Time to head to Hamilton Travel and take a trip to Malta, y’all! The Wiwi Jury, our team of music unprofessionals, are set to review all 16 acts and songs from Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
We’ll be looking at one song a day up to the live final on February 3. Up first for the jury is Aidan, with his song “Dai Laga”. Will his tropical sound (albeit potentially “borrowed”) charm the jury? Find out below.
Aidan — “Dai Laga”
Note: “Dai Laga” has since been revamped, which removes the controversial backing track but generally keeps the same structure and original production elements. The reviews relate to the earlier version.
“Dai Laga” Reviews:
Chris: Although by very definition, “Dai Laga” isn’t original, at least Aidan is doing something different compared with a lot of the other MESC songs. It feels like he tries to go too far on this though, with the production sending his vocal bouncing from one octave to another. It just doesn’t sound right
Sebastian: Although he’s serving some sweet tropical flair, Aidan’s grand entrance to the MESC leaves a bit of a bitter aftertaste. “Dai Laga’s” arrangement and tempo is unmistakably fresh. But that beat is paired with some questionable lyrics that leave you wondering why he cries at night. No doubt, Aidan’s talent will ripen into something rich and tangy. But he’ll need a bit more time to cultivate his creative juices.
Barnabas: When you try to sound like Ed Sheeran but you lack that creativity, you might end up with tunes like “Dai Laga”. The whole song is plain and cheesy with cliche lyrics. Together with the backing track issues involving the song, it’s a very unfortunate package.
Luis: Malta’s got a bunch of tropical beats in their selection this year, but “Dai Laga” stands out amongst them. It’s fresh, fun and the three minutes fly by. However, there are a number of problems, beginning with the excessively processed vocals. While the lyrics aren’t the most inspired ever, the hook is kind of an earworm.
William: Among the more contemporary tracks in this year’s selection, “Dai Laga” smoulders with Aidan’s smooth vocals and some current production. While I don’t advise anyone to be their other’s dream (awkward), I do advise you all to channel Aidan’s vim and vigor — he is selling this! My main criticism is that the overproduced “show them what you doing” makes him sound demonic and as if he’s got a tough piece of steak stuck in his mouth. All in all a solid debut!
Deban: Overprocessed vocal chanting gibberish over a modern beat. This lacks authenticity, and instead, feels like a desperate attempt to be urban! Towards the end, the overall tropical vibe which feels forced begins to annoy me.
In our Malta Wiwi Jury, we have 17 jurors but only room for 6 reviews. The rest of our scores can be found 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 8.5.
WIWI JURY VERDICT: 5.97/10
What do you think of “Dai Laga”? Do you think Aidan could win MESC on his debut? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below.