The first season of X-Factor Malta launched earlier this month and for the past three weeks judges Ira Losco, Howard Keith Debono, Ray Mercieca and Alexandra Alden have been putting contestants through the rigorous process to find themselves a star worthy of representing the nation at Eurovision 2019.In the first round of auditions some familiar faces have shown up. Former MESC contenders Danica Muscat, Franklin Calleja, Aidan Cassar, Anna Azzopardi and Lyndsey Pace, all of whom have made it through to the Boot Camp phase of the contest, set to take place when the first round of auditions conclude in a few weeks’ time.
In the meantime, Maltese broadcaster TVM have revealed some further details about the show’s future. X-Factor Malta will conclude with four weekly live shows in January 2018. The first three shows will take place on Sundays; 6 Jan, 13 Jan and 20 Jan in the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre. The Final Show will take place a week later on 26 January in which the winner will be crowned and we’ll know the identity of Malta’s singer for Eurovision 2019.
It is unknown how many singers will make the live shows, but all will become clear later in the show’s run when we get through the Boot Camp, Six Chair Challenge, Judges’ Category allocation and Judges’ Houses phases.
Elsewhere in the world of X-Factor, the Irish 2017 Eurovision singer Brendan Murray has survived the first live shows of the X-Factor UK Season 15. The Galway born singer sang the Arianna Grande song ‘Break Free’ and safely made it to next week’s show. While Olatunji Yearwood was eliminated based on having the fewest votes from the public while Armstrong Martins was voted out by the judges following a sing off with Livin’ Joy singer Janice Robinson.
X-Factor UK and X-Factor Malta both continue next weekend.