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 Deborah C with her entry “All Around The World”. Do we want to travel all around the world with Deborah C, or would we rather just stay at home? Read on to find out…
DEBORAH C – “ALL AROUND THE WORLD”
“ALL AROUND THE WORLD” REVIEWS
Anthony: Deborah’s 2015 entry “It’s OK” was okay and a middle-of-the-road attempt. So aside from a completely different transformation, “All Around The World” is a major improvement from Deborah. Another feel-good pop song, it’s refreshingly fun and brings out that going-for-a-night-out feeling.
Deban: Cringeworthy! This is material that won’t find the light of day in any major music market; well, not in 2016! It sounds tired and somewhat dated (not vintage). Even the name Deborah C is very pseudo Spice Girls. Yes, it was cool 22 years ago, not now!
Josh: Deborah C’s entry into MESC 2016 is so dated it actually makes me laugh. There’s a reason why the saxophone hasn’t been picked up for anyone except Lady Gaga since 1993… Yes, the song is summery and Deborah C can convey the tone and lyrics of the song well. But if I wanted to listen to delightfully trashy Europop from the 1990s, I’d play Gina G on repeat all day.
Luis: This is totally dated, and the ’90s are not far enough away to be considered vintage. Deborah has a nice voice, but her song doesn’t have a place in 2016. That kind of rap before the chorus kills the song totally and the canned shouts, the senseless lyrics are just the icing on the cake. Next!
Robyn: “All Around the World” is a fun track, a ’90s-style Europop summer tune. This makes it stand out amongst the other MESC entries, an unashamed pop tune amid all the serious anthems of love warriors. I don’t care if it’s cheesy. I want some summer fun!
William: From walks in Paris to margaritas in Mexico, Deborah C gets around. And I’m glad she has: her electro-Latino dance number is full of light and life (and at least one gold digger). The chorus is so catchy and oozes hope and promise and reminds me of late nights with sticky endings in Ibizia. I just love it! The perfect antidote to all the MESC men and women crooning about lost love.
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 2 and a high of 10.