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.
Does anyone know what time MESC is scheduled for? Is it possible to watch it after A-Dal, or do they intersect? Thanks in advance.
Wasted, over wasted, over wasted, over wasted CRAP!!!!
I hate this song to the core. I hope this woman never goes to Eurovision.
Not sure if this could qualify in a decent-quality bunch of songs in Eurovision.
I think Malta’s NF this year is slightly better than usual.
This song is one of the best in the NF, but I feel it won’t impress. It starts well but there’s no build up.
Personally, I’m in love with the song in Maltese.
Malta 12 points!
@tween: Ooo – Can I come with you to Malta in Summer 2018? 😛 My review of this song: As Conchita just proved, the problem with being “unstoppable” is that everything ends. So Brooke’s song is actually about false hope, which funnily enough reflects the song’s harmonic structure. It feels like it’s going to go somewhere special, but instead gets tied down rather heavily to the same minor key. I preferred last year’s song “Golden” and even the failed “Chameleon (Invincible)” to this song. Brooke is a superb artist indeed, but the song “Unstoppable” is in my opinion overrated and,… Read more »
I personally think Malta’s selection is one of the strongest so far this year. There are two entries that would be in my top 5 of Eurovision 2017 for sure if got chosen.
This song is good vocally but it’s absolutely forgettable. If Malta makes the mistake of sending this, it’ll get bottom-five in Kiev at best.
I don’t agree with you Thomas Patrick Davitt. This year MESC is one of the strongest National Finals. All the songs are easily listening and none of the songs are boring compared to other national finals when you get irritated after 1 minute listening. Half of the songs especially Unstoppable/Kewkba/Bombshell/Follow/Follow Me/Seconds Away/Fighting to Survive are all of a high quality songs. I simply got in love with Malta especially while on holiday there I met Amber ESC2015 while clubbing. I was so surprised and happy. My tour in Malta was simply the best one I had. Maltese people are so… Read more »
Brooke or Janice for Malta. Whether we’ll make the final or not is another issue. But I strongly believe these 2 songs tick many Eurovision boxes. Good luck Malta.
100% agree with Briekimchi – took the words out of my mouth.
I literally do not like a single song in the entire Maltese selection. I cannot comprehend a single scenario where Malta make it to the final
Definitely this should win next Saturday in Malta, it could easily score very high for beautiful sunny Malta. Hate comments are usually jealous comments. Unstoppable got the most healthy ingredients to compete in Kiev.
For me it was fine
what a great song – but her voice??? She needs to learn how to breath away ffrom the microphone rather than right down it – my asthmatic grandfather who smoked 80 woodbines a day for the last 60 years has better breath control than this diva!
Sorry guys but your love for the Maltese selection baffles me. All of the songs sound the same and this is the only one competent enough to even be memorable. I think it has to be the choice for Eurovision (or Richard Edwards – but that would be a risky selection). I don’t think it will do better than Ira Losco though.
Seriously this is way too overrated..it’s a good song but absolutely nothing more..
I’m having a hard time deciding if I should vote for this or Maxine Pace’s entry “Bombshell”. :/
Absolutely amazing song and voice. Outstanding in every single way. It has to be either Brooke or Franklin.
Golden was…golden. For me this was never gonna live up to it but i was so excited to hear it. But i feel it tries so hard to be powerful that it ends up being forgettable.
Honestly, the best contender for Malta.
She’d probably do a Greta Salóme 2016 … There are much better options result-wise imo.
Overrated and cliche.
The song is quite decent and overall okay, but honestly it’s only my seventh favorite of MESC ’17. The music is quite good and catchy and the lyrics are standard empowerment. What bothers me a bit is that this seams to be a run on the treadmill set by Warrior and Golden. Lyrics-wise, this is almost identical to Golden – We are all powerful, we all shine, power to the people! It’s not the bad message, but Brooke seams to be running out of ideas. It’s like Taylor Swift singing about a break-up. It doesn’t astray from Golden in tempo… Read more »
Golden might’ve been flawless, but this one? Completely unimpressive. It tries to be anthemic, but it fails to even stand out in the Maltese selection. I guess the great vocals are all this song has, a Robyn points out, but I really can’t find any other qualities. It’s a 6/10 from me.