It’s the popular talent show franchise that has selected Malta’s past two Eurovision stars. Now it has been confirmed that X Factor Malta will return for a third series. But there’s no word yet on whether it will have a Eurovision connection.
The news was confirmed with updates to X Factor Malta social media accounts. On Instagram, a new image was posted reading, “X Factor Malta is back. Season 03”.
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There are scant details about what form the new series will take. We’re still to learn of the application process, the judges and hosts or the broadcast dates. And broadcaster TVM has not confirmed if the new series of X Factor Malta will again be used to select Malta’s act for Eurovision 2022. However, the accompanying post also says “more info out soon”.
While TVM could theoretically also hold a Eurovision national final, it seems unlikely that the broadcaster would have the budget for two big music shows happening at the same time.
The X Factor and Malta’s Eurovision rebirth
Malta began its own version of the popular television talent show franchise in 2018. The series also doubled as the selection of Malta’s Eurovision act — and after several years of disappointing results, the X Factor kicked off Malta’s Eurovision rebirth.
The first series of the X Factor Malta was used to select Malta’s act for Eurovision 2019. From 12 finalists — including some familiar faces from Malta’s previous national finals — 18-year-old singer Michela Pace won the first series.
She went on to sing “Chameleon” at Eurovision 2019, with Destiny Chukunyere providing off-stage backing vocals. Michela went on to place 14th in the grand final — ending Malta’s non-qualification streak and giving the country one of its best Eurovision results since the mid 2000s.
The following year, Destiny Chukunyere was a hot favourite to win the second series — and that she did, delivering plenty of stand-out performances. Destiny was due to sing “All of My Love” at the cancelled Eurovision 2020, and returned with “Je me casse” at Eurovision 2021.
Despite high hopes that Destiny could give Malta its first Eurovision win, Destiny finished seventh in the grand final. However, this result is Malta’s best Eurovision result since 2005. And that success may be why Malta is sticking with the X Factor.
The first two series of the show were presented by Ben Camille. The show was overseen by the expert judging panel of music manager Howard Keith Debono, rocker Ray Mercieca, singer-songwriter Alexandra Alden and Maltese Eurovision icon Ira Losco.
What do you think? Should Malta use the X Factor to select its Eurovision act for 2022? Who would you like to see in the contest? Sound off in the comments section below.