Avolites Arena excites X Factor Malta finals
Global singing contest phenomenon The X Factor landed on Malta for its first ever season at the end of 2018, culminating in a live final to find the country’s Eurovision 2019 entrant. Lighting Designer for the series was Ismael Portelli, with Duminku Attard and Juan Vella taking care of the programming. Anton Borg Olivier joined the team for the finals, using an Avolites Arena as his master console to give the last rounds of the contest an ‘extra kick’. “The Arena has a large surface, with a good number of faders and executors, making it perfect for a demanding lighting show like The X Factor,” says Olivier. “And as well as being powerful, it’s also reliable, which is required for a high profile show that’s being broadcast live!” Programming was divided between Olivier, Attard and Vella. In addition to the Arena, the team utilized an Avolites Tiger Touch II with Wing for white light and a second Arena as backup. Another Tiger Touch II ran the pyros and other effects on a separate network.
All desks were running Titan V11.1, networked using two Avolites TitanNet Processors, one master and one backup. “All the songs cues were triggered using SMPTE time codes, which ensured that all the lighting, vision and effects were triggered correctly and on time. White light for TV was controlled on the fly, using pre programmed cues, depending on the positions that the singers took and to the needs of the TV cameras. Nexos Lighting & Vision provided all desks and control equipment, including the rig, which consisted of:
Prolights Diamond 19
Prolight Luma 1500 SH
Claypaky Super Sharpy
Claypaky Aleda K20