After three months of auditions, the final 12 contestants have made it to the live shows of the X Factor Malta. The contestants took to the stage at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre to show viewers what they had to offer. In the end, two acts were sent home while ten remain in the running to represent Malta at Eurovision 2020.
The show kicked off with a group performance. The final 12 tackled Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” and the song became the theme of the episode as each act went on to showcase their individual talents.
We don’t have the space to go over all 12 performances of the evening, but we will look at one stand-out performance from each category.
In the Groups category, girl group FAITH delivered their take on “That’s My Girl”, by fellow X Factor girl group Fifth Harmony. The song let them show off their close harmonies and showed that the group — who were put together at Bootcamp — have developed a close bond.
In the auditions phase, Boys category act Karl Schembri became known for his popera performances. But this time, category judge Ray Mercieca took him in a different direction. Karl performed “Smalltown Boy”, the ’80s hit for UK pop group Bronski Beat. The synthpop song let Karl show off his falsetto but still give an edgy pop performance.
It wasn’t a good night for the Overs category. All three acts ended up in the bottom three, with two going home. The remaining act was Celine who interpreted James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World”. Celine focused on just the song’s chorus and used it to show off her unique vocal style. Sadly the performance didn’t connect with audiences as Celine ended up in the bottom three.
For the Girls category, it has to be Destiny. She performed the Kygo and Whitney Houston version of “Higher Love”, blending a soaring gospel-inspired vocal with a modern electronic pop style. Destiny showed that she was able to move away from her beloved soul classics and can deliver a contemporary sound.
We also want to give a mention to Bloodline. The duo gave a mash-up of the classic show tune “My Favourite Things” and Billie Eilish’s “Lovely”. They brought a gothic stylishness to the performance, showing off their elegant vocal harmonies.
But in the end, two acts had to go home. The two unlucky Overs were Ed Abdilla and Paul Anthony. Ed was immediately eliminated after receiving the lowest public vote. Paul was in the bottom two sing-off with Celine, with all four judges choosing to send him home. Overs category judge Alexandra Alden was in the unfortunate position of having to choose between two of her acts.
X Factor Malta – Live show 1 performances
- Group performance – “Born This Way”
- Jasmine Abela – “Crazy in Love”
- Kyle Cutajar – “Writing’s on the Wall”
- Yazmin and James – “Señorita”
- Celine – “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World”
- Justine Shorfid – “Always Remember Us This Way”
- Ed Abdilla – “Devil’s Robe” (original)
- FAITH – “That’s My Girl”
- Karl Schembri – “Smalltown Boy”
- Dav. Jr – “Life is Good” (original)
- Paul Anthony – “Feel”
- Bloodline – “My Favorite Things”/”Lovely”
- Destiny – “Higher Love”
- Sing-off: Celine vs Paul Anthony
The X Factor Malta continues next Sunday, with the second live show, including more performances and more eliminations.
What do you think? Which performances did you like? Are you happy with this week’s eliminations? Tell us in the comment section below!