The Wiwi Jury—a panel of music unprofessionals—will be passing judgment on all of the Eurovision 2012 contestants in the coming weeks. Is this the night for Malta’s Kurt Calleja? Here’s what Wiwibloggs, Vebooboo Nadella, Meows Kitty and Deban Aderemi think.

Wiwi: I love cheese, but I prefer it on my pizza! Kurt’s optimistic message is just too sugar-coated, and I find it irritating that he rhymes “achieve” and “believe.” I also have no idea what he is talking about. “I’ll be back for more/ This is the night/ This is the night/ That I’ve been waiting for/ Join us from the floor.” Is somebody passed out in the club? And the “eh eh eh eh eh, yeah eh eh eh eh” is giving me flashbacks to Bulgaria’s Miro from 2010. This sounds like every song I ever heard from the 1980s. I didn’t like them then—or now. Looks like Malta will be making another early exit at Eurovision in 2012….

Score: 3/10

Vebooboo: This is cheesy, generic pop at its best…and worst! Dude looks a bit like Sakis Rouvas, and the similarity extends to his inability to hit high notes. Unfortunately I don’t think even an illuminated platform or kick-ass boots will save this song. Major disappointment for Malta, which had such a catchy tune with “One Life” last year and missed making the final by only one point.

Score: 4/10

Meows: Lolololol, completely cringe worthy!! Repetitive tune and lyrics that could’ve been written by a 5 year old, a band consisting of few people playing Guitar Hero, and seriously – fist pump like you mean it Kurt!!

Score: 4/10

Deban: Always the bridesmaid, but never the bride: Malta has had mixed fortunes in the Eurovision Song Contest. She has placed second twice in recent years (2002 and 2005), but has failed to make the final for two years running. But the Maltese delegation keeps trying. This year’s entry has a name similar to 2009’s Greek entry “This Is Our Night” sung by Sakis Rovas which finished in 8th place. Unlike that pop number which was upbeat, catchy and sung by a Greek god, this song borders on dreary. It’s got a fab eurobeat baseline which promises euphoria until Kurt belts out ‘’Hey, look at me…’ in the most pompous operatic voice. Honestly, who says that? It lacks artistic merit, and although it has a good pop structure, I can’t help but conclude that it would have worked best as an instrumental submission. If this song somehow manages to squeeze into the Baku final, it’s guaranteed a low placement.

Score: 4/10

The Jury Verdict: 3.75/10

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Christian
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Please improve for next week.Please.I wish nothing but the best for Malta.It is a bit outdated but let us hope they can work their magic for next week

francisco
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francisco

Dated, outmoded, out of fashion, this would have been a hit in the 80s but nowadays, it sounds like an old mix-tape whcih belonged to our parents and which we found inside a cardboard box in the basement…

Zolan
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Zolan

While his voice was pretty ratty in the NF on which the jury results are based, I expect that he can sing much better in more favourable conditions. It’s not a masterpiece by any stretch, but if the official video is any guide, then it could be a very enjoyable piece of retro pop.
There may be a tendency to take that unfortunate opening line as a reason to dismiss the whole song. Well, first impressions count, so that’s to be expected, especially from the televoters.

Annemarie
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Annemarie

Are you guys serious?
Everyone’s talking about this song in a positive way .. I know that everybody has his own opinion but at least respect the hard work all the band is doing .. At least let’s wait till the second semi final and we’ll talk from there 🙂
We love you Kurt xxx

roger
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i think this song its quite good u can sing and dance with it .usally malta goes to eurovision with a ballet and they say malta always with a ballet now we have a good dance song and u keep critysizing i dont know .go on kurt ur a young singer trying to have some fun there go for it and hope u do well ,iam not pretending that u will win the contests but its not fair that u say that hes song its horibell .hes song its much better from plenty of others songs .but we r a… Read more »

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Christian
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Yes this will be our night.At least let us hope he will have the honour of TBTB ( =The Big Toilet Break) of the year if he is put well in the middle

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MoMo
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MoMo

It had so much promise in the few seconds. And then Kurt opened his mouth and ruined it for everyone.

Advice to Malta: this song could’ve been huge as it is reminiscent of a David Guetta/Benny Benassi dance anthem. (Well, the Tesco-value version anyway). The key difference is they take time to pick a good vocalist to seal the deal.
Malta, this clearly ain’t your night.

Nathan
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Nathan

I had some serious issues with my connection and it took over 10 minutes to load this and of course I was listening to it a little bit (and then cutting out) as it came in. It is safe to say that is 10 minutes of my life that I wont get back and I agree with American Paul that the four music unprofessionals are generous. Could it be that countries like Malta send shit entries like this to be sure that they would never have to host Eurovision?

Rebecca in London
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Rebecca in London

“Negativity”? I think most people would call it “honesty.” A CONTEST is by its very nature a place to COMPETE, and, unfortunately for people who bring songs like this, that could result in some hurt feelings. The whole point of a jury is to share different opinions, and I really like the structure. Four different people with four different opinions (though, in this case, all full of supposed “negativity.”). Get a thicker skin, people….

Neil
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Neil

A lot of all round negativity, but at least you took the time to thoroughly analyse it Deban.

Marco Imhot
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Marco Imhot

Well, I do watch Eurovision frequently and this song is definitely sub-par. It’s not just the lyrics. The the sound, the presentation, everything. It’s not good. It won’t make the final. And it’s a shame: Malta has one of the proudest and most passionate history with Eurovision.

Remi
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Remi

I don’t watch Eurovision that religiously, however I do not think the song or it’s delivery is as bad as some of the comments indicate. The guy can definitely sing and so what if some of the lyrics are cringe worthy……..judging by Eurovision’s standards I was fairly entertained.

grace cassar
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grace cassar

Talk is cheap especially from somebody who has nothing to lose. Time will tell”””
Viva Malta and Kurt Calleja

grace cassar
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grace cassar

Time will tell, talk is cheap especially from somebody who has nothing to lose.
VIVA MALTA AND KURT CALLEJA

Julian
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Lol good idea the Jury like it !

CJ Baldacchino
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CJ Baldacchino

Listen everyone shut up! Malta is a great place and Kurt is such and awesome guy! He is hot and he rly knows how to sing!!! <3 Kurt FAN FOREVER!!! <333

Stacey
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Stacey

LOL. You guys are cruel. But completely right. I love Malta — particularly those soaring ballands from Chiara — but this just isn’t up to bar. Fabrizio Faniello and Claudia Faniello both had better songs. I don’t understand HOW this won.

Christian
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Christian

Deban you hit this so much on the spot!

William Adams
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William Adams

Totally agree, Richard! Malta’s contest was painful….

H.K. Dick
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It’s very dated and just doesn’t have any wow-factor. No chance of qualifying though, to be fair, the Malta preselection songs weren’t that great. My faourite, Whoop it up, did’nt even make the last 16 so i’m clearly not on the same wavelength as the Maltesers

American Paul
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American Paul

You guys are generous. I would give this a ZERO.