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). Today we look at Ira Losco with her entry “Chameleon (Invincible)”. Do we think Ira is invincible in this years MESC, or is her comeback too little too late? Read on to find out…
IRA LOSCO – “CHAMELEON (INVINCIBLE)”
“CHAMELEON (INVINCIBLE)” REVIEWS
Deban: As Ira Losco’s production takes on a chameleon quality, all expectations are matched. “Chameleon” is the comeback we’ve all been waiting for. The bridge is suitably pared back to allow the magic of staging take flight. The refrain seals the deal — catchy beats can pack a serious punch!
Denise: When I heard that Ira was participating this year, I went totally crazy. “7th Wonder” is still in my top three best Eurovision songs of all time. I had high hopes and I’m so glad that my hopes came true. I really like the song. The snippet made me think that it would be a different song — dark and mysterious. Instead it’s quite pop and catchy. My score might be influenced by the fact that it’s Ira Losco, but I know I would still love this song if someone else sang this.
Josh: Ira Losco. Maltese Eurovision legend. I had such high hopes for “Chameleon (Invincible)” during the snippet when the finalists were announced. Unfortunately the song as a whole failed to meet expectations. The song builds delightfully at the beginning but loses momentum halfway through and just keeps a continuous rhythm until the end. I was just hoping for more.
Renske: “Chameleon” is one of the most decent tracks in MESC this year, because of its expensive production. The song kicks off very mysteriously and interestingly, but personally, my interest got lost after the intro. If you ask me, her other song is better and more suitable for Eurovision. Though, I won’t be surprised if Ira wins with this song.
Robyn: The snippet at the reveal show promised a moody pop masterpiece. The full version, however, doesn’t fulfil that promise. The intro is as good as ever, but by the time the chorus hits, the edginess is smoothed off, eventually leading to a cheerful but deeply disappointing folk-pop finale. But despite its flaws, “Chameleon” is still one of the best MESC 2016 songs.
William: The masterful opening sets the stage for a musical orgasm. But then we enter a period of extended foreplay and the much-anticipated climax never comes. The highs of “Chameleon” just aren’t as high as the pre-contest hype. Fortunately Ira is an amazing performer and she can turn a good song into a great one with a flip of the switch. Fingers crossed!
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 7 and a high of 10.