The Malta Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final - [LIVE]

Tonight, 20 entries will be whittled down to 14, ahead of Saturday night's final. Follow Eurovision-whisperer Chucky Bartolo’s live comments, here.

Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016
Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016
00:05 Goodnight everyone, and thank you for joining us Chucky Bartolo
00:05 Well, that's a wrap for tonight. I'll be back tomorrow with more wine. Huzzah! Chucky Bartolo
00:04 14 - Maxine - Young Love Chucky Bartolo
00:03 13 - Jasmine - Alive Chucky Bartolo
00:02 12 - Brooke - Golden Chucky Bartolo
00:01 11 - Lawrence - You're Beautiful Chucky Bartolo
00:01 10 - Jessika - The Flame Chucky Bartolo
00:00 my bad, Corazon sang falling glass, not Orazaon #nbid Chucky Bartolo
00:00 9 - Ira - Chameleon Chucky Bartolo
00:00 8 - orazaon - Falling glass Chucky Bartolo
23:59 7 - Daniel Testa - Under the Sun Chucky Bartolo
23:58 6 - Franklin - Little Love Chucky Bartolo
23:58 5 - Deborah C - All Around the World Chucky Bartolo
23:57 4 - Christabelle - Kingdom Chucky Bartolo
23:56 3 - Kim - Lighthouse Chucky Bartolo
23:56 2 - Dominic - Fire Burn Chucky Bartolo
23:55 1 - Raquel - Flashing lights Chucky Bartolo
23:55 Here we go, in random order: Chucky Bartolo
23:48 TNV representin' Chucky Bartolo
23:22 Lawrence must have pissed off a sound guy for that "silta" to be the one they're showing Chucky Bartolo
23:19 Am I supposed to be impartial at this point? Cause the more I hear it, the more I'm loving Jasmine's song Chucky Bartolo
23:10 Ben's slip ups are the best. "Issa Sess..err issa Stess." "Inkun lakom..err mghakom" Chucky Bartolo
23:04 Televoting is now open! You have 15 minutes go go goooo Chucky Bartolo
23:02 Well, that was...loud Chucky Bartolo
23:00 My only notes on this were “It sounds like an artificially produced vegetable in the 90s...but as a song” Chucky Bartolo
22:58 The end is (finally) here. Last Up - Deborah C- All Around the World Chucky Bartolo
22:56 Did she take Meghan's colour scheme too? Really? Chucky Bartolo
22:55 Do people know they can rip off artist’s music without copying their accents too? Chucky Bartolo
22:54 Maxine Pace - Young Love Chucky Bartolo
22:54 Le man. Le. Chucky Bartolo
22:53 He’s singing this to himself and that scares me Chucky Bartolo
22:51 THAT NOTE! Mariah Carey tista tirtira Chucky Bartolo
22:51 It's 2016, why am I still typing the name Lawrence Gray - You're beautiful Chucky Bartolo
22:50 This is what a professional singer's performance looks like! WHY ARE YOU HERE IRA? Chucky Bartolo
22:48 This is why we love Ira Chucky Bartolo
22:46 Ira Losco - That's why I love you Chucky Bartolo
22:46 We're back to IRA! YAAY Chucky Bartolo
22:39 Nailed it, dayum. Not a fan of the song but you can't deny that note Chucky Bartolo
22:37 I’ve been curious about an upcoming note and how it would fare live while Chucky Bartolo
22:37 I feel like this is what we’d generate if we ever required a football anthem Chucky Bartolo
22:36 One direction has fallen on hard times Chucky Bartolo
22:35 Dominic - Fire Burn follows Elsa Chucky Bartolo
22:33 Pls meet Kim backstage and text Pixar Chucky Bartolo
22:32 You can’t say anything negative about Franklin, it’ll be like yelling at a puppy. Chucky Bartolo
22:31 Franklin Calleja - Little Love Chucky Bartolo
22:29 I really hope the guy who did the seated dance video comes back this year Chucky Bartolo
22:28 She literally came back with the same song I love her so much for that Chucky Bartolo
22:27 MY BODY IS READY FOR CHRISTABELLE! Up next singing - Kingdom Chucky Bartolo
22:25 Actually praying for a group of tone deaf nuns to be next. I cannot take another bland performance Chucky Bartolo
22:24 This sounds like the music for a kunserva advert *cue rolling gozitan hills* Chucky Bartolo
22:24 Danica Muscat - Front Line Chucky Bartolo
22:22 Can you buy a cake-topper of just the bride? Is that what we're selling here? Chucky Bartolo
22:11 If I was at a club this is the kind of song I’d go to the bar and get a drink during. Chucky Bartolo
22:11 Sarah Crystal - Right here with you Chucky Bartolo
22:08 How does bribing work? Is like 20 euro enough? Cause I want her to do well enough to get to the final, without the risk of this winning the whole thing? Chucky Bartolo
22:07 I want her to sing for an animated movie Chucky Bartolo
22:07 Kim & her Lighthouse follow Brooke's great performance Chucky Bartolo
22:05 It's a bit of a cliche song, but I'm vibing Chucky Bartolo
22:04 But she looks fiiiine, damn! Chucky Bartolo
22:03 Jessie J did this song earlier and I didn’t even like it when she did it Chucky Bartolo
22:03 BroOOOke?? What was that announcer? Chucky Bartolo
22:02 Brooke - Golden Chucky Bartolo
22:01 ADELE HAND (see Hello video for tutorial on how to rock the black nails scratching your own face vibe) Chucky Bartolo
22:00 Chucky Bartolo
21:59 Do the eyebrows get a separate number for televoting? Chucky Bartolo
21:59 The whole time all I could hear is the “indie singer shows us her kitchen” vine Chucky Bartolo
21:58 Raquel - Flashing lights Chucky Bartolo
21:57 "Iva probabbilment, iva iva probabbilment" - All of Ben's lines Chucky Bartolo
21:49 This girl knows how to sing! Chucky Bartolo
21:48 This is kinda what I would have wanted warrior to sound like, for last year Chucky Bartolo
21:48 (dare I say - Deja Vu?) Chucky Bartolo
21:48 Thunder at the start? I’m getting all the Olivia Lewis vibes Chucky Bartolo
21:47 Jasmine Abela, with Alive Chucky Bartolo
21:47 I didn't hate it, I'm impressed Chucky Bartolo
21:45 The TRUE chameleon of the Eurovision, Jessika presents as Owl City this year, in her 5th style attempted at MESC Chucky Bartolo
21:44 Am I the only one who didn't wear a white dress tonight? Chucky Bartolo
21:43 Jessssssssika - The Flame Chucky Bartolo
21:43 I want to give him a hug, he really looks like he's suffering to sing this song Chucky Bartolo
21:40 "we've DONE mistakes"?? Chucky Bartolo
21:39 Daniel Testa - Under the Sun Chucky Bartolo
21:38 Oh thank god, they didn't kiss. We have been spared Chucky Bartolo
21:38 DONT DO IT Chucky Bartolo
21:36 Imagine if your dad entered the competition just to embarrass you and he actually made it to the final Chucky Bartolo
21:36 This feels like an 80s workout video nightmare Chucky Bartolo
21:35 First of the second batch of 4 is Dario - I love you Chucky Bartolo
21:34 I'm glad Ben no longer sounds like he’s gonna puke on everyone with his nerves Chucky Bartolo
21:27 The crowd is going absolutely bonkers Chucky Bartolo
21:25 BEHIND THESE HAZEL EYES YES *mutes television* Chucky Bartolo
21:25 The chorus reminds me of A kelly Clarkson song Chucky Bartolo
21:23 Domenique - Empty Hearted follows Stefan Chucky Bartolo
21:21 You’d think someone who lights up your life would inspire a few more lyrics Chucky Bartolo
21:21 Did he say “my girl”? Chucky Bartolo
21:20 And now: Stefan Galea - Light Up My Life Chucky Bartolo
21:19 "Like, but why are they like falling glass" - Texts from friends Chucky Bartolo
21:16 First line and I’ve missed half the lyrics. Chucky Bartolo
21:15 Next up is Corazon with Falling Glass Chucky Bartolo
21:14 That dress screams: TIFTAKRUNI?? JIEN LI RBAHT Chucky Bartolo
21:13 "Dahlet soru jew?" - Texts from my Father Chucky Bartolo
21:12 All the Kylie Minogue vibes with that dress. YES YES YES Chucky Bartolo
21:08 This is news to me. The originally titled " award" is not at all designed to draw traffic to their site, promise Chucky Bartolo
21:06 Here's hoping one of the participants trips and smashes his mic pack Chucky Bartolo
21:05 Hellooo Ben Chucky Bartolo
21:04 Well Sauron seems to be happy with her performance Chucky Bartolo
20:49 I just thought Amber was a random backstage hand. Time to put the wine down for a while Chucky Bartolo
20:47 Did I say glad? Chucky Bartolo
20:47 Glad to see these two are still around Chucky Bartolo
20:43 Hey guys, my wine is cold, and my body is ready for its annual dose of Eurovision hopefuls Chucky Bartolo

In just under an hour, 19 hopefuls will take to the stage, vying for a chance to represent Malta in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, which will be hosted by Sweden this May. Having already surpassed over 150 entries in the preliminary phases of the competition, tonight's performers will belt it out for a chance at being one of the lucky 14 to make it to tomorrow's final.

 This year's competitors boast a wide spectrum of experience within the Eurovision Song Contest, with some new faces and some old; some of whom we've missed, and many who we've seen too much of.

Eurovision veteran Ira Losco will be the first to perform tonight, in a bid to capture the hearts of the Maltese audience watching at home. Be sure to check out our live, blow by blow coverage of tonight's Semi-Final by resident Eurovision Connoisseur, Chucky Bartolo; right here on

The running order for tonight's semi-final is as follows:

  1. Ira Losco – Chameleon (Invincible)
  2. Corazón – Falling Glass
  3. Stefan Galea – Light Up My Life
  4. Domenique – Empty Hearted
  5. Dario – I Love You
  6. Daniel Testa – Under the Sun
  7. Jessika – The Flame
  8. Jasmine – Alive
  9. Raquel – Flashing Lights
  10. Brooke – Golden
  11. Kim – Lighthouse
  12. Sarah Crystal – Right Here With You
  13. Danica – Frontline
  14. Christabelle – Kingdom
  15. Franklin – Little Love
  16. Dominic – Fire Burn
  17. Ira Losco – That’s Why I Love You
  18. Laurence Gray – You’re Beautiful
  19. Maxine – Young Love
  20. Deborah C – All Around the World