Rotterdam 2020

🇲🇹 X Factor Malta Semi-Finalists revealed

Who's one step closer in representing Malta in Rotterdam?

Earlier tonight, Malta continued their search for their Eurovision entrant. X Factor Malta had its third Live Show tonight, where the final eight acts performed for their place. However, at the end of the night, we had to say goodbye to Karl Schembri and Celine as their X Factor journey concludes tonight.

The participants took us to the movies

The theme for this week is ‘Movies Spectacular’ and the acts sure showed us their favourites. The acts and their songs are as follows (the acts in Bold are in the Bottom Three)

  1. Destiny – He Lives in You
  2. Celine – What a Wonderful World
  3. Yazmin & James – You’re The One That I Want
  4. Karl Schembri – Nessun Dorma
  5. Bloodline – Swan Song
  6. Justine Shorfid – I Will Always Love You
  7. Kyle – Kiss From a Rose
  8. F.A.I.T.H. – Man in the Mirror

You are able to watch the participant’s interpretations of the songs on X Factor Malta’s YouTube page.

Once the televote results have been revealed, it was announced that Karl Schembri received the lowest votes from the voting public, which meant that he was automatically eliminated. Unfortunately; Bloodline and Celine faced each other in the sing off.

For the sing-off, Bloodline opted to sing Lost On You by LP, whilst Celine opted to sing I Put a Spell on You by Jay Hawkins. After the sing-off the judges opted to send home Celine.

The fourth 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 Big Band.

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.

Did you think the right acts made it through to next week’s show? Let us know in the comments below or at social media. Be sure to stay updated by following @ESCXTRA on Twitter@escxtra on Instagram and liking our Facebook page for the latest updates!

Tim Jumawan

I started watching Eurovision ever since I moved to the UK in 2006, obsessed since 2012 and haven't looked back since.

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