Last month Maltese broadcaster TVM confirmed that it would be ditching the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and would instead use new series The X Factor Malta to select its act for Eurovision 2019. The broadcaster has now confirmed that the series will be hosted by Junior Eurovision 2016 co-host Ben Camille.

Model/actor Ben may be best known to Eurovision fans as the co-host of Junior Eurovision 2016. While his background suggested he was a good pick for the role, Ben Camille — along with co-host Valerie Vella — was criticised for wooden delivery and a series of blunders, including revealing the winning country too early.

However, Ben previously had the more successful gig as the host of Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016, and proved himself capable of presenting the two live shows.

He’s also known for his modelling career, and has established himself as a television actor. He recently starred in the popular Maltese historic drama series Strada stretta.

Ben shared the news with his fans on Facebook. He said that working with an international brand like The X Factor had always been his dream. And he was optimistic for the local singers of Malta, adding that, “I truly believe that this is a huge step in the right direction as well as an amazing opportunity for all the local singing talent that we have here in Malta!”

The big news is out! ?? Working with such a professional brand as The X Factor, a Syco Entertainment owned format…

Posted by Ben Camille on Monday, July 2, 2018

The next big announcement expected to come from The X Factor Malta is the names of the judges. So far, no hints have been dropped, but fans of Ira Losco have suggested she would be perfect for the panel.

Contestant applications for The X Factor Malta are now open and will close tomorrow, Wednesday 4 July.

What do you think? Who would you like to see judging on The X Factor Malta? Which singers would you like to audition for the series? Share your thoughts below!

Read more Malta Eurovision Song Contest news here

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impressiveinstants

I can imagine the jury filled up with Malta Eurovision contestants.

Malteser
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Malteser

everyone knew he would host it
everyone didn’t want him to
but here he is xD

Mark
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Mark

He’s gorgeous; but that doesn’t necessarily translate into charm or charisma.

beccaboo1212
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Let’s just hope the viewing public doesn’t give Ben a hard give. Also, I really want the following to audition for Malta’s version of the X-Factor:

* Destiny Chukunyere
* Francesca Sciberras
* Gaia Cauchi
* Mikaela Bajada
* Sarah Bonnici

Anyone else?

Branko
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Branko

Beauty never lies… beautiful People are flat, wooden and have zero personality.

EFL
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EFL

ummm… MALTAAAAAA!?!?!? What were you thinking…!?

Malteser
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Malteser

I dunno what we were thinking tbh

jPod
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jPod

Oooh child. No, no, NO. At the risk of sounding like Carrie’s mother… THEY’RE ALL GONNA LAUGH AT YOU!!!

Alex
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Alex

Anyone but him

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

His hosting was TRAGIC

EscAU
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EscAU

aaaa if you haven’t seen his own reality show u might want to check it out on youtube… just for the amount of dislikes its funny 😀

Cameron
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Cameron

Seriously!!! He failed at hosting JESC 2016, so did Valerie

Cocooo
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Cocooo

I still remember the voting from JESC 2016 “…AND I HAVE ONE HUNDRED AND TEN… AND I HAVE, I HAVE… SO MANY POINTS TO GIVE” xD