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Malta’s got talent: final nine finalists chosen

Last night, the country tuned in to Television Malta to watch the third and last semi-final before next week’s Malta’s Got Talent finale! The episode was long and extremely tense as Kinetic Dance Academy, Il-Lapes and Yulan Law were ultimately chosen to go through.

Who are the nine finalists?

In no particular order (or are they?) the following are the Malta’s Got Talent finalists, who are in the running to win no less than a whopping €25,000.

Joseph Mangion

The 62-year-old ex-police officer and his beatboxing antics elevated him to a meme last year and this year, on the MGT stage, he’s spreading cheer and good vibes and then some. Joseph ran the judges, and everyone eagerly watching at home, through all the kinds of fireworks we Maltese are so familiar with. Ranging from the bumbas tal-kulur to the kaxxa. Just have a look at the video below if you have no idea what we’re talking about.

Ike and Kaya

The islands have a new favourite couple and they go by the name of Ike and Kaya. At just 10 years old, the two kiddies belted out ‘Can you feel the Love Tonight’ during their first audition and ‘Let it Go’ during the semi-final. Ike was immediately branded as a mini Owen Luellen and he actually played a younger version of the rapper in his music video ‘My Time’. Kaya, on the other hand, won Sanremo Junior in 2019 and was one of the finalists of the Malta Junior Eurovision Song Content this year. Fingers crossed!

Concept of Movement

Cheryl Lofreda and her talented dance crew were the second act to earn the Golden Buzzer during their audition. With dancers ranging in ages from 11 to 27, the group had almost flawless performances both times they were on stage. The group, which was founded back in 2016, placed 1st and 3rd with two different teams at the international dance competition called World of Dance last year. We couldn’t be more excited to see what they have to offer in the finale!

Jomike and Lydon

Jomike and five-year-old Lydon Agius, the adorable father and son duo of traditional Maltese singers have also made it to the final. During the semi-final last week, the pair sang an original song called ‘Makjetta’, about how life has changed since the pandemic and how they are eagerly awaiting the vaccine. During their first audition, the presenter Gordon Bonello pressed his Golden Buzzer, and the pair became one of the competition’s most loved acts.

Ria Gauci

Nine-year-old dancer Ria Gauci’s performance (both of them, actually) were one for the books. Her discipline and technique shone through during her first audition and left audiences and the judges alike speechless. She too will be wowing audiences on the finale stage next week and we do not know what to expect, except sheer brilliance!


The well-loved Maltese rapper was the fourth performer to receive the coveted Golden Buzzer on MGT. Backed by producer DJ Mac and Funky, the rapper left everyone breathless as he sped into his signature style of delivering quick and fast bars. They performed original compositions during both the audition and the semi final with the former mentioning health minister Chris Fearne and judge Sarah Zerafa and the latter being a tribute to his grandfather, who passed away. Let’s see what he brings to the finale!

Yulan Law

10-year-old vocalist Yulan wowed the judges and audiences when she belted out Demi Lovato’s ‘Anyone’ during her first audition. Following the applause, the intensely talented singer explained that her father, a footballer who captains the Santa Venera Lightnings FC, suffered a cardiac arrest during a match. She went on to explain that before she sings a song, she reads the lyrics and dedicates them to him. During the semi-final last night, the girl opened the show with a brilliant stripped down performance of Sia’s ‘Chandelier’.

Kinetic Dance Academy

The Kinetic Dance Academy auditioned for MGT with a high-energy rock medley, which impressed the judges and audiences alike. During last night’s semi-final, the group showed off their skills to a pop song mashup, dressed head to toe in school uniforms – all the more impressive because, due to quarantine, they practiced the performance online! We wonder what they’ll show us next…

Matthias Camilleri

Circus performer Matthias left everyone on the edge of their seats with his audition as he flew up and down a vertical pole, which is technically called a Chinese pole. The semi-final was a nail-biter, however, as Matthias and dance group Southville were the last two acts standing. It came down to the judges, who gave him the majority vote for his breathtaking act. We’ll see you in the finale, Matthias!

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