Rotterdam 2020

🇲🇹 X Factor Malta Season 2 finalists revealed!

Who will be the contenders to represent Malta in Rotterdam?

Last Night, Malta continued their search for their Eurovision entrant. X Factor Malta had its fourth Live Show, where the final six acts performed for their place. However, at the end of the night, we had to say goodbye to Yazmin & James and Bloodline as their X Factor journey concluded last night.

A Big Band Spectacular

The theme for the Semi-Finals is ‘Big Band Week’ and the contenders sure put on a spectacular show. The remaining contestants and the songs they performed are as follows (the act highlighted in Bold is eliminated):

First Round of Songs

  1. Bloodline – Diamonds Are Forever
  2. Kyle – Feeling Good
  3. Destiny – And I Am Telling You
  4. Yazmin & James – Fever
  5. F.A.I.T.H. – Candyman
  6. Justine Shorfid – Natural Woman

After the first round of songs, the voting was available to the viewing public. After freezing the voting, it was announced that Yazmin & James received the fewest votes and was therefore eliminated.

Second Round of Songs

  1. Kyle – River
  2. Justine Shorfid – Spirit
  3. Destiny – This Is Me
  4. Bloodline – Euphoria
  5. F.A.I.T.H. – Runnin

The voting was once again opened up to the public once again. Unfortunately, this time it was announced that Bloodline receives the lowest amount of votes and was eliminated.

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

X Factor Malta concludes its second season next Saturday on February 8. The winner of this season will represent Malta at Rotterdam in the Eurovision Song Contest.

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 live final? 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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