LIVE FROM VALLETTA MCC: MALTA DECIDES 2016 – THE SEMIFINAL
Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece)
MALTA – Welcome everyone in the oikotimes.com live report for the 2016 edition of Malta Eurovision Song Contest. The show is taking place at Malta’s Mediterranean Conference Center and it is hosted by Ben Camille. You can watch this show live in the following link. The oikotimes.com poll predicts already Ira Losco to win tomorrow, you can still vote for all songs here.
The show begins with a short video introduction and then Amber, last year’s Maltese representative is on stage performing her Eurovision entry.
Ira Losco – Chameleon (Invincible): impressive opening act and the audience goes really enthusiastic. No complain for the amazing vocal performance of Ira and amazing camera work although the standing audience could have cheered more. Big applause for Ira.
Corazón – Falling Glass: we can forgive the bad dress but we cannot forgive the nonsense of the opening stage act and the meaningless choreography. Vocally she is not bad but there is nothing that can make me for it. Though if I heard this song on the radio it would be simply amazing, I just cannot watching the show of it.
Stefan Galea – Light Up My Life: very good and stable vocal performance and the cure face of Stefan is surely working well for him and i can see him qualifying to the round. I disagree with the dance act aside him and the fact that too many people are on stage doing nothing.
Domenique Azzopardi – Empty Hearted: although the vocal performance is excellent and the tune is perfect for you to listen to it in the radio I cannot be appealed enough to vote for her by watching this solo performance which has no structure nor meaning.
Dario – I Love You: vocal performance is slightly better than yesterday’s dress rehearsal but remains extremely weak for him to get the ticket for the final tomorrow. The female dance act aside him is interesting on TV but somehow it doesn’t support the act completely.
Daniel Testa – Under the Sun: a sweet dance pop song with Daniel getting applause in the opening of the song. The vocal performance is quite interesting. The dance act is modern and in urban style and surely this one will go to the final tomorrow.
Jessika – The Flame: a mystic and magical Jessika but with not so convincing vocals. I love this tune though and I would like to hear it once again tomorrow during the final.
Jasmine Abela – Alive: what a great opening for this song and what a disappointment when the song begins and when the weak chorus is performed in an ugly dress and in a meaningless solo performance. I would love to listen to the song on the radio though.
Raquel – Flashing Lights: interesting tune but it is too weak to go to Eurovision, but still I think the tune could have been a hit alternative song.
Brooke – Golden: big applause for Brooke, after all she is considered one of the favourites besides Ira Losco. The backdrop is effective and the tune is very good. Watching it at the press monitor it is amazing. Very good for Eurovision I must say.
Kim – Lighthouse: a very likeable song, at least for me. It is simple, well structured and emotional. Kim is presented in black and white in the beginning of the song
Sarah Crystal – Right Here With You: a nice pop tune with very bad vocal performance (even worst than yesterday in the dress rehearsal) not to mention the pointless dance act aside the artist with the male dancers dumping his dance mate and choosing the singer instead. OK! whatever!
Danica Muscat – Frontline: very nice and simple tune with a nice opening of the singer looking at her guitar player. The song might no have a winning aura but for sure it’s nice to listen to it tonight.
Christabelle – Kingdom: big applause for Christabelle in the opening of the song. Christabelle is a dynamic personality as we found out in our interview and she is determined to do well as last year she was runner up in the national final. The audience goes frantic with her performance and the dance tune sounds very interesting although a different dress and a well structured dance choreography would boost her chances to Stockholm.
Franklin – Little Love: an outstanding vocal performance. Remember tonight it’s MALTA’S ARTIST SELECTION and not necessarily the song selection. In this case I vote Franklin as my winner. He tends to get nervous every time he goes on stage, revealed in our interview session but still I think I love this guy a lot now. To the final for sure!
Dominic – Fire Burn: interesting Swedish pop dance act with Dominic and the male dancers giving a big tempo inside the theatre. Better vocals than in the dress rehearsal but lots of times he looses the notes. On the monitor the entire act seems very interesting shame the vocals are mediocre.
Ira Losco – That’s Why I Love You: Simply excellent! This is my favourite for Stockholm. In case Ira wins tomorrow with this song PLEASE DO NOT CHANGE THE SONG!
Laurence Gray – You’re Beautiful: There are a lot of things I cannot understand from this song but the vocal performance is very impressive. The lyrics of the song are also very interesting and the sparkling background is very sentimental. The audience applause for his performance.
Maxine – Young Love: big applause for the 2016 version of Muriel Day. This is the Maltese “wages of love” for me. I love this entry and this girl is amazing. I wanna see it in the final and why not even to represent the country in Eurovision. Really awesome! Big applause for Maxine.
Deborah C – All Around the World: definitely one of the worst entries this year and very bad styling for the singer. The tune is not something impressive but the stage presentation is totally a disaster and without a single point of meaning.
that’s it folks, stay tuned for the next post with the qualifiers!