|X Factor Malta|
|Created by||Simon Cowell|
|Directed by||Jeremy Dalli |
|Presented by||Ben Camille|
|Judges||Howard Keith Debono|
|Country of origin||Malta|
|Original language(s)||Mainly English|
|No. of seasons||2|
|Executive producer(s)||Anton Attard |
|Producer(s)||Gordon Bonello |
Olwyn Jo Saliba
|Editor(s)||Neville Grech |
|Original release||October 7, 2018 –|
X Factor Malta is the Maltese version of the British television music competition The X Factor, created by Simon Cowell. The season premiered on 7 October 2018 and is broadcast on Television Malta. The show was used as the platform for the selection of Malta's entrant at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, and the winner will also secure a record contract with Sony Music Italy. The winner of the 2020 series will again go to represent Malta at Eurovision.
- 1 Season summary
- 2 Judges' categories and their finalists
- 3 Presenter and judges
- 4 Season 1
- 5 Season 2
- 6 References
- 7 External links
To date, two seasons have been broadcast, as summarised below.
Contestant in "Boys" category
Contestant in "Girls" category
Contestant in "Groups" category
Contestant in "Overs" category
|Season||Start||Finish||Winner||Runner-up||Third place||Winning mentor||Main host||Main judges|
|1||7 October 2018||26 January 2019||Michela Pace||Owen Leuellen||Nicole Frendo||Howard Keith Debono||Ben Camille||Howard Keith Debono|
|2||6 October 2019||8 February 2020|
Judges' categories and their finalists
In each season, each judge is allocated a category to mentor and chooses three acts to progress to the live finals. This table shows, for each series, which category each judge was allocated and which acts he or she put through to the live finals.
- – Winning judge/category. Winners are in bold, eliminated contestants in small font.
|Season||Howard Keith Debono||Ray Mercieca||Alexandra Alden||Ira Losco|
Presenter and judges
The full judges' panel was revealed on the 31 July 2018, and will be composed of music producer Howard Keith Debono, The Rifffs' frontman Ray Mercieca, Maltese singer and songwriter Alexandra Alden, and singer/star Ira Losco. The senior producers are Gordon Bonello and Olwyn Jo Saliba.
The first appeal for applicants was made on 26 June 2018, with the launch of the online submission form. Auditioning artists were also able to send a video audition via the Whatsapp messaging platform. In addition, a number of pop-up booths were set up around Malta in early July to encourage people to enter.
Producers auditions were held from 13 to 15 July at Fort St Elmo. There the show's producers assessed the auditioning acts and determined who would progress to the judges auditions.
The auditionees chosen by the producers were invited back to the last set of auditions that took place in front of the judges. These auditions were filmed at Fort St Angelo from 1 to 8 August and broadcast from 7 October, as well as short daily extra auditions on the X Factor Malta YouTube channel and on the Facebook page of Vodafone Malta.
The 120 successful contestants then progressed to the bootcamp round.
The bootcamp round was filmed at the Hilton Malta Conference Centre from 9 to 12 September and broadcast on 11 and 18 November.
Contestants were given three performance challenges. On the first day, the 120 contestants were split into the four category groups - Boys, Girls, Overs and Groups. Acts in each category were given one song to sing a cappella: "A Million Reasons" (Girls), "See You Again" (Boys), "Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me" (Overs) "My Girl" (Groups). After the performances, the judges sent home 30 acts.
For the second challenge, the remaining acts each selected a song from the Wall of Songs, which they had to perform with three others who had selected the same song. Contestants were either put through to the next stage, or went to the Waiting Room, where they later had the possibility of being called on to be part of a newly formed group.
In the final challenge, the remaining acts - including newly formed groups - performed a song of their own choice. The jury then selected 12 participants from each category to go through to the Six Chair Challenge.
Six Chair Challenge
The Six Chair Challenge was filmed at the MFCC - Malta Fairs & Conventions Centre in Attard on 11 and 12 October 2018.
The 24 successful acts were:
- Boys: Mark Anthony Bartolo, Norbert Bondin, Aidan Cassar, Luke Chappell, Owen Leuellen, Claudio Zammit
- Girls: Kelsey Bellante, Karin Duff, Nicole Frendo, Danica Muscat, Michela Pace, Jade Vella
- Overs: Anna Azzopardi, Franklin Calleja, Anna Faniello, Petra, Ben Purplle, Vanessa Lee Sultana
- Groups: 4th Line, Horizon, Kayati, Prism, Systm12, Xtreme
The Judges' Houses episodes were broadcast on 23 and 30 December 2018.
|Losco||Boys||Joseph Calleja||Mark Anthony Bartolo, Aidan Cassar, Claudio Zammit|
|Debono||Girls||Mike Hedges||Karin Duff, Danica Muscat, Jade Vella|
|Mercieca||Overs||Matthew James Borg||Anna Azzopardi, Anna Faniello, Vanessa Lee Sultana|
|Alden||Groups||Carlo Borg Bonaci||Horizon, Prism, Systm12|
- – Winner
- – Runner-up
- – Third Place
|Boys (Losco)||Norbert Bondin||Luke Chappell||Owen Leuellen|
|Girls (Debono)||Kelsey Bellante||Nicole Frendo||Michela Pace|
|Over 25s (Mercieca)||Franklin Calleja||Petra||Ben Purplle|
|Groups (Alden)||4th Line||Kayati||Xtreme|
The live shows began on Sunday, 6 January 2019. They were filmed at the Malta Fairs & Conventions Centre (MFCC) in Attard, Malta.
- Colour key
- – Contestant in the bottom two/three and had to perform in the Sing-Off
- – Contestant was in the bottom three but received the fewest votes and was immediately eliminated
- – Contestant received the fewest public votes and was immediately eliminated (no final showdown)
|Contestant||Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4|
|Round One||Round Two||Round One||Round Two||Round Three|
|Franklin Calleja||Bottom three||Eliminated|
|Sing-Off||Franklin Calleja, |
|4th Line, |
|No Sing Off or Judges Vote The two acts with the fewest votes will leave the competition.||Owen Leuellen, |
|No Sing Off or Judges Vote, the public votes decide who wins.|
|Alden's vote to eliminate||Franklin Calleja||Ben Purplle||Owen Leuellen|
|Debono's vote to eliminate||Franklin Calleja||Ben Purplle||Owen Leuellen|
|Losco's vote to eliminate||Franklin Calleja||4th Line||Luke Chappell|
|Mercieca's vote to eliminate||Xtreme||4th Line||Luke Chappell|
3 of 4 votes
2 of 4 votes
|Kelsey Bellante |
|Norbert Bondin |
2 of 4 votes
Live show details
Week 1 (6 Jan)
- Theme: This is Me
|Luke Chappell||2||"Overthinking" (original song)||Safe|
|Nicole Frendo||3||"Too Good at Goodbyes"||Safe|
|Franklin Calleja||4||"Jealous"||Bottom three|
|Xtreme||5||"Side to Side"/"Woman Like Me"||Bottom three|
|Michela Pace||6||"Lost on You"||Safe|
|Norbert Bondin||7||"Say Something"||Safe|
|Ben Purplle||9||"Dancing On My Own"||Safe|
|Owen Leuellen||10||"Can't Hold Us"||Safe|
|Kelsey Bellante||12||"Chained to the Rhythm"||Safe|
|Final showdown details|
|Xtreme||2||"Take Me Home"||Safe|
- Judges' vote to eliminate
- Mercieca: Xtreme
- Alden: Franklin Calleja
- Losco: Franklin Calleja
- Debono: Franklin Calleja
Week 2 (13 Jan)
- Theme: Throwbacks
|Xtreme||1||"They Don't Care About Us"||Eliminated|
|Kelsey Bellante||2||"Could You Be Loved"||Safe|
|Owen Leuellen||3||"Boom! Shake the Room"||Safe|
|Ben Purplle||4||"Yesterday"||Bottom three|
|4th Line||5||"It's Raining Men"||Bottom three|
|Petra||6||"I Just Want to Make Love to You"||Safe|
|Luke Chappell||7||"Hey There Delilah"||Safe|
|Nicole Frendo||8||"Purple Rain"||Safe|
|Norbert Bondin||9||"Wild Boys"||Safe|
|Michela Pace||10||"The Power of Love"||Safe|
|Final showdown details|
|4th Line||2||"Queen of the Night"||Eliminated|
- Judges' vote to eliminate
- Mercieca: 4th Line
- Alden: Ben Purplle
- Losco: 4th Line
- Debono: Ben Purplle
With the acts in the sing-off receiving two votes each, the result went to deadlock and reverted to the earlier public vote. 4th Line was eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes.
Week 3: Semi-Final (20 Jan)
- Theme: Movie Spectacular, Jukebox
|Act||Order||First Song||Result||Order||Second Song||Result|
|Owen Leuellen||1||"Gangsta's Paradise"||Safe||13||"What Did You Expect" (original song)||Bottom three|
|Ben Purplle||2||"Oh, Pretty Woman"||Eliminated||N/A (Already eliminated)|
|Nicole Frendo||3||"Skyfall"||Safe||14||"Scared to be Lonely"||Safe|
|Norbert Bondin||4||"Never Enough"||Safe||11||"Empty Space"||Eliminated|
|Michela Pace||5||"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"||Safe||12||"Shallow"||Safe|
|Luke Chappell||6||"Heathens"||Safe||9||"What Do You Mean?"||Bottom three|
|Kelsey Bellante||7||"Pray for Me"||Eliminated||N/A (Already eliminated)|
|Petra||8||"We Don't Need Another Hero"||Safe||10||"Set Fire to the Rain"||Safe|
|Final showdown details|
- Judges' vote to eliminate
- Mercieca: Luke Chappell
- Alden: Owen Leuellen
- Debono: Owen Leuellen
- Losco: Luke Chappell
With the acts in the sing-off receiving two votes each, the result went to deadlock and reverted to the earlier public vote. Luke Chappell was eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes.
In this semi-final, the eight qualified finalists performed at least once. The two acts with the fewest public votes after the first round left the competition, with Kelsey Bellante, gaining the fewest votes overall, and Ben Purplle gaining the second fewest votes. The top six performed again, with the top three acts automatically progressing to the final. The remaining three faced elimination. Of these three, Norbert Bondin received the fewest votes and was thus immediately eliminated. The remaining two, Owen Leuellen and Luke Chappell, faced the tiebreaker, which was to be decided by the judges. However, as the tie was not resolved by the end of the judges' vote, the deadlock - once again decided by the public vote - had to be used. As Owen Leuellen received more votes then Luke Chappell, the former progressed to the final.
Week 4: Final (26 Jan)
|Act||Order||First Song||Order||Second Song||Order||Third Song||Order||Fourth Song||Result|
|Petra||1||"You Don't Own Me"||5||"Be My Guest" (with Ray Mercieca)||N/A (Already eliminated)||4th Place|
|Nicole Frendo||2||"Russian Roulette"||7||"Just Give Me a Reason" (with Matthew James)||10||"Kemm hu Sabiħ" (New Cuorey)||N/A (Already eliminated)||3rd Place|
|Owen Leuellen||3||"One Day" (Original Song)||6||"Hey Now" (with Ira Losco)||9||"Aħseb fit-tifel" (Shazam)||12||"Believe" (Original Song)||Runner-up|
|Michela Pace||4||"Total Eclipse of the Heart"||8||"Perfect" (with Joseph Calleja)||11||"Inti Djamant" (The Tramps)||13||"Shallow"||Winner|
|Auditions 1||7 October 2018|
|Auditions 2||14 October 2018|
|Auditions 3||21 October 2018|
|Auditions 4||28 October 2018|
|Auditions 5||4 November 2018|
|Bootcamp 1||11 November 2018|
|Bootcamp 2||18 November 2018|
|Six Chair Challenge 1 (Girls)||25 November 2018|
|Six Chair Challenge 2 (Boys)||2 December 2018|
|Six Chair Challenge 3 (Overs)||9 December 2018|
|Six Chair Challenge 4 (Groups)||16 December 2018|
|Judges Houses 1 (Girls and Overs)||23 December 2018|
|Judges Houses 2 (Boys and Groups)||30 December 2018|
|Live Show 1||6 January 2019|
|Live Show 2||13 January 2019|
|Live Show 3||20 January 2019|
|Live Show 4||26 January 2019|
The second season premiered on 6 October 2019. As with the inaugural season, the format will continue to serve as the Maltese national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. The winner of the second season of X Factor Malta will represent the island nation at the 2020 contest in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
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