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The dreaded six-chair challenge is currently being aired in the second season of X Factor Malta. The winner of the competition will be selected to represent the island nation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

The Girls category were aired in the latest episode, with their mentor being Ira Losco. Ira previously represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2002 where she finished second, and once more in 2016 where she finished twelfth.

Ira Losco had to shortlist her category down to a final six through the infamous Six Chair Challenge process. One of the contestants who managed to secure a place in the next round was Destiny Chukunyere. Destiny previously won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for Malta in 2015 with the song “Not My Soul”, she then went on to provide backing vocals for Michela in Tel Aviv with her song “Chameleon”.

Also continuing in the competition is Jasmine Abela who participated in Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2016 and 2018 with the songs “Alive” and “Supernovas” respectively.

The final 6 in the Girls category of the competition are:

  • Jasmine Abela
  • Gail Attard
  • Marija Bellia
  • Destiny Chukunyere
  • Karin Duff
  • Justine Shorfid

During the next episode, the Groups category mentored by Howard Keith Debono will be going through the Six Chair Challenge. The judging panel is completed with Ray Mercieca mentoring the Boys and Alexandra Alden with the Overs.

This is the second time that Malta are using the show X Factor Malta as their selection process for choosing the artist to represent them at the Eurovision Song Contest. Earlier this year Michela Pace won the show’s first season earning her the right to represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv. Her song “Chameleon” finished in 14th place, the first Maltese entry in the grand final since Ira Losco in 2016.

The eventual winner will once again internally select the entry they will be performing in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Source: X Factor Malta

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.

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