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). After visiting our girls Gaia, Federica and Destiny, we took a breather to review Daniel Testa and his entry “Under the Sun”. Are we enjoying our time under the sun, or did we stay out too long and get sunburnt? Read on to find out…

DANIEL TESTA – “UNDER THE SUN”

“UNDER THE SUN” REVIEWS

Deban: A minute into the song, “Under The Sun” starts to tail off. By the time it gets to the two-minute mark, Testa sounds tested, worn out and waiting for the three-minute mark to call it a wrap. It may be memorable, but not in a positive way. The production elements hold no surprises either, making this one of Malta’s weaker efforts this year.

Score: 2.5/10

Denise: In the beginning, you hear the beat getting louder and louder. At that moment I’m like. “Yes, this will explode in the chorus” but at the end of the song I’m still waiting for that explosion. The music is way too loud in the chorus. Daniel’s voice can barely be heard.

Score: 3/10

Josh: I usually don’t mind Daniel Testa’s entries into MESC each year, but “Under The Sun” falls flat for me. The song itself isn’t bad. His vocal isn’t bad. The two just don’t compliment each other very well. The instrumental of the song is too upbeat and loud for Daniel’s voice which drowns him out entirely. Better luck next time, Daniel.

Score: 2.5/10

Rezo: I really like this song.”Under the Sun” is a catchy and upbeat song that is easy to listen to. Daniel has entered the Malta ESC contest several times, and I think this year he could take out the title.

Score: 8/10

Robyn: This is a good song, but Daniel is completely the wrong singer. “Under the Sun” needs a big diva – male or female – who can really belt it out. (Imagine how mighty it would be with someone like Amber on vocals.) As it is, Daniel’s version sounds like a songwriter’s rough demo recording.

Score: 2/10

William: The content is cliché and cringe and the song totally collapses in the bridge. But if I ignore the lyrics, there is a nice beat and sincere delivery. An A for effort, but a D for this major disappointment.

Score: 4.5/10

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

Anthony: 4/10

Antranig: 3.5/10

Bernardo: 5.5/10

Cristian: 1/10

George: 7.5/10

Luis: 3.5/10

Maria: 5/10

Mario: 5/10

Patrick: 7.5/10

Ramadan: 4/10

Renske: 6.5/10

Zakaria: 5/10

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 1 and a high of 8.

WIWI JURY SCORE: 4.47/10

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CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

My scorecard, unfortunately, has him 18th and out of the running.

Anthony Ko
Editor

@DenizNL: After hosting the 2014 JESC, the stage was also used for MESC 2014-2015. Things might be different for 2016.

Paul
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Paul

Can’t wait for the remaining entries of mesc to be judged. The remaining are all so great

MarioMario
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MarioMario

Another lame national selection from Malta. I hope you guys don’t overrate Ira Losco’s annoying songs.

DenizNL
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DenizNL

@Anthony

I know the semi and the final were on these dates. But if the broadcaster didn’t give any information about the song-showcaseroom there probably won’t ve one this year. thanks.

Anthony Ko
Editor

@DenizNL: All 19 of them will have to perform their full songs on the Malta Eurovision Song Contest stage at the 22nd and 23rd January. No details have been announced from TVM so far.

#LastRide
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#LastRide

It’s just ok song. He can’t ever beat “One Last Ride” i think. It was unique, catchy and memorable.

DenizNL
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DenizNL

It is a nice song.

Hey wiwibloggs! I actually already asked it a couple of days ago, but I did not really get an apply ‘__’
We will we see the Maltese artists in the glittery room, Showcasing their full song? Or do we only get the full songs without the preview video?

Steven
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Steven

One of the worst, bottom 3 for sure.

SpirK
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SpirK

A 5/10 from me. I totally agree with Denise. The explosion just never happens. Daniel Testa is a really decent singer but I must say “One Last Ride” and “Something In The Way” were better efforts.

BeccaEscFan
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BeccaEscFan

A decent entry, I can’t help but sing along! It will be interesting to see a full live performance to show that he can keep the energy of the song going.

oooops
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oooops

Good, but “Something in the way” was way way better

beccaboo1212
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Those who hate it don’t know anything about Eurovision!!!
7.5/10