Tiny island, big voices, huge passion — the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2017 is almost here! But before the February 18 final arrives in all its glory, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating all 16 competing entries. Today we move onto Claudia Faniello with her song “Breathlessly”. Is Claudia leaving us breathless in her MESC return? Read on to find out…
Claudia Faniello – “Breathlessly”
William: Don’t deny: Claudia Faniello can sing! She feels every note and pours herself into every verse. And while I love her, the song leaves me wanting. From the heavy cymbals to the sappy melody to the feeling of Trisha Yearwood in slow motion, it comes from another era. Sadly it doesn’t leave me breathless, just frustrated that Claudia doesn’t have a song worthy of her talent.
Josh: Smooth, subtle, and beautiful. I’m thrilled to see Claudia back in the selection for Malta, and “Breathlessly” makes me feel at ease. This is a song that isn’t trying too hard to be minimalistic – taking inspiration from the great country ballads of the early 2000s and making it her own. However, I fear that the entry lacks the originality and dynamism to really go in for the kill.
Robyn: This is such a dreary, old-fashioned ballad. Fans of the genre will love it, but I can’t connect with it. I’ve tried listening to this song three times, and every time my mind wanders and I find myself doing something more interesting. It’s so forgettable.
Chris: I wouldn’t even have to listen to this song to tell you that Claudia Faniello is doing a ballad. Lo and behold, here we are. This is a cliché mess: lyrics such as “knowing there’s a vacancy within your heart”. Seriously? Claudia can sing, but why bother when it’s a song like this?
Deban: There’s a timeless quality to “Breathlessly”. A ballad that straddles many decades whilst committing to the merits of mellow rock. Claudia Faniello’s voice draws me in, and her delivery of the lyrics is hauntingly captivating.
Bernardo: “Breathlessly” might be dated but Claudia’s vocals are so engaging, smooth and beautiful — the woman can sing y’all. It won’t win, but it will be pleasant to hear such an emotional ballad in MESC. Miss Faniello knows how to do it and I’m excited.
Our jury for the 2017 Malta Eurovision Song Contest contains 14 jurors, but we only have room for six reviews. The remaining eight scores are listed below.
Before calculating the average score, the highest and lowest scores are dropped. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 2.5 and a high of 8.