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X Factor Malta

X Factor Malta
GenreReality competition
Created bySimon Cowell
Directed byJeremy Dalli
Mark Vassallo
Presented byBen Camille
JudgesHoward Keith Debono
Ray Mercieca
Alexandra Alden
Ira Losco
Country of originMalta
Original language(s)Maltese, English
Executive producer(s)Anton Attard
Charles Dalli
Producer(s)Gordon Bonello
Olwyn Jo Saliba
Peter Carbonaro
Annalise Azzopardi
Eileen Spiteri
Nicky Aquilina
Editor(s)Neville Grech
Chantal Fenech
Ruben Cassar
Sam Dalli
Gary Bugeja
Original networkTVM
Original releaseOctober 7, 2018 (2018-10-07)
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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.[1] 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.[2]

Series summary

To date, one series has been broadcast, as summarised below.

     Contestant in "Boys" category
     Contestant in "Girls" category
     Contestant in "Overs" category
     Contestant in "Groups" category

Series Start Finish Winner Runner-up Third place Winning mentor Main host Main judges
1 7 October 2018 26 January 2019 Ben Camille Howard Keith Debono
Ray Mercieca
Alexandra Alden
Ira Losco

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.


     – Winning judge/category. Winners are in bold, eliminated contestants in small font.
Season Howard Keith Debono Ray Mercieca Alexandra Alden Ira Losco
1 Girls Overs Groups Boys

Presenter and judges

On 2 July 2018, it was announced that Ben Camille was selected to host the show.[3]

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.[4][5]

Six Chair Challenge

Contestants who advanced to the Six Chair Challenge.


  • 4th Line
  • Clelis
  • Extreme
  • Horizon
  • Kayati
  • Lorelai
  • Prism
  • Radiate
  • Sudden Crown
  • Systm 12[6][7]

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, Ben Purplle, Vanessa Lee Sultana, Pe Tra
  • Groups:

Aired Shows

Episode Air date
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


  1. ^ "X FACTOR PREMIERE: Here's Who Got Four Yeses And Who Was Sent Packing". Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  2. ^ "X-Factor Malta to determine Eurovision entry; news welcomed, but questions raised". The Malta Independent. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Ben Camille to host The X Factor Malta". TVM News. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  4. ^ Confirmed X factor judge Retrieved 9 October 2019
  5. ^ "X Factor Malta". Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  6. ^ "X Factor Malta". Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  7. ^ "X Factor Malta: Bootcamp eliminations continue as final 48 are decided". wiwibloggs. 2018-11-19. Retrieved 2018-11-19.

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