The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rank and review the 43 songs competing in Eurovision 2018. Next we turn to the islands of Malta and MESC winner Christabelle with her song “Taboo”. Did it make us want to break a taboo? Read on to find out!
Christabelle – “Taboo”
Angus: Last year we got a generic Eurovision ballad, this year we get a generic midtempo dance number. Christabelle herself is a tour de force – she has a voice and knows how to use it – but “Taboo” is a decidedly by-the-numbers production. It goes through all the right motions but fails to knock anything out of the park. The production is cool and Christabelle sounds great, but Malta doesn’t have a fully polished package on its hands.
Antranig: It sounds strange to say this about an upbeat pop song but this is the most emotionally touching entry of Eurovision 2018. “Taboo” is a beautiful song with an important message and therein lies its strength. I adore Christabelle and her Eurovision appearance is long overdue. The staging at MESC was perfect so if they can replicate it and make it a bit grander, Christabelle should take Malta back to the final.
Chris: What’s most important about “Taboo” is Christabelle’s ability to raise the stakes live. She gives an urgency and passion that’s otherwise missing from the track. The national final performance’s staging is hit and miss, with the lighting far too dark and projections not quite clear enough. What’s more, without LED in Lisbon, the blatant messaging is obviously lost. Taking that away might leave Christabelle too exposed.
Cinan: Christabelle is so cute and beautiful. The song is a good one, I do love the music video and the national final performance, and she is surely going to surprise us in Lisbon. The chorus is especially strong. When I first listened to it, after few minutes I started singing along. It’s catchy, which is a very good thing.
Kristin: Dear Malta. I want nothing but good things for you in Eurovision and life in general. Just remember that. But “Taboo” is horribly dated and cheap and likely to be forgotten as soon as it runs its course on the stage in Lisbon. Unless, of course, Christabelle gives everything she’s got — and that girl has a lot to give, no doubt! She is super talented and one heck of a performer. I’m counting on you, Christabelle. Make this snoozefest of a song into something memorable. Blow us away!
Robyn: Like a lot of Maltese entries, “Taboo” is super serious and ambitious, music with a message. The song doesn’t quite measure up, however. The lyrics are a little sketchy and use odd imagery (“these demons have broken my goal”) in an attempt to get the message across. Christabelle, though, is a likeable performer and may be able to deliver a performance that will stand out in the second semi-final.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 20 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 4 and a high of 9.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.31/10
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