X-Factor Malta hosted the first of their live shows this evening with the 12 finalists taking to the stage to sing live for the first time. The first two acts to get the boot were Franklin Calleja and band Kayati.
This week’s theme was ‘This is me’ and the finalists were invited to sing a song that sums them up as artists. The competitors sang a wide range of songs from Destiny’s Child’s ‘Survivor’ to Robyn’s ‘Dancing On My Own’.
After the acts had performed the phone lines opened for the public vote. Three acts were announced as being in the bottom: Franklin Calleja from the Overs category and two of Alexandra Alden’s groups Kayati and Xtreme.
First to be eliminated was Kayati, having received the fewest votes from the public. Then it came to the sing off. Franklin Calleja sang Emeli Sande’s ‘Clown’, while Xtreme sang Jess Glynne’s ‘Take Me Home’. The judges then chose which act they wanted to send home. As expected Alden and Mercieca saved their own acts, while Losco chose to send Franklin home and Debono chose to vote out Franklin, his reason being that a group had already been voted out. This meant that Franklin Calleja was eliminated.
The ten acts that remain are listed below. They will return next week to sing again when there will be another double elimination. The winner of X-Factor Malta will represent the nation at Eurovision 2019. The winner will be announced on 26 January.
X-Factor Malta Remaining Finalists
Howard Keith Debono (Girls)
Ray Mercieca (Overs)
Ira Losco (Boys)
Alexandra Alden (Groups)