooh whooh whooh

Seventy three kisses for me
That whisper through the silence his feelings for me
Softly he dips my cherry-red lips
In the essence of a hope on which my love can float

His passion burns and my luck takes a turn
I’m reborn and alive with his love to survive

Is it good? Is it bad?
Am I simply going mad?
Is it fiction or fact?
Am I really losing tact?
Is he magical, logical, natural? I wonder
He’s got the makings of my seventh wonder

On seven seas we sail on this dream
Turning it into virtual reality
Reality

Is it good? Is it bad?
Am I simply going mad?
Is it fiction or fact?
Am I really losing tact?
(Is he magical?) Magical
(Logical, natural? I wonder)
He’s got the makings of my seventh wonder

Am I weak? Am I strong?
In his arms do I belong?
I could climb mountain high
For his love I’d learn to fly
Is he magical, logical, natural? I wonder
He’s got the makings of my seventh wonder
(Is he fiction or a matter of fact?)
Seventh wonder
(Is he fiction or a matter of fact?)
Seventh wonder

2003


“To Dream Again” was the Maltese entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2003, performed in English by Lynn.Somewhat unusually among Contest entries, the title is never sung in its full form, however “dream again” makes several appearances in the lyrics. Lynn appeared playing a grand piano at the start of the song, but after the gentle opening, she discarded this, came out onto the front of the stage, and sang the rest of the song from there. She sported a pink top and white trousers.
At the close of voting, it had received 4 points, placing 25th in a field of 26, at the time Malta’s worst showing at the Contest.

lyrics
To dream again
When you lay your eyes on me
The feeling sets me free

You’re my vision of love
The very heart of life
The last word

Cause you made me dream again
You took me where I’ve never been
You made me dream again

Don’t let me fall apart
Please, don’t break my heart
I love you

Your kisses I would miss
Your smile and your caress
I love you

The winter’s gone
When the summer comes around
Like the love I found

Now I’m helpless as you
Just drift away from me
And I miss you

And you made me dream again
You took me where I’ve never been
You made me dream again

Don’t let me fall apart
Please, don’t break my heart
I love you

Your kisses I would miss
Your smile and your caress
I love you

The winter’s gone
When the summer comes around
Like the love I found

Don’t let me fall apart
Please, don’t break my heart
I love you

Your kisses I would miss
Your smile and your caress
I love you

Don’t let me fall apart
Please, don’t break my heart
I love you
(Don’t let me fall apart)

Your kisses I would miss
Your smile and your caress
I love you
(Don’t let me fall)

And you make me dream again
Don’t let me
Don’t let me
Don’t let me fall apart

Don’t let me fall apart
Cause I love you, baby
You’re the one who makes me dream

2004


“On Again… Off Again” was the Maltese entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2004, performed in English by Julie & Ludwig.
Composed by Philip Vella and with lyrics by Gerard James Borg, the song is a combination of dance music and opera. The song was autobiographical, as Julie and Ludwig were a couple in real life, whose relationship had been on and off. For their Eurovision appearance, Ludwig appeared dressed in a white shirt and black trousers, whilst Julie wore a striking pale pink gown.
As Malta had not ended the 2003 contest in the top 11 (Spain as a “Big Four” member having placed in the top 10), the song was performed in the semi-final. Here, it was performed eighth, following Portugal’s Sofia Vitória with “Foi magia” and preceding Monaco’s Märyon with “Notre planète”. At the close of voting, it had received 74 points, placing 8th in a field of 22 and qualifying Malta for the final.
At the close of voting, it had received 50 points, placing 12th in a field of 24. Ordinarily, this would not have been enough to qualify for the next final, however both Spain and Germany (as “Big Four” members) placed in the top 10, thus allowing the 11th and 12th-place finishers to qualify automatically.

lyrics

On again, off again
Look at me, I need some attention
I’m a girl of serious intention
Just like a butterfly
My wings can take me high
To touch your piece of sky

Though I can fly away
Play cool, or run away
I choose to hold your love
More than one night

You’re everything and nothing in one
(What do you mean?)
Our love goes from the north to the south
(I disagree)
I just can’t understand anymore
What we have in common

On again, off again
Like the rhythm of rain
We need to decide
Find an end to this game
Such wonderful times
Many natural highs
Love is a flame that we can never tame
On again, off again

Why, oh why can’t I live without you?
How, oh how do I reach inside you?
My love is justified
I simply had enough
I want you by my side

Am I your fantasy?
Mystery? Or destiny?
Do you take me for a ride?
Please, tell me now

You’re the air, you’re the love that I breathe
(That sounds so good)
You’re the magic that flows from within
(I feel that too)
We come close, then we move far away
Can’t we stay together?

On again, off again
Like the rhythm of rain
We need to decide
Find an end to this game
Such wonderful times
Many natural highs
Love is a flame that we can never tame
On again, off again

There’s a river between us
And I need you to come across
Reach out for my heart
Keep this feeling so alive
Love grows, we survive

On again, off again
Like the rhythm of rain
We need to decide
Find an end to this game
Such wonderful times
Many natural highs
Love is a flame that we can never tame
On again, off again

Off again, on again
Like a flickering flame
That dies in the wind
And lights up again
Such wonderful times
Many natural highs
Love is a flame we can never tame
On again, off again

On again, off again

2005


Malta was represented in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 by the song “Angel” performed by Chiara.
Chiara Siracusa debuted as an artist in 1998 when she performed “The One That I Love” at the ‘Malta Song for Europe’ contest. With her performance the Maltese selected her to represent the nation in the Eurovision Song Contest 1998 in Birmingham. The artist ‘Chiara’ was born. Chiara delivered an amazing performance on the Eurovision stage, which led to a credible 3rd place. In 1998 she won the ‘Best Female Artist’ at the 1998 Malta Music Awards and released three albums on the local market. Chiara developed her song-writing skills and is the lyricist and composer of “Angel”.
The Maltese “Song For Europe” National Final was held on February 19, 2005 at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta. 2001 representative Fabrizio Faniello was also present among the competitors.
Malta directly qualified for the final on 21 May, at the close of voting it had received 192 points and finished in 2nd place.

lyrics
Angel
Far away in a lost world
I hear your voice calling for heaven
Cast away, caught in mem’ries
You must believe love will come through

I’ll be your angel in your darkest night
I’ll be your destiny, waiting by your side
I’ll be the sunshine when you’re feeling blue
I’m always here for you

Comes a day, heart on fire
When all your faith seems to be missing
Go your way and you’ll find there
A land of hope, a land of dreams

I’ll be your angel in your darkest night
I’ll be your destiny, waiting by your side
I’ll be the sunshine when you’re feeling blue
I’m always here for you

And when you lose it all
And nothing seems right
Just keep holding on
To me

I’ll be your angel in your darkest night
I’ll be your destiny waiting by your side
I’ll be the sunshine when you’re feeling blue
I’m always here for you

2006


Malta’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 was I do by Fabrizio Faniello, who was chosen by the Maltese public by televoting in a live televised final. I do has been described as a very up-tempo pop song that contains Swedish sounds. The song is written and composed by Aldo Spiteri & Fabrizio Faniello.Fabrizio Faniello is a popular Maltese pop singer, who was born on 27 April 1981 and showed an interest in music at a young age by performing at festivals.
One of his biggest career highlights was when he reached 9th place at the Eurovision Song Contest 2001 with his hit “Another Summer Night.” Since then Fabrizio has had many successful albums and singles in Malta and internationally.
After automatically qualifying for the final due to the 2nd-placed 2005 performance by Chiara, Faniello scored only one point (which he received from Albania), ending in last place.

lyrics
I do

‘Cause I do, I do, I do
I do, I do, I love you like a fool
(Love you like a fool)

I’ve been there by your side
We’ve been laughing, we have cried
Kept the piece of heart you gave
From our break-up day

You left me, still I know
You didn’t have a choice
Waiting for the day we’re back together

I won’t give you up, I’ll never stop
I got a piece of your heart
I can’t get enough
‘Cause I do, I do, I do
I do, I do, I love you like a fool
(Love you like a fool)

Our lives were torn apart
I know we’ll get a brand new start
When the world just can’t decide
Where we lay our love

We’ve done our time alone
And never will again
Waiting for the day we’re back together

I won’t give you up, I’ll never stop
I got a piece of your heart
I can’t get enough
‘Cause I do, I do, I do
I do, I do, I need you

I won’t give you up, I’ll never stop
I got a piece of your heart
I can’t get enough
‘Cause I do, I do, I do
I do, I do, I love you like a fool

Waiting for the day
When I hear you say
Our love is here to stay

I won’t give you up, I’ll never stop
I got a piece of your heart
I can’t get enough
‘Cause I do, I do, I do
I do, I do, I need you

I won’t give you up, I’ll never stop
I got a piece of your heart
I can’t get enough
‘Cause I do, I do, I do
I do, I do, I do
I do, I do, I love you like a fool
(Love you like a fool)

2007


Malta chose their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 during the Malta Song for Europe 2007. After a semi-final on 1 February and a final on 3 February, the Maltese televoters decided that Olivia Lewis would represent Malta at Eurovision with the song “Vertigo”. Olivia won her victory by a landslide, gaining 23330 more votes than the song that came in second place. “Vertigo” has been described as an oriental flamenco pop song. The song was written by Gerard James Borg and composed by Philip Vella.
Olivia Lewis was born on 18 October 1978 and is most notable for her successful music career in Malta and her several attempts at representing the nation at the Eurovision Song Contest. Olivia first tried her luck at the Malta Song For Europe when she was only 14 years old. In 2004, 2005, and 2006, Olivia was the runner up with her songs “Take A Look”, “Deja Vu”, and “Spare a Moment”.
Olivia Lewis took part on the semi-final evening on 10 May in Helsinki, and failed to make it through to the finals

lyrics
Vertigo
You’re spinnin’ me round and you’re holdin’ me down
Lovin’ you gives me vertigo
I’m losin’ my ground, givin’ in to your heart
Kissin’ you gives me vertigo

And I’m lost, then I’m found
And I run, then I hide
And I turn, you’re not there
I say yes, you say no
Lovin’ you gives me vertigo

And I give, but you take
I made one big mistake
Gave you all, A to Z
Then you came, now you go
Lovin’ you gives me vertigo

You’re liftin’ me high, then you’re takin’ me low
It’s feelin’ like I’m getting vertigo
You colour me blue, turn my passion to red
It’s feelin’ like I’ve become indigo

And I give, but you take
I made one big mistake
Gave you all, A to Z
Then you came, now you go
Lovin’ you gives me vertigo

Am I crazy? Could it be maybe
Solo is the way to go?

(And I’m) lost, then I’m found
And I run, then I hide
And I turn, you’re not there
I say yes, you say no
Lovin’ you gives me vertigo

And I give, but you take
I made one big mistake
Gave you all, A to Z
Then you came, now you go
Lovin’ you gives me vertigo

2008


Malta has selected their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 through the Malta Song for Europe in Belgrade, Serbia.The song received 38 points and placed 14th in the semifinal and so Malta failed to qualify for the final for the second time.

lyrics

Vodka
(Na zdarovye!)
(Hey hey hey hey hey hey)
(Na zdarovye!)
(Hey hey hey hey hey)

The hunt is still on
Here in Gorky Park
I’m in a danger zone
Everywhere is pitch dark

I’m running away
To a blanket of snow
Spy One to Spy Four
I’ve deciphered the code, yeah…

Vodka – that’s the secret word
Vodka – and they want it so bad
Vodka – I’ve deciphered the code
Got a rush in the head
Vodka – a transparent word

(Na zdarovye!)
(Hey hey hey hey hey hey)
(Na zdarovye!)
(Hey hey hey hey hey)

Cold blood drums within
They breathe down my neck
Spy One to Spy Four
We just have to connect

Their footsteps are near
Closing in for the kill
My pulse has gone dead
With a heart-racing chill, yeah…

Vodka – that’s the secret word
Vodka – and they want it so bad, so bad, so bad
Vodka – I’ve deciphered the code
Got a rush in the head, yeah…
Vodka – a transparent word…

(Vodka – that’s the secret word)
(Na zdarovye!) Yeah…
(Vodka – and they want it so bad) So bad, yeah
(Hey hey hey hey hey hey)

Vodka, yeah… (That’s the secret word)
(Na zdarovye!)
Vodka – a transparent word
(Hey hey hey hey hey hey)

2009


Malta participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009. The Maltese broadcaster, Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) held a national final, GO Malta EuroSong 2009, to select the Maltese entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, set to be held in Moscow, Russia. Chiara won the place to represent Malta in the early hours of 8 February 2009, and represented Malta for the third time with the song “What If We”.
Since Malta is not one of the “Big Four” nor the host of the 2009 contest, it had compete in the first semi-final of the contest on 12 May 2009. Malta performed 17th in the running order, following Portugal and preceding Bosnia and Herzegovina. It won a place in the final but eventually finished in 22nd place.

lyrics

What if we
Words of wisdom, prophets and quotes
Wise men talking, tales from the old
I reach for the stars, wherever they are, in darkness
We’re lost, fading away

What if we could be free?
Mystify our wisdom in time
And one day we’ll see
What if we found the key?
Throw the dice, unravel our lies
And learn how to be

All the madness feeding our soul
Take a wild guess out of control
There will be a star, no matter how far, shining
One day we’ll sail away

What if we could be free?
Mystify our wisdom in time
And one day we’ll see
What if we found the key?
Throw the dice, unravel our lies
And learn how to be

If you don’t know your destination
Who determines your destiny?

What if we could be free?
Mystify our wisdom in time
And one day we’ll see
What if we found the key?
Throw the dice, unravel our lies
And learn how to be

2010


Malta selected its entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 on February 2010 in the The GO Malta EuroSong 2010 competition. At the final of the contest held on 20 February Thea Garrett was chosen by jury and televoting to represent Malta with the song “My Dream”.
Malta competed in the first semi-final of the contest, on 25 May, and failed to qualify to the final.

lyrics

My dream
We used to say that dreams could be so true
Where am I? What will I be?
It’s my dream which I could share with you
A new day for you and me
Just a smile with warmth in my heart and go all the way
There’s so much in life and I’ll sing

This is my dream, I want to make it really happen
And make my dream come true
This is my dream, I’ll make it if I just believe it
In a fairytale I’ll live it, just like a new born star

Fly above like a seagull on the waves
And the sun will shine upon your face
Just believe, follow your heart and make it happen
Grow much brighter and we’ll say

This is my dream, I want to make it really happen
And make my dream come true
This is my dream, I’ll make it if i just believe it
There is nothing that could stop me
I just want the world to know

This is my dream, and I know that I’ll be strong
It will come true because I know I’ll make it happen
This is my dream

2011


Malta participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany, selecting their entry through the national selection Malta Eurosong 2011, organised by Maltese broadcaster Public Broadcasting Services (PBS).On 8 January, PBS announced the 24 songs for the national selection.[2] The list included former Malta Eurovision representatives Fabrizio Faniello, who represented Malta in 2001 and 2006, and Sophie Debattista, who represented Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006. The list also included former MSE contestants; Jessica Muscat, Wayne Micallef, Richard Edwards, Eleanor Cassar, Raquela, Jamie Tonna, Baklava, Claudia Faniello, Ally, Glen Vella, Kurt Calleja, Klinsmann Coleiro, J. Anvil, Petra Zammit and Rosman Pace. Domenique Azzopardi has also previously entered Junior Malta Song for Europe, the preselection for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
Malta competed in eleventh position on the first semi-final of the contest, on 10 May, but didn’t qualify to the final, placing eleventh with 54 points. Malta missed the final with a one point gap.

lyrics

One life
Life’s a game, it’s a mystery
Which we give in to
Days go by, no lesson learned
Just things that you do

Things change even in my mind
And not in my heart
I am who I am and I’m here for you

One life – show what’s in your heart
Love me like I love you
One life – it’s all we got to live
Time to set your heart free

Chase the pain away
And move on and don’t give up
This time it’s all up to you
You can love yourself too

Life is strange and heavenly
Sweet surrender (Surrender)
Love begins within ourselves
Makes up our lives

Hold on to what life brings you
Just be who you are
You can do it too
It’s all up to you

One life – show what’s in your heart
Love me like I love you
One life – it’s all we got to live
Time to set your heart free

Chase the pain away
And move on and don’t give up
This time it’s all up to you
You can love yourself too

Don’t try to judge me
You don’t know how I feel
Love me, love me for who I am
My life, I will give it all
I give it all to you, give it all

One life – show what’s in your heart
Love me like I love you
One life – it’s all we got to live
Time to set your heart free

Chase the pain away
Move on and don’t give up
This time it’s all up to you
You can love yourself too

It’s all up to you
You can love yourself too
It’s all up to you
You can love yourself too

2012


Malta participated in Eurovision Song Contest 2012, selecting their entry through a national selection, consisting of one semi-final and a final, organised by the Maltese broadcaster PBS.
This Is the Night is a song by Maltese singer Kurt Calleja. The song won the Maltese national final and was chosen to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012.The song won through the second semi-final finished 7th to qualify for the grand final where it finished 21st.

lyrics
This is the night
Hey, look at me and you’ll see that I’m into you
Time to believe and achieve, I will stand by you
As from this moment on, you and I can reach the stars
All I need is one more chance

This is the night, this is the night
I will be the star, let me into your heart
This is my life, this is the life
I’ve been waiting for, I’ll be back with more

Singing eh eh eh eh… yeah eh eh eh…
Yeah eh eh eh… yeah eh eh eh…
This is the night, this is the night
I’ll be flying high, this is the night

Hey, I believe you and me, we are meant to be
I can’t set you free, can’t you see this is killing me?
As from this moment on, you and I can reach the stars
All I need is one more chance

This is the night, this is the night
I will be the star, let me into your heart
This is my life, this is the life
I’ve been waiting for, I’ll be back with more

Singing eh eh eh eh… yeah eh eh eh…
Yeah eh eh eh… yeah eh eh eh…
This is the night, this is the night
I’ll be flying high, this is the night

Let me into your heart
Eh eh eh eh… yeah eh eh eh…
Yeah eh eh eh… yeah eh eh eh…
(This is the night, this is the night)

This is the night (This is the night, this is the night)
(I will be the star, let me into your heart)
(This is my life, this is the life)
(I’ve been waiting for, I’ll be back with more)

Singing eh eh eh eh… yeah eh eh eh…
Yeah eh eh eh… yeah eh eh eh…
This is the night, this is the night
I’ll be flying high, this is the night

Maltathe real results

Malta 1971 Joe Grech Marija L-Maltija 52 18
Malta 1972 Helen & Joseph L-Imhabba 48 18
Malta 1975 Renato Singing This Song 32 12
Malta 1991 Georgina & Paul Giordimaina Could It Be 106 6
Malta 1992 Mary Spiteri Little Child 123 3
Malta 1993 William Mangon This Time 69 8
Malta 1994 Chris & Moira More Than Love 97 5
Malta 1995 Mike Spiteri Keep Me In Mind 76 10
Malta 1996 Miriam Christine In A Woman’s Heart 68 10
Malta 1997 Debbie Scerrie Let Me Fly 66 9
Malta 1998 Chiara The One That I Love 165 3
Malta 1999 Times Three Believe ‘n Peace 32 15
Malta 2000 Claudette Pace Desire 73 8
Malta 2001 Fabrizio Faniello Another Summer Night 48 9
Malta 2002 Ira Losco Seventh Wonder 164 2
Malta 2003 Lynn Chircop To dream again 4 25
Malta 2004 Julie & Ludwig On Again… Off Again 50 12
Malta 2005 Chiara Angel 192 2
Malta 2006 Fabrizio Faniello I Do 1 24
Malta 2007 Olivia Lewis Vertigo 15 39
Malta 2008 Morena Vodka 38 29
Malta 2009 Chiara What If We 31 22
Malta 2010 Thea Garrett My dream 45 28
Malta 2011 Glen Vella One life 54 26
Malta 2012 Kurt Calleja This is the night 41 21
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