The Gozo Ministry is set to help young people start their careers in the arts, by paying for them to attend the live shows of the X Factor Malta.
The Ministry for Gozo has announced a program that aims to help young Gozitans on their path to starting their career in the arts. The ‘Reach for the Stars’ programme will help to pay for young talents to travel to the Maltese mainland to attend the X Factor Malta live shows.
Young persons that are deemed to be eligible will receive a 75 %subsidy on the price of the ticket to the X Factor Malta, as well as free transport to and from the main ferry port on the Maltese mainland. Those wishing to apply to be part of the programme must be between 12 and 35 years old, reside in Gozo, and “attend courses or be interested in Visual and Performing Artists.”
The first of the live shows for the X Factor Malta takes place on Sunday evening. The line-up for the final shows is as follows:
- Michela Pace
- Nicole Frendo
- Kelsey Bellante
- Ben Purplle
- Franklin Calleja
- Owen Leuellen
- Luke Chappell
- Norbert Bondin
- 4th Line
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: Times of 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.