Malta announces selection process
Malta’s national broadcaster, Public Broadcasting Services Limited (PBS), announced the details for the selection process for their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark, thus beginning Eurovision season in Malta.
The submissons must be delivered to the PBS offices on either October 30 or 31. The authors and composers of the entries can be of any nationality, but the performers must be either a Maltese citizen or a dual citizen of Malta.
Each song must be between 2:55 and 3:00 minutes. There is no limit on the amount of entries that authors, composers, and performers can submit.
Once the deadline for submissions passes, there will be an eliminatory phase at the end of November, which will consist of a panel of judges listening to all the entries, without the artists being present. The panel will bring the entry total down to 20.
From then, there will be two televised shows (qualifying round and final) shown live. The shows will either be in January or February, depending on schedule availability. Both shows will use a scoring system of six voting judges, and televote from the television audience, becoming essentially the seventh judge in scoring.
The qualifying round will involve 20 songs sung live, and bringing the total down to 14. The final will invite the 14 qualifying artists to perform once again, where the top scorer and winner will go on to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark.