The small Mediterranean island is known for being a very enthusiastic Eurovision nation and this was again proved as the local broadcaster received a total of 210 songs for its pre-selection.
This is a new record, for example last year 181 songs were received on time.
Although more songs were received, this year there will be slightly less acts competing in the televised semi-final and final. 20 will be competing in the semi-final and 14 of them qualifies for the national final. The semi-final and final will take place in January-February – in addition to televoters, a jury panel of six members will rank the songs.