Junior Eurovision closed off for 2019 this weekend and a whopping 3.7 million votes were cast for the hopeful winners. Malta fell at the last hurdle after jury votes totalled them 1 point higher than Wales, but were left with an abysmal 29 points.
Malta placed 19th with Eliana Gomez Blanco’s We Are More, narrowly losing to Wales who scored 35
After being drawn to perform in the 8th slot, Malta’s junior hopeful took to the stage with her empowering and uplifting pop ballad, utilising both the Maltese and English languages in the lyrics for a patriotic edge.
But it seems as though the effort fell on flat ears over the weekend, with the only points being awarded coming from Serbia and Wales (both a measly 1 from each).
Comments on the live performance, uploaded to YouTube shortly after the airing, show shock and confusion as the audience seemed to appreciate the entry more than the jury.
One comment left on the video says, “I want to see her in adult Eurovision one day,” with another going on to question “why this song came last”.
Others lamented the potentiality for Malta to stop sending entries in with Maltese lyrics, while one fan seemed to acknowledge that while the track “was not a winning song” it “definitely [did] not deserve the last place”.
Malta’s 12 points were sent to Nothern Macedonia, 10 points were given to Poland – who bagged a home win with Superhero (making this their second consecutive win) – and 8 points went Down Under to Australia.
Malta’s loss this year, coupled with the shocking score of 27 points from the jury (giving us a point lead against real losers, Wales) is a stark contrast to 2018’s entry Marchin’ On that nabbed 5th place with 181 points.