These last 365 days have marked the year of many things, from devastatingly shitty to touchingly hopeful. But if 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that memes and a couple of viral videos can see us through any hardship life throws at us.
While Lovin Malta was busy publishing breaking news, exclusive stories and in-depth documentaries, we were also churning out dozens of uploads on TikTok.
And we get it; there’s just been so much happening these last couple of months that it’s easy to miss a whole lot.
So without further ado, here are some highlights from Lovin Malta’s 2020 on TikTok, featuring the good, the better and the downright random.
1. COVID arrives in Malta… and with it, mask-wearing dilemmas.
From people visiting shops without wearing their masks properly to our leaders saying one thing and doing another, much was said about facemasks this year.
By the time summer’s intense heat and humidity were added to that already delicate equation, Lovin Malta’s takes on mask antics had already made it to TikTok… including these two videos that quickly amassed nearly 150,000 views between them.
@lovinmaltaofficialwhatdoyouwantfromme.mp4 😩 #lovinmalta #covid19malta #mask #robertabela #tiktokmalta #politicalmemes♬ original sound – Lovin Malta
@lovinmaltaofficialIs it so hard to wear a mask properly? 😩🤯 #malta #lovinmalta #covid19malta #facemaskgonewrong #tiktokmalta #fypmalta♬ Paper Planes – M.I.A.
@lovinmaltaofficialSmoking kills… BUT in the interest of proving a point 😷🧐😂 #lovinmalta #malta #fyp #fypmalta #covid19 #smoking♬ original sound – Lovin Malta
2. Peppi Azzopardi tries to contain himself.
What do you get when you put one of the countries’ most prominent TV journalists in Malta and get them to interview a divisive Opposition Leader?
A whole lot of soundbites… including this one moment where Peppi asks Adrian Delia where he had ever smoked weed, only to end up looking like he can hardly keep a straight face.
Four months and over 100,000 views later, this one’s still one of Lovin Malta’s top TikToks.
@lovinmaltaofficialtfw you’re in a classroom and your friend cracks a joke behind the teacher’s back 🤐 #lovinmalta #xarabank #adriandelia #fyp #fypmalta♬ original sound – Lovin Malta
3. Eileen? Always the queen.
It might’ve been well over a decade since Eileen Montesin graced our TV sets with the classic series Dejjem Tiegħek Becky, but her viral influence is still as powerful as Day One.
Case in point? These two TikToks featuring the queen herself celebrating rainfall.
Think there’s anything else to it? Nope. It’s just that. And it’s glorious.
@lovinmaltaofficialEileen Montesin will Never stop being an absolute mood 🥰 #lovinmalta #tiktokmalta #eileenmontesin #rain #storm #malta #fyp #xita #qedtqattar♬ original sound – Lovin Malta
@lovinmaltaofficialEileen Montesin is the Queen of Queens, don’t even @ me 😅 #lovinmalta #rain #storm #fyp #fypmalta #eileenmontesin♬ original sound – Lovin Malta
4. Have Malta’s politicians ever smoked weed? Do you recognise this porn website’s intro? Do you prefer Robert or Bernard? Lovin Malta asks.
From your second cousin-in-law to the Finance Minister, Lovin Malta took to the streets of Valletta to ask a host of questions this year.
And as expected when you bring up anything from weed to porn to the people of this great island, things quickly escalated.
@lovinmaltaofficialHave Malta’s MPs ever smoked weed? 🧐 Find out on Facebook ✨ #lovinmalta #weed #fyp #fypmalta♬ original sound – Lovin Malta
@lovinmaltaofficial@ykwhatimeitisbro has one simple question. Come on, be honest 👀😅 #fyp #fypmalta #malta #tiktokmalta #voxpop♬ original sound – Lovin Malta
@lovinmaltaofficial@ykwhatimeitisbro is back with another simple question 👀😅 Part 2 coming soon! #fyp #fypmalta #malta #tiktokmalta♬ original sound – Lovin Malta
5. LIDL Shoes? Absolute D.R.I.P.
Malta joined the rest of the European mainland in losing its collective shit over LIDL’s colourful fashion line last month.
Lovin Malta was there on the morning of the release to film the collection… and hey, even try one of the shoes!
@lovinmaltaofficialLIDL… sneakers? Welcome to the new trend that has kicked off today in Malta 👟😎😅 #fyp #fypmalta #tiktokmalta♬ HAD ME LIKE [CLEAN] – Lem Thyret
6. Malta’s most persistent LESA officer.
With new restrictions in place for most of the year, leaving your house in 2020 has looked and felt different. For starters, you need to be wearing a mask in public at all times… unless you’re smoking, eating or drinking, that is.
And that’s where this two-part TikTok mini-series chimes in, featuring a very persistent LESA officer and a bro who’s always ready with a simple exception.
@lovinmaltaofficialAw aw aw qed niekol u npejjep dw 🤭😬😅 #fyp #fypmalta #tiktokmalta #lovinmalta #covid19malta #masks♬ HOT & SPICY SALSA – Jaycee Mante
@lovinmaltaofficialI always feel like somebody’s watching me 😬😷😂 #fyp #fypmalta #lovinmalta #tiktokmalta #malta #covid19 #mask♬ HOT & SPICY SALSA – Jaycee Mante
7. Malta’s Got… Talent?
Much has been said of the TV talent competition that dominated Maltese conversations for the latter half of the year, but more can always be said. Trust us.
From commenting on the island’s questionable filter for talent to following up on that moment one contestant roasted all the judges, Lovin Malta was there with a lot of MGT content this year… and y’all seemed to have loved it.
@lovinmaltaofficialMaybe we should give this whole €25,000 prize thing a shot next year 🧐😅 #fyp #fypmalta #lovinmalta #tiktokmalta #maltasgottalent♬ original sound – Lovin Malta
@lovinmaltaofficialThe struggle, it’s very real 😬😩😅 #lovinmalta #malta #fyp #fypmalta #pepe #tkellembilmalti♬ original sound – Lovin Malta
@lovinmaltaofficialThat really just happened huh 🥵😅 #fyp #fypmalta #lovinmalta #malta #mgt #maltasgottalent #lapes #roast #howyoudothis♬ original sound – Lovin Malta
8. Hot or not? Maltese rappers decide.
Eddie Fresco and Lapes came by our offices earlier this month to answer a very simple question – hot or not?
The thing is, the candidates weren’t as simple and straightforward.
@lovinmaltaofficialWe asked rapper Eddie Fresco a couple of very hot questions 🥵😅 #fyp #fypmalta #lovinmalta #malta #hotornot #eddiefresco♬ original sound – Lovin Malta
@lovinmaltaofficialLapes came by our offices for an extra spicy round of Hot or Not 😅 #fyp #fypmalta #malta #tiktokmalta #hotornot #lapes #maltasgottalent♬ original sound – Lovin Malta
9. Awards? Yeah, we got ’em.
Lovin Malta won five awards at this Malta Journalism Awards… and yes, that also included Best Use Of The Maltese Language.
Check out Jon Mallia cheekily accepting that particular award, and stay tuned for more in 2021.
10. The Bros reunite.
What do you get when you put a disgraced former minister and a disgraced former Chief of Staff in an interrogation room of the Economic Crimes Unit?
A whole lotta bromance, my dude.
@lovinmaltaofficialMust’ve been quite a touching reunion today at the Economic Crimes Unit 🤭😅 #fyp #fypmalta #tiktokmalta♬ original sound – Lovin Malta
11. Stay safe out there – it was another crazy year on Malta’s roads.
From confusing incidents of road rage to shocking accidents, Malta saw another busy year on its roads.
Thankfully, these two TikTok updates below only resulted in slight injuries.
@lovinmaltaofficialFootage has emerged of an accident in Msida last night escalating in a driver ramming into a cyclist 👀 Full video on Lovin Malta 📲 #fyp #fypmalta♬ original sound – Lovin Malta
@lovinmaltaofficialA shocking head-on collision in Sliema last night thankfully only ended with slight injuries. Read all about it on Lovin Malta #fyp #fypmalta♬ original sound – Lovin Malta
12. Bernard Grech, the time-travelling Opposition Leader.
In Malta, you can’t seem to make a simple mistake, even if it’s completely inconsequential.
We took that to its ultimate extreme in October, when we turned Bernard Grech’s quick stumble during his first speech as Opposition Leader to a whole new dimension.
Not too shabby for Lovin PN, I guess. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
@lovinmaltaofficialWe’ve got a time traveller as an Opposition Leader 🤭✨😅 #lovinmalta #malta #tiktokmalta #fyp #fypmalta #politicalmemes♬ original sound – Lovin Malta
13. Y’all want to hear a ghost story?
How about four?
Lovin Malta celebrated the run-up to Halloween 2020 by publishing a mini series of spooky stories from around the island, featuring everything from a haunted house in Valletta to the creepiest road in Malta.
@lovinmaltaofficialHalloween Week is here, and it’s time to take a stroll down Spook Street. First up, Valletta 👻 #fyp #fypmalta @thesingleofficebi♬ original sound – Lovin Malta
@lovinmaltaofficialWe’re back with another Maltese ghost story… this time from the island’s old capital city 👻 #fyp #fypmalta #ghoststory #lovinmalta♬ original sound – Lovin Malta
@lovinmaltaofficialHave you heard the spooky story of this unassuming building on Merchant Street? 👻 #fyp #fypmalta @mattbaldacchino♬ original sound – Lovin Malta
@lovinmaltaofficialHappy Halloween 🎃 it’s time for our fourth and final Maltese ghost story. #fyp #fypmalta #ghoststory #tiktokmalta♬ original sound – Lovin Malta
14. Robert Abela doesn’t agree.
A Q&A session by Prime Minister Robert Abela quickly turned into a simulation of me answering all my haters online.
Which quickly turned into us answering all our haters online.
It’s the ciiiiiircle of liiiiife.
@lovinmaltaofficialPM Robert Abela took to Facebook yesterday evening to answer questions… and disagree with a bunch of people 🤭😅 ##fyp ##fypmalta ##tiktokmalta ##malta♬ original sound – Lovin Malta
15. In Malta, we don’t say…
Our most recent and by far biggest TikTok series yet is all about what Maltese people actually say instead of normal requests and sayings.
Expect a bunch of memes and classic viral videos. Some things never change, and these OGs are some of them.
@lovinmaltaofficialOwwwwwwaaaaeeewwwhobbzzzzzzzzzz 🗣 #fyp #fypmalta #malta #memes #tiktokmalta♬ original sound – Lovin Malta
@lovinmaltaofficialStaying true to our emotional and dramatic AF Mediterranean roots 🤭😅 #fyp #fypmalta #malta #wedontsaychallenge #language #maltin♬ original sound – Lovin Malta
@lovinmaltaofficialPART 3! Legends never die 🥔😅 #fyp #fypmalta #malta #lovinmalta #maltin #tiktokmalta #wedontsaychallenge♬ original sound – Lovin Malta
@lovinmaltaofficialPART 4: When in doubt, just be more direct? 🤭😂 #fyp #fypmalta #malta #tiktokmalta #maltin #wedontsaychallenge♬ original sound – Lovin Malta
BONUS: 10,000 followers later, we’re only getting started
With all of you helping us reach the awesome milestone before the end of the year, you can bet there’s way more where that came from.
So hurry up and watch all of the above and follow us on TikTok, because 2021 is going to be a long and wild one.
@lovinmaltaofficialTHANK YOU FOR 10K! 🥰 ONWARDS & UPWARDS 🍋 ##fyp ##fypmalta ##lovinmalta ##wedontsaychallenge ##10kfollowers ##tiktokmalta ##specialepisode♬ original sound – Lovin Malta