Tel Aviv 2019

X Factor Malta – Live Show 2 recap

All the groups eliminated


Taking on the oldest throwback of the night was soul diva Petra. Originally released in 1954, we were treated to the Etta James 1961 version of sultry classic ‘I Just Want To Make Love To You’. Petra filled the room with her powerful vocal and delivered one of the performances of the night.

Luke Chappell

As the youngest singer in the competition, Luke doesn’t have many years on the clock to find his throwback. However he gave a charming rendition of the 2006 hit from Plain White T’s ‘Hey There Delilah’. Despite the judges not being overly keen, Luke promised to give 1000% next week. So we are sure he’ll be back to his best!

Nicole Frendo

Secondly from the Girls category was young Nicole. Prince’s most famous hit ‘Purple Rain’ is a regular go to power performance in reality competitions and sure enough, Nicole delivered another excellent performance to add to both her and Purple Rain’s archives. Showing strength in her vocal ability for a song that isn’t easy, especially for someone still learning their craft. We were reminded of Dami Im’s Eurovision 2016 staging with that huge box! Nicole is surely a contender for victory just like Dami was.


The last of the Boys category was Norbert. Not doing things by halves, he went bold and took a risk in taking on the Duran Duran classic ‘Wild Boys’. Channelling Adam Lambert meets Paul Oskar vibes with a gloriously camp-tastic performance and staging. Despite leaving a lasting impressive on us, the judges were sadly not as easily entertained. Preferring Norbert to stick to the style that has served him well in the competition so far.

Michela Pace

Last, but certainly not least by any means was fan favourite Michela. She gave a haunting performance of the anthemic ballad ‘The Power of Love’ released in 1984 by Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Although this version was more reminiscent of Gabriella Aplin’s cover for the 2012 John Lewis Christmas advert. The ‘Power of Love’, became the power of lungs with Michela’s stunning vocals, wowing the judges and audience alike.

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Lisa Bird

My first Eurovision memory was watching 1994 as a hatchling. I've been tapping my talons to the bops and bangers from Europe and beyond ever since! I finally spread my wings to attending the contest in Lisbon 2018 and am now a regular at many events and national finals - especially my regular nest at Eesti Laul.
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