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 Maxine Pace with her entry “Young Love”. Do we find Maxine’s young love story charming, or does it make us feel a little sick? Read on to find out…
MAXINE PACE – “YOUNG LOVE”
“YOUNG LOVE” REVIEWS
Cristian: “Young Love” is delicious, catchy and fresh. It follows a recognizable pattern — contemporary pop music is full of these songs with sounds poised between the ’50s and ’60s. Well, it is clearly inspired by Meghan Trainor’s songs so probably not so original. But actually, how many original songs do we have at the Eurovision and, above all, in this Maltese national final?
Deban: This vintage throwback has sass! Maxine Pace juxtaposes the song’s structure with a voice that spells youth. It’s harsh to dismiss Maxine for copying Meghan Trainor in a world where Adele
plagiarises takes inspiration from Amy Winehouse’s music career. This is a good effort, thus, it should be judged in its own right.
Josh: Dear Future Husband, I can see that those Lips Are Movin’, but I know that you’re All About That Bass. Seriously, 0 points for originality. Maxine has a lovely voice and it suits that style of 1950s-esque pop but I’m not a fan of Meghan Trainor’s music, nor am I a fan of “Young Love”.
Renske: The reason why I love this song is that’s so different from all entries in MESC this year and the average Eurovision entry in general. I love the Caro Emerald vs. Meghan Trainor vibes in the song. It gives me a lot of good energy, it’s so careless and happy! I hope Maxine can surprise us all with her performance and even win.
Robyn: Coming amid all the dramatic anthems at MESC, this is a breath of fresh air. It looks like songwriters Muxu and Elton Zarb are going through a 1960s soul phase at the moment, but it worked out well for them with Destiny’s “Not My Soul”, so why not continue in that style? And Maxine nails it, bringing sass, joy and positivity. While the song might be written in a style of 50 years ago, Maxine brings a contemporary flavour.
William: This is cute, but feels more Junior Eurovision than MESC 2016. I’m not a fan of Grease or 1950s throwbacks, so just can’t access this on any level. Maxine is a competent performer who definitely sets the pace. Sadly I’m not ready to follow.
In the Maltese Wiwi Jury we have 18 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining 12 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 9.5.