Yesterday the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — travelled to Malta and visited the marine life at the Malta National Aquarium. Finding a quiet corner, we discussed Ira Losco‘s song “Walk on Water”. Did we jump in the deep end? Or were we running for dry ground? Read on to find out!
Ira Losco – “Walk on Water”
“Walk on Water” reviews
Patrick: Yep, what can I say. Since we did the video nothing really changed for me. “Walk on Water” is still the winner for me. Ira Losco is a stunning artist, a pearl in the music scene and the biggest star of Malta. “Chameleon” was a good song, though it was lacking, but PBS did a good job in changing the song. “Walk on Water” has power, modern style, rhythm and the ability to work wonders on stage. People tend to say Ira can’t sing live but that’s a lie and a shame to say. The staging will exceblow us all away for sure and Malta could make it to be the winner for the very first time. Good luck, queen!
Robyn: Ira Losco is a good singer and “Walk on Water” is a good song, but together something isn’t quite working. “Walk on Water” seems to be written for a singer with a huge soul voice (ok, yes, MPH), whereas Ira has a thinner, cleaner, polite lady pop voice. It’s telling that Ira can barely be heard under the gospel choir in the chorus. Team Malta will no doubt deliver a fantastic performance and they will likely qualify, but “Walk on Water” won’t be troubling teen Ira’s second place from 2002.
Angus: This is pure diva and I love it! Ira oozes soul power striding through the cerulean waters of the Mediterranean and her vocal on “Walk on Water” is spot on. If Amber was a warrior, Ira is the Amazon Queen. The song could easily be cheesy and overblown but Ira totally makes it her own. My only complaint is that the backing production is overpowering at times, but that can be remedied on stage.
William: Easily my favourite Maltese entry since I became a Eurovision fan, “Walk on Water” is contemporary, catchy and somehow inspiring. Ira squeezes soul out of every note and the choral accompaniment gives this a spiritual quality. Replicating that backing with live voices in Stockholm is a tall order, but Malta is filled with so many big voices I’m confident they’ll do the trick. Drum ‘n’ bass at Eurovision is a daring move, but I’m so glad Malta is taking the risk.
Bogdan: Oh, Molly! This is a gem — I hear you throughout this song. My only complaint is the lyrics (“all I wanna do is walk on water”, seriously?), but Ira’s beautiful voice and the infectious beats manage to shift the focus from the words. Overall, this is a better entry than “Chameleon”, although I liked that one, too, but I’m afraid it’s not going to challenge Ira’s record. It’s going to look and sound spectacular in Stockholm though — I can already tell.
Cristian: I didn’t appreciate “Chameleon” and for this reason I consider “Walk on Water” a better entry for Malta even if it doesn’t blow me away. I like the drum and bass — it’s a powerful song with clear Swedish vibes. I was among the international jurors who voted for the new Maltese entry and this was third in my personal ranking.
Deban: “Chameleon” would have qualified easily. However, “Walk on Water” pushes the boat further. It sounds polished, produced and packaged for victory. Malta have got JESC in the bag. “7th Wonder” came close to winning, and “Walk on Water” stands a good chance in a highly competitive field. Also, it adds a major hit to Ira Losco’s expansive catalogue. Team Malta deserve applause for their renewed commitment and extravaganza!
Diego: I wasn’t too keen on “Chameleon” and “Walk on Water” has been quite an improvement over Malta’s expectations for this year’s contest. Unfortunately, it’s a not a winning song. Ira Losco might deliver it amazingly in Stockholm but it doesn’t quite have what’s needed to reach first place with a power pop/soul entry — although we already know she’s going to slay live.
Mikhail: It’s a decent song. I want to put it in my playlist, but for some reason I haven’t done it yet and I am not in a hurry to do that. That’s not a good sign, is it? Maybe deep inside I know that I will quickly get tired of this song, because I tired of “I’ll Be Fine” a long time ago. Nevertheless, I can’t ignore the great quality of production, especially those interesting “bird screech” parts.
Padraig: “Walk On Water” is current, radio-friendly and chart ready. So then, why did Molly Petterson Hammar and her team opt to send it to Malta rather than enter it in Melodifestivalen? Did they consider “Hunger” – a song which didn’t even qualify for the Swedish final – to be stronger? If so, we have a problem. Because while “WOW” has so much going for it, it doesn’t feel like a Eurovision winner. Ira’s going to need more than big names to win over the televoters and juries. Of course, we’ve yet to see her staging. If she can nail that, along with her vocals, she should easily make it to the final. Otherwise we could be looking at a shock non-qualifier.
Tobias: This is good! Written by the Swedish songwriter Molly Petterson Hammar, the Maltese Ira Losco does a great job. Her voice is strong and the song is catchy with an attitude. I like it and Malta will for sure be somewhere in the top 10.
Mike: We waited for Ira Losco to return to MESC for many years and when she did she simply slayed. “Chameleon” was one of my faves, but “Walk on Water” is again amazing in a whole different way. Ira is a performer and she will be one of the best, bringing her song to the audience in Stockholm. It should be an easy qualifier for Malta in this hard first semi.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 40 jurors but only have room for 12 reviews. The remaining 28 scores are below.
William C: 8/10
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 6 and a high of 10.