The Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2011 is the name given to the national selection process for Malta's entry to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011. The name marks a change from the preceding year, ushering in a new set of rules for the selection process, including allowing non-Maltese lyricists and composers to participate in the contest.
A total of 141 entries were submitted to PBS in 2010 for the 2011 contest. 74 songs from the original lot were chosen to be performed live in front of a panel of experts behind closed doors. 50 of the songs in this phase of the competition were eliminated.
The 24 songs selected for the semifinal were announced by PBS on Saturday 8 January 2011 through the event's official website.
Here's the list of songs in order of appearance during the semi-final round of the selection process on Friday 11 Feburary:
A preview of all the songs, directed by Where's Everybody?'s Reuben Sant, was presented for the first time in public on Friday 15 January 2011 during the last hour of an edition of Xarabank on TVM, featuring a public debate with Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi, following a mass protest against Malta's financial situation, organized by the Partit Laburista in Valletta. Full video clips appeared online by the following morning through an official website produced by PBS Malta.
The video clips premiered during Xarabank will also be used for promotional purposes ahead of the contest on various other TV programmes. The clips are scheduled to appear during the following TV shows: 12:05, Sibtek, Ħadd Għalik, Bonġu and Bla Aġenda. In previous years, various TV shows would have singers lip-sync to the songs during the respective TV programme, often making for awkward backdrops or uneven presentation of the singers competing in the contest.
16 songs advanced to the final on 12 February 2011. The 24 songs in the semifinal were judged by a panel of professionals from the entertainment industry (66.6%) and a public televote (33.3%). The panel of judges was led by Italian singer Riccardo Cocciante.
Here's the list of songs in order of appearance during the final round of the selection process on Saturday 12 Feburary, along with votes received and placings:
|01||Eleanor Cassar||Hypnotized||Paul Giordimania, Fleur Balzan||12||3||15||10|
|02||Amber||Catch 22||Ray Agius, Godwin Sant||1||6||7||13|
|03||Jessica Muscat||Down Down Down||Philip Vella, Jessica Muscat||0||0||0||15|
|05||Baklava||Moon Dance||Philip Vella, Gerard James Borg||15||30||45||6|
|06||Fabrizo Faniello||No Surrender||Johan Stentorp , Johan Bederholm||36||21||57||4|
|07||Kurt Calleja||Over and Over||Johan J'atmberg, Kurt Calleja||54||15||69||3|
|08||Glen Vella||One Life||Paul Giordimania, Fleur Balzan||54||36||90||1|
|09||Marilena ft. Michael||He's a Demon||Michael Henry, Anthony Grech||1||0||1||14|
|10||J.Anvil||Topsy Turvy||Jonas Gladnikoff / Niall Mooney / Andrew Zahra, Deo Grech / Natasha Turner||3||12||15||10|
|11||Claudia Faniello||Movie in My Mind||Philip Vella, Gerard James Borg||19||0||19||9|
|12||Richard Edwards||Finally||Jan Van Dijck, Richard Micallef||64||24||88||2|
|13||Raquela||If I Could Do It All Again||Marc Paelnick, Mathias Strasser||28||18||46||5|
|14||Kelly Schembri||Love Me Like Your Money||Sven Lundholm, Gerard James Borg||0||0||0||15|
|15||Wayne Micallef||Everybody Sing||Wayne Micallef, Wayne Micallef||23||0||23||8|
|16||Klinsmann & Ben||This Love||Klinsmann Coleiro, Jonathan Spiteri||23||9||32||7|
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- Clips from all 24 songs as they appeared on Xarabank
- Promotional studio videos for all 24 songs - full versions