EUROVISION is heading back to our screens and with it come singer Michela, who is representing Malta in the song contest.
But just who is she? And when was she on X Factor? Here’s the lowdown.
Who is representing Malta at Eurovision 2019?
Malta will be represented by 18-year-old singer Michela Pace, who goes by just her first name.
She shot to fame on the first series of X Factor Malta.
At Eurovision she will be singing a song called Chameleon and she is one of the bookies’ favourites to win.
How was the Maltese Eurovision entry selected?
The first season of X Factor Malta was used as the selection process of Malta’s entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
120 contestants were selected to progress to the bootcamp round, where they were split into the four category groups – Boys, Girls, Overs and Groups – the same as the UK X Factor.
The contestants went through the same rounds, which ended up with 12 acts in the live show.
Michela beat off all the other hopefuls to be crowned winner and was also given the honour of representing Malta at Eurovision.
How well has Malta done in past Eurovision Song Contests?
Prior to the 2019 contest, Malta has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 31 times since its first entry in 1971.
Malta briefly competed in the Eurovision Song Contest in the 1970s before withdrawing for sixteen years.
The country had, to this point, competed in every contest since returning in 1991.
Malta’s best placing in the contest so far was second, which it achieved on two occasions – in 2002 with the song 7th Wonder performed by Ira Losco and in 2005 with the song Angel performed by Chiara.
In 2018, Malta failed to qualify to the final, placing 13th in the second semi-final with the song Taboo performed by Christabelle.
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When and where is the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 taking place?
Eurovision will commence on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.
The winner will be crowned during the final live show on Saturday, May 18, 2019.
This year will see Tel-Aviv, Israel host the big event.