Grab your pastizzi, darlings! Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2017, the national selection for Malta at Eurovision 2017 will take place on 18 February. But before then, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — will be reviewing and rating all sixteen competing entries. Today we move onto Kevin Borg with his song “Follow”. Does this Swedish Idol have what it takes to become Malta’s next Eurovision superstar? Read on to find out…
Kevin Borg – “Follow”
Deban: No one should doubt the singing abilities and vocal talent of Kevin Borg. With a No.1 single, a gold album, and lead roles in musicals under his belt, he is undoubtedly a star where it matters, i.e Sweden. However, his entry for the Malta national selection spells a poor choice. “Follow” is a MOR adult-pop/rock number that wouldn’t stand tall enough to be an album filler, let alone a song for Europe. Kevin’s star potential may not be in question here, but nonetheless, “Follow” isn’t in the running for song victory in his native homeland.
Zakaria: Am I the only one getting some major Backstreet Boys vibes with “Follow”? To put it in other words, I was expecting more from one of the country’s biggest pop stars but instead we get an old-fashioned 90s ballad that I totally forgot while writing this review. If Malta wants to stay in the semi-final this year, they should send this song.
Robyn: Kevin has such a good voice, so it’s a little heartbreaking that the song isn’t of similar quality. It’s not a bad song — and the dramatic structure brings a lot — but there’s just nothing amazing about it. Still, Kevin brings a lot to the performance and no doubt elevates the song beyond just an ordinary ballad. It’s still good and he might win MESC with it, but it could just be so much better.
William: From Swedish Idol to Maltese bore, Kevin really underwhelms with this one. The first minute is promising and I thought he was setting us up for something huge and moving. But instead it’s just more clichés — lyrically and musically. The bridge seeks to turn this into an anthem, but they’d have to clap rul, rul loud to wake me up.
Chris: In every way, Kevin should be the type of act any Eurofan would desperately want to win MESC. He nearly wins me over with “Follow”, but then the pre-chorus just ruins it. This song belongs in the last decade and would, I suspect, struggle if it went to Kyiv. It’s a shame that someone so talented seems to constantly end up with such underwhelming entries.
Josh: I was absolutely stoked to see Kevin Borg returning to MESC this year as I am such a fan of his amazing voice, but “Follow” is such a let down. A ballad would’ve been perfect for Kevin if it had a hook, however it unfortunately comes across as repetitive, thoughtless and forgettable. Please come back another year, Kevin, with a song that will win this competition for you. We love you!
Luis: I was hoping for Kevin to follow the Ira Losco formula: winning with a boring song and then change it to something decent. Alas, that can’t happen anymore. He might be Malta’s biggest superstar, but his song is bland and lame. There are some Disney musical vibes, but they are so subsided in this lame composition. Kevin’s voice wins me over, but his song is the definition of disposable. He’d get the exact same score if he was reciting the grocery list.
Our jury for the 2017 Malta Eurovision Song Contest contains 14 jurors, but we only have room for seven reviews. The remaining seven 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 1 and a high of 7.5.