MALTA – X Factor Malta is the current first season of 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 will be 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 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