According to TVMnews, the news channel of Malta’s national broadcaster TVM, Aidan has been disqualified from MESC 2023, stating he breached the rules of the festival. TVM has stated Aidan broke the following rules:
5.3. By participating in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2023, each applicant is accepting to be bound by these terms and conditions regulating this participation. All applicants undertake to follow all the contest’s regulations and PBS directives. Any breach of these regulations may result in immediate disqualification.
5.6. The engagement of marketing personnel, marketing officials, marketing companies or the engagement into some sort of marketing or promotional campaign or activity by the artists to promote themselves, the song, their participation, or in some way to influence the public vote is strictly prohibited. The publication of any social media post, promotion material,interviews or media presence/exposure from the announcement of the quarter finalist’s onwards is also strictly prohibited. Any breach of this clause will lead to automatic disqualification.
(Public Broadcasting Services Ltd – 2022)
Aidan was set to participate in MESC 2023, the Maltese national final for Eurovision, with his song Regina. Last year, Aidan finished second with his song Ritmu.
Source: TVMnews/ Image: Aidan