Malta has decided this year to select its Eurovision act through the  X-factor talent show. While the talent show kicked off just two weeks before and is in the auditions’ phase of the competition, it was announced today that the Final of the show will be held on 26 January 2019

The X Factor Malta comes this year as the successor of the older national selection process entitled Malta Eurovision Song Contest (MESC). The previous formula of national selection is known too as  Malta Song Festival and had determined the Eurovision acts from the country’s debut in 1971 up to now. The show went through different kind of amendments with the introduction of televoting and the elimination of the semi finals.

The final will take place at Malta’s Exhibition and Convention Center, Ta’Qali. The same space had hosted the national finals in 2017 and 2018  and recently the “Six Chair Challenge”  round of the X-Factor show. Host of the show is Ben Camille, who we saw in the past present JESC 2016 and the national final the same year.

This year Malta was represented by  Christabelle with her song Taboo, which didn’t make it to the Grand final ending in the 13th place of the 2nd semi final . Lets remember however her dynamic performance in Lisbon :