X Factor 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.
To date, one series has been broadcast, as summarised below.
|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|
Judges' categories and their finalists
In each series, 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.
- Template:Color box – 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 Ira Losco. The senior producers are Gordon Bonello and Olwyn Jo.
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 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|
|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 will begin on Sunday, 6 January 2019. They will be filmed at the Malta Fairs & Conventions Centre (MFCC) in Attard, Malta.
- Colour key
- Template:Color box – Contestant in the bottom two/three and had to perform in the Sing-Off
- Template:Color box – Contestant was in the bottom three but received the fewest votes and was immediately eliminated
- Template:Color box – 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|
|Luke Chappell||Safe||Safe||Safe||5th|| Eliminated|
|Norbert Bondin||Safe||Safe||Safe||6th|| Eliminated|
|Ben Purplle||Safe||8th||7th|| Eliminated|
|Kelsey Bellante||Safe||Safe||8th|| Eliminated|
|4th Line||Safe||9th|| Eliminated|
|Xtreme||Bottom three||10th|| Eliminated|
|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
|4th Line||1||"Survivor"||Safe||(Click for Video)|
|Luke Chappell||2||"Overthinking" (original song)||Safe||(Click for Video)|
|Nicole Frendo||3||"Too Good at Goodbyes"||Safe||(Click for Video)|
|Franklin Calleja[||4||"Jealous"||Bottom three||(Click for Video)|
|Xtreme||5||"Side to Side"/"Woman Like Me"||Bottom three||(Click for Video)|
|Michela Pace||6||"Lost on You"||Safe||(Click for Video)|
|Norbert Bondin||7||"Say Something"||Safe||(Click for Video)|
|Kayati||8||"Nobody's Perfect"||Eliminated||(Click for Video)|
|Ben Purplle||9||"Dancing On My Own"||Safe||(Click for Video)|
|Owen Leuellen||10||"Can't Hold Us"||Safe||(Click for Video)|
|Petra||11||"What's Up?"||Safe||(Click for Video)|
|Kelsey Bellante||12||"Chained to the Rhythm"||Safe||(Click for Video)|
|Final showdown details|
|Franklin Calleja||1||"Clown"||Eliminated||(Click for Video)|
|Xtreme||2||"Take Me Home"||Safe||(Click for Video)|
- 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||(Click for Video)|
|Kelsey Bellante||2||"Could You Be Loved"||Safe||(Click for Video)|
|Owen Leuellen||3||"Boom! Shake the Room"||Safe||(Click for Video)|
|Ben Purplle||4||"Yesterday"||Bottom three||(Click for Video)|
|4th Line||5||"It's Raining Men"||Bottom three||(Click for Video)|
|Petra||6||"I Just Want to Make Love to You"||Safe||(Click for Video)|
|Luke Chappell||7||"Hey There Delilah"||Safe||(Click for Video)|
|Nicole Frendo||8||"Purple Rain"||Safe||(Click for Video)|
|Norbert Bondin||9||"Wild Boys"||Safe||(Click for Video)|
|Michela Pace||10||"The Power of Love"||Safe||(Click for Video)|
|Final showdown details|
|Ben Purplle||1||"Iris"||Safe||(Click for Video)|
|4th Line |||2||"Queen of the Night"||Eliminated||(Click for Video)|
- 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||Video|
|Owen Leuellen||1||"Gangsta's Paradise"||Safe||13||"Believe" (original song)||Bottom three||(Click for Video), (Click for Video)|
|Ben Purplle||2||"Oh, Pretty Woman"||Eliminated||N/A (Already eliminated)||(Click for Video)|
|Nicole Frendo||3||"Skyfall"||Safe||14||"Scared to be Lonely"||Safe||(Click for Video), (Click for Video)|
|Norbert Bondin||4||"The Greatest Showman"||Safe||11||"Empty Space"||Eliminated||(Click for Video), (Click for Video)|
|Michela Pace||5||"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"||Safe||12||"Shallow"||Safe||(Click for Video), (Click for Video)|
|Luke Chappell||6||"Heathens"||Safe||9||"What Do You Mean?"||Bottom three||(Click for Video), (Click for Video)|
|Kelsey Bellante||7||"Pray for Me"||Eliminated||N/A (Already eliminated)||(Click for Video)|
|Petra||8||"We Don't Need Another Hero"||Safe||10||"Set Fire to the Rain"||Safe||(Click for Video), (Click for Video)|
|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||Video|
|Petra||1||"You Don't Own Me"||5||"Be My Guest" (with Ray Mercieca)||N/A (Already eliminated)||4th Place||(Click for Video), (Click for Video)|
|Nicole Frendo||2||"Russian Roulette"||7||"Just Give Me a Reason" (with Howard Keith Debono)||10||"Kemm hu Sabiħ" (New Cuorey)||(Click for Video), (Click for Video),(Click for Video)|
|Owen Leuellen||3||"" (Original Song)||6||"Hey Now" (with Ira Losco)||9||""||(Click for Video)|
|Michaela Pace||4||"Total Eclipse of the Heart"||8||"Perfect" (with Joseph Calleja)||11||"Inti Djamant" (The Tramps)||(Click for Video), (Click for Video),(Click for Video),|
|Six Chair Challenge 1 (Girls)||Template:Dts|
|Six Chair Challenge 2 (Boys)||Template:Dts|
|Six Chair Challenge 3 (Overs)||Template:Dts|
|Six Chair Challenge 4 (Groups)||Template:Dts|
|Judges Houses 1 (Girls and Overs)||Template:Dts|
|Judges Houses 2 (Boys and Groups)||Template:Dts|
|Live Show 1||Template:Dts|
|Live Show 2||Template:Dts|
|Live Show 3||Template:Dts|
|Live Show 4||Template:Dts|
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