Chris : Amber is going it alone here: She doesn’t need backing vocalists with a voice like this. That confidence is well placed as her power and control really comes through. That said, there’s something missing at the dramatic climax of the song – probably some pyro, which we can expect later in the week. Much like her fellow “Warrior” Nina Sublatti, she’s also using the video backdrop with shapes firing off from behind her. This feels much more like Conchita’s than Nina’s effort. Viewers might feel like they’ve seen this before.

Malta’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2015

William: From mysical blue to fiery orange, Amber is working the colour spectrum. She stands centre stage looking like a widow — but a very glamourous, wealthy one. I’d go to any funeral so long as this diva was hosting! She’s clearly grown in confidence since the Maltese selection: Just check out her self-assured hand movements and hip thrusts. She should sail through to the final with this one.

Padraig: Amber slays vocally, but then that was never in doubt. She looks stunning too, channelling “Survivor” era Helena Paparizou in all her glory. My issue is with the staging. Amber is completely alone on stage. But unlike yesterday’s Georgian “Warrior”, or even the “Warrior” we saw in Valletta last November, she fails to fill it. She’s completely swallowed up, and the background graphics do little to help. They’re derivative, and we’ve seen them before. In the beginning there’s a giant sphere (thankfully not another globe), which then shifts into numerous other designs, including a set of flame wings that pass more than a passing resemblance to Conchita’s.

Amber: Reviews and Reactions

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Photo: Elena Volotova (EBU)

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Paul63
Paul63
6 years ago

@Mario, and Vote for Malta if you like her to pass on to Saturday.

well i thought Amber’s rehearsal was better than i expected.

i love the flames and pyrostuff, and inspired by Conchita

Bob Euro
Bob Euro
6 years ago

I don’t like her dress and I can’t decide if she wants to be sweet or agressive

Otna
Otna
6 years ago

This looks absolutely magnificent! Hopefully both Warriors will slay their way into the final! Will be sending a few votes to both of them! <3

Mar
Mar
6 years ago

I was expecting the visuals to resemble the video a bit more, now it just looks very similiar to Nina’s, which is unfortunate for everyone. She slayed vocally though.

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
6 years ago

her mesc staging was better imo

escfan702
escfan702
6 years ago

all the song;s staging and backdrops are usually familiar. sweden’s staging was a copy of another artist. So what/ if it is good it’s good.

JonathanUK
JonathanUK
6 years ago

I’m sorry to say but Malta and Russia are absolutely slaying the staging. They are perfect. 🙂 🙂 🙂 😀 😀 😀

Comi
Comi
6 years ago

Both Warriors are slaying this year 😀 Nina is already my fav for the win, Amber is in my top 10, but will surely climb up 😀 WHAT A PERFORMANCE :O

tlen
tlen
6 years ago

It’s not bad, but anyway
THERE IS ONLY ONE WARRIOR AND IT’S NINA SUBLATTI! ALL HAIL NINA!

Mary Mamo
6 years ago

Malta clearly won georgia suckss

Thales
Thales
6 years ago

Amber’s voice and song are better than Nina’s.
After the new version, Malta is in my top 10.
Does anyone remember “Not Alone” seeing this 30sec video?

Daniel_2015
Daniel_2015
6 years ago

I will be dissapointed if she won’t finish inside the top 10 in the final. Maybe I am one of the few ones, but I really love it and I have high hopes for Amber and the song! Fingers crossed!

Lucas
Lucas
6 years ago

The battle is over – Georgia won ,but Malta I have to say that your staging is also impressive good job and best of luck 🙂

Deniz@TurkNL
6 years ago

I really like the background, but I don’t think she will get a really high place.

Conquerer
Conquerer
6 years ago

This is so much better than the music video! THE WARRIOR IS UNLEASHED!

Huh
Huh
6 years ago

Amber needs to stand on a podium so she can appear that she really stands out as a true warrior. Something that’s the same level as Conchita and Loreen’s but not like Cascada’s Natalie and Hersi’s.

Leo
Leo
6 years ago

Well all we have got to see today is more or less a ” program -filling ” ESC material . Regardless who is actually staging & performing most of them
were struggling with the lights and we could see that a lot of homeworks
have still to be done.

For today it seems to me that we have not really one winner,
so I feel a bit sorry, even when all of them tried their best…
let’s hope for more action coming up tomorrow …….

ct
ct
6 years ago

Now that I’ve seen the photos from Eurovision.tv, her styling is like Elena Paparizou and the background looks like Conchita on acid.

Maltish
Maltish
6 years ago

@Eugene: You’re saying it’s dark and gloomy and others are saying that she looks like a sweet girl. I don’t get it.

Mario
Mario
6 years ago

@ Well Robyn her first version was really fierce & unstoppable ! <3
I will never ever 4give Amber that she ditched this version all the way & did not keep using all the cool strong elements of it so to make a truly GreAtY diamond anthemic masterpiece instead of just only a very good song like that one..

She could go all the way to this Vision but now i have my doubts if she will even qualify to the final alone..

Leaf
Leaf
6 years ago

Gallagher

You said it girl, nothing screams warrior about this song and the artists…. I don’t buy she is some though strong girl….. SHE is more like a sweet girl trying to be hard and powerful and it doesn’t come across like that.

bavarson
bavarson
6 years ago

Malta has no chance for top 10:
1. Sweden 231
2. Norway 206
3. Denmark 187
4. Poland 172
5. Azerbaijan 159
6. Russia 144
7. Estonia 132
8. Spain 120
9. Italy 108
10. Australia 96

ct
ct
6 years ago

Her voice sounds very strong, so that’s good for her. The backdrop in this video looks pretty chaotic. I don’t see any fiery wings, but if she’s trying to channel Conchita, well, good luck with that…

Steven
Steven
6 years ago

For the first time I actually like her voice? The heck? It seems to have lost those incredibly nasally and squeal notes. Good job Amber!

Mario My Vision of Gay Love
Mario My Vision of Gay Love
6 years ago

4 me this is the best song of the 2nd SF.. <3 We have the *Warrior* of Georgia as my #1 favorite on the 1st SF & we have *Warrior* of Malta as my #1 favorite on the 2nd SF.. <3 If Amber had went to Vienna with her initial version or at least a too similar one she would now be my #1 most favorite among all the 40 songs…Really pity that this great chance was lost.. Im gonna pray to my own almighty Gay God that Amber will manage to qualify to the grand finale & we will… Read more »

Calvin
Calvin
6 years ago

Am I the only one who just doesn’t see wings in the backdrop? That is, unless there’s something more explicit in the rest of the song.

Adam
Adam
6 years ago

Very powerful and amazing voice. Still, I wish she stuck with the old version :/ I have high hopes for this qualifying either way, even if it isn’t so high on my rankings anymore

sweety
sweety
6 years ago

wow this is impressive …

Lena
Lena
6 years ago

Wow now I like this song.

wozzeck
wozzeck
6 years ago

One of the best songs this year. Should do fine.

wut
wut
6 years ago

objectively speaking this is a good song, with a great vocals and a familiar, yet still impressive staging. The best rehearsal today, by far.
But still, haters gonna hate.

Maltish
Maltish
6 years ago

Of course she killed it.