Three former Maltese Eurovision participants have expressed their concerns about the use of the X Factor Malta as the nations selection process for Eurovision.
The Maltese participants from 2004, 2012 and 2015 have added their voices to a growing debate regarding the X Factor Malta. The three singers who represented Malta on stage at Eurovision have expressed their apprehensions about the X Factor Malta being used to select the nations entrant in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
Speaking to Malta Today, Amber who represented Malta in Vienna with “Warrior” commented;
I am a bit confused about mixing these two events; for me they are different platforms. The ESC is a ‘song contest’ while X Factor goes beyond just singing, it is about finding someone with a twist, it is more of a reality show in search for talent.
Ludwig Galea who participated in 2004 added;
I have nothing against X Factor per se but I’m against the fact it’s amalgamated with the ESC
Kurt Calleja explained that he felt that the X Factor should have been left with the traditional prize of a recording contract, instead of the winner going to next years Eurovision Song Contest.
The singers expressed their views that the Malta Eurovision Song Contest should have remained as the Maltese selection process for Eurovision. With the X Factor viewed as an entirely different format and not best placed to find both the right singer and song.
Source: Malta Today
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.