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Malta has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 28 times since its debut in 1971. The history of the Malta Song Festival dates back to 1960. Malta has never won the contest but has twice finished second and twice finished third.

At first, the island state sent songs in its native language, Maltese, but it failed to rank highly, finishing last in its first two attempts in the contest in 1971 and 1972 and withdrew after the 1975 contest. Malta's return to the contest in 1991, after a sixteen-year absence, proved to be more successful, with eight consecutive top ten placings (1991-1998) and finishing in the top ten in 12 out of 15 contests from 1991-2005. These results included third place in 1992 for Mary Spiteri, second-place finishes in 2002 and 2005 with Ira Losco and Chiara, who had previously finished third in 1998. In 2009, Chiara was the first Maltese artist to represent her country on 3 occasions.

Debbie Scerri, who represented Malta in 1997, had the "honor" of being the first Barbara Dex Award winner.

Malta's two seconds and two thirds, make it the most successful country not to win the contest. Since 2006, Malta has struggled to make an impact in the contest, finishing last in 2006 with Fabrizio Faniello, who had previously finished ninth in 2001, and failing to qualify from the semi-final round four times, in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011. Malta has failed to reach the top ten in eight of the last nine contests (2006-2014), the exception being Gianluca Bezzina, who finished eighth in 2013.

The country has been one of the few to have never missed the contest under the relegation rule.

Participants

Year Artist Song Language Place Points Semi Points
1971 Joe Grech Marija l-Maltija Maltese 18 52 No Semi Finals
1972 Helen and Joseph L-imħabba 18 48
1973 -1974 Did Not Compete
1975 Renato Singing This Song English 12 32 No Semi Final
1976 -1990 Did Not Compete
1991 Paul Giordimaina and Georgina Abela Could It Be English 6 106 No Semi Finals
1992 Mary Spiteri Little Child 3 123
1993 William Mangion This Time 8 69
1994 Chris and Moira More Than Love 5 97
1995 Mike Spiteri Keep Me In Mind 10 76
1996 Miriam Christine In a Woman's Heart 10 68 4 138
1997 Debbie Scerri Let Me Fly 9 66 No Semi Finals
1998 Chiara The One That I Love 3 165
1999 Times Three Believe 'n Peace 15 32
2000 Claudette Pace Desire English, Maltese 8 73
2001 Fabrizio Faniello Another Summer Night English 9 48
2002 Ira Losco 7th Wonder 2 164
2003 Lynn Chircop To Dream Again 25 4
2004 Julie and Ludwig On Again... Off Again 12 50 8 74
2005 Chiara Angel 2 192 Top 12 in 2004
2006 Fabrizio Faniello I Do 24 1 Top 11 in 2005
2007 Olivia Lewis Vertigo -- -- 25 15
2008 Morena Vodka -- -- 14 38
2009 Chiara What If We 22 31 6 86
2010 Thea Garrett My Dream -- -- 12 45
2011 Glen Vella One Life -- -- 11 54
2012 Kurt Calleja This Is The Night 21 41 7 70
2013 Gianluca Bezzina Tomorrow 8 120 4 118
2014 Firelight Coming Home 23 32 9 63
2015 Amber Bondin Warrior -- -- 11 43
2016 Ira Losco Walk On Water 12 153 3 209
2017 Claudia Faniello Breathlessly -- -- 16 55

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