The singers who have made it through the Six Chair Challenge in the Girls Category for the X Factor Malta have been revealed.
The first of four episodes of the six chair challenge in the X Factor Malta has aired during the past weekend. The show whittled down the fourteen acts that made it through to this stage of the competition. Howard Keith Debono who is the judge overseeing the girls category took to Facebook to explain his decision process in selecting the final six;
Good morning. Decisions in the hot ?seat of the #6Chairchallenge are never easy or popular, especially with the last ‘definite’ seat as it can go either way. This certainly was the case for me with 14 contestants battling it out.
Since this was a first for Malta, let me try to share my thought process regarding the sing-off as no other justifications are required?. Both singers did the same song – ‘Natural Woman’ at Bootcamp. At yesterday’s Chair challenge both singers seemed to be going for the same soul style so my decision to chose one of them was unfortunately inevitable at that point. Having them both would not have made sense for me as ultimately we are heading towards an even tighter bottleneck. Many a times gut feeling decisions are not easily understood outside of the industry. I have to honestly say the majority of the live audience were actually spot on & their chants matched exactly what I was feeling in the hall. Truthfully I simply needed 8 chairs
The six acts that progressed to the next round were:
- Kelsey Bellante
- Karin Duff
- Nicole Frendo
- Danica Muscat
- Michela Pace
- Jade Vella
The X Factor Malta continues on Sunday, with the Boys category being the next to face the Six Chair Challenge. The X Factor Malta replaces the existing Malta selection format, Malta Eurovision Song Contest. The Malta Eurovision Song Contest also previously known as the Malta Song Festival had been used to select Malta’s Eurovision entry since their debut in 1971. The selection had undergone a number of revamps in recent years including the introduction of televoting and cutting out the semi-final stages.
Christabelle represented Malta in Lisbon in 2018 with the song “Taboo”. She finished 13th in the second semi-final, having finished 5th with the juries on 93 points, but last with the public with 8 points.
Malta debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1971 and was represented by Joe Grech and the song “Marija L-Maltija”, which finished last. Malta competed again in 1972 and 1975 but then withdrew until their return in 1991. During the 1990s Malta only once finished outside of the top 10, and in 1998 they came within just 7 points of victory. It was Chiara who brought the country their 3rd place finish in 1998, and who went on to finish in 2nd at the 2005 contest in Kyiv. The only other artist to finish 2nd for Malta is Ira Losco, who was 12 points away from victory in 2002. They are the longest participating country never to have won the Eurovision Song Contest.