Why Malta May Win:
Chiara’s uplifting ballad will resonate with the millions of Europeans who have lost their jobs in recent months. And unlike many of the other entries, she doesn’t need electronic synthesizers or background singers to distract people from her true sound. Lady can sing! She can even sing Beyonce Knowles!
Despite being one of Eurovision’s most famous past contestants, Chiara remains humble and good-natured. In fact, she has even kept her day job as a secretary.
Why Malta May Not:
First, providing a message of hope for unemployed Europeans wonâ€™t translate into votes if said Europeans can no longer afford to text in their votes. And perhaps they prefer to cope with their stress by engaging in casual sex. That makes any number of the upbeat-and-erotic dance songs more appealing.
Second, a beautiful voice doesnâ€™t always shine brighter than a beautiful body. Chiaraâ€™s 2005 performance was superior to Greeceâ€™s Elena Paparizou (The Greek’s crap lyrics included â€œYouâ€™re my lover. Undercover. Youâ€™re my secret passion and I have no otherâ€) but by shaking everything that God gave her, Elena walked away with the title.
Third, Chiara’s song sounds pretty similar to her 2005 entry. Voters may feel like they’ve heard it all before.
Malta will breeze through the first semi-final. She’s lucky enough to perform 17th, and will be a welcome relief to the judges following non-stop booty-shaking from the likes of Montenegro and Turkey.
Final: The public will likely grow sick of hearing about Norway’s fiddle playing Alexander Rybok and Greece’s sex bomb Sakis Rouvas and Malta could prove to be the spoiler. Barring that, a Top 4 finish is likely and a Top 10 finish is guaranteed.
What do you think? Does Malta have a chance to win this year? Can she overcome Norway and Greece?