She’s perhaps the biggest star in her country and the bookies have been narrowing their odds on her to win Eurovision all week.
And on Thursday evening Malta’s Ira Losco showed us why when she revealed her Eurovision 2016 song “Walk on Water” and the accompanying music video.
Ira Losco — “Walk on Water”
The song is contemporary pop with drum ‘n bass edge. Co-written by Molly Pettersson Hammar, it oozes MPH soul — but Ira most definitely claims it as her own. The song suggests that a certain someone makes her feel like she can do the impossible — “walk on water”.
The video sees leggy Ira looking hot and haute as she contemplates her life and her love on the beautiful beaches of Gozo. Waves crash and the sun shines — but all eyes are on her.
— David Hobbs (@davidhobbs1990) March 17, 2016
Those who complained that “Chameleon” lacked a hook and climax will appreciate what they find here. A quiet but confident opening leads to a memorable and powerful chorus. The production is slick and gives the song major shape and direction. And it uses backing vocalists to great effect. At times there is a wall of sound that channels a church choir, which makes sense given the religious themes associated with walking on water.
— Bedelia (@BedeliaDuM) March 17, 2016
Ahead of the release, Ira defended her decision to switch to a new song.
Speaking to Malta Today, she described “Walk on Water” as more contemporary, and praised its message of “achieving the impossible and never giving up on yourself.”
“Life, as we all know can be very hard and it is full of ups and downs, but I truly believe that staying positive will make it easier to achieve seemingly impossible goals.”
Despite the glorious video, Ira is staying humble. Writing on her Facebook page on Wednesday afternoon she said:
“Walk on Water” video being launched tonight on PBS at 8pm during the news. I know many of you got excited about a review that went out yesterday night. But let’s stay feet on the ground. Thank you SO much for all your support it is vital and so appreciated. I’m working my ass off to give you and my country the BEST possible performance on the night. Above all to represent you all with as much passion and professionalism as I can. 14 years you have all been there believing in me and listening to my music and I can’t thank you all enough!!!
What do YOU think of the song? Do you think it has what it takes to reach the Top 10? Do you think it could go higher? Let us know in the comments box below.