Malta search for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 gets underway next month, with the X Factor Malta just one month away from its first show.
PBS has revealed today the the first series of the X Factor Malta gets underway on October 7. The show which will act as Maltese selection process to the determine their participant in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, has already held its auditions round in August. It is not known how many shows the X Factor Malta will be formed of, or how long the series will last for.
On the panel of the show 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.
The X Factor Malta replaces the existing Malta selection 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