Malta has selected two talented singers to represent country at the 26th edition of Slavianski Bazaar this year in Vitebsk.

For the first time Malta held national selection for Slavianski Bazaar on March 18 at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in the capital city of Valletta. Two singers have now been selected to represent Malta at this years contest in Belarus. The selection was held for the both age categories the Junior contest and Adults International Pop Song Contest, this is the first time Malta has competed in both categories.

The two artists selected to represent Malta in Belarus are:

Janice Mangion, 28-years old Maltese singer, active participant of the TV and radio programs. She finished second earlier this year in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song “Kewkba”, she performed the first fully Maltese song in the countries Eurovision selection for over a decade.

Martina Cutajar, 11-years old very talented young singer, Grand Prix winner of the many national and international vocal competitions, active participant of many TV and charity Projects will represent country in the Junior contest.

On the jury that selected this years Maltese participants were:

  • Jane Pace (Malta) – professional musician, judge of the international singing contests;
  • Lucas Giacallone (Italy) – TV and radio producer
  • Svetlana Lentini (Ukraine) – art professor, musical critic
  • Evelina Batey (Malta / Russia) – producer, professional musician, organiser of the Malta Audition.

Source: Slavianski Bazaar Malta

Slavianski Bazaar has been held annually in Vibetsk, Belarus since 1992. The event consists of two competitive contests, the International Pop Song Performers Contest for singers age 18 to 31, and the Children’s Contest for those age between 7 and 12. The competition is popular in the former Soviet Union, Baltic States and the Balkans. Winners include Ruslana, Zeljko Joksimovic, Donny Montell and Alyona Lanskaya. The Children’s Contest has been held since 2003 and former winners include singers who have gone on to compete in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. This includes former winner Ksenia Sitnik who won for Belarus in 2005.