Who is Malta’s 2019 Eurovision entry Michela Pace?

Everything you need to know about this year's Maltese X Factor winner and Eurovision hopeful

Michela Pace, X Factor YouTube screengrab

Long gone are the days when The X Factor made major stars of UK singers. But perhaps Malta’s first ever X Factor champion will claim Eurovision glory after winning her home country’s version of the singing contest?

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Michela Pace will be competing for Malta in Tel Aviv, Israel in May. The country made its Eurovision debut in 1971 but despite appearing 31 times, they’re yet to win the contest. Maybe this is their year?

Who is Malta’s 2019 Eurovision entry Michela Pace?

Aged just 17, Michela won the very first series of the Maltese X Factor, having been mentored by Malta’s answer to Simon Cowell – Howard Keith Debono. The prize for her vocal success? A chance at Eurovision glory and a lucrative Sony record deal.

Beyond X Factor stardom, Michela is a normal student from the island of Gozo, studying at Bishops Conservatory Girls School. This may well change after Eurovision…

What is Malta’s 2019 Eurovision song called?

Unfortunately, there are no details of Michela’s Eurovision song choice available yet – but in the meantime, enjoy a clip of her reaction to her X Factor victory (and her prize – entry to Eurovision) below.

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How did Malta do at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest?

Maltese act Christabelle failed to qualify for the 2018 Grand Final, finishing 13th in her semi-final (the top ten acts in each go through).