Disqualification is something we hope to rarely see, but if rules can’t be followed, then unfortunately someone must take the consequences. Another disqualification has now taken place, and this time it came from Malta.
Local news channel (TVM) of Malta just recently announced that Aidan had been disqualified and will no longer be in contention to represent the tiny Mediterranean island at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool.
Maltese broadcaster (PBS) has been informed as well, and have already taken action and removed everything that involves Aidan’s participation in this year’s Maltese national final. A reasoning for the disqualification was not given publicly from the moment of the announcement, other than a breach of the rules was found.
Aidan had submitted the song “Regina” as his contender for this year, after he also took part last year, where he finished 2nd with his song “Ritmu“. Aidan was considered an early favorite as well among fans and remained a likely candidate until now.
[UPDATE] – TVM has already added additional information and stated the following as the reason behind the disqualification:
- 5.6 – The engagement of marketing personnel, marketing officials, marketing companies or the engagement into some sort of marketing or promotional campaign or activity by the artists to promote themselves, the song, their participation, or in some way to influence the public vote is strictly prohibited. The publication of any social media post, promotion material, interviews or media presence/exposure from the announcement of the quarter finalist’s onwards is also strictly prohibited. Any breach of this clause will lead to automatic disqualification.
Malta Eurovision Song Contest
With that, the remaining 39 songs participating are still in contentions, currently the quarter-final shows are taking place on Malta, which showcase each performer and the songs they are competing with. So far, 2 out of 3 quater-finals have taken place, with the last of the 3 taking place on the 27th of January.
Afterwards, the semi-final will take place on the 9th of February and then the final on the 11th of February, which will declare who will represent Malta in Liverpool. Whether a similar situation like 2022 will take place once again, where the winning song is replaced, is yet uncertain.
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Source(s): TVMnews.mt (In Maltese)