Malta 2016: review of the songs and poll for you opinion
Olivier Rocher (France)
EDITORIAL – The pearl of the Mediterranean is gearing up for its national final on January 23rd. Let’s have a look of what Malta has to offer this year, and who can be called early favourite to fly to Stockholm. One thing for sure, once again, a question immediately comes to my mind: How can such a tiny gem like Malta have so many talents? It surely is a world record! Nevertheless, I would say that 20 entries is a bit too much for a national final, and it makes it hard for most of the songs to stand out. Luckily, a few of them take up the challenge.
Kim – Lighthouse
A nice voice for a sweet, very sweet (too sweet) and slow ballad. A female version of Tom Dice. I like that one, especially when the song reaches a climax. Not sure it could stand out in the middle of a Eurovision line-up though.
Stefan Galea – Light Up My Life
Something more contemporary here, with a true Euro Pop tune. It’s OK, a bit repetitive but nothing special, like we’ve heard this one hundreds of time before.
Sarah Crystal – Right here With You
Just imagine yourself in some lounge bar in the old city of Valletta, that’s surely what you’d be hearing. A soft electro tune and a pleasant voice. I definitely like this act, but I cannot imagine it on Eurovision stage.
Raquel – Flashing Lights
A very interesting voice, halfway between Sia and Dolores from the Cranberries. That’s promising. A nice and rather powerful pop song that lacks a little something to stand out in my opinion. A bit to 80’s.
Maxine Pace – Young Love
From the 80’s to the 60’s. A clear retro tune for Maxine and it’s not unpleasant at all. But remember what happened to Denmark last year…
Lawrence Gray – You’re Beautiful
Laurence is back with another powerful ballad, almost an operatic one and rather old fashioned. But, if I’m honest, the singer has the same problem as always: overacting. You can even hear it when he is singing. But let’s clap for his incredible powerful voice. But every singer cannot be called Il Volo…
Jessika – The Flame
The Borg/Vella team are back with Jessika. It really reminds me of last year’s Maltese entry, the same kind of powerful track, but this one is less good. Once again, how could this song stand out more?
Dominic – Fire Burn
After “Flame”, “Fire Burn” lol. Another true Euro Pop act that could be in Melodifestivalen line up, of the anthem for some sports competition. It’s energetic though a bit “already heard”.
Domenique – Empty hearted
Euro Ballad here from Domenique., a typical Eurovision track. Nothing special I’m afraid since the song goes nowhere in my opinion…
Deborah C – All Around The World
At least this track is unique and rather original in this year’s line-up. Nevertheless, the song would need to be revamped in order to be more powerful. Not sure this one could conquer many votes though…
Dario – I Love You
What can I say about this one… It’s not bad but instantly forgettable I’m afraid. Dario as a great voice but the song lacks originality and climax to win the whole thing…
Danica – Frontline
A rather modern ballad from Danica. Let’s call this one an “easy listening” track. Once again, could it be remembered on the big night? I doubt it…
Corazon – Falling Glass
The girl definitely has a great voice that suits the song very well. A sweet and then powerful ballad here. The key change is rather interesting, even though the whole song can sound a bit old-fashioned for 2016.
Christabelle – Kingdom
Another Euro Pop Electro track that is rather good. Here it will all depend on the performance and the stage presentation. Once again, the song is a fake modern one, since it may sound a outdated nowadays…
Brooke – Golden
Here is a nice modern track, which could be even more powerful if revamped. I’m afraid it lacks a little something to stand out…
Daniel Testa – Under The Sun
Daniel is back this year with a typical Euro Pop Testa-esque song. It’s not bad at all even though, once again, it sounds already heard hundreds of time before, in the 2000’s maybe. We remind you that Daniel was a former oikotimes.com web TV host of weekly commentary show.
Jasmine Abela – Alive
A dramatic and powerful song for Jasmine. It’s a good powerful anthem and could be called a dark horse. It all depends now on the song presentation…
Franklin – Little Love
What would be MESC without a ballad from Franklin. The boy really has a great crystal clear voice but once again, I’m not sure the song choice was the right one. “Little Love” is pleasant but veeeery classical. He will surely get points from all those who love this king of entry.
Ira Losco – Chameleon
After many years of speculations, Ira is back in MESC and with two tracks (it makes it obvious that the national broadcaster would love her to win). “Chameleon” really is a good pop song with nice voice, nice melody, nice key changes, some ethnical elements and a beautiful instrumental part. No need to say that the song really stands out in the national final line-up!
Ira Losco – That’s Why I Love You
The second entry from Miss Losco is a powerful ballad, miles away from “Chameleon”. This is by far the best ballad this year and is very pleasant. Nevertheless, it’s less noticeable than her other entry…
To make it short, MESC2016 line up is not bad at all but rather blank. Very few songs really stand out. In my opinion, the question isn’t “who’s gonna win?” but “which Ira Losco entry will fly to Stockholm?”. I would definitely bet on “Chamaleon”. Of course, entering the competition with two songs can be dangerous since Ira’s vote could be split in two on the big night and a dark horse (Kim, Dominic, Stefan, Raquel, Jasmin, Daniel or Franklin) could be the surprise winner…