Last night Ira Losco won the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with her song “Chameleon”. While she was a popular choice with the Maltese audience, and many of our own bloggers, the broader reaction among Eurovision fans has been a bit more mixed. But it’s not Ira that’s bothering people — it’s her song. Should Ira make like a chameleon and change her song for Stockholm?
Going into the MESC semi-final, Ira was a hot favourite with both the Wiwi Jury and in our readers’ poll loving the studio version of “Chameleon”. But when it came to the live performances, the reaction wasn’t quite as enthusiastic.
It was still a great performance and Ira demonstrated that she’s a strong, confident performer, outclassing the other finalists, and showing she’s even better since her successful 2002 Eurovision appearance. There were a few comments about Ira’s costume, described as an avant-garde wedding dress, but most of the criticism came down to one thing: the song.
Wiwi readers described it as “forgettable”, “overhyped” and predicting it would end up a borderline qualifier.
Wiwi reader Dutchie summed it up with the comment: “The lack of a climax isn’t that worrying, the lack of a hook is. There is nothing you will remember this song by, as some others have observed. It’s about being an invincible chameleon… I think.”
And that seems to be the problem. Ira is a great singer, but “Chameleon” isn’t a great song, according to many Eurovision enthusiasts. It doesn’t seem like the sort of song that could see Malta improve on Ira’s second place from 2002 and earn their much desired first ESC win.
But what can Ira do? Is she stuck with “Chameleon”? Actually, no. Winning MESC only decides the artist, with the Maltese broadcaster reserving the right to change the song. Eurovision.TV explains:
The selection in Malta will decide the artist that will represent Malta in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, the song performed may not be the final entry. Should Maltese broadcaster PBS decide to change the song, the original composer and author will be involved in the process.
So the option is there, at least, for Ira and her team to change her song. Malta are known for revamping their songs before Eurovision, but there are other options. Ira could enter her other MESC 2016 entry, “That’s Why I Love You”. She could show up performing another MESC 2016 entry (Brooke’s “Golden”, perhaps?). Or she could enter with a totally new song. The potential is there for “Chameleon” to change for the better.
What do you think? Should Ira stick with her winning song “Chameleon” as it is? Does it need a major revamp? Or should she enter a new song entirely? Share your thoughts below.