Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest 1997
Maltese entry Debbie Scerri did not fly high enough and obtained the 9th place, one place better than the previous year's entry.
Venue : Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Date : Saturday, 3 May 1997
Number of Contestants: 23
Singer : Debbie Scerri
Song : Let Me Fly
Composer : Ray Agius
Lyricist : Ray Agius
Final Place : 9th
Points : 66
ESC winner for this year
UK : Love shine a light performed by Katrina and the Waves
Composer : Kimberley Rew
Lyricist : Kimberley Rew
Points : 227
Malta's entry was a ballad, chosen to impress the Irish, and Debbie Scerri had a robe that matched the style of the song.
Ray Agius returned as the composer and lyricist of this year's entry from Malta after his first Eurovision appearance as composer on 1995's Keep Me In Mind.
Televoting was introduced for the first time across Europe, giving rise to the infamous 'and 12 points go to our neighbours ...' where countries, that cannot obviously vote for their entry, vote for their neighbours' songs. Many Maltese think this penalises their entry as Malta does not have strong Eurovision neighbours.
- Eurovision Song Contest 1997 - Wikipedia