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The Eurovision Song Contest might not be for everyone, but to a great number of Maltese people it’s quite a big deal. To most of the locals it’s a fun event and an excuse to have a few friends over for drinks, but quite a few Maltese feel genuinely passionate about the Malta Song Festival which is held every February and broadcast live to the nation.
The Festival consists of a string of performances from the aspiring Eurovision hopefuls singing original songs and backed by extravagant displays of dance, graphics and costumes to try and win the most votes from the public and the judging panel. The winner of the Malta Song Festival then represents Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest among other active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union. After hopefully getting through the semi-final phase and into the finals, the country will grind to a standstill to watch the Maltese performance and the voting of each and every participating country.
Malta came very close to winning the title three times, once when they ended up in third place and twice when they came in at a close second. However, glory was always snatched from the singers in the final few minutes of voting. Nevertheless, the Maltese still avidly await next year’s contest with bated breath, hoping that victory will be theirs this time around.
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