Slip into something skimpy and get ready to feel the heat! The Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2017 — the hottest Eurovision selection in the Mediterranean — will take place this Saturday, 18 February. The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — have been reviewing and rating all 16 competing entries. Today we wrap up our reviews with Brooke Borg and her song “Unstoppable”. Can Brooke go on to win this year after her second place finish in 2016? Read on to find out…
Brooke Borg – “Unstoppable”
William: Headlight, spotlight, hold tight? No, Brooke — jump into the LIMELIGHT because it is YOURS. Living up to the “Unstoppable” in her song title, Brooke soars with this electro-ballad. Clearly engineered to show off the many qualities of her voice, it moves from sexy and mysterious opening to powerful and thrusting chorus. As we saw last year she elevates live. I have no doubt she’ll do the same this year.
Chris: If last year was a long march to give Ira Losco an inevitable MESC victory, surely it’s the same for Brooke this year. Whilst the chorus is perhaps slightly weaker than that of her 2016 entry “Golden”, I’d expect Malta to make some subtle changes post-MESC. It’s head and shoulders above anything else in the contest. I know you can make it, Brooke!
Deban: “Unstoppable” is an anthemic entry packed with peaks and valleys — both topped off with Brooke’s flawless vocals. However, its main drawback is that much of the merits aren’t sustained with repeat listens. Brooke has fought hard to be on this stage, and many advocates believe that this is her time for victory. That said, there are a few other competitors in this field who are equally deserving, and are showing up to the party with better songs.
Robyn: “Unstoppable” seems to have been written to showcase Brooke’s vocal talents. And that’s fair enough, but it feels like Brooke’s voice has taken priority over song quality. Everything leading to the chorus is amazing, then: “We’re unstoppable! We are! We are!”. It’s like a watered-down version of Amber’s “Warrior” that’s substituted shouting for a proper chorus.
Josh: Brooke has come out to let us know that you can be golden and unstoppable at the same time. The clear stand out in this year’s selection – Brooke combines modern electro verses with powerful ballad-esque choruses and the combination is silky smooth. She was my favourite last year, and she is my favourite this year. Slay, mawma!
Our jury for the 2017 Malta Eurovision Song Contest contains 14 jurors, but we only have room for five reviews. The remaining nine 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 6 and a high of 10.