This evening took place  the first live show of  X Factor Malta , the show that will determine the country’s Eurovision 2020 representative. A total of 12 acts took the stage and gave their best in order to remain in the talent show and come closer to win the ticket to Rotterdam.  

The Story so Far

The X-factor kicked off with dozens of auditions which led to the 120 acts that went on to the bootcamp phase.  After the two round judgement during the bootcamp round, the qualifiers divided in 4 groups (The Girls, the Boys, the Groups and the Overs) had to go through the Chair Challenge round, where only six acts from each group were to qualify the next stage of Judges’ houses after performing on stage. Further on we saw initially the 3 Boys and  3 Girls that qualified from  Judges’ Houses to the Live shows followed by the 3 Groups and 3 Overs that made it through too.  The six acts of each group had to perform before their mentor and his guest , while he had to choose which three will follow him to the live shows phase.

The  Live Shows’ contestants

Thus a total of 12 acts reached the live show phase in order to manage to remain in the 2nd live show. The four groups competing in the live shows are:

The Girls: Justine Shorfid, Destiny Chukunyere, Jasmine Abela

The Boys: Kyle Cutajar, Karl Schembri, Dav.Jr

The Overs (25+): Paul Anthony, Ed Abdilla, Celine Agius

The Groups : Yazmin and James, FAITH, Bloodline 

First Live Show’s performances

The 12 acts took the stage and performed songs influenced by the topic of the title “Born this Way”.  Watch below the amazing performances of the 12 contestants by clicking on the song titles:

  1. Jasmine Abela – Crazy in Love (Beyonce ft Jay Z)
  2. Kyle Cutajar – Writing’s On The Wall (Sam Smith)
  3. Yazmin and James – Señorita (Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello)
  4. Celine Agius – It’s A Man’s World” (James Brown)
  5. Ed Abdilla – Original song
  6. F.A.I.T.H. – That’s My Girl (Fifth Harmony)
  7. Justine Shorfid – Always Remember Us This Way (Lady Gaga)
  8. Dav.Jr – Original Song 
  9. Paul Anthony – Feel (Robbie Williams)
  10. Karl Schembri – Smalltown Boy (Bronski Beat)
  11. Bloodline – Lovely & My Favourite Things (Billie Eilish & Julie Andrews)
  12. Destiny Chukunyere – Higher Love (Kygo & Whitney Houston)

THE RESULTS 

Once the live performances were completed, the contestant receiving the less votes went home directly while the next two contestants with the lowest votes had a sing off and the judges were to determine who they were sending home. In case of a deadlock in the judge’s voting the outcome is determined by the public voting.

The public vote eliminated directly  Ed Abdilla (Overs team) who received the less votes among all contestants and left the show.

Η εικόνα ίσως περιέχει: 1 άτομο

The next two acts with the lowest number of votes were  Celine Agius and Paul Anthony from the Overs, who had a sing off before the 4 judges , performing a song of their choice.

The judges decided that the one that had to leave the show was  Paul Anthony.

Η εικόνα ίσως περιέχει: 1 άτομο, κοντινό πλάνο

Therefore  Ed Abdilla  and Paul Anthony were eliminated on this first live show. Notable that it was the first time in X-factor history that the whole team of the Overs were candidates for leaving the show on its first live round. The X-factor will continue next Sunday with the 10 remaining acts performing in the 2nd live show.