The Chair Challenge stage of the X Factor Malta continues and this time it’s the Groups who will face the six stools of fate. Category judge Howard Keith Debono was tasked with selecting which six of the 11 remaining groups will pass through to the Judges Houses stage later in the month. Let’s see who made the cut!
All but one of the competing groups had been put together by the show judges — and they were all tasked with selecting a name for their collective. The names were revealed as each of the groups performed.
The first successful group was four-piece girl group Sweet Chaos. They are made up of Cora Elizabeth Lewis, Ludivine O’Toole, Shannon McEvoy and a fourth girl who has not yet been named. The group performed Lady Gaga’s “Telephone”. The group served attitude and impressed both the audience and the judging panel. Judge Howard gave them a seat.
The next successful group was the trio Chord, featuring two Malta Eurovision Song Contest acts. MESC stars Miriana Conte and Rhiannon Micallef join Luana Gatt. They tackled Hamzaa’s “Breathing” mashed up with Dua Lipa’s “One Kiss”. They proved that Chorus’ powerhouse vocals make them one of the strongest acts in the category. “WOW – women of wonders,” exclaimed judge Ira Losco. Judge Howard was also impressed and gave the ladies a seat.
Reign is another three-piece girl group who impressed the judges, but they had a tougher path. After Brenda Debattista, Chrissy Warrington and Rebecca Mifsud impressed the judges with their cover of “The Sound of Silence” (the Simon & Garfunkel classic, not Dami Im’s Eurovision song), they were given a seat. But they had to fight again in a sing-off with the boy duo D-VISION. But Reign held on to their seat and will be heading to Judges Houses.
Next was the duo Yazmin and James, consisting of James Mifsud and Yazmin Helledie. The photogenic duo performed James Smith’s ‘Tell Me That You Love Me”. For a put-together duo, Yazmin and James have a natural chemistry. Judge Howard agreed and gave them a seat.
Next was the one group who hasn’t decided on a name yet. But it didn’t matter for the four-piece girl group made up of Chanelle Zarb, Demi Galea, Ema Vella and Megan Caruana. They slayed with Jessie J’s “Who’s Laughing Now”, demonstrating vocal talent and attitude. It was a no-brainer that they would get a seat.
The final group to get a seat was the duo Bloodline, consisting of Julia Balzan and Samira Cauchi. They brought their quirky style with a harmony-heavy and jazzy cover of Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face”. Their entertaining performance impressed the judges and ensured Bloodline would be heading to Judges Houses.
But that’s not all who’ll be heading to Judges Houses. Singer Maya Sesay has been part of the eliminated girl group 6Teen. But the show revealed that she has been asked to remain in the competition and join another group. We’re guessing it will be one of the other girl groups, possibly Sweet Chaos or the unnamed group.
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We also want to give a shout out to the trio Rewind ACA. They didn’t get a seat but delivered the most entertaining and memorable performance of the evening with a highly energetic over of “Greased Lightning”. Go on, lads!
So Bloodline, Chord, Reign, Sweet Chaos, Yazmin and James and the unnamed group will be heading to Judges Houses later in the month. There they will compete to see which three acts will make it to the live shows in the new year — where the series winner will go on to represent Malta at Eurovision 2020.
Ira Losco gets married
Maltese Eurovision star Ira Losco has been up to more than just her X Factor judging duties. The “Walk on Water” singer yesterday shared a photo of her recent wedding.
Ira and her long-term partner Sean Gravina tied the knot in Malta this past weekend. Sean is a professional chef, best known for being a contestant on MasterChef UK in 2014. Ira and Sean welcomed their first child, baby Harry in 2016.
The couple shared their special day at Casino Maltese with close friends and family. As part of the reception, Ira performed her collaboration “Hey Now” with X Factor Malta series one finalist — and wedding guest — Owen Leuellen.
We wish Ira and Sean all the best for the next stage of their life together!
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This was our happy moment. Family is most dear to us and we are overjoyed that they could share our special day with us. We spent the day with them and some friends. We couldn’t have asked for a lovelier day high on wonderful emotions. Photo: @krismicallefphoto Special thanks to Ian Lang and Best Team Audio @dianenikolic @marielle_call3ja @privehairmalta @rosemarieabelastudio @lucies_sliema @sterling_jewellers
What do you think? Who will make it to the live shows? Could any of the groups represent Malta at Eurovision 2020? Tell us your thoughts below!