It was the final week of the judges’ auditions of the X Factor Malta and the show had left a few exciting acts until last. Facing the judges this week was Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2017 runner-up Janice Mangion, as well as Claudia and Fabrizio Faniello’s mum, Anna Faniello. But what did the judging panel think?
For the past month, music manager Howard Keith Debono, rock legend Ray Mercieca, singer-songwriter Alexandra Alden and Eurovision legend Ira Losco have been auditioning acts. With the last group of X Factor hopefuls, we may have also seen the act who will go on to represent Malta in Tel Aviv.
Ever since Janice Mangion confirmed her X Factor involvement, many fans have been eagerly awaiting her audition. She made an impact at MESC 2017 with her Maltese-language ballad “Kewkba”. The entry placed second, and since then fans have wanted Janice to take another shot at Eurovision for Malta — and that’s something that could happen this season.
For her X Factor audition, Janice sang Beyoncé’s “Listen”. While her vocals were technically solid, the performance was perhaps proof that much of the magic of 2017 came from the song “Kewkba”. Judge Alexandra wasn’t very impressed and gave Janice a no, but the other three judges were happy enough to give yeses, meaning we’ll see Janice at Bootcamp.
Anna Faniello has seen two of her children make it to the Eurovision stage, but now she is taking a shot herself. The mother of Claudia Faniello (Malta 2017) and Fabrizio Faniello (Malta 2001, 2006) — looking more like a cool older sister — had her moment in the spotlight.
Anna served Italian-Maltese realness in her audition song and showed exactly where her kids get their talent from. The judges praised her “effortless” performance and sincerity, and were very happy to give her four yeses. Anna will be heading to Bootcamp.
Another recent MESC alum also had an audition — and he delivered his own take on the Eurovision 2018 winner. Matthew Anthony placed seventh in the Maltese national final earlier this year with “Call 2morrow”. For his X Factor audition, he performed a stripped-back acoustic version of Netta’s “Toy”.
Judge Ray observed, “His guitar playing is absolutely rubbish, but I really like his voice.” The rest of the judges agreed (about his voice) and gave four yeses. He’s off to Bootcamp.
Joining the above at Bootcamp will be the magical Aleandro Pace Tahir, Denise Mercieca, Gail Attard, Michela Galea, Miguel Bonello, Nicole Borg, Sarah Bonnici and the duo WER1. We’ll also see MESC 2013 act Janice Debattista and MESC 2017 singers Jade Vella and Shauna Vassallo.
Earlier this week, the judges added more names to the growing list of singers headed to Bootcamp. We’ll see Jake Camilleri, Clayton Portelli, Ryan Grech, Nazio Rotin, Shannon McEvoy, David Cauchi, Mikhail Attard, Charlene Muscat, Francesca Scerri, Martha Micallef Attard and Nicole Falzon at Bootcamp.
With the judges auditions over, next we’ll see how over 100 competing acts will fair at Bootcamp. The X Factor Malta continues next Sunday.
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