Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest 1998
Echoing Mary Spiteri's 3rd place in 1992, Chiara ended a mere seven points behind the winner. The winner was decided in the very last round of votes.
Venue : Birmingham, UK
Date : Saturday, 9 May 1998
Number of Contestants : 25
Singer : Chiara
Song : The One That I Love
Composer : Jason Paul Cassar
Lyricist : Sunny Aquilina
Final Place : 3rd
Points : 165
ESC winner for this year
Israel : Diva performed by Dana International
Composer : Tzvika Pik
Lyricist : Yoav Ginai
Chiara obtained the highest number of votes ever for Malta until she returned to the Eurovision in 2005 and bettered her own top score but missed the winning position.
Israel's Dana International, the 1998 winner, is a transsexual, and wore a designer feather dress during the final.
Germany's Guido Horn had a crazy performance, climbing all over the stage.
Mass televoting took part for the first time. Judging panels were only used by countries that did not have a good telephone infrastructure.
- Eurovision Song Contest 1998 - Wikipedia