Eurovision 2019: Malta

Hello welcome to my series of quick takes designed to get you ready for Eurovision 2019. Just some quick thoughts / my take on each of the 41 songs this year. The countries are in alphabetical order so without further ado: Malta.

Country: Malta
Singer: Michela
Song: Chameleon
Personal Score: 9 out of 41
My Prediction: Q

This is basically my Macedonia 2018 of 2019. The first time I heard this I couldn’t make heads or tails or it. I thought it was like Replay, like Fuego, like a giant messy ball of songs that didn’t really go together… and so on but actually after the second and third listen I’ve decided I really enjoy this. It’s got a very interesting almost reggaeton vibe to the chorus contrasted with the a tense dance vibe during the verse. At the end of the day I actually think this song might have more in common with “Toy” than “Fuego” in terms of feeling and cadence but that’s not what is important, what’s important is that this gives me really cool vibes.

I think with the right staging (a feat Malta managed really well last year even though they didn’t qualify) this thing could really do quite well. Michela’s vocals were really good in all the appearances I saw her in and the song is so unique it should easily stand out against plenty of others. If anything tanks this it will be that either the stage direction or the clash between the chorus and verse is too much for people and I could easily see them dialing back on either to make sure that the whole piece works. I’m not usually excited about Malta’s chances but I think this could get to 10-15 at the finals with the right running order and that wouldn’t be anything to sneeze at.

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