X Factor Malta has confirmed that all contestants must sign a declaration stating they in a good state of physical and mental health prior to their approval in the show.
The popular TV show released a statement on Instagram after one of its singers, Johanna Gauci Loporto, warned that some judges had claimed her mental breakdown prior to her audition was actually staged.
“We take great care in ensuring the wellbeing of contestants that may be suffering from an illness or any other condition,” it said. “As a first step we ask the contestants to disclose any condition prior to the audition in front of the judges – this is done as part of an overall agreement the is entered into with all applicants.”
“Specifically, all contestants declare that ‘I further warrant that I am in a good state of mental and physical health and capable of taking part in the competition’.”
The controversy over Gauci Loporto’s performance even made it to Parliament today, with Nationalist MP Mario Galea pledging to boycott the show and demanding a public apology from one of the judges, Howard Keith Debono.