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Ira Losco wins the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016 - [LIVE]

The final 14 battle it out for a chance to represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. Follow our live blog here.

Chucky Bartolo
23 January 2016, 7:35pm
Ira Losco performs her winning song 'Chameleon' • Photo by TVM
Ira Losco performs her winning song 'Chameleon' • Photo by TVM
Malta Eurovision Song Contest host Ben Camille with tonight's hopefuls
Malta Eurovision Song Contest host Ben Camille with tonight's hopefuls
Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016
Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016
23:37: Congratulations to all participants for giving their all, and once again congrats Ira! Do us proud! I'll be back in May, until then: You've been great, I've been Chucky. Goodnight
23:36: In an unsurprising, but not undeserving victory, Ira Losco wins the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016
23:35: Judge 5: 8- Christabelle 10- Brooke 12- Ira
23:33: Judge 4: 8- Franklin 10- Maxine 12- Ira
23:32: Judge 3: 8- Jasmine 10- Franklin 12- Ira
23:30: Judge 2: 8- Franklin 10- Ira 12- Brooke
23:28: Judge 1: 8- Christabelle 10- Ira 12- Brooke
23:27: Televoting Audience: 8 points - Christabelle 10 points - Brooke 12 points - Ira (surprise)
23:18: I think we all just witnessed an assassination - via black screen and loud scuffling
22:56: Televoting is not CLOSED!
22:51: As TVM runs a badly chosen clip of each song, I wonder which of tonight’s songs will make a cheeky cameo Marie Louise’s spotify playlist
22:41: To vote call (no sms y'all) on 523021XX (those are not kisses, that's where you enter the number of the song you want to see represent us in Stockholm)
22:39: 3...2...1... HAPPY NEW YEAR; err voting is open
22:35: And last, but certainly not least, we have Kim with her lullaby “Lighthouse” - just to ensure my dad, who’s already nodding off in front of the TV, is well and truly knocked out.
22:30: Next up is Eurovision Veteran, Maltese pop star and the only herpetology expert in the competition (why yes, I did just google “study of lizards”), it’s Ira Losco with “Chameleon”
22:19: So impressed Meghan Trainor took time off eating a cookie for equality to come perform at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest… oh it’s just Maxine Pace with Young Love. My bad.
22:16: The experience of watching Lawrence Gray singing this particular song can only be replicated by slipping some acid into your drink before watching an old Disney movie; the ones where super old operatic voices come out of 19 year old princess’ mouth.
22:15: Yesterday I was shocked to be typing his name in 2016, today I’m in shock that I have to type it in the context of the Grand-final. It’s time for Lawrence Gray and “You’re Beautiful”. Malta, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!
22:11: ...err meant to say Jasmine with her song: “Alive”; my bad.
22:11: One of the few people who can pull off TVM’s terrible choice in camera angles for their introduction postcards, here’s Jasmine with “finally good vocal control, AND the best midriff in the show”.
22:10: Texts from friends: “The adverts run for so long so all the girls can share their dresses with each other”
22:03: Dear Dr. Bezzina: How much is too much with regards to blood coming from my ears?
21:57: Dominic provides the audience with a well deserved "Mass Meeting" break
21:52: As the beat finally kicks in, Corazon looks just as confused by that shift in music as we are.
21:51: Corazon’s ‘glass’ may be ‘falling fast’, but this introduction is barely moving anywhere.
21:42: Just what every Eurovision entry needs: a quick Asian dance break, and wham! She’s back to her singing while getting in a good power walk. Remember y’all cardio is important!
21:40: Christabelle is up next, with the fiercest ponytail in the business.
21:37: Here’s another of Raquel’s vine’s seeing as y’all loved yesterday’s
21:35: It’s now time for another dose of word-distortion in the name of sounding indie, here’s Flashing Lights by Raquel.
21:34: “She looks good” really shouldn’t be something noteworthy, but in this year’s show it truly is; so good on her for looking great. (Translation of the above via text message from a friend: “Fiha daqqa”)
21:33: Golden by Brooke follows Testa’s efforts, and I’ve gotta hand it to her, it’s a very solid entry. A bit uninspired but that seems to be this year’s unofficial theme anyway.
21:33: Thankfully Ben has somehow recovered from the “incredible excitement/enthusiasm” he felt radiating off the participants yesterday, and has returned to the stage to look good in that suit, and stutter.
21:20: What’s TVM’s policy on politely asking Daniel Testa to give this song to someone who can actually keep up with it? Would that be impolite? I promise I’ll say please.
21:17: That being said, if we milked the shock factor in a “The Voice” style reveal halfway through this song, we’d be rolling in the votes.
21:16: I don’t know if it’s his vocal style, or the songs he chooses, but something about all this just doesn’t make sense for Eurovision (in 2016 anyway).
21:15: Up next is a song so sweet my nanna’s given up making figolli. Here’s Franklin with “Little Love”
21:12: I’m super glad to see Debs in the final, something about her aura just makes her feel protective over her; like the friend who, after a night out I’m gonna be holding her hair as she hugs the toilet, crying about some guy called Richard who didn’t text her back.
21:11: First to take to the stage is Deborah C.
21:08: The slip ups begin, as Ben thanks everyone for "washing [him] live" - Where do I sign up?
21:06: Tonight’s presenter is local model turned actor Ben Camille, who breaks all stereotypes of a Eurovision host by not even attempting a lame joke. Who needs to make an effort when you have that jawline?
21:04: First to perform tonight is Destiny, who'll be showing the 14 upcoming acts what it takes to win an international competition, or a watered-down version of one anyway.
20:52: Hello all, ‘tis I once more. Tonight’s Eurovision live blog is sponsored by an above-average sized glass of wine, a slice of pizza, and a room filled with grumpy journalists. What more could I want on my Saturday night?
As the tension mounts for the 14 acts waiting backstage, the final preparations are underway for what promises to be another spectacle of flashing lights and below-par songs. The finalists will be giving their all in the hopes of impressing the Maltese televoting audience, and a plethora of C-list jurors. Tonight’s winner will represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Stockholm this May.

The performers will take to the stage in the following order:

1. All Around the World - Deborah C
2. Little Love - Franklin
3. Under the Sun - Daniel Testa
4. Golden - Brooke
5. Flashing Lights - Raquel
6. Kingdom - Christabelle
7. Falling Glass - Corazon
8. Fire Burn - Dominic
9. The Flame - Jessika
10. Alive - Jasmine
11. You’re Beautiful - Lawrence Gray
12. Young Love - Maxine
13. Chameleon - Ira Losco
14. Lighthouse - Kim

Stay tuned for our live-blog covering all the important happenings in tonight’s show, by the only person here still buzzing over this “Eurovision nonsense” - Chucky Bartolo.

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