The final round of the Judges Houses portion of took place last night for X Factor Malta. Howard Keith Debono and Alexandra Alden whittled the remaining six acts in the Groups and Overs category to just three.
Both X Factor Judges were assisted in the portion of the competition. Howard Keith Debono was assisted by Lil Eddie, who was a vocal coach for the US version of X Factor and Alexandra Alden was assisted by The New Victorians, a Sister Duo known in the Maltese theatre circuit.
The Groups have been dialled up a notch
Despite, being only put together in the Six-Chair Challenge, new girl group FAITH (Five Are In The House), are among the groups that are through to the live shows. For their judges houses performance, they sang Aint No Other Man by Christina Aguilera.
After their performance, Howard commented on the fact that the girls only had 24 hours to prepare and rehearse for their performance, with Keith and Lil Eddie complimenting them on their performance.
The second act through to the live shows is Yazmin and James. For their Judges Houses performance, they sang ‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head’ by Kylie Minogue. Guest Judge Lil Eddie fell in love with them, and Howard commented on the twist the duo made on the song, and that they have potential.
Finally, the final act through in the Groups category is Bloodline. For their Judges Houses performance, they sang ‘Bad’ by Michael Jackson. After their performance, Lil Eddie commented on the fact that they have so much fire, and that you could tell that they like singing with each other.
A variety of acts in the Overs
After sailing through in the Six-Chair challenge, Ed Abdilla is back in the Judges Houses with his Ukelele. For his judges houses performance, he sang ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ by Elvis Prestley, which he has able to put in his own twist to it.
After his performance, The New Victorians commented on how unique Ed’s voice is. His mentor Alexandra was a bit concerned if it could potentially become repetitive. However, It looks like the method of not fixing what’s not broken has worked, as he has managed to take up a spot for the live shows.
The second act in the Overs that is through to the live shows is Celine, who sang ‘Summertime’ in her judges houses performance. The judges agreed that whenever Celine performs, she comes to life, and that this is visible whenever she starts signing.
Finally, the final act through in the Overs is Paul Anthony, who sang ‘Suffer’ in his judges houses performance. The judges deliberated whether or not Paul is ready and whether or not there is enough time to get him ready for the live shows. Luckily for Paul, Alexandra took a chance and gave him one of the spots.
Line-Up now Complete for the Live-Shows
With the conclusion of the Judges Houses, the line-up for the live shows is now complete and will be joined by the other acts:
Girls – Ira Losco
- Destiny Chukunyere
- Justine Shorfid
- Jasmine Abela
Boys – Ray Mercieca
- Dav Jr.
- Kyle Cutajar
- Karl Schembri
X Factor Malta will continue next Sunday, where the Live Shows portion of the competition will commence. The second season of X Factor Malta will conclude on the 8th February, with the winner representing Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest 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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