The second live show of X Factor Malta took place tonight, with a further two acts being eliminated from the contest.
The theme of the second live show was “Guilty Pleasures”. After all ten acts had performed, Jasmine Abela, Dav Jr. and Yazmin and James found themselves in the bottom three. Jasmine was eliminated immediately after receiving the fewest votes from the public. Jasmine is the first act from the Girls category, which is mentored by Ira Losco.
Later in the programme, a sing off saw Dav Jr. and Yazmin and James compete for the final position in the third live show. Yazmin and James opted to sing “Homesick “by Dua Lipa, whilst Dav Jr. opted to sing “Your Song” by Elton John. After the sing-off, the judges’ votes saw a tie which brought the show to deadlock. Having received fewer votes from the public, Dav Jr. was eliminated. Dav Jr. was the first of Ray Mercieca’s Boys category to be eliminated.
The eight 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
The Boys Category
- Kyle Cutajar
- Karl Schembri
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 in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.