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!

Score: 9/10

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.

Score: 9/10

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.

Score: 7/10

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.

Score: 7.5/10

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.

Score: 7/10

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!

Score: 7/10

In the Maltese Wiwi Jury we have 18 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining 12 scores are below.

Anthony: 9/10

Antranig: 10/10

Bernardo: 7.5/10

Cristian: 8/10

George: 7.5/10

Luis: 7/10

Maria: 8.5/10

Mario: 8.5/10

Patrick: 9.5/10

Ramadan: 7/10

Rezo: 9/10

Zakaria: 9/10

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 7 and a high of 10.

WIWI JURY SCORE: 8.13/10

FOR OUR LIST OF MESC 2016 RANKINGS, CLICK HERE

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Alex
Alex
5 years ago

I think either this song or Young Love should represent Malta…

Paul
Paul
5 years ago

I honeslty can’t see how this was rated below Kingdom, both songs are truly amazing. Although you can sense the production of Chameleon being far better!

Etienne Micallef
Etienne Micallef
5 years ago

My favourite! Would be a well deserved winner and a great ESC entry!

SpirK
SpirK
5 years ago

And here comes my number one. A grower really. Fantastic vocals and it has a great music structure, the only thing I would change is the cheesy we are invincible lyric that is followed by the violin (or whatever that is). I must say it isn’t alike with anything I’ve recently heard in eurovision ; I can’t confuse it with anything else. Good luck Ira! 9/10, 1/20

#2ndWonder
#2ndWonder
5 years ago

She is really overrated. 7th Wonder wasn’t that good, it’s worse than Chameleon, which is a normal radio hit, with nothing special.

DenizNL
DenizNL
5 years ago

It took more than 10 listens to actually fell in love with the song. Therefore I don’t kow if the average eurovision-watcher will vote for this, but I love it know.

SassyPants
SassyPants
5 years ago

I…I don’t know what to say? I avoided this song because everyone hyped it up, so I wanted to write this being the first time I had heard it. And, yeah, i’m confused. It’s a good song, but that’s rather it. It’s very, very expensive, you can tell that, but then the Viva la Vida strings come in and it’s very mismatched, and rather tacky. Saying that, this song is a strong contender, catchy beat? Check. Self Empowerment? Check. Famous Eurovision legend? Check. If sang by anyone else this wouldn’t have near the hype, it reminds me of if “You… Read more »

Erin
Erin
5 years ago

This is a slick and polished production with rich instrumental and synthesized sounds, plenty of dramatic changes in pace with a thriller-like musical motive…caught in the eye of a fake storm. I don’t sense Ira’s footprint here at all! If you strip this song down to the basic verse-bridge-chorus structure, you’re left with a rather underdeveloped core of a song that is saved by a clever instrumental and sound arrangement. I don’t believe this is enough to win Eurovision, especially when Ira plays second fiddle in this production unlike in “Seventh Wonder” and I’ll even go as far as saying… Read more »

Ben Rafter
Ben Rafter
5 years ago

Not in the lead!!!! She slays the pack!