The final round of Six-Chair Challenges aired last weekend, with the Overs and their mentor Alexandra Alden being the final category to whittle down the remaining Overs in the competition.
After an intense round of sing-offs, it has been revealed that Edward Abdilla, Chantal Catania, Celine Agius, Kersten Graham, Paul Cuschieri & Jozi are the final six heading into Judges Houses.
A great variety of performances once again
Generally, the Overs category at X Factor Malta is usually overlooked, but you’d be pretty surprised by how much talent there is. You are able to see our highlights below:
Singing an Elvis classic, Kersten Graham sings a cover of Elvis Presley’s ‘Suspicious Minds‘, where he even got the X Factor Judges and the Audience to join along to his performance. His acoustic performance of the track was positively received by the judges, with his mentor even saying that he brings a ‘different colour to the X Factor’ which resulted in him being awarded a seat.
For his performance, Edward Abdilla performed a cover of ‘Believer‘ by Imagine Dragons, mashed up with the song ‘Stressed Out’. He chose to perform the song as he suffers a lot from ‘anxiety’ something his mentor Alexandra was able to resonate with. He even managed to get the audience to clap along as he performs his song.
As the last act of the night, Jozi was in a tough position, as all six chairs have been filled. For her performance, Jozi performed a cover of Hozier’s ‘Take Me To Church‘. At the end of her performance, Jozi had great feedback from her mentor Alexandra and resulted with a sing-off with Francesca Borg, in which Jozi won.
You can watch the performances of the other acts that made it through to the Judges houses on the X Factor Malta’s Youtube page by clicking here.
X Factor Malta continues this Sunday, where the Judges Houses for the Girls and Boys category will take place and will find out who will continue on to the Live Shows, and who is one step closer in representing Malta in Rotterdam.
Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest
Malta first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1971 with Joe Grech and his song, “Marija I-Malitja”, which finished in last place with 52 points. They also finished last on their second attempt in the contest in 1972. After a third appearance in 1975, Malta withdrew from the contest until 1991, when they returned and finished in sixth place with 106 points.
Since their return in 1991, Malta has finished in the top three on four occasions – Mary Spiteri with “Little Child” in 1992 and Chiara with “The One That I Love” in 1998 which both finished in third place, and also Ira Losco with “7th Wonder” in 2002 and Chiara with “Angel” in 2005, which both finished in second place. Malta has not yet won the contest, however.
In 2019, Malta qualified for the first time since 2016 with Michela’s “Chameleon”. The song was the first Maltese entry to not be selected using a national final since 1971. The song went on to finish 14th in the Grand Final in Tel Aviv with 107 points.
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