After a long hot summer of silence, Malta’s PBS has finally confirmed its plans for Eurovision 2020. And, just like last year, the sunny island will be represented by the winner of X Factor Malta.
X Factor winner will represent Malta at Eurovision 2020
The final of the popular reality show will take place on Saturday 8 February.
However, fans don’t need to wait that long to get their fill of X Factor realness. The show is already back on screens, with the first round of auditions being broadcast last week.
X Factor Malta 2019-2020
The series one judging panel is back for another year. Sitting behind the desk is music manager Howard Keith Debono, rock legend Ray Mercieca, singer-songwriter Alexandra Alden and Malta’s Eurovision queen, Ira Losco.
As a fresh batch of hopefuls faced the judges, fans wondered if the island nation had enough talent left for a second series of the international reality show franchise. Spoiler alert: iva! (That’s “yes” in Maltese, something often heard in this bilingual show).
Standout auditionees included Lisa Marie Tabone, Justine Shorfid and Giovanni. Check out our full recap of episode one here.
X Factor Malta and Eurovision
Eurovision and X Factor Malta were intrinsically entwined last year. From the off, it was known that the winner would sing for the island at Eurovision 2019. However, before today, producers had kept shtum on whether the two competitions would be linked going forward.
Following Michela’s somewhat disappointing finish on the right-hand side of the Tel Aviv scoreboard, questions had been raised regarding the show’s suitability for selecting a song contest act.
This led to some off season speculation that Brooke Borg could be working on an entry with Bulgarian hitmakers Symphonix. This evidently is not the case.
Are you happy about Malta’s continued use of the X Factor? Or would you rather see the Malta Eurovision Song Contest Return? Let us know in the comments.