The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to review the acts competing in the grand final of France’s Destination Eurovision 2018. Next up is the Australian-French singer Malo’ and his song “Ciao”. Did it make us want to say goodbye? Read on to find out!
Malo’ – “Ciao”
Deban: If the producers place “Ciao” cleverly in the running order, this could really stand out. Malo’s voice has a beautiful texture and a jazzy feel to it. Real musicians would positively respond to this. However, there’s enough quality distraction in Destination Eurovision to sway one away from this gem.
Bernardo: I’m a huge fan of Coldplay. Having said that, it’s impossible for me not to like “Ciao”. Malo’s unique voice captivates you from the very first note — even if you don’t like it. The instrumental is nothing new, but Malo’s voice gives the track enough character and uniqueness. I’m fairly certain this track will kill it with the juries at Eurovision. I’m in love!
William: He’s not the next Coldplay — he’s the first Malo, conqueror of hearts and master of feels. Beautifully composed and utterly sincere, “Ciao” shows off Malo’s unusual vocals, which remind me of Billy Corgan from Smashing Pumpkins. They’re delicate yet strong, off-kilter and yet somehow mainstream. Malo sings with his entire body and as he pulsates and thrusts, he emits energy that wraps around you like a warm and delicious blanket. A real standout worthy of your consideration. My only advice is to drop the use of three languages, which gets very confusing. I don’t know what he’s saying, but at one point he appears to be shouting “I’m horny”.
Jovana: This type of songs always gets a lot of points from juries for its artistic and emotional value. However, “Ciao” does not sit well with me. Probably because it reminds me too much of Passenger and Lukas Graham, who I am not a particular fan of. It does have its appeal, but its lack of originality fails to impress me.
Kristin: Malo has such a distinctive voice, which goes perfectly with the song. “Ciao” is a Coldplay-influenced tune, sprinkled with just a dash of Ed Sheeran. Maybe it’s not everybody’s cup of tea (the voice thing again) but it draws the listener in, and doesn’t let go until the very last note. Should Malo be given the chance to represent France in Lisbon, there is a possibility that he’ll pull a ByeAlex and just quietly sneak into top ten, without hassle. I’m head over heels in love with this song and Malo. I want to see great things for him in the future, Eurovision related or not.
Lukas: Malo’s voice is very specific and unique. I still don‘t know if I like it or not but the song is quite strong. What was really good is his stage presence and how he delivered the song. The staging was good and everything just worked together. Overall this is a strong entry but it isn’t my favourite.
In our Destination Eurovision Wiwi Jury, we have 15 jurors but only room for 6 reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:
Before calculating the average score, the highest and lowest scores are dropped. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 2 and a high of 10.