We are soaking up the sun in Malta, as our Wiwi Jury reviews the songs of Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Our team of music un-professionals started their reviews yesterday, ahead of the final on February 3.
The second act to face our jury is Dwett, with their entry “Breaking Point”. Dwett is made up of vocalists Cherilys and Mikhail, who formed their partnership in the middle of 2015. Will they break our jury, for better or worse?
Dwett — “Breaking Point”
“Breaking Point” Reviews:
Natalie: A passionate ballad really didn’t work for Malta last year, and this year will likely be no change. Really depressing songs didn’t live up to expectations either, come to think of it. As ballads go, onedoesn’t really have anything to grab or inspire you . It’s just more gluttonous emotive music that just makes you sad. So please, Malta, pick something upbeat and not this.
Barnabas: It might just seem an ordinary ballad, but this duet of two lovers who are willing to repair their relationship could actually be a dark horse. The emotions of such an entry are conveyed well in the studio version. Let’s hope the live won’t let anyone down.
Luis: Yawn. Beautiful harmonies are a plus at Eurovision. But you can’t base your whole song on them, unless you have an emotive punch (like O’G3NE). Otherwise, it comes across as the snooze-fest this entry is. Plus, after “Breathlessly” crashed in the semifinals, maybe – or hopefully – the Maltese won’t be in the mood for another dated ballad.
Deban: A saccharine snooze-fest! This ballad plods into dreary territory, and takes you beyond the breaking point of endurance even before you’ve hit the bridge. With two beautiful voices singing in and out of harmony, I couldn’t help but wish that they had better material to grapple with.
Chris: A slightly dull romantic duet from an off-Broadway musical. Dwett’s harmonies are beautiful, but there’s simply not enough otherwise to save this song. They may be singing “I love you / I hate you”, but there’s no real passion or drama behind it. If they’d aimed this more like Nodi & Sophie’s “Waterfall”, this might have had potential to contend.
Sebastian: Dwett harmonise beautifully in “Breaking Point”. The song is classically raw and serves up a much needed duet in this year’s pop and indie heavy MESC national final. Clearly, the song has been lovingly crafted with a stage performance in mind. “Breaking Point”, however, seems a little more Disney On Ice than Eurovision by the Tagus. It’s still a very respectable effort.
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 and a high of 7.5.
WIWI JURY VERDICT: 5.03/10
Do Dwett push you past your breaking point? Do you think the jury have ranked them too low? Let us know all your thoughts on the entry in the comments section!