PBS regulations for this year stipulate that the last five Maltese representatives are not allowed to compete in the selection. All lead singers should be Maltese while foreign composers and authors are allowed to compete.
The 24 songs selected for the semifinal were announced by PBS on Friday 30 November 2012 during the popular TV show Xarabank.
This is a sortable table of all the participating songs. Qualifiers to the final are highlighted.
|1||Richard Edwards||"Fall Like Rome"||Philip Vella, Magnus Kaxe, Gerard James Borg|
|2||Ylenia||"Tides of Illusion"||Jason Cassar, Mario Farrugia|
|3||Janice Debattista||"Perfect Day"||Boris Cezek, Dean Muscat|
|4||Chris Grech||"Never Walk Away"||Matthew James Borg, David Cassar Torreggiani, Chris Grech, Peter Borg|
|5||Marilena||"Overrated"||Philip Vella, Gerard James Borg|
|6||Petra||"No One Home"||Wayne Micallef, Richard Micallef|
|7||Dorothy Bezzina||"Starting from the End"||Magnus Kaxe, Gerard James Borg|
|8||Domenique||"Too Little Too Late"||Marc Paelinck, Matthias Strasser|
|9||Jessika||"Ultraviolet"||Philip Vella, Thomas G:son, Gerard James Borg|
|10||Franklin Calleja||"Let Your Heart Talk"||Ray Aguis, Alfred C Sant|
|11||Claudia Faniello||"When It's Time"||Errol Sammut, Claudia Faniello|
|12||Corazon||"My Stranger Love"||Paul Giordimaina, Fleur Balzan|
|13||Kevin Borg||"Needing You"||Kevin Borg, Simon Gribbe, Dan Attlerud, Thomas Thörnholm, Michael Clauss|
|15||Melanie Zammit||"Loverdose"||Maria Lundin, Niclas Lundin, Gerard James Borg|
|16||Danica Muscat||"Fantasy"||Paul Abela, Joe Julian Farrugia|
|17||Petra & Richard||"Wonderful Today"||Wayne Micallef, Richard Micallef|
|18||Deborah C||"Love-O-Holic"||Johan Bejerholm, Gerard James Borg|
|19||Gianni||"Us Against the World"||Boris Cezek, Dean Muscat|
|20||Raquela||"Keep Believing"||Raquela Dalli Gonzi|
|21||Gianluca Bezzina||"Tomorrow"||Boris Cezek, Dean Muscat|
|22||Amber||"In Control"||Paul Giordimaina, Fleur Balzan|
|23||Klinsmann||"The Remedy"||Philip Vella, Magnus Kaxe, Gerard James Borg|
|24||Davinia||"Betrayed"||Elton Zarb, Muxu|
Overrated sung by Marilena Gauci replaced Saska Hunt singing Dress Rehearsal by the same songwriting team ahead of the show.
Voting was based on 7 judges on a panel a public televoting amounting to an 8th judge. Public televoting was conducted solely through landlines and mobile phone numbers. No SMS voting was used in this edition.
The semi-final was televised live on TVM on Friday 1 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 seven judges as well as another one judge worth of points from televoting.
Kurt Calleja opened the show as a special guest.
Chris & Moira were the guest act for the semifinal and they lip-synced a number of their songs after all the contest songs were performed. Alex Alden performed two songs live (Bittersweet Symphony and Dancing Alone) with percussionist Luke Briffa just before the qualifying songs for the final were announced.
The panel of judges that evaluated the songs in the final comprised of:
- Aleksandar Kostadinov (Croatia)
- Noel Magri (Malta)
- Alessandro Ragni (Italy)
- Anna Dalli (Malta)
- Walid Arfush (Ukraine)
- Olga Salamakha (Belarus)
- Carlo Borg Bonaci (Malta)
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 (updated after the show):
|Draw||Artist||Song||Composer/s & Lyricist/s||Judges||Televote||Total||Place|
|2||Dorothy Bezzina||"Starting from the End"||Magnus Kaxe, Gerard James Borg||2||3||5||15|
|3||Corazon||"My Stranger Love"||Paul Giordmaina, Fleur Balzan||11||0||11||12|
|4||Jessika||"Ultraviolet"||Philip Vella, Thomas G:son, Gerard James Borg||12||7||19||8|
|5||Gianni||"Us Against the World"||Boris Cezek, Dean Muscat||9||0||9||14|
|6||Davinia Pace||"Betrayed"||Elton Zarb, Muxu||48||0||48||3|
|7||Kevin Borg||"Needing You"||Kevin Borg, Simon Gribbe, Dan Attlerud, Thomas Thörnholm, Michael Clauss||68||12||80||2|
|8||Richard Edwards||"Fall like Rome"||Philip Vella, Magnus Kaxe, Gerard James Borg||10||0||10||13|
|9||Janice Debattista||"Perfect Day"||Boris Cezek, Dean Muscat||13||0||13||10|
|10||Deborah C||"Love-o-Holic"||Johan Bejerholm, Gerard James Borg||12||5||17||9|
|11||Claudia Faniello||"When it's Time"||Erroll Sammut, Claudia Faniello||14||6||20||7|
|12||Gianluca Bezzina||"Tomorrow"||Boris Cezek, Dean Muscat||82||10||92||1|
|13||Chris Grech||"Never Walk Away"||Matthew James Borg, David Cassar Torreggiani, Peter Borg, Chris Grech||29||8||37||5|
|14||Petra and Richard||"Wonderful Today"||Wayne Micallef, Richard Micallef||35||2||37||6|
|15||Amber||"In Control"||Paul Giordimaina, Fleur Balzan||43||4||47||4|
|16||Domenique||"Too Little Too Late"||Marc Paelnick, Matthias Strasser||2||0||2||16|
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- Clips from all 24 songs as they appeared on Xarabank - part 1
- Clips from all 24 songs as they appeared on Xarabank - part 2
- Clips from all 24 songs as they appeared on Xarabank - part 3