Ben Camille will host the first series of The X Factor Malta.
It has been announced by Maltese broadcaster TVM that TV personality Ben Camille will take on the role as host of The X Factor Malta. Ben has hosted numerous TV shows, including the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2016, and the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.
Speaking to TVM about this opportunity, Ben said:
“This is a dream come true. The X Factor is one of the most prestigious TV formats and I feel humbled with this great opportunity”.
Auditions for the series took place over the weekend at the PAVI Shopping Complex and the PAMA Shopping Village. The pop up booths are part of a nation wide campaign to find participants for the first series of the X Factor Malta. The booths according to Malta Today will be travelling around Malta over the coming weeks, help interested participants fill in the forms and perform in an initial auditions process.
The broadcaster will use the X Factor Malta to select their participant for the Eurovision Song Contest, replacing the nations long term selection process Malta Eurovision Song Contest.
The Malta Eurovision Song Contest also previously known as the Malta Song Festival had been used to select the nations Eurovision entry since their debut in 1971. The selection had undergone a number of revamps in recent years including the introduction of televoting and cutting out the semi-final stages.
Christabelle represented Malta in Lisbon with the song “Taboo”. She finished 13th in the second semi-final, having finished 5th with the juries on 93 points, but last with the public with 8 points.
Malta debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1971 and was represented by Joe Grech and the song “Marija L-Maltija”, which finished last. Malta competed again in 1972 and 1975 but then withdrew until their return in 1991. During the 1990s Malta only once finished outside of the top 10, and in 1998 they came within just 7 points of victory. It was Chiara who brought the country their 3rd place finish in 1998, and who went on to finish in 2nd at the 2005 contest in Kyiv. The only other artist to finish 2nd for Malta is Ira Losco, who was 12 points away from victory in 2002. They are the longest participating country never to have won the Eurovision Song Contest.