It’s given us memorable moments and plenty of adverts in the past. But Malta Eurovision Song Contest is no more — as TVM move on to a new selection process for Eurovision 2019. Instead, the winner of the first season of X Factor Malta will be the country’s representative in Israel.
TVM announced the news in a brief statement today, simply promoting the fact that the popular global show will finally debut in Malta. Whether it’s a solo act or group that triumphs, that act will represent Malta at the next Eurovision.
Malta Eurovision Song Contest
Unfortunately, MESC hasn’t exactly delivered the goods for Malta over the last few years. Since 2015, the country has only made the final once, with Ira Losco’s “Walk on Water”.
Notably, though, Ira actually won MESC with “Chameleon“. TVM and Ira ultimately opted to hold a second internal process which led to the selection of “Walk on Water”.
Otherwise, it’s been bad news for Amber, Claudia Faniello and most recently Christabelle. Whilst they’ve all been fan favourite acts, they’ve just not been able to connect with the rest of Europe.
This might be due to the fact that so many acts often returned to MESC — creating a familiarity with die-hard Eurovision fans, but not with the overall viewing public. By changing things up with X Factor Malta, TVM might be looking for a more rounded approach to their selection.
And using a reality show to find an act certainly worked for Israel and Netta in 2018. Could this be a wise move by TVM?
There’s no details as to when X Factor Malta will air, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated when more information is available.
What do you think of TVM’s decision? Are you sad to see the end of Malta Eurovision Song Contest? What’s your favourite MESC entry that didn’t make it? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below.