Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018

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JESC 2018

The Rules

1. The Junior Eurovision Song Contest (the "JESC") is an international coproduction by EBU Members which is carried out under the auspices of the European Broadcasting Union (the "EBU") as part of the television programme exchange known as Eurovision. The 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Minsk, Belarus on the 25th November, 2018.

2. Public Broadcasting Services Ltd. is hereby publishing a call for applications for artists aged between 9 and 14 years.

3. Applicants must submit original versions, including a full playback version (including voice) and also a backing track excluding the voice.

4. PBS Ltd. will nominate a professional jury wherein all the submitted songs will be heard and judged on the version submitted by each applicant. During this phase a total of 16 songs will be shortlisted.

5. For the final phase, the sixteen (16) finalists will perform live on a televised show. The winning song will be chosen by 50% televoting and 50% jury vote.

6. In case of a tie, the song with the highest marks from the jury vote will be determined as the winning song.

7. The winner shall represent Malta in the next JESC which will be held in Belarus. This invitation will be offered to the next placed artist in case the winning artist, for any reason, is not able to participate in the JESC.

8. Malta’s representative in the JESC 2017 may not participate.

9. Eligible artists are children who are Maltese nationals.

10. The Participation Form (Annex A) needs to be signed by both parents unless documentation is provided in case of a sole legal guardian.

11. The Participation fee is €50 per application.

12. The online submissions must include the: a. Application form b. Minor Release Form c. Declaration by parents/guardians of the child artist d. Declaration by the Composer & Author for the Song Release e. A full playback version of the participating song (including voice) together with a backing track including backing vocals (but excluding the main voice) both versions need to be submitted in WAV File & MP3 formats f. Participation fee of €50

13. Parents/Guardians are informed, that the winner will be managed by PBS from the day of the announcement of the winner till the 26 th November 2018 and it has to be declared that the child artist is free from any other management agreements. Furthermore, the child artist must abide by the rules and regulations as stipulated by PBS and EBU.

14. The maximum duration of the song must be three minutes and the minimum duration is 2 mins and 30 seconds. A declaration of release of the winning song is required from the authors and composers who were involved in helping the child artist in the process of writing and composing the winning song.

15. PBS shall finance the participation, flight from Malta (and return) and accommodation, of the child artist and one parent/legal guardian. No further remuneration will be given. Rules of the Malta Junior Eurovision Song Selection 2018 3

16. Should the winning artist(s), without justification, interrupt his/her participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest (JESC 2018), he/she may be liable to lifetime exclusion from the contest and may be held liable for damages incurred by PBS as a result of his / her actions.

17. All participating child artists bind themselves not to take part in talk shows, interviews or any other programmes dealing with their participation in this song selection, be it on television, on radio, on printed media or on the web. If necessary, PBS will take care to give equal publicity to the finalists.

18. PBS is to be informed of any medical condition which could affect the participating artist(s) performance in the JESC.

19. PBS accepts no financial liability or obligation whatsoever to artists in connection with participation in the JESC.

20. All decisions taken by PBS, in all stages are final, binding and non-appealable.

21. All Participation Forms and any accompanying materials, are not returnable.

The Festival

Children between 9 and 14 years of age may participate in the this edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Submissions will be opened in the coming days and will continue to be accepted until 20 July.

Each song must be between 2 and a half minutes and 3 minutes. The participants must be Maltese and children must be involved in the writing and composition of an original song by participating in this contest.

On 3 August, will announced the 16 finalist, in September made the choice of back or well through programs on TVM.The winner or winning represents to Malta in Belarus in November.

Further information on the regulations, application forms and other details you can obtain them by sending an email to mesc@pbs.com.mt.

After the PBS received applications for children who wish to participate in the Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018, all submissions submitted undergone optional.

Here are the list of the 16 finalist:-

No Singers Songs Lyrics Composers Televoting Video
01 Georgia Borg 10 'Muxu' Matt Mercieca Gillian Attard
02 Thea Aquilina Back To My Freedom Bruce Robert Francis Smith Ylva Persson,Linda Persson, Rickard Bonde Truumeel
03 Isaac Spiteri Bonfire Nghts Emil Calleja Bayliss Dario Bezzina
04 Yarin Coleiro Can You Be The One 'Muxu' Matt Mercieca Cyprian Cassar
05 Kylie Meilak Crystals 'Muxu' Matt Mercieca Elton Zarb
06 Lora Grech Finish Line 'Muxu' Matt Mercieca Elton Zarb
07 Jahel Cardona Home 'Muxu' Matt Mercieca Cyprian Cassar
08 Riona Degiorgio Infinity 'Muxu' Matt Mercieca Dominic Cini
09 Ela Mangion Matchin' On Emil Calleja Bayliss Cyprian Cassar
10 Eliana Gomez Blanco Music Takes Control Muxu' Matt Mercieca Cyprian Cassar
11 Kristy Spiteri Nann Ritianne Frendo Mark Scicluna, Cyprian Cassar
12 Launa Schembri No Rest For The Wicked Emil Calleja Bayliss Philip Vella
13 Albert-Lauren Agius Paper Boats Emil Calleja Bayliss Cyprian Cassar
14 Zaira Mifsud Shout Now 'Muxu' Matt Mercieca Cyprian Cassar
15 Katryna Borg,Rihana Azzopardi The Puppet And The Clown Christopher Azzopardi, Rihana Azzopardi Kaya' Priscilla Giordano Psaila, Katryna Borg
16 Aiden Aquilina Cohen Wherever You Go 'Muxu' Matt Mercieca Cyprian Cassar

The Running Order

Here are the list of the 16 finalist:-

No Singers Songs Lyrics Composers Televoting Information / Video Video
01 Launa Schembri No Rest For The Wicked Emil Calleja Bayliss Philip Vella 52302101 (Click for Information) (Click for Video)
02 Georgia Borg 10 'Muxu' Matt Mercieca Gillian Attard 52302103 (Click for Information) (Click for Video)
03 Zaira Mifsud Shout Now 'Muxu' Matt Mercieca Cyprian Cassar 52302103 (Click for Information) (Click for Video)
04 Jahel Cardona Home 'Muxu' Matt Mercieca Cyprian Cassar 52302104 (Click for Information) (Click for Video)
05 Katryna Borg,Rihana Azzopardi The Puppet And The Clown Christopher Azzopardi, Rihana Azzopardi Kaya' Priscilla Giordano Psaila, Katryna Borg 52302105 (Click for Information) (Click for Video)
06 Isaac Spiteri Bonfire Nghts Emil Calleja Bayliss Dario Bezzina 52302106 (Click for Information) (Click for Video)
07 Albert-Lauren Agius Paper Boats Emil Calleja Bayliss Cyprian Cassar 52302107 (Click for Information) [ (Click for Video)]
08 Kristy Spiteri Nann Ritianne Frendo Mark Scicluna, Cyprian Cassar 52302108 (Click for Information) (Click for Video)
09 Yarin Coleiro Can You Be The One 'Muxu' Matt Mercieca Cyprian Cassar 52302109 (Click for Information) (Click for Video)
10 Lora Grech Finish Line 'Muxu' Matt Mercieca Elton Zarb 52302110 (Click for Information) (Click for Video)
11 Riona Degiorgio Infinity 'Muxu' Matt Mercieca Dominic Cini 52302111 (Click for Information) (Click for Video)
12 Kylie Meilak Crystals 'Muxu' Matt Mercieca Elton Zarb 52302112 (Click for Information) (Click for Video)
13 Eliana Gomez Blanco Music Takes Control Muxu' Matt Mercieca Cyprian Cassar 52302113 (Click for Information) (Click for Video)
14 Aiden Aquilina Cohen Wherever You Go 'Muxu' Matt Mercieca Cyprian Cassar 52302114 (Click for Information) (Click for Video)
15 Ela Mangion Matchin' On Emil Calleja Bayliss Cyprian Cassar 52302115 (Click for Information) (Click for Video)
16 Thea Aquilina Back To My Freedom Bruce Robert Francis Smith Ylva Persson,Linda Persson, Rickard Bonde Truumeel 52302116 (Click for Information) (Click for Video)

The Final Night

The Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will be held on Saturday 8 September, 2018 at 4.45pm live from the We Media Studios at Marsa and on TVM www.tvm.com.mt/live.

Where we will watch and listen to the 16 finalists perform their entry. Once again the winner will be determined by 50% televoting at the end of the 16 performances.

Each telephone line is equivalent to 1 vote and the call costs €1.00 + applicable normal call charges. Those who will vote for their favourite song will get the chance to be the winners of a hoverboard or any of the three 17″ tablets that will be drawn after the contest.

One could find more information on each finalists you can visit this link http://www.tvm.com.mt/mt/junior-eurovision/participants/

The Jury

PBS has appointed three maltese Members with good experence in music scene Doreen Galea, Christabelle Borg and Frederick Zammit and assist the process Notary Dr. Rueben Debono.

The Winners

No Singers Songs Lyrics Music Video (Youtube)
01 Ela Mangion Matchin' On Emil Calleja Bayliss Cyprian Cassar (Click for video)
02 Katryna Borg & Rihana Azzopardi The Puppet And The Clown Christopher Azzopardi & Rihana 'Kaya' Priscilla Giordano Psaila & Katryna (Click for video)
03 Georgia Borg 10 'Muxu' Matt Mercieca Gillian Attard (Click for video)
Ela Mangion
Ela Mangion the winner of the Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018, singing after the result
Katryna Borg & Rihana Azzopardi
Katryna Borg & Rihana Azzopardi in 2nd place
Georgia Borg
Georgia Borg in 3rd place

Special Guest

Special guest for the Night was Gianluca Cilia who rapresented Malta last year with the song 'Dawra Tond' (Click for Video)

Compere

The festival was presented by Actress, presenter Taryn Mamo Cefai

Timeline

  • 11 June 2018 Publishing of Regulations
  • 20 July 2018 Submission Date
  • 3 August 2018 Announcement of 16 Finalists
  • 8 September 2018 Televised National Selection
  • 25 November 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest – Belarus
Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest editions
* 2000s: 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 -
* 2010s: 2010 - (2011) - (2012) - 2013 - 2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2017 - 2018 - 2019 -