The Wiwi Jury—our international panel of music unprofessionals—is busy compiling Eurovision 2013 ratings and rankings. So last night we flew to Valletta to chow down on some Mediterranean cuisine and to listen to Gianluca Bezzina’s Eurovision song “Tomorrow”. Did his ditty put a spring in our step? Or did we end up throwing olive stones at him? Read on to find out…
Alexander: Malta, the kingdom of cheesy Eurovision music, is once again sending a cheesy entry! Although “Tomorrow” is a decent song, I believe that Malta should have gone with Chris Grech’s “Never Walk Away” or Davinia’s “Betrayed” instead. “Tomorrow” is weaker and more generic than either of those would have been. Nonetheless, it’s still a cheerful, pleasant and catchy song. I also disagree that it is a rip-off of Train’s “Soul Sister”–besides the ukulele and some vocal gimmicks, the two don’t have much in common. Considering he’s a doctor and not a professional singer, Gianluca has good stage presence as well.
Mr Häggkvist: What a sweet song… I think we all know that there is a lot of Train in this entry, the whole vibe and the way he sings. It’s a little bit too Jason Mraz, Alex Goot, Train, but I like it. It sounds good and who knows if he can convince Europe to love “Tomorrow”.
Deban: I like this song, but I’m not sure how marketable it is. Sinplus scored high marks with the Wiwi Jury last year, but failed to advance to the final. Izabo’s Time was one of those entries I had high hopes for, but sadly it failed to make the cut. This is a brave step for Malta, and in the vein of the aforementioned entries, this song may go unrewarded. Tomorrow is a mature slice of left-field pop with a generous drizzle of funk. Gianluca is a likeable character, and comes across as someone passionate about his art. With repeat listens, Tomorrow grows on you. Hopefully this will translate into votes, and free Malta from the curse of being on the cusp of qualifying.
HK Dick “His name is Jeremy, working in IT”…I couldn’t take it seriously after those opening lines. Although to be fair, the lyrics are actually quite sweet and contain lots of rhythmic patterns and throw in a few wo-ho-wo-ho to include a bit of audience participation. The whole thing is nicely packaged and just what you’d expect from Malta and therein lies the problem.
Bogdan: “Tomorrow” is too simple. It’s cute, but it doesn’t speak to me the way I expect a good Eurovision entry to. I am not sure it even sounds like an ESC entry – and I’m one of those people who loathes the “This is not good for Eurovision!!!!” comments on YouTube, because I like diversity. And it will certainly sound different on the stage in Malmö – which could also be in Gianluca Bezzina’s favour…But if it were up to me, I wouldn’t send it to the Grand Final.
Vebooboo: With the Lord of Rings trilogy a super hit, it wouldn’t surprise me to see hobbit Gianluca advance to the Final on pure sex appeal. But even if Gianluca looked like Lordi, he would still need to make it to Saturday’s show. This song reminds me a bit of Paradise Oskar’s entry two years ago, not at all in genre but in the overall feeling you get from the lyrics. And while our favourite Finnish twink flopped out in the Final as he hit puberty, he at least made it there. Frodo will do the same, unless some crazy Gollum (aka Dana International) bites off his vocal chords.
Wiwi: This song has the feel-good factor and it could totally be on the soundtrack of the next Shrek movie. Gianluca brings us a bit of Maltese sunshine with a mainstream sound. We’ve made comparisons to Train and Jason Mraz, but that isn’t a bad thing. This is like an exciting version of Anna Rossinelli’s song for Switzerland back in 2011. That song squeaked through to the final and finished somewhere near the bottom. I expect Malta to do a lot better than that, especially given how weak the second semi-final is and how likeable Ginalucca comes off. In these tough times Europe needs a song like this! (Though I really wish he didn’t reference an IT employee in the opening line).
The Wiwi Jury Verdict: 6.07/10