Tomorrow the auditions round of the X Factor Malta will begin, as singers face the judges for the first time.
The X Factor Malta gets underway tomorrow as the first auditions take place. Singers had already taken part in an earlier auditions round which was held at the start of this month across Malta. Tomorrow the hopeful singers will meet the judges for the first time. The judges are;
- Howard Keith Debono – Music industry professional who is, amongst other things, the manager of two-time Maltese Eurovision representative Ira Losco.
- Ray Mercieca – One of the best known artists in Malta and a pioneer of local music. He is known for his work with the bands The Characters and The Riffs.
- Alexandra Alden – Maltese artist who currently resides in The Netherlands where she recently graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree. Alden has had two number one songs with her first album and has just released her second one on an international label.
- Ira Losco – Finished second at the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest in Tallinn, Estonia performing the song “7th Wonder”, she was just 12 points away from victory. She returned to the competition in 2016 with the song “Walk on Water”, she qualified for the final and went on to finish 12th with a total of 153 points.
Maltese broadcaster PBS will use the X Factor Malta to select their participant for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2019, replacing the existing format, Malta Eurovision Song Contest.
The Malta Eurovision Song Contest also previously known as the Malta Song Festival had been used to select Malta’s 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 in 2018 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.
Source: X Factor Malta
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.