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🇲🇹 Glen Vella questions whether X Factor and Eurovision should be linked

The "One Life" singer has his say

Former Maltese Eurovision representative, Glen Vella, has shared his thoughts surrounding Eurovision being linked with X Factor Malta. Following Sunday’s X Factor final, Glen shared his thoughts on Facebook, and questioned whether the two shows should actually be interlinked.

Among Glen’s thoughts was the fact that Eurovision isn’t even mentioned during X Factor Malta, despite the fact that the winner gets the chance to represent Malta at that year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Last year’s winner, Michela Pace, went on to represent Malta in Tel Aviv, finishing in 14th place with “Chameleon”.

“Why does the X Factor need Eurovision?”

In a lengthy Facebook post surrounding X Factor, Eurovision and the Maltese music industry, Glen mentioned the fact that some artists may not like the concept of taking part in X Factor, and then possibly winning the Maltese ticket to Eurovision.

You know there are artists who love Eurovision that don’t love X Factor, and vice versa,

– Glen Vella

Instead, he thinks that the two shows should be kept seperate, as they both have “enormous potential” and “should have never been joined together”. Up until 2017, Malta selected their Eurovision entry via Malta Song for Europe or Malta Eurovision Song Contest (MESC).

If the Eurovision isn’t important enough, why was it amalgamated with such a popular and great production? What does the X Factor need the Eurovision for? Is there a reason?

– Glen Vella

Did the “Chameleon” show her true colours?

Following Michela’s win at the X Factor Malta, she went on to represent Malta at the 2019 Eurovision in Tel Aviv. Her song, “Chameleon”, was internally selected away from X Factor Malta. Glen believes that despite Michela gaining a record deal, Eurovision was still the major highlight of her career following her X Factor win.

Last weekend, 2015 Junior Eurovision winner Destiny Chukunyere won the second season of X Factor Malta. Calling upon the Maltese public, Glen asks that they give Destiny a chance to do her thing and give at great performance in Rotterdam. He also congratulated the performer, who previously appeared on Britain’s Got Talent, wishing her the very best.

Glen Vella at the Eurovision Song Contest

Glen Vella represented Malta at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf. He performed the song “One Life”, after winning Malta Eurosong 2011. Glen finished in 11th place in the semi-final, with 54 points. Malta missed the final by 1 point, behind Switzerland’s Anna Rossinelli, despite receiving 12 points from San Marino.

Do you agree with Glen’s views on the connection between X Factor Malta and Eurovision? Should they be kept separate or left together?

Let us know in the comments below and on social media @ESCXTRA.

Tom Ryan

After joining the team in 2018, I've been lucky enough to cover five Eurovision seasons for ESCXTRA; each season always offers something new and exciting to look forward to! Outside of the Eurovision world, I am a prospective English Literature student, starting university later this year.

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