Earlier tonight, Malta continued their search for their Eurovision entrant. X Factor Malta had their first Live Show tonight, where the final Twelve acts performed for their place. However, at the end of the night we had to say goodbye to Ed and Paul Anthony as their X Factor journey concludes tonight.
The participants showed they were ‘Born This Way’
The final 12 kicked things off with a performance of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way, which was the theme for this week. We then made through the final 12 contenders, where Jasmine opened the show and Junior Eurovision 2015 winner Destiny closing the show. The running order are as follows (the acts highlighted are the acts in the bottom three).
- Jasmine – Crazy in Love
- Kyle – Writings on the Wall
- Yazmin & James -Señorita
- Celine – It’s a Man’s World
- Justine Shorfid – Always Remember Us This Way
- Ed – Devil’s Robe
- F.A.I.T.H. – That’s My Girl
- Karl Schembri – Smalltown Boy
- Dav Jr. – Life Is Good
- Paul Anthony – Feel
- Bloodline – Lovely
- Destiny – Higher Love
You are now able to listen to the artist’s interpretations of the songs below:
Once the televote results have been revealed, it was announced that Ed received the lowest votes from the voting public, which meant that he was automatically eliminated. Unforunately; Celine and Paul Anthony faced each other in the sing off, which meant the Overs category lost 2/3 of its act in week one.
For the sing-off, Celine opted to sing Valerie by Mark Ronson & Amy Winehouse, whilst Paul Anthony opted to sing ‘Forget You’ by Cee-Lo Green. After the sing-off the judges unanimously opted to send home Paul Anthony.
The second live show of X Factor Malta continues next Sunday, where two more acts will be eliminated in their search for their Eurovision entrant. In addition to this, it’s been confirmed that the theme for next week’s show is Guilty Pleasures.
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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