Malta: Meet the 24 Semi-Finalists for MJESC 2023

Just four months before this year’s edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Malta has finally announced the 24 Semi-Finalists for their national final, the Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

In a post dated on July 3, 2023 on the official page of Eurovision Song Malta, PBS revealed the 24 children who will advance into the national final’s semis:

You might be wondering about these 24 semi-finalists and we’ve got your back regarding that as we here at ESCBeat decided to create a small profile for each of these 24 semi-finalists in this post so that you can decide who to root for in MJESC.

Without further ado, here are the short profiles of the 24 semi-finalists of MJESC:


Aaliyah Grech is a singer who is currently trained by Maltese Junior Eurovision 2016 entrant Christina Margin.

Facebook page: Aaliyah Grech

Instagram account: @aaliyahgrech_official


Andrea Camilleri is a 13 year old singer who was previously a finalist in Malta’s Got Talent in 2020. After her stint in Malta’s Got Talent, she managed to land two interviews in TVM, one of which was a joint interview with Junior Eurovision 2015 winner and Maltese Eurovision 2021 entrant Destiny.

Recently, she also released a cover of Nothing Else Matters by Metallica:

Youtube channel: @andrea_camilleri

Instagram account: @andreaacamilleri


Anneka Xerri is no stranger to international singing competitions – in fact, just last May, she competed in the Arpeggio – International Singers Competition under the direction of her vocal coach, Claire McCartin. Besides competing in Arpeggio, she had also competed in MJESC in the year 2020 and Sanremo Junior Malta in 2022. She also released her debut single, “The Eye of the Storm” last November 26, 2022.

Facebook page: Anneka Xerri

Instagram account: @anneka_xerri


Cesca Galea was a finalist of The Voice Kids Malta in 2022 as part of Team Gianluca. She had also competed in MJESC in 2022 and Sanremo Junior Malta last May as a finalist.

Facebook page: CESCA GALEA

Instagram account: @cescagaleaofficial

Youtube channel: @cescagalea


Facebook page: Chanel Mifsud


Dawn Desira is no stranger to singing contests as she was crowned as the winner of the first edition of The Voice Kids Malta. Right after winning TVK Malta, Dawn went on to release a single called “Once Upon a Time”.

Facebook page: Dawn Desira

Instagram: @dawndesira

Youtube: Dawn Desira

Spotify: Dawn Desira


Instagram: @daylin_cassar_randich


Ella Seychell Navarro is another MJESC 2023 contestant who is also an alumni of the first ever edition of The Voice Kids Malta.

Facebook page: Ella Seychell Navarro


Emilie Vella may be another familiar name to Maltese viewers as she competed in The Voice Kids Malta. Before her stint in that show, she was also a contestant of Golden Voice Malta in 2020.

Facebook page: Emilie Vella

Instagram: @_emilievella_


Emma Farrugia is a singer who debuted with the song, “Chill Out” which came out last November 14, 2022. Now, she is aiming to go international as she competes in MJESC 2023.

Facebook page: Emma Farrugia

Instagram: @emma_farrugia13


Geneve Dimech hails from Mosta, Malta and is a student of the Malta Visual and Performing Arts School and has debuted with her single, “With you by my side” last December 24, 2022.

Instagram: @genevedimech_official

Youtube: @genevedimech


Isis Jade Miller is another returnee to MJESC. Previously, she competed in 2022 with the song “Unbreakable” which was written and composed by Maltese JESC 2016 entrant Christina Margin. Recently, she competed in the finals of Kantamagħna 2023 where she sang Queen’s “Somebody to Love”.

Facebook page: Isis Jade Miller


Jade Schembri is a singer and content creator known for her Youtube channel, Madilfstyle. Apart from singing and content creation, she is also fond of rabbits.

TRIVIA: She made a tribute video for Destiny when she competed in Eurovision 2021

Facebook page: Jade Schembri

Youtube channel: @SkyLife999


Kaylyn Mallia debuted as a soloist in 2019 with her song “Qawwi Qalbek” which is sung entirely in Maltese and was released in collaboration with Ġenerazzjoni Ġesu Tfal.

Spotify: Kaylyn Mallia


Keira Farrugia is a seasoned singer whose competitive singing experiences include The Voice Kids Malta, Sanremo Junior World Finals and The Entertainers Singing Challenge. In addition to being a competitive singer, she is also a musical theatre actress.

Instagram: @farrugiakeira


Krista Chircop is a seasoned singer who has competed in The Voice Kids Malta and Kanta Maghna Festival. Her vocal coach is Kaya Priscilla Giordano Psaila of the Singer Stage Academy.

Facebook page: Krista Chircop


Marcus Mifsud is an alumni of The Voice Kids Malta and is a huge fan of F1 Racing according to his Instagram account.

Instagram: @marcus._.mifsud__


Maria Curmi is no stranger to MJESC as she first participated in 2021 with the song “Wild & Free” followed by her participation in 2022 as part of the duo MA Girlz with the song “Stereo”. This is now her third time at MJESC.

Outside of MJESC, she has also participated in three other singing contests namely The Voice Kids Malta, KKI Junior (which she won in 2021), and Kantamagħna 2023.

Facebook page: Maria Curmi

Instagram: @curmi_maria

Youtube channel: @mariacurmi9914


Mia Lanzon first came to prominence in Malta during her participation in The Voice Kids Malta where she was a part of Team Destiny.

Facebook page: Mia Lanzon


Instagram: @naomi_camilleri_official


Point Blank is a Maltese co-ed group consisting of members Aaliyah, Gianluca, Norah, Sophie and Thomas. They debuted in March 2023 with the single “Shout” and since then, they have been invited to perform in various events such as The Malta Trust Foundation’s Għat-Tfal Kollha, Kollha Kollha telethon.

Facebook page: Point Blank

Instagram: @pointblankmalta

Youtube channel: @pointblankmalta

Spotify: Point Blank



Shyann Cutajar first came to national prominence in Malta when she competed in Sanremo Junior Malta in 2018. This was followed by her participation in The Entertainers Singing Challenge in 2019/2020 and 2020/2021. Aside from competing in singing contests, she has also appeared in Maltese TV shows such as Life & Style and Maratona Missjoni in 2019. She is affiliated with La Voix Malta.

Facebook page: Shyann Cutajar

Instagram: @shyann.cutajar


Yulan Law has multiple competitive singing experiences on her belt, starting with her participation in New Wave Junior 2019, then with her participation in Sanremo Junior Malta 2019, followed by her participation in MJESC 2020 with the song “Deck of Cards” (with Gianluca Cilia), Malta’s Got Talent in 2021, MJESC 2022 with the song “Change” and then finally, her participation in The Voice Kids Malta where she joined Team Destiny and reached the finals.

Facebook page: Yulan Law

Instagram: @yulanlaw_official

Youtube channel: @yulanlaw293

Spotify: Yulan Law


Zoya Failla first gained national recognition in Malta as a contestant of The Entertainers Singing Challenge in 2019/2020. She then returned to compete for the 2020/2021 edition of the contest.

Facebook page: Zoya Failla

Instagram: @zoya_failla

Last July 7th, a draw was held by PBS to determine which semifinal each semifinalist will be competing in. The draw also determined the running order for each semifinal which will have twelve entries each.

Below are the results of the July 7th draw for the MJESC 2023 semis:

Semi-Final 1 (July 22)

  • Emilie Vella
  • Mia Lanzon
  • Point Blank
  • Keira Farrugia
  • Emma Farrugia
  • Isis Jade Miller
  • Aaliyah Grech
  • Dawn Desira
  • Geneve Dimech
  • Shyann Cutajar
  • Ella Seychell Navarro
  • Cesca Galea

Semi-Final 2 (July 29)

  • Anneka Xerri
  • Naomi Camilleri
  • Krista Chircop
  • Zoya Failla
  • Maria Curmi
  • Chanel Mifsud
  • Kaylyn Mallia
  • Yulan Law
  • Daylin Cassar Randich
  • Jade Schembri
  • Marcus Mifsud
  • Andrea Camilleri

After the July 21 and 29 semis, a live show round will take place on August 5th and will determine who will advance to the final on August 12. For the final, the winner will be determined through jury votes (80%) and televote (20%). However, the winning song will not be unveiled on August 12th. Instead, an open call for songs will follow after MJESC 2023 with the chosen Maltese JESC entry to be announced on September 15th.

Of all the 24 semi-finalists of MJESC 2023, which one are you rooting for? Let us know in the comments section below and don’t forget to bookmark our website and follow us on our socials to be the first to know the latest Eurovision and Junior Eurovision news.

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