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Three minutes 11 seconds of a powerful performance by Maltese singer Christabelle, wasn’t enough to convince the voters to give their approval for the Maltese song in this year’s edition of the Eurovision.

As the votes started to roll out, and the qualifying songs were announced, Malta’s love relationship with the Eurovision song contest was put under severe strain and now the debate about the country’s participation will kick in.

Social media feeds were inundated with anger and frustration as Malta’s entry failed to make it to Saturday’s final. The strong performance, accompanied by a powerful choreography and artistic representation of the meaning of the song, that is the darkness of mental illness wasn’t enough.

Irrespective of the result, the Maltese song managed to provide a strong platform on a very pertinent issue, i.e. Mental Health.

The following ten countries have qualified for the Grand Final (in order of announcement):

Serbia: Nova Deca by Sanja Ilić & Balkanika
Moldova: My Lucky Day by DoReDoS
Hungary: Viszlát Nyár by AWS
Ukraine: Under The Ladder by MELOVIN
Sweden: Dance You Off by Benjamin Ingrosso
Australia: We Got Love by Jessica Mauboy
Norway: That’s How You Write A Song by Alexander Rybak
Denmark: Higher Ground by Rasmussen
Slovenia: Hvala, ne! by Lea Sirk
The Netherlands: Outlaw In ‘Em by Waylon