Chameleons change their colour and Ira Losco is poised to change her Eurovision 2016 song. TVM dropped the news this evening, writing that “Ira Losco, her manager and PBS are in intense activity to find the right song for the Eurovision Song Contest, which needs to be presented within three weeks.”

The response to “Chameleon” was decidedly mixed. When we asked our readers whether she should replace the song, they got very emotional, with many complaining that the song lacks a strong hook — or even an identifiable one. Many fans commented that Ira should sing the runner-up song “Golden” from Brooke instead (nothing is official, but one rumour suggests that Brooke’s team said no to an alleged request). In recent weeks, as new songs have been introduced, “Chameleon” has also slipped down the wiwibloggs Eurovision 2016 Tops videos.

In any event, TVM’s report makes it seem that Ira and her team are listening. They have reportedly prepared a new version of “Chameleon” and are considering nine other songs. From tomorrow an international panel of music professionals, along with local experts, will help Team Losco figure out the best way foward.

Are you pleased with the news? Do you think that a revamp can solve the shortcomings of “Chameleon”? Let us know in the comments box below!

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James
James
4 years ago

@PP I understand, you seem to be suggesting that the EBU intervene and prevent Malta from changing the song? The thing is, the EBU has no say in the national finals for any country. A country can select a song in whatever method they like, as long as it is submitted by the March deadline. The national finals are completely seperated from Eurovision. Ukraine and Belarus changed the entire song AND artist a few years ago. It might not seem fair but the EBU doesn’t get involved as long as the final submitted song meets their rules for time limit/publishing… Read more »

ESCaddict
ESCaddict
4 years ago

The current Chameleon is doomed to fail. Malta needs to give it a serious revamp (including the lyric) or replace it.

Raisa Georgsdottir
Raisa Georgsdottir
4 years ago

Duh, of course singing Golden would be better than Chameleon. But I don’t blame Brooke’s team for refusing. They should have chosen Brooke winner in the first place. Besides, in my opinion it isn’t fair at all sending a singers who have already represented their country. You’ve all had your chance. Move over. It’s time for someone else to enjoy their chance.

Netherlandish
Netherlandish
4 years ago

Brooke’s golden was much better than Chameleon, so was the live performance. If Ira wasn’t already so well known then she wouldn’t have won. I’m happy Malta made this decision, its for the best. I don’t like the Maltese entry yet, but it is standing on my 4th place, because this year sucks xD for now.

PP
PP
4 years ago

James

I don t like to see , to country change the song, only because with chosen song they have not chance to win or go to final. What we have, if every country all 43 decide to change their song or singer or singer and song one day before EBU meeting in middle of march ..

Nicky91
Nicky91
4 years ago

I also want Ira to win ESC this year, so please find the perfect song

the competition was just to find the singer, with the right voice

Chameleon wasn’t really a good song

and people relax even if it’s a different song, it will still be written by Ira

fingers crossed for the perfect song, but she’ll have my votes anyway from the Netherlands, finally i can get my revenge for last year

Ira is a good songwriter, i liked 7th wonder, and she needs a song like that

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
4 years ago

As for an internal selection, Malta might have kicked around the idea of choosing Ira internally. It would not have surprised me if she rejected the idea, and wanted to earn it in open competition. But then again, who green-lighted the admission of 2 songs from her? Again, they should have considered accepting another song (from someone else) in this matter, to fill the roster of 20 contenders.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
4 years ago

@Eugene: I almost forgot: Daniel Testa, who got 30 points from the jury, would have had to get less than 26.7% of the televote to lose to Jessika. And De Bee, who got 38 jury points, would have had to get less than 23.9% of the televote.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
4 years ago

@Eugene: Given how lopsided the MESC scoring procedure weighed heavily in favor of the jury, the televote certainly was close to irrelevant. Consider how Jessika won the televote in 2014, but was tied for 12th (out of 14) in the jury vote (6 points), and wound up 8th (18 points). 4 of 5 in the jury decided for Firelight, who were 4th in the televote (7+56).

If the MF scoring procedure had been used, and Jessika had grabbed 35 percent of the televote (102 points), and Firelight grabbed less than 17.7% (<52), Jessika would have won with 108 points.

@EugeneESCUK
4 years ago

Cooky Monzta :- Yes your maths is correct, and under most scoring systems Ira would have won, she is huge in Malta anyway and I even made the comment why didn’t they just choose her internally? As it happens it is one holy mess now. I guess I was having a go at the scoring system, say if Brooke had 40% of the televote it would also be 3.46% of the overall score, basically the televote is irrelevant and 5 people actually decide. The public think they have a say. Be fair and have a 50%:50% split and be done… Read more »

Giorgios
4 years ago

Are we going to listen to the 9 songs?

B.Shterev
B.Shterev
4 years ago

I don’t like her song “Chamelion” at all…I think it is very stupid with bad music … so it would be good if they change it 🙂

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
4 years ago

@Rita: In which case, once again, if they keep the song and tweak it, they must employ an entirely new stage presentation. For some people, standing alone on stage works, depending on the song, the visual effects and the dramatic effect; for others, not so much, especially if the dramatic effect isn’t there to do the song and the performance justice… …Which brings me back to Ben Rafter’s comment: “Wow, people these days. Everyone loved it but then on stage they hated it?! Wth?! Keep the song Ira, it’s just your vocals that need working on.” I didn’t hear that… Read more »

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
4 years ago

@EugeneESCUK: If the scoring procedure had been exactly like MF’s, and it were a 50-50 split, Ira still would have won with 174 points. From the jury, 290 points are available to all of the contenders (12+10+8+7+6+5+4+3+2+1, multiplied 5 times because there were 5 jurors), for which she got 58. On the televote side, 40 percent of the vote (and therefore 40% of 290) amounts to 116 points. The MF procedure would have given her 174; and assuming Brooke got 25% of the televote, she would have finished with 121.

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
4 years ago

I keep saying this: a revamp isn’t a magic bullet. Most revamped songs in Vienna didn’t qualify. If the song is good but the production is weak, then yes, a revamp will work (e.g. Sublatti’s “Warrior”), otherwise there’s only so much that can be done (e.g. Amber’s “Warrior”). But the problem with “Chameleon” isn’t the production. It’s that the song itself isn’t good enough – a revamp could only do so much. “Chameleon” is either going to need a substantial rewrite (give it a proper catchy chorus and a strong ending) or Malta will end up going with a different,… Read more »

Angel
4 years ago

I love Chameleon! I will be dissapointed if they change it! Ira Losco is my number one at the moment. Maybe revamping could be a better option!

James
James
4 years ago

@Eugene I totally agree, it’s so frustrating to have the televote mean so little. For Ira and Amber I guess it didn’t matter, but when they sent Firelight , that was not the televote winner (Jessika won the televote). Firelight was winning with juries from other countries. I don’t understand the logic in using international juries to provide such a massive influence, surely if the country wants to win themselves, they are not going to choose the best song for another country. Have maybe one international jury to help find a song people would like abroad, but not giving them… Read more »

James
James
4 years ago

@PP I’m not sure I understand, if Malta do change the song it will be within the time. As long as they decide before the cut off, any country can do whatever they like beforethat. It was in Malta’s rules that the song could be changed, so whether people like it or not, there’s no rule concerns.

@EugeneESCUK
4 years ago

The public’s 40% vote for Chameleon in the televote only represented just 3.46% of the total overall vote. The song that won the televote got awarded 12 points (so 12/58 x 16.7%.) A complete waste of time!!

Random.sage2.5 :- They have not released all the figures, but have announced that “chameleon” got 40% of the televote.

James
James
4 years ago

@CookyMonsta Well they don’t have to test it on the Maltese now, they can internally select a different song that would do better at Eurovision, and the Maltese will have to put up with it I think that this may have been the plan all along, put in 2 songs (one ballad, one more upbeat) and see which gets the best feedback , not only on the night but in the press beforehand etc. Win the final with a song suitable for Malta (they are not used to having contemporary modern songs in their final but had they put something… Read more »

Sparrow
Sparrow
4 years ago

Yes it’s a slap in the face to the Maltese public who voted for it but let’s be honest, there’s nothing amazing about it.
Change could be great but it’s Malta and as previously mentioned it’s all about image which they try to be too polished and they loose the personality of the performer and the song. They go safe and clean too often and that will never win.

PP
PP
4 years ago

EBU must change the rule for Eurovision, to country only can change the song if song is published before time and break rule of EBU , or song is plagiat of other song.

Rita
Rita
4 years ago

I don’t really like the news…I have Chameleon as my number three now. It sounds good. If they want to change something, a revamp would be the way to go but you gotta be really really careful and actually make sure the revamp makes the song better (Nina’s Warrior) and not worse. Changing the song is even more risky unless it really is better (and it must be better since people have been listening to Chameleon all this time).

Random.sage2.5
Random.sage2.5
4 years ago

BTW What was the televote? I’m not hating on Malta being controlling but I’m curious what the ppls opinions were.

@EugeneESCUK
4 years ago

It’s going to be a very modern/contemporary year so I think it may be a very modern Muxu/Zarb recycle job.

Random.sage2.5
Random.sage2.5
4 years ago

@James

That’s how they roll!

TVM always ALWAYS puts a lot of control over the song and performance. Look at Chiara on Eurovision and Chiara in real life. Chiara is a freakin’ badass white trash woman on real life but next to classy Susan Boyle on the Eurovision stage. Image is a lot to Maltese producers and Ira Losco will maintain that.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
4 years ago

@James: Interesting you mention “Haunted By Love” sounding like “Running”. But again, if she were to send another song, she would have to test it with the opinions of the Maltese, and then have a stage performance fitting for the song, like András did in 2014… …But you have to wonder; would we be having this conversation, about changing the song or keeping it, if she had lost MESC? Quite probably not. Because she’s been here before, and many would like to see her do very well. Winning is going to be an immensely tall order for her, obviously because… Read more »

Random.sage2.5
Random.sage2.5
4 years ago

Robyn has a good point. A little bit ‘ol country, a little expensive pop.

Ira Losco = Maltese Taylor Swift? Nah. If Malta wanted that they’d send MAXINE with Young Love lovey luh love.

TVM (or her song writers) must’ve had other songs for her before the two she sent. Either they’ll remaster and use one of those or quickly whip up some brand spanking new ones.

I have faith in her team and TVM to beat or match Gianluca in 2013.

@EugeneESCUK
4 years ago

Robyn :- Yes it might be about the singer, then why give one singer 2 songs?? (That’s rhetorical!!) 5 people represented 83.3% of the vote, so the public didn’t choose anything really.

James
James
4 years ago

*Of course I meant Hungary 2014 not 2013.

James
James
4 years ago

@Robyn Totally agree , no one will know or care who Ira is, and we have seen many many examples of previous Eurovision success acts coming back and not doing well , because the current audience doesn’t care that they were in it before. Normally they come back with a lacklustre song and seem to think they will get through purely on their name. (Niamh, Dana International, Charlotte, Selma to name just a few). With a poor song, Ira could easily stay in the semi. For me, Chameleon is too cheesy lyrically (same old believe in yourself stuff) and unless… Read more »

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
4 years ago

If I were them, I’d go with the revamp. It worked for Nina Sublatti, when Thomas G:son was brought in to make an already-ferocious “Warrior” even more ferocious, and earned her perhaps another 10 places in the final standing (11th). Not only that, the ferocity of this song forced Amber’s producers to revamp her “Warrior”, and it backfired… …Which is to suggest that, if they submit a revamp of “Chameleon”, I hope they turned up the ferocity in places where it needs to be ferocious (without overdoing it), and have a more well-defined bridge to the climax. I would not… Read more »

Brian
Brian
4 years ago

This is just so typical of fans… All of you writing she should stick with Chameleon, then poor Ira ends up last in her semifinal in Stockholm and where are all who wrote on here? Gone with the wind…

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
4 years ago

Ira is a star in Malta and in the Eurovision bubble, but most ESC viewers won’t remember her from 14 years ago and won’t have any idea of who she is. It will all come down to the song.

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
4 years ago

Unlike pretty much every other national final, in Malta it’s the singer and not the song that wins. The song is later internally selected by the broadcaster. In most cases the chosen song is the one that has won MESC, but in this case, it might not be. But it’s a strange situation. The Maltese public had the choice of two songs for Ira at MESC, which suggests they specifically wanted to hear “Chameleon” at Eurovision. But maybe the “Chameleon” victory over “That’s Why I Love You” could be seen more as “edgy modern pop” over “country-tinged ballad”, which could… Read more »

Calum Macleod
Calum Macleod
4 years ago

@Xoão: Me too! If she chooses an even better song, and I really hope it’s a great one, Malta could really be a strong contender to win this year.

Freyah
Freyah
4 years ago

I love Chameleon but it does need a revamp to really pack that punch in the final minute or so, but unless one of these other songs is that much better I’d leave it as the revamped Chameleon.

davve
davve
4 years ago

I think that is a mistake. Chameleon was voted to Stockholm. it is a good song……. stupid

Mar
Mar
4 years ago

This is good news, Ira is an amazing singer and “Chameleon” is way below her standars.

@EugeneESCUK
4 years ago

I also feel if the public have paid good money to vote a song to win, they should stick with it. However, the public only represented 1/6 (16.67%) of the total vote. So basically 5 people chose this song?!?! Not a huge fan of revamping because fans remember the original version and basically it sort of says it was not good enough. Malta clearly wants to make an impact in 2016 and is clearly not happy. It’s a good song, but not exactly original (the string section,) or a wow. I would say they will change it and it is… Read more »

Colin
Colin
4 years ago

@MMs: That’s great. Coincidentally, I like each song you mentioned as well. I guess we have some of the musical taste in common. 🙂

MGR
MGR
4 years ago

Maybe visual background was not great, but song is good. If they will change song for worse, I hope EBU will suspend Malta for ESC 2017.

Xoão
Xoão
4 years ago

I want Ira to win this ESC so bad. I truly hope she finds the right song to do so!

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
4 years ago

they better change it because as it stands their current song is bland af

MMs
MMs
4 years ago

@Colin: Yes, most of the songs you named are amazing 🙂 I love Quedate Conmigo, Crisalide, Molitva, Grande Amore, Rak Bishvilo, Na Inat, Lako Je Sve, Kuula, L’Essenziale, Dime etc. Yeah I have favorites in English as well as like you said it depends on the emotion it portrays but I think that songs in ‘foreign’ languages are better, sometimes, to display the emotion. Hey we agree a lot even on the English songs haha.

Ben Rafter
Ben Rafter
4 years ago

Wow, people these days. Everyone loved it but then on stage they hated it?! Wth?! Keep the song Ira, it’s just your vocals that need working on.

T
T
4 years ago

Chameleon it’s not a bad song. I like it, but it’s obviously not better than 7th wonder. So If she wants to do better than last time, she should replace it or make a new version of it.

cheesecake
cheesecake
4 years ago

I’m not a fan of “Chameleon” and a new song might actually be better, BUT why then hold a national selection on television? Changing the song would be unfair.

DenizNL
DenizNL
4 years ago

Aw I liked Chameleon and I listen to it daily. But I get why they are doing it.

EUROFAN MEXICO
4 years ago

IS SHE CRAZY ? NINE SONGS IS A JOKE
THEY LOSING MY RESPECT