Rotterdam 2020

🇲🇹 X Factor Malta calls for Original Songs

Will we hear the Maltese Eurovision entry at the X Factor Malta Grand Final?

As we are heading closer to the first live shows of X Factor Malta, the show has now opened a search for original songs. The original songs would be used for the X Factor Malta Grand Final, which is due to take place on the 8th of February, where the Final 4 acts will sing the submitted songs.

Could the Original Song for Eurovision?

When X Factor Malta launched the search for original songs, they did not specify, if whether or not the song would then be used for the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam. However, the criteria for the submissions suggest that this could be a possibility. The criteria include:

  • The songs submitted must be three minutes long, modern & relevant to 2020 music landscape, identifiable, and ideally stand out songs. Poor songs will be eliminated straight away.
  • The format of the application must include a declaration that the song hasn’t been performed in public or or published on any digital or physical portal. The song must be in full playback with demo singer voice, half playback including backing vocals and ideally an instrumental version.
  • The X Factor team together with record label will reserve the right to transfer the submitted song to the contestant they feel can interpret the song better and of course to the contestants who ultimately will be in the final as chosen by the public.

Interested songwriters will have until the 18th January to submit an entry at [email protected] Shortlisted applicants will be made known by the 23rd of January, in which the shortlisted applicants will have until the 27th of January to send in the masters of the track. The search is open to both Local and International Songwriters/Producers.

Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest

Malta first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1971 with Joe Grech and his song, “Marija I-Malitja”, which finished in last place with 52 points. They also finished last on their second attempt in the contest in 1972. After a third appearance in 1975, Malta withdrew from the contest until 1991, when they returned and finished in sixth place with 106 points. 

Since their return in 1991, Malta has finished in the top three on four occasions – Mary Spiteri with “Little Child” in 1992 and Chiara with “The One That I Love” in 1998 which both finished in third place, and also Ira Losco with “7th Wonder” in 2002 and Chiara with “Angel” in 2005, which both finished in second place. Malta has not yet won the contest, however.

In 2019, Malta qualified for the first time since 2016 with Michela’s “Chameleon”. The song was the first Maltese entry to not be selected using a national final since 1971. The song went on to finish 14th in the Grand Final in Tel Aviv with 107 points.

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