No time to rest, y’all! Malta Eurovision Song Contest takes place in less than a week, on February 3. The Wiwi Jury, our team of music un-professionals, is reviewing all 16 entries. The next artist up is our MESC 2017 Wiwi Jury winner, Brooke!
After finishing 2nd and 4th in MESC 2016 and 2017 respectively, Brooke is looking to finally take the crown this year. The team behind her song “Heart of Gold” includes Borislav Milanov, the man behind “Beautiful Mess” and “If Love Was a Crime”. Have they penned Brooke another Eurovision hit?
Brooke — “Heart of Gold”
“Heart of Gold” Reviews:
Robyn: Musically, it’s a decent tune that works with Brooke’s vocal talents, though the millennial whoop feels tired. But wtf is going on what the lyrics? It seems to be taking the tired boyband cliche of “girl, you don’t know you’re beautiful” and flipping it around to woman addressing a man. Forget his fancy shirt and watch — Brooke wants this obnoxious player to know he’s beautiful on the inside. Beautiful like a pack of wolves.
Natalie: You always wanta reminder that you’re a beautiful pack of wolves with a heart of gold — thanks Brooke! In all seriousness, this is a really good song with a really passionate vocal. Sure, the lyrics are a bit weird, but they have good intent. It’s always a good time when you find yourself dancing along to a sweet, uplifting song about being genuine and modest.
Deban: Brooke takes us to clubland with her 2018 MESC entry. “Heart Of Gold” packs a punch, but at the same time relies rather heavily on vocoder. Lyrical references to “wrecking ball” and “shirts that get you laid” lack originality. Despite this, the song has an infectious quality, and Brooke is effortlessly selling it.
Chris: Of all the familiar faces in Malta, Brooke Borg is likely the nation’s best hope for future Eurovision success. But it most certainly won’t come with “Heart of Gold”. This will almost certainly require all of Brooke’s stage presence and charisma to lift it live. Of course, there’s little doubt she can do that — if this song had anyone else’s name attached, it would certainly flounder.
Sebastian: “Heart of Gold” is metaphorically oozing with almost every figurative language invented. Sure, it’s yet another MESC track with lyrics that make you scratch your head, but Brooke sells every single word with believability. The song’s radio-friendly sound avoids seeming vapid or shallow through its simple, yet empowering message which is all too timely for women today. “Heart of Gold” is truly 24 karat goodness.
William: Brooke Borg is an artist best enjoyed live. But even here the harmonies come through loud and clear and full of punch. “Heart of Gold” is light, breezy and full of light — it lifts my mood so much that I can overlook the cringe and confusing lyric, “You’re a pack of wolves with a heart of gold”. We know she can deliver live. Now own that stage and close the deal!
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 6 and a high of 10.
WIWI JURY VERDICT: 7.60/10
Some of the Wiwi Jury really do have hearts of gold, as Brooke replaces Christabelle at the top of the Jury rankings (so far). What do you think of Brooke’s chances at MESC 2018? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.