After almost four months, the first series of the X Factor Malta has come to an end. And with it, Malta’s act for Eurovision 2019 has also been decided. Michela Pace was voted winner of the X Factor and will go on to represent Malta in Tel Aviv.
After last week’s semi-final, the contest was left with just four acts: Michela Pace, Nicole Frendo, Owen Leuellen and Petra.
While in previous episodes, judges Howard Keith Debono, Ray Mercieca, Alexandra Alden and Maltese Eurovision diva Ira Losco have had their say in deciding who went through in previous episodes, this time it was down to the Maltese public to select from the four finalists.
The show consisted of three rounds, followed by an elimination. In the first round, each of the contestants performed a solo song, then were joined by a guest vocalist for a second song. Petra was joined by the Overs category judge Ray Mercieca, Owen performed with Boys judge Ira Losco, Nicole duetted with Maltese singer-songwriter Matthew James Borg, and Michela was joined by the acclaimed Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja.
After those performances, the voting lines were frozen and Petra was announced as the first act to be eliminated from the grand final. Petra proved herself to be a hardworking and determined singer with strong soul vocals, and we expect to see her around in years to come.
The remaining three acts then took to the stage for a third performance, this time performing songs with Maltese lyrics — something we didn’t usually hear at the Maltese national final.
The voting lines were frozen again and Nicole Frendo was the second act to be eliminated. The 16-year-old was another act who proved to be a stand-out right from her first audition.
Then it was down to a Super Sing-off between young diva Michela Pace and singer-rapper Owen Leuellen. After the final vote, Michela Pace was declared the first winner of the X Factor Malta and will also represent Malta at Eurovision 2019.
While Malta has selected their act for Eurovision, the song is still to be decided. It is expected that Michela’s song will be internally selected at a later stage.
This is similar to the way Malta has chosen its Junior Eurovision entries, using a national final to select the artist then later internally selecting a song. This system has worked well for Malta, giving them two JESC wins and four other top-ten finishes in the past six years.
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