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It's Michela Pace for Malta in 2019!

26 January 2019 at 23:18 CET
Michela Pace Malta 2019 TVM
After an exciting finale of 'X Factor Malta', Michela Pace will represent her country in Tel Aviv.

X Factor Malta broadcasted its first season on Television Malta and used the platform for the 2019 Maltese selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. Open to musicians of all styles, solo acts or groups, Malta left the options wide open regarding what kind of act would represent them. With four remaining hopefuls at the top of the show, the season wrapped up with a thrilling finale as Michela Pace edged out Owen Leuellen for the first place spot and the ticket to Tel Aviv!

How the Winner was Selected

To get to tonight, the first season of X Factor Malta went through various stages, from auditions to bootcamp, to the Six-Chair Challenge, the Judges’ Houses and tonight's Live Finals. The final four artists were: Owen Leuellen, Michela Pace, Nicole Frendo and Petra.

The outcome of the Live Final was determined by a series of public votes, narrowing the hopefuls from four to one. The first round of voting opened at the beginning of the show while the four finalists gave their first solo performance. In the second round of performances, the finalists were joined on stage by their show mentor, with the exception of Michela who was joined by Joseph Calleja, a Maltese tenor. After the first two performances concluded, preliminary votes dictated that Petra would be the first to leave. 

The next performance by the remaining three, performed in Maltese, preceded Nicole's elimination. The remaining two finalists, Owen and Michela, went head to head in a super sing-off before voting closed for good. Michela, having acquired the highest of votes from the public after the super sing-off, was then announced the winner.

About Michela Pace

Michela Pace is 17 years old and hails from the island of Gozo. She is a student at Bishops Conservatory Girls School in Victoria. During her time on X Factor Malta, she was mentored by Howard Keith Debono. 

Michela's song will be chosen internally and announced at a later date. 

Malta has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 31 times since debuting in 1971. Although they have yet to win the contest, they are the only non-winning country to have achieved four top three results.

What do you think of this year's Maltese representative? Is this Malta's year to win? Let us know in the comments!