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