This year X Factor Malta is the successor of  Malta Eurovision Song Contest (MESC) as the format for selecting the country’s Eurovision 2019 entry. This Sunday night the show reached its 1st live show during which 12 acts battled to qualify to next week’s live show.

THE ROAD TO THE LIVE SHOWS

After the bootcamp Each group was assigned to a judge as its mentor for the rest of the show . From each goup 6 acts will secure a spot in the next round of Judge’s Houses . The previous four Sunday evenings we watched the girls’ , boys’  , the Overs’ and the Groups’ teams going through the Chair Challenge round and a total of six acts from each group proceeding to the next stage of Judges’ Houses. In the Judges’ Houses round we saw 6 acts from each team visit their coach’s- judge’s house in order to perform before him and a special guest their last song, in order to win one of the three spots in each category that lead to the live shows.

THE LIVE SHOWS’ CONTESTANTS

Therefore in last evening’s first live show we saw the following 4 teams and 12 acts battle for the 10 spots in the 2nd week of live shows:

The GirlsKelsey Bellante, Michela Pace, Nicole Frendo

The BoysLuke Chappell, Norbert Bondin, Owen Leuellen

The Overs (25+)Ben Purplle, Franklin Calleja, Petra

The Groups4th Line, Kayati, Xtreme

THE 1st SHOW’S LIVE PERFORMANCES

The 12 finalists had to choose a song that fitted to the theme entitled “This is me”.  During this 1st live show we saw the following 12 magnificent performances:

  1. 4th Line – Survivor by Destiny’s Child
  2. Luke Chappell – “Overthinking (Original Song)
  3. Nicole Frendo – Too Good At Goodbyes by Sam Smith
  4. Franklin – Jealous by Labrinth
  5. Xtreme – Side to Side by Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj / “Woman Like Me” by Little Mix ft. Nicki Minaj
  6. Michela Pace – Lost On You by LP
  7. Norbert Bondin – Say Something by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera
  8. Kayati – Nobody’s Perfect by Jessie J
  9. Ben Purplle – Dancing On My Own by Robyn
  10. Owen Leuellen – Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore
  11. Petra – What’s Up by 4 Non Blondes
  12. Kelsey Bellante – Chained to the Rhythm by Katy Perry

THE RESULTS

The performances that receives the most positive comments by the four judges (Howard Keith Debono, Ray Mercieca, Alexandra Alden, Ira Losco) were those of  4th Line, Nicole Frendo, Xtreme and Petra, while the performance that drove wild the judges and audience was that of  Owen Leuellen. Once the performances were completed the acts with the less vote was directly eliminated while the next two with the lowest votes battled in a sing off , after which the four judges decided which they were sending home.

The public voting placed last the group  Kayati which were eliminated by receiving the less votes from all contestants.

Η εικόνα ίσως περιέχει: 2 άτομα, , τα οποία χαμογελούν, κείμενο

Further on the female group  Xtreme  and Franklin from the Overs team had received the less votes ,therefore battled in a sing off to maintain there positions in the show. The two sang  performed   ‘Take Me Home’ by Jess Glynne and  ‘Clown’ by Emeli Sande respectively.

Η εικόνα ίσως περιέχει: 5 άτομα, , τα οποία χαμογελούν, κείμενο

Although Franklin gave an emotional performance , Xtreme’s harmonies and vocal performance led the judges by 3 to 1 to send home  Franklin.

Η εικόνα ίσως περιέχει: 1 άτομο, κείμενο

Therefore the 1st live show saw group Kayati and Fraklin from the Overs leave the competition which will continue to unfold with its 2nd live shownext Sunday. Who was the most outstanding act for you in this first live show of x-factor Malta.