The live shows for X Factor Malta began tonight and in a double elimination, both Ed Abdilla and Paul Anthony were cut from the competition.
During the first live show, which had the song theme “Born This Way”, the entire “Overs” category found themselves in the bottom 3. Ed Abdilla was eliminated immediately after he received the fewest amount of votes from the public. He sang “Devil’s Robe” which is an original.
Later in the programme, a sing off saw contestants Celine Agius and Paul Anthony compete for the final position in the second live show. Both singers are mentored by judge Alexandra Alden.
With Celine performing a cover of “Valerie” originally by The Zutons and Paul singing “Forget You” by CeeLo Green, all 4 judges voted to send Paul home.
The remaining contestants in the competition are:
The Overs Category
- Celine Aguis
The Groups Category
- Yazmin and James
- FAITH – Five Are In The House
- Bloodline Music
The Girls Category
- Justine Shorfid
- Destiny Chukunyere
- Jasmine Abela
The Boys Category
- Kyle Cutajar
- Karl Schembri
- Dav Jr.
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. In 2019, 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.
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.