Malta uses X-Factor to select their Eurovision 2019 act

Malta will say goodbye to their Malta Eurovision Song Contest (MESC) to pick their act for Eurovision 2019. The local Maltese version of the talent show X-Factor will be used to find their artist for the contest in May next year.

Starting October, broadcaster TVM will air the show that will not only look for a brand new Maltese artist, but also their candidate for Eurovision 2019. It is not known how the broadcaster will select a song for this artist when the X-Factor season is over.

Many countries already had their own version of the talent show, but in Malta only the British version of X-Factor was aired in the past. Malta deemed it necessary to change their gameplan for Eurovision since the results in recent years were bad, with non-qualifications in the semi-final (mostly due to a bad televote result) or a low score in the grand final. Only Gianluca Bezzina got the island a top-10 result, back in 2013.

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