The regulation for this edition of the contest were announced by PBS Friday 26 August 2011 and made available to interested parties via email. There appear to be only minor changes from the previous year's regulations. The fee for submitting an entry is €150. Non-Maltese songwriters are still eligible to submit songs but the main singer/s for each submission must be a citizen or permanent resident of Malta. The main alteration from the previous edition is that the broadcaster now holds the right to award wildcards either in the semi-final or the final of the song selection.
Submissions were accepted at the main PBS building in Gwardamangia on 20 and 21 October 2011 between 9:00 am and noon, as well as between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm.
During the first phase of selection, all submissions were heard on CD by a judging panel made up of both local and international creative professionals. In the second phase, the selected songs will be performed live by their respective artist in front of another panel of judges.
A total of 161 entries were submitted to PBS in 2011 for the 2012 contest. 62 songs from the original lot were chosen to be performed live in front of a panel of experts behind closed doors. 38 of the songs in this phase of the competition were eliminated.
The 24 songs selected for the semifinal were announced by PBS on Friday 25 November 2011 during the popular TV show Xarabank.
Here's the list of songs in alphabetical order by singers first names, as originally released by PBS. This list is also sortable by the semifinal running order:
|#||Singer/s||Song||Music / Words|
|24||Amber||Answers with your eyes||Ray Agius & Alfred C. Sant|
|23||Anna Azzopardi||Still waiting||Samuel Bugia Garrido & Athanassios Nakos|
|07||Annalise Ellul||Whoop it up!||Elton Zarb & Deo Grech|
|13||Claudia Faniello||Pure||Philip Vella & Gerard James Borg|
|21||Corazon Mizzi||Mystifying eyes||Paul Giordimania & Fleur Balzan|
|01||Danica Muscat||7 days||Philip Vella|
|22||Deborah C feat. Leila James||You make me go UH UH||David Vervoort & Patrick Reiner|
|16||Dorothy Bezzina||Autobiography||Magnus Kaxc & Gerard James Borg|
|20||Eleanor Cassar||I want to run away||Paul Giordimania & Fleur Balzan|
|18||Fabrizio Faniello||I will fight for you (Papa's song)||J. Beoerham, N. Edberger, R. Uhlmann, W. Fenech & F. Faniello|
|04||Francesca Borg||Take me far||Marco Debono & Doris Chetcuti|
|17||Gianni Zammit||Petals on a rose||R. Abrahamsson, A. Aly, N. Numhauser & T. Fenech|
|03||Isabelle Zammit||Walk on water||Paul Giordimania & Fleur Balzan|
|19||Janice Mangion||While her eyes still glow||Elton Zarb & Rita Pace|
|02||J. Anvil||You are my life||George Georgion|
|14||Jessika Muscat||Dance romance||Phillip Vella & Jessica Muscat|
|12||Kaya||First time||Georgios Kalpadikis|
|05||Klinsmann Coleiro||No way back||Paul Abela, Klinsmann Coleiro & Jonathan C. Spiteri|
|08||Kurt Calleja||This is the night||Johann Jamtberg & Kurt Calleja|
|11||Lawrence Gray||In your eyes||Philip Vella & Cher Vella|
|10||Nadine Bartolo||Can't get away||Philip Vella|
|06||Richard Edwards||Look at me now||Jan Van Dijck & Richard Micallef|
|09||Romina Mamo||DNA||Michael James Tanczos & Gerard James Borg|
|15||Wayne Micallef||Time||Wayne Micallef|
The semi-final was televised live on TVM on Friday 3 February 2012.
All vocals were performed live.
Eight songs were eliminated and the remaining sixteen made it through to the final phase in which the final result will be decided by a professional panel of six judges as well as another two judges worth of points from televoting.
Glen Vella opened the show as a special guest.
Airport Impressions were the guest act for the semifinal and they appeared after all the songs were performed.
The final was originally scheduled for Saturday 28 January 2012, but in November it was announced for Saturday 4 February 2012.
Here's the sortable list of songs in order of appearance during the final round of the selection process, along with votes received and placings:
|01||Lawrence Gray||"In Your Eyes"||Philip Vella, Cher Vella||23||6||29||7|
|02||Deborah C ft. Leila James||"You Make Me Go Uh! Uh!"||Renier Patrick, Vervoort David||7||0||7||15|
|03||Dorothy Bezzina||"Autobiography"||Magnus Kaxe, Gerard James Borg||25||2||27||8|
|04||Gianni||"Petals On A Rose"||R. Abrahamsson, M. Numhauser, T. Fenech, A. Aly||22||20||42||4|
|05||Claudia Faniello||"Pure"||Philip Vella, Gerard James Borg||64||14||78||2|
|06||Danica Muscat||"7 Days"||Philip Vella||25||0||25||9|
|07||Fabrizio Faniello||"I Will Fight For You (Papa's Song)"||J. Bejerholm, N. Edberger, R. Uhlmann, W. Fenech, F. Faniello||19||12||31||6|
|08||Corazon Mizzi||"Mystifying Eyes"||Paul Giordimania, Fleur Balzan||8||10||18||10|
|09||Richard Edwards||"Look At Me Now"||Jan Van Dijck, Richard Edwards||16||16||32||5|
|11||Amber||"Answer With Your Eyes"||Ray Aguis, Alfred C. Sant||54||0||54||3|
|12||Wayne Micallef||"Time"||Wayne Micallef||10||0||10||12|
|13||Kurt Calleja||"This is The Night"||Johan Jämtberg, Kurt Calleja, Mikael Gunnerås||60||24||84||1|
|14||Janvil||"You Are My Life"||George Platon||8||0||8||14|
|15||Klinsmann||"No Way Back"||Paul Abela, Klinsmann Coleiro, Jonathan Spiteri||0||0||0||16|
|16||Francesca Borg||"Take Me Far"||Marco Debono, Doris Chetcuti||6||4||10||11|
A preview of all the songs was presented for the first time in public on Friday 25 November 2011 during the last hour of an edition of Xarabank on TVM. Photos of all the participating singers along with details for composers and lyricists appeared on tvm.com.mt without any further links or video clips. However, three video clips appeared with snippets from all the songs on esctoday.com via YouTube.
On Saturday 28 January 2012, Toni Sant presented his top picks and comments through his blog and the 285th edition of the Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast. He also shared his comments with Marlene Galea in a separate conversation on SBS Radio in Australia, on Monday 30 January 2012.