The Maltese Junior Eurovision Song Contest national selection took place on 19 September with 12 acts in the running for a chance to represent the island nation at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2020. On 1 October, the winner was announced! Chanel Monseigneur will go on to represent Malta in November with the song 'Chasing Sunsets'.
The final show was broadcast on TVM1 and was presented by Amber (Eurovision 2015) and Dorian Casar. The broadcast featured pre-recorded performances from all participants and online voting was open for several days which accounted for 50% of the overall score. The remaining 50% of the score came from a jury.
The 12 finalists were:
Anneka Xerri – Moving
Chanel Monseigneur – Chasing Sunsets
Emma Cutajar – Modern-Day Cinderella
Isaac Tom – Beside Me
Kaya Gouder Curmi – Made of Stars
Leah Cauchi – Anġli (Angels)
Leah Mifsud – Anywhere
Mariah Cefai – Change the Silence
Michela Caruana – Replay
Mychael Bartolo Chircop – The Child from Inside
Yulan Law and Gianluca Cilia – Deck of Cards. Gianluca represented Malta before, in 2017, where he finished 9th with Dawra Tond.
Zaira Mifsud and Eksenia Sammut – Only Live Once
Chanel Monseigneur was crowned the winner and will go on to represent Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
Chanel was born on 2 January 2011 and lives in Mosta. From an early age she has shown a lot of passion for singing. Her first singing and music theory lessons were only 3 years ago and she always showed interest in learning the piano, so she added piano lessons to her schedule last year.
She participated in various local competitions where she was always praised and encouraged to keep on nourishing her talent. In December 2019, she was awarded as the ‘Best Singer of The Year’ in a local competition.
In 2018 she participated in her first-ever international competition held in Lithuania, Music Talent League, achieving the 1st place in her age group. Last summer she also had the opportunity to participate in Talent World Contest (Italy) and in Riga Symphony (Latvia) in December 2019, placing 1st in both competitions with only a few marks away from winning the Grand Prix award.
Chanel is looking forward to participating in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest final with her first original song: Chasing Sunsets.