News comes from the Mediterranean, as it’s been revealed, how Malta will select their representative for the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, due to take place in Italy. The chairman of the Valetta Cultural Agency Jason Micallef indicated that PBS Malta will no longer use “X Factor Malta” to choose its Eurovision 2022 entrant.
A Separate Festival Will Be Used Instead
According to Gwida.mt, Micallef wrote on his Facebook page that he:
“commend[s] the wise decision of PBS, that with immediate effect, the representation of Malta in the next editions of Eurovision, will be through a specifically staged festival, and not the winner of X Factor Malta”.
This news comes following last week’s announcement that “X Factor Malta” will return for a third season.
Micallef is “convinced that this news will be received with great satisfaction by all Maltese singers, authors, and composers.” TVM is yet to reveal further details about the selection of the 2022 Maltese Eurovision representative.
Malta’s Selection History
Malta used its local version of”X Factor” to select its 2019 and 2021 Eurovision entrants, Michela and Destiny. Both artists reached the Grand Final, with Destiny’s 7th place earning Malta’s best result since Chiara’s second-place finish in 2005.
PBS Malta previously organized a specialized national final under various names to choose their song, which they appear to be returning to for 2022. The last song selected through this method was Christabelle’s “Taboo” in 2018.
Of the currently competing countries at Eurovision, Malta is the most successful nation without a win with two second-place and two third-place finishes.
Malta is also the earliest debuting country without a win, gaining this distinction following Portugal’s first win in 2017.
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News Source: Gwida.mt
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