It’s been a busy night at the semi-final of the X Factor Malta. Eight acts performed in the show, but half were ruthlessly sent home. This leaves just four acts who will be competing in next week’s grand final. And whoever wins the series will also be Malta’s act for Eurovision 2019.
First, let’s look at the unlucky acts whose X Factor journey ended tonight. After all the acts performed, the two with the lowest public vote were eliminated straightaway. So we said goodbye to the folky singer Ben Purplle and fiery popstress Kelsey Bellante.
Then it was time for a Super Elimination, with all remaining acts up for the chop. After the acts gave a second performance, Norbert Bondin had the lowest result and was the third act to leave. The next two lowest were the remaining Boys, Luke Chappell and Owen Leuellen. The judges were evenly split between the two, meaning the decision went to Deadlock. In the end, Luke Chappell became the fourth act to leave.
And that leaves us with the four acts who will be heading to the grand final.
Michaela is a 17-year-old from the island of Gozo. From her first audition, she established herself as one to watch, with her rich, expressive vocals. In the show, Michela performed Lady Gaga’s recent hit “Shallow”, giving exactly the sort of performance she excels at.
Nicole is 16 years old and is another act who has proven to be a stand-out right from her first audition. Her specialty is big dramatic ballads, and she effortlessly delivered Adele’s Bond anthem “Skyfall” at the semi-final.
As a rapper, Owen brings a point of difference to the contest. During the audition and Bootcamp stage, he performed his own heartfelt raps, but during the live shows he also demonstrated a talent for covering hip hop classics, such as “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio. And the dude can sing as well as rap.
Petra is a familiar face from Malta’s national final, having previously competed five times, including last year. She’s proved herself to be a hardworking and determined singer with strong soul vocals. At the semi-final she slayed with Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain”.
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Season two of X Factor Malta confirmed
Ahead of next weekend’s grand final, broadcaster TVM has confirmed that there will be a second series of the X Factor Malta. Applications are open now, with interested singers aged 15 and over invited to contact the production team via WhatsApp.
While the 2019 series of the show has not yet been confirmed as Malta’s selection method for Eurovision 2020, it seems unlikely that TVM would have the budget to stage both the X Factor and the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.
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The grand final of the X Factor Malta will screen next Saturday (not Sunday!) at 21:00 CET. It is not known if the acts will perform their potential Eurovision entries at the grand final, or whether the winner will have their song internally selected at a later stage.