Rocket to the stars? Not quite – this is a Maltese “Rocket”, y’all. The Wiwi Jury continues to review the songs for Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2018, and this time it’s the turn of Miriana Conte.
Miriana is the youngest of this year’s MESC contestants at just 16 years old. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t have experience though. She participated in MESC 2017, and has also competed in contests such as San Remo Junior.
Miriana Conte — “Rocket”
Chris: It feels like there was simply too much effort put in to the production of “Rocket”, and too little in content. The chorus desperately needs something else to happen — right now, it feels like only a token effort otherwise. An attempt to be modern gone wrong.
Deban: This “Rocket” has no fuel. It’s intro gives a glimpse of modern production, but don’t be fooled: it’s hook is riding on cliches. Miranda Conte may be Malta’s youngest contestant, but I have heard better JESC entries.
Natalie: If you like crazy metaphors in lyrics, there are some really nice rocket metaphors in this song. Miriana has a great soulful voice, but it’s seriously wasted here. The song might be good to make you smile, but there’s some great competition in this national final, and this just comes across as silly and half-baked. It falls flat – it just doesn’t catch the imagination or make you wanna dance like some other songs do.
Jonathan: There’s a moment of excitement during the first verse that we are onto a banger. But the chorus is a bit of a let-down and plods along a bit. “Rocket” is still certainly not a bad effort, and it gets my feet tapping. Yet, while Miriana sings about flying to the moon, they missed the opportunity to head to the sun and beyond.
William: Miriana has a killer voice, and plenty of sass and power to boot. Her voices cuts through all the production and digital flourishes (of which there are many). And while I think she’s great, the song grows a tad repetitive — not even her relentless shouting at the end is enough to save it.
Robyn: “Rocket” is one of the strongest songs in MESC 2018, and Miriana delivers a great performance, full of attitude. It’s one of the most contemporary songs and delivers some of the tropical house song that’s been everywhere. There is potential for a bold performance at the grand final. The one big concern: it sounds like the studio production of “Rocket” is a little dependant on Autotune — let’s hope this is an artistic choice and not done to hide pitchy vocals that can’t be delivered live.
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.
WIWI JURY VERDICT: 5.90/10
Miriana just misses out on taking the top spot so far with our Jury. Do you want to see “Rocket” fly off to Lisbon? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section!