Malta will expand the selection considerably in 2023 with four extra preliminary rounds compared to this year. Just like in 2022, this will be done under the name The Malta Eurovision Song Contest for which forty candidates will be selected next year. They will have to perform their song live in the preliminary rounds, but they are not allowed to use choreography or props. The best 24 qualify for the semi-finals. In it, the artists are free to use choreography and props. The best sixteen go to the final. The open registration opens on 17 October and lasts up to two weeks.
The four preliminary rounds will take place on 13, 20 and 27 January and 3 February. The semi-final is scheduled for February 9 with the final two days later on February 11. The rules leave open whether the winning artist can change entries later. The winner of 2022, Emma Muscat, won with Out of Sight, but thought she had a better chance with I Am What I Am. She didn’t come close to a final spot.