For the past two years, Malta has used X Factor Malta to select their artist for the Eurovision Song Contest. But with 2020 winner Destiny Chukunyere having been internally selected for Eurovision 2021, broadcaster TVM has switched to another popular talent show franchise. Malta’s Got Talent will replace the X Factor as the big local talent show production this season.

The news was confirmed on the newly launched Facebook page of the series. And with it, applications for the upcoming talent show were opened.

MGT | Applications Out Now!

The world’s number one tv show has landed and the search for Malta’s Number 1 talent has begun! ?This is your chance to show all of Malta ?? and the world YOUR talent, this is your chance to walk away with Eur.25000, in a few words – THIS IS YOUR TIME TO SHINE!Malta’s Got Talent is looking for?The exceptional?The crazy?The unique?The out of this world?The incredibleDo you want to go home with €25000? Have you got what it takes to become Malta’s first ever winner of Malta’s Got Talent? Do you know someone who has what it takes to win it? Then applying is simple and can be done in a few steps :1??Send us a message via Whatsapp on 79202021 with your name, surname, age and email.2??Include a short clip of yourself performing (optional)??Applications are open to all nationalities??*Terms and conditions apply#MaltasGotTalent

Posted by Malta’s Got Talent on Monday, July 6, 2020

But while Malta has no shortage of experienced singers, the Got Talent team say they are looking for “the exceptional, the crazy, the unique, the out-of-this-world, the incredible”.

And the show isn’t focusing just on the islands of Malta. The entry information notes that “Applications are open to all nationalities”.

This rule is used in other editions of Got Talent, and indeed worked in favour of Destiny Chukunyere. In 2017, the Junior Eurovision champion competed on Britain’s Got Talent. While she impressed the judges with her junior soul diva style, she was eventually eliminated in the semi-finals.

Unlike the two previous series of X Factor Malta, there’s no Eurovision connection with Malta’s Got Talent, however, the winner will take home €25,000.

Will we see familiar faces on Malta’s Got Talent?

The broadcaster hasn’t confirmed who will be hosting the show, nor which four stars will be sitting behind the judges’ desk. While we aren’t expecting the X Factor judges panel to be transferred over to Got Talent, the show would benefit from having at least one music expert on the panel. Perhaps music producer Howard Keith Debono or Malta’s Eurovision icon Ira Losco would be suitable.

The show could also feature some familiar faces among its contestants. Malta punches above its weight with vocal talent, so we’re expecting at least a few former acts from the Malta Eurovision Song Contest to make an appearance or even some names from X Factor.

But there’s more to Got Talent than just singing. The show is also known for featuring acts such as comedians, jugglers, mime artists, dancers, choirs, drag queens, magicians and animal acts. The scene is set for Malta’s previously overlooked entertainers to get some attention.

How will Destiny select her song for Eurovision 2021?

But one artist we don’t expect to see competing in the show is Destiny Chukunyere. The Britain’s Got Talent star and X Factor Malta winner will be busy preparing her entry for Eurovision 2021.

The singer was confirmed in May as having been internally selected to represent Malta next year in Rotterdam. While the Maltese broadcaster hasn’t confirmed how Destiny’s song will be selected, the news of Malta’s Got Talent seems to rule out TVM additionally producing a national final to select Destiny’s song.

What do you think? Who would you like to see competing on Malta’s Got Talent? How should Destiny’s song for Rotterdam be selected? Tell us your thoughts below!

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Jake
Jake
30 days ago

Malta Got Talent but they are OK if other countries got talent too cause they will include those as well…I am being sarcastic but this seems to be the new rule for Simon Cowell shows–he now recycles talent from all the international divisions and they show up on different versions of Got Talent and many don’t even live or work in those countries

Ana
Ana
30 days ago

Huh? So if a dog doing tricks wins Malta’s got talent, they will send the dog?

Jofty
Jofty
29 days ago

To Euwuffvision Song Contest

Una
Una
29 days ago
Reply to  Jofty

wuf-wuf!

Idan Cohen
Idan Cohen
1 month ago

Countries tried to recreate the success of “The Next Rising Start (for Eurovision)” and failed. either it’s Spain, Malta etc. The problem is that the Next rising start is indeed Eurovision specific: the songs, the style, the show, the “tasks” that the contenders are given etc. All of these singing competition are not Eurovision centric. The Voice, The X factor etc – they fail to judge singers as for how good they are for Eurovision. The best vocalist isn’t necesseraly (and usually not) the best option for Eurovision. Take a look at Netta (powerfull vocals, but Riki-Ben Ari and Chen… Read more »

EurovisionBenny_AUT
EurovisionBenny_AUT
1 month ago

To me, it seems like the Maltese broadcaster is too desperate to find a spectacular singer or act for Eurovision, which could explain the frequent change of selection methods. I believe that normal song submissions from either Maltese singers themselves or from Maltese composers/songwriters who have a specific singer or band in mind would be a better idea. Internal selection or national final – well, both have their benefits and drawbacks. Singer-song-matchmakings lead to rather insincere Eurovision entries.

EurovisionBenny_AUT
EurovisionBenny_AUT
1 month ago

Oops – I missed that Malta’s Got Talent is just planned for 2021 and not supposed to become a selection for the Eurovision singers representing Malta… but you get my point. And who knows – maybe it’s just a “one-off” like the participation of Australia in 2015 😀

Last edited 1 month ago by EurovisionBenny_AUT
Una
Una
1 month ago

About the song for Destiny: two countries this year had 5 songs for their selected artists. Yes, I am talking Israel and Romania. It would be nice to see the same for Destiny. If not 5 songs then 3. All composers/songwriters to be Maltese or at least half of them. Malta has enough of a thriving music industry from what I read on this blog to be able to come up with one decent song which is what it will take for a good result because Malta already has a very good singer. And there is enough time! It will… Read more »

Jofty
Jofty
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

Well said Una!

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Jofty

Thanks Jofty!

Una
Una
1 month ago

I just said either Maltese or half Maltese + foreigners. If needed. I would hope Malta have enough self-love and pride to cherish and make best use of their local talent. I have said this before and I say it again: using foreign composers is like a slap in the face of local talent, whether they are songwriters or lyricist or singers. And that choice does not make broadcasters look good. I am *not* pointing out at the Maltese. It’s just a general statement. My opinion.

Jofty
Jofty
30 days ago

Hi Robyn. I attended Maltasong 2018. Two of the songs of the 20 or so were by Thomas G:son, they finished 1st and 3rd. I left the hall quite depressed, I knew there and then that “Taboo” would not qualify. I think three of the local songs, including from Rick Edwards may have qualified. As for Symphonix, I know you said for example, I don’t think they would get involved in local contests as they are sellers, not buyers!

Jofty
Jofty
30 days ago

Indeed Robyn and I think I know who you mean! Nothing against Christabelle I just found the song a little complex and the staging too “arty”. Not forgetting the “Boyband” approx age range 16 to 40. one of whom Aidan also appeared as a soloist. Only in Malta, love it!

Una
Una
1 month ago

When I saw “open to all nationalities” I laughed. And who would accept an application by whatsapp? Whose idea was that? There is noone in particular I want to see on MGT but it will be interesting nonetheless to see the show and who will be on it. Probably Mihai Traistariu? It looks like Malta is very special to him.

Una
Una
1 month ago

So funny. I was thinking about email communication.

Jofty
Jofty
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

Maybe Ray Caruana?!

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Jofty

I don’t know who she or he is 🙁

Jofty
Jofty
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

Male Maltese singer from Live Report represented UK 1989 finished 2nd to the dreaded Rock Me Baby (which you may have liked) and was not very happy about it. Don’t blame him! Not sure what became of him, lovely voice. Sounded like more typically Maltese entry than UK lol

Crystal
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

That’s usually been the case with Simon Cowell’s shows, being open to people from outside the country of broadcast (provided they have the proper paperwork and work permits, of course). Remember that Saara Aalto finished runner-up on the British version of The X Factor (and the most recent winner of the regular version of that show, Dalton Harris, was from Jamaica). Former Junior Eurovision winner, Gaia Cauchi, and this year’s Armenian artist, Athena Manoukian, both also competed on The X Factor UK (with Cauchi being from Malta and Manoukian from Greece). So it’s not unusual to see the same rule… Read more »

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Crystal

Yes I know about foreigners in these reality shows. It’s just that having foreigners in “*insert name country* got talent” is really weird. My opinion.

Dawid
Dawid
30 days ago
Reply to  Una

Ikr. “Malta Got Talent” – “just look at all these English, French and Italian contestants” xd

Last edited 30 days ago by Dawid
Dawid
Dawid
30 days ago
Reply to  Una

Somebody call Aly Ryan