Maltese broadcaster TVM has confirmed that Eurovision star Ira Losco will return to the judges panel for the second series of X Factor Malta. But she won’t be alone on her return trip. Joining her for the next series will be the full judges panel from the first series, along with host Ben Camille.
The news was confirmed by X Factor Malta on social media.
Howard Keith, Ira Losco, Alexandra Alden and Ray Mercieca are your Judges and Ben Camille is your Host during X Factor…
Joining two-time Eurovision singer Ira Losco on the judges panel will be music manager Howard Keith Debono, legendary rocker Ray Mercieca and singer-songwriter Alexandra Alden.
The show will again be hosted by Ben Camille. As well as hosting the first series of X Factor Malta, he is experienced as both an actor and a television host, previously presenting the Maltese national final in 2016 and the Malta-hosted Junior Eurovision Song Contest later that year.
With the key X Factor team returning for the second year, fans are wondering if any more familiar faces will return.
The first series of X Factor Malta included former national acts such as Aidan Cassar, Petra, Janice Mangion, Miriana Conte and Franklin Calleja. Will any of these acts be tempted to take a second shot at X Factor glory?
While TVM has not yet confirmed that X Factor Malta will also be used as the national selection for Malta’s Eurovision 2020 artist, it is very likely that this will be the case.
The first series of X Factor Malta saw upcoming singer Michela Pace crowned the winner. Her Eurovision 2019 entry, “Chameleon”, was internally selected. The performance took Malta back into the grand final and earned a comfortable 14th-place finish in the final.
Online applications for X Factor Malta are still open. The new series has been confirmed to start in October this year, which will likely make X Factor Malta the start of the Eurovision 2020 national final season.
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