The semi-final of the X Factor Malta 2020 was held last night, and with it the final four acts were selected. Destiny Chukunyere, girl group F.A.I.T.H, Justine Shorfid and Kyle Cutajar will be heading to the grand final next Saturday — and one of them will also represent Malta at Eurovision 2020.
The semi-final had a big-band theme and the final six acts all performed with a live swing band. But in the end, only four could make it to next week’s grand final. We said goodbye to vocal duo Bloodline and the telegenic pair Yazmin & James.
And that leaves us with the four acts who will be heading to the grand final.
Destiny is a 17-year-old from the town of Birkirkara. She will be most familiar as the winner of Junior Eurovision 2015, giving Malta its second JESC win. Destiny also performed at Eurovision 2019 — she was Michela’s backing singer, supporting the “Chameleon” singer off stage. In this week’s show, Destiny glammed up for a rendition of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from the Dream Girls musical.
Five Are In The House — or F.A.I.T.H — are a five-piece girl group. The group is made up of Chanelle Zarb, Demi Galea, Ema Vella, Megan Caruana and Maya Sesay. They have amassed a sizable local fan following and have ended the X Factor Malta “curse of the groups”. This week they performed Christina Aguilera’s “Candyman”.
Aged just 16, Justine is the youngest contestant of the X Factor Malta. Eurovision fans may remember Justine from Malta’s national final to select its Junior Eurovision 2016 act. Like Destiny, Justine’s speciality is big soul numbers, but Justine brings more of a mature edginess to her performances. This week she performed Aretha Franklin’s classic “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”.
Kyle tried his luck in the contest last year, but didn’t make it past Judges Houses. Now the 18-year-old is back with more experience under his belt. His smooth musical-style voice has won him many fans and meant he was a perfect match for this week’s big-band theme. This week, Kyle performed Nina Simone’s classic “Feeling Good”.
Who is your favourite act to win X Factor Malta – and represent Malta at Eurovision 2020?
But who do you want to win X Factor Malta and go on to represent Malta at Eurovision 2020? Have your say in our poll. Remember — you can vote for as many acts as you like, but you can only vote once, so make it count!
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.