Earlier today, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals, gathered in Valletta to discuss the contestants participating in Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016 (MESC) — the national selection for Malta. Today we look at Raquel Galdes with her entry “Flashing Lights”. Are we mesmerised by Raquel’s flashing lights, or are they blinding us? Read on to find out…

RAQUEL GALDES – “FLASHING LIGHTS”

“FLASHING LIGHTS” REVIEWS

Deban: “Flashing Lights” may be a moderate effort, but Raquel OWNS it! I love the sass and range she throws down. She is Malta’s response to Ellie Goulding, and I’m responding very well to her.

Score: 6.5/10

Denise: I’m sorry, I just can’t stand Raquel’s voice. Is it bad? No, not at all, it’s just a specific sound that you either love or hate. The song isn’t that bad, but I don’t like the wohoa-wohoa parts in it.

Score: 4/10

Josh: “Flashing Lights” is edgy and fierce, much like Raquel herself. I do think the song is too similar in parts to some of Raquel’s competitors in MESC 2016. Her voice however is incredibly unique and sounds effortless and easy to listen to. I can see this song finishing in the middle of the pack.

Score: 5/10

Rezo: Raquel has a very interesting voice, but this song isn’t relevant for Eurovision. It’s a memorable song, but Eurovision needs something new.

Score: 3/10

Robyn: If a song like this showed up in another national final — like Switzerland or Belarus — it would seem like an obvious winner. But in MESC, yeah, it’s ok. Raquel is a good singer, “Flashing Lights” is a good song, but all up, there are much better songs in the national competition this year.

Score: 6/10

William: I really like the shift in tempo and tone at 0:33 and again at 1:37 — when the song moves, Raquel soars and her unique voice gives me tingles. Sadly the down moments in between leave me a bit cold and bored. These sections are just empty space — the hole in an otherwise delicious donut. By the end of the song I’m just not satisfied.

Score: 6/10

In the Maltese Wiwi Jury we have 18 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining twelve scores are below.

Anthony: 6/10

Antranig: 8.5/10

Bernardo: 6/10

Cristian: 5.5/10

George: 7/10

Luis: 6.5/10

Maria: 5.5/10

Mario: 4.5/10

Patrick: 7.5/10

Ramadan: 6/10

Renske: 6.5/10

Zakaria: 4/10

The highest and lowest scores are dropped prior to calculating the average score. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 3 and a high of 8.5.

WIWI JURY SCORE: 5.78/10

FOR OUR LIST OF MESC 2016 RANKINGS, CLICK HERE

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CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
5 years ago

@WakeMeUp: I thought “Stop Haunting Me” was waaaaay better as well. It fit perfectly with her accent. They gave her a lousy song this time.

mawnck
mawnck
5 years ago

Autotune alert!

DenizNL
DenizNL
5 years ago

It has everything! A special voice, a curre t song and quality to go big. I can’t deny it isa good song, cause it really is. But it just bores me.

Ben Rafter
Ben Rafter
5 years ago

So boring and the melody is awful.

#WakeMeUp
#WakeMeUp
5 years ago

Her last year’s song “Stop Haunting Me” was so much better.

SpirK
SpirK
5 years ago

A 7.5/10 from me. Nice song, Raquel has a fantastic voice and it has really nice contemporary music. My #4. Raquel totally deserves to make the final; she was robbed last year.

No Name
No Name
5 years ago

Sorry but I find this song almost horrible. The production is very bad and the way melody goes and the way she sings makes her voice very annoying to listen to. Overall it’s very cheap and boring. Too sad when her song last year was much better 🙁

EF0912
EF0912
5 years ago

Meh. She was better last year.