A few minutes ago the first live show of X-Factor Malta has taken place. Two candidates were eliminated while ten hopefuls remain in the race to wave the country’s flag at Eurovision 2019.
After several weeks of auditions and pre-recorded broadcasts, the X-Factor live shows kicked off yesterday at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre.
The candidates were divided into four groups, each of which assigned to a jury member:
- Boys (Ira Losco): Luke Chappell, Norbert Bondin and Owen Leuellen
- Girls (Howard Keith Debono): Kelsey Bellante, Nicole Frendo and Michela Pace
- Over 25s (Ray Mercieca): Franklin Calleja, Petra and Ben Purplle
- Groups (Alexandra Alden): 4th Line, Kayati and Xtreme
At the first show, the 9 most voted acts qualified for the next week’s show after the first voting round: 4th Line, Ben Purplle, Kelsey Bellante, Luke Chappell, Michela Pace, Nicole Frendo, Norbert Bondin, Owen Leuellen and Petra.
Then, it was announced that the act with the least amount of votes was the band Kayati, so they were automatically eliminated. A sing-off between Franklin Calleja and Xtreme later determined the last qualifier. This decision was up to the jury panel, which eliminated Franklin Calleja. That means Xtreme made it through to the next show of X-Factor Malta.
You can watch all the performances on their official YouTube channel.