Last week the third series of the X Factor Malta was confirmed. Now applications have opened for the series — but the show producers haven’t revealed any details about the show itself, including whether or not it will be used as Malta’s selection for Eurovision 2022.
Details of the application process were made to the X Factor Malta‘s social media. Applicants need to apply via Whatsapp and send a performance clip to the X Factor Malta team.
Unlike in previous years, there appears to be no online application form at TVM’s website.
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The post featured both the series winners — Michela Pace and Destiny Chukunyere — and runners-up — rapper Owen Leuellen and soul singer Justine Shorfid.
There’s still no confirmation whether the third series will also be used to select Malta’s act for Eurovision 2022. When the first series was announced in 2018, this detail was confirmed from the get-go. However for the second series, the Eurovision connection wasn’t publicly confirmed until just weeks before the grand final.
But the X Factor Malta appears to be hinting at something. Applicants are told that “One great prize and a lifetime of opportunities await.”
There’s no word on when applications close will. Broadcaster TVM itself has also not confirmed any details about the series.
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 it worked. After several years of disappointing results, the X Factor kicked off Malta’s Eurovision rebirth.
The first series winner Michela Pace went on to sing “Chameleon” at Eurovision 2019 and placed 14th in the grand final. The second series winner Destiny Chukunyere did even better, placing seventh with “Je me casse” at Eurovision 2021.
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.