When it was announced that Malta was to get its own edition of the X Factor, fans wondered if a country as small as Malta could sustain the traditional tough edge of the auditions. Or would all the personal connections on the islands mean lots of politeness?
Latest reports from the Mediterranean nation suggest that the X Factor Malta judging panel is being much harsher than expected during the Judges Auditions stage, which finished filming yesterday.
News site Lovin Malta reports that the judges have been so tough on the auditioning acts that almost no singers got through in the first couple of days. In a country known for punching well above its weight when it comes to talented singers, some auditionees were reportedly even getting a big fat no from all four judges.
Judge Howard Keith Debono shared a Facebook message with his thoughts on the first days of the auditions. He described the process as “more complex than any one of us ever imagined.” He also noted that there were “a few challenges ahead of us especially related to poor taste in music, but nothing we can’t overcome.”
He was, however, staying positive. Howard revealed that he has already seen a few singers he’d like to mentor. He also said that the judges were “doing our best to be ourselves, be honest and guide the contestants to a hopefully better musical path or attitude.”
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Speaking to fans in a video, fellow judge Ira Losco had a similar sentiment but expressed in a nicer way. As translated by Lovin Malta, she told her fans, “we’ve seen some potential, but obviously as judges we’re constantly hoping to find people who have something to offer the world of music.”
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Filming for the X Factor Malta continues, with Ray Mercieca and Alexandra Alden rounding out the judging panel. The stage segment of the show to be filmed will be the Boot Camp stage, where the auditioning acts will be culled further.
Meanwhile, more previous Malta Eurovision Song Contest acts have been spotted at the X Factor auditions.
Filming for the X Factor Malta continues and the series will begin screening in October. The overall series winner will also represent Malta at Eurovision 2019.
What do you think? Should the X Factor Malta judges be nicer? Who would you like to see go through to the live shows? Sound off below!