The 2018 series of The X Factor UK has been stuffed full of former Eurovision acts in the auditions stage. And with the final show part of the Six Chair Challenge, we now know the fate of Maltese Junior Eurovision winner Gaia Cauchi.
The 15-year-old Maltese singer had auditioned as a solo performer in the Girls category, however last week viewers discovered that she had been put into a girl group.
Tonight the group made their debut. Viewers were introduced to Sweet Sense, a five-piece girl group made up of Gaia Cauchi, along with Kezia Povey (15), Ellie Grand (17) and twin sisters Billie and Charlie Thompson (both 18).
The group performed Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” and slayed the audience with their vocal harmonies. Despite having only been performing together for a short time, Sweet Sense already showed friendship and good chemistry.
The performance impressed the Groups’ mentor Robbie Williams (and former member of iconic boyband Take That). He gave them a seat and didn’t swap them, ensuring Sweet Sense would have a place at Judges Houses — and a 50% chance of making it to the live shows.
Maltese media hasn’t been so supportive of Sweet Sense. Lovin Malta described Gaia as having been “forced into” the group. But while it could be frustrating for Maltese fans to see their JESC-winning pop princess not shining as a solo performer, being part of an X Factor group isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Two of the most successful X Factor UK acts ever have been groups formed at the auditions stage. Boy band One Direction went on to become an international pop phenomenon. Since their split, several members have gone on to successful solo careers.
While girl group Little Mix — who won The X Factor in 2011 — have also gone on to enjoy international success. They have released four platinum-selling albums and are due to release a fifth album soon.
With the wrap up of the Six Chair Challenge, fans of the Greek JESC national final star Athena Manoukian are wondering what happened to their idol. She was last seen as being in the Girls’ category going into the Six Chair Challenge, but did not feature in any of the Six Chair Challenge episodes.
But whatever happened, she won’t be among the acts battling it out for a place in the live shows at the Judges’ Houses shows starting Sunday. Also knocked out of the competition is the Romanian Eurovision 2013 star Cezar Ouatu. He lost his Overs seat in the Six Chair Challenge last week.
But Gaia and Ireland’s Brendan Murray will both feature in the Judges Houses shows. Gaia and the Groups will head to Los Angeles, where judge Robbie Williams will be joined by Britain’s Got Talent star David Walliams. Brendan and the Boys will fly to Ibiza, where judge Louis Tomlinson will be assisted by fellow One Direction member Liam Payne and legendary producer Nile Rogers.
The X Factor UK 2018 continues this evening.
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