Michela Pace will represent Malta at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Chameleon”. It’s a bubbly empowering pop track, and is predicted to do very well for the Mediterranean country.
After two years of non-qualifications, Malta revamped its national selection and cancelled the annual Malta Eurovision Song Contest (MESC). Instead, the winner of the first X Factor Malta would be sent to Eurovision with a song chosen internally. Michela was incredibly popular and highly favoured on The X Factor, a trend that continues to Eurovision. Malta is hoping Michela can deliver it its first top ten result since 2013.
With anticipation and expectation running high, here are 10 facts about Malta’s teenage star.
1. She hails from Gozo
The island of Gozo has been described as Malta’s “hidden gem”, so it’s no surprise that it’s where Michela was born. Her hometown, Victoria, has a population of just 7,000. People from Gozo are called Gozitans, and we can be sure that all of them will be out in force to cheer their girl on in May.
What happens when you hail from a big family on a small island.
Me: I like Malta’s Eurovision entry
Mum: You mean our cousin’s?
Me: She’s a cousin?!
Mum: Yes! Your 2nd cousin
Me: What?! Really!
Mum: Why you acting surprised? You’re related to half of the bloody island
— J (@Maltease81) March 31, 2019
2. She’s always been singing
Michela’s powerful voice and great stage presence didn’t come overnight. She’s always had music and performing in her heart. Two days before the second X Factor live show she posted an adorable picture of herself as a child holding a plastic microphone. She was born to win the hearts of Malta!
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-2 days for @xfactormalta Live Show 2! As all of you know this week's theme is #throwbacks so I decided to share a photo of little me & guess what i'm holding?! ?You could tell that I was always into singing ?Can you guess what song i'll be performing?! Start commenting ?? #xfactormalta
3. She attempted Eurovision previously
Even before The X Factor came along, Michela already had her eyes set on Eurovision. Back in 2017, she was longlisted for the Maltese national selection with the song “Cruise Control”. It was obviously not selected for the live shows, and Claudia Faniello went to Kyiv instead. If anyone has a copy of the song, we’d love to hear it!
4. She’s no stranger to music competitions
Michela has never been afraid of a competitive stage, not even Europe-wide music competitions. She’s previously won the Music Talent League in Lithuania and was a finalist in the Baltic Voices competition. She also went to Hertfordshire to attend the Ultimate Artist development programme, where she worked with Rihanna’s producer. All before the age of 18. Young lady can slay!
5. She brought Ira Losco to tears
Ira Losco is a Maltese superstar. She’s brought Malta closer to Eurovision victory than any other artist and took them to the final again in 2016. So it must’ve been a massive moment for Michela to perform for such a legend. She didn’t disappoint. Singing a rendition of Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart”, she wowed the judges and became an overnight sensation in Malta.
After Michela won The X Factor, Ira Losco said: “When I saw Michela sing this song for the first time, I was simply amazed at how much she is prepared to change and show us yet another side to her. Michela is a 360 degree artist. I simply love her song and her memorable voice”. A true superstar in the making.
? POWERFUL Performance by Michela Pace makes judge cry on the X Factor Malta ?
Posted by X Factor Global on Thursday, October 18, 2018
6. She turned 18 just before The X Factor finals
Most people can remember their eighteenth birthday, but Michela’s was certainly something special. Two days before her birthday, Michela was announced as one of the four finalists for The X Factor. A day after turning 18, she sang her heart out in the finals. She was announced as the winner of The X Factor and Malta’s Eurovision singer that same day, while wearing bright yellow.
7. She sings with her whole body
Michela describes herself as “an average teenager”. Her social media is filled with the usual teenage girl things: selfies, jam sessions, friends. But the superstar within her is never far away. She says that when she starts singing “it’s as if my voice takes over my entire being… Aretha Franklin once said that you sing soul with your whole body. I know exactly what she means”.
8. She has huge support
To say that the entire country of Malta has fallen in love with Michela is a bit of an understatement. Very soon after winning The X Factor and being chosen as the country’s Eurovision singer, she was welcomed back in Victoria by a packed St Francis Square. The crowd included the Minister of Gozo Justyne Caruana, and she met with the Prime Minister Joseph Muscat a week later. A month afterwards, she had an audience with Maltese President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, dressed and made up to perfection.
9. She won Lovin Malta‘s Best Rising Star
Popular website Lovin Malta has also gotten behind Michela. Back in January, they held their Social Media Awards. The Eurovision sweetheart was nominated for Best Rising Star alongside tennis player Francesca Curmi and MESC star Maxine Pace. In the end, Michela won out.
Wow! I just won 'The Best Rising Star Award'. Special thanks to Lovin Malta & everyone who voted for me. Your support means the world to me ??
10. She’s incredibly nice
Michela is one girl you can expect to be meeting with fans at Tel Aviv this year. She’s a heavy social media user, and is always using it to interact with fans, responding to all her messages and thanking everyone for the massive support. She also brought her mum and dad along to Xarabank, one of Malta’s most-watched television shows. A great friend and a great daughter all-round.
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Last week on @xarabank with Mum & Dad! Thank you for the invite, we truly enjoyed it ? Special thanks to my sponsors: @riverisland : Blazer @retailinternationalgrp & @charleskeithofficial : Boots @prive_malta & @mariellecalleja : Hair @dianenikolic : Make-Up @petercarbonaro : Stylist
Do you think Michela can break Malta’s non-qualification streak? Could “Chameleon” bring Malta a much-awaited first victory? Let us know in the comments.